Saturday, 27 July 2013

Clown Fun at the Ice Castle

Today between 10am and 2pm +Kathy Mashburn will be at the Ice Castle in Dalton signing copies of all 3 books in the A Birthday Clown for Archer series (English, Spanish and colouring book- all illustrated by yours truly). The event is more than just a simple book signing though. As well as the chance to get a copy of the books with a dedication and autograph by Kathy, there will also be free ice-cream, fun goodies for the kids and Mindy the Clown.

Unfortunately as I live in Rome, Italy I won't be able to make it to the event myself but if you're in the area please drop by and show your support. 

Full details about the event

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Join the Tour! Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home

My new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From  the Comfort of Your Own Home is scheduled for release this September. To celebrate the launch I'm going to be doing a virtual book tour to promote it over September and October.

As you can imagine, I want this tour to be the biggest and best I've ever done. I'm specifically looking for sites for writers and authors, about book promotion and marketing, and sites that cover topics like guest blogging, but I'm happy to visit more generic sites too if you think your readers might be interested in my book.

I'm open to guest posts, interviews (written blog posts, radio, Facebook Wall Chats, Google+ Hangouts, Twitter... pretty much any format you can think of ;)), book spotlight features, etc...

To join the tour please hop over to my website and fill out the quick sign up form.

If you're writing an article about virtual book tours then I'd love to send you a quote to include in your piece. Just drop me an email with some details on what you need.

Features in newsletters are also appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wall Chat Wednesday: Special Guest Pam Funke

My guest for today's Wall Chat Wednesday feature is author Pam Funke. I hope you'll join us at 9:30pm CET on my Jo Linsdell page and invite you to post your own questions for Pam to the wall during the chat.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Featured Friday: I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe

Featured Friday: I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe

This week's Featured Friday is I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe

Title:  I Really Love You, Ava
Author:  Amberly Kristen Clowe
ISBN:  0983687277

Featured Friday: I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe

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Book Blurb:
What is real love? Little Ava Jacobs is dying to find the answer to this seemingly simple question. Through a mother's patience, grandparents' joy, and a couple's kindness, Ava finds the meaning of real love.

Book Trailer:

Author Bio:

Amberly Kristen Clowe has been writing stories since she was a little girl. She studied children’s literature in college and graduated with a degree in early childhood education. After college, Amberly taught second grade for several years. Her students inspired her to revisit her passion for writing children’s literature. She credits them as the inspiration for her first picture book, Katie Ling Fashion Queen, which was published in 2011 with AwareNow Publishing. I Really Love You, Ava is Amberly’s second picture book. Her son, George, inspired this story about love and family. Today, caring for her son, George, and daughter, Emma, along with tackling her many writing projects, keep Amberly very busy. She lives in Texas with her husband, son, two dogs, and six fish.

Author Website, Blog and Facebook Page:


5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story...for kids!
What a sweet concept for a children's picture book! In our home, we try to teach our kids that love isn't just something felt, or just something we say; it's something shown through our actions! LOVE is a verb! I Really Love You, Ava does a fantastic job expressing that very same sentiment using every day occurrences that children witness within their own families. Lovely story and adorable illustrations!

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Shown Not Just Told! 
Recently the author of this book asked me if I would be willing to give her an honest review. I managed to squeeze this cute picture book into my lineup and was very glad that I did. "I Really Love You Ava" is an extremely well written book about a little girl searching for real love. Her mother tells her she will know it when she sees it and Ava does just that. I loved the concept of Ava not just hearing that people loved her, but that she was able to identify love when she saw it. Thank you Miss Clowe for this wonderful story and may we see many others in the near future!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bedtime Read!
By Heather
We have always tried to emphasize that our actions speak louder than our words to my 4-year-old (and now his younger sister, as well). What a cute addition to our bedtime lineup! A handful of common family interactions clearly demonstrate that "real love" is all around us, if you just look for it. (And the illustrations are GORGEOUS!) Highly recommended!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Precious
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this today with my 4 year old daughter. We both enjoyed it very much. My little one loves to hear about love and was delighted ot see a picture of mommy and daughter nose-to-nose in a cuddle, something we do often. My heart squeezed at the images and words with the grandparents. Not everyone is as lucky as us, to have all four grandparents in our children's lives. I Really Love You, Ava is a precious nighttime read.

Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book about a year after my son was born. The love that my family has for our son has completely blown me away. They really do love him (and now our daughter as well) like their own children. No one seemed to mind that the majority of our dinner conversation revolved around what George did that day. No one cared when he spit up on them, which just so happens to be the first example that helps show Ava real love. Everyone was truly as giddy as my husband and I about every first giggle and step. That unconditional love really touched me and was how I Really Love You, Avabegan.  

What you would like to share?
This book was created to entertain children with Ava's exciting search for love, but was also created to bring families together. We are so easily distracted by life's hustle and bustle. I wanted to help families pause and appreciate one another and in a fun way. This is one of those stories that not only kids enjoy, but parents can't help but smile when their child reaches for it. 

Any future titles coming soon?
My picture book, The Bouquet That Lost its Way, will be published soon by Family Fair Press. This is also a picture book with a lot of heart. It takes a tiny tulip with big dreams to help change a very disheartened bouquet. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Recording of Dellanis Tea Time Radio Show

Miss the show on Monday? Listen to the recording here:

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Dellani's Tea Time Radio Show

Join me today at 10pm CET (that's 4pm EDT) when I'll be interviewed as part of the RFK Dellani's Tea Time show on Blog Talk Radio. Host Dellani Oakes and co-host Christina Giguere will be chatting with Dorothy StacyJon Magee, Carolyn Watson Dubisch and myself about our books.

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