I love learning about open doors for us as writers. And I’m excited to learn about two small publishing houses that publish children’s books. Isn’t that great news? To discover new places that are publishing books for kids? But even better news is that both of these houses…yes, I repeat BOTH…are open to unsolicited manuscript […]

via Unsolicited Children’s Book Submissions — Blogzone

Unsolicited Children’s Book Submissions — Blogzone

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing

The SIBO Diet Plan

I wanted to share a review of this book because it is fantastic. The information is enlightening and the recipes are mouth watering.



Author:  Kristy Regan, MScN

Publisher:  Rockridge Press

ISBN: 9781641520584

What is SIBO? I didn’t know until now. SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is what can be the cause of your gut problems. Symptoms can be cramping, fatigue, anemia, brain fog, joint pain and even eczema. The big symptoms are diarrhea, flatulence, belching, bloating, constipation and anxiety. All of these can be the reason you may don’t function like you want to. This handy guide can help you figure out if you have SIBO along with the help of a test from your doctor. Within these pages are a plethora of resources including a quiz.

In just one month you can change your diet and slowly start to feel better. This guide offers detailed explanations of what to eat and how to prepare basic foods that won’t irritate or agitate your digestive system.  There is also a list of foods to avoid. This guide also shares information on how to rebuild your kitchen from the pantry to the refrigerator to your freezer. The schedule set up for you has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to help keep you targeted on your way to better health and also to help you eliminate the food items that don’t make you feel very good. It’s all about the process of elimination so you can pinpoint those bad food culprits.

Some of the suggested recipes are easy and inexpensive to prepare. Does fruit salad with mint lime dressing make your mouth water? How about garlic parmesan chicken legs or blueberry coconut milk? There is even a recipe on how to make an electrolyte drink for the athlete in your home or for yourself. There are so many mouth watering recipes including serving sizes, calories and even sodium and carbs details. Anyone who suffers from chronic gut pain can become educated about SIBO and get back to feeling more energetic and healthy. I wanted this book for the recipes and the education on a better way to look at food and how to prepare it. If you want further research options, the back of the book has a list.

Courtesy of Callisto Publisher’s Club


By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing

Do You Judge Books By The Cover?



I judge books by the cover. I don’t mind sharing my  truth with you. I can’t help it. When I was a kid hanging out in the library, the only reason I read and loved “Where The Wild Things Are” was because of the monsters on the cover. I loved monsters and the monsters presented in this story were cute and strange and colorful. How would I have known that this story was an award winner? The librarian didn’t tell me and neither did my parents. I had no idea how that story would make me feel until I read it. So, I’m asking you, do you judge a book by its cover?

I do have an exception, if a friend refers and author or a series, I will read the book, whether or not I like the cover art. I trust my friends and the types of books they read and value their opinions. As an avid reader and book reviewer, I love discovering new stories and new authors. You may feel this way too. But, I still need your opinion. Please take a moment to complete the survey. I’m anxious to see what you think about cover art.

Please click on the link to complete the form. Thanks so much for your time.

The Art of the Cover Form

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing