Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm back from vacation.

Never really announced around here that I was going or when I was coming back, but I believe the folks knew over at TPR. But here I am and school has already begun for the kiddos and the garden is bursting at the seams, so I am off running.  Where do you think I have left my writing?

Just to recap quickly: went on some beautiful hikes on Mount Rainer in Washington State (see below).

Josh and I have a long history of the self-portrait--some are better than others.
This is right before my hat blew off and on to the snowfield where we were too scared to go and get it. Look closely and you will see my son was less than thrilled. 

Before that I was in northern Minnesota doing the quintessential Minnesota cabin thing.

Before that I was in the little known Voyagers National Park boating with very good friends.
I miss my hat.

Saw a plethora of sisters (one of my sisters remained back home with the dog). Saw many favorite cousins (some of mine and some of my childrens'). All in real life, which for many of us is a rarity. All in all it was a perfect escape from virtuality to reality -- lots of stone, water and snow and family --  now I return to keyboards and screens and folks I am counting on to get me working again.

Help me!

Hello all! Really looking forward to face time at TPR. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bargain Good eBook: get it while it's hot!

Anita's new middle grade mystery goes on sale today. Her last kid's ebook, EARTHLING HERO was a fast paced and fun read. TODAY she has a second kids' ebook, A SCARY GOOD BOOK, available! Based on her sample of it (available to read here), it's gonna be even better than the first. And you got to admit the time is right. You can put it on your eReader in seconds flat. Right before you head out on that car trip, and it's bound to be a book the whole family can enjoy! 

You know the price is right too. At $.99, this book pays for itself with the first couple of paragraphs (although they are technically free if you check out that link above). I love the voice as it introduces us to Hannah's misery. The tension in these sentences is palpable as we wait for the narrator to tell us why, unfolding detail after detail, delaying our gratification even as elucidating us to Hannah's life. Satisfying and titillating at the same time. This promises to be a well-written and interesting good book!

Read the description below or click over to Anita's blog and give it a try!

 Twelve-year-old Hannah Stone tells everyone she’s “okay,” but that’s a total lie. Two years ago her dad was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The detective in charge of the case never found the driver, but he somehow managed to get Hannah’s mom to fall in love with him. The jerk. And speaking of love, Hannah’s developed a major crush on Ollie Ortega—he’s her best friend and the only one she can talk to—a crush on Ollie is so not a good idea.

Also not a good idea? Searching for a missing person with no help from the police. But that’s exactly what Hannah does when she finds messages in library books—underlined words that point her in the direction of someone who needs her.

And, suddenly, Hannah’s even further from okay. She breaks into a library, gets caught in a kidnapper’s web, and is stalked by her dad’s killer, all in an effort to save a life…but can she save herself, too?