Completed Draft #celebrate #ChaBooCha

I have completed my draft…

Always a good feeling to know you have achieved what you set out to do. I even have a few days left to complete the other goals I had for the month. I am particularly happy to have achieved this year’s challenge because I have had so much other stuff going on. Writing has been a great escape for me. I have only managed a few nights a week, but that has really helped me to relax and unwind.

That is one of the great things about the Chapter Book Challenge. I find while it’s a busy time of the year it is also a great way to get back into a routine and find time to write. That’s half the battle, actually finding time to write. I certainly have lots of work to do now for the rest of the year, but finishing a draft gives me the motivation to keep going.

Would love to hear how other people are going…

Have fun!

Stitch Says Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Magic #magicbook #review

Stitch here;

Today I have an awesome review for you, but first let’s see what this book is all about….

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)
by Malia Ann Haberman

Synopsis:
Chase Tinker has never believed in real, honest-to-goodness magic, but that’s all about to change when he’s attacked by a ferocious…soccer ball and t-shirts?
Before he knows what’s hit him, he’s thrust into a frightening, yet thrilling, paranormal world where shocking family secrets, a missing dad, sudden super powers, a gigantic, 560 year old magical house, a powerful, 4,000 year old Relic hidden in the attic, and a wicked enemy determined to destroy Chase’s family are only part of all the craziness.
Now, with the help of his younger brother Andy, their feisty cousin Janie, their fearless friend Persephone, and Maxwell the ferret, Chase is ready to fight for his family and what’s theirs in this unexpected new life.
Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

Here’s my review:

It’s tough to write about the world of magic, big shoes to fill now! However Chase Tinker and his family will leave you wanting more. Chase and his brother suddenly discover a whole new side to their family, when their Grandfather appears. Now they get to explore their new found magical skills and meet more of their family. Then they discover a deep and mysterious past that is threatening to destroy the world they have just found. The Dark Enemies want to steal their magic. Chase and his family have a fight on their hands to save their family history.
This is a great book that children who love magic will enjoy. It has intriguing characters and an interesting story line. The house of magic is so much fun, the reader will be asking for more!!! I look forward to reading book 2!

Says gives it 5 woofs!

Go and check it out today; Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Interview: Malia Ann Haberman #childrensauthor #authorinterview

Hi it’s Stitch,

It’s been a while, but I am back with a great interview and a review later in the week. Today we get to meet Malia Ann Haberman…

When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I love to read so I was around 14 when I decided I wanted to write fabulous books that everyone would love reading. (I wrote a lot of angsty and sappy love stories and poetry at that time. Ha!) I don’t think my life has been impacted much by my writing. (At least, not yet.) It’s more like my writing has been impacted by all the crap that happens in life.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Since my readers love Chase Tinker’s younger brother Andy, I decided to write a sequel to my Chase Tinker Series with Andy as the main character. It’s a little more difficult, because I don’t want to give away anything about the first series, just in case a new reader reads Andy’s story first. I’m also working on a YA Romantic Dramedy called “100 Kisses.” It’s based on the sweet-16-never-been-kissed idea. I think that’s something a number of teenagers worry about. I know I did. 🙂

I look forward to reading more about Andy, it’s great when characters write their own stories!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I just want to keep writing and hoping readers discover my books. (Fingers crossed) Knowing people are reading and enjoying my books makes me happy. 🙂

Where do your ideas come from?
Well my Chase Tinker Series came from a dream I had that I lived in a house filled with magical powers. (Now that would be cool!) I told my daughter about it and she thought it sounded like a terrific premise for some books. And she was right! Other book ideas come from my life, along with my crazy imagination.

A house filled with magical powers would certainly be cool, especially if there was a room that gave never ending pats!


What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?

I read. Writers need to be readers, too. I can never understand when a writer, or someone who wants to be one, says they don’t read or they hate reading. How crazy is that? Reading is awesome! And a wonderful teaching tool for anyone who wants to spend their life writing. Also, writers need to write. They more you write, the better you get. Just like so many things in life. I teach ballroom dancing and my students who practice are the ones who improve. But, I think, with so many things, a writer has to have some built-in talent for it. Just like dancing. Some of my students are SO good, others, no matter how hard they try, will always still be in that awkward stage. 🙁

Practice makes perfect, such a simple rule that applies to everything.

What are the names of your books?
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 2)
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 3)
Chase Tinker and the House of Mist (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 4)

Where can people contact you?
Oh, I LOVE to hear from readers. They can email me at maliah_ann@hotmail.com and my website is http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com

Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
I had a top Literary Agent who was supposed to find a traditional publisher for me, but I had to fire him when I discovered he wasn’t submitting my first book, because he let his messed up personal life get in the way of his job. So frustrating! After that, I made the mistake of signing with an Indie publisher who was a liar, treated me like I was stupid, was verbally abusive, and did no marketing for my books. And so, I fired him. At this point, I decided I’d had enough. I then had a wonderful graphic designer design new, colorful, eye-catching covers, had typos and other things fixed that my ex-publisher didn’t bother fixing, and then published my Chase Tinker Series myself. I am SO much happier now.

