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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Maria Faulconer's Mother's Day Event and Giveaway

I am very honored to be able to be a part of a very special event and giveaway today in support of Maria Faulconer's A MOM FOR UMANDE and mothers everywhere. This picture book is a charming true adoption story featuring a very special surrogate mother, and we would like to extend that love to the women in your lives. 

Mothers come in all sorts of packages, from natural moms, to adoptive moms, to women who stepped in and raised us in the best way they knew how. No matter what form they come in, mothers are a special group of women who deserve to be honored this Mother's Day, and we couldn't be more excited to share the special tributes from all the bloggers participating in this wonderful event by not only featuring A MOM FOR UMANDE, but also celebrating the very special women who raised you with original blogger content celebrating the moms in our lives in each post.


A True Adoption Story
by Maria Faulconer
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Release date: April 3rd, 2014
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook


The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom.

When Umande was born, his mother didn’t know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him.

This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike.


There aren't enough words in the world to describe how amazing my mom is...
she is caring - beyond caring! Even at my old age, she still makes me call her when I get home so she knows that we got home okay - we live less than 12 minutes away, lol!

My mom is my best friend...
I can tell her anything! ANYTHING!!! 
Not that I have... nope, that's a lie! My mom knows everything... except maybe one or two things... which don't even count, because, even if I don't tell her, she knows! She just does - scary thing how moms can do that, lol! But, now that I'm a mom too, I get it... it's a cool power to have ;) 

My mom is my role model, I look up to her...
See, with my mom, what you see is what you get!... most of the time ;)
Sometimes she tries to spare our feelings, but, the truth is always best!
She's had her ups and downs, she's not perfect - and I am happy and honored to be able to know my mom so well. I've seen her at her happiest and her saddest... her most angry and disappointed moments too. She does not shy away from real life moments. She is a strong and determined woman and always manages to get things done. She has taught me to embrace the good, and the bad; and that no matter what it is, we can work it out together, because we are never alone.

 My mom loves us: my dad, my sister and I, her grandkids, her son-in-laws and so many more... always putting others before herself. Worries more than she should...

Look at her! Isn't she the prettiest mom you've ever seen?!

I cannot imagine a world without her!
She's my mom.

I love you, mami!!! xo



*Winner will receive a special Mother’s Day gift basket including:
 - Lavender and Vanilla Candle
- A Book of Simple Pleasures
- A Lavender Lotion and Hand Soap Set
- Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath and Body Lotion
- Lavender Chamomile Shea Butter Soap
- A White Flower in a Wooden Box
- Lavender Soap in a Keepsake Box

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Maria Faulconer

Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She loves writing stories, especially ones that tug at the heartstrings.

A huge animal lover, and an adoptive mom herself, she knew when she saw a photo of a baby gorilla snuggling with his surrogate mom that she had to tell their story – A Mom for Umande. 

Her first children’s book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was used for a statewide literacy program. 

She currently writes for Colorado Springs Style magazine and is working on a YA novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.


Event Participants
Monday, May 4th - Coffee Books 7 Art
Monday, May 4th- Pieces of Whimsy
Monday, May 4th - 21st Century Once Upon a Times
Thursday, May 7th- In Between the Pages
Thursday, May 7th- Beauty and the Armageddon
Thursday, May 7th- Deal Sharing Aunt
Thursday, May 7th- A Book and a Latte
Friday, May 8th- The Phantom Paragrapher
Friday, May 8th- Curling Up With a Good Book
Friday, May 8th- Stacy S. Jensen
Saturday, May 9th- Ishiee's Book Blog
Saturday, May 9th- Maureen's Books
Saturday, May 9th- Bookworm for Kids
Sunday, May 10th- LuLo Fangirl
Sunday, May 10th- Refreshingly Riki
Sunday, May 10th- Bumbles & Fairytales
Sunday, May 10th- Books Are Love

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