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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito



Book Details:



Book Title: We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito

Category: Children's Fiction, 24 pages

Genre: Friendship, Social Skills, Manners, Growing Up & Facts of Life

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: May 31, 2018

Tour dates: Sept 3 to 28, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



We meet with manners is all about being polite and respectful to people throughout the day. From people you know to strangers passing by, simple kind gestures not only lift the spirits of others but for ourselves too. The pictures demonstrate sign language to assist with the early communication and development.



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Meet the Author:




Cheryl Esposito has come from a corporate background and has since become a full-time Mom with three children under 4 and an amazing husband. I have always enjoyed writing but my children are the one’s who inspired me to write about our everyday routines and family fundamentals. My husband provides me the support to believe in myself and never lose faith in who I am. I believe, if there is something you have always thought about doing, you should always follow through. Having children has given me one more reason to follow through. Sharing everything that is good in life is a reward by itself. I am blessed to be able to do just that. So please enjoy these books and I hope it can help your life with children be just a little bit easier.



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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast by Regan W.H. Macaulay



Mirror World Publishing presents a 1-week book tour for Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast by Written by Regan W.H. Macaulay and Illustrated by Wei Lu!


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About Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast:



Mixter Twizzle is an odd, red, round-shaped, mischievous creature. He lives in a hovel, beneath a rustic barn, underneath the chicken coop at Riverdale Farm. He’s a snoozing sneezer and a snoring barker---a peculiar sort that both annoys and pleases. At first, Mixter Twizzle is thrilled by his egg-gorging fests, delighting in his own wickedness, but he soon realizes he is lonely. He longs for companionship, but the hens will have nothing to do with him. Can this fiendish creature learn to make friends at the farm?



Genre: Children's Picture Book; Fantasy; Friendship



Publish Date: September 3, 2018



Publisher: Mirror World Publishing



Publisher Website: https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/



Purchase Links:



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Excerpt:

When the chickens are laying their eggs, Mixter knows by the twitch in his tail and the tickle in his nostril, which sends shivers of anticipation to his crinkled toes. He barely contains the shrieks that rise from his throat. “The eggsies is coming from under the feathered beasts!  My breakfast is ready, by fork and by spork!   My breakfast arrives, let the minutes come faster!  Be hesty!  Be hasty!” he exclaims as he leaps.  Then up through the hole in the barn coop he ambles.



Meet the Author:






Regan W. H. Macaulay writes novels, short stories, children’s literature, and scripts. Writing is her passion, but she’s also a producer and director of theatre, film, and television. She is an animal-enthusiast as well, which led her to become a Certified Canine (and Feline) Massage Therapist. Other award-winning picture storybooks by Regan W. H. Macaulay include Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese, Sloth the Lazy Dragon, and Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far. She is also the author of The Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham which includes Space Zombies! (based on her film, Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!—available on iTunes and on DVD), They Suck, and Horror at Terror Creek.



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReganWHMacaulay



Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReganWHMacaulay



Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-%20%20macaulay-18989a34



Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2LxzSNt



Meet the Illustrator:







Wei Lu is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in Toronto. She grew up in China before studying at Nova Scotia’s College of Art and Design. She loves animals and make-believe characters of any kind and can bring them to life with a pencil and paper.





Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Amelia, The Merballs and the Emerald Cannon by Evonne Blanchard



Title: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon
Author: Evonne Blanchard
Genre: Children’s Books
Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well, until an asteroid hits their planet. Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble. How will they convince the Merballs of their innocence? And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?
Author Bio
Evonne Blanchard was born and raised in England. She met her husband, an American whilst they were both volunteering at a children's orphanage in Guatemala.  The writer lives north of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and their two daughters, Lydia and Gwendolyn. Other additions to the household include a crazy puppy called Bailey, a lovely cat called Arthur, and lots of fish!
The author has been fascinated by space ever since she was a little girl, mesmerized by clips of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. As a teenager, War of the Worlds, by H.G Wells became one of her favorite books and she adores the movie Mars Attacks.

When it came to creating her own aliens, the author decided on the warm and fuzzy type, rather than the war-like Martians. Uglesnoo, her main alien character is from Pluto. He's very friendly and nice but a little crazy too! This was the beginning of Amelia's Amazing Space Adventures, starring Amelia and her alien friend Uglesnoo, from Pluto in a series of ten exciting space adventures for children, ages 5-10.

Uglesnoo’s sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  To obtain the crystal Amelia and Uglesnoo must travel to the Moon, Sun and all the planets in the solar system.

