Monday, December 10, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo (series), Valerie Van Ballaer

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo (series)
Valerie Van Ballaer



Are you ready to delve into a fun and exciting travel adventure? George and Paolo hop on a Vespa to explore the wonders of Italy, traveling through Venice, Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast. From riding a gondola in Venice to having delicious gelato at the Amalfi coast, follow their adventure and learn about the incredible sites in Italy along the way.

If you like Lonely Planet Kids' City Trails books, then you'll enjoy The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo. Kids will enjoy learning about Italy's many wonders. This book is perfect for kids who have traveled to, are planning to travel to, or are simply interested in Italy.

About The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo series: These books are based on the author's own travel experiences in these countries, with checklists of the top recommended things to do in each city. With so many travel guides and books for adults, from Lonely Planet to Rough Guides, these illustrated travel books are specifically for kids to enjoy learning about these countries in a fun and artistic way.



About the Author

Valerie is an illustrator & writer who has created a unique kids travel book series called "The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo". On top of this Valerie is a freelance graphic & web designer @vvbdesign, marathon runner, and traveler, born in Belgium, raised in Thailand. Follow her on Instagram for insights and to stay up to date on her latest books and adventures.
Reviews

"When in doubt, travel with kids! And come to Italy... of course. The first thing to pack is this super cute travel guide! My kids loved it. Follow Valerie Van Ballaer and discover how amazing this young lady is!!" - tips4italiantrips.com blog

"The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo, Italy from Valerie Van Ballaer. This is the first book in the series of the adventures of George and Paolo. George the goose, Paolo the puppy is off on a Vespa to adventure through Italy, sightseeing all the tourist's spots that everyone loves to see. Can't wait to see what other adventures they get up too." - kids.books.we.love blog

"Traveling on a budget? Read a book! Instant transportation to anywhere in the world, anywhere in the *universe* actually! Highlighting today's self-published feature: The first in a mini travel series "The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Italy" by Valerie Van Ballaer @vvbdesign. Ever dreamed of traveling to Italy? Join George and Paolo as they transport you to all the famous sites and best attractions of this vibrant country! Flip through this mini travel guide to spark the adventurer in you! Check out @vvbdesign for more travel adventures!" Mai Story Book

"How do you keep the kids entertained on your travels? We love a good book and if it's got a travel theme, even better! I was so happy to receive The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo through Italy, by Valerie Van Ballaer, an ebook is so much easier when we're on the road and as we're heading to Italy on our European adventure, this one is perfect. Piper loved learning about places we're planning to visit and it gave her a few new ideas for where she wanted to go. The book contains checklists for the main two characters, a goose named George and a puppy named Paolo for each city with some informative ideas like "explore the Campo dei Miracoli" in Pisa and fun suggestions like "eat spaghetti Bolognese" in Bologna which really made her giggle. It's beautifully illustrated and they have other locations such as Thailand and Mexico if you're planning a trip further afield. There are also hard copies available to order if you prefer." Are We There Yet Kids blog
  
Excerpt

“Venice - George and Paolo’s Travel Checklist: 1. Ride a Gondola 2. Explore Piazza San Marco 3. Buy Venetian Masks 4. See the Ponte dell’ Accademia and Ponte di Rialto. Built on many small islands, canals replace streets and boats replace cars, explore the narrow winding streets of Venice.”

Friday, December 7, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Little Miss HISTORY series Barbara Ann Mojica

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair
Featured Author:
Little Miss HISTORY series
Barbara Ann Mojica



Want to help your child learn about history? Then follow Little Miss History on her explorations.

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY'S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children's Literature Independently Published Principal's Awards (CLIPPA), and runner-up in nature/wildlife category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. In her fourth adventure, Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD'S THEATER in her horse and buggy just in time for the 150th Anniversary to witness an event that changed history. This book won the 2015 IAN Award for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Book.

Awards for books in this series include seven B.R.A.G. MEDALLIONS, Eric Hoffer Award, Book Excellence Awards, International Reader’s Favorite Awards, Independent Author Network Awards, Global E Book Award, and CLIPPA Principal’s Award.


