Friday, 30 August 2013

Featured Friday: Kangaroo-Clues by Margot Finke

Title: Kangaroo-Clues 
Author: Margot Finke
ISBN:  9781616333683;1616333685

Purchasing links: 

Guardian Angel Publishing:

Kangaroo Clues shows how crafty Old Man Roo escapes the dingoes that are chasing him. This rhyming story features unique Aussie critters - kangaroos, emu, echidna, kookaburra and marsupial mice etc. A fun tale that is also educational. Suggested age range for readers: 6-10

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Author bio:
Margot Fink is an Aussie Transplant who married a Yank. She  ended up in Oregon with 3 children, and writing books with a WOW factor for children. With 13 books now published, and more in the works, she does SKYPE author visits to schools. She chats about this here:

Author website 

Review of the book:

By Nicole Weaver
5 star Review
Australian author Margot Finke's new book “Kangaroo Clues” is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transported me to a land of adventures and excitement.
Young readers will fall in love with this great book.   

Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book?
I wrote all my children's books with the idea of HOOKING kids on reading, while at the same time helping them. All are fun as well as educational. I have always thought of reading as a Magic Carpet Ride to fun and adventure, and I wanted to invite kids along for a ride on my own Magic Carpet. 

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or its creation?
Kangaroo Clues is a tale from the Australian Dreamtime, a  mystical place the aboriginals believe in. And Old Man Kangaroos DO sometimes trick the dingoes in this manner. The illustrator lives in Turkey, and at the time he had no computer and spoke no English.  A mutual friend acted as interpreter and go between – a marathon task!  But as you can see, the results fit the mythical feel of this tale to perfection.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Aha. . . another couple of picture books are lined up for my publisher, and a sequel to “Taconi and Claude,” my young teen Aussie adventure, titled “Survival by Walkabout,” should be available before Christmas.  I am also self-publishing another midgrade book titled Down-Under Calling. After that, who knows?

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

VBT: Interview for Written By...

My promotional tour for the launch of my new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home was officially meant to start on 1st September but the excitement was just too much so I'm starting early.

Today I'm hosted for a video interview with Brandy Potter for Written By... This video magazine is a new venture that Brandy is putting together to help authors in their marketing efforts. She'll be doing video interviews, like this one, with various authors. There will also be written interviews, guest posts, and writing contests on site. When asked why she decided to start the site Brandy had this to say "I decided to start Written By.... to help other indie authors with their Virtual Book Tours and promotions. Also as a way to help other authors. I picked a video platform for the magazine so that we could stand out from other pages in the genre."

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Press Release - Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home


Best selling author shares secrets of successful virtual book tours
Author Jo Linsdell shares everything you need to know in order to be able to organise and carry out your own virtual book tour in her latest release 'Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home'.

Worldwide – August 2013 – Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home is the latest release from best selling author Jo Linsdell. The book will be officially launched on 1st September 2013 via and the author will be doing a virtual book tour over September and October to celebrate its release.

In this book, Jo Linsdell, shows authors how to successfully market their books online and build their author brand by utilizing virtual book tours. When asked why virtual book tours are good news for authors, Jo had this to say " A large percentage of the world's population (currently around 40%) now uses the internet and with the rapidly increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices the number of people on the web will continue to grow. It's therefore clear that authors need to be marketing online. Our target audience is now online and just a click away. Through virtual book tours, we can now reach our readers from the comfort of our own home and successfully promote our books to a global audience at little or no cost. That's big news for authors."

The virtual book tour will start on 1st September 2013 and will end on 31st October 2013.  Among other events, the tour will offer interviews and a chance to communicate with the author, Jo Linsdell. There will also be chances for readers to win bonus materials and other prizes, and the book will be available at a special reduced price for the duration of the tour.

Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home is available in Kindle format and can be found at Amazon.

About Jo Linsdell
Jo Linsdell is a best selling author and internationally recognised book marketing expert. She is the founder and CEO of the Writers and Authors blog and the annual online event Promo Day. Learn more about Jo at

For more information about Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion from the Comfort of our own Home, please visit or contact


Promotional Banner for tour

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The VBT Tour Banner

Time is flying by and we're getting closer and closer to the launch of my new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home. Official release date 1st September 2013.

I'm in full swing with preparations for the tour (if you'd like to host me please get in touch as I still have some free spots available).

Here's the tour banner I created:

Friday, 23 August 2013

Featured Friday: Flora and the Wolf by Janet Doolaege

Title: Flora and the Wolf    
Author: Janet Doolaege
ISBN: 9781301564224

Purchasing links: 

Book blurb: 
Flora, running wild in the forest, longs to see a wolf, but her parents and grandmother are afraid of lurking dangers. Something unusual does indeed happen to her. Besides, who is the stranger in town that all are talking about? This story for children, set in mediaeval Italy, covers human relations with animals, respect for the natural world and the interconnectedness of all living beings.
Author bio: 
I grew up in England but now live in France, not too far from Paris, in a village on the edge of a forest. Our house contains more books than I will ever have time to read
Review of the book

5.0 out of 5 stars No big bad wolf here,, 7 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Flora and the Wolf (Kindle Edition)

This a gentle story with a a great many virtues; it is set in early Mediaeval Italy and we have a tantalising glimpse of a young Saint Francis as well as an insight into life in those difficult times. Flora is a daughter in a poor household who prefers the woodland to her household duties and in consequence of a bad fall from a tree discovers an ability to speak and understand the speech of animals and the story concerns this wonderful ability. She can understand the swallows round her window, speak to the crosspatch household dog and more than all she strikes up a friendship with the delightful Lupina and her litter of wolf pups. This is charming story, in the best sense, and I heartily commend it for those children who, quite rightly, put their animal friends on a level with their human acquaintance. For older readers, there is a grimmer message as we see the evil effect that human society has on the natural world. However the message is subordinated to the delightful story
Mini Interview:
Why did you write this book?
I have always liked the story of Saint Francis and the wolf and I thought that this retelling could convey in a lively way the special relationship that children have with the animal world.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
I have five other books on Amazon and Smashwords: two novels, two more children’s books and a memoir of two rescued birds.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Pin Your Way to More Traffic

In this months newsletter I talk about Pinterest. Not only is pinning fun and quick to do, it's also a great way to drive more traffic to your sites.

