Sunday, May 1, 2022

Read. Help Children. Win. Books for only 99¢!

Starting today, and lasting until May 21, my book Raccoons and Rabbit Holes will be part of a promotion that will be helping children in Ukraine. Children in Ukraine are innocent of all political conflicts, and SAVE THE CHILDREN charity is there to help these littlest victims. Authors in this group promotion are donating the proceeds from these books to help. The more books you buy during the promotion, the more they will donate! Visit Read. Help Children. Win. to browse the books which have all been marked to 99¢! Raccoons and Rabbit Holes is only one of several books in many different genres and ratings which are all participating in this fundraiser. I hope you visit the site and browse through the list to see what books you're interested in! There are also a number of exciting prizes you might win by participating!

The Last Unicorn directed by Rankin and Bass

The Last Unicorn is an animated movie released in 1982 and directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. It follows the story of a female unicorn who sets off to find out why and how all the other unicorns have mysteriously disappeared.
On her journey, she meets enemies as well as friends. One friend, a bumbling wizard, accidentally turns her into a human in order to save her from an angry fiery bull. This saves her from the fiery bull who was only after unicorns, but creates a whole new set of problems. The Unicorn and her friends are able to find the man responsible for the disappearance of her relatives, but will they be able to defeat him and his magical bull? Watch the story, and find out. Parents would want to be aware that there is one scene in the first few moments after she is turned human where the viewer can guess that she doesn't have any clothes on. Nothing is visible or sexually suggestive. Her hair covers her up enough, and her friends quickly come to her aid to give her clothes.

Dumbo directed by Tim Burton

The live action movie Dumbo, released in 2019 and directed by Tim Burton was a fun, family friendly movie about a baby elephant who is rejected by most others when he is born, because his ears are so big.
The only constant supporter he has, is his mother and two young children, a sister and brother, whose mom died from the Spanish Flu. Their dad, barely home from The Great War (WWI) minus one arm, is working hard to do his job and provide for his family and doesn't have the time or energy to listen to them much. So what will happen when the children and others discover the little elephant's talent for flying with his ears? Watch this fun movie and find out!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

My New Book! Woodlands and Wormholes

I am so excited to announce that my new book, Woodlands and Wormholes is out! This is the fifth book in the Raccoons and Rabbit Holes series. And this time Jax and Julie are off on an adventure. With the help of Will and Amy, except that... Well, I won't give that part away. Here's the back blurb.
Best friends Jax and Julie have had more than their share of time travel adventures. From helping Harriet Tubman hide from slave hunters, to taking on street bullies in 1780 London! With so much experience, nothing should surprise the two kids anymore. Right? But none of their past adventures could prepare them for what happens when they walk under a seemingly ordinary tree in the woods and find themselves on their craziest journey through time yet!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Mustaches for Maddie by Shelly Brown and Chad Morris

Mustaches for Maddie is a wonderful book written by my friend Shelly Brown, and her husband, Chad Morris. Based on a true story, Mustaches for Maddie follows the story of silly Maddie a girl who loves to make people happy by wearking fake mustaches. When it is discovered however, that Maddie has a brain tumor, it is her friends and loved ones who step in to cheer her up with mustaches of their own!
Follow this wonderful story as Maddie courageously fights her brain tumor, and deals with set backs along the way. Maddie is a fighter, but when she and her parents think the cancer is gone and she goes in for a routine eye examination, why are the doctor and nurse suddenly so worried? Is the cancer back? Read this book and find out! It is a heartwarming story that children and adults will enjoy. If you love family friendly, uplifting stories, you will love this one. I thought it was a great book, and highly recommend it! Mustaches for Maddie was first written in 2017.

The Dark Crystal directed by Jim Henson

On the distant plant Thra in the far past, a Gelfling named Jen, on the instructions of his gentle master, Ursu, sets out on a quest to retrieve a shard broken from the Dark Crystal that rules his world. If he can put it back in the crystal before the conjunction of the three suns, he will undo the power of the evil Skeksis, and restore order.
He needs to reach Augrah, an old prophetess to get the shard. Along the way he is joined by Kira, a female Gelfling and her pet Fizzgig. But in their efforts to get to the shard they are pursued and tricked by the Skeksis. As the suns get closer to their conjunction, Jen and Kira struggle to get to the shard in time. Will they be successful? Watch the movie and find out! The Dark Crystal was directed by Jim Henson, and first released in 1982.

Mulan directed by Niki Caro

The live action Mulan directed by Niki Caro is a wonderfully exciting movie with all sorts of great visuals, from gravity defying jumps, to beautiful displays of martial arts. Much like the cartoon version, Mulan dresses like a man and sneaks into the Chinese army to save her father's life when China is threatened by enemies.
She has many experiences similiar to the cartoon, and shows courage and honor even in the face of betrayal, and those who were once her friends turning on her when they find out she is female. Threatened with death if she ever shows her face to her commanding officer, she is thrown out of the army. But then, when the emperor and the imperial city are under eminent threat, will Mulan risk her life to save her emperor and her country? Watch the movie to find out! The movie is rated PG-13 for violence. It was first released in 2020.