Five Fun Ideas to Nourish Your Soul on Leap Day

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This Monday will be February 29 and a leap day, that extra day in the year we’re given every four years or so (though not always). My author friend Carmela Dutra invited me to join a blog hop on what we might do with these “bonus” 24 hours. She compiled a wonderful list for what…

Selling a Christmas-Hanukkah Book in February

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to chat with author David Michael Slater and illustrator Andy Catling. They were in the process of publicizing an idea for a children’s book intended for families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah or Chrismukkah (to be titled Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus). That was February – which…

Upcycled Art: An Interview with Elza Zijlstra

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In the category of fresh, interesting illustrators, I interviewed earlier this year artist Elza Zijlstra who creates art out of discarded objects found along the beach and eclectic images from vintage magazines. Her logo: TrashWorks. Elza’s artwork is a blend of life, art and storytelling and reminds us that art is in the ordinary things all…

Panda Satire, Fine Art and Wordless Books

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I have been remiss at posting on some of the things I have been working on this year. I continue to work on the literary e-zine known as Inkspokes, where we publish items on all things dealing with indie publishing and art. In the category of fresh perspectives and pandas, let me introduce to you Anne…

Author Mark Barry Interviews Me at The Wizard’s Cauldron

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Out at the literary hub that is The Wizard’s Cauldron, author Mark Barry so kindly invited me to chat about our project at Inkspokes and children’s literature and children’s literacy in general. Mark Barry, for those of you who do not know, is the highly-praised author of such works of contemporary fiction as The Night…

Author K. Lamb Reviews Els Oot and the Lost City

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I am thrilled (and grateful) to share author K. Lamb’s beautiful review of Els Oot and the Lost City. Check our K. Lamb’s blog. She the author of one of the much-acclaimed kids’ detective books – the Dani P. Mystery series. On her blog, she writes about writing and children’s literacy and provides reviews on select…

Els Oot and the Lost City ~ Trailer & Launch Event

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This is the official launch week for Els Oot and the Lost City. I know I don’t do Jill Cofsky‘s narration justice, but further below is a first attempt at the book trailer for Lost City (with Jill as narrator). In celebration of the launch, Inkspokes will hold a drawing for 5 free signed copies…