Friday, November 28, 2014

Author Interview Thursday - with Grammy Pags Stories

Thank you so much, Children's Author, David Chuka 
for inviting me to be part of your "Author Interview Thursday!"  


Rhonda Paglia is a children's author, a retired elementary teacher, and a "not so retired" grandmother from Pennsylvania. She and her husband have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a little Yorkie-poo named Bella.  "Grammy Pags," as she is called, enjoys gardening, tap dancing, yoga, playing the recorder, reading, and, of course, writing stories – especially for her grandkids!




Books by Rhonda Paglia of "Grammy Pags Stories"

AND . . . the NEW:  "Meeda and Me" series . . . 
recipient of a prestigious "Mom's Choice Silver Award" 



Book #1 - Meeda and Me (soft cover)
Book #2 -  The Woozler (soft cover)
Books #3 -  Merry Christmas, Woozler (soft cover)
Book #4 -  Trouble with Chocolate (soft cover)
(2015 release) Book #5 - How to Train Your Woozler, without getting in Trouble 
(2015-16 release) Book #6 - Treasure Hunt
(2016 release) Book #7 - Happy Birthday, Woozler

ALL books available in soft cover and for Kindle.
Visit Rhonda Paglia's Amazon Author Page here.  
Website:  www.rhondapagliaauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/grammypagsstories
Twitter: Rhonda Paglia @grammypags1
Blog:  rhondapaglia.blogspot.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G5X3WO2

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammy Pags Tall Turkey Tale! Tale #2

Join the fun!  

FACEBOOK FRIENDS contributed the following words 
to be included in this little tale! 
[To join the fun, send your short story to Grammy Pags at:  grammypags1@gmail.com - Turkey Tale!]

Writer must use ALL words 
and keep the story below 500 words.
Here they are: "Family, turkey, pilgrims, John, Priscilla, Indian, stuffing, pumpkin, pie, yams, green beans, parades, napping, tofurkey, love, laughter, stuffing, feast, memories, cooking, cranberries, gobble, kids, bountiful, harvest, blessings, grateful, parade, football, glutton, nap, compost, leftovers, dish-washing, cleanup, warmth, gravy, crisp, sweet, savory, moist, center pieces, don't eat me, I stuff the turkey, then the turkey stuffs me, burp, fluffy mashed potatoes, seconds. volunteer soup kitchen, snow, November , sweet, kitchen, smells."  




Written and Illustrated by Rhonda Paglia
A Grammy Pags Story ~ just for fun!
c. 2104

Thanksgiving today:  I stuff the turkey, then the turkey stuffs me!! BURP!!!!
 But, perhaps the first Thanksgiving started like this . . . 

“GOBBLE, gobble, gobble!” 

“What was that?” wondered Mrs. Pricilla John.  She was cooking green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies.  Savory smells were coming from her kitchen.

It was November.  Snow had not yet begun to fly.  Laughter filled Pricilla’s ears.  Her kids were having a pilgrim and Indian parade.  Pricilla was so grateful for these memories, for her family, and for their blessings

“GOBBLE, gobble, gobble!”  

She heard the noise again. This time it was louder, closer!   “I’m hearing things,” thought Pricilla and she went back to her work.

The parade ended.  The kids started kicking the ball.  Football, they called it.  Mr. John, known as Papa, felt like a glutton.  The compost was waiting, but he just wanted to relax and take a nap.   He was glad the kids were outside.

Pricilla added marshmallows to the yams and stirred the gravy. She made fluffy mashed potatoes.

“Something’s missing for this feast,” she said to herself.  “I need something special; something crisp, sweet, warm, and moist.   Hmm, what should it be?”

 “Not me!” whispered the Gobbler.  His knobby knees were shaking and quaking with fear! 

Suddenly a package flew in the kitchen window and landed with a crash in the sink!  Dishes that needed washed and cleaned up flew in the air!   
 
“What’s this?”  Pricilla jumped, she was startled!  She picked up the dripping blob, turned it over, and wiped it off.  She peeked out the window.  Her kids were still playing.  Nothing seemed unusual. 

Pricilla carefully opened the package.  She was a little nervous!  Not too many packages landed in her sink! Inside was something white.  The label read, “Tofurkey.  Vegetarian product.  Made only with the finest organic soybeans and tofu.”

She took a sniff.  Not much to it.  “Beans,” she thought.   “Edible.”  Pricilla had an idea!  “This is it!” she said, “our main course!!” 

“Thank you,” she called to the mysterious package thrower. 

“Gobble, gobble, good!” thought the Gobbler.  

He shut his eyes and leaned tight against the cabin wall!

He heard Pricilla whack the tofurkey with great vigor!  His heart beat faster.  He heard the stuff sizzle in her frying pan.  He could smell the stuffing and cranberries and flavors mixing together.  

Don’t eat me!” he thought.

Pricilla set the table and straightened the centerpiece. “Come and get it!” she called to her family.  “It’s a special feast!  No seconds or leftovers for the volunteer soup kitchen this night!”   

