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Helen Hipp Author Interview

Helen Hipp Author PhotoA few questions for author Helen Hipp:

Q: Your children’s adventure books are based on some unusual true-life experiences, please explain and give a brief description of your books.

A: While on Safari in Africa during 2001, my family witnessed something few get to see – a pink hippo. Separated from the pod and barely tolerated due to her differences, my son Ray, who has been diagnosed with autism, felt an instant affinity to the hippo and he named her Rosie.

Rosie – the Pink Hippo knows a lot about being different, and her adventures offer up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Q: What vision do you have for your books and where do you want it to take you? 

A: My adventure books have already taken me on a journey’s that has given me the opportunity to meet a large number of wonderful people, all of which I refer to as my “Safari Family”. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than bringing more of Rosie’s adventures and their powerful message onto the stage and into schools to create an atmosphere of enjoyment, understanding, acceptance and awareness.

Q: What appeals to you most about children’s books?

A: I find the presence of innocence, imagination and creativity that is woven into many of the children’s books very captivating. I guess you can say I am a child at heart.

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ABOUT HELEN HIPP

Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.

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Why I Write by Rebecca Hubbard Author Guest Post

Today we welcome author Rebecca Hubbard to the eBook Review Gal blog. Rebecca is the author of The Gift and is currently touring with her children’s book via My Book Tour. Rebecca has some interesting things to say about her life as a writer, so let’s get started!

“Why I write” by Rebecca Hubbard

eBook Review Gal Author Guest Post by Rebecca Hubbard.

Writing has been a part of my life since early elementary school. I remember writing my first poem on fat lined school paper. I do not remember what my first poem was about but I recall writing to understand the things I was experiencing in my life. I also wrote about nature and things I wondered about.

If I wasn’t on a horse or reading a book, then I was writing something. Growing up, writing was a salve and a constant companion. I did not start writing for others until I was a therapist.

As a therapist I began using my writing skills to help my young clients cope with traumas and difficult experiences. This started out with me telling them very short stories.

Then I started writing short stories that they could take home. My first story of this nature was called “Sneaky Pee.” My process evolved into creating stories for a larger audience of children.

My passion is writing stories for children who do not have books that reflect the trauma that happened to them. I want all children who have experienced traumatic events to be able to find a book that helps them feel that they are not alone, and gives them hope that they can feel better.

It is an honor to shed light on the problems children face and on their resilient and beautiful spirits. The majority of the stories I have written are to be used in a therapeutic setting. These stories do not have a publisher so they are not available at this time.

While the “The Gift” leans itself to as a therapeutic story, it also stands alone simply as a children’s book. enjoy writing stories that help children grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.

I know I will continue to write these types of stories, as well as the ones that are more specialized. I cannot imagine my life without writing stories for children. It is an honor and a privilege to give a voice to children who feel they do not have one.

ABOUT REBECCA HUBBARD

Rebecca J. Hubbard is a master’s level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with children and their families. She began writing short stories as a child for her own amusement and enjoyment. Rebecca discovered that she could facilitate the healing of her young clients by writing stories for them.

Currently, Rebecca works at Spirit Reins as a clinician and as the clinical supervisor where she practices Natural Lifemanship, ™ a Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ model.

Rebecca is a native Texan, who enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her two dogs, Idgie and Sully, and her two horses, Cash and Cloud. She also loves to read, paint and garden. Rebecca encourages readers to connect with her via her website and Amazon Author Page.

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New Book Review Service Benefits Authors and Readers

Get Free Books In Exchange for Your Honest Review

Most authors recognize the importance of receiving as many reviews as possible for their books. However, this can often be no easy task. It can be extremely difficult to convince readers to take a chance on a book. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of books available online and in retail stores. It’s critical to continuously find new ways to encourage consumers to read and review our books if we wish to succeed as authors.

Book bloggers – are you continually searching for new and established authors to follow? You love to read and you love to share your opinions with your followers. We’ll share books that you can request at no charge. All we ask in return is that you post a thoughtful, compelling review to Amazon and Goodreads. All reviews are shared on several of our websites and with our many social media followers – that’s FREE promotion for you and your blog.

If this sounds like a program you’d like to hear more about, please visit the Get FREE Books for Review Policies Page here. This is a brand new program that we’ve just started and we’d love as many participants as possible.

*This is a new website, so please check back often as we add new books.

Indie Book Promo – Indie Book Marketing and Promotion Website Launch

Indie Book Promo

I’ve been gradually moving some of my book marketing and promotion services to a dedicated website. eBook Review Gal will still include a certain amount of book and author marketing services, but I will dedicate the majority of posts to book reviews, etc. Please check out the new Indie Book Promo website 🙂

Review of What Stars Are Made Of by Z. R. Southcombe

What Stars Are Made OfWhat Stars Are Made Of by Z.R. Southcombe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wondered what the star-making process consists of, you’ll find it within the pages of What Stars Are Made Of. Of course the story is purely fictional, but who cares. Twenty-one of Z. R. Southcombe’s original paintings are showcased, sans words, to tell the story of a star-maker who travels the world at night, gathering the tears of sad, angry and lonely children. Once back in his laboratory, the star-maker works his magic, making stars from the tears – and the world is full of love and light once more.

I adore this concept of creating a story solely from paintings. Children and adults will appreciate the positive message. Z. R. Southcombe’s artwork is charming, simple and beautiful. The message is positive and hopeful.

I would recommend What Stars Are Made Of for anyone who appreciates a positive message and beautiful artwork combined together in one imaginative book.

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Goodreads Review of Hyde’s Corner – Book I by J B Bergstad

Hyde's Corner Trilogy - Book I - No Man's LandHyde’s Corner Trilogy – Book I – No Man’s Land by J.B. Bergstad

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s 1947 and Dr. Herman Beaman awakens to find an old familiar duffle bag that has been left on his doorstep. The stained and worn bag takes Dr. Beaman back almost two decades to a fateful journey he and Selmer Burks took together – a journey that’s been etched into the doctor’s memory forever.

The bag and what it now contains (namely Tom Burks’ journal) becomes the catalyst that takes the reader back to 1877 – the early days of the Burks family, their trek from Tennessee to Texas, their search for a new and better life, and their eventual settle in Oklahoma. The head of the Burks family, Silas, is a proud, honest and fair man who simply wants to stake his claim on a profitable cattle ranch in order to provide for his growing family. As was common during this time, life was difficult, uncertain and often times heartbreaking. Making enemies of the well-to-do, yet unscrupulous Hyde family didn’t make things any easier for the struggling Burks family. Through a series of run-ins with the Hydes, the Burks suffer several serious setbacks. Silas’s youngest son, Selmer, isn’t nearly as forgiving as his father and he has no problem giving the Hyde men what they have coming – even if it means breaking some bones and making even more enemies.

J B Bergstad is a fantastic storyteller. His ability to spin a tale that weaves family determination, justifiable vengeance, and devious cutthroat and lawless activity, together with other factual American history is admirable and riveting. I was hooked from the start and did not want to put this book down until I was finished. I found myself rooting for the Burks family and caring about them all. Although Selmer Burks was often ruthless and even murderous, I fully understood what had brought him to that point. I also found myself hoping the Hyde family would finally be brought to justice. It wasn’t difficult to imagine myself in these harsh and early days of the old West and feel what it was like to struggle through life just as the early ranchers did.

One thing is for sure, Hyde’s Corner – Book I is just the beginning. Book I leaves us with several questions that readers will want answers to. I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in the old West, the dynamics of family, revenge and true American grit. I can’t wait to read Book II!

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