Hi! I'm Author & Illustrator, J.D. Holiday.
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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates:
I love American history: the good, the bad and the total ugly! Now I have found kids are not taught most of it. When my daughter was in high school she never learn, amount many historical facts, who Alexander Hamilton was and the great part he played in starting this nation, ty United States of America. She is now forty so I fear this lack of teaching American history, the Good, the BAD and the truth of both, have not be taught to a few generations.
Barbary States of North African practiced piracy for money. U.S. merchant ships were being boarded and raided by these pirates for personal gain. The young nation was near impoverish do to debts incurred from their war of independence for Great Britain. And up to this point, before the war of Independences, the United States had been under the British flag and British paid the bribes to the Tripoli/Barbary countries.
This history account shows how appeasement does not work. Some enemies only understand strength. This book is a timely account about USA history and how strength is needed to face enemies who hate our freedom and would take it from us. This fact-based history book gives a great overview of a war most Americans don't remember or have not been taught at all. ~JD
A Short Look at Typewriter History. NO, Really! In A NutShell.
Guest Blogger: Carmela Dutra Interview with Lise Chase
REVIEW by Fran Lewis of Janoose and the Fall Feather Fair: J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski
Janoose picture books are out! The NEW version of JANOOSE THE GOOSE and JANOOSE AND THE FALL FEATHER FAIR. http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/my-janoose-picture-books-are-out.html
An Interview With Carmela Dutra, an Award Winning Author http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/an-interview-with-carmela-dutra-is.html
~ Paper Towns, written by John Green
Short Stories: Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot by JD Holiday
Larry Elder Quotes
~ Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
The Book Report: Review of Toby by Hazel Mitchell! http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-book-report-review-of-toby-by-hazel.html
Rescue dogs can be afraid and need time to adjust to their new home and family. Toby is a good example of how a dog can wriggle his way into the heart of a family using their cute personality. I'm impressed by the boy's hard work with Toby before his Dad can decide that maybe Toby isn't the right dog for them.
The boy learns responsibility as he works with Toby and we see his love for the dog, and his compassion that Toby needs to adjust. With the delightful and vivid illustrations, also done by the author, we see the bonding process that goes on between them.
Toby is a cute, engaging story about friendship and love that forms between a child and a dog. This book is well worth the addition to any child's, classroom or library shelf. 5 STARS!
An Interview with Award Winning Author, Ica Iova
Geordie And The Beam Of Light by JD Holiday
My First Picture For A Picture Book Story called, Geordie And The Beam Of Light
I was recently asked to join a group of talented children's authors both from the USA and
the UK to combine our Kids Lit stories into a collection to going to a charitable
organization for children. My story Geordie And The Beam Of Light.
Hag, A Contemporary YA Romance by Rachel Rueben
HAG is a teen drama that has it all. Author Rachel Reuben has not forgotten her teenage years drawing from the reader the ability to feel along with Audrey as Audrey bumps, ducks and crashes with every obstacles and problem in her young life. Audrey begins to like the company of Roddai's, someone she tried not to like while at the same time finds her ex-boyfriend, Desmond, is interested in her again. Trouble follows as both boys have a secret they keep from Audrey as bullying leads to tragedy.
Review by Christina Giguere
"We hold one another close in this, our last moment and kiss. Your goodbye is in our lips, good luck wishes shine in those robin's egg blue eyes." Thanks for the roller coaster ride JD Holiday! http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/2015/04/book-garden-radio-stories-shows.html