Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kids Books Newsletter - StoryMonster Ink - Books Worth Devouring


I'm pleased to share the debut issue of StoryMonsterink.com details and link…

From Lynda Exley, Editor-in-Chief…

"I can't tell you how excited I am to help teachers, librarians and homeschoolers learn about the latest and greatest titles, get to know authors and illustrators who visit schools, learn about award-winning books, gather a few teaching aids, and most of all, help students become story monsters like me in this monthly monster digest! Please click the link below to view this month's issue. Next month's issue will only be available by subscription, so don't forget to enter your email address in the box to subscribe! It's free! StoryMonster Ink."

The issue includes a listing of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly winners as well as my school visit advertisement. 

Please share with your network!

Wishing you an inspirational day!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author



Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Connect with

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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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, August 22, 2014

HFVBT Presents Donna McDine's Powder Monkey Blog Tour, August 25-September 19 - Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Powder Monkey

HFVBT Presents Donna McDine's Powder Monkey Blog Tour, August 25-September 19 - Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Amy Bruno of HFVBT has coordinated a fabulous virtual book tour of Powder Monkey. Hope you can join me or share on social media throughout the tour. I am looking forward to engaging with the hosts and visitors. Thank you! 

Monday, August 25
Wednesday, August 27
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Monday, September 1
Tuesday, September 2
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, September 4
Review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, September 8
Review at Bookish
Wednesday, September 10
Review at Historical Tapestry 
Thursday, September 11
Friday, September 12 Review at Just One More Chapter
Friday, September 19

Review and Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thank you for your time and interest! 

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Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Connect with

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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Young Adult Book Review - Kissing Atticus Primble by Stephanie Hoina

Young Adult

   

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Whimsical Publications, LLC (August 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940707102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940707105

Teenage age angst is at its high when Kathleen is torn between two boys: Atticus, the unassuming boy who is different in more ways than one and couldn't care less about popularity, and Bobby O’Hara, the “it boy”… athletic, popular and all around dreamboat. Kathleen and Atticus’ connection formed well before the teenage years and Bobby’s after elementary school. As a matter of fact, Bobby doesn’t even acknowledge Kathleen until a fateful boy/girl party. The decision roller coaster ride overwhelms Kathleen as to who is the best fit for her, Atticus or Bobby. Will she go with what her friends feel is best or does she go with her heart?


Stephanie Hoina’s debut young adult novel will have the reader cheering Kathleen on as she makes milestone decisions that any teenager can relate to and will bring back memories for adults too. Superb fast paced storytelling expertise. I adored Kissing Atticus Primble and look forward to more fine works from Ms. Hoina! Well done!

Visit Stephanie at www.stephaniehoina.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Connect with
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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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












Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kids Book Review - Never Say Boo to a Frilly by Margot Finke

Never Say Boo to a Frilly

Author: Margot Finke 
Artist: Aysin Eroglubo
Print ISBN: 9781616335045; 1616335041 
eBook ISBN: 9781616335052; 161633505X 



Never Say Boo to a Frilly

If the title of Margot Finke’s latest children’s book, Never Say Boo to a Frilly, doesn’t grab your attention, I am not sure what will. My curiosity was captivated the moment I read the title. What in the world is a frilly anyway? And boy was I surprised.

Margot Finke, the transplanted Aussie creates a rhyming children’s book of fun filled facts of three Australian critters, the Frillneck Lizard, the Rainbow Birds and The Tasmanian Devil. Each rhyming adventure immerses the reader on a ride into each critters world, behavior features and survival ability. To aid in the learning process, Finke has included an enhanced vocabulary word reference within the book and an Educator’s Guide available at http://myplace.frontier.com/~mfinke/Teacher%27s%20Guide.htm#frilly. Margot Finke’s distinctive storytelling style and expert rhyming brings forth an exhilarating learning experience, without realizing the learning has begun.

Visit Margot Finke… www.margotfinke.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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












Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Skype Visit with children's author, Margot Finke


I enjoyed a delightful visit with the children's author, Margot Finke today via Skype. We had a wonderful time catching up "in-person" both personally and professionally… and picked each others brains on book promotion. Thanks Margot, I had a grand time! 



Margot keeps giving me that good old slap upside the head to branch out to Skype author visits and I'm delighted to share illustrator, Julie Hammond and I will be conducting a Skype library visit September 20th! Julie will be in-person at the Kirkwood Public Library in St. Louis, MO and I will be Skyped in. Yippee! 

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading! 


Connect with

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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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












Kids Book Review - Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules by Margot Finke



Prairie Dog Play Days

Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules

Author: Margot E. Finke 
Artist: Kathy Iler
Print ISBN: 9781616335182; 1616335181

eBook ISBN: 9781616335199; 161633519X 

The world is an oasis of discovery at your fingertips through reading and exploration. Margot Finke’s latest children’s book, Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules, brings to life three American animals through their unique habitats and survival tactics with expert rhyme.


The true to life illustrations by Kathy Iler provides a delightful glimpse into a world a human does not experience. Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules is a terrific read to learn about the prairie dog, skunk and bald eagle with additional resources of enhanced vocabulary words and species class information. The humor and storytelling technique of Margot Finke is a sure win for reader, parent and educator.

Visit Margot Finke… www.margotfinke.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

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, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite 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