Free Downloadable Coloring Pages Are Here!!

So, during a bout of insomnia (when I come up with some of my best ideas), I decided to ask my illustrator to make black & white versions of my book images.  I picked out some of my favorites and he jumped on the project.

As a coloring book lover, I wanted to share these coloring pages with you & your little ones.  They can be printed and laminated for a great rainy day activity or long road trip to do over and over (I recommend using dry erase markers).

If your little ones have read the books, see if they can guess which coloring page goes with each book.  Keep them on their toes over the summer break.

I hope you enjoy these pages from the Doxie Tale Adventures and feel free to share!

Here is the link combined-coloring-pages

 

My 1st Birthday book is live!

Welp, I received my proof copy of book #6 in the series Saturday.  Of course, my graphic designer Heather from Designer’s Ink made it look great.  This is the 5th book illustrated by S.B. Dow and he continues to bring life to Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy.  Once I look over my proof copy, I log into Createspace and approve the title.  Once approved, it’s literally just a few hours before it appears on Amazon & I’m like a kid on Christmas morning checking to see if it’s there.  I get so excited when I see it.

Happy Birthday To You!  It’s My Birthday Too! was written a bit like one of my favorite Sesame Street books from my sister’s childhood and also my kids’. There’s a Monster at the End of This Book leads the reader through the story to the ultimate reveal of the monster.

While it’s obvious what the pups’ clues will lead to in this book, it’s still a fun journey getting the reader there.  What a perfect birthday gift for a little one.  A new book is always a gift for every holiday in my house!  My grandkids’ Easter books are tucked away in my closet right now.  That’s where my gift purchases start then I let the rest fall into place.

I hope readers really enjoy this one!

 

Happy Birthday To You! It’s Our Birthday Too!

Book 6 Has Been Submitted!

Last year, after Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy came out, a friend suggested that I write a birthday book.  I had a different idea for my 6th book and tucked that request away.

After several attempts at my original story’s idea, I started another document and played around with this birthday tale.  It was flowing better than the other so I stuck with it, revamped it several times and low and behold, it’s finally finished.

In this “tail”, Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy give clues to the reader to guess what special celebration they are preparing. It’s a cute, rhyming story that’s sure to be a perfect birthday gift.

The files have been submitted so once I get my proof copy and approve it, book 6 will go live on Amazon within hours.  My copies will be ordered as well and then, let the vendor blenders begin.

Now on to my next book idea!

Book 6 to go live soon!

It’s almost April and apparently, if history repeats itself, that means another “tail” in the series is about to go live on Amazon.

Book #6 in the Doxie Tale Adventures is almost ready.  This book is sure to become a favorite when your little one nears his/her birthday.  A birthday book was requested by one of my readers at a vendor event just last year so my rodeo book was put on hold to get this one out.

This is a great birthday gift idea for any young child.  Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy share their birthday with their readers in this one.  It’s a fun, rhyming story that’s sure to become a favorite.

Look for Happy Birthday To You!  It’s Our Birthday Too! to go live on Amazon in the next few weeks!!

Hobnob Market Newbie

Hobnob Market Danville IL

Hobnob Market Danville IL

Huge 2-Day Market!!

My partner in crime & I had a great time at the Hobnob Market in Danville this weekend.  Driving up to the location, we were both in awe of what a huge event it was.  Neither of us had been there before & the tents & vendors went on forever!

Luckily, we got set up in time to check out a few of the awesome vendors (and there were some good ones).  When the gates opened Friday night, the people just kept coming.  The beautiful weather didn’t hurt.

The weather wasn’t so cooperative on Saturday as wind & rain made things challenging for the outdoor vendors.  I felt bad for them but I was lucky enough to have a great spot inside the big tent.

I made some new friends in my vendor neighbors and met so many people.  I loved telling them all about my books, how I started writing, what inspired me, and how I make each one personal & special.

My next book is partially written and I have a few weeks off before my next event, my hometown festival.  That one’s always special.  As the retired postmaster, seeing old friends and familiar faces is always a treat.

