Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Review: The Fisherman's Wife by Dianne G. Sagan


Title: The Fisherman’s Wife
Author: Dianne G. Sagan
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Buoy Up Press
ISBN: 978-0-937660-63-8
Paperback: 107 pages
Price: $11.95

Would you like to travel back to biblical times and experience the life of the wife of a fisherman from Capernaum?  Then you would enjoy “The Fisherman’s Wife” by Dianne Sagan. 

Dianne Sagan’s historical fiction is rich in Jewish customs and traditions.  After formalized negotiations between their fathers, Simon asked for Johanna’s hand in marriage. 

“Simon took her hand and placed a gold coin in herm palm as a sign of their betrothal.  He said, ‘Behold, you are consecrated unto me with this token according to the law of Moses and Isreal.’”

Johanna’s happiness eventually soured after repeated tries to give birth ended in disappointment and shame.  Her inner turmoil was matched by the society turmoil that existed from the cruel treatment by the Roman Empire.

“Johanna heard screaming and thundering horse’s hooves in the street….. One of the soldiers threw a net over two men running in front of them.  The two men fell and rolled in the net like fish trying to swim free.”

When Johanna’s husband and several others left their boats to follow a traveling Rabbi, Johanna was left wondering who would provide for her and her sick mother.  Bitterness grew in her heart.  Johanna faced the biggest decision of her life.

“The Fisherman’s Wife” will captivate those eight years old and up.  As a retired teacher I recommend this book for home, school and church libraries.

Reviewed by Kathy Stemke, Author/educator
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thank You for Your Wonderful Support!

I'm up to 404 votes!!!

Many of you know that I joined a picture book contest. What you don't know is that I feel that I've won already. So many of my friends and family have voted day after day for me. It's extremely encouraging.


I've made many new friends on Lulu as well. Complete strangers vowed to help me. I've featured some of their books on twitter and facebook. I'm going to do some blog posts for others. Writers are pretty cool people.


One of my church friends had had trouble sleeping. When she went to vote for me, she found a natural sleep aid that has helped her sleep!

A guy I hadn't seen since High School is voting for me every day!!! 

My church has rallied around me as well!


If you're hearing about this for the first time, I need your help. 

I entered the contest late so I have to catch up to others who have many votes already.  It's very difficult, but not impossible.  40% of my score is the number of votes.  60% of my score is the story, use of their illustrations, and grammar.  (I had to eliminate some paragraph breaks and words to fit the story in the 4 small pages provided.)  I just need to get in range of the high scorers to win!! 

You can vote once a day until November 22, 2010.  If you put the link in your favorites, it would only take seconds each day.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.




Please vote, here's the link: 
http://naturemadesleep.net/stories/377 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Animal Sound Mix-Up" by Connie Arnold



Title: Animal Sound Mix-Up
Author: Connie Arnold
Illustrator: Kit Grady
Genre: Picture book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-161633-083-5
e-book-13: 978-1-61633-084-2
Paperback: 14 pages
Price: $ 9.95

Congratulations to author, Connie Arnold, for her delightful picture book, animal Sound Mix-Up.  Her rhyme and rhythm is music to my ears.  Children will giggle as they imagine animals speaking with the wrong sound. 

"What if a lion said meow . . .
or if a donkey said bow-wow?

Wouldn’t it seem quite funny now
if they became mixed up somehow?"


Kit Grady, the illustrator captured the humor of this book with colorful, action filled pictures.  This book would be a great addition to every school and home library. 




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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Please vote!! I have 185 votes!!


Thank you to those of you who have voted for me in the picture book contest recently.  (I’ve got 185 votes so far!! 10/18) I truly appreciate your love and support.

If you're hearing about this for the first time, I need your help. I'm shooting for 200 votes!!  Can you take 5 seconds to help?

I entered the contest late so I have to catch up to others who have over 1000 votes already.  It's very difficult, but not impossible.  40% of my score is the number of votes.  60% of my score is the story, use of their illustrations, and grammar.  (I had to eliminate some paragraph breaks and words to fit the story in the 4 small pages provided.)  I just need to get in range of the high scorers to win!! 


You can vote once a day until November 22, 2010.  If you put the link in your favorites, it would only take seconds each day.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please vote, here's the link:  
http://naturemadesleep.net/stories/377


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

I have 95 votes:please help me reach 100!

Thanks to my dear friends and colleagues I'm almost at the 100 mark!  Please take a second to follow this link and vote for my book.

PLEASE VOTE! I NEED YOUR HELP IN A CONTEST! 

