Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer, co-hosted by The Diary of a Book Worm
Close to 500 blogs are participating. Wow! That's a lot of giveaways. To see the other participants go to this link: 

My giveaway is easy. I love ghost stories, so I'm giving away a copy of my YA Paranormal Novel Listen to the Ghost to two winners. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email. You don't have to follow me, but if you do, you earn an extra entry. 
Happy hopping and good luck!
A big thank you to everyone who entered my contest. Hope you had a super Halloween.
And the Winners of a Signed Paperback Copy of Listen to the Ghost Are:
(I forgot to mention Random.org drew the winners.)
Emails have been sent.
The book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook for $2.99, in case you want to read more paranormal stories. Again thanks for participating.
Happy Reading.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Do I have a great novel to tell you about. This is the first book I've read from Lisa Nowak. It won't be the last.


By Lisa Nowak

Sometimes teens do crazy things that get them in trouble. Growing up, finding oneself is difficult, especially when a kid has little or no family support. As a result of one wild moment, the teen may find himself at a crossroads, with few choices.


In author Lisa Nowak’s young adult novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN Cody, caught in a prank painting a wall of the zoo with his friends, has to make a decision that will change his life forever. When the police let Cody go, his dad gives him two choices: military school or live with Cody’s mother’s black sheep brother, Race, an artist and race car driver. Some choice, huh? His mother left them long ago. He never could please her anyway. Even though he doesn’t know Race, he chooses to live with Race, the best decision he’s ever made in his life, though he doesn’t realize it at the time. Cody has an attitude, and their relationship is rocky at first. Two single guys trying to adjust to a life together makes for a tender story of giving, taking, forgiving, and forgetting. I don’t want to give anything away, but Cody and Race each go through their own discovery of who they really are.


The author gives a lot of fascinating information about the auto racing world in RUNNING WIDE OPEN. Knowing nothing about cars and the men/women that drive them, I enjoyed learning what racing is all about, the people involved and how they think of each other as competitors and as friends. Ms. Nowak’s novel should be a hit not only with the racing crowd, but with others like me who enjoy a good story. Also, the gentle romance between Race and Kasey will appeal to readers who like a little love in a story. I recommend the novel for junior high and high school libraries. You’ll also want to add this book to your personal library. I’m looking forward to reading GETTING SIDEWAYS, the next book in the series.


EBook Courtesy of the author


Happy Reading.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Those of you that know me, know I love animals, and deer are one of my favorite creatures, along with horses, birds, butterflies, and ... I could go on forever. I have a night camera set up on our fence and this is one of the shots it took in August.

Isn't he beautiful. If only I could pen him up until deer season is over. Even though I hated to read when I was a kid, Bambi was one of my favorite stories. I still have a tape of the movie. How could anyone harm such a lovely animal? We have three or four doe that sometimes stop by for a snack I leave out for them every night. So, hunters, please stay away from my address. You don't want to see a grandma cry now, do you?
Have a nice weekend. Happy reading.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Quote for the week: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. Douglas Adams

It is my pleasure to congratulate the winners of the Children's Literary Classics Award. Here's the press release with the winners listed. I think you'll see some familiar names and perhaps some not so familiar.

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012

Literary Classics


Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

SOUTH DAKOTA - Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children's and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 recipients follows:

Best First Picture Book, PreSchool, A Box Story by Kenneth Kit Lamug

Best First Picture Book, Early Reader, Terple Always Dream Bigger by Richie Frieman

Best Illustrator, Bella & Harry, Let's Visit Athens, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Best Series, The Bella & Harry Book Series by Lisa Manzione

Best First Chapter Book, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Gold - Picture Book, Preschooler, Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman

Silver - Picture Book, Preschooler, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

Gold - Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let's Visit London by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Silver - Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let's Visit Cairo by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Gold - Educational, Early Reader, The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

Silver - Educational, Early Reader, Animal Animalogies by Marianne Berkes

Gold - Environmental Issues, Early Reader, Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart

Silver - Environmental Issues, Early Reader, One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

Gold - Non Fiction Preteen, Clara's Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Gold - General Preteen, the Casting by Joyce Shor Johnson

Silver - General Preteen, Return to Finkleton by KC Hilton

Gold - Fiction Preteen, the Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Silver - Fiction Preteen, Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Gold - Fantasy Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver - Fantasy Preteen, Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Gold - Science Fiction Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver - Science Fiction - Preteen, The Crystal Ship by CJ Carter-Stephenson

Gold - Mystery Preteen, the Stone Child by Dan Poblocki

Gold - General Young Adult, Runaway Twins by Pete Palamountain

Silver - General Young Adult, Young, Funny & Unbalanced by David Smithyman

Gold - Fiction Young Adult, Caves, Cannons & Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure

Silver - Fiction Young Adult, Young Knights of the Round Table The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

Gold - Non-Fiction Young Adult, Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner

Gold - Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Silver - Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Drawn by Marie Lamba

Gold - Science Fiction Young Adult, the Limit by Kristen Landon

Silver - Science Fiction Young Adult, the Orphan Ship by Sterling R. Walker

Gold - Mystery Young Adult, Stalked by Kristiana Gregory

Cultural Issues, Clara's Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Holiday, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear by Peter John Lucking

Self Esteem, Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia

Female Audience, My Sister is my Best Friend by Nicole Weaver

Mature Issues, In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics' highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing. To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com.

Happy Reading.
Have a great week.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Have you ever wished for something in your life to change, to be better or different? I have. Well, sometimes wishes come true, though not always in the way we expect them to. My dear friend and crit partner, Kai Strand, has written a second book about people that live in the town called The Tales. I think you'll enjoy THE WISHING WELL, ANOTHER WEAVER TALE. And isn't the cover gorgeous?

My thoughts:


By Kai Strand

One of my favorite stories when I was younger (and even today) is the tale of Cinderella and her two despicable sisters. I love how in the end Cinderella wins the love of the handsome prince, while her sisters and stepmother get what I feel like they deserved.

Author Kai Strand’s novel, THE WISHING WELL, ANOTHER WEAVER TALE, written for middle grade/tween readers, tells the story of a girl named Molly and her two sisters, Hannah and Eva, who treat Molly much the same way that Cinderella’s sisters treated her. Poor Molly’s life is constant cooking for a mother she can never please, doing the laundry for all of them, and cleaning the already spotless house. If her friend, Riddle, did not help Molly, she’d never have time for herself, to attend school or to paint. The girls live with their mother, Gert, in the town of The Tales. Gert’s plan is to snag a good husband for her daughter Eva and one for Hannah as well.

One day, Molly meets Unwanted, an ugly blue creature from the first book in the series, THE WEAVER. He grants Molly a wish. It doesn’t turn out quite the way she had hoped, however. Or does it?

The tales the characters weave about the events occurring in their lives are a charming part of the book. Kai Strand has written a story that would make a great addition to school libraries as well as individual classrooms. I can picture this book as one the class would read together since it would make for an interesting discussion about being careful what you wish for and also that people are not always what they seem. This would make a great Christmas gift for young readers in your family or that you know. Enjoy.


Happy Reading.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Quote for the week:  Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston S. Churchill

Today I have another puzzle book for you. Wouldn't these make great gifts for friends and family that have an eReader? Here are my thoughts:

By The Grabarchuk Puzzles Family

When I was a kid, we played card games like Old Maid, or board games like Monopoly. We also played outside: tag, baseball, jacks. My dad and his friends got together once a week for a game of dominoes. And we, young and old alike, had such fun. Imagine what we would have thought about games like The Grabarchuk Family produces. Well, it’s never too late to learn something new.
The Grabarchuk Family has done it again. In PUZZLEBOOK 104 PUZZLE QUIZZES, they take you through brand new original creations that will challenge your brain to stop being lazy and to think. You study the puzzle (sometimes for a long time, at least for me), click what you believe is the correct answer, and find out if you’re right or wrong. Like the other books I’ve read in the series, there are puzzles for all skill levels, from beginners up to experts. I haven‘t reached the 5 star level, yet, and perhaps not even the 4 star, but I’m working on it. When my answer is wrong (it happens) all I have to do is press the back to puzzle button and I get another chance. Easy instructions at the beginning of the book explain how to play the games. I started at the beginning and worked my way through. I’m still puzzling over some of the more complicated puzzles, but will never give up. The “City View” puzzle is a tough one. If you’re sports oriented, there are soccer, billiards, and chess puzzles.
When I’ve finished playing the games, my brain feels refreshed and happier at my successes, like your body does after a nice long walk or exercise session. PUZZLEBOOK 104 PUZZLE QUIZZES is available as an eBook. What a fun way to spend a chilly fall afternoon or evening. So what are you waiting for? Put your brain to work.
EBook Courtesy of the authors

Happy Reading

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I've been tagged by the talented C. Lee McKenzie for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. We're going to hop from blog to blog to discover exciting books we might not have heard about or that are still WIPs. This is Week 15. So, let's get started.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Life on Hold

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read an newspaper article about a couple in high school that had a baby, and the girl’s parents made her give the baby up for adoption.

What genre does your book fall under?
YA Contemporary

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have no idea. Would have to study the young actors today.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A paper found; a secret revealed; a girl’s life changed forever.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Life on Hold is published by 4 RV Publishing, LLC, a traditional Indie publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I write very slow and tend to edit as I go along, so it took at least a year. Then I edited it some more.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Good question. I don’t know.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
True stories like this happening every day to young people inspired me to write the story.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Besides Myra wanting to find her real father, she also has a sweet romance with a boy her parents disapprove of.

Now, I'm tagging 4 great authors. (One had another commitment.)Take a look at their blogs on Oct. 10 to see what they're writing or have published.

Donna M. McDine

Susanne Drazic

Wanda Snow Porter

Marva Dasef

Happy Reading.

Monday, October 1, 2012


Today, I have the honor of revealing the cover of my awesome friend and fabulous author Darby Karchut's forthcoming MG/Tween novel GRIFFIN'S STORM.  Ta da! Isn't it just right for Griffin?

Griffin’s Storm (Book Three: Water)

 For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.

 An old enemy returns. A new alliance is formed. And Griffin finds himself in the eye of the storm when an ancient racial hatred is set loose, jeopardizing the very existence of the Terrae Angeli.

 Once again, the teen guardian angel is forced to battle his worst nightmare. But this time, Griffin comes back swinging. With a vengeance.

After all, an eye for an eye...

About the Author:

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should. Her YA books include Griffin Rising (2011 Sharp Writ YA Book of the Year) and Griffin’s Fire. Her debut Middle Grade novel, Finn Finnegan (Spencer Hill Press) will be released March 2013. The next book in the Finnegan series, Gideon’s Spear (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014.

Title: Griffin’s Storm (Book Three: Water)

Series: Griffin series #3

Author: Darby Karchut

Publisher: Copper Square Studios, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-9741145-5-2

Release date: December 2012

Format: Paper, e-book