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Cover Reveal Don’t Go Mango Picking

About the Book

Title: Don’t Go Mango Picking

Author: DH Gibbs

Genre: Children’s Book

An ordinary day turns into an unexpected adventure…

When Sandy and Deanna is lured into mango picking they soon discover that sometimes everything is not as it seems. With mischief and mayhem, the girls soon learn that there can be many dangers to breaking the rules.

This story set in the olden days of the Caribbean will be sure to entertain any adventures your reader.

Author Bio

With an active imagination and a love of art, D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating. Creating fantastical tales for Children, New and Young Adults, her strongest desire is to share her stories with readers so they too can be a part of the new worlds she creates.

D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paints and travel when she can.

For more on her upcoming work stalk or visit her

www.facebook.com/DHGibbskids

www.dhgkids.wordpress.com

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www.facebook.com/seychatkaseries

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Also Available By D.H. Gibbs

Nika, a Seychatka Novella

A Little Bit of Kindness (Short Story)

Coming Soon

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Book Excerpt Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

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From “Jodie’s Magic Balloon”

 

There was a stand with beautiful balloons of all colors and shapes. They were on long strings and floated high in the air.

Jodie grabbed her father’s hand and pulled him right to the stand. When the man selling the balloons saw her, he winked and said, “I have a special magic balloon just for you, Jodie.”

“How do you know my name?” she asked, surprised.

“I’m a magician,” he said. “And when I made this balloon, I saw it had instructions stating that it was only to be given to a little girl named Jodie.”

“But how did you know that was me?”

“Oh,” the magician said with a smile. “That was easy. The instructions also said I would recognize her because she has the tiniest nose you ever saw and the sweetest smile. As soon as I saw you, I know you were that person.”

The man gave Jodie a very large and beautiful balloon. It had every color of the rainbow and sparkled like gold in the sunlight.

“Oh,” said Jodie. “It”s beautiful. But why is this a magic balloon?”

The magician smiled again. “When you crawl inside this wonderful balloon, it will obey everything you ask it to do. Would you like to try it?”

“Oh, yes!” Jodie cried excitedly, and she crawled inside the balloon. “It’s very comfortable in here. Now what do I do?”

“Just tell the balloon to go anywhere you like,” answered the magician with another smile.

“Please take me high into the sky, even higher than the clouds” instructed Jodie.

About the Book

Title: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

Author: Bernard Ditchik

Genre: Children’s Books

These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep.  Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these eighteen entertaining stories feature lots of talking animals, including a kangaroo who teaches a pony how to jump, a little bear who wants to play baseball, a coyote who learns to fly, a magic balloon that takes a little girl all the way to Japan and back, and some resourceful ants who build a swimming pool so they can play as well as work.  It’s full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to various challenges.  A lovely read-aloud adventure the whole family will enjoy!

 

Author Bio

I didn’t begin my career as an author by writing stories. First, I was a storyteller. Let me explain. Many years ago, when our children were very young, I would sit on their beds at bedtime and tell them a story. Instead of reading a story written by someone else, I preferred to make up my own story right on the spot. They were stories about animals who learned to fly, children who talked to birds, alligators who were friends with elephants, and even one about a horse that learned to jump like a kangaroo. Our children loved them. So I made up lot of stories. Then there was a long period of time when there was no one who wanted to listen to my stories because they had all grown up!

But then, something wonderful happened. We had our first grandchild—and I became Grandpa Bernie. One day, one of my daughters said, “Dad, you have so many stories. I think other children would like to hear them.” That’s when I became an author.

At the age of 93, I am still playing tennis (doubles only) five times a week in a 60+ league. I have been married 64 years to my wonderful wife, Faigie, had three children, and five grandchildren. I continue to sit in my favorite chair, with a large pad on my lap, and a pen in my hand, lean back, and let my imagination soar.

 

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Promo Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures

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About the Book

Title: Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid

Author: Dina C. Tate

Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy

Imagine if all the little girls of the world looked alike.

If the Same Glam Goddess gets her way, it can surely happen.

