This 32-page book is filled with beautiful illustrations by Nejla Shojaie, which complements the magic and wonder a child has about this holiday. The story starts as a question: Where does Santa and Mrs. Claus go on vacation? The following pages are filled with fun and imaginative possibilities that can spark conversations with your little reader throughout the story.
Several months back, I purchased the picture book I Wish You Happiness by Michael Wong and illustrated by Ann Baratashvili through Michael Wong’s Kickstarter campaign. I was delighted to get it in the mail recently. Let me tell you, I am so glad I chose to support this book.
It. Is. Gorgeous. Everything about the book is beautiful from the lustrous illustrations to its message of tranquility, peace, and happiness. Page after page is filled with wishes of encouragement for various life experiences complemented by the sense of awe and wonder created by the illustrations. The team of author and illustrator in this book was a perfect match.
I also loved the supplemental pages at the end that highlights a few surprises in the illustrations. This was a great book that I highly recommend. Hopefully, you can grab it before Christmas this year. What an amazing way to begin 2021 – with messages of hope and encouragement.
If you’re part of my VIP team, you already know. The cover for my middle-grade novel SOULED has been released. A day later I posted it on some of my social media.
The amazing cover was done by Junior’s Digital Designs . I was so impressed with the quality of their artwork. As you can see above, they do amazing work, so definitely follow them on Instagram.
In addition to the cover, I am launching a Kickstarter campaign in THREE days. I can’t wait to send you over there to see what I put together. There will be rewards with print copies, digital copies, bookmarks, character cards, stickers and more. Also, there will be an EARLY BIRD special featuring a limited time only reward. Again, my VIP team will hear about it first, so be sure to join here.
I want to thank all my family, friends and readers for all your support during my writing journey. You’ve been there while all four of my picture books have been traditionally published. There may be a fifth one on the way…time will tell.
If you’ve been following me, you know I also started a whole other writing project and wrote my first middle grade novel. As I transition from the writing phase to the publishing phase, I am tackling another first for me- I’m choosing to independently publish my novel.
There are many reasons for this such as gaining higher royalties and control over my content, but the biggest one so far is how much I enjoy being part of the whole process. I find it fascinating and I’m always learning something new.
As the book passes through its final edits, I will be preparing for the printing stage. In order to meet the costs, I will be running a pre-order campaign using the Kickstarter platform. I haven’t started it yet as I’m still planning all the fabulous rewards for you. For this to be successful I need all of your support and I want you to be the first to hear about when it goes live. Why? Because the first day will be a one day deal only for a super deal. Sign up here to get the updates (I also send freebies occasionally). Make sure you add me to your safe list. Just by joining my group ,you will be helping me while being the first to access updates and my freebies.(Psst a cover reveal is in the works!)
Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Signing up is the a sure fire way of showing your support and ensuring you have the latest information.
You won’t believe what is coming this weekend! Jennifer Nielsen, author of the ASCENDANCE Series, MARK OF A THIEF Series, THE TRAITOR’S GAME Series and several other books is having a book cover reveal of her upcoming book! Part of the reveal is an exciting contest where you can win THREE signed books from Jennifer Nielsen, INCLUDING the choice of THE CAPTIVE KINGDOM – or – the first ARC of this new historical when she receives it!
Ever since I read The False Prince, the first book of the Ascendance Trilogy, I have been a huge fan of her work. I wrote a review of The Shadow Throne here. **Spoiler Alert** The book is AWESOME! It even got my teenage reluctant reader hooked.
Here are the details of the contest. On Sunday visit Jennifer Nielsen’s Website. Click on her blog. There will be 15 Trivia squares – Each with a link to a question. Post your answer on the blog the link takes you to. So if I have question 3, you would click on that tile, answer the question here. The first correct answer unlocks a square revealing part of her new title. No worries though if you aren’t the first. Every correct answer is an entry point for the giveaway. So if you got all 15 answers correct – whether you were first or not – you will have 15 entry points.
This sounds like a ton of fun and I’m so excited to be a part of it. So – COME BACK SUNDAY for the trivia question and a lot of fun!
