A Peak Inside Henrietta Hexagon & The Triangles

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I’d like to give you all a peak into Henrietta Hexagon & the Triangles, my newest book release. I hope that posting the first half of this book will be enough for you to get a feel for the story. This is a sweet story about a Hexagon that was adopted by a family of Triangles. You will see how Henrietta struggles to “FIT IN.” In the end, she finds out that she has been the perfect fit all along with her adopted family. I hope you will be surprised as to how this comes to pass. 😮 This is not just a book about shapes, it is a story touches on adoption, finding one’s sense of self, and familial acceptance.

Have a wonderful day!! I’d love for you to let me know how you like it too.

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Here is a link to the kindle version on amazon: (the paperback is listed here too just below the kindle version)

http://www.amazon.com/Henrietta-Triangles-Childrens-adoption-ebook/dp/B0079OK3T8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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Our Flooded Home

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As many of my friends and family know, we lost our home and most everything in it due to Tropical Storm Debbie. This is a poem I wrote about what has happened. Thank you to everyone that has come to our rescue during this difficult time. We love you.

Mandi

June, 2012 we woke at 3:00 am
Ankle deep in water… things were looking grim.
Everything was wet, tons of photos…GONE.
How could this be happening? I feel lost and all alone.


I woke my babies up, then called my mom and dad.
The rain was pouring down, it was really looking bad.


The water came with force when we opened up the door
It was black and full of mulch, it was covering the floor.


We grabbed a few essentials and threw them in my van.
The kids jumped in with mom and dad and back inside I ran.
My family tried to make me leave. I needed one more thing.
My memories were still inside. To me, they were everything.


I received a sign from God, he was urging me to go.
A song began to play. From where? I didn’t know.
“Just get what you need” it sang out loud. I had chills form right away.
It was then I knew, this was a sign. It wasn’t safe to stay.
With the power off we went back in and got what we could save.
It hurt to see our home destroyed. I needed to be brave.


Friends came by to help us out, the mold was growing quick.
My home was gone, tossed out like trash… It really made me sick.


Nights are hard, I don’t sleep well. I remember what was lost.
I’d love to take my babies home. Who knows what this will cost.
I’m humbled by the kindness of family friends and peers
Not sure what we’d have done without these loving volunteers.


There has to be a reason but for now it’s hard to see.
I’m really hoping someday soon it’ll be revealed to me.
Until I know the reason, I’ll take it day by day.
I’m hoping God will light a path and help us find our way.

*The song I mentioned in the poem was

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones.

I didn’t find out until I was in the van that the noise was coming from an old bag I had found in my closet.

There was a toy karaoke microphone inside and it played that song until I got in the car.

I didn’t even remember buying the toy so it must’ve been there for awhile.

I had just been shocked when I tried to turn off a surge protector submerged in water so I took the song as a sign to leave.

Just wanted to share that because it wouldn’t fit in the poem without making it too long.

Mandi Tillotson Williams

How Henrietta the Hexagon was Born …

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Just wanted to share with everyone how the idea of Henrietta Hexagon was born. Unlike Mortimer, this wasn’t an idea that was with me all along. Last November, I was browsing the internet trying to find some small magazine to submit a short story or poem to while I was working on doing illustrations for my second book.  I don’t remember how exactly but I happened upon Guardian Angel Kids E-zine website and looked at their submission guidelines. Their theme they were accepting submissions for at the time was a tough one …. MATH. I sat down and began to think, “What in the world can I do to make math into a fun story?” I googled math books just to get ideas of what was out there and decided to focus on shapes. I thought of the name Henrietta Hexagon and ran it by my kids and they loved it so it was decided but I had one problem, what do I write about her. I decided to tackle that later and in an attempt to get the kids involved, I asked them to draw what they thought Henrietta should look like.  This is what my oldest two came up with. (As you can see, Blayke’s was VERY close to how Henrietta looks!) I saw it and loved it. Dalton’s was cute too but looked a little older than what I was going for.

After coming up with how I wanted Henrietta to look, thanks to my kids, I began writing (actually typing on my phone.) Once I was finished, I proceeded to submit my story to the E-zine. Almost immediately after submitting, I began to throwing around the idea of making a picture book out of Henrietta’s story and possibly even a new shape series. I contacted the E-zine and asked them what would happen if my story was selected for publication? They responded back saying that they would pay me a flat fee and they would own all the rights to my story. This is when I decided to withdraw my submission and move forth with my picture book idea. Thanks to the help of Brandi Linton, Apryll Tillotson, and Michele Parish I was able to have my book proofed before print. I also want to point out that in the book, there are several drawings by children hanging on the walls in the Triangle home. Those drawings were donated by my children and nephews. The one’s in the living room are by Dalton, Blayke & Evan and the artwork in Henrietta’s room were done by Jaiden and Bronsen. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful art!!  :o) I have several more ideas for different shape stories too in the future but I’d love to hear ideas from my readers  as well if you’d like to share as a comment. I like to stick with names that start with the same letter as the shape and I want to touch on issues that children deal with on an everyday basis. I am wanting to use shapes that aren’t as well known too so keep that in mind. Your idea could become a book! Hope you enjoyed finding out how Henrietta came about!! Have a wonderful day!