Barnes & Noble was a huge success!

Barnes & Noble Book Signing with the support of my family.

Barnes & Noble Book Signing with the support of my family.

My Support System!

I had such a great time at the local author event at Barnes & Noble and there to cheer me on, as usual, was my awesome family.  They have been so supportive in this dream of mine and this big moment was no exception.

People braved the rainy weather to come out and get their hands on my latest book, Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy.  The biggest percentage of sales went to my hometown friends who are also very supportive.

It was a great day!

French Market was a success!

CU Flea Market With My Besties!

CU Flea Market With My Besties!

CU Flea Market…Friends Always Make it Better

We had a great time at the Hospice Hearts French Market.  Spending the day with my great friends made it so much better 🙂  I met a lot of new people and introduced them to my books.  That’s what it’s all about, not the sales at the end of the day.  I’ve had several new likes on my facebook page and I know that’s from the business cards being handed out.

Informing New Friends of My Unique Gift Opportunities

Now I hope some new friends will get in touch with me when they get baby shower invitations.  I’m telling you, my personalized books make a truly unique gift to last a lifetime.  If I would’ve had something like this when my kids were growing up, I’d have gone nuts :/

Now off to my next big thing…stay tuned for more on that!

Peanut the intellect.

The Author Life

Things are really kicking into high gear.  Almost everyday I’m getting events lined up, emails requesting I attend an event or speak to a class, and today I received an email from Barnes & Noble inviting me to be involved in an author event/book signing at their store!

Long Term Memory

I was asked to read/speak to students at the school I attended in kindergarten and first grade.  That will be a treat. One memory I have from that school (and you aren’t going to believe this) was having mats and nap time.  We all had name stickers with animals on them.  Mine was a dachshund!  True story.  I’ve also read at libraries and classrooms and have met some great kids!

I am truly living out my dream and look forward to what the future holds.  See my events page for my upcoming schedule.

Book #5…Making It Personal.

The Flip n Flide

The Flip n Flide

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy

Just like with my other books, Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy was born from a personal experience.

Let’s just say that some letters are more challenging for toddlers to say than others.  For my granddaughter, her “s”s were replaced with “f”s for a period of time.

 

The Great Frinkle Cheese Debate

Over and over we would have, what we liked to call, “the great frinkle cheese debate”.  Both grandkids called grated parmesan cheese “sprinkle cheese”, so for awhile when Audrey said it, it became “frinkle” cheese.

She would ask for the “frinkle” cheese, I would say, “here’s your frinkle cheese”.  She would say, “it NOT frinkle cheese grandma”.  I would say, “then what is it”?  She would say, “it FRINkle cheese”.

Never argue with a three year old.  It never turns out well.  Because this predicament took place in the summer, outdoor activities also became an entertaining experience.  Well, to everyone but Audrey it seems.  The slip n’ slide became a flip n’ flide.

There was no way this situation would not become an adventure for Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy so Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy was born from many sleepless nights putting together the ingredients for book number 6.

The illustrator and I are in the process of perfecting the images for the next book, then on to editing the text, formatting, and finally publishing!

What’s Next for Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy?

Book # 6 is already in the planning stages.  This one was a suggestion from some southern friends of ours.  For now, the theme of this book shall remain a secret to be revealed in the future…………..

Big Changes Are Coming Soon!

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy Hardcover

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy Hardcover

Hardcovers are Here

For the first time ever, the Doxie Tale Adventure books will be available in hard copy (with the exception of A Super Fun Day).  I am so stoked about this, what an awesome sight to see when this baby came in the mail!  Next week, I will have my author copy of Undercover Doxies & Santa’s Super Sleepover in the hard cover version as well.  Look out libraries and book stores, I hope you’ll be clammering to get your hands on these bad boys!!

 

Howloween Fun, Santa's Super Sleepover, Undercover Doxies

Howloween Fun, Santa’s Super Sleepover, Undercover Doxies