Friday, December 14, 2018

Why do Kids Read Books & How do Books Help Them?




Growing up, I couldn't read. Though I was put in the Dumbbell Reading Group, I couldn't keep up. News Flash! If you can't read, You Can't Learn because what you need to learn must be Read. 

Today with all the modern technology it's still the same. That's why I'm sharing my journey. I do this in the hope that parents with kids who are having difficulties like I did take their child to the eye doctor because relying on the eye doctor the school had didn't tell my folks that I was very nearsighted. You see, kids are real smart especially kids who know they’re not measuring up. I was so smart that I listened to the doctor as he talked and pointed to places on the board while checking out the eyesight of the kids in front of me. When it was my turn, I sounded brilliant! I was happy-- no ready to jump for joy when the eye doctor told me I'd gotten everything right! It was the first time I'd ever been praised by someone. And this someone, well he was even more important than my teacher. I was having a wonderful day until....

Later in the afternoon when my mom opened my third-grade report card. "How can you be failing everything? How is this possible?" She asked me. Looking back, I can understand why she didn't know I had a problem for my brother was really sick since he been born, so mom sent me next store and my wonderful Grandma took care of me. Since she grew up in Poland and spoke Yiddish, she didn't know if I was having a problem. Now everyone, did.

The good news was that my school principal had us visit her eye doctor. A pair of really ugly glasses and a summer being tutored by a retired elementary school teacher meant that I passed a proficiency test and was allowed into the fourth grade with the other kids. 

One would think that with all the cramming I had to do to stay with my grade, the last thing I'd want to do was read or study anything. However, just the opposite was true. I must confess that when I wasn't interested in a subject I didn't do well until one glorious day when I decided to memorize what I needed to know that I found boring! I bet some of your kids do this tooooo! 

Now, since this blogs supposed to be about your kids this is a good place to segway into that, so.... before I start sounding like an expert, which I'm not, I must confess that once I could read, I wasn't able to stop reading and am now an author. And, yes, I would love it if you picked up my first kids book for your kids or friend’s kids.

However, in this post I asked two questions... so here are my answers... Most kids begin reading books because they must. To move a child from the 'I must' to the "I want to' book reading phase find books about things their interested in. Our schools had but did away with the required book lists we read from in the 50's and 60's so they could offer books to kids that have people like them. For chapter books a few of the favorites are Where the Red Fern Grows, The Wimpy Kid books and anything written by Judy Blume. 

The best way to find books your kids will gobble up like I did is to ask them what they want. I know this sounds sounds odd, but take it from me, since I have worked in a bookstore, kids know what they want. If they seem uncertain have them shop online with you or better yet, take them to the bookstore… or, and I saved the best for last, take them to the library and get them their very own library card, which IS a big deal since they'll know that you'll be charged if a book isn’t returned on time. I talk about this from first hand experience because I lost a book and had to pay, since I was babysitting, to replace it.

From your local library to the above mentioned book’s and the others your kids will tell you about kids learn important life lessons.

As a pastor wife, I’m blessed that God gifted me the 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team books. As with the books and author listed above, kids will learn things in each of the 23 books in this series. However, since these books are about a 10-year-old's special relationship with Jesus what children will experience is faith affirming life lessons because that is what Gracie experiences in a very personal way about the ‘Fruit of the Spirit' the ‘Armor of God’, and the Beautiful Attitudes. 

One of the things I love about the first Gracie book is the Billy-Bob Christmas Cookie Contest kids and folks can enter and the fact that their names will appear in that book! If your interested in this learning experience and the others found within I hope you'll get the book and when your kids are done reading it read it you'll read it because this is a Family Faith Fiction.

For the paperback click: https://amzn.to/2QfYfAZ 
For the kindle click:  https://amzn.to/2TGPBds

Want an autographed copy? Please leave me a message.

Watch for Bill-Bob's Christmas Cookie: 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2


To join 10-year-old Gracie & author Paula-Rose Facebook group click: http://bit.ly/2MNVLou




Friday, November 23, 2018

4 Now or Holiday Gifting a New Middle Reader Faith Series!



Start your kids on this amazing middle reader faith series with

A Heartbroken Father: 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team


Hi ya'll!
I'm Gracie and this is my story. I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with my mama Bernice, and Miss Millie, the renter who lives with us. I sure wish she were my grandma, she's that sweet! But then, I find out in this here book that she's an honest to goodness angel! Here in Pleasant Hill, we talk a tad different saying things like ya'll, yes'm, and yes siree. Our words spoken with love warm my heart, because everyone cares about their neighbor and what's going on with one matters to all.  

