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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fun with Family!

This weekend, we went for a hike in the Snowy Range.  Every so often, we try to get out of town and enjoy nature.  We had plans to go fishing, but it was raining and chilly.  It was only 47 degrees!  Still, that didn't stop us from having a great time, and the cool damp weather made the vegetation very happy!

The boys at mirror lake.

The boys on a bridge overlooking a small creek.

The pool of water the bridge goes over before turning into the creek.

Heading uphill to check out a cool tree.

The cool tree the boys wanted to check out.  It was big enough for both of them to fit in!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Annie's Special Day by Clara Bowman-Jahn

In “Annie’s Special Day,” a little girl celebrates her birthday with an adventure every hour. It is a basic concept book about time and clocks.

"Kids will love watching the clock with Annie as her special day unfolds and her friends join her for a slumber party that is so much fun she doesn’t want to miss a minute of it. Parent’s be prepared to read this book over and over as your child delights in the idea of staying up all night while effortlessly learning the basics of how to tell time."
Barbara Simpson Carducci, Author of Storee Wryter Gets A Dog

"Take a delightful romp, hour by hour, through a very special day in
Annie's life. It's her birthday, and every hour brings a new adventure.
Join Annie through a day of celebration into the dark of night and finally
sunrise in the morning. What great fun!"
Suzanne L. Walls, Author
"Backyard Birds of the Piedmont"

Clara Bowman-Jahn worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in two anthologies, “Campaigner Challenges 2011,” and “The ‘I’ Word.” She is also the author of a children’s picture book, “Annie’s Special Day.”

When Clara is not writing, she does volunteer work for her church. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pennwriters, Bethesda Writer’s Center and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her brilliant husband, and two cats. She is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and a grandmother to a delightful grandson.

“Annie’s Special Day” is a basic concept story about how Annie celebrates her birthday with a different adventure every hour. It is about time and clocks. There is a different kind of clock on every page displaying both analog and digital clocks and watches. Kids love finding the clocks on each page while Annie had another fun activity on her birthday.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Children's Books by Lynne Bendoly

My name is Lynne Bendoly.
After working in graphic arts for over 40 years in Cleveland, Ohio, I recently retired to write and illustrate my little children's books while residing in my home in Savannah, Georgia.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hanging with Friends

The boys got to hang out with their friends over the weekend for a birthday party.  They had a great time.  Just another exciting summer adventure!

Whack that pinata!

Keep trying to break it open.


Burning off the sugar.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In a Pickle by Beth Overmyer

Charlie Pickle is a time-traveling orphan from 1920. On a trip back to 1910, he meets Henry Stoner, a homeless man. When Henry witnesses a murder, Charlie tries to convince him to go to the police with what he knows. The truth, however, has consequences; and being in the wrong place at the wrong time could change history itself.

Beth Overmyer pens anything from middle to young adult and beyond. She loves to read in almost any genre...when her cats allow her the use of her hands to turn pages.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Adventures

Yesterday, the family spent some time at the river.  While there, we made some new friends and tested our skills at fishing.  The 6 year old caught two, but only got one onto shore.  The other got away.  Hope the rest of you are having fantastic adventures this summer!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Darinel DragonHunter by Antje Hergt

Prince Darinel is traveling–for what feels like forever. Expelled from his father’s kingdom, he just wants to find a new home. When a shadow lures him to a wealthy kingdom, he stays to discover more about the darkness, but the citizens are tight-lipped.

Their king welcomes the foreign Prince hoping that he will solve his two problems: the dragon and his strong-willed daughter. Coming from a warrior kingdom, Darinel despises violence, but charmed by Princess Tuskja’s dare, he sets out to confront the beast. Instead of finding a fierce dragon, he finds a friend. The dragon’s malicious humor and his love of fairy tales entangle Darinel in a summer of adventures, while danger stirs in the East, the Dark Prince. Being refused by the Princess and humiliated by the dragon, this proud prince seeks revenge.

In compliance with the king’s decree, Darinel is torn between his friendship with the dragon and his love for Princess Tuskja, whom he can only marry if he kills his friend. Before he can make a decision, the kingdom is under attack. Now it is up to the dragon to either help his friend or respect his wish to not interfere.

Q)  What inspired you to write this book?
 It started as a Goodnight story for the son of a friend of mine. He wanted a knight and fight tale, but a dragon popped into my head. He was quite funny and I love dragons. Before I knew it the story developed into a full length book after I introduced it to a writing course at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Q)  What is your favorite thing about writing?
 The writing itself. I love the flow of it. When I write I emerge myself into the story and the characters. I am one of them and I get to know them like my friends with all their perks and flaws.

Q)  What is your favorite candy?
Peppermint Dark Chocolate. I could eat tones of them and in all variations from chocolate to cookies to ice cream.

Q)  What is your favorite cartoon?
 That’s a tough question. I never watched a lot of cartoons. I think Tom and Jerry stand out the most.

Q)    When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in university. I always enjoyed writing the term papers that my friends hated. I started with short stories in German and after I moved to Canada I wrote for children in English.

Q)    What can readers expect from you in the future?
More adventures from Darinel and Idunal. I have finished the first draft of the second book and now I am in the editing process. I also wrote a few shorter chapterbook stories for younger readers about cross-country skiing and mysteries.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog and if your readers want to find out more about my book or my, they can check out my webpage: www.antjehergt.com or my facebook author page Antje Hergt or follow me in Twitter @antjehergt.

About the author:
Born and raised in Germany, Antje Hergt came to explore the Canadian Rockies in Canmore, Alberta in 2003. Taking part in the Writing-with-Style Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2007 encouraged her to follow her passion: writing for children. Darinel Dragonhunter is her first novel, which was inspired by her deep love for classic children literature and fairy tales. Her thrill for science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows had an outlet in various genre short stories. She is a member of the Alberta Writer’s Guild and graduated from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen with a degree in Modern Languages.

Currently, Antje still lives in Canmore with her snoring cat, Sally, and gets inspired by the magic of the Rocky Mountains. When she is not in Canmore, then you can find her in Germany.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best Friends

In my books, I explore the notions of friendship and sharing.  They are traits all kids need to know and learn it from an early age.  Most of the time, your family--whether it's your sibling or your cousins--are your best friends.  My kids are no different, and they love spending time with their cousins.  Check out pictures from their weekend of family fun!

Cooling off on a hot day.

Climbing a tree.

Dancing in the front yard.