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!

 

 

It Takes a Village to Launch an Indie Book – Reflections on Blogging from A to Z 2018

So it’s May and the April showers have turned into the May flowers and now as is traditional I get to reflect back on the crazy month of April when I challenge myself to blog from A to Z.

I started doing the challenge 5 years ago over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. For three years I puzzled from A to Z. You can find my old puzzles over here if you’re curious and I’m working to release a book sometime in the future.

Last year I decided to switch it up a bit. I brought A to Z over to this blog and introduced you to a character a day from my P.A.W.S. Saga. Confession here – I actually changed a few names in Londinium (the book I was working on at the time) so that I could have one for each letter! You can check my A to Z of P.A.W.S. over here if you’re so inclined.

This year April was a special month. I had planned to release my new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon on Earth Day (April 22) that fell right in the middle of the month. I’d been frequented several Children’s Book groups on Facebook and had been wowed by all the talent there was out there in the indie community. But sadly while most of these authors and illustrators produced fantastic books, it was hard to get the word out. So I thought how about in exchange for spreading the word about my little dragon I featured a picture book a day on my blog.

I created a form and was overwhelmed by the response, so much so that for most days in April I ended up featuring not one, but two or three books. I also had to get a little cheeky on some days. For example no one submitted a book that began with the letter V – but I did have two awesome books that featured mice, so V became the day of VERY small creatures!

I hope you enjoyed my posts and have discovered some new great indie picture books for your little ones.

Here’s a link to all the posts in case there are some you missed.

And just a little nudge ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is on sale this week for just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.