“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” Giveaway

I planned to run a little book giveaway for Tugger’s birthday in September … I didn’t.

I was supposed to run a little book giveaway for Election Day … it slipped my mind.

Hoping third time’s a charm, here’s a book giveaway for National Young Readers Week. Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event to raise the importance of reading.

In the past week or so, I had Tugger and Nico at the vet for separate visits. Tugger has an ear infection that won’t go away, and Nico has a dental infection along with God-awful breath that could slay a dragon. Both had a few other things done while there (but do you really want me to go into detail about their butts?), and what the bills equaled could have been spent on new shoes …


The tech shaved Nico's snout to ensure he didn't have an infection in his facial fur.

The tech shaved Nico’s snout to ensure he’d look like an alpaca. ;)

But I digress.

Anyway, as part of the Election Day giveaway that didn’t happen, if you win, you get to select your prize. Do you want a signed copy of Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale and Grumble and Tumble: A Nico and Tugger Tale and a Barnes and Noble gift card, or do you want up to 30 books to donate to a classroom, library, hospital, etc.? (Those copies can be of one book or a combination of each book that does not exceed 30.) It’s up to you!

All you have to do is guess, without going over, what the total of the two vet bills was. (So, if you think Tug’s visit was $30 and Nico’s was $50, your guess would be $80.) In the comments section, leave your whole-number, dollar-figure guess (i.e. $37, $120, $545, $1,284, etc.).

The contest will run today through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17. (This gives you time to come up with a guess and me time to find the receipts!) On November 18, I will announce the winner.

Good luck!


Let’s Celebrate Nico’s Birthday

Today is Super-Nico’s 12th birthday!

Super-Nico believes he can fly.

Super-Nico wants to fly onto the counter for cookies.

In honor of this special day, we’d like to give you gifts: a signed copy of Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale and the corresponding Oh Brother! coloring book.

In the comments section, please list what super power you think your pet would like to have. Be as creative as you want! I will not judge the comments; I will leave that up to a few friends. The contest ends April 8 at midnight, and the winner will be announced sometime April 9.

I look forward to reading your comments. Thanks for playing along!

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Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Created by Campfire 19 years ago, Absolutely Incredible Kid Day was designed to honor youth. Adults and teens are asked to write, post, tweet, and tag (#AIKD) notes of encouragement and inspiration to the kid or kids in their lives.

When I asked other authors to take part in my random holiday blog this year, Cat Michaels jumped on this date. If you are lucky enough to know Cat, your life has been touched by her uplifting and positive messages and unwavering support. I would venture a guess that Cat is as sweet as the tea she drinks in the South!

Although today’s blog is departing from my usual structure of having an author pen a blog specifically for me to post, I ask you to visit Cat’s website, www.catmichaelswriter.com, to see what she has to say about this special day. While you are there, take a peek around her site and see for yourself what an inspiration she is to many!

About Cat
Before you go, here’s some info for you to know about Cat:

  • She started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since.
  • Cat earned an an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas.
  • She builds on her teaching experiences to write illustrated chapter books for young readers of all abilities to develop imagination and critical thinking skills.
  • Cat’s books, Sweet T and the North Wind and Finding Fuzzy: a You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend, can be found on Amazon and ordered from local bookstores. Watercolor illustrations by Irene A. Jahns help bring her wonderful stories to life. 

Let us hear from you.
What do you think of writing a letter to a special child? Let’s see your thoughts in the comment section.



The Picture Perfect Princess

To celebrate today’s holiday, Princess Day, author Kirstin Pulioff is guest blogging about her love of princesses. To connect with Kirstin, please visit her website, kirstinpulioff.com. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Kirstin is the author of the Princess Madeline trilogy, making her a perfect guest blogger for today's topic.

Kirstin is the author of the Princess Madeline trilogy, making her a perfect guest blogger for today’s topic!

I am honored to be writing today on NATIONAL PRINCESS DAY!!!!!  There couldn’t be a more perfect day for me to post… except maybe Bon Jovi appreciation day, but I don’t think Kimberly would let me.    ;)

Princesses are wonderful. The epitome of beauty, elegance, and leadership, princesses are irreplaceable in literature. In the past, they have been portrayed as the damsel in distress or face to inspire a nation. Times have changed though, and today more empowered princess tales are being written. In newer stories, princesses are no longer content sitting in the corner with embroidery. And if they are, take a closer look at their knitting needles, they may be sharpened weapons.

