Things are not what they seem in the small American town of Bulwark.
Hospital lights flicker for no reason. Townsfolk are overcome with a salacious appetite for the demise of others.
Accompanied by would-be boyfriend Deputy Terence Blake, Dr Peter Kent is caught in the middle of mind-bending events.
A café opens in town. The food is great. It’s the unexpected distortions in time and the surrounding world that make Peter question his mind and his grip on reality.
The multi-author anthology is set in Brit Lunden’s small American town of Bulwark. Paranormal phenomenon, strange creatures, unfathomable events and strange puddles of green goo. Each book can be read as a standalone story or as part of the anthology.
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About the Author
Living and working in South East England, DJ Cooper is an author of science fiction with a flair for humour and the bizarre. A wife, mother and business owner, she splits her time between many things, rarely completing anything. You can follow her at https://medium.com/@debzcooper where random thoughts are regularly unleashed onto an unsuspecting public.
“I liked how the author worked in diversity without forcing huge political statements or slowing the narrative. The book moves quickly, filled with twists from the investigation and futuristic tech, but not enough to overwhelm readers. Track is a likable character for the good he does despite how hard he works to push people away. The story puts the reader in his head, which shows the author has a quirky sense of humor I found refreshing.”
“Love everything about this book. Love the story, the characters. DJ Cooper writes in such a way that you feel like you know the characters and they have been a part of your life since…forever… Whether is a space station or a small town in Cleveland, the stories have characters who drive the plot and the film noir patina give them depth and diversity. Fresh, fun, and a pleasure to read.”
“What was most enjoyable about the story was the author’s ability to make Track a likeable person despite his somewhat ornery presentation. Humor was present throughout, making it an amusing read, even as it dealt with serious subject matter. Not everyone can pull off sarcasm in a character without making the reader dislike the person, but DJ Cooper has a knack for making us like someone even as we may wince at their tongue-in-cheek narrative and thoughts. Track reminded me of Indiana Jones, which is not a bad thing at all!”
“The world building was excellent. From the very first paragraph, I was completely immersed in the highly regimented and futuristic society that Detective Track lived in.”
I’d tuned out most of the chatter behind me as I concentrated on system reports. I was ahead. It put me in uncharted territory. The summons came after lunch. Si-Cross Four is a large off-world space station boasting many places to eat. It didn’t matter which I chose, I always found a small group of people who required off-menu items. They couldn’t all have allergies to the latest food considered the devil’s work. I was five minutes late back. And that was only because I’d stopped to help clear an area resulting in the initiation of a chemical spill false alarm report.
“Detective Trackneathan, my office,” my commanding officer Beynard issued in the tone of voice you did not ignore. Not unless you wanted them removed with a rusty knife and handed to you on a platter. I logged off and pushed myself out of my chair. The chip in my knee holding the joint together dug in and I winced. Yeah, I was on a list for a permanent fix. It came with the caveat I shouldn’t hold my breath.
The Squeezor is Coming! is a children’s book
written by Becky Benishek and illustrated by Matt Fiss.
What’s a Squeezor?
The Squeezor is a friendly
monster who just wants to give hugs, but he looks so scary, other monsters run
away from him! How can he get them to look past his appearance and be friends?
Then he gets an idea: It isn’t about what he wants, but what the other monsters
writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal truth and message come to life
through the graces of a monster.” – Starred review by Joel R. Dennstedt
for Readers’ Favorite
Monsters overflow in Becky
Benishek’s new children’s book about the power of empathy and why it’s so
important not to judge on appearances. Your whole family will enjoy the imagery
and important lessons underneath it all.
Becky Benishek has a B.A. degree in English, and is the author of
several children’s books, including Hush, Mouse!, What’s At the End
of Your Nose?, and Dr. Guinea Pig George. She loves to create
stories that help children believe in themselves, and find the magic in
ordinary things. Becky is married with guinea pigs.
