Hello campbellsworld visitors. Today we’ve a post from award-winning children’s author Wanda Luthman. Like all of us Wanda is trying to live a healthier life.
Today she comes to us with a story about trying something new, and it turning out just a little differently than she planned.
I can sure relate to that and bet you can too. If you enjoy this post, I hope you’ll comment, and let Wanda know. If you’ve ideas for her problem, please let her know that too. Be sure to keep reading, once the story is done to see all about Wanda and her award-winning books.
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I have gained some weight over the last couple of years because ever since my sciatica issue, I haven’t been able to exercise like I used to. So, recently, I started making better choices with my food. I mainly eat fruit and vegetables for lunch and then a reasonable dinner but I haven’t moved the scales much. So, when my friends have suggestions, I’m always up for giving it a try.
To that end, my friend, Amira, who I work with, brought in falafel one day. I had no idea what it was but she was raving about it. It turns out, falafels are made from chickpeas which is the same thing used to make hummus which I do like. So, I gave it and try and lo and behold I really liked it! So, when I found some at Wal-Mart today, I bought them. I heated them up according to the instructions and since I didn’t have any tzaziki sauce, I used ranch dressing.
Well, let me just say they weren’t as delicious as I remembered them being. They were kind of dry inside and even with a large slathering of ranch dressing (I know that’s not really healthy!), they didn’t get much better.
I am going to have to ask Amira if hers were made fresh, which I suspect they were, because she’s an amazing cook. And then, I’ll just have to make them myself or beg her to!
MORE ON WANDA LUTHMAN…
About the Author’s Books
Wanda Luthman published her first children’s book, The Lilac Princess, in 2014 about forgiveness. Next, came her wonderful tale of Tad, in A Turtles Magical Adventure published, March 2016 about self-acceptance. In August 2016, she debuted Little Birdie Grows Up which is her first picture book which exemplifies perseverance. In May 2017, she published Gloria and the Unicorn about a special needs child and empowerment. Most recently in October 2017, she published her second picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo which depicts a flamingo as a picky eater until he discovers the food that is right for him.
Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a Guidance Counselor at a local High School. She is an award-winning, best-selling, international author who has self-published 5 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the Unicorn, Little Birdie, and Franky the Finicky Flamingo). She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization in Cape Canaveral; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 22 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest. To download a free ebook, visit Wanda Luthman’s website at www.wandaluthmanwordpress.com and follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wluthman.
From the Author
“I want to inspire young children to be the best people they can be. If I can capture children’s imaginations and entertain them, then the underlying positive character message will come through in each of my books.”
Social Media Links
Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/wluthman/
Wanda Luthman’s Books
The Lilac Princess is a modern fairy tale of a young Princess with too much responsibility and not enough freedom. She is an only child to an elderly King and Queen of a Kingdom in turmoil. Upon her rests the responsibility to rescue her Kingdom one day. But for now, she is held within the castle for her safety. She longs to go outside, just for a moment, to smell the sweet lilacs growing in the meadow. Come along on her exciting adventure when she dares to escape the castle walls and meets a cursed dragon. Little does she know that while the dragon has one plan, her sweet spirit will unravel it. The Lilac Princess will capture your imagination and your heart as it joins adventure with life lessons for the young and old about the merits of responsibility, forgiveness, and standing up for what you believe.
Quotes from The Lilac Princess reviews
“I recommend this very sweet, fun read to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, and dragons.”
“The story line is incredible!”
“The Lilac Princess isn’t a good princess story it’s a great princess story.”
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure which is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. Tad asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps Tad feel better, but, still he wants to be fast. He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled. He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will Tad get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?
Quotes from A Turtle’s Magical Adventure reviews
“This is such a cute and lovable story. Perfect bedtime reading to the little ones.”
“This is an excellent children’s book full of life lessons.”
“This is a captivating story about Tad, a turtle; who has a perplexing problem to solve.”
