SPARROW visits Mount Airy North Carolina

 

Thank you Pages Bookstore for hosting Sparrow and I for a jammed pack afternoon full of fun! We had a blast!

Saturday, December 5th 2015 was a perfect day for a visit to downtown Mount Airy’s very own bookstore. Downtown Mount Airy is also known as Mayberry to those who are familiar with The Andy Griffith Show. As shoppers filled the streets to get some Christmas shopping done and visit with Santa and his reindeer, many of them stopped by to join Sparrow, myself, and my whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts and story time.

A look back at our afternoon of fun in a very full bookstore event:

Outside on the street and in front of PAGES BOOKSTORE.

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A nice lady walking by was kind enough to take a picture of my daughter and me.

 

My book signing table filled with books, binoculars making activities, coloring pages, and chocolate suckers. The train track in the background was perfect for adding to the fun!

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Book events are a family event for The Chriscoe’s! I consider myself one of the luckiest writers in the world to have such a wonderful, supportive family. My family enjoys these events as much as I do and I love them all so much!

The five Chriscoe's!

The five Chriscoe’s!

Our kids all grown up.

Our kids all grown up.

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We started off the afternoon this time with some coloring and binocular making to get the kids excited before story time. I think it turned out very well. They were a super fun group.

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And I even got many souvenir coloring pages to take home with me. Thank you Mason, Levi, Kamryn, Alivia, Rylan and even the older kiddos Lexi and Amber. I will cherish them always.

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Kamryn is one very talented little girl. She made this purse and adorable hair bow out of duct tape!

Kamryn is one very talented little girl. She made this purse and adorable hair bow out of duct tape!

Sparrow and I had a wonderful group of kids and adults for story time! And the atmosphere was so kid friendly. Lots of books and toys all around!!

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After story time, I had fun signing lots of books. Many of the kids even climbed on my lap for pictures. :) I hope everyone enjoys them!! One of the signings was even for a library in Texas! Happy traveling Sparrow!

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This time Bentley brought his sister, Sidney and Carson, a friend.

This time Bentley brought his sister, Sidney and Carson, a friend.

Which Ricky and I quickly snatched Sidney. I still think I can fit her in my pocket when Bentley isn't looking. :)

Which Ricky and I quickly snatched Sidney. I still think I can fit her in my pocket when Bentley isn’t looking. :)

Oh no! No one is looking. Now is a good time to sneak away with her. :)

Uho! No one is looking. Now is a good time to sneak away with her. :)

And at the end of the day, Sparrow, myself, and my family fluttered home feeling warm, sheltered, and full of kindness that had been given to us.

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A special thank you to Sandy (owner of PAGES BOOKSTORE) for hosting, my husband for always supporting my dreams and making the binoculars for the kids. My three kids, who are the best kids in the world( yep, I am impartial:)) I am so glad that my two sons, Ricky II and Richie got to make it to this event. It made the day complete. Thank you to my son’s girlfriend, my cousin, my brother and sister in law,  my mom, my great nephew and great niece (wish their mom, my niece could have made it but glad their dad brought them), the wonderful ladies and their kids  from ChickFilA, families from Foothill Ford, my daughter’s Maid Of Honor and her family, and to all of the others that stopped by to join in on the fun, Sparrow and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And of course, books would not be possible without publishers and editors. Thank you Arbordale for believing in me and Sparrow. Thank you Katie (my editor) for working with me to make this book the best it can be. And thank you Heather (my publicist) for all that you do and helping to get the word out about Sparrow. Speaking of! If anyone reads ALASKA AIRLINES magazine, Sparrow in on page 37 thanks to Heather!

Until the next event, Sparrow and I wish you warmth, shelter, and kindness.

SPARROW travels to Salisbury North Carolina

 

Thank you Literary Bookpost for hosting a fun-filled event for SPARROW!! My family and I had such a great time!

Saturday, November 14th 2015, my family and I traveled to beautiful Salisbury, NC for my second book event. We had so much fun meeting the lovely owner Leslie and some book loving kiddos. It was also a beautiful day which made for some great opportunities for some outdoor pictures in front of this adorable indie bookstore!

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After setting up:

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And getting some family photos!

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We were set and ready to begin the crafts!

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And of course, no event is complete without a story time. But who says it has to end with one…This time around there was twice the story time fun!

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Some autographs and hopefully super happy kiddos with their books:

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And every one needs a little chocolate in their life. And when it is in the shape of a bird, it’s that much sweeter!

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Let’s not forget silly time which is not only fun, but mandatory when Bentley tags along.

Bentley discovered a new purpose for his binoculars. Not sure how his new friend the Monkey feels about that. :)

Bentley discovered a new purpose for his binoculars. Not sure how his new friend the Monkey feels about that. :)

 

A special thank you to Leslie (owner of Literary Bookpost) for hosting, my husband Ricky, daughter Cherylenna, mom Charlotte, and great-nephew Bentley for traveling with me and all of the help and work you all did to make this a successful event. And to my publisher (Arbordale), my editor (Katie Hall) and publicist (Heather Williams) for making this a very special day for myself and Sparrow.

Until the next event, which is December 5th at Pages Book Store in Mount Airy, happy reading and bird watching and always remember to be kind.

SPARROW has launched! And he is one happy little bird!

Thank you Barnes and Noble for hosting THE SPARROW AND THE TREES book launch! I had a wonderful time sharing my picture book, making adorable binoculars with the kids, and signing some books!

A look back at preparing for the BIG day!

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

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Craft activities! (Thank you to my wonderful husband and daughter for helping me! And thank you Sue Gagliardi for sharing your wonderful binocular making idea!)

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And coloring pages from inside the book provided to me from my illustrator. (Thank you Susan!)

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Treats! (Who doesn’t want a chocolate lollipop, right? and these match my book with the birds and trees!) My daughter and I made these a few days in advance. (Hint: Keep them in the refrigerator, after all they are chocolate. And chocolate melts.

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The décor! (My terrific friend Sue Gagliardi sent me this tree and sparrow and my wonderful husband painted it for me. I ordered some silk fall leaves online to scatter at the base of the tree for sparrow to perch on.) I think it is a perfect addition to my signing table.

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Drum roll please…

The BIG day is here!! Yippie!!!

The reading! SO much fun!

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The activities! I loved interacting with the kids.

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“Hey, Bentley! Do you see any birds yet?”

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Stephen decided to make plenty of binoculars to hand out to his friends. So cute!

The signing!

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Even my sweetie of a husband waited until my book launch to have me sign his copy! Love him so much!!

Even my sweetie of a husband waited until my book launch to have me sign his copy! Love him so much!!

And Barnes and Noble had me sign plenty of copies that they placed an ‘autographed copy’ sticker on before I left. They also let me take home the display posters they set up for me. Talk about a souvenir!

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Thank you everyone who shared this big day with me!

And a special thank you to my amazing husband and daughter who shared with me every step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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And to my wonderful mom for always being beside me and supporting my dreams (sorry mom, I didn’t get a picture of you…I will next time, Promise!) and my great nephew, Bentley, who made the day super fun!

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And thank you to my cousin’s Christy and Stephen. I am so glad you both were here to share the day with me.

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My sons are just as amazing but I don’t have pictures of them, they were unable to attend but were with me in spirit…so thank you both for all of the love, support, and well wishes.

And a final THANK YOU to Jane (the events coordinator at Barnes and Noble) and Heather (my publicist) and Katie (my editor) and Arbordale (my publisher) for all of your hard work!

Happy Book Birthday to Me!

The day has finally arrived that my little sparrow will spread his wings and fly out into the big ole world!

Thank you to my family and friends for all of the love, support, and encouragement!

Drumroll please…my book launch is scheduled:

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I am looking forward to sharing The Sparrow and The Trees with lots of boys and girls.

I am also giving away one autographed copy of The Sparrow and The Trees through Goodreads. So please click on the link below and enter for your chance to win. You have until the 17th.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/152856″>Enter Giveaway</a>

Great News! I have a New Book Deal!

READY. SET. RACE!

In some ways, writers are much like race car drivers. We zip around the world of words. We press the pedal to the metal by pushing our creativity to the max, and we all dream of finishing in first place. Except we don’t win a trophy. What we get is so much better — a nice, shiny publishing contract with our words inside an actual book, on bookshelves, in real bookstores.

My race began a little over a year ago, while reading the picture book How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by the fabulous Jane Yolen. As I closed Jane’s book, I found myself in awe at the simple brilliance of a dinosaur saying goodnight in such a unique and fun way.

It was at that moment I decided I wanted my very own unique twist on a bedtime picture book. But what about? There were already so many fantastic bedtime picture books out on the market — how would mine stand out? What would make mine special enough for a publisher to say “Yes! I will buy that book!”

I thought and thought – and – yep, you guessed it…I thought some more.

One day, as I was staring at a blank computer screen, brainstorming the various possibilities of what on Earth I could put to bed that hadn’t been done before, it hit me. Full throttle! A race car! Kids love race cars and I’ve never seen a book with a race car getting ready for bed. That’s it! I shouted to myself. I gave myself the green flag and I wrote down the original first words of How Do Race Cars Say Goodnight?

At this point it wasn’t really a book. It was more of a platform of the book to come. Lists of cute race car talk that I thought should go into the book. After many critiques from my CPs and posting the first draft for feedback on Verla Kay’s Blue Boards, my little race car began to wind his engine and burn some rubber.

