Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ask Jo: Why do you self publish via Amazon?

In this weeks Ask Jo video I explain why I self publish via Amazon.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Quick Tips: Add a Call to Action in Your Facebook Cover banner

This weeks Quick Tip is to add a call to action to your Facebook Cover banner. A great image is good. A great image with a call to action is better ;)

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Review Showcase: Jasmine the Chef

This weeks review showcase is for Jasmine the Chef (written by Maria Rochelle and illustrated by yours truly). Jasmine the Chef is the 2nd book in the Jasmine Dreams series.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Delightful children's book!October 29, 2014
Join Too Chef Jasmine and her friends in making her dreams come true cooking up cupcakes, pizza and more! Delightful, easy read with recipes at the end of the book!

Carla Burke, Award -Winning Author of "I Spy a Dragonfly".

5.0 out of 5 stars
 A pinch of sweetness and a whole lot of awwwwAugust 17, 2014
Just as sweet as the first adventure and just as recommended for young readers in search of something sweet to lead into slumberland.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 ... book in the Jasmine Dreams series that I have enjoyed with my grandchildrenJuly 15, 2014
This review is from: Jasmine The Chef (Jasmine Dreams) (Volume 2) (Paperback)
Jasmine The Chef is the 2nd book in the Jasmine Dreams series that I have enjoyed with my grandchildren. Jasmine's adventures will keep children interested and giggling. We can't wait to see what Jasmine dreams next!

4.0 out of 5 stars
 Cute BookJune 21, 2014
Cute story with great pictures and fanciful rhyme. Children who like dogs will enjoy Jasmine's adventure! Definitely worth the money.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Cute BookJune 11, 2014
Very cute book. My kids love dogs and they get excited when we read about all the things Jasmine can do.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 great bookJune 1, 2014
Love the book Maria is a close friend. My granddaughters love the series. So proud of the writer she has became.

Grab your copy of Jasmine the Chef here. Once you've read it, please take a minute to post a quick review. Little things like that mean a lot to us ;)

P.S. The 3rd book in the Jasmine Dreams series is now available for pre-order. Be one of the first to get your hands on it and order now!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Featured Friday: Twee’ for Two by Susie E. Caron

Title: Twee’ for Two
Author: Susie E. Caron
ISBN: 978-0-9889113-4-5

Book blurb: In this 3rd picture book from Susie’s “Between You and Me” series, Twee’ realizes she has no friends, except for Rock, who never talks with her. Twee’ can see children playing in the apple orchard, and she wishes for a friend who can play with her. Her wish comes true, but not in the way she anticipates. Join Twee’ as she learns the meaning of real friendship and discovers that new friends can be right around the corner.

Susie with the real life cat
the character in the book is based on
Author bio: Susie E Caron is a Mommy Coach, Blogger, Psychologist-Master, Christian, Wife, Mother, and Author of 3 picture books from her 'Between You and Me' series. Susie created these books following years of experience working with children and families. In Twee', I Am Twee' and Twee' for Two, Susie illustrates childhood feelings and experiences through the eyes of childlike pine tree, called Twee'. When read aloud, Twee' stories help kids to talk with their parents about their own experiences and feelings. Susie also writes blog-articles to help Mommies understand and enjoy their children, and gain their cooperation and have more fun. Her unique gifts include her authentic presence, an ability to connect at the deepest levels of need and want, and wisdom to share. Find out more at Susie lives in VT with her husband, two horses and a bouncy Boxer named Coda.

Author website and/or blog url. 


Twee’ for Two, the third book in Susie Caron’s Between You and Me Series, is just as delightful as the first two books. Twee’ has grown in this book. She is the same adorable and loveable pine tree, but she is faced with handling changing surroundings, feelings of loneliness, managing new relationships, and dealing with loss. She does so with the help of her new friends, and young readers are left feeling empowered about dealing with similar situations in their own lives because, if Twee’ can do it, they can too! Twee’ for Two, is sure to capture and hold the hearts and minds of children and parents alike. It will spark meaningful and heartfelt conversations between parent and child. Once your children have read a Twee’ book, it will become a part of your nightly bedtime story routine. Twee’ will soon become a welcomed part of your family, like she has ours.
~ Lindsay Brant-Brumwell, M.Ed., Author of Fiddle and Dee and the Bedtime Band (The Adventures of Fiddle and Dee Series)

By marcy on October 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book for kids of all ages. Great story about friendship.

By Kellet Garnett on October 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
A wonderful read for any child. This is the third book in the Twee series and the whole series is wonderful for my 2 year old. The illustrations are great and the story is wonderful.

By Susan Paquette on October 21, 2014
Format: PaperbackI  love twee and so do my little clients. I have this in a special place on my desk and the kids come in and ask for it every time. I can't wait to show them Twee for Two. I know they will love this story of friendship as much as i did.

By Joanne R Fiske on October 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have known Susie Caron for a number of years and when I heard she was writing the Twee books I was very excited because knowing her, I knew she would create great entertainment with a very important lesson for kids of ALL ages. That’s what all good writers do, layers of meanings so as to reach and impact for the better as many people as possible with what they are passionate about; even us 60+ kids! I too fell in love with Twee. I adore his honest personality and willingness to learn and and sure enough the lessons hit home all too well with me too. This past week I had the opportunity to read Twee for Two to my 7 year old grandson. I thought, he’ll be bored, after all it’s not the movie Transformers or an exciting video game. But delightfully, he sat listening intently, engaged in the story and making comments on the pictures. After we finished, he said it reminded him of a first time classmate in school who he liked a lot but who had moved away. He said, I miss her, but I have new friends now...but it was good to have had her as a friend. It was a good reminder for him that he still cared about her but that it was OK. Reading Twee for Two together helped us grow closer just talking about his feelings…Thank you Susie! Your books are keepers and remain on my coffee table for kids of all ages. Keep them coming. They are fun and helped me as a grandma teach and talk about how best to handle the ups and downs of emotions in life with my grandson.
Susie with her dog
Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book? I wanted to offer children and parents a book about what it means to be a friend, and how sometimes that includes saying ‘goodbye’. Children and adults often don’t have a chance to have a good – “Good-Bye” with some of their friends and family members. This is so important and I illustrated that in Twee’ for Two.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or its creation? Yes! Twee’s first talking friend is a cat who appears quite suddenly. His name is Link and he belongs to my daughter, who adopted two kittens from a barn litter. Both kittens grew into large Maine Coon Cats. The female is sweet and a beautiful sable color. Link is dark with a lot of white markings, and he has such a personality, that I couldn’t resist using him as the model for Twee’s friend.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? I enjoy writing children’s books and I plan to write more. Currently, I write parenting articles on my weekly blog- “Between You and Me”. I have sketched out a gift book based on Twee’, a parenting book, and I hope to release a book of my poetry as well, all in the next year.

If part of tour: Where can people find out more about your tour? I’d like to do a virtual book tour over the next few months. To find out more about my tour and how you can help, please go to and click on Tour.

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Thank you Jo Linsdell for hosting me on your Featured Friday Posts. I love visiting you!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Ask Jo: What do you like about the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Welcome back to another Ask Jo session! In this weeks video I talk about the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Are you doing a writing challenge this month? Have you been a NaNoWriMo winner in the past? 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Jasmine's Got Talent! is now available for pre-order

Super exciting news this week as Jasmine's Got Talent! is now available for pre-order from Amazon: I love working on the Jasmine Dreams series with +Maria Rochelle and think this is the best book yet. 

Jasmine's Got Talent! written by Maria Rochelle, illustrated by Jo Linsdell. Available now for pre-order

To celebrate the release of Jasmine's Got Talent! Maria and I will be touring the web from now right up until Christmas doing interviews, guest posts, book spotlights, and more, and we need your help. Can you host us on your site? Blogs, internet radio shows, even social media profiles (Twitterviews, G+ hangouts, Facebook wall chats...) we're game for it all ;) 

Thanks in advance for your support 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Quick Tips: Add a testimonial page to your website

Time for another Quick Tips video!

