Book Details:

Book Title: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: About Something Good, LLC
Release date: October 28, 2017
Tour dates: April 9 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that’s how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie’s human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love’s power to uplift and transform.

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Ralphie, Always Loved: Questions Selection #4

Q: What are you trying to say with your book?

A: I’m trying to say it’s okay to love even if you have been hurt in the past, or things haven’t gone exactly the way you planned. Keep your heart open and let it lead the way. I’m telling people to look for reasons to love. Pets, especially dogs, show us how love, forgiveness, and living in the moment make our lives richer. I’m hoping this book highlights that.

 

Q: The book is also about loss and death. How did it feel to write about that?

A: I had started writing this book many years ago, and as the years went by, Ralphie was getting older and I knew I would have to say goodbye. I knew that there were many people like me who have dealt with loss like this in their own lives. It helped when I remembered how Ralphie dealt with the loss of Skipper—the dog we already had when we brought Ralphie home. He was sad; we saw it in his body language. She was his leader and he looked up to her, and suddenly she was gone. I saw him grieve and get over it, and I never saw him being anything but loving to the rest of us, who were also left behind. Now that Ralphie has passed too, I’d like to think that he and Skipper are together again and that she is bossing him around and taking care of him all at the same time!

 

Q: What did you do after Ralphie passed?

A: I cried and cried. I still do, even a year and a half later. But now with this book and his memories, I’m helping keep his legacy alive. Ralphie has an Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/ralphiealwaysloved/) that is still active, and through it he is keeping love and hope alive inside me and his friends and followers as well. On the day we got his ashes back, our family made a memory box filled with things that reminded us of him. We told Ralphie stories and laughed and cried. We made donations to dog charities.

Now we look for heart-shaped clouds. The book starts with Ralphie in heaven, painting clouds, and I believe that he is up there again sending us messages of love. We’re always excited to see these special signs from Ralphie.

 

Q: The book is not just about loss, right?

A: Ralphie, Always Loved is primarily a book about love and hope. It also touches on how faith weaves into the fabric of our lives. This book also helps us focus on finding reasons to stay positive and hopeful, just as Ralphie did. We need more books like it: books that encourage young readers to keep believing and striving to find the good in each other. Those qualities are very much needed in today’s world.

 

Q: How does the book reflect who you are and what your values are?

A: Ralphie, Always Loved is based on a true story about my dog, who was abandoned not once but three times before we got him. He was hyper and misunderstood. He just needed patience, understanding, and redirection. My family and I did not give up on him, and we were rewarded by an amazing and loving relationship that lasted sixteen years. I guess it wasn’t just Ralphie who had hope; I did too.

 

Q: What do you most want to be known for?

A: I’d love to be known as a storyteller who makes people think of something positive in today’s world, and who gives them a reason to want to be kind. I want to be a champion of underdogs everywhere and to leave a legacy of love.


 

 

Meet the Author:

 

Andrea has always been an avid reader and that jumpstarted her imagination at a very early age. In fact she escaped to the Land of Make Believe more often than her mother liked.She is a former marketing professional who is a mom to kids both with and without fur. Andrea says that it helps to have one foot planted firmly in reality while the other is foot loose and fancy-free in Imagination Land. She enjoys the best of both worlds.In 2013, Andrea and her husband started About Something Good (ASG) as a vehicle to curate, inspire and share goodness in the world. In a world where negative images flood the media, and words like “hate” get tossed around so easily, Andrea felt she needed a space that encouraged and focused on the words like “love” and the beauty that is life.

Andrea is committed to finding the good in everything and believes: that a sense of belonging to someone’s heart is what makes us feel complete, that kindness goes a long way, and that keeping your mind and heart open can help when things happen that you don’t understand.Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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SHATTERED ROADS
The Skyfire Saga Book 1
by Alice Henderson
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
In a future laid waste by environmental catastrophe, one woman in a shielded
megacity discovers a secret hidden within—and the nightmare of what lies
beyond.
Her designation is H124—a menial worker in a city safeguarded against the
devastating storms of the outer world. In a community where consumerism
has dulled the senses, where apathy is the norm and education is
a thing of the past, H124 has one job: remove the bodies of citizens when
they pass away in their living pods.
Then one night, H124’s routine leads
her into the underground ruins of an ancient university. Buried
within it is a prescient alarm set up generations ago: an
extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth.
When her warning is seen as an attempt
to topple the government with her knowledge of science, H124 is
hunted—and sent fleeing for her life beyond the shield of her
walled metropolis. In a weather-ravaged unknown, her only hope lies
with the Rovers, the most dangerous faction on Earth. For they have
continued to learn. And they have survived to help avert a terrifying
threat: the end of the world is near.

Excerpt

H124 waited outside the door, closing her eyes and concentrating on the theta wave receiver by the door lock. She mentally sent the message “unlock,” and the door hissed open. Quietly she stepped inside with her gear, then stopped as she heard noise coming from the main room. Someone still lived in this pod. Her employers had told her that the only way to access the corpse was through the neighboring pod. Weird, but she didn’t ask questions. Maybe the deceased’s lock was broken. Still, she’d never been inside someone’s place while they still occupied it, and she felt uncomfortable, a stranger in someone’s home.

She crept into the main room. Her instructions told her they’d created a hole in the wall there. A light flickered on the wall as she moved forward. Not wanting to disturb the occupant, she stepped lightly in her work boots. She knew she’d get in trouble if she interrupted him. She stepped around the corner and saw him, seated before his display, his button pad shimmering in midair just below his hands. The light from his display hovered in the air before him.

