Generation Imagination

Here is an interesting fact about myself that I had completely forgotten about: According to my parents, I had imaginary friends that used to get me in trouble. These friends would make huge messes and play in areas that I wasn’t allowed to play in…and then I would have to clean up and apologize because they couldn’t do it for themselves.

A little over twenty years later, my first Young Adult novel was finished, and there were my friends again! Apparently my imaginary friends when I was three or four, and the voices in my head now belong to the same family of…wait for it…DRAGONS!

I now have two published novels, one in editing, and one currently in the early first draft stages, all about this group of dragons and their incredible story. So now whenever my fifteen month old daughter hoots at me or tells me the monkey did it, I smile (usually) and tell her the same thing my parents told me, “they’re your guests in your house so you have to pick up after them,” and I dream of the day that the little monkey girl gets old enough to help me write my next children’s story or picture book. Isn’t Imagination a wonderful tool?

May your imaginary friends never desert you, may your imagination always run free, and may you be blessed today and every day.


Best Children’s Books

Best Children’s Books

I was reading my Parent’s magazine last night and found a delightful few pages listing some favorite books for young readers. “AHA!” I declared (quietly and to myself…I’m not risking waking that baby!), “I should share this link!”

In searching for the online version, I found so much more than the few new favorites. I found this list of  word happiness, helpfully and conveniently divided by age group for us.

Christmas is coming soon, buy the kids an adventure they can take over and over again! Buy a book! Have a Blessed Day!

A Note for Young Readers

Here is a little note for you from Claire Tworeck, who is currently working with Harper Collins Publishing House on a Children’s Christmas book idea, tentatively set for release winter of 2014. Enjoy, and have a Blessed Day!

Dear Young Readers,

Happy National Young Readers Week!

I wanted to share some of the pretty cool adventures I’ve been on recently. I’ve had the chance to fly on a magic carpet, help rescue a princess who was locked away in a castle, gone scuba diving and I’ve seen the most beautiful and colorful fish, walked in the moon, smelled and tasted the best chocolate cake in the world, met my favorite basketball players and fought an evil knight with a sword, yet I haven’t even left my house. I’ve had all of these wonderful adventures through books. Books are not just pages with words on them, held together by a binding and cover. They are adventures waiting for you. You don’t have to go on these adventures just once either, you can go on them many times as you want to.

So stop what you’re doing and go on an adventure!




The Yellow Coat

The Yellow Coat

We have made it halfway through National Young Readers Week! I hope that everyone, young and old alike, are enjoying some new friends and beloved childhood memories as you go through this week together, reading all the way!

If you are looking for a new story to capture your fancy, I would suggest looking up Author Christina Montano’s new children’s book, The Yellow Coat. Based on a family story told to her by her husband, Nielson, and illustrated by her mother-in-law, Ade van Duyn, this book is not only a beautiful tale, but is truly a family affair.

According to Eugene Schwartz, a worldwide educational consultant:

“In this book Christina Montano has captured the essence of loss and transformation that is such a crucial part of childhood. Like a butterfly, the story’s little boy protagonist must experience the falling-away of his early childhood to re-emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis. The delightful illustrations tell their own story even as the narrative moves forward. Altogether, this is a perfect tale for a child facing the certainty of growth amidst the uncertainties of modern life.”
-Eugene Schwartz, Educational Consultant,

To learn more about this book, as well as the author and her family, please visit:

Or drop by her blog at:

May today, as every day, be full of joy and books (which are really the same thing if you think about it!) I hope that you all have a Blessed Day!

Tracking Numbers

As the owner and operator of an incredibly tiny, not-really-much-of-anything, online business, I understand the necessity of tracking numbers from the view point of the retailer. When you send an order out, providing the consumer with tracking numbers says, “Hey Look! I have sent your package and it is on the way! You can watch its progress and my behind is completely covered should the product not arrive!”

That’s all well and good, but what about from the consumer’s point of view? I have a package that was shipped to me almost three weeks ago, from Fed Ex. The tracking number provided did not update for a week (server malfunction?) and then it was in Dallas for three days, three hours from my home. It finally shows that my package is here, in town, and should be delivered….THURSDAY. Really? Thursday? A two day wait for a package that is in my town and would take, literally, less than ten minutes to deliver from anywhere in town (unless, of course, there’s a train). So now the tracking number merely panders to my obsessive compulsive behavior, allowing me to ‘track’ the package, whose progress has not updated, three times a minute if need be. I hate tracking numbers.

I am moving at the end of the week and this is a Christmas present for my mother…but sure, go ahead and taunt me with that in your town update. I don’t mind at all, not at all. My face just always looks this crazy!

May this never happen to you! May all of your packages arrive early and intact, and may you have a Blessed shopping season!

