A Time For Thanks

Like many I have been blessed this year.

I’m thankful for…

…my families constant support. For my husband who always sees my potential and tells me all the time how proud he is of me. To my children who inspire me. There have been so many times lately when they do without me. They understand when I cannot be there because of my weekend book signings and events. For their unconditional love I am thankful.

…my critique group who have been in my life for almost a decade. They are my weekly support system when I am in doubt of my work. I can count on them for encouragement, to listen and make me a better writer. They are like my extended family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. For their dedication I am thankful.

….my social media connections and friends. It’s my forum to vent, laugh and share. When I’m having a horrible day there is a word of encouragement. When I have something terrific to share someone is adding an emoji or a word of kudos. I don’t know 34,000 people and yet they still connect at one time or another. For my friends on these sites. You are consistent supporters of my work. I know some days you must hate seeing me once again in your feed. For their friendship and tolerance I am thankful.

…for my publisher who took a chance on me. Who believed my stories needed to be published. Who takes the time to answer my million and one emails. With that I hope to make Clear Fork Publishing rich someday! For their patience and open-mindedness I am thankful.

…for my illustrators who brought life to my characters. Andreea who made the characters of Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four memorable. Bailey’s darling drawings in My Big Tree delights me every time I read the book. She even made a snakes lovable. Sunny’s adorable penguin. Iggy Loo warms my heart every time I look at him. He’s going to be on my Christmas card this year! For their wonderful talent I am thankful.

…for my faith that gives me the strength to overcome my struggles and help me see my worth. For this I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!


“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 15

p26I got to LA bright and early to take in all the sights and hob nob with the famous folks. I went to Hollywood Boulevard and saw all sorts of interesting people. I saw over 2500 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and slipped my feet into the Hollywood greats like Michael Jackson and The Beatles. Afterwards I headed off the the Los Angeles Zoo where the just finished a dinosaur exhibit. Starting November 18 they have Reindeer Romp where you can say hellos to Santa’s reindeer and take pictures with them! I got mine early.

The day wouldn’t be complete without a visit with my friend Trina. She was gracious enough to do a review of my holiday picture book Iggy Loo. Make yourself a cup of coco and take a listen.

Trina writes: The holidays are almost here and Maria Ashworth’s new book joins us at the perfect time. It’s a well-written and beautifully illustrated holiday children’s book that is ultimately about following our dreams and a reminder of the importance of family. A sweet and child-like penguin named Iggy Loo watches from inside his snow globe during the holidays. He craves the same adventures of his beloved red-headed girl, but sadly is returned to a box in the closet each year, only to emerge again during the next holiday season. Find out what happens when an accident removes Iggy Loo from his comfort zone and his wish comes true.” Iggy Loo” is a wonderful addition to any home’s holiday tradition. Curl up with your children by a warm fire, a hot cup of cocoa filled with yummy marshmallows, and open this book. The balance of exploring our ambitions while discovering that home and family is always right in front of us is something to be cherished. Iggy Loo is a beautiful addition to any holiday tradition!
Trina Dye is a single mother of three, concert pianist, parenting blogger, advocate for the rights of children, founder of The Middle Cinnamon Roll and contributing writer to Thrive Global and Mommy Drinks Wine and Swears.”

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Clear Fork Publishing. Ask for it at your local book store and library.
Hard Cover $16.99
Soft Cover $10.99

“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 14


I arrived safely in California. My first stop is to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know it weighs 894,500 tons? That’s a lot of fish. It’s color is called “international orange.” It originally wasn’t going to be orange. Mr. Morrow, the architect said black was unattractive and reduce the scale of the bridge. Next, I traveled to the Fisherman’s Wharf to say hello to my west coast friends the sea lions.

I met up with my friend Sara. She was kind enough to do a review of my new holiday book.

Sara writes: Iggy Loo is an adorable story that my 4-year-old loved. We finished reading and he said “I want to do it again. That was so fun!” We both enjoyed reading about how Iggy the penguin’s life changes over time and how the relationship with the little redhead changes too. I loved that there were surprises in the story that I actually didn’t see coming and the illustrations give life to the story. The ending is very sweet and as a mom, I enjoyed reading this book with my son. It’s a great conversation starter about holiday traditions and passing on memories to our kids.

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Clear Fork Publishing. Ask for it at your local book store and library.
Hard Cover $16.99
Soft Cover $10.99

“Road To Reviews,”Iggy Loo, Day 13


Here I am in Oregon! Not only was there a crater moon in Idaho but there is a crater lake in Oregon.This happened from a collapse of a volcano 7,700 years ago. It’s the deepest lake in the USA fed by rain and snow.

With my travels I thought it’d be appropriate to stop at Lewis and Clark’s National & State Historical Park. Then I explored the Sea Lion Caves. It’s America’s largest cave and home to the Stellar sea lions. The cave was formed 25 million years ago and is as high as a 12 story building.

The day would not be complete without a visit with my Oregon friend Heather. Here she’ll share her reviews about my new holiday book, Iggy Loo.

Heather writes:  A tender, delightful story of the impressions family traditions have on children. The soft classic Holiday colors illustrated create a story to treasure. Iggy Loo reminds us to embrace family, cherish Holidays and pass on traditions.  

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Clear Fork Publishing. Ask for it at your local book store and library.
Hard Cover $16.99
Soft Cover $10.99

“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 12



In Idaho today! I had to see the craters of the moon! Created over 15,000 years ago by lava flowing from the Great Rift. A sight to see.

And how can one not see the Idaho Potato Museum while in Idaho! The museum is dedicated to you guess it the spud. Did you know a potato is made up of 80% water? I didn’t know there was so much to learn about a potato. Hey, what do you call a baby potato? A small fry! Ha!

Okay, let’s get serious. I headed over to my friend Kayla where she is going to review one of my favorite holiday books, Iggy Loo.

Kayla: Maria Ashworth’s “Iggy Loo” will bring you back to all of your Holiday memories. The little red head knew just what to do with Iggy Loo to conserve his memory and pass him down to…

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