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Monday, April 8, 2019

Storytime at Storyteller's Cottage April 27, in Simsbury, CT

Come to Camp Dragon-Fire!

What do dragons do at summer camp?  Find out on Saturday, April 27 at noon.

Visit Storyteller's Cottage in Simsbury, CT and hear two stories about dragon friends. You can meet local author, Suzanne Cordatos, and make a Camp Dragon-Fire craft, too!


To register, contact Lana Bennett:

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fun and Affordable Author Visits for your group

Interactive, fun and educational Author Visits for your group! Library, Sunday School, Book Club or Classroom visits with an author can be affordable -- even free. Let's talk! 

I'm the kind of writer who jumps into projects with both feet -often literally! If you have a group that would like to meet an author AND have some interactive fun they can jump into, too, please contact me at

I offer the following Author Visits:

A) Free Skype Time
I would be happy to meet your group over Skype after they have read a Willard the Dragon picture book or section of my middle grade novel, The Lost Crown of Apollo.

This works well for groups who not located near southern New England.

B) Story Time with Willard the Dragon PUPPETS and CRAFT TIME
Get your students engaged with a reading of Willard the Dragon followed by their enactment of the story using PUPPETS. It's easy, fun and memorable! No prior experience necessary!
CRAFT TIME includes a dragon-y fun craft or book-related COLORING page.

This program includes a signed book for your library collection for $125 up to two hours.

C) Author-Led Discussion of Writing, with age-appropriate CRAFT or WRITING ACTIVITY
For GROUPS OF ANY SIZE, this can be a PowerPoint on Writing for Publication, engaging students in writing new verses of poetry, an individualized MOSAIC CRAFT to accompany a GREEK CULTURE AND HISTORY talk, or Sunday School group with a CROSS MOSAIC CRAFT.

This program could be free if 10 or more students purchases books ahead of the visit!

Friday, June 2, 2017

School's out and summer camp is HOT! Especially hot if you are a dragon heading for fiery skill-building games at Camp Dragon-Fire. When Willard and his friends go to camp, mysterious things happen -- will their trap catch the chaos-causing creatures? Find out here!

Camp Dragon-Fire is patterned after one of my favorite places, a real camp! Camp Mission Meadows is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Chautauqua in western New York, where I made new friends, played archery and other camp games, learned to canoe and sail, and crawled out of my sleeping bag early every morning to watch the flag hoisted up the flagpole. We didn't have any fire-breathing contests, but my favorite candy at the canteen was also the favorite of Willard the Dragon: Atomic Fireballs!

What do YOU do at camp? Do you have a favorite camp activity or food?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Found! Ancient Greek Gold Wreath Crown

Truth can be stranger than fiction sometimes, but the news surprisingly mirrored my fiction this week. The Daily Mail in the UK posted a story about how a gold leaf crown was recently found in England. Take a look at this beautiful object from over 2000 years ago, just like the gold leaf crown in THE LOST CROWN OF APOLLO. Exquisite!

This real McCoy was found in a cardboard box under an old guy's bed, not hidden under a marble bench like the one found by my main character, Elias Tantalos in THE LOST CROWN OF APOLLO. This amazing, very real discovery just a few days ago underscores the character's timeless, human dilemma: What should he do with such a priceless object? Finders, Keepers? Sell it and get rich? Tuck it back where you found it?

Elias feels like a bad luck magnet. Finding such an object was his lucky day--or was it?

  • What would YOU do if you found such an object? 
  • What would it feel like to put a solid gold crown on your head? A king? A Greek god? 
  • Are you going to volunteer to clean under your grandparents' bed?
Here's a link to the full story.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SNEEZE-FIRE Dragon book is flying in Bologna, Italy!

Willard the Dragon's first picture book in a new series, SNEEZE-FIRE, is making a big debut in Bologna, Italy this week at the International Children's Book Fair. 

The fantastic, appealing cover artwork by Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki is sure to attract attention. At bookstores, library story times and book signings this winter, kids have enjoyed meeting 
Willard and his friends--and his big, hot fiery sneezes!


The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators gave 
Willard prime spots on their beautiful displays!

A very happy writer, living her dream!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Introducing Willard and his dragon friends!

I'm very excited to reveal the cover of a long-awaited friend of mine, Willard the Dragon. Willard and his dragon friends will be starring in their very own series, published by 4RV Publishing. SNEEZE-FIRE is a hardcover picture book especially for preschool through 2nd graders. In the story, Willard has a very bad cold. Can he help it if his sneezes blast fire? Willard's bad cold does not mix well with a snow day playing with friends. Uh-oh, better watch out!

$14.99 including shipping                   ISBN: 13-978-1-940310-38-1

Retail Price from Amazon and other online sources will be $20.99, but good news! The 4RV price $14.99 for this beautifully illustrated hardcover picture book will continue for orders directly from the publisher through the links above.  Bulk orders through 4RV may be given special discounts. 

Schedule your winter story and craft time

The next book in the Willard the Dragon Series coming Fall 2016

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Introducing New Friends!

Did I mention they are headless?
Now that The Lost Crown of Apollo is being whisked through printers in the UK, I am so thrilled to share this Greek island adventure with you!

When you embark on this fictitious journey with the Tantalos family, you will meet real headless statues like your new friends here. You'll also become fast friends with the Mykonos mascot--a pelican named Petros--and a couple of wonderful lizards nicknamed Highway and Sunny.

These creatures help our hero, Elias Tantalos, discover the many wonders of Greek islands, its food, fishermen, mythology, antiquities and ancient pirates. Your new friends also help him gain a new perspective on his troubles and get him through his new ones. When you are a bad luck magnet like Elias, trouble is always lurking around the next headless statue.

Will the sun god Apollo's Crown of Victory be enough to ward off his bad luck magnetism when he and his sister, Lily, get too close to some modern pirates?

The Lost Crown of Apollo is hurrying its way to cyberspace bookstores and to my local bookstores signings in CT, OH and NY. Here's the schedule:

Sunday, Aug. 2 Mystic, CT 1-3PM Bank Square Books
Friday, Aug. 7 Hudson, OH 1-3PM The Learned Owl
Tuesday, Aug. 11, Lakewood, NY 1-3PM Off the Beaten Path Bks