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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson publishes a children’s book with Tellwell

It’s been a big month for media mentions and publicity for quite a few Tellwell authors, including Lamar Jackson, QB for the Baltimore Ravens! We’re happy to share these recent features and interviews with you, as well as a few outstanding reviews. Oh, and did we mention that four Tellwell authors will be at the LA Times Festival of Books? That’s right! Check out the events section to find out who.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Writes Children’s Book

Lamar Jackson published his new children’s book I Dream, You Dream, Let Us Dream! Jackson achieved his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback, and he wants to inspire other young kids to aim high and dream big.

You can learn more through his recent feature on CBS Baltimore. And be sure to take a look at this great interview from Raven Country FanNation!

Children’s book shares elder’s teachings

Author Tarina Anne Parisian was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press for her new children’s book Nature Lives Within Me.

“It’s a story about a young girl’s journey through the forest, where she meets different animals that teach her a virtue,” she said. “Every animal that she encounters shares things in the forest that are related to our everyday existence. She grows and learns with each character she visits.”

Read the full article to find out the inspiration behind Nature Lives Within Me.

Stoney Creek author tells donor-conception tale in children’s book, Mimi, the Solo Magician Mom, and Cameron

Melissa A. Macdonald was interviewed by The Hamilton Spectator about her new book, Mimi the Solo Magician Mom, and Cameron. This new children’s book was inspired by Melissa’s own journey to conceive her son Aidan, which came to be with the help of a sperm donor.

In the interview Melissa shares with readers, “It’s a donor conception story. It’s a story about how people choose donor conception, and it’s meant for parents to help explain donor conception to their children but also continuing the conversation with friends and family members.” You can read the full article here.

Christine Stewart, author of Collit’s Inn: Uncovering the Past, interviewed on Brave New Woman podcast

Author Christine Stewart talks about the journey that inspired her new book Collit’s Inn: Uncovering the Past: the restoration of one of Australia’s earliest inns. You can listen to the fascinating interview at collitsinnbook.com.

Photo from Christine Stewart’s website collitsinnbook.com

SHOOSHNICK ROQUEFORT VATTELSQUAT, III tells IndieReader all about his book

The TICKLEFISH Adventure received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title! The author caught up with IndieReader for an interview to share some fun insight into their new book. Here’s a clip from the interview; you can read the full thing here.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

The original story was written for my own little daughter. It was confinement during our recent pandemic that led me to polish the story and to publish my first book.

Advice from author Kalifa Rodriguez: “TRUST YOUR INTUITION AND THE PROCESS BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.”

Eating These Foods Makes Me… received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title! She shared some great advice in a recent interview with the IR team.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

To develop food/nutrition intelligence at a young age and promote a healthy lifestyle. As a nutritionist who works with an adult population, I see first hand how many of the health issues people face – from self-esteem and mental health challenges to chronic diseases- could be prevented or at least reduced if they had some prior nutrition related knowledge and developed healthy eating habits earlier in life. 

Read the full interview with Kalifa here.

Reader’s Favorite gave the debut novel from Kyrie Wang not one but three 5-star reviews! Forbidden Ties is the first book in the Enemy’s Keeper series, and Wang is already receiving praise upon praise.

Three 5-Star reviews for Enemy’s Keeper: Forbidden Ties by Kyrie Wang

5/5 STARS: A swirling mix of political intrigue, vivid action sequences, and lighthearted romance makes Forbidden Ties a delight for medieval fiction lovers. Author Kyrie Wang’s tale of two people from opposing factions finding themselves forced to work together under extraordinary circumstances is captivating from start to finish. – Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite Reviews

Read all three reviews at kyriewang.com.

IndieReader gives Rebecca Brown’s Shelter from Our Secrets, Silence and Shame 4.3 stars

“All throughout SHELTER FROM OUR SECRETS, SILENCE, AND SHAME, Brown leans heavily on her thirty-five years of experience as a mental health professional, but the author’s writing is anything but clinical,” says James Weiskittel for IndieReader.

“Utilizing her personal journey as a decades-long case study, Rebecca L. Brown’s SHELTER FROM OUR SECRETS, SILENCE, AND SHAME is a self-help-infused memoir that offers practical tools and strategies to aid in silencing the inner-critic within us all.”

Events and festivals are back, folks! As is travel! Woohoo, we made it! The good news doesn’t stop here. Four Tellwell authors are showcasing their books at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books between April 23 and 24. Catch Monique Gliozzi, Shreya Gupta, David Giffen and Laura-Sophie Roi at the festival! Keep an eye on our Instagram stories (@tellwellpublishing) for fun reposts from the event!


Congratulations everyone! We can’t wait to see what you do next.

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