Archives for April 6, 2016

Disney at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 9-10)

Disney’s presence at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is stronger than ever in celebration of timeless storytelling with families and fans. Throughout the weekend, guests can attend panels featuring Disney Publishing’s authors and participate in a variety of activities in the booth space, including a children’s reading corner, author appearances, signings, raffles and promotional giveaways.

WHO:          Disney Booth #595 will feature content tied to Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel brands. In addition, selectDisney Publishing Worldwide authors will be present for panels and signings. The following authors will also be available for interviews including award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers: The Return: Legacy of Secrets), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red), and Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel) as well as fan favorites likeCecil Castellucci (Star Wars: Journey To The Force Awakens: Moving Target), Ahmet Zappa and Shana Muldoon Zappa (Star Darlings series), Andy Harkness (Bug Zoo), James Burks (Pigs and a Blanket), Mercedes Lackey(Hunter), and debut author Sean McGinty (The End of Fun).


WHEN:           Saturday, April 9


In-Booth Autographing

10:00–11:00 AM:Ridley Pearson(A Kingdom Keepers Novel: The Return Book Two, Legacy of Secrets)

Location: Booth #595


YA Stage Panel

10:30–11:30 AM:Young Adult Fiction: Magical Realism on the Page Moderator: Brandy Colbert

Panelists: Shaun David Hutchinson, Sean McGinty (The End of Fun), Peter Rock

Location: YA Stage


Children’s Stage Performance

12:00–12:20 PM:Disney’s Lion Guard Rock & Roar Experience

Presented by Disney and Kindermusik

Location: Children’s Stage


In-Booth Story Time

12:30 PM:The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Rainy Day

Location: Booth #595


In-Booth Autographing

2:00–3:00 PM:Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red)

Location: Booth #595


In-Booth Autographing

4:00–4:30 PM: Cecil Castellucci (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure)

Location: Booth #595


Children’s Stage Presentation

5:00–5:25 PM: Join Andy Harkness for a special presentation and reading of Bug Zoo

Location: Children’s Stage


Sunday, April 10


In-Booth Story Time

10:00 AM:Zootopia: Judy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-Pop

Location: Booth #595


Middle Grade Panel

10:00–11:00 AM:Middle Grade Fiction: Epic Adventures

Moderator: Sarah Enni

Panelists: Ridley Pearson (A Kingdom Keepers Novel: The Return Book Two, Legacy of Secrets), Soman Chainani, M. A. Larson, Tahereh Ma

Location: Seeley G. Mudd 123


In-Booth Autographing

11:00 AM–12:00 PM:Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel)

Location: Booth #595


Children’s Stage Presentation

11:30–11:55 AM: Join James Burks for a special presentation and reading of Pigs and a Blanket

Location: Children’s Stage


Young Adult Panel

12:00–1:00 PM:Young Adult Fantasy: Beyond This Realm

Moderator: Tobie Easton

Panelists: Michael Buckley, Mercedes Lackey (Hunter), Romina Russell, Sabaa Tahir

Location: Norris Theater


In-Booth Reading/Autographing

1:00–1:30 PM:Andy Harkness (Bug Zoo)

Location: Booth #595


YA Stage Panel

1:30–2:30 PM:Young Adult Fiction: The Rest of the Story

Moderator: Gretchen McNeil

Panelists: Cecil Castellucci (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Moving Target:A Princess Leia Adventure), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel), Danielle Paige, Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red)

Location: YA Stage


In-Booth Story Time

2:30 PM:Alice in Wonderland

Location: Booth #595


In-Booth Autographing

3:30–4:30 PM:Shana Muldoon Zappa & Ahmet Zappa (Star Darlings series)

Location: Booth #595



WHERE:         Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Disney Booth #595 (near the Children’s Stage)

USC Campus

699 McCarthy Way

Los Angeles, 90089



Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and apps, igniting imagination through storytelling in ever-inventive ways. DPW creates and publishes books and magazines both vertically in-house and through an extensive worldwide licensing structure. As a leader in digital products, DPW creates best-selling eBook titles and best-in-class original apps. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines and digital products in 68 countries in more than 50 languages. For more information, visit


Follow @DisneyHyperion for up-to-date info on our booth and author activities.

Our Top Picks for Dogs this Spring! Looking for dog toys? Getting rid of Fleas? Hartz has you covered!

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Spring is here! I love this time of the year but unfortunately, it does often mean more Fleas for Dogs! I highly recommend the Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo for Dogs! It kills Fleas & Brown Dog Ticks and also kills Flea Eggs for 2 weeks. I like that there is not a strong unbearable smell and that my dog doesn’t seem to mind it much. The Hartz Ultra Guard Pro Triple Action Flea and Tick Drops help prevent fleas and also repels Mosquitoes before they bite. Both are a must-buy this Spring!

