Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dream Butterflies, by P.M. Kelly, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Princess Alysia is spoiled beyond comprehension.  Whatever whim, whatever folly she wishes for, it is granted to her.  But alas, nothing is ever enough to satisfy the over-indulged royal who becomes quite easily bored.  One day, through a chance encounter, she learns that none of the girls in the kingdom have dreams, including herself.  Prior to this revelation Alysia had never pondered the act of dreaming, nor had she even realized that she too may have been missing out on such an experience.  But of course, now realizing her woeful state of deprivation, she demands that she must have dreams for herself immediately!  Post-haste Princess Alysia seeks assistance from her entourage of royal aides in search of a cure for her dreamless nights.  When finally, a solution is offered, Alysia is not entirely pleased with the proposed plan of action.  She is informed that with the assistance of dream butterflies she will be able to experience dreams.  But she must release the butterflies every day, allowing them to be shared with the other girls in the kingdom.  Alysia soon comes to learn a valuable lesson which changes her demeanor, along with her dreamless nights, once and for all.

Author P.M. Kelly’s delightfully enchanting Dream Butterflies will inspire young audiences to show kindness and compassion towards others.  The overall message is quite powerful in its simplicity; that happiness comes from within and can only thrive when shared with others.  Recommended for home and school libraries, and above all for bed-time reading, this book has earned our Seal of Approval.

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Black Lightning, by K.S. Jones, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Ten year old Samuel’s father disappeared years ago, and now his mother has passed away.  With no one to care for him and no place to call home his aunt vies to adopt him for all the wrong reasons. Samuel’s prayers are answered though when his mother’s will puts an end to that notion.  Now he’s living with his Grandfather.  Still grieving, and experiencing feelings of abandonment and insecurity, he dreams his father will someday return for him.  His Grandpa Tate’s interaction with the Apache natives leads him to learn of the legend of black lightning.  Samuel and his friend make a grand discovery and together they rebel against the rules and face possible death in the Last Land.  A talisman given to him by his father becomes a critical element for his survival.

Fantasy combines with tribal lore to offer an exciting spin on an entirely compelling story which will entice young readers.  Author K.S. Jones weaves an enchanting tale of lore and legend combined with a sci-fi element that will enthrall young audiences.  With well-developed characters and a magical component, Samuel’s journey is one that will not soon be forgotten by youngsters who enjoy reading fantasy or science fiction books.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Black Lighting has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Bombs Bursting in Air, by Lisa McCombs, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Americka is a typical teenage girl.  She loves hanging out with her dad, even if that means watching war movies with him at the theater.  But she can only take so much of the drawn-out battle scenes.  So one day, towards the end of a movie, she sneaks away to the ladies' room.  While there she meets a gal close to her age who is intent on escaping the chick-flick her sister begged her to see.  The two learn they have lots in common, and after an extended period of side-splitting laughter they discover, to their horror, that during their time in the restroom the theater has been the target of a terrorist attack.  

Author Lisa McComb’s Bombs Bursting in Air is a powerful depiction of the inherent struggles endured by those left to pick up the pieces following a senseless act of terror.  McComb addresses the physical and emotional effects of PTSD including the  pain, anger and frustration experienced by those left behind following the tragic loss of lives.  As Americka works through her journey of healing, both physically and emotionally, she comes to seek answers from God as she discovers a peace she never thought possible. Wonderfully penned, this emotionally-charged book is highly recommended and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure series, by Lisa Travis and Janelle Diller, earn the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure series for young readers is an outstanding collection of books which instill a sense of curiosity and a fascination with travel and adventure for a youth audience.  Authors Lisa Travis and Janelle Diller work in tandem to breathe life into this highly engaging and cunningly educational series.  Each book within the collection includes a mind-tickling mystery which takes place somewhere outside the United States.  As clues to the mystery unfold, readers are introduced to the unique sights, sounds, tastes and customs of the country in which the story takes place.  Intended for girls aged six through nine years, each book within the series is color-coded by country.  Yellow tabbed books take place in Brazil, Green books take place in Mexico, and so on.  Books are numbered sequentially for a story which progresses from one to the next.  Well written and enhanced with expressive illustrations, girls are sure to love this exciting literary offering which is recommended for home and school libraries.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

