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Sunday, October 18, 2020

How the Strawberry Got Its Seeds by Alejandria Kate

 

How the Strawberry Got Its Seeds, 2nd Edition

Book 2, The Fairy Awakenings series

Children’s books, fairy books, magical, self-esteem for children, self-love for children

Date Published: 10/15/2020

Publisher: Generally Verbose


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This is a story of a young girl who learns self-worth by embracing the very "flaws" that make her beautiful. Strawella Berry is a spunky fairy that enters a singing competition only to realize winning doesn't feel so good when one has to pretend to be someone they are not.


Alejandria Kate wrote How the Strawberry Got Its Seeds with the hope that Strawella’s story inspires children to celebrate being different as well as imparts courage and confidence to any child who has suffered self-esteem issues.

 

 About the Author

Alejandria Kate is a writer, author and certified Mind, Body, Spirit Practitioner through the Sunlight Alliance Foundation. Alejandria is passionate about personal development and uplifting others.

She draws inspiration from the beauty – both large and small – that she observes in the world around her and from the quiet moments connected with Spirit and her own soul. She believes vulnerability is a strength and an open heart is a key to inner joy. She believes that through a shift in perspective beauty can be found within every experience.

Alejandria graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature, where she studied writing for children and young adults. In her spare time she plays the Native American flute and hikes the walking trails in Southern California in her pursuit of viewing wildflowers.

It is Alejandria’s hope that readers feel comforted and inspired after reading her books.

Alejandria can be reached through her website, www.alejandriakate.com

 

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Knucklehead Fred & The Principal's Challenge by Arias Williams

 


Knucklehead Fred and the Principal's Challenge
Knucklehead Fred Series Book 2
by Arias Williams
Genre: Children's Picture Book 

Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.

After struggling with behavior problems at school, Fred is presented with a challenge by his school principal, Mr. Boronstine. He promises Fred that if he can be a model student for one week, he will be presented with a special surprise.
Will Knucklehead Fred rise to the occasion and be the best he can be? Or will he fail to control himself and miss out on a special treat?
Find out in this second installment of this whimsical children’s book about a mischievous little boy who walks to the beat of his own drum.
The Principal’s Challenge is the second in the Knucklehead Fred series, a collection of stories about the troublemaker you can’t help but love.


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Knucklehead Fred
Knucklehead Fred Series Book 1


Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.
His parents just can’t figure out how to make him sit still and listen!
But when Fred finds himself in need of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him a thing or two about responsibility.


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Arias Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA.
He is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th Grade in South Los Angeles.
When he isn't working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate the future of Los Angeles. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Lantern Fairy by Alejandria Kate


Children’s book

Date Published: October 1, 2020


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This is the story of a young girl who gains self-confidence through the power of a positive belief in her own abilities. Gold Berry is a sensitive fairy who enters a flying competition only to realize she was already a winner.

 


About the Author

 Alejandria Kate is a writer, author and certified Mind, Body, Spirit Practitioner through the Sunlight Alliance Foundation. Alejandria is passionate about personal development and uplifting others. 

She draws inspiration from the beauty - both large and small - that she observes in the world around her and from the quiet moments connected with Spirit and her own soul. She believes vulnerability is a strength and an open heart is a key to inner joy. She believes that through a shift in perspective beauty can be found within every experience.

Alejandria graduated from the Institute of Children's Literature, where she studied writing for children and young adults. In her spare time she plays the Native American flute and hikes the walking trails in Southern California in her pursuit of viewing wildflowers.

It is Alejandria's hope that readers feel comforted and inspired after reading her books.

Alejandria can be reached through her website, www.alejandriakate.com


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Santa: An Interview by Meaghan Hurn

 

Holiday, Children’s, Family

Date Published: October 1st, 2020


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Santa: An Interview covers the tales of questions asked to and answered by Santa Claus one winter evening. In a remote northern village close to the North Pole, in a rare occasion during the holiday season Santa decided to take a break from Operation Christmas! He invited local kids and adults from all ages and backgrounds to the Fairbanks Public Library.

