Memorial Day and Welcome June 2016!

Memorial Day 2016!

Wishing you all a meaningful Memorial Day, reflecting on all who paid their ultimate sacrifice and those who were willing to do what they could to fight for our freedoms, our nation, our communities, our people and our families!  To those families that lost fathers, sons, brothers…and now mothers, daughters, and sisters…may you all be comforted. We have been greatly blessed by those willing to fight for our freedom and protection and have not forgotten!  We here at CILLYart4U and in my family salute and thank you with all our hearts!



Yes, indeedy…school is out for summer vacation here in Arizona!  Our weather has warmed up nicely, but we have been pleasantly surprised that our days are still under the 100 degrees Fahrenheit…and we are not complaining!  It feels a little like late spring has been holding onto us and we are enjoying this! The full summer heat awaits us around the corner.

Thanks to the 4th-5th-6th grade multi-level classes at the Montessori Education Center in north Mesa, Arizona for inviting me to come to your school and share my adventure with you as an author-illustrator of children’s books!  I appreciate how attentively you listened and also the comments and questions you shared.  I am truly impressed with your own, individual book projects and felt honored to sign these for you too.  Keep writing and creating!

I sketched another book cover design of TWIN TAILS Book 2  last night and hope to produce this fun one successfully in my very first try. With the date looming closer to the publication goal of book 2, please wish me luck and success!  I can hardly wait to share this next fun TWIN TAILS adventure with you!

As always, happy reading & creating!


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CILLYart Author Visits to Classes…

It has been a quiet week or so following the awarding & shipping of prizes from the CILLYart4U APRIL 2016 CONTEST for Children, but I have been busy signing up to teach the STORYBOOK CHEF preschool class for the City of Tempe’s community recreation program. Stay tuned for more details and maybe you can sign up your local preschooler to participate in this fun story time with thematic food prep too! One of my favorite children’s books I’ll be sharing is…yep, you guessed it! TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach written & illustrated me!!! 

Lil’ by lil’ we are gearing up for the publication, release and book launch of TWIN TAILS Book 2 as well! Stay tuned for some fun book launch activities coming this way!

Tomorrow morning I get to meet up with some 4th-5th-6th grade students at Montessori Education Center…time to pack up my goods to share in my author visit! If you’d like me to come visit your class, children’s library or youth group, click on the purple “Book a class or school visit” button at…!events/c8hd


CILLYart4U APRIL CONTEST Winners announced!

Our CILLY art4U APRIL 2016 CONTEST for Children ended on April 30th…and let me tell you, it has been challenging to pick out the winners for the three age catagories of 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years of age! But we were finally able to select our winners not just for the drawing and coloring challenge they met, but also for expressing their thoughts about what was happening in our contest entry illustration of babies, Marina & Perla Perez! CONGRATS to all our first, second and third place winners… and a super thank you to all who shared their talents and ideas in entering our fun, little competition!  You are ALL WINNERS…and we will be sending a couple of my original coloring pictures to you to enjoy coloring to say…THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Watch your emails for my CILLYart illustrations for you to come through!

FIRST PLACE: Kate, Gabby, and McKenna

SECOND PLACE: Roselani, Hazel, and Lenda

THIRD PLACE: Max, Caitlyn, and Maleah


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FYI…it is a new month and so my CILLYart4U NEWS for May 2016 has just been sent out! If you are not yet a subscriber to this simply fun and brief email newsletter, sign up for this today!  This month is our Mother’s Day issue! Subscribers get different insights into what I’m doing and what’s going on…so check into this at:!location/c2ua

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We are busy brewing up another TWIN TAILS Contest for late summer or early fall in honor of our upcoming release of TWIN TAILS Book 2! Stay tuned here for more details!

Until my next post…HAPPY READING & CREATING!