Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Good

The days immediately following Thanksgiving are well-known for their wild shopping sprees. Retailers pour on the discounts and consumer flock to stores at all hours of the night to be first in line for great deals.

This phenomenon has grown from a single day (dubbed Black Friday) to include the weekend (Small Business Saturday) and even the following week (Cyber Monday). All of this marketing and branding got some savvy folks thinking about how they could use the shopping frenzy to do good.

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Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Graphic Novels

The holiday shopping intensifies!

Graphic Novels have long been an under-represented form of publishing and creativity. Partly due to niche markets and partly to the cost of creating high-quality, color books, Graphic Novel creators have long struggled to make their work readily available.

Self-publishing changes all that. We’re here today with a selection of some awesome graphic novels self-published and available on the Lulu bookstore.

And as an added bonus, we’ll feature a few of our favorite Zines as well: short, independently created and published magazines.

First, we have some of our favorite Graphic Novels:

Seen and Unseen

By Sarah Dahlinger

It’s a historical fiction set deep in the Panamanian rain forest. Follow Sam Hildebrand, an ichthyologist, during his harrowing adventure through mud and magic, as he tries to complete the 1911 Smithsonian Biological survey.

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rated PG-13

-animals kill people
– indigenous nudity on female monkey-like forest creatures in one drawing
– there is nothing sexual in this book at all. It’s like Treasure Island.

MISFILE – Book 1

By Chris Hazelton

In one little corner of the universe, there’s nothing more irritating than a misfile…

The Do-Jahng #1

By Jon D. Sloan

“The Do-Jahng” is a comic about the trials and tribulations of Tae Kwon Do Master Jim Parker and his students as they live and work in the town of Dukesville. This series focuses on their lives both in and out of the do-jahng (training hall), dealing with every day life as well as ever-present threats from various ninja clans!

This first issue finds our friends pondering a new assignment that Master Parker has given them. They must work on a very introspective paper while dealing with a new arrival to Dukesville, AND their do-jahng!

Pep Squad

By Iran Johnson

The villainous ‘Evil Mind’ desires to conquer Chill Town (the coolest place on the planet) after being deemed “uncool” and “whack”. Exiled for his “ill” behavior, Evil Mind struggles to think of a plan to achieve his goal. However, a freakish accident has left him–incurably stupid. Eventually, he sends his ‘hooligans’ out to do his ‘dirty’ work–but there are four little heroes that are determined to protect their beloved city from Evil Mind’s whack-ness!

Beard for Dummies

By Janne Karlsson

Everything you´ll ever need to know about BEARD as seen through the bizarre eyes of Swedish artist/cartoonist Janne Karlsson.

Vegan Sidekick Volume 4

By Richard Watts

Are your friends and family conflicted about whether they should stab animals in the neck constantly every day all the time constantly? Do they react to your non-violence as though you are some spilt hummus on the carpet and they don’t know what kind of stain you will leave? Have you had the same conversation 18 quintillion times this morning about how killing innocent victims is really a personal preference? Then maybe you could do with this book in your life. Alternatively, just go to one of Vegan Sidekick’s social media pages and read the comics for free lol no need to buy anything, what kind of advertising even is this?

Bagel Soup – Stirring the Pot

By David Koesters

Bagel Soup comics (originally published at bagelsoup.com) are an eclectic mix of social commentary, sight gags, horrible puns, and the occasional peek at genuine cleverness. With chapters ranging from Depressants, Religion, Relationshipping, Sex, and, aptly, Animals, Food, Fists, Balls, and Butts, this collection has something for everyone to laugh and be mildly offended over. It’s cute, cutting, groaning, clever, and consistently inconsistently. Author David Koesters is a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska where he lives in a decrepit house, is an officer of the United States Army, has a law degree for some reason, and bleeds ketchup. After surviving a long battle with sense of humor cancer, Koesters’ Bagel Soup sprung out of the ashes of bad cooking to become something whereby he figured he could do the least damage to society. (I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a laughing?) Though he’ll be the first to say he can’t draw, you may agree, Bagel Soup is good for wasting your time and provides healthy eye laughter. Enjoy.


