SHELBY will be FREE on Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a special way to remember your children on Valentine’s Day this year!

ALL 3 SHELBY books will be FREE for the whole day.  FREE!!!

All amazon sites included. Here are links for Canada, US and UK:   Canada  USA  UK


Shelby F. Squirrel, The SERIES


HERE THEY ARE! Three Shelby F. Squirrel Books!

Hello, everyone! It’s not every day that an author completes a series of three books. I hope you will particularly like the ‘growing’ aspect of these humble efforts of mine.

Unlike most children’s books, the characters in Shelby F. Squirrel books do not stay the same age. Here’s how they break down:



As your child grows, so does Shelby!

(1) The Complete Adventures of  SHELBY F. SQUIRREL and Friends

Age 4-10 (Shelby is 3 months old to 2 years)

(2) The Great FOREST CAPER

Age 8-11 (Shelby is an adolescent)

(3) Where is Virginia?

Age 9-12 (Shelby is an adult and becomes a father)

Children love the stories in the first book, The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F. SQUIRREL and Friends. They are perfect for bedtime reading, as each of the 24 stories is approximately 1100 words, under 10 minutes. Your child will enjoy reading them over and over once he or she is able to read independently.

The Great FOREST CAPER is a chapter book, with a story of more serious import than the first book. The forest will be cut down, all their homes will be lost, unless the animals act together! Readers aged 8-11 is the recommended level.

Where is Virginia? is a mystery, which is solved only when a new friend, Nikita, helps. There is a dramatic rescue, and during all the excitement Shelby and Petra become parents.

The Series begins with SHELBY at the age of 3 months and follows him all the way to fatherhood! Many lessons are learned, but these are woven subtly into the fabric of each plot.  The story is always the centre of attention and reason for reading in the first place!

Available on Amazon:

Please contact me for your paperback copies at: so that I can autograph them!

Book 3 is LIVE and AVAILABLE!

Where is Virgina? 

Book 3 in the SHELBY F. SQUIRREL Series. Yes, I can officially call it a Series now! 

Virginia is gone! SHELBY and his friends have no luck finding her until NIKITA offers to help. In this third SHELBY F. SQUIRREL book, the same animals in the FLYING SQUIRREL SANCTUARY are back, along with several brand new faces. It’s a tale of community, trust, cooperation, endurance, heroism, and true love between family and friends.

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Order the eBook here: $1.49 USD $1.91 CAD

IT’S HERE !!!!

Where is Virginia?

Another Shelby F. Squirrel Adventure

There is a new Flying Squirrel family in the Flying Squirrel Sanctuary. And their one-year-old daughter, Virginia, has disappeared!

Red and Sal F. Squirrel and their little son, Edward, are in a panic so they ask for help.

But Shelby and all his friends work together to search for the missing Virginia, who has beautiful white fur. They are confident they will find her because since the trees are bare she will be quite visible.

But she is nowhere to be seen, and nobody is hearing any calls for help!!

ENTER NIKITA,  a Whippet Black Lab Mix dog! 

After the Flying Squirrel Sanctuary was established (The Great FOREST CAPER, 2016) paths  have been added and people are walking through the woods, some with their dogs.

Shelby and his mate, Petra, meet Nikita, but forget to tell her about Virginia. When they finally do, she discovers a scent in the area where Virginia was playing with Edward before she disappeared. The scent leads to the road edge.

Nikita says a person has come into the forest on this route more than once, and the car or truck that was used to get there was parked on the road. The animals wait for the truck to return, and when it does Howard Owl carries Marvin F. Mouse (who just happen to be on duty watching at the roadside) and they follow the truck.

It leads them to a small building.

The plot includes a clever escape by Virginia, who brings a second captive with her, Bandit, a young raccoon. Nikita convinces her owner, Bryan, to drive to the building, following the owls, who are carrying Shelby and a few others. There is no other way to bring Bandit home.

Happy reunion follows and the story wraps up with a Canine Lacrosse Tournament, where Nikita finds her long-lost litter mates, and the people who captured Virginia and Bandit make an important announcement. No more captures; they will patrol daily and help any animals who need treatment from injuries or illness. Treatment will happen in the new mobile unit.

