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A Children's book that inspires the reader to "Stay Curious!"

About Us

Presenting Patch


Patch the Hill Country Bunny, a children's book for ages 3-6, takes readers on a unique journey to one of Texas most gorgeous areas. 



The author  was motivated by the belief that all children should have their own adventures in the great outdoors. 



In the book, readers are introduced to Patch, an adorable bunny from the city who experiences the excitement of new surroundings. 



Patch encourages young children to open their eyes, to listen and to explore the living, breathing environment outside of their home settings. 



Patch dares kids who are growing up in a tech driven generation to go outside and explore the world of nature.

Meet Mary


Mary is a full time Honey, registered nurse, part time comediene (mostly in her kitchen) and retired reverend. 



She is an observer of life, disarmed by the ordinary and distracted by sparkly things...and she loves bugs. Inspired by a stuffed bunny she received from her mother, 



Mary wove a love of nature, photography, and sentimental keepsakes into a story about discovery and friendship. 



In her spare time she travels with her husband, loves on her three adult children, plays dinosaurs with her granddaughter Emilia, and spends as much time as possible in the Texas Hill Country. 



In high school, Mary was runner up for Miss Witty. Please don't ask her about that loss as it's still pretty raw.

Purchase Patch


Patch is available from longtalepublishing

.com

/product/patch-the-hill-country-bunny/


The Barnhill House

Brenham  Tx


Blue Willow Book Shop  

Houston Tx


Blue Star Trading Co. 

Hico Tx 


Gracious Ladies

Wimberly  Tx


Kuhl-Linscomb

Houston Tx 


Memorial Designs

Houston Texas


The  Old Mill

Wimberly  Tx


Renovate

Houston  Tx


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 

 Austin Tx 


Tarrytown Pharmacy

Austin Tx



 

 

Site Content

Autograph? Absolutely! Anytime!

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Grandmothers, and teachers worldwide (practically) have commented on Mary's lovely and particularly legible penmanship. (taught by nuns) 


She fancies up her signature with her special purple pen and will laugh at your jokes if you laugh at her's.


Mary would love to come to your school, book shop, library, festival, gift shop, or Tupperware party. Why not?


Mary is available to speak at your book club or women's group. 


Contact Mary

marydbalagia@gmail.com

Upcoming Dates to Remember

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 BOOK SIGNINGS  etc.


TV appearance Fox 26  morning  news

In  the  8:00 hour

Thursday April  18


Chapelwood Family Festival 

and Easter Egg Hunt 

April 20th 11am-2pm

Courtyard Room

www.chapelwood.org


Memorial Designs

April 26, 2:30-5:00


Kuhl-Linscomb

www.kuhl-linscomb.com

April 27, 11:30am-3:30pm

shop with heart card event


Blue Willow Bookshop

www.bluewillowbookshop.com

June 22, 11:00am


River Oaks Book Store

July18, 5-7


Lady Bird Johnson   

Wildflower Center

Book Fair July 20, 10-4







Nice things people have said about Patch!

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"Everything about the book- the photos, the storyline, the special surprises and the vocabulary make it such a treasure." Lisa M.


"The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the idea of a "city" bunny learning to love the country." Margaret S.


"Congratulations on a masterfully written and illustrated book for children's imaginations to soar." Vivian C.


"Thank you for a true masterpiece among children's literature. you have given life to the Hill Country." Carol R. 


"A delightful story...beautifully and lovingly told, it will touch your heart. The illustrations are exceptional and so unique. Soft colors match the wonderful story." Becky M.


"This charming book is wonderful for young children. It is adventurous, captures attention and leads to a happy ending. The art work is outstanding. All in all "Patch" will become your little one's favorite!" 

Ray C.


As a grandmother, I celebrate the relationship between Patch and Honey. The story line and the illustrations are beautifully crafted. I look forward to the future adventures of Patch.

Sandra F.

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Press

104.1 KRBE Interview

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Interview on 104 KRBE's "Around H-Town" program

Fox26 Houston Morning Interview

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Interview on Fox 26

Swoon Memorial Magazine

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Feature in Swoon Memorial magazine

Texas Hill Country Magazine

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Feature on TexasHillCountry.com