We are happy to announce a new contest! Send us your anti-bullying poster and enter to win a prize. Here are the details.
1. Children between the ages of 1 and 12 may enter. One entry per person.
2. Deadline: November 15, 2014.
3. Submissions must be sent by email or through regular mail.
4. Pictures will be displayed online along with the child's first name, province/state and age.
5. All information below MUST be filled out to make the entry valid. We need to know where to send a book.
6. Make your "Stop Bullying" poster in the box provided below.
7. Any entries with personal information will not be valid!
8. Send entry via email or regular post. Mailing info is in the pdf.
Winner receives a free copy of Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 6: The Freckle Monster, a Freckles pencil, bookmark and a signed photo of the authors with Freckles (approx. 4x6 photo size). Runner up receives a free copy of the book and a bookmark.
School & Library Readings
There is a new page on the website, "Story Reading and Fundraising." These files, locations and more can be found on that page. I am still working on the fundraising and other stuff but it will be available there as well. Event Readings has partially been added as well.
It's that time of year again. School is starting and so much more! Sorry I haven't blogged updates here in a bit but we've been rushing to get back into our house. Some things have been moving far faster then we planned. We are hoping for everything to slow down after next month and for us all to be settled in. In the meantime, here are some updates now & some to expect over the next month or so for all 3 websites:
I have finally managed to fix those pictures on Freckles' website.
2. School Visits in Your Area
I've already posted which areas we will be looking at visiting. The school proposals will explain more but it is free even if we have visited your school before. Feel free to contact us for more information. The areas include:
3. Erika-Elizabeth's Blog
As many know, Erika-Elizabeth is my daughter. She does the crafts for the books & video records them for children to do with her. She also does book reviews for me in her spare time (book reviews are on hold until we can get her computer down here). She has finally posted a second post and will continue to do so as the week progresses. Erika-Elizabeth has also co-authored Freckles' book # 6.
4. E-Book Sales
We currently have most books down for sale at $2.99 USD. Check them out on Barnes & Noble or Apple/Itunes.
5. Book Reviews
We have some new book reviews up for each series. Be sure to check out Sherlock's 1st book's review as well as Freckles' 4th & 5th books. You can find the reviews from here:
Expect new photos to be up & posted over the next while on the websites.
2. School Proposals
I still need to update proposals for both series' for the schools before I contact them again this year. You will be able to find them on both websites soon.
3. Freckles Book # 6 Pre-Order Special
A pre-order special for Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 6: The Freckle Monster, is being put together as we speak. This is the bullying book I have been talking about. The release date has yet to be decided but it will be out before Christmas.
4. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 6: The Freckle Monster Preview & Trailer
We will be working on the trailer and preview for the upcoming book very soon so keep an eye out on the website & Youtube channel.
5. Bundle Deal
A special bundle deal where you can buy a few books at a special price will be coming soon!
This is just some of what is to come!
Win a free copy of the book and your rabbit's photo placed in one! Read the photo and go to the Facebook fan page to qualify!
Another late find! :( Seems they were not all posting!
Sherlock Book Update and Problems
We had some issues with pages being missing in the book. It is currently unavailable for purchase. Unfortunately, so are my copies until new ones come in. You can still pre-order though! I am now having troubles with Createspaces upload system which apparently doesn't like the series title inside the first page cover. This is being worked out and it will all hopefully be online soon. I will be sure to let you know! I will be sure to update you on the status though they've told me it could be a few business days.
Sherlock Contest Winner
The contest date has come to a close! The winner of a free copy of Sherlock's book is found on Sherlock's Facebook fan page. Congratulations! I will be sending you out a signed copy as soon as I get the new ones in.
I am currently working on putting together some Sherlock merchandise so keep an eye out on the website and his fan page!
Rescues and the Books
Lastly, we are pleased to have the help of some rescues that are willing to share their knowledge with me for researching the next Sherlock book. A special thanks goes out to:
Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary and Berkshire Reptile Rescue!
A Message from Sherlock
FRECKLES THE BUNNY SERIES NEWS:
Freckles the Bunny Series and Rescues
Freckles the Bunny Series is about to place two of Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary's adoptables into the next book! This idea is courtesy of Anastasia Drogaitseva, my wonderful illustrator!
Freckles and the Cost of Popularity
We have already begun to work on book 5. Inside will be a few rescue animals as well as some people's pets (Pets in Books). This book will show you where Sherlock works and will lead us into book 6 (though you don't need 5 to read book 6). Stay tuned for a preview which will be out within a month.
