How Sprinkles the Rescue Akita Became a Book Cover Model

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Sprinkles the Akita (yes, he’s a male!) is a gorgeous representation of the breed, by any Akita lover’s standards. In fact, the moment author Tamira Thayne saw his picture on Akita rescuer JoAnn Dimon’s facebook page, she knew he’d be the perfect image of the warrior for her book protagonist to fight alongside—and maybe even fall in love with.

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You see, Tamira’s characters in The Chained Gods Series shapeshift into different animals, and the king’s warriors manifest as dogs in their shifted forms: “One by one they proudly stood as canines, quivering in an effort to contain their excitement: two more shepherds, an Akita, three retrievers, and two St. Bernards. They were a majestic group, the elite of the Perrin army.”—from The King’s Tether, a Chained Gods prequel story.

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Rosie Bear and the cat who loved her, Exhia

Akitas have long been the author’s favorite dog breed—since her years of rescuing chained dogs, in fact. Her first interaction with an Akita, a long-haired girl they named Rosie Bear, left her with a permanent affection for the loyal companions.

She knew she wanted to feature the breed in her Chained Gods Series.

She immediately wrote JoAnn and asked if she could use Sprinkles image on at least two of her covers (The Knight’s Chain and The Curse of Cur.)

In return, she shares a photo of Sprinkles and a paragraph about Big East Akita Rescue in the book’s interior pages, hoping to garner more support (and donations!) for the group:

“Sprinkles is the inspiration for Curjan’s dog form. Photo courtesy of JoAnn Dimon, Big East Akita Rescue. B.E.A.R. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, hands-on, Akita rescue group covering the NY, NJ, and PA metropolitan regions and the Northeast. The group rescues unwanted, abused, and neglected Akitas in need. This gorgeous boy was rescued from the Portage Ohio Animal Shelter. Learn more or donate at bigeastakitarescue.org.”

Sprinkles has been adopted by JoAnn, but there are many other beautiful pups at Big East Akita Rescue still waiting for a home of their own! For those interested in making an Akita part of your family, visit their adoption page here: https://bigeastakitarescue.org/available/

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The Curse of Cur:
The Chained Gods Series Book 2

By Tamira Thayne

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The Knight’s Chain:
A Chained Gods Series Story, Vol 1.5

Written by Tamira Thayne

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knightschaincoverlo-dropHere at Who Chains You Books, we hope to do a lot more collaborating with rescue groups for our cover models. We get a beautiful cover image, and a chance to promote the work of some of the finest animal nonprofits in the country. Win/Win!

As for Sprinkles and Big East Akita Rescue? Well, he’ll try not to let the fame go to his head. And the rescue will keep on doing their best to save as many as they can…and they could always use all of our help! We’re pledging to include them in our year-end donations, and Tamira is pledging her Amazon Smile donations to the group for the remainder of 2019, too.

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Did you know we sell wholesale to animal nonprofits? We know what it’s like to run a nonprofit and search for new and creative ways to raise money. Our nonprofit and indie bookstore wholesale program is perfect to help you both fundraise AND educate about animal issues at the same time. You are welcome to sell our paperbacks on your website, social media sites, at booths, as well as at any other fundraising opportunities. Visit our page to learn more, or drop us an email at info@whochainsyou.com with any questions.

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A Chained Akita Shapeshifts in Tamira Thayne’s “The Curse of Cur”

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The Chained Gods Series
Continues with “The Curse of Cur”

by Tamira Thayne

An animal activist teenager continues her quest to save two dimensions in this sequel to The Wrath of Dog

Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality.

She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…

And her mother was not gonna be happy about it.

Baylee had been instrumental in freeing her father, the king of Perrin, mere days ago from his own 18-year captivity as a chained German shepherd. King Randulf was heartbroken over the conditions his warriors still endured, and knowing they were being tortured and starved was almost more than he could bear.

