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Book Giveaways!!!

Good things come in pairs. Well, I’m not sure if that’s a real saying, but today it’s true. To celebrate the release of Love Can Come in Many Ways, two fabulous bloggers are featuring the book and giving away TWO copies on each blog!

I had a lovely time chatting with Lindsay Ward at Critter Lit. I spoke about writing in general, my journey (some interesting tidbits for other writers), and Love Can Come in Many Ways, plus some other books. Please visit her site (and leave a comment and retweet to enter the contest!).

Kath Carroll over at the Celebrate Picture Books blog, in honor of National Youth Confidence Day, has featured Love Can Come in Many Ways–because creating strong loving bonds with children leads to happy, confident youths (and I’ll add, adults!). Kathy is giving away two copies of LOVE so be sure to visit this wonderful site and enter to win (Follow Celebrate Picture Books, retweet and as a bonus, reply with your child’s favorite animal for an extra entry).

If you’re not interested in winning a free copy and would like to purchase the book (because you want multiple copies to give away to all your friends with little ones ;-)), you can order it HERE.

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Happy Birthday to Love!

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the day your book is released into the world. I’m thrilled that today my little book that’s packed with love, snuggles and cuddles can be in the actual hands of young children!

Happy birthday, Love Can Come in Many Ways! (I feel like breaking out in song…”Happy birthday to you…”). A huge hug to those who collaborated on this book–Suzy Ultman (illustrator), Ariel Richardson (editor) and the team at Chronicle Books! Mwahh!!!

To order, please click HERE.

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Book Giveaway: LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS by Terry Pierce

Hop on over to Kathy Temean’s blog today, Writing & Illustrating, for an interview and book giveaway!

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Terry Pierce has written a new board book, LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS, illustrated by Suzy Ultman and published by Chronicle Books. The book comes out on October 20th. Terry has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Terry and Suzy.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY! Love Can Come in Many Ways

I want to spread some love and get the word out about Love Can Come in Many Ways so I’m doing a book giveaway over on Twitter until midnight tonight (Saturday, October 17)!

My Twitter handle is @terrycpierce. All you have to do to enter is: 1) follow me, 2) retweet, and 3) tag a friend. (sorry, USA only). I’ll announce the winner on Sunday!

Hope to see you there!

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Book Giveaway: HOP TO IT by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

A perfect book to get kids (and grown ups!) moving. Written by an extraordinary stable of poets!

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Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have compiled a new anthology, HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING, illustrated by Franzi Paetzold and published by Pomelo Books.

They have agreed to share a copy of the book to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Sylvia and Janet!

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October 8 – Get Ready for Halloween with This Book Round-Up

Celebrate Picture Books has shared a terrific list of Halloween picture books and board books. Enjoy!

You’ll find plenty of shivers and chills, ghosts and giggles in these books and crafts that are just right for the season. 

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Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser

By Ged Adamson

There’s a wonderful free-range silliness to Ged Adamson’s books that brings a smile to your face as you read them. The great thing is that they are based on a kernel of truth, which anchors the story and gives it broader resonance. In the case of Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser it’s a fear of haircuts—a scenario I know well from my own son who for a time received his cuts from a very understanding woman who sat with him on the salon’s play rug while she cut his hair. Adamson’s knack with humorous and believable dialogue paired with laugh-inducing action makes the story a page-turner with the kind of suspense that keeps kids giggling from the first…

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From Idea to Bookshelf Part 6 (It’s Here!): Love Can Come in Many Ways

It’s Here!

In my last post, I spoke about waiting while your book has gone to print. It can feel like forever so when it arrives at your door and you FINALLY get to hold YOUR BOOK in your own hands, well, it’s nothing short of magical. Here’s a video of me seeing Love Can Come in Many Ways for the first time. Oh, and you never know when your books will arrive, so please excuse the down-dressed appearance. And I never realized how squeaky my voice gets when I’m excited!

I don’t know if you could tell, but there were tears in my eyes. It’s so incredibly special to hold my book for the first time. And I am profoundly grateful to my editor, Ariel Richardson, Chronicle Books, and our wonderful illustrator talent, Suzy Ultman.

Now, I cannot wait for little ones to hold in their own hands! It’s coming out October 20, but you can preorder HERE.

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The Today Show’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide–Guess what’s on it?

Today my editor let me know that Love Can Come in Many Ways has been listed on The Today Show’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Best Books for 1-Year Olds.

You might wonder, What’s the big deal, Terry? Well, if you look at the other nine books listed by amazing authors such as Sophie Blackall, Nikki Grimes, Sandra Boynton, Mac Barnett and others, well, I’m kind of excited! These are all writers I admire and have been smitten with for years.

Thank you, The Today Show!

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Book Giveaway: SING SOME MORE! by Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen (of POUT POUT FISH fame), has another terrific picture book coming out. And she’s doing a giveaway over at Writing & Illustrating.

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Deborah Diesen has written a new picture book, SING SOME MORE!, illustrated by Howard Gray. It’s published by Sleeping Bear Press and hit the bookstores on August 15. Sleeping Bear Press has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

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From Idea to Bookshelf Part 5 (Waiting): Love Can Come in Many Ways

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Last post, I shared the collaboration process for Love Can Come in Many Ways. I left off after the twenty-eight months of collaboration, followed by Chronicle sending Love off to the press (early this year). The original publication date for Love was August 2020, but like so many book releases this year, Chronicle postponed it until October 20 (plan ahead for holiday shopping!)

So, what does an author do while their book is being printed, which takes a few months (usually about six, in my experience)? I’ve always referred to this period of time as waiting for the slow boat from China (literally, sometimes!). Well, I always do two things—work on the next book, and think about how to promote the upcoming book.

The segue into the next book came fairly easily for me after Love. I had already started working on a “sequel” or “companion” book, hoping Chronicle would be interested (I won’t go into the details here because I don’t like talking about works in progress). To my delight, my editor was interested in discussing future books. We exchanged some ideas, so I sent her a couple of manuscripts that she shared with our amazing illustrator, Suzy Ultman. I felt that—while there was no commitment from Chronicle on any projects—we were moving in a positive direction. Our discussions centered around how to bring more love, kindness, compassion and goodwill into young readers’ lives through books. All great things, in my opinion.

And then Covid-19 hit.

Covid is deadly serious and not something to make light of, as we all know. But in addition to the health crisis, one of its fall-outs has been the uncertainty and disruption to businesses everywhere, including the publishing industry. I won’t pretend to understand all the financial impacts and intricacies, but it has definitely slowed down the cogs and gears of the publishing business. At least, until we have more certainty about the future.

So, my editor kindly and compassionately informed me that our potential projects would have to wait a bit. I can’t imagine how hard it is/was for editors to tell their authors and illustrators about book release delays, projects being put on hold, etc. But I certainly understood. I just said to myself…

Be patient, grasshopper.

Give it some time.

Just take it one step at a time…

And really, with everything happening in our world right now, this is not the worst thing. Sometimes, life makes us stop, take a breath, rethink things; appreciate the good around us and within us. And boy, do I have a lot for which I’m thankful!

Back to writing, while I’m continuing to work on some other manuscripts, I’m also focusing on Love’s book promotion (the other thing I do while waiting for a book to come out). And book promotion during a pandemic has had its challenges! No book launch or in-store signings. But I’m trying other things—I‘ve expanded my social media presence, including revamping my Twitter account (I even opened an Instagram account, which I’m still trying to figure out!). I’m blogging again (obviously!) and in October and November, you’ll find some fun posts, interviews, and giveaways. I’m doing a joint virtual book launch is December and some other virtual events to celebrate the release of Love Can Come in Many Ways (more details to come on those events).

Because, you know, we should all be spreading the love a little!

Stay tuned!