April 15th reading and signing for "Tamara Turtle's Life So Far" at Church in the City...portion of proceeds go to the Toronto Wildlife Centre!
From Mirror World Publishing:
"...this May, we’re launching Mirror’s Deceit, the third in the Mirror World series! Murandy Damodred and I, Justine Alley Dowsett, started this company when we launched Book One in our dark fantasy series, Mirror’s Hope. Book two, Mirror’s Heart, followed up with those same beloved characters ten years later as they struggled to reunite and right the wrongs of the past. Now, in Mirror’s Deceit, you’ll meet and get the chance to know their counterparts in the Mirror World. More of the overall mystery and nature of the world is revealed through this tale of deception and intrigue.
Coming May 17th! Here’s the blurb:
One woman is destined to change the world. Her rival has made a desperate flight to the past to stop her.
In a seeming utopia, Mirena Calanais, a gifted student of majik, is on the verge of graduating from a secret college that will give her a leg up in her political career, when her achievements are overshadowed by the arrival of a mysterious woman with an unknown agenda. Desperate to keep what she sees as her rightful place in the spotlight, Mirena goes to astounding lengths including taking it upon herself to pose as a double agent to investigate a rebel force plotting to destabilize the government. Unfortunately, her actions cost her the trust of those around her, so when she is proclaimed the Dark Avatar of the Destroyer by those she’s investigating, she finds she has nowhere to turn."
And here's the cover reveal:
Check out this great little spot for "Tamara Turtle's Life So Far" in "Canadian Reptile Hobbyist" Volume 1 Issue 3!
Author: Jolene Stubby
Artist: Jim Stuckey
“Lovely things are all around, in each season, sight and sound; gifts so wondrous, pure, and true – lovely things for me and you.” This touching, poetic picture book expresses thankfulness for the beauty, wonder, and joy that each season brings. It helps children develop appreciation for the majesty of God’s creation and gratitude for the simple things in life.
THE GARDENS: A CHILDREN'S EASTER MUSICAL
Author: Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Charlotte Coles
As Sapphire and Ruby learn the joys of the garden, they have a secret Visitor. The girls listen to His prayer and watch as His tears water their garden in Gethsemane. From the Garden of Eden to the garden tomb, their lives are forever changed when the Master Gardener redeems the garden. This book includes 2 editions of the same play; One for larger churches or schools and a simpler version for a smaller cast with less performers.
Also available a CD with the musical tracks for kids to learn to sing the songs for this play.
AMOS FACES HIS BULLY
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Illustrator: Jack Foster
Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God’s protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully, too.
DON'T PUT GUM IN THE FISH BOWL
Author: Wesley Stuart
When Mom told Peggy to babysit her siblings, she had no idea what lay in store: giant floating goldfish, chatty birds and demanding bees. Not to mention dirty diapers— and all because of a piece of gum and a fish? Will Peggy get the kids home safely before Mom comes home? Help! Suggested age range for readers: 3-8
Money Doesn't Grow On Trees, or Does It? by Barbara Even Streif
Wouldn't it be awesome if you had a money tree in your backyard? Join this curious girl as she tries to find out the truth. Can money grow on trees?
I'm Not Scared! by Roxanne Stephenson
Bees, dreams and storms are a few things Max fears at bedtime. Read along to experience how God guides Max and helps him eliminate his biggest childhood fears.
Karla the Dog: Urban Gardening by C.Q. Wilder M.ED and Niraj Ray
After using her imagination with her neighbor Elijah, Karla the Dog receives an invitation from friends Nala and Niraj. The two want CQ and her to visit their wonderful community rooftop garden and enjoy a fun pizza party. While there, Karla and Nala explore and learn about urban gardening in the city and how it is different from other types of gardening. They also learn about different types of plants and animals that can be found in urban gardens. However, before the party ends, CQ receives a phone call that leaves Karla pondering about their next adventure. Please visit www.karlathedog.com for more information about the Karla the Dog series and www.cultivatethecity.com for more information about urban gardening.
From Mirror World Publishing:
"...quasi-sequel to Sandra Unerman‘s Spellhaven; Ghosts and Exiles! A generation after the events of Spellhaven, a family tries to find their way in a post-magic society. While some still search to revive the secrets of the city and powers they once lost, others are plagued by what magic and ghosts remain to haunt them in 1930’s England...if you haven’t read Spellhaven, I suggest you pick it up and get started. Though, even if you jump right into Ghosts and Exiles when it comes out, you won’t be confused as it is an entirely new set of characters with their own story to tell."
It's out April 17th of this year...check out the cover reveal below!
For more on the cover reveal and other info about Ghosts and Exiles from the Mirror World Publishing site, click HERE.
Check it out!
(From Lauri Fortino's blog): "When Tamara, a baby Red-eared Slider turtle, was chosen from the pet store and taken home by a little boy and his mom, she thought it was the start of a good life. And it was good, for a while, until the boy lost interest in her and forgot to clean her tank, and sometimes even to feed her. Not knowing the right thing to do, the boy’s mother released Tamara into a nearby creek. But the Painted turtles who lived there told her she didn’t belong, so Tamara set off to find a place where she did belong–a place where she could thrive..."
READ THE REST ON FROG ON A (B)LOG!
My wonderful assistant and I have just finished work on a comprehensive lesson plan to go with the book and readings of Tamara Turtle's Life So Far. I look forward to beginning school visits in the Toronto area this spring!
THE JOURNEY OF SASTHESQUATCH
Written by Denise Kaderabek and Matthew Weiler
Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo
Sasthesquatch is a lovable Bigfoot who is curious about the human world. Soon he leaves the forest behind and heads out on a new adventure. Tag along on his journey as he discovers all the fun things we can do!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Written by Leon Weitrab
Illustrated by Pritali Joharapurkar
Let’s be honest, parents (and grandparents, too) – how many times have you asked those young people that seem to be continually underfoot and marching to a very different drummer, that simple question: "What are you doing?" Your need to ask that question may always seem obvious to you, but did you ever wonder how that question is heard by the young child you are addressing?
Just as we already know that those youngsters are soaking up new information and forming new ideas in their little heads every single day, we also need to know that they are trying, in their own, distinct ways, to relate to the world around them – often in ways that make much sense to them but raise doubts to the adults around them. What Are You Doing? will help you see many situations through a child’s eyes, enabling you to understand better what is going through their minds, even while you have many doubts of your own.
PADDY O'ROURKE'S LEPRECHAUN TRICKERY
Written by Sarah Case Mamika
Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo
The above sample illustration is by Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast's new illustrator...drum roll...WEI LU! Learn more about her HERE and HERE.
Unfortunately, my husband Kevin just doesn't have enough time to illustrate at the moment, but I'm very happy to have found someone with their own strong style and talent who is also willing to stick to the Mixter character's original design. I'm looking forward to working with you, Lulu!
Check back in the coming months for art reveals for Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast (Mirror World Publishing) Merry Myrrh: The Christmas Bat (illustrated by Alex Zgud and to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing), Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana (illustrated by Gordon Bagshaw, also to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing) and Dog Band (illustrated by moi and to be published by Triple Take Productions).
Regan is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she's also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she's not writing or spending time with her husband (writer Kevin Risk), she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, a Siamese cat and various amphibians). Regan is also a Certified Canine (and feline) Massage Therapist.