Saturday, April 9, 2011

BlogHop~Word of the day!

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I am having such a great time on this tour!   So far two stops and more to come!    
Facebook especially Twitter.  You the Hash #MAX and @Maxs_Books.   I try to get on ofter throughout the day as I can to post messages.   The more we can talk up the tour the more everyone will have visitors.  So, this is exciting!
 I have facebook and hopefully you all liked my page,   I have a blog and hope you joined it,  I hope you all are following me on twitter too.   I recently posted a new video of max as a puppy on youtube, I have photos of max as a puppy.   I will have a brand new cartoon of Max on YouTube very soon.   
your wondering about Max's breed  I am an ENGLISH LABRADOR.     I love golden retrievers and have a few freinds, but I like being me!  
  Also to those that have vote for the Telly Award Thank YOU!   Now, I did get to talk to the Telly Award Competition and was told our category is very close in voting.  About a 10 vote difference.   They have a great video and story as well.    We are competing against a school and we really need a full force effort here.  Please post and ask nice your friend to vote for us.   Lets Gets the Leader Dogs in First Place!  ;)
Thank you again!  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at anytime. I try to respond as quickly as possible.   
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Friday, April 8, 2011

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Post for Jamie DeLuna: Avant Garde Parenting

My love affair with children’s picture books began over fifty years ago as I helped my mother turn the pages of THE LITTLE HOUSE by Virginia Lee Burton. Even as a very young person, I knew that my life would be devoted to uplifting young children.

As a kindergarten and Head Start teacher in the New York City public schools, I implemented an innovative program, using daily picture book stories, simple craft projects and easy healthful cooking activities that helped build self-esteem and develop pre-literacy skills. But, when my husband and I decided to start a family, we made the decision that I would quit teaching and stay at home to raise our children.

However, our finances (or lack of them) required a second income. And that’s how my daycare operation for the children of local teachers began. Now I could stay home with my children, while earning money at the same time. For me, it was the ideal solution to a problem that many parents face.

I think that being a parent is the most challenging and difficult job in the world…whether you are a SAHM or SAHD, whether you work at home or work outside the home while raising your children, whether you volunteer part-time as a crossing guard or you work 50 plus hours a week in an executive level position. What works for one person, may not work for another. Each person’s family situation is unique. I guess my advice to parents is that they need to communicate with each other and decide together what works best. Talking really does help…our special place was in the car parked in the driveway after the kids were sleeping. We felt we were away from the situation…no phones, no interruptions…but close enough if we were needed. It worked for us (we will be celebrating our 44th anniversary this August) and hopefully our children (all grown with families of their own) have discovered their own ways of dealing with problems and situations that arise.

This past September, I was able to share the innovative and successful program that I developed while teaching and doing daycare when my new book for parents and teachers of preschoolers, SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING, was published. It pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides a story summary, gentle parenting tip, eco-friendly craft project and child-friendly healthful cooking activity for each recommended title. This ultimate shortcut for busy parents builds self-esteem, develops pre-literacy skills and creates a life-long parent-child bond while giving parents a newfound sense of confidence in their own parenting abilities as well. It is an especially valuable resource for homeschooling families because it provides an entire unit of themed activities which revolve around the picture book story that is read each day.

Why do I emphasize the importance of reading to young children? Reading with young children engages them in the world between the pages, encourages them to observe what is happening to the characters in the story, and allows them to relate those events to their own experiences. Just 15 minutes a day spent reading with your child can make such a big difference! And, if you have time and add the easy eco-friendly craft project and the simple child-friendly healthful recipe, you are providing your child with fun-filled educational activities and creating a balanced and harmonious day.

I’m also excited because the SHOW ME HOW Story-time Program has been implemented in our local schools. The teachers are so excited about it that I am booked through the end of this semester and I’ve been told that the teachers are already making reservations for August and September of the new school year. Every Thursday morning, I read a picture book story and do a craft project with one or two kindergarten or Pre-K classes. I’m thrilled to be back in the classroom again, sharing my love of picture books with young children, and hopefully helping them to become lovers of books.

