Stitch Says Book Review: Future Imperfect #bookreview

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I’ve been busy being a dog, but I have managed to read in my spare time. Today I have an awesome book review for you…

Future Imperfect by Simon Rose

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Alex and his friend Stephanie are geeks. They love technology and are keen to learn more through Alex’s dad. He works in Silicon Valley on top secret projects. Their world is thrown into turmoil when they are involved in a car accident and Alex’s dad goes missing. Then a mysterious app from the future sends Alex and Stephanie on a wild goose chase. This book has everything the kids today love, secret technology, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and murder. Can Alex and Stephanie prevent millions of future deaths by solving this mystery?
Often stories that involve cross overs from the future are confusing and lacking in believability. Future Imperfect has none of that. It is well written and will keep the reader engaged.

Stitch Says gives it five woofs!

Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Future-Imperfect-Simon-Rose/dp/1928025455?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_rdp_product

If you have a children’s book that you would like reviewed email my human at ashley@ahowland.org
Keep reading, keep writing!

Obi the Super Puppy has a Sequel #newbook #finallyfinished

Can’t wipe the smile off my face!!!

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Obi the Super Puppy finally has book number two!

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In this story Obi has some new friends. Stitchie enters as he listens to Obi’s tale with the girls.

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This was fun to write because the relationship between Obi and puppy Stitch was pretty amazing. Stitch loved to copy the old fella, who enjoyed the attention.

There is another dog with a major role in this book – the Big Rig

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Rigger was Obi’s best friend and is Stitchie’s uncle. He’s so much fun and I loved bringing him into this story too. If you love dogs, you’ll love Obi the Super Puppy and the Quest for the Last Laugh! You can get a copy here:
http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

There are a few issues with the Kindle formatting, I am working on it, and it will be updated as soon as possible.

Have fun!

Young Writers #getwriting

I recently had the opportunity to sit and chat with some of my students about writing. I don’t actually get to do this very often because I teach drama and PE. This means I am forever discussing sport and the like with students. It was nice to sit and share my passion for writing with young people who are also passionate about stories.

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One of the questions they asked was why I write?
Well it’s not for the money, that’s for sure. I write because the story is burning in my brain, it’s my release, way to escape the day to day work. Unleash my creativity and keep my brain functioning.

What is it I like about writing?
I like to share my writing with young people. Chat about books, the process and of course share ideas. I learn so much from young people. When you just sit and chat, with no pressure of test results, behaviour issues or even a time frame…. Just an opportunity to sit and enjoy talking about something you love – they are the moments I enjoy the most. It’s a pity we don’t get to do it more often.

Thanks for the chat guys – I am looking forward to reading your book!

Have fun!

Fractured Fairy Tales #funtowrite

I have started a fractured fair tale. They are so much fun to write and I often keep notes while reading fairy tales so I can go back and have a look later. It’s great to keep a record of all your ideas, you never know what project will come next.

That’s one of the reasons I wrote The Not So Boring Book

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There is a whole section about generating ideas and plenty of room to record your own. This is more than a notebook, it’s a fantastic way to record all your ideas. Then you can focus on the one of your choice and work it all the way up to publishing. It’s the complete writing journal and you can get your copy on Amazon – Just google Ashley Howland to see all my work. If you are local let me know, I have copies here and would love to get more people writing!

Contact me at ashley@ahowland.org for more information

Have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: A Buss From Lafayette #BeachBoundBook

Chewie here with a book blast for you

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BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade/young adult novel A Buss From Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen from April 11 – May 2, 2016.

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About the Book

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Title: A Buss From Lafayette
Author: Dorothea Jensen
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Historical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 10-17
Number of Pages: 266
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the early 19th century. She has a couple of big problems. First of all, she has a stepmother, Priscilla, who used to be her spinster schoolteacher aunt. Clara resents that her late mother’s older sister has not only married her father but is about to have a baby. To make matters worse, “Prissy Priscilla” keeps trying to make the rambunctious, clever, and witty Clara act like a proper young lady. Secondly, Clara has red hair, making her a target for teasing by a handsome older boy, Dickon Weeks, and by her pretty seventeen-year-old Dread Cousin Hetty. Clara, however, has a secret plan she hopes will change this. During the last week of June, 1825, Clara’s town is abuzz because the famous General Lafayette is about to visit their state during his farewell tour of America. In those eventful seven days, Clara learns a lot about her family, Hetty, Dickon, herself, and about Lafayette. She comes to understand the huge and vital role the young French aristocrat played in America’s Revolutionary War and to see that her problems might not be quite so terrible after all.

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About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

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Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English literature at Carleton College. After teaching high-school English and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, she earned a master s degree in education at the University of New Mexico. In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea s novel for young readers about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. In addition to other honors, it was named an International Reading Association Teacher s Choices Selection and is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. A Buss from Lafayette is set in the small New Hampshire town where Dorothea lives. Two things inspired her to write this story. First, was learning that Lafayette passed right by her house during his 1824-5 Triumphal Tour. Another was meeting a woman whose ancestor received a kiss from Lafayette. That buss, passed down through generations, eventually came to Dorothea. This sparked her interest in Lafayette s contributions to our struggle for independence. Dorothea also enjoys writing rhyming verse. She has written a series of award-winning illustrated modern Christmas stories in verse featuring Santa’s Izzy Elves.

For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit http://www.dorotheajensen.com/.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: May 2, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Dorothea Jensen and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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More soon – keep reading!

Getting Back on Track #amwriting

It’s amazing how quickly time can get away from you. It’s already the middle of April. I did complete the Chapter Book Challenge so Yay me! I still haven’t done my final check on the second Obi book – boooooooo! It’s sitting here ready to go, but I just haven’t got to it.

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I haven’t forgotten and I will get it done in the next few nights. The big launch is coming… By then end of the week. I am giving myself a deadline!

I have other projects going at the moment and I have two weeks off work so in these two weeks I will:
1. Approve and release Obi 2
2. Edit two flash fiction stories ready for submission
3. Complete the draft of my first fractured fairy tale for the year
4. Plan my next lot of writing!

I hope to get more than that done, but I am a realist and I know I have a lot of stuff to do for work too! It will happen, I just need to make it.

Better get started – have fun!