The journey certainly teaches us all a lot!

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I have to admit, I’m more of a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. If I get an idea for something in a book, I’ll jot it down. I’ve never been good at outlining. Maybe I should try harder with that because I’m always frantically digging through my notebook, searching for my hastily scribbled notes. Ha!

Oh, and one last thing…
My books are great for boys, girls, teens, young adults, and adults, because the whole series is filled with fun, magic, and adventure anyone can enjoy. And even though they have a male protagonist, the female characters are definitely not wimpy or damsels in distress. Their parts in the story are as important as his.

Thank you for dropping by on Stitch Says, Malia! Best of luck for your future aspirations.
You’re welcome, Ashley! Thanks bunches for letting me talk about my books and myself. 🙂

Stitch has read the first in the Chase Tinker Series and will the review soon. If you would like an interview on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

Until then keep reading, keep writing!

Chapter Book Challenge Week 2 Update #ChaBooCha

Wow week two went in a flash…

It’s been a bit of a crazy week full of distractions. I have been working on my holiday photos, stating new projects around the house (cause I have nothing else to do…) and trying to get to the gym. No excuses, just life. Things get in the way of writing, sometimes writing gets in the way of things. Not at the moment though. That does not mean I haven’t done anything. I have actually written 6 chapters. Over half way there!!!!

Author Ashley Howland

I am not unhappy with my progress, true there are many other little writing jobs I had hoped to have finished by now. It’s always the way. Still to look forward to the rest of the month – it’s not quite half way, so really I am ahead.

What goals am I setting for this week:
1. Complete the rest of my book – well okay, if I can get a rough draft of chapters 7,8,9 and 10 I will have done well.
2. Complete the formatting of book one – then it’s just the illustrating to work on.
3. Sort my holiday photos for printing – not writing related really, but it does inspire me to write.
4. Edit my flash fiction piece for publishing later this year.

Four goals – four days until the weekend. Will see where I am then… What about you any goals???

Have fun!

Obi the Super Puppy – A Chapter Book Challenge Book #ChaBooCha

I thought I would share my success from a Chapter Book Challenge…

I think it was two challenges ago, actually it may have been three… no matter I wrote the sequel to my second book: Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist.

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

I finally published this book last year. I was so glad to finally get one of my Chapter Book Challenge Books completed. Not to mention continue Obi’s story. There will be more adventures, but it will take time. Check out my Chapter Book Challenge success here:

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!

Week One of the Chapter Book Challenge #ChaBooCha

We are closing in on the end of week one in the Chapter Book Challenge…

I’m going along okay at the moment. I have written four chapters of the fifth book in my super hero series. I’m sure there will need to be lots of major editing, but I am happy that the story is starting to flow. It’s fun to get back into writing about these characters. Of course this makes me more determined to get books one and two published this year. I have begun formatting book one and now of course I need to do my final edit and illustrate. So miles to go!

This week I have also started to edit a flash fiction piece that will be published later in the year. I’m pretty excited about this one too, it’s going to lead to another, longer chapter book. I have started some of the planning process here too.

I have also begun working on some writing workshops that I will be delivering soon. This is exciting to have a partnership with a library and a chance to sell some of my books too! I am keen to get this program up and running.

Right, so I am on track. I have enjoyed reading how other people are going too. How far along are you? It’s never too late to jump in and start… so get writing and have fun!

My Books #author #promotion

I am a children’s author, who loves to get young people (anyone actually) writing. There is nothing better than sharing stories, dreams and creating memories. Writing can do all of those things as your imagination runs wild. As such this year I will be running some writing workshops, very excited about that. It is great to have the opportunity to share my passion for writing and reading with others.

You can purchase and check out all my books here:

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=ashley+howland&sitesearch_type=STORE

They are also available on Amazon or if you live in Australia contact me at ashley@ahowland.org

Have fun!

Goals for the Month #ChaBooCha #amwriting

Right so it’s the first of March, but as the challenge is run from the other side of the world I have an extra day to get organised… Yay for down under!!!

That gives me a chance to really prioritize my goals for the month. Here they are:

1. Write book number 5 in my super hero series – I wrote 1, 2, 3 in 2015 during this challenge and number 4 not long after. 1 and 2 are almost ready to publish, 3 and 4 need to be edited one more time before sending to my editor… So book number 5 really needs to be drafted. I have lots of ideas for this series, time to get them into order

2. I recently drafted a flash fiction piece to be published later this year. It was about Stitch and Chewie! Now I need to expand on that idea and get this down. It is really starting to buzz my brain. I think this one will be a longer chapter book, so may take me more than a month….

3. I have been playing with a series of stories for my girls and sort of have a first one drafted. It is so rough that it really is just noted. I am going to use this month to get this series going again too…


They are a lot bigger now, but the stories need to be written.

There we are three goals to work on during this month. These are purely my writing goals. I also have some illustration and editing goals. More about them later.

Yes I am setting my sites high, I always do because there is something about this challenge that makes me write. It must be the company shared during this time…

Are you taking part? What are your goals?

Most importantly – have fun!