Hello everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted. A new Freckles book is still in the works but it is slow coming. This is my fault. A lot of my time is being spend on the new business and getting it going. My efforts haven't been in vain though and I am getting it moving forward. I've also begun taking some classes online so I am spending a lot of time learning. I just wanted to let you all know I haven't forgotten about you.
In fact, Freckles and Sherlock have new merchandise out and online through the business website. I also have the books retiring in the systems so that I can put out new editions with better editing. These are slowly coming. Freckles' sixth book is out and on Amazon. Freckles and Stew are doing well as is Sherlock. We are hoping to begin attending events this Spring and by next year, I hope to contact schools for readings once more. I will try to post more regularly and get to updating the websites soon. Thanks for being such loyal fans!
Oh!! One last note. Freckles' book # 5 & 6 will be online soon as e-books. You can pre-order until then. Keep an eye out for them on Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc. The price is $2.99 USD. You can pre-order now on Smashwords. These are the new and edited versions.
Freckles' book on Amazon
Freckles and Sherlock Merchandise
Book # 5 - Smashwords
Book # 6 - Smashwords
Congratulations Aletha Jasmer! You've won yourself a Freckles the Bunny Series mousepad.
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?
Free entry but we appreciate you getting your free tickets through our link so we can see the head count. Thank you!
We are now taking pre-orders for book # 6. The book is just waiting for some edits which were having issues but should hopefully be online by the end of the month. I am taking orders for the book at a sale price (not sure whether we will keep this price or not). You can buy them online @ 4 Paws Games and Publishing
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.
We are pleased to announce that Vickianne and her books are now under a publishing company. The company still leaves full rights and ownership to the authors while publishing them through the company name and website. Nothing much has changed about the books but there will be some new creations added to the books thanks to this company, which Vickianne owns. The company is currently working on a visual novel game app/program for children to learn about animals and the books while playing for free. If things go well with this release, we will be looking at some paid apps in the future. We look forward to working through the company!
Should a different publishing company come along down the road and shows interest in our books, we will happily see what they have to offer. In the meantime, be sure to check out the company's website (click the image) and like their Facebook fan page!
Lastly, please make sure you are not a contest winner. If you are then please contact us about your book/e-book. We usually do not wait over a month for winners to contact us about their books. We still have one e-book and 2 books waiting to be claimed. We have contacted the winners by mentioning them on the site as well as by Facebook (though it may enter the "other" area of your messages). We would like to hold another e-book contest soon so please check and see if you have won. Those e-book winners will now have to receive a new coupon code as the previous one has expired. Simply contact us for a new one. Thank you!
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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!
#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!
Very excited to announce that I will be at Regina Fan Expo on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 from 1 - 4PM. You can find me at the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's booth! Follow the link below for details on the main event, location, cost and hours.
I was not expecting to attend and have been spending much needed time on catching up on work so I have limited books. I will be taking pre-orders though and selling what I do have. Come early!
Unfortunately, neither Freckles nor Sherlock will be able to attend. I hope to see you there and a very big thank you to the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for having us!
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.
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