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Hauntingly Good Times

Meh, a bit corny huh?  Ah well, I’m known as the ‘Queen of Lame’ at my house and I wear my crown with great pride *wink*.  Now, onto the important stuffs…

One day while author/Illustrator JD Holiday and myself were off scaring up authors with spooky stories to share on our BTR show, we thought to join in on the fun.  JD had this wonderful idea for a story and I was eager to get creative.  Thus, ‘Matt Shelley’s Halloween Misadventure’ was born!


“It’s ALIVE!” muwhahahaha!

I so enjoyed drawing the creepy furnace btw!  Has anyone made the link to where the character’s last name may have come from?  Think monster–it’s a mini-salute to Frankenstein’s creator.  We each took 4 pages to write and two pics to draw.  JD’s idea was so vivid in my head, I knew exactly the pics I wanted to draw and I actually drew the first one of my two, that very same night.  For me, that was a very big thing.  I’m still a newb at drawing from scratch so when I finished drawing…it was another ‘hey mom, look what I drew’ moment for me-even though my family just said, ‘yeah, it looks ok’.  Ah well, at least no one will ever need to worry about my head growing abnormally large and my having a diva complex.

JD and I finished it in less than a month’s time, give or take a few days.  I work full-time and being a one car family, I’m sometimes away from home for 10-12 hours a day so I think we did quite well on our collaboration.  Below is a peak at my first draft pic (of course my scanner doesn’t register pencil too well, so imagine the boys on stairs), the second pic is altered to show costumes, the third is with the head covered, and then the final pic.



I love my Bamboo tablet (new version of a Wacom)!!!  I really enjoyed working with JD on the story!  I think it helped me grow a bit more with my confidence (in drawing) so check out our tale and spread the word to your friends!  We are offerring it as a FREE ebook download  http://www.lulu.com/shop/jd-holiday-and-christy-condoleo/matt-shelleys-halloween-misadventure/ebook/product-20436185.html – so get your copy to see the other three illustrations and to read the great story!  Hurry, while it lasts (well, while it’s still FREE).  JD’s illustrations are great so don’t miss out!  AND….if you like that little sample, you should try out our books!!!!  We also read it on the Oct 6th BTR show with the World of Ink Network, It’s Story Time, Gather ‘Round:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2012/10/06/its-story-time-gather-round

Story Time!

I’m having a blast!  At the beginning of the year, author J.D. Holiday asked me to co-host a Blog Talk Radio Show that would highlight authors and their books by reading them on an online type of radio show.  I’d only heard of and was involved with Blog Talk Radio once.  I was interviewed on Book Bites for Kids which is hosted by Suzanne Lieurance.  It was fun and then done so I never had any thoughts of actually being a part of one.  Now, I can’t think of anything more fun.  I not only get a chance to meet new authors, but I can help them as well.  We offer free advertising (we use Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot, GooglePlus, Pinterest, LiveJournal, and GoodReads).  Also they can post coloring pages from their storybooks on our Coloring Pages Gallery that we have on Photobucket-if they don’t have uncolored pages, we even try to help clear the color for them.  So far one author has decided to turn the tables and help us out as well-she made up flyers about the show to take to an event she was going to!  There you go.  That’s what it’s really all about–helping each other.

Here’s a looksee at our blog: www.itsstorytimeforkids.blogspot.com , our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-Story-Time-Gather-Round/254265851336655 , Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jdholiday/it-s-story-time-gather-round/ , Twitter @ItsStoryTime1 , Photobucket http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad167/coloringpagesgallery/ , and GooglePlus https://plus.google.com/b/104115631459873708375/# .

Even after their shows are finished, I still make references to their books and sites when I post on Twitter.  Hey, just because the shows over doesn’t mean I want to stop helping.  That’s not how I work.

One of my favorite parts is to read the stories on the show.  I love jumping into the tales.  So far, I’ve only been able to read one, but it was a sheer blast!  I do have another reading episode coming up in May.  This time, I’m reading one of my own.  ‘Something Greater Than Fear’.  I mention it on this blogsite–it’s the post titled ‘It’s the Tiny Details…’  .  I was really pleased with how it turned out and I’m even proud to say that a little boy made it into a class project-a dioram!

Oh yeah, no author could want a better gift than to see a reader make a project from their book.  I mean to be chosen and then for the child to spend time thinking of the book while making the project…well, there’s no warmer feeling!

I’m getting off track with this post so I guess that means it’s time to close it on up.  Check out the links and if you are an author of children’s storybooks or even chapter books email us if you’d like to be on the show.  It’s only a 30 minute show so ideally we like to have stories that are 8-12 minutes long.  However, we have made allowances for longer or even shorter books.  If it’s a chapter book, we do what I like to call a ‘teaser’.  We read the first couple of chapters and hope to hook the listener into needing more of your story so that they go and buy it.  If it’s a short pic book (less that 8min or even 5min), then we match yours with another one.  We also archive the shows, which I think is cool.  BTR provides an ’embed’ code which in turn allows us to give the authors a little radio device to place on their blogs, websites, etc.  So come on, whether you plan to listen or be on the show we welcome you.