Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crime Pays Writing Contest

Here is a great opportunity for mystery writers that I found in my in box this morning-

A good crime story can capture a reader's attention like no other genre. The outside world fades away - except when an unexpected loud noise breaks the silence and gives the reader a jump.

If you haven't already, take readers to the edges of their seats by crafting a heart-pounding short story for The Writer Crime Pays contest.

Enter your 1,000- to 2,000-word short story by Friday, July 31, for the chance to win cash prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Writer magazine. Second and third places will win $500 and $250 respectively, plus publication on

Not sure where to start? Get tips for crafting the perfect crime with this roundup of how-to articles.

Click here to enter Crime Pays by Friday, July 31. It would be a crime not to.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cover Reveal... Cleopatra's Legacy 3, The Diamond Looking Glass by Dorine White (Me!)

Thank you to every one who voted and left comments on my blog or Facebook about which cover they liked best. After reading through them I've decided to go with cover one, with just a tweak on the diamond.

Coming October 2015!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And the winners are...

Two winners to announce today- Both winning a $10 Amazon gift code.
Congrats to Belinda! You won my Freedom Hop :)
and the winner of my Help Me Pick My Cover giveaway is Facebook commentor #36- Elizabeth Lifa Metz.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I will be adding up all the votes for the covers, taking all the comments into consideration, and announcing which cover I will use next Monday, July, 20, 1995.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fan Art- Captain America/Marvel

Wow, my daughter found this great fan made poster on Deviant Art and I had to share! It is a Civil War Captain America Teaser poster by AndrewSS7. I think it is incredible. Marvel fans will know who those three arms belong to instantly. Do you?

Check out more of AndrewSS7 here-

Monday, July 6, 2015

Budding Reader eBooks

Today I am spotlighting early readers. I was asked to review these budding readers and thought they were a great idea for children, so I hope that they will help other parents out there teaching their children to read. The interesting thing is that they are e-books, so your child can look at them while you are on the go.

Description- About 40% of children find learning to read difficult. Award-winning Budding Reader eBooks were designed to make it easier.

Using research-based best practices identified by the National Reading Panel, each of the five Budding Reader eBook sets (one for each short vowel sound) tells an original story over the course of ten books. Previewing a book dramatically improves reading comprehension, so Book 1 in each set is a wordless picture book which introduces the story through colorful illustrations. Repetition aids brain development, so the story is retold in Books 2 - 10 with an ever-expanding vocabulary. By repeating words and gradually adding new ones, Budding Reader eBooks help new readers (even reluctant ones) experience success from the very start.

In total, the Budding Reader eBook series introduces more than 60 simple words including dozens of common sight words. Budding Reader eBooks are supplemented by companion worksheets and a parent guide with tips for working with new readers (both available free from

Every Budding Reader eBook set has won Gold in the Mom’s Choice Awards for being among the very best in family-friendly media, products and services:
• Set 1: Cat and Rat (Short a; 11 words)
• Set 2: Wit and Kit (Short i; 17 words)
• Set 3: Bugs (Short u; 18 words)
• Set 4: Hop! (Short o; 18 words)
• Set 5: Hens (Short e; 22 words)

For every eBook set sold, Budding Reader donates one to a child in need. One for You. One for the World. A Better World with Every Purchase.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Freedom to Read Hop

Welcome to this stop on the Freedom to Read Hop! I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift code to one lucky reader. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click 'read more'. Don't forget to hop over to the other blogs.

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Announcing the call for entries into the 9th annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, designed to honor the year's best children’s books, authors and illustrators. The 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is accepting entries until August 29, 2015 for books with 2014 or 2015 copyrights or that were released since October 1, 2013, and is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. 
Presented by Jenkins Group and, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards will be given in 42 print book categories and 6 e-book categories, covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today. In addition, Moonbeam Spirit awards are given to a few entrants who demonstrate special dedication to children needs and children’s book arts.

CLICK HERE to download printable 3-page guidelines and entry form. 
Why enter? The world's most comprehensive children's book contest:

     - 42 print categories, 6 ebook categories
     - Spanish language category
     - 14 Fiction categories/age groups
     - Best Illustrator, Best First Book, and Series categories
     - Health, Self-Esteem, and Environmental Issues categories
Entry fee is $85 per title, per category, and the final deadline is August 29, 2015 (this is postmark deadline). Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented in each category. Medalists will be named on about September 30, 2015 and the awards ceremony will take place during the  Traverse City Children's Book Festival on November 14, 2015.