Bored Kiddos?

Balloon BundleWe’re all struggling to keep the kids entertained while juggling this new normal. Between working the frontlines, working from home, the stress of not working at all, going about our regular day-to-day lives as best we can AND adjusting to distance learning or no school at all, most of us are just trying to stay afloat.  And of course this can lead to boredom and a little craziness for you and the kids. So, while supplies last, I’m introducing the NEW Write Your Balloon companion writing journal to the award winning, Eli’s Balloon storybook.

Available while supplies last and ONLY with the Balloon Activity Bundle the companion journal offers writing activities to go along with the storybook and stretch your child’s imagination. But writing’s not all they can do. This companion journal offers drawing opportunities as well as independent creative activities. Yes–INDEPENDENT! Use it as a learning tool or just for fun. The possibilities are endless.

Included in the bundle is the paperback edition of the storybook along with the coloring book, which offers a chance for kids to color images straight from the story! Who wouldn’t love putting their own twist on a favorite character from a story?

This offer is only available while supplies last for a flat rate of $22.00, which includes taxes and shipping. That’s a savings of over 20%!

Keep your kiddos busy while still learning and having fun too! Click here to order now.

Stay at Home and Color

Need something for the kiddos to do? Visit the Message the Author page to send a fun message directly to the author of Eli’s Balloon. Or head on over to the Printables page where to access FREE printables from the Eli’s Balloon Coloring Book.  These days, keeping them busy with fun activities is essential, even if for 30 minutes.  Get some me-time back while Eli takes care of the rest.

Eli’s Balloon, FAPA President’s Award Winner!

FAPA-Awards Medal-Gold(Lake Buena Vista, FL) On Saturday night, August 8, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for the best books of 2014 and the first half of 2015 by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Resort, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold and up to two silver medals in categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, from business books to e-books.

“The 2015 award winners elevate publishing both regionally and nationally. The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers!” said Mark Wayne Adams, FAPA President.

Click here for a complete list of FAPA President’s Award winners. The following winners were selected in the following categories by the competition’s 31 judges – 27 national state librarians and four publishing professionals:

SILVER: Goodnight Gators, Patricia Baloyra, Ampersand, Inc
SILVER: Baby Animals of Florida, Kathleen King, South Bay Publishing
GOLD: Eli’s Balloon, Candace Ruffin, Mark Wayne Adams, The Writing Cane

SILVER: Laura and Grandpa: Discovering Science Together, Book 3, Dr. Robert H. Krupp,
Kristina Edstrom, Simple Science Books
SILVER: Lea the Christmas Angel, Brenda Sue Boulden Thompson, Kayla Lynn Olson,
Middle River Press
GOLD: X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
GOLD: Fast Freddy, Lee Ann Mancini, Dan Sharp, GLM Publishing

SILVER: X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
SILVER: You’re a Crocagator, Kenny Rager, Patti Brassard Jefferson, Halo Publishing
GOLD: Sometimes I Dream, Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits,
Halo International

To view a complete list of the FAPA President’s Award winners visit

Eli’s Balloon Book Giveaway!

IMG_0736Reading is Golden is a platform that connects authors and readers through social media. Reading is Golden has partnered with Author, Candace Ruffin to allow a deserving young reader to win a free copy of Eli’s Balloon. Upon completion of the contest, Reading is Golden will feature Candace Ruffin in their weekly Author Spotlight. At that time, readers will have an opportunity to interact with Candace through a Q&A session via the Reading is Golden Face Book page. Be sure to find Reading is Golden on Face Book
, like, and share.

Thank you Reading is Golden for motivating young readers and helping to connect authors to those who matter most.


Balloon Front Cover Marketing B&WThe Eli’s Balloon official launch is set for Friday, May 22, 2015 and will be available for purchase. Candace will be onsite to sign purchases and share the birth of Eli’s Balloon.

Come out and join the fun as Candace Ruffin celebrates the launch of her new children’s picture book, Eli’s Balloon. Fun for the whole family! Kids can enjoy some cool refreshments from Leo’s Italian Ice and sweet treats from Mattie’s Delectable Desserts.

What:  Eli’s Balloon Book Launch Party

When: Friday, May 22, 2015

           4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Lady Bird Academy of Winter Springs

The festivities begin at 4:00 PM. Candace is scheduled to speak at 4:30 PM. Hope to see you there!