Tuesday, October 25, 2016

World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a delicious compendium of recipes inspired by the hit online game from Blizzard Entertainment.

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes inspired by the hit game from Blizzard Entertainment. Presenting delicacies favored by the Horde and the Alliance alike, this authorized cookbook teaches apprentice chefs how to conjure up a menu of food and drink from across the realm of Azeroth.

Featuring food pairings for each dish, ideas for creating your own Azerothian feasts, and tips on adapting meals to specific diets, this otherworldly culinary guide offers something for everyone. The aromatic Spiced Blossom Soup is perfect for plant-loving druids, and orcs will go berserk for the fall-off-the-bone Beer-Basted Boar Ribs. With alternatives to the more obscure ingredients just in case you don t have Chimaerok Chops lying around this comprehensive cookbook will ensure that you have no trouble staying Well Fed.

Each chapter features dishes at a variety of skill levels for a total of more than one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for food and brews, including:
Ancient Pandaren Spices
Fel Eggs and Ham
Mulgore Spice Bread
Dragonbreath Chili
Graccu's Homemade Meat Pie
Bloodberry Tart
Greatfather's Winter Ale
Whether you re cooking for two or revitalizing your raid group for a late-night dungeon run, World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook brings the flavors of Azeroth to life like never before.

About the Author

CHELSEA MONROE-CASSELis the co-author of the New York Times bestseller A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook. A lifelong artist and fan of fantasy, Chelsea discovered her love of interesting food during a year living abroad in Turkey. Like the literature and fictional settings she loves, Chelsea s work is a synthesis of imagination and historical research. Applying her multifaceted creativity to that passion has led her to a career of transforming imaginary foods into reality. She greatly enjoys foreign languages, treasure hunting, history, and all things related to honey. She and her husband currently live in an old Vermont house with a retired hound and a sturdy Manx cat."

Monsters and Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book

Go on a journey through the fabled Forgotten Realms and color in an array of monsters, rogues, heroes and villains

The Monsters and Heroes of the Realms A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book is a treasure trove of illustrations summoned from the pages of the official Dungeons & Dragons manuals. It features never-before-seen artwork and it includes 16 pages of inspirational full-color illustrations. In this book the pen IS mightier than the sword.

BookFest author: Dawn Lubertowicz

Dawn L. Lubertowicz spent most of her childhood traveling the world with her family, where she learned all of the different cultures. She was born in Denver, Colorado and never stopped moving until 1990 when the Persian Gulf War forced her, her mother and her older sister to move back to the States. She finally settled down in a small town, Tunkhannock, with her husband, Jason and their three “furry children”, Gremlin, Storm, and Ashes. She went to college and graduated with a bachelor degree in psychology, minor in criminal justice, and a certificate in forensic science. She finally settled in the medical field, working at a local family practice clinic.

In the meantime, she has always been writing. At BookFest 2016, Dawn will be selling 2 books in her paranormal romance/urban fantasy series featuring the characters Abby and Zero. Blood Moon: My Dark Angel and Awakening Moon: Evil Rises will be available for purchase, as well as a short collection of short stories, and a new stand-alone novella, Taming the Beast.

Bookfest Author: Kevin Coolidge

Kevin Coolidge is one of the owners of From My Shelf Books & Gifts and a children's author. He published a book about Hobo, the first bookstore cat at From My Shelf, and is bringing it back into print in time for Wellsboro's Bookfest this year.

Kevin is also the creator of "The Totally Ninja Raccoons." The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade, though there are younger and older readers. Grandmothers love buying them for their grandchildren that live outside of Tioga County.

The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is set right here in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, and is specifically geared towards reluctant readers. It's your classic trio with a twist. Think the "Three Investigators meet the "Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles" with a little "Ghost Busters" in the mix.What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

Kevin has also written his first book for adults called "Operation Ragnarok" Operation Ragnarok is a fantastical adventure with comedic elements about a group of Dungeon & Dragons players that are going through the mid-life crisis. Instead of the stereotypical, little red corvette, they decide to steal a Viking longship from a museum, and accidentally unleash Ragnarok. It's a story of friendship, sacrifice, and unleashing Hel on Earth...