There's also a special announcement about the release of new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home and how you can grab a free copy PLUS get your hands on a fab bonus pack.

You can sign up for my newsletter on my homepage at I promise not to spam you. The newsletter goes out once a month. Apart from that all you'll get is a very occasional message e.g. a reminder to grab my book on it's free day ;) so you don't have to worry about me filling up your inbox.

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Featured Friday: Life's Lessons with the Silly Animals out on the Ranch by Cindy Crawford Garrett

Title: Life's Lessons with the Silly Animals out on the Ranch- What Is Wrong with Bob the Rooster?

Author: Cindy Crawford Garrett



Purchasing links: 

Book blurb:
Book #3 is filled with many lessons which involve medical issues. As a child with a heart defect, I remember going through medical procedures and test which left me with scars that saved my life. Told through one of our hens, that in fact, has a scar. With a sense of humor and colorful illustrations, she tells the story to her animal friends, about how she came about her scar and the medical procedures she went through. She realizes the scar is what helped her to have a normal life and how the medical staff made her feel safe. This story has many lessons. More stories about other test to follow. Dedicated to my parents, my family, my friends, and all the medical staff that took care of me.

Author bio: 
My husband and I have five children and two grandchildren. We moved from our home on the Florida Panhandle to New Mexico for his job on the base. Another adventure in life. We bought a small ranch, bought some animals and having fun with the country life. I have worked in the medical field for most of my adult life and now writing a new chapter. 

Author website 

Review of the book

A Lesson Learned, June 17, 2013

This review is from: Life's Lessons with the Silly Animals out on the Ranch: What Is Wrong with Bob the Rooster? (Paperback)

What Is Wrong with Bob the Rooster is the first book in a series for young children by Cindy Crawford Garrett. The series, Life's Lessons with the Silly Animals out on the Ranch, has positive social themes. The focus in this story is following the rules and what can happen when we do not do so. It highlights a positive team approach, with the animals using their skills to help Bob the Rooster out of a difficult situation. The illustrations are cleverly done in crayon, which is appealing to young children. It is a good read-to-me book or for the beginning reader. This book is a good story, with delightful characters that kids, parents, and teachers will enjoy.

Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book? 
This was my first book, In hopes to reinforce a lesson of consequences for actions therefore if you go somewhere or do something you are told not to there might be problems. 

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or it's creation? 
This was an actual event when I noticed our rooster had string wrapped around his legs although my husband actually cut the strings off. 

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
 I have two other books out as of to date. I am working on two more now, one is actually the values of work in our country which involve around our animals conversation. Another about a nightmare which was actually a dream. I have lots more stories which there are a lot of lessons to teach and to install in our children. These books I have written and am writing are simple and to the point which I believe are easy for children to understand.     

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Write On Con: Day 2

Day two of Write On Con 2013 was packed full of great advice and information. Here's my top picks from day 2:

Deborah Diesen did an awesome video presentation about rhythm and rhyme where she spoke about beats and meter, staying true to the rhythm and the importance of rhyming rhythmically.

In "Making Picture books: A list of the top 5 things I wish someone would have told me..." Lindsay Ward  included; "you're the talent", "be your books biggest advocate", "trust your instincts", "let the story guide you" and "be patient". 

Author C. Desir gave some good editing tips in her article and listening to the literary agents feedback during the LIVE twitter pitches gave me lots of points to think about.

I'll definitely be taking part in next years event.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Write On Con: Day 1

This week I'm taking part in Write On Con, a free annual online children's writers conference that takes place at Today is day 1 and there's been some great posts and discussions going on.

Here's a few of my top picks from today's line up:

Jean Reidy in her article "Does your picture book premise have power?" covers 10 questions to ask yourself to test the strength of your picture books. Some good questions to help weigh in your idea and see if it has what it takes to be turned into your next work in progress.

Agent Anita Mumm gives her answer to the question "Should writers worry about trends and marketing?" She advises not to write for trends but to promote effectively when the time comes.

Loretta Nyhan in "We've all got it goin' on...writing realistic characters" she says that everyone you've ever known is in your internal library. She also tells us "don't fear the weirdness inside you".

Looking forward to day 2 tomorrow.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Hanging Out With My Writer Buddy Karina Fabian

In July I had the treat of being able to finally meet up in person with my writer buddy +Karina Fabian. Karina was one of the first people I met when I was just starting out and has always been very supportive of my writing career. She has presented at several Promo Day events over the years and been host, and guest, for numerous blog posts too. Karina is a multi genre author like myself and shares my passion for marketing too. Needless to say we had plenty to chat about over dinner ;)

Jo Linsdell and Karina Fabian

Drop by Karina's website to find out more about her and her books.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Calling All Children's Authors! Be my Featured Friday

Every Friday I feature a fellow writing colleague in Featured Friday. The post is basically the media kit for their book in a blog post. The reason I do this feature is that, as an author myself, I understand how hard it can be to spread the word about a book. I like to do my bit to help others and this weekly feature post is one way I do.

If you'd like to be my Featured Friday check out the submission guidelines for a full list of what to send and how.

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