Imaginary Friends Adventure

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I was looking up children’s literary agents and discovered one with the same first name as my childhood imaginary friend. So I sent her a query. I have not heard anything back yet, which is ok that is how this business works. Then I saw a advertising for a new show where an adult’s imaginary friend comes back in her life. This imaginary friend is weird looking muppet thing and speaks loudly. I thought how strange.

This also made me think of my childhood imaginary friend Suzie. She did not look like a muppet or speak loud ever to me. She was a little girl like me and we usually whispered, when others were around. We could communicate telepathically of course. She had long dark brown hair. When in my room alone we chatted in normal tones. Oh we had so much fun playing with my toys, kitchen set or taking care of my gerbil. We also enjoyed being outside. One of the best things we did together was follow along and listen to books with my record player.

Did any of you have a record player when you were a kid? I had a player like the picture. Our two favorite record books was Wizard of OZ and Peter Pan. Oh Suzie and I had so much fun together. Then when I was 6, my brother came home from the hospital a wonderful day, I was so happy to get a brother. Suzie was gone. Funny thing is I was not sad. Actually I did not think about her after my brother came home.I guess she went to play with another lonely child. I do have fond memories of her.

Now that I am a writer, I seem to have many imaginary friends. My favorites is Blaze the dragon and Carolyn a human. They helped me during a medical issue three years ago. When resting Blaze would visit me in my dreams and fly me away to her mountain retreat to heal. It was wonderful. It was an enchanting place built high up the mountains with beautiful views. In the back there was a patio that led to a mountain lake. We played cards and chatted in the library and when I rested on the lounge seat she would gently place a blanket on me while I read and napped.  They tell me stories and we are working on a novel about the New Moon Brethren. A new character is talking with me occasionally Isabelle or Izzy. She is a child that Blaze adopted after her parents were killed by the Daray the dark one. Occasionally I have to listen to him as well. He has big plans to take over mother earth.

Now my children’s series, ideas came from my son and I would dream the stories. It was like watching a tv series.

My son had an imaginary friend named Logan until his twin sisters were born. I remember seeing him looking at the mirror and talking with Logan, when he was 2. I asked him who Logan was and he said his friend. Would not tell me anything else about Logan.

Well I hope this agent is interested in my work. I really look forward to one day working with an agent who  can sell my work ,have great advice and good conversations.

Did you have a imaginary friend? Do any of your children have an imaginary friend?

Well that is my adventure story today. Hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for dropping in today. Enjoy the Adventures the day brings you! WB

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Online events, water and sickies adventure!

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authorspotlightThis week I am hosting a Children’s Author Spotlight. There is a new one every week. This is fun as well. Authors, parents join to find out about children’s books. Folks have the opportunity to ask about my books, and writing adventures. Authors ask about the writing business.  I really enjoy chatting, sharing with folks. Tonight at 9pm EST, I will be randomly giving away two ebooks from amazon. Join the event and find the post that gets you in the drawing by just leaving a comment on the post. Here is the link Wendy Nystrom Children’s Author Spotlight.

springflingAnchor Group Publishing, my publisher is hosting a Spring Fling all month. Last week I had a blast hosting a day. The participates are so much fun. If you are looking for new authors, books, prizes join the FB event here is the link a different author each day many genres. Anchor Group Publishing Spring Fling

bethalexMy two dragonets(twin daughters)  have been sick this week each. Daughter B, two days behind Daughter A. Both are back in school today. Interesting last night my daughter informed me that my treatment suggestions for fever, sore throat and cough she discovered online at some site. I said, so now do you think I know what I am talking about. Sure is a different. When I was a kid, pretty much what mom or dad suggested to feel better was believed even if the cough medicine tasted awful, we took it no questions asked. Now, kids check online to confirm family remedies. I don’t use over the counter cold and flu medicines. I have not for many years now. I find they do very little and often make things worse. Although if a temperature goes over 101 I will give them a Tylenol or Advil. In most cases a low temperature is a good thing, it means your body is naturally fighting the illness. Of course if it lasts more than 5 days, a doctors visit maybe needed to see if it is a bacterial infection.  Here is my recipe for most cold and flu issues

1/2 teaspoon of honey

1/4 teaspoon ginger and turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

Warm or cold water (fill glass)

Now my girls do not care for honey so I mask the taste by adding 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.