Operation Ragnarok, think Night at the Museum meets The Big Bang Theory with a touch of Stand by Me vibe. Great for those who love mythology, gaming, and geek culture, but not needed to enjoy this fast-paced tale.

BookFest author: Chris McClean

Chris McClean is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. Along with writing suspenseful novels for mature audiences under the pen name C.L. Lowry, he also created the 'CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice' series. The CrimeFighters are a diverse group of heroes that teach safety lessons to young readers. Chris spent over five years in law-enforcement and uses his experience and education to engage his readers’ attention with realistic scenarios throughout his stories.

The CrimeFighters are a group of super heroes that are also law-enforcement officers and first responders. The CrimeFighters are friends that work together to fight crime and make the streets safer. They are equipped with special armored suits that have features that are linked to each of their skills and professions. The CrimeFighters group consists of junior versions of a police officer, firefighter, fire marshal, state trooper, corrections officer, FBI Agent, paramedic, and Sheriff. The CrimeFighters develop plans on how to catch criminals and defend justice all over the world. Whether they are stopping a bully from being mean to people or preventing thieves from stealing, the CrimeFighters are here to “save the day.”

The CrimeFighters books are recommended for children, ages 6 and up. With the CrimeFighters books, children will:
•Be introduced to the CrimeFighters
•Learn about the diverse group of heroes
•Enjoy beautiful illustrations
•Love the creative stories
•Be taught safety lessons
•Understand the difference between “right” and “wrong”
•Expand their vocabulary
•Have fun reading

The CrimeFighters: An Introduction to the Heroes book introduces children to the heroes and gives instructions to activities that are in the following stories. The book also displays beautiful illustrations of the heroes, their gadgets, and vehicles. Children will grow to love THE CRIMEFIGHTERS: DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE.

Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In June of 2016, his debut novel The Black Badge: Confessions of Corruption ranked #4 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Selling Crime Fiction books. The Black Badge also won an award for best book under the Anthologies/Compilation’s category at the 2016 New York Book Festival. Chris’ debut children’s storybook The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Fight a Fire ranked #50 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Selling Children’s Books.

Monday, October 24, 2016

BookFest author: Michael Keene

Michael Keene is the author of six books about unusual but true episodes of 19th-century New York state history. The events that bubbled out of this period include the origins of the Erie Canal, the establishment of New York's insane asylums and orphanages, incredible stories of fifteen female serial killers from upstate New York, the influence of the Spiritualist movement, the dawn of women's rights activism in America. This area saw everything from saving souls from the evils of alcohol with the Temperance preachers to continued action with prominent abolitionists.

Michael has worked for twenty-five years in the financial services industry as a financial planner. He's an author and also is the award-winning producer of "Visions: True Stories of Spiritualism, Secret Societies & Murder", available on DVD. He lives in Pittsford, New York, with his wife, Diana, and their daughter, Michele, and grandson, Joshua. His website address is www.ad-hoc-productions.com

Sunday, October 23, 2016

BookFest author: Bob Cox, Jr.

What started for Bob as a small retirement project -- a glance through some computer pages, looking into a little genealogy in one branch of his mom's family -- became a full-fledged book.

JAMES COCK, HIS LIFE AND TIMES, 1630-1699 is a history of early colonial Long Island told through the biography of a settler who helped found or establish three communities in that then-frontier land. James Cock was an English immigrant, who could neither read nor write his signature, but who became instrumental in each of the three towns--Southold, Setauket and Oyster Bay--where he lived. A devout Quaker, and founding father of nearly 400 years of a Quaker family on Long Island, he was a first-hand witness to religious prejudice and persecution at the hands of the Puritans and the Dutch. His life-long friend and neighbor in each of those settlements was Captain John Underhill, ruthless Indian fighter and charismatic civic leader--and later Quaker--who led the devastation of Natives in both the Pequot War and Kieft's War.

