Books in Boothbay Harbor Maine and The Rainbow Pants

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Books in Boothbay Maine

Summer is gorgeous here in Maine. The bountiful colors are all around us. A popular past time for many people during the lazy days of summer is reading a good book, whether on the beach, in a hammock or sitting on the lush green grass. A great way to meet authors is during a book festival. In Maine one of the biggest book festivals can be found in Boothbay Harbor, it is: Books in Boothbay.  It has over 50 authors and illustrators. Bring the kids or just spend a day meeting  authors.   Not to mention Boothbay Harbor is one the most breathtaking places in Maine.

This weekend I am honored to be one of the many  authors at Books in Boothbay Harbor, with The Rainbow Pants.

Come by and say “Hello” take in the majestic sites that is the coast of Maine.

“Oh What a Year It Has Been”

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I have to start by saying “I did it” my first resolution that I actually accomplished. Exactly one year ago today I wrote on a piece of paper I will publish my first children’s book…and I DID!!!!

As 2013 comes to an end I am reminded of the many amazing things that it brought. The Rainbow Pants became real. For anyone out there who has wanted to write their own book someday, my best advice…DO IT!!! There are no words to that feeling when your first book arrives in the mail, trust me.

I am grateful to my amazing illustrator Lindsay Weirich who is filled with talent and is a true professional artist. Thank you to all of the people at Maine Author’s Publishing, a true professional publishing house that I am honored to call my publisher. I am indebted to all of the readers who have purchased or borrowed The Rainbow Pants from their local library, Thank you to all of you.

As 2014 begins remember that a new page must be written.  You have a fresh sheet of paper in front of you, a sharp pencil, and a belief of new beginnings. I hope you all wear your rainbow pants with pride and accomplish all of your dreams!!!

Holiday Marketplace with Amazing Maine Authors

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This Saturday I am honored to be one of eleven Maine Authors , who will be present at the

Center Drive School in (Orrington, Maine) Holiday Marketplace. These talented author’s are writers from the publishing house of Maine Author’s Publishing. We will be there between 9-2

The Rainbow Pants will be one of the children’s books represented and many other adult and young adults genre’s will be on hand. Here is a list of the other author’s and their books. 

It is true that books make great gifts but autographed copies make amazing gifts.

Kelly Brooks-Bay author of The Rainbow Pants

Jayne Rowe Jones (parents attending) author of Retsbol Rises 

Alice W. Ingraham author of: Edgar Allen’s Murder: Insights into a Crowe’s World 

Suzanne Massie: author of: Trust but Verify (Reagan, Russia and Me)

Alison Dible: author of: A Skeptic’s Luck

Steven D. Powell author of: Patch Scratching

Ellen Groleau author of : Share with me 

John Cobb author of: Tales of the Cemetery Trees & Judith A Quoddy Tale 

Angela Nickerson author of: Hector 

Laurel Gricson author of Katherine: Elizabeth Full of Grace 

John & Marisue Pickering author of : Maine – Beyond the Usual 

So if you are in the area stop by and say “Hi”

The Rainbow Pants was on NBC’s The Today Show … sort of

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One question how do you promote your book? If you are a new author you are not going to get calls from t.v. shows asking for an interview. So you have to think outside of the box. Last Week was Thanksgiving, every year we travel to New York to visit with family. One of our favorite places to go is the big apple.

Coming from a small town in Maine, my boys are always looking up at the tall skyscrapers and flashing lights of time square. I am just as taken from these amazing sights. Well we decided to hit Rockefeller center with The Rainbow Pants in hand, hoping to give our copies to Al, Matt, Savannah, Or my favorite Willie Geist but unfortunately they did not come by us when we were outside. The camera did pan us in the crowd so I can say” The Rainbow Pants was on The Today Show, sort of”.   In the photo above you will see my three boys each holding a copy of The Rainbow Pants in the plaza at Rockefeller center. Always trying to think outside the box when promoting your book!!

Book Signing at Maritime Merriment Holiday Party at Penobscot Marine Museum

 

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On Friday December 6th from 4-7 the Festivities begin in Seasport, Maine. The Town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be at 4pm and then at the Penobscot Marine Museum their Winter Exhibit begins. It is called:  Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks. There will be a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses.  The Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

I am honored to be one of the five Maine writers. “The books  of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult”.

Sounds like it will be a festive merriment time. Come say “hello” and pick up your signed copy of The Rainbow Pants on the beautiful coast of Maine.

I won a Liebster Blog Award 2013

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As I am totally new to blogging I was humbled and honored to receive a Liebster Award. Of course I also did not know anything about it. First: thank you to DonCharisma.org for choosing TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com. I was nominated and accepted this award on October 30th 2013, well with 3 young kids and Halloween being our second most important holiday, I have been a little behind in posting my Liebster Award, but I am very grateful!!

