A call for (legit) reviews!

Can you help a great indie author?

Hey everyone, I have a favor to ask! If any of you have started reading my new series on Kindle (The Vaettir Dark Fantasy) could you possibly take the time to leave an Amazon review? Amazon is being a butt and rejecting reviews from members of my review team (no idea why). If any of you would be willing to help me out with an honest review, I will reward you with unicorns, a pot of gold, and a castle in the sky (all of these things are invisible, but my love for you will be real). Also for any of you who have never even heard of the series, the first is currently free. *nudge nudge wink wink*. Also, hey look, new cover! Thank you a million times in advance!!


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Celebrate summer with a great new kids’ book-for FREE…

Michelle Eastman Books

Celebrate summer with a great new kids’ book-for FREE. The Goodreads giveaway is now live. 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer filled with magic and laughter!

The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy's Tale



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Calling all authors support your libraries

Let’s keep our library’s alive and vibrant! This is a repost of an article by “galesmind” Thank you!



Let’s start a movement!! If you write, donate your signed books to your local library and volunteer to read them. You get followers and future readers they get you in person.

If you have books donate them to small libraries that have so few and little money to buy more.

Get involved. Children that read get ahead. Ereaders are great but there is nothing like the adventure of going to a library and finding that perfect book. Take your kids get them a card. It is better for their minds and health.

Please reblog and share this post so we get the word out that libraries need our support. We don’t want to see a day when they are no longer there.

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Runaway Smile is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards

Nicholas C. Rossis

Runaway Smile by fantasy, science fiction and children's books author Nicholas C. Rossis is a Finalist in the 2015 International Book AwardsI got some exciting news yesterday, which I wanted to share with all of you! USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015.

Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories and awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Runaway Smile, my children’s book, was an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category!

I want to thank my parents, and my wife, Electra, and Dimitris Fousekis, and . Sorry, Electra told me that this is not that kind of post. She promised to listen to my speech as soon as I’m done, though, so I’d better wrap this up and return the shampoo bottle (which doubles as award-accepting-ceremony-microphone in our household) to the bathroom.

Before I go, a big thank you to all of you who have…

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Attention Generous Children’s Authors-Thank you! UPDATE

Another awesome post by Author, Michelle Eastman and her programme of getting books to Children.

Michelle Eastman Books

Wow! That’s all I can say about the wonderful authors who donated books to MARCHing Books to Kids of incarcerated parents book drive. I dropped off another huge collection today, and I was able to spend time in the VNS library. It was great to see all of the books on the shelves, but the best part was seeing all of your books. I was able to “Drop Everything And Read” a few days late, and I read many of your awesome books for the first time! You authors are as talented as you are generous. It was a pleasure to read the books you’ve created. The VNS staff members are very appreciative of the outpouring of donations from authors in 12 US states, and 3 additional countries. I’ll have the final book count very soon, but I can tell you the sentiment outweighs that total by loads and…

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Record successes

I originally posted this last November, but I like the idea so much as I want to promote ways that families can build self-esteem in each other and create a loving bond.


A neat idea I would like to share with you!

Get a large jar and label it  Family Success Stories or Family Name Great Stories. You decide how to decorate it.


Add stories of family successes and milestones.  It maybe a trip to the zoo, participation in a marathon or other charitable work.  Perhaps some reading milestones at school or at home.  How about adding that badge at scouts or graduating to a new music or dance class? Did the little one learn to ride the two wheeler? Did Dad or Mom get a raise at work or other work life milestones?  You decide what those successes may be. Remember to celebrate the little things as well.  Build self-esteem as a family.

If they can, have all family members add to this jar, not just Mom or Dad.  Have Grandparents or other extended family members join in the celebration of…

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#Read about Guest #Author Michelle Eastman

Read here about this marvelous author and her book “The Legend of the Dust Bunnies”

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Michelle Eastman
Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am Michelle Eastman, author of The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale. I love kids’ books, especially children’s picture books. I enjoy getting lost in the magic of the words as they flow into the illustrations.

I published my first book in November 2014. My son is the inspiration behind the main character, Artie, who collects and cherishes items most of us would see as junk. Here’s a bit more about the story:


Artie has a hard time finding his place among the other Dust Fairies. He wants to be accepted, but he isn’t willing to change who he is to do that. Artie’s loneliness, and odd habit of collecting discarded debris, leads him to create something legendary. His legendary creation helps him find his own special place among the Dust Fairies.


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Ahh Nostalgia – Patricia Lynne, Independent Author

A Wonderful look at Great Children’s Books:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Very Hungary Caterpillar

Star Wars

as well as more of Patricia’s Childhood memories.  Worth a read.

Ahh Nostalgia – Patricia Lynne, Independent Author.

MARCH-ing Books to Kids…Calling all Book Lovers and Authors to Make a Difference to a Child in Need…

Michelle Eastman Books

According to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. DO NOT own books.  That is just plain wrong.  But, we can help fix it.

girl wagon

I believe that every child’s Bill of Rights should be indelibly inked with the right to have picture books read to him/her and to own their very own books.  Many of us take for granted the sacred ritual of cracking open a picture book, and cuddling together while the words and pictures collectively take us away.  You can probably recall having been read to by your parents or caregivers.  You likely hold a special picture book, from your childhood, close to your heart.  And, until now, you’ve probably not given much thought to how profound that experience can be.

Imagine, never having that.

I CAN imagine a child, growing up, never knowing the power of a picture book.  I…

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