Stitch Says Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Guide: Writing time travel stories and historical fiction #howtobook

Hi it’s Stitch here…

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I’ve been busy reading again and today I have another review for you…

The Time Traveler’s Guide: Writing time travel stories and historical fiction
By Simon Rose

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Time travel is a common theme in many books and movies. It’s also one of the most challenging things to write. Simon Rose has written a book full of advice for creating a time travel story. It’s a great idea and coming from an experienced writer who has frequently used time travel it’s an excellent resource. This little gem covers everything from how the character moves across time frames, to advice on researching and a whole lot more. It is certainly worth reading, even if time travel is not your thing. The Time Traveler’s Guide is a great resource for any writer wanting to improve their craft.

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Travelers-Guide-Writing-historical-ebook/dp/B01MDR6WZ5/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Stitch Says gives this book 4 stars!

Now I need to get my human back to her writing! Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Book Review: The Gardenia Curse #beachboundbooks

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade fantasy The Gardenia Curse by C.M. Savage. The tour will run November 7 – November 28, 2016.

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About the Book

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Title: The Gardenia Curse | Author: C.M. Savage | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy | Number of Pages: 158 | Release Date: October 26, 2015

Book Description: Thirteen-year-old Eva Thomas finds herself in a life threatening mystery when her dreams become real. Night after night, she is transported to Dreamland, where an evil being, the Shadow, wants her dead. Can Eva save herself and her dreams before it’s too late?Exhausted from troubled sleep, Eva stumbles through her days in a new town where her grandmother is known as an eccentric and in a new school where a bully has decided Eva needs to be put in her place. Eva is left feeling alone and uncertain until she meets Alice, a quirky classmate with non-stop questions about Eva’s family. Is Alice a friend or is she after something more?

In Dreamland, Eva is constantly on the run from the Shadow, even after she meets Herman, her dream-guide. Will Herman be able to protect Eva from the Shadow and shed some light on why the Shadow wants her dead? Or are Eva’s dreams destined to remain a nightmare?

Mystery, evil and a touch of romance—all in a night’s dream.

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What others are saying…

“In The Gardenia Curse, Eva’s adventure unfolds like a gardenia blossom, a little at a time, getting more intriguing with each pedal that unfurls until finally the full thing is open to enjoy.” – Amazon Review

“The Gardenia Curse is an exciting middle grade fantasy that easily captivates readers with it’s imaginative plot and interesting characters.” – BeachBoundBooks

“The author really captures your mind and heart. I am looking forward to the authors second book to see what happens next!” – Amazon Review

About the Author

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C. M. Savage began writing at a young age. She used a typewriter and crayons to write and illustrate her first book when she was in second grade and continued to write off and on through college. After traveling, she enjoyed working with birds of prey, mammals and endangered Hawaiian birds. She is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, enjoys crafting and having fun with her family. She recently moved back to Bend, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. The Gardenia Curse is her debut novel. She is now working on the sequel.

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Blog Tour Prize Pack Giveaway

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize(winner’s choice), a copy of The Gardenia Curse, and a Book Flower.
Giveaway ends: November 28, 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, C.M. Savage 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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What Stitch says…

The Gardenia curse was an interesting read. The concept of dreamland and the shadow certainly will get the reader interested. Then the story of how Eva’s families reputation affects her schooling added to the engagement. The adventure unfolds a little bit at a time and leaves the reader wanting to know what will happen next. The mixture of normal teenage issues works against the nightmares of dreamland. Then the history of Eva’s family adds to the intrigue. This is a great fantasy, mystery book for teens.

Stitch gives it 4 woofs!

Keep reading, keep writing!

Looking for a Christmas Gift? #booksarethebest #childrensbooks

My kids love getting new books for Christmas, they open up whole new worlds…

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You can grab a copy of all my books here:

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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!!!!

Stitch Says Book Review: The Courage of a Samurai #beachboundbooks

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success by Lori Tsugawa Whaley. The tour will run from October 26 – November 25, 2016.

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About the Book

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Title: The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success | Author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley | Publisher: Aviva Publishing | Publication Date: January 21, 2016 Genre: Motivational | Number of Pages: 264

Book Description: The Courage of a Samurai is a Japanese American’s journey into bushido, the samurai’s code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese Americans who applied the principles of courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty to overcome life’s challenges, and emerge stronger individuals. The Courage of a Samurai provides the reader a look ‘inside’ this ancient code through the lives of inspiring individuals.Why did Chiune Sugihara, aka the Japanese Schindler, save the lives of Polish and Lithuanian Jews during World War II against the orders of the Japanese and Lithuanian governments? Understand the meaning of Honor in Saigo Takamori’s, aka The Last Samurai, determination to preserve the samurai’s way of life. Learn why “Go for Broke!” was the motto of the famous World War II all-Nisei 100th/442ndRCT, and discover why this simple motto reflects the essence of the way of the warrior.

