April 29, 2013

World of Ink Presents Sarah E. Sauer, Author of What Do You See When You Look at Me


Today the World of Ink tour brings us our guest. Author, Sarah Sauer, is here to talk about her book, What Do You See When You Look at Me?

About the book:

In What Do You See When You Look at Me? the author engages her young readers with bright and colorful photos and invites them to see more than just an animal but to look at the beauty of each creature in detail.


Kai: Welcome to Strands of Thought, Sarah. What age range is your book for?

Sarah: 2/3 years to beginning readers 7/8 yrs.

Kai: Can you share a memory of yours or a story of you from when you were within the age range of your target readers?

Sarah: I remember frequent trips to the zoo with my parents. I loved animals. I loved any living creature. In fact, when I was about 3, I used to love to go outside and dig in the dirt to find ants and roly polys. I used to name the insects and called them my friends. I got my first ant farm when I was three because my mom found my ant friends living in my dresser drawer and told me that this was not a proper home for them!

Kai: Oh my gosh, what a great story! Your poor mother, ha ha! How has life changed for children today than when you were that age?

Sarah: Technology has really changed and children today live in a world of computers, iPads, iPhones and ebooks.

Kai: How is life still the same?

Sarah: Children are still fascinated by animals and insects.

Kai: What was your favorite toy or activity when you were that age?

Sarah: My plastic toy animal collection that I would play with and take with me everywhere we went. I loved to play and make up stories with them.

Kai: What inspired this book and how did you decide on this age range for your book?

Sarah: Well, it was an assignment I received when I was in one of my early childhood classes. I had to create a project that showed my goals for my chosen profession. I remembered how my high school digital photography teacher, Ms. Iles told me I had a talent for telling stories with my photos. So I used my photos and put together a simple picture book for preschoolers. I found that I really liked teaching the preschool age group through my volunteer work at the zoo and preschool.

Kai: Finally, I have four kids. Over the years, they’ve attended a lot of birthday parties. I love building a theme gift around a book. If you were to give a gift basket to a child based on your book, what else would be in the basket besides What Do You See When You Look at Me?

Sarah: I would include a set of animal toy figurines for them to play with along with an outdoor explorer kit that includes children’s binoculars, magnifying glass, an inexpensive camera or disposable camera, animal puppets, puzzles, coloring books, animal songs cd and passes to the local zoo if their parents did not have a membership to the zoo.

Kai: Sounds like a great gift! Readers, you no longer have to think up one yourself! Thanks for visiting with us and sharing information about What Do You See When You Look at Me.

Readers can purchase their copies from Halo Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also catch more of Sarah’s book tour from her World of Ink tour page: http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/worldofinknetwork/sarah-e.-sauer-april-13.html

Readers, we want to hear from you! What is your favorite animal and why?

 Sarah E. Sauer is a childhood brain cancer survivor. She is also an animal lover. Sarah’s love of animals was something she drew on for strength throughout her illness. In her first children’s book, Sarah shares her love and respect for wildlife animals through her photos she took for her high school digital photography class. Sarah is currently studying early childhood education and hopes to share her love and knowledge of animals to promote and develop an appreciation of wildlife in young children. She currently lives in Corydon, IN with her family and her horses, llamas, donkey, cats and dogs.

Publisher website http://halopublishing.com/

April 26, 2013

Building Character with Katora from Elixir Bound


Welcome to my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet a character from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun. 

This week Strands of Thought is host to Katora from Elixir Bound. Welcome to Strands of Thought, Katora. Tell us a little about yourself and what your life is like.

My name is Katora Kase, third in line of the five Kase siblings, but first in line to take over the family farm. We grow tiny fruit called essenberries, ferment them, and turn them it into essence, a popular but rare beverage in the Greater Peninsula. Each vintage of essences captures the mood of the growing season in a bottle. I love a good adventure, and am about to embark on the biggest one of my life.

Ooo, an adventure! Why and where are you going?

