#BookTour “Wild at Heart” by Cindy Rogers

~~~

Children’s Book

Ros Webb (Illustrator)

Date Published: March 10, 2022

Publisher: BookBaby

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

When Maybel, the country hound, wanders into Cindy’s kitchen, she may just have been looking for food, but instead finds a lifelong friend. The duo finds adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alongside fellow goats and horses, they munch on crusts of avocado toast by the beach in Santa Monica.

It is a story of rescue, friendship, love and learning to stay wild at heart.

~~~

EXCERPT

wild at heart excerpt

~~~

~~~

~~~

About the Author

Author of Wild at Heart, a book that grew organically from my experience of living on and owning a rescue farm in Blairsville, Georgia. On the farm we have 40 rescue animals we have taken on over the last 20 years. I also live part time in Los Angeles, where I raised my two now grown and married children, and my new baby grandson. 

Sometimes you feel called to be in connection with something or someone, like a mission. I feel it with my family, with my rescue animals, and I felt it in a special way with Maybel. I spent seven months in Georgia when Covid broke out. That is where the true story of Wild at Heart and Maybel the rescue dog, took place. In the beginning of the pandemic I was considering opening up my farm as a retreat center, particularly for wellness and yoga events. I envisioned it as a place where people could be in relationship with the animals, the gardens, and themselves. But Covid arrived and dashed this fantasy. 

However there was this dog that kept hanging with the animals on my farm. She would be there, then she would be gone. One day, when I was hiking on the property, she started following me up and down the trails. She was sweet, and let me pet her, and given how dirty that left my hands, I knew she lived in the woods. But one day she came down to my house, so I let her in and fed her. That started the slow process of our relationship. She would come and go, but soon she was doing more staying, and I began to get attached. We were bonding and began our wonderful friendship. 

I think I identified with her because I had been a bit of a wild child myself. 

During those early pandemic months she was my constant companion, and I couldn’t imagine leaving her behind when I received the joyful news that my daughter was expecting back in Los Angeles. So I decided to bring her with me, and build a life with her in Santa Monica with my family including my baby grandson Leo. 

The writing of the book happened organically over the course of a year. I had never written a book before and it felt like such a heartfelt story that I needed to share. While researching illustrators I fell in love with the work of Roz Webb, who lives in Copenhagen. We worked together entirely online! What carried me through the process of edits, rewrites, and redesigns was my deep passion for this story, and the belief that children, parents, and grandparents alike could attach and fall in love with it.

 

Contact Links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

LinkedIn

Instagram

~~~

Purchase Links

Amazon 

B&N

~~~

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#Featured “The Queen of Kindergarten” by Derrick Barnes

Q of K book cover

~~~

~~~

#BookBlitz “Wild at Heart” by Cindy Rogers

~~~

Children’s Book

Ros Webb (Illustrator)

Date Published: March 10, 2022

Publisher: BookBaby

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

When Maybel, the country hound, wanders into Cindy’s kitchen, she may just have been looking for food, but instead finds a lifelong friend. The duo finds adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alongside fellow goats and horses, they munch on crusts of avocado toast by the beach in Santa Monica.

It is a story of rescue, friendship, love and learning to stay wild at heart.

~~~

About the Author

After raising her two children with her husband Brian in Los Angeles, Cindy Rogers traded in her bustling, busy life in California for a quieter one on The Rogers Farm. Situated at the foot of the Blueridge Mountains, the farm is a sanctuary for 40 rescued animals and a center for yoga and wellness retreats.

When not tending to her animals and vegetable garden in Georgia, Cindy and Maybel are in Santa Monica. They enjoy spending time with their favorite companion, Cindy’s first grandbaby, Leo.

Ros Webb has been illustrating and writing children’s books for over a decade. Ros has
collaborated with different authors from all over the world, co-producing a selection of inspiring and imaginative children’s picture books.

Her style has been described as fun, bright, and whimsical and her work always brings a smile. Ros started out as a self-published author/illustrator with her own story “The Big Sleepy Bear and the Pink Flamingos” and has since gone on to self-publish a number of other books.

Ros works with authors from across the globe and is continually inspired by their imagination and story telling ability.

Ros currently lives in Ireland with her family, her dogs and lots of stray cats.

Purchase Link

Amazon

~~~

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#ReleaseBlitz “Snowball the Sherlock Bunny and the Carrot Garden Mystery” by Constance Meccarello-Gerson

~~~

Snowball the Sherlock Rabbit Book 2

Children’s Book

Date Published: 05-10-2022

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

 

Snowball the Sherlock Rabbit in search of the villain crunching his way
through Grimly the Bear’s Carrot Garden.

