Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Feature-James Gordon

Today we meet James Gordon, a children's author! 
Enjoy our interview and getting to know James. 
And then check out the buy links, and links to connect! 

Hi James, thanks for joining us today! Ready for a grilling?
Here we go! 

Where did you get your inspiration for writing?
 Life experiences are the best subject matter.

What do you see in your future of writing?
 Having Bobo be a household name as well as the author behind him

What genres do you hope to explore more of? 
Children’s Fiction and Hi My Name is Bobo is a step in the right direction.

 Are your characters based on anyone?
 Bobo is based on my life

How did you publish your books? Do you recommend others do this?
 I went through Amazon/CreateaSpace
 If you do not have a traditional author behind you I do.

Tell us a little about you...

     A) Did you always want to write? 
Have been writing since I was in grade school
 B) Do you have a family?
  Yes and a close one
(Mother Brother Daughter and Scooter the Beagle)
C) Do you work besides being an author?
 Yes I am a performer as well.
   D) What kind of hobbies do you enjoy? 
Video games, comic books reading cycling
  E) Do you have pets?
 Scooter the Beagle is my sibling.

    F) What is the most embarrassing thing you have done/participated in? 
                      ----When I was teaching, I slipped from the desk and fell.
   G) What is something humbling you have done and learned from? 
The roar of the crowd from my last performance 
at the Cavalcade of Authors is something I’ve never heard before.
   H) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
 Being recognized as the greatest poet of our time
Silly fun:
1) You just won a million dollars- what do you do first?  
Purchase a Porsche Pananmera

2) You won a trip around the world, but you pick the destinations, 
where are you visiting and why? 
London, France Dubai, Japan, and Maine. 
I’ve chosen these destinations because I have never been,
 and these might be destinations to provide 
experiences to facilitate my writing.

3) Its Halloween...people can find you dressed as? 
Batman the Dark Knight

4) Morning person or night person? 
Both. Afternoons aren't my thing.

5) Favorite cold breakfast food? 
Honey Nut Cheerios

6) Authors have multiple personalities...
what are some of yours, and how do they behave?
           ------ James is modest while G.P.A. is a tad arrogant.

7) Describe yourself using these letters 
James Jocular,
 Mama’s boy,

8) Favorite Drink:
 Chocolate milk

9) Do you like to cook---if so what kinds of food...if not-what do you like to eat? 
I love to grill

10) What is something unique about you? I don’t sleep much.

11) A genie granted you 3 wishes...what are they? 
Good and improved health and wealth for my entire family,
 right the wrongs I have done in my life, and to meet my true love

12) What is your favorite quote in life?
 Whether you like it, don’t like it sit down and
look at it because it is the best thing going today. "Ric Flair"
If you could tell your childhood self some advice for the future-
what would that be?
Be more courageous. Do not run.
Strive to be the best because it’s in you.

If you had to give advice to children out there wanting to 
become an author, aspiring to get their books published... 
what would that be?
 Practice. Read. Practice. Read. Travel. Read.

What is your Favorite book?
 Knight Fall (The Tale of the Battle between Batman and Bane)

2) If you have to give a recommended classics reading list to teens...
what would it contain? 
Catcher in the Rye , Invisible Man, Batman comics, 
Cyrano De Bergerac, and anything by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3) What are your go-to children's books to share with families?  
Hi MY Name is Bobo, Judy Blume  Harry Potter

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Getting to know Einstein and Moo with Jen Milius!

Jen Milius and the Einstein and Moo Children’s Book Series

 Lets meet introduce the two main characters 
and real life kitties – Einstein and Moo. 
Einstein is a flirty, nosey cat with some white around his mouth 
and very white whiskers, thus how he got his name. 
 He is quite talkative and will talk even more when it is close 
to mealtime; sometimes, he will play fetch. Moo is short for Mooshu,
 the name of the little sidekick in Disney’s Mulan,
 although this Mooshu is more like the second sidekick in Mulan 
named Cricket who is sweet and gentle. My Moo squeaks 
more than meows, and she loves to climb in your lap and snuggle for hours. 

Einstein & Moo and the Quest for the Catnip is the latest release 
from the Einstein and Moo children’s book series, 
which is about two black-and-white, brother and sister kitties 
that are playful, curious, friendly and have many interesting adventures.
 Einstein & Moo and the Quest for the Catnip is book three within the series 
and is about Einstein and Moo’s favorite treat, a green leafy plant called catnip. It grows outside, and even though they are indoor kitties, they want to find a way to get outside and have some. This may mean that they have to be creative and help each other, but to them, the treat is worth it! I was inspired to write about our kitties because of my love for animals, storytelling, children, and books. To me, when someone shares a book with a child, they share an act of love. So for this particular book, I was inspired by how much Einstein and Moo love the fresh catnip that my family grows in a little pot on our back porch. When they do get to have some, the kitties get the same amount of leaves; however, Moo receives her portion all at once and Einstein receives his one at a time, otherwise he will inhale his portion and all of Moo’s too!

 The first two books of the Einstein and Moo series are Einstein and the Leaf and Moo and the Case of the Mistaken Identity, and coming soon will be a coloring book based on the series.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Introducing Saoirse O'Mara, Children's Author

Saoirse O'Mara is a freelance writer of children's and YA fantasy. 

