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Publication Day for Sir Grace!!!

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Happy, happy, joy, joy! Today’s the day!!! My first picture book, illustrated by the amazing Kjersten L. Niskanen, is now available for purchase! Here’s what award-winning picture book author and poet Anna Smucker had to say about Sir Grace and the Big Blizzard:


"When Grace puts on her silver coat and wields her magic sword she becomes 'Sir Grace,' but when a blizzard that 'roars like a dragon' swirls around her house, she is just plain 'Grace' . . . until she needs to be brave once again. Author and poet Laura Treacy Bentley conjures the storm that 'smokes the air with blowing snow' in this wonderful children's picture book, while Kjersten Niskanen's illustrations vividly convey a child's view of this wintry experience that is both exciting and scary." ~Anna Smucker, author of Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story


This book, plus my husband, endless carbohydrates, and my writing group have kept me sane for the last few months. Instead of a traditional bookstore launch, Kjersten and I will have a virtual launch and Q&A on Instagram tomorrow, July 18th, at 11am EST and 10am CT. Then, on Saturday August 15th, I will have safe outdoor launch in the beautiful gazebo at 14th St. W. In Huntington, West Virginia, from noon until 4pm. More later!


Sir Grace can be ordered from Amazon and any bookstore. Have a virtual glass of champagne or two and a dozen donuts while you take a look!" target="_blank">http:// 

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Reply Cole // Cole Smith Writes
9:58 AM on August 7, 2020 
Big congrats on your first picture book! And a wonderful review from Anna Smucker
Reply Laura Treacy Bentley
9:48 AM on August 8, 2020 
Thanks so much, Cole! Anna is such a talent: poet, picture book writer, and fan of St. Brigid!