I spent the last two months sick with a respiratory infection. I was unable to work on the computer or do much of anything which has resulted in a late release of the next Freckles book. We're nearly done though and it will be out this month. I've spent the last week catching up on series work. I am still behind on much of it but it is slowly getting there. I am hoping to get the reviews going again soon too but I need to get this work finished and after being sick for so long, the list is very long.
There are plenty of updates added and being added daily to the fan pages and websites. If you are interested in learning more about them, please visit the news blogs of each series, found on their websites.
I've updated the reviews pages on the website so be sure to take a look. A review or two were added as well. A special thanks to Sandra Bennett for reviewing all these books for me!
Sherlock's book got a 5 star review also. It can be found on the reviews page on this website.
Find his reviews here:
Sherlock Book Updates
Did You Know?
Did you know that before I even thought of creating a series for Sherlock, I'd already begun creating other things for him? The Facebook fan page called, "Stuff the Cat Doesn't Want You to Know" has many photos of him and his friends. It was made in fun but also so that Vickianne could practice tubing photos and practice using Photoshop. You can find it here:
To Have a Contest or Not?
I am currently debating about having a contest to win a free copy of Sherlock's first book. If you think we should, then click like on the website's post (either on the website or Facebook). If we can get about 20 likes on the posting between the two locations, I will hold a contest for a free copy of the first book.
Meet the Real Animals of Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
Have you seen the video? If not then please take a look! It is just a few of the great reasons to adopt instead of buying a new pet!
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:
Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
It seems that I have little to no time to do reviews for other authors anymore. At least not for chapter books. My daughter has offered to take on this role and has been doing a great job of it. While some of it is slow, she is far faster at this then I am with lack of time. She has already done two reviews on her own (videos still need to be done) and has had compliments on them. Great job!
Freckles the Bunny Series
Freckles is now on her 5th book this year! This book should be out near the end of February. The book is entitled, "Freckles and the Cost of Popularity." Learn more about it by visiting her website. A video preview should be out sometime later this month.
I have not yet added anymore books on Smashwords (nor updated) as I am currently waiting for my husband to read the contracts for putting them on Kindle. I will bring you news at a later date to let you know if the e-books go on Amazon or if I add more onto Smashwords, or both.
Well that is all of the news here. We hope all of our readers and fans are well!
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year (if you celebrate)! New things in the works for this year!
Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series, Book # 1: Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow
Sherlock's book is complete and just waiting for editing and a cover. It should be out by the end of the month. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series , #chapter #Book # 1: #Sherlock, the #Cat Who Couldn't #Meow.
A New Domain
He is far more popular then expected and seems to be drawing quite a bit of interest for himself. Due to this, we've made a website for him and bought a domain. You can find it below.
Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity
We've already begun putting together Freckles The Bunny Series , Book #5: #Freckles and the Cost of #Popularity. It should be out around the end of February. A preview will be out for this at a later time.
Humboldt and District SPCA
We've added Petfinder #Pet of the Month for the Humboldt SPCA onto our sites. As many know, $1/book from all Createspace (an Amazon company, therefore Amazon checkouts) sales from Freckles books goes to them. This will be the same for Sherlock's.
Sherlock's Facebook Fan Page
If you haven't already, be sure to check out Sherlock's facebook page!
Sherlock Signs Books
Lastly, Sherlock's books will now be signed as well just as Freckles' are. You can expect to see his paw on any books purchased through me, just as Freckles' are. The paw prints you see were made from their real paws. We will be sure to post a sample on his fan page once it is done!
Wow! Things have been so busy! I've almost fully recuperated (as fully as one can ever be after such a loss) from the fire and so much has happened since then and since my last blog post! Most of it is Freckles the Bunny Series news of course, but there is some other news, so I hope you will continue to read. Here we go:
Other Authors Reviews
Things have taken an unexpected turn this year, starting with the fire. Book sales have doubled in a small amount of time (though they are still small) and I am finding less and less time to get things done while juggling marketing, family, etc. I am finding it hard to make time to write at times. Unfortunately, this means that I need to cut down on the reviews. While I still intend to get those done as promised, I can no longer do any long books. This means chapter books. I simply don't have the time to read them. I hope you will understand. At the moment, I am not taking in anything new. I am still trying to catch up on the books I am behind on. Thank you for your understanding!
