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.

RACE CAR DREAMS Blog Party Wraps Up!

Thank you to Dionna Mann for hosting such a fun-filled, very informative blog party for RACE CAR DREAMS!

For a round up of the entire week and who’s who on the blog party, check out these links below.

DAY ONE: ME! Sharon Chriscoe http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-1-vroom

DAY TWO! My agent! Jessica Sinsheimer http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-2-vroom

DAY THREE! My illustrator! Dave Mottram http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-3-vroom

DAY FOUR! My illustrator’s agent! Anne Moore Armstrong http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-4-vroom

DAY FIVE! My editor! Julie Matysik http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-5-vroom

DAY SIX! My illustrator’s art director! Teresa Bonnaddio http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-6-vroom

DAY SEVEN! My book trailer’s creators! Mother/Daughter duo Donna and Libby Farrell http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/race-car-dreams-blog-party-day-7-vroom

Thank you to everyone who participated! May RACE CAR DREAMS fill the sleepy dreams of many little racers every night!

 

 

 

RACE CAR DREAMS vrooms into Barnes & Noble in Winston Salem, NC and he is one super charged race car!

Thank you Barnes & Noble for hosting RACE CAR DREAMS book launch! Race Car, myself, and my entire family had an amazing time sharing my book, the adorable toy car, and racing some fun cars!

A look back at preparing for the BIG day!

The invites! (Thank you Donna Farrell for the wonderful design!)

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Apparel! T- shirts for the pit crew! We even had one made for our soon to be Granddaughter! Can’t wait to see her in it come January!

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Check out the cool tote bag! It came it really handy for toting all the loot!

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Giveaways! Goodie bags filled with stickers, tattoos, bracelets, racing flags, bookmarks, and trophies!  (Thank you to my wonderful husband for placing all the stickers on the flags and trophies for me! And helping to stuff the goodie bags!)

 

 

And posters!( Thanks you to my fantastic daughter for helping me to roll them all up for easy transport!)  

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The Race Track for some super charged speed racing! 

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And the TOY CAR! Isn’t he adorable!

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VROOM!! VROOM!!!

The BIG DAY IS HERE!!

Packed up and ready to vroom!

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Before the crowd, I got some pictures with my husband, daughter, mom, nephew, and niece at my signing table.

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My sons and future daughter-in-law arrived. Now that the entire Race Car Pit Crew is here, it’s time for some more pictures of us all decked out in RACE CAR DREAMS apparel.

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More family members arrive throughout the afternoon!

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As did some wonder local author friends! Thank you Ena Jones and Stacy McAnulty for coming! It was so much fun meeting you!

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LET THE FUN BEGIN!

READY, SET, GO! It’s Race time! The race track was a huge hit with all the kids.  

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The Toy Car made for lots of fun photo ops! And was an instant attraction when shoppers entered the store.

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Story time! (Thank you to a wonderful audience! It was so much fun sharing RACE CAR DREAMS with you all!)

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The signing! (Thank you to everyone who bought a book! I hope you enjoy it!)

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Before we left, Barnes and Noble had me sign plenty of copies that they placed an ‘autographed copy’ sticker on before I left. They plan to share RACE CAR DREAMS during story time soon! I was also invited back next year for BULLDOZER DREAMS! YAY!

They also let me take home the display posters they set up for me. Talk about a great souvenir!

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THANK YOU to my amazingly supportive family for all of your love, support, and encouragement. Without you none of this would be possible. Thank you to my writer friends, near and far for always being there with me for drafts, revisions, and support. I am forever grateful to you all. Thank you to my hard-working, fearless agent, Jessica Sinsheimer for always believing in me and giving me the most amazing advice. Thank you to my editor, Julie Matysik for all of your hard work and for being such a pleasure to work with. Thank you to my publicist, Cassie Drumm for working so hard on my behave and getting lots of exposure for RACE CAR DREAMS. Thank you to my publisher, Running Press Kids for making my dream come true in acquiring the ‘vehicle dreams’ series! I look forward to many more books with you! And thank you Barnes & Noble for hosting a fun-filled book launch for me and Race Car!

Next stop for RACE CAR DREAMS on his speedy tour will be Chick-Fil-A in Mount Airy, NC. I hope to see tons of race fans there! As there will be a real, live race car joining us, too!

One last thing, Running Press Kids is still hosting a giveaway for FIVE copies of RACE CAR DREAMS over on Goodreads, so head over and enter if you haven’t already!! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/203229-race-car-dreams?utm_content=button&utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_shelved_book_29101496