Sunday, June 30, 2013

Robby's Animal Safety Reminder

Can you imagine how hot the inside of your car can get when it's 118 degrees outside, like recent temperatures in parts of Arizona and Nevada? According to, on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a car can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. 

 Animals can suffer brain damage and possibly die from heatstroke in only 15 minutes. This is especially true for dogs, because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. If you see an animal left alone in a hot car, take down the car's make, model and license plate number. Call local humane authorities or police. DO NOT leave the scene until the animal has been rescued.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms including restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. 

One last reminder, be very careful when walking your dog on the pavement or sidewalk. If it's too hot for you to walk barefoot, it's too hot for your dog as well.

Robby's Quest children's storybooks, written by D.C. Rush. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Two New Grand Daughters

It's not very often both of your daughters give birth to their own daughters, each within six weeks of each other, however, that's exactly what just happened. 

Announcing the births of Aubree Marie Bartel, born June 25, 2013 and Abygail Madalynn Cerzantez born May 14, 2013

Aubree Marie Bartel


Abygail Madalynn Cervantez


Although baby Aubree lives in Minnesota and baby Abygail lives in Arizona, they are cousins and pretty much the same age. Hopefully they will see a lot of each other growing up. We will post additional pictures, from time to time. 

We dedicated our first book to Riley, pictured top left, with his new baby sister.

We are dedicating our new book, Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills, to both Abygail and Aubree. We hope to publish the fourth book by September of 2013.

Don and Cathy Rush are co-authors and publishers of the Robby's Quest children's storybook series. 
  • Robby's Quest for Seed
  • Robby's Quest: Ocean Bound
  • Robby's Quest: Return of the Cat
  • Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills (Coming Soon)

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Robby's Weekend Update

The weekend is flying by. Let's see, what did we accomplish so far.

1. Our free eBook download at Amazon, Robby's Quest for Seed, went very well. Nearly five-hundred books were download Friday and Saturday. 

2. We added new illustrations to our second book, Robby's Quest: Ocean Bound. We re-formatted the books then uploaded them to Amazon and Createspace. Both versions with the new illustrations are now available. 


3. We received two of the three sales links for the new Audio Book version of Robby's Quest for Seed. Currently the Audio Book is available at and I'm told iTunes will have the book available very soon. We downloaded the Audio Book ourselves, checked it out, burned a CD, and everything sounds great. Here are the Audio Book links.


Robby's Quest children's stories are especially fun and entertaining for younger children. We sought a person with a special voice to connect with children and help bring our books to life and we found Tracy Elman, voice-over expert from Los Angeles.  Tracy reads our stories with enthusiasm, bringing smiles to both children and adults. Children will adore Tracy's style as she changes characters effortlessly, from sentence to sentence.

Tracy is currently working on the audio version of Robby's Quest: Ocean Bound then on to Return of the cat. I'm sure all three books will make fascinating and entertaining reads for children.

4. Created and sent out a Press Release from PRLog

5. Updated the website. Added all our illustrations to a slide show.

6. Began working on our Pinterest Page. We received some help from a lady in Australia, Jeanne Rogers. Our thanks go to Jeanne for all her help.We are finally learning this fairly new, but powerful, social networking site. Here is Robby's Pinterest Page so far.

7. Sent all three eBooks out for reviews. It's important to find many credible reviews to help build customer confidence. We have fifteen reviews for the first book and only a handfull for the other two. We need more book reviews. Anyone interested?   

That about covers the progress from over the weekend. Hope you enjoyed reading about our updates.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Abby Two Weeks Old Update

Abygail's Doctor visit, two weeks old, everything is progressing nicely and Abby is back to her birth weight.

I have to say, Abygail is a sweetheart. She is a good baby and is very strong for such a tiny girl. Her daddy thinks Abby will be crawling soon next week :). That's not really possible but you can't tell that to a new father.

Kind of reminds me how fragile we all are. Such a tiny baby and a joy to hold.

Abygail may not be crawling next week but I'm still thinking Gerber Baby!

Our youngest daughter will be delivering a baby girl very soon, withing a month. I think it's wonderful that both Abby and her new cousin will be growing up together. I hope they can see each other often, but that might be difficult.

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Favorite Author Page at

We've added a Favorite Author page on our website where we list cover pictures and social media links of some of our favorite authors. So far we have two authors listed on our page, Spirit Corley and Jaquelyn Muller.

Spirit Corley

First time self-published author, Spirit Corley, has ignited a passionate desire to touch children's lives through her work and the ability to create kid power shine from within. 

Her new book, Jewels and the Treasure ME Discovery, is the first piece from the I Am ME Discovery empowerment project and book series. This book delivers positive messages to young children 4-8 through a vibrant picture book and storytelling; for the young at heart, as well as the child within.

Anyone who reads this beautiful book will fill their heart with loving words of affirmation through self-discovery and positive self-esteem

Jaquelyn Muller

Elizabeth Rose has an unusual family. When they aren't spinning, twirling, parading or flying, she loves to spend time with each of them in her own special way. Through her colorful (and sometimes scrumptious) imagination, Elizabeth Rose reminds us that all love is important, regardless of whether it barks, tastes buttery sweet or comes topped on a stick!

I Love You 5 Lollipops, is the first early childhood picture book by Australian author, Jaquelyn Muller. Her stories are based on her own love of reading with children and creating relationships between children, carers and sharing stories.

If you would like to be featured on our Favorite Author page, please email us a cover picture, short book synopsis and social media link addresses. Both Spirit and Jaquelyn have listed their websites and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages

All we ask in return is a listing to our website from anywhere on your website. Our website address is

We are we doing this for two reasons.

  1. To build up our web presence. The more sites you have linking to you, the better your search engine position, or so I'm told.
  2. Help new authors get some publicity for free. Although our website is not wildly popular, we are beginning to climb the search engine ranks. Link for a link ultimately helps everyone. 
Authors commonly exchange links to Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Book blogs. Why not exchange links for websites? Cathy and I use many social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and Pinterest, to name a few. What are are trying to do is to steer potential customers to our website, the place with all the current information about us and our books, links to eBooks and paperbacks, YouTube videos and contact information. It is critical to improve our search engine position, especially for self-published authors and with all the competition.

D.C. Rush (Dona and Cathy Rush) authors and publishers of the Robby's Quest children's storybook series, illustrated in color by Daniela Frongia. Please visit us at

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Blog at

It looks like the new blog looks better than the last one. I have to say, I still don't understand the difference between a widget and a gadget. It's all so confusing to me. Is there an easy to understand book on how to build a blog and more importantly, a blog following? Out of all the blogs we have written, we have had over two viewers only one time. Obviously, we have no clue how to get the word out.

We plan to blog about many things like our grandchildren, children, pets, vacations, health and our books. So let's begin by introducing everyone to our books, then we can move on to other things.

Cathy and I write and self-publish the Robby's Quest children's storybook series. Currently, we have three books as follows:

Robby's Quest for Seed

Robby is a Robin who has teamed up with his brother Ricky and some other birds, namely the perky Sparrow family, a group of Mourning Doves and Benny the Blackbird. In this story, the group of life-long feathery friends decided to fly south to Florida for the winter.
Along the way, Joy, the youngest Sparrow, strays from the flock and lands in the backyard of Hershey, a very determined and hungry cat. Her parents and some of the other birds form a search party and hope they find her before it’s too late.
The birds continue on their journey, only to discover their winter home has been destroyed by a hurricane. There’s no food and nowhere to build a nest. The little flock is hungry and exhausted. Should the birds stay and hope for the best? Or should they use their last energy to carry on flying west to Arizona?
Robby’s Quest for Seed is a story about leadership, teamwork and friendship that both parents and children will enjoy.

Robby's Quest: Ocean Bound

To escape the hot Arizona summer, Robby the Robin and his band of friends - his brother Ricky, the Sparrow family, a trio of Mourning Doves and Benny the ever dependable Blackbird - fly west to San Diego in search of a cool summer breeze and some seaside fun. Upon arriving in San Diego, Joy and her new friend Josie wander off to investigate a cruise ship and end up on a voyage they will never forget. 
Will Joy and Josie get back to San Diego and their loved ones? Will an encounter with a killer whale be one adventure too many for these lovely little Sparrows? Are their friends and family brave enough to attempt a daring rescue mission? 
These plucky birds once again demonstrate the strength of their love and loyalty to each other in this tale about teamwork and trust.

Robby's Quest: Return of the Cat

Joy the Sparrow and her new best friend Josie want to see the world and why not start in Las Vegas, where the birds can visit Caesars Palace, the Eiffel Tower and New York City, all in the same day. They persuade the flock of birds they live with to take a vacation there. So the loyal group of friends - Sparrows, Robins and a Blackbird - fly there to have some fun. 
However, Hershey the Cat, whom they’ve bumped into before, is back in the picture and would love nothing more than ruining the birds’ vacation. He’s determined to have at least one of the birds for a morning snack. Can the birds keep out of his clutches and claws? Will they get to their destination safely? 
The courageous birds are pushed to their limits and Hershey also has to face some tough truths about himself. 
This is a bright and inspiring story about facing challenges and being the best you can.
All our storybooks are all between 5,000 and 6,500 words and take between 30 and 45 minutes to read. Each book contains several colorful illustrations like the ones on the side bar.
We believe children in the 2nd and 3rd grades will enjoy reading these books and they will also make a great bedtime story for the younger children. We are currently writing the fourth book and have plans for a fifth and final book to wrap up this series.

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