I thought essence was all we produced on the farm, but it turns out that Pop, my father, is the guardian of a secret healing Elixir. He called it the greatest healing Elixir ever available to humans, and then he told me I was next in line to become guardian. Now I must travel into the wilds of Faway Forest to fetch the nectar that gives the Elixir its potency…and decide whether or not I’ll become guardian and bind myself to its magic.

Oh jeez, no pressure! What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered?

Well, let’s see…there’s Roodesh, the crazy leader of the miniature tilli demick species; Yeselda, the power hungry witch of Faway Forest, who has three terrifying horse-riding spirits as henchmen; Bhar and Kylene, my brother and sister who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. And well, the long-lashed, smooth-lipped Hirsten…but I promise I won’t be feeling his lips on mine again anytime soon. I have a quest to complete; this is not the time to be falling in love.

I’ve found love is like a Muse, always showing up at the most difficult time. Katora, we’d love to get to know you better. Tell us, what is your strongest personality trait?

My ma always tells me I’m stubborn when it comes to everything, but I think I’m only stubborn about the stuff that really matters.

What are your three favorite leisure activities?

I know this sounds kind of corny, but I love hanging out and just being silly with my siblings. We have all kinds of crazy stories about when we were kids and tons of fun games we play. During the warm months, I love swimming in the cool waters of the West Rauor River. Even though working on the farm is technically work, I do love the feel of sun-warmed soil between my fingers and the smell of wet earth in the morning.

If you could change one thing in this world, what would you change?

My world is full of strange creatures and powerful higher beings who don’t always act in the best interest of humans. I would make it so none of these entities could ever hurt my family. I wouldn’t want my family to live in a bubble or anything like that. What fun would that be? More like I’d want us all to be able to enjoy everything the world has to offer without the threat of being badly hurt or killed.

Finally, any words of wisdom to share with our readers?

It’s taken me a long time to follow Pop’s advice. He told me to follow my heart, and when I finally did that, the answers to life’s hardest questions suddenly seemed simple.

Thank you, Katora, for visiting with us. We wish you tons of luck on your adventure. Readers, here is more information on Katora and her story Elixir Bound:

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone. For it is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings who will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.




And information on Katora’s author:

Katie L. Carroll began writing after her 16-year-old sister unexpectedly passed away. Writing was a way for Katie to help her sister live on in the pages of a story. It also made her realize that she wanted to pursue writing as a career. In addition to penning novels for teens and kids, she edits novels, plays soccer, and collects signed copies of books. Her books include the YA fantasy Elixir Bound (MuseItUp Publishing) and the picture app The Bedtime Knight (MeeGenius!).

Author website and blog: http://www.katielcarroll.com/
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If you have a character from a children’s, tween or young adult book that you’d like to see interviewed on Building Character, please contact kaistrand at yahoo dot com.

April 24, 2013

Three Times A Charm with Hazel Mitchell


Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love meeting new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry and sharing their careers with my readers.

Today’s guest is illustrator and author, Hazel Mitchell. (Isn't she adorable?) Welcome Hazel. Tell us about you, please.

Originally I am from Yorkshire, England, but now I live in Maine, USA creating books for children. It's my dream job! I went to art school in England, then got sidetracked, joined the Royal Navy, later ran a graphic design business and then moved to America and began illustrating. When I'm not drawing I love to sail, read, garden and look after my animals. I have 2 horses, 2 dogs, a cat and several snow shovels. I still miss England, especially fish and chips and mushy peas, but I'm learning to love lobster. See more of my work at www.hazelmitchell.com
  

Mushy peas? Really? Ha ha. Can you tell us about your latest book?


'1,2,3 by the Sea' is my newest book. It's a counting book by Dianne Moritz and published by Kane Miller. I had a lot of fun drawing seaside scenes! I also have a book out in fall this year called 'One Word Pearl' by Nicole Groeneweg and published by Charlesbridge. It's about a little girl who cuts out and collects words - until one day they go crazy and chaos follows. 

