Monday, October 26, 2020

Book Highlight of the Week: The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards


Welcome! Presenting Write What Inspires You! Book Highlight of the Week... 

by Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards


I am thrilled to share with you Mayra Calvani's guest post...

So You Want to Be a Reviewer?

Are you passionate about books? Do you have a talent for easily capturing the essence of a book after having read it? Do you often feel the desire to share your thoughts about a book with readers? If you answered "Yes" to these questions, then book reviewing can be one of the most satisfying, rewarding activities you'll ever undertake. In fact, book reviewing can become addictive.

I started reviewing in 1998. Back then, I wished someone had written a book with all there is to know about book reviewing. Sure, I found many articles on the web about the craft, which I read eagerly. But, I really wished I could have found everything in one volume. A sort of "user's manual"–a book that I would be able to come back to again and again and use as a reference, one that would reveal the secrets of the trade, the Dos and Don'ts, full of guidelines, tips and practical advice.

Though it may seem strange, there are hundreds of books on writing in general, and many on writing book reports, proposals, query letters and synopses, but practically none on writing reviews.

Like all fledgling reviewers, I made my share of amateurish mistakes, becoming all the more experienced and polished because of them. I, too, was guilty of the fledgling reviewer's disease–that of writing overly-positive reviews. Overwhelmed with enthusiasm, a good heart, and the desire to please everyone associated with the book, I often made the big mistake of forgetting the foremost person a reviewer must keep in mind–the reader. As I read and wrote more and more reviews, it soon became easy to tell a good review from a bad one, and to realize that a large number of reviewers, especially beginners, would profit from a bit of guidance, the things I learned from my mistakes.

The fact is, most people do read reviews to select their reading material. Reviews do have a positive or a negative influence on whether or not a person buys a book. Hence, reviewing is a serious responsibility, one reviewers shouldn't take lightly.

The aim of this book, therefore, is to offer some guidelines in a clear manner supported with targeted examples of how to write and publish thoughtful, well-written reviews no matter their length, type or genre, and to examine the essence of reviews within a broader spectrum.

This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody–be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist–who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.

On a final note, the writing of this book has been a highly interesting, educational and thrilling ride into the slippery world of reviews for Anne K. Edwards and me. I hope you'll enjoy the journey and profit from it as much as we have.

So take out pen and paper, a highlighter, and get ready to write great reviews!

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing Copyright © 2008. Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards. All rights reserved by the authors. Please do not copy without permission.


Multi-genre author Mayra Calvani has been a reviewer for ten years. She's the author of the supernatural thrillers, Embraced by the Shadows and Dark Lullaby. A regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, she's also a member of Broad Universe, Authors Coalition, and The Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators.

Visit her website at: http://www.mayracalvani.com/.

For her children's books, visit http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.com/.

Mayra also keeps a blog, The Dark Phantom Review, where she posts reviews and author interviews.

To learn more about The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, visit
http://www.slipperybookreview.wordpress.com/.

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Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!



Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older


Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved


A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, October 23, 2020

Join Donna McDine at Story Time Facebook Live - Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day and Ten Little Tricksters



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Saturday, October, 2020 at 9 am EST join me for Story Time Facebook Live

I am pleased to present two children's books this week... 

Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day ~ An Adoption Day Story
by Carolyn Wilhelm


Synopsis:
This is a multi genre fiction story based on a nonfiction annual event, the adoption day celebration sometimes called airplane day or gotcha day. This is the story about an how an adult aunt adopted from South Korea fits in an otherwise white family in Minnesota in the United States. It is meant for the young family relatives to help them understand how a family could have racial diversity. Celebrations such as airplane day and gotcha day are a good way to help family members with such memories.

Learn more about Carolyn Wilhelm at her website.


and...

Ten Little Tricksters
by Penelope Anne Cole


Synopsis:
  • Ten Little Tricksters, by Penelope Anne Cole, is a cleverly bewitching children's picture book. Told in a toe-tapping tempo, while counting from ten to one, children are sure to love this whimsical Halloween themed book. A variety of kooky zombies and ghouls enter the scene one page at a time as they introduce a new number.

Learn more about Penelope Anne Cole at her website.


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Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Monday, October 19, 2020

This is Why I Do What I Do with Story Time Facebook Live

This is Why I Do What I Do with Story Time Facebook Live

What joy it brings me to see a few of our young muses out there tuning into Story Time Facebook Live. 



The parents of these darling children recently sent me photographs of them tuning in on Saturday, October 10th. The parents made of point of saying how their oldest is missing story time at the local library due to the COVID-19 regulations and they are finding this to be a terrific alternative. 


Interested in staying connected beyond the Internet? Please feel free to opt-in to my Write What Inspires You Newsletter! I promise not to fill your email inbox, for I send out my emails no more than 1-2 times per month. 


Opt-in today to the Write What Inspires You! Newsletter and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, October 16, 2020

Join in Story Time Facebook Live as Donna McDine Presents Where Can We Have the Party? by Deb Hockenberry


Join me for Story Time Facebook Live on... 

