And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway,  a brand new copy of GOD’S BLESSINGS OF FALL is…

Janice H!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.

Thank everyone who took the time to comment. Happy reading and writing, and remember to enjoy all the gorgeous blessings of fall!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway,  a brand new copy of TWO TOUGH TRUCKS is…

Kim P!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.

Thank everyone who took the time to comment on this week’s post. Happy reading and writing, all!

And the winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Shari Barr’s newest book with Barbour, “Camp Club Girls: McKenzie” is…

Sara M.!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Shari, for stopping by to share your inspiring experiences with writing in assignment and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the two winners of last week’s special giveaway, two two-book bundles of Diane Stortz’s faith-sparking devotionals: STOP AND GO DEVOTIONALS and I AM: 40 REASONS TO TRUST GOD are…

Tiffany and Katie!

Congratulations! I will be in touch so we can the books in the mail to you. Thank you to everyone who entered and to Diane for providing the books.

Blessings all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Amy Hout’s picture book, GOD’S PROTECTION COVERS ME, published by Beaming Books, and illustrated by David Creighton-Pester is…

Annette!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Amy, for stopping by to chat about the book and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Sarah Floyd’s picture book, TEN CLEVER NINJAS, published by Clear Fork Publishing, and illustrated by Marcin Bruchnalski is…

Ashley Congdon!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Sarah, for sharing your five fun facts about the book and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

COUNT DOWN TO THE NEW YEAR: Top Five Posts of 2018


I thought it would be fun to kick off the new year with a countdown-style look back at my TOP FIVE BLOG posts from 2018. It’s rather fascinating because only one was actually published in 2018. The rest are from past years and folks just keep coming back to them! Over the past few days, I revealed all but #1 on Facebook. Now here’s the complete roundup all in one spot:

#5 PICTURE BOOKS WITH P.U.N.C.H: Cumulative Stories. This a post from 2013 which also, incidentally, places #2 for all-time popularity in the 6 years since I started the blog. It’s part of a series I did a few years ago about picture book structures. Is this an indication that maybe I should re-open the series this year with some fresh posts?

#4 PICTURE BOOKS WITH P.U.N.C.H: Parallel Stories. This is another post from my 2013 Picture Books with P.U.N.C.H Series, which writers keep returning to.

#3 IN MEMORY OF MY EIGHTH GRADE TEACHER:  Thank you, Shirley Vaux! I wrote this heartfelt post at the beginning of the year right after learning that a dear teacher who influenced my journey to becoming a writer had just passed away – days before I had hoped to reach out to her to share my thanks. My prayer with this post was that her family would somehow see it… and they did!

#2 (and #1 OVERALL since the blog began with 4,663 hits!): FIVE CHARACTERISTICS THAT GIVE PICTURE BOOKS P.U.N.C.H. This is the post that kick-started the Picture Books With P.U.N.C.H Story Structure Series. Thank you for returning to this post again and again! And again, it makes me wonder if you would like more posts like this in 2019?

#1 Examining LYRICAL PICTURE BOOKS with Diana Murray This guest post by the talented Diana Murray, written in 2016 when her lovely lyrical picture book CITY SHAPES released, also continues to be a perennial favorite – so much so that it was my top-hitting post for 2018!  

So there you have it! Thank you all, for reading my blog. Now I have a favor to ask. What kinds of posts would you like to see in 2019? I’m all ears (and I have my pen ready.) Happy New Year!

And the Winners Are…

Flashlight Night_hi-res coverI’m delighted to announce that the winners last month’s FLASHLIGHT NIGHT birthday celebration giveaways are… Marty and Trine!

Marty’s name was picked to win ONE SIGNED copy FLASHLIGHT NIGHT.

Trine’s name was picked to receive an awesome packet of KidLitTV swag!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book and swag to you.

Thanks again, Matt and Fred, for a lovely interview. I’d also like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on the post and to my daughter, once again, for lending me a hat for the drawing.

IMPORTANT Housekeeping Matters: Please read!

IMG_2384It’s time for a little housekeeping. By now, you’ve probably heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. Though most of my followers are from the U.S., out of an abundance of caution and in order to comply with GDPR consent requirements, if you are currently receiving my post announcements in your email,  please take a moment to decide whether or not you would still like to receive them in your email. (I don’t sell or share your information with anyone, ever.)

If you wish to continue receiving my weekly (approximately) new post announcements in your email, you do not need to do anything. If you would prefer not to continue, simply hit the unsubscribe tab (at the bottom of this email if you are looking at this in your inbox) or by using the “You are following this blog – manage” tab on the right sidebar of my blog.  Then you will be officially unsubscribed from my blog.  Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!

And the winner is…

20180409_154659 (2)I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a fresh off the press two-book bundle of Glenys Nellist’s adorable new board books, GOD MADE MOMMY SPECIAL and GOD MADE DADDY SPECIAL, illustrated by Estelle Corke and published by Zonderkidz,  is…

Jennifer S.!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Glenys, for sharing your five fun facts about your newest books. I’d also like to thank Zonderkidz for providing the winning book bundle.  Happy Friday, all!