New covers #gettingthere

The process of republishing my books is taking longer than I had hoped. There are a few reasons for this. I have been working more than I expected. We went on a holiday, and of course I am waiting for my husband to finish the covers. New covers are pretty exciting. They are starting to take form and I’m pretty happy with the new look. Will have a cover reveal here soon.

Some of the images that inspired my first book: Ghostnapped are here

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Of course none of them are actually appearing on the cover, but they are pretty important. The cover s not all I need to do. I have to complete the formatting and change over the blurbs… more work and less time that’s where I am at the moment. I will get there soon though – have fun!

Writing Challenge no. 3 #getwriting

Wow where does the time go – I’ve been so busy it’s been really tricky finding time to write. So this writing challenge is really important…

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This challenge goes for a week. You need to have a small notebook and a good pen on you at all times. Okay it’s a bit strange, but it really works. Here goes…

Release your inner child.
Every time you find yourself with a spare minute or two (not while driving…) write. What do you write? The first things that pop into your head. It doesn’t even need to make sense, just write. The next time you get a minute continue your writing. Now there are some rules:

NO EDITING
NO READING THE PREVIOUS BIT

All you need to do is write. Do this every spare minute for a week. Then read what you have. It may be rubbish, it may be the next best seller. What I am really interested in and the aim of the whole challenge is to actually see how much you have written. This will give you some idea about how much writing you can actually do in a week…

That’s right have a go and never say you haven’t got time to write. Would love to hear how you go! Have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: The Ifs Return #kidsbook

Hi, it’s Stitch

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I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy. Anyway I have a great book for you today, check this one out:

The Ifs Return

 

About the Book

Title: The Ifs Return | Author: J.D. Pooker | Illustrator: Frank Walls | Publication Date: May 17, 2015 | Publisher: Little Devil Books | Pages: 131 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

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Summary: “Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

 

The Buzz About Book 1

Check out the Book Review Blitz for the first book in the series, The Ifs for over 30 reviews of the book! Here is some of the buzz:

Angela Burkhead: “The Ifs is a tale of brotherhood, loyalty, and knightly valor as two human brothers fight in a great battle to save the Ifs from their rival tribes. But which tribe is in the right? Borrowing from such beloved stories as The Borrowers, Pooker adds a unique twist in creating a group of ‘little people’ who are seemingly self sufficient and militarized…”

Vincent N. (Goodreads): “Kind of reminded me of the movie “Epic” or Disney’s “Rescuers Down Under.” There is some action and the storyline itself, and with that I mean what’s actually happening, stirs the imagination.”

1977 Books: “A good and exciting read for a middle school age child. I like the message this story projected, brothers no matter what!”

Jane Ritz: ” “The Ifs” is a fabulous mystery for children 3-5th grade. It reminds me of “Where the wild Things Are” in a good and strange kind of way.”

SOS-Supply: “This book has it all – fighting, plotting, sibling rivalry, weird experiences, adventure, mystery and battles. In short, everything that appeals to middle school readers. The plot rolls along at a good pace and hooks you in from the very start, with believable characters that are easily related to – we all know a Landon and a Broden, right..? A must-have for any child’s library with real-life lessons built in.”

 

About the Author: J.D. Pooker

J.D. PookerJ.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. Her sons, Landon and Broden, were the inspiration for The Ifs and The Ifs Return. The brothers enjoy camping, fishing, and snowmobiling with their parents. They also enjoy wrestling, playing with their Wii, their toy guns and bows and arrows, and their pets. J.D. can’t wait until her boys get older. She is sure they will have many fabulous adventures.

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Here’s my review:

The Ifs Return by J.D. Pooker
I love a good sequel and this is a really great one. The Ifs return takes Broden and Landon on another action paced adventure. Gage has escaped after their last battle and this time he has magic. Slade needs the brothers to help once again. Kids will enjoy reading this book, the characters are great and the action is well paced.
Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!

Lot’s more to come soon, keep reading, keep writing!

Happy Birthday Stitch #specialboy #birthdayboy

Stitchie turns five today!!!!

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He’s a big softy who just gives so much of himself everyday. I can’t believe he’s five. Seems like only yesterday I brought home this beautiful puppy…

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He was just a stunning puppy who adored our older dog Obi.

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They were quite a pair, but it wasn’t love at first sight. From Obi’s point of view he just seemed to know he needed to train this puppy. It was amazing how patient that old boy was. Obi would let Stitch climb all over him, nip his legs and belt him up. Then When Stitch fell asleep he would always be lying on top of Obi. the old boy would wait until Stitch was asleep and then carefully move away. However later in Obi’s life he would look for Stitch and they were really best mates.

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Obi certainly taught him well. Stitch has looked after our new puppy Chewie with the same good patience that Obi showed him. In actual fact I think Stitch may be even more patient, but he definitely has groomed himself a little mate…

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It’s not just Stitch’s birthday, his sister Tasia, brothers Tug, Scrooge, Tramp, Wizard and Harvey should be celebrating too…

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Stitch and Tug have a special bond…

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They are an amazing litter of puppies… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL!!!

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I know Stitch will appear in my stories soon – he’s made so much material for me it’s hard to get it all down, but I will…

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Have fun!

The Goofy Adventures #holidayfun #adventure

Goofy went to Melbourne

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Now most of the time holidays are fun and full of excitement. I on the other hand get to experience lots of different fun. I generally get eaten by various animals…

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Mmmmm yep, but I also get to go on some pretty cool rides…

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But wait there’s more…

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So that’s a quick look at my holiday, oh and I guess I should add one more:

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I really had a great time and saw all the dangerous animals. What do you do on your holidays? Have fun

Writing Challenge No 2 #getwriting

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On that note here is writing challenge 2…

LISTS

Yep something many authors do. There are a few different ways to do this and I often start my day with a brainstorm. This gets the kids thinking, but more importantly it gets words on a page. Which is of course the first part of writing anything. Here are some ideas for lists:

1. A-Z pick a theme and get something for every letter (could be more than one). I have done this for names, which gives me a list to choose from in all my books. You could also do other themes like animals, places, occupations… really anything that goes with your writing ides.
2. Words – yep just list as many words that come into your head. It’s interesting some people get some amazing creative words, others just the basics. However it is words on a page and then from that list you can start your story.
3. Places you have been
4. Characters from books
5. Sports
6. Replacement words – for example list all the words you could use instead of went

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The opportunities are endless. My suggestion is to keep your lists and add to them over time. I am currently using One Note for all my record keeping, but you could use anything. The great thing about these lists is you can go back to them and find ideas. Who knows you may even have the cure to writer’s block right there. Have a go, feel free to share your ideas and have fun!

Stitch Says and Chewie’s News #comingbacksoon

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We’re currently being puppy sat and taking a break from posting interviews, reviews and book blasts. That doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working though. Out human is busy reading, as are the two little humans so there will be some updates along the way. If we have one of your books we apologise for the delay, but it will get done.

If you are interested in our authors promoting authors ideas then feel free to email our human ashley@ahowland.org

Just remember it may take a while for us to get back to you. In the meantime read our guidelines and check out some of our previous posts.

Catch you all soon – keep reading, keep writing.

It’s What You Do Next That Counts #grabacopy

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That is completely right so here is my latest book:

It’s What You Do Next That Counts

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Twelve months ago Callie’s world was turned upside down. Her parents were killed in a plane accident and she had tough decisions to make. Callie chose to move to Perth Australia and live with her Aunt and Uncle. Her older brother Steven, followed, determined to take her back to Vancouver and home.
Callie embarks on a journey of discovery and friendship. In a year that will change her whole outlook on life.
It’s What You Do Next that Counts is full of laughter, tears, good times, hard times, success and failures. It’s a book for all ages about taking steps forward and finding your place in the world.

You can grab a paperback or a kindle copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Its-What-Next-That-Counts-ebook/dp/B00WCUJEQ2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Check it out and feel free to add a review on Amazon – have fun!

Research Trip #gettingideas #chaboocha

One of the best parts about having a holiday is getting new ideas. This is the first time I am going away with an idea already in my head. It’s my second fairy tale for the upcoming Chapter Book Challenge (CHABOOCHA) anthology. It’s about a pygmy hippo baby, who wants to be something else. So where better to go than a zoo that has a baby Pygmy Hippo???

The other awesome thing about this little critter is he was called OBI!!! Yep that’s actually where my inspiration has come from he has been given the same name as my previous dog…

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The kids love my Obi story and are keen for me to get number two finished… One day. However for now they have ordered an Obi the pygmy hippo story. So it’s a fairy tale – two birds, one stone. I think I will also be including this beautiful fellow

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His name is Brutus and he’s going to be Obi’s mentor – fairy godmother type character. Well it’s all a mystery now, but I’m sure it will become clear when I get to research the little guy. Looking forward to this adventure, have fun!

The Goofy Adventures #timeforabreak #stillwriting

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Goofy is in the bag and ready for a new adventure… Well not Christmas Goofy, but this guy

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He’s a pretty well travelled toy and his holidays are always an adventure. He’s been eaten by crocodiles, bears and lizards, met Santa Claus, been on rides and so much more. What will Goofy get up to this time? You will find out later next week, so watch this space and have fun!