Archive for the ‘Children’ Category

Children’s author Karl Beckstrand, Winner: 2016 International Book Award

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Karl, welcome to my blog
Thank you, Anna
Tell us where you were born
San Jose, CA
Beautiful place. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Taking time to market books!
Amen to that, my friend. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Having time to write and getting my first publishing contract. (Reviews are a great help too!)
Great! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It came to me after I’d visited many schools and observed no curriculum on earning a living.
How interesting… What is the name of your new book?
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
Intriguing… Tell us more about it. 
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches the value of work and comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources (for ages 5 and up). 8.5″x8.5″, 26 pages, 530 words. I did some of the illustrations too.
Wow, that sounds awesome. What genre does your book fall under?
I’m marketing it to children, but I’m also going to put it under business books.
Here are my thoughts about the book
What an entertaining bookThe Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. Most kids don’t know how to use their money or lack ideas and motivations to find and do something real to better themselves and their future. This book will help with this task. I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. They are many adults who have no idea what to do with their future either, and this book will give them a little taste of reality. Great job Karl Beckstrand.
Where can we find your book?
Thank you!

Wally the Warm Weather Penguin

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

***** Stars review for Stephanie M. Ward and illustrated by Vanessa Landin

Wally the Warm Weather Penguin by Stephanie M. Ward, illustrated by Vanessa Landin, is a cute book full of warm colors. It has the nicest drawings I have seen. It will warm your heart to read the story and your hand to sift through its colorful pages. It is a book your children and teachers will love to have for their own. It would be a great gift for someone you love dearly. It has a great lesson on how to follow your dreams and make them come true.


Wally is a penguin that loves the cold place where he lives, but he is always cold there. The snow is wonderful, but he wants to be warm and feel the sun on his body, quite unlike other penguins. He uses a hat, mittens and boots to keep warm and he would like to get rid of them once and for all. He dreams of warm places, and one day he hears about an island that is all he wishes for. He travels to the Galapagos Islands and loves it there from the very beginning.

Wally is a very nice book in which the pages are full of rhymes that will feel very natural and fun. Each page explores different animals, crustaceans, birds and more that live in the Galapagos Islands. The colorful pictures will attract little as well as big eyes from children and their parents alike. It is a great book for a trip or just to stay at home with by the fire. It is nicely done both by the author and the illustrator.

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Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

My Review:

Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp is a very interesting tale of a girl who is not wanted by her foster family. Her foster siblings have abused her and their mother blames her for everything her kids do. Tired of the power struggles with the girl, she sells her to an institution that promotes slavery. The reader will follow along as she learns how to survive in her new setting and share the struggles she goes through.


I really enjoyed the story because it was quite different from anything out there right now; the setting, the voice and the story. Though, it was a bit slow for me. All in all; the book is clean, has a good story, good characters and will be loved by readers of all ages–especially middle graders. It will be a good addition to any library or home.

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The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A Review:

Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age. She has a normal family that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings.

The series is composed of short stories divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life.


Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age, which is also pretty much like girls that age. She has a normal family, mom, dad, that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings. Every day is a new adventure and a new page in her life.


The series is composed of short books divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life. Is a great reading for girls ten to twelve.

Things like snakebite, school dealings, life at home, birthday, boys, etc. are present on the pages.


I believe many girls around ten to twelve years old will like this series. They will connect with Cassandra, the main character, and see themselves between the pages of her stories. It will bring many hours of reading and peace to parents during the summer. Great job.

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Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words by Karl Beckstrand

My review:

I have never seen a book without words before, especially for children. Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words by Karl Bertrand is just that. It has colorful pictures on every page but you have to give meaning to the art there. There are so many possibilities that you could read the same book many times and change the story line each time.


If you ask me, I think that every page could be a different story but then I have been accused of a huge imagination before. Either way, I think that this book could be one of your favorites as a parent and your children’s favorite. You could even have your kids make up stories for you. Comprehension, vocabulary and many other skill needed in life could be learned and practiced with this book. It provides a win win situation for all involved. As such it can become a great tool for elementary teachers everywhere.

Great idea, Karl Berckstrand.

Link to buy the book:


multicultural/multilingual children’s books… Oh my…

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

International publisher/speaker Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning author of fifteen books and more than 40 online titles (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, California, USA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a film certificate from Film A. Academy. Two publishers produced his early titles; since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, radio, and TV broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college and contrasts traditional publishing with digital publishing (in English or Spanish). His e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with pronunciation guide), and app feature diverse characters and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand’s multicultural work has appeared in: Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Border’s Books, Brodart, Costco, Deseret Book, EBSCO, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kindle/Amazon, Kobo, Mackin, Overdrive, Quality Books, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, and Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Amazon, Twitter, and

                                                                                    Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC


Sizzle Quote: His first publisher passed away the day his first book was to print (or: How technology is turning publishing on its head)

How long have you been writing? Since 1991. I began writing by accident (I didn’t used to like to write). Stories just kept coming to me.


