Giveaway Plus Five Random Facts about Meghan Ciana Doidge

Yay! I’m super excited to be giving away my sister in law’s books this month!  Prizes are a paper copy and an audio book of Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge and a set of recipe cards to make all the delicious cupcakes featured in Meghan’s books!

 

IMG_5105So I thought before you enter to win a copy of her book , I thought you’d like to know a little about her.  Here are Five Random Facts about Meghan Ciana Doidge:

  1. Meghan is an avid knitter.
  2. She could not write without chocolate.
  3. When you have Meghan over, be sure to serve potatoes in some form or other.
  4. Meghan has chickens, Persian cats, and a turtle!
  5. Before she became a writer, Meghan made small independent films.

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  You can enter the giveaway by:

1. Leaving a comment.  What is your favourite bakery dessert? [I’m hoping all the answers won’t make me too hungry ;)]. Comments are moderated so your comment may not show up right away.

2. Visiting my Facebook Facebook page

Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only.

You must be 19 or over to enter.

One entry per household.

You must reply with your email address within 7 days to claim your prize.

And to add to your August pleasure I have another giveaway happening on my author blog right now!

Good luck to all who enter!  Have a great day 🙂

Two Giveaways August 1st!

I’m super excited to be doing two giveaways in August!  Yay!  I’ll get the bad news out of the way first. My apologies to international readers… these giveaways will be open to Canada and US residents only.

Now for the good news!

Giveaway #1 which will be happening on my little known, perhaps hidden author blog includes:

-a $10 Amazon Gift Card

-a signed copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker my new picture book released in April 2017

-two beautiful art cards by Victoria illustrator, Paula Nasmith (cards are blank inside for your personalized message)

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Giveaway #2 which will be here on simply.cindy includes a little summer reading pleasure for adults:

-a paperback copy of my sister in law’s novel, Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic (Meghan Ciana Doidge)

-recipe cards to make all the delicious cupcakes featured in Meghan’s novels

-an audio book copy of Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge)

So if you follow me at simply.cindy and my author blog you won’t miss the chance to win!  And just between you and me, finding my blogs can be like finding a needle in a haystack so your chances to win are surprisingly good!  Best of luck and hope to see your entries coming in this Tuesday!

Not the Only Writer in the Family

Hello Readers!

I am loving this summer sunshine and the extra time for reading.  Did you know my sister in law is a writer too?  Yes!  She has written a long and growing list of novels.  Check out her website here

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Right now Meghan is giving away a signed copy of my picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker so there’s a chance to win if you hop on over to Made by Meghan and enter by Wednesday.  While you’re there you should check out her books, but I warn you, you may get hooked!  And I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Meghan’s books very soon as part of my next giveaway package so stay tuned 🙂

Have a great day!

 

Local

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

Picture Book Gem: Not Quite Narwhal

As part of the 12×12 picture book challenge, I have been trying to read as many new picture books as I possibly can.  The best part about that is I’m making some really great new discoveries.  One of these is Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima.
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Kelp finds he is a little different from the Narwhals he lives with.  He feels very loved but knows there is something amiss.  One day he discovers unicorns and realizes there is a whole other world above the ocean where unicorns who are exactly like him are living.  The problem for Kelp becomes how to merge the two worlds of land and ocean.

The illustrations are delightful and the characters are engaging.  My preschool class loved the story and you will too.  This picture book takes you on a journey to other worlds with some unique and creative ideas about how narwhals and unicorns live.  Jessica Sima creates two magical worlds in this book and children will be transported.

I’m surprised there aren’t more books about unicorns and narwhals as they are such unique and magical creatures.  

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Readers!  I just wanted to let you know I heard from my giveaway winner, Kelly Woods and she was happy to receive her gift card and her copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker this week.

From Kelly:

Good afternoon 😊just wanted to let you know I received the gift card from Amazon. Thank you sooo much!! What a huge blessing you are!! Thank you!! Thank you for your kindness 😊I will let you know as soon as the book gets here. I can’t wait.

…just wanted to let you know I received the book.. Its soooo cute.. Thank you sooo much again for blessing me.. It means more than these words can say 😊 You are awesome and your kindness means a lot 😊Thank you

Kelly, it is a pleasure to have you as the winner of my giveaway.  I don’t think I could find a more appreciative recipient.  Thanks again to all who entered!

And by the way, if you are a Canadian and still hoping to get your hands on a free copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker you can enter my goodreads giveaway this month for your chance to win!  The deadline for entries is May the 2nd.

Have a great day!

“It is not happy people who are thankful but thankful people who are happy.”

-Unknown.