Saturday, February 29, 2020

"The Tent Mouse and the RV Mouse" by Loretta Sponsler


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Tomorrow begins March which includes St. Patrick's Day and my birthday. Do you know what else happens in March? During March, schools across America celebrate reading. That's right. "March is Reading Month." As an author, I love the fact that schools celebrate reading and I hope that instead of allowing students to read on their computer, they have the opportunity to visit the library, pick several books, and read them. If you're a teacher, I challenge you to schedule time for your students in your school's library or schedule a fieldtrip to your local library and allow your students the opportunity to read there. As parents, this month is the golden month to take your children to the library and have them apply for a library card. I think it is important to not only to read to your children, but also have them read to you.




This brings me to today's Book of the Day. "The Tent Mouse and the RV Mouse" by Loretta Sponsler is one of the cutest books I've seen and read to my grandchildren. The book by design is a picture book and the illustrations are amazing. Take a look.



ABOUT THE BOOK

The Tent Mouse and the RV Mouse is a modern twist on Aesop’s fable, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. While Thomas Tent-Mouse loves to camp in his tent where he feels connected to nature, his cousin Harvey RV-Mouse loves to camp in his RV where he feels safe. Adventure awaits these outdoor-loving cousins, as they learn that it’s okay to like different things.


• Children ages 3-6
• Publisher: Kids Camping Books (November 2, 2019)
• Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1951633004


• (Available in paperback, hardcover, and eBook formats)


Paperback: 34 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches



ILLUSTRATIONS BY KATHRINE GUTKOVSKIY




Discussion/Activity Guide: We offer a FREE downloadable guide for teachers, parents, and homeschool parents – anyone really. 😉

https://kidscampingbooks.com/free-activities

Common Core State Standards-Aligned Discussion/Activity Guide for Grades K-1


• Pre-Reading Discussion
• Post-Reading Discussion
• Compare & Contrast Foldable
• Word Games
• Instruction Cards
• Word Cards
• Word Search & Word Search Answers
• Common Core State Standards Alignment

Extend the discussion, with a “Compare and Contrast” lesson among Aesop’s fable, "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," and Beatrix Potter’s, "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Loretta Sponsler is the award-winning author of "Goodnight, Campsite" and "The Tent Mouse and the RV Mouse." A New Mexico native, she currently calls Michigan home. She is a full-time mom, part-time writer, and all-the-time cheerleader of reading and children's books. Loretta has a bachelor's degree in journalism, and when not busy writing, she enjoys starting home-improvement projects she never finishes.




Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"Zubare: Liberation - Part 1" by Paolo Ruggirello


Dear Readers:

Today you have a chance to support an author in getting his book published. This doesn't happy very often in the publishing world. Let me tell you what I mean. Paolo Ruggirello, author of "Zubare: Liberation - Part I" has a Kickstarter campaign to help him get the book published. As an author myself and co-owner of Absolute Author Publishing House, I know the expense of publishing a book firsthand. As authors, we work all hours of the day and night and every spare minute writing and editing our manuscripts. We do this without pay hoping that our book will one day see the light of day and reach readers. Often, this does put a financial burden on authors. To print a book in either paperback or hardback is very expensive. Again, authors take a financial hit until the book sells. If you ever have had a desire to help an author here is your chance. Let me tell you about the book and about Paolo Ruggirello.

Zubare: Liberation - Part 1

A fantasy novel set in the unique world, Pia. On a small northern island, called Zubare, oppression and greed run rampant. For now...
 
ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN - FROM PAOLO RUGGIRELLO
 
Hi everyone! I am writing my first fantasy novel called Zubare: Liberation. It is the first part of the story and chronicles the adventures of Miami, Bertucio, and Aiko as they attempt to liberate the island of Zubare. Thank you so much for checking it out!
 
For your $10 donation: Receive a digital copy of the book before it's released on Amazon! Both a .PDF file and an EPUB file will be delivered to you as soon as they are available.
 
For your $15 donation: Receive the digital copy of the book before it is released on Amazon and receive a paperback edition of the book, signed by the author! This will be available before the Amazon release on KDP.
 
For your $20 donation: Receive the digital copy of the book before it is available on Amazon and receive a hardbound edition of the book, signed by me! This will be available before the Amazon release, which will be paperback.
 
