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Hi everyone my author and Stitch Says blogs now have a new home!!!!

http://ahowland.org/wordpress/

Here you can find everything. It’s still a working process, but all the blogs and comments are there. You can link to other social media and still enjoy my blogs!

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Thank you for joining me here – I look forward to seeing everyone commenting on my new site. As always have fun!

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Author interview: Adam Wallace #amreading

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Today we get to meet Adam Wallace or Wally as we know him! Let’s find out more about Wally and his work:

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
Wow, well, my definitive actual decision (after enjoying writing in high School but then writing nothing but birthday cards for ten years!) came when I was 27. It has had a huge impact on my life … not quite as huge as this afternoon when my thumb got smashed by a very turned on rotating ceiling fan, but huge just the same! I was doing engineering, and while it was good money, and I made great friends, it never felt right. I knew that I wanted to work with children in some capacity, and after trialling a few avenues, writing seemed to be present and what I was drawing to in all of them and was where I felt most comfortable. So deciding to become an author allowed me to find me, the creative me that was always lurking inside me.

It’s awesome when things fall into place – creativity is like that sometimes!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My latest work is called Jamie Brown is NOT Rich. The motivation was twofold. First was that I was asked by Ford Street Publishing to write and illustrate a chapter book … so that was the motivation for the format! The genre came from a love of fish-out-of-water stories, especially Happy Gilmore and many of Bill Peet’s books. I love the scenarios it throws up, and how the skills and personality traits that make someone an outcast can be what actually endears them to the new situations, and enables them to come out on top. A fish-out-of-water story also gives many, many chances for awesome comedy as well! I wrote this story to really entertain kids, to make them laugh at the same time as having the underlying messages of acceptance, fitting in, bullying, friendship, and wealth.

The Two Jamie Covers

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I want to become the best-selling children’s author from Australia. I like to set my goals high! I have other goals, such as releasing a minimum of one new book every year, of learning as I write, of not being afraid to ask for advice, of not being afraid of rejection or criticism, and of being true to myself and my style of writing. I will never write something that isn’t me, that doesn’t make me feel joy while I am writing it.

Wonderful aspirations and a fantastic attitude that will ensure success!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My ideas come from everywhere! I have written novels based on a single line from a song. I have written poems after seeing a kangaroo eating grass. I have written a short story after my wife did a HUGE burp at Chadstone Shopping Centre … oh. I may have said too much.
Moving on, very quickly, my writing is also influenced by my family. My grandmother was a children’s author, and my dad, while not published, is a very funny writer as well. But I am also influenced by TV shows and films I watch, books I read, and people I meet. Kids are an especially great source of inspiration, they say the funniest things!

Kids are the best material makers, along with dogs of course!

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I write. Every single day. The more you write, the better you will become. I also like to get a grounding in techniques by reading books and interviews by and for authors. The more techniques you have in your sub-concious, the easier it is to be creative without worrying about the other stuff. Besides, that’s what editing is for!
I watch videos on creativity and inspiration, and I read my work out loud so that I can hear the flow and rhythm of it. I am also now at a stage where I can sort of just about handle critiques of my work, so am able to let others read it and give me an opinion I can ignore … I mean, take on board and consider!

Opinions of others are always important!

Where can people contact you?
The best place is my website http://www.adam-wallace-books.com
The site also has videos, chapters of my books, reviews, interviews, and even a little bit about me.
I’m also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wallysbooks)

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I write every day, as I mentioned, but the time is pretty fluid. I do always try and write in the morning, so that I know I have done something. There is nothing worse than getting to the afternoon, wanting to write something for the day, and feeling pressure to do so. If I write in the morning and feel inspiration later on, well, that’s a bonus and lets me get even more done.
In terms of actually writing, I am very free-flowing. I write very much in a stream of consciousness style, getting everything I can out on to the page. It’s like someone said, I think it was Michaelangelo on the statue of David. You chip away what isn’t a man, and what’s left is the statue. If I get everything out on the page, then I can chip away everything that isn’t my story.

A good technique – clearly you know what works best for you!


For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?

Keep going. Just because something isn’t rejected doesn’t mean it isn’t good … at the same time though, don’t let your writer’s pride get in the way of improving a story. But you have to keep writing, get your writing as good as it can possibly be. I had over 150 rejections over 7 years before I was accepted by a publisher, and I know that by that time I was writing a lot better. The other reason to keep writing is that when you are picked up by a publisher, they will often ask what else you have. If you’ve been writing and writing and honing your craft, you will have other works to show them. And who knows, it could be the start of something big!

Excellent advice!

