Children’s Books – Check Them Out #Childrensbooks

I have just submitted two more flash fiction pieces to be published later this year. Which means I will appear in four new books for the year at least. I still have two fairy tales to complete for another anthology. Hoping for five publications this year! If you haven’t seen my books you can find them all on my author page on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Check them out here too
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More news soon – Have fun!

Searching for Inspiration #somuchgoingon

I will admit it, I am searching for inspiration at the moment. I have far too much going on. I wish I could sit and write, but even when I do make the time I just can’t seem to focus. It is so easy to get distracted by my massive to do list. Of course I keep adding to that list because I come up with new ideas. What I really need to be doing is crossing off some.

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There are only a few days of May left and I am going to complete these tasks:
1. Check and submit my two flash fiction pieces
2. Start the draft of fairy tale number 2
3. Edit fairy tale number 3
and finally
get my self set up for June….

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Lots to do and only one way to get them all done.

Have Fun!

Chewie’s News: Book Blast – Cyptogram Chaos #BeachBoundBooks

Hi, Chewie here.

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Check this book out:

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade virtual reality adventure Cryptogram Chaos written by Linda Covella. The tour will run from May 23 – June 13, 2016

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About the Book

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Title: Cryptogram Chaos | Author: Linda Covella | Publisher: IngramSpark Publication Date: March 9, 2016 | Genre: Middle Grade Adventure | Number of Pages: 197

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Book Description:

What if you were 8, or 11, or 14, and you could race cars at 150 mph, bungee jump, fly, eat all the ice cream and candy you wanted, or become powerful avatars such as Robobug, Kulshedra the dragon, and Altai, the gryphon avatar?

All this and more is possible in the ultimate virtual reality game The Cryptogram Connection created by 14-year-old computer whiz Cody Reynolds and his two classmates, Nicole Nash and Kerry McCorkle. To advance to different levels in the game, players must solve cryptograms, or secret codes. (Readers also get to solve the cryptograms.)

They create their game to be used with the latest VR technology developed by local game manufacturer NuVision Games–a headset with biosensors that transmit signals to the brain, fooling it into tasting, hearing, feeling, seeing, and smelling what was programmed into the game. The games are as close to reality as reality itself.

The game becomes every kids’ virtual dream, and Cody, Nicole, and Kerry, besides becoming national celebrities, make more money than they ever imagined. But The Cryptogram Connection turns into “cryptogram chaos” when an evil presence inhabits Zazar, the laser avatar and the most powerful, and takes control of the game. It’s up to the three partners to enter the game and fight Zazar to save the gamers from virtual—and real—disaster.

Take a look inside the book…

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Cryptogram Connection: Level 1
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Cryptogram Connection: Level 3

 

About the Author: Linda Covella

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Linda Covella’s varied background and education (an AA degree in art, an AS degree in mechanical drafting & design, and a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

Her first official publication was a restaurant review column for a local newspaper. But when she published articles for various children’s magazines, she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She hopes to bring to children the feelings books gave her when she was a child: the worlds they opened, the things they taught, the feelings they expressed.

She has published one young adult historical romance Yakimali’s Gift, and, besides Cryptogram Chaos, two other middle grade novels in The Ghost Whisperer Series: The Castle Blues Quake and The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge.

She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, Charlie, and dog, Ginger.

No matter what new paths Linda may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

Learn more about Linda and her writing at http://lindacovella.com/.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a 25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: June 13, 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, Linda Covella and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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World Turtle Day #awesomeanimals

It’s world turtle day so I thought Crush and Squirt should get a mention!

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They are yet to appear in any of my stories, but they will get a gig at some stage. They are funny little guys or girls. The verdict is that Crush is a girl and Squirt is a boy, but only time will tell. As pets go they are pretty fun to watch. They love their food and Crush even comes over for a pat now too. True he/she will bob her head up and down just like Stitch for a head scratch. Maybe they watch the dogs as much as the dogs watch them.

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Stitch Says Book Review: Super-Duper Monty #picturebook

Hi Stitch again,

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I love to jump and today I am leaping into a great book:

Super – Duper Monty by Gita V Reddy

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Super – Duper Monty the frog is also known as Leapfrog because he has such a long leap. His leap lands him on the road, where he finds some unexpected trouble. This is a cute picture book, with very bright, colourful pictures. There is more than just a story here. Super Duper Mont has information imbedded into it about frogs and the importance of their natural habitat.
It’s cute and kids who like bright picture books and frogs will enjoy this read.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

This book will be released very soon and you can check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Duper-Monty-Picture-Book-Ages-ebook/dp/B01E7CP7UO?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

To feature here on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

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Stitch Says Author Interview: Gita V. Reddy #childrensauthor

Hi, Stitch here,

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Today we get to meet another children’s author – Gita V. Reddy

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I did not plan on becoming an author. I worked in a bank, and like many mothers all over the world, made up stories for my young son. When he was eleven, he wanted me to write them down for him. Writing a story and narrating it are two very different things. It took me several drafts, and a patient beta reader, to write them tolerably well. The exercise brought me immense satisfaction. I continued writing long after my son outgrew my stories. Finally, I took early retirement to write full time.