~~~

 About the Author

Constance Meccarello-Gerson was born in Poughkeepsie N.Y.  She is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a BA in Acting. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. HB Studio, Actors Studio, in NYC.  She is a member of SAG, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Si Omega. Her
MFA in Acting is from Brooklyn College.  She has appeared on TV, film, and on stage in NYC.

For 20 years she taught as a mentor and teacher of English and Theatre arts for the New York City Department of Education and for the University at Santa Cruz. She also taught for ten years as a Speech Coordinator at Touro College. She was an executive at Bloomingdales. Her writing as appeared in Reflections, also in the Best American Poets series.  Her Hassle High cozy mystery series is on Kindle and Amazon.

Currently she lives in NYC with her husband Alain, a parrot named Benji, and
lots of fish.

 

Contact Links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

~~~

Purchase Link

Amazon

~~~

a Rafflecopter giveaway

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#CoverReveal “Snowball the Sherlock Bunny and the Carrot Garden Mystery” by Constance Meccarello-Gerson

 Snowball the Sherlock Rabbit Book 2

Children’s Book

Date Published: 05-10-2022

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

Snowball the Sherlock Rabbit in search of the villain crunching his way
through Grimly the Bear’s Carrot Garden.

~~~

 About the Author

Constance Meccarello-Gerson was born in Poughkeepsie N.Y.  She is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a BA in Acting. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. HB Studio, Actors Studio, in NYC.  She is a member of SAG, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Si Omega. Her
MFA in Acting is from Brooklyn College.  She has appeared on TV, film, and on stage in NYC. For 20 years she taught as a mentor and teacher of English and Theatre arts for the New York City Department of Education and for the University at Santa Cruz. She also taught for ten years as a Speech Coordinator at Touro College. She was an executive at Bloomingdales. Her writing has appeared in Reflections, also in the Best American Poets series.  Her Hassle High cozy mystery series is on Kindle and Amazon.

Currently she lives in NYC with her husband Alain, a parrot named Benji, and
lots of fish.

 

Contact Links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

 

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#ReleaseBlitz “My Trip to the Fair” by Mallika Appana

~~~

A Journey Through the Handicrafts of India

Children’s Picture Book, Age group 3-8 years

 

Date Published: April 10, 2022

Publisher: Serapis Bey Publishing

A boy and his mom are on a vacation to India. Curious to learn the story of some unique toys at his grandparents’ place, the boy follows his mom to a local fair that showcases ethnic arts. What does the child find there? What memories does he bring back? Does he want to revisit India? This richly illustrated book is a perfect way to let your child discover the experience of a bustling Indian fair, replete with a multitude of colors and sounds, and the aromas of yummy food!

~~~

~~~


About the Author

Mallika Appana was born in Hyderabad, India. She now lives in the United States with her husband and toddler. Raising her child in a foreign country, she feels a strong urge to keep kids connected to their Indian heritage. An engineer and an MBA by training, she developed a fondness towards ethnic arts and crafts due to her parents’ keen appreciation for them. The book is a culmination of her passion for storytelling and illustration, and she hopes that it will foster interest in traditional art forms among the next generation.

Contact Links

Website

Instagram

~~~

Purchase Link

Amazon

~~~

a Rafflecopter giveaway

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#BookBlitz “The Gecko Without an Echo” by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

~~~

 Children’s Book

Date Published: February 2022

Publisher: Bannerman Books

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

Did you know that rhyming helps babies and children learn about words, sounds and language formation?

The Gecko Without an Echo is the perfect rhyming book for kids – teaching them about love and friendship. Earl the Squirrel and Tim the Gecko are best friends living in a tree by the bay.

Find out how Tim discovered that when you need someone to listen, all you need to do is reach out to those who love and surround you.

