Wednesday, April 30, 2014

FAERY SWAP BOOK BLAST

Faery Swap by Susan Kaye Quinn

About the Book

Title: Faery Swap | Author: Susan Kaye Quinn | Publication Date: December 19, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 281 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Summary: Warrior faery princes can be very stubborn. Especially when they possess your body. Fourteen-year-old Finn just wants to keep his little sister out of Child Protective Services--an epic challenge with their parentally-missing-in-action dad moving them to England, near the famous Stonehenge rocks. Warrior faery Prince Zaneyr just wants to escape his father's reckless plan to repair the Rift--a catastrophe that ripped the faery realm from Earth 4,000 years ago and set it adrift in an alternate, timeless dimension. When Zaneyr tricks Finn into swapping places, Finn becomes a bodiless soul stuck in the Otherworld, and Zaneyr uses Finn's body to fight off his father's seekers on Earth. Between them, they have two souls and only one body... and both worlds to save before the dimensional window between them slams shut.

Faery Swap is an action and druid-magic filled portal fantasy, told by both a runaway faery prince and the boy he's tricked into taking his place. This Prince and the Pauper meets Warrior Faeries tale is suitable for all ages.

NOTE TO TEACHERS: A 2 minute book trailer and a 9 minute Virtual Author Visit video brings Author and Rocket Scientist Susan Kaye Quinn (Ph.D. Engineering) into your classroom, sharing her background in science and engineering and talking about her book, Faery Swap. A downloadable Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and a Knowledge Seekers card-based game designed to be played in the classroom - all aligned to Common Core reading, writing, and college readiness standards for Grades 3-6. (Virtual Author Visit can be found at Susan's website: www (dot) susankayequinn (dot)com/p/virtual-author-visit.html)

 

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The Buzz

"I've seen and enjoyed this theme before, but never in a book for this age group and Ms. Quinn carries it out beautifully. The kids were fun and acted like kids, which makes them believable for all ages. The pace and action will keep readers flipping pages greedily. Also, telling the story from the two viewpoints greatly added to my overall enjoyment. Highly recommend for ages 9 and up." ~ 5 Star Review, Alan T., Amazon

"I am a 10 year old boy. My mom recommended this awesome book to me because she knows Kai Strand, who knows Susan Quinn. I was hooked from the first paragraph! This is a wonderful ( and quite thrilling) story! Good for all ages and I wish I could rate it 100 stars! ... I can definitely recommended this to almost anyone! Good job to Susan Quinn. The story is balanced neatly between Zaneyr and Finn, by Finn's perspective in the first chapter, Zaneyr's perspective in the the next, then Finn again, and so on. Great book and is a must read." ~ 5 Star Review, Red Rose, Amazon

"I LOVED this book. This is one of those books that grabs you and doesnt let you go. Susan Kaye Quinn is an awesome writer! Feary Swap is funny, well paced, and filled with adventure. It's a book no kid will want to miss. I especially loved the witty humor that kept me laughing page after page. The world building was vivid and phenomenal. I could just see this as a movie in my head. I liked how the author sneaks those educational moments in there without you even knowing it. A delightful book for old and young readers alike. Get it!" ~ 5 Star Review, Daddy's Girls Book Reviews, Amazon

 

About the Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Susan Kay Quinn Author

 

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. Faery Swap is her foray into middle grade, which is her first writing love. Her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can subscribe to her newsletter (BONUS: new subscribers get a free short story!) or stop by her blog to see what she's up to.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SNIP SNIP REVENGE BY MEDEIA SHARIF

SNIP, SNIP REVENGE by Medeia Sharif

YA Contemporary, Evernight Teen

Release Date April 25, 2014

Beautiful, confident Tabby Karim has plans for the winter: nab a role in her school’s dramatic production, make the new boy Michael hers, and keep bigoted Heather—with her relentless Ay-rab comments—at bay. When a teacher’s lie and her father’s hastiness rob her of her beautiful hair, her dreams are dashed. The fastest barber in Miami Beach has made her look practically bald. 



With all her pretty hair gone, Tabby doesn’t believe she fits the feminine role she’s auditioning for. Michael is still interested in her, but he’s playing it cool. Heather has taken to bullying her online, which is easier to do with Tabby’s ugly haircut. Tabby spearheads Operation Revenge, which proves satisfying until all of her problems deepen. After messing up, she sets to make things right.

Author Bio
I’m a Kurdish-American author
who was born in New York City, and I presently call Miami my home. I received
my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming
a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many
genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a MG
and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer,
I'm a middle school English teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and
SCBWI.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

PRINCESS FABLES BOOK BLAST

The Princess Fables by Marc Clark

 

About the Book

Title: The Princess Fables | Author: Marc Clark | Illustrator: Eric Hosford | Publication Date: December 5, 2013 | Publisher: Seven C's Productions | Pages: 115 | Recommended Ages: 3+


Summary: The Origins of THE PRINCESS FABLES: When the author's daughter was just beginning the first grade, she was not happy about school. So when he would wake her each morning, whatever she would say to get out of going became the subject for a PRINCESS FABLE. If she'd say, "I don't want to," he'd make up a tale about The Princess Who Always Said, "I Don't Wanna". If she pulled the covers over her head, he'd tell her the story of The Princess Who Hid Under The Covers. By the end of each Fable he'd have her dressed and ready for school, with her eyes wide open and full of hope...

THE PRINCESS FABLES are eleven inspirational stories for young girls who may still dream of being a Princess. Each Princess embarks on an adventure of self discovery and along the way, learns about the importance of trust, devotion, courage and the power of love. These classic tales transport little girls to a time and place where they are the heroines and can create their own happy endings.

Every delicate pen and ink illustration reflects the classic fairy tale drawings of the late 19th century.

Award: The Princess Fables was just awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.

 

Purchase

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The Buzz

In a recent review by the Island Waves publication, Trey Seal wrote, “The Princess Fables is a book that brings back the nostalgia of the classic fairytales from our youth and is highly recommended for young children.”

Excerpts From Amazon Reviews:

"Marvelously original, soulful, and witty tales! Modern fables with funny and moving twists. I hope these stories make their way to kids everywhere!"

"What a beautifully illustrated and well-written book."

"A charming and witty read, with stunning illustrations. The Princess is adorable and the book conveys a very positive image for little girls."

"Great read for the little princess in us all!"

 

About the Author: Marc Clark

Marc Clark Author

Marc Clark is the author of several plays and screenplays, a writer and producer of commercials, promos and television content. Marc is the father of two and currently resides in Manhattan.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

SILENT VOICE TOUR AND REVIEW BARRY RUDNER

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Author Barry Rudner and his picture book
SILENT VOICE.
 
 
You gotta love this cover. Maybe it looks like the kids in your neighborhood, and there's even a dog.
 
SUMMARY:
A modern day allegory about autism awareness: that the only ought in autism is that we ought not ever give up. Ever.
 
Purchase Info:
Title: Silent Voice
Genre: Children's fiction, Family
Author: Barry Rudner
Website: http://www.nickoftime.us
 
Publisher: Nick of Time Media, Inc.
Purchase link: http://www.nickoftime.us/hardcover-books.php

My Review:

SILENT VOICE

By Barry Rudner

Illustrations by Peggy Trabalka

When a baby is born, he or she has certain characteristics: eye color, hair color, personality. Even though some characteristics may be the same, like hair color, each baby also is different from the others. We love each child for who he or she is, not for what they look like or for the way they smile.

In his picture book, SILENT VOICE, Author Barry Rudner has written a story about children that may look much like other children, but they think differently and do not enjoy the things most children enjoy, such as swinging or playing hide and go seek or even laughing. Some children seem to live in a world that only they can see, and it’s nothing like the world of the other children.

Written in rhyming verse, the author tells a story of children doing the things most kids love to do. They play games, sneak cookies, and other activities that fill a child’s day. Each scene also shows a child alone, on the fringes, not participating with the others, like the little boy looking away from the boys and girls, his hands in his pockets, and the boy who sits under the table while his family plays a game, and the other loners that do not join in. Does this mean they don’t want to? Or do they not know how to interact with friends? Illustrator Peggy Trabalka’s adorable drawings of children playing, smiling, having fun work perfectly to show the happy kids and also the isolation, the sense of not belonging, some youngsters feel. The expressions on their faces say it all.

SILENT VOICE gives a beautiful message of how we all should be aware of and embrace the differences in our children and also hope that one day the key to freeing the minds of each precious boy and girl will be discovered. This picture book would make a great addition to elementary school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library to help spread understanding of the needs of the ones that walk a different path than we expect them to.

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BIO:

Barry Rudner has been an author/poet of self-esteem books for children for over thirty years, dealing with universal truths such as, reaching for your dreams, homelessness, undying friendships, disability awareness, always being yourself, autism awareness, hope and utter silliness. He firmly believes that we cannot educate our children unless they feel good about who they are; and ultimately, as they grow up, they will not feel good about themselves unless they educate themselves.

Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nick-of-Time-Media/507826792667344


Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickOfTimeMedia


Google+: https://plus.google.com/107827469685021155032/posts

Schedule:

Friday April 25: Book review by Beverly McClure, http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com 
Monday April 28: Book review by Irene S. Roth, http://irenesroth.wordpress.com/
Tuesday April 29: Book review by Nicole Weaver, http://melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/
Wednesday April 30: Book review (or spotlight) by Jenn S., http://bookreviewsandgiveaways.org/
Friday May 2: Book Review by Terri Forehand, http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com

Happy Reading
 
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

NOAH ZARC BOOK BLAST




 

About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1

Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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Book 2

Noah Zarc - Cataclysm by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book #2) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 234 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system. Will his name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Book 3

Noah Zarc - Declaration by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Declaration (Book #3) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 1, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 226 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: As battles rage across the solar system, Noah must work to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books, the Zarc family has to stand against the full might of the Poligarchy. Will the truth about what really happened a thousand years in the past be enough to stop total war, or will Noah and his friends need to find another way to bring down a dictator?

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Special Omnibus Edition

Noah Zarc - Omnibus by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Omnibus (Special Edition) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 2, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 630 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION & INCLUDES 22 PENCIL ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR

In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.

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The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: "Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration." ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: "If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan's Olympians books, I think you'll also like Noah Zarc." ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: "This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results." ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children's Author

Book 2: "A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination." ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: "I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains." ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer

 

About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Although I'm not a poet, I enjoy reading poetry. The 2014 poster below is designed by Chip Kidd. It features the lines "Failing to fetch me at first Keep encouraged,/ Missing me one place search another,/ I stop somewhere waiting for you." from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
 
 
 
 
Now, I'm very shyly going to share the one poem I've had published with you. It was written when I was in the eighth grade for a class assignment. The teacher sent my poem to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings.
 
STARS
 
I often lie awake at night,
Watching stars that are so bright.
They sparkle and twinkle in the cool night air,
And look like ladies with lovely golden hair.
You see the little dipper and the big dipper too,
Away up in the deep dark blue,
But then come the morning rays of light
And all the stars are gone until tonight.
 
Beverly Stowe - Zundelowitz Jr. H. S
 
 
 
Happy Reading! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson

Monday, again. The weeks sure pass by in a hurry. Today, I have a review for THE KISS OF DECEPTION, by Mary E. Pearson, one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her novels and never been disappointed.
 
 
 
Another gorgeous cover.
 