Thanks Adam (Wally) for stopping by here at Stitch Says! It was wonderful to meet you. To all you readers check out Adam’s work and keep reading, keep writing!

The Best of 2013 #amreading

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Stitch Says only started this year and already I have met some wonderful authors and read some fantastic books. I can’t wait to continue this blog in the new year. While there have been far more books and authors here than I ever imagined I thought I’d wrap up the year with some of the books and I interviews I loved the most:

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Stitch met the Sock Kids in a really fun Character interview:

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One of the best books I read was:
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We met another really cool dog!
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Read some heart-felt rescue stories

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And travelled into the realms of Science Fiction:
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They were just a few great moments here on Stitch Says. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took time to contribute and join us for some fun. It is after all about authors helping authors. I am looking forward to seeing what Stitch and Chewie bring to this blog in the new year!

Stitch is already for a fun party night!
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Watch this space in 2014, email me at Ashley@ahowland.org to be involved and remember always keep reading, keep writing!

Author Interview: GPA Greatest Poet Alive #amreading #poet

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Today Stitch Says would like to introduce you to the Greatest Poet Alive. Let’s hear what he has to say;

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I decided to become an author in August 2007. It was a Thursday afternoon, and I said I was tired of writing endless poems with no direction to them. Being an author has added a further sense of purpose to my life. I am constantly seeking to come up with innovative ways to give my readers a better reading experience.

Every author needs that sense of clarity to get motivated!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Revenge of the Orgasm is my latest writing endeavour. (Chuckling) The motivation behind it came from two places with the first being my good fortune to have had these experiences, both intimate and sexual, with the beautiful women. And the other motivational factor was to be able to write a “tell all” book with all the sizzle but without telling someone else’s business, just my own.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I want to be known as the “go to author” of Poetry. What that means is that my name is going to be synonymous with Poetry before I’m done. Then, I am going to bully my way into the young adult genre with some of the stories from my youth.

Bully your way in – that’s worth

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My ideas and experiences that influence my writing come from everyday life and beautiful women.(I know you’ve read this before from me, but it’s the truth.)

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I am constantly looking to push the envelope so I’m not placed into one category or my readers will grow accustomed to one style or subject matter.

What are the names of your books?
The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub, and Revenge of the Orgasm

Where can people contact you?
G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) on Facebook, gr8estpoetalive on Twitter, Greatest Poet Alive on Reverbnation.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
Rejection is a huge part of the occupation of being an author. Whether it is submitting a manuscript or selling a book at a fair or conference, you have just understand that everyone isn’t going to buy into your work. Thick skin is a necessity.

Yes a Think skin is a requirement!

Thanks GPA for stopping by here on Stitch Says – it was great to meet you! Lots more exciting interviews and reviews to be posted here soon, until then keep reading, keep writing!

Where’s Blucy? #giveaway

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A blog with a difference today – it’s a giveaway! Check out the post, follow the links and enter to win!

About the Book

Blucy by Julia DweckTitle: Blucy

Author: Julia Dweck

Illustrator: Erika LeBarre

Year published: 2013

Publisher: Xist Publishing

Number of pages: 21

Recommended age: 3+

Summary (Amazon): Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along. When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn’t realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality. Features full screen images and pop-up text.

Blucy Facebook Page * Blucy Pinterest Page * Goodreads

 

Purchase & Special Offer

Xist Publishing is pleased to offer you a special Buy One Get One FREE (BOGO) offer when you purchase Blucy by Julia Dweck. The Deal? If you purchase Blucy (e-book) through Amazon, you will receive a FREE electronic copy of Julia Dweck’s newest book, Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep (released September 5, 2013). All you have to do is forward your purchase confirmation email to sales@xistpublishing.com and Xist Publishing will send you a complimentary copy of Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep. Don’t wait to take advantage of this great deal!

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The Early Buzz

“Julia Dweck scores another winner Blucy! This book is beautifully illustrated, features solid rhyming verse, has a most unusual main character in Blucy the cat, and will surely be loved and appreciated by all cat-lovers! I would recommend this wonderful picture book to children who love cats and for their grown-ups who will recognize their own cat’s behavior in this funny story. .” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Ms Dweck and Ms Lebarre have created a delightfully humorous read that will no doubt capture the attention of every little mischief maker. The rhythm and rhyme are wonderful and flow so beautifully throughout the book. The illustrations are absolutely exquisite. I honestly wish I could purchase every one of them to put upon my toddlers walls.” ~ WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook

“The illustrations are amazing and beautiful and the story pulls you in and had Dino telling Mandy and Blucy what to do and got upset when they didn’t listen to him. He was hysterical with some of Blucy’s antics and wanted to know if Balboa could do that to. Really and truly a cute book and one that Dino will keep reading, especially now that he think he’s a catosaurous.” ~ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

A blue cat? I love color – lots of color and these illustrations are exactly that. The rythmic method used by Julia is perfect for all ages and the content is entertaining for all – including adults. My daughter loves mood rings so she found this book particularly interesting – what about a “mood cat”. I am also a firm believer and supporter of pet adoptions – so another plus for this story…That Blucy is quite a mischievous cat. Blucy has special facts at the end of the story as well as a game for the kids to keep them thinking. I love this book as I have all of Julia’s books and so do my kids. ~ The Stuff of Success

A Phenomenal Children’s Classic. Children & Adults will love and cherish this beloved tale. Julia Dweck has always amazed me with her talent at writing children’s books and Blucy is by far my favorite one yet. I laughed and giggled my way through the whole book and had to read it again several times for the pure joy of the story. The illustrations are fabulous and very colorful and I found myself staring at each page as I read and just loved the details in the illustrations. This is a RECOMMENDED MUST read story that adults and their children will fall in love with. This book will become the best bedtime story that children will want to hear over and over again. ~ Back Words, White Pages

 

About the Author: Julia Dweck

Julia Dweck, Author

Julia Dweck‘s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She’s collaborated with leading artists in the world of children’s literature to produce over 20 Amazon eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon’s bestsellers in children’s color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious “Kindle Daily Deal.” Many of Julia’s titles have earned placement on Amazon’s top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.

For more information about Julia Dweck and her books, please visit her website, Jule Loves 2 Write.

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* Where in the blue is Blucy? *

Before we get to the $100 Book Blast Giveaway, we have a special treat for you. If you head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page, you will find the “Where in the blue is Blucy?” contest. Julia Dweck fans are invited to post suggestions of “blue” places Blucy could be hiding, (e.g., near Elvis’ blue suede shoes). The most creative answer will win a print of the Blucy cover by the artist, Erika LeBarre. Head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page to enter and…

Pssssttt… if you enter the contest, you gain 5 entries in the $100 Book Blast Giveaway below!

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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest runs: August 13 to September 15, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email!

* This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Julia Dweck and by Xist Publishing. *

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So go on, have some fun! Until next time – keep reading, keep writing!

Book Review: The Ghost Within #amreading

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Charlotte Bloomfield’s second book is The Ghost Within, let’s find out more:

Castle Mount School is under threat by a nine-hundred year old ghost and it’s up to Crystal and her new friends to stop Baron John and free Megan from his control, before it’s too late and his vengeful plan puts an end to them and all their fellow pupils.

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Stitch Says Review:
The Ghost Within by Charlotte Bloomfield
Starting a new school can be tough, especially a boarding school. It’s even harder when one of your room mates is possessed by an evil ghost and asking for your help. Crystal discovers an evil truth when she becomes a student at Castle Mount School; she needs to join forces with some new friends to rescue one of their class mates. Charlotte Bloomfield brings to life a ghost tale full of mystery and adventure. Kids who love to read about ghosts will enjoy this story.
Stitch Says give is 4 woofs!

To check it out yourself go to: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Within-Charlotte-Bloomfield/dp/1909411248/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375842700&sr=1-3&keywords=the+ghost+within

Until next time keep reading, keep writing!

Book Review: Corridor of Doors #amreading

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Let’s check out Corridor of Doors by Charlotte Bloomfield
Synopsis:
Not only is Woodland Lodge hotel haunted by ghosts but has a mirror that transports people into the spirit realm. Lizzie and Daniel find that playing ghosts is fun, until they find themselves in real danger. They learn about the Ghost Council and The Dark Kingdom and come face to face with the Creeper – a bounter hunter for fugitive ghosts, and his master, The Soul Collector, and not to forget his pets, soul sucking veinlings.
Lizzie also learns of her destiny and soon realises that all hope rests on her.

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Stitch Says:
This is an entertaining book full of ghosts and mystery. Lizzie and Daniel are thrown into a supernatural adventure to save the souls of the good. They travel through mirrors into places filled with ghosts and become hunted by the soul collector. Children who like to read about ghosts will enjoy this book.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs.

To check out this book yourself go to: http://www.amazon.com/Corridor-of-Doors-ebook/dp/B00DREXFN0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375700726&sr=1-1&keywords=charlotte+bloomfield

Later this week Stitch Says will review Charlotte’s other book – The Ghost Within. Until then keep reading, keep writing!

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