Happy Halloween #spookyfun

We don’t really do Halloween here in Aus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.

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Stud Muffin Stitch

Stitch loves dressing up – NOT. Okay the kids love dressing him up. Obi used to get in on the action too:

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He hated it.

Still you have to do these things. No one has got a costume on Chewie yet – he keeps eating them. Stitch thinks Chewie is probably the smart dog, but he is the nice dog!

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Anyway read some spooky stories, eat some lollies and most importantly – have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Scary Stories

Chewie back again:

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We all love Halloween – well okay so the people knocking at your door asking for stuff at least gives us an excuse to bark. Anyway what’s better than getting into the spirit:

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Thanks Stitch – I ate my costume! Still this is about books so here is one of the girl’s favourite series:

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These books are awesome. They are full of adventure, spooky characters and of course Tashi himself.

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The big kid loves to read them and the little one is getting closer by the day. They are great to read aloud any time of the year, but would make a great part of any Halloween story time. We give them 5 big woofs!!!!

Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Review: Swallow Me, Now! #kidsbook

Stitch here:

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I’ve been busy reading. This one is about school – we’ve all been there and sometimes there is a dog that you just don’t get along with. Yep it can happen, even to the best of us. Any way this book isn’t about dogs, but it’s still pretty cool! It’s been written here in Australia by Melissa Gijsbers. What’s more is that it’s a chapter book challenge book – so awesome to see the first one published. Hopefully there will be many more to come. However let’s look at Melissa’s book:

Swallow Me, Now!

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Melissa Gijsbers makes her debut with a great book for kids. It’s all about Sam, who changes countries and of course schools. She has to adapt to new cultures and has a natural desire to fit in. This story addresses the issue of bullying. It is a great look at a very real situation, one many people have been in before. Melissa introduces us to Green Oaks Primary School and the grade 5 class. She has plans to write more stories around this school. I hope she does because her writing is simple and easy to follow, the storyline is great. Kids will relate to the characters and enjoy the book.

Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!

You can order your copy here:
http://melissagijsbers.com/my-books/swallow-me-now/

Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Book Review: The Determined Beagle #dogbook

Stitch here:

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The only thing better than a run at the beach is reading a great dog book after!!!

Today I have an awesome dog book for you:

The Determined Beagle
The Long Journey Home by Douglas Quinn

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Solstice is a beagle who likes to explore. She sets off one day with her friends into some woods, but gets lost. Solstice embarks on a great adventure to find her way home. This is a cute book that little readers will enjoy. The pictures are sweet and the language is easy. The story line keeps moving along. It’s a great read.

Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!

Pretty cool, you can check it our for yourself here: http://www.amazon.com/Solstice-Deternimed-Beagle—Long-Journey-Home/dp/1500589748/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413710936&sr=1-7

Keep Reading, keep writing!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Ten Thankful Turkeys #childrensbook

Chewie here:

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I love to chase everything oh and to be chased. If it moves I’m going to run for it… Wonder what turkeys would do if they saw my friends and I??? Anyway that is beside the point. This is a book blast all about Ten Thankful Turkeys…

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse

About the Book

Title: Ten Thankful Turkeys | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Ewa Powdles | Publication Date: October 4, 2014 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 8 Summary: This colorful autumn tale follows ten turkeys as they get ready for an important celebration. This story teaches about gratitude. There are also fun turkey facts in the back of the book.

Kindle version available for only 99 cents from Amazon on October 24 & 25, 2014. Grab your copy now!!

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About the Author: Angela Muse

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Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released books in her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2013/2014. Her husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

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Check it out for yourself! Keep reading, keep writing!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Favourites #kidsbooks

Chewie here:

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I just love story time and one of our favourite authors is Roald Dahl. We love him because he is funny, crazy, has lots of imagination and we laugh all through story time!

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These are a few of our favourite titles, but the girls also loved The Witches, Matilda, The Magic Finger and George’s Marvellous Medicine. In fact we haven’t found one of his books that we don’t like.

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So if you are looking for a great read for young and old go and get your hands on one of these! Keep reading, keep writing!

Reading to your kids #bestpartoftheday

It’s no lie I love reading to my kids. Yes they can both read now, but that’s not going to stop me. We each take our turns. They read to me and then I read to them. This has been the nightly process ever since they were born – well not the reading to me bit. It has adapted over time. I am reading them novels that they would be able to read, but would take them a long time and lose some of their magic. They are reading me their shorter chapter books. It’s so much fun!

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Funnily enough I have heard so many parents give excuses for not reading to their kids – I haven’t got time, they’re too tired, not enough good books…. SERIOUSLY???

Okay I don’t like to rant, but you are missing out on the best part of the day. Memories are made, imaginations start to flow and most importantly it’s just you and the kids… and the dogs who always turn up for story time!

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Chewie loves story time so much that for the rest of the year he is going to show you some of the girls and his favourites. Stitch may even throw in a review or two, so get reading and have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Work in your pajamas #workfromhome

Stitch here again:

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I don’t often feel the need to get dressed to go out – you could say that I always work in my PJs! Well here is the review of a book that can tell you just how to do that!

Work In Your Pajamas: A Guide to Becoming a Freelance Writer
By Mandy Robinson

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This is a great guide to how working from home as a writer can be possible. Mandy Robinson talks from experience and emphasises that it takes hard work and commitment. It is full of ideas and some good resources for anyone who has thought about working from home. This book would be a good point to start thinking about a new career, more specifics would be needed to actually get going. However reading this book could be the motivator that an individual needs to find out more. It’s certainly worth a read.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

You can check it out for yourself here:

http://www.amazon.com/Work-Your-Pajamas-Becoming-Freelance/dp/B00NMSXEBY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

More to come, keep reading, keep writing!

Writer’s Reveal: It’s almost Halloween #Halloween

This month it’s my turn:

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Do you like scary stories? What characters scare you the most? How do you create a villain???

I guess I’d better answer my own questions. I kind of like scary stories. Not thriller, violent, horrible scary. I do however like stories that you don’t want to put down simply because you have to know what is going to happen. The characters that scare me the most – real ones… no not really, but villains that have a real scary purpose. The mind swings towards the Evil Queen in Snow White… Cruela De Ville… those sort of characters. Of course my personal favourite is Captain Hook, but that may just be a pirate thing…

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How do I create a villain?
I have blogged a bit about my character development before. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of writing. Generally for me the character builds the story. I have a pirate villain in my head at the moment. I wrote a bit about him in my flash fiction Pieces of 8. This was published in Ghostly Echoes:

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He is Captain Walt Sharkchum. He’s mean, determined and will stop at nothing to get all the pieces of 8. He’s a horrible character, but looks can be deceiving. There is more than meets the eye with this pirate….

If only I knew what that was??? Well I guess that will come to me as the story unfolds.. Anyway this is my next story. I am thinking it will either be a long novel for teenagers or it will be a shorter trilogy for pre teens. Really don’t know yet, will just let the story unfold. It’s going to be fun though.

To see what other writers are scared of go to:

http://jaycwolfe.com.
www.aparentinglife.com
www.melissawrites.com.au
http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.com
http://emhawker.blogspot.com
http://leeannewalker1.wordpress.com/

Have fun!