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Character Interview: Mama Ringtail from Sylvie Michaud’s Bedtime Story ‘Book of Dreams’

We’re thrilled to be talking to Mama Ringtail from North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Book of Dreams coverThank you so much for this interview, Mama Ringtail.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I like how I was portrayed. The author set me in an environment that I feel comfortable with, natural and green, so I could be myself. Raccoons are very family oriented, so being able to spend so much time with my son and partner exploring the natural world felt great!

What do you believe is your strongest trait? 

My strongest trait is my ability to live in a world that is constantly changing but stay in the present moment at the same time.

Worst trait? 

Oh, I suppose I could be better at making plans for the future.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? 

Angelina Jolie as a voice over.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out? 

I can’t say that I felt nervous. There were no warning signs that our adventures were going to go sideways. Although, I was a bit concerned when Papa and Baby Ringtail were so close to the grizzly bears.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why? 

I think it would be hard to be Baby Ringtail. Children are so dependent on the environment they find themselves growing up in. It’s a wild world out there!

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

It ends as it should, with a feeling of security and safety.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it? 

I would say to keep true to the heart and let that guide the story.

Thank you for this interview, Mama Ringtail.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future? 

Yes you will. In fact, I can be found in the two other titles that make up the Ringtail Series, the Book of Love and the Book of Wishes.

Purchase at:

Amazon soft cover: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Dreams-The-Ringtail-Family/dp/0978295587

Amazon digital: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Dreams-The-Ringtail-Family-ebook/dp/B00BTPBX0Q

B&N soft cover: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/book-of-dreams-the-ringtail-family-sylvie-michaud/1110202903

Sylvie Michaud is a North Vancouver, BC based writer and graphic designer. After years as a writer, editor and designer for The Canadian Red Cross Society newsletter, “The Responder”, Sylvie has gone on to write for several other groups & magazines including Pacific Yachting, GardenWise and the North Shore’s own Lynn Valley Literary anthology, “Wintertide.” 

In 2011, Sylvie won the Lynn Valley Literary Society’s short story contest for “Fire and Fortune.” 

In addition to her literary background, Sylvie is the ower of Blackbarn Crafts where she designs, produces and sells handmade crafts for crafts shows and other online venues. 

Learn more about Sylvie Michaud and the Ringtail Family collection at www.craftycanuck.com and http://shop.craftycanuck.com/

Children’s Book Author Elizabeth Woodrum on ‘Maisy and the Missing Mice’ Blog Tour

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Elizabeth WoodrumChildren’s book author Elizabeth Woodrum will be on a nationwide virtual book tour starting January 6 and ending January 31. Elizabeth is the author of the delightful children’s mystery, Maisy and the Missing Mice.

Elizabeth is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as elementary school, but writing material for her to use in her classroom renewed her interest in a writing career. That writing grew the desire to write books – more importantly, children’s books. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the Maisy and the Missing Mice 7first series she has published. The first book in the series is titled Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, as well as books for adults in the future.

In Maisy and the Missing Mice, Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Book steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in the The Maisy Files series.

Order your copy at Amazon.

Visit the author’s website at www.elizabethwoodrum.com.

Join Elizabeth as she travels blog to blog to talk about her new book. Visit her official tour page at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2013/12/07/virtual-book-tour-pump-up-your-book-presents-maisy-and-the-missing-mice-virtual-book-publicity-tour/ to find out what others have to say and don’t forget to stop in and leave a comment!

Author Video: Introducing Fluffy of ‘Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen’ by Mark J. Grant

Today we have a really neat guest!  Children’s book author Mark J. Grant is here with his book, Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen.  In promoting his book, he made a series of video interviews and today we’re spotlighting Fluffy!  Enjoy!

