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Valentine's Day - If We Must

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The shameless promotion of a really great gift for the tiny people in your life!

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A Terrific Review

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The book A Flamboyance A Crash And A Dazzle got a review today that made me completely joyful. When I wrote Flamboyance and began to visit schools it became evident that teaching language was much easier when entertaining animals came to the rescue. Combining a natural love of animals with language facilitated the transfer of concepts with a greater ease. Combine the rhyming and verse and now students were completely captivated and willing to create rhymes of their own. According to an article in Reading Partners It also tunes their ears to subtle differences in inflection and rhythm—key components to reading aloud. The rhyming structure allows kids to more naturally learn about word families and begin to create a mental library of...

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Fantastic Give-Away

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There's only a few more days to enter this fantastic give-away of our newest release Imara's Tiara.  First Prize is a signed and framed print from the book, an Imara mug, and a book signed by both authors. Second and Third prize are Imara's Tiara signed by both authors.  Find out how to sign up by visiting The Children's Book Review  The give-away ends on January 19, 2021!

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Giving Tuesday - Buy For Children In Need And I Will Do The Rest!

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Books are a great idea in so many ways. Reading is the gift of a lifetime, but children in less than ideal situations aren’t often the recipient of things educational, entertaining, or valuable, rather their physical needs must come first. Donating books to a children’s home, child crisis center, foster care facility, children’s hospital, libraries, your child’s school library, teacher, or a school in lower income areas is a great solution, and I can help.

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New Website Alert!!

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  After months of hard work formatting images, writing blogs, poems, descriptive info, and learning how to navigate behind the webpage ( with help from a skilled professional who I thank from the bottom of my novice heart ) I now have a new website. You can buy my books here, find new products in the making, including an upcoming release of a collection of my stained glass patterns, chapter books for young readers, and a gardening journal. There's a great book deal in celebration of this release - 3 for $33! Please visit my new site and feel free to comment!  And so my friends, I leave you with this poem. “A new website is needed!” That’s what I was...

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Overcoming Writers Block

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  Sometimes when I’m supposed to be writing something important or creative my brain just shuts down and then I sit and wait. And wait. And wait. Every author has a different routine to overcome writers block. Some just give up for the day because it can be a challenge. Some writers go for a walk or listen to music. Caffeine can change the game for others. There are a million ways to cope with this syndrome, in fact there are more articles on how to overcome writers block than how to be a great writer! For me, I love to do short poems. I find something unique or delicious, beautiful or funny, even scorpions have made the poem list. I...

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The Pencil Holder

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  Recently my nieces gave me a bag full of presents! Who doesn’t like that? Everything in the bag was part of a theme – cactus. They know how much I like cactus, especially the saguaro. One of the gifts was a pencil holder. A saguaro pencil holder. A saguaro pencil holder wearing sunglasses. At first this was a grand novelty. I joyously put him on my desk and stuffed his head with pencils and pens, scissors, highlighters and what-not. It didn’t take too long, however, before the pencil holder began to judge me and hold me accountable whenever I was clearly wasting time and not writing. On Facebook? Wasting time. Pinterest? Wasting time. Taking vocabulary quizzes? Really wasting time. Looking...

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Dinosaurs!

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  There’s a myth out there is that writing children’s books should be easy. They are, after all, aimed at the very young. What most people don’t realize, is that children’s books are often much more difficult to write than books for those older than 15 years of age. The reasons are long and involved.  For me, being able to absorb the information and then translate it into a child’s level of understanding and vocabulary was the most difficult.  As an example, let’s take the book X-Ray Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures. As the title states there are ‘other’ prehistoric creatures. The very first thing I learned upon gathering my research is that pterosaurs (the ones that fly), and plesiosaurs...

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Beyond Expectations

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  There are times when research is more a chore than a gift. When I was writing X-Ray Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures and Steve The Dung Beetle: On A Roll, the research was very academic. When writing for children, know your subject matter well enough that you can explain it to a child. This is not an easy task. There are also times when research is a joy. That time, for me, is now. I’ve long wanted to venture from picture books into the genre of chapter books. Suffice to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a chapter book written for 9 – 11-year-olds. So, my research is taking me down a road I remember well,...

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