Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside




The snow is still with us. Very unusual for our area. More forecast. When's spring? These are some pictures I took of Traveler, the little dog I wrote about in Chicken Soup for the Soul. I threw some cornbread out for the birds, and Traveler decided he wanted it. So he climbed up on the snowdrift, went over the fence, and dined on the cornbread. Then he climbed back out.



HAPPY NEW YEAR!
MAY 2010 BRING YOU GOOD HEALTH AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!








Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Carols

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or song? There are so many lovely and fun songs, I have a hard time deciding which I like best. I think, though, my favorite is Silent Night, with Away in a Manger a close second. Then there's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, and I could go on and on. What are you favorites?


Friday, December 18, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award



What a lovely way to end the week. YaYa has awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you. According to the rules, I'm to send fifteen of my favorite blogs this award. There are so many lovely blogs that it's hard to make a decision. This is my second time, so I'll try not to repeat. Also, since hubby just came home from the hospital and we're tired, I'm nominating eight.

Drum roll, please!

Amigo's Pets and Authors, Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz, Linda Jo Martin, Kai Strand, Kim Smith, Jennifer Porter, Holly Jahangiri, Lori Calabrese.

These blogs are worth the visit. Trust me. Pay YaYa a visit too.

Have a super weekend. Happy shopping.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Puppy Not a Guppy Virtual Book Tour




It is my pleasure to introduce you to a remarkable young character, who knows exactly what she wants and what she doesn't want.


From the Publisher (Synopsis):

Irma wanted a puppy, a pet she could take on walks, not a few stupid guppies. Fish don't do anything, except roll over on their backs if they die.
Sometimes, though, a girl has to make the most of what she has. Now , what can Irma do with three guppies besides stare at them as they stare at her?





I recently had the pleasure of reading Irma's delightful story, A Puppy, Not a Guppy, by Holly Jahangiri, illustrations by Ryan Shaw. Here is my review:



Irma wants a puppy, but her parents give her all the reasons she can’t have one. Irma’s friend Jimmy has two dogs, a cat, a parakeet, and sixteen pillbugs. He also has a guppy about to have babies and offers Irma some of the babies when they are born. Irma thinks guppies are boring. She wants a puppy, not a guppy.

However, when Jimmy tells her he’ll have to flush the babies down the toilet if no one wants them, Irma can’t allow that to happen. Poor little guppies. With her mom’s and dad’s permission she takes the guppies home with her, even though they’re only dumb fish. Or so she thinks. Is Irma in for a big surprise?

To learn how to take care of her guppies, Irma reads books and makes some amazing discoveries, not only about fish, but also about people and how their names might affect their feelings about themselves. I also learned neat facts about Irma’s “boring” guppies and had fun in the process. Even Jimmy discovers a thing or two.

Holly Jahangiri includes a “Learn More” section with a Web site where readers can learn how to teach their fish to do tricks, the way Irma teaches her guppies. The “Fun Facts” section of the book will have young readers (their parents, too) rushing to the pet store for some fish of their own. This book would be great in elementary school science classes. I would have loved to use it when I was teaching fifth-grade science.

Ryan Shaw’s drawings are just perfect for the story. The expressions on Irma’s face, ranging from disappointment to surprise to all smiles, make the story even more fun. And the fish—you have to see them for yourself. A Puppy, Not a Guppy will make a great addition to school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library.



A Puppy, Not a Guppy can be bought from 4RV Publishing.

Or at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



But Wait! There's More!

Ccontest.

Prizes (two will be awarded):



One autographed copy of A Puppy, Not a Guppy.

Contest Rules

To enter: Leave a comment at http://jahangiri.us/books containing verifiable evidence that you have completed one or more of the following activities:


  • A link back to this blog.

  • A short review of http://jahangiri.us/books or http://jahangiri.us/news on Alexa.com (http://www.alexa.com/reviews/jahangiri.us)

  • A question for the author, Holly Jahangiri

  • An answer to the queston: What kind of pet do you like best, and why?

  • Either of the following:

  • Blog about A Puppy, Not a Guppy (be sure to include, in you own blog post, a link back to http://jahangiri.us/books and a link to this blog; or

  • If you already own a copy of Trockle or A Puppy, Not a Guppy, you may complete this activity by posting a new review of either book on BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com. (No purchase necessary. Previously posted book reviews are not eligible as contest entries in this contest.)

Each activity equals one (1) entry, and you may do each activity once for a possible maximum of six (6) entries per valid email address. Your comment must be entered using a valid email address so that you can be contacted for mailing info if you win! Entries that do not have a valid email address will be considered null and void.


Duration: Contest begins at 12:01 AM on December 9, 2009, and ends at 11:59 PM on December 15, 2009. Winners will be drawn on December 16, 2009.


Eligibility: Contest is open to anyone age 13 or older. Tour hosts are eligible to enter.


Winners: Two winners will be randomly chosen (numbered in the order in which they are received, with the winning number chosen at http://www.random.org/) from all qualifying entries, and will be required to provide a physical mailing address in order to collect a prize (one free book). Only one entrant per household is eligible to win. If a second entrant from a single household is chosen, another name will be drawn until all prizes are awarded.


Contest void where prohibited by law.


Good luck everyone.







Friday, December 11, 2009

Books for Sale

Just thirteen days until Christmas. I thought I had plenty of time to shop. Wrong. Because of not watching the calendar closely, I'm now scrambling for gifts. I'm taking the easy way out: books on line. The grandkids can expect some of Margot Finke's adorable books any day now. She signs them with what I want her to say and ships them and does it all. How easy is that? I also have some little things to wrap and mail on Monday.

The great-grandkids' books and DVDs are on their way from Amazon.

That leaves the adults. Checks or gift certificates are always appreciated. Of course the best presents would be for everyone to be together for Christmas, but this year it isn't possible.

Oh, I almost forgot. If you still need stocking stuffers or small gifts for the teens in your family, or even for the older folks, my books are on sale until Dec. 15. For details see my Website.

Happy reading and have a super weekend.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

More Fun This Week

Just Breeze has more exciting hosts this week. Here's where you can find her:

Monday, Dec. 7 - http://www.cafeofdreams.blogspot.com

Tuesday, Dec. 8 - http://www.teensreadtoo.com/JustBreeze.html

Wednesday, Dec. 9 - http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com

Thursday, Dec. 10 - http://reviewfromhere.com

Friday, Dec. 11 - http://jensbooktalk.blogspot.com

Breeze hopes to see each of you there. She loves to talk.

