Blog tour~Julie K. Nelson with the book Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 tips for surviving parenthood


Julie Nelson with the book Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 tips for surviving parenthood.


Get the parenting results you want without stepping into the battle zone. Popular radio personality, university professor, author, and TV expert Julie K. Nelson combines her professional expertise with her personal experience as a mom of five in this book. Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this must-read will help you enforce rules without manipulation or coercion and addresses a wide variety of essential parenting topics.


  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Plain Sight (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462116329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462116324



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Meet Julie K. Nelson…

Julie K. Nelson is a wife and mother of five children, raising them in Illinois and now Utah. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Utah State University in marriage, family and human development. Her scholarly research and creative writing have been published in journals and anthologies, and she has won numerous state and national awards for her writing. Julie has enjoyed teaching children in public and private schools and currently teaches at Utah Valley University.



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Is was an entertaining as well as informative, funny and educational book. While, my children are grown…Parents! Is is a great resource book!

Filled with insight, resources to help enrich yours and your children’s lives. An informative, entertaining, and enjoyable read! A wonderful “self-help” book, packed full of knowledge, insight, information and a gem of a book. New and young parents, this would be a very helpful book, one in which, the reader, learns so much, it is unbelievable, how much information the author packed into this amazing book. Easy to read, with funny insights from the author’s own experience as a parent. I would recommend to both new and young parents. Enjoyable! Well written!

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Welcome Wigu Publishing!!!

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?


WIGU: Wigu Publishing came from a grassroots effort of three creative, talented and risk taking minds that believe in the significance of childhood dreams.  Barron, born and raised in Southern California, is a chronic entrepreneur with a passion for publishing.  Barron believes in creating a brand that he is not only passionate about, but in the end will have a lasting impact in communities around the world.  Mark brings to the table a vast corporate experience in writing and illustrating and grew up emulating great writers and thinkers.  Kim, Wigu’s Director of Communications and Marketing believes strongly in the book series and finds a way to manage her busy schedule of kids, home, work, and marketing for Wigu books.  Kim’s national marketing background and desire to create a positive change makes her the perfect fit to the team.  The Wigu team not only brings a strong background in the publishing, writing and marketing arenas, but ultimately believes in providing content to children that is not currently available and to create an understating of how education can directly relate to a passion, understanding and a career path for kids.


MBA&M: What inspired you to write Children’s books?


WIGU: The inspiration for Wigu books ultimately spans from Barron’s list of dreams and ideas that he continually creates and brings to fruition.  Barron found that the marketplace was absent from books that spoke to the concept of careers and found his long time friend and colleague, Mark, to be the perfect match for the ultimate vision of Wigu.  Mark’s experience in writing and illustrating, coupled with his five grandchildren, continue to be an inspiration for his characters and story writing.  As the team says, “We hope to give our young children the tools to help them dream longer and to give them a basic understanding of what their childhood dream actually means…and maybe even the opportunity to explore these dreams and make them a reality.”


MBA&M: Why a series on “When I Grow Up…”?


WIGU: The When I Grow Up series was honestly a “no brainer.”  After extensive research on the topic, all three founders realized that the children’s book marketplace was completely bare of serious books relating to careers… something most young children dream about daily. In a day in age when educating our youth is at the forefront, we seem to miss the “big picture” of what children need in order to conceptually understand what they aspire to be when they grow up.  Furthermore, children continue to have misconceptions about careers and Wigu provides a concrete and realistic understanding of a multitude of careers.  Ultimately, the team believes in providing quality content to children that will provide them the inspiration to one day choose a responsible career. The books do not just put every child into one “mold”.  These books provide an opportunity for every child to visualize their early passion in life. 


MBA&M: How many books will be in this series?

WIGU: We are realistic when it comes to the books we publish.  We will strive to provide realistic and in depth content for children, and recognize the endless opportunities available when it comes to this genre of books for children.  Our goal is to create quality literature and provide as many opportunities possible for children to explore, as well as to promote a solid foundation for goodness and respect for our communities, environment and society as a whole.


MBA&M: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits into your journey to being published?


WIGU: Like many creative start-ups, our journey began from a vision, then a passion, and finally an understanding of what was needed in the children’s educational arena.  In an age where children are in the monotonous routine of attending school each day, reading text books, doing homework and told they will go to college, but ultimately do not understand “what for.” It is just amazing to us how a young child’s dream disappears and how life begins to consume them. Wigu hopes to bridge this gap and help to create an understanding of WHY am I doing this and how do I get there? 


