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Where have all the missing socks gone?

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Ever wonder where your socks disappear to after you know for a fact you put them in the wash or even in your drawer? Somehow they leave home and sometimes after a few hours even days they magically appear. Ever wonder what they’ve been up to while they’ve been gone?
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A well-crafted, vibrantly colorful illustrated series of books, created by Michael John Sullivan with captivating, fun and stories about THE SOCKKIDS adventures as they journey through the world, entertaining kids of all ages and at the same time providing valuable information.
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Please join me in welcoming, Michael John Sullivan, proud dad, author of several time-travel books, and creator and author of THE SOCKKIDS as she shares his story on how The SOCKKIDS were born.
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The greatest honor I’ve had bestowed upon me is being a father and I’m been blessed to have two beautiful daughters. They are opposites in most every way and it sparks a sometimes too dynamic relationship between the two. Born four years apart certainly can add to the disagreements.

As a parent, you wonder perhaps you should have done something differently. The toughest part is stepping back and letting them develop their own relationship without Dad’s interference.

But, I still boast with pride, on occasion, about the times they do say they love each other. I just happen to be doing this in front of them and my aunt on a hot summer day. I could tell my daughters were looking away, perhaps uncomfortable. Perhaps embarrassed, both of them diverted my thoughts again, this time making fun of my socks, mismatched as they were on this August afternoon. We started to laugh. I looked at my happy socks, loving how they were mismatched.

I saw some sighs from my daughters that they were actually enjoying each other’s company–at my expense. So, I continued to play along with the joke as my daughters recalled some of the times I walked around with mismatched socks. We laughed harder, louder, almost out of control.

Then I started thinking–it’s a writer’s instinct to do so–the imagination started to churn, swirling in many directions.

Where do my missing socks go?

What happens to them?

Are they runaway socks?

Do they seek other humans’ feet to warm?

Could they time travel?

The laughter continued while my mind continued to race. The ideas were percolating to a point of inspiration and motivation to put this into action like I’ve done with my other writing projects.

Kids. Socks. Missing. Time travel. Family of mismatched socks. All the thoughts came together to form THE SOCKKIDS.

On August 6th of every year, I wear mismatched socks to celebrate the birth of the SockKids.

 

 

 

THE SOCKKIDS are multi-colored, illustrated and animated children’s video and book series. The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time-travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and creating a greater awareness of the many social issues facing children today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions to make this a better world.

Perhaps you’ll wonder where your missing sock has gone. You’ll have to look nowhere else but here – as your socks could be traveling with The SockKids on a cool adventure.

Children and their parents are drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated; champion all children and embrace all cultures; and of course, beware of the spin cycle!

The latest in the series: THE SOCKKIDS SAY NO TO BULLYING is now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

What do Wishes, a Comedy of Errors, Recipes & Winning the Lottery have in common?

ANSWER: They can all be found in my newly released book: WISHES, STITCHES & DISHES .

A BUNDLE with something for everyone.

Now available on Amazon.

 

What’s inside the bundle?

DISHES

What about the lottery, you ask?

I’ll get to that further down. 🙂

First, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Pippy, Angel & Matt (excerpts) plus a sample recipe from the dishes section.

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PIPPY’S WISH

A tween angel-in-training and her adventures in this fun, comedic, inspirational story, enjoyed by children of all ages, and for the kid in you. Pippy is quirky, lovable, precocious, enchanting, and gets into loads of mischief. Her sense of adventure and humor usually yanks her out of predicaments, except this time she may need more than her ingenuity to untangle the mess she’s gotten herself into.

Excerpt:

“I already picked out the colors for my high school wings,” she said, her breath coming in fast spurts. “One pink and one blue, so when they flap together they’ll look purple.”

“Here’s a tip,” Lucy said. “Angels don’t flap their wings.”

Pippy giggled and repeated her desire. “I wish I could fly, I wish I could fly.” She opened her eyes, panting as she felt her junior wings grow bigger. “I wish I could….flyyyyyyyyy,” she said, floating upward.

“Yippee.” The wings felt light on her back. Why oh why had she not been able to get past floating 101? This was as easy as smiling.

She twisted, she turned, and she wiggled her toes inside her shoes. Propelling herself on her back, she faced the ceiling and whistled. “Well, pluck my feathers and paint me purple. Thank you, thank you, ma’am,” she squealed with pure delight.

She heard Lucy’s subtle laughter.

Pippy turned her head to the left and exploded into a cheer, “Wooooo weeeee.” Through the reflection in the sky-blue ceiling she watched her wings turn violet. “Wow.”

“….to glide and balance,” Lucy said. “Pippy? I’m giving you instructions. Are you listening?”

“Huh?” Pippy asked, turning on her side. She drifted toward the stained glass mile-high filing cabinet.

Kicking her legs she bobbed her head up and down, which only made her soar faster.

“Pippy. I said, use your arms….”

She was now wedged between the cabinet and the yellow wall. Good thing, heavenly walls were made of velvet.

