J.R. is a huge fan of all things fun and thrilling. She gets a kick out of surprising her kids and loves to tell goofy jokes—that aren’t always funny. She lives in
KATHY: Thank you for coming J. R. Can you tell my readers a little about your upcoming series?
J. R. I began writing this series at the request of my publisher. Electric Shorts—Sparking Young Imaginations is a pilot program designed to reach the reluctant reader. Each series runs six short stories and offers something unique. My series, Delbert Dallas and the Dragon Diaries, began in a brainstorming session with my 10-year-old son, Matthew. I had two themes I wanted to play with—musical instruments and history. Wow, did we go places!
KATHY: That's exciting! I'm a retired teacher who knows how important interesting stories are to reluctant readers. I love that your ten year old son is your partner. Tell us more.
J.R. We began with the idea of a boy who had an electric guitar that turned into a time traveling dragon named Barbeque Bob. From there, we designed his archenemy, Walter Wheeler, with his own dragon named Firebrand. The boys visit different warriors and wars throughout history. From Vikings and Greek soldiers, to Denmark in World War II and all the way back to the Mongolian empire, we found little known facts and interesting myths and legends to include in the series.
KATHY: Wow! Now I like your stories even better. Not only do reluctant readers get to read, but they also learn history facts too. When will the stories be available?
The titles and their release dates are:
March 22nd: Voyage to Viking Island
April 22nd: The Civil War Skirmish
May 22nd: Viva La Francine!
June 22nd: Meltdown in Marathon
July 22nd: Don’t Dis the Danish
August 22nd: Genghis Khan Do It!
Each short story will cost $.99 and will be available as an electronic download only. This makes them cost effective for schools and other literacy programs that wish to use them as teaching tools. We’re very excited to become part of summer reading programs as well. Our goal is to reach out to the kids who may not enjoy reading. For this reason, we’re using easy language and high action to keep the pace quick and hold the reader’s attention from beginning to end.
KATHY: Where can we find out more about you, your other books, and these great stories J. R.?
I’ll be updating my blog and website as we grow closer to the release date. Don’t be shy, stop on by, and let me know what you think! My website is http://www.jennifer-turner.com/ and my blog is http://jr-turner.blogspot.com/. Leave a comment today and you’ll be entered to win a free book thong in your favorite color!
KATHY: J.R. has included this great activity for kids to do! Have fun!!
Delbert Dallas and the Dragon Diaries Activity
empty shoe box
large rubber bands
ruler or stick
Cut an oval in the cover from the box. Stretch the rubber bands around the box. Replace cover and tape in place. Attach the ruler or stick to the back of the box on one end to act as the arm of the guitar. Cut Dragon head and wings from card stock. Paint, color, decorate with glitter and fun objects like sequins or stickers. Glue head to the stick and wings to each side of the box.
To play, strum or pluck the rubber band. Have fun!
J. R. Thanks again, Kathy, for having me here today!
KATHY: Your welcome J. R. I know the kids will love making this dragon guitar. Actually, so will I! I wish you great success with this much needed series o short stories.
Tomorrow on our virtual book tour Nancy Famolari is featuring author Jennifer Wylie.
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