#BookTour “The Dragon’s Song” by Binh Pham, R.M. Clark

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Middle Grade

Date Published: October 19, 2020

Publisher: INtense Publications, LLC

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Eleven-year-old Bao Dang remembers watching in horror four years earlier as Communist soldiers dragged his parents from their home. Now an orphan, he begins a journey to escape the oppressive government of South Vietnam. The owner of a small boat, paid in gold, smuggles Bao and his cousin, Binh Pham, down the Saigon River at night to the South China Sea, where he and over one hundred other “boat people” pack into a trawler designed to hold fewer than thirty. For six days, they face danger from the police, weather, and pirates, not to mention the constant threat of capsizing as they take on water while living only on dry, rationed rice.

Bao, Binh and the others hope a refugee camp in Indonesia accepts them, but there’s no guarantee. Word has it they may be turned away and even towed back out to sea to starve. Eventually finding a safe haven, Bao harnesses the power of music to heal and help endure months of harsh and dangerous living while he and Binh await word from relatives in the United States, hoping they’ll obtain the ultimate gift: freedom.

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Middle Grade

Date Published: October 19, 2020

Publisher: INtense Publications, LLC

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Eleven-year-old Bao Dang remembers watching in horror four years earlier as Communist soldiers dragged his parents from their home. Now an orphan, he begins a journey to escape the oppressive government of South Vietnam. The owner of a small boat, paid in gold, smuggles Bao and his cousin, Binh Pham, down the Saigon River at night to the South China Sea, where he and over one hundred other “boat people” pack into a trawler designed to hold fewer than thirty. For six days, they face danger from the police, weather, and pirates, not to mention the constant threat of capsizing as they take on water while living only on dry, rationed rice.

Bao, Binh and the others hope a refugee camp in Indonesia accepts them, but there’s no guarantee. Word has it they may be turned away and even towed back out to sea to starve. Eventually finding a safe haven, Bao harnesses the power of music to heal and help endure months of harsh and dangerous living while he and Binh await word from relatives in the United States, hoping they’ll obtain the ultimate gift: freedom.

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#AudioTour “Toro” by Andrew Avner

Toro is the story of a cow who wants to run like a bull in Pamplona.

Author: Andrew Avner

Narrators: Brad Raider, George Spielvogel, Malili Dib, Yolanda Corrales, Leila Cohen, Andrew Avner

Length: 2 hours and 57 minutes

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Released: Jun. 26, 2020

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

ToroA story that evokes beloved films such as Babe and Ratatouille.Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona – but since she’s a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world.

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Andrew Avner graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. After working in Manhattan with Academy Award-winning producer David Brown, Avner relocated to Los Angeles to develop his own original material. He’s currently writing and producing short films for The Walt Disney Company while penning his next novel.

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Brad Raider (Narrator) Brad Raider is an actor, filmmaker, and meditation teacher living in Los Angeles. In addition to Toro, he’s voiced video games, cartoons, and industrials. His award-winning feature film, Kensho at the Bedfellow, is streaming free on Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/345rhXD.

George Spielvogel (Don Murciélago Cortés, Jesús de los Jabalíes, Montie, Junior, Slim, Santiago, The Veedor, The Ganadero, Gallito, Zurito, The President of the Bullring) George Spielvogel, also known as MC Whack, has been performing for audiences since childhood. While still in his early teens, he starred in a touring children’s theatre group and went on to earn degrees from both the Meisner Studio and the Strasberg Institute at New York University. Spielvogel was the creative producer on the hit staged parody Point Break Live. He continues to produce independent content and work as a voice-over actor in Los Angeles.

Malili Dib (Alicía Catalina Cortés) Born in Puebla, Mexico, Malili Dib was discovered by producer Pedro Torres, who cast her in the popular television series Mujeres Asesinas. She soon went on to land a major recurring role in the Mexican version of Gossip Girl. After graduating with honors from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Dib relocated to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Her film credits include Melancolía, co-starring Alessandra Rosaldo and Plutarco Haza, Your Iron Lady, co-starring Victoria del Rosal and Yul Bürkle, Valentina by up-and-coming director Jorge Xolalpa Jr., and The Restoration by award-winning Peruvian director Alonso Llosa.

