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I'm H. K. Gilbert, author of children's books and creator of Barkley, Secret Service Dog. Barkley helps guard the White House and his job is to help keep America's first family safe. I not only write children's books, I also encourage parents to take time to read to their children each and every day. In today's world, both parents often have jobs outside of the home and it becomes difficult to find the extra time to sit down and read to our children. As a single parent myself, I can certainly relate to those challenges and I hope to inspire parents to invest quality time with their children by reading a good book together.  I hope you enjoy my books and please check out Barkley's Website by clicking here.

Excited to announce Barkley Secret Service Dog and The Case of the Purple Diamonds Book-App, is available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad!

H.K. Gilbert Gives Book Review For Young Author Sarah Voskamp
Friday, Jan 13, 2012 11:10am

                                           Written by Sarah Voskamp

Nothing excites me more than to see a young author roll up her sleeves and make that dream a reality! That is just what eleven-year old author, Sarah Voskamp did......and yes, I did say eleven years old! Sarah wanted to write a book about friendship, having a passion, and continuing to follow your dreams, even in the face of adversity. Filly Girls is a delightful story about three horseback-riding best friends, Ellie, Felicity, and Sandra who overcome tough challenges with pure determination as they follow their dreams and passions for horseback riding. These three young girls learn what it means to go after their dreams and then live with the outcome even if it might not be what they expected. This book will excite and captivate young readers and leave them wanting more! We have a rising star in our midst.....and I'm quite certain we will be hearing more about this talented young lady!

                                               Author Sarah Voskamp   

Sarah Voskamp was inspired to write the book from two friends who challenged each other to go home from school and write a book. Sarah being very competitive by nature and extremely goal oriented did just that........and not only wrote a book but one that has already sold over 2000 copies!

Sarah wrote her first novel, Filly Girls at the age of nine and became published by age ten. Sarah has appeared on shows such as Better Mornings Atlanta, Channel 5 News Atlanta, Focus Atlanta WUPA, and on Chex T.V. in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and even interviewed in 15 newspapers and magazines locally and nationally. Sarah is on various online media sites and has done readings and speaking events at 38 different schools in Georgia, Florida, and Canada speaking to an audience of 25 to 800 children. 

Sarah has a strong desire to not only write a story but to also be an inspiration to children who may have a desire to do something "big" but may lack confidence. Sarah expressed that she never expected that she would inspire so many kids who have met her and she hopes to travel to more schools across the country to inspire even more! When Sarah is not writing she enjoys training and swimming for Swim Atlanta swim team and I've heard..... has quite an amazing butterfly stroke! She also enjoys volleyball and hopes to start that sport in the winter. Sarah lives in Georgia with her two brothers, mom, dad, and her adorable dog. 


                        Sarah Voskamp's Website



                Available on Kindle, Nook, and Ipad 
as well as
Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Filly Girls
Paperback: 84 pages
Ages: 7 - 12
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
ISBN-10: 0982868979
ISBN-13: 978-0982868973

HK Gilbert

Making learning fun and encouraging parents to spend quality time with their children~




Happy New Year!!!
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 9:06pm


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!  

I'm looking forward to starting off the new year with many wonderful authors and book reviews of their amazing work. Be sure to tune in and learn more about these must have books!!

HK Gilbert

H.K. Gilbert Gives Book Review For Author Bob Cotten
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 1:10pm

                                         Written by Bob Cotten

Ok ladies.........are you looking for that perfect gift for your man? Tired of the old tie track and cologne routine? Well, look no further.....I have a great gift idea for you! Napoleon's Chicken: Recipes Fit for Emperors; Designed for Weekend Cooks by Bob Cotten, is not just your average cookbook but a cookbook with a man in mind! Bob's ingenious idea of creating a cookbook that targets the man who might want to cook for his wife, his friends or sweetheart but perhaps gets performance anxiety from what he suspects are female-oriented food measurement manuals and just says "to heck with it" and sticks to grilling steaks or making drinks! Bob feels that the attitude is a sad neglect of talent if you ask him! Bob states that most of the world's certified chefs are men and share the manly traits of not asking anybody for directions and generally limiting measurements to oil changes or maybe carpentry.

It is Bob's long held and scientifically unfounded conjecture that two of the reasons men shy away from cooking are because they think it's sissy and involves a lot of nit-picking measurements. The typical cookbook reinforces both of those inhibitions. Bob puts us "female gift seekers" to the test and poses the question......while walking through the "cooking section" of any major bookstore amongst hundreds of cookbook titles.......is there a picture of a woman on the cover? Is she wearing an apron? Is the apron with pink flowers on it? Would the typical guy actually buy that? Probably Not! 

Bob Cotten has created a cookbook with a masculine appeal and a dash of history behind each recipe. Wonderful stories such as Napoleon's very own chicken dish originally created as the smoke cleared on the battlefield at Marengo, near Turin, Italy, in 1800. He named it "Chicken Marengo" and your husband or friend can literally get up and go into the kitchen and prepare this very dish for you and your friends! How amazing your man will feel to become so inspired that he has re-created a delicious meal right from the pages of history and while he's at it......make a round of "Papa Dobles" the very same daiquiri that Hemingway himself invented in Havana, in 1932. This wonderful book features over 75 delicious foods that any man can make using easy, step-by-step procedures. Each plan will tell your man what tools he will need, what they need to get from the store, and how to put it all together to make great food! I truly love this cookbook and plan on making a few of these yummy recipes for the holidays myself! This is a great gift idea and would make a beautiful addition to your cookbook collection.

                                    Author Bob Cotten

Bob Cotten, left newspaper reporting in the South to spend the next 15 years writing and directing documentary films and television science programs. He later allowed his taste buds to create Bob Cotten Gourmet Specialties, serving 20 years as the company's recipe developer and chief promoter in the eastern U.S. and in Europe. He shared his kitchen talents in a humorous newspaper column entitled "Bachelor Cook," written mostly for people wanting to cook but were intimidated by all the minutiae. Bob now lives with his wife, Judy, in eastern Pennsylvania.


     Create your own delicious versions of some historic foods such as:

                                  Authentic Cajun Gumbo
                                     Easy Bearnaise Sauce
         Chicken Rochambeau from Antoine's in the French Quarter
                              The Orginal Shrimp Newberg
                               Mushrooms & Sour Cream
                                          Eggs Sardou
               Crab Louis, Seafood Pasta, and Shrimp & Grits
 Plus great breakfasts, salads, drinks, desserts & fabulous, one-of-a-kind dishes! 

Bob Cotten's Website **
                               COMING SOON!!

Napoleon's Chicken: Recipes Fit for Emperors, Designed for Weekend Cooks
Publisher: CreateSpace
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452843732
ISBN-13: 978-1452843735

     **Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble**

HK Gilbert

Making learning fun and encouraging parents to spend quality time with their children~ 


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