Synopsis from Good Reads:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
 
 
My Review:
Sometimes being a princess isn’t as great as one would think, especially if you’re the First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Just ask seventeen-year-old Arabella Celestine Idris Jezella, who prefers to be called plain old Lia, her opinion of being a princess. She may surprise you.
In Author Mary E. Pearson’s latest YA novel, THE KISS OF DECEPTION, Lia is not your typical princess. She’s about to be married to a prince she’s never met and instead of obeying her father like a good little princess she runs away.  Why? It’s not a marriage of love like most young women dream of, but a marriage of convenience to secure an alliance between two kingdoms, and she wants no part of it. Her attendant and friend, Pauline, goes with her. Lia thinks she has troubles at home, but as she starts a new life she soon discovers her troubles are just beginning. Who are Kaden and Rafe, two handsome men she meets at her new job? Neither is who he claims to be. That’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to give anything away. Lia has a lot to learn, however.
THE KISS OF DECEPTIION is a story of princes and princesses, friends and assassins, treachery and trust, romance and death. Told from alternating points of view, the reader sees inside not only Lia’s mind, but Kaden’s, Rafe’s, and others as well. I’ve read all of Mary E. Pearson’s books and was so excited to get to read this one. She has written another winner. And the good thing is this is book #1 in a trilogy. Yay. So pick up a copy and enter Lia’s world of tender moments, violence, love and loss.
Net Galley and Henry Holt provided me with an e book ARC of this novel for my honest review.
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Available at Amazon and other stores July 15, 2014.
 
Have a nice week.
 
Happy Reading
 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WE LOVE TWEEN/YA BOOKS

 
 
We're having a party and you're invited. Join MuseItUp authors (April 10 to April 17) for a week of fun discussions, giveaways, cyber food and drinks...discover their Tween/YA books and meet their characters.. Erik and the twins from my tween novel A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT will bring pirate food and who knows what else the kids will come up with. The party is at Face Book. Click on the link and you're there. Oh, and my book is discounted to .99 cents. Just thought I'd throw that in for fun. And here's the link to my tween novel.
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

ALL GOOD CHILDREN Review

What a beautiful, beautiful rain we had Sunday. Our area desperately needs it. I'm praying for more. Our pond has been dry for three years. It would be great to see water and fish, turtles and dragonflies again.  So much for the weather. Today, I'm reviewing a book I read for one of the Good Reads Book Clubs I belong to. I hope you enjoy.

ALL GOOD CHILDREN
Catherine Austen

What if all the children in school were good little children? They followed the rules. They were quiet and obedient. That would be fantastic, right? Or would it? What if they never laughed or cheered at a football game, like normal kids do? It might seem great at first, but if my children were perfect, I’d get a bit worried.

Author Catherine Austen’s MG/YA novel, ALL GOOD CHILDREN, is set in a future world where parents have children that are known as “freebies,” “best of threes,” or “the ultimate” depending on how they’re conceived. If a family has enough money, they can keep at it until they get the perfect embryo. Something strange is happening in New Middletown, however. The kids in grades one and two are acting weird, and ninth and tenth grade students are due to be vaccinated and will soon act like perfect little angels too. Fifteen-year-old Max Conners doesn’t want the shot because everyone that gets it changes into what he and his friend Dallas call “zombies.” Ally, his six-year-old sister who already had the vaccination is proof. But what can a teen do to stop the insanity?

ALL GOOD CHILDREN paints a disturbing picture of authority gone wild, taking extreme measures to control children and teens, under the pretense of improving their behavior so they can learn better. Yeah, if you want little robots that obey instructions without an original thought in their heads. The author has created characters that are so real I wanted to help them face each challenge. Ms. Austen also adds a touch of humor to give the characters and the reader hope. I recommend ALL GOOD CHILDREN for school libraries, as well as public libraries and your own personal library. This is a story you will remember for a long time.

