Library of Congress Control Number:
JUV002090 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
JUV002220 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians
JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
Other Books by Joyce McK-Hammers
Recalling Wonders of Me, a romantic
mystery novella for teens.
Adventures of Jake the Snake: Case of the Missing Eggs
Recalling Wonders of Me (the rest of
Adventures of Jake the Snake: Case of the Big Green Monster
Saga at Clifty Fork historical novel - characters
based on the authors
ancestors and life during the Great Depression and World War
I and II in rural western Kentucky.
About The Author
Merritta Joyce Mck-Hammers, fondly known as, Mrs. Joyce, was
born and raised in western Kentucky. She attended Bowling Green
College of Commerce, Murray State University, and Austin Peay
University. She has an Associate Degree in Business Education.
Mrs. Hammers is author of the
childrens books series, The Adventures of Jake the Snake
and the romantic mystery novel, Remembering
Mrs. Hammers has ministered in church children and youth programs
for over fifty years. She was a member of Hillsong Church, Sydney,
Australia, and hosted a Bible study for Hillsong Youth Group
at her home in Australia.
She currently enjoys serving as the Student Intercessory Prayer
(SIP) leader and singing in the choir at Abbas House, Hixson,
Tennessee. She and her granddaughter, Brianna Crisp, (voice of
Jake) present Jake the Snake puppet shows for various events,
which include skits and music written by Mrs. Joyce.
Mrs. Hammers began her business
career as a legal secretary for various law firms in Kentucky;
Washington, D.C.; San Diego, California; and Memphis, Tennessee.
She also worked in crime-scene records for the District Attorneys
office in Memphis, Tennessee. She was employed by the State of
Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee, for seventeen years. She worked
in all three branches of Tennessee state government. Primary
positions included Legislative Liaison for the Supreme Court
and the Department of Insurance, Administrative Assistant to
the Chairman of the House Education Committee, and Senate and
House Judicial Committee, and Comptroller of the Treasury.
In the 1990s, Mrs. Hammers
business career continued in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was
Manager of the Domestic Violence Shelter and Administrative Assistant
to the Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center at Family
and Childrens Services of Chattanooga. She was owner of
Book and Gift Shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is founder
and owner of JoyWriter Books and Hammers House of Joy located
in Hixson, Tennessee.
Mrs. Hammers is a seasoned traveler
and has vacationed in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii,
Israel, Jordan, Mexico, and Canada. Her domestic travels include
most of the United States. Mrs. Hammers lives in Lakesite, Tennessee,
with her husband, Lewis. They have four children, fourteen grandchildren,
and eleven great-grandchildren.
About the Artist
Kristina Sanchez-Mills is a fine
artist, sculptor, writer, teacher and illustrator born in Paradisiacal,
Costa Rica. She went to Law school at the University of Costa
Rica and currently runs her own businesses: Kristinas Fine
Art and art studio Artistic Kreations with Kristina, located
in Hixson Tennessee, where she imparts her students with the
skill and passion that characterizes her.
In her own words:
As a fine artist, each original art peace is a bridge by
which I find myself able to liberate my soul and spirit from
the vast emotion transmitted to me by life. My paintings tend
to be a spontaneous response to the inner voice inside me, always
striving to capture the essence of humanity, nature and matters
of the spirit and Faith. As an illustrator I recur to the child
in me, still full of wonder, still believing in
magic and goodness. It is that child that takes over when I am
wonder, emotions, telling stories full of color and beauty.
As a writer, I love to mix both
reality with fiction, facts and magic, darkness and
light, pain and joy. I approach each story with a deep sense
of reverence; after all, each original story is much like a dream,
a vision that would never be revealed the same way again.
Kristinas artwork has been
exhibited in Costa Rica, Miami, Atlanta, Italy and Spain,
and collectors of her artwork reside across the world. For more
information visit kristinasfineart.com or our FB pages: Kristinas
fine art and Artistic Kreations with Kristina.