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
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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!

Extra Life

Last year in October, at the age of twelve, my oldest daughter Kassidy was diagnosed with NHL, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Luckily, it was found early. After two tough rounds of chemo, she is now in remission. Kassidy was positive through it all, even making friends at the hospital. The nurses there loved her. Even when she lost her hair, she was upbeat and fun to be around. Now thirteen and back in school, she is doing well.

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Kassidy is joining the Extra Life team this year. Extra Life is an annual charity event for gamers. Every year in November, people join together to play tabletop, console, phone, card, or any kind of game for 24 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This charity raises millions of dollars each year for hospitals. This is my fourth year participating and I am proud to have two of my daughters joining my team.
Kassidy will be raising money for CHKD, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the hospital that treated her while she had cancer. This is an amazing hospital with a wonderful staff. Top notch doctors and friendly, pleasant nurses made such a trying time for our family more bearable.

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Please consider donating to Extra Life this year. ALL donations go to the hospital of the player’s choice. Any amount helps, even just a few dollars. Donating is safe and easy.
Visit Kassidy’s Extra Life page for more info:
https://www.extra-life.org/participant/KassidyWagner

Book Signing!

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to pop in and let you know that Kyra and I are having a book signing at our local library.

On Saturday, September 16th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Grifton Public Library in Grifton, NC, we will be celebrating the release of book two in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series by signing copies of both books.

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Stop by to purchase your copies of Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair and Spunky and the Dolphin Palace, or bring your own copies to get our signatures and a personal note from the co-author and illustrator, Kyra Uzzell.

Hope to see you there!

Exciting Giveaway!!

Hello, everyone!

As the founder of Groovy Goodies, I am bringing both my creative sides together to do a fun giveaway.
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I am giving away a hand-made cat charm necklace along with a digital copy of Spunky and the Dolphin Palace. Want to win? Just follow these instructions:
FOLLOW me on Twitter.
FOLLOW me here, on WordPress.
LIKE Groovy Goodies on Facebook
SHARE the post on Facebook!
The winner will be announced on August 4th. Good luck!

The Good Pirate

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My review of The Good Pirate by Anita Kovacevic

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

A wonderful story about a man who wants to be a pirate and find buried treasure for the woman he loves. The questions at the end of each chapter and word games at the end of the book are perfect teaching tools for teachers and parents alike.
A nice, short read for young children.

Coming Soon: Spunky 2!

We are excited to announce that the second book in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series is coming soon. Spunky and the Dolphin Palace will be released on May 28th, 2017. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a Facebook party and everyone is invited. Here is a short summary for the book:

When Spunky the cat jumps on the magical chair after his adventure in Cat World, he expects to go back home. Instead, he finds himself in another strange place where everything, including the animals and plants, is made of candy! Will Spunky ever find the way home to his loving owner?

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We hope you will attend the party to enjoy games, fun, and giveaways. Kyra and myself will be there with our own special surprises!

Butters Comes Home

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My review for Butters Comes Home by Claudette Melanson

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

A sweet read for young children. The pictures were lovely, the story adorable, and the main character super cute. My three-year-old has a short attention span but sat with me during the reading of this entire book. She just loved the pictures.

If you wish to purchase this book, here is the Amazon link.