In this first Fruit of the Spirit book, I want to join my mama's Save a Soul Prayer Team to thank God for all the people who came around us when my firefighter daddy died saving the town from a huge brush fire. Fact is, I've a list of wants, like having a sister, helping my sorrowful friend's daddy figure out where his family has gone and...well...stuff like that. But I heard tell God can do what I can't.

I find out how true that is when I fall into a sinkhole and Jesus meets me there. With a smile in my heart, I'm eager to do what He asks. My faith adventure takes me from the school playground to the hospital and home. And the Lord is with me, mine, and my new sister every step of the way. 

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Readers Raves


5-Stars! “This book speaks from the heart to young and old, as it praises the Lord on every page. And as, it sweetly says yes’m, yes siree, also ya’ll...it’s actually talking to all of us in many different ways. That’s why as it guides its people, it is showing everybody... if we will just follow where the Lord leads.... that even in the darkest sinkhole of our life we will verify that we can do all things through the strength given to us by Jesus Christ! Because through prayer by spending time with the Lord, we will always find the way we need to be going. So, read on. And enjoy this spirit filled adventure realizing there will always be Angels among us, sent to help us find the light...and to survive the problems in our life.” https://amzn.to/2R3h3A5

5-Stars! "Wow! Great story! Begin building a child's library with Paula-Rose's books. This author definitely has a knack for the written word! I love reading books of faith to kids. I always did to my children and grandchildren. We need more books like this for kids of all ages! Highly recommend! God's grace captivates Paula-Rose in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His Glory!" https://amzn.to/2R3h3A5

5-Stars! "I fell in love with the prayer warrior Gracie. An old soul who would become a world changer for sure! The introduction of M&M as an angel was reminiscent of the <3 'Touched by an Angel' TV Show <3 which I love. It also reminded me of the movie <3 'The War Room' <3 and I like how the author combined the story with that of the janitor." https://amzn.to/2R3h3A5 

Also available in paperback from Barnes & Noble here: http://bit.ly/2TFmozC 


Want an autographed copy? Please leave me a message.

Watch for Bill-Bob's Christmas Cookie: 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2

Kids, Mom's & Folks...

Have a never published cookie recipe?Send it to GraciePrayerTeam@mail.com

Winner or group of winners names will be in Billy-Bob's Christmas Cookie:10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2!

To join 10-year-old Gracie & author Paula-Rose Facebook group click: http://bit.ly/2MNVLou


About author Paula~Rose


At fifteen, Paula-Rose and her family spent many weeks on a friend’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Since all had daily jobs on the farm, she did too. Though Paula grew up in large cities, she loved being there and has suggested to her pastor husband that if they retire she’d like to live where her heart first experienced what she hopes kids do when they read her Gracie books.

Happily married to Lutheran Pastor, and Chosen People Ministries field missionary, Ron Michelson, the couple have two wonderful married daughters and seven adorable grandchildren. When her daughters were little, Paula’s husband made up wonderful stories for them. She learned from him the joy of using life situations in a way that blessed children. What started as bedtime stories are realized in this first Gracie book written to entertain and encourage love for God and His Word, while kids learn about the Fruit of the Spirit.

When not writing, Paula likes to teach Praying the Psalms to the women at her church. Her sisters in Christ have shared how blessed they are to discover those who pray the Psalms draw closer to God while he shows them how to deal with each emotion in a way that brings them closer to the Him. A member of her churches weekly prayer team, Paula knows all things the Lord asks of us are accomplished when we start with prayer. 


To follow the author Paula-Rose on Amazon so you'll know when A Brokenhearted Father and the other Gracie books are released, click: https://amzn.to/2ML4GXS

Friday, September 7, 2018

Great news! Pen It Publications has picked up the Gracie books!




To celebrate Jesus' birthday gifting kids books that help them grow in the Lord is a blessing. This is why the publisher and I are committed to having the first Gracie book "A Brokenhearted Father: 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, book 1" published in November.