BookReview~ Kekula

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Jacolyn Russell Neiman
I enjoyed the story as  it teaches a lesson.
My son who is 3  loved the  story and the zebras.
He wanted to know if he could have one.
I like how the story teaches several lessons along the way.
Plus it was about a Country I do not know much about so it
made it even more interesting for me to read.
I hope she has other books out that I can share with my
son as I know he will Love them too.
If you have not had a chance to check out this story Please do.
I know you will also enjoy it.
Glenda and Charlie
 Jahcolyn Russell Neiman

Africa: The Untold Story
Childrens book teaches and entertains about the people and history of Africa.
 Orlando- Can  Africa be known to children by it's people, ancient history and lessons
passed down from generation to generation?

About the Author:
Jahcolyn Russell Neiman currently resides in Seminole, Florida near Orlando.
She attended Nothern University and enjoys bike riding and chocolate.
Neiman is a avid researcher of ancient civilations especially Egypt and other
Africa civilations.
by Jahcolyn Neiman
ISBN 978-1-4250-8086-4
Paperback 8.5 x 8.5 Retail price $9.99

  interview questions from Jahcolyn for Kekula.

) How long have you been writing?  Actually this is my first published work. 
2} Did you always wish to be a author?  Not really, although I have from time to time kept a journal.

3} Why did you decide on this tye of book?  The need presented itself--I got an idea and decided to go for it.

4} Have you ever visited there?  I have not had the opportunity, but my mother told me shortly before she passed that she wanted me to go to Egypt.  I hope I get there before it's too late.

5) What is  your favorite type of book to read and why?  Ancient history of any culture, the Bible which contains so much ancient history.  Anything having to do with archaeology or anthropology.

6} Whyd did you choose childrens books?  It sort of chose me.  The need was there for an African based storybook that had people in it and not just animals.  I noticed some time ago that there was a gap in the storybook line.  We have Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty, both with European origins.  Then Mulan with a Chinese theme; Jasmine--Indian; Pocahontis--American Indian.  Rudyard Kipling's stories were East Indian.

7} Do you have other books out?  Not at this time, but one is taking shape.

8] What one thing do you know now that you wished you
had known when you started out?  If I had known how much work this whole project would be I may not have even gotten started.  Good thing we can't know the future.

9} What one piece of advice would you share with a new Artist?  Be patient.  If you have an idea for a book or a story is forming, give it time to incubate.  Once you have it all down re do it. 

10) What Author dead or alive is your favorite and if you could
ask then any question what would it be?  My favorite novelist would probably be Rosemund Pilcher.  But my favorite books deal with ancient history and I don't recall the authors. 

11} How hard is to to get a book published?  It takes a lot of persistance which is why I finally decided to self-publish.  Most publishing houses don't want to take a chance on an unpublished author and the same goes for agents.

12} Do you have one thing you must always do before you start to
write a story? 

13} Do the characters or the plot come first?  For me my main character was there and I wove the plot around her.

14} What is one type of story you have always wanted to write but have not
and why haven't you?

15} Can you share with us how this book came to be and why? When I visited my niece who was seven years old at the time, I noticed that she didn't have any storybooks that had an African based theme.  It confirmed something I'd had in the back of my mind for years and the story just started to take form.

16} What was your favorite part of the story?  The courage that Kekula shows in the face of danger (facing a lioness); in the face of powerful authority (confronting the Chief, Piheya).  

17} Have you started a new project and if so can you tell us about it?  I have an idea and I've got little pieces of paper that have different parts of the story, but I haven't pulled it all together yet.  I can only tell you that it will be about Christmas from a different direction.


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Book Blog Touor~ Max  
I am ready to raise the ROOF on this event.   This is going to be a very pawrific book blog tour for all of us especially my friends at Leader Dogs for the Blind.  
I have officially posted on my website the blog sites that we have choosen to participate on our book tour.   You can visit to see the full list and dates for each visit.   As you see we have over 30 sites we plan on visiting. As for posting on your sites. The more Buzz on Tweeter/Facebook/and other social media sites we can create the more successful this tour will be. 
An Official Press Release will go out by this Sunday evening with the dates of our blog tour stops.  You can find all copies of all our Press Releases at and I encourage you to visit the site.
Thank YOU again for helping me and Leader Dogs for the Blind.  I have a great feeling this will be a successful Tour.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Authors Review~BookBlogTour~

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Now scheduling a virtual book tour for the single author short story collection- Echoes and Illusions by Mila Ramos.

