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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ebook for the Red, White, & Blue

I’m done, and I don’t mean this in negative sense.  Although it should be!  Due to cutbacks and being the new teacher on the block, I got chopped.   My teenage son got his first speeding ticket and yesterday my mother drove her Mercedes into a yogurt shop in Wimberley. We are thinking they need to come up with a crash flavor.  Any ideas?  But looking at the positive side, I now have more time to keep up with my blogger friends and publish EBooks.

I’ll elaborate on the EBooks uno momento!  But first let me recap my library romp journey.  You know I love books, but initially started the romp in attempt to answer what makes a writer.  It’s been a full circle, and now I’m back to where I was with publishing my first book. (Its been10 years)  So what does make a writer?  Did I find the answer between the pages?   Actually it was with me the whole time, just needed to be unearthed. 

It’s so simple!  There are many talented writers out there, but only a few people get lucky, or have the who-you-know piece needed to launch them into the publishing world.  I’m not a passive person that does well waiting for something to come my way.  So I’m taking control and publishing on my terms.  We all have a story to tell, and don’t need a publishing house deeming what’s print worthy.  (In fact some are using staff to write their books, resulting in crappy poor told stories.  And just because the illustrations are outstanding, this doesn’t mean it’s written well.) 

So what I’m saying is, “take what’s going on in your life, be creative, share, and connect with others.”  That’s what we should do, at least that’s what I feel driven to do.

So I’m making my words work for me. Why not get paid for something you love to do, right?  I did it, and wrote my first cookbook for the Amazon Kindle, Fourth of July Recipes.  Though it was time consuming, I love cooking summer foods and wanted to share this with others to enjoy.   I also changed the name of what was going to be The River of Life, and so redesigning the cover.  The Missing Piece will soon be available, and the results are absolutely amazing thus far.  You’ll understand when you see what it’s about.  And no I have not abandoned writing children’s books, and have found some art students at our local college to help with the illustrations.   And that about sums it up!  I will say, there won’t be any gardening books published any time soon, as my green thumb seems to be turning brown this summer.  

On the home front we are heading to the hills for a couple days and then back to the beach to hang out with visiting family and friends.  Living at the beach does have its perks.  We know that every summer people come to visit us, with a little help from the sandy beaches and rolling waves.  I even had one viewer ask if I would write in the sand, Will you marry me?  

But don’t worry; we’ll continue to romp alongside of writing.  It has changed lately, now that Little Reader is independently pouring through the books.  But I still get a cuddle most nights for a story or two.  And when it comes to romping, she bounces about pulling surf magazines and other girly books.  She doesn’t want to read what she calls, “baby books” so I role with it and just glad she still loves to have a book in her hand. 

Favorite reading spot, the hammock.
Favorite writing spot, the trampoline.   

Hot Reads
 
Snip Snap What's That?
By Bergman, Mara


 
Not an eye popping read but its repetitiveness makes for good read aloud.  When an alligator sneaked into a residential unit do you think the children living there were afraid?  “You bet they were!" But that’s only until they took matters into their own hands and got rid of the scary visitor.    

Imagine Harry
By Klise, Kate



 


We’ve all had imaginary friends around at some time or another.  The ones in our house were culprits of trouble so we put them on an airplane a few years back.   But this imaginary friend, Harry is a sweet friend to Little Rabbit.  They do everything together, even go to school.  But Little Rabbit begins to see less and less of Harry when he makes new friends.  It’s colorful, charming, and bittersweet in that our kids are growing up and losing their innocence. 
 
The Sheep in Wolf’s ClothingBy Lester, Helen



 
 
Ewe gotta read this hilarious story about a sheep and a wolf going to a costume ball.  When Ewetopia doesn’t fit in, she decides to go to the ball dressed as a wolf.    Things go awry but she manages to save the day.  Ewe'll just have to read it to find out how. It was somewhat complex and the ewe names were a bit tedious, but a good moral of being yourself.
 
A Porcupine Named Fluffy
By Lester, Helen

  

Have you ever wondered why some parents give their children such ridiculous names?  I kid you not, my husband's work friend had a son and they named him Justin.  Problem being, his last name was Case.  Really!  But can you imagine a porcupine named Fluffy?  This unhappy porcupine tries to make himself fluffy by covering himself with marshmallows and other like things.  No it doesn’t work, but he does meet a rhino sharing a common bond.  “This one gives me a case of the giggles!” - Little Reader.  We are now sticking toothpicks into potatoes and putting mini-marshmallows on top. Never know where a book will take us, right! 

 

Mirette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls

By McCully, Emily Arnold
 
  

Kind of a long worded book, but Little Reader really got into this one.  I think because last years VBS theme was Amazing Wonders and we explored the great falls.  This read launched us internet searching other death defying acts people have done over these Falls.  In this story Bellini and Mirette sail to America in attempt to cross a wire over Niagara Falls.  Their new friend Jakob detects a cheating villain who is trying to sabotage the crossing.  You’ll find the time piece paintings of Niagara Falls, the New York City Harbor, and the SS Magnifique intriguing.  Great read!
Here’s a clip of someone crossing the falls on a wire. 
A bit long but still interesting to watch. 
 
 
Princess Hyacinth
By Heide, Florence Parry
 
 
In this quirky, tad bizarre, and silly read Princess Hyacinth has a problem.  There’s one thing different about this little girl.  She floats!  This means that she can’t go outside and play with other children… that is until one day.  And what amusing situations does she get into?   Overall a well put together princess story, even with a little romance included.  
Penelope and the Humongous Burp
By Radford, Sheri
 
 
Penelope won’t stop drinking soda, and ignores her mom’s advice to stop.  And soon after, her tummy feels funny and begins making weird noises.  And when she lets out a HUGE burp, the house begins to shake causing dishes to fall and plaster to come off the walls.  What a mess, but in the end she says, “Excuse me!” and all is back to normal.  Funny, engaging, and throws in a little manner lesson. 
 
Little Hoot
By Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
 
 
A playful twist on bedtime rules.  Most kids do all they can to stay up late, and so does Little Owl.  Well, not exactly he wants to go to bed early like all his friends.  Being nocturnal his parents make him stay up and play swords, build forts, and ride his skateboard.   A funny, precious read that your little one will think it’s a hoot!
 
Sometimes I’m Bombaloo
By Vail, Rachel
 
 
 
We’ve all gone a little Bombaloo!  Sometimes Katie feels angry and turns into a monster.  Usually she behaves, but just like us feels like raising Cain.  A creative story but Little Reader says Katie has issues.  I agree she did take acting out too far, but still cute non-the less.  
 
I’ll get back to you after the Fourth and wish you a safe fun Holiday