Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Wesley Raccoon Series by Michelle Porter

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for the Wesley Raccoon series by Michelle Porter. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book in the series as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Wesley Raccoon: The Old Man in the Houseboat
Author: Michelle Porter
Illustrator: Olivia Mokrzycki
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Print Length: 22 pages
Genre: Children's Fiction/Picture Book
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This story is about a shy little raccoon who overcomes his fear of meeting new people. Join Wesley Raccoon on his travels through the streets of Amsterdam to find out how The Old Man In The Houseboat becomes his new best friend.

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EXCERPT:
When he awoke, Wesley was startled and afraid to see the face of an old man peering out through the curtains at him. The man had thick curly white hair, wrinkles, and big bright blue eyes. Wesley wasn’t sure what to do. He started to scurry away, but then noticed a big friendly smile on the old man’s face.

The old man gently opened the window and, in a kind voice, offered Wesley a cup of tea and some fruit bread. “Wow, two of my most favourite things: tea and fruit bread,” thought Wesley. Wesley and the old man in the houseboat spent all afternoon together talking about many interesting things. They had a lot in common.

They shared their favourite music and talked about treasure maps and pirate gold. The old man in the houseboat even taught Wesley how to catch a fish. Wesley soon realized how silly it was to be afraid of his new friend just because he didn’t look like him. And the old man in the houseboat realized how wonderful it was to meet a new friend in such an unexpected place.
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Title: Wesley Raccoon: Captain John's Social
Author: Michelle Porter
Illustrator: Olivia Mokrzycki
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: November 16th 2020
Print Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children's Fiction/Picture Book
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This inspiring story of friendship captures the importance of spending time with friends throughout our life. Join Wesley Raccoon and The Old Man in the Houseboat on their adventures through Vondelpark, and learn how Captain John's Social gathers a unique circle of true friends.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a mother to four grown boys, Michelle is passionate about writing captivating children's stories on the importance of social acceptance, kindness and life lessons. Her books focus on friendship, love and self-awareness blossoming in a world that children understand.

Her warm-hearted approach to writing and whimsical use of watercolor illustrations connect with young creative minds, inspiring children of all ages. The message she coveys is simple yet powerful: "When we release our fear of the unknown and our preconceived notions, we free our hearts to find true friends, to love, and to grow."

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GUEST POST:
- What is your favorite animal and why?

There are many animals that I like for various reasons, some for their beauty, some for their intelligence and some for their resourcefulness. I would have to say that baby raccoon’s fall into all 3 of these categories, and although I would never suggest having one as a pet, I can certainly appreciate their mischievous nature and underdog status in the animal world.

With their distinctive mask features it’s hard to mistake them for any other animal. The kits (babies) are very cute, mischievous and dependent on their mothers for the first full year of life. Raccoons are also known for their uncanny intelligence, which it you live in an urban city like Toronto, you have probably experienced firsthand. Studies show that Raccoons are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three (3) years. No too shabby for our little furry friends.
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GIVEAWAY:
Michelle Porter will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different blog participating in the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

147 comments:

  1. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Hi Deborah - thanks for your question. Once the idea was developed the writing process came quickly. I often see the story play out in my minds eye prior to putting pen to paper ...its like watching a movie. Once I have the details, the writing fun begins.

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  2. Sounds like an adorable book.

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  3. I like the cover. It has very cute artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  4. love the cover, congrats on the release

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  5. Looks like a cute book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  6. Looks like a great book with lessons of friendship!

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  7. Good book, interesting to learn about.

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  8. The book covers are adorable.

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  9. This looks like a cute book. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  10. This sounds like a very good book.

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  11. my son is really scared of strangers and making friends so this is a cool social story!

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  12. cute book cover and the book sounds wonderful .

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  13. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm glad to see so many folks connect with the story.

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  15. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. I love the artwork. The racoon is so cute!

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  17. What a great read for kids!
    Love the title and cover.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  18. HOPE YOU'RE ENJOYING YOURSELF TODAY.

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  19. Do you have a favorite genre/topic you enjoy writing about?

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  20. I admire your ability to write.
    It's a special gift.

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  21. Hope your book sells like hotcakes!

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  22. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1384910877149835269

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  23. Shared this on Facebook -
    https://www.facebook.com/barbara.montag.7/posts/10226026240178836

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  24. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  25. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  26. I think that the cover of your book is really cute!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. Shared this on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/barbara.montag.7/posts/10226067504370415

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  28. I always enjoy hearing about new books.
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  29. This book would be a nice addition to the family library.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. I think that the covers of your books are very cute.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  31. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  32. I enjoyed reading the review.
    Thank you for a great read!

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  33. Shared this on Twitter -
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  34. Hope you are having a great day!

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  35. Do you garden?
    Getting excited about planting ours!

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  36. How long have you been writing for?

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  37. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  38. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  39. What's your plan to change the world?

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  40. What's your favourite love song?

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  41. What's your all time favorite book?

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  42. Are you a walker?
    I am enjoying the warmer weather for outdoor exercise.

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  43. How do you relax after a long day?

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  44. I always read when I go to bed.
    It helps me fall asleep.

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  45. Where is your favorite place to write at?

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  46. I hope your weather is better than ours - rainy.
    Guess we are needing it though.

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  47. I am making rhubarb coffee cake today - yum!

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  48. Do you know what your next book will be about?

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  49. Author, what do you do when you get writers block?

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  50. Author, Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?

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  51. I think I am getting in a rut reading the same authors.
    Time to expand.

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  52. I admire your skills in writing.
    I have difficulty writing just about anything.

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  53. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  54. Do you ever go camping or fishing?

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  55. Do you know if you get Audible, do they download to my Kindle app?

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  56. I so enjoy reading - it's relaxing and helps me fall asleep at night.

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  57. What is your favorite genre to write?

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  58. These books look adorable. My nephew would love them!

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  59. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1398311318495563776

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  60. I live in MN.
    Danger of frost is gone so putting in my garden today or tomorrow.

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  61. My mom had a pet raccoon growing up. She loves telling stories about the trouble it would get into. These books look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  63. The watercolor illustrations in your books are beautiful.

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  64. It's Memorial Day & we are having beautiful weather in central MN!

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  65. My kids will love this book. We raised a baby raccoon.

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  66. Hope you are having an excellent Tuesday!

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  67. What author do you most like to read?

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  68. Ran out of things to comment on so I tweeted -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1400496134116761600

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  69. What a great book to help children learn good skills. Fun cover too!

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  70. Thank you for writing such an outstanding book.

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  71. Is it so hot by you also, 99 here today!

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  72. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  73. Hoping you are having a great weekend!

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  74. Have a fun week and love the cover of the book .

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  75. Thank you for doing this review.
    It's a big help in finding new books for me to enjoy.

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  76. How is your relationship with your family?

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  77. I am sure getting tired of this 90's weather!
    How about you?

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  78. looks like a fun one

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  79. This book sound adorable and I would love to read it

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  80. I hope you are staying cool this week.

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