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Book Review & Giveaway: Cool Conduct by Nicki Donley


Cool Conduct 100 Ways To Make A Positive Impression by Nicki Donley illustrated by Chad Thompson.

 

Cool Conduct, 100 Ways To Make A Positive Impression, is an educational question and answer book identifying manners, etiquette and safety. Cool Conduct is designed to encourage discussions that develop kind, confident, and respectful children.

Our conduct should make us, and those around us, feel good and confident, not upset or embarrassed. By establishing clear expectations, young children can understand values such as courtesy, empathy, and respect.

Unbecoming conduct can hold a person back both personally and academically from reaching their potential.

My Review: This book is about educating children about manners and etiquette. It also helps them to develop kindness, confident and respect for themselves and others. Parents think teaching children manners, etiquette and self esteem is the duty of the teachers, WRONG. It is the duty of the parent to teach this at home first. They must learn the polite ways to speak to someone or to start a conversation and this book will teach your child 100 ways to make that positive impression. This is a must have for the home and classrooms.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of these books in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Giveaway Ends 2nd July @ 12 noon

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June 19, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Interview with Author Nicki Donley


Biography

Nicki is a former Junior Achievement counselor and has taught elementary school students the importance of working together as a community. After giving birth to triplet girls, Nicki’s life completely changed. As her husband said “we will never be anywhere on time again”. Nicki knew her time would have to be better organized to ensure quality time with her family. Nicki has since developed products to help busy parents including her line of gift enclosure tags that reduce paper waster and save money.

Nicki’s first book Cool Conduct – 100 ways To Make A Positive Impression is a fun and educational question and answer book identifying manners, etiquette and safety. Cool Conduct is designed to encourage discussions that develop kind, loving and respectful children.

Nicki received a BA in Communications fromKentStateUniversity. She is currently writing her second children’s book to help children accept and love themselves exactly as they are. Nicki lives with her husband, children and dog inTwinsburg,Ohio(Yes, home of the Twins Days). 

Author’s website http://www.nickidonley.com/

Interview

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

 What is the last book you read?

An Innocent Spouse by Carol Ross Joynt

What were your earliest memories of writing?

My interest in writing started in the 4th grade. I wrote a number of short “mystery” stories at that time.  

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

In college I wrote a number for Kent State University’s news program. Creating an interesting story that grabs attention seems to come naturally.

Are you working on a new book?

Yes, I am writing a children’s book about accepting yourself, just as you are.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?

I am the creator of Move Over Cards, an environmentally conscious way to give gifts. I design gift tags made from post consumer paper and use no wasteful envelops.

How did you come up with your characters?

The inspiration for Cool Conduct are my daughters Ava, Lily and Grace the 3 characters on the front represent my daughters.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Many times, I write a lot of incomplete sentences and random thoughts. I give myself breaks if I can’t put my thoughts together and come back to try and piece them together. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need.

How do you react to a bad review?

I remember why I wrote Cool Conduct, to help children feel confident in social situations. I usually re-read Cool Conduct and I feel proud that I have helped many families discuss topics like: etiquette, kindness and safety.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

Jane O’ConnorFancy Nancy series

James Patterson

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

I would recommend finding books that are engaging with story enhancing illustrations. I believe broad selections of books are important. Nature, Animals, Flowers… educational yet entertaining.

What advice you would give to new writers?

Keep a small notebook with you at all times, some of my most interesting thoughts have come when I am no where near the computer. Don’t be discouraged, remind yourself why you are writing. To tell an interesting story, to teach, to impact.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

As a parent I believe it very important to read as a family, let children see you reading the paper or a magazine get them interested in what you’re reading and spend time taking turns.

 Thank you for this interview.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , | 1 Comment

In My Mailbox #10


In my mailbox this week for review

A Wish and A Prayer written by Beth Bence Reinke

Carla’s Cloud Catastrophe written by Beth Bence Reinke

In My Bath written by Beth Bence Reinke

The Imagination Station: Peril in the Palace by Marianne Hering

Friends by Patty Fee Yates

Cougar Cub Tales: Lost and Alone written by Sharon Cramer

Cougar Cub Tales: I’m Just Like You written by Sharon Cramer

 

Daria Rose and the Day She Chose written by Yvonne Capitelli

Stover writter by Kathy Brodsky

 

In My Mailbox was started in November of 2008 by The Story Siren. This is a great way to feature Author’s books even though it might not be in the form of a review. In My Mailbox is a great way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs, it’s also a great way for bloggers to share upcoming releases!

