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Friday, March 21, 2014

All The Books Around The World.. ..A journey In Writing...Part Two

All The Books Around The World.. ..A journey In Writing...Part Two

In writing this blog I could tell you all about the books, and I am doing that, but I want to do more than that. I have always loved to write and wanted one day to see my stories as books that I could hold in my hands. I enjoy working to create the characters and try to make them real enough the reader might feel they know them, can relate to them or even empathize with the situations and story and all of those involved.
As I begin this part of the blog I come to the hardest book I have ever written and I will also explain why I wrote it. I did not want to write it. I never intended to write it. I felt compelled to write it.
When you think of a book title, the shorter the better. The title to this book is way too much. The title was one that was what the book really is. I Will Not Give Up...Not Today...Life Is A Journey.
I may have loved to write but knew nothing about computers, internet and most of today’s technologies. I did not know how to copy and paste and at the beginning did not even know how to turn on and off the computer. If you want to stop and turn it off for the day, on the computer I had you had to go to start to stop. For an old gal like me that was a contradiction but start to turn off the computer I learned. I had to learn a lot of new things. I wanted to be traditionally published and learned how to do many things and began to attempt that route. It can be a long process and the doctors found cancer that was in a bad location and every beat of my heart brought me closer to being inoperable. I already had enough health issues we feared there would be few tomorrows with or with out the surgery. I wanted just once to hold one of my books in my hands before.......
That was Life Goes On. When I had to decide if I only had time enough for one book it was a hard choice. I love Journey Home so much too but I believed the story and the issues in Life Goes On might be something others might not only relate to but find an insight into some of the problems some families are facing in life, children, teenagers and how much of an influence others can have on them and their actions and much more. I want the things that I write to entertain but also reach deeper. I hope in some way my art, writing and what little I am able to do might make a difference even if it is only to one.

                              I Will Not Give Up....Not Today....Life Is A Journey

The reason I tell all of this is because what I had been writing, were stories and characters that I created. I love to write and create. I Will Not Give Up...Not Today...Life Is A Journey is not fiction that I was able to control and create. It is my own story but not written or told to tell about me. It is my story to share the idea in the title. We can not give up. We may have to be willing to work and work really hard in life. We can not look at life as one thing. Life is constantly changing and really is a Journey. It is something we have to continue onward in living. Life is over when we give up. We can be alive but never really living life.
I did not write it to show how I did not give up or an example of courage. There are so many times fear almost overwhelms me. There are times it takes a lot of work to not only look for the beauty in life but to feel it in my heart. When I wrote the book, it is sharing from my heart as I have worked with these books and the adventure of them all and hope it might reach out beyond the pages and share the never give up.
I did not plan the book, work the book, write and rewrite the book editing to make it a work worthy of being published for the reader to be able to have a finished developed book. I wish that I could, but that is not what this is. This is a book I never wanted to write and found it painful and even at times so distressing that I cried. I had to stop typing as I could no longer see through the tears.
For many years there were small parts of my life I could not remember no matter how hard I tried. I felt distressed that there were missing parts my mind could not retrieve. The doctors seemed pleased and said I would be better off if I never remembered those little bits and pieces. When my face and head hit the windshield the nightmare of a head on collision began and it was a fight for life. Much of that I could not remember. It was all bits and pieces. As I was writing this book, in the middle of typing, after all of these years it came back. It came back with a vengeance....not as a memory but as if it was happening right then. This may sound crazy and maybe it is. I am a pretty crazy old woman, but it was as if I was reliving it so much I could not breathe. The blood was choking and blocking my throat. I heard the paramedic saying he thought he had a bleed out and they were doing their best. The glass gouging and scraping my face as my body was tossed like a rag doll and smashed repeatedly into the glass. My foot pinned by the motor of the car anchored me from going out onto the pavement. I was not remembering these thing but feeling it again.
Even as I am writing this about the book I was going to go back and glance through it so that I could discuss different parts and tell more but I can not. I felt as if for what ever reason, I was supposed to write this book and I did as honestly and from the heart as I could, but I can not go back and read my own book. I can not get that close and feel those things again. The book is not a sad and recount of misery and pain. It is about many things and some very happy times and seeing my dreams of my books become a reality. Life is not always a happy every after adventure of joy and success so it is as real as I could make it with each and every word typed and told straight from the heart. It was not planned or perfected.
I would apologize for that but will not. This book if real. It is not worked and created. It is not written for me or even for me to deal with difficult issues. It is something I felt was needed for me to write. I was in the middle of the book Danny. I feel that is not only a book that will hold the readers interests but a powerful book about an abused and neglected child. I could hardly wait to get into every aspect of the book Danny but even that had to stop until I Will Not Give Up... Not Today...Life Is A Journey was done.
When it came time for the cover of the book I wanted it to be special. Every one of my books have covers that are my own art. They may not be professional and it could be a marketing mistake but what I am doing and trying to do is more than market and sell books. I am trying to create something special, it makes me happy and the responses and messages I am receiving from readers makes me smile and feel hope this adventure in writing is worth while to more than myself.
This is what I have said about the book and you can read it on the back of the book or descriptions...

