Need an excuse for not doing your homework? #kidsbook

The kids are back at school and that means the homework is about to start piling up… Do you need an excuse?

Check out this one

THE HOMEWORK GOBLIN

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Jason has completed his homework for the first time, only to have it stolen by the Homework Goblin. He jumps out his window and into an amazing chase. Will he get his homework back in time?

Check out the perfect excuse here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513433

To grab a kindle copy and check out my other books go to my Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at:
ashley@ahowland.org

HAVE FUN!

Spooktacular Story: Ghostnapped #spookybook

A Ghost story with a difference… GHOSTNAPPED!

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Alex and her sidekick Thuds (the Labrador) think they are going on a boring family camping trip. They soon find themselves in an amazing adventure and a rescue mission when Alex’s younger brother is taken by a ghost. To get him back Alex has to solve a mystery from 50 years ago and face the most unique monster you’ll ever meet.

Get your spooky book here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513427

For more of my books and the kindle editions go to my Amazon Author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and want a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

HAVE FUN!!!!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Photo Contest #BeachBoundBooks

Hi it’s Chewie,

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Let’s have a look at a photo competition today…

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Photo Contest Blast for the author of Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake, Christy Deveaux. The blast will run July 20 – August 3, 2016.

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To celebrate her recent trip to England, to get ideas for her next book, Christy Deveaux is holding an British inspired contest! Simply share a picture of yourself with a British theme i.e. In England, in an English pub, eating English fare such as a fish and chips, reading a British novel, etc. – be creative!

One Winner will receive a British Themed Gift Basket worth $50.
The winner will be selected at random through Random.Org.


About the Author: Christy Deveaux

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Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born. Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow.

About the Book: Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake

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Elizabeth Blake, a seventeen year old girl from Ann Arbor Michigan, thinks she’s enrolling in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Instead, she falls in love; finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family –– who weren’t thought to exist anymore; and discovers that her life is in danger, as the Elders believe that she is the heir to a legend they fear above all else.

Wicka has been compared to other fantasy paranormal tales such as Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyer and Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling. Young adults and grown ups alike are sure to love this adventure filled magical romance. Get your copy today at bit.ly/Wicka.

*Note: purchase of the book is not a requirement to enter this free contest.

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Contest Rules

Prize: One winner will receive a British Themed Gift Basket ($50 value)
Giveaway ends: August 3, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Entrants should submit their British themed photos by completing the form below.
** Nude, semi nude, non British themed or pornographic images will be disqualified **
Terms and Conditions:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Only pictures submitted between July 20 and August 3, 2016 will be eligible to win. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Random.org 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, Christy Deveaux 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.

Loving Everything British Photo Contest Submission Form

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Keep reading, keep writing!

Learning to be organised #needtostayfocused #somuchtodo

Many people would say I must be organised because I do so much. I guess in my own chaotic way I am, but I often feel completely disorganised. Let’s just look at my average weekly events.

1. I work full time – as a teacher, so I have lots to do each week. Of course at the moment I also teach three subjects (PE, Drama and Japanese)…. yep lots of things to do there.
2. I have two girls – who play three sports, musical instruments, have homework and love to be active.
3. I have two Labradors – who need to be walked, played with and have their heads scratched.

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4. I go to the gym – at least three times a week, swim once and play volleyball
5. Review books and provide interviews for other authors (see my Stitch Says Blogs)
6. Attempt to write books – also edit, illustrate and of course blog.
7. Read
8. Relax, unwind

I guess to do all of that in a week I do need to be organised. The problem is I often come up with other projects. In fact I am frequently coming up with other projects. Things like making Christmas presents, posters for my girls, designing scrapbooks and this year planning a holiday.

Basically I have a never ending list of things I need and want to do. It’s keeps me busy and yes, I generally get everything done, but I wish I was more organised.

This year we are going on the holiday of our dreams. Something I have been planning for so long and it is finally time. The kids are old enough and we are going to have a blast. So I have learnt new levels of organisation. I promise when I get back from out holiday I will devote some blogs to the things I have learnt, and of course what worked and what didn’t (hopefully not too much).