James actively joined in and helped lead efforts to oppose taxation without representation, to establish the freedoms of religion, speech and assembly, and democratic government, all of which we so take for granted today--over 100 years before the American Revolution. Filled with vivid accounts of early colonial times on Long Island and a careful critique of egregious laws enacted against the Quakers and enforced in Long Island first by the strict Puritan New Haven Colony then by the more lenient Connecticut Colony (Hartford), "James Cock, His Life and Times, 1630-1699" encourages the imagination and sends a message of significant lifetime accomplishments by an otherwise ordinary farmer and family man.

Bob Cox is truly a local boy: though he has enjoyed travel, he has lived his entire life, except his formal education years, in Wellsboro. After having practiced law here for forty years, he retired in 2011. He and his wife of nearly fifty years, Anne, are the parents of three (one of whom is Kasey, co-owner of your favorite local bookstore ;) and grandparents of four.

BookFest author: Judith Sornberger

Judith Sornberger is a recently-retired professor of English and of Women's Studies at Mansfield University. She continues to be active with her own writing and publishing career, and occasionally teaches a writing workshop in the community. At this year's BookFest, Judith will be selling several of her poetry collections, including Open Heart and Walmart Orchid, as well as her most recent work, a nonfiction book entitled Accidental Pilgrim.

In Accidental Pilgrim, once "nice pagan girl," acclaimed poet and scholar, Dr. Sornberger recounts her journey through faith in this beautiful personal memoir, highlighted by a trip to Italy. As a professor of English and Women's Studies, Sornberger had long been interested in the female role in scripture, iconography, and religious literature. When she began questioning her personal choices regarding Church and religion, Sornberger was drawn to art to find some answers. Her journey through the churches and museums of Italy, gazing upon powerful images of scriptural scenes, led her to insights into the place of Mary, along with other women, in a life of faith and service. Within this carefully told narrative and full-color images of many of the works of art that inspired Sornberger, the reader will find much to influence his or her own remarkable journey of faith.

Judith is fun, approachable, and kind. While she is a dynamic speaker, presenter, and teacher, she is at the same time very down-to-earth and personable. We're sure you'll love talking with her at BookFest, and we definitely encourage you to buy at least one of her books to enjoy her work!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

BookFest author (and artist!): Ken Cobb!

Kenneth Cobb is an Instructor of Art at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, teaching courses in Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design and Gallery Management. Ken was born in 1975 in Canandaigua, NY. He received his BFA in Painting and Computer Art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his MFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Ken will be selling two of his most recent books, his first ventures into coloring books, featuring his own drawings!

Of An Easy Nature is a light-hearted book containing 30 fun illustrations of nature's creatures to color and enjoy. Content suitable to all ages and skill levels with single-sided pages for easy coloring. $10.99

Abstract Designs Coloring Book will challenge your color harmony skills with a variety of pattern and shape based arrangements. Single-sided pages for easy coloring. $10.99

Ken will also be available to talk with if you are in the market for an illustrator or graphic designer for a book you have been working on.

At BookFest, Ken will accept payment in cash or with credit cards (via Square).

Friday, October 21, 2016

Can't Decide Who to Vote For???

You may have already read that From My Shelf Books & Gifts has been nominated for the Indie Awards sponsored by independentwestand.org. Only twenty five businesses will make the next round and we can't do it without your votes.

Voting to advance us to round two starts now! You can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work, AND when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop. Voting continues until November 13th. Then the top twenty five businesses will proceed to Round 2.

Your votes helped get us to the top ten last year, but we lost to a bigger business who didn't need the prize money. They ultimately donated it. We sure could use it.

Your vote can make that happen for From My Shelf Books. You can go to our Facebook page where we will have a link pinned to the top to make voting easier. If you haven't already liked our Facebook page, please do. We have lots of great cartoons, word play, and geek culture. If you love our store, please leave a review. It helps keep us visible and in the ratings.

If you don't do the Facebook thing, you can still vote by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com

Thanks so much for helping us get this far.

The Staff at From My Shelf Books & Gifts