Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Faith and Curveballs

 

It’s the third Friday of the month so you’ll find me blogging at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: Having Faith When Life Throws You Curveballs. Check it out at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/05/19/having-faith-when-life-throws-you-a-curveball/

Results Are In!

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

  1. Re-imagined Little Red Riding Hood with a modern girl who outwits the wolf.
  2. 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.
  3. An ingenious turkey comes up with ways to avoid becoming Thanksgiving Day dinner.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Middle Grade/Tween

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. Modern day Romeo and Juliet story.
  2. 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.
  3. A mystery with a love triangle set in the 1970s.
  4. 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.

Author Fair at Wilbraham Public Library – April 29

 

I’m excited to say that I will be joining several local authors at the Wilbraham Public Library on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 12 pm at our annual Author Fair. Eight authors will present a little about their works, and participants will have time for a “Meet and Greet” period, visiting the authors’ tables, asking questions, and purchasing signed copies of their books. Featured authors for 2017 include: Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Rosalie Rymarski, Chrysler Szarlan, Garry Brown, Dr. Andrew Lam, Marty Damon, Chris Collins, and Ellie Dias. Refreshments will be served.

The Author Fair will take place in the Brooks Room of the Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park, Drive, Wilbraham, MA . If you need more information, please contact Mary Bell at 413-596-6141 or mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org.

Hope to see you there!

Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison

squirrel-superhighway 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.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; large type edition edition (November 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338172
ISBN-13: 978-1616338176

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.

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STORYSTORM STORY IDEAS 10 – 15

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STORYSTORM is moving along swiftly and we are already at the halfway point. We are in the process of moving my father-in-law back from the nursing home and work has been nuts, so I haven’t had time to share my ideas lately. Here’s what I have for the next few:

Idea 10: A mystery with a love triangle that takes place maybe in the 60s or 70s. It would be one of those deals where a man is in love with a woman but she is in love with someone else. She winds up dead and the man who loves her works to solve the crime.

Idea 11: There are a lot of stay-at-home mom cozy mystery series, but not many stay-at-home dad cozies. I wonder if I could write one. It would be neat to write from a man’s point of view. Perhaps this dad is early to a PTO meeting and finds the principal murdered.

Idea 12: If I ever finish Amelia’s Mission, I wonder if there is another story involving some of those characters. Perhaps it is a storyline that features Ralph in a larger role or the focus becomes his family instead of hers; perhaps he learns some of his own family history.

Idea 13: How about a mystery about private school kids on a field trip who work to uncover a missing artifact or to find a student who goes missing. Being a private school, I could limit the number of students so it would be more realistic.

Idea 14: Would love to try a pioneering story one day. Something like a man and woman who take advantage of the Homestead Act to move west and create a new life. Better yet, maybe it is a young man and young  woman who meet along the wagon train and fall in love.

Idea 15: How about a short chapter reader from a shelter puppy’s perspective about finding a new home.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 5-7

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that today is the last day you can register if you wish to join us.

The end of the week got a bit crazy around here, so I’m a few days behind. Here are ideas 5, 6, and 7.

  • Idea 5: How about a picture book where an experiment goes wrong? Like a child creates a formula to make him grow taller but he ends up huge and then maybe very tiny before he can create the right formula to change himself back to normal size and decide he’s good with who he is now.
  • Idea 6: Maybe a chapter book about a child who enjoys cooking/baking like his mom, but the kids at school tease him over it. Not sure what would change their minds. Maybe he competes on a reality cooking show or something goes wrong in the school cafeteria and he steps in to whip up something. I’ll work that part out later.
  • Idea 7: How about a picture book about the journey of the Three Wise Men from the camels’ perspectives?

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen must be one of the most beautiful, magical tales of the season ever written.

As has long been a family tradition, once the season is over the Christmas tree is taken out to the yard and placed in the garden to lay until spring. After this particular Christmas, the trees around the garden wake from their winter slumber to hear the story of the young fir and the important part he played in the family’s lives.

Once in a while a seasonal story touches your heart in such a way you can’t help but share it. That’s certainly true of A Tree’s Christmas. I smiled. I cried. It truly warmed my heart. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come. The reading of A Tree’s Christmas would be the perfect tradition to start in your home. I know I’ll be starting it in mine.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Hardcover: 68 pages
Publisher: Clearview Communications Publishing; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979359317
ISBN-13: 978-0979359316

I received a free copy from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.