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New Release: Matchmakers by Bernadette Marie

Matchmakers

 

 

Cellist Sophia Burkhalter thought ten years in Europe performing with an exclusive ensemble would have made it clear that she wasn’t a candidate for her grandmother’s matchmaking. After all, she’d walked away from the man she loved, leaving him back home in Kansas City.

David Kendal had fallen in love with Sophia, a match orchestrated by her grandmother and his aunt. However, the unexpected appearance of the daughter he never knew he had—and Sophia’s sudden, subsequent departure for Europe—thrust him into the role of single father.

Carissa Kendal has only ever wanted the best for her father. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that the very woman who broke her father’s heart might be the one to make them a real family.

Can Carissa and the women who originally played matchmaker to the duo convince them that love is worth a second try? Or will careers and past mistakes tear them apart forever before they have a chance to reconcile?

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Special Educational Needs – Getting Started With Statements

Please give a warm welcome to our very first Guest poster, Tania Tirraoro….

This year so far, I’ve started writing two fiction novels. Got to ten thousand words with one, then left it to sit. Another one, which I will soon be taking up again, got to just a thousand. Why did I stop the second? Because I woke up one morning and knew I had to write a book to help parents with special needs children get the educational support they required.

Getting Started With StatementsIt was a bolt from the blue and then again, it wasn’t. I have maintained a special educational needs site http://www.specialneedsjungle.co.uk since 2008. It has lots of advice to help parents but, that morning, I just knew I had to take it further and write a comprehensive guide to setting out a child’s needs in a methodical way to give the parent the best chance of securing help from the Local Education Authority (LEA).

Parenting is tough. It’s even more difficult when, when your child has a ‘hidden’ disability such as Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ADHD. Strangers are happy to judge you, teachers are ready to label the child lazy or thick or just plain badly behaved. Daily Mail readers are all too willing to stick the boot into parents of ADHD kids – of course, they’re all just bad parents who reach for the Ritalin and the Disability Living Allowance before you can say ‘firm discipline’. Continue reading

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