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Children’s Book Spotlight: My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent: How Chip Became C.H.I.P. and Foiled the Freaky Fuzzy Invasion by Richard Clark @rclarkbtd


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Children/Middle Grade


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10-year-old Nort McKrakken is a pint-sized computer genius. 14-year-old Chip Munson is his best friend – and loyal guinea pig. When their beloved town of Vortville is attacked by an army of brain-warping Freaky Fuzzy toys, Nort implants Chip with a microchip that instantly turns him into a real live secret agent! The town is saved!… as long as the microchip doesn’t fritz out!

If you like the Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants or Zac Power books, you’ll love My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent! Hilariously illustrated, this middle grade chapter book is a comic romp full of action and adventure for any reader – children, tweens, teens… and beyond! This funny spy story is the first in a series so if you like it, there’s more to come!

Read the reviews from real readers!
“I love this book. I was so involved in reading it. Very action packed and involved technology, right up my alley. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to the author, illustrator and editor. 2 thumbs up!”
“This was an amazing book I love the way you made the story look so movieish anyways I loved it so much I told everyone about it and now there reading it ”
“I think that this is the best book i have ever read in my life and i think this is a great book for kids”
“Compared to other free books I have read, this book is great. This is a book worth at least 10 bucks. This is one of the funniest books I have read. It is right up there with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The treehouse series.”

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Excerpt:

Super Secret Blog #2487: My best friend Chip is a secret agent.

There, I’ve said it.

Chip wasn’t always a secret agent. I MADE him one. That’s right, me, Nort McKrakken.

I did it using my super secret, super complicated micro-thingy that is so super secret that I can’t even tell you what it’s called. Okay, maybe I’ll tell you later. But I’m NEVER going to tell Gert von Brugen in science class. (I’ll tell you about her later too.)

First, a little background: My dad’s kind of famous. You might already know that ’cause you probably recognized my last name. He’s Colonel Brock McKrakken, head of McKrakken Security Systems.

Dad protects us from everything. That crazy oceanographer who wanted to put the whole city of Vortville underwater? Yep, dad stopped him. That power-mad architect who wanted to turn Vortville upside down? Dad’s elite team of commandos stopped him too.

Dad used to be a real Colonel in the military, so he’s real gung-ho about pushups and crew cuts and getting up at 4AM. He’s always wanted me to be just like him when I got older, going to boot camp and running 20 miles with a 200-pound backpack on and stuff. But I can barely carry my five-pound backpack without breaking out in a sweat on the way to school.

I’m actually the smallest kid in my class. That’s partly because I skipped two grades since I’m super smart. (I’m 10 years old and already in Grade 6.) But I’m just small, let’s face it.

But I’ve always wanted to make my dad proud of me, even though I knew I’d never be a soldier like him. So I figured, maybe I could use my super-smartness to help him with his security business! Maybe I could show him how to fight crazy bad guys in a super-cool sciency sort of way!

That’s why I invented the C.H.I.P. (That’s the name of the super secret, super complicated micro-thingy I mentioned earlier. Told you I’d tell you later.) It stands for Computerized Heroic Incredible Person. I know, that sounds stupid – that’s why I shortened it to C.H.I.P.  Anyway, it’s a tiny little microchip that attaches to one of your teeth, and it sends signals up to your brain to program you to be able to do anything!

The thing is, there was no way I was going to try this on myself. Do you think I’m crazy?! A chip sending signals to my brain?! What if it made me freak out or something?! No, I needed someone else to try it on.

Someone like my best friend Chip.


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Children’s Picture and Coloring Book Feature: Mister Spunky And His Friends by Kelly Preston @KellynMrMaGoo


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Named 2016 winner in Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction by Bookvana; Bookvana honors books that elevate society, celebrate the human spirit, and cultivate our inner lives. Mister Spunky and His Friends is about the importance of love, anti-bullying, friendship; and, helping those with special needs. Follow Mister Spunky along his journey to the beach, where he meets three new friends; teaching him important life lessons along the way.

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Excerpt:

“Then the four dogs all drove off for the beach together where they played in the waves and had frozen dog treats. Now they are all friends and they are all happy. And they have fun and exciting adventures wherever they go!”

Kids’ Dog Book Review By Michael, 5, and Mia, 13: & Mr Spunky and His Friends



About the Author:

Award winning Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.

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Children’s Book Feature and Interview: The Seven Wonders of the World Book 3 by Anna Othitis @aothitis


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My First Travel Books Book 3

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Wonders of the World. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in
My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s third trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

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About the Author:

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Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children’s book titled “My First Travel Book”, inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna’s favorite saying is “Be Bold Be Brave”.

She was inspired to write her children’s books with a vision to link up the children of the world with magical flights to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe “The Mighty Victoria Falls” All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.
So come along and fly these magical flights with Captain Frankie and Anna!

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Interview:

About you as the Author and your book

Why did you decide to write a book? (Why do you write?)
I decided to write because I love teaching young children and giving them my knowledge. Children have to be taught to read from a young age and they love books, they have curious little minds.

How long have you been writing? (Did you write at school? Did you start recently?)
I started writing at a young age, but I only published a few years ago when I came to the USA children were curious and had questions of the world beyond them, they did not realise and know that there was a world bigger than theirs.

How long did it take you to write this book? (Do you write full-time or part-time?)
It took me about 3 days to write.

What do you use to write your books? (pen and paper, PC, dictation or type writer?)
I use pen and paper the old fashioned way!

