#BookTour “Pierre the Peacock” by Jocelyn M. Lacey

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Children’s Book

Date Published: Dec. 11, 2017

Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.

Pierre the Peacock is delightfully illustrated with a valuable message. It is about acceptance, friendship and a valuable lesson in how we should treat people. Come with us as we meet Pierre, a peacock who thinks that he will get friends just from his pretty looks. When he meets Jerry, a colorblind little boy, he teaches Pierre that what matters is how you treat people, not what you look like. A lesson for all of us!

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About the Author


Jocelyn Mooneyhan Lacey is a native of Johnson City, TN, where she graduated from Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She met her husband, Steven Lacey, at ETSU, and they have since lived in Maine, Rhode Island, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and now have settled in New Jersey for the time being. She also shares her home with two dogs, a cat, and three fish.

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#BookBlitz “Brother Bears’ Tragic Day” by Keri Margaret O’Shea

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Date Published: January 28, 2020

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers

Cornelius and Oliver, the Bartholomew cubs, awoke six weeks after George the groundhog saw his shadow. They awoke to a stream of light radiating through the cave while chickadees and nuthatches were singing and while the spring peepers peeped. They rejoiced. “Spring has sprung!” The brothers could not wait to play together among abundant food choices like roots, berries, meat, fish and succulent plants. They longed to use their strong claws to rip open logs for insects and grubs. They had the most wonderful thoughts until…….

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Cornelius and Oliver, the Bartholomew cubs, awoke six weeks after George the groundhog saw his shadow. They awoke to a stream of light radiating through the cave while chickadees and nuthatches were singing, and while the spring peepers peeped.

They rejoiced, “Spring has sprung!“ The brothers could not wait to play together among abundant food choices like roots, berries, meat, fish, and succulent plants. They longed to use their strong claws to rip open logs for insects and grubs. They had the most wonderful thoughts until….

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Keri Margaret O’Shea, formerly O’Brien, lives in Bedford, New York, with her husband, four children and Olivier, a Havanese. She summered in the Adirondack Park and grew up playing in the woods just like the Bartholomew brothers. Her first husband, of ten years, died of a brain tumor after a two-and-a-half year illness. Reading “When Dinosaurs Die,” ad nauseum, she pledged to her three small children that she would write a book to help others cope with sudden and anticipatory grief. Bedtime reading was the only tool that helped her, as a parent, navigate the discussion of grief.

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#BookBlitz “What is a Dream?” by Shanita Allen

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Let’s Go Dreaming, Book 2

Children’s Book

Published: June 2020

Publisher: Infinity Plus Publishing

Have you ever wondered “just what exactly is a dream?” What do dreams sound like? What do dreams feel like? How are dreams created? Well, this adorable bedtime story explains it all!

Join Little Ari and her talking dog, Pepper, as she reveals a magical formula for creating a dream and explains what dreams are, through the use of the 5 senses. This whimsical bedtime story will certainly ensure that your little one has the sweetest of dreams.

What Is A Dream? is a bedtime story for toddlers and young children ages 4-8. Your child will be sleeping peacefully after reading this, while venturing into the world of dreams. What is a Dream? is the second book in the Let’s Go Dreaming series, written by author Shanita Allen.


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Sleep, Tiny Dreamer

Let’s Go Dreaming, Book 1

Published: September 2019

Publisher: Infinity Plus Publishing

Sleep, Tiny Dreamer. Where will you go tonight? Will you swim across the ocean? Or will you take a flight?”

This bedtime story poses the question “where will your little one go in their dreams?” and encourages them to think of all the endless possibilities.

Sleep, Tiny Dreamer is Shanita Allen’s first book in the Let’s Go Dreaming series. This is a sweet bedtime story full of hope and innocence…inspiring young minds to dream big!

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One starry night,

When the sky was super bright,

Little Ari climbed into bed

And turned out the light.

I wonder what I’ll dream tonight.

What places will I go?

I guess until I close my eyes

I’ll never really know.”

What is a dream?” asked a voice

That came from down below.

Ari looked at the floor,

In shock. “Say it isn’t so!”

Pepper, was that you?

