Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ok, Ok. Maybe we Izzies ARE making a habit of this. . .

Once again Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) has asked us to post something she wrote for Her Other Blog about her Other Writing, and we caved.

She pointed out that she also talks about us Izzies in this post.  (Which is WHY we caved.) We did insist that she add a couple of OUR book covers to the post. (We told her it was the VERY LEAST she could do! Considering.)


The Izzies

(Deedy's post is below.)

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Take a gander at this lovely number! That's the number of times people have read one of my "author insights" (called "bubbles") since I started writing them on my author page in late July.  

I've been having great fun re-visiting books I've written, both recent and not-so-recent, and reminiscing about how I came up with ideas for these stories.

In the case of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, this means remembering bits from many years ago, as  I started writing that story in the early 80s!  I am amazed to find that when I read it now, I still recall why I put certain things into Riddle, and where many of my ideas originated. 

Sometimes, I make a Bubble that simply directs readers to other sites to see pictures of objects mentioned in the story (stake-and-rider fences, pudding caps, riddles, etc.), to watch a book trailer, or video blog, or to hear a song that is sung by a character in the book.

I have also been writing bits about two of my four Izzy Elf books, Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf, and Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf. (FYI: a fifth is in the works, Bizzy, the Know-It-All Elf.) Of course, these are fantasy story poems, so it's harder to refer readers to places where they can see the imagined items mentioned in these stories, such as Virtual Reins, Elfascopes etc. However, I do direct readers to sites where they can watch book trailers, video blogs etc. 

 I guess anyone who wants to see these interesting elfin devices will just have to buy the Santa's Izzy Elves books. (Now there's a thought!)

As you might suspect from the devices cited above, the Izzy Elves (and Santa himself) are quite 21st century in the way they approach their age old tasks.

Anyway, you are cordially invited to visit my Bublish page to join in the fun.  (

P.S. I can hardly wait to start writing "insights" about my new historical novel for young readers,  A Buss From Lafayette. I've got a manuscript all marked up ready to go, but I can't post anything until the book is 100% finalized. With any luck, that will happen in about a month. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As a Special Favor to Deedy (but we don't want to make a habit of this)

Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) has asked us to post something from her Other Blog that pertains to her Other Kind of Writing.

We took a vote and decided to allow this. We're hoping that if we do her this favor, she'll start paying us more attention.  After all, Bizzy, Quizzy, Fizzy, and Whizzy still need to have their stories told!

The Izzy Elves

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Big News! A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE is available for pre-order!

Woo hoo!

My new historical novel for young readers, A Buss from Lafayette,  can now be pre-ordered.

It will be released on April 22, 2016.

Here's the link from the publisher, BQB, where it can be purchased at a discount at this time.  Eventually there will also be pre-order/order links on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Books,  iBooks, and Kobo.  Buss will also be available from Ingram and Baker & Taylor.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Origin of the Izzies

We keep asking Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) where we came from.  We think she knows but she doesn't tell us much. However, we discovered this on her Other Blog. Hmmm.  We're not sure what it all means, but I guess we popped into her head some time ago.


The Izzies

Dorothea Jensen Video Blog #5: Elf Origin

Monday, October 12, 2015

Deja Vu All Over Again: We Love It!

So one so-called "improvement" Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) has made recently is re-doing the "End Matter" in our books.  (We think the term sounds a little yucky, but she tells us this is the standard industry name for it.)

Anyway, we thought we'd post some of the E. M. for you all to see.  Here it is! (Of course, we know all about what happens in these stories, and such short summaries leave out the drama, the cliff-hanging, and the romance. We Izzies love to read 'em, anyway!)

About the  Izzy  Elves  Series

Dorothea Jensen has written four story poems about
Santa’s Izzy Elves and plans to write four more.

1. Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf 

Two naughty boys sneak downstairs Christmas morning before their parents are up and find Tizzy, one of Santa's elves, packed inside one of their presents.Tizzy says Santa's sleigh is powered by the imaginations of children, and asks the boys to use their own imaginations to send him home. But how? (Mom’s Choice Award Winner, Juvenile Level 1 [Ages 5-8 Years], e-book category)

2.  Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf

Blizzy (Tizzy's "favorite lass") is the only elf who notices that Tizzy is missing. When she starts asking her friends where he could be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart". What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she alone just might figure out the mystery! (Mom’s Choice Award Winner, Juvenile Level 1 [Ages 5-8 Years], e-book category)

3. Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf

Dizzy (Tizzy’s best friend) eager to have an adventure of his own, sneaks aboard Santa’s sleigh. He literally drops into the bedroom of two little boys and the three of them share a wild joy ride that might be even more of an adventure than Dizzy was hoping for! (Story Monster Approved; Honorable Mention Purple Dragonfly Award – Picture Books 6 & Older)

4. Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf

Frizzy, the girl elf who styles the hair of Christmas dolls, misses them badly when Santa takes them away to deliver to children. She changes her job so she won’t miss the toys she works on. It doesn’t work out the way she planned! (Winner, Children/YA Category, Red City Review Book Awards; Winner, Santa Choice Award)

Watch for Bizzy, the Know-It-All Elf, coming in 2016!

A Bit Worried about What Deedy Has Done Now.

Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) says she has been Fixing Up our stories recently.  We tried to pin her down as to what EXACTLY she is doing, but she wouldn't tell us much.

Tizzy did peek at his story online, and thinks that there might be a few lines missing. Blizzy says there is a small hole in hers, too.

They asked Deedy about this, and she said not to worry because she has just made Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf  BETTER. Hmmm. We are reserving judgement. We Izzy Elves are very proud of these stories and really hope Deedy hasn't messed them up.

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about this situation. Except maybe whine a little.

Deedy really HATES that! (We consider whining our most Powerful Weapon.)

Love from the Izzy Elves.