Friday, September 15, 2017

A Huge Carole P. Roman Classroom 32 Book Bundle Giveaway! #ReadYourWorld

A Huge Carole P. Roman Classroom 
32 Book Bundle Giveaway! 
September 15, 2017 by Valarie Budayr Leave a Comment
It all started with a question from a little boy; a question about an iconic landmark 
that most adults recognize easily.
Author Carole P. Roman fondly remembers the day she and her grandson were 
spending time together on a family trip to Las Vegas. As a curious four-year old, 
Carole’s grandson spotted a replica of the Eiffel Tower and asked what it was. 
After explaining what the iconic Paris, France landmark was, she realized that 
kids needed a colorful and easy way to learn about the world around them. 
In that moment the idea for what is now a 50+ book collection was born.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still 
working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense 
of humor as well as a love for history and culture with the audience she adores.
“I wanted a way to explain cultures, provide gentle lessons, show examples of 
dreaming big to young readers to they don’t feel limited in what they can achieve,” 
Carole noted. “I also wanted to provide books that acted as introductions to 
cultures, religions, ethnic foods, historic times and even period dress. It was an 
exciting new journey that was vastly different from current role, but one I was
 thrilled to embark on nonetheless.”
As a very success business owner, Carole soon found herself “reinventing” 
her career path in her sixties and taking on the new role of children’s book author. 
Since that first inspiration moment with her grandson, Carole has self-published 
five different series-totaling 50+ books.

If You Were Me and Lived in… is an award-winning collection of twenty-two books 
that share national identities and cultural experiences with the middle reader crowd.
 This series has been given multiple awards and is extremely popular in the 
homeschool community. It’s spin-off of the same name, addresses historical 
time periods and is fast being recognized as a great introduction to history by 
homeschooling moms.
Carole’s massive catalog of published works is broken up into several types and
 ten of her titles make up the “historical series.” These books include 22 notable
 titles like If You Were Me and Lived in….(Peru, Egypt, North Korea, Italy etc).

Her ten If You Were Me and Lived in- Historical series books includes a look at life
 in Ancient Rome, Mars, Colonial Times and many more.

One Lucky Winner
Carole has always been incredibly generous with of all her wonderful diverse books
 and this time is no exception! One lucky winner will win one copy of each of her 22
 Cultural Series books and one copy each of her 10 Historical Series books for their
 classroom bookshelf!
You do not need to be a teacher or educator to enter, but it is our hopes to get
 these wonderful books into the hands of young readers to be used in an 
educational setting.
Giveaway Rules and Guidelines
ONE winner will receive a one copy of each of Carole’s If You Were Me and Lived 
in…historical series and one copy each of her If You Were Me and Lived in…
cultural series.
Giveaway begins September 15, 2017 and ends September 22, 2017
·         Prizing & samples  courtesy of Author of the above books
·         Giveaway open to US addresses only
·         ONE lucky winner will win one copy of each of the above books.
·         Residents of USA only please.
·         Must be 18 years or older to enter
·         One entry per household.
·         Staff and family members of all MCBD team members or Carole Roman’s team members are not eligible.
·         Grand Prize winner has 48 hours to claim prize
·         Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on 9/23/17

Friday, September 8, 2017

BookWorks Back to School Recommended Reading

BookWorks Back to School Recommended Reading

Can you believe it’s September already! (We hope you caught some of the titles in the July and Aug posts.) The air feels crisper, the days are getting shorter and there’s a sense of greater energy/urgency as Nature and we prepare to collect on the efforts and bounty of another year. September also means new…
Back to School Recommended Reading from
Can you believe it's September already! (We hope you caught some of the titles in the July and Aug posts.) The air feels crisper, the days are getting shorter and there's a sense of greater energy/urgency as Nature and we prepare to collect on the efforts and bounty of another year. September also means new beginnings for those heading back to school with a mix of excitement and trepidation.
They say one should never stop learning (and we agree wholeheartedly) so here are some edifying reads from our BookShop for scholars of all ages and ilks:

