2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Books

Great Books for the Holiday Season!


Grace + Soul & Mother Wit

Delve into my 40 year journey toward the publishing of my mini-memoir, as told with photographs, letters, recipes and remembrances of the people who have embraced me along my path. Learn how to set up your own memory-making-kitchen with recipes, pantry lists, fridge lists, how to set a table, what those cooking terms mean, and lots of other useful basic knowledge, as well as encouragement, humor, and inspiration. You can do it! Available Here.


People know me as “Aunt Vivian” from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. Throughout my years of work on and off television, I traveled the world and captured images of portals, doors, gates, and architectural details, some of which have sparked a strong emotional response in me; a sense of wonder and curiosity that took me back to my childhood, endlessly exploring what was behind the many doors that surrounded me. The time has come to share my photographic eye with you, hoping to awaken your childhood sense of wonder and curiosity with “Daphne Maxwell Reid’s Fresh Prints®“, currently a collection of DIGITAL PRINTS, and four BOOKS of doors from around the world.
I have also just published a mini-memoir in the form of a COOKBOOK, entitled Grace, Soul & Motherwit, and the 2019 CALENDAR is available!
OK, I’m not finished! I created a line of Chinese Silk Brocade TOPPERS and have been custom making them by the dozens! There’s so much to share, so dive into my website and see how my God-given creativity has opened the art world to me.




London Letters

Lucy’s products have been stocked in high street stores including Liberty, Fenwicks and Waterstones, many British boutiques, major online outlets and have been sold all over the world. Lucy has worked on commissions for Waitrose, Joseph Joseph, and Random House. Her products have been featured on several TV shows, including Made in Chelsea, Liberty of London, and The Great Interior Design Challenge. All products are made and printed in Britain.


In Doodled Cats and Doodled Dogs (both available now!), beloved artist Gemma Correll provides inspiration and ideas for doodling a variety of different breeds in her fun, quirky style. Each includes sections on anthropomorphic animals, pets in hats, craft projects, and more! Their small size make for adorable stocking stuffers!









For those who would rather show their pet-pride with a needle and thread,Cat Lady Embroidery (available now!) and I Love My Dog Embroidery(publishing December 11), offer a range of patterns in different styles, shapes, and genres. These are the a purrfect gifts for beginning or established embroiderists looking for fun and cheeky patterns.








The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years

More than 900 tips that 62 doctors who are also mothers use during their own children’s toddler years.

The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years offers advice on all aspects of the toddler years. You’ll read how Mommy MD Guides faced the challenges of picky eating, potty training, tantrums, and night terrors. You’ll also learn how Mommy MD Guides celebrated birthdays and holidays with their toddlers.  The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years, by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH and Jennifer Bright Reich. Available wherever books are sold.


Double Dose of Adorable: It’s a Twin Thing. In the book Double Dose of Adorable, twin fashionistas, Winnie and Lillie, are the center of attention wherever they go. Fed up with never-ending comments from strangers, Winnie decides to create her own independence from her twin sister Lillie. It is Lillie who shows Winnie the best part of being a twin. The heartwarming story is about twins developing their own identities and explores the challenges twins encounter daily. Double Dose of Adorable is now available on Amazon.com





Alligator Creek, by Lottie Guttry

On a foggy spring morning in 1862, Sarah Browning watches a train leave Lake City, Florida, heading northeast and full of Confederate soldiers. On board is her husband, Alex, crowded into a boxcar with fellow recruits and imagining the terrors awaiting him in Manassas, Gettysburg, Olustee, and the Wilderness. With Alex on the battlefield, Sarah uses her wit and Christian faith to sustain her family through innumerable hardships, made all the more threat­ening without comfort from her husband. Alone to face these challenges, Sarah makes the most dramatic decision of her life. Based on a true family story, Alligator Creek presents strong characters who survived the hardship of the American Civil War through love, sacrifice, and endurance. Available on Amazon.