BBL

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Continuing Virtual Tour for Just Breeze

To help you keep up with the Virtual Tour for Just Breeze, here are Thursday's and Friday's stops.

Thurday, Dec. 3: http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com Write What Inspires You

Friday, Dec. 4: http://readingjunky.blogspot.com/2009/10/just-breeze-by-beverly-stowe-mcclure.html

Come and join the fun. Have questions? I'll try to answer them. Have comments. Just Breeze and I love to hear them.

See you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Simon Rose Interview


My guest today is Canadian children's author Simon Rose. His novels include The Doomsday Mask, The Heretic's Tomb, The Emerald Curse, The Clone Conspiracy, The Sorcerer's Letterbox, and The Alchemist's Portrait. He's also a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume One and founded the almost legendary networking group Children's Authors and Illustrators on Facebook. Here's what Simon has to say about his work.


Welcome, Simon. Let's begin by learning a little about your books.
My books are in the science fiction and fantasy genre for middle grades, around ages eight to twelve. You can see full details of each of them, including excerpts and synopses (and you can even listen to recording of my readings) at the Books page at simon-rose.com.

The Alchemist's Portrait is a time-travel story, in which Matthew journeys through the centuries using magical paintings which act as doorways into the past, in order to save the world from the clutches of an evil alchemist. The Sorcerer's Letterbox, another time-travel tale, is based on the famous mystery of the Princes in the Tower about Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York, who were supposedly murdered on the orders of Richard III in 1483. The Clone Conspiracy is a science fiction thriller involving clandestine laboratories and secret experiments, while The Emerald Curse, based on my own reading of comic books while growing up, concerns Sam's adventures in a bizarre, and at times deadly, superhero universe. The Heretic's Tomb is set in the medieval period once again, this time during the Black Death in 1349.
My latest novel, The Doomsday Mask, was published in the spring. It's once again for ages 8–12 and in the science fiction and fantasy genre. It's a fast-paced adventure about ancient civilizations, mysterious artifacts, and shadowy secret societies.
How long have you been writing books for children?
One of the best things about writing for kids is that I can write about the kinds of things that fascinated me when I was young. Stories can be very imaginative if they are for children, which makes writing them so much fun. And, of course, in science fiction or fantasy, more or less anything you can imagine is possible, as you craft stories involving ancient mysteries, the unexplained, the paranormal, science fiction, time travel, parallel universes, alternate realities, weird and wonderful characters, and a multitude of "what if" scenarios.
Once I had children of my own, I came into contact with children's books again for the first time in many years. Picture books initially, of course, but then early chapter books and novels. When I decided to try my hand at writing novels and stories, I found myself drawn to the types of things I used to read as a child. I read lots of science fiction, as well fantasy writers and ghost stories while growing up. I also read a tremendous number of comic books, in which the stories took me across the universe, into strange dimensions, into the land of the Norse gods or had me swinging from the New York rooftops. At high school, I studied a lot of history and have retained my interest in the subject up to the present day. I also read voraciously on ancient civilizations, mysteries, the supernatural, and the unexplained.

Do you offer school and library visits?
Yes, I offer a wide range of presentations, workshops, and author-in-residence programs for schools and libraries. I cover such topics as where ideas come from, story structure, editing and revision, character development, time-travel stories, history, and research. You can learn more about them here and I offer study guides for all the books.
I also conduct virtual author visits via video using the Skype network, and you can get some idea of how it works from my videos on YouTube.

I also offer workshops for adults, both in person and online, as well as online workshops for children, which are proving very popular. I did a lot of work in summer camps this year, some of which you can learn about here. In addition, here in Calgary I work as a writing instructor with home school children, the local school board's continuing education program, the University. I am also an instructor with the National Writing for Children Centre and will be presenting at schools libraries in the UK as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading this fall.
What are you working on now?

I have another completed novel on a paranormal theme which I am seeking a home for, if there are any interested editors and publishers reading this. I'm working on a number of editing projects for other writers, have numerous projects of my own for future novels, and I am collaborating on several picture books with a local illustrator. In addition to novel writing, I offer copywriting services for business, such as editorial content for websites. I have a few of those types of projects, as well as upcoming articles for magazines and online publications on a wide variety of topics, such as the articles written for Dark Roasted Blend on a bewildering variety of incredible and fantastic topics You can search or my articles on the Dark Roasted Blend home page.
I'm also involved in a large local event set for the fall called the Calgary Children's Book Fair and Conference.

Any advice for aspiring children’s writers? 


Writing is in some ways the easy part. It can be a very long process not only to write a book, but also to get it published. A book is a marathon measured in years rather than weeks or months. Don’t be afraid to revise and revise over and over again. Most authors go through many revisions before their work reaches its final format. Remember, too, that your book will never be to everyone’s taste, so don’t be discouraged. A firm belief in your own success is often what’s necessary. After all, if you don’t believe in your book, how can you expect other people to?

Read as much as you can and write as often as you can. Keep an ideas file, even if it’s only a name, title, sentence, or an entire outline for a novel. You never know when you might get another piece of the puzzle, perhaps years later. You also mustn’t forget the marketing. You may produce the greatest book ever written. However, no one else is going to see it if your book doesn’t become known to potential readers. Be visible as an author. Do as many readings, signings, and personal appearances as you can. Get your name out there and hopefully the rest will follow. Especially for newly published authors, books don’t sell themselves and need a lot of help.
You can read some of my tips and advice for writers at Ezine Articles. I also belong to a number of writing organizations and am the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Western Canada.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Autographed copies of my books are always available from me directly, but they are also available at all the usual places such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other places online — and details can be found for each book here. You can also easily order any of the novels from your local bookstore if they don't have copies on the shelf. You can stay up-to-date with me and my work by visiting my author site and blog, connecting as a friend on Facebook, joining Children's Authors and Illustrators on Facebook or my own groups for each of the novels or following me Twitter.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Hamster that Reads?


Hey, everyone. Patches here. It's Friday again and time for my book suggestion of the week.




Would you believe a hamster that reads? Yup. Mayra Calvani has written a story about Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster. Kit Grady illustrated the story, and Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published the book. You gotta love Humberto. Here's my review.




Humberto is a book-reading hamster. He loves books so much he reads when he’s cooking. He reads when he’s eating, and he reads when he’s brushing his teeth. When he exercises on the wheel, the only time he’s not reading, he imagines himself as the characters in the books and he travels to other lands and even to outer space. Books are his only friends. He doesn’t have time for the other creatures that live in the woods. The skunk and the rabbit, the squirrel and the hedgehog, and the blind beaver try to make friends with Humberto, but he’s too busy reading to play games or visit with them. Then one day a disaster occurs, and Humberto makes a startling discovery.

