CATCH ME LIVE!!
I’ll be appearing at several local events this fall. My two upcoming children’s books are nearing completion, so I hope to have at least one of them ready by mid-October. I WILL keep you updated as soon as I know a firm release date! I’ll have plenty copies of Quentin’s Problem and Fuzzy Buzzy’s Treasure if you haven’t gotten yours yet!
If you’re near Oldham County, KY this Saturday, Sept. 24, come out to the first ever local author fair hosted at the library! I love our library, and am very excited to be able to take part in an event there.
For more information and a list of attending authors, visit: http://www.oldhampl.org/ocpl_author_fair.html
This event is FREE to attend! Bring the kids and meet some great local authors of many genres.
Coming up on Saturday, October 1st, I’ll be at the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, KY for their FIFTH annual author faire. This is an all day event, from 9 -5. Lots of wonderful authors will be there, including KY Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, who will lead a workshop (registration required for a guaranteed seat) on using personal memories in your writing. Authors will also be reading from their books, so it’s a great time to hear an excerpt in person! This event and the workshop are FREE to attend!
Where: Ridgway Memorial Library
When: Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
For more information on the link and a list of attending authors, visit: http://www.bcplib.org/authorfaire/index.htm
Coming up Oct. 7th – 9th…I’ll be selling books in the expo room with several other authors, filmmakers and artists. The expo room is FREE to the general public. The convention itself is very affordable, at only $65 for the ENTIRE weekend. Kids 12 and under are free!
Imaginarium Convention is a three day annual event held in Louisville, Kentucky centered entirely around creative writing, including the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music, and comics/graphic novels. Imaginarium Convention features extensive programming content, with panels and workshops presented by over 150 professional guests covering everything from the craft of writing to various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing, and social media/publicity.
The convention features a film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo open to the general public, an awards banquet, a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns, and many more activities, creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is content-rich and ideal for networking, promotion and personal development.
I am very pleased to announce that Quentin’s Problem has been reviewed by Midwest Book Review and will appear in their August magazine!!!
Here’s a snippet:
“Quentin’s Problem” is a wonderful, invigorating story that encourages youngsters to face up to truths, admit their difficulties, and to accept help through cooperation.
Midwest Book Review is a highly prestigious review source often used by libraries, and out of the >1,500 books sent to them each month, only ~450 are deemed worthy of reviewing. Quentin passed THIS exam! 😀 He’s still working on his “Arr”s.
You can find the review here: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/aug_16.htm#Picturebook
**UPDATE! Worth the read! Please SHARE!**
Click HERE to become a sponsor: https://www.gofundme.com/2hvqj8ak
Here is another pet that will be featured at the end of A Home for Rosie. This is Snape, an 11 yr. old Border Collie, and a very sweet companion to Lynda C. from Brazil, Indiana.
Snape’s story is a little different in that he is a registered purebred. In fact, his AKC name is “Grand Champion Wych’s Prince of Summer.” Lynda purchased Snape when he was just 10 weeks old from a responsible breeder and has had him ever since. Now that he’s a senior dog, Lynda has to give him daily supplements and sometimes prescription medication to keep his arthritis under control. He’s also on a special diet for older dogs.
Lynda and Snape have traveled all over the place, attending dog shows. He recently participated in his last one. Lynda recalls how much fun he had: “He went to the Collie Club of America National specialty show in March and “played” dog show in the veteran’s class. It was my distinct honor to hold his lead as he took his very last trip around the ring and I cried the whole time I was showing him. He was having a blast, never stopped showing, and was certain all the applause was just for him.”
With Lynda’s devoted care and attention to his health, Snape is doing well. He loves grilled chicken and enjoys playing dog show, howling and traveling.
I’m including his story because Snape and Lynda are a great example of responsible purebred pet ownership. He’s lucky to have a great home. But many purebred animals aren’t so lucky. Not every shelter pet is a mutt. Did you know that up to 25% of pets in shelters are purebred? They’re homeless for many reasons. Sometimes their owners can no longer afford to care for them or have to move to somewhere that doesn’t allow pets. Some are rescued from “puppy mills,” where irresponsible breeders keep their animals cooped up in horrible conditions for the sole purpose of making a lot of money. Some, like Pit Bulls and Greyhounds, are rescued from dog fighting rings and racetracks.
If you’re fond of a certain breed, be sure do your research to make certain it’s the right breed for your family. You can then purchase your pet from a responsible breeder or adopt from a shelter or rescue group. Adopting is a much cheaper option, and shelters will have already ensured the animals are healthy and well-behaved before they find their forever homes.
I wrote A Home for Rosie to raise awareness of homeless older and special needs pets and to emphasize the importance of responsible pet ownership. Become a sponsor today to help me share this message! For your donation of $25 – $49, you’ll receive a signed copy of A Home for Rosie & Dinosaur Zoo (more on this book to come!). For your donation of $50 or more, you’ll get both signed books AND signed original artwork from the artists. Thank you for your support!! Click HERE to become a sponsor: https://www.gofundme.com/2hvqj8ak
Please consider donating to fund my two new projects! My last children’s book, Fuzzy Buzzy’s Treasure, had several sponsors, all of whom received some great thank you gifts like signed books and original artwork!
All donations for this campaign will go toward paying these talented artists (Katrina Kissell & Melissa Quinio) for their precious time so we can maintain an adequate marketing and distribution budget. Any amount you can donate, even $1.00, is greatly appreciated. Sponsors who donate $25- $49 will get signed copies of each book when they’re finished. Sponsors who donate $50 and up will get signed copies of each book AND original artwork signed by the artists.
It’s been a while, but I’ve been working hard to get TWO more children’s books ready to publish this year thanks to Gypsy Publications and two new talented illustrators. The first one is called A Home for Rosie and is about an older dog who needs a home. Many dogs like Rosie who are older or who have special needs, have a hard time finding their forever homes. This book follows Rosie’s journey to her forever home and will include real photos and stories of real adoption stories at the end! Here are a few preliminary sketches thanks to artist Katrina Kissell:
The second book is called Dinosaur Zoo, about well…a dinosaur zoo! But it’s not just any zoo. These dinos love to play, and they really want to play with their zookeeper. But she’s so busy working, she doesn’t have the time. Or does she? Dinosaur zoo is all about making time to have some fun within our busy days. We all need to slow down and strike a good balance between work and play. Here are a couple of sketches from artist Melissa Quinio:
We are shooting for both of them to be ready by Sept/Oct of this year, so I’ll keep you all updated on the progress! Until then, don’t miss my next appearance THIS SATURDAY, July 29 at the Newport Aquarium for the River City Book Bash! FREE General Admission to the book fair, and VIP Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-city-book-bash-2016-tickets-18446834980
Hi everyone! I haven’t forgotten this website, I promise! I just haven’t had a lot going on lately in the children’s book realm. I’ve been swamped with freelance editing work, romance writing, and my crazy busy family. I have, however, managed to get another children’s book written. We are now in the process of getting an illustrator, so I hope to bring you an update on that VERY soon! Until then, here’s a really fun event I’m hosting on my children’s book FB page. You don’t even have to dress up – it’s all online! Read on…
Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 8:30 PM Eastern Time (7:30 PM Central) for a fast and FUN online Usborne book party, completely on Facebook!
Usborne Books is the 2014 Children’s Publisher of the Year, offering nearly 2,000 books for babies through young adults. We’ll explore some best-sellers, newly released titles, and recommendations personalized to YOU and your families. This is the perfect excuse to stock up on gifts and fun activities that entertain and boost brain power in the process!
There will also be PRIZE DRAWINGS, so be sure to RSVP right away to stay in the loop on opportunities to earn raffle tickets to win! Looking forward to “seeing” you at the party!
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Here’s the fine print! Giveaways and prizes from this party are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. By participating in this event, you agree not to hold Facebook responsible in any way.
To join the party, click HERE and be sure to invite some friends!
It’s been a while since my last update, but I’m very pleased to tell you that Quentin and Fuzzy are in the process of being republished with a small press, Gypsy Publications! My hope is that our partnership will help reach new readers and keep up the momentum for more books to come. Here are my newly designed covers.
In other news, my first conference of the year will be the KCTE Conference in Lexington on Feb. 26 & 27. I’ll be signing copies of both books. These will be the originals, from my current stash. So if you’d like to get one of those, come out and see me!
The season of touring is almost over, so let’s go out with a final bang, shall we? Come visit me in Frankfort this coming weekend PLUS many more authors of every genre! It’s a great time to stock up your winter reading for those long, cold days.
5th Annual KBF Children’s Day, Friday, November
13th, 2015, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
(Featuring Quentin’s Problem & Fuzzy Buzzy’s Treasure, plus goodies for the kids!)
34th Annual KY Book Fair, Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
(Featuring A Time for Everything, my award-winning historical romance)
For more info about attending authors, directions, etc, visit their blog: http://kybookfair.blogspot.com/
or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kentucky-Book-Fair-323789454579
August and September have been crazy busy months for Quentin, Fuzzy, and the rest of my fictional family! To keep from being longwinded, here are some photos of where we’ve been.
Me and “Jack Sparrow” with Quentin’s Problem at Fandomfest in Louisville, August 7-9. It’s your typical comic con, and I’m dressing the part as Caliphany, the elven ranger from my Tallenmere fantasy romance series. 🙂
I had a great time at Imaginarium in Louisville on Sept 11 – 13. I dressed in pink all weekend to match my romance logo. The panels were better-attended than last year’s debut event, and I got to moderate one on children’s books! I’ve heard that I did a good job, therefore I’m stuck with ’em now LOL
We have lots more events coming up in October, November, and even December! I’ll start a list on the sidebar 🙂