Monday, July 27, 2015

An Old Friend and Memories of a Great Farm Stand - Cervenka Farm

I am proud to announce that ABC Healthy is being sold at Cervenka Farm Stand in Flemington, NJ.  I have many memories as a kid going to this farm stand and seeing all of the fresh and healthy food.  If my mom would say, "I am going to Cervenka Farms. Do you want to come along for a ride?" my immediate reaction would be, "Yes! Yes! Yes!"  Of course there was one other little detail.  My friend Bridgette might be there.  It is her family's farm.

Bringing your kids to buy local produce is very important.  It helps make a connection between understanding the difference of what is real food and what is packaged processed food.  Take your kids over to Cervenka Farm Stand for some fresh produce and pick up a copy of ABC Healthy!  

Here is a link to Cervenka Farm Stand.

And here is one to my ABC Healthy Page to find out where you can get a book near you.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Farias Event Date Change and Local Author Book Fair

I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of my Farias Surf and Sport Kids event changeInstead of doing a reading and signing tomorrow July 11, I will be doing the reading and signing at Farias Surf and Sport Kids in Ship Bottom, NJ on Monday July 20 at 11:00 am.

I have also managed to get into the Local Author Book Fair at the Library on Long Beach Island Library in Surf City, NJ this coming Wednesday July 15 from 10 am -1 pm.  I will be there with other authors to talk about my book and I will also have it for sale with a signing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Events, Events, Events!

The book launch party was a success.  It is so great to see the excitement on the kids faces.  Not only the excitement about a picture book, but also the excitement to eat healthy!  After my reading they all enjoyed a healthy snack of oranges and quinoa salad while I read from my glossary about why their snack was so good for them. 

Next stop, Farias Surf and Sport Kids in Ship Bottom, NJ this coming Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 am.  I will be doing a reading and a signing of ABC Healthy under one of Farias' famous event tents. ABC Healthy will be for sale in the store.  Farias is a good store to carry ABC Healthy because kids look up to the surfing culture which promotes exercise and movement.  Health isn't just about eating healthy, but it is also about getting out there and moving too!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ABC Healthy Juice

If you want your kids to eat healthy don't forget to stop by my book launch party. This coming Monday, July 6th from 2-3pm at the Long Beach Island Library in Surf City, NJ.  Before you know it they will be asking for healthy snacks as a special treat!  My son loves when we make a special juice.  Try this one the kiddos will love!

ABC Healthy Juice
2 oranges
2 kiwis
1 peach
1 granny smith apple or other tart apple
a bunch of kale
poor over ice and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Launch Party!!!

My book launch party for ABC Healthy is all set! 

Monday, July 6th from 2-3pm at the Long Beach Island Library in Surf City, NJ. 

Long Beach Island Library
217 South Central Ave
Surf City, NJ 08008

Saturday, June 20, 2015

ABC Healthy is in Stores and on Amazon!

I am happy to announce that ABC Healthy is now available on Amazon!  I am also working on getting it in local store in both New Jersey and Colorado.  It is for currently for sale at Viking Outfitters in Barnegat Light, NJ and is on its way to Farias Surf Shop's Children's Store in Ship Bottom, NJ.

I have a meeting with the Long Beach Island Library on Monday to make plans for a book launch party where ABC Healthy will also be for sale. is getting its finishing touches and should be up in a few days.

If you are a store and would like to carry ABC Healthy please email me at

Happy and healthy reading!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Books Are In!

ABC Healthy has arrived!  I will be sending them to Amazon soon.  Once Amazon receives the books they will be available for sale on  I will keep everyone posted as to when they are available on Amazon.  Now that I have the books I will plan my book release party where the books will also be for sale.  My website is close to complete.  Many updates to come.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

First School Visit

Last week I had the opportunity to bring ABC Healthy into my son's first grade class and read it to the children.  It was so great to see all of the positive reactions from the kids.  Not only where they excited that their friend's mom wrote a book, but they were all excited to tell me about the healthy choices that they make.  When I read them the book little hands were raised just to tell me that they love mushrooms or that their mom packed them apples that day.  I also brought in a little snack of quinoa salad and oranges.  While they were eating I read form the ABC Healthy glossary about all of the healthy nutrition in what they were eating.  I think they really enjoyed the visit! I look forward to my books arriving in June and being able to read aloud to more children.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Print Ninja's Samples

I was extremely excited this morning to received an email from Print Ninja! They received a production copy of ABC Healthy.  Not only did they send me pictures of the book, but they loved it so much they asked if they can put it on their website and use it for social media for Print Ninja!  They will also be mailing me a copy for a sneak peak before my large order comes in.  Here is a sneak peak for all of you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Waiting Game

After finding a professional editor, getting a doctor to credit my book, and all of the other t's crossed and i's dotted ABC Healthy is on its way to being available for purchase!  I have chosen Print Ninja for my printing.  They are an American company that outsources to China.  Since the books are printed in China I will have to wait until the end of May or beginning of June until they are delivered.  It has been three weeks since I sent in the book so the printing should be finished.  Now I just have to wait for the books to be shipped, literally shipped on a ship from China!  Once they hit America I will have a tracking number with a better idea of when my books will arrive.

In the mean time I am setting up an Amazon account and a website. 

My website domain is

Stay posted! I will let everyone know when the books are available! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I thought getting my book printed would have been the easy part of self-publishing.  Many self-publishers use print on demand services (POD).  I have had samples of both POD and traditional printing sent to me.

The POD service I was considering was Ingram Spark.  The quality of the print job is surprisingly very good and any amount of books I would want ship in 7 days.  Problem 1. They don't print on the spine.  That will not be good for book stores or libraries.  Problem 2. I was told to go with the premium color quality for a children's book and that jacked up the price.

For a traditional printing service I was looking at Self Publishing Inc.  The cost was much lower per book, but I needed to order at least 1,000 copies and it would take at least 4 weeks.  When the sample book came I was very disappointed.  It was over glossed and pixilated.

Today I was looking on a discussion board on the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) website and I came across a suggestion for PrintNinja.  They have the lowest price per book, but the printing and shipping take a very long time.  If I were to send out an order for 500 books soon I would not see the books until April or May.  The difference between Ingram and PrintNija for 500 books is about $1,500.  As long as the sample they are sending me is great, it will be worth the wait!

So, I am sorry to everyone looking to purchase ABC Healthy.  It is going to be a few months until it is available.  Unless there is something wrong with PrintNinja's quality, then I may go with Ingram.  In that case It won't be long.

If I do go with PrintNija at least I will have some down time to work on my next book,
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