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Monday, September 14, 2020

Latin Flavors Blog Hop


Latin Flavors Blogfest

Today we're celebrating the release of my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure! As part of the festivities, we're doing a Latin Flavors blog hop. Participants will share their favorite Latin-inspired recipes.  



Prompt: What is your favorite Latin-flavor recipe?

Chicken Tortilla Soup!

You can get the printable recipe here.

What's your favorite Latin flavored recipe?




Page Count: 96 

Digital Price: 3.99 
Print Price: 7.95



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BLURB: An Ancient Mayan civilization!


That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.


But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.


Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?



About the Author: Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China; Don’t Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Author Links:

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If you'd like to be part of the fun, please visit these bloggers. And if you'd like to participate, feel free to sign up!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to those who signed up!

One more thing:  I'm on tour through Mason Canyon Book Tours until October 14th. The schedule is listed here.  Please stop by for chances to win a free autographed copy of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG and Latin Flavors Blog Hop Sign Up


I nearly forgot about the IWSG post. As I was outside jogging, the thought popped into my head that I needed to do the post. Must've had a few brain cells that needed to be knocked into place!

So, this month's question is, "If you could choose one author living or dead to be a Beta Partner, who would you choose and why?"

One author? I guess I would choose Rick Riordan. He's the author of the Kane Chronicles and the Olympians series. If you don't know middle-grade authors, you've probably never heard of him. I like this guy's writing style. He has well-developed, multi-faceted characters, lots of action, imagination, and he manages to teach kids about Egyptian and Greek mythology. Since I strive to do similar things in my Bubba and Squirt series, I think he'd be ideal as a Beta reader.

Now, if I could choose more, I'd chose Mitch Albom (author of Tuesdays with Morrie) because he's a great story-teller and creates characters that evoke emotional responses. And I would choose Frances Hardinge (author of a Face Like Glass) because this woman is a serious wordsmith! I've never read such vivid descriptive writing. She makes scenes come to life.

Do you know these authors? Who would you want as your Beta Partner?

If you saw my previous post, you know I'm doing a Latin Flavor blog hop to help get the word out about my upcoming release, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.  If you'd like to learn more or participate, visit my previous post. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Latin Flavor Blog Hop Sign-Up


When:  September 14-18
Where:  Your Blog

On September 15th, my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure, will be released. To help get the word out, I'm having a blog hop. It's called, "Latin Flavors."

In the book, Bubba and Squirt try a couple of Latin dishes. I thought it might be fun to share recipes of food from Mexico and Central America.

Here's what participants will do:

1. Share a favorite "Latin Flavor" recipe
2. Include information about my book in the post. I will provide all of that and send it to you a week before the blog hop.

If you'd like to participate, please sign up on the Linky List.

Thank you!

And to get you in a festive mood, here are some photos from my trip to Belize in 1998. They inspired several scenes in the story.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

IWSG and Battling Writer's Block and Depression: Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop

Well, I go away for a month and Blogger changes everything. So much fun to figure out layout things!

I hope you all have been well. This summer has been unreal. I for one, am ready to resume business as usual! 

Anyway, it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post. This month's question is, "Have you ever unexpectedly written in a genre you hadn't planned on?"

Hmmm. No, not really. Mostly because I'm a planner and not a pantser. I have written in genres I don't usually write in, but that was intentional. I can't say I've ever morphed into something I didn't intend. Honestly, I think I'd scare myself if I did! I do have a writer friend who began writing his story as a regular middle-grade book and has recently decided to switch to make it a graphic novel. Just because it's the trend these days and he thinks it would be fun to do so. What about you? Have you ever started writing in one genre and then found yourself switching to another mid-story?

Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop

I am also participating in Chrys Fey's blog hop about what to do about writer's burnout, depression, and writer's block. 

I'm kind of in that stage now. I've been writing for 15 years. It's a lot of work with very little monetary payback. I've also been writing about my characters, Bubba and Squirt for 12 years. I'm trying not to get sick of them because ideally, I'd like to get three more stories out which would be sort of a trilogy (five altogether, but the last three would not be stand-alones).  I'm in the middle of chapter 14 of the 4th book. If I can get through it, I'll have just one more to do. So, I'm like the little engine that could. I keep telling myself, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."

