The Multi-Award Winning Pen Pieyu Adventure Series

Diane Mae Robinson, children's author, with a green tree-like background and a picture of a purple dragon on the bottom right


Recently, I met a multi-award winning children’s author, Diane M. Robinson (pictured above), and read all 3 of her books in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series! I loved each one. I invite you to read about them along with my reviews and if you want to purchase them, I’ve made it easy and linked the buy page straight to Amazon where it says “Amazon” underneath each book! Enjoy!

Book 1

Sir Princess Petra book cover with sword-weilding princess and dragon by Diane Mae Robinson
Available on Amazon


Book #1 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series

“I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games are boring. The thing I want the most . . . “Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.”

Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armour before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove more valuable than weapons and armour?

Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.

My Review (5 stars)

Such a fun story! I actually read book three first but that took nothing away from enjoying this first book in the series. Sir Princess Petra is a kind-hearted soul who has big dreams for herself to be a royal knight against her parents wishes. She goes on her quest and makes friend of everyone she meets. Such a great story with a good lesson and plenty of humor thrown in!

Book 2

Sir Princess Petra's Talent (Book 2) with dragon, Princess, and knight surrounded by forest
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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is a Multi-Award Winning Book
2014 – Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards
2015 -Children’s Literary Classics “Seal of Approval”
2015 – Purple Dragonfly Book Award
2015 Los Angeles Book Festival Book Award
2015 – Children’s Literary Classics Book Award
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!
But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in these zany adventures books for children, book series for girls age 9 – 12. These multi-award winning dragon books are sure to entertain. Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is book club recommended.

My Review (5 stars)

I very much enjoyed book two in this series. Sir Princess Petra doesn’t want to go to Princess School but she manages to find a work-around. She is strong and kind and a wonder role model for children. She keeps the King and Queen on their toes and she challenges their desire for her to be a proper Princess. The author knows how to entertain young readers with fun and interesting characters alongside a healthy dose of humor!

Book 3


Sir Princess Petra's Mission book cover (book 3) with Princess, dragon, and boy carrying sacks on his shoulders
Available on Amazon


Book #3 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series

“Ms. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature.” J.E. Rogers, Award-winning middle-grade fantasy author.

Sir Princess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen.The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all. Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.
Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is an Award Winning Book in this humorous fantasy books for kids series.
2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
2016 Book Excellence Award, 1st Place Chapter Books
2017 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2017 Children’s Literary Classics, Gold Medal

My Review (5 Stars)

What a fun story! I enjoyed the fun names of the characters and places. I love the dragon, Snarls! The author does a great job of weaving adventure with fun and an important lesson of doing what is right even when it could really cost you. I highly recommend this book! 5 Stars

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6 Important Money Management Tips For Kids

pink piggy bank with coins laying around the bottom of it


Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~Certified Case Manager

Money Management for Kids


Money management for children begins by establishing a connection between work and earning power. The next step is to help children understand the difference between “What I want” and “What I need”. To manage money effectively, children need to experience both immediate rewards and the ability to work toward long term goals. Once they make the connection that money is earned as a result of their hard work they will soon learn how to save and spend wisely.

Here are some ways that parents can help kids with their cash.

  1. Start Even preschool aged children understand a reward system that is based on performance. Children can earn praise, stickers, and treats by fulfilling expected behaviors, following rules, being cooperative, and taking care of their belongings.
  2. If/Then Contracts. Set an expectation and follow it with a consequence. For example: after you finish your food, you may have dessert; when you pick up your toys, then you may watch television. This leads easily into performance contracts with older children. After your room is cleaned, then you may go out. When you finish your chores, then you get paid.
  3. Connect Money and Work. No handouts! Do not tie money to rewards nor take it away as a punishment. Payment is based on task performance. Decide which household chores are required simply as being part the family routine. This might include making their bed, clearing their dishes from the table, and so on. Next create a list of extra household chores each week with a specific payment. Once the job is completed, payment should be made. Be careful not to withhold payment for misbehavior or other unrelated matters.
  4. Save and Spend. Have them save 10% of their earnings and allow them to spend the rest as they see fit. Start a savings account. Have children take their money to the bank or credit union. To encourage long range plans, have them save their pennies in large jug. On their birthday match whatever they have saved and put half in the bank and use the other half for a party.
  5. Needs and Wants. Establish the tasks that you will pay for and agree on a specific amount of money. Also discuss quality control. If they want something they cannot afford, they should be encouraged to take on another task or save toward their goal. If they want something beyond their means they should use their own money.
  6. Limit Restrictions.  Discuss and mutually establish any rules about how they may spend their money. For example, if you do not allow them to purchase certain food items, books, or CD’s establish this at the on set.   Otherwise, do not interfere with their spending. Be careful not to rescue them by providing funds for things they can buy for themselves. Do not get involved in pay back schemes, lOU’s, advances, or extending credit!