“Far too many kids feel as unlovable as the Squeezor, and this
story is for them. Benishek’s droll and humorous story will please everyone in
the room and maybe especially those adults who are still kids at heart. Matt
Fiss’s brilliantly grotesque illustrations make this book one to linger over
and read again and again and again. Literally. It’s that good.” – Jack
Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Starred review from Readers’ Favorite:
“This story is highly recommended for young readers, especially
for those who find acceptance by others as a challenge.”–Bruce Arrington for
Starred review from Readers’ Favorite:
“With professional writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal
truth and message come to life through the graces of a monster. And if monsters
can make friends with monsters, what’s not left for which to hope?”-Joel
R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite
5 Stars & Top 50 of the Month on Goodreads:
“Oh. My. Gosh. I’m SO in love with this
one. . .from cover to cover. . .an absolutely perfect read!”-Miranda
Reads, top Goodreads reviewer
“This wonderful story teaches two significant lessons:
acceptance of others who are different and self-acceptance.”–Erica Graham,
author of the Talking Tales series
“This is not just another story book. It has a strong scholastic
element to it . . . This story will turn the readers into givers and social
enthusiasts.”– Ashish Kejriwal
“Kids will love the book’s splashy color, monsters aplenty, and
gross-out humor. Parents will love the story’s durable lesson: be yourself.”– Terry Vittone
“A delightful book! Read it for the story, read it for the
lessons, read it for pictures that have a subtle and humorous attention to
detail. Just read it – you’ll smile and be better for it.” –Lesley Rynders
“The characters are so alive that I often find myself wondering
what they’re up to right now. Kids will love meeting Graywick (the
Apothecaryterror)… Bitey (the scared [yes, scared!] vampire who wears BUNNY
SLIPPERS)… Grumpypuss (who looks like a bundle)… and the full cast of
marvelous monsters who inhabit Ghastly Gigapolis — and ostracize the
big-hearted Squeezor (who through his kindness eventually succeeds in making
friends with everyone). This book is SO fun to read and every page is a delight
for kids’ imaginations.”-Lemon
The Squeezor is a monster who
loves to give hugs. Great, big, wrap-his-arms-around-you-twice, squeezy hugs.
The trouble is, the Squeezor
doesn’t look like he just wants to give you a hug. He looks like he wants to
eat you up!
“The Squeezor is coming!” all
the other monsters would shout when he came to the nearest town, Ghastly
Gigapolis, for supplies.
From behind shop doors and
curtains, from roof peaks and from alleyways, from third-floor house windows
and through cellar-door slats, monsters furry or feathered, scaly or slimy, big
or small, quivered as the Squeezor stumped along the sidewalk on his squat legs
and big, squashy feet with three greasy toenails each.
They trembled at the sight of
his giant, curved horns and frightfully fanged grin. Even the fur on his big
blocky shape looked all wrong—a sickly, saggy mix of lime green, purplish
brown, and mustard yellow.
And they were practically
petrified at the chillingly sharp claws that glinted at the end of the
Squeezor’s wrap-around-you-twice arms!
This made the Squeezor very
“It’s not my fault I look this
way,” he said to himself one day as he sat in his lonely house up in Vile Vale.
“I don’t want to hurt anybody. How can I get everyone to trust me?”
The Squeezor stayed home all
that day to think. He didn’t have to worry about being disturbed because nobody
ever came to visit him.
He wandered into his library
and leafed aimlessly through 7 Habits of Highly Disgruntled
Monsters; then he read, How to Stop Worrying and Start
Eating, and he finished up with, I’m Okay, You’re Decaying.
None of them helped, not even
the one called, First Things First: 10 Tasks to Sink Your
He went into his kitchen and
half-heartedly stirred up a pot of his favorite, putrid green tomato soup and
slowly munched a moldy grilled cheese sandwich.
He didn’t really feel hungry,
though, and wasn’t even tempted by the box of Nose Nougats on the counter.
He switched on the television
in the living room to look for an advice show. One of the channels was running
a marathon of Game of Bones, and he’d watched two and a half episodes
before he realized it.
The Squeezor didn’t even like Game
of Bones. He switched off the set.
“How can I change
anything when I can’t even figure out what to do with myself?” he grumbled
as he wandered around his house.
Just then, he stopped short in
the hallway, under a portrait of his Great-Grandmother Squeezums, who always
seemed to be glaring lovingly at the Squeezor.
“Maybe that’s it!”
he said. “Maybe it’s not myself that I have to figure out.”
The Squeezor, excited now,
heated up another bowl of putrid green tomato soup, ate half the box of Nose
Nougats (the box itself was edible), and didn’t go to bed until he had a plan.
Buckle your seatbelts! Your child 6-10 is
about to take off on a trip of adventure, discovery and learning with the
Award-Winning Series: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s
Learn Spanish. Easy to use, whether or not you know Spanish or French. Your
child’s guide is Pete the Pilot. Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and
Hi, I’m Judy Martialay. I live
in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler
I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter,
volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese
but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons
I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and
energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee
of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).
Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking
countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many
benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.
I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French because
I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an
early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children’s
brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for
acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly
proficient in the language.
I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:” Children absorb
languages like sponges.” My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has
an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.
