The making of a musical, take 2!! Hapenny Magick

Courtney working with Will on "A Storm is Coming"

Courtney working with Will on “A Storm is Coming”

 

Making a musical is a lot of work, but how can I complain about something that I love so much? I can’t! It was wonderful getting to work with William Ogmundson  on this project and we have a show that we can be proud of.

Not only did I get to work with Will, but I got to work with some very talented local performers as well.

Courtney is a sophomore and wants to pursue a career in musical theater. She has been in the junior intern program at our local summer stock theater with my son Aaron for several years.

You can hear Courtney singing “A Storm is Coming” by pressing play in the media bar below!

 

My oldest son Colin in the recording studio.

My oldest son Colin in the recording studio.

Not only did I get to work with talented rising stars like Courtney, but my own boys also recorded the music with me. Colin took the role of Callum and helped teach us what being a Hybilia Froedlicker is all about. Check Callum’s song out by pressing the play button on the media player below!

And I couldn’t help myself but share a bit of “A Troll Has Got To Eat” sang by husband and wife duo, Linda Altson-Lambert and Jay Lambert.

 

And of course, I couldn’t stay away from all the fun! So I let Will talk me into singing the parts for Maewyn.

Here is the song I co-wrote with Will, “Come Back To Me”. It  has a special place in my heart.

If you would like to produce the musical of Hapenny Magick in your community theatre, contact me!! We’d love to see it on a stage in every town! If you are a teacher and would like a copy of the script for a reader’s theatre in your class drop me a line! I’ll share the music with you and your students and even schedule a skype session to chat with your class.

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The Digital Human Library

Did you know you could find me in the Digital Human Library? What’s the Digital Human Library? I’m glad you asked!

The Digital Human Library (dHL) is a free educational resource that connects Canadian teachers and students with organizations and experts from all over the world. K-12 teachers registered with the dHL can search for meBook experts like they would search for books in a library. dHL meBooks can then be borrowed to collaborate with classroom teachers on an activity, lesson, or presentation that would later be shared with students using videoconferencing solutions like Skype, FieldTripZoom, H.323 technology, or Google+ Hangouts …  So now, in addition to the use of books and other classroom resources, students can now engage with real people, in real time, using videoconferencing technology to learn curriculum-based concepts and skills in new and exciting ways. The Digital Human Library brings the field trip experience into the classroom!

Today there are hundreds of meBooks registered with the dHL, like the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Botanical Gardens, and Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. meBooks are experts in a variety of subject areas who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students to help enrich our classroom programs and provide support for teachers.  Field trips and guest speakers are expensive, and in many cases the distances are far too great for students to travel.  As a result, teachers can offer only a few of these exciting opportunities for learning over the course of the school year.  The Digital Human Library is a resource that provides teachers and students with unlimited access to these unique learning opportunities not otherwise available from any other type of classroom resource.

Videoconferencing makes it easy and affordable for teachers to bring the field trip experience into the classroom.  Imagine your child sharing stories of adventures to museums, archaeological digs, art galleries, and festivals, or explaining what the class learned from an optometrist, farmer, and musician! The possibilities are endless . . .

The Digital Human Library creates opportunities for teachers and community members to work together to inspire student inquiry, increase student engagement and participation, improve student learning and achievement, and strengthen relationships between communities and schools.  These partnerships enhance learning opportunities for students, as well as incorporate 21st century content, global perspectives, learning skills, resources, and technologies into our classroom programs to create resources for students that are relevant, current, accessible and inclusive.

We always talk about how we need to make the world better for our kids. We also need to make the kids better for our world.                                                   ~ Martin Molata

Get involved! Try something new. Together we can transform learning in ways that will inspire our students achieve success.

If you would like more information about the Digital Human Library, please visit their blog, or contact Leigh by email.

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Any Way You Slice It, Cover reveal and giveaway!

AWYSI_FINAL My good friend, Kris Asselin’s new book is coming this April!! You can win a free copy by entering here.

Here’s what the book is about:

Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away…

Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.

The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be available HERE from Bloomsbury Spark on April 7, 2015.

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About the Author:

Kristine Asselin lives in Massachusetts and writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. In addition to ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, she is the author of fifteen children’s books for the elementary school library market. The most recent, DANGEROUS DISEASES, was published in 2014. Kris is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and loves Harry Potter, Doctor Who, classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s, and anything with a time travel theme. She is a proud member of SCBWI-New England, the Fall Fourteeners (a group blog of YA debut authors), Sporty Girl Books blog, and #MGLitChat.

Kris presents writing workshops at schools and libraries all over New England and loves talking with kids and adults about their favorite books. ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT is her debut Young Adult novel. Learn more about Kris on her, Website, Facebook, Twitter or Blog

 

Mark “Any Way You Slice It” to read on Goodreads!!

 

 

 

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The Tangled Magick book trailer is here!

Tangled Magick is coming in April 2015! It’s the sequel to my award winning children’s book Hapenny Magick!

Here’s what the book is about:

A hapenny should live a simple life, but two years ago Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved her village from a troll invasion. Now as an official Protector of the Wedge, Maewyn shares in the responsibility of keeping it’s residents safe.
When her mentor, the wizard Callum, leads a Great Expedition, Maewyn joins, knowing that to be the best protector she can be, she must be familiar with what the world holds beyond her tiny village.
When you are only 3 foot tall, the outside world can be a scary place, and the hapennies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble. Captured by a gang of trolls the group is taken to a broken-down castle to be servants to the troll queen, Huldfrejya. Unfortunately, Callum is cast into a deep slumber. It’s up to Maewyn to rescue herself and her friends before they are entangled by a powerful magickal enchantment that will turn them into slaves to the troll queen forever!

 

Pre-order Tangled magick at any indie bookstore or Amazon, Barnes and Noble

The beautiful music was composed by my partner in crime, William Ogmundson. We turned Hapenny Magick into a musical. If you are involved in theater and would like to consider producing it, just email me. I have the script and demo CD available.

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New Year, clean it out sale!

I’ve go so much inventory from the past few years I can’t hardly get into my studio! So I’m cleaning out! Now through January 23rd you can take $5.00 off your Etsy order too! Just use this coupon code at the checkout: WINTER15. (good on purchases of $25 or more)

Here’s a peek at the new stuff you’ll  find in the store: Click on this link to go directly to my Etsy store.

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Little Spirits now available!

New Little Spirits are now available in my Etsy shop for holiday delivery. You can even custom order, but only until December 12th! Order one with hair or without, in your choice of colors! For more information, visit my Etsy store.

Christmas Spirits

Christmas Spirits

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Winter Spirits

Autumn Spirits

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Highland Spirit

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Call Sign Karma, Character Blitz!

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Today we are having a character blitz post for CALL SIGN KARMA by debut author Jamie Rae. This book will be released January 5th, 2015. Be sure to check out the teasers and rafflecopter below.

 

Click here to ADD THE BOOK TO GOODREADS

 

Learn more about Locke Sinclair

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Learn more about Tinklee Pinkerton

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BOOK BLURB:

Love in the no-fly zone…

Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?

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PRE-ORDER LINKS AND GIVEAWAY:

If you pre-order CALL SIGN KARMA by Jamie Rae, you can enter your information in to receive a signed bookmark. Please pre-order by January 2nd. US addresses only please.

FILL OUT THE FORM HERE: http://a.pgtb.me/r013Sg

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1sxUP64

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1xogCRW

a Rafflecopter giveaway

JamieRaeAuthor Information:

JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind–create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they’ve finished reading.

Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook, though she will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren’t pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!

In her other life, Jamie Rae is an orthodontist, and literary agent. She keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: https://www.jamieraewrites.com/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamieRaeAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieRaeWrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8295257.Jamie_Rae

 

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Christmas Spirits, New sewing pattern and kit available!

Christmas-spirits-coverChristmas Spirits are little elves that arrive in your home and help spread joy and cheer during the holiday season. Arrange them in a new place every morning with a little note for the children or grandchildren encouraging the spirit of the season. Your note can say: Let’s visit an elderly neighbor or relative today, Let’s read a favorite story together today, Let’s bake cookies for our mailman today–whatever you want!

Help spread kindness during the holiday season and teach the little ones to do the same! Heck, spread joy every day, make some elves that come every month instead of just during the holiday season!

