Friday, August 31, 2012

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY- HOST MARSHA COOK 08/31 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

SPECIAL FUN SHOW - If you want to have fun please listen in on Friday August 31 at NOON CST 1PM EST 11AM MT 10AM PST.

Join in the fun and the discussion with Marsha's guests Willow Cross, Kymberlee Burks Miller  Jennifer Malone Wright and JH Glaze. these authors are the Guru's of marketing  and most importantly they know how to make their fans happy.

Bethany Cross,author from REBEL INK PRESS, will be opening up the chat room and the phone lines!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY- HOST MARSHA COOK 08/28 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join Marsha Cook on August 28, 2012 at 9PM EST 8PM CST 7PM MT - 6PM PST for a very special one on one with Sarah Martinez.

Marsha and Sarah will be discussing her debut novel, SEX AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL, on September 8. This is going to be one hot show! Sarah is honest about her feelings and will not be afraid to discuss what makes her book so very different!

Her book is literary erotica that explores unconventional relationships, loss, and the merits of erotic literature through the eyes of a tenacious female protagonist.

Sarah's book is about unconventional relationships, loss, and the merits of erotic literature through the eyes of a tenacious female protagonist. Martinez’s passion for promoting the interests and independence of women combined with her unique perspective on the merits of erotica have already landed her many interviews

Her signature style will attract readers interested in a deeper understanding of the importance of an honest dialogue about sex, the power of fantasy, grief and human connection in all its forms. This is going to be a fabulous show - so don't' miss this event ! Sarah Martinez will not be someone you will forget and this interview will be one you will remember for a long time!

Bethany Cross will be there to open the chat room.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Guest Post: Sprout Shares Her Story about the Book KA-BOOM!

When Alyce Joy decided to put me in her books, I was really excited. Sometimes things happen to me that I don’t plan, such as blowing up Taylor’s dollhouse. My mission would have been so much easier if that hadn’t happened.

A headache was roaring between my ears, while I was trying to convince her into believing I wasn’t just a dirty, fibbin’ fairy. I knew I was in trouble though, when she grabbed the flyswatter. I managed to think my way through this bad situation and we finally got on the right track.

When I did get through to Taylor, I found her to be a very sweet child. She came to realize, I could be a pretty neat friend. She wanted to hop lily pads in her daddy’s big pond, like the frogs do. The giant swallowtail butterfly flew her to the pond, landing on a green rock. We had to be quiet so we wouldn’t be critter bait. She was only four inches tall, like me.

            We were looking for Sir Leapsalot, the bullfrog. On the way, we met Snilly Snail. She was hurrying to get away from the Brattz brothers, Loozer and Doozer. We followed her to Miss Chipsie’s Chambers. The tunnel to her chambers was a fright for Taylor, but we made it okay.

            We thought we would be safe there, until the Brattz boys decided to dig us up. I knew then, it was time for me to take action. I sent for my friends, the bees, who wear yellow jackets. They took care of the situation and we were off again looking for Sir Leapsalot. Everything looked good. Then we had to take shelter from Tatterhead, the pileated woodpecker. We got ourselves into a bit of a dizzying spell, until I had to take matters into hand.

            We found Sir Leapsalot at the big pond and Taylor had a ball hopping lily pads on his back, except when they decided to come ashore. A huge fish hawk decided he wanted frog legs for dinner. I tried to reach my right foot with my left wing, but it was caught on a thistle and I couldn’t move. Miss Chipsie set me free, so I could foil the hawk.

            We said goodbye, for it was time to go. Taylor was snug in her butterfly seat, a monster snake hissed, she screamed, I made fog and we flew up in the sky towards Taylor’s home.  Sigh. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
About the Author: 
Alyce Joy was blessed with four children for whom she composed bedtime verses every night. That inspired her to publish a children’s book of prayers, entitled, “Priceless Gems.” When her children were grown, she began to write stories for her grandchildren.
Always fascinated with arts and crafts, she taught herself the art of pyrography. This fired her imagination, and she started burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of her home. Her wood burnings are scattered through the U.S. and Canada.
After deciding to put away her burning tools and torches, she enrolled in, and graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Alyce Joy hopes every child who reads her stories will look forward to each new adventure, as her favorite fairy becomes entangled into many, outrageous happenstances.

