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1. Life in Publishing: Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far

Hello Pub Crawlers! I’ve put off writing this post as long as I could, because I’ve just had so much fun with you all over the years! From the wonderful conversations we’ve had in the comments, to the smart and thoughtful questions that prompted many of my posts, I’ve learned a lot in the time I’ve spent as a part of this wonderful group.  I mean, there aren’t many places on the internet where you actually should read the comments! But all good things must come to an end, and it’s time for me to say my goodbyes. By way of saying farewell and thank you, I thought I’d follow in the footsteps of Alex Bracken, and share with you a few things I’ve learned so far in my publishing journey — some solid, concrete tips, and a few that are less so, but just as important!

1. Take care of your back. I’m serious! This is one of my most heartfelt, and least heeded pieces of advice! Put any group of authors in a room, and pretty soon you’ll find at least a couple discussing back stretches, standing desks and physical therapists. There’s a reason for this. Keep up your core strength, make sure you have a good chair and good posture while you’re writing, and pause regularly to stretch. If you can try a standing desk, go for it. This one really matters!

2. Take care of your tech. While we’re being practical, let’s add this one to the list! Put a password on your phone–your contacts may hold numbers that the owners might not want shared. Your email will hold manuscripts that the owners absolutely won’t want shared. Back up your computer regularly. Back up your computer. Back up your computer. (Click here for some suggestions on how, and check out the comments for lots more ideas.)

3. Think before you speak. To put this one really bluntly: don’t gossip. I don’t want to be a downer, and I’m not saying you should never talk about the industry, and I’m not saying you should never vent to friends, of course. You’re human. But don’t carry stories around, especially if they’re less than complimentary. For a start, you have no idea if they’re true (and there’s ALWAYS more to the story than you know), and if nothing else, you’ll get a rep! Now, writing is a solo sport, and needing to vent and debrief is totally normal. So here’s what you do: find a couple of friends you truly trust, and trust them with the stuff you need to discuss, wonder about, get off your chest or analyse. That’s healthy, normal and helpful, and you won’t be sorry you did it later. Gossiping with the whole world works about as well as it would in any workplace!

4. Cultivate a life. No matter what stage you’re at in your writing journey, you need things that will make you happy outside the writing world — tying your happiness to writing and publishing only is dangerous. Whether it’s time with your kids, your weekly game of basketball, making time to attend that BBQ on the weekend, make sure you do it. It will help with perspective more than anything can. Getting away to your day job doesn’t count, if every minute you’re not there, you’re writing. Leisure activities will help you relax, work more efficiently, and remind you that there’s life away from your computer. Sunshine and fresh air are good for you! Laughing and the company of friends–good for you. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Writing is a long career, and you need to make sure you’re resting under a tree along the way, tortoise style.

5. Just do the work. Don’t talk about doing the work more than you do it. Don’t tweet about doing the work more than you do it. Don’t play endless games on your computer, then later feel you’ve had a long day because you were at your screen the whole time. If you have to unplug the router, do that. If you have to install a program to block the internet, do that. In the end, all that platform-building, networking and sky writing will mean nothing if you didn’t get the words on the page. And most of all, don’t just nod in agreement to this point — pause and think about what concrete steps you can take to make sure you really do the work!

6. Stop comparing. It will kill you. It will kill your creativity. It will make you jealous. It will make you sad. It will make you angry. And you’ll probably be wrong! To paraphrase a Louis CK quote I’ve always liked: “Never look into your neighbour’s bowl, unless you’re checking they’ve got enough.” Every minute you spend wishing you had someone else’s agent, book deal, marketing plan, tour, fancy embossed ARCs, foil cover, panel appearance, etc is a moment you could spend doing something that’s good for you. You also have no idea what’s going on for them. Perhaps they have the agent of your dreams, and it isn’t working out at all. Perhaps they have the book deal you always wanted, and it was the wrong decision for them. Perhaps they got the panel appearance you’d love, but didn’t get the support they needed to organise a bumper launch party in their home town, and they’d trade with you any day. Even if this isn’t the case, envy will eat you up. Someone else’s success is not your failure. Every reader who enjoys a book is just looking for the next book to read. A rising tide lifts all ships.

7. Have fun! For my last piece of advice, I’m going to echo the very wise Alex Bracken — publication is just one day of your journey, and the rest of the trip takes a long, long time. So make sure you enjoy yourself! Read great books, take joy in your writing, enjoy your friends and your community. Thanks for all our time together, and here’s to everything you’re yet to write!

