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Catching My Breath

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

The summer of 2013 is almost over, but there was no vacation time at Frolicking Home!  We had lots of balls in the air and lots going on!  Let me catch you up while I catch my breath… First Frolicking Home has taken a major step:  we have expanded the company to not just write and create books, but to publish them too!  Our first Frolicking-Home-published-book will be out in late October 2013.  It is the first in the series of books about Little Lamb, Little Lamb Meets the Shepherd.  We just got the art back from our wonderful illustrator, Gary Sánchez, and now it is time to do the layout of the pages of text.   After that the book will be uploaded to the printer and then a couple of weeks later, Little Lamb books will be coming off the presses!  In doing our own publishing, we’ve been able to make a major breakthrough in price.  I love Little Star, but I have always felt that the original price of $19.99 was too much for a children’s book.  We dropped the price to $15.00 and took the hit in being able to recover the costs of publishing just to get it into the hands of children. We have looked into cost savings methods for printing and have found several that really do make a difference.   One change you will see in the Little Lamb series is that the books will not have a jacket.  Now I like the book jackets, but I don’t think they are worth the $2.00 additional cost in printing (that’s with no mark-up at all).  If you all feel otherwise, please let me know!  In addition, we have slightly modified the size on the order of 1/2 an inch in each direction, and that little modification has saved us lots in the cost of printing!  Who knew?!!  Let me know what you think of this new size.  Because of these, Little Lamb Meets the Shepherd will be offered at $6.99!   That’s a savings of $13.00 per book!  I’m hoping that the next printing of Little Star we will be able to get near that as well.  Secondly, we have entered into the world of electronic books!  Before Christmas this year, you will be able to purchase both The Little Star that Shines for Jesus and Little Lamb Meets the Shepherd in Kindle format on Amazon.com.  I’m not sure how well this will be received with children’s books, but it will provide us another avenue to market that is already established.  So, stay tuned! Our third big accomplishment for this summer is that we have designed and built our first exhibition booth for Frolicking Home.  I’m actually sitting at our booth right now — in the dining room! — as we check it out in anticipation of its first outing at Covenant America 2013 (www.CovenantAmerica.us).  Having this will allow us the opportunity to take our products on the road — to other events, book signing,...

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Press Release: Frolicking Home, LLC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

May 14, 2013 · 17:43 | PRESS RELEASE Press Release: Frolicking Home, LLC Christian Choice Book Awards Selects “The Little Star that Shines for Jesus” as 2013 Award Recipient for Children’s Books STEILACOOM, Washington, May 14, 2013 Cindy Peak, founder of Frolicking Home, LLC, was awarded the 2013 Christian Choice Book Award for her First Book, “The Little Star that Shines for Jesus.” It’s a charming retelling of the Christmas story from the Star of Bethlehem’s perspective; suitable for ages 3 through 12. “We of Frolicking Home are thrilled for the honor bestowed upon us by this prestigious award,” Cindy said. “It provides us with a greater opportunity to spread the good news of Little Star around the world!” Little Star was released in November of 2011 and is already in its second printing. In the Fall of 2013 “Little Star” will be released in Kindle format, just in time for the Christmas season. Cindy’s second book, “Little Lamb Meets the Shepherd” is being published in Kindle format and will be released this summer. This is the first in a series of stories for pre-school aged children based upon the 23rd Psalm. About Frolicking Home, LLC Frolicking Home’s mission is to provide Inspiration, Evangelism, Education, and Entertainment products that are Biblically based and reflect Judeo-Christian values and ethics. Contact information: Cindy Peak 703.864.7325 cindy@FrolickingHome.com www.FrolickingHome.com...

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Our Second Printing has ARRIVED!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

September 26, 2012 · 11:59 | Our Second Printing has ARRIVED!   The truck drove up and we unloaded our second printing of “The Little Star that Shines for Jesus”! Who would have thought that we would be reprinting only 10 months after our first release? And today, we created a FaceBook page for Frolicking Home, featuring Little Star. If you LIKE our page, we are giving away a FREE blinking star with every...

