LongTale Publishing Announces the Release of Iggy the Iguana by Melissa M. Williams

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First book release from author Melissa M. Williams and LongTale Publishing delivers an inspirational and fun-loving story about an Iguana starting out at a new school and making new friends.

LongTale Publishing and author Melissa M. Williams recently released their first book targeted at elementary school students between the ages of 7-11, titled "Iggy the Iguana". Illustrated by Kelley Stengele, "Iggy the Iguana" is the first book out of the Iggy the Iguana series.

The unique animal characters including iguanas, turtles, frogs, cats, and dogs found in the 170-page paperback book make Iggy's story a humorous, yet relatable read for all types of kids. Set in the author's hometown of Houston, Texas, children will be drawn to this encouraging story about how Iggy makes it through the fourth grade at a new school with his new friends. Whether readers are into baseball and sports like Iggy and his dad, costumes and make believe like Iggy's little sister, or the sand and surf of the beach like Snap Shell the turtle, they will definitely find one of many characters to grab their interest.

Parents will find this book is also full of positive and valuable lessons for their children. "The foundations of my writing style have come from my own strong values that were taught to me as a kid. I wanted to find a way to make a fun loving story productive in a sense that the lessons learned are so subtle, that children just 'get it!' After being around many kids in the school system, I have had the opportunity to see what kids are really looking for in chapter books, these days," said author, Melissa Williams about the book.

Now that "Iggy the Iguana" has been released, Melissa is currently hosting a book tour for "Iggy the Iguana", a book review contest for children and an e-newsletter for Iggy's fans. She will have a creative writing summer camp for kids next year and has also started on the next book in the series, "Iggy's Summer League", which is due to come out in the summer of 2009.

"Iggy the Iguana" is available for purchase online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and IggytheIguana.com.

About the Author:
Melissa M. Williams has been writing stories since the age of eight years old. Many of her stories were inspired by real-life experiences with childhood pets she owned while growing up in Houston, Texas. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, she moved to Dallas, TX to pursue a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. While in graduate school, she finished her first children's book, "Iggy the Iguana", and proceeded to have the book published before the age of twenty-six. Many of the ideas in this book were inspired by Miss Williams' experiences as a substitute teacher for third and fourth grade classes in the city of Dallas. In addition to writing for children, she is a published songwriter and a Professional Counselor in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit http://www.IggytheIguana.com.

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