Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beth Bence Reinke

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Beth Bence Reinke, author of the lovely picture book In My Bath and others. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, relax and meet this talented young lady.

Who or what inspired you to write In My Bath?

Two things inspired me. First was a bedtime picture book that showed a little girl pretending to sleep in different animal beds – a bird nest, a cave, a hollow tree. The second was a bedtime routine with my sons where I performed silly skits using their stuffed animals, including an elephant and manatee, which appear in In My Bath. Those two things blended together to become a little boy imagining different water-loving animals in his bathtub.

What was your favorite book as a child?

My favorite book was The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins. For a long time, my dad read that book to me every night. It was 60-plus pages, long for a children’s book, but we read it so much that we both had it memorized. I can still remember the beginning to this day: “I was the saddest dog you could ever see. Sad because no one wanted me. The pet shop window was my jail. The sign behind me read FOR SALE.” My dad can still recite it, too!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I was allergic to cats, so that didn’t work out – LOL. I started college as pre-med, then changed my major and graduated as a high school biology teacher. Instead of teaching, I went straight to graduate school to study nutrition and became a dietitian. Now I’m a writer and often use my nutrition training to write food and nutrition-related articles for adults.

If we looked in your closet, what would we find?

Lots of dust bunnies! Some clothes that I don’t wear. A bright red scarf that I started knitting two years ago and never finished. Several gorgeous sweaters my mom knitted for me. A scanner and headphones I use at NASCAR races. Did I mention the dust bunnies?

Tell us about your favorite movie.

I have some favorite grown-up movies, but the kid in me prefers movies like Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. Who doesn’t love Buzz and Woody? J

Favorite music?

Country has always been my favorite music. Too many favorite artists to name, but I especially like Carrie Underwood.

Favorite TV show?

I was a big LOST fan and was sad to see the series end. But my all-time favorite is The Andy Griffith Show – an oldie but a goodie.

Favorite food?

Among other things, I love all kinds of salads and stir-fries. And pizza, of course.

Where can your fans learn more about you? Blogs? Website?

Your readers can visit me at I have two blogs connected to my website: Food & Faith (nutrition tips) and Beth’s Book Basket (book reviews.)

What is in your future? Do you have more books forthcoming? Or are you working on new stories?

My second picture book, A Wish and a Prayer, will release this summer from 4RV Publishing, and a third has been accepted. I have two women’s devotional books scheduled for spring 2011 release as part of the “Devotions to Go” series from Extreme Diva Media: Fruit Lovers’ Devotions to Go and Race Fans’ Devotions to Go.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Beth. Best of luck with your books.

Also, the talented illustrator of In My Bath is Ginger Neilson. You can learn more about her at Just look at the gorgeous cover below. The illustrations inside are just as lovely. Here's my review of In My Bath.


By Beth Bence Reinke

Illustrations by Ginger Nielson

Bath time. Some kids love it. Other kids prefer dirt under their fingernails and mud between their toes. The hero of Beth Bence Reinke’s new picture book, IN MY BATH, discovers that taking a bath can be an adventure, if you have the right friends.

In his bath the unnamed boy jumps the waves, floats on the tide, and glides above the sea. He’s a dolphin, a manatee, a seal, and a whale. He claps soap between his flippers and sneezes through his spout to make a fountain of foam. From beaver to alligator, from ducks to frogs, his imagination has no limits. So come along and see how exciting a bath can be.

IN MY BATH has a satisfying ending. Oh, no. I’m not telling. However, children will never look at their bath time in quite the same way after reading this delightful book. In fact, don’t be surprised, Mom and Dad, if they beg to take an extra long bath tonight.

Ginger Nielson’s playful illustrations complement the fun text. The animals are colorful and lively and will appeal to young readers or children being read to. The team of Reinke and Nielson have put together a winning book. I recommend it for kids 3-8 and for older folks to read to their little ones. I think I’ll go take a bath now and see what might be waiting in my tub.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ah, Monday.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:  Things we've heard Dad say: It builds character.

The day starts out lovely. A nice gentle rain fell during the night. The grass and leaves sparkle. The mockingbird sings his little heart out. I manage a couple of pages of my work-in-progress. Then I check the email. My heartbeat speeds up. Note from agent that I sent a query for my middle grade story to. Unfortunately, it isn't the kind I hoped to receive. It's one of those "no thank you" kinds. So I wallow in my sorrow for about five minutes. That's all I'll allow myself to whine.