Leila Cohen (Condesa Maria Del Toro, Doña Madonna de Doñana) Leila Cohen left Brazil when she was eighteen and bounced around the globe before settling down in Los Angeles. She received a degree in Performance and Visual Arts from Brighton University and went on to train at Central School of Speech in Drama in London and Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Cohen recently completed a Film and Television Screenwriting Comprehensive at UCLA and co-founded a production company with her sister, aptly named Cohen Sisters Productions.

Yolanda Corrales (Young Alicía, Waitress from the Basque country, Rosalita) Yolanda Corrales is a Spanish actress based in Los Angeles. Her career began as a professional dancer in the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. Eventually, she traveled to Mexico to work on acclaimed television series such as Juana Inés, José José: El Príncipe de la Canción, and Luis Miguel: The Series. Corrales has also performed in theatre and film and has appeared in more than one hundred commercials around the world.

Andrew Avner (Diego Del Toro, Don Julián Hernández, Billy Ray, Municipal Veterinarian, El Miguel)   

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INTERVIEW WITH ALICÍA CATALINA CORTÉS
  1.     Where and when were you born?

I was born in the province of Seville just before sunrise.

  1.     Are you right- or left-handed?

As a bovine, I’m left-horned. Almost every cow or bull uses one horn more than the other, and that horn’s called the master horn.

  1.     What is your hair—I mean, what is your coat color and eye color?

My coat is gray like my father’s hide, and my eyes are brown.

  1.     Are you optimistic or pessimistic?

Optimistic.

  1.     How do you measure success?

Contentment.

  1.     How do you measure failure?

Discontentment.

  1.     Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?

(Antagonistically) What are you insinuating? Are you calling me irascible? (Smiling) I’m only joking. (Laughing) Let’s just say I’m not prone to shy away from conflict.

  1.     What is your most treasured possession?

My cowbell’s my most treasured possession. It once belonged to my mother, who I never met. But I was named after her, and I’m told she was much like me.

  1.     Who’s the funniest animal you know?

Jesús, the hog. Hoofs down, he’s the funniest animal I know.

  1. How do you deal with stress?

I run. Running helps clear my mind and dispels my stress.

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Theme: To be noble and brave is to have the courage to follow your dream and your heart.

Alicía’s Outer Conflict/What She Wants: She’s a cow who wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona—but it’s the running of the bulls—not the running of the cows. Due to Spanish tradition and her overprotective father, Alicía’s forbidden to partake in the encierro, which is the running of the bulls. Instead, she’s expected to go along with a prearranged marriage to Don Julián.

Why Does She Want to Run? Not only is Alicía a natural sprinter, born nimble with talent and passion, but the running of the bulls is a way for her to prove herself noble and brave to her father and finally gain his respect and approval. Furthermore, it’s a way out of her prearranged marriage to Don Julián.

Alicía’s Inner Conflict: Through her journey, Alicía struggles to balance her personal goal (running with the bulls) and her relationship with Diego. At what price is she willing to run with the bulls? In order to achieve her personal goal, she deceives Diego. As she grows close to him and their romance blossoms, she’s forced to rethink her priorities. Ultimately, her internal struggle is one of personal ambition versus love—to balance a sense of self and a sense of togetherness.

Lesson Learned: Alicía learns that to be noble and brave is to have the courage to follow her dream and her heart. She realizes that her relationship with Diego is more important than her personal goal of running with the bulls. Ultimately, love is triumphant, and Alicía is willing to sacrifice her life to save Diego.

How Alicía’s Story Relates to the Theme: The theme is what Alicía learns through the course of her journey. By following her dream she’s led to follow her heart. By following her heart, Alicía goes on an odyssey of self-discovery, whereby she learns what is truly important—love.

Audience Relatability: Everyone has a dream. Everyone wants to love and be loved. We all try to balance a sense of self with a sense of togetherness, personal goals with relationships, business with family, selfishness with selflessness.

