Breaking News (formerly Update), April 13th

Book Giveaways


Sarah Zama of The Old Shelter blog is announcing a giveaway of five print copies of Give in to the Feeling, a paranormal romance set in the Roaring Twenties.  I have read this, and I can assure you of two things:  First, it was a delight, and second, there is not one horny vampire in sight!  Sarah probably handles the Roaring Twenties better than I handle colonial Africa, so get your name in the hat and keep your fingers crossed.

Winners will be selected by random drawing.  To enter, you need to go to the book’s Goodreads page, and click on “To Read,” which automatically enters you in the drawing.  You can earn extra chances at the rate of one per comment by going to her blog and commenting on any post in her Weimar Republic A-Z challenge.  She will stop accepting entries on April 30th, so don’t miss out on a most excellent story!


Maxwell Grantly is a British teacher of young children who, not coincidentally, writes children’s picture books.  They are well-produced and age-appropriate, and very much worth a look by parents of said young children.  There are several series, and I have just learned that that are free on every e-book platform except Kindle, where they are as cheap as Amazon allows.  The cover shown is his latest work, but there are several free series available on Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu, and Smashwords, as well as for a small price at Amazon.  Just enter his name in search, and they will all open up with descriptions and age guidelines.

Book-related Merchandise

Karen J. Carlisle, an artist as well as an author, has created a mug design to accompany her latest release, Aunt Enid, protector extraordinaire.  The design can be seen here, and can be purchased at Hootsuite.  List price is $20.00, which I assume is in Australian currency, but if you’re a fan of Karen’s, a fan of the book, or just a collector of unusual mugs, this might be something you’d want to look into.


Personal Appearance

Those fortunate enough to be in the Big Bear/San Bernardino area tomorrow will have a chance to see the charming and knowledgeable Stephanie Kato live at the Big Bear Lake Branch Library.  She will be on hand at 2:00 PM to speak on her Post-Apocalyptic Society novels and the vision behind the steampunk movement.  If you happen to be in the area, join “the steampunk elf” for an insightful discussion!


And that’s 30 for this issue.  Next scheduled post is Monday the 16th, but look for news whenever it arises.  Play nice, look out for one another, and remember, the person who doesn’t read only gets to live one life!

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