Mix with a spoon and ask them to drink it. You can give them as many glasses they will drink. It does make them feel better. By the way my husband and  I drink a glass of this every morning.

I also give everyone a cod liver supplement daily. During the winter months I take 2 to 3 a day. Kids just one a day if they will take it. It is important to get vitamin D in your diet during the dark months of the year. Besides vitamin C. Our bodies do not store D and the sun is one of the sources for Vitamin D. It is needed to keep your immune system strong. Cod liver is a good source for this. The girls were better in 4 days. I am lucky my family does not get ill that often.

The other thing I suggest is gargle with salt water. Helps clear flem, and heal the sore throat. I also have my family drop a couple of drops of saline nasal spray. I just drop a couple drops on their fingers and they sniff them up.  This way I do not have to purchase a bottle for each person.  Now my kids are old enough to take care of this themselves. Helps with stuffed up noses. My favorite brand of saline nasal spray is Ocean. 

All these remedies I use confirmed by my daughters research online. So happy.

My other adventure is being part of the Water Protectors in my county. A couple of months ago I saw a post of an informational meeting about a permit for an injection well to dump toxic brine waste caused from fracking.  By the end of the meeting I was on the board of the water protectors. What an adventure this is turning into. This group of people have done so much research and keep at it to stop the injection well permit. It appears since states around us are putting a stop to dumping toxic waste underground from fracking in injection wells. Due to poisoning water and earthquakes. Michigan and my county have been targeted to become a dumping ground for oil and gas companies to transport this toxic brine waste from fracking. We have already had earthqakes happen in another area from injection wells in my state. Water has been poisoned and will be poisoned. Now why would our department MIDEQ who is suppose to protect our water been allowing a state with 20% of the worlds fresh water supply to become a toxic waste site. And the EPA also has to sign off on this stuff why would they allow it too. Instead of creating our own non-profit group, we have now become a committee under the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. Link http://www.savemiwater.org/ and will continue to fight against becoming a toxic waste site.

Well that is my adventures lately. Thank you for stopping in. Enjoy the Adventure the day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo

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Many Many Adventures more than writing!

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I always say I need to blog every week but seem to have so many things come up. I will try to get better at letting you know what my latest adventure is.

ac promo 1First my publisher Anchor Group Publishing has my book 4, Amongst the Clouds on sale this month. This adventure is for ages 7-12. What could be hidden in a cloud? Epic Adventure of Course. http://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Clouds-James-Syvok-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00LV3Y8CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454610403&sr=8-1&keywords=amongst+the+clouds

Wow, I have been busy. I am still editing book 6 working title Magic Carousel. Sure is a fun adventure. I introduce two new characters,Tina and Timothy.

Mermaid_Tina  Ogre_TimothyI also been editing and writing my novel New Moon Brethren. I had to take a break from my writers group, rather bummed. But just not enough time for it right now. 

I was asked by Big Rapids Festival of Arts to organize an Authorpalooza Event for them. What a a fun adventure it has become. 40+ authors are coming February 20th to Big Rapids 1pm to 4PM. Plus classic book characters will be wandering around to interact with you. Thanks to Ferris State University Theatre Students. 12506484_10154417437838056_1951026028_n

This is going to be a fun event. We have a month full of art activities. If you are in the area here is Festival of Arts website. Check out the booklet with all the Art Activities. http://www.brfota.org/

Authorpalooza is on page 59. I have an event page here is the link for it. https://www.facebook.com/events/1107965342554486/.  This has been a blast organizing.

I am also looking for a children’s literary agent. Been sending out many queries. Gotten a few rejections, The rejections have been much nicer than 10 years ago. So I am getting better.  I do hope a agent will want to work with me in the near future, so I can dedicate more time for writing.

I also started a Facebook Weekly Children’s Author Spotlight from the FB group Kids Read-Author Promo Group. I put up the dates and authors sign up for a spotlight. Then for a week folks have the opportunity to get to know children’s authors and their book, experiences etc. Check them out and interact with the authors. We love to chat, answer questions with folks.