Did you just speak, for heaven’s sake?

Nah, you’re a dog!

I’m not dreaming yet. I’m still awake!”

Pepper looked at Ari

And tilted her head to the right.

Yep, I can talk!” said Pepper,

Giving Ari quite a fright.

First, Ari started screaming

And headed for the door.

Then she remembered, “Pepper’s my friend,”

And wasn’t afraid anymore.


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Shanita Allen is the author of the Let’s Go Dreaming children’s book series, which inspires young minds to dream big and allows readers to see the world through the eyes of Little Ari and her talking dog, Pepper. The Let’s Go Dreaming series is a collection of 9 books that teach lessons about acceptance, diversity, friendship, special needs, and bullying.

Shanita is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She has 17 years of experience serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Shanita is a native Floridian and loves to travel. She has visited several countries around the world including China, Spain, and Denmark. One of her books, Let’s Go Dreaming: Journey to Paris, was inspired by her trip to France.

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#BookBlitz “The Frog at the Window” by Scott Langteau

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A Completely Wild Christmas Tale!

Children’s Picture Book, Holiday Picture Book

Published: November 2020

Publisher: Shake the Moon Books

While Katy and her family spend a snowy Christmas away at Grandma’s house, a cold and clever little frog jumps at the chance to move into their warm, empty home. Unfortunately, so does every other four-legged forest dweller in the area. With the perfect holiday vacation house overrun with guests, chaos quickly erupts until the group finds a peaceful solution in this holiday tale of tails. What begins as a break from the wintry woolly land transforms into an annual holiday tradition of kindness and generosity. The Frog at the Window is a Christmas tale with a message for every season!


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Tonight was the very first storm of the year,

and surprising how much it had snowed.

The Randalls were packed and all ready for bed,

with plans to wake early and then hit the road.

 

“Now Christmas was only a few days away”,

thought Katy, relaxed by the tree.

How will we ever reach Grandmother’s house,

when it’s snowing so hard I can’t see?”

And then as she sat staring into the night,

through the blustery, snowy white fog-

there stood, in the cold window’s lower right edge,

a tiny, green, shivering frog.


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Hailing from the tiny town of Seymour, Wisconsin, Scott Langteau grew up to become the single Producer involved in the creation of two of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful franchises in videogame history: Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. He has over 20 years of production experience, having worked with companies like DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Activision, Disney/Pixar, and the Jim Henson Company. Scott is the award-winning author of Sofa Boy, a grim yet fanciful cautionary tale for children about the perils of videogame addiction, The Question, a home-alone snowstorm adventure taken from the imaginative experiences of his youth in wintry Wisconsin, and his 2019 anti-bullying tale: BULLIED, a contemporary look at modern-day bullying and the impact it has on the futures of all involved. BULLIED was recently awarded the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the category of Best Mind/Body Self-Esteem book.

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#Featured “Dragon’s Breath: (Emotions & Feelings Book 1)” by Michael Gordon

Highly Rated!

What happens when a Dragon doesn’t brush his teeth? Well…we all heard about the ”dragon’s breath’’. That’s why learning proper dental care is really important for a little boy and his friend Dragon Joe.

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#Spotlight M.L. Tarpley, author of “Maylie and the Maze”

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I’m happy to welcome author M.L. Tarpley to Nesie’s Place today! She writes Tarpley 1stories of adventure, friendship, and fun that transport kids to amazing places across the world. She is also an award-winning journalist and world traveler. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her other interests include hanging out at cool coffee shops, listening to vintage records, going on adventures with her family, and researching dead people in her family from long ago (*cough* it’s called genealogy). M.L. lives in Louisiana with her husband and son.

Maylie and the Maze is her debut novel. For more information about her, visit www.mltarpleybooks.com

M.L., in Maylie and the Maze you have a ten-year-old protagonist who dreams of being an author, and she has a twin brother who just wants to cause trouble. They’re traveling with family through Europe, so I know there will be an adventure. What was your inspiration for the story? Are you a twin?