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Become a Fan of Children’s Author & Illustrator, Monique and Alexa Peters

This month I'm hosting Day 6 of the Virtual Book Tours for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today I'm pleased to be hosting Day 6 of the tour for authors Alexa and Monique Peters.




In June 2010, my daughter and I traveled to Peru with the Happy Hearts Fund and Petra Nemcova and were able to meet with the children of Peru and share our book, "Cooper and Me", with them.

My daughter, Alexa,  left Peru feeling greatly inspired. Her goal was to raise enough funds through the sale of the books to build a school in Haiti.

What began as a few sketches of our family dog has grown into something more profound. Alexa is using her passion for art and love of animals to help bring hope and happiness to children who have lost so much.

The Cooper and Me project has evolved to include a CD with original songs for each book, stuffed “Cooper” and “Bella” toys, a matching doghouse and backpacks for kids. Visit our website at http://www.cooperandme.com

The authors contribute three dollars from the sale of each “Cooper and Me” book to support the Happy Hearts Fund, a charity that builds schools for children in areas affected by natural disaster. Supermodel Petra Nemcova, who survived the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand, founded the charity. 

In recognition of her “Buy a Book, Help Build a School” fundraising campaign, Alexa was named the youngest ambassador for the Happy Hearts Fund. For more information on the Happy Hearts Fund, go to http://www.happyheartsfund.org.
Follow all 7 authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tours and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the National Writing for Children Center. Click here to keep following the tours The National Writing for Children Center. 


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, L. D. Harkrader

Finding Fans by L.D. Harkrader
All writers want to reach their readers. Unfortunately, no one knows for sure the best way to reach them. I’m not sure, either, but over the years I’ve developed guidelines that work for me:
The best promotional tool is a good story well told. The easiest way to tell people about my book is to let enthusiastic others do it for me, and if I’ve done my job—created engaging characters, a powerful setting, a page-turning plot, gripping tension, and a bang-up ending—it’s more likely that my publisher, reviewers, bookstore owners, librarians, and, ultimately, readers will love my book and want to run out and tell other people about it.
Life’s too short to spend time doing things you hate. No one promotional method will work for every writer or every book, and no author will feel comfortable with every method. I decided years ago to promote my books only in the ways I enjoyed and was good at, and forget the rest.
For example, many authors get lists of bookstores across the country and call each one, telling the manager about their book. It works for some writers, but it’s something I’ll never to do. I know the bookstore owners in my area. It’s been amazing the way they’ve stocked and promoted my books. I always let them know when I have a new book out, but I don’t feel comfortable calling busy bookstore owners I’ve never met to try to sell them on my latest.
However, as an artist as well as a writer, there are some promotional endeavors I do well and enjoy. I designed my website (www.ldharkrader.com) and love keeping it up to date. Likewise, I’ve designed bookmarks, posters, and a book trailer (www.ldharkrader.com/Trailers.html). I do school visits and speak at library conferences, which can be nerve-wracking at first, but I’ve found that, shy as I am, I like talking about writing and books. And of course I write articles for blogs when I’m asked, because hey, I’m a writer—I love to write.  

The second best promotional tool is my next book. If I spend all my time promoting one book, I’ll never have time to write the next, so I make sure that writing is always my top priority. After all, the best way to reach readers is to keep giving them something to read.




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PLEASE VOTE! I NEED YOUR HELP MY FRIENDS!

I've entered a story book contest a little late.  Some people have over 800 votes already.  But I have so many great friends, I know I can catch up.    

I could only use 4 pages of text and had to use their illustrations.  I really had to squeeze the words on the page.  So the story was limited in many ways. 


YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY!

THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. 

XXXOOO
KATHY

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author Mieke Blommestein

This month I'm hosting Day 6 of the Virtual Book Tours for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today I'm pleased to be hosting Day 6 of the tour for author Mieke Blommestein.


I have a face book fan page.

Everyone is welcome to join. Right now we have 72 members for this fan page.  Here's the link:

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=the%20tale%20of%20miss%20spider%20who%20spun%20her%20web.&init=quick&tas=0.3331127139389135

Follow all 7 authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tours and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the National Writing for Children Center. Click here to keep following the tours The National Writing for Children Center. 

Kathy Stemke's websites:
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BECOME A FAN OF CHILDRENS AUTHOR SUZANNE MARION

This month I'm hosting Day 6 of the Virtual Book Tours for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today I'm pleased to be hosting Day 6 of the tour for author Suzanne Marion.
 

Suzanne is a member of Facebook.
Her web site is: www.lullabiesbysuzanne.com

Suzanne Marion Can create a unique keepsake for your child!

