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The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza Under His Bed: Second edition out now

The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza Under his Bed: by Ryn Gargulinski

Remember when people got maimed, mangled or killed in fables instead of coddled and pampered and sent to live happily ever after? THE BOY WITH MOLDY CHEESE PIZZA UNDER HIS BED harkens back to those good ole days with a scary story that carries an incredible moral. It’s not a book you want to read to your kid right before bed — or perhaps ever. Enjoy. 

Why I Created It

I’ve always been a huge fan of Aesop and fables that come with a hard-hitting moral, not those that come dressed-up with frogs that get kissed into princes. Two folks get credit for inspiring this book:

  • Real-life high school classmate, who shall remain nameless, who did, indeed have moldy cheese pizza under his bed.
  • Tucson poet and writer Andrew Ulanowski, named in the book’s dedication. He encouraged me to write down the tale and this moldy cheese pizza book was born.

3 Reasons You Want It

  • Beats out the present day’s cleaned-up fairy tales (excuse the pun) where everyone lives happily ever after
  • Doesn’t contain any impossibly thin or beautiful princesses that sit around whining their lives are so awful
  • Sneaky way to get kids to clean their rooms 

Mentions and Kudos

  • An Amazon reviewer of the first edition evidently got really pissed off, started spurting about Satan and then gave it one star. That alone should pump up curiosity – hahaha.
  • Tucson’s KVOA TV station gave THE BOY WITH MOLDY CHEESE PIZZA UNDER HIS BED a nod, even including the word “grim” in the headline (Thanks, KVOA!)

Where to Get It

The second edition has a green cover and professional binding, different from the first edition’s white cover and staples. You’ll also notice a slight shortening of the title’s wording from The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza Under His Bed to The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza under His Bed.

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In Tucson:

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RATS INCREDIBLE: Fun rat book now in second edition

Rats Incredible – by Ryn Gargulinski

With phrases like ‘smell a rat’ and ‘I could give a rat’s, um, butt,’ rats get a very bad rap. RATS INCREDIBLE aims to change all that by depicting rats as the intelligent, talented and lovable critters that they really are. This illustrated rat dictionary treats you to a lineup of rat-friendly words that contain the letters ‘rat’ coupled with an equally friendly array of fun rat illustrations. Yes, rats can certainly be fun. Better yet, they can be downright INCREDIBLE!

Why I Created It

Ever since I discovered rats were smarter than gerbils, much kinder than hamsters and less stinky then mice, I had to have them as my small animal of choice. They were especially ideal for the dinky apartment living of NYC when I couldn’t have a dog.

Rats became my passion and, for a spell, my obsession. I began to breed tons of them, took the position as New York Chapter President of the Northeast Rat and Mouse Club and hung their winning ribbons all over the wall.

Sanity eventually returned and I no longer have scores of rats, yet I always try to keep at least one or two as pets. This book is meant to help spread the joy of rats. Here’s hoping folks can shed their preconceived hatred of rats and embrace them as loving, perky pets.

3 Reasons You Want It

  • Great gift for those rat-loving friends who have everything
  • Great gift for animal lovers of all ages, shapes and sizes, even if they prefer those stinky mice
  • Great gift for yourself so you don’t fall prey to that thing called contempt before investigation 

Mentions and Kudos

Blurbs from Amazon reviews

  • “I enjoyed this book easy and quick to read.”
  • “Very cute, for little boys and girls who might like play on word games…very fast read…She’s also the author of ‘Bony Yoga.’[Bony Yoga] Can’t wait! :)”RYNSKI NOTESKI: Hey, I even got one of those smiley faces on the second review!

Media mentions and supporting documents

Where to Get It

The second edition has a bright orange and yellow cover, unlike the first edition’s deep pink cover. I also switched out the illustration, replacing the rat holding a martini glass with a grateful rat jumping for joy. Didn’t want folks to think that rats were a bunch of drunks, after all.

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In Tucson:

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BONY YOGA (take two): Second edition out now

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Whether you are new to yoga or have been enjoying a regular practice for years, the illustrated yoga guide of BONY YOGA brings yoga a delightful new twist (pun intended). The guide outlines real postures but expands on them by pointing out their practical uses in daily life, with cartoon skeletons as your personal yoga guides. Whee!

Why I Created It

Inspiration for the skeletons in Bony Yoga came when I was trying, unsuccessfully, to draw a cartoon gal in a yoga pose. I was having a tough time getting the positioning right, too distracted by her super-cute yoga outfit and all that skin.

Since I’ve always been a fan of skulls, skeletons and other creepy things, it was second nature to switch over to using skeletons as models for the poses. It was suddenly much easier to draw the poses properly. It was also a heck of a lot more fun.

The practical uses for various yoga postures came from daily life. The big inspiration came when I was doing a headstand in my Brooklyn apartment and saw all the dust bunnies and other jazz under the couch. The proverbial light went on at that moment, and I knew yoga had suddenly become not only a physical, mental and spiritual practice, but one that could enhance daily activities on a regular basis.

And yes, I vacuumed out the dust bunnies.

