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Bird Adventures for Kids!

Firdemonte Press has published two new children’s photo books! The first book, Little Birds for Little Kids , is designed for toddlers to KG age children and introduces baby birds and juveniles in large high quality color photos with a fun narrative. It is currently available on Blurb.com as a small square softcover. You can preview it by clicking the link above.


The second book, Adventures of the Salt Marsh Birds, is intended for bigger kids, from KG through Elementary school levels. It follows birds around the salt marsh where they live and introduces kids to the world of Ospreys, Spoonbills, Herons, Ducks, Owls and many other birds through almost 50 high quality photos. It is available in landscape softcover on Blurb.com, and you can preview it by clicking the link above.

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These small books are great stocking stuffers for your kids or grandkids. They will learn to appreciate nature and the beauty of the avian world at an early age through these colorful feathered friends.

Should you want to buy these books in hardcover with an image wrap, please contact us by email.

New editions of these books will be available as interactive e-books on Kindle and as illustrated paperback books on Amazon before the holidays. They will be more affordable than these printed photobooks now sold at production price in the Blurb bookstore. Please stay tuned and take a peek!



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Mysteries Are Unfolding at Firdemonte Press!

Yes indeed! Dark alleys, dog parks, mysterious mansions, eateries and luxurious hotels are the stomping grounds for Dee, the fast thinking and hard kicking Private Investigator. She maneuvers through many dangers, twists and turns with her canine sidekick as she solves crimes of abduction and murder. All this happens in the new DeeDee Watson, PI Series by Author JL Phillips.

Welcome to the Firdemonte Press family of authors, Jackie!

The first mystery in this series was published in August 2015. The Canine Caper, is a short story that brings the reader into the intriguing world of Dee, and the cast of quirky characters in her life. Many of whom walk in uninvited. Or sniff their way in, like the lively Papillon, Tee. A delightful mystery that sets the scene for much more to come!

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The second mystery, A Case of Deceit, was published at the end of October, 2015. It is a full length novel, where Dee finds herself deeply entangled in a plot full of deception and grave dangers at every turn. She must act swiftly not to become the next victim… You will love this fast paced murder mystery and the original, witty characters in Dee’s team!

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For more information, please click on the titles, or go to the “current titles” page. You may also want to check on the upcoming titles. Children’s books will be available in November 2015, and a third mystery is already cooking!

By Tiny Posted in News

Happy National Dog Day!

Hiff everyone!

I just wanted to post a short greeting to wish all my furry friends, and their moms and dads a Happy National Dog day! I hope all my friends get some extra recognition today. Like chicken nuggets. Or like I did, some healthy exotic fruits. Mom knows I love mango and papaya, and that’s what I got for my midday snack.

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Life’s been treating me okay lately. Not great. Just okay. And I tell you why. You know, I have this Addison’s disease. And it requires a medicine that – while keeping me up and running for over three years now – gives me these small skin masses. They are not sticking out of my curly coat or anything like that, but they need to be removed every year when I go under to get my teeth cleaned. I had fifteen of them of them this year. Fifteen! Not too much fun.

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And you should’ve seen how I looked. Fifteen shaved patches of skin with black stitches. Luckily I only met my guy friends in the first weeks after the surgery at the end of June. They thought I looked cool. I was the tough guy. Then my groomer cut my hair so short I was almost freezing in the Florida summer. And I looked more pinkish than brownish. He said it’d grow back evenly. And I’m happy to say he was right. I’m almost there now. Starting to feel myself again🙂

Book Cover 1-100I have to run soon. It’s dinner time. I smell chicken! But I want to remind everyone that my book “Confessions of a Rescue Dog” makes a great gift and is available on Amazon everywhere. I’m happy to say it’s found its way to some school libraries this fall. And even happier to tell you that Mom has given every cent Amazon sends her to my homeless friends at the Humane Society shelter. And she will continue to do so every six months. I trust her.

I hope life’s treating you well. I wish you a great fall season without stitches. Remember to celebrate today! Love❤ Bumble

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Happy Christmas to You All!

Hi there! It’s been a while, but it’s nice to see you again. I’m fine, but still recovering from my birthday celebrations on Monday. I’m 14 now – and people still call me a puppy! A cute puppy to be exact. I’ve asked mom not to reveal my real age. Why? Because I might start feeling old. And I can’t risk that.

Anyway, my birthday was great. I got yummy treats! Mango and papaya! I’m a fruit lover now, and that shows. I have much more energy than I used to when I was younger. I run when I take mom out, and I run when we come home. No tired jogging here. I think mom starts looking healthier too.

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An illustration from my book


But I have a more serious message too. Thanks to my book, mom and I have been able to give quite a bit to the homeless doggies, cats, turtles, birds, hamsters and other animals in the shelter. Latest on Tuesday this week. Mom says she’s still in “red” on my book because we’ve given everything that has trickled in to my homeless friends. But I think that’s a good thing. It’s Christmas time and red is in fashion, right? And the homeless animals still need so much more. Why? Because they can’t go to work until they’ve been adopted! It’s simple as that.

