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Monday, September 13, 2021

Trygg the Dinosaur by Paula Louise Salvador - Book Tour - Audiobook Sample - Upcoming Book Review - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Paula Louise Salvador and her exciting new book, “Trygg the Dinosaur,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Paula and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Trygg the Dinosaur

by Paula Louise Salvador


GENRE: Middle Grade Fiction, YA



Two young dinosaurs from opposite sides of the floodplain bump into each other by chance. He’s a small meat-eater, and she’s a big plant-eater. They’ve got no parents, no food, no friends. They’re supposed to be enemies, but they decide to stick together instead. It’s not easy. When she gets caught with him, she ends up banished from her herd. He faces a huge rival who could stomp him out with one back foot. They have to outsmart a gang of bullies with sharp teeth and long, curved claws. And they struggle to survive the natural disasters of drought, mudslides and a bubbling tar pit. Worst of all, when they lose contact with each other, they fear betrayal. What if their friendship has been broken?



He had to get out. There was no more room for him inside his egg. The top of the shell had a small crack, so he pushed his snout against it and made a large enough opening to finally poke his head free. He stopped to catch his breath, but his feathers were wet, and the air made him shiver. As soon as possible, he needed to get into the sun to warm up. He quickly smashed the bottom of the egg by scratching at it with his back claws, then he wiggled all the way out. What a relief it was to uncurl his legs and stretch out his tail.

Dark green eggs, just like his, filled the nest. So far, he was the only little dinosaur to hatch. But maybe there were others beyond the wall of his nest. He had to take a look. By reaching high with his hands, he was able to hook his fingers into the dried mud of the rim. His arms were so skinny he could see the shape of his bones under the skin, but he found the strength to pull himself up. His legs wobbled a bit, then they settled, and he stood for the very first time.

“Anybody there?” he called out.

No one answered. He was alone. And he was surrounded by water. His nest sat on an island in the middle of a shallow lake. At least it had been built on top of a mound of earth, so it seemed safe. All was quiet except for the rippling of the small waves.



Check out this short, but intriguing audiobook sample below:



I am sooooo excited to share with you all that I will be hosting and reviewing this book next month!!!  That’s right!!!  Paula and our new beloved Dinosaur friends, Trygg and Alta, will be back here on FAB on Wednesday, October 13th!!!  Be sure to check out today’s exciting post with Paula sharing intriguing insider details about her book cover and how it all came together!!!  And, of course, be sure to join us all back here on the following 13th to hear more exciting book details and check out my review on Paula’s new book!!!



Describe Your Book Cover and How it Came About

Our book cover drawing of “TRYGG THE DINOSAUR” was great fun for artist John Bindon. John is an immensely talented illustrator of dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. He worked from drawings and photos of the real skeletons of Troödons, small two-legged meat-eating dinosaurs that lived 76 million years ago in North America. Trygg is a Troödon.

Earlier, I had produced a documentary, “DINOSAUR BABIES: THE NORTH AMERICAN STORY” The video is available for download from Amazon:


Fortunately, I was able to keep in touch with the scientists that we interviewed during the filming, and they gave us advice for how our dinosaurs might look. Trygg was sort of bird-like, and made us think of an ostrich, but instead of wings, he had arms and hands with long claws. We knew that his teeth were small and pointed with little ridges along the side. Of course, Trygg is above all a character - one that kids have to care about. So John put a twinkle in Trygg’s eye. He had Trygg close his mouth for the illustration, so we wouldn’t see what were definitely meat-eater teeth. Besides, Trygg’s best friend is Alta, a plant-eater who is way bigger than him. We also didn’t want to give Trygg a scary look. I suggested that John add a smile to Trygg’s face. It worked. And I still melt every time I look at his cover portrait.



Paula Louise Salvador has had great adventures as a documentary film maker and writer. The scariest was when she stood under the ribs of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton – in the dark! The most fun was filming dinosaur dig-sites from a helicopter. On the dangerous side, she had to dodge alligators in Mississippi – and keep all fingers and toes out of the water.

Paula has met fascinating people, particularly jazz legend Oscar Peterson and composer Philip Glass, who performed in her show on electronic music.

In “BUILD GREEN” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “THE NATURE OF THINGS”, Paula and Dr. David Suzuki visited rock star Randy Bachman’s super sustainable house. (He played his guitar for us.)

Finally, it was a tiny dinosaur that captured Paula’s heart. For her documentary “DINOSAUR BABIES The North American Story”, Paula held the fossilized egg of a little Troödon. He was curled up inside, just about to hatch. (His leg bones looked like a chicken’s.) That’s where Paula’s story of Trygg begins.

Paula has a Masters in French Literature from l’Université de Provence, France and a Bachelor of Arts (including Children’s Literature) from McGill University, Canada.













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Paula will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Paula ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your exciting new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ I am looking forward to hosting and reviewing your new book here on FAB next month! :)

    1. Thanks for having Trygg and me on your great blog. Very excited about the Review scheduled for October 13. Paula

  2. This book looks amazing, sharing it with my daughter-in-law

    1. For me as the author, it is the look of delight in children’s eyes when they get totally wrapped up in the characters. Worth every word!

  3. Thank you for sharing & hosting author Paula Louise Salvador!

  4. I really like the cover and the excerpt.