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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - Hot Buttons by Nicole O'Dell

I'm pleased to host a book blog tour stop for the Hot Buttons book series by Nicole O'Dell!

About the Books:
Nicole O'Dell helps address the Hot Buttons in teens' lives before the issues become problems.
From dating to drugs, modesty to purity, morals to popularity, teens face all sorts of tough issues. How teens respond to these hot-button issues can have lasting effects on who they want to be and who they actually become. What if parents can help their teens prepare for these hot buttons-before the issues become a problem?

The uniquely packaged Hot Buttons Series is an accessible, quick-reference resource that parents can use to equip their children to make the right decisions, even in the face of peer pressure and outside influences. More than just another how-to manual, Hot Button Dating Edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.
Author, mom, and broadcaster, Nicole O'Dell provides short scenarios followed by three or four responses that a teen might choose in that particular situation. Parents are then encouraged to help their children explore the issue, ask questions, and discuss the options, so when a similar situation comes up in real life, the teens are already prepared to respond.

Hot Buttons Dating Edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.
Hot Buttons Internet Edition helps parents prepare their teens for online challenges they may face. Topics discussed include: internet activity, file sharing, social networking, and internet predators.

Hot Buttons Drug Edition braves the scary world of substance abuse, equipping parents with facts, warning signs, and real-world scenarios on: alcohol; Marijuana and other drugs; inhalants; and prescription drugs.

Hot Buttons Sexuality Edition offers the facts about teen sexuality, backed by statistics; specifics for how to talk frankly about sex with your kids, discussion about the growth of homosexuality and bisexuality among teens; and compassionate advice for guiding your teen to reclaim purity.

Link to buy books: http://ow.ly/esojj

Where were these wonderful little books when my kids were teenagers? 

These four books, small enough to carry in your purse or a backpack, are chalk-full of great information, ideas, and advice on the top four trickiest subjects to discuss with your teens.  Nicole O'Dell has provided the blueprints for starting conversations with your children, plus questions to keep the topic in focus, and last, but certainly not least, prayers for both parents and children to guide them to understanding and consideration. 

I would suggest these books to parents of pre-teens and teens as being great additions to any parenting library - because isn't parenting an ongoing session of learning and teaching!

Meet Nicole:

Youth-culture expert, Nicole O'Dell is the host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk and the founder of Choose NOW Ministries, dedicated to guiding teens through tough issues and helping parents encourage good decisions.
On air, O'Dell covers peer pressure, dating, purity, drugs, alcohol, modesty, popularity, and anything else that comes up along the way. Nicole writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents about how to prepare for life's tough choices.

As an author, O'Dell writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her popular YA fiction includes the Diamond Estate Series and the Scenarios for Girls interactive books that feature alternate endings, allowing young girls to decide the outcome for the main character. Her nonfiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column.
While her YA resources encourage and equip teens, Nicole also works to bridge the communication gap between teens and their parents. The Hot Buttons series helps parents discuss tough issues with their tweens and teens before the issues pop up in real life. Watch for future Hot Buttons books on subjects like bullying, image, prejudice, friendships, politics, and more.

O'Dell, resides in Paxton, IL, with her husband and six children-the youngest of whom are
toddler triplets.

Find out more about Nicole at http://nicoleodell.com

Nicole is celebrating the release of the first four editions of the Hot Buttons series by hosting a Live Video Chat on November 1st. During the Video Chat Nicole will be sharing practical tips, answering questions and giving away some great prizes – including a $100 Visa Cash Card. RSVP here and save the date for November 1st.

And don’t miss the 30-Day Hot Button Challenge!

Parents, grandparents, youth leaders: Join us for a 30-day Hot Buttons challenge where you’ll be challenged daily to have Hot Buttons conversations with your tweens and teens. A new Hot Button strategic scenario will be posted at www.facebook.com/HotButtons beginning on Monday,11/12, and each day for 30 days. You’ll be invited to ask questions, share results, and offer advice as you tackle the issues. This is the perfect way to prepare your teen for a victorious 2013!

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity for including me on this blog tour, and to the publisher for providing the review copies of these books.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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