About Amy Hannah’s JoJo The Dorky Dog

Illustration-COVER-AmyHannah (6)Theme of Book

JoJo is not your everyday, fancy schmancy, purebred canine, but a mutant-mutt with a mish-mash of curious characteristics belonging to different sorts. Throw in a pair of unmatched peepers and a heart as big as the Georgia sky, and you have found a genuine friend who is nothing short of D-O-R-K-Y! In his very first Stillwater Farm Adventure title, “JoJo the Dorky Dog”, JoJo finds himself ready for a different kind of adventure and a new place to call home when his owners decide to move to Alaska. This loveable pooch sets out across the countryside determined to discover where he belongs, and a boy to call his own. He finds everything, and a little more, on his journey to Stillwater Farm.

Target Audience – age range of 6 thru 10.
Publisher – Halo publishing International

Social Media
Twitter: @stillwaterfrm
Instagram: jojostillwaterfarm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afhannahstillwaterfarm/#

Mailing/Phone Information
Stillwater Farm
PO Box 448
Blackshear, Georgia 31516
(912) 816-5706

afhannah@gmail.com

Book is available for purchase at Amazon & Barnes and Noble.

Here are the Links for Amazon & Barnes and Noble…..

Amazon – JoJo the Dorky Dog

https://www.amazon.com/Jojo-Dorky-Dog-F-Hannah/dp/1612444849/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470917568&sr=8-1&keywords=jojo+the+dorky+dog

Barnes and Noble – JoJo the Dorky Dog
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jojo-the-dorky-dog-af-hannah/1124275799;jsessionid=81977F484E1854236EE7C5EA5FCBD878.prodny_store02-atgap01?ean=9781612444840

Information for potential buyer

Whether children are reading for themselves or being read to, it is my desire that each little heart identify with the similarities and differences within their own characters, and the character of God, as they share JoJo’s Adventures on Stillwater Farm. The “Questions to Ponder” section at the end of the story is designed as an interactive aid to spark the imagination and summarize main points in the story. This cute and useful tool aids in developing reading comprehension and retention skills.

Amy Hannah’s Writing Life

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My Writing Life

For a few seasons, I have had a gaggle of unpublished adventures nesting in my attic. I have both nourished and disciplined these ideas and scribbles. But, it wasn’t until March of this year that I was given the confirmation from God that this particular flock of stories had matured and were now ready to take flight.

When I received that confirmation, I got my “ducks in a row”, and proceeded with the publishing process. The venture has gone much smoother than I expected. The reason I suspect is that the Lord’s hand was behind it.

You have heard the term Godspeed! The publicist asked me to describe my writing life….well, I watch and experience God’s glory and awesomeness unfold throughout every precious day that I am permitted to breathe.

I love to write, and I have to include Him in whatever I do. I believe that HE has given me a platform. “A platform for what?” you ask. Impressing the gospel and the character of God on little hearts – that’s what!

And, did I mention that a generous portion of proceeds will go to benefit various outreaches for children? Exactly how much and to what group will be decided by prayer as the Lord directs.

As followers of Christ, we are instructed to have a heart for the hurting and needy children of this world. “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27 HCSB”. So, that’s it.

I am watching and waiting to see what the Lord is going to do with this ministry. I urge you to come along with me on this journey. It is going to be awesome!

A.F. Hannah,

Scribbler for Jesus

Meet Amy Hannah

Hi Amy! I am excited to have you here on my blog today and to get to know you and your work better.

AFHannahAuthorPicture1. Tell us a few things about yourself

The author of JoJo the Dorky Dog is a witness and follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, grandmother and companion of many four-legged creatures. It is her aspiration to be a scribbler of all things pure, good, and true to glorify God and His Kingdom.

2.  What is your favorite book and author?

My favorite book, authored by my favorite writer, Judy Blume, is “Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret.”
What inspired you to want to write your book/series?

The Stillwater Farm Adventure series is based on inspiration from Psalms 23. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters….. Stillwater Farm was born!

Our Lord, He has a plan for our lives. In the wake of technology it seems that our senses are not in sync with that God, the very creator of the universe, is in our everyday midst. And that it is His sovereignty that carefully knits our circumstances to form the reality that has been His plan before the beginning of time. In this lighthearted and colorful story, JoJo the Dorky Dog recognizes that we, as children of God, are never alone. He is always by our side.