About the Author:

Mark J. GrantMark J. Grant, a graduate of Occidental College, has been on Wall Street for thirty-seven years in various senior management positions. He has run capital markets for four investment banks and been on the boards of directors of four investment banks. Grant also writes “Out of the Box,” a commentary on the financial markets that is distributed daily to approximately 5,000 large money management institutions in forty-eight countries. He is the author of Out of the Box and onto Wall Street: Unorthodox Insights on Investments and the Economy (Wiley, 2011). LILA: THE SIGN OF THE ELVEN QUEEN is his first novel.

Visit his website at www.princesslila.com.

About the Book:

Lila 2Lila is a polite six-year-old girl who lives with her mama and papa in New York City. She has two cats, and would now like to have a dog–except dogs are not allowed in her apartment building. After thinking about it for awhile, Lila asks her parents if she can have an invisible dog. Her parents agree, and together they decide to name the dog Fluffy. On their way to the pet store to buy invisible supplies for the invisible dog, a black and white Aussie appears from around the corner and introduces himself to Lila, saying, “My name is Fluffy.”

In a series of fun adventures that follow, Fluffy introduces Lila and her family to the invisible people of Iceland, who live inside the boulders of Central Park and the cornerstones of New York City buildings. One day, the invisible people discover that the birthmark on Lila’s left forearm is the sign of their Elven Queen, and just as she turns seven, Lila is made a princess. Can anything be better than that?

Purchase your copy at AMAZON

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow on Sale in October!

The story of “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow” takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Excerpt: 

Once upon a time……..there was a farm in Ohio with lots of Cows. They all had many spots to be proud of. One day a truck pulled into the farm. The back door opened and out came a new Cow. The other Cows were so excited to have a new friend!

But as the new Cow came out of the truck the other Cows looked on in shock!!! “Oh My! What on Earth?!”

It seems the new Cow, whose name was Mary Elizabeth, had no spots!

“Where are your spots??!!” Demanded the Cow called Anna Belle.

“I don’t have any spots. I was born spotless, you see.”

Well, Anna Belle and the other Cows were horrified.

(Not mad, you had to be very careful about mad)


Purchasing information: During the month of October, purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99). When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. Visit http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/ for more information.

Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at http://www.salbarbera.com.

Visit Sal’s other tour stops at:

October 1st

Interview at Blogcritics

October 2nd

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

October 3rd

Book spotlight at As the Pages Turn

October 4th

Book review at Alicia Finn Noack

October 7th

Book spotlight at Literarily Speaking

October 8th

Book spotlight at Between the Covers

October 9th

Book spotlight at The Book Rack

Book review at Classic Children’s Books

October 10th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 11th

Guest post at Paperback Writer

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Book review at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

October 12th

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

October 14th

Interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth

October 15th

Book spotlight at Broken Teepee

Book spotlight at Beyond the Books

October 16th

Book review at Lynn’s Corner

Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk

October 17th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

October 18th

Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 21st

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Book spotlight at Deco My Heart

Book spotlight at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

October 22nd

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

October 23rd

Guest post at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

October 25th

Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

October 28th

Book review at Thoughts in Progress

October 30th

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

October 31st

Book review at Blooming with Books

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Interview with Middle Grade Fiction Author Fiona Ingram, author of ‘The Secret of the Sacred Scarab’

I can’t remember NOT having a book in my hand. My schoolmates called me a bookworm, and nothing’s changed since then. I was brought up on the children’s classics because my parents are also avid readers. My earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, I entertained my three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favorites in the cast of characters. We also acted out the stories for my long-suffering parents! I graduated from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, with a double first in my B.A. (French & Drama). After completing my Honors in Drama at Natal, I then went to the University of the Witwatersrand to do my Masters degree in French-African literature (graduated cum laude). I also studied drama at The Drama Studio in London and mime at L’Ecole Jacques le Coq in Paris. Upon my return to South Africa, I immersed myself in teaching drama at community centres, and became involved in producing community and grassroots theatre with local playwrights and performers in Natal for several years. A move to Johannesburg took me in a new direction—that of journalism. I have written freelance for the last fifteen years on everything from serial killers to relationship advice. Writing a children’s book—The Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for my 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied me on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series, Chronicles of the Stone. I have already completed the next book in the series—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. Although I do not have children of my own, I have an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. My interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films.

