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MEET AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, MARITZA MARTINEZ MEJIA!

Maritza Martinez Mejia was born in Colombia and now lives in Florida with her husband and their two teenagers. She graduated from Universidad Mayor de Cundinamarca in Commerce and Foreign Language and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University. For her active participation and service to the community, she was awarded the “Crystal Apple Award 2006.”

Maritza published her memoir Hazel Eyes in 2010 which was translated into Spanish in 2015. She is working on a Bilingual Children Books Collection called Lessons for Living. She has published Vanilla and Chocolate/Vainilla y Chocolate (2012) (more information about this book is below) and Grandma’s Treasure/El Tesoro de la Abuela (2014). These books received the Five Stars Reader’s Favorites Reviews. Her first bilingual poetry book Poems, Thoughts and More (2015), by WRB Publishing, won the Virtue Christian Book Award 2015 and one poem won the FAU Treasure Coast Poetry Contest Spring 2010.

Maritza has translated into Spanish: Temporary Permanence by Yashi Nozawa; The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid by Janet Balletta; and her memoir, Hazel Eyes as Ojos Avellana. This last book received the Latino Book Awards for BEST translation English to Spanish and BEST E-Book 2016.

Maritza writes to inspire others to be good.

For more information about Maritza or to follow her:

Website: www.luzdelmes.com

Facebook Author: https://www.facebook.com/luzdelmes

Twitter:https://twitter.com/luzdelmes

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/luzdelmes/

Contact by E-mail: hazeleyes@luzdelmes.com

                   

If you are interested in this book, there is a direct link to Amazon in the menu on the left.

MEET AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, ERICA GRAHAM!

               

Award-winning author, Erica Graham, author of the Talking Tale Series, graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother of two, Erica understands the difficulty parents have finding time to complete speech homework with their children.  In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books.  Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

About the Talking Tales Series

The Talking Tales books are not only fun stories, but they serve a unique purpose. This exciting new series is also designed to help with speech development.

When a child is learning to speak, he or she first learns how words sound by observing. Each book in the Talking Tales series is focused on a different core sound in its naturally occurring word positions, thus increasing a child’s awareness and helping him or her learn how to properly produce the targeted sound. Erica firmly believes that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. For this reason, she has included some speech tips in the front of each book so that these books can be used in a home setting.

The Talking Tales books are tools to help speech development. They do not replace speech therapy. If you do have any questions or concerns about your child’s speech or language development, please consult his or her physician or speech language pathologist. These specialists will be able to help determine if your child’s speech is developing typically or if they may benefit from some intervention.

Follow Erica Graham at:

Website: talkingtalesbooks.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/EricaGrahamAuthor

Amazon: amazon.com/author/egraham

Goodreads: goodreads.com/erica_graham

Join Erica Graham’s email list by sending your preferred email address to ericagrahamauthor@gmail.com or by registering on talkingtalesbooks.com

MEET AUTHOR, SIERRA LUKE!

Actually, Sierra Luke is the pen name used by Alecia Campbell and her children, Sierra and Luke.

Sierra is a 9 year old precocious girl. Her last name is not Luke,  that is her brother’s name. Together with her mother and brother they write delightful, fun stories. Sierra is in grade 4 and loves to read. She just read Anne of Green Gables and thinks that she and Anne would have been great friends.  Check out her blog called Kids Who Write for tips and ideas for other kid writers like her! http://sierralukebooks.weebly.com/kids-can-write

Luke is 8 years old and loves Lego. After Mom writes the story he edits to make sure that kids would like to read it. As the primary editor before professional edition, he ensures the grammar, spelling, word choice and dialogues are top quality.  Check out the website for our books, fun activities and cool free stuff.

Mom Alecia does most of the  writing, Sierra and Luke comes up with a lot of  the characters and the ideas it’s a real team effort. They also work with great editors, illustrators and narrators to bring our stories and all our characters to life.

Sierra Luke has authored the E.C. Max, Kid Genius series (where Max uses science and technology to solve everyday problems, usually with unexpected wacky results!) and the Oh No! series (rhyming tales of accidents), which was awarded by Amazon as a BEST SELLER! Also, the brand new Andy Airplane series will be coming soon this month!  In the Andy Airplane series, Andy travels around the world and changes into various aircraft to complete deliveries!  More books and series are always coming soon.

 

Sierra Luke also has a great giveaway active now!  Go to:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b04349891/?

Prize: 20 copies of E.C. Mac, Kid Genius: Critter Camp ebooks to be given to random winners selected November 15.

Rules:

1.Enter by posting tweet about E.C. Max Books on Twitter

2. Open to all countries.

3 Valid email required

Prize to be sent to 20 random winners on November 15 using InstaFreebie link to download book in any desired format for Kindle, Nook or any other electronic reading device.

To learn more about Sierra Luke and to see their books, visit them online at:

http://sierralukebooks.weebly.com

http://Facebook.com/SierraLukeBooks/

https://twitter.com/SierraLukeBooks

You can also order their books directly from the links on the left in the Menu panel.

MEET NEW AUTHOR, WALLACE E. BRIGGS!

