Friday, October 31, 2014

MOTHER'S LOVE BOOK BLAST

Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - cover - Kommuru books

About the Book

Title: Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear! | Author: Subhash Kommuru | Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru | Publication Date: October, 2014 | Publisher: Kommuru Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Book Description: Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How.... until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji's ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not "How" but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?

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Sneak Peek

Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - inside page 1 - Kommuru Books

Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - inside page 2 - Kommuru Books

 

About the Author & Illustrator: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru

Subhash and Sujata KommuruSubhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.

Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!

These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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Contest closes: November 30, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WELCOME WEDNESDAY AND THE DEER

Haha! This wasn't supposed to post until tomorrow. Welcome Wednesday a day early.
The mind is a beautiful thing, except when it quits working.

If you have a chance, stop by Donna McDine's blog and visit with us a bit. We'd love to hear your comments. Thanks.

Guess what greeted me this morning when I looked out my window. My two deer. Yes, my deer. At least I've come to think of them as mine. I put corn out every evening and they eat and hang around, I suppose hoping for more. But I've read where you shouldn't feed them too much, so I limit their treat. Last night they didn't run from me when I went outside. I snapped a couple of pictures, though it was getting dark and I'm still learning how to use my new camera.

These are white tail.
Now if I could just convince them to stay in our pasture for the next few months, they'd be safe. Fences don't hold the deer. They leap over as though nothing is there.
 
What's happening in your world?
 
Happy Reading.
 


Monday, October 27, 2014

CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE TOUR

Monday Musings
 
If my former teachers could see me now, they wouldn't believe it. I'm reading about two books a week, reviewing them, and working on three books of my own. This from a girl who hated to read and hated book reports even more.
 
Today, I'm happy to host Kelly Hashway and her MG novel THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE #1.
 
 
 






Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune (Granville Fortune #1)
Publication Date:  October 21, 2014
Publisher:  Tantrum Books
Author: Kelly Hashway


Find the fortune, break the curse!


 

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

 

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22694303-curse-of-the-granville-fortune?from_search=true

 

Purchase Links:



THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE
My Review
By Kelly Hashway

What do you think of when you hear the words “Enchanted Forest?” Lovely fairy like creatures with transparent wings flittering about? The sound of music drifting through the air? Sweet smelling flowers and shiny leafed trees? A forest you’d love to visit?

In Author Kelly Hashway’s MG novel, THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE, J. B. and his sister, Holly, become lost in a forest, a forest where their worst nightmares become a reality. J. B. has visions. An old woman tells him he’ll be cursed until he returns what was taken. In his vision two others are with him. He doesn’t know who they are or what was taken, just that he was cursed. In their search for meaning to his visions, J. B. and Holly end up in Braeden Forest, where they might possibly find the answers.


THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE has a lot of characters, a lot of twists and turns and surprises. People are not always what they seem, and J. B., along with Holly and a girl named Noelle, don’t know who to trust in their quest to discover what was stolen, by whom, and what it means to each of the kids and their families. There’s plenty of action for young readers. J. B. is a good older brother, protective of his sister and Noelle. And you may just be surprised at some of the twists and turns in the story. This book would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries and your own personal library.

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
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ABOUT KELLY HASHWAY:

 

 

 
 
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

 

Author Links:  Website  | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway (INT)


Direct Link: 

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Also, C. Lee McKenzie is reviewing STAR OF THE TEAM today on her blog. Stop by and say "Hi."

Happy Reading.
 





 


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
 
BLURB:



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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Monday, October 6, 2014

WELCOME AUTHOR LYNN SOLTE TODAY

Monday Musings
 
It looks like the hummingbirds may be gone for the winter. I haven't seen any at the feeders for a few days. A few stragglers may fly through. The nectar will be there for them until the end of the month.
 
Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to Author Lynn Solte.
 
Bio.
 
"I am and graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature living in Hollywood, Florida.   My professional background includes, but is not limited to, writing/designing fund raising brochures and newsletters for the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Easter Seals, the Concert Association of Florida and ArtCenter South Florida.  In the Blink of an Eye  is my first novel."  

As an addendum, I'm currently working on another YA historical novel -- this one takes place in New Orleans in 1861, at the start of the Civil War (It's about a 15 year old Jewish girl and her best friend, who happens to be her slave, and what happens to their relationship as a result of the War).  I also have a small resume' writing business.  For more info on that, please go to my website
, www.risingstarresumes.com.
About the Book:
In the Blink of an Eye is a suspense-filled historical novel that traces the lives of seven-year-old Rachael Wasserman, a Jewish child, and her family, living in 1938 Vienna.  It begins the night of the Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass,” when Rachael’s father is arrested. With only their fair “Aryan” looks to protect them, Rachael, her mother and four-year old brother leave home to find safety in the perilous, Nazi-occupied streets of their once culturally-enlightened and hospitable city, posing as Germans.  Danger now lurks everywhere, and they narrowly escape exposure many times.
           Their search leads them first to a priest who takes pity, but directs them elsewhere; then to an Austrian baker who provides them refuge in his basement where he is secretly sheltering dozens of other Jews, and where a baby’s cries lead to a tragic outcome; then to their Austrian housekeeper, whose nephews betray them. Finally, in an unexpected and unusual twist, a German SS officer facilitates their welcome by risky escape. 
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Just FYI, the story is told in flashback by Rachael, whose intuition and cleverness play major roles in her family's survival.  Meant as an introduction to the Holocaust for adolescents/early teens, it presents a taste of the horrors inflicted upon Jews, but does not delve deeply into the atrocities committed by the Germans after the 1941 "Final Solution," which called for the extermination of all European Jews.   
 
