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1. Turkey Time!

Just in case any one wants to join in...trace your hand and make a turkey!  Here's mine.

Steven James Petruccio
Digital Art

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2. Monday Mishmash 10/31/16

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Happy Halloween!  I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. 
  2. NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow!  If you're taking part in NaNo, buddy me. My name is khashway on the site. And good luck! 
  3. Editing  Even though I'm drafting a new book, I have client edits to tackle this month. Eek! NaNo is pretty much my way of showing myself I can find balance between doing work for others and doing work for myself.
  4. Field Trip  I'm chaperoning my daughter's field trip on Friday. Um, when am I supposed to write for NaNo? I'm not panicking. Nope. Not at all. Okay, maybe a little. I guess I'll be writing in the evening on Friday. Send coffee please.
  5. Fading Into the Shadows  Fading Into the Shadows is fully edited, proofed, and ready to go over two months early! I'm so excited for this book. E-ARCs are in, so if you have time to read the book before January 16, 2017 and would like an ARC in exchange for an honest review, sign up here. The cover reveal will take place November 16th-18th. If you're interested in sharing the cover on any social media site, you can sign up for that here.  
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3. Why Christmas should matter to us whether we are ‘religious’ or not

There are many aspects of Christmas that, on reflection, make little sense. We are supposed to be secular-minded, rational and grown up in the way we apprehend the world around us. Richard Dawkins speaks for many when he draws a distinction between the ‘truth’ of scientific discourse and the ‘falsehoods’ perpetuated by religion which, as he tells us in The God Delusion, “teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding” (Dawkins 2006).

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4. A summer reading list

The sound of paddling pools, ice-cream vans, and sizzling barbecues means but one thing: summer is finally here. We caught up with four of Oxford University Press' most seasoned travelers to see which books they recommend for trips to Thailand, Cambodia, Germany, India, and France.

The post A summer reading list appeared first on OUPblog.

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5. Monday Mishmash 7/4/16

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Happy Independence Day!  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July! 
  2. Blogging Break  Just a reminder that I'll be on a blogging break for one week beginning this Friday. I'll return to blogging on Friday, July 15th.
  3. Computer Issues  I've been putting off adding memory to my laptop, but it's causing serious issues now so I really need to do this soon.
  4. Editing  I'm editing for a new client this week.
  5. New Author Logo  Since I'll be self-publishing my new adult and adult titles, I decided I wanted an author logo to put on the back of the books where a publisher logo would go. Here it is! (I love it!) 
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6. Crazy Chicken

From the book, Passover Cowboy, illustrated by Gina Capaldi

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7. Monday Mishmash 5/9/16

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Mother's Day  I hope all the moms enjoyed their day yesterday. I had a great weekend complete with a shopping day with my daughter while my husband cleaned the entire house. Now that's a great Mother's Day!
  2. Drafting  I'm working on an Ashelyn Drake adult contemporary romance. I wasn't planning to draft right now, but the idea just hit me and I had to write.
  3. Scaling Back  I've been really stressed lately and overworked. I'm making an effort to scale back for the sake of my sanity and health.
  4. PTO Luncheon  This week I'm going to the PTO luncheon at my daughter's school. It's so nice of the teachers to do this for the PTO volunteers.
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8. Mother’s Day 2016

A painting for Mother's Day 2016!

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9. Ready Set Draw! | Joyce Wan Draws Peep and Egg

Ready Set Draw - Joyce Wan Draws Peep and Egg Featured Image

Spring is finally here! The sun is shining bright, we’re wearing less layers, and birds are chirping! Well, not one bird who has some ambivalence about hatching. On this episode of Ready Set Draw!, Joyce Wan, the illustrator of Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching draws the spring-ready characters from Laura Gehl’s eggscellent picture book.


Did you, your child, or a student draw their own version of Peep and Egg using this video? Please share your images with us via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter! Use the hashtag #KidLitTV on Instagram and Twitter too. We can’t wait to see what you’ve drawn!