10 Little Monsters Visit New York City, by Jess Smart Smiley, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

10 Little Monsters Visit New York City is a wonderfully entertaining and endearing children's picture book. With whimsical monsters, each one unlike the other, this book is one that kids will want to read again and again. Told in rhyme, children will anticipate the departure of each monster one by one until the final monster remains. Fun tidbits about New York City are interspersed throughout the book making this a fun and educational read.

Author Jess Smart Smiley's 10 Little Monsters Visit New York City is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness, by Jacqui Letran, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Jacqui Letran's 5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness, Book 1 of 3 from the Words of Wisdom for Teens Series, is an exceptional self-help book.  This book is full of wise counsel which can benefit audiences of any age or gender.  Valuable insight and unique perspectives allow readers to approach their concerns from a profound new angle in an effort to resolve issues and pave the way for a happier and more fulfilling life.  Included within the book are lined rule pages intended for jotting down feelings and assessing the deeper meaning behind unresolved issues, affording readers the opportunity to put life-changing steps into action. 

Multi-award-winning author Jacqui Letran has a way with words and speaks to teen audiences in a compassionate and compelling manner.  5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness helps broaden an understanding of the human mind to harness one's happiness.  By helping readers break down barriers and channel their focus she helps enable them to find healthier ways of addressing the issues they've let come between them and their potential for true happiness.  Recommended for home and school libraries and for use in clinical settings, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Shadows from the Past book series by Wendy Leighton-Porter, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Ten-year-old Joe and Jemima’s parents have mysteriously disappeared, but an old book may just hold the answers to where and when they’ve gone.  Together with their cat and a neighbor friend, the twin siblings embark on an exciting quest to discover the truth in hopes of being reunited with their parents.  But time travel is not without risks and challenges and the group encounters their own share of peril as they set off on a series of adventures.   Travelling back in time the entourage learns to navigate the elements of time while encountering incredible historical events which take place around the world throughout history.  But they must be careful to ensure they don’t suffer the same fate as their parents. 

Author Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Shadows from the Past children’s series is an outstanding collection of books that would make an excellent addition to any home or school library.  Written in an engaging style with characters that will have great appeal to young readers, this page-turning collection will be as enticing to avid book enthusiasts as it will be for reluctant readers.  

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Max's Christmas Adventure, by Wendy Leighton-Porter, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

With the aid of an owl charm, Joe and Jemima’s cat, Max, can communicate with humans.  So, when Max finds Santa on the rooftop in the balmy month of August he’s able to chat with the jolly fellow to learn what brings him around so unseasonably early.  Max discovers Jemima has sent a letter to Father Christmas soliciting his help in finding her parents who’ve been trapped in an alternate dimension in time.  In short order Max accepts Santa’s invitation to help learn the whereabouts of Joe and Jemima’s parents.  The two are soon whisked away by a team of reindeer as they set off on an incredible journey through space and time.

Max’s Christmas Adventure is the second book in the Max’s Adventure Series.  This book is best when read as a series but is highly recommended as a wonderful book for the holidays.  Author Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Max’s Adventure Series, along with Max’s Christmas Adventure are books which will spurn a love of reading and ignite a spirit of imagination and adventure in young readers.  A delightful read which will leave kids itching to move on to the next book in the series, Max’s Christmas Adventure is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Motley Education, by S.A. Larsen, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Ebony has very real issues.  She attends Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted.  But she often finds it difficult to channel her spiritual energy which doesn't bode well for her grades in school.  It would suffice to say she's no star-student.  Her parents are disappointed with her and now that her dad has moved out she can't help but wonder if she's to blame.  But when a school project goes missing Ebony's issues escalate to monumental proportions.  She soon learns there's a unique link between her missing Creatures and Relics project and the spirit world.  Now it's up to Ebony to retrieve her project and thwart the efforts of those intent upon destroying her world.

