Friday, January 15, 2016

Special World Of Ink - Guest Gerard de Marigny is back. 01/12 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Books Podcasts

Special World Of Ink - Guest Gerard de Marigny is back. 01/12 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Books Podcasts: Please join Marsha Casper Cook and Virginia Grenier on January 12 at 4 pm EST 3PM CST 2PM MT 1PM PST when they welcome back Gerard de Marigny. Gerard is the author of the best- selling thriller and adventure series about CRIS DE NIRO. He has been on the rise since he began his writing career and continues to entertain his fans with new exciting work. He will be discussing writing, publishing and how he comes up with great ideas and terrific stories. If you haven't heard him talk about his career listen in for a fabulous show. Live or on demand - to talk to Gerard call - 714-242-5259 For more info about the show - and advertising on the show For more info about Gerard

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Children's Book: I Wonder by storyteller and puppeteer, Essea White

Do you ever wonder...? If sheep knit woolen socks or if llamas dance on mountain rocks?
Young readers giggle and grin as they imagine their favorite animals doing all kinds of silly things-such as skunks flying kites at sunset! Filled with rhyming words and quirky, colorful illustrations by Lois Dahl, I Wonder will delight both beginning readers and younger children at story time-and open their worlds to the joys and possibilities of wonder.
For ages 2-6 in hardback, softcover, and Kindle.
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About Essea White
Essea White is a puppeteer, storyteller, writer—and caretaker of more than 20 animal puppets! Ms. White is a graduate of the University of Washington, and in her spare time she enjoys photography, traveling and bird watching. She is the mother of three grown children, and lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her Bichon Frise/Dachshund mix names Jack.
"As a parent, grandparent, elementary educator of long-standing, and a person with and a playful spirit, I greeted Essea White’s I Wonder with joy and delight. The clever and creative rhymes engage the young mind with whimsy and provocative questions. It’s charming illustrations complement the text perfectly, making this book ideal for children of all ages."
_ Sherry Chavers, Educator
_ Anacortes, Washington

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sam the Sleepy Sheep: Enchanting New Storybook Talks Children to Sleep

Created by renowned hypnotherapists Rory Z Fulcher and Dr Kate Beaven-Marks, ‘Sam the Sleepy Sheep’ is a brand new book on the market that uses 100% natural sleep-inducing language to help lull young children into a healthy night’s rest. 

A great new way to get children to go to sleep! Join Sam the Sleepy Sheep and friends in this charming, magical bedtime story, which is also a completely natural, safe and fun way to get children to go to sleep. The authors, Rory Z Fulcher and Dr Kate Beaven-Marks designed the story of Sam the Sleepy Sheep so that it is easy-to-understand for children (and parents) of all ages. The book works using special, sleep-inducing language patterns that help children to relax and feel tired, whilst keeping them engaged with a wonderful story and loveable characters. Put an end to stressful bedtimes with the calm and loving story of Sam the Sleepy Sheep. Who knew bedtime could be so easy!

“Dr Kate and myself not only have 20+ years of hypnotherapy experience between us, but we’re confident to admit that our methods are some of the very best in the industry, and are highly effective for both adults and children alike,” explains Rory. “It’s not exactly common knowledge among parents, but the fact is; children respond really well to hypnotic techniques, and they respond especially well to hypnotic stories. So we decided to help parents by creating a bedtime story that helps children drift off to sleep quickly, easily and in a relaxing, loving way that works for everyone involved!”

Continuing, “Sam the Sleepy Sheep is designed to help any child feel tired, and to encourage them to fall asleep naturally and of their own accord. By using strategic language patterns, a relaxing delivery and simple repetition, children are able to focus on the story, whilst relaxing into a 100% natural and resourceful state of mind. This allows them to easily go along with the suggestions to ‘go to sleep’ that are subtly included throughout the story, but without the usual protest. So rather than running around, arguing, crying and stressing out, simply by reading this bedtime story, parents are able to peacefully and quickly convince children that they do in fact feel sleepy, and actually it would feel really good to just go to sleep. It really can make bedtime the easiest and most relaxing part of the day, and that’s saying something.”
Readers agree, leaving five-star reviews. Chris Reed-Poulson comments; “This book makes bed time fun and quick. I no longer have to spend an hour reading 2 or 3 books, just one good book. I've been using this on and off for 2 weeks and it's worked every time. Eyes peeled for the sequel.”

Kayley Jones adds; “A must have! I have a 3 year old that's always struggled at bedtime, it's been hell. But I bought this book on pre order and everything has changed! Bedtime is no longer a fight, but a peaceful and very relaxing affair! Thoroughly recommend! A miracle, sanity saving book!”

‘Sam the Sleepy Sheep’ is available now on Amazon:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur Book Review

Book Blurb: Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.

However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Our Thoughts: We had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first book in the Chronicles of the Stone middle grade series (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) by Fiona Ingram and this second book in the series only makes it better. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur completely delivers as an equally riveting, action-packed, historical filled sequel. Some of the strengths from the first book are found and evident in this book. Such as providing the read with remarkably unconventional lessons in world history and myths. Fiona brings history alive for young readers by making history and learning exciting rather than a classwork assignment or a study in academia.

