Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Win a first edition copy of Mamsey Bear and Mopkin..

When the books arrive on Dec 18th, I will draw 3 names for a First Edition copy of the new book. (If you have already pre-ordered, and your name is chosen, you will be reimbursed).
 (This is the back of the jacket)

  Fed Ex brought a package this week. It was nerve wracking, I asked James to open the box while I snapped away with the camera to preserve "the moment".

He peeled away the brown paper and there they were, 5 carefully stacked books.
My precious little pile of advance copies.I have been chronicling the creation of this book for 2 years on this blog and my website, so this was a special moment for us.

 I was seriously  D E L I G H T E D at the jackets.. would the interiors be just as good??! With trepidation I open the book to peek inside....and Hallelujah! I love it, I love it! Thank you Printers!  Thank you Dan the layout man! Thank you dear husband and support system! Thank you God!

Welcome Book 3 in the Hopalong Hollow Set.
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       There is just something about a freshly printed book. Turning the pages for the 1st time, the colors envelop me with the warm rusts and ochre of Autumn and I can still smell the ink that created all those colors on the thick, smooth paper. I lovingly run my hand over the surface of each page and count the perfect nine stitches down the center of the page in this smythe sewn copy, studying each illustration to see that the art meets perfectly in the middle of the seam. Is the text clearly visible throughout the book and easy to read? Yes, it is; white text on dark backgrounds and black text on pale backgrounds. Is the embossing perfectly lined up to enhance the little bird "carvings" on the book jacket? Yes, and it feels lovely as I run my finger over the delicate indentations.  Somehow, even the illustrations seem fresher and more vibrant than ever before. I quietly read my story for the hundredth time, but this time is different, for now, I am not reading from my messy sketch book, or my neatly typed manuscript, I am reading it FROM MY BOOK.
  It is a wonderful thing to behold the artwork which spent so much time in  a satchel, having  been reborn as a new entity in the pages of a book. I am quite certain that all authors and illustrators must feel this quiet and sweet satisfaction when they hold in their hands the final result of much love and labor; ones own book.
I immediately wrote a special message on a pure white page in one of these 5 precious copies, to send to my mother in Colorado. After all, she is the epitome of what this story is all about. She will be the first person ( besides James and me) to read this book.


 Now I am  pleased to offer my new book 
"Mamsey Bear and Mopkin"
 to those of you who wish to pre-order.

     We expect the bulk shipment to arrive here on December 18th. At this moment, the books are on a freighter from
Hong Kong and heading for port in Seattle, Wash. then on to Chicago and finally, here, in Tennessee. There are 3000 copies in this run and it is my tradition to number the first 50 books in the first edition. . So if you want a numbered copy order soon  !(Update 11/15, those first 50 numbered books are now taken)

 If you were to see my book in the book store, you would be able to flip through the pages, but since this IS my bookstore for now, imagine you are at Market Day in the Hollow, browsing the books in Milliken Butterfields caravan book shop.

Here you are offered a nice glimpse of Mamsey Bear's world. It is a world of nature,
rich illustrative detail, a mother's love, and hundreds of tiny stitches.

For a synopsis of the story and
for ordering information follow this link to my website:
http://www.jerilanders.com/Mamsey%20Purchase%20Page.htm
. Some of you have already emailed me about ordering and your names have been noted in my little "order book". Thank you! I will also be taking book orders at the
art shows seen on my show schedule.

 I guess you could say this is my virtual "Book Launch". I hope those of you whom I have met at shows, those who have enjoyed my other books and my lovely blogger friends, will join me in celebrating my third book in the Hopalong Hollow Series. Thank you for following along on this journey. All of you have been wonderful companions. Don't forget to leave a message if you wish to be entered in the drawing!
Now I will spend the next several months promoting and selling this book before I begin work on book 4... a tale about a Moose. 

 Jeri's email: jeri@hopalonggreetings.com


48 comments:

  1. Bonjour,

    Je suis très heureuse d'apprendre une si belle nouvelle... Je sais que ce bel ouvrage aura beaucoup de succès. Vous avez un tel talent !
    Gros bisous

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  2. My dear friend,
    Good for you to pester and nudge.. It worked!