Evonne’s favorite planet -or to be more accurate dwarf planet- is Pluto, because it has a blue sky and glaciers just like Earth! She was not happy when Pluto was downgraded. Uglesnoo, her alien creation from Pluto is still mad at the decision.  “Pluto is the most important place in the solar system.  It’s where everyone goes for their vacation!” He agrees with Alan Stern, a leading NASA scientist, “This definition (of Pluto as a dwarf planet) stinks…!”

The author is currently working on the fourth book in the series, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze.  This book is set on the Sun.  How will Amelia and Uglesnoo manage to land on the boiling hot Sun, trade with the aliens, find the jars of Snapperjack honey and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo's sister?  Find out... in Amelia's next amazing space adventure!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace
Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon
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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast by Regan W.H. Macaulay

Mirror World Publishing presents the cover reveal for Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast by Written by Regan W.H. Macaulay and Illustrated by Wei Lu!


About Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast:

Mixter Twizzle is an odd, red, round-shaped, mischievous creature. He lives in a hovel, beneath a rustic barn, underneath the chicken coop at Riverdale Farm. He’s a snoozing sneezer and a snoring barker---a peculiar sort that both annoys and pleases. At first, Mixter Twizzle is thrilled by his egg-gorging fests, delighting in his own wickedness, but he soon realizes he is lonely. He longs for companionship, but the hens will have nothing to do with him. Can this fiendish creature learn to make friends at the farm?

Genre: Children's Picture Book; Fantasy; Friendship

Publish Date: September 3, 2018

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing

Publisher Website: https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/


Meet the Author:



Regan W. H. Macaulay writes novels, short stories, children’s literature, and scripts. Writing is her passion, but she’s also a producer and director of theatre, film, and television. She is an animal-enthusiast as well, which led her to become a Certified Canine (and Feline) Massage Therapist. Other award-winning picture storybooks by Regan W. H. Macaulay include Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese, Sloth the Lazy Dragon, and Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far. She is also the author of The Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham which includes Space Zombies! (based on her film, Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!—available on iTunes and on DVD), They Suck, and Horror at Terror Creek.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReganWHMacaulay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReganWHMacaulay

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-%20%20macaulay-18989a34

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2LxzSNt

Meet the Illustrator:



Wei Lu is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in Toronto. She grew up in China before studying at Nova Scotia’s College of Art and Design. She loves animals and make-believe characters of any kind and can bring them to life with a pencil and paper.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Lala Feels Blah-la by Tela Kayne


LALA FEELS BLAH-LA by Tela Kayne, Children, 28 pp., $8.89 (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)




Title: LALA FEELS BLAH-LA
Author: Tela Kayne
Publisher: The Virtue Agency
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Welcome to LaLa’s World: Where kids learn how to be the change!



In this newly released children’s book, “LaLa Feels Blah-La,” a young
girl and her stuffed bear wake up feeling blah for no apparent reason.
LaLa’s mom teaches her to be mindful of her feelings and turn her mood
around with the flip of a coin. Perfect for young readers, LaLa Feels
Blah-La , teaches children to be more mindful of their feelings and
manage their mood swings.

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Lala
wakes up and feels rotten, but she's not sure why. She's not sick, and the sun
is shining. Lala is blah-la.

She
stomps downstairs for breakfast. 

Stomp,
stomp, stomp.









My Review:
5*
Lala wakes up in a  bad mood. She doesn't know why. Her mother is determined to turn her Blah day into a good day. She starts with a happy breakfast then moves on to a happy lunch. When neither work she comes up with a plan to flip an imaginary coin. Tails is a blah day, she tells Lala to flip the coin over in her mind to heads.

This was a very short story and would be perfect for a Blah-la day for any child in the morning when it is looking like a bad day. Teia Kayne has done a wonderful job with this book, it even brought a smile to my face. This is a picture book with vivid and bright illustrations all the way through it. The illustrations are by Goran Vitanovic.






As the daughter of a librarian, Tela Kayne grew up reading countless
literary works of all genres in quiet corners of the local library. She
developed the love of writing at an early age, penning theatrical
productions that were performed in the family living room for an
audience of loved ones. She officially began her creative career as a
young actress in Atlanta, having appeared on stage in a variety of roles
including Puck of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice in Alice in
Wonderland.