Santa had lovingly provided hot cocoa, snacks, blankets, pillows and a warm magical glowing fire for all in attendance. Tonight was for Santa and the families that came to share stories and ask him their questions. We’re lucky that one of the parents was a journalist for the local Fairbanks Gazette Newspaper, and by trade, always had a notebook in his back pocket. Thanks to this writer, Raymond “Ray” James, we can relive the stories and tales told that rare winter night for countless families to enjoy this holiday season.

You’ll read along as the pages of Ray’s notebook recount the stories and answers witnessed that one magical evening!

 

 

About the Author

In my previous aspirations, I’ve been a Luxury Celebrity Chef, Designer, Division 1 Swimmer, Musician, Artist, Event Planner, Philosopher, Author and CEO of Hurn Publications

I love loose leaf teas, I collect teacups and coffee cups, and strangely I love big soup spoons. In contrast to the big beautiful weddings I’ve designed and coordinated, my tastes run fairly simple. I watch tons of documentaries, generally anything to do with oceanography, marine biology or military history. I’m also a sucker for terrible jokes and puns. Typically, I’m reading, writing or playing music if I’m not working.

I’m also not a fan of small talk. I like to jump into the middle of a conversation and get the heart of a topic. So, feel free to reach out and start a conversation.

 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Audio Blog Tour: Maya and the Turtle by John C. Stickler & Soma Han


Prize-winning Korean fairy tale now out as an audiobook!

Authors: John C. Stickler, Soma Han

Narrator: Talulah Shadrick

Length: 11 minutes

Publisher: Author's Republic

Released: Apr. 16, 2020

Genre: Children's


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

What a Prickly Pear by Tina Mowrey


Children's Picture Book
Date Published: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Clearfork

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Roxy and Stumpy, two clever raccoons, are known for their dumpster diving
abilities. Most mornings, their bellies are full and sleep comes easy. Until
one day, they aren't so lucky. Tired and hungry, Roxy and Stumpy meet a
handful of unique animal friends who eat prickly pear cactus. Yes, that's
right - CACTUS! Join the raccoons as they decide whether or not this spiny
food is worth the trouble.

 
About the Author

A transplant from Massachusetts, Tina lives in Austin, TX, where she was
introduced to the prickly pear cactus! Having been a singer/songwriter for
years, Tina decided to put pen to paper and try her hand at picture book
writing. It was much harder than expected, but she loves it. When she
isn’t writing picture books, Tina spends her time working as an 8th
grade language arts teacher and keeping up with her family of 4 humans &
5 pets!

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Instagram: tina.mowrey
 
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Sneasy the Greasy Babysits Abigail by Michelle Birdsong



Children's Book
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Kind and gentle Abigail Gold needs a babysitter. In walks Sneasy the
Greasy. He wheezes, he sneezes and his hair is full of greases! But during
an afternoon with Abigail, Sneasy learns the meaning of true friendship,
honesty, and a life free of grease.


 
 About the Authors

Michelle Birdsong is a songwriter and author, having worked with her late
husband Edwin on his albums ‘What it is" and "Super
Natural’. Michelle lives in NYC, finding the electric creativity of
the city streets mirrors her  neverending imagination. And she loves
collaborating with her daughter.
Robin currently lives in Hawaii, where the endless Summer light fills her
daydreams with stories. And she loves working with her Mother.
 
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Knucklehead Fred by Arias Williams


Knucklehead Fred 
by Arias Williams 
Genre: Children's Picture Book 


Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.

His parents just can’t figure out how to make him sit still and listen!

But when Fred finds himself in need of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him a thing or two about responsibility. 





Arias Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA. 

He is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th Grade in South Los Angeles. 

When he isn't working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate the future of Los Angeles. 




