Happy Holidays dear friends and families around the world. Yes, it is that wonderful time of the year where we get to enjoy all the yummy treats and our own delicious traditional holiday specialities. Not to forget to pull the Christmas crackers!
The Koolamundo family would like to share these special moments with you in their animated Koolamundo Christmas song. Here are a couple of verses for you all to get into the festive mood and have a sing-along with the music video below. :D
A special time for young and old,
Festive trees with flecks of gold,
Hope and spirits are a lift,
Time for love, family and gifts.
Christmas bells ring and tinkle,
Lights brightly shine and twinkle,
Baby Jesus in the manger scene,
Stealing a kiss under mistletoe green.
So sing along in the Koolamundo jingle,
Have fun with Alook and old Kris Kringle.
As they joyfully take to the sky,
Oh, such a great sight Oh my oh my oh my.
Apoorva did the animation and Johanna sang the Christmas song both in English and German. These two wonderful ladies are remarkable and I am honoured that they are part of the Koolamundo family. We have had a lot of fun with this cool project and look forward to doing more next year.
Our thoughts and love are with you all during this magical time. Enjoy your special memories with each other and have a fantastic New Years. May all your dreams come true for 2017.
Having Fun Being An Indie Author
Many years ago, I wanted to write a series of children’s books about travel and cultural experiences with both a story and entertainment/education feel to it. I did some research and was put off by the “I have to find a publisher first!” mentality. Since there are thousands of authors like myself trying to find publishers and agents, I decided to put that dream aside for a while and continued on working in the entertainment industry.
Once my husband and I became empty nesters, I decided to start exploring the writing world again. I was inspired while living in the romantic French countryside for six months, so I put pen to paper and “Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow” was born. We have a field behind our French farmhouse where beautiful French cows and their calves graze on the rolling hills. I started with a poem, that turned into a children’s picture book, then my husband suggested I create a rhyming story, which is now the final product.
My ambition to write a book became a reality and I loved working on this fun project, but what about getting the book published? Oh no, here we go again, so I took a course at the London School of Journalism and did some research on self-publishing. Wow, what an amazing and exciting world self-publishing is! We published Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow on May 17, 2015 and now have thirty (30) paperback and digital books in publication as of October 2016. Our core language is English, and we translate these books in up to ten (10) other languages over time. The English titles consist of:
I love the fact that I can travel the globe and be a free thinking digital nomad as an indie author. I make my own deadlines, create my own stories, work from anywhere in the world and am not put into the creative artist box. It was scary at first, when I put myself out there in front of the world, with very little guidance. But I am so thankful that I have this wonderful opportunity and platform to share my stories with children and their families through songs, books and videos.
We are almost done with our Klara The Cow Dress-up App. Children will be able to dress-up Klara in their favorite clothes, shoes, eye color, glasses, etc. and even print a nice picture of what they have created.
I wrote a Christmas song last year (always something I wanted to do) featuring Alook, which is currently in the studio (for vocals), which we hope to release in December, along with an animated music video. We are also working on Luna and Alook’s Fun Music Book and eventually we plan to release some coloring books for the younger children.
Next year we will be publishing 4-5 more books in multiple languages within both the Travel and Friendship Series. We are also excited about our merchandise line of backpacks, key rings, hats, etc. that which will be launched in 2017.
I could not have done this without the help and support of Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace, and the various social media platforms. Each day I am learning something new that helps support me as an author, songwriter and artist. A year and half ago, I never would have thought that I would be publishing my own books and that they would be distributed worldwide in many languages? #itsakoolworld #PoweredByIndie
Adventure, here we go
Sometimes fast, sometimes slow
Watch me swinging round and round
Miss the tree but not the ground
Alook they call me from afar
My planet’s from a special star
Welcome to the first verse of our new upbeat melody. We are excited for you to listen to our Koolamundo song. It’s a Kool Kool world out there and we want you to join in the fun with us. As you listen to the beat of the drums, sounds of the jungle and forest. Harmonizing vocals with this upbeat tune. Grab a dance partner and get your feet moving with Alook as he takes you on his next adventure.
Kimberley grew-up as a third culture kid; born in the UK, and then living in Africa, America, New Zealand, several European countries and currently residing in Hong Kong. She is on a journey to educate and entertain our children and youth about the Kool world we live in through her books, audio books, sing-a-long books, videos and fun puppets. Please join her on this edutainment adventure!