Pointing out a children’s book

Dear reader,

As I am in the process of producing a children’s book myself, it might be of interest to point out another children’s book to you. Maybe it is of interest.

 

Spunky, by Sherile Reilly. $2.99 from Smashwords.com

 

Tap dancing and riding her dilapidated bike are ten-year old Sarah Crawford’s, better known as Spunky, favorite activities. After moving to Bandit Creek with her mom, Spunky discovers the old lady in the basement apartment dislikes both her and her dancing. While practising her tap steps in the garage, Spunky devises a wonderful scheme to raise cash for a new bike, but she meets with disaster.

Writing update

I am going to focus on finishing the children’s story now. 1 more chapter, I think. It’s on 34000 words now, and the 20th chapter just started.
Don’t want to make this book too long, as it’s for children, and also the first one. I’m testing the waters, so to speak.

Sorry, Hilda fans, you’ll have to wait.

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat

Since e-readers are becoming more and more part of the common household, dear reader, it occured to me that not only adults, but also children probably enjoy these new gadgets. Especially when the device in question is a tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Kindle Fire or a Nook. (Think of the games that one can play on these.) So I thought I might point out the occasional entertaining children’s book here.

Introducing:

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat

Patchwork Dog has a knack for getting into trouble and Calico Cat usually winds up in the middle of the mess with him. Join Patchy as he attempts to fly like a bird and gets caught nosing around an airplane. Together they eat too many apples, confront a not too friendly skunk, and take a magical ride into town. The five illustrated stories will entertain while teaching kids some valuable lessons.

You can find “Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat” on Smashwords.com. It’s priced $2.99.

 

Charisma, take 2.

So, an update on Charisma, Hilda’s second in command, so to speak.

My girlfriend (and wife to be) read the first version to her son. End result is a slight rework of the story. It only means redoing everything, which of course is fine. Together we worked out something that will be quite good. There is kind of a floorplan for the story, the interesting stops along the journey. Now all I have to do is write it.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

A word on Hilda’s stories.

It’s Hilda for friends, otherwise known as Grimhilda.

Through the endless ways of the Internet I discovered that people wonder if the Hilda books are child-safe.

Here is the short answer: No, I did not write the Hilda books for children.

Here is the long answer for whom is interested: it all depends on what you consider a child. I would say that her stories are suitable for people age 16 and up. This is due to Hilda’s preference to sometimes use stronger language. I am convinced that younger people have heard a lot stronger language than what is used in the books, but 16 I think is a safe age to make as sure as possible that nobody gets unnecessarily upset.

So please let yourself not be fooled by the fact that Hilda appears in the revisited fairy tale of Snow White (available on Smashwords and Amazon). No matter how much I am trying to sweet-talk you into downloading the book (yes, please do, it should be a fun read, and as it is for free you have nothing to lose!), I would suggest that you read it yourself first and then decide if it is safe for your child.

I prefer to stay away from obscenities and sex scenes in my writing, but there are certainly adult insinuations. Hilda is a grown-up witch, even when some of her actions prove the opposite, but that is how things go in her world.

To the people who are looking for the child-safe version of Hilda, please wait for the first book of Charisma the wicked witch to be published.