Friday, March 13, 2015

MEET STEPHANIE BURKHART AND BRADY ON TOUR

Friday Fun
What have you done this week for fun?
I've been reading, everything from teen books to picture books.
Now that's fun
I've also been working on final edits for my MG story so I can submit it next week.
Fun? As much fun as edits can be.
 
This Friday I have a fun book tour to tell you about.
So let me introduce you to Brady and his blankie.
 

COVER BLURB FOR Brady's Lost Blanket:
 
 
 
 
 
Brady is a sensitive young boy who takes his blankie wherever he goes. After traveling with his parents to visit his new cousin, Brady accidently leaves his blanket behind. Can Brady learn to get by without his blankie?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isn't this an adorable cover?
 
BRADY'S LOST BLANKET is available in print from 4RV Publishing.
 

BUY LINKS:
 
4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php
 
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Bradys-Lost-Blanket-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310040/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1423445945&sr=8-8&keywords=stephanie+burkhart
                                                      
BARNES & NOBLE:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bradys-lost-blanket-stephanie-burkhart/1121138037?ean=9781940310046
 
Inspiration comes in small packages
 
By: Stephanie Burkhart
 
One of my husband's relatives told me a story about her grandchild who was attached to his blankie.  He left it behind when he was visiting relatives and was having a hard time without it. That brought back memories of the time when I was a young girl and had a blankie.  My blankie was soft blue with silk blue trim.  I loved to rub it against my face. It was very soothing. My blankie was my security net. It was always there for me. I could count on it to relax my ruffled feelings or frustration – until it mysteriously disappeared.  One day, when I was five, my blankie turned up missing.  I had no idea what happened to it. I felt "out of sorts," "uncomfortable," and "anxious." (My mother hid it on me.  She decided it was time for me to learn how to get along without it.)
 
Those first couple of days without blankie was rough, but I soon learned other age appropriate coping stragedies. I played with Barbie and her Beach van. I picked up a book. I began coloring. I loved playing with Matchbox cars.  Soon my imagination grew and I didn't need blankie anymore.
 
Giving up blankie was my first step to growing up.
 
Brady's Lost Blanket is about taking that first step. It's a great message for children. Growing up isn't easy. There are all kinds of challenges, but learning how to get along without a blankie is usually the first one a child faces. In the story, Brady has a lot of support from his parents who offer him other ways to deal with the anxiety of losing his blanket.  I hope that when other children read the story they realize that while it may be upsetting at first, letting go of blankie and embracing new things can be fun and they'll be all right.
 
Question for you: Did you have a blankie growing up?  Did you know someone who had a blankie?
 
Questions for the author:
 
#1: What inspired you to write the story, Stephanie?
 
STEPHANIE: One of my husband's relatives mentioned their grandchild had a blankie and was having a hard time without it.  I drew on my own childhood memories of having a blankie.  I think letting go of the blankie is the first step in growing up.
 
#2: How long did it take?
 
STEPHANIE: It took about a week to write the story. I have to thank 4RV Publishing for publishing Brady's Lost Blanket.  It took about 2 weeks back and forth with the editing.
 
#3: Did you pick the illustrator?
 
STEPHANIE: No, I did not.  4RV Publishing selected the illustrator.  I think Bridget McKenna did a great job with the illustrations.  They have a very whimsical feel and compliment the story well.
 
#4: What makes this book special?
 
STEPHANIE: Brady's Lost Blanket has a message for all young children who become attached to "something" (be it a blanket or something else) because they want to feel secure. It's okay to let go of our "security" nets and move forward.  It maybe a little scary at first, but once you go without it, you learn you can live without it.
 
#5: How long have you been writing children's books?
 
STEPHANIE: About 5 years now. My first children's book, "The Giving Meadow" was published with 4RV Publishing in 2010. It has a great message about sharing and caring for young children as well as telling about Caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's perfect for Easter as it helps young children understand Jesus' story.
 
 
 
Author Bio:


Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire.  Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.


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How about picking up a copy for the little blankie lover you know.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


18 comments:

  1. A wonderful interesting post to read first thing in the morning. Stephanie is a very talented writer and I enjoyed reading about her and book.

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    1. It is an adorable book, Yvonne. I'm posting my review on Monday.

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  2. My sister had a ragged blankie she used to drag around with her everywhere. None for me though.

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    1. One of my grandsons loved his blankie too, Pat. I didn't have one, or else it's been so long ago I don't remember. :)

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  3. That is a lovely cover! I can sympathize with Brady. I had a blankie too and I loved that thing!! Wishing Stephanie much success!

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    1. I'm sure your blankie was a big comfort for you, Lexa. :)

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  4. Beverly, thank you so much for having me here today. It's a pleasure to visit. I know I was attached to my blankie and it was hard to give up, but giving it up was the first step to growing up, I think.

    Beverly, I have a question for your readers: What was one of your favorite childhood toys? I know mine were Star Wars Action Figures, and boy did they see some abuse! I wish I would have kept them in better shape, but I loved playing with them.

    Smiles to all
    Steph

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    1. My pleasure, Stephanie. It is a precious story that brought back memories of one of my grandsons who loved his blankie. The review will be posted Monday.
      When I was a kid, I loved dolls. (Still do.) My favorite was a majorette doll my parents gave me for Christmas. My dream was to be a majorette, and I was, in Jr. High and High School.

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    2. Beverly, again, I want to thank you and your readers for your patience with me, as it's been a very busy weekend. My aunt used to be majorette. She really enjoyed it.

      Smiles
      Steph

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  5. It is a lovely cover and I liked the story.

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    1. It is a sweet story, Romance Reader. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Thank you for stopping by Romance Reader.
      Smiles
      Steph

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  6. Love the cover and the story sounds great. Definitely a story many kids will relate to for sure! I didn't have a blanket, but one of my friends still has the same one from childhood. I do have items I am very attached to though. Best of luck to Stephanie. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. One of my grandsons loved his blankie, Jess. I still have some of my dolls. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Thank you, Jess. Even I have a couple of items from childhood. I used to play with a Mrs. Beasley doll when I was 3 but that didn't make it out of childhood.

      Steph

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  7. I always wonder how the whole illustration thing works with picture books. I have a chapter book coming out next year and I know it will have a few illustrations but I have zero to do with it. I guess it works the same for most picture books!

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    1. Stephanie, the publisher picked the illustrator. I've been very blessed because all the illustrators involved in my children's stories have really made the stories come alive. Bridget's illustrations in Brady's Lost Blanket are whismical and suit the story perfectly! Generally, the author and illustrator have minimal contact. I've had no contact with Bridget. I did have contact with Stephen who illustrated "The Giving Meadow" after it was published to get his autograph on the books I gave away for the blog tour.

      Steph

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    2. Congratulations on your forthcoming book, Stephanie. (Ah, two Stephanies.) What Stephanie said. The illustrations for my picture books were a pleasant surprise when I got to see them. :)

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