Wednesday, October 22, 2014

STOP BY SUZANNE'S BLOG TODAY PLEASE

Welcome Wednesday
 
I never realized how much in life I take for granted.
My family, my home, my cats. Being able to see, to hear, to talk, to walk.
 
Then Sunday, when I'm usually at church but came home early because of my back,
I was blessed to watch the young man, Nick Vujicic, speak on TV. I laughed, I cried,
most of all I was inspired. He has the most positive outlook on life I've ever seen. If you haven't heard of this young man, look him up. I think you'll be inspired too.
 
Now, when you have a minute, stop by Suzanne's Thoughts for the Day and read her great interview with me,  "You Know How Girls Think." Thanks.
 
Happy Reading.
 
 
 


Monday, October 20, 2014

RUDE DUDE SPOTLIGHT - SURVIVE AND THRIVE - DARBY'S POST

Monday Musings.
This week is starting out busy. Do I have some treats for you today. Let's get started.
 
First, meet Author Tim J. Myers and his latest children's book
RUDE DUDE'S BOOK OF FOOD
 
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It's amazing!  Ancient Mongols actually did put raw meat under their saddles to "tenderize" it!  And fortune cookies--gasp--don't come from China!  Tim J. Myers' Rude Dude's Book of Food is just out, a humorous, anecdote-filled history of popular foods (hamburgers, chocolate, etc.) tied to the Common Core and intended for upper-elementary/ middle-school students.  You know you're hungry--dig in!



From Rude Dude's Book of Food:

Dude, these are amazing times—you know it, I know it, and the babies in their strollers know it. But historians a thousand years from now won’t talk about computers or space shuttles or cable TV. They’ll call our time the Age of the Hamburger. Because it’s for dang sure that’s one of the coolest things to happen in the last couple centuries.


The average American eats three burgers a week. I guess that makes me two or three average Americans. I'm like, run a burger up the flagpole and I’ll salute. Then I’ll climb up after it. Gajillions of people feel the same. Hamburgers appear on American menus more than any other food. There was even a French chef in the White House—French, I'm saying, the gourmets of the world—who specialized in milk shakes and hamburgers. And at any time, one out of three Americans has downed a burger in the past 24 hours. I've read that all the burgers McDonald's has sold add up to 16 for every person on the planet today.


Wicked lot of ground beef, eh?


As you might expect, the popularity of hamburgers is causing some problems too. I'll talk about that in the final chapter. For now, let's just see how the whole thing happened.


I figure the sacred evolution of the hamburger began back when ancient cave-people knocked on animals with clubs and became meat-eaters. And somewhere along the line, some all-thumbs guy dropped his zebra haunch in the fire. Then he started crying and blubbering, then was dumb enough to snatch it out, and burned his fingers, and stuck them in his mouth to cool them off—and realized his fingertips tasted really, really delicious. (Let’s hope he didn't get confused and accidentally invent cannibalism). So people learned to cook their meat...
 

 
I didn't know that. Did you?
 
Watch those hamburgers, people.
 
 
 
www.TimMyersStorySong.com
Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. His children’s books--12 out and three on the way--have won recognition from the New York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian. He’s published over 130 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has two books of adult poetry out, and won a major prize in science fiction. He won the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year and the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TimJMyers1.
 


 
 
Next we have the SURVIVE AND THRIVE BLOG HOP
 

 
Monday, October 20, 2014
 
The blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.
 
I have a particular cause that is dear to my heart, well, actually more than one, I'd like to share with you. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, kidney failure, and heart disease. I know, I told you.
 
Diabetes: Diabetes leads to other problems, so please, please keep track of your blood sugar count, eat healthy meals, take your medication if prescribed, and exercise.
 
Alzheimer's: This disease robs you of your mind.  There's very little worse than someone you've known for years looking at you as though you're stranger. Many factors play into the disease: age, genetics, environment, lifestyle.. Some risk factors can be changed.
 
Kidney failure: Manage your diabetes and blood pressure.
 
Heart Disease:  There are many causes. Again, eat healthy, exercise, don't smoke.
 
