Monday, April 26, 2021

Welcome to Day 12 of #RRBC'S '20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @bakeandwrite

Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I am celebrating a wonderful author who loves to support other authors, Robbie Cheadle! She was one of the sponsors of the RRBC '20 Writer's Conference and Book Exposition, and RRBC is hosting a tour to celebrate them. You can find the rest of the tour here. Leave a comment below and have a chance to win a $20 gift card.

Robbie is not only a wonderful writer and poet, she is also a baker, and she's got a couple of treats for you all today. Her first treat is a link to a free Sir Chocolate story. I've read a few of these stories, and they are such fun reads. Plus, they always have recipes for you. Click here for your free story.

She's also sharing with you a fondant tutorial on how to make a bee!

After enjoying those free gifts, why not check out one of her other stories, Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Book blurb:

The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet is in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.

Check out her book trailer:

You can grab your copy here!

About the Author:

Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children's books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Robbie Cheadle's Sir Chocolate children's picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Children's picture books - available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)

Thank you for supporting the books and authors along the RRBC '20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  These authors are generous in their support of others so we want to show our support of them in return.  You may follow along each day of the tour by visiting the tour's home page.  Be sure to leave a comment below to ensure that you have a chance at winning a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tina Lost in a Crowd Book Release Tour @mhurdle112

Hello, beautiful readers! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a wonderful author, Miriam Hurdle. She's on a blog tour for her newest book, Tina Lost in a Crowd. Please join her in welcoming Miriam to our space.

Hi Yvette, it’s my pleasure to be here on your lovely blog Thank you so much for your generosity to host my Book Release Tour and allow me to share my process from pen to publication with your readers.


The Making of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Part 6

Formatting a Picture Book

There are boxes of children’s books in the storage from my teaching days. I picked about ten books to study how they positioned the images and text. Some have bleed (the images flow over to the margin) and some without bleed. Some pages have text without images, and some have text layered over the images. My conclusion was to have the book fully illustrated with bleed, and have the text inserted over the images.

Formatting a picture book with bleed is a different story than without bleed. So, I hired a designer to do the job. He could insert the text for me, but I had a preference of the appearance.

After I received the pages of illustration from Victoria, I inserted one layer of white rectangular shape with round corner, then inserted another layer of text over the shape.

When I finished inserting the text, I created a file with the pages in a correct sequence for the designer to use as a reference. Then I sent this reference file and all the pages of the illustration to him to format for the eBook and print book according to the requirements of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

I'm so happy Miriam joined us today. Here is my review for her story:

My review:

This children's story is wonderfully illustrated and well told. The language is perfect for a parent to read to a child or for a child to read to him/herself. I love how the story teaches an important lesson about getting lost and what to do. I also love how close the family is and how they invite a friend of Tina's to join them. This is a story all children can enjoy. :-)

About the Author

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children's books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo "Medalist Winner" for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children's books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.


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