Both publishers you’ve mentioned produce such lovely books! You must feel very blessed to be working with them.

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

·  Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

'Making Comics' - Scott McCloud - if you are working on a graphic novel, which I am, it's a great resource.  

'Second Sight' by Cheryl Klein- great stuff on writing and process.  

'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books' by Harold Underdown - first book I ever read on kidlit and still relevant. 

·  Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without. 

Photoshop - I started using it when it was still in the software cradle (1987ish?) and have used it for a variety of work ever since. Now it's mainly for colouring, layout and manipulating my hand done artwork. It's an important part of my process.  

Mechanical pencil - there is nothing like a GOOD pencil. I always used Derwent pencils, but a few years ago I began using a mechanical and now I love not having to sharpen. But I do use very soft pencils in my illustration work to get a good black line. 

Scanner - a good scanner is imperative when working digitally from hand produced work. I'd love a large format, but right now I have an Epson V600 Perfection. I stitch large pieces back together in photoshop. I also use it for scanning textures and objects for collage. 

(K. C. Snider, the illustrator who did my Weaver Tales covers says the same thing about her scanner. SO important.)

·  Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business. 

Craft -Learn your craft, learn everything you can. Never stop learning, never stop drawing, never stop writing.  

Network - get out there and meet people, in real life, online, at conferences and workshops. If you are shy, take a public speaking class - but this is a people business! 

Patience - you soon learn that waiting is a skill you will need. 


Where can our tech-savvy readers go to keep up with you and your work?
Email: hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com 
Twitter: @thewackybrit 

Thank you for charming us on this week’s Three Times A Charm, Hazel. Best of luck to you, your art and your writing. Readers, be sure to browse her sites and see her wonderful work! If you have any questions, leave them in comments. I'm sure Hazel will be happy to answer them. 

THANKS!

GUESTS WELCOME!  I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.

April 19, 2013

Building Character with Ava from Ava's Tea Party


It’s Friday! Time for my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet a character from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun. 

This week Strands of Thought is excited to host Ava from Ava’s Tea Party. It’s lovely to have you with us, Ava. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ava, I’m five years old, and my favorite thing in the whole wide world is having tea parties.

That sounds nice and serene. I can’t imagine any problems involving that. Is there anything that happens that is hard to handle?

Sometimes after I go to bed, visitors come to my house and leave nice things for me. But since I’m sound asleep, I don’t get to visit with them. I want to find out what their favorite foods are and invite them to tea.

What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered trying to resolve this challenge?

In the morning, the visitors are gone! How will I ever invite them to a party if I keep falling asleep before they arrive?

What have you learned about yourself or friend or family while trying to resolve your conflict?

I thought and thought about how to solve my problem and finally came up with the perfect plan.

Good for you, Ava! Now, tell us about your best friend/side kick.

Now I have four new best friends. This past year we have done all kinds of fun things. I’ve even traveled to the North Pole!

Finally, what are your three favorite foods?

My favorite foods are fancy sandwiches, little cakes, and my special tea party punch. The author who wrote my story helped me make up recipes for delicious food to serve to my guests.

Thanks, Ava, for visiting this week’s Three Times A Charm You make a very charming guest! Must be all that conversation you make during your tea parties that has made you wonderfully easy to get along with.


Readers, you can learn more about Ava and her story here:

What child hasn't dreamed of meeting the elusive Tooth Fairy, Santa, Sandman, or the Easter Bunny? Ava wants to invite them all to tea, but how can she? In the style of a classic fairy style, Donna Shepherd wrote "Ava's Secret Tea Party," an imaginative tale sure to enthrall children for years to come. Boys and girls alike will delight in finding the hidden teacups and cookies in the fanciful illustrations and planning their own parties using the kid-friendly recipes and crafts. Suggested age range for readers: 2-5.



