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Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update

Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update

“Variety is the spice of life,” says Sally Cronin, author of eight books.


Author, Sally Cronin

Her smorgasbord blog with a view on books, music, humor and health is sure packed with variety.

Sally also works tirelessly to support other authors and artists from all walks of life. And today is no exception.

Please join me over at – -> Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore where she’s showcasing three authors and their books.

Did I mention that I’m included in today’s line-up?

Now you know.

And I’m so thankful and grateful to be included.


Sally Cronin’s Creation – Copyright Sally Cronin

Again, here’s the link to – -> Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update.


See you there. 

P.S. If you haven’t taken advantage of any of the FREE promotional opportunities on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord blog, you’re missing out.

A Crying Bear?

A Crying Bear?

Crying Bear arrived less than an hour ago.

Now where did I put that bear cage? 

Nah, all I had to do was . . .

open an envelope, and pull out Virginia Wright’s latest paperback edition of Crying Bear: Yes, Bears Cry Sometimes, Too!  

After running my hand over the glossy cover, I flipped to page one and read a delightful, easy-to-read story about an adventurous little cub that wakes up during a long winter’s nap.

Little children who have wandered off from their “Mama Bear” will be able to relate, and they will fall in love with this poor little cub that has lost her mother.

I can just imagine Crying Bear’s thumping heart. Her mother is gone. And she is one hungry bear cub.

It’s a good thing Mother taught her some survival skills.

Hmmm . . . I wonder—

  • Will Crying Bear put those survival skills to the task?
  • Will Crying Bear find food?
  • Will Crying Bear locate her mother before it gets dark?

To find out what happens, please grab the paperback edition of Crying Bear by clicking on this highlighted link, and then join this very adventurous little bear as she wanders too far from the den in the snow covered mountains of Maine.

I almost forgot to mention that Virginia Wright’s unique photography and art also helps to bring this touching children’s story to life.

Virginia Wright's Crying Bear Front Cover - July 21, 2016

And I wasn’t surprised to learn that Crying Bear landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

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AIbEiAIAAABECMXQ3YzssoOlyQEiC3ZjYXJkX3Bob3RvKihlYWNjNjVjMzRjNDA5OGYzNmNlYWU3NjVmZGFmNmRjNzIyYTY1ZDU5MAHbzgLrXgRcC2p7mIuOG_U4FW805QVirginia Wright’s experience as a preschool teacher at a private Christian school in Mississippi taught her that children are always excited and eager to use their imagination in dramatic play and that everything is an adventure in the eyes of a child.


Please help me spread Virginia’s good news by tweeting, pinning, and sharing this Amazon link for Crying Bear, Yes, Bears Cry Sometimes, Too.

To learn more about Virginia Wright, author and award-winning illustrator of eight books, visit the following sites:

Until next time . . .

Big Bear Hugs (I borrowed Virginia’s phrase),



P.S. Virginia could really use some encouragement today, too, as her younger brother passed away unexpectedly last week.

New Book Fanfare–FREE for Two Days–Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love

New Book Fanfare–FREE for Two Days–Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love

Hot off the presses! Well, the virtual presses at least.

The wait is over. Launch day is officially here!

Will you join me today?

We’re going to stop in and visit Sally Cronin’s Reading Cafe. Actually, Sally’s Blog offers wonderful views on books, music, humor and health.


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“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God” I Peter 1:18a MSG.

Sally Cronin has pulled out all the stops. She’s waiting to tell you how you can claim your very own, inspirational coloring eBook today.

Click Here–>New Book Fanfare–FREE for Two Days–Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love.


Happy Heart Thanks,




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There have been a few coloring eBooks I would have purchased from Amazon.

However, some authors made a huge mistake—they forgot or (didn’t know) to include a sentence, stating their eBooks offer a link to a printable PDF.

It would be rather disappointing to purchase the eBook and discover there’s no way of printing the coloring pages. In case you didn’t know, readers are unable to print eBooks.

Now that’s great because readers won’t be able to steal the artwork that’s taken hours to create. Unfortunately, book pirates sail the skies of cyberspace and these thieves DO know how to decode and print eBooks. (That’s for another post).

So I suggest including a sentence at the beginning of your eBook, similar to my example below.

There is a link at the end of this eBook to download a high-resolution, printable PDF.

