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Karen Hughes
Author of 'Kalika Magic'

Hailed as the successor to the Harry Potter phenomenon, ‘Kalika Magic’ reveals a world of wonder and danger. Within its pages lies a secret island, a forgotten child, and a kingdom ruled by fear.

From the dawn of time, the Kalika people have shared a deep, magical bond with the earth and its mystical creatures. Yet, this ancient wisdom is slipping away. A dark sorcerer looms over their lands, posing a grave threat. The fate of the Kalika rests in the hands of a young hero, unaware of their destiny.

Dive into the magical world of the Kalika series, penned by the brilliant Australian storyteller, Karen Hughes. Across five spellbinding books, join an extraordinary journey with two unlikely companions as they discover ancient enchantments, explore hidden islands, uncover secret caverns, and meet grumpy tree spirits. It’s an adventure that will capture the hearts of young readers aged 8-12.

In a special interview with Karen, she unveils the magic behind the Kalika saga, reveals her storytelling techniques, and shares her joy of nurturing young talents at her writing workshops.

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‘The Fish That Wanted to Fly’ invites us into the world of Sanjeev, a curious Goldfish from India. One bright day, Sanjeev spots a majestic eagle gliding through the sky and dreams of flying too. Despite his efforts, things don’t unfold as he hopes, yet he discovers a powerful truth:

“Sometimes we want to be like others, but the best thing is to be ourselves.”

Amy Kuruvilla crafted this heartwarming tale while shaping ‘The Road to Respect,’ a transformative school program designed to dismantle the cycle of gender-based violence in India through the power of education. ‘The Fish That Wanted to Fly’ carries a vital message, celebrating our uniqueness and teaching children the importance of valuing their own individuality over comparison. Amy’s vision extends beyond storytelling; she supports ‘The Road to Respect’ program with the book’s proceeds and has been gifting this inspiring story to children across India.

We’re thrilled to invite you to an engaging conversation with Amy, where she shares the journey behind her storytelling and her dedicated efforts to make a difference in the lives of school children in India.

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Growing up, Blake Kendall was captivated by the vivid tales of his family’s past, shared by his mother. After her battle with cancer came to an end, Blake took it upon himself to fulfill his mother’s dream by creating the book she always wanted to write. This compelling narrative, seen through the eyes of his ancestors’ matriarchs, begins in the Basque country of Spain in 1830, before journeying to Australia, where they settle on the land of the First Nations people. ‘Those Bloody Trees’ is a masterpiece of rich, poetic prose that ensnares the reader from the first page.

Blake reflects, “It’s about dealing with First Nation dispossession and all of those layers of what it means for a family and community and generations to try to have a connection with the land although they only exist because of the exploitation of somebody else.”

‘Those Bloody Trees’ is not just a story; it’s an exploration of the deep, complex ties that bind us to the land and to each other, across generations and cultures. It’s a journey into the heart of what it means to seek connection in a place marked by the footsteps of those who came before.

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Do you feel like you have more to give but just haven’t found the way to unlock it? Maybe you’re an entrepreneur who’s done well but senses there’s a higher level you have yet to reach.

I’m thrilled to share an exciting interview with you! A game-changing book will be released soon and promises to be a beacon for those seeking to rediscover their purpose and achieve balance in their busy lives. ‘The Transcendental Entrepreneur’ is not just any book—it’s a powerful guide designed for the busy individual yearning for fulfilment and balance. Adriana Maria Barba, with her profound insights as an advisor for investors across Europe and her collaboration with a renowned quantum physics doctor, brings us a narrative that’s both enlightening and practical.

Adriana’s journey is as inspiring as it is instructive. From her days as a stressed-out lawyer who felt lost, she emerged with a profound understanding of how to live a life that is not only successful but also meaningful and impactful. Through “The Transcendental Entrepreneur,” Adriana aims to empower entrepreneurs to lead by example, to illuminate their true talents, and to harness the incredible power of their potential.

In her own words, Adriana hopes her story and insights will inspire you to “make all your talents shine by recognizing your essence and the power of your potential.”

Let Adriana’s book guide you to not just meet but exceed your expectations, unlocking levels of potential you never knew you had. Watch the interview now to learn more and meet the author. This book will be available in Spanish and English soon.

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Join Jolinda Johnson, the powerhouse behind ‘Resilience: 10 Ways to Recover from Burnout and Exhaustion,’ as she shares her insights on bouncing back stronger and thriving longer. This award-winning Certified Life Coach, Holistic Health Coach, and Menopause Coaching Specialist is all about empowering women in midlife to conquer burnout and emerge victorious.

In our interview, you will learn the tell-tale signs for the onset of burnout and techniques how to avoid moving to later stages. An interview that everyone can learn from, as Jolinda explains that 8 out of 10 people will suffer burnout to some degree in 2024. It’s an epidemic, and the more we know and understand about this topic, the better. So take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the next 15 minutes to learn about this important topic that could change your life, or that of your loved ones.

Jolinda Johnson (M.S.Ed., CHHC), is originally from Detroit, Michigan and earned her B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. Jolinda is an Executive Contributor to Brainz Magazine and was the recipient of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy CEO Shine Award in 2021.

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How to thrive as a millennial mom—no guilt required!

Meet Alyssa Brade, from Washington State. As a millennial mom navigating the challenges of parenting in today’s fast-paced world, Alyssa brings not only her personal experiences but also draws from her background in English and anthropology, providing a unique blend of empathy and expertise to guide fellow mothers toward reclaiming their mental wellbeing and confidence.

Do you feel overwhelmed by societal pressures, expectations, judgment, or guilt of being a modern-day mom? Are you looking to find a way out of the perpetual burnout cycle?

‘Mommy Needs a Minute’ examines the struggles of millennial motherhood with a focus on this generation’s unique needs, offering practical insights beyond conventional self-care advice. Through heart-warming and often humorous anecdotes, learn practical strategies for reclaiming your mental well-being and confidence amid the challenges of societal and self-imposed expectations.

As a passionate advocate for maternal mental health, Alyssa is dedicated to finding and sharing authentic solutions that are tailored to the parenting realities of millennial mothers.

Also a fiction writer, Alyssa has been spinning tales that have evolved from childhood antics to heartfelt character-driven narratives. Her literary journey began with a desire to entertain her family and has now evolved into two full-length novels that will be published at the end of 2024. She enjoys writing amid the beautiful chaos around with her husband and two toddler boys.

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