And about Ava’s author here:

Donna J. Shepherd, inspirational author and speaker, writes picture books that feature short, playful rhymes and hidden items in the colorful illustrations. Her children's books include Poodle and Doodle, No More Gunk & OUCH! Sunburn, Bradybug, Where is Salami? and the popular Topsy Tales Trilogy. Visit Donna's blog, Topsy Turvy Land at http://www.topsyturvyland.com for coloring pages, hidden picture puzzles, and more of her poetry.

Facebook page with helpful information, writing tips, links to freebies, and updates about Donna’s books for children and grownups: http://www.facebook.com/donnajshepherd

Ava’s blog with tea party recipes, coloring pages by Bella Sinclair, and more!
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If you have a character from a children’s, tween or young adult book that you’d like to see interviewed on Building Character, please contact kaistrand at yahoo dot com.!

April 18, 2013

Captive Spirits Book Blast!

 
Captive Spirits Aztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood soaked land. Zmeria, an ancient text recovered, brings a Prophecy to life. The leaders of each Region come together with a plan to reunite Aztar's divided people and make way for their savior. They arm themselves with the recently discovered revelation of peace long past. A dream is born and legends revived as Aztar’s people determine to fight the evil and Reclaim Aztar. The Evil’s grasp is strong on the CAPTIVE SPIRITS of Aztar. Leaders know this battle to free the will and spirit of the people will not be easily won. They decree a King must be chosen. One man of the entire world stands out from the rest. Si, the firstborn son of the house of Volcum, is well known for valor and victories in battle. A kingdom must be established. As the center of his kingdom, Si Volcum decreed an ancient, long deserted castle far to the north that contained the lost records of Aztar’s forgotten glory. He accepted his chosen bride, Alexis, unseen from a house as old as his own. Si ruled and the land prospered for fifteen years while evil silently waited. The King did not know when evil struck it would be personally against him or that the price would be so high. The people of Aztar chose well in their King. Si will not hesitate. The King will pay the price. From his love and chosen path, the Saga of Aztar begins with the legend of her first King, Si Volcum. “Reclaim Aztar,” will be their battle cry.  

Author M.A. Adair Mary A. Adair is an Amazon best selling author of Native American Romance. CAPTIVE SPIRITS is her first Young Adult Fantasy. It is the beginning to a Young Adult Fantasy series that can also be enjoyed by all adults. Mary's other works include Passion's Vision and Passion's Price, both are Best Selling Native American Romance. Mary did extensive research on several Native American tribes in the time period of her books. One of her many sources for learning about the rich Native American culture of that time period was a book written in the mid. 1700s by one of her husband’s ancestors, James Adair. PASSION'S VISION, a story filled with romance, excitement and danger. This story features James Fitzgerald, an agent in the court of King George II and New Moon, sister to Chief Dancing Cloud. PASSION'S PRICE is a poignant love story with a twist of humor. It is a next generation story filled with adventure and determination as well as self-realization and of course Romance. PASSION’S PRICE continues with James's and New Moon's daughter, Golden Dawn.
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April 17, 2013

Three Times A Charm with Marilyn Levinson


Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love meeting new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry and sharing their careers with my readers.

Today’s guest is author, Marilyn Levinson. Welcome Marilyn. Tell us a little about you, please.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I lived until my family moved to Long Island when I was in the ninth grade. Except for attending Syracuse University, I've lived most of my life on Long Island. Each move has taken me further east, leaving me to wonder if I'll end up residing in the Hamptons or Greenport on the North Fork.

I taught high school Spanish for many years, and began writing short stories when my two sons were small. Soon I was writing books for children. I'm proud to say my first published novel, And Don't Bring Jeremy, was a nominee for six awards; No Boys Allowed was in print for almost twenty years; and Rufus and Magic Run Amok was an International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Children's Choice. All three are now available as e-books.

Some time ago, I started writing mysteries and romantic suspense. My latest novel, Dangerous Relations, is a romantic suspense with an intriguing mystery. My mysteries: Giving Up the Ghost and the Twin Lakes Mysteries, A Murderer Among Us--awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine--and Murder in the Air, take place on Long Island.

I am co-founder and past-president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Impressive resume, Marilyn. Can you tell us about your latest projects?

I continue to write books for children and mysteries for adults. I've just finished a Rufus and the Witch's Slave. Two of my books will be published in 2013. Untreed Reads is bringing out Getting Back to Normal, a favorite of mine, about a sixth-grade girl who has a hard time of it after her mother dies. There's a ghost, a romance, and a fifty-year-old secret. L&L Dreamspell is publishing my mystery, Murder a la Christie. My sleuth leads a mystery book club and finds her life paralleling Christie novels. I blog every first and third Monday on the Make Mine Mystery group blog.
sequel to Rufus entitled

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.


·        Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without.

My computer, my printer,

·        Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business.

Writing novels is my business, and writing is a lifelong process. It's also a way of life, but that's for another discussion. The three skills to hone are 1) good writing. The more you write, the better you write. My suggestion is to work on a project i.e. a story or novel, and do your best to complete it. Then start another.  2) Join a critique group and learn the art of critiquing. This will help you see the problems in other writers' works and eventually in your own. Self-editing is an invaluable tool. 3) Become skillful communicating via the social media you're most comfortable with. Be it Facebook or Twitter, Google Plus or Pinterest, stay in touch with your fellow writers. Writing is a lonely venture, and knowing other writers in your genre is helpful. Aside from the camaraderie, you'll learn much from one another. Just don't let social media eat into your writing hours. 

·        Top 3 snacks to munch on while working.

I don't eat but I'll drink coffee, tea, or wine.

·        Top 3 leisure activities.

I love to read--mostly mysteries, these days. I do Sudoku, which I find very restful. I knit--while watching TV. TV is another activity, I suppose. I'm addicted to too many series.

·        Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

When I was young I wanted to be either a writer or a ballerina. No third profession, though I did become a teacher. I'm glad I became a writer instead of a ballerina because one can write into one's old age. Ballet is for the young.

Where can our tech-savvy readers go to keep up with you and your writing?


I blog on Make Mine Mystery the first and third Monday of each month. I do have my own blog, Tides and Tidings, but I'm afraid I don't write there very often. My twitter url is: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson
 and while I'm Facebook, I've yet to create one for my books.

Thanks, Marilyn, for charming us on this week’s Three Times A Charm. Best of luck to you, your writing.

THANKS!

GUESTS WELCOME!  I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.

April 16, 2013

Recruiting Hosts for My Blog Tour - Can You Help?


I am coordinating an online book tour for the release of my middle grade novel, Beware of the White. Would you like to help me? I’ll include the book blurb at the bottom of this post in case you need to make sure the book is appropriate for your blog.

The biggest day for posting will be on launch day, but I hope to keep my book traveling around the Internet for the month following the launch. I’ll be celebrating all month long with quick contests and an end-all giveaway, so I hope to make it fun for you and your readers!

Definition of post types:

Book Spotlight – I provide the book blurb, cover art, author bio, purchase links and a teaser (usually) unique to that post.
Author Interview – I answer questions provided by the host
Character Interview – A character from my book answers questions provided by the host
Book Inspiration Post – The inspiration behind the writing of the novel.
Guest post – I write a guest post of between 500 and 1000 words. Host can request a specific topic (except book inspiration and book’s journey to publication) or leave it up to me.
Book’s Journey to Publication – From the initial writing to today.
Top 10’s – I give my top 10 responses to a topic. The host can provide a topic related to writing, blogging, book marketing or the book itself, or they can leave it up to me.
Facebook Status Share – This is intended to help the news and my author page go viral. You commit to sharing a post about my book from my Facebook author page on the day indicated. (unlimited amt of people can sign up for this, but you must commit to doing it)
Twitter - This is intended to help the news go viral. You commit to Tweeting a link to one of the tour posts and tagging me on Twitter on the day indicated. (unlimited amt of people can sign up for this, but you must commit to doing it)
Host’s Discretion – is for those of you with unique ideas that aren’t covered on the schedule or if you’d like one of the topics covered, just not on the day it is listed.

Below is my proposed schedule. Please respond in comments or email me if there is a spot you’d like to nab. If there is a name in the Host column, the spot is already filled. I will try to keep this list updated. But because I’m too lame to have a linky account and have to do it manually there is a chance of duplicate requests. I will do what I can to accommodate if another date is not available on your blog. If this schedule doesn’t work with your blog schedule, but you’d like to be involved, feel free to make a suggestion of what would work for you. I’m super thankful to anyone who wants to help me celebrate my latest book release.

Date             Type of Post                               Host
5/17/2013
 Book Spotlight
Tamara Lowe
5/17/2013
 Book Spotlight
Medeia Sharif
5/17/2013
 Book Spotlight
Melanie Robertson-King
5/17/2013
 Book Spotlight
Kelly Hashway
5/17/2013
 Book Spotlight
Melissa Goodwin
5/17/2013
 Author Interview
Erin Albert
5/17/2013
 Character Interview
MuseItYoung
5/17/2013
 Book Inspiration Post
Mayra Calvani
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share

5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Linda Jo Martin
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Jodi Moore
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Lee McKenzie
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Jodi Moore
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Jo Marshall
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Dorothy Dreyer
5/17/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Beverly McClure
5/17/2013
 Twitter
Beverly McClure
5/17/2013
 Twitter
Linda Jo Martin
5/17/2013
 Twitter
Lee McKenzie
5/17/2013
 Twitter
Pen & Ink
5/17/2013
 Twitter
Jodi Moore
5/17/2013
 Twitter

5/17/2013
 Twitter

5/17/2013
 Twitter

5/20/2013
 Guest Post
Katie Carroll
5/20/2013
 Character Interview
Antagonize Me
5/20/2013
 Book Spotlight
Marcy Blesy
5/23/2013
 Book Spotlight
Rita Monette
5/23/2013
 Book's Journey to Publication
 Nancy Stewart
5/25/2013
 Book Spotlight
Selena Robbins
5/25/2013
 Book Spotlight
Donna McDine
5/27/2013
 Interview
Rosemary Gemmell
5/28/2013
 Guest Post
Stuart West
5/28/2013
 Author Interview
Beverly McClure
5/30/2013
 Character Interview

5/30/2013
 Top 10 Book Marketing Tips
Hazel Nutt
6/1/2013
 Book Spotlight
Mary Cunningham
6/1/2013
 Book Spotlight

6/3/2013
 Guest Post
Dorothy Dreyer
6/3/2013
 Host's discretion
Pen & Ink
6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Jo Marshall
6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Linda Jo Martin
6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Lee McKenzie
6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share
Mary Cunningham
6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share

6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share

6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share

6/3/2013
 Facebook Status Share

6/3/2013
 Twitter

6/3/2013
 Twitter
Lee McKenzie
6/3/2013
 Twitter
Mary Cunningham
6/3/2013
 Twitter
Jodi Moore
6/3/2013
 Twitter

6/3/2013
 Twitter

6/3/2013
 Twitter

6/3/2013
 Twitter

6/5/2013
 Author Interview
Penny Ehrenkranz
6/7/2013
 Host's discretion
Cheryl Malandrinos
6/7/2013
 Book Spotlight                          Linda Jo Martin
6/11/2013
 Host's discretion
Darlene Foster
6/12/2013
 Guest Post
Maggie Lyons
6/13/2013
 Top 10's

6/13/2013
 Host's discretion
Jo Linsdell
6/15/2013
 Book Spotlight
6/17/2013
 Guest Post

6/17/2013
 Host's discretion


Thank you for considering being part of my tour.

About the book:

As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Natures Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.

The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.

          With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?