Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Win $500! KidLit Giveaway

 Rafflecopter Link

Today is the day! The big Kid Lit Community $500 Giveaway has begun! All you have to do to enter is follow the link to the Rafflecopter site and follow as many authors as you like. Each has chipped in a bit to the final prize, so give them all some love by following on Twitter or Facebook or whatever site they have listed. Check it out now! Click on the banner above for the Rafflecopter link.

  • Contest dates:  November 15 – December 15, 2016
  • Terms and conditions:
  • There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • ONE WINNER will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Prize valued in US Dollar (USD).
  • Winner must have a valid email address attached to their Amazon account in order to receive eGift card.  No age limitation as long as entrant has an Amazon account. Amazon suggests those 18 and under should use the site with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
  • How will the winner be notified?  The organizers of the event, C.L. Murphy and Cat Michaels, will notify the winner.  Once confirmation has been made and the winner accepts the $500.00 payment, the winner’s name will be announced.

How does the contest work?
  • Click on the photo above – it will take you to the Rafflecopter site.  You will see many children’s authors listed.  You have the option of visiting and liking each author’s Facebook page and / or following each author on Twitter.  EVERY “like” or “follow” = 1 chance in the drawing. If you participate in all of the links, your name will earn 58 chances to win the $500.00 gift card.

There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Prize valued in US Dollar (USD). Winner must have a valid email address attached to their Amazon account in order to receive eGift card. (No age limitation as long as entrant has an Amazon account. Amazon suggests those 18 and under should use the site with the involvement of a parent or guardian.)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kimba's Interview with Sneaky the Cat

Sneaky the cat has interviewed Kimba for her blog. You can find the whole link by clicking here.

Here's a little section of her interview for you to enjoy:

What do you like most about your role in your author's books?
I like that I’m the star. There are also very special details about my role in the universe of cats that are revealed through the series, but I’m not supposed to talk about it. Spoilers.
Meow’s the word. I hate spoilers especially when it’s canned food left out too long.

Hop over to Sneaky's blog and read the whole thing!!

Kimba needed a good nap with Minnie when the interview was done.
Being a star is exhausting. Especially for a cat.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Newsletter and Cover Reveal

My Fall Newsletter is here! You can read all the updates and information about holiday book sale prices at this link. 

Now that it is out there in the newsletter, I can also share the cover for "Dottie's Daring Day!"

Isn't she cute?! Dottie is our grand-dogger, and she is a squiggly, adorable little thing.

The book is back from the editor, and I'll begin with final edits and then formatting before Thanksgiving. Everything is on track for the February 1 release date.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter and are having some lovely fall weather. It's still way too hot here for me, but the leaves are making our mountaintop beautiful.

Next Event: November 12, Bella Vista Christmas Bazaar, Riordan Hall, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Top 50 Cat Bloggers and Me!

I'm excited to be included in this group as one of the top 50 cat bloggers. Whoot! You can find the whole list by clicking here. I know many of the bloggers in this group and will be checking out the ones I don't.

My newsletter will be out early next week. Make sure you have signed up! It's easy to do right in the sidebar at my blog.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

War Eagle 2016

We had a fantastic time at the War Eagle Craft Fair last weekend! It poured rain on Wednesday, and that made set-up a bit interesting. We managed to get our tent up between storms, but the field was super muddy and full of puddles. Fortunately, it only sprinkled on and off from there on out. Thursday was still muddy, but thousands of people turned out. The weather was beautiful on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Normally, we freeze until about noon. Not this year. If anything, it was a bit too warm for comfort. You never know what you will get with an outdoor fair. 

We tried a bit of a new set up this year, and I was pleased with the results. The display rack made the books more visible, and the signs on the canopy did a better job of advertising what we had to offer among the daze of booth and goods. Someone even suggested that I need a book about ghost cats and dogs. Hmmm. I'll add it to the list of books I'd love to write.

Zombie hoards or shoppers? Sometimes it is hard to tell.
This crowd is crossing over the bridge to the far side of the mill,
but just as many are waiting for their turn to come join us on the Sharp's Field side. 
Scott kept busy passing out bookmarks and getting folks to stop and say hi.
Hiro kept him company.

It is a long four days, and it helps to have wonderful neighbors. We were across from La Shay and her hand-painted decor again this fall. Besides the fact that her kids enjoy my books, she and her husband are just fun and entertaining when traffic gets slow at the end of the day. She is taking some custom orders this year, so you should check it out.

While the overall traffic was lighter this year, we still met some lovely new readers. Thank you to Luke, JoHanna, Tasha, Cade, Luke, Emerson, Ryan, LeeAnn, Laila, Witney, AnnaClaire, Miss Tori, Ashly, Heather, Rachel, Emily, Gavin, Lucas, Tyler, Sadie, Julia, Abbie, Vincent, Lyla, Averi, Cassie, Luke, Preston, Rachel, Alexander, Noah, Alexander, and Melanie, who went home with new books. And a special thank you to Becket, who went home with the whole Cats in the Mirror series, and Aryel, who now has all five of my children's books to enjoy.

I snapped this photo as a joke. I thought this Kimba toy was looking at me so sadly because no one had taken her home yet. Within a few minutes, a young man stopped in and bought her (along with a book) and had me sign the tag too. She went home with a very delighted friend.