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#BookTour “Mrs. P, Your Hair’s on Fire” by Thornton Cline

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Middle-Grade Book
Published Date: August 3, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
Jang consistently bullies his eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. P with mean and annoying pranks; but some of his classmates have had enough. They give Jang a dose of his own medicine with a prank of their own.  Unexpectedly, Jang becomes a hero after he saves Mrs. P’s life, extinguishing a fire in her hair from a chemistry experiment gone wrong. While recovering from her accident, Mrs. P experiences a stroke of good fortune in her life because of an ancient Korean traditional belief that says a person will have good luck if he or she dreams or sees someone with their hair on fire.
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At that moment, Jang knew he was in big trouble and Mrs. P. meant business. She was angrier than the queen hornet  whose nest had just been knocked down from a tree. Jang decided to free himself from his desk no matter how he had to do it. At the count of three, Jang pushed, pressing his hands as hard as he could against the bottom of his chair. As Jang pushed, he heard the bottom of his pants give way like the sound of fabric tearing.

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As Jang stood from his seat, he could feel a breeze sweeping through the massive, gaping hole in his pants in his lower back side. Everyone broke out in side-splitting laughter as Jang sheepishly walked toward Mrs. P.’s desk, holding his hands over his torn pants and trying to cover his bare upper legs. Jang held his head down over the humiliation from his classmates.

“What’s so funny?” Mrs. P. asked.

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About the Author
Ever since his mother signed him up for piano lessons at age five, Thornton Cline has been writing non-stop. With over 1,000 published songs, 150 recorded songs, 32 traditionally published adult, children’s and YA books published, Thornton Cline has been nominated multiple times for Grammy and Dove Awards. In 2017, Cline won a first-place Maxy Literary Award for “Best Children’s Young Adult Book”. Thornton Cline’s books have appeared at the top of the Amazon bestselling charts. Cline has been honored with “Songwriter of the Year” twice-in-a row and has received a platinum award for certified sales of over one million units in Europe.
Cline continues to mentor, speak, teach, and inspire aspiring authors and songwriters around the world. He resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Audrey and their cat, Kiki.. You can follow all the latest updates on his books and songs at his website, ThorntonCline.com; Thornton Douglas Cline on Facebook, @ClineThornton on Twitter, and @ThorntonCline on Instragram. Mrs P: Your Hair’s On Fire is Thornton Cline’s debut book with INtense Publishing.
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Middle-Grade Book
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Jang consistently bullies his eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. P with mean and annoying pranks; but some of his classmates have had enough. They give Jang a dose of his own medicine with a prank of their own.  Unexpectedly, Jang becomes a hero after he saves Mrs. P’s life, extinguishing a fire in her hair from a chemistry experiment gone wrong. While recovering from her accident, Mrs. P experiences a stroke of good fortune in her life because of an ancient Korean traditional belief that says a person will have good luck if he or she dreams or sees someone with their hair on fire.
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About the Author
Ever since his mother signed him up for piano lessons at age five, Thornton Cline has been writing non-stop. With over 1,000 published songs, 150 recorded songs, 32 traditionally published adult, children’s and YA books published, Thornton Cline has been nominated multiple times for Grammy and Dove Awards. In 2017, Cline won a first-place Maxy Literary Award for “Best Children’s Young Adult Book”. Thornton Cline’s books have appeared at the top of the Amazon bestselling charts. Cline has been honored with “Songwriter of the Year” twice-in-a row and has received a platinum award for certified sales of over one million units in Europe.
Cline continues to mentor, speak, teach, and inspire aspiring authors and songwriters around the world. He resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Audrey and their cat, Kiki.. You can follow all the latest updates on his books and songs at his website, ThorntonCline.com; Thornton Douglas Cline on Facebook, @ClineThornton on Twitter, and @ThorntonCline on Instragram. Mrs P: Your Hair’s On Fire is Thornton Cline’s debut book with INtense Publishing.
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#BookTour “Derek Hyde’s Spooky Scavenger Hunt” by E. Michael Lunsford

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Book #2 – Derek Hyde

Middle Grade Paranormal

Published Date: 7-1-20

Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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The Addams Family meets Pirates of the Caribbean when twelve-year-old Derek Hyde runs away from the Hyde Funeral Home & Body Parts Shop to find his missing parents—that he thought were dead.

