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12.29.2011

The Thing I Say I Saw Last Night



Title: The Thing I Say I Saw Last Night
Author: Wendy Mckernan
Illustrator: Izabela Bzymek 
Genre: Childrens book
Age: 3-8 Years
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Little Dragon Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Source: Gift from the Author


Synopsis

The story begins with a boy waking up his younger sister to tell her about an incredible event that took place the night before. When he tells her he heard a strange noise, she imagines the worst - a hairy, purple, scary-looking monster. However, as the story progresses, more details emerge and the character she envisions goes through a series of changes until the final surprise ending.

This is a humorous, rhyming Christmas story that appeals to both boys and girls, and to adults who remember the magic of Christmas. Its underlying message is: things aren't as they seem.


Review


I don't usually review children's books on this blog, but I loved this book so much I just had to share it! My son is sick, so he's been in bed all day. When I told him he got mail his face lit up. He loves getting things from the mailman. He tore the package open and found the book! We had to read it right that second.



This is the cutest story I have ever read. It's about a little boy sharing with his sister a story about him catching Santa. The pictures are adorable, they show what the little sister sees while the brother tells the story. At first it's a big purple, hairy monster. Then the more details she gets the clearer the story becomes.

This book is absolutely adorable. My son, 4, loves this book!


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12.27.2011

Want to Review The Initiate by Megg Jensen?

A short story bridging the Cloud Prophet Trilogy and The Swarm Trilogy

 

Before Anathema...

Before Sleepers...

There was The Initiate

Over a thousand years ago, the gods left Eloh's people and took their magic with them. To win back their favor, her people sacrifice ten female initiates every ten years. No has ever survived. There has never been a Chosen One.

Forced into becoming an initiate, Eloh will try to find a way to beat the odds, stay with her boyfriend, and survive the fires that threaten to consume her. But will her lack of faith in the gods and her disbelief in their magic doom her to a painful death?





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12.21.2011

Author Interview: Shelli Johannes-Wells



I am so excited to have Author of Untraceable, Shelli Johannes-Wells
on the blog today! Untraceable was released November 29th. 
Welcome, and Thank you for taking the time out of your day to
answer some questions for us!



Bio:

S.R. Johannes lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. You can find her hanging out online and visit her at srjohannes.com


When and why did you begin writing?

I always loved to write. When I was younger, I used to write short stories and poems. I even won a State essay contest, which to me was the lottery. But it went on the back burner all through college and my marketing career. After I had my daughter, I took maternity leave. Since I was an executive, I got 5 months. I started writing while she was napping. 

What inspired you to write this book?

I am always concerned about wrongs to nature and my husband camps a lot. He came back one weekend from camping and talking about how remote some places are. So emotes people could do things and get away with it. That sparked an idea that grew over time.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

I think my brain stopped growing at 16. I relate better to teens and love young adult books. I also wanted to write strong girl characters.

How many books have you written?

Written? About 5. This is my first published one.

Is there anything you wish was different about this book?

Besides more sales and movie deal?? J No I love this book just the way it is. I’m 
very proud of it.

Is this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All my characters have pieces of me - or someone I know - in them. That’s what makes writing so personal to most authors. I did visit NC and see the bear pits. I was so horrified; I had to do something to speak out against them.

What books have influenced your life most?

My life? Kahil Gibran, Bible, and teaching of Dali Lama. For my writing? James Patterson, Sue Grafton, and James Hall.

Do you have any current projects you’re working on?

I have a tween paranormal book, On the Bright Side, that was almost bought by a publishing house back in 2009 coming Jan 31st., 2012. And Uncontrollable (the sequel to Untraceable) is scheduled for summer 2012. I am also part of an indie pub group and we have an anthology coming out for Valentine’s Day with short stories from boy characters.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Voice is harder for me than plot.

How long does it take you to write a book?

6 months to a year from beginning to end.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart and find confidence in your writing.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world... Which would it be?

A utopic one that was truly utopic J

What do you think makes a good story?

I cannot read a book unless it is pacy and then makes me cry.

How do you react to a bad review?

I haven’t really gotten one yet. (knock on wood) But I would try not to. If it were constructive and well thought out, it wouldn’t bother me. Not everyone connects with a book. But if it were a personal attack on me or just plain mean, I wouldn’t (and don’t) give it any credibility. That is for any bad review – not just any for me.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My office. As long as it’s quiet. I can’t write in public, I have adhd so I get too distracted.

What’s the best thing about being an author?

I love the feeling of writing. Making up stories that people connect to. Seeing people care about your characters as if they were real.


Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! It was so much fun!
Be sure to check out Untraceable. 



Grace grew up in the woods. When her forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, Grace is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. It will take more than a compass and motorcycle for this tough heroine to save all she loves.








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12.19.2011

In My Mailbox #15

Hosted by Kristy at The Story Siren,  inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
Where we post about books we have received 
during the week via mailbox, local library, or store bought, etc.
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I have tried to post this IMM twice today, but every time I think I've got every new book in the pile, a new one (or 5) show up on my door step. I'm not complaining though. Free books make me happy! Ok, on to what I got in my mail box!




Bought

Soul Screamers  - Rachel Vincent


Won

Not your Ordinary Faerie Tale - Christine Warren
Silence- Becca Fitzpatrick
Glow - Amy Kathleen Ryan


For Review

A Cold Creek Secret - RaeAnne Thayne
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
It Calls You Back - Luis Rodrigquez
The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman
Strange Flesh - Michael Olson
 Island Of Vice - Richard Zacks
Defending Jacob - William Landay


That's what I got in My Mailbox. 
What did you get in yours? 
Leave a link to your post in the comments.
I would love to see what you got!!


Cover Reveal: Sleepers


Introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen’s bestselling novel SLEEPERS
To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.

 
Synopsis: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?


  
On sale now for only 99 cents!




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12.09.2011

Christmas Offer

The Christmas Singing makes a prefect Christmas read!

And now you can get it 30% off and free shipping on The Christmas Singing (and any other title) when you use promo code CHRISTMAS11 at checkout on WaterBrookMultnomah.com The coupon code expires on December 20th, 2011


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The first chapter:
The Christmas Singing (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

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