This weeks quick tip is to add a testimonial page to your website. Whilst you can tell people how great you are, having OTHER people tell people how great you are is much more effective. Create a testimonial page on your website and let others do the talking for you.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Review Showcase: Jasmine at Work

This weeks review showcase is for Jasmine at Work (the first book in the Jasmine Dreams series written by +Maria Rochelle and illustrated by yours truly).

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Sweet doggy daydreams and rhymesAugust 17, 2014

This review is from: Jasmine At Work (Kindle Edition)
Super sweet book and you can't help but love Jasmine and her adventures. I always wondered what my dogs dream about and think about and here's a perfect example of a canine daydream. Definitely something sweet to read to your kids to put them to sleep with lovely thoughts.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Really Cute BookMarch 14, 2014
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This review is from: Jasmine At Work (Kindle Edition)
Jasmine At Work is a cute and colorful book that any young child would enjoy reading. My granddaughers have read it several times, and they alwasy end up chatting about other things they imagine Jasmine might do next! We look forward to the author's next book.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Fun & colorful!January 26, 2014
This review is from: Jasmine At Work (Paperback)
A great book for all dog lovers! So cute and colorful. Young readers will enjoy the adventures of Jasmine and her friends.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 LOVED the book! Great children's bookJanuary 4, 2014
This review is from: Jasmine At Work (Paperback)
Recommended for children and parents great book. My children enjoy reading this book and it captures their attention throughout the entire story

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Great book!December 31, 2013
This review is from: Jasmine At Work (Kindle Edition)
I love this book. It is great for the family and the author makes the character very real. I would recommend this for anyone :-)

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Once you're done reading it, please take a minute to post your own review to the Amazon page. Both Maria and I would love to hear your feedback.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Featured Friday: Visionary From The Stars and The Alien Mind

Featured Friday: Visionary From The Stars and The Alien Mind by V.L. Jennings

Featured Friday

Visionary From The Stars and The Alien Mind

Today's Featured Friday is my good friend +V.L. Jennings, who is currently touring two re-releases.

When V.L. Jennings isn't traveling to other worlds through her imagination, she calls Dillon, South Carolina her home. Virginia is the author of two speculative fiction books; "Visionary From The Stars" and "The Alien Mind," both published by PDMI Publishing, LLC in the fall season of 2014. She has also illustrated a children's book for PDMI, titled "Wiggle Worm's Shape Adventures," written by Karen and Kathy Sills.

But what motivates Virginia to create, to illustrate, to prognosticate? Virginia is a speculator, the kind of person who always debates the "what if?" of where stories both true and fantastical are leading themselves to, which explains her love of post-apocalyptic fare such as "The Walking Dead." Through her writing, she enjoys trying to figure out what our human potential is, and where our innate desire for a better world could lead us.

Overall, Virginia is just about as real as a person can get. Yes, even authors love to sing along with their favorite local radio station while driving, and Virginia is no exception to this rule. She enjoys watching Doctor Who or Star Trek with her family over dinner, and also watching the latest sci-fi and action movies with her husband. On the weekends, you may even find Virginia and her family at the local comic book store, hunting down more comics to add to their collections.

Virginia loves to connect with new people, as well as hashing out story concepts and other creative ideas on her blog, at

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Visionary From The Stars

Author: V.L. Jennings
Publisher: Rara Avis: Imprint of PDMI Publishing LLC
Middle Grade Science Fiction                                                          
E-book pre-orders available at 2.99 on Amazon till December!
Release Date: November 5th  (the day you will get your e-book)  
Paperback release date to be set soon.
Available on Amazon:        

For millenia, humans thought they were the only life in the galaxy-- until the day an alien species claiming to have humanity's best interests in mind forces its way onto an unsuspecting exploration craft.  In another part of space, the Star Traveler's crew sets out on a camping trip to the surface of the moon. There, they stumble upon an object covered in alien writing revealing the first piece of a galactic map that will lead them into an intergalactic controversy--all while the Platonian race strives to sabotage their every move.

