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Calico Cat Has Life-Changing Magical Adventure in New Children’s Book by Chrysie Shaw

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Cat and the Goldfish” by Chrysie Shaw.

A dip in a fish pond leads to a surprising encounter in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When a pretty little calico cat with a funny-sounding voice takes part in a magical adventure, anything can happen. Sasquatch, who stars in this new illustrated children’s book, loves to sit by the fish pond and look at the fish swimming below the pink water lilies. When she gets too close to the edge one day and falls in, she has the surprise of her life when she turns into a mercat and encounters a talking goldfish. What happens next will change her life.

“The Cat and the Goldfish” features a whimsical, magical tale about Sasquatch, a real-life cat who arrived at the author’s home as a tiny kitten. Sasquatch, who has a gray coat with patches of tan and white on her face, paws and tummy, is just as much a character and happy cat as the fictional cat who frolics in the pond. Colorful cartoon illustrations by Kezzia Crossley add to the appeal of the book. It’s geared toward 5- to 8-year-olds but also works well as a read-aloud story for adults to share with children.

Author Chrysie Shaw is a longtime animal lover, having grown up in southeastern Montana surrounded by animals. She worked for almost 30 years as a registered nurse before retiring. Shaw now lives near the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado, once again surrounded by animals. Kezzia Crossley, a freelance illustrator, lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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For additional information, please visit www.thecatandthegoldfish.com.

The Cat and the Goldfish

Chrysie Shaw

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2451-6                        20 pages                        $9.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Music, Water and Whales Intersect for Experience of a Lifetime; C.L. Peck Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Midnight Song” by C.L. Peck.

A young boy has an unforgettable adventure when a fisherman invites him to celebrate whales in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Ten-year-old Sam and his parents are traveling the southern coast of Africa just past Cape Town when they decide to stretch their legs in a small fishing village. That stop will change Sam’s life forever. This charming new illustrated children’s book shares the enchanting story of what happened in the village and the amazing people Sam and his parents met.

One of the first characters in “A Midnight Song” is a whale crier, who blows a kelp horn to let the villagers know whales have been spotted in the bay. Certain whales live there all year, but during whale season, other species join them and bring their babies to be raised there until the whales continue their migration. Baruti, a wise fisherman, invites Sam and his parents to his village’s whale festival. Baruti’s niece, Kiki, secretly shows Sam a magical flute related to a tribal legend about Yemaya, mother goddess of the ocean. Eventually, Yemaya plays a flute she carved, entertaining the gentle giants in the bay. Although nobody else has her skill, a young boy who follows her creates his own instrument from dried sea kelp, becoming the first whale crier.

Kiki, who has secretly inherited Yemaya’s flute, plays it for the whales for the first time during Sam’s visit. Although she plays beautifully, no whales appear in the moonlit bay. Just when they’re ready to give up, something magical happens and whales join in the beautiful lullaby.

 Sam’s experiences in the village influence his life: He grows up to be a marine biologist, and his group studies the humpback whales that visit Hermanus Bay. At last he can live out his childhood dream of swimming with the whales.

Colorful illustrations by Marty Petersen pair beautifully with this magical story inspired by a trip to Hawaii the author took with her family in 1997. The tale works well for reading aloud as a family or quiet reading by older children.

Author C.L. Peck developed her storytelling talents as a preschool teacher and as a mother to two children, Casey and Alissa, who are now grown. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, Tony. Her son, Casey, took a mission trip to South Africa while taking a break from college and actually visited Hermanus, the real-life version of the imaginary village described so vividly in “A Midnight Song.”

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For additional information, please visit www.CLPeckBooks.com.

A Midnight Song

C.L. Peck

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2343-4                        58 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Cat Learns Lesson of Love in New Children’s Book by Mrs. D

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat” by Mrs. D.

New arrivals to the family bring an unexpected change of heart to a cat set in her ways in this new illustrated book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Christmastime means time spent with family, both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Nyda, adopted when she was just a little lost calico kitten, has led a calm, uneventful life with her human family for years. In this charming new children’s book, everything changes when the family’s older daughter brings two playful kittens home to visit the day before Christmas. Although Nyda finds them annoying, Mickey and Jack aren’t the spoiled kittens she imagines.