After graduating college Summa Cum Laude from the University of
Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and working a short
stint in the “real world,” she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career
in film. After securing her Screen Actor’s Guild membership through
appearances on television shows like G vs E, The Parkers and Get Real as
well as films like Down to You, Almost Famous, and Disney’s The Kid,
she decided to garner more behind-the-camera experience. She secured
internships at Scott Rudin Productions, one of Hollywood’s most prolific
and demanding producers and Mostow Lieberman Productions (U-571) at
Universal Studios. She soon accepted a paid position with executive
producer Chris Sievernich and discovered her love of screenplay
development, running the coverage department for Kinowelt USA and
assisting in the development of projects like Nurse Betty, The Wedding
Planner and Welcome to Collinwood. After several years of working in
Hollywood, she returned home to Atlanta in 2001 to focus on a career in
strategic marketing.



As president and founder of The Virtue Agency, an integrated content
development and marketing agency, Tela has spent the last fifteen years
writing content and maximizing brand exposure and engagement for
clients. She has authored articles that appear on MarketWatch (WSJ),
Yahoo! Finance, MNN.com, EWG.org, and HealthyChild.org. She is also
entering into the literary world with the release of LaLa Feels Blah-La, Book 1 of her debut children’s series, LaLa’s World.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking by Helen Olsson


Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking by Helen Olsson is a have to have book if you are going hiking. The book is written for kids 8+ but if you have never been hiking it would be good for adults as well. The book tells you where to go , when to go, what to take with you and more.

There are lots of illustrations throughout the book to make the book even more enjoyable. And of Course Ranger Rick is on almost every page. He is an adorable raccoon. The book is written in easy to understand language, and filled with tips, ideas, and even some hiking rules.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Outside: Discovering Animals Maria Ana Peixe Dias, Ines Teixeira do Rosario



Very informative book written on a childs level about following the signs to learn about the animals around us. The books focuses on 100 animal species and how to tell if they live around where you are.  Now personally I would gibe this book to a child say 8 years and up but I would not send them out into the weeds and woods on their own. Some of these animals will hurt the kids if they happened across them. I do appreciate that the book tells you to just look and do not touch.

The book is very interesting. It give tons of facts on the animals featured. Like with Worms for instance. The book explains how they move with no legs. Do they have noses, hearts, lungs? What do they eat? What eats them? Where they live and how they live. All of this and more in 4 short pages.

I really like the illustrations. Some are cartoonish others give you a good look at the animal. The whole book is done in black, white, and hot pink. They really catch your eye.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Amazing World: Bugs by L.J. Tracosas



Most kids are curious about everything around us. This set of Amazing World books are great. In this book about Bugs, you and your child will learn about 20 different bugs. Some of the bugs are every day and ordinary some are wild, strange, and anything but ordinary. While reading this book I learned of a few bugs I have never heard of.

The book has large color pictures of each bug so you can actually see what the bug looks like. It also tells you where and how the bug lives, eats, and survives. Which ones bite or sting as well. The pages about each bug may be short but there are tons of facts about the bug. It also tells you the different types of bugs in each bug family, and their differences.

The book is very interesting even to us adults. If you buy the paper book instead of the ebook it also comes with 13 reusable glow-in-the-dark plastic stickers.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale



Book Details:



Book Title: What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale

Category: Children's Fiction, 34 pages

Genre: Children's Books, Values & Virtues, Christian Books

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: September 14, 2016

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, every day, everywhere.



To follow the tour, please visit Bernie DiPasquale's page on iRead Book Tours.





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Meet the Author:



Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and now resides in Joppa, a small community just a bit north up the I-95 corridor. He has spent his entire professional career in Education and Financial Services. More importantly he is a Husband, Father, and Grandfather to a beautiful family.



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

Interview with Bernie DiPasquale
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Pen and paper…wherever I am.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .7 hours would be nice

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Absolutely…my wife Patti and my Daughter Lindsay.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? If I’m happy with the finished product, I’m successful

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? Still working on that one too.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  It’s a simple book about simple everyday ideas written from the perspective of my Grandson Bryn.  Lessons that all of our children need to navigate life. I wrote the book so my thoughts would be remembered long after I am gone.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? My HS Drama teacher, Robert Gunther

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Hang with the family, dinner with my wife, watch movies.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Peaceful


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid by Sandi Smith



Book Details:



Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)

Author: Sandi Smith

Illustrator: Kathy Lee

Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages

Genre: Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: January 3, 2017

Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.



There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.



Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.



As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”



To follow the tour, please visit Sandi Smith's page on iRead Book Tours.



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Meet the Author:





Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.



Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.



