Thursday, July 23, 2020

Merlin Raj and the Love Me Not Race

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions

D. G. Priya will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  

See below to sign up for the Giveaway.

Do kids want to read a coding book? Not as much as dog stories.


Read the series called "...emotionally resonant...enjoyable STEM-centered novelfor young readers..." -- Kirkus Reviews


My name is Merlin Raj. I have a teeny tiny weakness for socks which makes life as a service dog difficult. Usually, I only have to worry about helping my boy, Matthew, walk at school. But when my family signs up for their first 5k race, this super-smart golden retriever who wears glasses will also have to become a racing trainer.




Will Boolean math help me uncover the heart of a champion?


 Appealing to readers of all ages, Merlin Raj and the Love Me Not Race is the continuing installment in this ILLUSTRATED chapter-book series. From artists to astronauts, the jobs of the future will deal with computers.


With a Computer Science degree and a passion for preparing kids for the future, author D. G. Priya blends technology with animal stories to stimulate a desire to read. Each book in the series introduces a new programming skill. If you or your child like delightful dog tales that explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, dedication, and the importance of being true to one's self, then you'll love D. G. Priya's tail-wagging adventure.

my review...

Rarely do I use actions to write a review. This time though, I’m just going to tell you what I did when I finished Merlin Raj and the Love Me Not Race. I ran straight into my better half’s office and said, “why didn’t we ever have such books when we were kids”. I wondered why we didn’t have books to discuss the difficult things that we all must endure. Mental and physical disabilities, illness, disease, well this could go on and on.

What I’m saying is that through the eyes of a family and a  “cute as a button” service dog named Merlin, we hear both problems and solutions. There are many things covered here but the main one happens to be about running a race with a disability. This isn’t just about a boy with a disability though, this is about a dad with a little too much weight around his middle, a brother with a sprained ankle. It even covers binary logic or at least the dog does :)

I think in the above paragraphs, I’ve made it clear what a valuable story this is. And yet it’s fun and covers a subject that needs to be talked about out loud. The type of stories I wish we had many, many years ago, way back when I was a kid. D. G. Priya needs to write more stories for all of we grown-ups and kids.

read an excerpt...

Yes meant go. Yes meant on.

I turned on, bounding through the park to the tree. Not too fast because Matthew still wore the loop of the leash around his wrist. I galloped as Matthew grabbed the length of the leash and ran behind me.

The Zombie-bunny ducked into the hedges in a desperate attempt to escape, but I wasn’t having it. I thrust my face, nose first, into a hedge.

“No, Merlin,” Matthew yelled.

No meant stop. No meant off.

about D. G. Priya...

Priya Ardis writes as D. G. Priya for her new early reader chapter book series, Merlin Raj and

the Santa Algorithm, a computer science fundamentals book for kids. She has a Bacherlor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin, #8 ranked in computer science. Her passion for early education in computer science comes from her experience as a senior engineer, parent, and volunteer. Her love for service dog stories is inspired her own golden retriever.







Buy Link:


Barnes & Noble:

Apple Books:


Google Play:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you for sharing! Looks so good!

  2. Thank you, Kathy, for such kind words about Merlin Raj and for your support of the books! Super excited to bring this to your readers ;)

  3. How many hours a day do you spend writing?

  4. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  5. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.


Hateful and Unrelated Comments Will Be Deleted. Anonymous comments are invalid to enter into giveaways.

If you see any spam comments, please notify me. My email is on the "About Me" page. Thanks much.