The Pond of Reflection Book Raffle Ends Soon! Not too late to enter.

A Final Reminder, The Pond of Reflection January Raffle for free book giveaways in exchange for a review on Amazon ends this Tuesday when three winners will be drawn and announced. It’s not too late to enter! Purchase the eBook for 99 cents here:…/dp/B09N2TKLF7/. To enter the raffle, email me at Not only is this a beautiful children’s story, percent proceeds from book purchases help support emergency famine relief. Find out more at Thank you!

Expert advice on what makes The Pond of Reflection January Book Giveaway Raffle a great success.

What Makes a Successful Raffle?

I’ve announced the January free-book-giveaways raffle for my new children’s chapter book: The Pond of Reflection. I haven’t heard from you yet, so I asked the critters on my farm, “what makes a successful raffle?” Well! They all gave me great advice, and I put their wisdom in a fun 2-min video. Take a look. Consider to enter. It’s all in fun and for a great cause: Emergency Famine Relief.

What makes a successful raffle? I asked our goats, burros, duck and chickens exactly that! Here’s their great advice. Enjoy!

Free Full-Color Hardcover Book Raffle, Now!

I’m announcing my raffle drawing for at least three, full color hardcover copies of my newly released children’s chapter book, The Pond of Reflection. This is about a $40 gift each from me to you. My goal is to reach 100 reviews on Amazon by the end of January. I’m asking you to:

  • purchase the eBook on Amazon while it is on sale for 99 cents this month, or “purchase” the free eBook on Kindle Unlimited if you use this platform to read books,
  • read it and
  • leave a review.
  • Then fire me an email telling me you have left your review and I will enter your name in the hardcover raffle.

I will announce the winners in February. Anyone game? I see this as a win-win-win. You definitely win because at the very least, you get a fun read for next to nothing and at the very most, a brand new full-color hardcover signed copy of this beautifully illustrated book. I win because I reach my goal of 100 reviews by the end of this month. And everyone wins because percent proceeds of your Amazon purchase supports emergency famine relief. Not bad!

Here’s the link to purchase the eBook:…/dp/B09N2TKLF7/

And Happy Reading!

Beautiful Illustrations by talented Brooke Connor, in The Pond of Reflection.

The Pond of Reflection is Ranking on Amazon

A thank you note to anyone out there who has seen the new release of The Pond of Reflection (2nd ed) and either bought the eBook on sale or passed it along to someone you think would be interested in getting this book for Christmas.

Just wanted to keep you informed of the latest results of all your diligent work for The Pond of Reflection.

Besides remaining a #1 New Release, here’s a few more bits of info:

These are all amazing stats, and I sincerely mean it would not be this way without all of you. You don’t believe me? Check this out:
This new release with your help:

Compared to my first edition of the same book, which went silently up on Amazon in 2020 without any help or promotion:

Thank you and Kudos!

Today, The Pond of Reflection is featured by Awesome Gang, a book promotion site. Here is the link to the feature on their website: Simply forwarding this link to your friends and family would be appreciated.

Thanks again for all you do, and I am thrilled to have you all a part of this journey.


Just Published, The Pond of Reflection (2nd ed), On Sale Now!

Announcing the new release of my children’s chapter book: The Pond of Reflection (2nd edition)

The eBook version of this beautiful children’s story is ON SALE NOW for 99 cents, and free if you are a Kindle Unlimited user on Amazon. Happy Reading!

It just hit #1 New Release in the Children’s Maturing category.

More about The Pond of Reflection

The Pond of Reflection 2nd edition

The Pond of Reflection
Catherine Ann Russell
Illustrated By
Brooke Connor

Book 1 in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series
Stories inspired by a Biblical Proverb

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
Prov 27:19 (NIV)

Content in her father’s wise kingdom, Princess Journee loves life but has one nagging question: Who is she? Yes, she is a mouse and a princess, but who is she really? With her adventurous spirit and her father’s mighty steed to protect her, she goes on a quest to find herself. The adventure takes an interesting turn when she befriends a toad and an owl who tell her about a legendary Pond of Reflection known to reveal one’s true identity. But first they must find it, if indeed it exists. Their friendship and appreciation for each other grow as they encounter difficulties along the way, and strange happenings in the ancient Whoami Forest.

Is the Pond of Reflection magic? Is it simply a solitary place to reflect on who you are? What will the legendary water show Journee and her friends? And more importantly, what will the Pond of Reflection show you when you look into its mysterious water and reflect on your own heart?

This adventure story is inspired by the Biblical Proverb 27:19 (NIV) and communicates the moral that identity and self-worth springs from heart and character (our inside-out), thus sincere friendship can happen regardless of how different outward appearance may be (our outside-in).

