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Author Donna Neumann pens ’All I Want is a Birthday Party’


In her Porcupine series book 2, kindergarten teacher Donna Neumann transforms her daughter Annie into a snarky porcupine who feels bad that she doesn’t have a birthday party.

“Books should be mirrors and windows for children to see into other people’s lives and to see their own life reflected in the stories,” Neumann said.

Neumann who has been teaching virtual kindergarten for 20 years based the series on her own real-life experience.

“I don’t have memories from holidays or from birthday parties,” she said. “Our family didn’t celebrate these, but we went on vacations and made memories.”

Even though birthday parties are not just about birthday cakes, they should be celebrations of belonging and not being left out.

“I want to be a part of everything,” Neumann said.

Neumann, not only found healing in the book, but she now celebrates birthdays with her family and her new grandson.

“I wish I had done it sooner,” she said about writing the book.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of ‘All I Want is a Birthday Party.’

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

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Author Ingar Rudholm talks about sales & marketing


The author of the Traveling Circus series, Ingar Rudholm, talks about selling and marketing your books in an increasingly complex market flooded with social media algorithms. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Traveling Circus and the Secret Talent Scroll. The episode was sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

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Author Ann Dallman pens Cady and the Birchbark Box


Ann Dallman has lifelong roots in Michigan’s UP. She started out as a newspaper reporter/photographer and returned to journalism after retiring from teaching. 
In Cady and the Birchbark Box, Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves the mystery behind a weathered journal found inside a very old birchbark box. Why was the box buried behind a deserted garage?
This is the question her friend and “crush,” John Ray Chicaug, asks her after the two of them find it. And, what meaning do the notes in the book have? Cady’s grandma and her ever-present companion, a noisy blue jay, encourage her as she puts together the pieces and ultimately restores the reputation of a deceased elder.
Listen in for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cady and the Birchbark Box.
Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

Authors’ Alley at Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon set for June 25th and 26th


Authors’ Alley at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in downtown Muskegon, set for this weekend, will feature 21 authors representing different genres from mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and children’s books to horror and true stories.

“We get to interact with people,” said author Ingar Rudholm. “You can ask as many questions as you want. We will be able to direct you to whatever genre you’re looking for.”

“If you can smell the food, you found us,” said author Jean Davis. “We’re a giant bookstore with authors.”

Some of the benefits of visiting Authors’ Alley include getting a signed book unlike from Amazon plus learning the full back story behind the book directly from the author.

Participating authors will be located in booths along Clay Street across from Hackley Park next to food vendors. Following is a full list of authors.

Andrew Smith 
Bill Jacobks & Lon Hieftje 
Emma Khoury & Ingar Rudhom
Diane Burton & Jean Davis 
G.S. Scott  & Melinda Clark 
Wendy Thomson  & Melanie Hooyenga
Norma Lewis  & Jules Nelson
Loraine Hudson & Randy Pearson
Emma Palova   & Judy Burke
Mike Carrier  
Mikel Classen
Gary Buettner  & Mark Love
Bring plenty of water and ice, advised both Davis and Rudholm.
“It’s a great networking opportunity,” said Rudholm.
Episode sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

Author Nikki Mitchell pens Nighshade Forest


Enter the fairy world through a magic portal that Eleanor has received as a gift in a book. She turns into a fairy joined by Elfie and Milo to find the magic crystal that will restore order to the kingdom that went bonkers.

Nightshade Forest

It even started snowing in the enchanted purple and blue glowing forest and in the village with gargoyles, goblins, and magicians. Salmon started turning lime green.

Mitchell penned this middle-grade book during the pandemic with its limitations.

“Eleanor is much like I was as a kid,” she said. “I’ve always wished I could travel into all these stories.”

The book is set in 1945 without any technology; Eleanor doesn’t have a cell phone, a computer, or a TV.

“Books and libraries are magical places that people should visit often,” Mitchell said.

Among the insights, she gained from her writing journey was the fact not to put away your writing projects.

“I shouldn’t have put my creative writing on the backburner,” Mitchell said. “Nightshade Forest helped me get my voice out there.”

Listen to the episode for a chance to win a signed copy of Mitchell’s book.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, the Lowell Ledger and Nikki Mitchell


Author Summer Porter pens A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island


Illustrated by Maggie Chambers, this delightful “tail” of the Mouse family honors the magic of Mackinac Island with all its little nooks and crannies. From the famous fudge to the handsome blonde dock porter Robert, the brand new book brings alive the scenes from the island.

Speaking directly from the main location of the story- the Windermere Hotel- Porter and Chambers share their creative synergy in this interview wrapped in love for the island.

“It’s a cold and foggy day,” said Chambers, “but tomorrow will be sunny.”

“I wanted to give a gift to the island,” said Porter.

During their two-year-long creative journey, Porter and Chambers perfectly complemented each other’s vision for the book. 

“Wouldn’t it be cute..” said Porter.

“If they slept in fudge boxes,” Chambers finished the sentence.

“It just rolled that way,” Porter laughed.

If you happen to be on the island this Memorial Day weekend don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to meet the creators of “A Mouse on Mackinac Island” on Saturday at the Island Book Store, Sunday at Watercolor Cafe, and on Monday at the main location-the Windermere Hotel with all the characters present.

Listen to this story of love for the island for a chance to win a signed copy of this charming children’s book.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

U.P. author Elizabeth Fust pens ”The Hungry Kitten’s Tale”


As a little girl, Fust was distracted at church during the long readings, and maybe hungry as well. Many years later this distraction transpired into a delightful tale of a mischievous kitten based on Luke’s Gospel account of the feeding of the 5,000 in the Bible.

“I wondered about other characters,” she said. “I fleshed out a skeleton from the snippets of history.”

Illustrated by Mary MacArthur, the book is set in the town of Bethsaida.

Fust treated the tale of Kit from a historical perspective and did research on the location of the feeding of the 5,000.

“Luke gave a lot of details,” Fust said.

Protagonist Kit is always looking out where his next meal is going to come from when a man visits Bethsaida followed by 12 guys and 5,000 people.

Find out who this stranger was and what it takes to make a miracle in this Easter episode for a chance to win a signed copy of “The Hungry Kitten’s Tale.”

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Author Renae Micou debuts with ”I Think My Teacher Needs a Hug Today”


A pre-school teacher turned author Renae Micou gives us a hug with her delightful characters Kai and Ms. Coo in her brand new illustrated children’s book “I Think My Teacher Needs a Hug Today.”

Presenting for the first time at the Ann Arbor Holiday Art show, Micou skillfully recreated the classroom atmosphere, as reflected in her new book illustrated by Stephen Elugbemi.

It took two years to put the book together and to fit it with the right illustrations on the go.

Take a listen for a chance to win a signed copy of Micou’s new book.

Children‘s author Melinda Falgoust presents ”The Curious Casebook of Katie Q. Putt”


Happy holidays from the “For the Love of Books Podcast” and children’s author Melinda Falgoust.

Listen in for a chance to win a free book from this fabulous author.

In this special holiday episode, Falgoust, the international award-winning author of fiction for children and adults, talks about her new release “The Curious Casebook of Katie Q. Putt.”
“Move over Sherlock Holmes. There’s a new detective in town, and her name is Katie Q. Putt! Ten-year-old Katie loves a good puzzle. She loves learning about new things even more.
When she uses the cool facts she discovers to help solve some of Freyburg’s most baffling crimes, it’s no mystery the bad guys don’t stand a chance! From missing monkeys to vanishing valises, Katie’s sharp eye for detail helps her police chief father stop crime in its tracks.
Now, you, too can read Katie’s casebook and match wits with some crafty criminals in ten cool cases. Each chapter also contains a STEM or STEAM activity to help you dust off your detective skills. Learn how to make your own fingerprint powder, paint like  Piet Mondrian, and write secret codes to your family and friends!
Wondering if you’ve got the right stuff? Grab a clue and read The Curious Casebook of Katie Q. Putt and the mystery is solved!