Monday, December 29, 2014



Novel to be the first in a potential series

Glendale, CA—December 8, 2014—Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the release of THE FOSTERS: Keep Your Frenemies Close, based on characters from ABC Family’s hit TV series “The Fosters,” written by former Wall Street Journal reporter and non-fiction author Stacy Kravetz (Welcome to the Real World: You’ve Got an Education, Now Get a Life!; Girl Boss: Running the Show Like the Big Chicks; and The Dating Race: An Undercover Report from the Frontlines of Modern-Day Romance). The book cover will be revealed today in five pieces via an online scavenger hunt on “The Fosters” social media sites including,, The first piece of the puzzle is attached.

THE FOSTERS: Keep Your Frenemies Close is a companion to ABC Family’s hit show “The Fosters,” and will be the first book in a potential series. The first book takes place over a weekend community service/school extra credit trip, which Callie is required to take in order to boost her history grade. To complicate things, she’s thrown together with Talya, Brandon’s ex-girlfriend who has always been jealous of Callie, and the forced relationship between Callie and Talya takes a series of turns over the course of the book.  The bright spot is a new guy, Austin, who flirts with them both and stirs up even more trouble between the two.  Callie and Talya reveal secrets to each other, find common ground, find confidantes in each other, and bond over the work they’re doing. Also, the relationships with the other kids on the weekend trip -- a new cast of characters which will be ongoing in the book series -- both create tension as well as draw Callie and Talya together. Ultimately, they see each other as something other than rivals and find they have more in common than they’d thought. On the bus ride back home, they’re forced to consider whether this newfound friendship will outlast the weekend. Especially when the unthinkable happens.

“A great TV show and a great read to go with it.  If you love ‘The Fosters,’ there’s nothing better than more stories about them. It’s wonderful we can offer our fans many connection points,” said Karey Burke, ABC Family’s Executive Vice President, Programming and Development.

Currently in its second season, “The Fosters” will feature a special holiday episode tonight, Monday, December 8 at 8pm ET/PT and return with new episodes on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC Family.

THE FOSTERS: Keep Your Frenemies Close will be published as a trade paperback original and goes on sale January 27, 2015. Print and eBook formats are available for pre-order wherever books are sold. THE FOSTERS: Keep Your Frenemies Close is the first book in the Kingswell Teen imprint and the first collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) and ABC Family.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books, magazines, and apps, igniting imagination through storytelling in ever-inventive ways. DPW creates and publishes books and magazines both vertically in-house and through an extensive worldwide licensing structure. As a leader in digital products, DPW creates bestselling eBook titles and best-in-class original apps that have garnered more than 50 awards to date. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney themed learning products. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit

About “The Fosters”
ABC Family’s “The Fosters” is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological teenaged kids being raised by two moms. Stef Adams Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her wife Lena Adams Foster, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Recently added to the mix are their newly adopted son, Jude, and his sister, Callie, who is striving toward adoption as well despite the roadblocks caused by her tumultuous family history.

Winner of 2014’s Television Academy Honors Award and GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series, “The Fosters” is executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez, (“American Idol,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Back-Up Plan”) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“Queer As Folk”), who also serve as executive producers and writers, along with Joanna Johnson (“Make It or Break It”).

“The Fosters” stars Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”) as Stef Adams Foster, Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”) as Lena Adams Foster, Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as Jesus Adams Foster, Hayden Byerly (“Parenthood”) as Jude Adams Foster, David Lambert (“Aaron Stone”) as Brandon Foster, Maia Mitchell (“Teen Beach Movie”) as Callie Jacob, Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) as Mike Foster and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Mariana Adams Foster. Greg Gugliotta, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, and Benny Medina also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc. in association with ABC Family. 

About ABC Family
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. For 2014, ABC Family has launched the “WATCH ABC Family” authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series at home and on the go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.


THE FOSTERS: Keep Your Frenemies Close
By Stacy Kravetz
On sale date: January 27, 2015     
ISBN: 978-1-4847-1620-5 • Price: $9.99 • Ages 12 and up
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4847-2240-4

Monday, December 22, 2014

Acclaimed picture book teaches children (and others!) how to avoid getting tangled up in others this holiday season and to celebrate themselves

It may sound counterintuitive, but we complicated human beings often become so entangled with others that we stop breathing our own breath. Instead, forgetting ourselves and who we are, we breathe everyone else’s breath.
To this unappealing notion, renowned author and well-known movement and life coach Kathleen Aharoni says, "Argh!"

