Friday, August 15, 2014

Tails of Sweetbrier, A finalist for the CLIPP Awards!


I'm honored to announce that my book, Tails of Sweetbrier has been selected as a finalist for the CLIPPA Awards! I'm extremely grateful for the recognition. I'd like to send a special thank you to my sister/illustrator, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, whose beautiful cover and illustrations make our story come to life. If you'd like to find out more about this award-winning story, please visit my website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and  those who won honorable mention!
Press release: http://ow.ly/Azdl8



This week we're celebrating...

It's Friday again. That means we write about whatever we're celebrating. Thanks to VikLit for starting this group. Be sure to stop by: www.VikLit.blogspot.com to check out what everyone has to say.
Here's what we're cheering about this week..

  • My talented author friend, Janice Spina's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, won the silver medal in the Mom's Choice Awards! Congratulations Janice and her husband, John, who illustrates their books! It's an adorable story, well-deserving of the award.

  • The weather is beautiful today, after the rain yesterday. I think it reminds us that no matter what is happening in our lives, things will improve.
  • Just found out my book, Tails of Sweetbrier, is a finalist in the CLIPP Awards contest! I'm so excited. Hope you all have a little celebration with us. Here's the link if you'd like to find out more about the contest:
  • http://www.clippaward.com/finalists/
Wishing you all a blessed weekend.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

As you my know, on Fridays we celebrate little things and bigger ones, thanks to VikLit for starting this lovely group! Be sure to stop by VikLit.blogspot.com to check out what other people are cheering about.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A very nice Skype chat with my mom, once the technical issues were solved.
  • Meeting my exercise goals so far this week.
  • Having our little rosebush recover from losing her leaves- You might recall that we name our cars, and even some of our plants. We named our rose bush Mary Rose, after the young lady who gave it to me. Mary Rose had been feeling poorly so we put her outside by the front porch where she could get more sun. Now she's growing lots of baby leaves!
  • We saw our little deer baby with her mom again. They were napping together in the corner of our yard. I know we wouldn't be excited to see them if we had vegetable gardens because they'll eat them. But they really are cute.
Wishing you a great weekend.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How can you find ideas?


As you may be aware, on the first Wednesday of each month, we write about our worries and insecurities. If we don't have any, we try to offer advice or encouragement to other writers. Since I don't have new worries, I'll try to offer some suggestions to you.
As authors,we need ideas to keep our creative energies going. If we don't have them, what can we write about?
Here are my thoughts on the subject:

  • Your past experiences: I can imagine all of you cringing at this idea because you probably think no one would be interested in your boring, adventures. But you'd be mistaken about this. Many people write about their own life and are extremely successful. Of course, many famous people, such as presidents, write memoirs of their lives as the chief executive. Even though we know a great deal about those who are renown, we don't know everything, so authors can weave little known facts into their stories. For example, many people don't know that George Washington hated wearing wigs. He found them itchy and uncomfortable. You may also be unaware that Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, who suffered from asthma. But instead of moping about while he was under the weather, he read. He discovered that he loved Science. I  remember thinking no one would be interested in my own experiences before I wrote Tails of Sweetbrier. But I kept thinking I should try writing it anyway and it ended up winning the Feathered Quill Book Awards' silver medal! You never know what might happen.
  • Your pets: Most people love animals and they adore their pets' personalities. It's easy to write about your pets because they're part of the family. You can include humorous adventure of  your pets, too.
  • Your hobbies: Perhaps you love skiing or swimming. Have you had interesting experiences? Maybe you're a competitive swimmer and you can talk about winning a race when no one expected you would even qualify.
  • Your children: Children are such fun and they have wonderful imaginations. Surely you remember something amusing that they did  or said. You can always start by asking what if? See where your imagination takes you.
  • Write what you know: When I took my first writing course, one of the most important things the instructor shared was, "Write what you know." If you know a lot about sports, share that knowledge. Whatever subject you are most familiar with, start with that and see what develops.
I hope these suggestions give you some great ideas! Thanks for stopping by to check out this blog. Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, for starting this wonderful group.

website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tomorrow's School Webinar is now live!


Tomorrow's Free Online School Webinar is now live! Find out more about Tomorrow's School and the directors! We can Improve Every Year!  Learn more about the School, the directors and what we represent. You may also visit the video here:
www.tomorrowsschool.net (click on Sample lesson) or webinar
You may choose to leave comments on Tomorrows School Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tomorrowsfreeonlineschool/

Thank you so much!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week we're celebrating...

As you may know, on Fridays we celebrate little things and bigger things that happened during the week. Be sure to stop by VikLit.blogspot.com to see what everyone else is cheering about. Special thanks to VikLit for starting this group.


  • I had a lovely chat with my mom on Skype last weekend. For the first time, technology worked properly so I could see her picture!
  • I'm making more progress with editing my new book.
  • Chatted with my sister. It was fun to find out more about her life now that she's in another state with a different weather pattern. 
  • Tomorrow I'll be participating in a webinar about education. You can find out more: www.tomorrowsschool.net. The webinar debut is Aug. 1, 2014, but it will be available after that date. You may also view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY0Gmo_VhhY&feature=youtu.be
  • My sister and brother-in-law are going to watch a big equestrian event this weekend. It'll be very exciting.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This week we're celebrating...


Thank you for VikLit for starting this lovely group where we celebrate big things and little ones on Fridays. Be sure to stop by VikLit.blogspot.com to see what's happening there.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My interview with my little friend, Althea. She's adorable and her interview is posted on this site.
  • Fun at our birthday celebration for our son, Shane
  • More slow progress on my new book
Wishing all of you a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com