This tour will run throughout April.

We are scheduling guest posts, interviews, chats, and radio interviews along with some reviews.

There will be a limited number of book giveaways available throughout this tour.

Book Description for Echoes and Illusions:

A curious invitation mystifies acclaimed movie critic Moira Castle. In an industry where word of mouth is reality, Moira comes back home to the unexpected. Memories surge as an old movie reel and theater owner Toren McCann hold answers that have lain quiet for far too long.

The Seventh Legend
Some stories are based on legend, some on rumor. Some stories are real. For a young woman her childhood book has something more than imagined. The book contains the story of a real hero facing an unimaginable evil that’s been after since she was a child.

The Watchers
In a world where duty and honor are binding and crucial Selene, a Coven Enforcer, has to choose between the life she knows and the life she yearns. On a dark and stormy night Selene learns that some rules are meant to be broken, even immortal ones.

Smoke & Mirrors
Dr. Ana Fiore has earned her reputation “Dr. Ice” by her solid work and rigid personality. Sent to a conference for determination of Chief of Staff, she is snowed in with rival and colleague Dr. Dakota Hastings. Face-to-face with Dakota, she learns she isn’t the only expert at illusion.

Mila's Backlist- if you are interested in reviewing any of Mila's backlist I have pdfs available,
 see book descriptions here:
If you would like to host a stop please respond with your web site name and url, the dates you have available and what type of stop you'd like to host (guest blog, interview, review only, etc).

Three requests for tour stops:
Please make sure the guest post or interview is live by 6 am EST the morning of your tour stop (you can schedule it to go live, you don't have to be at 6 am)
Please don't post anything else on your scheduled day that will go above your guest. The guest author should have top billing at your spot all day long.
If you have any problems or questions please direct all communications to me, not the author. I handle all the guest posts, interviews, etc and will send them to you or to the author.
Shifters of 2040 Book Description (Book 3 of the series):America 2040. Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.
Interview Questions~
April 4 Interview and Review at Author's Corner

1}  Did you always wish to become a Author?

Actually, I always thought that in order to become an author you had to pass this gruesome and grueling task of writing.  I remember when I was younger and reading from Shakespeare, Hugo and thinking there was no way I could write amazing stories like they did, but I eventually learned of the niches in the world of literature and have been slowly carving out my own. The first few months when I actually had a story out, I learned the hard way just how amazing and tough it is to be an author. I had a wonderful publisher that helped me out and even now, I have people letting me know how things are done.  I’m always grateful for people who are willing to help nudge (or even shake me) in the right direction.

2} Why did you choose this type of books to write?

This book has so many different elements of paranormal that in truth how could I not write such fun stories and put them together. That is the one thing I love about anthologies, you get a little taste of everything. At the end if you wish to have a little more, then you can go and find just precisely what you are wanting. I think Echoes and Illusion is just that right taste of a little bit for anyone wanting different stories about special styles of paranormal reading.

 3} Is there any other type of books you would like to write?

Currently I write contemporary as well as paranormal but I would love to give my hand at a historical. There are periods of history which fascinate me to no end; the Elizabethan period (Queen Elizabeth I), Renaissance period, Egyptian Dynasties of the Pharaonic epoch and the Japanese pre-industrial time of the Samurai warrior.  I’ll get the chance as I pan out my writing career but as of now that’s on my “one day” list.

4} What is your favorite book you have written?

Out of Echoes and Illusion I must say that it has to be Reel-to-Real.  I never expected the story to unravel as it did but even as it did, I enjoyed the interplay between the main character Moira and her best friend Kasey. I can imagine having someone with her personality walking around in day-to-day life making the jokes, awareness and comments she so readily did. More so, Reel-to-Real came from the inspiration of an old theater that was being renovated within my town. I would go down to the historical district and sit outside the theater, looking at the building and seeing it as a living breathing entity.  When restoration was completed, the old Hollywood style of such a breathtaking building was only fitting to be put into a book. I still visit that theater today to watch some great classic movies.

 5} Who is your favorite character and why?