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Friday, June 12, 2020

The Parable Of The Sower Bible Story



The Parable Of The Sower Bible Story Summary For Christian Parents, Teachers & Children. Including a beautiful coloring page provided for free, Download it from here - https://fruitsofspirit.com/the-parable-of-the-sower/

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Grim and the Fantastic by Marissa Miller


The Grim and the Fantastic 
by Marissa Miller 
Genre: Children's / Middle Grade Fantasy 


The Grim and The Fantastic tells the story of Merton Clarke, and his journey battling a major illness, when a magical realm--filled with splendor and danger lurking in the shadows-- reveals itself to him. There, he must face some terrible beasts in a battle to rid himself of his sickness. Along the way, Merton makes two new friends who must fight their own monsters alongside him. If they can defeat their beasts from the realm in battle, just maybe, they will win the battle against their sickness in the real world too. Together, they test their limits, and their understanding of friendship, grief, bravery, and, above all, the power of hope.
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected. The fantastical tale truly provides a whimsical place for children with troubles to escape to. 


Excerpt:
The Grim and The Fantastic Chapter Three Excerpt

It was another stormy night in December, with rain hammering against the window, and
lightning flashes casting shadows around the hospital room where Merton lay.The shadows
appeared to snarl at Merton with dripping jaws ready to bite. He had his back pressed as far
back against his pillow as possible, his little hands gripping fiercely at his covers. He was alone
for the moment as his mother had gone to the cafeteria to get some coffee, and his father had
gone home to grab some of Merton’s things while he was in quarantine.
Merton closed his eyes and summoned up every ounce of energy he could muster to will
the scary shadows away. When he opened his eyes again he blinked a few times to try to make
sense of what he was seeing.The shadows were gone and the gray screen of rain drumming
against the windows had turned to drops of sparkling color bouncing softly against the glass—
not the least bit threatening. It looked magical. But, no matter how much Merton blinked and
rubbed his eyes, this time the color splashes beading down the window didn’t go away.
“Are they real?” He breathed to himself, throwing his legs over the edge of the mattress
and hopping out of bed to approach the window. The color continued to drip shining light in front
of his face. He reached out a hand and placed it against the inside of the glass, wishing he
could touch the water rolling down the outside.
“It’s pretty magnificent, isn’t it?”Merton whirled around at the sound of a voice behind
him. He looked up at the face of Doctor Jankins, standing in the doorway.
“You… you can see the color? I thought I was seeing things that aren’t there.
Hallucinating?” He scrunched up his nose in confusion, wrinkling his freckles as he did so.
“Yes, hallucinating is the word you’re looking for. But, I can assure you, that you aren’t
seeing a hallucination.”
“What is it, then? And what about the other splashes I saw?”
“I definitely noted what you were seeing when we first met, Merton. If you’d like to take a
seat, I would like to explain some things to you, now that we have your diagnosis confirmed,
and you’re officially an in-patient for treatment.”
“Um, ok, I suppose.” Merton agreed warily. He hopped back up onto his bed. “Should my
mom or dad be here for this if it’s medical information?”
“This information is a little different, and I’m afraid I am only permitted to share it with the
children.” Jankins answered, sitting in the recliner chair beside the bed. “Alright, this is going to
be a lot of information to take in. Are you sure you’re up to it?”
Merton glanced back at the colorful rain cascading down the windows and nodded. “Yes,
I can handle it.” He answered seriously.
“Well, Merton, first things first; all of the children always have a choice. There are two
options— two paths, if you will— that each child can choose to embark on.” Jankins began









Marissa Miller is an up and coming author, who has spent the last few years working on novels and children’s books. She currently resides in northern California with her husband, two little dogs (Alice and Diggory), and two cats (Burt and Winry). 

Miller has been an aspiring storyteller since she was a young girl and began more seriously pursuing the art of writing in her teens. After a happy accident with miscommunication in 2017, Miller began producing illustrations to accompany her work; she now attempts to incorporate in her illustrative style with all of her works. 

Miller’s first published work is the wonderfully imaginative children’s book, Chasing Figments. Following her picture book, Miller published an illustrated young reader’s book, The Grim and The Fantastic. Both books embody Miller’s brand, which is finding the splendor in one’s life, no matter the circumstance, and using imagination to overcome obstacles. 