Included in the story line: Nikita’s life story, and two pairs of flying squirrels who become parents. Shelby becomes a father and he is staying with his mate! One of the new flying squirrel babies has white fur, which allows Virginia to become a special friend and mentor.

Lessons learned? Here are a few:

  • Bullying is wrong, we are all the same inside.
  • Even when life seems impossible we have to keep trying.
  • A positive attitude is the only way to be successful.
  • Old age means letting the younger generation do the work.
  • Newborn babies need a lot of attention.
  • A successful community depends on mutual love and respect.

Watch for Where is Virgina? on CreateSpace and Amazon!!  

What’s YOUR Password?

OK, I figured it out.

By accident. Sort of.

It’s more complicated to reset a password now, I guess. I didn’t even WANT to reset it. But now it’s all OK. However,  my blood pressure is probably far from OK.

I was told to enter the SRS number that I would be sent. OK. Checked my email, no message. Checked it again. No message. Gave up the whole idea. Who needs to get into one’s own website anyway? Should it be this hard to do? It’s like an impenetrable fortress. Against ME!

THEN, just thought (for no connected reason) that I would check the text messages on my cell phone. And THERE IT WAS, on my cell phone! The magic number, who would’ve thunk?

I nearly threw the damned phone right across the room. Poor thing, it wasn’t to blame, but almost got it! Glad I didn’t throw it, I don’t need to buy a new cell phone TOO!

Could they please clarify (for old feeble folks like myself) that the magic number will be texted? Would that be TOO MUCH TO ASK? Check your text messages for the SRS number. How simple was that to type?

Well, as you can see, I did finally get into my own WordPress website. And today was just the end of the saga with the login fun. When it first threw me a curve I had to change my username. My email wasn’t good enough. No explanation, no logic, no reason. So I changed my username. That was ages ago.

But since everything else I use is under my email address, do you think I recalled that username bother? Of course not! Would YOU?

Because of all this absolutely unnecessary gobbledy-gook, I don’t comment on WordPress accounts! It’s TOO much TROUBLE. Even though I ask for my computer to retain the information it never works when that hated page pops up saying. “Are YOU really YOU? You better PROVE it!” and my password doesn’t work. I know I’m ME, why don’t THEY know that?

You guessed it. That’s because the username hasn’t come up. Like DUH, right. Why doesn’t frigging WordPress retain my username for me, huh? Oh no, up pops my email address.

What would YOU do? Enter your current password and hit login? Of course. Hah, caught you!!!

Enough, though, I must calm myself and try to proceed with my day! Sometimes one must rant when an inanimate object becomes one’s enemy. I think I’ll blame the weather, and the bad mood I’m in because of Donald Trump.

But Trump is another whole blog. Maybe I shouldn’t even let myself start on that one.


Hi Everyone!

Last Saturday, May 6, I had the pleasure of a half-hour interview with Author, Gwendolyn Plano, a fellow member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. Gwen is the author of ‘Letting Go into Perfect Love’.

I used my phone because I’m so far in the past technically that I don’t have a mike on my computer. Direct contact was available, but there I was holding my phone to my ear!!

Despite the less-than-perfect audio, I hope you’ll have a listen. It just could be that you’ll discover something about ME, and something about SHELBY during our conversation.

The program was sponsored by Nonnie Jules, President of the Rave Waves Book Club and author of ‘The Good Mommy’s Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Daughters’.


Thanks, Gwen and thanks, Nonnie, for inviting me. I’m truly thankful and very honoured to be chosen for this privilege offered by the Rave Reviews Book Club.

New 5 STAR Review for SHELBY

By CML Grainger on 11 Feb 2017

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F SQUIRREL and Friends by Eleanor Lawrie is a delightful book. Both parents and children will enjoy this little chap’s adventures. Although we do not have young children I will certainly buy this book for nephews and nieces in the right age group. To be savoured!

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#RRBC Recruitment Day TODAY

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Don’t get held up by indecision!

Just go ahead and give RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB  a try!!

As with all things in our world and perhaps beyond (who knows?) what we put into life is usually what we will get out of it.