~~~

 ~~~

About the Author

Cheryl Denise Bannerman is an award-winning, multi-genre author of eight published works of fiction – from murder mysteries to a recent
children’s book about friendship.

She is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for her book of poetry, Words Never Spoken, winner of the Best Books Awards in the category of
African American fiction in 2020 for Black Child to Black Woman, and 2021 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction – Urban genre for Black Child to Black Woman. She is also a Semi-Finalist in the MLC Audiobook Awards with a 2020 IMDb Nomination for Book 1 of the Anna Romano Mystery Series, Cats, Cannolis, and a Curious Kidnapping.

When she is not working from her home office on her virtual Training and
Development business, she is at the beach watching the waves and weaving the words together for her next novel.

 

Contact Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

GoodReads

YouTube

BookBuzz

~~~

Purchase Links

Amazon

iBooks

B&N

Google

Kobo

 ~~~

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#BookBlitz “The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island” by Linda Maria Frank

 

Young Reader, Children’s Book, Middle Grade, Mystery, Adventure

Publisher: Annie Tillery Mysteries

What can possibly happen when a crime happens under the very noses of a group of very savvy eighth graders at St. BeSillius’ Catholic School on St. Frederick’s Island? When the money they raised to buy toys for children in homeless shelters in near-by NYC is stolen, the Buccaneers, as they call themselves are outraged. Despite warnings from Father Felix and Sr. Jo, Sprocket, the leader of the Buccaneers, and her determined buddies set out to follow the clues, run down the thief, and get those toys for the homeless kids.

When their clubhouse is burned down, and a threatening letter is sent to the local newspaper, The Foghorn, owned and operated by Sprocket’s mother, the Buccaneers are even more determined to unravel the plot against them. A mysterious island once owned by the pirate, Jon Buccleigh and a labyrinthine cave serve as the setting for this skullduggery. A Native American healer, her community, and a group of the beach people conspire with the Buccaneers to get that money back.

You will be laughing at some of the Buccaneers’ antics and gasping at what those brave eighth-graders face to solve the mystery. The story is rich with colorful and engaging characters as well as the flavor of post-war America in 1947. An altogether fun and satisfying read.

Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

ON THE MOVE

How do those turtles do it? Pull their heads into their bodies? Here comes Sr. JoAnn. My head stubbornly remained on top of my neck.

If you think it’s easy writing a note to the kid in the seat next to you when the rattling of Sr. JoAnn’s rosary is announcing her slow walk down my aisle at this moment, you’ve never been to Catholic school. The room is silent. You can hear pen nibs scratching across the pages of our black and white composition books, leaving a trail of ink blots.

Pen nibs, you say. Ink blots? You won’t believe this about the ink and the inkwell. Will you? We all learned to master a form of writing called the Palmer method. This is just another aspect of toughening the backbone here at St. BeSillius’s. As I look at my permanently stained right middle finger, I wonder if I will be done in by something lurking in the ink and become St. Sprocket, patron saint of calligraphy.

The smell of chalk and old tempera paints barely covers the tinge of pine-scented urine coming from the old radiators. My mom went to this school and tells the story of kids leaning their wet behinds against the radiators to let their underwear dry if they had an accident. Going to the bathroom in those days was a privilege reserved for the Pope. Thank God things have changed, and St. BeSillius has hired a nurse, and given her an office where this kind of thing could be taken care of.

A floorboard squeaks. I hear the faint clink of keys as if Sr. has reached into the stygian depths of her pocket for something. I slide my ruler over the words I’ve just written and peer cautiously from the side of my vision trying to locate Sr. JoAnn. My stomach bunches. She is reading Eddie O’Malley’s entire page. Eddie’s not one of us, so there is nothing out of the ordinary to see in his notebook.

My page is full of writing, but not what I think I want Sister to see. So far, I’ve jotted a list: LOOK FOR CLUES, including the narvex, the sacristy, the side entrance, the choir loft, and the bushes around the church. I’ve signed it, Sprocket.

Sprocket? Is that a Christian name? Of course not, silly reader. We all have code names to protect the guilty. We are the Buccaneers of St. BeSillius School, a secret society dedicated to solving the mysteries and misdeeds of our little parish school and the island where it’s located.

Uh-oh. Here she comes. If I rip the page out and crumple it, she’ll just grab it. And, I’ll have to explain why there’s nothing on the page, in longhand mind you, about the characteristics that would have made George Washington a good Catholic, if only he had known better.

George was an Anglican having once been a colonial loyal to the King of England, also a George. But that’s another story.