Author S.A. Larsen's Motley Education is an exciting tween horror adventure that will keep even the most reluctant readers engaged.  Full of thrilling twists and an intense battle between good and evil, this fast-paced tale, replete with magical beasts and lovable characters is a must read for young fans of paranormal fiction.  With equal parts humor, drama and adventure, Motley Education comes highly recommended for home and school libraries. 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists Announced


Release Date: June 15, 2017

Literary Classics

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Finalists

Rapid City, SD -  The annual tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.
The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on July 1, 2017. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, 2017. 
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.

Natalie Allison   A Shift Toward Prey   Primedia E-launch LLC
Lis Anna-Langston  Tupelo Honey  Mapleton Publishers
Kay Beth Avery   Unbroken Spirits   Western Reflections Publishing
Terry John Barto   Nickerbacher   TJB KIDS
Cassandra Briskman   If You Wish   Waterside Productions
Caytlyn  Brooke   Dark Flowers   BHC Press imprint H20
Nicholas Cappas   Heaven Breaks In   Kingdom Press
Mukuka Chipanta   A Casualty of Power    Weaver Press
Penelope Anne Cole   In and Out, All 'Round About - Opposite Friends   Magical Book Works
Susan Count   Mary’s Song   Hastings Creations Group
CF Crawford   Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales   Lauco Press
Ronan Cray   Dust Eaters North   Abrasax Press
Dayle Dabney   Corinne's Fin   Headline Books
JODY A. DEAN, Ph.D.   Roxie the Doxie Finds her Forever Home   Tally Ho Publishing
Louis DeGrado   The Calling of the Protectors, The Legend of Chief   IUniverse
Chess Desalls   The Call to Search Everywhen   Czidor Lore, LLC
Susan Doherty Hannaford   A Secret Music    Cormorant Books
Martha Driscoll   Nosey's Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville   Driscoll Publishing
D. G.  Driver   No One Needed to Know    Amazon
Carmela Dutra   Little Katie Goes to the Moon   Pegasus Pony
Murray Eiland Jr   The Sword of Telemon   Amazon
M.J. Evans   The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles    Dancing Horse Press
Cindy Farwell   Milk Bottles and Mud Pies   Tate Publishing
Kevin Foster   The Gospel According To Ruth: A Season of Harvest 121 Days of Devotions  Carpenter's Son
Gregory A. Fournier   Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked   Wheatmark, Inc.
SJ Francis   Shattered Lies   Black Opal Books
Scott M. Graffius   Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions   CreateSpace
Jean Guthrie   Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen   Sojourn Publishing, LLC
Paul Haddad   Skinny White Freak   Independent
Constance Hale   'Iwalani's Tree   BeachHouse Publishing

Rebecca Hammond Yager  Beauty & the Beast  Poisoned Plume

JD Harper   Glint   CreateSpace
Pamela Hartley   The Seasons of a Giant   CreateSpace
Melanie Hooyenga   The Slope Rules   CreateSpace
K. B. Hoyle   Criminal   The Writer's Coffee Shop
C.M. Huddleston   Greg's Second Adventure in Time   Interpreting Time's Past PRESS
Dorothea Jensen   A Buss from Lafayette   BQB Publishing
Kenny Chumbley Jim McGuiggan   The Green Children   Prairie Papers
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson   Faeborne    Create Space
K.S. Jones   Black Lightning   Mirror World Publishing
PM Kelly   Dream Butterflies   Bookbaby
Germany Kent   You Are What You Tweet: Harness The Power of Twitter...   Star Stone Press
Shannon Kirk   The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall   Reputation Books
Joni Klein-Higger and Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D.   Coby Ryan Harris Is Officially Fat   Guardian Angel Publishing
S.A. Larsen   Motley Education    Leap Books, LLC
Wendy Leighton-Porter   Max’s Christmas Adventure   Mauve Square Publishing
Wendy Leighton-Porter   Shadows from the Past book series   Mauve Square Publishing
Jacqui Letran   5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness!   A Healed Mind
Janelle Diller & Lisa Travis   Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure Series   WorldTrek Publishing

