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The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Where are the authors from?

All 3 authors, Amy White, Mark H. Pulham, and Dallin Blankenship are currently in Utah.

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Mark H. Pulham

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Dallin Blankenship

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Amy if you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

There are two people that I would love to spend some time with — Aristotle and/or Albert Einstein — oh for a time machine!

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be? What food would you serve?

I think Kevin (the blue monster on the back cover) would be my dinner companion of choice. I’m certain he would share my love of chocolates.

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On the other hand, I must warn anyone wanting dinner with a certain single-toothed old lady (bottom right, pg 81), she’s a bit hard of hearing, won’t take no for an answer, and is known for her Hairy Toe stew.

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If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

Oh, I’d definitely have the Commander (found on the back of the title page) take me to realms and worlds unknown.

Describe your dream writing spot.

Oh, to dream!  My spot is in a warm and bright open-to-the-air Hawaiian seaside room with a resting couch, the walls filled with my library of reference books, stocked with my favorite office supplies, a never-fail computer, and ever full-of-ink printer.

How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

I wondered myself at times. More than anything, you need to understand why you want to write a book. Deadlines come and go. Complications multiply like rabbits, despair looms menacingly on an almost daily basis, but what keeps you going is that goal, that deep down inside you reason to not just ‘want’ to write, but the ‘need’ to have written.

What is the name of your book?

Dressing the Naked Hand: The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Give us a back blurb of your book

Created by a team of master puppet builders and performers, Dressing the Naked Hand is the go-to manual for all things puppet. With workshops on stuffets, hand puppets, advanced puppets, stages, acting, voices, and much more, it’s the world’s most comprehensive puppetry guide–ever!

What genre is it?

Non-fiction How-to / Crafting

What kind of research did you do for this book?

After years of being a children’s librarian, and years watching Mark’s puppet shows entertain hundreds of kids and adults, I finally convinced him to teach me puppetry. I also joined the Utah Puppetry Arts Guild, attended guild workshops, and dedicated myself to learning from every expert I could find.

Additionally, in the final months of creating images and editing, I realized, for this particular image-heavy and image-specific book, I’d need to teach myself Adobe Photoshop. That was a learning curve!

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

Puppetry is a hobby–a beloved, obsessive hobby–for each of us. This curtails our performance and workshop opportunities. We traditionally perform in June at the Orem Library’s Teddy Bear Picnic; on Labor Day weekend at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; and the 3rd week of December at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Outside of those venues, Dallin and Mark do commission work for Imagine Learning, and Amy lectures on script and text analysis, as well as non-fiction at writing conferences such as Life the Universe and Everything (LTUE.net), World Horror Con 2016 (WHC2016.org), and Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR.com)

Updated information can be found on the DTNH website at http://dressingthenakedhand.com/

Where can we find your books? 

Wherever books are sold–

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Naked-Hand-Book-DVD/dp/1938301137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451504961&sr=8-1&keywords=dressing+the+naked+hand

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dressing-the-naked-hand-amy-white/1121708200

Direct for the Publisher- Familius

https://www.familius.com/dressing-the-naked-hand

Climb your own personal mount Everest, it will change your world.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Today we have Jeff Griffin, Author & Speaker visiting our blog.

Jeff, how long have you been writing? This is my first book!  I started it in 2004 and published it this summer

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in cache valley Utah in God’s country!  I currently live in West Jordan Utah

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?   (more…)

A Conversations with Mother Goddess?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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The contest:

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About the author:

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Natalie Kawai is a Spiritual Teacher and Guide. Born on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, she now lives in Hawaii. Clairaudient from birth, she has always been haunted by the mysteries of life, why we are here, and our role in the universe. Moved by her intense desire always to go deeper in understanding the whys of the whys, she found the voice of the Great Mother of Creation twelve years ago. Since then, she has studied relentlessly with the Supreme Being in a constant and intense dialogue. This practice led her to understand why a gulf still exists between our divinity and our humanity. Under the Great Mother of Creations’ guidance, she founded LST™—Light Speed Transmutation— a radical system to restore our lost consciousness and drive out the last part of our ego.

