Not So Boring #amwriting #mum

One of my pet hates as a Mum is hearing the words “I’m bored!” Now it is fundamentally impossible to be bored in our house. There is always craft to make, stories to write, things to bake, bikes to ride, trampolines to jump on, Stitch to play with and so many other things to do. Still from time to time my girls will utter those two words. I have decided that attack is the best policy here. We are into our last term of school and then its six weeks off. While we have Christmas and possibly a really exciting gift early in January (more later) I do not wan to hear those words. I have decided to make both my girls a Not So Boring Book.

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Essentially it’s a writing journal, but with a lot of fun things to do. Yes I am a teacher, but this is not about teaching. This is about fueling my girl’s creativity and their enjoyment of writing stories. As a plus if they ever utter those words I will simply pull out the book! Will it work? Only time will tell, but if it does I may publish a not so boring book next year! Wish me luck – until next time have fun!

Book Review: The Homework Goblin #author

Okay I don’t do this very often, but I am an author and I really wanted to share the latest review of my book the Homework Goblin!

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It got five stars and this is why:
The Homework Goblin, by Ashley Howland is an expertly crafted children’s book. It addresses some real issues in an interesting make-believe way. I could relate to Jason, I preferred to play rather than do homework. I didn’t take good care of the homework when I did do it, and my grades sometimes showed my lack of enthusiasm. Jason had a dream adventure, where he struggled to retrieve his homework from the clutches of the evil homework goblin. His struggles had some parallels to his real life, and left him asking some important self-directed questions. His relationship with his sister seemed a little rocky, but because of some selfless service on her part, seemed much better near the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun-filled escapade and the life lessons it seamlessly teaches.

Thank you for this amazing review. As most authors will know getting your book reviewed is even more stressful than getting it published. what happens if all that effort (and money heaven forbid) is not worth it? Will anyone actually buy my book? If they buy it will they like it? All question that make life difficult for an author. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t change with the number of books you publish either. So to all those wonderful people who have taken the time to review my books thank you. You are a big asset to any author, which is why I started this blog in the first case.

If you would like to check out The Homework Goblin or any of my other books for yourself go to: http://sbpra.com/AshleyHowland/ or check them out on amazon at my author profile page: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Stay tuned to this page for lots more fun reviews and interviews – in the meantime keep reading, keep writing!

Halloween Week #dogslife

I know I know it’s all about Stitch. Well okay not really, but funnily enough everyone who reads this blog seems to love him almost as much as I do! However this week is probably not one of Stitch’s favourite for the year. You see being Halloween week we do all sorts of crazy things at work. We teach our students about dog skeletons – which consists of drawing the bones on our dog (the chalk is harmless).

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Yes he’s man enough to be pink!

Then of course what comes with Halloween??? Dressing up. Now Stitch is used to this, he often comes back from visiting the girl’s rooms with fairy wings on! While it’s not his favourite thing he is such a good sport!

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I am very proud of having Obi in print and looking forward to releasing the sequel next year, which will include my boy Stitch. Stitch will also be a part of my super hero series and of course in Maddy and Aijay’s Magical Adventures. All of which I am hoping to be releasing in 2014 (big year coming up). However the more I think about it the more my boy deserves his own book. So look out our Stitch will be appearing in a book somewhere, somehow. Just need the time to write it!!!! Until next time have fun!

Book Review: The Shadows Of Atlantis #amreading

Now it’s time to review The Shadows of Atlantis!

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About the Book

Title: The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows From the Past, Book 1)

Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing

Pages: 196

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

 

The Buzz

“Shadows of Atlantis is a well-written story with a collection of likable main characters, a solid plot line, snippets of educational facts about a historically important location and event, and, is filled with mystery, magic, and suspense. This book grabbed me at the prologue and had me hooked until the end.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, 5 Stars

“… Shadow of Atlantis is an imaginative tale that will draw children in right from the get go. The characters are deftly and warmly established, and Wendy shows a sure touch in enabling these characters to interact in a fun but believable fashion, each playing their own part in the plot’s development….” ~ 5-Star review from John C., Amazon US

