Selected Works

Non-Fiction
For Service to Your Country
The Essential Guide to Getting the Veterans' Benefits You've Earned
Fiction
Love Lessons
Romantic short story collection
Brianna Sullivan Mysteries series
Paranormal stories featuring reluctant psychic in a small town
Education
KickStart to College
A complete guide to the college application process.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Mortgage Broker
A step-by-step handbook on real estate financing written by Daniel S. Kahn and Marian Edelman Borden
Parenting
The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry
Quick answers to parent's most baffling moments

Nonfiction

For Service to Your Country
For Service To Your Country - Updated Edition: The Essential Guide to Getting the Veterans' Benefits You've Earned

If you're a veteran--or a veteran's family member--you know how hard it is to navigate the complicated V.A. benefits maze. This book will help. Filled with insider information, it steers you through the process so you and your family can get the benefits you're entitled to.

Written by a leading expert in veterans' affairs, this invaluable guide gives clear, step-by-step, form-by-form advice on cutting through the red tape--so you can get the medical, financial and other support you've earned. And if benefits are denied, it will show you how to appeal an unfair decision.

You'll find essentials on:


1. Strategies for dealing with the paperwork

2. How to get the right help for medical issues

3. A complete list of little-known benefits

4. Medical centers, service organizations, and other resources

5. You'll learn how to develop a great filing system for documentation...how to apply for housing and educational loans...and when--and how--to take shortcuts. When you're dealing with a system that says "no" more than "yes," it helps to know every angle--before you fill out all those forms in triplicate.


Love Lessons
Love Lessons, a collection of eleven romantic short stories, will delight and charm you. You'll find men and women struggling to find love, to keep love, and to recognize the importance of love in their lives. These are tales told with good humor and in good taste. You can read them aloud, without blushing, to your mother or daughter, and with complete enjoyment by all ages. Love Lessons teaches us all that love makes our lives richer, sweeter, and oh so much more joyful.

Coming November 2010










For busy parents—and children—The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Play Groups offers suggestions and advice on forming and organizing play groups and keeping them going. This book covers such issues as setting up rules for caregiver and parent attendance, child anxieties, uncooperative parents, and much more.

•First information-packed guide on the market
•Features great ideas for indoor and outdoor activities for play groups of various sizes



KickStart to College
A complete guide to the college application process. Is middle school too soon to start thinking about college? The classes you take early on will get you into the advanced courses that college admission officers want to see, and the grades you earn in some eighth-grade classes will appear on your high school transcript. Does this mean your high school career will be nothing but cracking the books and preparing for college? No! KickStart to College helps you build the academic and extracurricular record you'll need to grow intellectually and emotionally, still have a life, and get into the college of your choice. Knowing more about the process will help you and your parents control the process - so it won't control you.




The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry
The essential guide for baffled parents who are constantly playing referee to their children's battles

Sibling rivalry has always been a part of family life. Parents well versed in "He's looking at me!" and "That's mine!" know the struggles that erupt when siblings are forced to share toys, space, and attention. But there are ways to navigate the minefield that having more than one child inevitably creates. The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry provides quick, concise, nuts-and-bolts advice on how to keep relative peace in the family.

Organized for easy access by the topics that provoke the most sibling arguments, from sharing rooms and possessions to issues of blended families, these quick, effective solutions will help parents decide how and when to intervene--and when not to. You'll discover:

* Benefits of sibling arguments;
* Effects of age differences in siblings;
* Importance of quality time with each child;
* The pros and cons of hand-me-downs;
* What to do when teachers compare siblings;
* When to seek help;
* And much more






Preschool is often the first investment parents will make in their child's education. From choosing the right program to coping with separation anxiety,Smart Start helps parents identify quality programs that will provide preschoolers the best opportunity for a successful learning experience. Combining the expertise of psychologists, preschool educators, and pediatricians with the experiences, stories, and insights of parents who have successfully navigated this early journey with their children,Smart Start answers many of the most frequently asked questions regarding preschool education. With a foreword by Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom),Smart Start provides parents with a clear appreciation of the goals of early childhood education and shows how artwork, free play, storytime, and recess all encourage and develop a child's intellectual, social, and physical growth.






Summer Fun is a complete, easy-to-read reference that offers parents step-by-step guidance for choosing the right camp for their child from among the 8,500 possibilities that exist in the United States today. Parents will learn how to prepare campers for the experience, what to pack, how to stay in touch, and how to handle the difficulties that can sometimes arise, especially for sensitive or special needs children. From selecting the best camp to coping with homesickness, from dealing with camp cliques to camp counselors, Summer Fun combines expert advice with practical tips on everything a parent needs to know before, during, and after their child's stay at camp.




Helping your child get good grades doesn't have to make you feel left back! HEY, MOM! Yes, you know who you are: You're the one juggling the beeper, rhe defrosted chicken, the carpool schedule, and your kid's soccer ball at the same time. You know the score when it comes to recognizing the importance of your child's education. But with both hands full at home and pressures mounting at work, you don't know how you're going to find time to keep up with your child's progress in school.

Don't give up hope yet! The Mom's Guide to Raising a Good Student is specially designed to help busy moms of kids age 8-14 take a more active role in their kids' education. Produced by Alpha Books, the team that publishes the highly successful Complete Idiot's Guide series, Mom's Guides are easy to use and written in a warm, conversational tone by moms who have been there and back with their own kids.

