Saturday, January 5, 2019

CELEBRATE THE MILITARY CHILD


April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. 

Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Throughout the month, DoDEA will encourage schools to plan special events to honor military children.

I hope that DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON? releasing on April 9, 2019, in honor of this special month, will be incorporated in the school’s special events across the country as they celebrate April, the month of the military child. 

10% OF ROYALTIES WILL BE DONATED TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE MILITARY CHILD.

Available now for pre-order at:






Please support the military child!  Thank you!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

And The Winners of ROCKSTAR SANTA'S BOOKBAG GIVEAWAY ARE...



You all came up with wonderful little rhyming ditties, perfect for the holidays. I wish you could all win. It was very close, with so many well-crafted poems.

In some, I see the kernel of a whole picture book. If you allow yourself the freedom to continue your line of rhyming thought, you might find you have a saleable manuscript. J

For those of you who have entered, but did not win, I have a consolation prize for you….

I will critique a query letter from each of you, within the next three months, that you may use to an agent or editor. This is a $50.00 value from my FIRST PEEK CRITIQUE SERVICE located on my website www.gayleckrause.com

Offer expires March 16, 2019. You may contact me at info@gayleckrause.com

And now to announce the winners:

Prize #1  a picture book critique from my wonderful editor at Clearfork/Spork Publishing, Callie Metler-Smith. (must be no more than 500 words- rhyme or prose). 

Vixen's Off Season--by Katrina Swenson
            
Yes, Vixen had a Christmas gig. It paid the bills, ya know? 
For that much pay she’d smile her way ‘cross rooftops in the snow. 
But while she zoomed from roof to roof, beneath the sparkling stars 
she dreamed of scales and ticket sales and strumming old guitars. 

When Santa let her off the clock, she traded bells and sleigh 
 for microphones and dulcet tones and stages where she’d play 
 her six-string underneath the lights, as fans filled up the floor. 
 All year she strummed and crooned and hummed, ‘til Christmas came once more. 


And for Prize #2 there was a tie…. You both win a rhyming picture book manuscript critique from me.

            DASHER'S DREAMS by David McMullin
            
            Dasher has dreams of her very own show 
            with ten back-up elves and electrified snow. 
            
            As garlands of jingle bells swing wide apart, 
            she'll sled center stage so her concert can start. 
            
            She imagines the roar as the crowd shouts, “Hurrah!” 
            Yes, that is her wish, but there's one major flaw. 
            
            Though stardom may be every crooners big dream, 
            she'd miss being part of her deer little team. 
            
and

            DASHER'S DOUBLE DUTY by Joyce Schriebman
            
            
Up on the rooftop, reindeers pause. 
            They’re patiently waiting for Dasher because, 
            He’s lighting eight candles to mark the last night 
            Of Chanukah wonder before he takes flight. 
            
            Yes, Dasher P. Greenberg is Jewish, which means 
            He doesn’t do Christmas or keep its routines. 
            But on Christmas Eve, when the sleigh leaves each home, 
            He calls, “Happy Christmas and to all a SHALOM!” 

Prize #3    a signed copy of ROCK STAR SANTA goes to ...

Ice Dancer by Nancy Riley

Sweet little Dancer’s one talented deer,
She uses her flying skills throughout the year.
When not helping Santa as one of his squad
She’s out on the ice perfecting her quad!

For she’s an ice dancer, a prancer, a flyer.
When she leaps and she jumps, she’s really on fire.
Her spins are fantastic, her footwork sublime.
But she’s back at the sleigh, Christmas Eve, right on time!



CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE! I will contact you through DM on Facebook or Twitter. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

PREORDER DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON?

I am pleased to announce that my newest picture book, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON? is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Clearfork Publishing. See purchase links below.

RELEASE DATE - April 9, 2019

April is the month of the Military Child! 


A young boy and his deployed soldier dad share special moments by looking at the moon each night. But when Dad comes home a wounded warrior, his son discovers that it's the power of love that kept them connected all along and he plays a major part in his father's recovery.

AMAZON LINKhttps://www.amazon.com/Daddy-Can-You-See-Moon/dp/1946101869/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543113945&sr=1-1&keywords=Daddy%2C+Can+You+See+the+Moon%3F

BARNES AND NOBLE LINKhttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daddy-can-you-see-the-moon-gayle-kraus/1129885461?ean=9781946101860

CLEARFORK PUBLISHING LINK - https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/store/p91/DaddyCanyouseetheMoon.html


****A percentage of royalties for each book purchased goes to our military families. Thank you for your support! :)






Saturday, November 17, 2018

ROCK STAR SANTA GIVEAWAY - Manuscript Critique from Callie Metler-Smith, Clearfork/Spork Publisher


Christmas trees are up and decorated in stores and even in some houses. Santa's helpers will soon be baking scrumptious cookies and wrapping gifts. 

