When I can’t praise my designer, Danny, enough, I get a text sent with The Trabantian finished product sketch. I am completely blown away by the fact that my chicken scratch can be turned into a wonderful illustration is amazing to me! That is what I love about writing, you begin with nothing and give life to characters that have never seen light before! When it comes to life, I can not believe how much more real it makes a story!
With that said, I want to wish you a safe and Happy New Year! I hope that you follow your dreams in 2015 and Live With Passion!
I got a text after lunch today and it was my designer Danny Kluis. He shot me a text of some rough sketches of The Trabantians. Again, I will say, that I wish I could draw! Danny asked me to give him my choice on direction that I want to see him take the character. Ultimately, I chose #2, with a slight smile and spike hair added to it It will be an exact match for what I see in my mind.
I admit that #1 is close to looking like Kelmare and will keep that in mind as we approach his character.
Well, it is time to put my dinner in the oven, I am hungry, lol.
As we welcome the final day of 2014 I hope you Live With Passion!
I arrived home from my ‘paycheck’ job for lunch. I am always glad to have my lunch hour, but who isn’t right? I opened my mail box and found that Barney & Lexi had come to pay me a visit! I was super happy to find my first copy of Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville had arrived, fully edited and looking sharp! It as been many years since Marky, Slash & Levy Bk1 and Bk2 had come out, so this is like brand new to me! Very exciting and rewarding! Grab a copy today at:
Well, back to the ‘paycheck’ job! Live With Passion!!
After an evening with family on Christmas Eve, I am reminded just how much I enjoy watching my children open their gifts first. To see their smiles and their excitement means more to me than any gift that could sit before me! It took two vehicles to bring all of their gifts home and now the front living room looks like a department store. In all I am reminded that I enjoy family on Christmas Eve just as much as Christmas!
I came home to also find a wonderful gift! Amazon has ranked Barney & Lexi at #88,524! With that I want you to know that I will never stop praising you for helping me! I know Barney & Lexi can reach millions of homes across this nation and across the pond! Please help me make the two silly traveling pair as big as possible!
Before I go for the night before Christmas I want to end our conversation with a different statement!
Day one found Barney & Lexi debut on Amazon.com at just over 434,000 and today you have helped them climb near the top 100,000! I say YOU because I could not buy enough books to make it to the top and only you can make that possible, so, thank you very much! I am so excited for the pair!!
Please, if you would, spread Barney & Lexi across this nation like a wildfire! Ask a friend to ask a friend to ask a friend! I am very excited because I sent B & L off to an editing house that cost more money than I really had to be polished and tuned up. I have has some wonderful feed back but graciously ask for you help to see just how far we can take this thing!! Below is the link to B & L on amazon. Thank you and Live With Passion!
Tonight I came home from my ‘paycheck’ job, you know, the one we all have that pays the bills while we reach for our dreams in this little thing called life, to find a notice on my cell phone that Barney & Lexi was sales ranked. I anxiously sat down at my desk, tapping my keyboard to awaken my desktop from its day long slumber. Once on I navigated to the link and found them, Barney & Lexi! The polar opposites had manged to debut onto Amazon.com with a sales rank of #434,771!
I know to some that may seem like a number that would hardly award a ‘good job’ or ‘congratulations’ to. But did you know there are over 12 million books ranked in the Amazon world? I began researching the internet and found that any ranking under #500,000 places that title in the top 10% of best sellers! I am very humbled to find the two ranked so wonderfully.
Barney & Lexi were the real life dog and cat that my grandparents had owned in the small quiet town of Lawrenceville, Illinois. Barney was very much a dim-witted beagle hound while Lexi was tried and true as a very intelligent feline. I have many great memories with them both and miss seeing them at my grandparents house. Barney passed away over 13 years ago and Lexi passed away over 6 years ago.
I would like to ask you, my wonderful reader, for your help. Would you click the picture above and see Barney & Lexi’s page on Amazon and even if you don’t buy it for $6.99, would you recommend it to someone and help spread the word and help the two friends reach children across this country? If you do order a copy and would like it signed, I would be honored! Just write me and I will work on receiving it and returning to you asap!
Thank you for all of your help! 🙂
So, tonight I was sitting at my desk, excited to see Barney & Lexi’s sales rank when my cell rang. It was coming from a number that I did not know. On most occasions I do not answer them because I’m always flooded with sales calls which go nowhere. Instead, I found that a gentleman that I have known for a couple of years that I have not spoken with for quite some time was on the other end of the call. He began to tell me that he and his son had run out of gas on the edge of town and wondered if I had any gasoline to spare so that they could get to the gas station to put fuel in their pickup. I told him that I had no gas but would make a trip to the station and be there to help.
When my daughter and I climbed into my Jimmy, we attempted to start it but after many failed attempts we were left with a small situation. My daughter then asked what were we going to do. I unlocked my cell and called my Pastor, who lives not to far from our home. I asked if he could possibly help us help them! 🙂 It would only be five minutes and my Pastor was there and we made our way to the filling station, filled the can of gas and made our way towards the edge of town.
Once there I wasted no time by getting the thirsty tank a small drink of gasoline. Once I had my can empty, their pickup started right up. This kind gentleman asked me what he owed me and I simply smiled and said, “Pass It On”. We laughed about the situation for a moment and both appreciated the moment. With their truck running, I wished the gentleman and his son a merry christmas and returned to my Pastors car.
On the trip back home, I want to say that to help out like that was a wonderful feeling that cannot be bought or sold in any store! I am grateful to have been placed by my God to be in the right place at the right time to help a father and his son out! I say it a lot but this is the true meaning to Live With Passion!
P.S. Don’t worry about the Jimmy, I am sure we will get it fixed. 😉