KA-BOOM!
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int.
ISBN-10: 161244069X
ISBN-13: 978-1612440699
Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Fantasy Adventure

Follow Alyce Joy at

You can find out more about Alyce Joy’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/8q5vw74

Saturday, August 25, 2012

It's Story Time, Gather Around! 08/25 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join authors JD Holiday and Christy Condoleo on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10AM est, 9AM cst, 8AM mst & 7AM pst, for a reading from the Chapter Book: Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington~

When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing a zany red crocodile named Crosley enlists young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. This unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain’t-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt. Learn some crocodile language and where “ain’t” came from.
 
 
Sands Hetherington’s site: www.nightbuddiesadventures.com
 
It’s Story Time, Gather ‘Round: http://itsstorytimeforkids.blogspot.com/ 
 
All stories read on the show are copyrighted by the authors. The show has permission from the authors to read their books and display pictures from it.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

BOOK DISCUSSION - HOST FRAN LEWIS 08/23 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Please join Fran Lewis August 23 at 4 PM EST  3PM CST 2PM MT 1 PM PST when she welocme John Lescroart a New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including most recently BETRAYAL, which is the fourteenth book in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series, a stand-alone Wyatt Hunt novel entitled THE HUNT CLUB and a couple of Sherlock Holmes pastiches: SON OF HOLMES and its sequel, RASPUTIN’S REVENGE.

His books have been translated into seventeen languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories have been included in many anthologies.Outside of the book world, John loves to cook. His original recipes have appeared in Gourmet Magazine and in the cookbook “A Taste of Murder.” (He also wrote the forward to Francine Brevetti’s paean to the famous San Francisco eatery Fior d’Italia entitled The Fabulous Fior: 100 Years in an Italian Kitchen.)

Sandra Elrod will be opening up the chatroom and phone lines .

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Families Matter Show 08/22 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

BTR’s World of Ink Network show: Families Matter with hosts Kecia Burcham, Irene Roth and VS Grenier.
 
The Families Matter show airs live once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6pm EST - 5pm CST - 4pm MST - 3pm PDT
 
The idea of this show on BTR’s World of Ink Network is to have guests and listeners (adults or kids) share information to help empower children and their families.

Our August show topic: Parent Report Cards
Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of arm-twisting: Asking parents to grade themselves on report cards.

We invite our listeners to call-in or share through the chatroom questions or their stories.
Learn more at the Families Matter blog http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com

You can find out more about us at http://worldofinknetwork.com

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY - HOST MARSHA CASPER COOK 08/21 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Please join Marsha  Casper Cook  and her co - host Joann Buchanan on Tuesday August 21 at 9PM EST 8PMCST 7PMMT 6PMPST when she welcomes Traci Slatton and a new author Julia Robb who has some very interesting comments on writing and publishing.

She was a journalist for 20 years and has now started a very successful career in writing novels that talk about real people and life . Her new book Scalpal Mountain had gotten excellent reviews and Julia is now writing another book that will be out soon.

Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard, whose classical figures and love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL. THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR is a tribute to her delight in the Old Masters and rich passions. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set in end times permeated with love, loss, and strange psychic powers. THE ART OF LIFE, written with Sabin Howard, is a book about sculpture and the philosophy and history of art; DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE is her first book of poetry. COLD LIGHT furthers the dystopian tale begun in FALLEN.

Bethany Cross will be there to open the chat room and phone lines .

more info
http://www.tracilslatton.com/
http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com/about_marsha.html

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Stories for Children Show 08/20 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Come join host VS Grenier and Irene Roth on BTR’s World of Ink Network's The Stories for Children Show August 20, 2012 live at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MT - 11am PDT

We bring children's authors together with their readers.

This week come meet author Alyce Joy of the fantasy children's chapter book adventure...KA-BOOM!

