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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

A month of spooks, goblins and ghost stories.

I am participating in BookHounds “Spooktacular Giveaway Hop” starting today, October 15 and going through to midnight on Halloween night.

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The Adventures of Holly Holstein: Holly Greets the World

By: Jim Shroyer

About the Book:

It is Grandma Helen’s birthday and the family has come for a visit. Mika wants to see a newborn calf. When a calf is born, Farmer Tom shows Mika how to feed the calf. Once the calf is nice and warm, Mika asks to name the calf. Most farmers don’t name their cows, but Farmer Tom agrees to name the calf Holly.

 

The Kansas City Establishment: Leadership through Two Centuries in a Midwestern Metropolis

By: Richard P. Coleman

About the Book:

Through the one-hundred years of its existence, Kansas City’s Establishment has maintained its leadership standing by absorbing into its ranks those newly rising men and women judged most valuable for their potential contribution. This differs markedly from the policies of closed aristocracy attributed by social scientists and novelists to the tiptop strata in the older cities of the East and South, Boston and Philadelphia for example.  Comparatively, Kansas City’s Establishment world has been dynamic and democratic.

 

To celebrate Halloween, I am giving away a cozy mystery.

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

By: Lilian Jackson Braun

About the Book:

The world of modern art is a mystery to many. But for Jim Qwilleran, it turns into a mystery of another sort when his assignment to the art beat for The Daily Fluxion leads down the path to murder. A stabbing in an art gallery, vandalized paintings, a fatal fall from a scaffolding–this is not at all what Qwilleran expects when he turns his reportorial talents to art. But Qwilleran and his newly found partner, Koko the brilliant Siamese, are back in their element–sniffing out clues and confounding criminals intent on mayhem and murder.

 

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7 Upcoming Writers Conferences

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles
July 7-10, 2017
https://www.scbwi.org/annual-conferences/

Thriller Fest, Grand Hyatt, New York City
July 11-15, 2017
http://thrillerfest.com/

Romance Writers of AmericaWalt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
July 26-29, 2017
http://www.rwa.org/conference

Writers Digest Conference, New York City
August 18-20, 2017
http://www.writersdigestconference.com/

Killer Nashville, Franklin, TN
August 24-27, 2017
http://www.killernashville.com

Creatures, Crime & Creativity, Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Columbia, MD
September 8-10, 2017
http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

Historical Writers of AmericaSanta Ana Pueblo, NM
September 21-24, 2017
http://historicalwritersofamerica.org/

 

 

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Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Miracle Mud


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Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball

By: David  A. Kelly

Publisher: Millbrook Pr Trade

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

Book Excerpt: (From Amazon)

Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy-five years, baseball teams have used Lena’s magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena’s mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame.

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David A. Kelly is an established children’s book author, travel writer, and technology analyst.

He’s the author of the Ballpark Mysteries series from Random House, in which cousins Kate and Mike solve mysteries at different major league ballparks, and the upcoming Most Valuable Players (MVP) series from Random House as well, in which a group of elementary school kids have adventures playing different sports. He is also the author of the early reader, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball.

He has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, and many other publications.

David A. Kelly lives in Newton, MA, with his wife and two sons.

Connect with David A. Kelly

Website: //http://davidakellybooks.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidakelly

Purchase Book at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Mud-Blackburne-Changed-Baseball/dp/0761380922/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484853111&sr=8-1&keywords=Miracle+Mud+David+A.+Kelly

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“When you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” ~ Vera Nazarian

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation 

The Raymond House
655-13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775
beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

For more information visit – http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards/

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Stenetta Anthony’s The Love Story

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Title: The Love Story
By: Stenetta Anthony
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Juvenile/Children: Ages 0- 5 years
Pages: 27

 

 

 

 

 

Book Excerpt:

Jesus’ first arrival was in Bethlehem. Many came from all over the earth to see this Son who had come from Heaven. They brought him gifts that were fit for this heavenly Son.

 

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Stenetta Anthony has been an educator for more than 20 years; where she has been an educator in the public and private scholastic communities.  Instructing children has been a lifelong joy.  With her favorite grades for instruction are pre-schooler and 1st grade who allow her to release her melodramatic and amorous side of teaching.

Stenetta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies.  (B.S.) with her belife being, that all children can be exceptional and lifelong scholars irrespective of their physical, social, mental, and psychological or economic background.

After an encounter with a child who had never even heard about God, the fire was lit for her to write The Love Story. Her love for children coupled; along with her love for God saturates every page. It is her heart’s desire that children everywhere come to know the LOVE of Jesus Christ.

Stenetta’s love for teaching and writing has stimulated her to write children’s books that focus on: relationship, edification, enlightenment and reality.

Stenetta resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Shedrick, and their seven adult children with her family blossoming to include: grandchildren and additional daughters.

When Stenetta is not writing, in the classroom, volunteering or having fun with her family, she is engrossed in some of her favorite activities; watching cartoons and old movies.

 

Author Media Contact links:

Email: stenetta.anthony@gmail.com

Website: www.stenettaanthony.weebly.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StenettaA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/public/Stenetta-Anthony

 

Purchase Information:

Paperback: $9.99 which comes with free Audio Download

Ebook: $7.99 must order through Tate Publishing.com

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/search.php?search=9781629025087

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-love-story-stenetta-anthony/1119309395?ean=9781629025087

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Story-Stenetta-Anthony/dp/1629025089

http://www.barbarasbookstore.com/stores/burrridge

To purchase at your Local bookstore purchase use- ISBN # 9781629025087

 

Today is the beginning of your new day- Stenetta

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A Year in the Life of Plum

9780553447941 Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?  Emma Chichester Clark must have because she started writing a blog in the voice of her dog, Plum.  This blog became the book, Plumdog.  It gives us a glimpse into a year of Plum’s life.

Plum lives in London with her human caretakers Emma and Rupert.  She is a mix of Poodle and Jack Russell.  Plum doesn’t have a pedigree and because of that some dogs in the park will not talk to her and that’s okay.  She goes for walks  and visits with friends.  Clark did an outstanding job in capturing the dog’s personality in scenes where Plum must have patience and in others she has none.  And like all dogs, Plum gets into some trouble.  Like the time a vicious dog bit her and she needed lots of comforting from Emma and a trip to the Vet.  Plum was brave about getting stitches.  Emma, however, shows a bit of her own personality when she had to lie on the floor to keep from fainting from the site of Plum’s wound.

There is one word in this book that some parents may not want their children to read: a four letter word/foul language.  I guess parents could scratch out the word and add something different.  Personally, I laughed the hardest when I read this entry because it really did show Plum’s true personality.

I give Plumdog, 5 Stars.

This is a good book for parents to read to children, for children to read and for adults also.

More about Plumdog

More about Emma Chichester Clark

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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The Adventures of Stupid the Cat

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As a cat lover and owner of several cats, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I was not so crazy with the name “Stupid” for the cat – I like “Chips” much better. If you pay attention to cats you can learn their personalities such as which one likes to play with feet, which one is afraid of storms or strange noises. Cats like to please and if left outdoors they will bring their human caretakers gifts and not always alive gifts-moles, mice, birds, etc., however, I have never had one bring me a weasel and for that I am thankful. I don’t have a piano, however, I had a cat who liked laying on the laptop keypad – not sure if it was the noise from the laptop or the warmth which the cat liked most. This book is a great book for parents to read to the little ones and for those who can read by themselves to enjoy. It doesn’t take long to read–a nice bedtime story or a story for a rainy afternoon. Looking forward to reading more adventures of Stupid cat.

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Wanted – Old Books

Wanted Poster1Was your book published prior to January 1, 2012?

If so, how are the sales for this book?

If it is not doing so well, “Relaunch” it.

In 2015, I will be creating an online magazine that will bring older books to the attention of new readers.

The magazine will be released quarterly:

March, June, September, and December.

This is a FREE magazine.  I will be able to keep it free because I will be selling advertisement space.

 

I am still working out many things to get this magazine off the ground.

If you are interested in showcasing your book in the March 2015 issue, please visit

http://www.cynharris.com/magazine.html

to fill out the information request form

As things get worked out—like a name for the magazine, etc. – I will announce them here on this blog.

 

 

 

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