Hiba Masood   Drummer Girl   Daybreak Press
Lisa McCombs   Bombs Bursting in Air   Headline Books
Susan Morrison   A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives...   Oxbow Books
AC Moyer   All Sleep   Aurelia Press
Loretta Neff Sip   Tea with Mad Hatter   Neff Publishing, LLC
Katy Newton Naas   Guardian   Clean Reads
Bryan Ney   Calamity Jane, How the West Began    Dragon Tree Books
Amanda Noll   Hey That’s MY Monster!   Flashlight Press
Lisa Anne Novelline   Piccadilly and the Waltzing Wind   Self Published
Marina Osipova   The Cruel Romance    iUniverse
Christina Pag├ęs  Lucy in her Secret Wood (A Story Inspired by Wordsworth's wild child Lucy Gray)  Waldorf  Publishing
Wolfgang Parker   Crime Cats, the Dusenbury Curse   Rogue Agent Publishing
Fiza Pathan   CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them   Fiza Pathan Publishing 
Regina Puckett   I Will Breathe   Punk & Sissy Publications
Patricia Reding   Ephemeral and Fleeting    Scripta Manent Publishing
Marc Remus   Magora The Gallery of Wonders   Misty Moon Books / Marc Remus
Katelynn Renteria   The Other Side of the Law   Sarah Book Publishing
Diane Mae Robinson   Sir Princess Petra's Mission   Tate Publishing
Garry Rogers   Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona   Self Published
J.R. Roper   The Tower Below   CHBB Publishing
Hayley Rose   Fifo 50 States   Flowered Press
Walter Scherr   WALTER's WAY: How a Relief Kid Survived TB...    Wiley
Gary Schwartz   The King of Average    Bunny Moon Books
Sheila Slavich   Jumpin’ the Rails!    Xlibris
Natalie Rekstad Sophie Lynn   The Secret Adventures of Anonymouse   Black Fox Philanthropy, LLC
Leigh St John   Quantum Lace  Self-Published
Jess Smart Smiley, 10 Little Monsters Visit New York City, Familius
Teresa  Stern   Grocery Store Alphabet Game   Sarah Book Publishing
Beverly Stowe McClure   A Family for Leona   4RV Publishing LLC
Lynne Stringer   Once Confronted   Rhiza Press
Danielle Vann   The Whizbang Machine   Waldorf Publishing
Stephan von Clinkerhoffen   Stig’s Flight of Encounters: The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham   Createspace
Diana Walker   Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration   Headline Books
Emma Warner-Reed   DOTTY and the Chimney Thief    Calendar House Press
Julie Whitley   Secrets of the Home Wood: the Sacrifice   FriesenPress
Molly & Gary Whitney   Thistle Downe   Bright Sky Press
Steve Wilson   Eye of Charybdis   White Feather Press
Allen Wolf   Hooked   Morning Star Publishing
Heather Wood Galpert   My Pancakes Taste Different Today   Wagon Wheel Productions

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Author Spotlight - Darla Woodley on her award winning book, Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything

I have always enjoyed writing and used to do much more of it at a younger age when life wasn’t as busy. It took a rather significant family event to catch my attention and slow me down. The thought of being a published writer did not come until I finished a story in June of 2014. I have to admit that I sat on the story for some time while I decided just what type of risk I was willing to take. What pushed me forward and into publishing research mode was the fact that I wanted to show my two young boys that one should never be afraid to take chances, put themselves out there and try something new.
Believe it or not, I spent early years wanting to be a Dental Hygienist. Why? I am not sure as the Dentist Office is not one of my favorite places. That idea changed once I was involved in the financial industry and discovered a love for investments and the stock market. The big career change came once I became a Mom. I was fortunate enough to find opportunity to work from home and stay at home to raise my boys.
The story is based on a family tradition of wearing red socks to show support for friends, family or anyone that might need a lift in spirit. Just to know that someone is thinking of them and cheering them on can make a world of difference to their outlook and mind set. There are moments in life where there may not be words to express what you are thinking and these red socks become an unspoken message of encouragement, hope and so much more. Initially, I created a photo book with the help of many family and friends that included pictures of individuals wearing their bright, red socks to show their support for a family member experiencing a turn in health. Filled with bright red sock photos and inspirational quotes, it brought a smile to the faces of all those that flipped through it. The actual story came to me at a later date but centered around the notion of that unspoken method of showing support, encouragement and love and how much that simple gesture of putting on a pair of socks on could brighten a person’s day and outlook.
“I feel strong. I am ready. I can do anything.” I feel that this simple line is good for all aspects of one’s life and can be a constant reminder that you should not be afraid to put yourself out there and give it all you’ve got. With determination, confidence and a great outlook you can accomplish so much more and be surprised at just how far you can go and how much you can do.
At this moment, I am the “Mom”. I have two fabulous boys and I am their biggest fan. It is my goal to reassure them and help them realize that they can do whatever they put their minds to. They can go as far as their imagination will take them and the sky’s the limit. (Yes, I also wear my red socks during times that I think they might need a smile, a boost of confidence or to simply know that I am thinking of them and cheering them on.)
It is my hope that readers will see how one doesn’t necessarily have to be only vocal with support and encouragement. I hope that they learn and maybe even develop their own special means of passing along a “secret” message that makes their family, friends and loved ones smile. I hope that they live the line of “I feel strong. I am ready. I can do anything.” and take a few risks and put themselves in new situations and challenges.
I like to tell the story of how Harry Connick Jr. played a role in bringing Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything to the world. My husband and I went to his concert in Vancouver, BC, Canada in August of 2013 and even went so far to attend a “meet and greet” with the singer seeing as how we’ve been fans of his since we were in High School. The concert was amazing and when it came time to the meet and greet after the show, I was rather dumbfounded as to what to discuss with this man. The standard “great show” “big fan” stuff came out but none of my planned conversation appeared. You only had a short amount of time with him and I walked away somewhat disappointed by the experience. We arrived home and I decided to follow my Grandma’s advice of “you never know until you try” and wrote a letter entitled “What I should have said to Mr. Harry Connick Jr.” I mailed it off without much thought. Well, imagine my surprise when I received an email and a request to contact someone from his office. I called her and we spoke for some time as she loved the letter and was even so kind as to send some memorabilia for my husband’s upcoming birthday. It may seem like such a small thing but the reality is that none of it would have happened if I had not taken that chance and sent that letter and if she had not taken the chance to contact me. I mailed her a couple copies of the book as a thank you and I often send her updates on the book. I took a chance contacting Harry Connick Jr. so how could I not take a chance on publishing and sharing my story. “You never know until your try...”
Honestly, I do not think it fair to say that one book has had the greatest impact on my life. I feel that an entire genre of books have played an important role in shaping who I have become. I would have to say that the “Picture Book” played a very important role in my life. I spent many hours reading to each of my boys when they were babies and as they grew they picked their own stories for us to read together from their book shelves. That time is of great value to me as I can look back at books that I have saved and remember those moments and re-live memories of sitting with them, laughing with them and simply just being together for a story.
Definitely the completion and publication of Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything. This is a whole new world for me with many challenges and obstacles.
No, I don’t have any strict writing rituals other than a nice cup of tea by my side. I can make that cup last all day by simply adding water to it and then heating it up. (I tend to forget that it is sitting there at my side.)
