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!
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