Many Many Adventures more than writing!

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I always say I need to blog every week but seem to have so many things come up. I will try to get better at letting you know what my latest adventure is.

ac promo 1First my publisher Anchor Group Publishing has my book 4, Amongst the Clouds on sale this month. This adventure is for ages 7-12. What could be hidden in a cloud? Epic Adventure of Course. http://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Clouds-James-Syvok-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00LV3Y8CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454610403&sr=8-1&keywords=amongst+the+clouds

Wow, I have been busy. I am still editing book 6 working title Magic Carousel. Sure is a fun adventure. I introduce two new characters,Tina and Timothy.

Mermaid_Tina  Ogre_TimothyI also been editing and writing my novel New Moon Brethren. I had to take a break from my writers group, rather bummed. But just not enough time for it right now. 

I was asked by Big Rapids Festival of Arts to organize an Authorpalooza Event for them. What a a fun adventure it has become. 40+ authors are coming February 20th to Big Rapids 1pm to 4PM. Plus classic book characters will be wandering around to interact with you. Thanks to Ferris State University Theatre Students. 12506484_10154417437838056_1951026028_n

This is going to be a fun event. We have a month full of art activities. If you are in the area here is Festival of Arts website. Check out the booklet with all the Art Activities. http://www.brfota.org/

Authorpalooza is on page 59. I have an event page here is the link for it. https://www.facebook.com/events/1107965342554486/.  This has been a blast organizing.

I am also looking for a children’s literary agent. Been sending out many queries. Gotten a few rejections, The rejections have been much nicer than 10 years ago. So I am getting better.  I do hope a agent will want to work with me in the near future, so I can dedicate more time for writing.

I also started a Facebook Weekly Children’s Author Spotlight from the FB group Kids Read-Author Promo Group. I put up the dates and authors sign up for a spotlight. Then for a week folks have the opportunity to get to know children’s authors and their book, experiences etc. Check them out and interact with the authors. We love to chat, answer questions with folks.

January 31 – February 6 PJ LaRue https://www.facebook.com/events/928039850567166/

February 7 – February 13 Lori Moore https://www facebook.com/events/627162244088797/

February 14 – February 20 Margretchin Chantal  https://www.facebook.com/events/931170276930005/

February 21 – February 27 Janet Balletta https://www.facebook.com/events/574408682712211/

 

Recently, I have become involved with keeping our water safe. Joined a group who right now are trying to stop an injection well go active in my county. An oil and gas company wants to dump toxic waste from their oil fracking and drilling activities. So I have been educating myself on the issues and going to many meetings and writing many statements and speaking up to our public leaders about how dangerous it really is.  At an EPA Public Hearing, a tear jerking moment. A few HS Students  spoke and asked us adults to protect the water for them and the future.

Of course taking care of my family needs takes priority. Now with three teenagers in the house, we have many drama adventures. Fun fun!

Well you are up to date on things. Just a reminder I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed my many adventures. 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
 
 
You can buy James book at:
 
You can connect with James at:
 
 
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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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What I have been up to Adventure!

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Back in January my local fabulous Library Director asked me if I could bring authors to our small city for the Summer Reading Program Kick Off Party. I said sure. So I called my friend Diane and asked if she would help me with this. She said sure.

Well then I found out their is no money for it in the budget. All the money was already budgeted for the program. I needed tents, tables, chairs and promotional items around $500. I had another wonderfully lady contact me who wanted to help organize the event. Kristy has been a huge help too. We came up with a sponsor the event program it. Wow, it has been very successful. I had the money we needed in less than 3 weeks. I would like to thank all our businesses, FSU, and others in Big Rapids who stepped up and encourage reading. Remember to buy local they support and donate to all our functions and needs.

The event is coming together very nicely. I have 25 authors coming from all over Michigan. By the way if there are any Michigan authors who want to attend I still have some spots open under the tent. Just email me at wendysbookcase@gmail.com

The event is going to be so much fun. I have gone every year. At Big Rapids Community Library June 12, Noon to 2PM. We will be kicking off The Summer Reading Program. This event is open to anyone adults and children.

Besides having 25+ Michigan Authors to meet and greet. You can sign up for the summer reading program, have some refreshments. There will be activities, crafts, and door prize drawings going on during the entire event. Don’t forget pick up the summer schedule for all the programs, movies, crafts, animals, and other activities for all. I can’t wait to meet the other authors and all the people who come to the party. Then afterwards hope to see many of you enjoying our downtown or events at Ferris State University. Our Library is the bridge that connects our University and Downtown Big Rapids.

Well back to working on this event. Hope to get back to writing again in June. Kids I hope to have adventure 6 done by the end of the summer and adults hoping to have my New Moon Brethren complete 1st draft finished and begin edits by the end of the summer. I plan to dedicate time for writing at the end of June. 

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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.

cover whiteAmongst the Clouds released from Anchor Group Publishing in July. Fabulous fun adventure. Wonderful illustrations by Kelly Murray.

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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An Hour with Eric Kimmel Adventure!

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I was suppose to be hosting a blog radio show called Wendys Bookcase at http://authorsontheair.com/ …. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsOnTheAir. This blog radio program has wonderful interviews check it out.

I have delayed my debut show until 2014 so stay tuned for more on this.

I had the honor and pleasure to read and talk with children’s author Eric A Kimmel. We had a blast talking about kid books, family memories,  publishers, and where the market is heading.

We both agreed kids love a fun, story.  He enjoys going to classrooms and reading to children. He has numerous books available.  We both decided that the electronic market is changing rapidly but kids books seem to sell more books in print. Whether electronic books will take over in the children’s market in unknown.  Most important thing was keep kids reading, dreaming and stir their imagination.

How I stumbled on Eric A Kimmel’s books was I was researching Hanukkah. The first book I read was

51V3BPTH1WL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_  I fell in love with this book and read four more of his books.  Hershel saves Hanukkah by out smarting  goblins. His books are a really good read. I think any kid or adult would love his folk tales. The illustrations are wonderful in all his books.

I highly recommend his books. He has many books check out his website he even has a few that he reads to you. http://ericakimmel.com/ You and your kids will enjoy his website. His books are all available on Amazon too. Eric A Kimmel Amazon Link

My current favorite is 512R1Ic+OeL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-43,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Jack and the Giant Barbecue. Super cool new spin on Jack and the Bean Stalk.

Jack goes on a quest to retrieve his fathers stolen barbecue recipes. It is a fun exciting adventure.

Eric A. Kimmel is a native New Yorker who lives in Oregon. He was born in Brooklyn, NY where he learned to love books and traditional stories from an early age. He could hear five different languages without leaving his block. Eric taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children’s literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten.Eric’s books have won numerous awards. He and his wife Doris have traveled all over the world, sharing his books and stories with school children in China, Africa, and Turkey.

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