What Critics are calling:
“An excellent job & impressive cast...”~ Pamela Valerio
“A great story for young readers...”~ Author Bruce Goldwell
“Cleverly entertaining!” ~  Author Geri Ahearn

The Alien Mind

Author: V.L. Jennings
Publisher: Rara Avis: Imprint of PDMI Publishing LLC
Middle Grade Science Fiction        

E-book pre-orders are available at 2.99 on Amazon till December!
Release Date: November 17th  (the day you will get your e-book)
Paperback release date to be set soon.

Rivi may be human, but she's lived away from Earth for more years than she lived on it—first as a prisoner of the Aruk, and then as an adopted child of the Aunantet, where she learned to use the full potential of her mind in a way she never could have back among humankind. Now the Aruk want to steal her back, along with the rest of the rescued human children. Now the skills her alien family taught her—skills rooted in the potential of her human intelligence—must be taught to the others so that they may be set free. Will Rivi be able to find the secret to preserving her freedom—and that of the other children like her—somewhere between human strength and The Alien Mind? Come on the adventure and see for yourself!

This Sci- Fi story is really a must-read for children... Mamta Madavan, Readers Favorite

“A chilling entertaining adventure!” ~ Geraldine Ahearn, Amazon Top 500 vine Voice Reviewer

“The novel itself was witty, funny, and entertaining to the max...”~ Amy E. Crowe

“Out of this world!” ~ Barbara Ann Mojica

Mini Interview for Jo's Featured Friday:

Why did you write this book?
I wrote both of these books because I love science and science fiction. When I was in middle school it was very hard to find science fiction in my local library. I found my sci-fi fix in television shows like Enterprise, and movies like Star Wars. As I got older and started writing I set out to write books that would help inspire others to reach for the stars and explore their own hidden potentials.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or it's creation?
I am excited to announce, that after 6 years, I finally found a publishing company that I can feel proud to be apart of. Both books have been fully edited, with added illustrations by PDMI Publishing LLC's illustrator Matt Ostrum, as well as fully and spectacularly reformatted! My vision for these books has finally been realized!

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have at least two projects in the works on the writing front. However, I also illustrated Wiggle Worms Shape Adventure, a childrens book by fellow PDMI authors Karen and Kathy Sills. I heard that they are almost done with the sequel and I can't wait to get to work illustrating that one as well!

If part of tour: Where can people find out more about your tour?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Ask Jo: What is the hardest part of NaNoWriMo?

This week, for Ask Jo, I answer the question "What is the hardest part of NaNoWriMo?". Check out my answer below:

I'm not taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge this year (I'm doing WNFIN and PiBoIdMo instead) but I did get my winner certificate last year.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What is the hardest part of hitting the 50K mark for you?

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

#WIP Slow progress is still progress.

It's time for another Wednesday update on my works in progress. This past week has been a bit slow but I've been making progress none the less. Small steps are still steps in the right direction after all.

Jasmine's Got Talent! is now in the final stages. All the illustrations are now done (except for one dog that I'm waiting on photo's of). 

Over the past week I've been working on tidying up the illustrations and tweaking them here and there. I've also now started to embed the text. So close to being finished now. Getting excited! 

As for my WNFIN writing challenge, I'm making progress... slowly but making progress. As you may recall, I'm working on writing How to be Pinterest Perfect this month (with the hopes of getting it ready in time for release either before Christmas, or in January 2015. Technically I should be about 1/3 of the way done by now. I'm not. Not even close. Still, the month isn't over yet so there's still a chance I'll meet my goal and get it finished.

PiBoIdMo ideas have slowed down over this past week but I'm still ahead of myself with a total of 22 ideas listed so far. 

I already have a couple of them that I've marked for my 2015 publication list. There's also a few non fiction picture books ideas for some series that have a lot of potential.

So, over all much slower paced than last week, but still making progress.

