Cat Blount Stories

Posts and information about books written and illustrated by Cat Blount.

Cat’s Summer Ebook Giveaway

Hello all!

I have wonderful news for all of you lovers of children’s stories!

I will be offering several of my ebooks for you to enjoy for free throughout the summer months!

So, if you haven’t experienced my stories, this is the perfect opportunity for you to indulge in my unique collection of works.

 

Here’s the first story for you to own.

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In short, a young rabbit wants to find friends, but every time she meets an animal, they are on their way to the one place her mother told her not to go.  Will she end up going to the forbidden part of the forest, or will she hold on to her mother’s warnings?

Will you be able to figure out the mystery of this tale before it is revealed?  Are you ready for a story packed with lessons for everyone?  Do you need a read that makes you want to keep turning the pages?  A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest is the book to own.  

Obtain your copy today!

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A Lesson Learned Introducing the climax!

Ok, we are finally here.  This is where the climax begins.  There is an important detail that I haven’t revealed in any of my updates for A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest.  You know that Allison’s mom has forbidden her to go to the lake in the middle of the forest, however, you don’t know why.

“There is a horrible, terrible alligator that follows the river into that area.  He is said to be vicious!”

That’s right.  There’s a vicious alligator in the lake, Allison’s mom told her.  So now you know why she was told to stay away.

We are at the part of the story where Allison meets a new furry friend, Jessica.  This new furry friend will change everything!  She represents one of all parents’ worst nightmares.  SOMEONE WHO CAN CONVINCE YOUR CHILD TO NOT ADHERE TO YOUR WORDS.  It seems that Jessica has information, beyond what Allison’s mother knows, that makes oodles of sense.  However, will Allison’s obedience to her mother keep her from giving in?

I am so excited for this part of the story.  The buildup to this point is natural, and this climax is the perfect peak to where this story is headed → A twist you will not expect.

Well, back to the story.

Cat 

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Back to the Place from which it Came

So, there’s Santa Claus to represent Christmas, the Baby New Year to represent the coming of the new year, and the Easter Bunny to represent Easter.

Where did they get these characters?

As a christian, I told my children the true meaning behind Christ-based holidays.  Santa visited our home, as well as, the Easter Bunny, and so on, but we always celebrated and acknowledged Christ first and foremost.  But still, the question: “Why these particular characters?”

I grew up watching Santa Claus is Coming To Town around Christmas every single year.  My family still watches it when it comes on.  The special explains how Santa Claus came to be.  At one point, Kris Kringle was making toys for the kids of Sombertown, and handing them out to them each day.  He started getting so many orders for toys that the task later became difficult to perform.  Kris decided that he needed to pick just one day to provide toys for the children.  It said that he chose the most special day of the year, Christmas Eve.  I loved how they brought it back to where it belonged.  They acknowledge the origin of Christmas.  The moment was so beautiful; I was grateful that they added it.

In What Does a Bunny, a Chicken, and Colorful Eggs Have to do with EASTER? you will see that everything is 100% brought back to where it truly belongs in a sweet, natural, special way.

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A Lesson Learned is Coming Along Great!

I am so excited to announce that A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest is coming along great!  I am so excited because I am about to get to the really meaty part of the story.  Hee Hee Hee!  Right now, I am at the part where Allison gets a bit of advice from her kind neighbor, Mrs. Bird.  Allison can’t understand why everyone is on their way to a place where her mother forbid her to go.  She feels that the real reason is that they just don’t want to be her friend.  Mrs Bird assures Allison that she will find a friend soon.

I will send you more updates soon.  I am so excited!

Best.

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A Lesson Learned – On its way!

I wanted to give you a quick update on how I am moving along with A Lesson Learned: The Lake in the Middle of the Forest!

Right now, I am in the process of re-coloring illustrations that I already had placed in the story, and transferring those illustrations from the ebook version to the paperback.  Whew!!!  Yeah.  It can be tedious, but I love it.

The scene above, in both the ebook and paperback versions, is Allison giving her sister advice about brown carrots.  You see, Allison’s mom, each day, expects Allison to tell her younger sister, Maggie, something she [Allison] learned from the day before.  Her mother calls it, “A Lesson Learned.”  Ah Ha!  Allison finds it totally annoying.  She doesn’t see the point, and feels that she will never have anything really important to share with her sister.

Ok, I will keep you posted!

Best.

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One more story to bring back to publication…

So, as you know, I am the “Organic Author,” and I write and illustrate all of my stories from within, unadulterated.  I allow them to flow out of me naturally without any input from, or thought about, anyone or anything.

Well, this wasn’t the case when I first began publishing my works.   I was more focused on the “rules of publishing,” and “what others would think,” than on my stories.  The results were stories that I loved, transformed into stories that I myself did not want to read.

After my seventh publication, I couldn’t take it any longer.  My next stories were written and illustrated exactly how I felt they should be, and I became a completely happy author.  Then I decided, “You know what?  I’m going to remove my first seven publications from the market, and start over from scratch!”  And I did just that.

It’s been a few years since I made that decision, and all except one title is back…  A Lesson Learned, The Lake in the Middle of the Forest.  Poor A Lesson Learned.  I have been trying to bring her back for some time, but I kept stopping it to create other stories.  Well, not this time.  A Lesson Learned will be, God willing, the only story that I work on until it is completely finished.  I can’t wait for it to come back!  It really is a great story, and the twist…  

Well I will keep you all posted with updates and perhaps excerpts from the title.  I am so glad that I illustrate better now as well.  It makes the story that much better.

Happy Organic Creating!

Best.