Fiona’s latest book is the middle grade adventure novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab – Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Stone series.

Purchase ebook for $2.99 here!

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About The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

Young explorers will enjoy an interactive journey through Egypt, following Justin and Adam’s exciting adventure on www.secretofthesacredscarab.com. Readers can also browse the first chapter of the book. Those who survive the journey and manage to translate the Curse of Thoth will be able to read the first chapter in Adam and Justin’s next adventure—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—as they hunt for the Scroll of the Ancients.

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab has received the following awards:

  • Book Award Nominations & Wins:
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction  USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
  • Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers’ Favorites Awards
  • Number 2 in the USA Children’s & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
  • Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
  • Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
  • Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards

The Interview:

Thank you for this interview, Fiona. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?

My latest published book is The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, aimed at ages 9-13. A thrilling adventure for two boys, whose holiday to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient mysterious secret.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I do have plans for a new book. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is the first in a middle grade adventure series entitled Chronicles of the Stone. I have completed Book Two, called The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and I am about to begin Book Three, called The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?

I began my writing career at age ten, making up adventures to entertain my three younger brothers and their friends. My four brothers and I would then write plays and act them out for my long-suffering parents. I graduated from university in theatre studies and actually went into theater and teaching drama. However, to the relief of my anxious parents, I finally gave up performing and got a ‘real’ job in journalism. I only wrote my first book after a trip to Egypt with my mom and my two young nephews. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab began as a short story to entertain them and then grew into a book and finally a book series. In the interim I have written two historical romances and collaborated on an historical Viking novel.

How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?

I had an idea that I discussed with the artist. The image of the scarab is based on a famous Egyptian artifact. The hardcover was designed and painted by Steven Felmore, a South African artist. The e-book cover was designed and painted by Lori Bentley, also a South African artist. Lori drew the interior illustrations and maps, as well as the visuals for the website. Lori is busy with the second book cover.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

The scarab beetle is sacred in ancient Egyptian mythology and culture so it seemed appropriate. Egypt is a land of mystery and secrets, a place where curious kids would have the most fantastic time.

 Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?

No, I love it just as it is.

Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?

Yes, I do have a book trailer and I am very proud that I managed to create it by myself! I love book trailers. It’s a chance for the author to add a creative touch to their book/s.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?

I am traditional and love either paperback or hardcovers.

 Are you a self-published / Indie author?

Yes, I am self-published. After being rejected by 35 British agents (who will naturally all regret turning me down when I am rich and famous!) I was so naïve I thought the only option left was self-publishing. However, I think I have learned about publishing from the bottom rung up!

Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?

My books are like old friends and I often reread them.

What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?

 I am reading two books right now. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk and Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. Both paperback.

 Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

Don’t look back and don’t give up is the best advice I have been given. My publicist once said to me (when I was moaning about getting people to read my book), “All you need is one person to read your book. The right person.” He was correct. That one person can be the agent or the publisher or the movie maker who loves what you have to offer.

Patience, persistence, and self-belief are what you must cultivate. Cement the vision of success in your mind. Do not even contemplate the faintest idea of failure.

Make sure your book meets the industry’s standards. No one will bother with a poorly written, badly edited manuscript. Read other people’s work and subscribe to newsletters offering writing tips.

Above all, write your own story. You can pick up tips and advice from other people but your story is unique to you so keep it that way.

Where can your readers follow you?

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fiona.robyn.ingram

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/fiona_ingram

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Other: http://www.secretofthesacredscarab.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sacred-Scarab-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005CRRU5E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1311106921&sr=8-3 (Kindle)

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sacred-Scarab-Fiona-Ingram/dp/0595457169/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322830100&sr=1-1

(hardcover & paperback)

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72953

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fionaingram

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