Great question, but no, I am not a twin. When the character of Maylie came into my mind, she just came with a twin brother (lol). Maylie and Camden are loosely based off my oldest niece and nephew who both turned ten this year. They are only five months apart in age and therefore we tend to think of them as twins. I actually sent the illustrator photos of them to model the characters after them. They’re pretty proud of that fact and love that I used them as inspiration. I also dedicated this book to all my nieces and nephews. 😊

Maylie 3DThe inspiration for the actual story is to show kids that you can go after your dreams no matter what roadblocks stand in your way. Throughout this series, I want kids to have a chance to travel the world through fiction and along the way learn a bit. I’ve tapped into my own first-hand experiences from traveling to over a dozen countries and filtered them through Maylie’s eyes.

In this instance, the story is set in England, particularly at Leeds Castle in southern England. The castle is absolutely gorgeous! It’s known as the “loveliest castle in the world” for a reason. And it’s nearly 1,000 years old. Isn’t that amazing?!

According to the official Leeds Castle website, it has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens, a palace used by King Henry VIII, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, an elegant retreat for the rich and famous, and today, it is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

There’s not just a castle but a hedge maze and over 500 acres of gardens, parkland, and wildlife. There are also a host of activities and attractions including falconry demonstrations, a dog collar museum, zipline and Segway tours, playgrounds, miniature golf, and more.

Do you have a favorite character in the story?

I have to say Maylie first of all because there is so much of me within her. Me from when I was ten. Me now. Subtle things. I even read my diaries from when I was her age to get into my head then and to remember what all I cared about and observed. It was so interesting and funny too! I’m so glad I wrote in diaries and kept them all these years.

What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

I work full-time as a newspaper reporter and photographer and I’m also a wife ML Closeupand mom, so I have a pretty busy schedule. I usually squeeze in my writing time on my lunch breaks, during naptimes and late at night. I am a night owl, so it works out well I think. I write most nights from about 8 to 11 p.m. When you want to write, you just got to make the time for it.

When did you write your first book?

I was age 12 when I wrote my first novel. I had written a lot of short stories before then. That novel was a great learning tool for me, and it showed me that I could, in fact, write a novel. I am not going to tell you it was a very good first attempt, but it was an attempt, which is the important part. If you don’t start writing, you can’t get better. I didn’t start working on another novel thought for ten years. I was busy writing essays and short stories for school and then papers and news articles in college. But when I was 22 I started dabbling in writing fiction again. I started taking writing classes and attending conferences and reading books on the craft of writing fiction.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

I am self-published. I actually started my own publishing imprint this year to publish my books and later on books for other people. The publishing process has a large learning curve, but I really love the complete freedom I had to make my books the exact way I envisioned them to be.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to travel the world with my family (or just around Louisiana where I live). Obviously in 2020, I haven’t been able to travel much, so I have done so through fiction and TV/movies. I also love genealogy research to learn more about where my ancestors came from. It’s so fascinating!

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? 

I wanted to be either an actress or a writer. I knew one day I wanted to be a published author and maybe a journalist. I can say I’ve done a bit of all three. I have done community theater. I am a journalist and now I am a published author. Hooray!

What’s your next project?

I’ve written the next book in the series and will start working with the illustrator soon on it. It will publish in Spring 2021. I am currently writing the third book, which will release Fall 2021. I am also working on a picture book series and have the idea for a chapter book series stirring in my mind.

I also recently published a non-fiction book called Young Writer’s Kit: A Guide for Young Writers that teaches kids how to write fiction and includes a fun genre matching game, writing prompts, and more. It’s a companion to MAYLIE AND THE MAZE and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Make sure to read the genre you are writing to get a feel for how it’s done. Also don’t talk down to kids. Tap into that kid that’s still inside of you and how you would have reacted to what you’ve written. Invest the time to learn the craft of writing. Read craft books like Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass or Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole. Do writing prompts. Practice. To do anything well we have to put in the time and effort. Writing is no different.

Thanks so much, M.L. and thanks for leaving us this short excerpt from Maylie and the Maze.

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“What’s with all the paper?”

Maylie sighed. “I’m trying to write a story to submit to my favorite magazine. But—” She swept her hand out. “—as you can see, it’s not going very well. I can’t finish a story. I try and try, and I just can’t. Something’s wrong with me.”

