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1. Ava's Tea Party on a Boat!

I LOVE it when I get pics of children reading "Ava's Secret Tea Party." This one has all the elements of a tea party on a boat - pearls, pink shoes, cool shades with bling (of course!) and ruffles. Precious!

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2. Chapter reveal: Trish's Team by Dawn Brotherton


Title:  TRISH’S TEAM
Genre:  Tween Fiction (Middle Grade Fiction)        
Author:  Dawn Brotherton
Publisher:  Blue Dragon Publishing
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The debut release in Dawn Brotherton’s Lady Tigers series, Trish’s Team is a terrific new young adult tale featuring Trish Murphy.  A member of the Blue Birds, a recreational fastpitch softball team for 11 and 12 year old girls, Trish Murphy longs to be a member of the Lady Tigers, the elite travel team comprised of the best of the best players in the area.  When she is presented with the opportunity to try out for the team, Trish jumps at the chance. There’s just one small problem—it seems Trish’s parents don’t understand her love of the game.  Chances are they’ll be even less understanding and when they find out that team practice conflicts with Trish’s orchestra practice…


But being part of the Lady Tigers—and nurturing newfound friendships with the other team members—is Trish’s top priority.  When she tries to pull a fast one to get what she wants without considering the consequences, Trish puts everything in jeopardy. Trish’s decision could ultimately affect more than just the game: it could affect her friends.  Along the way, Trish discovers that being a part of the Lady Tigers is about much more than playing fastpitch softball:  it’s about being a part of a team.  But Trish may have to learn a painful lesson. After all, it really isn’t if you win or lose, but it’s how you play the game.  

