Thursday, April 29, 2010

UPDATE - Sam Cooper Adventure Series

The first book in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series, Lost Island Smugglers, is scheduled for release in early August.

 Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. Tony’s father owned a marina, so Tony got them in for free. After the boys completed the course, they decided to try their new skills in the ocean. The only problem was, none of them had permission to go, or to take one of the sailboats out for their diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm the boys had ever seen, blew up from out of nowhere, and they found themselves stranded on Lost Island.

 But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. What about those high-powered speedboats that mysteriously disappeared? And what were they going to tell their parents, even if they did get off the island? Check out the Facebook page for the Sam Cooper Adventure Series!/pages/The-Sam-Cooper-Adventure-Series-especially-for-boys-and-girls/108273415856958?ref=ts

You can visit this page often for additional updates and information.

Book 2, Captain Jack's Treasure, is scheduled for release April/June 2011

Book 3, River Rampage, is schedule for release April/June 2012

"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!" Author of McGee and Me - Bill Myers

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Barney and the Runaway - NEW Book Now in Production

People often ask, "Where do you get the ideas for your books?" My response is that they come from many different sources.

In the case of Barney and the Runaway, the inspiration came from the first dog that my wife and I owned. Her name was Poo Pa. We lived in Germany, for the first year of our marriage, and a young girl we met there used that name to identify her little doll. We may have spelled it differently, but it provided a great description of our little dog.

She was one of the smartest dogs I've ever seen.

In Barney and the Runaway, Barney is equally smart if not more so. Poo Pa may have been a pure Poodle, but Barney is a small, scruffy, Benji-looking, little mutt.

Barney and the Runaway is a new book that will be published by Comfort Publishing.

Come back often for more details to follow on this blog.


Barney and the Runaway

Author: Max Elliot Anderson

Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys

Barney and the Runaway tells the story of Michael Ellis, who has recently told his parents to start calling him Mike from now on. He especially hated the way they were always telling him what to do. Mike decides to teach his parents a lesson by pretending to run away for a day with his dog Barney.

The plan of running away gets a bit more complicated than planned when Mike and Barney hide in a railroad boxcar, fall asleep, and end up in Georgia, with a circus, in the middle of the night. Luckily for the runaways, Big Bob the Clown takes Mike and Barney to safety in his wagon. Mike decides that living and performing with the circus might be a good idea until Big Bob opens Mike’s eyes to his unfortunate past.

Mike’s encounter with this grown up runaway, in the circus, helps him to understand that his parents truly love him. Then Mike and Barney save the circus. Through it all, Mike learns the importance of family.

Parents often punish their children, but only because they love and want what is best for them, not because they don’t care. Even though the life of a circus performer with a circus family may appear fun, if given a choice, most would agree that living in a warm home with loving, caring parents is the preferred choice. As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” After Mike overhears some unsettling news and both he and Barney are involved in a scary and dangerous crime, Mike learns his lesson before it’s too late.

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Latest Book Released

I’m pleased to announce the release of Guideposts’ second book in their series, “True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer.” My story, “Two Circles of Angels,” appears in volume II, “The Healing Touch.” And it shares the pages with 40 other authors.
“Two Circles of Angels” is the true account of when I lost nearly half of my blood, had a near death experience, and my brother prayed with me over the phone for protecting and avenging angels.

Guidepost presents this inspiring 12 book series on prayer as a book club promotion, one book a month, by mail, and believes its best read as a series. Single copies can also be ordered by calling 1-800-932-2145, or from for $13.95 each, plus $3.99 shipping and handling.

Phase One published titles include:

Praying From the Heart

The Healing Touch

Expecting Miracles

From Tragedy to Triumph

Refreshed in the Spirit

Phase Two titles in production include:

Love and Forgiveness

In Times of Need

Unexpected Answers

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