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About the Author 

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.

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Review excerpts

“The use of photographs and colorful illustrations by the illustrator enhances the book with visual appeal. Highly recommended.” 

“Charming and informative, Little Miss History doesn't disappoint, informing young readers about the many great places the United States has to offer for entertainment and learning.

“I love Barbara's Little Miss HISTORY books! They visit historical sites and explain the significance of that location in terms kids understand. These books can be used in the classroom as well as for reading at home. Kids love to learn!


“Because ALL books produced by Barbara Ann Mojica are just wonderful to read, I can't tell you my favorite. Each time I read one, I believe they all become my favorite.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Victor The Vegetarian Vulture by Elizabeth Vansyckle

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Victor The Vegetarian Vulture
by Elizabeth Vansyckle



Lessons about loss, transitions, and change from a baby vulture, that teaches how love and friendship can grow even with someone completely different from yourself. 

Once upon a time in the east Texas Piney country, there lived a ground squirrel named Pete. With the help of a baby vulture and a wise owl, Pete, busy at his job of gathering nuts, was about to learn new lessons in love and change. 
About the Author

Elizabeth Vansyckle is a retired nurse who was a hospice nurse throughout her forty-year career. Raised in the Salvation Army as a young child, she learned the greatest person you can be is one of service. And, as an United States Army veteran, she found that being a hospice nurse made her the very best possible nurse in any setting. Throughout her career she also was a surgical nurse and feels that the ability to ease a patient’s fears in the few minutes before surgery came from that place in hospice of holding the calm space and giving that sense of quiet and trust.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Carole P. Roman

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Carole P. Roman



Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly. She's been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.









Review excerpts
"The whimsical, pastel art work adds to the light, girlish mom-daughter bonding feels. This would make a great bedtime story read-aloud." - Rainy Days Mom Days

"excellent addition to your history study, to help your student really get a grasp for what it would be like if they actually lived there during this time period.  Great spring boards for additional study as well." - A Year of Jubilee Reviews

"Starting kids off with a healthy perspective of other cultures and people is what helps create peace. This book provides that perspective." - Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)

"It's a very breezy book, with just a fact or two per page, which will be easy for many kids to absorb. The engaging tone keeps the educational aspects from feeling dry or boring. The book series has a simple but effective premise: it teaches kids the basics of another culture in a way that connects it to their own personal lives...Roman has written another winner..." - Kirkus Review
"Roman draws the reader in from the first page with illustrations that are cheerful and clever."- Kirkus Review
   
"It's awe-inspiring when a book offers young readers a sense of purpose and encourages them that they too can determine their own destinies with hard work and perseverance."- The Children's Book Review
   
"She foregoes the often-used technique of rhyming text in favor of a more natural, conversational tone that effectively captures the spirit of a child's imagination and daily play."- Foreword Review

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Just Ask The Universe by Michael Samuels

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Just Ask The Universe
by Michael Samuels



Just Ask the Universe: A No-Nonsense Guide to Manifesting your Dreams (Manifesting Your Dreams Collection)

Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promises. Angels won't fly from above and touch you while you're reading. You will not be asked to practice unusual or tedious rituals. There will be no preaching or sage advice and there will most certainly be no channeling of your inner chakras or dressing like Friar Tuck. Just Ask the Universe is a realistic guide to personal development. By creating a blueprint for self-growth and commanding your subconscious mind, the Universe will manifest all your dreams. 

For over two decades, Michael Samuels has studied and methodically tested hundreds of books on self-improvement, spirituality, and the metaphysical. Just Ask the Universe accumulates the wisdom from "thought teachers" like: Wallace Wattles, Anthony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne, Joseph Murphy, Robert Collier, and Napoleon Hill, and compiles it under one unified lesson: if your thoughts are clear and in harmony with your mind and the truth of your surroundings, your life can be filled with all the richness the Universe has to offer. As a culmination from these teachings, Michael will show you how to use simple and fun techniques to create a more desirable future. This approach, coupled with real-life stories, will teach you how to achieve personal power to overcome any barrier. 

