Hello there! To celebrate that I reached 300 fans in my Author page, I am posting here for everybody to read one of the stories that will be included in my second volume of Little Nani's Adventures. I hope everybody like it. Just take into account that I haven't edited it much yet. Please, leave feedback and feel free to share this blog post. Thanks! Much love to all of you!

                  LITTLE NANI AND THE PUPPIES

“Little Nani! Stop that noise!” Horse was very angry. He had been trying to focus on the book he was reading, but he couldn’t. The ploc-ploc-ploc noise coming from the living room was too distracting. “What are you doing?”

“PLOC... PLOC... PLOC...” Horse decided to go to the living room and check what Little Nani was doing, since she hadn’t answered his question.

Little Nani was sitting on the floor, with her back to the door, throwing a rubber ball against the wall, letting it bounce once, and catching it again in her hands.

"Little Nani!" exclaimed Horse.

CRASH! Little Nani was so startled by Horse’s exclamation that she threw her ball with too much strength. Unluckily, the ball bounced uncontrollably and broke a window.

“Look what you did!” said an angry Horse. 

“Look what YOU did!” said Little Nani, jumping to her feet and folding her arms with a scowl on her face. Oh, yes! Little Nani was really stubborn.

“Me? It was you and your ball who smashed the window,” said a very surprised Horse.

“But it was YOU who startled me! You scared me!” said Little Nani, pouting.

Horse thought that, in a way, Little Nani was right. However, he didn’t tell her that. She needed to know that there are certain rules to be respected while being inside the house.

“OK, I am sorry for frightening you. But you shouldn’t have been playing with your ball inside the house. You saw what happened. You broke a window,” Horse explained.

“I didn’t do it on purpose,” claimed Little Nani, sorrowfully. After all, Little Nani had a kind heart, and she regretted doing bad things.

“Of course you didn’t. It was an accident. But from now on you shouldn’t play with your ball inside the house,” said Horse, sternly.

“Can I go to play with my ball outside now?” said Little Nani, beating her eyelashes to Horse, who couldn’t help it but smile and give her permission to do so.

Before Horse could even blink, Little Nani was out of the house, leaving behind a trail of bright purple sparks escaping from her tiny pocket. Oh, yes! Little Nani always carries her magic wand around. Oh, sorry, you wonder why Little Nani carries a magic wand? She is a witch! Even though sometimes she causes havoc with it... Oh, well... As they say, nobody is perfect.

So Little Nani found her ball, which had rolled under a lavender bush, and ran towards the corn fields, where she could play with it without breaking anything. While she was approaching the corn fields, she saw that someone or something was already there. She could see some shadows moving among the corncobs. She ran faster, squinting at the shadows, trying to know what they were. But... Wait a minute... Those were...

“Puppies!” Little Nani let out a delighted squeal.

The puppies turned around to look at Little Nani, and they started running towards her, barking happily and wagging their tails as if there were no tomorrow. Little Nani was clapping gleefully and jumping up and down. All the puppies were brown and small; all but one. Little Nani noticed a bigger puppy who seemed to be the leader of the group. This puppy had an amazingly silky black fur and his snout looked like he was always smiling.

So all the puppies surrounded Little Nani, and all of them started greeting her by placing their paws on her legs, on her back, and trying to lick her hands. The puppies were very excited and Little Nani was giggling like crazy.

“Woof! Woof!” barked the puppies. 

“Sorry, what did you say?” Little Nani was a bit confused. 

“Woof! Woof! Woof!” yapped the puppies, licking her once and once again. 

“They want your ball. They love playing with balls,” said a surprisingly deep voice. Little Nani, surprised, looked around, looking for the source of the voice, but she didn’t see anybody. “I’m here. It was me,” said the deep voice. 

“Where?” asked Little Nani, spinning around. The puppies started to imitate her, running in circles while chasing their tails. A furry whirlwind of happiness.

