Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Magical Book

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Isabella Pimpinella's Magic Potion

By Marsha Casper Cook

The true test of bravery begins with thirteen little girls and a cat named Bogart who have the time of their life at the greatest sleepover ever when they get the chance to make a magical potion and learn to believe in themselves. It’s a magical story.

Believe in yourself and the world is brighter.

Isabella called out, “Everyone count to three. And when I say toss, throw everything into the kettle. Including the bag.” The smell of the potion was strong. All the junior witches shouted out, “One…Two… Three.”

“Lizards, lizards
It’s time to leave.
So hurry to the top
And out you will pop.
Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh
Please swim to the top.
And out you will come
Plop, plop, plop!”


Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Talk Radio Show - Tuesday May 27 Noon CST 1PM EST

A Good Story Is A Good Story

Join  host Marsha Casper Cook, A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY and her special guest Allison Bruning on Tuesday May 27 at 10 AM PST  11AM MT  Noon CST 1PM EST.

Marsha is an author, screenwriter, WGA Signatory Agent, marketing consultant and half of the WORLD OF INK NETWORK.Virginia Grenier is the other half. They have been doing shows together for four years. Recently her book To Life is on the Best Selling list on Amazon.

Marsha's special guest is the very successful Best Selling author Allison Bruning. Allison has always had a passion for the literary arts. She originally hails from Marion, Ohio but lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband. Allison is the author of six historical fiction series: Children of the Shawnee, The Secret Heritage, Irish Twist of Fate, New Hope, Lost Identity and Cherokee Tears.
 Allison's educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Allison received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. She was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007, Allison was named Who's Who Among America's Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University on June 28, 2013. She is an educator, writer, speaker, screenwriter, film director, and publisher.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Utah Children's Writers - The Stories for Children Show

The Stories for Children show is on Mondays and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about writing for children and/or their favorite childrens/YA books. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also what makes a good book for young readers and much more.

Our guests are:
Scott Rhoades has enjoyed writing since he was about five years old, when he used to make his own books by tracing pictures and making up stories to go with them. He especially enjoys writing stories set in the Middle Ages. He was a technical writer for Novell, Inc. from 1992 to 2007, after starting his career at Atari in 1988. He currently runs his own company, Write Field Documentation Services, LLC. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Tiferet Center, a center for Jewish education, ritual, and community service based in Vermont. Learn more at

Julie Daines spent eighteen months in London where she studied and fell in love with English Literature, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the fellow who ran the kebab store around the corner. After editing for other authors, she decided to take up writing again--this time in the young adult genre. Learn more at

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Friday, May 16, 2014

SugarPaw is back for another adventure and a bit more mischief - Pledge your suppot Today!
Whistle Beans is the second book in the SugarPaw Adventure series from Award-winning Author VS Grenier. The first book, Babysitting SugarPaw is a Silver Mom's Choice and 2011 Silver Quill Award-winner.

The artwork found inside the series is done by Illustrator and Animator Kevin Scott Collier.

The concepts for the books in the SugarPaw Adventure series are from Author VS Grenier's personal life.
When Grenier was little, she couldn't whistle. A family friend, Charlie Baker, was one of the best whistlers and she wanted to have a strong whistle like his. Grenier practiced everyday...but never got much out beyond the WHOOSHING sound of air passing her lips.

It was the holidays when Charlie shared his secret to a strong whistle with her over a big Christmas Dinner at her family's house. A memory VS Grenier cherishes to this day!

SugarPaw will share this secret with young readers all over the world in his second children's book adventure, which is also dedicated to the loving memory of Charlie Baker!

 The KickStart Campaign

The KickStarter campaign is to raise the funds to get the book printed. It ends in 30 days! If we fall short of our goal, we don't get any of the funding & have to start over.

We wanted to make this affordable for all budges so we have a Shout-out Pledge (which posts on, SugarPaw's Fan page and more) - these will be for any one who pledges $5 or more to the campaign! It will be updated as we go along.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out our KickStarter page, please do! Besides offering the books, we also have some fun stuff starting with $10 pledges!

Poster - 11x17 glossy poster of SugarPaw and Bonnie Whisker. This is artwork from the original Mom's Choice Award-winning book, Babysitting SugarPaw with the SugarPaw logo, "Magic Comes From Believing in Yourself!"

Book Mark - I'll add them to any reward that has a book involved.

Plush 8" Sugarpaw Teddy Bear - I LOVE these!

T-shirts - These will be available in both Adult and Kid sizes. You can let me know the size you want at the end of the campaign.