The Code of Bushido can guide us through the challenges we all face, and inspire us to live a life of honor, courage, and integrity in today’s fast-paced and changing world. Sharpen your sword, and let the journey begin!

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What others are saying…

“Bushido might be a Japanese culture, but I now realize that many of its aspects have universal values and appeals. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks inspirations to be a better person who can think beyond his/her personal and cultural boundaries.” – Amazon Review

“Inspiring and clear. Wonderful stories that relate basic life principles in a way anyone can enjoy and follow.” – Amazon Review

“A very special and thoughtfully written book, that is a ‘must read’, for all, who want to reflect on their lives and learn how to make it better……especially, knowing there are those who have gone before us, making sacrifices we may have forgotten or fail to recognize.” – Amazon Review

“Ms. Whaley’s book is one of the most inspirational that I ever read. She takes the story of the brave Japanese American soldiers of World War II, and uses their story to inspire her modern readers. I could not put the book down! It was gripping, passionate, intense, and beautiful all at the same time! I recommend this to anyone and everyone.” – Chris Brusatte

About the Author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley

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Lori Tsugawa Whaley is an author, professional keynote speaker and life coach. Lori is a third generation Japanese-American baby boomer and a descendant of the samurai warrior; she is on a mission to empower others to reach their God-given leadership potential no matter their path, heritage, or circumstances. Lori and her husband John reside in a Japanese-style home in the Pacific Northwest.

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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: November 25, 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, Lori Tsugawa Whaley 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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Stitch had the pleasure of reading this book and here is what he thinks:

The Courage of Samurai is educational, inspirational and in general a great read. It had excellent examples of the values of Samurai, including among others; courage, respect and honor. This book could be used to inspire leadership and integrity. It is well written and thoughtful. I loved the real life examples of each value. The stories were clear, interesting and definitely worth reading. Reading this book gave me a chance to immerse myself in another culture, while reflecting upon my own. It was a great way to relax and be inspired.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

It’s What You Do #tweenbook #Aussie

It’s What You Do Next that counts
So many things can change in a year. For Callie everything has changed so quickly she no longer knows where she belongs.

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This is the story of one year in Callie’s life. It is full of teenage adventures, sport, friendship, bullying and the journey to find her own place in the world.

You can check out your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/4980310

If you prefer kindle then check out my author page at amazon:

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

Have fun!

Day 21: Making a Plan #authorblogchallenge

This is it – the last day! So what will you do to keep up your book marketing efforts? What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

I have managed to catch up and am actually completing this challenge on time. That is amazing with the weeks I have had. Still I need to catch up on reading other participants blogs. That may take me a day or two, but I will get there!

Okay so how am I going to keep up my book marketing efforts… Well I have a few ideas for 2017 so here goes:
1. I am going to keep finishing and publishing books, after all this is what I do so with each book I should be able to keep marketing the old ones. I have three books I would like to publish at various times over the next year. So watch this space.

2. I am going to try and do a few more live events. Ideally I would like to do three or four in a year (one each school holidays would be great).

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3. Post regular marketing photos, information and blogs onto all my social media. Run a competition or give away?

4. Hoping to connect with more readers to get a few more reviews up on Amazon, just to get more notice there would be great. Email me if you are interested….

5. Keep promoting other authors through my Stitch Says and Chewie’s News blog posts – if we help each other out we’ll all do well. This is a great way to stay connected with other participants of challenges too!

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6. Produce some more hand outs for live events, letter box drops, any occasion really.

7. Get my website fixed and more active.

That’s a pretty full on list. Along with writing, editing, working, being a mum…. the list goes on. Well needless to say I will have my hands full. It’s all worth it!

Check out more of the Author Blog Challenge here: https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

For now I am going to get focused on the first book I want to publish next year – loads to do. Have fun!

Day 20: Tis the Season #authorblogchallenge

With holiday shopping in full swing, ’tis most definitely craft fair season. Authors sometimes do well at craft events by virtue of being the only bookseller at an event. Not every live event is for every author – but they can be a great way to show off your book to the public and meet new potential readers. Have you done any live events? If so, how did it go? What’s your best tip for other authors to be successful? If you haven’t done them yet, what’s holding you up? What technique/display/idea have you seen a vendor use that might work for you or other authors?

