Licky the Lizard by Melissa Henderson

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Melissa Henderson with me this morning. Melissa is talking about the writing process and her children’s book, Licky the Lizard. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Melissa:  Most of my writing happens in the upstairs home office. A double window looks out to a pond across the street. Before writing begins, I pray and ask God to give me the words He wants me to share with the world.

What is Licky the Lizard  about?

Melissa: Licky the Lizard is about overcoming fears of the unknown. Based on my true life experience with lizards, I have learned not to be afraid of them because they are created by God, just like I am created by God. He loves all His creations.

He does love His creations! 🙂 What is your favorite part of the book?

Melissa:  My favorite part of the book is when the lady (who is somewhat based on my own personal experience) in the story pauses to consider how Licky feels. Licky is afraid of her and she is afraid of him. Through thinking about Licky’s feelings, the lady realizes she doesn’t need to be afraid.

Sounds nice.  Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Melissa:  I hope readers will grasp the message that we are all created by God. There is opportunity to love and share love in every moment.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

 Melissa:  Readers can find me at:

    Website and blog

Amazon-Licky the Lizard 

Facebook 

   Pinterest

Click to Tweet: Melissa Henderson’s debut children’s book teaches you to overcome fear. #children #childrensbook @InspiredPrompt


 Licky the Lizard

Licky the Lizard is one nice lizard, and just like you and me, he’s one of God’s own creations. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that we’re really all the same—because He created everything in our world. We feel afraid because of our differences. 

What happens when Licky the Lizard comes face to face with a lady who’s going in and out of her house? When the lady sees Licky, he causes her quite a fright! But guess what? Licky is also scared. Of her. They’re scared of each other! Then Licky and the lady remember that there is no need to be afraid. They were both created by God, and that’s what makes them very special. 
In Licky The Lizard, author Melissa Henderson offers parents, grandparents, and educators a tale that teaches young children a simple, yet important message: There is no need to fear any of God’s creatures because we are all created by Him—and He loves us all.

Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in coastal South Carolina. She was taught the love of reading and writing at an early age by her parents. Melissa continues to write Christian stories and also, enjoys writing her blog.

You can find her blog at https://melissaghenderson.com/.

Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash by Amberly Kristen Clowe

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Amberly Kristen Clowe with me this morning. Amberly is talking about the writing process and her children’s book,Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Amberly: This is a fun question, because my writing rituals are always changing. If it’s a morning writing session, you can bet there’s a cup of coffee within reach. If we’re talking afternoon, I’ve been starting with a few Hershey’s kisses lately. Brain food, right? I’m one of those writers who needs silence. So, there’s that. I always go back to the beginning of the chapter I’m writing, just to remind myself of the voice and what’s happening. I have zero social media browsers open. That’s way too distracting for my brain. That about sums it up. 😊

What is Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash  about?

Amberly: My latest book is the first in the new Teeny Sweeney chapter book series for children, published with the wonderful Little Lamb Books. Teeny Sweeney is this fun, dynamic character. She reminds me a lot of Ramona Quimby and Pippi Longstocking. There’s never a dull moment with her. In this book, Teeny is assigned the task of creating a business plan. She does so, so much more in total zany Teeny fashion. There’s a best friend, a nemesis (naturally), uber wonderful parents, and a too-cool-for-school big brother. The second book is currently in edits. I’ll be releasing more details about this one through my newsletter peeps and then on my social media pages. You guys, it is a fun time.

Sounds like fun! What is your favorite part of the book?

Amberly: Hmmm … that’s tough to decide, but I’m pretty partial to the playground scene, when Teeny sells her very first mustache. Everything hinges on this moment with Jak. That was so much fun to write.

You have my attention. 🙂 Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Amberly: I really love the Scripture throughout the book. I love that Teeny is like a lot of us, just trying to better know God and understand how scripture applies to her own life. I pray that children will relate to the fact that life isn’t always wrapped up in a pretty bow (more not than so, really). It’s messy, yet beautiful.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

 Amberly: I’m active on Twitter and Facebook, under Amberly Clowe. I also post a Five Minute Friday each week on my blog at www.amberlykristenclowe.com. They are Bible lessons for families that take literally five minutes to complete. Readers can pop over to the same website and sign up for my monthly newsletter to receive another Bible lesson for kids and my latest bookish news.

Click to Tweet: Amberly Kristen Clowe’s latest book is the first in the new Teeny Sweeney chapter book series for #children, published with the wonderful Little Lamb Books. #childrensbook @InspiredPrompt


 Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash

Third-grader Teeny Sweeney has been one-upped by seemingly perfect Amanda Mayweather too many times. When their teacher assigns a project to create a business plan, Teeny knows she’s destined for success. After all, with two entrepreneurs as parents, business sense is in her blood! The best laid plans, though, often go awry.

Teeny will have to learn that God’s plan is one she can always trust, and that with prayer it is possible to love everyone—even Amanda Mayweather. With Teeny, young readers will learn that even when things don’t seem to work out, you can always trust God’s plan.


