Hi folks, I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) and I’m part of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to play visit https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/book-owl-word-search/bows-how-to-play/. See if you can find my secret word in this post. Hint it’s something I love. Then continue the search to the other authors on my team and find their words as well.
So, for those of you who are visiting you’re probably wondering what P.A.W.S. stands for. Well, P.A.W.S. is the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters. The organization has a network of supernatural academies around the globe were would-be shifters train in their own particular magic.
So would you like to go to P.A.W.S.? The first thing you’d need to do is decide what animal form would fit your personality best. To find out take my handy dandy quiz here and post your answers in the comments on this post. One commenter will pick up a special prize from me, a signed P.A.W.S. bookmark.
I wonder how many CATS there will be?! Because of course CATS is my secret word!
Jump into the P.A.W.S. Saga here for a special introductory price of $4.99 for the first three books in the saga.
And last but by no means least a freebie for Earth Day this week.
Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons. Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things? An elemental tale from the author of P.A.W.S. and Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri.
“This is a wonderful story that kids will fall in love with. Beautifully written and illustrated. ” Cindy Shirley, The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick
Hey folks! It’s Friday and I have a cool freebie for your little one to share from children’s author Emma Harper.
Lucas was a 7-year-old boy. It was a cold winter night and a monster appeared on Lucas’s window. To overcome his fear not only made him stronger, but also helped him in facing his other fears in the future. Read out the story to find out!
Hi folks, Happy Friday! I hope you’re all keeping warm during this nasty cold snap we’ve been having. I know I’m ready for spring. So what better way to keep your little ones engaged through the winter than with a book or two.
First up my own kitty story, Cecilia’s Tale is on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook. This is the story of a street cat in Jerusalem who went out one day to find and tame her own human. It’s roughly based on how my cat Cecilia originally found me and includes wonderful water color illustrations by a local St. Louis illustrator, Victoria Szulc.
And now I’m pleased to highlight some other charming and funny titles from indie picture book authors:
Lucy and her favorite stuffed animal, Lou, do everything together. While on a family cruise, the wind sweeps her stuffed animal off into the ocean where is lost forever.Join Lucy in a story about grief and loss, as she navigates moving forward while honoring her beloved stuffed animal.
This book is a great tool for parents to jumpstart the conversation about life and death. Helping our young readers to begin exploring the understanding of grief, Lost takes loss and puts the experience into a palatable story for young readers.
The next three titles are available FREE via Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.
Why have one Superhero when you can have two? Introduce the kids to The Super Twins with a fun and action filled Activity pack. It includes word searches, a maze, colouring sheets, make your own Superhero mask and more! Loads of entertainment to keep your little ones occupied.
Wouldn’t you like to take a family vacation to a place you’ve never been, right now?
You and your entire family are invited to come and experience, learn, feel, and imagine what life in other countries all over the world is like from other kids! In this book, Joaquin and Yocsary take us on an exciting and unforgettable adventure around the unique Central American country of Costa Rica.
Are you ready to take a majestic walk in the cloud forests and visit tropical blond and black sand beaches all in the same country? Feel free to jump in the ocean and go surfing. Visit hot spring sites and learn more about the wonderful biodiversity in the Costa Rican jungle. Joaquin and Yocsary are so excited to give you a taste of the food they eat, the languages they speak and the clothes they wear as they dance in the street! Don’t forget your sun hat and comfortable shoes and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica.
There’s a bonus quiz at the end of every book. Sensei Publishing provides kids with a series of books for generations of people encouraging exciting curiosity and interactive discovery. Please join us on this unique journey around the world where kids teach other kids about the wonders and treasures of their home countries – are you ready? Get your family’s copy of Kids on Earth: ‘Costa Rica’ today!
Hey Everyone – it’s my birthday! So to celebrate I’ve put ALL 6 of my P.A.W.S. Saga on sale for just 99 cents/99p. It’s been a long and crazy year and hopefully 2021 will be a whole lot better. So snuggle up and read and in the meantime I’m scribbling away in the next couple of books in the series!
