January 9, 2018

An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2 places in the 2017 London Book Festival Awards

The London Book Festival considered books in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian in the competition.  The works could be published , self published or independent publisher in several categories.  Works published after January 1, 2014 were eligible.  There were a total of 15 categories.  They were judged by a panel of publishing experts using the following criteria:                1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.     2. The potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.   Each category had a Winner, a Runner-up and several Honorable Mentions. My book was in two categories – Children’s Books and Wild Card (anything goes)                                                                An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2,  won honorable mention in these two categories.  My book was one of the ten Honorable Mention winners for Children’s  Books, one of five Honorable Mention winners for Wild Card.    There was one overall winner of the $1500 and trip to London.  The Author who won this was Julia Wilmot and title of her book was Where Is Emma Butler’s Life Plan?  I mention this because her book was a story reminiscent of Frank Capra’s classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which happens to be one of my favorite movies which I watch every Christmas.  I’ll have to check out her book!!!                       
November 16, 2017

Come to the St. Vincent School Christmas Bazaar!

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm,  I will be at the annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Vincent School, selling my books and CDs,  A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters,  An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 1, and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2, along with my scrubbies, hats and other craft items.  St. Vincent School is located at 1015 Columbia St. NE Salem, Oregon.  Come and enjoy shopping for that perfect Christmas gift.
September 22, 2017

Visit to the third grade at McKinley Grade School

Last Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, I visited the third grade class at McKinley grade school as a Mystery Reader.  I spoke about how the book, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore  Cooper changed my life in eighth grade.  All eight years I was in the low reading group, and I struggled with reading.  Our eighth grade teacher asked us all to pick out a book to read. I didn’t know what I was going to read.  But when one of the boys in my class who happened to be in the top reading group came up to the teacher with the book, The Last of the Mohicans, and returned the book to her, saying it was too hard for him to read, I decided then and there I was going to read it.  If I read that book then I was just as good a reader as anyone.  After finishing all 400 plus pages, and even enjoying the book, I felt like there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish.  I enjoyed writing and it was my strength all through high school and nursing school.  It was my love of writing and the desire to make it fun for others who were struggling with reading, writing and spelling, that made me decide to write my three books,  A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 1 and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2.  I encouraged all the children to challenge their weaknesses in learning and see that they can master great things.  I also shared some readings from my three books.  They were a wonderful group to share with.
September 17, 2017

Success at the 2017 Oregon State Fair Authors’ Booth

August 25 to September 4 we were at the Oregon State Fair with my books and audios of my books.  We enjoyed speaking with the other authors and with those that came to the authors’ booth.  We sold 117 books and 19 CDs, and spoke with many people.  I am including photos and info about all the authors that were there.  There were so many great books to buy and spent some money on more books for my library.   Valorie Hergenreterer is a registered nurse and author of “I’m Still Me, Can’t you See”?   As a child with diabetes, she had many personal struggles.  Her book was written to inspire children diagnosed with diabetes, and give hope to their families. Don Leach was in the military and was a spy during the Cold War, and also a lawyer who worked with concealed gun cases.  His book Confessions of a Cold War Spy is about his experience as a spy during the Cold War.  His book Oregon Concealed contains all the laws for carrying a concealed gun here in Oregon. William Burt is the author of the King of the Trees Series, which is fiction fantasy similar to the Narnia series.  WWW.GEENCLOAKS.COM Julie Davis Kooch is the author of  two books, My life on Joseph Creek which is an autobiography of where she was raised and worked on a cattle ranch in the Wallowa County in Oregon, and Riding the Canyon. Kurt Cyrus is a wonderful author and illustrator of children’s books.  To view his books you can go to William Sullivan is the author of many books which include hiking, historical fiction and history. If you like to find good hiking trails or places to visit in Oregon, he has several books to guide you. or Joe R. Blakley has authored […]
August 23, 2017

Oregon State Fair Authors’ Booth 2017

We will be at the Oregon State Fair, Aug. 25 – Sept. 4, in the Columbia Hall selling my three books, A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1, and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2.  These three books will make a wonderful gift for ages preschool to fourth grade; and great resource books for teachers, parents and grandparents in helping young children learn to read, write and spell correctly.  Also I will have the audios of my books available for sale.  Stop by and take a look at all the awesome books and chat with some amazing authors.  
August 21, 2017

CIPA Awards Banquet in Denver, CO

  First Place – Fantasy Fiction August 18 – 20, 2017 Dick and I went to the CIPA Awards Banquet in  Denver, Co.  The banquet was held at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver.  It was an exciting night for us.  My book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2 placed in the three categories which we won finalist in.  In the category – Fiction Fantasy, I won first place. In the category – Chlidren’s Story Books, I placed second, and in the category of Children’s Illustrations, I placed third.  We had a wonderful dinner and met many other authors.  They have been giving out these awards for the past 23 years to self published writers.  They based the winners on points.  On some awards there were no first or second places.  One of the first criteria was there could be no more than 1 error in 5 random pages, including punctuation.  There was a lot of competition.  About 150 people attended the banquet.  Some winners were not present.  It was a thrill to be there in person to receive the awards. Second Place – Children’s Story Books Third Place – Children’s Illustrations                                                                                                           
July 31, 2017

An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2 wins Finalist awards

In May 2017 we entered my third book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2, into the CIPA Awards in three categories – Fantasy Fiction, Children’s Story Books, and Children’s Illustrations.  “The CIPA EVVYs is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 25 years.  The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishing Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation(ELF).”   This gives independent authors such as myself a chance to gain recognition for our work.  They have been giving out book awards for 23 years.  My book won the finalist award in all three categories.  There are five finalists in each of these categories, and on August 19,2017, they will be announcing four winners from each of these three categories.  There will be first place, second place, third place, and merits award.  So out of five of us in each category four will receive an award.  We will be going to Denver, Colorado for the awards banquet August 19.
July 10, 2017

Senior Craft Fair was a success!

The South Salem Senior Craft Fair was a success.  Sold a book and 2 CDs, and lots of craft items.  Our next endeavor is the Oregon State Fair the end of August.  I will be at the Authors’ Booth in the Columbia Hall with my books and CDs.  My CD for my third book is in the making and am hopeful to have it for the State Fair.  More about the State Fair in my next post.   The items I was selling at the craft fair were trinket boxes and flower tea lights, bowl cozies, baby animal lovies, hats, adult bibs and my books and cds.  Also sold scrubbies and dishrags.