Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Blurb Blitz Tour and Giveaway: Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm (Merlin Raj #1) by D.G. Priya

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz tour for Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm by D.G. Priya. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm
Series: Merlin Raj #1
Author: D.G. Priya
Illustrator: Shelley Hampe
Publisher: Vulcan Ink
Publication Date: March 17th 2020
Genres: Children's Fiction, Early Reader
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My name is Merlin Raj. Usually, I only have to worry about being the best service dog. I help my boy, Matthew, walk at school. But when my human Mom has to go away for winter break, getting ready for the holiday becomes a mess. I might be a super-smart golden retriever who wears glasses, but could I help my best friend with more than a disability?

Gulp.

Will a class on algorithms get me barking up the right Christmas tree?

Merlin Raj, The Santa Algorithm is the first installment in the Merlin Raj, Computer Science Service Dog chapter-book series. With a Computer Science degree and a passion for preparing kids for the future, author D. G. Priya blends technology with animal stories to stimulate a desire to read. Each book in the series introduces a new programming skill, complete with study guides for educators. If you or your child like delightful dog tales, practical examples, and accessible learning tools, then you’ll love D. G. Priya’s tail-wagging adventure.

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EXCERPT:
As Miss Babbage said, a task could be done using an algorithm.

Algorithm 1: I could nudge Matthew into distracting Peter and throw the jingle-bell Sugar-O’s into the cart. Then, Dad would notice and throw them right back out.

So, algorithm 1 = fail.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

D.G. Priya is the pen name of Bestselling Author Priya Ardis. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, #6 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2014) and #8 (US News, 2020) in Computer Science. Her advocacy of early education in computing and the challenges of childhood disabilities come from her experience as a parent and volunteer. Her love of dog stories comes from the antics of her own golden retriever.

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GIVEAWAY:
D. G. Priya will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the blitz each day. Good luck!
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33 comments:

  1. It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre's they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. A question for the author: As a child and adolescent, what authors, book series, and genres did you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi Nancy, Actually I started out reading superhero comic books which gave me a love for fantasy. Then, my next series was....Nancy Drew :) I love mystery and adventure. By middle school, I'd expanded to history when I read about Greek myths!

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  3. Would you ever like to see your movie turned into a movie or tv show?

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  4. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  5. Sounds like a very good book.

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  6. Heather, Thank you for getting the word out about Merlin Raj, STEM books, and early education in computers today!

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  7. I love dog stories! The excerpt sounds very good. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. It sounds like an inspiring book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Love this, glad to stumble upon such a good book.

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  11. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Love the cover.. makes me smile....

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  13. is there a particular author who influences you aas a writer?

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  14. Such a cute cover. Sounds like a great kids book.

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  15. Sounds like a fun read! The cover is adorable!

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  16. This sounds like such a great read.

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  17. thats so cool, innovative idea to teach kids computer science

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  18. favorite food?

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  19. aw this sounds like such a sweet story

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  20. The author has excellent taste in dogs (we have a Golden as well). :)

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