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FOUR contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PURPLE team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday April 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Breeanna Shields on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer duology (Page Street), the Poison’s Kiss duology (Random House BFYR), and The Splendor (coming in fall 2021 from Page Street).
When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octane fantasy-thriller.
Breeana is sharing a special writing playlist:
Deep Focus Playlist for Writing
I’ve never been able to write to music with lyrics. I find it too distracting. However, music is still an important part of my process in several ways. First, it’s incredibly helpful before I begin a new book—when I’m still daydreaming about the story and trying to find the heart of it. Or—once I’ve begun—when I’m hopelessly stuck and need to take some time to figure out what comes next. Before starting a new project, I make a playlist and listen during non-working times–while I’m driving, cooking, or doing anything else that leaves my mind free to wander. It helps channel my thoughts toward the book, and I’ve untangled many thorny plot issues with the aid of Spotify and a little downtime.
But while I’m actually drafting, I either write in silence, or listen to something inspiring without lyrics—the kind of music that can both set the mood and fade into the background so it doesn’t interfere with my concentration.
So today, instead of sharing a playlist for the book, I want to share my ultimate deep focus playlist—music I find helpful while I’m actually writing. All of these songs provided relaxing and/or inspiring background noise that helped me focus while I wrote THE BONE CHARMER duology. I hope you enjoy!
Deep Focus Playlist for Writing
Song for Rome by Brain Crain
Time by Hans Zimmer
Pastorale, Songs from a Secret Garden, by Rolf Lovland
Moonlit Shore by Brain Crain
Flight by Hans Zimmer
Adagio by Rolf Lovland
Dream of Flying by Brain Crain
The Approaching Night by Phillip Wesley
Embrasse-Moi by Ernesto Cortazar
The Windmills of Your Mind by George Skaroulis
Isles of Shoals by Tim Janis
Ballet of the Little Café by Brian Crain
Where Butterflies Dance by Ann Sweeten
We Should Waltz by Kevin Kern
Author of YA fantasy
The Bone Charmer duology available now from Page Street
Poison’s Kiss duologyavailable now from Random House
Bonus! I’m running a Rafflecopter with oodles of ways to win. The grand prize winner wins a box set of books 1 through 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga in audio or ebook. Plus everyone who signs up for my newsletter picks up a free copy of Tales from P.A.W.S.
And one more thing before you go. If you like shifters of all shapes and kinds check out my P.A.W.S. Saga available in Amazon in ebook, paperback and audiobook and free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.
Stuck inside because of COVID-19? Need a distraction? Check out this brand new book by M.A. Phipps and Rebecca Jaycox. So what’s it about? Let’s take a read:
Luna has always been told she’s crazy. That’s why she’s spent the last year in a psychiatric ward for teens—until a mysterious doctor takes her away to a school in Egypt for children with special abilities. There, she’s forced to question if she’s actually insane or if there’s more to her troubled past than she thought.
Caleb is a Dark Nephilim who’s been chosen to go undercover as an exchange student at the Light Nephilim school in Alexandria. Once there, his mission is simple: find a way to free his grandfather, Alexander the Great, who was entombed after trying to take over the world.
When Luna and Caleb cross paths, they’re drawn to each other, but with eons of prejudice standing between them, can they overcome the divide between the Lights and the Darks? Or will the trail of secrets and lies they discover tear them apart?
Hey folks, Happy March. Today is one month before the official release of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA. And I’m offering a special deal for followers of this blog and my newsletter. Preorder signed copies of one or both books and pick up free audio book versions to listen to at your pleasure. The audio for TEA & DARK CHOCOLATE with be delivered immediately, while the audio for ANOTHER CUP should be out around May (depending on when Audible approve it.)
Prices include shipping to anyone in the US. If you’re somewhere else or would like to pick up your copy from me personally at RavenCon or Archon let me know and I’ll adjust the price.
Signed copies of TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE available for just $10 including shipping (US only)
Signed copies of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA available for just $10 including shipping (US only)