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Rosita Valdez and the Giant Sea Turtle
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Come on an adventure with eight year old Rosie and her friends as she meets a giant sea turtle in a cove of the Pacific Ocean. Watch and learn with Rosie as she struggles with truthfulness and as she jumps into action when crisis comes to the cove.




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Biblical Character Lessons for Children
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Weekly Biblical lessons in a fun story format. These topical lessons can be used to help children grow in their faith. A great resource for personal devotions, family Bible study, and church sunday school lessons.


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Ringtone the Superhero

Ringtone our Superhero is back in an exciting adventure. Remember, he has a super power called Super Atomic Ultra Radio Frequency Hearing or S. A. U. R. F. H. He uses this power to discern the word help though the audio clutter on the phone waves or sometimes just through the air.

One day, he was doing a mundane but necessary job of washing and cleaning out his car. He leads a normal life when he's not helping and risking his life to save people. It was a nice bright sunny day. He had just finished vacuuming and wiping down the interior. A bucket of soapy water and garden hose were all ready for the outside of his cherry red sports car.

All of a sudden, he heard HELP!  With lightning speed he dropped the sponge, turned off the hose, changed into his suit, and arrived at the place where the cry came from. He found himself on the top of a cliff. He took one step to the edge and looked down. About fifteen feet down he saw a boy barely hanging on to a branch with one hand while his other arm was wrapped around a dog. Carefully but very quickly, Ringtone climbed down to the boy.

“Hi little fellow, let me help you up,” said Ringtone as he wrapped his strong arm around the young boy.

There were tears on the boy’s face and his eyes were wide as he took in the superhero’s presence. He said, “Don’t let Butch fall. He’s scared.”

“I’ll get you both up. Wrap your arm around my neck.” With that said, he started up to the top. He went much slower this time, knowing they would be safe. He climbed up and got them settled on a log far from the edge.

“What is your name?” asked Ringtone.

“Emery”

“Emery, my name is Ringtone.  How old are you?”

“Six and a half”

“Let me check your legs and arms to see if you are hurt. Do you feel any pain anywhere?”

“My hand hurts a little.”

“Let me see. Oh, you have a scratch. I have some medicine and a bandage.” Ringtone brought those out of a compartment in his emergency belt.

How did you get stuck on the side of the cliff?” asked Ringtone.

“Butch and I followed a rabbit and we fell.”

“You’re a strong boy and held on very well even though your hand was scratched. You seem fine everywhere else. You will have to explain how you ripped your jeans though. Where are your parents?”

“I don’t know. We’re here camping. Dad and I set up the tent then I went looking around.”

“Did you follow the rabbit far?”

Emery shrugged and said, “Can you bring me to my mom and dad?”

“Sure, I will. Right now, I’m listening for your parents to call for you.”

“I don’t hear them.” said Emery with a worried look.

“Don’t worry. They will and I’ll hear them. As soon as I do, I’ll take you to them. Do you want some chocolate? I happen to have some right here.” Ringtone gave Emery a chocolate bar he pulled out of another compartment in his belt.

Emery thought Ringtone’s belt was cool. He wondered what else was in it. Emery excitedly took a bite of the bar. He loved chocolate. His family was going to make s’mores later that night. He knew they had chocolate and marshmallows in them and they made them over the fire, but couldn’t remember what else was in them.

He was about to ask Ringtone about it when he heard him say, “I hear someone calling your name. It’s far away. We better get going.”

“I don’t hear nuttin.” mumbled Emery around the chocolate in his mouth.

“I can. Do you think you are strong enough to walk?”

Emery nodded and stood up. Butch barked and playfully jumped at him. Emery reached down and gave his dog a hug. Then he followed Ringtone. The three walked for about a half hour when Emery said, “Can we rest? I’m tired.”
“Ringtone said, “Sure. Sit here on this rock.” He handed Emery a flat jug of water.