Life is a journey. There are times that the path is smooth and well traveled and others it seems steep and difficult…but if we do not give up, there is so much more that awaits us. I love to paint paths that lead to ?... I hope they will lead to where we need to go in life. I hope there is love, hope, happiness, and wonderful new things that await us at the end.

I want to look for and find the beauty in life and find love and hope. This book is not just the wonderful moments to show only the smiling, happy, marvelous and inspirational times…I am trying to make it real and share a piece of my heart, life, thoughts, feelings and so much of who and what I am.

This may be my story, but I hope in sharing it you will find meaning, hope and knowledge that we will not give up…Not today. This book is shared from the heart.

When I painted the watercolor painting I used for the cover I began to feel it was the right thing for this book. I mixed in florescence into the pigment of the paint allowing the to do the sunset so that with a black light it softly lights up and glows as the evening sky would just before the darkness of night descends.
I had to use a template for the paperback so you will see two different versions of the book and the original painting .
I also love to use my art combined with thoughts and words shared. One day I want to make a picture book of words and art.  I used this painting for one of those too.

A Tale To Tell

I love this small book as not only stories but fun in the telling and sharing. There may be a ghostly presence in each but there is more if you look closely. More Than Just A Story In
A Book may be the name of this blog but it is something I want to do in my writing too. One of the stories The Legend Lives On is one if find fun. When I wrote it I wanted the reader to be a part of the story as much as the characters that a fiction in the story its self. I would love to talk about it and tell about it but it would be more fun for you to be able to read it as it is written.
The Midnight Hour may be a ghostly tale of what a young man finds in the cemetery at the midnight hour but it is more than that. Pier pressure can have a great impact on young people and the urge to be accepted can influence any of us at any age. What would you do to be accepted? What could be the consequences especially in that place at that time?
More Than The Eye Can See is one that makes me sad as I wrote it. What if a little old lady could feel and see from the past and what she finds brings sadness to her very heart. Things can seem so perfect for others in life and we may never really know their pain, insecurities or how devastating depression can be even on young people who have their who lives ahead of them. Finding a way to reach out to one another and share love and understanding is not always an easy thing to accomplish. What did this little old woman see? Was it real?
Watch What You Wish For is a completely fictional story, but they say a writer should draw on their own life experiences and things they know in their writing. What would it feel like to die? What if all the body had stopped its functions and yet the person could still hear every word said in the room? What if they could quote conversations held as the doctors desperately worked to bring the patient back? What if you could use such an experience in a story helping to make it feel more real? Many years ago I had a severe reaction during a surgery and ended up, after they were able to bring me back when I no longer had a respiratory response and machines were keeping me alive, on life support. I could remember and do to this day what a comfort and peaceful feeling I had of what was just ahead. There are many times I think to die would be easy, it is living that is hard …. but it is in life we find the most beauty and things that warm the heart and make me smile at times too. It is in life I can strive to do what is required....I never understood what was required. Maybe it is just trying to do the best that we can each day in the life that we lead.