MBA&M: What would you advise aspiring authors to do first and foremost in their writing career?


WIGU: First and foremost, aspiring authors must be passionate about the subject matter and know who their audience (the reader) is.  Readers, whether young or old, will know immediately if the author is following this basic guideline. For Wigu, we are bonded by this quality, and take it to the next required step, by combining the perfect combination of vision and research.  While Barron continues to expound “research, research, research”, Mark believes that “the rule for writing books is that “there is no rule.” This ying and yang combination provides for a perfect opportunity for give and take, and ultimately for success.


MBA&M:  What does writing a book encompass for you telling your story? 


For Wigu, it’s all about understanding where children are at.  What problems do children face? Do they lack confidence in certain areas?  How do they handle diversity at their age?  What fears do they have?  What happens during recess or at the soccer field?  We try to tailor our books to address these issues in a realistic fashion as part of our dialog.  We feel that our books are more than just about careers… there are life lessons in every book we will publish. But ultimately, we view our books as “thank you notes” to others for what they do on our behalf. 

  MBA&M: Who would you say inspired you the most to write Children’s books?  Why?


WIGU: Wigu was, and is, inspired by our own vision. We feel that we need to speak up for people that can’t speak for themselves, namely, our children. 

 Thank you so much for your inspiration, and your willingness to provide and inspire Children with wonderful, creative, and educational material!!



About Wigu…..

Wigu Publishing is a collaboration of talented and creative individuals working together to create informative and fun books for our children.  Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations.  Wigu’s books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference.  Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.





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WIGU Books | When I Grow Up I Want to the U.S. Army

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…..IN THE U.S. ARMY!:Jake Learns About the U.S. Army.

When Jake’s teacher assigns a “career” project, Jake decides he wants to be a soldier in the United States Army. Jake and his father visit an Army surplus store to find items he can use to present his project. As they search the store, each item makes the history and proud spirit of the U.S. Army come to life for Jake and readers alike. Through Jake’s discoveries, readers are introduced to the history of the U.S. Army, what soldiers’ duties include,
and the equipment they use.

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939973058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939973054


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Carlee had always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up, until her mother is hired as a teacher at her school! Some of her friends are even in her mother’s class. Carlee is worried. What will her friends say? Will her mother do something to embarrass her? Carlee vows never to become a teacher like her mother, but as she journeys through the first day of school with her own new teacher, Carlee makes some surprising discoveries.

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939973082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939973085


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Wigu Publishing | #childrensbooks #firefighterWHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…..A FIREFIGHTER! WILL’S AMAZING DAY!

Will was excited to go on his class field trip, until he learned they would be touring the local firehouse. Now, he is dreading the trip. For as long as he can remember, Will has been afraid of fire and, worse than that, firefighters! Though he knows firefighters are heroes who do dangerous work, to him they are giants in heavy coats and masks. As he journeys with his class through the fire station, Will and readers alike are introduced to the exciting world of firefighting. Can Will overcome his fears and maybe even learn something surprising about himself?

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (February 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939973112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939973115


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WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE….IN THE U.S. ARMY! Jake Learns about the U.S. Army!

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE….A TEACHER! Carlee learns a Surprising Lesson!


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MEET THE AUTHOR: (from the author’s website)

Lee Harmon lives in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, and blogs at The Dubious Disciple. He grew up in Oregon, in a strict Christian home surrounded by fundamental Bible beliefs. He is the author of Revelation: The Way It Happened and John’s Gospel: The Way It Happened. Here he relates his spiritual journey in his own words:

I will always appreciate my upbringing as a Christian. Christianity remains my heritage. I embrace it, and the standards and morals I learned as a child have served me well. I sincerely hope I have passed on to my children the same Christian traits my parents showed to me.

