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Hot off the Press…Wowwy and Me


Great bedtime reading!

Wowwy_cvr_draft_150604.inddMy new picture book has arrived! So you see – I’m not always a crotchety old boomer exercising my right to a few senior rants and raves on boomerrantz. I often sneak over to the lighter side to play in the sandbox and write stories for my awesome little friends.  Granted, it chafes my aging assets when the sand seeps into my granny bloomers. But I just shake, shake, shake it off…as the song goes.

Now back to my book, because after all, this is all about me – well, Wowwy and Me anyway – and I am shamelessly blowing my own bullhorn here. So what’s it all about, you might ask?

His red fur was matted and worn out…almost.
But he smelled like sunshine and warm buttered toast.

Summary from back cover:
Tilly is worried because her beloved stuffed mouse, Wowwy, is becoming more raggedy and dirty with each passing day. There’s even a chunk of fur out of his ear. He’s been stitched and scrubbed and patched many times. But now more extreme action is needed. What can Tilly possibly do to stop Wowwy from falling apart at the seams?

It’s my unabashed pleasure to introduce my newest book…Wowwy and Me
Beautifully illustrated by the very talented, Talysha Bujold-Abu
For little munchkins ages 2 – 6

Check out my books at www.pressheretostartpublishing.com 

Thank you.

Happy reading! See you between the lines.

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Bridging the Gap


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 Calling all kids, teachers, parents and grandparents!                                                                                  

 What’s up? As you may know by now, I am a writer of children’s books by day and during the deep dark hours of my soul, I am a cranky boomer blogger by night. Okay, so that was a bit of unnecessary drama, but I want you to appreciate the alter egos I struggle with on a daily basis. My poor Hubsey never knows who he’s sleeping with from one computer paragraph to the next. And despite the schizophrenic nature of my two jobs, I manage to stay grounded by keeping all my bases covered in the age department….sort of like a ping-pong ball on steroids.

The gap: In an effort to avoid disaster by confusing my work, I generally keep things separated by a spongy wall, so I can bounce back and forth without hurting myself. But this is a unique project and an exceptional circumstance – so I want to bridge the gap between my two worlds to get you and your families involved. I’m very excited about this project!

Here’s the dealio: I grew up in a small town on Georgian Bay (circa 1950) without phones or electricity. My first school bus was a horse and buggy! For real!! And now I’m hooked on anything with an Apple on it. Could I have imagined the changes that would happen in my lifetime? Today in 2013, Canadians are signing up to go to the moon, cars are being developed that drive themselves, while fingerprint technology will soon replace our need for passwords. What could possibly be next?

Think about it: Do the kids in your life imagine our world of tomorrow? What will the year 2035 look like, in the fields of transportation, technology, fashion, space travel, entertainment, the environment, careers, schools and families…just to name a few? How will our children, the movers and shakers of tomorrow, shape the world they live in? I want to ask them and find out.

Call for Submissions by Press Here to Start Publishing

I would like to challenge the children of today, to imagine the year 2035 and tell us what they see. A collection of the best entries from kids of all ages will be published in an exciting new book entitled, Time Capsule – 2035.  

  • Open to all students in Canada, grades 1-8 on any topic
  • Includes essays, poems and stories to a max of 200 words
  • Original artwork optional
  • Teachers are encouraged to submit classroom entries
  • Can be submitted online or by snail mail
  • Final entry deadline, March 31, 2014
  • Click here for Time Capsule – 2035 Flyer

Final Word:

This project is exciting on so many levels. It encourages dialogue in schools and at home about the difficult subject of change. It tells us what our kids are thinking about. And it helps the children of today connect to their world of tomorrow. Plus the book itself will be an interesting Time Capsule to look back on in years to come.

Please help me to spread the word and get your kids and schools involved. You’ll be hearing more about this in the news.

Go to http://www.pressheretostartpublishing.com for details and check out the Hot Tips on how to get started. 

Pat Skene…see you between the lines.

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