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Something About Me and My Book:
My Name is Bertha:
Author Fran Lewis
Illustrated by: Jamie Miller

I am Fran Lewis the author of My Name is Bertha and now Bertha Speaks Out. Before writing these short stories I was a New York City Teacher for over 30 years. I taught grades one through six and later as well as becoming the Reading and Writing Staff Developer for my school. Teaching children to read is really very rewarding and introducing them to writing and creating their own stories was exciting for the students and me as well.
Growing up can be really difficult when you are over weight or not really good at sports or dancing. I hope you will learn by reading my stories that you can be anything that you want to be and no one can stop you from reaching your goals and dreams. Not everyone is born athletic, beautiful, thin and a genius. But, every one of you is smart or excellent in something whether it is drawing, jump rope or even running track, it does not matter. Who you are makes you special. I hope that you enjoy reading about Bertha and Tillie and learn that there is a little bit of Bertha in everyone.
Love, Bertha and Fran Lewis

Author’s Bio: Bertha Speaks Out

Written by: Fran Lewis

Illustrated by: Jamie Miller

My Name is Bertha is soon to be followed by this new book called Bertha Speaks Out. I spent my whole life living in the Bronx. I grew up on Southern Boulevard and Tremont Avenue. I went to P.S. 67 on Mohegan Avenue and to JHS 44 on Prospect Avenue. I really loved both of these schools and for the most part the teachers were great. In this book you will learn how one teacher in my JHS really helped me to find my inner voice and let it out in order to speak freely. Throughout my years in elementary school and the start of JHS I was always taught to remain silent and not speak out for fear of being disrespectful. I soon learned that adults can be mean and disrespectful to children for some reason often got away with it. As an educator I learned that in order to teach children respect and proper behavior you had to give them the respect and love they deserved. I learned to listen to them when they wanted to express themselves even if we disagreed. I learned to discipline without humiliating them. I gave them the right to speak in order to help them grow into the young adults and adults they are today. I am so proud of all of them and what I know many of them have accomplished.

Summary for Bertha Speaks Out

Growing up was difficult for me being overweight, too quiet and really afraid to speak out in order to defend myself. In this book Bertha learns that she needs to let her voice be heard and no longer allows herself to be the scapegoat. Not everyone is beautiful, looks like a model or even dances like the pros, but everyone in the world every child and adult is good at something. Find out what your strengths are and build on them and success will be yours.

Bertha also learns in this book how to deal with a family member’s disease and how she and her sister Tillie work together to help the other members of her family when grandma gets Alzheimer’s.

I hope that you enjoy reading about Bertha and Tillie and learn that there is a little bit of her in everyone.

Bertha, Tillie and Fran Lewis

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My Last Summer with you: No fanfare for a withered rose

My Last Summer With You: No Fanfare for a Withered Rose: Fidelis O. MKPARU


Life can change in the flick of a moment or in this case when answering the phone. As one man now comparing himself to a withered rose, or flower reflects on his aging body a voice from the past will bring back memories that will flood into his present. What happens when one woman decides to leave you part of her own legacy in order to enrich your later years? When Joseph remembers Wendy and hears the…


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Wright for America : Robin Lamont

Wright for America

Robin Lamont


Loud mouth, controversial, says it however he wants, talk show Pryor Wright could care less about what the public wants or thinks is right as long as ratings go up, his career is on target and his audience stays glued to his every word. From hate crimes, to gay rights, state legislator and the ACLU, this man says it all and could care less about the rest.


Maren Garrity is an actress that moonlights as an undercover…


Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:19pm

Chasing the Red Car: My review

Chasing the Red Car


Author: Ellen Ruderman



Who would want to leave the Bronx? Certainly not Kim Lebow whose parents have decided to uproot the entire family to California. While sitting on the stoop of her apartment on Bolton Avenue she tried to convince herself and her friends that this trip was just a short three-month vacation. But, Kim and her sister, Jonna, knew better. Jonna was truly upset and when she voiced her opinion to her mother, she was…


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Smile author Raina Telgemeier



Everyone loves a perfect smile with great white teeth that sparkle and shine. No child wants to walk around with metal in their mouth, braces and feel like they are wired for sound. But, when Raina Telegemeier slips and falls that beautiful smile of hers disappears and what’s left in its place is two empty spaces. Bad enough she injured two front teeth but the end result will be every young sixth grader’s nightmare and many adults too as…


