Friday, December 23, 2016

Finally, Another Picture Book to Share

I'm pretty sure that I rate picture books tougher than most.  I will see a picture book with wonderful critiques and ratings and when I read it I'm wondering if those people read the same book I did. Really, I have a hard time finding cute drawings with a story that is fun for both kids and adults. After all, aren't we the ones who will be reading it a kazillion times to the little ones? I remember my mom telling me about a couple books she read  to my daughter and son. The minute she finished reading, she would hear, "Read it again, Grandma." I know one of the books was "Are you my Mother?" I don't know how mom didn't lose her mind over that! Maybe that's why I always made weekly trips to the  library with the kids. I COULDN'T read the same book over and over again. And I was secretly afraid I would lose my mind!

But back to my newest discovery. Otter Goes To School, by Sam Garton is not exactly what you might think. It may remind you of lots of other stories of going to school for the first time, but let me assure you, it's not.  It will give you lots to talk about with children and lots to smile about. Give it a try. I've already pointed out that I'm picky. The illustrations are great. It's not a story that's been told before, it's a little different.

I think you'll like it.  But if you don't, let me know what books you like. I'm always looking for fun picture books!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Six Podcasts for Writers

Some of us are driving in the slow lane while others are at the finish line and heading for Starbucks to celebrate. As one who is sightseeing along the way (and likes Caribou better than Starbucks), I have been shutting my ears when my son brings up the subject of podcasts. I know, I know, Son, you have been telling me about podcasts for ages, but just like children, sometimes parents don't listen.

Recently I've stumbled on the value of podcasts. Why has it taken so long? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the type of podcasts my son is recommending. Hmmm, I guess like children, parents occasionally lie too. But on with the story. I discovered they have podcasts for writers! Now we're talkin'!

So for those like me who have been on a long Sunday drive and missed some important things, you can locate great podcasts by Googling the type you're interested in, or I downloaded an app on my phone called Podcast Addict, but there are many others to choose from.

I realize this is a very late news bulletin, but here are some podcasts you might want to try:

Seated at the Writers Table

Writing Excuses

Grammar Girl 

Helping Writers Become Authors

The Newbie Writers' Podcast

Grammar Underground

If you have a good podcast you'd like to share, let me know.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Promoting Your Book

I haven't really been able to
promote my book or post for the last few months due to back surgery and complications, but during that time I've enjoyed lots of reading and posting on Goodreads (I've even met a few friends there).  If you're a book lover and haven't discovered the site, I would definitely encourage you to give it a try.

Meanwhile, as I said, I haven't been able to publicize my new book, The Blabbermouth Club. If you find yourself with a book you'd like to get reviews on or simply get the name out to readers, you might try this site: Goodreads Giveaways

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