Emery was more curious as to how so much stuff could fit into that belt. It didn’t look like it could hold so much. He was looking at it and imagining what else could be in there when Ringtone said, “Let me put that canteen back, and I’ll carry you for a while. We want to find your parents before they get too worried. They have been looking for you this whole time. They are heading in the right direction, but I think we need to get to them soon. It will be dark in about an hour.”

Ringtone swung Emery up onto his shoulders and started jogging which then turned into a rapid run. Emery had never gone that fast, except in a car. Butch was getting left in the dust.

“Butch, wait for Butch!”

Ringtone stopped and waited for Butch. He picked the dog up and carried him too. Now they were going faster. They dodged around trees and hopped over fallen logs and branches. They skirted holes and rocks. Emery was having a great time. Giggles and squeals abounded out of his mouth.

Ringtone didn’t slow, but took a quick look at his passengers. Ringtone smiled at the glee on Emery’s face. Butch seemed to enjoy it too. His tongue was hanging out and he looked like he was smiling.

Soon, Ringtone stopped and put them both down. “Listen, you should be able to hear them now.”

“I do! Mom! Dad! We’re here!”

Ringtone knelt down next to Emery. “Emery, I need to go now. Your parents will be here in a second. They are very close. Just stand right here, and they will see you. Enjoy your s’mores tonight and don’t wander away anymore.”

Emery saw a streak and he was gone. Amazed, he turned to the sound of his parents coming. Immediately, he was engulfed in a huge hug followed by more arms around him. Emery and his parents were laughing and crying at the same time. Soon they fell into a heap, rolling and laughing on the ground.

Emery’s dad said, “Emery where have you been? We have been looking all over for you.”

Emery told of his adventure. His parents didn’t believe him about the part of a “superhero”, but they were relieved someone had helped him. They couldn’t discount the fact of the bandage nor the chocolate on his face. They gave him a talking to about staying close where they could see him.

Emery remembered his rescuer the rest of his life. He looked for him anytime he saw someone in trouble. From time to time he thought Ringtone came back and checked on him.

As for Ringtone, he didn’t leave Emery that day; he circled back and watched his parents love on him. He smiled and a contented sigh escaped his lips. He loved that part of his job. He checked on Emery every once in a while as he did many of the people he had saved over the years. He showed up to some of the important events in his life. Ringtone watched him mature into a fine young man.  Emery was one of his favorites.

  

Aegeus and the Special Collar


Do you remember reading the story of Pegacorn and Black Cat? If not, click here. Our last story had Black Cat attacked by an eagle. This story is about Aegeus and his collar. It’s the collar Black Cat hangs on to when he is on Aegeus’ back as they fly through the air.

Aegeus wears his collar with pride.  He got his special collar years ago from a special person. At that time, Aegeus was young and living with his family. He has a younger brother and sister and a mother and father. Aegeus is special because he is the only pegacorn in his family. His family is all unicorns. He is the only one with wings. His wings were a shock to his family because a pegacorn is rare. He felt self-conscious with them until something happened to make him proud to have them.
His father, Cole, is a strong unicorn. He is horse and companion to a White Knight named Randall, whose name means "shield." Sir Randall was a knight in the Royal Guard for the kingdom of Falkner. Randall was a hero and champion. He won many battles and killed a dragon or two by that time. He got to this honor of knighthood because he was strong and brave, and also his unicorn was fearless and surefooted. They worked together as one.

Cole is proud of his son Aegeus because he is a pegacorn and rare. Cole spent many hours training Aegeus, but he could not train him in flight. There was no other pegacorn around to help him learn to fly with confidence and speed. Cole could only teach him the fine art of carrying a rider with dignity and grace. He taught him what a horse needs to do if ever he was in battle. Also, he taught him how to handle himself in the court of the kingdom.
One day, Cole road swiftly home to let his family know he would be gone for a while. A terrible thing had happened. The Princess Adela, pronounced Ah-DELL-Ah and meaning Noble, had been abducted or taken. She had been in the forest near the castle when a band of men rode in fast and captured her.

Cole said to Aegeus, “Son, I wish you were ready. We could use you on this rescue.”

