October 30, 2009
It’s hard to believe that it will soon be November. Trick or treaters will herald the last hours of October and then we’ll fall back into daylight standard time. But besides rainy, dark days, November also brings National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s more affectionately called. There’s lots of great information at the website.
This year marks the first time I will kind of sort of be participating. I’m not really writing a novel, so I’m not signing up for the official festivities. It’s more like an inspiring goal setting opportunity for me to actually get lots of words on the page in November.
But plenty of other authors will be officially taking part of NaNoWriMo, and this year, there’s also a young adult novel writing contest that anyone 13 and over can enter. Here’s a bit of information about the contest:
“Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its first Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents!
If you’ve written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel using the form below. There’s no entry fee or purchase requirement.” Click here to find out the rest of the story and to see the entry form.
October 29, 2009
Mary Jo Campbell is hosting me at Writers Inspired, which is a great place for writers to find encouragement. I’m talking about how good readers make great writers, and how discussing books helps writing too. Comment on the post for a chance to win a copy of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs.
October 28, 2009
Woohoo! I was blown away reading the new review for Book by Book from Booking Mama, who’s focusing on mother-daughter book clubs all week.
Julie at Booking Mama may be a little biased since she’s quoted in Book by Book, but her words are sincere and thorough, and they help readers know what to expect when they pick up my guide to creating mother-daughter book clubs. I believe the advice I gave in the book is stronger because moms in book clubs all over the country contributed stories about their own experiences and thoughts about what has been successful or not in their groups. Connecting with moms like Julie was one of the most enjoyable parts of working on my book, because it was fun to see how so many people can take one concept—creating a mother-daughter book club—and turn it into their own unique experience.
Don’t forget to visit Booking Mama by Monday, November 2 and enter the drawing to win a copy of my book plus five sets of three Heather Vogel Frederick novels: The Mother-Daughter Book Club, Much Ado About Anne and Dear Pen Pal.
October 26, 2009
If you’ve ever felt pressured to pick the perfect read for your book club, particularly for the intergenerational challenges of a mother-daughter book clubs, you may want to check out my guest post at Booking Mama.
Here’s an excerpt:
“You would think that choosing books for my book clubs would be easy for me. After all, I’m in two long-running mother-daughter book clubs—one that’s been meeting for eight years and the other for five—and I blog about books at motherdaughterbookclub.wordpress.com. Yet deciding what everyone else is going to read for the next book club selection can sometimes be paralyzing. I want to find the perfect book, the one that will appeal to both the moms and girls in my group. The one my daughter will want to read as much as I do. The one we’ll call our favorite for years to come.
That’s a pretty tall order. Especially when you’re choosing books that will appeal to two generations. The good news is that there are a lot of books out there that are good reads for both the older and the younger set. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you search for them.” Continue reading….
Booking Mama is featuring mother-daughter book clubs all week, and she’ll be giving away two copies of my guidebook—Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs—along with five complete sets of Heather Vogel Frederick‘s mother-daughter book club novels called The Mother-Daughter Book Club, Much Ado About Anne and Dear Pen Pal. It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in starting a new club.
I’ve been following Booking Mama for a little over a year now, and I really like the candid book reviews she gives. I feel very fortunate that she’s featuring my book, Heather’s books, and mother-daughter book clubs all week. Stop by each day to take a look.
October 23, 2009
I just found out about a program Sears is promoting this month for readers. It’s called Keep America Reading, and it offers online shoppers a credit that’s equal to the price of the book they buy. Two catches that I can see: the book purchased has to be one of the ten Sears is featuring, and the online purchase must be over $45.
Still, the featured books are all by well known authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, John Grisham, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Patterson. And the book doesn’t have to have been purchased at Sears.com. The retailer is also offering credit for books purchased at Target.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out.
October 22, 2009
Ever since she nearly drowned in a storm that took the lives of the rest of her family, Kyna has had a crippling fear of the water. Only three when she was rescued by the couple who became her adoptive parents, Kyna has spent the seven years since then learning to take water steps—small victories that help her get over her anxiety from even simple things like washing her hands.
Mem and Pep, Kyna’s adoptive parents, are patient with her, supporting her efforts and always there to encourage every new water step she takes. But Kyna is dismayed when they book a house by a lake for the summer. Don’t they know she’s not ready to take that big of a step yet?
Despite Kyna’s determination to stay as far away from the lake as possible while she explores the forest instead, she finds herself longing to overcome her fears once and for all so she can stop the limitations she puts on herself.
Don’t be put off by what may be a gloomy-sounding premise: Water Steps by A. LaFaye is delightful to read. Kyna has experienced so much pain and loss, but she’s surrounded by love and hopefulness too. Just as Kyna’s adoptive parents fill her with stories of magical creatures from their native Ireland—silkies, fairies and leprechauns—her story has a hint of magic as well. You’ll find yourself cheering for Kyna with every water step she takes. And you’ll love the Irish myths woven into the story along with a little bit of mystery too.
Good discussion points for mother-daughter book clubs reading Water Steps include overcoming fears, friendship, acceptance, patience and courage. Recommended for book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12.
Read on to find out more about A. LaFaye in a mother-daughter book club author interview.
October 21, 2009
I’m often asked when I find the time to read, or how do my kids find the time to read. I’ve never quite been able to convey the priority that reading has in my life, so I was delighted to see a recent blog post from Mother Reader on the topic. Check out what she has to say about reading for yourself, reading for your kids, reading with your kids and more.