Chapter 1

Trish Murphy stood in center field and brushed her brown bangs off her forehead with the back of her right hand. Frowning in concentration, she waited for the next pitch. In front of her, Ashley stepped onto the pitcher’s mound, hesitated only briefly, and then spun her right arm in a clockwise motion to deliver a good-looking pitch. Smack. The ball sailed toward center field. Racing forward, Trish got under it, just like the coach had shown her. Plop. It landed snugly in her glove for an easy out.
“Nice catch, Trish!” Coach Tim called from the dugout. She smiled and threw the ball to the infield. It was a beautiful throw, yet it bounced out of the second baseman’s glove and rolled to the pitcher.
Rolling her eyes in frustration, Trish hurried back to her spot in the outfield.
Two outs, one to go.
Trish watched as, on the mound, Ashley took the signal from the catcher. Nodding, Ashley positioned the ball inside her glove, stood tall on her wind up, and fired the ball to the exact low-inside location the catcher had indicated.
“Strike one,” the umpire called.
Shifting her stance to the right slightly so she could look around the pitcher’s back, Trish waited to see where the next pitch would cross the plate. She was betting it would be low and outside this time.
“Strike two!” she heard across the plush grass that lay before her.
Yep, low and outside, she thought, grinning. Ashley was a pretty good pitcher, and with Alisha catching for her, they were a great team.
Trish knew the next pitch would be a change-up, high and inside. She smiled as the batter was caught off guard, swinging before the ball had even reached the plate. “Strike three! Batter’s out!” the ump called.
“Yes!” the team cheered as they raced for the dugout.
Coach Tim met them as they ran off the field, holding his hand out for high-fives. “Come on, girls, gather around. Nice catch out there, Trish. Beautiful strike-outs, Ashley. We’re behind by one run. Let’s swing some sticks.”
The Blue Birds was a recreational fast-pitch softball team for 11- and 12-year-old girls that only played 10 games a summer. The coaches were volunteers and mostly dads of the girls on the team. Trish felt lucky that she was on Coach Tim’s team. Some of the dads didn’t even know how to play softball, let alone teach the girls to play. Coach Tim was different. He had played baseball in college, so at least he knew the game.
Trish glanced around the softball complex hoping her mom might be there. She didn’t really expect to see her, but she was disappointed anyway.
She heard a loud cheer come from the field behind where the Blue Birds were playing. She saw the orange and black uniforms of the Lady Tigers. Trish sighed. She would love to play for the Tigers. The coaches only picked the best-of-the-best players for the travel softball team. They played ball almost every weekend in long tournaments.
“Head in the game, Trish,” Coach Tim said, refocusing her attention on her own team.
“Come on, Becky, you can do it!” Trish yelled to the leadoff batter.
Trish turned to read the lineup hanging on the fence. It was the top of the line-up. Trish grabbed her helmet and bat. She was batting fourth.
Hearing the crack of the bat, she looked up in time to see Becky hit a short pop-up to the third baseman. The player tried to catch it, but the ball dropped in front of her, and Becky beat out the throw to first.
“Batter up!” The umpire seemed in a hurry to keep the game moving. Clara quickly stepped inside the chalk-outlined rectangle of the batter’s box. The pitch came quickly on the inside corner. “Strike one.”
Clara stepped out and took a few practice swings. She settled into the box again. It turned into a long wait as the pitcher threw four balls in a row. Clara jogged to first; Becky went to second.
Trish watched in anticipation as Samantha moved toward home plate for her turn at bat. Trish put on a helmet and stepped out of the dugout to take a few practice swings, getting her timing down for the pitches.
Samantha stepped into the box. She was tall so the outfielders backed up, anticipating that she would hit the ball far. Crack. The ball flew over the third baseman’s head, landing in the grass. The left fielder raced in and scooped up the ball, preventing the runners from scoring.
Bases loaded. No outs. Trish stepped into the box. She knew she didn’t look very impressive. At only four-foot-six, she hadn’t reached her full height by a long shot. Her legs were long, slender, and solid muscle. She was used to people underestimating her, but she liked it that way. It usually worked to her advantage.
Trish settled in as the pitcher began her wind up. The pitch came in. Way inside. Trish leaped out of the way. The next pitch was outside, and the catcher missed it. Becky raced past Trish to cross the plate as the fans cheered.
“Just a base hit, Trish,” her coach called.
“You can do it, Trish!” The fans were all cheering her on. She kept her concentration on the ball leaving the pitcher’s hand.
The pitch was coming in perfect, right down the middle, ideal height. It was slow, so Trish looked at it again. It had a weird spin. She didn’t swing. Right before the plate, it dropped. “Ball three.” Trish was thankful for the many hours of extra batting practice Coach Tim had spent with her. He had shown her how to truly watch the ball.
The next pitch was almost the same, but it didn’t appear to be spinning. Smack. It went over the second baseman, missing the right fielder’s glove and rolled all the way to the fence for a triple. Clara and Samantha scored as Trish rounded the bases.
The fans were cheering. The score now read, “Blue Birds: 9; Redhawks: 7.”
“Nice hit, Trish,” Coach Tim said, smiling broadly.
Trish’s grin lit up her face. She clapped her hands and cheered on the next batter from third base.
Alisha hit a nice single to left center field that allowed Trish to score. The girls lined up to high-five her as she came into the dugout.
Ashley hit a fly ball to right field that cost them an out, but moved Alisha to third. Amber grounded out on a hit to second base, leaving Alisha in place. Ton-Lou flew out to left field to end the inning. The girls were in high spirits because they were winning, and the other team only had one more chance to bat.
“Good inning, ladies; let’s hit the field. Hold them for three more outs,” the coach said.
The first Redhawk hit the ball to Lexi on second base who easily picked it up and threw her out at first. Trish was a little nervous when the other team’s number four batter stepped to the plate. She was tall for a 12-year-old and had already hit it to the fence once this game. She took a few steps back and angled toward left field.
Ashley delivered the pitch low and inside. The batter got under the ball, and it went high into foul territory on the left field side. Much to Trish’s surprise, Ashley put the next pitch in the same place. This time the batter swung and missed.
Trish smiled. She knew the coaches called the pitches from the dugout. She would have to ask Coach Tim why he called two in a row the same way. That wasn’t very common. She liked to learn as much as she could about the strategy of softball, not just the technique.
The third and final pitch stayed low but to the outside corner. The batter swung but didn’t even come close. Two outs.
The number five batter had hit the ball to center field twice already in previous innings so Trish was ready. The batter let the first pitch go by but got ahold of the second. It was a long fly ball to deep center field.
Trish immediately turned her body and began to run toward the fence. She ran full out, praying her left fielder would be there to back her up if she missed it. At the last possible second, Trish dove at where she predicted the ball would be, capturing it in her glove as she hit the ground. That ended the game; final score was 10-7, Blue Birds.
The girls cheered enthusiastically. Trish couldn’t stop smiling as the coach and other girls clapped her on the back as they lined up to shake hands with the Redhawks. Even some of the opposing team members congratulated her on such a great catch. It felt wonderful!
She looked around at the crowd waiting outside the fence, but there was no sign of her parents. Trish wished that they had been there to witness her final catch.

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3. Proposal Pop-Up Book



My new designed book - shipped in time for Valentine's Day

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4. Home Sweet Home


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5. In Which, Becca Resolves To FINISH Reading (or DITCH) These 10 Books...

From Becca's Shelves... Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.  
This week's topic is TOP TEN RESOLUTIONS I HAVE FOR 2016 aka "I resolve to finally FINISH reading these 10 books" (or a special edition of READ or DITCH for TTT).  Because as everyone knows, Becca's reading year in 2015 is better known as the Year of the BIGGEST Book Slump of Mankind. So I kind of, sort of

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6. End of Year


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7. Winter Wonderland sketches - preschool book that celebrates the wonder of winter for young and old....





Sketches from "Winter Wonderland"  written by Debbie Estrem.
This is the third book in a nostalgic series for parents and 
grandparents to share with little ones, celebrating 
the best memories of every season. 

The first two books in the series are now available!




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8. L'ingrediente segreto- Cover



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9. Tips for Loosening Up, Plus a Bonus Giveaway

Watercolor illustration of a bear and snail in a forest by Jessica Lanan

Hello, dear readers! Today I have a mishmash of a post to share with you, so I hope you’ll bear with me. (Ha.)

I have been on a bit of a quest lately to loosen up my technique. If you also struggle with this, know that you are not alone. It takes an enormous amount of practice to get the “quick and effortless” look instead of the “catastrophic disaster” look, so we watercolorists often get very tight and controlled in order to compensate. Of course, there are many different ways to work with watercolor and some artists do the “controlled” thing extremely well, but if you’re looking to loosen up, here are a few techniques I’ve stolen from other artists over the years that I’ve found helpful:

  • Using brushes that are much larger than I find comfortable
  • Minimizing the number of washes. The entire background of this image was one big, wet wash, not twenty-seven separate washes detailing every single leaf and bush
  • Using a lot more water and paint than seems reasonable; enough that I often end up having rivulets of liquid draining off the paper
  • Getting to know the paint. Many colors lighten in value or lose saturation when they dry, so it needs to be even darker than you think when you paint it on
  • Waiting for a wet-on-wet wash to completely dry before moving on to add details
  • Varying textures. I used some dry brush technique in the trees to simulate pine needles
  • Painting lots of really bad paintings that will never, ever see the light of day. I plan to burn these so that no one can accidentally find them when I die
  • Working as fast as I possibly can
  • Occasionally closing my eyes. (Just kidding! Or not…?)

I hope those help someone out there just as they helped me!

In other news, copies of The Story I’ll Tell are here, so I can also do that second giveaway that I promised you several weeks ago.

The post office didn't do the best job ever on this one

The post office didn't do the best job ever on this one

Fortunately, the books are just fine.

Fortunately, the books are unscathed!

Leave a comment below if you’d like a chance to win a signed book! I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday.

 

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10. Beartime Stories


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11. What Would You Color?


I want to know your opinion for my next project. I'm designing and submitting a proposal for a new coloring book, but I can't decide which theme to go with. This would be for adults, and I know I want to include all things with wings, but how??

Halos I adore all things pattern, and placing the circles behind a lovely lady are representative of her personality and purpose. The halo is the radiating circles behind her. When I first heard this concept of patterned halos it was through a Mucha exhibit, where he himself called them halos. It forever changed how I saw them and the stories they tell.