Amberly Kristen Clowe loves to make children smile with stories, and if they laugh, even better. She is at home with a cup of coffee and a pastry. Amberly lives in Houston with her family, who just so happens to share her same zest for life. Amberly teaches both elementary and middle school students, and she hopes to learn at least one zany thing every day.

You can find Amberly at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

3 Questions Wednesday with Vanessa Fortenberry

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Vanessa Fortenberry.

Vanessa’s children’s book titled Mama, I Want to See God was recently honored as a “Winner” in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2017 Bookvana Awards. Her latest work, Daddy, I Want to Know God depicts the spiritual leadership of fathers as they teach their children about a caring, unfailing, and capable God.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Vanessa:  God’s given life inspires me as a writer. When I hear sermons, speeches, or overhear certain conversations (I’m not eavesdropping :)), I’m inspired to write a piece about the topic I heard. It might appear later as a book, newsletter, or article. Of course, I was inspired to write my first book, Mama, I Want to See God when my grandson said to his mother those exact words. The conversation between mother and son later motivated me to write a series including dads (Daddy, I Want to Know God), and grandparents (WIP). I was also inspired to write a story (WIP) about a turkey who resided in my neighborhood a couple of years ago. This turkey hung around our yards and front porches for about 8 months. My grandchildren and I named him, Bob. Although my daughter speculated, that Bob was probably Barbara! Overall, it’s the experiences and episodes of life that inspires me.

I love that your grandchildren inspire you. (And turkeys)

Next question is a bit of fun–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Vanessa: As a new addition to the crayon box, my color would be “lavenpeach.” This hue would be a blend of lavender and peach, which are my two favorite colors. Also, peach is my favorite fruit and one of my favorite scents. While I’m not very fond of the aroma of lavender, the herb has calming and soothing effects. The color “lavenpeach” will not only be a radiate color that stands out among the rest, it will also emit an ambient fragrance.

Scented crayons are the best. Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Vanessa:  As a child, I actually aspired to have several careers, all of which have come to fruition. I loved music and singing as a child. I remember as a teenager, pretending to hold a microphone and I introduced “myself” as Lea McGee. Lea is my middle name and McGee was the last name of my teenaged boyfriend. I also liked the idea of becoming a teacher. As a young child, I had a desk that was located under the stairs of the apartment where we lived. I would make up work and test for my made up students and as the teacher, I would grade the students work. Lastly, I enjoyed writing poems, plays, and stories as a child, so I aspired in my early twenties to write a novel. I soon put that idea aside when life caught up with me as a young wife and mother.

As a college student, I majored in music education. I’ve traveled abroad with a couple of choral groups. Now I sing locally with my church choir and a community chorus. However, I never received the chance to use my stage name, Lea McGee, I just use my real name and love singing for the Lord. In addition, in 1994, I commenced to teach music and chorus, in the school system where I live. I also taught private voice lessons. While I never aspired to be a librarian, I loved reading great books. Presently, as a teacher-librarian and a writer, I have the better of two worlds as I share my love of books and my written messages to others.

 It’s wonderful that you’ve seen your dreams come to fruition. You’re an inspiration to many…

Readers, Vanessa is offering a paperback copy of her book, Daddy, I Want to Know God, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win.

Click to tweet: Giveaway of Vanessa Fortenberry’s children’s book, Daddy, I Want to Know God. #WriterWednesday #amreading

Here’s more information about the book:


Daddy, I Want to Know God

Does God love me all the time? Will He ever leave me? In this rhyming verse story, children’s probing questions of their dads shows a burning desire to connect with God personally and to learn more about God.

Book two of the series, Families Growing in Faith, depicts a father’s spiritual leadership as he teaches his child about a caring, unfailing, and capable God. This captivating story articulates to young people of all ages and nationalities that through our belief in Jesus Christ we indeed become children of God.


 A music teacher turned teacher-librarian; Vanessa Fortenberry enjoys story time with her students. A Georgia Peach, Vanessa loves singing for the Lord and teaching Sunday school at her church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. To learn more about Vanessa and her other writing endeavors, please visit her website: www.vanessafortenberry.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Kathy C. Houser

Welcome my friend, Kathy Houser, a local children’s author with her debut children’s book, Houser Post Office. 

With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Kathy: The laughter of children, their imagination and their love. I’m also inspired by all God’s creations. Sometimes one word can start a story, sometimes one glance at beauty can start a story.

That’s so true. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Kathy: Rainbow, because all the colors you see are beautiful. Like a butterfly, each a beauty in its own way!

I love a rainbow, especially while it’s still raining and the sun peeking in. Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kathy: Veterinarian, because of my love of animals.

My granddaughter, Sadie, wants to be a veterinarian also. Thanks so much for stopping in, Kathy!