Live events are the best way to connect with readers and of course to sell books. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a small one the other night. I published a book of student’s stories at the school I work at. They had an event at the local library and I made a speech. In the process I sold a few books (not many, but any sale is a good one) and hopefully I will be more involved at that library for my own books next year.

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I have never tried a craft fair, but have been thinking about it. I would like to combine my books at a stall with a friend just to make it a less expensive day. Most craft fairs charge an entrance fee for setting up a table, which means you need to sell some books just to break even. If you can share that cost then it might work out better. Of course selling books isn’t everything. I always hand out stickers, magnets, posters and flyers. That certainly gets you name out there, but let’s face it we all want to make some money from our books.

Christmas is the best time to promote your books online and in person. People are looking to buy and I believe most kids love getting a new book. I know my two think they are the best presents. So while you looking why don’t you check out my books for your kids or kids you know…. Even big kids like yourself….

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Check out more from the Author Blog Challenge here:https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

Day 19: Mischief Managed #authorblogchallenge

Mischief marketing is any form of nontraditional – and often outlandish – marketing. Leaving your bookmarks in similar books in a bookstore. Writing your title in chalk on a sidewalk that gets lots of foot traffic. Attending a ballgame dressed up as a character in your book. What kind of mischief marketing could you get up to in an effort to promote your book? The bolder the better. What would it take for you to work up the nerve to implement such a campaign?

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I love this quote from Harry Potter…. As for mischief marketing. I have done a few things. Letter box drops, flyers up in various places, a sticker on my car. Have any of them worked???

I guess you could say. I sold a few books through each. Not enough to rave about, but still I figure any sale is a good sale.

If I was still going to a dog school I could always turn up with Stitch in his super hero costume. He might not be too happy, but it could work. I could run a Christmas promo or join a parade with Stitch and promote my books that way…

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I struggle with this, although my girls have often mentioned to people who I write books. Amazingly I have sold a few this way. Most of the time people want freebies, not something I am interested in. What people don’t realise is it costs me money to get copies of my books so if I give them away I actually lose money. While writing is a hobby it’s not something I want to lose money through. That’s not to say I don’t donate books, but I like to sell a few first or have the opportunity to sell.

I’m not sure I would have the guts to mischief market, but it sounds like fun.

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I look forward to reading some more ideas from other participants in the Author Blog Challenge: https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

Day 18: The Perfect Person or…. #authorblogchallenge

Who would be the perfect person/company/organization to partner with to sell your book? It might be another author, a performer, a shop owner, a seminar facilitator, a teacher, etc. Pretty much, the answer to this question is limited only by your imagination. How will you reach out to that person/company/organization? What’s the hook for your pitch?

I would have to say the perfect person is simply anyone who is willing to sell your books….

However I have two secret weapons that I will let you in on. Number one would have to be my daughters. Although now they are published authors they want to pump their own books as much as mine. Still it all works together and to make it even more effective I am planning on publishing some of their stories as spin offs to my super hero series. This is really fair as we developed these characters together. They certainly deserve some of the credit.

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My other secret weapon is Stitch (and Chewie, although he is untried). My dogs star in lots of my books. It is great when I get to take them to events. They sell books and create interest.

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Other than that I am working on a few things. Local author meet and greets at libraries, schools, fairs… my hook is that as a teacher and an author I can offer interactive sessions rather than just talking. I love to chat with kids about stories and writing. They ask some great questions, but it’s always better if they bring their parents too. Afterall its the parents who buy the books. That’s really the key to good marketing for children’s authors. YOu have to hook the parents and the children.

Check out more of the Author Blog Challenge here: https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

Day 17: Jingle Jangle #authorblogchallenge

The holidays will be upon us soon. Ever notice all the holiday commercials that use jingles in their ads? A jingle is designed to be catchy and entertaining. If you were to write a jingle for your book, what lyrics might it contain? What music might you mimic/use? Now that you’ve thought about it, how likely are you to actually go out and create a jingle for your book?

It would have to be something about Obi…

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Not sure about the lyrics, my brain is fried right now. As for music, there would need to be some dogs barking. Maybe they could bark to jingle bells or something.

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Stitch is probably right to hide his eyes. This is not my specialty… Would love to see what other people have to say. Check out the Author Blog Challenge here: https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

Have fun!