Regardless of what your present circumstances might be, by following the principles in this book, you will be able to gain power over your destiny. The Universe is listening. All you have to do is just ask.

About the Author
With a degree in English, a second degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration, Michael Samuels has attracted everything into his life because he followed successful people and their thought processes. He has read and thoroughly tested hundreds of books on spirituality, self-improvement, and the metaphysical. The Universe has helped Michael run a highly successful family-owned business with offices all over the country. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.






Review excerpts
"Samuels' approach will have you feeling lighter and happier in no time. His methods empower the reader by offering ample opportunities for personal growth and development, leading one to believe that the future is as Samuels' himself says, 'just as you imagined.'" - Creations Magazine

"Samuels seeks here in serviceable if sometimes simplistic prose to share the good news about the universe's unfailing willingness to give us everything we desire if we can just follow a few simple steps." - Kirkus Review
Michael Samuels has a gift. He made me comfortable with the whole "Law of Attraction" and made it fit in with my religious beliefs. Samuels had me with the first three pages. I was so engrossed with the material, I didn't want to think about anything else. A fire was lit. Michael Samuels did the research, took inspiration from all the great thinkers and put the things that work in his book. - Julie Gerber from gerberbabies.blogspot.com/

"Wow!! finally a book that is written in a way I can understand, It makes complete sense, most books I have read on this topic were confusing, this book however was easy for me to put into action. I will be reading this book over & over, not only is this a book it's a very good tool to have in your collection. note to other buyers - you'd be mad not to buy this book. I absolutely highly recommend it. note to author - thank you so much for writing this book, I truly appreciate it, this book will remain on my kindle for years to come :)" - Vicky from London England

"Written as an instruction manual to manifesting your wildest dreams, Samuels reminds the reader of his/her responsibility in creating the life they long to live, and much of it has to do with making a simple request." - Creations Magazine
Excerpt
The Universe is everywhere, and it’s responsive to you and everything that it encompasses. 
Since the Universe is in all and through all, it can hear all too. We don’t have to shout when asking the Universe for something. We are not going to beg or sweet-talk the Universe into doing our bidding. It already is. 
How Does the Universe Work? 
You may be asking yourself, How does the Universe give you everything you desire? The answer is not what you think, and it’s quite simple. 
It doesn’t matter. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon


After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey, he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?


About the Author
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Review excerpts:
"Though this book works as a stand alone, starting from the beginning of the series will result in a fuller reading experience, especially since Monsterland Reanimated closes on a riveting cliffhanger. A coming-of-age page-turner, Monsterland Reanimated puts a whole new spin on the world of good and evil." - Reviewed by Anita Lock for Foreword Reviews
   
"Monsterland Reanimated (Monsterland Series Volume 2) by Michael Okon is a well-written book that reminded me of a mix of the TV show The Walking Dead and the Jurassic Park movies. The author truly set this book apart from the Jurassic Park movies with how he explored the way the park's implosion affected the rest of the world and the people in it." - Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
   
"I had not read the first Monsterland novel, but really it is not necessary to have done so before reading Monsterland Reanimated. Author Michael Okon gives us the backstory very well as events unfold in the new story. I would never have believed a novel about zombies, shape-shifters, and monsters in general would captivate me quite the way this one did and that is a real credit to the author. I found his writing style and dark humour, with some subtle and not so subtle pop culture references, to be immensely enjoyable to read." - Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
  
"Monsterland Reanimated: Monsterland Series Volume 2 by Michael Okon is a gritty and raw horror novel that does the genre justice. Fast-paced, intense and actually giving me goosebumps, Monsterland Reanimated works with elements that may seem to be too much, but the author somehow makes them work brilliantly together. Superbly crafted, Monsterland Reanimated is a nail biter that I just didn't want to put down." - Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
     
"Monsterland Reanimated features a riveting plot and an arresting narrative voice that combines with the exciting dialogues to create a reading experience that is perfect for fans of horror. This is an engrossing read with conflict and suspense that will keep readers turning the pages. An electrifying read!" - Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
  
