Guest Post by J. S. Burke

Today I have the talented children’s book author J.S. Burke here to talk about her books. Take it away, J.S.!

Ashley, thank you so much for inviting me to your marvelous blog!
I’m J.S. Burke, author of the Dragon Dreamer books and other series. I live in Georgia with my family and rescue pets.  I’ve worked as an author, artist, teacher, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. I love books, chocolate, and the sea!

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The sea is vast, beautiful, exotic, and much remains unexplored. I decided to become a marine biologist when I was a child. I’ve conducted research onboard ships and while diving; my research papers are published in science journals.

I wasn’t planning to write a novel until a young dragon visited me. Arak flew out to sea and crashed. To my surprise, an octopus appeared. Octopuses are natural shapeshifters, intelligent and creative, with abilities far beyond ours. Octopus Scree rescues Dragon Arak; they overcome great differences and become friends. I began to write and more characters appeared. So I learned the art of writing a novel, which is quite different from writing a research paper. A third book is growing, with new and original characters!

The Dragon Dreamer books share my deep love of the sea and our world. Arak, a misfit golden dragon, loves “the smell and taste of sea spray, the rhythmic sound of the waves, and the remarkable colors. Sunrise waves were purple and rose. Sometimes the sea sparkled like a field strewn with cut diamonds.”

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“The Dragon Dreamer” and “Dragon Lightning” by J.S. Burke are the first two books in the Dragon Dreamer series. This Science Fantasy Adventure has dragons and an undersea world; it’s written in layers for readers age 9 to 99. They’ve won awards in Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Young Adult, and Children’s categories.

The Dragon Dreamer series can be read on many levels. One reviewer wrote that “The Dragon Dreamer” has a “profound human message.” Children and teens have made Halloween costumes to dress as characters from my books. Arak, a misfit dragon, and Scree, a feisty Healer octopus, are popular with all ages. These books are available as e-books (Kindle, Nook, KOBO, iBook, more) and paperback; audible versions should be available this year.

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“Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book” by J.S. Burke is an adult coloring book with hand-drawn mandalas woven from wildlife. These unique designs are fantasy snowflakes grown by dragons in the Dragon Dreamer series. “Crystal Geometry” and “Crystal Colors” are the first two books in the “Crystal Science” educational series (used in school systems).

I love Science and Art; they’re both based on patterns. I drew illustrations for my research papers and cartoons for my “Crystal Science” educational books. I painted the covers for my Dragon Dreamer books and drew a fantasy flake or illustration for each chapter. I’ve made a line of jewelry based on the Dragon Dreamer books.

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I’m currently drawing more fantasy snowflakes for “Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book II” and writing Dragon Dreamer book III. It’s fun to see the world through the eyes of a dragon or an octopus!
Thank you so much Ashley and everyone who stops by and reads this!

J.S. Burke

 

MEDIA LINKS for J.S. BURKE:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burke-721518861218158/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8283255.J_S_Burke
AMAZON: www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Burke/e/B00NVRVHWE/
WEBSITE: http://www.jennysburke.com
NEWSLETTER: http://www.jennysburke.com/bio–letter–events
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/TheDragonDreamr   
BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-s-burke-49b143b6-fbae-4b3a-a5c0-7571b588de62
GOOGLE+: https://plus.google.com/109374949212770892369

BOOK LINKS:  THE DRAGON DREAMER by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: http://authl.it/B00K9DHTU2?d
NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-dreamer-j-s-burke/1120629824
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dragon-dreamer/id933034842
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-dragon-dreamer

BOOK LINKS: DRAGON LIGHTNING by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: http://authl.it/B01MA1ZOJ6?d
NOOK: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-lightning-j-s-burke/1124857029
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1166420789
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/dragon-lightning

BOOK LINKS: FANTASY SNOWFLAKES COLORING BOOK by J.S. BURKE
Amazon Universal: https://www.relinks.me/0996042555

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Ship Rats

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My review of Ship Rats by Rhian Waller.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
Great book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Lu, her sisters, and their adventure at sea. The story was interesting and the characters lovable. The way the author conveyed how rats think and speak was perfect for children and hopefully will help them better appreciate these often misunderstood animals. The fact that the series will benefit a non-profit organization makes it even better.
Five stars for an amazing story!

Guest Post by Anita Kovacevic

Today I have the children’s book author, Anita Kovacevic, here to talk about her book Spikes for Hank. Take it away, Anita!

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Having over 20 years experience in teaching and storytelling with children and adults, I know very well that children need to be involved in a story while it is read, and what helps them relax and open their minds and hearts up in that reading niche is having someone they trust ask the right questions at the right time. Sometimes adults who read the stories with children need a little help in that department – some of them don’t realize talking to kids while reading is a good thing, whereas others know it is good, but lack ideas for questions.

Therefore, just like all my children’s books, Spikes for Hank also contains simple illustrations and questions after each chapter to help both children and adults enjoy themselves, using the story as starters of more conversations, developing empathy and strengthening children’s problem solving skills. These questions do not interrupt the flow of text, but follow each chapter, and one does not need to read them to be able to follow the story line.

The book also contains riddles and colouring pages in the final chapters.

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Everyone always talks about the magic that happens when a child reads a book or hears the story. I love it, too.
But you want to know what my favourite moment is?

It is when children finish reading the story and step out of it, bringing the magic with them into the real world. When they finish Alice in Wonderland and realize there is always more than one way of looking at the world. When they read The Little Prince and know the box can contain anything you wish – it is all up to us.