Eddie, not the sharpest pencil in the box, is getting the Spanish Inquisition treatment about his lack of inspiration on the topic. I wonder if the nuns get a special course in interrogation techniques.

Eddie, I love him dearly, is buying me time. Could I quietly turn the page and jot a quick sentence or two? I pick up the notebook and turn the page, knocking a pen full of ink onto the floor along with the ink well. As you can imagine, this was not a silent maneuver. Sr. JoAnn, Eddie and the whole class look at me. I feel my face burn. I get up to clean the mess and knock the composition book on the floor with my note showing plainly on top. Sister reaches for it. I’M DEAD!

The fire drill siren shrieks. Sister turns to move the class to the fire exit, and I kick the composition book under the desk. It obliges me, closing with a snap.

“I’ll clean this later, Sister.” I smile.

“And I will be checking your essay.” She smiles back.

“Yes, Sister,” I say, noting that the proverbial glove his been tossed onto the floor like they did in those ancient duels. I file past her.

**********************************************************

Are you wondering why a bunch of Catholic school kids are searching for clues in what looks like a church and the yard around it?

Let me digress for a bit and fill you in on some details about why we are listing clues and what all this skullduggery (Great word, isn’t it?) is about.

Well, before I fill you in on what happened when we found those clues, let me explain who we are. We call ourselves The Secret Crime-Stoppers of Sts. Christopher and Michael, but I wanted a shorter title like Buccaneers of St. BeSillius. I thought calling on both St. Christopher and St. Michael was pushing the envelope of sponsorship. And who even knows who St. BeSillius is? So, just think of us as the Buccaneers.

For the past year, our class has been raising money for a class trip to visit seven churches on the mainland and distribute toys to the children’s day care centers in those parishes. We did bake sales, car washes, leaf-raking, snow shoveling. We cleaned attics for old ladies, cut lawns and pulled weeds. Some ill-informed parents even let us do fence-painting. Don’t worry! Those shrubs will come back in a year or two.

A whole year of those earnings went into the fund. We kept it in the vestry. That’s the room behind the altar in the church where the priest keeps his vestments. Get it? Vestry, vestments? The box with the money disappeared the day Father Felix was supposed to open a bank account for us. We never got the money back, never found out who did it, and we’re pi….. Whoops! Sorry. I’m just angry. Not mad. Sister Priscilla said that mad means crazy. Well, she hasn’t been paying attention to her students.

Anyway, even though the sisters and priests said we should offer it up to God. I’m not sure what that means, the money or the cursing we did. And, we should learn a lesson. Next time lock it up! And where were we supposed to lock it up? It was in the vestry! With Father Felix, the parish priest!

This didn’t go down too well with some of us, and one night last summer at our club house which is just a shack on the beach, we decided to form our own little PI group, that’s Private Investigator. We voted on and accepted our official title, Buccaneers of St.Besillius. Look. You can’t beat our creativity in naming the group. We even researched St. BS. She’s the patron saint of mimes.

As we gathered around the fire, we wrote up a charter including the following:

· Each member is sworn to secrecy, under pain of . . .what? Oh, I don’t know.

· All clues are to be shared by everyone.

· All communications would be done using our code names. Mine is Sprocket.

· Our meeting place would be the old fishing shack on the beach.

We made a list of our code names.

Lily code name Sprocket, all around smarty, leader, that’s me.

Ryan: code name Bletch, general genius.

Frank: code name Wingnut, mechanical genius, and a bit dippy.

Leon: code name Snap Shackle, math genius, can put two and two together.

Amalie: code name Ratchet, electronic surveillance, or just plain snoop, meaning she can use a camera.

And so, the story begins.

About the Author

Linda Maria Frank, retired from a career teaching science, including forensic science, resides on Long Island and is currently writing the Annie Tillery Mysteries, as well as The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island. She also produces The Writer’s Dream, her local access TV show, seen on YouTube. Frank is active in LI Authors Group, LI Sisters in Crime, LI Children’s Writers and Illustrators, and Mystery Writers of America.

Linda does lectures on Topics on Forensic Science at libraries, universities, clubs and other venues. She is currently writing the next Buccaneers book.

Contact Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

BookBuzz

Purchase Links

Amazon

Publisher

RABT Book Tours & PR

#BookTour “Boo’s Shoes (A Rabbit And Fox Story: Learn To Tie Shoelaces)” by Sybrina Durant

~~~

A Rabbit And Fox Story: Learn To Tie Shoelaces

Children’s Interactive Picture Book

Date Published: 11-06-2021

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

 

No Laces! That’s what Boo, the bunny, always says. He doesn’t want to learn to tie them. He has plenty of shoes for every occasion and none of them have laces or strings. So, what’s the point of learning to tie? His friend, Farah Fox, convinces him that it’s a skill he can use. . . and one that might make him happier, too.

