I Am Smoke by Henry Herz

Something a little different today. Picture book author, Henry Herz has a new book out.

I AM SMOKE is a spare, lyrical, “autobiographical” account of the life cycle and beneficial uses of smoke across the globe and throughout the ages. The creative nonfiction picture book offers science, history, and global cultural studies appeal to young readers.

Smoke speaks in mesmerizing riddles: “I lack a mouth, but I can speak. I lack hands, but I can push out unwanted guests. I’m gentler than a feather, but I can cause harm.” When smoke speaks, its messages swirl and shift like smoke itself—playful, challenging, devious. Smoke has been borne aloft from flames, and its elements returned to earth, since before recorded time. Its cycles never end. Smoke was here before us. It helps us when we’re wise but hurts us when we’re careless. Do not treat me lightly, it seems to warn.

This rhythmically powerful narration is complemented by illustrations in which swirling smoke was captured on art paper held over smoky candle flames, and the dancing smoke textures were then deepened and elaborated with watercolors and Photoshop finishes. With this unique method, illustrator Merce López “let the smoke decide how the idea I had in mind would dance with it, giving freedom to the images.” The resulting illustrations are astounding, and they resonate with the otherworldly text.

Check it out on Henry’s website — HENRYHERZ.COM

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Friday Fiction

Happy Friday, Folks. I have a mixed bag of reads for you this fair Friday.

First up, do you like dragons? Of course you do!

Check out this first of an awesome new series by J.A. Cullican, HEIR OF DRAGONS, just 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time or FREE on KIndle Unlimited.

Her bloodline says they should be mortal enemies. Her heart swears otherwise. Will her torn loyalties leave her vulnerable to a rising evil?

Minx’s hunting and fighting skills are legendary. But when adversaries trespass on the royal Fae lands, she’s nervous about her mission to restore the defense wards by slaying a dragon and returning with its powerful hide. And the ferocious warrior grows desperate when neighboring clans demand that she defeat not one, but two of the fearsome beasts in fights to the death.

Angered by the coercive demand, Minx tracks down her first red-scaled monster—only to be stunned when it shifts into a stunning young man. And when her handsome foe claims they share a common adversary, her attraction tempts her toward an unheard-of alliance against a dark new threat.

Will Minx’s quest to save her species drag them into a bloody war?

How to Kill a Dragon is the breathtaking first book in the Heir of Dragons epic fantasy series. If you like fierce heroines, forbidden romance, and magic gone awry, then you’ll love J. A. Culican’s fiery tale.

Buy How to Kill a Dragon to battle the demons of destiny today!

Next up, a treat for those with KU who love to binge on fantasy box sets!

Chaos. Magic. Adventure. – Three things this princess isn’t ready for.

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When dark magic brings destruction and chaos down on her kingdom, fae princess Dana’s life takes an unexpected turn. To save her, the king begs her to leave him to his fate, and she must now step away from every comfort she’s ever known.

Dana is left to unravel the mysteries of her powers while dealing with an annoying wolf shifter whose secrets set her blood on fire. He’s either the ally she desperately needs or the most dangerous man she’s ever met.

Moonstones, a witch, dark elves, and a wolf shifter all stand in her way as she tries to absolve her father of the atrocities the fae folk accuse him of.

Read this and continue to books 2-4 in one chunky box set free to subscribers of KU

But wait, there’s more! I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome fantasy authors ALL free on Kindle Unlimited. Check them out by clicking the banners below and find your next fantasy binge.

Kid’s Corner

And now something for the little ones …

Jake is off to daycare, but he’s worried about what’s in store.
Going somewhere new can be scary–trying something different, even more.
How will he get ready, and what will help him through?
What will bring him comfort and help prepare him for something new?

Available in paperback, hardback or Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Meet Esmeralda Grunch, a very fetching flower fairy, and her best friend, Tulip. Story by me and enchanting watercolor pictures from Tina Wijesiri.

Available in paperback and just $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

And that’s it for today. Have a happy weekend, folks!

Adana is FREE, Cecilia and Bobbert are 99 c!

Hey everyone. Thank you to all who downloaded and bought my P.A.W.S. Saga during my recent sale. I hope you enjoy my books and if you do please take some time to leave a review.

So now I have a new sale, this one focused on my youngest readers:

First off meet The Great Bobbert, a bumbling buffoon that searching for his lost weasel, Popgoes.

