Oh my gosh – this past week has been CRAZY! I made a (silent) resolution to post daily – and then I went five days without posting. Ha! In my defense, it’s been really busy around here. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!
First, Mr. M is working ALL the time on Dancing With The Stars right now. He was working all weekend until 2am each night. And then, on his “day off” today, he had to work! Plus, I’ve been sick and juggling four kids plus homeschooling and activities. So yes, it’s kinda been a one woman show around here. I’m not complaining – honestly! Just explaining… 🙂
On top of all this, I decided to publish my first children’s book! Crazy, right?
Here’s how it happened. On Friday, I realized that this month (April), I’m hosting the Homeschool Book Club for our group. And guess what? Back in January, I’d said that we’d read one of my books as the selection. Fun, right?
I was just planning on emailing everybody in the group a PDF of the manuscript. But then, that seemed kinda lame. So, I decided to go ahead and publish the book so it would be nice and easy for the kids to read.
I threw together a cover in Photoshop, formatted the eBook myself, and jumped through the hoops to publish it. I know that makes it sound easy, but I probably slept two hours all weekend. There were all kinds of other details, too – like making my Amazon Author Page! Fancy! Haha.
But, after it was all said and done – it was DONE! 🙂
My plan is to publish a whole series of these books. I have the first three books already written! Book #1 is set in New Orleans. In Book #2, they travel to Paris. And Book #3 is set in Kenya, Africa! 🙂
The books are about a 10 year-old boy and his 8 year-old twin sisters who travel the world solving mysteries. Along the way, they learn about art, culture, and history. The books focus on positive sibling relationships – there’s no bickering or mean behavior. I was so tired of reading kids’ books with sassy attitudes and “mean girl” culture. So, this is really wholesome and kind.
My kids are pretty crazy about the series. Paprika (9) is the one who REALLY encouraged me to publish. Every day she’d say, “When are you going to publish The LOL Detective Club?!” So, she’s feeling really proud about it.
Ginger (6) is a a strong, independent reader and has been devouring the books. So, at least the test audience is good!
This is Ginger reading Book #1 this morning on her iPad:
I’ve set the book at 99 cents for purchase. That’s the lowest Amazon will allow me to price it! You can also read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited (KU). I wish I could send it all to you for free – I am so curious to hear what you think! 🙂
For right now, it’s only in eBook format. You can read it on any kind of tablet with the free Kindle App (that’s what we do). I will probably make print versions of the books in the future when I have some spare time – haha!
That being said – PLEASE leave me a review! I have one review so far, and it’s kinda lonely sitting there all by itself. Ha! It would honestly mean the WORLD to me if you would review it – so please please please? 🙂
Okay, that’s enough about that!
I have so much more to say – but I will wait for tomorrow, since this post is getting long. 🙂
In closing – I want to leave this picture that I took yesterday and posted to my Instagram. It sums up so much of what I’m feeling at the moment:
Here’s what I wrote:
I’ve been coming to this park for six years now, and I don’t know if I ever noticed before how spectacular this tree is. The park is tiny… Just a little “pocket park” in the big city of LA but this tree doesn’t seem to notice or mind that all the other trees around are tiny. I once talked to a man who grew up in the house across the street from this park. He and his mother planted this tree 55 years ago – when this space wasn’t a park at all… It was just an empty lot full of weeds. It’s amazing what time and persistence can do, isn’t it? I wonder what tiny seeds we’re planting now that will grow into greatness?
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