Friday, May 31, 2013

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: The Emerald Ring by Dorine White


ABOUT THE BOOK 

Ordinary tween life turns upside down when Ancient Egypt intrudes on modern middle school life. Twelve year old Sara Guadalupe Bogus reads about adventures, but unexpectedly is drawn into one when a mystical emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra becomes stuck on her finger.
 

A series of burglaries spook Sara’s small Ohio hometown. Concluding that the root of all the crimes is the emerald ring, Sara realizes it’s up to her and her friends, Heidi and African exchange student Kainu, to save the town and protect Cleopatra’s legacy. Filled with magic, the ring thrusts Sara into a world filled with nightmares, allows her to shape shift into an Egyptian cat and battle assassins.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Dorine White. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Humanities. I am a member of the SCBWI and the PNWA. I write middle grade and YA fantasy. My first book, The Emerald Ring, will be published in 2013 by Cedar Fort Books.

You can follow me on TWITTER @DorineWhite.
"Like" my Facebook Fan Page HERE.
Check out my WEBSITE for a sneakpeek at my writing.
Contact me at dorwh@aol.com 


REVIEW

A magic ring may not be a new idea but White puts a fresh spin on it by connecting it to Cleopatra and ancient Egypt. Sara's life changes irrevocably when she puts on the emerald ring she finds at her grandma's house.  At first the thing won't come off and she is forced to deal with horrible dreams about Ancient Egypt.  Slowly she begins to realize that the ring is magical.  With the help of her friends, Heidi and Kainu, she slowly adjusts to the abilities the ring gives her.  But a burglar is searching frantically for the ring and Sara is in more danger than she knows.

This book provides a fun read, perfect for middle grade readers who aren't ready for weightier tomes.  The story reads easily and moves quickly.  Sara and her friends are quite likeable and make for appealing characters. I look forward to recommending this to my students.

GIVEAWAY 

1 print copy of The Emerald Ring
US/Canada only
Ends 6/14/2013

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Here are the winners from my last couple of giveaways.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop


DeeDee Brinkman Griffin







 KID LIT BLOG HOP

Natasha Donohoo
Rebecca Douglass
Karen Palmer Arrowood

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for participating!

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

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The Battle for Princess MadelineThe Battle for Princess Madeline
by Kirstin Pulioff
156 pages
Published May 29, 2013

The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel. 

Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.





Guest Post


The Studies Continue…

“Princess Madeline?” her professor asked to no response.  “Princess Madeline,” he yelled, whipping his willow branch on top of her desk, shaking his head in frustration.  “Please pay attention.  In the ancient days of the dragons, Lord Hawthorne created what is called Hawthorne’s Theory, a series of complex battle arrangements designed to startle the enemy and keep them off guard.”  Her professor continued talking and pointing to various diagrams and outlines on the wall.
Princess Madeline could barely keep her eyes open.  She was waging a personal battle between fighting off sleep during the day and fighting off her nightmares at night. Her eyelids grew heavier the longer Professor Warren spoke.  The low steady tone of his voice, the long lectures on lords, kings and history, even the bland beige robe he was wearing lulled her to sleep.  It wasn’t Professor Warren’s fault.  He was doing the best he could under the circumstances.  It was his charge to teach while managing the thin compromise between King Theodore and Princess Madeline.
Earlier that summer, King Theodore had reminded Madeline of her royal duty and pressured her to marry.  Outraged by his plan, she devised her own- defying the king and running away, determined to make a stand for her freedom.  After being captured, beaten, and narrowly escaping, she quickly realized that her true place was at home.  Princess Madeline returned and new compromises were reached.  Every day since, she and her father performed a calculated dance, each giving in a little, and each taking a turn leading, still trying to figure out some of the quirks of their arrangement. 
“… and that is why his theory is greatly regarded as a fool’s notion in the battlefield.”  Professor Warren turned around and squinted, rubbing his eyes with his forefingers. 
“Princess Madeline,” he yelled again.  “Please pay attention.”
Jumping at the sound of his voice, she opened her eyes quickly, reluctantly leaving the sunshine and birds in her dreams.
“Princess,” he said wearily, “could you please explain Hawthorne’s theory to me?” Crossing his arms, he waited for a response.
Madeline looked down at her notes.  Brushing a few loose strands of her brown hair out of the way, she smiled.  Her papers were full of sketches of herself and Daniel, rather impressive ones too for only a few hours of work.  She quickly scanned the rest of her notes, feeling the Professor’s eyes on her, and hearing the tap-tap of his shoes.


Happy Birthday Kirstin on May 27th!!

Kirstin PulioffKirstin Pulioff 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 North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.




Madeline's story begins...

The Escape of Princess Madeline
The Escape of Princess Madeline
by Kirstin Pulioff
ebook, 66 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Malachite Quills Publishing

Premise:

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

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5/27 – LAUNCH!  
-          I Am aReader, Not a Writer
5/29 - Geo Librarian - Review
-          Novels,News & Notes
5/30 – Dee’s Reads – Review
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6/2 – JoJo’s Corner - Review
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6/4 – Books for Kids – Review
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6/9 – Wonderings of One Person - Review
6/10 – Cassandra Lost In Books – Review
-          Jessie’sBook Place
6/11 – Backing Books – Review
6/12 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Review
6/13 – Fluttereal Flight Review
-          MySeryneti
6/14 – Grand Finale Blast!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WORLD WEDNESDAY: Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet


ABOUT THE BOOK

When Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they find themselves tangled up in much more than a family vacation. After receiving word that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wild in the hopes of saving the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job. While on this amazing journey, they encounter Africa’s Big Five - elephants, rhinos, cape buffalos, leopards, and lions?only to discover that the most dangerous predator in the African bush is not the king of beasts, but man himself.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one thing is certain - wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

You can find Gannon and Wyatt’s blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.


REVIEW



Based on the real life adventures of Gannon and Wyatt, this book takes the reader deep into the heart of the African bush. While there the boys see incredible scenery, experience the thrill and excitement of being near lions, rhinos, water buffalo and other wildlife, and run into a poacher.  It is very easy for this type of book to come off as just another exaggerated safari adventure story.  But it doesn't feel that way at all.  In fact, I loved the factual information that the authors integrated so beautifully into the story.  It was also very clear that a lot of effort had gone into making the details of life in the Kalihari Desert and Okavango Delta accurate.  For me, as a student of geography, there is nothing more irritating than inaccurate information in a book like this.  But everything I read here matches with everything else I've read and seen about the area.  

After visiting the website, it's very clear (and the author note in the book confirms it) that the content in the book is based on actual visits and experiences in the region.  While the events depicted in the book did not happen per se (it is a novel after all), they are very much possibilities in that part of the world.

I enjoyed reading from both boys points of view.  Each brother has their own interests and way of seeing things and they are quite different.  Gannon is a very outgoing, personable boy who enjoys interacting with other people and learning about other cultures.  Wyatt is the science buff who is very exacting in what he records and focuses more on the environment and wildlife.  They make a great combination when it comes to telling the story.

Plot wise, the story moves along at a nice clip and the main theme (poaching) was introduced smoothly and appropriately. Encounters with animals, mechanical problems, and disease all create additional problems for the boys and their guides.  Luckily for them they have an experienced guide and native tracker/hunter to assist them.

For those who enjoy reading about nature and a fun adventure/survival story, I can enthusiastically recommend this one.


Monday, May 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: Trail of Bones by Chris Salisbury

trail of bonesTRAIL OF BONES
Ready for a new adventure? Are you a fan of fantasy, young adult, science fiction and action stories?
“No mercy, No rules - Welcome to the Trail of Bones!”
Run with Purpose – battle cry of the Shade Wolves
Magnus, the runt of a litter of Shade Wolves, wants nothing more than to be a loyal, strong member of the pack. But when an ancient enemy threatens his friends and family, he faces a choice that could tear him from all he's known and loved. Born in captivity, the giant panther Kelor knows nothing but suffering and loss. He struggles to find his place in this world of terror, and he battles to protect his family without succumbing to the darkness lurking inside him.