“Here!” Little Nani felt someone was pulling her dress. She looked down and saw the smiley-looking black puppy sitting right there.

“Oh, hello there! I’m Little Nani. Who are you?”

“My name is Deuc. Nice to meet you,” said the black puppy, stretching his left paw to Little Nani, who took it and shook it gently.

“How lovely! How come I can talk to you but I can’t talk to the other puppies?” said Little Nani, looking at the brown puppies, who were chasing one another happily.

“They didn’t care that much about learning how to talk with humans. They are too fond of playing and being lazy,” explained Deuc.

“Oh, that’s too bad! Studying is very important and you can learn about a lot of different things,” said Little Nani.

“I agree, but having fun is important too,” said Deuc. Little Nani was sure that Deuc had given her a wink. Can dogs wink? Little Nani didn’t know that, but she thought that it was too cute.

“Then, let’s have fun!” exclaimed Little Nani. Lifting the ball above her head, Little Nani said, “Hey, puppies! Who want to play with me?”

The puppies, who were small brown spots scattered all over the corn fields, ran back to where Little Nani and Deuc were waiting for them. Their happy barks filled the air, making everybody feel cheerful.

Very soon they all started playing with Little Nani’s ball. They were having a lot of fun, but their joy wasn’t going to last long. The puppies were so excited and enthusiastic that one of them hit the ball with too much strength and the ball flew all the way to the nearby forest, where it landed on top of the highest tree.

The puppies woofed sadly. Little Nani sighed in disappointment. Deuc looked lost in thoughts.

“What a pity! We were having so much fun...” said a dispirited Little Nani. But suddenly her face lit up with the biggest smile ever. “I know! I can climb that tree and get the ball! I love climbing!”

When hearing this, Deuc woke up from his daydreaming state and said, “No! That would be very dangerous. You shouldn’t do it.” 

“OK, but then, what can we do?” asked Little Nani, looking at the poor puppies, who were yelping pitifully while rolling on the floor.

“Don’t despair, my little brothers, I will try to help you,” said Deuc with a booming voice. “I wish I were a superhero. I would be Wonder Puppy, the only puppy who can climb really high trees in the world.”

“Oh, do you want to be a superhero?” asked Little Nani, with the shadow of a naughty smile twitching in a corner of her mouth. 

“A superdog, to be more precise,” corrected Deuc.

“I can turn you into a climbing dog!” said Little Nani, while taking her magic wand out of her tiny pocket.

All the puppies started to jump up and down excitedly at the sight of the shiny star-shaped magic wand.

“You mean you are a witch?” asked a very surprised Deuc.

“Yeah! You could say that,” said Little Nani with a giggle. “If you can be very still for a second, I will cast a spell to turn you into the best dog climber in history!”

So Deuc and all the puppies stood very still, both expectant and curious. The puppies’ tiny tongues were hanging out of their mouths, making them look like they were grinning. Little Nani thought they looked too cute, but she discarded those distracting thoughts from her mind. She needed to concentrate and focus on the spell she was about to cast.

All the puppies, Deuc included, looked mesmerised how Little Nani raised her left hand and flicked her fingers while doing a fancy flourish with her magic wand in her right hand. The starry wand started to shine more and more brightly. Very soon, the light coming from the magic wand was blinding. Deuc and the rest of the lovely puppies closed their eyes while Little Nani started humming something that sounded suspiciously like “Incy Wincy Spider”.

“No wonder,” thought Deuc. “That spider could really climb.”

There was a sudden blast of light, Little Nani stopped humming, and everything was calm and normal again. Well, normal wasn’t quite the right word to use this time...

“Uh-oh,” said Little Nani, swinging her magic wand.

“What happened, Little Nani? Can I climb now? I feel a bit weird, as if my back itches a bit,” said Deuc, trying to have a look at his back.

Before he could do that, he found himself surrounded by all the puppies, who were barking loudly.

