Give a kid (or a library) a book

Give a kid a book to read

If you’ve been looking at my crowdfunding campaign, you’ll see that there are options to get a book for yourself and a book for a friend. In the notes I say that if you don’t have someone to give the book to, I’ll be happy to donate it to a school or library. I have also suggested to a few friends, mostly those without children, that if they want to support my campaign but don’t want a copy of the book, I’ll be happy to donate that book too. The current tally of books to be donated is 6, and I would love this to grow. [Read more...]

Kids involvement in Swallow Me, NOW!

Kids have helped along the way

I first wrote Swallow Me, NOW! during the Chapter Book Challenge in 2013 and kids have been involved in the story every step of the way.

During the challenge itself, I spent my evenings writing. My goal was to write a chapter a day until the story was finished. Every morning my kids would wake up and ask me what I had written the night before. They also wanted to read what I’d written. They were great at correcting any typo’s and spelling errors as well as suggesting ideas for the next chapter of the story. [Read more...]

Thank you all for your support so far

Thank you so much

I just wanted to take some time to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has supported the crowdfunding campaign for Swallow Me, NOW! so far. At the time of writing this post, we’re a bit over the $900 mark.

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In other news… Teapot Tales 2 is now available

Teapot Tales 2 – now available

I know most of my posts lately have been to do with Swallow Me, NOW! and my crowdfunding campaign. That is not the only thing that’s been going on lately.

If you’re new to reading my blog, about this time last year, I had my first stories published in an anthology called Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales. As you can see, I was a little bit excited. Since then, I’ve had stories published in two more anthologies, and you can see all the details here. [Read more...]

Creating characters with book week in mind – #ChaBooCha

Characters with costumes in mind

A couple of days ago, I saw a Facebook post from one of my friends looking for easy ideas for a book week costume that was quick an easy with a hair style that her father could do.

This got me thinking about the characters we create for our books, especially for those of us who are children’s authors, and with the next Chapter Book Challenge on the horizon.

For most schools, book week is a big deal with at least one day set aside for dress ups. Usually this involves the students and teachers coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from books. Some schools have competitions and prizes for various categories, although most schools have fun with dressing up. [Read more...]

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