I’m pleased to introduce one of the co-stars of my latest book project for young children titled, Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon. Flora Belle is a carousel horse who loves what she does but sometimes gets bored and decides to go on an adventure. I wanted a water color look and feel for this story and selected Jack Wiens as the illustrator. I love his creations and he has been very easy to work with. I plan to release Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon in March 2017 to honor the birth of our first granddaughter who is schedule to be born at about that time.
I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
That’s an excellent illustration Russ 👍😃
Thank you, Chris. I agree. Jack’s illustrations are delightful. I’m lucky to have found him. Jack is one of several illustrators Susan Pace-Koch recommended to me. Susan is the curator for the Storybooks by the Bay art exhibit.
Congratulations on baby and book Russ!!
Thank you, Colleen!
Thank you, Joanne.
Adorable illustration. Congratulations on both the new baby girl and new book. 😛
Thank you, Tess.
You are welcome, Russ. 🙂
oh, i love this book idea and the character. he did exactly what you wanted with the illustration i think, it looks perfect for this. congrats on the upcoming births of your new grandbaby and book. )
Thank you, Beth. I agree that the illustrator Jack Wiens nailed it.
I’m grateful that it’s so much easier to create a book than it is to give birth to a child. If that were not so, I doubt if I’d have written any, and certainly not more than one. Women have my admiration for many things, not least of which is what many go through to bring children into this world.
This will be the best Birth Day present ever! It is really quite lovely.
Thank you for your kind comment, Clare.