Soon, my little race car was hugging the curves and making his way to the finish line. But he still had a long way to go. After all, he was a rhymer. And we writers know what that means: Meter. Meter. Meter. The meter in rhyme has to be perfect. And lucky for me, I have a couple critique partners who have a great ear for rhyme and quickly pointed out where the flaws were. *Waves to awesome CPs*

Now that my little race car was humming and had a new title called Race Car Lullaby, it was time to take the story out for a little test drive. WriteOnCon was only a few weeks. Long weeks. I waited and waited. And waited some more. Unlike race car drivers, writers have a lot of patience. *Coughs* What? We do. Sometimes.

Wow! I couldn’t believe the amount of fantastic compliments I received. It was surreal. I felt as though I was in victory lane already. But one thing kept getting pointed out: the title. Lullaby just wasn’t working. Time for an oil change, so to speak.

Fast forward seven months to March 2015, a new title, and an awesome agent later, snagged with my little race car just a couple weeks before — and it was time to see how fast this race car could really vroom.

I soon discovered that my amazing agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, was as fast as my little race car. With her foot to the floor and her engine humming, she was tearing up the track to make my dream of seeing this race car in book form come true.

With a fabulous list of publishers and editors to vroom our little race car to, she hammered down on the track on March 18, 2015. And boy, oh boy, were the responses not only quick but amazing. Our little race car had a few fans already! Within thirty-five minutes we had several positive responses and one email letting Jessica know Race Car was going to an editorial board meeting the following week. Yes! Within thirty-five minutes! My dreams were one step closer to coming true and it all happened while I was – with my crazy work schedule — asleep! Can you believe that?

But don’t worry, Jessica already knew my crazy sleep schedule and she left me an email and a text to call her when I got up. We squeed for a few moments and then she carefully explained going to an editorial meeting didn’t mean it was sold. But it put us in a great position to shift the gears of our race car and go even faster.

Fast forward to the next week, lots of phone chats, lots of emails, and lots of work on Jessica’s end. At this point, all I did was wait and cheer and get super excited with every update. And then it happened. That moment all of us writers are waiting for, preparing for, dreaming about. And yet again, I was dreaming…for real. Again! I awoke to a text and an email from Jessica that we had an offer, not only for the one book but for TWO books!

Oh wow! That feeling! I truly think I could have vroomed around a track a few times myself, tooting my horn and burning some rubber.

I called her right away, as per her request in my email. And we celebrated. Then, she explained in great length the details of the offer and what to expect next.

Are you excited yet? Because I sure was!

But hold on. It gets even better. With an offer firmly in place, Jessica didn’t idle her engine at all. No, not the least. She kicked it into overdrive and zipped around the track! She quickly sent emails to all the other editors who had race car in their inboxes, alerting them that an offer had been made.

Fast forward to the following week and a brand new shiny chrome-like email. Yep. You guessed it. Another editor was interested but needed some time to get the offer into place. Now we had two editors interested. They both wanted race car. And the last lap began.

Jessica, who I truly think is a race car driver in high heels, was right on top of everything the entire time. Countless emails and conversations on my behalf. Keeping me alongside her on the track the entire time and making some quick, smart decisions, and soon we saw that checkered flag not too far in the distance.

April 1st rolled and it was far from April Fool’s day in the Chriscoe house. Jessica had told me to stay close to the phone throughout the day. And this time it was a Wednesday and I’m off work on Wednesdays. YAY!

A phone call around lunch sent my entire family erupting in cheers. And Jessica back to work. Two official offers is a very big deal! And we wanted to choose the one that was best for us and our little race car. Neither Jessica, nor race car, idled down. I watched in admiration the swift coolness that Jessica handled the multiple offers and by that afternoon, a decision had been made.

So without further ado, racers please start your engines.

The newly titled Race Car Dreams zipped around the bend, hugged all the curves, and vroomed his last lap straight to the finish line of a TWO book deal with the wonderful Marlo Scrimizzi at Running Press Kids. And I was actually awake this time when the final offers were made and the deal was sealed. Afterwards, I drifted off to dreamland myself, dreaming of my very own dream that just came true.

Thank you Marlo and everyone at Running Press Kids for loving RACE CAR DREAMS. Thank you Jessica for seeing the potential in this little race car and in me. Thank you to my wonderful friends and critique partners for helping me to polish him until he shined. And thank you to my amazing family for always supporting my dreams.

Ready. Set. Go win your race!

VROOM!

Here is the official Publishers Marketplace announcement!

Sharon Chriscoe’s RACE CAR DREAMS, to be illustrated by David Mottram, about a race car preparing for bed—and, with his rims washed, book read, and engine humming, he drifts off to dreamland and vrooms to first place, to Marlo Scrimizzi at Running Press Kids, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2016, by Jessica Sinsheimer at The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency for the author and Anne Moore Armstrong at The Bright Group for the illustrator (World).

My Picture Book in my hands!

Friday I received the ARC of my very first picture book to be released this September! Oh the joy of holding it in my hands for the first time. It looks fantastic and I cannot wait until this fall.

Thank you Katie Hall and Donna German from Arbordale Publishing for publishing The Sparrow and The Trees and thank you Susan Detwiler for the amazing illustrations!

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