Monday, August 14, 2017

BEST. NIGHT. EVER. BLOG TOUR

Quote for the week: Middle School stories seem to be popular lately. Thought this was cute. Awkward Middle School Dance.

I am delighted to share an adorable new novel about Middle School with you.. The authors are listed below.

Best. Night. Ever
By Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito



From the cover I can tell the book will be lots of fun. The blurb below confirms my thoughts.

Blurb:

Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.

Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.

One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Gail Nall, Dee Romito, Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, and Jen Malone have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.

Buy Links:


Bio:

One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between.  She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at RacheleAlpine.com.

Ronni Arno Blaisdell is the author of Ruby Reinvented. She has written for several magazines, blogs, and websites. In a previous life she worked as a publicist in Hollywood, and eventually built a home in Maine. She is a keen SCBWI member and contributor to the KidLiterati.com blog. Visit her online at
ronniarno.com.

Alison Cherry is the author of the YA novels RedFor Real and Look Both Ways, and the middle grade novels Willows vs. Wolverines and The Classy Crooks Club. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions. This whole “writing books” thing is just a cover for the international crime ring she runs out of her Brooklyn apartment. (Shhh, don’t tell.) Visit her online at
AlisonCherryBooks.com.

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing. When she isn’t crafting fiction, Stephanie is indulging her gadget geek side by writing for online technology sites. Her work is regularly featured on the small business blogs for Intuit and Go Payment and she is a featured columnist for SmallBizTechnology.com. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit her online at
StephanieFaris.com.

Jen Malone is a former Hollywood publicist who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. Jen is also the author of the middle grade novels At Your Service and The Art of the Swap, coauthor of the You’re Invited series, and wrote the YA novels Map to the Stars and Wanderlost. You can visit her online at
JenMaloneWrites.com.

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel Breaking the Ice, the coauthor of You’re Invited and You’re Invited Too, and the author of the young adult novel Exit Stage Left. You can find her online at GailNall.com and on Twitter as @GaileCN. Visit her online at
GailNall.com.

Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You’re likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a cafĂ©, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit
TheBFFBucketList.com.

The Rafflecopter giveaway is for a free hardback copy of Best. Night. Ever. (signed by Stephanie Faris). 



Link:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SECRETS WE KEEP COVER REVEAL KELLY HASHWAY

I am delighted to share Author Kelly Hashway's latest novel with you today. Enjoy.

SECRETS WE KEEP is coming October 2nd! 


Make sure you don’t miss the preorder! http://bit.ly/2pvYT07

Madison Kramer’s life is finally coming together. With her

boyfriend and publicist, Trevor, by her side, her career as a best-
selling author is sure to really take off.
But one thing hasn’t changed. Death follows Maddie wherever
she goes, and a night that should have been nothing but
celebrating the New Year in the arms of the man she loves, turns
into the scene of another murder.

The bodies are piling up, and the murder suspect wants Maddie’s
help in freeing his name. Her secret past continues to come to the
surface, putting her life at risk in a deadly game where Maddie
doesn’t know whom she can trust.

*Cover by Uplifting Designs*

AUTHOR BIO:


Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor, and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: ww.kellyhashway.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellyhashway/Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KellyHashwayInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/khashwayNewsletter: http://forms.sendpulse.com/323115810aGoodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/AshelynDrake &http://www.goodreads.com/KellyHashwayAmazon: http://http://bit.ly/AshelynDrake & http://bit.ly/KellyHashway

Monday, August 7, 2017

BABYMOUSE TALES FROM THE LOCKER REVIEW

Quote for the week:

Today I'd like to share one of the funniest books for middle-grade readers I've read. Welcome Babymouse in her latest novel, BABYMOUSE TALES FROM THE LOCKER.





