The Christmas Beagle

It’s here at last!  “The Christmas Beagle” is now available!

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See what people are saying about my beloved heart-warming Christmas novella!

“This story felt like it was my story.”

“An emotional and sentimental read that warms your heart the whole way through.”

“..Definitely got me excited for Christmas….”

“…Bursting with quirky personality and lots of Christmas spirit!”

“Thank you S.E. Eaton for a loving, feel good story for the holidays!”

“It renewed my interest in reading books for pleasure. Well done, Eaton!”

“If there were a sequel, I’d be waiting for it!”

“Beautifully written and heartfelt story for the holidays.”

“I simply cannot say how much I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a heartwarming story.”

“It’s a beautiful, moving story and would definitely recommend it to anyone.”

Wow!  These reviews left me flattered, to say the least. I truly had a wonderful time writing this story and I am excited to find out what YOU think of it, too!  For more insight about what inspired me to write this story, click here.

“The Christmas Beagle”, out in the world:

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“Look what I got today!  Can’t wait to start reading it tonight!”

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“Sitting in Renton, Wa and about to start reading while I wait to be unloaded.”

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Pictured above: My sister Amanda, with her copy of “The Christmas Beagle”—signed by me and given to her by my mother for Christmas.  🙂

Happy Holidays, Everyone! Thank you for your continued support! I love you ALL!

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The Middle Grade Character

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Pictured: My niece, Chloe

My title protagonist from “Belinda Starr and the Metallic Enchantment” is, at the start of the story, eleven years old.  But eleven years old was a long time ago for me.  …Too long.

And as a writer, if I come off as condescending or not relatable to my target audience (middle grade), all is lost. I know that if I want to write a character from a age group different from mine well, if at all possible, I need to spend time with someone or lots of someones from that age group.  And I’m lucky enough to have a niece the same age (or close–she’s ten) as my protagonist.  I’ve also observed Girl Scout troops and youth groups of the same age, but it’s time with Chloe (said niece) that I love the most.  The reasons for that are twofold: One: it’s quality time with a smart, funny, sweet, creative girl whom I love with all my heart, and two: “Belinda”—courageous, blue eyes, freckles, plays basketball, loves animals—is modeled after Chloe.  It works well.

Today, after a breakfast at Applebee’s to support my nephew’s youth group fundraising, I had the honor of watching Chloe’s volleyball game and then toting her along to Christmas Gifts on Broadway.  This lovely shop is a traditional Christmas destination for our family, though it’s been years since I was last there, and this was Chloe’s first time. She was enamored with so many of their wonderful items, and it was a joy to see the look on her face as she buzzed from room to room, taking it the Christmas splendor.  I got to see it through her eyes, and the more time I spend with her, the more of her “middle-gradeness” will ingrain itself into my thought process.   Sometimes I take notes of what I see–sometimes merely mental notes—and sometimes I just enjoy the moment.   It all makes its way to my brain, and more importantly, to my heart.

…The moments where she acts silly and makes me laugh, shows her crafts and collectible toys, amazes me with her thoughtful insights about how the world works, and makes me proud with how hard she works at her sports and how much she loves her family and pets…gah, I love it.  I am in awe of her, and thankful to have her as a prime example of her age. She reminds me that middle-graders are, or can be hyper, child-like,  imaginative, goofy, intelligent, gross, thoughtful, loving, cranky, wise beyond their years, helpful, eager, frustrated, passionate, and adventurous.   On their best days, they’re bundles of chaotic fun, with waves of gentility, humility, and spurts of smack-you-upside-the-head wisdom. No wonder it’s such a fun and eventful age to write!

I love spending time with my niece.  When “Belinda” is finally published, I will owe (and already do owe) a big dose of gratitude to this girl.  So, here’s to you, Chloe Rhiannon.  My favorite (and only) niece, and forever my inspiration.  And to my readers, for another heart-warming article about inspiration and encouragement, click here.

What cute/endearing/funny/overall nice stories do you have about the kids in your life? Share in the comments! 

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My Goals, Your Goals

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“Goals are dreams with deadlines”.  Though I’m having a difficult time finding who said this powerful quote, I wanted to include it in this blog post anyway.  Long ago Steven and I decided to stop wishing and start doing.  It’s been a slow process, but we’re not about to give up–life is too precious to do anything but what truly makes you happy.

My Goals (tell me yours in the comments below!):

•   Get BIG-TIME, hard-core published (million-dollar contracts, merchandising, film rights, the whole shebang! I’m not afraid to dream BIG, my friends!)

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•   Become a mother (we only want one…just ONE, I promise! LOL, famous last words…?)

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•   Make a huge, positive impact on a large number of people or animals (I’m not sure how this will be accomplished, but I feel it stirring in my soul).

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•  Start and run several successful businesses with my husband (this COULD be how I achieve the last item).

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•   Travel the world, but in particular, Ireland (I’m Irish, after all, and wow, have you seen the pictures…?  The verdant hills, the seas, the castles, the rich history…? Pure magic!).

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Though life has presented its struggles, we’re steadily working towards making these desires a reality.  And along the way, we’re enjoying each other’s company and appreciating the blessing that we can be together almost every day.  Now it’s your turn!  What do YOU want to accomplish?  What are YOUR goals?  Are any of your goals similar to mine? Let me know in the comments below!

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November Featured Author

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of having author April L. Wood make a guest appearance at the cover reveal party for “The Christmas Beagle“.  In short, April was and is awesome, and I for one can’t wait until my next book purchase, because you can bet your sweet patootee it’ll include this intriguing tale:

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Here’s a synopsis:  Winter’s Curse is a young adult (YA) paranormal romance about a teenage ice witch named Winter who is cursed once her High Priestess Grandmother wagers her womb in a broom flying contest. Winter finds love and safety with Turmeric of a rival witch clan… except, their inter-clan love is forbidden. Winter is doubly cursed!

What’s cool is that April included recipes of foods described in the book!  What a fun way to really bring a story to life!  You can buy “Winter’s Curse” here!

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