Illustration-COVER-AmyHannah (6)3. What are your current writing projects:

JoJo Meets Goali-ath (pronounced Goliath) the Ginormous! About being a real friend

Reader or Not? JoJo Gets Glasses!- About stereotypes and the benefits of hard work

JoJo’s Day Out! About peer pressure and consequences

Izzy Lizzy in a Tizzy! About everybody being valuable and having a purpose – and purposes change.

JoJo’s Turtle Surprise! About endurance and accountability

Always Room for One More! About love and acceptance of others

4. What can readers expect to get from this book

It is my prayer that through the encounters with JoJo the Dorky Dog and the other imperfect characters on Stillwater Farm, that children will entertain a new understanding – in a lighthearted way – of Christian characteristics and how to live them out by example of simple stories.

Thank you so much for visiting me on my blog today!  I look forward to getting to know you more in the next few days!

For readers of my blog, please be advised that we will have a lot more about Amy Hannah in the days ahead!  So, stay tuned!

Interviewed by Irene S. Roth

Steps not to Overstress

take-your-desktop-for-a-walk-through-the-forest-nature-picture-forest-wallpaper[1]There is much truth behind the phrase stress eating. Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary comfort foods push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress, and according to an American Psychological Association survey, about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 or more on a 10-point scale.

In the short-term, stress can shut down appetite. A structure in the brain called the hypothalamus produces corticotropin-releasing hormone, which suppresses appetite. The brain also sends messages to the adrenal glands atop the kidneys to pump out the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, a revved-up physiological state that temporarily puts eating on hold.

But if stress persists, it’s a different story. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and can also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn’t go away — or if a person’s stress response gets stuck in the “on” position — cortisol may stay elevated.

Fat and sugar cravings

Stress also seems to affect food preferences. Numerous studies have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both. High cortisol levels, in combination with high insulin levels, may be responsible. Other research suggests that gremlin, a “hunger hormone,” may have a role.

Once it is ingested, fat and sugar-filled foods seem to have a feedback effect that inhibits activity in the parts of the brain that produce and process stress and related emotions. These foods really are comfort foods in that they seem to counteract stress and this may contribute to people’s stress-induced craving for those foods.

Of course, overeating isn’t the only stress-related behavior that can add pounds. Stressed people also lose sleep, exercise less, and drink more alcohol, all of which can contribute to excess weight.

Steps to counter stress snacking

When stress affects someone’s appetite and waistline, the individual can forestall further weight gain by ridding the refrigerator and cupboards of high-fat, sugary foods. Keeping those “comfort foods” handy is just inviting trouble.

Here are some other suggestions for countering stress:

Meditation

Countless studies show that meditation reduces stress, although much of the research has focused on high blood pressure and heart disease. Meditation may also help people become more mindful of food choices. With practice, a person may be able to pay better attention to the impulse to grab a fat and sugar-loaded comfort food and inhibit the impulse.

Exercise

Intense exercise increases cortisol levels temporarily, but low-intensity exercise seems to reduce them. University of California researchers reported that exercise — and this was vigorous exercise — may blunt some of the negative effects of stress. Some activities, such as yoga and tai chi, have elements of both exercise and meditation.

Social support

Friends, family, and other sources of social support seem to have a buffering effect on the stress that people experience. For example, research suggests that people working in stressful situations, have better mental health if they have adequate social support. But even people who live and work in situations where the stakes aren’t as high need help from time to time from friends and family.

By taking these steps, you will be avoiding emotional eating that leads to weight gain.

Until Next Time!

Irene S. Roth

How to Minimize Emotional Eating – Tip 2

Tip 2: Take Frequent Breaks

497aab608519dc641087cfcd5766a23fee545fb3[1]Do you have a difficult time taking the necessary time to take sufficient breaks during your writing day? Do you work nonstop and then feel extreme fatigue? Do you feel exhausted because you lead a relatively sedentary life? Are you overweight and can’t seem to take those pounds off?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, believe me, you’re not alone. You all seem to want to cram as much into a day as you can. And when you do that what has to go is our time to move and take a break. But is that really necessary to be productive?

I believe that you can’t be productive unless you take breaks. But what is more, you will be indulging in binge eating or emotional eating. This is because when you are exhausted and haven’t stood up or stretched, your body and mind is in overdrive. This feeling over many hours can result in frazzled and stressed muscles and feelings, causing you to overeat even more.

Therefore, you must get away from your desk when you’re at writing every hour or so. You could take a walk or go out for lunch. Try not to simply stay at your desk all day.