What was really exciting was to have repeat visitors find our booth. One group was sent on a mission to get Vacation Hiro, and others were excited to get Slinky Steps Out as the new book this year. More than one child told me they have read Why Kimba Saved The World over and over. That is about the best compliment a writer can get. Yay!!

I'm also happy to announce the winner of the free Kindle Fire: Shonda from Red Oak, Texas. Congratulations, Shonda! She says that her daughter is already loving her copy of Why Kimba Saved The World. Outstanding!

Kimba helped me select the winner. At first, she was not terribly interested in all those slips of paper. It was nap time and all that.

But curiosity won out. She came down from her favorite perch and finally touched her nose to one. I pulled it aside, just to be sure. She agreed. "Yes. That's the winner."

Then, of course, she had to play in them for a bit. I didn't want to disturb her fun by trying to get a video, but she chased her tail on the pile and had a lovely time.

Everyone was a winner in Kimba's opinion.

While I was having lunch upstairs, I could hear her singing down in the office. Apparently, y'all met with Pooh Bear's approval as well, so she placed him on the pile.

Seriously. She did this. Adding Pooh to the mix means she is very happy. 

We have sold out of Slinky and Max toys, but more are on the way for my next event on November 12th at the Bella Vista Christmas Bazaar. I'm trying for at least one book event a month in 2017, and so far it is all falling into place. Except for January. The weather is too unpredictable to plan anything, and I'll be busy doing final formatting and editing on Dottie's Daring Day then anyhow, still on schedule for a February 1, 2017 release date. The cover reveal should be coming shortly, along with my fall newsletter. Don't forget to sign up here at my blog or at my website so you don't miss out on special Holiday sales.

Now I'm just hoping for more fall-like weather (what's up with this 80 degree stuff?) and getting Dottie off to the editor by the end of the month. Here's to campfires and hot chocolate and all the fun that the chilly weather has in store in the weeks ahead.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cuddlywumpus Cat Chronicles Review

Wonderful new review posted today from The Cuddlywumpus Cat Chronicles on Why Kimba Saved The World.

Joining the Cat Writer's Association introduced me to this blog, and it is adorable. Click on the link above and you can subscribe and see what other cat information Miss Cuddlywumpus has to share.

Over the weekend I attended the Ozark Creative Writers Conference here in Eureka Springs. Along with meeting some wonderful people, I went home with awards in the two categories I entered. One of those is a picture book manuscript that should maybe get some more attention and submissions!

The next few days are very full with final revisions on Dottie's Daring Day and compiling notes from my beta readers before the manuscript heads to my editor. Yes, I work as an editor, but that doesn't mean my work can't benefit from one. Kathy always finds things I missed and has great suggestions for little tweaks to make things better. A cover reveal should be coming at the end of the month as well. Exciting times! The goal is a February 1st release date.

We are also prepping and organizing to head to the War Eagle Fall Craft Festival. Tens of thousands of people converge on Northwest Arkansas over this long weekend for dozens of different fairs, and we are proud to be a part of it. You can find us in Sharp's Field Thursday through Sunday next to the War Eagle Mill and right across from the bridge.

Once we get all of that settled, my fall newsletter will be headed your way. If you want to get it directly, just add your email to my Reader's Group in the right hand sidebar. You'll get a free short story as well!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Year Anniversary

I'm thrilled to be able to add this badge to my website and blog! If you write for children or illustrate for kid's books, you should certainly know about this great organization: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Conferences and workshops that I have attended through the regional branches of SCBWI have been of great value and helped me hone my craft and fine-tune manuscripts in progress--not to mention the fantastic people you will meet. My membership renewal this month starts me on my 6th year of membership. Check them out. Join. Go to conferences. I highly recommend it.

Though I do more than write children's books, it is certainly the focus of most of my days right now. Because Max's Wild Night has been so popular, I moved up the release date of Dottie's Daring Day and shifted it ahead of the next cat book. My current plan is to have Dottie's book ready by February 1. When you consider what needs to happen before a book is ready for publication, that is just a hiccup away. My husband has already started his job as my first reader, and other beta readers will be on the task shortly.

Chapter One is printed out and being reviewed!

The cover designer and proofreader have me on their schedules, so it is forward full speed. October gets crazy with the Ozark Creative Writer's Conference and our long days at the War Eagle Craft Fair, but you can expect to see the cover for Dottie's Daring Day in late-October. Yay!

Now it's back to revising. As any writer will tell you, that part of the process doesn't end until you just run out of time. But I will leave you with this great new review for Why Kimba Saved The World. Reviews like this are what keep me going.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever!September 18, 2016
This review is from: Why Kimba Saved the World (Paperback)
I've never seen this style of writing before. Very clever. The narrator is inside the cat, Kimba's, head. The narrator never goes inside the humans' heads, or any of the other cat or dog characters. Very well-written. I am a grammar/proofreading nerd, and I was so pleased to not find one single error in this book! That is so rare these days. What a breath of fresh air reading something so well-written.

An easy read, and I won't post any spoilers except to say I will never trust my cats again when they climb up between me and my computer! ha ha ha

Loved this book. The descriptions of every character, the scenes, the rooms in the house, the outdoor scenes are excellent.

Kudos to Meg Welch Dendler. I can't wait to read her other books.