Summary
 
Zubare is a small island near the north pole of the planet, Pia. It is one of three islands that occupy the northern seas of the planet. It is covered in a dense forest that is filled with lush, vibrant plants and unique animals. The mountain range is rather short and cuts the island in half. The island is occupied by a more advanced government from the neighboring island of Kantohr. The Kantohrins rule with an iron fist and tax the people into extreme poverty, colloquially called The Cutthroats. Some of the farming clans begin to resist their rule with shrewd, cunning maneuvers and undermining schemes. With taxes raising every year, the small resistance just isn't enough and the people's rage becomes more and more palpable. Musashi and his wife, Qwen, lead Miami and Aiko against the Cutthroats for many years. The Cutthroats raid their farm, destroy their crops, and blow up their dilapidated estate. As Miami and Aiko are fleeing the scene, they encounter the strange Bertucio and his companion, Strawberry, in a secret tunnel. The fleeing rebels enlist the help of this outlandish duo as they make their way to a secret hideout and await further instructions. Will they be able to find their fearless leader and his wife before it's too late? Can they liberate the island, or will they succumb to the violent civil war that threatens to engulf their beautiful home?
 
FAQ

·          What is Pia? 
Pia is a world of my own design, like so many other fantasy worlds. I was heavily inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Angie Sage, Jenny Nimmo, and so many other authors, but didn't have anywhere useful to put my thoughts. When my friend finally introduced me to Pathfinder, I had finally found my outlet. I began designing the world for my first campaign in 2014, which became the plotline for this very book!
·         So then, what was taken from Pathfinder?
Not a thing! We used its rules and mathematics to play the game, but nothing more. This book contains the events and characters I designed and wrote, in a world I built from scratch.
·         When will the book be ready for publication?
As soon as it is finished the editing process and my editor reviews all 6 chapters, I will commission a cover, format my interior and digital files, and send it off to the printers!
·         Will the book still be released if the Kickstarter fails?
Absolutely! If we don't hit the funding goal, I will still be publishing the book on Amazon and perhaps a few other retailers. It will just take a significantly longer time, that's all.
 
PAOLO RUGGIRELLO

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
 
I was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on October 31, 1993. I have a brother and two sisters. I lived in Michigan until I was around eight years old, at which time we moved to Oxford, Pennsylvania. I love the house and the land we had there. When I was about twelve years old, we moved to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, where I met one of my closest friends. I’m very glad we still talk today, despite having moved again when I was 16 to Devon, Pennsylvania. I met some absolutely amazing people there, and we all became lifelong friends. Shortly before I turned 26, I moved to Bloomington, Minnesota, to live with my girlfriend, whom I love dearly. I’ve met some very interesting people here, for whom I am grateful. 
 
What inspired you to author this book?
 
I was always encouraged to use my imagination for as long as I can remember, both as entertainment and as a problem solving tool. I love thinking and creating exciting stories and would spend most of my time in class living in the vast universes inside my head. One day almost ten years ago, I played a game of Pathfinder with some friends and had an absolute blast. I fell in love with the game and immediately set to work crafting and building another universe, but this time I wanted other people to live in it with me. The work began sometime in 2014 when my brother wanted to play as a ninja. I created the setting, the story, the characters, everything! Now, six years later, the story has come to an end, and I wanted to share it.
 
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
 
It’s truly hard to say that any one specific person has been the most significant influence on me. Everyone in my life has added something unique to my perspective. Every TV show, comic, movie, and book I read inspires me to look at my world in a different way. As I constantly grow and learn, so does my own world and writing. I think if I absolutely had to pin it on someone, it would be Tolkien. I always liked and enjoyed fantasy, but when I really absorbed his writing, I fell head over heels for the genre.
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
Since the book is based on a plot I wrote for my brother and my friend using Pathfinder’s rule system, the biggest limitation was finding time to play. I think it took over a year of writing and scheduling to finish the game’s story finally. Then after I decided to turn the events of the campaign into a book, the obstacles became almost completely financial. I hired a professional editor, which was expensive. Artwork was expensive. Marketing is extremely expensive. Somehow, though, I’m slowly making it work. I guess I got lucky that I never hit any major bouts of writer’s block when working on the book. Whenever I felt burnt out or tired, I would just hop over to another time period in my world and work on that, or do something else entirely. I just never worried about it.
 
