Posts Tagged ‘little girls’

This week we’ll meet Shannon L Mokry, Author of the children’s “Take a Walk on the Beach” book

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Shannon, what do you write and why? I write children’s books because they are light and fun and we all need a little light and whimsy in our lives. More seriously, though, I write children’s books because I’m writing for my own child. I want to be an example for her, of what it takes and what it looks like, to follow your dream and to act even when your afraid.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

 

 

I’m a homeschooling mama, with a background in both Early Childhood Development and English Studies. I have three daughters, but only one is still reading children’s books. I grew up in California, but I have been living in Texas since getting married in my early 20’s.

I started this journey as an author a few years ago. You see, I lost an argument with God over using the gifts he gave me. I may have lost an argument, but a won a better life and a better legacy. 

I had been living in fear, and didn’t even realize it. But God opened my eyes and showed me what my fear was doing to my kids. I wanted to be the best example to my kids that I could be. That meant living past my fear, and using all of the gifts I was given. In the process I get to help other people be the best they can be.

3.5 yrs and 10 books later, I think I’m making progress in being the example I want to be.

Good for you, Shannon. How many books have you written?

I have 10 books, and 2 activity guides published so far.

Tell us about your new book “Take a Walk on the Beach”.

 

 

This was an exercise for me, in painting a person, and writing simple sentences. Many people think that writing for kids is easy, but keeping the vocabulary simple, easy to read, and still telling a story, is a challenge. The little girl in the story, takes a walk and looks for treasures on the beach. She enjoys her day and reminds us to leave nature as we find it. 

I love that cover. What kind of characters are in this book?

This book features a little girl, I chose not to name her, or show her face. The purpose of this book is to encourage kids learning to read. This is why I made this book available in two different fonts. One is a dyslexic font, while this font is not scientifically proven, I want to provide the option. Reading is a door to so many things, my goal is to help by providing well written stories in readable fonts.

What an interesting idea. Who should read “Take a Walk at the Beach”? Its a beginning reader, so any parent or teacher that has children in their life. Take a read through it yourself and then share the sweet book with the kids in your life.

Do you have plans for another book? Yes! I have so many plans, it feels kind of crazy. Two of my next ten planned books are in this series.

That is great news. Where can we find you?

www.instagram.com/whimsyandpurpose

www.facebook.com/shannonlmokry

www.twitter.com/shannonmokry

Where can we find your books?

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Shannon+L+Mokry

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Shannon+L+Mokry

Some of my titles are also available on Walmart and target .com’s just type in my name.

Thank so much for visiting us this week, Shannon. Have an awesome time writing your next book.

sharing their joys, losses, regrets, and ultimately family secrets that will seal all their fates

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Gardenia
Duty
by
Kathleen Varn
Genre:
Women’s Historical Fiction 
 
In
1957 jobs are scarce in rural Ashland, Alabama. Bobby Higgins is
facing life decisions; his family’s farm struggles and threat of
the draft hangs over 18-year-old males as the Cold War rumbles in the
distance. Bobby heads off to boot camp, vowing to provide for his
family from his pay. Between shore and sea duty, Bobby leaves broken
hearts in every port. When his own heart is stolen by Rose, he’s
shocked to learn that she comes with four daughters, a package deal
he’s unsure he wants. But when Rose disappears, Bobby finds her and
persuades her to marry him. Somehow they navigate their way through
the trials of marriage and parenting as he fulfills his patriotic
career and his promise to raise four willful daughters. In the spring
of 2004, his daughters are brought together by grief. They forge new
bonds, sharing their joys, losses, regrets, and ultimately family
secrets that will seal all their fates…if they can summon the
courage to report for duty.
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Kat
Varn’s
 love
affair with words manifested when she turned four and taught herself
to read. As she grew older, books and reading were an escape from
responsibility.  As the oldest daughter in a transient Navy
family, words fed her imagination to embrace adventure and magical
worlds. Kat was drawn to the strength of little girls in 
The
Little Princess
 and The
Secret Garden
.
Eventually,
Kat dove into journaling between the pages of beautiful leather
notebooks, recording her children’s infant landmarks. Journaling
also helped her find solace in the grief of a toxic relationship.
Throughout her journey to extract her family from oppression, she
explored the idea of freedom through allegorical short stories. In
the midst of angst and soul searching, she retained a sense of humor
that gave her the resilience to pursue the search for her true self.
Kat
hopes her readers enjoy Ameera’s journey to pursue the forbidden
zone of dance while becoming part of a larger experience—embraced
and bonded to eight glittery belly dancers. Each of them aware they
may have never met without the common denominator of a six-week belly
dance class under the tutelage of their troupe director.
Kat
is now very happily married to her soulmate. She resides in
Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked for an adoption attorney
for twenty-three years. With her two children settled in adulthood,
she is exploring a beautiful world, from scuba diving in Fiji or
photographing from Alaska’s frozen tundra.
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