Boston Book Festival and The Rainbow Pants

Boston book festivalI am honored to be one of  the hundreds of authors to be at the Boston Book Festival this weekend. So many genres will be represented. As an author you love to people watch, after all you never know if you might be in someone’s next book. I especially like to meet other authors, especially new unpublished writers. Hear what you are working on, what makes you nervous to “send in your story” or just your “fears of rejection”. Trust me we all have them. If you re not rejected at least a hundred times than you are not a true writer. I hope if you are in the Boston area this Saturday, you can swing over to see little ol’ me and say “hi”. Take a peek inside “The Rainbow Pants” maybe it will give you the encouragement to start to write your own story!!

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.

An Irish Blessing from The Rainbow Pants

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May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again 

May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

from all of us at The Rainbow Pants.

 

“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!!!

Why you should still send Christmas cards….

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I know Christmas or Holiday time is a busy and stressful for most people, BUT I think it is still important to send Christmas cards. It is true I send out the picture cards of my kids and have the computer sign it for us, so I don’t actually hand write them anymore. I do, however,  hand write the addresses on the envelopes. Each address I write makes me think of that family or individual, even if it is only for a minute. I think we owe our friends and family that much.

If you think about it we all get that mail we don’t want, bills, requests for money, solicitation, etc. How great for just a moment does it feel to see a card in the mail. Is it to late this year to mail cards? NO even though the receiver will get them after Christmas it is still the fact you thought of them enough to send a card. Now I am off to the post office to drop off a few more cards. What do you think? Are paper cards still important to you? Do email cards excite you as much as one in your hand?

May you all wear your Rainbow Pants during this festive time!!

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.

A Cold Winter Day and Sharing a Blanket or Two….

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Ok so I know it is not really winter yet, Dec 20th is the actual date, but here in New England it is freezing. I am lucky to have a warm wood stove burning hot, keeping my family warm. It is days like today that I can’t help but think of the families who are out in the cold with no place to go. Today my kids and I decided to go through our closets and find blankets and jackets to donate to our local homeless shelter. Here in America, we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to stop and pause to give thanks for all we have. I challenge to all of us: look to see what else you can do this holiday season to help a person in need.

When I wrote The Rainbow Pants, I wanted to be sure to use a rainbow because I think of rainbows as hope, encouragement, and new beginnings. So my “Holiday Rainbow Hope” is for people to find warmth and full bellies.

What is your “Holiday Rainbow Hope”?