January 31 – February 6 PJ LaRue https://www.facebook.com/events/928039850567166/

February 7 – February 13 Lori Moore https://www facebook.com/events/627162244088797/

February 14 – February 20 Margretchin Chantal  https://www.facebook.com/events/931170276930005/

February 21 – February 27 Janet Balletta https://www.facebook.com/events/574408682712211/

 

Recently, I have become involved with keeping our water safe. Joined a group who right now are trying to stop an injection well go active in my county. An oil and gas company wants to dump toxic waste from their oil fracking and drilling activities. So I have been educating myself on the issues and going to many meetings and writing many statements and speaking up to our public leaders about how dangerous it really is.  At an EPA Public Hearing, a tear jerking moment. A few HS Students  spoke and asked us adults to protect the water for them and the future.

Of course taking care of my family needs takes priority. Now with three teenagers in the house, we have many drama adventures. Fun fun!

Well you are up to date on things. Just a reminder I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed my many adventures. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo

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Amelia & The Secret of Stoney Manor, by Michelle Jetton Adventure!

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I am pleased to announce Michelle Jetton’s exciting adventure. Her debut novel has released Amelia & the Secret of Stoney Manor. Check out the adventure details below.

 

Anchor Group is proud to introduce 
Michelle Jetton 
and her debut novel
Amelia and the Secret of Stoney Manor
 
 
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date:  November 6, 2015
Published By:  Anchor Group Publishing
 
Amelia is truly not your average girl and neither is her story.Abandoned by her mother at a young age and raised by an overly-protective grandmother,

Matilda, Amelia is confined to the grounds of her childhood home, Stoney Manor. 
Amelia meets Matthew Fairchild, the new boy in town, and quickly becomes 
infatuated with him. Soon Amelia discovers things aren’t always what they seem
in the little town of Cave Spring, Ga.On her 16th birthday, life as she knows it changes. Her grandmother confesses to her that she and her family are witches and the Darkness is after her for her family’s power. Along with her friend, Luna, she embarks on a journey to discover who she really is.

Can she protect her family from the Darkness? Is maintaining her relationship with her new boyfriend Matthew even possible? Can she uncover her family’s secrets or will they remain in the dark forever?

Amazon link for Amelia-Secret of Stoney Manor

 
 
Meet The Author 
 
 
Michelle Jetton is a mom to an amazing, comical, dancing, baseball playing, wanna-be superhero. She currently resides in Georgia with him and her wonderful fur babies.For as long as Michelle can remember her mind would see stories from things in her everyday life. From making radio shows on her grandparents’ radio to writing scripts for her friends, her passion for writing has only intensified and grown. Recently signed to Anchor Group Publishing, Michelle feels beyond blessed and thankful to them for loving Amelia and giving her a chance to introduce her to the world.

She currently co-writes a website (www.michellejetton.com) in which they feature an Author, Artist, or Photographer of the Month, as well as various other things.

Stalk Michelle on  FACEBOOK      Join her Fan Club      Join the Anchor Group Fan Club
Hope you enjoyed the release information for Author Michelle Jetton’s book Amelia & The Secret of Stoney Manor Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the adventure every day brings you, WB

Abby & The Mystic Dancers by L.C. Miller Adventure

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So honored to announce the release of  L.C Millers debut novel Abby & The Mystic Dancers.  Check out all the details below.

 

Anchor Group Publishing is proud to present

 L. C. Miller’s debut novel, 

Abby and the Mystic Dancers.

 
 
 

Title:  Abby & The Mystic Dancers


Author:  L. C. Miller


Published November 9, 2015By Anchor Group Publishing


Genre:  Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy

As the product of a forbidden alliance between the elemental Mystics and the wand carrying Wielders -two distinct, often feuding, magical realms -acceptance is something fourteen-year-old Abby has fought with for the last four years. When an alliance is formed between the Mystic Dancers and the Wielder’s, Abby is given the chance to live with a Wielder’s family and attend Wielders Academy of Magical Arts. In order to do so, she first has make three promises to the Mystic Dancers leader … Tell no one she’s half Mystic, that her father is a Wielder who is also a wanted criminal, or that she can transform into anything she wants.Her day-to-day life of secrets, school work, and dancing is interrupted when her mother’s murder case goes to trial. The Mystics believe they finally caught the killer, who happens to be the father of one of Abby’s new friends. Abby has a choice to make – reveal her secrets, or let a man she knows is innocent go to prison

Meet The Author

 

I have loved reading since I was old enough to do it. I started writing in my down time in 2006 and have been doing it ever since.Reading, writing, and hanging out with my family are some of my favorite things – along with hot chocolate and pizza (not together, of course).