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Genre – Self Help

Back cover blurb:

Buried in our soul forever, there is a piece of us that has not as yet been activated. That piece is (more…)

Missionary Possible… Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Missionary Possible (Preparations tip from new testament heroes)  the new book by Eric Rigby is out.

SYNOPSIS:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, starts with you and the scriptures. Learn how ordinary people became extraordinary and how their stories can build your testimony and prepare you for serving the Lord. Funny and full of practical ideas you can use, this book is perfect for teens and young adults as it leads them through the scriptures and solidifies their testimonies and preparedness.

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AUTHOR BIO:

ERIC RIGBY finished his first book in the second grade. It was called The Holey Street and centered on the attempts of each student in his class as they tried to cross a street pockmarked with supernatural sinkholes (none survived). He has made great strides in storytelling since then. He and his wife are the proud parents of two sons and currently live in Utah. You can learn more about his upcoming creative projects at at www.ericrigby.com.

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To get the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Missionary-Possible-Preparation-Testament-Heroes/dp/1462116345

The Paleo Cardiologist is not a Band-Aid fix of the conventional medicine

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Dr. Jack Wolfson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was the
first osteopathic physician at the Cleveland Clinic. The family moved to
Chicago where Dr. Wolfson was raised and did all of his training. He
received his B.S. in Biology from The University of Illinois with dreams
of following in his father’s footsteps. He then enrolled at Midwestern
University for his medical school training. He did a subsequent
three-year residency in Internal Medicine and three year fellowship in
Cardiology. In his final year, Dr. Wolfson was appointed Chief Fellow.
After
finishing his training, Dr. Wolfson moved to Arizona in 2002. He joined
a large cardiology group and was elected as a senior partner in 2006.
After years of angiograms, pacemakers, and other procedures, Dr. Wolfson
met the woman who opened his eyes to the wellness paradigm. Dr. Jack
and Dr. Heather now practice as The Drs. Wolfson.In 2012, Dr.
Wolfson opened his own private practice with the idea of providing
patients in-depth information about their health and the risks and
benefits of all treatments. The focus is to use nutrition,
evidence-based supplements, chemical avoidance, exercise, and relaxation
to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Patients seek his
consultation from all over the world.The Drs. Wolfson have two
beautiful boys and live in Arizona. They have a rescue lab-mix named
Sal. They love to hike and bike as a family. They are active soccer
parents. The family eats organic food, grass-fed meats, and wild
seafood. Both boys were born at home and breastfed for over three years.
The Drs. Wolfson practice attachment parenting and co-sleep with their
boys.

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Can Moms live guilt free?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Amy, what is your typical day like?

Mine is not the day of a full-time author, but rather of a full-time mom (of a small army).  My day begins with some qi gong and stretching, followed by meditation, then pondering my day over a mug of hot lemon water.  Depending on how much sleep I got the night before, I might eat and get ready for my day next, but with a new baby – school time can often find me still in my pjs.  I am currently homeschooling five of my children, with one preschooler, one infant and two graduated and on their own.  Regardless of the subject, we do a lot of reading – together or alone.  I answer questions, discuss assignments, put out fires, and keep everyone off the fridge.

School time is over by 1 pm where we all grab a quick bite, then I (more…)

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lisa, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where I still reside

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What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s best how I can communicate. I can say things better with words than I can verbally

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

12 years because I never thought that I was good enough.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Friends because I would have NEVER thought of it on my own

What is the title of your book?

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

 

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? How do you put the pieces of a shattered heart back together again; is it even possible? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the pain of never feeling love from anyone, Lisa Y. Sparrow reveals the most intimate of details of her life in the hopes that someone is freed from their own prison of mental illness.

What genre does your book fall under?

Mental health

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

That mental illness is truly an illness and not a death sentence and to find a good support network

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

That this is a very open and candid book about the life of a mentally ill woman

Where can we find your book?

http://www.amazon.com/His-Eye-Sparrow-Lisa-Y/dp/0988625938/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427931785&sr=1-4&keywords=his+eye+is+on+the+sparrow

