Thursday, April 29, 2010

African Murder Mysteries


For those of you interested in African Murder Mysteries, here is a cool magazine, Mystery Readers' Journal, featuring two articles of mine. You won't be able to view much of the contents online, though of course you're welcome to purchase the PDF or the hard copy.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

You are invited...



You are invited to the following event:
Book Launch - South African Murder Mystery


On behalf of Echelon Press Publishing (USA), Yvonne Walus would like
to invite you to the book launch of her latest South African murder
mystery, “Murder @ Play”. It’s the second book of the series,
featuring the amateur detective Dr Christine Chamberlain.



EVERY MARRIAGE NEEDS A TOUCH OF MYSTERY. OR DOES IT?

In the new free South Africa of 1994, men are still boss, women carry
handguns for self-protection, and some mistakes can change your life
forever.

When a body is found during their weekend away with friends, Christine
Chamberlain must use her brilliant mathematical mind to prove her
husband's innocence...

... whether he's guilty or not.

Where your loved ones are concerned, is it possible to know too much?


Date:
Friday, April 23, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (GMT+1200)

Location:
East Coast Bays Library
8 Bute Rd
Browns Bay
Auckland
New Zealand

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination by Dr Charlotte Reznick



Introduction (excerpt)
How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success

Imagine your frustrated four-year old calming his anger with a special “Balloon Breath.” What if your seven-year-old’s own heart could teach her to love herself no matter what? Picture your fourth grader visualizing an ice blue pillow to cool his hot headaches. Or your worried eleven- year- old improving her concentration by consulting a personal wizard to assist with homework.
Imagine if every child could tap into an inexhaustible source of strength and wisdom when life gets tough. Think of how their lives would transform.

Growing up today is harder than ever as kids cope with unprecedented stress. The nightly news is a parade of bleak images—natural disasters, terrorism, street violence, and war—making our children feel unsafe. People are more isolated; extended families aren’t the haven they once were. Troubles that challenge adults—divorce, addiction, and financial worries—translate into conflict at home as kids absorb their parents’ woes. Add to that the traditional hurts and challenges of childhood—academic and social pressure, schoolyard bullies, the death of a pet or dear grandparent—and it’s not surprising that more kids are acting out or simply shutting down.

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination is a heart-felt guide that shows parents and professionals how to empower children with easy, effective, and creative skills for surviving – and thriving – in our stressful world. It’s an indispensable guide that provides nine simple tools to help kids access their natural strengths and resources. There’s a mini-primer for each Tool—a sample script, troubleshooting tips, and real-life examples of how it is used. The Tools are adaptable to all ages (even adults can use them), and their benefits accumulate over time.

Dr. Charlotte Reznick has dedicated her life to helping children, adolescents, parents, and professionals. She is a nationally recognized child and educational Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. Upon earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, she was honored with "Dissertation of the Year"
for her work on the effects of parental divorce on adolescents.

For more information, or to purchase a copy of The Power of Your Child's Imagination, please visit http://www.imageryforkids.com/

Thursday, April 08, 2010

How to train your dragon (in 3D)




"How to train your dragon" was just one of those movies. You know. I saw the trailer last school holidays when I took my two to see... er... something... The Tooth Fairy? The Princess and the Frog? After a while, all the kiddie movies blend into one.

And not only the kiddie movies. While watching "How to train your dragon" (in 3D), I was acutely aware of having been there, done that (still hankering after the t-shirt). Wait... hang on... I've got it!

"How to train your dragon" is just "Avatar" for kids.

And yep, I loved "Avatar". Especially in 3D!

Monday, April 05, 2010

A curious experiment


The Hanukkah Time Capsule - Now at the new low price of $1.49!!!

This is the publisher's experiment to see whether lower prices of e-books lead to more sales. Don't disappoint!