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|Posted on April 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
This week at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Michelle Jordan, owner of Dewberry Press, was officially named "Mother of the Year" for Texas, by American Mothers Inc.!
This is a great honor, as AMI has a long history of working to improve the lives of children and families in the US and around the globe, through activism and membership at the United Nations.
As part of the vetting process for this award, Michelle received letters of recommendation from community leaders and organizations per her ongoing work for kids and the environment. Being very practical, Michelle did not attend the AMI convention in NYC this week, saying it was "too fussy" and "in direct contrast with the lifestyle required to be a good mother in the first place." However, she feels very honored to be in the company of such amazing women and to be recognized by such a prestigious/valuable organization.
Michelle was honored earlier this month at a ceremony by the Texas Chapter of AMI in Austin, Texas, where her youngest daughter shared with those in attendance her reasons for nominating her mother. During the ceremony, an essay by her eldest daughter was read, and Michelle was presented with letters and proclamations of support by Texas Governor Rick Perry, US Senator John Cornyn, and Mayor of her hometown in Pflugerville, Texas, Jeff Coleman.
Michelle is a writer for Dewberry Press under the pen name "Doad Michaels". Super awesome, Doad!
|Posted on March 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
John Dony in the news! Great article from the Express & Star, a large regional newspaper in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands, UK. John is pictured in the article with his two beautiful daughters. Go John!
|Posted on February 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
We've been busy lately, for we've been promoting ourselves to retail stores for stocking our titles on their shelves! Meanwhile, our books can actually be ordered from virtually any retail bookstore in the English-speaking world!
For those that prefer to order books online, our books are stocked and available from a wide range of stores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and many more.
We're looking for a distributor for our e-books and hopefully, can announce their availability soon!
|Posted on December 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
We're very pleased with this rave review from The Children's Book Review for Leah's Lions! Congratulations, John! Leah's Lions will be available for purchase on December 14th!
"In this exciting new chapter book, Leah’s Lion by author John Richard Dony (Emily and the Spider, 2012), Nine-year-old Leah prepares to save her lion cub friends from a menacing grounds keeper, Mr. Hemmings, and his terrible shotgun. Leah’s proud gang of animal friends help her to navigate the way to a safe haven through the beautiful but treacherous landscape of Africa.
Leah lives with her veterinarian parents on a wildlife reserve. When she discovers Mr. Hemmings' evil plan to kill the remaining pride of lions in order to gain a permit to reopen a diamond mine, there is no way in the world she will allow this to happen—even if it means taking off into the jungle accompanied only by wild animals and a dung beetle named Gio (who, might we add, packs a punch with his funny ways and Italian style). The plan to rescue the lion cubs is foiled by Mr. Hemmings and it seems that it may not only be the lions that will fall prey to his evil ways. With minimal parent interaction, hope comes when Leah’s parents discover the kind of person Mr. Hemmings truly is.
Dony—a real storyteller—has a knack for creating a believable narrative voice. This latest romp proves to be a tale of sincere determination that mixes the realism of human nature with the enjoyable absurdity of talking animals (a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down).
Those that are looking for an easy read that still delivers a complex storyline will be happy to escape with a copy of Leah’s Lions—a wild adventure that broaches grown-up topics in a child centric way. Both boys and girls ages 8 and up will enjoy this tale and it will resonate with budding activists, especially."'
~The Children’s Book Review (www.thechildrensbookreview.com)
|Posted on December 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
We're proud to announce that Tennyshoe, by Doad Michaels, will be available for purchase on December 14th! Take a look at a recent review by The Children's Book Review, soon to appear on their website:
"Dennis Shoe is a happy-go-lucky young boy with a great smile and a winning manner. He is enthusiastic so sometimes he speaks fast and when he says his name, it comes out sounding like Tennyshoe. He’s an instantly likeable character and most readers will either identify with him or want to be like him.
Tennyshoe is surrounded by family and friends and has a fun-filled life, both at school and at his parents’ farm. He embarks on a series of adventures that lead him to discover several unexpected things about love, life and the hereafter. And while it may seem like this is a tall order to fill, Tennyshoe does it with a smile.
