Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: Quincy and Buck

Mom's Choice Gold Award-winning: Quincy the Horse Series. In Quincy’s third adventure, "Quincy and Buck", Quincy tries to overcome his fears about “surprises waiting for horses out on the trail” by going on his first trail ride. Quincy’s main concern is the wild animals he might meet but the real challenge turns out to be another horse. Buck, the horse he hopes will be his trail buddy and guide him, turns out to be a bully who is dangerous!

Quincy learns some important things about dealing with a bully.

Thoughts: This is a wonderful series of book and you won't be disappointed with the third installment of this series. Besides helping younger children understand what a bully is and some of the reason's they may be a bully, young readers also learn how to find confidence within themselves. Quincy also shows readers how to overcome fears and become a leader to those around them. 

Another wonderful life lesson Quincy teaches readers is that not everyone will want to be your friend. As the book comes to a close you find out what happens between Buck and Quincy and that ending isn't friendship, but an understanding. 

My two daughters loved this book and it helped to open up a great conversation with them about friendship, fear, standing up for yourself and how to deal with a bully. 

I look forward the next Quincy the Horse picture book as I'm always very happy with the story plot and detailed illustrations.

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Quincy the Horse Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981924042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981924045

Available in Ebook and Hard Cover (only 5 available for review)


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review: A Rainbow of Birds

Category: Academic Wings
Author: Janet Halfmann www.janethalfmann.com
Artist: Jack Foster jacktoon.blogspot.com
Print ISBN: 9781616334628; 1616334622
eBook ISBN: 9781616334635; 1616334630

Birds have their legends just like people do, and baby birds love to hear the stories. Papa Cardinal, whose job it is to pass down bird ways to his chicks, tells them the story of how birds gave the world the rainbow. It’s a tale of fun and squabbles and magic!

Thoughts: I'm lucky to know both the author and illustrator of this cute picture book. Both Halfmann and Foster have sent me work when Stories for Children Magazine was publishing issues every month. I always enjoyed their creative minds and the work they did. Now to see them working together to create this book...it only makes the perfect match of creative minds.

I really enjoyed reading this book with my two girls. My oldest already knew the colors of the rainbow and how they form, but she really liked the idea of this myth. My youngest is just learning the rainbow colors and really like the myth behind how rainbows came to be. It was fun talking with them both about rainbows and doing the activities found at the back of the book. A very nice addition for teachers and homeschoolers.

The only thing that popped out at me about this book is Halfmann uses the age old ROY-G-BIV to teach the colors of the rainbow. I learned this as well in school, however, in the past few years since my oldest (Dominic) they have dropped Indigo from the rainbow list of colors. None the less, this is still a cute picture book and one entertains and teaches young minds about the world around them.

About the Author:
Janet Halfmann (http://www.janethalfmann.com) is an award-winning children's author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement.

Recent titles by Janet include A Rainbow of Birds; Eggs 1, 2,3: Who Will the Babies Be?; Home in the Cave; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet has written thirty-five fiction and nonfiction books for children.

Here are links to the book’s pages and the publisher's websites:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mom's Choice Author Camille Matthews guests on The Writing Mama Show

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on writing, what makes a good book and much more.

This week Grenier is joined by fellow Mom's Choice Author Camille Matthews to talk about her award-winning Quincy the Horse Books series and the lates book in the series, Quincy and Buck. Matthews wanted to become a writer but studied to be a psychotherapist. In 2002 she became certified in the new field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and opened one of the first programs in New Mexico. Camille relocated back to the East coast in 2010 and now resides near Reading PA. She is an avid trail rider, lover of American quarter horses and author -- finally fulling her dreams.

The real Quincy whose early experiences inspired the Quincy the Horse series, is an American quarter horse who came to live with Camille when he was 7 years old. Now 24 years old, he is still working as a member of the equine therapy team at Pathfinder Farm in Reading, PA.

Learn more about Camille Matthews and the real Quincy at http://www.quincythehorse.com/
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Interview Friday: Bruce Atchison, author of How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity

Author Bio:
Bruce Atchison is a legally-blind Canadian freelance writer with articles published in a variety of magazines. He has also authored three paperbacks. "When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies" is a memoir of the surprising facts he discovered about house rabbits."Deliverance from Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School" is his recollection of being sent five hundred miles from home for months at a stretch. "How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity" shows how God led Atchison out of a legalistic house church. Contact him at batchison@mcsnet.ca or via Facebook or Twitter. He also posts regularly on his www.bruceatchison.blogspot.com and www.bruceatchison.wordpress.com blogs. Atchison lives in a tiny Alberta hamlet with his house rabbit, Deborah.

  
VS: What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?

Bruce: What family life? I'm single and my birth family is scattered.
 
VS: How long have you been writing?

Bruce: I started in Junior high school and later at work. An employment counselor encouraged me to write professionally so I did.
 
VS: What inspired you to write your book (if this is a personal story about you, please share about the decision to open up about your life)?

Bruce: After June Hunt, of the radio show Hope in the Night, helped me ditch the emotional baggage I had from being in a cult, I felt I should share my story of journeying from cultism to Christianity. I hope June's Bible-centred technique will help others who suffered as I once did.
 
VS: What is a typical writing day like for you?

Bruce: I answer my e-mails after breakfast. Once the weapons-grade coffee begins to work, I post blogs or check my Rebelmouse front page. Afternoons are for book promotion, research, and querying. I usually don't work on weekends unless somebody has sent in a payment for a book.
 
VS: Is your family supportive of your writing?

Bruce: My sister Linda and half sister Jentien support me but nobody else does.
 
VS: If this isn’t your first publication, what was the first thing you ever had published?

Bruce: While going to junior high school in 1971, I had a free verse poem published in the school newspaper. Too bad I lost the print copy. It would have been nice to show folks.
 
VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book(s)?

Bruce: How I Was Razed shows how easily I fell for a cultic house church and how the Lord providentially led me to understand his true character and the Bible. I show, not tell, how absurd the lies I was told proved to be and how excellent apologists helped deprogram me of the poisonous lies in my mind.
 
VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your book(s)?

Bruce: Facing the pain of my past was the hardest thing to do. By admitting my feelings to Jesus and turning the pain over to him, I was able to write the book and ease the emotional pain caused by cruel church elders.
 
VS: What part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally? 

Bruce: The beginning is particularly strong since I start with my departure from "Thee Church" and my reflection of how I came to join it. I had planned on just telling my story but one person who looked at the manuscript suggested starting it at a dramatic point. Leaving the church was the most dramatic part for me so that's how I rewrote the book's beginning. 

VS: If this is a work of fiction, what character is most like you? 

Bruce: It's not fiction so I can't answer that one. 

VS: If this is a nonfiction book/inspirational book, what event do you feel was the turning point to your story?

Bruce: I believe it was when I began to understand the providence of God. I had been taught that if I just worked up enough faith, I could be healed of my poor sight. When nothing kept happening, church elders blamed me for lacking faith, having hidden sin, lusting for sight, and having ancestral sins. The knowledge of the heavenly Father's providence and the ninth chapter of Saint John's gospel made me realize that faith means trusting in the Lord. It isn't some force a person can whip up to make God's power flow, as many preachers still claim today.
 
VS: Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Bruce: I'm working on short fiction stories in the hope that I can learn character development. One of them became rather popular on www.readwave.com recently.
 
VS: What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Bruce: Point the way, not the finger. My mom was always the sort who had to emphasize what I did wrong rather than advising how to do things right. I once got eight out of ten correct on a spelling test. All she noticed were the two words I misspelled. That really crushed me.
 
VS: What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Bruce: It needs to be one that readers want to live in. Characters who face challenges and overcome them are easier to relate to, as far as I can tell.
 
VS: What do you feel as parents we need to do to help our children see success?

Bruce: Encourage them. Point out changes and corrections to their stories so that it will sound like a great idea to them rather than nagging.
17 Have you received any awards for your writing?
I received an award from The Writing Show and my biography was printed in their 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading anthology.

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about your writing?

Bruce: Check out http://www.bruceatchison.blogspot.ca/p/bruce-atchisons-books.html for info about me and my first two books. It's also part of my blog page where I publish posts twice a week.
 
VS: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama or Dad”?

Bruce: Though I'm single, my bunny is like a daughter to me. Deborah lives in my kitchen and gets all excited when she sees me first thing in the morning. I love her happy dance when I feed her. Lying on the floor and petting her is something both of us love. After a stressful day, there's nothing like petting the head of a beautiful bunny. Even watching her toss an iced tea lid from side to side is a pleasure. Same goes for her chewing on her cardboard box hideaway and seeing her shred an old phone book. She does so with such determination. Rabbits are excellent adult companions but not for children. Bunnies like order and quiet, not rough handling by kids.
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Self-Publishing - The Writing Mama with Host Virginia S Grenier

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on writing, what makes a good book and much more.