Tell your readers about your book.
 
The Kantohrins, colloquially called The Cutthroats, rule with an iron fist and tax their people into extreme poverty. Some of the farming clans begin to resist their rule with shrewd, cunning maneuvers and undermining schemes. With taxes rising every year, the small resistance just isn't enough, and the people's rage becomes more and more palpable. Musashi and his wife, Qwen, led Miami and Aiko against the Cutthroats for many years. The Cutthroats raid their farm, destroy their crops, and blow up their dilapidated estate. As Miami and Aiko are fleeing the scene, they encounter the strange Bertucio and his companion, Strawberry, in a secret tunnel. The fleeing rebels enlist the help of this outlandish duo as they make their way to a secret hideout and await further instructions. Will they be able to find their fearless leader and his wife before it's too late? Can they liberate the island, or will they succumb to the violent civil war that threatens to engulf their beautiful home?
 
Who is your target audience, and why?
 
My target audience is readers between the ages of twenty and thirty. The book is about oppression and rebellion; there’s going to be combat, people are going to die, it’s going to contain some mature concepts.
 
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
 
So far, I’d consider it to be this book.
 
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
 
I think what really sets me apart is that I don’t like to address the reader directly if I can avoid it any other way. Instead of explaining directly to the reader how something works, I strive to demonstrate it with my characters’ actions or words. Also, I heavily dislike clichĂ©s and try to avoid them as much as possible without compromising the integrity of the world. 




"Whispers from My Mother" by Samuel K. Anderson


Today I have a special book for you, "Whispers from My Mother," by Samuel K. Anderson. The reason it is special is because it confronts real-life issue we all face. I hope you find the book inspirational. Take a look and meet the author.

"Whispers from My Mother"



This book is about thoughts, inspirations, moments, meditations, motivations, wisdom, guidance, liberations, celebrations, struggles, success, life, appreciations, purpose, love, energy, freedom, lessons, laughter, tears, come-backs, determination, knowledge, joy, poems, reflections, happiness and forgiveness.

Publisher: Royal Publication
Date of Publication: September 9, 2019
Pages: 382
Dimension: 6 X 9
ISBN: 9781734006667

Available in Hardback



Samuel K. Anderson

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Samuel K. Anderson is a Ghanian American citizen and a member of the largest leadership honor society called The National Society of Leadership and Success in the United States of America. He has served as an astute leader, motivator, philanthropist, father, entrepreneur, mentor, wisdom seeker and educator. He is a vibrant CEO and founder of two companies and a motivation and life coach speaker. He served in his early formal education years as the Regional Trustee for the Eastern Regional Student’s Representative Council with the Council's aim to Emancipate Students through Dialogue and Philosophy of Non-Violence, President of NGO that aimed at educating the youths on drug abuse, Counselor, Director of Children’s Ministry, and a school teacher. He completed formal Bible training education, enrolled at Seminary school for a while and also studied Theology at Central University College before transitioning to San Antonia College before transferring to the University of The Incarnate Word to pursue a bachelors degree in Accounting and an MBA graduate-level degree with a concentration in Asset Management.
What inspired you to author this book?

The need for motivation to succeed in life using our gifts to accomplish our purpose on this planet.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
From my deceased mother. The thought of her not being here with me physically while I push through difficult moments in life and the desire to be able to communicate with her. It's an inspiration that words fail to do justice in an attempt to describe it.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My mother.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Sometimes I felt like the task of writing/editing and publishing was too much to accomplish. It's very tempting to give up in the process.
Tell your readers about your book.

Simply put, this book is about everything we go through in life with direct respect to our life's experiences -- the ups, the downs, the smiles, the tears, the breakthroughs, the success, the re-sets, the perseverance and the determination to keep on keeping on a daily basis regardless of the storm.
 Who is your target audience, and why?
Anyone who desires to never give up in life. This book has a wide audience because we all need inspirations and motivations from time to time.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Service to others through research and references of resources to help those in need to succeed in life.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
The "voice" in my writings. Some readers say that they feel like I am physically there reading and having a conversation with them about my story. The "voice" in my writings or the "presence" in the diction used in my writing.




Friday, February 21, 2020

"JUMP!: An epic travel and soul adventure" by Lenerd Louw

JUMP!: An epic travel and soul adventure Kindle Edition

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