Archive | June 2017

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Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS 150th Birthday

This is Book Seven in our Shadow and Friends Series – New and FREE eBook June 20th – June 24th

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In this children’s picture book and seventh book in our ‘Shadow and Friends Series’, Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS, 150th Birthday, two dogs and a family of squirrels decide to help Ellsworth celebrate the 150th birthday of the town’s history. This book coincides with the actual 150th birthday of Ellsworth in the summer of 2017. Illustrations are found on each page, most of them painted. Big Whitey tells the history of Ellsworth, and Fort Harker, with historical buildings, notable landmarks, and scenes painted by the author. At the end of this story, Little Whitey asks his father if they can re-enact the old west, dress like cowboys, and do a pretend cattle drive just like Ellsworth, KS. The squirrels dress in cowboy and cowgirl gear, and they even have a chuck wagon cook. They herd longhorn cattle, sing the state song of Kansas, and have lots of fun during their re-enactment. At the end of the story, they enjoyed a barn dance, celebrated the 150th birthday of Ellsworth, and Uncle Stubby took pictures and ‘selfies’. Children will love seeing the old west come alive with two dogs and a family of squirrels dressed in western attire, and using a small amount of cowboy slang. This delightful and funny book for children, targeted at ages 4-8, is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. The story illustrates how cattle drives worked, the long dusty trails, life in the old west, and illustrations that produce pure imagination in children. Note: Actual gunfights and ‘adult type’ history were left out in this wild western history of Ellsworth, KS. 

Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS, 150th Birthday” is a wonderful and fun children’s book that both children and adults will enjoy. The story hits the targeted age range of 4–8. The painted illustrations provided are a delight, and my grandchildren loved them. Who would have thought to write a book using dogs and squirrels as friends, and the old west thrown in? This book is perfect for home, schools, and libraries. I highly recommend this book.”  ~ Susan Vance, Author and Realtor

Four Lessons I Learned From Giving My Novel Away

A Writer's Path

by J.U. Scribe

My free book promotion for Before the Legend is officially over as of this week. What was supposed to be a “Free Promo Week” turned more into a month long promo filled with free print giveaways, author interviews, guest spotlights, and of course free eBooks! It was encouraging seeing a significant jump in readers adding my books to their virtual shelves in Goodreads, to new reviews being added on Goodreads and Amazon.

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What Makes One A Father?

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L ~ R: Circa 1923 ~ My father, Alfred Howard Copp, his brother Michael, and Don. Later on a sister, Dorothy, and a brother, Louis, came into this world. 

What makes one a father? Literally speaking, his seed does the job nicely. Not everyone grows up in a loving home, and I most certainly didn’t. My father countered the evils brought on by my mother ~ yes, this I can say as she is no longer on this beautiful blue sphere of life; hence no slander. 

My father was a special man who was gifted with skills in abundance. At the end of his sixth grade school year, he was sent into the world of work, and he had to pay his own room and board with his parents. This was in the middle of the 1920s and life was hard, very hard. 

I grew up in a household of nine ~ two parents, two boys, and five girls, and I was number three in birth order. Despite my dad’s lack of formal education, he excelled in life, partly due to a photographic memory and the rest was sheer determination. His memory never failed even in later years. He worked hard to provide for his family, 40 hour work weeks at night, doing landscape work for us and others weekly, and drove a van part time for a laundry service. My dad also lavished time for us kids, and I’m just not sure when he fit in time to sleep. He would give our butts a swat, if needed, and he was the ultimate father. I know of no one else who could do, and manage, what mine did. I am thankful to have been his daughter.

How to Build an Author Page on Amazon.co.jp

Stevie Turner

How’s your Japanese?  Mine is a little rusty, and because I sell a few books on Amazon.jp every week I thought I’d set up my author page. To save you the arse-ache of what I’ve had to go through to set mine up, here’s an easier way of doing it than toiling backwards and forwards from Amazon.jp to Google Translate:

1. Sign-in to your Author Central Account at: http://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp  I did set my account up a couple of years ago, but never got around to making an author page.  If you haven’t registered with Amazon.jp, they’ll need to confirm your email address first before they accept you.
2. Once registered, click the “本” (Books) tab on the top of the page.
3. Your books are displayed under “外国語の本” (Foreign Language Books).
4. Click the “さらに本を追加する” (Add more books) button near the top of the Books tab page. This will automatically…

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January 22nd, Missolonghi

Rhyme

On this Day I Complete my Thirty-Sixth Year

‘Tis time this heart should be unmoved,
Since others it hath ceased to move:
Yet though I cannot be beloved,
Still let me love!

My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of Love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
Are mine alone!

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