“… for balance and keep your head up,” Lucy finished with a small sigh.

“Um, Luce?” Pippy cleared her throat. “Do I get another wish?”

Lucy folded her arms and shook her head.

“Can I ask a question then?”

Lucy nodded.

“Help?”

Please note: Pippy’s Wish can also be purchased on Amazon on its own for $.99.

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TEMPTED BY AN ANGEL

Angelica Montgomery and Matt Lockwood are victims of un-synchronized mishaps.

Matt hired entertainment for his five-year-old nephew’s birthday party.

Instead, Angel showed up, carrying a bouquet of balloons, wearing killer heels, and flaunting a body that Matt described as heavenly–except her attitude was anything but angelic.

Unfortunately for Angel, life doesn’t have auto-correct.

Excerpt:

“Nan, it’s all fun and games until I look like a hooker.” Angel Montgomery stared at her image from the bedroom mirror. She swung around and faced her grandmother. “It’s too much.” She grabbed a cotton ball and rubbed some of the eye-shadow off her lids.

“It’s not too much and you don’t look like Pretty Julia.” “You mean Pretty Woman?

“Yes that one.” Nan Clara picked up the small brush and dipped it into the bright blue eye-shadow. “And you need more of this.” She smeared more shadow over Angel’s eyelids.

Angel closed her eyes so Nan wouldn’t gouge them.

“Ah, this glittery stuff will really help you pull this off.” Nan patted multi-colored sparkles over Angel’s cheekbones and forehead. “Stop fidgeting, love.” She ignored her granddaughter’s impatience and sprinkled silver stars in Angel’s hair.

“Oh, wait. Almost forgot.” Nan went to the adjoining bathroom and came back holding a bottle of perfume.

“Nan, you’re not coming near me with patchouli oil.”

“It’s not patchouli. Now, hold still.” Nan sprayed perfume on Angel’s neck and shoulders then sniffed the air. “Smells good, but you need more.”

“Whoa.” Angel took the bottle away from her and put it on the dresser. “I don’t need to marinate in the stuff.” The lavender scent assaulted Angel’s nostrils¾ she smelled like an explosion at an Avon factory. “Forget hooker. I’m a Madame.”

“Twenty-eight is too young to look like a Madame.” Nan laughed. “Now, if you were fifty-something like one of those tigress ladies, maybe.”

“You mean cougars?”

“Well, them too.” Nan handed Angel a tube of bright pink lipstick. “Aren’t you glad my papa sent me to beauty school? My skills came in handy today.”

Angel dotted her lips with the lipstick. “Sure.”

Seeing the enjoyment on her grandmother’s face, Angel bit her tongue, stopped fidgeting and shoved her apprehension aside.

Nan pinched Angel’s cheek. “Don’t forget to shake and wiggle like that actress Donna Moore in that movie Jilly and I watched the other day.”

“It’s Demi Moore.” Silver stars flew in front of Angel’s eyes as she shook her head. “And I’m not performing a striptease.”

Angel grabbed the contract off the dresser, held the paper up and read it over. “I’ve never taken this type of order before. You’re sure you wrote all the details down accurately?”

“I did.” Nan ran a short, purple tinted fingernail along the contract in Angel’s hand. “Like it says right there, it’s a bachelor party.” Her grandmother swiveled her seventy-five-year-old hips. “Just do some bumping and grinding like Demi. Can you rent that DVD for us again?”

“Focus, Nan. Did you explain that I’m not a stripper?” If food and shelter weren’t necessities, she’d have shredded the contract into confetti. But the client had forked over a hefty wad of cash for this stint. “I’m just delivering the party favors and singing one congratulatory song, right?”

“Yes, that’s all you have to do.” Nan continued gyrating and Angel couldn’t help but giggle. “While you’re there, pick yourself up a nice bachelor.”

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DELICIOUS DISHES

OVER 100 easy and mouth-watering recipes for your family and guests.

I’m sharing one of the recipes found in the Dishes section of the Bundle–orange chicken wings.

 

Orange Chicken Wings

Tangy, Savory, Sweet & Spicy

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This is one of my mother-in-law’s recipes we dug out of her recipe box. They are seriously delicious, easy to make and crowd pleasers.

Yields 24 – 30 wings.

Ingredients:

3 lbs. chicken wings

3 tsp. soya sauce

1 jar orange marmalade

2 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. chili powder

1 TBSP hot sauce (more if you want them really spicy)

1 tsp. Kosher salt

3 garlic cloves (minced)

Directions:

In a bowl, add all the ingredients, except for the chicken wings.

Mix all the ingredients well, and taste so that if you want it spicier, add more spice, if you want it sweeter, add some honey.

Add the chicken wings to the bowl and ensure all the chicken wings are covered.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350F.

Place wings on a baking sheet, pouring the remaining sauce all over the wings.

Bake for 1 hour.

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Now, about the $$$ lottery portion of this bundle.

Well, it goes like this. I’ve been told that readers who purchased this bundle, and left a short review on Amazon have won the lottery!

