Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot -Promo Blitz

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Date Published: 11/1/16
Publisher: Mascot Books

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Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).

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Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.
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Chatur the Laundry Man – Blitz

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Children’s Book
Date Published: October 2016
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What can a business man, a lazy donkey, and an elephant teach kids about success and friendship? Read along to find out in this playful romp by the award-winning author of The Magic of Friendship!
Chatur the Laundry Man is a funny, lighthearted story with a subtle lesson. Chatur thinks of nothing but growing his business, but his friend Gadhu the donkey keeps telling him to take it easy. When Chatur has a bright idea to get more business, things seem to be going his way but take an unexpected turn. Will Chatur learn that sometimes success takes a little time and patience?
Praise for Chatur the Laundry Man:
“5 Star … a humorous tale.. illustrations are comical.. highly recommended..” – Readers Favorite Review
“.. kids will receive 3 fine messages the value of hard work, what happens when a push for profit supersedes quality of life, and how different approaches to work and play yield very singular results.” – Midwest Book Review
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Subhash and Sujata Kommuru are a husband and wife team, known for their award-winning range of children’s books. They aim to introduce the vibrant culture of India to the children of the United States, the country which has been their home for several years.
Subhash began writing when he became a father. He created stories for his young son about his own childhood in India, to help his son understand the culture and values of his heritage.
Subhash’s wife, Sujata, is an illustrator, who soon began creating pictures to accompany her husband’s words. Her illustrations bring to life the colorful images of her own Indian childhood, giving children a vivid insight into a diverse culture.
Together, Subhash and Sujata offer children the chance to experience the life of an Indian child, and understand a culture vastly different from their own, while enjoying the simple similarities shared by children all over the world.
Their books are entertaining at the same time as being educational, and they have been honored for excellence by the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.
With universal themes including friendship and the importance of self-expression, Subhash and Sujata’s books provide children with an all-important introduction to the diversity of the world they live in. Read them together and they’ll become firm favorites that your child will enjoy again and again.
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Children’s Book
Date Published: February 2017
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Careers, entrepreneurship
“Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet.
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn about business. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, careers, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others).
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Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com
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Middle Grade Mystery
Date Published: October 2015
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Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place.
From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.
During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.
Excerpt from Chapter 3 where Bess meets her neighbor Josie:
                A half hour later Mrs. O’Toole a hug, before heading outdoors with the small picnic basket. She peekid inside, surprised by how full it was. “Why so much?” Bess asked.
             “Your’re always hungry, and you didn’t eat any breakfast.”
              “Kitty always likes pieces of bologna,” Bess aid.
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When M.E. Hembroff retired she started to pursue her dream of writing her book. It wasn’t until she retired to a small scenic town that she followed through with self-publishing her book.
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Hi everyone! I thought I would give you an update on the children’s book that I am working on with my sister. I think we are getting close to the end. With luck, maybe we can be finished by the end of next month. Enjoy this little snippet.


Everyone runs to the edge of the forest, where the grass ends. Everyone watches the humans going in and out of the stores, wondering if there is something in there to tell them what humans eat.
Emmykins and Shorty run in-between the cars, while Hoss flies above. At the back of the store where no human can see them, Emmykins, Shorty and Hoss watch for a chance to go in. While they are waiting Emmykins finds a pickle on the ground and tries it.
Emmykins eyes get real big as she tries this delicious treat. “Mmmmmm……”Emmykins replies with a mouth full of pickle. “This is my new best food.” She starts to drool.

“Shorty!!” Emmykins shouted holding the pickle up in her paws. “Look! Look! This yummy green thingy.”

Shorty picks up the pickle, looking at it in extreme distaste she cringes. She takes a bite of the crisp green pickle. “Blah… What is that nasty thing?” She spits out the pickle, while wiping her tongue off, and jumping up and down with disgust.

“Noo… My Yummy green thing!!” Emmykins exclaimed as she cries over the dropped pickle. “My precious, Why… Why!! “Emmykins weep dramatically over the loss of her pickle.

Shorty looks around for Hoss and sees him digging through the shiny bags of cotton candy. “Oooo shiny… SHINY!!!!” He picks up the bag in joyous glee, bouncing with his shinny bag of sugary sweets between his beak.

Shorty looks around trying to find Hoss, and sees him by the packages of cotton candy. Ravens love shiny things and the silvery shine of the packages of the cotton candy catches his eyes. Emmykins was still throwing her fit over her pickle, and Shorty catches glimpse of a human grabbing a bag of chips.

She sneaks into the store and snatches one bag of chips. When the employee sees her snatching one, she chases her, while flapping her arms and yelling. “Shoo.. Go away.”

The three thieves run back to the others, were they are waiting for them in the distance.

When they return, they are asked by Elmo the bear, “Did you get the book?”

Shorty shakes her head, while trying to catch her breath. She lifts up the bag of chips and replies. “I saw a human grab a bag just like this one, so I grabbed one too.”

Hoss drops his shiny goodie in front of them and said. “This was also near where the human was standing.” Hoss picks up the bag and opens it, and the sweet smell ruffled from the bag.

Elmo being a bear was naturally attracted to the sent and with dazed eyes tries to devour the sweet smelling goodies as the bag was snatched away from him.

Hoss stares in stunned disbelief, as Elmo grabs the bag from him. “Noo, Elmo not the shiny!!”

Everyone dives on Elmo trying to grab the bag from him. Munchkin grabs the side of the bag, pulling as Doe sits on Elmo’s back as the others try holding his arms and shoulders down.

“Elmo, give me that bag!” Shorty yells.

Everyone is talking all at once, when out of nowhere Jelly yells! “S.T.O.P!!”

Jelly grabs the bag as everyone slowly releases Elmo and start to let him back up. Shorty grabs Elmo’s cheeks and gets close to his face and asks loudly. “Snap out of it Elmo!”

Elmo shakes his head. “Are you o.k.? Shorty asks loudly.

Elmo pulls away and nods his head, while he grabs Emmykins to wipe the drool off his face.

Emmykins has a look of disgust as Elmo puts her back down and starts to wipe the drool off her fur. Jelly looks at the bag and tells everyone. “We need this bag of pink fluffy stuff; for I have seen the little humans eat this fluffy stuff. We can use this to catch the little human that is with the Ranger on the weekends.”

“Ummm…, Jelly where did you see this pink fluffy stuff at?” Munchkin asks.

“It was at a place with dancing bears, lions, and these weird people with big feet, red noses, and a painted on smile. It was a scary place and the painted people always scared me. What they did to the elephants, it was not nice.” Jelly shudders.

Emmykins leans over to Shorty and whispers. “Maybe we need to send Elmo there?” Shorty snickers.

Jelly stares at Emmykins and with a straight face replies. “They won’t take Elmo, but they do take Munchkins.”

Munchkin stands up straight swallowing the laughter he was about to let loose. “No, No, No, Me not want to go to scary place!”

“Well if you don’t behave, I will take you there.” Jelly tells him.

“I will behave, I promise.” Munchkin crosses his heart.