Lucy:  Katie…Katie…Katie, are you there?  Please pick up the phone!  We need to talk…

Katie:  Oh, hello, Lucy.  Yes, I’m here.  I know you’re probably angry because I never called you to go to Antler Ridge to get our signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin.  But we had a bit of a family tragedy…

Lucy:   Oh, Katie, what on earth happened?  Was one of the kids sick?  Did someone die?

Katie:  Yes…yes…there’s been a death in our family.

Lucy:   Oh, Katie, I’m so sorry.  Who died?

Katie:   Our sweet Ignatz – he passed away sometime after midnight on Friday.  We found him floating on top of the water on Saturday morning. We couldn’t revive him!

Lucy:  So he drowned?  In your pool?  Wait a minute – when did you get a pool?  And who is Ignatz?  I’ve never heard you mention that name before.

Katie:  Ignatz was our pet goldfish; he’s been part of our family for years!  All of us have been very upset.

Lucy:  Hmmm…I see. Well, I’m very sorry for your loss, Katie.  What you need is something positive to focus on, and I’ve got just the thing!

The 3 Storytelling Ladies are appearing at three different places next week!

Katie:   Really?  Three places?  Where?  When?

Lucy:    So on Monday – that’s Columbus Day – they’re going to be at Weaver’s Orchard just off Route 10.  They’ll be signing books and showing the youngsters how to make their own origami pumpkins!

Katie:   That sounds great!  And we could shop for our own pumpkins and get some apples and cider and oh, their apple cider donuts –yum!

Lucy:   That’s right!  But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ll be at the Market at Boyer’s Junction on Saturday (October 14th) morning.

Katie:  Oh, that would work, too!  We could grab some breakfast, get our signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin, and then head off to the Lehigh Valley Mall for some serious shopping.  I need a costume for Halloween!

Lucy:   Yes, I like that idea, too.  But just in case neither of those locations fit in your schedule, they’ll be at Folino Estate on Sunday (October 15th).

That’s an absolutely lovely winery and they’re having a big autumn festival!  We could sample some of their delicious wines and havelunch in their restaurant.

Katie:  Wow, Lucy!  You’ve really been keeping track of the 3 Storytelling Ladies and their newest book.  May I have a little time to think it over – all of those options sound wonderful.  Since we both need to get several copies of The Christmas Pumpkin couldn’t we try to go to all three?

Lucy:  Ah, you’re sounding better already, Katie.  That’s a positively splendiferous idea!   So I’ll pick you up around 9 on Monday morning.

Katie:  Yes, I will be ready!  Oh, and Lucy, it would be nice if you could come a little early to visit Ignatz’s grave and pay your respects…

Sue, Jen and I all hope to see all of you at one – or all – of these locations:

Weaver’s Orchard
40 Fruit Lane
Morgantown, PA 19543
Monday, October 9th:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. **Postponed due to weather**

The Market at Boyer’s Junction
122 Pricetown Road
Fleetwood, PA 19522
Saturday. October 14th:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Folino Estate
340 Old Route 22
Kutztown, PA 19530
Sunday, October 15th:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and see us and get your signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin!  Oh, and you don’t need to visit Ignatz’s grave before you set out on your journey!

Jen Sue and Mary Ann

 

In a recent cell phone conversation…

Katie:     Oh, Lucy, I am soooo sorry that we didn’t make it to Moravian Bookshop last Sunday and didn’t get to purchase our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin and get them signed by the Three Storytelling Ladies.

Lucy:      Katie, Katie, Katie…now stop apologizing.  How could you have known that your right rear tire would blow out along Route 22 and leave us stranded.  And actually I have to confess that when I walked around the back of your car, I thought that tire looked a little low, but I was just so excited about getting my hands on that new book that I didn’t want anything to slow us down.  But I just checked mahayeswrites – you know, their website – and guess what!  They’re going to be signing at two new places this weekend, so maybe we can catch them at one of those locations.

Katie:     Really?  Where?  And when?

Lucy:      Well, on Saturday morning from 10 to noon or so they’ll be at Max Crema’s on the Pricetown Road.  It’s that lovely little coffee shop that has all kinds of great coffee drinks – and tea for you – and sweet pastries to nosh on.  And friendly baristas, too!