Her aunt smiled and put an arm around her shoulders. “May, there isn’t anything wrong with you. Don’t give up. You’ll get there. Photography wasn’t easy for me when I started either.”

Maylie couldn’t imagine it being hard for her.

Aunt Layla had an incredible job as a photographer for international travel magazines. She was always going on worldwide adventures.

And she was the reason Maylie, Camden, and their grandmother, Sue, who they called Grandma Suey, were going on a summer-long trip across Europe as her aunt covered photo assignments.

Maylie frowned. “No way. I’m sure you’ve always taken amazing photos.” She pointed to her

wall at a framed photo of African lions lying under a tree and another one of the shining Eiffel Tower. “You’re famous!”

And it was true.

Her aunt was famous. Her photos from across the world were published in dozens of magazines. She’d even been interviewed on television.

Her aunt rolled her eyes. “Not always. I had to do the work, prove myself as one of the best, and take a lot of bad pictures first.”

She sat back and studied Maylie. “You remind me of myself, May. You always have. There’s a curiosity within you and a determination to follow your dreams. Keep at it. When I was serious about taking the kind of photos that people wanted to publish I traveled to Europe for the first time, and it helped inspire me. It could do the same for you.”

Inspiration? That was what Maylie needed. And she had to prove herself and write not only a good story but the best one.

Maybe her aunt was right, and their trip would somehow help her. She smiled. “Thanks, Aunt Layla.”

“You’re welcome.” She bumped Maylie’s arm. “Maybe we’ll have a little fun along the way too.”

Maylie hid a grimace. Her aunt’s version of fun—mountain climbing, scuba diving, and chasing wild animals on a safari—didn’t match hers. She shuddered thinking of hanging upside down off cliffs, getting bitten by a shark, or mauled by a lion. No, thanks!

Her aunt must have seen the fear on her face.

“I’m not taking you to the jungle or under the ocean, Maylie. It’s only Europe. In fact—”

She stood and pointed to a spot on the huge world map stuck to the wall that she’d given Maylie last year on her ninth birthday. “—we’re starting here—London, England. One of my favorite cities in the world. It’s the first European city I ever visited. You’re sure to find inspiration there too.”

Maylie looked around her room at everything familiar and comfortable. She petted her cat. The thought of leaving her best friend, Sarah, and even her little sister, Jayna, fluttered her insides.

“But I’m not brave like you, and I’ve never been anywhere. What if everything goes wrong?”

Her mind raced to its place of twirling, swirling what-if scenarios that her best friend liked to call her “extreme zone.”

London might not be the danger her aunt usually faced, but what if there was a plane crash, or she got hit by a bus, or their train was robbed?

She imagined being tied to a railroad track by an evil grinning man with a curled moustache like she’d seen in a cartoon. How would she survive that?

Maylie felt a hand on her shoulder and looked up to see her aunt’s subtle smile. “It’s going to be all right.”

She helped Maylie up and with a grin said, “Finish up here, then let the adventure begin!”

You can also see M.L. read chapter one!


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Title: Maylie and the Maze

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Will Maylie’s dream be crushed by her own imagination?

Ten-year-old Maylie Montes’s dream is to become an author, but she has a problem. She can’t finish a story. Not a single one.

Her second problem is Camden, her annoying twin brother, who is determined to ruin their summer traveling through Europe with their famous photographer aunt and spunky grandma.

The first stop is England where a castle and maze, a new British friend, and a lot of weird words await Maylie—but the first item on her itinerary is to learn how to write, so she can finally finish a story. However, this goal may land her a one-way ticket home after her writing targets her brother in a spooky story involving a nighttime maze full of monsters. And Camden has his own plans, leaving Maylie to wonder if her imagination has actually become a reality.

Genre: Middle Grade (Realistic Fiction)

Target Audience: Grades 3-7

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#BookBlitz “Cleo Can Tie a Bow” by Sybrina Durant

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A Rabbit And Fox Story 

Children’s Picture Book

Date Published: September 2020

Publisher: Sybrina Publishing

 

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Cleo loves bows. She wears her hair in a bow and decorates her room with bows. Cleo is bow crazy.