Like an Easter basket, this post is filled with treats! Click the images below to download a Teacher’s Guide and Activity Kit.

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Ready Set Draw Joyce Wan draws Peep and Egg

Watch Joyce’s episode of StoryMakers to learn more about her books!
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Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching - Draws Peep and Egg
Written by Laura Gehl; illustrated by Joyce Wan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 2016)

Egg is “not” hatching. No way. No how. It is too scary out there.

Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek. But Egg is “not cracking” … Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the “not” out of “I’m not.”


Laura Gehl is the author of several picture books including the Peep and Egg series. She has a B.A. in psychology from Yale and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Georgetown. She’s taught literacy and biology.

A Birthday for Frances, The Perfect Nest, The Big Orange Splot, and This is Not My Hat are a few of Laura’s favorite picture books.  She enjoys the work of Gordon Korman, Susan Cooper, and L.M Montgomery too.

Laura and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Joyce is inspired by Japanese pop culture, Scandinavian design, modern architecture, and the little things that put a smile on her face. In Joyce’s perfect world “everything would be cute, round, and chubby,” which is evident in her illustrations. Joyce is the author of several bestselling board and picture books including You Are My Cupcake and The Whale in My Swimming Pool, a Spring 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection.

Although Joyce’s parents had the equivalent of a middle school education, and her mother wasn’t able to speak English, her mother took Joyce and her siblings to the library every week. Picture books were integral to Joyce’s love of reading as she and her siblings made up stories to go along with the illustrations. Joyce counts the determination of her parents as a driving force behind her perseverance and success. “When I first started Wanart, I was working at a 9am-6pm job at an architectural firm. I spent many late night hours on my own business with only a few hours of sleep in between the two “jobs”. I did this for two years before I quit my full time job to pursue my own business full-time.”

Joyce graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City with a liberal arts degree in Architecture. Joyce teaches greeting card design and art licensing at the School of Visual Arts. The self-proclaimed night owl prefers drawing and writing in the early morning hours “when everyone’s asleep and the world is quiet.” Joyce lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband. The architect turned author and self-trained illustrator hopes to inspire people to “embrace the spirit of childhood and follow their dreams.”

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The post Ready Set Draw! | Joyce Wan Draws Peep and Egg appeared first on KidLit.TV.

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10. Monday Mishmash 3/21/16

Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Drafting  I'm trying to finish up the first draft of my Ashelyn Drake romantic suspense sequel before my daughter is home for Easter break.
  2. School Visit  I'll be visiting Blairstown Elementary School on Thursday and doing three presentations. Wish me luck!
  3. Out of the Ashes Releases Tomorrow!  Book two in the Into the Fire Trilogy comes out tomorrow! I'm a little excited. ;) Because of that, there will be no Writer Wednesday this week since I'll be posting on release day instead. 
  4. Into the Fire Free Promotion Success!  I was so happy to see all the free downloads of Into the Fire last week during the free promotion. 

  5. Easter  Hoppy Easter to all if I don't "see" you before then.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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11. Princess Theme

Here are a couple of princess images I created.  One was for a Halloween book and features my daughter with her friends and cousin. The other is a spread from A Little Princess which I stepped in to illustrate for another illustrator when she could not meet the deadline...I'm glad I took the job!

Halloween Counting Fun

A Little Princess

Watercolor Illustrations by
Steven James Petruccio

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12. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

See you back here on Monday.

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13. Happy Holidays

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a season full of friendly faces and happy memories. See you in 2016!


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14. Santa Claus is Comin to Town

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You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why,
Santa Claus is coming to town!!

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15. Santa Claus is Comin to Town

HohoDooDa010_72aAnd that is the story of Santa Claus.
Hey, it’s getting late, and I’ve got these letters to deliver. You better be getting home, too.
And remember, behave yourselves, because Santa can still look into his magic snowball
and see just what you’re up to. And now that you know all about him, you can be darn sure that
come snow or high water, Santa Claus is comin’ to town!