 

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2. Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio García Sánchez, RL: 2

Something that I adore and deeply appreciate about TOON Books is the attention to detail that goes into each book. Of course the writing and illustrations are exemplary. The packaging is superb, from the trim size to the recognizable TOON wallpaper pattern that appears on the spine to the way that the books look so wonderful lined up on the shelf. TOON Books are so visually appealing and

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3. 2 Nonfiction Picture Books

I am looking for more informational picture books to read aloud early in the school year. I am looking for books that might spark some notebook writing as we launch writing notebooks. I found 2 that I think will work out great for this early in the year.


A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers About a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page
The premise of this book is that if a chicken followed you home, what would you wonder? Each page spread focuses on one of those questions and then gives readers an answer about chickens in general and then about the specific chicken that is following you home. This is a great Q and A format and it will also be good to talk about wonderings and questions you have throughout the day or about specific topics.  I love Robin Page's work and she is an author I want my students to know.


I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton is one that will make kid laugh. The author hates spiders and is trying to love them. But she just wants to squish them (and she does squish a few). But as she learns more about spiders, she starts to realize they aren't so bad. A fun way to learn about spiders and a fun type of writing to try in notebooks early in the year, I think.

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4. Review: The Texas Wildcatter’s Baby by Cathy Gillen Thacker

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Continuing my Harlequin marathon, I discovered that the library has Harlequin bundles in their collection.  BUNDLES! Of HARLEQUINS!  It’s like being a kid in a candy store after hours, with no supervision and nobody to tell you to STOP gorging yourself with all of that yummy candy!  This discovery is the equivalent of finding King Tut’s tomb, so forgive me as I gleefully consume as many Harlequins as I can. Every day I read until my EYES BLEED!

Getting back to the topic at hand:  I borrowed the March 2014 American Romance bundle because it was actually available for check out.  These bundles are very popular, and I am on wait lists for about 4 others.  I love the opportunity to read new to me authors, because when I pick single issue titles, I go by authors I have already read, or a brief perusal of the blurb.  I don’t even look at that with the bundles.  I just start at the beginning and work my way to the end.  I have yet to encounter a title I disliked so much that I didn’t want to finish it, and it’s been fun just reading for the sake reading. 

As it turns out, I have read Cathy Gillen Thacker a few times before.  Each title has been a solid read.  The Texas Wildcatter’s Baby featured a great hero, but I had some trouble with Ginger, the heroine.  She is fearful of being betrayed after an unhappy marriage, so she has become super independent.  When she learns that she’s pregnant after a night with her serial hook-up Rand, she’s momentarily panic-stricken.  She is bidding on the biggest oil drilling project of her career, and she only has one shot to get it right.  This is a make it or break it moment for her fledging business.  Now that she’s pregnant, she’s afraid of how it will impact her career.  The oil business is dominated by men, and after her husband’s company humored her ambitions to build a career for herself, she’s afraid of anything that will make her look weak before the competition.

With a plan in mind, she confronts Rand with the news.  Then she proposes a temporary marriage to him, just until the baby is born.  It will be better for her business if she’s married when the pregnancy is common knowledge.  She also wants Rand to be a part of their baby’s life.  They agree to a quickie wedding at the county courthouse, but things don’t go exactly as they had planned.  Instead, they show up at Rand’s family home, where his family has already learned about the marriage and throws them a surprise wedding party.  It’s also a chance to catch up with a few of Rand’s brothers, who have been featured in other books.

Once they’re married, it’s all about work for Ginger.  She has to nail down her proposal for the oil drilling project, and work comes first for Ginger.  She now has a little one to worry about.  Forget about Rand!  He’ll be fine one his own.  That’s what drove me bonkers about Ginger.  Rand is one of the most perfect romance heroes that I’ve come across, and Ginger is too busy maintaining her independence to figure that out.  He’s kind, protective, and helpful.  What woman wouldn’t give her eyeteeth for a guy who FOLDS laundry??  Or lets her sleep in and catch up on her rest?  The list of his positive qualities is endless, but Ginger turns a blind eye to all of them.

To stir up trouble with the couple, they also have to deal with Ginger’s clingy mother and her devious ex.  Through it all, Rand has her back, and eventually, even Ginger begins to appreciate his presence in her life.  She’s just too afraid of losing her independence to admit it to him, let alone herself, so the grade took a knock because I was so frustrated with her.  It’s not until 4 or 5 pages until the end that she gives in to her feelings and confesses her love, and that was cutting it far too close for me.  Otherwise, this was an enjoyable read.

Grade:  C+

Review copy borrowed from my local library

Love Isn’t Part of the Deal

Ginger Rollins can’t believe she gave in to temptation—again! It’s time for her and Rand McCabe to face the consequences. Never mind that the geological engineer and sexy environmental cowboy are on opposite sides when it comes to the Texas land they both love. Now that she’s pregnant, they have one option.

