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15 BOOKS FOR THIS SUMMER & FALL

Book Expo America earlier this month was a fun and maddening adventure into the world of books.  It was great to meet authors, editors, illustrators and other industry professionals.  Not all booths were as diverse as they should have been, but all were sources of information, especially on upcoming books. 
Below are 15 books that were getting good buzz at BEA.  Some you can read now, others you’ll have to mark your calendars for their upcoming release.  Happy Summer, Happy Reading! --Maria



15 BOOKS FOR THIS SUMMER & FALL

ANCIENT EARTH JOURNAL: THE EARLY CRETACEOUS by Juan Carlos Alonso & Gregory S. Paul (science) – Walter Foster Jr. --Outstanding class room text books and great coffee art book! --Great descriptive narrative and detailed illustrations will entrance kids of all ages.  Plus, this book is “backed by the research of one of paleontology's most acclaimed theorists, giving the book the most up to date scientific interpretation regarding animal behaviors, interactions,…

BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE MOTHER GOD MADE ME TO BE BY KAREN VALENTIN

Grieve. But let your grief be your process, not your address.—Pastor Taylor
I should be on Prozac, but I’m on prayer instead.—Karen Valentin



Karen Valentin’s new book—THE MOTHER GOD MADE ME TO BE—is poignant, tearful, hopeful and empowering.
She married her best friend Gavin. He had doubts the day before the wedding but it could have been nerves. It wasn’t.  Three years and two boys later, he asked for a divorce.  It took two years for the divorce to become final, and during that time Karen drowned in heartache, loneliness and responsibility.
But with a strong faith in God and the help of family and friends–including Gavin’s mother and sisters—Karen was able to provide for her sons.  She found a good job, and best of all, she found her voice and began singing and writing again. 
It took a while, but Karen soon realized that she was not a victim of her ex’s choices, he was.  She had two great, adventurous boys, family, friends, a good job, a new budding career and faith in a loving God.  …