Monday, September 22, 2014

Is Reading Good For Kids & Teens? Guest Post & Givewaway With Jamie-Jo Brenner - Soul Searching Tour

Is reading good for kids/teens?

I think reading is great for anyone, but I especially believe it to be beneficial for kids/teens. If they read the right books, teens can find a character or story to identify with that could help them through anything they may be going through. Books also encourage you to think for yourself rather than rely on things that you've been told by teachers or parents. We could all read the same book, and everyone would get something different about it. And none of us would be wrong. That's what I love about books. And I wouldn't want to take that away from kids or teens.

I think it's important to get kids to want to read at a young age. Not assigned school books, but books that they choose. I wish I’d been encouraged to read more as a child. When I was really little my mom read to me a lot, but when I was old enough to read to myself, I didn't continue. As a result, I'm going back now and reading all the books that I should've read. Unfortunately, they don't impact me the way they would have had I read them when I was younger.

My little cousin and I bond through books. I read a lot of young adult novels and she's at the age when she's just getting into them. We talk about books when we run out of other topics to discuss. And by discussing books with kids, it's a great way to see how they view the world. You get to share in their wonder and imagination. I love learning her views on things and how she sees the world. It enhances my view as I read those same books, and as I write my own stories.

I will continue to promote reading at any age, because everyone could use a little escape and magic in their life. That's what books are: a reminder that we're not alone in this world. That, wherever you are, there are other people reading and enjoying the same books as you. It gives you a sense of community no matter how old you are. And especially in this day in age, I believe that young people need that.

I'm a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. I have been on mission trips, one to Haiti and the other to a Native American Reservation/Camp in Oklahoma. I loved both experiences.

I am in the Army Reserves. And I volunteer at Camp Sunshine each August. I also work in Security for Farmer's Insurance. And I was a victim's advocate for the YWCA.

My passion is writing and I love to read. I wrote a books, A Place for Me, and most recently, Soul Searching.

When I was 19, I made an independent film (wrote, directed and starred in it) called, Weight of the World. I wrote A Place for Me when I was 20. Published it at 21. When I was 22, my cousins and I made a indie movie out of it.

Now at 32, I wrote another book. Soul Searching.

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I also have a facebook page for me, Jamie-Jo Brenner as well as Soul Searching novel page.

Book Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Self-Published through CreateSpace on Amazon
Release Date: July 16, 2014
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Book Description:

Brent Harper is the perfect guy. He's Max's hero--the boy she's had a crush on since the school year began. But when Brent goes missing, Max must face the truth that she really doesn't know him at all. In order to find him, she will first need to learn everything she can about him.

After Brent wakes up without any memories, his only choice is to trust the first person he sees. Alison, the girl who finds him, promises to help him remember. But what if he doesn't want to remember? When his memories start to return, Brent is confronted with the hardest decision of his life.

How do you choose between who you thought you were and who you want to be?



There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.

Images of the fight flooded my mind. I’d considered Lucas and Mark my friends, but I wasn’t so sure anymore. I stopped them from picking on my best friend, Max, and the next thing I knew I was shoved against a locker. The cold metal rattled loudly when my body slammed into it. My head throbbed in pain at the contact.
“Stay out of it for once,” Lucas growled.
“Maybe it’s time you learned your place,” Mark spat at me as his fist knocked the wind out of my lungs.
Lucas’s knee connected with my ribs, and I winced in pain. They alternated between knees to stomach, and punches to my face. I fell to a clump on the ground. I knew I should‘ve defended myself, but I made a promise to someone--a promise that I swore I’d keep. I took the beating without complaint, because I knew I deserved it. I always deserved it.
Between kicks, I heard Mark say, “Dude, fight back.”
It sounded like a plea. But I lost consciousness before I figured out the significance of it. It’d been hours since that fight, but even now my ribs hurt and my face ached. Even with all the blood washed away, I bore evidence of the fight, and had feared going home.
I wandered the streets and watched the sky darken around me as I prayed for answers that never came. If they had come, I wouldn’t have done something that I already regretted. I made my choice. And even if I didn’t remember this in the morning, the truth of it weighed heavily on my mind tonight. My demons always found a way to haunt me. Somehow, I knew they’d follow me this time as well. I just wished I hadn’t chosen to start this journey alone.
I reached my destination, and had I taken one last look at the sky. I found my favorite constellations, and recalled all the times I’d admired this same sky. I always felt at home among the stars--they were the only good thing about the darkness. Their presence harkened the depths of imagination. They were ageless as they gazed back at us. We were mere fragments in the lifetime of a star. I longed for that kind of immortality. Even now, I yearned to exist.
I collapsed onto the grass, and fought off sleep for as long as I could. I was terrified of tomorrow. Exhausted, I dispelled one last breath of hot air, and I resigned myself to my fate. Things were finally going to change, I’d seen to that. I couldn’t run forever. And with that thought in mind, I had closed my eyes, and allowed the spell to take me.


August 24 - October 13

August 24 - Introduction at VBT CafĂ© Blog

August 26 - Guest Blogging at Coffee, Books & Art

August 28 - Spotlight at Cherry Mischievous

September 2 - Reviewed at Give Me The Books

September 4 - 6 Besties at BK Walker Books

September 8 - Guest Blogging at Bikers With Books

September 10 - Spotlight at Mom With A Kindle

September 12 - 5 Things I Know For Sure & Favorite Recipe at CAT Magazine

September 15 - Reviewed at AG LANG Writes

September 17 - Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions

September 19 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.

September 22 - Guest Blogging at Black Coffee, Brown Cow

September 24 - Reviewed at Debbie Jeans

September 26 - Review & Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt

September 29 - Review & Guest Blog at

October 1 - Interviewed at The Avid Reader

October 3 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner

October 6 - Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK

October 8 - Interviewed at Yah Did Marketing Radio at 6:30pm EST

October 10 - Interviewed at Immortality & Beyond

October 13 - Reviewed at BK Walker Books


  1. Thanks for letting me hang out for the day!

  2. Hi there - Thanks for the post. I liked the excerpt.
    D. Coto ( - Pit Crew


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