Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

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Licky The Lizard Is Friendly… and a giveaway

Excitement continues with the release of my first children’s book, Licky the Lizard. From announcements, guest blog posts, marketing and sales, to well wishes and requests for signed copies, this has been a full week of blessings.

I have been asked how my stories are created. Truly, anything can bring an idea for a story. As with Licky the Lizard, personal experience can turn fear into understanding. I’m not saying I would like a lizard for a pet. But, I do have a better outlook about lizards now, especially since the story evolved. Licky the Lizard really is friendly and enjoys sitting outside on the front windowsill. Wonder if he knows he is a celebrity? πŸ™‚

The new website is up and running. From time to time, I will update with the latest in my writing journey, maybe have a giveaway and even share some fun news or contests.

My writing continues with two fiction stories and a non-fiction idea inprogress. Also, more children’s stories are coming alive in my mind.

Each day offers new opportunities to show His love. I have said this before and will share again. Look around and see how you can show His love to others, even to lizards.

Keep pursuing your dreams. Thank God for His love and His blessings.

How about a giveaway? Leave a comment and a winner will be picked to receive a free signed copy of Licky the Lizard.

Blessings and giggles,

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 23:30h, 04 September Reply

    I’m absolutely thrilled for you, Melissa! I shared your Amazon link with a good friend who is working on her first children’s book. Just like myself, she loved the title! Congratulations! <3

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:32h, 04 September Reply

      Thank you so much Jill! I appreciate your help. Best wishes for your friend and her first children’s book. πŸ™‚

  • Bettie G
    Posted at 00:59h, 05 September Reply

    So fun! My younger son had a lizard for a pet for many years! The funniest thing about him was that he seemed to calm down whenever my son played classical music! I would love to get your book to have in my home for my Grandkids!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 01:02h, 05 September Reply

      I never knew lizards like classical music! That is hilarious!!! Thanks for sharing and giving me the giggles! πŸ™‚

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 01:39h, 05 September Reply

    So happy for you, Melissa! Doing the happy dance!

  • Robin at Haphazard Homemaker
    Posted at 06:46h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations! It’s kind of cool that after reading this post, an old post of yours is suggested, that is titled “Newbie”, posted September 7th, 2016. I don’t think you are a Newbie anymore. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:01h, 05 September Reply

      Haha! I don’t feel like a newbie anymore. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Shepherdess for the King
    Posted at 07:26h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations Melissa! I am so happy for you. What a blessing! May God continue to bless your writing ministry xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:35h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

  • Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    Posted at 08:53h, 05 September Reply

    So exciting! This books sounds so good! I love that you already have ideas and works in progress.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:01h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you Vickie! Have a blessed day!

  • Rachelle Craig
    Posted at 11:10h, 05 September Reply

    I am so happy for you Melissa! This book looks so cute, and I’m sure your message is wonderful. I know my granddaughters would love this book! Congratulations to you! πŸ€—

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:02h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you Rachelle! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • lelandandbecky
    Posted at 12:50h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations, Mimi!!! It looks like such an excellent and fun book for children! Our oldest daughter had an iguana since it was little, and adopted another from an abuse shelter. They were amazing creatures and so beautiful when their skin changed colors! She used to put a leash on them and walk them on the beach.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:36h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you! Amazing how iguanas can be put on a leash and walked. Wow!! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 15:32h, 05 September Reply

    Melissa, I can’t wait for the rest of your work to see publication. I’m so proud of you. Blessings, June

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:38h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you June! You are such a great encourager and I appreciate your wisdom. I am writing everyday. πŸ™‚

  • Lily Pierce
    Posted at 15:40h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations, Mimi! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Q
    Posted at 23:00h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulation, Melissa! This is GREAT news – how excited and satisfied you must be. Your story looks fun, and I love the cover! Did you design that, too? I hope your book does well. Keep up the good work!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:01h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you Lisa. I did not design the cover. An illustrator with the publisher designed the artwork and I am very pleased. πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 23:50h, 05 September Reply

    Congratulations on your book. I wish you every success and may God bless all those who read it.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:04h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you so much! I am very excited to share the message of the story.

  • Mary Quigley
    Posted at 02:57h, 06 September Reply

    Your story looks so fun! I’m so happy for you. Already shared it with several of my friends.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 11:22h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Mary!! I appreciate your support and encouragement.

  • nancyehead
    Posted at 10:48h, 06 September Reply

    A beautiful book! Congratulations!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:01h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Nancy! πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 13:10h, 06 September Reply

    This is so exciting, Melissa! I will order the book for my grandson. I wouldn’t want a lizard for a pet either, but glad Licky is friendly. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:06h, 06 September Reply

      I am becoming less afraid of lizards each day. πŸ™‚ Yes, Licky is friendly.

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 13:15h, 06 September Reply

    Just ordered book! Yay!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:06h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. πŸ™‚

  • Edna Davidsen
    Posted at 13:38h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations with the new book, Melissa!

    I’m very familiar with Lizards since they are very common in the Philippines πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:07h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Edna. πŸ™‚ I didn’t realize lizards are very common in the Philippines.

  • Milton Goh
    Posted at 15:15h, 06 September Reply

    Hi Melissa, I don’t like lizards and I kill them when they come into my house. I think I really need to read your new book so that God can give me a loving heart, even towards creatures like lizards. The illustration looks very nice and the premise is wonderful as well. Helps to encourage a loving and compassionate heart in a child.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:08h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Milton. So sorry you have to deal with lizards coming in to your house. Yikes!!

  • Annie Rim
    Posted at 15:42h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations!! I love the look of your new website and am thrilled Licky the Lizard is out in the world! Can’t wait to read it to my girls. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:08h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Annie! I hope your girls enjoy Licky the Lizard. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer King
    Posted at 18:14h, 06 September Reply

    It’s awesome that you have ideas for more children’s books coming too! Kid friendly faith based books are always welcome in my home!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:04h, 06 September Reply

      Wonderful! Thank you so much! Have a blessed day!

  • stephaniemgammon
    Posted at 19:22h, 06 September Reply

    Of course I’m hoping to be the lucky Licky winner:) But even if I’m not, I’m buying this book! My 4-year-old LOVES all things reptile and this is the perfect thing for us. And, it will be perfect for my nephew too for Christmas. Can’t wait to read it! Still so excited for you. Congrats! And good job on the website.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:05h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you so much!!! This is a perfect book for 4 year olds and all children. πŸ™‚

  • neilsonanita
    Posted at 07:37h, 07 September Reply

    Lovely post Mimi. Think I’ll get a copy for my great nephew. He’s in hospital and his parents are reading to him every day. And he’s only 3 weeks old! Prayers for him would be so appreciated Anita

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:00h, 07 September Reply

      What a wonderful idea to get a copy for your great nephew! πŸ™‚ Thank you. Yes, praying.

  • Heather Hart
    Posted at 18:55h, 07 September Reply

    Congratulations! These books sound so fun!! I bet my husband and daughters would love to read it together.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 18:56h, 07 September Reply

      Thank you Heather! I hope the message will encourage everyone. πŸ™‚

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 16:25h, 08 September Reply

    Congratulations! The publishing of a book is a time of thrilling excitement. It’s a huge accomplishment. A dream came to life, a thought took form. Your words have been sent out into the world. Well done! Enjoy this time!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:26h, 08 September Reply

      Thank you so much Melinda! πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 23:32h, 17 September Reply

    How wonderful!! ! I would love to read it to my third grade students and their kindergarten book buddies! Enjoy this wonderful time in your life! I am so excited for you!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:53h, 17 September Reply

      Thank you so much. This is a dream come true. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

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