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9 am EST 

I am pleased to present 

by Deb Hockenberry




Synopsis: Giraffe wants to have a party for his friend, Chimpanzee. But where can he have the party? He asks his friends for ideas. They all think hard but can't think of a place. Will Giraffe find a place to have the party? What kind of party do you think it will be? Tune in to find out! 

About Deb Hockenberry: Deb has always wanted to write stories for children since she was a kid herself. She has taken two courses from The Institute of Children's Literature and is a member of The CBI Workshop. She is also an award-winning author earning the first honorable mention in the Jory Sherman Short Story Awards. 

In her spare time, Deb loves to crochet, knit and just like you, she loves to go to parties and playing with her cat, Harry. 


I look forward to connecting with one and all via Donna's Story Time Facebook Live weekly event.

 


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, October 9, 2020

View Story Time Facebook Live as Donna McDine Presents David and Rusty's Pirate Adventure by Maggie Grinnell



Join me for Story Time Facebook Live on...

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 9 am EST join me for Story Time Facebook Live

I am pleased to present David and Rusty's Pirate Adventure
by Maggie Grinnell


Synopsis: 

David and his pirate teddy bear, One Eye Rusty play in a darkened room of their house. David opens the closet door and travels through a small door with his teddy bear. They are on a real pirate ship. The captain wants the teddy bear because it looks like the one he gave to his son. Will David and his bear stay on the ship or will David return alone? 


About Maggie Grinnell: Maggie started writing in 1992. She loves to create lists and from those lists came stories. Her favorite things to do beside writing is to go to the movies, read a good book, visit Disneyland (yep, she is still a kid at heart) and listen to music, something she can dance too. Maggie also loves animals, and even has a cat. In her world, it is made up of blue skies, puffy white clouds, books for days and fun.  


Visit Maggie at her website.


 
I will also take requests from parents and their children with a one week lead time. Email today with your request @ donna@donnamcdine.com 

Shout out to Children's Authors...

If you are a children's author and would like your book read live, please contact me at donna@donnamcdine.com for mailing information. Not only will your book be read live at 9 am EST during Donna's Story Time Facebook Live I will profile your book and your writing adventures at my blog and newsletter. I look forward to hearing from you! 


I look forward to connecting with one and all via Donna's Story Time Facebook Live weekly event.


Interested in staying connected beyond the Internet? Please feel free to opt-in to my Write What Inspires You Newsletter! I promise not to fill your email inbox, for I send out my emails no more than 1-2 times per month. 


Opt-in today to the Write What Inspires You! Newsletter and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, October 2, 2020

Award-winning children's author, Donna McDine Visits the Virtual Collingswood Book Festival



I am thrilled to be part of the 18th Annual Collingswood Book Festival that has gone virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Collingswood Book Festival is a 501 (c) 3 organization run entirely by volunteers. Every October since 2004, the event has been held outdoors as a street festival. Once the pandemic has subsided, organizers expect to return to the street, where the Book Festival covers block after block of Haddon Avenue. 

Each year, community members from the region are invited to help organize the event. Collingswood Book Festival Unveils Children’s Programming The Children’s section of the Collingswood Book Festival this year is as much for parents and teachers as it is for their children. Parents and their children can listen to the nearly 30 authors read from their books, and with a simple click, you can buy an autographed book from Inkwood Books. Learn more

Welcome to the Children’s Book section! 

We hope you have a fun and interactive experience with our authors. Each author provided their background, ways to connect on social media and a virtual reading of their featured book. 

A great big shout out to Amanda Rowe. We recently connected through the Internet and my blog interview of Amanda appeared on September 9, 2020. Learn more about Amanda



You can also see a full list on Inkwood’s website.  

For additional information, visit the Collingswood Book Festival and follow on Facebook and Instagram. I invite you to explore the wonderful author’s and their books and we all look forward to “seeing” you there!

  

Interested in staying connected beyond the Internet? Please feel free to opt-in to my Write What Inspires You Newsletter! I promise not to fill your email inbox, for I send out my emails no more than 1-2 times per month. 


Opt-in today to the Write What Inspires You! Newsletter and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older


Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved


A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Write What Inspires You Interviews Award-winning Author, Ellwyn Autumn


I am delighted to share my recent interview with award-winning author, Ellwyn Autumn. Be prepared to be inspired!


Ellwyn, it was a pleasure to connect with you via email and through my blog, Write What Inspires You. I’m honored to have the opportunity to interview you.

DMc: Do you hold a day job while continuing to follow your writing muse? If yes, what is your career beyond authorship? If not, how do you keep your day structured so you are productive? 

EA: No, I don’t have a day job anymore. I taught for 20 years and left the profession to pursue my dream of writing full time. I’m so very fortunate and grateful for this opportunity. I don’t want to waste a minute of it. To make the most of my time and stay structured, I create a schedule. I use two different calendars and a notebook with lists of things I need to do. One calendar is strictly for my blog posts, social media shares, written interviews like this one, etc. The other is for author appearances, podcast interviews, and classroom visits. 

DMc: Please share the titles, genre, publisher and synopsis of each of your published books. 

EA: I have 5 published books for children, teen, and YA. I’ll list them in chronological order by release date. I’ve independently published each one under my publishing imprint Angel Kiss Publications. But I’ll state which printing company I used. 


Middle Grade Fantasy 
Lulu/KDP Amazon 

Synopsis: When eleven-year old Patty Pringle answers a help wanted ad, she has no idea that she will be embarking on an adventure that will change her life forever. Patty and her younger brother Sean go to the mall to meet Santa, which is when Sean steals some of the letters that children have sent Santa. Determined to return the letters to Santa, Patty teams up with an elf named Agent 12-25, who takes her to the North Pole. At the North Pole, they discover that it is too late for Santa to deliver the toys that the children asked Santa to bring them. Hoping to save Christmas for these children, Patty and Agent 12-25 set off on a mission to deliver all the toys by midnight on Christmas Eve.  


Children’s 
Bookbaby/KDP Amazon 

Synopsis: Kamyla Chung has a big problem! Every night after her parents turn off her bedroom light, a giant creepy-crawly appears on her wall. When she asks her parents for help, they buy her a nightlight, but that only makes things worse. In the end, they hire an exterminator to get rid of the creepy-crawly once and for all. Will the exterminator be able to help or will the creepy-crawly scare her away? 


Children’s 
KDP Amazon 

Synopsis: Kamyla Chung loves school! Then one day everything changes when a classmate named Nikita begins to disrupt the classroom. Kamyla grows anxious about Nikita's hurtful behavior. It's hard to learn and have fun in school with Nikita constantly misbehaving. One day the two girls have an argument and Kamyla gets hurt. Afterwards, Kamyla learns of Nikita's own struggles. Saddened by the unfortunate news, Kamyla rises to the challenge to help her troubled classmate. 

Teen/YA 
KDP Amazon/Smashwords 

Synopsis: Prepare for adventure aboard the Nevermore! David J. Locke is a would-be journalist with lofty aspirations. Following an incredible lead, he sails the high seas in search of Captain James T. Hook, resolved to uncover the pirate's version of what happened with Peter Pan. Adventure abounds during Locke's travels; unexpected revelations lurk around every dark corner. An old seaman befriends Locke and guides the inexperienced reporter as he learns truths about Hook, he never expected. 


Children’s 
Ingramspark/KDP Amazon 

Synopsis: It’s teatime in the forest! Come along with Teddy and his woodland friends for a lively tea party filled with enchantment and fun. Don’t be late. They’re serving tea promptly at three! 

DMc: What is your process in creating your characters? Do you create a profile outline or other technique? 

EA: Yes, I do a character outline for my characters. Sometimes I’ll take qualities or quirks from people I know or have seen in passing. 

DMc: What is your process in creating your storylines? Do you create an outline, free write or other technique? 

EA: For my storylines, I do a little bit of everything. I’ll start writing, then outline, then write some more. Sometimes my first draft is an elaborate outline. 

DMc: Do you attend writer’s workshops and conferences? If yes, what do you feel is the most important aspect of attending? 

EA: To be honest, no, I haven’t attended any. I’d like to though. It’s a great way to learn new techniques and network with other authors. 

DMc: Please share with our readers your current work-in-progress, your marketing strategy and how to reach you. 

EA: My current work in progress is fleshing out a story called Ivee and Bodie. The title is tentative until I come up with a better one. It’s about a wizarding doctor who works in a hospital. 

My marketing strategy…let’s see. I’m applying what I’ve learned in Lauren Ranalli’s course Think Beyond The Book and Kat Coroy’s Instagram course Instagram Makeover. 

I’m using my brand colors and fonts to create warm and encouraging posts that invite people into my world. 

I also make connections with other authors and help promote their work. Making strong connections with people is sooo important. 

I have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Mewe, Linkedin, Goodreads, Bookbub, Amazon, and Inkitt. Whew, that’s a lot. 

Oh, yeah, I also have two blogs, one on my website www.ellwynautumn.com, and the other is my educational blog lemondropliterary.blogspot.com

I also have two Facebook groups. One is called Kamyla Chung’s Bully Free Zone; the other is Lemon Drop Learning. 

I almost forgot; I do Giveaways five times a year with a group of other authors. 

This helps build up my email list for my newsletter. I try to be active on all these to let the virtual world know where I am. It’s a challenge, but I enjoy it. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. When this happens, I take a break. I have a pretty lenient boss. 😉  

You can reach me through my website www.ellwynautumn.com

Thank you so much for having me! 

Ellwyn, it’s been an honor to interview and profile you at Write What Inspires You! Wishing you all the very best personally and professionally. I look forward to staying connected and I’m inviting you to send me your book(s) to read live on a future Story Time Facebook Live on Saturday mornings at 9 am EST.

 

Interested in staying connected beyond the Internet? Please feel free to opt-in to my Write What Inspires You Newsletter! I promise not to fill your email inbox, for I send out my emails no more than 1-2 times per month. 


Opt-in today to the Write What Inspires You! Newsletter and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older


Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved


A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist