Cat Welcomes Anne Fifield to The Reading Den. Anne is The Author & Visionary Creator of “Princess Caroline’s Adventures,” a Series of Basset Hound Themed Children’s Books. . .


"Princess Caroline's Adventures." Book Collection For Ages 7 to 12
Books By Author Aunt Anne Fifield



Welcome friends, authors, writers, and new friends,

Cat has a special guest author and treat for everyone with meeting my new friend and fellow author Aunt Anne Fifield.

Why do kids from 7 to 12 and adults young of heart love Aunt Anne’s Children’s books? 

Everyone enjoys Anne’s book collection because she adds her passion and love of Basset Hounds within the pages of stories with vibrant and colorful book covers too! As you will learn, she has fostered and adopted rescued basset hounds for the last 20 years. 

Anne also has been writing since she was young, but now retired, she has come back to her love of writing and published four children’s books within her series thus far, and #5 is on the way! 

So who is this unique and interesting woman everyone calls her Aunt Anne? Let’s find out together, shall we?

Once you do? Parents, grandma’s and grandpapas, aunts, and uncles will want Anne’s books for all the kids in their house. ~Cat Lyon



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About The Author

Anne Fifield is the creative visionary and best-selling children’s author of “The Princess Caroline’s Adventures” book series. Written for ages 7 to 12 and the young at heart, she is delighting kids worldwide. Her books are unique as she weaves in the elements of her rescued doggies, specifically basset hounds, into each of her stories and book covers.

Her first titled ‘The Princess’ Hand’ was released in August 2019, book two titled ‘Trip to Lake Ahrooo’ released in September 2020, book three followed in November 2020 with ‘The Hunt for the Jeweled Swords,’ and book four newly released in August 2021 titled ‘The Missing Knight.’ All are available on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, & many fine online book sites.

Anne is the youngest of three siblings and was born and raised outside Oklahoma City, OK. She met and married the love of her life, Tom, and they have been married for 24+years. Their kids are the four-legged variety who had adopted them over the years.

Anne’s career was also her passion. She was an ‘American Sign Language Interpreter’ for over 25-years and taught ASL at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Since both were her passions, she says she felt like she never worked a day in her life. In 2006, she became heavily involved in basset rescue and co-founded another one in 2011.

Anne, now retired, decided to move on to her next passion, the love of writing. She and her husband have rescued and fostered basset hounds for 20-years, so as Anne shares, “it felt natural to write children’s books with bassets as the characters. Our hounds provide the comic antics and inspiration for all my books. Thus, “Princess Caroline’s Adventures Series was born.” All the characters in her books are actual rescue dogs. Their pictures are on the back of each book.

Anne and her husband enjoy retired life and reside in the ‘Great State of Texas.’



MEET Piper and Finny! Aunt Anne’s Basset Doggies…




“Princess Caroline’s Adventures” Books 1-4 Now Available on Amazon Book, Amazon Kindle, and Read Free with Kindle Unlimited. Here is what readers are saying and some raving reviews!


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Four Book Kindle Collection on Kindle



ABOUT THE FOUR BOOK COLLECTION:

Princess Caroline’s Adventures (4 book series)Kindle Edition
by Anne Fifield (Author) , Pam Tanzey (Illustrator)

From Book 1:

“Little girls dream about their wedding day. They fantasize about the groom. They plan the wedding down to the very last detail. Princess Caroline is no exception. She has finally reached the age for courtship and marriage. She is over the moon about her wedding dreams coming true.

Then, she learns her father, King Archie Longear of Basset Hound Kingdom, has decreed an arranged marriage. Princess Caroline will have no say in the matter. She’s furious! Stubborn Princess Caroline decides to take matters into her own paws. She travels throughout the Kingdom to find a bachelor of her own choosing.

The mission is a bumpy journey filled with frightening adventures and self-discovery. Was King Archie right in his original decree, or was Princess Caroline correct in conducting her own search?”


From Book 4 a New Release:

Princess Caroline’s Adventures Book 4: The Missing Knight by Anne Fifield (Author)

Where will Princess Caroline’s adventure take her this time?

Caroline and the twins set out on a simple mission to return a misplaced journal to Knight Theo Howler. But tracking down Theo turns out to be more complicated than they thought!

