Kid's Korner

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August 1st I received a pleasant surprise. My publisher emailed me with an apology. She'd told me the wrong release date for THE DRAGON'S RING. It wasn't August 28th, but July 28th. I missed my book's launch date! Oh, my!
 
I laughed, happy it was out there. People were actually buying it! It can be found on Amazon.com, KOBO, and Smashwords. Later, it will also be available at B & N (Barnes and Noble Nook Books), and iTunes. 
 
August 1st was also the day my writers group met at the Chatham Library. I had sent everyone an email announcing that my book was released, but I never expectd the second surprise I received that day. Everyone started singing Congratulations on your book, to the tune of "Happy Birthday" when I walked into the room. They had a cake for me, designed like my book cover art with the unicorn's head and the dragon's ring dangling on its horn. I received gifts and cards. My special gift was a charm bracelet with a crown charm (for the princess in the story), and a star charm with the words "reach for the stars." I was told I must add a charm for every book I publish. 
 
The support and joy from everyone touched my heart. I'm lucky to be part of this wonderful group of talented writers and illustrators.
 
I also had a newspaper interview.  You can read the interviewe on my latest 2016 blog.
 
 
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     Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
     I'm happy to announce the book release date for THE DRAGON'S RING is August 28, 2016. Publisher: Clean Reads/Astraea Press.
     PRINCESS TO THE RESCUE WHEN A KNIGHT ENCOUNTERS A WITCH AND A DRAGON.      www.CleanReads.com
 
     HAPPY READING!
 
 

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hi, kids! Calamity Cat is now available at MeeGenius.com. Release date was December 2, 2013. This link will get you to my story: htpp://www.meegenius.com/readers/1/0476a7e686628b465aa517cabba7298f

Callie's cat is named Calamity, but maybe he should be named Messy! Whenever Calamity goes anywhere, he makes a mess, and Callie's mom is fed up! find out whether Calamity will be able to stay or whether he must go.

While at the MeeGenius website, check out the other amazing stories, including one by Gail Wilkerson. It's called Monster Manners. Gail is a fellow member of my writers group, Scribes.

Happy reading!


 

Welcome to Kid's Korner!

I'm Debra Daugherty and the author of Calamity Cat, a picture book that will soon be available thru MeeGenius.com, online publisher of stories for ages 4 - 8.   Calamity is Callie's cat, and he's always making messes. If he doesn't stop, Callie's mother is going to send Calamity away. What can Callie say or do to change her mother's mind?   Read the book and find out what happens. Watch for it's release on the MeeGenius website - set for Fall/Winter, 2013. While there, check out all the other great books MeeGenius has to offer!

I don't own a cat though I wrote about one. I have two dogs, Honey and CeCe. If you'd like to see what they look like, I've posted a picture of them in the photo gallery.

My dogs are very shy around people, but they love to go outside and play. When Honey runs, CeCe hides on the deck to stay out of her way. CeCe is a chihuahua and Honey is an American Straffordshire Bull Terrier. Honey doesn't make messes like Calamity, but she does chew furniture! Maybe someday I'll write a story about Honey and CeCe.

I found Honey in the dog pound, and when I saw how she was trembling because she was so scared, I knew I needed to get her out of there and bring her home with me. For nine months Honey went to doggie school. Every day I took her to a trainer who helped Honey get over her fears. Honey loved her school because she got to play with all the other dogs there. When Honey's schooling was over, her trainer gave CeCe to Honey as she thought Honey needed a dog of her own. Honey and CeCe are best buds.

Have you ever been on an airplane or dreamed of flying? While on a swing, Mikayla sees a plane and imagine's she's flying. Suddenly, she is! My short story, Let Your Imagination Soar, was published in the August, 2013 issue of Guardian Angel Kids. This is an online ezine, and besides stories, there are projects you can do and pictures you can color. It's a ton of fun! Check it out! guardianangelkids.com. Also, the name of the young girl in my story, Mikayla, is also the name of my niece. Many times I use the name of a niece or nephew or relative in my stories.

I'd love to hear from you! If you would like to tell me about your cat or dog, or about your experiences on an airplane, e-mail me at ddaugherty329@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hi, kids! Boo! Yes, it's that time of year again, when children dressed in costumes go door to door for treats. It's fun dressing up and putting on make-up to fool people. Whether you go as a witch or astronaut or vampire, I hope all of you play it safe. Go to homes of people you know and trust, have an adult along for supervision, wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight, and have an adult check your candy before you eat it. Halloween is a fun holiday, but don't take chances. Be aware of your surroundings and the people you meet. And please, no tricks! Just have fun and enjoy your treats!

