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Baby’s First Book Blocks

By Dan Stiles


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  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: POW!; Box Brdbk edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876848


Book Blocks are chunky little board books that are shaped like blocks, the perfect first books for babies! Featuring high-contrast colors, eye-catching shapes, and colorful patterns (incorporating the latest scientific research about vision development), these mini books are designed to entice infants to focus and develop their visual acuity.

 Four little block-shaped mini books, each measuring 2-3/8 x 2-3/8 inches, comprise this adorable set:

Book 1: Black and White–simple but interesting shapes moving into more complex shapes and patterns

Book 2: Red, Blue, and Yellow–introduces primary colors and slightly more complex shapes, moving into real patterns with multiple colors

Book 3: Color and Pattern–secondary colors and more complex patterns

Book 4: Visual Excitement–subtle shades and complicated patterns

Simply sit with your baby a few minutes each day and turn the pages, encouraging baby to focus on each page. As your baby develops, you will be able to hand the book blocks back and forth, and soon your baby will be able to grasp the book blocks and explore for her or himself.

• The set of 4 books is presented in a slim box, 9-1/2 x 2-3/8 x 2, with an acetate window that reveals the book blocks inside.

• Studies show that during the first year of life, babies’ visual skills develop dramatically. While a month-old infant will prefer sharply defined, black and white edges and patterns, by 4 months of age, most babies can distinguish even subtle shades and respond to repeating patterns.

• These little books provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with baby. Just a few minutes a day of looking at and tracking shapes and colors helps babies to develop good visual acuity.

• Designed by Dan Stiles, who is known for his appealing use of color and pattern, these bloox make a great toy that will continue to be fun to play with long after babies have learned to see as well as adults.

Toys / Books / Visual Tools / Ages 0-3
Box Set, 9.5 x 2 inches, 22 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-684-8, $14.95 US/CAN

From Baby’s First Book Blocks by Dan Stiles, published by POW!

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About the author…
Dan Stiles is the author of the hilarious boardbook Put On Your Shoes! (POW! 2013) Dan combines illustration and design in his award-winning visual work. Over the past 15 years, Dan has collaborated with everyone from indie bands to major corporations in creating identities, custom packaging, and limited edition collectable art and merchandise. Dan is perhaps best known for his poster art, having worked with artists across multiple genres including Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, Ted Leo, TV on The Radio, Dizze Rascal, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and countless others. Dan lives with his wife and daughters in Portland, Oregon.

Baby’s First  Book Blocks by Dan Stiles, published by POW!
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That Goddess Stuck It Where?
I have a confession.

Hello, my name is Rachel and I’m a paranormal junkie.
Oh, you too? I’m so glad I’m not alone.
Lately, I’ve felt off. Out of focus. Nothing seems to be coming together right. And it wasn’t until the previews for True Blood on HBO that I finally realized why! I haven’t read or absorbed a really good paranormal romance in a long time. There is nothing like slipping into a world that may be similar to ours, but so vastly different also that you can let go of reality and just float.
If you want to hook me for life as a reader, make me float. I want to glide though pages of hot alpha wolves or arrogant vamps with an attitude. I want to sweat through spine chilling pages of a sexy alien thriller or glide through a sweet mermaid song. Do you know what I mean? If you’re a true Para junkie, you do.
The blog topic today, is supposed to be about why Paranormal is so popular among readers. I’d like for you to help me out with this. I know why I love it. Here are a few reasons:
1. When work has me so frazzled that I’m Jonesing for a tall bottle of Tequila and a cigarette (I don’t smoke) I grab a good vamp book, and an hour later things don’t seem as bad in my life.
2. It’s just damn sexy to bite. To be bitten. Even if it’s not to hurt. And most para creatures use a little bit of pain in their mating habits. 
3. The economy, the government, the day-to-day grind just doesn’t seem like such a bad thing compared to two-horned demons and zombies chasing you to the end of time.
4. To escape.
5. Because dark is oohhhh so good.

Are you getting the picture? So… please help me out. I need to know why you think Paranormal Romance is still so damn sexy! Oh, and while you’re at it, please give a big hello to my host.

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Author: Rachel Firasek

Book One: The Last Rising
After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.
Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.
Book Two: The Last Awakening
For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris gifts the phoenix her mortality and long-gone voodoo magic with a warning that she must save her next soul within a week without using magic, or she’ll lose her power forever.
Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him. Confronted by a waif of a woman who forces him to face the truth about his past, he runs fast and hard, fighting the need to prove himself worthy despite his perceived failures.
When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, the weak will find strength and the strong will fall. One will have to give up everything so the other can have peace, but will love’s magic withstand the loss?
Book Three: The Last Beginning
Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.
Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.
Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.

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Author Bio: Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour. She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart. After all, romance on the edge is better!

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Welcome, Heather!

How to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Thanks so much for having me here today on My Book Addiction and More!

<What an honor to have you with us and our readers today>


I’m thrilled to announce the release of CRIMSON HEART, my third full-length novel in the Highland Hearts series. The entire series takes place in 16th century Tudor Britain, from Highland castles to Henry VIII’s court and then on to the Scottish court in Edinburgh. There are sexy Highland warriors, raucous yet honorable pirates, fascinating royals, and magical healers – oh my!

So how does a mom of three, living in an east-coast-US suburb create page after page of authentic 16th century characters, dialogue, and plot turns? What gets my creative juices flowing when the 21st century completely envelops me? Years of training : ) Here are a few tricks I’ve learned.
1. Sight – I’m a very visual writer. I like to see my characters (basic features & strong emotions) and settings (authentic historical details). So I create collages for my books. I take a day toward the beginning of each new project to cut out pictures of landscapes, people and objects that mean something to my story. I paste them on an open manila folder, poster board or even in a blank book to give me something to glance at while writing.