Their journey takes them all the way to St. Bernard Kingdom, where everything from the furniture to the food is giant. The plot thickens when the trio discovers Theo is missing.

Unless Caroline can solve the mystery of the missing knight, she may not make it back to Basset Hound Kingdom!

Princess Caroline's Adventures Book 4: The Missing Knight


NEWS and a Few Reviews:

 Another mystery!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
Verified Purchase ~ Book 4

“The Bassets are at it again and this book is as good as royal gold when it comes to an old fashioned medieval mystery. Except the characters are all dogs, mostly Basset hounds to be precise led by their fearless….most of the time…leader Princess Caroline. Even though these are middle school novels, I enjoy reading them as they tickle my funny bone imagining the situations the dogs find themselves in. Plus we are able to see the pictures of the real dogs after whom the characters are named. Look in the back of the book”…

 Princess Caroline is off for adventure again!
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
Verified Purchase ~ Book 2


“Princess Caroline and her friends, Daisy and Willow, make new friends and learn a few important lessons as they travel to relax and vacation at Lake Ahroo! As usual, we have stubborn behavior among the basset friends, a few disasters and, finally, some clear-headed decisions that help to save the day. The bassets also learn to accept a new friend, Chief the German Shepherd. The tale is delightful, full of twists, turns and surprises. Anne Fifield has another hit on her hands with book 2 in this series. Everyone will delight in this story”…

 Five bow wow good!
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020.
Book 3 ~ Review


“Once again Princess Caroline gets herself and friends into trouble with her delightful stubbornness. Then she is smart enough to get them out of trouble – after a few close calls, of course! Well done, Anne.”


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I hope you enjoyed learning about Author Anne Fifield and her adorable basset hound doggie themed books for all your kid’s to read. Giving your children the gift of reading at a young age will help build their interest in reading all the way to adulthood and beyond! Cat sure is having a blast with helping Anne share her book series with kids around the world and I know parents will love giving them to their children too!

You may connect and follow Anne on social media and she welcomes emails from both kids and mom’s and dad’s alike.

Anne is open to invites for any and all Author Interviews with book reviewers, book bloggers as well.

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Meet Author Barbara Daniels Dena and Her New Book Release Titled “For the Soul,” An Amazing Collection of Short Stories.


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New Book Release By Barb Daniels Dena


Now, Cat has always been a firm believer that each of us has a story to tell and at least one book we can write about our lives. I am about to share this with you and what my new friend, Barb, has done. Barbara released her new book, a collection of short stories that will “touch” your heart, afford you some giggles, and so much more!

I am about halfway within reading her book, and each time I read one story and say it’s my favorite, I read the next one and change my mind, Seriously! I feel it indeed will be the next “Chicken Soup For The Soul” big hit! Here is more about the author and her new book.

~The Avid Reading Cat


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~  Barbara Daniels Dena


Barbara Daniels Dena is a new independent author of her eclectic book debut of “For the Soul: A Collection of Short Stories,” released in August 2021. Almost a memoir, this unique collection of inspiring short stories of ‘good ole fashioned living,’ along with many past and present memories and life experiences that tug on the heart, warming stories, and fictional tall tails delighting readers worldwide. The book is available for purchase on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and many fine online book sites.

Barbara began writing at an early age as a lover of “Make-Believe.” Today, her writing has developed from memories of family experiences, various compilations of events in her life, and her love of animals. She is willing to admit that her vivid imagination plays a role in her stories. The author is an Illinois native who has lived in many places; as Barb says, like a free-spirited “Gypsy,” she has lived and worked in Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Georgia, but Ultimately, coming home settling back in the Quad Cities area of Illinois.

Barbara is a proud mother of two grown children. She was a business owner, ran a Temp Agency, then transitioned into her passion for floral design, opened, owned, and ran several floral shops. Her favorite flower is the “Casablanca Lily.” Her favorite color is Red, and when she isn’t writing, Barbara spends her free time oil painting, enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading.

Her favorite book is “Death Be Not Proud” by John J. Gunther. Her first love is and always will be playing with her fur baby, a little Yorkie named Zoe. She continues to write from her cozy nook as she gazes over a pond full of geese and ducks. On many days it is more gazing than writing.



