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Seasons Remembered Anthology
Seasons of Life Anthology
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The Missing Stories reissue
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News!

Linda is interviewed about One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go and Chip’s Sharing Day:
http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/2012/07/three-times-charm-with-linda-derkez.html.

Linda is interviewed about One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go:
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com/search/label/Linda%20Derkez.

Linda is interviewed about Chip’s Sharing Day:
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com/2012/06/gap-family-blog-welcomes-linda-derkez.html.

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Manny the TV Watching Dog Series
written by Linda and Mike Derkez;
illustrated by Nina Marie Rothfuss

Illustrated Picture Books
Recommended For Children Ages 3 – 7
Recommended Reading Level Ages 6 – 8
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Manny the TV Watching Dog
Manny the TV Watching Dog, Book One

978-1-61160-907-3 (ebook); 978-1-61160-908-0 (print)
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Manny is a happy little Scottie dog who takes a job cleaning, cooking, and babysitting. If only she could stop watching instructional TV long enough to get any work done. Based on a real TV watching dog, "Manny the TV Watching Dog" is the first of a series of books about an optimistic, well-meaning but easily distracted pup. Whether she's asked to help with chores, get ready for bed or move to a new home, Manny is the first to say, "I can do that." Meet Manny in "Manny the TV Watching Dog", "Manny the Bedtime Dog", and "Manny the Moving Day Dog". Be sure to look for more Manny stories coming soon.

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Manny the TV Watching Dog 2

Manny the TV Watching Dog, Book Two

978-1-61160-909-7 (ebook); 978-1-61160-910-3 (print)
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Manny is a happy little Scottie dog who takes a job cleaning, cooking, and babysitting. If only she could stop watching instructional TV long enough to get any work done. Based on a real TV watching dog, “Manny the TV Watching Dog” is a series of books about an optimistic, well-meaning but easily distracted pup. Whether she's asked to help with the baby, be polite or prepare for Christmas, Manny is the first to say, "I can do that." Visit Manny in "Manny the Nanny Dog", "Manny the No-Manners Dog", and "Manny the Christmas Dog". Look for more Manny stories soon.

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Manny the TV Watching Dog 3

Manny the TV Watching Dog, Book Three

978-1-61160-911-0 (ebook); 978-1-61160-912-7 (print)
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Manny is a happy little Scottie dog who takes a job cleaning, cooking, and babysitting. If only she could stop watching instructional TV long enough to get any work done. Based on a real TV watching dog, “Manny the TV Watching Dog” is a series of books about an optimistic, well-meaning but easily distracted pup. Whether she's asked to check the weather, count, teach the baby the alphabet or visit the library, Manny is the first to say, "I can do that." Follow along with Manny in "Manny the Weather Dog", "Manny the Counting Dog", and "Manny the Library Dog".

Based on a real TV watching dog (shown below doing what she loves best), “Manny the TV Watching Dog” is a series of picture books designed for ages 3-8.

Manny

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Valentine Bear Series
written by Linda Derkez
Illustrated Picture Books

Recommended For Children Ages 3 – 7
Recommended Reading Level Ages 6 – 8
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Good Dog discovers Valentine Bear, a red bear in blue overalls, when he goes in search of a quiet place to nap in the attic. Once the Boy grew up, Valentine Bear was moved to the attic to live. Though Valentine Bear is sad, he stores fond memories in the front pocket of his overalls and enjoys adventures with his friends. Come along for gentle fun in these Velveteen Rabbit-esque tales in “Valentine Bear”, “Valentine Bear Makes a Friend”, and “Valentine Bear’s Wonderful Adventure.”

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Valentine Bear, Book One
978-1-61160-953-0 (ebook); 978-1-61160-954-7 (print)
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Valentine Bear Makes a Friend, Book Two
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Valentine Bear’s Wonderful Adventure, Book Three
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When Dewey Talks

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When Dewey Talks
written by Linda Derkez

Illustrated Picture Book
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There are no unspoken thoughts for talkative Dewey who both entertains and tires his parents with his nonstop jabbering...until too many days without a breath melts their ears off! Dewey's patient parents challenge him to a contest to see who can go the longest without talking. Will Dewey's parents get their ears back? Can Dewey keep his thoughts to himself and emerge quietly victorious? Or will his parents realize that their lives are a little too quiet without Dewey's colorful narratives?

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The Snowballs

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The Snowballs
written by Linda Derkez

Illustrated Picture Book
Release date TBA in print and ebook formats from
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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Snowball. Mr. Snowball works at the Snow Bank. Mrs. Snowball is a stay-in-the-snow Mom. Sometimes they have snowball fights, but they really love each other. For the Snowballs, building a family is one cool adventure after another.

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Boomer the Car Sales Dog

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Boomer the Car Sales Dog
written by Linda Derkez

Illustrated Picture Book
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Listen, kids, your old pal Boomer the Car Sales Dog here. Take some advice from an old English bulldog: If you're going to make it in this business, you need to learn to work like a dog. Being a car salesman isn't for just any old breed. I didn't get where I am today by keeping my tail between my legs. I get up early. I get myself ready. I am at the car when my Master opens the car door. I keep my work space organized and my paws clean so I can greet every customer. Sit back while I tell you some things you need to know if you’re going to sell cars…

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One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go

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One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich To Go
written by Linda Derkez;
illustrations by David Fielding

Illustrated Picture Book
978-1-61633-280-8 (print);
978-1-61633-281-5 (electronic)
Reissue available now in print and electronic formats
from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Scotty is in the habit of walking around with his food, leaving crumbs all over, rather than sitting at the table to eat. Mom is in the habit of letting him. One day Mom decides to use her imagination to fix this growing problem. When Scotty asks to walk to the clinic where his father works a few blocks away with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Mom says sure--but has he considered all the people who might ask for a bite of his delicious lunch? When Scotty's sandwich grows impossibly bigger and bigger in his mind to account for all the people who'll ask for a bite, he must make a decision about whether it's wiser to keep his sandwich for himself by sitting at the table to eat it.

