Super Dog Books #readaboutdogs #dogsarethebest

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!

Stitch Says Book Review: Shadowzone #greatbook

Hi it’s Stitch here

I know It’s been a while, I’ve been sheltering from the rain and the cold. However spring is here, in theory and t’s time to start reading in the sunshine again. Today I have a great book for you:

Shadowzone By Simon Rose

Charlie and Ben live in different worlds. Charlie’s is condemned to doomsday after an asteroid destroyed the environment. Ben’s is their target. During a storm they see flashes of each other’s world and fall into a dangerous adventure. They discover that Ben is the key to a takeover plot, where the leaders of Charlie’s worlds will destroy everyone on Ben’s then move over.
Shadowzone is the first book in a series and I guarantee you will be racing towards the second. The characters are intriguing, but even more interesting is the plot. The idea of an environmental catastrophe being the turning point in the existence of two parallel worlds draws in the reader. As Charlie and Ben sink deeper into the plot, the reader will delve deeper into their world.
An excellent read!

Stitch gives Shadowzone 5 woofs!

Check it out! More to come soon – keep reading, keep writing!

Spooky Story #ghosts #getreading

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

Cover Reveal #checkitout #newbook #ChaBooCha

It’s my birthday and I am going to celebrate by revealing the cover of my new book…

I’m pretty exited about this one. I wrote this story during a Chapter Book Challenge about three years ago. I know that sounds like a long time ago. I’m not real quick when it comes to getting my books published. that; because I like to make sure they are the best they can be and because I have a lot of other things going on. I do get there in the end!

This book is the first in my Super Hero series that has been inspired by my two girls. They helped me create the characters and have been a huge part of this project. it is also the first piece of my Chapter Book Challenge Lite puzzle. My plan is the get the second book to print proof stage. I have ordered this book and am waiting for it to appear, however today I am going to reveal the cover…

HERE IT IS:

I am hoping this cover will set the whole series into a positive light. The next covers will be a similar format, so it is really important that this one hits the spot…

What do you think??

Right back to work now – have fun!

Behind the Eight Ball #ChaBooChaLite #needtogetamoveon

I am usually late starting the challenge in September. My daughter’s birthday is the first and I always have athletics at my school. However this year I am really behind. I guess that’s what happens when you work full-time. Still better late than never. I am starting the Chapter Book Challenge Lite…

I haven’t been completely idle. I have ordered a print proof of my next book – the big cover reveal will be on Wednesday!!!!

This month I am not actually aiming to write a draft. I am aiming to have the second book in my series formatted and that print proof ordered!

Then come October I am going to get myself back into writing and get a draft completed. So I’m still participating, just with a different plan. Hopefully this will enable me to get both my books out before Christmas. That has been the goal all year, but I am way behind. It’s a feeling I have become used to, not one I like. I won’t make excuses, a busy life is a good one. Just need to find perspective!

Back to work for now – have fun!

Finally getting a move on #amwriting

I have some news… I am finally getting closer with my next book!!!!

Definitely almost time to celebrate. Of course when I went to upload the text tonight I noticed an issue, but still only one thing to fix. The cover is coming along too, which is really exciting. Once this is up it should be a quick process to ordering the print proof and then releasing my book!!!

I am excited because tonight I have also started formatting book 2, which I want out for Christmas. I might just make it!

You never know!
I have been feeling really bogged under of late, so the recent turn of events has me motivated once again. Just in time too because September is approaching and I would really like to challenge myself to write a chapter book draft then. This means I really need the bulk of work on these two books completed.

I have so much to do and at least four projects on the go at the moment. The story of my life really…

My to do list gets longer everyday. It’s good to be busy, but we are in the second half of the year and I really need to complete jobs. That is my aim for the rest of the year. Wish me luck – have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Historical Fiction at it’s Best #BeachBoundBooks

Hi it’s Stitch….

I’m not usually one for history, but this is a great, action packed book that children will love to read. Let’s check it out!

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s historical fiction book written by Cheryl Carpinello, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. The tour will run from July 17 – August 7, 2017.