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Interview with Sandi Smith

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?   One summer, my sister and I went walking in the rain. It was a very, very warm summer rain. Walking in the rain was one of my most favorite things to do. We bought an ice cream, sat on the bridge in the middle of the town with rain dripping of our noses, and then we proceeded to stand outside a restaurant under a rain gutter with the water pouring over our heads. People were staring and laughing, and we had so much fun that day.

The scariest?   Probably the home permanents that our mother used to give us for the beginning of school every year.  I was left with emotional scars…lol.

The strangest?  Actually, I was in a store one day, and a very nice young girl approached me, and said, “Are you an artist?”  I said, “No.” She said, “Well, you have an aura about you, and it shows that you are an artist.” I thanked her, and left the store without thinking too much about it.  About a year later, I started writing my books.


What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?   Putting training wheels on my bike (see hobbies below, please).

Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.    I really like to bike ride, but we have not done that for years.  Because of my writing (lots of snacking while I wrote), I have gained quite a bit of weight and am definitely out of shape.  We decided to buy new bikes, and start riding again. Good for our health, our lungs, etc. When we were younger, sometimes we would ride 20 miles a day.  I bought a new bike, but discovered that my balance was off, and I fell. That terrified me, so I thought that was it, and we could never bike ride again.

But my ever-positive husband thought I should try stabilizing wheels (known as training wheels, in the real world).  I refused. I was not going to use training wheels at 65 years of age, but each time I tried to ride my bike, I couldn’t because I kept falling over.  I caved in. I wanted to ride my new bike so badly that I swallowed my pride. My bike is in the shop right now getting “stabilizing wheels” put on.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Ghost in the Gardens by HL Carpenter



Welcome the 1-week Virtual Book Tour for The Ghost in the Gardens (A Flower Girl Mystery) by HL Carpenter.

About The Ghost in the Gardens:

Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn't think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.

All.

The.

Time.

She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she's determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.
The ghost is not in the plan.
But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it's too late.



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Book Details:

Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 152 pages

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)

Order Links:
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Read an Excerpt:
I ran.
Barkley raced beside me. We dashed over bridges and along winding paths. We ignored all the garden signs and the early morning visitors. A woman in a red hoodie yelled at us to stop running. I didn't answer. Explaining would have slowed me down.
The mulched footpath for visitors curved right beside a tangle of scrub oaks. I turned left instead, onto a blade-thin unmarked gap in the dense growth. The path led to South Garden, a five-acre field at the edge of the Botanical Gardens.
Tomorrow I was supposed to collect samples from South Garden and start a list of the plants I found. Compiling a database was the goal of the month-long survey Ms. Winger and I had designed for my summer project.
I had a secret goal too. I was going to find a Coralroot, one of the rarest plants in this part of Florida. The Coralroot was kind of like a ghost. It was so rare hardly anyone had ever seen one. Botanists bickered with each other over whether another specimen would ever be found.
I didn't know who was right. But according to my research South Garden was exactly the kind of place the Coralroot liked to grow.
The shiny barbed leaves of a holly bush clutched at my jeans as I plunged through the woods. The ground was squashy, layered with rotting leaves and fallen branches. I tripped and almost lost a sneaker in the soft matted loam. I grabbed a tree so I wouldn't fall, pushed my glasses back into place, and kept running.
Beneath the thick stand of trees, the air smelled of dirt and mold. The overhanging canopy blocked the helicopter from view, but the thump and roar of the straining engine marked its path.

Meet the Author:


Florida-based mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter writes family-friendly fiction. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

John William and the Bandits of Basswood by Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows


John William and the Bandits of Basswood by Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows

John William Drake was born an explorer; just like many, many Drakes before him. His adventure really began with the discovery of an old book hidden in the ceiling of the Drake home, followed by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He lived everyday in misery until his twelfth birthday. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down… follow me and change your destiny.
He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits – the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Uncovering traces of his missing father gave him hope and upped the stakes. John William was determined to get off the ship alive and search for the missing pieces of the puzzle. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to solve the most important mystery of his life.
Praise for the Book

“The imaginative world created by the author is especially fun. Some animals can talk (with attitude!), magic is in the air and emu-like creatures provide fast transportation. Yes, I realize this series is for children- and they can certainly read it. Just as soon as I'm finished.”

“A simple walk into the world of furry and fairy alike. Enjoyed the character building, as the young boy finds himself in a world with furry pirates, and a feisty fairy princess.”

“Love this book! Great kids book!”