McKenzie Rivers, the pint-sized daredevil, and Lizzie Sanders, who loves all things frilly, aren’t afraid of being different. And that’s exactly why Princess Lovina of Exquisite City calls upon them to stop the Same Glam Goddess from making all the little girls of the world look the same. With the aid of their magical lovely lockets and fierce diva weaponry, Lizzie and McKenzie will travel the world to find the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Their first stop is the magical city of Madrid.

Lizzie and McKenzie will need help to obtain the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess gets her hands on them. If the crystals are not found, little girls all over the world will remain under the spell of the Same Glam Goddess and will lose their identities forever! Will Lizzie and McKenzie be able to find the crystals, break the spell, and stop the Same Glam Goddess?

 

Author Bio

Dina Tate is the President and Founder of GlobalGirlsSquad LLC a publishing and technology company.  Her first book which combines her love of travel and japanese animation is titled “Lizzie and McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures”.

 

Links

www.globalgirlssquad.com

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Amazon (Paperback)

Amazon (Hardcover)

B&N

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Promo Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid

About the Book

Title: Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid

Author: Dina C. Tate

Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy

Imagine if all the little girls of the world looked alike.

If the Same Glam Goddess gets her way, it can surely happen.

McKenzie Rivers, the pint-sized daredevil, and Lizzie Sanders, who loves all things frilly, aren’t afraid of being different. And that’s exactly why Princess Lovina of Exquisite City calls upon them to stop the Same Glam Goddess from making all the little girls of the world look the same. With the aid of their magical lovely lockets and fierce diva weaponry, Lizzie and McKenzie will travel the world to find the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Their first stop is the magical city of Madrid.

Lizzie and McKenzie will need help to obtain the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess gets her hands on them. If the crystals are not found, little girls all over the world will remain under the spell of the Same Glam Goddess and will lose their identities forever! Will Lizzie and McKenzie be able to find the crystals, break the spell, and stop the Same Glam Goddess?

Author Bio

Dina Tate is the President and Founder of GlobalGirlsSquad LLC a publishing and technology company. Her first book which combines her love of travel and japanese animation is titled “Lizzie and McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures”.

Links

www.globalgirlssquad.com

Buy the Book:

Amazon (Paperback)

Amazon (Hardcover)

B&N

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Guest Post Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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Guest Post

The Production Process of My Children’s Book.
Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage, by Evonne Blanchard
It all began when my eldest daughter started to yawn over a map of the solar system. How can I make
space and the planets interesting, exciting even? An image popped in my head of a strange purple alien
from Pluto. His name was Uglesnoo. On earth as part of a quest, he became a present for an eight year
old girl called Amelia. From then on, ideas flowed and the concept expanded to a whole series of ten
books; Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.
I plotted out the general themes of the series first of all. Then I planned out each of the books. Every
story needed its own adventure and it had to link to the next book, until the final adventure on Uglesnoo’s
home dwarf planet of Pluto! We don’t’ mention the dwarf planet status of Pluto in the books. Uglesnoo is
very sensitive to the downgrade!
Next, the writing which is a lot for ten books. After that heaps of editing and then…more editing.
Following that I had the assistance of two fantastic editors who helped me get it to the final stage. As I
neared the end of editing process, I began to work with the illustrator to develop the pictures. On my end
I wrote illustration notes, selecting exciting points of the book and detailing exactly how each illustration
should look. I like to leave some artistic license to the illustrator. With the Venutons I described them in
general, but the illustrator added the stripes, the quirky antenna and the funny shaped nose. I loved the
end creation! The illustrations are in black and white initially. Corrections are made. Then the process is
repeated in color. Final corrections are made. Then it’s on to the layout of the book with help from my
editor. There’s still more editing to do. The pdf. document of, ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden
Cage,’ flies back and forth. Finally, it’s ready. I receive a physical proof. Everything looks good. A final
okay and it’s ready to be published. Phew! It’s a lot of work, but it’s a wonderful feeling holding your
book in your hand!
Two of the books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ are now published,
Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace
When is a present not a present? When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!
Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon. Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.
Should Amelia venture into outer Space?
Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.
With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the
crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?
I’m currently working on the third book in the series, ‘Amelia, the Merballs and the Merabel
Catapult.’ Amelia’s and Uglesnoo’s quest continues on Mercury. The Merballs-the aliens that live
on Mercury-are friendly…until an asteroid hits their planet. Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves
accused of treachery? How will they manage to collect the flying shoes they need, leave Mercury
and continue their quest on time? You can find out in the next adventure! For more details about
the books you can visit my website at: http://www.ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com
If you are curious about the other books in the series, click on the following link to learn more:

About the Book

ameliacoverTitle: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Author: Evonne Blanchard

Genre: Children’s Book / Fantasy / Science Fiction

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Author Bio

Evonne PhotoEvonne Blanchard was born and raised in England.  She has also studied and worked in France.  She met her husband, an American whilst they were both volunteering at a children’s orphanage in Guatemala.

She resides in the North Shore (Boston, Massachusetts) with her husband and their two daughters, Lydia and Gwendolyn.  Other additions to the household include a naughty dog called Lola, a lovely cat called Arthur, two hamsters (which they are careful to keep out of the cat’s clutches) and lots of fish!

Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures is a series of ten exciting space adventures for children, ages 5-9.

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

The author is currently working on book three of the series, ‘Amelia, the Merballs and the Merabel Catapult.’

Links

To preview or buy the book, click on the link below:

Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/25N7oRl

Amazon.co.uk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1523636718

To learn about the book and the series, visit my website at:

www.ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com

For posts about Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures and Fun Space Facts, visit my Facebook site at:

http://facebook.com/ameliasamazingspaceadventures?ref=hl

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Release Blitz Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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About the Book

ameliacoverTitle: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Author: Evonne Blanchard

Genre: Children’s Book / Fantasy / Science Fiction

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune. With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Author Bio

Evonne PhotoEvonne Blanchard was born and raised in England. She has also studied and worked in France. She met her husband, an American whilst they were both volunteering at a children’s orphanage in Guatemala.

She resides in the North Shore (Boston, Massachusetts) with her husband and their two daughters, Lydia and Gwendolyn. Other additions to the household include a naughty dog called Lola, a lovely cat called Arthur, two hamsters (which they are careful to keep out of the cat’s clutches) and lots of fish!

Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures is a series of ten exciting space adventures for children, ages 5-9.

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

The author is currently working on book three of the series, ‘Amelia, the Merballs and the Merabel Catapult.’

Links

To preview or buy the book, click on the link below:

Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/25N7oRl

Amazon.co.uk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1523636718

To learn about the book and the series, visit my website at:

www.ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com

For posts about Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures and Fun Space Facts, visit my Facebook site at:

http://facebook.com/ameliasamazingspaceadventures?ref=hl

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Guest Post Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men

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Today’s post is a guest post by author / cook “Alyssa Gangeri”. Welcome, and thanks for visiting!

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I believe baking should be a fun and interactive activity for adults and children. I developed an interactive storybook cookbook because as a child, and as chef I have always been a visual learner. When trying to decide on what type of cookbook to write I quickly realized there were not a lot of children’s cookbooks. In this day and age with the amount of cooking shows, competition shows, and now even adolescent cooking competitions there is a large gap in the children’s cookbook category. I found that the cookbooks that did exist for children even though they were filled with bright colors, fun recipes and themes it was still a standard cookbook. Recipe, picture, procedure. I don’t believe we are engaging a child enough with that. Why read a boring cookbook filled with long procedures when you can read an interactive story that teaches you the same thing? It’s a new concept for the cookbook world but at the same time we are teaching children a lot of things through storybooks. Why not baking or cooking?

Great, so now I have a fantastic concept getting published and into the market should be a breeze! Not so much. (Que the screeching tires) I learned quickly that this was going to be a very long hard process with a lot of rejection, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT.