Bekinder The Transfomative Power of Kindness by Eva Ritvo, MD

How far would you go to Bekindr?
Kindness is vital to our relationships and health. It uplifts us and makes us more optimistic about humanity. Bekindr is filled with 64 stories of how people from across the United States and three other countries whose lives were changed by the kindness of strangers. Bekindr also features the author’s research into the science of kindness, her actionable top tips to help you to Bekindr, and dozens of inspirational quotes. Available from Momosa Publishing.


The Adventures of the Rabbits in the Most Magical Place on Earth

Love the magic? This new book series tells the stories of the real live animals that make their home in the Most Magical Place on Earth! The first book shares the adventure of Rebecca Rabbit and her family. It features child’s eye view illustrations, a child’s perspective and whimsy. This book will appeal to families, especially families that love to travel to theme parks. Written by Austen Reich and Illustrated by Tyler Reich.  Available on Amazon.

Jeannie’s Crab Lake Christmas

All the animals in the forest are abuzz. Jeannie, the kindest and most beautiful lady they know, is coming to Crab Lake for Christmas! The animals love to watch Jeannie from a distance when she visits in the summer, but they have never had a chance to talk to her before now for, as everyone knows, animals can only talk in the winter. This time, however, they can finally say a proper hello. So come to Crab Lake for Christmas, and spend the evening with Jeannie and her forest friends: bear cub Pudgey and his family, kindly Mr. Woodchuck, distinguished Bellknap Beaver, and the deer, the wolves, the cardinals, and more! Beautiful illustrations by Christine Cathers Donohue bring them all to life in David Mulford s charming tale of friendship, family, and fun. Available on Amazon.

So many books for young and old…check out these offerings from Brown Books Publishing Group.

Summer Reading Book ListThrough the Barbed Wire by Isabella Allen

Isla loves her life with her dad on their sprawling Texas ranch. What it lacks in people, it more than makes up for in animals and wildlife. All the creatures in the woods and fields are Isla’s trusted friends, and she speaks their language almost better than her own. When a new family moves in near the property, Isla begins to realize the value and fun in having friends more like her. Meeting her new friend Cash is its own adventure, and she starts to introduce him to her favorite parts of the ranch. But soon, Isla starts realizing odd things out of place, and then fires begin to start all across the property. Could it simply be the drought that’s to blame, or is there something more calculated behind it all? Discover the truth with Isla and Cash in the exciting first book of Isabella Allen’s Wild at Heart Mysteries series, Through the Barbed Wire!

Dailey Strengthening by Alice Ann Dailey

By emphasizing balance and structure, the Dailey Inner Core Workout’s holistic approach to personal health teaches readers how to care for and strengthen their entire bodies. Learn the ingredients for good health, then begin training with detailed, illustrated lesson plans. Dailey’s method not only improves strength and posture but also helps to regulate body weight, increase flexibility, and can even reduce joint pain. In Dailey Strengthening, you’ll find more than an exercise plan. You’ll find the ingredients for a healthier body, a healthier mind, and a healthier life.

Link to purchase: www.DaileyStrengthening.com

The Festive Frolics of Panda and Owl by Frank Lewis

Panda and Owl are a hoot! Birthday parties, ice cream, and river games can be fantastic fun – especially when you’re with your best friend! Join spontaneous, cheerful Panda and wise but disoriented Owl as they live and laugh together in the Bamboo Forest. In these five stories, Panda and Owl rhyme, sing, walk, eat, and splash through their adventures. But whether they’re discovering the bestest activity for the bestest outside day possible or planning surprises for each other, the thing they enjoy more than anything else is spending time together as unlikely yet inseparable best friends.  

