Chick Chat by Janie Bynum

I came across the cutest book on a blog I follow called KidLit411.

I was particularly attracted to it because it has a cute little chick on the cover and it’s almost Easter, so it seemed a perfect time to share it.

It’s available in Hard Cover on Amazon

Check out the full story from the author and illustrator at the link below

http://www.kidlit411.com/2021/03/Kidlit411-Author-Illustrator-Janie-Bynum.html

Tails of Blueberry Street series (Return to Blueberry Street; Book 2 in the series)

Author, Debbie Burton

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a returning featured author, Debbie Burton, here to share about the second book in her series, Tails of Blueberry Street.

Meet Debbie Burton, author of the Tails of Blueberry Streetbook series.

Thank you, Wanda, for the opportunity to once again connect with your audience. My second children’s book, Return to Blueberry Street was released by Elk Lake Publishing in August of 2020. The story follows Buddy the beagle as he leads his canine companions on a mission to track down the porch pirate who is stealing their treats. A mystery for children ages six to nine, Return to Blueberry Street teaches the values of teamwork, fairness, and the importance of protecting wild animals. Told from Buddy’s point of view, the action begins with a camping trip where he meets a wild monkey named Freddy on a hike through the woods.

I was inspired to write this book during a visit to Silver Springs State Park in Florida. At a trailhead I saw a sign about the presence of wild monkeys in the area. These animals descended from of a group of rhesus monkeys brought to Florida from Asia for the purpose of entertaining tourists. The owner of the property put them on an island in the middle of the Silver River for boaters to see. He didn’t know monkeys can swim. They swam off the island and have lived in the surrounding woods ever since.

Return to Blueberry Street is book two of the Tails of Blueberry Street series. The first book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street, introduces the character of Buddy and shareshis struggle to recover from a serious injury which paralyzed his hind legs. Both books feature Buddy’s rival, a Doberman named Blitz, who is twice Buddy’s size. Blitz bullies Buddy for his disability and makes Buddy doubt himself. Their relationship teaches children to empathize with people who are different.Both books are perfect for classroom read-a-louds and include questions for discussion.

I am a retired elementary teacher turned author. For the majority of my life I’ve worked with children, but never thought I would write for them. My husband encouraged to me to write a children’s book in 2015. Since I love writing poetry, we both envisioned a rhyming picture book. After meeting with editors and agents at conferences, I discovered publishers were more interested in early reader chapter books. At first, I thought writing a chapter book would be impossible. What could I write about? Then I thought about our pet beagle, Buddy, who really did experience most of the events I describe in the first book.

Three years later I met Deb Haggerty, Editor in Chief of Elk Lake, at a Florida Christian Writers Conference. She loved my idea and offered me a contract. I am represented by Michelle Lazurek of WordWise Media Services. I plan to continue the Tails of Blueberry Street series, and I am currently writing book three. As an author I want to develop relatable characters whoengage children and encourage empathy for others. Both of my books are available in paperback and eBook.

Links:

Amazon: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street   amzn.to/3hTqRtA

​   Return to Blueberry Street  amzn.to/2QgUIAI 

Barnes and Noble: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street  bit.ly/2RVrUP6

                             Return to Blueberry Street   bit.ly/34KzZOi 

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Website: https://debbieburton.blog/          

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/buddyfanclub

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/debbie_j_burton

Elk Lake Publishing Inc. https://www.elklakepublishinginc.com/debbie-burton/

Email: debbieburton@ymail.com

Thank you, Debbie, for sharing another awesome book in your series! I love the positive messages! We look forward many more in this series!

And thank you, blogging community, for stopping by my blog today!

As always…likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Stay safe, everyone!

Job and Career Planning for Teens

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.

Today, I’m having our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, share a topic for our teens…

Job and Career Planning for Teens
by
Dr. Valerie Allen

As teenagers progress through high school their career plans may boarder on whimsical, fantasy, or the far fetched. Parents, don’t be alarmed! What must Mrs. Disney have thought as her little boy, Walter, kept drawing all those mice? It’s good to think big and plan accordingly, however, it’s also important to consider “Plan B,” just in case fame and fortune doesn’t come overnight for your special teenager.