Falling captive to the evil Warden, the two are forced to fight in the battle of the beasts known as 'The Trail of Bones'. How will Kelor and Magnus learn to work together? How will they escape a fate of despair and death? How will their choices affect their comrades? Their enemies? And the forgotten magic that could doom all life of their world? Let the adventures begin!
A fun, exciting, clean read for teens, young adults, adults and readers of all ages. Pick up your copy of this fantasy adventure today!
Are you a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Jim Butcher and other fantasy and science fiction authors? You’ll feel right at home with Trail of Bones. This fantasy story offers a strong moral message, suspense, action, and mystery, in a world full of magic, unlikely heroes, and devious villains.

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BOOK TRAILER



EDITORIAL REVIEWS 

Salisbury is a rising star in genre fiction. This book makes a unique and exciting contribution in the fantasy realm. The first of great things to come. --Jake Black, "The Authorized Ender Companion" "Smallville" "Ender's Game: Recruiting Valentine"  

AMAZON REVIEWS

Conclusion: A fantasy adventure that features lots of action and intrigue that is geared to a YA audience. There are moments in this tale that are especially well done... story telling at a level that I'd be interested to see what this author would do with an adult orientated fantasy work. As a dedicated YA work... 5 Stars. ~ Ray Nicholson  

The beginning of a great adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book of the Trail of Bones series. It is an unpredictable adventure, with heartwrenching acts of love and friendship. The story ended before I was prepared to put my Kindle down, and now I will wait anxiously for the second book to be published. In the meantime, I think I'll read it again with my eleven-year-old son; I'm sure he'll love it as much as I do. Give it a read! ~ HRL

Enthralling story line that really pulls you in …The characters were some that I will not easily forget because he explains their background in a way that makes the reader really connect and believe they are real. He creates a world that I long to see. I really grew to both love and hate different characters. I think that is a sign of a really great author when they can make us feel so much emotion towards a character. ~ Janason
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Chris Salisbury has been writing fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and action thrillers for years in independent films. Now he’s expanded his love of good movies, such as Gladiator, Counte of Monte Cristo, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Star Trek, to the world of books. Trail of Bones is the first book in a planned four part fantasy, young adult series targeted at readers of all ages.

The father of four enjoys a wide range of interests from scuba diving to softball, coaching basketball to playing Battlefield 3 on his Xbox 360 or NCAA Football with his sons. He is also a big advocate for literacy and reading for young boys. There seem to be few titles that appeal to young boys and young men to hold their attention, trigger their imaginations and create a love of reading. Chris is out to change that.
In addition to the Trail of Bones series, he also has a number of other titles in development including historical fiction, action, suspense thrillers, and several science fiction properties. There’s a lot more on the horizon, so enjoy Trail of Bones but be sure to look for more captivating titles from Chris Salisbury in the near future.

REVIEW

Unfortunately, with the end of school and the craziness associated with it, I did not get this book read. I will post a review as soon as I do.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Chronicles of Egg #2: New Lands by Geoff Rodkey


ABOUT THE BOOK

This highly anticipated sequel to Rodkey's much-praised debut is funny, heartfelt, and action-packed. Don't miss it! 

After a narrow escape from Deadweather Island, Egg and his slightly deranged partner Guts head for the remote New Lands. They’re in search of the lost Okalu tribe, who hold the key to the mysterious treasure map that Egg can't decipher. 


But the ruthless Roger Pembroke is hard on Egg's trail, and the New Lands are full of new enemies — against which our heroes only weapons are their brains, their courage...and the two dozen swear words Guts just memorized in the local tongue. 


They're going to need help. 


But who can they trust? 


Is Kira, the beautiful and heavily armed Okalu refugee, their ally…or their enemy? Is Pembroke's daughter Millicent on Egg's side…or her father's? Why on earth is the notorious pirate Burn Healy being so nice to them? And the biggest question of all: what shocking secret is Egg about to discover in the shadow of an ancient Okalu temple?


