Showing posts from May, 2015

Three Times A Charm with Kat M Hawthorne

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to people involved in children’s publishing. Today we have Kat Hawthorne with us. She’s going to share a little about her newly released middle grade book, The Boatman. But first, Kat, can tell us a little about yourself?
Gah, the very first question is a difficult one!
I like to remain mysterious. I tend to lurk (somewhat menacingly) in the lesser-travelled corners of the literary world, or at least that’s the image I portray. In reality, I am a friendly little supernerd who only eats human flesh once per week…if that.
In addition to a smattering of published poetry, I have had several pieces of short fiction published in various literary magazines. These include Underneath the Juniper Tree, Shadows Express Magazine, and at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. As you may have guessed, most of my work is of the darker variety, though the genre shifts between young adult, middle grade, and picture books.
I love a good spooky…

On Twitter? I've Got A Giveaway For You

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

I've put together a quick giveaway for the weekend. If you are on Twitter, I hope you'll participate.

All you have to do is click on the following link. It will take you to a pinned post on my twitter profile. Retweet the post and your retweet will enter you to win an ecopy (pdf or Kindle) of Finding Thor.

Super simple, huh? You have until 11:59 pm on the 25th to retweet the message, so hop over now so you don't forget.

Thanks for your support.

About the book:

Cara Cassidy always envisioned love as Thor, slamming his hammer into the earth, and the vibration resonating within her for a lifetime. She never expected love would be a thousand tiny actions from a normal boy. When international intrigue hits small-town America, more than the car chases will get your blood pumping.
Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.
Nik stirs up feelings in degr…

Spotlight and #Giveaway: Amnesty by Jo Noelle

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Amnesty by Jo Noelle Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days. Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven. No sweat. But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school. Oh, I’m so going to hell. Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal. Assignment with benefits. This young adult novel is a coming of age story with a clean romance, packed with action and suspense.


     Moments blink like snapshots flashing on a screen. Bright lights strain against the passenger windows tha…

May #InkRipples – Change (#giveaway)

Back when we (Mary Waibel, Katie Carroll and I) started hatching this plan for a monthly, themed meme, Mary suggested the theme of change for the month of May. I think the woman is prophetic.
Writing is a tough business, but one of the toughest aspects of it for me is the isolation. I have a lot of really great online friends and want them to know how much they mean to me, however, hovering over this keyboard day in and day out and only hearing my own voice while the kids are at school and the husband is at work – well, yeah. Can you say stir crazy? So after four years of pounding this keyboard full time, I decided to get a part-time job. In retail. I haven’t worked retail since I was a young lass, but I was drawn to it now because of the opportunity to interact with people.
I craved the chance to say things like, “Hi, how’s your day going?” and receive a smile and response. Heck, even grimaces and complaints would be welcome. I longed for the funny little stories people share when …

#IWSG - The Sexy Life of an Author

This month, Lightning Quick Reads is hosting a giveaway. Each comment you leave on any LQR post in May enters you to win a gift cert. Start with my may story on sexism, You Cannot Be Serious

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.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts this month are Eva Solar,Melanie Schulz,Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!
My post: The sexy…

Celebrate Children's Book Week with a #Giveaway

Mother Daughter Book Reviews, in collaboration with the fabulous sponsors listed below, is pleased to coordinate a giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7" Tablet (+ $50 gift card/cash). This giveaway will take place from May 1 to 31, 2015, overlapping with Children's Book Week (May 4 to 10, 2015).
About the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7" Tablet
 The KindleFire HD Kids Edition Tablet also comes with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (which means kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost!). It includes a quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Audio PLUS comes with a Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee - if they break it, return it and Amazon replaces it for free. No questions asked! PLUS, we will also gift the winner a $50 Amazon gift card to help fill up their new Kindle with books!  
Fabulous Sponsors (Bloggers) Tha…