So it is with your membership in this highly-rated,  well-organized online group of authors. For example in January 2017 there are 6 days on my calendar marked for participating in supporting other members one way or another.

Twitter is the vehicle of choice used for promotion and conversation. It’s not very time-consuming to RT for another author, remembering to reply and thank members who do the same for you. My Handle is @eleanorlawrie1. Hope you will drop by.

Please visit my website at for everything you want to know about me and Shelby. Well, almost everything….

For my efforts, which are much smaller than many offer and faithfully DO, I’ve been made a BOOK OF THE MONTH Author for this whole month!!! Other members are asked to Tweet support, buy books (only if they wish and can afford to), read the books and, if so inclined, post a review. All these things are what INDIE AUTHORSHIP is all about!

#RRBC members include editors, publishers, instructors, literally everything a writer needs as an INDIE AUTHOR.

I’m enjoying the feeling of belonging, the pleasure of ‘meeting’ a whole lot of wonderful, generous people, reading their excellent books and getting lots of special promotion for my book, The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F SQUIRREL and Friends. is the eBook link for USA.

Paperback, colour edition, available here:

Canadian?  I will MAIL your copy to you, autographed, with pleasure!

Most important reason for this blog: the link for joining #RRBC:

A Hearty WELCOME awaits you!


A powerful story where animals fight for what they believe in!”


The Beautiful Treasure that Lives Within the Forest

An ordinary day in the forest home of Shelby F. Squirrel and his good friend, Petra, begins with a beautiful sun-kissed morning, complemented by the pleasing tunes of the melodious forest birds. Without warning, this glorious scene is suddenly disturbed when Shelby and Petra notice the presence of two strange men wandering through the forest with extensive curiosity and wonder. We were stricken with eagerness to understand what their purpose actually was, optimistic that their presence in the forest has good-willed intentions. But does it really?

Initially, the 2 men appear to be merely exploring the parameters of the forest territory in attempts to capture some fascinating, or perhaps intriguing, photographs of the life dwelling within it; however, Shelby and Petra are all too familiar with the forest and everything passing through, therefore, find their presence to be more than odd and peculiarly unusual. Shelby and Petra, being the daring adventurous flying squirrels they are, make the decision to follow the humans’ every move in an effort to find out more information. Ominous blue X’s appear on the trees a few days later. Shelby and Petra seek out the Wise Old Owl, one of the most dependable leaders of counsel in the forest!

Surprisingly, when Shelby informs the Wise Old Owl about the direful ordeal and the blue X’s, he too, is unsure of what, how, and why the men are in the forest, leading Shelby F. Squirrel to propose escalating the dilemma to Charlie, the friendly old farm horse. And boy, is Charlie a haystack of laughter, even though he is practically senile, slow in movement, and monotone in tonality and expression. Charlie, like the Wise Old Owl, also displays a gift for wisdom and knowledge, and they sure are in need of it!

When Charlie learns of the news, he can’t help but find the two men’s invasive presence a bit unnerving and makes it his personal responsibility to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. But this calls for everyone’s eyes and ears to get involved, so they arrange for a meeting involving sundry animals at Charlie’s cousin’s farm where Goldie, a stunning caramel-colored Palomino has some helpful and devastating information to share. One thing we have found when it comes to Eleanor’s brilliant tactics in writing is how she manages to keep you on edge, masterly interweaving suspenseful foreshadowing effects in each chapter that ultimately produce rising action and valuable meaning – quite similar to many familiar classic Disney films and stories.

In this particular scene, Goldie is reluctant to tell her friends what she knows, afraid of breaking their poor innocent hearts. But after Marvin F. Mouse practically forces her to expose what she knows, she recalls seeing the same blue X’s once before where she used to live. She explains how it wasn’t too long after seeing the mysterious blue X’s that all of the beautiful trees were chopped down! Well, this certainly isn’t the news Shelby or any other animal in the forest or on the farm wants to hear. Even so, now that they know what they are possibly up against, they are determined to stop any threat or danger that could inflict harm upon their lives. At this point in the story, things are progressing rapidly!

