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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. 
May 9, 2017

An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2 has been published

As of May 8, 2017, my third book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2, is finally published and ready for sale.  It is a relief to finally have my 3 books ready to sell as a set.  After 8 years of writing, I am taking a break.  Now begins the work of promoting and selling.  My book and my kindle will be  available on Amazon this month.  Also, by the end of May, I will have my new book, along with my first 2 books, at the River City Mall located at 3990 Rickey St. SE, Salem, OR 97317. Their store hours are Tues.- Sat. 10-6/Sun. 12-5.  By the end of this week my new book will be added to my website.  www.maryjonyssen.com We will be at the Oregon Christian Home Education Conference at the Oregon Convention Center, June 23-24, 2017 with my books.
April 26, 2017

Visit with the second grade class at McKinley Grade School

Last Friday, March 21, 2017, I enjoyed speaking about my publishing experiences and sharing my books with my granddaughter’s  second grade class at McKinley School.  They were very attentive and enjoyed sharing my story with them and reading to them.  They had written How to Books and published them in their classrooms, and my granddaughter, Brynlee, read her book to me on “How to get ready in the morning.”  It was so much fun to share it with her.  It included how to get out of bed, brush your teeth, make your breakfast, get dressed, and many other things.  It always is such a pleasure to share my experiences with the children.
January 26, 2017

The sketches are done!

My illustrator, Joe Palmisano, has finished the sketches of my illustrations for An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2.  He has completed the colored illustrations for the cover and first two pages.  It is exciting to see them come to life.  He is truly a talented and imaginative illustrator.  I have sent my text into the copyright office and have filled out the questionnaire for marketing materials for Createspace.  Things are going smoothly and hoping to have my book published by summer if not sooner.  I will keep you informed.  
March 2, 2016

Inspiration at the Beach

We spent this past weekend at the beach, and I spent a lot of time working on editing my third book.  The sound of the ocean is so relaxing, and gives rise to inspiration. The constant and continuous motion Of the ebb and flow of the mighty ocean,             Gives rise to a flood of inspiration For my third book’s creation. 
December 11, 2015

St. Joseph’s Advent Festival 2015

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, 8 am to 3 pm I will be selling my books, audios (A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1), as well as my crocheted and knitted items at the Advent Festival at St. Joseph’s parish gym, 721 Chemeketa, St. NE, Salem. Or 97301.  Use the Cottage St. entrance for the gym.  Come, enjoy the food, and find lots of craft items and Christmas wreathes for your Christmas shopping.
October 13, 2015

Authors at Rick’s Place

Saturday was a fun day at Rick’s Place.  We got to know some more authors, a photographer and his art work, sold some books and CDs and enjoyed Rick’s delicious nutritious sandwiches and goodies. Maren Bradley Anderson – writing teacher at WOC and author and poet – romance novels, humorous grammar book about the comma   www.marens.com         Scott McArthur – Historical  “The Enemy Never Came” about Oregon preparing to fight the civil war, and “Ben Maxwell’s Salem, Oregon” – a collection of nuggets from the Salem, Oregon news written by Ben Maxwell  (Scott lives in Monmouth and his books are sold at Rick’s Place and on Amazon)       Ricardo S. Rivera – “Escape from the Magic Valley” – Biography of his life living in the Magic Valley in southern Texas which he left at the age of 19 to come to Oregon.  riche48@gmail.com       David Espinoza – inspirational sports stories  www.davidespi.com           S. M. Stryker – Romance novels – second chances  www.smstryker.com           Mary Crawford – romance novels with contributions from her books going to different charities such as Wounded Warriors  www.marycrawfordauthor.com         Ron Mittag – Photographer www.ronmittag.com   If you ever get to Monmouth stop in and have something to eat.  Thanks Rick for letting us come and sell our books.
July 26, 2015

Networking at the NW Book Festival 2015

Saturday was a very wet day for us in Portland at the NW Book Festival.  Despite having to huddle up under the tent to keep from getting soaked, and using plastic bags to keep our books dry, we enjoyed each others company, and the rain didn’t put a damper on our networking and meeting other authors.   The 3 authors in our tent were George, Bonnie and Sylvie.  There were lots more authors, but these were just a few I got to talk to. George Byron Wright Historical fiction and other novels www.c3publications.com       Bonnie Nester, Moments This Good…The Softer Side of Alzlheimer’s Author and speaker www.bonnienester.com      Sylvie H.B.Y.  (She flew up from California just for the day, and we joked with her that she left the sun behind.  But her smile made up for it.) Children’s Books www.koalful.com       Fiction Sandra Denbo and Tamarine Vilar www.theunwantedseries.net       Deborah Lincoln Historical Fiction Agnes Canon’s War www.deborahlincoln.org      Anne Hohanek (Renna Olsen) Horror, Science Fiction, Paranormal & Thrillers www.litzophreniacs3.net