This week Best-selling author of the Hidden Mickey series and Publisher David W. Smith of Synergy-Book Publishing will be joining the show to talk about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Smith has been a key speaker for writing conferences and universities. Learn more at Synergy-Books Publising

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Writing Blind - The Writing Mama Show with Host Virginia S Grenier

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on writing, what makes a good book and much more.

This week Grenier has invited Romance Author and Writing Blind Blogger Traci McDonald to join her as co-host, along with some amazing authors who are not only talented but also blind. McDonald, a blind author herself has been an inspriation to many, including host Virginia S Grenier. Learn more about Traci McDonald and Writing Blind on her blog!

One of their guests today is Abbie Johnson Taylor, president of Behind Our Eyes and author of a romance novel, "We Shall Overcome" and a poetry collection, "How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver." Her work has appeared in Serendipity Poets Journal, Emerging Voices, and Magnets and Ladders. Her Poetry chapbook, "That’s Life: New and Selected Poems" will be published by Finishing Line Press. Please visit her Website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

Other guest authors include Bruce Atchison, Deon Lyons and Donna Grahmann.

Bruce Atchison is a legally-blind Canadian freelance writer with articles published in a variety of magazines. He has also authored three paperbacks. "When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies" is a memoir of the surprising facts he discovered about house rabbits. "Deliverance from Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School" is his recollection of being sent five hundred miles from home for months at a stretch. "How I was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity" shows how God led Atchison out of a legalistic house church. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. He also posts regularly on www.bruceatchison.blogspot.com

Native Texans and long time Magnolia residents, Donna Grahmann and her husband, David, share their acreage with a small ark of assorted, four legged critters. Even after Donna’s eye sight began to fail, she continued to be competitive on her bay Quarter Horse, Rebel, as well as in sheepdog trials with her Border Collies, Scotti and Clyde. 

Numerous competitions have lead them to winning the Texas State Championship in pole bending, to a Top Ten placement in stake race at the Quarter Horse World Finals, and then, onto their Top Ten finish in barrels at the Quarter Horse Congress, which boosted the entire Texas team to a sixth place finish. Donna, teamed with each of her dogs, also placed second in the Texas Sheepdog Finals. Never less than an arm’s reach away, her faithful guide dog, Huey, has guided Donna through the crowds of spectators, as she cheers on David and his dogs at sheepdog trials.   
  
2010 introduced her to the national writing group, Behind Our Eyes Inc, in which Donna has served as Secretary since 2012. Her poems and short stories have appeared in their online magazine,

Magnets and Ladders, as well as in the publication of the 2013 anthology, Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look. Her short story, Dependable Pal, which was included in the 2013 anthology, was also selected as a Top Ten finalist in the Pen 2 Paper writing competition.

Deon Lyons is an aspiring writer who is new to the world of vision loss since the Summer of 2010. He has had his works published in local papers, Online magazines, as well as the Magnets and Ladders online compilations and printed second edition of the Behind Our Eyes writing group's second chapter of their anthology collection series. In the last year Deon has self published his novel entitled, "Sully Street", along with his personal poetry compilation entitled "Ready, Set, Poetry". He is the chief editor of ACB Maine's quarterly newsletter, and continues to add frequent posts to his personal website at "www.dplyons.wordpress.com"
 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meet the Hosts of the World of Ink Network on the What is Success Show


The What is Success show is on the 1st Wed. of every month with host Virginia S Grenier. Each month the show touches on different topics about the movie, publishing, marketing and even inspirational worlds around us. The guest each bring their own view point on what makes people success in their careers and life.

This month listeners will get to meet the Hosts of the Featured World of Ink Network here on Blog Talk Radio. The hosts from WOI will share not only about their different shows, but also the other projects they are working on outside of talk radio.
 
We will be joined by Marsha Casper Cook from A Good Story is A Story; Rj Jefferies from The Write Step; Irene Roth from Families Matter; Willow Cross and Tracee Ford from The Paranormal Hour; Virginia S Grenier from The Writing Mama and Stories for Children; and lastly Bennet Pomerantz co-host and new WOI host.

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Listen to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2014/04/03/meet-the-hosts-of-the-world-of-ink-network-on-the-what-is-success-show