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Tiny Timothy Timilty, The Boy Who HATES…

I am so excited about this title!!!  First of all, I love the message, and who the message is for!  Bystanders…  Yep, a book 100% for The Sad Snowmanbystanders.  It’s pretty cool.  I am also loving the illustrations!  As you may already know, when I first started illustrating, years ago, my images weren’t that great, but thank God they are so much better now.  It really adds to the story.  You see the image there, the girl with the carrot?  This was an actual image from my first title published, TheTiny Timothy Timilty Sad Snowman back in 2011.  I have since re-illustrated the title, of course, but people bought the book back then :o.  I was really excited to get my book out.  Yeah.

Now, I can’t really go into any specifics of the story because as you may also know, most of my stories have twists.  I don’t want to give away the surprise.  I can tell you, however, that the title pretty much sums up what the book is about.  Timothy Timilty, and who or what he hates.  So for the better part of the book you are taken through different scenarios that he may hate.  Finally towards the end, you find out exactly what boils his blood!  You also see how powerful bystanders really are when they do the right thing and stand together!

I should be finished with this new book shortly.  It will be available as an ebook and paperback.  So very excited!!!

Until next time…

Best,
Cat

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Book Trailers For All My Titles [PHEW]

I have a fantastic goal!  I want to produce a book trailer for each of my titles thus far; 14 of them.  And then, of course, keep going with trailers for each title that I publish going forward.  So far, I have a bunch, but I still have a ways to go.

Check out the trailers that are available now:

Kindergarten Color War
Will the students from room 8B ever get along?

The Ridiculously Mean Sister
Funny, over-the-top book that shows how tween siblings come to view their younger siblings.

Meet Mabel Molby
Everyone thinks she’s different, but she doesn’t seem to notice.

The 3 Screams, 3 Short Spooky Stories for Kids
Spooky cliffhangers that involve a suspicious-behaving babysitter, a town of desperate parents that can’t get their children to sleep, and a “who-dun-it.”

ANA!
Funny story about the differences between siblings and how the younger sibling enjoys her activities at the expense of her older sister.

Ana’s Pet
The sequel to ANA!  Ana wants a pet and she’s not telling what type of pet she wants.  The silence causes the older sibling to fear that her younger sister is up to something horrible.

Enjoy!

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Almost finished with my new title, Meet Mabel Molby

I am so excited to announce that I am almost finished with my title Meet Mabel Molby!!! It has been some time since I started, well it feels that way to me. Writing it, of course, as you may know, for me, is simple. I just write down stories from within. It takes minutes, literally. Illustrating it… It takes what seems forever. But, the good new is, I am getting better at the craft; so, that’s a good thing.

MeetMabelMolbyCover
I still have to do a little more work on the cover but this is what I have for now.

I am down to the last few pages of the book. Then I can yell out, I’M FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But then comes final editing, the formatting of it [Since I create my

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ebooks and paperbacks at the same time and they both have different formatting requirements], come up with a blurb [I am not good at writing blurbs for my books, at all], finalize the cover, and then, finally, the actual publishing of it [pretty much easy]. Then at that time, I will yell out, MABEL MOLBY IS PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a good feeling.

 

Now on to the title. You are going to love Mabel Molby. She is such a doll, and so adorable. In a Meet Mabel Molbynutshell, Mabel lives in a town where everyone is pretty much just alike. They see her as being different, and they feel sorry for her. The interesting thing, however, about Mabel, is that she doesn’t seem to care that she’s different. To be truthful, she doesn’t even notice that she is different. She’s just minding her own business and loving life, and herself. I just love her, and she is a wonderful example for us all to follow.

Also, as a side note, the story comes with colorful, thoughtful, and sometimes funny illustrations throughout. I am a mom, so I know how important it is to have pictures on each page when reading an ebook to younger children. I designed this story, as with all of my stories, with that in mind. The age range for this book is from Kindergarten through fourth grade, depending upon the child.

Here’s a small excerpt from the book:

And when she plays on the slide… It’s so weird! She climbs to the top and slides down just like everyone else, BUT when she hits the bottom of the slide, she takes off running, as fast as she can go, yelling and laughing around the whole park!

Everyone looks and shakes their head.

POOR, WEIRD MABEL MOLBY.

Why can’t she just fit in?

Well, I better get back to the story. I will let you know as soon as both versions are available. So very excited!!!

Happy reading!

Best,
Cat

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Arelius Is Finally Back!!!!

For those of you who do not know, I pulled all of my titles from the market, all 7 of them at the time, all at once as I felt that I wasn’t writing from within.  [You can read about it here http://ajcosmo.com/blog/index.php/cat-blount-organic-stories/].

Arelius Turtle of SpeedSo, my plan, back then, was to bring all of my titles back, one by one, before working on new titles.  However, instead of bringing back all of the stories that had been already published, I STARTED ADDING NEW TITLES TO MY LIBRARY!  I couldn’t help it…  Stories kept coming to my mind.  I had to write them.  And I did.  However, I am now so happy to be able to say that Arelius, Turtle of Speed, is finally, finally, FINALLY back on the market where it truly belongs.  It really is a special story.

The tale of Arelius is so dear to me.  It was my first story written, beginning, middle, and end.  That is huge because I was never able to finish a story once I thought of one; crumpled paper defined my earlier attempts at writing as a child.  Then one day, a story blew into my mind, and I wrote it in less than 18 minutes.  That story was Arelius, Turtle of Speed.

To quickly summarize, the story is about a turtle who has been given the gift of speed.  Arelius Turtle of SpeedHe is eventually praised for his talent, and all of the praise and admiration goes straight to his head!  He concludes, when he evaluates his life, that he does not need anyone or anything.

Arelius is such a great tale with a huge message for all, but it also includes hidden messages that may not be that evident.

Arelius Turtle of Speed

I do hope you all enjoy Arelius, Turtle of Speed with your little ones.

Blessings!

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