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Arabelle & The Star Crystal

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Arabelle & The Star CrystalArabelle’s Adventures Chapter Book Series for ages 6-9






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Venture off into the magical land of Wistaria where there are mages, elves, fairies, mermaids, magical creatures, and more!

Arabelle is looking forward to obtaining her first magical star at the Starfall Ceremony. When the day finally arrives, her best friend Yunika goes missing. Will Arabelle be able to find her bff and still make it to the Starfall Ceremony in time to catch her first falling star?

Arabelle is the youngest of all mages. She doesn’t let that stop her from trying her best. Even if it means confronting dragons, traveling throughout the twists and turns in the land of Wistaria, and taking on any challenge she encounters. Seeking to improve her skills, she teams up with her besties on a fun filled magical adventure.

Set in a fantasy setting filled with magical adventures, each story encourages imagination while lightly addressing to…

FREE for 3 days only, Little Astronomer: Journey Into the Solar System - From the Sun to Eris ebook.

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Book Trailer:


Available at Amazon here.
This book encourages children to learn about Astronomy.


Writing Tip: Pacing

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PACING in Writing Art by Laura Pace

I think of pacing in my writing somewhat similar to tempo in music. I used to play the flute, clarinet and piano. While playing the piano, I learned about tempo and depending on the music, you would slow down, speed up, play softly or loud, hold a note long or short, that creates emotion and feeling into the song being played.

Well, I feel doing this with writing is not that far from the same if used as a technique. If you have a lot of action going on, you shorten your sentences and are more quick to the point. In scenes where you are layering details and building up characterization, these tend to be more detailed and visual. So there's a bit more written in the sentence. 

So, depending on your story, you can add tempo to your writing effectively.

Here are some helpful articles on how to use pacing in your novel:

7 Tools For Pacing A Novel & Keeping Your Story Moving At The Right Pace
5 Ways to Pace Your Story
How to Nail Your Novel Pacing WIthout…

6th Annual PiBoIdMo Nov 2014

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6th Annual PiBoIdMo November 2014
I am very excited to be participating in this year's, Tara Lazar's, PiBoIdMo! Each year, I had caught it just too late. This time, I made sure to set the date on my Calendar. 

PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, is pretty much what it says. A month where writers get together for a 30-day challenge to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days! Along the way, we get to enjoy daily blog posts by picture book professionals and enter for prizes. To learn more about the challenge, visit here.

If you are a writer or illustrator or both, and love to write and learn about writing picture books, this is a great online opportunity to challenge yourself.

Registration is open from Oct. 25th - Nov. 7th.  Just visit Tara's website to register.

New release fantasy book, The Accidental Apprentice, by Anika Arrington and Interview + Giveaway

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Interview Q/A with Anika Arrington
Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I moved to Arizona when I was 4, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m married to the best guy ever! I just gave birth to my sixth child, and he is just scrumptious. I’m a huge believer in self-education and life long learning, so I read all kinds of non-fiction as well as fiction. I studied at Northern Arizona University for three years: political science, communications, and creative writing. Obviously only one of those really stuck.  Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? That’s actually kind of a tricky question. Not because Rezdin isn’t special (he’s a wizard for crying out loud), but because he isn’t riveting in the way so many main characters are these days. He’s dry and witty, he’s naturally an introvert in a world where the extroverts get the praise and the glory (nothing we writer’s can relate to, right?), and in the end he’s just a good guy who lost…

International Talk Like A Pirate Day & Teapot Tales Release

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Ahoy! thar!

Do you know what today is? Besides that it be September 19th? It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!


And do I have some fun news t' share. There be a collection o' short stories was released recently as an anthology:



Teapot Whales! No. That don't sound starboard. Teapot Scales? Oh me no. Wait I have it...silly me. It is Teapot Tales!
And it be all about pirates, mermaids and sea monsters from t' wide blue. Have you heard o' it? You should because it has magic, wonder and adventure. Everyone enjoys some bit o' adventure don’t you think? We could always use some magic too.