Her playful new picture book for children titled "I Breathe My Own Breath!" explores the ways in which human beings become entangled with others, what happens when this occurs, and how we can get back to breathing our own pure, powerful breath.

In so doing, the book offers a new understanding of who we are as human beings. In essence, says Aharoni, we each thrive when we recognize and celebrate our own one-of-a-kind uniqueness – when we breathe our own breath – as opposed to when we deplete ourselves by being exclusively absorbed in and assimilated by others.

The book includes notes to parents and educators with points for conversation, experiential activities for further exploration of breathing one’s own breath, and ways to incorporate the meaning of this breath into tricky social situations, such as when you need to gather courage or connect to confidence, feel alone, are dealing with bullying or peer pressure, are building community with classmates, and more.

Finally, notes Aharoni, the book nudges readers to recognize that not only do we humans have our own breath, so do animals, trees, rivers, and the like. Through our breath, she notes, we are all connected as well as singular.

For Aharoni’s efforts, "I Breathe My Own Breath!" was recognized as a 2014 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist in the category of Home, received the 2014 Living Now Gold award for Children's Non-Fiction, and has been recommended by The U.S. Review of Books.

The author comments, "This book can help us remember and share the concept of ‘breathing my own breath’ and valuing, honoring, and celebrating our self. It can be a new touch-point for parents to remind their children in challenging and celebratory situations to ‘breathe their own breath.’"

She adds, "If we can take all the time and internal chatter that we spend on our tangles and instead give it to our creations, imagine what we can birth in the world!"

Author: For more than fifteen years, Kathleen Aharoni has worked with children and adults to develop and master self-awareness, self-leadership, freedom, and joy. A movement and life coach, Health Mastery columnist for Chicago Health Magazine, and owner of Water over Stone, Inc., Kathleen has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, Columbia College, and Chicago’s New Trier High School. Her clients include prominent White House staff, a U.S. ambassador, Fortune 500 employees, a variety of performers, and college and high school students and parents; her company has been featured on ABC, Channel 7 News, WMAQ Radio in Chicago, and in Chicago Collection magazine. A passionate mother and partner who hugs and talks to trees, cheers for sunrises, and cries over sunsets, the moon, and displays of humanity, Kathleen is rapt in the sensorial and joyously brings her giddy innocence to all that she does and is. She is devoted to her evolvement and confidently says "Yes!" to the expanding dimensionality of her life. For more information, visit and

I Breathe My Own Breath! by Kathleen Aharoni; Publisher: Water Over Stone, Inc.; Category: Juvenile Nonfiction, Family & Relationships, Mind, Body, Spirit; Hard Cover: 978-1-59598-216-2, $18.95; Availability:, Baker & Taylor,, Fixture in Roscoe Village, Chicago

Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Tips for Connecting with Prickly Teens on the Families Matter Show

Welcome to The World of Ink Network show on Blog Talk Radio. Our goal is to bring informative and entertaining shows to our listners.The mission of the World of Ink Network is to share resources that introduce tips, products and services to help strengthen, support and challenge those who love writing and the written word.

Listen today to the Families Matter show at 4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Mountain - 1pm Pacific. Hosts Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook will be talking with Author Brad Wilcox.
Brad Wilcox is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University where he also works with such programs as Especially for Youth and Campus Education Week. He grew up in Ethiopia, Africa, and has also lived with his family in New Zealand and Chile. He is the best-selling author of many books, including Tips for Tackling Teenage Troubles, The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting, and Straight Talk for Parents: What Teenagers Wish They Could Tell You. His children's picture book, Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae! was a top finalist for the Children's Choice Award in Utah. He is a popular speaker and has presented throughout the country and internationally. You can learn more at and

The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting authors Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins are back with a new parenting book, this time focused on our prickly young friends: teenagers. How to Hug a Hedgehog: 12 Keys for Connecting with Teens explores ways parents can help teens improve communication, overcome adversity, and build self-esteem with 12 specific keys and a variety of examples and sources.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Empowerment Show - 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know

The World of Ink Network brings you shows each week on topics such as books, writing, author interviews, self-help and much more. Today on The Empowerment Show the hosts will be chatting with Mom Blogger Kari Kampakis.

