Category Archives: Orples overview

Excerpts from some of my books, both existing and upcoming. A glimpse into the world of orples as they unfold.

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” . Part 3

In this scene, Olivia has been transformed into an orple and is trying to escape the clutches of Mr. Zimp before he realizes she exists . . .

Run Olivia, run!

Links added … insight into How Orples Came To Be”

… part 1

… part 2

… part 4

… part 5

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” . . . part 2

Now that Olivia has been picked from her tree and taken into the house, Jack not knowing she is special has offered her to his father (Mr. Zimp) for dessert.  Luckily for Olivia, she was accidentally knocked off of the table and  has rolled through Mr. Zimp’s formula and is now under the chair and out of sight. Whew! And so the story continues . . .   The following illustration is from the prototype I worked up while putting my book together.  The font has changed since the book has been published, but the story has not changed. Image

Links added … insight into How Orples Came To Be

… part 1  posted on January 6, 2012

… part 3  posted on January 7, 2012

… part 4  posted on January 8, 2012

… part 5  posted on January 9, 2012

Insight into “How Orples Came To Be” … Part 1

Olivia (an intelligent little orange) is about to be picked from her tree.   Now, her life is really getting ready to change. What am I talking about? Why “orples”, of course.  Jack, an only child, and Olivia are about to become unlikely friends as events unfold in this new book.  “How Orples Came To Be” (63 color illustrated pages) begins the series of orples adventures.  My publishers list it as a children’s book, but I think it is appropriate for anyone 8 – 80. There are lots of subtle little lessons hidden between the lines that apply to us all dealing with friendship, loneliness, loyalty, and that nagging little battle we all sometimes experience when right and wrong are not easily separated.  The story description is a little different on Amazon’s site and by my publisher.  Both summaries are correct.  The alternate version focuses more on the story itself.

You can buy the book by through Amazon.com’s website, linked by the book’s title or click here.

Update as of March 21, 2012

Links added …  insight into How Orples Came To Be”

… part 2   posted on January 7, 2012

… part 3   posted on January 8, 2012

… part 4   posted on January 9, 2012

… part 5   posted on January 10, 2012

Available now!

Orple Series . Book 2 … “The Orples Make A Tree Home”  is now available on Amazon.Com.  in soft cover .  37 (color illustrated) pages.   Now that the orples are free from their tree, they have new needs.  This book tells the tale of how the orples transformed in the Treasure Tree, into a home.  Come along as they carry out their first goal.

More insight into this book on blog postThe Orples Make A Tree Home“.

 Orple Series . Book 3 … The Orples Learn To Read.  The third book in the Orples Trilogy encourages children to want to read and learn.  Olivia is a little book worm longing to explore the wonders of our world through the pages of a book.

Getting Noticed

Having just written my first children’s book “How Orples Came To Be“, I am beginning to discover that it has a lot of competition in the literary world. When I go to Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon.com, I need to search the title since I am still an ‘unknown author’. This being the case, how will someone search a title of a book they don’t know exists yet? Thus, since I had a few books left from my first author signing event, I decided I would give a copy to each of my brothers and sisters for Christmas.  Most books will need to be mailed since my family is pretty spread out these days.  Thus, I made a label with my main characters decorating the Treasure Tree (you’ll have to read the book to clarify why the Treasure Tree is what it is). Along with the illustration, I’ve added a little text and the title of my book in the hopes that curious eyes will fall upon the words and check out my new book.  I used the drawing with text to wrap the book in, then covered the wrapping and the label in clear contact paper (my favorite way to mail a package).  Of course, I am hoping you too have curious eyes and would like to delve into finding out, at the very least, what an ‘orple’ actually is. This book is geared for children 8+, but has lots of spot illustrations for smaller children to follow along should Mom and Dad want to read the book to them.  My little five year old grandson speaks ‘orple’, as is true of his brothers, aged 7 and 10.  It is an unusual story that I wrote 25 years ago.  For several years I set the manuscript aside, then during a move, found the manuscript and re-read it.  At that time, I felt the material was worthy of a book, so decided to add drawings to go along with the words. As time went by the manuscript and the drawings fell together into a very fast paced little book that should hold your attention nicely.  The subject and a sample of the e-book are both on the sites mentioned above. Or from my website

Olivia and Oscar's first Christmas

(just type in the book title).  You can also order books wholesale from my website (directly from the publisher) to resell at charity events and fundraisers. In the meantime, I ‘m thinking any form of exposure I can get is worthy of my time and attention.  Maybe one day, the ‘right’ eyes will see my book  and decide to mass produce my work.   Isn’t that what we all want?   Here’s hoping. For Now, please allow me to extend “Holiday Greetings” to each and every one of you.   May you all have a very happy 2012.