Thought for the Day:
“It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
~Ursula K. LeGuin ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Writers Helping Writers always have great stuff, but I particularly like the post HERE on making your characters likable.
It’s really important to give each of your characters his or her own distinct voice. The post HERE from Ride the Pen will help you.
Janice Hardy has a little chat about details and a story Bible HERE. Great stuff.
Welcome to my new, up-dated blog on my brand new site. My thanks to my daughter Maggie for building this for me and talking me through being able to maintain and use it. I hope you will take a few minutes and look around the site and let me know what you think. I’d love to know. While you are looking around, please go to the top right-hand corner of this page and subscribe by email. I won’t share your address with anyone and you will receive an email each time I post so you won’t miss any posts or chances to win the free books I give away. I haven’t been able to figure out how to move my subscriber list from my old blog to my new one. So please, please take a minute and do this. Thanks!
On my last post, I offered a gently-read hardback (U.K. version) of Natural History Museum Explorer Dinosaur! to one of you. Our winner this week is C. Lee McKenzie. Congratulations, Lee! I will get your book out to you soon. If you don’t know who she is, she is a California author who writes both middle-grade and YA. You can learn more about her at her website HERE. I have another fun giveaway this week, so please keep reading.
A couple years ago, I loved and reviewed Heartwood Hotel Book 2 The Greatest Gift. You can see that review HERE. When I saw a new book in the series come up for review, I grabbed it. Heartwood Hotel Book 3 Better Together by Kallie George, is no disappointment. Here is the review I wrote.
Mona, Tilly, and the rest of the Heartwood Hotel staff are back for another adventure. But there are a couple of changes — Mr. Heartwood decides to take a vacation and leave the hotel in the hands of the staff, and Tilly’s annoying little brother, Henry, comes to stay for a while. When rumors are heard of a new hotel opening nearby, the staff decides they must do something to fill the hotel and defend against another hotel stealing their business. They come up with a plan to hold a Spring Splash with lots of competitions. Soon every room is full and the competitions grow. All the while, Mona has to take on a lot more work, including looking after Henry. When dangerous, uninvited guests show up, it’s up to Mona to save the day.
Author Kallie George has written another enchanting book in the Heartwood Hotel series that will delight young readers. The characters are fully-formed and as believable as animal characters can be. The charming illustrations by Stephanie Graegin support the story perfectly. Each book in this series easily stands on its own, but they, as a group, will keep young readers reading for days on end.
I have a gently-read hardback copy for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U. S. address, and leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.