To ensure you grab your reader’s attention, insert a similar sentence at the beginning of the eBook and also include the sentence at the beginning of your book description for Amazon. And highlight the sentence in bold and place the title in italics.

Check out Diane Tibert’s excellent post on how to make your sentence standout using “bold” and “italics”, and other Simple Tips to Make Your Book Description Standout on Amazon.

Most readers skim when they read. If the sentence doesn’t standout or if it’s missing, an author can be guaranteed they’ll receive negative comments. Or worse … a stinging 1 STAR on Amazon—ouch!

Where should an author place the PDF Link?

Make sure you insert the PDF link at the END of your eBook.

I’ve discovered coloring eBooks where the author included the PDF link at the beginning. (In my humble opinion, that’s a crime. They’ve now lost potential sales).

Have you figured out I’m hard at work drawing and compiling a coloring book?

No worries if you haven’t because I’m still not certain what my title will be.

Anyway, that’s why I haven’t been able to find the extra time needed to color my designs, like the one shown below for today’s Creative Tuesdays.

Choose Faith | Copyright Tracy Campbell

Choose Faith | Copyright Tracy Campbell

Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1 (ERV)

Our theme was to create Fuzzy Things.

Note the felt wings, the fuzzy wuzzy bear, and the flannel quilt.

Okay, so you can’t tell it’s a flannel quilt or that the wings are made of felt. I can’t either. Grin

Please join me over at Creative Tuesdays to cast your gaze on all the other fabulous art.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Hugs,




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Do You LOVE to Play Tag?

Do You LOVE to Play Tag?

When I was a young kid, I loved playing tag.

Today, as an old kid, I don’t have the energy, but I do have the energy to play tag in The BOOK LOVE Blog Hop.

BOOK LOVE Blog Hop badge created by Dana Carey

BOOK LOVE Blog Hop badge created by Dana Carey

I’ve been tagged by Tina M. Cho over at Tina’s Tidbits’ Blog to share my LOVE of books. After all, this is the month of LOVE. And just like the game of tag, there are itty-bitty rules to follow.

Are you ready for the four, itty-bitty rules?


The Official BOOK LOVE Blog Hop Rules:

1. Choose books you love (any genre) that you feel deserve more attention than they may be getting.

2. Post the reviews of the books you’ve chosen on Amazon. Authors appreciate reviews. A great review is like receiving a sparkly diamond or a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Grin. Oh, and reviews can be brief. Don’t forget about sharing your reviews on other social media sites like Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Just share the LOVE.

3. Post the reviews on your blog. If you want, post the reviews on your blog and/or link your blog back to your reviews on the sites mentioned above. I did (see below). 🙂

4. Display the BOOK LOVE badge on your blog. Wait a minute! That’s more of a perk than a rule, especially if you LOVE collecting blog badges like I do! Don’t forget to link the badge to your post so that when your fabulous friends and fans click on the badge they’ll know exactly how this game of tag is played. And remember to credit the talented illustrator, Dana Carey.

As the owner of a ton of books, I just couldn’t decide which books to review. Instead, I’d like you to join in on my new game—“Name That Book”.

First Clue: I received this autographed book from a talented, children’s author.

Second Clue: Today is the main character’s tenth birthday.

Third Clue:  Today is Ground Hog Day.

That’s correct! It’s …

Punxsutawney Phyllis written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler.


Have you ever met a groundhog who loves to splash in a cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, and tromp through the winter snow?


Then you haven’t met this groundhog, Punxsutawney Phyllis.

Susanna Leonard Hill wrote this adorable book about one special groundhog for kids in kindergarten through grade three. I was amazed to learn that artist Jeffrey Ebbeler painted the illustrations on oak veneer panels.

Personally, I think all girls will love this book. Here’s why:

“Phyllis, a brightly clad groundhog, loves to be outdoors in all types of weather. Her uncle is Punxsutawney Phil, and she dreams of one day taking over his job, even though everyone tells her that she can’t because she is a girl.”

And because we know girls can do ANYTHING, Phyllis is also a story about believing in yourself.

Check out my review on amazon.com.

I hope the following four “Cupids” will have time to continue the blog hop.

Linda Andersen

Steph Nickel

Virginia Wright, and

Jodi Desautels

Tag, you’re it!

Thanks for reading and commenting,

Happy Groundhog Day,


P.S. Please visit Punxsutawney Phyllis and wish her a very happy birthday!