“The City Kittens and the Old House Cat” tells the story of Nyda and her dislike of the visitors, who arrive with pretty collars with bells that make noise everywhere they go. She defends her food dish and gives them dirty looks as they play under the Christmas tree. It’s not until Nyda hears about their rescue from a harsh life on the streets with a sick mama cat that she realizes she has more in common with the kittens than she thought.

This simple but touching fable about being welcoming to others and sharing works equally well for reading aloud as a family or for curling up with in a cozy corner. Mrs. D. knows how to convey the magical spirit of Christmas and its message of love and friendship. The illustrations, created by MikeMotz.com, are dramatic and vivid.

Author Olga D’Agostino, known as Mrs. D., grew up on a farm by the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, surrounded by nature. Her childhood featured an imaginary world she filled with characters from books she read. She and her two small daughters immigrated to the United States in 1992. D’Agostino, who speaks many languages, has also written other illustrated children’s books: “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation,” “The Trees Have Hearts,” Good Morning, World,” and “Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse.” “The Trees Have Hearts” was awarded a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award.  She is already working on several other books for children, including more adventures starring Carlo the Mouse, and “Runaway Clothes,” “The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet,” “Everyone Needs Someone: The Royal Palm,” “Who Is Most Important in the Fridge” and “That Is How Things Are.”

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For additional information, please visit www.mrsdbooks.net.

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat

Mrs. D

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1619-1 (paperback)        34 pages         $19.99 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1682-5 (hardcover)        34 pages         $29.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Bedtime Story Stars Violin-Playing Cat Who Travels the World on Moonbeams; Anne E. Moses Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Gatos Musikos – A Secret Told by the Moon” by Anne E. Moses.

Author and illustrator Anne E. Moses presents the remarkable tale about a wondrous cat who plays for sleeping creatures the world over in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The Moon has a secret: His best friend is a magical cat who plays the violin and dances for all sleeping creatures, traveling on moonbeams around the world. This charming new children’s book shares all the places Gatos Musikos visits and the wonders he sees. No creatures are too big or too small, too urban or too remote for Gatos to play his little violin and dance his twirling dance for them as they dream.

 “Gatos Musikos – A Secret Told by the Moon” weaves a wonderful tale that showcases animals and cultures from around the world. When the Moon is young and dinosaurs still refuse to go sleep despite all his efforts to soothe them, a very tired baby brontosaurus finally drifts off. The Moon watches in amazement as a marvelous cat appears and begins playing his little violin and dancing a twirling dance, easing the baby dinosaur into his dreams. The Moon is so delighted he offers his moonbeams to the cat so he can play and dance for all of Earth’s sleeping creatures. Now Gatos entertains animals from a tiny spider in its web to great Indian elephants and everything in between. He even performs a Scottish sword dance on the banks of Loch Ness as a sleeping Nessie drifts nearby.

After a busy night of traveling on moonbeams, and as dawn breaks softly over the world, Gatos has one last song to play before placing his little violin back into its magical case – this one for his very best friend, the Moon. Children everywhere are invited to believe in moonbeams, secure in the knowledge that they will never be forgotten by this remarkable cat, for Gatos Musikos will play his music and dance his twirling dance for them in their dreams. Enchanting illustrations by the author bring this imaginative bedtime story to life.

Author Anne E. Moses, born in Rochester, N.Y., has lived for many years in Boston, Mass., the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy. She and her husband now live in Greece. Moses is a painter, designer and screenwriter, as well as a passionate renovator of old houses. She has also completed six volumes in The Gracie Guides, a series of travel and how-to books “paw-written” by their very clever English Cocker Spaniel, Gracie.

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For additional information, please visit www.gatosmusikos.com.

Gatos Musikos: A Secret Told by the Moon

Anne Moses

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2189-8                        58 pages                        $19.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.