Coming in October: Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House where thirteen-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. There are fresh clues to uncover as friends old and new join in his search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul.   This exciting sequel to a beloved book that was praised in a starred review as “an enchanting, empowering read” is sure to thrill both fans and newcomers. Like its predecessor, it’s a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery.

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7
Lexile Measure: 800
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054499146X
ISBN-13: 978-0544991460

Pre-order at Amazon!

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Avoiding Summertime Boredom

 

It’s my Friday to blog at Christian Children’s Authors. This week’s topic is ideas to help avoid summertime boredom…at least for kids anyway. I don’t know about you, but my schedule is too busy for me to boredom to settle in. Check the article out at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/07/21/avoiding-the-b-word/

Princess Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure – Tour & Giveaway

 

You’re never too young to begin reading and it’s always fun to find a delightful story that you can follow. Today author Beverly Stowe McClure stops by as part of her PRINCESS BREEZE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.

As part of the celebration you can enter the tour-wide giveaway (courtesy of the author) for one of two paperback copies of the book (U.S. only) being given away. Please see the end of the post for more details.

◊ PRINCESS BREEZE

◊ By Beverly Stowe McClure

◊ Series: Breeze (Book 2)

◊ Paperback: 236 pages

◊ Publisher: 4RV Young Adult (June 11, 2017)

◊ Language: English

◊ ISBN-10: 1940310555

◊ ISBN-13: 978-1940310558

For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night, without telling her goodbye. On the night, she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?

Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, soon sail to the island, where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.

PRINCESS BREEZE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and 4RV Publishing.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Most of the time, you’ll find Award-Winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers, and clouds. She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax she plays the piano. Her fur babies don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.

Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.

For more on Beverly and her writing visit her at her:

Blog: https://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

Website: http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com

Twitter @beverlymcclure

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beverlysmcclure

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/11462.Beverly_Stowe_McClure

 

The first book in the series is JUST BREEZE.

◊ Paperback: 196 pages

◊ Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (August 31, 2009)

◊ Language: English

◊ ISBN-10: 0984070826

◊ ISBN-13: 978-0984070824

Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.

JUST BREEZE is available on Amazon. See our review of Just Breeze here.

Thanks for stopping by today during Beverly’s visit. Do you enjoy finding books to share with youngsters in your life?

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This is a tour-wide giveaway (courtesy of the author) for one of two paperback copies of the book (U.S. only). The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, July 25.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below (if it shows up) and follow the instructions. If the widget doesn’t appear, just click HERE and it will take you to the Rafflecopter page where you can enter. Be sure to make a comment here before clicking on the link above.

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Harry Potter Puzzle at Downtown Books

 

While on vacation, we stopped by our favorite Outer Banks independent bookstore, Downtown Books. Located on Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo, this store offers a wide selection of books, greeting cards, journals, toys and more. After reading their website, I discovered they also have a selection of pre-read (used) books. Must have missed that, because I sure would have browsed that section.

In addition to this awesome Hogwarts puzzle that we worked on at the beach house, I picked up some Outer Banks fiction. I love reading books set in places I visit. How about you?

 

Vacation Time Writing

 

Vacation is some of the most creative writing time for me because North Carolina beaches inspire and intrigue. On the one hand, there are few things as lovely as watching the sun rise or set over the water. But at nighttime the sharks come out and, at least for me, it’s frightening not being able to see clearly as the deep waters crash into the shoreline.

What settings inspire your creativity?

 

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Vacation Time

This is the first Friday of the month, so I am blogging at Christian Children’s Authors.  I’m sharing thoughts on vacation time memories and traditions. Please visit and share your own at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/07/07/vacation-time/

Meet Children’s Author Anne K. Edwards

Anne K. Edwards lives on a small Pennsylvania farm with a very tolerant husband and a band of domineering, critical, cats that expect instant obedience of their two humans.  The only free time Anne has to write is when they are all asleep.  Of course, there is always one cat sleeping on the monitor table to keep an eye on her.  The duty roster for that job changes daily or even hourly, and it is a highly prized position as the winner can get petted as wanted, held as deemed necessary, or block Anne’s vision of the screen to take a bath or stand up to look out the window though it is at eye-level. When she can escape their scrutiny, Anne likes to shop or meet new people, especially anyone interested in writing or reading. Website:  http://www.AnneKEdwards.com

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Thank you for joining us today, Anne. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself? 