    I too am over the moon about this book! The Jacket is just beautiful, and thank you for letting us flip through the pages with you.. I feel like I have stepped into the hollow.. Your illustrations are charming, imaginative, colorful, inspiring, unbelievably detailed and magnificent! I am so excited.. You have work long and hard, what an accomplishment this is... I am so happy for you.. I cannot wait for Mamsey Bear and Mopkin to arrive...
    With great admiration and friendship,
    Penny

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  3. I can hardly wait to get my copy. Since I already emailed you about ordering a book, how do I go about this?

    I am happy for you and proud of you for your wonderful accomplishment.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  4. HERE I AM! I am finally here, after having a hectic week (and it ain't over!) at school.

    Nothing gives me such joy as seeing a friend achieve so much. Jeri, your illustrations and their detail are testimony enough to prove that you are one hard worker. TALENTED? Of course. But hard work is the driving force to EXCELLENCE and you have done it over and over again.

    I am celebrating with you today and I will be rereading and enjoying my copies of your work. BRAVO BRAVO!!!! They look sensational! LOVE TO YOU! Anita

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  5. P.S. The trailer for this book brought tears to my eyes while I had a smile on my face. I can't wait to see the wonderful details and read the sweet story of this book.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  6. Wonderful! It looks absolutely beautiful. I ordered mine last night ASAP but forgot to leave you a comment!

    Life is good in your hollow!
    Blessings

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  7. How exciting! Congratulations! It has been such fun following along as your created your latest book. Now take a few days to rest. Hugs, Bonnie

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  8. Dear Jeri - looks like a wonderful book - now I will have to go to the link and order my copy. It will be wonderful to have some of your lovely work on my shelf. Take care and have a great day.

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  9. Hi Jeri,
    I will pass your kind words to Brittany.. Thanks so much for visiting.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  10. Jeri darlin'! HELLO! Oh my, to see your name on my comments page always makes ME smile! How are the fellers on the farm? I am getting my share of squirrel antics here; you should see all the acorns and berries on the ground. These little fuzzy wuzzy creatures are gorging themselves, for sure! And Hamish and the gang....do tell, are they well? We have a herd (flock?) of wild turkeys making the rounds in the neighborhood. The other day, one of them stopped traffic! She fanned out her feathers and stood there in front of a bus until her sistas safely crossed the street. She then let down her guard and let the bus go. What a gal! teehee

    Have a fabulous day! Anita

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    1. We have about 2 dozen wild turkeys that "graze" in our meadow in the winter and fall. They are wonderful to see, but the peacocks are so fascinated with them that they want to join the flock and I need to lock them in the barn till the turkeys move on late in the day.

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  11. oh how wonderful!!!
    I am so happy for you! looks precious indeed.

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  12. how lovely - so jealous of the first 50! Congratulations - will order after the first of the year!

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  13. Thanks Jeri ~ Here is my entry into your drawing. When is your drawing?

    Rainey

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    1. Hi Rainey, I'll have the drawing the day the 3000 books arrive, on Dec. 18th.

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  14. Your artwork is exquisite and I think our 2 grand-darlings will adore this book! Can't wait to see a copy in person. Many blessings to you. :)

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  15. It is beautiful and you should be so proud! You did good! Blessings to you and yours

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  16. Oh yes! Please enter me in the drawing too! I have to say, I am near tears reading about this-I'm so happy for you! The movie was wonderful too-the music is perfect for your art. I bet Fiona is proud -she is a famous goose!
    Love to you!

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  17. Oh enter me in the drawing! :) Definitely!

    Congratulations on the book finally arriving and looking so fabulous!!! It looks so lovely!

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  18. Bonjour,
    Je découvre ton blog, j'aime beaucoup ton travail! Des aventures et de très belles photos.
    Je suis artiste peintre, photographe amateur; je me suis inscrite pour suivre tes publications!
    Je t'invite à me rendre visite sur mes blogs et voir mon travail, merci beaucoup et bonne journée!

    HI, I discover your blog that I like very much! adventures and very beautiful photographs.
    I am french amateur photographer; I was registered to follow your publications
    Do not hesitate to visit my blogs and see my work, thank you, have a nice day! Cath.

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  19. Dear Jeri - would love to be in your drawing. How exciting for you. I know I won't be disappointed. Think I emailed you - wanting to purchase a copy so hope I can send you a check in the mail...let me know.

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  20. Jeri, I enjoyed watching your book trailer. The amount of work and talent that went into your book is overwhelming. Your excitement is well justified. I feel like I've just been through labor with you and welcomed your new baby into the world. Congratulations! :-)

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    1. Cathy, I like the analogy, I do feel as though I have given birth, to a bouncing baby bear book!