“The author makes the legend of Atlantis (and also the story of the Minotaur in the second book) so accessible to kids and in such an imaginative way. My daughter loved the children’s characters and also the comical, lovable cat Max and his ability to help the characters out during times of strife! We will be looking out for future books from this author for sure. A really enjoyable adventure for kids and highly recommended…” ~ 5-Star review from A. Bradshaw, Amazon US

“This story will draw any young reader in will keep them entertained and engaged. It is sometimes hard to find books that will keep children interested, often their subject matter is trivial and insubstantial, this is not true of The Shadow of Atlantis. My daughter can’t wait for the next adventure…” ~ 5-Star review from Annaliese M., Goodreads

 

STITCH SAYS REVIEW:
Books that lead us into different worlds are always fun. This time the children in the story are transported into the world of Atlantis by a book. There they discover some truths about their missing parents, meet new friends and have a wonderful adventure. Their cat Max also goes along for the journey and proves to be anything, but a normal cat. The Shadows of Atlantis is a great book for young people. They will engage with the characters and enjoy the adventure. I look forward to the next instalment.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

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About The Author, Wendy Leighton-Porter

Wendy Leighton-Porter, AuthorDividing my time between homes in England and South-West France, I live with my husband Simon and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them.

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned time-travel stories, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number #7, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow (coming soon!), I’m currently working on the eighth book in the series.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?

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It’s a Dog’s Life #labslife

I have come to the conclusion that Stitch really has a divine existence. He goes to work three days a week, gets walked on all the other days and then today he has his sister over for a playdate!

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Funny how on the rare occasion when he is home by himself or doesn’t get out for a walk he gives you that look. The one that says “I’m bored, nobody loves me!” Seriously when I think about how other dogs live I know he has nothing to complain about!

Between organising his social life and running around after Munchkin and Smudgekin where is my life??? I guess that’s why I write. That way I can create my own life without actually having one??? anyway better get back to it, until next time – have fun!

Book Review: Hank of Twin Rivers #amreading

Stitch Says has anther children’s book review today. Hank of Twin rivers by M.C Avanitis, who also wrote one of the first books we reviewed!!!!

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That book was a lot of fun, Hank of Twin Rivers is certainly a different adventure.

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This is a book that explores a complex relationship between a father and a son. It has adventure, action and plenty of heartfelt moments for the young reader. It is a book that both boys and girls will enjoy reading.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

You can check out your own copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Hank-Twin-Rivers-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00E7NKYSY

Right Stitch Says has been busy, another book review will be posted tomorrow – The Shadows of Atlantis! Look forward to that one. If you would like your book and journey as an author to be a part of Stitch Says email me at ashley@ahowland.org there are some spots available leading up to Christmas. In the meantime, keep reading, keep writing!

Wolf Magic #amwriting

Finally a break through with my Wolf Keepsakes story. Of course this is the second attempt, I actually finished one idea and then came up with another. Thank goodness writing is not brain surgery! Anyway the second story hit a rock. Then this morning I had a great idea to get it moving.

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So all I need to do now is actually write the thing! I can’t wait to get the time and get this idea going. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Until next time – have fun!

Book Review: Seeking Dr Magic #amreading

Stitch says has a fun book review for you today. Seeking Dr Magic is written by Scott Spotson and it’s an interesting read!

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This is a unique book full of action. It centres around a retired FBI agent and a creative magical character affectionately known as Dr. Magic. It has phantom ninjas, disappearing people and many strange occurrences that leave the reader guessing. Seeking Dr. Magic was a fun read, although at times I thought there could have been more done with this incredible character. Still it was a lot of fun.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

Remember keep reading, keep writing!

My Boy Stitch #dogs

Had to laugh at Stitch this morning. I told him he was working with Tug (his brother), so he started running between the roller door and the back door. He was looking for him. I realised he thought Tug would be delivered (as he is on Thursdays). I tried to tell him that no we were meeting Tug at work. Stitch was not having a bar of that, so I brought him inside, this was his response:
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All was made clear once we got to work and yep there was Tug. Of course there was also Rory, Rigger, Trinity, Flirt, Mack, Thorn and Echo! Stitch had a good day in the end. Funny how they understand some things, but miss others. Maybe it is selective??? Until next time – have fun!20131021_105422