Summer Sundays

My short story compilation, Summer Sundays, is FREE for ebook download for the next 3 days. You can find it HERE. Tomorrow the other 2 short story compilation books will be free as well. You can find them Here and Here.

These books are full of stories that span genres, but they are all meant to be a quick, fun read for the audience. As such, my short stories are all short shorts, most only taking up a page or two in the book. I hope you find something (or many things) to enjoy!

Presenting: Highland Park

Today I am going to post for you a very special book review…it is not for any book that I have received (yet), it is not for a friend of a friend who happens to be an author, and it is not for Tyree Tomes (though we did edit and publish it). This review is for my students. My 80 awesome fifth graders who worked hard, pushed through, and wrote.

That’s right, we are finished! As of today Highland Park Presents is available in both paperback and Kindle edition.

I wish I could tell you that this is the best compilation of short stories that you could ever possibly read. As their teacher I want to brag on my students and let you know that they worked SO HARD for this. If you could see the excitement on their faces today as I showed them the amazon.com pages for their book…well I have no words to explain it. I will, hopefully, remember those moments forever.

However, they are still fifth graders with a lot to learn about writing. Every student is on a different level and some of them are in a different world…but they have done their best and overcome a lot of self doubt to get this put together.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to click the link and see what their had work brought about. Any royalties received from the sale of these books will go to our school PTO for our grade level, so if you like what you see please go ahead and order a copy. We tried to keep the price as low as possible! Whether or not you get one, please share this with your friends. I want the kids to see that people in other counties, states, and countries have the chance to read their words.

The kids also want to send a special shout out and thanks to Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree, my father and Tyree Tomes partner, for his part in the final edits of the book. We couldn’t have done it without you Daddy!

May you all have a blessed and wonderful day!

Creativity is just Intelligence having fun ~ Albert Einstein

Rankings and other Nonsense

I don’t write for rankings, I don’t write for money, and I don’t write for accolades. I write for me, and you, and my students, and my family, and that little boy down the street. I write for the dragons who live in my head and refuse to be silenced until I have a pen in my hand and their story unfolding. I write for my own selfish sanity. I don’t write for critics.

All of that being said, however, it is nice to wake up on my birthday (yes folks, I’m officially out of those crazy twenties todays!) and find a 5 star review for my first novel; Dragon on My Neck. That book is my baby, much more so than any of the others I have out right now. I won my first NaNoWriMo with him, went through stacks of rejections with him, and chose the Indie Author life with him. Without DoMN I might not be here. So seeing the recognition there is always amazing…especially today! Then I popped over and checked my rankings.

According to Amazon.com I am ranked at 534,351st on the most popular authors list. I’m not sure how many authors there actually are…but well over 1,000,000 (There are over 12 MILLION books on Amazon so probably much more than that). On the whole, I am feeling very blessed and excited this morning. I was able to write a couple of chapters this weekend, got a good review, and I’m not ranked last on Amazon! Happy Birthday to Me!

What makes you feel blessed and motivated on a Monday morning? I want to know!