An Opportunity to Get an Advanced Peak at Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon

I seek comments from readers that I can put on the back cover and perhaps elsewhere for my soon-to-be released new book Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon. I’m giving followers of this site first chance at being able to read my new story Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon and to see some of the sketches that are being used to create the full color illustrations that will be in the book. Please let me know if you’d be willing to read my story, comment on it, and allow me to use your comments and name for marketing purposes for this book.  Please note that due to space limitations not all comments are likely to be used.

Thank you considering my offer.

With Love,



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Free: Kindle eBook & Email Newsletter!

I’m creating a FREE newsletter titled Russ Towne’s Children’s Stories and to celebrate I’m offering ONE of the following for those who subscribe to it:

FREE: Your choice of ONE of my children’s books in the Kindle eBook format.


Three for $1: Your choice of any THREE of my children’s books in the Kindle eBook format for $1.

The free newsletter will provide some or all of these in each issue:

Special Offers on my books, and perhaps those of other authors

Previews of some of the sketches and illustrations that may be featured in future books

Snippets of stories under development

Behind-the-scenes looks into my creative process

Opportunities to be a Beta Reader and see my stories before they’re released

Reviews of other children’s books I enjoyed reading (including new writers and authors.)

Interviews of other children’s authors

Personal information about me and what’s going on in my life

Subscribe now by emailing me at

Please include your name and the title(s) of my book(s) you want.

Thank you!

With Love,







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The Adventures of Purple Turtle: Part III

I love this poetic story and am reblogging it.
With Love,

Poet's Corner

PurpleTurtle © Purple Turtle by Linda Rose

It seems that I have lost my friend.
I must find out where she’s gone.
My name is purple turtle,
and it’s no fun to be alone.

I found myself inside a box
with a lot of noise around,
and then I was lifted to a shelf
where I am sitting now.

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Children Say the Funniest Things (Part 2)

Some of these were new to me, and some I’d seen before, but they all made me smile, and I hope they do the same for you.
With Love,

Good Time Stories

woodleywonderworks Photo Credit: WoodleyWonderWorks via CC Flickr

Welcome to the second installment of “Children Say the Funniest Things.” As I stated in my previous installment, “Children Say the Funniest Things Part One,” I am a Physical Education teacher and have taught children on all levels…from Kindergarten to college. It has always ben one of my favorite things about teaching and fatherhood to listen to what kids say in certain situations or give their answers to…what we as adults think…simple questions.

So, sit back, relax, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and maybe a snack…and get ready to enjoy a giggle, a chuckle, or a good laugh.

A four year old girl was drinking a cup of cold orange juice when she suddenly got the hiccups. “Don’t give me this juice again,” she said. “It makes my teeth cough.”


A second-grade city school teacher decided to take her class on…

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A New Story and Opportunity

I just finished a rough draft of a story for my first middle-grade chapter book, titled Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon. Please let me know if you’d like to see a copy of it and would be willing to a beta reader for it.

Thank you!

With Love,


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Calls for Beta Readers



Would you like to see my stories before they are published? Are willing to be Beta Reader? I seek Beta Readers for Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon (a picture book story) and A Hippo Learns to Fly (my first board book story*.)

For those who are unfamiliar with the term Beta Readers read stories before they’re published and provide feedback to the author about their reaction to the written material. I can provide details if you express possible interest. Please let me know if you’d like to be a Beta Reader for either or both of these stories.

*For those who may be curious as to why I wrote a board book story, I’ve received requests from readers with younger children to please write board books. This first attempt was inspired by Kristi and uses ideas from one of my earlier picture books. Thank you for your suggestions, Kristi!

With Love,





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Planting Seeds

I just received my very first rejection letter from a literary agent today. It was very polite and included a “don’t give up!” message. She answered in three days (which I believe is about a month faster than average) and many agents don’t acknowledge a query at all, saying, “If you don’t hear from me in X weeks/months I’m not interested.” In essence, “If your phone’s not ringing, it’s me not calling.” Some agencies get hundreds of queries per week, so I understand that writing personalized rejection letters would take up too much of the time they could be pitching books to publishers and reading more queries.

Getting my first rejection letter makes me feel somehow more official as an author. I wrote “Rejection #1”on it and hung it on my writing room wall. Methinks it’ll soon have plenty of company.

I view agent queries as a farmer views planting seeds. Many seeds must be planted, and many won’t grow, but we only need one to potentially reap a bountiful harvest. Rejection letters are just seeds that didn’t sprout.

With Love,


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