In the first group of nine books, Jesus teaches Gracie about the Fruit of the Spirit through life her experiences, and readers learn while enjoying these sweet books.

If you'd like an autographed copy for holiday gifting, please leave me a message.


Kids, Mom's & Folks...
Have a never published cookie recipe?
Send it to GraciePrayerTeam@mail.com
Winner or group of winners names will be in Billy-Bob's Christmas Cookie:
10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2!
To join 10-year-old Gracie & author Paula-Rose Facebook group click: 


About Paula-Rose

At fifteen, Paula-Rose and her family spent many weeks on a friend’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Since all had daily jobs on the farm, she did too. Though Paula grew up in large cities, she loved being there and has suggested to her pastor husband that if they retire she’d like to live where her heart first experienced what she hopes kids do when they read her Gracie books.

Happily married to Lutheran Pastor, and Chosen People Ministries field missionary, Ron Michelson, the couple have two wonderful married daughters and seven adorable grandchildren. When her daughters were little, Paula’s husband made up wonderful stories for them. She learned from him the joy of using life situations in a way that blessed children. What started as bedtime stories are realized in this first Gracie book written to entertain and encourage love for God and His Word, while kids learn about the Fruit of the Spirit.

When not writing, Paula likes to teach Praying the Psalms to the women at her church. Her sisters in Christ have shared how blessed they are to discover those who pray the Psalms draw closer to God while he shows them how to deal with each emotion in a way that brings them closer to the Him. A member of her churches weekly prayer team, Paula knows all things the Lord asks of us are accomplished when we start with prayer. 

To follow the author Paula-Rose on Amazon so you'll know when A Brokenhearted Father and the other Gracie books are released, click: https://amzn.to/2ML4GXS


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pen It! to publish "A Brokenhearted Father: 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 1"




It's official! I've signed with Pen It! publications, LLC!

I look forward to working with Debi Stanton and her talented team to ensure A Brokenhearted Father: 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 1, is a captivating read for all ages. I'm delighted that they will publish all the books in this Middle Grade series!

Please pray each Fruit of the Spirit book becomes a bestselling Christian fiction that crossover so it can touch many hearts with God's love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Kids, Mom's & Folks...
Have a never published cookie recipe?
Send it to GraciePrayerTeam@mail.com
Winner or group of winners names will be in Billy-Bob's Christmas Cookie:
10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2!
To join 10-year-old Gracie & author Paula-Rose Facebook group click: 


About Paula-Rose

At fifteen, Paula-Rose and her family spent many weeks on a friend’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Since all had daily jobs on the farm, she did too. Though Paula grew up in large cities, she loved being there and has suggested to her pastor husband that if they retire she’d like to live where her heart first experienced what she hopes kids do when they read her Gracie books.

Happily married to Lutheran Pastor, and Chosen People Ministries field missionary, Ron Michelson, the couple have two wonderful married daughters and seven adorable grandchildren. When her daughters were little, Paula’s husband made up wonderful stories for them. She learned from him the joy of using life situations in a way that blessed children. What started as bedtime stories are realized in this first Gracie book written to entertain and encourage love for God and His Word, while kids learn about the Fruit of the Spirit.

When not writing, Paula likes to teach Praying the Psalms to the women at her church. Her sisters in Christ have shared how blessed they are to discover those who pray the Psalms draw closer to God while he shows them how to deal with each emotion in a way that brings them closer to the Him. A member of her churches weekly prayer team, Paula knows all things the Lord asks of us are accomplished when we start with prayer. 

To follow the author on Amazon so you'll know when A Brokenhearted Father and the other Gracie books are  released, click: https://amzn.to/2ML4GXS




Monday, August 13, 2018

Free for 5-days! Grab your Copy of "No Other Choice"!


5-Stars! “Once I started reading No Other Choice, I couldn’t put this wonderful book down!” 

5-Stars! "No Other Choice is one of most interesting Inspirational Christian Romances I've read!" 

5-Stars! “Full of intrigue and suspense, the strong thread of inspiration woven throughout No Other Choice kept me reading. I can't wait to start book two!” http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp

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Naomi fled Spain for America to escape living the lie generations of her people had lived. She planned to find her uncle and help him earn enough money to bring their family to this land of promise. About to be sent back, the teenager lets an old woman help her and when handcuffed and dragged to the woman's casa, discovers she must continue to live a lie. Will Naomi's coming-of-age journey be one of fear, freedom, or love?

