Meet Our Team 

 Two children's authors are we, dedicated, multitalented ladies with decades of experience in writing and educating children.  We invite you to come along for the ride; rev up your creative juices and become part of our followers who, like us, believe reading is fun!  Once you open our gorgeously illustrated books, you, your friends, and your family will never put them down.
Pat Frayne, award-winning children's author and retired registered nurse, is the creator of the middle-grade adventure series: Topaz the Conjure Cat Books. These are fast-paced fantasies written for kids who love animals, magic, and tales of high adventure. Frayne's latest book, Topaz and the Green Fairies won a Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Literary Classics 2016 Silver Award for Chapter Book, First Place for (Children's) Classics in Reviewers Choice Awards for 2016, the New Apple Award for Solo Medalist in 2017, and Readers' Favorite Silver Medal for Children - Action in 2017. The first two stories in the Topaz series were written for Frayne's grandchildren. Frayne's granddaughter, Caitlin, age nine at the time, was Frayne's strongest inspiration. Her love of nature and the many years of hiking in the Grand Canyon have been another powerful influence on her writing. Frayne lives in a small town in Arizona with her husband, Ron. Charlie, their black lab and longtime companion is no longer with them. Besides her passion for writing, Frayne loves to take long walks near her home and spy on the local wildlife.

Wendy Ratner resides in northern Arizona. She enjoys watching beautiful sunrises and sunsets and viewing the abundant wildlife that share her landscape.  As a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam, she earned both a B.A. in Literature and M.S. degree in Reading. She graduated C.W. Post University with a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration. Wendy taught middle school English for over three decades and co-authored Reading Between the Lines for students who wish to learn how to write essays answering DBQ’s (Data-Based Questions) about American History.  She has a particular passion for reading and collecting children's books and used them extensively in her teaching.  Wendy is continually inspired by the unique nature and culture of the high desert as well as by her husband and, of course, their beloved canine.

                                     Reading locally

Why home schools, private and public schools, youth groups, and colleges should invite us, local authors:

Reading locally is important because the connection between schools and community professionals can help our city thrive both culturally and economically.  Our books can be used by schools because they are written by local professionals who promote wholesome family values of respect, kindness, hope, love, saving a life, teamwork, and imagination.  Also, our books appeal to a wide range of interests and reading levels.  

By inviting our local KBS team into your school, (home, group) students get to see firsthand what it's like to authentically collaborate to accomplish a goal. Because we are an integral part of the community, we can tailor our book talks to meet the needs of the children and the school's curriculum. 

By reading locally, students can make exciting and long-lasting connections between the books and their authors. These connections can facilitate students in becoming lifelong readers. 

Read Across America Week

Local authors, Pat Frayne and Wendy Ratner celebrate Read Across America Week with the bright and enthusiastic students of Lake Valley Elementary School in Prescott Valley, Arizona.