Victoria Parents: Look for Katie at your library!

Somewhere along the path to publishing the story of Katie, I realized that my little picture book could potentially be in the public library one day.  Well, that day has finally arrived!  The Greater Victoria Public Library now has one copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker and as of today, it is part of this year’s “Emerging Local Authors Collection”.

So Victoria parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators, you can now borrow my story and read it to your children!  If your children like Jillian Jiggs, they will surely enjoy Katie Shaeffer!  But be warned, this story might have them wanting to build machines from recycled materials or start making fluffy golden pancakes.  So be prepared for the story to lead to some projects :). Perfect timing for our rainy west coast weather!  Yes, pancakes would taste pretty good right now, I think.

Oh, and if you like the book and wish to leave a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, that I would be forever grateful. Thank you.

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A little peek at my picture book

Here’s a Peek at Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker by Cynthia Mackey and Paula Nasmith

If your kids love pancakes, collections, pretending to sell things and parties then you need this book.  If you have grandchildren, this book makes a great gift as it will encourage little ones to work with you in the kitchen.  A cute repeated rhyme and a recipe included.  Check it out!

Self-published by an author and illustrator team from Victoria, B.C. Canada


Recipe Card: Katie’s Perfect Pancakes

Hello Readers!

I’m happy to be back to blogging after a long break.  I hope you will continue to stick with me as there’s been lots going on in my word of preschool, family, and children’s book writing! Not much time for photography lately but will get back to that too, I hope.

For now, here’s a new recipe card I’ve created to help launch my Katie book!  If you’d like a recipe card, let me know your mailing address and I’ll happily send one out to you! You can email me at  Want to show your appreciation?  Follow me on Twitter or Facebook. IMG_5983

Here’s a photo of the front of the card; recipe is on the back!

Don’t have a copy of the book yet?  Get one here or try Amazon or Barnes and Noble if you prefer. Happy weekend to all!



Does your community’s library offer an opportunity for local authors who are self-published or published by small presses to get a book into circulation?

I’m waiting expectantly for October, when I can make the application to get Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker into our library system.  Books that are accepted will be displayed in our city’s main library.  It is great to live in a community that supports its own artists and creative types.  I hope your community does the same!IMG_4475Local

More on Fernwood’s Art Stroll

It was an honour to be a guest at the Fernwood Art Stroll where artist, Paula Nasmith, featured her work.  Since many of you are not able to get to Victoria, B.C., I thought you’d like a little peek at our day.

Each year, artists in Victoria’s Fernwood community invite the public into their homes for a viewing of their artwork.  Paula and I also featured our book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker!


Plenty of people came through to view Paula’s gallery of work and there was no shortage of compliments on her paintings which are done with acrylics or water colours.

In between visitors, we chatted about future picture book projects!  We have a few ideas for supporting diversity in the next couple of books and hope that we can make those come to fruition.

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Paula does not sell her original artwork but she does offer framed prints and art cards for very reasonable prices.  She will be at the Moss Street Paint-In on July 15th with her artwork and our picture book.  I am hoping to free myself up to spend a little time on Moss Street too.  We shall see…

Thanks, Paula, for inviting me to join you at the Art Stroll.  It was a pleasure!





Five Star Reviews!

Woohoo!  It may not quite be time to break out the champagne yet, but my little Katie book now as 4 reviews and they are all five stars!!  Huge bouquets to all those who have left reviews so far.  I hope to eventually get 30 reviews posted so if you’ve had a chance to read it, please do post a little something. Reviews are something an author has little control over so the most I can do is hope for the best. Your time to review will be hugely appreciated.
on April 9, 2017
A bit of magic mixed in with things kids love (like lots of pancakes!) makes it a fun read.
on May 1, 2017
This book is delightful and original. It inspires children to be inventive, resourceful, and innovative. Katie, the protagonist, is full of spunk and charisma. She demonstrates exception problem solving in this fun and charming story.  
on May 1, 2017
This is a fantastic book! Katie Shaeffer is bold, fun, spunky, and determined. Together with her friend Baxter they create a marvelous invention. This book inspired my kids to be creative and inventive. It is now a family favorite!
on April 29, 2017
Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker is a very well illustrated book. It is a great read for children and the pictures are great. I love the story line and it provides a great imagination for children. I highly recommend it.
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