Ms. Calvani has written a lovely story about leaning what’s important in life. Ms. Grady’s illustrations bring the animals alive for young readers. Their expressions are just perfect, and complement the story action. As for Humberto, who wouldn’t love a hamster that not only reads but listens to audio books when he sleeps? This is a great book to share with your little ones at bedtime. Be prepared, parents, to read the story more than once. I recommend Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster for children, parents, grandparents, animal lovers, and everyone who enjoys a good read.


Happy reading.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Sale

This is the 10th aniversary of the founding of Twilight Times Books (1999) and the 5th year since we went to print (2004). Those are significant milestones.

In celebration, Twilight Times Books will have a print book sale from now until Dec. 15th. Most titles will be offered to the general public at a 10-30 % discount. See here.

For a limited time, and while quantities last, we are offering a 30 % - 50 % discount on selected titles.

Also, check out our newsletter for info on our latest releases.

Books make awesome Christmas gifts. Happy shopping. Have a super week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Story of a Goose


Patches here. This week's story is about a goose, not just an ordinary goose, mind you, but a goose that solves a crime. Her name is Janoose. You can see what she looks like on the cover of the book. To look inside the way it says, you'll have to go to Amazon, of course.
Anyhow, Ms. J. D. Holiday wrote and illustrated Janoose's story about the barnyard animals. There are ducks, a horse, a cow, chickens, cats, and a sly old fox.
When Janoose solves the mystery (I'm not telling) she ends up being a hero. How cool is that!
Happy reading.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Stories


At this special time of the year, we have so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my God, my family, my friends, America, and the men and women who faced the unknown to settle this new land. They were a lot braver than I am.
Many good books have been written about the Pilgrims and their adventures. The Mayflower People Triumphs & Tragedies by Anna W. Hale is one that I enjoyed. It's only 93 pages and perfect for young readers.
From the back cover. "In the year 1620 a very mixed group of separatists, adventurers and paid crew members crossed the Atlantic in the overcrowded Mayflower. This is the true story (based on historic journals, records, letters) of that voyage and the fortuitous landing at the "wrong place," where these people would find a great friend in a native called Squanto."
Happy reading.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Horse of Course


Happy Friday the 13th, Everyone. May all your luck today be good luck.
My animal story for this week is Shabang's Story by Patricia Marlowe Barrett. This is a book about a horse, of course, as you can see from the cover. (You can't look inside it here. I borrowed the cover from Amazon.) Horses are pretty cool animals. The story is about a girl named Holly, who gets a horse all her own for her fourteenth birthday. Everything looks pretty good until Shabang is kidnapped ... umm ... horsenapped.
So what happens? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Have a super weekend. Happy Reading.
Patches

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Breeze is Going on Tour

Yes, Just Breeze will be on tour from Dec. 1 - Dec. 16. For more information, check Pump Up Your Book Promotions. We hope to see you there. We'll post the blogs as soon as they are available.

MEDIA RELEASE


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FRIENDS, ENEMIES, PRINCES, AND ALIENS: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Iowa Park, TX, September 2009. Beverly Stowe McClure*s tween/young adult novel, Just Breeze, goes right to the heart and heartache of being a teen and trying to *fit* in.

Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She's still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her school, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind anyone within ten feet.
Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school, who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.
Many young girls entering their teens will relate to Breeze and her struggle to be pretty and popular and to understand the world of middle school, including boys.
Just Breeze
by Beverly Stowe McClure
Publisher: 4 RV Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9840708-2-4
Ages: Tween/YA
196 Pages
Trade Paperback $15.99

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of four novels for young adults and numerous stories and articles in children*s magazines. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and a PreK-K Scott-Foresman Anthology. She*s a former teacher and lives in North Texas with her husband, Jack, two cats, and a variety of wild critters.*

Friday, November 6, 2009

Doggie Biscuit


OK. This is a doggie story, but I like this pup. He's a free spirit, like me. Biscuit is a dachshund, one of those long dogs, and he definitely is in control of his family.
He also learns a lot from the kittens, like how to perch on the back of a chair if you lift him up, how to eat kitten food, and how to gambol like a kitten (except sometimes his floppy ears get in the way).
And he loves to sit in laps, like a kitten. Now that's my kind of dog.
Doggie Biscuit is written by Darrell Bain and published by Twilight Times Books. If you're in the mood for a fun read, try this one. You'll be glad you did.
Patches

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just Breeze Review

The first review for Just Breeze is in. You can read it at Reading Junky. Thank you, Sally. Also check out Teens Read Too where you'll see Breeze's smiling face. The review is at TRT also.

Have a great week.

Happy reading.

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Like this, Cat


Patches here again with my Friday book recommendation.
It's Like this, Cat won the Newbery Medal in 1964. That was way before I was born. But it has a cat in it. It's about a boy named Dave Mitchell and his father who yell at each other a lot. His dad's always telling Dave how educational a dog can be for a boy, so that's why Dave got a cat.
Of course, I know, and you know, that cats are very educational too. Just look at the things I've taught my mom:
How I like to have my chin scratched.
My favorite food.
When I want to go outside or to come inside.
How I like to curl in her lap while she's typing.
Yeah, cats can teach a boy or girl a thing or two.
Happy reading.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

If You Aren't Afraid to Cry


I heart you, You haunt me, by Lisa Schroeder


From the back cover:


Girl meets boy.


Girl loses boy.


Girl gets boy back ...


sort of.



A ghost story, a story of young love, written in verse, that you will need a box of tissue while you're reading.


Monday, October 26, 2009

A Ghost You Gotta Love


Continuing with my theme of ghosts and goblins, vampires and undead, one of my favorite books is Dyan Sheldon's Save the Last Dance for Me. The back cover asks "How can someone who's dead seem so alive?" Yes, B. J. is a ghost, a ghost you gotta love. At least I loved him.
B. J. has an attitude, and Angel wishes he'd act more like what he is, a dead guy, than the pain-in-the-neck big brother he seems to think he is. Angel knows he's a hood who died during a robbery attempt, or did he?
A nice little mystery adds interest to the story of this ghost who may not be all that he seems.
Happy reading.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fridays with Patches


Hey, Everyone,
Patches here. I'm taking over the Friday postings and will tell you about my favorite books. They're about animals, of course, preferably cats. But also dogs and horses and other critters.
My first recommendation is The Underneath by Kathi Appelt. Did you know this book is a Newbery Honor Book? Well, it is. You can see that on the cover. It's also a National Book Award Finalist. Wow!
It's the story of a calico cat (I'm a calico, in case you haven't met me) who makes friends with a hound dog that lives underneath a house way out in the backwaters of the bayou. The cat was abandoned on the side of the road (like me) and is about to have kittens. Ranger, the dog, takes care of the kittens, but it has some sad parts and some scary parts. If you haven't read the book, you really ought to.
Until next week, happy reading.




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teen Read Week

October 18-24 is Teen Read Week. This year's theme is Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library. Encourage teens to read something out of this world, just for fun. Learn more about Teen Read Week at American Library Association.

Listen to the Ghost is a YA paranormal. It's perfect for this week's read, as well as October's theme. Secrets I Have Kept has an unusual plant that could be considered "out of this world." And Breeze suspects Cam is an alien in Just Breeze. These are just a few books that are for fun reads. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Twilight Times Book Sale

This year is the 10th anniversary of the founding of Twilight Times Books (1999) and the 5th year since we went to print (2004). Those are significant milestones.

In celebration, Twilight Times Books will have a print book sale from Oct. 1st to Nov. 15th. Most titles will be offered to the general public at a 10-30% discount. http://twilighttimesbooks.com/print_books101509sale.html

For a limited time, and while quantities last, we are offering a 30%-50% discount on selected titles. http://twilighttimesbooks.com/print_books101509special.html

Check out our newsletter for info on our latest releases. http://twilighttimesbooks.com/ttb_nl19.html

Christmas is fast approaching, and books make great gifts. I've ordered several. Take a look. You might find some for you, as well.

Have a super weekend.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Haunted


What would it be like to be haunted? Iris, the heroine of Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell, can tell you. For the ghost of a teenager named Elijah, who disappeared years before she was born, is back, and he's chosen Iris.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Boooooooo!




While we're on the subject of ghosts, meet Phoebe, a ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost. Do any of them? Mmm. Interesting thought. Phoebe doesn't actually say "Boo." How many ghosts have you heard talk that way? None? Me either. In fact ... shh, don't tell Phoebe ... but I've never heard a ghost speak.


If you're looking for more spooky stories for Halloween, or just to read on a dark night, try Listen to the Ghost. Keep the lights on.


(Actually, she's a ghost that enjoys playing tricks on people.)


Sleep softly tonight.





Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Is there a Ghost in the House?




Ghost stories are some of my favorites. Ghosts aren't always bad. Sometimes they just want something: to rest or to tell their story. One good ghost novel I read recently is Ghost for Rent by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz. The story is written for middle-grade readers and has a haunted house, ghostly figures that dance in the woods, and other weird happenings. Don't you just love haunted houses? I do. Anyway, this is the perfect time of year to share your ghost stories with others, in a dark room, sitting in front of the fireplace, orange and red flames crackling, and the wind whistling outside the windows.
Booooo!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Another Spooky Story




Beyond the fence surrounding the village, in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, live the Unconsecrated. Well, perhaps the word "live" isn't quite accurate. Carrie Ryan's book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, is about a young girl named Mary and her world of the Guardians, the Sisterhood, and the zombies, the world after the Return. You won't want to read it after dark.


I'm waiting for the next book in the series.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Spooky Stories


I thought for the month of October, I'd talk about spooky stories and other things that go bump in the night. Feel free to add your favorite ghost and goblin and black cat tales. And how about your own personal adventures? We used to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Maybe that's where I developed my "sweet tooth."

Have you read The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman? If living in a graveyard with ghosts as your family isn't spooky then I don't know spooky. When an 18-month-old baby boy's family is killed, the toddler escapes to a graveyard. The ghosts adopt him and call him Nobody, nicknamed Bod.

Bod has one adventure after another as he grows from baby to teen. And he lives in constant danger from the man responsible for his family's death who hunts for Bod too. Drawings scattered throughout the book add to the suspense in the story.

Tune in next week for more spooky stories.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Contest

Hi, Everyone,

Breeze is having a contest to launch her new book, Just Breeze. Win prizes. Have fun. For details, visit Breeze's blog. Thanks and good luck.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just Breeze has Arrived

Yes. I'm now holding the book in my hands. The nice UPS man delivered copies yesterday. Seeing the story in print, the cover with Breeze looking at me, so perfect for the story, makes those months and months of writing and editing, editing, editing worthwhile. Then finding the right publisher, and I did, I did, thank you, 4 RV. Then more editing and seeing the artwork then copy editing. The task seemed endless. But one day, it's over. Well, not quite. Now, the fun begins: meeting Breeze's readers.

Can't wait.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Forthcoming Event

You're invited to our Fall shows at Robin Falls Kids. Please join Barbara M. Hodges (Host) and me on Monday, September 21, at 4 PM Eastern Time, 3 PM Central Time. You can ask questions, make comments, see what goes on in my brain. WARNING: you may learn more than you want to know. For you brave folks, the call in # is (646) 649-1005. Or if you'd rather listen and chat, go to the chat room. We'll have a great time.

Hope to see you there. Have a super weekend.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Review

Hi, Everyone,

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has posted her review of my young adult historical novel, Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, on her blog. Hop on over if you get a chance and meet Penny and also Lizzie from my book.

Thanks.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reasons I Like September

1. My dad's birthday was Sep. 3. Happy Birthday, Dad, in heaven.

2. Our youngest son and his son have birthday's Sep. 9. Happy Birthday, Kelly and Shawn.

3. Sep. 10 is David's, our first born, birthday. Hey, little angel in heaven, Happy Birthday.

4. Just Breeze will be released later this month. I'm so excited.

5. The hummingbirds have begun their migration. I've been watching them this morning. Must buy more sugar cause they have tremendous appetites.

6. The weather is cooler.

7. Autumn is in the air.

8. Penny's interview and review of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines (release date has been pushed back) will be on her blog Sep. 15 and 16.

9. I'll be on RRW Blog Talk Radio again, Sep. 21.

10. And ... drum roll please ... I've just sold my first picture book, Frankie's Perfect Home, to Guardian Angel Publishing. Woo Hoo! Life is good.

Now I must get busy with my WIP.

Have a great day.

Monday, August 31, 2009

We're Going to the Printer!!!!

Yes, the time is drawing closer. After two weeks of intense copy editing with the marvelous Aidana WillowRaven, Just Breeze soon will be sent into the world. Who would have thought "widows" and "orphans" were a part of the editing process? I now know how difficult it is to get each line just right. But under the expert advice and sharp eyes of Aidana, I've learned the truth. Copy editors, you are awesome.

I'm excited. I'm scared. Will Breeze be treated kindly? Will she be loved? Or will she be rejected and ignored? So, like sending your kindergartner off to school that first day, I'm praying she'll meet all the nice people who will adore her, not as much as I, her mother, do, but as that child who seeks to please you and perhaps make your day a bit brighter by reading her story.

Happy reading and writing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Read Anything Good Lately?

Hi, I'm Patches. My mom's busy today, so she asked me to be her guest blogger. I can talk about anything I want, as long as it's books and reading.

Did you know I like to read?

What? Cats can't read. Nobody told me that. Mmm, maybe the pictures are what I enjoy looking at. As you can see, the sports page of the local paper is my favorite. I'm pretty athletic, myself. You should see me leap high in the air to catch a moth. Like those guys who jump those little fences at the track meets, hurdles I think they call it. I run fast too. Short distances, though. I wouldn't last in the long races. And I love to play ball, kicking it with my feet, the way soccer players do.

Sometimes I read books, as well as the newspaper. My favorites have animals in them. Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer made me hungry. All those chickens looked yummy. I'm reading a picture book now called Janoose the Goose by J. D. Holiday. It has all kinds of farm animals. Haven't finished it yet.

Rebel in Blue Jeans by my mom has a cat, Siamese, along with dogs and horses. I'd like to catch the red-tailed hawk in the story, but it looks tough, and it's pretty big. It might want me for lunch, and not as a guest. My mom's other book, Secrets I Have Kept, has a dog. Now, I'm not very fond of most dogs, but Chopin (the dog) is okay. He tries to round me up, cause he's an Australian blue heeler, and that's what they do.

OK. Time to go. Thanks for reading my blog. What are your favorite animal books? I'd like to read them, too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Just Breeze

Meet Breeze Brannigan, the heroine of my latest book, Just Breeze, due out from 4 RV Publishing in September. Thank you, Aidana WillowRaven, for a beautiful cover and for the copy edits we're working on now. Thank you, Vivian, for believing in Breeze. I love it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Superior Scribbler Award


I am way behind with this, but the week has been hectic and I'm trying to catch up today. I am honored that N. A. (Nancy) Sharpe gave me The Superior Scribbler award. Nancy is one of my very favorite friends. To see what's she's up to visit her site Realms of Thought.
Now to pay it forward to other super writers. I can think of many, but here are a few to get started. First the rules.
1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy buds.
2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received the award.
3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to this post, which explains the award.
4. Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives this Prestigious Honor.
Here are my nominees, in no specific order:
1. Elysabeth Eldering - jgdsseries
2. April Robins - Robin Falls
3. Suzanne Lieurance - Suzanne Lieurance
4. Karina Fabian - Fabian Space
Congratulations, ladies.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

No Teachers Left Behind Review



HBF (Hopeful but Frustrated) Teacher is a three year veteran of a middle school in Georgia. When HBF is not teaching, HBF enjoys reading, photography, travel, and music. To learn more about HBF and keep up with the ongoing adventures, check out the No Teachers Left Behind Blog.

I recently read the book. The story will stay with me for quite awhile.

Enjoy the review.



No Teachers Left Behind
A principal who tells students to drop by her office if she can do anything to help them. A principal who tells her staff to please not give the students passes to come to her office.

Teachers who want to make a difference in their students’ lives. Students who would rather be anyplace but school and who have little respect for their teachers.

No Teachers Left Behind, by HBF Teacher (Hopeful But Frustrated), chronicles life in Vilyon Middle School, a fictitious school that unfortunately could apply to many of our schools today. From the mouths of administrators, students, parents and teachers we witness an educational system out of control and the sad consequences that follow the lack of leadership and of uncaring parents. The teachers care about their students, but are stuck in the system, doing the best they can with little support.

We like to think our children are safe when we send them to school each day. This book, though fiction, shows an all too realistic look at the truth. Through e-mails, memos, students’ voices, and poetry we see the chilling attitudes of children on their own, a principal interested in keeping parents happy and doling out extra duties to the teachers, and frustrated teachers trying to make a difference, against the odds.

I’m so happy that the schools where I taught were not like Vilyon Middle School. It’s a shame that students and teachers must attend schools that are. This book will leave you crying, angry, and wondering how this can happen in America. All administrators, teachers, parents, students, and everyone that ever attended school should read this book and make a determination to do something about the situation so our young people can get the most from their education possible.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award




My cyber-space daughter is always doing the nicest things. Her latest is to award me, and others, the One Lovely Blog Award. When I read what Donna said about me, I was touched. Donna and I have been friends since we met, like she said, through the Muse It Up Club. She has reviewed my books, interviewed me, perked me up when I was feeling down, and always seems to have the right words at the right time. But when I read that she considers me her cyber-space mother ... wow! ... I never saw that one coming. I am honored, and, Donna, I promise not to give you a slap upside the head. That is reserved for your real mom, though I doubt she has to do such a thing. Since I never had a daughter, only sons, I am proud to now claim you as my cyber-space daughter.

See the other writers who Donna honored with the award at her blog: http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/.

There are so many deserving writers, but I chose the following. First the rules.

1. Accept the award, and don't forget to post a link back to the awarding person.

2. Pass the award on.

3. Notify the award winners.

Now for some of my favorite blogs:

N. A. Nancy Sharpe - http://nasharpe.blogspot.com/ Nancy is a critique partner, author, and dear cyber friend. She has reviewed my books and is great at spotting problems in my works-in-progress. She has several beautiful sites and you should visit each of them to see what this talented writer is doing.

Kai Strand - http://cleanwriter.livejournal.com/ Kai is another critique partner, and I always look forward to her comments on my work, knowing they'll help me improve my story. I wish Kai the best of luck in her writing. We're all in this together, and her support is greatly appreciated.

Holly Jahangiri - http://hollyjahangiri.blogspot.com/ Holly is another 4 RV author and another super friend I've met through the Internet. She has a great sense of humor. Just read her first picture book, Trockle, and you'll see what I mean. Her blog will entertain you too.

So many other blogs deserve to be mentioned, but I'll save them for another time. I also have a Superior Scribbler Award for later this week.

Thank you, ladies. I'm so happy to know you.

Friday, August 7, 2009

More Lessons from the Cat



It's raining.

You've read all your books.

TV is boring.

Same old food.

You're home alone

Except for Sugar cat.

So what's a girl to do?


Mess with Sugar cat.

Have fun.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Good News/Bad News


Bad news first: My kids just left for home. I miss them already. Their stay was too short, but the oldest grandson (8) was feeling poorly so they decided to leave a day early.


Good news helps overcome the separation blues: An e-mail was waiting for me in my mail. My article, "Traveler," has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog. The book is available in bookstores September 22, 2009. Why don't you order one. You know you want to.


Happy reading and writing, all.

Friday, July 24, 2009

More Fun

I am getting to be such a radio ham. It's so much fun. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 29, 10 AM Central Time. Six authors, including me, will be live on Blog Talk Radio Robin Falls Kids Story Time. We'll be reading from our books. I'll read one of my favorite scenes from Rebel in Blue Jeans. If you can't make the show, you can listen to it later at your leisure. The link is Robin Falls Kids Story Time. Leave a comment. Ask a question. I hope to see/hear you there. Thanks so much.

Oops! Forgot the call in # (646) 649-1005.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lessons from the Cat




You wake up late.



You're out of coffee.



You burn the toast.



You spill the milk.



The baby's fussy.



Your teenager is in a mood.



The dishwasher spews water all over the floor.



The deadline to hand in your story is today.


Your computer just beeps at you and dies.


The mail delivers three of your SASEs: no, no, and no thanks.


Do you ever have one of those days?


If, so, take a lesson from the cat.


RELAX!



Monday, July 20, 2009

The Humane Award--Paying it Forward



What a lovely way to start a week. I was pleasantly surprised today when I discovered that my sweet friend, N A Sharpe, awarded me The Humane Award. Thank you, Nancy, for this wonderful award. It's an honor I'll try to live up to. Friends, if you haven't visited Nancy's blog what are you waiting for? Click on her name. She covers such great topics you'll want to read them all.
According to the description, this award is to honor certain bloggers that I feel are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a regular basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendships through the blog world. And I would like to do so now. There are many, many I could list. These are just a few that I'd like to give this award to:

Donna M. McDine at Write What Inspires You
Cheryl Malandrinos at The Book Connection
Lea Schizas at The Writing Jungle
Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz at One Writer's Journey

Visit these blogs. I think you'll enjoy what you find there.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Just Breeze


Another round of revisions for my young-adult story Just Breeze. Mostly small stuff. It's amazing to me, though, that no matter how many times I go through my work, something always escapes me. Thank heavens for patient and nice editors. I think I have the manuscript memorized now.

I'm looking forward to seeing the cover and will post it when it's available. I haven't a clue what it will look like. So I made a doll to show my idea of Breeze, sort of. She also has her own blog. I'm not sure what she's written there, because it's hers and you know how teens are. Very private.
Have a good weekend and keep your fingers crossed that I haven't missed anything on this last revision.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday Firsts

Monday. Time to finish the story I started Friday about my first rejection. If you haven't read it, this one probably won't make sense. Or maybe it won't, anyway. But I hope you'll get a good laugh out of it and be able to face your own "not right for our publication" letters with a sense of humor.

When I opened the SASE with the form rejection and color slide inside, I had to laugh. The editor was rejecting the fire safety article, "Protect Your Family from a Fire" that I sent to the TV schedule magazine. (No name listed to protect the innocent.) I laughed, you see, because the magazine had published this very article a couple of months earlier. The two copies the publisher sent me were on my bookshelf. I'd cashed the check for payment and the stub was framed, along with the acceptance letter, as a reminder I was now published. True, they had drawn an illustration rather than using my slide, but the article was in the magazine. I'll never know what happened. It doesn't matter.

So my first rejection was also my first sale. This makes for a good topic when I'm speaking to a group. It also has shown me the quirkiness of the publishing world and to be ready to expect the unexpected. I think that's good. Laughing helps me put those generic letters in their proper place and not stress over them.

How about your first sale? Do you have special memories of that letter that says something like:
"I am pleased to inform you...?"

I'd love to hear your story.

Happy reading and writing.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Reflections

If you've been writing and submitting stories and/or articles for any length of time, you likely have received in the mail one of those dreaded "form" letters or postcards or emails from an editor. Most of them go something like this:

Dear Writer:

Thank you for your submission to ________. I am sorry to say _______ cannot use it at this time. I'm glad to have had this opportunity to review your work, and I wish you the best in your writing.

Sincerely,
The Editors

It seems a lot of people have the same name (Writer). But sometimes there is a funny side to the story behind the "rejection." I really hate that word. I like to think of it as I just sent the manuscript to the wrong address. Anyhow, here's reflecting on my first "wrong address" letter. It does have a happy ending, though you'll have to wait until next week for the rest of the story.

When I was teaching fifth grade science, we always talked about fire safety during fire prevention week. We had this neat program about having fire drills at home, the way we had them at school. I decided this would make a good article for a magazine, so I wrote it and mailed it to a small TV type magazine. My first submission. I wasn't sure what to expect. I waited and waited and waited. Nothing. You probably can relate to this.

Several months passed and then one day my SASE was in my mailbox, along with a color slide I'd sent and a form letter. My first rejection. It was also my .... Tune in next week for the funny part.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Please share your "firsts."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog Talk Radio

Hi Everyone. I'd like to invite you to a special event coming up on Wednesday, July 1, at 2 PM Central Time. Host April Robins and Co-Host Laurie Zieber will take questions from listeners directed to the following FaceBook Group members scheduled to give a two minute speech about their work.

Carol Crigger
Barbara M. Hodges
Marlo Schalesky
Beverly Stowe McClure (me)
Latayne C. Scott
David Lee Summers
Don Hoesel
Virginia S. Grenier
Kenny Lee
Shirley Ann Howard
Velda Brotherton
Valerie Bouthyette
Michelle Marcos
Dianne Sagan

A varied genre of Authors, Writers, and Illustrators. This show will be Exciting.
I will be the first to talk because I have to leave early. My young adult novel, Rebel in Blue Jeans, is my subject.
You can listen at the Red River Writers Special.
Or the call in # is (347) 637-1731.

See you there.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cheryl Malandrinos Interview


I have the pleasure of interviewing Cheryl Malandrinos, a lady with many talents. Cheryl is a staff member for Writer2Writer and writes articles on time management and organization for writers, as well as on many other subjects. She is a member of Musing Our Children and is also a virtual book tour coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion. Recently, she received some very good news, but I’ll let her tell you about that. Thank you, Cheryl, for taking time out of your busy life to visit with us today.
When did you discover you wanted to be a writer?