Here are some of the benefits of not staying at your desk all day.

1. You will feel better and more productive when you get some fresh air. There is nothing better than getting outside during your lunch hour. Go for a walk, or just simply get outdoors to clear your head.

2. When you take a complete break from your work, you will feel much more focused and able to work productively and efficiently when you return.

3. You will be able to shed some of these extra pounds by taking three twenty to twenty-five minute walks a week. Just increasing your activity level this much will really help because your metabolism will perk up as a result.

4. You will feel less stressed. Taking even a brief walk or break from your desk can really help you to centre and to regain some of your energy. Then when you return to your desk, you could be doubly productive. But what is more, this will help you to curtail emotional eating.

5. By taking time for yourself you will feel better and less fatigued, thus improving your productivity levels. You will be happy with yourself and with your productivity. And who knows, your boss may even notice at the improvement in your attitude.

So, take frequent breaks away from your desk, especially at your lunch hour. You deserve some time away from your desk. And your body, mind and spirit will thank you. You will be happier and more productive, and you will curtail emotional eating.

Irene S. Roth

How to Minimize Emotional Eating: Tip 1: Eat a High Protein Snack Before Starting to Write

497aab608519dc641087cfcd5766a23fee545fb3[1]Tip 1: Eat a High Protein Snack Before Starting to Write

Many writes wake up and make a cup of coffee and run into their offices to write. This scheme may help you get some writing done initially, but it won’t keep you writing for long without reaching for something that you should not have.

The best way to avoid that is to have something with protein before you sit down to write. Some high protein foods are peanut butter, fruit, Greek yogurt with some mixed nuts, cheese, eggs, or steal cut oatmeal.

If you are really in a hurry, you may want to try making some protein or granola bars ahead of time. Just make sure that you don’t load them up with sugar.

We have to remember that food is fuel. So, make sure that you have the right kind of fuel so that you could do your best writing, one hour at a time.

Not only that, but if you’re not hungry, you will be able to work for longer and you the quality of your manuscripts will be much better too.

Food helps you to Improve your productivity! One of the most fascinating things about eating is how various ingredients enter your brain through your blood stream. Whichever elements make it through to power your brain will help to either focus or to lose focus.

Most of what you eat will be broken down into one thing: glucose. Glucose is our fuel, keeping our brains awake and alert. So, at all times, we have a certain amount of glucose in our blood stream, kind of like gasoline in a car.

The most important thing to remember is that we are in full control of how we release glucose to our blood and brains. Certain foods release glucose quickly, while others do so more slowly, yet sustainably.

The brain works best with 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream—about the amount found in a banana.

The tricky part is that you can get those 25 grams of glucose from a banana or a donut. Or you can eat a small bowl of oats. There is little or no difference in the short-term for your brain activity.

However, the story is very different over the stretch of a few hours—which is the typical writing time for a writer.

The donut will release glucose into your blood very quickly; therefore, it won’t be able to sustain you over 2 to 3 hours. So, within an hour or so, you will start feeling unfocused and easy to distract.

However, the banana and oats will sustain you for a lot longer. This means you will be able to write and focus for a lot longer.

So, make sure that you snack on something really healthy and loaded with healthy glucose before you sit down to write to be at your best.

Irene S. Roth

The Four Noble Truths for Writers

15e7ec2642b41e8ee5df07fb6660a9ee[1]It is hard to fathom that some Buddhist teachings can be especially relevant for writers. This is because there are so many distractions that vie for our attention. And unless we can minimize these distractions or better still avoid them, we can be well on our way to be the best writer that we can be.

Here are four noble truths for writers

  1. The writing life is difficult, and full of disappointment and dissatisfaction. Therefore, we have to be mindful of what is most important as a writer—the process of writing and my present moment of writing.
  2. Much of this dissatisfaction comes from the ego, from our insistence on controlling both the process of writing (which really cannot be controlled) and how the world reacts to what we have written.
  3. There is a way to lessen disappointment and dissatisfaction and to live a more fruitful writing life. It is by being much more mindful of each step of your writing life.
  4. The way to accomplish this is to make both the practice of writing and the world itself less about ourselves and more about the writing itself. To thrive and be at your best, you must be mindful of your motives and attachments to desired outcomes.

By taking these four noble truths into consideration, you could be the best and excel as a writer. But what’s more you will also gain self-confidence and self-control as well.

Try it!

Irene S. Roth