Enchanted Gardens A narrative starting with the garden gate, entering into a world full of florals, landscapes, fairies, angels, and the songs of nature around them. A story unfolds as you wander through the pages, helping to create the mood through your choice of colors.

Will you help me? Vote!
Which theme would you prefer to color in my next coloring book?
Halos
Enchanted Gardens
Both
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My Pixie Fairy Coloring Book has be so much fun to share and create, I want to do more, with more pattern and detail. Something I truly love doing.


What's your favorite subject to color?
Answer in the comments below. :)

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12. 41 (children’s) books to change my life

When you look at your bookshelves what do you see beyond the spines and the dust on the shelves?

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For many of the books which matter most to me I see virtual maps leading out of them; Paths and journeys that have ended up or – more often – begun with the book in front of me.

Some books have come in to my life by chance but have then spun me round with such a force it feels like my route onwards has been changed for ever more. Others have have been handed to me with a story of their own and with much love, building ties, threads and colourful strands between me and the giver that can’t ever be broken, however much changes in my life, and even within my relationship with that person.

Picturing these adventures that have brought the books to my shelves, or that have introduced new horizons for my own journeying, I am also aware that there are many directions and destinations and starting points I haven’t tried, that I don’t even know about.

This makes me a very hopeful reader.

Every book has the possibility of becoming that bend in the road, the crest of a hill where a whole new vista suddenly opens out in front of you and takes your breath away.

And so when I read Jake Hayes’ article, 50 Children’s Books to Save My Life earlier this summer when adventuring was in the air, I decided it was time to go exploring.

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However, rather than choosing the route myself, I decided to ask friends, family and book-loving colleagues I admire to suggest interesting paths to take.

By signposting their own journeys, not only would I make some amazing bookish discoveries, I’d also build ties and strengthen friendships; reading a book may be a solitary activity, but reading a book loved by someone else starts conversations, brings understanding and builds empathy.

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So now I can present to you my forthcoming reading journey.

All of these are books – at the time of asking for suggestions – which I had not previously read (you’ll no doubt raise your eyebrows at some of the classics which appear below). It’s an eclectic and marvellous list, the result of asking for books which meant a lot to the person suggesting them, either a children’s book, or a book which they had read as a child or teenager (even if it was technically something which might be found on a publisher’s adult list).

I wonder what you will make of this list…

  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin [suggest by Library Mice]
  • Le Grand Meaulnes (sometimes translated as The Lost Domain) by Henri Alain-Fournier ideally translated by Alan Davidson (OUP & Penguin) [suggested by Ian Beck]
  • A Country Child by Alison Uttley [suggested by Nicola Davies]
  • The Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings [suggested by Dom Conlon]
  • The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston [suggested by Polly Faber]
  • (Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai [suggested by Damyanti Patel]
  • For Love of A Horse by Patricia Leitch [suggested by ChaletFan]
  • Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster [suggested by Helen Dineen]
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner [suggested by Mat Tobin]
  • Half Magic by Edward Eager [suggested by Betsy Bird]
  • Crusher is Coming by Bob Graham [suggested by The Book Chook]
  • A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell [suggested by Nicky Potter]
  • The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban [suggested by Hannah Love]
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel [suggested by Sarah Crossan]
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White [suggested by 32 Pages]
  • The sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak [suggested by Abie Longstaff]
  • Rhymes Without Reason by Mervyn Peake [suggested by Colin West]
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson [suggested by Marcus Alexander]
  • The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett [suggested by Damian Kelleher]
  • Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson [suggested by James Mayhew]
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster [suggested by Jonathan Emmett]
  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes [suggested by Julia Lee]
  • Martin Pebble by Jean-Jacques Sempé [suggested by Tim Hopgood]
  • The Factory Made Boy by Christine Nöstlinger [suggested by Viviane Schwarz]
  • The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron [suggested by Lisa B]
  • The Big Green Book by Robert Graves and Maurice Sendak [suggested by Jake Hayes]
  • The Happy Day written by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Marc Simont [suggested by Julie Danielson]
  • Swami and Friends by R.K.Narayan [suggested by Choxbox]
  • The Borribles by Michael di Larrabeiti [suggested by Ali B]
  • Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor [suggested by Matt Finch]
  • Warrior Cats: Into the Wilde by Erin Hunter [suggested by my youngest daughter, 7]
  • Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan [suggested by my eldest daughter, 10]
  • Ivanhoe by Walter Scott [suggested by my husband]
  • The Wonderful Farm written by Marcel Ayme, illustrated by Maurice Sendak [suggested by Sophie]
  • Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White [suggested by Annie of Annie and Aunt]
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin [suggested by Anamaria]
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery [suggested by Jayne T]
  • The Guardians by John Christopher [suggested by ReadItDaddy]
  • The Chalet School in Exile by Elinor M Brent-Dyer [suggested by Jim]
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth [suggested by Letterbox Library]
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (suggested by Se7en+1)
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    In fact this list is only half the story; Several contributors couldn’t stop at just one recommendation, so I have a secondary list which is almost as long again!