She knew about these display setups and button pads that most people were equipped with. But she’d only been in these living pods to clean out the previous tenants after they’d passed on, so she’d never seen the equipment turned on before.

Just ahead, she could see the ragged, dark hole in the wall, but her eyes returned to the floating display.

She’d never seen anything so beautiful. She knew she wasn’t supposed to, but she stopped before stepping through the hole. Unable to help herself, she stared at the display. Six windows filled the screen, and the man’s eyes darted from one to the other. Both hands fluttered over the button pad, fingers pressing down in such a rapid sequence, she didn’t know how he could possibly make sense of what he was doing. In one window he controlled an image of a little man who moved through different rooms of a building, pulling levers and pressing buttons on walls. In another flashed a sequence of unintelligible numbers. Another window held an animated avatar of someone else, a woman, with text flying across the screen just beneath her face. Every few seconds, his hands would stream over the buttons and more text would fly by. A group of people talked in yet another window, sitting around a table chattering about someone named Phil, and how they couldn’t believe that he had opted for the small swimming pool when he could have had the bigger one. Along the bottom of the screen scrolled more text: THIS YEAR’S MOST IMPORTANT DECISION! Pick the right candidate! Vote wisely! Watch the candidates’ videos! Yes! Vote for your favorite reality TV star in this all-important election to determine which show will be renewed!

In yet another window a little graph fluctuated up and down, beeping out sounds every now and then. Whenever it beeped, the man entered text in the window, pressing some more buttons until it stopped beeping. His eyes never left the display, and his fingers never stopped working at the keypad. It fascinated her that he could attend to so many things at once. What was he even doing in each of the windows? She had no idea.

He stood up suddenly, and she leaped back into the shadows. He walked to his wall slot as a delivery drone clattered in the vent and came through. The display followed in front of the man, while his fingers kept typing away. The drone hovered briefly, laid down the man’s new food tray with the food cubes, then took away his empty tray from earlier that day. It buzzed and vanished back into the vents. Rapidly the man reached out, grabbed the squares, and shoved them into his mouth. Then he returned to his seat, his attention on the display not once faltering.

Her face burning, H124 realized she’d been standing there far too long. If her employers found out, she’d be ticketed. Or worse. They could assign her even more extra duties. She was lucky the man hadn’t noticed her. She stepped forward quietly and reached the hole in the wall. Without a sound, she stepped through it into the dead man’s apartment.


Alice Henderson is a writer of fiction,
comics, and video game material. She was selected to attend
Launchpad, a NASA-funded writing workshop aimed at bringing accurate
science to fiction. Her love of wild places inspired her novel
Voracious, which pits a lone hiker against a shapeshifting creature
in the wilderness of Glacier National Park. Her novel Fresh Meat
is set in the world of the hit TV series Supernatural. She
also wrote the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels Night
Terrors
and Portal Through Time. She has written short
stories for numerous anthologies including Body Horror, Werewolves &
Shapeshifters, and Mystery Date. While working at LucasArts, she
wrote material for several Star Wars video games, including Star
Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
and Star Wars: Battle for Naboo.
She holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in folklore and
geography, and is a wildlife researcher and rehabilitator. Her novel
Portal Through Time won the Scribe Award for Best Novel.
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Book Details:

Book Title: The Progeny: A Novel by Tosca Lee
Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory (Book #1)
Category: YA Fiction, 352 pages
Genre: Thriller, (YA-leaning), Slight paranormal
Publisher: Howard Books
Release date: May 2016
Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes a story of love, ancient secrets, and survival. Book 1 in the House of Bathory duology.
When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all:

“Emily, it’s me. You.

Don’t ask about the last two years… Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.”

You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.

Praise for The Progeny:

“Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!”
– Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study

“Intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“Irresistible…”
– Publishers Weekly

“[A] complex thriller with various turns and twists…A great choice for readers who enjoy their psychological thrillers with a historical twist.”
– Library Journal

“Exciting…action-packed…intriguing.”
– Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Filled with intrigue, romance, and reversals fans are sure to love.”
– Family Fiction

“The Progeny has risen to the top of my favorites list…I devoured every word of it.”
– Book Reporter

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EXCERPT:

 

The Center

No one speaks when you enter the Center for the last time. There’s no need. You’ve gone through the counseling, tests, and a checklist of preparations to get the plastic bracelet you wear the day of treatment. The one that saves a life. They don’t need to know why you’re doing it any more. Or that you lied about it all. Just the scratch of the stylus as you sign your name on the screen one last time.

A nurse takes me into a room and I lie down on the table. I give her the sealed packet—the only thing I brought with me. There’s cash, meds, and an address inside, the one for “after.” It’s a thousand miles away. She’ll pass it to the companion assigned to me. No point meeting her now.

I’m 21 years old and my name doesn’t matter because it’s about to be erased forever. I’m choosing to forget the ones I love, and myself, in the process.

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But they don’t tell you that every detail comes screaming back to life. That you taste each bite of every meal you savored, feel the shower of every rain you walked in… smell the hair against your cheek before that last, parting kiss. That you will fight to hold on to every memory like a drowning person gasping for poisoned air.

Then everything you knew is gone. And you are still alive.

For now.

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Meet the Author:

“Superior storytelling.” – Publishers Weekly

“One of the most gifted novelists writing today.” -Steven James, bestselling author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny and Firstborn, currently in development for television),Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. (And be sure to check out Ismeni, the free e-short prequel to The Legend of Sheba!)

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