Link to purchase: www.FrankLewisBooks.com
Venators: Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls
The dark unknown beckons. Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she’s trying to hide it. If she doesn’t, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. But the closer she gets to Grey Malteer—an old friend who waves his fascination with fantasy like a flag—the harder it becomes to stifle her own interest. When supernatural creatures from another world suddenly come hunting for the three college students, they are forced to see the hidden truth as fantasy twists with reality. With help from a mysterious savior, Rune and Grey escape, but Ryker does not. They must follow Ryker’s abductors into an alternate dimension, Eon, where they discover their true identities. They are Venators, descendants of genetically enhanced humans designed long ago to protect the inhabitants of Eon from themselves, and to keep them far away from Earth. After generations of separation, the ruling Council of Eon has decided to bring about the return of the Venators for their own benefit. In this new world of fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards, power is abundant and always in flux. Rune’s brother is missing, and she and Grey are being set up as pawns in a very dangerous game. Rune, Ryker and Grey must now find their way through – and out of – Eon, before it consumes them.
Link to purchase: www.devriwalls.com
Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal by Robbie Bach
From Microsoft’s former Chief Xbox Officer, Robbie Bach, comes a unique book that provides a simple yet robust framework that can be used to tackle almost any problem. In Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal, Bach takes business, non-profit, and community-engaged readers on the Xbox journey—a triumphant and personal saga from garage-shop beginnings to business success.  Using the 3P Framework of Purpose, Principles, and Priorities developed by the Xbox team, Bach describes the process used to revitalize a beleaguered business and then applies those lessons to our most difficult community is
sues and the challenges of a nation at a crossroads. After 22 years at Microsoft, Bach is turning his strategic and leadership skills to a new opportunity: helping individuals and organizations drive transformational change in business and civic institutions. The book is packed with common sense thinking and a strategic framework that can set change in motion at every level of community life.  Xbox Revisited is a wake-up call, a challenge to every citizen to become a “civic engineer” addressing the issues we face in our communities and across our country. According to Bach, “You have to build the foundation before you put up the house. True in business, true in civics, true in life.”
Link to purchase: www.RobbieBach.com
A Backyard Birding Adventure: What’s in Your Yard? by Kermit Cummings
Have you ever looked out of your window and wondered what all of that chirping was about? Where those vibrant colors were coming from? What kind of bird was visiting your porch, your tree, or your feeder and serenading you with his song? These are the questions Kermit Cummings addresses in A Backyard Birding Adventure: What’s in Your Yard? This friendly little book employs clever, yet educational, rhymes, stunning photographs, and whimsical illustrations to awaken your child’s interest in the avian world. Written by a veteran birder, the focus is on easy-to-see, readily available bird species, so that parents and children alike will feel encouraged to create backyard adventures of their very own! Now, A Backyard Birding Adventure is even more exciting and educational!  Download a FREE app for your smartphone to HEAR a typical call or song made by each bird featured! Instructions come with the book.
Link to purchase: www.KermitCummings.com
Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl by Linda Greiner
Anna and her mother love fostering Shelties through Shetland Sheepdog Rescue. By taking care of rescued dogs, they help the dogs become ready to find a forever home. They’ve already adopted two Shelties of their own, Sashi and Buddy, and their newest foster is a shy girl named Cinnamon who’s been rescued from a puppy mill. Neglected and frightened, Cinnamon has a tough time settling into her new home at first but with help from Sashi and Buddy, Cinnamon realizes she doesn’t have to be afraid. Now loved and cared for, Cinnamon learns to be happy and playful again and soon finds her forever home. Based on the true story of Cinnamon, this Mom’s Choice Award Gold Award Recipient addresses the reality of puppy mills while keeping the story light, warm, and accessible to young readers. Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl is the third in the award-winning Sashi series of children’s books.
Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions by Kristina Leigh Wiggins
In this smart and witty guide to building a home while keeping your sanity, architect Kristina Leigh Wiggins shares knowledge accumulated from years of experience as a project manager, and explains how to stay organized when creating or remodeling your home.  With advice on topics ranging from maintaining communication with builders, architects and your spouse throughout a project, to commute planning, Wiggins leaves nothing out. Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions is filled with beautiful photos of homes, gardens and materials, sketches, and detachable pages and sections to pen in responses that make the book interactive and adaptable to any level of home building. Wiggins goes beyond just a check-list of how to build a home, helping the reader create a realistic and all-encompassing plan in order to achieve what they really want in a home. From pre-planning to moving in, this guide keeps you comfortably afloat the moving, building, or remodeling process that we all go through at some point.
Link to purchase: www.SimplyKristinaLeigh.com
Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss
It’s 1923, and young war-widow fashionista Ginger Gold makes a cross-Atlantic journey with her companion Haley Higgins to London, England, to settle her father’s estate. When the ship’s captain is found dead, Ginger is only too happy to lend her assistance to the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed. The SS Rosa delivers a convincing array of suspects – the wife, the mistress, a jealous crewmate. To Ginger’s dismay, her name has been added to the list! With a little help from Ginger’s dog, Boss, Ginger and Haley navigate the clues to solve the case and clear Ginger’s name before they dock. Murder on the SS Rosa is the first installment of the Ginger Gold Mystery Series.
