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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere & Stick Cat — Double Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think
coal miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal?
They do not. They simply dig.”
~ Cheryl Strayed ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
We all know our epic novels are made of lots of scenes, but do we always pay attention to making each scene the best we can? Bookfox has a great post HERE to help us make sure we do. 
K. M. Weiland has a wonderful post HERE that will help you keep your readers riveted by your writing. 
We all suffer from writer’s block now and again (or if you are like me, for months on end!). Group Blog has a great post HERE to help you break through. It is filled with a veritable plethora of idea to get you out of a writers miasma. 

When we last met here, I promised a gently-read, autographed hardback copy of Making Friends with Billy Wong, Augusta Scattergood‘s wonderful new book, to one of you. Our winner this week is Jenni Enzor. Congratulations, Jenni! Thanks for reading and commenting. I will get the book out to you this week. For those of you who don’t know Jenni, you can read some mighty fine book reviews at her blog HERE. She is also a writer of middle-grade fiction. Check it out. Please keep reading as I have a rather special giveaway this week.

I was contacted by a publicist at HarperCollins last month to see if I would like to host a giveaway on my blog for two new middle-grade books. They looked pretty cute, so I agreed. I received my copies just a few days ago so have only read one and partially read the other. (Thanks, HarperCollins, for sending me copies and providing the prize package!) 

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel is for the younger middle-grade set. It’s the story of a girl who loves animals and discovers a new species — a strange-looking, smelly thing — and how she discovers what it likes and how to keep it happy. There are some fun characters her age and even a couple of cool adults who help her along the way. The book is FULL of black, red, and grey illustrations — very cute ones that really support the story. There is a LOT farting, peeing, and pooping in the book — not exactly my cup of tea — but I asked my granddaughter to read some of it and give me her opinion. She thought it was hysterical, so it should do well with the kiddies.

Stick Cat by Tom Watson brings to mind the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and

Big Nate books, books I happen to love. I’ve only read a few pages of Stick Cat, but I can already tell I will like it a lot.  Here is the blurb from HarperCollins: “In the first adventure (available now), it’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the 23rd floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith’s peculiar ways—to attempt a rescue.” I am really looking forward to finishing it. I suspect I will laugh a lot.

HarperCollins has offered one copy of each book and art prints from each of the books creators to one lucky winner. To win, 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.

Don’t forget to check out Shannon Messenger’s wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways. 

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