Friday, December 17, 2010

Meet J.D. Holiday and Learn About Her Books for Kids.

Welcome to one of the stops on the tour for award winning author, J. D. Holiday. Here are some of the questions she has so graciously answered for us along the tour.

 How long have you been writing?

It's about 30 years now. A friend asked me to help her write a book she was working on. I did and went we were done with it, I started writing one of my own. Once in a while I would stop for a few months and then get back to it.

 What is a typical writing day like for you?

I write and paint my children's books so some of my days can be spent between writng and the artwork. I spend about 2 to 4 hours a day doing one or the other,or both.

 Is your family supportive of your writing?

Yes. They didn't always, but it's been going on so long now that it is now a way of life for us all.

Do you consider yourself a born writer?

No, but I was conditioned by watching my father write his stories and typing away on his typewriter every weekend all my childhood.

What was the first thing you ever had published?

I sure can. It was short story basic on a loved neighbor of mine who had to decide if she could stay in her own home once she she could not take care of it by herself. In the story a new feline friend and some of her human friends make it an easy discussion. The short story was called, 'Where The Heart Is,' and it was publishing in a literary magazine called Legacy in 1992.

 What do you enjoy most about writing?

The accomplishment I feel after completing all I set out to do in a story.

What is the best writing advice you ever received?

That would be, Edit, Edit and Edit. A writer must learn to do it mostly themselves or find or hire an editor to do it for them. It is not only important to catch spelling and grammar errors but you can clean up story problems as well that could stand in the way of a great story.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?

That I was probably dyslexic as a child. I don't believe they knew about it. For many years writing and spelling were difficult. In school reading was a major problem. I found, early on, that if I listened in class and could remember then I could pass a test. I could not pass a test with studying at home or just reading chapters.

 What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Use what writing time they have wisely. In those moments when they are "alone" on occasion, they should spend some of it researching their market and the publishing route they should take.

I appreciate having had the opportunity to post part of this interview here for J.D.Holiday. What a wonderful author and friend I have made. I hope you have followed her tour and learned more about her writing process and why her books for kids are a great addition to their collection.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Welcome to Day 6 for Author Suzanne Lieurance-Children's author and Writing coach.

Day 6 - Become a Fan of Children's Author Suzanne Lieurance- I can personally say that Suzanne is the best writing coach I have worked with and her new book is a good example of her work. Suzanne has a knack for teaching and encouraging because she has been there and is successful. Read on to find out more about this children's author and coach, and make sure you check out the links to all the information she shares.

Welcome to Day 6 of my virtual tour for my book The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp. I hope you will become a fan of this book and all my books. I love to write both fiction and nonfiction for children and teens and I'm currently working on my 24th book. Here's a short description of The Lucky Baseball, just in case you haven't been following my tour or you've never heard of the book. If you're a teacher, school librarian, or a homeschooling parent, be sure to download the free Educator's Guide that goes with the book -- it's available for download at my website (URL is included, below).

About the Book: The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Harry Yakamoto lives with his father and grandparents above the restaurant they operate in Seven Cedars, CA. His prized possession is a signed baseball from Joe DiMaggio. As Japanese-Americans in the early 1940s, Harry and his family often face discrimination, but things get worse after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Yakamotos are forced to relocate to the Manzanar Internment Camp, where they live in close quarters, eat meals in a mess hall, and share a communal bathroom. Determined to make the best of the situation, Harry organizes a baseball team and improves his pitching, thanks to a kindly guard who gives him some pointers.

To learn more about me and my books, please visit my author website at If you'd like to have me visit your school or speak to your homeschooling group, or present at a writer's conference, you can see the various presentations I offer. You'll also find that I offer free 15-minute Introductory author visits via Skype.

Besides writing for children, I'm also a fulltime freelance writer and the Working Writer's Coach (which means I help other writers turn their love of writing into a career). You can find out more about my coaching, plus read articles about writing and the business of freelance writing, at I love to help other people learn to write for children and I get to do that as coaching coordinator and one of the instructors for the Children's Writer's Coaching Club. Be sure to learn more about the club if you're interested in becoming a children's book author yourself.

Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoon I host Book Bites for Kids, a talk show about children's books on blogtalkradio. To become a fan of my show, just go to You can even put a player on your site that will play the replays of my shows, so I hope you'll become a fan of the show.

Here are some of the social marketing sites where you can follow me:

Twitter -

Facebook -!/profile.php?id=670396752

Jacketflap -

Thanks so much for stopping by here today! Happy holidays!

Suzanne Lieurance

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 6 for Author George W. Everett. Become a Facebook Fan

Become a Fan of Children's Author George W. Everett

Welcome to Day 6 of this virtual tour for my new book G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion. I hope you will become a fan of this book and the entire series. I am in the process of creating a web-page for G.W. Frog and company at It is not completed yet, but hopefully will be by the end of the year. I will have “frog games” and other interesting things on this site. I can be reached on Facebook and e-mails at At the present, three of the five books in the series of G.W. Frog have been published, and two more will be by February 2011.

Here is some information about the published books in the series:

G. W. Frog and the Circus Lion:

Larry the Lion is distraught. His looks have changed over the years as he became an old lion. Losing his teeh was a big blog to his eog and inner courage. Along comes an unsuspected friend in the form of a very caring Frog. Along with some other critters from Frog Holler, and some creative genus, they fix up the old lion, restore his courage, and save the day!

G.W. Frog and the Haunted House in Misty Meadows

Join with the critters from Frog Holler to unravel the mysteries of the old mansion perched on a hill in the swamp-land of Misty Meadows. Things aren't always as they first seem, and remember good will always prevail over evil.

G. W. Frog and the Pumpkin Patch Bandit

Someone was stealing Farmer Brown's prize pumpkins. Old Scarecrow was deeply concerned because it was his job to protect them, but he was old and unable to stay awake when he needed to. He was in a jam until G.W. Frog came to the rescue.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Welcome to Day 6 for Author Dawn Menge and Heath Rhodes

Welcome to the tour for Dawn and Heath. What a fun book and one I am sure kids will enjoy. Here we have a short bio for each of the authors and links to their websites. Check it out and follow the tour.

And you still have time to order this book and the other books in the series for your favorite child this holiday. Check out the links below for easy shopping. These authors are must haves for the kids on your list.

 Become a Fan of Dawn Menge and Heath Rhodes

Heath Rhoades is the Astronomy Team Leader at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Table Mountain Observatory and specializes in software and technology for the optical telescope systems. Mr. Rhoades participates in asteroid and comet astrometry and is conducting research in asteroid light curve studies, as well as training and assisting visiting scientist. Dawn Menge has Masters and Clear Credential in special Education. She has worked with the severely handicapped population for over a decade. She is currently working towards her PHD in Curriculum and Instruction. Together, they wrote the third book inthe Queen Vernita series. It's called Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer.

Dawn and Heath invite you to become a fan of the book and to visit any of their websites


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Author Marsha Cook- author, children's author, literary agent,


Welcome to the tour for Author Marsha Cook. I am so glad you stopped by.

Author Marsha Cook is someone you should know. Whether you are a parent or grandparent wanting to find the perfect book for your child or a writer wanting to learn from other writers, Marsha Cook has it all.

Author of The Busy Bus, Snack Attack, and The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion just to name a few, Marsha also runs a literary agency and  media company which promotes other writers. She also supports numerous charities and helps to find publishers for the writers she promotes. Visit for more information about this wonderful author.

Visit here for a book trailer on her book Snack Attack.

Go to for the next stop on the tour and to read more great information about Marsha Cook. See you there.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Author tours ... this is the place to be.....

Parents,  grandparents, and those interested in buying the best books for kids will want to check back here this week to follow the book tours for three very exciting children's authors.  It will be informative and fun, maybe a few give aways along the way. Day one of each tour will be announced tomorrow, so come one and all on a great adventure... and all from the comfort of your home during this holiday season. See you there. Merry Merry Christmas.... and remember that books make great gifts.


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