    I’ve begun gathering and reading my way through these books, inscribing books I buy (I’m trying to buy only from bricks and mortar shops, often second hand, so I have a copy of the list with me in my purse) with the name of the person who suggested it and a note on where I bought it (this was partly the reason behind my trip to Hay last month). I’m gradually building up a very special bookshelf.

    Whilst I have enough to read to keep me out of trouble for many months, if you would like to recommend a book to me, please do so. I already know I would love to read it.

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    13. Coloring Page - Where is Salami?

    Another adorable coloring page featuring characters in "Where is Salami?" (by Donna J. Shepherd, illustrated by Jack Foster). 

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    14. “My Language, Your Language” Book Sample Illustrations

    I did some illustrations for a cool series of educational/learning books from Cloverleaf books. This one is called “My Language, Your Language”. Samples below.

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    15. Nigel Sussman’s Illustrated A to Z of Things

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    Illustrator Nigel Sussman is developing a really cool book project, and he needs your help!

    “I am calling the project Alphabet Compendium; An Illustrated A-Z of Things. It will be an extensive illustrated alphabet book of objects. For each of the twenty-six letters there will be a visual representation creating an organic composition devoted to each character; even the color choices correspond with their respective letters. The entire book is basically a giant visual alliteration.”

    Support Nigel’s project on Kickstarter here.

     

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    16. An Incredible Signature: Thanks, Marcia and Sergio!

    As writers, we put our books out into the world, and they take on a life of their own, apart from us. But sometimes, we get an echo back about what the book is doing, who is reading it and how they are affected. This week, I had one of those incredible, amazing and powerful moments.

    Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma

    Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma in English. Named an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2015. | DarcyPattison.com Brazilian/Portuguese version of Abayomi. Released in Brazil Summer 2015. | Fiction Notes by Darcy Pattison

    When I worked on the story of an orphaned puma cub from Brazil, the scientists involved were incredibly generous with their time and information. Dr. Marcia Goncalves Rodrigues and Sergio A.P. Ferreira made this book possible. With the publication of the Brazilian translation, they are able to go into the schools with Project Abayomi and do education of teachers and students. Recently, over 500 teachers listened the story of the plight of pumas and other wildlife in urban areas of Brazil.

    That’s exciting news, for sure. To see a book travel to a different country and start to make a difference is amazing.

    And then, I received this special version of the Portuguese version of the book. What’s so special about it? Why am I grinning so crazily?

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    This book was signed by Abayomi himself. That’s his paw print. Thanks, Marcia and Sergio for allowing me to be part of Abayomi’s story.



    Because Abayomi himself signed this book. When the puma was receiving a regular medical checkup, Sergio inked his paw and added his paw print to my book. This is one of those teary moments when you realize that a book isn’t JUST a book. It’s an idea. Pumas face very real dangers from loss of habitat and urban encroachment on their habitat. It’a a small thing to write a book; but a small book can have a huge impact. Thanks, Marcia and Sergio for allowing me the privilege of having a small part in Abayomi’s story. It’s been incredible.