Katie:     Hmmm…that sounds good.  It could be a great way to start the day and then we could head out to the mall for some shopping and lunch later.  But you said that they’re going to be at two places.  Where else are they signing — just in case Saturday morning doesn’t work with my family’s schedule?

Lucy:      So on Sunday – that’s October 1st already – they’ll be at the Antler Ridge Winery in Mertztown.  From what I hear, Jane at Antler Ridge has been super supportive of the Three Storytelling Ladies.   That’s probably why they have had a signing event for every one of their books at the winery.  They’ll be there from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  And we could even enjoy a glass of great wine while we wait in line to get our books signed!

Katie:     Wow, Lucy – this is a hard decision.  Both places sound great and they’re both practically in our back yards.  Great coffee or tea and pastries or delicious wine – can I have a little time to think about this?

Lucy:       Sure – when you decide just text me!

Katie:     Will do!  And I’ll drive!

Lucy:      That would be lovely.  Just please check the air pressure in all four of your tires before you pick me up!

We hope we’ll see all of you this weekend!

Saturday, September 30th:

Max Crema’s
Pricetown Road
10 a.m. to noon

Sunday. October 1st:

Antler Ridge Winery
Mertztown
1 to 4 p.m.

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann

In a recent cell phone conversation…

Katie:     Oh, Lucy, I am soooo sorry that we didn’t make it to Moravian Bookshop last Sunday and didn’t get to purchase our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin and get them signed by the Three Storytelling Ladies.

Lucy:      Katie, Katie, Katie…now stop apologizing.  How could you have known that your right rear tire would blow out along Route 22 and leave us stranded.  And actually I have to confess that when I walked around the back of your car, I thought that tire looked a little low, but I was just so excited about getting my hands on that new book that I didn’t want anything to slow us down.  But I just checked mahayeswrites – you know, their website – and guess what!  They’re going to be signing at two new places this weekend, so maybe we can catch them at one of those locations.

Katie:     Really?  Where?  And when?

Lucy:      Well, on Saturday morning from 10 to noon or so they’ll be at Max Crema’s on the Pricetown Road.  It’s that lovely little coffee shop that has all kinds of great coffee drinks – and tea for you – and sweet pastries to nosh on.  And friendly baristas, too!

Katie:     Hmmm…that sounds good.  It could be a great way to start the day and then we could head out to the mall for some shopping and lunch later.  But you said that they’re going to be at two places.  Where else are they signing — just in case Saturday morning doesn’t work with my family’s schedule?

Lucy:      So on Sunday – that’s October 1st already – they’ll be at the Antler Ridge Winery in Mertztown.  From what I hear, Jane at Antler Ridge has been super supportive of the Three Storytelling Ladies.   That’s probably why they have had a signing event for every one of their books at the winery.  They’ll be there from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  And we could even enjoy a glass of great wine while we wait in line to get our books signed!

Katie:     Wow, Lucy – this is a hard decision.  Both places sound great and they’re both practically in our back yards.  Great coffee or tea and pastries or delicious wine – can I have a little time to think about this?

Lucy:       Sure – when you decide just text me!

Katie:     Will do!  And I’ll drive!

Lucy:      That would be lovely.  Just please check the air pressure in all four of your tires before you pick me up!

We hope we’ll see all of you this weekend!

Saturday, September 30th:

Max Crema’s
Pricetown Road
10 a.m. to noon

Sunday. October 1st:

Antler Ridge Winery
Mertztown
1 to 4 p.m.

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann

 

 

In a conversation overheard at a local nail salon:

Lucy:          So, Katie, how about going to the cafe around the corner for some lunch when we’re finished here?

Katie:         Oh, sorry, but I really can’t today.  I’m heading right off to Bethlehem as soon as my nails are dry!

Lucy:          To Bethlehem?  Where are you going in Bethlehem?

Katie:         Why to the Moravian Bookshop of course!

Lucy:         The Moravian Bookshop?  You’re driving all the way to Bethlehem to get a book?  Why don’t you just  go to B & N right down the road?

Katie:         Well, for one thing they don’t have the book I want, and for another the author and her illustrator and the lady who does all the graphics are all going to be there to sign the book from 1 to 3 this afternoon.

