Liddil Gets Her Light Lightning Bug Activity

Summer is still going. One of my favorite activities growing up was catching lightning bugs in a jar and watch them flicker. Have you ever done that?

I always let them go before I went to bed, but for a moment I had a small glowing magic in the palm of my hands. It still amazes me.

I have an activity page on my website that you can use to go along with LIDDIL GETS HER WAY. 🙂 What better thing to do than go beyond the book. To keep the wonder going. To spark curiosity and learning.

Click —> HERE <— for the pdf file for the activity.

Don’t forget to share your child’s artwork. Make sure to use the hashtag #TMCcreates!

Have fun creating!

Until next time,



Happy 10th Bookday, Squeaks & Shaping Up The Year!

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
  • Book bag
  • Cover art sticker
  • TMC Productions sticker
  • Squeaks sticker
  • Crochet Squeaks toy

But I have a goodie for everyone visiting too. Make sure you download Squeak’s Happy Birthday coloring page.

I would love to see how you color it too. Please feel to post your coloring pages to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Make sure to use #TMCcreates with your post so I’ll be able to find it. 😀

Make sure to enter into the drawing for your chance of one of the prize packs. *please know that because of shipping costs I have to limit winners to the United States.*

Click here —> Rafflecopter giveaway <—to enter!

I’m also posting a thread for the #10YearChallenge over on The Twitters on what I have learned over the past ten years being a published author. Make sure to check it out!

Hey, which cupcake did you grab? *nomnomnom*

Thank you for visiting Squeaks and I for this major celebration!

Happy reading!

Until next time,





Two more days!

I’m so excited! I hope you all will be able to make it! 😀

Until next time,





Alright! It’s official count down mode. Only three more days to a milestone event!

So, let me make sure I’ve got everything together…

  • Invitations
  • party favors
  • guest of honor invited
  • and some interactive things to do!

Check. Check. Check. AND check!

All I’m waiting for now is Monday and YOU!

See you then!

Until next time,



Happy 2019!

Happy 2019!

It’s the new year! That means a new chapter, a blank canvas, a new project, and so many adventures await! I always look forward to this day. I’ve been planning on how to redirect my blog to be more beneficial to my targeted audiences.

What does that mean for you? Hopefully, it will help you become more aware of the products I offer, as well as give you some insight on how to become better at what you do and also become more interactive with what I do.

Here is a peek at what I will be offering this year:

  • MONDAY: MARKETING — I will be offering marketing tips and tricks that expand across any field. If you work for yourself, you need to be marketing.
  • TUESDAY: AVON — I am an independent AVON representative and will be showcasing different products, how-tos, reveals, and more. Let’s get to know AVON better!
  • WEDNESDAY: BEYOND THE BOOK — I will take a more in-depth look at my books and how you can expand learning and having fun with them.
  • THURSDAY: COLORING PAGES — Who doesn’t like to color? From inspiration from my own books and more, I will be offering free downloadable/printable coloring pages.
  • FRIDAY: LEFT HOOK CROCHET — Did you know I’m a fiber artist? I began my crochet journey in 2017 and now offer my products for sale. BUT I have a hook on what I do… I’m a lefty! My Left Hook Crochet posts will be dedicated to leftys with patterns, videos, and more.


So much to do for this year. I hope to be more interactive and can’t wait to see what you think of everything.

Until next time….

Happy writing/illustrating/crocheting!


Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews (#PBReview)


Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews

Book Reviews…. How do authors, illustrators, agents, and editors love you? Let us count the ways.

Yes, WE BOOK REVIEWS! <– Yes, I just shouted that.  😀   Because we do!!!

It’s like a High-5!

Or a warm, fuzzy hug!

clapping-hands-mdOr a stand “O”!

Now seriously, tell me WHO doesn’t like that???!!!???

As you know, The Children at the Playground has been released into the wild. I’m excited, because a few reviews have begun to come in. Click on the links and see what people are saying about my book:

Reviews help get books noticed. Here is a graphic I found to show you about how book reviews can influence Amazon:



Have you read any good books?
Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, on a blog?
Do you post your reviews on other social media like Twitter and Facebook?
Do you let the author, illustrator, or publisher know about your review?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

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Monday Marketing & A CTA #TCATPG

Marketing and a CTA – #TCATPG

Marketing can be a challenge.

You have ups and downs Some things work. Others don’t. Marketing can be done in so many ways. I thought I would try something that a writer/illustrator colleauge of mine, Debbie Ohi, is doing…

It has to do with book trailers. Book trailers are a great way to get people interested in your book. They are used like movie trailers. They give the potential consumer a glimpse of the work to hopefully get them interested in buying the product.

There are plenty of companies out there who offer this service. OR if you are handy with some software and are creative, you can make your own. As some of you may know, I  have done 5 of my 6 book trailers. I happen to have a book coming out in May, and have been trying to come up with a different approach to a book trailer. I wanted to do something different. Something to get people more involved. Debbie gave me a great idea and that’s where you come in…

swing_set.svg.medTHE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND  (Xist Publishing) will be released into the wild in two months.
AND I need YOUR help!


Here’s where you come in:

  1. Take a picture or a short 5-7 second video of your children having fun at the playground.
  2. Add the hashtag #TCATPG to your pictures
  3. Send it to
  4. Use #TCATPG in your subject line.
  5. Give me permission to use your child’s picture in my book trailer.
  6. If it is okay for me to list your families name, please state so.
  7. I will send you a confirmation email as soon as I make sure it came in clear.

I plan on using the photos and videos I receive to make a book trailer for The Children At The Playground. I think it would be great to show what everyone likes to do. The video will be around 1 minute long. Depending on the participation, I may not be able to use everyone’s photo or video.

Thanks everyone. I hope to have a great turn out.

What do you think about this marketing angle?
What do you think about Book Trailers?
Do you make your own or use a company?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

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