Interview with Marissa Miller 



Who is your hero and why?
I know it might seem a little cliche to be a children’s book author, and then say how much I
admire Walt Disney, but it is very true. Since I was two-years-old, I have wanted to be a
storyteller in some way. Originally, I wanted to be a one-woman production team of my own
cartoon creator (writing, drawing, voicing, etc.), which was a career choice I had decided after
watching Disney movies. As I got older, that transitioned into writing and dreaming of being an
author. However, I still deeply admire the empire that Walt Disney built from the ground up, and
his trials and tribulations along the way are a reminder to me that even the greats had to start
somewhere, and not everything was smooth sailing along the way. I love watching all the
behind-the-scenes footage of the creative process behind the movies, like the inspiration/artwork,
storyboarding, machinery, and filming. Beyond that, the wonderful content that he and his
company created--- to foster such imagination and magic in the lives of countless children and
adults--- that is what I hope to be able to create and share with others someday.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It took me a long time to feel like I could call myself a writer, even though I had been writing
since early childhood. I fell subject to that idea a lot of us get when we get in our own heads, and
think, “Who am I to think I deserve to call myself that?” Then, I had someone tell me that a
writer is someone who writes, an author is what a writer calls themself after publishing. After
that, it became easier to call myself a writer because it took a little of the self-imposed pressure
off. Once I published my first book, it was very surreal to finally say I am an author. I still
struggle with validating myself, but I try to focus on the fact that I have two children’s books
published (both written and illustrated by me), and no matter what, that is something to be proud
of myself for. I am a writer and I am an author, and I am pleased to be able to put little chunks of
my imagination out there for others to happen upon.


What inspired you to write this book?
I was in town visiting family, fast asleep in the guest room at my mom’s. I was dreaming, and, in
the dream, I was standing in a hospital. But, the walls and floor were breaking apart to spill away
to this gorgeous and magical place full of color and magic. There were these kind of blurry slow
motion actions taking place around me, and I remember either hearing, or just “knowing,” that
there were Cancer Beasts, and children who were Cancer Warriors. I woke up, at like 3 am, with
the very groggy thought that this was a story I needed to write, so I made a note in my phone
(that I still have) saying “Story Idea: hospital imaginary setting fighting the cancer beast,” and
went back to sleep. I came back to it later to create The Grim and The Fantastic.


Are these characters based on real-life or imagination?
The characters in this story are special to me because most of them have some form of homage to
someone in my life. Merton, the main character, is named and physically based on my late
grandfather. Cathy is named after my aunt who passed away from cancer a few years ago. Dr.
Jankins is a nod to an inside joke with my mom, and Dr. Jackson is named after my uncle. Dr.
Tes is a nod to a friend who allowed me access to her personal experiences to help authenticate
the story. Rosie’s character is one that I felt I connected with, myself. Lastly, I put my dog,
Alice, in the story just as she is. I got her when I was twelve after being very, very sick and she
helped/still helps bring some light back into my life.


How did you come up with the name of this book?
I had a really, really hard time coming up with the name of this book. It was basically the last
thing I did before publishing. I had the book written, edited, illustrated, and I still couldn’t figure
out a name that felt right for the story. I made countless lists of different names. The Grim and
The Fantastic was on an early list, but didn’t work for me at first. Then, I was reviewing old
lists, read it, and something just clicked. I knew it was the perfect name for a story that focused
on some serious and sad subject matter, but took it to a hopeful and magical place to overcome
the bad--- thusly grim and fantastic were perfect descriptors.


Is there anything you want readers to know?
I felt very nervous about really putting out there that this book deals with cancer. I think there is
a bit of a stigma around books that have cancer in them as being either really jarringly sad, or a
romance novel. Also, from what I have seen, cancer books are typically for an older audience, so
I worried that a child might see “cancer” and be put off, or a parent might think the subject too
heavy for a young reader. I didn’t want to pigeon-hole myself, but, at the same time, I didn’t
want to hide it either. I have been more open about it though as I continue to market it.
Ultimately, I believe it is a unique story that will help children with any illness or difficulties find
escapism and a bit of splendor. I hope that readers will give it the chance it deserves. It really is
an uplifting story of finding hope overall.