Sprout is a fairy from Spritesville, Ohio. Her given name is Sprunetta Brunetta. She doesn’t like it, because she thinks it sounds too much like somebody’s wicked sister. Sprout is not a perfect fairy. She has a wild shoe fetish and is always getting into some kind of trouble. To say the least, it was an explosive meeting between Taylor and Sprout. Taylor’s dollhouse blows up and her wary investigation finds Sprout among its wreckage. The little girl obviously thinks Sprout is a bad, fibbin’ fairy and the fun is about to begin.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/Hq9sfmzH0-w
Available wherever books are sold and online.

Alyce Joy was blessed with four children for whom she composed bedtime verses every night. That inspired her to publish a children’s book of prayers, entitled, “Priceless Gems.” When her children were grown, she began to write stories for her grandchildren. She graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature and hopes every child who reads her stories will look forward to each new adventure, as her favorite fairy becomes entangled into many, outrageous happenstances.

Follow Alyce Joy at http://alycejoy.com
Publisher http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Ka-Boom

You can find out more about Alyce Joy’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/8q5vw74

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Guest Post: Why Children Should Read—A Lot!


Why Children Should Read—A Lot!
by Maggie Lyons
 
How important is it for a child to read well? Some states predict their prison populations based on the number of students failing fourth-grade reading tests. (This fact was presented at a Congressional hearing by Dr. Reid Lyon of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.) According to the ProLiteracy organization, 63 percent of prison inmates can’t read. Prison is perhaps the direst of the numerous consequences of illiteracy.

Here are a few more surprising facts published by the ProLiteracy organization:

In the United States, 29 percent (63 million) of the population over the age of sixteen can’t read well enough to understand a newspaper article written at eighth-grade level.

An additional 30 million adults (14 percent of all US adults) only read at the fifth-grade level or lower.

Seventy-seven million Americans have only a two-in-three chance of correctly reading—and therefore understanding—the label on their prescription medicine.

Illiteracy costs the US government between $106 and $236 billion each year.

These are just a few of the social consequences of poor reading skills in the United States.

Learning to read proficiently takes a lot of effort. Sally Shaywitz of Yale Medical School once observed that “reading is the most complex of human functions.” But the rewards for grasping the skill of reading proficiently make that effort worthwhile. A study by American researchers Cunningham and Stanovich found that, not surprisingly, the more children read, the more they expand their vocabulary, improve their spelling skill, and increase their verbal fluency and general knowledge. And common sense suggests that reading proficiency improves writing skill too.

But the benefits don’t stop there. A British project, Every Child a Reader, has found, among other things, that children who learn to read well enjoy learning. Their social interaction with adults and classmates improves and their self-confidence is boosted.

The key to improved academic achievement lies in the amount of reading a child does. Just adding an extra ten minutes per day can dramatically increase children’s exposure to words and, by extension, improve their ability to comprehend what they read. For example, according to researchers Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (article in Reading Research Quarterly, vol. 23) students who read for only 1.8 minutes per day, read 106,000 words a year. If those students were to increase their reading to around eleven minutes per day, they would read almost 700,000 words per year, an increase of a whopping 556 percent.

Studies indicate that the most productive reading in terms of academic achievement comes from voluntary, independent reading—that is, reading outside school. Children who enjoy reading so much that they happily read outside school are the ones most likely to develop significant cognitive skills—and most probably social skills—the fastest. This is where adults can have an enormous influence. Encouraging children to read should be a primary goal for all adults who care about the children in their lives.

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Maggie Lyons is a writer and editor who was born in Wales and crossed the pond to Virginia. With no regard for the well-being of her family and neighbors, she trained as a classical pianist. Then came a career of putting rear ends on seats—that is, orchestral management, marked by reams of marketing and fundraising writing and program note scribbling for audiences, many of whose first priority was to find their names in the donors’ lists. Editing for academic publishers also brought plenty of satisfaction—she admits she has a fondness for nerds—but nothing like the magic she discovered in writing fiction and nonfiction for children. Several of her articles, poetry, and a chapter book miraculously appeared in Stories for Children Magazine and knowonder! magazine. She hopes her stories encourage reluctant young readers to turn a page or two.

Her middle-grade adventure story Vin and the Dorky Duet is available as an e-book at MuseItUp Publishing’s bookstore (MuseItYoung section), on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AK7ALE, and as a paperback at Halo Publishing International at http://halopublishing.com/bookstore/Maggie-Lyons. Dewi and the Seeds of Doom, a middle-grade adventure story, will be released as an e-book by MuseItUp Publishing in October. Halo Publishing International will release the paperback. 

 
The World of Ink Network is touring author Maggie Lyons’s contemporary children’s chapter book, Vin and the Dorky Duet throughout August and September 2012. You can find out more about Maggie Lyons’ World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/9t24kgy

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BOOK DISCUSSION - HOST FRAN LEWIS 08/16 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Please join Fran Lewis on August 16 at  NOON PST 1PM MT  2PM CST 3PM EST when she welcomes Iris Johansen for  a great discussion about books.

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run and many more wonderful books.

Sandra Elrod will be there to take the calls and open the chat room.
It's going to be a great show!

check out Fran at:
http://angiesdiary.com/bookoftheweek-web/010-botwaugust122012.html

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY- HOST MARSHA COOK 08/14 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join in on the fun on Tuesday August 14 AT 8PM CST 9PM EST 7 PM MT 6PM PST .the Host of ANYTHING GOES Bennett Pomerantz will be joining Marsha Cook and Bethany Cross when they continue a show they were all on a few weeks ago. 

There will be a lot of surprises along with Missey Davis, Michel Prince, Ashley Fontainne and Barbara Watkins.

The chat room will be open as well as the phone lines.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's Story Time, Gather 'Round! 08/11 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join authors JD Holiday & Christy Condoleo on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10AM est, 9AM cst, 8AM mst & 7AM pst, for author Maggie Lyons chapter book, "Vin and the Dorky Duet".

The moment he walks through the door and sees the sharky grin on his older sister’s face, Vin suspects Meg is hatching a plot. He’s right. Meg insists that his only escape route is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place. He has five days to accomplish his mission—Operation BS.

Maggie Lyons site:http://www.maggielyons.yolasite.com/
Buy at: http://www.amazon.com/Vin-Dorky-Duet-ebook/dp/B008AK7ALE

It's Story Time, Gather Round http://itsstorytimeforkids.blogspot.com
J.D. Holiday http://thebookgarden.net
Christy Condoleo http://eppyscreations.com

All stories read on the show are copyright by the authors. The show has their permission to read their story and to display pictures from it.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY- HOST MARSHA COOK 08/07 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Please join in the fun on Tuesday August 7 at 8PMCST 9PM EST 7PM MT 6PM PST when Marsha Casper Cook  welcomes Tracy  and Charlie Vega and Anastasia Hauldridge on A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY.

Anastacia Hauldridge is the star of The Ahauldri Show and creator of The VIP Mastermind Party is inspiring, funny, and motivating. This is not your typical video blogging guru with all the bells and whistles…she is a “fireball” with a passion for mentoring people to become a successful entrepreneur and to keep it real in business. With a wealth of knowledge and people skills and her spicy entrepreneurial spirit, Anastacia spent every day for 2 years as a single mom video capturing her topics for the day with one little webcam and a small lamp along with her high energy. This started the birth of The Ahauldri Show.

Charley & Tracy Vega are the owners of Simple Self Defense for Women® an award winning company that promotes the personal safety of women through their PBS TV Show, Guest Speaking, DVD’s, and their very popular Seminars, Workshops & Professional speaking engagements. They specialize in self-defense for women from ages 9 to 91 with a focus on How to Simply Escape an Attack, NOT Stay and Fight! Charley & Tracy are the TV shows stars and hosts.  

This is going to be a fun packed show and Bethany Cross will be opening the phone and chat room for questions.

http://www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com/
http://www.anastaciahauldridge.com/about/
http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com/about_marsha.html

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Author Maggie Lyons joins the World of Ink Network Virtual Tours


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Maggie Lyons’s contemporary children’s chapter book, Vin and the Dorky Duet throughout August and September 2012.
 
Magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths and other disasters erupt when an inventive seventh-grader meets a challenge to win a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey if he can befriend an unsociable nerd and introduce his sister to the nerd’s hunky brother.

The story is about the disasters that pile up when a seventh-grader’s brilliant plan to meet his sister’s challenge takes more than one wrong turn. Life tosses challenges at all of us. It would be incredibly boring if it didn’t. What matters is what we learn from them.

Title: Vin and the Dorky Duet
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int. & MuseItUp Publishing (Canadian e-book publisher)

ISBN: 978-1-61244-091-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-77127-073-1 (eBook)

Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Adventure

About the Book:
A twelve-year-old boy named Vin, goes on a mission—reluctantly. He doesn’t share the optimism of the knights of old who embarked on impossible missions without a doubt they’d succeed. When magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths and other disasters erupt, Vin comes close to packing in the whole ridiculous business. He calls it Operation BS, his code name for a mission to introduce his sister to a boy she has a crush on. He doesn’t want to play matchmaker, but Meg’s promise to reward him with a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey is a decisive incentive.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/Qtgtp_rnAZ4
Available wherever books are sold and online.

About the Author: 
Maggie Lyons was born in Wales and brought up in England before gravitating west to Virginia’s coast. She zigzagged her way through a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing. Writing and editing nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction but nothing like the magic she discovered in writing fiction and nonfiction for children. Several of her articles, poetry, and a chapter book have been published in the children’s magazines Stories for Children Magazine and knowonder! 



Follow Maggie Lyons at
Twitter @maggielyons66

You can find out more about Maggie Lyons’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/9t24kgy

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com  

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Stories for Children Show 08/06 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Come join host VS Grenier and Irene Roth on BTR’s World of Ink Network's The Stories for Children Show August 6, 2012 live at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MT - 11am PDT

We bring children's authors together with their readers.

This week come meet author Maggie Lyons of the contemporary children’s chapter book, Vin and the Dorky Duet.

Magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths and other disasters erupt when an inventive seventh-grader meets a challenge to win a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey if he can befriend an unsociable nerd and introduce his sister to the nerd’s hunky brother.

The story is about the disasters that pile up when a seventh-grader’s brilliant plan to meet his sister’s challenge takes more than one wrong turn. Life tosses challenges at all of us. It would be incredibly boring if it didn’t. What matters is what we learn from them.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/Qtgtp_rnAZ4
Available wherever books are sold and online.

Maggie Lyons was born in Wales and brought up in England before gravitating west to Virginia’s coast. She zigzagged her way through a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing. Writing and editing nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction but nothing like the magic she discovered in writing fiction and nonfiction for children.

You can find out more about Maggie Lyons’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/9t24kgy
To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Author Spotlight: Alyce Joy of the children's book KA-BOOM!


Author Alyce Joy joins the World of Ink Network Virtual Tours

The World of Ink Network & Halo Publishing, Int. will be touring author Alyce Joy’s fantasy adventure children’s chapter book, Ka-Boom! throughout August 2012.

KA-BOOM! is about a little fairy named Sprout that runs into trouble quite often. She has a shoe fetish, but is one of the queen’s favorites because in the end she gets the job done.
           
Sprout meets a little girl named Taylor after blowing up Taylor’s dollhouse. Sprout doesn’t give up trying to get Taylor to trust her. She and Taylor finally become friends after Sprout shrinks Taylor and together they have a fantastic adventure. Taylor never thought she would be talking to Sir Leapsalot, let alone ride on his back and hopping lily pads. The message? Never give up.

Title: KA-BOOM!
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int.

