Monday, April 24, 2017

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are Available at the Green Free Library!!



I was a voracious reader as a child. My parents couldn't have kept me and my sisters supplied with reading materials. I received books for Christmas, and Easter and my birthday. I spent my allowance on books, but it was my local library, The Green Free Library in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, that filled the rest of the need.

I'm happy to announce that the Green Free Library now has the first five books in the Totally Ninja Raccoon series. Your child can now check them out and see just how fun they are. People started asking for them, and the library responded.

If your library or school doesn't have the Totally Ninja Raccoons, just ask. They are available from the usual sources for libraries. I'm starting to do more library and school events, and would love to visit your local library or school. Just contact me at From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 570-724-5793 and we'll get started.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Emu. Emus as Pets. Emus Keeping, Care, Housing, Interaction, Diet and Health



Emus have been raised as pets for several years mostly because of their lean meat. There are several things about the Emu that make them the most adorable pets to have at home. They are wonderfully friendly and can even be very playful around the people that they have bonded with. The gait of these birds and the "goofy"expression that they carry all the time makes them a lot of fun to be around. Of course, you need to be extremely cautious while raising Emus as they are really large birds that can become unruly and dangerous when not raised to be tame. When they are larger, there are several restrictions with respect to the space and the area that you can raise these birds in. However, if you raise emus as babies, you will see that they are just as great as any other household pet that climbs up into your lap, hides in small spaces in your home and just keep you entertained all day. This book is the best guide for anyone who is setting out on their journey with their Emus. It will provide you with all the information that you require from sourcing your bird, housing them and even providing them with proper nutrition and care. The information that you will find in this book has been tested by emu owners. Therefore all the tips that you will read about are practical and easy. Covered in this book: -Behavior -Bonding -Buying -Caring -Diet -Feeding -Handling -Healthcare -Housing -Legal considerations -Routine care -The history and origin of the species -Travelling ....and much more

Friday, April 21, 2017

MAIN STREET & DOWNTOWN WELLSBORO PENNSYLVANIA



MAIN STREET & DOWNTOWN WELLSBORO PENNSYLVANIA is part of the America's Main Street contest and we'd love your support—you can vote every 24 hours up through April 23rd!


The America's Main Street contest, recognizes the economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize to support revitalization. Please vote!


JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTO OF MAIN STREET WELLSBORO TO BE TAKEN TO THE SITE TO VOTE!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Top 100 In Bestselling Independent Titles



Fellow Booksellers who use Ingram? Check out Bestselling Independent Titles right under Fiction Blooms. All of my Totally Ninja Raccoon series made the list, as well as my novella Operation Ragnarok. The first book in the series, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is currently number 30. People are starting to call The Totally Ninja Raccoons the next Wimpy Kid. Why wait to check it out?


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Giveaway for "Her and Him" by Margaret Kroeck


You can enter to win a free signed copy of Her and Him, the first of a trilogy by author Margaret Kroeck.

Her book, "Her and Him" is the first of a three part story of survival.

The little girl has the most horrible beginning while the little boy has known nothing but joy and happiness. Tragedy and fate brings them together in an unusual way.

Please join us in a journey of discovery and overcoming adversity. Sometimes out of darkness comes joy....



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Her and Him by Margaret Kroeck

Her and Him

by Margaret Kroeck


Giveaway ends May 15, 2017.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

About the Totally Ninja Raccoons and Kevin Too!


We all know that cats want to take over the world. What? You didn't know that? If you have a furry feline in your life, you know they are planning on world domination...right after their nap.

Yes, cats are planning world domination. There's even an international organization known as the Cat Board that is planning right now as you are reading this. Lucky for humans, cats are a little lazy.

That's where the Totally Ninja Raccoons come in. These little masked bandits decided they aren't meant to be ordinary, but chose to be something more, ninjas!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons are your basic heroes for hire. They work cheap, sometimes for a little Chinese takeout or a stale doughnut.

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.

There are things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are:

Rascal: He's the shortest brother and loves doughnuts. He's great with his paws and makes really cool gadgets. He's a little goofy and loves both his brothers, even when they pick on him, but maybe not right then.

Bandit: He's the oldest brother. He's tall and lean. He's super smart and loves to read. He leads the Totally Ninja Raccoons, but he couldn't do it by himself.

Kevin: He may be the middle brother, but he refuses to be stuck in the middle. He has the moves and the street smarts that the Totally Ninja Raccoons are going to need, even if it does sometimes gets them into trouble as well as out of trouble.

I chose to only make it available as a real book. You won't find it in an electronic version. Why did I do this? Studies have shown that students retain more information when reading from paper.

I believe that reading is more than a chore. It's an tactile experience... I also believe in bookstores staffed by lovers of books. I'd rather have real people selling real books to people that are the best match for that book.

I specifically picked the second to fourth grade age, because of my experience in the bookstore. If a child doesn't embrace reading during this crucial age, a child can fall behind their peers, and struggle into their teen years and beyond. My goal is to entertain and engage young readers.



The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot ( Totally Ninja Raccoons #01 )

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons meet Bigfoot, our protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.

In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the Cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't the monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons learn that sometimes you have to choose your own path if you want to choose your destination.