Link to purchase: www.LeeStraussBooks.com
Vagabonding with Kids by AK Turner
With her signature wit, AK Turner deftly slays all the dragons separating “life with kids” from “life with travel and adventure.” Determined to prove that long-term travel need not be reserved for the lone male traveler, Turner tackles obstacles including working while traveling, affording an extended trip, pulling kids out of school, and what to do with them once you’ve done so. With stories from the author’s experiences in a dozen locations around the globe, and the honest and hilarious admissions of her fears along the way, Vagabonding with Kids is a timely affirmation of why we should all journey forth.
Link to purchase: www.vagabondingwithkids.com
Black Cat 2-1 by Bob Ford
In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he served with who risked their
lives for the troops on the ground. Bob Ford invites readers into the Huey helicopters he flew on more than 1,000 missions when he and his men dared to protect and rescue. For those whose
voices were silenced in that faraway place or who have never told their stories, he creates a tribute that reads like a thriller, captures the humor of men at war, and resounds with respect for those who served with honor.
Link to purchase: www.BlackCat2-1.com
Standing Up After Saigon: The Triumphant Story of Hope, Determination, and Reinvention by Thuhang Tran and Sharon Orlopp
In this incredible true story of familial love and triumph through adversity, Thuhang Tran and Sharon Orlopp document decades in the lives of Thuhang and her father, Chinh Tran. Thuhang
was born in 1970 in Saigon, near the end of the Vietnam War. She contracted polio as a baby, and though her family sacrificed much to seek treatment, their efforts were halted by the fall of
Saigon. Chinh was an air traffic controller in the South Vietnam Air Force at the time, and was lost in the evacuations from Saigon, separated from Thuhang and the rest of his family and
presumed dead. This powerful memoir follows Thuhang and her father Chinh through their respective struggles, from Thuhang’s battle with polio and the impact of her father’s absence, to Chinh’s immigration to the United States and his desperate 15-year mission to be reunited with his family. Thuhang has remained hopeful and resilient through all the seemingly impossible hurdles she’s faced, and lives today to tell her story and inspire those around her to find strength through perseverance.
Wealthfulness: Simple Steps to Financial Health and Happiness by Lance Alston
These days, with the world at our fingertips and total wealth at an all-time high, financial peace of mind and overall happiness should come easily. But instead, as more people look at their funds and attempt to plan for the future, they are experiencing the opposite. They are panicking over their budgets, unsure of how they should be saving and investing, and feeling financially trapped. With all this unease and uncertainty, happiness seems to be leveling off, if not declining. To change this process for the better, experienced financial planner and consultant Lance Alston introduces his effective and mindful approach to discovering your combined emotional and financial needs. Wealthfulness is the balance of wealth and happiness, the combination of monetary success and meaningfulness. What financial endeavors are the wisest choices for us? How much time should we be spending, investing, saving, and planning? How much money do we need to be truly happy in life? The answers to these questions are highly personal, and Alston helps us find each one, and plan accordingly by taking into account our individual personalities and circumstances.
Link to purchase: www.Wealthfulness.com
The Single Plane Golf Swing: Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way by Todd Graves and Tim O’Connor
The mysterious and reclusive genius Moe Norman is acknowledged as the best ball-striker in the history of golf by many of the game’s greats. The Single Plane Golf Swing: Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way reveals the secrets of the swing that enabled him to hit the ball solidly with unerring accuracy and consistency—every time. Norman’s simple, efficient, and easily understood Single Plane Swing has improved the games of thousands of golfers. Golf professional Todd Graves, known as ‘Little Moe” and regarded as the world authority on Norman’s swing, comprehensively teaches readers the mechanics, drills, and feelings of the Single Plane Swing that Moe called “The Feeling of Greatness.” Graves shares Norman’s brilliant insights and liberating approach to the game and demonstrates why the conventional “tour” swing is too complex and frustrating for the majority of amateurs. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs and written with Tim O’Connor, Norman’s biographer, the book also engagingly tells Norman’s bittersweet life story and explores the teacher-student bond forged between Norman and his protégé Graves.
Link to purchase: www.MoeNormanGolf.com
The Old School Advantage: Timeless Tools for Every Generation by J.N. Whiddon
J. N. Whiddon, The Old School founder, arms you with the tools and wisdom you need to succeed in The Old School Advantage: Timeless Tools for Every Generation. It’s all about giving you an edge in life, not just an edge in school or your career. Learn to deliver impactful presentations using ready recall. Influence people with WOW! words and probing questions. Master the art of storytelling. Your acquisition of these skills through The Old School will allow you to make a lasting impression in every encounter. Become a life-changing leader dedicated to success as well as significance. School never truly lets out, no matter your age. Leaders never stop seeking out and soaking up knowledge. If you want to stand out in an age in which information is everywhere but wisdom is elusive, you need to be more than just technically skilled. You need to be a leader equipped with discernment “beyond your years.” With these indispensable tools, you can build a life and leave a legacy that will endure. Don’t fall behind, and don’t settle for mediocrity. Give yourself the Old School advantage.

