Well, it's official!
You can now buy Gizmo on Kindle for $9.99.
When you buy a copy and have finished reading it, please consider rating and reviewing Gizmo on Amazon. Your reviews are what will promote the book more than anything I can do. If you think your friends will like it, tell them about it! I hope you enjoy! The print book will be released soon for $20.
Here is the link to Gizmo on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B073Z5XB24/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500310038&sr=1-3&keywords=gizmo+bunny
As you know, I originally planned to have Gizmo published in time for Noel's second birthday, which is today, but since her death I have taken the much needed time to grieve and to begin to heal.
I'm not sure when Gizmo will be published, but in honor of Noel's birthday, I want to share a bit of the story with you. The selection I have chosen is from chapter five. Gizmo gives a brief review of his travels up to this point:
Much like Gizmo, I have experienced a plethora of emotions today, many of them coming on all at once. For the past few weeks I have prepared myself for today and decided to give myself the space to be sad but also to celebrate Noel's life and the infinite joy contained within her, but I was awoken this morning to the news that Noel's little sister Ellie was to be born. It was a curve ball in my plans to focus on Noel today, but I am overjoyed to have the chance to be a part of Ellie's life. Noel will never read Gizmo, but Ellie will.
So, here's a hearty Happy Birthday to two beautiful little girls who I love very much.
As some of you may have noticed, I kind of dropped off the radar for the last month. Let me explain why.
The morning that I published my last blog, Chatting with Cedric, I received earth-shattering news. My mom came to where I work, made me sit down, and told me that my goddaughter had just been killed in a terrible accident and that her mom, my cousin-in-law, was in the hospital. They were both hit by a car while crossing the street.
I can't really say that I have or ever will truly recover from that news, but I have worked really hard for the last month to be functional again. I still cry several times a week. When I hear a Winnie the Pooh song or see a Disney princess, all I can think of is not being able to share it with Noel.
A little over two years ago, when I heard the news that I was going to be her godmother, I kind of freaked out. I had no idea what I was about to get into. Noel was the first baby I ever held, and she took a firm hold on my heart.
Almost immediately upon hearing that I was to be Noel's godmother, I asked Dev's sister to crochet her a toy bunny. When I saw that tiny yellow ball of yarn, I called him Gizmo, and a story began to form in my mind. It took me about a 8 months to complete the manuscript and over a year to edit, edit, and edit again. I was preparing to present some form of the book to Noel on her 2nd birthday, this March.
Now, I am unsure of what I am going to do. I have a homeless bunny and a broken heart.
The Writing for Children podcast inspired me to do character interviews, and I am going to begin with Cedric. Interviewing a bear can be tricky though, so here goes!
Sara: Hi, Cedric. Tell me about yourself.
Cedric: Hi, there. What do you want to know?
Sara: What brought you to the forest?
Cedric: The circus dropped me off here after an accident.
Sara: How long have you been here? What happened?
Cedric: I've been here for almost ten years.
Sara: Do you want to tell me about the accident?
Cedric: Oh, not really. I can though. It's not that complicated. A burning building fell on top of me.
Sara: Okay, thank you. We don't have to talk about it.
Cedric: No problem.
Sara: What is your first memory of the forest? Were you afraid?
Cedric: It was very dark, but I wasn't afraid, just very lonely. Luckily, I can sleep anywhere. I just curled up under a tree and slept until morning. I woke up to Alize tapping on my forehead. She's been my best friend ever since.
Sara: A bird and a bear. Describe your friendship.
Cedric: Every morning since we met, Alize is the first face I see in the morning. She comes and sings outside my cave until I wake up. We sit and watch the sun rise through the trees together. Sometimes we talk. Sometimes we don't.
Sara: What is your favorite thing about Alize?
Cedric: This may sound cliche since she is a canary, but she is like a little drop of sunshine. She always brightens my day.
Sara: Do you have any hobbies?
Cedric: I collect things.
Sara: What kind of things?
Cedric: Just anything I find by the road. So far I have a couch, a broken TV, and an old car.
Sara: You don't think someone might come back for the car?
Cedric: Well, they left it there for a few days, so I guess not.
Sara: How long have you had it?
Cedric: About two months.
Sara: Finders keepers, I suppose.
Cedric: If anyone ever comes for it, I'll happily give it back.
Sara: Do you have anything to say about Gizmo? You were the first to welcome him to the forest.
Cedric: Well, to avoid giving away the plot of your book, I'll just say that Gizmo grew up a lot during his time in the forest. I am happy to have helped him along his way.
Sara: Do you think people are going to like Gizmo's story?
Cedric: Well, yes, mam. I think they will!
Sara: Thank you, Cedric. I'll see you around.
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