Thursday, June 15, 2017

It's Summer Reading Time/Flesch-Kincaid Test

Summer is the perfect time to take a good book outside!

Mornin, everyone!  Pardon my absence, but daily life and some new copy editor jobs have a way of getting in the way of a good blog post! Hope everyone is having a lovely start to the summer season. Here in Michigan, we try to eke out every ounce of summer we can. Our summers are amazingly beautiful can they NOT be with the crystal-blue shorelines of our Great Lakes and the towering pines of our gorgeous forests? Michiganders are proud of our state and its beauty. No other state compares! Both peninsulas are breathtaking, but the Upper Peninsula (simply "the UP" to we Michiganders) is especially lovely in summer.

Lovely, cold, Lake Superior. The Great Lake Gordon Lightfoot once sang about: Gitche Gumee!

If you were a seagull and lived on Lake Superior, you'd chill out on a rock in the sun, too.

Me and my floppy hat, lovin' the peace and quiet of the UP. 
Believe me, I watched and such luck on our trip. I can dream.

A Michigan sunset in the northern Lower Peninsula. Yummy.

I'm still hoping our family can get "up north" this summer, but if not, I'll have to live through memories of summers past.  Nothing beats a time of relaxation in the calm, warm weather and nature of a Michigan summer, but packing along summer reading books for those downtimes or the occasional rainy day is a must.

Which brings me to...summer reading!  I know my readers have plenty of summer reading, whether it's mandatory or not! Most Catholic schools have summer reading lists, and I'm pleased to see that my three books are on them across the country. For many, Olivia and Josh and the rest of the gang are becoming their good companions.

For teachers and parents, don't forget that I have free PDF discussion guides I can email you that go along with the books. Feel free to email me at Nancy (at) harveyhousepublishing (dot) com and I'll get those right out to you! Like, immediately, so you can start discussing all of Olivia's adventures with Hayley and her grandma and Chad and all of the shenanigans (Grandma's word, not mine) that they can get into! And of course, Josh and good old Pie, who forge an unlikely friendship as Josh starts 8th grade.

For teachers, principals and librarians who need to know the more technical side of things, on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level scale, Olivia and the Little Way scores 4.3; Olivia's Gift scores 4.6; and The Gate scores 6.1.  Usually the Olivia books are taught in grade three/four in many Catholic schools, and The Gate in grade six. 

It doesn't matter where you go this summer; even if it's your own back yard, you can still enjoy summer reading! Happy reading!

Petoskey stones are fun to collect. But you have to be near Petoskey to do it. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Adult Coloring Book for Lent

Bezalel Books has a beautiful coloring book for adults this Lent. Written by Kathryn Mulderink, OCDS and with captivating illustrations by Father Victor KyNam, this coloring book will help you relax and meditate on the Stations of the Cross of our Lord. I encourage you to check it out: or

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pro-Life 'Tween Novel: Olivia's Gift

"Parents looking for a book that...promotes wholesome Christian values and the Catholic faith will want to get their hands on Olivia's Gift. Pro-life values are subtly underscored in a moving chapter...and Olivia's turning to her favorite saint for help ultimately leads her to do the right thing, after taking a few wrong turns along the way. Even better, her example influences her friends to become better persons themselves."

                                                                —San Antonio Today's Catholic

Recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Catholic Press Association Award Winner

Winner of Royal Dragonfly Book Award, Children's Chapter Books

It wasn't my first intention to write Olivia's Gift as a pro-life novel, but as the story unfolded in my mind and heart, I knew the Holy Spirit was asking me to have this important theme running throughout the story. It's done in an age-appropriate way, with opportunities for parents and teachers to expand as much as they need to. Taught in Catholic schools, home schools, and parish classrooms, Olivia's Gift challenges and educates young readers as Olivia encounters people on her family vacation who teach her what the gift of life truly is. With a pro-modesty theme as well, it is a wholesome Catholic story for all ages. I wrote a discussion guide for teachers and parents to use alongside Olivia's Gift. If you are interested, please email Guide (at) Harveyhousepublishing (dot) com and I will email you the PDF free of charge. A visit to the same website will provide more information about this Catholic 'tween novel.

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