What problems did you encounter? (Did you struggle with writers block? how did you overcome it?)
I did not have any problems in writing

How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer since you’ve started? (what have you learnt?)
I have learnt to be patient when it comes to selling and learnt that a lot of tweeting and push is needed to get my work and books known. We did not have this technology in Africa, so this was all new to me. Self publishing is also something I learnt to do.

Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?
Not really I learnt a lot as I went along and especially from great author friends that guided me through the ad processing. I also learnt how to selfish publish.

Do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?
I structure my plots/pages and set them out.

Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
Not necessarily.

Do you do a lot of research when writing a book? (if so, explain how or what you did)
Yes I do as I like and have to get my facts right as I am writing for children that are absorbing interesting information in my books.

How would you describe your writing process?
Pretty good.

What time of the day do you find is best to write? (on the bus to work? When the kids are in bed?)
I love to write in the early morning when my mind is fresh and full of ideas and thoughts.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? (what drives you creatively)
I draw my inspiration from our son Captain Frankie who is the main character in our children’s travel books and from my family in general as well as my autistic student children that I love to teach and read to.

What draws you to this genre? (why do you prefer to write the stories you do?)
I love to teach the children of the world and especially the unfortunate children of Africa who are unable to travel to the rest of the world due to poverty. They love to learn and hear about the world and beyond them. They love to watch airplanes flying above and wonder where they fly to and their purpose of being in the deep blue skies.

Have you ever tried to write other genres? (Did you find it easy? Do you write other genres?)
No not yet.

Which author/book would compare yours too? (Similarities etc)
None at this stage.

Can you relate to any of your own stories? (Give a personal explanation if you can!)
Yes when I travelled to Greece at a young age I was curious and fascinated that one could see other parts of the world and fly in the sky with an airplane. I loved discovering and being adventurous, curious about other cultures around the world.

How many books have you written?
I have written 4 children’s books and two Greek recipe books.

Have you ever written in collaboration with another author?
No.

Who designed your front cover?
I have a publisher in the UK who does my covers and my editing.

Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
I showed my book to my husband and children.

Have you ever dedicated a book to someone? (if so, who and why?)
Yes to my son Frankie and now to my new granddaughter Annamaria who loves animals.

How do you market your books? (why?)
I market them through social media, twitter, facebook, friends, relatives.

How do you deal with bad reviews?
Most times I ignore them and smile.

Do you use an agent? (why? Would you if you don’t?)
I do not use an agent and never have thought of one. I did start off with a publisher and it cost me way too much money and I ended up doing all the marketing and most of the work on my first book.

How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
I devote at least 2 hours a day.

How do you get your book reviews/reviewed?
I use bloggers and send out free paid copies to them I also give out free paid copies to authors and family.

Do you ever run free book promotions? Have these worked for you?
Yes I do and I do find they work, I love when little children give me their reviews too.

Do you do all your own proof reading and editing?
No I do not I have my publisher do this. It always needs a second and third set of eyes to read and review.

How and where are you publishing this book?
I recently published this book.

What are the main benefits of being an independent author?
I love having control of my own and interacting with my fellow authors who are helpful and social too.

About you personally

What are you reading at the moment? Which book do you have by your bed?
I like to read books that my fellow authors write most times stories of their experiences in life.

What was the first book you ever read?
I loved to read Janet and John – school books that I was brought up on.

Who is your favourite author/book?
None in particular I do read various books.

What is your favourite quote from a book?
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
—The Minpins by Roald Dahl

Where are your favourite places to read?
In the living room or in the garden on a bench in summer under a tree.

What books do you read to your children?
I love to read a variety of books nothing in specific they are all interesting.

When you read do you prefer a book or a kindle/tablet?
I prefer to hold a book and feel the pages, children also prefer a book as they take it and look flip the pages, this is also a motivational skill for them.

In closing

Any tips for aspiring authors?
Be proud of your work and never let anyone bring you down you have a unique talent and work on it. “Be bold and be Brave” my favourite quote in life.

What’s next? (your next book / plans for the future etc)
I am continuing my travels around the world and showing the children the wonderful earth and world that we live in.

Where can we find more about you!?
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Children’s Book Feature: Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards @sandralrichards


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Children’s Picture Book, Fiction


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Grade Level: K – 3

“A beautiful, amusing tribute to family traditions.”
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Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.

Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

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Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

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About the Author:

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SANDRA L. RICHARDS is a debut picture book author. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

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For Young Halloween Readers: I’m Glad I’m Not a Zombie by d. washington-jones @dwashingtonjone


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Children’s Book (Age Level 4 – 12)


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The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us! Never before has this catastrophic event been approached from the delicate and imaginative mind of a child. d. washington-jones cleverly uses rhyme, prose and her gentle sense of humor to take us through a day in the life of a young “walker”. Give this enticing book a read and your little Zombie just might ask you to read it again and again and again…

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Excerpt:

Everybody seems to like Zombies
And if the truth be said,
They’re really quite afraid
Of the moaning, walking, dead.


About the Author:

d. washington-jones is an author/educator who lives in North Louisiana. She has four children and teaches “Economics” at Northwestern State University in the Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences Department. “I’m a story-teller,” she says candidly, “as was my mother before me.” She writes children’s fantasy and fiction and non-fiction in her area of expertise as well as inspirational works. Contact info: dwashingtonjones@gmail.com or join our newsletter at www.therunawaychristmastree.com or www.imgladimnotazombie.com to be included in upcoming events/sales or free giveaways. Like our page on face book! Tweet @dwashingtonjone.