Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied That maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Edgar Guest


Things you may or may not have known about “The Lemon Day”, but were afraid to ask-see below…

15 Things about The Lemon Day by, Emily Rays

  1. I dedicated it to my own mother as she always created little stories, with me, when I was little.
  2. When the mood is positive the clouds have silver linings.
  3. My children are all featured in the book as characters.
  4. The groundskeeper, Freddie, is based on my husband, but Freddie is the name of my cat.
  5. There is a first edition copy where page 4 says, “At last he was a spy ready for the show” that was changed at the last minute (publisher & my mom have the original version).
  6. Evil villain character represents everyone that tries to put people down.
  7. Mother magnificent character symbolizes me (friend nicknamed me once, “Magnificent-Maggie”).
  8. Every illustration is the original drawing, i.e page 9 is a total cover-up (chimney is base on one of my husband’s actual jobs he once did).
  9. Page numbers are started on the first illustration page where they should begin on the first page of text (noticed at the last minute, but I said to keep it so the book would appear “different”.
  10. Difference & acceptance of is accentuated with not only the way most characters find silly names for things, but also to point out the tensions immigrants feel in this country.
  11. The red castle door was inspired by a local church in my hometown.
  12. Being yourself without being too serious is the moral of the story.
  13. My first public reading when I got to the “food for thought section” I made a comment how I thought that was funny & a boy leaned in saying, “it’s not that funny” (I leaned back & said, “yes, it is”).
  14. My middle name is Emilia & last part of my last name is Reyes=Emily Rays.
  15. Most asked question, “How long did it take to complete the book?” Answer: 10 minutes for the story line & 2 months for the pictures 🙂

Update on The Shop & Get Pampered Event

Come out for a fun-filled day of shopping and pampering while helping the Coatesville Christmas Parade, Inc. at the Gateway Church in Parkesburg . Tickets are $5.00 in advance and at the door!! Plenty of your favorite vendors, crafters, authors and Spa/Beauty services!! Food and drinks will be sold by Gateway Church. Door prizes, raffles and 50/25/25!! Some of the vendors/crafters and pampering services are Premiere Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Tastefully Simple, Clever Containers, Paparazzi Accessories, String Art, Kim’s Creations, Lularoe, Stella and Dot, Perfectly Presley, Norwex, Wood Signs, Knotsew Perfect, Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, Trades Of Hope, ViVi Jewelry, Becky’s Embroideries, Younique, Emmie’s Aprons, Oriigami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Mary Kay, rolan & Fields, Reiki, Arbonne, Body Works(massage), Local Authors-Linda Milanese Kerschner, Karol Collins, Emily Rays, and the book club The OBBC with Sue Young, Gina Hove, Cheryl Laurento and Cheryl Proudfoot!!! So save the date and come out and support the Coatesville Christmas Parade, Inc. and these magnificent vendors!!!

Got caught in the act…

14481739_1052755844822067_4883574580134492833_oLooking through one out o 18, I believe, P.U.L.L. little library stations in town where you can “take a book, read a book, leave a book.”  Jan Michner, establisher, AHH&H (arts holding hands and hearts, inc.)img_20160922_144534920-1 snapped our photo 🙂 I was more than happy to meet her acquaintance today.  I told her about The Lemon Day and she invited me to read it this Monday at 10 am at an activity she has begun entitled:

Family Storytime Yoga

at the Gordon Early Literacy Center.  She relayed, to me, that their most important aim is to “inspire people to honor and respect diversity”-Wow, what a great asset this organization is to our youth and I could not say enough about how much Jan really was a gem to meet in person.  I had heard about her, here and there, and I told her I will be more than willing to read my book wherever & whenever I can.

more can be seen about the AHHAH: