Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview for The Whispering Sycamore by Mary Haller

Come and join me as I talk with author Mary Haller for her picture book The Whispering Sycamore on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

The Whispering Sycamore

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Gypsy Publications (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938768027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938768026

  • Book Summary:

    The banks of the Stillwater River have changed over the years, but one constant has been the tall, strong sycamore tree growing alongside the waters. Imagine all the things the sycamore has seen during her growth from a sprout to a mighty tree, and how the area has come to depend on her.


    Mary Bingamon Haller is a graduate of Fairview High School, Dayton OH . She resides with her husband of 51 years and lives on the Stillwater River in West Milton OH . Her fondness and respect for nature is the reason for her writings of children’s books. Besides gardening, she enjoys genealogy.


    The Whispering Sycamore is a delightful story about the life of a sycamore tree. Through its years it has seen, heard and felt much, but with each passing year the tree has also become wise, strong, and beautiful. It allows its saplings to cover the earth to grow and see what she has seen, and to endure the hardships as well.

    This is a powerful story that will make one think twice before cutting down certain trees in the yard. Children will love the story and delightful illustrations of this 24 page picture book.


    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Chesaning Holiday Signing and Thanksgiving Book Deals

    Subject: Chesaning Holiday Signing and Thanksgiving Book Deals

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Hello Everyone,

    Just to let you know that I will be at the 29th Annual Chesaning Music Boosters Christmas Arts and Crafts Show to be held November 23rd and 24th at the Chesaning Middle School (431 N. Fourth Street) and Chesaning High School (850 N. Fourth Street). I will be at the high school selling all of my books.

    The show hours will be open to the public on Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and on Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Come join in and see all the wonderful gifts for Christmas.

    I will also be having a Thanksgiving Holiday Book Sale on my website. If there are any books you need to add to your series, classroom, or new ones to check out. Now is a great time to get them.

    The sale will be going on today and all weekend. Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!


    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Interview with Bette Stevens for Amazing Matilda

    Come and join me as I talk with author Bette Stevens for her book Amazing Matilda on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

    Amazing Matilda: A Monarch's Tale

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470187663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470187668

  • Book Summary:

    This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children's book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens. AMAZING MATILDA becomes discouraged when she is unable to fly during the early stages of her metamorphosis. But, this amazing Monarch never gives up on her dream. Encouraged by her meadowland friends, MATILDA learns that if she tries long enough and hard enough, she can do anything that she really wants to do. AMAZING MATILDA will inspire readers and listeners alike, not only to follow their own dreams, but to encourage others to do the same!

    Author Bio:

    Bette A. Stevens received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Orono before embarking on graduate courses in Curriculum Studies at Chapman University in California. She taught in elementary and middle school classrooms in California and Virginia. Stevens and her husband are now retired and living in Maine, where they enjoy trips to the coast and gardening when they’re not renovating their 37-acre farmstead. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. Her love of children, of literature and of learning inspired her to write her first children’s book, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! Now she’s excited to introduce readers and listeners of all ages to AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale, a story that is sure to inspire readers and listeners of all ages to believe in themselves and to reach for their dreams.

    Review to Come:

    Amazing Matilda, A Monarch's Tale, is a beautiful tale about a monarch butterfly during the stages of her metamorphosis. Catepillar is eager to grow up and fly but the wise words from other animal friends encourages her to be patient, one day it will come. Not knowing what her fate will be, she listens to her friends and hears of their youthful life trials and the lessons they have learned. As time passes her instincts take over and soon she begins to physically change.

    Children of all ages will be able to relate to monarchs plight in some way. The tale will also inspire readers to not only follow their dreams, but to encourage others to do the same. Ones dreams are never too big, but with the support of friends and family, as well as with patience and determination, anyone can reach their goal. Ths sky is the limit.

    This story is a true gem and one that will inspire children for years to come.

    Also check out the authors other book, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too.

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Interview for The Wishing Well by Kai Strand

    Come and join me as I talk with author Dianna Dorisi Winget for her book A Smidgen of Sky on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

    The Wishing Well

    1st Book Title: THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
    ISBN Number(s): hardcover 978-1616333010
    Softcover 978-1616333027
    Publication Date(s): July 24, 2012
    Genre of Book(s): Juvenile Fantasy

    About The Wishing Well:
    Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.
    Author Website:
    Twitter URL: @KaiStrand
    Publisher Websites
    Author Bio:
    Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.
    To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.

    The Wishing Well, Another Weaver Tale is a delightful story that is similar to a cinderella story in the fact that the main character, Molly Minstrel, is treated terribly by her mother and her sisters while she still keeps that sweet disposition as she cleans and takes in the verbal abuse. The difference is that the story takes a fantasy twist with the unique and special character named Unwanted. This character brings humor to the story, yet at the same time also brings in that hint of truth. Before someone can make a wish they should know what they truly want.

    Molly is a great character who shows strength and determination to overcome her bad situation, she does find a way to make her life better, but not before it gets worse. It is then she realizes her true strength and what she really wants in her life. In doing so, she teaches children some great life lessons. Children from the ages of 8 to 12 will enjoy Mrs. Strands writing style and humor amid the characters turmoil. She has a way of absorbing the reader into the characters and storyline.  


