Friday, February 1, 2019

Two New Kid's Book Covers! Free Book and Book up for Pre-order!

Hello, everyone! I've taken a bit of time from my writing for grown-ups to focus on books for my (and everyone else's) kids! The first project I've had is for one of my first published books, The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby. I commissioned an artist named Artilili from Venezuela to create a cover for me, and I'm so excited to show it to you!


I've given the story a bit of a polish as well, without changing anything important about the story. The best thing? It's FREE on Kindle! (You can find it HERE) There are two other books in the series as well if you enjoy this one.


Aaaaand for your book-loving children who love stories about royalty and castles, the second book in my Three Royal Children series will be released on March 1st! You can pre-order it today for a special price! (Check it out HERE). 

So that ought to keep the kidlets happy for a few days, right? 
HOWEVER . . . I have a super exciting announcement coming up involving . . . 

PICTURE BOOKS! 

Stay tuned!




Friday, January 11, 2019

Win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and a Child's Library!

Win a $50.00 Amazon gift card and five beautiful picture books for a child's library. 


To enter, go HERE. 

Good luck! Please share!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Covered Wagon Journeys and the Books About Them

When I was a little girl, my parents chose not to have a TV in our home until I was ten years old. Even after we purchased a TV, my mom would read aloud to our family at night. One of my favorite books she read was a story called Tree Wagon by Evelyn Sibley Lampman. (Amazon link HERE.) Though the book was for children, it was an unforgettable (at least for me, anyway) adventure about a covered wagon train on the Oregon trail.

Ever since then, the westward migration of settlers to the early west has always fascinated me. According to History.com, the first wagon trains began the grueling journey around 1841, and over 180,000 people attempted the journey over the next 28 years, until the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869.One out of every ten people who attempted the trip would die trying.

I've decided my next series will be a historical saga, based on the Oregon trail. As any writer knows, a historical series takes TONS of research. So I wanted to share some of the books I've been reading to make my new series come to life.

Days on the Road  by Sarah Raymond Herndon (Amazon link HERE.)
So far, this book has been my favorite. It's an actual diary of a 23-year-old woman who faithfully recorded every day on the trail. The details of life and survival are amazing, and though it was a personal diary, the author has a gift of writing that leaves you hanging on to every word and flipping the pages to see what happens next.


Covered Wagon Women by Kenneth L. Holmes (editor) (Amazon link HERE.)
An unpublished selection of letters by women who traveled the Oregon trail, including a fascinating handful of letters by Virginia Reed, a member of the fated Donnor party. This is the first of a several-volume series.
Written by women of all ages and stations in life. You can feel the sorrow, joys and agonies of these women, and join in the triumph of those who actually made it into 'the promised lands' of Oregon and California.

The Best Land Under Heaven, The Donnor Party and the Age of Manefest Destiny by Michael Wallis. (Amazon link HERE.)
An account of the tragic Donnor Party story. I found this book to be rather tedious at times, but it has a wealth of information about westward migration and the mindset of people who set out on this harrowing journey.


So that's what I've covered so far . . . with lots more to go! I'd love recommendations if any of you have read a good book about westward migration in the United States. Please comment with the links! 

Oh, and look for the first book in my covered wagon series sometime in summer 2019!






Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Book, Giveaway and Contest . . . All for Kids!

NEW BOOK


I am VERY excited to announce my newest book is in my favorite genre ever . . . after four years I'm releasing a kid's book! It's called The Three Children and the Batty Aunt.
You can order it in paperback right now (FREE shipping with Prime), or pre-order it on Kindle for a special price (the Kindle book will be released November 10th). Order copies HERE.  Aimed at ages 6-12, but anyone who is young at heart will enjoy it!


GIVEAWAY

If you have kids who LOVE activity sheets like mazes and word finds, you can head over HERE to sign up for my kid's newsletter for free printable The Three Royal Children and the Batty Aunt activity pages! 



Aaaand last but not least, get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping if you win this contest! 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cover Reveal! "Inn Dependence," Miss Main Street Book 3!

I am excited to reveal the cover for Inn Dependence, which is Book 3 in my Miss Main Street series. The cover was designed by the oh-so-talented artist Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs. http://www.forthemusedesign.com/about.html





For two years, Sammi Morretti has cared for her home-bound grandfather. Now he's gone, and she's left with no place to go. Then a mysterious aunt invites her to work at a tiny bed and breakfast in the town of Wimber. Can the Main Street women and a kind youth pastor with a dangerous history pull Sammi out of the darkness she's lived in for so long?


This book is near and dear to my heart, because it touches on the subject of anxiety, which I have dealt with to a small extent. I also have many friends and family members who live with anxiety on a daily basis. I believe with God's help we can be free from the clutches of worry and fear.

I'm super excited about this cover, and I love the colors and subject. The book is also up for pre-order right now on Amazon for a very special price of 99 cents! Launch date is September 5th!  Order HERE .









BFFF (Best Fiction Friends Forever)

One of the reasons I loved reading as a child was because books introduced me to a
world of characters I could pretend were my best friends in real life.

Here is my wishlist of literary best friends.


Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Longstocking)

A little girl who lives all by herself, makes tons of cookies, owns a horse and has a chest full of gold pieces to buy her friends stuff? Not to mention she could invite you on a south seas vacation at any moment!



Jo March (Little Women)

Always ready for a crazy adventures and has the ability to get out of all kinds of scrapes. Especially enjoys ice-skating and running down hills.







Lucy (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)

Has an amazing knack for finding doorways to secret, magical worlds. Makes friends with fairy creatures and, oh yeah, if you get hurt, can heal you with her magical cordial.





Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Kind and honest. Oh, did we mention he owns an entire chocolate factory?


Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web)

Yes, she’s a spider, but a more loyal and true friend you’d never find. Plus, she's a great writer.


SSam Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
If you must go on a death-defying journey to save the world, he’s the one to take along. Loyal, ridiculously brave, and a good cook




Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

Tells great stories and fiercely loyal. Has a habit of naming everything, which can come in handy if your cat has kittens.


Alice Cullen, (The Twilight Series)

Ability to see the future, a love for throwing elaborate parties, and impeccable fashion sense. Also handy to take with you in a bad part of town since she has super-human strength.

 Bess and George (Nancy Drew Mysteries)

Always game to help out with any mystery, and well-versed in Judo just in case the bad guys have you tied up in a (sinking) abandoned boat. Will never make you feel guilty when you give in to an ice cream craving.

Bernard (The Rescuers)

Loyal to the end, and willing to attack bad guys hundreds of times his size with a paring knife and part of a lawn mower if it means keeping his friends safe.

So there's my top ten (well, top 11 since Bess and George are two people). Which best friends would you pick from fiction books?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Win a copy of The Magnolia Table and a 25.00 Amazon Gift Card!

You can't get much more Texan then Magnolia! Win your very own hardcover copy of The Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and find out about four amazing Christian authors!