Friday, February 26, 2016

Wellsboro Bookfest 2016

Wellsboro's Bookfest 2016 has been scheduled! This year, Wellsboro Bookfest will be held Saturday,November 5th at the Deanne Center in Wellsboro Pennsylvania. It will be in the Coolidge theatre, and we'll have even more room than in past years.

We've already signed up two authors, but don't worry, there's lots of room. That's no reason to wait. Have you heard of Bookfest? Bookfest is a celebration of books and reading

It's the best of two worlds... a used library-style used booksale with the proceeds going to the Wellsboro Area School Dictrict library, and a book festival celebrating local & regional authors! All in gorgeous historic Wellsboro, PA.

It's to encourage community literacy; to provide an opportunity for our community members to come together in order to talk about books, writing, reading, publishing and literacy; to raise money for the school library inventories.

It's just $25 dollars a table for authors. Authors sell their own books, and keep all the proceeds. You supply your books and we supply the crowds. Let's make this the best Bookfest ever! Contact From My Shelf Books & Gifts and get signed up today.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons

I own a bookstore, and I wrote a book, but it's not available as an ebook. Amazon is not my friend, and it's not yours.

I published my book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, through IngramSpark and only made it available as a real book. Your customers won't find it in an electronic version.

Why did I do this? Because I believe in bookstores staffed by lovers of books. I'd rather have real people selling my book to people they feel are the best match for my book.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghostbusters in the mix.

Our furry 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.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is a book I feel confident and comfortable suggesting to 2nd or 3rd graders who love animals, cryptids, and adventure.

The book is available through Ingram for just 5.99 at standard industry discount. It's around 4,000 words. It's been professionally written, illustrated, edited, and approved by professionals in the field of children education.

In the follow-up, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf, the Ninja Raccoons continue their training, and meet a creature of legend, a werewolf.

The Ninja Raccoons decide to track and capture the werewolf for the prize offered for capturing such a creature. The Raccoons learn that the werewolf isn't as terrifying as the myths, and friends are more important than money.

Thank you for your taking the time to read about The Totally Ninja Raccoons. I hope to start a new trend. Together, we can continue to keep bookstores vibrant and beating in the heart of their communities.

Kevin J. Coolidge
From My Shelf Books & Gifts

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot available now! ISBN 9780692592557

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird and Wacky Werewolf available now! ISBN 9780692647707

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon available May 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird available July 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Official Release Date of "The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf"

The official release date has been announced! The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf will be available March 1st, 2016! 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.

Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka

There's never a dull moment with Nate Wright in the picture. Whether getting caught playing table football in the library or raiding the teachers' lounge, Nate's antics are always hilarious and detention worthy
Sixth grade can be a tension convention for Nate Wright. His baseball team's just been given the lamest name in Little League history; he's on the verge of becoming know-it-all Gina's personal servant for a day; and Spitsy, the closest thing he has to a dog of his own, is in love with a CAT. Yup, Nate's up to his ears in stress. Luckily, the perfect remedy is close at hand: an empty plastic soda bottle. All Nate has to do is drum it gently against his head thunka, thunka, thunka -- and the pressures of dealing with Coach John, Mrs. Godfrey, and the terrifying Kim Cressly begin to fade away. Who knew an empty bottle could be so therapeutic? There's only one stress-buster that's better: reading "Big Nate" comics So sit back, relax, and enjoy this latest collection, "Thunka, Thunka, Thunka.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Here Comes the Shaggedy (Goosebumps: Most Wanted #9)

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you..
Kelli and Shawn Anderson are not excited about having to move to another state - especially because their new home is directly next to a giant swamp. But their dad is a scientist and he's going down there to study the local flora and fauna.
Unfortunately for Kelli and Shawn, there seem to be some very strange creatures that live around their house. They keep hearing about the legend of the Shaggedy, an ancient beast that lives far below the surface of the swamp and can cause a whole lot of damage. Can Kelli and Shawn convince their dad to move back home before it is too late?

Friday, February 19, 2016

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends?