This princess empowerment change has taken place in books, movies, and all creative outlets. Instead of the sweet Snow White, eagerly cleaning for the dwarves or blissfully spending the day singing at a wishing well, we’re shown a take charge royal who doesn’t need a man, doesn’t need to be rescued, and can plan her own destiny.

No matter how much our interpretation of princesses and royalty change, I believe they will always be important figures in literature.

Here are just a couple of famous princesses from recent history (I secretly love that we still have real princesses):

Princess Grace of Monocco, otherwise known as movie star Grace Kelly, went from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty. She is a story of real life dreams coming true.

Princess Diana is known as the people’s princess. Devoting her life to her sons and charitable foundations, she has left a legacy of giving back.

Fictional princesses have also left lasting impressions on us. Here are just a couple:

Cinderella has been adapted into hundreds of tales and movies. As a symbol of triumphing over oppression, Cinderella has helped inspire millions to overcome living in unfortunate circumstances.

Princess Leia has captured the hearts of children and adults. Her no nonsense approach to thwarting the Empire and Dark Side showed girls that princesses can be just as involved in the action as any man.

And my favorite princess… Princess Madeline.

Princess Madeline is the heroine in my middle grade fantasy adventure series. She embodies the fun of a traditional fairytale with a modern twist. Taking control of her life comes with adventures she never anticipated.

Princess Madeline is available here:

The Escape of Princess Madeline

The Battle for Princess Madeline

The Dragon and Princess Madeline

The Princess Madeline Trilogy

Thank you, Kimberly, for letting me post on Princess Day, and share some of my favorites with you. Let me know… Who’s your favorite princess?

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Who should I celebrate on March 2?

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday … and Jon Bon Jovi’s. Both men are important to me as a children’s book author and a Jersey girl, but only one has had my undying obsession for 31 years.

Much to my dad's dismay, there were many posters like this on my wall.

Much to my dad’s dismay, there were many posters like this on my wall. There were none of Dr. Seuss.

But this post isn’t meant to discuss how my friend took me to Jon’s house, and I stood on the hood of her car in my bikini top and shorts to try to catch a glimpse of him. (I didn’t.) This blog is not the place to discuss how I used to tell Tugger that Jon was his daddy every time a Bon Jovi song came on. (Maybe I should request doggie support.) This post isn’t to discuss how my sister and I compete over who is the bigger Bon Jovi fan. (It’s me.)

That a fan I am!
That a fan I am!
I love Jon—what a man!

Jon, like other songwriters, tells a story through his songs, just as Dr. Seuss told stories through his books. Their subjects are different, but their works make you feel things, whether it’s giddy or silly reading a Dr. Seuss book, or sad, happy, or wistful when you hear a song that means something to you.

Would you like Jon
here or there?
I would like Jon
here or there.
I would like Jon anywhere.

There are songs that I enjoy for pure entertainment. “Why Aren’t You Dead?” makes me laugh no matter what mood I am in. I want to play maracas with the band onstage for “Keep the Faith.” I have imagined once (or four hundred thousand times) that Jon was singing “Always” to me at a concert.

Young fans! If you keep
Your ears open enough,
Oh, the music you will hear!
The most wonderful stuff!
You’ll miss the best songs if you keep your ears shut!

New Jersey is my favorite Bon Jovi album. On it is a song, “Blood on Blood,” that took on a new meaning for me a few years ago. If you don’t know the song, it’s about childhood friends who go separate ways as they get older, but they vow to be there for each other no matter what. I had a close friend with whom I lost touch because of distance, life, thinking there was always more time to pick up that phone to call. We reunited about six years ago. Shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with leukemia. I sent her the words to the song (and the New Jersey CD), and we talked about how that song exemplified the way we felt about each other. She died two years after her diagnosis, and I cannot listen to that song without thinking of her and shedding a bittersweet tear or a hundred.

Maybe, Jon, I thought, your message we can’t ignore.
Maybe, Jon, your song now means a little bit more.