But it was time for Baylee, her father, and Perrin’s remaining top generals to buck up. It was her mission, their collective mission, to find the chained warriors, unearth the remaining four keys, and rescue both Perrin and Earth from the grip of Phoebus, The Scion, and their legion of minions.

Easy peasy.

Baylee leaned heavily against the bathroom wall, toothbrush hanging from her mouth. Oh, who was she kidding.

The future looked daunting, indeed.

Grab The Curse of Cur and continue your adventure into The Chained Gods Series today!

Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audio to come soon! Just $12.97 paperback and $3.97 Kindle; plus, it’s available as part of your subscription to  KindleUnlimited, too.

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P.S. All our books are readily available on every Amazon site worldwide. Simply search for the title in your Amazon browser or the book’s ISBN of 978-1-946044-54-9

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In Tamira’s First Book in the series, The Wrath of Dog, an animal activist teenager finds out there’s more to the chained dog next door than meets the eye. Start your adventure when you meet Baylee there, and then continue through two short stories, The King’s Tether, and The Knight’s Chain, finishing up (for now) with the second book, The Curse of Cur! And remember, our authors are grateful for your reviews, too, which help them reach a wider audience.

About the Author:

tamijewelonyxloTamira Thayne pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better for 13 years.

During her time on the front lines of animal activism and rescue she took on plenty of bad guys (often failing miserably); her swan song culminated in the purchase and transformation of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound to a chained-dog rescue and rehabilitation center. She’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide, and worked with her daughter to take on a school system’s cat dissection program, garnering over 100,000 signatures against the practice.

She’s the author of the Chained Gods series, the Animal Protectors Series, Foster Doggie Insanity and Capitol in Chains. She’s the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal activists and rescuers.

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Three More Days to Get Your FREE Gift, Book 1 of The Returned Series, from WCY Books

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We’re Offering a FREE Gift
To All Our Readers For the Next THREE Days

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In celebration of the release of Book Two in The Returned series from author Samantha K. Riggi, the first book in the series, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Book 1 (Winner of a Best Book Award from DWAA) is FREE in Kindle for the next THREE DAYS ONLY.

Remember, you don’t need to have a kindle to read kindle books: you can also read FREE in the kindle app on your phone or tablet, too.

Download Your Copy Today!
And Get Started on The Returned Series

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Not only that, but we’ve also made Samantha’s new release, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two, just $2.99 in Kindle for the next five days! (You Save $1.00.)

Yes, you can get BOTH BOOKS FOR JUST $2.99

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Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-49-5

About the Author

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, The Never Ending Thank You, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

The Award-Winning ‘Returned’ Series Continues with Rocky’s Story

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The Award-Winning ‘Returned’ Series Continues with Rocky’s Story

The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two

Samantha K. Riggi

Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

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Samantha’s first book in the series, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, won a Best Book Award for 2018 in the Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition. These books are wonderful for tweens on up, so grab your copy and get caught up on this series today! https://www.amazon.com/Returned-Chewys-Story-Book-One/dp/1946044296/

About the Author

samanthariggiauthorphotoSamantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, The Never Ending Thank You, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

You can reach her through her site at https://www.samanthakriggi.com/.

A Mama Kitty is Saved from the Street in “Fiona Finds Love”—Out Now!

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Now Available!
Fiona Finds Love

by Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Erin Nielson

They call me the trash cat. But my name is Fiona.

That’s what my family used to call me before they moved away. “She’ll be fine,” they said. “She’s a cat, after all.”

Now I’m on my own.

Fiona is an abandoned cat trying to survive and feed her kittens. Like so many other felines, she faces the dangers of life outdoors on her own: speeding cars, sickness, parasites, hunger, and cold. Will she beat the odds and find a better life for herself and her babies?