Arts and Humanities: skilled production of creation and/or presentations for aesthetic appreciation and/or recognition. Think: artists, creative writers, journalists, musicians, entertainers

Construction: processes in the building trades which help citizens in their living environment and life styles to meet their needs. Think: architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, tradesmen, .

Education: application of knowledge in research and helping individuals in gaining skills and techniques necessary to accomplish tasks. Think: professors, teachers, trainers, researchers.

Government: developing and enforcing the system of community living at the local, state, and national levels and regulation of quality standards for the production of goods and services. Think: politicians, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, policy makers, city planners.

Health and Welfare: maintaining the physical and mental well-being of humans, as well as being active in the care of animals as they impact on the overall well-being of society. Think: medical field, mental health professionals, case workers, veterinarians, personal trainers, life coaches.

Manufacturing: the design and production of goods and materials in an effort to make a product suitable for consumer use. Think: factory production of parts and pieces, heavy equipment, machinists, factory workers, assembly line.

Personal Services: aiding individuals in their daily life functions as related to their needs and desires. Think: direct patient care, case workers, vocational/career guidance workers, barbers, cosmetologists, health and beauty spas.

Product Services: the repair and maintenance of goods being used by the consumer. Think: auto   services, appliance repairs, mechanical engineers, infrastructure maintenance, utility workers.

Natural Resources: the management of environmental reserves in the production of goods and materials to satisfy the needs and wants of the consumer. Think: forest workers, fish and wildlife officers, pollution control, waste management workers, recycle and re-purpose workers.

Recreation and Entertainment: the application of artistic skills and talents for an individual’s own pleasure and/or the pleasure of others. Think: sports, spas, gyms, playgrounds, zoos, culture, entertainment.

Trade and Finance: involves the process of exchange of goods and services as well as monetary services, to aid both the producer and the consumer personally or professionally. Think: banking, investing, insurance, real estate, stock market, bookkeepers, accountants, loan officers

Transportation and Communication: the transfer of goods and people by air, land, or water and the transmission of information throughout the community and world society.  Think: airline pilots, boat captions, train conductors, big rig drivers, bus drivers, computer/IT workers

All jobs are classified into one of three categories; those involving people, data, or things. There is,  of course, overlap but the basic focus of a job is in one of these three classifications. This list of career clusters would be helpful to assist your teen to explore where his or her skills and interests might be found. You can use this information as a good talking point with your teen.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has written a work book for teens and parents, “Go to the Guidance Office and Ask the Counselor About Career Choices.” Amazon.com/dp/B08L5LKZ86
She has also published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New
Friends ” and a picture book for beginning readers, “The Sun and The Moon.” Amazon.com/author/valerieallen.
Oh yes, she has also raised six children from whom she has learned many things about life and love.

Thank you, Dr. Allen, for being a guest on my blog today and helping parents everywhere help their child be a success!

As always likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Thank you everyone for reading my blog.

Stay safe

Chickens Laugh Out Loud Children’s Book Series

Jane Finch, children's author, sitting in front of a window with a red flower in the background

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce you to Jane Finch, a children’s author, of the wonderful series of books called Chickens Laugh Out Loud.

Here’s Jane to tell you her story of how her books came to life…

A few years ago I decided I would like to keep chickens. However, instead of buying pedigree chickens I decided I would like to rescue some from a battery farm. I had seen pictures of them kept in small cages, never seeing the light of day, never feeling the sun on their backs, and never feeling the grass beneath their feet. So I took myself off to a local egg factory where they kept in excess of one thousand chickens in hot and steamy broiler houses. As it happened they were just about to send a load off to slaughter, and so I ended up going home with not just two or three, as I had planned, but with twenty-five!  Most of the hens could not walk, were almost bald, and were not used to being in the dark, because lights are kept on 24 hours a day to increase egg production.

I converted a shed into a coop, and filled a greenhouse with straw bales, and the way those chickens reacted to freedom took my breath away. I was amazed at the characters of those hens, their funny antics, the twinkle in their eyes, and the way they followed me around the garden like a dog. I loved them from the start, and never expected to have such strong emotions for what, after all, were only chickens.

Being a writer, I decided to write about their escapades, later turning the stories into rhyme as I thought children would love to hear about these crazy chickens. Earlier this year I cam across Jack Foster on Facebook and was immediately drawn to the incredible characters that he had created. I sent him the rhymes and he responded that he would love to illustrate the poems, and so the Chickens Laugh Out Loud series was born.  The first was The Chicken Farm, followed by The Apple Tree, and later Rainy Morning. I was so excited that Jack was able to bring my crazy chicken characters to life. There are three more books in the series in the making, due for release early next year.

Chickens Laugh Out Loud book one The Chicken Farm written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Jack Foster, yellow background with 5 smiling chickens with green eyes in front

We recently received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite for The Chicken Farm:

Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

The Chicken Farm: Book 1 in the Chickens Laugh Out Loud Series will definitely make your young child laugh. The illustrations are very well done and the story is easy for a child to follow, understand and enjoy. The rhyming adds interest for the child reader and allows them to eagerly try to find the matching rhyming word that might be used, a learning experience to see how many words they can come up with. My five-year-old granddaughter and I used my Kindle to read The Chicken Farm over and over; each time laughing, learning and spending quality time together sharing. Jane Finch is a gifted writer with a special talent for entertaining a child. Jack Foster is a talented artist in making the illustrations fun, recognizable and appealing to a child.

I believe this is a delightful book for any young child. I think the perfect age range is probably from age three to around five years old. It is exactly right for either a boy or a girl; both will find something that amuses and interests them. Each of the pages in The Chicken Farm is delightful. As a grandmother I really enjoyed sharing the experience and as far as my granddaughter was concerned it was a really “cool” book. We are both anxiously awaiting future books in the series and are sure we will be sharing more fun times with the series. I highly recommend The Chicken Farm: Book 1 in the Chickens Laugh Out Loud Series.

 Chickens Laugh Out Loud book two The Apple Tree written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Jack Foster two chickens sitting on an apple tree with blue background behind

Chickens Laugh Out Loud book three Rainy Morning written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Jack Foster, rainy gray background with a chicken holding an umbrella and another chicken with a yellow raincoat and rain boots on

The tag line for the series is – Never again will a chicken be ‘just a chicken’. I hope these books will help children to understand more about chickens, their amazing characters, and how they are so much more than just an animal that produces eggs.

 

The amazon links for the first three books in the series are:

 

http://getbook.at/chickens1

http://getbook.at/chickens2

http://getbook.at/chickens3

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ChickensLOL

 

Website is: http://finchlark.webs.com

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jane.finch.14

 

Jack’s facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/jacktoon

Thank you, Jane, for sharing your super cute chicken books with us! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store to tell us about this zany chickens.

Lieve Snellings and Her Beautiful Nature Photography Inspired Picture Books

Lieve Snellings, children's author, wearing glasses and a white turtle neck and dark jacket

My name is Lieve Snellings. I live in Leuven, Belgium. But for the past 11 years, I live about 5 months out of the year in Québec. Once I arrived in Canada, I spent hours, days, weeks to observe and photograph the amazing American wildlife I discovered there.

 

Then, I searched for every bit of information I could find. Watching all these little (and a bit bigger) creatures that visit our backyard and in parks is so relaxing, food for imagination and fun.

Apparently, I have a lot of patience for this nature observation (in Belgium I was/am always busy). I am a professional photographer but did mostly documental journalistic work. In Quebec, a new passion, nature photography, was born.

Inspired by my wildlife images and my godchild’s two little daughters, I started dreaming of writing a picture book. And this is another special story. I think that most (if not almost all) writers start their books with ideas, fantasies which they turn into words and afterward look for illustrations. For me, it was the opposite.

I wanted to make a sort of picture book with Eufrazie, the little American Red Squirrel, and my godchild’s daughters as main characters. I had a vague storyline in mind and wanted to start with my pictures. So I opened my photo library and choose images I could use.

A collection of Lieve Snellings nature photography featuring a woodchuck, a squirrel, several birds and her two god-daughters along with her book cover, Margot Gets An Unexpected Visit

But at that moment snow was melting and Margot the groundhog woke up out of her hibernation. For me that is always an exciting happening, I try to observe her then as much as I can.

 

 

Suddenly she looked me in the eye and she told me ‘NO, your book will not be about Eufrazie. It is about me, Margot the groundhog, you have to tell my story.’

