Moo Family – Book 3 – Happy Birthday, Moo!

This book was written for my daughter’s third birthday. When we received the print proof (she’s collecting all of the proofs), we had to hide it before she recognized the proof box it shipped in. She received it at her birthday party, and immediately started showing everyone her new Moo book.

Deia’s showing the camera and everyone watching her new Moo book in the photo above. She tried to show it to everyone on the playground, along with her new plushies. What a silly girl πŸ™‚

In this Moo Family book, you’ll meet Moo’s friends, and watch her open presents.

Sorry about the quality of the cover preview on all of the websites – for some reason, the image doesn’t render very well with smaller pictures. I’ve tried different formats to see if it helps, but it still looks the same. The print version is a beautiful, bright red!

eBook Version:
Amazon Kindle
Google Play Books
Barnes & Noble
iBooks (coming soon)
Kobo Books
Smashwords

Print Version:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Createspace

Moo School Series – Book 1 – 1-2-3 Moo Learns Numbers!

Moo is back in an all new Moo School series. She’s ready to learn all sorts of new stuff before she starts Preschool and Kindergarten!

In this first book in the series, Moo learns to count from 1 to 10 with all of her favorite things. Read along as she counts her duckies, bows, and even shoes! She counts many other things, too, so pick up a copy today to find out more!

Use the links below to find a copy at your favorite online retailer!

eBook Version:
Amazon Kindle
Google Play Books
Barnes & Noble
iBooks
Kobo Books
Smashwords

Print Version:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Createspace

2014 Year In Review

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all find what you want and need in 2015. Let’s make this year as awesome as it can be!

2014 was a pretty great year. I try to take each day as it comes, never expecting anything in particular, and never putting one day too high above another. The only exceptions are when it’s my turn to take care of my son – those are extra special days πŸ™‚

There were a lot of things that happened in 2014 that weren’t particularly happy. In fact, I cried quite a bit over them. My family’s had some hard times this year and it’s affected everyone in the family. While I never much care for any tests life might throw our way, I understand they’re key to showing you exactly how well knit your family is. I’m so grateful and thankful to be part of this family, and I know I would suffer greatly without every single member.

Amid the upsets of 2014, there were so many great things that happened, I just can’t write the year off. Since I always try very hard to have no bad days, that means I deliberately look for all of the good things that happened in a day. Finding passion for even the simplest pleasures can help re-balance you from bad things. Libras are all about balance, so that process seems to work pretty well most of the time!

If I had the chance to do something over, I’d probably make the same mistakes. As long as you take what you’ve learned and apply it to the future, you should be able to break out of any ruts!

Keeping in tune with the positives-are-OMG-awesome vibe, I’m going to go over all the great stuff from 2014.

The first most awesome thing about 2014 is I feel like I found my writing groove in the Moo Family and Moo School series. I’ve always loved drawing AND writing, but I don’t have the patience for a comic. Children’s books never really occurred to me until a friend and co-worker suggested it. I’ve done art for my nephew’s book, but that isn’t the same as writing and drawing your own book. I also don’t really like the art I put in that book, and have plans to re-do the art someday. Considering most of it was drawn while I was pregnant with my daughter, I don’t know if/when that will ever happen. It’s on my someday list!

I published six books in 2014, five of which were two different series featuring Moo and her parents, Mama Moo and Daddy Moo. The first book I published this year was ANOTHER suggestion from another good friend of mine, who encouraged me to do SOMETHING with my Personality Rune process. Is it a coincidence that the two girls who encouraged me so much have similar names? I don’t think so! Sara and Sarah, thank you both for your encouragement. My family’s always so nice to me, I have trouble believing them when they tell me I should do something πŸ˜› Hearing it from good friends helped solidify everything!

Since I publish all six of these books on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Createspace, and Google Play Books, you can find the books in almost all online retailers. They’re even published in the UK! I’ve been blown away by the number of Personality Rune books others have wanted, since I know Runes are a very personal thing. What works for one person might not work for someone else.

The Moo books were written from my heart, with the inspiration for almost every word coming from my own little Moo. My daughter fell in love with a floppy Moo plushie and has grown her Moo plush collection exponentially since then. It was just logical to make a kid’s book series for her, right? πŸ™‚

I started the Moo School series with the idea of teaching my daughter all of those important things children should know before they start Preschool. Shapes, Letters, Numbers, and Colors. I’m half-way done with the series, and hope to complete it this year. Moo needs to learn all of this stuff before school starts, after all!

The Moo Family series is really a compilation of the silly things my baby girl does. Not everything Moo and her friend Moo (TWO MOOS?!?) do are what my daughter has done, but you can bet she’s just as sly as Moo’s friend Moo. She’s always up to something, and trying to hide it from you!

Here are the books that were released in 2014:

Moo School

 

Moo Family

  

Non-Children’s Books

You can find these books in all of these places online, although some are search results, so you might find books written by someone else (sorry!).
Jean Hopkins on Amazon – Kindle and Print books
Jean Hopkins on Google Play – eBooks
Jean Hopkins on Barnes & Noble – eBooks and Print books. Not all books in the search results are written by me!
Jean Hopkins on Kobo Books – eBooks. Not all books in the search results are written by me!
Jean Hopkins on Createspace – Print books. Not all books in the search results are written by me!
Jean Hopkins on Smashwords – multiple eBook formats

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2015. Take care!

It’s Bedtime, Moo! – New Book, New Series!