How's your week been? Are you making progress on your WIP?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Quick Tips: Register Your Hashtag

This weeks quick tip is to register your hashtag. Hashtags are a great way to reach your target audience but also helpful for keeping track of what people are saying about you and your books.  

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Review Showcase: A Birthday Clown for Archer

This week's review showcase is for A Birthday Clown for Archer, which I illustrated for author +Kathy Mashburn.

Here's some of the things people have been saying:

5.0 out of 5 stars
As a professional clown, I often encounter coulrophobia as have every single one of my colleagues over the years. It is often a topic at clown workshops/ conventions and the subject of articles in our trade magazines (the New Calliope and Clowning Around). This is the first book I have seen on the subject, and I believe it will help remove the barriers between clowns and those who are irrationally afraid of them.

As much as some would want to pretend otherwise, Archer knows that clowns are just people. Some are good and some are bad. Use all your senses to determine if one is trustworthy. He wants a clown for his birthday, but his mother is irrationally afraid and cites each piece of the clown's appearance as a reason. Archer swiftly counters with why those things are what he loves about a clown.

This pioneering book is a step in the right direction toward helping the professional clown stay viable in a time when parents often choose a safer but impersonal option for birthdays: Chuck E Cheese, Charlie's Safari, Jumpin' Jack's, etc. That's a benefit to me, but Mashburn's main intention is to help parents and children find a way to work through fear to experience happiness and joy.

If you choose to find a clown for your event, you are effectively inviting a disguised stranger to surprise you. That can make you and your guests feel very alive, and it might not work out if you have members of the party with unaddressed issues of coulrophobia. Let's just say that it could get ugly fast. This book could helpful when deciding whether to hire a clown and when letting guests know a clown will be present.

This is a book I could recommend that clowns bring with them to parties as a way to diffuse the anxiety of those coulrophobics who did not know a clown was coming. At 32 pages and about 300 words, this is the kind of book that could be used to warm up a hesitant audience and could be left as a souvenir to always remind parents and children to be courageous.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Excellent book! June 12, 2013
I had seen previews of the illustrated cover from the author and illustrator's social feed but I was totally unprepared for being struck with awe as I opened the book from the mail. The illustrations are cute, bright, vibrant, eye catching, and entertaining! Will certainly captivate young readers! My two year old really enjoyed turning the pages to see the BIG clown feet on one set of pages, Big rainbow hair, and BIG bow. He even giggled seeing the whole clown revealed in the very end.

The story is just as good as the illustrations! A Birthday Clown for Archer is about clownphobia. Archer's mom is really afraid of clowns. Archer with his 5 yr old curiosity asks her question after question trying to understand and help his mom overcome her fear. Will Archer's mom overcome her fear in time for Archer to have a clown for his birthday? Check out the book to find out!

Do you have a child that shows signs of clownphobia? Try reading this book to them to show them how clowns can be silly instead of scary!

I really enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't stop smiling!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Jenny
What a delightful book for young children!

Archer wants a clown for his birthday but his mother is afraid of clowns and gives several reasons why she doesn't want him to have a clown. For every reason his mother gives him, Archer has a positive response.

Archer's innocence and ability to see the good in people helps his mother overcome her fear instead of her shifting her fear of clowns to him. A beautifully written message about fear that is appropriate for children of all ages.

The illustrations are beautifully done, eye-catching and add much charm to the story.

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Very cute book! July 30, 2013
This book is so cute! It really hits home because I have always had some kind of issue with clowns. My daughters, on the other hand, haven't cared one way or the other . This book has really nice pictures that make clowns seem not that bad. We should over come our own fears for our children. My kids love this book!!

5.0 out of 5 stars
 Kids loved it! June 21, 2013
This was a wonderful book! Both of my kids loved the book! My son loves clowns so he particularly enjoyed it. He thought the clown was awesome. They loved the illustrations too. My daughter kept counting the balloons on the cover.

Grab your copy here.

If you've read the book, please take a minute to post your own review to Amazon. Both Kathy and I would love to hear what you think of it.

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