 When I wrote the story Reel-to-Real I came to find myself drawn to the character of Toren as the tale developed. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be such a unique being knowing your other half was out there but having no idea where and suddenly she arrives with no recollection of your life together. I see Toren as the type of man that would go through any set back, accident or tragedy with the astounding style of strength that would let you know things would be alright, even if they do not seem that way at the moment.

6} Is there one thing you wish you could change about the way you write or your books being published?

The one thing I would change about the way I write particularly today is having more hours in the day. These past couple weeks I got really sick and had to go out of town so it’s now the overhaul to catch up and get ahead of everything. Its times like this when life severely intruded on my writing schedule. It’s very rare instance but I’ve come to find out that in having a hectic schedule, Murphy’s Law tends to have fun making a ruckus. 

 7} What one Author dead or alive is your favorite and what one question would you ask them if given the chance?

I personally would love to sit down and speak with Karen Marie Moning. I find her style of writing magnetic and dazzling; I would love to ask her how. How do the characters unfold within in her mind? She is a writer I truly admire.

 8} What advice would you share with a new and upcoming writer?

There would be two big, heady statements of advice. First, do not give up!  Secondly, go to a writers community or area specifically made for such like Writer’s Digest and absorb every single little bit of advice.  It took me a little bit of time to finally get around to that and just spend a good portion of my time learning that. Even now, I’m still learning just how to maneuver. For instance, this is my very first virtual blog tour and I have been blessed with a brilliant tour coordinator who explains things as we go. Not many people will do that mind you, but if you are honest with yourself that you may have to learn at times the hard way, you will learn your craft.

 9 What is one thing you would like to share with us that no one knows?

Goodness that is a very good question. I’d have to say that I have a secret love for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Any chance I get I will watch the movie on NetFlix. Just the other day a dear friend told me that he was getting sick of hearing me play the movie as we study or hanging out. He honestly doesn’t understand what about the movie he loves so much. I don’t either but I do love the movie!

 10 Tell us about where you live and your family, and pets.

Originally I am from Puerto Rico, but I live in the grand state of Texas (really it is huge) with my husband and I’m currently in school doing my doctorate in Chemistry. Most of my time is spent in a laboratory and I don’t really think you want me to describe my lab but I’ve grown to like the city of Lubbock. I do have to admit though, I used to live in the Dallas area and I have grown to miss Dallas, I can’t wait to go back. It could have been all the rain received there that reminds me of my home island of Puerto Rico, but I do like the area.
I have two adorable cats, Ashes and Newton. Ashes is 11 years old and she believes in the motto of sleeping all day long and letting me know when her delicacies are late. She is my rescue story, and I got her when she was two months old. Very much my baby, she is half Persian and half Himalayan. I lovingly call her my mound of fluff. She’s a gorgeous cat but she is my baby. My other little master of disaster is my husband’s cat named Newton. His full name is Sir Isaac Newton. He’s an all black kitty and the funniest cat I have had a pleasure of loving. Newton will talk to you, disagree with you, and play with you; even when you don’t want to play with him. His nickname is Godzilla because we’ve noticed he has a penchant to stand on his hind legs and go after you for any reason.

All about Mila
Mila was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  At an early age she learned the valuable secrets books contained. It all started with the Lois Duncan book, “A Gift of Magic.” Mysterious worlds, far away places helped nourish different ideas and concepts of the real world.  It was through this that she discovered a whole new realm of depth. 
The books ranged, and as they did so did her love for different types.  Starting with William Shakespeare, Mila went through all the literary bests; William Blake, Joseph Conrad, Anais Nin, Leo Tolstoy, Ayn Rand, Maya Angelou, Victor Hugo.  Until one day she read a book that changed her life, her first true romance book where characters were real, came to life, and could be the person next door.  From there the world expanded from Nora Roberts, Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, and beyond. With these authors, her writing took a new turn to role group playing and writing in the paranormal scene.  Through this, the stories had more vivid ideas and better yet were actually getting heard.
She currently working on her doctorate in Organic Chemistry and resides in Texas, with her husband, family, friends. Her favorite genres are: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Erotica and anything her mind concocts. Crazy and silly as the ideas she sometimes has, her heart is as true as gold and hopes her readers enjoy the stories she writes as much as she loves to write them.

