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About the Author


Mary Esparza-VelaMary Esparza-Vela is an award-winning author who has written articles for religious publications and online non-profit organizations. As an Editorial Assistant, she won various awards and was selected as “Civilian of the Year.” Her winning stories include three Honorable Mention from Writers Digest and a 1st Place online winning entry. Mary has traditionally published 12 picture books and more than 20 books and short stories. Chicken Soup for Soul recently published her inspirational story, “Visiting Nurse.”

Due to a demand for Spanish and bilingual books, Mary and her writing partner, A. M. Vela, have published over 30 picture books. A number of their books received Book of the Year Awards, Family Choice Awards, Five-Star Seals, National Finalist, and a SILVER Moonbeam Award. Their books deal with subjects like bullying, fears, acceptance, patience, disabilities, overeating, responsibility, teasing, faith, imagination, respect, cleanliness, pets, etc.

Mary is also the patented inventor of three plush dolls called LUV-BEAMS(R). The dolls received "Preferred Choice" and "Seal of Excellence" awards from a panel made up of parents and educators. TDMonthly Toy Magazine featured them as “winning toys.” To see the dolls and their adventures, click on: Adventures in Outer Space and Plush Dolls.

Books may also be purchased by going to www.Amazon.com under the names: MARY ESPARZA-VELA or A. M. VELA. At present, LUV-BEAM(R) dolls may be purchased from this website only or by contacting the authors.