Online Ebook Sale presents: Emerine’s Nightmare

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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Emerine’s Nightmare By Anna del C. Dye

Regular Price $2.99

Bargain Price $1.99

Blurb: What would you do if one night, life as you know it changes and you are left alone in despair? That is how Emerine’s nightmare starts and now all he does is run.

His family lived at the edge of the forest until dark shadows killed them all. Now they want him, and so does a magic tree. He has never seen dark shadows or enchanted trees before. Emerine has to get to the heart of Red Forest, to the fairy people. Only then he will be safe. Safe? He has never heard of fairies before and once he gets there what?

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Who’s Who and What’s What in Each Category:

(Use links below or use the tabs above to find your favorite books and authors)

Below are all the genres and participating authors.

Rachel Branton, Donna K. Weaver, Tamara Passey, Lindzee Armstrong, Lisa Swinton, Rebecca Talley, Heather Tullis, Taylor Hart, Sariah Wilson
Rachelle J. Christensen, Connie E. Sokol, Ronda Hinrichsen, Annette Lyon
Theresa Sneed, Cheri A Schmidt, Kathleen Marks
Valerie Ipson,  Janette Rallison, Brittney Mulliner, Taylor Hart, Sariah Wilson
Marsha Ward, Nichole Van, Joyce DiPastena
Vicki Hunt Budge, Stacy Lynn Carroll, Lydia Winters, Maria Hoagland, Connie Sokol, Tina Peterson Scott
Anna del C. Dye, Annette Lyon, Tamara Hart Heiner, Loralee Evans, Monique Bucheger
Anna del C. Dye, Andrea Pearson, Julie Wright, Stephanie Fowers
Cami Checketts, Liz Adair,  Rachelle J. Christensen, Theresa Sneed, Janie Marie Hall
Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Connie Sokol, Rachelle J. Christensen, Heather Tullis, Paige Timothy, Jo Noelle, Lindzee Armstrong, Stephanie Connelley Worlton, Ruth Roberts, Candice N. Toone, Laura D. Bastian, Kaye P. Clark, James C. Duckett, Cindy M. Hogan, Donna K. Weaver, Paige Timothy, Kaye P. Clark, Randy Lindsay, Janette Rallison, Stacey Carroll

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An Afterlife Academy–can this be possible?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Frank, how long have you been writing?  I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It has always been something I enjoy and when I’m not writing, I’m fairly difficult to deal with.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in Lexington, Kentucky. I still consider it my home, despite having now lived in Utah for a really long time. Kentucky will always hold a special place in my heart.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? That’s a good question. I think if I really love the idea, it keeps me up at night, I can’t stop talking about it, then I know it should be written. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be published, but that’s not always the end goal. Sometimes you just need (more…)

Guardians III: The Journey Home

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Brad what makes you passionate about writing?

The need to know makes me passionate about writing. I get a story idea in my head and I have to find out (1) if I can tell it well, and (2) what happens between the beginning and the end.


Do you have a writing routine?

Because my regular job puts me behind a computer for eight hours a day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit behind a computer. As a result, my routine consists of waking up by (more…)

What makes Corr Syl Terrible?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Review for readers

Corr Syl the Terrible by Garry Rogers is a very interesting tale about characters that descend from animals who are living with humans on earth. It is quite a great story told more in a narrative way with intermittent dialogue. It is fast paced and treats the reader to a great warrior tale. I keep forgetting this is a pre-teen or a tween’s book. It will be greatly liked both by lovers of animals and warrior fantasies.

The Tsaeb are a warrior group that protects the world from (more…)

Terry Pratchett mixed with Douglas Adams, Wow

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Jared, welcome to my blog. What makes you passionate about writing?

This is probably my most favorite question, which I am asked often. I could talk about how I didn’t read or write until I was rescued by an above average teacher, or I could mention that I have always had the ability to see whole worlds and universes made up in my mind. Really the source of my passion for writing is that I can share my most intimate thoughts and expose my feelings with the world for scrutiny. One day I will pass on, and my children, great grandchildren and so on will be able to open my book and I can share with them a piece of me. I can tell you that I am a champion of people sharing their stories, everyone on the planet has at least one story to share, and if not for the sake of those around them, for the sake of their future generations.



You are so right…Do you have a writing routine?