              

Wallace is a new (but retired) children’s story teller – in the United Kingdom!  His first book, entitled: The Magical Adventures of Jimmy Crikey, is about to be published (1st week of December), by Blossom Spring Publishing, UK.

Wallace was born and raised near Durham City.  He married his wife, Pat, in 1964 and they lived in Sussex and Hampshire before moving to beautiful rural Lancashire, where they reside today.

The Magical Adventures of Jimmy Crikey is about a boy, with an unusual appearance, who runs away into the forest to escape ridicule and finds a new underground world.  In that world, he discovers and saves the town of Roombelow from the curse of a sleeping spell!  Jimmy finds a home in Roombelow, where he feels accepted, and begins a series of extraordinary adventures involving magic, mystery, monsters and mayhem.

Jimmy Crikey was born one rainy day, many years ago, during a family holiday in Great Yarmouth, to entertain Wallace’s son and his new friends for an hour or so. The story expanded over the following damp afternoons in the cramped confines of a beach tent, and more and more adventures were required to keep the children entertained. Many years later Wallace decided to commit to the written word. Now retired, he looks forward to sharing The Magical Adventures of Jimmy Crikey with a wider audience.

When Wallace is not telling or writing stories, he enjoys playing his Hammond organ and painting scenes on pottery.

For more information about Wallace and his new upcoming book, visit him at: wallaceebriggs.com

MEET AUTHOR, BRUCE ARRINGTON!!!

Bruce Arrington lives in Oregon and writes fantasy for readers of all ages.  He has written stories on and off since his teenage years, and his first published works came to light in 2011.  Bruce takes your average, everyday characters and upends their lives through unusual and powerful circumstances. He authored the teen Josh Anvil series, the Fallen Powers series, the Birthday Wish books, and shorter stories like the Phalanx Blood series.  Currently Bruce teaches in a small K-12 school, and enjoys challenging students to be their creative best. He writes mostly during the summer, but throughout the year is drawn back into his writing adventures as time allows.

While all of Bruce’s books are genuine page-turners, his favorites are:

Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door (second edition) — Logline: what would you do with the powers of creation?

Kidnapped: The Phalanx Blood Series Part 1 — Logline: what if your blood could cure cancer?

The Ninth Birthday Wish — Logline: what would you choose if you could ask for anything on your birthday?

 

To learn more about Bruce and to see his books, visit him online at:

Web:  www.pipedreambooks.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PipeDreamBooks/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6425897.Bruce_E_Arrington

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Arrington/e/B0064TKY1G/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

MEET AUTHOR, ANDY KLEIN!!!

               

Andy Klein, the author of The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena series, was born in New York and raised in southern California. He graduated from San Diego State University, and, after attaining his master’s degree in psychology, spent the next fifteen years traveling around the world. He taught children in Japan and Taiwan as well as here, in the United States. Inspired by his youngest son, he began to write this series of children’s books about a little boy’s adventures in the world of the paranormal. He now lives with his family north of Atlanta.

For more information about Andy and to see his books:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14886413.Andy_Klein?from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Andy-Klein/e/B073V5QQQR/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1509135534&sr=8-1

Review of The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Little Ghost

This is the second book by Andy Klein in the ‘Fantastic Adventures’ series, and is a delightful story about a young boy, named Oliver, who has the special ability to see and hear ghosts and befriends one while staying at his aunt’s “spooky mansion” with his dad.  The little ghost, named Austin, is very safety conscious and takes steps throughout the story to protect both Oliver and his father, like putting out the fire in the fireplace, turning off the stove, draining the tub, and having Oliver wear arm bands and a snorkel in the bath.  At one point, Austin even saves Oliver’s dad from a dangerous fall by pushing away a toy at the very last minute!  Oliver’s dad takes pictures of the odd things, even though he cannot see Austin.  By the end of the trip, Oliver has made a friend, whom I am sure he will never forget!

I love this book for several reasons.  Not only is it an adorable story that is easy to read and understand for kids of all ages, but it has an underlying message addressing diversity.  It shows children (and adults too!) that you can become friends with anyone who is kind and caring, no matter how they look or where they are from.  Oliver told his dad that Austin “is a good boy”.  The fact that Austin was not the same as Oliver, made no difference in his decision to become friends with him. I am (as I am sure most parents are) always telling my son that it doesn’t matter how a person looks on the outside, it’s whether they are a good person that matters.  This story delivers this message without being outright and preachy.

Also, the dad in this story is just great!  Even though he can’t see Austin, he listens and acknowledges Oliver’s accounts and plays along, even saying good night to Austin while Oliver is sleeping. He doesn’t diminish Oliver’s views and keeps an open mind, even there is no evidence that Austin exists. He simply tells Oliver that he thinks something strange was going on but that he has no evidence that the house was haunted, and leaves it at that. By doing so, he encourages Oliver’s imagination.

Finally, the pictures in this book are beautiful and colorful. Children (and their parents) will enjoy reading this book together.

You can find this book on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/154870394X/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509063453&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=oliver+little+ghost&dpPl=1&dpID=51VrW9FGi4L&ref=plSrch

 

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Hi Everyone! I am completely new to blogging but I think this will be really fun! My plan is to review children’s books here and hopefully introduce you to new authors and books!  I would love to hear what you think as well!