There are so many stories which can empower us all to be better and stronger versions of ourselves. May we all find them and spread that magic to the world.

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From the Foreward:

We are all born with some part of ourselves we don’t especially like. In fact, sometimes we hate it and wish we were different.
But with time, and a little help from our friends and family, we all discover we are as we are for a reason, and each of us is special and unique in our own way.
Sometimes, quite often in fact, what we thought our weakness turns out to be our most prized possession. Would it not be a dull world if we were all the same?

Anita Kovacevic
Children’s Book Author

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Blog – https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/
Amazon universal link – Author.to/AnitaKovacevicAmazon

Book Links:
Spikes for Hank – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8np4as5  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y86wkq56
Winky’s Colours – ebook https://tinyurl.com/yb5a76wx  ppb https://tinyurl.com/yask4nhy
Mimi Finds Her Magic – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8tmw9nc ppb https://tinyurl.com/y7a7oe8y
The Good Pirate – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y9dejlha  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y77htxrg
An Athology: A Treasure Chest of Children’s Storieshttps://tinyurl.com/y87oh7bd

Guest Post by Wanda Luthman

Today I have the wonderful children’s book author, Wanda Luthman, here to talk about her newest book Franky the Finicky Flamingo. Take it away, Wanda!

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Do you have a picky eater in your family? Are mealtimes a battle?
I can completely relate. My daughter was super picky as a child and when she was about to be school-aged, I wanted to figure out something she could take for lunch. She liked peanut butter, she liked jelly, and she liked bread so I thought, naively, that she would like a PB&J sandwich. Oh my goodness, did we have a standoff?
Sound familiar?
Don’t despair. Determine which battles you want to pick and be patient. Here’s my story…
My newest picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo, was inspired not only by my child’s pickiness but my own. I know that’s not a very “grown up” kind of thing to admit but alas I am picky. Most of it is due to texture issues but some of it is actually due to taste. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was a much pickier eater when I was a child. So, I’ve outgrown a lot of it. And if you have a picky eater, I believe they’re going to grow out it as well.

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When I was in Elementary School, I didn’t eat the school lunches so my Mom packed me exactly what I wanted every single day and that was a cold hot dog. Not the healthiest food, but I was happy. Somewhere around Middle School, I started eating school lunches. I know she was relieved.
I can honestly say that vegetables are just not my thing. I found out as an adult that I actually prefer my vegetables raw. Part of that is definitely texture, I don’t like mushy vegetables but the other more surprising thing is taste. I find vegetables in the raw are much tastier than after they have been cooked. I have even been told they are better for you. So, who’s picky now? Am I right? LOL

The other types of food that I really don’t like are citrus fruits. They have those strings in them. I choke on them. Still to this day! And I don’t like orange juice with pulp in it. Other fruits are all good though. What about you—do you have any foods you don’t like?
One time I heard a story about a set of twins that were separated at birth. One Mom said their child was a difficult eater because they wouldn’t eat anything unless she put ketchup on it. The other Mom said her child was the easiest child to feed because she would eat anything as long as she put ketchup on it. Maybe it’s all in perspective.

I just want to challenge you today as you think about your child’s picky eating–what battle do you want to pick?
And just maybe Franky the Finicky Flamingo might help encourage your picky eater to try new foods. You can check it out today at myBook.to/Franky

Wanda Luthman
Award-winning Children’s Author & Freelance Writer

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Books available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman) and
Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com)
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up (won 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal)
Gloria and the Unicorn
Franky the Finicky Flamingo
 
Magazines
Merritt Island Now
Swell Life Magazine
FLNow News
Follow me at
Twitter–@wandalu64

2018: The Year for Series Books

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope 2017 was a pleasant year. I read many books, wrote some new poetry, and made amazing new friends.

This year, I plan to focus more on book series. I hope to finish the next book in the Fluffy Folktales series before the end of the year. The title for the next installment is Beauty and the Beastly Herb Gardener. This one is going to be as much fun to write as Once Upon a Pastry was, and hopefully just as much fun to read!

Kyra and I will be working on the third installment in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series. Though it is currently untitled, it will involve mermaids and underwater candy creatures. Kyra, the co-author and illustrator, is especially excited to get started on this new project.

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Now on to something new. I have begun writing on a new children’s series for middle-grade. A science fiction/fantasy story, this series will focus on a group of children who become stuck on another world. More serious minded than our previous stories, this will not be a picture book, but will certainly bring out the best of your imagination. The first book of the Tales of Mentara series will be coming out before you know it.

That’s it for announcements. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018, and keep reading indie!

Coming Soon: Spunky 2!

We are excited to announce that the second book in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series is coming soon. Spunky and the Dolphin Palace will be released on May 28th, 2017. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a Facebook party and everyone is invited. Here is a short summary for the book:

When Spunky the cat jumps on the magical chair after his adventure in Cat World, he expects to go back home. Instead, he finds himself in another strange place where everything, including the animals and plants, is made of candy! Will Spunky ever find the way home to his loving owner?

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We hope you will attend the party to enjoy games, fun, and giveaways. Kyra and myself will be there with our own special surprises!

Girlie and the War of the Wasps

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My review for Girlie and the War of the Wasps by Claire Plaisted

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

Some great life lessons for kids in a cute story about insects. However, there were jarring editing issues and some sections did not flow well. A good editing sweep would make this a perfect story for children.

If you wish to purchase this book, here is the Amazon link.