BABYMOUSE TALES FROM THE LOCKER

By Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm


Middle School. The years between being children and teens. The years where everything changes. In BABYMOUSE: TALES FROM THE LOCKER by best-selling authors Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Babymouse is now in middle school, and it’s like a “monster movie” with “spooky creatures” to quote Babymouse in her own words. And then there’s the whiskers. Yeah, the whiskers.


Babymouse tells her story of what middle school is like, and what a story it is. From whiskers, to wanting to be famous, to wanting a private jet, to a locker that possibly contains a monster, and trying to figure out who her friends are, Babymouse keeps the reader, at least this reader, laughing and turning pages to see what she does next.


Then she decides to join the Film Club, and when problems arise Babymouse has her own unique ways of solving them.


I can picture not only middle school kids but teens and even adults following each adventure as middle school readers realize they may be facing the same or similar situations that Babymouse faces. And older readers might nod as they remember those confusing years.


Black and white drawings by B&W illustrations add humor to the scenes. If anyone can read this story without laughing and perhaps even learning a thing or two about middle school, they need to read it again. BABYMOUSE: Tales from the Locker would make a great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library. Highly recommended.

I was sent an ARC of the novel.

Happy Reading. (And I'm not fond of mice. This one is different.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

AUGUST INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

A new month. A new IWSG.

Yes, it's that time.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time
Be sure to link to this page and put the badge on your post.

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

We have a question every month, which is optional for you to answer or not.

August's question is: 

What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Reading:

A scene that has too much detail that isn't necessary to the plot. Like, she wakes up in the morning, fine. But do we need to know that she yawns, scratches her head, how she puts on her makeup and chooses her clothes? Yes, if the details add to the plot. No, if they aren't necessary.

Writing:

Thinking my chapter is just right until I read it back and discover it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Editing:

Commas. Enough said.

Happy Reading and Writing.


Monday, July 31, 2017

GUARDIAN'S TOUCH BOOK BIRTHDAY TOUR

Quote for the week:  “The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to L A Dragoni's new novel GUARDIAN'S TOUCH, Touched by Afterlife, Book 2. Enjoy.

Every time I see this cover I like it more. Gorgeous.

For a ghost there are only two choices. Heaven or Hell.



Coming August 1, 2017
Guardian’s Touch, Touched by Afterlife, Book 2

Life has returned to normal for Tamara and Dex after helping a horde of ghosts cross over. Their brush with the afterlife affirmed one thing: happily ever after is real.

When odd pranks around the farm escalate to destruction, Tamara fears mischievous teenagers are vandalizing the neighborhood. Then Dex starts to act out of character. Meanness slips into his usually playful disposition. One day he even ridicules a co-worker publicly. Tamara watches helplessly as he seems to lose the ability to control his own actions. When Dex’s abnormal anger turns violent—toward Tamara—their happily ever after is threatened. Desperate to help Dex and herself, she sends out a silent prayer for help.

She didn’t expect Cal to come to her aid.

Mark as to read on Goodreads.
Follow LA Dragoni on Amazon

This is how it all began. 

Ghost Touch, Touched by Afterlife Book 1 ebook is marked down to just $0.99 for a limited time.

For fifteen minutes each night a portal opens in Tamara’s barn and a horde of ghosts spills into her yard. Their leader, Cal, a quiet, unassuming cowboy, fulfills an aching loneliness the death of Tamara’s mother left behind. Tamara can help the ghosts cross, but can she let Cal go?

Available in ebook, audiobook, and print from Amazon.
Also available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and other e-tailers.

Guest Post

How many of you are currently raising children? It usually means you are in full sensor mode. When the kids are around you try to keep the heavy topics out of conversation, you attempt to keep your words—if not simple—at least in context, and you probably try not to swear. At least not often.

However, once you get to work or the kids go to bed for the night, the sensor turns off.

Writing for children vs. writing for adults is a lot like that. I have been publishing books for kids and teens for seven years and now I’ve adopted a new pen name so I can write for adults. Does that mean that my adult books are full of bawdy language, and raunchy behavior? No. But they could be if I wanted them to!

My Touched by Afterlife series is adult more so because the main characters are handling adult situations, such as working, paying bills, and banishing ghosts, as well as forming adult relationships, even living with each other. Their lifestyles don’t fit in a young adult novel. And some of those ghosts are just downright inappropriate!

This is a celebration of a book release—the second book in a series for which I have unlimited ideas for books. For an entry into the rafflecopter, include in your comment a favorite book series you’ve read, then be sure to claim all the entries you qualify for in the rafflecopter!

About the author:





LA Dragoni isn’t too particular about who falls in love or where they fall in love. Whether it’s paranormal, mythical, or time travel, LA simply considers it her job to divine their story and share it with you. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband and children, but haunts ghost towns and cemeteries throughout the west, in search of the next adventure to sift through her storytelling brain. Learn more about LA and her work at ladragoni.com





Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter.  

I hope it shows up. We don't get along too well.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 24, 2017

STILL ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS REVIEW

Quote of the week:

Today, I'd like to share an anthology I just finished reading. The stories are great no matter your age.

STILL ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS



STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

24 Writers Reflect on Aging

By Karen Helene Walker



“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life for which the first was made; Our times are in His hand…” As I read the stories in the anthology STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, Poet Robert Browning’s words from RABBI BEN EZRA came to mind. I never really thought about them when I was younger, but now I understand what he was saying, at least what it means to me.


As we go through life we learn, at least we should. And in the individual stories of this anthology we see that just because one is growing older doesn’t mean their active life is over. Quite the contrary. Many new adventures are waiting for us, if we just recognize them. We see this in these stories. Some discuss physical changes in our bodies. So, our hair turns gray, our muscles grow flabby. That doesn’t mean we can’t still dance and swim and do the things we enjoy doing.


Losing parents and other family members is heartbreaking, but as one story mentions we still have the wisdom we learned from our parents and/or siblings.


These stories will have you laughing, and thinking, and counting your blessings, so pick up a copy and enjoy STILL ME …AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I think you’ll be glad you did.


Have a lovely week.

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 17, 2017

PRINCESS BREEZE TOUR CONTINUES

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. The tour for Princess Breeze continues. This is the second and last week. We've been having fun, meeting new people on the tour. And this week Breeze will be appearing at the following blogs. Thanks for visiting.



Stop by all these lovely blogs and say "Hi."

July 17 – The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt & Feature

Celtic Connexions – Excerpt & Feature

July 18 –

July 19 – The Children’s & Teen Book Connection – Guest Post

Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

Strand of Thought – Guest Post

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview

July 20 – Thoughts in Progress – Feature

July 21 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt

Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt

Deal Sharing Aunt – Review & Interview

August 1 – Writers & Authors – Interview



PRINCESS BREEZE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and 4RV Publishing.

PRINCESS BREEZE  is the sequel to JUST BREEZE. Remember her?



There is a Rafflecopter giveaway of two paperback copies of Princess Breeze. (US only)

I don't have the link, but you can find it on the host blogs. Good luck. Breeze and I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 10, 2017

PRINCESS BREEZE TOUR

Today is the beginning of a new week and also the beginning of the tour for my latest novel PRINCESS BREEZE. Here is the schedule for this week. I'm giving away two paperback copies of the book, so if you're young at heart or know teens who like to read, you have a good chance of winning a copy. This is the sequel to JUST BREEZE.




July 10 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post


Mythical Books – Guest Post


Writers & Authors – Guest Post


Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post



July 11 –


July 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview


July 13 – Stephanie Faris, Author – Guest Post




Breeze says "Good luck." She'd like to share her story with you.

Happy Reading! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

I seldom post on Fridays, but I just have to let you know, in case you're interested. Dancing Lemur Press is giving away a copy of my audio book UNDER A PURPLE MOON. All you have to do to enter is retweet it.


Here's the link.

