Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Break

I want to take this time to wish everyone a 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm going to take a break from blogging for the rest of the month to wrap up some things and to enjoy this time with my family.

If I get a chance, I will stop by and visit some blogs. If not, I look forward to visiting everyone in blogland after the new year! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Where The Idea For Gonzo The Curious Cat Came From

I'm sure many of you know Martha Ramirez from following her blog or perhaps you remember her from when she stopped by to do an interview and share about her children's book, Broken Heart.

Well, I've invited Martha back to share about where she got the idea for her children's book, Gonzo the Curious Cat

Take it away, Martha!

Hi Susanne! I'm excited to be here! Thank you so much for having me.

My latest children's book, Gonzo the Curious Cat was inspired by my brother-in-law Gonzalo, AKA "Gonzo."

When Gonzo was a young boy, a car struck him. It nearly ended his life. On that day, my husband had been walking by his side and fortunately their father pulled him away just in time. Unfortunately for my brother-in-law, he wasn't able to tug him away before the car crossed their path.

In 2008, my brother-in-law Gonzo crossed the street, but didn't make it to the other side. A sedan swept him off his feet and almost killed him.

What are the odds of that? Twice in one lifetime.

When I went to visit him in the hospital, I got this compelling need to write a story for children about safety awareness. Each character in Gonzo the Curious Cat is named after a family member.

The book is based on many misadventures my brother-in-law has lived through. He's literally a cat with 9 lives. It is also dedicated to my father-in-law (Farmer Louie) who passed away.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I'm thrilled to share the new illustrations! My illustrator Mary Jo Prado did such an amazing job bringing each character to life. 

Gonzo the Curious Cat synopsis
Gonzo is a curious cat who lives on Farmer Louie's farm.

As he learns the many lessons of life by his misadventures, he is often reminded of Farmer Louie's motto, "Safety First."

Farmer Louie always knew that Gonzo's curiosity and adventurous personality would one day get him into trouble.

But when Gonzo finds himself lost in an unfamiliar place, he discovers the true meaning of why it is important to be extra careful and less curious.

Will Gonzo find the special gift he is searching for while lost?

Come join the fun and meet all the playful barnyard friends, Gonzo the Curious Cat, and Farmer Louie.

Learn what friendship and safety can bring.

Gonzo the Curious Cat is now available HERE.

I also just released a Colors, Shapes & Numbers book for the little ones. You can find that one HERE.

To learn more about my writing, I'd love for you to visit my sites: MartzBookz.comMartzBookz.blogspot.com

Thank you so much for having me, Susanne! It was a pleasure! AWESOME blog!

Martha, thanks for taking the time to stop by and share about Gonzo the Curious Cat.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Star Of The Team Book Spotlight


By Beverly Stowe McClure

Cover by Aidana WillowRaven

Published by 4RV Publishing

Published September 2014

ISBN 10: 1940310148
ISBN 13: 9781940310145


88 pages

Available at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

About The Book:
Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor wants to be the star of her basketball team, Angels, but when her tooth is knocked out during one of her games, her mother, who is also her coach, says she can't play until the replanted tooth heals. Her dream in jeopardy, Kate tries everything to convince her mother to let her play. Will Kate succeed or will she be a bench warmer for the rest of the season?

Most of the time, you'll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the "Bug Lady" because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.

For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women's Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.



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