Meet Bobbie Asad – The Mad Hatter & Author

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Bobbie Asad

Owner of the MAD HATTER

and Author of:

Tucker’s Story



Bobbie you have such an amazing personal story, in addition to your two new books, that I know will inspire our audience. Can you share with us why the “Mad Hatter” Shop came to life?

After working for 30+ years in consulting engineering firms, as an Electrical Designer, I was laid off and there weren’t any jobs in my area. I thought about the things I enjoy, which are hats and tea, and decided to open Mad Hatter with those two things, and have expanded it with gifts and specialty food items.


After such a long career in an entirely different field, did you feel as if you discovered a new passion or unleashed an ever-present one?

It was definitely a new passion! While I loved hats and teas for many years, it never occurred to me that I may one day be selling them. The writing for Mad Hatter Tea Society (a short story) was fun, then I decided I wanted to tell Tucker’s story.


Your Mad Hatter Shop is in downtown Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. What can visitors to your shop expect to discover?


Mad Hatter is a small quaint shop (only 225 square feet), it is whimsical and fun. Visitors will discover teapots, teacups, teas, tea accessories, specialty food products made in North Carolina, hand lotions, sprays, and soaps made locally. Hats are just the beginning at Mad Hatter.


You are a member of the Red Hat Society. Whenever I see a Red Hat Society group of women, I always think “one of these days I am joining for sure!” For those who aren’t familiar with the RHS can you tell us a bit about RHS?


The Red Hat Society is a group of ladies 50+ who get together to have fun. Each group decides what they enjoy doing…..our group goes to cooking classes, plays, to afternoon teas, and lunch, and so much more. Ladies wear purple clothes and red hats, so we are easily recognized anywhere we go.


bobbie asad-mad hatterIt seems as if once you were settled in to this “new calling” another passion was unleashed. You are now the author of 2 books: Mad Hatter Tea Society and Tucker’s Story. Before we talk about these 2 sweet books, can you share with us how writing, plays a role in what you do now?


Actually writing is just something fun to do, all of us have ideas that we think would make an interesting book, so I decided to start working on those ideas now that I have a little more time than I use to. Hopefully people will enjoy the books.


Tell us what inspired you to write Mad Hatter Tea Society and can you share with us what to expect in this book?


I love going to afternoon teas and wearing hats, so this one is about ladies that wonder into a hat shop, purchase some hats and decide on a whim to go to Afternoon Tea. Both of these things are new experiences for them, and who better to experience new things with than a friend? It is a short story, so it doesn’t take very long to read.


BobbieAsad-Tuckers StoryI am very interested in the story behind your newest book, Tucker’s Story. Who is Tucker and what motivated you to create this “fiction story based on truth?”


Tucker is a dog I adopted a couple of years ago. He was dropped off in a rural area by his previous owners. I will never know why they did this, but they must have cared a lot about him up to this point, as he was very well trained. He is an amazing dog, and a lot of good things have happened to him since then, as told in the story.


So what’s next for you? Is there another book in the works?


Yes, there is another book…..about a previous dog before Tucker. This one is about Truman, a Belgian Malinois that I adopted from the shelter when she was five weeks old. That’s right, Truman was a girl. Someone is working on the illustrations for this book, and once they are complete, it will be published.


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Visit the Mad Hatter at:
107 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 27526




Adorable Children’s Book – A Pug Named Doug

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A Pug Named Doug

by Yvonne Sidell

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Puppy is as Puppy does!

And a full day is just not enough time for A Pug Named Doug!

Seeing is believing in this wonderfully illustrated book as young readers follow Doug on his journey to witness all the funny things a puppy can get into – whether it’s indoors or outdoors, mischievous Doug delightfully takes on the world (right down to naptime cuddles).

Ohhhhh Doug!
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Meet the Author: Yvonne Sidell

Yvonne Sidell lives in Northern California and in her spare time, joyfully tells stories about Doug to young fans in bookstores and schools. She has two other books for children forthcoming in 2014.

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Childrens Book About Pet Rescue – Free Sept. 11th only!