Early diagnosis is important, so keep those doctor appointments.
 
 
One more important matter today. Stop by Darby Karchut's blog where she's spotlighting STAR OF THE TEAM. We love comments.
 
Happy Reading.
 



Friday, October 17, 2014

DARBY KARCHUT'S REVIEW OF STAR

Friday Fun.
Another week has flown past. I hope you've had a good one and are ready for a fun weekend.
Today I have a review for  STAR OF THE TEAM from my dear friend, Award Winning Author Darby Karchut. A good review from Darby is priceless. She says I can use the review whenever I want to. I want to now. When you read it, I think you'll see why I'm so happy.
 
Darby's Review
 
I've been waiting to read this book for a long time! Once again, Beverly Stowe McClure has written another winning middle grade story.
As with all of McClure's books, the characters are well-rounded and multi-layered. Kate, her family and friends, and even Emily, her enemy (or is she?) all protray typical pre-teen behavior, both enduring and frustrating. Simon, in particualar, is a delight. I love his willingness to try new things, even if he isn't very good at them - a great lesson for all of us.
While the plot revolves around Kate's dream of being the star of her basketball team, it is what Kate learns about herself and other people, that make this such a delightful read. And I have to say, I had to laugh at Kate's creative use of a face mask. Cracked me up!
The only problem I had with the book is that it's too short. I have quickly grown attached to the characters and I want to read more about them. This is my not-so-subtle plug to the author to write a sequel. Hint, hint. The other thing I like about the book is the emphsis of girls and sports. Yes, please - more books like this! McClure even had some boys on the girls' teams and vice versus.
Star of the Team is a terrific book for both girls and boys, espcially those that enjoy basketball. It would make a great addition to any school or classroom library.
Highly recommended.
 
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You see why I'm floating on clouds. This is the second great review.
 
Star of the Team is available at:  Amazon and Barnes and Noble
 
Thank you, Darby.
 
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes suburban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults, and is now trying her hand at contemporary romance. She'd love to talk with you. No. Seriously. She would.
 
Visit Darby at her blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Reading!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP

It's that time again, Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.
 
In keeping with the holiday, I'm offering a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card along with an Amazon Gift Card for my YA Paranormal e book LISTEN TO THE GHOST.

And all you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite Halloween story or anything else you have to say. Be sure and add your email so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner.
Good luck!
 
Stop by the other blogs participating for more exciting prizes.
 
http://www.iamareader.com/2014/08/5th-annual-spooktacular-giveaway-hop-sign-ups.html
 
Happy Reading.

 
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

SHARP WRIT BOOK AWARDS

Monday Musings.
How was your weekend?
I spent most of Saturday at our local library. They had their annual Craft Show
with all sorts of homemade gifts. I, of course, had my books. The day was rainy looking,
though it never rained. It may have kept some people home. My best seller was my picture book.
I had little stuffed dogs to give the kids (couldn't find stuffed armadillos) and I think giving the
wee ones the animal made them stop at my table and how can a mom or dad turn down
a sweet little child that whispers "I want that book?"
It was fun.
 
My big news this month, along with my MG novel STAR OF THE TEAM being published, is
the award I won. I knew about it last spring, but they just now sent our plaques.
I'm so excited. Take a look. Learn more at the Sharp Writ website.
 
 
Now, you might be wondering why there are two. Or you might not be. I'm going to tell you anyhow.
It's such a fun story and the email I received is priceless. You see, the plaque had a mistake on it, so I'm the winner of two plaques, the correct one and the one with the mistake.
They are very nice people. Someone on Face Book said now I have book ends.
 
The writing world is the place to be. Do you agree?
 
Have a super week.
 
Happy Reading.
 
 


Friday, October 10, 2014

OUR GUEST TODAY IS AWARD WINNING AUTHOR MARY JEAN KELSO

Friday Fun
It's so much fun for me to introduce you to authors you may not know.
Today, Mary Jean Kelso is visiting my blog. Give her a warm welcome.
 

 
Mom and lin front of Alamo Cannon 500
 

Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Her most recent publication is co-authored with her
daughter, Wendy Whiteman. A Virtual History Record of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright
Jennings' Family is her only factual book. It provides genealogy information on Texas pioneer
families: Jennings and Williams.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Next to be released in her children's editions is Little Lonnie Long Ears. Already in print are:
RV Mouse, Cowboy James, Birds in the Flower Basket, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel,
One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy and the Albino Horse series at Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
She is also the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series: Goodbye Is Forever, No Time for Goodbye
and Never Say Goodbye (Sierra Summer prior to latest reprint (fingers crossed) through Wings Epress.  
Also Kat’s Cradle and Blue Coat, through Whiskey Creek Press and The Homesteader series through Wings Epress.
 
 
Video of the Andy and the Albino Horse series, which was created for Christ's Clubhouse Channel, is posted on
Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR59OVkQ0ng&feature=youtu.be


Mary Jean writes for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor and Customer Services Representative
prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults.
 
Mary Jean has received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as
a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News. She is a member of Made in Nevada (http://madeinnevada.org/),
The Alamo Defenders Descendents Association (ADDA), The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and
The Alamo Society..
 
Visit Mary Jean on the Web at http://maryjeankelsoauthor.wix.com/mjkel,
www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso, www.andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot.com,
www.guardianangelpublishing.com, www.whiskeycreekpress.com or www.wings-press.com.
 
WEBSITES
http://andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot.com
 
 

 

 



TITLES;
MYSTERY IN VIRGINIA CITY - Great Basin Press
A VIRGINIA CITY MYSTERY - MarKel Press
ABDUCTED!  - MarKel Press
SIERRA  SUMMER  - MarKel Press
GOODBYE, BODIE  - MarKel Press
THE HOMESTEADER (May 2005 Best Seller -  Wings-Press.com)
THE HOMESTEADER'S LEGACY - (February 2007 - Wings-Press.com)
BACK TO THE HOMESTEAD - (May 2008 - Wings-Press.com)
LIFE ON THE HOMESTEAD - (July 2009 - Wings-Press.com)
ANNABEL’S STORY - (July 2012 - Wings-Press.com)
GOODBYE IS FOREVER (March 2006 - Wings-Press.com)
NO TIME FOR GOODBYE (March 2012 - Wings-Press.com)
NEVER SAY GOODBYE - (TBD)
BLUE  COAT (April 2006 - Whiskeycreekpress.com)
KAT'S CRADLE (October 2007 - Whiskeycreekpress.com)
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL (August 2007 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND THE ALBINO HORSE (April 2008 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS (August 2008 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT GO TO THE FAIR (July 2008 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT IN THE BIG RESCUE (March 2009 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT MEET THE RODEO QUEEN (April 2010 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
THE ADVENTURES OF ANDY AND SPIRIT, BOOK 1 (July 2010 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT IN SEARCH AND RESCUE  (March 2013 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT GO ON A DAY COUNT (TBD - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
ANDY AND SPIRIT RIDE A TRAIN (TBD - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
COWBOY JAMES (Aug. 2011 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
LITTLE LONNIE LONG EARS - (TBD - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
THE CHICK THAT COULDN'T SCRATCH (TBD - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
THE RV MOUSE (February 2010 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
CHRISTOPHER MAKES MAGIC - (TBD - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
BIRDS IN THE FLOWER BASKET  - (March 2012 - GuardianAngelPublishing.com)
A VIRTUAL HISTORY RECORD OF ALAMO DEFENDER GORDON CARTWRIGHT JENNINGS' FAMILY (March 2014 - MarKel Press)
 
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That's a lot of books, Mary Jean. Thank you for visiting with us today.
 
 

 
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MEET AUTHOR JAN NETOLICKY TODAY

I am delighted to host Author Jan Netolicky today. Please give her a big welcome.
 