Paperback signed copies of the book - Signed and personalized if you would like. You can let me know the details at the end of the campaign.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Promo Day - FREE Writer's Conference Online

Thousands of writing and marketing industry professionals from around the world will gather to celebrate PD14, a special online event dedicated to promoting, networking and learning. Industry experts will share actionable ideas and information with tactics and strategies that will help you further your writing career and improve your book marketing efforts.

About Founder

Jo Linsdell is the brains behind Promo Day. Born in Gillingham, Kent (UK), Jo left England and moved to Rome, Italy in June 2001, where she now lives with her husband and their two sons. She is an international best-selling author and illustrator, award-winning blogger and freelance writer. A recognised thought leader in the world of book marketing she is also the CEO of Writers and Authors.

10+ presenters, one whole day of free presentations! You'll also benefit from the networking opportunities that will connect you with presenters and attendees from around the globe. No travel required! You simply attend from the comfort of your own home or office. 

Join Jo Linsdell, Penny Sansevieri, Rivka Kawano, Carolyn Howard Johnson, Linda Randall, Brandy Potter, Khalid Muhammad, Virginia Jennings, Gina Alzate, and Deborah Carney - just to name a few! - and register for this free event today. Go here to learn more

Writing for Children - Celebrating Children/YA Authors

 Have some fun Wednesday MAY 14 at 11 AM PST  NOON MT  1PM CST  2 PM EST when Marsha and Virginia talk with children's authors as they all celebrate writing for children.  

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It's CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK and the World of Ink Network wants to do its part by letting authors come on the show to share not only who they are, but where you can find their books. We have picture book authors to YA authors. All the books and their authors have been guest on past shows and the hosts (Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook) wanted to share these wonders books with as we get ready for Summer Reading Fun.

Each author will have a few minutes to share about their book and where you can find it.

Guest Authors and Their Books:

Dominick Domingo
The Nameless Prince (a Young Adult Fantasy Novel)
The Nameless Prince Comic Volume 1 (Episodes 1-4)

Main website ( with more info. AND order links: )
To order the YA novel through the publisher ( Twilight Times Books ):

To order the Nameless Prince Comic Volume 1:

Margot Finke

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

Fun Aussie Cook Book with every autographed Young Teen book <> DIRECT from ME


Mikey Brooks
Author of the middle-grade fantasy adventures: The Stone of Valhalla, The Dream Keeper, and The Dreamstone. 
My picture books include: ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Bean's Dragon, and Trouble with Bernie. The 

New series:
Gates of Atlantis: Gaurdians of the Gates, by Laura D. Bastian
The Gates of Atlantis: Magicians of the Deep, by Jaclyn Weist
The Gates of Atlantis: Banshee at the Gate, by Wendy Knight
The Gates of Atlantis: Secrets of the Mine, by Juli Caldwell
The Gates of Atlantis: Madness Behind the Throne, by JR Simmons
The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, by Mikey Brooks 

"Long ago, when Atlantis began, creatures of the world united to create a place everyone with magical blood could call home. Now the magic is under attack. One madman who thinks only his kind should be allowed is determined to shut down all the gates leading to Atlantis, to keep out the impure and unworthy before anyone figures it out and stops him.

Mermaids fall ill, and the source of light and power over Atlantis begins to fade. By mistake, two mermaids discover the broken gates and issue a call to all magical creatures: unite and fight. They team up with a group of unlikely heroes and together stand against what will not only be the downfall of Atlantis, but the world."

Release date: July 2014 (all the books)
Bobbie Shafer
First novel: Secrets of Eagle Creek series, The Legacy of Eagle Creek - published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

Latest Releases:


Linda Joy Singleton

Jan Britland

Joe Linsdell

VS Grenier

A good book opens an exciting world for our children. 
VS Grenier takes children of all ages on intriguing adventures in the World of Ink. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book Review of Flirting with Disaster: Janet S. Kleinman

Just because you are an ARRP member does not mean your libido or hormones have dried up. Just because you live in Florida does not mean you spend you day searching for the Early Bird specials or sitting around watching old movies and eating popcorn. Life is never over until it’s over and there is plenty of spunk in those over 50. Meet Gloria Simon whose life changed you might say some for the better and definitely for the more interesting with a simple phone call from a long lost love named Mickey Green. Forty years is a long time between phone calls and when Mickey decides to call Gloria a budding email romance begins. A brief phone conversation to get their juices flowing, imaginations run wild as each one tries to reconnect with the past and hopefully ignite a flame in the present. But, this is just the beginning for Mickey and Gloria. Emails exchanged and deciding that this might be fun Gloria decides to recreate herself by going to the gym, watching her carbs and becoming the old Gloria again.

As the emails continue we learn more about their mutual friends that are alive and some that have past, as the natural order would be for them to finally meet. Thinking that Mickey is separated from his wife and possibly getting divorced did not deter their relationship from progressing. Feeling confident in herself Gloria shares some information about her past, the limitations her parents placed on her when deciding where to vacation and helping him to reunite over the phone with an old friend before she died.

Creating family albums, playing bridge seems to fill until something changes. Sharing his illness with her and hoping that she would learn more about him and his life, which he shares in several more emails. But, what is his real reason for connecting? What does Mickey really want as the author brings to light the situation in Haiti and why South Florida was being flooded with Haitian immigrants one whom would start a chain of events that would send Gloria in many different directions? Teaching was her vocation and she decides to volunteer to help the adults that came here learn English. One student named Henri Betencourt becomes more than just someone that she is teaching. A rare connection and a definite romantic feeling engulf Gloria whenever she sees this man. Torn between two men she fights with her emotions but both in a sense win out. Following her home from the library where she is working with these students the author only shares her relationship with Henri and we learn little about the other students. As Mickey reenters and shares his family problems with Gloria you begin to wonder whether he is really separated, still very much married and what his status will be in the future. Henri seems taken with Gloria as she becomes more engulfed and engaged with the problems in Haiti, the lack of supplies, food, medicine, schools, funds and thinks heat up between her and Henri but will his family accept her when she meets them?

Mickey seems to disappear at times and the communication between them stops. Gambler, soccer player and businessman and builder, Mickey seems to want her back in her life but does he? Henri leaves for Haiti hoping that Gloria will eventually follow as she comes up with a plan to get materials to build schools in that country and hopes that she can make a difference in the lives of the children living there.

Picture the rubble, the devastation, the poor living conditions, the lack of food, medicine, hospitals, schools and the effects of an earthquake as Gloria decides to meet Henri in Haiti and a whole new life for her begins. With the help of Henri’s brother Dr. Peter Betencourt the ball gets rolling, the supplies are going to be sent and arrangements made for her to arrive in Haiti. But, what does Henri really want from her? What is his real motive? Emails from Henri declaring his feelings for Gloria, articles about his cousin Michelle sworn in as the temporary President, Gloria is about to learn the true meaning of lies, betrayals, and deceit and eventually we hope love.

Poker tournaments, busy winning money and a revolution in Haiti all are now part of the lives of these two men that Gloria cannot seem to live without. As you read this novel the author did extensive research into the lives of the people in Haiti, the result of the earthquake and does a great profile of a gambler. But, Haiti had many businesses that flourished before they were destroyed as Gloria meets many of the students that she is teaching, a young nurse named Nadine and learns a harsh truth about Henri and a young girl named Lucia. Volunteers in Haiti some experiencing their own heroic moment, some went back to care for their families, others were just glad to be alive. But, when two worlds meet as one watch what happens. As Gloria becomes more involved with getting the right supplies, hoping to get tents and be able to create a schoolhouse and classrooms for these children, two men come face to face and then Gloria learns more from just a few conversations and a harsh reality sets in about their true motives towards her and for Haiti.
Enter Senator Lance Carter and the playing field is increased. Gloria realizes that Mickey’s arrival in Haiti is not just to see her and reconnect but also to get closer with Henri and hopefully forge a profitable financial alliance with him. Love for profit and greed you might say but what will Gloria do? Will she remain in Haiti and help the children even though many of the older boys are looking for jobs and might not be there to assist her? What about the nurse that is being sent to work somewhere else? What happens next will change things drastically as one young girl’s life is on the line and Gloria learns as she barks orders to find Henri, Mickey’s true colors come shining through. But, her mind was on the young girl as Lance Carter’s email gets to her and now another romance just might begin. Knowing that she is supposed to be in Washington D.C. Testimony before the house subcommittee on Haiti, there are subtle hints that this Senator might be number three.

The violence in Haiti is real. The people are up in arms and are protesting about the lack of food, doctors and homes. Axes, machetes and guns pointed and the end result you have to hear for yourself as Mickey addresses these people. Hear their words. Listen to their chants, as Gloria’s mind is Senator Lance. As Henri confesses his real motives for his country, the death of a young girl, Gloria realizes just how little she might have meant to him and something within her snaps. Guilt, remorse and a man whose primary focus is his country. One woman and two men who claimed to care for her. Will she finally let go of both of them as the author brings to light what happens when you want to believe but you might need to raise the rose colored glasses for some clear ones.

A Congressional hearing before the House Appropriations Committee would bring the situation in Haiti to light and Gloria front and center with not only Mickey but someone close to him too. Mickey an independent contractor. Lance a state senator and head of the relief committee and Henri an ex-patriot and housing minister. Revelations are made, discussions about funding discussed, her future on the line and major decisions to be made as author Janet Kleinman leaves readers wondering about which man she will choose. Where will her life be? Flirting with Disaster: Haiti is dealing with her own. Henri, Lance, Mickey: when you learn more about each one and read their stories if you were on the dating game which contestant would you choose: Number One: Mickey: Two: Henri or Three: Lance?