So, with my Santa hat on, and my oven sending out delicious sugary and spicy smells, I'd like to giveaway a few gifts myself in the “Holiday Spirit.”



GIVEAWAYS FROM ROCK STAR SANTA'S BOOKBAG

1.    a picture book critique from my wonderful editor at Clearfork/Spork Publishing, Callie Metler-Smith. (must be less than 500 words).

2.    a signed copy of Rock Star Santa


3.    and a rhyming picture book critique by me. J



"But I’m not just pulling your name out of Santa’s hat.  No, no, no…you need to do a little something first in order to win….

Santa’s been performing his Christmas concert for years. He’s a rock star! But he’d only be singing Jingle Bells without his rockin’ reindeer band. This is your chance to tell us about those crazy reindeer.

Choose your favorite rockin’ reindeer and write a 4-8 line poem about him/her. 


Mrs. Claus will dye her hair red and green and rock out to the best poem.

Judging criteria:

1.   Kid appeal 
2.   Rollicking Reindeer Rhymes
3.    Must tell a story about the specific reindeer.

Entries should be in by DECEMBER 15th so Santa can send you the book before this year’s Christmas Eve Concert.

To enter:

1. please enter poem in comments below.

2. spread the word about Rock Star Santa's Giveaway on Social Media. (indicate which platform you used) Winner will be contacted by Direct Message)

3. sign up to follow The Storyteller's Scroll by email to get updates and information about new books coming from me and Clearfork/Spork Publishing.

Winners of the manuscript critiques from Callie Metler-Smith and myself can be sent after the holidays to give you time to polish them till they sparkle like snow crystals.
 
You have a whole month for rocking, rollicking fun.

Enjoy the rhymes and the Holidays!

Contest sponsored by: JINGLE BELL JAMS


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How Could a Bear Sleep Here?

So today my critique group, THE JAGRS, had a beary good time with bear masks, bear ears, and stuffed bears...







as we celebrated a virtual book birthday party with fellow critique partner, Julie Gonzalez.  








Her debut picture book, How Could a Bear Sleep Here?  was released this week from Holiday House.  



It’s available for purchase at Amazon. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/How-Could-Bear-Sleep-Hereebook/dp/B07B2K2V2S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538017905&sr=1-1&keywords=How+Could+a+Bear+Sleep+Here%3F





Thursday, September 13, 2018

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE STORIES FOR CHILDREN!

The third annual MILFORD READERS and WRITERS FESTIVAL will take place on September 29-30, 2018 at various Milford, PA. venues.

This year, I am pleased to announce that I'm on the faculty presenting a writer workshop for those who aspire to write stories for children.

PICTURE BOOKS, MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS, and YOUNG ADULT NOVELS Y

Join me at 3:00 PM on Sunday at the Milford Library and don't forget to bring your favorite FAIRYTALE!



IF YOU ATTEND AND YOU MENTION THAT YOU SAW THIS FLYER ON MY BLOG, I WILL PERSONALLY CRITIQUE YOUR FINAL PROJECT, BE IT PICTURE BOOK OR CHILDREN'S NOVEL!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Good News! Great News! Wonderful News! And a Giveaway!

They say good things come in threes. Well, they do in fairytales! And this past week has been a dream come true, just like fairytales.

First, I received the final cover for my new picture book, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON?




Then, I also received the front and back cover of my new middle-grade poetry collection, ONCE UPON A TWISTED TALE, about "fractured fairytales."























And saving the best for last....I am now represented by the awesome Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary Agency.















Let the fairytale commence......


So to celebrate, I am giving away three critiques (either rhyming picture books, in honor of Daddy, Can You See the Moon? and Once Upon a Twisted Tale, or the 1st chapter of a MG or YA novel, which is why I signed with my agent.

Leave a comment and a way of contacting you. (PM on FB, TWITTER, or email) and I will randomly choose 3 winners on Monday after I return from the NESCBWI conference in Massachusetts.

CELEBRATE THE MILITARY CHILD

April is designated as the  Month of the Military Child , underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces co...