Wednesday, November 30, 2016

50 Things to See with a Small Telescope



People love this book! Revised in 2015, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope highlights the must-see objects observed at stargazing events all over the Northern Hemisphere. People of all ages frequently ask, "How did you find that so quickly?" Well, this book will explain just that! The planets in our solar system, the International Space Station, sunspots, birds, nebula, airplanes, and comets are just some of the items that his book will help you find! If you have been having difficulties enjoying your small telescope, this book is for you. There is something interesting about pretty much everything in outer space and it is exciting how many pop-culture references are derived from things in the night sky! Viewing the stars referenced in Star Trek, or talking about a character in Harry Potter named after a constellation, is just another way to make stargazing that much more fun! I am very excited to share my knowledge of astronomy and I am sure you will enjoy this book for years to come. By working through the 50 items in this book you will achieve a well-rounded understanding of amateur astronomy.

Christmas Ideals 2016 (2016) ( Ideals Christmas )



Melinda Rumbaugh has been editor of Ideals for nearly ten years. During that time, she has chosen countless pieces of artwork, photos, and text selections, as well as tested more than 100 recipes. Melinda is also a valuable member of the children's publishing team at WorthyKids/Ideals. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband, Erik.

Operation Ragnarok


We are all just killing time, until time eventually kills us. We go through life knowing death is waiting, but not knowing what comes next. I don't have to wonder anymore, because I died.

The sages say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Mine started with just a single click. This is an epic tale full of danger, adventure, friends, and a wolf the size of a bull moose, and it all started on my living room couch.

Operation Ragnarok is a fantastical adventure with comedic elements about a group of gamers going through a mid-life crisis, instead of the little red corvette, they decide to steal a Viking longship from a museum. It's a story of friendship, sacrifice, and unleashing Hel on Earth...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Totally Ninja Racoons and the Catmas Caper

Who Is Coming to Our House?



A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.
"Who is coming to our house?
Someone, someone," says Mouse.
As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.

They All Saw a Cat



A New York Times bestseller

"An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized." Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel's book feels like a game changer." The Huffington Post
The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

About the Author
Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, his work has appeared internationally in children's books, animations, and magazines. They All Saw a Cat is his debut as both author and illustrator.

Island of Glass



The final Guardians Trilogy novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bay of Sighs and Stars of Fortune.

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there's no one more familiar with the wild than Riley and the wolf within her...
An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love and save them all...

Don't miss the other books in the Guardians Trilogy
Stars of Fortune
Bay of Sighs


Monday, November 28, 2016

What I want for Christmas...


I'm a writer. One of the great things about being a writer is that no one can stop you. You just have to write. It doesn't, however, mean you will be a successful writer.

I'm a successful writer, as many enjoy my writing, and that makes me happy as a writer, but I'm not very successful financially. For Christmas, I'd like to change that, and you can help.

You might not read my genre of writing, but it is Christmas, and if one of my books would be appropriate for someone on your list, I would very much appreciate that you consider one of my titles. Even if you don't buy a book, you can share this post, and help me tap into the power of the Internet to get the word out on my words.

My books are sold wherever books are sold. You can get autographed and personalized copies at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro either in person or on the website.

I'm not famous or even that well known outside of my little town. My autograph might not make a big difference to you. So, you can order them at your local bookstore. They probably don't stock them, as there is just so many books and just so much room. You can also get them online as well. All the major places to buy books online stock them if you have a gift certificate to your favorite website.

I have a children's series called The Totally Ninja Raccoons that children are enjoying. It's most for second to fourth grade, depending on reading level, though I have younger and older readers.


I also have a picture book great for children up to five years old, and those we love cats. It's my first book and about how my cat Hobo came to live with me. It did go out of print, but I was able to bring it back.


I've also written an adult novella called Operation Ragnarok. It's a fast-paced book about a group of Dungeon & Dragon players who are going through a mid-life crisis and decide to "pilfer" a Viking longboat from a museum, and they unleash the end of the world.


People who enjoy Norse Myths, role-playing games, and popular culture will love it. It's been called the Big Bang Theory on steroids. It's a fun read.

What I'd like for Christmas is to get more of my books out there. Give one of them a try. I think you'll love them, or share this post around and help a writer out.