This book is meant to be a parent-child activity. Youngsters can read Boo’s story and their parents can help with the how-to-tie instruction pages. A fun shoelace-themed “I Did It” badge is included at the back of the book to give in celebration of conquering this difficult
task.

~~~

Excerpt 3D

~~~

~~~

About the Author

Other books in the “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox” series are the book with that name in English, Spanish and Tagalog plus a special little book to gift to boys in a wedding party. “Nellie Knows How To Knot A Neck Scarf”, “Ned Knows How To Knot A Neck Tie” and “Cleo Can Tie A Bow” are also part of the series.

 

Contact Links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Pinterest

Instagram

Amazon Author Page

~~~

 Purchase Links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

~~~

a Rafflecopter giveaway

~~~

RABT Book Tours & PR

~~~

#MiniTour “My Brother is a Werewolf” by Ray A. Price

mybrotherisawerewolf-copy

Welcome to the mini tour for the first book in a new series called My Brother is a Werewolf by Ray A. Price and illustrated by Sam Aston. Read on for more details!

Cover

My Brother is a Werewolf

Publication Date: December 21st, 2021

Genre: Children’s Books

Brie wanted a puppy. But what she got was a younger brother. Accidentally turning her 5 year old brother into a werewolf is the biggest mistake of her life. But she will do anything to fix him because cleaning up werewolf poop is as bad as you think it is.

My Brother is a Werewolf is a fully colored picture book geared towards children ages 5 and up. This is the first book in an ongoing series with characters from this universe. My Brother is a Werewolf is the starting point for the series. This and the following books all take place in a connected universe full of magic and monsters. Brie is the perfect protagonist to usher in our new universe. The reader gets to explore her dynamic world and learn along with her.

Available on Amazon

IMG_4152

About the Author

Ray A. Price is the author of My Brother is a Werewolf. He is an author for children’s books, short stories, and comics. Ray started his interest with children’s stories when he used to read to his daughters’ elementary classes as a guest parent speaker. After many visits to her classes and dozens of cookies donated in each visit, his little girl gave him the idea to write his own children’s book. With that in mind, Ray sat down and began writing with his heart to create a story dedicated to her. Build with Bricks was Ray’s first self published children’s story in 2020.

Ray has many other achievements that he is very proud of. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master degree in fraud and forensic. He is a full time fraud investigator. During his studies, he did plenty of playwriting. Ray found his passion for writing when he wrote short stories in middle school.

When Ray is not thinking of new ideas for his next story, he likes to be family oriented. Ray likes to travel and sample new restaurants with his family. He loves playing video games and discovering new television shows. When the weather is nice, he loves taking his English Bulldog on walks. Ray listens to various podcasts daily and loves reading comics.

You can find Ray on Twitter @RaymondAPrice

About the Illustrator

Sam Aston is the illustrator for My Brother is a Werewolf. Sam is a tattoo artist based in the UK. She has been a licensed tattoo artist for the past 3 years in which her main focus has been creating full color pop culture tattoos as well as blackwork and watercolor pieces. When Sam is not tattooing, one of her main hobbies is playing video games which inspires her designs and merchandise. Otherwise you’ll find her watching horror movies!

Her artwork can vary from cute, colorful and cartoony to black and gray realism, so she tries to switch it up sometimes! This has allowed her to be versatile when working with others to create commissioned pieces such as digital artwork, t-shirt designs, and more recently book illustrations.

You can find Sam’s tattoos and designs over on her Instagram and at BigCartel

mybrotherisawerewolf-copy

Mini Tour Schedule

February 14th

R&R Book Tours (Kick-Off) http://rrbooktours.com

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

February 15th

B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

Nesie’s Place (Spotlight) https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com

Books + Coffee = Happiness (Spotlight) https://bookscoffeehappiness.com/

February 16th

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

February 17th

I Smell Sheep (Spotlight) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

Liliyana Shadowlyn (Review) https://lshadowlynauthor.com/

February 18th

@gryffindorbookishnerd (Review) https://www.instagram.com/gryffindorbookishnerd/

Mini Tour Organized By:

R&R Button

R&R Book Tours