“Well, I think you can’t climb, but I am sure that you can reach very high places... The spell didn’t work. I’m sorry,” said a sad Little Nani. 

“What do you mean it didn’t work?” asked Deuc, trying to make the puppies go silent with a stern look. 

“I didn’t turn you into a good climber. Instead, I gave you wings,” said Little Nani, not daring to look at Deuc, waiting for his angry outburst.

“You gave me wings? You gave me wings... You gave me wings!” exclaimed Deuc. He was extremely pleased. He had always wanted to be a superhero, and now he had a very cool superpower.

Little Nani’s face brightened immediately after hearing how excited Deuc sounded. She hadn’t made a mess after all. She sighed in relief while looking at Deuc, who was opening his brand new wings, his silky black wings, and trying to fly a little.

When Deuc managed to have all his four legs in the air, the puppies and Little Nani cheered, squealed, screamed, clapped, bounced, and ran all over the corn fields, just to show how happy they were feeling at that moment.

“Look at me! I’m flying!” shouted Deuc, who roared over Little Nani. Deuc was beyond happy.

“Now you truly are Wonder Puppy, and you can help everybody with your superpower!” exclaimed a delighted Little Nani.

“Yeah! And the first thing I will do as Wonder Puppy will be to recover the ball that got stuck up the tree.” And so he did. He went flying to the top of the highest tree in the forest, flapping his wings rhythmically, while Little Nani and the puppies encouraged him to go higher and higher.

Once Deuc aka Wonder Puppy got the ball and flew down again, all of them were very happy and resumed playing for a little while. Then it started to get dark, so Little Nani had to say goodbye to her new cute friends. All the puppies gave her hugs in their puppy way: rubbing themselves against her legs and licking her hands.

That night, Little Nani slept very well, dreaming of flying puppies and cute superhero dogs. And she knew that Deuc would be her friend forever.

 
 
To celebrate this period of the year, some great writers and I have decided to put our books on sale. Yeah! You can buy amazing books (including mine, hehe) just for 99cents. Isn't it great? Hurry up! You have up to the 28th to grab these fantastic books. I just wanted to ask you a little favour. While you are on the Amazon pages, why don't you give a like and some tags to those books? It would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Urban Fantasy 
Bruce Blake - On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel #1) - US link: http://amzn.to/XnhRkN UK link: http://amzn.to/Qkf0BP 
Bruce Blake - All Who Wander Are Lost (An Icarus Fell Novel #2) - US link: http://amzn.to/SxWtWE UK link: http://amzn.to/11Tx9OH

Dark Fantasy/Sci-Fi 
Steven Montano - Blood Skies (Book 1) - US link: http://amzn.to/YKjqez UK link: http://amzn.to/VCrmfW

Epic Fantasy 
Autumn M. Birt - Born of Water - US link http://amzn.to/VsyVzF UK Link: http://amzn.to/VopRvW Smashwords: http://bit.ly/Xz9ZNk 
Bruce Blake - Blood of the King (Khirro's Journey Book 1) - US link: http://amzn.to/Rp5CPJ UK link: http://amzn.to/VPxg9T 
Scott Bury - The Bones of the Earth - US link: http://amzn.to/YRAHlO UK link: http://amzn.to/RjK2Qj

Paranormal Fantasy 
Gary Henry - American Goddesses - Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168834

Short Stories - Literary Fiction 
Beverly Akerman - The Meaning of Children - US link: http://amzn.to/SOs6KD UK link: http://amzn.to/MysteryU3mR99

Short Stories - Mystery/Adventure/Fantasy
Gary Henry - What Happened to Jory and Other Dark Departures - Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/107606

Children's 
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa - The Funny Adventures of Little Nani - US link: http://amzn.to/US3Itz UK link: http://amzn.to/STqyQW

Middle Grade 
Vickie Johnstone - Kiwi in Cat City - magical cat series (6 books) - US link: http://amzn.to/QNcIzL UK Link: http://amzn.to/127JJsY

