Friday, December 11, 2020

Free Winter Themed Resources for Kids from SCBWI

Very happy to be a part of this: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators recently launched the SCBWI Connects Holiday Edition which features free educational and entertainment resources for students in grades PreK-12. These resources, created by their professional members, include coloring pages, dance routines, lesson plans, read-alongs, recipes, and more. Some are meant to accompany members' books, others are standalone, but all of them are guaranteed to spark creativity and excitement. (You'll find my Snowman Amuck activities under grades 2 and 3)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Book Event in Colchester

Many thanks to Priam Vineyards for hosting a wonderful book event. It was a pleasure to meet everyone, catch up with old friends, and make some new friends.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Snowman Amuck Free Through Nov. 10, 2018

Snowman season is not too far away, so Snowman Amuck is free now through Saturday, November 10. Pick it up free today, have it for the holidays.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Congratulations to the winners of our "National Ice Cream Day" contest who correctly spotted the ice cream in Snowman Amuck. Happy reading!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Snowman Amuck Free for National Ice Cream Day!

Today is National Ice Cream Day so Snowman Amuck is free now through July 19, 2018. Pick it up today and enjoy it all year. And visit our Facebook page before July 20, to find out how you could win one of five signed print copies.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Snowman Amuck Free Through Dec. 31

The Kindle version of Snowman Amuck is free through Sunday December 31. Get it today for free, enjoy it all winter (and spring and summer and fall and winter and spring and summer get the idea)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BookWorks Selects Snowman Amuck

Many thanks to BookWorks for selecting Snowman Amuck for the December recommended reading list!

BookWorks partners with Publisher's Weekly to support and promote independent authors. (Lots of resources and free to join).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Review from DSJM Reviews

Many thanks to Jetana at DS&JM Reviews for a recent review of Snowman Amuck. A great review site, check them out:

"Snowman Amuck was written and illustrated by Cindy Samul. The illustrations are very colorful to draw kids’ attention but also muted to fit with the winter setting. It looks like a comic book in the way it is laid out and my kids absolutely love it! I have a 3 and a 4 year old, so getting both of them to sit and look at the same book from beginning to end is a challenge sometimes but we didn’t have any issues with that when we read Snowman Amuck. This is the first story by Cindy that we have read, although it surely won’t be the last. My kids and I will look forward to seeing what adventures Samul’s characters go on- both past and future!" Read full review

Monday, October 2, 2017

5 Star Readers' Favorite Review for Snowman Amuck

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

Review: "The story is a wee bit scary, as well as humorous, and children will love the twist at the end. The illustrations are charming and the snowman looks quite scary and evil. Jack and Ally are lovable characters and their portrayal is real and relatable. It is an excellent bedtime storytelling book and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, especially during the Christmas season and winter. I like the comic format of the book; it is not only appealing but also gives a good look and feel, and it is different from other children’s storybooks. The story reveals the fun angle when the snowman comes to life and this makes it an entertaining story for children."