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16. Santa Claus is Comin to Town

HohoDooDa009_72aYou wish to give me… a present? A… a toy?
No one ever gives mean old Warlock a toy.
A choo-choo.
I’ve always wanted one.

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17. Santa Claus In Comin To Town


All the little cares picked along the way
Suddenly have disappeared with yesterday
My world is beginning today!

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18. Santa Claus In Comin To Town


It’s… a… difficult responsibility
That he extract from the number-one law keeper, me
Be it known throughout the land from sea to sea
There’ll be no more.. toy… makers… to the King!

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19. Santa Claus In Comin To Town

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This is the only clue, sir. It says, “Claus”.

Ah, take the little, er, baggage to the orphan asylum. That’s the proper place for foundlings anyway.

[the baby starts to cry]

Get that brat out of here!

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20. Santa Claus In Comin To Town


It’s a difficult responsibility
When you an accept an appointment from His Majesty
You must strive for just the perfect quality
When you’re the first toy maker to the king!

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21. New Prints Avilable

Well, I’m back. Thanksgiving is over. Let the holiday crazy-season begin!

I had high hopes to share some plein air pictures from my Thanksgiving trip to visit family in Deep Springs, California, but chilly, windy weather and a rather nasty cold kept me from painting. So, here’s a little painting done from a photograph that captures the essence. This spring-fed lake was fringed with salt flats and a marsh.

Watercolor of lake at Deep Springs, CA by Jessica Lanan

In other news, I’ve had a few requests for prints so I’ve finally added some new ones to my print shop, including some of the pages from The Story I’ll Tell and some landscapes and other miscellaneous illustrations. You can find links to each print on the prints page or you can directly visit the Square shop by following this link. Square works like an online store and accepts credit cards, but if you prefer Paypal, just send me an email instead.

I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season so far and staying warm and sane.



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22. Santa Claus In Comin To Town

winter warlock2

Who nears my mountain! Go back or you are doomed!

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23. Santa Claus In Comin To Town

santaclaus_1Well I guess they’re all pretty nice!

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24. Santa Claus In Comin To Town

santaclausberger1I hate toys! And toys hate me! Either they are going or I am going and I definitely am not going!

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25. Printable Christmas Gift Tags (even a drunken elf could use)

Christmas-Gift-Tags-imageOh no! It’s Christmas Eve and somebody forgot to buy tags for the gifts. Hmm. Well, you could just get out your Post-it pad or use your burrito wrapper from lunch. Aren’t you swanky.

No! Don’t do that! No one will appreciate black bean remnants on their gift, trust me.

Instead, use these printable gift tags that I designed just for you. Merry Christmas! It’s so easy. There are stockings, snowflakes and even some lightsabers thrown in because apparently there’s a new Star Wars. They should really do some marketing, I had no idea.

There are several pages with different styles. Choose your favorite or use them all!

If you need help figuring this out, it’s okay. We’ve all had someone put too much bourbon in our egg nog once or twice. Here’s how to use these things:

  1. Download the PDF of the gift tags here.
  2. Print them using your home (or hotel) printer. They are letter-size pages, so it’s easy. I suggest printing at full size, but if you shrink to fit, the world will keep spinning. Depending on how much egg nog you’ve had, it may spin faster.
  3. Cut them out using the handy dotted lines as a guide. I use a fancy Fiskars cutter, you could use scissors. Or the plastic knife from your burrito (I suggest rinsing or licking first).
  4. Fill them out. Yeah, I thought that was obvious, but you know… egg nog.
  5. Tape them to the present. Wait, you did what? Ha! Oh well, open them up again and see who gets what, THEN tape the tag to the gift.

If you’re having trouble reading the instructions (egg nog), just look at these photos:




In case you got lost (egg nog), here’s where to download the printable gift tags: http://bit.ly/christmas-tags

Happy Holidays and please tag responsibly.

Oh! Wait! Once more thing… try some delicious vegan egg nog.

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