How is your writing process?
When I write, I have an “organized chaos” approach. I will have an idea and make a rough
outline. Outlines generally consist of broad overviews of things to happen or a specific character
element I would like to show, with the occasional note that something specific must happen in
this chapter. Otherwise, I look at the overview for the chapter as a guideline/starting point, and
then I free-write from there. Sometimes I get too off track and end up having to cut out segments,
and sometimes it helps me break out of a sticky plot point by not staying within too strict of
parameters.


Do you prefer to write in silence, or with noise, why?
I much prefer to write with music playing. I find great enjoyment in planning playlists that
remind me of what the soundtrack for my book would be if it were a movie. It is fun to play into
those dreams. I have one for every major project I work on, though I have a general playlist I
listen to for writing. For The Grim and The Fantastic , a song that is sort of the anthem to me for
this book is “We’ll Be The Stars” by Sabrina Carpenter. You know how there is always a song
that plays for the credits of a movie that sort of encompasses the whole film? That song is this
book’s ideal credits-song. It actually makes me teary-eyed when I hear it. If I ever had a wish
granted and had a movie made for this book, I would have to have that song incorporated as a
theme.


What are common traps for aspiring writers?
A major trap for aspiring writers is largely getting in one’s head and telling yourself you aren’t
good enough. It is easy to belittle ourselves, and while we should be very clear cut with creating
a quality end product, you won’t get there if you beat yourself up along the way. On the other
hand, it is good to be receptive of constructive criticism, because no matter how amazing you
are, no one ever pumps out a perfect first draft, devoid of any errors whatsoever. Finding the
balance between your inner critic and resistance to changing your drafts is important.


Do you write one book at a time or several at a time?
I have several projects going at any given time. Writer’s block can be a very real thing, and
sometimes when I am blocked on one story, it helps to pop over to a completely different project
and completely switch gears to refresh. Some of my projects are illustrated too, so if writing just
isn’t working out, I can switch over to art and reset completely.


Did you know?
I created this book from scratch, from beginning to end. I wrote the book, edited, illustrated,
formatted/layout, and made the front and back cover. I used a hybrid publishing company,
Gatekeeper Press, for distribution and printing only. Everything else is all my own creation. I
made the whole thing and saved it as a print-ready PDF, and sent it off! It isn’t perfect, but I feel
good about knowing that I was able to do every step up to printing by myself.


Something you are proud of with this book?
I really tried to keep this story very authentic. I am proud of that. Even though it has a fantasy
element, I believe the characters are very real, and their thoughts and feelings are also very real. I
wove in a lot of details from my own life so I know they are true to me. I believe authenticity
woven together with fantastical escapism is very important in writing this type of story.


Pen, typewriter, or computer?
I outline and world-build in pen, and I write on my computer. So far, I illustrate on paper and
edit on my computer too.


Do you read for yourself, and if so, which genre?
I love to read for leisure. It took me a little longer for learning to read to click, but once it did, I
took off with it--- no training wheels needed! I try not to be too limited by genre and really just
look for good stories. But I do primarily read fiction for pleasure.
If I had to narrow it down, I tend to lean towards fantasy, and children’s books. Personally, I find
it such a wonderful experience to read a book with some fantasy to escape into from the real
world. Take me to Hogwarts, Narnia, or a secret garden any day! I love that feeling of
suspension of disbelief, when you feel, for a moment, like magic, grandeur, and fantasy are
possible---and, ultimately, they are! They are always tangible in your imagination. Books are
merely the portals to connect the two.


How do you view reading?
As an author, I know the kind of effort and soul-pouring that goes into creating a finished book.
Though I know not every book will flow for me, or the writing style might not click or be my
favorite, I sincerely try not to be unnecessarily snobby about my reading preferences. Instead, I
look at reading like a treasure hunt of others' imagination and creativity. I get to have the honor
of venturing into the creative mind of another person everytime I crack the spine of a new book.
Sometimes you get pretty seashells, and sometimes you get a diamond in the rough that will be a

treasure for life.

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