Four Days Until Book Release: The Lullaby Monsters

Hi Guys! I’m glad you’re here. Only four more days until The Lullaby Monsters, my new early chapter book/picture book, is released. And I’m so excited to introduce you to all these cute little monsters. Also, you can pre-order now and the book will be shipped to you on June 30th!

Meet Edwin!

  • Name: Edwin (means rich friend)
  • Age: 6.5
  • Birthplace: Boo-town
  • Hobby: Reading Adventure Stories
  • Greatest Fear: Dragons
  • Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies
  • Favorite Lullaby: Go to Sleep Little Monster
Meet each character as we do a countdown to the book release! Sign up for my newsletter to find out how to get book marks, book plates and stickers while supplies last.

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Synopsis:

In this night time adventure, Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help.  Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen and Kelsey must face her monstrous fear. In doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

This book a hybrid between an early chapter book and a picture book and will appeal to those who love Frog and Toad, Charlie and Mouse, or Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse). Divided into 6 short chapters, it is ideal for children aged 5-8 years who want a slightly longer read-aloud story or are beginning to read for themselves. If your child enjoys ghost stories with a dash of suspense, this will be for them.

Release date: June 2020

Be sure to come back to the blog on June 30th when the giveaway begins! You will get a chance to enter to win a signed copy and some awesome book swag PLUS two more new release picture books for summer reading!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment. You are welcome back any time. Have a wonderful day!

Seven Days Until Book Release: The Lullaby Monsters

Hi Guys! I’m happy you’re here and I’m so excited that there’s only 7 more days until my picture book/early chapter book release THE LULLABY MONSTERS! This is a longer than usual picture book divided into chapters for added suspense. It is a big like FROG AND TOAD. At the same time, there are plenty of illustrations for little ones to enjoy and in its larger format, it will work well for group story times in classrooms and libraries.

Meet Trixie! Fun facts about Trixie the monster…

  • Name: Trixie (she who brings happiness)
  • Age: 3 years
  • Birthplace: Cavern City
  • Hobby: Tricycle Racing
  • Greatest Fear: Thunderstorms
  • Favorite Foods: Peas and Broccoli
  • Favorite Lullaby: Monster-town Ride

Meet each character as we do a countdown to the book release! Sign up for my newsletter to find out how to get book marks, book plates and stickers while supplies last.

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Synopsis:

In this night time adventure, Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help.  Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen and Kelsey must face her monstrous fear. In doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

This book a hybrid between an early chapter book and a picture book and will appeal to those who love Frog and Toad, Charlie and Mouse, or Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse). Divided into 6 short chapters, it is ideal for children aged 5-8 years who want a slightly longer read-aloud story or are beginning to read for themselves. If your child enjoys ghost stories with a dash of suspense, this will be for them.

Release date: June 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! On June 30th, the book birthday, we’ll celebrate here with a giveaway. There will be a chance to win a copy of the book and some awesome book swag! PLUS there will be two more new release picture books in the prize package for your summer reading.

Feel free to leave a comment. You are welcome back any time!

Goodreads Mistake Fixed!

Hello to my 2.5 readers! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Back in January, in an eager attempt to get my book out there early, I created the Goodreads posting for my new early chapter book, THE LULLABY MONSTERS, releasing on June 30, 2020.

I didn’t have the cover file completed yet, so I naively figured I would just put this cute little bookmark there as a place holder. Bad idea.

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I thought it would automatically crop to book cover size but….no! In fact, it looked incredibly silly because it was labelled as a book, but clearly, not the correct shape.

I scrambled to delete it, but found there was no possibly way to do such a thing. After some poking around the Goodreads website, I discovered that only librarians can make edits like this so I was in trouble.

I sent an email to the librarians, requesting the image be deleted. It was not a simple process. First, I had to upload the correct cover image. I didn’t have that completed for some time, so I had to wait and in the meantime, my book stayed there looking silly.

Finally, I had the cover image ready so I uploaded it with instructions for the librarians to replace the old cover image. Nothing happened.

After some further emails back and forth, I learned that my next step was to create an alternate edition. This worked, only the original edition remained there on Goodreads, like a sore thumb with the alternate edition only visible by clicking below.

My next step was to combine the editions into one. That was a bit of a complex process and I would advise you look for the directions on Goodreads and follow the instructions very carefully. When I first tried to combine the editions, it seemed as if my book had completely disappeared from Goodreads. I couldn’t search it anywhere!

And then, I tried to create a new book with the proper cover, but it wouldn’t allow me to link the ISBN, because apparently it had already been used! I panicked, thinking I didn’t want my book to be unsearchable and temporarily gave up. Back to the my problem in a moment…

Here’s a bunch of the books I’m excited about that have released or are about to release this year!

Now back to my Goodreads problem!

I had to do something, so I looked for other book websites comparable to Goodreads. I found The Library Thing, which I quite liked, and set up the book there which made me feel a little better. And it was easy to import my Goodreads library there so hooray for that!

After more thought, I figured it would be better to have my book on Goodreads without an ISBN than not there at all so I created a new book for myself, leaving the ISBN blank. Imagine my surprise the next time I opened Goodreads to discover my new book there WITH the ISBN attached and a review (that I thought was lost) along with the people who had added it to their to-read list! Whew!

So now, when you search for THE LULLABY MONSTERS on Goodreads, you WILL find it with the proper cover that you see below. I love Paula’s starry night sky, don’t you?

I hope you enjoyed the inside scoop on the life of an indie author and some of the behind-the-scenes things we do to get our books out there!

If you have a minute, I’d sure love it if you added my book(s) to your Goodreads to-read list!

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