Need help with your costumes. Capstone Publishers has a book, How to Create Spectacular Halloween Costumes by Louann Matttes Brown. Published in 2011. Louann is a member of Scribes, my writers group. She is a fantastic author/illustrator!

Also, there are several fun Halloween stories to read. See what your library has to offer or check out the MeeGenius! website. They have 11 Halloween books. These books can be purchased separately, but you can get the entire set in a bundle for $19.99. These stories include: Spella Witcherella, Sesame Street-Which Witch is Which?, The Hiccup Mummy, Piggies in a Pumpkin Patch, Haunted Party, The Halloween Costume Contest, Halloween, 1-2-3!, The Little Green Witch, the Halloween Costume, Harriet's Halloween and Poison Apple Pie.

Remember, too, to keep checking the MeeGenius! website for my book, Calamity Cat.

I'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to tell me about your Halloween costume, you can send me an e-mail at ddaugherty329@gmail.com

Happy Halloween!

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hi, kids! I hope everyone had fun Halloween! The weather where I live was wet and chilly. I felt sorry for the little ones out in the cold, but hope they all received enough treats to make it worthwhile. 

November is here, so Thanksgiving will soon arrive. Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, what's not to like?

What do you do for Thanksgiving? Do you help your mother in the kitchen, or set the table? Maybe you make decorations to set on the table.

I remember making a turkey with my hand. First I outlined my hand on a piece of paper. My thumb was the turkey's head, so I drew an eye on it. Under the thumb I made the waddle, the piece of skin that hangs on a turkey's neck. This I colored red.  I next drew lines to join the four fingers and then colored the seven areas for the turkey's tail. In the center of the hand I made a wing and then drew legs on the turkey's body. After I finished coloring my hand turkey, my mother displayed it on the refrigerator.

What fun ideas do you have? I'd love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at ddaugherty329@gmail.com and tell me what you're doing for Thanksgiving or share a craft idea.

Enjoy the brisk weather and the changing colors of the leaves! And Happy Thanksgiving to all!


 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hi, kids! Great news! Calamity Cat is now available online. Go to www.MeeGenius.com and check it out. Price is $1.99.

This link will take you to my book: http://www.meegenius.com/readers/1/0476a7e686628b465aa517cabba7298f

Callie's cat is named Calamity, but maybe he should be named Messy! Whenever Calamity goes anywhere, he makes a mess, and Callie's mom is fed up! find out whether Calamity will be able to stay or whether he must go.


 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hi, kids! As I glance out my window, I see snow covering my yard. It can only mean that Christmas is not too far off. I imagine your house is decorated for Christmas, with a tree filled with ornaments and lights. Perhaps there are packages under the tree already, but you know more are coming when Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.

Do you smell gingerbread baking in the oven? Have you decorated Christmas cookies and made fudge? As a child the favorite room in my house was the kitchen as my mother baked Christmas goodies from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas day. Peanut brittle, fudge, divinity, sugar cookies, caramels, snickerdoodle cookies, pizellas, and turtles filled our counters and tables, and though my brothers and I could have samples, everything my mother baked was given away. The mailman, the newspaper delivery driver, the garbage men, neighbors, friends and family all benefited from the season.

I've tried to bake as my mother did, but my cookies and candy never tasted as good.

This is the recipe for my mother's snickerdoodle cookies. I hope you have fun baking them as well as eating them.

SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES

1 1/2 CUPS SUGAR               1 CUP SHORTENING (OLEO)                               (In a separate bowl mix 2 TBSP SUGAR and

1 EGG                                  2 3/4 CUPS FLOUR                                             2 TSP. CINNAMON)

2 TSP. CREAM OF TARTAR       1/2 TSP. SALT

1 TSP. BAKING SODA


 

In a large bowl mix thoroughly the sugar, shortening and egg.

Sift flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda into the bowl

and mix well. Chill dough in refrigerator. Once chilled, remove and

roll into balls.  In a separate dish mix 2 TBSP. sugar and 2 TSP. cinnamon.

Roll dough balls in this, then place on cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree

oven for 8 to 10 minutes.   Ummmm!

REMEMBER, KIDS, HAVE AN ADULT SUPERVISE YOUR BAKING!

I hope all your Christmas wishes come true.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!