Now I'm all smiles again. The sun is shining. Puffy clouds drift lazily in the sky. I'm busy, busy, busy with my latest release, getting reviews, setting up signings and organizing a virtual tour. I'm also working on two new manuscripts. The world is a beutiful place. God is good.

June is almost over. I'm thinking for the month of July I'll let the characters from my books take charge of the blog on Mondays. Wednesdays, I'll share some of the books on my shelves that I like. Fridays - free for all. Whatever my little brain thinks of. I love to hear your thoughts too, about books, notes from agents and publishers, your works in progress or whatever is bouncing around in your head.

Happy reading and writing.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Time for Change

Now where is that file I just downloaded? I know it's here somewhere. Search. Search. Mmm. What is it's title? What name did I use to save it?

Help. I can't find anything. It's time for a change. I must get organized. Today. Not tomorrow or next week or next month. Today. So this afternoon here's what I'll do. (My mornings are set aside for my writing.)

1. Make folders for each publisher. Add all the files that relate to that publisher. Edits, covers, etc.
2. Make folders for my critique groups.
3. Have a folder for each WIP.
4. An interview and review folder.

And so on. Then maybe I won't spend hours trying to find what I'm looking for.

Have a great day. Happy reading and writing.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Quore: Things we've heard Dad say: Don't throw that out! We can use that!

Today is the longest day of the year. It is called the season of the Midnight Sun in the north Pole as well as in Iceland. Summer is commonly viewed as the season with the longest (and warmest) days of the year, in which the daylight predominates. In the northern latitudes, twilight is known to last at least an hour, sometimes leading to the famous white nights found in St. Petersburg and Scandinavia.

Sol + stice comes from the Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

The Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June. The people in the Southern Hemisphere have their longest summer day in December.

Some Fun Facts:

Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Soltice.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples could jump.

Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic when evil spirits appeared. Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers . One of them was a plant called "chase-devil." Today it's the St. John's Wort plant.

The Druids celebrated the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth." Today June is believed to be a lucky month for a wedding.

Now that you know all of the above, have a happy Summer Soltice.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cafe of Dreams Interview

QUOTE: Things we've heard Dad say. Do what I say, Not what I do.

If you have a chance today, stop by the Cafe of Dreams and see my new interview by April. She has some of the neatest questions for her "Getting to Know..." column. Hope to see you there. Be sure and leave a comment. Cafe of dreams. Thanks, April. I enjoyed answering your questions and the nice surprise that awaited me. :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And the Winner Is ....

Susanne Drazic
You should have received an email.
Thank you for entering my contest. Enjoy your Basket of Goodies.
For pictures of Patches choosing the winner go to my wordpress blog.

Does Perseverance pay in the End for Children’s Authors?

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna M. McDine

Children’s Author


Phone: 845-721-7802

For Immediate Release

Does Perseverance pay in the End for Children’s Authors?

An author’s dream is to impact their readers in positive thought provoking words, whether writing for adults or children. When children’s author, Donna McDine, first embarked on her writing career in 2007 she dreamed of the day a child would feel the wow factor through her storytelling. And much to her delight she received those encouraging words from several young muses early in the writing stages of The Golden Pathway.

Visit with Donna McDine through her charismatic interview by freelance author, Nancy Sanders on Friday, June 18 at:

Stop by for a spell and enjoy the chance to get to know this up and coming children’s author. Donna will be on hand throughout the day to field your questions and to respond to your comments.

Thank you for your interest.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nothing but Trouble after Midnight Review


By Kimberly Blackadar

Love, Betrayal and Forgiveness

Every girl should have a friend like Rob. He’s smart, handsome, an athlete, and has a great sense of humor. He’s also Chloe’s boyfriend. He’s loved her since they were children. She loves him back. They’ve also been best friends and neighbors since childhood. On Chloe’s seventeenth birthday, Rob gives her a Claddagh ring, a family heirloom with a beautiful story of its own. I loved this added touch to their romance.

Kimberly Blackadar’s young adult novel, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT, brings Chloe Preston’s story alive with vivid descriptions, action scenes, and a young girl’s inner most thoughts and fears and hopes. Chloe’s world is a teenager’s dream, but there’s always someone to shatter those dreams. The challenge is to rebuild them or else they’ll die. Once gone, they seldom can be brought back. When the unthinkable happens one night, Chloe and Rob must reach inside themselves to find forgiveness and understanding and how important their relationship is to each other. Is their love strong enough to survive?

NOTHING BUT TROUBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT is a story about everyday teenagers in true-to-life situations. Chloe is confident one moment, doubting herself the next. She and her friends have their fun moments, their tender moments, and their sad moments. Ms. Blackadar’s characters face their challenges, sometimes with courage, sometimes with tears. Everyone who has teenagers in the family or knows teenagers and was once a teenager (covers most everyone, huh) should read this book. You’ll be glad you did. I hear there’s another one on the way. Adding it to my TBR list.

Kimberly Blackadar Interview

You may remember awhile back Kim did a post here. Since then, I've interviewed her and she's answered my many questions. I thought you'd enjoy learning more about this talented author.
Kimberly was born in Massachusetts, but raised in Florida. She graduated from Florida State University and then spent eight years in the classroom—primarily as an English, social studies, and drama teacher. Now a homeschooling mom living in Minnesota, she relies on those classroom experiences to create realistic fiction for her readers.
Bev: Your debut novel, Nothing but Trouble after Midnight, deals with some tough situations that teens face in their lives. How did you decide to write this particular story?

Kim: Many years ago, I wrote a novel sketch entitled “Secrets,” and like anyone who keeps a secret for a long time, you eventually have to let it out. So I revealed Chloe’s horrible secret in the pages of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.

Bev: What is your writing process? Do you outline or just let the characters lead you?

Kim: Hmm, my writing process? Well, my first book was trial and error, with two abandoned manuscripts being the biggest errors, but with the sequel, I wrote an outline and have followed it closely.
Bev: What was your favorite book as a child?

Kim: I had many favorites as a child, but my favorite read (as a young teen) was Love Story by Erich Segal. I found my mother’s copy and devoured it, and I’m sure the novel influenced me greatly as a writer.

Bev: What was your favorite subject in school? Which did you dislike and why?

Kim: English was my favorite subject, so it was no surprise when I became an English teacher. Math was my least favorite, I guess, but I always joked that it would have been better to teach when I was leaving the campus with an enormous stack of essays to grade.
Bev: If a movie was being made of your book, who would you choose for the main characters?

Kim: When I was writing NBTAM, I went to see Mama Mia, and when Amanda Seyfried (Sophie) appeared on the screen, she reminded me of Chloe Preston. But as far as Rob Callahan, I have yet to find a guy who lives up to my imagination.

Bev: If you were stranded on an island with no computer, no cell phone, and no electricity how would you spend your time?

Kim: I would spend my time building a raft.

Bev: Tell us about your favorite:

Music: Oh, that is impossible to list. I love music—almost as much as books. I’m a huge fan of indie pop and 80’s alternative, and I like pretty much anything but hard-core rap.

TV Show: Well, that’s easy, since I cannot remember the last show I watched. I do, however, like movies.

Movie: Pride & Prejudice

Book: My seven-year-old son and I are reading Chronicles of Narnia this summer: He listens to the books on tape, and I am reading the massive seven-books-in-one paperback. I know I will always treasure our book talks.

Bev: If you could live in any time period when would it be?

Kim: I cannot leave the present: I am too dependent on technology.
Bev: Name a country you’d really like to visit and why.

Kim: The United States. I want my children to learn—and appreciate—as much as possible about our great nation before we go abroad.

Bev: Nothing But Trouble After Midnight is the first book in a series. Tell us about future books.

Kim: Entitled the Seven C’s series, each of the seven books features a different female protagonist and focuses on a current topic of adolescence. All the books are set in the fictitious town of Riverside, a supposed suburb of Orlando, and offer a realistic portrayal of teenage life. The first book, Nothing but Trouble after Midnight, spotlights Chloe Preston and introduces the other six girls in the series. And the second book is well underway…

Bev: How can your fans learn more about you?

Web site:

Bev: Is there anything else you’d like to add to encourage writers and those just starting out?

Kim: There are many things I wanted to accomplish in my life, but I probably won’t get to all of them. Writing a book became a top priority for me, and therefore, I finished it. I had no expectations of it—except that I wanted see it in print someday. Any success beyond that continues to amaze me. So my advice is: Make writing a high priority, but set realistic expectations. That way you will accomplish your goal and be pleased with the outcome.
Bev: Thank you for visiting with us today, Kim. I’m looking forward to your next novel and meeting up with Rob and Chloe and their friends again.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Midnight Tuesday June 15

So what happens on midnight, Tuesday, June 15? The contest ends for my book launch, that's what. Now I won't be awake to draw the winner then. But the next day, whenever Patches approves (you know cats have the final word in important matters), she'll draw the piece of paper with the winning name. I'll post here and on Wordpress and make the announcement both places.

You were really great and came up with fantastic thoughts on living in a cave, which seemed to be more popular than wearing a crinoline. With the temperatures we've had locally the past few days, I tend to agree. Imagine sweltering in layers of ruffles in 98 degree weather. Give me shorts any day.

If you haven't left a comment, now's the time. I write every name on a post it note, fold them, put them in a basket, and then Patches does her work. I have to be quick before she eats the paper though.

Have a super weekend.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Quote from Dads: I don't want to hear a peep out of you.

This is a photo of Granddad Soley Adney Stowe, born in Ashland Tennessee. He was nine when his family moved to Parker County Texas and finally settled in Olney.

Happy Father's Day to you, Granddad.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Come Discover What or Whom is Splish-Splashing through Cyberspace


CONTACT: Beth Bence Reinke, Author and Registered Dietitian



For Immediate Release

Come Discover What or Whom is Splish-Splashing through Cyberspace

Take a moment to listen for splish-splashing sounds taking over cyberspace. Don’t worry, it won’t damage your computer. What is the source, you may ask? It’s a children’s book entitled, In My Bath by author Beth Bence Reinke.

Join in the virtual book tour introducing an imaginative little boy and all kinds of water-loving animals. Is there room for all in the tub? Find out for yourself through their adventures in cyberspace:

June 8 – Jo Ramsey

June 9 – Donna McDine

June 21 – Amy Allgeyer Cook

June 23 – Rena Jones

June 25 – Nancy Sharpe (book review) and (interview)

June 28 – Lori Calabrese

June 30 - Beverly Stowe McClure (book review & interview)

July 1 - Scott Heydt and

July 5 – Danika Dinsmore

July 7 – Miriam Forster  

July 9 – Carla Mooney

Be sure to post your comments and/or questions for Ms. Reinke. She will be on hand each day to interact with you.

Beth Bence Reinke is an author and registered dietitian. She writes children’s books, devotional books and articles about food and nutrition. Beth’s professional affiliations include The American Dietetic Association and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also a member of Indie-Debut 2010, a group of first-time authors who help promote each other’s books that hail from independent publishers. In My Bath is Beth’s first children’s book.

Author: Beth Bence Reinke


Food and Faith blog:

Beth’s Book Basket blog:


Illustrator: Ginger Nielson



Publisher: 4RV Publishing

Thank you in advance for your interest.


Friday, June 4, 2010

A Basket of Goodies

Okay, I promised a contest to launch my young adult historical novel, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, so here it is. I’m still working on the details, but the winner will receive a basket of goodies including:

A signed ARC of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines.
A gift certificate to Amazon.

Bookmarks and other stuff I’m thinking about.
So what do you have to do to enter? It’s very simple. Just leave a comment about how you’d feel if you had to live in a cave or wear a crinoline petticoat. Choose either one. Be sure and add your email so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner.

Thanks for making Lizzie’s launch a good one. Best of luck.

Contest ends June 15. Winner will be announced soon after.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Things we've heard Dad Say: "The lawn isn't going to mow itself."

The month of June we celebrate our fathers. Here's a little about mine, a wonderful man who left this earth much too soon.

Henry Audra Stowe was born in Olney, TX, September 3, 1901. As you can see he was a barber. I remember the red and white pole outside his shop. The shoeshine stand as you went inside. I think a haircut was a quarter or maybe fifty cents. I was a daddy's girl.

Happy Father's Day, Daddy. I know you and Mom are celebrating in Heaven.