Our First Seal Book Highlights Animals, Grief, and Helping Others

If Memory Surfs

A Book for Healing

by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

When Memory the seal survives a Bad Thing and an injury, she knows life will never be the same. Recovering at the Rescue Center, she meets three new friends, each healing from wounds of their own. When it comes time for her to surf the waves again, Memory freezes from fear. But if she doesn’t surf back over Danger Reef, she will never get home to her family.
 
Will Memory’s fear get the best of her, or will she find strength in the memories of her friends, helping her to surf over Danger Reef freely and happily once more? Find out in If Memory Surfs, an illustrated early reader and excellent primer for engagement on animals, our natural world, grief, and helping others. Coming soon in audiobook, too!

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-16-2

Paperback link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039166

Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MNXY2PQ

About the Author

Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale, Claire’s Coyote Friends, and If Memory Surfs: A Book for Healing. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.

About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony.

Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.

Read FREE! Episode 10 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. The Prince of Darkness

Don’t miss today’s release of Episode Ten: Imagine Life on a Chain from author Tamira Thayne!

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Welcome, welcome, to another Tuesday here in cheerful America. Can’t you feel the whisperings of hope in the breeze? Ha. No, me neither. But I suppose we shall endure, as humans have been doing for centuries despite the cruelties of the world.

But I digress. In today’s episode, Imagine/Magnum gives us a glimpse into what he’s had to endure in the last three years, and it’s a life I’d like to believe most of us wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. To think that folks in America—and the world over—find dog chaining an acceptable practice still blows my mind, 20 years after I started Dogs Deserve Better.

It’s cruel, and everyone knows it, whether they make excuses for the practice or not.

If you’re just happening upon Imagine’s story, start here at Episode One and continue following the links at the bottom to today’s release. Thanks for joining us!

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Children’s Book “Why Am I…?: a Yelodoggie Book” Gets a Midwest Book Review

Congrats to Author and Illustrator Ari Wulff for a glowing review of Why Am I…? in the Midwest Book Reviews Children’s Bookwatch: January 2022.

The editors declare it “extraordinary, entertaining, thought-provoking, and original, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”

Why, thank you, from all of us at FreedomChaser Books and a very happy author!

About the Book:

Why Am I?

A Yelodoggie Book

by Ari Wulff
with Robert McCarty

Floyd is a happy dog with many friends. One day, though, someone asks Floyd why he is yellow . . . but Floyd had never thought about it! He doesn’t know the answer. After all, he isn’t a lemon. He isn’t a banana. He is a dog.

“Why am I yellow?” he wonders.

Soon Floyd goes on a quest to find the answer, and meets up with many of his friends and other animals along the way. Why Am I? is a great family conversation starter about accepting ourselves and others just as we are, and provides a soothing bedtime read with the kids. For ages 4 and up with an adult’s help, or 6 and up for beginning readers.

Why Am I? … is a beautiful book to delight kids and adults alike with lively, attractive illustrations and a cleverly posed message about value and identity. Every page is frame-worthy.”—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved By Ducks, Kitty Cornered, Fowl Weather, and Feather Brained

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ FreedomChaser Books (October 4, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195403914X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954039148
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Read FREE! Episode 9 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. A Ride to Nowhere.

We’re at Week Nine in author Tamira Thayne’s FREE Weekly Read of “Imagine: Life on a Chain.” Catch up today!

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

The internet is atwitter about the FREE Covid Test site going live today, as you’ve no doubt heard. But just in case you only come out from under your rock to read Imagine’s story—as one does—here’s the link to get your tests.

Today’s the day Imagine meets “the bad guy.” Every story’s got at least one…and ours is a dog-chainer, a dastardly fiend if I do say so myself. If you have to catch up on the story, start here at Episode One. Then follow the links at the bottom of the page to get to the next. Happy Reading! See You Next Week!

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Nine: A Ride to Nowhere

Lost and Lonely

Imagine spent the night miserable and alone, curled in a ball next to an old tree. Every unfamiliar noise spooked him and his mind spun, going over and over…

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Meet Maxwell, who Inspired a New Children’s Book “Pal the Pig’s Best Day”

We told you yesterday that our new children’s title Pal the Pig’s Best Day is based on a true story. Today we want to share that story with you!