I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning
languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. If your child
continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide
“Whether you are a parent
hoping to broaden your child’s linguistic skills, or a teacher studying other
cultures with your class – you will find Bonjour! Let’s Learn French (and it’s
companion book, Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish) a painless way to begin your journey.” Amazon Review
“This is one of the most
informative, well-written children’s tutorials I’ve ever had the pleasure to
review. As a former teacher, I was impressed by how many additional teaching
tools Judy Martialay included with the base story. Imagine being provided with
a skit, a cute song, and a short art lesson on impressionistic painting – none
of which you had to create for yourself to extend the story. Martialay has done
teachers everywhere a big favor by including these value-added features.” Amazon Review
“Martialay has a passion for teaching children foreign languages
and it comes across in the book. I loved it and plan on buying the French one
next. An excellent resource for teachers, parents, educators and even
grandparents. A must own!”
of a bean field on a hot summer day in Mexico, audio provided)
the crickets. They are chirping under the hot sun that is shining down on the
bean field. The beans los frijoles are growing in their rows of plants.
Nothing is moving.
Something is moving. It’s jumping! In fact, it’s jumping towards us!
“Hola, niños. Me
llamoPanchito, the Mexican jumping bean. Look how high I can
Panchito jumps around the
field. He wants to talk to losfrijoles.
don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not
jumping beans like Panchito.
They just stay in one place and grow.
here on the bean field with no friends to play with.
Let’s Learn French
(Picture of a beach on a hot summer day in France. Audio
“Arlette, bring more water!”
Arlette runs to the water’sedge, where the waves roll onto the shore, foamy and bubbly. The sea is abright blue bleu under the summer sun. It’s a beautiful day at the beach àla plage. There is a boat unbateau in thedistance.
Arlette scoops up water withher pail to mix with the sand. Pierre, Arlette and the other children aremaking a castle un château out of sand lesable. Thechildren pat the sand and water together to form the walls of the castle lechâteau. Marie and Jacques make towers. Pierre has some toy soldiers whowill stand guard on the towers, protecting le château de sable
stories that entertain and teach as each story centers around a core sound in
the English language. The series includes Catch that Chinchilla, Puppy’s
Bubble, Cricket’s Guitar, The Bright Red Tricycle, and Sam’s Sticky Sucker.
What a fun way to help your child’s speech development.
Fletch and Rachael cannotwait to play with their new pet chinchilla. After Fletch’s impatience overcomeshim and he opens just a little, the chinchilla escapes! The chinchilla quicklyleads Fletch and Rachael in a chase across town. Will Fletch and Rachael catchthe chinchilla before their dad returns? This humorous story is a great way forany parent or therapist to target the “ch” sound. There are over 115 examplesof “ch” in various word locations to help improve speech development. This bookalso includes tips for parents who are working with the child’s speech at home.
About the Author
Erica Graham is an
award-winning children’s author. Graham graduated from Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language
Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the
American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Graham understands
the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children.
In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their
parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written
a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used
in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language
Pathologist, Graham enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and
daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.
books for young children serve several purposes. Most entertain. Some entertain
while presenting a moral or lesson. Erica Graham’s “Talking Tales” teach sounds
while entertaining with a delightful, humorous story and whimsical
“The atmosphere of the story
is one of fun, and I found myself quite unexpectedly smiling throughout the
entire story!” -Readers’ Favorite
“The story itself is a fine
little idea, a very fine lesson in phonetics and speech therapy that introduces
a whole new level of importance to children’s books!” Amazon Review
“First, the teaching part of
the story is about the letters “ch” and the sound. As the story is
read, you see that duo heavily throughout the story, and it is placed
perfectly. The story makes sense and is quite interesting for being a child
reader. This story was
adorable, and entertaining.” Amazon Review
Children’s picture book
about a boy bonding with his grandma while making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo
Includes Mandarin Chinese interwoven throughout the story. Buy now at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076CQJ1J2
Mommy surprises Brandon with
his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆), when she picks him up from school one
day. When they get home, the adventure begins! While Brandon and Pó
are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a
mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the
experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at
the end that delights the whole family!
This adorable story includes
some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including pin yin – pronunciation) and is
a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in,
Mandarin or Chinese culture.
About the Author:
is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She is a first
generation Chinese-American and lives in Miami with her husband and son,
Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories.
was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him
which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin)
words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing
her own. Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is the first “Brandon” story.
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see the following:
measure of the success of a children’s book is when they drag it off the shelf
over and over to be read with them. . . This book does that.”
Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is one of those rare exceptions [to flashcard
like bilingual books] that incorporates both pinyin, characters (traditional),
and a delightful story.”
illustrated children’s story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing
not only traditions together, but also the two languages.”
your book! I was a preschool teacher and I think this book will be a great
asset for any school.”
“This is a
great book to spark kid’s interest into other languages and cultures.”
such a cute book on so many levels.”
for someone who has child or grandchild who enjoys something different in a
sweet (or should that be savoury?) children’s book which links food, family and
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.
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.
“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 are off on a Vespa to adventure through Italy, siteseeing all the tourists 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
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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