Chaz met Naomi when she gave this drunken bum a few dollars and made him sign her pledge book while saying he would help others. Now an internationally well-known philanthropist, he will pretend to be less than he is to wed Naomi!

Lola was rescued from immigration by Naomi. Now this teenager wants to discredit her benefactor so she can have Chaz. And having discovered Naomi's secrets, she is bound to succeed!

Two people in love yet neither knows who their spouse really is. A teenage girl whose goal is to drive a wedge between this star-crossed couple. Can anyone get what they want before fear, longing, lies and secrets cause this triangle to unravel? http://amzn.to/1tN7hEp


About the Author

Writing great Inspirational Christian Romances, Children's Chapter Faith Stories, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-help and works to encourage are author Paula Rose Michelson’s passion. Her desire to inspire others comes from being a late reader, who discovered books were her best friends! A lover of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ or the Jesus' sake, she writes about amazing women and girls who have unique faith challenges. When asked about her idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula said, "Naomi and I penned these fictions together." 

When not involved in writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point, both of them worked for the mission. However, when the Lord called Paula to write full-time, she gladly left to devote herself to this work. 

This happy mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven, has friends who often tell her that she weaves such wonderful tails they lose track of the time. Since both family and her ever-increasing reader family matter to Paula, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her books. 

Some who first knew Paula as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those biblical teachings are found within her books. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her wish to see those who feel 'less than' restored to wholeness. Therefore, within each of her books, she includes a few of the teachings God gifted her so readers can overcome and feel good about themselves. https://goo.gl/jYagKJ

Email Paula at: Paula.Wordsmith@yahoo.com

Paula's Facebook Author Page is at: https://goo.gl/t2a9mz

Friend her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/paula.michelson

Ask to join her Author VIP Facebook Group at: https://goo.gl/4Yqe1d

Twitter:  https://goo.gl/0YD21U or @PaulaWordsmith1

LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/hnsXur

Goggle+: https://goo.gl/HL4zeW 


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

National Girlfriend Day!

Growing up I wanted (as I imagine all girl's do) lots of girlfriends. However, moving as much as we did... I still can't remember if I lived in nine house and went to seven schools or if it was the other way around. I do know the many friends of mine who had to move many times like we did agree that isn't easy on kids. I did learn to fit in at any cost, which wasn't hard since my mom was strict. However, I longed to be accepted just because I was me. Now 71, I've learned that from infancy to our last breath women desire...no need this. Many I've talked with told me it was easy to fit in since they did what I did.

Then I meet the Lover of my Soul and rejoiced for Jesus didn't want me to fit in! He wanted and continues to ask me to stand out for Him! In doing this, I become the authentic person He created me to be. In doing this, I learn to praise Him. I doing this, I hear God speak to me. Turn my back on Him, and I silence the one who gave His life for me.

When God called me to write the 10-year-old Gracie & the Save a Soul Prayer Team faith fictions, I was doubly blessed because these books about virtues, values, girls, women and social skills, show others that being authentic is best. I believe readers will enjoy A Heartbroken Father for within the pages they meet a sweet child, a caring Mama, and an angel. These three have captivated me and I think they will touch your heart as well.

Since the original book has 10 more chapters, a new title, and is being proofed, I ask you to pray I find a publisher because this is now a 16 book series.

