Friday, November 23, 2012

A Magic Carpet Ride. . .

Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us.

I may be prejudiced, but as a writer I feel that books
make the best gifts ever - especially for children.

So give them

 A ticket to their own
Magic Carpet Ride

   Fun, adventure, and a lifetime of reading enjoyment.


No surfing needed.

(All 13 books listed with direct purchase links)

My writing is a habit I can't kick - an addiction if you will.  To not write is unthinkable!  Over the years my best stories came to me in the middle of the night. They had me creeping into the bathroom to write them down before they became lost, along with my other dreams. 

Some flowed into my computer as smooth and easy as honey on hot toast. Others were stubborn, difficult, or just plain antsy.  I had to cajole, threaten and bribe the characters to stick with the program - MY program. I won some and I last some.  Yet however the story finally ended, I fell in love with it.  I even admit that the characters sometimes had better plot ideas than I.  Shush. . . don't spread that around, mates.

I wrote each story with the idea of HOOKING kids on reading. Teach a child to love books at an early age, and you make them into lifelong readers.  And the way to do that is to read them books that have giggles, fun, adventure, love,  and that unique WOW factor that makes them into re-readable favorites.

   I love each book I wrote, and I am hoping to
make converts out of YOU!

Some clues about my books.

Catchy rhymes that help and encourage kids with dyslexia.
Sneaky rhyming that shows how sudden BIG change can really
mess with a child.  Two fun reads that come with helpful parent/teacher guides.

Boy type rhymes
that offerer just the right helping of yucky BOY stuff.

Then came WILD and WONDERFUL!
7 rhyming stories that tell about critters from the US and Australia.
Fun, educational, and full of real facts.

My Young Teen reads:
A coming of age adventure set in the Aussie Outback.
Blimey, whoda thunk that a sulfur crested cockatoo named Claude could become
such a great character, along with a young aboriginal boy called Taconi,
+ a  Man Ceremony, a bunch of  witchetty grubs, and a freaked out emu.
coming soon
Featuring the grandchildren of Taconi and the Boss, in a fight to survive an outback
walkabout, a crazed Medicine Man, and sibling rivalry that begins
with a lie and expands to threaten friendship and family.

 A ghost with a determination to make her killer pay, has searched forty years for help.
Frannie James is her last chance.  The ghost, and her giant arachnid "familiar,"
are hard to resist.  Add a twin brother, a missing Mom, a few e-mails, and a handy
frying pan.  Killer is caught!

If these tantalizing story tit-bits don't whet your reading appetite. . .
nothing will! 

For those who like to sample before they buy,
a  "Sneak Peek" inside 8 of my latest books.

Oh, and I guess I should throw
in a cover or two -
just to make it interesting.



A taste of 13 different covers.
Kindle - Amazon - Powell's Books - Nook -
Publisher - Autographed WEBSITE



for YOU!

My Memoir
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Sunday, November 4, 2012


I am thrilled to introduce a book by 
new author,

Penelope Anne Cole

Guardian Angel Publishing

Penelope Anne Cole, after various positions in HR and Teaching, now writes and review children's books.  Her reviews and book news can be found HERE.  One of her special joys is reading to children, and encouraging them to read on their own and love literature.  Penelope lives in Silicon Valley, California, with her family and their rescued cats and dogs. She enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church activities, singing in choir, and watching select TV shows: drama, comedy, romance, crime solving, and happy-ending movies.

Although she has written throughout her life, "Magical Matthew" is her first published children's book. It celebrates the magic of childhood and the milestone of attaining "double digits."

Magical Matthew is a delightfully told story about  a young boy with a unique ability. When Matthew discovers he can magically fix what is broken, he sets out to fix things that need fixing.  Yet his magic can only fix things - sadly, not his best friend, Lily. With Grandma and Lily as allies, Matthew follows good family values. This makes even his trickiest problems come out right. The story also shows that confiding in a trusted adult is a good thing. Matthew is such a likeable little boy, that kids everywhere will root for him to succeed. A surprise at the end makes it very likely there will be an equally enjoyable sequel coming soon.

Kevin Collier's lively and colorful illustrations are the perfect compliment to Cole's magical theme.
I recommend this picture book for the fun read, but also for the gentle way it nudges children down the path of doing the right thing. 

I am sure YOUR copy of  Magical Matthew will soon
become dog-eared with many readings.

Book Trailer:

Available from:


·  ISBN-10: 1616333251
·  ISBN-13: 978-1616333256 
   In soft cove and hard copy - Read Amazon REVIEWS.

Guardian Angel Publishing

Magical Matthew
- download fun coloring sheets.


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