All historical and geographical information are factual.  While the characters and sequence of events in the story are fictitious, they are based upon true life experiences of those who lived and died under the Nazi reign of terror.
 
Lynn was kind enough to answer some questions for me. Enjoy.
Hi, Lynn. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.   
Now that I think about it, Beverly, my becoming a writer is a bit of a surprise to me.  Maybe it shouldn’t, because I “penciled” my first “book” at age six (written on scraps of notebook paper held together with Scotch Tape, the title was Why I Love My Mother and Father : ); expressing my innermost thoughts on paper helped get me through my teenage years in one emotional piece, and in my early twenties I used writing fiction to distract myself from a difficult episode in my life; but, as much as writing was therapeutic for me, I never thought of it as a “calling.”  It must have been fighting to get out, though, because I found a way to incorporate writing into most of the jobs I held, even when it wasn’t required.  Eventually, I wound up writing and designing fund raising and promotional material for nonprofit organizations -- a career evolution that was fulfilling on many levels.  It wasn’t until my late forties, when I applied and was accepted by the Institute of Children’s Literature, that I felt drawn to writing fiction.  My goal, I decided, would be to educate, as well as entertain, young adult readers.  Whether or not I’m a full-fledged writer is up for grabs (I’m certainly not as prolific as most), but I will say that finishing my first novel, In the Blink of an Eye, was possibly the most gratifying moment of my life (I still remember the chills I felt when I wrote the final line.)  Since then, I’ve written a series of six short stories in rhyme for children four through eight that have yet to be published, and I’m working on another historical novel geared toward the YA audience.  I’m officially retired, but have a small résumé writing business that I love. All things considered, you could say I came to writing organically -- I didn’t plan it or even realize it was happening.  I guess that’s what surprises are made of.
                  
Twitter your newest release in 140 characters or less:  
In the Blink of an Eye is a taut, suspense-filled page-turner that will hold your interest from page one through to the surprise ending.
 
How did you come up with the idea for your book and were there any glitches along
the way?
I’d been trying to come up with a substantive idea for a couple of years and was at my wit’s end, when someone walked into my office and said she’d just seen an episode of the “Jeraldo Rivera Show” in which he interviewed survivors of the Holocaust who had been children at the time.  That was it!  I would write a novel about the Holocaust, written from a child’s perspective.  I never looked back.  
 
You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than
yours would you want to be stranded there with you?  
Jean Valgean (Les Miserables) because he’s sensitive, smart and physically strong -- which would be very important if I were marooned on a deserted island.  And, he’s not bad looking, either : ) 
 
If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?  
You’d see the normal things -- clothes, shoes and purses.  You’d also see left over wool and needles from my knitting days, art supplies, “dummies” of my two unrealized “inventions,” a few bottles of wine, a doll I received on my sixth birthday (she’s 67 years old!), and my 1959 Purim Festival “Queen Esther” trophy
Tell us your favorites:
Movie: Can’t name just one: Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, Love with the Proper Stranger
Actors:  Cary Grant, Spencer Tracey   
Actresses:  Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman     
Books:  Crime and Punishment, Solomon’s Song    
Singer or Group:  Barbra Streisand  
Coffee or tea?  Coffee, unless I’m sick
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?  Fall (I live in South Florida, but I’m originally from New Jersey/New York and miss wearing wool suits/sweaters and boots)
If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?   Romantically speaking, for its charm, its art, its innovation and its lovely, poetic language, I’d choose the turn-of-the-last century past.  However, as a realist, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that living conditions were harsh back then and life spans were short.  I’m not at all that optimistic about what it will bring, but at least we’ll have modern medicine and conveniences, so, by default, I will choose the future.
What is something about you that no one knows?  I love “Roseanne” reruns. 
Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.   I’m working on another YA historical novel temporarily titled “Lydia’s Story.”  The year is 1861, the place New Orleans, Louisiana.  The story is about a 15 year old Jewish girl and her best friend, who also happens to be her slave, and what happens to their relationship as a result of the Civil War. 
Where can your fans learn more about you?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.solte
Website: www.risingstarresumes.com
Would you like to share anything else with your fans?  Just that I very much appreciate their support and they can reach me anytime at lynnsolte@gmail.com.  I’d love to hear from them.
Thank you, Lynn, for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Stop by anytime.
Happy Reading!