I also surround my desk with objects that are meaningful to the book. I have a wolf calendar to remind me of Cheò, my hero’s wolf. I have a Scottish long sword mounted over the door to my office and lots of dragonflies (there’s always a dragonfly somewhere in each book).

Collage for Crimson Heart (2)2. Sound – I create a sound track for my stories and wear ear buds on days when my kids are home or when I must write while sitting through hockey or soccer practice.

3. Taste – My muse likes chai lattes with extra cinnamon (hot, not iced). A cup of tea literally get my creative juices flowing. I find it very hard to start writing without the taste on my tongue. Yes, I am like Pavlov’s slobbering dog : )

4. Smell – If I’m struggling with a scene, I’ll light a candle to block the 21st century odors around me. My muse must ignore guinea pig smells (Mr. Squiggles shares my writing room), stink from hockey pads that my son forgets to hang outside, dinner cooking, my daughter’s One Direction perfume, etc. Plus a flickering flame reminds me of magic.

5. Touch – When I’m writing a love scene, I get naked and roll around on the faux fur cover on my bed. ; ) LOL! Now wouldn’t the kids be horrified! No, I don’t do that, well not yet, but maybe I should try that when the kids start school again. My fabulous Highland husband happens to work at home too (wink, wink, say no more).Heather & her Highland Husband (2)

I have been known to sit on my faux fur blanket while writing at my desk (fully clothed). I also have a replica Scottish dirk to hold for inspiration.

The rest of my creativity comes from within. I daydream a lot, and most of the scenarios filling my head are much more interesting than real life around me. So it’s fairly easy for me to block out the 21st century for a while. In fact, when I’m sick or stressed, I like to write because it pulls me away from my pains into a world of adventure, romance and beauty. My tension leaves me and I revel with my characters. I’m never bored and my work usually makes me sigh with contentment. I love being a writer!

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Thank you, Heather, for stopping by today and for your fascinating creative juices!!


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Crimson-Heart-500Book Title: CRIMSON HEART

Author: Heather McCollum

Book Synopsis: Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. She has kept the secret of her lineage for years, but with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena’s Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena’s true identity, she must flee to Scotland to save her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his dark, killing magic must never be known. When his father’s life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan’s suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland’s regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must learn to trust each other before it’s too late.

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Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists.


The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination every time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond.


When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Get Electrified with Rachel Blaufeld and the first book in her brand new Electric Tunnel series!


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Title: Electrified (The Electric Tunnel Series #1)

Author: Rachel Blaufeld

Release date: April 29th, 2014


About Electrified (The Electric Tunnel Series #1):

Electrified CoverEveryone knows her as Sienna Flower.

Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes.
She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her.
Sienna captivates crowds nightly at the Electric Tunnel, leaving them wanting to know more about the sensual enigma. But no one ever sees beyond the heavily guarded stripper onstage. She is Sienna Flower 24/7.
No one other than her closest friend and boss, Asher Peterson, who helped turn a young and frightened girl into who Sienna is today. Together they created the sexual illusion known as Sienna Flower. They will go to any lengths to protect her image, which is why Sienna is convinced she must remain unattached and alone.
Like everyone else in Vegas, Sienna is hiding something and playing a role. A good girl in her former life, she was raised to be obedient and accepting of her fate, but there are some circumstances no one should be expected to accept. She escaped to a world light years away from the one she was subjected to…the Electric Tunnel.
Now she can never be anything other than Sienna Flower. Not only would she be hurt, but everyone around her would suffer the consequences.
That is, until she meets private detective Carson Graham, the dark and mysterious ex-FBI agent who watches her dance every weekend. With his dark hair and chocolate-brown eyes, Carson begins to heat Sienna’s heart and body, melting away the layers and secrets. Sienna doesn’t want to get attached to Carson, but when another man surfaces and starts hunting her down, bringing out the scars of her old life, she can’t help but seek comfort in Carson’s protection.
With everyone trading on the secrets of her past, Sienna finds herself caught in an awful web of lies. Her ultimate fear is hurting her friends at the Tunnel, but she doesn’t know who to trust. Namely, Carson. Is he good? Or bad? Does she have the luxury of finding out?

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About Rachel Blaufeld:

Rachel BlaufeldRachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.

Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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Genre: Historical Romance (Colonial/Georgian)

Series: Richard Berkeley’s Bride #2



  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press (May 21, 2014)
  • Language: English


Book Description(Amazon)

May 21, 2014
Dreams of OakhurstWar looms—which side will he choose? If he makes the wrong choice, will it rip their love asunder?As war looms on the near horizon, can Richard adhere to his firmly held principles…or must he choose those of Alexandra’s English family to preserve their marriage’s bliss?

Courage, Alexandra’s special gift…is also her curse. Lord Thomas Graham will stop at nothing to ruin the Campbells, Richard and Alexandra included. He’s struck at her beloved husband once…twice…three times. How long before his malignant influence knocks at Oakhurst’s great front door? It will not. Not if she can thwart it.

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About the author…

As a member of Romance Writers of America, I’m also a member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Celtic Rose Writers, and Celtic Writers’ Circle. I’m a writer of historical romance. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and began writing seriously over eight years ago. In my day job, I am a registered nurse. It has been my privilege to practice Pediatric nursing during my entire career. As the wife of a retired U.S. Navy Officer, I’ve lived and travelled with him for the twenty-six years of his career. With him, I’ve visited England, Canada, Mexico and all but four of the United States. Thanks to him, I’ve dipped my toes in every body of water that washes our shores, including the Gulfs of Mexico and California and the Arctic Ocean (br-r) and travelled over, under and on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. After many journeys across this great nation and back again, I now live, love and write among the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in lovely Northeast Tennessee.

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