ABOUT THE BOOK

For the Soul Kindle Edition


Memories and fiction fill this collection with humor, heartwarming compassion, and spine-tingling fright from the author’s own experiences and an imagination she can barely control. Quilts, children, and dogs have always played a large part in the author’s life. Therefore, it is not surprising to find stories of warm quilts wrapped around her tales or tails.

A trait the reader discovers in Barbara’s writing is that much like life, nothing within the covers of this book will be what one expects.


What Goodreads Readers Are Sharing!

For the Soul
by Barbara Daniels Dena (Goodreads Author)
J. Schlenker‘s review 5-stars
Aug 21, 2021
“It was amazing!
A delightful array of stories that show us we can derive joy from both the simplicities and the complexities of life.”


For the Soul
by Barbara Daniels Dena (Goodreads Author)
ConnieLee Hilborn‘s review
Sep 03, 2021
For The Soul

“Barbara Daniels Dena certainly warms my soul with her stories. I love the look into animal psyche she presents. I can tell her life experiences are throughout the stories. I was captivated immediately. I look forward to more from this talented author.”


The Authors Books Can Be Purchased on Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle For the Soul 
Connect and follow the author on social media for new releases and updates!

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New Author Interview With Shawna James. She is The Award-Winning Writer of Her Two Book “They Loved Collection”. . .



An Intimate Author Interview: Shawna James ~ Courtesy of “My Book Place.”


Shawna James is an award-winning Canadian author & writer. Her debut novel “Despite the Devil,” released in November of 2020, as part of her “They Loved Collection” book series that hit #2 on Amazon Canada. Shawna has received 5-Star awarded book reviews, including a Readers Favorite, and is a winner of the Canada Book Awards, as she quickly began gaining reader fans from around the world.

Shawna has just released book two of this series and is offering both e-books at a special price in celebration of the title “As It Should Be,” which released in late July 2021 for all her reader fans on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks. Both books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and many fine online bookstores.

James, a Canadian Author, earned her Masters degree in Education and works as a university instructor, fueling the bright minds of her students. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop or instructing, she enjoys the great outdoors and loves hiking with her puppies. Shawna also travels abroad, is an avid reader, and enjoys watching her favorite football games on Sunday afternoons. She continues to reside in the Vancouver, Canada, area.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?:
Growing up in Canada has influenced both novels in the ‘They Loved Collection’ as the setting of each ‘Despite the Devil’ and ‘As It Should Be’ is primarily in Canada.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Coffee and apples fuel my writing hours.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you love … and, keep the readers’ attention.


What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Put your pants on before shoes. (LOL)

What are you reading now?
Phil Collins autobiography … such a talented musician!


What’s your biggest weakness?
Belgian chocolate!


What is your favorite book of all time?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
When I’m not writing I spend most of my time reading, hiking, traveling abroad, and catching my favorite football games on Sunday afternoons.


Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? Inside, Outside, Upside Down.


What has inspired you and your writing style?
Margaret Atwood is an inspiration. Her writing is unique, unconventional, sincere and holds the readers’ attention.


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What are you working on now?
I have just finished and published ‘As It Should Be’, the sequel to ‘Despite the Devil’, to be released in July 2021, and now working on a new project.


What is your favorite method for promoting your work?
Author signings … the opportunity to actually meet the readers and hear directly from them.


What’s next for you as a writer?
Have a childrens’ series that is currently under consideration.


How well do you work under pressure?
What pressure? No pressure when you are doing what is your PASSION.


How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
The tone is based on the message that needs to be conveyed.


If you could share one thing with your fans, what would that be?
Be You.
Events happen around us, not to us. Despite imperfect people and broken systems, stay true to yourself and love with all your heart.



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E-Book Flash Sale In Celebration of Author Roger Stark’s New Paperback Novel Release Titled ~ “They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War, and Family.”



Written By Roger Stark ~ Releases Sept. 1st, 2021




“They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.” Former President Bill Clinton

Such a man was 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airplane Commander.

“They Called Him Marvin” is a history. A history of war and of family. A history of the collision of the raging politics of a global war, young love, patriotism, sacred family commitments, duty and the horrors and tragedies, the catastrophe that war is.