The writing brings to mind a love of all things rural, such as fresh air, big sky, peaceful towns and calm streets. It takes the reader back to a simpler time, before the avalanche of technology, when children could spend a whole day outdoors as long as they “came home before dark” so their parents wouldn’t worry. Though it seems like it may have been a long, long time ago, parents will still remember those carefree days. And that is the beauty of this book. It resonates with any upbringing—be it in the city or in the country—because it evokes memories that are universal in their depth of emotion.
Tennyshoe is a timeless tale about friendships, love and loss, and growing up. He discovers a lot of things over the course of this book and each reader—especially those ages 9 and older—will likely choose his or her own lesson to take away from it. For this reviewer, it was the enduring lesson that love always finds a way in the end."
—The Children’s Book Review (/www.thechildrensbookreview.com)
|Posted on October 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
We're so pleased to announce our very first title is available for purchase:
For now, this title may be purchased in paperpack, and in electronic format (pdf, epub, & DewberrE). We expect to have it available in hard cover towards the middle of November. It will take a month or more for Emily and the Spider to make it into distribution channels, so it is available exclusively on our website for the next 30 days.
We invite you to take a look at the book preview here: PREVIEW
Also, we hope you'll read a recent review of Emily and the Spider by the Children's Book Review: REVIEW
|Posted on October 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
We're proud to present a preview of Emily and the Spider, by John Dony, on sale October 31st! This preview is offered in our new DeberrE format, which can be viewed across platforms, on mobile, tablets, ebook readers, pc's, and other devices.
If you enjoy the preview, we hope you'll come back after October 31st to purchase a full copy. Tell us what you think!
|Posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
We're pleased to share a review and synopsis of Emily and the Spider by John Dony, from The Children's Book Review! You may find the review on their website around October 31st at www.thechildrensbookreview.com
The Children's Book Review is a trusted book source for parents and educators.
Adventurers and thrill seekers wanted! Emily and her unlikely group of friends zoom off on a fast-paced journey through the animal and plant-filled wilderness.
Set on the edge of the jungle ruled by Stripe, a snarly tiger who claims to be King of the Jungle, is a large white house. In it, resides a young girl named Emily, her parents, and a nasty housekeeper. Starved for friends, Emily seeks companionship in a talking spider. When tragedy strikes and Emily's only friend meets her death, a baby spider, Bes, takes her attention and the pair set off to find the orphaned spider's father. Throughout their journey, the group of two, expands to four, and the group's friendship and trust is put to test by the treacherous landscape of the jungle and monkeys who work for the evil and hungry tiger, Stripe. When Bes' father is found, the story takes an unexpected turn: he wants nothing to do with his little spiderling. Has the journey all been in vain? No. John Richard Dony crafts his story to consistently carry the strong theme of camaraderie. He shows that hardships can create lifetime friendships. The story comes complete circle for a good, old-fashioned happy ending, but not before Stripe claims a prize for his dinner.
While not for the faint-at-heart, the themes of friendship and inner-strength will resonate amongst children that have had to move to a new home. This is an exciting and shocking yarn for young readers that thrive on action and enjoy the unexpected.
|Posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
We're proud to announce the release of John Dony's Emily and the Spider, on Halloween! Dewberry Press fans will have early access to Emily and the Spider here on the Dewberry Press site beginning October 31st. The title will be made available to major distribution channels beginning in November 2012.
Available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic format, Emily and the Spider is sure to be a favorite of kids and parents. Read more about the title here: Emily and the Spider
|Posted on August 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
We're proud to announce our new partnership with Lightning Source (an Ingram Book Company) for printing and distribution services!
Ingram is an industry leader in book distribution and we are very hopeful about this new relationship. Lightning Source has printing services in the US and UK both, which will enable us to make our titles available competitively to markets worldwide. In addition, we will be able to utilize all of the major distribution channels. Lightning Source is going to help us get our titles on the shelves!
We are excited about the affiliation with Lightning Source and believe it will prove to be a major player in our distribution strategy.