Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Help us "END 68 HOURS of HUNGER" for children

A word or two about the Coloring Book for All Ages:

Our church is producing a coloring book for families to enjoy together.
The purpose of the book is to raise funds for END 68 HOURS of HUNGER. That is the 68 hours from the time a child receives a free lunch on Friday until the time that child gets a free breakfast on Monday morning during the school year. Unfortunately too many children in America are in this category. Our book is designed with families in mind, and is not necessarily a religious book, but more of some of the life sharing events we experience.
Think about yard sales,toys and games, Sunday School lessons, a visit to the Heifer International Farm, lemonade on the lawn, and flowers on the front porch.


This fall we will begin selling our books at our church and online. Any book purchased directly from us will generate $10.00 to the program. Any book purchased online will generate royalties that will also go to the program. If anyone wants a book, once they are printed I will be happy to mail one to you and make sure the money goes directly to the program.

The line drawings range from easy to more complicated and all are family friendly. They are not the typical flowery, design oriented, mass produced images. They are images from our daily life, and from church life in general. There are pages that feature nature, children, adults, events and gatherings that families enjoy. There is a small section of very easy to color pages for young children based upon the Bible story of the 7 days of creation.

Our cover is an original watercolor painting by our resident-Artist, Pastor Bob Maronne. For that cover alone I would buy a book. In fact I plan to buy a number of these to send to friends and family.

Knowing that each book represents meals for a child who needs that nourishment makes it a very worthwhile purchase.


The books will arrive at our church in September. They will be sold with crayons and colored pencils included for the first 100 books sold.
If you want one of these first addition copies, email me and I will make sure you get your book and the children will benefit from your donation. My Contact:
The sales will begin in our church and the mailed out books are on a first come first served basis.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Beautiful Home just listed for sale.


Perfect Privacy yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.

                            278 Sand Hill Road, Peterborough    
                            Exquisite 10 room home in rural setting
                            4 Bedroom   4 Baths  2940 sq ft   1 acre 
                            MLS 4482316
                           Real Estate Agent - Jim Bialowski 
                           Masiello Better Homes and Gardens
                           69A Island Street ~ Suite 3 
                           Keene NH 603-283-1966

   Link to Video



                                                                                   


This truly unique home, with many advantages,  sits at the top of a hill near the edge of a forest. A raised ranch with inviting front porch and two tiered deck has many surprises and great features. Great schools, many religious opportunities, an historic library, a theater for the performing arts, an art community, and hospital are all within easy access.
The two car garage and paved driveway with turn around area has at least 5 parking spaces including the garage.


The home has hardwood and tile floors throughout, an eat in kitchen with granite counters and new appliances, a formal dining room, and a large living room with wood burning fireplace. The four bedrooms including the first floor master are all good sizes.

The newly added first floor master suite also has a separate entry to the wheel chair ramp and a disability equipped master bath. 

 There is a cable connection in the first floor master suite.A huge double closet completes this 20 x 22 foot suite. Extra wide doorways allow easy access for a wheelchair if needed. There is cable access on all levels of the home.


On the upper floor there are three more bedrooms including a second floor master with bath and shared full bath for the other two bedrooms. 
Immense storage areas are on all levels of the home.










 All bedrooms have ample closet space. In addition there is a cedar lined storage closet and a double wide linen closet on this floor.







The kitchen features new appliances, (dishwasher, double oven/range with hood, refrigerator with bottom freezer and ice maker)including granite counters and tiled backsplash. The formal dining room leads to two-tier deck, gazebo, and fenced  in-ground swimming pool.  




The kitchen is designed to eat in and can seat 
6 to 8 at a time. There is also a desk area with phone jack and under counter light. A separate entry to the deck is also in the kitchen.



The formal dining room is large enough to host 10 or 12 people for dinner or special occasions. It is large enough for the added buffet, china closet, linen chest and corner cabinet.  Sliding doors with screen allow access to the raised area of the upper deck. Wheel chair access is easy as the dining floor is level with the raised portion of the deck.  If it is not needed for that purpose, it is a great place for a small band to entertain outdoors or an interesting area for children to perform a play or just sit outdoors to do homework with a view of the forest and the wildlife that may visit.