For now I need to get back to the list….
Have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: SockKids Say NO to Bullying #Beachboundbooks

Hi, it’s Stitch….

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And Chewie….

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Yes and the pup is here too. Today we bring you a book blast and a review.

No one likes a bully – check out this book.

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s book The Sockkids Say No to Bullying written by Michael John Sullivan and Illustrated by Alexandra Gold. The tour will run from July 18 – August 15, 2016

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About the Book

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Title: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying | Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin | Illustrator: Alexandra Gold | Genre: Children’s Picture Book/Social Issues | Number of Pages: 56 | Publisher: Insider’s Report, Inc | Publication Date: June 7, 2016

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Book Description: The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.

Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world.

In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option.

More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.

Take a look inside the book…
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About the Author: Michael John Sullivan

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Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service.

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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: August 15, 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, Michael John Sullivan 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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Here is our review:

The sock kids are socks that talk and help their owner. They have lots of adventures and in this story they tackle the very important theme of bullying. The socks involved in this one are Sudsy and Wooly. They discover their human is being bullied at school. These socks decide to speak up and do something about it. This story tackles the reasons people are bullied and are bullies. It also has a quiz at the end for parents to help them determine the effects of bullying.
It’s a simple, but effective look at a topic that affects so many kids. The sock kids make it easy for kids to talk about their own experiences. It is certainly worth the read.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs.

Check out these two super dog books: Obi the Super Puppy #dogbook

Obi is not just any dog, he’s a super puppy. Check out his first adventure here:

Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist

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Obi tells his kids – Maddy and Aijay all about his first adventure. He discovers an evil red mist that possesses the toys of dogs. He recruits some friends as he battles to save the Labrador breed from destruction.

Grab your copy here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513431

Then check out Obi’s second adventure…

Obi the Super Puppy and the Quest for the Last Laugh

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The evil red mist is back, but this time it is taking over kids. the mist stops them playing with Labradors. Obi needs more help to defeat the red mist this time, but finds himself with more help than he can stand. Meet Rigger, an oversized puppy who loves to help. He’s one of a kind, but is he the right kind? Once again Obi tells Maddy, Aijay and their new puppy Stitch all about this amazing adventure.

Grab a copy here:
https://www.createspace.com/5417595

For more of my adventures and the kindle versions check out my amazon page here: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and want a signed copy email me at
ashley@ahowland.org

HAVE FUN!

Got the Writing Bug? #NotSoBoringBook#1 #writingbook

Have you got a story busting to be written?

Check out the newest writing journal – it’s different and will get you writing.

The Not So Boring Book #1 – Write your own story

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Ten chapters full of writing activities designed to get the ideas flowing and help you create a story ready to be published. Each chapter gives you the opportunity to work on one story. Follow the book right to the end and bask in your finished product.

This book can be used by anyone (child or adult) who loves to write.

Just get your pencil and begin!

You can get your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/5050054

or visit my Amazon page:

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

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

Check it out today and get writing!
HAVE FUN!!!!

Celebrating One of the Best Dogs Ever #awesomedogs

Today I am celebrating the life of Obi’s best mate… The Big Rig!

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Rigger came into our lives in a rush and has made his impact an amazing one. It was so great to be able to include him in the second Obi book.

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He’s a bit older now, wobbles a bit on his feet and can be lazy, but he still gives the most amazing cuddles. There is something very special about old dogs….

Rigger and Obi were two of a kind that made a world of difference to anyone thy ever met. they encouraged me to write, kids to go to school and people to help other people. How? Well for them it was quite simple. They were just themselves. Two amazing Labradors with hearts of gold and a love of life. It’s pretty simple really. That’s all t takes. Their legacy lives on in the many pups they trained!

To read about Rigger’s first adventure check out a copy of Obi the Super Puppy and the Quest for the Last Laugh. It is available at these places:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Puppy-Quest-Last-Laugh/dp/1523237295

or at the Createspace store: https://www.createspace.com/5417595