Monday, October 21, 2013

Adventures with Buster by London Pickett

From Amazon:
"Adventures with Buster" is a children's book that will entertain and educate readers about guide dogs and blindness. This is the first book in which London Lake Pickett shares experiences she has had with her guide dog named Buster.
London had approached me to read and review Adventures with Buster, and being an animal lover I agreed!  

This is a great children's book and very easy to read.  There were several points I could imagine a child giggling to as they see the picture or imagine what is happening.  The story line moved pretty quickly.  It is a chapter book, but it isn't too long.  I will say there are a few "big" words for children but it wasn't too many, and if a parent is reading with the child it can be easily explained/looked up. 
Overall it is a great book that I think children and parents both will enjoy together!  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Guest post by Robin Burks

This week is a Blog Tour of Robin Burks' Novel Zues Inc.  Which I have read and recommend, to view my review you can find it HERE.  So I will let Robin take over.


How NaNoWriMo Turned Me Into A Published Author

It is October and you know what that means: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is right around the corner. If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, here is how it works: you write a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) over the course of a single month. It sounds crazy, but NaNoWriMo is why I became a published author.

When I started to write Zeus, Inc., my ideas were all over the place. I didn't really know a lot about outlining a story, and I didn't have any daily writing habits that would guarantee that the story would get written. I began the story three different times, writing and re-writing, but never got more than halfway through. Then, a friend of mine told me about NaNoWriMo. I signed up, thinking it couldn't hurt to try, and patiently waited to finally get my story out of my head and on paper (or my computer).

The first thing I did, even before NaNoWriMo began, was start learning about how to organize my story. Thanks to the NaNoWriMo forums and a lot of helpful blog articles, I learned how to outline my story so that I could figure out what I was covering each day during my writing sessions. Now I know many writers who like to write by the seat of their pants (referred to as “pantsters"), but I am a lot like the main character, Alex, in my novel, Zeus, Inc. I need a plan for just about everything. I need some idea that I am in control or have some semblance of control. And I needed that with my novel.

When November 1st arrived, I started writing. I took the advice from NaNoWriMo and did nothing but that: write. I focused on the 2,000 word count I had set for myself for each day of November. I did not look back. I did not edit. I did not re-write. I just kept pushing forward. It not only felt good, but it felt like freedom. I was finally okay with just writing without thinking about anything beyond that. I continued to write every day, occasionally using ideas from NaNoWriMo's story prompt Twitter account, and by the end of the month, I had most of the novel completed. I kept writing beyond November and when it was complete, I realized I had a story that I could work with.

Of course, more months of re-writing lay ahead, but getting that foundation of the story down is really what set me off on the right path. Before participating in NaNoWriMo, I had been so bogged down in getting everything right in the first draft, that I never actually wrote anything. NaNoWriMo taught me how to write a first draft without worrying about the minor details that could be worked out later.

Because of NaNoWriMo, Zeus, Inc. was born as a novel. That novel was eventually published by Biting Dog Publications.

Don't miss the Zeus, Inc. Blog Tour giveaway. You could win ebook copies of Zeus Inc. , along with a $25 Amazon gift card. Even better? Winning is easy: see details on how to enter below.

To be entered to win:
  1. Pick up a copy of Zeus, Inc. for $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo or anywhere else ebooks are sold.
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About Zeus, Inc.
(Biting Dog Publications) -50 years ago,  mysterious Zeus, Inc. CEO Joseph Brentwood saved the world from a major energy crisis by discovering a new unlimited energy resource. Now, in 2069, Mr. Brentwood has gone missing and private eye Alex Grosjean has been hired to find him. Alex’s search leads her through her own murky past and into the fantastical depths of Hell itself, where she discovers that no one is who or what they seem to be.
Robin Burks, is not only a journalist for‚ DVICE.com‚and‚ RebelGaming.com, but also for her own site‚ FanGirlConfessions.com.‚ Robin has just published her first novel:‚Zeus, Inc.‚ with Biting Dog Publications and is working on its sequel‚The Curse of Hekate. A science fiction trilogy, The Book of Revelations, is also currently in the works. An internet addict, she can often be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  She also loves to read , act, sing, play video games and travel. Robin currently lives in Missouri with her four cats. She also occasionally speaks French and loves Doctor Who. Visit Robin on her websiteTwitterFacebookGoogle+ or GoodReads.
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