I won’t start with the day I was born because I don’t remember it, but jumping to ages 5 and 6, that’s when I discovered the world of books.  As I learned to read, I fell in love with books – any that I could read. Back then I had plenty of time to read and devoured every one I could get my hands on.  When I got my much prized library card at 8 years old, I weekly carried five books home and returned them faithfully for a new load as soon as I could.  I realized as I got older, that reading was a form of escapism. I lived in all those worlds but I had no favorite author and I disliked intensely being forced to read books considered suitable for a child. I found them dull and repetitive so I sought permission to read others. The teachers gave me permission as long as I turned in a book report.  I’ll always be grateful to those kind women.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I was trying my hand at writing in the third grade when we had to write a paragraph about something or someone we knew.  I wrote about my step grandfather’s cow and earned an ‘A’.  I was so pleased that I began to write other things just for the fun of it.  I was too shy though to ask the teachers to read what I wrote.  It wasn’t until I turned eleven that I wrote what I thought were good stories that I could send to the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines of the day.  The anticipation of getting paid to write was on my list of expectations. I wanted to buy a swimming pool for our yard.  I never got the pool so that tells the success of my being published then.  But I wouldn’t have traded that hope for anything else.  It kept me writing.

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Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I never planned on writing for children as I enjoy working in all the traditional adult genres.  Nothing extreme, however. I wrote the type of story I enjoyed reading.  But, that changed when the idea of a book about how a child could think for himself when they were facing a problem.  The problem in Dominick and the Dragon became a hungry dragon that Dominick had to outsmart to get home.  These tales are based on “What would happen if…”  and I find that a good way to begin thinking of a plot for other children’s books that I might write.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

The answer would be, no. Bur I am speaking only from my own perspective and the type of stories I write. Other authors may not agree as they are published by large presses or a well-known online press that specializes in this genre.  I write the book, editing as the book forms and reread it several times afterward.  I write for the fun of it and don’t take myself foo seriously which is why I don’t consider it any harder than writing a book for adults.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Making up the story and trying to keep humor in it.  I count it a success if it makes me laugh, at least once or am pleased with the satisfaction of a child’s success in facing down a problem.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

I have a new book in progress, the second in the dragon series.  The motive is different in this tale as Dominick helps the dragon with his problem. Hopefully it will be ready for release in the fall of next year as it takes time for the artist to do his wonderful work.

What inspired you to write it?

To be honest, the story is based on my favorite holiday of the year and I remember the anticipation of that season. I wondered ‘what if…’ the dragon didn’t know anything about holidays and the story quickly took shape.

Where can readers purchase a copy.

When the book is published, it will appear on Amazon Kindle as the other two are.

What is up next for you?

I am presently working on a long short story and a mystery that need finishing.  Once they are done, I have another children’s story to work on.  My ideas often exceed the time and energy I have to work on them, so I’ll  slog through them, one at a time.

Do you have anything else to add?

I can’t think of anything much else to say except, if one reads my children’s tales, I hope they enjoy them as much as I did in writing them.  That is the best reward for any author.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Anne. We wish you much success.

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with you and I’d like to say how much I appreciate it. Thank you for letting me join you.

Changing Places, by Anne K. Edwards
Age level: 4-8
Price: $1.99
Pages: 14
Find on Amazon
Changing Places. A black cat named Whiskers encounters a snake that has lost his home when he goes outside to see the world.

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Dominick and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards

Age level: 4-8

Price: $1.99

Pages: 42

Find on Amazon

Synopsis 

Dominick is a little boy fascinated by dragons. When he finally meets one named Elvis that wants to eat everything, including him, he has to find a way to outsmart him. His adventure proves a boy can be smarter than a dragon.