Fueled with courage and audacity, Shelby, Rusty, Marvin F. Mouse, Goldie, Charlie, and several other farm animals make it their mission to organize the forest animals to help keep a close watch out for anything unusual– as Marvin F. Mouse courageously expels; “we need to be ready to fight for our homes if it comes to that!”. And indeed, the animals are more than prepared!

Considering the elements of storytelling, we believe it is a superb idea for Eleanor to display the emotional attachment the animals possess with the forest, as this is a realistic fact that enhances her story and encourages us to consider animals in a more humanized perspective. This aspect magnifies the pertinence of all animals’ natural habitat to their livelihood and well-being and also teaches a younger audience that even though animals are not human, they can still feel…and think! Very important! In essence, one thing you wouldn’t put past animals after reading this book (if you already have) is intelligence! And now it is time for all of the animals to show off their forest wits! This includes Sultan, the fearless and courageous rooster, and some other friends from the farm. Shelby explains everything that is happening to Sultan and his heart is instantly instilled with confidence when he hears the triumph and victory in Sultan’s voice, as he assuredly declares; We can’t let the forest be cut!” and “there are ways to keep that from happening!” Of course, at this point you can’t wait to find out – how??? What do the animals have strong and powerful enough to keep the powerful humans away? Well, their first ingenious strategy is to work jointly in attempts to stir up some serious commotion. Their goal is to produce enough madness to deter the humans from doing anything further to the forest, and in the words of Charlie; they are really declaring war!

In this chapter, we genuinely admire Eleanor’s savvy way of teaching her audience about the animals she is including in the story. For example, in one segment, Petra gives Shelby a lesson about skunks when she says to him; “The skunks aren’t afraid of us! They only spray if they are threatened”; indeed, a factual statement (if you aren’t already familiar with skunks and their natural defense mechanisms). It is the small, but major implementations such as this, that add great detail and an ‘educational’ touch to the story in an amazingly creative way, another classic signature of the author that captivates the reader(s)!

As we continue in the story, it is now time for the animals to put their plan into action! And with a pack of skunks prepared to release their harsh odor, expert robin dive-bombers above in the trees, furious flapping swans, busy, busy biting mice, and an army of various other animals, their chances are looking rather victorious!

The next day, when the 2 men return to the forest, they follow through with everything discussed in the meeting. Merry Robin manages to fluster the men while Billy Goat manages to knock one of them right on his behind! This sends the men racing back to their truck and away from the forest for the day! Their plan has proven to work. Whether or not they are gone for good remains a lingering question in the back of Shelby’s mind, but life, at least for the moment, resumes back to normality, giving them all the opportunity to observe, appreciate, and soak in the forest’s tranquil beauty! That is, until the truck makes a second appearance, and this time, instead of blue X’s, the men are spraying yellow X’s on the young tree trunks, which is nothing more than a signal for war time for the animals! So, as the men are spraying, Marvin and his relatives make their way through the bottom of the invaders’ jeans and gnaw away at their calves, causing the humans to flee right back to their truck – and boy, are they met with a vile and repugnant odor, thanks to the skunk volunteers!

It is important to note that Shelby really stands out in this book with distinct features of courage, leadership, and enthused passion, he was definitely our favorite character. Moreover, though the incident affects the animals, emotionally (rightfully so!), it is undeniable that their earnest teamwork is harmoniously uniting the entire forest, which we found to be fantastically powerful and inspirational! This particular theme/idea is a world-wide vision necessary to sustaining all forms of life. Great point to embed within the storyline, Eleanor!

Now, back to the action! Even though the men are gone, the animals can’t help but wonder what they are to face next if the humans return for a third time. And indeed, they return…this time with even more humans! Cameramen, a news anchor, and more people crowd the forest. Eyes grow big and shock is instant as the animals set sight on the “frightful monster wobbling precariously atop a huge flatbed truck”, and to make matters even worse, it is accompanied by a miniature version, too! First, cameras and humans, now a monstrous leviathan? What’s next? The mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rexes (tree-cutting machines) are surely bigger than the animals. So, the animal troops, being the bravehearts of the forest, proceed to execute their mission of sabotage, pouring their zealous hearts and minds into ruining the sinister machines as best they can. Apparently, the animals’ well thought-out schemes are only drawing the interest of the humans more, because with every victory accomplished, the TV News Crew and more humans return, seemingly with an even deeper interest than before! And when the men try to start up the Tyrannosaurus Rex, they find it deliberately ruined beyond measure and their means of transportation smothered in disgusting skunk slime! After witnessing the destruction, one of the people assertively admits that there is something definitely strange about the forest…and the animals that reside in it.

