Monday, October 16, 2017

Bonjour! Let's Learn French by Judy Martialay

Bonjour! Let's Learn French

Bonjour, Everyone! Let’s talk about a gift that you can give your children: an early start learning French. Why is it a gift? Because it’s fun; it adds a global dimension to your child’s life; it is useful; and it has amazing life-long benefits.
Increasingly more parents realize that their children should begin study of a language early. Advantages include: a useful, practical and marketable skill; a way to connect to millions of people; better cognitive skills; a link to other cultures; better understanding of our own culture and language.
But, what can parents do when only 25% of elementary schools, public or private, offer any form of foreign language instruction at the elementary school in the U.S.?
Bonjour! Let’s Learn French has everything you need to give your child, roughly 6-10, maybe younger, depending on the child, a fun and easy introduction to French. It can be used by parents, grandparents, etc. whether or not you know French. The audio version is free and downloadable from the website
Just open the book, turn on the audio, and follow!
Kids love a story. The book begins with an imaginary ride on Pete the Pilot’s magic airplane to France. On board, the children learn some basic French. When they arrive in France, they meet Louis l’escargot, France’s #1 snail. They follow his adventure, meet his friends, absorb the culture, and learn French.
Back “home”, kids practice the French they learned with family and friends with activities including introductions, daily expressions and a skit. In the Culture Corner, they learn more about the unique cultural features that they encountered during their visit, like how to order a croissant in a café. There is a traditional French song. Finally, they learn about impressionist art, and how to make an impressionist picture.
Why study French? France and the francophone countries have a rich history and have been at the forefront of development not only of life-style but of science, philosophy, and the arts since the fall of the Roman Empire. After English, French is the most studied foreign language world-wide.  French is spoken in almost 40 countries and more regions around the world. France and the U.S. have had a special relationship which goes back to the founding of the U.S. There are regions in the U.S. with a strong French influence. Also, France is the most visited country in the world.
Here’s a chance for the family to experience a taste of France and French. And, speaking of taste, visit the website where you’ll find recipes for delicious food for the whole family. You’ll find other resources on the website such as tips for parents on how to use the book, downloadable activity sheets, a video which illustrates the section on making an impressionist picture, and more.
Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is available in print softcover on at  and on  B& at

It can also be used and enjoyed by children who are learning French in school.

-- Judy Martialay

Friday, October 6, 2017

Check out my son, the author, Michael Okon.

MONSTERLAND by Michael Okon, coming out Friday, October 13th on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kobo, iBooks

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Amy J Hamilton introduces…

Amy J Hamilton introduces…

I'm clearly mad. People who know me well, realize that already. I have just started writing a new serial on Radish Fiction. That would be perfectly normal if I hadn't already got one on the go I haven't finished yet. There is, therefore, much writing going on with my novelty syringe pens in my notebooks.

Radish Fiction, for those who missed it, is an app-based, digital, serial fiction platform. Download the app to your device for free. The first three chapters of any book are free. They are currently running an offer on Radish coins. All authors are invited to write for Radish. I don’t think they have particularly low standards, I must, therefore, not be rubbish!

Back to my moment of madness:

I'd like to introduce you to Kanner and Nix who are scouting the primitive planet of Iridessia. If the planet is suitable for human habitation, the construction companies will move in. Iridessia has all the usual things, solid ground, breathable atmosphere, water source, ghosts.

The pair is sent to investigate a cave system where they encounter things even the most scientific minds will fail to explain. Or did they? Kanner and Nix can’t agree on the events that took place in the cave.

My other 'clean' story on Radish has received very high praise.

For those of you who like a murder mystery, look no further than Missing Remnants. Track is investigating the murders and disappearances the Authority refuses to touch. Strange messages are relayed to him via the screens and service robots. He’s been stalked, attacked, kidnapped, his apartment has been broken into and his modular pet robot dog Banyon was dismantled. If he can work out why he might be able to solve the mystery of the Missing Remnants.

Missing Remnants has recently received a five-star rating. I've been told it's quite addictive.

So, come and have a read of my stories on Radish Fiction. They are some of the best stories ever written, said no-one ever...



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BULWARK by Brit Lunden: A Wonderful Review done by Foreword Reviews

