Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas is Coming. Regan Macaulay and Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat #Giveaway 2 picture books

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment
Meet Regan Macauley. Like myself, Regan writes in both the adult and picture book market. And we both have Christmas picture books. And I am giving away a copy of each of our books.
Regan's is Merry Myrrh, The Chrismas Bat. Here's the trailer.

I reviewed the book when it came out:
Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat intrigued me with its title. I’ve read a lot of Christmas animal stories, but nary a one featured a bat and I loved the idea. I was sure my grandson would love it too. And I was right.
An engaging picture storybook for the Christmas season. Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home!
The beautiful illustrations add enchantment to the text.
Bravo to author, Regan W. H. Macaulay, and illustrator, Alex Zgud.
Here is the Goodreads link to Merry Myrrh. (because it is available in a lot of places.)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41959054-merry-myrrh-the-christmas-bat?

My Christmas picture book is Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? No trailer, sadly. 
but it is also available in Spanish. Mamá, Existe Santa Claus? 

These are the Goodreads links because the English edition is available at Amazon, Walmart and Barnes & Noble and lots of other places including IndieBound.
English edition: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/32184867
Spanish Edition is available only at Amazon and B&N:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41886443-mam-existe-santa-claus?

Regan, tell us a little about yourself:

I’m Regan W. H. Macaulay and I write children’s literature, including picture storybooks and middle-grade novels. I also write genre Frankenfiction for adult readers (genre mixed with comedy, especially), and scripts for theatre, film and television that also fall into the comic/genre mashup category. I write more extreme fiction (whether extra scary/gory horror or mature content comical situations—or both!) under the name Regan T. M. Pazuzu. I also adore and work with animals—I am a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist in the Toronto area. In the past (and likely again in future)
I have directed and produced live theatre, television and my B-movie parody feature film Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem Recently, I’ve found my way back to film & television, particularly the B-movie world, via a series of guest blogs that I completed for Halloween called my 13 Horrifically Silly Days of Halloween series. I’m so happy that you were able to be my guest for “Day 3,” Susan!
Thank you, Regan. The video interview was great fun. I put a link to it on my website.
Space Zombies is also a book, right?
Yes. Here are two links to it.
My website:
“Space Zombies!” (the first book in my “Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham”):  http://www.reganwhmacaulay.com/space-zombies.html
Amazon link to “Space Zombies!”:  https://www.amazon.com/Space-Zombies-Regan-W-Macaulay/dp/1312375604/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413334079&sr=1-12&keywords=Space+Zombies!Her

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book:
I received an email in my inbox from Cricket Cottage Publishing, under different management at the time, and at first I was expecting yet another rejection—I was conditioned to expect a rejection letter by that point, as I had received so many for the various different books I’d been pitching at the same time. I had to read this acceptance letter a couple of times before it sunk in—it was written in such a casual, friendly and encouraging way, it was almost like being let down gently (yet again), but then I realized they wanted to publish it! This was the first version of Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese, a new edition of which was published by a new publisher, Mirror World Publishing, this past April. I’m so pleased I actually had a second chance to take another stab at the layout and cover for Beverlee.

What is your favourite pastime, other than writing?
I love watching movies, excellent television and live theatre…but that’s kind of like saying I love reading—I write books, so of course I love reading, and since I write scripts, of course I’m going to love film, theatre and television.  But I really do, and I’m a full-on geek about a lot of things that are well covered in literature, the movie and television industry, and often even in theatre…Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials, Buffy, Star Trek, Stranger Things, super heroes, paranormal/supernatural stuff, science fiction, fantasy…and on and on. And then there’s my love of animals. I have an adorable wee Chihuahua and have had a number of cats (and will again), but I also have a couple of terrariums—actually, one terrarium and one paludarium (which is half land, half aquatic) housing toads, tree frogs, aquatic frogs, newts, a salamander, some fish and some shrimp and dwarf crayfish. I’ve also had a few lizards and other fish over the years, but it’s mainly amphibians that I’ve been keeping since the age of five. 

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
If I’ve had an extra busy schedule with my business Kuri K9 Massage and/or the business and marketing side my writing or blog (as opposed to actually writing), taking a vacation (just as my inspiration is also taking a vacation) can sometimes help. I find that I need a break and to let go of whatever’s been stressing me out, and this allows space for new ideas to come in. If a vacation isn’t possible, walking is helpful, especially in nature. I try to get out to one of the wooded park areas in Toronto.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to absolutely any new writer would be not to give up—EVER. Finding the right publisher (or agent) for each book takes time and a whole lot of patience, and you could be facing a long line of rejection letters. You may want to revise what you’ve been sending out some more, try something a little bit different, maybe go for smaller or hybrid presses if you’re having a hard time finding a larger traditional publisher, you may even want to try a major rewrite or focus more on getting one book accepted over another, but the point is, don’t give up completely. It’s not easy finding the right fit and it’s going to take time—you need to be prepared for that.

It’s that time of year — what is your favourite Christmas book?
This is pretty cliche, but because it was a story first read to me every Christmas Eve by my father (who passed away a little over two years ago), I’d have to say my pop-up book version of “The Night Before Christmas.” Closely followed by my Little Golden Book version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I always had a soft spot in my heart for the animals involved in Christmas (go figure 😉)


This is a story I adapted from a short story I wrote in high school. When another of my picture books, Sloth the Lazy Dragon, was accepted by Guardian Angel Publishing, I thought Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat would also be a good fit, and as it turns out, Guardian Angel agreed!  

Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home. Suggested age range for readers: 4-7

I also include a note about bats on the title page: Once the most common bat species throughout the States and Provinces, the Little Brown Bat is now in serious trouble. White-nose Syndrome is a deadly disease that’s wiping out colonies all over eastern North America. You can help by supporting your local wildlife centres and conservation projects that identify critical habitats, track White-nose Syndrome, install and clean bat houses, survey bat populations and share this knowledge across North America to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Merry Myrhh is also available as a PDF for 5.00 and I bought a copy to give away.

What is your current WIP?
My next picture book is called Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana and is due to be published by Mirror World Publishing in August/September of 2020. I’m also polishing a final version of another picture book called Dog Band, but it’s not due out until 2021.

I am also at various draft stages with my books from my middle-grade chapter books series—still looking for a good home for these seven books. And I’m in the outlining phase of work in a longer speculative fiction middle-grade novel (which may become a trilogy).

Finally, where can we find you?







And those in Canada who’d like to buy from me directly: https://squareup.com/store/regan-w-h-macaulay

Check out my production company, Triple Take Productions here:  www.tripletake.net 

And Triple Take’s YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWtJuSgTEqepHXlyNd1_ayg

Kuri K9 Massage is my Canine and Feline Massage Therapy business in Toronto: kurik9massage.c

Thank you for being here, Regan. Dear ones. if you want a paperback or hardback copy of Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat, Click on the links above. If you's like to ender a PDF copy of Merry Myrrh or a paperback copy of Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? enter below. Happy reading.

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