Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Interview and Review for Fifo "50 States" by Haley Rose

Fifo 50 States (Mom's Choice Award Recipient, 1st Place Purple Dragonfly Awards, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist)

Come and join me as I talk with author Haley on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book Fifo "50 States" on @ 1 pm EST today.

Fifo "50 States" by Haley Rose

  • Perfect Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwell Productions; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981464823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981464824



    Multi-award-winning author, Hayley Rose, grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In the early 1990's she traveled the U.S. with her band Crush Violet. In 1994, after a family reunion, she was inspired to write a children's book. Looking for a cute and catchy name for a main character, she kept hearing "first in, first out". Hence, the name Fifo was born. Hayley's mother would often ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up, so Hayley decided to start her series of "Fifo" books with that very question. Her first book, Fifo "When I Grow Up" was published in 2002. Her love of travel inspired her second book in the Fifo series, Fifo "50 States", now an Amazon Best-Seller under Travel Tips.

    Along with writing children's books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She has worked many "A list" tours including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Candlebox, just to name a few. Hayley hopes to one day soon release an album of children's songs. She is a currently member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
    Fifo's been bitten by the travel bug! Digging up diamonds in Arkansas, looking for fossils in Kansas, enjoying a delicious bowl of gumbo in Louisiana, and even seeing a Broadway show in New York. America is an exiting place! In Fifo's second book, told in rhyme, Fifo dreams about visiting all 50 states. A colorful reference-like book, Fifo discovers the wonders each state has to offer. He learns along the way each state's capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless! So, come along with Fifo and you'll soon discover the beauty of America one state to another.
    Fifo "50 States" is a delightful book that teaches children about the 50 states in a simple and fun way. This alphabetical story is in verse, with each page providing information about each states capital, flower, tree and which number it is within the 50 states as well as each states motto. The wonderful illustrations by Jessie Orlet really capture the essence of the story and also provide more information about what can be found in certain states or what they are known for. Young children will especially enjoy this 106 page picture book while parents and teachers will enjoy the knowledge that fills each page. Because the story is done in such a fun and lyrical way, it won't be surprising how quickly children will remember the information. A true delight on a simple version of the 50 states.

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    Review for Headache by Crystal Marcos

    Headache: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE (Volume 2)

    Sequel to Book 1

    Bellyache: A Delicious Tale

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984389911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984389919

  • Biography

    Award winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. Being the oldest of five children, she had a lot of entertaining to do. She is a member of SCBWI. Crystal lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and their daughter, Kaylee. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is her first book.

    Visit her at
    Headache is a wonderful sequel to Bellyache, carrying over the main characters Peter and Lina and having them encounter the evil villian Goaltan and his minions, known as the Peblars. But this time instead of Peter and Lina traveling to another world filled with Candonite children from Maple Town, that world seems to come to them bringing with it the villian Peter and Lina barely escaped from in Bellyache. Now, their world is endangered from Goaltan as he tries to destroy all the sweet shops in town, his eyes focusing on the one Peter's grandfather owns. Will they be able to win this battle, especially when Goaltan discovers their true identities and kidnaps Lina to draw Peter out of hiding? This 134 page chapter book is filled with excitement and adventure fans from Bellyache are going to love. This story also teaches some valuable lessons parents will appreciate their children learning about. Overall, a fun and wonderful read.

    Book Description

    The magical adventure continues in the spine-tingling fantasy-adventure, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE! Crystal Marcos delivers another whimsically entertaining escapade for ages seven and up. Readers will delight in more sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, non-stop action adventures of Peter and his best friend, Lina.
    When Peter Fisher sets out for school one morning, he has no idea that trouble is stirring in his hometown. With the unexpected arrival of his new Candonite friends from Maple Town, Peter and Lina have extra help saving their beloved town and loved ones from the clutches of the one villain they had hoped they would never see again. Humorous and thought provoking, this unforgettably entertaining story teaches a valuable lesson about standing up and facing one's fears.

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Interview for Rubber Shoes by Gladys Barbieri

    Rubber Shoes: A Lesson in Gratitude / Los zapatos de goma: una lección de gratitud

    Come and join me as I talk with author Gladys Barbieri  on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book Rubber Shoes, A Lesson In Gratitude on @ 1 pm EST today.

