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Promo Post Earclaw and Eddie

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About the Book

CoverTitle: Earclaw and Eddie

Author: Daniel Jude Miller

Genre: Children’s Books

Eddie is just a regular guy trying to get by in his boring life, when out of nowhere he finds himself underneath a very unwelcome visitor. Earclaw is the unwelcome visitor and exists as nothing more than a crushing weight on Eddie’s head. Faced with this permanent guest, Eddie must learn to endure, accept and possibly trick Earclaw in leaving once and for all.

Author Bio

Dan’s story is a simple story. He grew up in a rugged logging camp of the great northwest. His father wished him to be a skilled tree-splitter but Dan didn’t have the stomach for it. Instead he headed east at age 9 with a pad of paper and 12,000 fresh, wooden pencils. The next 30 some odd years were mostly uneventful, filled with family, growth and other uninteresting stuff. Then, recently, those 12,000 pencils finally started getting put to good use.

Links

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/djudemiller

Website: www.djudemiller.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/djudemiller

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Book Review I Woof You From The Bottom of my Heart

iwoofyoucoverTitle: I Woof You From the Bottom of my Heart

Author: Kathy Vassilakis

Genre: Children’s Book

The idea to write this book came from my daughter and my dog. This book was written to show children how special a bond and friendship they can have with their dog. Dog’s are wonderful pets and love us unconditionally. They will protect and love us no matter what. Children deserve to learn that at a very young age and grow to love all animals. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character.

Reviewing picture books is tough because there’s not much one can say except that it was an enjoyable, cute book, the illustrations looked lovely, the story was heartwarming, and the writing was on an appropriate level for younger children. Overall, if I had to give one suggestion, the pink background classified the book easily as a “girl’s book”, although the story itself could be enjoyable for both boys and girls. I’d suggest going for more neutral colors on the cover (for example, green) so parents of boys will pick up the book as well.

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Promo Post I Woof You From The Bottom of my Heart

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About The Book

iwoofyoucoverTitle: I Woof You From the Bottom of my Heart

Author: Kathy Vassilakis

Genre: Children’s Book

The idea to write this book came from my daughter and my dog. This book was written to show children how special a bond and friendship they can have with their dog. Dog’s are wonderful pets and love us unconditionally. They will protect and love us no matter what. Children deserve to learn that at a very young age and grow to love all animals. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character

Author Bio

Personal Biography of Kathy Vassilakis

DSC00552Kathy Vassilakis used to work in the corporate world. She majored in accounting from Brooklyn College and followed her dream to work in corporate accounting for 15 years until she became a mom.

Being a mom was her dream all along and she left accounting to raise her beautiful daughter Sophia. She’s been writing stories for her daughter for quiet some time and decided to write her first children’s book of many to come I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart.

The idea to write this book came from my daughter and my dog. This book was written to show children how special a bond and friendship they can have with their dog. Dog’s are wonderful pets and love us unconditionally. They will protect and love us no matter what. Children deserve to learn that at a very young age and grow to love all animals. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character.

Growing Up

I grew up in Brooklyn NY. I was the second child out of two. I have one sister named Joanne and always had animals. We had many dogs throughout my childhood from Pomeranians to Chows. I also had ducks, roosters, chickens, bunnies and many more animals. I was and still am a huge animal lover.

My love of books started when my mother used to read wonderful stories to my sister and me every night. She always tried to teach us both languages Greek and English. My parents were born and raised in Greece so Greek was their first language. Most of the stories she read to us were in Greek but that started my love for reading and writing. I learned both languages and am now fluent in writing and reading Greek which I am very proud of.

Family

I’ve been married now for five years and have one beautiful daughter. My daughter Sophia is 17 months old and she is my whole world. I also have a Japanese Chin named Bella. My husband, Greg, has always supported and believed in me, and my family will always be my inspiration.

Creating I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart

I have spent twenty years writing stories and brainstorming ideas for children’s books with my family. I came up with the characters Sophia and Bella after my own family. I was inspired by my daughter and the relationship she has with Bella and created I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart to teach children ho special a bond they can have with their dogs.

Compassion for animals is greatly connected to goodness of character this is the motto of the book. All animals deserve to be loved, respected, and treated right.

After a lot of hard work and many sleepless nights, I was finally able to publish my first book: I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart. To me, finally seeing my book in print and being able to share it with the public has made all the late nights and long hours worthwhile.

