Book Promo ~ The Hoop Troop

Mother and Daughter Team
Write Children’s Book Together

When the third-grade talent show is announced, Savannah Sage and her best friend Hudson are at a loss for what act to perform. With the help of their 16-year-old babysitter, Jazmin, they learn the art of dancing with a hoop along with the lesson that practice makes progress. Join Savannah and Hudson for this first adventure in this engaging series and become part of The Hoop Troop!

Dana Forman, a second-grade teacher in Larchmont NY, and her 16-year-old daughter, Sasha, co-authored the children’s book “The Hoop Troop,” which centers on two third-graders learning how to dance with a hoop and overcoming their self-doubt to do so, according to Forman. 

One of the book’s themes is that practice makes progress and that you should not give up, Forman said. The book is the first one of a planned series, according to Forman.

Both of them also note that the hooping depicted in the book is different than normal hula hooping and involves a thicker hoop with specific grip tape, and more involved dancing moves set to music. “It’s more like an aerobic art form,” Forman said.

The Hoop Troop” also features illustrations of the dance moves created by Samantha Caponera, who Dana and Sasha worked closely with, as well as actual hoops that are produced by Hoopologie that children can buy to learn the art themselves, they said. 

About the Authors

Sasha Forman is a 16-year old high school student. In the summer of 2020, Sasha created a program where she taught hoop classes to local children. The grit and determination shown by her young hoopers, in addition to the fun and laughs shared, inspired Sasha to create The Hoop Troop series. She feels grateful to be able to share this experience with her mom, Dana. When Sasha is not writing or hooping, she enjoys reading, acting, and spending time with her family and friends.

As a first grade teacher and lover of children’s literature, it was a dream come true for Dana Forman when her daughter Sasha asked her to co-author The Hoop Troop series. Dana hopes children all over the world will connect with the characters and that it will encourage them all to believe in themselves. Dana loves to spend time with her daughter Sasha, her husband Brett, her son Josh, and take long walks in nature with her dog Daisy.

The Hoop Troop

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Luminare Press
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 58 pages

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Book Promo ~ Empire: To Earth and Back

A New Sci-Fi Adventure Novel

H.A. Stories

The way I look at it is, you can either welcome the craziness or live your whole life in fear of it.

Empires rise and fall all the time, but who knew a couple of kids were going to be the ones who tipped the balances of the universe?

Fighting for their lives and on the run from the FBI, a group of kids try to find their way back home to Esprit, but unintentionally, they mix worlds along the way. When will they finally know the truth? Depends on whether or not they make it out alive. Don’t get caught, don’t give up, don’t die, and most of all, don’t lose your mind.

The authors, Hallie Balogh, and Auttie Grace are published authors
at the ripe old age of SIXTEEN!
Best friends through school, they joked about writing a story together
during the Covid lockdown, and now…


This is one of the best I’ve ever read. The writing is exceptional. I have never hated a character more than one of the characters in this book. I quickly fell in love with the main characters, and the story kept me on my toes. Definitely a worthwhile read.

A well written first book. It is a science fiction adventure story that will keep you interested until the final page. Then keeps you waiting till the next book. If you like fast paced edge of your seat stories this book is for you

I loved this book so much! It was such a fun read and kept me interested and intrigued with every page. The characters were so real, easy to connect with, and lovable.

…and several more!

To learn more about H.A. Stories and these exceptional young authors, go to

Empire: To Earth and Back

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Book Promo ~ Love at the Center of Grief

Love at the Center of Grief is a contemporary The Notebook for grieving
teens who want to believe in the power of love even when faced with
The Fault in Our Stars. 

Love at the Center of Grief by [Cindy McIntyre]

 At the tender age of 6, Gretchen Gardener and Hayden Tucker endured the losses of their mothers. For them, Summerfort Grief Center, near Branson, Missouri, offers a place of hope. But as puberty hits, the childhood friends begin to grapple with very different feelings toward each other. Both wonder, can the heart accept love after loss?

Love at the Center of Grief, from Cindy McIntyre, is a compelling coming-of-age story that poignantly captures the realities of teen angst and the magnifying effects of the extraordinary emotional burdens that the two friends carry.

Gretchen, dubbed “Grief Girl” by her classmates, is a mixture of childish maturity, spouting off unique words and Constitutional factoids. Neither of these talents, however, solves her obsessive behavior: she hoards odd memories.

“Hardly Speaks” Hayden proudly sports a Summerfort Eagles high school football jersey, but not everyone on the team accepts this robust loner with a sensitive nature.

Forever bonded by their shared loss, Gretchen and Hayden must navigate adolescence while processing the shifting nature of their hormones and grief — with widowed dads in tow. Both Gretchen and Hayden write stories to their mothers in their grief journals, and it’s through their candid entries that secret thoughts and raw emotions are revealed.

McIntyre used her own experiences as a grief counselor to inform an honest narrative that delivers a balance of heartache and laughter, plus believable characters worth cheering for in the quirky little town of Summerfort, Missouri.

Love at the Center of Grief is a great read for those who are fans of Julie Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things and Kathleen Glasgow’s How to Make Friends with the Dark.