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Richard Finds True Love

A Story About an Abandoned Dog

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Have you ever seen an abandoned dog on the street and wondered what will happen to him? In this wonderful and heart-warming children’s book for kids aged 3 to 6 years old, a lost Boxer dog’s life changes forever when a lovely woman, Lee, finds him. She calls him Richard and takes him home. Lee only wants to help, but isn’t sure how her sad daughter, Jessie, will feel about the new visitor. Giving an abandoned dog a new home isn’t always that easy, you know.

Will he stay with Lee and Jessie or will he have to go to the shelter? Life is full of surprises, and for every lost soul there is a mate somewhere. Maybe Richard is meant to be with Jessie and Lee. Maybe he can cheer Jessie up. And maybe… just maybe… they can change each others’ lives forever.



Millie and Cupcake – An Amazing Pet Story for Kids



Millie and Cupcake

by Mildred Potash


For many children, the experience of bonding with and loving a first pet is an unforgettable time in their lives. Millie and Cupcake is the charming and educational story of a girl and her companion animal … a different animal than many kids think of when choosing a pet.

Cupcake is a rat, and readers will be enchanted as they learn what rats are really like: clean, loving, highly intelligent, trainable personalities who add immeasurable value to people’s lives. Follow along with Millie as she learns how to take care of her sociable, curious, and affectionate best friend.

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Meet the Author: Mildred Potash

millie picMildred Potash was born in Brooklyn, New York. She has always been an animal lover. Her very first pets were two rats, and during her life she has enjoyed the companionship of hamsters, guinea pigs, two ferrets, a cat, and dogs. Mildred is an outspoken advocate for animal rights, and her appreciation of the warmth and intelligence of rats inspired her to write this book.

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For Animal Lovers – The Story of a Puppy with Parvo

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Free Book for Animal Lovers

Free July 19-21


Anatomy of a Heartbreak:

The Story of a Puppy with Parvo


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A young man buys his girlfriend her dream dog, an English Mastiff puppy, as a gift. During the 400-mile drive home after picking up the puppy, they discover that something is seriously wrong with the puppy when it starts to vomit and have diarrhea in the car. Upon returning home, they take it to the emergency vet, only to find that the puppy is infected with Parvovirus, a deadly disease that is almost always fatal in young dogs. The couple decide to try to save the puppy’s life. This is their true story.


If you love animals, particularly dogs, you will want to read this heartwarming, heart-wrenching account of a young couple who must often make tough decisions if they want to save their dog’s life.




Kitchen Addiction! by Lizz Lund
Chic Lit humor for foodies and pet lovers

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Kitchen Addiction!

by Lizz Lund

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Chic Lit humor for foodies and pet lovers

Meet Mina Kitchen, a forty-something single who likes to cook – and cook and cook. In fact, her zest for whipping up trays of canapes is dwarfed only by her weird luck and mountain-lion size tabby cat, Vinnie. That, and her godmom’s tendency for blackmailing new members into joining St. Bart’s. Okay, maybe Mina’s Swiffer-addicted neighbor, Vito, is a bit weird, too. As if all that wasn’t enough, Mina’s a Jersey girl transplanted in the midst of the Amish-flavored countryside of Lancaster, PA.

Things get really complicated when she learns that her neighbor Vito is in a witness protection program, and her dry cleaner deals in prescription samples. Throw in a few mysterious flaming feces flingers and a fuse box labeled in Arabic, and you have a recipe for catering disorders.

Kitchen Addiction! will keep you smiling when you’re not LOL-ing. Set in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you’ll find a surprising cast of characters, humorous plot twists, red herrings and actual recipes. Well, some of the recipes are real. The others you might to take with a pinch of salt, and some Tums.

If you’re looking for a funny fiction read, packed with humor, excitement – and recipes – look no further. Lund’s debut “chick lit” novel blends fun characters, great dialogue and zany capers into a frothy fiction that’s sure to amuse. The novel also delivers a virtual tourist romp through the actual streets of Lancaster City and its surroundings.


Meet the Author: Lizz Lund

Lizz_lundLizz Lund loves Lancaster. Since 1999, she’s been having a terrific time here and thinks everyone else should, too. She is a newlywed and head-over-heels about her chef husband; she made him move from New Jersey, too. Kitchen Addiction! is her first novel of the Mina Kitchen series. Lizz grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey and still hasn’t recovered. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, but has never learned to waitress.

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