WHAZZUP, CILLYart? February is flying past fast!!!

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Oh, my…February is flying past way too fast! Can you believe that VALENTINE’S DAY is already over? Well, if you are like my family and extended family…the whole month is a time of VALENTINE’S celebration!  Hence, tomorrow night we have the kid’s kiddos over for some Valentine fun while their parents enjoy a date night…and the last Saturday night of this month will be a Family VALENTINE Dance for our church! Hoping you are all enjoying an extended amount of VALENTINE celebrating too! For us…the celebration of love of sweethearts, family and friends isn’t over yet! Here’s hoping you can enjoy it all month long too!

feb-2017-book-reviews-by-cillyartI finished reading these two delightful books before the beginning of 2017, but here I am finally getting around to sharing these brief book reviews for families with children, educators and any other passionate readers of children’s books! You can read each short review on our CILLYart4U website page:

http://cillyart4u.wixsite.com/cillyart4u/cillyart-recommends

Be sure to request these books out at your favorite bookstore and local library and enjoy a great, magical adventure today!

cillyart4u-news-2017-banner-feb-2017Hurry…as February goes, so does access to the brief news, updates and coloring fun available in our CILLYart4U NEWS – February 2017 issue! Only subscribers to our short & sweet monthly email newsletter get access to first sneak peeks and some of CILLYart’s original coloring pages! Before we know it, the below fun Valentine coloring pages will be gone with the month of February! If you haven’t signed up to receive your copy of the CILLYart4U NEWS – February 2017 in your inbox, sign up today under “My Updates” on the home page of our website today:

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UPDATE: TWIN TAILS books are still in the republication process…hoping to meet our goal to get TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach and TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren in paperback and ebook formats back out into the market by March 1st, 2017.  We will keep you posted here, on our social media sites, and in our monthly email newsletter, CILLYart4U NEWS!

Until next time..Happy reading, imagining & creating!

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WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Is it already the Holiday Season? You betcha!

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Oh, yeah…the HOLIDAY SEASON has arrived BIG TIME and life is busier than BUSY! I cannot believe how the remainder of November just flew by and so are the days of December! Tho’ I have not gotten around to posting on this blog in recent days…I did get CILLYart4U NEWS written, sent out and posted for the most part. Above is our CILLYart4U NEWS December 2016 logo…and this brief-n-fun email newsletter is full of some good stuff for a quick read and a bit o’ Christmas Holiday coloring fun…a fun mask craft activity and tasty YAM WEDGE WRAP that your family ought to try!

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I have never been a fan of sweet potatoes/yam dishes during the holidays, but this one’s a KEEPER…Yum, YUMMY!!!  If you are not yet a subscriber to our CILLYart4U NEWS, sign up with your email today under “MY UPDATES…Be The First To Know!” on the home page of this website (http://cillyart4u.wixsite.com/cillyart4u)!

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The time has arrived for our offical book launch of Book Two of the TWIN TAILS Series for children, families, English language learners and other passionate readers of children’s books! As the author-illustrator CILLYart…I will do a brief presentation & discussion of this newest book, TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren, we’ll create a thematic TWIN TAILS craft, and then end this book launch celebration with a drawing of some door prizes for our signed-in participants! This local TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren Book Launch event will be…

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2016

1:30 – 2:30 PM

…in the children’s room of the…

City of Mesa RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH Library

635 N. Power RD, Mesa, AZ 85205

More details of this event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1160761543999661/

We sure hope to see you there…but if you live too far away or can’t commit to join us at that specific time that day, here’s another option for YOU:

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A TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren ONLINE Book Launch for that very same day…a COME & GO Online Book Launch Event via the internet and your smartphone, tablet, home computer or laptop on…

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2016

10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 

TWIN TAILS Facebook ONLINE Book Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/1840337969515644/

As we go throughout the day, we will celebrate with SNEAK PEAKS into our newest book, TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren, drawings for GIVE-AWAYS, and sharing thoughts and ideas in our online book launch community for this event! This is our first attempt at a book launch event online…and we’d love to have your participation and support! There is no obligation to purchase anything (tho’ we will be having a TWIN TAILS Special Book Launch Sale online that day as well), but you as a participant or one of your children, participating with you through your FB ID, may be one of our GIVE-AWAY winners! We are looking for winners at both our book launch events that day.  We hope you will be able to join us and participate!

