RACE CAR DREAMS amongst some cool friends!

My wonderful editor, Julie Matysik *Hi Julie!!* sent me this picture of RACE CAR DREAMS that her colleague *Hi Adrienne!* snapped while visiting the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA!

I do believe our little Race Car feels right at home alongside all of those Hot Wheels and other cool toys!!

Go RACE CAR, Go! Vrrooommm!!!

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RACE CAR DREAMS is up for his first award!

I am so excited to share some news I got this week about RACE CAR DREAMS! He has made it into the Top 20 Best Rhyming Picture Books of 2016 hosted by RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month). For more details, click here: https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/

The Top 10 will be announced on January 30th. All fingers crossed that RACE CAR DREAMS makes the cut! He’s with some amazing books (many of which are in my own collection of wonderful picture books).

Check out the awesome talent RACE CAR DREAMS is idling his engine with. And be sure to pick up a copy of as many of them as you can. They are all fantastic!

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Also, I’ll be guest blogging in April during RhyBiPoMo, so I hope everyone will come on over and support this amazing event.

Happy rhyming until then!

 

 

RACE CAR DREAMS Book Trailer on KIDLIT TV!

Kidlit TV features all sorts of great fun kidlit things. From arts and crafts, to read out loud books, to book trailers and much, much more. I am so excited that they have decided to share RACE CAR DREAMS book trailer on their wonderful website.

Here’s a link to check it out:

Race Car Dreams Book Trailer

A Third Book joins the ‘Vehicle Dreams’ Series!!

With two books underway in the ‘vehicle dreams’ series, there was only one thing left to do. Write another book, of course! During one of my many fun conversations with my agent, Jessica, we were tossing around thoughts for our option book title for the series. There are so many super-fun ideas to choose from, but we wanted one that demanded to be included next in the series. I mentioned a title idea to Jessica and she immediately cheered “Yes! DO THAT ONE!” so I knew it was ‘the one!’

Quickly I started thinking about what exactly would this vehicle do? What would be the end game? What would his dream be about? How can I use funny puns and terminology for this vehicle in the text?

Over the next few days, I drafted what I thought was a sure fire winner. Not! I shared this with my husband, some critique partners, and ‘The Mod Squad’ (the blue board moderators) who loved the idea, as well as the beginning, and the end        but they didn’t love the middle. So . . .  I decided to send it over to my super, savvy agent early on for her opinion and guess what, yep, she agreed with the others. The beginning and the end were great but the rest just didn’t measure up. Time to scrap the middle and get back to work.

About a week later, after quite a few tweaks and many back and forth brainstorming sessions with Jessica we were almost at the finish line when she sent me an email asking, “What happened to the ‘blank?’ Low and behold, I had cut out the ending that Jessica loved so much! ‘Oh no!’ Right? Note to self, not a good idea to cut something that your agent loves and that works so well in the storyline.

I replied back that it had been cut during the last revision. Then, I asked if she wanted me to add it back and that it’d be tricky to do in just one stanza. Her super sweet response, “Yes, Please. At least give it a try.”

My husband and I were actually pulling into one of our stops as I emailed Jessica back to let her know I would get to work on it asap. But in all honesty, I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I had to get a lot of information in those few short, rhyming lines. And as rhymers know, that is not an easy task to do.

Thinking it would be days before I could get that stanza completed, I got out of the bread truck empty handed! No phone, no pen, no paper, nothing! And bam! Halfway into the stop, the last stanza hit so hard and so fast out of nowhere that I had to chant it to myself over and over until I made it back out to the bread truck. As I approached the truck, Ricky, my husband, who was unloading the bread at the time starting talking to me and I raised one finger up and rushed toward the cab of the truck. Lucky for me he knows me so well that he knew that one finger held up meant I had a thought I just had to get down before it was gone. I opened the door, grabbed my phone, typed that last stanza in and hit send to Jessica. AND she loved it!! Score!

She told me as soon as I got home, get all the stanzas together (we had been doing some back and forth on various stanzas to get them just right) and get it over to her right away so she could see the entire story on one page.

I rushed home (safely, I promise!), typed it all up, sent it over to Jessica, who right away emailed me back that it was perfect. Double score!

She immediately sent it over to my editor, Julie Matysik, who emailed back that she was looking forward to reading it and would be in touch soon. Well . . .  that soon happened soon  and with an offer to purchase the third book in the series titled ding, ding, ding . . .  FIRE TRUCK DREAMS! I am so excited! And I couldn’t have done it without my very talented agent who collaborated with me the entire time to get each word just perfect. Or without the help of my husband, my critique partners and ‘The Mod Squad’ for quickly pointing out what worked and didn’t work early on.

Check out the PW Children’s Bookshelf announcement!

Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has bought world rights to Sharon Chriscoe‘s Fire Truck Dreams, to be illustrated by Dave Mottram, about a fire truck preparing for bed, nestling in for the night, then dreaming of a parade in his honor. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Jessica Sinsheimer at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency represented the author and Anne Moore Armstrong at Bright USA represented the illustrator.

And the blurb of FIRE TRUCK DREAMS who will be joining the ‘vehicle dreams’ series in the fall of 2018:

After a day of protecting his town, a fire truck is drained and he prepares for bed. All quiet and safe, he stretches and yawns as he heads to the Bubbles-and-Suds for a shower, the Swishes-and-Swigs for a fill-up, and the Rescue-Readers Library for a bedtime story . . . soon his pressures release as he drifts to a sweet dream celebration, with a parade in his honor.

RACE CAR DREAMS cruises with the cool cars!

RACE CAR DREAMS races into Pages Books and Coffee during Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise In and he was one super sharp ride!

Check him out as he cruises alongside some of Mayberry’s cool cars! I do believe Race Car is in the lead!

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Now it’s time for Race Car to get back to business.

 

 

Race Car’s pit crew under the Pages Books and Coffee sign!

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Racer’s start your engines!!

 

Race Car gets a tiny visitor along with his big brother, who shows him how to honk the horn!

Time to sign some books!

 

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Race Car! Race Car! Race Car! All around me!

 

And it’s never too late for that last-minute sell before you leave!

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Random fun pictures of the cool cars of Mayberry!

 

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The Chriscoe guys checking out a friend’s cool car!

 

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A very special cool car!

Some more very special cool cars and a cool truck!

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Vroom Vroom! Let’s race!

Thank you to Sandy (the owner of Pages Books and Coffee) for hosting Race Car and I for a very cool afternoon.

Thank you to my family (Race Car’s Pit Crew!) for traveling with Race Car and me during our book tour, I love you all!

Thanks again to my agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, my editor, Julie Matysik, my publicist, Cassie Drumm, and my publisher, Running Press Kids for making RACE CAR DREAMS a dream come true!

That’s it for Race Car’s book tour. Thanks to everyone who has followed along. I hope you’ve had a vrooming good time!

Guest Blogging and a Giveaway!

If you’re at all familiar with the Kidlit world, then you know the name Tara Lazar. She is an amazingly talented picture book author, blogger, and the creator of the ever so popular Picture Book Idea Month (or PiBoIdMo). So when I had the opportunity to do a guest post on her blog, naturally I jumped at the chance! I am happy to say that my blog post, “Thinking Outside the Bookstore for Events” is live on Tara’s blog today.

Hope you’ll vroom on over to check it out! While you’re there, leave a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of RACE CAR DREAMS, a poster, and some super cool swag.

Thinking Outside the Bookstore for Events (plus a giveaway!)

Vroooommm! Vroooommm!! Mooooo!!!

What do you get when a super cute race car, real live race cars, yummy chicken, and a cow meet up in one spot?

A RACE CAR DREAMS at Chick-Fil-A vrooming good time!

A recap of the day!

Setting up! And the awesome sign Chick-Fil-A has had on display for several weeks now! Thank you Chick-Fil-A!

The race car’s arrive!

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RACE CAR DREAMS pit crew!

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My lovely neighbor arrives. Thank you for joining us, Marian!

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As did some people from our bread route! Thank you Elaine and Tracy for bringing your grandkids out to join in on the fun!

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READY, SET, RACE YOUR HEART OUT!

The toy car and these little ones got along very well! One of them even adjusted his mirror upon getting in just like a pro!

Storytime is always so much fun and having it outdoors was super cool!

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Time to sign some books! (Thank you to everyone who bought a book, I hope you enjoy it!)

Random fun pictures!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chick-Fil-A in Mount Airy on Saturday  to celebrate RACE CAR DREAMS book release. We had a rip-roaring race of a day!

A special thank you to the owner of Chick-Fil-A, Chad Tidd, his wife, Reagan, their kids, Luke and Greer, for hosting the action packed event. Thank you to Chick-Fil-A marketing director, Melissa White for organizing the fun-filled day. And to the Chick-Fil-A cow for spending time with the crowd!

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Thank you to the Atkins Race Team and the McCormick Race Team for bringing their real live race cars out to share with all the little race fans!

A sincere thank you to my family (Race Car’s Pit Crew!) for always being so supportive of me! I love you all!

Thanks again to my agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, my editor, Julie Matysik, my publicist, Cassie Drumm, and my publisher, Running Press Kids for making RACE CAR DREAMS  a dream come true!

Next week (Oct. 8th from 2 to 4) race car and I will be zipping across Mount Airy to Pages Books and Coffee. We hope to see you all there.