The King’s Frog Hunter and his unlikely companions (including a giant shell creature, a Paint stallion and a Great Horned owl) must battle with a wicked magician who is manipulating to steal the throne, as they fight to fulfill an ancient prophesy that will change the kingdom – and the story’s lead characters - forever.
Ken Young resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his wife, where he spends his time writing, building, racing Boogalas, and dodging the Gauks and voracious frogs of life.
The King’s Frog Hunter is his first novel. The second volume to King’s Frog Hunter is slated to be published late 2015.
What happens when a stuffed toy lemur who, apparently, can see, hear, and feel all the stirring of being alive, meets a little girl who is excluded by her older sisters as the “baby” of the family? This is a story of a friendship, a friendship nobody understands.
After all, Clemmy’s simply a stuffed lemur, isn’t she? It’s only that the little girl, Gwynnie, senses there is more to Clemmy. To Gwynnie Clemmy is real. Is Gwynnie right? Is Clemmy truly real?What will happen if the two are separated? Will they be best friends “for ever”?
This gentle story will certainly appeal to all early readers and even adults who understand what it is to have or had your own special stuffed animal or toy.
A spaceman boldly proclaims his love for Earth’s appealing yellow fruit in this board-book debut by singer/songwriter Apel.
Fred Pinsocket flies a rocket around the universe, plays keytar and drums, and has a passion for bananas. The rhymes here are the lyrics to Apel’s song of the same title, which he offers as a free download with the purchase of the book. The lyrics are silly enough without the music, but with the tune and sound effects, children will be sure to enjoy it; as a result, they’ll likely want to play the music and read the book repeatedly. Fred, with his bulbous nose, enormous eyes, red spacesuit, and blue helmet with a satellite dish on top, is a likable little guy, and creative, early-grade readers who pick up this book may even attempt their own drawings of him. Very young readers will enjoy the repeated phrases: “I love bananas. I love them. Yum! Yum! Yum!” The rhyme scheme is steady throughout, with the addition of extra phrases that make better sense with the instrumentation. The only challenging words are Fred’s last name and “potassium”—but even if kids don’t know what the latter means, they’re still likely to sing or repeat the word, as it rhymes with “yum.” The board book’s sturdy pages, with their brightly colored backgrounds, will hold up to the rereadings that 3- to 5-year-olds may require. Adults may not be as excited about repeating the same lyrics again and again, particularly when the sparse word count includes four repetitions of the chorus. Young readers, however, will giggle over and over again, and the images of Fred’s rocket towing a ball of bananas will bring a smile to even the stingiest adult’s face.
Families that enjoy repetitive songs, such as “The Wheels on the Bus,” will be glad to throw this fruit-eating space traveler into their mix.
Michelle Stoner is excited to publish her debut novel "A Series of Events". She's currently working on a follow-up novel while she explores the West Coast with her longtime partner.
Michelle enjoys cooking just as much as discovering new cuisines. She also writes travel and restaurant reviews.
When asked why she wrote her memoir, Michelle has often thought that others will be able to relate to the series of events in her life. There have been so many twists and turns in her life that she felt it would certainly make for a good book.
As time passed, Michelle realized that her book was her stamp on the world. She looked at it as a way to leave her mark, her legacy. She wants to be remembered for her life of struggles, accomplishments and heartfelt love.
"ABC Count with Me is a must read book for children. The book teaches letter, number, and sight word recognition. The author and illustrator make learning fun and exciting for it's readers. This book is a timeless treasure. I highly recommend it!"
-Dr. Tonja H. Krautter, Psy.D., LCSW -- Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist.
Looking back, eighteen-year-old Tadzio realized that it all began when his father walked out on him September 8, 1939. That same day, his Scoutmaster challenged Tadzio and his friends to give their all for Poland. At first, thirteen-year-old Tadzio said no. Now, five years later, the Germans still occupied Poland. But at least Tadzio rose to the challenge. And he still had hope. This is how it began.
“Rising Hope is an homage to all Polish teenagers who fought the German evil so bravely during WWII. A must read.”
--- Julian Kulski Author of The Color of Courage, 2014. Kulski, son of the Polish mayor of Warsaw, was ten when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and twelve when he joined Warsaw’s fight against the Germans.
“With a unique set of characters, Sontag’s book transfers readers into the atmosphere and situation in Poland during 1939-1945. It is written with passion for the events and reveals the author’s respect and compassion for the people and the disastrous events that transpired.”
--- Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm Author of Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising.
About the Author
Dr. Marie Sontag taught middle school for over 15 years. She has a BA in Social Science, and an MA and PhD in Education. www.mariesontag.com
An accomplished artist from New York City, Greta has had numerous solo and group shows in SoHo, Chelsea, as well as various other galleries on Long Island, and in other states - California, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has also shown in France where she received "Mellieur Colorist" presented by then mayor and future president of France, Mssr. Jacques Chirac, at the 8th Grand Prix Fine Art de Paris, Salon de Vieux Columbier, Paris, France. Another featured achievement includes Unicef Recognition for Presentation Booklet of 10 World Artists European Distribution. As a working artist for the past few decades, Greta was approached by a friend and author to illustrate her books which then propelled others to seek her out to illustrate other works. After being inspired to create a children's book on her own based on a true event, expect more stories to come that will be fun and informative as well as educational.
