COVER REVEAL!

Without further delay, below is the BRAND NEW cover illustrated by Samantha Bell and designed by Helen Barrios. I am absolutely in love with this design and am anxiously awaiting publication day! Below, find the answers and the links to more information to the trivia questions from the previous post.

There were no winners this time, but that’s okay. I’ll mark this copy to go to Child Life or STAR Kids. Thanks to everyone who has visited!

Trivia Questions and Answers

Q 1: What is the name of the disease of the bile ducts in infants where the bile ducts become inflamed or blocked, causing restricted bile flow and damage to the liver?

A: Biliary Atresia (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/

Q2: Name two symptoms of the disease referenced above.

A: Jaundice, Pale stools, hardened abdomen/liver (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/#information-for-the-newly-diagnosed

Q3: How many children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list?

A: 1900 Children (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q4: How can you register to be an organ donor?

A: DMV or Donate Life website (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q5: The main character in Angel Donor was born with the disease referenced in question 1. How many babies are born each year with this same disease? For example: 1 out of every hundred births, etc.

A: Biliary atresia is a disease affecting about one out of every 18,000 infants.  (https://liverfoundation.org/biliary-atresia-the-liver-disease-that-affects-children/

Trivia Day is Here!

Below are the five (5) trivia questions about Biliary Atresia and Liver Transplantation. The winner of the trivia contest will receive a free autographed hardcover of Angel Donor as well as a PDF version.

To participate, answer the trivia questions below correctly and in the correct order in a single comment to the blog. The first person to do so will be our winner! Good Luck!

Trivia Questions:

  1. What is the name of the disease of the bile ducts in infants where the bile ducts become inflamed or blocked, causing restricted bile flow and damage to the liver?
  2. Name two symptoms of the disease referenced above.
  3. How many children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list?
  4. How can you register to be an organ donor?
  5. The main character in Angel Donor was born with the disease referenced in question 1. How many babies are born each year with this same disease? For example: 1 out of every hundred births, etc.

Resources:

AMERICAN LIVER FOUNDATION

DONATE LIFE

Liver Disease

Cover Reveal Trivia Details!

In just eleven days, (May 4, 2021) my pre-order campaign for Angel Donor will go live on Kickstarter. In order to celebrate and share the excitement, I’ve decided to do a cover reveal TOMORROW April 24, 2021. There will be 5 easy trivia questions posted at 1:00 PM EST.

Even more importantly, tomorrow is the LAST DAY of Pediatric Transplant Week! Every year Donate Life America dedicates the last full week in April, (Also called Donate Life Month) to Pediatric transplantation. This special event honors donor/donor families and shares patient stories to bring awareness of the great need for organ transplants in children.

To participate follow the instructions below:

  1. Check the blog TOMORROW at 1:00 PM EST
  2. There will be five (5) simple trivia questions about Biliary Atresia and liver transplantation in children.
  3. Comment your answers in order of the questions in ONE comment.
  4. The first commenter to answer all the questions correctly, in order, will win a FREE autographed hardcover as well as a FREE PDF download of Angel Donor.

That’s it! The comment with the correct answers, after they have been checked, will unlock the BRAND NEW cover!

Be ready for a whole new look. In addition to the story being illustrated by the amazing illustrator Samantha Bell, I’ve also worked with the talented graphic designer, Helen Barrios. While there was a previously published edition of Angel Donor, Helen helped transform this new edition into a completely new book while holding on to the heart of the story.

Head on over to Angel Donor Book to get a preview of the Kickstarter campaign. You can also get a notification on when it goes live by clicking on the green bar.

Preparing Angel Donor’s Second Edition

Eighteen years ago my second child was born. But she was a very unique baby. She was born with Biliary Atresia. It’s amazing how a term you don’t even know exists can change your life forever.

Biliary Atresia is a liver disease where the liver’s bile ducts are too narrow or closed completely. It doesn’t allow the liver to do its job. Many times, a liver transplant is needed to save the person’s life. That was Jackie’s case.

When we were preparing for her transplant, even though she was little, I was looking for a picture book to help her prepare for it. I knew it was a complicated subject, but I wanted something that would help with the conversation.

