Tails of Blueberry Street series (Return to Blueberry Street; Book 2 in the series)

Author, Debbie Burton

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a returning featured author, Debbie Burton, here to share about the second book in her series, Tails of Blueberry Street.

Meet Debbie Burton, author of the Tails of Blueberry Streetbook series.

Thank you, Wanda, for the opportunity to once again connect with your audience. My second children’s book, Return to Blueberry Street was released by Elk Lake Publishing in August of 2020. The story follows Buddy the beagle as he leads his canine companions on a mission to track down the porch pirate who is stealing their treats. A mystery for children ages six to nine, Return to Blueberry Street teaches the values of teamwork, fairness, and the importance of protecting wild animals. Told from Buddy’s point of view, the action begins with a camping trip where he meets a wild monkey named Freddy on a hike through the woods.

I was inspired to write this book during a visit to Silver Springs State Park in Florida. At a trailhead I saw a sign about the presence of wild monkeys in the area. These animals descended from of a group of rhesus monkeys brought to Florida from Asia for the purpose of entertaining tourists. The owner of the property put them on an island in the middle of the Silver River for boaters to see. He didn’t know monkeys can swim. They swam off the island and have lived in the surrounding woods ever since.

Return to Blueberry Street is book two of the Tails of Blueberry Street series. The first book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street, introduces the character of Buddy and shareshis struggle to recover from a serious injury which paralyzed his hind legs. Both books feature Buddy’s rival, a Doberman named Blitz, who is twice Buddy’s size. Blitz bullies Buddy for his disability and makes Buddy doubt himself. Their relationship teaches children to empathize with people who are different.Both books are perfect for classroom read-a-louds and include questions for discussion.

I am a retired elementary teacher turned author. For the majority of my life I’ve worked with children, but never thought I would write for them. My husband encouraged to me to write a children’s book in 2015. Since I love writing poetry, we both envisioned a rhyming picture book. After meeting with editors and agents at conferences, I discovered publishers were more interested in early reader chapter books. At first, I thought writing a chapter book would be impossible. What could I write about? Then I thought about our pet beagle, Buddy, who really did experience most of the events I describe in the first book.

Three years later I met Deb Haggerty, Editor in Chief of Elk Lake, at a Florida Christian Writers Conference. She loved my idea and offered me a contract. I am represented by Michelle Lazurek of WordWise Media Services. I plan to continue the Tails of Blueberry Street series, and I am currently writing book three. As an author I want to develop relatable characters whoengage children and encourage empathy for others. Both of my books are available in paperback and eBook.


Amazon: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street   amzn.to/3hTqRtA

​   Return to Blueberry Street  amzn.to/2QgUIAI 

Barnes and Noble: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street  bit.ly/2RVrUP6

                             Return to Blueberry Street   bit.ly/34KzZOi 


Website: https://debbieburton.blog/          

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/buddyfanclub

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/debbie_j_burton

Elk Lake Publishing Inc. https://www.elklakepublishinginc.com/debbie-burton/

Email: debbieburton@ymail.com

Thank you, Debbie, for sharing another awesome book in your series! I love the positive messages! We look forward many more in this series!

And thank you, blogging community, for stopping by my blog today!

As always…likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Stay safe, everyone!

Ellen L. Buikema’s Children’s Books with Messages for both Children & Parents

Ellen Buikema, children's author photo


Today, I’d like to introduce you to a talented author named Ellen Buikema. She has written adorable books with wonderful messages and a splash of humor.

Welcome, Ellen, please tell us about yourself…

I am a writer, speaker, educator, and mom. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, received a M.Ed. specializing in Early Childhood, and have post-graduate studies in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. I worked as a teacher for 23 years.

During the school year I have the pleasure of being a visiting author, either in person or via Skype. I usually visit with students in Pre-K through fourth grade, although I have spoken with students through eighth grade. For Pre-K through first grade I bring Sock Puppet Tim along to help. He is a well-loved addition to author visits as he is funny and helps maintain students’ attention.

Parenting...A Work in Progress by Ellen L. Buikema, M. Ed.