REVIEW

It was great meeting up with Egg again.  Egg makes an appealing hero.  While far from perfect, he always tries his hardest to do what he feels is right. Unfortunately, when you have a wealthy, powerful man trying to kill you and a treasure map you can't interpret it becomes very difficult to know what the right thing is.  With the help of new friends and old friends, Egg tries to find a way to the Okalu people, hoping to find someone able to help him decipher the map. But unfortunately, he runs into serious obstacles along the way, sickness and slavery among them.

I found myself enjoying this book just as much as the first one.  With plenty of twists and turns and unexpected surprises I found myself cheering hard for Egg to come out on top. Despite the hard things he faced he still radiates goodness and a touch of innocence. Guts provides some humor but is also a sympathetic character who has faced some horrible things in his life with pirates, but who turns out to have surprising talents. Millicent, Egg's enemy's daughter, proves once again that no one will dictate her life for her, but also manages to irritate everyone along the way.

I also found myself enjoying the setting. Rodkey does a great job creating a feeling of discovery in this book as the kids travel through a world very much different than anything they've known before. 

Like most middle books of trilogies there are still plenty of questions left to answer and I very much look forward to reading the last book in the series. Highly recommended.


 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

KID LIT BLOG HOP #16

Welcome to the 16th Kid Lit Blog Hop. 

kidlit book giveaway hopThe Kid Lit Blog Hop takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. We have managed to create a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists, as well as parents seeking out their next great read. So, you are more than welcome to link in and take some time to make some new friends.

Before we get on with the Hop I want to make sure that you are all aware of the on-going Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, co-hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews. The Kid Lit Giveaway Hop is taking place to honor Children's Book Week (May 13 to 19, 2013). For the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, children's book or teen literature bloggers, authors, publishers, or publicists are sharing copies of fabulous children/teen's books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children's Book Week? Click on the poster to go to the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop.

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you're linking up. If you'd prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

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Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: The Circle by Cindy Cipriano

  Circle copy



ABOUT THE BOOK

Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother's bookstore wearing a dark clan's mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel's brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother - revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.


 PRAISE

"The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds."

--Kathleen Fox, LibraryGames.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Cipriano lives in NC with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher, who this past August celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.



REVIEW

A fun middle grade story about a boy and a girl and their adventures with fairies and curses and missing people. Calum's cousin is missing and he desperately wants to find him, but he doesn't know where to start.  When Laurel arrives in town determined to find her missing brother, Calum decides to help her, not realizing the possible repercussions.  Cipriano creates a fun mythology surrounding fairies and the Sidhe. An enjoyable read and one I can easily recommend.



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Monday, May 13, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!
Today I have a fun middle grade science fiction book to spotlight. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Seventh-grader Dustin Cotter dreams of being the first human to make contact with an alien species from outer space. So when he discovers that the meteorite he watched crash-landing is really a miniature spacecraft, he’s determined to capture it.

But first a dog grabs it. A dog that happens to be owned by Randie, the cutest girl at his new school. Then it gets stolen by another kid on horseback: Max, the school comedian/magician/cowboy. Dustin finally manages to get it back, and his dream of making contact comes true when he meets Bok, the tiny alien astronaut.

However, a dangerous motorcyclist saw the crash-landing, too. He wants the spaceship and will stop at nothing until it’s in his possession. And then one dark night, the man catches Dustin alone out in the desert - and Dustin’s dream turns into a life-threatening nightmare.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:    

K.L. Pickett was born in Southern California. Her first job as a young teenager was collecting eggs on an egg ranch. She’s had many occupations since then: preschool teacher, real estate salesperson, special education teacher’s assistant, loan officer, furniture salesperson, and agricultural biologist. She currently teaches fourth grade in a tiny rural elementary school.
Over fifty of her stories and articles have appeared in magazines such as Boys’ LifeHighlights for ChildrenHumpty Dumpty, and Ladybug under the name Karen Troncale.
She’s rescued dozens of cats, dogs, and birds in her life including a pelican, a pheasant, and several crows. An avid animal-lover, she’s a volunteer for the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, designing their flyers each week and writing their public radio announcements.
Currently she resides in Tombstone, Arizona, along with her husband, dog, and mule. When she’s not writing, reading, or teaching, she’s riding her mule along the same desert trails that Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday rode upon.
SEVENTH GRADE (ALIEN!) HERO is her first book.