What do you mean The Urban Bike Story?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Michael, what makes you passionate about writing?
That depends a bit on what I am writing! For my Urban Bike books, I think the passion comes from just believing in the subject. Bikes don’t pollute, they help you stay healthier and they let you be “out there” with your fellow humans even as they get you back and forth to work or just down to grab a few things from the local store! My passion comes from believing in that subject so much that I want to share it with others!
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Do you have a writing routine?
Yes, my writing routine has changed once or twice, and might change again for 2015. I have plans to really get serious about the amount of work I publish this year so my current routine might need to change a bit to meet those expectations.
So right now, Because I commute to work on public transportation and/or by bike, I have found that for me, the Ipad is my best friend! It allows me to read relevant books, blogs or other articles wherever I happen to be. It also allows me to write most anywhere! Some writers complain about writers block or taking a while to “get into” the story. I understand that, but  also believe if you create a routine, weather that’s just writing at a certain time every day, when you do that a few times, you train your brain that her, it’s time to get to work! I find it very easy now as soon as I open that Ipad in a coffee shop or better yet in a quiet corner of the smithsonian, (What a great writing room right?) My brain is pretty much ready to go!

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Sugarbabies and Feel Better for the New Year?

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Sugarbabies” and “The Feel Better Book” by Andi E. Golub

What is your typical day like? My days are generally very long and varied. After taking care of my own cats and my boarding cats at CatNurse Cottage, I often go out and do house calls for pets needing in-home nursing care. If the weather is good when I return home, I often sneak in some gardening (even in the winter!) and finally settle down to try and write for an hour or two in the late afternoons.

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Do you write with music or not? Always, although sometimes it takes me a while to find exactly what fits my musical mood. (more…)

U Turn, God Turns a inspiring book

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

U TURN, GOD TURNS by Michael Vincent Robinson a review forReadersFavorite.com

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This is the spiritual awakening of the author and not only his rebirth unto the things of God, but the acknowledge of God’s hand through out his life. It is a great journey where we are exposed to the choices, good and bad made by the author on his way to the light and God. This book is an inspiration to help us understand our value in God’s eyes and to help us to change and become what God has for us in faith and love. (more…)

How to Write a Book Review?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A review is a personal view of the story you have just read. Author’s love reviews; they sell books. So consider writing a review every time you read a book.

Always start with something good about the story.

Things like: “It is an interesting story” or “Quite fascinating reading,” even, “I couldn’t put it down,” will work well.

Always respect the creativity and the time the author took to write the book.

Never say that you would have done the book this or that way. If that is how you feel, then write your own book. (more…)

Artist Name: ALBEDO

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Composer: Doug Clyde an Interview

Doug, when did you first know you wanted to be a Music Composer and how long have you been writing music?

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Back at the beginning of High School my plan was to major in Astronomy and minor in music, but slowly over time they switched places. I’ve loved astronomy since I was 6 years old, and I didn’t start playing a musical instrument until I was 9. I started making up songs on my parents Casio keyboard around the same age, but it was all for my own entertainment. I didn’t start seriously composing until 2002, and that’s when I starting to consider making it a career.

A child prodigy…very nice. What makes you passionate about writing music?
The passion is always there, I’m not sure what causes it. Possibly hearing the music of great composers and wanting to emulate them. Personally, I like to try many different things with my music.  (more…)

We are talking about behavioral skills: fighting, bullying, listening, and obeying

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Paulette Harper is visiting today.

Paulette, give me a brief Bio of you, and a short synopsis or snippet of your last book published.

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author, speaker and ordained Elder. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  She writes both Christian Fiction, Non-Fiction and children’s books.  She resides in Northern, California.

Princess Nevaeh

Six year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is. She will soon learn that her wish to be a princess takes a little bit more than just asking. Lessons on self-discovery are taught by her Mimi who makes her understand that being a princess takes work.

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Lessons taught in Princess Nevaeh: (more…)

Attention Book Reviewers … This One is for You

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Post by Tristi Pinkston in her blog: http://tristipinkston.blogspot.com/2014/11/attention-book-reviewers-this-ones-for.html

Today I’m going to address an issue that seems to be taking over the Internet and causing some real outward ripples. I’m talking about bad book reviews.

Now, I don’t mean reviews that say things like, “This book wasn’t for me” or “I didn’t enjoy it” or “I never felt connected to the characters.” Reviewers don’t have to like everything they read – if they did, what would be the point of having reviews? If every author everywhere got nothing but five stars all the time, the buyer wouldn’t have any basis to go from, and we might as well do away with reviews altogether.