I do not have an agent and I am self-published. I am so very fortunate to have a few contacts in the literary world who introduced me to a number of truly talented individuals. Thanks to these individuals and their dedication Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything became a reality. Evan Munday did the illustrations and took on the challenge of making the character as gender neutral as possible. Laura P. was the fabulous editor of the book with Troy C. as book designer. A special thank you would have to go out to an amazing individual by the name of Erin C. who patiently answered my questions and also provided encouragement every step of the way.
Being a new author and a self-published one at that, I am not sure that I actually celebrated but instead perhaps spent time in front of a screen researching just what to do next. I did contact a few bookstores and introduce them to the book hoping that Red Socks would make a “sockcessful” impression on them. I don’t think I have really stopped and had a celebration as of yet. The pressure is there as a relatively unknown, self-published author to continue trying to get the book noticed. Perhaps one day soon I will host a event and celebrate those who have helped make Red Socks a great “sockcess”.
It was, and still is, a learning process for me and a realization of just how much work goes into perfecting a book before it goes out to the world. It involved countless hours researching the process and learning a new vocabulary in relation to the publishing industry. It is dealing with an ever-constant challenge to expose the book to new readers and to not be afraid to put yourself out there for praise and criticism. I cannot stress how important it is to work with professionals and be patient with the process.
That is an excellent question as I am still learning and trying to work on the promotion of my book. I would have to say that using social media is a wonderful way to get the word out there. Of course “word of mouth” is most beneficial and something that I strive for. If a reader enjoys the book, chances are that they will talk about it and perhaps even use their social media to express how much they liked the story.
I would suggest a website, a Facebook page, Twitter account and an Instagram account. Volunteering at Literary events such as a school’s Reading Week is also a wonderful way to introduce others to your book. Trying to contact local Book Bloggers and Bookstagrammers is a great idea as well. Those are truly amazing individuals who dedicate so much of their time to reading and reviewing books!
I am most proud of the impact that this story has on its readers. I love hearing how someone is heading out to purchase a pair of red socks for themselves and/or their family members. I am especially thrilled when a reader tells me that they are looking forward to initiating their own unspoken method of support and tradition based around the idea of red socks.
We have Read-in-Week happening in our City here soon and I am very much looking forward to visiting the schools and classrooms. I have such great memories and experiences of sharing Red Socks with children the previous year. They are such a wonderful and inspiring group!
I have shared the story with children in grades K through to grade 6 and have been very pleasantly surprised at the comments and discussions with the grade 6 individuals. I wasn’t sure if they were going to be too “big” for the story but they were an awesome group of kids with insightful questions and comments. With that particular group I have great memories:
- I had a couple of girls approach me and tell me about a book they are writing together and how they were inspired to keep their project going and not give up.
- One child came up and told me how great he thought the story was and then secretly handed me a piece of his favorite gum by way of a handshake. He then gave me a wink to confirm the passing of the forbidden gum. (we were all sitting in the library)
- Another child was so inspired by the story that he suggested that they have a wall in the school dedicated to Red Socks displaying the book’s lines “I feel strong. I am ready. I can do anything.” I am so proud of him as he later inspired so many others at a local track competition with his determination to run and finish in a relay match.
I always have fond memories of visiting and reading with the younger grades. I experienced my first “heckler” when I was reading to a grade 2 class and she was in the front row asking me why the socks were not blue. I love the little discussions (that sometimes turn into battles) when I ask the class if they think the protagonist is a boy or a girl. I enjoy the fact that we get off course during the reading as our discussions take a different direction at times when they all want to share their version of the character’s experience. Honestly, the scab stories are the best to hear!
My point? Reading is such a nice way to get a conversation going and hear different ideas and thoughts. I hope to have many more opportunities to share the Red Socks story and would like to sincerely thank those who have read the book and shared it with others. Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything is “sockcessful” thanks to the support of many.
I do have a number of ideas and stories with a couple of them actually started. This entire process will be well thought out.  At this point I am unsure as to whether I will continue with the self-published route again or opt to take a chance with a more traditional publishing plan.
I cannot set out a specific deadline for next few books. My immediate focus is on Red Socks and taking it as far as I can. Being a new author and one that is self-published I’m just not sure where the end is ... it is a constant process! Stay tuned!

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