New Stories #ChaBooCha #fracturedfairytales

I am once again taking part in the Chapter Book Challenge’s anthology. This year it is back to fractured fairy tales. Which is a lot of fun and I had so many ideas it actually took a while to get myself organised. I finally narrowed it down to two. One is all about a Pygmy Hippo – yep it’s based on the little guy we saw at Melbourne Zoo, OBI…

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I love this little guy and he had fairy tale written all over him. His story was a lot of fun there was just one problem. Pygmy hippos are actually a lot harder to draw than you would think. So here is the image I have worked on. This version still needs to be cleaned up, but you get the idea.

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Then for the second one I had to use the three dogs… I mean what would a fairy tale anthology be without a dog story?

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These three boof heads need more stories, if only I had more time. Still I will get there eventually. I also had a go at drawing them and once again this image needs to be cleaned up, but here it is…

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This has been a project for a while. It took longer that I had hoped, but I am really happy with my two stories and can’t wait to read all the others. I love these projects it’s so great to be able to write for this challenge which has really made me a better writer! Have fun!

Stitch Says and Chewie’s Combined #bookblasts

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We’re going to work together for a little while because our human has to catch up on her reading, writing, and her general life… That’s the problem with humans, they always have too much to do. Anyway while she’s busy we are going to blast a few of the little human’s favourite books.

They LOVE Andy Griffiths and of course they should. His books are fun, fast paced and basically awesome. They really enjoyed the Treasure Fever series, but their all time favourite is the treehouse books and the new one came out last week…

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We have to mention Terry Denton here too because the little humans have been inspired to draw because of his work. They are now illustrating their own worlds, which means lots of paper all over the house. Yes they are messier than us!!!!

Anyway back to the treehouse. They recently entered a completion and won. The task was to explain what storey they would add to the treehouse. Well the little humans love all animals and they wanted a conservation storey for Aussie Animals to help prevent extinction…

They are caring little humans.

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Lots more coming, watch this space – keep reading, keep writing.

I’m Back #gettingorganised #havebeenbusy

I have been really busy lately and just not finding the time to get on my blog.

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Luckily I have not been staring at the keyboard. I have actually been writing and editing. My three original books are getting closer to being republished. This has taken longer than I had hoped, but we are getting there. I am hoping to order the print proofs by the end of the month – or there about. The kindle versions should be available sooner. Big cover reveals and dates coming soon. May even run a competition to celebrate. This of course means I now need to get on to my other two new books. They may take a bit longer purely because I need the cover done. However both have ideas and are in the working process. I am aiming for them to be ready for people to purchase for Christmas.

I have managed a fair bit more work too, in between everything else that needs to be done. So more news and more blogs coming soon. Stitch and Chewie will be back in action with some exciting book reviews and blasts too. Getting back to normality is actually a great thing. Have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: The Disappearing Dolphins #kidsbook

Hi it’s Stitch here:

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I can’t wait for Spring – the weather gets warmer so we get to go to the beach!!!! My favourite place because you can run in the sand, chase each other in the waves and sometimes you get to see cool animals…

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So I was pretty excited to read this book:

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It has taken a while to get here, but it finally did, here’s what I think

The Disappearing Dolphins by Jennifer Kelman
Twins Jackie and Kevin are playing in the sand when Kevin sees a group of dolphins playing. Whenever Jackie turns around the dolphins disappear. Kevin is drawn to the dolphin and eventually both children get to enjoy the playful antics of the dolphins. The Disappearing Dolphins is a sweet book for kids of all ages. The language is simple and the pictures are cute. It is definitely one for children who believe in having fun.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

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You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Disappearing-Dolphins-Jennifer-Kelman/dp/147874779X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438599990&sr=8-1&keywords=the+disappearing+dolphins

Keep reading, keep writing!

Cover reveal coming soon #almostdone

We had a big weekend of cover art… Yep we went over the covers for Ghostnapped and Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist. It’s one of the hardest things I have to do. I am not a graphic artist, but I know what I like. Fortunately for me my husband can design covers on the computer. We try to use our photos simply because it is easier than drawing. Still we do have different ideas at times.

The first cover we did together was for It’s What You Do Next That Counts…

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I had originally drawn a picture, which was okay. It just didn’t quite work with the cover in the end. We eventually took this photo and it worked.

This time we’ve had to use more photos. The big cover reveals will be soon. Now I have three more covers to do. One is pretty much in the making, the second we have an idea and the last one I like, but it still needs work. Of course that also means I need to get cracking on the editing and formatting. After pushing to get my covers finished I don’t want to slow the process down.

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Plus I need to finish my fairy tales and do some illustrations – better get to it, have fun!