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Amber Kingston Receives Mom's Choice Award for her Book "Laura and the Leprechauns"

First time author Amber T. Kingston is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award for her book "Laura and the Leprechauns." The Mom's Choice Awards is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.



"I truly believe that parents will be proud to share this tale with their children without worrying about whether the content is appropriate. I am honored to receive the Mom's Choice Award."





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Added by Amber T. Kingston on October 16, 2009 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Photos from Bavaria

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Well, I’m happy to say that I got many wonderful pictures while visiting Germany this season. I was able to get landscapes, and old castles, and hundreds of pictures of Laura! That should make it easier to illustrate the next book. Right now I’m completing the next story (book 2) and storyboarding at the same time—it’s how I prefer to work. I think I definitely have enough new material for my next two books which was my goal, so I’m glad for that. I also plan to do a little… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on May 12, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Benjamin Franklin Awards!

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I just received the most exciting news while I was in Bavaria. “Laura and the Leprechauns” has been named a finalist in the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Awards in the category of Interior Design, Children’s/Young Adult! The Benjamin Franklin Awards recognizes small and independent publishers like me, which is truly nice. Just to be a finalist is such an honor and a surprise that I just had to share the news with you. The awards ceremony is on May 29th—just around the… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on May 7, 2008 at 8:33am — No Comments

New Experiences in Germany

Since my arrival in Bavaria, the action has been non-stop. It usually is with all the sightseeing we like to get in. On my first day there, all of my cousins and friends came to greet me and my family. Upon seeing me my cousin Matthias (whom I appropriately made a leprechaun named “Maddy” in “Laura and the Leprechauns”), he hugged me and said, “On Tuesday you will come with me to school and talk to my class about America, English and writing.” Since he hadn’t posed this as a question, I was a… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on May 5, 2008 at 7:02am — No Comments

Adventures Ahead!

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I apologize for being out of touch but I’ve been extremely busy these past few weeks. Not to mention I took a mini get-away to one of my favorite places—Solvang, California—to celebrate my birthday. While I was there I left a couple more “Laura and the Leprechauns” books for the Bookcrossing site because I thought it would be a neat place for a book to begin its journey. The books were literally gone within minutes! It was great! I also picked up a princess dress at… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on April 7, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Purchasing Online

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Just a small update to let you know that as of now I have made it possible to accept credit cards through Paypal online through my website, Chrysalis Press. You can reach my website at www.ChrysalisPress.com. From there you can press the link beneath the book cover that says “Buy this Book.” It will then redirect you to a page where you have an option of purchasing through Chrysalis Press (my company) or Amazon. Please choose… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on March 19, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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And Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you, your family and friends are enjoying a wonderful day of celebration and laughter together! I know my family and I will be enjoying the day with games, music and candy for the little ones . . . and there’s always plenty of festive dancing. This really is my favorite day of the year.



Yesterday I spent the day watching Irish claddagh dance exhibitions. It was exhilarating! Girls from ages 4-18 were having the time of… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on March 17, 2008 at 1:44am — No Comments

Books in the Wild!

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Well, for all of you keeping an eye out for my Bookcrossing releases I have officially released all 8 copies of Laura and the Leprechauns out into the wild. I hope they will be caught by interested readers even if people don’t have an opportunity to journal their adventures online. They have been released throughout Orange and Los Angeles County and I am sure that I will have more releases in the future. So be sure to check out… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on March 9, 2008 at 9:35pm — No Comments

St. Paddy's Day is Almost Here!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you can be sure I’m excited and already getting ready for my favorite day of the year! This year St. Paddy’s day will be celebrated on March 15th, rather than the usual date of March 17th. This is to avoid it falling on the Holy Week of the Catholic Church. The last time this happened was in 1940 to avoid it falling on Palm Sunday. So the year 2008 is a special year, indeed! And even if you’re not Irish, it’s a wonderful excuse to let go and have… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on March 3, 2008 at 7:27am — No Comments

The "Laura and the Leprechauns" book trailer has officially been released!