If you’re more of a Magazine person, check these Zines. They’re all loaded with great content sure to please anyone on your holiday shopping list:


 

Self Care Zine: Food

By Rachelle Abellar

This issue of the Self Care Zine is 56 pages of comics, illustrations, recipes, personal stories, tips, and resources all related to how we use food as self care.

The Sublime Zine issue three

By The Sublime Zine

Sublime aesthetic magazine has one simple purpose, to inform freely and honestly the world of the wondrous culture and art born every minute.

 

Unusual Bath zine

By Stefan Alexander

Unusual Bath is a self-published comic zine.

The story based on a bather enjoying his relaxing bath until he experiences a unusual adventure while in his bathtub which takes him to different fantasy worlds.

 

 

And of course you can find plenty of other Graphic Novels and Zines on our bookstore:

Graphic Novels & Zines on the Lulu Bookstore

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Travel & Adventure

The holiday season usually means a bit of traveling. Visiting friends and family, using those last few vacation days before they expire, or just going somewhere warm when the weather starts to turn.

Lulu authors know a thing or two about travel.

These books make great gifts – loaded with surprising and astounding stories. Just have a look!

98 Days Of Wind

By Ras & Kathy Vaughan

On March 4th, 2017, Team UltraPedestrian set out to do that which had never before been done: a double thru-hike of the Grand Enchantment Trail. Through this collection of trail dispatches, video transcripts, journal excerpts, and short narratives their journey unfolds in a rapid-fire staccato stream-of-consciousness. Join Ras and Kathy while they push their minds, bodies, and relationship to the limits and beyond as they struggle to endure 98 Days of Wind.

In the Driver’s Seat: An American Road Trip

By Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy set about to reach all fifty states. On his journey, he drove across the USA and navigated mountains, desert, rivers, valleys and lived to tell about it, barely. This epic adventure is series of road trips that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life. You’ll want to get on the road as soon as you finish reading about his adventures.

This is the only available edition with full-color photos.

My United States Travel Journal

By Carolyne Cole

The ultimate travel companion for kids traveling within the United States.

A travel journal for roadschoolers, world schoolers and kids taking extended holidays.

Packed with an exciting variety of pages to record your adventures and stimulate travel inspired learning.

Lake Huron to Lake George

By Albert Freihofer

Travel diary with many photographs of a row of 697 miles in an Adirondack Guideboat.

 

Backpack Cooking

By Chris Miller

This guide will help you prepare simple, cheap and delicious meals, each loaded with the calories your body needs to make it to your next resupply, and specifically designed for easy preparation with readily accessible ingredients.

These aren’t complicated recipes requiring a multitude of ingredients or excessive pots and pans — things no thru hiker would have room for in their pack. In fact, most recipes and meal ideas can be prepared in a single cup or pot, even a freezer bag or thermos if you choose!

MARATHON TOURISM DOWN UNDER

By Jim Manford

As part of a long-standing ambition to complete the Australian 100 Marathon Club’s ‘Anzac Sweep'(a marathon in all States and Territories in Australia plus the North and South Islands of New Zealand)Jim has taken a close look at the marathons available in each location. As always, his meticulously researched accounts, written from the perspective of a dedicated Marathon Tourist, are sure to appeal to all those who enjoy combining their love of running with a love of travel. This is the 9th book in Jim’s ‘Marathon Tourism’ series.

The Ride of Your Life

By Michael Fridgen

From the magical colossus of Disney to the charming quaintness of Tivoli Gardens, theme parks are as established as schools and hospitals.

Theme parks have become dynamic destinations where people test their courage and learn to have fun in safe environments. Theme parks are also economic catalysts that offer employment, as they require a supporting structure of roads, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Most importantly, they give us a place to celebrate life’s milestones.

America, Can I Have Your Autograph?

By Aida Frey & Dana Dorfman

You might think Junior Ranger Aida Frey is an ordinary girl from Chicago, but you’d be wrong.

Aida takes you into caves, to old battlefields, and to the stuff of legends. She sweeps through the passages of time, throwing baseballs on a famous cornfield, climbing mountains, and exploring nature’s nooks and crannies.

So release the balloons, throw the confetti, and set out on a series of never-ending adventures with America, Can I Have Your Autograph?

The Festivalist Guide to the Oktoberfest in Germany

By The Festivalist

The Festivalist Guide to the Oktoberfest in Germany is EVERYTHING you need to know about THE Oktoberfest in München, the BIGGEST festival in the world. Something you MUST visit once, read this guide to know what to dress, where to go and how to behave to have an AMAZING experience.

Triumph Across The USA

By Andrew Hayward Smith

“Triumph Across The USA” documents a 14,000-mile solo motorcycle tour in 61 days. This book captures the people and the natural majesty of the United States through an introspective soul and camera lens. “Triumph Across the USA” takes the reader to well-known and lesser-known highlights across 27 States. Travel guide, journal extracts and useful information on all of the places visited, full color photography throughout, and Facebook commentary included. 325 pages, full color.


Of course you know there are more books to fuel your wanderlust. Just have a look at our collection on the Lulu Bookstore:

Travel & Adventure Books on the Lulu Bookstore.


Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Health & Wellness

The holidays are time to indulge in delicious food, to kick back and enjoy friends and family. A time to give and receive joy.

And in everyone’s family or friend circle, there’s always someone who reminds you not to have that extra cookie or slice of pie or serving of turkey. Right? There’s always one health-conscious person trying to keep you on track.

Well this year you can get them the perfect gift with a custom made guide to healthier living or a mental and spiritual wellness book.

First up we have our favorite books for the gym-go, yoga-bending, health nut on your shopping list:

Michael Kory’s Ultimate Fitness Cookbook

By Michael Kory

Recipes range from chocolate banana pancakes to honey mustard pretzel chicken to chocolate protein peanut butter cheesecake to crispy avocado slices. Included with each recipe is nutritional information valuable to anyone wishing to gain muscle and lose fat while pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Recipes have both imperial and metric systems so anyone can utilize them.

Michael Kory’s Ultimate Fitness Cookbook makes a great gift for anyone new to macros and healthy eating or those who have been doing it for years.

Peace, Love, and Low Carb

By Kyndra Holley

Peace, Love, and Low Carb – The Cookbook – 3 Ingredients to a healthier you!

This cookbook is is a mixture of low-carb, high fat, paleo, primal, dairy-free, sugar-free, and even vegetarian recipes. This cookbook is filled with mouth watering dishes, restaurant quality dishes that will help keep you on track without feeling deprived.

I took all the heavy, carb-laden comfort foods and re-created them into low carb versions. Enjoy!

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul

By Paul Turner

Food yoga springs from the belief that the kind of food we eat affects our consciousness and subsequent behaviours.

All the world’s great spiritual traditions have elaborate food offering rituals carefully designed to expand consciousness and all use food as a means to represent or please the Divine and to expand the consciousness of their followers.

cooking with ramona: dog-friendly dining

By Ginamarie Lobianco

Come along with chef ramona, a spunky shih-tzu/terror-mix as she navigates her way around the kitchen using her nose (since she wears her hair over her eyes and can’t see), and dine at chez henri (her annoying furry brother/ restaurateur). fun-loving and plant-based recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

FROM A GREAT ESCAPE TO A NEW AWAKENING

By Eddy Li

This is an autobiography of a cancer survivor, a veteran network news journalist. For 38 years since 1971, the author, as Asia video editor for ABC News, chased news stories round the clock, often without sleep. With early retirement in sight, the sudden diagnosis of cancer one day radically changed his lifestyle overnight.

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing

By Deondre Greene

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing is a cookbook designed for those who would like to transition into a healthy lifestyle.


