Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Cruise on over to The National Writing for Children Center - http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com and read my book review of The Sandlot Summit.
While you are there, be sure to read all the other exciting writing information. Be prepared to settle back for quite some time...there is a wealth of knowledge to read and absorb!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Staring at a computer screen all ady can be strenuous on the eyes. And eye strain can cause painful headaches that make it difficult to concentrate.
To increase the font size in your browers, press:
PC: Press - Control, Shift and +/= at the same time
MAC: Press - Command, Shift and +/= at the same time
To decrease the font size back to its original:
PC: Press - Control, Shift and - at the same time
MAC: Press - Command, Shift and - at the same time
Hope this helps ease your eye strain!
Have a headache free day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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WWW.THECIRCLEOFFRIENDS.NET - November Newsletter
* NEWS & UPDATES *
Greeting friends & fans!
The holidays are nearly upon us! Time to remember all for which
we are thankful.
I am thankful for all those who have supported me the past
few years! Your letters and emails and attendances at book
events keep me going in ways you cannot imagine. This journey
has been incredible and sometimes I hardly believe this is really
my life now. I have you to thank for the success I have achieved
so far, and know it is only the beginning of what I can accomplish.
The Circle of Friends began with one message – “Get inspired to
achieve your dreams!” - and I could not have picked a better
Check my website on January 1, 2009 for a really BIG
announcement regarding the series!! I have incredible news
for my fans and it will rock your world!
As always, believe in yourself and dream big!
L. Diane Wolfe
“Spunk On A Stick”
A fellow YA author – just another one of those great people
I’ve met on my journeys:
Donna McDine is a native of Rockland County, NY…about
20 minutes outside of NYC. She lives with her husband
Tom and two daughters. Donna began writing for children
about two years ago and her impressive publishing credits
are listed at: http://www.donnamcdine.com
From a young age, Donna has always been an avid reader,
especially Nancy Drew mysteries. Her mom saved the
collection, which her daughters now enjoy. Donna is
currently working on a middle-grade historical fiction
manuscript entitled, The Trauma of Unspoken Actions.
The work-in-progress intertwines historical events of
General George Washington and Major John Andre with
fictional long ago and current day occupants of the D.C.
Two different young girls, two different eras, result
in similar traumas of unspoken actions.
Present time, modern day American girl, Nicole Sloan,
finds herself in the midst of another move with her
mother and sister. To avoid disaster of dire consequences
by the hands of Nicole’s father they are constantly on the
move. Their latest relocation, the historical hamlet of
Tappan, New York. The 1780’s young woman, Loran Childs,
controlled by her domineering father, dares to break free
of the expectations and ridicule of woman from that era.
Loran’s mother, a complacent woman, sees no way out, but
to stay in the explosive marriage. Loran struggles to bring
her mother to reality and nothing will change, unless she is
willing to leave.
Separated by time, a kinship is developed in Nicole’s heart
and mind to Loran’s similar plight. The headstrong attitude
of Loran spills from the pages and convinces Nicole she
must be strong. Extensive research on Loran and her
betrothed, Paul Stone, and newly formed relationships in
town brings all the pieces together to prove the engaged
couples innocence of murder and treason.
To learn more about Donna’s writing career visit:
*SPUNKY ON THE ROAD…*
November 20th, 6 - 9 pm
Pamlico Com. College
*Seminar - How to Promote Your Book Now!
Contact: Jerry Prescott
November 28th, 10 - 2 pm
Southern Pines, NC
December 2nd, 12-1pm / 6:30-9:30 pm
Mitchell Com. College
*seminar – Publishing & Promoting
Contact: Mike Tucker
January 13th, 2009, 6 - 9 pm
Halifax Com. College
*seminar - Publishing
Contact: Dick McCormick
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I have to come up with 7 interesting or random facts about myself, and then tag 7 other people to do the same.
You can learn more about Kimberly Lynn and her blog by clicking http://kimberlylynn1020.blogspot.com/.
7 random facts about me:
1. I have a twin sister, Debbie - we look nothing alike, but have had psychic premonitions about one another from time to time...and they end up being true.
2. My nickname is Dee. My brother Tom married a Donna Marie and I married a Tom...so my 4-year-old niece nicknamed me Dee and it stuck. She's now 23!
3. I love watching scary movies in the dark alone.
4. My dear friends, Michelle, Dawn, and Mary are my cheerleaders when rejections come my way.
5. My 13-year-old daugther, Nicole, looks exactly like I did at her age.
6. My first draft is always done in long hand with my favorite Graf von Faber-Castell pen, my husband and daughter's gave me for my 40th birtday.
7. At the beginning of January 2009 I will have a great announcement about my writing career posted on my blog and website...stay tuned!
I am tagging:
1. Carma Dutra - Carma’s Window - http://www.carmaswindow.blogspot.com
2. Lori Calabrese - http://www.loricalabrese.blogspot.com/
3. Dawn Phillips - http://www.rdchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/
4. Dorothy Massey - http://larimar.pnn.com/3693-the-front-page
5. Jennifer Gladen - http://jgladen.blogspot.com/
6. Jessica Aday Kennedy - http://j.adaykennedy.tripod.com/blog/
7. Sylvia C. Hall - http://www.sylvias-journal.blogspot.com/
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The debut issue of my new FREE newsletter, Write What Inspires You! will be released December 2008. I already have over 40 subscribers and would like remind you that if you are interested in being an interview subject, have great news to announce, or would like to contribute an article to the Reflections or Dreams column please contact me at: email@example.com.
The line-up for December is:
Author Interview, Mayra Calvani
Illustrator Interview, Dawn Phillips
Book Review of Junior Geography Detective Squad - State of Wilderness by Elysabeth Eldering
Reflections or Dreams, by myself
Proclaim your Successess! - several announcements by fellow writers.
Have an inspirational day!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We truly take a lot for granted. Forget the football 'heroes' and movie 'stars'.
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
One died for your soul; the other for your freedom..
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Category WinnersClick on the category name of the 77th Annual WD Writing Competition below to see the top 100 winners in each area:
Children's/YA Fiction - #12 Donna M. McDine
Genre Short Story
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Your daughter is developing early - should you worry?"
Guest Profile: "An Interview with K.L. Going"
At both magazines, please be sure to check out all the other informative articles.
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I am thrilled to have Mayra Calvani with me today and she will be fielding questions. Please read her Guest Author Post below and leave a comment or ask any question you may have. Mayra will be checking in throughout the day to answer your questions.
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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.