It has been a very busy time for us here between Christmas and a new book series. I'm afraid that it's been too busy to post. I am late in saying this but to all those that celebrate, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christmas went well for us though we are still not back in our home. We were with family though and together so one could not ask for more. Now for some updates on what I have been busy with:
1. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
2. The Author's Website
3. Book Reviews
4. Freckles the Bunny Series
5. All Websites
Well that is all of the news here. We hope all of our readers and fans are well!
Vickianne Caswell has now signed up for a website called AuthorsdB. It lists some of her links and books. I am still learning how this site works, so additions may be slow.
The photo package that we donated to the Humboldt & District SPCA's online auction is already at $30! The people that had their pet put into the Christmas book were very happy, which makes us happy! These were done courtesy of Anastasia and myself.
Anastasia came up with the idea of helping rescued animals in need of homes, by listing them and drawing them in. We are both looking forward to doing this! If you are a rescue and would like to have your animals that are hard to adopt in our book, please contact us! While we charge for pets, rescues we will be doing for free.
Two reviews are already in and they are great for book 4! Be sure to check them out on the website!
Humboldt & District SPCA
As you may or may not know, for every createspace book order, I donate $1/book to the Humboldt & District SPCA. They are non-government funded and a no-kill shelter that services the area. Their commitment to the animals is remarkable!
Anastasia and I have some projects besides the books (some related and some not) in the works. One of them is the Pets in books that I have advertised about where you can pay to have your pet drawn into a book. We've set up some packages on the website and we will now also be donating $5 for every package sold! You can find this purchase in the "Package and Service Sales" page and more info in a pdf to download on the "Downloads to Share" page. We will now be accepting payments for this service.
Be sure to check out the Humboldt & District SPCA's online auction because we've donated one of these there! She should be adding it in there soon! Keep your eyes peeled in case we donate anything else to help them out!
We've added a donation button onto our page. Any money donated through it will go to them in hopes of raising funds for their new building that they are much in need of.
Rescue and Organization Help
Anastasia came up with a brilliant idea to help the animals that have a harder time finding forever homes. We will be using one of them to place in the books and their adoptable info! We hope to help them find a wonderful home this way and give them the second chance they deserve! We will not be charging them for this. If you know of a rescue that might be interested, please have them contact us.
Lastly, we've added a new product. You can now purchase Freckles the Bunny Series gift certificates! You can find them on our "Packages and Services" page.
Craft Time with Erika-Elizabeth page
We've started a craft series called "Craft Time with Erika-Elizabeth." It is found on Youtube (our channel) and our website. Erika-Elizabeth will be making crafts that your child can make along with her. We're at a slow start here but we will be adding more videos soon!
Erika-Elizabeth has also started her own parent-approved blog. She wants to share some of her experiences as part of the Freckles team, as well as her experiences in bullying, etc. We felt that since she would be part of writing one on bullying, that other children may want to hear about her experiences.
Extended School Visits Date
Due to the fact that we still don't know when we will be returning, we have decided to extend our stay until December. If you know of a school interested in a free story reading, please have them contact me!
Wonderful Visit at St. Philip School
We had a wonderful time at St. Philip School here in Saskatoon and they were very kind to us! We enjoyed reading to them, speaking with everyone and especially enjoyed the questions that many of you asked!
I have now hidden almost every page except the main ones. A few were re-named (ex. the News blog is now "News Blog" instead of "News"). I have also replaced the Paypal buttons so that there are some better S&H prices, especially for books. I've also fixed it up so that you can purchase a t-shirt size easier and purchase services (you had to contact me before). This also enabled me to add some package deals. If you take a look around, you will also find a few price drops. One of them is the Pets in the Book package and the Child's Photo with the Freckles Character. Both make great Christmas presents!
New Product Special
Freckles the Bunny Series Holiday Prints
A neat way to send Christmas cards! This greeting photo is one-sided. Displayed here is Freckles but another character can be substituted. Prices are as follows:
1 photo - $1.50
5 photos - $6.00
10 photos - $10.00
25 photos - $25.00
Free Chapter of Sherlock's Book
Now what you have probably been waiting for! A sneak peak at the first chapter of Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series, Book # 1: Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow
(Please note that it may still need editing and nothing is finalized yet).
Go to our website and under Sherlock's heading, the PDF file is on the bottom of the page. I would love to hear your thoughts as well, so please feel free to share!
We are still working on family trees but you can take a look at the album on the website and our Facebook fan page. I have posted Boots' & Tiger's.
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