Christian Adventure Stories for Kids


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Posted by Connie Vellekoop on March 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm very excited to announce that I've successfully published my newest book, ALEX AND THE SECRET ROOM, on Amazon's Kindle. Starting April 1, you may purchase and download it for only .99 cents--that's right, an introductory offer of less than one dollar! On May 1, the price will go up to $4.99. Here's a description of the book:

Alex is a redhead, impulsive, friendly 12-year old boy. He loves adventure, and somehow manages to find them in his small town of Rocky Cove. In the first Alex Book, Alex and the Pirate’s Cave, there were kidnappings, pirates (of course!), skeletons, treasure, and good lessonslearned.

This story, Alex and the Secret Room, starts out inthe 1800s with fugitive slaves and the Underground Railroad. Somehow there is a connection with Rocky Cove in modern times. Alex befriends a lonely boy who had recently moved to Rocky Cove. This newcomer, Alonzo, lives in a Victorian mansion with his dad, and confides in Alex about weird happenings in this big house—strange noises and apparitions. Alonzo’s dad has apparently hidden a dark secret from his son. You’ll find out how Alex gets involved in solving this mystery and what happens.  As in all my stories, there are biblical and moral foundations brought out, without being “preachy.”:D



Posted by Connie Vellekoop on January 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm considering my options for publishing my next Alex book--"Alex and the Secret Room." I might be putting it out on Kindle myself, with an introductory price of only $1.00 -- hoping that it might generate a whole lot of new readers. Let me know what you think! :/

New Kids' Adventure Book Published!!

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on December 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (0)

I am very happy to announce that my book, "Alex and the Pirate's Cave" has now been published, printed and I have copies available!!  This is the first in a series of three stories about Alex, a boy who loves adventure, is impulsive and sometimes gets into scrapes because of it.  The stories each start out with a historical setting, based on fact but fictionalized, and then move to a modern setting with present-day Alex.  These stories will appeal mostly to boys, but girls can also enjoy them.  They are written for the Middle Reader--age 8 - 12.  My ten-year old grandson has pronounced them "cool!"


You may contact me for information--at 585-624-2366.  The book sells for $12 plus $2.50 S&H.  On the publisher's website it sells for $19.95.  I can get it out in time for Christmas if you hurry your order in by December 17.

Why Can't Americans Spell!?

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on February 4, 2010 at 8:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, I admit that I'm a bit obsessive/compulsive about spelling and punctuation--not that I ALWAYS get it right, but what I always try to do is to GO BACK AND PROOF-READ WHAT I JUST WROTE! I'm amazed that the vast majority of people seem to not pay any attention to orthography, rules of punctuation, or grammar in anything they write--emails, FaceBook, etc.  I'm pretty sure a lot of them know better, but don't find it important to pay attention to these details.  It IS important, people!


English is one of the most expressive languages in the world and the finest expression of poets, the likes of Keats, Byron, Browning, Frost, and Shakespeare.  When one hears our younger generation speaking, one has to conclude their vocabulary amounts to around 25 words, punctuated mostly with "like" and "omg."

Conscientious, hard-working, dedicated high-school English teachers must face an uphill battle with their students.  Can they spell, can they write, can they READ?

I would like to see stricter standards for high school students: Essay writing, public speaking, memorization of great poetry, and stringent spelling drills!  UP with proper English and DOWN with text-messaging and sloppy spelling.  Let's SAVE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

Arrgghhh! How to Get Published!!

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on January 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been in contact with a publishing company and have received word they're interested in reading my manuscript for "Alex and the Pirate Cave."  So I sent it off and they promised to get back to me in a week or two.


Fantastic.  Now I have to wade through a gazillion steps on "promoting and marketing" my future book.  I have NO idea what most of it is talking about.  I would need to have an actual LIFE -- that is, lot's of free time to do everything they suggest: Book shows, conferences, signings, contacting media, radio; social networking -- Mercy!  I'm fortunate to achieve my regular responsibilities!:ohmy:


Well, I hope I'm not "barking up the wrong tree," or heading down a dead-end road.


We'll see what happens.  Stay tuned.

A new year--new writing challenges!

Posted by Connie Vellekoop on January 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM Comments comments (0)

I never really thought of myself as an author--though I've always loved books!  I can easily lose myself totally in a good story--there are times I get so involved that  I forget the who, where, what, and when of my surroundings!  I love the feel of a book in my hands--the smell of the pages, the binding, the print, the pictures (if it has them)--I like being able to take it anywhere, read it leasurely, go back to former pages--skip ahead to see what happens!  Shhh--don't tell anyone I do that!:tongue:

I can never conceive of "books on-line" or "Kindle" taking the place of a printed book -- it just doesn't FEEL right.  Technology is not FRIENDLY like an actual book is.


My idea of entertainment is being able to get my jammies on and get into bed with a good book and something to munch on (probably something like fruit--since I'm doomed to "permanent dieting!")  In fact, my whole family loves to read--our vacations often consisted of a pile of books and everyone sitting around, engrossed in a well-written story.  When I was growing up, a common punishment for miscreant behavior was not being allowed to read for a week (or two or more, depending on the crime.)  My friends would say, "You call THAT a punishment!?)


I like buying books and I don't like getting rid of them!  Consequently, our library continues to grow.  Some books I might re-read, but often they sit there, year after year--collecting dust, but like old friends--bringing back memories of good times.


So, now I've written one published book--a feat that continues to rather amaze me!  But this has given me impetus to go back to working on a "Middle-Reader" story that I started about ten years ago.  I sort of feel I have the ability to "think like a kid"--(my husband says I AM a kid!) -- and put myself in a child's perspective and view of their surroundings.


I'll see where this venture takes me -- maybe I'll get published this year!