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About the Book

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Title: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend Book Two
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Number of Pages: 121
Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction
Summary: “Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.

When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.

Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?


5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Children are attracted to adventure and they don’t see the risks that adults do, refusing to accept many of the limitations and rules enforced for the sole purpose of keeping children safe. Guinevere and Cedwyn are close friends and Cedwyn, although still very young, has pledged his life to protect the princess who will one day be his queen when she marries King Arthur. Being children, they have their adventures. And one such adventure to the mysterious standing stones results in magical visions and then a race for their lives. There are people intent on kidnapping Guinevere. When she out-foxes their intentions, they take the castle children instead to be sold into slavery. Guinevere insists on chasing after the kidnappers and rescuing the children. The adventure intensifies as they risk their lives and become heroes. But are they totally successful in rescuing the children? Or do they just manage to create more problems in the process.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the sequel to Cheryl Carpinello’s first Guinevere story, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Both books take the fascinating Arthurian legends and create stories that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. With realistic characters and an exciting plot full of adventure, the reader will be pulled along to an unexpected conclusion, one that demands another book to complete the series. Young readers will certainly easily associate with Guinevere and Cedwyn, who, at their young age, take risks and disobey their parents, while at the same time they reach out to help others and become heroes. A great way to entice readers, even reluctant ones, to follow the adventures found in legends.

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Book One – Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

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About the Author

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I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: August 7, 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, Cheryl Carpinello 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 Says:

Children can get hooked into the stories of Guinevere and Sir Arthur, even if they are not history buffs. Historical Fiction is a great way to spark an interest and Cheryl Carpinello does this genre really well. This book is no exception. Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. When Guinevere and her best friend Cedwyn disobey orders and sneak out of the castle they think they are heading for some fun. Instead they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous journey that will make them take on new roles. Children will enjoy reading about these two likeable characters. They will relate to their flaws and their friendship.
Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is a great book to encourage children to read and to take an interest in historical figures.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

More to come – keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Review and Interview: Sweet T and the Turtle Team #BeachBoundBooks

Hi it’s Stitch here:

I have been really busy reading this week, check out the latest review and a bonus character interview!

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the beautiful children’s book written by Cat Michaels and Illustrated by Irene A. Johns, Sweet T and the Turtle Team. The tour will run from July 12 – August 9, 2017.

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About the Book

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Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11
Summary: It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina’s Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home. Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little. Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time. Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child. He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles.

What’s up with Billy? He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next. And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team? T can’t figure him out.

A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.

  • Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
  • Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
  • Will Billy reveal his secret?

Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” to find out!

“Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed. With a glossary, comprehension quiz, sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions, “Turtle Team” delivers powerful messages about protecting marine life while helping young readers empathize with children who struggle to read.


Pre-order Now ~ Available July 21, 2017

Take a peek inside the book…

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Watch the book video…

About the Author

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Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.

Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief. Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading.

Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

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Find Cat’s books on Amazon and iTunes

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card or $75 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: August 9, 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, Cat Michaels 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 has been busy this week. Here is his character interview with nine-year old Tara, or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her. T tells us about her role in Sweet T and the Turtle Team and summer adventures on Gull Island, North Carolina

“Hey, Sweet T!” as they say in Carolina. Welcome to my blog!

Super-excited to be here with you and on the Beach Bound Books tour! Cat says, “Hey!” back, and I am not to embarrass her. (Oops! Not supposed to say that last part.)

What brings you to Gull Island from your home in Kelly Lake? 

I’m staying with Great-aunt Mae Gray and little sister Jenna at Gray Cottage while Mama works at Gull Island Aquarium for the summer. It’s fun at the beach, but I miss Daddy and Kristen. They’re home in Kelly Lake because Kristen is at computer camp, and daddy is teaching summer school.

Are you making new friends on Gull island?

I’m trying, but it’s hard. Island kids are nice but they aren’t used to my city ways. Aunt Mae’s neighbor, Billy, can be nice one minute and grumpy the next. I can’t figure him out. I invited him to join my turtle team, but he said “No!” and stomped off. I asked Aunt Mae if she knew why, but she says it’s Billy’s secret to tell. I still want to be his friend, no matter what.