I Watch You All The Time is a short story that I think is very powerful. I do not want to ruin the read by telling too much but I will say that this story inspired a novel that I am working on now. I can hardly wait to see it as a book but I have to take things slowly and want to take my time and make it the very best that I can make it . It is coming and if you read this short story you may have some idea of the feel for the novel even though the stories are different the inspiration for the novel came from this story.

This is what it tells about that book.......

It is fun to gather around a bonfire or sitting in camp and tell stories. These are several that I have shared and will share that are more than a tale to tell.

Some of these stories tell more than a story. It may be a story to share in camp or when the hour is a little spooky but it also can bring many things to mind. Being young is so wonderful. Everything usually works with our bodies not yet worn and old, arthritic or broken and sick. We can be filled with the enthusiasm of youth.

There are also so many pressures to learn from, grow with, understand and overcome or be influenced for good or bad and often pushed to do things we know we should not do. Peer pressure can be brutal and some with cruel intents can do more harm than we dream. Youth can be a bright and shining adventure but it can also become overcast and even deadly oppressed.

If we are unable to find ways to understand and deal with life we can suffer so many consequences. There are times a little help from a friend can go a long way or what we thought was a friend can hurt us to the core giving a lesson learned the hard way.

Even as the years pass we can find situations in life that are difficult or impossible to fully explain to another. There by compassion and love may we find others less judgmental and more inclined to reach out with understanding and lend a helping hand. We can hope to find such a thing but need to be prepared to find our own path if we need to go forth. Abuse or situations so oppressive we find we can loose our way.

The last story is one that may be disturbing. It is fiction as are all of these stories but deals with emotions and problems that do not have a happy ending. Life does not always end “Happily Ever After”. In this story there are many things happening and some that may never end. It may be more haunting than haunted.

We will see. This short story inspired a novel that will soon be released. It gave me an idea for the first novel but it finds heart and takes off for the novel I Watch You All The Time.

I hope these stories will entertain, I hope they will find meaning and new thoughts. I hope you enjoy and find a Tale To Tell……

This is my water color painting I used for the cover of A Tale To Tell
In that painting I also have combined the paint pigment so that the sky will light up with a black light and glow the colors of a setting sun.

I did another version of it for the art and words

If you love a story with a paranormal twist this is the book. This is a fictional story that could bring more than just a story of a young abused and neglected boy but also of the realities involved and consequences such things in life can have. It is more than just a tale about abuse. It is a story I think will live long in memory but I do not want to spoil the read.

This is what it tells about the book......
A young child trapped in a nightmare life had a special friend. His friend said, “You can call me Danny.” Danny was his only friend. Feeling alone, abused, isolated and lost, a young child needed someone. No one but Steven could see or hear Danny. Was Danny imagination, a friendly ghost there protecting, or was there more to this entity than anyone might suspect? Steven began to think Danny might be a Guardian Angel but angel or evil…only time would tell….. because Steven would tell no one and betray his friend and that friend was there to stay.
Tragedy and chaos, murder and an end to life as Steven had known, erupted in his household in the dark of night.
Three young boys fled and that night would change their lives forever. It was filled with death and disaster. If it was a new beginning or a new nightmare of a different kind, only time would tell….and we can not forget Danny.
This is a story you will not soon forget.
Danny is a story of a young child living a nightmare life of abuse and neglect. The pain of abuse at any age, is one that has consequences. There are those who are stronger and live lives determined to never repeat the horrors they endured but there are others who survive in other ways. Feeling alone and vulnerable allows a person to be victimized even more in many instances.
Danny is a story of all that and more. There may come a day we suspect a person is being abused and want to help, finding it is more difficult that we dreamed. If we dare to care and not give up, one by one we might make a difference. If we make a difference for even one person, it may mean the world to that one soul.
The idea that there might be more things in this world than meet the eye or that we might be able to see and understand, can give insight to a story that will take you beyond the abuse into the world lived by this child. This is more than a story of abuse and survival. This is a story that may haunt you in memory but remind us of what there can be in this world. I hope it reminds us to find heart, hope and tolerance to those who suffer or need help. I hope we have the courage to look and see, trying to make a difference. This is a story you will know this child and feel from the depths of his inner-being instead of hearing his story.
There may be a cold chill travel your spine as you begin to understand even more of this tale. We can call him Danny, but can we say who he really is?

