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Free Lola Ladybug Doll- Drawing!

You have a chance to win one or two of these lucky little ladybug dolls inspired by Lonely Lola Ladybug! Each doll is handmade (by me) with a sparkly pair of hidden wings under her/his red back. They are not for sale but you can win one for free! What a great gift to go…
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Lola Ladybug Book Tour

Title Lola Ladybug is packed and ready to go on her first book tour! This merry month of May, while visiting family and friends near Boston MA, Nashua NH, Chicago IL, and Milwaukee WI, I will also be promoting my book. I have set up some appointments to visit independent book stores, libraries, one book club and one children’s book blogger. I can’t wait to see what happens! I will also do some cold calls. Just showing up with my book in hand and asking, “Would you like to carry my book in your store?” works more often than not. It takes a bit of nerve to do and you can’t get discouraged if you get the brush off because the next call could be a winner. It’s amazing what you can get, when you’re just willing to ask.  Speaking of asking…Do you know of a great independent book store, or toy store with books, near you, that might like to carry Lonely Lola Ladybug?

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Lonely Lola Ladybug Goes Global!

23 It has been quite a “coming out” week for Lonely Lola Ladybug! Not only is she now available on line at Bellastoriapress.com, Amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com in the U.S.A., she is also available on line in the U.K., Australia, Denmark, Singapore, Japan, and India! Yes, India! That is WILD!

Lola was wished a “Hoppy Birthday” by my favorite Finley Frog on a Blog http://frogonablog.net/tag/mary-jo-beswick/ Thank you Lauri Fortino! Check out her Children’s Books Old and New Challenge A to Z … very fun!

Closer to home, Lonely Lola Ladybug is now on sale at the Studio Gallery in Kilmarnock, VA where I also sell my paintings and last Tuesday I had my first radio interview with Neal Steele at WXGM http://xtra99.com. I was so nervous the butterflies in my stomach felt like pigeons but Neal was so calm and kind and asked such great questions that it actually went pretty well. Well enough that I am doing another radio interview some time in April on 101.7BayFM.  So…Lola is definitely out of hibernation and having so much fun! I wonder what will happen next? Have you got any ideas for Lola to fly a little further?

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Late Bloomer – Leaning into the Dream

author -illustrator Logo - Crop  Do you have a dream? Are you leaning into it?

My dream was to write and illustrate a children’s picture book. I dabbled with this over the years but I never really committed to it until 2013 when I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger… time was running out. My mantra became, “Just finish one.” I chose one of the many unfinished stories I had and began writing and rewriting it. For over a year I wrote and rewrote.  Finally, I began working on the illustrations. They stimulated some fun changes to the story. Who knew this would happen? The drawing and writing began to play off one other and I did more rewriting and more drawing. I stayed committed to just leaning into it… one small steady step at a time. It was fun and the more I worked on it, the better the book got and that empowered me. I decided to lean further into the dream and joined three organizations for writers and illustrators. I was leaning, learning, working and evolving into something I had only dreamed of being. Then my goal became clear….get my book published, even if I had to do it myself. Amazingly, at an Pen Women’s meeting, I met a publisher who wanted to publish my book! As they say, the rest is history. My very first “finished” picture book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, is being published by Bellastoria Press and will be released for sale April 1st.
Tell me about your dream. It’s never too late to start LEANING.

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Artist becomes author and illustrator!

Lonely Lola Ladybug Children's Book

After 20 years working as a professional artist this is the beginning of my new career as an author and illustrator of children’s picture books.  My new book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, published by Bellastoria Press, comes out later this month and I am over the moon excited to see it come to life!