Celebrations are in Order

Happy Friday!

I couldn’t let this week pass without officially letting you know that two of my books have won 2015 Legacy awards – I’m Not Just Gifted and Parenting the Shy Child.

e1028-raising2bthe2bshy2bchild2b-2bhrAccording to their website, “The TAGT Legacy Book® Awards honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education and success of gifted and talented students.”

Parenting the Shy Child, my critically acclaimed book about social anxiety disorder, won in the parenting category. I’m Not Just Gifted, my book of curriculum for gifted children focused on building social-emotional learning competencies, won in the curriculum category.

ee811-iI am so thrilled and thankful to both my publisher, Prufrock Press, and the TAGT Legacy Book Award committee for this honor. Creating these books has met a lot to me.

You can find out more about these books and my other titles by visiting my website.


OOhhh….look what’s coming…

Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over. And with the new year starting, comes all sorts of excitement. New books, new dreams, new goals. All very exciting.

One of my New Year’s goals is to be around the blog a bit more. But, that can’t happen until I finish up this month and enjoy time with my family.

As I head back into my writing cave and prepare for a CRAZY SIX MONTHS filled with releases and more, I wanted to share some exciting news…

My next nonfiction book, and the first one being released in 2015, INDIE AND PROUD is available for preorder NOW. You’ll be seeing the cover blitz around the web this week, along with a few other cool things.

So what’s the book about? Check it out:

You did it!
You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel
trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending
to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents,
despite achieving your goals.

Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business
doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your
achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures,
providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories
from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance
in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to
address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being
creative, Indie and Proud is a must
read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Check out the early praise:
“The information Christine
has to share is both brilliant and essential for every indie author. She covers
the practical subjects we want to know as well all the things no one wants to
talk about; the stress, the doubts and the emotional rollercoasters that we as
artists struggle with. Christine will help you deal with it all so you can hold
onto your job and love it.”
 – Devri Walls, author of The Solus Series
“I am an indie author, and proud of it. But
give me five minutes, and I might not feel quite as confident about it. That’s
why I’m very grateful for the class, Indie and Proud, that I took from
Christine Fonseca. In her class I learned that fear is a part of every day,
every new and challenging thing–I can either let the fear disable me, or let
it be the driving force to enable me. I’m excited for the book Indie and Proud
because it’ll be like having that amazing and inspiring class in my pocket
every day. I want to be indie and proud all the time–Ms. Fonseca’s book is my
new favorite reminder that yes, I really can do this!
– Ali Cross,
award-winning author of the Become series

This book is the first of many that bridges my coaching and self-help book life with my life as a writer. And yes, it means I’ll be opening up my coaching practice to include writers looking to bring more balance to their lives, as well as my other areas of specialty. But more on that later…

For now, I want to celebrate and say THANK YOU for all of the support over the years.  I’ve decided to give everyone who preorders some very special bonus material – a workbook companion to the novel that highlights and expands on all of the special lessons in the book. This is ONLY available to preorders and will be taken down just after the book releases in February.

So, get your book today.

A peek into 2015!

I have so much to share with all of you! The first 6 months of 2015 brings 5 NEW TITLES in both nonfiction and fiction. Yep, that’s right…



Check it out:


  • Indie and Proud (Late Jan/Early Feb) – Coaching for writer’s to help you stay creative in the midst of the ever-changing publishing landscape
  • Outbreak, Solomon Experiments #2 (Late Feb) – The anticipated sequel to my Xmen-meets-Bourne Idenity thriller
  • Raising the Shy Child (March) – Coaching for parents and educators on the ins and outs of Social Anxiety Disorder in children and teens
  • Voca Me, a Requiem Novel (April)– You thought Nesy and Aydan’s fate was revealed in Dominus? Think again. This story brings more…MUCH MUCH MORE!
  • I’m More Than Gifted (May) – Affective curriculum for small group and classroom use designed to foster EQ in gifted children
In addition to these, I have a couple of NEW storylines in the works. What an awesome year, yes?
What releases are you looking forward to?


Quiet Kids Q&A

In honor of the release of Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World, I wanted to bring you a little Q&A about introversion. As part of the research for this book, I interviewed hundreds of parents and educators of introverts and took their questions and answered them through the book. This Q&A style, I hope, makes the information completely accessible to both parents and educators in ways that are different from previous books on the subject. Here is a little example of just some of the topics addressed in the book:

1)      Why is important to address temperament, especially introversion, with kids?

Helping kids understand their temperament early does a couple of things – first, it helps them understand that they are not crazy. They don’t need to force themselves to meet some Western ideal (extroversion), there is strength in introversion. Secondly, it helps parents and educators recognize the unique strengths the introverted child may possess, also serving to remove any stigma introverted children feel.

2)      How do you know if your child is introverted?

Like any personality trait, each individual introvert is somewhat unique. In general, introversion refers to how a person uses energy – extroverted people tend to thrive on social situations, needing the energy from these situations in order to renew. Introverts, on the other hand, find the energy generated in highly social situations to be draining. They require solitude in order to renew.

