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    Friday, July 2, 2010

    Win a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle!

    My husband took this picture at Colorado Gators when we visited the San Luis Valley a few weeks ago. It reminded me of the picture book Mom and I wrote together that will release August 10th.

    The Dragon and the Turtle is a story about the fun of making friends with someone who is different from you. Obviously the alligator and the turtle in this picture have worked out some system of friendship since they live in the same pond. I wanted to ask someone why the alligator didn’t attack the turtle, but nobody was around for me to question.

    Monkey and Chunky were a little reluctant to visit the alligator farm. They kept asking, “Won’t the alligators get us?” Kory and I wondered if they really thought we’d take them someplace where alligators roamed free in search of tasty little boys. Maybe we should stop threatening them with Death by Alligator when they misbehave.

    Once we got to Colorado Gators and the boys saw that all the animals were behind fences, they relaxed and had a blast. What is it about reptiles and amphibians that fascinates little boys? I could barely get past the smell.

    Mom and I hope the scales, claws, and tails factor will attract young readers to our Dragon and Turtle stories. We had two particular little boys very much in mind as we created the characters. And for you moms out there, you’ll be relieved to know this is not a scratch and sniff book.

    If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, we have two booksignings in August. The first is at Mardel on North Powers on Saturday the 14th from 1:00 to 3:00. The second is at the Briargate Barnes and Noble on Saturday the 21st from 1:00 to 3:00. We’d love to see you there!

    Which brings me to a dilemma that only occurred to me as we were arranging the B&N signing last weekend. How am I going to sign my name? I mean, I know no one really cares. Anyone standing in line to get their book signed is there for Donita K. Paul’s signature. I could sign my name:

    Your very own raving lunatic,
    Evangeline Denmark

    and no one would even notice. Still, for my own satisfaction, I’d like to have a cool signature line. Any suggestions?

    Hugs and kisses,
    Evangeline Denmark

    A little too touchy-feely?

    Your rockin’ friend,
    Evangeline Denmark

    A little too 1950’s?

    Evangeline Denmark

    A little too middle-schooler?

    See, I need help. Let’s make this a contest. Submit your suggestions and if I pick yours, you’ll win a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle. Next Friday, July 9th, will be the cut off for submitting your suggestion. Then I’ll pick my fave and announce it here on Breathe In Breathe Out.

    Don’t worry, I’ll have Donita K. Paul sign the winner’s copy too.


    Corey White said...

    May nothing be rotten in your state,
    E. Denmark

    Okay, it's a little long. Perhaps not totally clever. I'll

    Beth K. Vogt said...

    Thanks for dropping by The Ponderers and sharing the oh-so appropriate quote!
    I'm thinking you should do a nice flourish-y "E" . . .
    Something like:
    May all your adventures include friends and fun--and then end with a flourish!
    Works for me!But then, I call you "E"!

    kersley.fitz said...

    "Reptilaciously yours..."

    Atypical Girl said...

    Breathe In, Breathe Out would make for a fine sig line. :)

    You could say "Magically Delicious" or "Magically Delirious." And then make a heart.

    amy at backseatwriter dot com

    Daphne said...

    "true friendship is play and love walking hand in hand" (then a big flourishy "E" - not stealing from Beth, I thought of it before I saw hers)

    pwnmom said...

    I like "Your very own Raving lunatic"!

    I got Donita K. Paul's autograph last year... quite by accident. I had read all of the Dragonspell, etc books that were out at the time and JUST HAPPENED to be at Mardel's [yes, in COS]. I looked over toward the children's section (even tho none of my 5 kids were with me) and there sat some new [to me] books from that series... and right behind them sat this woman. 2+2=4... it was DKP!! So, I bought one of the books and had her autograph it and had her autograph a bookmark for my oldest daughter who had read the books I had read also. Anyhow, I would LOVE to have your autograph and a copy of this book... I have a 3yr girl and 2 young boys who would Love this book, but we have since moved to GA! yes... the swamps of GA. And we have been on the lookout of gators.

    Linda B said...

    A heart with your fancy "E" inside, along with the scripture reference to your favorite or "life" verse. You've got to keep it short and sweet because you'll be signing a LOT of books in the future, right?
    Note: you don't want to do your initials E.D. because people might associate that with something else . . .

    Andrea Downs said...

    "Every day can be an adventure"
    I just love your first name!

    Paulette Harris said...

    "Just breathe,
    Evangeline Denmark"

    crownring said...

    Proverbs 17:17

    A friend loves at all times.

    Happy book signing, Ev! :)

    Crownring (Your mom knows who I am.)