Anastasia now has less time to draw due to her full-time job and has moved on to some bigger projects. We wish you all the best! A new illustrator will be announced soon.
The Website has been totally re-done thanks to 4 Paws Games and Publishing! The work is amazing! Almost everything is online now except for the animal images. I will try to get that up as quickly as I can. As you know if you've been keeping up with the blogs, one of my images was stolen so I am now trying to protect them as best as I can. Unfortunately this takes a lot of time and effort. I have been doing this for my 3 websites and I have been at it for over a week.
You will find some new page additions. There is now a "Teachers" page which will contain visit information and fundraising forms.
The "News" page now contains a link to award as well as the blog.
The "Characters" page has been re-done but still displays characters for you to see and their info. I've changed the format of the images a bit so that you can still see it all but it will be better protected. There are 2 or 3 new characters there and Anastasia is working on two more.
I've removed flip books in Freckles the Bunny Series and I have yet to decide whether I will do previews for these books anymore.
I hope you like the new change and I will keep you updated when the rest goes online.
We are very excited this year! New and exciting things have been happening here! Why?
1. We are constantly improving the books, new topics and learning so much along the way!
2. This year, we will be helping some rescue groups by placing their adoptable pets in our stories as background characters. - Freckles books.
3. We have a new series out which is getting a lot of attention. Be sure to check out Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series' website and Facebook fan page.
4. We are on a roll for winning awards for reviews (every book has earned a 5 star!) and now we have the opportunity to win "2014 Best Book Cover Contest."
This is just a small portion of what is going on! In the meantime, we need you to vote! You can vote daily or every 2 days (the system is a bit picky). The link is below and we have the following books entered:
1. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 4: Freckles and the True Meaning of Christmas
2. Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity
3. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series, Book # 1: Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow
You can vote for all 3 books and here is how:
1. Follow the link and find the books.
2. It is the star rating system, 1 star being poor and 5 stars being awesome!
3. Click on the star to rate it and you can vote for other books too, not just one.
We hope you have a purrfect Valentine's Day!
Just a small bit of Freckles news that we wish to share:
We are pleased to announce two more organizations joining us with the new Freckles book. We hope to help them find their animals loving homes! You can find the following in Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity:
Be sure to keep an eye out on Freckles' website because we will slowly be adding illustrated characters for these animals!http://www.freckles-the-bunny-series.ca/adoptable-animals-and-rescue-links.html
You can also find their photos in the Rescue album on our Facebook fan pages! Keep an eye out as Anastasia creates her wonderful idea!
I mentioned around a week ago that we were very pleased to be working with Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary on finding homes for their animals. Here is a photo of Rilo and Ranger, two ducks who will be featured in Freckles the Bunny Series, Book # 5: Freckles and the Cost of Popularity.
Rilo and Ranger are not only going to have their photo in this next Freckles book but will be drawn in as well! Anastasia has already done a wonderful job with their cuteness!
Here are some other places that you can find Rilo and Ranger:
1. On our Freckles the Bunny Series website under Pets and Rescues, then under Rescue Links.
2. Pinterest (Freckles and Sherlock's accounts)
3. In the album entitled, "Rescue Animals in Books" in each of the fan pages.
Vickianne Caswell, author
Freckles the Bunny Series
Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
4. Click on the photo to go directly to their adoption page!
We hope these two handsome ducks find forever homes together!
A special thanks to Majestic Waterfowl for going over some of our ducky facts and for providing us with some information for Sherlock's next book! Be sure to check out their website for useful waterfowl information including books!
Lastly, I am going to be slowly cutting out the info I am putting out on both pages. If you aren't a fan of Sherlock's fan page, you will begin to miss out on his updates and vice versa. Each page has it's own fan base, series, website and fan page. Please be sure to check them out as I don't want to bombard everyone with posts by doing both on each site/fan page. Thanks!
Book 1 Update and Problems
We had some issues with pages being missing in the book. It is currently unavailable for purchase. Unfortunately, so are my copies until new ones come in. You can still pre-order though! I am now having troubles with Createspaces upload system which apparently doesn't like the series title inside the first page cover. This is being worked out and it will all hopefully be online soon. I will be sure to let you know! I will be sure to update you on the status though they've told me it could be a few business days.
Sherlock Contest Winner
The contest date has come to a close! The winner of a free copy of Sherlock's book is found on the Facebook fan page. Congratulations! I will be sending you out a signed copy as soon as I get the new ones in.
Rescues and the Books
Lastly, we are pleased to have the help of some rescues that are willing to share their knowledge with me for researching the next book. A special thanks goes out to:
Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary and Berkshire Reptile Rescue!
Freckles the Bunny Series and Rescues
Freckles the Bunny Series is about to place two of Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary's adoptables into the next book! This idea is courtesy of Anastasia Drogaitseva, my wonderful illustrator! We are also working on book 5 now. We have some pets in there (Pets in Books - see Freckles' website for details under the sales page) and a few rescued animals. Keep an eye out for a preview over the next month.
I am working on putting together some Sherlock merchandise so keep an eye out!
A Message from Sherlock
Sherlock Book Updates
Sherlock's book is close to release! We are just waiting on the last of the cover and from the looks of things, it will be well worth the wait! Awesome job Anastasia, as usual!!
Here is a sneak peak at the back cover!
The stamp is near complete as well and if everything goes as planned, I am hoping to have his book available for sale online, on Amazon.com this week! Once it is, I will be ordering some books for myself and taking pre-orders for signed copies.
Did You Know?
Did you know that before I even thought of creating a series for Sherlock, I'd already begun creating other things for him? The Facebook fan page called, "Stuff the Cat Doesn't Want You to Know" has many photos of him and his friends. It was made in fun but also so that Vickianne could practice tubing photos and practice using Photoshop. You can find it here:
To Have a Contest or to Not Have a Contest
I am currently debating about having a contest to win a free copy of Sherlock's first book. If you think we should, then click like on the website's post (either on the website or Facebook). If we can get about 20 likes on the posting between the two locations, I will hold a contest for a free copy of the first book.
Meet the Real Animals of Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
Have you seen the video? If not then please take a look! It is just a few of the great reasons to adopt instead of buying a new pet!
It has been a very busy time for us here between Christmas and a new book series. I'm afraid that it's been too busy to post. I am late in saying this but to all those that celebrate, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christmas went well for us though we are still not back in our home. We were with family though and together so one could not ask for more. Now for some updates on what I have been busy with:
1. Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series
2. The Author's Website
3. Book Reviews
4. Freckles the Bunny Series
5. All Websites
Well that is all of the news here. We hope all of our readers and fans are well!
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