MOCK INTERVIEW:

Interviewer: Welcome. I’m excited to hear about your firstbook Seventh Grade (Alien!)Hero. I understand it’s a middle-grade science fiction adventure story. Why did you choose to write for the middle-grade audience? And why science fiction?

K.L.Pickett: I currently teach fourth grade in a small rural Arizona school; previously I taught middle-grade reading and writing. Since I’m immersed in that age group every day, it was a natural jumping off point to write for them.
Why did I write a science fiction novel? Because I lovereading science fiction and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. I’m Trekkie; I’ve been a huge Star Trek fan for years. Avatar, Star Wars, E.T., War of the Worlds, Journey to the Center of the Earth – I love all of those science fiction movies, old and new. I grew up reading science fiction books, starting with an old beginning reader series called Space Cat (followed by Space Cat Goes to Mars and Space Cat has Kittens)As a teenager I loved reading novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. One of my favorite science fiction books today is The True Meaning ofSmekday by Adam Rex.

Interviewer: So tell us a little about Seventh Grade (Alien!)Hero. How did you get the idea for this book?

K.L.Pickett: Some time ago I read as short story about a minutespaceship that flew in the open window of a small boy’s bedroom. That story intrigued me and stayed with me for a long time. It made me start thinking that spaceships and space aliens don’t have to be big.
Then one night I saw a falling star streak across the sky. I started asking myself questions. What if it hit the earth and someone found it? What if it turned out it wasn’t a meteor at all, but a tiny spaceship? And what if it was damaged and someone did find it? All of these “what if’s” turned into Seventh Grade (Alien!) Hero.
The main character of Seventh Grade (Alien!) Hero is someone middle-graders can relate to. Dustin’s a normal seventh grade boy whose life has been turned upside-down. His parents have gotten a divorce, his dad’s remarried, and his mom has moved him out to the desert, out into the middle of nowhere,away from the suburban life he’s always known. He has no friends. Middle-graders can understand him because they all know how hard making friends can be, even if they haven’t moved to a new home themselves.
Then he captures the spaceship and everything starts happening. Someone else wants the ship – someone dangerous – who will stop at nothing to get it.

InterviewerSounds exciting! I understand this is your first book. Have you written pieces other than books?

K.L.Pickett: I’ve written stories and articles for magazines for years. One of my stories entitled “The Big Oops!” was originally published in Guide magazine, and was reprinted in the book Guide’s Greatest Hero Stories in 2012.  

Interviewer: So what’s next for your writing?

K.L.Pickett: Currently I’m working on another middle-grade science fiction novel. And I’m excited about the release of my second book Maybe It’s Magic! which is obviously about magic and also about horses. It’s being published by MuseItUpPublishing and will be available in August. So look for it soon!

Interviewer: Do you have any advice for other authors?

K.L.Pickett: My only advice is to never give up. Keep writing. If you want something bad enough and persevere, it will happen eventually.

Interviewer: Where can readers find you and your books?

K.L.Pickett: My website is www.klpickett.weebly.com. Each month I feature a free children’s short story and an inexpensive children’s activity on the site. I can also be reached on facebook:
Also, I’m a teacher, and I have an online teacher story with teaching materials:

Seventh Grade (Alien!) Hero can be ordered from:

InterviewerI’m sure our readers will be checking out those sites. Thanks for sharing with us today.

K.L.Pickett: Thanks for having me. Oh, and don’t forget. I’ll be giving away five copies of Seventh Grade (Alien!) Hero chosen randomly from readers who leave comments about this post.

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Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop
May 13th – 19th
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What is Children’s Book Week?
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!
For more information please visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com/
WHAT AM I GIVING AWAY?
For this giveaway, I am offering ONE children's book of choice from the Book Depository.
Here are a couple that I finished recently and can heartily recommend. Just fill out the form below.

RULES
  1. You must be 13 or older to enter.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Void where prohibited.
  4. Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning notification email.
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