Aegeus lowered his head, saddened that he was letting his father and the king down. He vowed to himself he would not stop until he was an accomplished flyer. He hated it that he was not ready to fly into action.

As soon as his father left, Aegeus flapped his wings as hard as he could and took off in the air. He worked on his turns, swooping, landing, and takeoffs. For three days he worked and only stopped to eat and sleep for a few hours. He was something to watch! His timing was getting perfect, and he looked smooth in flight.

When the band of bad men got to the cave, they let the princess rest and eat. The terrible man Kimball, pronounced KIM-Bull and meaning "war leader," said to Princess Adela, “Well my lady, you have a choice. Marry me, or I will unleash my dragon on you and your precious kingdom.”
Adela stiffened and said, “No! I will never marry you! Kill me if you must!”

“Not afraid? Maybe a little hunger will make you change your mind. Better yet, the feel of my dragon’s breath on your neck will have you begging for marriage,” sneered Kimball. Kimball only wanted to frighten her into compliance. She was no good to him dead.

Adela knew the only reason he wanted to marry her was to take over the kingdom. Her father knew this and had forbidden the marriage. Anyway, she had given her heart away to the young Prince of Newell long ago. With his image burned in her mind and heart, she knew could only marry her secret, yet true love. She knew he would come for her hand soon, as they were now old enough for marriage. Adela would never marry out of duty.
Meanwhile, Cole and the White Knight Randall, along with the Royal Guard, had tracked the band of men who had the princess. They had surrounded the camp and were waiting for the signal from Randall to attack. Randall was watching and waiting for the perfect time for the surprise attack. The timing seemed right, so the Royal Guard attacked from all sides. It was soon a terrible battle. The Royal Guard was not as large as the band of men. The Royal Guard was fighting out of duty to the king and love for their princess.

Adela, tied to a tree, helplessly watched it all unfold. She was watching the fierce fight close to her and didn’t notice Kimball escape to the back of the cave. There, he loosed his ferocious dragon.

The dragon came out and started grabbing men by his huge jaws and throwing them into the air. Some landed in trees, and some crumpled on the ground. Some he used like a bowling ball, knocking other warriors down. The dragon was hurting as many as he could and he didn’t care whose side they were on. It was so horrible, Adela could not watch.
All of a sudden there was a commotion. She opened her eyes to see Aegeus flying around the dragon distracting him. The dragon lunged at Aegeus but he pivoted out of the way and swooped at the dragon, landing a blow to its head. Randall and his men increased the fight. Aegeus swooped and soared here and there. The dragon could not get a hold of him. Aegeus kept the dragon busy as Randall, on Cole’s back, raced up and threw his javelin into the dragon’s chest, killing him. The dragon fell and landed on Kimball and five of his men.

A great cheer rose up from Randall’s men. Randall jumped off Cole and raced to untie the princess Adela. Adela asked him, “Who is that wonderful pegacorn?”
Randall proudly said, “He is my unicorn Cole’s son, Aegeus.”

Aegeus landed beside his father. Cole turned and nuzzled him. “I am so proud of you, my flying son!”

A few days later, the king had a great ceremony where Princess Adela gave Aegeus his reward for saving her and the kingdom. Aegeus bowed to her as she placed a handsome collar over his head then buckled it into place.
As he stood, the people cheered. With a mighty flap of his wings, he rose to fly above the crowd proudly displaying the special collar Princess Adela gave him. He has never to this day taken it off and never will.  



