Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tardis wine glass giveaway!! Perfect for Father's Day!!

Fetch my Button on Etsy is running a giveaway on facebook for a Tardis wineglass!! 

The wine glasses are hand etched and 100 percent dishwasher safe. The etching is permanent!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Free ebook April 27th! Eat Your Vegeatbles and Other Tales I find perfectly strange: A set of absurdly original tongue twisters and some gems lost in the public domain

Free Today on Amazon! 

Eat Your Vegeatbles and Other Tales I find perfectly strange: A set of absurdly original tongue twisters and some gems lost in the public domain 

How quickly can you say "Zombie zucchini zone watching zippy zigzagging zebras?"

Eat your Vegetables features 12 new outrageous vegetable themed tongue twisters that will leave you saying "Better eat your vegetables before your vegetables eat you!" and a collection of odd and wonderful rhymes that have fallen into the public domain.

Kickstarter Campaign for a really excellent set of Children's books! Help these two creative minds get their ideas into the world.

I love the idea of a kickstarter campaign for children's books! What is more important then spreading the love of reading to children? Please help them if you can! Read all about the ChinyChin project below - from ChinyChin.
"We are ChinyChin, comprised of a writer, Neah Winters, and a voice over artist, Geoffrey Resnick.  We are here on Kickstarter to raise the funds that it will take us to promote our first 5 narrated eBooks + one of these in print. In a nutshell, we need eye-catching illustrations, development of an awesome website, creation of the picture book, plus worldwide distribution and the financial ability to carry out our marketing plan.
We have been working on these first 5 stories as eBooks to get our company off and rolling.  In addition, we have chosen one, "A Salty Treasure," that we would love to see as an always-popular hard cover picture book.  This will be beautifully illustrated in watercolor (see image below) as a fun, rhyming story about a brother and sister who find a bottle floating in a river.  They discover that there is salt water inside and their curiosity leads them to the ocean.
 "The birds were soaring high on a cheery, warm spring day.
We hurried up and ran outside,
Not a care got in our way."

A Salty Treasure
A Salty Treasure
"Up the river from the ocean, past the smelly mill,
It drifted to our treasure cove
And didn't even spill!"
"Hickory Horse" is an extremely kind horse who was born under a Hickory tree, and amazingly the tree leaves transferred to his mane and tail!  He finds some forest animals visiting the farm and escorts them back to their homes for the night.  Narrated with characters, and this one makes a nice bedtime story!
"The Talking Space Monster" has a great character voice that is so fun for kids to hear.  This monster starts with a hole in his tummy, then gets a patch so he can eat and grow big and strong.  Emphasis is on eating nutritional meals and includes a bonus recipe (with tiny green aliens - zucchini) at the end.  Yum!
"Runaway Lollipop" is highly entertaining when you follow the rolling "Popsie" (his name once he loses his stick) on his day-long adventure.  He finds similar "circle" friends to hang out with, but, in the end, the dog gets the last lick!
In "The Blurry-Eyed Parrot," this bird finds it hard to see the chalkboard in school.  Why is the teacher writing with "fuzzy chalk"?  He moves to a seat closer in class, but, it doesn't help.  Finally, he discovers that a cool pair of glasses are in order...and whaala!
We are targeting kids in the preschool - K range with a variety of stories that children this age can easily understand.  Our stories have a gentle blend of real life mixed with a world of imagination.
Here's the best part - we are taking these delightful children's stories and sprinkling them with full character narration when applicable.  A basic narration style suits others.  By creating more of a simple eBook, and not a distracting interactive experience, the child will be able to listen to, or read, a wonderful story full of charm! Our primary thought process in creating these books is just good, old-fashioned reading enjoyment for children, with a twist of fun narration. 
We enjoy creating all different types of stories, so you will not see any two alike.  For instance...
...some are rhyming, some have animals, maybe there's a surprise, or friendship and playtime.  You will see things like an adventurous lollipop living life to the fullest or a space monster stating the importance of eating veggies.
The Talking Space Monster
The Talking Space Monster
The characters appeal to both boys and girls and some stories have great bedtime endings.  All stories are fun and keep the child's attention through easy-to-follow story telling.  They have been thoroughly tested on our inspirational kids ages 2 and 5!  ☺
Our goal of $16,700 is comprised of the following expenses:
Illustrations = $3200
File conversion for all eBook formats = $2800
Company branding/logo design = $400
Website/hosting = $700
Global distribution = $1200
Marketing/blogging = $2100
Hard cover print book = $4800
Rewards = $800
Fees = $700
We already have over 7 more books written and waiting for illustrations!  Once we get these first 5 eBooks going, we'd love to fill our website with many others for kids to enjoy.
Speaking of up and is an audio clip from one of our next books, "Larry the Llama Loves the Letter L" where there are lots of 'L' words!
In addition, we have plans to translate our books into other languages around the world.  We love working on this project and are passionate about creating these books and eBooks for children.  We hope we have sincerely expressed this to you.

