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January 27. Issue # 150

Jan 27, 2023. Issue#150

Dream . Explore . Discover

Hello and welcome to my monthly journal. This month I am thrilled to report that Samba in Switzerland book 3 in the Samba The Dog series has been published worldwide on Amazon. Advanced reader copies are available if you reach out to me I’ll let you know how to get an e-book. My report on a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park and more.

1.My new children’s picture book Samba in Switzerland has officially been published. The ARC, advanced reader copies went out on January 24th.  Hopefully, the folks reading the e-book will enjoy it and leave their honest reviews. 

2. It’s never too late to sign up for an ARC of Samba in Switzerland. Just send me a note that you would like to receive an advanced reader copy of the e-book and I will send you a link for a free download.

It’s not required, but it is certainly appreciated that you leave your honest review of Samba in Switzerland. For some information on tips for reviews and how to best leave a review of a book you have received for free, please check this link. Writing a Review

Send me a message, e-mail me at: info@paulyanuziello.com, message subject. ARC for Samba Book 3.

3. I’m in Costa Rica for the next couple of months. I wanted a break from our Canadian winter and I’ve decided to do all my work remotely. My new place has an office a good internet connection and everything I could possibly desire including great moderate weather.

4. Some of the adventures I’ve partaken in: Yoga with Mike, three days a week. An awesome and varied Vinyasa flow class that offered a fantastic challenge for me.

Ocean swimming and body surfing every day. Snorkeling on occasion. Hanging out at the beach and practising my martial arts. Checking out some good restaurants especially Amancios and Fish & Cheeses in the nearby town of Herradura.

It was great to sample refreshing beverages, like fresh fruit juice smoothies at Karma Restaurant. The best after a hard day of training.

One of my favorite things outside of Jaco, touring the Manuel Antonio National Park and booking a tour guide.

To read about my adventures at the park visit, My Day at Manuel Antonio National Park.

5. At this writing, the publishing of this month’s journal, I’m in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. A beautiful rental property in Escazu, a suburb of the central city.

During our first two weeks in Costa Rica we stayed in a small beach house just one hundred meters from the beach, Playa Jaco. 

Thank you for reading; if you think someone you know would be interested in my newsletter, please pass it along.

All of my books are now available at your favorite bookstores; support local bookstores with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about but do stay safe. Visit a book store, or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba in Switzerland, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Art Children's Books Reading

December 30 . Issue #149

Hello all, and welcome to my last newsletter of the year. I want to share with you my new children’s picture book Samba in Switzerland. The cover design and the illustrations by Joshua Miller. Well, all I am sharing now is the cover reveal.

1. The back cover text for: Samba in Switzerland, written by Paul Yanuziello with illustrations by Joshua Miller, is a story of adventure, fun, fantasy and beauty. In book 3 of the series, Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog and his best friend, Ariela, visit Switzerland and stay in the Ice Hotel. Samba has the adventure of a lifetime. He skis the Swiss countryside and goes up and down the mountains a fantastic family vacation that only a “Berner” like Samba could dream up. Joshua Miller has created a magical fairy-tale land with his wonderful illustrations.

2. How do you spend the holidays? I spent my time watching Xmas classics, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and A Christmas Story. I spent time with loved ones and enjoyed some great meals.

3. Have you visited Ripley’s Aquarium? We did a family outing on boxing day and toured Ripley’s Aquarium. Fantastic! I really wanted to get in the water and swim with the sharks. The staff seemed to think it would not be good for the sharks.

4. Someone recently asked me why I write children’s books. There are a few good reasons, but the one that came to mind first was the opportunity to share a great artist’s illustrations. I believe Joshua is a great artist and I want as many people as possible to enjoy his beautiful art.

Other authors and author-illustrators had similar motivations, Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) author of The Cat in the Hat and so many other great children’s books. Thornton W. Burgess wrote his books, Old Mother West Wind, his first, so that people could enjoy the artwork, and illustrations of Harrison Cady

Gyo Fujikawa, I have added her to this list just because she inspired me with her books and her beautiful, inclusive artwork. Babies is her 1st book, published in 1963, she wrote & illustrated all her books.

Beatrix Potter is another author-illustrator who inspired me and whose books I have fond memories of reading and viewing. Peter Rabbit, is perhaps my very first book.

5. My listening pleasure this month, is all about time. I listened to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, the album, Time Out, and the featured tune “Take Five”, one of my all-time favorites. I also spent time with Brubeck in his later years, a live concert,  Jazzwoche Burghausen 2001.

All my books are available at your favorite bookstores; support local bookstores and authors with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this winter. Visit a bookstore or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book, get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

Happy New Year! Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Children's Books Christmas Reading

December 15. Issue #148

“Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.” Thomas Merton

Hello, and welcome to my monthly journal, where I share five points of interest with you. This month is mostly about holiday sales. E-books and a cover reveal for my book Samba on a Snowy Day, translated into French, my ear candy, and more.

1. The featured photo is the new cover for Samba par une Journée Enneigée Cover design and illustrations by Joshua Miller, translated to French by Pascaline Le Bras. I am hopeful that the book will be published at the end of December. Perhaps it will be part of a boxing day sale.

2. My collection of e-books is available as part of the Smashwords 2022 End of Year Sale! 25% off the regular price. Find your next favorite book this month at smashwords.com and follow @smashwords for more promos like this! #SmashwordsEOYSale #ebook #sale #books2read #indiebooks.

3. My promotion Children’s Books For Christmas Gifts is still happening and ends December 24th, so hurry over to the site and pick up my e-book Samba on a Snowy Day, on sale. There are some great children’s books available, so stock up.

The Kindness Kangaroo Library featured Samba on a Snowy Day during a recent cold and snowy day; gather around and listen to the story as told by author Sandra Wilson. 

4. I have done lots of writing this month, book designs and layout and generally speaking, spending time in front of my computer screen. Listening to great music has helped me stay focused.

Thanks to Kenny Werner, I heard about an album by Toots Thielemans, a chromatic harmonica master, entitled The Brazil Project. This is a live performance from Umbria Jazz Festival. The album features many fantastic Brazilian musicians.

5. Speaking of Kenny Werner, someone who played with Toots on many occasions, I recently attended an online master class with him. A fantastic class and the motivation for me to buy his book Effortless Mastery.

I am just getting into it, and I’m enjoying the messages and stories that relate to the mastery of anything you set your intention to.

All my books are available at your favorite bookstores; support local bookstores and authors with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this winter. Visit a bookstore or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book, get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

Happy holidays! Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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