ISBN-10: 161244069X
ISBN-13: 978-1612440699

Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Fantasy Adventure
Paperback: 46 pages
July 2012

About the Book:
Sprout is a fairy from Spritesville, Ohio. Her given name is Sprunetta Brunetta. She doesn’t like it, because she thinks it sounds too much like somebody’s wicked sister. Since she is only four inches tall, all her friends call her Sprout.

This little fairy is in the service of her queen, the beloved Splaminda Herminda, who rules Spritesville. The queen sends Sprout to different places to do whatever job needs done. Sprout is not a perfect fairy. She has a wild shoe fetish, and is always getting into some kind of trouble. Queen Splaminda realizes Sprout’s problems, but feels the fairy will grow out of her awkwardness, as she matures. Somehow, Sprout always manages to save the good and meek from the scary and sometimes bad…but… occasionally, she needs a little help.

To say the least, it was an explosive meeting between Taylor and Sprout. Taylor’s dollhouse blows up and her wary investigation finds Sprout among its wreckage. The little girl obviously thinks Sprout is a bad, fibbin’ fairy and the fun is about to begin.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/Hq9sfmzH0-w  

Available wherever books are sold and online.

About the Author: 
Alyce Joy was blessed with four children for whom she composed bedtime verses every night. That inspired her to publish a children’s book of prayers, entitled, “Priceless Gems.” When her children were grown, she began to write stories for her grandchildren.
Always fascinated with arts and crafts, she taught herself the art of pyrography. This fired her imagination, and she started burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of her home. Her wood burnings are scattered through the U.S. and Canada.
After deciding to put away her burning tools and torches, she enrolled in, and graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Alyce Joy hopes every child who reads her stories will look forward to each new adventure, as her favorite fairy becomes entangled into many, outrageous happenstances.
Follow Alyce Joy at
 
 You can find out more about Alyce Joy’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/8q5vw74

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

What are readers saying about Night Buddies by Sands Hetherington?

Have you heard about the after lights-out adventure story delighting young readers and middle graders who relish roller coaster fantasy and fun? 

This adventured filled chapter book series for kids with unforgettable characters and an astonishing and inventive collection of magical whatchamacallits is called Night Buddies and the first book, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is out on a program with the World of Ink Network virtual tours.

Kids everywhere are embarking on adventures chasing down enemies and cleaning up one mess after another as they solve the earthshaking mysteries with John and his red crocodile Night Buddy Crosley.  

A Little about Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare:
Who stole all the pineapple cheesecakes from the only factory in the world that makes them? A young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and his friend, a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed are about to find out. Sneaking out of John’s house using Crosley’s “I-ain’t-here-doodad” which makes them invisible to John’s parents, the investigation starts out fine but things get a little crazy when Crosley, who is allergic to water, gets wet.  Hilarious things happen when Crosley’s allergy to water kicks in, and when they get to the pineapple cheesecake factory and meet Big Foot Mae, the investigation gets more complicated and zany than either of them bargained for.

But don't take our word for it. Here is what some of the readers are saying:
School kids (2nd, 3rd, 4th graders) have written to Sands after he's read Night Buddies to them.

All the letters start with Dear Mr. Hetherington or Dear Sands Hetherington:

"I liked your story a lot. I also like the way you came up with the I-ain't-here-doodad. When it is published, I will buy it no matter what!" ~ Your friend, Damian

"Thank you for reading Night Buddies. I liked it when Crosley drools on the floor. I nearly freaked out when you did Crosley's voice. I hope you write Night Buddies Two. Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!" ~ Jeff

"I want your book to be a passer! A passer is something that if I have children, I can give it to my children. And if my children have children, they can give it to their children. That's what I call a passer!" ~ Jaime

"I'll bet your book will be one of the biggest best sellers all over the world. You have a great imagination and I really was thrilled with excitement when you first stepped into our classroom. I really enjoyed your story. Your friend, Larin  P.S.  I would say more but I gotta go cause I'm writing this during class." ~ Larin

"I liked the part when Crosley went yerk, yerk, jerk. I liked when Crosley ate too many cheesecakes. I like the sounds that you make when you read the story." ~ Your Friend, Jay

"Night Buddies is the greatest book I've ever heard. Especially Crosley's I-ain't-here-doodad and when Crosley got wet and did the black bottom dance." ~ Stacy
“I liked all the things Crosley had, like the I-ain’t-here-doo-dads, whatchamacallits, and the way he laughed: Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!” ~ Maria B.