I can hardly wait to tell you about my most recent two books that are actually with my grandson. Down The Path is his own story he created and worked for over a year and a half developing. It was so much fun as he began not only writing the story but learning and working to make the characters as real as possible. I would ask such things as.... Well that all will be in the next blog. The things we did to enable an 8 year old child to write a book I think adults would find things in as well as children would enjoy I documented in a book similar to a journal and it is our other book called An Adventure In Writing. Those two will be the next of this 3 part blog. I guess my own story will be the first part of a series too since I am not dead yet and not giving up.... not today.

I close to day and am getting ready to lie down and take a rest but wish each and every one of you a happy day, happy reading and wonderful things in the years to come. Thank you for taking the time to share this adventure I am undertaking in life and writing and taking the time to visit a bit with me here..... I almost said visit a spell, but that is a local thing you would have to hear the Arkansas accent to appreciate. Y'all have a wonderful day.

This is a list of the countries I will provide links for through Amazon.....

US United States            UK United Kingdom            IN India
DE Germany                  FR France                         ES Spain
IT Italy                           JP Japan                           BR Brazil
CA Canada                    CN China                          MX Mexico
AU Austrailia

There are many other place I often go and have sites such a linkedin, goodreads, twitter and many others. For today would share the links to each country for each book but the truth is I am getting tired and even this has taken such a long time I am ready to rest a bit.  If you go to your country page and look for the book title and author name I hope you find me and if you do not please let me know and I will try to help.

Monday, March 3, 2014

All The Books Around The World.. ..A journey In Writing...Part One


     Many people have asked about my books and writing of the books and stories. I promised to do a blog with all of them and it has taken some time to do what I really wanted to do. I wanted to share not only the books, but the links where they can be found. There are many other places to find the books and they can even be ordered from your favorite books stores. When I began writing and first got online with the internet I felt it was my way to reach out beyond where I am. I wanted to be able to not just fade away but to feel alive. When I published the first book I did not know if there would be a chance for any future when they told me how critical the cancer was. Every heart beat brought me close to being inoperable. I was not strong enough or have enough lung capacity to survive the surgery. I worked with treatments until they could do the surgery. I had two novels I had written but had to decide what one I would choose to publish knowing it may be the only chance I would have.

I loved Journey Home. It is a novel and a story I think you will not soon forget. I also love Life Goes On. When I first got the idea to write this story I wanted to share something others could relate to. I wanted to write it to feel so real you would know the people, share their pain, and gain an insight to some of the problems and issues others might have with economics, home, family, children, teenagers, and the dangers of the choices we make in life with consequences that may be far reaching. I wanted it to be a story that would take the reader with them all into the story and life.

There is a new reality television show here sharing the life in a rural area of Hard, Arkansas. Life Goes On takes you into the life this family works to build as the relocate from north to south and city to country with children who do not want to go. None of them dreamed they would go from a life of stability with a good job, beautiful home, safe schools, friends and neighbors to unemployed and life cascading out of control. The loss of job results in a loss of home and moving to a rough neighborhood and a life they had never really understood. You can read the story and feel the people. You can experience the life as they learn to adapt. Many people love the reality shows. This is a work of fiction but has the feel of real life and real people in a place many call home.

Children are survivors and adapt to environment. The environment was not one that any parent would choose, but also not one they could avoid. When they could not pay rent there they were facing a future of being homeless or taking the offer of help from a relative and relocation.

