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Monday, March 26, 2012

Chocolate Socks. My book review and Interview with Holly Durst

If you remember last week I announced I had some big news Big News coming up. Well the time is here.  I had been like a kid in line in Disney World waiting for my copy of  Chocolate Socks the new children's book written by Holly Durst. And guess what, it finally came.

Holly Durst who is known by some as the winner of the Bachelor Pad II has written this great, easy to read book for children.  This is a 32 page hardback book. Very colorful and when I say easy to read, I mean that my kids follow along with it and C3 has asked if she could take it to bed with her each time after we have read it.  It has the wonderful rhyming flow that carries you through the book from start to finish.  Yes, we have read it several times already. Nothing is better for four kids than a hardcover book. It will last and it will fit in great in the shelf where all the other children's books are. I see Chocolate Socks as a book that we will be pulling out to read over and over as time goes on.

So what happens when a little girl takes her two favorite things, Chocolate and Socks and puts them together? Well, guess you will just have to get the book and read it to your children and find out together.  But I can tell you this, you wont be disappointed.  This book is filled with a wonderful lesson.  A lesson that is much needed for some children these days. Whatever dreams you have in your mind, as long as you follow through with them, anything can happen.  Never give up or let go of your dreams, no matter how crazy or weird they seem, they are your dreams so stick with them.  The sweet girl in the book is so kind and caring that she also shares the reality or her dreams with her friends.  The book is filled with a story that will make you smile and as parents you will be asking your children for two things that they dream about putting together.  As a matter of fact I asked the kids what two things they would dream of putting together and this is what I got out of them,

C1- Lego Ninja + Gold = Gold LegoNinja
C2- Snakes + Samari Lego = Lego Samari Snake
C3- Chocolate + Nintendo Ds = Chocolate Ds
C4- Chocolate + Breastmilk = Chocolate Breastmilk


Along with receiving a copy of Chocolate Socks, I was also invited to do a phone interview with Holly. Let me say this, Holly was so kind and sweet enough to do this phone interview early on the morning.  She did inform me that she is an early bird and often rises around 6am and that might have been why she sounded so fresh at 8:30am. I was so excited to talk to her and to be honest I was very nervous, but as nice and down to earth as she was, she made it seems like we had been friends for so long.

Now I am a huge fan of the family of Bachelor shows so when I got the chance to ask Holly about being on the show, I had to ask but I wanted to get it out of the way and focus on the book Chocolate Socks since being a father and reading to the 4 C’s is way more important than chit chatting about the Bachelor and Bachelor Pad. So I took only a moment to ask her about her involvement with the reality shows.

Holly said she is so thankful for her time on the Bachelor and the Bachelor Pad but she would much rather be known as an author more than a woman that was on a reality show. I asked her if winning the Bachelor Pad helped push her in her dreams of getting her book finished and published and she said it most definitely was. Having that money helped her dream come true since a lot of the time writers have to purchase their own books.

If you have read anything about Holly and the story behind the book Chocolate Socks then you know how the book came to be. But with all the writing she has done and all of her other projects that are in the works, Chocolate Socks was chosen to be her first publication simply because, as she put it “All of my friends and family thought it was the cutest one.” And being that she comes from a family full of creativity its no wonder that she has been successful so far with this book and will continue to be in the future with her other projects.

She also gave me a little insight into one of her other books. “I Miss You” a book she wrote for some children that she used to look after while living in Ohio. As she moved on to California she had the idea of leaving behind something for those kids and it happened to turn into a book. She also told me that she loves the idea of the “I Miss You Book” because so many military families have told her they love it so much and it has helped them deal with some of the separation of kids to parents.

Among other projects she has in the works we talked about a novel she has been working on for the last 5 years or so and she is mixing some personal experience into that one as well. I would be very interested to see the transition from writing kids books to a novel, so I will be waiting on that one too.

I want to tell you that asking her about her upcoming wedding to Blake and the way she talked about him reminded me so much of my love for T. She told me that when they were on the Bachelor Pad together she was telling him about her writing and she read for him word for word the Chocolate Socks book from memory and she told me he loved it. She says she is not nervous at all about the wedding and neither is Blake. I did ask if Blake likes to write now and she laughed and said he just sticks to the dental practice but does accompany her to the book signings. For a man to be in any store with his fiance or wife for any reason at all, well that is true love. I wish Holly much success with her future in writing and I hope that she and Blake have a happy future together and maybe one day she can read my book to her children.

I had so much more I wanted to talk to her about and ask her and maybe one day I will get the chance to talk to her again. I have a dream of writing a children's book of my own, so talking to her game me some extra motivation but I could have talked to her for hours to pick her brain.

Want a copy of Chocolate Socks for your kids here is what you do, go to any of these sites and get your copy today, it is well worth it.

Amazon.com
Barnes And Noble.com
HollyDurst.com

Finally, thanks again to Holly and also Alison Storm at Ambassador International for letting me do this. It was a great pleasure.

Chocolate Socks was written by Holly Durst and Illustrated by Brandon Fall.

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5 comments:

plantingpennies March 26, 2012 at 6:08 PM   Reply to

Hey Bro, great job on the book review and the interview! You always have something special for your readers. And here you are, hanging out with celebs.

I remember when your blog was written on the bathroom wall, there were lots of pictures of Loni Anderson and you used a lot of cuss words. I miss those days.

Mark L.

The Mommyologist March 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM   Reply to

Great interview! Love Holly and she and Blake are so cute together! I will have to check out her book too!

mrsbrightside78 March 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM   Reply to

I'll have to check this one out, thanks for the recommendation!

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