My friend, Ann Tolin has just released the first published book of her fine art photography. The images in this book reflect her unique way of seeing objects in nature. Her book is available on Blurb.
Emerald is a woodland fairy who has been sent on an urgent mission to the Kingdom of Thisseldar. Her traveling companion is an old and wise tortoise named Cinnamon. A chance meeting with Princess Emery and Prince Ryan results in a high spirited adventure. Together, they must out-smart some clever trolls to find “That Which Has Been Hidden” and save all of Fairydom.
A chapter book for 7 to 10 year olds, The Light in the Forest is the third book in the Thisseldar series and finds eight-year-old Princess Emery and her brother, Prince Ryan, eager to help their newly found friends: a fairy and a tortoise. Suspenseful capers through the castle result in near catastrophe as the four try to outwit the troll, Over Bent, and his three companions. It’s a free-for-all as to who will find “That Which Has Been Hidden”, and claim it as their own.
It has been an unusually cold winter in the Midwestern United States this year. Today, is no exception. Morning broke to single digit temperatures (3 degrees Fahrenheit here). The dogs and I bundled up and hurried out to face the crisp cold. A beautiful blue sky over white ground greeted us, and I wished for warmer weather. While waiting for Spigot (our rescued mixed breed) to find just the right spot to relieve herself, I noticed turkey tracks in the snow. A visitor from earlier in the morning. How amazing the ability of the wild animals that live around our home to survive when the temperature drops this low. Meanwhile, fragile, top-of-the-food-chain me, must run back to the safety and warmth of the house after only a few minutes outside.
Today as Auburn and the Missouri take the field for the SEC Championship in Atlanta, in St. Louis my family will gather at my sister’s house to take our seats and our sides. You see, it will be a real test of family football loyalties. My siblings and I grew up in a house that ate, slept and breathed Auburn football. Dad played for Auburn from 1938 to 1942. That’s where he met Mom. She was born and raised just 25 miles from Auburn and can claim four generations of living Auburn alumni on her side of the family (more if you count the dead ones). As my cousin Jimmy says about my being an Auburn fan, “You can’t help it. It’s in your blood.” However, I’ve lived in Missouri now for 49 years. My sister, her husband, my brother, his wife, his son, and at least one cousin are all Missouri alumni. Rooting for Missouri has become a family tradition as well. So, today when you feel the earth rumble, don’t worry, it won’t be an earthquake. It will be the ruckus in Missouri from a family screaming GO TIGERS!
Has it really been a whole year since I started this publishing endeavor? The sound of thousands of inspiring writers clicking thousands of keyboards around the world lets me know that November and National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has arrived once more. It was last November that I took my first NaNoWriMo challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.
With some incouragement from friends, I took up the challenge and submerged myself into a month of daily writing. The result was two Chapter/Middle Grade books which I have since published: The Light at the Bottom of the Stairs and Not With My Milk In addition, I wrote about 30,000 words of a series called “Breeze Rider” which I will hopefully finish this year.
NaNoWriMo is a wonderful way to give your inner cravings to become a writer the freedom to give it a go. Participants form communities on line and in person with hosted write-ins and other fun ways to keep the creative juices flowing. The best part is, you don’t have to do it alone. There’s a whole community of supporters out there.
So, for now, I have my writing buddies lined up, my favorite writing music picked out for Pandora and Spotify, the pantry stocked with some good snacks for late night munching, and coffee in hand. It’s not too late to come join me in this month of creative madness. www.NaNoWriMo.org.
Okay, I’m a little behind on reporting back about the Kindle book promotion. I have now run several promotions with varied results. However, considering my books are children’s books, I am not actively marketing them, and no one knows who I am, I have been fairly pleased with the results.
During August 95 of my Kindle books downloaded. Of those, 7 were commissionable sales and 88 were given away as part of a free promotion.
I tried the free promotions again in September. So far it looks like around 176 books were downloaded for the month. I’ll update you when the numbers come out October 15th.
I now have three published books on Amazon, all with paperback and Kindle editions. So, I have decided it is time to try one of the Kindle Prime free promotions. The Kindle version of “The Light at the Bottom of the Stairs” will be offered as a free download for two days: August 3 and 4. My hope is that if the reader enjoys the book, they will check out my other titles.
I’ll let you know how it goes…
Each spring, we anxiously await the first visitation of the new fawns. This year, it happened much later than usual. It was late in June before Mom brought her young ones out into the yard to meet us. They frolicked for a bit and then followed Mom back into the safety of the woods.
This is Cam, the newest member of the family. He was born in Oregon on March 23, 2013, and came by car to Missouri during his 9th week. A great traveler, and such a handsome boy.
Life has become endlessly entertaining with a puppy about. Such energy.
At this point, there seems to be a straight tube between where water goes in and pee comes out. In fact, he is a little “piddling machine”. So, all projects are on hold until he is house broken.
He is just so darned cute.
Living with cats is an experience that helps me with reality checks. While I like to feel that I am the one in charge, in truth it is the cat who has dominion over our home. I am simply here to please my feline companions.
Case and point: The other day I was sitting in a chair, watching our turtle swim around his tank. Digi, one of our cats, thought that my back was the perfect perch. How long was I willing to sit in that position so as not to annoy Digi? A ridiculously long time.
A ridiculously long time.