Archive | February 2016

Top Ten Reasons Picture Books Rock…

I LOVE picture books. Love reading them. Love reading them to children. Love children reading them.

Michelle Eastman Books

I am thrilled to count myself among the ranks of children’s picture book writers. I believe, whole-heartedly, in the power of picture books. Of course, there are thousands of reasons to love picture books, but I’ve compiled my top ten.

My Top Ten Reasons Picture Books ROCK:

  1. Picture books provide an ideal setting to connect with your child.  Reading picture books provides a time for  parent and child to just be, together. There is no better way to connect, at the end of a hectic day, than to get lost in a picture book together. This ritual is one that you can continue well into their teen years (yes, really, I promise). Trust me, these shared moments are what kids look back on.  That child becomes a parent who reads to his/her child, and so on, and so on…
  2. Picture books are funny.  Where else can…

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Creative Calm Series – New Lower Price

Great gifts for your mom, your sister, your man, yourself! We all need to bring our stress level down a notch or two and coloring is therapeutic. Buy one. Buy six. Buy them all. You won’t be sorry.

J and I Publishing

Having carried out further research into the adult color book market and indicative pricing, J and I Publishing have decided to reduce the price of the Creative Calm series. We noticed that many adult color books were retailing close to $10 each on Amazon. Since we are proud of the creations that we offer, and firmly believe in the relaxation, mindfulness, and stress relief effects that can be achieved from the act of coloring, we wanted to make this series more accessible.

As a result of this we have lowered the price of each of the books in the Creative Calm series to retail for $6.99 on Amazon US and £4.86 on Amazon UK. We feel that even though this reduces the profit that will accrue to us, it will help bring our books to a wider audience that we hope will benefit greatly from them.

All books are…

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Hold Onto Your Butts: The Wizard’s Gambit Kindle Countdown Deal Begins!

I haven’t read this book, but I read her first book and was thoroughly entertained. Check it out!

Kylie Betzner

It’s Monday morning, everyone! And what better way to start the week than with a new book? How about a comedy by yours truly?

The Wizards Gambit ebook coverThe Wizard’s Gambit is a hilarious tale of magic, mayhem, and misadventure that turns the classic fantasy universe on its head. A must-read for anyone who enjoys comedic fantasy. The story centers around a ginger-haired outcast named Mongrel who dreams of uniting the warring kingdoms. He gets his chance when Wizard White Beard hosts a high stakes scavenger hunt to determine the fate of all. The rules are clear: no weapons and no bloodshed. Just clean, honest competition. Simple enough, if only the contestants would follow them. With the fate of the world at stake, it’s up to Mongrel, an orphan with an unconventional upbringing, to intercede. Joined by a hodgepodge group of misfits, including a gentle giant, a magically challenged elf, a feisty female dwarf, and a reluctant wizard’s apprentice, Mongrel…

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Paying It Forward, Starting In My Own Community

Lauri Fortino's Frog On A (B)log

Little Man Asleep_Peddlers Bed Scene from The Peddler’s Bed illustrated by Bong Redila (Ripple Grove Press, 2015)

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Even before my first children’s picture book, The Peddler’s Bed, was published, I knew I wanted to help people. But how? After the book was released, I began to research non-profit organizations that might be a good match. And although there are many extremely worthy causes out there, it didn’t take long to realize that the best match was right here in my own community: The Syracuse Rescue Mission.

Since 1887, the Syracuse Rescue Mission has been helping people in need by providing food, clothing, and shelter. Though they have evolved over the years, adding more services, programs, and locations, the values of faith, hope and love continue to form the foundation of their mission.

This is what the SRM is all about: Putting an end to hunger and homelessness for men, women, and children in…

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Here is my interview with Sarah M. Cradit

Great interview with one of my favorite authors.


Name: Sarah M. Cradit

Age: A lady never reveals her age. 😉

Where are you from: I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but spent most of my twenties moving around the country for my other career. My husband and I lived all over, from Michigan to Georgia to Tennessee to Maine. We’ve been back in Oregon for some time, but never know where our next adventure might take us.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

2016 is going to be a big year for new projects! I have two full-length House of Crimson & Clover books releasing this year, as well as several short stories from the series. Most of the series will also be available in audio before the year is over, too, which I’m excited about. As well, I am partnering on a brand new series with author Becket called The Text Message Serials. We…

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