Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Bet Lost & Won

My husband, Scott, had been tweeting with his favorite local newscaster, Paige Preusse from 40/29 News, about the basketball tournament. He lived in Michigan for nearly 40 years, and mostly in the Detroit Metro area, so he was over the moon about U of M going into the final four and then the championship game. Paige was holding firm for Villanova. A friendly bet ensued. If Michigan won, Scott got a signed photo of Paige. If Villanova won . . . Well, we would send Paige one of my books. That's the only interesting thing we could think we had to offer.

By now, I'm sure you know the outcome.

(photo courtesy of Paige Preusse)

We couldn't decide which book to send her, so we dropped off a selection on the canine side of things. Paige tweeted this photo out later that day. Best bet I ever lost! We hope she enjoys them.

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main doesn't often get the love it deserves with so many children's books in the mix, but the San Francisco Review of Books did just post a review recommending it. Very exciting!

Here's an excerpt:
"The plot twists were nicely done. While I saw some of them coming ahead of time, there were also a few surprises along the way that I never would have expected from this tale. The author seemed to have an intuitive understanding of what the audience was expecting from her, and she knew exactly when to give to those expectations as well as when she should ignore them. Her creativity in this area makes me curious to see what she will come up with next!"

And Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess has earned a 5-Star review from Readers' Choice. 

Here's a portion of that review:
"The story is an enchanting fairy tale woven with witches, fairies, dragons, adventure, and whimsy. Bianca's character has been strongly portrayed and her bravery, courage, kindness, and goodness are tangible to young readers as they turn the pages. It is a wonderful read and, with all the action and adventure, has a good pace and movement which will keep readers glued till the very end. It is also interesting to note Bianca's transition from that of a quiet and protected girl to that of being a responsible and confident young girl. For all those who love magic, adventure, action, fantasy, whimsy, and fairy tales, this book is a must-read."
Thank you, Readers' Choice!

I'm gearing up to share my books at several events and school visits over the next few weeks. Stop by to say hello at these two that are open to the public:

April 21             Bella Vista Library Author Showcase, Bella Vista, AR  10:00 am -12:00 pm
April 28 & 29   Old Timers Day Festival, Van Buren, Arkansas

Sadly, both the Fayetteville SpringFest and Block Street Block Party that we normally do in the spring have been cancelled for this year. Hopefully they will be back for 2019. The powers that be promise they will.

My spring newsletter is in the works and will be out by the end of the week. If you want to subscribe to that (I promise, I only send out five or six emails a year) you can do that through the link in the sidebar of this blog for my Reader's Group.

Here's to wishing genuine spring weather for everyone!

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