Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A New Book!



I recently wrote another children’s book.  The illustrations are finished and I am in the process of putting the book together to prepare for printing.


I’m excited about this book because of how I ended up writing it.  I occasionally do volunteer work for a group in my hometown called Pause 4 All Paws (find them on Facebook, Pause 4 All Paws).  They are an animal rescue group and do wonderful and hard, and sometimes heart-breaking, work.  This group rescues animals from bad situations or sad situations, finds foster care and/or adoption.  They do fundraising events and help people who are looking to adopt or looking to find their pet a new home.

This group is made up of a wonderful group of people, one who is co-founder of the group, Johanna Stock.  One day, Johanna and I were having a conversation about my children’s books and I jokingly said I should write a book about a little girl who rescues animals (based on Johanna's daughter). Johanna’s daughter is a fun little girl who loves helping her mama with events and loves the animals.

After our conversation, I sat down with my laptop to work on another book I’m in the process of writing but I couldn’t concentrate.  Instead, I brought up a new sheet and began typing.  I was so excited about this story!

The book is called Annie to the Rescue.  I don’t want to give the story away but it involves a little girl named Annie and two dogs.  This book will be dedicated to Johanna, her daughter, and Pause for All Pause.  I am an avid animal lover (and called a “foster failure” as my husband and I have adopted two fosters and rescued two others).

I look forward to the printing of this book (look for it this Spring!!) and in the meantime, check out Amazon for my other two books, Hammy’s New Home and If I Were a Duck!


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Did You Know Part IX

I love music but did you know.............


I don't like music by Michael Jackson, Billy Joel or Elton John.

I love classical music but cannot listen to it to calm me down because it makes me nervous.
 
I play the piano 90% “by ear” and 10% note reading. I can hear a song and then sit down at the piano and compose it. And I can harmonize when I sing!




Monday, December 26, 2016

Have You Read................

Have you read my two published children's books yet?  If not, please visit Amazon where you can find Hammy's New Home and If I Were A Duck to purchase for your Kindle or order a hard copy.

I'm proud of my accomplishments this year and look forward to publishing a few more children's books in the year 2017.  

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Don't Snoop!!!

Ever year before Christmas, I would give my mom a Christmas list and because she was so kind and generous, she strived to get my sister and I what we wanted. She would wrap the gifts and place them under the tree and I would always sit in front of the tree looking at gifts to see which ones had my name on the tag but usually never touching or shaking.

Except one year.

One Christmas was a bad Christmas for me. I snooped. And I guessed.

First, I stumbled upon the work bench with tools that my grandfather had built for me because I loved to shadow him and “help” and learn while he built and fixed things. UGH I was devastated. My sister and uncle were with me and we all promised to keep it quiet because we didn't want to hurt grandpa's feelings.

Then, I decided to pick up the gifts under the tree with my name tag and shake them and try to guess what my mom bought for me. I never did that. And shouldn't have. I guessed she bought me a crimping iron (yes I used to crimp my hair!!....when it was “in”) and I guessed that she got me the doll I had been begging for.

I was pretty disappointed but got over it. Until Christmas day. I opened my gifts and felt awful because there was no surprise and even worse because my mom thought I was surprised when I really knew all along what was inside of those packages.

I held onto the beautiful doll I asked for, and then I went upstairs to my room and cried. My family couldn't figure it out. I am not sure if I told them but to this day I feel awful.

From that day on, I never (even now) looked under the tree at my gifts until it was time to open.




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Did You Know Part VIII

I cannot stand Candy Corn or Circus Peanuts
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I can't eat dessert with coffee like most people; I have to have cold water along with it
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I hide in my laundry room when I want to sneak a cookie or candy and not let my daycare kids find out


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I have eaten an entire box of granola bars in one sitting
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