My “Clyde and Friends Coloring Book has just been released on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Clyde-Friends-Coloring-Book-Towne/dp/1493648004/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1384793088&sr=8-7&keywords=Russ+Towne

With Love,

Russ

 

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The Duck Is Flying

http://www.amazon.com/Duck-Who-Flew-Upside-Down/dp/1492966053/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382131706&sr=1-2&keywords=russ+towne

My fourth book, The Duck Who Flew Upside Down, was released today. I invite you to check it out and please spread the word!

Thank you!

With Love,

Russ

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Rusty Bear Is Now On Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/Rusty-Bear-Thomas-Russ-Towne/dp/1492243388/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378337611&sr=1-3&keywords=russ+towne

My third children’s book, “Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too” was released today on Amazon.com.

If the above link doesn’t work, please go to Amazon.com and in the Search field type: “Russ Towne in books”.

Thank you!

Russ

 

 

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Finale: Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too

I’ve requested the physical proof of my latest children’s book, “Rusty Bear and Thomas Too” to be mailed to me. If it looks ok, this book is likely to be available at Amazon.com within a week.

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Now here is the finale of the story:

When Thomas’ hand began to lose its grip,

Rusty Bear helped him so he wouldn’t slip.

And when one of his big paws missed a limb,

Thomas was right there to help steady him.

Mama bird chirped when they came into view,

“I’m so very glad to see both of you!”

They fed the family, not stopping to rest.

Then they both worked fast to fix the nest.

Mama bird said, “I feel better again;

I can feed my family and keep them tucked in.

You two are brave heroes and saved the day.

I want to thank you in a special way.”

She gave each a loving peck on the cheek,

Then held two colorful things in her beak.

They were red and blue, and yellow and green,

The most beautiful feathers they’d ever seen!

After more “Thank-yous” it was time to go.

They were so tired the climb down was slow.

Thomas awoke next to a wooden bear.

He blinked with sad eyes at what he saw there.

Could it be that it had all been a dream,

Not the wonderful adventure it seemed?

But he held something red, blue, yellow, and green–

The most beautiful feathers he’d ever seen.

He smiled at the bear and began to think.

As he turned, he thought he saw Rusty wink.

Thomas no longer felt any sorrow.

“We’ll have another adventure tomorrow.”

The End.

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Clyde and Friends

If you aren’t following my site “Clyde and Friends” at http://clydeandfriends.com yet, I highly recommend that you consider doing so as soon as possible.

I just presented the very first rough draft of a children’s story at Clyde and Friends.

Also, I never intended to have two sites devoted to writing children’s stories. Having only one site makes more sense. How I got to this point is an accident.

Rusty Bear is my oldest site focused on children’s stories, but Clyde and Friends was created when I put the Rusty Bear book project on hold some time ago to speed up the publishing of the sequel to Clyde and I. Since my first two books didn’t involve Rusty Bear, I thought I should name my site “Clyde and Friends”. But since I couldn’t figure out how change the name of this Rusty Bear site, I created a whole new site.

I’ve kept the Rusty Bear site alive because the Rusty Bear book project was alive and still being developed, but shortly after the Rust Bear book is done, I plan to stop updating this Rusty Bear site, and keep Clyde and Friends as the primary site for children’s stories and book publishing efforts.

So, if you are following this Rusty Bear site and want to keep receiving posts about my children’s story and book writing, please begin following my “Clyde and Friends” blog as soon as possible. And please check out my latest post at that site about my newest children’s story that I’ve just begun to develop past the rough first draft stage tentatively titled, “Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull”.

Thank you!

With Love,

Russ

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Publishing Process Update & Something I Learned about Myself

The specific account for “Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too” has been set up and the ISBN has been assigned. I’ve approved the final layout and cover design and the  hi-res version needed for printing is being set up.

An ISBN has been created for the book.

We’re getting tantalizingly close to being able to send it to the printer so they can create the digital proof. Once that is approved, I’ll request a physical proof to be mailed to me. If I approve that, it will be available for sale on Amazon.com within days.

When the packages containing the physical proofs of my first two books arrived, I was quite surprised that rather than being excited and anxious to open them–like a young child at Christmas–I was reluctant to do so. I put the packages aside and worked on other things for awhile. It was a most unexpected reaction.

It took me some time to figure out why I was reacting that way, then it dawned on me. I love the process of writing and developing children’s books, and learning and managing the most effective and quickest ways to get them published. That’s where the fun, juice, learning, and growth are for me.

Once I held the physical proof in my hand, that signaled the end of the race, and the end of the fun relating to the creation of that book. Everything beyond that point for that book would feel anti-climatic.

I made sure to take a little time to savor the moment, but it took a conscious act to do so, and for me it was bittersweet.

I think that is also the reason why I like to have multiple projects under various stages of development all the time. Each project has points at which there is nothing to do but wait (for the illustrations, layouts, printer, mail delivery, etc.) Waiting would frustrate and bore me.

With multiple projects, I always have something fun to do and always feel as though progress is being made.

Still, it isn’t all about the process.

I look forward to reading my books to my grandchildren when they become old enough, and the thought of my books bringing smiles and laughter to other children and their families fills me with joy.

With Love,

Russ

 

 

 
form and get me the cover and interior and I’ll get it up on Createspace for digital proofing.

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Rusty Bear and Thomas Begin Their Climb

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The story continues:

Rusty Bear gathered twigs, twine, and string.

Thomas said, “I think we have everything.”

They filled his pockets with all of the stuff.

Rusty Bear said, “I think we have enough.”

But that towering tree looked very tall.

They became quite afraid that they might fall.

They had to be brave to get the job done.

So they faced their fears every single one.

They both sighed big sighs and began to climb

As fast as they could to get there in time.

The first part of the trip worked out ok,

With lots of thick branches along the way.

But limbs grew thinner the higher they went.

Branches they stepped on were dangerously bent.

Then a big wind blew harder and stronger.

They knew they couldn’t go on much longer.

When Thomas’ hand began to lose its grip,

Rusty Bear helped him so he wouldn’t slip.

And when one of his big paws missed a limb,

Thomas was right there to help steady him.

(To be continued.)

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