Little Birdie Grows Up s a delightful rhyming picture book with charming illustrations about a little blue bird who pecks his way out of his shell and into the hearts of parents and children. He meets his Mama and yearns to fly up in the sky. His Mama reassures him that one day he will be able to accomplish his dream. His first attempt is mostly falling. But, when he finally does learn how to fly, well, it’s time to say good-bye. Come along on the journey of Little Birdie Grows Up.
Quotes from Little Birdie Grows Up reviews
“Wanda Luthman does a very good job with this book. Lots of colorful pictures. Lots of rhyming that small children could quickly learn. Highly recommend this book for children ages one to five.”
“Although “Little Birdie grows up” is written for very young children, who cannot fail to be immediately and deeply attracted to Bryce Westervelt’s vivid pictorial narrative, it is a book which most likely will also engage genuine adult interest.”
“This was the first picture rhyming book I have read and the first time a book has made me cry – but a good cry. Little Birdie Grows up is such a beautiful story.”
Gloria and the Unicorn is a story that will delight you as well as pull on your heart strings as Gloria struggles with her facial disfigurement and wanting to fit in. Gloria’s mother died at birth and her father gave her to Miss Libby, the owner of a children’s home. Miss Libby loves the little girl and feels protective of her. But, it’s not until Sir Louie, the unicorn, shows up that Gloria starts to believe in herself. She has a conflict at school and never wants to go back and then she finds herself in an even worse situation; she encounters the evil Wizards of Malcadore who want to kill her. She must decide if she will face her fear of certain death to save her friend, Sir Louie, or lose him forever. Come along on Gloria’s marvelous journey with Sir Louie.
Quotes from reviews
“this tale by Guidance Counselor, Wanda Luthman, is the charming ‘feel-good’ pill that can trigger discussion that parents, educators, and children will enjoy.”
“Issue books like this are crucial to helping children and parents cope with these times. The messages are important, and Ms Luthman makes them very accessible to the young reader in a gentle story.”
“This was such a cute story!!… This book sends a great message to children!”
“This was such a great book to read with my grandson. It truly has a very meaningful story and a great lesson in love. I recommend this book for all young children and I assure you the adults will love it too!”
Franky the Finicky Flamingo is a children’s rhyming picture book that tells the story of a handsome flamingo named Franky who is a picky eater. He tries foods that other birds enjoy but none taste good to him. Then, an awful thing happens. His beloved shade of pink begins to fade. Will Franky figure out that the food he likes best is also the food that keeps his bright color? Will Franky’s finickiness finally be solved?
Quotes from reviews
“Oh, this is beyond cute!! I love the amazing illustrations.!!”
“I believe this has all the makings of a classic children’s book on a par with “The Pokey Little Puppy.”
“I highly recommend this book to anyone with little ones!!!”
“My grandson insists we read it every time he comes to visit.”
“Fun book to introduce new foods and trying different foods.”
“I highly recommended this book to all parents and grandparents.”
“This was such a great book, colorful and with a great message.”
“This book has such colorful pictures that it made the children want to turn the page. They laughed and felt bad for the flamingo when he got hungry and his color was fading.”
“The story was easy to follow for the children and it has become one of their favorites to read every day.”
“I highly recommend reading this book to your children, I know they will enjoy it as much as ours did.”
“I’ve found my nieces getting my kindle just so they can look at the book again and again.”
“Great book for the kiddos.”
“I like that the author tried to get kids to understand that not everybody likes the same thing. My son was so happy that that he got to eat pink food it blew his mind!”
“My son loved it.”
Where to find Wanda Luthman’s Books
Links to Book Trailers
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
LittleBirdie Grows Up
Gloria and the Unicorn
Franky the Finicky Flamingo
Links to Interviews
Annie’s Toy Chest
526 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
787 Center Avenue, Suite F
Holly Hill, FL 32117
Book Teas Indie Book Source
907 A Gamble Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Pipe & Thimble Publishing and Bookstore
24830 Narbonne Ave.
Lomita, CA 90717
The Shoppes on Strawbridge
815 E. Strawbridge Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901