Archive for October, 2010



CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach
For Immediate Release
Book Bites for Kids: Interview with Veteran Teacher of French and Spanish, Nicole Weaver

Book Bites for Kids, hosted by Suzanne Lieurance is a delightful way to interact with children’s book authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, and publicists to learn more about the world of children’s writing and publishing.

We are pleased to invite you to tune in on Thursday, October 21 at 2 pm CDT, at Book Bites for Kids to meet Nicole Weaver, veteran teacher of French and Spanish. Weaver came to the United States when she was ten years old and is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish, and English. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti.

Not only can you listen to the show online, you can also call in during the live broadcast at (646) 716-9239 and ask the author being interviewed a question, make a comment, or just say “hi.” If you can’t call in during the live show, visit and click on the author’s Book Bites for Kids page and leave your question in the comment section there, which automatically enters you into our weekly Book Giveaway?

Visit the National Writing for Children Center online at or the Children’s Writers Coaching Club at for more information on showcased authors and classes.

We look forward to your visit.

Full Media Kit and more are available upon request electronically.

My poem has been published in new anthology to help Haiti earthquake victims

Article first published as New Anthology to Assist Haiti Earthquake Victims Published on Blogcritics.

Devastated when the earthquake struck my native land last year, I am honored to relate the news about a newly published book, A Lime Jewel: An Anthology of Poetry and Short Stories in Aid of Haiti. The book will be launched on October 26th. All of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Lambi Fund of Haiti.

The editor, Yetunde Ruban from London, England, was moved with a deep compassion for the earthquake victims. Yetunde and her Meetup group came up with the idea of publishing the anthology. “A Lime Jewel,” says Ms. Ruban, “is a lasting memorial to those who perished in the 12 January earthquake and a declaration of solidarity with the survivors.”

What makes this anthology so unique is that it is intended to celebrate Haiti’s rich heritage and culture. The authors who contributed to this one of a kind book range from between 10 and 75 years of age and come from all walks of life.

Many international individuals contributed to completion of A Lime Jewel. Among them are: Nadifa Mohammed, NiiAyiwei Parkes, Simon Murray, Ann-Margaret Lim, Christine-Jean Blain, Geoffrey Philp, and many others.

The official launch date is October 26 2010 at Ty Crepe, 99 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1AA at 7.00 p.m.

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to find out more about “A LIME JEWEL” an anthology to be sold worldwide for Haiti aid. All proceeds from the book will go to the Lambi Fund of Haiti.


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Thank you for joining my blog and leaving a comment. I am want to announce that Janet Collins is the winner of the ten dollars gift certificate.


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The National Writing for Children Center is Sponsoring a 6-day Virtual Book Tour for Author Nicole Weaver, Starting Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Children’s author Nicole Weaver and her picture book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle are being showcased the entire month of October at the National Writing for Children Center. Part of this showcase includes a 6-day virtual book tour. Join Suzanne Lieurance, founder and director of the National Writing for Children Center, and the virtual book tour hosts as they welcome Nicole Weaver for her exclusive tour that starts Tuesday, October 5.

Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti.

Intrigued? Want to learn more about Nicole? Follow along on Nicole’s virtual book tour. Here’s the schedule:
Tuesday, October 5
“Meet the Author” Host: Terri Forehand – “”

Wednesday, October 6 “The Writer’s Life” Host: Kristi Bernard – “”

Thursday, October 7 “Tradebook Tips for Teachers” Host: Irene Roth – “”

Friday, October 8 “Writing Tips” Host:DonnaMcDine “”

Saturday, October 9
“On the Go” Host: Suzanne Lieurance – “”

Sunday, October 10
“Become a Fan of Children’s Author, Nicole Weaver” Host: Kathy Stemke – “”

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to your visit. Authors interested in being showcased at the National Writing for Children Center can download an application “” or email Suzanne Lieurance for more information at “”


Article first published as An Interview With Award-Winning Author Mayra Calvani on Blogcritics.

Mayra Calvani is an award-winning multi-genre author — and frequent Blogcritics contributor — for children and adults. Her work, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a ForeWord Best Book of the Year Award winner. She’s had over 300 reviews, interviews, articles and stories published online and in print. How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event is her first nonfiction title for middle graders. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Children’s Writers Coaching Club.

What got you into writing for children?

Ten years ago, I’d never have guessed that I would be writing children’s books today. I was into horror and the supernatural. I think my love for children’s literature began when I had children of my own and read to them at night. I wanted to make reading a priority for my children so I read to them every night… and I fell in love with picture books. I don’t remember the moment when I thought, “I want to try writing one of these,” but I guess the thought came one day and I just sat down and decided to give it a try. I also read all I could about the craft and joined a picture book critique group. I learned tons in the critique group. I think a good critique group is vital for a writer, especially one who is just starting. I also began reviewing lots of children’s books, and this also helped me improve my craft.

Tell us a little about your latest book, How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event?

How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event is a 50-page chapbook for girls ages 9 to 12 on how to start and manage a book club from start to end. It also includes an explanation of the various genres and a resource section with a list of popular authors who write for young readers, including the titles of one of their books and website links. The book encourages a love of books and reading and also social and leadership skills.

To find out more about it, readers can visit my website at:

The second edition of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing was released this last August. Why should an aspiring reviewer read your book?

