Category Archives: Book Releases & Events

Troy the Llama graduates high school in second children’s book by Oskaloosa author

Troy the Llama Gets His Diploma book cover
Oskaloosa author Merle Mann has published the second book in his series about the always optimistic Troy the Llama. In this installment, Troy is excited to reach an important milestone—graduating from high school! In Troy the Llama Gets His Diploma, Troy looks back on his school years from preschool to the present day. […]

What a good girl!: Author publishes loving tribute to a very special dog

Good Girl Karma book cover
Dog lovers take notice—Ramsey author Laurie Hanson has published Good Girl, Karma, a bark-tastic children’s book celebrating an adorable golden retriever! In the book, Hanson takes readers through a day with sweet Karma as she dances, cleans up kitchen floors, plays ball. and—most importantly—loves her people. […]

Wisconsin author celebrates publication of charming, heartfelt memoir

A River of Memories Our Books cover
In the quiet, insulated early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin native Gary Hines was feeling restless. His wife, Jean, suggested that he sit down and write some stories from his life to share with their daughters. Nearly three years later, that small collection of stories has blossomed into a full-blown memoir titled A River of Memories: A Midwestern Boy Lives Out His Dreams. […]

Spreading kindness: Pella author publishes Christian activity book for kids and families

Visions of Hope book cover
Looking for ways to have fun and help others this summer? Visions of Hope: Activities and Prayers to Start a Revival by Pella author Karen Fitzsimmons is a Christian activity book that children and adults can complete together. […]

Christmas comes early thanks to new children’s book by Oskaloosa author

Troy the Llama book cover
Spring flowers may be blooming outside, but Oskaloosa author Merle Lee Mann is bringing a touch of wintry magic to readers with his newly released children’s book, Troy the Llama Gets a Guitar for Christmas. The story begins just a few days before the holiday. A young llama named Troy is excited to decorate the barn and bake cookies with his friends and family, all the while dreaming of the guitar he hopes Santa Claus will bring him. […]