Mandi Tillotson Williams

Henrietta Hexagon & the Triangles – Coming SOON!

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I haven’t had any recent blog posts due to the fact that I have been working non-stop on finishing my next children’s picture book entitled, Henrietta Hexagon and the Triangles. I am so excited about the shape series I have planned for the children.

Henrietta’s story is different from the Mortimer series in many ways, one being that it doesn’t rhyme, but I believe you will really love the story and fall in love with sweet little Henrietta. This is a sweet story of adoption with a subtle math lesson. The kids won’t even realize they have learned something about math. As an infant, Henrietta is left alone in a shape sorter with no one to care for her.  Luckily, she was found and adopted by a family of Triangles, Ma and Pah along with her brothers and sister: Tate, Tyler, Tanner and Tanya. She loves her family more than anything but she always has the feeling that she doesn’t quite fit it. One warm spring morning, Henrietta decides to venture outside in search of other Hexagons. She manages to find one hexagon during the process but she gets herself into a sticky situation. Henrietta walks back home feeling defeated and down but when she arrives, everything changes. You will have to read more to find out what happens! :o) Here is a sneak peak preview page of the story. . . ENJOY!

School Visit Schedule for Next Week

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I am happy to say that I will be attending 4 elementary schools next week for Literacy week. Below is my schedule and I will be doing 2 grade levels at a time in 3 seperate 30 minute blocks. Parents, I’d love for you to come as well. :o)

I will be sending home with your child an order form with autograph instructions on it. I appreciate everyone’s support and thank you for becoming a Mortimer Crump fan.

Monday – Eastside Elementary – 8:30 – 10:00ish

Tuesday – Pinemount Elementary – 8:30-10:00ish

Wednesday – Westside Elementary – 8:30 -11:00ish

Thursday – Summers Elementary – 8:30 – 10:00ish

Thanks again and I hope to see you there.

Mandi

P.S. – Can YOU find Moritmer in the poster above? ;0)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year!! In order to thank all of my loyal Mortimer fans, I have signed up for a new program with amazon and will be able to offer my book for FREE for such a select few days within each 90 day period. TOMORROW is one of those days so make sure to swing by amazon and download it as my gift to you.

http://www.amazon.com/Mortimers-What-Ifs-Childrens-Rhyming-Picture/dp/1466497432/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325514095&sr=1-2-catcorr

I would also like to announce that I will be having a book signing on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at

Sprout Learning Resources

(Located in Alachua across from Conestoga Restraunt and to the left of Main Street Pie)

 

Thanks for all your support! Happy New Year!

Mandi

Mortimer’s Poll ~ Who would you be??

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ONCE YOU ARE DONE WITH THIS POLL, scroll down and comment on Donalisa’s interview to be entered to win a FREE ebook!! :o)

Thanks for taking part in this poll…

Mortimer LOVES your answers.

Have a wonderful Holiday!!

Interview with Award Winning Author – Donalisa Helsley

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Donalisa will be chosing 1 LUCKY Winner to receive a FREE ebook from Amazon so make sure to leave a comment to qualify. :o)

Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. I’m so proud to have you as a guest on my site!

Thank you for inviting me. It still is weird to think anyone would want to know about me!

When and why did you begin writing?
I was not allowed to watch tv except for one show on Saturdays. So I read and eventually started writing little stories in about the first grade. When I’d read all the books in the house and it wasn’t time to go to the library I would write my own stories and read them to my friend who lived in the mirror (yes, I do know that was actually my reflection).

What inspired you to write your first book?
Are we talking about my first book ever or my published book?

You are also an award winning author I see? Congratulations! Tell us about that.
My 1st published book, The Day No One Played Together: A Story About Compromise won a Mom’s Choice Award.

What author influenced you most as a child?
When I read the Little House on the Prairie series I decided to write my own autobiography. I realized my life wasn’t quite as exciting as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s so I would make my own paper dolls and then write stories about them.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best in your genre?
Unfortunately, because I am busy with finishing my masters in social work (May 2012, yay!) I have not been doing much marketing. I talk about my book on FaceBook and I have a website. Hopefully soon I can start booking signings and school visits. It is wonderful because of people like you who take time out of their lives to spread the word about my book. Thank you, I appreciate you so much!
What book are you working on now?
I’m finishing up a fairytale with a twist,a story about the uniqueness of individuals and a story about a big bad bully.