The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf ( Totally Ninja Raccoons #2 )

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn teamwork, and meet a creature of legend, a werewolf.

The Ninja Raccoons decide to track and catch the werewolf for the prize offered for capturing such a creature. Will the Raccoons succeed in their mission? Are friends more important than money? Do werewolves taste good with hot sauce?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world; monsters are real; and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to the Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.



The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon ( Totally Ninja Raccoons #3 )

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn compassion, and meet a creature of Pennsylvania Folklore, a Sidehill gouger.

The Ninja Raccoons investigate the legend of the crying baby. Will the Raccoons discover the secret of the canyon? Can the Cat Board stop the Raccoons? What did Raccoons eat before there was tasty General Tso's Chicken?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world; monsters are real; and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to the Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.




The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird ( Totally Ninja Raccoons #4 )

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn the value of friendship, and meet a creature of Native American myth, a thunderbird.

The Ninja Raccoons are framed for the theft of the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue. Will the Raccoons prove their innocence? Will the Raccoons return to Animal Land? Will the Cat Board triumph? Will Rascal ever learn to swim?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world; monsters are real; and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to the Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.


The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper (Totally Ninja Raccoons #5)

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons and The Catmas Caper, the Ninja Raccoons continue their ninja training, learn the true meaning of Christmas and meet a creature of Germanic myth, Krampus!

In this super-special Christmas edition, the infamous Cat Board is once again plotting against the Totally Ninja Raccoons and plans to eliminate Christmas! Will the Totally Ninja Raccoons be able to stop the Cat Board and save Christmas?

There are more things in heaven and earth than these three brothers ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world; monsters are real; and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to the Ninja Raccoons to do something about it.


About the Author

Kevin resides in Wellsboro, just a short hike from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. When he's not writing, you can find him at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, an independent bookstore he runs with his lovely wife, several helpful employees, and two friendly cats, Huck & Finn.

He's recently become an honorary member of the Cat Board, and when he's not scooping the litter box, or feeding Gypsy her tuna, he's writing more stories about the Totally Ninja Raccoons. Be sure to catch their next big adventure, The Totally Ninja Raccoons And The Secret of Nessmuk Lake.

You can write him at:

From My Shelf Books & Gifts
7 East Ave
Wellsboro PA 16901
www.wellsborobookstore.com


Thursday, April 13, 2017

AMERICA'S MAIN STREETS CONTEST PRESS RELEASE:


Wellsboro, Pennsylvania has been nominated to compete in the Independent We Stand 2017 America's Main Streets contest.

Voting for the top 25 quarterfinalists is now underway. It will end at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

An individual can cast an online vote for Wellsboro once every 24 hours now through April 23 from his or her IP address by visiting http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=32 according to the contest rules. Or, people can vote by going to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or the From My Shelf Books Facebook page.

"During the inaugural contest held last year, Wellsboro was named one of the top 10 finalists but did not win," said Kevin Coolidge, a member of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce who with his wife, co-own From My Shelf Books, an independent bookstore in Wellsboro. Coolidge nominated Wellsboro for the 2016 contest and has nominated it again this year.

If Wellsboro is named one of the 25 quarterfinalists on April 24, a second round of voting will be held from 10 a.m. on Monday, May 1 to 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The grand prize winner will be selected from the 10 finalists and told on June 2 with a public announcement on June 5.

The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 check; a $1,000 certificate for STIHL equipment; SnapRetail one year subscription valued at $1,300 that includes email marketing, social media scheduling and a new website; Tire Pros $500 certificate towards a set of Continental tires; Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree; PPG Pittsburgh Paints $500 shopping spree; Alignable small business social media "Neighborhood"; a special plaque valued at $100 for the winner to display; recognition on Independent We Stand social media channels and public relations outreach.

Initiated in 2016 by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, the goal of this contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive and how communities can educate their neighbors about the many benefits of "buying local."

"I have voted for Wellsboro to win $25,000 to invest in our downtown," said Coolidge. "Help Wellsboro become a quarterfinalists by voting online every day now through April 23," he encouraged.

For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.



CLICK ON THE PHOTO OF THE WELLSBORO CHAMBER TO BE TAKEN TO THE SITE TO VOTE!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mars One


Reads like a better written Arthur C Clarke novel with a Heinlein hero. The best young adult science fiction book I have read in a long time...


Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry.
Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn't stop him from falling in love with Izzy.
But now, at sixteen, it's time to leave Earth, and he's forced to face what he must leave behind in exchange for an uncertain future. When the news hits that another ship is already headed to colonize Mars, and the NeoLuddite terrorist group begins threatening the Mars One project, the mission's purpose is called into question. Is this all worth it?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vikings of Legend and Lore Paper Dolls



Meet Harald Bluetooth and his wife, Tove of Venden, as well as his parents, Gorm the Sleepy and Thyra Danebod, plus Ragnar Lothbrok, descendant of Odin, and Kraka, his shieldmaiden bride. These six dolls of legendary Viking kings and queens come with colorful wardrobes as well as interesting "Did You Know . . . ?" sidebars on each character.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Horse Dancer



A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything

When Sarah's grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo--hoping that one day she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood--she quietly trains in city's parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.
Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she's forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing.
But Sarah is keeping a secret--a secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever.