Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New release coming from 4RV: Blue-Eyed Doll by Deanna K. Klingle

February 24, 2016

I'm being lazy and copying the post created by Aidana WillowRaven for her blog. Aidana created the cover art and designed the book, which will be released next week.


'Blue-Eyed Doll', cover art and design for Deanna K. Klingle (@deannaklingel) and 4RV Publishing (@4RV)

My latest cover creation for 4RV Publishing, Blue-Eyed Doll, by Deanna K. Klingel ...
This coming-of-age story is set in San Francisco in 1926 when eight-year-old Ruth Mary wants to be part of her class project to send blue-eyed dolls with notes of friendship to school children in Japan to procure world peace. This historical project was put in place by Dr. Sidney Gulick, a missionary to Japan. Her bigoted and blustery father, a banker, will not allow this. In an era of bigotry and mistrust of all things Japanese, creative and feisty Ruth Mary connives to overturn his ultimatum. With her siblings aiding and abetting, she prevails. An unusual doll wearing eye glasses becomes her unlikely choice. She names the doll Isabella. 

Isabella returns to Ruth Mary after the war.  Ruth Mary, her husband, and her baby daughter embark on a cross-country quest to find the lost Japanese Ambassador dolls left in museums and forgotten over the war. As an adult, with the doll beside her, she restarts the friendship doll program of long ago. She returns home with Isabella to San Francisco to a sick mother and an aging father. Isabella brings an unexpected peace to the home of Ruth Mary’s childhood. The aging people overcome their bigotry as a result of the blue-eyed doll, Isabella. 
Be sure to order your copies from 4RV Publishing, where you get a considerable discount compared to ordering from Amazon, not to mention bulk order capabilities for your school, library, or store. If you don't see it in the online bookstore yet, contact the publisher directly. Blue-Eyed Doll is available for order now, and will be available from 4RV before all other online retailers.


  1. Hooray, Deanna! This is another great book for readers of all ages!

  2. Deanna, sounds like a super-interesting book. Using accounts like this is a wonderful way to bring history to children.

  3. VEry cute and clever! Good luck with this book!

  4. Congratulations, Deanna. Happy Book Birthday soon.