In Praise of TWINS!

I just discovered a cool new review for Thunderbird, and it inspired me to tell you a bit about my experience with twins (since the main characters, Justin & Janine Prentiss, are boy-girl twins)…

Did you know I’m a mother of twins? Well, here are a few things I learned along the way:

1. A Twin Pregnancy is an *expanding* experience (I got to where I couldn’t roll over at night without assistance from my DH [Darling Husband] *lol*)

2. A single crib will sleep two for quite a while.
(Hey! They’re accustomed to togetherness…)

3. Diapers, diapers, and more diapers…’nuff said.

4. They share germs anyway, so save time…use a single spoon. (Mealtimes can feel like an assembly line before they learn to feed themselves.)

5. In the “nature vs. nurture” argument, nature wins. (IMHO as the mother of boy / girl twins)

6. Twins are much easier to leave with a sitter than a singleton. (They have each other…who cares whether mom and dad are present?)

7. Taking infant twins out in public is an open invitation for strangers to approach.
(Multiple babies are instant ice-breakers)

8. Taking a weekend trip feels like traveling with a small circus. (More gear is required than you can imagine)

9. My twins were my first *child*…I didn’t know what I was doing anyway, so why not learn on two?

10. After twins, a single infant is a piece of cake!! (and what a sweet treat my singleton was and is *VBG*)

11. Twins run in my family. (A fact I wasn’t privy to until *after* we learned we were expecting twins!) – Speaking of which, did you know that fraternal twins run in families, but identical sets pop up at random in the population?

12. I’m incredibly proud of the adults my twins have become. My son is an awesome musician / philosopher while his twin sister is a successful wife, mother, and business woman (not necessarily in that order).

Kindleforkids!

Just found (and joined!) an exciting new site for young readers. Introducing: kindleforkids

To quote their front page:

For children: Are you aged between 6 and 13? Are you looking for sparkling stories of action and adventure, fabulous fantasies, daring detectives, wacky wizards or funny fiction? You are? Then this is the place for you! All the books featured on these pages have been written with you in mind and all of them are available now for the Kindle or other e-readers.

So, why not have a browse. You’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Just follow the links on each page to find hours of enjoyment and fun. And don’t forget to check out the blog regularly – we are constantly adding new books and authors.  Soon, we hope to have competitions and giveaways, so remember to bookmark this page and visit us again.

You can also contact us, using the form below, to tell us what you think of the site. Or leave a comment on your favourite page. We’d love to hear from you.

For parents: The books on these pages are for children aged between 6 and 13 and I have the author’s assurance only, that they are suitable for those ages. However, I am unable to vet them all personally and it remains your responsibility to check for inappropriate content

Very cool stuff. Check it out!

THUNDERBIRD is winging its way into the world!

Hooray! Thunderbird is live at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords *happy dancing* Can’t wait for everyone to meet Janine and Justin.

Thunderbird cover

Janine Prentiss, a twelve-year-old Native American girl, is tired of spending her summers digging up dinosaur bones with her single-parent father, an eminent paleontologist. But neither does she want to spend her summer vacation listening to her shaman grandfather’s lame tales of spirit quests and totem creatures who talk. Instead of messing about with dead bones or fairy tales, Janine wants to go to cheerleading camp with her best friend. She wants to be a normal girl! Unfortunately, Dad doesn’t consider cheerleading a legitimate use of her time or his money. Bummer.

Justin Prentiss thinks his twin sister is nuts. What kid in their right mind wouldn’t love field camp? The wild beauty of Montana mountains, fresh air, and adults too busy to pay attention to what a guy is doing as long as he shows up for meals and bedtime. Field camp rocks!

However, it isn’t Justin who is drawn to the mysterious rock. It’s Janine, and the idiot girl is convinced that the chunk of granite–a fossil at best–is a real, live egg and that she’s got to protect it while it hatches. Girls!

The discovery of the thunderbird egg sweeps Janine and Justin off on the adventure of a lifetime. Not only will they discover that thunderbirds exist, but they’ll come face to face with malicious evil in the form of Unktehi, a spirit of disruption straight out of their grandfather’s legends.

Thunderbird is a middle grade fantasy novel based in Native American legend. I hope you’ll check it out!