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Happy Birthday!!!

Birthday Cake

Happy Fifth Birthday…five years ago we received our first manuscript, Kenning Magic, which became our first published title.

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New Title


Something is making twelve-year-old Violet psychic. Is it the secret diary she found in her orphanage or the mysterious mountains of Vermont? She’ll soon discover supernatural power she didn’t know she had and learn secrets that adults don’t know—especially about children, America and the pyramid on the dollar bill.


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Coming soon…

A New World Bk. 4 Thunder Moon

Tonya Coffey

Book cover

List Price: $11.95

5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
188 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1548533144

ISBN-10: 1548533149
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

Micha, King of Ancients, hoped the fighting between the realms would ease since the treat had been eliminated, yet the forest is filled with enemies who are not what they seem. They can be a plant, animal or even disguised as a friend.
While Micha battles Shifters, old enemies and himself, Jessa struggles to regain her life. A friend, in the spirit world, guides her through the adjustments of the truth, allowing her to uncover the Wars true beginning and of a man who will stop at nothing to obtain the True Power.
Micha must tread lightly as the Shadows reorganize the kingdom, demanding a union between Micha and Roselle. His only hope for happiness is for the curse Jessa cast upon herself to be broken by a Sorcerer, a man he did not trust. Will the King get his true Queen or will evil win?


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Meeting and Exhibition

Saguaro Books, LLC  and Aquitaine, LTD will have a table at the American Association of School Librarians • 18th National Conference and Exhibition, November 9-11, 2017 at the Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Hope you will visit us.



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Holiday Gift-giving

Give someone you like or love the gift of a book for one of the delightful holidays between now and the end of January. Go to www.saguarobooks.com and click on the “store” page to see the 17 books plus 1 graphic novel that are on our published books list. There are books in many different kinds of fiction, from fantasy to fictionalized nonfiction, for kids, ‘tweens, teens. Give the gift of a book this year. Books can be purchased from the website, on Amazon in print or Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.

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Writing the Cover Letter

Submitting your work for publication is not that different from applying for a job. You want to put your best, most professional foot forward. However, the important thing in submissions is the writing itself. While you want to strike the right tone as you introduce yourself and your work, cover letters shouldn’t eat up too much time. How do you do it?.

Format the Letter Correctly
Save your creativity for the body of the letter , or better yet, for your writing. Stick with the standard business letter format. Everything is flush left, with one line between paragraphs. Unless you have letterhead, which is not necessary, type your address followed by the date. Space down a line and list the name, title, and address of the person you’re writing. It is important to address your letter to the CORRECT person—always a person, not “Dear Editor”. That smacks of a generic letter, in other words, “you haven’t done your homework”; therefore, the editor will not spend his/her time reading your work.
And as with anything you submit, use standard white copy paper; type, don’t hand-write; and absolutely no illustrations.

Keep It Short
As with a job application cover, letters should not exceed one page. In your first paragraph, explain what you are sending. This can be as straightforward as: “Enclosed please find the first three chapters of my novel, ‘The Choice is Yours’ about a game show contestant with a lifelong disability.” If you have a genuine reason for submitting to this publisher, share it, but only if you can do so while sounding sincere.

Other First-Paragraph Info
If the journal prefers to be informed ahead of time about simultaneous submissions, address that issue briefly by saying something like, “I have submitted this to two other publishers and will let you know immediately if any are accepted elsewhere.” And if you’ve been invited to re-submit, definitely remind the editor that he or she has seen your work before.

Second Paragraph: A Short Bio
Briefly introduce yourself to the editor. If you studied writing or have published before, state it here. If you haven’t, that’s fine, too. You just want to provide a context for what they’re about to read.

Close Your Letter Politely
Thank the editor for reading your work, and close with the standard “Sincerely,” or “Best regards.” Leave four lines for your signature and then type your full name. For mailing, use a business-sized envelope. If your printer can handle envelopes, type the address, but it’s also fine to address the envelope by hand. Again, use the editor’s name here, either above the journal name or below the address. If you put it below, write, “Attn: [Insert Editor’s Name].”

Include an SASE, maybe
Finally, be sure to include an SASE if the publisher requests that you do so. Much now is accomplished by email. However, if the publisher requests paper copies, you may need to submit an SASE for a publisher response. (It’s perfectly acceptable to fold the SASE in three so that it will fit easily.) To save postage, you might also request that they not return your story to you, writing in a postscript: “Please recycle this story rather than returning it to me.”

The writing is the important thing. You can have the best cover letter ever, but it won’t get you anywhere without a great story to go with it.

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Bullying and The Monsterjunkies

Bullying is a topic of interest to most, if not all tweens and teens now. From kindergarten to college, kids have encountered it. Bullying can range from teasing among the younger set to activity considered criminal as the children grow older. Consider the events covered by the news agencies over the last decade. Sometimes the bullied become the bullies, as in the Columbine killings in Colorado. Or the activity can take on the mode of a hate crime as in the Laramie, Wyoming torture and killing of Mathew Shepard. Robert Champion, a Florida A & M band member died as a result of hazing, once a tradition among college sororities and fraternities, which rarely resulted in mortality. These examples, combined with the recent displays of gun violence, have put students and school administrators on edge. The President is being urged “to do something;” LaPierre of the NRA is advocating arming teachers. Where will it stop?

I believe the place to begin is in the schools. Let’s stop bullying now. The bullies need psychological treatment. They have a personality defect, perhaps something in their family situation has caused them to think they are better than others or that they a have superior right, often without the ability, to lead. Erik Shein, noted author and animator, has produced a work of fiction, The Monsterjunkies; an American Family Odyssey,  for tweens and teens that provides a look inside a family who struggles with inheritance, science and a community’s fear of the unknown. Bullying and how one tween defeats the bullies will provide entertainment while giving kids information about bullying. “Ed asked, ‘Do you believe their story, Ms. Conners? You heard my speech on bullying at the PTA meeting and you know how the bullying game is played. They are using the very tactics I described, including taunting, secret backstabbing and provoking victims when the moment’s right. It’s all part of the game and that is exactly what’s happening here.’”

Kids will recognize at least one character from The Monsterjunkies; an American Family Odyssey, whether it’s the main character, much maligned Cromwell, his sister  the well-arranged Indigo or the bully-master himself, Rutherford J. Grimes III. Cromwell or Crow, as he prefers to be called, finds a way to deal with the bullying. He meets it head-on in a unique combination of smarts and one-upmanship. Indigo, too, must find a way to have friends over without sacrificing her family’s desire and need for privacy. Why the overly espoused need for privacy? It is the very estate itself and its unusual set of inhabitants that provides the ticket for Crow’s acceptance.

Some students may be able find solutions to their bullying problems at home, talking to family; perhaps, a family member has experienced bullying in his or her younger years. Or there may be some other suggestion that can provide material for a solution. School counselors are also a good avenue for help. Students who experience bullying at any level should contact school counselors and/or administrators immediately. It is their desire to end bullying as much as the students. They must be given a chance to help and that chance begins by being notified.


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