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Monday, November 13, 2017

Fan Questions

When I meet fans of Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell, they want to learn about publishing and writing. 

Here are the answers to their questions: 

What was the inspiration for the story?  The story was inspired by a dog named Charlie.  Charlie was homeless and injured, but he was rescued and nursed back to health.

Was the character Maggie inspired by someone you know? Maggie is purely invented. She popped into my head.

How long did it take to write the story?  The story took a couple of months to write. 

How long did it take for the story to be published?  Maggie was rejected close to 50 times, so the manuscript was shelved.  When I returned to it five years later, the story was edited and submitted to a handful of publishers.  Maggie became a book nine months after Cactus Moon Publishing sent a contract. 

Did you have to pay to get it published?  My publisher is Saturn Moon's Press, a division of Cactus Moon Publishing.  It is a small press.  Small presses or indie presses do not charge to have a book published.

Did you draw the pictures?  No, we had the Italian illustrator Emiliano Billai create the drawings.  

Have you written a sequel?  YES!  This time it's about a cat.  I think my pet Ozzie may have had something to do about that! 

You can learn more about Maggie and buy an autographed copy at www.randilynnmrvos.com 



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What People are Saying about Maggie


There is nothing better than reading an awesome picture book to a child. Here are some of my favorites:

Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper 
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Suess

And of course

What makes Maggie awesome? Here's what some people are saying— 

Jen Isbell, Pet Friends Magazine
I reviewed this book for my website and I really loved it! It teaches kids what's really important in life - and that quite often comes in the package of four furry paws!

Elizabeth Tipping, book reviewer
Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell is a wonderfully-written picture book. My little one saw the cover and begged to read it with me. She was very engaged as we read, telling Maggie what she should and should not do, expressing affection in response to pictures of Trooper, and exclaiming her surprise at certain points in the book.

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Doris Settles, writing instructor and editor 
Would have been 5* if there had been a bit of foreshadowing as she cuddles up with her pup. As a rescue dog enthusiast, this is a wonderful book to teach children about special needs dogs and caring for the rest of the world. Teaches how fancy, expensive, weird experiences aren't the only ones that matter. Caring for a hurt dog and having family time with grandparents is just as important...and perhaps more so! Illustrations are lovely...very ethereal and imaginative, especially the teacher's red shoes! Excellent job and highly recommend.

Anjali Amit, book reviewer
Very successfully the author weaves a story of love and caring, of giving up and receiving. Maggie’s family chooses to forgo the vacation to rescue a dog lying by the roadside. Every choice has a consequence. So much to learn from such a simple story. Young 4-8 years old will enjoy the tale, their parents will talk of problem-solving, compassion, care for animals.  

Here's how you get your very own amazing copy: http://www.randilynnmrvos.com or 

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Maggie-Summer-Vacation-Show-Tell/dp/0998893277/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504709584&sr=8-1&keywords=maggie+and+the+summer+vacation+show+and+tell


Friday, October 13, 2017

Please Write a Review

Did you know book reviews directly influence the sale of books?  That's why it's so important to get reviews.  However, as an author, getting reviews are easier said than done.

I've asked friends, family, work acquaintances, classmates, picture book bloggers, and the list goes on and on.  

Many have taken the time to read Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell and post an Amazon review.  And for that, I'm sincerely honored and grateful. 

So, dear followers.  Please leave a comment or email Rlmrvos@gmail.com and request a free copy of Maggie.  One or two sentences is all you'd need to write. 

Some people are not sure what to say and that holds them back.  Have no fears.  It's easy:  write if you liked (or disliked) the story, the themes, or the illustrations.  Write about  the discussion guide or Charlie's story which appears at the end of the book.  Write if you think kids will like the book. 

It can't be stressed enough the value of reviews, and for this reason, this blog post will be published on the Children's Writer's World Blog, too.  This message bears repeating.

I urge you to reach out, not only to me but to other authors.  Write a review.  The instructions are easy and can be found here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201145120


Please know that your words are important.  Even a few words can make a huge difference.





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Scenes from a Book Signing

Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell book signing 
was a HUGE success.

Here are some of my favorite photos:


Meeting young fans
and even younger fans


and meeting friends 













friends,



and more friends.  


Thank you to everyone who stopped by Joseph Beth's.  
Your smiles and hugs meant the world to me.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Book signing



For those who are unable to join the festivities, 
you can still meet Maggie.
Order the book from Amazon.  
Or, get an autographed copy at www.randilynnmrvos.com 

And check back on the Maggie Project...
we hope to post pictures of the event!



Friday, September 1, 2017

Maggie's Dog


Isn't he adorable?  

 Charlie is the model for Maggie's dog Trooper in Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell.  

His remarkable story is included as well as a discussion guide. 


Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell 
is now available! 

You can purchase Maggie at Amazon or get an autographed copy at  http://www.randilynnmrvos.com 



Friday, August 25, 2017


MAGGIE IS HERE!

MAGGIE AND THE SUMMER VACATION SHOW-AND-TELL


the story of a little girl and the rescue dog that changed her life




I’m excited to announce the release of my debut children’s book 
Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell.


Meet Maggie, a spunky little girl in Ms. Madison’s first grade class. 
Featuring whimsical illustrations by Italian artist Emiliano Billai, here comes a heart-warming story for kids ages four to eight and pet lovers of all ages.


Get to know Maggie by clicking on this link:  Meet Maggie

You can take her home through Amazon.com:   Click here  

If you would like an autographed copy, contact me at my website: www.randilynnmrvos.com