We may pass people who are homeless and often look away. We never really see them or think of who they are or were, and where they came from to arrive in such circumstances. People who have worked for years at the jobs and building their lives suddenly find themselves in situations loosing their homes and struggling to survive. What if there was no place to go? What if there was no one to help? This family had few choices left and a long way to go in miles and transitions.
Each person would have changes, challenges and problems with choices that could affect not only them but their whole family and those they love. They would have to live with the consequences and find a way to go on ….. as Life Goes On.

When I was looking for the links to my book, I wanted to share the links to all of the countries it may be found. I have compiled a list of the Amazon sites.

Before that I want to also explain that every one of my book covers is one of my pieces of art. Many are my paintings and some a from my photos worked to be special for the book or art from pastels. Life Goes On is one of my photos we took many years ago as we traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to Arkansas. The sky was ablaze with color and it took my breath away. It was that special time of evening just before darkness. When I saw the headlights of the cars, the thought occurred to me wondering about those who traveled that evening. They each had their own stories, places to go and pasts they left behind. I knew that was right for this story. Life Goes On.

This is a list of the countries I will provide links for through Amazon.....

US United States            UK United Kingdom            IN India
DE Germany                  FR France                         ES Spain
IT Italy                           JP Japan                           BR Brazil
CA Canada                    CN China                          MX Mexico
AU Austrailia

I have author pages in the US at and the UK
There are many other place I often go and have sites such a linkedin, goodreads, twitter and many others. For today I will share the Amazon links to all of the books and all of the countries I could find.

This is the original picture I use for the cover of Journey Home and the final cover for the book.

When I wanted to reach around the world I truly felt as if I was seeing my books in all of these places


256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1453780138 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1453780130
BISAC: Fiction / General

LIFE GOES ON The Family of five found themselves in crisis as they were evicted from their apartment after the father lost his job. With great trepidation they accepted help from a relative that offered them a place to live and new start in life. They had no choices except seeing their family homeless in a rough part of the city. It was not an easy adjustment for any of them as they experienced moments that would test their sense of humor and times that would test their strength of character. There were some difficult issues they would have to face and how they responded could have life altering consequences. Learning what family can mean was a lesson each person learned in their own way. This is a story of people and a place they would work to make their home. It is struggle, heart, moments of triumph and times of despair. It is a story that speaks to many of us in different ways as the characters struggle with life. They had weathered the difficult transition of the relocation and would face new challenges as life goes on for them all. Life Goes On is a dramatic story worth reading and remembering.







The more I get into this, the more I feel the excitement. With every book and story I wrote, I wanted it to be more than just a story to entertain. I wanted it to feel real and let you get to know the people and be able to see the places. As I worked to find all of the links for the books I really did get the feeling or reaching out beyond these walls as I sit here typing.
I love this book. It is the first novel I ever wrote but one that will always have a special place in my heart. Many people have asked me how long it took me to write it. I have no real answer except that life got in the way. I did not give up on it and worked for many years before it became what it is today.

How would you feel if you believed and knew someone was watching, following, even stalking you and no one took it seriously? Lara relocated thinking she would leave her problems behind. She met new people, made new friends and saw some from her past when she went back to what she thought of as her childhood home. She had to stay for nine months but found those nine months could be a life time or and end to life depending on finding the truth and realizing who she could trust.

What it you looked out your window as darkness approached and instead of enjoying the view, you wondered who and what might be looking in? These were just some of the problems this young woman would face. Her new friends seemed too good to be true but she could not stop the feelings she began to experience for the man who might have the most to gain if she failed to stay or anything happened to her.

Knowing who to trust could be an impossible thing but being alone could be disastrous. The problems she was having were more than an infatuation that developed into stalking. Life and death could be the result for her and anyone close to her. Were the feelings she could not control for Alan real, or would they be what destroyed her? Were her new friends too good to be true or a blessing and her only hope?

