Up and Down in the List

I published my first book, Jack Learns to Grill , as you all know on Thursday, Martch 12. Friday, my friend Jackie Smith, told me it was in the top 100 children’s books on Amazon. Then, it went to the top 20!  No one was more surprised than me! Stephen, my husband and I watched as it climbed up the charts and then down and then up. To say it was an emotional couple of days has been an understatement. It has been truly humbling, fun and interesting to watch the charts .One could get quite obsessed over these numbers. But, I choose not to. It is fun to do so, but I never want my writing to be all about numbers and numbers alone.

My friends have been wonderful in spreading the word about my book and buying it . Thank you for the reblogs and liking my twitters… oh  wait! that’s tweets! (can you tell i’ve only just started tweeting?) I appreciate it more than you know!

If you haven’t read or bought my book, here is the link once more . I am working on the second in the series of Jack Learns books. Can’t wait to get it out! yay!!!!!

Feeling a Little Overwhelmed

This week, I received 100 followers on WordPress. Thank you all so much for reading my little epistles. I don’t always have much to  say, but I declare my right to say it all the same! So, thank you for choosing to read my thoughts.

Starting last week, I began the process of publishing my children’s book, “Jack Learns to Grill.”  I am a bit overwhelmed by it all, but my good friend and author Jackie Smith, has helped me every step of the way. I can’t say how grateful I am to her.

Jack books official illustration1

Anyway, Jack of “Jack Learns.. ” books is a real live dingo that I adopted a few years ago. He is a curious, animated dog who is smart and has the warmest heart and the funniest expressions. His hero status in the “Jack Learns…” books is merited by his empathy for those less fortunate than his family, his desire to understand human conditions such as learning differences, bullies and other sides of humanity that encourages him to be proactive towards others. Jack is an amazing friend to those who may not have friends, a cheerleader for the downtrodden and an activist like none we’ve seen in the animal world. I cannot wait for the book to come out  this month.

This illustration of Jack, courtesy of Tana Leone Jacks of Whimsical Pet Portraits, who said “Yes!” to being my illustrator. Oh my gosh! I can’t thank her enough for her patience in working with me. She is certainly amazing. Check out her Whimsical Pet Portraits linked above. She is able to capture a pet’s personality with just a photo. I have three Whimsical Pet Portraits- one of Jack, one of our Pyrenes/Shepherd mix, Buddy and one of my horse, Licorice. She can do yours too!!

So, if you don’t hear from me much during the next couple of weeks, it is because I am feverishly working to get my first book out. I have three other books following “Jack Learns to Grill.”

Thanks again for your readership!

Book Publishing, Here I Come

Previously, I had decided I was going to use the crowdfunding group, Indiegogo.com to help fund publishing my children’s book. I have revisited my plan and decided to just go forward with it myself- put my money into the things I need to- it won’t be much and publish my book. I’m very excited about it. I will be contributing some of the proceeds to Saving Carolina Dogs Rescue & Adoption Network. Because my dog, Jack, who is, after all , the star of my books is a Carolina Dog- a dingo. They are the ones responsible for me finding Jack.

My friend Amber had texted me one day saying that a girl in Garland, Texas had adopted a dog thought to be a Carolina Dog, but she couldn’t keep him and  asked if I could go pick him up. So, my husband and I did go and pick him up and it didn’t take long figure out he was something special. Admittedly, I didn’t know much about dingos, other than the Seinfeld episode in which Elaine says hatefully, “A dingo ate cha ba-a-by”

Turns out these dingos are pretty smart. They’ve come over from the Bering Strait long years ago and are as primitive as they can be. They are wonderful, fun-loving, fiercely loyal dogs who love their moms and dads like nobody’s business.

Jack surveying his kingdom.
Jack surveying his kingdom.

Jack is the star of his own book series, “Jack Learns…”  In his first adventure, a newly adopted Jack is bored and wants to learn what grilling is. His second adventure finds him trying to quit whining and his third-well, he learns about bullies. Jack tries to keep the peace with his brothers and sisters, although he and Buddy, one of our Pyrenes/Shepherd mixes used to get into it. They are very separate now! It’s scary business when they get into it . I hope you follow my adventures in publishing these books. They are special because they teach children things without the child really knowing it. One book I am looking forward to writing is the one in which Jack learns not all children learn in the same way. We all learn at different rates, in different ways and not one of those ways is wrong! I can’t wait to teach that to Jack. I am praying these books are as successful as I imagine them. I hope you will join me.

the red in his coat is striking.
the red in his coat is striking.