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Until next time, have a blessed, joyous Christmas, Holiday Season and 2017…and Happy Reading, Imagining and Creating!

CILLYart @ CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u

www.facebook.com/CILLYart4U

Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVlaW6sfhaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRj9BIbPVk

  

 

 

WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Getting Ready For and Wishing You All A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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If you were not able to make it to our DRAWING FOR KIDS 2  Class at the City of Mesa RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH Library this past Saturday…never fear, we’ve been asked to do a reprise of this class! It looks like this reprise class will be in FEB 2017 and we’ll call it DRAWING FOR KIDS 2.5 with a Valentine twist! Stay tuned to hear the details in soon…you know we’d love to have your young artists (ages 6 – 12 years) participate …and parents are always welcome too!

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We hope you have heard our good news…TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren received a 5-star rating from READERS’ FAVORITE this past week!  Yes, just like book one of the TWIN TAILS Series, book two will get to sport the 5-star medallion as well! WOO HOO! Thank you, book reviewers for READERS’ FAVORITE! You can read the full review by book reviewer, Jack Magnus at:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/twin-tails-song-of-the-siren-cillyart

or at:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/twin-tails-song-of-the-siren

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As we prep for our December 2016 issue of CILLYart4U NEWS and our book launch event in December, we are also busy prepping for the wonderful opportunity to gather with as many of our family & friends as possible on THANKSGIVING DAY. We wish you a most joyous and fun THANKSGIVING DAY with your loved ones on Thursday! May you be blessed with an insightful attitude of gratitude during this holiday season and all through the new year 2017!

Until next time, have a blessed, HAPPY THANKSGIVING…and happy reading and creating!

CILLYart @ CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u

www.facebook.com/CILLYart4U

Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVlaW6sfhaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRj9BIbPVk

 

 

 

WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Announcing our TWIN TAILS Book 2 Title…TWIN TAILS: Song of the Siren…& also the Winners of our TWIN TAILS 2 Children’s Contest!

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TWIN TAILS: Song of the Siren

TWIN TAILS Book 2 is out officially with the title, TWIN TAILS: Song of the Siren, and we are so excited to announce this to you. Buy this book at your favorite bookstore and/or request it at your local library today! The magical adventures of twin mermaids continue in a mysterious way…and I can hardly wait for you to join in the fun!  I would love to hear how you enjoy the mer-antics of Marina and Perla Perez in their modern world and how the secret of their origin comes out!

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 Our

TWIN TAILS: Song of the Siren

Winners!

 

Please note that our winners were selected by imaginative writing response to the question: What strange creature out there in the ocean is haunting the twin mermaids?

GRAND PRIZE (local AZ winners!):

Kimbelyn M. (Buckeye, AZ): I think the monster was big and scary with spikes. The family ran to a cave to keep safe from the sea monster so he would not eat them. The sea monster ran away from the family.

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Rhett F. (Mesa, AZ): Amalin is its name. It is a sea creature!

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 Jaxson J. (Mesa, AZ): A mermaid is the sea creature lurking in the window.

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FIRST PLACE:

Ashlyn S. (UT): The ear splitting shriek might be the monster that they saw in the lagoon. It might look like my picture with yellow eyes, sharp teeth, long fins, and might be like their guard or something.

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 Logan P. (UT): Its smooth tail whips out with its weird fin. It has a head of a horse, a body of a whale, and a tail of a sea serpent. That’s not all. It has wings of a giant eagle.

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Ashlyn Y. (UT): They looked out the window and saw a…sea monster! It was sent out to find the missing mermaids from the kingdom where they were sent from because there was a war.

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SECOND PLACE:

Ashley W. (UT): I think it is a sea serpent  they said it had a huge fin going down its back, and they said it had a really long tail like a snake would. In mythical stories, the sea serpent has a long fin and a long tail, so I think it is a sea serpent.

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Hayden (UT): I believe it is a strange eel. The eel had something happen to it. The twins are also part of a royal family. The eel is trying to bring them home.

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Chloe (UT): I think it’s a sea serpent. Maybe it knows something about the girls’ parents, and it can help them. My second idea is that the monster is the girls’ enemy, and is the new “villain.” (no sea creature illustration submitted)

THIRD PLACE:

Isaak L. (UT): I think it is a talking eel. It knew them whey they were little babies.

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Samantha (UT): I think it is a giant sea monster, another mermaid or a Kraken.  The mermaid would be their mom. Maybe the water is talking to them.

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Jada H. (UT): I think it is another mermaid calling the names they used to have when they were babies.  It could be their dad or their brother or a relative they had. They are mermaids.

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We truly enjoyed reading all the entries that were submitted! Even though we wish we had more to read because we did not want to stop reading such creative thought, it was really challenging to select winners among the many imaginative ideas and artistic illustrations that did come in! A super thank you to all that entered!  We are busy arranging for and prepping prizes to be shipped out in upcoming days and weeks. We will be contacting the parents, teachers and youth leaders that helped our selected grand prize, first, second and third place winners enter this book launch contest of TWIN TAILS: Song of the Siren! However, you are all winners, especially if you keep reading, imagining and creating!

Until next time…don’t forget to keep reading, imagining and creating!

CILLYart @ CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u

www.facebook.com/CILLYart4U

Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVlaW6sfhaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRj9BIbPVk

 

WHAZZUP, CILLYart? TWIN TAILS Book 2 is now published and released! Book Launch Events have begun!!!

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Above is the back cover of my newly published and released TWIN TAILS Book 2…its title is still a bit elusive since it gives clues to our book launch children’s contest going on right now until 11:59 PM on Saturday, October 15th, 2016! So encourage your children and students (ages 4 – 12 years old) to enter right away locally or online! We have winners to find and prizes to give away! Stay tuned for more book launch events and the official release of this book’s title! Check out the details on the contest page of our website at:

http://cillyart4u.wixsite.com/cillyart4u/cillyart4u-contests

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Another TWIN TAILS 2 Book Launch event will be this Saturday, October 15th, 2016 in the children’s library room of the MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY: Red Mountain Branch from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM! Come meet me and enter my children’s contest that ends at 11:59 PM that night! We will be notifying local grand prize winners (by OCT 29th, 2016) for our local MERMAID Party…and more winners for our prizes of books and other mer-things too! Check out this event’s details on our public facebook event page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/351043468564763/

 

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Here is another fun book review by READERS’ FAVORITE on my book one of the TWIN TAILS Series…TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach!

Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite:

“One night, while taking a stroll along the beach, Mateo and Marnie discover something extraordinary–a conch shell in which two infant girls are hidden. But for their skin colors which differ, the infants are identical in appearance. Marnie and Mateo take them home and begin the search for their parents. But when none are found, the girls, whom they name Marina and Perla, join their family. So begins Twin Tails of Mason Beach by CILLYart. The fun continues when Mateo and Marnie discover that when Marina and Perla are in salt water, their skin turns scaly, and their legs become tails. All through their growing years, the twins’ parents keep this a secret from them, but eventually, they share it with the girls who are delighted to discover their true nature. They secretly swim in the ocean, and eventually become heroes when a surfer is left stranded during a storm.

It is often the case that younger readers like stories that feature older protagonists. The difficulty can arise when the tales also include issues that are intended only for older readers. But CILLYart has managed, in Twin Tails of Mason Beach, Volume One, to bridge that gap. While most of the story is told after the twins become high school students, this is most certainly a tale for young children and it is one they are sure to enjoy. Complete with enchantment, dangers, a bit of old mermaid folk lore, and two teenage girls who become heroes, young readers will stay engaged and keep turning pages. Better yet, they’ll be able to follow the series!”

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach to read before you read the next book in this magically fun series, TWIN TAILS Book 2 (Title to be officially released by the author on MONDAY, October 17th, 2016), at your favorite bookstore or request it at your local library today!

