“Thresholder” or “Stuff to Tell You Before I Forget”

“And just what,” you may wonder, “is a thresholder?” Well, what if I told you this:

That thought you forgot may not be merely lost. In your very home’s thresholds lurk unseen creatures, thieves who swipe thoughts for sale in a paranormal exchange. Your missing thought evolves from station to station, the ride turning even the most mundane into magic. Where did you think artists’ muses got their ideas, anyway?

A new Danielle E. Shipley short story, “Train of Thought”, coming soon to an issue of Luna Station Quarterly near you. Stay tuned!

And speaking of Danielle E. Shipley short stories, next up in the launch queue is Volume 3 of “Cookies & Milk – the kids’ version of the charity anthology, “A Cuppa and an Armchair” – which includes my original adaptation of a certain tale as old as time.

As with the recent launch parties for Volumes 1 and 2, you’re invited to visit the book’s launch page on Facebook anytime today from 1-9pm (that’s Central Time, folks; check your local time zone) to speak to the contributors and, perchance, to win a free e-book copy of Volume 3 in periodic photo caption competitions. (Ooh, ah!) And just to give a taste of why you really ought to be there, here’s my review of the book that launched last week (currently available on Smashwords, by the by):

** Like the first volume in its series of three, and its parent book project (“A Cuppa and an Armchair”), “Cookies and Milk, Volume 2” – a lovingly put together pair of children’s tales – is a collaborative work joining authors, illustrators, and the charity Equipe in a twofold mission: To relieve the suffering and poverty-stricken around the world, and to share engaging stories with readers everywhere.

A dream birthday present grows into a big surprise for Louan and her friend Jacob in “Fluffy” by Christine Cunningham (author of Amazon bestseller “Eternal Beginning”). The flight of fancy’s colorful characters are brightly visualized by young-adult fantasy author Danielle Shipley’s illustration debut.

With the breathless excitement of a campfire tale and a hint of rhyme woven in to tickle the ear, Andrew Robson writes of Sipho and Johnny, two little boys who brave a storm to find a missing girl before anyone (or anything) else can find her first. The life and movement of “Looking for Little Nandi”s words are well matched by the multimedia drawings of Eric White (author of “I Love You Each, All, and Every Way!” in “Cookies and Milk, Volume 1”).

The cause is a great one, the price is right, and the potential for joy-filled storytime is unlimited. So for those who have brave little dreamers in their lives, cuddle up with them and “Cookies and Milk, Volume 2”! **

You totally want to come now, don’t you? Well, I’ll be there for the first couple hours, and I’d be too, too glad were you to drop in and say hello!

(Best do it while the thought’s fresh, readers; you never know when a thresholder might slip it from your mind…)

“Launch 2” or “We’ve Had One, Yes; But What About *Second* Launch?”

Yeah, that’s probably the look Aragorn’s giving me, too.

…Because I couldn’t resist a “Fellowship of the Ring” quote spoof.

All kidding aside, though:

Dear Readers by Habit or Chance,

This is a request formally welcoming and encouraging your presence or participation in the following event:

The “Cookies & Milk: Volume 2” Book Launch!

When: Today! Friday, May 25th, 2012; 1pm – 9pm (Central Time)

Where: The “Cookies/Milk, vol. 2” Event Page on Facebook

In their ongoing bid to raise much-needed funds for the charity Equipe, the good folks at the “A Cuppa and an Armchair” project is “introducing to the public or to a market” the second volume of their collection of stories for youngsters, “Cookies & Milk”, TODAY! That’s right, it’s happening very soon (or right now, depending on when you’re reading this)! And hey, hey, guess what? This volume contains the story with my illustrations in it! Oooh, I’m so excited!

As with last week’s launch for Volume 1, you’re invited to visit the Cookies/Milk” launch page anytime from 1-9pm (don’t forget, that’s Central Time; check your local time zone) to speak to the contributors and, perchance, to win a free e-book copy of Volume 2 in periodic photo caption competitions. (Ooh, ah!) And just to give a taste of why you really ought to be there, here’s my review of the book that launched last week:

** Like its parent book project, “A Cuppa and an Armchair”, the first volume of “Cookies and Milk” – a lovingly put together pair of children’s tales – is a collaborative work joining authors, illustrators, and the charity Equipe in a twofold mission: To relieve the suffering and poverty-stricken around the world, and to share engaging stories with readers everywhere.

The warmhearted text of Eric White’s “I Love You Each, All, and Every Way!” finds perfect visual accompaniment with Cara Branigan’s sweet and playful illustrations; the story is sure to bring smiles to the faces of youngsters and their narrating parental figures, as it did to mine.

Lynette Davies’ “The Not So Helpful Butterflies” has both a valuable lesson on cooperation among friends and a very special illustrative team in some lucky 5- and 6-year-olds from the Year 1 class of Middlefield Community Primary School.

The cause is a great one, the price is right, and the potential for joy-filled storytime is unlimited. So for those who have little ones they love each, all, and every way, be a helpful butterfly and sit them down with Cookies and Milk, Volume 1! **

Enticed yet? Well, what if I told you that, not only will I be attending today’s launch party, I’ll be hosting? Yes, you read that right. Surely wild horses can’t keep you away, now! Please do drop by and say hello; it will make me feel very special. (:

Spread the word! Tell your friends! Bring some hobbits! I hope to see you there!

RSVP

(You don’t actually have to reply, but you know a blog loves comments.)

“Launch” or “Not to Be Confused with ‘Lunch’”

…Because cookies and milk, though a tasty snack, is hardly a proper meal.

Yes, I am making perfect sense. Keep reading, you’ll see:

Dear Readers by Habit or Chance,

This is a request formally welcoming and encouraging your presence or participation in the following event:

The “Cookies & Milk: Volume 1” Book Launch!

When: Friday, May 18th, 2012; 1pm – 9pm (Central Time)

Where: A Cuppa and an Armchair’s Facebook page

In their ongoing bid to raise much-needed funds for the charity Equipe, the good folks at the “A Cuppa and an Armchair” project will be “introducing to the public or to a market” the first volume of their collection of stories for youngsters, “Cookies & Milk”, on Friday (tomorrow! Unless you’re reading this on Friday, in which case, today!).

As with the launch for their first anthology back in December, you’re invited to visit the Cuppa/Armchair” Facebook page on Friday (tomorrow, today… hopefully not yesterday, because that’s a tad too late) anytime from1-9pm (don’t forget, that’s Central Time, as used by me here in the American Midwest; check your local time zone) to speak to the contributors and the charity. I’ll be stopping in there to mingle throughout the day, and it would make me feel quite special were you to drop by and say hello!

Spread the word! Tell your friends! I hope to see you there!

RSVP

(You don’t actually have to reply, but you know a blog loves comments.)