Cover Reveal: Things My Mama Never Told Me, by Nancy Johnson

Things Mama Never Told Me

Things My Mama Never Told Me

A Funny and Sometimes Serious Guide for Teen Girls and the People Who Love Them
by Nancy Mae Johnson

Nonfiction; Self-Help for Teens; Parents of Teens; Teen & YA Social Issues.

Date Published: May 13, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

An insightful glimpse into what it is to be a teenager today . . . making mistakes, surviving them, and rocking your beautiful, powerful self.

In Things My Mama Never Told Me, Nancy “Pants” Johnson, mentor, leader, educator, and teen advocate shares the stories of brave, resilient, powerful young women who, despite their sometimes overwhelming and scary circumstances, overcome their fears and hold onto their dreams with unwavering strength.

Here are some of the questions she asked herself and her teen authors:

· Do you have questions, concerns, fears about being a teenager?

· Do you sometimes feel like your stress is going to burst out of your eyeballs?

· Do you sometimes get fed up with friends, family, or social media?

· Have you ever ignored your intuition and ended up in an unsafe situation?

Learn how to embrace your beautiful body, your abilities, and your worth; to monitor your own use of social media, cell phones, and computers, becoming aware of how they make you feel; to recognize your power as a woman in all aspects of your life, no matter your sexual orientation; to own your choices about what you want to do with your life and with whom you want to spend it; to deal with your stress in more positive and creative ways; to listen to your intuition and form personal safety boundaries; to love yourself first when making decisions about relationships, intimacy, your body, sex, and birth control; to be alert to red flag warnings and signs of abuse; to recognize the signs of alcoholism and addiction in yourself and others; to bring your secrets into the light; to forgive yourself; to prioritize your own health and well-being.

Being a teenager is hard and sometimes totally frustrating. You will survive. I’ve got you. You are just the person for the job.

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About the Author


Nancy Pants Johnson is an author, mentor, educator, and advocate with more than 20 years experience listening, learning, and guiding teens through their life stories. After surviving her own tumultuous high school life and teen marriage, Johnson entered college at age 32 and dedicated the rest of her adult life to being a teen advocate.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a B.S. in English Literature and an MA in Secondary Education. She taught English within a Visual & Performing Arts Academy until her retirement in 2014. Today, she advocates for teens in her role as Director of Teen Programming for the San Diego Writers Festival. She mentors teens in local high schools as they write their stories for KidsWrite San Diego, and shares weekly with Al-Ateens in recovery.

Pants lives in La Mesa, California, and finds joy in her husband, children, grandchildren, her garden, and her dog, Phoebe. Visit Nancy at nancypantsjohnson.com to read her blog, follow her school visits with teens, and be an advocate yourself by donating one book to one teen in the inner city. You can also find her on Facebook @ nancyjohnson3766 or Instagram @ #nancypantsjohnson.

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Spotlight: It’s Me + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.

Book Description:

It’s Meis dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.

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Meet the Author:  Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

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Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 5 Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
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Spotlight: Against Such Things, by Rachel K. Baldwin

Against Such Things

Against such things

Against Such Things
By Rachel K. Baldwin
Genre: Memoir, Substance Abuse Recovery

 

If you are born into ineffable darkness, could you even comprehend the light?

Take one-part volatile home life, two-parts haphazard nomadic existence, zero-parts social connection, and shake well. Our protagonist’s only constant is unpredictability: that, and the charismatic, fundamentalist hammerings from the pulpit.

But when a sheltered child goes nuclear? Just pray you are FAR from the exclusion zone.

Can a toxic cocktail of compounded trauma, spiritual warfare, and an unfettered nosedive into addiction be overcome? Join Rachel on her passage through the underworld as she searches for the means to reassemble her splintered psyche while wrestling Against Such Things.

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From the Author

Against Such Things is a labor of love conceived after traversing the depths of insanity and despair and coming out somewhat-less-than-unscathed. The concept–the overarching message–being one of HOPE.
 
Hope. Healing. Healing from complex trauma, from addiction, from incarceration. There IS a new way of life, and I am living proof.
 
Long and longer I spent wallowing in unresolved wounds, in cyclical self-destructive behavior patterns trying to run from myself, run from my pain.
 
But, as we all know, no matter where you go, there you are.
 
Once I finally accepted ME, built the beautiful life of healing and recovery I have today, I realized something pivotal: Just getting out by the skin of my teeth was not enough. It just wasn’t.
 
I refuse to be one of those panicky, terrified first-class passengers on the Titanic who scurry away in an entirely empty lifeboat whilst others scream and flail and drown in the distance.
 
And, so, I wrote. I wrote down the pain, the trauma, the tribulation—and eventually—the recovery. I wrote, but not to claim I am some all-knowing all-seeing expert with a magical cure-all solution: NO.

I wrote purely and simply to capture in text my fundamental takeaway: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WE DO RECOVER and SO CAN YOU.

About the Author

The long and short of it is this: I’m a recovering black-out artist, stay-at-home-dog-mom, and serial overcomer, but you can just call me Rachel.
 
Life’s been crazy, intense, messy, ugly, surreal, and BEAUTIFUL.
 
In-between hunting for estate sales, compulsively redecorating my historic home, and hanging out with my favorite people (aka, my fam), I write. It’s my bridge to serenity. The place where I am centered and whole.
 
I’m a second-chance enthusiast at heart and the most fallible of any human I’ve met.
 
Gratitude. That’s where I abide, man. All the time. No matter what.
 
Against Such Things is my first book.

Rachel K. Baldwin

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