This is a book about animals on what can be considered a small farm, the title character is the runt of a group of fourteen newly acquired chicks. On this farm, the animals are considered to be part of the family and all of them have their own names. The attitudes of the chickens are developed with this in mind,,although they have distinct personalities. Once the chicks are large enough to be safer from predators, they are allowed to roam freely, at this time “Bodo,” a Hungarian bird dog, takes over as their protector. There are also horses on this farm and they easily converse with the chickens. The horses are valuable show horse’s and some have traveled all the way to Europe to compete. When they are told that the horses wear blankets and other fashion accessories, the chickens are jealous and express a desire to also be dressed up. The entire farm is presented as a happy family, where all of the animals communicate with each other, yet the humans appear to be oblivious to this. That does not diminish this excellent story about animals of different species that form a society. The story is filled with life lesson’s such as sharing, trust, friendships , love, being yourself and proud of it and simple life pleasures such as splashing in puddles .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Whimsical Farm Animals Form Lasting Friendships In A Runtamuffin Tale
West Palm Beach, FL ― Life’s a real zoo at Legacy Farms, where 14 chickens, a couple of dogs and an assortment of horses with diverse temperaments learn to share their days on the sprawling homestead.
Based on the true life adventures of author Melissa Taylor’s charming chickens, A Runtamuffin Tale is a delightful new children’s book that follows the life of Runtamuffin — or Runti — a tiny chicken with a big personality. Runti becomes the first chicken brave enough to form a bond with one of the farm’s largest inhabitants — a beautiful horse named Mariett.
All the animals on the farm soon learn that differences in size and outward appearances don’t mean a thing in this colorful tale that subtly interweaves valuable life lessons on sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, anti-bullying and mutual respect.
The 57-page book, wonderfully illustrated by Marc Beauregard, targets children ages 6 to 12 and would make a treasured addition to any family’s home or elementary school library.
Author Melissa Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Melissa’s mom filled her childhood home with animals, which cultivated Melissa’s love and desire to surround herself with all types of four- and two-legged creatures. She currently lives, owns and runs a farm with her husband in South Florida with 14 chickens, 34 horses, 5 dogs and a cockatiel. For more information about Melissa and her children’s book, please visit: www.runtavision.com.
A Runtamuffin Tale Release date: 2017 ISBN: 978-0-9989887-0-2 Hardcover and digital download available from www.runtavision.com.
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Excerpt from Kirkus Review: “Whatever their temporary differences, the farm is a little family where everyone has fun. In her debut, Taylor provides warm scenarios of friendship, growing trust, and simple pleasures, such as splashing in puddles.”

 

BESTSELLING AUTHOR GREG KINCAID RETURNS WITH A MCCRAY FAMILY STORY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

NOELLE

A Novel

By Gregory Kincaid

Greg Kincaid’s New York Times bestselling book, A Dog Named Christmas (2008), became a sleeper hit in the fall of 2009 when it was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie. And his two follow-up books, Christmas with Tucker (2010) and A Christmas Home (2012), have touched the lives of many across the country. For the first time in five years, Kincaid takes us back to rural Kansas in NOELLE (Convergent; Hardcover, $16.99, October 24, 2017), a story about the power of family, and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

It’s Christmas in Crossing Trails, Kansas, and three families, each facing different challenges, are struggling to get through the holiday season.

When schoolteacher Mary Ann McCray unintentionally volunteers to redefine Christmas by playing the part of “Anna” Clause, she never thought she would unseat Santa. Her usually stalwart husband, George, and the town question her take on this most cherished of traditions. Meanwhile, Mary Ann’s former students Abbey and her husband, Link, decide to divorce, turning their young children’s lives upside down. Finally, Mary Ann and George’s son, Todd, is at a crossroads with his girlfriend, Laura, as he starts a new job at the city’s animal shelter. There, Todd works with the incorrigible Elle, an oddly shaped dervish of a dog that Todd stubbornly tries to train as a service dog. However lovable, Elle has a hard time staying out of trouble, and the refrain “No, Elle! No, Elle!” is often heard throughout town.

As Christmas quickly approaches, the lives of these families will intersect in unexpected ways—old relationships will be redefined and new friendships forged. And surprising news guarantees that one family’s collective life will be changed forever.

Throughout the story, Kincaid tackles the real-life challenges with family and marriage. As a divorce mediator, Kincaid deals firsthand with marital issues, and in particular the impact of divorce on children. Kincaid also sheds light on a second timely subject: Rudolph, Frosty, Santa, the Grinch—are all men. As he wonders why women are excluded from holiday stories, Kincaid brings Mrs. Clause back to the forefront. Here, Kincaid presents a holiday character that interjects a fresh approach as a woman who stands up for her beliefs against others who may question her motives and abilities.