Laugh and Live Advice for Aging Boomers, by Lenore Hirsch2018 Holiday Gift Guide - Books

This brand new book (just out) is humor about aging and some common sense advice for Boomers (those born 1946-1964). Recommended by a gynecologist and a psychologist–what more could a Boomer ask? Do all your friends have joint replacements? Do your doctors seem to be children? Are you always running late? Attending funerals? Being called “Sweetie” by young waitresses? Then, get ready for a laugh at your own expense and live to enjoy many more years of wisdom! Available on Amazon.

Books by Shanalee Sharboneau  – What started as a love letter to her son . . . .

 . . . became a love letter for all parents to their children.

Internationally and Nationally awarded children’s picture book series “My Family Loves Me”, created by Shanalee Sharboneau strengthens the bond between a parent and a child. In the titles, “My Mama Loves Me: I’m Her Little Boy”, “My Mama Loves Me: I’m Her Little Girl” “My Daddy Loves Me: I’m His Little Boy” and “My Daddy Loves Me: I’m His Little Girl”provides books of adventure through gorgeous illustrations by Israel Dilean showing the imaginative journeys of a parent and child with fairies, mermaids,dinosaurs and dragons.  The illustrations show the beautiful bond between a parent and child in places like ancient Egypt, safari treks in Africa and magical castles.

Awards include Top Honors for Best Children’s Picture Book Series from Literary Classics, Readers Favorite – Five Stars, twice, Finalist by the International Book Awards for Best Picture Book for Children 0 to 5 years, Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Best Children’s Picture Books Age 5 &  Under and Moving America Forward Award from William Shatner.

These books are available through Barnes & Noble, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon and book retailers all over the nation. For more information view www.myfamilylovesme.org