Here's the new... un-proofed beginning of chapter 1

Chapter 1: Two Years Ago

Grace heard a car backfire and a few minutes later smelled smoke. Though only eight-years-old, she knew what that could mean since her daddy was a firefighter. She looked out her classroom window and saw flames. Grace looked from the other kids, to her teacher. Since they didn’t act like there was a problem, Grace figured she was having what her mama called “a bad daydream because that’s what firefighters’ families did sometimes”, so she tried to give it no-nevermind.  
Ten minutes later, Principal Jones’ voice boomed over the loud speaker, “Fire! This is not a drill!” 
“Okay, class, we all know what to do,” Miss Elderberry’s smile and soothing voice calmed those who didn’t know what Grace did. However, Grace, true to the promise she’d made her daddy, didn’t say a word, which was hard since as a first-responder firefighter, her daddy had told her stuff. With Grace seated the nearest to the blackboard and window, she was the last to file out. When she stood, Grace heard a big roar and a loud crackling. She looked out the window. Flames were so high what little sky she saw was filled with blackish-grey smoke.   
Aware this wasn’t good, Grace hurried to her classroom door, relieved to see her mama handing each child a water-soaked towel, as she said, “Cover your nose and mouth with this.” Mama’s joy at seeing Grace was evident though all she did was hand Grace what she had every other kid. Grace tried not to gag while she placed the towel over her mouth and nose. Taking her daughter’s hand, Mama and Grace ran to the playground. The headcount was completed when Grace arrived. While the count was double-checked, Grace wondered where her daddy was and why her mama left their farm since Pa told them, “If in danger, stay there, so he’d know where to find them.” She looked up and seeing the sky was almost pitch black, she said a prayer for her Daddy, Joe who was near as she had to an uncle, and the others who risked their lives every day to keep them safe.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Article After My Notes on "Marketing Your Children's Books"



That most writers have too write a lot before their proficient enough to call themselves and author is a given. However, few realize while honing those skills that it is as or more necessary to learn how to market their book, even before it’s finished.

Though the reasons very, it is a normal, healthy thing to tell others what you’re doing. I believe many good closet-writers don’t publish because of fear. However, if you start early-on sharing what your doing, you’ll find within every group another wannabe whose as passionate and worried like you. The adage ‘there’s safety in numbers’ applies here. For in all personal endeavors which require time and perseverance, isolation and self-doubt rob the world of many a fledgling – name your favorite author, athlete, or....

Therefore today, I share an article which deals with one reason writers don’t publish, namely marketing. Now, I’m not posting this because I know what will work for you rather because the first steps require those who write to talk about what they are doing.
For me this hit close to home when I learned last year that my brother started writing in Junior High School and is now seriously writing for publication. And to think I found this out at 71, was a shocker. Especially when I would have happily supported him.

Below is what I believe to be valuable, get out of the closet and do what it advices!


This article is by Kimberly S Hoffman

Develop a Strategy:
*   Who is your main audience? Can you expand this out to include other groups?
*   What is your book’s theme? How can you use that to develop programs around this theme?
*   Are there other elements of your book that can be used to develop programs.
Create a Contact List:
*   Brainstorm Who Can You Contact
      *  Schools (include all age appropriate levels from preschool-elementary)
      *  Libraries
      *  Toy Stores
      *  Book Stores
      *  Churches
*   Utilize Social Media
*   Ask Children for Help Reaching Their Teachers
*   Bring up what you do in conversations.  You never know what may come of it
Time to Contact:
*   Keep your email as concise as possible, but include all pertinent initial data.
      *  Remember that teachers & librarians are busy people. You don’t have to provide dates,     
         times, etc. on the first contact.
      *  Include who you are, your purpose in writing, possible choices of programs, and include links to your Social Media site, your webpage, your publisher’s page, etc. Establish your legitimacy.
      *  If you cannot find contact information, call. Keep it to the point. Same rules apply.
 You Receive a Reply:
*   Set Up the Visit
      *  Try to be as flexible as possible to meet their schedule.
      *  Determine the length of the program.
*  Determine what program they would like presented.
*   Ask for possible headcount.
*   Send the teacher a confirmation of details and include a pre-buy flyer.
*   Mark your calendar with date, time, contact number, and any pertinent details such as what you need to bring that day.
      *   Most schools will require you sign in upon arrival.
      *   Some will require you to fill out a background check.
Programs:
*   Read your book
*   Main theme of your book
*   How to write a book
*   Secondary topics
*   Be flexible!
Follow-Up:
*   Thank you note
*   Ask for a review
*   Let them know you are more than willing to come again
*   Look at what went well and what didn’t ADJUST
Other Ideas for Marketing
*   Book Launch
*   Book Signings
*   Attend local Literacy Fair
*   Talk up your book - You are your own best marketing agent!
*   Ask teachers/librarians/etc. to leave a review on your Facebook page, author webpage, etc.
*   Use other sites such as Author Central on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
*   Look for ways to give back to the community through your book.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise
*   Facebook events, posts, etc.
*   Other Social Media / Websites
*   Posters, fliers, postcards, etc.
*   Word of mouth