 
Ross Benedict’s life is in the tank.  He’s fifteen, in trouble with the law, and has no one to lean on.   His only hope may be an old man with his own difficult past.
The manuscript which eventually became The Skipworth Summer (Wings ePress, Feb. 2012) began as a creative thesis for my master’s program in English education where my specialty was young adult literature.  But at the time I wrote it, I wasn’t thinking about earning my degree.  I was hoping to create a living legacy for my own children, a way to keep alive the memory of my beloved grandfather, Luther Skipworth.    While I was in grad school, Skip suffered a debilitating stoke which eventually claimed him.  I was desperate to hang on to him in whatever way I could. 
I wanted my kids to know the essence of this man I adored, a man whose difficult journey demanded to be told.  A biography would not be the best vehicle to tell that story, however.  It would certainly be colored by my loving bias.  Instead, I chose to write a fictional piece from the perspective of a troubled fifteen year-old boy who meets Skip for the first time when the teen is at his most vulnerable.  The result is a unique work which pays tribute to a complicated but resilient man, a work which celebrates his heroism even as it acknowledges his shortcomings.  An excerpt follows.
Prologue:  Looking Glass, Present Day
I promised myself I would never go back.  But then, I’ve broken  promises before.  Fortified by the enthusiasm of my ninth graders (Mr. Benedict, Dude, you should SO go), I packed an overnighter, gassed up the Nova, and headed north.      
Highway 7 west of Little Rock through Jasper is a little piece of motor-head heaven.  The views are incredible and the road fun to drive.  Those winding bends never reveal what’s ahead, and then suddenly you’re practically meeting yourself on a tight, hairpin turn.  I took my time, stopping briefly in Harrison before making my way into Berryville and that little corner building on Church Street.        
Skip’s is no longer there, of course.  I’ve heard the building has housed everything from an antiques store to a bait shop over the years.  It’s a tea room now, but I’m betting it won’t last.  Nothing does.  The Wal-Mart Supercenter on the north edge of town has sapped the flavor from the old town square.  Even so, I could still make out the faded mural painted on the side of the old barber shop.  I ran my hand along the rough bricks, then walked around to the glass front and tried to peer in.    
The place was closed and the dark impenetrable.  When I stepped back, though, I could see my reflection in the glass.  Whether it was a trick of light from the afternoon sun or just a wave of nostalgia, the years seemed to slip away, and I was just a frightened fifteen-year-old kid with a chip on my shoulder.  I looked down at my hands, expecting . . .
 
 
My grandfather’s shop is an iconic landmark in Berryville, where he barbered for over 60 years.  The faded mural referenced in the prologue has since been restored by a devoted group of volunteers calling themselves BON (Berryville Organic News).  The picture below depicts Skip’s shop circa 1942.  Much of the action in the novel, set in 1975,  takes place here.
 Luther “Skip” Skipworth, in his shop on Church Street in Berryville, Arkansas.
 
 
Author Jan Netolicky
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Although The Skipworth Summer is my first novel for young adults, writing has been at the core of my professional life.  I completed my undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University and earned my Master’s degree in English Education at Northeast Missouri State. 
 
In addition to the thousands of comments jotted in the margins of student essays, I’ve written for a variety of purposes and audiences, including free-lance work for local businesses, university alumni papers, and amateur theatrical productions.  Primarily, I’ve spent 24 years sharing my love of reading and writing with hundreds of students.  They, in turn, have made rich deposits in my writer’s bank of ideas.
 
Now, following my retirement from the Cedar Rapids Community School District, I am delighted to introduce The Skipworth Summer.  Although a work of fiction, the story is inspired by the life of Luther Skipworth who lived and worked as a barber in Berryville for over sixty years.  “Skip,” my grandfather, died before my children knew him well.  I intended, originally, to write the novel as a way of keeping his memory alive, but the narrative took a life of its own with the introduction of Ross Benedict, a troubled young man on a path of self-destruction.  The plot weaves real events from Skip’s life with Ross’s fictional coming-of-age story.
 
 
I live with my husband in Robins, IA, where my favorite pursuits include reading, writing, volunteering, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.  My current project is a novel for adult readers, We Dare Not Whisper.
 
Find me on Facebook or at my website, where you can find links to Wings ePress, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
 
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Thank you, Jan, for visiting with us today. I love old buildings like your grandfather's. My father was also a barber.
 
Happy Reading!
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