Monday, November 23, 2015

Sherry Ellis, author of TEN ZANY BIRDS

Author Bio:
Sherry Ellis is a freelance writer and award-winning children’s author. Her books include, That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, That Mama is a Grouch, and Ten Zany Birds.
She is also a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano.
Sherry lives with her husband and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.
You can learn more about Sherry Ellis on her website,

Title:  Ten Zany Birds
Author:  Sherry Ellis
ISBN:  978-1497404588
Page count:  44
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Early Learning, Basic Concepts, Counting
Price:  $12.99 (soft cover) $2.99 (e-book)

Tell us about your book:
Ten Zany Birds is the story of ten feathered friends who are having a party in a tree. They’re all having fun, but one by one, they become distracted. One is frightened by a loud plane. One gets hungry. One wants to race, and another needs a bath. Only one stays to sing in the tree. Kids will have fun figuring out who it will be.

As parents and teachers read, children are introduced to counting and basic subtraction skills. Whenever a bird leaves, the number of striped, spotted, and polka-dotted birds changes, teaching the application of simple classification rules. With its simple rhyming text, it’s also a good book for developing reading skills. 

Excerpt from book:
A gray, sneaky cat
crouching near a bush,
jumps as a green bird
scares it with a WOOSH.

How long did it take to write the book?
Writing the first draft did not take long – about a month. It was the revisions that were time-consuming. It took a year and a half to revise it to the point where I was happy with it. My critique group and editor were very helpful! Even though the text is very simple, it wasn’t easy to get the rhythm and meter just right. It was deceptively difficult!

What inspired you to write the book?
A few years ago, my daughter received a birthday party invitation. On the front of the card was a picture of some crazy little birds. That ignited my imagination. I had wanted to write a counting book, and I thought ten zany birds would be perfect for it.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I worked on Ten Zany Birds a little each day until it was complete. Normally, with other projects, I do a lot of research, but this one did not require any. What I did, was come up with a list of things that could distract a bird. Then I began the arduous process of creating rhymes for each activity. Once that was complete, I had to do some math. Yes, it’s a math book, and it required that I do some number crunching to make it all work out! I had to make sure the colors and striped/polka dotted classification all matched with the text. I chuckle because most people reading the book would think it was easy to write. It wasn’t. It required a lot of thinking!

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I wanted Ten Zany Birds to be more than just a counting book. I wanted it to teach colors, patterns, classification, subtraction, and be a book early readers could use to develop reading skills. I also wanted it to be a fun book for kids, one that they would want to read again and again, and get something new each time. I think it does that. Illustrator, Charu Jain, did a fantastic job creating the colorful, whimsical world of the ten zany birds. Kids will enjoy seeing the spider and snail on every page, and picking their favorite feathered friend.    

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Picture Book on Hopi Indians Shares A Story of Tenderness and Love

Live Radio Show on Wed. November 18, 2015 at 3pm Eastern - 2pm Central - 1pm Mountain - 12 noon Pacific

Welcome to BlogTalkRadio's featured World of Ink Network. Listeners will get to meet author Ellen Cromwell and illustrator/artist Desiree Sterbini as they chat about their newly released picture book about a Hopi (pronounced: hope-ee) Indian girl who takes readers through many metaphorical doors to explore the different aspects that make each our lives: family, friendship, culture, education, creativity, and nature.

TALASI... A Story of Tenderness and Love exposes children to new experiences as Talasi explores her native world and later the modern culture of the white man while holding to Native American beliefs and traditions.

About our guests on the show:
Author Ellen Cromwell is the founder of the Georgetown Hill Early Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland and has been an educator of young children since the 1970’s and is the author of early childhood professional texts and children’s books.

Artist, Desiree Sterbini creates award-winning works with oil pastels and colored pencils on textured paper and board. Desiree received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and continues to study through workshops and studio classes. Her oil pastel paintings have been exhibited and featured throughout the DC metro area and nationally.

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Newly released picture book about a Hopi (pronounced: hope-ee) Indian girl takes readers through many metaphorical doors to explore the different aspects that make each our lives: family, friendship, culture, education, creativity, and nature. 

TALASI... A Story of Tenderness and Love exposes children to new experiences as Talasi explores her native world and later the modern culture of the white man while holding to Native American beliefs and traditions. This charming and lovingly illustrated picture book teaches young readers how love and friendships get us over the rough spots in life and to never stop exploring the world around them.

Many American children are growing up in a multicultural world and are curious to understand all the cultures surrounding them. “Traveling through Arizona, I was terrible curious myself about what life on an Indian reservation was like when I visited a Hopi tribe,” said author Ellen S. Cromwell. “I wanted to understand the culture of these amazing people and visited with a kikmongwi, primarily a religious leader for the tribe. This experience truly touched me.”

