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Adventures in Nana’s Garden Become Endearing Story

Houston, TX, February 10, 2014 --( Retired from her career in the corporate telecommunications industry, new author Anita Turnage is relishing the time she spends with her grandchildren, Haden and Ella Grace.

Five-year-old Haden loves to share exciting adventures with his “Nana T” in her garden and one day, while on hands and knees, they came face to face with a tiny tree frog. The little animal began to visit daily and Haden’s fascination certainly grew. The experience is the basis of Turnage’s new book, "Hops," published by Halo Publishing International.

"Hops" is an endearing story for children ages four to eight. The book’s adorably illustrated pages are full of “ribbiting” surprises, based on the escapades of a very real tree frog.

Turnage said her father was a wonderful story teller, but he never wrote down his tales. As she began to have adventures with her grandson, she decided to record them for personal family history. “It became a sentimental project,” Turnage explained.

While recovering from back surgery, Turnage said a friend suggested she create a book from her tales and after working with Halo Publishing International staff, "Hops" is now in print.

Halo International Publisher, Lisa Umina, said "Hops" is a delightful story that will inspire children to explore their natural world. “Children and their caregivers will love sharing reading time with Hops and Haden and their adventures in the garden,” she said.

The daughter of elementary school teachers, Turnage grew up in Springfield, Virginia, a town near Washington D.C. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. While in college, she met her husband, Ralph, and the couple made their home in Columbia. They have two children and two grandchildren.

“Nana T” plans to write future books about her grandchildren’s adventures with critters they meet. “The days I savor most are the ones I spend with my grandchildren,” she said. “And as a gift to them, I will take pen in hand to recount the delightful adventures we share. I hope readers will relate to our experiences and enjoy Hops and future tales.”

To learn more about “Nana T’s” stories of adventure, visit To order "Hops," visit To reach author Anita Turnage, e-mail her at

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Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
AP #726 / P.O. Box 60326
Houston, TX 77205-0326 - USA
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