    Rubber Shoes by Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri

         Hardcover: 32 pages

  • Publisher: Castlebridge Books; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601310781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601310781



    Gladys Elizabeth is very disappointed with the new shoes her mother picks out for her. After trying unsuccessfully to rid herself of the shoes, she is taught a lesson in gratitude that changes her feelings about them. This is a bilingual English-Spanish story.


    Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri is a first grade teacher at Felton Elementary School in the Lennox School District. She received her B.A. in Communications from the University of San Francisco and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Being that her parents immigrated to the US, her father from Nicaragua and her mother from El Salvador, Gladys understands the balancing act a child learns in becoming bicultural and bilingual, as well as how crucial literacy is in the development of an individual's success. Gladys is passionate about literacy and hopes to one day open literacy clinics for underrepresented students.


    Rubber Shoes is a story about gratitude in younger children. As parents we know very well the wants our children have. But how do we teach them to be thankful for the things they do have? This book is a start in that direction. Gladys is a child who wants a new pair of ballerina shoes. Her mom, being practical, decides on a pair of brown shoes that are on sale. Feeling that the shoes are the ugliest shoes ever, Gladys decides to rid herself of them. The problem is they are indestructible. But one day she grows out of them. Happy that she can finally get a pair of shoes that SHE wants, she is surprised when her mother takes a detour away from the shoe store taking her old shoes and giving them to a girl who absolutely loves and appreciates them way more than she ever did. A girl who cannot afford shoes. Will the act of her mothers kindness towards others change Gladys' attitude?

    This story relays a very good message children of all ages will understand. Be thankful for what you have because there are children out there less fortunate who have nothing at all. If a child puts themselves in their shoes for awhile, they might begin to understand how lucky they are, and how thankful they should be about the things they have, not just toys or clothing, but the people that are in their lives that love them everyday. Children take many things for granted because in their little eyes, life revolves around them. They don't think about how their actions affect anyone else. This book is a way to teach children to look at the the bigger picture of things and to think of others needs and not just their own all the time. It also teaches children to be practical in their decision making.


    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Interview for He Talks Funny by Jeanne Buesser

    He Talks Funny: A Heartwarming Story of Everyday Life

    Come and join me as I talk with author Jeanne Buesser on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book He Talks Funny on @ 3 pm EST on Wednesday the 22nd.

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452025959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452025957


    Jeanne Buesser is President of the nonprofit grassroots organization, Apraxia Network of Bergen County (New Jersey) and is a parent of two special needs children. She also has a few articles published in the Exceptional Parent Magazine “Dealing with a Parents Worst Nightmare” Feb 2002 Issue. Parentguide Magazine, “The Quiet Child”, August 2008 Issue. The, "Going From Darkness To Light” Feb 2008 issue, and supplemental insert, Special Child, “Climbing The Mountain”, August 2008. Ms.Buesser has also been interviewed on, and by, radio and tv. She also has a public service announcement on on apraxia, and has spoken at conferences, including Learning Disability Association Of New Jersey. Furthermore, in 2005, Ms.Buesser was presented the "Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award" by the Volunteers of Morris County. In 2009, she was nominate d for "Volunteer of the Year" from the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey. Many of the articles and interviews mentioned above can be found on the the Links page

  • Summary:

  • This is a simple story that takes a look at a complicated speech disorder called Apraxia. Jeanne Buesser tells of a young boy with Apraxia at camp, his difficulty making friends, and his mother who advocates for him.
    This is a simply told story that teaches children about Apraxia, a severe neurological disorder that controls the input from the brain to the oral motor muscles which provides speech. Educating people who are around children who have Apraxia is very important. In the story, Joey is at a camp with children who don't want to socialize with him because they can't understand what he's saying. This leads to sadness for Joey. But once a counselor talks with Joey's mother does she begin to understand what is going on and can then explain to other camp members so they understand as well and don't tease Joey for it.
    This story is full of information about Apraxia, the signs, the stages and much more. This book is perfect for children who are around someone who has Apaxia, who wants to know more about it and for children who have this disorder. Special education teachers and speech therapists will also benefit from it. Educating children about Apraxia can lead to  the acceptance of others who are struggling with this disorder everyday. The author does an excellent job getting this information out there.