Photo Courtesy Heartland Farm Sanctuary

At just six weeks old, Maxwell fell out of a moving transport truck onto the interstate highway in Wisconsin. He bounced off the pavement and into the path of oncoming traffic. Thankfully, cars swerved and stopped, and a kind woman scooped him up. Maxwell’s rescuer took him to her veterinarian, who cleaned the cuts and road rash on his face and ears. Luckily Maxwell didn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries. But he was scared, confused, and very lonely for the other pigs.

One of the vet’s employees took Maxwell home and cared for him until he was taken to Heartland Farm Sanctuary. Since arriving at Heartland, Maxwell has grown into a very large pig. His personality is described as sweet, spunky and sensitive. He enjoys grazing in the pasture and hanging out in the shade with his pig friends. He also loves mealtimes and soaking in the mud on warm, sunny days.

You can learn more about Maxwell here:
https://heartlandfarmsanctuary.org/?hfs-animal=maxwell

Tristan Zick with Maxwell, photo by Stacy Roller

Learn more about the book:

Pal the Pig’s Best Day

Written by Jenny Pavlovic
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.

New Children’s Title: Pal the Pig’s Best Day, Based on a True Story

FreedomChaser Books Offers a Fun New Book that Celebrates Animal Sanctuaries and the Special Bonds Between Pigs and their Human Friends

from author Jenny Pavlovic and illustrator Rhonda Van

Pal the Pig’s Best Day 
is Based on a True Story

The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and  chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.


Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

P.S. You can purchase all our books thru online venues the world over.
Simply search for the ISBN of  978-1-954039-17-9 for Pal the Pig’s Best Day listings.
About the Author
Jenny Pavlovic, Ph.D., lives in Wisconsin with dogs Herbie, Audrey, and Brighty and cat Junipurr. Jenny loves walking her dogs, gardening, swimming, kayaking, and experiencing everyday miracles. Her day job is as a biomedical engineer.

This is her first picture book since the stories she wrote and drew as a child then tried to sell to her mom. She encourages everyone to keep writing and drawing—i.e., pursuing your passions, whatever they may be.

Contact Jenny at jenny@8statekate.net or www.facebook.com/8StateKate
About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony.

Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.

Read FREE! Episode 8 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Homeless.

Week 8 of author Tamira Thayne FREE Read is here! Check it out and share with your friends, too.

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

Got those post-holiday blues? I’m with ya. I’m pretty sure in a perfect world I could read my life away, even though I almost always feel guilty when I spend too much time reading. You?

I just read a book that I enjoyed, called The Keeper of Happy Endings, by Barbara Davis. I mean, I have no idea what kind of books you like—and I get nothing from recommending a book—but I’ll definitely give a shout-out to ones I appreciate on here and you can check them out if you’re interested. I’ve been finding myself drawn to more historical fiction lately, and am a bit fascinated with anyone who made it through the hell that was Nazi-land in WWII. This book has a touch of magic, a touch of survival, and a happy ending, all things I’m in favor of.

Now let’s get to this week’s FREE READ Episode

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Read FREE! Episode 7 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Mom Comes Home

Author Tamira Thayne has released Episode Seven of her Free Novella.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Seven: Mom Comes Home

The End of the End

Two weeks went by in a blur of sadness, always waiting for Dad to come home from the hospital, always hoping for good news that didn’t come. Even Dream—the more even-keeled of the two—was losing her equanimity, often snapping at her brother.

Neither said so, but fear dogged their every waking moment, invaded their sleep…

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

I hope the New Year finds you all well and rested! Apparently I just had a cold last week—not Covid, according to a rapid test at least—although I had another brush with “that darn virus” over the weekend. I await my body’s verdict on if it will take hold or not. With omicron sweeping the country, it becomes more and more likely we will all contract it at some point, alas.

I got a new calendar (yes, still old school there, also known as JUST OLD.) You’ll be happy to know today is National Spaghetti Day. Mangia!

That brings us to this week’s FREE read, Episode 7 of Imagine: Life on a Chain.Mom Comes Home. If you’re new to the story, start HERE and follow the links at the bottom of each episode to find the next.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Seven: Mom Comes Home

The…

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