Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Book Signing in Springfield, MO

Date: December 11, 2010
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Place: Borders Bookstore

Springfield author Holly Ketchum will be signing books at Border's Bookstore (located in Primrose Market Place in Springfield, MO) on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Copies of both Adventures of D Mouse and D Mouse's Christmas Adventure will be available to purchase.

A portion of the proceeds from 2010 sales of her newest chapter book for children, "D Mouse's Christmas Adventure", will be donated to Epic Arts Cambodia in honor of her son. Epic Arts Cambodia works to promote the message "every person counts" through training persons with disabilities in education and the performing arts.

You can learn more about Epic Arts HERE.

CLICK HERE to visit the Borders Bookstore website.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Coloring Pages!

Here are some free coloring pages you can download and print from the new book, D Mouse's Christmas Adventure! Feel free to share them with your friends, but please include a link back to this website. :)

1. D celebrates with a tasty Christmas cookie - download JPG or PDF

2. D's Candy Cane Wish Comes True - download JPG or PDF

3. O Christmas Tree - download JPG or PDF

4. D Keeps Warm in the Cold - download JPG or PDF

A BIG Thanks to Charissa for sharing these illustrations. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Springfield Author's Fair

On Saturday, October 9, 2010 I will be participating in the Author's Fair at the Springfield Library Center (on South Campbell Street in Springfield, MO). The event will last from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be approximately 40 authors present, and you are invited to join us for the chance to peruse/purchase books, chat with the authors, or have books signed.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Book Available: D Mouse's Christmas Adventure!

We'll be sharing more in the days to come, but this is the first announcement that D Mouse's Christmas Adventure is now available for purchase.

Charissa provided more wonderful illustrations, which you can also see on her Facebook page, HERE.

You can purchase the book online at Amazon (HERE) or Create Space (HERE). The price is $10.

A portion of proceeds of the 2010 sells will go to support Epic Arts, an organization in Cambodia supporting people with disabilities to enjoy life and make a living through creative expression. (More info HERE)

But more on that later! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wacky Story #1: Betty Redbreast Meets D Mouse

Betty Redbreast Meets D Mouse
from www.hollyketchum.com


I was ________________ (verb ending in “-ing”) for ________________ (noun) in the park when I ____________ (past-tense verb) under a large _______________ (adjective) _____________ (noun).

As I was _______________ (verb ending in "-ing") along, a drop of ________________ (type of liquid) shook loose from the ____________ (noun) above my _____________ (body part).

It ______________ (past-tense verb) to the ground with a ______________ (adjective) splash. It only met ___________ (a number) obstacle(s) along the way – my _______________ (body part).

I had just gotten the ____________ (adjective) force of that ____________ (type of liquid) droplet right in my ____________ (adjective) eyes, so I was blinking _______________ (adverb).

I couldn’t see very well, but I could see something out of the corner of my eye. It was _______________ (adjective). It was ______________ (adjective). And it was ___________________ (verb ending in "-ing") on the ground.

I was now tremendously ______________ (adjective) and ______________ (adjective), so I wasted no time in ________________ (verb ending in "-ing") on that unsuspecting _____________ (an animal).

But it turned out to be the _______________ (noun) of a rather small field mouse.

- Available as a PDF download HERE.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wacky Story #1

Wacky Story #1, "Betty Redbreast Meets D Mouse," is now available for download. Look for the link under the "Fun Activities" page!

Fun Activities Page - CLICK HERE

Download Wacky Story #1 - PDF (CLICK HERE) or ONLINE in html (CLICK HERE)

Available at Borders

Adventures of D Mouse is now available for purchase at Borders bookstore in Springfield, MO. Borders is located in Primrose Marketplace shopping center off of Glenstone Avenue, just south of Battlefield Road. Look for the book in the "Local interest" section, or ask a customer service representative for help....

If you know anyone living in or visiting the Springfield, MO area that might be interested, please pass on the news! Thanks!

CLICK HERE to visit the store's website.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Signing

Holly will be selling and signing books at Farmer's Merchant in Owensville, Missouri on August 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 New Coloring Pages

Here are some free coloring pages you can download and print. Feel free to share them with your friends, but please include a link back to this website. :)

1. Betty Redbreast Meets D Mouse - download JPG or PDF
2. D Mouse - Download JPG or PDF
3. D Becomes a Star - Download JPG or PDF
A BIG Thanks to Charissa for sharing these illustrations. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kids Create

Children can now send me their own stories, artwork, poems, etc. about D Mouse and his friends and have a chance to get them posted on my website. Check out the Kids Create page on hollyketchum.com for more details.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fun with a Mouse Puppet

We went to the Springfield Nature Center this morning and discovered among their puppets one of a mouse. We had fun playing with it, pretending it was D.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Introducing D

This post was written by the author's husband to introduce readers of his blog to the book.

Holly's written a new children's book called Adventures of D Mouse. The (delightful!) illustrations are by our good friend, Charissa B. Coyle.
Join Betty Redbreast as she shares stories of her good friend, D Mouse. From finding an unusual home to flying a kite, from making trouble to making a movie, D is a mouse with an appetite for friendship, excitement, and cheese, of course.

D Mouse lives in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.
When I was living in the Bay Area, there was a man who lived near the Golden Gate Park with the longest dredlocks I have ever seen. He carried them around on a staff. I didn't know him, but he was a bit of an icon in the Haight. It was rumored that a mouse lived in his hair.

Holly was telling this story to John when he said, "I bet that mouse had lots of adventures!"

And so the book was born.

Holly's finished the first draft of some Christmas adventures. Time to put my editor cap back on. (See, everyone, my undergraduate degree in English is NOT useless!) ;)
For more information:

Visit Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com to learn more or purchase the book.

Holly has a Facebook page, too, HERE. You can join it to get updates, including future books she writes.

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