First and foremost, I would like to take a minute to thank all those folks who have given the ultimate sacrifice to allow me the freedoms I take for granted. Happy Memorial Day! You are not forgotten…..
Hey everybody. My name is Penny Estelle and I am a grandmother of seven wonderful kids from thirteen to two. All of them are different as night and day with their own little quirks and endearing qualities. Let me just throw in here that with three brats of my own, two stepsons, and the seven grand kiddies, this is one of the reasons I write for the middle grades/tweens. All one has to do is look and listen and you find material in every corner!
I would like to talk just about my youngest angel, Caitlyn. She just turned two and she was born with Downs Syndrome. My son and daughter-in-law knew before she came into this world of her condition and decided it didn’t make one bit of difference. Sweet Caity had to have heart surgery at six months. She was in the hospital for twenty-one days, and what a sucky twenty-one days those were. Her mother, who is the picture of a cool head, never left her side and my son, who has never been know for his calm ways, was freaking out every day! I thank God every day she came through the surgery great!
In my mind, she is about a year behind a normal 2 year old. She is crawling and jabbers a lot, but besides mama and dada, words haven’t started. The doctor wanted her legs to get stronger, so for her birthday I was trying to figure out some sort of contraption that would help strengthen her legs. My hubby saw some specialized PVC pipe fittings for the making of a chicken coop, of all things, but he built her, what her mom refers to as her ballet bar, and she is standing and getting stronger everyday. Thank goodness they put a mirror in front of it cause she either thinks she is one hot mama or she likes her new friend. The jabbering doesn’t stop!
|Caity's ballet bar|
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I will be forever grateful for MuseItUp for taking a chance on my series, the Wickware Sagas. Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare is Book 1, and Ride of a Lifetime, Book 2, will be out June 7.
A little insight on The Wickware Sagas
Miss Wickware is a 7/8 grade history teacher at Langdon Middle School. Story on the street is real bazaar things happen in this classroom and fingers point to Miss Wickware, herself, as the prime suspect. Is it witchcraft? Is it magic? Is she from another planet?
Most of her students think of her a nice old lady, passionate about history. They say it’s just a bunch of bunk! But there are some students who get nervous when the subject comes up. They look everywhere but straight ahead. They simply aren’t talking!
Billy Cooper's Awesome Nightmare
It’s Friday Afternoon. Billy Cooper’s frustration grows minute, by agonizing, snail moving minute, as his last class of the day drags on.
The last twenty minutes of class, old lady Wickware, his seventh grade history teacher, throws a wrench in his weekend plans. Everybody in his class has to draw a name out of box and do an oral book report on the person or event drawn.
Billy has a full weekend planned that includes baseball practice and the new Matt Damon movie, but he isn’t too concerned. Billy figures he will take ten minutes and get the scoop on this William Tell character, whoever that is, and that, as they say, will be that! But when Billy finds himself outside of William Tell’s house, his attitude takes a whole different turn.
Ride of a Lifetime
Jim Abernathy is the new kid at Langdon Middle School - and a bully. With the death of his mother and his father having to work two jobs, Jim has been on his own for the last year. A new job in Phoenix is just what Jim and his dad need for a new start.
His bullying is tested when he enters Miss Wickware’s history class. The class must draw historical subjects out of a box and present oral reports on whom or what they have drawn. Jim draws Sybil Ludington. “Great, another seamstress!”
Jim’s ideas about women in history take a whole new turn when he walks out of class and into the Eighteenth Century and the life of Sybil Ludington.
If you pre-order Ride of a Lifetime, you get a savings of 50 cents, PLUS a free copy of Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare. TWO EBOOKS FOR $2.00!