Chapter Book Challenge Time #ChaBooCha

Wow it’s almost march and that means it is time to write….

I love this challenge, not only has it enabled me to be highly productive, I have connected with some fantastic authors. It is one of the best groups I have ever joined. These connections are excellent for advice, motivation and just to share a laugh. I have also had the chance to interview a few other members, review their books and help promote their work too. It is so much more than just a writing group.

During this challenge I have often drafted multiple chapter books and am aiming to do so again this year. To date I have published one book that I wrote during this time. It is the sequel to my Obi the Super Puppy story…

I am proud to have completed the whole writing and publishing process with one of my Chapter Book Challenge stories and am working on publishing two more this year. I just need to get some illustrations done and the final editing. Oh and work on the cover, format and actually publish….Alright so still a lot of work to do, but watch this space because they will be published this year! For now I need to get back to my one note and organise myself ready for the march onslaught of writing. Wish me luck!!!!

You can find the Chapter Book Challenge Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chapterbookchallenge/

Have fun!

Stitch Says: Cover Reveal #BeachBoundBooks

Hi it’s Stitch here:

Today I have a special Stitch Says post. It’s a Cover reveal, courtesy of Beach Bound Books, let’s check it out…

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BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Cover Reveal for Crystal Marcos’s new picture book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings. The cover reveal will take place on February 20, 2017.


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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings
Author: Crystal Marcos
Illustrator: Marie Marcos
Number of pages: 32
Recommended ages: 4+
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Book Description: A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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Order Autographed Copies from the Author

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About the Author

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Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.

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Been Writing, At Last #finally #lovetowrite

I have completely neglected my blog, but I have good reason. I have actually written something. That’s pretty exciting, because lately I have just been coming up with ideas, but nothing has flown. Then I had a hot bath… think that one came from Harry Potter. Take a bath, that will give you the clue. Well in this case I didn’t need a golden egg, but the bath did do the trick. An idea came too me and for once I got it down straight away.

Tonight I read the draft to my critics… I mean children. They loved it, so there is tick number one. It does need some polishing of course, but when I read it out loud I did realise something. It’s actually pretty good. I will be submitting it in a month or two for an anthology. Which is pretty exciting. I am looking forward to posting more about that later.

This draft has done something else for me. It has reenergised my writing. Just in time too. It is almost March, which means Chapter Book Challenge time!

I love this challenge. I have even now published one of the books I wrote a few challenges ago.

I am aiming to publish two more books written during this challenge later in the year. More about that later too. So much exciting stuff happening. I have lots to do and lots to share. For now though I am just happy that my Chewie story got the kid’s seal of approval and I can keep working on it!

What are you working on at the moment? Have fun!

Chewie’s News; Book Blast: Dream Horse Adventures #BeachBoundBooks

Hi, it’s Chewie making a late start to the new year

We’ve been busy, but are excited to get going with this book blast:

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the children’s book series Dream Horse Adventures written by Susan Count. The blast will run February 7 – 9, 2017.

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About the Books

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Title: Mary’s Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1) Author: Susan Count
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Number of Pages: 122
Publisher: Hastings Creations Group
Release Date: October 20, 2016Book Description: Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?

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Title: Selah’s Sweet Dream (Dream Horse Adventure Book 2)
Author: Susan Count
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Number of Pages: 198
Publisher: Hastings Creations Group
Release Date: December 15, 2015Book Description: American Horse Publications – FIRST PLACE – Equine Fiction….. Feathered Quill – GOLD Award….. Readers Favorites – GOLD Award….. Twelve-Year-Old SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse. HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses. THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant – jeopardizing Selah’s dreams. FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back. BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire. MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian. Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother. HOPE: A world renowned horse trainer offers to train SweetDream and Selah. FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first. LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility. NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?

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About the Author

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One day…I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise.

I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing.

Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know.

The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories.
Saddle up and ride along!

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Dream Horse Adventure Series Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Mary’s Song and Selah’s Sweet Dream

Giveaway ends: February 22, 11:59 pm, 2017

Open to: US and Canadian Residents Only

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Writing…where to start #ideas #notime

One of the best things about being a writer is you can escape into your own imagination… Just make sure you don’t drool. It’s great to sit there and pretend to listen, but to be thinking of characters and adventures.

Just kidding, it’s not that meetings are boring. It’s just when I sit my mind wanders. Great, to escape, of course until someone asks you a question. However there is a bigger problem, way more serious than not paying attention. the ideas buzz through your head during the meeting, but do they stick to when you get to your laptop??? Mine have a habit of reappearing when I can’t do anything about it.

What’s the cure? Well there are two options.
1. pretend you are taking notes and write down your ideas. I find this difficult because it’s one thing to be thinking ideas, when I write them down that takes more concentration. Sometimes I doodle them, that’s a bit of a compromise. drawing doesn’t take quite as much attention and I generally remember what I was thinking.
2. Keep thinking them over and over again until you can type. This takes practice and can lead to you talking to yourself.

That’s okay too. Writers are allowed to be a little crazy.

There are probably some other solutions too, would love to hear your ideas. Right now I need to get writing. The idea that popped into my head earlier is slowly disappearing. Time to get to work.

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!!!!

Goals #timetogetintoit #wheretostart

Right the first day of February is the perfect time to set my goals for the year…

Okay so I might be a month behind, but here goes.

Writing goals:
1. Publish the first two of my superhero series
2. Have numbers 3 and 4 superheroes ready to publish in 2018
3. Publish an ebook – idea to be discussed later. It’s in my head!
4. Publish a story with Creative Kids Tales
5. Draft the 2nd Not So Boring Book ready to publish 2018
6. More drafts – I have ideas, just need to get them down

Marketing
1. Writing workshops – I have two set up for April, so need to get organised for them (more information soon)
2. More reviews, if anyone wants to review my work let me know
3. Get my webpage sorted… been a long time coming, but this year is the year!

Other goals:
I really want to finish my holiday scrapbook and some digital scrapbooks. Also want to get some photos printed properly. I have lots to do, but it’s going to be fun reliving my holiday over and over.

As for everything else, I just want to do lots, get out and have fun. That might take away from some of my writing, especially as I am working full time. However I intend to enjoy every aspect of the year!

I have some great new experiences that will bring new stories, looking for a big year. I need to catch up with everyone, what are your goals for the year?

Have fun!