ABOUT THE BOOK

NOELLE

A Novel

By Gregory Kincaid

Convergent • On-Sale Date: October 24th, 2017

Hardcover • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 978-1-5247-6119-6

www.crownpublishing.com

About the Author

GREG KINCAID is a practicing lawyer in Kansas who helped to start the Changing Lives Through Literature Program in Kansas. He is also involved in pet advocacy and the mentoring of young people. The father of five children, he lives in Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife and two dogs.


Find out more at GregKincaid.com


Balsam Range Celebrates Holiday EP, Spreads Christmas Cheer With Radio, Television & Festival Appearances
 
"IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME is rich, sentimental, wonderful, magical ..."
 - David Allan, Country Music People
 
"A just-right blend of secular and spiritual - something for everybody who
celebrates the holiday." - David Morris, Bluegrass Today
 
". . . a great new stocking-stuffer."  - Bill Foster, Bluegrass Unlimited

Balsam Range  It's Christmas Time EP cover
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Nashville, TN (November 29, 2017) - World-renowned Bluegrass quintet BALSAM RANGE  celebrates the success of their debut holiday EP, IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME, as they spread Christmas cheer with upcoming appearances on radio, television and the stage.  A mix of contemporary and traditional tunes, IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME offers orchestrated holiday music by the award-winning band.  Released in October, the EP has enjoyed four weeks on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, where it debuted at #7.  Fans can purchase the music HERE, and catch BALSAM RANGE:
 
Thursday, Nov. 30 
Justin Reed Show  (WMTS FM - Murfreesboro, TN) @ 8:30 a.m. ET (live interview with Tim Surrett)
SiriusXM Radio's Bluegrass Junction Channel 62  @ 11:30 a.m. ET (Kyle Cantrell and Tim Surrett)
 
Thursday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec 17
Bluegrass Ridge TV Show (Darren Nicholson special guest artist host).  The program airs on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two Network (Dish-TV), Keep It Country TV-UK / Ireland, Country TV (New Zealand) and additional cable systems.  Check listings for additional airings.
 
Friday, Dec. 1 & Saturday, Dec. 2
Second Annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.  On Dec. 2, Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble will perform tunes from IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME during the closing show.  Purchase tickets now; only a few seats remain. 
 
Saturday, Dec. 2 
SiriusXM Radio's enLighten Channel 65  @ 12 Noon ET (Tim Surrett hosts)
 
Monday, Dec. 4
Flashpoint Bluegrass Radio on www.worldwidebluegrass.com  @ 9 p.m. ET
 
Tuesday, Dec. 5
650 AM WSM Coffee, Country and Cody @ 9:30 a. m. ET (live in studio / simulcast on Heartland TV)
 
These native Western North Carolinians have created a beautiful collection for holiday music lovers and they hope to see their fans and neighbors during their Festival.  "This was a unique opportunity for us," notes Balsam Range spokesman Tim Surrett.  "We are eager to share this music - and the incredibly beautiful Lake Junaluska area with all music fans.  We're definitely feeling the Christmas spirit this year and invite everyone to come, sing along, and ring some bells with us."
 
IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME was produced by Balsam Range members Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals) and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals) and recorded at Crossroads Studios in Asheville, North Carolina for Mountain Home Music Company.  Cody McVey wrote the arrangements for the Nashville Recording Orchestra and Bobby Shin recorded the orchestra at the Library Studios in Nashville. 

ABOUT BALSAM RANGE
BR, formed in 2007, has become one of the genre's most award-winning acts in recent years, garnering 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on the heels of six critically-acclaimed albums.  The group has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the nation, and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.  Their previous outing, MOUNTAIN VOODOO, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remains on that chart after 55 weeks.  Three singles from the album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including "Blue Collar Dreams," which spent three consecutive months at the top.  The disc was recently honored as the IBMA's 2017 Album of the Year
 
Stay social:
Instagram @balsamrange
 
 
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Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Coco

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a PG, 109 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, original story by Unkrich and Jason Katz with a theatre release date of November 22, 2017.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WALKING WITH PEETY
The Dog Who Saved My Life
By Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover
Pub date: October 10, 2017
$26.00 / ISBN: 9781478971160
eBook ISBN: 9781478971146
Contact:
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Grand Central Life & Style
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Grand Central Publishing is proud to present WALKING WITH PEETY by Eric O’Grey with
Mark Dagostino, a heartwarming story of how transformation can come from surprising
places—a visit to an animal shelter and finding a special dog ended up saving Eric O’Grey’s
life.
O’Grey was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts,
and the onset of type 2 diabetes, he went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed
a shelter dog. And that’s when O’Grey met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and
forgotten dog who, like O’Grey, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began
an incredible journey, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their
lives. Over the course of their first year together, O’Grey lost 150 pounds and Peety lost 25.
As a result, O’Grey reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and
healthy for the first time in his life. He started dating for the first time in fifteen years—and
eventually reconnected with the long-lost love of his life. And Peety? His love would lead
the way on the doggie adventure of a lifetime. WALKING WITH PEETY is for anyone who
is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and
hope that a dog can inspire. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story
of friendship and strength.