Of course, our dogs love the Toys and the Treats the best!

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I was actually impressed that my pup Bink couldn’t chew them up in 10 minutes flat!

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The Hartz DuraPlay Bone actually is still in one piece! I am quite impressed! We’re going on two weeks now!

Look for these and many other great products from Hartz this Spring!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples for both our Pups to facilitate this review post. No other compensation was received. Photos (except of Bink and Bella) were provided courtesy of Hartz.

Yummi Pouch snack bags by Revelae Kids are a Must-Have for the Spring!


Spring is here and that means more places to go outside. That usually means packing lunches for trips to the park, beach and museums! What better way to pack sandwiches and more than with reusable bags? These ones are super cute and can be washed either in the dishwasher or the washing machine. The sandwich bag measures 7 in. x 7 in. I love the size! It is just perfect!

Check out the variety of different prints!

Take snacks on the go with Yummi Pouch cloth snack and sandwich bags. These Eco-friendly snack bags are lined with a moisture resistant interior and decorated with colorful modern prints. Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, and dry snacks, or to keep small items organized in your diaper bag or purse!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: Revelae Kids.

Shakespearmint & Agatha ChrisTea makes a great gift for Tea Lovers!

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Looking for a fun and unique gift for a Tea Lover? Your search is over!

If you love Tea, this is also a fun way to collect Tea! If you own a TeaBook, these Tea bags will make a great addition! Don’t own a TeaBook yet? You have to check this one out!

Fun varieties as Shakespearmint (mint tea) and AgathaChrisTea (earl grey tea).  Every month a new themed series of Collect Teables will be released, such as authors, philosophers, or politicians.  Each series of teas is drawn by a different artists in their unique style. As a subscriber, you’ll receive a new themed series of tea every month — and since the series are all limited runs the only way to ensure you can collect them all is to subscribe. The teas make great gifts and, of course, fit perfectly in The TeaBook – a revolutionary way to store, share and serve tea.

These are just too cute and I have already added some to my TeaBook!
In addition, the teas are:

  • Great conversation starters
    Produced in limited runs — which make the teas collectible
    A perfect addition to your restaurant, break room, or personal tea collection
    All organic/kosher certified
    Biodegradable or compostable
    A great conversation starter
    Fun to share and own
    Perfect to fill your TeaBook

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. No other compensation was received.

Carole P. Roman Giveaway for the Kindle Fire and books.


Welcome to the Carole P. Roman Kindle Fire, Rocket-Bye book and Can A Princess Be A Firefighter giveaway. Hosted by Carole P. Roman, Away We Go Media, Julie Gerber of Hits and Misses, and Naila Moon of Just the Stuff Ya Know.

I love the books by this Author! You don’t want to miss this one!

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. 

Following up this series is yet another award winning series, “If You Were Me and Lived In…” This book series has taken children around the world to visit other children that do things similar to themselves and bring cultures closer together. Carole P. Roman’s formula in writing the book series has made children aware of cultures that are not quite like their own.

Now, Carole P. Roman has written two new books  in poetic form that are nods and great love to her grandchildren. She is sure your kids and grandkids will love them too.

About Rocket-Bye:
Travel to the stars, orbit the moon and rocket past planets in this adorable journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. A beautiful bedtime poem, this verse is sure to delight any child before they go to sleep. Rocket-Bye LINK 


About Can A Princess Be A Firefighter?
Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a professional and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter’s fascination with all things ‘princess.

Can A Princess Be A Firefighter LINK
Kindle Fire pictured not exact  but similar
To celebrate the release of these two brand new books, Carole P. Roman is generously giving away a Kindle Fire (not HD) and a copy of each of these two books. One reader will receive all. Simply start by entering below and good luck!
This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Carole P. Roman and arranged by Away We Go Media. The blogs hosting and co-hosting are not responsible for prize shipment. The Kindle Fire Prize and books are provided by the author who is responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest or any other social media site. All entries will be verified.  You must enter the first entry for notification purposes but this sole entry does not constitute a win for you. You must enter at least one other entry for qualification. NOTE: It may take up to 6 weeks to received prize after the close of the giveaway.
Giveaway is open to U.S. Only
Giveaway begins on April 6, 2016, at 12PM
Giveaway ends: April 30, 2016, at 1AM CST 


Winner has 48 hours to respond after notification via e-mail or forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.

Jazz is Pet of the Week!

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This is Jazz. Jazz and his nearly identical twin sister, Zoe, were surrendered to Animal Care Services by their owner—at age 12! Can you imagine these sweet kids spending all their lives with a human and then abandoned? If you’d like to make sweet music with Jazz and, better yet, turn it into a duet with Zoe, meet them at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A567904 for Jazz and ID#A 567903 for Zoe.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.