Papa John and the kids raced into the kitchen!  Delicious smells were everywhere.  The family gave thanks for their bountiful harvest.   “What a Thanksgiving Day!” said Papa.  “I think we should celebrate every year!”  And so it was!

“Gobble, gobble, PHEW!”  

Mr. Turkey  backed slowly into the woods, safe for another year.  



Rhonda Paglia ~Grammy Pags
with her 5 grandchildren:
Sofie, Sylvan, Caleb,
Orion, and Rowan
his Blog is brought to you by Grammy Pags Stories
Rhonda Paglia is a children's author, a retired elementary teacher, and a "not so retired" grandmother from Pennsylvania. She and her husband have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a little Yorkie-poo named Bella.  "Grammy Pags," as she is called, enjoys gardening, tap dancing, yoga, playing the recorder, reading, and, of course, writing stories – especially for her grandkids!

Rhonda is the author of “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission,” “Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion,” “Doonsey’s Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue,” and “Duke ‘n’ Matt, Rescue Road Warriors,” her first non-fiction book.




Website:  Grammy Pags Stories
Special website for The Little Lambs: https://sites.google.com/site/littlelambs20/


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grammy Pags and Friends are sharing Turkey Tales!!! Today~Tale #1

FACEBOOK FRIENDS contributed the following words 
to be included in this little tale! 
Writer must use ALL words 
and keep the story below 500 words.
Family, turkey, pilgrims, John, Priscilla, Indian, stuffing, pumpkin, pie, yams, green beans, parades, love,
tofurkey, laughter, stuffing, feast, memories, cooking, cranberries, gobble, kids, bountiful, harvest, blessings, grateful, parade, football, glutton, nap, compost, leftovers, dish-washing, cleanup, warmth, gravy, crisp, sweet, savory, moist, center pieces, don't eat me! I stuff the turkey, then the turkey stuffs me, burp, fluffy mashed potatoes, seconds. volunteer soup kitchen, snow, November, sweet kitchen smells



First guest Turkey Tale Teller:  
Rosie Russell ofBooks by Rose ~ author of 



Farmer Tofurkey knew when he bought his farm, raising turkey’s was just something he knew he could never do. He loved everything about them, their bright colored feathers, their wattle red skin that hung from their long necks, and their keen vision with a 360 degree field of view.

He set them all free years ago and really never knew what happened to all of them except a few that he secretly visited. Their names were John and Priscilla Feathers. They lived in a tiny little cabin, deep in the woods. Mr. and Mrs. Feathers had love for their home and their pleasant surroundings. In the month of November, they counted their blessings and felt grateful, as they knew they had escaped the city from the all the folks that were a glutton for the taste of them. And they didn't miss the yearly parade with the band playing repeatedly “I stuff the turkey, then the turkey stuff me!” followed by a loud burp!! They never understood how anyone could partake in such activities!

They did have their own celebration every year but only with the bountiful harvest of foods that came from the nature around them. Every year, John and Priscilla would cook up a feast in their tiny kitchen with all of their favorites: savory stuffing with gravy, crisp green beans, fluffy mashed potatoes, cranberries, and moist pumpkin pie. With the smells of their dinner in the air, they would all chant with laughter and gobble “don’t eat me!”

As Mrs. Feathers was putting the centerpieces on the table she peeked in on the kids in the living room. Little Tom, was sitting in his favorite chair, piled with blankets, reading all of his cherished books about pilgrims and of course, a book about his favorite Indian, Hiawatha. Sweet baby Yam Yams was sound to sleep napping in her playpen. The picture of this, would bring her warmth for her family and in her heart for years to come.

After dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Feathers always worked together with the clean-up. John would throw the peelings in the compost as Priscilla would do the dish washing. They knew within seconds, Farmer Tofurkey would be by to collect their leftovers to take to the Volunteer Soup Kitchen as he did every year.

With the snow falling lightly, they all snuggled up watching football. They never did find out if the Seattle Seahawks won the game or not, they had all dosed off for a nap.


Check out Rose on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-By-Rose/683636425012139

Rhonda Paglia ~Grammy Pags
with her 5 grandchildren:
Sofie, Sylvan, Caleb,
Orion, and Rowan
his Blog is brought to you by Grammy Pags Stories
Rhonda Paglia is a children's author, a retired elementary teacher, and a "not so retired" grandmother from Pennsylvania. She and her husband have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a little Yorkie-poo named Bella.  "Grammy Pags," as she is called, enjoys gardening, tap dancing, yoga, playing the recorder, reading, and, of course, writing stories – especially for her grandkids!

Rhonda is the author of “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission,” “Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion,” “Doonsey’s Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue,” and “Duke ‘n’ Matt, Rescue Road Warriors,” her first non-fiction book.

Special website for The Little Lambs:  https://sites.google.com/site/littlelambs20/



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Join the FUN!! Help Grammy Pags write a Turkey Tale!!

Leave your Turkey word suggestions in the Comments Box below!