Thanks!

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.

Boys in the Field: A Championship Journey from Red Land to Williamsport



"They started merely as boys. They developed into a team. And then, they became...Champions."


This is the story of thirteen kids who dared to chase a dream, a dream they shared as ballplayers, and the men who guided them each step of the way. They came together - worked hard together, aspired together - and together, in the summer of 2015, they formed a team that captured the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere.

Through sacrifice, struggle, and the building of relationships between fathers who had to harden their sons, and mothers who had to comfort them, this group of individuals became unified to one purpose. As a result, boys became friends, friends became teammates, and working together, they became champions.
This story is about the championship journey from Red Land to Williamsport in 2015 for the Red Land Little League team.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird(TNR #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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Naughty or Nice?



Have you been naughty or nice in 2016? I think we all know the answer to that question. Face it. The fat man in red is NOT bringing you any thing this Christmas season. You might as well makes nice with the competition, Krampus. You can meet him at From My Shelf Books & Gifts December 9th 2016 from 4PM to 6PM AND just added December 10th from 4PM to 6PM!

Krampus is visiting From My Shelf Books after his European tour. He'll be staying at Wellsboro's Penn Wells Hotel . He's gracious enough to stop by the bookstore, sign a few autographs, talk about his role in the Catmas Caper, and do some photo ops for those that are naughty or nice.

Krampus is shown along with Bill Colson holding bookstore cat, Finn

Who is Krampus you say? Saint Nicholas may reward the nice children with gifts, but it is Krampus, a creature from Germanic folklore, that punishes the naughty ones. It is said that if you are particularly naughty, he throws you in his sack and carries you to his lair.

Krampus is celebrated on Krampusnact, which takes place December 5th, the eve of Saint Nicholas Day. In Austria, celebrants masquerade as hairy devils and dance, drink, and run through the streets through the streets terrifying children and adults.

In modern times, Saint Nicholas has upgraded his image. He’s dropped the bishop garb and added a red suit. He’s traded his horse and staff for a sleigh and reindeer, moved the date to Christmas Eve, and got rid of the competition. He’s banished Krampus and stolen his magic. Santa thought he could punish the naughty, but children have lost all fear of Santa and his lumps of coal.

It’s time for Krampus to take back what is his, to take back Yuletide. You can be part of the movement at From My Shelf Books December 9 and 10th, from 4PM to 6PM. Be there, or Krampus will visit you at a time rather less convenient for you..

Krampus in the children's book "The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper"

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon(TNR#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 Weird & Wacky Werewolf( TNR #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.

Be An Angel This Holiday Season


This year, the "Northern Helping Hands", serving Bradford & Tioga Counties, have set up a small 'Angel Tree' here at From My Shelf Books with specific book-related requests!!

For example, "A 9 yr old boy would like a book about space for Christmas." We can help you find just the right book about space for this boy, at whatever dollar amount you'd like.

Pick up a tag here, shop here, leave the gift here. It's never been easier to give to community literacy and support the Angel Tree this holiday season! Please hurry! All gifts must be purchased by December 9th this year!






Saturday, November 26, 2016

Baa, Baa Black Sheep



The true story of the "bad boy" of the Pacific theatre and his famous Black Sheep squadron. The American World War II fighter pilot tells of his daring combat missions, his experiences in Japanese prison camps, and his ten-year struggle against alcoholism.

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.

From My Shelf Books is Named Quarterfinalist for Indie Award Support From My Shelf Books of Wellsboro in national award by voting now through Dec. 11, 2016


Wellsboro, Pennsylvania – From My Shelf Books and Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro is one of the quarterfinalists of the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year or Indie Award organized by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement. Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for the 222 nominees during the nomination phase.

“From My Shelf Books & Gifts has advanced to Round 2 of the Indie Award sponsored by Independent We Stand,” said owner Kevin Coolidge. “Only 25 businesses made the cut from the initial nominees. We couldn’t have done it without votes from the people who support us,” he said.

In Round 2, 10 semifinalists will be chosen from the 25 quarterfinalists. Voting for the top 10 began Monday, Nov. 21 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11 at www.IndieBizAward.com. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day.