My writing routine involves me looking at my blank (more…)

Why did G N went on a adventure?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
 Googa Nark by Brian Moos
Brian, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I discovered that I liked to write before I was a teenager.  I never really thought about being an author, per se, I just enjoyed writing.
What makes you passionate about writing?
Whenever I have an idea or concept or picture in my mind, I find myself driven to try and convey it in words.  Sometimes it is a story or sometimes it is just a short poem.  I find myself immersed in the work of finding the right words or using the right form to make the idea come alive on the paper.
What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?


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…)

Children Christmas stories and more

Monday, December 1st, 2014
  • Cheryl Johnson author and artist is visiting my blog.

    Cheryl, how long have you been writing?

    I’ve been creating stories and drawing since I was about ten years old so most of my life. I’m 59 now, and next month I’ll be 60! Still can hardly believe that! I was born in Portland, Maine but grew up in Gorham, Maine. My mom was a third grade school teacher. I wrote my very first books that I published last fall when she was alive,and she used them in her class room. I redid the illustrations digitally but Mom would recognize the pictures.

     How nice. Do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? 
    As for knowing if my idea is good enough for a book, not quite sure how to answer that.I get lots of ideas every day that I know I can turn into really great stories. I’m a little overwhelmed (more…)

The Revenge of Thelma Hill, Halloween chills and thrills by Margot Finke

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Margot, is so nice to meet you. How long have you been writing?

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I have been writing forever—yet only with an eye to publication for about 20 years.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now.

I was born in Bendigo (a gold mining town) in Victoria, Australia, but I grew up in the tropics of Queensland. I married an American, and we came to live in Oregon USA with our three kids, many years ago.

Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

If an idea come to me in the dark (more…)

Sara Fitzgerald author of Magic Within a book highlight

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Magic Within by Sara Fitzgerald


Back cover blurb:

Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate–werewolf or human–is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at thefull of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a
steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?

Champagne book

Magic Within published by
“With the full moon fast approaching Nancy must find the magic within her and save her best friend Josh from becoming a werewolf forever.”

Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane a review

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane a review for readers

Paranormal Properties is a very good ghost story. It is well done, entertaining and interesting. I enjoyed each page and was pleased with the pace of the tale. Tracy Lane did a very good job with the voice of this story. It will become a great favorite of pre-teens and such. This clean and innovative story would do great as a series.


Jake is a peculiar boy, no as much what he is, but who his parents are. His mom is the host, his father the cameraman of the Paranormal Properties online show. He wants his parents to see a ghost so they can become more successful in the show. He is worried that not one takes them seriously. This all changes when he meets Frank, the ghost (more…)

Colin McCool and the Vampire Dwarf by M.D. Massey

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A review for

The author uses a great beginning to start this outstanding story for older children. It will keep you glued to the pages and you’ll forget to breathe a few times. If you like faery people and where they come from…you are going to love this book. It is full of faery lore and information to delight lovers of this genre to no end.


The story is about Colin, who is a thirteen year old kid who lives in a small town name Farmersville.
For the past few months all has appeared to be fabulous and he can’t believe his luck. After all, the year before he had been made fun of, but now he is the star of his baseball team. His best friend, Jesse, is one of the best players there too. Colin is late for his game and crashes into an old man who doesn’t move and who is holding a stone in his hands. With the crash Colin starts seeing some very interesting things. His town is not as others perceive it. It is dirty, and the people look to be in terrible disarray. Nothing seems like it was before the accident. There are many weird and interesting thing and animals all over he never saw before. Is he in a nightmare? What will Collin have to do to save his town, family and friends?

You will find magic, leprechauns, spells and regular folks in this entertaining tale that will be enjoyed by pre-teens and young adults alike. Any future books in this series should also be great feasts for the minds of the young and the young at heart. It is a clean and all-around good story, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.


Tales of the Booga Dooga Land by Deepak Menon

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A review for

Tales of the Booga Dooga Land – The Horus is a very cute story for children and their parents. In it you will find clean wholesome adventures for the whole family. The writing is different, but the tale is very nicely done. This book contains very colorful tales with a great array of drawings to keep the little ones focused. Its pages reveal a great story with the flavor of tales heard on grandma’s lap.


OctoDoll and Pickwick live in Booga Dooga Land and one Sunday afternoon they go on a picnic. They find the perfect spot to have their lunch when the day gets transformed (more…)

Gatito y Mariposa by Aviva Gittle and Illustrated by Tekla Huszár

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A review fro readers

Gatito (which means kitten in Spanish) y Mariposa (which mean Butterfly in Spanish) written by Aviva Gittle and Illustrated by Tekla Huszár is a darling book with beautifully colored drawings that will warm your heart and soul. Your kids will be glued to each page as they follow the story along with you. It is a great visual tool to keep them entertained for a good while and talking about the tale for longer than that.


The story is that of a kitten that meets a butterfly and wants her to be his friend. At first they (more…)