Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another new week. Where do the days go? I'm delighted today to tell you about a couple of books I recently read. So sit back, relax, and meet some very interesting characters created by Author L. X. Cain.
As in Stephen King’s It and Dan Simmon’s Summer of Night, curiosity is what lures kids down a dark path and pits them against their town’s most deadly secret.
The Mission sits in the desert like a crumbling tomb, silent and cold … but not empty. It plays host to a rising evil, one that wants victims. And it’s used to getting what it wants.
Cody and Luke are looking for adventure and thrills when they ride out to visit the place on a dare. Before the night is over, they’ll learn how far their friendship can stretch, and if they’re strong enough to survive the terrifying danger that waits for them.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Good News! The Meme #InkRipples will continue into 2016. There will be some changes. The name has changed from Ripples in the Inkwell to #InkRipples. A lot of other things are changing too, and it sounds like a lot of fun. For details, go to one of the ladies that started the meme: Katie L. Carroll, Kai Strand, and Mary Waibel. I think you'll want to join.
The Topics for 2016 are:
January - Travel
February - Chocolate
March - Feminism
April - Poetry
May - Memories
June - Movies
July - Inspiration
August - Guilty Pleasures
September - Banned Books
October - Masks
November - Heritage
December - Cookies
And the last meme for 2015 is Celebration/Gifts.
These days, when I think of "gifts" I think mostly of being together with family. That doesn't happen often because we're so scattered. We talk on the phone, and when my grandson-in-law was in Korea last year, he talked to his kids on Skype, which was neat. This year? I'm not sure.
My son that lives nearby, my son that lives in SC but is coming for a visit, and the cats and I will celebrate Christmas quietly this year. We'll maybe see the granddaughters, except for the one in California. I'll play Christmas carols on the piano. And we'll celebrate the birth of Jesus.
How will you celebrate this year?
Monday, December 14, 2015
I am so excited to host Authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson on their blog tour for THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW.
~ Erik Weibel/ This Kid Reviews Books
~ Publishers Weekly
~ Kirkus Reviews
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Since 1957, the community of Chandler, Arizona, has built a tumbleweed tree with tumbleweeds they gathered from around town. Chandler is the only city in the southwestern United States that has such a tree. The crew gathers nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds each year and builds a 25 foot tall tree over a wire frame. They spray the tumbleweeds with white paint, flame retardant and sprinkle with glitter. Around 1,200 lights decorate the tree, and the town has a ceremony to switch the lights on. I think it would be neat to see this tree.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Please welcome my guest today, Multi-Award Winning Author Christine Lindsay. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me. Thanks for stopping by, Christine.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A child’s first day at kindergarten, with new kids and a teacher, is difficult enough. If they’re also facing the day separated from their twin for the first time in their life, it’s frightening. Who will they talk to? Who will they play with?
Multi-Award-Winning author Donna M. McDine’s latest picture book, DEE AND DEB OFF THEY GO, KINDERGARTEN FIRST DAY JITTERS, is an adorable story about Dee and Deb, fraternal twins who learn the answers to the above questions. Told from Dee’s point of view, the reader follows her through the first day of kindergarten as she discovers a whole new world. And it’s not quite what she had expected.
The artwork by Award-Winning Illustrator Jack Foster is bright and colorful. His drawings of the two girls, with their big eyes and freckles on their cheeks, sometimes smiles on their faces, other times puzzled looks in their eyes, show the emotions the girls feel on being away from each other for the day. Foster’s excellent drawings bring the story to life making the reader love Dee and Deb, at least this reader did.
The author and artist have done a remarkable job, resulting in a story that young readers should find interesting and fun, especially children that have a twin. I recommend DEE AND DEB OFF THEY GO, KINDERGARTEN FIRST DAY JITTERS for everyone that loves a sweet story with characters you’d like to meet in real life and a true-to-life plot. This picture book would make a nice addition to school libraries and classrooms, public libraries and, of course, your own private library.
Goodbye, Dee and Deb. Enjoy kindrgarten.
I was given a copy of this novel for my honest review.
His awesome co-hosts for this month are Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!
Now, I'm not really insecure. A lot of exciting things are happening in my writing world. My cat story will be in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL MY VERY GOOD, VERY BAD CAT, due out in February. I'm reading the Unproofed Advance Copy of my YA novel UNDER A PURPLE MOON, scheduled for a March release, for mistakes. (Yes, there are a few, but they'll be corrected.)
And I do have a bit of insecurity there.
What will readers think about the story?
Will they like the characters?
Will the story bore them?
I know those questions are out of my hands, so I try not to think about them, but they're in my mind.
How about you? What are your emotions when your new book is published?
Have a great December.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Today I'm delighted to be a part of the tour for the anthology FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened.
‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!
This Christmas, be careful what you wish for...
Pre-Order sale price of just $1.99 through November 29th.
Judith Graves loves tragic romance, werewolves, vampires, magic and all things a bit creepy. A firm believer that teen fiction can be action-packed, snarky and yet hit all the right emotional notes, Judith writes stories with attitude. She lives in northern Alberta and when she’s not writing, she works in a school library.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I wonder what Tiger will think when he sees it. I hope Patches isn't jealous. This is my third CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL story that's been published.
Monday, November 23, 2015
I am delighted to host Stephanie Burkhart on the Book Tour for her latest picture book JOSEPH'S CRADLE.
Thank you, Stephanie for writing a lovely story. Now for my thoughts.
Thank you, Stephanie for writing a lovely story. Now for my thoughts.