ERIC O’GREY is an inspirational speaker with a bachelor of science in finance from San
Jose State University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University. Eric enjoys long-distance
running with his dog, Jake, gourmet plant-based cooking, and spending time with his wife,
Jaye. He is passionate about animal kindness, plant-based nutrition, and helping others
reverse obesity and achieve their optimal weight and happiness. More information about
Eric and his initiatives is available on his website EricandPeety.com.
MARK DAGOSTINO is a multiple New York Times bestselling coauthor whose career has
been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an
author, Mark served ten years on staff as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for
People magazine in New York and Los Angeles. More information is available on his website
MarkDagostino.com.

Talkin' Pets News

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Jessi Burns, Mutual Rescue Film Participant, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets, 10/7/17 at 530pm EST to discuss her film "Jessi and Andi"  

Mitch Davis, Director and Writer of The Stray will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/07/17 at 630pm EST to discuss his film  

Executive Director of Found Animals, Aimee Gilbreath, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/06/17 at 721pm EST to discuss Shelters and Microchips

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

The Mountain Between Us

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Chernin Entertainment present a PG-13, 103 minute, Action, Adventure, Drama, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, written by J. Mills Goodloe and Novel by Charles Martin with a theater release date of October 6, 2017.

The Stray movie to open nationwide this Fall

Experience the power of one dog to change everything

(June 15, 2017) LOS ANGELES, CA.. Struck Films, Purdie Distribution and Motive Entertainment announce the upcoming release of The Stray, a heartwarming family film written and directed by Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven) based on a screenplay by Parker Davis with Ken Brailsford executive producing.

Set for release in select markets in the United States on October 6, 2017, The Stray tells the true story of how a one stray dog impacts a struggling family.

That stray dog is “Pluto” who comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, which is on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ), is a career-driven personality who’s neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Everwood, The Judge) is at her wit’s end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it?

In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the “wonderdog” manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog - he’s a guardian angel.

The Stray received the Dove Family Approved seal for its portrayal of positive values and is a film you can take your entire family to see.

The Stray is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and making time for family,” said Donna Rolfe, Dove Foundation.

“It’s really not a stretch to say that Pluto gave me my life back,” said Mitch Davis. “He saved me and my family in more ways than one. And although The Stray reflects my personal story, I know there countless families across America who could say the same thing about a pet that greatly impacted them with its unconditional love - which is why I hope families will see this film together.”

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.

The Stray will be screened for leaders around the United States this summer. If your organization would be interested in partnering with us on The Stray by hosting a screening or movie premiere on October 5, 2017 in your city, please contact the Motive Screenings Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Visit The Stray movie website at www.TheStrayResources.com and follow The Stray movie on Facebook and Twitter and follow the conversation at #TheStray.

KATE MARA STARS IN THE INSPIRATIONAL FILM BASED ON A TRUE STORY
 
MEGAN LEAVEY
 
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 22, 2017
AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 
Universal City, California, July 13, 2017 - Follow the devotion and partnership in the remarkable film, Megan Leavey, coming to Digital HD on August 22, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 5, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Kate Mara ("House of Cards," The Martian) shines in her role as a military officer, beautifully capturing the unbreakable bond between two soldiers and their fight for survival. The film also includes outstanding performances from Common (Selma, John Wick: Chapter 2), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") and Bradley Whitford (Get Out, "The West Wing"). Megan Leavey on Blu-rayTM and DVD and Digital delivers a powerful and moving portrayal of the powerful bond between human and dog.
 
Megan Leavey is based on the life of a young Marine Corporal (Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
 
BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL HD BONUS FEATURES:
  • Never Give Up: An inside look at how Megan Leavey learned to trust Rex.  
 
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco
Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Written By: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt
Produced By: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Jennifer Monroe
Executive Produced By: Robert Huberman, Scott Holroyd, Josè Luis Escolar, Nicole Stojkovich
Director of Photography: Lorenzo Senatore
Production Designer: Ed Verreaux
Edited By: Peter McNulty
Music By: Mark Isham
Music Supervised By: Julianne Jordan
Costumes By:  David Tabbert
Casting By: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
 

Talkin' Pets News

June, 17, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/17/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the top 10 and bottom 10 pet foods on the market

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