"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Monday, September 14, 2020

Mayan Adventure



Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure

Sherry Ellis

An ancient Mayan civilization!

That's what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.

But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.

Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?

Release date - September 15, 2020
$7.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 96 pages
Juvenile Fiction - Action Adventure (JUV001000)/Legends, Myths, Fables-Caribbean & Latin American(JUV012070)/Fantasy & Magic(JUV037000)
Print ISBN 9781939844705 / EBook ISBN 9781939844712
$3.99 EBook available in all formats

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  
https://www.sherryellis.org/
https://www.bubbaandsquirt.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/sherryellisbooksandmusic
https://twitter.com/513sherrye


Sherry Ellis’ Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China won the Reader’s Favorites Silver Medal for the Children's Grades 4-6 category.

Links:
Amazon - 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083S1VQ14
ITunes - https://books.apple.com/ca/book/bubba-and-squirts-mayan-adventure/id1495108829
Barnes & Noble - 
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bubba-and-squirts-mayan-adventure-sherry-ellis/1136013293?ean=9781939844705
Kobo - 
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bubba-and-squirt-s-mayan-adventure
Goodreads - 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50624942-bubba-and-squirt-s-mayan-adventure

FROM:
Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Freedom Fox Press
P.O. Box 383
Pikeville, NC 27863 USA
inquiries@dancinglemurpressllc.com
www.dancinglemurpress.com

Monday, September 7, 2020

Blurb Competition: $500 Prize

Many books are purchased or read based on the image on the front cover, or the description on the back cover.

If you are interested: write a description of your own as if you were publishing a book you might write. The information you provide should let the reader know if this is fiction or nonfiction, offer a glimpse of the main characters, setting, and conflicts involved.

Can you do this in 100 words or less? There is a contest you can submit this to for a chance to win $500. The deadline for entry is September 15, 2020 at noon Eastern Time. For more information, please visit: https://www.queryletter.com/contest

For some great tips on writing a blurb, check out: http://inkandquills.com/2016/09/25/outline-book-blurb/

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG: Dream Beta Partner

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.


SEPTEMBER QUESTION - 
If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

MY ANSWER - Without hesitation - Nora Roberts. As a bestselling author of multiple genres I would love to get her advice and insight. Attending a conference with her would be another dream.

How about you? Who would you choose, and why?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

MIA: Hurricane Version and Prayer Request

 I would like to request prayers for all those in the path of Hurricane Laura. 

Many of these individuals just got back into their homes from losing them in a hurricane two or three years ago. Now they face the very real possibility of losing everything again. PLEASE PRAY.

I likely won't be around much for a while. Even if we are blessed enough not to lose anything, we will be helping others.

If you would like to keep up with those affected and watch for ways to help, please visit the facebook page: Hurricane Laura 2020

If you'd like to know more about the one three years ago, please click on Hurricane Harvey below.

Again, if you pray, please join us now.

Category 4 Hurricane Laura up to 145 mph, threatens 'unsurvivable' 20 foot  storm surge - Orlando Sentinel

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sad Classics

For the most part, I prefer "Happily Ever After" endings. However, I've noticed lately that I keep returning to some not-so HEA classics. I've caught myself returning to these sad tales a lot more over the last few years, and not just for teaching purposes. Some of my repeat reads include:





How about you? Do you prefer HEA? What are some of your favorite sad endings?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Dancing Lemur Press Books on Sale

 Dancing Lemur Press is offering some of their titles on sale this month:


 

Big Red

On sale Aug. 10-14 for $2.99 Amazon eBook

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQM7W5S

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NQM7W5S

CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NQM7W5S

AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NQM7W5S





Stone Man

On sale Aug. 17-21 for $2.99 Amazon eBook

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X9CM3CH

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07X9CM3CH

CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07X9CM3CH

AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07X9CM3CH 



 


Voyagers: The Third Ghost





Gabe’s Guardian Angel

On sale Aug. 31 – Sept. 4 for $2.99 Amazon eBook

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082WPC44Q

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082WPC44Q

CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B082WPC44Q

AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B082WPC44Q






Lost Helix

On sale Aug. 24-28 for $3.99 Amazon eBook

US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082XTSZLQ

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082XTSZLQ

CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B082XTSZLQ

AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B082XTSZLQ



If you'd like to learn more about this great publisher:

Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Freedom Fox Press
P.O. Box 383
Pikeville, NC 27863 USA
inquiries@dancinglemurpressllc.com
www.dancinglemurpress.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

IWSG: Form - Genre

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.


AUGUST QUESTION - 
 Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

MY ANSWER - I've been intentionally writing short stories for a while. Most of my pieces are intentionally one form, or genre, over another.

How about you? Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July Scribbler Box: Conflict and Chemistry

The July box from Scribbler has arrivedYou can learn about previous boxes, and why I subscribed by clicking the "Scribbler" link in the labels below.

This month the box offers a double theme: Conflict and Chemistry.

As always, the first thing you see upon opening the box is a writing exercise/contest postcard. Each month provides a new challenge for writers to practice. The deadline for this month is August 13th. 


The "Curated Writerly Gifts" this month include a "the WRITE stuff" patch to sew onto a fabric of your choice, a "Character Notes" pad, an invitation to the SCRIBBLER editorial service, and a third book THE CURE FOR WRITER'S BLOCK by Andrew Mayne - one of the two authors highlighted this month. 

As usual, this box also came with an inside look at the publishing process for this months author, and an exclusive invitation to chat with a publishing professional: Agent, Erica Silverman.