Growing up I knew I wanted to be one of two things: a teacher or a writer. I’ve always been an avid reader and English was a strong subject for me in school, so I enjoyed writing book reports, poetry, and my own stories. I have a manila folder tucked away in my hope chest of stories I wrote as a teenager.

Writing also helped me deal with the loss of my mother when I was fourteen. She had cancer for two years before she passed away. My writings during those times, as expected, dealt with death and loss. I usually write about much happier topics these days, but I know letting my feelings flow onto paper allowed me to move forward after my mother’s death.

You recently signed a contract for your first book. Tell us about your journey to this exciting moment.

Yes, God has been good to me. I had written off and on since my teenage years, but life got in the way. When I became a stay-at-home mom five years ago, I decided to follow my dreams of becoming a writer.

I entered into Long Ridge Writing Group’s Breaking into Print program and learned a great deal about writing articles. At the time I was reading non-fiction books exclusively and knew this was my strong point.

While I was attending the first Muse Online Writers Conference in 2006, the conversation shifted to whether or not writers should work pro-bono to secure clips. I believe in doing this at the beginning, and I mentioned how I wrote several time management articles for a now defunct eZine. Cheryl Wright from Writer2Writer contacted me and asked to see them and I soon began working for her on a regular basis.

I had written some fiction pieces, but showing instead of telling has never been my strong suit, so I continued to attend the Muse conferences, kept writing fiction, and took advantage of all the critiques I could get. The hard work paid off. Lynda Burch from Guardian Angel Publishing presented at the 2008 Muse Online Writers Conference and offered the attendees of her weekly forum a chance to submit their manuscript. After some additional revisions, Lynda offered me my first book contract. The Little Shepherd Boy should be out sometime in the fall of next year.


What are you working on now?

Honestly, most of my work revolves around promoting other writers; but that’s okay. I’ve meet many talented writers and made several wonderful friends.

When I’m not working on virtual book tours or creating video trailers for authors, I maintain three blogs, and continue to work on a variety of articles and manuscripts. I hope to get My Visit with Santa ready to submit to a publisher soon. I also recently took over the role of editor for Musing Our Children’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

How do you balance your writing life with your family life?

You mean I’m supposed to balance my writing life and my family life? Someone should have said something earlier. LOL!

We have a full grown son who is on his own (though they never really stop needing their parents) and two young girls. I work when the girls are in school or after they go to bed. I try to limit the time I spend on the computer when the girls are home, but it’s not always possible. Thankfully, my in-laws come over three times a week to entertain the girls and that allows me to work without feeling guilty.

For the most part I keep up on housework by cleaning a little every day and picking up the main living areas at bedtime. Since I’m the only one who can cook, I have staple meals that I count on to make suppertime easier and I use the grill often in the summertime. Different marinades are a great way to change your menu up without a lot of effort.

How did you get interested in the Little House on the Prairie books and show?

I was a fan of the show long before I was a fan of the books. I grew up watching Michael Landon in Bonanza and then on Little House on the Prairie. I always imagined I was one of the Ingalls girls.

In Fifth Grade I had to read a book and write a report on it. This was the first time that we were allowed to select our own reading material, and since I enjoyed Little House on the Prairie on television, I figured I would love Little House on the Prairie, the book. I couldn’t get into it at all. I wrote my book report based upon what was going on in Season 5 of the show and I’m still surprised the teacher didn’t give me a big fat zero.

I rediscovered the books in my early twenties and was able to appreciate them for the classic pieces of children’s literature they are. Since then I’ve researched some of the real life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband Almanzo and their daughter Rose Wilder Lane. The largest collection in my home library is my Laura Ingalls Wilder collection, which contains multiple titles by Laura Ingalls Wilder, biographies of her life, and books (fiction and non-fiction) about her family.

For fun: If you could live in any time period, when would you choose and why?

While I enjoy reading about and studying Colonial America, the Civil War era, and life in the 1800’s, I’m most happy living in the here and now. I appreciate and admire everything these people did to mold America into the wonderful place it is today, but I am too pampered to even consider using an outhouse, growing most of my food, or sleeping on a straw mattress.

While it breaks my heart to read of historical sites that are neglected or sold in the name of progress, I still believe that a healthy balance can be struck between preservation and progress.

Who/what is your favorite author, movie star, book, movie, song?

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery have always been huge favorites of mine. I take a beating for it every once in a while, but I am who I am. I also enjoy the work of Stephen King, Jerry Jenkins, and Karen White. King wrote my favorite book, The Stand.

I don’t often watch television or go to movies, but Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks and Johnny Deep are talented and always involved in interesting projects. The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List top my favorite movies list. Learning from history is very important, even if we learn about it through entertainment.

Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art are two of my favorite hymns. They remind us of God’s power, mercy, and infinite love.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

You have the power to make your dreams come true. Use it! Don’t be your biggest obstacle. Fear of failure, self-doubt, even fear of success can cripple a writer. There are many motivational quotes out there, put perhaps Elbert Hubbard said it best, “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."

How can your fans learn more about you? Web sites? Blogs?

My current website can be found at http://ccmalandrinos.tripod.com/ My goal is to have a new website with my own domain before the end of the year. Readers can also check out my blogs:

The Book Connection - http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/ - where I blog nearly every day has author interviews, book reviews, and guest bloggers, plus some special features.

I also maintain The Aspiring Author at http://theaspiringauthorccm.blogspot.com/ that provides aspiring authors with motivational quotes, writing resources, and the occasional guest blogger.

My blog dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder, her books and the shows based upon them can be found at http://lauralittlehouseontheprairie.blogspot.com/

I’ve enjoyed learning more about you, Cheryl. Congratulations on your book. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Thank you Bev, for allowing me the chance to be the interviewee instead of the interviewer for a change. I truly appreciate this opportunity. I hope your readers will stop by and visit my website and blogs. I’m sure we’ll be hooking up online again soon so that we can talk about your new releases. Wishing you all the best!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mosetta M. Penick Phillips-Cermak

Are your children already complaining they're bored this summer? A new book should cure that problem. Let's take a look at a couple.





Rajah Le Beau



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE





PRLog (Press Release) – May 31, 2009 – Rajah Le Beau is a real live dog adopted by Dr. Mosetta from the Cleveland Animal Protective league. He will join Billie Williams, June 8, 2009, on her blog (http://printedwords.blogspot.com) as the first stop in Rajah and Dr. Mosetta's virtual tour. Billie Williams is a mystery suspense author and a prolific writer. Dr. Penick Philips-Cermak said, "We want to thank Billie for this wonderful opportunity. Ragh and I are looking forward to it. Rajah is more outgoing than I am. He loves being on Facebook and Twitter. He has about 39 fans, and he writes to them three or four times per week. Right now his primary objective is to get people to buy his book so that he can sponsor a cage for a puppy or dog at the Cleveland Animal Protective League." According to the Cleveland APL website (http://www.clevelandapl.org/) becoming a cage sponsor means that for a lucky dog or cat " ... their cage at the APL, complete with a warm bed, toys, plenty of food and water, and lots of TLC, is the only “home” they have ever known. For others, it’s a temporary home until they find the love of another family. For all of them, it’s the reason they’re getting a second chance."






Rajah said, "Not all dogs are as lucky as I am. That is why my mommy is donating one dollar of every book purchase to the Cleveland APL. Did you know that it is about 30% of the royalties for the book? Wow, that is a lot." Rajah also has his own page on Facebook.com (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-OH/Rajah/189451395362), and a Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/RajahLeBeau).






"We are encouraging people who do not have small children to buy a book, anyway, and donate it to a school or to a child that you know. Whatever we can do to generate enough money for our cage sponsorship," said Dr. Mosetta. To order an autograph copy of Rajah and the Big Blue Ball, visit http://www.pmmoonpublishers.com/Dr.html . Rajah and the Big Blue Ball is also on sale at the following online locations: http://www.publishersgraphicsbookstore.com/Rajah-and-the-Big-Blue-Ball-by-Mosetta-Penick-Phillips-Cermak-40sw41_p_386.html and http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?binding=&mtype=&keyword=Rajah+and+the+Big+Blue+Ball




Dog Cage Sponsorships are $1,500 per year, Cat Cage Sponsorships are $1,200 per year, and Small Mammal Sponsorships are $1,000. Pledge Payment options are available. If interested, please call Judy Hunter, Director of Development, at 216-344-1353.



Description


Rajah, the big black dog, likes to play in his big back yard. He chases the leaves. He sniffs the air every day. It is his favorite place. One day a strange thing happens. Something hits Rajah on the head. It scares him. A blue ball is up in the sky. Where did the ball come from? Did it do it on purpose? Did it want to make him afraid? Rajah has to find the courage to take back his own world. Written by the author of The Wishing Flower and The Magic of Laven-Rock, Rajah and the Big Blue Ball looks into the face of the unknown.


Title: Rajah and the Big Blue Ball

ISBN: 9780981777740

Author: Mosetta Penick Phillips-Cermak

Publisher: P.M. Moon Publishers, LLC
Additional Features:
hardcover/48 pages/approx. size 8.375" x 8.375"/ trade




Or how about a fairy tale from Dr. Mosetta for your children.



Book Title: The Magic of Laven-Rock
Author: Mosetta M. Penick Phillips-Cermak
ISBN: 9780981777733
Publisher: PM Moon Publishers, LLC
Genre: Children
Additional Features:
hardcover/68 pages/approx. size 8.25 x 10.75/trade
Price: $29.95



Synopsis:



The people of K'briadron lived an idyllic life. Purple and blue magic created by the Jockspurs supplied their every need. That is, until the coming of the Lockstick.


Princess Kaylin Veronica and her cousin, Prince Theodore, escape the confines of their royal lives and set out to find the being who caused so many problems in their land.


Written by the author of The Wishing Flower, The Magic of Laven-Rock is a delightful fairy tale adventure where children learn that sharing is much better than fighting, and that people throughout the world are not so very different than themselves.



Now that ought to keep the wee ones happy this summer.



Enjoy.





Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sneak Preview

On June 18, I'm delighted to host Dr. Mosetta Penick Phillips-Cermak. Her bio follows. Come back this Thursday to read about her children's books and how she's making a difference in the lives of our doggie friends.



Mosetta M. Penick Phillips-Cermak, Ph.D. lives with her two Labrador Retrievers, one black and one yellow, and two Siamese cats in West Park, Ohio. Dr. Penick Phillips-Cermak is the mother of two, grandmother of two, and great grandmother of two. A native of Cleveland Ohio, from a family of educators, she is a retired psychotherapist/counselor and a teacher of many years. Over the years, she has taught everything from kindergarten through teacher education, English, psychology and sociology. Mosetta’s first short, short story was published in the local newspaper when ,at the age of ten, she won first prize in a creative writing contest. In college, her literary essays and short stories were published in the colleges’ literary magazine, The Spectrum. Eventually, she rose to serve as editor-in-chief of the very same magazine. A woman with a myriad of talents, she performed as both an instrumentalist and vocalist, played the piano and flute, as well as teaching chorus, and both instruments. She is also a dog trainer, registered with the State of Ohio to train and certify Handicap Assistant Dogs. A relatively well-known speaker in the Cleveland area, this writer has presented more than a dozen papers and workshops throughout the State of Ohio. A minister ordained in 1980, she states that her main strength resides in her absolute faith and tenacity, a desire to know all that is knowable, a love of research, and the ability to consistently identify the truth of any subject matter. She is a member of has attended numerous writers’ workshops, and is currently active in a critique group. She also has completed several other short stories, a children’s interactive picture book to teach educational concepts, and her first middle-grade children’s fantasy novel that she expects will be published soon.

Friday, June 5, 2009

VS Grenier, Guest Author at Blog Talk Radio - Book Bites for Kids - June 5th

Stories for Children Magazine
a trademark of Stories for Children Publishing, LLC
A monthly Ezine for Children (3 to 12)
Website: http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org


M E D I A R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna M. McDine
Marketing Manager, Stories for Children Magazine
Email: DonnaMcDine@storiesforchildrenmagazine.org
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For Immediate Release

VS Grenier, Guest Author at Blog Talk Radio - Book Bites for Kids - June 5th

Join Suzanne Lieurance at Blog Talk Radio – Book Bites for Kids on Friday, June 5th at 2 pm CDT when VS Grenier, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stories for Children Magazine will be the guest author.

Take a few moments and listen-in to learn about Grenier’s success in publishing her first picture book, Babysitting Sugarpaw. Visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bookbitesforkids for call-in details prior to the interview.

Be sure to check out the June 2009 issue of SFC Magazine for the magnificent articles and stories; and Bill Trombello’s Featured Guest Author interview.

Learn more about Stories for Children Magazine at: http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org

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