It took me a total of a two years to get published which felt like an eternity. Staying positive was key but hard work is what pays off. While on the road to getting published I found myself surfing the web reading articles, blog posts and whatever I could to gain knowledge about what to expect. These were my top five tips that saved my sanity:

  1. You will need a literary agent to be able to get into or even seen by a big time publisher, and I am sorry to say but they are as hard to get as landing a publisher. My biggest suggestion for this process if you have the means is to find a Writer’s Digest conference that offers a “pitch slam”. The conferences are really expensive to attend but you can buy a pass just to go to the pitch slam. A pitch slam is where you will be thrown into a room of agent hungry authors (seriously) where you will have three minutes to pitch your story and most importantly yourself! Do your research and figure out what agents are best suited for you and your book. Make a list and once they give you the map of the room plan your attack. You only get 90 minutes to see as many agents as you can. It is stressful but worth it. I received 7 different agents cards that were interested in my book. I received more attention in 90 minutes than I did over the past 4 months of submitting my manuscript via email. It will cost you, but well worth it compared to the months of checking your email vigorously hoping for a response. Sanity saved…for now.
  2. Okay you have landed an agent, (Wooohooo!) what now? Well first, you need to definitely celebrate. I know it sounds corny but this industry is all about small victories. You deserve some celebration! My biggest advice though will be do not sit back and wait. Keep writing, and keep searching for publishers that you think may be a good fit for you, preferably the small houses that will accept unsolicited manuscripts. Just because you have an agent does not mean they will be able to sell it. You need to continue to search for the best possible fit for your book. My agent had my book for over a year, and then I decided to take fate into my own hands… One year and three books later…. It’s possible. Anything is possible just as long as you’re willing to fight for it.
  3. Illustrations are key to your success. Find the illustrator that speaks to you, and one that brings your words to life. It will be difficult to not tell them exactly how you want something or how you want a character to look. Allow the right illustrator to bring it to life not just draw what you “think” you want it to look like. You will be amazed with what happens. Plus most illustrators do not like to be told how to do their jobs just like authors.
  4. Unless you’re famous I am sorry to say but you are going to be the biggest part of your marketing team. Once you’re published is when the hard part comes (unreal right? Like this process hasn’t been hard enough?) Go to stores, talk to the manager, arrange book signings, go to schools, blogs anything you can. Getting yourself in front of as many people as possible is your goal.
  5. Find solace in others experiences. I found that a forum called absolutewrite.com brought me comfort in times of rejection. But remember that everyone’s path is different. Try and enjoy the ride and always celebrate the small victories. Sanity found… for now.

About the Book

Mimi3Title: Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men

Author: Alyssa Gangeri

Genre: Children’s Book

Embark on a baking adventure with Mimi where she will measure, mix, and bake her way to the perfect batch of gingerbread men. If Mimi can do it, so can you!

Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men is the third book in the Mimi’s Adventures in Baking series.

Author Bio

Chef Alyssa has been baking since she was a little girl in her grandmother’s kitchen. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America she has worked for famous chefs and elite companies such as the Ritz Carlton, Tom Colicchio, Norman Van Aken and Gray Kunz. She currently is the Executive Chef at Riverwalk Bar and Grill on the Historic nook of New York City, Roosevelt Island. She also has a boutique custom cake company called AllyCakesNYC where she creates cakes to appease the imagination. Through her journey of baking she developed Mimi, her very own miniature version of herself.

As a child she loved baking and everything that came with it. As an adult and food lover she realized there was something missing when she frequented bookstores. A interactive children’s cookbook. And we are not talking about a boring old cookbook for kids with lots and lots of recipes, and some pictures. Children these days have just as much interest in the kitchen as there parents do, but the ordinary cookbook is just not going to cut it. She created Mimi’s Adventures in Baking  to give children and adults a way to get into the kitchen and allow the child to become the chef and the adult the assistant. Each book has one recipe and an interactive storyline the child can read, and at the end go into the kitchen and do what Mimi did!  And for the “non-baking” parent, these elite pastry chef recipes are tested and ready for even the most inexperienced baker! Impress other moms with Mimi’s creations!

Mimi’s Adventures in Baking
will also teach children how to measure, mix and bake their way through the kitchen while also giving safety tips along the way. No more boring cookbooks! Now there is a fun, exciting and educational way to learn how to bake!

Links

Buy the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Htmeht

Website: www.mimisadventuresinbaking.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mimisadventuresinbaking

Instagram: @agangeri

Twitter: @allygan

 

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