However, most Christians learn to draw a line somewhere–a line which separates the saved from the damned. The people on one side of the line are alive, the others dead. Now, this doctrine may be true on one level. I have observed that, on average, Christians (not to the exclusion of adherents to other belief systems equally capable of enhancing life with added meaning) live happier, healthier, more well-balanced and more satisfied lives. Yet, beneath this utopia lie the many horrible atrocities of the Christian God, the God we read of in the Old Testament. How can these be reconciled? Then along came the teachings of holy books such as Revelation and Matthew, detailing how the saved will frolic in heaven while the damned suffer horrific torment forever in hell. Not a mere temporary punishment for sins, mind you, this lasts for ever and ever! Good Christians learn to turn their thoughts, and dwell on the positive, doing their best to ignore this evil, but a time arrived for me when I no longer could do this. As a strong Bible believer, I entered a period, maybe ten years ago, of severe depression. I understood clearly from the scriptures that “few there be that are saved,” and I would shuffle down the street, staring into the eyes of people I knew would suffer the vengeance of God forever. That man parking his car with the bumper sticker that says,The meek will inherit the earth–after we’re through with it. Off to the hot place. The woman walking toward me pushing a baby stroller and teetering from a few too many beers. The fires of hell for her, certainly. Probably for the baby, too. Life became a cruel joke, eternity much worse.

My Christian sect discouraged me from reading any religious literature except the Bible. Only the Bible contained the Holy Word of God. But the time came when I had to know the truth. Was God an evil tyrant, happily condemning most of his creation to hell? I purchased books (carefully hiding them from my family at first) and began my own fevered study into the scriptures, accumulating bookshelves of Christian and other religious material, biblical archaeology, historical research, cosmology, eschatology, and studies of life after death. For years, I engulfed my life with this quest, and my library can hardly contain my research, of which I devoured every word. Who or what is God, really? A childish promoter of rape, genocide, and eternal hellfire? Or the God of Jesus, filling us with love, kindness, and compassion?

To make a long story short, my understanding of the “infallibility of the scriptures” evolved, and I began to discover human traits within the writers of the Bible. However inspired, man’s motives, opinions, and limited understanding began to flicker through. Strangely, my appreciation for the Bible grew even more! What a miraculous creation, chronicling the growing up of the Hebrew nation and their search for God! I look forward to sharing this discovery with you.

May your heart be gladdened, and may you embrace the mystery of whatever truly happens after this life.

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———- “He didn’t come.”

The old man blinked and said nothing.

“He’s not coming back for us, is he? The Temple will never be rebuilt.”

“Matthew, you must write again. You must write a new gospel. I will give you the words.”


Thus begins the sequel to the bloody dreams of Revelation’s Armageddon. Inside these pages lives a love story set aright.


About 15 years after Revelation, a second, very different, work attributed to John the Apostle was published. It is the year 95, and Matthew, son of Samuel, is 28 years old. This book continues my first story, Revelation: The Way it Happened. Our task this time, however, will be much more complex than for Revelation, since we lack the historical clues required to settle on a determinative interpretation of the Gospel of John. We will be forced to dig deeper this time around, if we are to unearth John’s meaning.

Few people learn to read and interpret the Bible the way it was written: As a collection of individual writings compiled over hundreds of years, each having a unique agenda and expressing a unique opinion. As you read my book, I want you to consider an important question: What happens if we pull the Gospel of John out from under the shadow of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and grant John’s author a mind of his own? What will he have to say?

Careful reading of the Gospel will uncover an underlying thesis. John’s purpose is to show that, in some mysterious way, Jesus Christ is God Himself! In the flesh! God did return to earth as the prophets promised, and the new age has begun!

John’s Gospel is no less about the end times than Revelation, but with a new emphasis. Scholars call John’s perspective realized eschatology, a promise that the golden age has arrived, and is ours for the grasping.

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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938008421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938008429

Genre: Education/Christian Book & Bible/Reference

Series: A Dubious Disciple Book

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


JOHN’S GOSPEL: THE WAY IT HAPPENED by Lee Harmon is an interesting Christian Book & Bible/Reference/Educational. It is “A Dubious Disciple Book” and the sequel to “Revelation: The Way It Happened”. What an interesting concept on the Gospel of John.

“A collection of individual writings,compiled over a thousand years,with the author of each one expressing his unique opinion.”

The author has interwoven fiction with fact in his account of the Gospel of John. It is brilliantly written, although, you may not agree with all his assessment. He has woven scriptures throughout,the story is told from various points of view and opinions,as the story progresses. Very interesting,educational and thought provoking. You will have to read “John’s Gospel” and find your own opinion. I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys Biblical gospel,historical events,religious studies and anyone interested in a very good read. The author has written a vivid account and added characters to make the Gospel of John seem you are there. We often forget the Bible was written based on real life accounts,by real life people who struggled,fought oppression and came through years before our time. What a lesson we can and have learned. A blessing! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More



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