I found a few books here and there, but nothing that would walk a child through the main parts of the process. I also wanted the right balance of information without being too scary. That’s when I knew I needed to write one of my own.

When I explained what was going to happen to her, Jackie is the one who called her donor an “Angel Donor,” which is now the title of the book.

Unfortunately, once COVID hit, my publisher was hit hard and had to shut down. However, I know that to this day families struggle with this disease and with this situation. I knew Angel Donor should not disappear. Now,, I’m planning to publish a second edition independently. The awesome and super amazing illustrator, Samantha Bell, worked with me to ensure we could reuse the illustrations.

In order to make this a reality, I’m gauging interest, I’ve created a group on Facebook. There, I will be bouncing ideas off members, get feedback for the project I’m working on, and the members get to be a part of the process.

Author Updates

UPDATE #1 – Souled is FREE for Kindle Unlimited Customers
If you are a member of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, you can now read Souled for free! Kindle has been working with authors and readers to help get books in the hands (well – devices) of readers. When you read it, be sure to leave a review – even a sentence or two will help the book get seen by other readers.  Thank you again for your continued support!
Free Kindle Version of Souled   

Free e-book below ⬇️

UPDATE #2 – MY NEW COLLABORATION
I’m excited to share that I have collaborated with THE Dave D’Aoust in helping his clients fight digital distraction. When he heard about how Souled was inspired by the way digital media consumes our kids, he asked me to teach a few classes in his Primed For Life Series. I now have three writing courses with him and depending on need, there could be more in the future. We shall see what happens. 

UPDATE #3 – NEW FACEBOOK GROUP FOR WRITING HELP



I created a new Facebook Group to help with the writing process. I created it to go along with the writing courses I have with Dave D’Aoust, but really anyone who is interested in the writing process can join. Check it out here: Get Writing – Writing, Editing, and Publishing Help

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A Writing Update

I want to thank all my family, friends and readers for all your support during my writing journey. You’ve been there while all four of my picture books have been traditionally published. There may be a fifth one on the way…time will tell.

If you’ve been following me, you know I also started a whole other writing project and wrote my first middle grade novel. As I transition from the writing phase to the publishing phase, I am tackling another first for me- I’m choosing to independently publish my novel.

There are many reasons for this such as gaining higher royalties and control over my content, but the biggest one so far is how much I enjoy being part of the whole process. I find it fascinating and I’m always learning something new.

As the book passes through its final edits, I will be preparing for the printing stage. In order to meet the costs, I will be running a pre-order campaign using the Kickstarter platform. I haven’t started it yet as I’m still planning all the fabulous rewards for you. For this to be successful I need all of your support and I want you to be the first to hear about when it goes live. Why? Because the first day will be a one day deal only for a super deal. Sign up here to get the updates (I also send freebies occasionally). Make sure you add me to your safe list. Just by joining my group ,you will be helping me while being the first to access updates and my freebies.(Psst a cover reveal is in the works!)

Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Signing up is the a sure fire way of showing your support and ensuring you have the latest information.

So, I’m Doing a Newsletter

Sharing news and updates with my readers is an important part of what I do. Now that I have several picture books out and I am working on more projects ( I have two novels in progress), I think it’s time to add a newsletter.

I have some basics included so far. I decided to share links to my latest blog posts and I have a suggested reading section. In my quest to do a newsletter, I have one goal: I want it to be useful to the reader. So, I need your help. What do you find beneficial in a newsletter?

I’ve been tossing around some ideas, such as resources for readers, writers, teachers and parents as well as a few other ideas.

As a fellow reader, writer, teacher or parent, what would you like to see? Let me know in the comments.

Bloggger to WordPress

This started innocently enough. I followed a link to someone’s blog which was a WordPress blog. I had a WP blog years ago, but never fully converted over to WP. I was hesitant because I was used to blogger. Now that I’m more familiar with WP, I like the “clean” look that most WP blogs have.

As I visited my friend’s blog I decided to revisit my old WP blog. I started to toy around with it and I have to admit that I like this much better. It will be a pain to “start over” again, but I believe it makes sense. I’ve grown as an author and it is important to keep growing. You can’t grow if you never try new things. So, here I go. I’m starting a new blogging adventure.