Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great News!!!

My shipment of Rudolph, a Child's Love Story just arrived and is available for immediate purchase. Signed copies can be shipped within two business days. Plenty of time for Christmas gifts.

Mary Russel's Children's Books

Mary Russel's Children's Books

Preorder your signed copy of Rudolph, a Child's Love Story to ensure delivery by Christmas.

When 10 year old Becky learns her family isn’t her birth family, she has a difficult time accepting it. She feels betrayed by her birth mother and she wonders what she did to cause her mother to give her up. An adopted friend tells her that the difference between being adopted and foster is that he has a forever home while her birth mother can take her away from her foster family at any time.
Feeling insecure and frightened, Becky asks her foster mother why they haven’t adopted her.

Or order a signed copy of Flickertaill & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths while they are still $9.95 plus $3 US shipping.

Flickertail the llama & Paint the horse are peace keepers and peace lovers. They understand the value of teamwork, love, and friendship. They believe in helping others. Join them in the fun and antics as they solve various barnyard mysteries and help their friends find solutions to a variety of problems in this anthology of heartwarming and sometimes funny tales.

Both books make great Christmas gifts for the 8-12 year olds on your list.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Flickertail & Paint in the New Shoes

Today the world's most widely available shoe: ...Image via Wikipedia
“I need to buy two pairs of shoes,” Flickertail, the Llama said to Paint, the Horse. “Maybe they will help to motivate me to get some exercise. My llama wool suit is getting a bit tight."

Paint looked at him skeptically. “Loafers or work boots?”
“I thought I’d get some athletic shoes.”
Flickertail went to an old fashioned shoe store, where the clerk fit him for the right size and neatly tied the laces for him. Satisfied with how they looked and felt, Flickertail paid for them and left still wearing the shoes. 
He proceeded with the rest of the day as he normally did, at his desk on the computer.
At the end of the day he prepared for bed but when it came time to remove his shoes he could not reach over his protruding stomach to untie the laces.
“Sit down,” said Paint.  “I’ll untie them for you. You do realize that you will actually have to be athletic, right?  They’re not called athletic shoes because they do all of the work.”
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Flickertail & Paint in the Case of the Old Blue Shoe

Flickertail the llama and Paint the horse were walking in the field in back of Flickertail’s barn. Paint noticed a ratty old blue shoe. “I wonder how that shoe ended up there.”

“Maybe the Old Woman in the Shoe lost her home.”

“Or maybe someone tread too hard on Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes.”

“A lost, lonely sole?”

“Perhaps someone threw the shoes out because they hurt their feet. You know, the agony of de feet.”

This is written with sole-felt apologies to Bobby Vinton, Elvis Presley, and Jim McKay and also with the intention of shoeing away your blues.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Promotional T-Shirts

I just got the t-shirt that I designed on Zazzle from my book cover. The one in my lap is a free t-shirt that I got from Vistaprint.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Peaceful Death

She died in her sleep last night, leaving a grieving husband to explain to friends and family that she died peacefully.


A small child stood in the middle of a vast empty room. A robot appeared suddenly and started chasing her. Terrified, she looked for a way to escape and saw 100 previously unnoticed doors. She ran frantically to the closest door and another robot entered the room. With each door she opened, she released yet another robot, until the room was filled with robots each trying to grab her. Her screams awoke her.

It was the first of a lifetime of nightmares some remembered, some best forgotten, each vivid, colorful and frightening. Beloved pets morphed into demons. Trusted and loved people tried to kill her. She dreamt the usual dreams of flying and falling. But for every nightmare she woke before harm befell her.

Last night she never woke up.

Friday, September 17, 2010

What are softcover books and why are they priced higher than paperbacks?

Since I was used to paying less than $10 for paperback books, I was really shocked at the price my publisher placed on my newly published books. Wondering if I was really that out of touch on prices, I did some research and was quite surprised by what I learned.

What are softcover books and why are they priced higher than paperbacks?
These terms are often used interchangeably. However, some publishers, including mine, use the term softcover to refer to what is also known as trade paperback. These books are generally larger than the standard mass market paperback and the paper is a higher quality. Softcover or trade paperbacks are priced higher (around $17-$25) for fiction and higher for nonfiction, than standard mass market paperbacks but not quite as high as hardcovers.
Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths and Rudolph, a Child’s Love Story are both softcover/trade paperbacks and measure 6” x 9”.

The Doctor

An afghan physician works in the emergency roo...Image via Wikipedia
Here's a drabble (100 word story) I wrote a few years ago that I hope you'll enjoy. Drabbles are a great way to learn to write concisely.

The Doctor

My sister answered my 3 a.m. phone call. "Do you have any idea what time it is?"

"Your ex-husband’s been injured. You might want to see him.”

She didn't want to make the trip; there were too many hurtful memories between them.

I will never forgive myself for calling.

By the time the police found her it was too late. Her husband was arrested. He had exacerbated his internal injuries when he struck her dead with his crutch and he was sent to the hospital.

As his physician, I took over. I may have hastened his demise just a little.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rudolph puzzle

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Flickertail & Paint Barnyard Sleuths puzzle

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Save on Rudolph, a Child's Love Story

Did you get a load of that price on Rudolph? Yikes!!! Outrageous for a soft cover. But never fear. I have managed to grab up a great promotional price on it. When the books arrive here I will be offering them on my website for $9.95 plus $3 shipping for a total of $12.95

I'm so excited that it will be available in time for the Christmas season.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Make Mine Tea, Please

A photo of a cup of coffee.Image via Wikipedia

It was the first business meeting at my new job. The conference table included coffee cups, notebooks and pens by every chair. The center piece was a coffee pot. Everybody poured a cup, but me. A woman raised the pot invitingly, insistently, threateningly. “No thanks,” I said just as insistently.

I was reminded of the commercial where everything is humming along smoothly as long as everybody uses plastic. The minute someone dares to be a nonconformist everything grinds to a halt.

The office coffee was too thick to stir and too thin to plow. So sorry, I never liked mud.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Purpose of Rudolph, a Child's Love Story

We are all the sum of our past experiences. Although fictionalized, Rudolph, a Child's Love Story was written as therapy and as an effort to make sense of an unhappy childhood. I needed to put my past behind me and to move on.

As I wrote it, some wonderful things happened. I realized that children who felt unwanted, unloved, and unaccepted might benefit from it. Perhaps, through my words, they too would discover the power of knowing they are worthy of love and happiness.

Perhaps, I could help to heal the hurt and stop the pain. Perhaps, like me, they would also begin to understand and forgive.

Rudolph, a Child's Love Story will be available soon.