My Marchin’ Papers for the Week of 14-19 October

AM I EVER EXCITED!  I HAVE FINALLY BEEN GIVEN my assignments for the Teen Read Week Blog Hop!  I’m still filling out the paperwork that came with the assignments so the blogger hosting me will have my information.  One thing I have noticed, our Blog Hop for the week starts a day after the official Teen Read Week, which begins on the 13th — so, our Blog begins on 14 October, not the 13th as I’ve been advertising.  My bad…I apologize.

Here we go:  On Tuesday, 15 October, I will be the blogger hosting a fantastic YA author, Sharon Ledwith.  On Saturday–not Thursday as I’d been told previously (sorry, but they needed some flexibility as they tried to juggle all of us)–that’s Saturday, 19 October, I will be hosted as a YA author by blogger (and author) Donna Dillion.  All week long, YA authors and bloggers will  come together at Books by Greta Burroughs, a link set up specifically for this Teen Read Week Blog Hop.  That’s 35 authors and 27 bloggers converging together to make sure the teens (age 12-18) around us are able to tap into some good sources for reading.

Teen Read Blog HopI’ll have more information the week before the event, but right now, I’m trying to carve out some time to blaze through Sharon Ledwith’s latest book: Legend of the Timekeepers.  I just finished The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis and loved it…so closing for now so I can dive into the book.

I’ll keep you informed as we get closer of any breaking news.


 

SEEK THE UNKNOWN: 13-19 October Teen Read Week Blog Hop

YES, INDEED.  I’M SURE, IF YOU CHECK your local library, you will find that it will be hopping on the week of 13-19 October!  And, if not, ask why not!?  Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has dedicated this week to teens (whether avid or reluctant readers), ages 12-18, so they can learn about books of all sorts that they will draw them into the world of reading.  Their tag line for this event is Seek The Unknown.  So fitting!

A Facebook group–specifically for parents, kids, teachers & authors–that I belong to (Inspiring Children…One Book At A Time) is planning a Blog Hop, featuring authors and their books, specifically written for this age group.  Each blogger will host an author.  There will be contests, giveaways and links to other blogs to find out about other books.

I am excited to be involved with this event:  I will be hosting an author on Tuesday, 15 October–I don’t know which one yet…and I will be hosted by a blogger as an author on Thursday, 17 October.  I also do not know which blogger as yet.  I will let you all know as soon as I find out!  I do know I will have a book to give away, along with bookmarks–and maybe a few other goodies…not sure about that yet.

If you are a teen, or if you are a parent or relative of a teen, this is a week you do not want to slip away without investigating.  There are some talented authors out there, many you probably have never heard about.  I’ve read some of their work and can tell you–it’s amazing how many gems exist in that forest of authors!

Mark your calendar: 13-19 October.  Start at the Inspiring Children’s Facebook site for the Blog Hop!   Make sure to find the time to check it out–you won’t regret it!

Blessings to you all!

Getting My Ducks In A Row…

I’VE BEEN MIA FOR A BIT NOW, what with frantically trying to get all my ‘ducks in a row’ with my book, getting another art exhibition ready, traveling to visit friends…and now a lovely sinus infection.

It’s finally quieting down, though there are still loose ends everywhere.  Still things to be signed, Book Art classes to attend (I’ve missed three with my travel, which makes me very sad), a little more traveling and some digging into my photo archives for a potential sale or two.

With my train travel, I have actually had time to sit back and doodle with paper and water color–and completely read two books (and start a third)!  I haven’t been able to do that for some time now.  Thank God for the Kindle, which allows you to ‘cart around’ a stack of books without the burden of bulk.  Such a delightful feeling to finally get into other writers fantasy worlds, and I am craving more. I’ll be downloading more books very soon!  The books I read: Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One by Nickie Storey and The Last Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith.  I do not believe in spoilers:  Both are fiction, well written, fast paced, fun stories geared for middle schooler and beyond.  There are characters you’ll love, cheer on and those you’ll loath.  I think I found myself tearing up in both at times.  Like I said…well written.

Speaking of train travel, now that I have done the Coach Car routine on two separate trips, I can honestly say it’s great for shorter trips, but ‘overnighters’ may require a sleeper in the future–if I can find one cheap enough. Two hours (maybe) of sleep on the floor of the observation deck leaves a lot to be desired…the coach seats, though spacious, do not recline far enough for my poor back.  The phenomenon of feeling like you’re still on the train…it is the most bizarre feeling…I’m not sure it is from my sinus infection (maybe an inner ear thing), or from the prolonged constant motion of the train, but I still feel (a day after the train ride) like I’m rocking or swaying, especially if I’m sitting.  A very strange feeling, indeed.  Not bad, just strange.

The loose ends for the first book in my series consist of giving the final okay (I’m still not satisfied with their explanation of why the print on the spine is so smooshed up, so they won’t get it till it’s either corrected or tell me it cannot be corrected–in which case, I will NOT be a happy camper and will remember that for the future book designs), filling out and signing marketing contracts and finally, setting up dates for my book signings and readings.  I am still excited about late next month, when I will have my stack of books in hand, sitting down to sign copies for readers.  I also just received my web address for my very own authors page at my publishers site, with all the information about the book, about the author (me) and Xlibris link to order the book: www.djjamesonsmith-author.com

On the painterly side, I am taking a book arts class, learning different ways to create books, large and small, which I will incorporate into the personalized storybook creations I make.  Open Ground Studios has created a “permanent” rotating artists’ work wall, which is super idea, and I have one piece included.  Now that things have quieted down a wee bit, I might actually have time to do some art there, also!

I plan on taking a trip down the coast in the near future to capture some images of our beautiful coastline and trees. They (mostly pine, redwood, with a few deciduous varieties) will be beautiful once the temperatures cool down and they start their brief color changes…the mix of colors will be striking — I hope I can capture it to my satisfaction!

Very soon — only a couple days more than a month, NaNoWriMo begins once again. I am excited! November 1-30: 30 days of ‘writers abandon’ attempting to create 50,000 words.  I already have plans for my fourth book floating around in my head.  I will use NaNo as my starting point for this book. Then of course, soon after, I will need to hunker down to begin tying up the loose ends for the next two books in the series so they will be ready for publishing early- and mid-year of 2014. Secrets Beyond Scymaria, book one, was the beginning, setting the stage.  These next two will be even more exciting than the first.  Book four is planned to come out just before the holidays, Fall of 2014, if all goes well.

Life continues to be exciting, challenging and full — both between the pages of books and for real…

May God bless your days ahead, filling them with health, wisdom and a wealth of experiences.

 

Teen Read Week: October 13-19, 2013

NOW, THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR TEENS–and their parents to get involved at their local libraries to discover the books available to them and the authors creating those books.  This event, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will happen online and at local libraries across the country.  YALSA  is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, ages 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, it builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

I’m not sure, but it looks like this is YALSA’s second year doing Teen Read Week and looks to be the beginning of something big!

So, join us as we collective of bloggers and authors help out during this week in October with a Teen Week Blog Hop.  Bloggers and authors will be teamed up to help promote and talk about the books that are available for teens, ages 12-18.

If you are in the twittersphere, use this hashtag to get the word out: #TRW13

I’ll update you as information is made available.  Go to YALSA’s website to sign up or for more details.  For those authors that peruse this blog, to find out more details click on the Author’s link.

Don’t forget: Teen Read Week: October 13-19, 2013.  Make a point of checking it out!

 

It’s Live!

WELL, FOLKS…FINALLY, IT HAS COME full circle.  My labor of love, starting from a kernel of an idea, progressing through the painful stages of writing, re-writing, critiques and multiple edits, then the multiple stages of the publishing arena–has now come to fruition.  The only thing left is for my author’s copies (one of each) and the shipment of books for book signings to arrive.  Then, the next leg of this truly amazing adventure begins anew.

My book, Secrets Beyond Scymaria, is finally ready for you, the reader to enjoy!

Secrets Beyond Scymaria, order NOW

Secrets Beyond Scymaria, available at Xlibris.com/bookstore — order NOW

You may order your copy through Xlibris.com/bookstore NOW, or wait (up to 4-6 weeks) till Amazon.com and BarnesandNobles.com finally has it in their online bookstores (and hopefully at the brick and mortar store of your Barnes and Nobles).  I will be working with local bookstores very shortly to get it on the bookshelves.  I will keep you apprised of various store that will carry the book.  You may also help out at your local book store by ordering the book there.  If enough of you do so, they will stock the book for others to purchase (you can mention that the book is eligible for Xlibris’ buyback program, so they are covered if they don’t feel they are selling enough books).

I will also let you know dates and locations of book signings as soon as I get them lined up. I’ll post them here and on my website.  If you are interested in a book signing in your specific area, contact me using the form on the Contact page of my website or simply by making a comment on this post and I will get back to you.

So, happy reading to all of you.  I would love to hear from you to get honest feedback on how you liked the book.  Really.

…and I’ll do the finishing touches on books two and three so I can start the editing and publishing processes all over again–then you can really have some fun!

Have a blessed day.