Rand isn’t used to being proposed to by a woman—especially one as gorgeous as Ginger—but he’s all for getting married. Too bad the independent wildcatter sees their union as a nonnegotiable deal. Doesn’t she know they share more than hot chemistry? How long can he keep his feelings—and their baby—a secret? Rand vowed to love and honor Ginger forever. And it’s a promise he intends to keep….

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5. मेरी गुडिया

मेरी गुडिया

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मेरी गुडिया… मेरी गुडिया, प्यारी गुडिया, गुडिया रानी … पहले बच्ची को इसी नाम से सम्बोधित किया जाता था. किसी से नाम भी पूछ्ना होता था तो यही बोलते थे गुडिया तेरा नाम क्या है पर आज विडम्बना  देखिए  गुडिया कोई नही कहलवाना चाहता क्योकि आज गुडिया के मायने बदल गए हैं आज गुडिया पीडिता निर्भया, ज्योति के नाम से जानी जाती है … यही इसमे दिखाने की कोशिश की है कि मासूम बच्ची को अहसास करवाया जाता है और उसे बता दिया जाता है कि (उस रेप  हादसे के बाद से) जो भी उसे पुकारेगा वो वो गुडिया या निर्भया या पीडिता की पुकारेगा…

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6. Spotlight and Giveaway: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

 

About FRISK ME

After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.

Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava’s doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York’s finest …

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About Lauren Layne

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she’s naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren’s lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan, and currently lives in the Seattle-area. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She’s also a total website nerd and insists you check out laurenlayne.com!

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Ava Sims reached out and gave his arm a smug little pat, either oblivious or indifferent to Luc’s inner turmoil.

“We start Monday. What time do you get to work?”

“Sorry?” he said.

“Your work day. When do you start?”

He shook his head. “Why does it matter? Don’t you just tell me what day and time to show up at your studio?

She rolled her eyes. “We can’t just have three hours worth of face-to-face interviews in cushy chairs. This is an inside look at America’s Hero.”

“Hold on now,” Luc said, his irritation escalating to panic. “Three hours? And America’s what?”

“America’s Hero. It’ll be the name of the series.”

Oh sweet Jesus.

“Now hold the hell on,” he said. “There’s not going to be a series. Just ask me a few questions and be done with it.”

Her grin had gone beyond smug to full out gloating. “It’s already approved. It’ll be a three-hour special, divided up over three nights. Pretty standard.”

“Standard, my ass,” Luc snapped. “How the hell are you going to stretch four minutes of amateur video into three hours?”

Ava gave an expectant look at the captain who cleared his throat nervously before explaining. “Ms. Sims and her team will be shadowing you for a while, Moretti. A day in the life of a New York’s Finest, and all that.”

“Just think, two whole months together!” she said, with a mockingly bright smile meant to annoy him. “Won’t that be fun? You can show me all the lives you’ve saved with those parking tickets.”

Luc was too busy grinding his teeth to reply. Ava dug something out of her purse, slapping it against his chest before sweeping towards the door in her sexy high heels.

“See you on Monday, Officer.”

Luc swallowed against the surge of panic. He couldn’t do this. He wouldn’t do this. It was one thing to be a local hero. Another thing entirely to become a “household names” as Ava had indicated. The last thing Luc needed was an even brighter spotlight on him, shining in places that should remain in the dark forever.

“I don’t like it either,” Brinker said gruffly, displaying a rare perceptiveness. “But I can tell you right now, there’s no point in fighting it. Your father’s replacement made it clear that this was an order. Not a request.”

Fuck. Fuck. If he were Anthony, or even Vincent, he would have pushed back. Would have shoved his principles down Brinker’s throat, superior or not.

But Luc wasn’t his brothers. Luc wasn’t a hotheaded hotshot. And he had far too much respect for the NYPD to pull a tantrum. 

He would do his duty. He always did his duty. With pride.

Still, he couldn’t stop the groan of dread in anticipation of what lay ahead , Luc glanced down at the crumpled piece of paper that Ava had thrust at him. There was a coffee stain in one corner, and something that looked like lipstick smeared across the front, but there was no mistaking what he was looking at.

It was a three-year-old parking ticket. 

She’d never paid it. 

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7. Charming Greeting Card Illustrations by Natalie Adkins

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8. A natural high

Yes, some of it is green and leafy, but it's not that!



I think my best days in the studio start when I allow myself the opportunity to go on a nice walk or bike ride in the morning. I am really lucky to live in an area that's so beautiful. I'm surrounded by wineries and horse farms and there are several trails for me to go and enjoy nearby. Since I usually go alone I try to go at times when I know that there will be other people on the trails. Not that I live in an unsafe area but you just never know.