I don’t know how she did this, but the result was that I started to select my woodchuck photos.

And so my books were born, page by page, image by image, and with the photos came the story.

Margot is the main character in both of my books. Little Eufrazie, her cousins the black and grey squirrels Germaine and Philomene and Fiston the little chipmunk got a small supporting role.

I have two books, two stories that take the traditional picture book experience and transform it by replacing illustrations with my own nature photography. The books are written in my mother tongue Dutch and translated into English and French.

Margot Gets An Unexpected Visit by award-winning children's author Lieve Snellings

Margot Gets an Unexpected Visit
A children’s tale where high-quality nature photography meets up with friendship, diversity, fun, education and ice hockey

As all groundhogs, Margot doesn’t like to have others around her. Certainly not humans. But is this also the case when she meets up with two little girls? You’ll find out in this book.
You will also enjoy the unique and touching photo-images of nature in Quebec, and an unpredictable anecdote on the special haircut for ice hockey fans.
age: 5 – 8 year
Asin: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E0FL2HK
Amazon smartly: http://smarturl.it/e7uowx
Universal book link: https://www.books2read.com/u/m2oJNG
ISBN: 978-1532877650

Groundhog Secrets book cover by Lieve Snellings with Readers' Favorite Book Award Seal

Groundhog Secrets – Everything You Always wanted to Know about Woodchucks
Discover the secret world of the groundhog through the eyes of Margot the woodchuck while gaining a close-up view of wildlife in whimsical photo illustrations.

Do you want to know more about the woodchuck? Then this book packed with information about groundhogs (who are also called woodchucks), is for you! Margot the woodchuck reveals all her secrets. She describes how groundhogs are born, what they look like and who is in their family. She talks about how they fill their tummies in summer and autumn, to store fat for the long winter months. Even medical doctors and scientists study the groundhog hibernation. Find out why in this fascinating illustrated book.

Lieve Snellings, award-winning children's author, wearing her Readers' Favorite medal and holding the award-winning book, Groundhog Secrets

This book won a Reader’s Favorite Book Award 2018.

Age: 8 – 11 year
Asin: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071Z35TDB
Amazon smartly: http://smarturl.it/0psllg
Universal book link: https://www.books2read.com/u/m2oJNG
ISBN: 978-1546813033

The Enlightenment Adventures by Christopher Locke

Christopher Locke, children's book author, wearing glasses a blue shirt, a tie, and pants with a belt

Hi everyone!

I’d like to introduce you to an author with a wonderful message for both children and adults.

Please welcome Christopher Locke…

We all have things we’re passionate about. My two greatest passions in life are writing and advocating for animals, so I spent years brainstorming different ideas for stories to best combine these two elements. In 2013, I finally came up with my young adult novel series, The Enlightenment Adventures, which takes readers on a captivating journey that educates them about important animal issues.

Persimmon Takes on Humanity by Christopher Locke, book cover

 

The first book, Persimmon Takes On Humanity, follows Persimmon, a clever and compassionate raccoon, who teams up with her loyal forest friends to rescue any creature they see suffering at the hands of humans. What the team doesn’t know is just how rampant this violence really is, and soon their exciting rescue missions turn shockingly dangerous and deadly. The enthralling adventure tracks the courageous critters as they risk their own lives in various precarious situations—on a factory farm, on a fur farm, and in the circus—and challenges readers to examine their own relationship with animals and question what being humane really means.

In the second book, Vincent and The Dissidents, while Persimmon and The Vincent and the Dissidents by Christopher Locke, book coverEnlighteners continue their daring efforts to rescue all animals who are suffering, little do they know that Vincent—the cunning mink who helped the team liberate a fur farm in Book One—has been assembling an army. Vincent and The Dissidents are conducting their own rescue missions, but their violent tactics against humans are quickly leading to catastrophic consequences.

Meanwhile, just as Persimmon and The Enlighteners are mounting their most ambitious rescue so far, a tragic incident alters Persimmon’s life forever and jeopardizes the fate of The Enlighteners.