Young Adult Contemporary 
Renee Pace - Off Leash - US link: http://amzn.com/B005S34JO2 UK link: http://amzn.to/125BYEM

Young Adult – Action Adventure 
K.D.Emerson – Digitus 233 – US link: http://amzn.to/Tg6CXm UK link: http://amzn.to/VemETB

Mystery
Adam Gaffen - Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Viscount's Butler - US link: http://amzn.to/UvVPrh UK link: http://amzn.to/12fTbuj 
Adam Gaffen - Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Date - US link: http://amzn.to/TNTtXi UK link: http://amzn.to/SYHOCR

Cozy Mystery 
Brad Fleming - Inky Black - The Case of the Missing Moggy - US link: http://amzn.to/TKJpgT UK Link: http://amzn.to/SC2xwl 
Brad Fleming - An Inky Black Story - A Hard Day at the Office - US link: http://amzn.to/WMXR6o UK Link: http://amzn.to/UhTdel

Science Fiction 
Adam Gaffen - A Deadly Quest (The Cassidy Chronicles) - US link: http://amzn.to/RjLHp4 UK link: http://amzn.to/UvW1qB 
Adam Gaffen - Run Like Hell (The Cassidy Chronicles) - US link: http://amzn.to/RjLQJ8 UK link: http://amzn.to/VIPgX4 
Adam Gaffen - Refuge - US link: http://amzn.to/SQ4A17 UK link: http://amzn.to/Vxqd3c 
Adam Gaffen - The Longest Night - US link: http://amzn.to/QRESti UK link: http://amzn.to/WVT3LT 
Adam Gaffen - Who Watches the Watchers? - US link :http://amzn.to/TNUjDB UK link: http://amzn.to/VxqN12

Romance 
Blaithin O'Reilly Murphy - The Meaning of Purple Tulips - US link: http://amzn.to/S4H6XN UK link: http://amzn.to/UzGu99

Regency Romance 
Kymber Lee - Lord Tristan's True Love - U.S link: http://amzn.to/VM9Zpg UK Link: http://amzn.to/TIrA2N

Romantic Comedy 
Vickie Johnstone - 3 Heads & a Tail - US link: http://amzn.to/Vop0LX UK link: http://amzn.to/SSQYAL

Erotic Dark Fantasy 
M. Peters - Undisclosed Desire - US link: http://amzn.to/SOMThc UK link: http://amzn.to/X6TtPF

Erotic Paranormal 
Renee Field - A Siren's Wish - US link: http://amzn.com/B006PU6CD8 UK link: http://amzn.to/YX4WrC

Thriller 
Joe McCoubrey - Death by Licence - US link: http://amzn.to/TG2gqP UK link: http://amzn.to/UhRyp6 
Brad Fleming - Role of Dishonour - US link: http://amzn.to/123Yey3 UK link: http://amzn.to/UhSfyX

Christian Inspiration 
DeEtte Beckstead - The Christmas Visitors - US Link: http://amzn.to/VABvK5 UK Link: http://amzn.to/YTsKeO 
Allison Bruning - Reflections: Poems and Essays - US Link: http://amzn.to/YHca2S UK Link: http://amzn.to/TNyaBZ

Poetry 
Vickie Johnstone - Life's Rhythms - 316 Haiku - US link: http://amzn.to/TLSw0F UK link: http://amzn.to/RHurtL

Non-Fiction: Adventure Travel 
Autumn M. Birt & Adam P. Paul - Danger Peligros - US Link: http://amzn.to/Xz9R0d UK Link: http://amzn.to/TZkK5i Smashwords: http://bit.ly/SSSLpn

Non-Fiction: Memoir 
Alycia Neighbours - Deciding to Dance - US link: http://amzn.to/12fRk8Y UK link: http://amzn.to/TLkEi9 
Alycia Neighbours - Wake Up In the Mourning - US link: http://amzn.to/Z2l1uW UK link: http://amzn.to/SQ2xdB