Tell us about your favorite moment in the story.
OOOooo. I know EXACTLY! When baby sea turtles hatch!

They are so cute! A gazillion pop out of their nest and swish across the sand to the ocean. 

Turtle teams watch over the babies to make sure they don’t become dinner for sand crabs and seagulls. Our artist, Irene A. Jahns, painted us THE most beautiful picture of a hatch. Cat calls it “shimmery watercolors to dazzle the eye.” 



You and sister Kristen exchange nightly text messages to stay in touch because Kristen’s far away in Kelly Lake with your father. Are your parents ok with the two of you texting?
Oh, yes! Mama and Daddy let us borrow their tablets for 30 minutes each night. Mama says it helps Kristen practice what she learns during computer camp. And I like learning texting, too. HaHaHa – Daddy says we still must know how to spell correctly -:>


Were you scared in the chapter about the tropical storm?
Well, tbh (that’s texting language for to be honest – Cat has a texting glossary in our book to help you learn the shortcuts!) we were all nervous when Cat first told us she was going to put us in an ocean storm. But she explained she’d lived through hurricanes and tropical storms as a girl in New England and then as a big person in North Carolina. She wasn’t going to make it a scary storm. Just enough bad weather to stir up adventure for us and let readers experience what it’s like to be in a summertime beach storm. Hint: lots of wind, thunder, and high surf!

What other books are you in?
Cat writes chapter books for young readers and older kids, who are smart but have a hard time with reading. She wrote my whole family and me into her first two books, Sweet T and the North Wind and Finding Fuzzy. (Oh, and you don’t have to read our books in order. We tell a complete story in each tale.)

Cat also wrote an e-book for i-Books and Kindle, The Magical Aquarium. Even though I’m not in it, it’s a really cool story for young readers about ocean creatures. UK artist Corrina Holyoake created the centerpiece illustration that shows … OOPS! … Can’t tell you what it is because I’ll give away the aquarium’s secret. But kids will love it when they find out and see her drawing!

I hope Cat writes another Sweet T Tale and keeps me in it. Maybe a return to Gull Island!?!

Thanks for joining us today, Sweet T. All the best to you and your new book, Sweet T and the Turtle Team.
Awww, thanks. It’s fun meeting you and your readers. Cat says y’all are THE best. She’s so right! We hope you’ll visit us on Gull Island soon. Sweet tea and Aunt Mae’s triple-fudge, peanut-butter pie are waiting for you at Gray Cottage. Happy tales!

Now it’s time for Stitch’s review:

Nine year old Tara may be having trouble making friends on the island, but she is determined to help the hatchlings get to the water safely. Being part of the turtle team leads her to find out more about the other kids on the island. It all seems to be going well, when a storm hits. Will Tara and her team be able to save the hatchlings?
Sweet T and the Turtle Team is a delightful book for animal lovers. The characters are interesting and there is great information about sea turtles too. The language is simple and the storyline is easy to follow. A great read for children aged 6 to 11.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs.

Keep reading, keep writing.

July has gone #timetogetmoving

Wow, July went in a rush. It happens when there is school holidays, two weeks tend to flash by with activities for the kids. It makes it difficult to get moving with writing. That didn’t mean I sat there idle. I have actually progressed with my publishing. My book is almost formatted correctly and the images are close to being correct. I am hopeful to upload my story by the end of the week. The cover is also coming along. We have the right photo, but not the actual cover yet. Again really hopeful I will be ordering the print proof by the next weekend….

I am probably a month behind where I want to be. The issue is when it comes to the cover and the illustrations I rely on another person. So things don’t happen when I want them too. I really wish I could actually do these things myself. That would make life easy, but at this stage I don’t have the time to learn. So I wait. It will get there. I was just hoping the second book would be out before Christmas. This one probably won’t take quite as long because I am already collating the illustrations and the cover format will be similar. I may get there in the end.

Change that to I will publish my books!!!

Back to work, lots to do. Have fun!

Teen Book #sport #friends #family

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!

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