10 Reasons You Want It

  • Takes the creepiness out of dead things, showing that skeletons are people, too
  • More affordable than yet another super-cute yoga outfit (and almost as adorable!)
  • Deepens your yoga practice by applying poses to everyday situations
  • Gets you to vacuum under your couch
  • Helps you balance while standing on treacherous subways and buses
  • Gives you something do to waiting in lines
  • Excellent teaching guide; used in children’s art classes for fun drawing activities near Halloween
  • Great conversation piece during that awkward time just before yoga class when it feels like everyone is staring at and judging you
  • Awesome gift for anyone who loves yoga, fitness, skeletons and skulls
  • Second edition now available with new cover, convenient, take-along size and a must-read bonus poem at the end

More Mentions and Samples

 Where to Buy It

UPDATE April 2017: This one has turned into a toughie to find online or around town. But I still have several copies to sell:

Buy Now from Ryndustries. 

Bony Yoga’s second edition is easily recognizable by the purple cover (first edition is green). It’s available in e-book and print editions from various outlets.

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Don’t try suicide – Read this book instead: Solume Solutions for Suicide Prevention

Death can dance as an attractive option when you’re down low, but it kind of kills of the chances of anything ever getting better. It also devastates everyone around you, a fact that becomes painfully clear in Solume Solutions for Suicide Prevention.

So don’t try suicide – read this book instead.

Solume Solutions for Suicide Prevention is one book in a series of anthologies that present real-life solutions from real-life folks on a variety of topics. I was honored to edit as well as contribute to two of the books so far, suicide prevention and addiction recovery, thanks to publisher Nathan Chowilawu-Eshe. I also wrote the intros for both, and the suicide prevention intro appears below: 

Intro:

Sure, life can suck. But suicide sucks even worse. The big difference between the two is that life can, and does, get better. Suicide is truly the end of the line. And it only makes things worse, especially for everyone and everything you leave behind.

But don’t take it from me. Take it from the lineup of talented writers who were open, honest and courageous enough to share their own first-hand experience with the concept of suicide.

Many have flirted with the idea themselves, even attempted it or made a pact. Others have lived through the suicide of a husband, a mother, a friend. Several have gone through both horrors: the suicide of a loved one compounded by the thoughts of taking their own lives.

Thankfully those thoughts were never successfully acted upon and they are here to share their stories.

As with all Solume Solutions collections, our writers go beyond simply telling you about the problems or issues they faced. They tell you how they got through them.

Our goal is to present real-life solutions that worked for real-life people who were faced with real-life problems that may be similar to your own.

Even if their situations are vastly different than your own, the differences are not what matters when the foreboding feelings of hopelessness and despair are the same. What matters are the solutions. And those solutions can work for you.

Much thanks go to writers Adrian Reynolds, Mary T., Gizelle Jander, Theresa Harnar, Mike Nicholson, Nikki Amaris, and Topher Purdy. We are so grateful they are still alive – and that you are, too.

We want you to stay that way. So sit back, take a deep breath, and check out ways other people have successfully survived through their own phases of darkness. The real darkness is with death, and that’s a darkness that lasts forever.

Living through the darkness can ultimately bring you light.

Ryn Gargulinski

Get a copy now! Buy it in your fave online format at Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/242277

Check it out on Amazon.com:

Solume Solutions for Suicide Prevention [Kindle Edition]

P.S. Print copies of the book will be available in the future as part of the Solume Solutions complete collection. Individual books available in e-book form only. 

 

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Best book for addiction recovery: Real-life recovery solutions from those who live it!

Sick of books that sugar-coat addiction recovery? We were, too. That’s why we collected tips, tidbits and real-life experience from those who tell it like it is. No chicken soup here, only solutions that have worked for folks in the real world. 

Solume Solutions for Addiction Recovery is one book in a series of anthologies that present real-life solutions from real-life folks on a variety of topics. I was honored to edit as well as contribute to the addiction recovery collection, thanks to publisher Nathan Chowilawu-Eshe. I also wrote the intro, which appears below: 

INTRO: 

Addiction is more than a single aspect of life – it can become your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re addicted to drugs, booze, sex or food. Addiction has the power to beat you up and take you down. You do strange and dangerous things, wake up next to strange and dangerous people. Or, in the worst-case scenario, never wake up again at all. As one saying puts it, three inevitable results of addiction are jails, institutions or death. We’re offering a fourth option in the Solume Solutions for Addiction Recovery collection. This option is called recovery – and it certainly beats the heck out of jails, institutions or death.

Solume stands for ‘solutions for you and me’, and recovery is a solution to addiction that can, at times, be as wild and even as scary as addiction itself. But the one main reason it differs is because it comes with hope. Hope, and the benefit of remembering what you did last night.

The talented writers in this collection share that common thread of hope throughout their works, and we believe this hope can be contagious and help others cope with addiction. When it comes to addiction recovery, there is no right or wrong method of going about it, as long as the method works for you. We are offering methods that have worked for us, or even those that have not worked for us but may be of help to someone else.

This collection does not preach, nor does it tout a particular recovery program or solution above all others. It simply offers a collection of solutions that are as real as the people who wrote them.

Gracious thanks to all the writers who were bold enough to speak out to help others. Kudos and applause to Mary Ahl, Chris Hubbard, Lewis Humphries, Phil Linz, Tonia Liosatos, Laura Poindexter, Jennifer Lowery, and Mary T.

A standing ovation goes to writer and publisher Nathan Chowilawu-Eshe who came up with the idea for the series. He not only launched a Solume Solutions for Addiction Recovery but also for a host of other issues that often come piggy-backing on that thing called life.

Life, like recovery, should be celebrated. Solume Solutions is here to help you do it.

Cheers, with a cup of coffee!
Ryn Gargulinski

Get a copy now! Buy it in your fave online form at Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168631

P.S. Print copies of the book will be available in the future as part of the Solume Solutions complete collection. Individual books available in e-book form only. 

 

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