Healthy living isn’t limited to just a healthy body. Get in a healthy state of mind with these Wellness books from our bookstore:


Many Moons 2018 Vol 2

By Sarah Gottesdiener

If you are a reader of this book, then you know the jist: tons of information, research on the major Moon phases of the second half of the year. (New, Waxing, Full, Waning, & Dark)

This book contains recipes, spell working suggestions and advice, manifestation musings, Tarot Talk, and self-help and development prompts to aid you in your evolution, healing, and to get your momentum and desires moving and flowing. In this workbook, information is given, questions are asked and exercises are suggested to help you with your own self-empowerment. These workbooks imagine a world where witches, women, femmes, and weirdos make their dreams come true, help others and the greater collective in service of their higher self and of spirit.

How I Look Journal

By Nan Dellheim & Molly Dellheim

Newly revised fifth edition adds new material that resonated in the classroom! This research-based journal provides age-appropriate information on topics relevant to healthy development and self-acceptance including identity, stress, growth and development, media awareness, healthy lifestyle, self-talk, role models and clothing tips to improve body acceptance. Interspersed with thought-provoking journal prompts, inspirational quotes, and journal entries from a caring mentor, this heartfelt but lighthearted journal will empower girls during the vulnerable adolescent years.

Can be used in the classroom with companion lessons or by individual girls. Girl tested; teacher, school counselor, and mom approved! “This is a valuable tool for girls of all ages that provides techniques to build lasting self-esteem. This journal encourages healthy creativity and self-reflection and is a great gift for aspiring writers and teens alike!” Jess Weiner, Author and Self-Esteem Expert.

The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel

By Angela Lussier

The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures — by Angela Lussier, award-winning speaker, five-time author, TEDx presenter, and Speaker Sisterhood founder — will help women see that they do have a voice, that their voice matters and using it is empowering.

In this tiny pocket book, you’ll learn how to build courage, gain confidence in yourself, and even look forward to speaking up through these 30 tiny speaking adventures. Practice the steps to express yourself with authenticity and discover how much power you really possess. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself.

If you like to have experiences that make you more aware, more confident, and more powerful, this book is for you. Learn how to speak up more often through 30 adventures specifically designed to help you build this skill set.
More information and sample adventures can be found at
https://speakersisterhood.com/tiny/.

365 Connecting Questions for Couples

By Casey & Meygan Caston

Marriage365 is a 501c3 non-profit reaching millions of couples each month around the world. Our mission is that one day, the world will be transformed through communities made healthy because connected married couples are the norm.

You can follow them on social media @marriage365 or visit them on the web at marriage365.org.


If this impressive list of Health & Wellness books doesn’t have the perfect book for your holiday recipients, fear not! We’ve got an entire bookstore full of options:

Lulu Diet & Health books

Lulu Wellness books


Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Calendars

The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a lot of holiday gift buying. If you’re anything like me, you like to give everyone on your list a book. Right?

Seriously, I’ve been giving books as gifts for years now and everyone in my family loves it. Or at least they say they love it.

The trick is finding the right book for each person on your shopping list. Luck for you, Lulu is back with our Holiday Gift Guide for 2018!

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Introducing CL Bennett our award-winning guest author blogger

buggglepuffsAs 2017 kicks off we are delighted to have International award-winning children’s author CL Bennett, creator of the ‘Bugglepuff’ series with Lulu publishing, join us as a regular guest blogger. Over the forthcoming weeks CL will be sharing insights and tips on writing and publishing with us. If you have any specific questions for her please contact us as CL has also kindly agreed to be our agony aunt blogger! If you are interested in joining our author guest bloggers please contact us on social_uk@lulu.com as we would love to hear from you.

CL Bennett has already sold 1000’s of books online, gone on UK book tours, started Bugglepuff ‘fun days’ in 100’s of schools and libraries around the country, made audio recordings of her books with the famous actor Brian Blessed OBE and won children’s books awards in both the USA and Europe. For those of you keen to read the series these can be purchased direct from our online bookshop.

Taking 5 minutes out of her hectic schedule between writing and travelling she spoke to us about the magical world of the Bugglepuff series.

Hi CL ! So, would you mind telling us what the Bugglepuff series is about?

bugglepuffs2Jungle bedrooms, pirate treasure maps, a chocolate bath, little people with flying boots, a crazy parrot and a Magic Key can all be found in the first of a series of books about the Bugglepuff family.