Home is more than a place you live or an address where you receive mail. Home is a place in the heart. For this woman to find her way on her Journey Home to find a Home of heart she would have to survive. She would have to survive the Journey Home and find a way to live life.

I had the story, but I needed a cover. I thought of so many things I could try to use. I still hardly knew how to use a computer and the frustration trying to learn so many new things was almost more than I could survive.
Many years ago I did a painting for my father-in-law. I did not have fancy art supplies. I had used a simple piece of typing paper and a 99 cent tray of children's watercolor paints. I got a piece of paper towel and some brushes and tried to capture the sky and the place. All of these years later he is gone from us now but the painting and memories are still alive in our hearts. I knew that was what I wanted for the cover of Journey Home. We each have paths in life we travel and this painting was a path in a place so like the book describes. It may be a path Lara would have walked. I may be a path I would love to walk. It was the path that would take the story Journey Home forward to becoming a book I could hold in my hands.

This is the original painting.

Here are some of the places Journey Home has traveled....


480 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1456507213 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1456507214
BISAC: Fiction / General

Contemporary family-oriented story with suspense.
Journey Home Lara Stanley’s life is about to drastically change as she embarks on her journey home after the death of her uncle. Join in the journey with mystery, romance, drama and a story to remember. Have you ever wondered as darkness falls and you look out the window, if there is someone or something looking in? A story that takes you with a woman on a journey to find her way in life. Home is more than a place, but it can also be filled with questions and even danger. Finding the truth might be all that saves her.
Journey Home

Even from the grave, love comes to make sure the Journey Home is safe and fulfilling—excellent suspense keeps pages turning ‘til the end- GABixlerReviews

Linda Nance awakens the reader’s understanding of what greed, hate, revenge and deceit really mean. –Fran Lewis




That brings me to The Pumpkin Field. This is one book that will always be dear to our hearts with a long history even before it became a book. When our boys were young they came home from school telling how much they hated poetry. I explained that a poem is many things. A poem could actually tell a story. They laughed and made young boy faces saying “Yuck, it would be a love story.”

I decided to write a poem about a haunted pumpkin field. Most children and many adults love a ghost or haunted story. I wanted it to be more than a poem and more than a story. I wanted it to be something we could use to explore thoughts, dreams, fears, hopes, and more. I wanted it to be something that could generate enough interest they might begin to explore their own thoughts and creativity.

For many years that is what it was. It was a little poem with a big reach. If a child was afraid of the dark the first part was something I could use to help them understand that night is not is a different kind of light. With teenagers and older people they could find and see more. They could and did relate it to life as we find darkness and shadows in life and we have to find a way to find our way. What lies in the darkness and shadows?

My witch does not eat people or hurt people. She is old, ugly and dresses strange. She is different and scary. That does not always mean that different is bad. What we see on the outside is not always what is on the inside or real of the person we see. There are many forms of prejudice and most come from what is different or we do not understand. If we could overcome our fears and look beyond appearances we could come to a much deeper understanding and also discover some amazing people we might have feared or disregarded. I tired to write the entire story in a way that people of all ages could relate to and children would love.

The local schools began to use the poem in their classes at Halloween time of the year and I even did posters with the characters. The State Park near here used it as a focal point and special thing for the children with me reading the story, poem at their Halloween event. The newspapers took pictures of the posters and told all about it.

My husband told me I just had to make it into a book. He believed in me. To do it justice I would want the illustrations to follow the story. That is a lot of art work. How and what to do? Day by day and page by page I decided to work with Pastels to do the pictures. I did full page pictures so the children could really enjoy the book with full color. My little poem became a book.

I thought back to the many time through the years we gathered around a bonfire and I told the little story. Our children, neighborhood children, friends and relatives loved the little poem, story and asked for it over and over. Now they bring their children to hear it and have the book to read. I had to laugh when one many told me it was Christmas time and his two daughters had to have him read them the Pumpkin Field as a bedtime story.