"Careful thought and consideration have gone into each character and their own individual history and plot, adding to their depth and believability. There are some great action scenes which only serve to enhance a well-executed and conceived plot. The stakes have been raised and, as a reader, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next book in this imaginative and thrilling series. " - Reviewed By K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
  
"Monsterland Reanimated is not simply a fast paced action novel, but an experience.  It is as if the reader is immersed into an entirely new world, not simply a story about a monster themed theme park, but rather transported into an alternate reality of a post apocalyptic world.  Okon's detailed account is authentic, and told in a matter of fact narrative, that makes the reader almost believe this is a true account of events that could possibly happen, given the right circumstances." - Patricia "Lemon Bee" Dompieri, RN
  
"If Monsterland was thrilling then Monsterland Reanimated is heart-poundingly thrilling, edge of your seat exciting and a much more action-packed, captivating and harrowing story." - David Savage, What's Good To Read
    
" ... a captivating and thrilling page-turner ..." - The Children's Book Review
     
"This fast-paced thriller will keep readers in suspense as the action dramatically unfolds. Sure to delight fans of dystopian fiction, science fiction and horror, Monsterland Reanimated is a worthy second installment in the Monsterland series." - The Children's Book Review

"A sense of wonder reflected in stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coupled with the nonstop action of Mad Max and the existential horror of The Walking Dead makes this a delightfully creepy read. Monster aficionados young and old will love this series." - Reviewed by BlueInk Review, Starred Review
  
"The characters are a treat to follow. The main protagonists are seniors in high school. In some ways, they are typical teenagers arguing about which monster is more powerful. Still, they are forced to grow up fast. Other young adults would find pieces of themselves in many of the characters." - Reviewed by Cecilia_L for OnlineBookClub.com

Excerpt

Front page of the Copper Valley Sun

President of the US, World Leaders, and Thousands Dead

Many still missing as the world reels from the impact of the Monsterland disaster

Multitudes are still unaccounted for and presumed dead. Escaping werewolves, vampires, and zombies of Dr. Vincent Konrad’s theme parks inexplicably escaped en masse and massacred unwitting park-goers… Massive government shutdowns as the world teeters on the brink of chaos.

The Night After the Monsterland Catastrophe

A bright moon painted the desert’s surface pewter. Here and there, dark spots soiled the landscape like oil spills. Most of the bodies had been taken before the troops were ordered to leave. They carted away the corpses, bulldozing the zombies into mass graves, until radios chirped with urgent orders deploying the soldiers to the bigger threats that erupted in the main cities like a chain of angry volcanos.
Monsterland was extinguished, its carcass left for the vultures to pick, the exhibits silent as a tomb.
The dead president and his equally dead entourage were whisked away on Air Force One, along with the dark-clad special operatives that came and left like the brisk desert wind that now howled through the empty streets.
A gate screamed in the silence, slamming with a reverberating smash. The uneven gait of someone with a physical challenge filled the void. The scrape and plod of his limp echoed against the wall of mountains framing the theme park. His labored breathing huffed as he made his way down the streets.
A door creaked loudly as it was blown by the wind. He stopped, his distorted figure silhouetted in the pale moonlight, his body turning silver. He looked at the broken glass littering the pavement like diamonds, then up to the still, pre-dawn sky. He considered the sun peeking over the jagged horizon in the east, its golden light painting the dips and hollows of the hills. Soon the coming day would chase the darkness away.
Time was the enemy now. He had to move faster, or it would be too late. He picked up his pace, lurching along the winding road. A keening howl ricocheted through the streets, bouncing off the walls. It sounded like a… no, he thought, it couldn’t be. The werewolves were all dead. Destroyed by Vincent Konrad when he made their heads explode.
The old man paused, listening for it again, and was not disappointed when the animal whimpered. He gauged it to be inside the defunct vampire exhibit. He moved toward the entrance. The storefronts had been destroyed. A few body parts lay on the pavement, as if people had discarded them in a rush. He heard the scraping of paws on the street and a shiver went down his crooked spine.