Saturday, May 25, 2013

Now available on

A comedy fairy tale detective caper, suitable for all ages!

Dear friends,

I take the pleasure in announcing that PRINCESS PRIMROSE is now available for sale on for only $2.99 (introductory price).  The Kindle e-book can also be read on other devices by simply downloading the free apps software that Amazon provides.

Read a free excerpt or buy at
To read more about Princess Primrose, see previous blog posts.  A description of the story was posted yesterday, here:

This was such an enjoyable journey from writing the original award-winning play (thank you, East Valley Children's Theatre!), to turning it into a book then deciding to illustrate it myself.  Now I'm on to the next book in the series---because you know, those characters are still frolicking around in my head!

By the way, if any of my readers are involved in school drama programs, church programs (yep, it's 100% family friendly) or library programs and want to produce the PRINCESS PRIMROSE play---just e-mail me here.

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What's PRINCESS PRIMROSE all about, anyway?

I spent all day yesterday working on formatting "gremlins" and resizing the artwork in my upcoming PRINCESS PRIMROSE & the CURSE OF THE BIG SLEEP.  This is the stuff you wish you'd known before you spent a month making museum quality artwork.  Ha. Let's just say, if you can't see it on an i-Phone, it's too detailed for an e-book. For cryin' out loud!

Anyway, since I had to write a description of PRINCESS PRIMROSE before I upload it to, I decided to share it here.  Especially since everybody's been clamoring (OK, a few people asked) to know what it's all about. Here we go!  
Miss Slumberkins to the rescue. She has a unique talent; she can only reverse spells.  Sometimes.
PRINCESS PRIMROSE and the CURSE OF THE BIG SLEEP is a comedy fairy tale detective caper, suitable for all ages.

Moribunda McEvil (a wicked witch) is furious when she learns from Snitch, a tattle-tale fairy, that she has a beautiful niece (Princess Primrose) that she's never seen.  With the help of her sidekick Eargore (a spell gone really, really wrong), she quickly sets out to ruin Primrose's life by putting a sleeping curse on her.

In a fit of remorse, Snitch runs to the palace to warn Queen Floribunda and King Rosario about the curse (otherwise known as BLABBING), but in his hurry he misunderstands and gets everything wrong. 

The Queen hires S. White & R. Rapunzel, Inquiry Agents, to help.  But by the time they get to the palace, it's too late--Princess Primrose has had an accident and fallen into a Big Sleep. The case is dire!

With the assistance of their seven elven sidekicks (Nosy, Snoops, Sherlock, Stealthy, Creeper, Gumshoe and Marlowe), and a young witch who can only reverse spells (Miss Slumberkins), Snow White and Rapunzel Rapunzel search the kingdom for a Prince. What they end up with is a an enchanted frog who's afraid of germs (Prince Thaddeus A. Pole, AKA “Tad”), a motley assortment of enchanted creatures and Weasel the Wizard, who makes a bargain with the detectives for an essential potion that will save the day.

Filled with fun word play, misunderstandings and hilarious dialogue (and a happy, yet twisted ending), this story will delight anyone who still believes in magic.  No matter how old you are!

You'll never look at a frog the same way again.

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Introducing...R. Rapunzel and S. White

Rapunzel Rapunzel and Snow White, Inquiry Agents---In Service to Her Majesty the Queen!

by Bobbi A. Chukran
 Based on the award-winning stage play for young adults

A crazy mixed up fantasy tale of one cursed sleepy princess, enchanted frogs, witches, wizards, jesters, a tattle-tale fairy, seven elven sidekicks and two intrepid girl detectives (one with really, really long hair).  What more could you ask for?

 Coming soon to a Kindle near you, in June (yes, really really soon!)

Artwork copyright Bobbi A. Chukran, 2013

I can't wait, can you?

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's Children's Book Week!

Celebrate by taking a child to a library, reading a book out loud to a child (doesn't have to be your own child!), or giving a gift of a book to a child.  It's all good!

And adults, how about reading a children's book---for yourself?  Many adults love to read children's picture books, middle grade or young adult novels.  

bobbi c.

Another sneak peek from my upcoming PRINCESS PRIMROSE

More art from my upcoming tween/middle grade novel, PRINCESS PRIMROSE & the CURSE OF THE BIG SLEEP.

Chester, from PRINCESS PRIMROSE.  Art by Bobbi A. Chukran
This is Chester the Jester, Queen Floribunda's right hand man.  He's a bit put out in this drawing.  :-)

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Introducing Thaddeus A. Pole, AKA Tad

Here's the newest from Grackle Stew Studio--Thaddeus A. Pole (AKA Tad), the enchanted frog prince!  He's having a bit of a hop today.  He's a tricksey fellow who was quite reluctant to show his little face around here.

From my upcoming illustrated novel for middle grades/tweens/young adults and adults who like crazy mixed-up fairy tale funny stuff---PRINCESS PRIMROSE & the CURSE OF THE BIG SLEEP---based on my award-winning play by the same title.

Stay tuned for more art and big big news!

Thaddeus A. Pole, AKA "Tad"---an enchanted prince/frog

bobbi c.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's research, I tell ya!

It seems authors and illustrators will do almost anything to get in the mood, get inspired, or fight procrastination.  We'll even resort to such hijinks like donning silly masks.  Thusly:

Let's just say I'm a bit tired after drawing all day.  I blasted through the PRINCESS PRIMROSE artwork for Weasel the Wizard, the seven elves, and even the dreaded Rapunzel Rapunzel and Snow White portraits.  Those were no problem!

But, the last one, the one I've been putting off---is Thaddeus A. Pole.  Also known as Tad.  Also known as the enchanted frog prince.  Sigh.  I wonder, back in biology class, why they didn't teach us to draw frogs instead of how to---well, you know.  I have an art degree, for cryin' in a bucket!  And yet, I still fear drawing this enchanted frog.

So of course, what do I do?  RESEARCH!  I flip through photos online, flip through a few children's story books I bought with nice frog drawings in them.  I got nuthin.  Then I open up a copy of a book I bought called MY WILD LIFE---I AM A FROG, from the Animal Planet people and authored by Camilla de la Bedoyere.

What should I find inside but a MASK!  Woohoo!  And STICKERS!  And a POSTER!  Wow, who said research is booooring?  Not me!

So, that frog might not get done tonight. It WILL get done eventually because, like, it has to.  There is no story without Tad. But I sure am having fun thinking about drawing him.

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New free dramatic monologue posted on website

I just posted a new monologue, I WONDER IF VINCENT... (about Vincent Van Gogh) on my website.  The monologue is free for use by students or actors doing auditions.  Any others, please contact me for production information.


bobbi c.

Blog updates

Dear Friends,

New e-book coming in May, 2013!

As I explain HERE, I'm consolidating my art and writing blog.  As I plunge into the final edits for my play-turned-novel PRINCESS PRIMROSE e-book, I would like to keep myself from going bonkers, if at all possible.

We shall see.  :-)

So, from now on, my posts will be here on this blog.  Please come back from time to time to visit.


Happy trails from Texas!

bobbi c.