  A beautiful day never fails to disappoint. There usually are an assortment of runners, joggers, bike riders and walkers out but not to the point of ever being crowded.  One of my favorite spots is White Clay Creek preserve which sprawls across both Pennsylvania and Delaware. There is a parking area on the Pennsylvania side where I live where I can park and avoid the 8$ out of state usage fee if I wanted to start from a different point in Delaware. From my starting point in Pa a walk to the Delaware line on the trail is only about 1 mile. 






The creek is a beautiful site on those God given sunny mornings. I really get inspired by the glistening water and the leaves on the trees and even the shapes of rocks and small plants




 I don't go out and paint them in landscape form the way some artist do but the leaves and flowers and branches and even the people walking turn up in my paintings and pottery sometimes as a motif, sometimes as a realistic design and sometimes as dream like imaginings of exploding flowers all around happy couples in the trail.





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9. Jean Little Library! July 16 at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, Wisconsin

I first became aware of Jennifer Wharton's brilliant book reviews on the Jean Little Library blog a couple years ago, when she mentioned an Ellie McDoodle book and my awesome friend, children's book author Carrie Pearson alerted me.
It occurred to me, why not look up Jennifer's library and see if my travels would bring me near it sometime? And to my utter shock, I was indeed going to be within sketching distance in just a few months.
I attended my agent's retreat in Lake Geneva, and the Jean Little Library isn't more than a pebble toss away.


We drew penguins, owls, Ellie McDoodle, Ben-Ben, dragons, cats, dogs, ... all sorts of stuff.
Here's Ben-Ben:




I like to draw on a document camera and project it onto the wall so people all over the room can join in easily. We were in a big room, and that crowd really filled it up.
One girl gave me a drawing with an impressive use of spirals:



This is my favorite kind of event: connecting with enthusiastic kids. What a great author life I lead.

Thank you SO much, Jennifer and Jean Little Library!

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10. Liz’s Summer Reading Pick

Squish Rabbit

by Katherine Battersby

            Squish Rabbit is a book that is a perfect read for the youngest in your family because sometimes as adults, I guess we forget how big the world can seem when we were young and small. In mind of that, I recently drove slowly down the street where I grew up. It was a revelation. As an adult everything seemed so small. Driveways I roller-skated down as a child seemed unbelievably wide and steep. But as I looked at them that day through adult eyes, the driveways seemed narrow. And as for steepness, there was barely any elevation at all!

            Well here in Katherine Battersby’s Squish Rabbit, Squish is decidedly at that same stage of life when being small and hard to see makes it seem as if life is passing you by. Everyone is busy with grown up things, so even Squish’s stories are ignored. Being lonely, Squish sews a friend literally out of blue plaid cloth but quickly finds this pretend friendship can only fill half the gap. Trees are nice too as potential friends but somehow fall short of expectations.

            How Squish in a moment of pique kicks an apple and finds a friend echoes the moment of discovery for each child when he or she finds someone to share and play with. And when the friendship starts with a rescue, so much the better. Squish is a gentle book for the shy child who longs to join the group but may have trouble getting his feet wet or making the first awkward moves towards, “Wanna be friends?” Squish can definitely help your child bridge the gap.

 

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11. Would You Read It Wednesday - The July Pitch Pick!!!

Greetings, everyone!

I hope you have all had a lovely week since last we met :)

Today, since we're tying things up before the August break, we have the July Pitch Pick but no new pitch, so less work for you! :)

Oh, and of course Something Chocolate to get you fueled up (and rewarded!) for your help!

Let's start with that because... why not? :)  How's this for perfect summer chocolate?

Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon!
Okay.  Possibly a little weird :)  But I'll bet delicious! :)  It has chocolate on it.  How can it not be?

Alrighty!  Here we go on the July Pitch Pick!

#1 Lavanya - How I Made My Baby Sister (PB ages 3-7)
The thing about making a baby sister is, you have to be patient. First, you have to be patient until Mom and Dad realize you have the best idea. Then, you have to be patient for the baby to come out. But hardest of all is being patient while the baby grows big enough to play with you.

#2 Rene - Berr-r-rnice (PB ages 3-5)
Wee Woolly Bear caterpillar is STILL eating even though wintry winds are whipping. Journeying to her hibernation destination through mushy mare meadows proves treacherous. Wee Woolly Bear must persevere and ultimately discovers she's not alone in her troubles. A 390 word story of perseverance and friendship for 3 - 5 year olds.