“People can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work or when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop,” Coolidge explained.

“The top 10 vote getting businesses will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner who will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14,” said Coolidge.

“Our supporters can help us be one of the 10 semifinalists. Go to our bookstore Facebook page where we have a link pinned to the top to make voting easier,” Coolidge said. “Those who don't do Facebook can still vote by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com and entering From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro Pennsylvania.”

The 2016 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including a $5,000 grand prize.

The Wellsboro bookstore celebrated its 10th anniversary this July. Available to children and adults are a wide variety of hardcover, softcover and audio non-fiction and fiction books of all genres, educational materials for families, including homeschoolers; craft and activity kits, puzzles and games; thank you notes and greeting cards; and novelty gift items for book lovers from T-shirts to book bags.

From My Shelf Books hosts book signings for local and regional authors of newly released books; the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt each July; craft and activity kit nights; book and writers’ clubs for children and adults that meet regularly; and special workshops on writing and self-publishing.

Manager Kasey Cox willingly provides helpful tips about books to purchase as gifts for children and adults or tracks down a book she thinks a customer will enjoy.

Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy.

For more information about From My Shelf Books & Gifts, on the "Indie" or voting, call 570-724-5793.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas



A new collection of illustrated Christmas adventures, starring twelve incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies. Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas. With stories by Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Gary Russell and Scott Handcock, plus twelve original illustrations by artists including the award-winning Rob Biddulph.


A Pirate's Night Before Christmas



'Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark,
Not a creature was stirrin', not even a shark

Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas " On a ship of mischievous brigands who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads you wouldn't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastia Serra's sprightly, fun-filled pictures turn Clement C. Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.

Huck & Finn Made the Top Twenty Five


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

Voting to advance us, Huck & Finn, to round three is ongoing 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 buying cat treats. Voting continues until December 11th. Then the top ten businesses will proceed to Round 3. Those businesses should have cats. You cat make that happen.




Your votes helped get us to the top ten last year, but we lost to a bigger business who didn't have a cat, or even a dog.

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.

Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats at From My Shelf Books & Gifts


CLICK HERE HUMAN TO VOTE FOR HUCK & FINN!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Buy My Book



Krampus: The Yule Lord



Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head. . . . I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide . . .

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse's new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.

Now Santa's time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams . . . and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished fold of Boone County.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay



When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...

Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and showcasing a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any film lover's or reader's bookshelf.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have its theatrical release on November 18, 2016.

Once Upon a Time...


Once upon a time both Kevin and Kasey left their small, home town of Wellsboro. As fate would have it, they each moved back to Wellsboro and met while doing a local play festival. When Kevin and Kasey started dating, they found out they had both been selling books part-time. Joining inventories, they sold books from their tiny apartment, before taking the leap into retail, giving Tioga County the first bookstore of its kind, with new and used books, across a wide spectrum of genres and prices.

Kasey Getting Ready to Talk About the Latest Great Read

Kevin Thinking About the Next Totally Ninja Raccoon story!



From My Shelf Books & Gifts is located in beautiful, small-town Wellsboro, PA, in the historic district, just a block from the famous Wellsboro Diner. The bookstore is a customer-centered, independently-owned bookstore. The knowledgeable staff and eclectic inventory has garnered praise from big-city visitors and fellow small-town dwellers.




From My Shelf Books is just a block from the Wellsboro Diner!!



After seeing Jen and her son at least twice a week as customers, we finally just offered Jen a job. She accepted, and we've been a bookstore family ever since. Over the years, we've had great part-time help from many people, including book people during college breaks, and while job-hunting for more full-time work. We've learned something from each and every one, and have been glad to have this "extended family".

Jen with the famous Hobo the Cat, Our First Bookstore Cat

From My Shelf officially opened its doors for business in July of 2006 with only about 3,000 books on the shelves, mostly used, but with dreams of filling the 800 square feet, top to bottom, with books. From My Shelf Books & Gifts is now bursting with books, puzzles, cards, games, audio books, book-related gifts, friends, and general good cheer.

The bookstore is still clean and well-organized, and has more space and light in its new space. We continue to look for opportunities to grow, to serve our community, and to encourage each person to find the right book.

Each month, we sponsor a number of free, fun, family-centered gatherings such as author events, game nights, book club, writers’ group, book release parties, poetry nights, and more. Let us be your book matchmakers!


We're in a contest. You Can Vote For Us Until 12/11/16! Just Click on This Image!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Invisible String



In this heartwarming story, Karst ("God Made Easy") delivers a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, written with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember.
Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. Parents and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love, to bind, connect and comfort us through those inevitable times when life challenges us.

Counting Christmas (Board Books)



This holiday companion to the bestselling "Counting Kisses!" depicts three children, their cat, and their dog all getting ready for Christmas. Full color.

Thriving Outside the Big Box



From My Shelf Books & Gifts named Quarter-finalist for Indie Award
Support From My Shelf Books & Gifts of Wellsboro Pennsylvania in national award by voting today

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced the quarterfinalists, including From My Books & Gifts of Wellsboro Pennsylvania, of the 2016 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year or Indie Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26, encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses over big boxes and national chains.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts is located in beautiful, small-town Wellsboro, PA, right in the historic district. We're proud to be a customer-centered, independently-owned bookstore. Our knowledgeable staff and eclectic, ever-changing inventory has garnered us praise from big-city visitors and fellow small-town dwellers alike.


Store manager Kasey Coolidge said "Year-round, we welcome in-store shoppers to browse the more than 40,000 new and gently used books that we have in stock at any given time. In addition, we regularly help our customers with special orders of both new and out-of-print books, sharing our expertise and excellent track record for locating just the book you’re looking for."

“This year’s quarter-finalists represent a variety of independent businesses across the country, who are making an impact on their local economies,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “This award is our way of recognizing their outstanding efforts in their respective communities.”

Voting is now underway at www.IndieBizAward.com through Dec. 11. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day.

The 2016 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including:
$5,000 grand prize
$1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. STIHL products are sold exclusively through local, independent servicing dealers and support more than 9,000 STIHL dealers in communities nationwide.

“Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm – Meridian Group
Three days/two nights stay at an independent beach resort in Virginia Beach, Va. (valued at $1,000)
Plaque to display at winner’s business
Public relations and social media recognition
Quarter and semifinalists will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand

Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for 222 nominees during the nominations phase. The quarter-finalists in alphabetical order are:

Afterwords Books, a bookshop in Edwardsville, Ill.
Anonymous Lacquer, a nail polish company in Newport News Va.
Artsy Fartsy an art gallery in Carson City, Nev.
Big Red's Equipment, a lawnmower and tractor store in Grandbury, TX.
BodyworksBall, a wellness company in Brick, N.J.
Bonlife Coffee, a coffee roaster in Cleveland, Tenn.
Children's World, a uniform supply company in Sarasota, Fla.
Collage, a gift shop in York, Pa.
Continental Earthworks, a forestry and wildland fire mitigation company in Avon, Colo.
Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, a lifestyle store in Lake Geneva, Wis.
From My Shelf Books & Gifts, a new and used bookshop in Wellsboro, Pa.
Fuzzy Goat, a yarn shop in Thomasville, Ga.
Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, a food co-op and café in Gardiner, ME.
Hipp Modern Builder's Supply, a hardware store in Mountain View, Ark.
Hungry Hound Beer Grain Treats, a dog treat company in Conklin, N.Y.
Life's Memories & More, a scrapbook store in Palmer, Mass.
Luxe Fiber Designs, a fiber mill in Stone Lake, Wis.
Lyons Lumber & Hardware, a hardware Store in Frankfort, Ky.
Miss Ellie's Delights, LLC, a bakery in Norfolk, Va.
Mower Man Lawn Service, a landscaping company in McKinney, TX.
Roe Brothers, Inc., a hardware store in Florida, N.Y.
Surviving Sisters' Boutique, a clothing boutique in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Bookshelf, a bookshop in Thomasville, Ga.
The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, a gift shop in Valatie, N.Y.
The Enrichery, a supplemental education company in Houston, TX.

The winner of the Indie will be announced Dec. 14.

For more information on From My Shelf Books & Gifts visit wellsborobookstore.com
For more information on the “Indie” or to vote, visit www.IndieBizAward.com.



About Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and FCA US LLC. Associate sponsors include PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Do it Best Corp. and Tire Pros.