Just 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time

Next up, how about a kitty tale. Cecilia is looking for a new human, but will she find the right one? She’s heard they’re very difficult to train.

99 cents for a limited time

And last but by no means least a freebie for Earth Day this week.

Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.
Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?
An elemental tale from the author of P.A.W.S. and Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.
Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri.

“This is a wonderful story that kids will fall in love with. Beautifully written and illustrated. ” Cindy Shirley, The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick

FREE for a limited time!

Want even me FREE and 99 cents reads?

Well, I got together with a bunch of other children’s authors for a group promo. Click the banner below to check it out!

Picture Book Sale!

Hi everyone, I’ve got a treat for you today. Three of my titles are currently on sale. First off for just 99 cents we have the story of a silly clown called THE GREAT BOBBERT and his wily assistant the weasel, Popgoes.

Pick up a copy on Kindle for just 99 cents plus add a free audio book narrated by George Sirois from Story Origin.

Next up my kitty story Cecilia’s Tale with illustrations by Victoria Szulc is on sale everywhere for just 99 cents in ebook. Plus add a free audio book narrated by Fiona Thraille from Story Origin.

Lastly my latest picture book release, WANDA’S WAND is FREE today on Kindle. Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri the book takes us through the silly tale of little Wanda Wizzlewoop and her cat, Whiskey. Audio book also available on Story Origin.

Want more? Check it out these two promos over at Story Origin:

Cecilia and Bobbert – 99 cents!

Hi everyone, thank you so much to everyone who picked up Wanda’s Wand! I hope you enjoy my story and if you do please leave a review. It really helps get more eyes on my work.

Also if you want more I have two more of my picture books on sale for the next week for just 99 cents a piece.

First off – CECILIA’S TALE – This one was inspired by my own kitty, Cici, who found me while I was living in Jerusalem. She sadly passed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago. But her memory lives on in this picture book.

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Next up is little tale of silliness from the world of P.A.W.S. Resident clown, The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again. Where can Popgoes be?

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Prefer to listen to your stories? Or would like an audio book to go along with the text. I can do that. Click the banner below and apply for a free copy of either of these titles or a bunch of other kids’ books on Audible.

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Wanda’s Wand is FREE (for a limited time!)

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Hi folks, got a little freebie for everyone today AND a 99 cents sale.

First up WANDA’S WAND is FREE on Kindle for just a few days. Pick up a copy for your little ones and please be sure to leave a review!

Whiskey the kitty in Wanda’s Wand is based off of my own Whiskey. Here she is with her copy of the book!

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Wanda’s Wand is the second picture book I have created that features a real kitty that has shared my life. The first was CECILIA’S TALE — and for a limited this book is available for just 99 cents on Kindle.

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Like to listen to your books? To coincide with this sale I’m offering audio book review copies of both titles. Click on the banner to get yours!

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Wanda’s Wand – an early review

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Woke up to an awesome five star review on Readers’ Favorite for my upcoming picture book, Wanda’s Wand.

“Independence is a good thing, but sometimes we’re all just a little too independent. When something goes wrong or gets broken, we feel compelled to fix the problem ourselves. But sometimes our fixer-uppers just don’t work right. That’s what happened to Wanda. While playing with her cat, Whiskey, Wanda Wizzlewoop (I love the last name, great alliteration!) broke her wand. She concocts a means to fix it, but her fixer-upper wand does everything backward, upside down and really strange – like casting a spell to stop the rain and instead it rains frogs and toads. Not exactly what Wanda had in mind. Upset, she’s startled when Whiskey asks her what’s wrong and then informs her, quite simply, that “it’s okay to ask for help”. And it is okay. Something we all need to do from time to time.

“Deborah Kupfer’s picture book story, Wanda’s Wand, is a fun read. Young readers will find Wanda’s situation both sad and, at times, rather funny. Accompanied by colorful illustrations by artist Tina Wijesiri, the story is full of silliness as Wanda’s situation worsens with each attempt to make use of her broken (and then mended) wand. Part of growing up is learning how to fix things, how to solve problems, but it’s also about learning to ask for and accept help when the need arises. A powerful message shared with the love and compassion of a young witch and her treasured cat. The language is simple to appeal to young readers and may also be used as a read-along, early reader for those beginning to read.”