She lives in Germany with her sweetheart and works as freelance editor,

 translator, and language teacher whenever she isn't writing.

"I first started writing when I had figured out how to build words

 out of these weird shapes we call letters. My probably strongest 
memory of an early written piece is from fourth grade, when

My next strong memory, and my first finalized manuscript, 

was an adventure book for children, similar to those by Enid Blyton--
my strongest influence back then and my favorite writer for a long time. 
I simply loved her Famous Five and Adventure series, among others.
 I wrote that manuscript when I was twelve or thirteen, and
 completely revised and rewrote it again with sixteen. 
It's still sitting on my shelf and on my hard-drive,
 and I think apart from my mom, no one has ever read it. 
It's nothing to show around (I'm sure my writing style back then was awful), 
but it is certainly something to be proud of. I started 

and finished a complete manuscript.
I don't remember when I started reading fantasy

 but it must have been pretty early on. 
With twelve, I read my first book in English (I'm a German native)--
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, followed by
 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...and then Lord of the Rings. 
Yes, I went from a children's book to High Fantasy 
with lots of difficult-to-read descriptions. To be honest, 
I'm still not sure I actually understood all of the story 
and scenery, but I managed to read through the whole trilogy
 and was hooked enough that I bought 
and read The Hobbit a year later during a vacation in London."

 I wrote a short theatre play that was almost shown at a school festival.
 I don't remember anymore what prevented the show, 
but I still remember clearly how we practiced for weeks in our breaks.

Introducing the books!! 

 5 - 10  K - 4
Benji loses his parents in a car accident
 and is sent to live with his grandparents in Ireland.
 The problem: He has never met them before, 
and he doesn't speak English. 
Life in his new home is miserable for him 
until he meets some of Ireland's mystical inhabitants and things change.... 

"The Enchanted Garden" is a modern fairy tale for young and old.
Buy here-only $1.99... The Enchanted Garden

 10 - 18  4 - 12
You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law.... 
Govin had no clue how much his life would change 
when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. 
A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure
 he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, 
and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life.
 And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch…. 
"Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work.
 The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, 
smart eyes and a cute little nose. ‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she's a thief. 
She might've grown up to become a beauty,
 but I doubt she'll live long enough. 
The streets are rough, and the prison's even rougher.’ Govin felt a pang of guilt." 
Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. 
Their first meeting doesn't bode well, 
but when faced with the choice to save themselves 
or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other.
 Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. 
Will they trust the right persons? 
Buy here- only $0.99 The Lost Diadem

 10 - 18  4 - 12
Things have changed since Govin and Tayla
 solved the mystery of the lost diadem.
 Tayla is no longer living in the streets,
 and Govin has a new mentor. Life could finally be good. 
But looming danger forces them to abandon their ordinary
 lives once again to get to the root of a mystery.
Only this time, the whole city of Davon is at stake.... 

“‘What does that mean for us?’ Govin asked. 
‘You have to be very careful. At this point, 
the High Mage doesn’t know whom of his teachers
 and mages he can still trust, and neither should you.
 Trust no one, do you understand? It could cost your life. 
I’m sorry that I have to send you on such a dangerous mission, 
but you two are the only ones I can send in disguise.
 The safety of Davon and the surrounding lands 
could depend on your success. Be careful.’” 

Follow Tayla and Govin into the Mage Guild of Davon, 
where strange things are happening at night. 
Is it just a prank of novices, 
or is one of the mages preparing for a dark ritual?
Buy here-only $2.99 Trouble in the Mage Guild

 10 - 18  4 - 12
Imagine you witness a murder but have no clue
 who the man was, or why he had to die. Imagine you 
stumble into a rat's nest of piracy and greed and put 
your own life at stake for the sake of justice. 
Imagine you don't know who you can still trust.... 
"No matter how she looked at it, she ended up with far too many suspects. 
How should she ever get to the bottom of the attack 
and the murder if almost half the harbour population had a motive?" 
Tayla would have never dreamed that her day off might end so terribly--
or that Govin wouldn't find time to help her when she needs him. 
Yet she decides that justice can't wait, and she follows her heart
 to right a wrong that happened in front of her eyes. 
Despite the dangers involved, her resolve stays strong. 
But who can she trust when the web of greed 
and intrigue threatens to ensnare her?
Buy here-Only $2.99 Pirates, Pirates

 10 - 18  4 - 12
$4.99 on Amazon...

 2 - 5  P - K

Kathi the squirrel, a delightful young girl; 
she dreams of adventure, grows wings that will send her,
 up high in the air to see things everywhere. 

This is a rhyming story for children 
who love adventures, animals, and exploring.
Buy here-Only $0.99 Kathi the Flying Squirrel

Sometimes, fate strikes without warning. 
All that is left is to either adapt to the new circumstances 
or to falter and succumb to one's sorrow. What would you do? 
Dedicated to Michelle Devon.
Buy now for only $0.99- Unexpected Turn

Saoirse also has a series of "help" books. 

You can find more of Saoirse's reads 
on her Amazon Author Page at: