Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Bet Lost & Won

My husband, Scott, had been tweeting with his favorite local newscaster, Paige Preusse from 40/29 News, about the basketball tournament. He lived in Michigan for nearly 40 years, and mostly in the Detroit Metro area, so he was over the moon about U of M going into the final four and then the championship game. Paige was holding firm for Villanova. A friendly bet ensued. If Michigan won, Scott got a signed photo of Paige. If Villanova won . . . Well, we would send Paige one of my books. That's the only interesting thing we could think we had to offer.

By now, I'm sure you know the outcome.

(photo courtesy of Paige Preusse)

We couldn't decide which book to send her, so we dropped off a selection on the canine side of things. Paige tweeted this photo out later that day. Best bet I ever lost! We hope she enjoys them.

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main doesn't often get the love it deserves with so many children's books in the mix, but the San Francisco Review of Books did just post a review recommending it. Very exciting!

Here's an excerpt:
"The plot twists were nicely done. While I saw some of them coming ahead of time, there were also a few surprises along the way that I never would have expected from this tale. The author seemed to have an intuitive understanding of what the audience was expecting from her, and she knew exactly when to give to those expectations as well as when she should ignore them. Her creativity in this area makes me curious to see what she will come up with next!"

And Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess has earned a 5-Star review from Readers' Choice. 

Here's a portion of that review:
"The story is an enchanting fairy tale woven with witches, fairies, dragons, adventure, and whimsy. Bianca's character has been strongly portrayed and her bravery, courage, kindness, and goodness are tangible to young readers as they turn the pages. It is a wonderful read and, with all the action and adventure, has a good pace and movement which will keep readers glued till the very end. It is also interesting to note Bianca's transition from that of a quiet and protected girl to that of being a responsible and confident young girl. For all those who love magic, adventure, action, fantasy, whimsy, and fairy tales, this book is a must-read."
Thank you, Readers' Choice!

I'm gearing up to share my books at several events and school visits over the next few weeks. Stop by to say hello at these two that are open to the public:

April 21             Bella Vista Library Author Showcase, Bella Vista, AR  10:00 am -12:00 pm
April 28 & 29   Old Timers Day Festival, Van Buren, Arkansas

Sadly, both the Fayetteville SpringFest and Block Street Block Party that we normally do in the spring have been cancelled for this year. Hopefully they will be back for 2019. The powers that be promise they will.

My spring newsletter is in the works and will be out by the end of the week. If you want to subscribe to that (I promise, I only send out five or six emails a year) you can do that through the link in the sidebar of this blog for my Reader's Group.

Here's to wishing genuine spring weather for everyone!

And PS:  If you love Twitter, we'd love to have you follow one of us there--
Kimba  Yes, Kimba has a Twitter account. And a Facebook page. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tyson Elementary School Visit

Spring has sprung, and my comfy winter of hiding in my office and getting things done is over. As much as I love that quiet, productive time, I also love getting out and meeting readers. Spring is also the time for author visits at elementary schools, and I was thrilled this week to visit Tyson Elementary right here in Springdale.

I met their librarian, Mrs. Valerie Harp, when she stopped by my booth at the War Eagle Fall Craft Festival in 2017. She was excited to meet a local author, and I was excited to meet such a lovely champion of reading and books. After a few chats over email, we set up my author visit at her school for March 9th.

Yay for Mrs. Harp, Rock Star Librarian!
Kimba and Hiro highly approve.

School visits take on all shapes and forms, but this talk was to the entire student body after their Friday morning assembly. I thought the kids might be a little tired of sitting on the cafeteria floor by the time I came on, but they were wonderful and engaged and loved seeing the real photos of our whole Cats in the Mirror family. Many books went into eager hands, and the library was set up with a copy of all of my books, including Bianca and Max's Wild Night in hardcover. Yes, Max is now in hardcover! But more on that in a minute.

Reading the opening of Bianca and looking at how the cover design was done.
(From Tyson Elementary's Facebook Page)
Both now in hardcover!
(From Tyson Elementary's Facebook Page)

I'm so grateful that Mrs. Harp promoted and supported and cheered on this author visit. I have had events that did not go so well because the librarian didn't help get the kids excited or share my books ahead of time. You can't just drop onto their doorstep. Author visits are the most beneficial when the students are a bit invested in the stories you will be talking about. Mrs. Harp had shared Max with a large percentage of the students, and I love that their biggest concern was if Max was still alive. Yes, Max is most certainly still alive, though he is an old man dog of 12 now. Many, many thanks to Mrs. Harp and all the wonderful people I met at Tyson Elementary. Everyone was so cheerful and welcoming. What a delightful school environment!

And back to a bit more news on the Max front. My cozy winter months were spent fussing with my first edition of Max's Wild Night and creating the hardcover version of the book. My next blog will have much more about that, and hardcover versions of the whole Cats in the Mirror series are on the horizon. Maybe the distant horizon--it's a time-consuming process--but I can still see it.

Many of you are probably getting ready for spring break vacations. Callista comes home on Friday to rest for a week before the final push to end her sophomore year. I'm hoping to get her to create some new illustrations for Why Kimba Saved The World. We shall see.

And if you are in the parts of the country that are covered in snow, I send you my condolences. I lived in the North most of my life and don't miss snow at all. I'll try to swish some warm weather your direction. Scott and Amanda are working on a new flower bed out in front of the house while I type this. It's planting time in Arkansas. Whatever your weather and plans for March, Happy Spring to each of you! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dragon Themed Book Sale

Make a quick trip to this link to check out some great deals on dragon themed "clean" read books. I'm participating in a multi-author cross promotion event, and some of the titles look really great. At the bottom of the page, there's an email you can sign up for to receive information about future sales as well.

Of course, Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess is on sale as my part of the event, so you can grab a copy on Kindle for 99 cents now through Jan. 9th. Maybe share a copy at this low price! 

I've copied the post from the above link for you convenience, but some of the prices may change during the promotion. Click the link above to be sure you are seeing the most current deals. Enjoy stocking up on some fun dragony reads!

Would you sacrifice your future to practice magic?Every child of Woolpren dreams of being a dragon rider, but few are chosen.  Ruskya must fight for his dragon's future.



After trying to eat Rudolph, a dragon ends up pulling Santa's sleigh.
A 1,500-word short story that is very silly.
An arrogant dragon and smartmouthed princess must learn to work together in order to save the world.Glacia didn't mean to fall in love with the mysterious boy who saved her —
it just happened.
Google Play



On an island where nightmares come to life, not all creatures are bad.  Here you'll find Melvin,
a bubble-breathing dragon who's eager to please.
The hope of their world may rest on the steel he wears at his side.A lost heir, a determined princess, and a love potion gone awry combine in a fairy tale-style adventure.



To keep the world from being destroyed, the
Last Key Keeper must free the dragons from their immortal prison.
When a dragon invades, a frail and delicate princess has to venture into the woods.  But is she brave enough to save them all?When Lyra opens her lost childhood book, she remembers her destiny and must save Dragonspeir's Alliance.



"To rule with dragons, you must become like one!"

The dragon falls as the raven rises.  A kingdom that does not remember its past may be doomed to repeat it.My life changed forever after I gave the last rites to a dragon . . .



An L.A. teen is transported to a world teeming with dragons!A dragon, who isn't supposed to exist.  A history of deadly secrets.  Magic has never seemed more complicated.



When Kyra finds a dragon egg, she goes against imperial law to protect it, and gains a powerful ally to find her mother's murderer.Dragons, people, and magical creatures reunite to face the evil bent on destroying them.The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different.



Born to rule.
Lived to heal.
Died to save.
Born again.
A lonely sea dragon wants a bride.  Chung Jo wants her father to regain his sight.  They will strike a bargain.When a young dragon prince is maimed in battle and shunned from his kingdom, he defies fate and eons of tradition by forging his own destiny.



Armed only with the love of a pacifist Healer, a young prince must ask the great dragons to help save the land from monsters.Rose didn't count on becoming a mother to a baby dragon.  Can three strangers of two different species become a family?They say the Age of Dragons ended, but one clan remains, destined to reclaim their ancestral home.
Google Play



Magic suppressed.  Magic exiled.  Magic murdered.  Where magic is involved, there can only be one conqueror.When a grieving dragon steals the child Samara is responsible for, she turns to a too-amorous knight to help rescue the child.




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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blog Tour Thank You

Bianca's blog tour is now complete (though reviews are still coming in) and I just want to send a big Thank You to all the bloggers who participated. None of them are paid a red cent for taking part or doing a review, so it is always exciting when someone agrees to join a tour. Nearly everyone I had expected to make a post did so (there will always be a couple who fall out), and one even joined in once the tour was in progress. Over all, it was a big success. Take a second to visit any of these links that you didn't check out during the tour from Facebook or Twitter or Google+. Leave a comment for them.

And above all, don't forget that you can leave your own review for Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess at Amazon or Goodreads or whatever sites you prefer.

Thank yous go out to these bloggers (links to the actual promo or review post are now attached):

There is also a Pinterest board on my page with links to the sites that offered one.

Many thanks for a successful tour and book launch!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Bianca Book Release and Blog Tour!!

Today is finally the day! Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess is finally loose in the world.

If you haven't ordered your copy yet, it's not too late but the clock is ticking if you want it in time for the holidays. Click here to get autographed/personalized copies right from Meg, or click here to order from Amazon.com.

Over the next 17 days, Bianca and I will be making appearances on a variety of blogs, Facebook pages, and even a podcast. Reviews will start popping up, and books will be mailed out. Very exciting! I'll be sharing the steps along the tour on my social media sites, and I'll wrap it all up with the links to every post here on Dec. 17. Thank you to all who decided to join me:

Dec. 1   Meg Dendler’s Blog & Book Launch/Blog Promotion

Dec. 2   Book ‘Em Book Club (Interview) &  Marion Marchetto (Review)

Dec. 3    Fundimental (Review)

Dec. 4    Ellie Mack (Review)

Dec. 5    Michelle Dunton at “Writing Fun” (Phone Interview) 

Dec. 6    H.L. Burke (Promo Post) & Typewriter Society (Interview)

Dec. 7   Amanda’s Books & More (Guest Post)

Dec. 8   Kay LaLone (Review) & Missy Sheldrake (Promo)

Dec. 10  CoffeeAddicts Book Review (Review)

Dec. 11  Waggy Tails Dog Blog (Review) & Lily Iona MacKenzie (Interview)

Dec. 12  Whispering Stories (Review)

Dec. 13  Read Explore Repeat (Review) & Cat Michaels (Review)

Dec. 14  Sorchia’s Universe (Promo Post) & Cover2CoverBlog (Review)


Dec. 16  Watch Jane Write (Review)

Dec. 17  Meg’s Blog for Wrap-up

 So I hope you'll follow along and join in Princess Bianca's journey out into the world! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Free Book Offer and New Book Release--Keepers of the Wellsprings

Please give a warm welcome to Missy Sheldrake! I'm thrilled to help spread the word about her newest book release and also about a VERY special promo offer in honor of Book 5.

Offer: The first four books in this series will be FREE on ebook on November 29th ONLY! That's a fantastic offer, so don't miss out. 

I freely admit that I have just learned of this series. It was the covers that got me. Amazing! I'm really looking forward to reading them and talking a long walk in the world of the Keepers of the Wellsprings.

 Click to go to Amazon and get free titles on 29th

Author/Illustrator Missy Sheldrake is proud to announce the upcoming release of Call of Elespen, the fifth and final book in her Keepers of the Wellsprings series.

This epic fantasy series tells the sweeping tale of a time when ruthless Sorcerers threatened the delicate balance of the Wellsprings--secret pools of magic revered and fiercely protected by fairy-kind for decades.

In Call of Elespen:

“Four offerings claimed. Two left. One, I can easily get. Ceras’lain. The other, Elespen. I don’t know much about that place. Only what I saw from the ship while I escaped from Sunteri. A jungle on either side of a wide river. A city I was forbidden to enter. Forbidden, even though I didn’t even realize it at the time…” -Tib, Dreamstalker, escaped slave

“They know our victory is nearing. They know we’re the Champions of Light. They’d rather keep us here, trapped in their lair, distracted from our quest to restore Brindelier and claim the Wellsprings.” -Flitt, fairy companion to Sir Azi Hammerfel

A vindictive Sorcerer King with a century-old grudge has spent decades gathering an army obsessed with claiming what their master feels he’s owed. Threatened by his dark dealings and sinister followers, will the Champions of Light succeed in claiming Brindelier’s Wellspring for the Dawn, or will its vast power fall forever into the hands of the unforgiving Dusk?

Who will triumph, Dawn or Dusk? Ally yourself with dragons, fairies, mages, knights, and muses in the epic conclusion to the Keepers of the Wellsprings series.

What reviewers are saying about the Keepers of the Wellsprings series:
“…this book had nice readability and should appeal to a wide range of audiences. Too often fantasy is written far too mature, or too childish. The author does a good job of not talking down to her audience, which leads to this readability range.” Fatho, Amazon Reviewer
Azaeli is an awesome young lady; one to watch in the role model stakes.” -T.L. Clark, Author
“…an enchanting read from start to finish.” J. Ortiz, Amazon Reviewer
“Epic, Epic, Epic, wow what an incredible book, story and entry to a fantasy realm. This has movie possibilities written all over it. Magnificent writing, adventure with good and evil and some that are in between the two. Dark forces and forces of light. It simply doesn't get any better.” -Kindle Reviewer

About the Author:
Missy Sheldrake is an author/illustrator who has been conjuring images of fairies in one form or another for as long as she can remember. The wind in the trees and the rich scent of forest earth are her most treasured sources of inspiration, and on most mornings you will find her wandering the wooded paths of her neighborhood, dreaming of the next adventure she hopes to put to the page. She published her first novel, Call of Kythshire, in March of 2015 and intends to keep writing as long as the fairies in her dreams allow it.

Galleries of illustrations and excerpts from the Keepers of the Wellsprings series can be viewed on her website and blog.

Missy can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Her books are available on Amazon.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Paperback Books on Sale!!

I seriously over-purchased paperback books for a couple of events this year, like the Pet Expo, that turned out to be a real bust. It happens. But my business manager (aka my husband, Scott) does not like all that inventory going into 2018. He has uttered the words he never says: "Mark them down. Have a sale."

And so I am!!!

All of the paperback books I have on hand are on sale 30% off until Dec. 30 or supplies on that title run out.  That means that all the animal series books are $7 each and "At the Corner of Magnetic and Main" is only $10. I will still autograph and personalize them, just like normal.

If you want to get in on this sale, just click here to go to my shopping cart page at my website. These prices are not at Amazon. They'd never let me price them this low! It's only at my website on the copies that I have on hand. When a title runs out, I will change the price back to the normal retail price. First come, first served.

So grab those paperbacks for only $7 each 

and finish off your collection!!