3 Generations of Fourth of July Traditions

Posted on July 03, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Bucket head fun! Coincidences or family genetics? Maybe not great minds, but we surely think alike!

Above, I am the cute, chubby gal on the left, no laughing please. The top right are my sons. They were so inspiring, in 2013, I wrote Beached in a Camper, my first junior fiction book, based on photographs just like that one.

The lower right photo is my grand kids, Aislynn and Liam! Three generations of 4th of July fun and not just with fireworks! Gotta love summer traditions.

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Free Digital Conclusion to Kate's Moynihan Boys Series

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Turtles, Lost shoe and a FREE gift for you ... see below.

Celebrate the conclusion of Kate's sons' journey from Michigan to North Dakota. Download the Kindle version from Amazon for $0.99 or forward us your email and we will send you a digital copy for FREE!

You'll chuckle over Brian's and Adam's one last adventure in the plains state ... this time on a not-so-ordinary farm! Simply send us your e-mail address and we'll provide the link. For even more fun, post a review on amazon once you're read the story and we'll give you a choice of one of Kate's other three books FREE!

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Diary of a Whimpy Kid Meets Its Match

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
Happy 8th birthday! Addison Tysman and her friends are having fun at her surprise party. Beached in a Camper made them giggle when I read:

It’s a double whammy as the two water balloons burst and soak my target - Freckles. She stands frozen. Her eyes, a stormy sea-green, land on me like a lighthouse beacon. She searches for another water bomb to sail my way, but all the balloons are destroyed. Her frigid eyes glare at me as she lets out a huff and marches off.

She isn’t the kind of friend I would want, anyway. Or is she? A bit of a smile forms on my face. Come to think of it, Freckles is the one who started The Great Water Balloon War! This freckled-faced firecracker, who cooled us off on a hot summer day, might just be a friend after all.

Then, out of nowhere, a water bomb explodes all over on my back. I whirl around.

“Found one, Adam!” Freckles sings out.

Addison told me Dear Dumb Diary use to be her favorite book, but not anymore!

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The Best Thanksgiving Inspiration

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

This Thanksgiving I remembered how a few kind words made all the difference...even if they arrived in the mail a bit soggy from an all-day drizzle.

After all, it's the thought that counts! And this sweet note from kids who read my junior fiction books did it for me!

I'm hoping the kids' smile will brighten your Thanksgiving, too, raindrops and smudges and all. What imperfections made you laugh this holiday?  


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Best Summer Reading - Family Fun with Trouble

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Trouble Out West, my second book, has just been released and it’s yours for the asking. Kick off your summer reading with more real-life stories of my sons adventures. Unlike the lake setting of my first book, Beached in a Camper, you’ll laugh out loud as trouble finds them in a place they’ve never been before, the wide open spaces of the Dakotas.

Narrated by younger brother, Adam, here are a few teasers of how the boys’ trouble magnifies and things aren't so perfect:

• Mom usually grins at my embarrassing moments, but this is bigger, more troublesome. In the mirror I glance at the flypaper black-fly graveyard glued to my hair. This is more like trouble with a capital “T.”

• The double-trouble mess we’re in flashes through my mind. First is the blanket with a baseball-size spy-hole cut out of the middle and second is Larry’s toothbrush with marshmallow-slime cooties.

• Wonderful? I’m forced to wake up before seven, I get kidnapped from my brother and best friend, and now I’m harnessed with this girl. Trouble just seems to find me.


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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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