The Top Secret Cheese

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My review of The Top Secret Cheese by Mr. Wolf.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:
A cute story! The evil couple were perfectly horrible villains who eventually get what they deserve. The heroes were likable, though Red Head was weird and amusing in his own way. I enjoyed the illustrations scattered throughout. They really gave the story some character.
Overall, fun read!

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Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book

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My review of Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book by J.S. Burke

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
What a lovely and relaxing coloring book for children and adults alike. Each unique snowflake design is gorgeous. My favorites would have to Dragonfly Dreams and Stag Storms. A creative and beautiful coloring book!

LULU and our First Children’s Anthology

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As many of you know…if you have read the last few blog posts, I have given up on Createspace for Anthologies…in fact for all my books. I will no longer promote them as the business to go to.

I went to LULU who have been brilliant so far.  They pay you via paypal, you can choose your own revenue, make hard back books, ebooks and they give you a store front as well.  I suppose this is like author central in a way, however i find it much better since you can choose your spotlight author heading and we all know marketing sells when it is done correctly. 

Lulu also have an online message system. I love it, especially during my learning time on how to use their site and upload a book. And upload a book I did. 

Our Children’s Anthology ‘A Treasure Chest of Children’s Stories’ is now…

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Guest Post by Wanda Luthman

Today I have the wonderful children’s book author, Wanda Luthman, here to talk about her newest book Franky the Finicky Flamingo. Take it away, Wanda!

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Do you have a picky eater in your family? Are mealtimes a battle?
I can completely relate. My daughter was super picky as a child and when she was about to be school-aged, I wanted to figure out something she could take for lunch. She liked peanut butter, she liked jelly, and she liked bread so I thought, naively, that she would like a PB&J sandwich. Oh my goodness, did we have a standoff?
Sound familiar?
Don’t despair. Determine which battles you want to pick and be patient. Here’s my story…
My newest picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo, was inspired not only by my child’s pickiness but my own. I know that’s not a very “grown up” kind of thing to admit but alas I am picky. Most of it is due to texture issues but some of it is actually due to taste. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was a much pickier eater when I was a child. So, I’ve outgrown a lot of it. And if you have a picky eater, I believe they’re going to grow out it as well.

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When I was in Elementary School, I didn’t eat the school lunches so my Mom packed me exactly what I wanted every single day and that was a cold hot dog. Not the healthiest food, but I was happy. Somewhere around Middle School, I started eating school lunches. I know she was relieved.
I can honestly say that vegetables are just not my thing. I found out as an adult that I actually prefer my vegetables raw. Part of that is definitely texture, I don’t like mushy vegetables but the other more surprising thing is taste. I find vegetables in the raw are much tastier than after they have been cooked. I have even been told they are better for you. So, who’s picky now? Am I right? LOL

The other types of food that I really don’t like are citrus fruits. They have those strings in them. I choke on them. Still to this day! And I don’t like orange juice with pulp in it. Other fruits are all good though. What about you—do you have any foods you don’t like?
One time I heard a story about a set of twins that were separated at birth. One Mom said their child was a difficult eater because they wouldn’t eat anything unless she put ketchup on it. The other Mom said her child was the easiest child to feed because she would eat anything as long as she put ketchup on it. Maybe it’s all in perspective.

I just want to challenge you today as you think about your child’s picky eating–what battle do you want to pick?
And just maybe Franky the Finicky Flamingo might help encourage your picky eater to try new foods. You can check it out today at myBook.to/Franky

Wanda Luthman
Award-winning Children’s Author & Freelance Writer

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Books available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman) and
Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com)
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up (won 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal)
Gloria and the Unicorn
Franky the Finicky Flamingo
 
Magazines
Merritt Island Now
Swell Life Magazine
FLNow News
Follow me at
Twitter–@wandalu64

Our Turn

My mouth was dry, my hands sweaty
His shoulder brushed against mine
He offered me a nervous smile
As we stood there side by side

The others gone before us
Had been amazing, nearly flawless
But we had practiced hard
If that was any solace

Still, I shook some as I stood
Though it was hardly from nerves
I was ready, anxious to begin
Even if he had his reserves

The second couple left the stage
Smiles across their faces
The third couple swept by us
To quickly take their places

Curious to see their performance
I tried to calm my twitching body
I examined their stance, arms, legs
Their costumes bright and gaudy

We can beat them, I thought
Their performance hardly a thriller
We were next, but time ran slow
The anticipation a killer

Finally, the man swept her up
And carried her off the stage
My partner grabbed my hand in his
He was ready to engage

I breathed a sigh of relief
Said a prayer for luck
Took one step, then a second
As our first chord was struck

Copyright © 2018 Ashley Uzzell

2018: The Year for Series Books

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope 2017 was a pleasant year. I read many books, wrote some new poetry, and made amazing new friends.

This year, I plan to focus more on book series. I hope to finish the next book in the Fluffy Folktales series before the end of the year. The title for the next installment is Beauty and the Beastly Herb Gardener. This one is going to be as much fun to write as Once Upon a Pastry was, and hopefully just as much fun to read!

Kyra and I will be working on the third installment in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series. Though it is currently untitled, it will involve mermaids and underwater candy creatures. Kyra, the co-author and illustrator, is especially excited to get started on this new project.

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Now on to something new. I have begun writing on a new children’s series for middle-grade. A science fiction/fantasy story, this series will focus on a group of children who become stuck on another world. More serious minded than our previous stories, this will not be a picture book, but will certainly bring out the best of your imagination. The first book of the Tales of Mentara series will be coming out before you know it.

That’s it for announcements. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018, and keep reading indie!

Little Elves

It’s rather late, I hear a sound
It gives me quite a fright
Little elves come have come around
Please clean my house tonight

I see you darting here and there
From the corner of my eye
I know I’m not supposed to stare
But even still, I try

I don’t mind you living here
Or visiting once or twice
Your presence gives me lots of cheer
I prefer you over mice

But if you want to sleep in my home
And nibble at my food
Maybe you could contribute some
Helping hands would be good

You could sweep the floors or beat the rug
Maybe take out the trash
Put dishes away without breaking a mug
It isn’t too much to ask

I hold magical creatures dear
If you want to stay, then come
But you have to earn your place here
Freeloaders are not welcome!

Copyright © 2017 Ashley Uzzell