Jan Ellen Ferrigan

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Welcoming More Lotto (and Pooh) in the New Year

Fall was quite busy around here. I didn’t have much time for Lotto and book promo. And I’ve got to say I missed Lotto. I realized that many times, but especially on January 9th, when I had a chance to speak about the book in a local author showcase held at the Telegraph gallery and shop in Charlottesville. The event was organized by Bethany Carlson of The Artist’s Partner (Bethany is a former screen-writing classmate and instructor for an e-book DIY class that I took before publishing Lotto:).

Tonight, I was browsing for the blogs of the other authors at the event. When I searched for Braver Than You Believe by Sue Mangum with Claire Cameron, this YouTube video came up and I had to watch.

I guess I’m out of it because I didn’t know , or more likely had forgotten the “braver than you believe” quote from Christopher Robin. Might be time to go back and read some more Pooh bear.

It is heartwarming and appropriate that Sue Mangum and Claire Cameron used the quote for their book about putting life back together after losing a spouse. See more about their book and a photo from the author panel on the book website. All the authors on the panel had great books. See a list of them here. And remember, no matter what the situation, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 🙂



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Vote If You Love This Cover

The cover of Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure is nominated for a cover award on ewords4kids.com! My cover illustrator, Brian Allen from Flyland Designs , did a magnificent job. If you think so too, please click here to give his cover a vote!

Lotto's Super Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure

Voting ends July 8th.

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Children’s Book Week and Good Things

Erik from This Kid Reviews Books is giving away a copy of Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure on his blog for Children’s Book Week! Head over to his blog to enter the give-away and also to check out some of the amazing things Erik is up to – including a funny rap about sheep for the jingle contest for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Can’t Sleep Without Sheep. Vote for your favorite jingle on her site.

Kids, books and fun activities. All great reasons to celebrate!

See more about Children’s Book Week events and details at www.bookweekonline.com


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A Book That Supports Getting Kids Outdoors

Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure is all about outdoor discovery and adventure for the three kids in the book.  And this weekend, Lotto, his brother, Armond and his sister, Riley are helping get kids outLotto's Super-Awesome Book Coverdoors – so to speak.

From May 3 – 5 $1 from every print or Kindle copy of Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure purchased on Amazon will go to the Children and Nature Network, a wonderful non-profit organization that brings together ideas, research and grassroots efforts that help reconnect children with nature.

Buy a good summer read for a kid you know and help get kids outside!


Happy Friday everyone!



Spring, Renewal and Great New Things

With spring comes renewal and great new things.

Today, I am proud to announce that Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure has a fantastic new cover. Thanks to Brian Allen from Flyland Designs .  Brian has definitely made the book better and more appealing to the target audience by bringing Lotto, Armond and Riley to life.  If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that he pretty much nailed the characters and captured a good sense of the story with the illustration.

Lotto's Super-Awesome Book Cover

Also, Erik from This Kid Reviews Books liked my book!  I’m happy when an adult likes my book, but I’m absolutely thrilled when a kid likes it – and Erik is no ordinary kid. Erik reads A LOT and provides reviews for kids, parents, teachers, etc. looking for good books for kids.  Check out Erik’s blog, his April Fools joke, and Lotto’s review here.

Happy spring!


Back, Better and Free Today on Kindle

Lotto’s Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure is now available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon (again). If you downloaded the book in November during its brief pre-appearance – thank you, I’m grateful, but also a little embarrassed:)

My new mantra is “slow haste” versus “quick haste” which doesn’t seem to work well. I rewrote Lotto in third person. I like him better and hope you do too.

If you are interested, you can download Lotto’s story for free today (Sunday, January 6) on Kindle.

Lotto's Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure