It's been awhile since I've written. The new business has kept me busy and writing had stopped. I am happy to announce that I am working on a new project. It is another children's series, "The Adventures of Lynx." The stories are once again based on a real pet with the same unique personality as in the books. Some of the crazy stuff in the stories, he has done in real life. Lynx is a rather unique, and unusual cat.
The first in the series is "Lynx Plays Pretend." He will actually have 2 series versions. The "Junior Edition" is for toddlers and up with mostly pictures and little writing. The second set will have the "Junior Edition" removed and will be a bit more like Freckles, but less writing as her newer books. The illustrator for this series is AJ Wanegar. "The Adventures of Lynx, Junior Edition, Book # 1: Lynx Plays Pretend," will be out sometime in 2019.
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventuresofLynx
We would like to welcome our new illustrator Athena Whitbread. She will begin drawing Freckles the Bunny Series: Freckles' Short Stories, Volume 1 in January. Athena was asked to draw a bunny using Freckles' picture and this was what she sent in. We look forward to seeing the rest of her work!
Visit her page here:
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Live story reading with author Vickianne Caswell as she launches her latest book in her "Freckles the Bunny Series." It is entitled, "The Freckle Monster."
Freckles is sure she is will win the anti-bullying poster contest. Freckles is very disappointed when she learns Stew wins. With the help of the snobby weasel girls, she shows Stew how mad and jealous she is. Meanwhile, Freckles' lies have caused fighting among her classmates. They start lying, name calling, hitting and more. Will the friends remember why they drew these posters or will they remain bullies?
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Retiring a book isn't easy and that is what I am going to be doing. I've already begun the process for book # 5 and will soon retire the others as well. I want the books to be the best that they can be. Part of that was finding a new editor. A new editor isn't going to fix everything though. I want my books to be published in Canada, with a Canadian ISBN because I am from Canada. I want my books to feel Canadian and that is why I decided to retire my books.
They will be online once again soon. I already have ISBNs available for them and they will slowly be removed and released. I will keep updating you on which books are going down. I don't think they will take all of the old reviews and place them on the new books so I will be sure to move them to the reviews page.
This is an exciting time as I start a new company. Unfortunately, it also means my books will slow down for awhile. I know what some may be thinking. It took you a year to get this book out so how much slower can they be? I promise they won't take this long again. I needed time to heal and get used to living in this house once more. I am mostly my old self again and I can write so they will be sooner than this next book was. I haven't forgotten about the other books I was writing either. I plan to fit it all in the best that I can.
There is a lot to tell. Each series now has gift certificates made for us. They are available for sale on each website as well as 4 Paws Games and Publishing's website.
4 Paws Games and Publishing posted a new video introducing Freckles the Bunny Series. This is the best one yet.
My other works will be going through this company only. I am currently working on a new children's book about how to care for a bunny. This one will be done with real photographs. The company already has much of my other works up for sale from photographs to books. Please take a look and see.
Some are probably wondering why this latest book is being released so late. Many know we had a fire last year and have moved back into the house. We lost some rabbits as well and settling back in hasn't been easy. I haven't been able to write for some time due to this. We are slowly working to get book 6 done and continue on with the series'. I appreciate your patience and continued support!
"Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 7: Freckles and the Big Book of Manners" is on hold for a short spell. The book is a bit time consuming and with temporary writing issues, this isn't the best book to be working on at this time. So that I am not taking 6 months to write (I've been on this one for at least 6 now), I've decided to do a short story book in between. I'd wanted to do separate books on some of the other characters before. This gives me the perfect chance to write on just her friends and their issues.
The upcoming book is called, "Freckles' Short Stories, Volume 1." The first story in the book is about Boots' family. Many fans know that Boots' dad has been dating Purrsia. You also know that Purrsia has an adopted daughter named Potato, who is a hamster. The first story is about Purrsia and Mr. Cat's wedding. It goes through the experience and feelings of Boots and Potato who do not want them to get married. The first story is called, "A Cat Family Wedding" and is 14 pages long. This is just the first story in the book. I expect there to be at least 1 more.
I haven't had much time to work on his books. They take a great deal of time, work and research to do. I do plan on getting his second book out this year. Hopefully this spring! In the meantime, I will share some photos of Sherlock and his new buddy Salem tonight. Salem will probably be written in to the Cat family at a later date or perhaps as a new friend. Be sure to check out the photo albums to view the photos. I've added 5 photos in the Real Sherlock album and 1 in his friends album for you. This is on Sherlock's website.
