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
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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
 
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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

Winter Warmers

UrbanHype101 featured Winter Wishes of the Heart!

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Check out this lovely collection of short stories by Ashley Uzzell.

Winter Wishes of the HeartPresenting four short stories to curl up with for the holidays. 
Whether it is a teen discovering love, a boy enjoying a winter tradition with his brother, or a young man finding a friend in his time of need, these stories will melt your heart and keep you warm and fuzzy despite the cold.

Pre-order links

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Winter Wishes of the Heart

Hello, everyone.

I have an exciting announcement for you! On November 30th, a new book of short stories is coming out from yours truly. Just in time for the holiday season, these sugary sweet tales will be a perfect new addition to your reading device. Here is the blurb for Winter Wishes of the Heart:

Presenting four short stories to curl up with for the holidays.
Whether it is a teen discovering love, a boy enjoying a winter tradition with his brother, or a young man finding a friend in his time of need, these stories will melt your heart and keep you warm and fuzzy despite the cold.

Pre-orders are up now. Only 99¢! Available here:

Amazon

Books2Read which includes B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and others.

Be sure to add it to your Goodreads To Read list. Thanks for stopping in and have a great Thanksgiving!

 

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Ghostly Writes 2017

Hello fellow readers!

Halloween is almost upon us, and so I wanted to share some news about the release of a new scary anthology that I took part in. Last year, I had a short story in Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016 presented by Plaisted Publishing House. This book is free and contains spooky tales from authors around the world. You can find it on Amazon here.

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This year, we are back with more spine-tingling tales for the creepiest holiday of the year. Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017 is another collection that will leave you shivering in the night. I have contributed a poem this year called “The Crow Watches.”

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Plaisted Publishing does it again with a book that is already number fourteen in its category as of today. And that is just pre-orders, folks!

Here is the blurb:

ENTER IF YOU DARE. A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.

Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you – our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.

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Here is a list, with links, of just a few of the authors who took part in this anthology.

Claire Plaisted – Amazon page, website

Adele Marie Park – website

Elizabeth Horton-Newton –  website

C. A. Keith – website

Mara Reitsma – Amazon

Lynn Mullican – Amazon

Kyrena Lynch – Facebook

Michael Lynes – Amazon

M.E. Hembroff – website

…and many others!

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So, without further ado, here are the links to pre-order your FREE copy of Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017, presented by Plaisted Publishing House.

Amazon, Kobo, Google Play

Here is a link for the promo video created by the talented Mara Reitsma: Youtube.

New Cover!

Hello, everyone.

I just wanted to pop in and announce that What Money Can’t Buy has a new cover! I was having issues with the paperback edition of the original cover, so I decided to create my own using an old photo I took and hours of digital tinkering.

Without further ado, here is the full paperback cover for the young adult romance What Money Can’t Buy:

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!