Posts Tagged ‘children’s books’

Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, she’s convinced she doesn’t belong. 


Forage for food, build shelter, make fire—Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesn’t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before it’s too late? 

 

 

 

Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.) 
 
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, she’s convinced she doesn’t belong. 


Forage for food, build shelter, make fire—Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesn’t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before it’s too late? 

 

 

 

Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.) 
 
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Adrienne, if you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

 

I’d wish that chocolate gave you abs, clothes folded themselves, and that people had furry ears and tails so you could read their emotions.

 

  1. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?

 

A terrace on the Amalfi Coast with a hot Italian guy fanning me and feeding me grapes.

 

  1. Where do you actually write?

 

Usually the kitchen. Often in yoga pants. Always with a dog on my lap.

 

  1. How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

 

It’s getting progressively longer.  I wrote my first novel in two months, my second in about a year, and this one has been three years in the making.  With my family and other exciting publishing projects, I have limited time.  But writing is a passion, and I do it whenever I have a spare second.

 

  1. What are your inspirations?

 

Easy. My family always lifts and inspires me.

 

 

  1. How did you come to write this particular book or series?

 

The idea for this book has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually tried to convince my sister to write it.  She worked for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program in Arizona, as a young adult and had some incredible experiences there.  Yvette has six children and is getting ready to publish her third children’s picture book. I think it was the fourth time I mentioned that she should write this book when she told me I should write it myself.  That was all the permission I needed.

 

High Sierra is a fictional wilderness therapy program loosely based on the Anasazi program, but the hiking takes place in Yosemite.  The characters hike the exact trails that my family traveled on our adventure in 2015 when my husband tore two tendons in his ankle and then insisted on hiking another 20 miles. I’ve poured a lot of myself and my personal struggles and experiences into this book.

 

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

 

Finding time is a huge obstacle for me to overcome as a writer.  Writing a novel over a long period of time presents challenges.  When you write every day, it’s easy to pick up where you left off.  When you’re working on a project for months and years, it’s easy to forget details. I had to do a lot of re-reading to refresh my memory before moving forward.

 

 

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Cancer and a love one… This story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
 Nana and the “c” is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-old’s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmother’s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder. 

The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.

 

 

Thank you so much for your generosity. We’re donating books to hospitals and children’s centers. Anywhere people might benefit from an uplifting story dealing with cancer.

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Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water. 
 
After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

 

Meet the Illustrator:
Wenhai Ma – AmericanChinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.

 

 

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Chocrotes and the World Without Questions by Steve Berkowitz

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A five stars review for readers favorite.com

Chocrotes and the World Without Questions is the most brilliant tale of all times. It is a work of art in teaching children and thus the future generations that questions are good. I loved the story and certainly enjoyed the telling. It is a great book that needs to be in every household throughout the world. It is an excellent tool to teach children that to live is to question, and that there are many answers to every question. It is an excellent way to created more questions giving the parents a needed reason to spend quality time together (more…)

Roxie Munro an Interview of a children’s author

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Roxie, I don’t have many authors for children in my blog. I am happy you came for a visit this week. Tell us what are the titles of your books?

My most recent book is “Busy Builders,” published by Amazon Children’s Books/ex-Marshall Cavendish. In late summer 2013, “Slithery Snakes” comes out, Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Books, publisher.

What genre do your books fall under?


Nonfiction picture books, or informational books.


A big spectrum of choice. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (more…)

Children Author Joy Findley visit our blog this week

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Hello, Joy Findlay. It is great to have you in my blog this week.


When did you start to write and how long did it take you get published? What influenced you to write?
I started writing as a teenager, way back in the late 80s, with soppy teen romance, even before YA was even a genre, I think! It wasn’t good writing, but I had so much fun. (more…)

Meet Robby the C-130 by Beth Mahoney Illustrated by Zachary Porter-review for readersfavorite.com

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This is a delightful book, written for children with parents in the military, that will be loved by all children. It is an easy book that helps a child cope with his/her feelings resulting from the absence of one of the parents. It fits not only those in the military, but also those families that both parents can’t be in the same home. (more…)