Monday, November 26, 2012

No Matter the Date...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Tantalizing Tuesday, Wicked Wednesday....You get the picture.  No matter the date, all of my books and other related products are on sale between now and Christmas for just $1.00 delivery per item. 

Looking for a book with a new twist on a story of old focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.  Look no further than The Moose at the Manger.  

My Hero, My Ding 
is a charming story that will warm your heart and bring back cherished memories about those you hold near and dear to you.  A wonderful book for yourself or to give as a gift.

Are you a teacher?  Home-schooler?  Teacher's Guides and Answer Keys now available for both books.

Story book, 3D book, coloring book t-shirts - Click HERE to read about all the great deals!

Give the gift of reading this Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Come Meet Lionel! He's a character you don't want to miss!

Photobucket PhotobucketHi everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here and I would like to than Lisa for having me and Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer for hosting the Got Great Giveaways Hop. Thanks also go to Candace at Candace's Book Blog and Lori at Pure Imagination for hosting the Saturday Situation Giveaway linky. I'm currently on the Lionel's Christmas Adventure blog tour, for a full list of dates click here. Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a 3-pack of my ebooks.

What's Lionel's Christmas Adventure you ask? In case your not familiar with the Lionel's Grand Adventure series, take a minute to watch this trailer.

Now that you have an idea of who Lionel is, I'd like to share a little bit about him with you. Who he is, what he's like, where I got the idea to write about him, and why he's so much fun to write.

Lionel Snodgrass is an unspectacular twelve year old boy. He's a little short for his age, has sandy brown hair, and wears glasses that constantly slide down his nose. The books take place in the late '60's and Lionel and his family have just moved to Larrystown. While examining his new room, Lionel discovers something extraordinary, a magical, Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot. I won't go into great detail about the Walbaun foot, that's what the books are for after all. I'll just say that it is lazy and more often than not, it messes things up. Just ask Lionel about that. 

PhotobucketI have enjoyed writing Lionel. Everyone knows a Lionel. He is that boy that doesn't stand out. He's always there if you need an extra body for a pick up ball game. He wants desperately to fit in and do well. He's also that boy that, unfortunately, is easy to pick on. He's a bully-magnet. Whether it's his lack of coordination, confidence, or his hand-me-down clothes, who knows? One thing is for certain, he's an easy target.

Lionel is also your typical little boy. He dreams of playing center field for his favorite baseball team, he wants to fit in, and he wants to impress the cutest girl in his class. The thing I love about Lionel is his big heart. In his adventures, he often finds his wishes, thanks to his magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot, within his reach, but his big heart gets in the way.

It's been my goal to write books that young children will enjoy, families can read together, and may just teach a little lesson. The titles of my books probably give that away. That's essentially  where the idea for Lionel came from. I needed a character that everyone, adults, children, boys, or girls, would relate to. Lionel has been the perfect protagonist to convey this message. He's someone, I think, everyone can relate to. He's often faced with what he really wants vs. doing the right thing. He's such a good kid, with the deck seemingly stacked against him, that it's hard not to root for him.

PhotobucketPhotobucketI could go on and on about Lionel, but I think you have a pretty good idea of what he's all about by now. So, once again I'd like to thank Lisa for having me on her blog. Make sure to pick up your copy of Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas, available now on Amazon.

For more information about author Paul R. Hewlett click here. He co-authors a children's/YA blog at SherAHart: My Written Art. Keep up with what's new on Lionel's Grand Adventure FB page.

If you haven't checked out My Hero, My Ding or The Moose At the Manger by Lisa, click on the links to purchase. Also be on the look out for her upcoming book. My next stop on the tour is tomorrow at Chapters and Chats. Now onto the giveaway. As a thank you to the reader's, I'm  giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and 3-pack of my ebooks. Be sure to leave a comment!

\ Paul R Hewlett Author Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule Read Now -

Monday, November 12, 2012

We Don't Have Time...Are you serious?

For decades, there have been traditions at the school where I teach, and suddenly those traditions are changing... for the worse!

I was impressed when I first started teaching at this school because we still said The Pledge of Allegiance every day of the week and on Fridays, we said The Pledge of Allegiance along with the singing of the National Anthem, as well as, our school song.  It only took a few moments out of our day, but it gave us a sense of unity and made students who may NEVER sing the National Anthem  actually take a moment and listen to our nation's song.

It seems that this tradition is just another one that is falling prey to diversity, politics, and anti-Americanism.

Interestingly, we upheld our tradition the first week of this new school year.  After the teacher's strike, there was a sudden silence on Fridays.  While we still say The Pledge, the National Anthem and school song were no more.  After observing for a few weeks, I inquired as to why there was this change in our tradition.  The response from the administration was that we would once again be singing our school song. Hmmmm...I further inquired about the National Anthem and the only response I received was a non-response.  Friday came and while The Pledge was said and the school song sung, the National Anthem was not to be heard.  There was, of course, time for Calm Classroom, which is being pushed throughout the Chicago Public Schools.

Now that I knew it wasn't an oversight, I had to bring up the subject one more time hoping to get a straight answer.  When I asked the administration at our faculty meeting why we are no longer singing the National Anthem on Fridays, the response I got was very pithy... because "we don't have time".  And that was that.

It's amazing what the school does have time for - 

75 minutes a week for BREAKFAST
15-20 minutes a week for CALM CLASSROOM A Yoga-based way for children to learn how to be calm.  (I for one am not an advocate of how this is structured.)
125 minutes a week for LUNCH
100 minutes a week for RECESS
60 minutes of GYM
60 minutes of LIBRARY
60 minutes of ART
60 minutes of COMPUTERS
60 minutes of MUSIC

But, the school does not have 2 minutes a week to show children how to be patriotic and to have pride in our country.  Disgusted doesn't even begin to describe how I feel.

Watch this video to hear a moving rendition of 
our National Anthem!

Happy Veteran's Day!

It has been a busy weekend, but I had to make time to say 
THANK YOU to all our Veterans!

All gave some, some gave all and for that I am truly grateful!

May God bless all our Veterans!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tis the Season...

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, this just might be it!  Stop by and say HI if you have a chance!