Helping your youngsters follow these tips will give them an early start on the road to financial planning security.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published a children’s book, “Summer School for Smarties.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Sugar Foote and the Magic Crown by Anitra Ferguson

Anitra Ferguson, children's author

Hello, everyone!

I would like to introduce you to Anitra Ferguson today. She writes amazing children’s books with wonderful messages for kids.

Please welcome, Anitra!

Hello, My name is Anitra Ferguson and I am a native Texan. I was born and raised in Paris,Texas. However I currently reside in Fort Worth , Texas. I have always had a fascination with words and a passion for writing.

I hope to inspire people to pursue their passions and dreams at any age. I write urban fiction and children’s literature. My first book was self published in 2016 through Xlibris. My current book Sugar Foote and the Magic Crown was published in 2017 geared toward promoting self esteem in young girls.

Sugar Foote and the Magic Crown by Anitra Ferguson; Illustrated by A.M.B. Branding Design

I believe that if we gain that self awareness and pride in self at a young age we will a better chance in navigating through life as we get older.

Purchase Sugar Foote and the Magic Crown on Amazon or CreateSpace

Connect with Anitra on Facebook 

Check out Anitra’s website here

Thank you, Anitra, for being with us today and sharing about your newest book, Sugar Foote and the Magic Crown!

And thank you, everyone, for stopping in and reading my blog post today! I appreciate each and every one of you!!

Children Love Franky the Flamingo!


teacher wearing a pink shirt with a stuffed toy flamingo sitting beside her and kids looking at her as she holds up the book Franky the Finicky Flamingo
Mrs. Laynie Fulton, Teacher at Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary School pictured reading to her students


I have to tell you the life of an author is an exciting one! You just never know which twist and turn is going to occur on any given day.

About 2-3 years ago, I met a lovely retired elementary school teacher at a craft fair I was doing. One of my very first and I was quite nervous talking to people. But, her and I, well, we just clicked. Her name is Rita Hewett.

She is part of a fabulous group of retired teachers who purchase books and then find a matching toy to go with it. They package the book and toy together and then give them away for FREE to children who would otherwise not have a book of their own.

I think they are amazing and I wanted to be part of it!

So, I donated my books to Rita and she found toys to put with them.

Well, when my recent book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo, finally came out in paperback in January, I wanted to get her a copy. She lives about 35 minutes south of me. We were trying to find a weekend and just things weren’t lining up.

Then, my first order or books sold out before I could get her one. So, I ordered a second set and we tried to match our schedules again.

Finally, I said to her that I didn’t know when I was going to get down her way and could I just put it in the mail to her. She had an even better idea and told me to put it in the school courier since I work in a school and she has a friend at a school who agreed to receive it for her.

Guess who that person was? Yup! Mrs. Laynie Fulton, pictured above! Turns out, she is a flamingo lover herself and their classroom mascot is Mrs. Fulton’s Flamingos. When she realized the book she was receiving for Rita was about a flamingo she asked if she could read it to her class.

You know as an author there’s nothing better we like to hear, right?!

“Yes, yes, please read it to your children!!”

She did read it and even sent me pictures!!

teacher reading Franky the Finicky Flamingo to a group of students


Mrs. Fulton wearing her pink class t-shirt with their logo on it and there’s Mrs. Fulton’s Flamingo sitting right alongside her enjoying the book too!


And she actually when one step further and had the children write a response to the story!! They drew cute pictures of Franky and wrote what they liked best about the book.


a group of pages that children drew a picture on the top and wrote a response on the bottom
Children’s written responses and drawings of Franky the Finicky Flamingo (the one coloring page pictured was actually from a different class visit but I loved it, so wanted to share it too!)


Wow! What fun it is to be an author and see your book being read to children and seeing them enjoying it! And then receiving their cute drawings and reading what they enjoyed about your book!

Here are some of the things they said,

“I like the part that he got light pink”

I like the part that Franky did not like the food”

“I like the part he did not eat the worm” (and they had a cute little worm drawn saying, “don’t eat me!”)

“The book was funny”

“Thank you for making this story”

I am truly blessed!

Thank Mrs. Laynie Fulton for your generosity in taking your time to share Franky the Finicky Flamingo with your students and having them write/draw responses to me. I appreciate it more than you can know.

