As part of the Author Fair I participated in, visitors voted on which of my story ideas I should work on next. Here are the winners listed by popularity.
Picture Book/Early Readers
- Re-imagined Little Red Riding Hood with a modern girl who outwits the wolf.
- On a cold Christmas Eve, a tiny buck is frightened away from his home by a bear. He’s gone so far that he doesn’t know the way home, but then he remembers something his mother always told him and her wisdom help guides him home.
- An ingenious turkey comes up with ways to avoid becoming Thanksgiving Day dinner.
- Five-year-old Beatrice and her make-believe friend Charlotte go on an adventure where they imagine the lawn mower is really a dinosaur eating up everything and they must escape.
- A young boy comes up with a plan to save Christmas when Santa cancels the holiday because there are too many kids on the naughty list.
- When an eleven-year-old victim of excessive bullying commits suicide, the residents of her small town are left with the struggle of maintaining the status quo or changing how they treat each other.
- A time travel series where two or three kids travel to the past via a certain object and meet historical figures along the way, helping to solve some problem. Once the problem is solved, the object brings them back home.
- A time travel story where a child journeys to the future and helps an older person, discovering at the end that the person she helped was her older self.
- A mystery about private school kids on a field trip who work to uncover a missing artifact or find a student who goes missing.
Young Adult and Adult
- Modern day Romeo and Juliet story.
- Thriller about a wife who attempts to murder her husband and then disappears. With the help of a private investigator who is his former girlfriend he works to track down his wife.
- A mystery with a love triangle set in the 1970s.
- A story of three sisters from a dysfunctional family each coping with a crisis and how those crises draw them together.
Please vote for your favorites in the comments section of this post. Thanks.
Vocabulary building has never been so adorable and fun! Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison is a wonderful new addition to her other titles for pre-readers and early readers. Repetitive words and repeated sounds are blended together in this charming story about Duke, a dog who wishes to be a squirrel. As Duke watches the squirrel superhighway working above him, he wonders how he can best help the squirrels gather their nuts.
In addition to a wonderful story, the beautiful artwork by Vanda Lavar will keep readers eagerly turning the pages to see what antics these animals are up to next. I loved the sweet ending and the closing illustration.
Morrison has certainly found her niche. I look forward to reading more of her work.
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Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; large type edition edition (November 28, 2016)
I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that you can register through January 7 if you wish to join us. We are in the fourth day of this event where writers endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. Daily posts at founder Tara Lazar’s blog provide tons of inspiration and they are giving away prizes at the end.
Idea #4: Two of my last four books (Little Shepherd and Amos Faces His Bully (under contract)) place fictional characters in Biblical settings. I would like to write a story about a young Samaritan girl witnessing Jesus as he speaks with the woman at the well. Not sure on the details yet, but perhaps this conversation changes the girl’s perception of herself. Samaritans being looked down on by the Jews, maybe this brings about a change in the way this girl behaves toward a Jewish girl and that changes how the Jewish girl acts toward her.
I’m participating in the following challenge. I’ll be going with the Picture Book Bingo Card.
You’ll catch me this week at The Pen and Ink Blog where I talk about my latest release, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving, and give readers a chance to win copy. Please stop by and leave a comment with your email address at https://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos.html
Good luck to all who enter!
My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues today. You can find me at the following two places:
Book Feature at 3 Partners in Shopping
Interview at The Literary Nook
My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues this week. You can find me at the following two places:
Interview at The Review From Here
Book Feature at Book Cover Junkie