Monday, 16 February 2015

The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop

Today I am taking part in Dani Duck's "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop where authors are posting pics of their early attempts at writing children's books. Here are links to the previous posts:

Feb. 10: Becky Fyfe
Feb. 11: Marcie Colleen, RAINBOW HUNT
Feb. 12: Mandy Yates, A WORLD WITHOUT COLOR

Now it's my turn to share my "bad" first attempt at writing a picture book. I was in grade two and seven years old when I wrote this masterpiece. I couldn't tell you now what inspired the story, but I had decided I wanted to write a book, so I sat down with a cracker box, some paper, and tape and made myself a book. Then, once my book was assembled, I set to work on the story. This is not the best way to write a book as you'll see why later.

The House in Backword Town

[Author's note: I think that car may need an oil change.]

Dedication (inside cover):
for Mrs. Richards
[Author's note: I neglected to include a title page, copyright page, or even my author name anywhere on this book, but I remembered to dedicate it to my teacher!]
The first page reads:
Once upon a time there was a town call Backward town. in the town was a house a lonely house named Robert. Robert was a rightside up house. No one lived in him.
[Author's note: I couldn't think of a name for my house, so I asked my dad. He said, "Robert." I'd been hoping for something a little more creative, like Higginsbottom or Ruprecht (not that I'd thought of either of those at the time) but I couldn't very well tell him I didn't like his name, so Robert it was!]

The second page:
One day a family moved in Robert. Robert was excited when the family moved in. they liked him very much. And of course there was a little girl and a little boy and of course there was a mother and father. and a cat.
[Author's note: Check out that upside down dog and cat!]

Third page:
One day The Two children went to the park. The plants were upside down. They Liked It so much They allwase went to the park.
[Author's note: Because watching upside down plants grow is fun?]

Fourth page:
One day it began to snow The kids Loved it so much. when They had to go to There granny's They didn't want to go.
[Author's note: Not sure why they liked yellow snow so much?]

Last page (and here's where binding your own book before writing it becomes a problem):
One day the little girl got sick. Robert was sad when she got sick he hoped she would be well soon.
[Author's note: At this point I ran out of room and the story remained unfinished for many, many years. Then one day when I was in grade five or six, I wrote an ending (a very squished one, at that!).]
this was sad to everybody in the family. after a few day's later the girl got well. Then everybody was happy.
The End
I hope you enjoyed my "bad" picture book. Look for the next in the series here:
Feb 18: Teresa MI Schaefer

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Rabbit Ate My Flip-Flops Sneak Peek!

I'm very excited to share the first chapter of Book Two of the Rabbit Ate My Series (coming in 2015)!

I set the bowl I've just filled with water at the laundry room sink in the bottom of the pen and stand back to  survey my handiwork. Litter box, check. Food bowls, check. Rack full of hay, check. Cat jingle ball, check. Toilet paper tube stuffed with newspaper, check. Doll’s bed with fleece blanket, check. Only thing missing: Tiny himself.

“Tiny!” I yell up the stairs. “Come on, Tiny! I’ve got a treat for you!”

I listen for a moment. No thunder of rabbit feet galloping across the floor above me. No whiskery nose appearing at the top of the stairs. Where is that silly animal?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New Release! How to Knit a Tangled Mess (DIY Dating Book Two)

How to Knit a Tangled Mess

Sadie, Fen, and April are back in the second installment of the DIY Dating series.

No thanks to her best friend Sadie Dawson, April Schultz gets roped into a Knit-a-Thon to impress Owen Godfrey, the guy she's been crushing on for months. Sadie had to open her big mouth and tell him April's an absolute knitting pro and now she's been pledged to knit more items for charity than anyone else. Trouble is, April has never knitted a day in her life. And she's got less than 24 hours to learn. If she doesn't master the basics soon, she risks losing Owen to the girl he's sponsoring, Dana Van Stanten--and she already knows how to knit.

How to Knit A Tangled Mess is a breezy chick lit novelette of about 12,000 words which should also appeal to romantic comedy fans.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Goodreads Book Giveaway for The Rabbit Ate My Homework!

Win a signed copy of The Rabbit Ate My Homework! 5 copies are up for grabs on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Rabbit Ate My Homework by Rachel Elizabeth Cole

The Rabbit Ate My Homework

by Rachel Elizabeth Cole

Giveaway ends October 21, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Pre-order sale!

Now available for pre-order for a limited time sale price of $0.99!

Eleven-year-old Drew Montgomery has not, does not, and will not ever want a stupid old rabbit. All they do is sit in their cages, eat carrots, and poop. Then his annoying little sister blackmails him into hiding a bunny in his closet. She knows what really happened to his "stolen" bike and she's threatening to tell. Now Drew's in a real jam. If his "No pets!" parents find the rabbit or, worse, his sister blabs the truth, he'll be grounded till grade seven for sure.

And if that's not enough trouble, two girls at school drag him into a prank war that goes from bad to worse (all the rabbit's fault). Plus, the weirdest girl in his class wants to be his science partner. If she tells him she wants to be his girlfriend, he just knows he's gonna die.

Drew must find a way to outwit the mean girls, wiggle out of the blackmail deal, and get rid of the rabbit before it destroys his bedroom and his life.

Official release date: September 2, 2014

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Exciting news!

I've got some exciting news!

First, How to Cook Up a Disaster will be released in print on May 15th!

The book is currently in formatting, but the cover design is complete. Here's a sneak peek:

Can't wait to hold a copy of my very first book in my hands!

Second, I just found out this week that it's been nominated for Best Short Story at the eFestival of Words!

The list of finalists will be announced June 1st! Keep your fingers crossed for me!