Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blog Tour Conclusion and Prize Winners

It has been a great two weeks traveling from blog to blog and sharing about Olive and the Great Flood. Thank you so much to all who visited each of the blogs. If you are late coming in or missed any of the posts, you can find the schedule and links here.

A special thank you to each of the blog hosts who shared posts during this time. You are so much appreciated!

If anyone would like a signed copy of Olive and the Great Flood, personalized for your special little one, for a birthday or Easter gift, please visit my website. It is also available from Guardian Angel Publishing and Amazon.

All your comments have been so welcomed and enjoyable, and I am please to announce the winner of the prize drawing for a copy of my Animal Sound Mix-up is Michelle W. and of the dove wind chime is Carla B. Congratulations to you both!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Olive and the Great Flood Tour and Prizes

I am so pleased to let you know that my new children's book, Olive and the Great Flood, has been released by Guardian Angel Publishing. It is a rhyming picture book about the sweet dove that is sent out from Noah's ark to discover when there is dry land after the flood. She also has an important mission, to keep the animals calm during the storm and long ride. 

My Virtual  Book Tour will begin on Monday, the 16th, and the tour schedule is listed below. I hope you will visit as many of the blogs as you can. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion on February 28, randomly drawn from among those commenting. The more different blogs you comment on, the more entries to the drawings you will receive! The prizes are shown below the blog schedule. You might want to bookmark this post to return and check the schedule. Feel free to share on facebook, twitter, etc., and leave a comment here to let me know and receive extra entries for the prizes!

Here is a sneak peak at a couple of the terrific illustrations by Kathleen Bullock. You can see more of her work by visiting her website.

God kept Olive and her mate and all of those inside
safe, protected, high and dry while floating on this ride.
Olive trilled soft peaceful songs to help them sleep at night.
When the ark tossed back and forth, her coos relieved their fright.

Olive and the Great Flood is available from Guardian Angel Publishing, Amazon, or a signed copy from my website.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, 2-16       Janet Sumner Johnson, Musings of a Children's Writer -
Tuesday, 2-17       Cheryl Malandrinos, Children's and Teen's Book Connection - review
                               Julie Arduini, The Surrendered Scribe
Wednesday, 2-18  Rosemary Marotta, Rosemary's Reading Circle
Thursday, 2-19     Susan Meyers, Susan's Thoughts and Ramblings
Friday, 2-20          Inspirational Poetry of Joy and Peace
                              Olive and Friends video
Saturday, 2-21     Janet Ann Collins, Onwords
Sunday, 2-22        Kimberly Standard, Stuff Could Always Be Worse
                               Interesting Animal Facts
Monday, 2-23       Mayra Calvani, Mayra's Secret Bookcase
Tuesday, 2-24       Robyn Campbell, Poet, Picture Book and Middle Grade Author  - interview
Wednesday, 2-25 Lynn Mosher, Encouraging the Heart~Uplifting the Soul 
                              Saved from the Storm
Thursday, 2-26    Donna McDine, Write What Inspires You
Friday, 2-27         Penelope Anne Cole, Penny's Reviews and Chat  - 
                              Donna McDine, Write What Inspires You - 
                              Illustrator's Story, Guest Post by Kathleen Bullard 
Saturday, 2-28     Blog Conclusion and prize winners announced, here


Autographed copy of my first children's book 

24K Gold Plated Wind Chime Sun Catcher Dove with clear Austrian Crystal

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Shadow of Fear

This is a story about a boy named Ben, who is ten years old. He wants to go to camp with his big brother, Tom, but his parents don’t think he should go because he is afraid of so many things and hasn’t behaved well at times. Ben decides to try to overcome his fears and ask himself what Jesus would do in the situations he faces.

Ben learns good lessons about faith and trust in God while facing his fears and also the difficulties some people face in life, such as his friend, Mary, who is in a wheelchair, and a homeless man he meets.

Children should be able to relate to Ben’s struggles to do the right thing and not be so fearful, learning that God loves and takes care of him. Readers will find satisfaction in how Ben’s simple longing to go to camp leads to important changes in him that positively affect others.

You can visit author Janet Ann Collins at her blog, Onwords and A Shadow of Fear may be purchased from Amazon.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coming Soon!

It is my pleasure to share with you that my new children's picture book, Olive and the Great Flood, will soon be released by Guardian Angel Publishing, who also published my Animal Sound Mix-up. This is a story about the dove who flew out from Noah's Ark and the important job she had to do. Did you know that not only did she discover when the flood had gone down and it was safe for everyone to leave the ark, but she is also the one who helped the animals stay calm during that long ride? She also learned an important lesson about God's love and promise.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Bullock. You can see more books she has illustrated for Guardian Angel Publishing. Watch for upcoming news about the release of Olive and the Great Flood!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Picture Book Month
In honor of November being Picture Book Month, I thought I would post a selection from each of my picture books. As a grandmother, I have the great pleasure of sharing books with my grandchildren, and encourage all who have young ones to help develop the love of reading early. Enjoy!

What if a lion said meow . . .
or if a donkey said bow-wow?
Wouldn't it seem quite funny now
if they became mixed up somehow?
from Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold
illustrated by Kit Grady

Eight legs help a spider to climb,
which leaves a web behind each time.
Mama Spider traps eight flies to eat.
Spiders find bugs a tasty treat.
from Count 1,2,3 With Me by Connie Arnold
published by 4RV Publishing
illustrated by Ginger Nielson
It is my pleasure to let you know that my next picture book, Olive and the Great Flood, will be released by Guardian Angel Publishing. I will let you know when I find out the date!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Some friends are looking for Lenny Lee to wish him a very special and happy 15th birthday. You have been missed recently in the bloggy world, Lenny, and lots of (((hugs))) and good wishes are being sent to you!

Looking for Lenny,
where can he be?
I need to give him
a big hug from me,
to wish him a birthday
that's really sweet
and a wonderful year
that can't be beat!


If you'd like to see who else is wishing Lenny a happy birthday, you can go here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Make a Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.”
Listen for the sounds of worshiping and mirth.
Hear the trilling songs of birds in the trees,
The music of the wind, sighing in a breeze.

A joyful noise could be from the barking of a dog,
A chorus of cicadas, the croaking of a frog,
The purring of a cat, content to be alive,
The buzzing of bees, swarming in their hive.

Each individual makes their own joyful sound,
The gurgle of a baby, children laughing all around,
Singing in the shower, dancing in the rain,
Shouting, running, clapping, calling Jesus’ name.

Creation contains a myriad of joyful sounds everywhere
Which may be heard as music, rejoicing, worship or prayer.
Whatever the sound might be or however it is perceived,
All joyful noises made to the Lord are lovingly received.

© Connie Arnold
I thought this illustration from my Animal Sound Mix-up children's book was appropriate for this poem. It was done by Kit Grady. If you would like to see more of her illustrations, feel free to visit her website.