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A new Amputeddy book – FREE

Amputedd makes a choice ebook cover

This spring, I was honored to work with my son’s teacher, Ms. Jamie Davidson, and his 3rd Grade class. First, I read them the Amputeddy books, and later, thanks to their inspiration, I wrote a new book!

We were all so excited about the book that we decided the class should illustrate a special edition of the book. This is our work together. They chose the title and each child illustrated a page of the book.

This was a wonderful project and a beautiful experience for all of us and I hope you will download and read my book with their fantastic art! Don’t forget to read our special message to all amputees. We took special care to write it from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here to read more about the Amputeddy books and download the book for free!

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New Review: Doom & Gloom and Kindle Countdown Deal

Doom & Gloom

by Monica Shaughnessy

Genre: Children, Science Fiction, Action

Read my review here:


Dane Winter has never, ever been afraid of the dark.

As the richest kid in Winterville, he lives in a mansion, owns tons of gadgets, and gets $1,200 a week in allowance. In fact, he has everything a twelve-year-old could want, except his freedom. Born with a rare sun allergy, Dane is forced to spend his days in the gloom of Winter Mansion, hiding from deadly UV rays. But everything changes the day his parents give him a solar protection suit.

Using this spectacular new gift, Dane explores the town his ancestors built and finds all is not well with Winterville. The evil Mad Dogs are on the move, and they’re planning their biggest caper yet. Intent on stopping them, Dane dons his suit, teams up with his klutzy gal pal, Jinx Bellamy, and resurrects their childhood superhero team of Doom & Gloom. Though he soon finds saving the day is a whole lot harder than it looks in comic books. Full of sci-fi fun and dazzling swordplay, Doom & Gloom delivers for action/adventure lovers, ages 9+.
Doom & Gloom is now on a Kindle Countdown Deal for $0.99 this weekend until Dec. 26! Grab it while the deal is on!
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New Review: Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility

Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility




Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility

by Bernadette Shih & Stephen Smoke

Genre: Children, Folk Tale

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Synopsis: When Ping Ping spends all his money during one afternoon with his friends, the young panda’s father refuses to give him any more. 

“When I gave you money for the summer I told you it was your choice how you spent it.”

When Ping Ping’s friends hear about their friend’s money problems, they suggest that if Ping Ping’s father really loved him, he would give him more money.

The rest of the story is about how taking personal responsibility can provide more choices in your life, even if it doesn’t always seem like it at the time.

At its core, Ping Ping Panda is a story of a father’s love…and how it sometimes can be misunderstood.

Children’s author Bernadette Shih and novelist Stephen Smoke have collaborated with well-known illustrator Diane Lucas to create a timely parable that is as fun to read as it is enlightening.

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Happy Memories

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year! I always love to look back at the photos and videos of the holidays once they are done.  Here is a bit of a tearjerker – the video of the kids at Orphan Relief and Rescue getting their presents! During the Holiday Blog Hop I gave away a gift in the winner’s name to these kids. Gaele, here is your present being opened by a bunch of very grateful kids:

This is what the holiday spirit is all about, friends.

I’ll be participating in a New Years Blog Hop from Jan 11-15. I won’t be going as all-out as the Holiday Blog Hop, but there will still be great prizes. Be sure to drop by!

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Seattle author spotlight: Laura Yirak

Seattle author spotlight: Laura Yirak. Another Examinar author spotlight.

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Amputeddy Goes Back to School by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

In 2005 I co-wrote a series of three books with my dear Aunt Jean. (We children in the family all called her Mimi.) Since their first publication, Mimi has passed away due to cancer.

These books were her creation to accompany her Amputeddy bears. I was honored to help her write and format the books for the appropriate age group.

Amputeddy Goes Back to School

by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

Illustrated by Marta Creswell

Amputeddy is a little bear who has just recovered from an accident in which he lost his leg. This is his first day back at school! Join him in his fears and triumphs as he learns that he can still be a regular bear, just like everyone else.

Purchase paperback here (Available now!)

FREE ebook in all formats!


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New Review: Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand

Poppy the Proud

By Emlyn Chand

Illustrated by Sarah Shaw

Genre: Children

Read my review here:

Evolved Publishing brings you the third of the BIRD BRAIN BOOKS by Emlyn Chand, “Poppy the Proud.” This children’s picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Sarah Shaw, is perfect for kids 4-6 years old.
Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

About the Author:

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). Since then, she has always loved to hear and tell stories. When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available throughout the social media Internet world. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

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Final Amputeddy Book Now Available!

The final Amputeddy book in the three book series is ready for FREE in all ebook formats!

The Createspace paperback copy is awaiting review and I’ll post when it’s up for sale!

For more info on the other books visit here:

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New Review: Into the Mist: Silver Hand by Steve Finegan

Into The Mist: Silver Hand

by Steve Finegan

Genre: Children, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

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In the woods behind the park … buried beneath the ground … a secret waits.

Thirteen-year-old Gabe Wrenn has always taken refuge in his imagination. Refuge from his hovering mom and bullying brother. Refuge from the smirks and stares of his classmates. Refuge from his epilepsy. But now his imagination seems to be running wild. And he can’t stop it. And the only person Gabe can confide in is a girl who thinks his “weird brain” is the key to unlocking the secret of the Brynmor Witch.

Buy on Amazon

Buy on Smashwords

Buy at Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Steve is a native Oregonian with a wife and one teenage son who is as passionate about his lacrosse as he is about writing. Spare time? There is none. He just tries to be fully present for his family and cram as much reading into each day as possible, which means that the garage will never be tidied up enough to make room for the car..

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Amputeddy Meets Nubby Bear by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

Amputeddy Meets Nubby Bear

By Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

Illustrated by Marta Creswell

The second book in the Amputeddy series is here! This book explores the life and trials of children with amputations as well as the differences between arm and leg amputations and prostheses. I’m so glad to be able to make the ebook free and donate any proceeds from the print book to the Amputeddy program at Harborview Medical Center.

Download the free ebook here:

Buy the print book here: Coming soon!

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