Fiona Finds Love dispels the myth that cats can fend for themselves and ought to be outside. Cats deserve our love and care—and have so much of both to give back. The book is perfect for early readers from age 5 and up, and works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-48-8
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QHZP7LL
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044482

About the Author

Rhonda Donald-1Rhonda Lucas Donald is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children and teachers. She is a contributor to Ranger Rick and writes Science in the News for Science A–Z. A rhyme-ster and nonfiction specialist, Rhonda loves making difficult science concepts accessible—and fun—for all ages. Rhonda’s first love is animals, and she has volunteered as a humane educator for animal shelters. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Science Teachers Association, and the Cat Writers Association. Rhonda and her husband share their Virginia home with their dog, Dixie, and their cats, Huxley and Darcy. Visit her website at www.browntabby.com.

About the Illustrator

erinnielsonloErin Nielson is an animal lover and freelance illustrator. She loves to create imaginative and whimsical artwork, read, and spend time with family and friends. Erin currently lives in Texas with her husband, Matt, and their rescue dog, Zoey. Fiona Finds Love is her first illustrated children’s book. To see more of her illustration work, visit her site at www.illustrationsbyerin.com.

 

WCY Authors Are Happy to Visit YOUR School or Group! Check Out Our Authors at Work

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All of our Who Chains You Authors are ready and willing to speak to your school or social group! We are geographically spread out across the U.S., and even into the UK and Italy now, so if you’re looking for someone to do a reading for your students or other group, drop us a line at info@whochainsyou.com to find out if we have an author nearby.

Browse all our books and authors at our websites at http://www.whochainsyou.com and http://crescentrenewal.com.

 

Author Stephanie Itle-Clark visited a Pennsylvania School for Read Across America on March 1st, and told us this: “The Read Across America Day event at Big Spring School District’s Mount Rock Elementary in Newville, PA was fantastic. I saw six grades of students (a little over 300 students) ranging from kindergarten to Grade Five during three different readings. The students were fun and engaged, especially when they found out that the real-life Tiffany who inspired the story had come from a puppy mill not far from the school. The older students participates in a reading as well as an interview panel. They asked about the theme of the book, the inspiration, and the writing, illustrating, and publishing process.”

 

Author Laura Eckroat is a schoolteacher who really gets into the spirit of the author visit. She tells us: “I so love doing author visits; they always remind me why I’m doing this writing thing. I bring books and sign them after the event. The kids love them, and they’re truly rewarding and FUN!!”

And here are some bonus pics of kids loving their books . . .

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Hachi & Friends: The Famous Akita Takes on a Dog Theft Mystery—Out Now!

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Now Available!

Hachi & Friends

Second Edition

by Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chaira Intropido

CHM sc 2 1-FIf you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.

This is Hachi-kò, the ‘Loyal Akita Inu of Japan’, who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.

Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightfully engaging tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.

A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?

cover H & F-FYou’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.

This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, on his eighty-fourth Memorial Anniversary.

The book is available in all Amazon online stores worldwide (below are a few of the links) and via third party platforms as well.

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About the Author

Anastasia Ormeron is a mother, a teacher, and now a writer. A friend to all animals since childhood, she carries many of their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.

Anastasia spent most of her crazier growing up years in London, but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy grey cat, Mathilda.

Μοιράσου την αγάπη … Share the love

Ouzo the Greek has gotten a local article since the launch of his book, and they’re sharing lots of pics and video of their friends on his blog. Check it out and follow him, too.

https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/news/three-legged-dog-from-rustington-has-book-published-about-adventures-1-8855516?fbclid=IwAR0wYxJ9vV99u5f2cgS6iyuL875T_XwL_1gfME-kdV1ZSpIE6wjxT4yUNlw

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Ouzo the Greek

Super grateful for all the love, proper makes me smile. The local press asked for a photo of me and Mama with my book so they can also share the love. We attempted this, me and Mama snuggled up with said book in hand. Trouble was Mr Moussaka was not impressed with being left out so he refused to get out of shot, result, every photo we got included Mr Moussaka licking my personal area. Not quite the desired photo we were trying to achieve. (You can skip the rest and just scroll down, i.e. watch the video, it’s important to me … ta muchly x)

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However, this is what I really want to share. We are all equal yet it’s a tough old rock we all cohabit on.

Thank you to those that have bought my book but being the humble sort of chap that I am all profits…

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Ouzo the Greek: A Year in the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog is Now Available!

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Who Chains You Books is proud to announce our first overseas book!
And odds are good this sweet book, written from the dog’s perspective, will have you laughing and crying like it did us.

Ouzo the Greek:
A Year in the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog

by Lisa Edwards

After being hit by a car and left for dead on the streets of Greece, I was rescued by my heroine and first love, Ermioni. With broken bones and open wounds so severe my flesh was beginning to rot, the only option was to amputate my leg.

Ermioni nursed me back to health and I lived for a time at the Diasozo Animal Rescue shelter. However, I was becoming depressed, as the healthier dogs were pushing me out of the way when there was food to be had.

My guardian angel continued to look out for me and share my story on social media all around the world, until one day I found my very own Mama and Papa, in little old England.

And this is where my story begins.

You can pick up your copies in paperback and kindle in most Amazon stores the world over. Here are the links to the U.S. and UK markets.

U.S. Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044466

U.S. Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PJWF4T4

Amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ouzo-Greek-Year-Life-Rescue/dp/1946044466/

Amazon.uk Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ouzo-Greek-Year-Life-Rescue-ebook/dp/B07PJWF4T4/

See photos of Ouzo as rescuers helped him in Greece:

About the Author

Lisa Edwards lives in a quiet village in West Sussex, England. With their children grown, Lisa and her husband Michael decided the time had come to search for a new family dog. Having rescued pets in the past, there was no hesitation in deciding to ‘adopt’ rather than ‘shop’. Enter Ouzo the Greek, who joined Mrs. D, aka That Darned Cat, and more recently Mr. Moussaka. These three misfit second-hand pets completely changed Lisa’s life.

Lisa spent over a decade working as an Executive Assistant in secondary education, but gave it all up to start a new career, where she is now employed at an animal rescue organisation. She hopes to make a difference to those still looking for their forever home, as well as write about animals and animal causes on a freelance basis.

As for Ouzo, well Lisa and Michael didn’t just rescue a dog, they inadvertently stumbled across their best friend.

Clarabelle Pig Comes Clean—And Takes on the Bullies!

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by Timothy J. Verret
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Clarabelle Pig was drinking from the school water fountain when Barrett Frog hopped in front of her, blocking her. He stood with Andrea Fox and Ferdinand Rabbit, all laughing.

“Pigs shouldn’t drink out of fountains!” said Barrett, leaping and chuckling.

“They’re too dirty,” Andrea said, wrapping her gorgeous tail around her neck.

“Oink, oink, stinky piggy!” chimed in Ferdinand, holding his whiskered nose.

Clarabelle shook her head and stomped off to her next class. “I’m so tired of those meanies saying pigs are muddy and smelly,” she thought. “I’m gonna prove them wrong, once and for all.”

Find out how Clarabelle stops the hurtful name-calling in its tracks in Clarabelle Comes Clean, a wonderful addition to humane education classwork and lessons in bullying and societal stereotyping. The book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and the illustrations keep the attention of younger students too in parental, library, and classroom read-alongs.

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About the Author

tim picTimothy J. Verret is an actor, playwright, and poet. This is his first published children’s book, and he is very excited about that. Timothy is passionate about animal welfare, and always welcomes the opportunity to bridge his creative life with that of an animal rights advocate. He has had two plays published and available on Amazon: the denial family and Ingenting. Timothy also has a collection of sonnets (77 Spiritual Sonnets: Storms to Serenity) available through Amazon. Timothy received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama through the University of Texas at Austin, and has acted in numerous stage productions in Austin. He took on the role of Iago in Othello for which he was nominated for a national Falstaff Award for Best Male, Supporting.

About the Illustrator

aprilpedersenOur whimsical artist, April Pedersen, is a freelancer based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, geocaching, science fiction, video poker, and chess.

April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, A Tail of Two Christmases, Dandelion’s Dream, Clarabelle Comes Clean, and Courageous Conner.