Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 - a New Year and a time to be Grateful!

Hi Everyone!
Grammy Pags here.  2015 was so much fun!  It was a wonderful year with family, grandchildren, travel, and of course, books!

In the next few posts, I want to take a quick look back, share some exciting moments, and extend my deepest gratitude to some very special folks.

Grammy Pags Stories was blessed to have earned several wonderful, independent author book awards this year.

THANK YOU INKSPOKE for honoring Grammy Pags Stories
with an Inkspoke Select Book Award. I am so grateful!

I also want to thank my friend and talented illustrator, 
Ratna Kusuma Halim.  Ratna, this Inkspoke Award belongs to you too!
THANK YOU so much for the beautiful illustrations for

Three Little Gnomes was beautifully illustrated by Ratna Kusuma Halim.  
Inkspoke says this about the Inkspoke Select Book Award:
"The Inkspokes Select Books Award recognizes books that are not only well written but that, in their originality, passion and freshness, make us passionate about reading again. The authors of these books care deeply about their characters, their stories and their craft. At their best, they bring us a fresh way of looking at our world, they remind us of things that matter, small things and forgotten things also — and, with it all, they give to us wonderfully engaging characters and stories that we might share with our children and each other.  Our focus is on independently published and small press works and this list is meant to introduce the best of these – with all their wonder, spunk and diversity.  Our list begins with Children’s Books (and, for now, only goes up to middle grade). We hope to expand on this in the future."   
To read more about Inkspoke and to see all the winners, click here.

Ratna Kusuma Halim.

This is my friend and illustrator, Ratna.  She is the creator of the beautiful illustrations for "Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion."

Ratna lives in Indonesia with her husband and two daughters. She has a soft, sweet, warm, and lively artistic style.  Her illustrations begin as pencil sketches, which she then transfers to her computer.  She finishes her illustrations digitally.

The original sketch for the "Three Little
Gnomes" cover by Ratna.
Ratna has illustrated several e-books, including:  Daiku’s New Shirt, Nine Black Ants, Talitha Loves Her Neighbor, A Story about Two Boys, and Dragonfly and Damsefly.

Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion is the first book she illustrated to be available in print.  

To learn more about Ratna and her artwork, visit her on Facebook:

Thank you Inkspoke!  Thank you Ratna!  
My 2015 would not have been as wonderful without you!

Love, hugs, and much gratefulness!
From Rhonda Paglia ~ Grammy Pags Stories

P.S. Ratna and I have something special 
to share later in 2016!  Stay tuned for updates!!