Article for WestBow Press

WestBow contacted me to write an article about keeping a blog. You can go to the link or read it here in its entirety.
http://blog.westbowpress.com/5-tips-for-keeping-an-author-blog/



5 Tips for Keeping an Author Blog

When I published my first book, one of the things that most frightened me was doing my own marketing. I discovered the best way to market my book was through social media, and that included a blog. There are many kinds of blogs, from how-to’s to devotionals. Whatever your interest is, there is a blog for you.
5 Tips for Keeping Your Blog Alive and Generating Hits
1.)    Post often. For you it may be daily, biweekly, weekly or monthly. It is best to post at least once every week. This will bring your audience to your blog regularly, which will keep your name alive and may even cause you to come up in conversation. Sometimes, just writing a sentence or two, or posing a question for readers to comment on will help you to post more often. Don’t forget to reply to any commenting, even if they are not flattering or are negative.
2.)    Write exciting posts. While your posts may range from informative to a simple, light story, you need to make the blog fun to read and keep your readers’ attention. Asking you audience questions can help with this. Keeping their interest and having them ask for more is imperative. Don’t be afraid to add a human element by mentioning things about yourself. Have a critical eye and read your posts periodically to see if your blog is on target and not getting bogged down. One of my blogs is for children, so I have an 8-year-old read it to see if the verbiage is fine, and to see if she understands it and is entertained by it. Have someone from your blog’s audience read it and provide you with honest feedback.
3.)    Include pictures and a welcoming background. Pictures catch the eye and people are most likely to read your blog if there is a picture attached. It is also important to make sure your blog as a whole is easy on the eyes – choose lighter to mid-dark backgrounds with text colors that are easy to read. Also, you don’t want to clutter up your blog because if it is too busy readers’ eyes cannot take it all in.
4.)    Make your blog easy to maneuver. In other words, make it user-friendly. People don’t want to work hard at finding their way around your blog. List the posts and articles that are on your blog; older posts should be easily accessible. It helps if your blog host has set up the template to include a sidebar.
5.)    Use social media. Whenever you write a blog post, embed the link in social media posts on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. You should post from your social media accounts every day, or at least every other day. You can use sites that help you manage your postings so you can schedule your posts in advance so that if you have a busy week of writing and can’t do social media every day, you have already taken care of it. On Facebook and Twitter, share and retweet other people’s posts and tweets. This will engage them and make them more likely to share and retweet your posts, including the links to your blog. When they do, always “like” or tweet a thank you each time. This helps get your name out there, and getting your name out there is very important to building and keeping your blog. Remember to include relevant hashtags in your tweets so more hits will come your way.
Before I started my blog, I perused several different blogs looking for things I liked and things I didn’t. This helped me to tailor my blog accordingly. I currently host three blogs, two Facebook pages, my regular Facebook account, Google+ and a Twitter account. I have learned things that work well, and things that don’t work so well. Every author is different – make sure that you are doing what you are comfortable with, and what is right for you and your book. God bless you in your endeavor.

Robin Densmore Fuson is the author of Rosita Valdez and the Giant Sea Turtle. She is married, mother of three and grandmother of 11. She discovered her passion of storytelling as a teenager, and from then on she has served the Lord through teaching in the form of storytelling. A few years ago Robin put her passion of storytelling into the written word and self-published her first book in a series of children’s chapter book for grades 3-6 in 2012.

Article for Today's Parent USA Magazine

You can find my article for Today's Parent USA Magazine here: http://www.todaysparentusa.com/site/2013/07/the-best-advice/#more-4719