About the book:
William Locke is playing with his friends and loyal dog, Spartacus, when he hears the king is waiting for him at his family's cottage. As William quickly heads home, he has no idea that because of King Herodotus's obscure vision and an ancient prophesy, he has been chosen to save the kingdom from annihilation by recovering a powerful stone with magic nobody understands. William accepts his fate with one condition-that Spartacus may join him.
With their sights set on finding the Millennium Stone, the two companions venture into the treacherous kingdom full of witches, imps, undead, giants, and worse. With fate on their side, William and Spartacus meet an orphaned pickpocket, an amazing swordsman turned frog, and an incredible crystal dragon. Together, the unlikely friends must valiantly fight the mysterious darkness that threatens to consume everything. Now only time will tell if they will unearth the stone before it is too late for all of them.
In this charming young-adult adventure, a boy and his brave dog embark on a journey to find a magical stone that they hope will help save their kingdom from a tragic ending.
An engaging and entertaining young adult fantasy... with crisp, clear writing that keeps the story flowing smoothly.
- BlueInk Review
Millennium Stone is a wonderful fantasy story... that is unique and thoroughly enjoyable.
About the Author:
Jacob Emrey served in the US Marines as a presidential support specialist attached to the security force of HMX-1 (the presidential helicopter squadron). He earned a degree in history and has taught in the Ukraine and Kuwait. Jacob now resides in California, where he teaches and writes.
In the 1930s, the parents of six-year-old Leila tearfully sent her from their home in California to live with relatives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, hoping the drier climate would restore the little girl’s health. Young Leila was reluctant at first to leave her family, but she soon realized that she had embarked on a grand adventure. She spent three years living with her aunt Julie and her uncle, whom she called “Granddaddy” because of his shock of white hair and mustache. Although “Granddaddy” was her special name for him, the rest of the world knew him as Ernest Thompson Seton, noted author, artist, environmentalist, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
The little girl developed a special bond with the seventy-year-old Seton. Granddaddy taught Leila about the wildlife in the area, and he took her to visit pueblos and silver mines. In doing so, he shared his reverence for all living things and his profound respect for Native American cultures. Perhaps best of all, Granddaddy was a masterful storyteller.
Leila Moss Knox’s The Storyteller was written as a chapter book for second- to fifth-graders, but readers of all ages will be drawn to her lyrical narrative and wonderfully evocative photographs. Also adroitly woven into her memoir are excerpts from some of Seton’s best-loved stories. Although his stories were originally published more than one hundred years ago, they remain as fresh and enchanting as ever and will continue to delight each new generation of readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leila Moss Knox spent three years of her early childhood living in Seton Village with her aunt and uncle, Julia Moss Seton and Ernest Thompson Seton. She lived in the San Francisco Bay Area after leaving Santa Fe at the age of eight. Upon her retirement from Stanford University, she moved to Carmel, California. She has always had fond memories of the years she spent in New Mexico and has frequently visited Santa Fe. Leila long desired to write a children’s book about the time she spent in New Mexico and hopes her memoir will inspire children everywhere to read Seton’s timeless and engaging stories.
Linda L. Knox, a school administrator in California, has extensive experience working with students and teachers in the area of literacy. She co-founded and for many years co-chaired a district-wide student writing fair that continues, after more than twenty years, to nurture student writers and to showcase their high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Beninger opens the second book of her Embracing the Elephant series in an 1851 San Francisco in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe: “Where once the vibrant city of San Francisco stood, now a cauterized field stretches to the churning waters of the harbor.” So observes young teenager Guinevere Walker, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a local doctor, who joins her father in trying to save the lives of the many victims of the great fire that’s just swept through the city.
Another fellow victim and survivor is young Jack Moylan, less educated than Guinevere but every bit as enterprising, and gradually Guinevere develops strong romantic feelings for “this boy who spoke his mind and teased me and cast his protective shadow over those he considered his friends.”
The two young people find themselves confronting an Antebullum San Francisco that’s as vibrant as it is violent, as unrefined as it is uninhibited, and under Beninger’s skillful handling, her two characters navigate some harrowing adventures in that sordid new modern world and also navigate their growing feelings for each other. The resulting novel is both exciting and heart-warming, an easy recommendation for fans of the Deadwood era.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori Hart Beninger resides in Northern California with her husband, a circle of friends and family and goofy pets, all of whom contribute to her writing in some form or another. Ms. Beninger has two historical-fiction novels to her credit: "Embracing the Elephant" and "A Veil of Fog and Flames" - historically evocative tales of early California.
INDIE BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MEMOIR OF 2012 and BEST TRAVEL BOOK FINALIST 2013.
Teresa O'Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, "I'm tired of storing our dreams. Let's live them!" Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African Continent top to bottom, from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting seventeen countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria, flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O'Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this hilarious and inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own.