Elementary Fundamentals

Back to School Recommended Reading from"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days...". Much may have changed since that song, yet the thrill and challenge of the first day of school remain. Kids today are smarter, but the power of a good book to enlighten young minds and summon a giggle can still trump anything on mass media.
Any Two Can Be Twindolicious by Natasha Danna (Twins Violet and Kelly discover their own uniqueness despite their look alike appearance in this charming illustrated book.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
The Day My Fart Followed Me to Hockey by Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence (Part of a series about a friendly fart who shows up in the most unlikely places. Irresistible because let's face it...fart humor never gets old.)
Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin (A would-be thespian has to contend with the drama that takes place outside the school play. 3rd graders and up will relate.)
Little Miss History Travels to Ellis Island by Barbara Ann Mojica  (An illustrated series that takes young readers to famous places and events where Little Miss History shares the important facts.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
Mr. Pete Where Are Your Feet? by Katherine Bartlett (Delightful rhyming verse about a little blue parakeet for beginning readers.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
Ava the Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses by Lisa Maggiore (Don't mess with Ava! She may be small and cute and wear glasses, but she gets the job done when someone messes with her favorite stuffie.)
If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya by Carole P. Roman (Another fun illustrated series that teaches young readers about their peers who live in countries around the world.)

The In-Betweens

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comIn the middle and halfway to graduation, in the zone between little kids and adolescents, middle schoolers have active imaginations—which won't be disappointed by these:
Greg's First Adventure in Time by C.M. Huddleston (Greg experiences history and archaeology firsthand when he ends up time traveling to visit early Native Americans. Book 1 of a series of time travel adventures for young explorers.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
The Mystery of the Masked Marauder by Peter Cox (Kidnapping, mystery and the secret life of pets—can Nate and his trusty companion Basset solve the crime? Maybe the animals know.)
Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen by Alan Sproles (An unexpected cry for help sends Billy on a fantastical adventure that will change his life forever.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
Kin Seeker, Book One of Dragon Calling and Kin Seeker Companion Guide by N.R. Eccles-Smith (A little something for all lovers of myth, magic, adventure, mystery. and suspense...with more to come.)
A Little Wicked by Janet Macreery (Young Dory's tale begins in 17th century Scotland and takes her across the sea to colonial America during the Salem witch trials in this riveting historical adventure.)

Too Cool for School

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comTeens are practically their own species, navigating a pivotal age that is quite a ride. They deserve books that inspire, entertain and acknowledge the complex emerging adult they are.
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake (An uplifting story of a young heroine who copes with loss and grief by literally hurling herself skyward as a competitive pole vaulter.)
Storm Born by Amy Braun (A plucky heroine confronts strange, dark, alien forces from an alternate realm in this action/adventure novel.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
The Queen of England: Coronation by Courtney Brandt (Fans of steampunk, romance and legend will be hooked on this alt-reality tale set in 1840 London, which happily, is the first of a series.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
The Packing House by G. Donald Cribbs (Dealing with the challenges many teens face from bullying and a broken home, Joel runs away but his nightmares follow unless he can find the key to set himself free.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
A Gift of Wings by Stephanie Stamm (Sci-fi/urban fantasy novel with another strong female protagonist, that combines romance, danger, ancient forces and the paranormal.)

Never Too Old for Back to School

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comHumans are a curious bunch, always looking to acquire new knowledge and improve our skills. Here are just a few titles that will get those mental gears working, expand your intellectual toolbox and maybe even help you with your next book. So back to school with you!
Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders (Third Edition) by Susanne Alleyn (Indispensable to anyone writing historical fiction or using historical references in their books who want to avoid historical incongruities.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
Closest to the Fire, A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers by Karen A. Wyle (By a lawyer, for students and authors of legal thrillers or anyone who wants to understand and write about the legal system.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
Compelling Conversationsand Compelling American Conversations by Eric H. Roth (If you are not a native speaker this series compiled by a team of English teachers will help intermediate and advanced ESL students to master their conversation skills.)Back to School Recommended Reading from
The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship by Rochelle Carter (Award-winning guide that takes the author from concept to execution to create a sustainable writing business.)
101 Medical Word Search Puzzles by Joseph C. Kunz (Challenge your medical word prowess with these entertaining and vocabulary-building puzzles.)

What's in Your Back to School Book Bag?Back to School Recommended Reading from

So there you have it, a few selections to get your September off to a great start. These are just some of the excellent offerings in our BookShop. Have a look and pick a few of your own. Let's read each other's work and support our collective indie endeavors. Submit your suggestions in the comments or on the Discussion Groups topic "Read Any Good Books Lately?".

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Oh Susannah Back to School backpack Giveaway!