The day has finally arrived—my book trailer is finished and ready to be viewed! I have posted it on my website at www.chrysalispress.com in the Media Room under “Book Trailer.” It is also posted on Reader Views Kids website at http://readerviewskids.com/reviews_previews.html. I will also post it on youtube.com (you will have to search for it under “Laura and the Leprechauns”) and on my… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on February 27, 2008 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Treasure Hunt for Books!

I’ve just discovered the neatest idea in a website, so I just had to share my findings with you. The website is called www.bookcrossing.com and it’s all about sharing books on a worldwide scale in the form of a treasure hunt! Maybe its concept is what had me hooked from the beginning—appealing to the little kid in me who used to send messages wrapped in taped-up envelopes and wrapped in plastic sandwich bags to be released into the ocean in hope that… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on February 26, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!





I hope you are celebrating today with some wonderful fun, sweets, and hugs from friends! This Valentines Day I received a surprise of my own. The Reading Tub decided to post my interview and biography early, in time for St. Patrick’s Day! I couldn’t be happier. If you would like to check it out, it is now posted on their website at… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on February 14, 2008 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Interview: NAWW Member of the Week: Amber T. Kingston

Interview: NAWW Member of the Week: Amber T. Kingston

7:46 PM PST, January 22, 2008
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I hope your year is off to a great start! I thought I’d share with you my latest interview from the…
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Added by Amber T. Kingston on January 21, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Bright New Year!

8:39 AM PST, January 3, 2008 Happy 2008! I hope everyone had a safe and joyous New Year! I am really excited for everything I have planned during the upcoming year. For starters, I’m continuing to improve upon and add different features to my website. I just recently discovered a site called cafepress.com which allows you to design all sorts of personalized things from T-shirts, to tote bags! I thought this was really neat since I like to design and create, and so I decided to open up my own… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on January 3, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

A great site for children's books!

Season’s Greetings, everyone! For anyone out there looking for top notch children’s books rated by parents and volunteers, there is a site you should definitely visit. I just recently discovered it; it’s called The Reading Tub and can be found at: www.thereadingtub.com. They are a…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on December 10, 2007 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Christmas around the corner!

It’s hard to believe that December has already arrived! Where does the time go? Between school and getting my book out, I’ve been extremely busy. My latest activities involving Laura and the Leprechauns has been fulfilling orders and entering it in a few contests. I figure it can’t hurt and I’ll also receive constructive criticism from the panel of judges, which will help for…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on December 3, 2007 at 1:56am — No Comments

They're Here!!!

They finally arrived! That’s right—my book Laura and the Leprechauns is officially available. It was a pretty incredible feeling to see thousands of copies being unloaded off a huge freighter truck—I had no idea what to expect! So now the time to fulfill all of my advance orders begins, as well as notifying the bookstores that it’s finally available. I am so relieved that…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on November 20, 2007 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

Promotional Efforts

I am happy to say that my flyers finally arrived for my promotional mailing yesterday. They came out better than I hoped—very cute! But then I also had an amazing designer, Jill Ronsley, create them. Now I have 10,000 flyers sitting in boxes in my living room which I need to ship out ASAP. I’ll post a picture of the flyer on my flickr page: (…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on October 31, 2007 at 11:05pm — No Comments

An Average Day

Well, today I sent off the very last of my Advance Review Copies to those interested in reviewing my book. I wish I had printed more but so far the responses have been positive so I suppose it is okay that I only printed the amount that I did. The actual book should be here in a month’s time anyway, so that is good news.…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on October 29, 2007 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Full of Surprises!

This is just a mini update. I simply had to say: I love my web designer . . . I really, really do! She’s fantastic and full of surprises! She already has the new updates posted on my site! I figured I’d see them in a weeks time, but I came home from school to a pleasant surprise. You can now check out the “Fun Stuff” section of my site for activities and things to keep you, or your little ones, busy. Also the “About…

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Added by Amber T. Kingston on October 25, 2007 at 12:40am — No Comments

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