08 January 2008

Daddy's Boots & Momma's Boots

Many of you have asked when my books are due out. It seems like it’s been a long time, and you’re right – it has been. I signed a contract with Windstorm Creative back in the early fall of 2006 – with a production schedule of June 2007.

Windstorm Creative has been through many changes, including some personnel, change of printer services and, most recently, a terrible computer virus. I have been assured by them all is back on track and my books will be out shortly.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to post some reviews I’ve received for Daddy's Boots & Momma's Boots:
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“The stories are a first-rate look at some the complexities of the modern military family of deployments, separations, uncertainties, and fear of the unknown through the eyes of our children, and how and why their parents go away. After a twenty-four year career in the U.S. Army Infantry and many of them with the airborne divisions, I, too, faced the explanation to children of why I had to go. These stories tugged at the ripcord of emotion that is the parachute of my heart. Memories of my life are touched by these words of compassion, patience, understanding, hope, and love.”

James A. Bowders
Sergeant First Class
U.S. Army Retired

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DADDY’S BOOTS: “A wonderful, heartwarming story offering an inside glimpse into the boundless sacrifices our military families make in the process of doing their jobs to serve, protect and represent our country. This book will present parents and caregivers of small children whose loved ones are being deployed an opportunity to discuss this scary and confusing situation. Small children do not possess the verbal skills to express their emotions. This tender account provides youngsters with a voice and the words to help them share their feelings and fears. An excellent resource to help build bridges between generations at a time when families must pull together to support their brave soldiers.

MOMMA’S BOOTS: “A touching account of a good-bye conversation between a mother and a child as Momma is preparing to leave home for an unknown period of time. The child, affectionately nicknamed Bean, expresses reluctance and frustration at Momma’s impending absence. As Momma patiently explains why she must go, Bean comes to understand why it is important for Mama to do her job. Bean’s mother just happens to be a soldier! An unexpected insight into how our heroes sacrifice to serve our country and protect our freedom. God Bless the mothers and fathers that selflessly serve in our military.”

DK Washburn, PTA

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“I’ve yet to find a deployment book to compare with Sandra Miller Linhart’s “Daddy’s Boots” and “Momma’s Boots.” Suitable for all branches and ranks of military service, these books don’t just placate small children with usual ‘Daddy loves you, but must leave anyway’ tales, but really goes deep to explain why Momma and Daddy go. A must read for all military families, whether leaving or staying – as the books additionally address operations other than war and short-term deployments. “Daddy’s Boots” and “Momma’s Boots” are 'must haves' for all school and military libraries.”

J Molly Buscetti, Author

Thank you for the wonderful reviews.

Here are the descriptions of the books:

Daddy’s Boots:
Boots say Daddy is getting ready to deploy, but Bean needs to know why Daddy is leaving, what he does while he’s away, and why Bean can’t go with him.
Daddy’s a soldier and his boots are preparing to take him away again. If Bean can hide Daddy’s boots will Daddy be able to stay? Daddy explains to Bean the many things Daddy is called to do, why his boots sometimes have to take him far away, and how his work is really not so much different from the other daddies’ jobs.

Momma’s Boots:
When Momma puts on her boots, Bean knows it’s time to say good-bye and maybe for a long time. What does Momma do when she goes? Do the other mommies wear boots that take them away, too?
Can Bean understand the many things Momma’s called to do, why her boots sometimes take her far away, and how a soldier’s work is not much different from some other mommies?

All of my titles may be viewed/ordered through Amazon.com here.

Check out www.sgtmoms.com for more reviews. (It’s a great informational website for military spouses/families.)

Cheers, all!


Anonymous said...

Can I order them even though they're not 'out' yet, and who do you suggest I do that through?

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

Thank you for asking.

You can pre-order them through Windstorm Creative or Barnes & Nobles, I believe.

I think you may be able to have your local bookstore order them.

I do know if you order through Windstorm, you get a discount.

Enjoy & In Joy

James A. Bowders said...

I remind you, that these are not made in China; they do not contain any heavy metals.

Reading, the one you can say is it never leads to illiteracy.

Anonymous said...

But it must be the "gateway" to something!?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I stumbled across your books awhile ago and thought they would be perfect for several family friends that have children and grandchildren facing these challenges. What a wonderful idea! We haven't been able to find much else out there addressing these issues. God Bless Our Wonderful and Brave Soldiers and Their Families (brave warriors in their own way). Thanks for your contribution!

You may also be able to request your local library order them! Good Luck!

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

Thanks for the good info and suggestions.

pass the popcorn, please!