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Author Interview Rani in Search of a Rainbow Tour

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Today I’m welcoming Shaila Abdullah on my blog, the author of children’s picture book “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”.

How long have you been writing?

As a teenager, I used to write for various publications in Pakistan and even did some commissioned work for a major magazine and newspaper. After coming to the United States in 1995, it took ten years for me to start writing again. I guess I wanted to feel out this new land. My father has always been the driving force behind my writing. Initially when I stopped writing, I felt my father’s disappointment but he kept encouraging me to start again. When I did, I decided to not tell him and surprise him with a book in print––a collection of short stories called Beyond the Cayenne Wall. His extreme happiness at the news made it very rewarding.

 

Is Rani in Search of a Rainbow your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

No, in fact Rani in Search of a Rainbow is my fourth book.

My first book––Beyond the Cayenne Wall–– is a collection of stories about Pakistani women struggling to find their individualities despite the barriers imposed by society.

My second book is a novel called Saffron Dreams about a 9/11 Muslim widow. It has won many awards and it is taught at many major colleges and universities.

My third book is My Friend Suhana. I coauthored it with my daughter, and it deals with her friendship with a girl who has cerebral palsy.

My fourth book that was just released is titled Rani in Search of a Rainbow. It is based on the 2010 floods in Pakistan that affected 20 million people. Nearly 8.6 million of them were children.

Why did you choose to write a children’s picture book?

After writing two books for adults, I was ready for a new challenge. I had always been drawn to children’s books and decided to try writing for the young ones.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Not to take any rejection personal. When I develop a manuscript, I first test it with a group of readers and ask them to be brutally honest in their analysis. This process has helped me as a writer to perfect my work. Ask any published author and they will tell you about the discouraging stats of the publishing world. The rejection rate is close to 98% by some standards. Despite that, between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books are published each year in the US. My advice to any aspiring writer is this: enter this field if you are not afraid of rejection and can take criticism well. Write with humble goals in mind and don’t make fame your main objective. Finally, work hard to finesse your work and make persistence your friend. Do this all out of your own personal love for writing.

Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

Yes. I finished working on the advance reading copies of my third children’s book called A Manual for Marco that will come out in February 2015. It is written from the perspective of an autistic child’s sibling and includes tips and suggestions to help siblings deal with their unique situation and how parents can help make accommodations for their differently abled children.

About The Book

RISR-cover-hrTitle: Rani in Search of a Rainbow

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.

Author Bio

Shaila_headshot-300x289Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of four books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University. Learn more about the author at www.ShailaAbdullah.com.

Links

http://shailaabdullah.com/rani-in-search-of-rainbow/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shaila-Abdullah-Author/140181920333

https://twitter.com/ShailaAbdullah

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/243939.Shaila_M_Abdullah

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Author Interview A Different Kind of Safari

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I’m interviewing Helen Hipp on my blog today. She’s the author behind children’s picture book “A Different Kind of Safari”. I hope you enjoy the interview!

 1) How long have you been writing?

My writing continues to be an important part of my professional life. My first published work was for Family Magazine in 2009.

2) Is A Different Kind of Safari  your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

Yes “ A Different Kind of Safari” is my first book and was published 2013. An inspiring children’s book based on real life adventures and a real pink hippo named Rosie, A Different Kind of Safari  invites readers (ages 9-12) into a world of engaging characters as they handle similar fears, interests, and concerns that many children experience when feeling different.

3) Why did you decide to write for kids?

More than a conscious decision to write for children it was story line that decided this book reading audience though it continues to be enjoyed both young and old readers alike.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write from your heart and then let your head organize the thoughts.

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

Yes currently I am working on a creative work that will assist adults by helping them process their feelings of loss.

A Different Kind of Safari

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

Author Bio

Hip9860_7x5final150dpiHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Links

For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com

Award Winning Book trailer: http://youtu.be/5vd_sH64kt0

Buy the Book:

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-different-kind-of-safari-helen-c-hipp/1115058594?ean=9780989013406

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.amazon.com/Different-Kind-Safari-Helen-Hipp/dp/0989013405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403620957&sr=8-1&keywords=a+different+kind+of+safari

A Different Kind Of Safari | Audio Book

http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/A-Different-Kind-of-Safari-Audiobook/B00FWXPS2U

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