You see the other emblem on the cover? That’s the Top Shelf Indie Book Award Nominee emblem. Franky has been nominated for that one too. I believe I’ll hear in September. And, of course, I’ll let you know once I know.
And Franky has also been nominated for the International Traditional and Independent Author Award (the same one that Little Birdie won a silver medal in). I believe I’ll hear the decision on Franky also in September. I’ll let you all know about this one too.
So, stay tuned!
Of course, if he places, I’ll be celebrating and if not, well, maybe you can help me drown my sorrows. I jest, it’s wonderful just to be nominated and hey, he’s already won one award!
Thank you for all your support on this author journey that I began just a mere 4 years ago. I have learned so much, met some awesome people in the industry, and have had more serendipitous moments than ever before in my life. I think that means I’m right where I’m supposed to be!
Oh, and let me just tease you here that the sequel to Franky the Finicky Flamingo is going to be coming out in late Sept/early Oct. It’s called Franky the Thirsty Flamingo. You’re going to love it!! It takes a little different twist than my usual books. I’m just going to leave it right there and tell you more about it later.
Do you have something you don’t like about yourself? Do your kids? Or your grandkids?
I bet we all do. I know I do. I have never really liked my thighs. They are rather large even back when I was an active competitive swimmer in high school.
In fact, other kids used to refer to me as ‘Wanda legs’ said in a deep tone like an elephant walking through the forest. Funny thing though, I didn’t realize they were making fun of my big legs. I thought they were paying me a compliment. I love denial. It’s my favorite coping mechanism. But, I know others aren’t that lucky. Words can really hurt us and stay with us forever.
Just like Tad in A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, he doesn’t like his shell because he blames it for making him too slow. He is also picked on at school for being so slow and coming to school late. He wants to be fast like Steve the snake who, unfortunately, gives him some bad advice to go see the wizard to have it removed.
If you or someone you know and love is struggling with something they don’t like about themselves, please share this book with them. It will entertain and encourage them to love everything about themselves.
Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up some fabulous books for your children to read this summer by local authors!!
If you haven’t discovered this gem of a shop called The Shoppes on Strawbridge, you are missing an awesome place to purchase unique handmade quality gifts.
Come to the Open House this Friday, May 11th from 6-10 PM and check it out!
Located at 815 E. Strawbridge Avenue in Downtown Melbourne.
You’ll find delightful food items, cold beverages, an asundry of handmade products from beautiful jewelry and delightfully scented bath products to pictures, plants, and even wooden furniture!
On hand this Friday, will be local authors (including me) who will read their books to the children present and happily personalize purchased copies!
What a great way to introduce a child to the love of reading by having them meet a real live author!
You will not leave disappointed!
And you may not know that this building was actually the home of the Grimaldi Candy Factory and now the daughter of Mr. Grimaldi owns this building. She is Caroline Grimaldi and you could not meet a nicer person. She’ll be there too!
Come enjoy a taste of Melbourne Florida history in this unique store and introduce your child to an author and discover the next best place to shop!
So, I’m a Guidance Counselor and a writer. I have taken my passion, which is helping kids be healthy and whole through character education, and re-purposed it in my writing. They say write what you know and I’ve done just that. I write children’s books with positive messages creatively embedded in magical adventures to help get my point across. But, some people have asked me what exactly is character education?
Character education can be straight-forward such as saying, “Today, children, we’re going to learn how to be polite to one another by learning three simple phrases. Please, thank you, and I’m sorry.” But, oftentimes, we are teaching character education all the time in subtle ways by how we act and respond in everyday situations. Parents know this very well. For instance, they may react very badly to a situation such as maybe saying a cuss word. And then, lo and behold, the child repeats it in front of someone that the parent really wishes wasn’t hearing what was coming out of their child’s mouth, say a minister of their faith or their boss. It’s funny how the things we really don’t want to teach our kids are exactly the things they pick up. I guess that’s human nature.
So, we try to form good habits as parents and teachers and yes, even Guidance Counselors so whenever children are watching us, they will pick up on those habits instead. We use polite language, we are respectful of children—their personal space and their thoughts and ideas. It’s a beautiful thing when you can get through the day and you’ve been able to practice what you want the children to emulate.
Character education has 6 main values—respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, fairness, citizenship. These values are basically the “rules” that make up ethics. When children practice these values (and adults too, for that matter) we get along better as a society; we are happier people; we work together as a team and can produce far better results than if we were working alone.
Character education matters now, more than ever. I don’t just write for the fun of it (although it is fun to write), I write to get a message across to children and to help “teach” them something of value. I hope parents and teachers can see the positive messages in my books and will feel good about reading them to their children or encouraging their children or students to read one of my books on their own.
I’d like to introduce you to a new YA Book coming soon called Enchantments.
The Shadow Realm had found a gap in space and time, a place where they could observe the Human world before they claimed it as their own.
Farron is one of six, chosen to embark on an epic adventure against the Shadow King and his evil Realm; but how can six Humans fight against the perils of the Shadows of Death?
Because they’re not really Human…
First born sons and daughters of the Bul’ith, Farron and the others must accept the truth and the animal energies they inherit, heed the words of their trainers and defeat the Realm of the Shadow King.
If they ever wish to restore their world
They thought they were human…and though their DNA was similar and they each had human ancestry their lives were about to change…so you could live.
Meet the Characters who will keep the human world safe from the Shadow Realm.
Farron – Bul’ith – British living in America
Praxel – Bul’ith – American with Egyptian Ancestry
Briar – Bul’ith – American
Ruben – Human American with European heritage
Fleur – Bul’ith – French Canadian
Mitsuoshi – Bul’ith – Japanese heritage
Maxwell – Bul’ith – New Zealander with British & Maori Blood
Bunita – Bul’ith – Indian
Meet their Trainers and the Animals they will be matched with.
Qwain and the Wolf
Quawn and the Falcon
Ngaire and the Cheetah
Avron and the Black Bear
Avrain and the Anaconda
Nikau and the Komodo Dragon
Kendrall and overall leader and the Wild Boar
Meet the Shadow Master and be careful of his minions…They are daring and act quicker than most can move. Their claws could grab your ankles at any moment and suck your soul.
Claire Plaisted lives in Rotorua, New Zealand with her family. Rotorua is one of the main tourist stops for a cultural Maori experience with lots of things to do, be it walking, cycling, museums, spa days etc.
Claire is a Multi Genre Indie Author, with side lines in genealogy where she researches and formats family history books for clients. Claire also developed a business to help Indie Authors self-publish, assisting over thirty clients so far
Claire has published twenty-six books. Two are short stories, six are part of a series which is called ‘Garrett Investigation Bureau.’ She has one adult fantasy, one children’s mythical story. Along with six contemporary romance novellas under her pen name ‘Beth Bayley.’ Claire has a children’s book series called Girlie Adventures. The first three are now available. ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps,’ ‘Girlie and the Quest for Pedi’s Family and ‘Girlie’s Circus Adventure. They are adventure story for children from four years upwards. Each one sold gives 40% to a charity. The first book is, in essence about healthy eating and the book will help raise funds for ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.’