My First Children’s Book Launches Nov. 25th on Kindle!


Years ago, I really resisted doing the chores of daily life, like paying bills and doing laundry. My therapist suggested that I explore doing tasks because I care about myself and my life, so I tried. The first month that I paid all my bills on time, she said, “Good job, Terry. Give yourself a gold star!” What a concept!

I wanted to share this idea of “care first then act” with my three young granddaughters, whom I missed dearly after moving to DC. Using plain heavy paper, I developed a two-Way Postal Cards so my granddaughters could share what they had done because they cared, give themselves gold stars and write to me so I could be proud too. I loved getting and sending the cards!

When I told friends about the cards, and the “care first then act” process that I called “GoldStar Magic,” they said that this was a great idea and that I should share it with other families. So with the inspiration of Annie Campbell’s delightful artwork, I wrote and self-published the story of NoraLee Johnson who learns the magic of caring first  when she visits Planet Ifwee. And I developed the Family Pen-Pal Kit to go with it.

I wanted millions of families to be inspired by NoraLee’s story to  to tell your children about the magic of caring first.  And now you can because today is the official launch on Amazon Kindle of NoraLee’s Adventures on Planet Ifwee!

The story is written in rhyme for children ages 4-8 (though I’ve read it to little ones as young as 3 and as old as 9, and they’ve loved it!) NoraLee is a little girl who hates doing her chores, misses her grandparents and gets invited to take a voyage to Planet Ifwee where she learns from her new friends about GoldStar Magic!

The book is available in both eBook and paperback editions

in the Amazon Store HERE.

And here’s the really great news! The eBook is available for FREE (yes, that’s right!) for 5 days – TODAY  through TUESDAY (and then it bumps up to its retail price of $1.99). So don’t delay. Download it immediately while it’s FREE – and share the news with your family and friends!

Furthermore, with every ebook purchase, you’ll receive a link to a FREE mp3 recording of The Ifwee Song, produced by Jan Nigro and the Vitamin L Chidren’s chorus. Kids of all ages LOVE this song! Wahoo! (The link is on page 1).


My goal is to make this an Amazon Bestseller, which would support the possibility of expanding this into a series. I’ll be writing with my sister Clare who is a licensed therapist, and our goal is to have NoraLee enjoy many adventures that help her build resilience, self esteem and the ability to connect with others. Two things contribute to this … (1) Number of Reviews, and (2) Sales.

Would you be willing WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK to leave an honest review on Amazon? My original goal for the book was to have more than 100 reviews within the next week, but I’m hoping we blow that goal right out of the water. With it being FREE for 5 days and with your help spreading the word, I know we can do it!

And it’s really quick and easy to leave a review on Amazon, because (1) Amazon makes it easy, and (2) your review doesn’t have to be long. It can be as short as a sentence or two. And when you give your review, don’t mention anything about me; just write what you thought about the book.

Furthermore, I’ll likely be pulling lines from reviews to use in the book’s description (“Here’s what readers are saying about this book …”). So if you’re creative with words, bring it!

Once you see the digital version, I’m hoping you’re going to want a physical copy. For 15 years, I’ve been sharing NoraLee’s story with small groups of families, and now through the miracle of the internet and ebooks, I’m thrilled to be able to reach so many more. Would you be willing to consider purchasing a physical copy of the book, and also consider purchasing a second copy to bless someone else?

IN REVIEW – I’m asking for your help with three actions:

1. Download the FREE eBook now, and please leave an honest Amazon Review as soon as you’re able.

2. Consider purchasing a physical copy for you and for someone else.

3. Share the news on social media and with your friends and family (especially while the eBook is FREE).  #noraleestory

MOST IMPORTANTLY … I hope that you enjoy NoraLee’s story and believe that it will help the children you love build their own self-esteem and capacity to care, while enjoying the story. This is why I wrote the book, to share the blessing of what I’ve learned with all of you.

Again, the book is available in both eBook and Paperback editions

 in the Amazon Store HERE.

Thank You, Blessings and Enjoy!


P.S. The eBook can be read with the Free Kindle App on any smartphone or tablet (available in the App Store connected to your device). It can also be read on any computer with the Free Kindle App (for Mac’s, download HERE;  for PC’s, download HERE.

CLICK HERE TO GET NoraLee’s Adventures on Planet Ifwee


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