Friday, July 28, 2023

New Release: Nurse Florence® Why Do We Have to Drink Water? by Michael Dow


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Sometimes it seems only a nurse can bring technical information down to an understanding that an ordinary person can grasp. The Nurse Florence® book series provides high quality medical information that even a child can grasp. By introducing young kids to correct terminology and science concepts at an early age, we can help increase our children’s health literacy level as well as help to prepare them for courses and jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We need more scientists so I hope that many children will enjoy this book series and consider a job involving science. Introducing Some Medical Words to Kids in Every Book

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

New release: Casseroles, Can Openers, and Jell-O: American Food and the Cold War, 1947-1959 by Elizabeth Aldrich


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An "all-you-can-eat" tour of American life in the postwar period, told through the foods we loved.

Casseroles, Can Openers, and Jell-O provides insight on how American food culture developed during the early years of the Cold War. Highlighting gender roles, the promotion of democracy and capitalism, and the impact of mass market advertising, the book draws on cookbooks, popular magazines, television advertisements, government publications, and industry pamphlets to paint a vivid picture of what Americans ate and how food was enlisted as a symbol of America’s postwar dominance. Featuring eighty recipes, the book shows how the food industry promoted new processed foods to an increasingly industrialized nation. For anyone wanting to better understand how America’s food culture developed during the mid-twentieth century and for those who were raised on TV dinners and Campbell's soup, the book offers an engaging and evocative look at the story of American cuisine during the early years of the Cold War.

Elizabeth Aldrich is Curator Emeritus of Dance at the Library of Congress. She is the author of From Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Science fiction is becoming science fact - by Vijaya Schartz


The race to space is suddenly a reality, like the gold rush of old, and everyone wants a piece of it. 

As a Science fiction writer and science fact enthusiast, I am excited by the many advances in space exploration.

According to the scientists and experts studying our chances of survival as a species, it seems that sooner or later, our planet will suffer a fiery end or near end, with the next extinction event, which is already overdue… eventually… in a century or ten thousand years.

Be it a space rock from the Kuiper belt, like the one that ended the dinosaurs, or a mega solar flare, or the consequences of pollution, the next pandemic, or the end of natural resources due to overpopulation, we are doomed. In truth, our very presence is destroying our planet.

But we also discovered that our galaxy harbors billions of habitable planets, that Mars was once similar to Earth, with an atmosphere, and water, and green forests, and may have supported civilizations. And that its end may have been the consequence of wars between ancient, advanced races... which destroyed another planet, resulting in the debris of the asteroid belt.

The Mars Rover

No wonder the US decided to establish a Space Force as a branch of the military. But we are not alone. Other rich countries are suddenly financing extensive space programs, to establish permanent bases on the moon and Mars. 

Blue Origin capsule

Private companies are building rockets and shuttles to take us there. They also plan to exploit the mineral riches contained in the asteroids floating around our sun.
SpaceX Dragon capsule

The Chinese and the Japanese are already ahead of the US with a robotic presence on the far side of the moon, lunar satellites, and their own space stations. Nations are recruiting volunteers for a one-way trip to whatever real estate on Mars, the moon, or an asteroid on which they can stake their claim. Like the pioneers of old, adventurous souls with the right kind of expertise and survival skills, are lining up to volunteer. Already, nations are holding talks on how to divide the spoils.

Asteroids in the Kuiper belt are full of precious minerals

Robots will go to Mars first, to build the habitats needed to sustain human life. Then humans will follow.

Soon, bases on the moon will be manufacturing spaceships with the metals mined in space and will serve as Earth’s launchpad for Mars, and farther scientific and/or corporate exploration.

The Byzantium series is set on a human space station
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As a science fiction author, writing about a galaxy already colonized and populated by humans, living alongside other races, I can imagine the excitement of these early days of exploration, the dangers, the failures, and the victories. The first encounters with more evolved civilizations, what we can learn from them…

It won’t take very long, but we may not all be able to take that trip to the stars. In the meantime, you can read about exciting space adventures in my books.

The Azura Chronicles are set on an alien planet 
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Happy Reading!

Vijaya Schartz, award-winning author
Strong Heroines, Brave Heroes, cats
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Monday, July 3, 2023

New release: Cosette and Oreo: The Case of the Night Raiders - by Caren Cantrell


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Will Oreo be sent back to the shelter?

Cosette's dream comes true when she rescues Oreo from the animal shelter. Now she has a little dog to play with and love. But messes keep happening in their home - overturned trash cans, half-eaten cakes, and spilled flour bags. Cosette's mom is sure Oreo is the one creating all the trouble. Mom threatens to send him back to the shelter if Cosette can't make him behave.

Cosette knows Oreo is a good dog. He wouldn't have made any of those messes. She'll need to use all her detective skills to find the real troublemakers and save Oreo!

A fun book about the love between a child and her adopted pet. Cosette's curiosity and her desire to keep Oreo lead her to find a way to solve the mystery and uncover the real culprits. Included are two activities your child can do at home to hone their own detective skills - writing secret messages with invisible ink and lifting fingerprints.

As an author, Caren Cantrell writes books for children. She has numerous picture books published to date, and she also writes an eBook series for Kindle called Planet Discovery Books for Kids under the pen name Matthew Taylor.

Her business is 102nd Place. Here she assists others who wish to indie-publish to get their books out to the world. She provides ghostwriting, editing, interior design, and cover development services. When she’s not writing or visiting with her eight grandchildren, you can find her on the golf course. She lives in Cave Creek with her husband, Bill and their little dog, Daisy.

Find out more about Caren on her website HERE