Lucy:         Oh…so who is this hotshot author whose signature you want so badly?  Sue Grafton?  Danielle Steele?  Patricia Cornwell?

Katie:        No, no, no — it’s none of them!  It’s Mary Ann Hayes.  You know, the woman who wrote The Easter Chicken!  She’s a local author, and I’ve heard her new book, The Christmas Pumpkin, is just delightful.  I’m getting a book for each of my seven grandchildren!

Lucy:         So it’s a good story?

Katie:         Oh, it’s way more than a good story.  It’s a work of art!  That Suzanne Oswald — that’s the illustrator — has done an amazing job of bringing the story to life with her beautiful illustrations.  And Jennifer Fink — she does the graphics and technical work — she’s so skilled that her work is clearly good art as well!  Yeah, those 3 Storytelling Ladies — that’s what they call themselves — they know how to create great children’s books.  And they’re all going to be there today!

Lucy:         So…could I go with you to the Moravian Book Shop?  Maybe we could grab a little lunch after we get our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin — my treat!

Katie:        That’s a great idea!  My polish is dry, so I’ll drive.  I’ll take your handbag and we can be on our way!

Lucy:         Moravian Book Shop and The Christmas Pumpkin, here we come!

Why don’t all of you come out too?

The Moravian Bookshop

Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, September 24 , 2017

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We can’t wait to greet all of you!

Jen, Suzanne and Mary Ann

In a conversation overheard at a local nail salon:

Lucy:          So, Katie, how about going to the cafe around the corner for some lunch when we’re finished here?

Katie:         Oh, sorry, but I really can’t today.  I’m heading right off to Bethlehem as soon as my nails are dry!

Lucy:          To Bethlehem?  Where are you going in Bethlehem?

Katie:         Why to the Moravian Bookshop of course!

Lucy:         The Moravian Bookshop?  You’re driving all the way to Bethlehem to get a book?  Why don’t you just  go to B & N right down the road?

Katie:         Well, for one thing they don’t have the book I want, and for another the author and her illustrator and the lady who does all the graphics are all going to be there to sign the book from 1 to 3 this afternoon.

Lucy:         Oh…so who is this hotshot author whose signature you want so badly?  Sue Grafton?  Danielle Steele?  Patricia Cornwell?

Katie:        No, no, no — it’s none of them!  It’s Mary Ann Hayes.  You know, the woman who wrote The Easter Chicken!  She’s a local author, and I’ve heard her new book, The Christmas Pumpkin, is just delightful.  I’m getting a book for each of my seven grandchildren!

Lucy:         So it’s a good story?

Katie:         Oh, it’s way more than a good story.  It’s a work of art!  That Suzanne Oswald — that’s the illustrator — has done an amazing job of bringing the story to life with her beautiful illustrations.  And Jennifer Fink — she does the graphics and technical work — she’s so skilled that her work is clearly good art as well!  Yeah, those 3 Storytelling Ladies — that’s what they call themselves — they know how to create great children’s books.  And they’re all going to be there today!

Lucy:         So…could I go with you to the Moravian Book Shop?  Maybe we could grab a little lunch after we get our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin — my treat!

Katie:        That’s a great idea!  My polish is dry, so I’ll drive.  I’ll take your handbag and we can be on our way!

Lucy:         Moravian Book Shop and The Christmas Pumpkin, here we come!

Why don’t all of you come out too?

The Moravian Bookshop

Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, September 24 , 2017

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We can’t wait to greet all of you!

Jen, Suzanne and Mary Ann

Dear Readers,

This is it . . . the moment that we have been waiting for!  Today — Friday, September 1, 2017 — The Christmas Pumpkin has arrived!  We are so excited.  We can hardly wait to share our newest book with all of you.

So here is the first official peek at the cover.  We’re certain that you will fall in love with this adorable little jack o’lantern, and we hope that you will enjoy his story.

We are currently scheduling appearance dates throughout the fall and hopefully right up until Christmas.  A list of the locations where we will be signing/reading will be available on our website.  We look forward to seeing all of you!

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann

How can it be that the Three Storytelling Ladies have only one more signing event before Easter 2017 becomes just a memory?