Also included  are two collectible 'Writing Passports' with the author(s) discussing this months themes of CONFLICT and CHEMISTRY.

This months new releases include:

THE ROGUE KING by Abigail Owen.

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who―and what―she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she's treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can't stop bursting into flames, and there's a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her...
 
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he's waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

 
AND...

THE GIRL BENEATH THE SEA by Andrew Mayne

An Amazon Charts bestseller.
For a Florida police diver, danger rises to the surface in an adventurous thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.
Coming from scandalous Florida treasure hunters and drug smugglers, Sloan McPherson is forging her own path, for herself and for her daughter, out from under her family’s shadow. An auxiliary officer for Lauderdale Shores PD, she’s the go-to diver for evidence recovery. Then Sloan finds a fresh kill floating in a canal—a woman whose murky history collides with Sloan’s. Their troubling ties are making Sloan less a potential witness than a suspect. And her colleagues aren’t the only ones following every move she makes. So is the killer.
Stalked by an assassin, pitted against a ruthless cartel searching for a lost fortune, and under watch within her ranks, Sloan has only one ally: the legendary DEA agent who put Sloan’s uncle behind bars. He knows just how deep corruption runs—and the kind of danger Sloan is in. To stay alive, Sloan must stay one step ahead of her enemies—both known and unknown—and a growing conspiracy designed to pull her under.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that's impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself...and take back his birthright.

Have you read anything from these authors? Do you subscribe to any boxing services? What do you recommend? Have you heard of SCRIBBLER? Are you tempted to join?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

6 Critical Skills Every Educator Should Cultivate

Teachers today are working with increasingly diverse populations with a diverse set of needs. In the past, those included learning about gender, race, and ethnic diversities. We also began learning about addressing the needs of gifted, standard, ESLL (English as a Second Language Learners), Special Education, Behavioral Education, etc. all happening within the same classroom environment. Then educators learned about addressing a variety of additional educational barriers and safety issues such as dyslexia, autism, bullying, suicide prevention, online predators, etc.

Yet again, this year, we are learning how to adapt to teaching in the age of a pandemic. This has meant overcoming a variety of obstacles, such as technology barriers – access and availability. Schools all across the nation are being encouraged to resume classes, many are doing so but virtually as they did in the Spring. Some are not. Each decision seems to incur just as much anger as comfort.

Here in Texas, out Governor has asked schools to resume in person. Supposedly, Texas now has one of the highest count cases of Covid in the United States, and as such many schools are choosing not begin classes until September, or October, and even then, beginning virtually.

The school district where I teach currently plans to resume classes in person in just a couple of weeks. Teachers are now starting back for training purposes, and students are expected to be back on August 3. This has obviously caused a myriad of reactions, and will continue to do so.

No matter how you feel about this issue however, continuing to hone a solid set of essential skills makes for a more effective, and successful teacher. These are the reasons most of us continue our work regardless of the current climate.

1. Genuine Interest in Others - This one is an essential component of a teaching career. When we wake up in the morning, we have the drive and energy to sit with people through their best and worst. We try to be fully present for our students, however difficult or long the day becomes. Will hope we still can ten/twenty years down the road. A sustained commitment to facilitating positive transformation and human-to-human connection while imparting necessary skills is key to a successful and fulfilling career in education.

2. Self-Reflection - An effective teacher knows that it’s just as important to look within themselves as it is to carefully observe others. The idea of “Self Care” isn’t new, but is essential. By feeling well, a teacher can relate well and empathize with students. Thinking well means to think creatively as well as critically, to conceptualize in theoretical terms, and to demonstrate great academic skills. To act well means to conduct oneself in the service of others and the professional field to facilitate positive change when needed.

3. Ability to Listen – On Multiple Levels and to Various Audiences. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but effective listening as a teacher is a skill. We need not only to listen to what is being said, but how it’s said, why it’s said, and what it means in that particular context – i.e. content, delivery, and context. We listen “between the lines,” so to speak, for those things that aren’t being said. What a student, parent, or colleague omits from a discussion can speak just as clearly as what is communicated out loud. Perhaps most importantly, we should know how to listen without judgment or evaluation when needed, but also to know when they ARE needed.

4. Accessibility & Authenticity – An educator must be accessible to all students in order to gain their trust, but perhaps more importantly, a teacher needs to be genuine and empathetic—in his or her communication, listening, and professional persona. Developing a connection with each student is key to moving forward in the educational process, and is the core of an effective classroom experience.

5. Flexibility - A good teacher has flexibility in world views and a strong understanding of multicultural issues. Each student is going to be different in his or her background, experience, and engagement in the classroom. Each individual student approach may even change from one semester to the next. Being able to communicate, or find a variety of approaches that may work for each is the hallmark of a good teacher.

6. Sense of Humor - Educators sit through some uncomfortable, difficult, and often strenuous days. That said, it’s alright for both students and teachers to laugh along the way. Timing is, of course, everything, but knowing how to form a relational connection with someone, or a group, to the point of developing a shared sense of humor is a skill that shouldn’t be overlooked. Humor and a nuanced understanding of its uses in the classroom environment is a valuable tool.

Obviously, there is no formula for the perfect teacher. There isn’t even a formula for a perfect day. Some days, semesters, years, or pandemics are particularly difficult. All we can do is our best. Hopefully, these six skills will help.

What are the schools in your area doing for this school year? What do you feel is the right decision and why?