The large living room features a wood burning fireplace and built in bookshelves.  Cable access is available in the living room. A large bay window floods the room with light.
The two tiered outdoor deck leads to the fenced and gated  area around the in-ground pool. 

The Gazebo has room for a table, chairs and extra pool toys. The entire pool area is fenced and gated for safety. New landscaping completes the area.

Beyond the fence is the storage shed with a ride on mower included.



The full basement family room is finished and contains a massive storage area of five double wide closets with shelving. Cable access is available in the family room. An extra refrigerator is there along with a small bar/serving area. The  utility room is just off the family room with dual oil tanks, four zone heating and hot water as well as more storage area and a work bench.  The home features hot water baseboard heating throughout.

 A stair lift chair from ground level to main level can transport an individual from the garage/ground level to the main floor. You can also send your groceries up on the stair chair and simply take them from there to the kitchen without lugging them up the few stairs. The two car garage has an auto open feature.

Wheel chair ramp gives access to main floor master suite with separate entry. It also affords easy access to the covered front porch.













Access to the ground level bathroom and laundry are very handy features for swimmers. The half bath is right inside the door from the pool.  This is easy for changing and dropping off wet clothes and towels to the laundry.

This area is also a "mud room" with ample storage for coats and beach towels. It is just off the garage so boots and rain gear can stay here to dry out.

A raised deck area with access from the sliding doors in the dining room allows wheelchair access to the upper deck.  The upper deck furniture is included along with a working gas grill.

Adding to the appeal of this home, on the ground level, is a finished office space with a separate library just beyond the office.  Both are accessible from the garage entry, the pool entry or the short 6 steps from the upper main level.

Loads of light flood the home from the many new windows. This is a perfect place to raise a family or enjoy it with an extended family for many years. An alarm system, fences, gates, and plenty of room to play in the front and side yards make this an ideal home as well as a perfectly private retreat that is only minutes away from the vibrant and active             community of Peterborough, NH.
This unique home is perfect for a family or extended family. 

All the additional features can be found by going to the MLS listing and contacting the agent,
Jim Bialowski at 603-283-1966. Maisello Better Homes and Garedens, 69A Island St., Keene,  NH

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

News from "Hire An Illustrator"



As a member of Hire an Ilustrator, an online portfolio, I am happy to have the chance to announce the release of Gunther's latest adventure.  The book is available online at Amazon, or in your local indie bookstore just by asking for the title or the ISBN number. If you want a signed copy, you can contact me via email (posted on my website contact page) and I will send you a copy for the current list price which includes postage to your home from my studio.

The book is geared to Pre School and Kindergarten levels, but is a treat for any age.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Gunther's newest adventure is now available on Amazon and in any and all bookstores by asking for the title, or giving the ISBN number. ISBN-13: 978-1499600513


Once Gunther hears the whale song of danger he first gets permission from his mom to go investigate.


Once she agrees, he is off on his excellent adventure. But first
he needs to find his swim fins from his last trip out to sea.


Following along are many fish all of whom are also curious to see what caused so much trouble.
The whale song can be heard for miles and it says, "Danger, Danger, Danger1"

Gunther's old friend, "Big Blue," the largest of the blue whale family is calling for help.





Even with the best intentions, Gunther finds himself unable to complete the task for Big Blue and must fight a storm at sea and hope for some help from below the tossing waves.


Because it is Gunther's adventure, I won't tell you any more, but hope you will decide to find the book and read it for yourself.  You have to know that if Gunther the Underwater elephant is involved there will certainly be a happy ending.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Ah, you are looking for an Illustrator for your book ....

There are a few times a week that I will get an email or phone call about my rates or availability for children's book illustrations.  Sometimes these come from publishers and sometimes they come from those who wish to self publish.  In any case, it is wise to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators or SCBWI.

Each time I try to craft a personal reply to the person and each time I find myself answering the same questions, but in different ways.  Here are some things that will help those who are planning to hire an illustrator for their self published or trade book published book.



