The Cross Family: It's Count Down Time

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What an amazing book launch the Cross family threw! On Lunar New Year, Carol, Emmy, and Ander Cross celebrated with their supporters, the countdown until the first book in their new series is revealed. The Early Reader children's book series is entitled Dark Shade the Determined Dragon.

I believe readers will be motivated; it is a story that shows nothing is impossible. It is Illustrated by Simonne- Anais Clarke. The young artist has been sharing her talent through books at Lauren Simone for over six years.


The love for Komodo Dragons started with Ander. He opened his heart to Komodo Dragon’s as a toddler, and since then the rest of the family has treated the species with the same kindness as him.

Ever since they found out this species of lizards are endangered, they have been doing what they can to help. For instance, at the launch party, there was a cake building game, the purpose was to build each child’s team working skills. The group who won, adopted an animal from an endangered species! 

Lauren Simone Publishing House can’t wait until the release in May!   

For more information, contact: 

Carol Cross
CEO, Dark Shade Dragon, LLC.
Office: (425) 209-0864
Cell: 503-351-4889
Dark Shade the Determined Dragon, book 1 is scheduled to release on Barnes & Noble and in April of 2023.  Also available for purchase at and Lauren Simone Publishing House.
Pre-sales for our book & merchandise is available today on our website.
Join us for the official book launch: May 19, 2023 in the beautiful Historic Downtown Snohomish, WA at the Carnegie Building, 1pm-4pm.  We will have snacks, drinks, book readings, auto-graphed books for sale as well as some merchandise.  We hope to see you there!

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  • ken friedman on

    Brava Carol.

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