Enter the raffle below for your chance to win an incase Campus Compact Backpack! #OHSUSANNAH @caroleproman

Monday, August 28, 2017

Interview with Michelle and Carole P. Roman

I had so much fun doing this interview with Michelle Dunton! Check out the link below to find out what we talked about!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Carole P. Roman Reviews

The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) (Kindle Edition) by Sally Christie

Another terrific book about the checkered love life of Louis the XV. Sally Christie writes of early years of Louis' marriage. Seven years into the relationship, the courtiers search to find the perfect mistress to keep the king busy and meet their demands. They find a great match with the eldest of the Nesle sisters, Louise. Naive and devoted, she embarks on a love affair that last several years. She is the perfect foil, ready to selflessly serve the king and ask nothing in return. As his ardor cools, his interests ramp up as she brings her sisters to court. One by one, he fulfills a bizarre fantasy, making three of her younger sisters his mistress. Each sister brings a new dimension and demands that tickle the king. While Louise lived to serve and please him, Pauline and Marie-Anne work their relationship to their advantage. Pauline uses Louise for access to the king, then maliciously rubs her sister's face in her triumphs. Marie-Anne, in her turn, uses her dim-witted sister Diane as a prop to spark the kings waning interest. She annihilates, her sister Louise, banishing her from Versailles. This was a fascinating story of the glittering world of aristocrats. Christie transports you to another era, and manages to convey the story of each of the sisters, each voice as different as their needs. Through it all, despite the rivalries, sisterly love surfaces, reminding the siblings blood is thicker than water.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Navigating Indieworld Radio on PODFIRERADIO.COM

Navigating Indieworld Host; Julie, Carole and RL Jackson with Special Guest Anita Dickson
Show Airs Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 7:00 PM PT

Navigating Indieworld Radio’s goal is to bring a voice to independent authors. We celebrate their accomplishments, introduce new authors to readers and give them a platform not otherwise available. We will host lively discussions about the Indie Authors triumphs and struggles, providing useful information, tools, and resources to help further their careers.  In addition, we want to help the indie authors bridge the gap and speak directly to the readers to stir their interest in new books. In conjunction with the book: “Navigating Indie World” and our Magazine, “Indie Authors Monthly”, we will use each tool to help catapult authors into the spotlight for their amazing work.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Check out my radio show with author Erica Graham!

Check out my radio show with author Erica Graham!

Let's Say Hello to Our Neighbor's with Carole P. Roman
Episode 6: Carole P. Roman Interviews Erica Graham Author & Professionally Speaks on Children's Speech Development
Show Airs on Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM EST

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reading with a Purpose by Erica Graham

Special thanks to Erica Graham for a great article!

Reading with a Purpose

Reading is an essential aspect of a child’s development. It not only prepares a child for important literacy skills but can also play a vital role in speech and language development. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of reading time.

1.       Limit distractions
When possible, try to limit distractions when reading to your child. Distractions can be anything that your child can see or hear. Some children could even be distracted from a book if they are not allowed to conclude their previous activity. A child will get more out of reading if they are fully attending.

2.       Keep the book within reach
Sit down next to your child and hold the book so both of you can reach it. Reading is a physical experience as much as it is visual and auditory. If you are like me, you may cringe at the thought of those crisp pages becoming crinkled; but allowing your child to touch the book and turn pages will help them develop fundamental building blocks for reading as well as fine motor skills.

3.       Let your child take the lead
While reading, it is common for children to want to spend a little more time on a certain page or go back to a previous page, especially with younger ones. This is great! It means they are attending to the book. Allow them to take the lead and chime in with questions and comments.

4.       Make reading interactive
Help your child interact with the story by asking questions such as “what is happening in this picture?” or “what do you think will happen next?” This will build a narrative, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

5.       Read routinely
Pick a time to read every day. Reading around the same time will make it part of your routine. As your child grows, they are developing new cognitive abilities and skills meaning every time they read, they are learning something new.

All of these strategies are great ways to improve reading time. However, out of all of these suggestions, the most important tip is to simply read. Pull any book from the shelf, sit down and enable your child to grow through the words and pictures before them.

-- Erica Graham

Please make sure to visit Erica Graham's site!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Are Any of us Safe from Hackers? by Angela Hausman

Are Any of us Safe from Hackers?