And thank you, Rita Hewett, my dear friend, whose support I appreciate so much! You are a gem! You knew what you were doing when you asked me to send my flamingo book to your friend, Mrs. Fulton.

My Books are Going to a National Convention!!

Purple background with three separate pictures of several children's books displayed with a bear wearing an orange, white, and green hat and a red t-shirt that says Kids Who Read Succeed

I’m so excited!! Dr. Valerie Allen, whom you all know as our favorite school psychologist, (she has a regular post on this blog) was awarded a Tiny Grant by the Children’s Fund of School Psychology and she made these adorable red t-shirts that say, “Kids Who Read Succeed.”

The convention is the National Association of School Psychologist. The Children’s Fund of School Psychology is part of this larger organization. TheKids Who Read Succeed is my personal project which provides these Tee-shirts and books to the Florida Retired Teachers Association, Brevard Chapter. They distribute them to selected schools in Brevard County,” says Allen.

She is so generous and so kind that she featured not one but 4 of my books in this display that is going to a National Convention!!

Thank you, Dr. Allen, you rock!

And don’t we all agree that kids who read succeed? Let’s all read to one child today and make a difference in not only their life but make a better tomorrow for the world as well because when kids succeed so does everyone.

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Valerie Allen who was recently featured in Psychology Today and who has raised 6 children of her own and written several children’s books including Bad Hair, Good Hat and Summer School for Smarties.

Amanda in New Mexico–Ghosts in the Wind Children’s Book

Darlene Foster, a children's author, picture


Welcome everyone! Today, I’d like to introduce you to a world-traveling children’s author named Darlene Foster. You are going to love her and her books and I know your children will as well.

I’ll let Darlene tell you about her latest book, Amanda in New Mexico–Ghosts in The Wind, in her own words…

Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster

The questions most asked of authors is, where do you get your ideas. Well, I get most of mine from my travels. I visited Taos, New Mexico a few years ago and was so taken with the history and art found in this area. We visited the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, which is purported to be haunted. It felt pretty spooky to me! I kept saying to my travel companion, “This would be a great setting for an Amanda story.” The seeds were planted and a couple of years later I wrote Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind, the sixth book in the Amanda Travels series. Many of the sites we visited are mentioned in the book.

About the book

Amanda in New Mexico--Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster Book Cover

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her creative fellow students. She is sharing a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she keeps seeing ghosts. Amanda doesn’t believe in ghosts and is determined to prove there is no such thing. When weird, unexplainable things start to happen to Amanda, she questions her denial of the supernatural.

Join Amanda and her classmates as they visit a rugged and beautiful landscape, where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s Travels.

One reviewer has this to say –

“The most amazing aspect of this book is Ms. Foster’s description of the New Mexico geography, architecture, and artifacts. Ms. Foster brings New Mexico to life for readers as she details Amanda’s travels. A good story with a beautiful backdrop!”

Darlene Foster’s Biography

 Darlene Foster is the creator of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky Amanda Ross, a twelve-year-old Canadian girl who loves to travel. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another in unique destinations. Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene dreamt of travelling the world, meeting interesting people and writing stories. Her short stories have since won a number of awards and many are included in anthologies. Her books include: Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone and Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music. Darlene, an avid traveller herself, divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Spanish Costa Blanca with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

To Purchase Amanda in New Mexico, use these links below




On Kobo

Wal Mart


To connect with Darlene on Social Media

Website: Darlene Foster


Amazon author page

WordPress Blog 



Thank you, Wanda for featuring me and Amanda’s latest adventure.

Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this wonderful book with my audience. I know children will love the adventures and learn a little about different places in the world at the same time.

John Dony presents Emily and the Spider

Emily and the Spider by John Dony


Hello, everyone,

Please welcome John Dony from the UK today as he shares about his first book that addresses a topic near and dear to my hear, character development.

John was born in Bedford 1967 and studied English Literature in Dunstable where he grew up, he now lives in Devon with his wife Jill and 5 daughters.

His early writing career consisted mostly of short stories told to his children. His first children’s novel ‘Emily and the Spider’ has received praise from schools and Libraries across the world, where it has been used as a study aid for Primary school pupils in Story and Character development.

Here’s what it’s about…

Emily lives in a large white House on the edge of the Jungle with her parents and housekeeper.

Join Emily on her greatest adventure as she journeys through the Jungle to help her new best friend, Bes, find her father.

On the way she encounters new friends, dangerous rivers, Monkeys that can’t be trusted and Stripe the Tiger, the self proclaimed King of the Jungle, who’s only plan is to have Emily and her friends for Dinner!

Emily and the Spider is a must have for all young readers book collections.

John’s other titles include, Leah’s Lions. Victoria Swan. A boat, my brother and the end of the world. Henderson the Hedgehog. The lonely Christmas tree. The Witch Makers. 2 Tickets, Scarlett and the Fairy Death Squad and many more.

He has a Passion for telling stories that value family, love, friendship, heroes and villains with plenty of adventure thrown in!

His books are available at in the US at

and in the UK at

and also at many good booksellers.

Connect with John Dony via the links below

Thank you, John, for sharing with us about your awesome first book! And thank you, everyone, for reading this post. Please leave a comment to open a dialogue with John today.

Award-Winning Author, Kandi Siegel

Kandi Siegel, children's author, picture
Today, I’d like to welcome a prolific author, Kandi M. Siegel.
I met her a couple of years ago at a local training seminar put on by Jaimie Engel.
Kandi also writes children’s books so it was a natural topic between us. She was easy to talk to and I felt like she was going place. Then, I had a table next to her at a recent Holiday Book Event called Authors in a Box held at the Melbourne Mall in early December.
I have to say that Kandi is a kind and warm person and incredibly engaging! I learned a lot from her that day about friendly sales.
Without further ado, here’s Kandi’s award-winning books….
B.R.A.G. Medallion multi-Award Winning Author, Kandi M. Siegel, currently has eight  published books. They include “My Summer Triumph” (B.R.A.G. winner), “A Dog for Leo” (B.R.A.G. winner), “Rainbow of Mine,” “Rainbow of Mine; the coloring book,” “Bubby the Baker,” “Sammy the Helper,” “Cooking with Kandi,” and “Looking Back No Regrets Memoirs from the Heart.”
She has been a member of the Space Coast Writer’s Club since 2012 and recently was honored by having one of her poems selected to appear in the guild’s book “Gratitude,” which is available for purchase through Amazon.
She also won Editor’s Choice for her poem “What Will I Do” which is in the National Library of Poetry 1997 edition.
Rainbow of Mine by Kandi M. Siegel
A poem formatted book that describes the meanings of the colors of the rainbow in a way that preschoolers – first graders can easily understand.
This book is geared for preschoolers – 1st graders.
Rainbow of Mine The Coloring Book by Kandi M. Siegel
A coloring and activity book based off the original book Rainbow of Mine for preschoolers – 1st graders teaching about the order of the colors of the rainbow
This book is geared for preschoolers – 1st graders.
Buddy the Baker by Kandi M. Siegel; Illustrated by Karen B. Monahan
Bubby the Baker loves to bake all kinds of goodies and she recently opened a bakery. As your child reads through this book, they will see all the different items Bubby has in her store. At the end of the book, there are a couple of recipes that you can make at home. This book is geared for preschoolers – 1st graders.
Sammy the Helper by Kandi M. Siegel
This book is about a young boy named Sammy who tries really hard to help out the members of his family but every time he does, something seems to go wrong. With some encouraging words from his grandfather, Sammy tries harder to accomplish what he sets out to do. This book is geared for preschoolers – 1st graders.
My Summer Triumph by Kandi M. Siegel
INDIE BRAG AWARD WINNING BOOK, “My Summer Triumph,” is about a young girl’s first experience at overnight camp proved to be more of a learning experience then anything else. Through the many challenges that she had faced during the three weeks at camp, Kaila learned a lot about herself and how to triumph over defeat.
This book is geared for 2nd – 6th graders
A Dog for Leo by Kandi M. Siegel
INDIE BRAG AWARD WINNING BOOK, “A Dog For Leo,” is about a young boy who wants a dog of his own, but his parents don’t feel he is responsible enough to take care of a pet. Leo will have to prove to his parents that he is responsible enough, but not without a few snags in the road first.
This book is geared for 2nd – 6th graders
Looking Back No Regrets Memoir by Kandi M. Siegel
“Looking Back, No Regrets, Memoirs from the Heart”, shares a woman’s relationship struggles from childhood through adulthood in 9 honest and touching short stories. Her unique experiences will make you laugh and cry as you walk with her through her different relationships from teenhood to adult.
For ages 18+
Cooking with Kandi by Kandi M. Siegel
“Cooking with Kandi” is a cookbook specifically designed for those people who love tasty foods, but don’t always have a lot of preparation time. From appetizers to desserts, this cookbook is filled with all kinds of yummy recipes.
You can check out all of her books on her website:
Connect with Kandi through the links below
Thank you so much for being with us today, Kandi, and for everyone who read this post!