Excerpt


The Door in the Ceiling

John William huffed and dragged his feet over to the ladder. “I

don’t like climbing this old thing.”

“You’ll be fine. I will be right behind you with the lantern.” His

father gave him a nudge.

“Fine…” John William clutched his hands around the rails.

“Relax, son.” He rubbed John William’s white knuckled hands.

“This is just another walk in the park. You can do it.”

“Okay, let’s get this over with.” John William took one step,

then another; then he closed his eyes and climbed until his head hit the ceiling. He pounded the hatch with his fist repeatedly with no results. His father climbed up behind him.

Thud! He gave the ceiling one good hit. John William ducked his head and the hatch flew open. “Here, take the lantern.”

John William looked at his father’s excited smile. He swallowed

the lump in his throat and grabbed the lantern. A chill hit his arm the instant it moved across the threshold. He used his elbows to boost his body through before he could talk himself out of it. “It is tight up here. My head hits the top; and the smell… it reminds me of Uncle Andrew’s old tree fort.

“Yes, yes… but do you see anything?” His father huffed.

John William moved the lantern around every part of the

opening. “Aside from some scratch marks in the wood, it is completely empty – not a single trace of anything.”

“Maybe I should come up.” His father took another step up the

ladder.

“Those scratch marks – they are from a rodent, right? Like a

cute little mouse?”

“Yes, John William; don’t worry.”

John William crawled deeper in. Something in the wall caught

his eye. He narrowed his eyes. “I, I think I see something. No, it can’t be.”

“What is it?” His father blurted.

Thump! “Did you hear that?” John William gasped. He jolted the lantern around. “I’m not alone up here.” A dark shadow darted across the wall, accompanied by more thumping.

“Look out! I’m coming down!” John William stumbled through

the hatch in a frantic fit, barely getting one arm around the ladder to secure himself. The lantern hit the ground; glass shattered everywhere.

“Fire!” His father slid down the ladder and covered the

wreckage with his coat, followed by a vase full of water and flowers, extinguishing the flames.

John William perched at the top of the ladder, watching his

disappointed father catch his breath. “I’m sorry.” He closed the hatch and stepped lightly down to the floor.

“It’s okay; I was never really fond of that coat anyways.” He

paused and smiled at John William. “You did well; I’m proud of you.”

John William felt his dad’s reassuring hand ruffling his curls.

“Now can I go to bed?”

“Of course, we have an early start tomorrow… rest well.”

“Thanks, you too.” John William glanced up at the ceiling, and

shuffled out of the study.

“John William… you are certain you did not see anything?”

He paused before turning the corner. “Yes. I just heard

something. Maybe it was a rat?”

“Most likely; goodnight, son.”

John William waved and continued on. He did see something; at least he thought he did. What he saw was so peculiar it must have been his eyes playing tricks on him.

It was a small red door with a well-used brass knob set in the wall on the other end of the space where there was enough shadow to keep it out of sight… but there was no way he was going back up there tonight. His father would have to find out another time.






Author Elizabeth Bellows

Um, let's see... when I was eight, I had a pet turkey. I used to take it with me on my very short lived paper route. Needless to say, I was terrible at delivering the paper. No one wanted a "Dollar Saver" with turkey poop splattered across the front page. Apparently that's where the best coupons are.
Books... well, "Treasure Island" is a fantastic pirate tale. I love just about anything by Roald Dahl. I would also like to thank C.S Lewis for sending me on an unrelenting childhood quest for portals to amazing worlds (even in the most unpleasant locations, e.g... the older brother's closet, etc...)
I love to write... these days sneaking away just to use the bathroom is hard enough. Finding a quiet moment alone with my laptop is impossible. I've developed a talent for making airplane noises out the side of my mouth for my son while squeezing in a paragraph or two.
I write fantasy stories for children. Yep - I am a HUGE fantasy geek. I can't help myself! It's too darn awesome to escape to another realm with sorcerers and wizards. The underlying theme in my stories is empowerment, self love, and living purposefully.
When football is on I turn into a different person. I may even use a curse word or two... or three. I enjoy running; which is a good thing because I need to do it in order to fit into my jeans.
I love to cook and really, really love to eat. I have a theory that avocados actually contain super powers and have the amazing ability to make any snack epic. I also love garlic... which, according to my loved ones, also has an unfortunate super power ... the pungent breath-inator... or something of that nature.
Few things make me smile more than chocolate, cheese, and a good bottle of vino... AND, if the Chargers would make it to the Super Bowl again - just once:)



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