Secondly: I needed to do a little research on what this award was.  After all I am a writer, and research just comes second nature to me. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Marketing at it’s very best “word of mouth” or at least the internet way of talking. A great way to “Pay it Forward” among bloggers.

If you accept it formally than you have a little work to do, think “a chain letter” you don’t want to break it. You can also accept it honorary and just say “thank you”. BUT I like the post by LorraineMarieReguly.wordpress.com who said:   ” It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. In the digital world of the internet, this seems like a nice gesture, in my opinion!”

Liebster is a German word that can mean kindest, dearest, or beloved. What I find most intreguing is that no one seems to know where the Liebster Award began or who started it. The basic rules are: I will answer the questions posted to me by DonCharisma.org (since he is the one who nominated me). I will then nominate other bloggers with less than 1000 followers (although this number changes based on how you research). The bloggers I nominate will have to decide if they accept their Liebster Award and answer some questions that I ask of them.

As DonCharmisma.org states the rules:

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1.  Link back and recognize the blogger who awarded you. (TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com)
  2. Answer the ten questions posted by the blogger who awarded you!
  3. Give between 3-10 bloggers the award and let them know.
  4. Create ten questions for your awardees to answer.
  5. Notify your awardees.

And then be excited that other people will learn about your blog and your followers will hopefully grow!!!

Ok so here goes on answering  my questions from: DonCharmisma.org

1) What would you do if you could do anything and you knew you couldn’t fail? I would jump out of a plane. My fear of heights keeps me from this but if I knew I couldn’t fail “Bombs Away”!!!!

2) Three reasons why WordPress.com is better than Facebook?: 1. I find it easier to post pictures. 2. I can write a whole lot more and tell a story. 3. Facebook feels more like “peeking into neighbors windows” (man I hope I am not in trouble for saying that one) and people are to quick to judge what they see or read. 

3) Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life? My parents who instilled the love of reading and writing and supported me in publishing The Rainbow Pants.

4) What’s your favorite thing to post about on your blog? I love to write about the people I meet when doing book signings and readings for The Rainbow Pants.

5) How do you best handle heated/angry situations?: As a counselor I try to teach kids to use coping skills like counting to 10, scream in a pillow or write it down. I usually have to walk away and say the word “perspective” in my head over and over again. It helps keep me grounded instead of blowing up.

6) What is the most inspiring thing you’ve ever read, heard, or seen, and how has it helped you on your life’s journey?: I am inspired in little ways every day. I have worked with kids who do not have heat in their home or food in their bellies but they still come to school every day with smiles on their faces and a positive attitude!!!

7) What do you think are the three qualities to building and maintaining good friendships/relationships?: 1. Honesty, 2. Respect, 3. Laughter (with each other not at each other)

8) How did you pick your blog’s name?: Easy one it is the name of my first Children’s Picture book. The Rainbow Pants

9) What is your favorite book/author, or film(movie)/director, or play/play-write, or song/band, or symphony/composer  and why?: I love the entire Harry Potter series and I love J.K. Rowling story of writing where ever she could. I also love Jodi Picoult and have read everything she has written. She has a way of truly developing characters better than any other author I have read.  I have so many to write on this one I will just leave it at these 2.

10) What’s your favorite recipe you make?: I love to make homemade bread and Maine Baked Beans slow cooked all day long on a cold winter’s day in Maine. The delicious smell is delectable and takes over the entire home.

Now Comes the fun part I would like to Nominate and Award the Liebster award to the following blog:

1. StampingPeace.wordpress.com

2. AreWeThereYet?

3.Kimchilatkes.com

4.spilledmilkblog.wordpress.com

5. thehighchairchic.com

6.Thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com

Ok so now my 10 questions to answer:

1. How did you name your blog? What was your inspiration?

2. Why did you want to blog?

3. What is your favorite time of the day and why?

4. If you found a treasurer box in the middle of an empty room would you open it? Why or Why not?

5. Who are your inspirations in life?

6. Do you believe in fate? why or why not?

7. If you could choose a color pant to represent how you feel right now, what color would it be, and what feeling would it represent? (Example: grumpy pants red)

8. What is your dream job?

9. What is your favorite name?

10. Was blogging all you thought it would be why or why not?

The Rainbow Pants is on its Second Printing

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I am so very grateful to everyone who has supported my first children’s book, The Rainbow Pants. It has done so well we have just received our second printing. I did not think that anything could beat the feeling of getting my first box of books, that was until I received my box of “second printing” books. The local Key Bank in Brewer, Maine has chosen to have The Rainbow Pants be their “business of the month” and it is prominently displayed in their lobby, (pictures to come). I never could have predicted how well people truly enjoyed the story of Peter T. Peacock and his pants.

I just want to say a huge Thank you to my amazing illustrator:

Lindsay Weirich aka: The Frugal Crafter & to all of you who have read and shared The Rainbow Pants with others.

I am grateful & blessed!!