Authorpalooza Grand Adventure!

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Well, I did good. Successfully organized another authorpalooza event in my small city. It went very smoothly and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. I sure enjoyed meeting more authors in person. The visitors were fun too. We added Ferris State Theatre Students. They dressed up as characters from books. They were awesome.

 

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My wonderful PA Candice Simpson from It Girls P.R., who helped me, was able to attend this event. She kept me focused and helped woman my table when I needed to be away. Midway through the event she called me over and whispered in my ear. Look at that teenager with the folder. He is talking to all the authors. He wants to be a writer. It made me smile.

Later I saw him 944008_10154525344728056_5509511732237447250_n12715739_10154525706393056_271849495800417129_nsitting at a table outside the room with his Grandmother.  I stopped and asked him did he enjoy meeting the authors. His face lit up and so did his Grandmothers. They both told me it was wonderful to talk with them. He showed his Grandmother all the notes he took and some of the things he learned. He wants to be a writer some day. This is what it is all about! It made my entire day. I was tired and wondering if I would ever organize another one before I chatted with the teenager and his grandmother.  Inspiring young people to go after their dreams is a wonderful feeling. I found out later from a friend they drove a hour and half to come to authorpalooza. Makes me tear up with joy.

I would like to thank all the authors for talking with this young person. I also want to thank Festival of Arts Board members for organizing a month long celebration of arts and including authorpalooza this year.  Thank you Candice for letting me know about him too.

I would like to thank our host A.J at the Gate. He was fabulous. The Gate is a fabulous place to hold an event.

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Final thought. One of the reasons I write epic adventures chapter books for ages 7-12  is the hope that when the dragon flies so will children’s imagination as they read .  Wild imagination allowed to be free brings us new ideas, things and enjoyment.

3 of my books are currently on sale.

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I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed today’s adventure. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you. WB  WendyBookcaseLogo

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Helga Returns Autumn Special Epic Adventure!

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autumn promo Anchor Group Publishing has the epic adventure Helga Returns ebook on sale to celebrate autumn. Illustrated epic adventure when the dragon flies magical tales the entire family will enjoy. Ages 7-12.(Just a reminder if you purchase my book in print I will send you a signed book plate for free, just email at wendysbookcase@gmail.com)

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Helga Returns – A James and Syvok Adventure by Wendy Nystrom is about the adventures of James for the second time. He finds a footprint and he asks his friends Syvok and Matthias to help him find out about the footprint. They discover that it is Helga’s footprint and follow it into the troll village. Will they be able to save the troll and will Syvok and Matthias be able to save James?
It is an absolutely delightful story for children. The story has many underlying messages in it. I liked the fact that it introduces them to glaciers. Any book is educational for a reader because it will have information to offer that gives you an opportunity to learn. The characters of James, Syvok, and Matthias capture the interest of the reader but the most appealing character is Helga, the troll. Iceland as a backdrop is another interesting aspect of this book. It is a magical story of James along with the two Icelanders, Syvok and Matthias. The story does not lose its tempo and the beautiful illustrations give the characters an identity which makes it easier for children to relate to them.
The biggest advantage of adventure stories is that they encourage children to think and be imaginative. It gives them the freedom to dream, experiment, think differently, and create their own characters. I found the little trolls and dragonets very interesting and they add to the whimsical quality of the story.

James Saves the Moon ebook where the epic adventures began is always on sale for 99 pennies. 

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Reviewed By Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars

“James Saves the Moon”, written by Wendy Nystrom, is a delightful children’s picture book that combines a child’s imagination with Icelandic mythology. The illustrations by Jim Weidman, in a blue tone with colorful characters, lend a mythological feel to the story of a young boy (James), who sees the moon over one of the high mountains and decides that if he climbs to the top of the mountain he can reach out and touch the moon. Slipping quietly out of his bedroom window, he sets out on his journey. On his way up the mountain he stumbles over some rocks and disturbs one of Iceland’s mythological figures (Syvok), who joins him on his journey. They suddenly realize that unless they move faster, the moon will leave before they make it to the top of the mountain. In order that they can move faster, Syvok summons a dragon (Matthias), who allows them to ride on his back. They discover that the moon is stuck on the mountain and they will have to help get it unstuck. The three work as a team to set the moon free and while doing so, James truly does touch the moon.

The color of the illustrations by Jim Weidman and the very well-written story by Wendy Nystrom
make “James Saves the Moon” a rare treasure for a children’s picture book. Its simplicity combined with the kind of story that stirs the imagination of a child make it something that will stick in the mind of the reader for a lifetime. This book gives a little bit of a taste of the colorful and flavorful history of Iceland and its traditions. It is highly recommended for its ability to help stir a child’s imagination. A wonderfully simple and delightful tale.

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Children’s Author James Gordan, “Hi My Name is Bobo” Adventure!

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Today’s featured author is children’s author James Gordan enjoy the adventure!

A Weekend in the life of a 5th grader how fun. I had the pleasure of meeting this talented author at a children’s writers conference.

 

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!
ENJOY!!

 

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,
   author,
 Mama’s boy,
  energetic
 sensational
 

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 andlook 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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You can connect with James at:
 
 
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Christmas in July Adventure!

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Merry July. I love Christmas in July.  Let me tell where the idea came from. My dear friend Chris Fox at lunch one day told me about her family could not get together in December so they put together a Christmas in July party when they all could get together. It sounded so much fun. So now for the second year I am having a Christmas in July Event. Here is the link on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/666757450126297/ Please join and enjoy some fun and possibly win some prizes.

I also have two thunderclap campaigns and would love your support. If you can click on the links and support. Thank you in advance.