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Murder One author Robert Dugoni

Murder One: Author Robert Dugoni



 Rebecca Han stood in front of Judge Myron Koslowski and received an oral reprimand in front of an entire courtroom. Preparing her case against a man noted for drug trafficking she hoped to be able to present evidence to lock him away for along time. What she did not expect is getting you might say blindsided by the legal system, red tape and judge who was unyielding. By the time all was said and done in the courtroom Rebecca Han knew…


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At 3:48pm on May 29, 2010, Martha A. Cheves said…
Thank you Fran
At 5:45pm on March 12, 2010, Mary Verdick said…
Hi Fran;

Feelings are mutual. So nice to meet you.


At 5:53pm on January 13, 2010, charles m soto said…
Hi fran. Thanks again for taking the time to review Heartache & Sin. I was very pleased you injoyed the story. All my Blessings, Charles Soto. I also replied ia an emial about some book giveaways as well.
At 3:59pm on November 12, 2009, Sunni Morris said…
Thanks for the friend invite. You're one of the sweetest people I've ever met. I sincerely wish you the very best life can offer.
At 3:15pm on October 22, 2009, Fran Lewis added a gift to their profile…
thank you
At 3:05pm on September 29, 2009, John Cmint said…
Hi Fran,

Congratulations on your books, My Name is Bertha and now Bertha Speaks Out. I just wanted to mention to you a website I built called It's for authors to promote their book. You do so by posting your book's first chapter, giving readers a peek into your book. The site is free and the list of books is growing, so please check it out. :) BTW, good luck with your books!

p.s. You can also check out this blog post on the Already Published Ning Network, I explain how to post your book. You can also learn more about the website there.

At 11:46am on July 11, 2009, Aidana WillowRaven said…
I am sending this out to BMN members who specialize in any aspect of children's book publishing, whether your an author, artist, publisher, or offer some other valued skill needed in the creation of children's books.

I invite you to follow my blogs and comment, critique, and network with me as friends (so I can follow your work too).

I have found ning in general to be the best marketing and reference tool compared to any advertising, networking, or leads I have ever used -- free or paid for. And all it's costs is our time.

Many of you are already in my friend network, and thank you for sharing your work with me. For those of you reading, this that I have not introduced myself too, I would like to now, and ask we be friends so I can follow your craft as well.

We all need to support each others work through this economic distress, no stimulus or bail out is going to help us.

In my latest blog post, you will also see three other ning networks that I have created. One for children's book professionals/enthusiasts, one for southern/Tennessee writers, artists, etc., and one for WillowRaven clients (present, past, or future) or simply just fans of my work. I invite you to join the appropriate ones for you as well.

Hope to see you at my blog,

Aidana WillowRaven
At 10:58am on June 14, 2009, Karen Kennedy said…
would like to extend an invitation to all of God's blessed people. If you are a author, teacher, preacher, stay at home mother, attorney,public speaker, or in any type of ministry or business, and you want to reach the next new level. Come and join Mega Live Radio 7. If you just need uplifting in your spirit, by hearing songs of zion or hearing the Word, join Mega Live Radio 7. Mega Live Radio 7 is designed to help promote leaders and visionaries, all Men and Women of God to another new level. Mega Live Radio 7 will empower, inspire, enhance, motivate. Perhaps, you are an author and want to get more exposure for your project, this is the perfect avenue for this or any kind of endeavor. There will be news and views of world events, preaching. This is a 24/7 global radio station. If you are interested in promoting your vision you may want to set up a interview to let the people of God know what He has given you, for His people. This is not affliated with blogtalk, it is another platform to empower you and your listeners to another new level in God.
At 7:19pm on May 28, 2009, J. D. Holiday said…
Use your donating part of the proceeds to Alzheimer's as part of your marketing plan! That will help get you notice. Put out a press release playing that up.
At 5:24pm on May 28, 2009, J. D. Holiday said…
HI Fran,
You know about me already! I'm Jan. D. Holiday at facebook and a member of RRW like you! Are you self published then and how are your books printed? A Print service, like Xlibris or did you work with a book printer. I did my book and will do my other books with Lightning Source, Inc. Yes, I understand about needing to get your books more notice and make MONEY!
It isn't easy, is it?
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