With a bachelors in Accounting, writing has been a great way to unwind and let my imagination fly.

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Helga Returns Autumn Special Epic Adventure!

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autumn promo Anchor Group Publishing has the epic adventure Helga Returns ebook on sale to celebrate autumn. Illustrated epic adventure when the dragon flies magical tales the entire family will enjoy. Ages 7-12.(Just a reminder if you purchase my book in print I will send you a signed book plate for free, just email at wendysbookcase@gmail.com)

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Helga Returns – A James and Syvok Adventure by Wendy Nystrom is about the adventures of James for the second time. He finds a footprint and he asks his friends Syvok and Matthias to help him find out about the footprint. They discover that it is Helga’s footprint and follow it into the troll village. Will they be able to save the troll and will Syvok and Matthias be able to save James?
It is an absolutely delightful story for children. The story has many underlying messages in it. I liked the fact that it introduces them to glaciers. Any book is educational for a reader because it will have information to offer that gives you an opportunity to learn. The characters of James, Syvok, and Matthias capture the interest of the reader but the most appealing character is Helga, the troll. Iceland as a backdrop is another interesting aspect of this book. It is a magical story of James along with the two Icelanders, Syvok and Matthias. The story does not lose its tempo and the beautiful illustrations give the characters an identity which makes it easier for children to relate to them.
The biggest advantage of adventure stories is that they encourage children to think and be imaginative. It gives them the freedom to dream, experiment, think differently, and create their own characters. I found the little trolls and dragonets very interesting and they add to the whimsical quality of the story.

James Saves the Moon ebook where the epic adventures began is always on sale for 99 pennies. 

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Reviewed By Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars

“James Saves the Moon”, written by Wendy Nystrom, is a delightful children’s picture book that combines a child’s imagination with Icelandic mythology. The illustrations by Jim Weidman, in a blue tone with colorful characters, lend a mythological feel to the story of a young boy (James), who sees the moon over one of the high mountains and decides that if he climbs to the top of the mountain he can reach out and touch the moon. Slipping quietly out of his bedroom window, he sets out on his journey. On his way up the mountain he stumbles over some rocks and disturbs one of Iceland’s mythological figures (Syvok), who joins him on his journey. They suddenly realize that unless they move faster, the moon will leave before they make it to the top of the mountain. In order that they can move faster, Syvok summons a dragon (Matthias), who allows them to ride on his back. They discover that the moon is stuck on the mountain and they will have to help get it unstuck. The three work as a team to set the moon free and while doing so, James truly does touch the moon.

The color of the illustrations by Jim Weidman and the very well-written story by Wendy Nystrom
make “James Saves the Moon” a rare treasure for a children’s picture book. Its simplicity combined with the kind of story that stirs the imagination of a child make it something that will stick in the mind of the reader for a lifetime. This book gives a little bit of a taste of the colorful and flavorful history of Iceland and its traditions. It is highly recommended for its ability to help stir a child’s imagination. A wonderfully simple and delightful tale.

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Children’s and YA Author Saoirse O’Mara Adventure!

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Today I am so looking forward to sharing about talented children’s and YA author Saoirse . O’Mara. She writes wonderful adventure tales for ages 5-18. check it out.

 

Saoirse O’Mara is a freelance writer of children’s and YA fantasy. 

 

She lives in Germany with her sweetheart and works as freelance editor,

 

 translator, and language teacher whenever she isn’t writing.

 

 

“I first started writing when I had figured out how to build words

 

 out of these weird shapes we call letters. My probably strongest 

 

 

memory of an early written piece is from fourth grade, when

 

 

My next strong memory, and my first finalized manuscript,

 

was an adventure book for children, similar to those by Enid Blyton–
my strongest influence back then and my favorite writer for a long time.
I simply loved her Famous Five and Adventure series, among others.
 I wrote that manuscript when I was twelve or thirteen, and
 completely revised and rewrote it again with sixteen.
It’s still sitting on my shelf and on my hard-drive,
 and I think apart from my mom, no one has ever read it.
It’s nothing to show around (I’m sure my writing style back then was awful),
but it is certainly something to be proud of. I started

 

and finished a complete manuscript.
I don’t remember when I started reading fantasy

 

 but it must have been pretty early on.
With twelve, I read my first book in English (I’m a German native)–
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, followed by
 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…and then Lord of the Rings.
Yes, I went from a children’s book to High Fantasy
with lots of difficult-to-read descriptions. To be honest,
I’m still not sure I actually understood all of the story
and scenery, but I managed to read through the whole trilogy
 and was hooked enough that I bought
and read The Hobbit a year later during a vacation in London.”