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Monday, November 21, 2016

What's A Krampus?



About Krampus


What is a Krampus? Krampus is a creature from Germanic myth. His name comes from the German word "krampen" which means "claw."

He is described as being half-goat and half-man and hairy all over. He wears a chain and carries a bundle of birch sticks to hit naughty children.

He arrives before Santa Claus on a night all his own. He shows up on Krampus Night, or Krampusnacht. Children leave their shoes out, and if they find a gift, they have been good, but if they find a birch rod, they've been naughty.

Some say Krampus is misunderstood and that he works alongside Santa to ensure good prevails. Some tales says he drags naughty children away, never to be seen again. Is Krampus real? Become a reading ninja and decide for yourself.

You can read about Totally Ninja Raccoons meeting Krampus in The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper available now. Just click on Krampus to be taken to From My Shelf Books & Gifts where you can buy a signed copy.


We Made the Top Twenty Five!!!

You may have already read that From My Shelf Books & Gifts has advanced to round two of the Indie Awards sponsored by independentwestand.org. Only twenty five businesses made the cut, and we couldn't have done it without your votes. Thank you so much!

Voting to advance us to round three starts today. You can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work, Or when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop. Voting continues until December 11th. Then the top ten businesses will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner.

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 and entering From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro Pennsylvania.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Totally Ninja...


I'm a writer. So, of course I have cats. I'm not saying you can't be a writer if you have a dog, but I'm pretty sure the stipulation is that you have to be an outdoor writer. I love the little, furry predators, but cats want to take over the world.

Most humans suspect that cats want to rule 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.

Gypsy, head of the Cat Board, Giving a Power Point on The Totally Ninja Raccoons

Gypsy, head of the Cat Board, hires the Totally Ninja Raccoons to track the elusive Bigfoot. She's after Bigfoot's powers of invisibility and stealth in her quest to rule the world, but she double crosses the raccoons and doesn't pay them, and thus the rivalry between Gypsy and the Totally Ninja Raccoons is born.




There Are Currently Five Books in the Totally Ninja Raccoon Series







The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade, though there are younger and older readers. My nieces are just entering kindergarten and love the books as bedtime stories. 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.

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.

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The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting



Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven t thought about yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.
Fasting is not about starving oneself. When done right, it s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan. In fact, Toronto-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung has used a variety of fasting protocols with more than 1,000 patients, with fantastic success. In The Complete Guide to Fasting , he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. Together, they make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand.

The Complete Guide to Fasting explains:
why fasting is actually good for health
who can benefit from fasting (and who won t)
the history of fasting
the various ways to fast: intermittent, alternate-day, and extended fasting
what to expect when starting to fast
how to track progress while fasting
the weight loss effects of fasting
how to ward off potential negative effects from fasting
The book also provides tools to help readers get started and get through their fasts, including a 7-Day Kick-Start Fasting Plan and healing liquid recipes."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Merry Catmas!!!



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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wow, A Bookstore!

"What a cute, little bookstore. My local bookstore closed." a tourist.

I hear this too often during my work day in the bookstore. How can we stop bookstores from closing? We can shop at them! This holiday season, I encourage you to shop in your local, independent bookstore, and this year I'm going to show you how to support two bookstores with the same purchase.

I own a bookstore with my wife, and I'm a writer. Writers love bookstores and several authors that are much better known than me, now own bookstores. There's a reason for it. Writers know bookstores are important to their communities.

I've been a writer since fifth grade, but I didn't become an author until I worked in a bookstore. My first book was a children's book called Hobo Finds a Home. I was always a dog person, and the picture book grew out of the story I told my nephews of how Hobo came to live with me.


Recently, I was able to bring Hobo Finds a Home back into print. It's great for children and cat lovers of all ages. This is a special edition memorializing Hobo, as he's used up all nine of his earthly lives.

The book is just $7.99, but you can save 20% off by going to the From My Shelf Books website. , or this is the part where you can support two bookstores.

If your favorite, local bookstore, doesn't currently have Hobo Finds a Home, they can order it for you. That's right, you can support From My Shelf Books and your local bookstore by walking in, and ordering this book. Just tell them Hobo sent you