Who Chains You Books Welcomes Author Laura W. Eckroat, and her “Muffin Tail” Books

What happens when a book publisher goes out of business without a solid plan for this contingency? All their authors end up in limbo, having a hard time getting their books freed up to move elsewhere.

That’s what happened to our next author, Laura W. Eckroat, who published books with Tate Publishing; when the company went under, that left her scrambling to make sense of what that meant for her titles and her business as a writer.

But then she found us at Who Chains You Books, and we’ve been working steadily with her to get her “Muffin Tail” books moved over to our publishing label and into Second Editions, getting her back on the right track with her titles.

We want to give Laura a big welcome, and hope for smoother sailing for her and her books from this point forward!

Her first two books in the Muffin series are adorable, and perfectly appropriate for ages 3 and up. They will soon be available in coloring books, too. 

Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin

By Laura W. Eckroat

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Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin is a happy-go-lucky, singalong story of adopting a pup named Muffin. The colorful illustrations by Greg White perfectly complement a wonderful tale that will engage our smallest readers while teaching love for our companion animals. Suitable for kids aged pre-school and up.

WHAT “MUFFIN” LOVERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE SAYING …

“… Came Home With a Muffin will win the hearts of children of all ages. The story behind the story is equally engaging and charming. It will become a favorite for dog lovers everywhere.” — Carolyn Hedgecock, Author Locker Letters

Went Out to Get a Donut is a fun book to read to your child while at the same time introducing the importance of adopting and rescuing animals. Mrs. Eckroat helps start the conversations with this book.”—Sherwin Daryani, Operation Kindness

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What’s in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail”

By Laura W. Eckroat

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Kids and adults alike will love this mystery “tail” as Muffin the rescue dog discovers what’s in the corner of her suburban backyard while she “protects” her family, too. What’s in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail” is Muffin’s second adventure and is sure to spark the imagination of children of all ages. Suitable for kids ages pre-school and up.

“Laura W. Eckroat has done it again. Muffin has done it again. What have they done? Answer: They have teamed up to tell another Muffin “tail”—a humorous little song about what Muffin, the rescue dog, from Went Out to Get a Donut, Came Home with a Muffin, sees in a corner. What’s in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail” is a book that will charm all who read it or have it read or sung to them. This is a book that you don’t want to miss.”—Katherine Boyer, librarian, book reviewer

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About the Author:

DSC_1125Laura W. Eckroat is the author of A Simpler Time, Daisy: A Life Cycle Series, The Life of Bud, Went Out to Get a Donut, Came Home with a Muffin, and What’s in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail.”

Laura was born and raised in Whiting, Indiana. She has lived in Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. She now resides in Wisconsin with her husband, Steven, and their two rescue dogs—Muffin and Shadow.

Mrs. Eckroat is an elementary school teacher, and a lifetime Chicago Bears football fan. She enjoys gardening, reading, writing and doing fundraisers for dogs.

About the Illustrator:

Greg White attended Southern Nazarene University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.

His passion for visual storytelling led him to the field of illustration, and he now works as a freelance artist and illustrator, specializing in children’s books, comic books, and poster design.

He now resides in Oklahoma City, where he has illustrated over 200 books.

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It’s Here! Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation is Now Available

You can color us excited…Rescue Smiles is HERE!

Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories
of Love and Liberation

Edited by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne

The heart of the animal rescue world lies in its stories—of freedom, of love, and of sacrifice by those who not only acknowledge but embrace the human-animal bond and its wondrous gifts.

In our first rescue story compilation, Who Chains You Books is pleased to offer a look into the emotional lives of rescuers and the living beings they hold dear. Join us for the heartwarming anecdotes, as Cinnamon steals Spice’s puppies, Alice steals everyone’s shoes, and a host of other animals conspire to steal our hearts.

Through these tales, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, pigs, rats, mice, and birds, in this delightful first installment of Rescue Smiles.