Youtube Channel Videos
I've added a bunch of new stuff to the Youtube Channel. I can't remember them all but of course there are more animal videos and some new things. I will just mention some of what I think is new. Some of them are playlists.
1. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series playlist
2. Craft Time with Erika-Elizabeth playlist
There may be some other playlists that were not mentioned earlier on there as well.
1. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas Preview
(read by the author)
2, Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series Pre-Intro
3. Craft Time with Erika-Elizabeth videos.
- An intro to the shows.
4. Pine Cone Feeder Craft
- A how to video that your child can do along with Erika-Elizabeth. Stay tuned for more!
5. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas Trailer
6. Many more videos on our channel:
We had two contests this month. One was for reaching 100 likes to our fan page. We gave away a free copy of Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 3: Freckles Lends a Paw. The second one was for our upcoming book, Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately, we just don't seem to be getting enough participants at this time so we have decided that this will be the last contest for awhile. At least until things pick up again. Thank you to all of those that have been! I plan for it to be as humorous and possibly as educational as the Freckles series is now.
A New Chapter Book Series
I have decided to start writing a chapter book series. The character is a popular one and since the older children love the series (but some don't want to be seen reading them at their age), I thought they might enjoy a series of their own. The series is about my unique cat Sherlock. You can learn more on the page I have set up for him on the Freckles website. It will be out sometime next year. Expect to see humor, a lot of Boots' family, cross-overs and more!
Freckles the Bunny Series Book #'s 5 & 6 Planned
I am afraid that with lack of time, I sometimes forget what I've written on previous posts (especially after two other blogs). I have two new books coming out next year. I am not officially set on the titles or the order yet, though I do know book 5 will be book 5. They are as follows:
Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Popular Persuasion
- Popularity and peer pressure are discussed.
Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 6: The Freckle Monster
- Emotional and verbal bullying are discussed.
My daughter will be helping write the 6th book as she has previously experienced this at her last school.
I have had the pleasure of visiting St. Augustine School here in Saskatoon and I will be visiting St. Phillip School very soon! Freckles III, Stew II and I had a wonderful visit and hope that we are invited back again.
My husband and I spent many nights fixing up the third book as we found many things that needed fixing. We are happy to report that they are looking great and online! I also spent many hours fixing the quality of the books appearance for books one and two. They are also online now. All three books will be listed as second editions as I also edited some text and added a craft to every book that did not have one. This will be a continued feature for every book. We've extended the deadline for pre-ordering book # 4, to October 20, 2013. If you haven't ordered one and want to, please contact me right away. This is by far, the best book, more writing, more pictures, 2 crafts and an 8 x 10 size instead of our usual 8.5 x 8.5. You don't want to miss it!
Newsletters, Secret Page for Children and New Products
I have added a monthly newsletter for the Freckles site. I will also include a monthly sign in so that children can access a secret page with some downloads and online games that are only accessible this way. There are also some new products for sale.
Book Purchasing Options
We realize that purchasing through Paypal on our website can be a pain. We are now taking orders through the contact link as well and we will figure out the shipping for you, then send an invoice. In this way, we will be able to charge less while you still use Paypal. Other payment options are as follows:
* Interact E-Transfer (works well if you are with a major bank in Canada). I am also told that this is only possible if you have online banking access.
* Send us a Money Order or Certified Check after we let you know the total with shipping.
* Personal/business checks will only be accepted through schools and libraries. Sorry for any inconvenience.
It seems I am behind in many things here as of late but I needed the time for my emotional and mental state to heal. The family is doing much better though still not in our home. We have been keeping busy with enrolling our daughter in a new school for the time being and I have added more photos on Deviant Art. I also spent some time writing a poem on the fire and the rabbits that we lost. You can find that on the "Beyond Freckles" page.
Freckles the Bunny Series News
I am now trying to catch up with things for the series. Anastasia and I are close to finishing the fourth book in the Freckles the Bunny Series. We should have the cover photo up soon and have a contest for a book copy. In the meantime, we are taking pre-orders from now until October 15th, with an offer of a free Freckles pencil or Character Sticker sheet with every book 4 sold. The title is Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas. It contains 35 color illustrations. It will also include 2 Christmas crafts and a poem written by my daughter. My daughter will also be writing the sixth book with me. It will be about bullying. I've also added a bunch of free PDF downloads for the children, onto the Freckles website.
I won another Readers' Favorite 5 Star award. It is for Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 2: Freckles and the Less Fortunate. You can find the review on the review page.
That is all of the news for today but be sure to check again as I will try to post more this month and we are slowly getting back into the book reviews for other authors.
We had a fire in our home July, 20th. It was small but with plenty of smoke damage. We are still recuperating, not from the loss of our stuff which is trivial, but from the loss of some rabbits I was unable to save. We are currently staying with family and unsure as to when we will be back in our home.
Freckles stuff is a bit slowed down at the moment but we are working to catch up as we deal with things here. The reviews have been on hold as we try to mend our hearts. These pets were not just pets, item, but family. I know not everyone understands that concept and I've been judged because of that by some. We need time right now to understand and accept their loss as we try to prepare for what is to come as well. Thank you for your understanding.
In my grief, I've written a poem for their loss. I've shared it on this website and the videos that were once listed on the site are still there, just under the photos listing. Thank you to those that are understanding and patient! We hope to get back to things as soon as we can.
Reviews are on hold for the time being. I'm sorry about this but we are dealing with both taking care of the house and the loss of our "family" members.
If we can get 115 likes on the series' Facebook fan page by the end of this month, we will give away one of the adult t-shirts we have. Keep in mind that these will also be for sale and the only ones made or to be made with the old Freckles. T-shirt prices will be posted as soon as we can, along with the sizes.
Same contest as the last book. Look at the book cover, like the Series' Facebook fan page, read the rules and guess what the bakery is named under the picture. Contest deadline, July 12, 2013.
Interview and Review on "Stitch Says" website
I have the books in e-book format and for sale online. You can find them all at the link below as it will list all the books under my name. I will work on book 3 once it is out and the companion book as well, though that is going to take me a little bit of time to format. I appreciate any reviews you are willing to add after you purchase a copy.
I've also updated the book flyer. Feel free to share. The flyer is just below and you can find it here on the Freckles site:
Monday was an extremely pleasant day for me. I received notice that I had won the Readers' Favorite 5 Star review award for my first book, "Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 1: Freckles is Scared of School." You can imagine how thrilled I was as not everyone gets a five star review. I received a digital seal as well for my book. Even though it may be small, I am quite proud of this accomplishment. It is a step in the direction I want to go. Self-publishing is not an easy route to take. Unfortunately, most publishers are not interested in taking on a series. Hopefully with each book published and hopefully more reviews and awards in, I can spark the interest of a publishing company.
I believe this is my second blog. A lot has happened since the last one.
With the views I have been getting on my Facebook & Deviant Art accounts, I decided to create a website for myself, separate from the book. A lot of my pictures are on social networks and now up for sale on Deviant Art. While I do enjoy taking photographs, my main work is my writing. While we still do not have a publisher (we are self-publishing through CreateSpace, an Amazon company), I am quite confident that one will eventually come and snap up the series because of it's uniqueness, much like the characters, all of whom are based on my real pets with the same unique personalities. I hope you like the site & I will try to blog from time to time. If you wish to view any of my photos, please view my Deviant Art site:
http://vickiannecaswell.deviantart.com/ Please be aware that while my page is child friendly, there are other areas on Deviant Art that are not.
To learn more about the series, visit:
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