When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled "10 Truths Young Girls Should Know," the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Her message stuck a chord with moms and dads across the country. Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kampakis wants girls to know that they don't have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security.

Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist, blogger, and former children's photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost Parents and reflects her passion for family and God. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Kari holds an MBA and public relations degree. She and her husband, Harry, live in blessed chaos with their four daughters and a dog named Lola.

Learn more about Kari and her work here.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Being a Teen is Hard Enough - Shadow TEARS, A Coming of Age Paranormal YA Fantasy Novel

Title: Shadow Tears
Author: A. J. Tupps
ISBN: 978-1-61244-310-2
Page count: 302
Genre: Young Adult – Coming of Age Novel
Price: $16.95 for paperback and $5.99 e-book

About the book:
Shadow Tears is the first book in a series. In this book you meet Selena Goodwin who discovers more about her heritage than she ever wanted. She has special abilities that are fascinating while others are frightening to her.  All her beliefs are tested when she finds out that the mortal rules don’t apply to everybody or everything.  Her knowledge of the supernatural and myths might become her only means to survive.  She must accept who she is meant to be. 

Being thrust into a world full of secrets, danger, and a family she didn’t know existed is overwhelming, not to mention a responsibility. Luckily she still has the love and support of her adoptive father who had known all along who she is meant to be.  To make things worse she discovers her very existence is threatened by an unknown enemy.  The normal obstacles of being a teenager are hard enough. Now she has to learn how to live a lie while falling in love and accepting her life as it was meant to be. High school is supposed to be the best years of your life. 

Selena must rely on strangers who she is not sure are reliable. The only person she can rely on must stand between her and the possibility of death.  Selena faces these realms with reality always reminding her she is fallible. Yet she can overcome anything with the love of her family and friends.  

Author Bio:
Aimee Tupps grew up in a small farm community in Connersville, Indiana.  She currently resides in Grand Blanc, Michigan.  In her spare time she enjoys daydreaming, traveling, sunsets, the outdoors but most of all spending time with her family.  As a young girl she entertained herself by living adventures from her imagination.  Aimee looks at every day as a blessing and another day to make her dreams a reality.  She is still in touch with her inner teenager and enjoys the mischief she can get into. Family is one of the most important things in her life.  She has a degree in Medical Transcription.  Currently she works as an optical technician/tester.  She has one adoring husband who joins in her mischief or is the recipient of it along with her two loveable children and one hyper dog. 

Shadow Tears is now available on the Halo Publishing website,, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Bowker Books, Ingram Distributing, B. Dalton, and many more

Author Website:

Twitter URL: AjTupps@AjTupps

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Monday, December 8, 2014

"Oliver in the Bath" has won the National Parents Publication Gold Award

Think foreign language acquisition is a must? Ready for a mash up of the old-fashioned pop-up book plus a hidden-pictures game with a whole lot of exciting new technology thrown in? What’s more, are you ready to experience all this fun in two different languages – neither of which has to be English – simultaneously?

"Oliver in the Bath" the new, award-winning eBook/story app by the sister writing team of L. B. Kovetz and J. P. Kovetz takes children’s media to the next level, combining the interactive experience of an app with a book that children can hold in their hands.

"Oliver in the Bath" is based on the simple but universal story of a boy named Oliver who doesn’t want to get into the bathtub. Once he’s in, he doesn’t want to get out! As Oliver and his mom imagine what his life would be like if he never left the bathtub, hidden games and pop-up animations appear, making this a reading experience the authors call "crazy fun and totally engrossing."

At the same time, with a simple click, kids can see the words or hear native speakers read the text of this charming and universal story in two different languages – any combination of English, French, Spanish, or Chinese.

The authors explain, "We wanted a book like this for our own kids. We believe that the ability to communicate in other languages is practically a super power, so we created an experience that would introduce our children to a whole world of language in a way that was fun for them. The future belongs to those who embrace multiculturalism. Getting kids involved in an unfolding storybook is the best way to put that right into their hands."

"Oliver in the Bath" has won the National Parents Publication Gold Award, the Parents Choice Approval Award, the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, and a bronze medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Author: L. B. Kovetz and J. P. Kovetz are a sister writing team from New York City. The owners of Flying South Publishing, a true independent publisher utilizing new technology to create interesting work in novel formats, they have also created a three-CD set of nursery rhymes set to jazz featuring top talent (Taj Mahal, Cybil Shephard, Billy Preston). In addition, "Oliver Stays Up," the sequel to "Oliver in the Bath," will be available November 1, 2014.