Thank you Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
If anyone would like a PDF ARC for review let me know.
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Meet Rich Linville

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome, children’s author, Rich Linville.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rich.

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Born in 1946. Graduated and Married in 1968.
Wife: Sulastri Two sons: Jon and Kris
Two grandchildren: Mia and Kai
For 48 years, I enjoyed teaching elementary, middle school, high school, and college. I retired in 2016. Since 2016, I have published on Amazon over 70 ebooks and paperbacks. Plus, I have published over 50 audiobooks.

That’s an awesome and inspiring list, Rich. Tell us when did you first start writing? 

When I retired from teaching in 2016, my wife suggested that I start writing children’s books. I asked my grandchildren what kinds of books they liked.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) and Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). Both reread many times.

(Two of my favorites – in fact I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over and over again when I was a kid and made it the favorite book of my main character in my series. DMK)

You have a LOT of books out. How do you come up with your ideas? What inspires you to write?

I might start with a question like “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.” Also, when I taught a fable or a folk tale, I would ask the students to think about its meaning. We would discuss it at the next class meeting. At that time, each student would give what she/he thought was the meaning. I explained that the meaning of a fable or a folk tale has changed over centuries. It means what you think it means.

Which is your favorite book or books you have written?

The one that I’m writing at the time is my favorite. (Is that a writer’s cliché?) If I had to choose, they would be “Growth Mindset for Kids” and “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.”

How are your books illustrated? Do you illustrate them yourself, hire an illustrator or something else? 

As a teacher, I used PowerPoint with clipart when it first came out because I could teach using the Socratic Method. On the first slide with pictures, I asked the students a question, let them discuss and guess the answer. On the next slide I would show possible answers with pictures. For my ebooks and paperbacks, I set up PowerPoint slides set at 6.138 inches width and 9.250 inches height. I purchase clipart and use Photoshop Elements to modify the clipart if needed.

What are you currently working on?

“Murphy’s Laws for Kids”

If you had a superpower what would it be?

The ability to stop all wars.

(Yep, that definitely would be a good one. DMK)

Do you have any pets? (Feel free to include pics if you do. My readers love pet pictures.) And if you do have any of them ever appeared in your stories?My wife and I have five rescued cats and one dog. Choco is short for Chocolatte. He’s half hairless chihuahua and half toy poodle. We think he’s a gremlin because of his ears and fur. We don’t give him baths or feed him after midnight (LOL)

How can readers connect with you?

My email is teachersask@yahoo.com .
I manage two Facebook groups:
Books for Children
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549460848889850/edit/
Free Audiobook Codes for Honest Reviews
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeAudiobookCodesForHonestReviews/

You can check out Rich’s books on Amazon. He truly has something for everyone.

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Adana is One!

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Hello everyone! Adana here. Happy Earth Day. I’m so excited because today is my birthday — it’s exactly one year today since my book ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON came out.

And to celebrate my author is making my story FREE for just one day on KINDLE. Click my cover to go to Amazon and pick up your copy.

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Also check out my story in paperback or audio book. Or pick up the accompanying coloring and activity book.

But wait there’s more, for a limited time the Kindle copies of my author, Debbie Manber Kupfer’s other picture book titles are all on sale for between 99 cents and 1.99.

Click the covers below for more good reads for your little ones.

Happy Earth Day and Happy Reading!

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Friday Fiction – Cecilia’s Tale

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The tiny kitten mewed in the clutches of the evil Dogzilla the Dastardly. He had given up all hope of ever seeing his food bowl again.

But what was that? Flying through the air was Super Cici to the rescue. Faster than a speeding furball, she swooped down and scooped up the kitten from Dogzilla’s terrible jaws.

Yet another amazing rescue by the fabulous Super Cici.

Cecilia yawned. She opened her eyes and stretched. That had been an awesome dream, but now she was hungry.

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Want to keep reading? You’re in luck, Cecilia’s Tale, story by Debbie Manber Kupfer with illustrations by Victoria Szulc is now available everywhere including Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and more, and for a limited time is just 99 cents/99p on ebook. Plus as a bonus if you pick up a copy today in either ebook or paperback and send me a confirmation number I’ll send you a code for a free audio book of the tale recorded by the awesome Fiona Thraille.

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Happy Friday!