Lots of writers start because of their own kids the best motivation ever!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
I am a multi genre author. I write for children of different age groups, and also for adults. My latest work is Super-Duper Monty, a picture book for kids of ages 3-7.

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Monty is a frog living with family and friends in a pond. One day he takes a long leap and lands on the road. Excited at the prospect of adventure, he hops, leaps, and jumps onwards. Things go wrong and he gets into trouble. The rest of the story is about how Monty comes back home. There are lessons built into the story, naturally, as it is a kid’s story.
Super-Duper Monty is the third book in my series of picture books. The first is Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous, and the second is The Ant Thief. There are two reasons behind the series. As an author, I find picture books challenging. It means writing a complete story in a few words in a manner that a child can understand. Secondly, as a parent, I know the power of picture books and how they stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity.

A review of Monty will be on Stitch says tomorrow!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I have published three novels, one chapter book, and six short story collections for middle graders. I have a chapter book series of eight books for ages 8-10. I have written a historical fiction under my pseudonym, Heera Datta, and a collection of short stories for adults. Until now, I have managed not to repeat any theme; each story has a distinct theme. I aspire to continue this though it makes it all the more difficult to build up a readership.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
I have been lucky so far. I have always got ideas for new stories. They often come in a flash, though some of them do not translate well into a complete story. My middle grade novel, Hunt for the Horseman, came to me almost complete.
I live in India and that definitely influences my writing. Readers get the opportunity to glimpse Indian culture through my stories.

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I read as much as I can. I also try to write every day. I take reviews and feedback seriously.

What are the names of your books?
Children’s/ Middle Grade Books.
Cheetaka, Queen of Giants
Hunt for the Horseman
King Neptune’s Delite
Cinderella’s Escape
Dearie: A Tale of Courage
Daksha, the Medicine Girl
The Forbidden Forest
Krishta, Daughter of Martev
The Magician’s Turban
The Homeless Birds
Knife and Fork
The Dinosaur Puzzle and Other Stories
Theft at the Fair and Other Stories
The Unicycle and Other Stories
Rangeela Tales: Book 1
Rangeela Tales Book 2
Rangeela Tales: Book 3
The Ant Thief
Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous
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Where can people contact you?
I always love to hear from readers. I can be reached on www.gitavreddy.com, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you give on handling rejection?
If you are confident about your work, take the indie route. Needless to add, edit it thoroughly for content and typos before you self-publish.

Thank you for dropping by on Stitch Says! Keep Reading, Keep Writing!

If you would like to feature on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

That Writing Feeling #wishIhadtimetowrite #bringonthebuzz

It’s starting again… my brain is buzzing and I neeeeeeeed to write. I love it when this happens. I know soon I will start to get things done, simply because my brain will explode if I don’t.

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I have so much work to do, but I am getting my buzz back and that is great. My fingers are ready to type, bring it on. I’m excited to get stuck in to my writing again. You never know I may even achieve my monthly goals. We will wait and see. It’s time to get back to that first draft. More soon – have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Dragons are Real #BeachBoundBooks

Chewie here:

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I love dragons I’m pretty happy to present this book blast…

BeachBoundBooks is
pleased to be
coordinating a Book Blast for the delightful children’s book written by Valarie Budayr
and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real. The blast will run May
2 – 4, 2016.

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About the Book


Title:
Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr |
Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey
Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Ge
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Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32

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What if I told you that
all of the fairy tales, myths and
legends that have been told about dragons over the years
are WRONG? What if I told you
that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different
than you’ve ever imagined? Did
you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar
and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning
author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on
her childhood friendship
with a REAL live Dragon.
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inside the book…
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About the Author: Valarie
Budayr


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Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie
Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play,
discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website,
www.jumpintoabook.com.

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day ,
#ReadYourWorld, a
celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with
over 98 million people on January
27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and
intercity areas. www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the
Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

About the Illustrator: Mi
chael Welply

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Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg,
Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from
the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the
lack of buyers. He started his
career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned
to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both
Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy
tales.

Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner
will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or
$25 PayPal cash
prize,
winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: May 16, 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, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to
stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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May had arrived #needtogetwriting

Wow it’s May… to think the Chapter book challenge has been finished for a month. I still have so much to do. At least with the last two weeks of school holidays I feel more organised for the next term of work. That means I should get more time to write this time around…

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I know I say that a lot and probably will for the rest of the year. I am determined though to get things done. So here are my goals for the month:
1. Complete and submit the two flash fiction pieces I have written.
2. Complete two fairy tales ready to submit my the end of June.
3. Complete the draft of my pirate trilogy.
4. Blog more often
5. Get the illustrations happening for super heroes
6. Get super heroes 3 and 4 ready for the editor
7. draft an idea for the next in the not so boring series

That’s a fair list. Lots to do I’ll see how I go. The problem with being a teacher is unexpected work always comes up. Not to mention that I have some of my own projects for my kids… I always have too much to do, that’s the fun of it all.

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What are you plans for May?

Have fun!