Captain Bugglepuff, his mad wife Delirious and their four rascally children Anenome, Compass, Rocky and Seasea live a haphazard day to day family life in a little English fishing port in Devon, until the arrival of a mysterious crisp white letter in the post. Nothing in the Bugglepuff’s lives after this letter will ever be the same again.

It takes the Bugglepuff family to a new home by an enchanted creek that leads to a fantastical adventure in a world of magic where dreams can come true. But the family must be careful. Temptations takes the Bugglepuff children and their extraordinary animals on a series of dangerous quests for which the price of failure will break the family apart and the world as we know it!

 

Why did you start to write?

My family was the inspiration behind my award-winning book series ‘Bugglepuffs and the Magic Key’ and newly published through Lulu, ‘Bugglepuffs and the Magic Quest – PART 1’. My four hilarious children’s day to day dramas growing up gave me so many scrumptious stories, that after several years and a lot of persuasion from friends and family I felt it was time to put pen to paper and bring them to life in an animated adventure.

It’s the drama and excitement I can create as an author pubugs3tting my family into the world of the Bugglepuffs which is an absolute joy and delight. What will they do next? Who will play the lead role? Sometimes if one of my children does something naughty at home I make them do something terribly silly in the book to make me laugh!

 

What inspired you to write a children’s book in particular?

The natural choice was to write a children’s book that my own children could read for six to eleven-year-old boys and girls. But I think the whole family would enjoy the series and can laugh at the Bugglepuff family’s daily chaos and sometimes the dream of escaping to a new life full of magic and wonder! Heartily I wanted to write books to create tremendous worldwide fun and to send sparkles into the imaginations of children. If I can achieve a sprinkling of this, that would be gloriously special!

Where did the tremendous word ‘Bugglepuffs’ come from?

I was travelling home from school with the children last spring and I said to them, “Well if I’m going to write a book I need a name for the family. Our surname is Bennett so I think it should start with a B.” “a B,” they all said then ‘splat’ a bug hit our windscreen. ‘Bug,’ shouted my youngest son, they all laughed, followed by my oldest daughter replying, ‘Buggle’ and then my youngest daughter roared with giggles and screamed, “puff, puff puff.” At that moment, I nearly went into the hedge as I realised the animated family name had been born. That was the start of the ‘Bugglepuffs.

We hear that the character ‘Delirious Bugglepuff’ is based on yourself? What is the silliest thing that has ever happened to you?

Well there are many silly moments but I guess probably the funniest was when my kids were very young. I was very tired with sleepless nights and crying babies and I was ferociously late for school. I’d been folding up the washing and then raced out the door with pram in toe and whizzed up to school. I got to school with five minutes’ spare in a frazzled state but happy I’d made it on time. Suddenly I heard a laugh, followed by another laugh and another and I didn’t know what my friends were pointing at. I looked around then realised they were pointing at me, at my hair. In my rush to get to school I had left a fresh pair of twizzled up knickers in my hair. It was my most deliriously silly moment as a mum to date but one I’ll always happily remember and giggle about!

What makes creative writing so exciting for you and what else inspires you?

Oh, where to begin with this one! Creative writing is like having a canvas in front of me and putting hundreds of colours together through writing. My pen is like a paint brush. I want every child and every adult to see, touch, hear, smell and taste the magical world of the Bugglepuffs and travel excitedly on the adventure series with me.

Children are my inspiration and not in a corny way. They have the most sharp, unreserved minds and come out with such genuine and inspiring suggestions when you least expect it! This has led me to starting ‘Bugglepuff Fun Days’ in primary schools and it’s been like sitting in a bath of delicious ice cream! I love animating the children with creative writing, the joy of reading and the delights of dream bedrooms and chocolate doors. Taking their minds into a world of adventure is so much fun! For older children, I talk about my writing and publishing experiences so far, and in return the children ask me brilliant questions about what it’s like being an author and creating the Bugglepuffs. Fun is not enough of a word it should be ‘Fundeliciouslywonderfullystupendous!’

Join CL with her next blog when she will be talking about why she decided to indie publish and shares tips on how to overcome writer’s block!

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