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Chip’s Sharing Day

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Chip’s Sharing Day
written by Linda Derkez;
illustrations by Phoebe Doehring
Illustrated Picture Book
978-1-61633-245-7 (print);
978-1-61633-246-4 (electronic)
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Guardian Angel Publishing

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Cousin Dorcas is visiting today and Chip's mother tells him he must share his toys because it's kind and nice and fair to share. Shy Dorcas picks up one toy after the other, only to have that rascal Chip remind her that they have to share and take turns playing with his toys. Finally, Dorcas decides to be kind and nice and fair by sharing something with Chip that he might not actually want! Chip finds himself reluctantly admiring his cousin for beating him at his own game.

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Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from the grieving joyful holy depraved heart of Linda Derkez
(Designed by Karen Wiesner)

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Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from the grieving joyful holy depraved heart of Linda Derkez
ISBN: 978-1-312-63679-8 (trade paperback)
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Me?
the Grieving: Channeling other's pain, running from my own, uncertain, desperate, restless, hiding.
Life shakes you...

Me...
the Joyful: Alive, on, creating, fearless, forever reaching, words are oxygen.
Life wakes you...

Me
the Holy: Searching, lost, found, lost again, stumbling, beauty from ashes.
Life makes you...

Me!
the Depraved: Drowning, reckless, angry, crazy, selfish, lost.
Life takes you...

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Seasons Remembered Anthology

Seasons Remembered: A WordWeaver Anthology
with the poem "Roses in Winter" by Linda Derkez

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Take a journey with the WordWeavers as they lead you through a path filled with seasonal splendor. The stories will make you think, cry and maybe even induce the highest form of flattery for a writer--the snort laugh. Bartlesville, Oklahoma has a slew of talented authors and we are honored to share their work with you at the WordWeavers annual fundraiser.

To find out more about the WordWeavers Writing Group, visit their website.

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Seasons of Life Anthology

Seasons of Life: A WordWeaver Anthology
with the following contributions by Linda Derkez: Growing up in the 70s and 80s (a poem)
A Day in the Life of a Five-year-old Girl (vignette)
Mother's Day (vignette)
Grandma (vignette)

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Join us in letting the imagination run free in these stories of lifetime moments ranging from both fleeting and profound, humorous and heart wrenching to healing and shattering.

The Seasons of Life shares varied tales of a time in the summer where the sun both blesses and blisters, of a time in the spring where rains help us grow, but sometimes washes away. Where fall is beautiful and poignant but also dying as it prepares for the inevitable winter of equal amounts of cozy fires and bitter cold.

Bartlesville, OK has many talented authors and we are honored to share their work with you in a WordWeavers fundraiser.

To find out more about the WordWeavers Writing Group, visit their website.

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Cody Knows

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Cody Knows
written by Karen Sue Wiesner with Linda Derkez;
illustrated by Candace Hardy

Children’s Illustrated Picture Book
9781616332617 (ebook); 9781616332600 (paperback)
Reissue available now in paperback and electronic formats from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Cody Knows follows the imagination and adventures of a single day in the life of an Indiana Jones-wanna-be toddler.

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The Missing Stories

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The Missing Stories: Caleb’s Missing Whisper & Other Stories reissue
written by Linda Derkez;
illustrated by Susan Ferkey

Illustrated Picture Book
Reissue date TBA in print and ebook formats from
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The Missing Stories are for children, about children. The series deals with the everyday adventures...and misadventures of childhood.

Caleb’s Missing Whisper: Caleb's missing his whisper at the library so Mom has to remind him of the rules--no shouting, no running, no mad dog! But Caleb ends up having to remind Mom to behave!

Caleb’s Missing Tears: Caleb's tears are missing so Mom teaches him that it's just as brave to cry as to hold it in.

Caleb’s Missing Manners: Caleb's manners are definitely missing but he learns a lesson from an old teddy bear.

Caleb’s Missing Dad: Caleb is being impossible. When kindness and patience don't work, Dad goes "invisible" to find a way to Caleb's lighter side.

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About the Author
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Linda Derkez has always enjoyed writing, especially poetry and journaling. She’s the author of the poetry collection Me Me? Me! Me... Poems from the grieving joyful holy depraved heart of Linda Derkez as well as several published children’s books, including: Manny the TV Watching Dog Series, One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich To Go, The Missing Stories, and Chip's Sharing Day. Linda co-authored Cody Knows with award-winning author (and sister) Karen Wiesner. Linda also writes children's stories with her husband Mike Derkez, a graphic artist and a bagpiper who enjoys painting. David Fielding, her brother-in-law, illustrated One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich To Go. Linda also contributed material to Seasons Remembered: A WordWeaver Anthology and the follow-up, Seasons of Life.

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