I have decided to create Auntie Books on Smashwords. They are very short books for aunties ...we can drop in and visit our nieces, nephews, kids of friends....whip out the smart phone and read an entire book while the attention span lasts. An Auntie Book should be no more than 1,000 words. I am delighted that Smashwords lets me make Auntie Books.
My full length book about the First Holy Communion has been translated into Spanish for the Latin American market. It is on Smashwords as "Kathleen y el Helicoptero de la Primera Comunión'. I am finishing up a book of short stories about communions too.
My next project will be all about a special family member who is sometimes overlooked. More details on that to come! I have started a series about life in an Irish village school on Smashwords. My book about the escapades of the Spoiled Little Madams is on the way too.
Father Hearty has a problem. The Bishop has asked the parents not to take photos during the First Holy Communion ceremony. But many of the parents are worried that they won't be able to remember the day unless they have photos. What are they going to do? Father Hearty asks Miss Aireefairee to help.
Oh no! We have a teacher in trouble. The school inspector is coming earlier than expected. Poor Miss O'Mahoney has no artworks for her classroom walls. Will an artistic schoolboy and his bossy sister be able to save the day? And what does underwear have to do with it?
Están pasando algunas cosas geniales en la escuela de Kathleen. Los niños en la clase de la primera comunión están haciendo un proyecto de Latino América. Parece ser una buena idea, sobre todo porque el Papa Francisco es latinoamericano. Cada uno de los niños escoge un país y se prepara para hacer una presentación. Suena sencillo, pero ¿hará Nessa, la niña rica de la clase, las cosas más difíci
Good things are happening in Kathleen's school. The children in the Holy Communion class are doing a project on Latin America. It seems like a good idea, especially as Pope Francis comes from Latin America. The children each take a country and prepare a presentation. It sounds simple. But will Nessa, the little rich girl, make things difficult with her project on Peru? Hmmmm...probably!
Kathleen está muy nerviosa por su primera comunión Kathleen siente mucha presión porque una de sus compañeras en la escuela llevará un helicóptero a su primera comunión. Podrá ella mostrarle a Jesús que está haciendo un gran esfuerzo, aún con un vestido simple y aburrido?
Kathleen's aunties have been left in charge of her little brothers, Tommy and Teddy, while she goes into town to spend her Holy Communion money. Unfortunately Auntie Dee and Auntie Di do not know much about children. When Tommy and Teddy are quiet the aunties do not realise that silence means trouble.
Holy Communion gifts....what to buy? Kathleen and her Nan go on a shopping trip to Dublin to get Communion gifts for the Dublin cousins, Declan and Sally. Sally is no problem. It is easy to find presents for a girl. But what on earth will they get for Declan, a little boy with very particular tastes. Help comes from Hollywood when Maureen O'Hara helps the shoppers to solve their problem.
Are you in a pre-Communion tizz? Worry not! The book will help girls and their families to prepare for a First Holy Communion. It takes a light-hearted look at the pressures that the modern Communion can put on families. There is a gentle message about the meaning of Communion and a warning against getting carried away with the (admittedly very enjoyable) commercial and superficial aspects.
Many Irish parents get into a huge tizz over the their children's First Holy Communion. During the lead up to the Communion season newspapers and radio shows are full of parents worrying, over-spending, worrying, and asking for and doling out advice. In this story Kathleen and her mum and Nan go on a pleasantly aimless trip to Bandon to look for a tasteful dress.
Many little girls in Ireland borrow the dresses for their First Holy Communion from their big sisters or cousins. This is the tale of a girl who finds that her cousin's beautiful dress just does not fit her. She comes up with a clever, so she thinks, solution to the problem.
Books can be a bit like weddings...why do they need to be so long when it only takes a few minutes to say the important stuff? Gerty So's book wastes no time in saying the important stuff. If you are being abused speak up. A totally worthwhile use of smashwords!