1. If you have a finished, edited, and great manuscript, by all means, submit
    it to a trade book publisher. They will pay you in some form, hire and pay the best printers and
    help you market your book. You do NOT need any illustrations to submit your manuscript
    unless you are also the illustrator.

2. To find out who might be the best publisher for your book, get a copy of the
    Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market.  It is published each year and always available on
    Amazon.com.
    This volume lists all interested publishers, their contacts, their terms and what they are looking for.
    It also includes international markets, magazines, contests, agents and wonderful articles
    from artists and authors as well as publishers and editors.


3. If you have been through the process and months have gone by with rejections 
    and you feel your work is so good that it must be seen, you may choose to self  
   publish.
    This is a leap of faith.  You will be choosing your illustrator, paying a fair market price for the
    artwork, paying to have the book  printed, paying for design and book layout, paying for  
    distribution, paying for any marketing and doing your own sales wherever you can find a
    venue. Your indie bookstore may or may not, host a signing. You may market your books at
    the outdoor market places, or at events that you set up. Some schools have book nights where
    you can sell your books.

4. When you hire an illustrator remember that you are hiring a professional. You need
    to be prepared to pay a fair market price. Depending upon the length of time it will take to
    illustrate your book, the amount of research needed, and any unusual requests you may have
    you will pay a rate that could be several thousand dollars or many thousands of dollars.

5. My illustration costs for self publishers are shared with them after I have
    seen either the whole finished and properly edited manuscript or at least a detailed outline of
    the work.
    I ask that so I can determine if my skills will match the content of the work, and if
    I can do my best work for the client.  Because I can also do the layout, create the PDF for
    the printer and provide full color cover and interior artwork my rates are based on those factors.

6. A contract is issued with payment dates, artwork dates, copyright restrictions for
    both the author and the illustrator. Work can take from 3 to 6 or 7 months to complete.
    Stages of the work are paid for in sections as the work is completed and approved.

7.) Any artwork that has been finished and approved by the author is final.
     However, if changes are made after the final approval a fee per hour for any changes will apply.

8.) Getting a trade book publisher to acquire
     your book is a long process but will be to your
     best advantage.

9.)  Should you decide to self publish your work contact
      the llustrator of your choice and together create a contract
      that is fair for both parties.

10. Click on the image of Gunther the Underwater Elephant to see         some of the books I have illustrated.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This moHalf Past Winter ~


Half Past Winter, by Ginger Nielson | Book Review

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Half Past Winter: Two Curious Cubs Set Out to Find Their First Snow By Ginger NielsonHalf Past Winter
Age Range: 4 - 6
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: Virginia Nielson (2014)
ISBN: 978-0-9913093-0-6
What to expect: Bears and Adventure
Half Past Winter is an adorable tale of two bear cubs and their adventure to find winter’s first snow. They grow impatient in their den when no snow comes and decide to explore until they find snow. Their journey does find snow; however, they end up in the middle of a blizzard and become lost. This heartwarming story follows their adventure back home to their mother and cozy den. Little ones will love to follow the two cubs adventures and will giggle with what they find. The story is simple and succinctly told and is a great read for early readers.
The colorful and animated illustrations are outstanding and allow little ones to read the story through pictures. The illustrations are excellent interpretations of the narrative world and allow children an opportunity to begin to develop cognitive storytelling.
Half Past Winter Illustration
Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson: HALF PAST WINTER
This is an emotive story that draws empathy from the reader—especially when the cubs are lost and then reunited with their mother—making it a great choice to open up discussion on emotions and feelings about others. Half Past Winter is a superlative bedtime book for children ages 4 to 6.
Add this book to your collection: Half Past Winter
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About the Author
Ginger Nielson is a full time author/illustrator who lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest, in semi-rural New England. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and several tiny elephants in her studio.
Half Past Winter, by Ginger Nielson, was reviewed by Tenley Peck. Follow along with our articles tagged with Kids Winter BooksKids Snow Books, or our Seasonal Books Category to discover more great titles just like this one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sometimes the bright sunlight lures you outdoors.  Today is  one of those days, and hopfully I will attack some of the ice that is covering the walkways and the deck.  I need to get to that before the next snowfall. Snow is much easier to remove and deal with than ice... unless it is two feet of snow.