Cover Reveal – Chasing the Dream by Norman Walters

October 28, 2019

Norman Walters’ Peruvian adventure along the banks of the Amazon river continues in Chasing the Dream: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon. This is the second chapter in a story of overcoming obstacles, blending cultures, creating a dream, and facing hardship as well as joy.

Norman Walters spent ten years in the Peruvian Upper Amazon, 110 miles (up the Amazon River by boat) from Iquitos, Peru. This Jungle City of 600,000 inhabitants was reachable (from the outside world) only by water or air. No roads in! He is the co-founder of Yacumama Lodge, which he carved from the jungle. These are his stories.

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Eye with a View, Now Available

October 11, 2019

Eye with a View by Amla Mehta chronicles the light and dark aspects of vision loss based on universal themes like facing inequality and vast change. Amla’s journey of blindness organically became the catalyst that enabled her to love herself unconditionally—both her innate irregularities and her internal and external shimmery qualities.

Nature is a perfect example of how we, as a human race, are meant to expand and grow. Even the most weathered, gnarled tree encompasses a unique pattern of magnificence. If every living being can accept nature in totality, resonating with imperfections and strengths, why can’t we, as a collective community, value and accept one another’s similarities and differences simultaneously?

Through the lens of being legally blind, Amla will empower you to radiate your authenticity despite any adversity. After all, every star in the galaxy sparkles differently. Yet that’s precisely what makes the universe ever so spectacular.

Shine Love, Shine Light, Shine You!

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Amla Mehta will be on Different Strokes for Different Folks hosted by David Clarke on Friday, October 11, 2019 at @ 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard time/4:30 p.m. Pacific on Different Strokes for Different Folks hosted by David Clarke.

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Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise, Now Available Worldwide

October 7, 2019

Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise by Mark Dubovec is now available in print from retailers worldwide! This Halloween season, learn alongside Sammy that there’s no need to hide behind a mask, because everyone is a bit spooky underneath!

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Halloween. A season of costumes, candy, and community, when even monsters want friendship. As Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise reveals, sometimes the scariest-looking creatures have the biggest hearts.

Sammy, a playful and kindly skeleton, lives alone in a cemetery outside of town. He longs to make friends, but he fears his monstrous appearance will frighten people away. When the autumn wind brings news of an impending Halloween party, Sammy sees his chance to fit in.

Fashioning a costume and mask, Sammy hides who he is and attends the party, but what will happen if the other guests discover the truth? Will they be afraid?

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Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story, Now Available Worldwide

September 11, 2019

Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story by Oswald St. Benedict is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Oswald is five years old. He travels all over the world, finding new adventures and new mysteries to solve in each country he visits. This time he is in India, investigating the theft of priceless treasures from the royal palace.

Early readers will be introduced to mischevious monkeys and tricky bad guys in this fun detective story!

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Author Spotlight – H. L. Ott

September 3, 2019

Read about author H. L. Ott and find out the inspiration behind the story of Sneezy the Squirrel!

What inspired you to write Sneezy the Squirrel?

When I was eight years old, I discovered my purpose in life.  I was asked by my teacher to write a poem, something that had meaning to me, then share it with the class.  The poem was short, called “Pencils”. Odd, but it had a lot of meaning for me.

When I was four, I was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.  It left me legally blind in both eyes, and it is not correctable by glasses or surgery.  Due to my low vision, I had to use pens and several vision devices.  Children at a young age don’t understand this, and I had few friends.  I used this poem to help the children in my class understand why I couldn’t use pencils.  To my amazement, it worked! They understood me better than ever before, and I was hooked on writing from then on.

As I grew older, I used poetry to express both good times and bad.  The good times included classes I loved and my family pet Lilly, a beagle mix.  The bad times were when students picked on me due to my vision, once I was old enough to understand what they were doing, as well as deaths in the family like grandparents.

When Sneezy the Squirrel is released, the first thing you may notice is that the print will be larger.  This was my choice.  As a younger child it was hard to find books that I didn’t need a magnifier for.  Now that I am writing my own, especially when it comes to children’s books, the print size will be automatically larger.  This is because I believe every child should be able to read and learn from the same book.  I also believe that a child’s parents shouldn’t have to pay more for a book their child can see.

What do you want children to take away from Sneezy the Squirrel?

I want children who do not have disabilities to understand that everyone has something that makes them different.  Sneezy got his name because of his allergies, something anyone can have, just like a disability.  We are all different, so instead of making fun of one another, we should help and love one another.  That is the beautiful thing about life. We may not all have limitations, but we are still unique, and because of this we can learn from everyone we meet.

How did you come up with the idea of Sneezy the Squirrel?

On a lighter note, I came up with Sneezy the Squirrel in a very funny way.  I just had allergy testing done at the age of 21.  I was allergic to grass, ragweed, dust, cats, dogs, and eight different kinds of trees.  The worst part after finding out all of this was being on a college campus that had basically everything on that list!

One day when walking to class, a day or two after my allergy test, a little squirrel ran onto the path and looked at me.  I said “hello” to him as I often did, but he didn’t scurry away. He just looked at me!  He was adorable, but I had to get to class, so I told him “goodbye” and went to class.  During a review session, I put my confirmed allergy to a squirrel perspective, naturally, and wrote the idea for Sneezy the Squirrel in the back of my notebook. When I got home, the whole book took about 45 minutes to write with coffee in hand!

Why did you choose Columbus Publishing Lab for your project?

I held onto the rough draft of Sneezy the Squirrel for three years as I completed my two associate degrees and then turned them into two bachelor’s degrees.  Near the time I completed school, I started to investigate publishing options.  Since writing Sneezy the Squirrel, I had written eighteen manuscripts as a series for adults.  I also had several ideas typed out in folders just waiting for me to have time to work on them.

I had made a deal with my father that I would complete college before pursuing publication, and just as I was nearing that goal, an author named Peg Hanna brought her book to the nursing home where I frequently volunteered.  I asked her who she published with and after meeting Emily Hitchcock, the choice was obvious.  I also chose Columbus Publishing Lab for security, knowing I wouldn’t have to be anxious about someone stealing my work.  For every potential publisher, there seemed to be five others that I researched who didn’t seem legit.  In addition, most of them wanted too much money, another reason I couldn’t believe them, or their intentions.

What have you enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel?

What I have enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel is finally seeing the characters come to life. My illustrator Ryan is doing a great job, and it’s amazing how he has brought a character I created to an image I and others can see! This also leads into my advice to those trying to publish their first book. Do your research! Be sure that who you are going to trust with your work, is worthy of that trust. Further, if you can find someone like Columbus Publishing Lab, who lets you keep your rights to the book you created, it will really reduce the stress of the process!  Lastly, enjoy the process. It goes so fast!

What is your next step?

The next step in my process is to get Sneezy the Squirrel out there so people with and without children with special needs knows it is available.  What I earn from this book will go towards my next, and the next, and the next!  I want to be an author; it is the first love and only constant I have ever wanted in life.  My favorite part is when I start a new story, or I expand on a series with another book; it is so exciting!  I don’t know where I am going, but I trust my imagination will lead me in the right direction.  It has yet to let me down, and I can’t wait for my readers to rise and fall, laugh and cry, along with every new adventure I take them on, at any age.  I personally thank you for reading about me, and I hope you are as excited as I am to read about Sneezy and all my other characters to come.

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Red Sand, Now Available Worldwide

August 26, 2019

Red Sand by Anne MacReynold is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Lilith awakens in a strange and mysterious world…  

Earth—a place full of wonder and terror alike. The life around her calls to her for aid, but there is something holding her back. A man wants her as his, and she can’t deny the fact that she wants the same. But life teaches her a valuable lesson early on in her existence: no one can have everything.

Will Lilith’s instinct to care for a vulnerable world outshine her desire for the man she longs for?

Only her enlightening journey through the ages will tell, and only then will she discover her true purpose through the trials of magic and sacrifice.