No One Can Eat Just One, But …

I’m a true believer in that there are not many people out there who really can eat just a single potato or corn chip. I certainly consider myself outside of this select crowd, especially after a long glorious day in the great outdoors, or while quaffing a beer on a lazy, hot summer afternoon.

Though it’s tough to keep from dipping the hand in the chip bag, my guess is that most of us could buy just one book, especially if knowing this single purchase would be joining other single purchases to help feed infants in critical need in Yemen.

Here at the Basketful Relief Project (BRP), this is exactly what we are asking you to consider: buy one of our children’s books to help feed a young tummy as well as a young mind. Maybe no one can eat just one chip, but nearly all of us can buy just one book!

Joining together as one big happy family of BRP book buyers, we can take a bite out of childhood hunger, (pun intended). Our goal is to increase the percentage of sale proceeds we donate to fight famine as we sell greater quantities of books, ultimately up to 80%.

Since we have recently launched the Basketful Relief Project (2019), we are focusing our donation dollars to help fight famine in Yemen. As we grow, we hope to expand our impact, locally and elsewhere around the world.

Perhaps you might be wondering, why not just donate directly to Yemen famine relief and not invest in a BRP children’s book? Great question. We certainly encourage you to donate directly to our Yemen fundraising page with Save the Children. We also hope you will consider buying one of our books because:

  • You will be receiving a beautiful children’s book that will bring lasting enjoyment
  • You will nurture a young mind
  • You will be participating in helping the famine crisis of infants and children in Yemen
  • You will be investing in a lasting foundation that will continue to sell children’s books to support famine relief efforts around the world for decades to come.
  • You will be partnering in a fun and creative way to fight hunger!

Perhaps you might be wondering, what is the current percent proceed going to Yemen famine relief from book sales? Great question. The Basketful Relief Project is currently donating 10% of book sales to our Yemen fundraising page with Save the Children. This amount will never decrease, but we hope it increases as soon as possible. The more books we sell, the more we will be able increase the proceed-percentage we donate.

Still considering? Check out this fun 3-min video highlighting the founding and mission of the Basketful Relief Project.

What is the Basketful Relief Project?

Perhaps you might be wondering, why Yemen? Great question. According to the UN, Yemen is in the world’s worst famine in a century and experiencing the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster.*

Six years of warring conflict have not been kind to the infants and children in Yemen. According to an article published in March on CNN, an estimated 47,000 people are likely to be living with “catastrophic” levels of food insecurity — or famine-like conditions — according to an analysis by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), the world’s authority on food security. A further 16 million are living in either “crisis” or “emergency” food security conditions, the analysis shows. That’s more than half of Yemen’s population.**

The situation is rapidly deteriorating because of funding cuts, decreased aid from other countries because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Saudi-led blockade that keeps provisions from reaching those in need. It’s difficult to grasp their reality where hundreds of food trucks are parked in a line, stretching for miles with no fuel to allow them to transport the necessary food and medical supplies to their destinations. Meanwhile, infants and children are dying from malnutrition and famine, every day.

As a world family, these infants are our infants too, and we can help. Consider making a single purchase of one of our BRP children’s books today.

Then maybe we can allow ourselves more than one chip to celebrate!

*Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in … – UN News

**Famine has arrived in pockets of Yemen. Saudi ships blocking fuel aren’t helping

By Nima ElbagirBarbara ArvanitidisAngela Dewan, Nada Bashir and Yousef Mawry, CNN, Video by Alex Platt and Mark Baron, CNN

Updated 4:53 PM ET, Thu March 11, 2021

Take a Break with a Fun Read!

Can you believe it’s nearly spring? If you are local to Lyons, CO, why not celebrate by swinging on over to Red Canyon Art and pick up The Hyrax Song. It’s not only a fun read, you will also help feed a young tummy in need. Find out more at

Not local to Lyons, CO? No worries! Consider purchasing The Hyrax Song from BookBaby today!

Grieving Alongside Boulder, CO

The Basketful Relief Project is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the mass shooting at the King Soopers shopping center, Table Mesa in Boulder, CO yesterday afternoon.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families, neighbors and friends. We are traumatized by this senseless act of violence and we look to comfort one another in this time of mourning.

We are grateful to the professional and heroic efforts of the first responders, Boulder police and SWAT team, and the continued efforts of the FBI in coordination with local and state levels of government to fully investigate this violent crime.

We grieve the ten who fell yesterday: veteran Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, and Jody Waters.

The Basketful Relief Project also stands in solidarity with those seeking the enforcement of stricter gun control laws and background checks, to better identify those who should and should not have access to firearms. The past seven days have brought forth seven mass shootings in the United States. We pray for practical solutions to the epidemic of gun violence we are regularly experiencing in our homes and communities.

With a broken heart, but always hopeful –

Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell
Basketful Relief Project, in association with Spike Productions

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