NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to other authors you can explore!

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My gratitude to fellow author, Hazel Nutt, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Hazel and her books.

Hazel Nutt – http://www.HazelNutt.com

In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

The Little Ant

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

Good question! It all started when I wanted to find a book to read with my daughter that would also teach her something.

3: What genre does your book come under?
It is a Children’s picture book.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Abigail Breslin would be perfect as the little ant. She always plays a quirky but loveable character.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The little ant went exploring to the park.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
This is a self-published book.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was so much fun writing this that it took only 2 months to get it out there.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would say I Love You! and Goodnight Moon.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My daughter.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is a children’s picture book that has a learning component to it. The book is constructed in such a way that it allows the young readers to learn new words through repetition.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books! Happy Writing and Reading!

Ty Patterson : Blog: http://pattersonty.wordpress.com

Jill Sanders: Blog: http://www.prideseries.com/blog.html

Book Review – Leandra’s Enchanted Flute by Katy Huth Jones

Sometimes the magic lies within.

This is a fantasy tale filled with talking birds an enchanted flute and a world that is dying. The main character Lee Ann (Leandra) has just survived chemo and her cancer is in remission when she gets called into this world. This is an easy story to follow for the young readers. What I like about the book is how it compares cancer to things tweens or teenagers could relate to. The story itself is absorbing and the characters are interesting. I like that Lee Ann although physically weak is portrayed as a strong character capable of defending a world.

I would give this book four stars and caution the readers of the content. I think it is appropriate for tweens/ teenagers and particularly if someone is dealing with cancer on any level. Another subtle message of the book is how our world is connected. There is evil in many forms but if we are strong then we have a way of fighting it. The author is a cancer survivor and the reader can definitely see some of what she went through in her own personal journey.

The story did leave me with an incomplete feeling. Even if a book is part of a series I like to see some closure. This book does have an ending but perhaps its not the ending I was looking for! I sure hope Katy continues Leandra’s journey so that eventually I get my ending!

Author Interview – Roberta Capizzi

Today I want to share with you my interview with Roberta Capizzi, the author of “The Melody in our Heart”.

1) Tell us about yourself- where are you from? What do you like to write?
Well, I was born and still live in Italy, although I’ve wanted to move out for a while. I did live for a few months in Ireland, in 2003 but then I’ve had to come home for some family problems and I haven’t been able to leave since, although I’m still planning on moving out of the country some time in the near future. I like writing romance. I tried to write a chick-lit novella and it was fun, but I prefer romance – happy ending and all.

2) What prompted you to start writing?
Well, I’ve always been an avid reader and I’ve always loved losing myself in other people’s lives and worlds. When I saw that reality wasn’t just as fun, I decided to write my own. And also because I wanted to write stories that I wanted to read and nobody had written so far.

3) What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like reading romance (it comes as a surprise, doesn’t it?), but I also like chick-lit. I’ve recently discovered a few fantasy authors I like, although fantasy and paranormal are not really my favorite genre and I’ll only be reading stories with a romance in it anyway 🙂 My favorite authors are Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy and Nicholas Sparks. I also like Sophie Kinsella and Ali McNamara in the chick-lit genre.

4) What inspires you to write?
Anything, really. I love daydreaming. I’m probably THE biggest daydreamer in the world. I hear line in a song, I see an ad on TV or a person in a mall and I start fantasizing in my mind, creating a story. I also get inspiration from my dreams – I dream a lot and when I do remember them in the morning, I write down some notes if the dream was interesting enough to become a novel.

5) What made you self-publish? Would you recommend that to other aspiring authors?
Well, I obviously tried the traditional route first, but I got quite frustrated when I got rejections – I think every writer knows the feeling and how much it hurt. I was on the verge of giving up, because I thought my writing wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t meant to be a writer; but then I discovered the indie world, thanks to a self-published novel I read and loved and when I understood that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get a contract but had a story to tell, and that it was actually easy enough to do it, I jumped at the chance and decided to self-publish.

6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process? Easiest?
Well, the most difficult part for me is letting go of my characters and story, I really find it hard to write “The End”. If I had to listen to what I call “the writing bug” inside my head, my novels would probably be a million words long. Editing and cutting are also hard tasks.
The easiest part? Well, writing down all the stories in my mind! That’s extremely easy for me, and fun of course.

7) Tell us about your book. Where can our readers find it?
My debut novel is a contemporary romance, but the main theme (apart from the love story, of course) is the importance of friendship. In the story, Valerie and Ryan have been best friends since their adolescence in Ireland, but after they move to Boston to go to college, things gradually change all around them, only their friendship remains unchanged and gets them through the tough times. When Ryan turns into an international Jazz star, Valerie fears their friendship will fade because of his success and of her long shifts as a surgeon, but no matter how hectic their lives become, their friendship keeps growing stronger. Until Ryan has a bad car accident and is brought into the ER, and Valerie fears she will lose him
forever. I won’t tell you how it ends though 🙂
It is currently available on Amazon, as paperback and ebook, as well as on Createspace.

8) Who is your favorite character in your book? Why?
Ooh, tough question. I can’t really pick a favorite character, because they’re all my babies! It’s like asking a mother who’s her favorite child. Each character has something special, and they’re all dear to me in their own special way. Obviously I always end up falling in love with the male characters I create, but I guess that’s normal, isn’t it? Or maybe not…

9) How can the readers contact you?
I do. I have a blog where I promote my writing, but I also try to help other indie authors: http://robertasdreamworld.wordpress.com

You can also find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobertasDreamworld
On Twitter: @Sligoroo

And on Goodreads: Roberta Capizzi
Please do stop by and get in touch with me! I love to connect with other readers and authors!

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Book Review: A Father’s Wish – Christine Corretti

King Big Bear is about the animals in Germany set several hundred years ago. The kind and benevolent king of that kingdom is Big Bear. Despite having all the wealth and devotion of the animals, Big Bear isn’t happy. He discovers that having a baby animal would help him be happy and he adopts a young wolf cub. The adventure that follows is filled with a magical wizard and lots of forest animals.

Here’s what I like about the book: it has two very important messages. The first is about adoption and this is from a parent’s perspective. It portrays all the love that a parent has for the adopted child. The second is about cruelty to animals and how it is not okay in any form. I think both points are well conveyed in this classic fairy tale-esque format.

I would recommend this book for children 7-8 years of age and older since there is some death and killing involved. I would also make the same age recommendation since this does talk about the parent’s perspective towards adoption and the loneliness one can feel without a child/ cub. Overall, I would give it four stars out of five. It is a great starter book when trying to introduce adoption or animal rights to a child.

Book Review: Gifts to Our Children – Merry Mary

Gifts to our children is about just that, the gifts that we choose to give to our children. It is more about the attitudes we teach them, consciously or subconsciously. The author tries to explain her point of view through instances in her own life. It is a really interesting perspective as a lot of it is about life far away from the United States.

Mary speaks from experience but the tone of the book starts to lean towards being preachy. I find that I disagree with a few of her view points as well. However, one must recognize that parenting is such a personal choice that there really is no one size fits all.

I would say read this book with an open mind as the underlying message is beautiful. I like the concept and even if I don’t agree with everything in the book; I do find myself analyzing what I would like to pass on to my daughter. I believe that was the main purpose of the book: to make the reader realize how a child learns.

” Children learn by what they see. What you live is what you give.”

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