I was honored to be interviewed by Debbie Taylor Lee, editor Director, of our local Its Your Home Magazine – December 2016 issue.
There once was a little dragon.
Danny was his name.
Danny wasn’t like the other dragons,
He didn’t make a flame.
Dragons in mythology always had flames, but Danny chooses not to scare people, and keeps a low profile. BUT, when the bad guys show up, Danny rises to the occasion and becomes a hero by saving the kingdom.
Danny the Dragon is about a hero.
I have added Questions and Answers to test comprehension of young readers, and bring out the moral lesson about heroes.
Every illustration by Ashley Otis is a work of art. I feel blessed to have found such a gifted young artist!
Our campaign to market Danny begins now. Gaby Harris has created a new website for Danny – www.dannythedragon.info for people to order my current books, Mouse in the Manger and Tommie Turtles Secret, to help fund the publication.
We are asking friends to spread the word by social networks and media,
When the book is ready, there will be special promotions.
Thank you for your responses to “Where Did the Blogger Go”. I am blessed to have caring family and friends.
People keep asking me, “When is the next book?”
We are excited that Ashley Otis, our artist extraordinaire who illustrated Mouse in the Manger, is hard at work on illustrations for Danny the Dragon. Ashley has completed four illustrations so far and they are gorgeous!
Danny the Dragon is a delightful rhyming story of a gentle dragon who has the courage to be his own person, and the courage to stand up to challenges when needed.
Hi Mr. Bob, Our church really enjoyed your book Mouse In The Manger. I appreciate you signing it for us also 🙂
I read the book to the children who attended our annual Christmas Eve service. All the children, about 45 in all, came up on stage by Christmas tree and Nativity scene. I hid a small stuffed mouse in the Nativity scene.
After reading the precious story, I asked if any of the kids could find the mouse I hid in the scene. They looked and smiled as many noticed where it was 🙂 We gave each child a small stuffed mouse to remember your story by.
Thanks again Mr. Bob. Your story blessed our children and their families, who all heard your story for the first time. God bless you.
San Antonio, Tx.
Mouse In the Manger was a Finalist!
The 2015 USA Best Book Awards brought in over 2,000 entries, our biggest year since starting this program in 2004. By placing in this year’s awards, you have beat out 75% of your fellow entrants.
Winner: Little Lamb Finds Christmas by Cathy Gilmore, illustrated by Kim Wilson, Ligouri Publishing 978-0764824890
Finalist: Mouse In The Manger by Robert Z. Hicks, illustrated by Ashley Otis, RZ Enterprises of Florida 978-0-9792031-1-4
Finalist: Angels, Angels, Everywhere by Michelle Beber, Balboa Press 978-1-4525-1894-7
Finalist: Catherine’s Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church by Charlotte Riggle, illustrated by R.J. Hughes, Phoenix Flair Press 978-0-9846124-3-7
Finalist: Googling God by Larry & Katelynn Haynes, Splashing Cow Books, LLC 978-0-9966761-1-3
Finalist: The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson, illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard, World Wisdom 978-1-937786-28-1
Finalist: The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock, illustrated by Lucent Ouano, Word Alive Press 978-1-4866-0508-8
Mouse In The Manger was prominently displayed at the Independent Book Publishers Association booth at the Frankfurt, Germany Book Fair!
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest global marketplace for books, media, rights, and licenses worldwide. The 2015 fair took place October 14-18, 2015.
You can see Mouse In The Manger on the front corner, second row up on the right.
Mouse In The Manger is a Finalist in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award competition in the children’s picture book category!
Winners will be announced at the banquet in Orlando, Saturday night, October 17th when we will find out if we come home with an award.
Lights! Action! Camera!
Watching a professional set up and work a video shoot for our book trailer for Tommie Turtle’s Secret was impressive and fun! Jordan Lung of JL Video Productions invited us to his home while he photographed his wife and son reading the book.
Multiple tripods with lights and cameras with wires going everywhere surrounded Mom and Micah, and then “lights, action, camera”, while Mom read to Micah!
Micah, not quite two years old, was rather active, but cooperated when bribed with raisins.
Betty and I sat on an adjacent sofa watching the action. Betty played an important part by holding and bottle-feeding the Lung’s baby girl.
We can hardly wait to see the finished product when Jordan completes the editing!