New Book Raises Questions

 by Angela Hausman

Alexandria, VA July 1, 2017:  We all love the convenience of connected devices, but what happens when those devices kill? That’s the premise of a new novel, SCARS OF THE PAST, by Angela Hausman that explores how hackers use IoT devices as weapons of destruction, even death. Jacob and his team of FBI cyber sleuths must find a serial killer hiding behind aberrant code in connected devices that’s killing Russian diplomates in the US drumming up support for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. It seems anyone who oppose Ukrainian reunification is in danger—and the killers aren’t shy about leaving a trail of other bodies as collateral damage. Scars of the Past is available for pre-order on Amazon (release date, July 25th).

While Scars of the Past is a work of fiction, extensive research with cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers add realism so the novel reads like facts were ripped from the headlines of the near future. Characters and scenes jump off the page, depicting the best and worst of DC and the Federal bureaucracy that stymies efforts to help the FBI prevent more death.

Scars of the Past is second in the Dark Web series, which was introduced in Buried Ladies: A Novel of Mystery, Murder, and the Dark Web. Buried Ladies, (4.8 stars) is available for the promotional price of $.99 as part of the launch of Book #2.

Angela Hausman lives and works in the DC Metro, where she teaches at George Washington University and writes from her home in Alexandria with her 2 dogs to keep her company. Prior to living in DC, Angela lived in the Rio Grande Valley, an important setting for both books. Her books feature diverse populations, including Latinos and Jews, and strong female characters who know how to kick butt.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

In a Bind! by Eva Pasco

In a Bind!
by Eva Pasco
Incorporating a slice of life —a “Behind-the-Scene Note” pertaining to my second novel in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, An Enlightening Quiche.  Writing the novel necessitated my delving into the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent rise of mills along the Blackstone River in northern Rhode Island—my fictitious BrulĂ© Bookbinding Co., construed by memories retained from seasonal employment at Sidney-Higgins Bookbinding Co. during my freshman and sophomore college years. Memories, sprouting through the cracks of yesteryear are vivid as yesterday's news.
Like the previous mill I worked in when I turned sixteen, Sidney-Higgins occupied a part of the old Wanskuck Mill complex on Branch Avenue in Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence. Battered and glass-shattered, the Wanskuck stood its weed-littered ground on turf from a bygone era when the falls of the West River and Wanskuck Pond powered its machinery.
Hired by Mr. Gardner, the owner, for a wage above minimum at $1.85/hour, the small company comprised of 8 people and a foreman, took me into their “fold,” no pun intended. Manny, Skip, and Jim operated the heavy-duty machinery.  Ray, the foreman, stood before the helm of the Heidelberg Polar Cutter and stepped away whenever he parceled out work to the elderly female work force. Namely Betty, Edith, Jeanette, Bea, and Eve.
There’d be days we’d hang around playing cards waiting for a job to come in. When it got especially busy during one summer, I took in my neighbor, Rachel. Ray brought in his daughter, Jane. Jim rustled up his son Jim, and Jim in turn recruited his girlfriend, Gail.  The owner hired two rich college boys who couldn’t do any wrong by association—Dave and Rick. Betty rallied her neighbor’s son, Joe, an aspiring priest who attended a seminary. 
In the same age bracket, and thrown together by happenstance, we shared some good times during lunch break. I fondly remember climbing out the window and eating lunch on one of the tar-roof landings littered with smashed 45 rpms, residue from the mill next door.  I managed to salvage a couple of discards still in one piece.
Of course, all of this bric-a-brac didn’t wend its way to BrulĂ© Bookbinding Co., the impoverished mill in my novel.  However, the labor-intensive jobs I describe in detail certainly did: collating, hole-punching, feeding the saddle-stitcher, combing.
Paper cuts were by-products in the line of duty throughout my temporary employment. Speaking of cuts, I’d be remiss if I left out my high-pitched swan song by the “round-cornering” machine which involved leaning back a tad to step on a pedal which brought down a blade similar to a guillotine that swiftly and sharply lopped off the square corners on a stack of lined paper. Next!
I didn’t feel a thing. Like something out of a horror movie, I espied my own blood gushing everywhere and couldn’t fathom why. In a state of shock, I couldn’t comprehend that I’d inadvertently round-cornered the tip of my pinky finger, which, by the way, is none the worse from the wear and tear of being in a bind with stitches. 

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