October 24, 2022
Let's Time Trave Together to 2010
About three years ago, I retired from my teaching career (most recently at the local community college) to invest my energies full time into independent publishing. Since then I published a trilogy of middle-grade books (though mature women also enjoy these stories).
While independent publishing is a tricky business (you wouldn't believe the minutiae involved!), more challenging still is learning how to market on a budget.
Recently, I revived an ancient YouTube channel (for instance, one video called "Meet the Dogs" is from 2010). To date, I've three book trailers and one video (most recent) intended to introduce would-be readers to the wondrous world of birds. Why not check it out?
And while you're there, I'd love if you'd subscribe. Within a week, I'll be uploading the first of my teacher resource videos for those interested in including in their Language Arts curriculum ...
An Odd Bird.
September 20, 2022
I can also indirectly interact with your students through videos like the one above. For instance, students can pose specific questions to me, which I'll then answer in a YouTube video. Email me for more information. Looking forward to working with you. Thanks!
Attention Middle Grade Teachers!
Looking for a middle grade fiction to include in your ELA curriculum, one that lends itself to instruction across the curriculum? Then consider
An Odd Bird, a mystery and adventure story that will introduce your readers to birds and their habitats. Too, teachers can email me (email@example.com) to obtain free supporting Youtube videos on taxonomy, ecology, and other relevant topics, including discussion questions for ELA.
August 26, 2022
FREE Amazon eBook for The Hawk's Message
Beginning on August 28, 2022, The Hawk's Message (book 2 in the trilogy Of the Wing) will be FREE to download up to and through Thursday, September 1. Read about this book on the homepage of this web site, where you'll also locate a book trailer video. Be sure to view this video through YouTube because the frame displayed is mostly a thumbnail version.
July 21, 2022
An Odd Bird Book Trailer
Check out this just released promotional book video. And if you like it, come join me on my YouTube channel where I'll be uploading videos on our magical world.
Adventures on Marsh Creek
May 18, 2022
The days of spring are flowing as fast as the waters of Marsh Creek. Here are two photos to document recent outings to one of our favorite destinations. The first photo, taken on May 12, features Henry and Rosie (or should I say Rosie's head floating above the water?). And the second, taken on May 17, is of a Pileated Woodpecker contemplating the best place to begin drilling into the trunk of a dead tree.
You can find out more about the Pileated Woodpecker in my most recent blog post.
(You can also access my blog through the blogger icon located in the header section of the home page.)
And stay tuned to more adventures on Marsh Creek. You'll find postings here and under the
BEE a Naturalist menu tab.
January 18, 2022
BlueInk Review Selects An Odd Bird for its Showcase Column in Booklist Online
An Odd Bird was selected by BlueInk Reviews for inclusion in its January 2022 showcase column of favorite titles for Booklist Online, a publication of the American Library Association. Here's an excerpt from that review: "Butler's story is resplendent with rich descriptions, and she ably renders her characters and their conflicting emotions. With its flowing narrative, dimensional characters, and beautifully vivid details, the story is utterly immersive."
September 3, 2021
A New Media Icon: Author Central at Amazon
Meet me at Author Central for regular video updates on my trilogy Of the Wing and upcoming projects. I just uploaded a preview to The Hawk's Message (book two in the trilogy). This video also includes a recap of An Odd Bird (book one). You'll also meet my cat Tony and two dogs, Rosie and Henry. So come visit me soon!
September 13, 2021
An Odd Bird Earns a Starred Review!
I'm pleased to share great news from BlueInk Review--a starred review for An Odd Bird, book one in my trilogy Of the Wing. You can read the entire review at their web site: