A new book review, written by yours truly, is posted on Jennifer Hallmark’s blog. It’s Birds of the Air by S.E.M. Ishida. You may recognize Ishida’s name, as I re-blog some of her posts here on this site. And here’s a fun fact: she and I used to be in the same writing critique group.
If you haven’t seen my updated bio yet, here’s what happened in my life. I now have a cockapoo puppy! His name is Benny, and he is a much-needed playmate for my hyperactive Corgi, Maggie. And he’s a sweet cuddle-bug for me. 🙂
Take a look at my four-legged cuties! It looks like they’re planning something, huh?
Looking for books for teen girls? Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings would be the choice for you. I’ve listened to the audiobook version of The Merchant’s Daughter (a Beauty and the Beast retelling). It is a beautiful story, and Jude Mason does a wonderful job narrating it. I read “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” a long time ago, and I find it unique that the heroine is Odette and Robin Hood rolled into one.
Here is Lou Allen’s review of Dickerson’s retelling of Cinderella.
“Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.”
I would rank this book as one of my favourite in this series so far. I enjoyed the references…
Are you looking for tips on how to write a chapter book for seven to ten-year-olds? That is, kids who are moving beyond picture books yet are not quite ready for in-depth novels? Children’s author Judy Bradbury shares what goes into a chapter book for younger children on Tara Lazar’s site, which I’m reblogging here.
Thanks, Tara, for inviting me to your blog space to offer a few tips on writing chapter books! I’m honored to be here.
A bit of background: THE CAYUGA ISLAND KIDS is chapter books series is contemporary fiction featuring five diverse friends who embark on backyard adventures, solve mysteries, and grow as a result of their experiences. The kids are resourceful, kind-hearted “fact detectives” who use their varied interests, their smarts, kindness, and humor to overcome hurdles and solve problems. Above all, these are kids who value friendship and community. The stories feature history, community service, respect for the environment, brainstorming, teamwork, misinformation, disinformation, and the importance of gathering all the facts—from more than one source—when tackling a problem, seeking a solution, and before landing on an opinion or drawing a conclusion.
The first book in the series, THE MYSTERY OF THE BARKING BRANCHES AND THE SUNKEN…
Are you looking for ways to get kids reading during the summer? Children’s author Diane Davies has tips on encouraging young people to read—she has experience with teaching, after all. Click on the bottom link to access ways to have kids get access to books while being adventurous and having fun.
Do you write for personal enjoyment while wanting to be published one day?
If you’re working towards publication, you may know the pressure in pleasing your future readers. If you’re wishing to find freedom from this pressure—or at least some of the pressure—author S.E.M. Ishida illustrates how you can write for personal enjoyment while still aiming for publication.
I don’t think I realized until recently how important it is to write for yourself. Let’s face it—writing and publishing can feel like work. You close your day job laptop and open your personal laptop to reply to an editor’s email and post to your author social media accounts. Then there’s writing a new manuscript or editing an existing draft. It’s all part of a dream coming true, but it’s still work.
What doesn’t feel so much like work? Giving yourself a place to play. To be cheesy, even cringey. To ramble to an extent that would bore anyone but yourself. The kind of writing for yourself that I’m talking about here is like singing in the shower. No one’s listening, and that is a beautiful thing.
When I write with the intention to publish, I want to write a story that I’d like to read, but publishing means keeping…
The following post is from M. Liz Boyle’s website. Enjoy reading about the benefits of fiction by Shalynn Mellerup, and be sure to check out her picture books.
With all the worthwhile non-fiction available, do we really need fiction stories? Today we’re welcoming my friend Shalynn Mellerup to the blog! Read on to see her thoughts on the importance of fiction. I’ve always considered myself to be an optimistic person. I want to be the kind of person who smiles in the rain […]
Tomorrow at 12:00pm MDT is the last day to post your lava-themed posting to “The Floor is Lava” game. If you haven’t joined the group “The floor is lava, come play” on MeWe yet, do so right now and make your posting there. For the rules, click on the following button:
This Saturday is the last day to post your lava-themed posts on MeWe’s group “The floor is lava, come play.” Keep your posts family-friendly and lava-related, whether they’re science posts, lava cake recipes, lava-themed art, or funny memes surrounding the childhood game “The Floor is Lava.” Post by 12:00pm MDT on June 4 for a chance to win M.H. Elrich’s young adult novella Toothbreaker.