Describe your book in just a few sentences.

“Here is a VERY ruff draft!” ;0)
Honey P. Badger was the meanest little badger in town.
For everyone she passed, she left them with a frown.
She was mean to all the animals in the school
She thought being a big bully made her super cool.

Now for the fun part…

Tell us something funny or interesting about yourself.
After reading, I love music and I have certain songs I use as mantras and certain types of music or artists that seem to fit my moods. When I am overwhelmed/down I listen to Gloria Gaynor’s or Tina Turner’s “I Will Survive” full blast and dance around like a spaz with my kids. When I am angry I turn up Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer” and jump up and down like a spaz with my kids. When I am in a normal mood I like to listen to Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Bob Marley, Maroon 5 etc… and twirl around like a spaz with my kids. When I want to chill its Kenny G, Norah Jones and Cris Botti…the only time I don’t act like a spaz. Ha ha ha, you sound like me!! :o)

What’s your favorite food?
Chinese food … my parents used to joke I would turn Chinese I ate it so much, but instead I had a ¼ Chinese baby. Even the people at the Chinese restaurant I go to all the time used to joke “You eat so much Chinese food you have Chinese baby!”

That’s too funny! My parents used to say I would turn into a pizza!!! Thankfully my kids didn’t come out with a meatball nose. LOL.

What’s your favorite color?
purple

Coke or Pepsi?
Mug Rootbeer

If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?
Tigger, because Tiggers are wonderful things and fun,fun, fun, fun,fun!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Everywhere, anywhere….Italy. Definitely off to find some unexplored world, maybe another dimension. Oooh maybe to the other side of the mirror!

What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author? (This can’t be your book)
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and my favorite book is Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

What book are you reading now?
I constantly have books spread out everywhere that I will be. I am never reading just one. One of the worst things that could happen to me is to find myself somewhere without a book. I end up in a foul mood. There is nothing worse than sitting in the Dr.’s office and I have already finished a book on my iPad and don’t have another on. Aaaargh!
I am currently reading:
Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll
If I Should Die by Allison Brennan
Letters to A Young Therapist (for the 3rd time) by Mary Pipher

Wow! That’s alot to read at once, but I guess you had alot of practice as a child. :o)

Thank you very much!
No, thank YOU very much!

The Day No One Played Together is available on the author’s Website . She will sign your copy to whomever you request.
Also available on Amazon and B&N.com
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Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify to win the FREE ebook!!! :o)

‘Twas Mortimer’s Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, kids asleep throughout the land…

Mortimer Crump was waiting, for tonight he had it planned

To sneak back home with Santa, find his very own elf on a shelf

Talk him into coming back and keep him for himself.

When Santa arrived, Mortimer was hiding up under a big green chair,

He slipped in his sack, crawled to the back … no one knew he was there.

They went up through the chimney and into the sleigh.

The toys in the bag were all wanting to play.

“Quiet down guys, I don’t want to be found.

Please try to stay still, just don’t make a sound.”

Out on the roof there arose such a clatter!

Mortimer peeked out to see what was the matter.

Santa had slipped on a huge patch of ice!

Mortimer had to do something, he didn’t think twice.

With only a jump rope he’d found in the sack

He tied it to a reindeer’s horn and jumped up on it’s back.

“On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer & Vixen!

On Comet and Cupid, On Donner & Blitzen!

To the edge of the roof, that’s where we must go.

We have to be quick, we mustn’t be slow”

They made it there in time with just moments to spare.

Santa climbed up the rope and they flew through the air.

When the toys were delivered and Santa was done.

He turned to Mortimer and said, “I want to thank you, son.”

“I hope you understand, I have to take you back.

There are people here who love you so jump back in the sack.”

Mortimer did as he was told, he’s on the nice list afterall

Down the chimney he went with ease and he staggered down the hall.

He plopped up on his comfy bed with his pillows in a heap.

He snuggled up, said his prayers and drifted off to sleep.

Mortimer awoke and to his surprise he found a caroling elf!

Could it be? He rubbed his eyes. His very own elf on a shelf?

The elf jumped up on Mortimer bed, “Hi my name is Clay.”

He patted Mortimer on the back and continued on to say,

“Santa Claus has sent me here to live with you instead.

Put on your clothes, let’s go play! Come on, get out of bed.”

“We’ll be friends forever now, I’m staying here for good.

No sneaking out with Santa though, I hope that’s understood.”

 

Last night, I decided to do a quick thrown together “Moritmer Style” version of Twas the Night Before Christmas to thank all of Mortimer’s loyal fans!!

It’s not perfect but I hope you enjoy it anyway. :O)

I really appreciate all of your support!

Thank you

Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Mandi Tillotson Williams