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The above coloring picture depicts the first glimpse by twin mermaids, Perla & Marina Perez, of the mysterious sea creature that haunts them in TWIN TAILS Book 2 of the TWIN TAILS Series of chapter books/mid-grade novels for children & families. How appropriate that this book is being released in the month of Halloween! Full of magical mystery and a tad spooky, you will enjoy reading this book and solving the mystery along with the mermaids, their family and fellow readers! To get access to this coloring picture for your young mer-fans, don’t forget to subscribe to my brief-n-fun monthly email newsletter, CILLYart4U NEWS! Sign up with your email today on the home page of my website under “MY UPDATES…Be The First To Know!”  I look forward to giving you a glimpse of the other fun coloring page for this month next week…just perfect for Halloween too! Sign up by clicking below:

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Yes…I am busy prepping for my next STORYBOOK CHEF with CILLYart Class with preschoolers in the City of Tempe for MON morning, 10-17-16! I believe this small story time plus food experience (a witch’s brew…BOO!) class is full this Monday, but contact the City of Tempe’s community services at 480-350-5200 to learn of any availability in my fall STORYBOOK CHEF with CILLYart classes still to come with lots of fall and holiday fun!

Until next time, have a safe...HAPPY HALLOWEEN...and happy reading and creating!

CILLYart @ CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u

www.facebook.com/CILLYart4U

Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVlaW6sfhaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRj9BIbPVk

 

WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Our October 2016 CILLYart4U NEWS is now out…check your inboxes!

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Yes, our October 2016 issue of CILLYart4U NEWS just went out to email inboxes last night…so be sure to check yours for brief updates here at CILLYart4U (on Halloween, our current children’s contest, the latest on the publication of TWIN TAILS Book 2…) and a fun look at how a mermaid may want to enjoy Halloween! Check out our original coloring page for this MER-wish for Halloween fun!

If you have not received this brief-n-fun email newsletter for families, be sure to sign up for it today on the home page of our website! Just type in your email under “MY UPDATES…Be the first to know!” and click! Get an update on what’s happening at CILLYart4U and receive free, original coloring pages, many created by CILLYart herself! Subscribe today at:

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Hoping that you won’t forget to encourage your children and students (ages 4 to 12 years old) to enter our current children’s contest/literacy event in honor of the publication and release of our second book in the TWIN TAILS Series for, children and families! The title for this TWIN TAILS Book 2 still has yet to be released, but if you participate in the contest…you might be able to figure it out part of it! We need more entries to find our winners and to share some prizes! Check out our contest details on the contest page of our website…and join the fun by entering today! 

http://cillyart4u.wixsite.com/cillyart4u/cillyart4u-contests

Stay tuned for more news about the publication and release of TWIN TAILS Book 2, the children’s contest and more of WHAZZUP here at CILLYart4U! Until next time…

Happy HALLOWEEN...and Keep reading and creating!

CILLYart @ CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u

www.facebook.com/CILLYart4U

Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVlaW6sfhaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRj9BIbPVk

 

 

 

WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Back to School soon for young scholars and artists alike!

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…AUGUST  2016…

BACK 2 SCHOOL Already...August 2016

The “Uh, oh…summer’s coming to a close” issue of CILLYart4U NEWS just came out today! Check your email inbox to read and enjoy it! If you have not yet signed up to receive this brief, monthly CILLYart4U NEWS email update…don’t delay. Go to the home page of our website, www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u, and put in your email address under MY UPDATES and click on it! This will notify us that you’d like to share in the CILLYart4U’s news, updates, ideas, coloring pages and other “first one to know about it” items! In our August 2016 issue, check out our two newest coloring pages…which only our CILLYart4U NEWS subscribers have permission to print out to color with their kiddos…and hear the latest about TWIN TAILS Book 2 and other books I’m involved with too!

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Above you can see at least 2 of the prizes being prepped for the upcoming book launch events, contests and activities this autumn for the second book of the TWIN TAILS Series written by me, CILLYart@CILLYart4U! This is my second design of “I’m just a MERMAID in disguise!” and there is more creative mermaiding fun to come! If you have not yet read book one of this children’s/middle-grade novel series, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, where the magical mermaiding adventures of Marina and Perla begin, be sure to request it today at your favorite bookstore or local library today!  If you haven’t seen one of our TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach book trailers yet, check these out below:

Until next time…HAPPY READING & CREATING!!!

 

CILLYart@CILLYart4U

www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u