Oliver in the Bath; Authors: L. B. Kovetz, J. P. Kovetz; Illustrated by L. B. Kovetz; Flying South Productions; Category: Juvenile Fiction, Foreign Language Study; Paperback: 978-0972499903, $13.30; iPad App: $1.99,,

Friday, December 5, 2014

Philanthropic publishing company’s award-winning books benefit children and nonprofit organizations

Award-winning author Sharon Thayer has known hard times. After her business came to a screeching halt following 9/11, she awoke one morning and wrote a story about Santa’s beard. At the time, she had no goal in mind or even a particular desire to be an author. In fact, she wasn’t even much of a reader, thanks to her lifelong struggle with dyslexia.

Time passed, and Thayer set her story aside in order to make a living and raise her three children. In the summer of 2012, with her sixtieth birthday approaching, she made a monumental decision to have "The Myth of Santa’s Beard" published and to sell the books to benefit nonprofit organizations.

Sure enough, profits from her book sales allowed her to donate books to Ronald McDonald houses, to organizations working with abused children, to shelters, and to a food bank that included the book in each family’s Thanksgiving basket.

That fall of 2012, "The Myth of Santa’s Beard" won an EVVY Award for Children’s Picture Books from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association; in 2013, it won a Bronze Medal in the category of Holiday Books from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Now, Carousel Publishing is committed to bringing this popular book to an even greater audience to benefit additional nonprofit organizations.

This delightful story tells how a problem is growing – literally growing – at the North Pole in the form of Santa’s beard, which begins growing every time children share, play fair, do their best, and tell the truth. Soon, with so many good children every day, Santa’s beard becomes a hazard. Before long, he can’t walk or talk or even make the toys!

One night, while Santa is asleep, Mrs. Claus and the elves concoct a plan. All Santa will have to do is choose the best-behaved kids from his "Good" list to receive a lock of his long white beard. The children are rewarded for their wonderful behavior, and Santa’s beard gets a greatly needed trim.
Beautifully illustrated by Marci Chambers, "The Myth of Santa’s Beard" includes messages about ethics and values, the magic of Santa, and a snippet of his long white beard to remind children to be good all year long. The book also comes with an envelope in which to mail the book to a child from the North Pole.

Thayer notes that the mission of Carousel Publishing is to have every book benefit a nonprofit organization. Many options are available, including those listed below:
  • Through Carousel Publishing’s WOW! Program, individuals or businesses may purchase books at wholesale prices to gift to their favorite nonprofit organization; this option opens the door for creative holiday group giving projects
  • Corporations or individuals may sponsor books that are donated to organizations that make requests through Carousel Publishing
  • Nonprofit organizations, schools, and day care centers may purchase books at wholesale prices for fundraising or other events
  • Anyone is welcome to sponsor upcoming or custom written books that focus on a chosen message
  • Carousel Publishing fills the requests to organizations that are not matched with a sponsor
The author comments, "All my books contain quality of life messages and are sold to benefit nonprofit organizations." She adds, "Parents and grandparents love this particular story that reinforces ethics and values, and children treasure the book and snippet of Santa’s beard."

"What a delightful story! The ‘little kid’ in me loved reading ‘The Myth of Santa’s Beard,’ and now I am making my list of all the children I know who would love this sweet book as a holiday gift!" ~ Donna DeNomme, award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle

AUTHOR: Sharon Thayer has been writing children’s stories for the past thirteen years and is now beginning to publish her stories in three different series – The Holiday Series, The Inspirational Series, and The Memorial Series. Her award-winning book "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" is the first book in the Inspirational Series; it received the 2014 Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and four EVVY awards from Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She raised three children and owned various businesses, including a day care center, while living in Colorado. She now lives in Texas near her four grandchildren and works fulltime writing and publishing.

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Carousel Publishing
Category: Children’s Fiction, Illustrated Picture Books
The Myth of Santa’s BeardAuthor: Sharon Thayer; Illustrator: Marci Chambers, Soft Cover: 978-0-9766239-0-8, $9.95
If You Tell Me, I Can Fly! Author: Sharon Thayer; Illustrator: Linda Nagy; Hard Cover: 978-0-9766239-1-5, $11.95


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