Happy Retweeting.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

Today is the first Wednesday in July, and you know what that means.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

The founder of the IWSG is the Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh.

His awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!

Be sure to visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group Website

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

July 5th question:

What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

Good question.

The first one that comes to my mind is patience. I tend to want everything done right now. In writing, that does not happen, as you well know. I write and write and think I'll never finish. Patience.  

Next, I ask my wonderful, kind, understanding critique friends to read the thing and tell me what it needs. Patience.

After I go back trough the story, reading their comments and making changes, I write a query letter and send my story to the perfect publisher. Patience. 

When the reply comes, with a contract, I shout "Yippee!" My book will soon be out. Patience.

(When I receive a polite "no thanks" instead of a contract, I send it out again.) Patience.

After an acceptance, come the edits, edits, edits. Do they ever end. Patience.

Months, or even years later, I can hold my book in my hands. Patience.

Wait for reviews. Wait for readers' comments. Patience.



Happy reading.
Remember, the word is patience.

Monday, July 3, 2017

GUARDIAN'S TOUCH COVER REVEAL

Quote for the week:
I know it's a day early, but I seldom post on Tuesday. So Happy Early 4th of July!

Today, I'm excited to share with you the lovely, lovely cover  and information about Author LA DRAGONI's latest book. I think it's gorgeous and just right for the story.


For a ghost there are only two choices. Heaven
or Hell.

Coming August 1, 2017
Guardian's Touch, Touched by Afterlife, Book 2

Life has returned to normal for Tamara and Dex after helping
a horde of ghosts cross over. Their brush with the afterlife affirmed one
thing: happily ever after is real.

When odd pranks around the farm escalate to destruction,
Tamara fears mischievous teenagers are vandalizing the neighborhood. Then Dex
starts to act out of character. Meanness slips into his usually playful
disposition. One day he even ridicules a co-worker publicly. Tamara watches
helplessly as he seems to lose the ability to control his own actions. When
Dex’s abnormal anger turns violent—toward Tamara—their happily ever after is
threatened. Desperate to help Dex and herself, she sends out a silent prayer
for help.

She didn’t expect Cal to come to her aid.
***
Mark as to read on Goodreads:
Follow LA Dragoni on Amazon

Ghost Touch, Touched by Afterlife Book 1 ebook
is marked down to just $0.99 for a limited time.

For fifteen minutes each night a portal opens in Tamara’s
barn and a horde of ghosts spills into her yard. Their leader, Cal, a quiet,
unassuming cowboy, fulfills an aching loneliness the death of Tamara’s mother
left behind. Tamara can help the ghosts cross, but can she let Cal go?

Available in ebook, audiobook, and
print from Amazon.
Also available on Barnes
and Noble
, Kobo,
iTunes, and other
e-tailers.
But hurry before the price returns to $2.99.

About the author:

LA Dragoni isn’t too
particular about who falls in love or where they fall in love. Whether it’s
paranormal, mythical, or time travel, LA simply considers it her job to divine
their story and share it with you. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband
and children, but haunts ghost towns and cemeteries throughout the west, in
search of the next adventure to sift through her storytelling brain. Learn more
about LA and her work at ladragoni.com



Now, I have to read this and see what Tamara and Dex are up to now.

Thanks for sharing LA Dragoni.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

IS IT WEDNESDAY ALREADY?

Welcome Wednesday. Where did Monday and Tuesday go? I thought I'd have some book reviews ready for today. Thinking gets me in trouble every time. I haven't been reading as much lately. Too many other things need to be done. Here's what's happening.


PRINCESS BREEZE is going on tour.



If you'd like to be a part of the tour, you are invited. Sign up here.

And, if you're still reading this post, CLC has a nice review for A FAMILY FOR LEONA on their blog. Check it out here.


Both covers are by the talented AidanaWillowraven.

Or here's the review, because you have to scroll down to read the one on their blog.

In the year 1921 life was challenging, but times were especially hard for Leona and her family who had recently lost their mother.  At ten-years-old Leona is just one of six siblings.  With her mother gone, her father is unable to provide and care for his children, the youngest of whom is just a baby.  With nowhere to turn, he takes them to the Brooklyn School and Home for Destitute Children.  At first Leona believes it will be just for a short while.  Expecting her father to collect them any day, she’s always on the lookout for his return.  But he does not come back and eventually, one at a time, her siblings are gone.  First her fourteen-year-old brother runs away in hopes of finding a job.  Next, with the opportunity of becoming a nurse, her older sister leaves as well.  Eventually her other siblings are adopted, leaving just Leona and the baby.  Determined to hold on to her last remaining family thread, she’s devastated when, against her will, she’s put on an orphan train to Texas, leaving her baby sister behind. 


Author Beverly Stowe McClure is a skilled story-teller.  As with all her books, she writes with a depth of emotion that helps readers connect instantly with her characters.  With a page-turning plot and a story which begs to be discovered, A Family for Leona is a book which rises to the occasion for fans of her work and will certainly draw new fans who will come to want more from this exceptionally talented author.  Recommended for home and school libraries A Family for Leona is a wonderful book that will speak to the hearts of readers of all ages.  

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org



Monday, June 26, 2017

ADOPT A CAT MONTH

Quote for the week:

All right, I know June is almost over, but I was looking for something to post today and discovered that June is Adopt a Cat Month. I did not exactly adopt my two cats; rather, they adopted me. And I'm so happy they did.

First, Patches. In 2006, I saw her one day,on the patio. She was catching moths off the wall and eating them. I already had one cat and didn't want another, but  what could I do? Let her starve. Nope. She was maybe half grown and very shy. (Boy has she changed.) Anyhow, I decided to feed her, but keep her outside. Well, you know how that worked. At first she wouldn't come near me. Slowly she decided I was her friend, and now, she's the boss.


Patches likes to read.


She picks her snack up with her paw.




She's curious about the printer.


Second, Tiger. In 2008, I looked out on the patio and the ugliest cat I'd ever seen was looking back at me. His ears were all bloody. He was skinny, skinny, and I tried to ignore him, hoping he'd go away. That lasted an hour or so. It was summer and hot. He needed shelter, but not in the house. So I put a box under a tree with soft towels in it for him to stay cool. I fed him too, outside of course. A skunk later, a rainstorm, and this pathetic little cat, about a year old, joined Patches in the house. (My older cat had gone to cat heaven in the meantime.) So, Tiger and I went to the vet, who doctored his ears and his other problems. And he's the sweetest, best-tempered cat I've ever owned. Or who has ever owned me. He's sickly. Lots of visits to the vet. He's also the first cat that's ever gone for a walk with me.

Tiger likes to mow the grass.



He likes to climb trees.


He likes to slide down the van windshield.


So, if you need a new friend, one that will return your love, adopt a cat or two.

Happy Reading!



Monday, June 19, 2017

AND THE WINNERS ARE

Quote for the week:

Do you like contests? If so, why? If not, why? Everyone has different opinions. And that's alright.
I think contests are fun. And writing, to me is fun, so I sometimes enter a contest. Occasionally, I'm pleasantly surprised. This year has not been a good one. But recently a couple of nice things happened, so I'm smiling, the bad stuff in the past. If you're still reading by now, here's my good news.

My young adult contemporary novel, UNDER A PURPLE MOON, is a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. They have a lot of entries so I'm happy with that.



I get a medal, certificate, and seals.  

So now,  Under a Purple Moon is a silver medal winner in the Children's Literary Classics 2016, and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2017. Thanks to a wonderful publisher, L. Diane Wolfe and all of your staff for your faith in my story.