Risks and challengesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter

The children's book market can be competitive, no doubt. We've done quite a bit of research involving eBook creation and marketing and have found a distribution company that is solid and reputable. We look forward to being able to work with them to produce our children's eBooks including appropriate text highlighting. To help our book sales, their global distribution channels include all of the big league companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google Play.
We feel confident that once it's in their hands, it's smooth sailing from there! Well, then there is the marketing...but, we've got that covered, too! With a great website and some wonderful blogging, ChinyChin will be on everyone's "go to" list for fabulous children's books!!"

Kiddie Story 365 - A place where storytellers can collaborate

From the Website - 

"Kiddie Stories 365 is all about imaginative, simple and easy to narrate stories for kids. But they are not only for parents to tell their kids. It is also for teachers to teach, challenge and strengthen children academically. It is also for authors and cartoonists. And even those who want to rediscover their childhood.
Stories help people to connect. It teaches and tells. And it grows our imagination. As a parent I am asked by my child to tell her a story everyday. When she is bored with this 365 Fairy Tales then it is about a topic of her choice. And for each I try and weave in learning too. After all this is the age when children grasp the most and learn the most. While some are easy to spin, for some I have had to wonder what story to tell her. Hence this site."

I love the idea of continuing the time honored practice of teaching through story. It is intricate that we focus on 
new technology to continue time honored techniques. The internet and the digital age are here to stay and if we want stories to be a major part of our child's life we need to combine digital technology and reading whenever possible. If your child reaches for your tablet every time they sit down make sure it is filled with ebooks and websites that nurture their growth. 

Follow and share with us on FACEBOOK and  TWITTER

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Free Fully Illustrated Children's Ebook! Free today on Amazon!

Eat Your Vegeatbles and Other Tales I find perfectly strange: A set of absurdly original tongue twisters and some gems lost in the public domain

Free today! A set of absurdly silly tongue twisters sure to tickle your
and your child's funny bone!

How fast can you say
"Zombie zucchini zone watching zippy zigzagging zebras"

If the the phrase got you to silently giggle wait until you see the absurd full page illustration!!

The book is fully illustrated with 13 original tongue twister and an array of gems lost to the public domain.  This book is a great precursor to a more traditional bed time tale.

I would love to read and review your children's books with my almost 4 year old twin boys!
or follow me for book reviews at @cjpurcell09 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The ABC Train - Learn the alphabet!: A book with fruits and vegetables! By Andrew Becket

The ABC Train - Learn the alphabet!: A book with fruits and vegetables!

Learning the alphabet can be fun! 

From the Author - Andrew Becket
"This book is full with 26 photos of fruits and vegetables, one for each letter of the alphabet! Some of the fruits look really funny and your child will like them a lot. 
Is the ugli fruit really ugli? Has your child ever seen a dragon fruit? Now your child can discover new fruits and learn the alphabet at the same time!"

My almost 4 years olds loved this book!! They couldn't wait to show off their color knowledge and learn a couple new fruits and vegetables in the process. I love the quiet time aspect of the book. It is a great primer to bedtime. It helps get my kids in bed with its active participation aspect. Follow this book up with a traditional story and my kids are out like a light. 

Don't miss other books by this author. 

The Adventures of Bob and Andrew

The Adventures of Bob and Andrew: Who's Going to Save the Ducks?!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more great Indie Children's storybooks.
I would love to review your  Children's Book!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I would love to Review your children's book for ages 2-6

I would love to review your children's storybook on my blog, social media and any sites it is available that allow user reviews. I will be reviewing 3 children's storybooks a week starting April 27th. Please send me a link to your free ebook or send me a copy of your physical book.

You can contact me at