It's Live and Ready to Read!

10:07 AM Elizabeth Seckman 19 Comments

Join us!
This Sunday, March 12th from 12:30-2:00
@The Movie House in New Martinsville, WV

I am late getting this posted. Sometimes the day job goes sideways and the side gig/work of my heart has to take the back burner. There is probably a grant out there for creative therapy, but that's not the grant I work under, so much of this is a labor of love. That's not a complaint, but an explanation for the delay. Though, I could better pre-schedule things...but then what would I whine about during my monthly IWSG posts? 

                                                 It is now officially out! 

Tales From the Valley

By WATCH Youth

Juvenile Fiction – short stories/action & adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844934, $10.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844941, $3.99
Autographed copies $16 locally, $18 online. 
That is a bit of a mark-up, but sales of the autographed book will go toward supporting the WATCH Youth writers and the WATCH Youth program. This is a program we hope to expand to one day include all creative outlets. And maybe one day..a dedicated space for tweens and teens to be creative and have a safe place to hang out. That's our hope and our mission. 
If you'd like an autographed copy mailed to you, send an $18 check payable to WCCCFWV to: 
The Center for Children and Families 
Attn: Elizabeth Seckman
128 Main Street, New Martinsville WV 26155 

Buying online is good too. We want to support Diane and Dancing Lemur for all their hard work and the opportunity to get this book from idea to print! So, no matter what way you buy, you're helping the cause. :)

The Ohio Valley’s Rich Stories and Fables…

Can Anna Lee change her town’s history when she spins back in time? Can Tracy save her family when nightmare creatures drop from the sky? What could go wrong when a woman turns her father's murder into a profession? Can a loner help a girl find a survivor community in the wasteland before it’s too late? What happens when a teen hunts to escape a chaotic home life and finds himself the hunted? Is Tori gone forever, lost in the murky waters of the Ohio River? Will Von overcome Their malicious demeanor and break the chains of Their oppression? Will a fun-loving cheerleader learn she doesn’t have to stay the victim of her domineering boyfriend?

Come along as we traverse the richness of the valley…

“The future of literature is bright and hopeful with the young authors who make up this collection of short stories. Not only do they show a highly developed imagination for writers of such fledgling age, they are already adept at structuring and pacing the action. Each tale is coherent and a constant page turner. I couldn't put the book down until I read each one all the way through. Keep up the great work and never stop creating and writing, for the only thing that sustains us as indispensably as food, psychologically, emotionally and physically, is imagination. And imagination is our only real weapon against ignorance and the recidivism of humanity.” - Dave Shelton, multi-award winning film and TV writer, cartoonist, musician, voice actor and author. His credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., Cemetery GoGo and the International Book Award winner, Bag Boy and Sweet Slob

WATCH* Youth is a child advocacy group committed to improving the emotional well-being of our kids by actively engaging them in social and creative programs. WATCH Youth Young Writers is a creative writing group open to all youth in the Ohio Valley.

Purchase Tales From the Valley at Amazon / Barnes & Nobel / Kobo / iTunes

Are you ready to journey into the Ohio Valley?

It's going to be a busy weekend! I'll be at the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia Friday and Saturday. I'll be eating my Wheaties tomorrow! 


  1. I am not a book reader but I wish you all luck with this launch!

    1. Those words break a writer's heart, LOL. Thank ou for the luck!

  2. Just ordered my copy:)

  3. I wish you great success in this venture. It sounds incredible.

  4. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Did you get a chance to write today?

    1. No, but I'm hoping to catch a few minutes this morning!

  5. Hope you've caught those few minutes, Hugs

  6. I'm so proud of these kids. Congratulations!
    Got my copy!
    (Sorry I missed making return visits for IWSG. My internet went out for over 40 hours.)

    1. Thank you!
      And my philosophy on blogging is to do the best you can and not worry about it. So, no apology needed!


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