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Happy Reading. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

WRITER'S REBEL CREED 2014

It's time to see how I'm doing with my Writer's Rebel Creed.
This is S. A. Larsen's idea. To see what it's all about, check out her blog.
 
 
Regular Writing: I write  five to six days a week. Sometimes, a whole paragraph or maybe even a page is the result.
 
Belief in My Abilities: That varies. I was feeling pretty down for a while. My work just wasn't progressing. Then  my YA historical novel won an award, and it sure helped bolster my belief in myself.
 
Be Fearless to Write Something New: Haha! I'm not sure whether I'm fearless or crazy, but I've started two new stories and keep jotting down notes on another idea when this quiet voice whispered in my ear. I think what he told me is important; I'm not sure how yet.
 
Trust in the Beauty of Revisions: Let me see. I'm almost finished with revisions on the story I've been working on since 2010. The beauty of this is I hope, hope, hope the manuscript will be ready to go this time.
 
Better my Marketing Skills: Really need to work on this one.
 
Give Back to my Writing Community: I try to answer blog posts and comments on Face Book. Twitter still confuses me, but I'm learning. One goal is to get more involved in SCBWI.
 
Support Other Writers: I've reviewed a few books this past month and have several more lined up to read, and I enjoy doing cover reveals, book blasts, and tours.
 
Have a super weekend.
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

COVER REVEAL - THE STAG LORD BY DARBY KAYE

Today I have the pleasure of sharing the cover of Darby Kaye's debut novel. 
I love it.  
 

Cover by Errick Nunnally
Oh, wow! Would you look at that eye and the young boy on the back! What is their story?
 
 
Jacket Copy for *The Stag Lord* by Darby Kaye

 On the run across America from a vengeful shape-shifter, Bannerman "Bann"
 Boru has only one thing on his mind: keeping himself and his young son,
 Cor, alive.

 At any cost.

 Until he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal
 Celtic warriors, the *Tuatha De Danaan*, living in modern-day Colorado.
 When Cor is injured, Bannerman is forced to accept her help. He quickly
 realizes that the golden-haired healer is shield-maiden tough and can hold
 her own on the field of battle with the big boys. And Shay soon discovers
 that there is more to Bann than meets the eye.

 Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of
 Fir Bolgs (Bronze Age creatures with a nasty taste for children),
 Bannerman, Shay, her wolf-dog, Max, and the rest of the Doyle clan must
 figure out how to battle one insane god.
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Watch for the novel October 28, 2014.
The book is on my TBR list. How about you?
 

 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP

http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html

It's the first Wednesday in April, time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

 Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
 
To visit all of the bloggers that are  participating in the Blog Hop go to
Co-hosts for the April 2 posting of the IWSG will be Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Terri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake!
 
 
What are you insecure about lately?

I've been thinking about things over which I have no or little control. If you're like me, I want to do things when I want to do them. I write my story and revise and revise, forever it seems. Most of the time, the writing is in my control. How much I write a day depends on other obligations, of course.

Then comes the big day when the story that I've spent months and even years getting just right is "finished" and ready for the next step. So I send it to a publisher or agent, my fingers crossed that they will love my characters as much as I love them.

Now, my manuscript is out of my control. I can either haunt my computer or mailbox, waiting for a reply or I can get busy on my next work. Since I'm hyper and multi-task anyway, I prefer to work and not think about how many hours, days, and weeks my baby has been gone.

Then, yay! The publisher loves my story. Contract is in the mail. Edits next. Guess what. Yep! The timing is pretty much out of my control too. I'm not the only author with edits needed, I remind myself.

A cover is in the works. Yep! Out of my control. The fabulous illustrator has other covers and illustrations.

You know what though. When I'm finally holding that beautiful book in my hands, I forget all the things that were out of my control, because someone who knows more than I do was taking care of my story.

Thanks to all you fabulous publishers, illustrators, editors, first readers, printers and everyone involved in creating a book. You rock.