For game rules and the summary of Toothbreaker, click on this link:
Are you looking for a middle grade novel or series that features kids facing spiritual warfare head-on? Allen Brokken’s books Light of Mine and Still Small Voice are out on Amazon’s Audible Audiobook. They’re books one and two of Brokken’s Towers of Light middle grade series, and books three and four are available in Kindle and paperback form.
Looking for more middle grade books? Coming May 26 on Facebook, Brokken will host the Still Small Voice Audiobook and Unit Study Launch Party. It’s open to both Facebook and non-Facebook users, and it includes a giveaway of the following prizes:
Christian Middle Grade Author Summer Reading Bundle: * Melanie on the Move by J.D. Rempel * The Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy by K.A. Cummins * An Echo of the Fae by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt – Author * Light of Mine by Allen Brokken – Author * Vincent in Wonderland by CE White Books * Diana Alderoot and the Gilded Mage by Trista Shaye * Wolf Soldier by James Hannibal * Iggy and Oz and the Plastic Dinos of Doom by JJ Johnson * An Unexpected Adventure: Myth Coast Adventures, Book 1 by Kandi J Wyatt
Towers of Light Series Boxed Set * Light of Mine – Do Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan have the faith to take up the armor of God and protect the Tower of Light from the forces of the Dark One? * Still Small Voice – As defenders of the light, Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan embark on a journey to stop the dark forces invading their land. * Fear No Evil – Will the darkness overtake Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan? Or will they prove their faith is stronger and that they fear no evil? * Armor of God – Their Father has become the Dark One’s Champion. Can Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan retrieve the Lost Armor of God to stand against him? * Access to download the Light of Mine digital 4-week Unit Study
10 – Armor of God Posters
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Join the group “The floor is lava, come play” and escape the lava with me!
Post a funny meme of a person or animal keeping their feet off the floor, or post a link to science facts about volcanos, books about volcanos, or even lava cake recipes. Just be sure they’re family friendly, please.
Then like, share, or comment on your favorite posts. The post that receives the most responses by June 4 at 12:00pm MST will win a copy of M.H. Elrich’s Toothbreaker. It’s an amazing story involving people with special talents, wolf companions, forgiveness, and redemption. The following link gives a summary of the book.
Did you know that reading good, God-glorifying fiction can allow spiritual truths to resonate clearly, or even point out the seriousness of sin in our lives? Kelly Keller shows how that can be in her article, “On Christians Reading Fiction: Stealing Past Watchful Dragons.”
Today I’m excited to have my author friend JPC Allen on the blog discussing fiction. Let’s get to it 🙂 Sometimes, when you are too close to a subject, it’s hard to describe or appreciate it. When Liz asked me to write a guest post about the importance of fiction, the request stopped me cold. […]
I’m hosting “The Floor Is Lava” game on MeWe again! If you’re on MeWe, join the group “The floor is lava, come play!” and join the fun.
Here’s how the game works. Post a funny meme of a person or animal keeping their feet off the floor, or post a link to science facts about volcanos, books about volcanos, or even lava cake recipes. Just be sure they’re family friendly, please.
Then like, share, or comment on your favorite posts. The post that receives the most responses by June 4 at 12:00pm MST will win a free copy of M.H. Elrich’s Toothbreaker. It’s an amazing story involving people with special talents, wolf companions, forgiveness, and redemption. The following link gives a summary of the book.
Japanese poetry is very unique. It does not depend on rhyming as much as Western poetry forms. I enjoy this because I am not very good at rhyming to begin with.
The two styles that I like experimenting with are the haiku and the tanka. The haiku is composed of three lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5 for a total of 17 syllables. It must contain a seasonal word. Otherwise, it is called a senryu. I have used it as a tool to write science fiction haiku, aka scifaiku.
Here is an example of one that I wrote several years ago:
Black haired girls Riding on red black hoverbikes Travel New Tokaido
Tanka is similar except that it has a longer syllable count: 5-7-5-7-7.
Here is an example that I composed just for this blog (don’t you just feel so special inside?):
I want to wish you all a happy Resurrection Day! To honor the day that Christ defeated the grave, why not listen to Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed?” To that truth, I say “Amen.”
Are you hoping to write your own middle grade novel but don’t want to create bland scenes? These tips by Kevin Lovegreen will give you the basics on how to create vivid descriptions of your characters’ world.
If you are (or know) a reader of middle-grade adventure stories, you’re probably familiar with award winning author Kevin Lovegreen. His series, Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures, is a big hit among the families in our neighborhood.
Lovegreen gives presentations to promote the love of reading, writing, and the outdoors. I’m so happy that he agreed to contribute a blog post with some pointers for youth who dream of becoming an author (or simply passing Language Arts).
Take it away, Kevin!
“think about painting pictures with your words”
Do you want to become a better writer?
If you’re looking for some advice on becoming a better writer, think like a painter. What!? Yep, think about painting pictures with your words. As you are writing, and more importantly, when you go back and edit your writing, try to be as descriptive as possible. Remember, you are always writing to two…
It’s good to be realistic about how corrupt our world is. But how realistic is too realistic, particularly when it comes to writing stories? Should we be as gritty as today’s news and reveal all the world’s evils? Or be the opposite extreme, too optimistic?
My book review on Laika: Astronaut Dog shows a book giving a tragic historical story a happy ending, even though that ending never happened. I do address the problem of cleaning up history for the sake of avoiding its upsetting elements.
I wrote another book review for Jennifer Hallmark’s blog! This time, it’s about a fox with a big problem but helps someone else in the midst of it. What is this fox’s problem? Hint: it has to do with her tail.
Looking for a quick read for your young children? Try “Children’s Adventure Stories by James Reeves.” It’s a Facebook Page that’s open to the public, and it’s loaded with short stories along with colorful and fun illustrations.
Story Warren also has short stories for kids, and I just read a clever one called “TellUsClope.” It’s about a giraffe who wishes for a short neck but later learns that a long neck does have a benefit. Want to know what that benefit is? Read more by clicking on the following link:
When writing a story, have you ever added a quick Gospel message in a way that seems forced? For example, out of the blue you have added something like, “Your brother gave his life for you, just like Christ would have done.” I’ve been guilty of that. But fiction writers are meant to write stories that both entertain and have readers think deeply, not create stories that might as well be PSAs. But how can we do that and bring glory to God as well as shine light to a dark world?
Hannah Mae shares what writing Biblical truth looks like without having to turn your story into a sermon. Click on the link at the bottom to access her podcast, FlyingFaith Talks! There you will find the title, “Averting Over-Preachiness.”
Have you joined the group “The floor is lava, come play” on MeWe yet? You may want to join now, as this lava-ish game is ending TOMORROW at 12:00pm MST! There, you can post anything lava-related, like a video, a science article, or a funny meme involving lava (Keep it family-friendly, please.). A lot of posts have been put up in this group, so use them as your inspiration, and be sure to comment/like them as well. Whoever receives the most likes and comments on their posting will win a free autographed copy of C.E. White’s book When Your Dragon is Too Big for a Bath: An Adventure in Prayer.
TWO-AND-A-HALF DAYS until the end of the giveaway! If you have a lava science article, a meme of somebody trying to cross real or imagined lava, or even a lava-themed craft or recipe, join the group “The floor is lava, come play” on MeWe and post it by SATURDAY at 12:00pm MST.
Don’t forget to like/comment on other people’s postings, too. Whoever receives the most responses will win a free autographed copy of C.E. White’s When Your Dragon is Too Big for a Bath: An Adventure in Prayer.
There’s still time to play “The floor is lava” on MeWe. But this week, I’m allowing players to post not only memes but also lava-related books and articles. For example, you can post a science article about lava or a kid’s book about lava. And if you happen to find a lava cake recipe, post it up there, too (yum!). Just join the group “The floor is lava, come play.”
Whoever receives the most responses by February 26 at 12:00pm MST will win a free autographed copy of C.E. White’s When Your Dragon is Too Big for a Bath: An Adventure in Prayer. Imagine having a dragon as adorable as this dragon? 😁