Sunday, July 29, 2012

We Bought a Zoo!!

Not really.

But this is my new favorite movie. My son and I watched We Bought a Zoo over the weekend, and it was fantastic. Definitely worth time invested. Yeah, I know it's on DVD now. That's how we watched it. Better late than never, especially in this case.

It think one quote from the movie will be my new mantra. (or maybe it always has been, but it's nice to hear it expressed in such a profound way on the screen).

"20 seconds of courage is all you need for success."

And here is another exchange I found particularly endearing (although don't quote me on either of these lines; they are from memory):

"I don't ever know what to say to you."

"I don't ever know what to say to you, either."

"Maybe we should just speak for each other then, and say what the other person can't, or isn't."

As for other things of no particular importance, I've decided I'll close this post with a short nod at smiles. Smiles are just one of those simple gifts that get shared around the world every day. They open doors, they start friendships, they set nerves at ease. So until then, my friends, Smile loud and Smile big. The world is waiting.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blog tour, anyone?

A blog tour gives an author a chance to showcase their book to a variety of readers who follow different venues on the web. It can be lots of fun for both the reader and the author because it gives them an opportunity to interact, get sneak peeks at new titles, or win prizes. Many authors have had lots of success with blog tours. I haven't done one, but I am looking forward to my !!!FIRST!!! in August. Woot!

The OrangeBerry Summer Splash blog tour will surely show me what these events are all about. Ms. Poikilos has scores of devoted followers, who love to see what titles she is bringing to readers.

Want to join in? You can! Slots are still available. But don't wait. The deadline is quickly approaching in mid July, so act fast!

Until then, my Dear Readers, read on and stay posted!

Friday, July 13, 2012



July 17 at 6:30 pm

Join Us

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger, an author of 9 books, will be presenting,
“Options for Publishing in Today’s Market,” at the Meredith Public Library
on July 17 at 6:30 pm. The summer of 2012 marks her 10th year
in navigating the publishing industry. Her experiences have led her
through contracts with NY and foreign publishers, agents, small publishers,
local and national magazines, and now, her latest adventure:
self-publishing. Her first book, The Book Lover's Cookbook, Celebrated
Works of Literature and the Passages That Feature Them
(Ballantine Books @ Random House) was featured as a National Public
Radio holiday gift pick in 2003. She has five titles published for the
educational market by Benchmark Education Company and Richard
C. Owen Publishers. These books include Caterpillar Can't Wait,
Watch a Butterfly Grow, How Many Muffins, Farm Stand Mystery, and
In Black Bear Country. In 2010, she released two books through her
own Essemkay Company Productions. The Ghost in Me is a paranormal
novel for middle-grade teens and has received note-worthy praise,
such as that from award-winning children’s author Rick Walton who
described it as “a fun, exciting read.” Her second book, Little Red Riding
Hood, Into the Forest Again, won the 2011 KART Kids Book List
award for young readers. Reality Bites, Tales of a Half-Vampire is her
newest paranormal book for tweens. She is looking forward to spending
an evening with writers and readers—young and old—who love
creating and enjoying stories. All of her books will be available for purchase,
with a portion of the sales donated back to the library. Visit her
website for more information about her books

Monday, July 9, 2012

And the winner is ...

Me! (along with bunches of others!)

Marilou at the Confessions of a Reader blog gave me highly esteemed Versatile Blogger award!


From what I can gather, this award pretty much amounts to something like winning an Oscar, except I don't have to stand up on a stage in front of millions of viewers who will later comment on my attire (thumbs up or thumbs down) in order to receive it. #ThankGOODness!

This is what my highly intelligent sponsor has to say about it:  This lofty-sounding award is basically a mutual admiration society where bloggers recognize their peers for writing quality blogs that touched them in some way. The VBAs honor the blogger rather than specific posts. It’s a chance for bloggers to pat themselves on the back like the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does with the Oscars. Until someone starts giving out Blogscars, the VBAs will have to suffice.

What are the criteria, or rather the inclusion in the touch-points of "speech" you'll want to make upon receiving such an award? Here they are:

If you are nominated, then you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! It's simple! Take a few moments to FEEL the warmth of the bestowed "congratulations!" Then think of 7 things to tell/share/reveal about yourself.

Next, thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. (Thank you Marilou!)

Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — after all, let other peeps know about a great stopping place on the web! See: Confessions of a Reader #HIGHLYrecommended!

Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)

OKAY! The envelope, please…

Along with a drumroll (SILENCE is not always golden in moments like this).

My 15 nominees/winners are (in no particular order):
2. Rainy of the Dark
5. Kid Lit Reviews
6. The Masquerade Crew
8. Life of Lois
9. Have you heard my book review
10. Big Al's Books and Pals
11. Kate's Tales of Books and Bands
12. Read 2 Review
13. Reading Diva
15. Chef John Malik

And now, if you've made it this far, this is what you've been waiting for... THE SPEECH!

Seven Things About ME:

Here we go.....

1. I battle shyness every day. Usually I win, but often look silly in the process.

2. I tried to fish with peanut butter last night ~ didn't work.

3. I love being outside.

4. Working at a computer drives me nuts ~ but I'm a writer.... #justmyluck

5. I wish I had time to go swimming, but I haven't yet this summer

6. I'm addicted to chocolate.

7. I'm conflicted by my addictions. Aren't they supposed to be bad?

Thanks for the visit! And thank you, Marilou!