I don’t know how much they won, they never shared that information. Personally, I’m not superstitious or believe in magical lottery winnings, however, isn’t it worth finding out if this is true?

At $1.99 this bundle is cheaper than some lottery tickets,  and you get two fun stories for you and a child in your life, PLUS all these delicious recipes–win/win. 🙂

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First Crushes…we all remember those.

I am excited and pleased to welcome the award winning novelist Kai Strand. Kair writes children, middle grade and young adult novels and short stories.  She’s hear today to talk about first crushes and her book, BEWARE OF THE WHITE, plus enter to win a prize package.

Beware of the White by Kai Strand

I had my first crush in second grade. His name was Scott and to be sure he knew I had a crush on him, I’d kick him in the shins as often as I could. I was the best kicker on the playground. I’d chase him all over the playground and out onto the baseball fields until I caught him. I was also the fastest runner on the playground. Well, my best friend, Erin, and I were neck and neck. Poor Scott. He never stood a chance.

In BEWARE OF THE WHITE Terra has her first crush on her security guard, Frank. Being twelve instead of seven, she doesn’t kick him in the shins though. She throws him against a wall. Poor Frank.

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About the book

As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Natures Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.

The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.

With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?

Buy It:

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Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Or look for it on iTunes

 About the Author

 cccKai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, “Do your dishes!” She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her websitehttp://www.kaistrand.com/.

She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her Facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.

To celebrate the launch of BEWARE OF THE WHITE, Kai Strand has awesome book related prize packages. Be sure to enter to win. And return again and again to claim entries as you qualify.

Kai will also have Spontaneous Giveaways during her book tour. Those giveaways won’t be announced so be sure to follow Kai’s tour.

Only virtual stalkers will have the opportunity at all the fun!

 

 

 CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO A PRIZE PACKAGE

 

 

Pippy’s Pizza Cupcakes

Aside from perfecting my deep meditation and concentration during yoga, and besides dancing with my dog and singing into my hairbrush, and writing contemporary romances, I also write children’s stories (PIPPY’S WISH available in E-book Format and Paperback) under the pen name, Maddie Ryan

Below is one of Pippy’s favorite recipes, Pizza Cupcakes.

Blurb:

Angel-in-Training Pippy is quirky, mischievous, lovable and enchanting. She can’t wait to graduate, earn her wings and become a cool teen Angel.

Although she sometimes makes mistakes, her ingenuity and humor usually gets out her out of trouble.

Except this time, it’s gotten her INTO trouble.

Big trouble.

Can Pippy solve this one on her own?

Pippy’s Wish is a fun, inspirational read for all ages.

PIPPY’S PIZZA CUPCAKES

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Ingredients:

Fresh pizza dough – or – Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough

Flour

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Choose any pizza topping you like (example: mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, red pepper, olives)

Non Stick Spray

Olive Oil

Muffin Tin

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F

Coat each muffin tin well bottom and sides with non-stick spray.

Sprinkle some flour on your working surface.

Cut about a tennis ball size of dough and roll the dough on your floured surface. Roll until desired thickness of dough, if you like a thinner crust, then keep rolling until desired thickness is achieved.

Cut the dough in squares. Cut large enough so the dough is about one inch bigger than the size of the muffin cups you are using.

Put some pizza sauce in the bottom of each muffin cup.

Fill the muffin cup half-way with your favorite pizza toppings.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Fold the dough over on top of each muffin cup to cover cheese.

Brush some olive oil on top of each mini pizza.

Brush a thin layer of sauce.

Sprinkle a bit of cheese on top.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and cheese is bubbling.

Enjoy!

Watch a Short Video of Pippy’s Wish by Clicking Here

Tangerine Angel Cupcakes with Sweet Cloud Frosting

To celebrate the release of my alter ego’s (Maddie Ryan) children’s novel, Pippy’s Wish, this Tasty Tuesday I am sharing one of the recipes included at the end of Pippy’s Book. For more of Pippy’s favorite recipes, check out the book on Amazon.

Tangerine Angel Cupcakes with Sweet Cloud Frosting

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The Postman, the Zookeeper and a Diamond Pig

During the summer, I facilitated creative writing workshops for children ages 4 to 10 years of age, teaching them how to brainstorm as a group and write stories, giving them free reign on their imagination. There is nothing more endearing than listening to youngsters brainstorm a story.

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Out of the mouth of babes. . .

I’m occassionally asked to teach children writing workshops for different age groups (ranging from five-year-olds to twelve-year olds). A few weeks ago, I facilitated a writing workshop for a group of six children (five year olds). We chose Halloween as the theme for their story. Allowing them to let their imagination fly and create characters and a story line. I’m sharing their short story with you, and I hope you enjoy it, as much as I enjoyed helping them construct this little story.

The Magic Candy Apples & The Spooky Castle

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The Kinders

Once upon a time in Candy Land, there lived Princess Anna Turquoise—the Royal Dog, Princess Purple Cat—the Royal Cat, and their best friend Mr. Hawk—the Royal Skeleton.

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