 More about the contest.       Amazon             Barnes & Noble

Then last week, I woke one morning to find hairballs in three different rooms. Not the best way to start the day. Later, however, the world got better. I had an email saying my tween/teen historical novel, A FAMILY FOR LEONA, is a finalist in the 2017 Children's Literary Classics. The sunshine came out.




The gold and silver winners will be announced July 1. Leona will be one or the other. A huge thank you to Vivian Zabel, Aidana WillowRaven, and the 4RV staff for giving Leona her chance.

You can learn more here.     Amazon.   And other places.

So, are you entering any contests? 

Happy Reading.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PIPER MORGAN MAKES A SPLASH REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday. I've been reading a lot lately to catch up. I'm not sure that will ever happen though, because when my mountain of books to read starts getting smaller, I hear about another book that sounds good. Ain't it fun? And this from a girl that hated to read when she was a kid. So, let's look at the latest book from Author Stephanie Faris.

Just looking at this adorable cover tells me it's a fun read.
Even though I'm not a young reader, I loved this story. It's a great addition to the Piper Morgan series.

Here are my thoughts.

PIPER MORGAN MAKES A SPLASH

By Stephanie Faris

Illustrated by Lucy Fleming


A hot summer day. A swimming pool with cool water. What more could a girl want? The delightful Piper Morgan is back with a new adventure.


In PIPER MORGAN MAKES A SPLASH, the latest story in the Piper Morgan series for young readers, Piper’s mom has a new job at the pool place, which leads to all sorts of fun for Piper, or so she hopes. Will Piper get her own pool? Will she have a chance to do a commercial, like the man on TV? She seems to find trouble whatever she does.  Piper is smart, and she tries to be good. She also knows when she messes up.


Throughout the book, black and white illustrations by Lucy Fleming add to the fun of the story. Also, each chapter ends with an interesting “Splash Fact.”


Stephanie Faris has created a cast of characters that could be a real family. Young readers might relate to Piper when her plans don’t always turn out the way she wants them to. I recommend this novel and the other books in the series for young readers and older ones, who enjoy a fun read, too. These books would make a great addition to elementary school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library. 

Happy Reading.



Monday, June 12, 2017

DUCK AND COVER BOOK REVIEW

Quote for the week:

Today, I have a wonderful book to tell you about.
So relax and enjoy.




Awhile back, Author Janet Smart introduced us to DUCK AND COVER, her latest novel for middle-grade readers.  I just finished reading the story, and I recommend it for not only children but for older folks, as well. So, here are my thoughts.


DUCK AND COVER


By Janet F. Smart


When I was a kid, back in the day, I remember the blackouts we had sometimes at night. The sirens blared. House lights went off. My sister and I sat at the window looking outside, watching for planes that might drop bombs on us. The sky was dark, but we never saw a plane. We didn’t understand it completely, but I knew it was bad. An air force base where they trained pilots was near our town, which possibly made our area a target. After a while the all clear signal sounded and lights flashed back on in the houses.



DUCK AND COVER, the latest novel for middle grade readers, by Author Janet F. Smart, brought back those memories. Twelve-year-old Teddy’s father died six months earlier, and Teddy and his mom moved back to West Virginia to be with family. The author has done a beautiful job showing us Teddy’s emotions. Not only is he mourning the loss of his dad, he’s worried about rumors that the Russians will attack the United States. Teddy and his friends are brave, though, and they don’t just sit back waiting to see what happens. They prepare for such an emergency.



The author sprinkles historical facts into the story, such as the presidents of those times. And perhaps readers will do a bit of research on their own to learn more about America’s history.



This novel would make a great addition to school classrooms and libraries, as well as to public libraries and your own. Recommended for readers young and old.


Happy Reading!


Friday, June 9, 2017

RADICAL NEW ME BOOK TOUR

Today, I'm excited to invite you to the book tour for P K Hrezo's latest novel RADICAL NEW ME. It's been going on this week, so you may already know about it, or you may not. Anyhow, the cover is great.




Title: Radical New Me
Author: PK Hrezo
Release Date: May 10th, 2017
Tour Dates: June 6th – 10th, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction



Callie Cow: Where is She Now?

That's what Calliope Crown's old high school classmates want to know.

Now it's five years later and Calliope's gone from fat to fit in a year-long transformation with a world-renowned self-help guru. When funds she's always counted on fall through, she moves to ritzy Boca Raton to work for her snobby aunt's beachside bakery and face the same temptation that put her in the body she so desperately wants to forget. Calliope may be armed with a new identity, but old self-images don't die fast, and true self-esteem isn't something you can buy online with a credit card, even though her guru would suggest otherwise with the prices of his webinar course and weekly regimen.

Enter one cute and dedicated handyman and Calliope begins to see the world in a new light. Connecting with him, as well as new friends and Internet followers may just prove that life's detours can sometimes reveal our truest identities in the most unexpected of ways.

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Excerpt from RADICAL NEW ME


“To be frank, I didn’t know if I’d have what it takes to stick to Rouby’s Roadmap. During that first month, when I exchanged brownie bites and frappuccinos for leg lifts and power walks, I discovered what Rouby calls, my Cruise Control.
And let me tell you once you find it—I mean really know that you can have it—it changes everything.
No more distractions. Or excuses. Just a lot of hard work, and steady steering.
I was overweight all through high school. I tried to lose it, over and over,  failing each time and devastating my self-esteem. I was a hot mess on repeat play.
Rouby helped me understand what I was doing wrong. I was starting from the outside, trying to transform my appearance with diet schemes and workout routines that were unrealistic to my personal needs. I was skipping the most vital step in Rouby’s full transformation program—the step that’s key to changing the way a person sees themselves:
 Cleansing from the inside out.
If you haven’t read Rouby’s Roadmap to a Radical New You, buy it today. After I implemented his inner program, I discovered his at-home Radical Makeover Intensive course called, Radical Roadtrips.
It’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re not serious about transformation, this course isn’t for you.
Someday I’m gonna find a way to meet Rouby and walk right up and wrap him in a giant hug. Here’s why …”
                         
I hold up my before and after full body profile pictures, side by side. The head is chopped off so it’s only from the neck down, both with me in black form-fitting workout pants and top.

“See. The me on the left is two years ago when I first decided to do something about my health and appearance. The me on the right was taken yesterday. Pretty dramatic, right? Yeah, it gives me the willies every time I see these.
You may be wondering why I’ve chosen to be incognito. Why I don’t show my face or tell you my name …
And that’s a story for another day. What’s important now is the how, not the who.   
I’m only three months away from my final transformation, so I’m making a pact with you right now, right here on my very own YouTube channel that if I make it through the next few months and reach my goal, I’ll reveal myself. I need your support in getting there, because my too-fragile ego depends on it.
I don’t think it can take another blow.
Besides that, for anyone who does complete the Roadtrip course, Rouby says a special surprise is in store …”



Say Hello to author PK Hrezo!


PK Hrezo is a native Floridian, author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and fairy fashion designer of PK’s Pixies, mom of two, wife of a fireman, and best bud to a big dog named Ripley.

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Check out all the stops on the tour -

June 6th
Kristin's Novel Cafe - Book Excerpt
Bookish Reviews By Savi - Book Review
For the Love of Chick Lit - Spotlight Post

June 7th
Karen McCoy Books Presents: The Writer Librarian - Author Guest Post
Chick Lit Central - Spotlight Post

June 8th
ItaPixie's Book Corner - Book Excerpt 

June 9th
The Story of a Writer - Book Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida - Book Excerpt

June 10th
One Book At A Time - Spotlight Post
Loves Great Reads - Book Excerpt

June 11th
Livesandlovesofabooknerd - Book Review

Congratulations, P K. And let me add that RADICAL NEW ME is a delightful read.

Happy Reading and Writing!