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you’ve bought or books that you’ve gotten at the library.

June 18, 2011 Posted by | In My Mailbox | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Ready for Bed, Ready to Play & Ready for the Day by Stacey R. Kaye


Ready for Bed, Ready to Play & Ready for the Day by Stacey R Kaye illustrated by Elizabeth O Dulemba

 

Ready for Bed: Mommy says it’s time for bed, but Marco isn’t ready. “I don’t want to go to bed!” “I can see you’re disappointed,” Mommy says. “You were having fun.” Marco nods. He is disappointed.

 

Ready to Play: Emma has been waiting all day to play castle. “I’ll be the princess and you be the prince.” But Ryan has a different idea. “No, let’s place store!” Emma stomps her foot. “I don’t want to play store. It’s my hose, and I say we play castle!” Mom helps Emma solve her problem. “It’s frustrating when you and your friend disagree, isn’t it?” She asks.

 

Ready for the Day: It’s morningtime, and Maya is still sleepy. “Good morning!” Daddy says. “Are you ready to start the day?” “Noooooo, “Maya whines. “I don’t want to go to school today. I want to stay home with you.” Daddy kneels down next to Maya. “I know just how you fee,” he says. “I wish we could spend the day together, too.

My Review: I had the opportunity to read all three books.  I love, love these books. Every parent has had or has a child who isn’t ready to go to bed, ready to play with others or ready for the day like going to school.

These books teach parents how to negotiate with their children when it is time for them to do any of the above. These are the type of books that would captivate any child helping them to express their feelings and how they talk. They will provide you with healthy, lasting solutions.

The author provided color coded dialogue in the books to help provide a positive parenting techniques like encouraging, co operation, validate feelings, offer choices and giving encouragement. These techniques are explained in details in the last couple of pages at the end of these books just for adults.

This is a must have series to make life easier for parents and their children. What a best way for a child to learn at an early age skills in resolving everyday struggles like getting ready for bed. If you are looking for ways to get through the day with your child I highly recommend you get the series. I promise you at the end of reading these books you will be stress free by putting the solutions to work for you and your child.  Elizabeth Dulemba did a wonderful illustration for these books with bold and cool colors which brings the books to life. A perfect gift for every parent!

To order visit http://www.freespirit.com/catalog/item_detail.cfm?item_id=617

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of these books in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Free spirit Publishing will be giving 1 lucky winner a set of the series

Giveaway Ends 26th June @ 12 noon

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June 15, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Interview with Author Stacey R. Kaye, MMR


Stacey R. Kaye is the author of Ready for the Day, Ready to Play and Ready for bed.

Stacey R. Kaye, MMR, is the mother of two girls, ages 4 and 7 and a self-described “Parenting Lecture Groupie.” As her first daughter grew into a feisty toddler, Stacey searched for a language that would discourage tantrums and meltdowns and still encourage her daughter to explore, grow confidence, and gain emotional intelligence. Dozens of parenting tomes, lectures, and courses provided great theory, but not the language. That’s when Stacey began writing ParentSmart/KidHappyTM books. She’s done the research so you don’t have to.

Professionally speaking, Stacey holds a Master in Market Research from theUniversityofGeorgia.  While working for General Mills, Stacey conducted research to figure out how to get moms to buy more cereal for their children. While listening to hundreds of mothers share their child-rearing frustrations first-hand during focus groups, Stacey became passionate about delivering parenting tips in bite-sized, easy-to-digest format – no spoon or milk required. Stacey never did figure out a fool-proof way to get moms to buy more cereal but she did learn that busy moms are interested in any practical tips that make parenting easier. Stacey is also the graduate of Kathryn Kvols’ Re-Directing Children’s Behavior workshop.

To learn more positive parenting tips and discover other ParentSmart/KidHappy titles, visit www.ParentSmartKidHappy.com.

Interview

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog.

What is the last book you read?

GrownUp Book: Anatomy of Peace

Kid/Tween Book:   The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

What were your earliest memories of writing?