Cindy McIntyre, author of Eulogies Unspoken: Stories of Worth and Caring for Dad: With Love and Tomatoes, has served as a secondary at-risk teacher in Missouri for 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human services, with an emphasis in education. After the loss of her parents, McIntyre set out to help others as a volunteer facilitator at the Lost & Found Grief Center in Springfield. Originally from Earlville, Illinois, she now calls Missouri her home.

For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Instagram at @missouriauthorcindymcintyre.

Love at the Center of Grief

Publisher: Angel Pin Publishing
ISBN-10: ‎1734922818
ISBN-13: ‎978-1734922813

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Cindy McIntyre lost her mother at the age of twenty-nine. Grief overwhelmed her, and she discovered writing, “Dear Mom” letters had a profound healing effect. That pain turned into her first book, Eulogies Unspoken: Stories of Worth. Her book takes readers on a journey through grief, faith, and the celebration of overcoming adversity. Along the way, she learned so much about her parents. In the end, she learned even more about herself–perhaps angels appear to grant miracles of faith!

Cindy continues to use her background in psychology, education, caregiving, and grief in her writing, and as a way to help others. She currently volunteers as a group facilitator at a grief center. She’s been an at-risk secondary teacher for over twenty years.

Meet Alana (Siegel) Mag, author of the (after)life series

  Alana is the author of the young adult fantasy series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Books in the series include: The Charm (#1), The Retreat (#2), and The Rescue (#3) and are published under her maiden name, Siegel.

She grew up on Long Island in New York and graduated with a B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Alana currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and two ragamuffin cats named Zeus and Thor. Since early childhood she loves to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.

Twitter: @AlanaSiegel

The Curse of the Winklevoss Twins
((after)life lessons Book 2)


THE CURSE OF THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS is a young adult fantasy novel and book #2 in the (after)life lessons series.

Death is optional.
Communicating with spirits may be normal for some people, but forcing a spirit back into a body is downright creepy. Hair-raising abilities aside, bringing her boyfriend back to life doesn’t come close to crowning Jules Winklevoss the most dramatic in her family, which is prone to headline-grabbing feuds and life-or-death spectacles.

Jules’s mother and grandmother are always at odds. Her grandmother enforces law and discipline, while Jules’s mother is touted as the Great Liberator of the Downtrodden for exposing the spirit-seeing community’s embarrassing secrets.

The downtrodden may not be grateful when these secrets strike a nerve with the elusive evil spirit, Machiavelli. If the High Spirit Advisory Council is unable to prepare proper defenses, Vita Post Mortem Academy students are not only helpless, but Machiavelli’s first target. Jules and an unusual crew will need to band together if they have a shot at saving the school.

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Organize Work, Maximize Productivity by Kirsten McNeill

Do you ever get bombarded by stress because you have so much work to do? You need to finish everything on time, but you don’t have enough strength or energy in the day to complete everything.

Multitasking your writing jobs isn’t always as smart or productive as you’d think. Here are three tips to feeling accomplished when there’s too much on your creative plate.

  • Focus all your energy and brain power on one task.

At the start of the day, choose one project to work on. When you finish a big chunk of that project, you’ll feel relieved and proud that you’ve finished as much as you did.

Focus only on your chosen task and take short breaks in between. When you’re staring at a screen all day, that’s a big drain on your eyes and thinking abilities. Go outside and soak up vitamin D.

  • Alternate your to-do list.

Write a list of all the tasks you have to do that day. Blog posts, short stories, freelance work, etc. Split those tasks into two groups.

On Day 1, work on the first half of your list and make sure to even out the amount of time spent on each task. On Day 2, work on the other half of the list and alternate with each new day.

  • Finish smaller tasks first.

When you complete quick tasks at the start of the day, like chores or errands, those are done and out of the way.

That gives you more time to focus on the bigger projects, like your first novel. Clearing away a few items on your list can calm your mind and help you feel more accomplished very early.

If you follow just one of these ideas, you’re more likely to feel less stressed and more organized. I have a day planner to help me and I write out my list of tasks the night before so I don’t have to worry. When I have everything planned out beforehand, I am more productive and accomplish more in the day.

Kirsten McNeill is an aspiring YA writer and hopes to change the world with the written word. She loves to create stories, play music, and read whenever she has the chance.

Kirsten’s website is You can also find her at,, and



Book Promo: The Rescue by Alana Siegel

The Rescue (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3) by Alana Siegel

(Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3)

THE RESCUE is a young adult fantasy novel and book #3 in the Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program series.

Olivia Hart believes there is no governing body or diabolical force that can keep her and Justin Benz apart. She loves him. Of course, that was before she regains consciousness in Prometheus’s Fort Bliss and discovers her friends have been hauled off to the Meta’s prison. Olivia is forced to pacify Mr. Dimon and conform to normal high school life in Pandora, but she knows as long as the only female Elste in the world lives there, it is a dangerous place.

About the Author:

Alana (Siegel) Mag is the author of the Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program fantasy young adult series. She was raised on Long Island, New York. She was the valedictorian of Plainedge High School and graduated with a B.A. and double major in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Stefan Mag, and their ragamuffin cat named Zeus. Since early childhood she has loved to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.

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The Charm (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 1)The Retreat (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 2)The Rescue (Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program Book 3)

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