Wednesday, January 30, 2013

J. Q. Rose

Look who's visiting my blog today. The talented J. Q. Rose. Hi, J. Q. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Beverly. Thanks for hosting me today so I can tell your readers about the awesome women profiled in my new interactive e-book for girls, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

Hello Readers. I’m excited to visit with you. Please leave comments to enter a random drawing for a free copy of the e-book.

Tag line: Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.

This book about careers includes interviews with fifteen remarkable women who have achieved recognition for their accomplishment in their occupations. This is a diverse group of careers involving women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, crossed the country in the cab of an 18 wheeler, and lots more.

It was my privilege to interview these contemporary women. My heartfelt thanks go to them for trusting me to tell their inspiring stories and for allowing me to share them with young girls. I have had so many wonderful comments from the girls’ focus groups on how the stories have resonated with them.

Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote and photo of the woman profiled. A list of the highlights of her career and resources for learning more about the woman and her chosen field are at the end of the chapter. The resources include magazines, books, and active links to websites, a special feature when publishing an e-book.

There is a Study Guide now available to accompany this non-fiction book. The guide is organized into themes that are found in the stories. Users can jump around and use the themes/chapters in whatever order you wish. I have included questions for discussion and activities to expand on the themes of Passion, Persistence, Trailblazers, Feeling Different,

Being the Best You Can Be, and Overcoming Obstacles.

Because Beverly is a children’s author, I thought I would share an excerpt from the chapter about children’s author and illustrator, Jane Stroschin. Jane illustrates her beautiful picture books with her own magical artwork.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 Practice, Practice, Practice

One summer afternoon Jane and her young children, Laura and Brian, sat on a grassy hill watching the puffy clouds move and change as they crossed the blue sky. The kids told their mom what the clouds looked like…a dinosaur, a kitty, and more. These cloud pictures gave Jane an idea for her first picture book, The Cloudy Day.

Another idea for a book, Emma Lou and the Reindeer Flu, popped into her head when Jane was on the road traveling to a school where she would be teaching kids to write stories and draw pictures. It began to snow.

“The snow was beautiful. It made me want to write a Christmas story,” she said.

As Jane continued on her journey, the story of Emma Lou took shape in her mind. She pictured Santa stopping at Emma Lou’s farm on Christmas Eve because all the reindeer were sick with the flu. She had to get the words on paper, so she stopped at a restaurant, sat down at the table, and began writing the story on the back of the placemat.

“Would you like a menu?” asked the waitress as she placed a glass of water on the table. She couldn’t put it on the placemat after all.

Jane looked up from her writing. “Um, oh no. I’ll just have the special—whatever it is,” she said and returned to her writing.

The words for the story were streaming onto the placemat. Jane didn’t even notice the waitress had brought her food. Finally the waitress stopped by the table and asked if something was wrong with the meal. Jane kept writing and took a bite of the food. “It’s fine,” she said.

When she finished the story, Jane went to the pay phone in the restaurant to call her twin sister. (This was before cell phones were available.) She read the story over the phone to her surprised sister. There was silence on the other end.

“Well, what do you think?” she asked. Still silence. She began to worry. Jane thought her sister must not like the story and was trying to figure out how to tell her it was a rotten idea.

At last Jane heard her sister sniffle and then reply. “I’m crying. I love it.”

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About J.Q. Rose

After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by Muse It Up Publishing in 2011. With Girls Succeed she returns to her first love, writing about real people. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

Girls Succeed blog

J.Q. Rose blog

J. Q. Rose Amazon Author Page

Your book sounds so interesting, J. Q. and one that many readers should enjoy.

Guests, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.

Happy Reading.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Trailer for Life On Hold

Happy Monday, everyone. I'm still editing my chapter book, Kate, Little Angel Sometimes (the title will change), so am just posting the link to my trailer for Life on Hold. Kim McDougall, did a lovely job, as she always does. If you get a chance, here's the link: Blazing Trailers.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading.

Monday, January 21, 2013


She just keeps doing it. Author Darby Karchut gives us one delightful novel after another. I'm honored to share her latest with you. Watch for its release in March.


By Darby Karchut


Fáilte. Welcome to a world of knights and magic, goblins and apprentices. A world where crows signal danger and warriors search for a lost Spear needed to save the Tuatha De Danaan (mythical Irish warriors) from the mythical Amandán creatures. Did you know all this adventure is going on in our very own world? Yes, it is. Beware of the people next door. They may not be exactly who you think they are.   


In Award Winning Author Darby Karchut’s latest novel for teens, FINN FINNEGAN, thirteen-year-old half human, half De Danaan, Finnegan MacCullen (call him Finn please) is beginning his apprenticeship with Knight Gideon Lir, of the Tuatha De Danaan, who have fought with the Amandáns for thousands of years. Told in alternating points of view between Finn and Gideon, along with journal entries, the author gives us a great glimpse into the minds of both mentor and apprentice as they face the Amandán that are growing in strength and boldness.


