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!
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!
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!
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.
First off, you can keep an eye on the books on Amazon. They have been getting reviewed. I've also listed them on this website. Find it here: http://vickianne-caswell.weebly.com/my-books-reviews.html
The video preview for "Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 3: Freckles Lends a Paw" is up on Youtube or our Freckles the Bunny Series website.
I am still reviewing other children's books and posting them on this website and the Youtube channel. I am a little slower right now as I am trying to get things ready for my illustrator, for book 4, as well as preparing book 3. Many of you may not realize, but Freckles' world is a bit complex. Many of the stories and future stories, repeat locations. To be able to re- write about these locations later on as well as try to keep things the same (for the children and for us), I've created models of the homes, on The Sims 3. (It also keeps us from having a character roll through a wall instead of an open door) This tends to make the work a lot easier too. The Christmas book, book 4 is probably the longest and more detailed story by far. We are using many locations compared to our usual 2 or 3 and including family members (moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, brothers, sisters to name just a few). In book 3, we are adding in siblings to the story, except for Stew's (I imagine they are still settling in to their new home). I do believe that this book is going to knock the socks off of the last 3 (the one now included). This is the reason why it is taking so much work.
We've also been posted in a blog, with a review. Thank you Sandra for doing this for us! You can find the link below.
Many people probably wonder why I say we all of the time, when it is usually me doing everything. It's simple. I consider this whole operation a team. I could not do these books without the help of my husband or Anastasia Drogaitseva. My husband edits the books and aside from Anastasia drawing the characters to life (and I love working with her by the way), she has also been a great help in teaching me how to use some of the Aspects of Photoshop. As well, my ideas come from my daughters experiences and my bunnies. My daughter is great at listening to the stories and critiquing them as well as wanting to be a part of these books. She is actually the one who drew the carrot for book 1's back cover and the pickle for book 2's back cover. I am looking forward to seeing what she draws for the other books. As well, we are about to give her a bigger role, but I don't want to say too much yet. She is very pleased! So now you see why it's a "we" and not a "me." There would be no "me" without that group of "we" and I can't tell you how blessed I feel to have each of them in my life.
It's been a little while since I've posted on here. I've been busy finishing off book 4 (Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas) of the Freckles the Bunny Series and started writing book 5. As well, I've been out to my daughter's school to do a book reading, have been busy putting together book 3 (Freckles Lends a Paw), taking a few wildlife pictures here and there, taking care of things at home, removing ticks and what not. All in all, between home life and the books, I've been busy and I'm afraid that I tend to put the Freckles website first, over my own.
I'm adding the cover for book 3 as it is complete for your viewing. As well, I've just created an author's page on Amazon. It will take up to 7 days to finish, so please be patient. I believe this is the link: amazon.com/author/vickianne-caswell
I've also signed up for LinkedIn and found some useful resources there. I've also started a video blog which you can find on the series' Youtube Channel. There will be talk about the books that are out, sneak peaks at new stories, the animals, what I am currently working on and anything else I can share with you. I currently have four videos up and plan to do one or two more tonight if time permits. I will be adding a video page to this website as well, so that you can find the videos easily. http://www.youtube.com/user/FrecklesBunnySeries
I received a webcam for Mother's Day (along with some beautifully drawn stuff from my daughter). I am not only able to do video blogs for you, but I should be able to do interviews and book readings (for schools and libraries) for you live, through Skype. I will be sending out some promotional stuff for the children at the schools and will be accepting requests from here on. I realize that the school year is almost done, but feel free to contact me now to arrange for the following year.
Well, I guess this is why I should blog more often. Take care!
I believe this is my second blog. A lot has happened since the last one.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.