  • Friday, May 18, 2012

    Article about Stories From Unknown Authors Children's Radio Show

    Here is a great article about my radio show for children's authors. Check it out and if anyone is interested in being on my radio show, please let me know.


    Interview with Nancy Stewart for Katrina and Winter Partners in Courage

    Come and join me as I talk with author Nancy Stewart on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book Katrina and Winter Partners in Courage on @ 1 pm EST today.


    All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life. Read the story of these real life partners in courage!

    Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courgage is now Available from Guardian Angel Publishing,, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound Books

    Excerpt from Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage

    “I can’t wait to see everything!” eight year old Katrina shouted. Palm trees seemed to speed by the car window. She gathered her hair into a ponytail. “Know what?” she asked her parents in the front seat. “In won’t mind using my helper leg. It’ll be crowded at Disney World, and no one’s gonna notice.” I hope, she thought.

    As they drove toward the aquarium, Katrina began to get nervous, the way she always did in new surroundings. She felt a thin sheen of sweat above her lop in spite of the car’s chilled air.

    She stepped into the brilliant sunlight and looked around.
    Parking lot’s not very crowded, but maybe more people will come soon. Entering the building, Katrina said, “What’s with this place? It’s tiny. I don’t see any fish either.”

    Around the corner of the lobby, she noticed a large aquarium window. Through it she saw an animal that looked unusual.

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616332433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616332433

  • Review:

    Katrina and Winter Partners in Courage is an inspiring story that will touch the hearts of children around the world. Not having a leg could have held Katrina back, it definetly made things diffcult for her. Winter the dolphin, had gotten his tail caught in a crab trap taking off his tail, without it, he would surely die. The first moment they met Katrina didn't know then how much her life would change. Katrina looked at life in a new way after her visit with Winter. She decided not to give up and if Winter could do it, so could she. She became proud of her prosthetic leg and made it apart of her. Since then Katrina has only plunged forward, doing things she never thought she could do.

    This 24 page retelling of Katrina's experience with Winter will inspire children and adults everywhere. Encouraging children to push themselves forward and to try things they never thought they could do.


    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Interview for The Unhappy Little Dragon: Lessons Learned by Carolyn Wolfe

    Come and join me as I talk with author Carolyn Wolfe on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book The Unhappy Dragon: Lessons Learned on @ 8 pm EST today.

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    The Unhappy Little Dragon, Lessons Learned

    The Unhappy Little Dragon: Lessons Learned by Carolyn Wolfe

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Avid Readers Publishing Group (October 6, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1612860591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612860596



    Hi there, my name is Carolyn Wolfe and I am an Free-lance writer and Author of five books. My fifth book, a children's book titled "The Bedtime Of The Sky and Other Sleepy Bye Stories," has just been released this past June 2010. It is a book of Children's bedtime stories in rhyme.
    I very much enjoy writing for children and have a wonderful illustrator, Leslie Mathis, who really makes the stories come alive.
    I had originally written these stories years ago for my two nieces and my nephew when they were very young, now college age and older they were very pleased to see "their stories" published.

    A little about my background, Although I am American, I was born in England just outside of London. My parents returned to America when I was just a baby and I enjoy dual citizenship which delights me.
    I grew up reading stories about "Noddy and Big Thumb", among other British classics for children, and it has been commented that my style of writing reflects a little of my British background. I would like to think so!

    I am currently living in Winchester, VA with my husband Scott and many animal companions. My website address is for more info!

    Although I enjoy writing for children, I also have published two books of poetry, written for a general audience and another book which is a collection of my short stories.


    This is the tale of a little Dragon who has a big problem, he cannot control his fire! After a major mishap, he runs away into the forest and has a wonderful adventure where he meets new friends, learns that every creature has a special gift, and also finds out the special way in which he can use his own remarkable gift of fire.


    This story is filled with great messages children will be able to relate to. Sometimes children don't realize their gifts until someone brings it to their attention. In this case, Happy is sad because he keeps having accidents. His problem is that he can't control his fire. But friends from the forest teach Happy about their gifts and in turn also teach him about his. He soon realizes that everyone has some type of gift that makes them special, even if they can't see it themselves. This is a great 46 page story that children 8 and up will enjoy.