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:

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.