Here in the US we just celebrated the lovely holiday of Thanksgiving. It is a great time to be with family and friends, be active (weather permitting), relax, laugh, play games and eat well. This year I had a portion of my family join me in my little home in Sacramento, California. It was fun to decorate, cook and get into the coziness of the coming winter. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, getting to around 65ºF during the day with sun all around.
Before the Run to Feed the Hungry 5k (we walked it! So fun.)
My little, holiday decorated dinner table.
The next day we headed over to a cute town in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains called Sutter Creek. Adorable. Great local stores filled with fun items, wine tastings and happy people. We sat outside along the creek and had a great lunch in the sun. A very fun two days.
The remainder of this long weekend I have been teaching myself how to promote my book; “The Jade Serpent.” Quite a learning curve, but I am starting to get a bit of an idea. You may see an ad out there on Facebook and Amazon now.
Now to cozy up in front of the fire – the rains have returned and it is a deluge outside – so I think I’ll do a bit of reading. My sister turned me on to these two books:
Now to decide which to read first. Have a lovely Sunday!
Decided to put off cleaning a bit longer and play with paints instead😊.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Does the late Fall bring a calm to your world like it does mine? It happens each November. I’m finally settled into a good rhythm teaching, volleyball has just finished (my girls did amazing this year!) and I once again have time to dive into writing.
It’s been fun to watch “The Jade Serpent” being discovered on Amazon. Now to work on promotions. It’s an amazing learning curve.
Besides outlining my new nonfiction book about Myanmar, I’m designing an online creative writing class. Booth of which I’m really excited about…so much so that I need to schedule my time on each project so that I don’t just sit here wasting time trying to decide which one to work on 😝
So as the rain waters my very happy plants, I’m spending the weekend snuggled with my two cats and clicking away at the keys.
Here’s to a great weekend.
Phew! My book is once again available on Amazon! With the addition of a few photos of myself when I re-habituated two baby Howler monkeys back into the northern rain forest of Guatemala, my book has enough pages to have info on the spine! Oh so important. Thanks for your patience and enjoy! And PLEASE write a review on Amazon! 🙂
Due to the hurricanes that have been ravishing the US (and beyond), I didn’t receive my copies of “The Jade Serpent” until a few days ago. When they finally arrived I found that the spine was blank. Oh No!
After investigation I discovered I needed 3 more pages in my book for it to have the title and my name on the spine. So I have been reformatting with old photos of me in Guatemala and added a map of the world showing where Koen and Titanus have been adventuring. All this to tell you that, if you have been trying to purchase my book on Amazon – it has said the print version is unavailable. (Still available on Kindle). If all goes well, it should be available again starting tomorrow – Sunday, 10/1.
Lesson learned…always buy a physical proof before launching. Oh, and with the added pages, Createspace forced me to up the price to $6.20.
Thanks for your patience as I continue to learn this process. And please -write a review on Amazon! It really helps! Thanks!
Hi Friends! I am so excited to let you know that I have just published the second book in The Treasure Chest Mysteries: “The Jade Serpent.”
You can find it on Amazon in print and Kindle formats.
I’d like to ask your help in spreading the word to all your friends who might be interested (or know someone who might be interested) in a fun adventure story for approximately a 3rd grader (7-9 yrs old).
ALSO If you purchase one on Amazon – I’d be oh so grateful if you would write a review as that is how books get noticed and ‘suggested’ on Amazon.
Thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy. Gretchen
Outsmarting looters, crawling into dark, dripping caves, and escaping spear-throwing villagers is only half the battle when‘afraid-of-heights’ Koen is forced to jump off a giant temple, climb to the top of the tallest tree in the rain forest, and swing for his life – like Tarzan – through the jungle.
Putting his trust in: a medicine man, a monkey and a mouse…
Koen and Titanus are off on another adventure.
But it’s a race against time.
Can they find the stolen treasure before the thieves get their dirty hands on it and it is lost forever?
As I wait for final proofs on “The Jade Serpent,” I have started outlining my next project – a nonfiction story about the history of Myanmar intertwined with my year of teaching in that very complicated country.
With current news of the mass migrations of Rohingya into Bangladesh (NY Times), women and children barely able to walk from sheer starvation and desperate fear, it feels important to share my experience with the kind, loving people I encountered as well as show the realities of bias and strong-armed governments. I am looking forward to this next year of reflection and research. You can follow my non-fiction blog as I develop this book here.
I will also be starting Book Three in the “Treasure Chest Mysteries” which has a preliminary title of “The Black Tortoise.” It will take place in the exotic country of Vietnam:
Join Koen and Titanus as they journey deep into the heart of Vietnam, where conspiracy and danger await at every turn.
What a day. I have spent nearly 8 hours dedicated to illustrating and formatting “The Jade Serpent.” It feels so good to be so close.
Koen, the seven year old protagonist in the story, is the artist. I simply place his drawings in the book. Here is one of his latest:
Last week I concluded the two creative writing classes I was teaching at Sacramento State University this summer. It was really fun to witness the individuality and imaginations of my students. During the class we went outside and played with bubbles and chalk, creating worlds within worlds, I threw in non-sequiturs and had them write from a variety of perspectives. Their protagonists were made to be antagonists and ultimately they learned to build suspense and critique each other’s work. Then they courageously stood up and presented their final story to the class. It was fantastic to see their minds at work.
Now I am on vacation for two weeks, relaxing up in beautiful Oregon visiting friends and family. Then a few days on a gorgeous river in the mountains at a little cabin hiking and illustrating. “The Jade Serpent” is about to fly free in the world. I can’t wait to share Koen’s next adventure with you all.
Happy Boy! Reminded me of Koen from “The Treasure Chest Mysteries.”
Just finished the cover image for Book Two: The Jade Serpent. What do you think?