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    17. Review: Nothing And Everything Left To The Imagination In James Robinson And Greg Hinkle’s “AIRBOY”

    James Robbins” himself, being assigned the Airboy comic for a reboot

    “James Robinson” himself, being assigned the Airboy comic for a reboot

    by Nick Eskey

    For starters, this work is not for kids, and there might be a plot spoiler. With that out of the way, let’s review!

    Airboy was originally made during the boom of super hero comics in the World War II era, where America dreamed of spandex clad heroes fighting not only super villains, but of the likes of Hitler and the entire Nazi army. One of the things that set him apart was that Airboy flew a plane with wings that flapped much like a bird’s. Even stranger, a Franciscan monk made both the plane and the superhero costume.

    Aside from sharing the same name, that’s where the buck stops in this book. What we are instead given is a fast and illicit trip through one’s insecurities, and case of writer’s block.

    Through the first few pages, it’s not the WWII flying ace that we see, but rather we are treated to a modern day man sitting on a toilet. Namely, we see writer “James Robinson” himself, being assigned the Airboy comic for a reboot. The story follows him, and later on artist Greg Hinkle, through a night of alcohol and drug fueled mayhem. Amid a wicked hangover, everything crescendos with a very “unlikely” visitor.

    I must admit, it was weird seeing things from other end of the drawing board. Within the first couple of panels, confusion set in, and I read on wondering when this “Airboy” was going to make the scene. A number of pages later, all expectations of him and his flapping plane disappeared. I felt like some cardinal rule was getting broken. But as someone said some time long ago, rules are made to be broken.

    The visuals reminded me a lot of “The Fifth Beatle” spliced with a Lewis Carroll drug trip. The use of solid colors as opposed to shading makes the art style unique

    The story follows him, and later on artist Greg Hinkle, through a night of alcohol and drug fueled mayhem

    The story follows him, and later on artist Greg Hinkle, through a night of alcohol and drug fueled mayhemand pleasing to the eye. The drawing style is both clean and whimsical, making this story a fun and easy read.

    Disregarding the art and the surprise twist at the end, the writing alone will keep any down to earth reader keep on reading. The frank, clear dialogue helps us relate to the characters it many ways, from their concerns and feelings, to the insane situations they are involved in.

    All-in-all, I loved this story so far. It took me a few heartbeats to get passed my great confusion over the story title, but after that it was a good time. The humor and situations are very adult, so don’t be too shocked when you see male genitalia. Yup, you heard me.

    This is a must read that should be picked up at your local retailer.

    Airboy by Image Comics is available for sale as of today, June 3rd.

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    18. Dotty's Topsy Tale - Kindle

    Dotty's Topsy Tale - Now Available for Kindle! Dotty's Topsy Tale features Dotty, a pink hippo that doesn't quite fit in. With help from her best friend, Chizzy, she finds she can be happy with herself no matter what her color. The book introduces a purple baby hippo, Violet, to gently explore the topics of bullying and discrimination.

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    19. . The Rules of Taming .


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    20. Not a Landscape but...3/5 Art Challenge on PBAA

    Okay, so I'll post some work from old to new.  Day 1 - Some work from early in my career.




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    21. Miss Emma Ant Coloring Page

    The picture book is coming soon! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by Donna J. Shepherd, Writer, Speaker, Singer.

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    22. Miss Emma Ant

    My newest picture book for children is here! "Miss Emma Ant" tells the story of  talented, hard-working Emma, the architect for her colony's anthills. Ants in the colony, not recognizing their own special skills, grow jealous of Emma, and taunt her until she quits her job. Chaos ensues! Will pleas from apologetic ants convince Emma to return to work? Vibrant, expressive illustrations and fun

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    23. it's that time again

    Sorry to have to pedal my wares here, guys. But, believe me, I have to.
    There is free postage on a Bumper Pack of goodies on Etsy until Sunday. The Bumper Pack includes my book, 5 zines, badges, tote bag, postcards and stickers. Get yours HERE.

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    24. Donna Shepherd Reading Miss Emma Ant to 2nd Graders

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.0"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Reading Miss Emma Ant to 2nd Graders - Be sure to click through to a sampling of the letters and artwork

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    25. New Picture Book spread

    Just finished this new spread for the picture book I'm illustrating...



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