“I loved Night Buddies. It was a great book. To tell you the truth, you read better than Mrs. Hunt.” ~ Mandy W.

“The story was great, and I’m not lying to you. I loved the whole thing.” ~ Your friend, Rick

“I normally think books are boring, but yours was great!” ~ Rocky

“I liked the word excelsior. How did you think it up?” ~ Aaron

“I want one of your books. How much does is cost?” ~ Jaime

“I thought it was the best story in the world. My favorite part was the part when Crosley started doing the Black Bottom. I really loved it.” ~ Mary D.

“Night Buddies is a good story. I like it a lot, especially when Crosley looks at the pineapple cheesecakes and starts drooling everywhere and when the salamanders get in the room and can’t get out. Then they start getting sick and some of them throw up.” ~ Noni M.

“I like when Crosley locked the iguanas in the spider wire.” ~ Sara T.

“I think if you draw a picture of a pineapple cheesecake, the next morning it will be gone! Oh, next time you go somewhere, like to the publishing building, don’t forget your I.D. gimcrack for a special author!” ~ Maria B.


Night Buddies and the
Pineapple Cheesecake Scare
Sands Hetherington
Illustrations by Jessica Love

List $7.99
Paperback 128 pages Also available in Kindle and Nook
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press; One edition (June 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0984741712 
ISBN-13: 978-0984741717

Available wherever books are sold and online. For more information visit www.nightbuddiesadventures.com

The story is filled with well-drawn fascinating characters embellished with some excellent illustrations by Jessica Love. The fonts change with emotion and circumstances, a fact that makes every page a little artwork that keep the child’s eye involved in the book. And just to make sure the youngsters reading this book have the inside information for a mystery, a glossary of ‘Night Buddies Uncommon Words’ is supplied – explaining ‘Jeeks’, ‘Wuff’, ‘Snerk!’ etc.  The 128-page book is packed with all-new picture drawings by illustrator Jessica Love.

What People Are Saying:

“This little book is a winner!”
 —Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

“Hetherington seems to have the right ingredients for a classic children’s whodunit—talking animals, an unsolved mystery and a brave hero willing to face unforeseen foes…”
—Kirkus

“Stating that Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is a creative, imaginative and delightful tale is simply giving it its just desserts. Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!”
— Drew Aquilina, International award-winning cartoonist and author, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up

“Night Buddies is a terrific story my second and third-graders would love to have read to them, complete with its colorful dialect. Thanks for the sneak peek!”
— Lorie Thompson, Principal, Haskell Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Two unlikely friends-one human and one crocodilian-embark on an adventure to solve a mystery: where did all the pineapple cheesecakes go? Have fun reading this lively story.”
— Diane Witt, Retired Public Elementary School Teacher (30 years), Boulder, Colorado

“Night Buddies is visionary, conceptual, and a forecast of fun for children and schoolteachers alike. Author Sands Hetherington with mastery unveils creativity with purpose, inventions in language, and makes reading fun.”
— Al Carrozza, author of Universal Enzyme

“Don’t miss this wonderful new children’s book, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. Your children will thank you!”
— Kathi Macias, award-winning author of more than 30 books including Special Delivery (Freedom Series)

This fast-paced, warm-hearted story is written in several amusing dialects and will appeal to kids from 8 to 10 or 11. Boys who are reluctant readers will especially enjoy it.”
— P. Joy Webster, school librarian and author of Don’t come here, Julie! chosen as Book of the Year 2010 (Young Adult Science Fiction category)

The World of Ink Network has been touring author Sands Hetherington’s nighttime adventure for kids, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare published by Dune Buggy Press all through July and now into August 2012.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://tinyurl.com/7xxl8qw

About the Author: 
Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro.

You can find out more about Sands Hetherington’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6vgevbh

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