Echoes & Illusions:

A curious invitation mystifies acclaimed movie critic Moira Castle.   In an industry where word of mouth is reality, Moira comes back home to the unexpected.  Memories surge as an old movie reel and theater owner Toren McCann hold answers that have lain quiet for far too long. 

Some stories are based on legend, some on rumor. Some stories are real.  For a young woman her childhood book has something more than imagined.  The book contains the story of a real hero facing an unimaginable evil that’s been after since she was a child.

In a world where duty and honor are binding and crucial Selene, a Coven Enforcer, has to choose between the life she knows and the life she yearns.  On a dark and stormy night Selene learns that some rules are meant to be broken, even immortal ones. 

Smoke & Mirrors
Dr. Ana Fiore has earned her reputation “Dr. Ice” by her solid work and rigid personality. Sent to a conference for determination of Chief of Staff, she is snowed in with rival and colleague Dr. Dakota Hastings. Face-to-face with Dakota, she learns she isn’t the only expert at illusion. 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

BookReview~ Children's Books

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Little Duckie’s Day by D.L. Skandle is a humorous short story written to entertain and educate kids and parents alike via the antics of an adorable baby duck and her confused wolf mom. With humor and compassion, Skandle reflects on past experiences as a new parent to illustrate the struggles, laughs and lessons.
Story and Pictures by D.L. Skandle
I Love this book.
The story is so heartwarming.
It reminded me of me and my son.
There where so many scenes I could see
me and my son in that I feel in Love with the book.
I also like it shows that it is OK to be different and to
Love others as both are so important and people do not
think about these things sometimes.
Another reason I Loved the book was that it featured a duck my
sons favorite and a wolf my husbands favorite.
Another thing I like is how the Duck just walks up and says I Love you
it caused me to melt as my son also does this a lot.
You see I am a mom who works from home and so we do the house
together to and now that he sees these two also do it it has made it
much easier on me when I ask him to help as he no longer fusses
with me.
So Please share this book with your favorite children and when you
do come back and share your thoughts with Charlie and I Please.
About the Author:
D.L. Skandle is a graphic artist in the New York City area living with
her hubby of seven years, Jizhen, and two-year-old daughter, Valerie.
Skandle is currently developing the Little Duckie website and is chief
creative consultant for the "That Duckie" animated web series. Skandle
previously worked in advertising, illustration and cartooning.
Little Duckies Day
By D.L. Skandle
Retail Price: paperback $15.99

Interview Author~ Jennifer Griffin

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1) at what point in your life did you decide to become a writer? and why?
2.where do you get your "creative juice" as a writer? what motivates you to write about the topics of your books?
3) if there is one, what was your profession before becoming a writer and are your still in the field today?
4) what is something you would tell people who want to become writers?
5) share something about yourself your reader fans do not know about you. can be something silly like a favorite food or your favorite vacation spot!

                                                            ~Jennifer Griffin~

1.       I always knew I wanted to be in a creative field. I decided to go into publishing because when I graduated from college there was a recession on and there were no jobs to be had. I researched several fields and discovered that the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course) had a 99% placement rate. So I applied, got in, and then got a job in publishing. After working in publishing for a while I decided I'd like to try writing.
2.       I get my creative juice from seeing holes in the marketplace. It's exciting when you feel that there is no book on the subject you'd like to pursue or that if there are books (in the case of name books, LOTS), that you feel you can do it better. Once you have your vision for what you want to do, the rest is easy (comparatively).
3.       I've always worked in publishing and I still do now. I think it would be very strange for me to not be able to say I work in this field, which I've always loved.
4.       I'd tell writers to join a writing group or a professional association for their genre. Food writers should belong to and be active in the International Association of Culinary Professionals; romance writers the Romance Writers of America; mystery writers the Mystery Writers of America, and so on. It's very rare for books to be written in a vacuum. Most writers need help and encouragement. Also, writing is a lonely business filled with self-doubt; it's nice to have people to commiserate with.
5.       If I weren't in publishing I'd open a New England-style artisanal ice cream parlor. I love ice cream and there is none better than what you find in New England every summer.
about Jennifer Griffin
Jennifer Griffin is the author of Humpty Who? She is a writer, literary agent, and mother who lives with her family in New York City.
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