This website has some other great ideas to share: http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/11/alternative-elf-on-shelf-tradition-kindness-elf-kindness-elves.html

 

I’ve put a kit together that is available in my Etsy store for the dolls pictured. More color choices will be offered soon! If you’d like a custom order kit with special colors, just contact me and we’ll figure it out!

Materials you’ll need to make your Christmas Spirits: (Or you can buy the kit!)

Wooden head, wire bendy dolls, 5 ½” tall
( I got mine at http://www.beardancecrafts.com/wood_figures.htm)

Wool felt in your choice of colors (a 9×12” sheet of each color will make both dolls)
Embroidery floss that matches the colors of your felt
Sewing needle
Scrap of wool for scarf (1/2 x 9”)
Scraps of washed wool or wool felt for shoes (a 6×6” square per doll will do)
Small buttons and other trims
Sharp, small scissors
A bit of wool roving in your choice of colors

I’ve made this pattern with an unlimited number of dolls you can make for sale–Let’s spread the joy!

Available on Etsy and Patternmart!

Christmas Spirits, PMRT

Christmas Spirits, PMRT

Christmas Spirits are little elves that arrive in your home and help spread joy and cheer during …

Price: US$6.00

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New Sewing Pattern, Yeti Earbud Buddy and I-Phone/I-Pod Case

IMG_0772 Always losing your iphone or ipod in your bag or purse? Those days are long gone with a cute little pouch that you can hook to the handle of your bag. The earbud buddy keeps your earbuds from from getting tangled or the wires broken, simply wrap your cord around the Yeti’s neck and snap his tongue down.

Case is made from Wool Felt. Yeti buddy is made from fuzzy felt with seed bead eyes and a cotton lining. Slip your phone into the case and clip onto your bag. Never have to search for your phone again!

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All supplies are easily available at any craft store. Case and earbud buddy can be hand or a combination or hand and machine sewn. Yeti on case can be made with ears up or ears down.

Earbud buddy measures 7″ long by 4″ wide. Case is 3.27″ wide and 6.5″ long.

Limited numbers can be made for profit.

You can instantly download this pattern from Etsy or Patternmart.
Yeti Earbud Buddy and I-Phone/I-Pod case, PMRT

Yeti Earbud Buddy and I-Phone/I-Pod case, PMRT

Always losing your iphone or ipod in your bag or purse? Those days are long gone with a cute little …

Price: US$3.50

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Blog Tour: Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service

BEN Fox(1)Today I’d like to introduce you to Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service by Daisy Whitney.

“Ten-year-old Ben Fox has good friends, a great dog, and a lightning-fast little sister who drives him a bit batty. The only thing in the fifth grader’s life that’s truly annoying–well, besides having to wear braces on his feet every day–is the family’s wily Siamese cat, Percy.

Ben has always suspected something was off about Percy, who has never shown him or his beloved dog, Captain Sparkles, much affection. But now he’s sure something is off–Percy has raised an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard and they’re ready to take on the dog.

It’ll be up to Ben to figure out how to stop the dastardly cat before the dog falls prey to the feline’s nefarious plans, especially since Percy and his newly reanimated squirrel friends are gunning for nothing less than a full-scale Animal Zombie Apocalypse–when all the dogs start to behave like cats.

If only Ben could enlist his mom’s help in the undead animal war. But his mom is petrified of things that go bump in the night, so Ben’s only hope is to team up with his little sister. The battle won’t be easy though, because squirrel zombies are the most dangerous of all…”

About Daisy Whitney

Daisy Whitney is also the author of the young adult novels THE MOCKINGBIRDS, THE RIVALS, WHEN YOU WERE HERE, and STARRY NIGHTS. Her books have received critical acclaim including NPR Best Teen Read, ABC New Voices Pick, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, an NCIBA Book of the Year Honorable Mention, a Romantic Times Best of YA, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best.

ARCs of Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service have already been shipped, and are also available via NetGalley. For future reference, or to request an ARC of this book, please use the Reviewers link. http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Reviewers.html

 

For more about Daisy, visit her at http://daisywhitney.blogspot.com/blog

Twitter @DaisyWhitney

Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/mockingbirdsbook?fref=ts

Book notes:

Title: Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service

Author: Daisy Whitney

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Price: $9.95

Pages: 158

ISBN: 9781939392190

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