Jane has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. Her books range from the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series to the Caldecott winning Owl Moon to popular novels such as The Devil s Arithmetic, Snow in Summer, and The Young Merlin Trilogy, to award-winning books of poetry such as Grumbles from the Forest, and A Mirror to Nature. In all, she has written over 335 books (she s lost count), won numerous awards (one even set her good coat on fire), and has been given six honorary doctorates in literature.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

In May of 1937, the Hindenburg, a massive German airship, caught fire while attempting to land in New Jersey, killing 35 people. Lauren Tarshis's latest thrilling addition to the "New York Times" bestselling I Survived series, will feature an 11-year-old boy in the middle of this historic disaster.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chili Taste-Off Saturday Feb. 20th!

From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be one of the many business participating in the Chili Taste-Off with proceeds going to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Tioga County. Tickets are available at the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce before the event, and Penn Oak Realty during the event.

The event takes place February 20th from 11AM to 2PM and tickets are only $5. Remember the proceeds goes to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. It's for the kitties and puppies. So, bring your appetite and grab a bowl.

From My Shelf Books will be serving our own special brand of Hellfire chili created by local chefs William Waltz and his grandfather William Colson. It's a white chicken chili that will burn your socks off. You must be willing to sign a waiver before consuming this spicy western style chili that will kick you in the butt today and tomorrow.

The chicken was generously donated by the owner of the New Plaza Cafe in Galeton Pennsylvania. He's a big animal lover. So, if you are ever hungry and in Galeton, check them out. Heck, go for a drive, and stop by for a bite.

Wellsboro is also holding it's second Winter Fest to hold the darkness at bay. There won't be any sacrificing of virgins, but there will be ice sculptures and more chili tasting at other places if you like that bland tomato soup with beans some people call chili.

This is all taking place February 20th. So, get out of the house and come to From My Shelf Books, get some great chili, meet our visting author, shake your fist at the heavens, and get some fresh air before the winter sucks out your soul...

Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure

Not every kid skips a rock across a pond and winds up with a unicorn best friend, right? The popular friendship of "Phoebe and Her Unicorn "is back for a third collection of adventures so heavenly they had to be shared.
School's out That means no more teachers, no more books, and lots of time to compliment Marigold Heavenly Nostrils on her good looks. In this third volume, Phoebe and her obligational best friend, Marigold, learn that summer still has plenty of surprises for the both of them. All of our old friends are back Phoebe's part-time frenemy Dakota, upon whom Marigold has bestowed sentient hair, Phoebe's goofy parents, and even Lord Splendid Humility (but please, ignore his magnificence if you can) Have fun as Phoebe and Marigold continue the Phoebegold Detective Agency, spend a week at Wolfgang Music Camp, and find themselves in more misadventures, thanks to Marigold's enchanted sparkles Along the way, Phoebe makes some new friends, such as Sue her unique clarinet-playing bunkmate, Florence Unfortunate Nostrils, Marigold's estranged sister, and Camp Wolfgang's lake monster who enjoys tacos and Wi-Fi. When school resumes, read along as Phoebe enjoys (or suffers from) a brief case of popularity, mentally catalogs her grievances against dodge ball, and, with Marigold's help, rescues Dakota and her hair from the queen of the goblins. Through these wacky adventures, Phoebe and Marigold learn that their friendship is the second most magical thing of all, after Marigold's beauty, of course.
Includes an introduction by Cory Doctorow and his daughter Poesy

Meet Author Patrick Thomas

On Feb. 20th 2016 from noon to 3PM, we'll be hosting horror writer Patrick Thomas. Patrick Thomas has had stories published in over forty magazines and more than fifty anthologies.

He’s written 30+ books including the urban fantasy humor series Murphy’s Lore including the spin-offs Fairy With A Gun, Fairy Rides The Lightning, Dead To Rites, Rites of Passage, Lore & Dysorder and two more in the Startenders series.

He co-writes the Mystic Investigators paranormal mystery series and The Assassins’ Ball, a traditional mystery, co-authored with real life CSI John L. French. He edited the New Blood and Hear Them Roar anthologies and was an editor at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Pirate Writings magazines.

His darkly humorous advice column Dear Cthulhu is in its second decade and includes the collections Have A Dark Day, Good Advice For Bad People, and Cthulhu Knows Best.