We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are. With contributions by: Laura Koerber, Tamira Thayne, Reg Green, Heather Leughmyer, Joe Maringo, Patti Lawson, Sarah Barnett, Barb Michael, Sunny Aris, Christopher Barnekov, Gayla Evans, Kat Soul, Rachel Ogden, Melody Whitworth, and Liz Woloski.

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The book is available wholesale for animal rescue nonprofits and independent bookstores. Visit our wholesale page to learn more and place your order today.

Connecting with our Illustrators: Meet April Pedersen

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As part of our Who Chains You Books First Anniversary Celebration, we’ll be bringing you a “Connect with our Authors, Illustrators, and Narrators” Series, so you can learn a little more about the animal lovers we represent, and why they’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the plight of the animals to life through creative writing, art, and interpretation.

We’ve given each of our authors, illustrators, and narrators a list of questions to answer. They are free to answer any of our suggested questions or substitute their own—staying on the fun, surface side of life, or getting as deep as they’d like. Feel free to ask them questions in the comments area, and we’ll ask them to drop by and answer.

Q. Give us your ‘official’ bio.

adoptingadelecoverloApril Pedersen is a freelance illustrator, mainly of rubber art stamps, but also of logos, magazine cartoons, and books. April is the illustrator of our highly-acclaimed Adopting Adele book, and also the upcoming Brave Benny, about a bat.

Q. Where did you grow up and what was your favorite thing you remember about where you grew up?

I grew up in Alaska, Nevada, and Oklahoma. I have fond memories of watching fireflies blink on and off
during the summer nights when I lived in Oklahoma.

1Q. What made you want to become a book illustrator?

I loved drawing from the age of 4—as most kids do—but I just stuck with it, and never really thought about doing anything else. It’s who I am.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that nobody knows. Until now.

I still like the Rubik’s cube (but I’ve forgotten how to solve it).

Q. Tell us what you love most about illustrating?

I enjoy seeing an idea become a visual manifestation. Seeing the illustration in print or on a website never gets old for me either.

Q. Do you have pets? How many and what are their names?

Currently I have two “mystery snails”, Otto & Turbo, plus a betta fish, Jackaby. I previously had tree frogs, goats, a horse, and a cat.

Q. Where would you travel for your dream vacation, and why?

I’d pick the South Pacific islands, where I could lounge around, peer into tide pools, and read a stack of great books.

Q. If you could wave a magic wand and make one thing better for animals, what would it be?

Have a mandatory “be kind to animals” curriculum, aka humane education, in all public schools.

Q. Tell us what your favorite book of all time is, and why.

I’m gonna go with The Time Machine by HG Wells. I would love to see what thousands of years will bring. This novel opened my eyes to thinking about the far future, the present, and the past.

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Sneak peek at one of the Brave Benny illustrations

Q. What’s next for you with Who Chains You Books?

I recently finished illustrating Brave Benny—it’s in line for publication now—and I might be illustrating a third, too, we’ll see! I look forward to seeing Brave Benny in print.

Connecting with Our Authors: Meet Heather Leughmyer

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As part of our Who Chains You Books First Anniversary Celebration, we’ll be bringing you a “Connect with our Authors, Illustrators, and Narrators” Series, so you can learn a little more about the animal lovers we represent, and why they’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the plight of the animals to life through creative writing, art, and interpretation.

We’ve given each of our authors, illustrators, and narrators a list of questions to answer. They are free to answer any of our suggested questions or substitute their own—staying on the fun, surface side of life, or getting as deep as they’d like. Feel free to ask them questions in the comments area, and we’ll ask them to drop by and answer.

meHeather Leughmyer is the author of Adopting Adele, A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human, and If Your Tears Were Human, and co-editor of Rescue Smiles, to be released this Friday, August 11, 2017.

She is also the founder of Happy Endings Rat Rescue, and a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics.

Writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she has advocated for animals.

She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, and several animal companions.

ratguidecoverlodropQ. Where did you grow up and what was your favorite thing you remember about where you grew up?