I wonder if people realize that there are many songs that, like Dr. Seuss books, have messages that we should consider.

Are there songs or songwriters who make you think of stories that reflect something in your life? Please let me know in the comment section.


Read Me Day

February 27 is Read Me Day, an event that was started in 1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher at East Hickman Elementary School in Lyles, Tenn. Its purpose was to celebrate the importance of reading. The event was called “Read Me Day” because students, teachers, and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it so the children could “read the reader.”  Book’em, a nonprofit organization that focuses on collecting and distributing books to children and teens in lower-income families and providing volunteer readers to local preschools and elementary schools, made it a week-long celebration in 1990.

Today, I am happy to introduce readers to author Geena Bean. Abby and I reviewed her book, Come Back Dear Sun, a few years ago on this blog. Now, you will get a chance to hear directly from her why she thinks reading is important.

First of all, I want to thank Kim for hosting me on her blog today.  Thanks, Kim! Today, I will be blogging about the importance of reading. I can’t emphasize how crucial it is for adults to implicate reading with their children and students on a regular basis. Ideally, a child should be read to, or read on their own, for 30 minutes a day.

Reading books is such an irreplaceable gift because it allows us to escape into the imagination and minds of another human being. We get carried off to far away worlds and places we have never even dreamed about. We gain new experiences through senses and conflicts of our characters. There is no greater reward than to pass on the knowledge of the millions of books which exist within our world.

Currently, I am working with United Way as a literacy ambassador for a program called Celebrity Read. I’ve visited seven schools this month and I can’t tell you how gratifying this program is. The kids get really excited and engaged throughout all of my readings. Their imaginations are endless once you ignite their minds. Reading to them helps strengthen their own imaginations enabling them to become better educated and creative. It helps them develop a unique voice when they are creating their stories.

My current children’s book, Come Back Dear Sun, is a story encouraging kids to put away the video games, iPads, internet, and television controllers and run outside to play or read books instead. When our children’s minds are being stimulated for too long by video games and computers, they are losing out on their abilities to be unique and creative. Their minds and voices are being constructed by the screens they are watching. Instead, they should be actively playing and communicating with one another or getting lost in a book.

Come Back Dear Sun has a five-star rating on Amazon.com.

Come Back Dear Sun has a five-star rating on Amazon.com.

When I was a child, I spent most of my time in the library borrowing books or at the bookstore with my mom purchasing them for special occasions. I had an endless bookshelf of picture books and middle grade novels. My favorite books ranged from Clam I Am, The Cat in the Hat, Sleeping Beauty, There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Caps For Sale, The Berenstain Bears, The Little Golden Book Series, Pippi Long Stocking, Matilda, Huckleberry Finn, Harriet the Spy, the Judy Blume series and countless others.

And the reading legacy lives on. As an author, I feel my writing has grown so much over the last two decades because of all of the books I have read. Currently, I read picture books, YA novels and regular novels. Reading others’ work helps to strengthen and lengthen the capacity of our mind and imagination. I’ve learned so much through captivating worlds and characters my fellow authors have created.

I encourage you all to read as many books as you possibly can. Not only will your mind be stimulated; some stories will even enlighten you. “The greatest gift is the passion for reading.

It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” ~ Elizabeth Hardwick

About Geena:

Geena graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 with a degree in English. She published her debut picture book, Come Back Dear Sun, in January 2013.  Since then, she has been visiting schools throughout New Jersey while giving assemblies and presentations for her author work. When she is not too busy visiting schools, Geena loves to volunteer for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and United Way. As an avid literacy ambassador, her mission is to instill the importance of reading, writing, and imagination within the minds of adults and children around the world.

Besides her author work, she loves rescuing animals (she has two kitties named Luna and Cheex), traveling around the globe, running in or outdoors, going to concerts, cooking, and snuggling up to old 80s movies like Beaches, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Grease, Top Gun, The Breakfast Club … the list goes on. Geena also loves to listen to music and a lot of her writing is inspired by New Age artists such as Enya, Hans Zimmerman, Jeff Pearce, Darshan Ambient, David Helping and Karunesh. She is also a huge Bruce, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Nicks, Naked and Famous, U2 and Death Cab for a Cutie fan.

