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Christmas Freebie…

I am celebrating the 2nd Christmas season of Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie with an awesome giveaway. From now until December 25, I am offering a free audio book, free gift wrap, and free shipping with any Absolutely Aggie book purchase (USA only) via my web site


Aggie’s heart-warming story is a perfect gift for the little ones on your list. You can watch a preview trailer here: Absolutely Aggie Trailer

I wish each and every one of you a safe, blessed, and happy holiday season!





Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie

Wow! What a touching review…

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Oh my word, do I love reading great kids books! The magical world of the Dust Fairy Tales, was recently introduced to me and I fell in love. A book that was cute, rhyming AND uplifting…. this one is a home-run! Michelle Eastman conquered a major feat with this one, because what some people don’t understand, is just how hard it is to write a children’s book that carries a positive message, without being preachy or sounding like an after school special. There is a fine line. What Eastman puts out in her Absolutely Aggie, is a message of belonging. To be and become the person you were created to be. Kids face hard truths each day, they get up, get on a bus or carpool head to school where parents aren’t there to protect them from bullying, crass language, and situations where they aren’t seeing themselves in the best…

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Happy National French Toast Day!

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November 28th is National French Toast Day in the U.S. – to celebrate (and honor Sir French Toast), I’m running a giveaway! What am I giving away? One winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (now) … AND
  2. A signed copy of The Case of the Stinky Stench (as soon as I receive my 2nd copy – the first is for me … er, my kids).

Simply retweet the tweet below by midnight Hawaii time to enter!

(if you’re not on twitter, you can share on Facebook and post a comment below to enter)

Note: The Case of the Stinky Stench will be released on May 2, 2017, so I probably won’t…

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Kids Ask The Best Questions!

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I love answering questions asked by kids about my book! Recently, I was interviewed by several enthusiastic second graders from Redwood Elementary School in Fort Bragg, California. The interview has been posted to Jeanette Stickel’s blog SpeakWell, ReadWell. Jeanette is a licensed speech-language pathologist who works closely with these students. SpeakWell, ReadWell is a speech therapy and kid-lit blog that explores language, literacy, and literature, and I’m honored to be featured there. Thank you, Jeanette and kids!🙂

To read the interview, clickHERE.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent, and have kids who’d like to ask me questions about my book, The Peddler’s Bed, or about being an author, please contact me by clicking HERE. I’m more than happy to answer!

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Tilly and the Tooth Fairy Debuts on Amazon!

A place for Fantasy and Fairy Tale Creatives


Presenting a new little picture book fairy tale

Tilly and the Tooth Fairy

Friends, I am excited to present newly launched on Amazon “Tilly and the Tooth Fairy” written by Brian G Chambers and illustrated by yours truly, Söndra N Rymer.

Published by Fairy Tales Imagery, Inc.

Such a pleasure to work on the cover and art for a sweet children’s picture book story for children preschool age through third grade.


Tilly and the Tooth Fairy is an enchanting tale featuring a young girl loosing her very first tooth! Tilly loses one of her teeth the day before her seventh birthday. Her mum tells her the Tooth Fairy will give her a silver coin for it while she sleeps. Tilly wakes to find the Tooth Fairy at her bedside. Does this mean she won’t get her silver coin, or is there a great surprise for her? A gorgeously illustrated and…

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Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

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Having trouble finding the perfect book for the young child on your holiday list? Look no further! Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, is a sweet story that will leave little ones begging to have it read over and over again. Written by Robin Newman and Illustrated by Chris Ewald, the story will take your imagination to far away lands and leave images dancing in your mind.

Hildie Bitterpickles is a young witch who likes things done her way. In this fun story, young readers will learn how to handle situations when things don’t go their way, and how to implement problem solving skills in their lives.

Newman has written a beautiful character in Hildie Bitterpickles, and pulls in characters from fairytale favorites. Newman’s ability to bring new imagination and life to older characters is a great feat that she accomplished in a way that seems like it’s her second nature.

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Prize Winners & More PiBoIdMo News

November—typically this month I’m a blogging fool, organizing Picture Book Idea Month posts, participants and prizes. But PiBoIdMo has been moved to January, a new year, a fresh start. …

Source: Prize Winners & More PiBoIdMo News

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