But, first revisit Haiti and read the Florida newspapers and understand the frustration of the people when the government failed to live up to what they promised and adequate housing never happened. The pictures of many homeless people living in tents and shacks were vividly described as the story comes to a close. As Lance learns more about her work in Haiti and they visit the many sites that she worked in he learns more about Henri, his new position and Mickey. What finally happens to Mickey and did he keep his promises to himself to create businesses in Haiti that he and the government would profit from?

An ending so explosive that you won’t see it coming and story that will bring smiles to your face and tears to your eyes when you read the conclusion. Flirting With Disaster an adult romance with a touch of class.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

Monday, May 12, 2014

Interview with Lisa S. Roberts, children's author - The Writing Mama Show on BlogTalkRadio

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on writing, what makes a good book and much more.

This weeks guest is Lisa S. Roberts, author of a 29-book adventure for children, middle school age.
Back to the Basics with Aydan & Addy – “Leadership with Abraham Lincoln” (Tate Publishing) kicks off this series, which is both historical and magical, with leadership mentor, President Abraham Lincoln.
The series features best friends, Aydan and Addy, being led by a different Spiritual Mentor in each magical adventure.

Tremendous research has gone into each book, with Roberts studying the actual lives and historical legacy of the “spirit mentors” in each book.

“There are so many challenges we face in America today, and life in general,” the author says. “I thought for a long time about the importance of getting back to basics and teaching some fundamental values to children through a series of fun and adventurous stories.”

The character Aydan is modeled after Roberts’ own young grandson and Addy is named for the granddaughter of a family friend.

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   Aydan and Addy / P.O. Box 485 / Liberty Hill, Texas 78642

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Friday, May 9, 2014

May 9th The Paranormal Hour

On this week's episode of The Paranormal Hour, hosts Willow Cross and Tracee Ford welcome  Alicia Sparks  to the show.   Tune in Friday Night May 9 at - 10PM EST, 9PM CST 8PM MT 7PM PST

On this week's episode of The Paranormal Hour, hosts Willow Cross and Tracee Ford welcome author, psychic adviser, and paranormal investigator Alicia Sparks. Ms. Sparks hales from Louisiana and is an incredibly gifted psychic.  She will be giving us a live reading as well as sharing her paranormal adventures!

The phone lines and chat room will be open for your calls and questions!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 8th Book Discussion With Host Fran Lewis

Book discussion on Thursday May 8 at 4PM EST 3PMCST  and your host Fran Lewis welcomes bestselling author of Killer Nurse JohnFoxjohn. Hired to save the lives of her patients Kimberly Clark Saenz a well liked nurse took the lives of many. Former Homicide Detective JohnFoxjohn joins me to discuss the case, the investigation and what led up to many startling discoveries.

Join me in the chat room. Fran Lewis: editor of MJ Magazine
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Have fun every Tuesday at 6 PM PST 7 PM MT  8 PM CST  9 PM EST with Marsha Casper Cook on A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY.

Join Marsha and her co host Elizabeth Black on Tuesday night May 6 at 9PM EST 8PM CST  as they welcome Zoey Sweete, Cindy White,Williadine Angel Darcy, Sabrina Samples and Algernon Gedgrave  from Phoenix Fire Publishing.

Kelly Abell from Select- O - Grafix will be our special guest on our marketing segment.
It's going to be a great show so listen live and if you have questions or want to talk to one of the authors please feel free to call in (714) 242-5259

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Discussion: Fran Lewis

Please join Fran Lewis Thursday May 1 at 4PM EST 3PM CST on Book Discussion. Her guest this week is Best Selling Author Brian Freeman. Brian is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride series set in Duluth. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages.

His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award in 2006 and was a nominee for the Edgar®, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. IMMORAL was also named an International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world and appeared as a Main Selection in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His sixth novel THE BONE HOUSE was a finalist for Best Audiobook of the Year in Thriller/Suspense. He is also a three-time finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, including his most recent novel THE COLD NOWHERE.

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The Paranormal Hour with Willow Cross and Tracee Ford

On this week's episode of The Paranormal Hour, hosts Willow Cross and Tracee Ford welcome Isobelle Cate to the show.  Ms. Cate is an author and moonlights as a paranormal investigator.  This is sure to be a spooky show!  Tune in at 8 PM EST, 9 PM Central, and 10 PM PST.  The phone lines and chat room will be open for your calls and questions.

Guest Bio:
Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend.
Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

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