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https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/28298-sleigh-ride-christmas-in-july

MORE! My Publisher Anchor Group Publishing https://www.facebook.com/anchorgrouppublishing

Has put my Christmas books on sale for only 99 cents the entire month

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James Saves the MoonReaders Favorite Gold Award Winner. James Saves the Moon the first in book in the series is always on sale for 99 cents.

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My adventures are illustrated chapter books for ages 7-12. Hope you will join me for Christmas in July Adventures.  Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the Adventures every day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo10672063_696445830440443_7679188720990872076_nhttps://www.facebook.com/Wendysbookcase

Einstein & Moo, Author Jennifer Milius Wild Adventure!

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Time to introduce two fun cats Einstein & Moo book series written by children author Jennifer Milius. Your kids will love the adventures.

 

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.
 Books can be purchased at,
Connect on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@AuthorJenMilius
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Magic Carousel Adventure!

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Magic Carousel has been my focus of late. I have been working on my 6th children’s book this past week. James and Syvok will be on vacation in my home state Minnesota and have a mission they must take care which involves a carousel. I was doing research on the carousel at Como Zoo in St. Paul where I grew up.  I was rewarded with two surprises during my research. The first one is to my delight is that the Como Zoo is still free.   I went there often as kid and I took my kids there when I visited. It also one of the last places we visited as a family before my parents passed away.

The second surprise was the beautiful carousel that is there now was the carousel at the Minnesota State Fair grounds and it was saved from leaving the city of St. Paul by community members and placed at Como Zoo.  The carousel was ordered in 1914. My grandmother probably rode the carousel. I rode it every time I went to the state fair and all of my kids have carousel 3been on this carousel. carousel Check it out it has dragons it really is a beautiful magical place.

 

 

 

When I would ride I would dream about wild adventures truly loved the carousel they are so magical. Did you ride on a carousel? Do you remember where you imagination would go while riding?

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Good Bye 2014. Hello 2015 Adventure

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2014 was quite the year. I call it a building and renewal year adventure. Two of my books won awards.

IMG_2155James Saves the Moon won a Gold Medal Best Children’s Fantasy/SciFI from Readers Favorite. Helga Returns won a Best Children’s Book ages 9-12 from Turning the Pages Magazine. Traveled with double vision from Michigan to Orlando in April and received my award from Turning the Pages award ceremony. It was a lot of fun. Delighted to meet  author Mcv Egan in person. We have been friends for years on facebook. My pal Stacey Rourke was there  and many other authors.

While beginning the editing process of my 4th book Amongst the Clouds in February/March and Turning 50 I ended up in the hospital with two bleeding aneurisms. I lost six days, spent 4 nights and had surgery to stop the bleeding. I now have two platinum coils in my head. So I guess my head has gone platinum. LOL  I was lucky walked out of the hospital. My recovery has been remarkable.

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Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers’ Favorite Star Review January 15, 2015

Growing up, we all had imaginary friends, but James’s pals are so awesome that one can easily believe they are real. It all begins with a beautiful and unusual cloud that seemed to be stuck in place. As James daydreams about its mysterious beauty, he is launched on an unexpected adventure in the company of his imaginary friends. As they try to discover the meaning of the cloud, they end up becoming key players in a battle in which rivals fight to take control. From flying on a blue dragon’s back to their eager search for a lost key that opens a spell book, James and his friends have a day packed with suspense and drama. However, they still manage to get him home by dinnertime so he can tell his family all about it. Amongst the Clouds by Wendy Nystrom is an awesome book that young and old will enjoy.

In Amongst the Clouds, author Wendy Nystrom does a brilliant job of describing how high a child’s imagination can actually fly. The main protagonist dozes off and ends up in the middle of a lucid dream that teaches him a number of valuable lessons about the importance of loyalty. The story is well written and contains a lot of characters with which kids can easily identify. At the same time, Wendy Nystrom shares a little bit of Icelandic culture with the reader, enabling him or her to easily grasp the context of the adventure. The language is vibrant and appropriate for children, and the book includes many illustrations that add to the mental image so aptly formed by her words.

I was also able to finish my 5th Book Sleigh Ride in time for Christmas SleighRideCover (2)release. Another fun adventure: James and his pals help a polar bear and delivers Santa another sleigh since his was broken accidentally by his reindeer.

Amongst the Clouds is available on Amazon or B&N Amongst the Clouds Amazon link,  Amongst the Clouds B&N link   Sleigh Ride Available on Amazon. Sleigh Ride Amazon Link

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Authorpalooza event went well in November and will be organizing another one in June of 2015 at Big Rapids Community Library. Had a fabulous team to work with for this event.  Spoke in a classroom where the kids were all excited about writing their own book. Spoke at a University Creative writing class. Then the year ended with having my first book James Saves the Moon is listed in a catalog at a new company Called Booksurf  a home book shopping of signed books created by Stacey Rourke. Check out the website lots of books and more in the spring collection.  www.booksurfllc.com

The holidays were spectacular. We drove to Arizona to spend with my wonderful in-laws. We stopped in NM to visit more relatives on the way had a blast. Then four corners and met the in-laws at the Grand Canyon. We explored for a couple of days. Then a wonderful Christmas at their winter home in Arizona. The family loved the trip.

I am very excited about 2015. Hoping my books get into the hands of many kids. My writing is coming back. I am working on my urban fantasy novel New Moon Brethren and 6th children’s book Magic Carousel.  I joined the local writers group and enjoying those meetings. I have an event with three other authors at Biggby Coffee in February. Susan Stec, Jeni Decker and Becca Vincenza. authors books

2015 is becoming a wonderful adventure. More adventures on the way I am sure.

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