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E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His
debut novel, Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It (INtense Publications, Dec 2019), was the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle grade books. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur
and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.

 

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Middle Grade Paranormal

Published Date: 7-1-20

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 Spookaphobic Derek Hyde has a problem: He has to live in the haunted Hyde
Funeral Home & Body Parts shop with his adoptive mortician parents, Jack
and Formalda. What’s worse, Derek really misses his birth parents—who
supposedly died. Turns out, they’re not so dead.

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debut novel, Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It (INtense Publications, Dec 2019), was the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle grade books. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur
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#Excerpt “A Boy Called Preacher” by Cheryl Schuermann

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“You’re the Wilcox boy, ain’t ya’?” He spit right past me. “So, where’s your old man?”

“Gone, sir.” I shrugged. “Since February.”

“Figures.” He stared at me. “What’s your name?”

“Preacher…uh…Johnny,” I stammered.

The thick glasses above Eldon Dunn’s scraggly beard were so smeary I wondered how he could even see me. His glasses slid down his nose. He worked them to his eyes by tilting his head back, scrunching his face, flaring his nostrils, and moving his lips back and forth. His cheek bulged with a wad of tobacco. Brown juice oozed out of the corner of his mouth and dribbled down his chin. He spit on the porch, splattering my boots.

I lifted the magneto a bit higher. “Can you fix it?”

He wiped his mouth with his hairy arm, never taking his eyes off me. Jagged scars marked his arms from his wrists to his elbows like he’d been wrestling bears or mountain lions.

“Can’t do it,” he said, folding his arms across his belly.

“You can’t?”

Too busy.” He spit again, this time missing my boots by a hair. “Them boys who helped me joined up after Pearl Harbor.”

“Can you fix it another time…sir?”

“Maybe.” He grinned. Or did he snarl? I couldn’t tell.

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Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

Release Day: May 16, 2020
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Johnny “Preacher” Wilcox never expected to be “man of the farm” at the age of twelve. Faced with a broken tractor, wheat land to plow, and the mysterious disappearance of the farm’s water supply, he must solve a truckload of problems. To top it off, he may lose his best friend, Earl Floyd. 

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Cheryl Schuermann loved her many years in the classroom as a Special Educator and Reading Specialist. Always a literacy advocate, she spent many more years consulting with teachers across the United States. Whether working with students or teachers, her desire is for students everywhere to be proficient readers who can hardly wait to open a new book.

Cheryl lives in Oklahoma with her illustrator husband, Stan. They raised four sons and have thirteen grandchildren. Recently, they built a 1920s style farmhouse in the country and can be found fishing, playing, and nature hiking with their family. The farmhouse is Cheryl’s favorite place to write and where she wishes she had a dog just like Deke.
Other published works: When the Water Runs: Growing Up With Alaska (2019), Jordan Tang: Think…Create…Discover (2015).
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Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

Release Day: May 16, 2020
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Johnny “Preacher” Wilcox never expected to be “man of the farm” at the age of twelve. Faced with a broken tractor, wheat land to plow, and the mysterious disappearance of the farm’s water supply, he must solve a truckload of problems. To top it off, he may lose his best friend, Earl Floyd. 

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Cheryl Schuermann loved her many years in the classroom as a Special Educator and Reading Specialist. Always a literacy advocate, she spent many more years consulting with teachers across the United States. Whether working with students or teachers, her desire is for students everywhere to be proficient readers who can hardly wait to open a new book.

Cheryl lives in Oklahoma with her illustrator husband, Stan. They raised four sons and have thirteen grandchildren. Recently, they built a 1920s style farmhouse in the country and can be found fishing, playing, and nature hiking with their family. The farmhouse is Cheryl’s favorite place to write and where she wishes she had a dog just like Deke.
Other published works: When the Water Runs: Growing Up With Alaska (2019), Jordan Tang: Think…Create…Discover (2015).
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