Express your love by commissioning an original lullaby or play song dedicated to your child. Your child’s song will be professionally recorded on a CD along with a joyful selection of additional lullabies or play songs written and performed by Suzanne.

Your CD will be packaged in a handsome album containing your personal message and dedication page, an original printed score for voice and piano of your child’s song, and the lyrics of all the songs on the CD.

Amazon Review of Too Many Tutus by D. Fowler
 Christina was getting ready to go to ballet class, but she was having a little problem. It wasn't serious mind you, but it put her in a quandary. She couldn't decide which tutu to wear to class because she had "too too many tutus!" Her Mommy told her to go to her Daddy for advice, but he gently told her that she would have to decide for herself. Her brother Max had the best idea. He told her to take them put them all on her bed. That way when she looked "at them all together" it would be much easier for her to pick one. Now that sounded like a plan!

Her tutus captured every color in the rainbow and her imagination was sparked thinking how beautifully she would look and how gracefully she could dance with each one. Her green one would be perfect for an "outdoors dance," she could "whirl and twirl under the bright blue sky" with the blue one, but if she put on her violet tutu she "could dance with the iris and the violets and the lilacs on an early spring day." There were so many colorful choices to make, but in the end she made the perfect decision. Which color do you think she chose?!

This was a charming tale your little ballerina will love and will reach for time and time again. The whimsical illustrations were very appealing their spirit meshed perfectly with the text. Each time Christina tried on a new tutu the book came alive as she danced and posed on the pages. If you have a little dance fan in your house, this one is sure to be a hit!


Follow all 7 authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tours and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the National Writing for Children Center. Click here to keep following the tours The National Writing for Children Center.

Kathy Stemke's websites:
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Become a Fan of Children’s Author Mayra Calvani!

This month I'm hosting Day 6 of the Virtual Book Tours for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today I'm pleased to be hosting Day 6 of the tour for author Mayra Calvani.

Authors are nothing without their readers. It is extremely rewarding for an author to receive feedback from fans, especially from children after a school event. I’d like to invite book lover moms, grandparents, teachers, librarians and teen readers to check out my Facebook fan page and hopefully become a fan. I update the page regularly with the latest news about my books. Remember that one of the greatest legacies you can leave a child is a love of reading. Thank you!

Sign up for Mayra's facebook fan page here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayra-Calvanis-Fan-Page/162383023775888?created



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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author Nicole Weaver

This month I'm hosting Day 6 of the Virtual Book Tours for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today I'm pleased to be hosting Day 1 of the tour for author Nicole Weaver.  Thanks for stopping by today Nicole.  I've been following your book tour with The National Writing For Children's Center.  You've been on some wonderful blogs telling folks how you got started as an author, and what your working on next.  Your book is rather unique because it's written in three languages: English, Spanish, and French.  I know that you also teach languages in a public school.  I think picture books are a great way to help kids learn languages.  Even big kids like me. 

"I am hoping my trilingual book will attract fans from all over the world."

This is a delightful, heart warming story that kids will love to read over and over again.  They will even learn about sea turtles!  

Here is the link to Nicole's Facebook fan page:
"http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/NICOLE-WEAVER-CHILDRENS-AUTHOR-POET-FOREIGN-LANGUAGE-TEACHER/128732583830570?ref=sgm" 

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/NICOLE-WEAVER-CHILDRENS-AUTHOR-POET-FOREIGN-LANGUAGE-TEACHER/128732583830570?ref=sgm

Follow Nicole on twitter: http://twitter.com/micilia 

Follow all 7 authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tours and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the National Writing for Children Center. Click here to keep following the tours The National Writing for Children Center.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Become a Fan of Children’s Author Karen Cioffi

Acquiring facebook friends is similar to working to get traffic to your site. I find article marketing is a great tool to create visibility, get yourself established as an expert in your field/niche, and bring traffic to your site. The same holds true for facebook. If you provide valuable information to readers, they will want to become a facebook friend or fan, and follow you on twitter.

Promotion is pretty much the same for whatever you are trying to do:

1. Learn your craft, so you have something to offer
2. Create visibility with a website or blog, and blog regularly
3. Provide valuable content
4. Do article marketing
5. Use the social networks
6. Establish yourself as an expert

CHECK OUT KAREN'S PICTURE BOOK!
YOU'LL LOVE IT!
 
