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Join me and 23 other authors at Inside Story on Sunday, December 2, presented by SCBWI, Seattle Public Library, and Secret Garden Books. Twenty-four local authors and illustrators will fascinate you with 2-minute, lightning-fast stories behind their new books, which span from board books to young adult.
There will be trivia questions, prizes, the chance to meet local authors and illustrators, and an opportunity to cross some book lovers off your holiday shopping list!
Secret Garden Bookshop will provide books for sale by this amazing lineup:
Jennifer K Mann
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan
Lisa L. Owens
Karen S. Robbins
Laurie Ann Thompson
On Veterans Day, 26 people came out to learn about Dickensen Academy and my road to publication. According to the bookstore, that was a huge number of attendees for a Sunday night, especially in the middle of a three-day weekend.
The book will be on sale near the register in the "Recent Events" section until early December.
Title: Indie Author Night
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Brick & Mortar Books
7430 164th Ave NE Suite B105
Redmond, WA 98052
Join me and 17 other local author for Indie Author Night at Brick and Mortar Books in Redmond. It promises to be a lot of fun with author/illustrator Dana Sullivan as the host. Come ready to answer author trivia and win free books.
Join me to celebrate the release of my debut novel. I will give a short presentation about the book and my road to publication. Bring your questions for a Q&A session. There will be light snacks, prizes, and giveaways.
For more details or to register for the event, click here: REGISTER
My book release coincides perfectly with this year's Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. On Friday night, I will be signing my books along with dozens of other northwest authors. Scary, but exciting.
The signing event is open to the public, and it's free. I'd love it if you stopped by to support me. Plus, you will have a chance to meet many other authors.
Let me know if you plan to attend, so I can look for you.
Now that Dickensen Academy has finished with the big edits, I have shifted much of my time to creating and implementing a marketing plan.
It's a whole new world as I learn about the hundreds of ways I can promote my book. Some free and some with a huge price tag. Of course, I can't do everything, so I'm trying to prioritize as well as spend some time each week editing my work in process and re-reading Dickensen Academy now in a PDF version to make make sure it looks good they way it is laid out on the pages. Until this point it has been in Word.
Back to updating my website. And then time to take Ruby for a walk.
I am in the process of revamping this website. As of now, I’m keeping this Blog Page up but am not actively blogging for a couple reasons.
1 – I need to decide the best focus of this blog.
2 - My writing time is being stretched between working with The Wild Rose Press to get Dickensen Academy ready for print, editing my work in progress, critiquing other’s works, and preparing to market my book when it comes out later this year.
I am continuing to read as much as I can. I am currently reading Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Cabello. Learning lots! I anticipate it will be a five-star rating. J
I regularly post my reviews on Goodreads but currently am not finding the time for the more detailed reviews on this blog. Check out my ratings at Christine at Goodreads. If you like them, please send me a friend request.
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I apologize for not posting as regularly to this blog as I used to. Most of this year I have been busy drafting my second book and am now well into the editing phase.
I’m continuing to read as much as I can. I am a member of two book clubs, and we read a variety of genres. Plus, as a Young Adult author, I am constantly reading YA to improve my writing, and as a mother, I am always on the lookout for MG and YA books for my children to read.
I regularly post my reviews on Goodreads but currently am not finding the time for the more detailed reviews on this blog.Check out my ratings and reviews at Christine at Goodreads. If you like them, please send me a friend request.
Thank you for reading this post.
Author: Cynthia Lord
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: 197 pages
Twelve-year old Catherine simply wants her life to be normal. But normal is challenging when you have an autistic brother. This summer a girl is moving in next door, so hopefully they can become friends, if her brother David doesn’t find a way to ruin it like he does for everything in her life. Catherine has created a list of rules for David so he can learn to behave normally, and just as importantly, allow Catherine not to be embarrassed.
Unexpectedly Catherine meets Jason in the waiting room of David’s speech therapist. Jason is wheelchair bound and communicates by pointing at pictures in his speech journal. What starts as drawing special word cards for Jason, so he can talk like a normal teen, leads to a special friendship. Meanwhile, Catherine is taking tentative steps towards a friendship with her new neighbor, Kristi. But when Kristi suggests that Catherine invite Jason to a dance, Catherine needs to decide what to do because she has not had the guts to tell Kristi of Jason’s special needs. And bringing a boy in a wheelchair to a dance is not exactly normal in Catherine’s eyes.
This is a book I had a hard time putting down. (The same held true for my twelve year old daughter.) The characters were so real, particularly Catherine and Jason. Nothing earth shattering occurred in the book, but I still had to know what happened next. I believe it was because Catherine’s struggle to fit in and be normal is something that so many pre-teens (and even adults) face.
The book was written in first person, which helps bring the reader into Catherine’s world. We feel her struggle as she tries to figure out what to do: the right thing or the normal thing.
I am a member of two book clubs, and we read a variety of genres. Plus, as a Young Adult author, I am constantly reading YA and MG books to improve my writing, and as a mother, I am always on the lookout for books for my children to read.
If you would like to read more of my reviews, check out my ratings at Christine at Goodreads. If you like them, please send me a friend request.
Thank you for reading this post.
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