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  21. Congratulations Jeri on your new book. It looks wonderful! I like that you said the needleworker will like this book, as that interests me. I also have a young Granddaughter who would love your wonderful artwork and story. I have enjoyed following along as you wrote the story and drew and painted the pages. Thank you for a chance to win a book. ~Christine

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  22. Jeri,

    I would love to win your third book! I have your first two on my coffee table and look at them often. You are blessed with such amazing talent!

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  23. Jeri, I would love to be included in the drawing to win a book - I am so excited about the arrival of your new books! cheer, cheer, cheer (thats me jumping up and down and clapping).
    Deborah Rogers Mercy

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  24. Jeri, How can I resist this temptation. Yes please enter my name in the draw.. Your work is amazing!!! Thank you for the chance.

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  25. I would love to win your new book. I think that you are very talented! I have the blue bunny book and my granddaughter and I have really enjoyed it. Congratulations on getting your new one published. It is beautiful.

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  26. Congratulations Jeri !! I would love for you to enter my name in the drawing. You get sooo many emails, I'm sure you wouldn't remember me, but I wrote you when I received your first two books. I was so elated at the beauty of them it was the first time I felt joy since the death of my beloved husband in Jan of this year. You have so much talent. I just can't imagine the pride you must feel when you see your book for the first time, I KNOW how I felt.

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    1. I absolutely remember your email, it was so very touching. I hope things are going better for you!

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  27. I just blundered into your website for the first time. Oh, my! I am charmed. Completely charmed. If I were to win a copy of the new book, I would probably swoon. I look forward to browsing and getting better acquainted.
    --Linda

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  28. I just blundered into your website for the first time. Oh, my! I am charmed. Completely charmed. If I were to win a copy of the new book, I would probably swoon. I look forward to browsing and getting better acquainted.
    --Linda

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  29. Congratulations on the completion on book three! I have been enjoying your blog. It truly has been and will continue to be a sweet little escape for me when taking a break from caring for my three young children. I had the opportunity to meet you in 2006 at the Christmas Craftmans' Classic in Columbia SC. as well as purchase your first book. I love how you signed it to my first daughter..."For Eden, a sweet wee baby bun." She has grown up practicing over and over your little bunny that you sketched in the bottom corner. She and her two siblings LOVE it when I read your books. It takes us forever to read because they wont let me turn any of the pages until they have soaked up every last detail into their tiny little memories. We own the first two books of the series and can't wait to own book three! Thank you for creating these wonderful stories with artwork that is total awesome sauce!

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    1. Chrystal, I am glad Eden knows how to savor a page, that's what makes it worthwhile for me to spend so much time creating the illustrations.

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  30. I would love to win a copy of your book! I have the other ones and enjoy them very much.

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  31. Sophia says please please Grammy...enter our names:)
    Much love,
    Christie and Phia

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  32. She said, "It come at chrismas? He put on my shelf? I hoed it..I open it?" Yes yes yes, Phia...it will be here by Christmas, Yes Santa will put it on your shelf, yes you can hold it and we'll read it:))
    And she spies Bushky, to the right, and says..."Wook! Find him on compooter.." I said... go find him in your room! He's there:))
    She is so excited!
    Love to you,
    Christie

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  33. HOORAY! Congratulations, dear Jeri...the excitement is palpable! What a stunningly gorgeous book, I cannot wait...
    Yes, please, do enter me in the drawing...but I will be ordering as well.
    I did not know about your sweet Mom being the inspiration for Mamsey...that is so beautiful. How proud she must be. And I wanted to let you know that my daughter is enchanted and mesmerized (as am I!) by our copy of "Hopalong Jack". Thank you.... :)
    Hugs and blessings,
    - Irina

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  34. I love your blog and seeing your beautiful creations. Please enter me in your drawing. Warm hugs, Esther

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  35. Oh Pick ME, Pick ME... let me contain myself! I can't even imaging owning a first edition of your book. Please enter me in your drawing! What a sweet thing for you to do Jeri. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent with all of us.

    Blessings Always, Edie Marie

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  36. Love your books!!! Thanks for the drawing!!

    Mary m_calton@yahoo.com

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  37. Congratulations! Through your talent, you have given us a deeply personal view of these wonderful animals that you have brought to life! How kind of you to have a drawing for one of your books!
    Blessings!

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