Book Signing Event!

Next month Kyra and I will attend a book signing hosted by our local library. We will sell and sign a number of our published works, mostly focusing on children’s books. All these titles have beautiful new covers! Here are the books that will be available:

Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair
Spunky and the Dolphin Palace
Where’s My Kitty?
Hunting Vampires with Grandma
Tales of Mentara: Book One: The Portal

The Portal is my newest release about a group of children who become stuck on another planet. The first in a series, this fantastical adventure story is aimed at middle grade children ages eleven to thirteen, although my older readers have already left wonderful reviews about it.

We’ll be doing something different with the two books in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series this time. We will have the regular color version available, but we will also have a limited number of Special Edition grayscale copies available for purchase. These copies are perfect for coloring. Here’s the fun part: if you or your child colors a page in the book and emails me a picture of it, I will post it with your name on my blog! So, let’s see those coloring skills.

If you are in the Grifton area of North Carolina (Near Greenville, home of East Carolina University) on that day, drop by and get a signed copy of an Uzzell book!

Location: Grifton Public Library, Grifton, NC
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

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Guest Post by J. S. Burke

Today I have the talented children’s book author J.S. Burke here to talk about her books. Take it away, J.S.!

Ashley, thank you so much for inviting me to your marvelous blog!
I’m J.S. Burke, author of the Dragon Dreamer books and other series. I live in Georgia with my family and rescue pets.  I’ve worked as an author, artist, teacher, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. I love books, chocolate, and the sea!

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The sea is vast, beautiful, exotic, and much remains unexplored. I decided to become a marine biologist when I was a child. I’ve conducted research onboard ships and while diving; my research papers are published in science journals.

I wasn’t planning to write a novel until a young dragon visited me. Arak flew out to sea and crashed. To my surprise, an octopus appeared. Octopuses are natural shapeshifters, intelligent and creative, with abilities far beyond ours. Octopus Scree rescues Dragon Arak; they overcome great differences and become friends. I began to write and more characters appeared. So I learned the art of writing a novel, which is quite different from writing a research paper. A third book is growing, with new and original characters!

The Dragon Dreamer books share my deep love of the sea and our world. Arak, a misfit golden dragon, loves “the smell and taste of sea spray, the rhythmic sound of the waves, and the remarkable colors. Sunrise waves were purple and rose. Sometimes the sea sparkled like a field strewn with cut diamonds.”

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“The Dragon Dreamer” and “Dragon Lightning” by J.S. Burke are the first two books in the Dragon Dreamer series. This Science Fantasy Adventure has dragons and an undersea world; it’s written in layers for readers age 9 to 99. They’ve won awards in Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Young Adult, and Children’s categories.

The Dragon Dreamer series can be read on many levels. One reviewer wrote that “The Dragon Dreamer” has a “profound human message.” Children and teens have made Halloween costumes to dress as characters from my books. Arak, a misfit dragon, and Scree, a feisty Healer octopus, are popular with all ages. These books are available as e-books (Kindle, Nook, KOBO, iBook, more) and paperback; audible versions should be available this year.

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“Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book” by J.S. Burke is an adult coloring book with hand-drawn mandalas woven from wildlife. These unique designs are fantasy snowflakes grown by dragons in the Dragon Dreamer series. “Crystal Geometry” and “Crystal Colors” are the first two books in the “Crystal Science” educational series (used in school systems).

I love Science and Art; they’re both based on patterns. I drew illustrations for my research papers and cartoons for my “Crystal Science” educational books. I painted the covers for my Dragon Dreamer books and drew a fantasy flake or illustration for each chapter. I’ve made a line of jewelry based on the Dragon Dreamer books.

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I’m currently drawing more fantasy snowflakes for “Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book II” and writing Dragon Dreamer book III. It’s fun to see the world through the eyes of a dragon or an octopus!
Thank you so much Ashley and everyone who stops by and reads this!

J.S. Burke

 

MEDIA LINKS for J.S. BURKE:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burke-721518861218158/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8283255.J_S_Burke
AMAZON: www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Burke/e/B00NVRVHWE/
WEBSITE: http://www.jennysburke.com
NEWSLETTER: http://www.jennysburke.com/bio–letter–events
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/TheDragonDreamr   
BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-s-burke-49b143b6-fbae-4b3a-a5c0-7571b588de62
GOOGLE+: https://plus.google.com/109374949212770892369

BOOK LINKS:  THE DRAGON DREAMER by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: http://authl.it/B00K9DHTU2?d
NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-dreamer-j-s-burke/1120629824
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dragon-dreamer/id933034842
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-dragon-dreamer

BOOK LINKS: DRAGON LIGHTNING by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: http://authl.it/B01MA1ZOJ6?d
NOOK: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-lightning-j-s-burke/1124857029
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1166420789
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/dragon-lightning

BOOK LINKS: FANTASY SNOWFLAKES COLORING BOOK by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: https://www.relinks.me/0996042555

Guest Post by Anita Kovacevic

Today I have the children’s book author, Anita Kovacevic, here to talk about her book Spikes for Hank. Take it away, Anita!

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Having over 20 years experience in teaching and storytelling with children and adults, I know very well that children need to be involved in a story while it is read, and what helps them relax and open their minds and hearts up in that reading niche is having someone they trust ask the right questions at the right time. Sometimes adults who read the stories with children need a little help in that department – some of them don’t realize talking to kids while reading is a good thing, whereas others know it is good, but lack ideas for questions.

Therefore, just like all my children’s books, Spikes for Hank also contains simple illustrations and questions after each chapter to help both children and adults enjoy themselves, using the story as starters of more conversations, developing empathy and strengthening children’s problem solving skills. These questions do not interrupt the flow of text, but follow each chapter, and one does not need to read them to be able to follow the story line.

The book also contains riddles and colouring pages in the final chapters.

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Everyone always talks about the magic that happens when a child reads a book or hears the story. I love it, too.
But you want to know what my favourite moment is?

It is when children finish reading the story and step out of it, bringing the magic with them into the real world. When they finish Alice in Wonderland and realize there is always more than one way of looking at the world. When they read The Little Prince and know the box can contain anything you wish – it is all up to us.

There are so many stories which can empower us all to be better and stronger versions of ourselves. May we all find them and spread that magic to the world.

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From the Foreward:

We are all born with some part of ourselves we don’t especially like. In fact, sometimes we hate it and wish we were different.
But with time, and a little help from our friends and family, we all discover we are as we are for a reason, and each of us is special and unique in our own way.
Sometimes, quite often in fact, what we thought our weakness turns out to be our most prized possession. Would it not be a dull world if we were all the same?

Anita Kovacevic
Children’s Book Author

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Blog – https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/
Amazon universal link – Author.to/AnitaKovacevicAmazon

Book Links:
Spikes for Hank – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8np4as5  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y86wkq56
Winky’s Colours – ebook https://tinyurl.com/yb5a76wx  ppb https://tinyurl.com/yask4nhy
Mimi Finds Her Magic – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8tmw9nc ppb https://tinyurl.com/y7a7oe8y
The Good Pirate – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y9dejlha  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y77htxrg
An Athology: A Treasure Chest of Children’s Storieshttps://tinyurl.com/y87oh7bd

Indie Pride Day

Hello everyone!

It is Indie Pride Day, and I am proud to support my fellow indie authors from around the world. Indie authors, musicians, and artists may have a bad reputation because they are not with a big-name company, but I say that is bologna! Many of us choose not to go with such companies so we can have the freedom of doing things our way. That does NOT make our work sub-par!

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We are passionate about what we do and put 100% into our work, so show your favorite indies some love and share their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites, blogs, etc.

Let’s get the word out and show everyone just how great indies truly are. Use the #indieprideday or #IndieBooksBeSeen hashtags on Twitter today! Visit the Facebook event for Indie Pride Day and discover some new-to-you authors!

Upcoming Release!

Hello everyone!

We have a new book coming out on June 30th. Hunting Vampires with Grandma is a humorous short story about, you guessed it, old ladies that hunt vampires. I have rarely written a story that had me laughing as I was typing and this one took the cake!

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Here is the summary:

Age is just a number when killing monsters is your specialty.

When Markie is attacked by a vampire, she finds out that her lovable grandma is more than she appears. A retired vampire hunter, G is forced to get the old gang back together when the very monsters that the ladies thought they had hunted to extinction show up in their town again.

Between knitting needles and fanny packs, psoriasis and holy water, Markie will soon realize that age really is just a number and that a handful of cranky old women can be scarier than any vampire bite.

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My favorite thing about this book is that each character is named after an indie author friend of mine. I hope you swing by and pick this one up. It is available for pre-order on these sites. Happy reading and I hope your summer is going great!

Coming Soon: Spunky 2!

We are excited to announce that the second book in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series is coming soon. Spunky and the Dolphin Palace will be released on May 28th, 2017. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a Facebook party and everyone is invited. Here is a short summary for the book:

When Spunky the cat jumps on the magical chair after his adventure in Cat World, he expects to go back home. Instead, he finds himself in another strange place where everything, including the animals and plants, is made of candy! Will Spunky ever find the way home to his loving owner?

Spunky release party

We hope you will attend the party to enjoy games, fun, and giveaways. Kyra and myself will be there with our own special surprises!

Exciting News!

Hello everyone, hope your year is going great so far.

At the end of this month, Kyra and I will be having a book signing at our local library. This is the very first book signing for either of us and we are equally excited and nervous. We hope there will be many more to come!

If you live in North Carolina, perhaps you can swing by for a signed copy of Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair and some free bookmarks.

If you would like a signed copy of one of our books, please contact me here or through our Facebook page. I am more than happy to ship an autographed copy with a special note. Kyra may even draw you a picture!

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