Karen Cioffi Author, Ghostwriter-for-hire, Freelance writer, Reviewer,
Acquisitions Editor Intern for http://4rvpublishingllc.com >4RV Publishing
http://karencioffi.com">http://karencioffi.com
http://dkvwriting4u.com">http://dkvwriting4u.com
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice">http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV">http://twitter.com/KarenCV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kcioffiventrice">http://www.facebook.com/kcioffiventrice

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Friday, October 8, 2010

SIGN UP FOR MY FREE MONTHLY "MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM NEWSLETTER"

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME SAMPLE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU WILL FIND IN MY NEWSLETTER !

Feed My Letter Monsters Sounds!

They're sooo..... Hungry! 

 

HOW DOES WIND MOVE? 

Make a pinwheel & explore!

How does wind move objects? How can my body move objects? This fitness and science exploration asks open-ended questions to help preschoolers discover answers on their own. Preschoolers will run, jump and twirl to stay active as they use simple science tools to investigate wind and movement.

To explain one reason wind changes direction, have each child put a piece of paper in front of his mouth.   Blow like the wind and watch the paper move.  Did the wind go through the paper?  No.  It went up over the paper or out to the side around the paper.  

Imagine the paper is a mountain.  Will the mountain move like the paper did?  No.  The wind can’t go through it so it has to go up and over the mountain.

FEATHER GAME
Pair you children off and give them a feather. Tell them to try to keep the feather in the air by blowing it. Explain that the air they are blowing out of their mouth is like the wind outside.

WINDY BOOKS!
When the Wind Stops
by Charlotte Zolotow 
Feel the Wind
by Arthur Dorros  

The Life of a Leaf 

You are a tiny leaf bud on a tree.  In the spring you grow into a small leaf.  When the rain falls down you grow into a big leaf.  You twist and turn all summer to find the sun.  With all your leaf friends you make an umbrella of shade (kids can clump together) to keep people cool.  Now slide away to your own space.
 
One day it gets cool and you tremble slowly.  You better hold on to your branch tightly.  Because it’s so cold, you turn into a bright orange leaf.  The wind lifts you up and down.  The wind rocks you side to side.  It gets colder every day so you shake.  You shake faster and faster.   You twist and spin and hold on to the branch with all your strength.  

Suddenly you can’t hold on, so you fly around the yard.  You love being free so you dance.  Now bounce up as high as you can.   Slide low under a bush.  Now hop as fast as you can.  Stop and reach to the sky.  A gust of wind pushes you into a whirl.  

You land in the stream, and float slowly down the hill.  You’re getting tired so you hug a giant rock.  The water is pushing against you.  Climb up to the top of the rock.  Balance on one part of you.  You wave to your friends on the tree.  You want to get back so you leap as far as you can.  You fall into the stream and dive deep.  You swim then pop up for some air.  At last you rest on the shore.  You pick up your head when you hear your friend Doug.  You laugh out loud to see all your friends come together again.

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Check out Mayra Calvani's New Book Trailer!

 http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.com/

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The National Writing for Children Center is Sponsoring a 6-day Virtual Book Tour for Author Karen Cioffi-Ventrice

M E D I A R E L E A S E
CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance
Email: suzannelieurance@hotmail.com
Website: http://writingforchildrencenter.com
The National Writing for Children Center is Sponsoring a 6-day Virtual Book Tour for Author Karen Cioffi-Ventrice, Starting Monday, October 4, 2010
Children's author Karen Cioffi-Ventrice-Ventrice and her picture book Day's End Lullaby are being showcased the entire month of October at the National Writing for Children Center. Part of this showcase includes a 6-day virtual book tour. Join Suzanne Lieurance, founder and director of the National Writing for Children Center, and the virtual book tour hosts as they welcome Karen Cioffi-Ventrice-Ventrice for her exclusive tour that starts Monday, October 4.
Karen is an author, ghostwriter, freelance writer, reviewer, acquisitions editor intern, and on the team of DKV Writing 4 U "http://www.dkvwriting4u.com" http://www.dkvwriting4u.com. She is also the founder and manager of VBT Writers on the Move, and co-moderator of a children’s writing critique group.
Intrigued? Want to learn more about Karen? Follow along on Karen’s virtual book tour. 

Here's the schedule:
Monday, October 4
“Meet the Author”
Host: Terri Forehand – “http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/” http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, October 5
“The Writer’s Life with Karen Cioffi-Ventrice
Host: Kristi Bernard – “http://kristibernard.wordpress.com” http://kristibernard.wordpress.com
Wednesday, October 6
“Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Karen Cioffi-Ventrice”
Host: Margot Finke – “http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/” http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 7
“Writing Tips from Children’s Writer Karen Cioffi-Ventrice”
Host: Donna McDine - “http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com” http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com
Friday, October 8
“On the Go with Karen Cioffi-Ventrice”
Host: Suzanne Lieurance – “http://suzannelieurance.com” http://suzannelieurance.com
Saturday, October 9
“Become a Fan of Children’s Author, Karen Cioffi-Ventrice”

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to your visit.
Authors interested in being showcased at the National Writing for Children Center can download an application "http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com" www.writingforchildrencenter.com or email Suzanne Lieurance for more information at "mailto:bookbitesforkids@yahoo.com" bookbitesforkids@yahoo.com.