Kathy will soon be releasing her second children’s book, Dino’s Adventure. Read more about it below…


Dino Adventure

 I was inspired to write because my son, Jamie and his daughter, Ellie have such a love for the giant creatures. While doing research, I found myself intrigued by the mystery of the dinosaurs. I wanted to know more about these creatures and I even took a biblical look into the creation of these giants that roamed our earth so long ago. Research on dinosaurs brings out the imagination and intriguing aspects of how they existed and how they evolved into some creatures that still exist today!

During the writing of this story, I put together dinosaurs that were plant eaters and could have possibly traveled together in the same period of time. Even though Dino Adventure is completed, I still enjoy reading about them. Join me on this awesome journey of your imagination into the world of dinosaurs!


Houser Post Office

One day, the arts council asked me to read a story at the Chicken and Egg Festival that would be held in a small town that I lived in. I asked them if I could just write a short story to read to the children instead. So this is how the story about mail on a farm started!

I started on the story one night. I thought about how unhappy some of my customers were when they didn’t get any mail. Then I thought about how happy my son was when I would read animal stories to him. The combination of the two inspired me to write this story!


Author Kathy C. Houser

Kathy C. Houser, after I grew up, I worked full-time with the Post Office as a City Carrier and raised my son.  After thirty-two years, I retired and here I am, six months later, with two new books! My debut book is Houser Post Office and my second one is Dino’s Adventure. It thrills me to know that children all over the place will be reading my books. I look forward to writing more!

Terry Jo Compton-Illustrator of Dino’s Adventure 

I live in Decatur, Alabama, with my wife, Paula. I became passionate about art at the young age of five years old and spent some of my teenage years working as an artist on signs for businesses, lettering, illustrations, commercial buildings, giant water trucks, and even stage props, stationary, and home decor.

Framed art is my favorite to produce and I love that my art hangs on the walls of someone’s home. I am inspired by fine art, architecture, and old buildings dating back years and years ago. I consider it an honor and privilege to produce artwork that will last for years to come. My love for art has also led me to oils, water colors, and acrylic painting.  The talent I have is all-natural and God-given…no lessons!

Christina Travis-Illustrator of Houser Post Office 

I’m sixteen years old, born in San Marcos, Texas, and raised in Trinity, Alabama. I’ve always had a love for the arts, whether it’s music or drawing. I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, every day when I would come home from school that was always the first thing I wanted to do. It wasn’t until the seventh grade when I realized that I had talent. I would normally do a quick sketch, but when I really sat down and committed to drawing for hours, from then on I knew that I wanted to draw professionally. So I began drawing portraits for friends and family. I am so thankful for all the love and support I have received while on this journey.

3 Questions Wednesday with Maria I. Morgan

Maria headshot LLBDToday we welcome inspirational writer and speaker Maria I. Morgan  to Writing Prompts.

Hi Maria! So glad you dropped by today.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Maria: Oh this is a challenging question! If it were a fiction book, I’d have to say Jody Hedlund (author of The Preacher’s Bride, Unending Devotion, Beacons of Hope series, etc.). She crafts her stories with research into the history of the time period and places she writes about while developing fictional characters with plenty of depth. Her storylines often include relevant issues of the day that give me pause to think about what it would have been like to grow up in that particular era.

I tend to gravitate toward Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian if I’m reading a non-fiction book. These women are phenomenal at sharing the truths of God’s Word in ways that make it meaningful and memorable. Some of my favorites include: Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets Them Free, True Woman 101: Divine Design, True Woman 201: Interior Design.

Sounds like some great authors. Now let’s talk about the antagonist.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Maria: I hope it’s okay to borrow a villain from a fictional movie – because I thought of Vizzini from The Princess Bride. He’s a comical character with a speech impediment who thinks he’s a genius. He has a difficult time keeping the upper hand with his henchmen (who end up defecting to the hero’s side) and his “dizzying intellect” ends up getting him into BIG trouble!

Hey, some of the best villains make their appearance in movies. 🙂 Now a little more about you…

What project are you currently working on?

Maria: Thanks for asking! You could say I’m a glutton for punishment. I’m in the middle of releasing two books for two different audiences.

On October 6th, my second  children’s book, Louie & the Leaf Pile, will officially be released on Amazon! You can find both print and Kindle versions here.

This is the second volume in the Louie the Lawnmower series. Louie wants to be a hero and comes up with a plan to tackle a mountain of autumn leaves. Join Louie and the gang for their all new adventure.

2015 Outrageously Fruitful Cover Design for Createspace 3In mid-November, I’ll be releasing my Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful. It’s a 10-week study on the fruit of the Spirit – designed with the busy female in mind. More on this one soon!

Wow. You are busy but I’m sure its a blessing to be multi-published. Thanks again, Maria, for stopping in!

If you’d like to win a copy of Louie and the Leaf Pile, please leave a comment. One blessed winner will be drawn.

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Louie the Lawnmower and his friends are back! Louie wants to be a hero and comes up with a plan to tackle a mountain of autumn leaves. Will he succeed or will he forget an important component? Join Louie and the gang in their all-new adventure: Louie & the Leaf Pile.

 

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties ~ the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!