And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway! {Ends 12/22/23}

Nov 21, 2023 | 2 comments

And The Trees Talked Back is a heartwarming tale of wonder, friendship, and self-discover that will captivate readers of all ages.

Book Details:

And the Trees Talked Back by Frederick J. Burns
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 48 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Frederick J. Burns
Release date: Nov 4, 2023
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 15
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Meet Amanda, an extraordinary child with a unique gift — she can talk to trees.

Living in a quaint village with a mystical forest, Amanda’s life takes an enchanting turn when she seeks out her inquisitive cat, Daisy. As the sun sets and the moonlight casts its glow, the duo embark on a thrilling night-time adventure.

As Amanda encounters ancient trees, she uncovers a world she never knew existed, where wisdom and acceptance coexist with fear and hatred. Amidst the rustling leaves and haunting shadows, she confronts the duality of nature, discovering the true meaning of good and evil. Her bonds with nature deepen and she learns to navigate the world where choices shape destinies.

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Review By LAWonder10:

I am not a fan of black and white covers. I love books that are eye-catching… yes, I am a notorious “browser”. However, I am very pleased that I joined this Tour and read this delightful book. I discovered that the lack of color wasn’t as bad as I thought .

And the Trees Talked Back is a wonderful story of a girl’s love for nature and of her vivid imagination. It was a very tender tale. One we can all benefit from. Trees and nature are all worthy of respect and appreciation, as well as animals and other humans.

I thought it had a very good message and was a very tender tale.

The illustrations were all black and white, yet were very well done.

I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.

This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

Guest Post:

You will notice that I self-published And The Trees Talked Back. You may wonder how I came to that decision and what was involved in self-publishing.

I started out with the idea that I would try the traditional route, which is to obtain a literary agent who would then pitch the book to a large,
well-established publishing company. The publishing company would edit, design the book, get it printed and distributed, and pay the author an advance.

Once my manuscript and illustrations were completed, I drafted a query letter to be emailed to literary agents. I searched online for agents interested in the genre which the book fell under.

Once I found some agents that indicated they were looking for books in my genre, I researched their requirements for submissions. One requirement all agents had was that the manuscript had to be included in the body of the email. It could not be an attachment or a link. This prevented me from emailing my illustrations, which I thought were essential for a fair evaluation of the book. The agents also had in common a time frame of four to eight weeks for responding to a query.

In one sense I was fortunate that most agents responded rather quickly that they were not interested and they wished me well.

After I had received about twelve rejections, I researched deeper into the traditional publishing route. I was disheartened when I read that unless you were already a celebrity or public figure, your chances of being signed and represented by an agent as a first-time author was one percent or less. There may be other statistics out there, but there is a low likelihood of going the traditional route.

I had confidence in my story and illustrations, and I didn’t want to wait months for agents to respond to my queries. Thus, I decided to self-

In order for the book to be competitive with and meet the same standards as books published by well established publishing companies, I had to hire a freelance professional editor and also a freelance book designer. If I hadn’t illustrated it myself, then I would have had to hire an illustrator as well.

I hired experienced professionals and listened to their advice on editing and on the design of the book. I didn’t agree with every suggestion,
but the dialog back and forth allowed me to make decisions that I think produced a strong and competitive book. A book that was at least as good as other books on the market.


Meet the Author:

Burns, always an artist on the inside, breaks through his trial attorney exterior at age 63, to write and illustrate his first children’s book, AND THE TREES TALKED BACK. Three years in the making, Burns strives to convey a world where commonalities are more important than differences, where empathy is more important than disdain and where making friends is more important than creating enemies. With no formal art training, Burns enjoys working in and learning new mediums and styles. His art has won awards in juried competitions, been displayed on billboards, in government offices, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art, and now graces the cover of Dave Brinnel’s second CD, ALONE. His detailed illustrations of trees using pen and ink with washes of watercolor have been compared to the fantastical illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Maurice Sendak. Burns lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Heather and two dogs, where he is developing ideas for his next book.

Connect with author: WebsiteInstagram ~ Goodreads

The Tour Schedule:

Nov 20 Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 20 Cover Lover Book Review book review  giveaway
Nov 21 – Regallywritten – book review / giveaway
Nov 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post  giveaway
Nov 22 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Nov 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 27 – Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 28 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 28 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Country Mamas With Kids – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight
Dec 1 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 4 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Dec 4 – The Life We Build – book review / giveaway
Dec 5 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review
Dec 5 – Deliciously Savvy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 6 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – mamof9 – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway
Dec 11 – Bigreadersite – book review
Dec 11 – Ig: allthingsbooksandababy – book review  
Dec 12 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 15 – Diane’s Book Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Win signed copy of AND THE TREES TALKED BACK by Frederick J. Burns (one winner) (USA only) (ends Dec 22)

To Enter the Giveaway click on the Rafflecopter link below:

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  1. Nadine

    I enjoy communion with trees. I hugged a sequoia for the first time this summer.

  2. Anne

    A delightful and beautiful book filled with wonder. I enjoy and love books that have black and white illustrations. These evoke another time, and place. It is meaningful for me.

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