 Oh gosh. I still have a book of poems from 4th grade. My kids love reading it. I also have many of my childhood diaries and tons of letters I wrote from sleep away camp.  

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

From very early on, I was encouraged to write, imagine and create. My mother was and still is extremely creative. When I was about 10 years old I clearly remember going to the fish store with my mom. (back when they actually had fish stores!) While she evaluated the freshness of the salmon and tuna, I could not peel myself away from the lobster tank.  After we left the store mom asked, “Stacey, wouldn’t it be great to write a story about what the lobsters do when the owner of the fish store goes home for the day?” I loved that idea!

 I wouldn’t say writing “came naturally to me” but rather inventing new ideas, products and concepts has always come naturally to me. ParentSmart KidHappy came from the idea of combining parenting tips in a kid picture book format.   

Are you working on a new book?

I’m actually working on an entire new personalized book series starring kids and their best stuffed pals. www.DreamMeUp.com will launch in July 2011.  Kids attached to a special teddy bear or lovey won’t believe their eyes when they see their best stuffed pal star in its very own adventure book.  With technology, parents upload 3 pictures of their child’s favorite stuffed animal and with a little bit of magic, the stuffed animal becomes the main character in the book, told from the teddy’s point of view.  Book titles include: My Teddy Bear Travels to the Jungle, My Lovey Plays Sports, My Teddy Visits the Farm and more…and the titles can be personalized with the name of the child’s lovey! My kids had unique “objects of affection” and Dream Me Up celebrates childhood and imaginary friends. There will also be books starring kids….My favorite one is “Audrey Explores Different Jobs.” This book stars “Audrey” (your child) as a fireman, architect, doctor, vet, astronaut, tour guide and more. A great way to learn about different roles/jobs and encourage kids to try them all on!

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?

These days? Dreaming up ideas for new products starring kids and their best stuffed pals. I am so excited about this new venture.  In addition to books, we will create a personalized set of cards for kids to play memory.  The cards will depict the child’s lovey or favorite teddy bear doing different things like riding a bike, enjoying a picnic, chasing butterflies, etc.

When I’m not working on my new biz, you can find me playing board games with my girls.  Our favorite games these days are Scattegories, SET and Careers.

How did you come up with your characters?

Truthfully? I came up with the concept and my publisher and illustrator developed the characters. A true collaboration.  

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Yes, absolutely. When I’m on a roll, I try to write for a long period of time (until2amif I can) b/c I never know when writer’s block is going to hit. And I never know when the writer’s block will be lifted!

How do you react to a bad review?

Okay, I’m fortunately not aware of any “bad” reviews but I think a bad review would crush me…for a little bit and then I’d focus on the great reviews and feedback.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

 Mo Willems and Shel Silverstein,

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

 I’m all about fostering kids’ emotional and social intelligence.  I LOVE books that teach a lesson –a lesson in disguise.  Such as “Ruby the Copycat” (be yourself), “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo” (it’s okay to get angry but it’s important to take the time to calm down so you can problem solve). I love Highlights magazine b/c it teaches great lessons via its writing and illustrations.

What advice you would give to new writers?

 It’s all about the marketability of the book/concept. So when you write your proposal, spend most of your effort on the target market and marketing ideas surrounding the book.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Yes! A university professor/pediatrician contacted me about 1.5 years ago to discuss conducting an efficacy study on my book series.  Long story short, she is conducting research to prove that after parents and kids read ParentSmart KidHappy books and implement the parenting techniques, parenting stress DECREASES and child behavioral compliance INCREASES. Preliminary results are positive but due to legal reasons, I can’t say much more than this. The idea that my books are truly making a difference in the lives of parents and kids is truly an honor.  I’m flattered this professor/pediatrician saw something special in the book series and I look forward to learning more from her and the studies.

 Thank you for this interview.

 

June 15, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , | 1 Comment

In My Mailbox #9


 

In my mailbox this week for review

The Handkerchief Quilt by Caro Crane

Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book by Carol Crane

 

Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle by Nicole Weaver

Princess Atelia and the Wishing Star by Lynette N Roberts

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

In My Mailbox was started in November of 2008 by The Story Siren. This is a great way to feature Author’s books even though it might not be in the form of a review. In My Mailbox is a great way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs, it’s also a great way for bloggers to share upcoming releases!

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you’ve bought or books that you’ve gotten at the library.

June 11, 2011 Posted by | In My Mailbox | 1 Comment

Book Review & Giveaway: Real Dogs Don’t Whisper


Real Dogs Don’t Whisper. Life Lessons From A Larger Than Life Dog And His Owner by Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo

 

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger than Life Dog! (and his Owner), is the true story of a remarkable family as told in a unique way by both Kelly Preston, the owner of the household, and her spunky, hilarious, nine-year old Lhasa Apso, Mr. MaGoo. “Having these dogs taught (Kelly) so much… the obstacles they have overcome.” Kelly, Mr. MaGoo, Buffy, Carla Mae, and Betty Boop. A girl, her two Lhasa Apsos, one Cocker Spaniel, and one adorable mutt – each with their own challenging set of difficulties to overcome. One puppy has serious neurological disorders. Two were severely abused. All are on a journey of discovery. Together, learning love and patience along the way, they have grown and thrived. And perhaps none so much as the girl. Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town inPennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo. Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!” Both Kelly and Mr. MaGoo have determined to donate a portion of their proceeds from the sale of the book to FACE Foundation

My Review: Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is a true story told by the author about how her dogs overcame obstacles. An adventurous story on how they all got along. You can see that the author has a real love for animal at an early age, a touching story for all animal lovers.

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Giveaway Ends 20th June @ 12 noon

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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Interview with Kelly Preston & Mr MacGoo


Author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper. Life Lessons From A Larger Than Life Dog And His Owner

Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town inPennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhaso Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and – above all else – love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.

Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, ” the alpha and omega of all dogs-in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective.” To which he adds, simply, “Woof!”

Interview: I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What is the last book you read? 

Mr MaGoo: Why thank you for asking.  The last book I read was “If Dogs Could Talk Tongues Unleashed“; it gave me the idea to write this book because I certainly can talk.

Kelly:  Oh for goodness sake Mr MaGoo, really?  The last book I read was “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson“.  What an inspirational story and priceless learning’s from this book.  After reading this book, I truly stopped and had to think all that I was thankful for.

 
What were your earliest memories of writing? 

Mr MaGoo: Ever since I was a pup, I would write to my dog friends and tell them of my adventures throughout the month. Then when Facebook was developed, I was writing up a storm.

Kelly: Um, Mr. MaGoo, that is not exactly what meant; the readers would like to know, did you write and submit any short stories, articles to be published. 

Mr MaGoo: woof! let me get back with you on that

Kelly:  Ever since I was in grade school, I would write to the daily newspaper and submit an short story to be published in the children’s section. In addition, I would also write stories to be submitted to Highlight Magazine.  And, I was fortunate to have a few published by both.
 
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural? 

Mr MaGoo: Everything I do is natural; I was born for this

Kelly: Goo! How about some humility?  <Sigh>  For me, I would say it was a blend; sometimes the thought and words just flowed out so nicely.  While other times, encouragement would be needed.  The form of encouragement could have been brainstorming with a family member or friend; going for a long walk; or, just reading a book. 

 
Are you working on a new book? 

Mr MaGoo: You bet I am!  After all, everyone is dying to know what happens next.

Kelly: That is nice Goo.  Not right now, I am still digesting the completion of this book and taking time to savior the moment. By this I mean it took close to two years to complete and I am just so happy that the book is completed and published.
 
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books? 

Mr MaGoo: This is an easy question!  I run in the grass; protect the house and my sisters; play with my favorite toys; go to the spa; try to get my sisters to play with me; and of course, nap.

Kelly:  Must be nice Mr MaGoo to have the life of leisure.  When I am not promoting the book, I can be found doing various things.  From tending to the little pack I have; helping at fundraising activities; riding my motorcycle; teaching fitness classes.  

 
Tell us about your love for dogs. 

Mr MaGoo: What is there not to love? We rule! We are always there for you no matter what

Kelly: Actually, Mr MaGoo agree on something!  I have had dogs since I was a little girl and quickly realized that they are always there for you no matter what.  It wasn’t until I was older did I truly appreciate the meaning of unconditional and how much they enrich one’s life.
 
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? 