#3 Kirsten - Stuck In The Muck (PB ages 4-8)
Sir Whiskerson loves kitty facials and paw-dicures. When he comes whisker to whisker with a mangy mutt named Sunny, Whiskerson is desperate to remain pristine. But with Sunny stuck in the muck and sinking, Whiskerson must decide whether doing the right thing is worth a gloppy, sloppy fur coat.

Please choose the pitch you think most deserves a read and comments by editor Erin Molta and vote for it in the poll below by Sunday August 2 at 5 PM EST. Thank you all so much!
July 2015 Pitch Pick
I will miss you all during the next few weeks, but this has been a pretty tough summer so far and I'm afraid I'm going to pretty much disappear from the internet.  Good lord willing and the creek don't rise, I'll see you all on September 9 for the next installment of Would You Read It! :)

Have a wonderful, happy, relaxing, fun-filled, rejuvenating rest of the summer everyone!!!

See you in September! :)


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12. If You Were Me and Lived in … China, by Carole P. Roman | Book Giveaway

Prizes and samples provided by Carole P. Roman The Children’s Book Review | July 29, 2015 Enter to win a complete autographed set of the If You Were Me series, written by award-winning author Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga; including If You Were Me and Lived in … China: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World! […]

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13. The Super-Secret Key To Publishing Success by Erica O'Rourke

We're excited to welcome author Erica O'Rourke to the blog today. Erica's Resonance is the thrilling follow up to Dissonance. Today she's going to share with us the key to becoming a publishing success.


In Which I Reveal The Super-Secret Key To Publishing Success by Erica O'Rourke


As a published author, one of the most common questions I hear is, “Which conferences/classes/websites/resources do you recommend to aspiring authors?”

It’s a list I’m happy to provide. So many people have taught me essential things about the craft and business of writing on my path to publication, and I want to pay it forward.

However.

None of those resources are a magical key that will unlock the door to publication – because there isn’t one. There’s only the real key, and it’s not on any list.

The real key – the single biggest factor that helped me become a published author – was this: I got serious about writing.

If you’d asked me the year before I sold my first book, I would have said, “Yes! I am serious! I belong to a writers’ group, I read lots of books on craft , I attend conferences, I talk to my writer friends all the time! I’m polishing my elevator pitch and follow important people on Twitter! I am super-serious!”

Except… all the books and classes and meetings and writerly coffee dates…weren’t writing. Analyzing episodes of Lost wasn’t adding words to my story. Polishing my pitch wasn’t the same as polishing my own prose.

And then one day, I decided to enter a contest, and it required a full manuscript.

Which I did not have.

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14. Série Noire profile

       Via I'm pointed to Russell Williams' The Série Noire and Social Intervention at the Los Angeles Review of Books, a nice introduction/overview of Gallimard's 'grande collection de romans policiers', their Série Noire.
       And, of course, it would be great to see more of the French works they publish in English translation.

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15. ZIBF

       The Zimbabwe International Book Fair began Monday -- and in The Herald Stanely Mushava reports that Book Fair begins on high note.
       He notes:

Keynote speaker Walter Bgoya, of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers from Tanzania, said there was a lot of nostalgia for the heydays of the book fair outside Zimbabwe.
       No doubt -- but, damn, they certainly managed to spoil a good thing. Here's hoping things are improving again.

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16. To Be Read: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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17. AW15 PREVIEW - paperchase : let's face it

All this week we have been getting a sneak peak preview of the upcoming designs from Paperchase for their Autumn Winter 2015 collections.  Today we have a Japanese style collection for kids and the young at heart called 'Let's Face It'. This fun print merges quirky characters with fruit and foods for a Kawaii effect. Expect to see lots of lunch products such as water bottles, snack boxes, cups,

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18. कलाम को सलाम

कलाम को सलामApJ by Monica gupta

बात परसों रात की है जब मैं टवीटर पर कुछ पोस्ट कर रही थी. अचानक मेरे देखते ही देखते टवीट पर टवीट  होने लगे कलाम साहब की तबियत को लेकर… मैनें उस पर ध्यान इसलिए नही दिया कि कुछ दिनों पहले भी ऐसी अफवाह थी और छतीसगढ की एक 22 july की ये खबर

 

Jharkhand education minister pays floral tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam, pictures go viral | The Indian Express

http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/jharkhand-education-minister-pays-floral-tribute-to-apj-abdul-kalam-pictures-go-viral/Jharkhand Education Minister Neera Yadav has landed into a controversy after she reportedly paid floral tributes to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at an event. The pictures which appeared on a local daily have gone viral on social networking sites.

The pictures, shot during a school event, show the minister offering a garland on a photograph of the former president.

After the pictures went viral, twitterati slammed the minister for the blooper. Here are some of the tweets:

Our beloved, and breathing, Dr Kalam just after a tilak was applied on him by the BJP minister in fond remembrance. pic.twitter.com/70fy9WV9pk               See more…

इस खबर ने बहुत धक्का पहुंचाया. इसके इलावा पहले भी बहुत बार टवीटर पर उनके शीध्र स्वस्थ होने की कामना की गई और ये कहा गया कि वो अस्तपाल मे भर्ती हैं जबकि वो भले चंगे थे…!!

खैर, इसके बाद टीवी चलाया तो स्क्रोल पर चल रहा था कि वो कलाम साहब गम्भीर … शिलांग की खबर थी और सुनते ही सुनते … बस एक ऐसी खबर आ ही गई किसकी भरपाई कभी नही हो सकेगी… खबर थी उनकी मौत की..

फिर खबरों में सुना उनके अंतिम शब्द … धरती को रहने लायक कैसे बनाया जाए … संसद का डेडलाक कैसे खत्म किया जा सकता है वो परेशान थे कि जिस तरह से संसद ठप्प हो जाती है… उनकी मंशा ये थी कि वो आईआईटी  शिलांग के बच्चों से ही इस बारे में विचार लेंगें कि उनकी इस बारे में क्या सोच है…

अब मैं अपनी असली बात पर आती हूं …इन दो दिनों में इतना सब कुछ होने के बाद भी ससंद वासी हंगामा ही करते रहे. बात उस दिन सुबह  की है जिस दिन पंजाब मे आतंकी हमला हुआ था मैने सोचा शायद हमले से कुछ सीख कर चुपचाप सत्र चलने देंगें पर बडे शर्म की बात है कि एक तरफ हमारे जवान पंजाब में आतंकियों का सामना कर रहे थे और  उसी  दिन संसद में हमेशा की तरह तू तू मैं मैं और हो हल्ला होता रहा.  सोचा तो था कि जिस तरह से आतंकवादी हमला पंजाब में हुआ है उसे मद्देनजर रखते हुए शायद मानसून सत्र में कोई हंगामा नही होगा और सत्र चल जाएगा पर खबरों में फिर, एक तरफ सत्र का हंगामा दिखा रहे थे तो दूसरी तरफ आतंकवादी हमले ही तस्वीरे… मन बेहद खिन्न हो गया और कलाम साहब की मानसिक परेशानी जो सत्र के न चलने को लेकर थी काश सांसद उन्हे सच्ची श्रधांजलि यही दें कि सत्र आराम से चलने दे …

एक अन्य बात की धरती को रहने लायक कैसे बनाए…  आज मैं इस बारे में बाहर  बैठ कर सोच रही थी. तभी माली आ गया क्योकि घास बहुत बढ गई थी तो वो उसे काटने लगा. अचानक मैने देखा सामने सडक पर गाय आ रही है मैने सोचा अरे वाह…. आज तो गाय को ताजी ताजी घास खिला देती हूं पुण्य का काम हो जाएगा… इसलिए खूब सारी घास उठाई और गेट के बाहर सडक पर डाल  दी. पहले तो गाय ने  लेफ्ट राईट देखा …फिर अपनी गर्दन झटकते हुए भवें हिलाई  शायद हैरान हो रही होगी क्योकि मैंने कभी उसे घास नही डाली … हा हा यानि कभी कुछ खाने को नही दिया और वैसे भी  सडक पर कुछ भी डालने के हमेशा से ही खिलाफ रही हूं पर उस दिन शायद  मेरा कोई पुण्य जाग उठा था.  उसने घास खाना  शुरु ही किया था कि उसकी चार पांच सहेलियां भी आ गई जिसमें भारी भरकम बैल भी थे. मैने मन ही मन सोचा रे वाह … आज तो सारी घास इन सभी को ही खिला दूगी तो देवी देवता सब प्रसन्न हो जाएगें… माली घास काटता रहा और मैं बाहर डालती रही. कुछ ही पल में बाहर देखा तो मेरी वजह से सारी सडक घास युक्त हो चुकी थी और तो और गाय अपनी सहेलियों समेत सडक के बीचोबीच आसन जमा चुकी थी और  बैल  महाराज जी  तो वहां मजे से  गोबर भी कर रहे थे….  जिस वजह से , शायद नही, यकीनन ही  आने जाने वालो को परेशानी भी हो रही होगी…  एक मोटर साईकिल वाले ने वहां से जाते हुए मुझे ऐसे गुस्से से  देखा मानो कह रहा हो ये क्या हाल बना रखा है … अरे बाप रे ..!!!

