A few Monday Mentions on this foggy Monday:
A book to check out:
Beyond the Wicked Willow: Chronicles of a Teenage Witch Slayer
By M.J. Rocissono.
FRANKIE FRETINI has had a horrible year. And, just when he thinks things are looking up, well…all heck breaks loose. It happens in home-ec class just moments after the girl of his dreams, Jenny Moran, invites him to the annual town carnival. Still dazed from the unexpected invite, Frankie accidentally plasters the face of school bully, Brick McDuddy, with a giant scoop of chocolate mousse. Embarrassed, and fuming mad, Brick plots to deliver his painful revenge at the carnival. When Frankie, and his pals, Sam, Beef, and Bookworm show up to meet Jenny, Brick and his nasty bootlickers, Harold “The Horrible” Dunson and Billy “Scat” Pile, chase them into the eerie tent of an old Gypsy fortuneteller named Mala. Trapped with nowhere to run, Frankie makes a pact with Mala not knowing that he and his pals would be swept through her crystal ball to Medieval Italy. Now, their only hope to return home rests in Frankie’s hands. He must kill the evil Italian witch, Il Strega Diavolo, and rescue Mala’s twin sister, Tsura. But, can Frankie find the courage to face the Strega?
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And because…why not! A GIANT BEAR. I may a grown woman, but I feel like I want a GIANT BEAR in life. What a great reading spot. This also reminds me that I used to have a GIANT pink bear as a child…I wonder what ever happened to it?
Simply, because, Why not?
The release of ‘Saving Cara’ will coincide with Halloween season. Fitting, since there is a witch making an appearance in Tuma for this sequel.
I didn’t have a release party for ‘Saving Tuma’, but am considering one for ‘Saving Cara’. I mean, any excuse for a party, right?
Any Halloween release party ideas?
Drop them below or send me a message!
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More and more areas are starting school earlier- or, in some places, going year-round, but in my neck of the woods, the end of August is still the time parents rejoice. Children moan. Teachers hope for well behaved kids (and parents).
Back to school.
I sure hope kids are still encouraged to read, even in this day of technology. Whether the favorable eco-friendly Kindle or Tablet, or the beautiful smell of a paperback, in all it’s paper glory- Books are books and reading remains one of the best daily relaxing escapes from our real world.
Here are some new releases (2018) that are recommended for 2nd – 4th graders:
- Mega Bat, By Anna Humphrey: A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
Is it a ghost? A creaky floorboard? Or…is it MegaBat
Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure, By Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold: This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.
- The Day you Begin, By Jacqueline Woodson: National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
Check them out and tell me how you like them!
What other books do you recommend for the middle grade ages?
Do you have favorites that you remember?
Whoa. Typing that took my breath away. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!
I’m SO EXCITED.
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This book exceeded my plot expectations. I swear these characters have a mind of their own. Tweens. Same in real life, I suppose.
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TGIF. And now, back to writing. (Sorry for lack of blogging- books come first!)
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I was going to write this post today all about how I have the ability to waste time like no one else. I need to be focusing. I need to be writing. Saturdays and Sundays are my BOOK days.
Except then there’s Facebook. And Twitter. And reading articles about nothing. Oh- and took a quiz to tell me about my personality based upon the shape of my fingers. The quiz told me I am strong to the world, but very sad underneath. I am? So that got me thinking…Why am I sad? Could be many things. Is it family stuff? Is it because I don’t have any chocolate in the house (when I really, really want some chocolate)? Is it… For crying out loud. It was a dumb Facebook quick. Get it together.
Then I remembered that ‘Saving Tuma’ only has THREE MORE DAYS of being FREE on Kindle Unlimited. That seemed like a better thing to post about. More meaningful, ya know? Important.
So there you have it. If you have been thinking of picking up ‘Saving Tuma’ , and you have KU- grab it now. Now is the time. Wednesday will be too late. It’s bad to be late. Bad.
Check it out here. If you want 😉 ——-> Saving Tuma- Kindle Unlimited
Truth is, I don’t know.
I’ve been supo-busy. (I also like to make up my own phrases- if you don’t know me, I thought I would offer that disclaimer.)
‘Saving Tuma’ has been out for ten months- and the sequel is JUST now getting ready for publishing. I’m behind schedule. But that’s okay, because it was my schedule.
I enjoyed writing the characters through this book so much, I am anxiously ready to begin book 3, with the hopes that it will only take a few months. Or, at least less than ten.
Book 2 brings a little more excitement & danger to the trio as Cara disappears and Wendy and Daniel embark on a adventure to find her. Don’t worry- the Tumans play a central role, and favorite characters like Koda, Fanny and Zuzu return.
Enough about that. For now. 😉
I want to hear from you.
- Are there are GREAT middle grade fiction books that you just LOVE? I’m a fan of characterization. I want awesome characters.
2. I’m growing my reader team. If you are interested in being a beta reader or if you are a blogger interested in a copy of either book, email me.