I grew up in Sidney, Ohio and then moved to Warsaw, Indiana when I was 17. One of the things I liked most about growing up in Sidney was that I could get from my house to anywhere in town by walking or riding my bike, and it was safe to do that.

Q. What did you least like about your childhood or where you grew up?

Probably the small-town mentality. There were a lot of cliques and being different wasn’t necessarily seen as a good thing.

Q. What made you want to become a book author?

I have loved writing ever since I could write. I remember making a miniature book about my hamster when I was around 10. I still have it. Creative writing class was always my favorite.

Blank white book w/pathQ. What steps did you take to finish your first book? How did you make it happen?

My first book was an anthology of poems that I had been writing for a few years. They were in response to the animal cruelty and the suffering I had seen, read about, or heard about. I combined all of the poems I had written about farmed animals and added photographs by my friend and photographer, Vanessa Sarges into one book and If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture was then published by Who Chains You Publishing.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that nobody knows. Until now.

My secrets stay safe with me…:)

Q. Tell us one weird talent you have that you wish you could make money from.

I can ride a unicycle. I taught myself to ride it in the 4th grade.

Q. Tell us what celebrity you’d love to be for a day, and why.

Any celebrity who is on vacation in some exotic place I could never afford.

adoptingadelecoverloQ. Tell us what you love most about writing?

I love how writing helps me deal with my feelings and emotions in a healthy and productive way.

Q.  Do you have pets? How many and what are their names?

Lots! I have 2 dogs, Bindi and Bailey, 1 cat, Jasmine, 2 gerbils, Tom and Jerry, and 6 rats, Cupcake, Chip, Shiloh, Raven, Riley and Max. Since I do rat rescue, the numbers are constantly changing.

Q. Tell us your weirdest pet story. 

Most of my stories are more cute than weird. I love interspecies relationships and I’ve seen a few firsthand throughout the years. I once had a cockatiel who fell in love with my cat. He would constantly circle around her serenading her with a mix of all of the songs he knew to try and get her attention, but she wasn’t impressed.

I also had a rat who liked to eat with my 2 dogs and 1 cat, a gerbil who fell in love with a spiny mouse, and a mouse who fell in love with a rat. I also had a dog who would take care of all of my rats, especially when they were sick.

Q. Where would you travel for your dream vacation, and why?

I love Hawaii. Perfect weather, the ocean, beaches, and beauty everywhere.

Q. If you could wave a magic wand and make one thing better for animals, what would it be?

Everyone in the world would stop eating them. Billions would be saved from suffering just like that.

Q. Tell us what your favorite book of all time is, and why.

I don’t really have a favorite because I like so many. I really liked The Girl on the Train. This was probably the most recent book I read and loved. I like any book I have a hard time putting down.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, were would you live and why.

This answer is the same as my dream vacation. Hawaii, for all the same reasons.

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Yep! We’ve got our next book, Rescue Smiles, coming out this week. We enjoyed picking stories with lots of different rescued animals, and we ended up with 19 unique tales of love for you to enjoy.

I also have another children’s book, Brave Benny, coming out this fall from Who Chains You.

I hope to just keep writing and see where it leads me!

 

Connecting with our Authors: Meet Laura Koerber

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As part of our Who Chains You Books First Anniversary Celebration, we’ll be bringing you a “Connect with our Authors, Illustrators, and Narrators” Series, so you can learn a little more about the animal lovers we represent, and why they’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the plight of the animals to life through creative writing, art, and interpretation.