You can purchase Come Back Dear Sun from online retailers such as Amazon.com. You can connect with Geena on her website, geenabean.com; on twitter; and on Facebook.

You also can connect with Geena here by leaving her a message. She and I would love to hear from you!


National Love Your Pet Day

Some pet lovers celebrate National Love Your Pet Day every February 20 (although some might say every day is Love Your Pet Day). For many, pets are more than “just a dog” or “just a cat” (or just a you-fill-in-the-blank animal). I am no different.

There have been dogs in my family since before my birth. Our first dog was patient; she would let me try to ride her like a horse and let me lie my head on her like a pillow. I thought she was my best friend. Our second dog had a lot of quirks, and I loved to dress him in my doll clothes. Clearly, he was patient, too.

Nico is the first dog I have had on my own, so I feel a special bond with him. He thinks he’s my protector–he barks at everything (and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING). He is vocal in other ways, too. He grumbles at you if you discipline him. It’s not a growl, but it’s a “I heard what you said, and I don’t like it” kind of message. It’s like he has to get the last word in, which is why my boyfriend says Nico is a lot like me. He also lets us know when he needs to go to the bathroom (which I appreciate), when he wants to go outside to beg for treats from the neighbors, when he wants a treat from me, when he wants to get up on the furniture, when he wants breakfast or dinner, and when Tugger is getting on his nerves.

There was a little bit of grumbling from Nico when I took this picture.

There was a some grumbling from Nico when I took this picture, while Tugger tried to push Nico out of it.


Nico verbally demands attention from us, while Tugger is a bit different. He isn’t very vocal (other than how he howls when he hears me in the driveway), but the expressions on his face usually give us a clue as to what is going on in his head. Generally, he just wants to love you and cuddle with you. He won’t turn down a treat, but he thrives on attention, so much so that he knocks Nico out of the way if anyone tries to pet Nico. There are times Tug isn’t nice to Nico, like when he hogs the dog bed or pushes Nico out of the way so Tug can go through the back door first.

For animal lovers, you understand when I say my kids are not the typical kids who you have to carpool, help with homework, or take to birthday parties. Like people with human children, you know I have to clean up after them and make sure they are fed, warm, and loved.

Because of today’s holiday, I thought I would reflect on the biggest ways I have shown my love for my two fur babies.

I love Nico so much that I have not had his vocal cords removed. (It is with great love that I hush him when the whining starts at 4 a.m.)

I love Tugger so much that I don’t kill him when he pees on Nico. (It is with great love that I called Tugger a “douchebag” when this happened this morning.)

How could I not love these faces?

How could I not love these faces?

I love them both so much that I wrote a children’s book series about them.

Please tell me ways that you show love for your pet. The examples can be sweet, sentimental, funny … whatever you want to share. I look forward to reading your comments!




International Book Giving Day

This year, I decided to celebrate holidays that may get overlooked. Did you know January 26 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, March 1 is World Compliment Day, and May 1 is Beer Pong Day? Through 2015, I will be highlighting lesser known holidays. Some days, there will be a guest blogger to discuss that holiday. Today is one of those days.

Carmela Dutra, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the first guest blogger to partake in this series of blogs. Below is what she has to say about International Book Giving Day:

What comes to mind when you see the date February 14th? No doubt it’s Valentine’s Day. This is after all the day for lovers, but what about those who are lovers of books? Well good news! This day is also for them! In addition to Valentine’s Day, February 14th is also International Book Giving Day.

Here’s a little background for those unfamiliar with holiday. This is a day devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need. Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favorite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.

Even though this day has passed it really got me thinking. Why does this have to be a day celebrated only once a year? Why can’t we make it a conscious matter to share our books with others? Especially to children in need?

Would you share books with others, especially children?

Would you share books with others, especially children?

What, or how could we do this? Book Giving Day has few organized events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favorite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

February 14th is a day to tell our family and friends we love them. What better way to tell our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. than with a book!

Books are small things that leave a lasting impact! So many authors are where they are today because of a book. Imagine, by our giving a book instead of a card we could be helping to inspire a future author. What’s more, an inscription on the inside cover is the best way to take a book, and make into something more.

Never underestimate the power of giving a book! #Giveabook!