Personal Sherlock update. Our Christmas tree spent a lot of it's time lop-sided and rolling along the wall because of all the wrestling the two kept doing. There are plenty of Sherlock stories to share with you so I will try doing that until the next Sherlock book is out.
For big fans, be sure to check out Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: The True Meaning of Christmas and the upcoming book to see more of Sherlock and his family!
Hi! I know I was supposed to post pictures of the two foster cats that we took in for the holiday. Between last minute Christmas shopping and a death in the family, I just never got around to it. Here are the pictures of the two cuties available for adoption at the Humboldt & District SPCA.
One Freckles website update:
We have also removed Erika-Elizabeth's Blog page. She is getting older and would prefer to not have it on any longer to keep some of her privacy. You can still follow "Craft Time with Erika-Elizabeth."
I am in the works of writing a new children's book entitled, "Through the Eyes of a Bunny." It will be less cartoon like then the other stories as it is meant to be seen with understanding and reality. The book will follow a rabbit's life through being bought at a pet shop to ending up in a shelter, to it's final home. I am hoping to not only teach children and parents about rabbits so that they think before buying but also teach them about the right way to care for them. Sadly, rabbits are often a discarded pet. I hope the book will be out for the New Year however I will be working out some of the details once the book is complete. I hope to have some news to share with you before the year is out.
Freckles' book should be coming out within a month or two. We've had to span them out due to Anastasia's schedule and my family moving back into our home. We plan to try and keep the books roughly 4 months apart as before. It will all depend on how long some of these are.
I am still planning on having a second book out early this year (at least I plan to try). It will definitely be out before the end of this year. Please keep checking his blog or Facebook page for updates.
A late Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who celebrate!
Update! Both cats found great furrever homes.
School and Library Visits
School and library visits are free as long as we are currently visiting in your area. Other locations will be required to pay for transportation expenses (pricing will depend upon location). Other options include a Skype reading which is also free.
Locations Currently Visiting Free:
Freckles and Sherlock's New Pages
There are 2 new pages that go into the school visits in detail. Find these on either website. Here are the links:
Freckles the Bunny Series -
Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series -
This is a re-cap of Freckles the Bunny Series' blog post.
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.
*Update - blog deleted
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:
http://vickianne-caswell.weebly.com/my-books-reviews.html - See more at: http://www.freckles-the-bunny-series.ca/news-blog#sthash.VkKFFyVf.dpuf
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!
Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the cost of popularity released
The book is finally out online! Amazon.com will be between 3 - 5 days on their system, possibly sooner.
The books are available through CreateSpace which is an Amazon.com company. Below is the direct link to the books and below that, you will find a direct link to all of our books with their CreateSpace listings.
Rescues and Donating
We began helping rescue animals at first by donating $1/book to the Humboldt & District SPCA. We've donated books and packages as well as started placing the animals into books. Sherlock's write list all of the great reasons to adopt but this just doesn't seem like enough when trying to help animals. We are now also going to be posting events for these groups that we will be working with, whether they are in every book or just one.
Also, as all of the books mention, please read the CreateSpace page to find out who we are donating to. For some time we've donated sales through those links to the Humboldt & District SPCA and while it hasn't been much (most people don't use those links), it was some. Now we are beginning new things with the books. Kimberly from Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary had planned to tell everyone about Rilo and Ranger being part of this book. Help with sales is always appreciated big or small but we feel that it wouldn't be fair to her or the ducks if we didn't donate $1/book to her group for awhile.
We would very much like to give everyone a chance so if any Humboldt & District supporters do wish to have their' $1/book donated, they just need to email me and let me know on either the Facebook page or from the website. Decisions like this are never easy but they have to be made.
$1/Book sold through CreateSpace will be donated to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary as of immediately. *Book pertaining to any Freckles the Bunny Series or Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series book sold through CreateSpace links.
To learn more about CreateSpace sales, please visit our page or their website.
#Freckles the #Bunny #Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity should be out by month's end.
#Book # 6: The Freckle Monster will be out this #Summer.
I am already beginning something totally new for book # 7. Freckles and her friends will be dressed as princes and princesses for a#manners book which will come out this fall. Are there any manners that you would like to see?? Comment below.
I am currently working on book # 2 though I don't know the title yet. It is a little more slow going as I am trying to work on two series' at once plus finish off Freckles book # 5.
Stay tuned for an updated version of the video, "Real Animals Intro." The first one done didn't include Stew I or II and Freckles III. Once it is updated, you will be able to find it on the website and Youtube.
I have a few other surprises and updates in store for this month and the next so be sure to read the updates on the website or the fan pages so you don't miss out!!