I’m talking about the book reviews that slam and hurt and demean. I’ve seen reviewers say that authors should give up, that they never should have even put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, in today’s world), and any number of other hurtful things – including “This author is too stupid to live.”

Let’s pause for just a second and think (more…)

How I healed bipolar disorder without drugs?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

BOOK SYNOPSIS

MISSION IMPROBABLE: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder without Drugs

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Deborah Fryer, a native of Yorkshire, England, struggled with bipolar disorder for 49 years, and could never figure out what was wrong with her.

Abused severely as a child by her mentally ill mother, Deborah was depressed and lonely in her big family. She suffered paralyzing (more…)

What does THE CHICKEN CATCHERS and WRITING FOR REAL-WORLD REASON have in common?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
 the author…Mary-Ann Duke 🙂

Where are you from, Mary-Ann?

I am a native Floridian. I currently live in Sarasota, FL

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I  like Florida. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

If I could time travel, I’d go to Jerusalem in Jesus’ time to meet him.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

If I could have dinner with any of my characters, it’d be Victoria Scarlett Jones and Jimbo Bean. I’d serve chicken and dumplings.

If you could travel anywhere on earth or off, where would you go?

I’d visit the Great Wall of China. (I’ve already visited the pyramids of Egypt.)

Describe your dream writing spot.

My dream writing spot would be high up (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed. 

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

It is simple, be a guest on someone else’s blog or have a guest on your blog. Especially when your book is coming out. You can always find an author or someone extraordinary to swap interviews with. You want to choose those with many followers, but a little is exposure too.

Follow other’s blog before you ask them for an interview. It is good form. Follow people relevant to what you want to promote, i.e. if you promote books befriend some authors and a lot of readers.

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Where to follow them? Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, goodreads, shelfari, but mostly on their blogs. Why follow them? Do unto others what you would like done to you. Help them and they will help you. (more…)

Christy Monson’s Family Talk, blog tour is up and running

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Christy, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?

I was born in Medford, Oregon, but I now live in Ogden, Utah.

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Hi neighbor! What makes you passionate about writing?

I love writing. It’s my way to relax, escape from the stresses of daily life, and put the things I’m passionate about down on paper.

Amen to that… How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I finished the first draft of the manuscript in about 8 months.

Good job. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
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Interview and Blog Tours Do’s and Don’ts

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As authors we have the great opportunity to be interviewed, have someone highlight us, or do a blog tour for us. It amazes me how many authors have no idea of the proper etiquette for such occasions. That is why I wrote this article with some Do’s and Don’ts about it. It doesn’t look professional when you do not know what you are doing. It could also cut your chances to be invited back to that blog again. And thinking about it, who doesn’t need a bit of free promotion?

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First lets talk about Do’s: (more…)

What is a blog tour, and what can it do for you?

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

What is a blog tour, you asked. And what can it do for you?

A blog tour is a promotional technique, where you get a bunch of people to do a post for you about your new book. The news and tidbits about your new book travels for you while you remain in the comfort of your own home. Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, the entire planet is just a click away from your book.

A blog tour when you hand-pick host blogs to do a post for you. Ideally you would want to find those blogs that are in the same genre and age group that your book is. A lot of times, though, reality sets in and you get any bloggers that you can get yours hand on.

Some posts will  feature you and your book in some way. A book review is perfect, but many bloggers don’t have a lot of time to read your book so offer them different options to pick from. An author interview is great. You can do one interview on your own and have it ready for them, or have them send you their questions. All this depend on the blog’s specialty and the host will tell you what they want from you.

Now, you pick a week or two or even three to have all of them pick a date to post about you and your new book. It doesn’t matter if more than one picks the same date, although your goal should be to have a continual stream of blogs. Make sure you visit their posts to make sure your post to thanks them and to see if the post is up and to answer any questions in the comment box.

Also you can add a free ebook, or paperback for a price, to the nicest comment in all the posts or offer one ebook for each post. Asked the winner to do a review for you.

For more etiquette  on what to do when you are asked to be a visitor in someone’s blog post keep and eye on next month’s blog. Happy writing to you.

Anna is the author of high fantasy books for YA and Children. More about her work: http://www.annadelc.com