The only sourcebook created expressly to save students money At last, here is a guide for students that gives them the scoop on how to use their student I. D. s to cut expenses on airplane tickets, charters, tours, buses, hotels, meals, admission fees, credit cards, insurance, and much, much more. Based on the bestselling Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're over 50, this comprehensive guidebook provides information for 14-to 24-year-olds that helps them parlay their student status into savings.



Now that the application process is complete and the tuition is in the mail, it's time to focus on what happens next. In Addition to Tuition provides parents with a personal guide to residential college life today, taking them from the acceptance letter through the trials and tribulations of the freshman year.




Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Mortgage Broker
Written by an accomplished mortgage broker with more than 15 years in the business and 2,000 deals to his credit, this book covers everything from whether or not real estate financing is the right career move to how to master the skills necessary to be successful.
• Overview of a day in the life of a mortgage broker—including the pros and cons of the career
• A self-test to help readers determine if the brokerage business is right for them
• Licensing and educational requirements, advice on successful networking, and basic mortgage information
• In 2004, there were over $3.8 trillion in mortgage originations nationwide—an all-time record— according to The Mortgage Bankers Association

Available in June of 2006



According to the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB), mortgage brokers originate 65 percent of all home loans, and that number is growing. Mortgage brokers originated more mortgages than any other single loan source group in the nation.


Review by Becky Sher
McClatchy-Tribune
Monday, Nov. 10, 2008


Planning A Play Group? Read This!
It's a scary day when you realize that you're responsible for not only your child's physical health, but his social and emotional well-being too. Does he have friends? Is she good at sharing? Is he going to grow up to be a social outcast? For little kids, especially those who aren't in child-care from a young age, play groups are a big step toward learning to live in a world with other people in it. (People besides Mom and Dad, anyway.) If you need help navigating the world of juice boxes, competitive parents and "hey, that's MY toy," check out The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Play Groups by Marian Edelman Borden (Alpha Books, $9.95)....if your family is part of a regular play group (or wants to be), there are some good tips in here. The little manual includes topics like assembling a first aid kit, disciplining other people's kids and dealing with common problems like bullying, sharing and cliques. Plus, it has lots of ideas for keeping the little ones entertained, which might be the most useful part of the book.











Advice For Vets--From A V.A. Benefits Insider...

For Service to Your Country - If you're a veteran--or a veteran's family member--you know how hard it is to navigate the complicated V.A. benefits maze. This book will help. Filled with insider information, it steers you through the process so you and your family can get the benefits you're entitled to.

Written by a leading expert in veterans' affairs, this invaluable guide gives clear, step-by-step, form-by-form advice on cutting through the red tape--so you can get the medical, financial and other support you've earned. And if benefits are denied, it will show you how to appeal an unfair decision.

KickStart to College
A level-headed guide to ensuring a sane, successful college-application process.

Stephen Bauer
Educational Counselor
Larchmont, New York

KickStart to College will walk you through the process with plain-speaking advice: Start early, set goals, organize yourself, and keep it all in a healthy perspective.
Richard Bavaria, Ph.D
Vice President of Education
Silvan Learning Center



The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry
The author's tips and tricks for ending the inevitable fights over sharing rooms, celebrating a sibling's birthday, and resolving holiday hassles, get right to the heart of the problem. Best of all, the solutions she offers work!

- a reader's post on Amazon.com




The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry
With three sons who are incapable of keeping their hands off one another, Ms. Borden's book has been a godsend. Helping me to understand when and when not to get involved and realizing that the rivalry does indeed teach them many lessons has been most valuable.

- a reader's post on Amazon.com







Smart Start
This book is a MUST for mothers considering preschool for their children! From discussions of day care and learning skills to child development and fostering the parent-school relationship, this well organized, well-indexed book has it all.

Nancy McKenzie, Danbury, CT



Summer Fun






Mom's Guide to Raising a Good Student



Unbelievably Good Deals & Great Adventures
I gave this to my daughter before she left to start sophomore year at college; I earmarked pages where she can book her plane tickets back home for Thanksgiving at a student rate, where she can get cheap textbooks and so on. This is a great guide for her, but even better for ME since I am paying her tuition costs which are getting higher, and am always looking for ways to trim the fat.
a reader's post on Amazon


In Addition to Tuition
Something every parent should read. I teach at a University and this book is very helpful at reminding parents what it's like to go off to college for the first time. After reading the book parents usually feel more empowered to help their children....It changes lives.

a reader's post on Amazon






Success As A Mortgage Broker
Today there are more than 73 million homeowners in the United States – more than ever before in our history. The demand for residential mortgages is growing exponentially as home ownership continues to be an essential part of the American dream. Commercial mortgages, which finance apartment complexes, housing developments, office buildings, manufacturing plants, shopping malls, etc., are essential to the growth of our economy. In 2002, there were over $2.5 trillion in mortgage originations.

And at the very center of all these transactions, residential and commercial, is a mortgage broker. That's the professional who arranges the financing that transforms these dreams into reality. It's a demanding, challenging, lucrative profession for smart, savvy, creative, self-starters with strong people skills. Sound like you?