मैं टेंशन में आ गई पर भगवान का शुक्र है कि उसी समय  सडक साफ करने वाली जमादारनी आ गई और उसने बची घास  एक किनारे पर रख कर सडक साफ कर दी  तब तक घास भी खत्म हो गई थी और उसने और माली ने मिलकर जानवरों को भगा दिया … उस समय मेरे मन में फिर आया कि धरती रहने लायक तभी बनाई जा सकती है जब हम उसे साफ सुथरा रखेंगें और ऐसे गंदा नही करेंगें भले ही पुण्य का कार्य हो जैसाकि हम हरिद्वार या गंगाजी जा कर करते हैं… वहां अस्थियां बहाते हैं लिफाफे बहाते हैं जिसकी वजह से गंगा व अन्य पावन नदियां प्रदूषित हो रही है…

पुण्य के चक्कर में सडक पर भी बचा खाना फेंक देते हैं जिससे जानवर टूट कर पडते हैं और कई बार हिंसक भी हो जाते हैं और  हमें और सडक पर आने जाने वालो को  नुकसान भी पहंचा सकते हैं

पता नही मेरे यह लिखने की क्या वजह है… है भी या नही पर इतना जरुर है कि धरती रहने लायक तभी बन सकती  है जब वो स्वच्छ हो, साफ हो और  गंदगी से कोसो दूर हो…

 

– BBC

भारत के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति डॉ एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम ने एयरोनॉटिकल इंजीनियर के रूप में अपने करियर की शुरुआत की थी.

वो हिन्दुस्तान की दो बड़ी एजेंसियों डिफ़ेंस रिसर्च एंड डेवलपमेंट ऑर्गेनाइज़ेशन (डीआरडीओ) और इंडियन स्पेस रिसर्च ऑर्गेनाइज़ेशन (इसरो) के प्रमुख रहे थे.

दोनों एजेंसियों में उन्होंने बहुत उम्दा काम किया.

हिन्दुस्तान के पहले रॉकेट एसएलवी-3 को बनाने में उन्होंने अहम भूमिका निभाई. पोलर सैटेलाइट लॉन्च वेहिकल (पीएसएलवी) बनाने में भी उनकी प्रमुख भूमिका थी.

हिन्दुस्तान के पहले मिसाइल पृथ्वी मिसाइल और फिर उसके बाद अग्नि मिसाइल को बनाने में भी डॉक्टर कलाम का अहम योगदान रहा है.

हमें ये भी नहीं भूलना चाहिए कि भारत ने 1998 में जो परमाणु परीक्षण किया था उसमें भी डॉ कलाम की विशिष्ट भूमिका थी. उस समय वो डीआरडीओ के प्रमुख थे. – BBC

कलाम जी के विचार अगर हम सभी( हम सभी यानि की हम सभी… जिसमे नेता भी हों आम आदमी भी हों पुलिस भी हो  और प्रशासन भी हो) अपनी जिंदगी में अपना लेंगें तो शायद इससे अच्छी और सच्ची श्रधांजलि और कोई हो ही नही सकती…

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19. Lucky’s Choice by Jamie Begley Release Blast

 
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LUCKY’S CHOICE
The Last Riders #7
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 29th, 2015
Young Ink Press
 
 
Life dealt him a dead man’s hand.

Lucky had always led a life of service, always putting his life on the line for someone else, managing to survive by pure luck and skill. After bringing an end to a multi-state drug ring, he was finally able to live the life he had wanted as a Last Rider.

A good man would walk away and not touch the curvy woman who had been tugging on his heartstrings. Lucky wasn’t a good man. Therefore, the bad-ass biker in him had a choice: once again become the man he had pretended to be and stake his claim or take the devil’s highway.

Some girls had all the luck.

Willa wasn’t one of them. All she wanted to do was give a home to the children she had made orphans. Instead, she found herself needing help from the man who had left the pulpit behind to embrace a life of sin.

Painfully shy and withdrawn, she wanted a quiet life, a simple man, and well-behaved children. The last thing she had ever expected was for Lucky to want her size twenty body and show her a passion that would lead her straight to hell.


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“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

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$25.00 Amazon eGift Card and Signed Copy of SHADE’S FALL
 
 
LUCKY’S CHOICE
The Last Riders #7
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 29th, 2015
Young Ink Press
 
 
Life dealt him a dead man’s hand.

Lucky had always led a life of service, always putting his life on the line for someone else, managing to survive by pure luck and skill. After bringing an end to a multi-state drug ring, he was finally able to live the life he had wanted as a Last Rider.

A good man would walk away and not touch the curvy woman who had been tugging on his heartstrings. Lucky wasn’t a good man. Therefore, the bad-ass biker in him had a choice: once again become the man he had pretended to be and stake his claim or take the devil’s highway.

Some girls had all the luck.

