Happy 10th Bookday, Squeaks & Shaping Up The Year!
Everyone grab a cupcake!
Thank you for coming. I really can’t take it all in still. Ten years… ten years ago my first book spread its wings and went out into the wild. *sniff, sniff. I’m such a proud book mommy.* And look at it today… ten years old. still making its way. Still showing people how to shape up every day into a beautiful thing.
I have been thinking on how I wanted to celebrate today. It’s a major milestone for me. And I thought what better way than to play it forward. I’m throwing a giveaway with 10 – yep TEN (one for each year) – prize packs. Each prize pack will include:
Shaping Up The Year book
Cover art sticker
TMC Productions sticker
Crochet Squeaks toy
But I have a goodie for everyone visiting too. Make sure you download Squeak’s Happy Birthday coloring page.
There’s been a lot of behind the scenes planning here.
But I also wanted you to know why I have been absent lately.
My husband had been sick for a while. Honestly, he has never truly recovered 100% from his open heart surgery in 2012.
Almost 3 months ago, we all came down with the flu. Tim got sick and progressively got worse. I took him to the er and found out he had to have surgery. There were complications. Two and a half days later, he took his last breath.
He was gone.
These past few months have been hard to say it best. Life will never be normal. I’m trying to piece things back together. To carry on with things we had planned on doing.
Like what is going to happen Monday. 🙂
He was so excited. Just know a lot of planning has gone into this celebration. So while I am excited about this coming week. Please understand why I may not seem to be that way all the time.
So, on a happier note…
The blogs are being written. The tweets are planned out. And I’m hoping you’ll like everything.
Here’s too a grand adventure. Keeping your chin up. And trying to see the good in everything.
Be kind. Love hard! Have a grateful heart. And as my Tim would say… #smilesmilesmile (~);-}
A dish of bubble gum and learning to count has never been so much fun! Match colors and watch the bubble get bigger and bigger as you count higher and higher. Chomp, chomp, chew, chew. Look at the bubble you blew! Suggested age range for readers: 1-6
I’m just a little excited. *you couldn’t tell could you?* I am hitting TWO milestones with this book:
1) This is my debut as an illustrator. Some of you didn’t even know that I drew. But I do. 😀 Over the last few years, I’ve been honing my craft and studying others work. I’ve been learning my own voice for my illustrations too. I post tidbits and sneak peaks over on instagram.
2) This is my 10th picture book! *wow-oh-wow* I’m humbled. Truly, I am. I’ve been published by two small houses. (I will be adding a third soon!) They are so supportive and believe in my work and in me. Small publishing houses have some mighty big ❤ s!
I tried something new with this book. I put a call out for people who were interested in being on my LAUNCH TEAM. I had an amazing response… about 20 people. *wow, again!* I sent them an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) pdf and my cover art. What they will do in return is give an honest review *I don’t expect 5 stars and bon-bons 😉 *, and a shout out on social media. Will this help? I dunno! So we shall see together, okay? I plan on writing a follow-up blog post on the results I see.
Thank you everyone for following me on my journey here. Here’s to more posts and books!
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What about a launch team? Do you think they are a good idea?
Until next time…
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