I was overjoyed when I heard from one reader in England who had shared the book with her daughter's class at their grade school. She said her daughter never tired of the book and they read it together over and over. When I found out classes and schools in another country were enjoying my little book there are no words to describe the emoticon I felt.

I may be sick, old, crippled and have problems but as I sat here at home typing, drawing and working on the books that I love I really did feel as if I had escaped these walls and a part of me reached around the world sharing something special to me. I kept the original sketches before I did the pastels for the book. Since my grandson was a baby I used them for coloring pages. He love it. He could make decorations for Halloween and also use them to make his own little book. I would staple them together and he would add to the pictures making his own little stories.

I have had more than one person tell me how stupid I was to not make a coloring book and sell it. I may one day but I wanted to have pages others could copy for free and the children to be able to do as many as they wanted. Each child seems to pick one character that is their favorite. In a coloring book that is one page. For free they can copy as many as they want. Some choose a pumpkin and some choose the scarecrow or even the witch.

That little boy that colored the pictures and stapled the pages together making his little books never gave up on the idea. He has told me that is not the end of the story. There is more to it. I smiled and encouraged him to tell me more of his ideas.

We have worked and he loves his stories. I wrote a book called An Adventure In Writing. It is a journal type thing of what we learned and worked on for an 8 year old to write a book with a story and characters I believe not only children but adults might find interesting. It shares part of his first book called Down The Path and the next one he is still working on he said he will call Beyond The Pumpkin Field.

I have heard it said, to write what we know and he does that naturally. I have to smile at parts knowing what is behind the words and stories. We live in a very rural area with miles of forest behind the house. He knows to never go into the woods alone. He knows there are animals there. He knows he is supposed to listen to us and his mom but in his story the children thought just this once it would be alright to go into the woods. I would tell you more but will save it for when I do that book. I tell it now because the little story of The Pumpkin Field was the beginning. It was the beginning of him wanting to write his own stories and books and the beginning of many conversations with young and old alike.

We still love to get out back around a fire and tell stories with family and friends. This is one picture of my little coauthor and his grandpa.

The Pumpkin Field is a little book with a big reach. It reached through the years and around the world. Here are some of the places it can be found.


40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1461044819 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1461044812
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween

Through the years as I have told or read this story the children sat listening to every word. When the story is over it is only beginning as the questions flood forth about all different things from the different children. I see emotions relating to excitement, curiosity and a desire to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and questions. 
Each and every page is an art work done to bring the story to life. I am so pleased to be able to share something so special in so many ways. The characters are ones that will remain in memory not to haunt but to be happy memories almost like friends on an adventure. The first of the book allows you to write to and from, making it a gift that is special just as you would a greeting card. This is a greeting of happy memories and good times shared. 
In a short and magically poetic story many doors open allowing communication on various topics and of as many thoughts as are possible in the young minds of those who share the tale. It is not just a story to tell but one that can be special in many ways. 
On this journey through the pumpkin field there are strange, ominous, mysterious, and even magical things that occur. Was it real or was it a dream? Could that be why it is requested even now into a new generation? I hope that my illustrations will bring this tale to life and just as my children and grandchildren and so many others have loved this tale, it will bring a special smile and create memories shared by all who read or receive it. This book is my gift to be passed on and shared, that can live on and reach out beyond the pages leaving delighted smiles. The Pumpkin Field is a little book with a big reach.








Before I go I want to share a few of the pages and pictures. 

At the beginning of each book I did a page where you can write to and from. I wanted each child to feel as if the book was special for them. It is sort of like a greeting card giving them a gift. I hope it will be a gift that will inspire communication, creativity, imagination and a wonderful time.

I would stay and tell you all about all of the books but I have to do things a little at a time and this is actually something I have worked on for some time. I will be back soon and share more about the books and my journey writing them. I hope you can help me share about them to others everywhere. I have to do things a little at a time and can not promote them as I would love to do. For me this is more than sharing books for sale..... it is sharing a passion, stories and something created from the heart.