Willa wasn’t one of them. All she wanted to do was give a home to the children she had made orphans. Instead, she found herself needing help from the man who had left the pulpit behind to embrace a life of sin.

Painfully shy and withdrawn, she wanted a quiet life, a simple man, and well-behaved children. The last thing she had ever expected was for Lucky to want her size twenty body and show her a passion that would lead her straight to hell.


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“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

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20. How One Word Can Impact the Strength of Your Query


When coaching my assistants and other agents on how to approach editors I've always been very particular about word choice. The word "just" has been a pet peeve of mine for a number of years. It's a word I've consciously worked to remove from my vocabulary and a word I've encouraged my team to drop.

Imagine my surprise when I came across this article written about Ellen Petry Leanse and her distaste for the word "just".

I agree with everything she says. Using "just" takes away our power. We're no longer marching into someone's office to tell them we've got something they have to read. We're now slinking in to ask meekly if they think it's worth reading and, frankly, giving them permission to reject it rather than telling them they'd be making a mistake by not reading it.

We are word people, it's our job to embrace the power a single word might have and use it to our advantage. Take a look at some examples of publishing correspondence with or without the word "just." You tell me which is stronger.

Dear Editor:
I'd like to ask if you have just a few minutes to discuss my very important concerns regarding these edits.

Dear Editor:
I'd like set up some time to discuss my very important concerns regarding these edits.

Queries:

I am writing to tell you about the terrific new thriller I've written.
I am just writing to tell you about the terrific new thriller I've written. 

Submissions:
I'm following up on the submission I sent back in January.
I'm just following up on the submission I sent in January. 

Take a look at your query, at all the professional correspondence you have written. Let's work together to eliminate just from our professional vocabulary.

--jhf

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21. If You Were Me and Lived in … China: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World | Dedicated Review

If You Were Me and Lived In … China is an easy read and a fun way to introduce the People’s Republic of China to children.

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22. Prehistoric Times Reviews "Tyrannosaurs"

Prehistoric Times, the magazine of all things dinosaurian, reviewed my recent tutorial video Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art. 


"Jim's new video tutorial gives you front row seats at the creation of two Tyrannosaur paintings for Scientific American magazine, including one. Super talented illustrator James Gurney fully explains his process as he reconstructs two recently discovered relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex, as if you were sitting right there with him. Working closely with scientist Stephen Brusatte, who discovered one of them, he shows his process including thumbnails and color comprehensives. He shows how he uses photos and models, as well as outdoor studies, as he moves ahead to the final oil illustration."

"He explains both his methods and his thinking with an emphasis on the techniques for portraying feather and foliage textures, thereby creating a believable reconstruction of a scene that is imagined based on scientific evidence. Jim Gurney shows how he chooses his colors, what brushes he uses at each stage, and how he prepares his board for painting. The production is packed with information that will fascinate dinosaur artists as well as all other artists. I promise you will be most impressed."

—Mike Fredericks, editor, Prehistoric Times
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Available as an HD download from Gumroad (credit cards) or Sellfy (Paypal).
and as a DVD from the manufacturer Kunaki, or on Amazon.com

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23. Illustration Friday: Nature


Liana the Siren
Music was in her nature.  Just like drawing things in groups of three seems to be in my nature.  I just noticed that.



Here's something I drew for last week's prompt (Treasure) but never got around to posting:



How was your All or Nothing Day???  I hope you were able to accomplish, or at least start, something wonderful.  Thank you so so SO much for sharing my enthusiasm for the book project.  Jeepers, I guess I'm committed now.  I can't very well go back on my word.  We had a health scare in our family last week (all is well now), so I was unable to make huge strides on it.  But here are a few WIP pages to start.  

Several years ago, my kid discovered a glass doorknob in my purse.  (I was renovating a closet door and was intending to take it to a store to find a match.)  She asked me why I kept a doorknob in my purse.  And I replied that it was to open doors, of course.

And that is the start of an adventure....




Because as it so happens, this doorknob has special powers.  It can open doors anywhere.  Even if there is no door there at all.




To be continued.

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24. Round 2 Voting Now Open: Vote for Your Favorite Opening Lines!

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25. New Magnus Chase Series from Rick Riordan

the sword of summerThe First Book in the New Magnus Chase Series Comes Out October 6, 2015!

If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, then Rick Riordan has just solved your problem! He is the author of the Percy Jackson series, and he is writing a NEW series about a NEW demi-god. Get ready to meet Magnus Chase!

Book #1: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, someone else tracks him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years. And also, Magnus’ father was a Norse god.

But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents . . .

DUN DUN DUUUUNN! *dramatic sound effect*

Will you be reading this new series by the author of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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