 

 I wrote a short theatre play that was almost shown at a school festival.
 I don’t remember anymore what prevented the show,
but I still remember clearly how we practiced for weeks in our breaks.
Introducing the books!! 
 
 5 – 10  K – 4
Benji loses his parents in a car accident
 and is sent to live with his grandparents in Ireland.
 The problem: He has never met them before, 
and he doesn’t speak English. 
Life in his new home is miserable for him 
until he meets some of Ireland’s mystical inhabitants and things change…. 

“The Enchanted Garden” is a modern fairy tale for young and old.
Buy here-only $1.99… The Enchanted Garden
 10 – 18  4 – 12
You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law…. 
Govin had no clue how much his life would change 
when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. 
A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure
 he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, 
and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life.
 And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch…. 
“Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work.
 The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, 
smart eyes and a cute little nose. ‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she’s a thief. 
She might’ve grown up to become a beauty,
 but I doubt she’ll live long enough. 
The streets are rough, and the prison’s even rougher.’ Govin felt a pang of guilt.” 
Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. 
Their first meeting doesn’t bode well, 
but when faced with the choice to save themselves 
or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other.
 Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. 
Will they trust the right persons? 
Buy here- only $0.99 The Lost Diadem
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
Things have changed since Govin and Tayla
 solved the mystery of the lost diadem.
 Tayla is no longer living in the streets,
 and Govin has a new mentor. Life could finally be good. 
But looming danger forces them to abandon their ordinary
 lives once again to get to the root of a mystery.
Only this time, the whole city of Davon is at stake…. 

“‘What does that mean for us?’ Govin asked. 
‘You have to be very careful. At this point, 
the High Mage doesn’t know whom of his teachers
 and mages he can still trust, and neither should you.
 Trust no one, do you understand? It could cost your life. 
I’m sorry that I have to send you on such a dangerous mission, 
but you two are the only ones I can send in disguise.
 The safety of Davon and the surrounding lands 
could depend on your success. Be careful.’” 

Follow Tayla and Govin into the Mage Guild of Davon, 
where strange things are happening at night. 
Is it just a prank of novices, 
or is one of the mages preparing for a dark ritual?
Buy here-only $2.99 Trouble in the Mage Guild
 
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
Imagine you witness a murder but have no clue
 who the man was, or why he had to die. Imagine you 
stumble into a rat’s nest of piracy and greed and put 
your own life at stake for the sake of justice. 
Imagine you don’t know who you can still trust…. 
“No matter how she looked at it, she ended up with far too many suspects. 
How should she ever get to the bottom of the attack 
and the murder if almost half the harbour population had a motive?” 
Tayla would have never dreamed that her day off might end so terribly–
or that Govin wouldn’t find time to help her when she needs him. 
Yet she decides that justice can’t wait, and she follows her heart
 to right a wrong that happened in front of her eyes. 
Despite the dangers involved, her resolve stays strong. 
But who can she trust when the web of greed 
and intrigue threatens to ensnare her?
Buy here-Only $2.99 Pirates, Pirates
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
$4.99 on Amazon…
 
 
 2 – 5  P – K

 

Kathi the squirrel, a delightful young girl;
she dreams of adventure, grows wings that will send her,
 up high in the air to see things everywhere.
 

 

This is a rhyming story for children
who love adventures, animals, and exploring.
Buy here-Only $0.99 Kathi the Flying Squirrel
Sometimes, fate strikes without warning. 
All that is left is to either adapt to the new circumstances 
or to falter and succumb to one’s sorrow. What would you do? 
Dedicated to Michelle Devon.
Buy now for only $0.99- Unexpected Turn
 
 
Saoirse also has a series of “help” books. 
You can find more of Saoirse’s reads 
on her Amazon Author Page at:
 
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