I’ve written a self-help book for parents, Parenting . . . A Work in Progress, and a children’s chapter book series, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon. The Parenting book is much like a child growth and development book, but with vignettes, some amusing and some sad. I’ve used a few of the funny ones in Stand-Up comedy.






The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days by Ellen L. BuikemaCharlie Chameleon’s many adventures are multicultural stories intended for second and third grade students as well as advanced first graders to read independently. Children ages three through nine will enjoy the antics of the characters in the Charlie books. According to the school librarians I’ve spoken to, the books are also taken out by older students. Many of them enjoy the artwork and the activities at the end of each chapter. So far, most adults and children love Frankie, Charlie’s pesky pet goldfish and comic relief, the best.




In New Beginnings, Charlie Chameleon and his family start their adventure in New Town, where Charlie discovers he is braver than he knows. With his bossy pet fish, Frankie, by his side, he faces many challenges, including standing up to the neighborhood bully.

The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings by Ellen L. Buikema


Volume 2, School Days, finds Charlie and his friends having trouble with Boris Bunny, the class bully. Charlie thinks Boris is putting on an act, but his friends disagree. Follow Charlie’s adventures as he helps Boris learn how to be a friend.

In Volume 3, follow the wacky summertime adventures of the Chameleon family and their obnoxious pet fish, as they get lost trying to find an out-of-the way vacation spot. Who needs a map, right?

The family returns home in time for a big soccer event that Charlie and his school friends plan to attend. He hopes his new friends will accept Tamika, his best friend from his old neighborhood, never expecting what actually happens.

Currently, I am writing my first YA historical fiction novel, The Hobo Code. This genre requires a great deal of research, so I am having fun talking to people all over the country about trains, hobos, and specifics about some cities and towns. I spent an hour on the phone with the owner of a bar in Wausau, Wisconsin, the location of the story’s beginning. She was able to give me details that made a huge difference in the setting for one part of the story. My list of acknowledgements is growing all the time.

All of Ellen’s books have earned a 5 star review on Readers’ Favorite

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Thank you, Ellen, for sharing about yourself and your wonderful books with us today!

Thank you, everyone, for hanging around until this point and reading this post. If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the Comment Section and we’ll get back to you soon!


Dear Diary (a children’s book about bullying)

Hi, Everyone!

I have another fabulous author to introduce you to today with a very important message in her children’s book called Dear Diary.

Have you ever moved and been the new kid in school? Or been the target of bullying? This book addresses both.

Please welcome Susan Horsnell as she tells us about her book…



Rebecca is an eleven-year-old girl whose father has taken a job in a new town.

This means she is forced into a new school.

Shorter than most her age, and not quite as intelligent, makes her a prime target for ongoing bullying.

The only thing she can trust in, confide in, is her Diary.

A story about the real danger of bullying which every child should read.

This story is fictional but based on a true to life event.

book cover for Dear Diary, by Sharon Horsnell



Buy Links:

EBook – Pronoun Publishing




front and back cover of the book Dear Diary, by Sharon Horsnell

Sharon Horsnell, author picture

About the Author

I have written two children’s books during my career.

This is my second, dedicated to my nephew who took his own life just a few weeks after he turned twelve years old.

I have five grandchildren who are subjected to bullying, a coward’s way of displaying power over another and occurs at any age.

Hopefully, through this book, both children and adults will learn how dangerous bullying can be. It’s not something which can be dismissed as a childhood ‘stage.’

My first book – Secret Beneath the House – is the story of two children left alone for the day. What they find under the house is another magical world.

I also write Best Selling/Award Winning Western Romance and Best Selling Contemporary Romance under a pen name.

I have been married for 43 years, have 2 married sons and 5 gorgeous grandchildren.

Hubby and I are retired and love to travel Australia with our caravan, our elderly Jack Russell dog – Caellagh (Kelly) and a very opinionated Cockatiel called Rocky.

You can take a look at my books through the following links:

Susan Horsnell Links


Blog: http://susanhorsnell.com

Web: http://horsnells.wix.com/susan–1

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/westernlovin/


A.L. Simpson Links


Website: https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/

Blog: https://alandvixen.wordpress.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709862079031253/