After following Griffin and his adventures in Darby Karchut’s Griffin Series (still one book to go), I knew I had to meet the characters in her new series, FINN FINNEGAN. Finn is everything I expected him to be. “Cheeky” (Gideon’s words) and hot-tempered, also sympathetic and loveable. In other words, a teen boy, um, with magical powers.  Beautiful imagery places the reader in each scene. For instance, “…the sun spilled over the rim of the earth.” Wow! Puts you right there, doesn’t it? Through Finn’s eyes, I witnessed the new day. I chanted the Song along with Finn while he held his late father’s moonstone meant to reveal the Amandáns’ true form.


Based on Celtic mythology, FINN FINNEGAN is the story of a boy in search of courage and the truth about himself. You’ll laugh with Finn. You’ll cry with Finn. You’ll feel his frustration when he makes mistakes. You’ll see Gideon’s love for his apprentice. FINN FINNEGAN is also a story about good and evil, family and friends, and how far one will go to protect those they love. The author includes a glossary of words and phrases. (See my greeting in the first paragraph.) Author Notes gives additional information about the sources behind the characters, songs, and places. There’s even a sneak peek of Book Two GIDEON’S SPEAR. Darby Karchut’s tween novel would make a great addition to school history classes and libraries, as well as your personal library. Highly recommended for lovers of fantasy and for readers who enjoy a good book with delightful characters so human they might be your neighbors. Except for their special abilities, that is. But you never know. The author has another winner with Finn.


Available at Amazon.
Darby Karchut is also giving away two signed copies at Goodreads.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Isn't this a nice way to start the week? Maggie Lyons has awarded me the Sunshine Award. Learn more about Maggie, author of VIN AND THE DORKY DUET and DEWI AND THE SEEDS OF DOOM, books for MG readers, at her blog. Thank you, Maggie, for this honor.

Now I'm supposed to tell you something about myself. If I've said this before, blame it on my failing memory.

Favorite Color: Sky blue

Favorite Animal –That's a tough one. It's a tie between deer, horses, butterflies, and birds.

Favorite Number – I don't have one.

Favorite Drink – Iced tea.

Facebook or Twitter – Facebook. Twitter confuses me.

Your Passions – Genealogy, scrapbooking, piano, reading, and writing.

Giving or getting presents – Giving.

Favorite Day – Sunday, I guess, though I like them all. Each has its own special significance.

Favorite Flowers – Chrysanthemums (and I know that's mispelled), roses, Texas sage.

I am now extending this honor of the Sunshine Award to 3 more Bloggers. Breaking from the normal, there are too many great blogs to choose from, I'm letting whoever wants to to grab the Sunshine Award and answer the questions. Please let us know when you do by leaving a comment or a "Hi ya."

Have an awesome week.

Happy Reading. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


In 2013, I'm taking the Rebel Writer's Pledge/Creed with S A Larsen. I love her idea and think it will work for me this year, as well as for others. If you'd like to join in the fun, take a look at S A's Writer's Alley Blog.

I think Believing in me is the hardest one. Self doubts keep creeping into my thoughts. And it's difficult not to compare myself with other writers. Gonna work on that this year. Thanks, Sheri, for letting me be a part of your creed, along with other great writers.
Happy Reading and Writing. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Good Reads Group YA Reads for Teachers (And Any Other Adults)

I belong to a great group on Good Reads. Many of you may already be a member too. In case you haven't heard of it, here's a bit of information. It's called YA Reads for Teachers (And Any Other Adults.) Like my heading says. Here is some of what you'll find there.

Giveaways: I've won two books so far. And the authors have spent a month visiting with the group to talk about and answer questions about their books.

Guest Authors: Here are some who've shared their time and books with us.
April 2012 - OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
May 2012 - Pinch Hit by Tim Green (shout out to Illyssa Green..behind every great man...right?)
June 2012 - Mercy Lily by Li sa Alberts
July 2012 - Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
August 2012 - Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
September 2012 - Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
October/November 2012 - A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions (Nerds Girls, #2) by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
November 2012 - Dark Water by Laura McNeal
December 2012 - All Good Children by Catherine Austen

See what we'll be discussing in January.
 Classic YA: Ender's Game by Orson Scot t Card

YA Nonfiction: Hiroshima by John Hersey

Professional Development: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Hot Off the Press (New Release): The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm reading The Raven Boys since I already had it in my TBR stack.

So, if you're interested, here's the link to learn more about the group.

Here's also the page to introduce yourself.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Reading.

Friday, January 4, 2013


A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT, my tween paranormal eBook, is released. In case you missed the lovely cover before, here it is again.


Back Cover:
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.

Release: January 4, 2013

Words: 57544
Pages 240
ISBN 978-1-77127-219-3

Available at MuseItUpPublishing.

Also soon at other book stores.

Available in PDF, Kindle, E Pub for Sony and Nook, and HTML

Have a nice weekend.
Happy Reading