C. L. Fails is the Founder of LaunchCrate Publishing.

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C. L. FAILS is the author and illustrator of the Ella Books series, The Christmas Cookie and a slew of other unpublished short stories. She is also an educator, having served pre-school through college students in her hometown of Kansas City.


Inspired by the students she has served and several meaningful conversations with her parents, she strives to craft books that help others live their best lives.


Her goals:

  • to leave a legacy of service to others through her work

  • to help others answer their own call and walk their own path with the confidence that their work (no matter what field) makes a difference

  • to be the artist she dreamed of becoming in 1st grade

C. L. Fails


Books has a great message for kids that small things can make a big difference. Definitely recommend this!

...a perfect read for a child who needs encouragement! A beautiful story.

His life story is one of resilience and hope and this book provides an opportunity for others to see beyond the surface and into the soul of a man whose meaning to our family is immeasurable.

The story adds to the possibilities and magic of Christmas.

Meet 12-year old Raine. He's your average older brother who uses his creativity in extraordinary ways; an inventor, whose creations hope to save the world!

As a mom, this is the kind of book you want to read with your kids. Inspiring and a great parenting tool for very important conversations.

Love it!


Raine returns in an epic adventure of global importance. It's a fight for survival as Raine navigates new partnerships, unknown beings, and the disappearance of council members, in a battle to protect the globe.

Well written, fun, and a good message. Thank you, C. L. Fails!

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A chance encounter between a hard-working Dr. and a cynical educator tests their perception of reality. The two must battle the onslaught of old flames, preconceived notions, bumps and bruises, in pursuit of forging a holiday romance with a shot of survival.

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Charlie Hughes and Dr. Chris James are back.

They made it to Christmas, but will their divine connection be strong enough to survive the remaining holidays? See if they're brave enough to deepen their bond and grow together when the mettle is tested. 

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The Story of LaunchCrate

Interested in Booking a Speaking Engagement?

Interested in an engaging visit from author, illustrator, and educator, C. L. Fails? Connect with her to schedule one of the following or to discuss an alternative option:

  • Classroom Visits

  • School Visits

  • Keynote Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer

  • Workshop Presenter

  • and more

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