You know what else is good about Christmas? It’s the time of giving! And my book is a great stocking stuffer. People of any age, particularly those who let their dogs or cats sleep on the bed, will love it. Mom told me that’s what the editorial review said. And kids who can read love it too. They’ve told me!

You’ll find my story (soft cover or Kindle) and customer reviews right here. Thanks for providing two gifts in one click! One for the stocking of someone you love,  and the other for the stocking at the Humane Society’s shelter. Because you love these animals too. I know.

Have a wonderful Christmas. Love,


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How Mom Chased the Supermoon

It all started in July. Mom told me she’d been bitten by a bug.  A photo bug, to be exact. I’m sure the bug was hanging around the birds she always shoots in the nature reserve. Anyway, she ordered a new camera. I was wondering why she was wasting money when the old one still was in one piece. It wasn’t broken. She said she wanted to get closer to everything she shoots. That sounded less than safe. Think if she wanted to take pictures of a snake! Or a lion when she travels to Africa! How dangerous is that?

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The tripod…

So the new camera arrived. But mom still wasn’t happy. She ordered a tripod. I had no idea what that was. Anyway, when the package arrived, I saw it was very small. About my size. But then mom shook its legs and it became very tall, almost her size. Exactly like the other three-legged tower I’ve seen in the walking closet on my house inspection tours. Why did she need another one? She said the first one was dad’s and too heavy for her to carry! How can that be?  She can carry a 15 pound dog! Sometimes mom doesn’t make sense to me.

The osprey nest in July…from our terrace.

Soon I saw mom put her camera on the top of the new tower and spend lots of time on the terrace. She said she was trying it out to get good pictures of the supermoon in August. But she took pictures of the osprey nest in the nature reserve! She showed me the “close-up” of the nest, but that also didn’t make any sense to me. The nest was empty! She knew that the baby bird had grown up long ago and the whole family had moved away for now. I couldn’t figure it out, but if she’s happy, I’m happy.

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I’m walking mom…

Fast forward to last weekend. On Friday we went for our last walk for the day around 9 p.m. Mom took a picture of me with her iPhone. You can see it was dark. She was looking up and looking up. I was getting worried she might step into something undesirable. She said the moon was behind too many clouds. And that she was afraid she couldn’t get any pictures of the moon this weekend. I couldn’t help but wonder if she had bought the wrong camera. A good one should be able to see the moon anyway, right?

Then, on Saturday night we came out just after 9 p.m. But we didn’t go for a walk! As soon as I had done my first item of business, just around the corner of our garage, mom wanted to go in again. The moon was visible every now and then between the clouds, and mom wanted to get her camera! So out we came again with the tall tower in tow. And the camera clued on the top. I did my second item of business. Then we walked on the grass and mom planted the “thing” there. I had to sit next to it.

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Supermoon as seen in Florida…

Then mom started shooting. The camera lens was pointed all the way up to the clouds. And the moon, when it made a few  short appearances. I saw the moon too, but to me it looked just like it always does. A bright ball in the sky. Nothing super about it. But it was super hot and I started to get sweaty!  Finally mom said we needed to move a little bit so she could get the moon from between the trees. Now I started panting. We had just parked under the trees where I used to chase squirrels, when it started raining. Phew! Mom grabbed the tower under one arm and me under the other and in she ran! We made it into the garage just when the huge drops hit the ground.

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Supermoon Aug 9, 2014

Luckily it was cloudy on Sunday. I got my evening walk again. Everything was back to normal. I hope it’ll be long before mom wants to chase the supermoon again.

Keep well now. Love, Bumble


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My Dream. A 33 lb Bag of Dog Food.

Hi there! This is Bumble again. The rescue dog with a blog and wry humor – according to a recent Editorial Review of my book. I admit my humor is a bit dry, or wry, but that’s me. You get what you see. I wish all humans were that way too. But I’ve learned that some people have many faces, like the woman in my first house. She could be so mean to me and my sister when we were alone in the house with her, but when she took us out or to the doctors, she put on another face. A loving human’s. And she lied out of her ears to always look good to others. Oh, well. With 20/20 hind sight, as mom always says, I’m happy the woman left us at the shelter that Christmas Eve many years ago. We both found our loving forever homes with the help of their wonderful staff.

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Thank you and nose kisses!

Anyway, enough about the past. It’s all in the book. The good and the bad, the humorous and the sad. I wanted to write this post ’cause I’m celebrating the nice review by offering the Kindle Edition of my book for 99 cents until Sunday, July 20th, on Amazon.com! I know, 99 moneys sounds a lot. But it’s 99 small moneys. Mom told me it’s less than one dollar. We can’t get even the smallest bag of dog treats for that money at Smart Pet. But now all pet loving humans can get a treat for 99 cents! I thought that if 100 people got the book now that it costs so little, we could provide a huge 33 lb bag of good quality dog food and a few small bags of treats for my friends still living in the shelter. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? So drive to the Kindle store. It’s not very far, only a click away. And thank you for spreading the word!

Lots of love, Bumble