Luis Zaensi’s “Little Ricky” Will Be Showcased at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Readers are on the lookout for Luis Zaensis book, which tells an incredible and page-turning story.

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Catch Luis Zaensis book display at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

The intriguing drama book Little Ricky by Luis Zaensi will be displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

In Little Ricky, the story begins on a hot night in July of 2015 at a club called Disco Forever. Playing Thats the Way I Like It for Ricardo and his wife Dorothy has a soothing effect on them. Theyve been married for almost five years, yet they treat every day like its their first. They have a lifestyle with lots of wild parties and little regard for the consequences.

When Ricky enters their lives, however, their happiness is quickly shattered. When Ricky doesnt think before he speaks, he causes problems for both families. The families of Ricardo and Dorothy are culturally incompatible and already hostile to one another. Ricky doesnt help the mattera tragic event results in a shocking conclusion to the story.

Luis Zaensi gets ideas for his books from how he has dealt with the good, the bad, and the ugly in his own life. His stories are not too different from what really happened.

In Little Ricky, readers are given a story that is both intensely dramatic and a work of fiction. The book will surely keep them turning pages.

What happens next? Follow this interesting, heart-throbbing story in Little Ricky by Luis Zaensi. Get a copyon Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at booth #225 at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festivals of Books to check out the books display.

Little Ricky
Author | Luis Zaensi
Genre | Drama & Plays
Publisher | Page Publishing
Published date | December 12, 2022


Luis Zaensi was born in GTMO, Cuba, in 1957. He is a retired law enforcement officer who uses his experiences of dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly to create stories that are not far different from real life. Zaensi writes about people, exposing their positive and negative qualities. He does not impose any belief in his stories but leaves it to the reader to make their own judgments. Zaensi loves traveling with his family to different countries so he can learn about other cultures. In his travels, Zaensi has learned that different people from different countries, speaking different languages, all share the same problems in life.

Melissa A. Little Consulting & Mediation Services Creates a Course on Talking with Children and Youth About Race

 As we near the end of Black History Month 2023, it is important to emphasize the significance of talking with young people about race. This includes telling young people about the many contributions and sacrifices that people of African descent have made to help shape the nation. Excluding these stories from a child’s education, perpetuates interpersonal bias and reinforces structural racism. For children of African descent, this form of exclusion can also be detrimental to their mental and emotional well-being.

To help adults become more knowledgeable about racism and its effects on young people, as well as how to have healthy race conversations with children and youth, Melissa A. Little, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, offers a variety of services, including group trainings, facilitated workshops, and individual sessions. In her newly launched self-paced online course, “Protecting Our Children Together: Building a Positive Racial Identity in Children and Youth,” Little provides practical strategies for parents, educators, and caregivers to guide children towards developing a healthy racial identity. Little’s accompanying book, “Protecting Our Children Together: Minimizing the Psychological Harms of Racism,” is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to start conversations about race and racism in a positive and empowering way.

According to Little’s research, babies as young as six months can notice race-based differences. By the ages of two to four years old, children can internalize racial bias, and by age nine, children become more aware of how their racial group is perceived in American culture.

These statistics highlight the importance of starting conversations about race and racism with children from a young age. The earlier children develop a positive racial identity, the better equipped they will be to navigate the challenges of racism and discrimination. Little’s book and online course provide a valuable resource for parents, educators, and caregivers seeking to support children in developing a healthy racial identity as they grow and become more aware of racial hierarchies in society.

The course consists of modules such as “Why Talking with Children Early About Race Matters,” “Mental Health and Preventative Measures,” “Preparing Youth for Police Encounters,” and the importance of adults “Leading by Example” to cultivate a positive racial identity. This course is especially timely as the world marks Black History Month 2023 with the theme, Black Resistance. According to Little, “one form of resistance includes self-love and racial pride.” Building a healthy racial identity in children and youth is a powerful form of resistance, and this book and course provide valuable guidance to support this process.

Melissa A. Little is a certified diversity professional and the owner of Melissa A. Little Consulting & Mediation Services, LLC. She is also an attorney and mediator with extensive experience in anti-discrimination laws and compliance matters.

To learn more about the book and course, please visit

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Teach Your Little Princess to Embrace Her True Worth With Help From Selena Holston Gabriel’s Children’s Book “Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!™”

What better way to teach young girls – who could be one’s daughter, niece, grand-daughter, god-daughter, or pupil – to embrace their God-given beauty and identity as God’s children than through a children’s book? Author Selena Holston Gabriel did just that with her children’s book “Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!”

“Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!” is a powerful and hope-filled book for girls of all ages. The author uses rhyming text and culturally diverse illustrations to affirm the beauty, authenticity, and inherent worth of girls all over the globe and to embolden them to use their gifts and strengths to make a compassionate difference in the world. As daughters of King Jesus, they are each a princess – and that’s not make-believe. They are heirs of God’s Kingdom, Heaven’s Royalty.

In line with “Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!”, Selena created Heaven’s RoyalTEA™, an event series with the aim to share the message and mission of the book. This program is offered in partnership with churches, schools, and other Christian groups through Compassion Creates Change™, a Christian non-profit. These events encourage girls to anchor their self-worth in God’s truth and empower them to be leaders and change-makers. Heaven’s RoyalTEA™ includes teas and treats, the children’s book presented in “spoken word,” an empowering message to girls, and a book signing-session with the author. For more information or to schedule an event, contact .

“Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!” has received a favorable review from Kirkus Reviews. The review reads, “For Christian girls who value the Bible’s teachings, this upbeat story provides them with the faith-based confidence to be the best they can be. (It is) a simple Christian tale that reminds young girls of their inherent value and God’s love.”

Order a copy of Selena Holston Gabriel’s “Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!” today on the author’s website at or on Amazon.

“Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!” will be displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at their exhibit at booth 1147 for the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 24–27, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

“Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!”

Author | Selena Holston Gabriel

Published date | October 18, 2019

Publisher | Westbow Press

Book retail price | $13.95

Author Bio

Selena Holston Gabriel is a minister, international relief and missions mobilizer, community organizer, children’s author, youth advocate, and change catalyst. She is also the founder and director of Compassion Creates Change™, a Christian non-profit.

Selena is devoted to the global health and welfare of children and to sustainable methods of community transformation. She has served children and families on the front lines of international relief work, compassionate ministry, global missions partnerships, and community development projects in the U.S. and throughout Latin America for many years. Her work has focused on organizing medical missions and nutrition therapy programs, providing safe parks and play spaces, clean water projects, constructing schools and churches, and more. Along the way, she discovered the disparities against the global poor are great, but the disparities against girls and women in those same contexts are even greater. 1-in-2 girls worldwide are at-risk.

Selena wrote “Heaven’s Royalty, That’s Me!™” to affirm the beauty, authenticity, and inherent worth of GIRLS all over the GLOBE and to embolden them to use their gifts and strengths to make a compassionate difference in the world. Selena created Heaven’s RoyalTEA™ to share the message and mission of her book. This program is offered in partnership with churches, schools, and Christian groups through Compassion Creates Change™. Heaven’s RoyalTEA™ includes teas and treats, the children’s book presented in “spoken word,” an empowering message to girls, and a book signing-session with the author.

Selena is a servant-leader who has held director-level roles with Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, Converge Worldwide and Compassion Creates Change™ since 2008. She seeks to embody a leadership style that demonstrates creative community collaboration, relationships over results, and empowering the next generation of leaders wherever she serves.

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Little Aiden Press Issues Call for Nominations for the Inaugural Self Ink It Awards

 Little Aiden Press, a children’s book publisher for African American children, has announced the Call for Nominations for its inaugural annual Self Ink It Awards competition. Self Ink It is a literary awards program that celebrates self-published Black, Indigenous and Person of Color (BIPOC) authors. The Self Ink It Awards are a grassroots effort to give back to the diverse community of self-published Black, Indigenous and BIPOC authors by honoring books that foster a love of reading and learning.

The entry deadline is January 31. Complete details on the competition and how to enter are available at

The categories for Self Ink It Awards have been announced. Categories include Best Picture Book, Easy Readers, Middle Grade, Best Cover, and Reader’s Choice. To be eligible for the award, the author of a children’s book must be a Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC) living in United States and self-published with 2019, 2020 or 2021 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2019, and January 31, 2022. The panel of judges, who include parents, literary scholars and educators, decide on the winners.

About The Self Ink It Awards

The Self Ink It Awards celebrates and encourages outstanding achievements for Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC) authors. The awards program strives to bring awareness, visibility, and advocacy for the advancement of BIPOC children’s writers by promoting their books and bringing them into the hands of those who need to see their stories told. Learn more about The Self Ink It Awards at

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The Red Dog Dash

The Little Red Dog, Inc. (TLRD) aims to help all new and old pet parents everywhere with their dog walking and training issues. The Red Dog Dash, a nationwide 7 day walk-your-dog-a-thon, kicked off on March 13 and will end on March 20; aims to advocate the importance of walking your dog, raise funds to save more lives and most importantly to have some fun. “TLRD takes dog behavior seriously, and want to help people with their training questions. The issues are exacerbated with all of the new dog owners due to the pandemic, and TLRD wants to help them as well as all of those owners who struggle with walking their dogs or training issues,” says PJ Rosch, CEO & Top Dog of TLRD.

This is a free event to participate in and where participants will be encouraged to walk their dogs twice a day, receive daily training video tips, have access to a Facebook group, daily livestreams with our trainers, partake in fun challenges for giveaways, and so much more that The Little Red Dog, Inc. is super excited about. It will also end on Saturday, March 20 with a nationwide pack walk celebration where all participants will walk their dogs at the same time.

If you’re interested, you can also set up a team fundraising page for the whole company to partake in. The goal is to raise $25,000 during the week of the event to help TLRD continue saving the dogs that need help. Best Life Leashes is the sole sponsor for this event. Check them out here.

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The Red Dog Dash
Date: March 13-March 20

About The Little Red Dog
The Little Red Dog (TLRD) was founded to rescue unwanted dogs from high kill shelters throughout Southern California, and secure their safety in loving forever homes. TLRD was founded in memory of The Little Red dog and other abused dogs from the Michael Vick dog fighting case and strives to prevent homeless dogs through rescue, training, behavior education, and adoption coordination. Since 2011, TLRD has rescued over 3,500 dogs and placed them into loving forever homes. For more information, visit

About Best Life Leashes
At Best Life Leashes, we have one goal: build quality dog leashes that inspire more people to rescue dogs. It’s a fact that when people hear rescue stories or see that others chose to rescue a dog, they are inspired to do the same. We’ve specifically designed the signature two white stripes on our leashes to be the official symbol for rescue dogs. Proudly let others know that your dog is a rescue and help to end the misconceptions about rescue dogs without having to say a word.