Mr MaGoo:  Me? Never!  I just have way too much to tell; plus, my family gives me unlimited amounts of material

Kelly:  You bet I do!  Unlike Mr MaGoo, where he is always into something, I sometimes just sit and stare at the computer and go “now what?”.  Those are the times that I walk away, take a breather from it and when I come back, I am refreshed and recharged. 
 
How do you react to a bad review?

Mr MaGoo:  Bad review?  What is that?  Everything I do is stellar, I tell ya

Kelly: Mr MaGoo, please try to tone it down a bit, please.  At first it can sting; after all, here is your work, your project receiving negative comments.  Or, is it?  That bad review can actually be a wonderful, great thing.  I learn from those instances; what should I have done?  What could be improved upon?  Where was the gap that I missed?  The “bad review” is actually my friend and opportunity to improve.
 
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with? 

Mr MaGoo: I will have to think about that and let you know

Kelly: Mitch Albom; truly enjoy reading his books as they have hidden messages which make you stop and think about what is truly important in life.  I would like to know how he arrived at so much wisdom.
 
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read? 

Mr MaGoo: Pictures! Lots of pictures!

Kelly: Mr MaGoo, you never cease to amaze me.  The best advice I would give is go with stories that are inspirational, heart felt and age appropriate. Another great piece of advice, is this something that both parent and child can share together?  Engage reading with your child is so valuable; select a book that both of you can enjoy together.  You may be surprised on how much fun both of you will have. 
 
What advice you would give to new writers? 

Mr MaGoo: Go for it! Live for today and tomorrow will fall into place

Kelly: Mr MaGoo is correct; write! Write anything that comes to mind; always have a notepad or tablet available and when an idea or thought comes to mind, write it down.  Before you know it, you will have a chapter.  Later, just go back and organize.
 
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
From both Mr MaGoo and myself, thank you for this interview.  We truly do hope that some of our answers were insightful, helpful and most of all, entertaining.  Kelly and Mr MaGoo

Subscribe to: Mr MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly newsletter

Book Store: Real Dogs Don’t Whisper

Website: www.realdogsdontwhisper.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RealDogsDontWhisper

Twitter: @KellynMrMaGoo

Email: RealDogsDontWhisper@gmail.com

 

 

June 9, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review & Giveaway: Ella B. Bella and the Magic Pink Shoes by Leslie Means


Ella knows that her pretty pink shoes are magic. Whenever she wears them something that’s lost becomes magically found! Ella is so proud of her shoes she plans to show them off to her classmates at show-and-tell. But just days before her big reveal, the shoes go missing! Will she find them in time for their big debut? And will she ever get them back?

My Review: This book will appeal to children who have great imagination. Ella believes that whenever she puts on her Magic Pink Shoes, something missing seemed to reappear. Loosing the Pink Shoes meant she was unable to help others find their missing fortunes. What a great story with bold and bright colors illustrated by Kim Heinrichs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Free Giveaway (US Only)

Author is giving away a signed copy to 1 lucky winner.

Giveaway Ends 20th June @ 12 noon

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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Interview with Author Leslie Means


Author of Ella B. Bella and the Magic Pink Shoes.

 

Biography

Leslie Means is a true Nebraskagirl! Born and raised on a farm in south central Nebraska, she now resides in Kearney, NEwith her husband Kyle and daughters Ella and Grace. 

Leslie spent over 6 years as a television journalist; the last five years at NTV as an anchor/co-host. Leslie, a Blue Hill, Nebraska native, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at the University, she worked for Husker Vision, a division of the University of Nebraska athletic department. In January, 2011, Leslie began working for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce as Program Director.  She is now able to spend more time with her family and more time writing!

Ella B. Bella and the Magic Pink Shoes, is Leslie’s first children’s book. Although this is a fictional story, the inspiration for it came from her daughter’s journey to find her missing pink shoes!  She also has a short story published in Amber Waves of Grain; Third In The Series Of Stories About Growing Up In And Around Small Towns In The Midwest.

Leslie is thrilled to fulfill a lifelong dream and plans to continue writing more Ella B. Bella books in the future!

Interview

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What is the last book you read?
I am currently reading Saving Graces, by Elizabeth Edwards. I recently finished Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo. It must simply be coincidence that the past two books I’ve read are non-fiction as I normally read fiction.

