Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli

Book Details:

Book Title: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli

Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet

Category: Children's Fiction, 32 pages

Genre: Children's Picture Book

Publisher: About Something Good, LLC

Release date: October 28, 2017

Tour dates: April 9 to May 4, 2018

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.

He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.

He loves pretty much everything and everyone.

And they love him back.

And that's how it is all through his life.

Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie's human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love's power to uplift and transform.

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Meet the Author:

Andrea has always been an avid reader and that jumpstarted her imagination at a very early age. In fact she escaped to the Land of Make Believe more often than her mother liked.

She is a former marketing professional who is a mom to kids both with and without fur. Andrea says that it helps to have one foot planted firmly in reality while the other is foot loose and fancy-free in Imagination Land. She enjoys the best of both worlds.

In 2013, Andrea and her husband started About Something Good (ASG) as a vehicle to curate, inspire and share goodness in the world. In a world where negative images flood the media, and words like “hate” get tossed around so easily, Andrea felt she needed a space that encouraged and focused on the words like “love” and the beauty that is life.

Andrea is committed to finding the good in everything and believes: that a sense of belonging to someone's heart is what makes us feel complete, that kindness goes a long way, and that keeping your mind and heart open can help when things happen that you don't understand.

Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Interview with Andrea Yerramilli
Q: Why do you write?
A: I have always felt a need to write, because there are words inside of me pushing to get out. Sometimes they’re individual thoughts, sometimes they’re a story, and sometimes they’re just nonsensical jumbles of words.  :). There are so many stories to tell.

Q: Why did you write this book?
A: I wrote Ralphie, Always Loved because I wanted to keep Ralphie, my dog, around forever. As he got older and then got sick, I wanted to share Ralphie with the world and made it my passion project to finish his story and publish this book. I truly believe that everyone needs a story of hope and love and a dog.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the story?
A: I always wrote little stories about Ralphie. When I had children, I told them those stories. As Ralphie got older, I felt the need to make his story official and enduring, so I decided to write an actual book. The beginning of the book was pure imagination, based on the real-life Ralphie’s actual markings. The rest of the book was based on what actually happened. The ending was shaped by the fact that Ralphie’s long life was coming to an end, and I wanted a chance for closure. Also, the way the book ends, the reader can assume that Ralphie is still with us or that he is back up with the angels, painting clouds.

Q: Where did you get the idea to use clouds the way you did?
A: Ralphie had a streak of white on his nose. All four paws had tips of white in various degrees. The tip of his tail was white, and he had a heart-shaped white mark on his belly. I often marveled at those markings and wondered what could have been the reason for them. Ralphie was also curious and always getting into things and into trouble. Painting clouds and spilling paint seemed the most logical explanation to me. :)
Q: Ralphie was a rescue dog and a mixed breed. Have you ever had a purebred or designer dog, and which kind did you prefer?
A: We were told that Ralphie was a Labrador retriever and terrier mix, but we never found out exactly.
Purebred dogs have years of history behind them, so you know what their basic character traits are. With a designer dog, you know exactly what breeds are mixed together,
so you can kind of tell, but with a mutt you have no clue. Under the outer appearance of the dog, though, lies the same heart that loves unconditionally. So purebred, designer, or mutt makes really no difference, except there are a lot more mutts out there waiting for loving families and homes. That’s why I would tell you to visit your local shelter today!

Q: What are you trying to say with your book?

A: I’m trying to say it’s okay to love even if you have been hurt in the past, or things haven’t gone exactly the way you planned. Keep your heart open and let it lead the way. I’m telling people to look for reasons to love. Pets, especially dogs show us how love, forgiveness, and living in the moment make our lives richer. I’m hoping this book highlights that.

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1 comment:

  1. No pets right now but my favorite breed of dog is basset hound.