 

Writing and publishing these books has been a dream come true. I’ve had numerous people write me or tell me in person that the books inspired them to go vegan or that they were already vegan when they read them and the books reinvigorated their activism. That’s the most wonderful response I could receive—to know that these stories are having a real impact to awaken people’s compassion. All of the animal characters in the books represent real animals in the world who are being mistreated by humans. I can’t imagine a better gift than knowing that the books are helping the real Persimmons and Vincents out there.

I am currently working on the third and final book of the series. I’ve grown so close to these characters that it’s sad to be writing their final adventure, but the series has also taken me years to write, so I can’t wait to finish Persimmon’s exciting tale and then move onto the next project!

You can find Christopher’s books at these links below

The Enlightenment Adventures

Persimmon Takes On Humanity

Vincent and The Dissidents

You can connect with Christopher at these links below

Facebook author page

Twitter author page

Thank you, Christopher, for sharing your books with us today.

And thank you, everyone, for stopping in and reading this blog post.

If you liked what you read, please like, comment, and share!!

Franky Wins in 2018 Reader’s Favorite Competition

Franky the Flamingo book cover surrounded by two pink neon flamingos on a background of fireworks
Available on Amazon

Hi everyone,

I told you I would be back after September 1st to let you know how Franky the Finicky Flamingo does in the 2018 Reader’s Favorite International Book Competition.

And he won Honorable Mention in the Animals Category!! You can see above that he is celebrating!! Doing the happy flamingo dance!

Thank you for all of your support!!!!!

I’m super excited about this win as there were hundreds of other worthy books that Franky was judged against!!!!

Here’s a wonderful write up by the incredibly talented illustrator of Franky the Finicky Flamingo, Mara Reitsma.

And you know there’s always a team in creating a book, there’s the behind-the-scenes magical guru, Claire Plaisted  of Plaisted Publishing House, who helped me every step of the way with decisions that had to be made and all the formatting stuff that I could never dream of understanding.

A great big hug and thank you and happy dances to my team members, Mara and Claire! I couldn’t do what I do without you!!

And there were other winners in the Reader’s Favorite Competition that I have either featured on my blog or have read and written a review…

There’s Alma Hammond with Super Rooster and Cat winning Silver in the Animals Category. Here’s my review re-posted from Amazon

“I love this sweet story about an unusual friendship between a cat and a rooster. They enjoy the beach together and meet sea creatures. The author does a great job explaining what may seem scary about these creatures is something that has a purpose. She explains in a fun way what each creature does that makes them special. Great messages for everyone and told in a fun way! Beautiful illustrations! 5 stars”

And there’s Diane Mae Robinson with the Sir Princess Petra series that I featured on my blog here and also reviewed on Amazon. 

Here’s the review re-posted from Amazon

“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!”

Her The Dragon Grammar Book won GOLD in Children-Educational!! Oh yea!!

I also have read and reviewed it on Amazon, here’s the re-post

“I picked up this book thinking I would know most of it, although why I thought that I have no idea. It’s true I’m an author but there is much to know about grammar. And well, I wasn’t the best student of grammar. Don’t get me wrong, I was a great student, but grammar alluded me. Still does, apparently. And I have most probably used every comma wrong in my above sentences. LOL I think this is a great book for children and adults. I think it is best as a reference rather than a read-through because it is a lot of information to take in. I compliment the author for taking on such a difficult task and for making grammar more pleasant by using dragons and princesses as examples.”

Cindy Shirley who I met last year at the Reader’s Favorite Awards Ceremony in Miami had TWO books win–The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick won an Honorable Mention in Children’s Concept and Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float won a Bronze in Children Grade K-3rd.

And Lieve Snellings who writes children’s non-fiction books about groundhogs (aka woodchucks) won a Bronze in Groundhog Secrets

And let me tell you a secret, she takes her own photos of groundhogs and they are amazing!!

She recently featured me on her blog. Check it out here!

She has promised that I can feature her on my blog in October, so stay tuned!

I hope to connect with some of the other winners so I can bring them to you on this blog.

And we still have the Top Shelf Indie Book Awards to hear on, so stay posted. I’ll let you know when I know.

Thank you everyone out there in Blog Land for supporting me, leaving comments on my posts, sharing via Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and Google+. You guys make blogging fun!

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation!

Hugs!

 

 

Children’s Books About the Lives of Military Children by Florenza Lee

Florenza Denise Lee, author and motivational speaker, wearing a white a blue top off her shoulders, large earrings, and smiling looking up at the camera

 

Hi, everyone!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a special lady who writes children’s books that show what it’s like to be a child of a military parent.

Florenza Denise Lee, whose work has been compared to that of Wayne Dyer and Byron Katie, is a Radio Talk Show Host, Published Author, Transformation Speaker, Certified Life Coach, and Children’s Mindfulness Coach.

Florenza facilitates a purpose discovery workshop entitled, Material Matters which guides participants through a session that allows them to identify their purpose/passion and develop their own personal statement of affirmation. She also hosts a women’s weekly book club.

Although Florenza dabbled in poetry while in grade and middle school, she never considered herself a writer, until January 31, 2014, when she woke to write 12 books in just about an hour and a half.

Welcome Home Daddy Love Lexi part of the "Hi, I am..." Book Series written by Florenza Lee and illustrated by Maria Guevara and published by Words to Ponder Publishing Company, LLC

These twelve books are her “Hi, I Am…”

Series of books that highlight the joys,

pains, and pride of our

military families.

The first to be published is Welcome

Home Daddy Love, Lexi.

 

 

 

Words to Ponder Publishing Company, LLC logo with the words written around the edge of the circle and inside is a large spoon that looks like an infinity circle with books inside the spoon and the words "Feeding Your Mind, One Book At A Time," written on the handle of the spoon

 

It was on January 31, 2014, that she also started her

publishing company, Words to Ponder Publishing

Company, LLC and built her website: www.florenza.org.

 

 

Other books published by her are:

The Tail of Max the Mindless Dog, A Children’s Book on Mindfulness,

The Tail of Max the Mindless Dog book cover with a spotted dog that has a leaf on his nose and head and behind him is a fence, a large bush and some trees written by Florenza Lee and Illustrated by MIchelle Wynn

and

Barry Bear’s Very Best, Learning to Say No to Negative Influences 

Barry Bear's Very Best, Learning to Say No to Negative Influences by Florenza Denise Lee and Illustrated by MIchelle Wynn

(Spanish and English).

 

 

Currently being illustrated are: Two-Thirds is a Whole; Oh My, Goodness, Look at this Big Mess! A Book on Obedience Based on Matthew 21:28 – 32; Acornsville, Land of the Secret Seed Keepers, A Book Based on The Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25: 14 – 30; Micah and Malik’s Super, Awesome, Excellent, Adventure; When Life Gives Us Wind; and O’Kapi. Florenza plans to publish one book every six months. 

 

Florenza and her husband, US Army Command Sergent Major (Retired) Trefus have been married nearly 37 years and reside in Hampton Roads, Virginia; their two daughters reside in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a military family, they have moved nearly 25 times and now call Hampton, Virginia home.

 

To purchase her books visit her website:

 

https://www.florenza.org

 

eBooks are available on Amazon.com

 

Her Facebook pages are:

 

https://www.facebook.com/Florenza.Denise.Lee

 

https://www.facebook.com/Words.are.Ponderful/notifications/

 

https://www.facebook.com/Barry-Bears-Very-Best-1633892566850053/?ref=br_rs

 

https://www.facebook.com/My.Daddy.Came.Home/

 

https://www.facebook.com/The.Tail.of.Max.the.Mindless.Dog/

 

 

Franky the Finicky Flamingo is Sporting a New Emblem on his Jacket

Mom's Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Emblem with a swish that looks like a parent holding a baby in its' arms shaped like a heart on a blue background

 

Hi everyone,

I have some great news to share!

Remember when I posted that Franky the Finicky Flamingo had been nominated for a Mom’s Choice Award?

Well, I told you I would let you know once I heard back and guess what? He won!!

Franky the Finicky Flamingo is now

the proud recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award!!!

Franky the Finicky Flamingo picture book cover by Wanda Luthman and illustrated by Mara Reitsma showing Top Shelf Nomination Award and Mom's Choice Award emblems
Available on Amazon, only $2.99!

I’m so thrilled to have received this news!

You just never know when you give your precious baby (i.e.–book) to others who are going to pass judgement on it whether they are actually going to like it or not.

Here’s a link to the Press Release.

So, one down and two more to go.

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.