We’ve given each of our authors, illustrators, and narrators a list of questions to answer. They are free to answer any of our suggested questions or substitute their own—staying on the fun, surface side of life, or getting as deep as they’d like. Feel free to ask them questions in the comments area, and we’ll ask them to drop by and answer.

dogthief-chosen-loLaura’s Bio: Laura Koerber is an artist who lives on an island with her husband and her two dogs. She has always entertained herself by telling herself stories. As a child, she used to like going to bed because she could lie awake under the covers and run movies in her head. Later, as an adult, she enjoyed long distance driving for the opportunity to spend hours writing novels in her imagination. Now Laura divides her retirement time between dog rescue, care for disabled people, political activism, and yes, she still tells herself stories while she is driving. Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories, (written under the pen name Jill Kearney) was listed by Kirkus Review as one of the One Hundred Best Books of 2015. She’s also the author of The Listener’s Tale, out now from Who Chains You, she has a story called “The Bandit and the Engineer” in Rescue Smiles (out next week from Who Chains You) and three other upcoming books: I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found, The Shapeshifter’s Tale, and Limbo.

Q. Where did you grow up and what was your favorite memory from growing up there?

I spent most of my youth in Iowa. My favorite thing about growing up in Iowa was getting out of there in the summer. My dad was a college professor and had the summers off, so we spent our summers on long rambling camping trips up and down the Rocky Mountains, along the Gulf coast of Texas or out to the Outer Banks. Anywhere but Iowa.

Q.What did you least like about your childhood or where you grew up?

Hard to pick one thing: ninety-nine in the shade with one hundred percent humidity, poison ivy, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, chiggers, dear flies, tornados…

Q. What made you want to become an author?

Boredom. I spent a lot of time driving out to see my parents and driving back again, about a three hour trip one way. I started writing a fantasy novel in my head for entertainment. Then I thought, “Gee, I just wrote a novel in my head.” So I wrote it down. It wasn’t bad. It was OK. So I started writing short stories, and discovered that some of them were actually good. I have now written three fantasy novels, a non-fiction book, and a collection of short stories. I think I am done and will go back to painting. (At least until the next idea strikes.)

listenercover-loQ. What steps did you take to finish your first book? How did you make it happen?

I just wrote and wrote and wrote. I was in a mad rush to get from one end to the other because I had never written anything before and didn’t know if I could do it or not. Once I got it all down, I began revising and editing and revising and editing. I kept that up for a couple of years.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that nobody knows. Until now.

My earliest memory is of throwing up in bed. I don’t think I have told many people that, mostly because it has never come up in conversation before. So now you know.

Q. Tell us one weird talent you have that you wish you could make money from.

Reading. I read a lot. I would love to be paid to read.

Q. Tell us what celebrity you’d love to be for a day, and why.

Trump. I would give all of his money away, resign him from the Presidency, and enroll him in a mental health program.

Q. Tell us what you love most about writing?

I like creating things. I have pretty much the same attitude about writing as about painting, drawing, gardening and cooking. I just enjoy making things.

Q.  Do you have pets? How many and what are their names?

I have two. Jody, a German Shepard/collie mix and Izzy, a maltipoo.

Q. Where would you travel for your dream vacation, and why?

Iceland. Except for the whale-hunting, they have a superior culture to ours…and the countryside is gorgeous, a cold blue Eden.

Q. If you could wave a magic wand and make one thing better for animals, what would it be?

I’d ensure that humans would learn to behave like the intelligent form of life we claim to be.

Q. Tell us what your favorite book of all time is, and why.

I don’t have one all time favorite. I have many I love and would recommend, here’s a few: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears, and Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard De Voto.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, were would you live and why.

This would also be Iceland, because the landscape is primeval, as if time had just begun.

Q. What’s next for you?

I’ve got three more books coming out, hopefully all this year, the first of which is I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found, which delves into the Olympic Animal Sanctuary abuse, following the path of a dog named Daisy. Here’s a blog post I wrote about the book, if you haven’t seen it: https://whochainsyou.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/old-wounds-and-a-new-book-thoughts-on-her-upcoming-olympic-animal-sanctuary-book-by-laura-koerber/

I also have two other books in the pipeline to be published this year, they are: The Shapeshifters Tale, which is the second in the “Our Side” Collection, and Limbo, a novel about souls waiting to move on.