Non-Fiction: Self Help 
Jamesina Greene - Help! I Don't Like Myself - US link :http://amzn.to/1218mIw UK link:

 
 
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On Unfaithful Wings, by Bruce A. Blake - Icarus Fell was alive, then he was dead, now he’s stuck somewhere in between. Icarus Fell is a harvester, brought back to Earth by the archangel Michael to collect souls and help them on their way to Heaven. If he gets enough of them before the bad guys do—if he does a good job—he can have his life back. But people he knew in life are dying, killed by a murderer’s knife, their bodies defiled, and the cops think he’s the killer. How does a man who no longer exists stop a psycho? Icarus Fell know he has to stop him before the killer gets to his son.
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The Bones of the Earth, by Scott Bury — Eastern Europe, the Dark Age. The earth besets human civilization with earthquakes, floods, famines and new plagues that wipe out nearly half the population. Half of the mighty Roman Empire disappears. And the only man who can save humanity is one society rejected because he’s different.
“A marvelous read. I spent most of a day in The Bones of the Earth in spite of the things I had to do!”


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Velvet Rain, by David C. Cassidy — Kain Richards is the last of his kind--and a man on the run. So when this mysterious drifter falls for a beautiful and sensible Iowa farmwoman, he knows full well the perils of getting too close. And yet, for the first time in his miserable existence, life feels normal ... feels real. But as those around him soon realize, reality is not what it seems. For when a tragic accident forces Kain's hand, his astonishing secret--and godlike power--changes their lives, and the world, forever.
“It took my breath away right from the first line."


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The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, illustrated by Almudena 
Romero Sánchez — Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people, but when she does, the results are unexpected. Why? Because Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. She tries to cast spells to help her friends, but she didn’t finish the magic spell course. Little Nani’s extraordinary friends include funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies ... Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? 
“Children will love this book of short stories and they will fall in love with the beautiful image.”


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American Goddesses, by Gary Henry — When two small-town women find themselves with nearly unlimited powers of mind and body, their lives get complicated. Things turn nasty as a shadowy organization attempts to use Megan and Trish for their own evil ends, and destroy them, their town and the USA in the process. 
“A ton of girl power … Highly recommended!”


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Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, by Elise Stokes — Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.
After exploring her newfound abilities, Cassidy learns that the geneticist is missing and that foul play is suspected. Terrified that her physical changes and Professor Phillips' disappearance are somehow connected, Cassidy decides to keep her strange transformation a secret. That is, until she meets the professor's brilliant and mysterious fifteen-year-old son, Emery. An unlikely duo, they set out to find Emery's mother and are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything — including murder — to achieve his goals.
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Hello! Today I am coming back with news. Yesterday I got some wall calendars I had ordered with Little Nani illustrations. They look really amazing (even though the quality of the pic is not very good), and I want to share them with 8 lucky people. What do you need to do? Well, most of you already know that I started another website called GROOVY COOL WRITERS, which I run together with my writing friend D.e.e.L. His debut book, Blissfire, is an amazing read, and I have been told that my book is not too bad :P So, what you need to do in order to get your wall calendar is the following:

Option 1: Buy Little Nani (paperback) + Blissfire (paperback).
Option 2: Buy Little Nani (Kindle e-book) + Blissfire (paperback).

Once you have bought both books, using either of the two options, you need to email me to

             littlenaniadventures (at) gmail (dot) com

including your name and the receipts of purchase. I only have 8 wall calendars, so this will work on a first comes, first served basis. There is not due date, so there is no need to hurry up. We just want to share our writing with all of you, and as a reward I want you to enjoy the illustrations of my book on your wall, enjoying one illustration at a time as the months pass by.

You can find our books in the following links:

Little Nani (paperback): US and UK.
Little Nani (Kindle e-book): US and UK.
Blissfire (paperback): Lulu.com

Have a look at our books, consider buying them, and once you get them, make sure you email me the proof of your purchase, so I can contact you and send you the gorgeous wall calendar.

 
 
This morning I had a great surprise. Sean and Dan Campbell have already got the parcel with the books they won in the giveaway, and they wrote a blog post featuring my book. I am more grateful for that. Here you can read the blog post, and while you are there have a look around. Their posts are worth a read.

http://www.90daysnovel.com/2012/10/little-nani-book-merchandising-and-its.html

 
 
Hello, everyone!

A quick post just to announce that, after a nightmare of a weekend struggling with KDP, since their system wasn't allowing me to save my account information, so it didn't allow me to publish my ebook, I can gladly say that Little Nani is in the process of being uploaded to the Kindle Amazon Store!!

I am very happy! I really wanted to see my book turned into an ebook, because in that way I could make it more affordable for everybody, and I hope I will reach a wider audience. Little Nani wishes to hit as many homes as possible and make as many friends as possible. She loves travelling around!

So the ebook will be available at some point between today and tomorrow, and the final price will be $3.99. Taking into account that the paperback version is $20, I think it is fair enough and all the parties involved can be happy.

I also enrolled the book in the KDP Select program, so I will have free days that I will announce later, once I know when I can do that.

That's it! I just wanted everybody to share my happiness and to know that you can now get my Little Nani home just by clicking one button.

Thanks!

 
 
Hello, my lovelies! Do you want to read Little Nani? Do you want to get a copy of the book for free? I created a giveaway on Goodreads to spread the word about my first book. I thought that maybe all of you would also like to enter this giveaway. You have two days left to enter this giveaway. And it is open internationally. Here you have the giveaway. Just click and you are in!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani

by Cinta García de la Rosa

Giveaway ends September 25, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win
 
 
Well, it seems that my last blog post here, complaining about the IRS and their useless way of dealing with aliens made the Universe move and work towards helping me to reach my dream. Last Thursday I got a different phone number, so I decided to give it another go. I dialed the number and, to my surprise, someone answered the call! I couldn't believe it. I was talking to someone! The woman was a bit rude to me, but anyways, I was talking to someone from the IRS! Five minutes later, this woman told me I had got the wrong number, and she gave me a different number.

All my happiness disappeared. I thought that they were going to start again with their game of "let's make Cinta go all over the place, getting nowhere". However, I was feeling good vibes for whatever reason, so I dialed that new number. Second surprise of the day! A woman answered the call! This woman was really nice and she confirmed me that I had got the right number and the right person this time. Hooray!! I felt like crying. So this woman helped me to fill in the required form over the phone, and 15 minutes later I had my own EIN number written down on a piece of paper. I was happy beyond words. I said to the woman I couldn't believe my nightmare dealing with the IRS was going to end. She laughed and said, "Yeah, we can be a real pain." LOL

Anyways, I went to Createspace, wrote the EIN number in the right place and, voilà! My book was available in the store! And then I didn't feel like crying. Then I actually cried. My book was out there for everybody to find it. After months struggling, first with formatting, and then with the IRS, I was thrilled that my book was finally released. It caught me off guard, I guess.

So it is a reality now. My first book is published and for sale. Where can you find my book? You just have to follow the following links:



Little Nani is very happy because now she can spread her magic everywhere. Her biggest wish is to make people smile and laugh. Would you let her enter your lives? She may brighten your day :)


 
 
Lots of things have happened since my last update on the whereabouts of Little Nani. The first thing I want to say here is that I am self-publishing my book. And most of you would say, but you had signed with a publisher! Yes, but it happened that it was all a fraud. They just took my money and didn't have any intention of publishing my book. Doing more research about them once I knew this, I discovered that they have been sued lots of times for the same reason, but they dissolve the publishing companies and create new ones under different names.

So beware if someone from SBPRA Publishing tries to contact you, saying that they would be delighted to publish your book because they are sure that your book will be a great success, that they have studied the book markets and your book is the best option, blah, blah, blah... Words, words, empty words. I was naïve and I trusted them. Don't commit the same mistake. If you believe in your book, just go and self-publish it. If it is your destiny to get a publishing contract because someone reads your self-published book and thinks it is wonderful, then it is great. But don't sign with the first one who comes selling you all kind of wonderful dreams. Most of the times, their promises are empty.

But now I am in control. And I love it. I am doing with my book whatever thing that I feel like doing. I formatted it in the best way that I could, I included all the illustrations that I wanted, and I even included extra space so children can draw their own illustrations. I also designed my own book cover!

So everything is ready for publication. Indeed I have already got many copies of my book in my house. I will never forget the first time I held my book in my hands. If you are also a writer, dear Reader, will know what I am talking about.

If everything is ready for publication, why haven't I released it yet? Well, the answer is very easy. Because I am an alien. Yes, an alien. To release my book and make it available for sale, I need an ITIN number, given by the IRS services in the States. Why? Because I am an alien. That's how they call every single person who is not an American citizen. It is taking them forever to give me the number that I need, so they are delaying the release date enormously. I hate that. I was very willing to release my book, and I cannot do it since they don't allow me to do it without the stupid ITIN number.

But this morning I had an idea!

I will turn my book into an e-book! In that way, I can release it before the release date of the paperback version and start promoting it massively so, hopefully, once the paperback version is out, more people would be interested in getting a copy for their kids. So I am going to start the process and, once I find someone to format the e-book to meet the KDP guidelines, it will be released. So stay in tune to know how this idea goes.

But now I want to talk about happier things. For the release of the books, I was thinking of throwing a virtual party, with contests, giveaways, and surprises for everybody. In order to do that, I created some items related to Little Nani. I don't like to call them "merchandising"; I prefer calling them "memorabilia". Isn't it a nice word? Apart from the postcards and mini-cards that I already showed everybody, I have designed....

                     LITTLE NANI DOLLS!!

And I have also designed (after lots of trials and a bit of desperation because I didn't find the words to explain what I really wanted)....

                    LITTLE NANI BOOK THONGS!!!

Sorry, the pic is not very good. The colours of the book thongs are purple, green, pink, and then I asked for pearls too. The charms are a magic wand and a little turtle. A little turtle? Yeah, it is Thunder! I really love these little things I got for my readers, and I am quite looking forward to the day I can finally release my books, have a big virtual party with all of you, and see who will be lucky enough as to get prizes (yeah, more things apart from the ones I am showing here :D).

I also got a Little Nani doll for myself...

Isn't she cute? She will have a place of honour in my school :D Well, this was all for now. Stay in tune for more updates and don't forget to spread the world. Little Nani will be very happy.

 
 
I know I had already said that my illustrator had finished drawing the illustrations for my Little Nani book. Yes, I know. So, don't worry, I won't repeat myself. 

My illustrator is Almudena Romero, and she is a great artist. I am very happy that, by means of a series of serendipitous circumstances, I happened to meet her. When I saw her art, I knew I wanted to see those drawings inside my book. Really, if you are looking for an illustrator, don't hesitate in contacting me; I will happily tell you how you can contact her.

She finished the illustrations and sent them to me via email. I was very happy. Finally I had all the illustrations together. But yesterday, the door bell rang and it was the postman. He gave me a big envelope. When I opened it, I found the original drawings of the illustrations for my book, plus the colour sketch of Little Nani that Almudena kindly gifted me as a reminder of our first collaboration.

In the above picture you can see some of the illustrations (not all, because I want them to be a surprise for all of you who may buy my book). I love the pictures, and I am sure that everybody will love them as they discover them little by little along the book.

So now everything is ready. I just need to send the illustrations to the publishers, so they can start the process of putting the book together. I am very happy and I wanted to share my happiness with all of you.