Tessa Collins and the Jaded Jewel Thief available on Amazon!

JJTTessa Collins and the Jaded Jewel Thief is available on Amazon in hard copy and kindle eBook!  Spread the word to middle grade readers you know.

The excitement continues in the Tessa Collins mystery series.  A refreshing story for readers, Tessa’s adventures are sure page turners.  E.A. Henson’s cast of characters come alive as the reader plunges into Tessa’s world.  A spunky sidekick and best friend, a family bonded strongly after loss, and a not-so-willing but helpful older cousin make their way across the stage of the town of Hayward.

This time the fun continues in E.A. Henson’s newest novelette:

Tessa Collins and the Jaded Jewel Thief

An expert jewel thief has repeatedly struck in the neighboring county and authorities are on alert. When her local shop is targeted, Tessa Collins, teenage sleuth, is on the case. This time she has a hunch who is behind the robbery but no one believes her. To prove her theory and catch the thief red handed, Tessa decides to set some bait.

Keeping secrets from her best friend, pairing up with a complicated ally, and keeping her father, the town’s sheriff, out of the loop become Tessa’s uncomfortable new norm.

With no one to turn to for help, will Tessa’s bait lead the thief right to her? Join Tessa as she tries to stay a step ahead of a determined thief. She may soon discover that things don’t always go according to plan.

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Book Release Date: Tessa Collins and The Jaded Jewel Thief

JJTBook two in the Tessa Collins series is finally about to become a reality!  The highly anticipated sequel to Tessa Collins and The Small Town Thief will be available April 2nd.

Tessa Collins and The Jaded Jewel Thief follows main character Tessa, sweet and sophisticated (though slightly headstrong) teenage sleuth, as she solves another case in her hometown of Hayward.

An expert jewel thief has repeatedly struck in the neighboring county and authorities are on alert. When her local shop is targeted, Tessa Collins is on the case.

This time she has a hunch who is behind the robbery but no one believes her. To prove her theory and catch the thief red handed, Tessa decides to set some bait.

Keeping secrets from her best friend, pairing up with a complicated ally, and keeping her father, the town’s sheriff, out of the loop become Tessa’s uncomfortable new norm. With no one to turn to for help, will Tessa’s bait lead the thief right to her?

Join Tessa as she tries to stay a step ahead of a determined thief. She may soon discover that things don’t always go according to plan.

This is fun news!!!

Dr. Seuss bookThe timeless and beloved author, Dr. Seuss will release a new book this July. Here’s a great write up by Amanda Nelson about the exciting scoop.

Having grown up on the works of Dr. Seuss, I’m pretty psyched about the news! And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street and Green Eggs and Ham are by far my favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

Please share yours in the comments below. I’d LOVE to hear which ones you grew up on.

Tessa In Hard Copy!

IMG_0369Tessa Collins and The Small Town Thief is now available in HARD COPY here!

It is one thing to self-publish your book as an eReader, but seeing your book in the ‘flesh’ brings your hard work into a new realm of reality is truly is a dream come true!  I have so many people to thank for their help, prayers, and support.

A side note: Never undervalue a self-published author.  I used to.  When I heard someone had self-published, I would think, “What’s wrong with them?”  Self-published authors are sometimes placed into certain categories by people.  The Indie authors are either thought of as some kind of stubborn do-it-yourself-er, or believed to have enough money to fund themselves, or thought to not have good enough works to be backed by agents and publishers.  Well, news flash for me, they can also be regular people with not a lot of money who have stories to tell that are just different than what the average, main stream agent is looking for.  Thanks to companies like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, regular people like me can share my stories with the world.  I cannot thank Amazon and CreateSpace enough.  If it weren’t for companies like them, the growing number of Indie authors like me would still be struggling to find a ‘way in’.  While these companies make it possible to self-publish, they can’t supply the personal hard work, time, patience, and talent it takes to become a self-published author.  Kudos to all my fellow Indie authors!

If you enjoyed Tessa Collins and The Small Town Thief on your eReader, or haven’t had a chance to read this exciting detective story, you can buy the hard cover today for only $4.99!

Thank you to my fans.  I love that you love my stories.  Stay tuned for BIG news coming up!

 

Throw Back Thursday: to my first poem

Throw back Thursday!  I haven’t done this before and I think it is typically used for photos but I recently had a ‘laugh out loud’ moment that I thought I’d share.  My 3 year old wasn’t using her time wisely last week and I suddenly I remembered the lines to my first poem.  In the moment, I repeated the poem to her aloud.  She loves stories and rhymes so her ears perked up.  The entertainer in me came alive and I put some emotion into it.  By the end she smiled toothily at me.  “That made you laugh out loud?” you ask?  No, my husband’s sweet compliment after my performance threw me off guard and embarrassing situations tend to make me laugh (which tends to add to the embarrassment).  He thought it was ‘one of my best poems’.  Considering I wrote it free hand, at the age of 14, and with very little knowledge of meter or whatever else poetry needs, I’ll take his compliment.