After a recent round of doodling cows and krakens for my children, two good friends in my life suggested that I write a book for children. Believe it or not, there is an unfinished children’s book somewhere on my stove of books-to-finish! Gasp, an unfinished book? Say it isn’t so!

Given how long it took me to finish the illustrations for my nephew’s book, Daddy is Tired, I was surprised by how much more quickly this one was completed. It helped quite a bit that I had that surgery on my elbow back in 2012, of course! Ever since, I’ve been relatively pain-free. It still twinges occasionally. Sometimes before weather changes, but usually if I’ve been over-using it.

In any case, Moo and Friends is one of my favorite set of characters I’ve ever drawn. My Mom still loves the “Fruity Friends” I drew ages ago (Mango Man, Nataline Nectarine…I was such a goober when I was a kid!), but I haven’t really thought much about them in over a decade. I only remember them when Mom mentions them πŸ˜›

What I call “Original Moo” is a representation of my daughter, who loves cows. The Moo featured in “It’s Bedtime, Moo!” is actually my daughter’s favorite stuffed animal, who also happens to be named Moo. I know, it’s so confusing! Moo wasn’t her first word, but she’s been using it extensively for over half of her life. She’ll be three in September, to give you an idea of how much she loves the word. Her collection of plushie Moos has grown exponentially over the past two years, starting around her first birthday when she met the first Moo (who is the Moo featured in this book). She gave Moo the biggest hug of her life, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. We did have to buy her first…

I hope you enjoy this first book in a planned series of Moo books! The ideal age-range to enjoy this book is 5 and under, although you may enjoy it even if you’re 90!
You can find your own copy at these stores (print version coming soon!):

Digital/eBook Versions:
Google Play Books
Amazon Kindle
Kobo Books
Apple iBooks
Nook
Scribd
Smashwords

Print Versions:
Amazon
Createspace
Barnes & Noble

I Have A New Book – Personality Runes!

Personality Runes Cover

I have so many other books to finish, but this one kept calling to me. The ideas behind Personality Runes were ones I’ve used myself over the past several years. I never thought to share it beyond some hastily-scribbled random words, posted on a digital flashcard site.

As I delved deeper into each Rune to flesh out my thoughts more, I felt more in tune with the Runes on a whole. Strangely enough, the Runes I’d so carefully crafted (and wrote about in this book) were lost when we moved last year. I remember carefully packing them so I could get to them as soon as we unpacked, but I still haven’t been able to locate them. Along with the Runes were a beautiful set of Goddess Tarot cards, and a growing collection of semi-precious stones. I’m sure they’ll be found at some point in the future. Who knows, perhaps they’re meant to be handed down to one of my kiddos!

In any case, I relied heavily on my artistic/creative side to connect with each shape and symbol in the Runes. It’s something I enjoy quite thoroughly on many levels. I love to find out about all the different sorts of people there are in the world. To get into their minds, figure out what drives them, and possibly turn them into a character for one of my stories. Isn’t it interesting how everything always comes back to stories?

This book is available on Amazon as a regular book (gasp – not just an eBook?). It’s available through several different places as an eBook, too!

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, check out these resources:

Print copy
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Createspace

Ebook copy
Amazon
Smashwords
Google Play Books
Nook (Smashwords Edition)
iBooks (Smashwords Edition)
Kobo Books (Smashwords Edition)
Scribd (Read it for free with a Scribd subscription!)

Smashwords distributes to many other channels, too, so check your favorite eBook stores in the coming days!

Two shorts on Kindle

So, Kindle Direct Publishing finished approving/converting my two short stories sometime this morning. Very exciting (for me, anyway!) πŸ˜€ The lowest price I could set them to was 99 cents, but the program does let me offer five days where the price is FREE! Since you don’t have to use the days all at once, I’m just doing it one day at a time. The first FREE! day is tomorrow (3/29/2012); they should be free by Midnight (Pacific Time). Squeee!!!

The book covers aren’t exactly the greatest, but they’re better than the “no image” you see on a lot of kindle books. The “Ben Phelan” book was drawn with my tablet PC, which isn’t exactly designed for art. Long story short: my elbow has had a calcium deposit for a few years and it’s now reached a point where it prevents me from doing much that involves gripping for any length of time. I’ll be having surgery next week (wish me luck please, please please please!) and another 4-6 weeks after that, SUPPOSEDLY, my arm will be useful once again! MAJOR finger crossing, for sure. Please. πŸ˜€

The cover for “A Joyful Journey” is actually one of the first drawings I ever did with my first tablet, an Aiptek (serial, not usb — wow!! that was a while ago!). It was drawn in the free program it came with called Art Dabbler, which later was bought by Corel and merged/turned into what we all now know as Corel Painter. The painting was called Mountains. While the story doesn’t really have anything to do with mountains, it was a nice image that makes a decent cover and I’ll probably colorize it and use it for other short stories in the future. The “Ben Phelan” one will definitely need to be redone once my project for my brother-in-lawΒ Richard FloresΒ is finished. Well really, it’s for my nephew, but he’s the publisher πŸ˜‰

I hope you enjoy the stories. Even if you don’t, at least you’ll have a better idea of what you don’t like. The “Ben Phelan” one is a severe stray from my usual stories (none of which are completed, so only a few people have ever read them) and isn’t really meaningful in any way. I’m not entirely sure it’s a path I want to take since it doesn’t have unicorns or rainbows. Perhaps Jsean13Β would be interested in picking up the story. He tends to add a bit more blood to his stories though, so who knows where he’d take the series!

Have an awesome week and HAPPY WEDNESDAY! Half-way to the weekend!!