Friday, December 15, 2017

I'll Be Back, I Hope!

Long story. Boring. Briefly, both my computers decided to take a holiday at the same time. I called a few places for repairs, but then decided why spend money when most of the people I talked with did not sound very encouraging. So, I went and bought a cheap computer. Figure it will last as long as the others. Now, I'm a slow learner. Haven't figured this one out yet, but working on it. Back sometimes this year. :) Trying to get my mail set up. Sigh.

Monday, December 11, 2017

PIRATE ISLAND REVIEW

Ahoy there, mateys. Are you in the mood for an adventure? You are? Great! Here's one you might enjoy. And be sure to add it to your Christmas list for the tween readers you know.


The cover sure makes me wonder what the boy is looking at. And the ship in the distance is perfect.
Lovely, colorful, and intriguing, especially the treasure chest.

Here are my thoughts!


PIRATE ISLAND

By Katie L. Carroll



A legend, buried treasure, and danger. The perfect adventure for two daring 13-year-old boys. Right? And so, the middle grade/tween novel PIRATE ISLAND, by Katie L. Carroll, begins with William Bonny, 13, who is possessed (meaning the pirate takes control of his body at times) by the pirate Captain William Kidd, thinking about how he came to be on the beach, looking at Pirate Island, and dreaming of finding Captain William Kidd’s buried treasure. Then he goes on to tell his story.


Katie L. Carroll got it just right. William Bonny and his sometimes friend, Andy, talk like and act like kids you probably know. They have their disagreements. Who doesn’t? William also has trouble understanding his teenage sister, Kristina, and her boyfriend. Give him a few more years and he will.


When William, Kristina, her boyfriend, and Andy finally set out to see if the treasure really exists, William discovers more than just the truth about the treasure. He also discovers the truth about himself.


PIRATE ISLAND is a sweet, fun, story about dreams and truth and what really counts in life. Recommended for middle school libraries and classrooms, and public libraries. Would make great gifts for the tween readers you know.

Available at AMAZON and other places where books are sold.

Congratulations, Katie L. Carroll. 


Happy Reading!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

It's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP time again, the last one in 2017.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!
 
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

The question for December 6 is "As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?"


Good question. If I could backtrack, I think I'd stay with the story I was writing instead of putting it away when I couldn't get it right and going to another story. But I had this new idea in my head and instead of working my problems out, I switched.

I worked on the new idea for awhile, then had a brainstorm about the other story so I went back to it. Are you confused yet? I am.

The result of my bouncing back and forth is that 2017 is almost over and I do not have a finished manuscript. Working to remedy that by the  end of December. I'm almost there so maybe there's hope. And for the other story, I'll work on it when this one is finished.

I'm not mentioning the two MG stories that my fingers are itching to write. They have to wait their turn.
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Patches says "Just let me sleep."

Pleasant dreams, sweet girl.

Happy Reading!

Monday, December 4, 2017

#INKRIPPLES - GOALS

It's that time again: a new month,  new #InkRipples, the last one for 2017. #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. The idea of #IkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the Inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. I joined them, and it's really fun. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to link back to Kai, Mary, and Katie. Or you can share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples.


And now, the topic for December is GOALS. I think they must have read my mind when they chose this topic. For the past few weeks I've been floundering between which stories I want to work on. I want to write them all at the same time, but that's impossible. So, I'm going to follow today's #InkRipples and set my goals for 2018. And I'm going to stick with them. Yes, I am. Goals are no good if you ignore them, right? So, here goes.

First goal: I will finish this revision of my YA contemporary novel, WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, title subject to change, by the end of December.  Read again in Jan. or Feb., and maybe submit in March or April, depending on changes, corrections, that are needed.

Second goal: Finish rough draft of another YA contemporary/fantasy novel. (Is an angel considered fantasy?) I'm doing a lot of research on this one because it involves bullying and a boy with dyslexia. Hope to finish by summer and submit.

Third goal: Typing and revising a couple of YA stories that I have my rights back to. Not sure what I'll do with them or when.

Fourth goal: Tagline, Logline, Blurb, Characters of a MG story idea. I'll be researching tadpoles. Does that sound interesting? Goal is springtime.

Fifth goal: Look at a couple of stories I started a long time ago, one a YA historical, the other a MG ghost story, and just put them aside. I may resurrect them, or not.

As you can see, I've wasted a lot of this year being undecided. My goals for 2018 are to finish at least two of these, and maybe three.

But first, I think I'll follow Patches' example. Naps are soooo good.


Have you set goals for the new year?  That's just the first step. The hardest part, at least for me, is keeping those goals. I'm going to write the results in a notebook and see how I do.

Happy Reading. 




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

PIPER MORGAN PLANS A PARTY

I'm so excited today. One of my favorite characters is back. If you haven't met her yet, what are you waiting for? So, please welcome PIPER MORGAN PLANS A PARTY to my blog.


Now you have to admit this cover intrigues you, right?

From Good Reads!


Piper tries to plan the perfect party in the fifth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper is excited to help her mom plan a big party for another girl her age. After all, who doesn’t love a good party? But when Piper and her mom arrive, they are in for an unpleasant surprise: A spoiled little girl, a huge mansion, and a list of impossible demands from the birthday girl that includes a real-life princess and grape jelly beans. How will they ever pull off the show-stopping party that Emmy is demanding? It seems like no matter what they suggest, Emmy is never happy. Can Piper help her mom pull off the best party ever? Or will the party turn into a big fat mess?


My Review


PIPER MORGAN PLANS A PARTY – Book 5 in the Piper Morgan series


By Stephanie Faris



Birthday parties are fun. Cake, ice cream, games, and a good time are had by all. Well, sometimes plans don’t turn out exactly the way you expect. In PIPER MORGAN PLANS A PARTY, book five in the Piper Morgan series by Stephanie Faris, Piper and her mom run into a problem or two when they try to plan a birthday party for Emmy.


Things start off rocky between Piper and Emmy. Emmy knows exactly what kind of party she wants: a backyard party, everything pink, and real princesses. And she’s used to getting her way. Emmy’s friend Kylie is having a party too, a roller-skating party. What follows is not only a couple of birthday parties with complications, but also a lesson on friendship and learning to get along with others even when you have different opinions. Piper handles the situation well. I love her logical thinking and her sweet disposition. And she is surely tested by Emmy.


At the end of each chapter, Stephanie Faris provides interesting facts called “Confetti Facts” about different places to have parties, real live princesses, and other subjects dealing with parties.



PIPER MORGAN PLANS A PARTY is a great addition to the series and is a must have for school classrooms and libraries, as well as public libraries and your own library.

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Books make great Christmas gifts for young readers.

Available at AMAZON and other places where books are sold.

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 27, 2017

TIGER'S TALES

Hi, my name is Tiger and I'm in charge today. My mom had a busy weekend and turned the blog over to me. So I have a tail, um, a tale for you.

Some of you readers have already met me.
If you haven't, I'm pleased to have new friends.


One of my favorite things to do is ride on the lawnmower, as long s it's sitting still. It sort of spooks me when the motor is running. It makes so much noise. When my brother, Mom's human son, cuts the engine, I hop aboard. Then Mom takes my picture. She does that a lot. I don't know why.



I also like to sit on top of the van and look at the world. Birds fly by. The wind blows leaves across the grass. A butterfly lights on a flower to eat its dinner. A cottontail rabbit runs across the field. 



But the most fun of all is climbing the giant mesquite and elm trees. From the high branches I can see the whole world.


Then the sun sets, and Mom makes me come inside the house. No fun. I want to chase the night creatures. But she tells me it's bedtime. I sometimes run from her, but she knows how to get my attention. She rattles the sack with treats inside. Oh, yummy. How can a guy resist?


And there is my tale for today.
What about you?
Do you like to mow the grass?
Do you like to climb trees?
Do you like to chase the night creatures?
What is your favorite thing to do?

Oh! And Mom said I need to mention the SCBWI BookStop. It ends November 30, so if you haven't had a chance to stop by and say "Hi" to Princess Breeze, please do. She'd love for you to visit. Here's the link. (The link has been corrected. Sorry about that.)


When you start your Christmas shopping, books make great gifts for children and teens.
Thank you.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

AGAIN, FOR LOVE - BOOK BIRTHDAY

Welcome Wednesday. Do I have a treat for you today. Please welcome LA Dragoni and her latest novel, AGAIN, FOR LOVE. I just love Book Birthdays, don't you?


About the book: 

A life must be lost. Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? 

Lawson lives a simple life: a job at a brewery, and his basketball and hockey leagues. Even his eccentric lifelong friend and roommate—who is intent on discovering time travel—doesn’t complicate things. Then Jory appears. Lawson feels an immediate attraction to her, yet their attempts at dating end with him thinking it just isn’t meant to be. But Jory refuses to give up. 

When one date ends tragically, Lawson turns to his best friend and the experimental time travel program he’s invented. But, no matter what he does, each time the reset ends with a loss. 

It’s clear…a life must be lost, and Lawson is prepared to give his for Jory. But he isn’t the only one playing with time. 

Will he spare Jory by forfeiting his own life? Or will someone else make the ultimate sacrifice?



Buy now:

About the author:

***Straight to the heart***

LA Dragoni isn’t too particular about who falls in love or where they fall in love. She simply considers it her job to capture the story about their love. Whether it’s paranormal, mythical, or time travel, LA will be there to divine their story for you. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband and children, but haunts ghost towns and cemeteries up and down the west, in search of the next adventure to sift through her storytelling brain. Learn more about LA and her work at ladragoni.com





I was excited to get to read an advanced copy of this novel. Here is my review.


AGAIN, FOR LOVE

By L A Dragoni



Do you enjoy a good romance? Do you like a mystery? How about time travel, and characters that are so real you can imagine their story really happening? If this sounds like your kind of story then waste no time. Get a copy of Author L A Dragoni’s latest novel, AGAIN, FOR LOVE. I think you’ll be happy you did.


Speaking of love, I love this story. L A Dragoni’s novels keep getting better and better. The characters are just right. Lawson is not perfect. He makes mistakes, but he also is caring, especially when it comes to Jory, the woman he falls in love with. Theirs is not your normal romance story. A lot of weird things happen to them. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but I did read with my fingers crossed that everything would work out good for them. In my humble opinion they were perfect for each other.


I also enjoyed meeting Terk, Lawson’s roommate. Now there’s a character you won’t soon forget. Not telling how, but he is a bit different. Fascinatingly so. I’m also not telling what happens to the cat. You’ll have to find out when you read the story.


L A Dragoni’s novel sure made me wonder what time travel might really be like, if it were possible. I’m not sure I want to try it. A fascinating read. Recommended.

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Here is a link to the book trailer: https://youtu.be/Y-Y5MiQtFpg

Now, get a copy of the book and enjoy meeting an interesting cast of characters. Who knows? You may even find yourself in a different time. 

Happy Book Birthday, L A Dragoni and AGAIN, FOR LOVE!