I wrote the poem in a moment of moodiness regarding the grim reality that I’d have to grow up one day and there would be no going back to childhood freedom.  Now that I’m an adult, with children, and bills to pay, the moral of the poem is still dear to me.  I think, in this modern age of hurrying children to grow up and be little adults (not in the sense of more responsibility but in the sense of less play) we should remember that the short time children get to be children needs to be nurtured.  Innocence begets imagination, imagination begets dreams, and dreams will in time beget purpose and accomplishment.

Well, here it is.  Feel free to leave a comment … just be nice … please.  I hope you enjoy.

~ Time Doth Fly ~

Oft you hear your elders say

that time doth fly when you’re young and gay.

You nod and smile and take your leave.

for the truth in their statement you cannot yet conceive.

But, as you go along your merry way,

making memories day by day,

heed the words of the old and wise,

for through the years you’ll recognize,

that youth seems forever while being lived,

but it cannot ever be relived,

and as you become old and gray

oft you’ll hear your own self say

that time doth fly when you’re young and gay.

~ By: Emily Henson

Thanks for reading!  Now go play!

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Here’s to you Tessaniacs!

Recently I had the privilege of meeting with an awesome group of girls to discuss Tessa Collins and The Small Town Thief.  They had read the novelette with their book club!  I was so impressed by their astute questions and delighted by how much they enjoyed reading the book.  Many of them said they couldn’t put it down.  What a way to make an author feel tremendous!!  To hear such enthusiasm from teenage girls about the book I wrote for them was …. a dream come true.

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I asked them, among other things, to share with me their favorite part in the book and their favorite character.  Their answers sometimes surprised me.  Some of them enjoyed the supporting characters who made them laugh or reminded them of someone they knew.  Intimate scenes between Tessa and her dad were mentioned by a couple of the girls as their favorite scene over more memorable action in the book.  Apparently the story spoke in different ways to each of the girls.  The experience was so good for me as the author because I got to hear first hand their feedback and join in their excitement.

I want to continue to write good books for readers of all ages so I can spread the eagerness for reading I got to see when I was with my Tessaniacs.  Thanks girls!

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If you haven’t read Tessa Collins and The Small Town Thief, you can do so here.  Download the file to your computer or E-reader today for only $.99!

Instilling An Early Love of Books

At my very-sweet-and-not-demanding-at-all request, my husband recently built our 3 year old daughter a beautiful bookcase for her ever expanding collection of books!!  SHE LOVES TO READ! And that’s an understatement.  From an early age (and seeing as she’s only 3 I’m talking EARLY age here) she would gravitate toward books, asking us to read and re-read them over and over again, or we would find her flipping through the pages of a book in her room with a stack of others beside her.

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A lovely bookcase for a lovely girl.

Like mother like daughter I guess because (and you can ask my mom and dad!) books were my compatriots.  As an army brat who often said goodbye to awesome groups of friends, I would turn back to the faithful pages of my favorite written works or find new ones to enjoy.

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He even put a detailed footer and mixed a custom pink shade at home for the inside!!

 

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Ooo, unexpected details!

Our daughter is in love with her one-of-a-kind, hand made bookshelf from her daddy and I’m in love with all the books fitting neatly on the shelves … until they end up on the floor again I guess.  With her avid love of reading, it’s only a matter of time before they’re strewn across her room, down the hallway, and into other rooms.  Oh, well.  When it gets quiet in the house, I can always find her using the trail of books to guide me and, inevitably, … she’ll be reading.

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What’s your favorite book now? or What was your favorite go-to book growing up?  Please share in the comments below!

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New Peter’s Chance Cover!

Wanted to give a shout out for Peter’s Chance.  My book is newly decked out with a snazzy cover. Check it out here!  I would also like to give a BIG thanks to my sister in law, Kelly Henson for the design and artwork.  Yet another example of how multi-talented she is.  Thank, Kelly!  I love it!

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In E. A. Henson’s novel Peter’s Chance, Peter, an intelligent, ambitious, and mischievous he-elf, travels to the human world in disguise. A narrow escape solidifies his judgement that humanity has become increasingly dark and hopeless. While his recently graduated friends stress and celebrate through the application process to the Factory, Peter feels a greater burden to change the behavior of humans. However, his revolutionary new ideas and shortsightedness may cause more harm than good. Entering a competition as a novice against elves with years of master-level experience, intimidating encounters with his rival, and a single Christmas letter suddenly turn his world, and his perspective, upside down.

Peter’s Chance is a refreshingly upbeat fantasy novel that captures the imagination through the intricacies of the elven world and draws the reader subconsciously into Peter’s search for justice, recognition, and identity. You will find yourself totally absorbed by a realm of chimney transportation, enhanced hearing, and a world-wide espionage system.