Stitch Says Book Review: Magelica #BeachBoundBooks

Stitch here with a review for Beach Bound Books:

I love the beach and I really like this book, so check it out!

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the enchanting children’s book written by Louise Courey Nadeau, Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies. The tour will run from June 12 – June 30, 2017.
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Title: Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Illustrator: Nathan Heinze
Publication Date: April 2017
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 35
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Five Star Readers Favourite and Story Monster approved! New Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is finally out! Its the third children’s book in the Magelica trilogy. Put on your magical necklace and join Magelica and her friends as they discover that fairies are real and that love is the most powerful magic of all!In this very special adventure, rainbows light up the sky as Magelica and Prince Will embark on an extraordinary voyage to uncover the mystery of her past. Empowered on her quest by her chosen mother, Magelica and her friends follow the secret scroll to the Land of the Fairies. As they make their way through the forest, fear gets in the way and their courage is tested.
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Other books in the series…

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Title: Magelica’s Voyage
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.
* Available in English / French / Spanish *
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Title: The Rescue (Magelica’s Voyage Book 2)
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: May 27, 2015
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it’s too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

* Available in English / French / Spanish *
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About the Author

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Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, wife and mother to two girls and two boys is the creator and author of Magelica’s Voyage, Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue and Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies; an adventure/fantasy trilogy about a young girl on Earth who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12 and sets out on a voyage to discover who she is and where she comes from. Empowered by her Chosen Mother to follow her heart, Magelica and her fun and wacky friends learn that following your dreams is no easy task! Called upon to connect peoples and worlds, and bring balance and harmony, Magelica discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for courage, believing in herself, and love, the most powerful magic of all.

Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener, Louise’s passions keep growing. Louise’s dream is to create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe, and make a real difference by entertaining them with exciting stories that stimulate their imagination, and help them discover the power of their own magic. Books are just the beginning. She is simply getting started!

“Through life’s trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going! My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation. “The children of today, will grow up to be the parents of tomorrow. By inspiring them now, the ripple effect will eventually change the world.”

“Magelica’s Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love”, says Courey Nadeau. “All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around.”

To learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica’s Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Magelica books and necklaces are available on amazon.com and at selected retailers.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a Magelica Prize Pack which includes all three books in the series and Magelica’s necklace (pictured above). Giveaway ends: June 30, 11:59 pm, 2017 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, Louise Courey Nadeau and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.

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Stitch Says:
The Magelica series is a bright, colourful set of books full of fun. The characters are likable, the plots are simple, but effective and young children will enjoy the stories. In this adventure Magelica discovers the mysteries of her past and how the love between her parents evolved. It is a delightful and magical story.

Stitch gives Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies 4 woofs,

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Book for Teenagers #sport #life #friends

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!

Too Much Homework? #getreading #perfectexcuse

The Perfect Excuse for not doing your Homework
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!

Illustrating #wishIcoulddraw #writinglife

I’ve hit a stumbling block in publishing my next book…It needs black and white illustrations. I know I could go without, but I really want by book to be perfect. The problem is, well I can’t draw. Okay so I don’t belive in the work can’t, but I don’t find drawing a natural ability. I have to be more creative.

I guess it is like anything, practice makes perfect. Not that I ever expect my illustrations to be perfect. I am investigating a few options at the moment, but I am also trying to get one picture per chapter that I am really happy with.

This is a challenge that I have overcome before and am determined to work out this time too. The issue is I have five stories in this series and another series that will need similar formatting. That means a lot of drawing and it all takes time. I am the patient with my writing, but I also want to get my books out there. I better get back to it…

Have fun!

Cold weather? No Problem, Get Writing #winterwriting

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!

A Spooktacular Adventure #ghoststory #different

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!!!!

Writing Buddies Workshop #amwriting @dogshelp

Wow it was a week ago that I ran my Writing Buddies Workshop at the local library. Clearly time has not been on my side over the last week. Anyway here is the wrap up…

There were quite a few people who attended. We had a great time chatting about writing and how to get ideas. I handed out some templates I use in my writing journals and the stories began to flow. The children who attended came up with some amazing ideas. While we chatted my two writing Buddies were on their best behaviour. Stitch managed to get tummy rubs from everyone. He’s not subtle at all, just finds a person and rolls on to his back to get a rub. Such a big soft teddy bear.
Chewie – well for a real goofball he is amazing when he needs to be. He can be very sweet and loves to wave at everyone. He was very good.

The boys were paid for their efforts…in icecream! Well done boys!

Overall it was a great success. The library was happy with the turn out and I managed to sell a few books as well. It was lots of fun and a great way to get my books out to the public. Not to mention a chance to connect with kids who love to write. Here’s to the next event…

Now I need to get back to work – have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Twisted Fate #Bookreview

Hi, Stitch here:

Today I have a great book for you…

Twisted Fate by Simon Rose

Max was always told his mother jumped in front of a train, but on his fifteenth birthday he receives a box of her belongings. Suddenly he starts having dreams and visions. Is it possible she was pushed? Could he prevent the whole thing from happening and change his life? Twisted Fate is a tale full of time shifts, paranormal and nonstop adventure.
I will admit I am hesitant to rate time travel books highly. They are often confusing or far too easy to pull apart. However I have now read a few of Simon’s books and have to say he does time travel well. Once again he has produced a book full of action that is believable and easy to follow. Twisted Fate is a great read.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

You can check out Twisted Fate here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=simon+rose+twisted+fate

Keep reading, keep writing!

Super Hero Dogs #dogbooks

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!

Getting Inspiration – Writing Buddies #writingworkshop

This weekend I am running a workshop with my two writing buddies:

It’s an interactive session that is all about getting inspired to write. We are going to have lots of fun. Stitch and Chewie are looking forward to working with everyone. They love to help me write and are great at inspiring others. I won’t give any more away now. Check out the session at the Cove Library in Adelaide on Sunday the 4th of June 1:30 – 3:00pm. Would love to see you all there. If you can’t come I will be posting some information after the session. In the meantime here is a photo to get your creative ideas going:

See you all there, have fun!