I will be at the Barnes and Noble, Neshaminy Mall on Monday March 30th for a reading and book signing. All four of my books will be available including A Star in the Night, Teresa’s Shadow, Angel Donor and Caitie the Caterpillar. This event is in conjunction with a B & N bookfair supporting Saint Cecilia School. So, once you finish at my table, check out all the fun activities SCS has planned including: a Make and Take, a Scavenger Hunt, a selfie with the SCS Mascot (I’m DEFINITELY getting in on this one!) and more! If you are in the area that night, stop by and see me! Questions? Join the discussion on my Event Page.
Welcome Author Marie D’Abreo. She is the talented author of several publications including graphic novels and comics. She has a fascinating background which you can read about here.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I got interested in writing when I was in high school. It wasn’t
until graduate school when a professor told me, “Oh, I see you’re a
writer”, that I realized, well, maybe I am!
long have you been writing professionally?
I published my first
book in 2014.
does your writing schedule look like?
All over the place! But
generally it takes up about 4 hours a day, with break periods every hour or so.
are your favorite books to read?
Graphic novels, biographies, airplane-ride
fiction, and spiritual stuff. I just finished “Bare-Bones Meditation”
by Joan Tollifson.
have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?
It can be hard on the body and mind. Stretch, go for walks… And
when you get stuck in the creative process, go do something completely different!
Then you’ll usually have an idea on the loo..
have you found to be the most rewarding?
There’s a unique sense of fulfillment in having fully expressed
something that came from who-knows-where. Writing is a rather magical process.
advice to you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you want and
for the love of it. And keep at it.
publications do you have out now?
Beautiful (Book One): A Girl’s Trip Through the Looking Glass,
Beautiful (Book Two): Living with the Frenemy, Beautiful (Book Three): Game of
Crones, Lost in Guyville, Sky Orb
you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.
one of the ‘Beautiful’ series is coming out in French and Spanish. It’s pretty
cool to see your characters talking in a different language! ‘Beautiful: Un
voyage à travers le miroir’ (French Edition) and ‘Beautiful: Un viaje a través
del espejo’ (Spanish Edition)
writing projects are you working on?
My next book might be a
graphic novel memoir, or it could be a picture book. We’ll see which idea wins
can we follow you and purchase your books?
Books by Marie D’Abreo are available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Ingram and at San Francisco comic book stores.
This week I interviewed children’s author Amanda Lowney. She is the author of the picture book Zora the Water Dog. JG: We all had that “A-ha Moment” when we knew we wanted to be a writer. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? AL: When I had my children and I was looking for something productive to do during the odd hours I had free. JG: What does your writing schedule look like? AL: Very sporadic. In between watching my kids, marketing my first book and all the other odds and ends! JG: I can relate to that. What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing? AL: Finding the time to write. Marketing. JG: What have you found to be the most rewarding? Watching my two daughters ask for my book at storytime. JG: Aww. That melts my heart. What advice do you have for aspiring authors? Take your time when finalizing your book. Don’t try and rush it just to get it out there. You will be happier in the long run!
JG: That is so true. Very wise advice. What publications do you have out now? Zora, The Water Dog
JG: Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it. Just released Zora, The Water Dog in the last few months. I do have the second book in the series hopefully coming out late this year! JG: Where can we follow you and purchase your books? You can find me on Facebook and my book is on Amazon.
Thanks so much for stopping by Amanda.
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Please join me in welcoming author Aaron McGinley, the author of the beloved book Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Children inspire you. I’ve always done professional writing, and
my silly side always came out in my work with kids and at a summer camp. But I
knew when I had my kid and she inspired a dream, I had to model for them to
How inspirational! How long have you been writing professionally?
This is my first book!
What does your writing schedule look like?
Have you ever tried to write a book with a
crying baby in one hand and a keyboard in the other, at 9 at night? I have!
Yes. It is quite the struggle. What are your favorite books to read? Any that might not be well known?
I love a good thriller. Also, as a therapist, I devour psychology
What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?
In my case, it was realizing that the
traditional publishing route has very regimented ideas about what makes a book
sell. For instance, my book targets highly intelligent children, and realizing
that parents know they can manage a higher word count, but that publishers
don’t was disheartening. I don’t regret going the independent route though,
because now my book is landing into the hands of parents, kids, teachers, and
therapists that appreciate it!
What have you found to be the most rewarding?
Almost daily, I hear from parents that are
using the book as a tool to help their bright children to connect with others.
That is truly rewarding. What advice to you have for aspiring authors?