Friday, October 28, 2011

And the Winner Is ....

Ta Da!
You've won a copy of Listen to the Ghost.
I'll be emailing you, Sharon.
Congratulations. Enjoy meeting Phoebe, my ghost.

Watch for the Giveaway Hop Nov. 8th-11th, co-hosted by I Am a Reader, not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston. A whole bunch of blogs, 200 so far, are participating in this giant giveaway.

I'll be choosing two winners for ... you'll have to wait and see.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Saving June Review

 Hannah Harrington

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (November 22, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0373210248

  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210244

  • eBook courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin Teen

    The unexpected death of a teenager is tragic. You think they have their whole lives ahead of them. A bright future. Then the unexplainable happens. When the teen is someone you know and they take their own life you question why? Especially if they’re a family member that you thought had everything. Where did her life go wrong? Why didn’t you see the signs? Questions. Questions. Few or no answers.

    Author Hannah Harrington’s novel, Saving June, deals with suicide and it’s effect on the surviving family. Nine days before high school graduation, June ends her life. Her younger sister, Harper, finds the body. Guilt consumes Harper, since the last time she talked to June, they argued. When Harper discovers a postcard of a beach that has “California, I’m coming home,” scribbled on it in June’s handwriting, she thinks, or hopes, the answer to her sister’s unhappiness lies in California. A strange boy who is at the house after June’s funeral and who acts angry about something, though Harper doesn’t even know him, prompts Harper to find out who the boy is and what his relationship was to her sister. Soon, Harper, her best friend Laney, and the boy, who’s name is Jake, are soon on their way to California in hopes they’ll find a clue to June’s message on the postcard. Will Harper find peace and not blame herself for her sister’s death? Will the love/hate relationship she develops with Jake change to something more substantial? And how does the letter Jake gives her, from June, help her come to an understanding of her sister’s life? Again, many questions, but I think you’ll enjoy discovering the answers along with Harper.

    Ms. Harrington has written a novel that should make young readers more aware that sometimes friends and/or family members are not always what they seem to be on the outside. Inside, they may have doubts and worries and problems they do not share with others. Saving June is a story that will touch your heart and make you want to hug those you love and tell them how much you care for them, before it’s too late. There are no second chances. So pick up a copy today. You’ll be glad you did.


    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Halloween Giveaway

    Fall seems to be the season for contests and giveaways, so I'm having a couple of my own. Since October is spook month, I'm giving away a paperback copy of my ghost story for young adults, Listen to the Ghost. This contest is also to celebrate my 100 fabulous followers (actually 108). It's very simple. All you have to do is follow me and leave a comment telling us what your favorite novel about ghosts is. Also leave your email so I can contact you if you're the winner. Random org will draw the winner on October 28, 2011.

    A girl who wants to forget her ex-boyfriend with the lying lips.
    A ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost.
    A one hundred year old neighbor that talks in riddles.
    And a handsome sax playyer that changes everything.

    Also, I'm doing a Blog Hop in November. More about that one later.

    Have a nice weekend. Don't forget to leave a comment.

    Happy Reading and Writing.


    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Christmas Sale

    What? Christmas, you ask? It's not even Halloween yet. That's true, but don't let that stop you from shopping. If you're in the market for books, from wee ones to grandmas and grandpas, take a look at the sale 4 RV Publishing has going on at this moment. From now through December 5th, you can find some great books at a discount. So surf on over to 4RV's Book Store and browse the catalog and surprise your family and friends with a good book for those cold winter evenings that will soon be arriving. Umm, Tumbleweed Christmas is on page 5 and Just Breeze is at page 2.

    Happy Reading and Writing.

    P. S. Check back on Monday for a Halloween Contest. See, I haven't forgotten one of the most fun holidays we have.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Tales from a Disturbed Mind

    This post is just a hodgepodge of my rambling brain. That’s how I’ve been all week, jumping from one thing to another, never settling anywhere for long, like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower.

    The Muse Online Writers Conference has ended. It was a week of learning, sharing, meeting new people and making friends. My workshop on Vision Boarding was fun, at least for me. We shared ideas on characters, setting, and plot. And boy, the writers had lots of great thoughts.

    I planned to attend some of the other workshops, but kept too busy to do so. My organization skills need improving. One thing that’s nice about an Online conference is you can attend at your convenience. You also can be wearing your sloppiest clothes and no makeup and no one will know.

    I pitched my MG story and was asked for a full. Getting it ready to send, with fingers crossed they’ll offer me a contract. A couple of my friends were asked for their manuscripts by the agents they pitched to, which makes me thrilled for them. This could be their big break.

    October 20 is the National Day on Writing, started three years ago, by the National Council of Teachers of English. It sounds like a lot of fun. You can publish your writing, or tell your family, friends or students, if you are a teacher, about publishing to the National Gallery of Writing. For details check their site:

    Tonight (when I'm writing this) I’m lost in the world of baseball playoffs, which has nothing to do with writing, unless a character turns out to be a baseball player in a future story. (By the time you read this, the game will be over, but there’s another one Wednesday and on and on.) The game is tied at the moment. Come to think of it, my early reader that just came out, Tumbleweed Christmas, has a girl who carries her baseball glove everywhere she goes.

    Are you getting dizzy trying to follow me? Never fear, it’s almost over. One last thought to leave with you.

    Halloween will soon be here. What is your favorite memory?

    I remember going to a party when I was in junior high. We dressed in costumes, of course. I was Cinderella wearing a long full dress my mother made for me. Well, we went on a scavenger hunt, and it was cold and windy. That skirt kept blowing in my face or else I was tripping over it. So much for being a graceful Cinderella. By the time we were finished with the hunt, I resembled the “before” Cinderella, before the fairy godmother turned her into a beautiful princess.

    My ramblings are over for now. Bye. [Do I hear shouts of joy?]


    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Meet Author/Illustrator Ben Rubin


    After Elias Canetti

    By Ben Rubin, author/illustrator

    Ebook courtesy of the author

    Graphic novels are quite popular these days. Now I admit, I’ve read very few. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in them. I’m simply busy with other types of stories and have never gotten around to studying this type of writing. That is until I read Author Ben Rubin’s WHEN COMES WHAT DARKLY THIEVES after Elias Canetti.

    The cover consists of exotic artwork that sets the mood, at least it did for me. You see old houses, like in a rundown neighborhood, while a red bird flies overhead. There’s also what appears to be an eye, looking at you, from a fractured face. Who wouldn’t want to continue, to look inside for the meaning of the illustrations? As I turned pages, more interesting scenes presented themselves. A black and white design resembles a figure, a man, perhaps? Or it could be an animal? Or even a spaceship in the clouds? Then we see a face and the eye again, along with the shacks and more faces, fractured faces, as well as shattered glass. These pictures, to me, depict fear, sadness, and despair. You may see something entirely different in them. Sparse prose complements the drawings, letting you in on their secrets. I won’t give away any more, so you’ll have to check the book out for yourself.

    Author Ben Rubin has written a graphic novel that will likely appeal to fans of this genre. The author talks directly to his readers, which makes you feel almost as though you’re there with him. And the ending … Well, you’ll find out. Enjoy the read.

    About the Author from the Publishers website:

    A writer and illustrator, who once was asked by his mother to put tube socks on his feet that, at least it struck him, did not resemble the shape of feet at all. That night he dreamed of busty, rusty robots and birds wearing the wrong wings, and he learned what it was like to be eaten by an angel. To give a brief history of disorientation, to find something where instead there should be something else, Jonah in a jellyfish, a sentence searching for itself inside itself, or Ben Rubin, himself, giving you a wink with his winking eye, as if to convey to you some secret knowledge about how we misbehave? How do we misbehave? With smiles on our faces of course!

    The author and publisher will donate one dollar from every book to Reading is Fundamental, with another dollar going to the Steve Nash Foundation, two organizations devoted to the healthy development of children. And fifty cents of every book sold will go to Ellie Lee, a friend of Ben’s who was recently in a horrible bicycle accident.

    For PDF orders, 15% of revenue will be split evenly between these causes

    Happy Reading and Writing

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Muse Conference

    Quote of the week:  If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing ... you're right. Henry Ford

    I'm at the Muse Online Writers Conference this week so will be quite busy.  (As well as starting edits for my YA contemporary WIP) Be back on Friday. Until then:

    Happy Reading and Writing.