About Carmela

Everyone dreams about taking adventures, having fun, and saving the day. If you can’t take a real life adventure the next best thing is to read one. Carmela takes those dreams and brings them to life in her series, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is the first in The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear series. The reader is introduced to the main character, Lorenzo the Bear; his new friend Lucy Bear; and Lord Boris, the Red-Butted Baboon. While accompanying Lorenzo on his adventures, the reader learns the lesson of true friendship. Look for the next book in the Lorenzo series, Journey to Honeysuckle Mountain, to make its debut in March!

Carmela’s blog can be found at ablogforyourthoughts.com. To learn more about Lorenzo the Bear, his website is lorenzothebear.com. Other ways to connect include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove was published in October 2013.

Encounter at Jellyfish Cove was published in October 2013.

A Readers’ Favorite award recipient, Encounter at Jellyfish Cove can be found online at retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as on Readers’ Favorite website.

The second book in the Lorenzo the Bear series will be in small hands next month.

The second book in the Lorenzo the Bear series will be in small hands next month.


Birthdays and a Big Book Giveaway!

September is a busy month for my family; we party a lot. There are at least nine birthdays including Tugger’s (that I can think of right now). Although my birthday is in September, we celebrated it in August at a “surprise” party that wasn’t quite a surprise. In typical fashion of my family, there was much confusion surrounding it, including how it was canceled and then put back on; miscommunication about who was supposed to invite/re-invite guests, which meant some people were not invited/re-invited; and a forecast of rain that made my mom want to reschedule for the following day, but my uncle wouldn’t let her because he didn’t have room to store all of the food that he made. (I probably should mention that we could have fed a small nation that day.)

My aunt Barb was a big part of the celebration. A natural party planner and crafter with a big heart, she decided that the theme would be “Kim’s Oh Brother! I’m Turning 40 Carnival”. Aunt Barb made the decorations, an ice cream stand, and modified a life-size Elvis Presley cardboard cutout to become Jon Bon Jovi. (Aren’t you a little bit curious as to who had that Elvis cutout?! Surprisingly, it wasn’t Aunt Barb!)

Maybe the real Jon can make it to our next party.

I hope that the real Jon can make it to our next party.

Aunt Barb also created all the party games, which came with prizes for winners.

What's a party without a homemade Plinko board?

What’s a party without a homemade Plinko board?

I didn't win any prizes at this game.

You had to get something into the mouth of this babe to win.

Rounding out the Bon Jovi-themed games were a Living on a Candy Wheel and Bad Medicine Knock Down. There were eight games in all, decorations related to Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale and Bon Jovi, and a video that she and my cousin made.

When my birthday actually rolled around, Aunt Barb blew up my phone with texts upon texts upon texts. There were so many texts that I decided to count them and have some fun with it. So, here’s where you come in…

To win signed books for a school (there will be up to 30 books for one classroom, so I can personalize them with the students’ names), a hospital, or another organization and one for yourself (if you want one), all you need to do is guess the number of texts that Aunt Barb sent me. Texts are limited to pictures, videos, and poems that she sent.  The person who guesses the closest without going over will win the contest (just like if you were in the Showcase Showdown of The Price is Right). All you have to do is enter your answer by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 2 in the comments section of this post. (Also, please feel free to comment on this post in general.) The winner will be notified on October 3 in the comments section of this blog.

If you don’t know of a place to donate books, I can add the books to a shipment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and let my contact there know you selected St. Jude to receive more books.

In addition to copies of Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, I will throw in one signed copy of Aunt Barb’s book, Llamas Need Pajamas. If you’re interested in checking that out, it’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Aunt Barb's book is adorable!

Don’t you want Aunt Barb’s book in your home?

So, let’s have some fun with this. I look forward to reading your comments and guesses. Good luck!


Meet My Characters Blog Tour

I was asked to join the Meet My Characters Blog Tour by author, friend, and fellow Bon Jovi and Psych addict Kirstin Pulioff. Kirstin is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado and enjoys being a stay-at-home mom. When she’s not writing an adventure, she is busy living one. Her works include the middle school series that consist of The Escape of Princess Madeline, The Battle for Princess Madeline, and Princess Madeline and the Dragon; the young adult book, Dreamscape: Saving Alex, which is set for a December release; and the short stories, The Ivory Tower and Boone’s Journey.

Her post can be found on her website, www.kirstinpulioff.com. Also, feel free to connect with Kirstin on twitter and her author Facebook page.

Now to meet my characters…

What are the names of your characters? Are they fictional or historic people?
The main characters in the Nico and Tugger Tale children’s book series are my two dogs, Nico and Tugger. Once we brought home a second dog, it was clear to us that our pets act like children (or at least how my sister and I used to act with each other!), and I wanted to capture that in a children’s book. I would like to note that Nico is a bit more grumpy in the books than he really is at home, and Tugger is a bit more of a nudge at home than he is in the books.

They really love each other...

Tugger knows that he can always lean on Nico.

When and where are the stories set?
Both books in the series are set in the dogs’ home.

What should we know about them?
Despite having fur and walking on four legs, my boys display behaviors that are typical of children—fighting over toys, who gets to greet visitors first, who gets to sit by Mom, etc. Nico was an “only dog” before his brother Tugger came home. Like many siblings, Tugger does some things that annoy his older brother. Each book allows both dogs to explain their sides of the same story and why they do what they do.

What messes up their lives?
In Oh Brother: A Nico and Tugger Tale, Nico was used to not having to share his toys and his parents’ affection. He had to learn what it was like to have a new brother. On the other hand, Tugger had to learn what bothered the brother he always wanted.

In Grumble and Tumble: A Nico and Tugger Tale, Nico doesn’t like to be awakened from a sound sleep to play with the brother that he finds annoying. Tugger doesn’t understand why his brother doesn’t want to play. Of course, both books end with showing their affection for each other.

What is the personal goal of the characters?
Their goal is to learn how to behave and get along as family.

Is there a working title for this book, and can we read more about it?
The first version Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale can be found online at websites including Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s. The new version, picked up by a traditional publishing company, will be out soon (hopefully!). Grumble and Tumble: A Nico and Tugger Tale also is in production.

When can we expect the books to be published?
I am waiting to finalize the illustrations for the new version of Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale. It’s my hope that the book is ready to market within the next six weeks or so. Grumble and Tumble: A Nico and Tugger Tale has not entered the illustration phase yet, so release for that will be sometime in 2015.


The dogs’ picture will be on the back of the new books.

As for the third book (which has yet to be written), I would like that to be out by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. I guess I should get working on that…

Meet Some More Authors and Their Characters
Next up on the blog tour will be K. Lamb, Barbara Ann Mojica, and William Stuart.

K. Lamb is the author of the Dani P. Mystery series for children 7-11 years of age. Ms. Lamb has published two books in the series, both of which have earned the Reader’s Favorite 5-star rating. Her first book, Dani and the Haunted House, has become an Amazon Best Seller in Children’s Detectives. She recently released her second book, Dani and the Mall Caper.

Ms. Lamb is dedicated to promoting children’s literacy and is working on additional books for the series. In her spare time, she enjoys penning young adult literature as well. If you would like to learn more about K. Lamb, please visit her at the Dani P. Mystery website, Dani’s Official Facebook page, on Twitter, and of course, you can hop over to her blog, The Musings of K. Lamb.

Award-winning author Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in the first three books in the series, Mount Rushmore, The Statue of Liberty, and Sequoia National Park, all of which have been reviewed on the blog section here on my website. Little Miss HISTORY’S next stop lands her at Ford’S Theater, scheduled to be released around the end of the year.

To connect with Barbara, please visit her Little Miss HISTORY website, her blog, and on Twitter.

Last but not least is William L. Stuart, author of the YA series The Gemstone Chronicles. Bill is a ten-year veteran of the US Navy’s submarine force who now works in the animal health world. He is the father to a wonderful daughter, grandfather to two extraordinary grandchildren, and husband of the most wonderful wife in the world. Bill’s wife inspired him with her blog (www.lanascooking.com) to take a chance on publishing books that were inspired by his grandchildren. In his spare time, he hunts for gemstones and prospects for gold in the north Georgia mountains, plays softball, plays golf badly (those are his words!), and reads a lot.

Connect with Bill at his website and on Twitter.