Monday, February 9, 2015

SHORTS by, Steven Woodford ***Book Feature***

by, Steven Woodford

Synopsis:  SHORTS is a collection of  autobiographical short stories, starting in 1915 with the pioneering of the author's grandparents from North Carolina to south Florida.  Covers the years of growing up gay in a conservative southern town, escaping to college only to find more bias, then a move to New York to seek a career in theatre. AT YOUR LEISURE magazine.  Finding the love of his life and suffering the greatest loss of his life.  Finding love again;  being disappointed in love. Rubbing elbows with some of the greatest actors, directors and singers of the 20th century and finally retiring to the paradise of the Florida Keys.

 Steven Woodford was born in the Piedmont district of North Carolina, moved to south Florida with his parents in 1946, graduated from public school and the attended a North Georgia Baptist College before moving to New York City for a life in "show biz."   Those years included 30 years as a music and theatre critic for a newspaper group in NJ and contributor to THEATRE WEEK magazine, STAGES magazine and At Your Leisure Magazine as well and an average of four theatre and/or music reviews weekly.  He found the love of his life in 1966, and it was bliss for 24 years before the loss of that love to cancer.  Several years later another "marriage" and suffering some heartaches and heartbreaks there, and finally retirement in the paradise of the Florida Keys.

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I Can Cook: Light Lunches: A Children's Cookbook **Blog Tour**

I Can Cook: Light Lunches: 

A Children's Cookbook 

**Blog Tour**

Author Biography 

Born in Zimbabwe, Africa I was fortunate and privileged enough to have had several years of cooking with my granddaughter Imogen who enjoyed cooking. Before she could even stand she was stirring pots from my arms.

I take pleasure in writing these books for "Imsi" in memory of our early years together.

We spent many enjoyable hours in the kitchen and I have no doubt she will one day be a Great Cook. We came from Africa where fresh healthy locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats were readily available grown and ripened in the natural unspoiled gardens and farms with a large percentage of organic growing and production.


Come along and cook with your Children and have fun in the kitchen together with my ”I Can Cook” Children’s Very OWN Cook Book series by Granny Marika – easy, basic children's fun recipes ideal for beginners ages 4-12 year olds. Easy step by step instructions, with safety and health tips for your children while they cook they will instantly learn to make these simple salads, puddings, desserts, baking recipes for their family and friends - with adult guidance and supervision. In NO time your “Precious
Little Cooks” will be making these delicious recipes; pancakes, bread and butter pudding, jellos and more just like my granddaughter "Imsi" makes.


By Anna Othitis on July 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
What a great idea! Marika has put together an amazing series of children's cook books. My daughter loved this book with its fun simple recipes. Cooking together has been a pleasure and a time to bond together in the kitchen being creative and preparing these quick and simple meals together. The book is not only for the children but can also be used by the parents.

This review is from: I Can Cook: Light Lunches: A Children's Cookbook (My Children's Cookbook 3) (Kindle Edition)
Another awesome children's cookbook from Marika, she is sure leading in this genre, well done!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth (My First Travel Books) (Volume 2) Blog Tour

The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth 

(My First Travel Books) (Volume 2)

Blog Tour

Are you ready to take to the skies? Then welcome to Angelic Airlines! Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books. This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Educational Fun Children's Books

By Sheryl on June 11, 2014

"Seven Wonders of the Earth" by Anna Othitis is another fun book in the series of "My First travel Books" Educational fun and inspirational and a wonderful way to teach young children about popular and famous and beautiful places of our world. Such natural Earths amazing wonders. Anna truly shows off our Earth to our children. A lovely children's gift which was enjoyed by my children and us as parents we too learned from this book.
A short illustrated page on Our Seven Wonders of The EARTH explains the significance of the places, with information followed by fun questions. An amazing way to learn about the world beyond our own borders from the comfort of their own home, Anna has carefully composed the pages to make them fun and entertaining. It is books like these that children learn and may one day decide to travel abroad. Captain Frankie brings excitement to he readers, young and old in a simple and some rhyming way to keep the children interested and imaginative. The illustrations are colorful and of the real sites as they are seen in real life.
Gifted this book for an honest review this is a 5 star book!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Beautiful and educational picture book

By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27, 2014

"The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth (My First Travel Books)" by Anna Othitis is the second in this series and almost even surpasses the charm of her first book.
In this beautifully drawn and illustrated picture book Captain Frankie takes us to seven amazing beauty spots of the world: The Northern Lights, Victoria Falls, Rio De Janeiro, Mexico, The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and the Great Barrier Reef.
The impressive and well chosen pictures are followed up with great explanations about the history and background of those wonderful places and by questions, helping the parents and teachers to test what the children have remembered.
Learning can be fun like this and it is sure to make children want to read more about the wonders of the world and travel to some of these destinations one day.
Highly recommended. 

About the Author

Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

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