Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway!

It's time for the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway. 

This hop is being hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews.

One question that I get asked is: Why do you write middle-grade fiction?

My answer: I LOVE middle-schoolers! The age group is just all sorts of fun! Leaving elementary school but not ready for high school, right smack in the middle.

GRAPE BUBBLEGUM - School is almost back in session! new clothes, new hair styles, cute boys, jealous girls, and drama, drama & more DRAMA!!  13-year-old Beatrice Peppercorn's heart's desires are to finish her final year in middle school, win the heart of her cutie pie crush and take home the trophy for the spelling competition. Simple, right? Not when Beatrice's arch nemesis gets in her way and a new kid arrives--turning her world upside down.

SINCLAIR SUMMER -  Katrina Hollister, her twin sister Kiara, and their quirky group of pre-teen friends find themselves playing spy during their summer vacation in the prestigious gated community of Sinclair Estates.
Not only does Katrina and her crew investigate why ginormous mushrooms are randomly appearing then disappearing when their strange new neighbor is about, but she must also deal with the up-and-coming teen sensation who moved in across the street and stole her crush. To make things worse, her mother starts dating her crush’s gorgeous father—all of which she must stop.
SEVEN SHADES OF LUMINOSITY - When 13-year-old Ralph and his two friends enter a magical world called Norwaeja, they find themselves on an unexpected quest for seven keys, each of which leads them closer to a dark and dangerous kingdom. Ralph thought he was an ordinary kid, just trying to become the junior fencing champion in his state. Shortly after being chased into Norwaeja he learns of the prophecy declaring him the warrior that will lead the Great Army into battle against Apep, the evil one. Epic battles against Trolls, dangerous treks through kingdoms, and one pesky, egotistical meerkat will pit friend against friend while Ralph discovers just who he really is and what he is capable of achieving in a world that he is not a part of. Or is he?

I am giving away one ecopy or paperback copy of my books: Grape Bubblegum, Sinclair Summer, Seven Shades of Luminosity!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Author Interview--Cher Green

Hello All, Today, I'd like to introduce to you--Author Cher Green!

Cher Green writes in many genres, spanning from horror to romance. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She has also authored two paranormal romance novellas, Escape to Love and Seduced by Darkness, and a children’s book, The Sacrifice.

What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a paranormal novel. A woman discovers she has the ability to communicate with spirits, an ability she's had since childhood, but has pushed to the darkest corners of her mind. Her newly discovered ability comes with a task, one which could save the world, or destroy it if she fails.

What process in writing is hardest for you?
Honestly, the hardest part is getting the time into the project. I have a full-time day job and many other interests other than writing. I do my best to allow time for every aspect but sometimes it can be overwhelming.

What process in writing is the most enjoyable for you? 
I really enjoy the whole process, but if I had to choose one it would be the first draft. Watching the creation grow is the most exciting thing about writing for me.

Are you panster or a plotter?
I'm a little of both, but the first draft is usually in panster mode. After that's complete, I usually turn to plotting to work out any bugs.

How did you come up with your storyline, or what inspired you to write The Sacrifice?
I was in a writing group, and we worked on a new prompt each month. For this story, the prompt was a fairy tale. During these type of exercises, I don't worry about the results, I focus mainly on letting go and allowing my muse to take the lead. Some of my best stories have come from little exercises such as prompts, whether it's within a group or a personal writing session. I didn't  think much about this little tale, but eventually I went back and expanded on it. It took quite a while to find a home for it. I originally sent it out as a short story to numerous magazines. A children's book hadn't crossed my mind until it was suggest by one of the editors at eTreasures. 

When is your favorite time to write?
I don't have a certain time I write, although I'm sure it would be helpful, if it were possible. My days are never the same, so it's hard to set up a working schedule. I write whenever I can fit it in. My only condition is it has to be quiet. I'm able to block out distractions if necessary with classical music, but I still find it slightly distracting. Perfect silence is my best time to write.

What is your favorite snack while writing?
Peanut M&Ms
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Thanks for visiting, Cher!!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Author Interview--J.D. Pooker

Today, I would like to introduce to you--Author J.D. Pooker

A fellow author with eTreasures Publishing :)


J.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

My sons are the inspiration for writing children's stories. I want to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be.  I want them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a nonfiction project about zombies.  I have always been fascinated with the creatures, and I’ve been wanting to write about them for a while, but I could never figure out what I wanted to say.  After watching World War Z, I figured it out. 

What process in writing is hardest for you?
Promotion.  I don’t have any time.  Between working a full-time job and taking care of a family, I have very little time to talk about my books like I want to

What process in writing is the most enjoyable for you?
I know a lot of people hate editing, but I really enjoy it.  Partly because I freelance edit, but also because when you get to that stage, the hard part is over.  The story is on the page, it just needs to be tweaked.  It’s a great feeling to know it’s one step closer to being finished.

Are you pantser or a plotter?            
Pantser, although some plotting takes place in my head before I sit down at the computer to type.  The most exciting part, though, it seeing where my characters take me.  After all, it’s their story, I’m just typing it for them.

How did you come up with your storyline, or what inspired you to write The Ifs?
I had a dream about catching a small man in a jar and feeding it spaghetti.  When I woke up, the idea stuck with me.  My boys were pretty young at the time, but I wanted to write an adventure story for them, so I expanded the dream and imagined how my kids would react to the situation.

When is your favorite time to write?
Again, I have very limited time to write, so I squeeze it in whenever I can.  My favorite time to write would be all day every day, but that doesn’t happen.

What is your favorite snack while writing?
I don’t usually snack while I’m writing.  I have to keep my hands free to type.  But I usually have a glass of ice water near me.

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