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The Best Advice

Advice is everywhere from magazines, radio, television, talk shows, internet, friends and family. We are bombarded with how to’s and which product is the best. You could try them all but you would soon be tired, broke, and frustrated. You would want to pull your hair out, but then you would have to find advice on how to grow it back again and what color and cut fits you best.
Sometimes the advice is based on what is popular in the culture at that moment. It may have been taboo to do something years before, but all of a sudden it is the thing to do. Just ask the one who is waving the “at the moment advice banner.”
I have received much advice through the years, some I wanted and some not so much. The best advice I have been given I give you now. It is communication. Communication is important between boss and employee, teacher and student, car repairman and car owner and so on. Communication is very important for any relationship. We have heard it said that it is vital to a marriage.
I don’t hear much about communication between parent and child. I feel it is also vital to communicate with your child. At first, the communication feels one sided. That new born communicates all the time in a demanding sort of way. You respond with many, “shhhh it’s okay.” Or, “are you hungry?” “Need a diaper?” If you are an affectionate parent, you kiss that sweet cheek many times, even though she is screaming that she needs food and a diaper at the same time. You are communicating even though she doesn’t understand the words. You are communicating that you are there and that you love that precious little one. You are letting her know she is safe.
When she starts talking, the communication between you changes. She is communicating to you through words. Sometimes you have to try to understand her language because it may not sound like any you have heard before. You may hear,” I wuv my wammy,” but she really said, “I love my lamby.” During this precious time, your communication needs to be direct because she is a literal thinker. Don’t promise anything you are not prepared to do, both in fun things and discipline.
As your child grows older, your communication becomes more connective. You can understand her and she understand you. She may not want to do what you want her to, but she understands you. This is when you need to communicate very well and say precisely what you mean. Not because she doesn’t understand you, but to make it clear what her action and your reaction will be. You may have to make sure she is listening by asking her to repeat it back to you. This way she knows and you know she heard you.
As she gets older, communication can become more of a challenge because hormones are raging. She may need one on one communication at all hours. You may come across your daughter not acting like your daughter. Something is troubling her, but when you ask her she says everything is fine. She needs you even though she acts like she doesn’t. I learned that sometimes the best time for her to open up is late at night when she is tired and curled up in her bed. You sneak in and sit by her and start talking about nothing in particular. Soon, words will start tumbling out of her mouth that was tightly shut just a few hours ago. Maybe your child needs to sit in front of a movie she has seen at least a bazillion times eating popcorn. The lights are out, and she feels safe. She’s pretending you can’t see her, but of course you can because you are her mom. You seize the moment and start a conversation. Then it happens, all her feelings and tears come tumbling out. It is okay, you can hand her a tissue, and she will pretend you didn’t because it’s dark. Soon, she will be in your arms and all will be right in the world.
You need to take the time with your child to read them and know when things are bad for them and talk it out. You start when they are little and continue into adulthood. Then you have grown your child into your best friend who will know it’s safe to tell you anything.
Robin Fuson is a storyteller who loves to teach. The book series Robin is writing are chapter books for grade school children. She has been teaching for over thirty years in various venues. Robin, along with her late husband, was the AWANA missionary for the Colorado Front Range. She had the great opportunity to go to Ukraine and Russia to teach teachers how to teach children by means of storytelling. Over the years, Robin has taught children and adults in small groups to groups of hundreds. Rosita Valdez and the Giant Sea Turtle is the first in a chapter book series for children. The underlining theme in the first book is telling the truth. Find out more on her web page: www.rositabook.com She also has a blog for children and young at heart at: www.kidbiblelessons.com Facebook.com/AuthorRobinDensmoreFuson and twitter: @RobinLFuson

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    Sunday, May 19, 2013


    Book Review & Giveaway!!!




    MY REVIEW: 

    This is an adorable children's book! Rosita is a sweet little girl with a big imagination yet she is also a sweet friend and a kind little girl with her family. I like her helpful nature and how her parents have her doing her chores and school work as a part of the story. Homeschooling children would especially relate to this! :)  I like how we really get to know Rosita through the little things like the fact that she struggles with math but enjoys her writing. I love her relationship with her Grandmother and how they share special moments together.

    Rosita has two little friends that she goes swimming with at cove. While playing hide-and-seek, Rosita finds the giant sea turtle. He's a gentle fellow and she has great fun with him. Unfortunately, her two friends struggle to catch a glimpse of him! 

    The story has a surprise ending that will have you and your children talking. I think this would be an excellent book to include in your homeschooling or to just read to your children or grandchildren over the summer!  It's an excellent book that I just know a child in your life would love! 

    *This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Bohlsen Group 

    Now for the really exciting part...I have THREE copies of this adorable book to giveaway!! I'm so thrilled to be able to do this! I will pick my winners on Sunday, May 19th!! You must be a follower of More of Him either on Google Friends or Bloglovin! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below!!


    Blessings - Julie