A number of his books were part of the props department of the CSI television show and one was even thrown at a suspect. Fairy With A Gun was optioned by Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions. Drop by From My Shelf Books & Gifts from Noon to 3PM to meet him.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Bee-Friendly Garden

For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helpsyou create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.
In "The Bee-Friendly Garden," award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain.There are many personal benefits of having a bee garden as well Bee gardens:
. contain a gorgeous variety of flowers
. bloom continuously throughout the seasons
. are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable
. develop healthy and fertile soil
. attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects
. increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest
. improve the quality, flavor, and size of your produce
Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, "The Bee-Friendly Garden" debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From super blooming flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, "The Bee-Friendly Garden" is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature's most productive pollinator.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

From My Shelf's "I LOVE BOOKS" Reading Challenge

Between this Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day 2017, we challenge YOU to find some new books you'll love. In searching to meet these challenges, you may be surprised at books that you would not normally have chosen... they may come to be some of your favorites. You may be surprised at different authors or genres that will touch your heart, or get it racing.

Here's our first "I Love Books" yearly challenge:

*A book recommended by your mom/ a female family member

*A book recommended by your dad/ a male family member

*A book that was written at least 50 years before YOU were born

*A book set in a country (real-life) you’ve always wanted to visit

*A book where the characters can use magic

*A book you heard about via news media (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV)

*A book you heard about via social media (facebook, tumblr, Pinterest, youtube, twitter, someone’s blog, etc.)

*A “classic” book written in the 19th century (ie. 1800-1899)

*A book that tells a story ONLY in pictures: no words!

*A book that focuses on the fine arts (ie. music, theater, dance, art, etc.)

*A Hugo or Nebula Award winning book

*A fiction book written by an author who is still alive

*A book by a female author

*A book with non-human characters

*A book of short stories

*A memoir (autobiography)

*A book written by an author who was under 30 when s/he wrote it

*a YA (young adult) book that has been a bestseller in the last 10 years

*a murder mystery

*A National Book Award winner

*any book chosen for World Book Night in the U.S.

*a book of poetry

*a book from our “staff pick” shelves or website picks

*a book written by a local/regional author

*a book based on mythology or a fairy tale

*a book, fiction or factual, dealing with spiritual beliefs and practices different from your own

*an animal story

*a book you can share with a child in your life

Let us know about books you pick!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Winter of Our Despair

It was the best of winters; it was the worst of winters. Who am I kidding? It's the winter of our discontent. Winter sucks, and February is the longest short month of the year, and this year it even has an extra day in it. Notice how the presidential election years are always in leap year? That's so they can fit in all the extra BS.

It's the winter of our despair here at From My Shelf Books & Gifts and we are throwing a party. We'll be hosting horror author Patrick Thomas. Everyone knows winter is hell, and several of the author's books take place there.

It will be a hell of a good time. Also get great advice from dark, elder god, Cthulhu. Don't know who he is? Don't wait any longer, come by and find out. Don't worry if you can't pronounce Cthulhu. It wasn't meant to be pronounced by human lips.

We'll also be serving our own special brand of Hellfire chili. All profits go the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. You must sign a waiver before consuming this spicy western style chili that will kick you in the butt today and tomorrow. Remember, it's for the puppies and kitties, so buy a ticket. It's only 5 bucks.

Wellsboro is also holding it's second Winter Fest to hold the darkness at bay. There won't be any sacrificing of virgins, but there will be ice sculptures and more chili tasting at other places if you like that bland tomato soup with beans some people call chili.

This is all taking place February 20th. So, get out of the house and come to From My Shelf Books meet an author, shake your fist at the heavens, and get some fresh air before the Apocalypse comes to you...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Doctor Who Coloring Book

Planets, galaxies, villains, heroes, the Doctor, the TARDIS and the time vortex--all intricately illustrated in this adult coloring book packed with original Doctor Who art. With 96 stunning pages to color, plus all the best quotes from the beloved TV show, this out-of-this-world adult coloring book is perfect for any creative Doctor Who fan.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jimmy Bluefeather

Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old (he lost count awhile ago) and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He also thinks he thinks too much. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native ( with some Filipino and Portuguese thrown in ), he's the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likeable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. Suddenly all of Old Keb's senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides and storms. Nobody can find him. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation. With its rogue's gallery of colorful, endearing, small-town characters, this book stands as a wonderful blend of Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and John Nichols's THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR, with dashes of John Steinbeck thrown in.