A.A.Milne, At Your Service, book review, Jen Malone, Kristin Levine, San Francisco Book Review, The Paper Cowboy

At Your Service — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”  
~ AA Milne ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Aerogramme Writer’s Studio has posted top ten tips for writers by Geoff Dyer. This is one of the best tips columns I’ve seen. Click HERE to check it out.

Writer’s Digest has a killer article on writing killer plot twists. This one is really, really good. Click HERE to find it.

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you … write a great book based on fairy tales. Literary Rambles has a post that can help you do that. Click HERE to find it.

I am having some problems with my blog. I am replying to all comments, but I’m not at all sure the replies are being sent out. I used to receive a copy in my email, but now I don’t. If you think I have ignored you, please check the blog. You will see the replies there. Also, my followers have disappeared from the right-hand column! I still have them within the blog, but the gadget seems to be gone on the page although when I go to layout, it says it’s already been added, but it doesn’t show on the layout. I am at my wit’s end. If any of you have a suggestion, I would love to hear it. I have thought for a long time it might be time to move my blog, and I am getting closer and closer to doing it. Stay tuned.

Last week, I offered a gently-read ARC of The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine to one of you. It’s always fun when one of my very regular readers is the winner, and this week it is Natalie Aguirre who always stops by and leaves a comment. I especially appreciate her blogger friendship because I know how busy Natalie is and how much is going on in her life right now. If you are not familiar with Natalie, you should really check out Literary Rambles. She and her blogging partner Casey McCormack run reviews, interviews, giveaways, and more. Yeah, the Literary Rambles mentioned above. Click HERE to visit. Natalie, I will put your book in the mail this week. Congratulations! I know you’ll enjoy reading this one. I have another great giveaway this week, so keep reading.

I’ve had a busy weekend with a baseball tournament, critique work, and a visit

to relatives out of town, so in the interest of not driving myself to the brink, I will simply republish the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review of an absolutely delightful middle-grade book, At Your Service by Jen Malone. This was a five-star review for good reason.

12-year-old Chloe has a terrific life. Her father is the concierge at the posh Hotel St. Michele in New York City. She and her father live at the hotel, and Chloe often is able to help her father with his duties. Sometimes she gets to work with clients, especially the young ones, and hopes to become the youngest concierge ever. After some real successes with young clients, she gets her biggest chance when the King and Queen of Somerstein come to town with their three children. The handsome young prince and two princesses turn out to be a real challenge, especially when the younger princess disappears.

Jen Malone has written a real romp of a middle-grade story. The first-person point of view she chose for Chloe to tell her story is pitch-perfect, and Chloe is an absolutely believable character. She is smart, driven, clever, and still a typical middle-school girl with all the accompanying baggage. Most of the time she makes good decisions, but every now and then, she simply acts her age. There is plenty of conflict, adventure, and just a touch of romance. This is the

Jen Malone

perfect book for the middle-grade

crowd, but especially the girls.

I have a gently-read ARC for one of you. All you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

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