Available on Amazon. This book is about boating safety. Chessie is a metaphor for a storm. When Leona loses someone overboard, she and her crew know just what to do to save him. Sorry the picture isn't very good. Just wanted to get something up in a hurry.
Yesterday, on Sunday, I got some news. I got an email from the National Indie Excellence Awards organization. Little Leona of Monsters and Fire was named a finalist in their competition. Bobby and I are celebrating. Here is part of the email I received:
It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.
The lists of winners and finalists are proudly displayed on our brand new website, please log on to www.indieexcellence.com to see your name and book cover highlighted for all to see.
I know, it's a boring title for a post. But it's really very exciting. The local libraries have three copies of my book, Little Leona of Monsters and Fire, and they are all checked out with one on hold! That's so gratifying to see. Without any push from me, children and/or their parents are independently wanting my book. So a few days ago, I donated two more copies. Can't let those children be disappointed!
Thank you Shirley, at the Broadneck Library, for letting me read Little Leona on Saturday. The kids liked my book, but I think they liked the firetruck even more!
Tomorrow, April 1st at 10 am, I'll be reading Little Leona of Monsters and Fire to elementary school kids. Haven't done a reading in a while. I'll have to practice projecting my voice! If you know any kids ages 5-10 who might be interested, bring them in for the fun.
My next book in the Little Leona series should be out by late spring. Above is a rough draft of the cover. Chessie is a metaphor for a storm. Leona loses one of her crew overboard in the rough water, but following all the safety rules and procedures, they rescue their friend and all return safely to shore. I'm currently looking for endorsements. If you know anyone at an organization which deals with boating safety, please pass the name onto me and I will followup. Thanks in advance!
A friend of mine sent me this photo of a listing of events at the Annapolis Libraries. They are already advertising my reading set for April 1. Again the fire department will be there. So happy to be spreading the fire safety message!
This morning, on the Baltimore CBS station WJZ 13, I was featured on the show On Time with Marcus Washington. In my segment, we discussed how my book is a good vehicle to discuss fire safety with children. Thanks, Pam, for helping me pick out a top which would look good on TV! Click to link with interview.
Little Leona of Monsters and Fire is now available in paperback. This brings the price down to $14.95. The hardback version sells for $18.95. It's still the same size with the same amazing pictures. It can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online and of course, through my publisher, Maple Creek Media.
Just wanted to express my appreciation to my publicist, Cherrie Woods, of Eclectic PR (www.eclecticpr.com). She is a joy to work with, very dependable and gets the job done. She told me she would try to get me on TV, and she did, twice! She helped me design glossy postcards for book fairs and book signings. She's the whole package. Thank you Cherrie.
Wonderful book signing this past weekend. Though the weather threatened the entire event, the sun finally came out. I felt like I was in Ravenville, with all the Ravens' clothing around me. You can't see it in this picture, but I was sitting right next to Santa! Tried to sell him one of my books, but he must already have one. He is Santa after all...
My recent reading of Little Leona at the Wellness House made the paper! You can find it in the My Time section of today's Annapolis Sunday Capital. It was wonderful to read to the kids. After the reading, we went outside to talk to the firemen. Unfortunately, after about 20 minutes, they got called away on an emergency, but we were able to wave goodbye and I'm sure the kids got a thrill out of watching the lights and hearing the sirens.
The weather outside is frightful, but inside Greetings and Readings today (from 3:30-5), it's delightful! Okay, okay. I'm playing with words way too much. Still, if you need another Christmas present for a child, come to my book signing this afternoon. See, even Santa thinks this is a good idea!
I've included a new link to the video below. Fox45 will undoubtedly take their link down at some point, so I've put the interview on Vimeo so it will always be available.
Thank you Patrice (of Fox45) for being so nice and welcoming. Thank you Cherrie, for landing me this interview and being my constant cheerleader. Thank you to all my family and friends who told me to "break a leg". Thank you, Bobby, for providing me with attention grabbing illustrations. And thank you Jeff, for all your love and support and for taking my hand when sheer terror overcame me. Here's a link to the interview. Enjoy.
Heather Walsh, of Cool Progeny (www.coolprogeny.com) now has my book signing (Greetings and Readings, Saturday, December 17 from 3:30-5) in her calendar of events. Cool Progeny is "a resource for maryland parents raising fun, fashionable, active little thinkers -- and mechanism for connecting them with local family-friendly businesses and services." Thanks Heather!
How exciting! I'll be on this Friday, December 16 at 8:15 am, give or take a minute or two. The channel is Fox 45, WBFF, Baltimore. Hope you can tune in to see me talk about Little Leona and fire safety. It's a live interview, so please wish me luck.
Little Leona of Monsters and Fire is now being sold at Greetings and Readings at the Hunt Valley Mall. I'll be doing a book signing there Saturday, December 17 from 3:30-5:00. I've included their event page below if you want to preorder a book for me to sign on Saturday. Think holiday gifts and fire safety. So many fires are started this time of the year. It's so unfortunate, but we must do everything possible to keep people safe, especially the children!