 

Learning to tie a bow is very difficult for some people but Cleo remembers how to do it from a cute story she once heard. It is about a little rabbit with very long ears and a very helpful fox who shows her what to do to keep them clean.

 

This is the story of how Cleo learns to tie a “bunny ear” bow. You can follow along with the rabbit and the fox to learn to tie a sash or even shoe laces.

 

Exercises in manual dexterity build self-esteem in children. Knowing how to tie shoe-strings, scarves and more into a bow is a useful and rewarding skill.

 

“Teach a child a useful skill. Build confidence and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime.”

 

 

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Sybrina Durant writes both factual and fanciful books. She is the author of the “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series of books.

 

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#AudioTour “Maya and the Turtle” by John C. Stickler, Soma Han

Prize-winning Korean fairy tale now out as an audiobook!

Authors: John C. Stickler, Soma Han

Narrator: Talulah Shadrick

Length: 11 minutes

Publisher: Author’s Republic

Released: Apr. 16, 2020

Genre: Children’s

Soma’s mother, T.M. Song, was a storyteller and this is a tale she used to tell her daughters when they were little girls. Her mother had told it to her when she was growing up in a rural village in Korea during the reign of King Kojong…. The underlying lesson is filial piety, respect for one’s parents, presented in an engrossing Oriental Cinderella story….

This title won the 2014 Morning Calm Medal, voted first by upper elementary students in 12 International Schools across South Korea…

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Authors are the husband-wife team of John Stickler and Soma Han. Soma is also the illustrator of the picture book. Soma heard the story at her mother’s knee as a child in rural Korea. Her mother heard it from her mother back when King Kojong still ruled the country. John reported the news from Seoul for nine years for the CBS radio network and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Soma has a fine art degree from the California College of the Arts and has illustrated three children’s books. They live on the desert in Southern Arizona. Previously they collaborated on Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, published by Shen’s Books, a division of Lee & Low.

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Talulah Shadrick is born and raised in Los Angeles and began her professional acting career at the age of six. Her first three jobs in the industry were high profile, Union commercials which led to her joining SAG-AFTRA at age eight. Talulah also appears in a recurring role on Veep (2012) Season 7 and has a co-starring role in the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s Room 104 (2017) “Generations” episode.In addition to her acting work in TV, commercials and various independent films, Talulah has trained at Gary Spatz’s The Playground – Young Actors Conservatory in Advanced Classes since the age of five and has had numerous professional coachings with Gary Spatz,Gayla Goehl, Dana Bowling and Donna Grillo for voice over acting. Starting at nine years old to present, Talulah continues her classical voice training with Kate Bass. She is also studying dance with Jacobi Lynn at Aletheia Dance & Performing Arts.Talulah possesses a crazy advanced vocabulary and is a voracious reader; reading a 500 page book in a day is a normal occurrence. In addition to performing, Talulah also loves creative writing, cooking, baking, jump rope tricks (she takes a class with a four time world champion in jumping rope), swimming, traveling, meeting new people & most of all, her new puppy, Panda. By the way, Talulah also has a wicked sense of humor (probably mostly from her dead pan British side of the family).

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#ReleaseBlitz “An Adventure in Canada” by Melissa Marie

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Children’s Book

Date Published: August 18, 2020

Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

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Come on a tour of Canada with our inquisitive explorer as he travels to each province and territory to see animals in their natural habitat.

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(Illustrator Bio: Anita C. Young is the winner of the 2018 Pollack Purchase Award from Washburn University, and winner of Best in Show for the Human Experience versus Abstract Exhibition at the Tomahawk Art Center. Her current body of art work focuses on mental health and is intended to make open dialogue easier.

Anita C. Young was born and raised in Canada before marrying a US Army soldier. The couple moved around the world before finally settling in Topeka, where she obtained her B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from Washburn in 2010.  After almost a decade of serving the community at a local hospital, Anita Young decided to pursue her lifetime love of art at Washburn.  After receiving her B.F.A., Anita Young looks forward to displaying her work in many future shows while continuing to write.)

 

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