 

   
What were your earliest memories of writing?
My parents gave me a journal as an Easter gift when I was 9 years old. I began writing the typical “young girl” diary entries almost daily, and eventually started writing and recording (on a tape recorder) stories that I made up. It’s very entertaining to go back and read those entries!

 
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
Writing is easily a passion of mine that has come naturally throughout the years. My father read to me each night as a child and my mother always encouraged me to read/write as well. I’ve always known that I enjoy telling stories, which is why I was a television journalist for many years. However, it wasn’t until my dear friend Peggy encouraged me to take my writing one step further, that I actually started seeking publishers. Her encouragement definitely helped me accomplish a lifelong dream.

 
Are you working on a new book?
My second Ella B. Bella book titled, Ella B. Bella and the Secret Ingredient, is written and will hopefully be released in time for the holiday season! I also have many ideas floating around for a novel that I have been slowly working on.

 
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I am the mother of two precious girls, Ella, (2 1/2) and Grace (10 months), and wife to my fantastic husband, Kyle. They are a daily inspiration in my life. I am blessed to have all of my family within driving distance, so we spend most of our free time with them. I was in the television business for many years. Most recently I was a talk show host for our local morning television program called NTV’s Good Life. I had the privilege of helping create this show from its inception. I greatly enjoyed reaching out to the viewers each morning, and made so many wonderful memories. However, in December of last year, an opportunity came where I could work part-time as the program director for our local chamber of commerce. I jumped at the opportunity to spend more time with my two precious girls, and spend more time on my true passion – writing! I’m always working on new book ideas, and have recently been doing freelance writing as well.

 
How did you come up with your characters?
Most of my characters are actual people that I know so it was very easy for me. My nieces and nephews love the idea that their names are actual characters in my book!

 

 
What inspired you to write ‘Ella B. Bella and the Magic Pink Shoes’?
My daughter Ella and I went on a walk one summer afternoon. I was pushing her in a stroller as she was too little to walk very far. Towards the end of our walk, I noticed both of her shoes had fallen off her feet! I went back to look for them, (they were of course, a FAVORITE pair) but I couldn’t find them! The next morning I told the viewers on my morning talk show what had happened to her shoes. I asked if anyone found them, to please send them back! To my surprise a few days after I mentioned the shoes went missing, one of them was sent back to me! Unfortunately, the viewer had only found one shoe. A couple weeks later, my husband found the second shoe in the middle of the road! He pulled over to pick it up, and from there the story was formed. I wrote the rough draft of Ella B. Bella and the Magic Pink Shoes in about 20 minutes one afternoon while Ella played. After a few “tweaks and suggestions” from my husband, I had something that I would eventually try to get published. It wasn’t long after I finished that a publisher, (Jean Tennant, Shapato Publishing) came onto our morning show. After our interview, I handed my “rough script” to Jean. She liked it and the rest, as they say, is history.

 
How do you react to a bad review?
Working in the television business, you learn to get a “thick skin” quickly. Wow!! I have many unique stories about some of the things that were said to/about me! So, unless the review is outright rude, I appreciate the insight. Of course it’s always difficult to hear something negative about your work. However, I try to take each opinion and find something useful about it. I’m new to the writing world so I understand there will be criticism. I’m quickly learning, it’s all part of the business.

 
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
Nicholas Sparks and Mercer Mayer are my two favorite authors. My co-host (who also happened to be my dear friend Peggy) surprised me with phone interviews from both of them while working as a host of NTV’s Good Life! I would love to have a glass of wine with them and pick their brains for ideas!

 
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Honestly, I think the best thing parents can do is read to their children every night. My father never missed an evening of reading to his girls, and because of it, I found my true passion. I don’t think there are “right or wrong” books. If your kids are reading, you’ve done something right!

 
What advice you would give to new writers?
It seems cliche, but never give up. If it is your passion, and you believe in yourself, then you’ll never stop writing. I don’t write because I want money or fame. I write because it is in my blood. I write because I need it – and it needs me.

 
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I am so thankful to my publisher, Jean Tennant – Shapato Publishing, for taking a chance on my Ella B. Bella character. I will forever be thankful to her for giving me an opportunity to fulfill my true passion! I also wanted to mention my illustrator, Kim Heinrichs. Her colorful illustrations help bring my book to life. She is incredibly talented. You can check out all the details for my Ella B. Bella books at www.herviewfromhome.com

 

 

 

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