A New Clicker Training Book, For Kids

“When are you going to do a kids’ book?” I kept hearing. “About clicker training, but written for kids?”

In my day job in animal behavior, I’d written two training books which have done very well, but nothing for kids, and there is not a lot of material out there for young trainers.

Dragons, Unicorns, Chimeras, & Clickers

I thought a clicker training book for kids was a great idea. Clicker training is not only good training, it’s available to people who are not big, strong, or dexterous enough to use traditional coercive techniques, and I am in full support of teaching young minds to use positive reinforcement and thoughtful planning instead of force or punishment to get what they want. However, I couldn’t figure out how I should do it.

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It’s Giftmas Time Again! 2019

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that Giftmas is when we raise funds for the Edmonton Food Bank. (No, I don’t live in Edmonton. No, I don’t even live in Canada. But look, Canada would help me out, too.) Giftmas is organized each year by Rhonda Parrish, my editor of many anthologies, and each year it’s a fun way to tour some writers’ sites, do good by putting food on the table, and win cool stuff.

There are three parts to this post: What’s in it for charity, what’s in it for you, and a tease for a Christmas gift from me.

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12 Days of Fantasy & Sci-Fi Christmas Deals

Spotted online:

If they don’t want a book, do they really deserve a gift at all?

Well, I’ll allow that other gifts can be nice, too, but this is a great time of year to introduce friends to your favorites and to find new favorites for yourself — particularly here in the northern hemisphere, where the days are short and cold and snuggling with a book and hot cocoa is the best adventure.

That’s why I’ve linked up with some colleagues to offer a dozen new fave-book opportunities, where you can browse for gifting (or yourself!) and maybe even win some goodies along the way.

I’m offering one winner a paperback of Shard & Shield, custom signed to the reader of your choice*, and to everyone I’m offering the ebook at a special discount of $0.99. Yes, you can give ebooks as gifts! But act quickly, because like all the deals on this tour, it will end soon.

Here’s the full blog-touring itinerary:

12/01/19
Yaasha Moriah – www.yaashamoriah.com
One paperback giveaway (US shipping only) + $.99 on all books

12/02/19
Verity A. Buchanan – www.verityabuchanan.com
One signed paperback giveaway + bookmark

12/03/19
Melissa Little – mllittleauthor.blogspot.com
One signed paperback giveaway + bookmark

12/04/19
J.D. Rempel – www.jdrempel.com
One personal signed hardback giveaway (US shipping only) + book swag

12/05/19
Claire Banschbach – www.clairembanschbach.com
Paperback giveaway (US only) The Wolf Prince x 1 – discounted ebooks for Adela’s Curse and The Rise of Aredor

12/06/19
Anne Wheeler – www.anne-wheeler.com
$0.99 on all books + 3 paperback giveaways of Asrian Skies

12/07/19
J.M. Hackman – https://jmhackman.com/
One signed paperback giveaway (Spark or Flare) (US shipping only) + related swag

12/08/19
Janeen Ippolito – https://www.janeenippolito.com/
Signed paperback giveaway (US only), super swag + sticker pack (anyone)

12/09/19
H. L. Burke – www.hlburkeauthor.com/blog
Paperback giveaway (US shipping only) Ultimate Nyssa Glass+Free ebook downloads for An Ordinary Knight and Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon

12/10/19
Laura VanArendonk Baugh – www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com
Paperback giveaway (single) plus discount on Shard & Shield

12/11/19
Hans Erdman – www.gewellynchronicles.com
6 giveaways of paperback Aerielands Christmas (US only) plus discount on all e-books

12/12/19
​M. J. Padgett – www.mjpadgettbooks.com
Two free e-books (first in each series) plus one download code for a free holiday themed audio book

Here’s my giveaway:


* I’m sorry, but this time it’s USA-only. I just shipped a prize pack overseas and the cost and shipping time was impressive, and the materials didn’t all arrive in pristine condition. I’d rather this potential gift be won by someone I’m reasonably sure can receive it sooner and intact for giving. International friends, you know I love you and usually include you, so I’m sorry for this exception.

Also, all custom inscriptions must be socially acceptable — but surely I don’t have anyone who would request otherwise. :)

The Mandalorian

Okay, internet, we need to talk. Was no one going to tell me we have Star Wars back?

I mean, you were all going on and on and on about The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda (or baby whatever-it-is-that-Yoda-is) and so I thought that was the primary attraction to the show. But no. I mean, no shade to Baby Yoda, but there are so many good things going on that someone might have mentioned.

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