In this very moment, someone else notices the owls up above perfectly perched in the tree, almost as if they are spying on the entire scene! An even more concentrated focus on their surroundings forces all of them to behold the other farm animals lurking in the midst of trees and bushes! The very thought of this would be disconcerting, we imagine. Distraught and bewildered, one of the men collides with Billy, provoking him to charge straight for the frightened man! But before Billy can get the chance to attack, Shelby pleads for him to refrain, finally taking into account the advice of Charlie, who had previously expressed the fact that the animals should have confirmed, first, what the 2 men are actually up to before taking anything further; for in all reality, as much as they all felt threatened by the humans’ presence, none of them, not even the Old Wise Owl, was technically sure if the people’s intentions were good or bad.

With this in mind, they all agree to steer clear of the people and the mechanical gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex until they see something that really gives them a reason to charge. And sure enough, the humans give them reason, and a good one at that! When the animals spot men with chainsaws uncaringly sawing away at trees, Billy doesn’t hesitate to send one of the tree-choppers flying right into the air! We couldn’t help but to find some humor in this! Furthermore, to intensify this, when the men run for escape, they’re confronted by many more furious animals of the farm and forest, driving them away. Mission accomplished, again!

The next day, the men return, but only to collect their mechanical monster machines. None of the animals has seen the TV truck or the humans since the last dramatic spectacle occurred. Could it be true? That the forest is actually back to normal, at last? Well, we won’t speak too soon…because it isn’t too long before the TV truck, with a fleet of vehicles following behind, returns to the forest. The anxiety, panic, and dread flooding both Petra’s and Shelby’s hearts is unbelievable, but in the blink of an eye becomes vigorously shadowed by the all too familiar laugh of Charlie.

As Shelby inches closer to the area of chattering and noise where he hears Charlie, not only does he (and the other animals) discover Charlie, safe and comfortable with the crowd, but also several other farm animals right along with the farmer! Instant relief falls upon them and we are just as relieved as Shelby when the story reveals there was no harm or damage to be done in the forest.

The story unfolds that the true reason for the intense commotion and uprising in the forest was due to the hazardous decision to begin cutting down the trees, and the opposition conservancy groups expressed in reaction to this objectionable plan. Thankfully, the uproar of the people along with the media and news coverage prevents this from happening. So, with confirmation that the forest is safe, the animals can finally enjoy a peace of mind -and a peaceful night!

Author Eleanor Lawrie finishes this remarkable animal escapade with an exceptional scene that pays tribute to the great flying squirrels, like Shelby and Petra, by having humans implant a post board into the ground looking towards the road for all those passing by to see! But what the sign actually says is the best part! Shelby and friends gather round this wondrous post with curious eyes, mesmerized at the inscribed letters that read, “Flying Squirrel Sanctuary”, simply wonderful!

In summary, it is nearly impossible to deny the delight one receives from reading the extraordinary adventures of Shelby F. Squirrel and friends, by Author Eleanor Lawrie! Her work consistently evokes admiration and the concrete detail and sheer layers that she carefully uses to interconnect each chapter to the next are flawless! It is also extremely relevant for us to note the impeccable presentation which she distributes in her writing, effectively stirring up emotions by use of invigorating power words, lucid and realistic descriptions, well-established characters with real personalities, and influencing narration; for Eleanor proves to be efficient in executing storytelling strategies that ensure an engaging experience for children! We would recommend this book to all and hope that everyone has a chance to enjoy this active, amusing, entertaining, and intellectual read, as our audience has! This story of teamwork, hope, and courage will inspire you to do more than just stand up for what you believe in, it motivates you to be prepared, brave, and take action! And that is exactly what Shelby F. Squirrel and his amazing forest friends do! Way to go and kudos!

****What a great story for animal lovers and also environmentalists!****

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