Book titles: How do you know when it’s right, and when it’s just you?

Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I am addicted to books. I love to look at them, to read them, even to smell them! Most of all, I love to write books. I currently have several children’s stories and young reader books that are waiting on me to get my act in gear and get illustrations and editing completed. But here’s the thing…how do you name these amazing works of art?

Over the past few years I have come up with a few titles for my books and short stories that I thought were GENIUS…and that nobody else got. I wish now that I had kept a list of all of those potential, but not quite there, story titles. Not to actually name a book that, but to make an art piece or a list on the wall to have something to laugh at when I suddenly run into a wall of thirty foot deep writer’s blocks.

However, I do have a few names already tossed out for the newest work in progress. While I don’t know the real name of this book yet, I have been calling it “Dragon on the Sea”. So far, I’ve thrown out a few other titles that were even less likely to succeed than this one. Things such as, “Undertow Dragons”, “Scales in the Sea,” “Seafoam Dragon,” and, my personal favorite, “That’s Dragon, with an Arrrrr.”

I think they all have merit, and certainly make me giggle, but I don’t see everyone looking at the book at immediately saying “Oh, I want that!” or, “hehehe, Pirate Dragons right? YES!” So the quest continues…although I may have to actually paint that last title over my work station soon.

My question to you is this…do you start with a name in mind? Do you randomly assign a title just to have one? Or do you wait and let the story tell you what its name is? What are your thoughts and suggestions on this quest? Help me out guys because the good Lord knows I don’t have a clue!

Until next time, Have A Blessed Day!


National Young Readers Week

National Young Readers Week

This week’s Who Are You Reading This Weekend is dedicated to the amazing and thirsty minds of our young. The second week of each November is dedicated to helping those students learn by example, so even if you don’t have a child, go grab a young reader (I suggest volunteering at a local library or elementary school), grab a great book (perhaps, a Pooh Bear or Wimpy Kid story?), and lead them to the great adventure of a good book, by reading one to them! Children learn by example, so be a good one!

I hope that you all have a Blessed weekend and find some hidden gems in the books that you read this week. Remember, you don’t have to be young to enjoy young readers!

I FORGOT!!! :(

I was busy with the kid, the packing, the dogs, and the NaNoWriMo today and in all that chaos I totally forgot to WRITE A BLOG! UGH! I did however get information and put out feelers to possibly have two new children’s book authors do an interview and possibly guest blog at some point in the not too distant future…but that doesn’t count for NaBloPoMo, unfortunately. Even though I’ve missed the mark, I will continue to attempt to blog each day whenever possible. And actually, since I haven’t gone to sleep yet I would totally count this as being written today (November 8th) even if the actual time stamp says differently. Time is just a fluid measure and can be changed, I don’t know how to do it, but I believe it can be done (flux capacitor anyone?!?!?) And I mean come on, better late than never, RIGHT?

Either way, I hope you had a fabulously love filled and productive, or lazy, day yourself. Sometimes it is a blessing not to have the time to sit and blog. I wish you all the blessings in the world, and beyond. Here’s the first for you today, Have a Blessed Weekend.

The Confidence Issue

There are things about myself that I would change in an instant if I could. Of course there are, I’m a human being.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my basic looks, my basic style, and my quirky sense of humor. However, if I could tweak things a bit here and there, I would in a heartbeat. But the thing that I would change the most is my confidence level. I have incredibly low confidence and sometimes I fear success. Success comes on the heels of putting yourself out there and trying, like, in front of people. This is one of the only things I fear…well, that and needles.

Yes, I have health issues, but who doesn’t? Yes, I am considered obese, but I can exercise. Yes, I have hair so thick that I get headaches, glasses so thick that people crack bottle jokes, and feet so low and wide that shoes are difficult to find…but all that can be taken care of with just a little work. Confidence now, confidence is a lifelong battle. The saddest part about this low confidence? I know I’m awesome. I am a GREAT mother, a FABULOUS crochet-er, and an AMAZING author, among other things…but I just don’t think I want to put myself out there enough so that someone can tell me otherwise.

You see, I was told a long time ago by someone in my family that there is ALWAYS someone better than you at anything you do. Are you world renowned for your amazing talent at toe tatting? Well guess what, there’s a five year old in Jamaica that can out toe tat you on any given day…they just haven’t been discovered yet. With that in mind, I have spent my life hiding out, trying to convince myself that I’m the kid in Jamaica and not the sad sack who thinks they rule the world. It’s a way of life anyway.  

Here is something else to remember though, No one is perfect, everyone has to learn to be the best THEY can be, and flaws are what make a person interesting. So here is to our flaws, I wouldn’t change a thing about you! Have a Blessed DAY!