BULWARK by Brit Lunden:
A Wonderful Review done by Foreword Reviews


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5

Bulwark is a spooky thriller—a melodrama with horrors and chills.
Brit Lunden’s supernatural thriller Bulwark lifts the veil on eerie happenings in a small town.
A year after the mysterious kidnapping of his daughter, Sheriff Clay Finnes is investigating an accident involving an ever-growing puddle. A gingerbread house materializes at a site that everyone in town claims has been abandoned for a century; his chief deputy has his throat ripped out; there’s talk of hellhounds running loose. He keeps bumping into two cousins, Bobby Ray and Trout, who may be doing more than just hunting rabbits. Meanwhile, he is going through a painful divorce from a woman he still loves, and a local reporter is meddling in his affairs.
The book is well-plotted, telegraphing some of its developments and letting others be a surprise. As the narrative unfurls, the town’s unearthly secrets are plumbed, and more and more of the backstory is revealed. A mix of romantic intrigue and paranormal action propels Bulwark forward at a riveting pace.
Natural dialogue employs regional dialects and advances the story, carrying a lot of emotional freight and containing the right amount of exposition, as when the sheriff claims that “duty calls” and his estranged wife, Jenna, responds that “it always does.” Such lines are telling but also evocative, leaving the imagination to fill in the blanks. The book is at its most effective and intriguing when it hints at troubled pasts, dark mysteries and an eldritch otherworldliness.
The prose is often workmanlike, but occasionally contains unexpected flair (“once Jenna saw Dayna wrapped around him like a boa constrictor”), and even reaches poetic heights from time to time. Scenes are effectively set and develop the characters. Minor errors in punctuation and grammar are an occasional distraction.
In this brief, plot-driven work, many characters are underdeveloped. They are introduced and typically stay true to form to keep the narrative moving forward. Some of the ancillary characters are clichéd—a blockheaded sheriff’s deputy, a dimwitted cousin, a Lothario doctor. Main characters are more fully sketched out––Finnes’s motivations, for example, are always clear––and are interesting and relatable.
The novel is very effective at creating atmosphere, conjuring a Gothic world populated by monsters and the stuff of fairy tales. An air of paranormal mystery hangs over the small Southern town throughout the book, but the police protagonist and other identifiable characters keep it anchored with a degree of verisimilitude as events become increasingly crazier and more supernatural.
Bulwark is a spooky thriller––a melodrama with horrors and chills. It’s a tale of the fearsome and fantastical that succeeds as a light diversion.
Reviewed by Joseph S. Pete
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Reviews make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Interesting Perspective on Autism...

The two titles I've published are, "What She Says & What I See" and "What's This Thing Called Safety?"  I have a third coming out next month, "Learning About My Disability Through Others".  In all honesty, I'm loving the third book in the series the best, but then again I'm probably biased.  ;)

Chris, the main character, is an Autistic boy who goes through distinct challenges.  Throughout all the stories, Chris learns how to accept himself, understand his symptoms better, and overcome hurdles.  His mother aids in these journeys.  With each book, I have developed specific grammar that an Autistic child can comprehend.  With awesome illustrations and a fun rhyming rhythm - all children will be delighted to read.  I've also been told by some, and seen reviews that state it brought them to a better understanding of Autism.  They could now see through that child's eyes, never having a child with a special need.

In," What She Says & What I See", Chris takes the phrase, "Night, night, don't let the bed bugs bite" - literally.  Which is something a lot of Autistic children do.  His mother doesn't realize it, but once she does; Chris's mom uses another technique to ensure Chris goes to bed with happy thoughts.  Since children at the age of 5, might be delayed and don't understand titles- the book doesn't use extensive pronouns or adjectives to ensure the moral of the story is comprehended-not the language aspect.  I've condensed the story for children who may have ADHD or focusing issues.

 I've designed the books in the series to include Chris's age ranging from infancy throughout High school.  As the mentality strengthens in the children,  a parent/caregiver will be able to chose a book from the series which exemplifies their strengths but aids their weaknesses.  I began the series at age 5, only because I felt that hitting on crucial issues first was imperative vs. the age being an issue.

In," What's This Thing Called Safety", Chris has aged, slightly.  He keeps hearing his mom repeat the words, "Safety First" -yet doesn't know what it means. This topic hits home severely, considering my child went on a walk-about one time.  The hardest and most shocking thing to ever endure.  I've also noticed a lot of children with Autism: forget safety rules, have impulse control problems, and "safety" is not easily understood.  Using the voice of Chris (first person narrative), the reader follows along, learning just how Chris grasped the safety aspect.  There are also analogies with great illustration to help the moral sink deep into the brain.  Not to be forgotten by anyone who reads.

I'm super stoked about the third book in the series.  This time, I bring the reader along as if they are a part of the story.  Children will learn a cognitive game and be able to participate in a coloring exercise that helps the parent/caregiver understand the child better.  Chris, the main character, is going to a fair for those with disabilities.  Little does he know that many at the fair don't share the same one.  Throughout the journey, the reader and Chris meet a little girl named Annie.  Chris thinks she is weird and continues moving through the fair.  During lunch time, his mother asks him to help set the picnic area.  There, Chris has a slight meltdown, but able to turn it around.  He also finds his mother's word's so inspiring about Annie's condition, Schizophrenia; Chris begins a search for Annie (another game in the book) to apologize for his past behavior.  In the end, Chris, Annie, and hopefully the reader- understand the similarities within the differences.  Chris also learns that there are many types of disabilities, but there is one thing they all share in common.

My books can be found on / I also have a Gofundme fundraiser in which I'm going to start using the money earned to help sponsor families in need-having children with Autism/disabilities'm also beginning a YouTube channel in which will run concurrent with the books.  Kids are going to host it, but should be a lot of fun when done Or very easy found under Ronnie B. Daniels