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SEPT. 1St 2021 Release of the Paperback




Special Book Review



Almost a memoir… A Chick Lit Cafe’ Review:

They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark is a merger between American and Japanese events during WWII, and the very human reality of one American pilot and his love letters to his wife. The candor in their loving correspondence, and the stark reality of war, clash against each other within the pages of this book. Like the major and minor notes being pulled from an orchestra by a master conductor, history is brought to life and the full impact of war is felt.

I remember watching Tenco many years ago and weeping over the atrocities inflicted on prisoners in Japanese prison of war camps. The horrors of it stayed with me and I often steer clear of anything to do with war in books or films these days. However, I am so glad I came across this super book. The author has met Connie – the wife of Dean, whose love letters fill this book, and this brings everything to life, injecting real substance and making this book stand out from a lot of other war stories.

What I loved the most in this ‘almost-a-memoir’ is the view of the pilots from the Japanese perspective. The story of Riku and his family is very moving, and I appreciate the accounting of history from both countries, it is thoroughly moving as well as educational. Bringing the reader’s focus constantly back to Dean and Connie was an ingenious way to remind us that war involves real people, not just figures on a page.

This story is a beautiful account of a horrific time in history and should be read by everyone… lest we forget. Roger Stark presents us with a very human experience of WWII. This is the kind of book that should be on every high school curriculum. It is awash with facts, but expressed in such a way as to grip the reader and hold their attention.

Packed with historical content, and portrayed with a vibrant pen, They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark comes very highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. TN Traynor. Almost a memoir…


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LET’S CELEBRATE WITH ROGER STARK WITH AN E-BOOK “FLASH SALE” Starting Today!!

E-book is now priced at $2.99 through September 4th, 2021…

Don’t Miss This Flash Sale! ~ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0979K67SX/

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All About The Best Selling Author & Writer Roger Stark

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“I am, by my own admission, a reluctant writer. But there are stories that demand to to be told. When we hear them, we must pick up our pen, lest we forget and the stories be lost.

Six years ago, in a quiet conversation with my friend Marvin, I learned the tragic story his father, a WW2 B-29 Airplane Commander, shot down over Nagoya, Japan just months before the end of the war.

Bill Clinton has famously said: “They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.”

Such a man was Marv’s father. A father he never knew. The telling of the story that evening by this half orphan was so moving and full of emotion, it compelled me to ask if I could write the story. The result being “They Called Him Marvin.”

My life has been profoundly touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this sacred story. I pray that we never forget, as a people, the depth of sacrifice that was made by ordinary people like Marvin and his father and mother on our behalf.

My career as an addiction counselor (CDP) lead me to write “The Waterfall Concept; A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery,” and co-author “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain.”

After my counseling retirement, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing and started attending classes at Portland Oregon’s Attic Institute. What I learned is that there are an mazing number of great writers in my area and they were willing to help others improve their skills. I am grateful to many of them.

My next project is already underway, a memoir of growing in SW Washington called “Life on a Sorta Farm.” My wife of 49 years, Susan and I still live in that area.

We raised seven children, and have eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. I still get on my bicycle whenever I can.”


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Editor Note: Roger and I are having a great time working together again. I am honored and very blessed to call him a dear friend and fellow author. Together we have made some “Literary Magic” happen with his new novel. He has garnished a 5-Star Awarded Readers Favorite book review, and has already HIT #1 for the his the paperback edition in the category of “Literary Letters!” We make a great marketing team along with his wife and daughter.

I truly hope this beautifully written novel gets some book awards and a film deal. It is that GOOD! I hope all my reader friends, book reviewers, and book bloggers will give it a read. I do believe you will THANK ME LATER when do…

~Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review: Is it Acne Approved?

Here is my favorite “Beauty Blog” by Antonia… and not only is she fabulously pretty, but she also reviews the hottest and popular beauty products and shares what she thinks about products with everyone here on her blog.

It is a Must-Visit, Ladies!

Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
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The long awaited HONEST review is finally here. Does the Elemis ‘holy grail’ cleanser live up to its hype, or does it deserve to be thrown out? Let’s find out! *disclaimer* These views are my own, and I purchased this cleanser myself to review!