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Another Happy Note and More!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

March 14, 2012 · 10:12 | Another Happy Note and More! With permission, I am pleased to share another endorsement of Little Star! “What a beautiful telling of the birth of our Savior, and every child who hears it will understand how important he is to God and how God will prepare and use him for His purposes, regardless of his age or size.” –Diana Pino, Church Librarian, Church of the Epiphany, Herndon, VA I have to smile, because I love it that this church is named after the Epiphany, a favorite event of Little Star! Thank you Diana for the note. And thank you all for your continued support of Little Star and the ministry of Frolicking Home. Just to keep you up on some of the things going on… …We will be doing a reprint of Little Star in the Spring/Summer timeframe and are very excited about the fact that we are reaching the bottom of our pile of books from our first printing! …We are now speaking at schools! Many schools invite authors to speak to students and I have been asked to speak at several schools. In addition to reading Little Star to the students and talking about him, I also give presentations to classes on how to create an outline so that they learn the basics of writing too! If any of you know of a school that would be interested in having me speak to them and make presentations, please let me know! If outlining isn’t the topic they would like me to cover, I’m happy to do others as well and will tailor a presentation to meet their needs. I will travel anywhere. Fees are negotiable. Just contact me at Cindy@FrolickingHome.com. …When I do speak at schools, in addition to having copies of Little Star to offer students (at a reduced price if purchased at the event), we also have stars that light up! Two types: one is a blinking star (multiple settings of different colors that shine) on a lanyard, the other a choice of colored star (red, green, blue or white) on a wand with fiber optics. They have been a big hit and are not only fun, but serve as a continual reminder that each of us has a light to shine for Jesus! And that shining for Jesus can be FUN!!!! (That’s why we frolick here at Frolicking Home! It’s our little lamb happy dance!) …This Spring we will also be starting the work for our second book, which has already been written, but needs to be illustrated by our favorite artist, Gary Sanchez. And then the publishing fun begins! So stay tuned for more about that! …And last but certainly not least, we are in discussions with a company to make Little Star into an e-book! So we have been very busy getting the ground work laid for our future. Your continued prayers for this ministry are much appreciated. Hope to see you...

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Want a Book to Take to your Favorite Tree House?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

January 11, 2012 · 20:03 | Want a book to take to your favorite tree house? A couple of my favorite readers found the perfect companion to take to their brand new tree house for their first sleep out, and I have to agree. Who better could you take with you on an adventure to sleep outside than the most famous star in history, Little Star? Thanks guys! Shine for Jesus! Shine. Shine....

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Our Official Release Date is Fast Approaching!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

October 10, 2011 · 18:21 | Our Official Release Date is Fast Approaching! November 5, 2011 is the official release date for The Little Star that Shines for Jesus, but pre-release sales are going strong! We’ve had several Book Signings so far: one at New Hope Community Church in Lakewood, WA; an impromptu signing at my high school reunion in Newport, KY; and a signing at Newport First Church of the Nazarene in Newport, KY. Impromptu Book Signing at Newport High School Class of ’76 Reunion Little Star has been well received! And he is going around the world! He’s headed to Taiwan, Africa, and Bolivia thanks to some people who are carrying him with them to his new home. It’s exciting to think about how this book can be used by God! I’m so thrilled that people think this story worthy of sharing with others. But the story of Jesus is like that: once you know about Him, you’ve got to tell someone else. The thing that is happening that I never even imagined is that children are taking the book to their schools and reading them to their teachers and friends! I had dreamed that children and parents would share this story, and hopefully because Little Star is so cute, that anyone whose heart had been harded against God in the past might see Little Star and allow God to speak to him or her again. That has been my prayer. But to know that this story is being shared among friends, schools, outside of family units, well… it is a blessing beyond my wildest dreams! Little Star belongs to God. He created that star long ago, and the story is His too! I’m just thrilled to be along for the...

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