HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
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
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!
Prizes (two will be awarded):
One autographed copy of A Puppy, Not a Guppy.
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
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
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.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Welcome, Simon. Let's begin by learning a little about your books.
Do you offer school and library visits?
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.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
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.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
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
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Beverly Stowe McClure
FRIENDS, ENEMIES, PRINCES, AND ALIENS: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Friday, November 6, 2009
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Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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
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
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
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
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hope to see you there. Have a super weekend.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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
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
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
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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.
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
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
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Oops! Forgot the call in # (646) 649-1005.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
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
Monday, July 6, 2009
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
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.
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
Barbara M. Hodges
Beverly Stowe McClure (me)
Latayne C. Scott
David Lee Summers
Virginia S. Grenier
Shirley Ann Howard
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
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Title: Rajah and the Big Blue Ball
Author: Mosetta Penick Phillips-Cermak
Publisher: P.M. Moon Publishers, LLC
hardcover/48 pages/approx. size 8.375" x 8.375"/ trade
Author: Mosetta M. Penick Phillips-Cermak
Publisher: PM Moon Publishers, LLC
hardcover/68 pages/approx. size 8.25 x 10.75/trade
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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.