Anne MacReynold believes our universe holds magic that we have yet to comprehend, and she wields this power of thought in her writing. Not only do her philosophical views weave themselves into her stories, but her life as well. Anne continues to find happiness with her family and animal companions in Alaska, a place that still displays the natural beauty that is the Earth, and a home that allows her to spend time with those she loves. Anne proves that sometimes the simplest of lives can be the most fulfilling. 

Keep up with Anne’s book releases and other writings by following her website, annemacreynold.com, or connect with her on Facebook @WriterAnneMacReynold.

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Cover Reveal – Red Sand by Anne MacReynold

August 23, 2019

Lilith awakens in a strange and mysterious world…  

Earth—a place full of wonder and terror alike. The life around her calls to her for aid, but there is something holding her back.

A man wants her as his, and she can’t deny the fact that she wants the same. But life teaches her a valuable lesson early on in her existence: no one can have everything.

Will Lilith’s instinct to care for a vulnerable world outshine her desire for the man she longs for?

Only her enlightening journey through the ages will tell, and only then will she discover her true purpose through the trials of magic and sacrifice.

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A Circus Comes to Doxieville, Now Available Worldwide

A Circus Comes to Doxieville by Darrin Todd Martin is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Meet Moose, the biggest dog in the world. Moose lives in a traveling circus. One day he tells his closest friend, a cat named Big Yellow Face, he is tired of moving from town to town. Moose wants a house that is a real home.  

Deuce and Diesel meet Moose at the circus and take him home to try and fit him into their small world.  

Miss Dixie explains to Moose that it’s not a house that makes a home. What truly makes a home is being with the ones who care about you, your family, and the memories you make with them.

Moose comes to realize that he’s had a home all along with his friends in the circus who care about him.  

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Cover Reveal – The Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story by Oswald St. Benedict

August 22, 2019

The Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story by Oswald St. Benedict will be available from major retailers worldwide in August 2019!

Oswald is five years old. He travels all over the world, finding new adventures and new mysteries to solve in each country he visits. This time he is in India, investigating the theft of priceless treasures from the royal palace.

Early readers will be introduced to mischevious monkeys and tricky bad guys in this fun detective story!

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Scenes from the Cerebellum, Now Available Worldwide

August 16, 2019

Scenes from the Cerebellum by Stark Hunter is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Scenes from the Cerebellum is the  9th literary work to be released through Mind Tavern. It is easy to say that it is extremely difficult to describe exactly what this book is, was or will be. Maybe the best way to explain these pages is: It’s a “ghost book,” a book about death, the Ultimate Reality in life. The Big Jump. The one event in life we are all waiting for. Included therein is a veritable phalanx of mental and photographic images abounding and manifesting on the pages like hundreds of ectoplasmic filaments, squirming out of my mind in the form of poetic excursions for the curious reader to absorb. As with many poetic works, this one screams the same: This is personal! 

Born in Whittier, California in 1952, Stark Hunter was an English teacher for 38 years before retiring from the classroom in 2017. He has also written and published 8 books, which are available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com: In A Gadda Da Vida, published in 2002, Carnivorous Avenues, a poetry volume published in 2004, Flies, a short novel published in 2005, Private Diaries, a satire published in 2006, Voices From Clark Cemetery, a poetry volume published in 2013, Cocktails For the Soul, a poetry anthology published in 2013, Voices From Mt. Olive Cemetery, a poetry volume published in 2018, and Digested by the Dust, another poetry anthology, published in 2018. 

Mr. Hunter is also a published photographer, having one of his photographs included in the book, Photography Vibes, Best of Edition in 2008. 

Fourteen of Mr. Hunter’s poems from Voices From Clark Cemetery were adopted and set to music by Dr. George Mabry, composer and former conductor of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, for his work, Voices, a musical drama which was performed at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2015.

Mr. Hunter’s poetry works can be perused at Poetrysoup.com, and his photography is on display at JPGMag.Com. Mr. Hunter’s blog site is Stark Hunter’s Mind Tavern@wordpress.com., and his website is www.starkhunter.com.

Mr. Hunter is married with two daughters, a granddaughter, and resides in Chino Hills, California.

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