We also appreciated the added bonus at the end of the book with the extra notes on King Arther and Excalibur.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Touch-and-Feel Book Takes Young Fashionistas through a Chic, Madison Avenue-Style Boutique

Is It Taffeta? Is It Silk? A Touch and Feel Book for Young Fashionistas

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Monique’s Boutique Author: Dorothy A. Whitehouse; Illustrator: Francesca & Rick Weber; Skippin’ Stones; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Hard Cover: 978-0615472461, $17.99 USA, $22.00 CAN; Availability:,, and fine stores such as Sweet & Sassy, Wisteria, Cabana 19, Kidegories, The Woman’s Exchange, Learning Express Toys, Toy Box, River Road Books in New Jersey, Tutti Bambini & Funky Monkey Toys in Greenvale, NY, The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL and Once Upon a Time in Delray, FL

It’s not every day that a self-professed tomboy who cut her teeth at ESPN publishes a touch-and-feel book introducing young fashionistas to satin, silk, and other luscious fabrics.

Nonetheless, in her newly published children’s book “Monique’s Boutique,” Dorothy Whitehouse takes young readers on a tour through a sophisticated shop highlighting ritzy attire and showing kids that fabrics are fun!

Complete with stylish rhymes, artful illustrations, and touch-and-feel samples of taffeta, suede, and other fabrics, Monique and her elegant dog Fifi explain the different textures and how and when to wear them, satisfying curiosity and enhancing the fashion sense of boys and girls alike.
Appropriately enough, Whitehouse has been enjoying successful book signings at a variety of well-known department stores, including multiple signings at Bloomingdale’s along with Neiman Marcus and Pottery Barn Kids. Upcoming signings include an additional appearance at Bloomingdale’s as well as signings at Sweet & Sassy, Toy Box, and Learning Express Toys.

Whitehouse comments, “I’m a tomboy at heart, but as a child, my mom took me to fashion shows and gave me a love of fashion and style. That combined with my dad’s encouragement to publish one of my books resulted in ‘Monique’s Boutique.’”

Textured material swatches adorn the page and each one generated great excitement by my daughter. As the parent, I enjoyed the fact that the book introduces them to the proper terminology for various types of fabric and educates them on the proper times to wear them…The text is succinct and educational while at the same time expressively whimsical with flair. ~ Macaroni Book Review

“The book is sort of a primer for little girls’ entree into the world of fashion and the role it will play in their lives.” ~ Review by John Burton, The Two River Times

AUTHOR: Dorothy A. Whitehouse worked as a VP at ESPN ABC Sports in marketing and sales and was one of SportsBusiness journal’s Forty under 40 recipients, which honors the most promising young executives in the sports business. Having grown up with parents who were entrepreneurs, it is no wonder Dorothy pursued the same path. She chose opportunity over security and has since launched several of her own businesses while also acting as Mom-in-Chief to two young sons. A graduate of the University of Michigan (BA), Emerson College (MA), and Rutgers University School of Law in Newark (JD), Dorothy has finished thirteen marathons and qualified for Boston. She tied the knot to her prince, Ted, in a Vera Wang dress (go figure) and has two delicious boys, Joseph and Teddy.


Friday, December 4, 2015

New Christmas Book Brings the Warmth and Wonder of the Season to Life

Richly illustrated children’s book tells the inspiring story of how Little Beth meets new forest friends who take her on an adventure she will always treasure 
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The warmth and wonder of the Christmas season are newly revealed in the imaginative full-color children’s Christmas book called "Little Beth of the Forest" written and illustrated by Cheri Turk.
One evening while walking home through the forest, Little Beth confesses to her mom that she sometimes is afraid of the forest at night, of the big giant trees, of the dark shadows, and of scary noises.

In response, Little Beth’s mom tells her daughter that the noises she hears are just the animals of the forest and that they are their friends.

Soon, Little Beth meets a playful wolf cub named Orie who becomes her best friend and who introduces her to a big white bear who visits her bedroom one special night and invites her to join him on a beautiful adventure through the moonlit forest.

As their journey unfolds, Orie, Little Beth, and their new friend Blue Bear meet a mighty stag in a distant meadow. His golden antlers shimmering in the moonlight, he invites Little Beth to climb on his back. An excerpt from the story reads:
In one giant leap, the mighty stag soaredhigh into the night sky. With the wind gustingthrough his magnificent golden antlers, golddust sprayed onto Little Beth’s face.

With beautiful birds soaring alongside them, the travelers fly ever higher. When they reach the top of a mountain, they meet an unexpected new king whom Little Beth learns is the king of this world.

Turk comments, "This is a fun-filled and warm-hearted Christmas story with an added measure of rich Christmas symbolism to search for and find from the very beginning until the very end."
Turk is donating ten percent of the sales of "Little Beth of the Forest" to The Ebenezer House of Vision Orphanage in Tororo, Uganda, to help orphaned girls who otherwise would be at risk of being sold into trafficking. Both the book and related Little Beth merchandise are available at

"Beautifully illustrated, your child will embrace the story. ["Little Beth of the Forest"] is a great addition to your treasured children’s book collection." ~ Reader review by Lisa O. Clinton
Author/illustrator: Cheri Turk lives in the beautiful state of Oregon, where it hardly ever snows, but she grew up on the East Coast, where the winters were brutally cold and snowy. Being able to write and illustrate a Christmas story filled with love and friendship and adventure, combined with rich symbolism and meaning, is a gift she knows she will always treasure.

See Little Beth of the Forest at Book Expo America in the Combined Book Exhibit New Title Showcase, booth #3105, May 27th - 29th

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Little Beth of the Forest written and illustrated by Cheri Turk; Specialty Greetings; Category: Juvenile Fiction, Christmas; Hard Cover: 978-0986002427, $22.50; Soft Cover: 978-0986002410, $9.99; eBook: 978-0986002434, $5.75; Availability:,, Google, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Gardner, Kobo,,


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