We are still in need of votes for the book cover contest. You can vote on both Freckles books and the one Sherlock book. 1 star is poor and 5 stars is awesome. Simply click on the stars to vote. Voting times vary between 1 - 2 days, so please keep voting for us! A special thank you to all that have been voting! This is the 2014 contest so voting will be available for some time.
Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
As you know, we have been trying to help rescues like Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, in hopes of helping them find loving homes for the animals they care for. One of the new things we will now be doing is to help share some of their events. Below is their post:
"Duck-Duck-Goose" Blue Ribbon Photo Contest!
Our 6th annual Blue Ribbon Photo Fundraiser Contest is currently underway!
Enter a photo of your duck or goose today for a chance to win one of our GIANT & GORGEOUS prize ribbons!
Rescue Animals in Book # 5
Stew's Anti-bullying Poster
Just a reminder that you can pre-order both books now! I am expecting to possibly sell all of my first order of book 6 when it comes out. These books will also be available online via Createspace ($1/book to the Humboldt & District SPCA) and Amazon.com once they are out.
Pre-Order Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity - $10.00 CAD + S&H.
Written by Vickianne Caswell. Illustrated by Anastasia Drogaitseva.
Freckles has always been a good little bunny that was taught to be nice and caring towards others. The opportunity to be popular arises and Freckles soon finds herself choosing popularity over friends. Two classes get to go on a field trip to the local bakery where Boots' brother Sherlock works. Freckles has been told that Boots' family is not cool and weird. Freckles and her new friends are soon laughing at the bakery owner and Boots' family, costing Freckles her old friends. Join Freckles as she learns that being different is alright and that being popular doesn't mean you have to be mean, in another funny adventure. Guest appearances by Sherlock, a popular real animal and Purrsia, a character that will have your child looking to see what is stuck in her fur, in every illustration she is in.
30 color illustrations. 8 x 10 size.
ISBN 10: 1495326675
ISBN 13: 978-1495326677
* Peer pressure.
* Do what is right and not what others tell you.
* Being popular is not always as good as it seems.
* Treat others the way you want to be treated.
* It is not nice to laugh or make fun of others' misfortunes.
Pre-Order Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 6: The Freckle Monster (Coming June 2014!) - $11.50 CAD + S&H.
(cover coming at a later date!)
Written by Vickianne Caswell & Erika-Elizabeth Caswell. Illustrated by Anastasia Drogaitseva.
Freckles is sure she is going to win the anti-bullying poster contest. Freckles is very disappointed when she learns Stew wins and with the help of the snobby weasel girls, she begins to show Stew how mad and jealous she is. Can Freckles turn things around and fix the hurt feelings she has caused by bullying or will the Freckle Monster keep controlling her? Meanwhile, Freckles' lies has caused a lot of other fighting. Lying, name calling, hitting and much more happens between the classmates and someone gets hurt. Will the children remember why they drew these posters or will they remain bullies themselves?
Est. 32 color illustrations and a poster. More may be added at a later date.
ISBN 10: 1497514231
ISBN 13: 978-1497514232
* Hitting is wrong.
* It is not nice to be jealous of others.
* Consequences of actions.
* Don't run at the pool.
* Jealousy can lead to bad things.
* How to treat friends.
* How to overcome jealousy and anger.
* Bullying is wrong and the different forms (except cyber bullying) of bullying.
* Revenge is wrong and leads to bad things.
Book bundling packages have been created. We currently have 2 on our sales page (see the pre-order links above). If you are thinking of buying 4 copies or different books, be sure to check it out!
Book # 5's Trailer
We are very excited this year! New and exciting things have been happening here! Why?
1. We are constantly improving the books, new topics and learning so much along the way!
2. This year, we will be helping some rescue groups by placing their adoptable pets in our stories as background characters. - Freckles books.
3. We have a new series out which is getting a lot of attention. Be sure to check out Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series' website and Facebook fan page.
4. We are on a roll for winning awards for reviews (every book has earned a 5 star!) and now we have the opportunity to win "2014 Best Book Cover Contest."
This is just a small portion of what is going on! In the meantime, we need you to vote! You can vote daily or every 2 days (the system is a bit picky). The link is below and we have the following books entered:
1. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas
2. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity
3. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series, Book # 1: Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow
You can vote for all 3 books and here is how:
1. Follow the link and find the books.
2. It is the star rating system, 1 star being poor and 5 stars being awesome!
3. Click on the star to rate it and you can vote for other books too, not just one.
Be sure to visit Freckles' website or our Youtube channel for the latest video preview for book # 5!
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