Normally, when I feel this way, I go out for a walk, work on another project, or play music. But I have so much work with all my other jobs, that I'm out of energy. That on top of COVID craziness and the stuff I've gone through in my personal life. I'm just plain tired. 

So maybe Chrys' book will help. I have my copy. Now I need time to read it. 

What about you? What do you do to help with these things?



Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:


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With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.





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Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


I'm giving away 3 copies of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure, which will be released September 15th. Enter below for a chance to win.

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I'd like to say a word of thanks for your helpful advice on whether or not I should go to Florida. I've decided not to go. My daughter can send me photos or Facetime me during her apartment selection process. I want to be able to go to my dad's wedding and not worry that I'm going to contaminate him.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

IWSG Post and Should I Go or Should I Stay?

It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post of the month. The question is, "What would you like to see changed in the publishing industry?"

That's a tough one. Ebooks seem to be here to stay. And Amazon seems to be the mega-giant from whom everybody purchases books. I wish the little bookstores with physical books would be able to compete with Amazon and be found in every town. But that probably won't happen.

I guess the other thing I would like to see is an end to "trends." For a while, it was all about vampires. And then it was about books featuring diversity. And then in the middle-grade world, it's been all about relationships and bullying. Which is all good and well. But why do publishers have to go with the trends? Why can't they have a variety? Maybe people want to read something other than what everybody else writes.

Is there anything you'd like to see different in the publishing world?

And here's the other part of the post:

I'm supposed to go to Florida in a few weeks to see the University of Tampa and find an apartment for my daughter, who will be going there in August. The coronavirus numbers there are increasing and are now over 10,000.  I'm concerned about getting it again. And I don't want to do that, especially since I have to go see my dad get married at the end of August. He's no spring chicken. I definitely don't want him to get it!

So, do I stay home and leave it to my ex to help her find the apartment and disappoint my daughter by not going, or do I go and risk getting the virus? What do you think?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Getting Out and About

I don't know about you, but I've gotten a little antsy hanging out in my little apartment all day, quarantined. I decided to get out and enjoy the great outdoors a bit.

Adventure number one:  Tubing down the Hooch.

The Hooch, aka Chattahoochee River, in Georgia.  Looks pretty, doesn't it?

This adventure involved hanging out with a bunch of teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to tube the Hooch. All was well until my tube got stuck on some rocks. Then I had to get out of the tube, into the river, to free myself. It wouldn't have been bad, except the part where I got stuck ended up being much deeper than anticipated. The freezing cold water came all the way up to my neck! So, not only did I have to get my tube over the rocks of a small waterfall, I had to climb over those rocks myself while freezing my little tush off! Mama was not pleased!  Getting out at the end of the trip was a good trick, too. The current was moving a bit fast, and the exit point was on the opposite bank. I actually had to get out again and swim against the current, dragging my tube. Probably not very safe, but I managed to do it. Needless to say, by the end of the two-hour tubing expedition, I was extremely cold and tired! But hey, it was better than sitting in my apartment! 

Adventure number two:  Beach trip to Lake Lanier

Another trip with a bunch of teenagers. Same bunch, by the way. This time, I decided to stay on dry land and observe. These kids thought it would be fun to swim all the way out past the "safe swim zone" to the "kayak zone" buoys. I shook my head and watched as they swam, praying I would not have to call a rescue squad to save them. They made it to the buoy and hung out there, clinging to it for about 20 minutes. They must've been freezing! Finally, they decided to swim back, and almost all of them ended up floating on their backs, probably because they were so exhausted! So much for being invincible! The good news is, they all made it back safely.  

So, that's what I did last week. What about you? Same old same old in quarantine?

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I will be doing an online book tour in September to celebrate the release of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure. If you'd like to sign up to be a part of it, go here. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up!  I'm looking forward to being a guest on your blog!