Since forever, I’ve seen this cleanser everywhere. Recommended by fashion/beauty magazines, I’ve even heard it mentioned on numerous youtubers videos I watch. You might ask, “Why did you take advice from ‘influencer’s’ or ‘youtubers’, since they’re usually gifted these items or advertising them?” I don’t know what I was thinking. But I was on the lookout for a good cleanser, and a vlogger who also has acne swears by this cleanser, so I thought hm… Maybe it’s worth a shot!

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I bought a sample size for £9.50, so if I hated it, I wouldn’t then hate myself for splurging…

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What Have We Learned A Year or So Later From COVID, Media, and Publicity Outreach? My Special Guest Marsha From News & Experts Tells Us. . .



What The Last Year Taught Us About COVID And Media Outreach

Posted on by Miguel Casellas-Gil

“Like me, you are probably saddened by news reports that COVID-19 is making a resurgence. Once again, the pandemic is poised to dominate news cycles and, in addition to worrying about health concerns, anyone who is trying to gain media coverage will need to think about how their message fits into the current media conversation.

One bright spot in this otherwise dismal situation is that we learned a lot over the last year about the opportunities for and the importance of PR during a pandemic, and we can all put those lessons to use going forward. In the spring of 2020, we encountered something we rarely if ever had faced in the more than three decades that News & Experts has been in existence.”

Practically every single news story every day was about one subject – the coronavirus. Under those conditions, how could we pitch clients whose expertise and messages had absolutely nothing to do with medicine or health? The one-topic news cycle seemed like a barrier – but only momentarily. Quickly it became clear that the pandemic affected more than health. Finance, sports, personal relationships, corporate culture, the workplace, education, travel and numerous other aspects of life were upended by the pandemic.

All of those topics were also ripe to be discussed and explored in the news. In other words, regardless of your message and your expertise, there was a place for you in the COVID conversation if you approached things the right way. That holds true today. This time the pandemic hasn’t completely hijacked the news, but it does still touch nearly everything in one way or another. That’s why it’s good to review any lessons learned from more than a year of dealing with it.


Stay In The Game

One lesson we definitely learned is that you don’t want to put your publicity efforts on hiatus until the pandemic is over, as some people were tempted to do. Who knows when this will all end. Instead, stay in the game by constantly massaging your message so it fits with what’s happening. This really is no different from what we always told clients in non-pandemic climates. You improve your odds of media success anytime you can link your expertise and message to what print journalists are already writing about, and what radio and TV talk show hosts are already talking about. With our guidance, this is what our clients were able to do.

One client who wrote a book on how the pandemic affected schools was able to speak to the difficulties parents and children encountered, and ways education might be improved as a result of lessons learned from COVID. Another whose expertise was remote work suddenly found that lots of people needed advice about her subject. A client who specializes in helping businesses raise capital spoke about funding options for those businesses rebounding from COVID.

So, if you are trying to promote your personal or business brand, explore where you might fit into the current conversation about the pandemic. The media always needs experts to comment on events and you can be that go-to person and share your knowledge.

If you are a business owner or a consultant who advises businesses, that could involve discussing business decisions about whether to require employees to be vaccinated or whether to request that customers wear masks. If you are a medical professional, you might be able to comment on news stories directly related to the virus or the vaccines.

Or possibly you could discuss the impact the pandemic is having across health fields, such as evolving protocols for office visits or procedures that get postponed.
Doing Good While Promoting Your Brand & Expertise

Something I wrote a year ago also bears repeating now as a lesson learned. You have an opportunity to become part of the conversation about the pandemic and its impact, but making use of this opportunity doesn’t mean you should be opportunistic.

You don’t want to approach it in an exploitative way because that would quickly backfire. But, if you have something valuable to share with the media’s readers, viewers and listeners, they will want to hear from you. A bonus is that you will be doing good in the world as well as promoting your brand.

Yes, we all learned lessons in the last year – and likely there are plenty more awaiting us.

And that’s the good news because each of those lessons will assist you in your goal of building a long list of media successes…


Keep Learning and Growing with News & Experts!

Marsha Friedman, CEO & Founder


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