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Sunday, October 3, 2010

TONGUE TWISTERS HELP TEACH PHONICS!

Read the tongue twister several times to students, both at a regular rate and slowly. Ask them to listen for a sound they hear repeatedly. Have them repeat the tongue twister in its entirety. Or, if the tongue twister is long, students may repeat the sentence in segments as an echo after you have said it.

Listening to the tongue twisters will help students develop phonemic awareness as they repeatedly hear the same beginning sound in close proximity. As they listen for this sound, their brains become pattern detectors. Hearing and repeating the tongue twisters will help students to hear the sounds in speech and then reproduce them. These oral-mode experiences build the foundation for a student’s ability to look at the tongue twisters and then recognize the same letters in print (phonics).

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:
Annie asked Alex to draw an apple.
Billy watched the beaver build a dam with bunches of branches.
Celia’s class celebrated the new century at City Center in
Cincinnati.
Cassidy carries cauliflower, carrots, and corn in a colorful cart.
Logan likes limes, lettuce, lemons, and lots of licorice.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Welcome Award Winning Author Donna McDine

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Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Her second book, The Hockey Agony is under contract and will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. She writes, moms and is the Publicist Intern for The National Writing for Children Center and Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Musing Our Children.

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Thank you for this interview, Donna. Do you remember writing stories as a child or did the writing bug come later? Do you remember your first published piece?

A: When I was a child, I enjoyed watching the television program, Lou Grant with my dad, and became mesmerized on how a reporter put a story together and I dreamed of becoming a reporter one day. For some reason or another, I did not follow this early dream and worked in administration for several Fortune 500 companies for many years. Not until I came across the Institute of Children’s Literature aptitude test in 2006 did my dream of becoming a writer reawaken.

What do you consider as the most frustrating side of becoming a published author and what has been the most rewarding?

A: The waiting. I am very much hurry up let’s get it done mentality. Over the last several years I’ve learned that patience is truly a virtue. My most rewarding experience was the day my children acknowledged me as a children’s writer to an adult I was having a conversation with.

Are you married or single and how do you combine the writing life with home life? Do you have support?

A: Balance, balance, and some more balance. To find it at times with (as many fellow writers) the responsibilities of wife, mother, daughter, friend and my work as a virtual assistant can be quite daunting at times. Even though summer vacation is in full swing I find it essential to rise at least two hours before my children, so I can get my exercise, shower, and writing in. By the time the girls rise, I’m all set to have breakfast with them and then I’m ready to switch gears to my virtual assistant position with International Business Leaders Forum. This way I can remain much more focused on my VA work when I get my writing session in first. Oh and yes, this isn’t the army, so there are times my schedule gets thrown out of whack depending on what the day throws me (i.e., basketball camp and F.I.T. camp car pools).

Can you tell us about your latest book and why you wrote it?

A: Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa. Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa. I have always been fascinated by American History and it was a natural pull for me.

Can you share an excerpt?

A: He crept into the barn. A sweaty odor clung heavily in the air. His first attempts to help Jenkins hadn’t gone well. Jenkins use to cringe when he saw David. Fearful he was there to inflict another beating. But over time, David gained Jenkins’ trust with promises he was not there to harm him, but to help. Tonight, the wounds from the whip were worse than ever. The welts looked like caterpillars lodged under his skin. David dared not touch the wounds with his bare hands, afraid his calluses from farming would make the welts worse.

Where’s your favorite place to write at home?

A: The dining room table away from my computer. This way I am not distracted by email and because the natural light fills the room.

What is one thing about your book that makes it different from other books on the market?

A: Even though there are illustrations, The Golden Pathway is not a picture book, but rather a story book geared towards 8-12 years old.

Tables are turned…what is one thing you’d like to say to your audience who might buy your book one day?

A: The protagonist David shows that we can overcome negative influences with love and perseverance.

Thank you for this interview, Donna. Good luck on your virtual book tour!

Thank you to Cheryl C. Malandrinos of Pump Up Your Book Promotion for this original interview.

VBT – Writers on the Move continue to swirl through cyberspace, visit with Nancy Famolari on October 3rd at http://nancyfamolari.blogspot.com as she features Virginia Grenier.

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