Books make great gifts for the Holidays

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The Holiday Season is a great time to grab a signed book, they make memorable gifts. I am sure you all have heard of the 4 gift challenge? If you want to scale things down for presents you want to purchase:

Something they want

Something they need

Something they wear

Something they read.

If you stick to just these 4 simple gifts you will make your life less hectic, your gifts more meaningful, and hopefully your Holidays more joyful.

I especially love that the challenge includes “something they read” Books should always be considered as gifts, I do not mean the electronic book. I mean the kind you open, smell the pages, and yes others can see what you are reading. As an author, we really do not mind that you are reading our books out in the open–free advertising!!

If you are lucky enough to find a bookstore or festival hosting author signings-get your book at that event. A signed book is a great way to start a new tradition.

I wish you luck out in that shopping world, as always shop as local as you can to support the neighborhood businesses!! Adventures are waiting!!

 

 

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My New Book is HERE!! Sea Glass and the Lighthouse

Hi there it has been a long time. I have been off writing a new children’s book dedicated to lovers of lighthouses, sea glass and Newfie puppies!! The talented illustrated Lindsay Weirich will be joining me at the Briar Patch in downtown Bangor this Friday evening from 4-6 to launch our Sea Glass and the Lighthouse book into the hands of holiday shoppers. We hope you can join us!!

Boston Book Festival and The Rainbow Pants

Boston book festivalI am honored to be one of  the hundreds of authors to be at the Boston Book Festival this weekend. So many genres will be represented. As an author you love to people watch, after all you never know if you might be in someone’s next book. I especially like to meet other authors, especially new unpublished writers. Hear what you are working on, what makes you nervous to “send in your story” or just your “fears of rejection”. Trust me we all have them. If you re not rejected at least a hundred times than you are not a true writer. I hope if you are in the Boston area this Saturday, you can swing over to see little ol’ me and say “hi”. Take a peek inside “The Rainbow Pants” maybe it will give you the encouragement to start to write your own story!!

Books in Boothbay Harbor Maine and The Rainbow Pants

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Books in Boothbay Maine

Summer is gorgeous here in Maine. The bountiful colors are all around us. A popular past time for many people during the lazy days of summer is reading a good book, whether on the beach, in a hammock or sitting on the lush green grass. A great way to meet authors is during a book festival. In Maine one of the biggest book festivals can be found in Boothbay Harbor, it is: Books in Boothbay.  It has over 50 authors and illustrators. Bring the kids or just spend a day meeting  authors.   Not to mention Boothbay Harbor is one the most breathtaking places in Maine.

This weekend I am honored to be one of the many  authors at Books in Boothbay Harbor, with The Rainbow Pants.

Come by and say “Hello” take in the majestic sites that is the coast of Maine.

Spring time Showers bring Summer time Rainbows

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Is your spring a bit wet? Here in Maine we have seen our fair share of rain. One of my most asked questions, when I do a book reading at a school is: “What about blue?” If you have read The Rainbow Pants, you know that Peter chooses his pants based on his feelings. I leave out certain colors so that the reader can answer that blue and purple (or indigo) question. I think with all of our rain today I would wear blue in honor of our spring raindrops. But always remember without rain we couldn’t have Rainbows!!! So let the water fall on your face and answer back with a “rainbow smile”.

An Irish Blessing from The Rainbow Pants

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May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again 

May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

from all of us at The Rainbow Pants.

 

Putting together a Benefit for a Family who lost all to a fire.

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My posts are usually tied to The Rainbow Pants book or at least my writing. This one will be different. I live in a small town in Maine. Sometimes when you live in a small town it is difficult, everybody knows your business, there are small town politics, people with certain last names tend to run the town. BUT not here in Orrington. We are definitely small town, and sure I suppose people do know what is going on in neighborhoods, but for the most part we all get along. How we shine here in Orrington and truly show our colors is after a tragedy.

A little over a year ago in our town a fire ripped through a home killing 3 kids and their dad, it was a tragedy like no other. We all rallied around the mom and also tried to help our fire department who bared witness to this heartbreak. On January 1st of this year, we heard the sirens again. The family lost their home and all of the contents as well as a family dog, but all were alive and are now learning how to be survivors of a fire.

On Sunday we will be holding a benefit spaghetti lunch with a raffle. Many businesses and local people have donated items and food for the lunch. We can only hope this will be a success for this family. If you are in the Orrington, Maine area on Sunday from 12-2 come on by to the Center Drive School. Consider yourself invited.