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Rumble Coloring Contest 2015…Why not enter?

Rumble's First Scare

Today is the start of this year’s Rumble coloring contest. Download the coloring sheet from http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca. You can mail your entry in and then either winner’s can opt for prizes to be mailed or personally awarded by the author – ME at Words in the Park, Sherwood Park, Alberta on 26th September.

Prize categories: 5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-12 years.

Prizes include: Specially made Rumbles hats, a pair of one-off Rumble slippers (only small kids size 7-8), a squishy blue monster or a pink one, T-shirts or one make your own monster putty. And of course a copy of Rumble’s First Scare.http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

Contest starts 1st August – http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca


T-shirt back & front.

Rumble tshirt frontRumble tshirt back

Preparation and Excitement for Book Fair…


The event Words in the Park in Sherwood Park, AB (http://words.sclibrary.ab.ca/) is celebrating it’s seventh year. As the secretary of the co-host, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and a local author, this event is the highlight of my year.

This year I am officially launching my second children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/products/ockleberries-rescue


Book cover

There is a lot of pre-planning for any event of course and as the event date grows closer there are lots of things requiring attention. I spent several hours on Tuesday evening with other WFSC members, putting out numerous signs for the event around the local area. Then last night it was my friend, Linda and I, busily putting labels on 100+ water bottles and packing up several boxes of books for all her authors (45 books in all) ready for display on Saturday 25th October – 12.00 – 4pm.

All the organizers, including me, will be setting up the tables and displays early on Saturday morning. I practiced my table display several weeks ago and have all my supplies packed and ready to go. Yes, I’m that organized! This is my practice run photo:

WITP 2014 set upOn the left is my adult fantasy, The Rython Kingdom with bookmarks and glowing globe. In the middle is my soft toy, Rumble with his book, Rumble’s First Scare and T-shirts and hats (I have printed out coloring pages too). On the right is Ockleberries to the Rescue with wooden door ornament and forest animal figurines (2 glow!) Hopefully it will attract attention.

I also have a reading on the day at 1 pm so will relate a chapter of my forest sprite adventures in Ockleberries to the Rescue.

When you have an event, how do you plan your display?


Busy Planning and Friday Fun…

eventsThere seems to be a plethora of upcoming events on my calendar at the moment. Some are writing related but others are with family. These are only the highlights!

This weekend I will accompany my daughter to a reptile show. She has a table and will be selling several lizards of the leopard and crested kind as well as accessories for the maintenance of same. She has prepared a new enclosure in her reptile room (yes it’s in my house and I’m fine with it). She will be purchasing a chameleon – an animal she has wanted for over a decade. If you are in the area why not drop in and discover fascinating creatures. http://www.edmontonreptiles.com/  Sands Hotel, Fort Road, Edmonton, Alberta. Saturday & Sunday.


With Thanksgiving on 13th October – my family will enjoy a meal together in the new home of my son and his girlfriend. We prepared apple pies for the occasion a couple of weeks ago utilizing the bounty of their own apple tree.






On 25th October I will be attending Words in the Park  http://words.sclibrary.ab.ca/  launching my new children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. And will of course use the delightful door I purchase some weeks back. As I have a whole table my spare time for the coming weeks will involve positioning my range of books in the best possible way to attract people to my display.

Sprite door 4Book cover

I will divide the table into four so each book has it’s own unique place with relevant display items and promotional materials beside them. Ockleberries with the door and animal ornaments, Rumble with his prizes for the competition winners of hats and T-shirts and special books marks and glowing orb for The Rython Kingdom as well as writing items for Your Lifetime of Stories (memoir workbook).

How is your calendar looking?


Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole France

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nuture, and care for all life. James Cromwell


I thought today’s prompt could be about pets – either some you have always want to own, pets you do own or pets you would never have!

On the Cusp of Fall – A Halloween Coloring Competition for Children…

Rumble is at it again, wanting his followers to color a picture of his pets for some extra special prizes! This year you can choose from a T-shirt or a unique Rumble hat to go with your signed copy of Rumble’s First Scare. Download the attached picture, colour it in and mail to Dream Write Publishing /Mandy Eve-Barnett C/O P.O. Box 57083 RPO Eastgate, Sherwood Park AB T8A 5L7.  The competition is open to everyone so grab your crayons and begin. If you are available to collect your prize and meet Rumble – come along to Words in the Park.


Book Sale and Fair, Saturday, October 25th at 12.00 – 4.00 pm In the Agora at the Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB



Rumble hat

Rumble tshirt frontRumble tshirt back



Find Rumble’s book at  http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare


Are You Making the Most of Your Memberships..?

Many of us have memberships to organizations but after the inital enthusiactic blush of newness there seems to be a decline in involvement.

Why is this?

We have paid good money for an annual membership, why not ultilize it for the whole year?

I volunteered at a local event both days of this past weekend. The Arts Expo is held annually and show cases local artisans. However, many of the members did not attend, whether as participants or visitors to support their fellow members. I find this extremely sad. Organizations strive to support and promote their members at every opportunity, so why does it fall on the same few members time and again?


WFSC banner

A membership can give so much if we get involved. Not only it is an opportunity to promote our own work but also network and form new friendships. During the weekend, I got to know several members of my writers group, the Writers Foundation of Stathcona County a great deal more. It was an enjoyable two days and I am glad to help at all the events laid on for our group, my publisher, Dream Write Publishing and the Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County (ACCSC) who promote all forms of the arts, from weavers to potters to authors and a good deal more. Don’t forskae your memberships – use them to your advantage.

DWP logo

The more we are involved, the more we get out of our membership. Consider your memberships and make the commitment to utilize them to their full potential, after all you paid for it!

We are lucky to have a proactive mayor, Rxanne Carr, who is commited in making culture accessable and promoted within our community. The more we do, the better the results.

Get involved.

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