TALASI…A Story of Tenderness and Love is about a young Hopi Indian girl named Talasi. Her name comes from corn tassel flowers that surround her pueblo home in Arizona. Tassels are tall, slender flowers clustered at the very top of corn. Corn, in its many forms, provides basic nourishment for Hopi People.

Wonderfully written, this children’s book clearly reflects the author’s fascination with the Hopi people and their history. Hopi means “peaceful person” or “civilized person” in the Hopi language and Ellen S. Cromwell evokes a compelling portrait of the Hopi Indians and how they truly are a peaceful people.

You can purchase “TALASI... A Story of Tenderness and Love” through Halo Publishing’s website (, Amazon, and B&N.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Disclosure: New Book Offers Fascinating Insight into Extra-terrestrial Links with Science, History & Humanity


Dr Graham Clingbine’s ‘Disclosure: The Future is Now’ skews fact and fiction with a story of strange experiences about what happens when events in the future return to affect the past. The future of mankind depends on just one man; a man who struggles to his core with experiences that exist beyond the realms of the Earth as we know it. The book is so much more than fiction – Dr Clingbine also includes 100+ pages of information spanning UFOs, out-of-this world contact and a host of other topics that humanity just can’t seem to explain.

With decades of experience in the areas of Biological Science and Neuroscience, Dr Graham Clingbine has spent thousands of research hours trying to study and explain the seemingly inexplicable. Such a deep involvement in science has led Dr Clingbine to the study of UFOs, alien abductions, alleged government cover-up conspiracies and just about everything else in between. His conclusion is simple – these topics are far from fiction.

This passion has now led Dr Clingbine to release ‘Disclosure: The Future is Now’, a book that greys the lines between fact and fiction to help readers explore extra-terrestrial phenomena through a gripping, intense story.

A story of strange experiences about what happens when events in the future return to affect the past. Disclosure traces the life of Kevin Powell from the age of eight when he is living with his mum Sylvie. He undergoes a number of strange experiences that his young mind cannot interpret and that he assumes are a normal part of growing up. As a teenager, Kevin supports his mum when she falls ill and requires surgery to remove a mysterious object of unknown origin and function. In adulthood, he again has a number of realistic nightmare-like visions. He sees his wife and mum in a bizarre, unfamiliar environment. Revelations of a depopulated planet Earth are shown to him from the distant future. He is placed in a dilemma which sets his love for his daughter against an uncertain future on Earth.

Disclosure will appeal to both sci-fi fans and individuals interested in UFOs and related phenomena. For many years, strange sights have been observed in the skies and Disclosure references UFO sightings back to distant civilizations such as those of Sumeria, ancient Egypt and the Mayans. It forwards through history, right up to the present time, also looking at what US Presidents may or may not have known about UFOs and alien contact, conspiracy theories, abductions and contacts, observations by pilots, secret bases and 'black ops', back engineering, government programmes like Project Blue Book, crop circles, subatomic particles, novel technology and much more.

“Everyone is (even if they won’t admit it!) fascinated by the chance that we may not be alone “out there” and that those from other planets may have already attempted to make contact with us,” explains Dr Clingbine. “I’ve spent years studying this and its related phenomena and have always found it hard to explain to people who don’t have a background in science. Therefore, I saw this book as the perfect chance to wrap everything up in fiction and reach out to a very wide market.”

Continuing, Dr Clingbine states “The final 100 pages of the book are dedicated to real, non-fiction information and research findings on the entire spectrum of the unexplained. This will appeal to curious laypersons, UFO/paranormal research groups, related organizations and even hard-nosed scientists looking for another viewpoint on topics close to their heart.”

‘Disclosure: The Future is Now’, from Matador, is due for release in November of 2015.
Discounted copies can currently be pre-ordered directly from the publisher:
Paperback ISBN: 9781784624262
Hardback ISBN: 9781784624507
eBook ISBN: 9781784625900

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About the Author:
Dr Graham Clingbine has BSc and MSc degrees from the University of London in the areas of Biological Science and Neurobiology.  His award of PhD followed a research programme on the memory mechanisms of the brain. Dr Clingbine spent a long career in education at schools and colleges before retiring from City & Islington College in North London from his post as Senior Lecturer and Course Manager of the Medical Access course.

Dr Clingbine has co-authored a number of paperback books related to model answers to Biology examination questions. He has a keen interest and extensive research knowledge in the subject area of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and related phenomena including alien abductions and possible secret governmental conspiracy theories which allegedly cover-up cases of alien contact.

Dr Clingbine has a number of interests and hobbies but uppermost among these is fishing. He not only enjoys fishing the rivers, lakes and seas of his home country (the UK) but has ventured further afield to countries across Europe and the USA.