It is the same with children. Some typical early signs to look for:

  • Hesitation in new situations
  • Appears to be “lost” inside of him or herself
  • gets grouchy when around people for too long
  • overly “shy”
  • Become agitated when there is a lot of sensory overload
  • Most comfortable by him or herself or with 1 or 2 friends
  • Needs “downtime” after school or highly social activities

3)      What are the most challenging things facing parents of introverted children?

For the extroverted parent of an introvert, it is recognizing that their child does not NEED to be extroverted in order to be successful – there is strength, significant strength, in being introverted. For the introverted parent, it is making sure not to project any difficulties they had as children on to their own kids. Not all introverted children struggle related to their temperament. 

Do you have an introvert in the house? What questions might you have???

Understanding Introverted Children: The Release of Quiet Kids

I am so happy to announce the official release of my book, Quiet Kids. This book, in addition to being the book I wish I had read as a child, speaks to introversion in children, pulling on the latest research in the area and providing parents and educators strategies to help support introverted children. As most of you know, my writing career started with my books related to gifted children, and while not all gifted children are introverted, a quiet temperament does dominate that particular subgroup of children.

Quiet Kids looks at what it means to be introverted in today’s noisy world. Here is the description of the book:

Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That’s where Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for not only understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach their children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.

Publisher’s Weekly was kind enough to call the book “Extremely useful for educators and parents, this thoughtful text emphasizes the many gifts of quiet kids.”

QK - BNQuiet Kids can be found in Barnes and Noble stores across the United States, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart and other retailers world wide.

As part of the launch of Quiet Kids, I developed a little quiz to help you know if you may have an introvert in the house:

  1. My child prefers to spend time alone or reading after school? T/F
  2. My child is generally quiet? T/F
  3. Teachers often characterize my child as shy? T/F
  4. I often worry that my child has very few friends? T/F
  5. My children struggles when things are not part of a routine or predictable? T/F

A yes answer to most of these questions may indicate that your child has an introverted temperament.

I also have a special giveaway to celebrate the launch. CLICK HERE and enter for your chance to win copies of all of my books or even an annotated copy of Quiet Kids, complete with my notes.

THANK YOU for the support of this important book. Be sure to check out the events page on my website to see what other fun things I have planned.

4 Books About Friendships for Young Kids

Welcome to our first Book Review of the new year. For this post, educational writer Barbara Jolie brings four books about friendship for younger readers. Take it away Barbara:

Back to school is an exciting time for everyone; new classes, new teachers, new clothes and new responsibilities. Sometimes our friendships are even new. Learning how to be a good friend is one of the most difficult, yet least talked about, parts of growing up, and parents often don’t know how to react when their children experience social issues at school.

There are several children’s books that cover the topic of friendship and can help your child work through the ups and downs of making and keeping friends. Below are four top-rated examples.

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles

This book, written by Patti Kelley Criswell, comes from the American Girl Library and has received top ratings from both parents and young readers (ages 8-12). Whether your child is having trouble keeping friends or making friends, “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles” has them covered. Along with helpful tips on how to deal with bullying, backstabbing, being left out and making new friends, the book also includes real life stories about girls who have solved their friendship problems.


Friendship according to Humphrey

Written by Betty G. Birney, “Friendship according to Humphrey” is part two of the “Humphrey” series. The book tells the story of Humphrey, a classroom pet hamster, who is trying to make friends with the new classroom pet frog, Og. Og doesn’t seem too interested in getting to know Humphrey, though, and to top it off, all the kids in the class have stopped giving Humphrey all the attention. This book will teach your child what to do when someone isn’t so friendly at first, and how to deal with losing all the attention when a new, more interesting person joins the group. Published by Penguin Group USA. For ages 8-12.

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

This short narration by Edward Hemingway is perfect for pre-school and kindergarten students. With simple sentences and endearing illustrations, “Bad Apple” tells the easy-to-understand story of Mac the apple and Will the worm. Mac and Will are great friends, but everyone keeps telling Mac that apples aren’t supposed to be friends with worms. They call Mac “rotten” and “bad”. Mac isn’t quite sure what the truth is, but he sure knows that it isn’t fun to be alone and friendless. Young children won’t have any trouble understanding the lessons taught in the conclusion of this slightly humorous and sweet story.

Making Friends is an Art!

Written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Bridget Barnes, “Making Friends is an Art!” explains how to make new friends in a very cute and genius way. The book tells the tale of Brown, the least used pencil in the box. One day, Brown asks all the other brightly colored pencils in the box why no one likes him. Turns out, Brown just needs to be a good friend to have friends. The book continues with all the pencils helping Brown learn how to use his good friendship skills. Published by Boys Town Press. For ages 4-8.

All of these books can be purchased online or at your local bookstore, including Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.


Barbara Jolie is passionate about education and studying online. When not writing and thinking about all things education, Barbara is busy planning her next vacation and caring for her pet cat and bird. You can reach her at barbara.jolie876@gmail.com.