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you!  Sue, Jen and I will be signing books one final time for this Easter season on Saturday, April 15th (that’s the day before Easter) at the Market at Boyer’s Junction from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  I know, I know — 8 a.m.?!?  But there is a method to our madness.  You see, the Market has awesome breakfast food and coffee, so if we start early you can grab something yummy to nosh on and to sip while you wait in line to have your very own copy of The Easter Chicken signed — personalized even!  And from the response we’ve received to our latest book, there will be a line . . .

The Easter Chicken has really taken off (pun totally intended).  We have had to order additional books and are keeping our fingers crossed that they will arrive here in time for Saturday’s event.  So . . . if you absolutely MUST  have our book in order to complete your Easter basket(s), come early!  Sue, Jen, the Easter Chicken and I will be there to greet you!

Blessings,

Three Storytelling Ladies

Hello, peeps . . . The Easter Chicken here!

Do you know what today is?  That’s right — it’s Friday, April 7th!

And do you know what that means?  It means that there are only 8 — that’s right — 8 more shopping days until Easter!

Now do you want to hear the good news?  There is no need to panic!  You can still get your copies of The Easter Chicken for those all-important Easter baskets by coming to see illustrator Sue Oswald and author Mary Ann Hayes and of course me at the Moravian Bookshop in Bethlehem, PA between 1 and 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 8th. We will be reading and signing copies of The Easter Chicken just for you!  And we will be hanging out with our new best friend, the Easter Bunny!  Who could ask for anything more?

So don’t procrastinate!  Be a super bunny and get those baskets loaded!  Then next Saturday night when everyone else is running around like chickens with their heads cut off — ooh!  that’s not a very pretty picture — you’ll be sitting in your easy chair sipping your carrot juice martini while you read your very own copy of The Easter Chicken!

See you at Moravian!

Hello, dear readers,

We know it’s hard to believe, but it is true:  Easter is almost here!  So we have one question for all of you — are YOU ready?

Because we love our readers we’ve devised a simple checklist for you so that you won’t find yourself without the essentials when you fill those Easter baskets.  Why don’t you take a minute to check it right now?  Here we go:

1.  Easter basket(s)

2.  A copy of The Easter Chicken

3.  Dyed hard-boiled (very important to hard boil them!) eggs — 4 to 6 should do

4.  A copy of The Easter Chicken

5.  A large peanut butter or coconut egg with the recipient’s name on it

6.  A copy of The Easter Chicken

7.  A hollow chocolate bunny (large ears preferred)

8.  A copy of The Easter Chicken

9.  Hershey kisses wrapped in Easter pink and blue foil

10.  A copy of The Easter Chicken

11.  Jelly beans — lots of them because they’re small

Oh, and did we mention a copy of The Easter Chicken?

So now that you have your list, be a super bunny and get hoppin’ and get to shoppin’!

Sue, Jen and Mary Ann

P.S.  Since you’re such a good bunny, treat yourself to a large chocolate rabbit, too, and a copy of — wait for it — The Easter Chicken!

 

Dear readers,

Just had to take a moment to thank all of you who came out to Antler Ridge Winery Sunday afternoon to visit with us and to buy your copy/copies of The Easter Chicken.  Sue, Jen and I had a wonderful time chatting with all of you and signing books for you and/or the lucky folks for whom you purchased a book.  We hope that you will enjoy reading our latest work as much as the three of us enjoyed creating it!

We also want to thank Jane at ARW for once again being such a gracious host (I’m trying to be politically correct by not saying “hostess”).  As long as Jane will have us, every one of our books will have a signing at the winery — we love being there!

Finally, to those of you who have not yet gotten your very own copy of The Easter Chicken, please visit our appearances page to learn about upcoming signings and visit the where to purchase page for locations where you can purchase the book.

We know the Easter Bunny has been a tradition for forever, but we think it’s time for the real little egg-maker to get her due, so please help us to launch Cassandra Chicken to national — oh, heck, how about international — fame by getting the word out to everyone you know.  Let’s make it The Easter Chicken in every Easter basket!

Thank you from all of the storytelling ladies for your support . . .

Sue, Jen and Mary Ann . . . and of course, CC

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