Friday, April 27, 2012

Fun Friday

I don't know about you, dear friends, but I'm tired. The week's been busy, and I'm ready for a break. So, today is Fun Friday. Name five things you like to do for fun. Here are mine:

1. Play the piano. I used to tickle the ivories every day. Lately, however, there's never time. Will play today.
2. Watch some of the DVDs I've had for ages, but never have seen. (Vampire Diaries, Season One; The latest Harry Potter, and my old James Dean movies that I can watch over and over.)
3. Add pictures to my youngest granddaughter's album. The older girls have their albums.
4. Walk and smell the wildflowers, watch the birds, and listen to the wind blowing.
5. Look through my school year books and wonder where all my friends are today. I know of some. Others I haven't a clue.

And sleep.

Have a happy weekend.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Signings, Animals, and Flowers

Quote for the week:  Not all of us can do great things...but we can do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

Today I have a bit of everything. Spring, even with storms, is a beautiful time of the year.

First, some photos of my book signing at Hastings Books, Music, and Videos.

Imagine my surprise when I saw my books in the showcase. Wow!

My lovely granddaughter, Felicity, stopped by.

Sighted the Roadrunner

Ducks on the pond. It's almost dry. We need rain.

Paintbrush in the pasture.

Bluebonnets, Texas State Flower

Have a nice week.

Friday, April 20, 2012


I have a fun story for you today. So settle back with a cup of coffee, iced tea, or the drink of your choice and enjoy.

Title:  Kid in Chief

Author:  Paul Maguire

Paperback: 80 pages

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (February 10, 2012)

ISBN-10: 1457509555

ISBN-13: 978-1457509551

My Review:

Imagine a third grader as president of the United States. Imagine him choosing his friends as Vice President and Chief-of-Staff. You think it can’t happen? Well, you know the old saying “Never say never.”

In Kid in Chief, Paul Maguire’s recent chapter book for children, Bobby Barton and his third grade class take a field trip to Washington D. C. where Bobby makes a startling discovery on page three of the U. S. Constitution. Because of a previously unknown statement in the Constitution and a checker game, Bobby soon finds himself in the top job of the nation: President of the U. S. What follows is a fun adventure with a young man and his best friends that he appointed Vice President and Chief-of-Staff, as they turn the political world upside down. Bobby learns a lot as president: how laws are made, how he can veto a bill, and about executive order. He receives a lot of letters from kids with ideas for new laws. It isn’t all fun and games, though. Take the Secret Service agents who go everywhere with Bobby, even to his home for the holidays. He also has to make speeches, which is difficult, even with prompts.

Kid in Chief would make a great book for elementary school libraries and classrooms. Students, while picturing themselves in Bobby’s place as president, making the country a paradise for the kids while causing headaches for the grownups, will also be learning about the responsibilities of the job without even knowing it. The author provides a glossary at the end of the book to help young readers understand the meaning of words they may not know. A playful book that’s sure to be a hit with the elementary crowd.


Happy reading. Have a nice weekend.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Quote of the week: I've learned that people will forget what you said ... people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

I have a couple of announcements to make today and then a review to share with you.

First, hop on over to C. Lee McKenzie's blog, where she's participating in the A to  Z Blog Fest. For her letter N she's spotlighted some New books, Life on Hold among them. Click here for the link.

Second, Life on Hold is spotlighted at YA Bound, with a chance to win a free paperback copy. Learn more here.


Now for A Boy Called Duct Tape. Just the title made me want to know more about this boy.

The author, Christopher Cloud, began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by Sun Oil Company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. The game was sold at independent bookstores nationwide. He lives in Joplin, Missouri.

Now for the book.


By Christopher Cloud



Most everyone dreams of finding a pirate’s treasure buried in a cave, or a sunken ship laden with gold and silver. Or perhaps you’ve dug in possible places where rumors say jewels and coins were hidden years ago by a train robbing bandit. So what would you do if you were lucky and discovered an ancient legend possibly was true? Or would you be lucky?

In author Christopher Cloud’s middle grade novel, A Boy Called Duct Tape, Pablo Perez faces such a dilemma. The story opens with Pablo, age 12, finding a $20 gold coin at the bottom of James Creek. He gives the coin to his little sister, Pia, and they go to the Media Center to learn about old coins. Guess what? A coin just like Pia’s is worth $6,250. Wow! What follows is an adventure complete with danger, suspense, and a cast of characters (including Earl and Burl Blood, Monroe Huff, and Kiki) that are not always what they seem and that add humor, along with suspense to the story. There’s also the “Legend of the Lost Treasure of Jesse James” to urge the young adventurers along on their quest to learn more about the coin’s origin. And more importantly, is there more treasure waiting in the mountains for the kids to discover? Vivid descriptions of the characters and the setting put the reader in the story, making him feel as if he’s right there with Pablo and friends and enemies.

