Friday, November 17, 2023

🏰 Author Interview Featuring Michael Dow, author of Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?


I have a very talented gentleman here today to tell us all about his new book, Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?  Michael Stephen Dow is married to Perla in Arizona and has 3 kids.  Michael was on a path to attend medical school and then the events of September 11, 2001 occurred.  Michael became angry at the terrorists and decided to join the US Air Force.  He went through Officer Training School and then graduated specialized Navigator training to become an Electronic Warfare Officer.  Michael deployed 6 times for the Global War on Terror between 2005 and 2009 with the EC-130H Compass Call mission.  Michael medically retired in 2010 and then became an US Army contractor serving Wounded Warriors and ensuring they received all of their entitled benefits for 8 years.  Michael always had a love for science and the human body so he then used his GI bill to go through nursing school and graduated in August 2020.  Michael now works as a Registered Nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.  Michael’s education is as follows: B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University in 1999, B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001, M.S. in Management from Troy University in 2010, Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2017, and M.S. from the University of Arizona in 2020 through its 15 month accelerated Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing program.  Michael is the Founder and Manager of Dow Creative Enterprises, LLC.  His books have garnered the Silver Nautilus Book award in 2020 (Nurse Florence, Help I’m Bleeding) and an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion category for the 2021 International Book Awards (A Prayer to Our Father in the Heavens: Possibly the Greatest Jewish Prayer of All Time).  Michael believes we will need the best of science and religion to successfully navigate ourselves, our civilization, through the future obstacles we will face.  More information can be found at and  Nurse Florence® is a federally registered trademark by Dow Creative Enterprises.  The Nurse Florence® series seeks to promote science and health among children and to help increase the health literacy levels of our society.  With teamwork, inclusion, faith and perseverance, we can bravely face our problems and help each other reach our better selves as well as our best collective good.

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🏰As a book bloggin’ and book luvin’ Princess, I’m always curious to find out how authors got the ideas for their books.  Can you tell us how you got the idea to write your book, Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?

Every fourth book my illustrators do with the company is illustrator choice for the topic of the book.  Anastasia wanted to explore emotions.  I realized we could talk about the science of the brain to discuss the topic, so we were brave and decided to explore this subject.  We believed we could bring the information down to an elementary level with the help of Anastasia’s drawings and we succeeded.  This is a book that should be in every school and public library.

🏰Can you give us an excerpt?

“Can memories affect emotions?” asks Sonia.  “Memories of a person, place or thing that is associated with a strong emotion can cause those emotions to be felt when the memories are remembered.  You can also try to remember happy memories when you are feeling bad so that your mood can change for the better,” says Nurse Florence.

🏰If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would that be?

Keep writing.  Write what you love.  Never give up.  Your writing may touch other people and improve the trajectory of their life.

🏰Do you hear from your readers?  What do they say?

We not only have many 5 star reviews from professional book review organizations, but have gotten a lot of positive feedback from  To see some, visit  Here’s a couple of messages left for us:

In this educational story, your child will not only come away with a delightful story, but a complete understanding on how the ear and brain function together in the art of hearing. The terminology may seem advanced for a child, yet it’s the terminology which will be the foundation to future understanding of anatomy and biology. With this foundation set a child’s knowledge will surely excel in the area of biology. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. It was clearly written and well developed. 

My 8 year old is very interested in learning about the human body. We received this book this week and she has already read it several times and says she loves it. She has shown me the illustrations of the inner ear and has been able to tell me all about how everything works.

Excellent book! Very easy to understand. I, as an adult, learned new facts and I think children of all ages could learn a lot from it. This book was a Goodreads Giveaway win!

🏰What has been your best accomplishment?

Going through an accelerated Master’s level nursing program at the University of Arizona to become a Registered Nurse at the age of 43.

🏰How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

At any one time, the company has over 40 books in production.  The 40+ illustrators draw at different speeds so it is a little unpredictable what the next book will be.  We plan to turn all of the general science books into special editions for beginning readers.

🏰Fun question – if you were princess or prince, what’s one thing you would do to make your kingdom a better place?

As a prince, I would teach everyone teamwork and serving a greater purpose than yourself since “Teamwork makes the dream work” (author unknown).


About Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?

Sometimes it seems only a nurse can bring technical information down to an understanding that an ordinary person can grasp.  The Nurse Florence® book series provides high quality medical information that even a child can grasp.  By introducing young kids to correct terminology and science concepts at an early age, we can help increase our children’s health literacy level as well as help to prepare them for courses and jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  We need more scientists so I hope that many children will enjoy this book series and consider a job involving science.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

New Children's Book! SCRAPPER'S CHRISTMAS STORY by Maria J. Andrade

Maria J. Andrade
Children's Fiction

An angel tells the heartwarming story of a small, homeless, dog who wanders through busy streets longing for a loving family. The enchanting Scrapper's  Christmas Story, is a children's book that is sure to captivate young hearts this holiday season.

Written in a captivating style reminiscent of classic children's books, Scrapper's Christmas Story, takes young readers on a magical journey filled with friendship, wonder, and the true spirit of Christmas. Follow the lovable Scrapper, alone, cold, and friendless, as he embarks on an unforgettable adventure, where he is befriended by the kindness of an immigrant man who also knows the need to belong. Both dog and man discover the magic of the holiday season and the joy of giving.

Scrapper's Christmas Story, is ideal for children of all ages, making it the perfect choice for parents, grandparents, and loved ones seeking a heartwarming story to share during the holiday season!


 "I am an angel and I will tell you a story this Christmas Day. It is a story about a small dog. He was the smallest in a group of three street dogs who had no home. Small dog would often look for food where he could. Sometimes he found scraps of food near the garbage cans or he ate food which has been dropped on the street. He also got food from a kind man who fed him.

Often he would go to an alley with the other dogs because there they would be fed by Mr. Rosario, a good man who worked in a business nearby.

But small dog was the last to eat because the bigger dogs pushed him out. Mr. Rosario had tried to catch the dogs so they wouldn't be homeless, but they always ran away when he got close.

One day Mr. Rosario stood there looking at the smaller dog who was waiting behind the pack to eat. He said, "Small dog, I will call you "Scrapper, because you only get scraps of food and that is not enough even for a small dog like you."


Maria J. Andrade was born in Ecuador, South America, and raised in New York and California. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of La  Verne, California and retired from private practice after thirty eight years.  For over twenty-five years, Maria’s books for children and adults have been found in a variety of genres and book stores.

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