    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Interview for A Smidgen of Sky by Dianna Winget

    Come and join me as I talk with author Dianna Dorisi Winget for her  book A Smidgen of Sky on  Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

    A Smidgen of Sky

  • Reading level: Ages 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547807988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547807980

  • Book Summary:
    Whether she likes it or not, ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna is about to get a new family. Four years after the plane Piper's daddy was piloting disappeared, her mama is remarrying. The way Piper sees it, Mama's being plain disloyal. Besides, who'd want to get stuck with a prison guard for a stepdad and that weenie, Ginger, for a stepsister? But when Piper Lee hatches a foolproof plan to get the wedding called off, it quickly spirals out of control. And by the time Piper realizes what she’s done—and just how much she really cares about her new family—it might be too late. Told in Piper Lee's irresistible Southern voice, A Smidgen of Sky is about new families and new beginnings.
    Author Bio:
    Dianna Dorisi Winget writes fiction and non-fiction for young readers. She is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest and lives in the mountains of North Idaho with her husband and daughter. A Smidgen of Sky is her first novel.


    A Smidgen of Sky is a wonderful story many children will be able to relate to. It is hard when a family changes and children have new moms and dads in their lives, and possibly new brothers and sisters. Piper Lee is a great character that children will be able to understand, but they will see, more importantly, how she will reach out to children and give them hope about new beginnings once she looks past her own wants and demands, and sees the greater picture.

    The author creates a delightfully relateable story in this 208 page middle grade novel.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Review for I Thought I Saw a Dragon Late Last Night

    I Thought I Saw A Dragon Late Last Night!!!

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147529381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475293814

  • Summary:

    “I Thought I Saw A Dragon Late Last Night” is a simple story about the wonder of a child’s vivid imagination. Follow a young boy as he goes in search of an elusive Dragon. Is the Dragon real or imaginary???
You be the judge...It is sure to bring out the child in us all...


    Clayton Liotta is an Author, Illustrator, Cartoonist, and Film Maker with quite a background. As a boy, a band of gypsies found him living under a squashed cabbage leaf. They whisked him away, and made him part of their roving caravan, where he learned the ancient art of broom making. He spent countless hours weaving straw into brooms and listening to stories told by tribal elders. Sitting around the campfire, Clayton was fascinated by the gypsies' ancient tales. Soon, he found himself sketching in the dirt with leftover pieces of straw. Once they saw his interpretive drawings, the gypsies realized that they should preserve their unique stories on paper- along with Clayton's sketches. An illustrator was born. Until now, Clayton's work was known only in gypsy caravans. (And how many gypsy caravans do you see these days???) Clayton has since left the simple gypsy lifestyle for bright lights, big cities, cheeseburgers, fries, and cable TV.....Where he lives quietly!


    I Thought I Saw A Dragon Late Last Night is a wonderful demonstration of a child’s overactive imagination at bedtime. Certain he saw a dragon; a boy decides to search everywhere to find it. He looks high and low, including at a beach and a haunted house. Will the boy ever find this elusive dragon, or is it just his imagination running amuck?

    Children from the ages of 5 and up will enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of this 36 page picture book. They will also like the illustrations and how the dragon always appears in the most unlikely of places.

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Interview for Trashy Chic, a Bertie Mallowan Mystery

    Come and join me as I talk with author Cathy Lubenski for her  book Trashy Chicon Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST

    Trashy Chic: A Bertie Mallowan Mystery (Bertie Mallowan Mysteries)

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467174

  • Book Summary:

    Reporter Bertie Mallowan has drifted away from hard news stories and into the shallows of "fluff" features, the kind you find buried in the back of the newspaper. Writing about preschool fashion shows and the latest in designer garbage bags bores her so she amuses herself by inventing naughty passwords for her computer and pushing the envelope when it comes to creative lying to management types.

    When she interviews greedy, nasty Robert Bellingham, the king of must-have luxury items for the rich of Southern California - like monogrammed airbags for "The Crash with Panache" and mink coats pre-streaked with red paint to foil PETA kamikazes. Over the years, his products have become de rigueur for the class that has two of everything and is seeking the one and only of something else. He's made a lot of money and a lot of enemies.

    Two days after Bertie's interview, Bellingham's body is found on the floor of the foyer in the family mansion; someone has aerated his skull with the stereotypical blunt object. Thanks to her interview, Bertie has inside information about the life and times of a rich and powerful murder victim and is thrust into a big story again.

    Bertie is convinced that the family's bizarre emotional ticks make them all uniquely capable of committing murder. A second murder and an attack on Bertie herself brings her face-to-face with the kind of danger she's only ever written about, never experienced first-hand.

    Author Bio:

    CATHY LUBENSKI PHILLIPS spent over 25 years in the newspaper industry and has plenty of scars from dueling with pesky editors to show for it. She survived with her sanity relatively intact and has continued writing for pleasure. This is her first book featuring reporter Bertie Mallowan, but not her last. She lives with her husband, Ed Phillips, aka Phil, and her Jack Russell terrier, Pica, in Carlsbad, California. Her son, Michael Lubenski, and brother, Bill Mora, live in Ellwood City, Pa., her hometown.

    She says: "Moving to California after a life spent mostly in a small town in the Rust Belt rocked my sensibilities. I mean, who wears shorts and flip-flops to a wedding, for God's sake? And why are they called swap meets, not flea markets? After 15 years here, I'm still in culture shock. Fortunately, I was able to use my wobbly grasp on my marbles for good: 'Trashy Chic' is the result. "