Where does Pablo get the name Duct Tape? I’m glad you asked. But you’ll have to read the story for the answer. A Boy Called Duct Tape should appeal to middle grade male readers as well as female as they journey through earthquakes and floods and other obstacles to achieve their goal. The author also gives us a bit of history, as well as reminding us not to judge a person by their looks. A very enjoyable read.


Friday, April 13, 2012

PFC Liberty Stryker

My guest today is Peggy Tibbetts, author of two middle grade novels, Letters to Juniper and The Road to Weird  and a YA/crossover novel PFC Liberty Stryker. She was managing editor and columnist at She has also worked as an associate producer of educational videos for Upper Midwest Films, contributing editor for Children’s Magic Window magazine, and Children’s Writing Resource Editor at

In their spare time Peggy and her husband, Tod manage the West Elk Multi-Use Trails on the Flattop Mountains for the White River National Forest. She and Tod enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and camping with their beloved Malamute, Zeus, and Chihuahua mix, Pepé in the mountains of western Colorado, where they live.

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Recently, I had the pleasure of reading PFC Liberty Stryker.

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher:  Lunatic Fringe Publishing (Jan. 21, 2012)
ISBN:        978-0967786841

Here is my review:

According to history, William Tecumseh Sherman stated “War is hell” during the American Civil War. Years have passed since then with many wars in our world. In the newspapers and on TV we hear about the men and women who fight and die in these battles. But do we really understand what they experience in foreign lands, away from family and home. Do we know the horrors they witness every day? I’ve always thought it’s sad that people cannot get along with one another, but never considered the gruesome reality of day to day life for our soldiers. Until I read Peggy Tibbetts’ novel PFC LIBERTY STRYKER, that is. Boy did the author open my eyes to the truth. I have to agree with Mr. Sherman.

After Libby Stryker’s father, who was career army, is killed at the Pentagon on 9/11, Libby joins the army and before long is in the desert of Iraq, seeing a side of war that only one who’s been there can believe. Death is everywhere and not just the soldiers but innocent men, women, and children as well. The author describes the scenes in such depth that the reader can almost hear the cries of pain, smell the stench of blood and bodies, and feel the terror in the air. Don’t be surprised if you cry a little. I did. I will warn you, also, that the language is raw and rough and not for the squeamish. Libby has a lot to learn about her fellow soldiers, and she soon discovers that sometimes those we trust the most are not what or who we believe them to be. The story is full of unexpected twists that show just how complicated war and people really are.

Author Peggy Tibbetts did her research. Her acknowledgment at the front of the book credits the many people who helped her get the details of PFC LIBERTY STRYKER just right. After reading this book, I think you’ll appreciate even more the sacrifices of our brave soldiers, to keep America, you and me, safe.

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Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 6th to 12th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Yara @ Once Upon A Twilight

Happy Easter, Everyone. Join me this week in the Easter Giveaway Hop. What am I giving away? A paperback copy of my latest young adult novel, LIFE ON HOLD.

A paper found.
A secret revealed.
A girl's life changed forever.

It's very simple to enter. Just follow my blog, leave a comment along with your email so I can notify you if you're the winner. That's all.

Also, check out the other great giveaways listed below. Happy hopping. Good luck.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Virtual Book Tour for Night Sky

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Jolene Perry on her Virtual Book Tour for her young adult novel NIGHT SKY. Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

Night Sky Summary
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
eBookISBN: 9780983741862
ISBN: 9781466052338
Pages: 247
Release: March 1, 2012
Here's what Jolene has to say about her novel:
It's funny because everyone wants to know why I chose a Native American girl, but really, in most ways, she chose me.
I didn't plan on her being native. I only knew that whatever girl Jameson met, had to be Sarah's opposite. When he was driving his dad's Porsche home, and came upon Sky, that's when I knew who she was.

Making Sky Tlingit was fairly easy for me - it's the part of Alaska my mother grew up in, and we visit there as often as we can (which is not all that often because it's an expensive place to get to) but I love it.

The Northwest Native artwork is some of my favorite, so that also played a role in where Sky was from. Sky is NOT a Tlingit name, but hopefully I explain that well enough in the book.

I loved the idea of the totems in her room, and how that part of the book came back around in the end. I also loved the drumming, which were the last two scenes written in the book (I never write in order). I spent a lot of time on the internet to make sure that I depicted the totems accurately, and I wanted Sky's village to be in a real place, but not a real village. It took me a little while playing around with maps to figure out exactly where she was, but that opened up a whole scene I wrote, when Sky and Jameson are on the phone, that I just loved.

Thanks so much for having me here today!
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Happy Reading.