Gingersnap Cat is an orange tabby feeling blue. Heaven’s paradise, but it’s just not home without his human family by his side. Not even Christmas with his feline friends can cheer him up.
But when Heaven needs an extra paw, Gingersnap answers the call. Sent back to Earth, Gingersnap must help a little kitten fulfill a big destiny!
Announcing my latest Christmas novel (and first paperback release!), A Gingersnap Cat Christmas.
If you’re like me, you love Christmas specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Disney’s Prep and Landing, and A Garfield Christmas Special. But while all of these shows are great at talking about Christmas spirit, it’s hard to find a kid-friendly story (with exception of A Charlie Brown Christmas) that even mentions Jesus Christ, the actual reason for the season. And it’s doubly hard to find a Christian Christmas story that’s not too…well…preachy.
That’s why I wrote A GINGERSNAP CAT CHRISTMAS–to meld all the festive fun of a classic Christmas special without leaving the Savior out of his own celebration.
(I also wanted to write a story where the cats are the heroes, instead of selfish jerks.)
Anyway, if you ever wondered what Highway to Heaven would’ve been like with feline stars, you’ll love A Gingersnap Cat Christmas.
At 200 pages long, it’s a great novel for voracious young readers, but with 25 chapters, families can read a chapter a night in December for a new Christmas tradition.
Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope this book can help you whittle down your Christmas list early. 😉
I’m writing this novel in islands…the ending’s finished, section two’s started, but I’ve halted on it so I can write ahead in section one…like building a bridge made of sly goblins and thirsty draculas. At least I left off on an exciting part of section two!
As an indie author on a shoestring budget, you may be wondering how you can make your print books look like they belong on your readers’ shelves next to the “big boy” books published with gobs of money and professional art departments behind them.
Using my Visual Arts BA powers and some slightly blurry photos of our booka nd DVD shelves, I thought I’d try to explain some of the elements of good spine branding. Spinal branding? Ouch. Sounds painful.
Let’s get started.
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER (Asian-influenced animated series)
Here’s the three-volume set of the marvelous fantasy cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
At the very top we have the logotype for the series itself, which any fan recognizes from the show’s intro sequence. But even if you’ve never seen the show, there’s a lotta info packed into that itty bitty logo: first, the Nickelodeon logo (in its signature orange) lets you know the station its from…and all that that implies (animation, kid-friendly, playful, positive energy).
An unknown disease is killing a little girl. Her family’s only hope is a strange new medical procedure.
But the cure could be worse than the disease…
Available at your favorite ebook retailers.
Ah, Word! You and your quote smart unquote quotes!
Finally got smart and added in a new AutoCorrect rule in Microsoft Office 2010: replace —“ (which is what it loved to do to me, all the time) with —” (which will save me a lot of backspacing. In case you have this problem:
File>Proofing>Autocorrect Options (it’s a button near the top).
To make sure you’re getting left double quotes and right double quotes, use the Character Map to insert those marks in the appropriate fields.
I’ve been CRAVING a virtual Rolodex/dossier box/index card program to help me organize things (like my book info)…today I stumbled upon a BEAUTIFUL and EASY TO USE Personal Information Manager (PIM) that let me do exactly what I wanted quickly, with little fuss.
It’s called SYMPHYTUM, it’s free for Windows, Linux, and Mac, and I love it already. Each record starts as a blank screen, but you add the fields you want where you want them. Simple pick-an-option-then-drag-and-drop. I used a lot of “text” fields for my book page here, but the “date” field will pull up a calendar from which you can choose dates, and clicking the globe icon in a “web link” field will take you to the URL you entered in there. I’m sure there are other cool features.
You can also view all the records in a table, which makes things easy to see.
Two tricksy things:
- When moving fields, they switch places with each other (when in a column I usually wanted it to bump the one I was replacing down)
- I couldn’t figure out how to resize my image at first, but after some experimenting I discovered the procedure: make the frame as big as you want, then get the image. If it’s not to your liking, resize the frame and get the image again.
- It’d be nice if they had a toggle for “field-add” mode so I don’t accidently move things around when I’m just entering stuff (though I don’t think I’ve done that…yet.)
- I stumbled on a keyboard shortcut or two, but I don’t see ’em listed anywhere.
The next software program I want to get for writing is TrackerBox (which tracks sales across different vendors) but until then, Symphytum will work well in helping me keep ISBNs and the like straight.
Just began writing in the most beautiful Leuchtturm notebook EVER.
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 Master Ruled (Hardcover)
Sticker: Bought at MistyFig’s Gift Shop (Etsy storefront). Quark art by Amy King.
Why yes, Quark *is* holographic!
Yup! Formatting for this section of the novel is DONE (as far as the eBook is concerned)! Woohoo! That wasn’t bad at all! (I psych myself out with this project all the time.)
Goodness gracious, I hope my volunteer editor gets me the last two parts soon! I want to reread this! X3
Someday I hope you get to read it, too!
The DuFresnes are gone.
The sheriff’s horse disappeared weeks ago.
Now the vampire that took them wants to chat…
“Growing Shadows in the Desert” is a short story by Danielle Williams, free on this website for one week only. Also available as an ebook through various online retailers.
In fact, I just hit 50K words on my nosferatu novel!
And I submitted a fantasy story to the DuoLingo call for stories! That money sure would help me out in buying ISBNs! Or, you know…gas.
I’ve been using Habitica to help me take vitamins and do art and stuff more consistently. You know it’s an effective program because within a week of joining, I cleaned my desk. (My desk hadn’t been cleaned for MONNNNNTHS and was just buried in papers.) I’ll try to use it to help me update my blog more consistently sheesh!
I’m enjoying Aggretsuko on Netflix (Japanese only please, they added too many swears to the English dub!) and the Great Big Story channel on YouTube.
I’ve been feeling pretty blah this year, but things are turning around now, thank goodness!