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing offers practical, specific guidelines on how to write a thoughtful, intelligently written review. It also discusses the value of reviews within a wider spectrum as to how they relate to librarians, booksellers, publicists, authors, and publishers. Some of the book’s topics include the five most important keys of a book reviewer, the basic elements of a review, how to rate a book, how to start a book review site, how to differentiate the various types of reviews, and how to prevent amateurish mistakes, among others. The book also has a resource section that lists dozens of sites (by genre/paying/nonpaying) and publications where reviewers may submit their reviews.

What do you do to market your books?

I spend a lot of time on marketing. I’d say about 7 to 10 hours a week. Naturally, I do the basic things, such as updating my websites and blogs regularly, posting fresh content on my Facebook and Twitter pages (news & announcements of my books, reviews, interviews, articles, etc). I also post links to interesting writing and publishing related content I discover on other sites and blogs.

For my book club book, which is for middle graders, I’ve been doing various things:

I requested reviews from top mom bloggers and I got a great response from that. Some of these mom bloggers have an amazing following. All in all, I think I’ve sent about 50 requests to mom bloggers and other reviewers combined. I’m also doing the one-month Children’s Author Showcase at your National Writing for Children Center — which I think it’s an awesome opportunity for children’s authors. I’ve also booked several radio shows and I’ll go on a virtual book tour this October. Eventually I plan to contact teacher and librarian bloggers.

It’s a never-ending process and authors should keep up their promotional efforts month after month. I really think this is the secret to successful promoting.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Writer’s block is an elusive and even controversial term. Some writers swear by it; others claim such a thing doesn’t exist. I have suffered from writer’s block in the past, but over time I’ve learned to control it. Every time I face the blank page, I experience a little of writer’s block. I know because I’ll immediately become nervous and feel the urge to get up and inspect the fridge. It’s a bit like a dog turning this way, then that way, trying to find the perfect spot to sit down. I have learned that there’s no such a thing as a perfect moment to write. I just have to dive into it, like closing my eyes and jumping over a cliff. I tell myself, “Jump and the net will appear.” Most of the times, it’s true. But you can’t expect to feel the net right away, after a sentence or two. You have to insist and persist and keep writing for a little sustained period of time. That’s when everything starts getting easier, when the waters start to calm down. It’s like first diving in a feral sea, then, as you keep swimming, you reach a place where the waters are calm and peaceful. You just keep swimming, one lap after another

It’s at times like these when I reach the ‘zone,’ that marvelous place where you lose sense of place and time and you’re totally immersed in the world of your characters. That’s the best place to be as a writer.

How do you approach the blank page?

I say a writer’s affirmation each time I sit down to write. I close my eyes and say the affirmation out loud, meaning each and every word. Then I start writing. This is one of the tricks I use to make my mind do whatever I want it to do. It works wonders!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?

That you can’t write only when inspiration strikes. Writing is a job like any other. You may not always feel like getting up and going to work, but you have to do it, no matter how you feel. If I had been fully aware of this back then, I would have been a hundred times more productive.

What advice would you like to convey to aspiring writers?

If you have a dream, never give up, no matter what other people say. If you don’t keep going in spite of obstacles, you may reach the age of 70 and ask yourself ‘Why didn’t I try?’ If you don’t make it, at least you’ll have the satisfaction of having done your best. Chances are you’ll make it if you keep at it, though.

And of course, read as much as you can in the genres you enjoy writing; keep submitting; join a good critique group.

Above all, write, write, write.

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Article first published as Book Review: The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson on Blogcritics.The King’s Christmas List is the most incredible book I have read about the true spirit of Christmas.

The main character Emma has been invited to the King’s birthday party. Emma and her dog Shu-Shu are on their way to the party. Before they arrive they come across some people who are hungry and cold.

Emma’s compassion shined brightly when she gave away first her cape and then her favorite teddy bear. Next she gave away a cake she and her mom made.

The story tries to portray the true spirit of Christmas by showing it is better to give than to receive. Upon arriving to the King’s birthday party, Emma felt very badly that she did not have anything to give to the King for his birthday because she had given the cake and her other belongings to the needy people she met on the way to the party.

The part of the story that resonates well with me is Emma did not know that she was being tested.

The King said to Emma: “Anyone who desires to give Me a gift, behold! Give food to the hungry and clothes to the cold, Give care to the poor, both young and old, Whatever gift you’ve given to a person in need, Is indeed a gift you have given to Me”

It is truly sad that the true meaning of Christmas has become a way for merchants to make a profit. This delightful story should be in every home and it should be read to every child because it can be used to teach children what Christmas is all about.

In this text billed as suitable for four- to eight-year-olds, the illustrations are simply the best I have ever seen. Kudos to Bonnie Leick for doing an outstanding job and for making the story jump off the page.



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  • Article first published as Book Review: How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event by Mayra Calvani on Blogcritics.

    Are you a book enthusiast? Are you passionate about sharing what you have read with friends? If you answered yes, you might want to consider starting a book club. If you are clueless on how to start a book club you must read Mayra Calvani’s new book, How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectactular Event.

    This book is designed for girls aged nine and up. The book details the how, where, and when you can start a book club. The book is well thought through in order to make it easy for a young person to understand and put the suggestions to practical use.

    The book has two sections. Part one explains the steps in starting a book club; part two is dedicated to the different book categories and genres. The author also gives many examples of categories and genres.

    This is an ideal book for girls who love to read. They can take their reading to the next level by forming a club designed to discuss what they have read. I can see how forming a club will help enhance learning because one must pay attention to minute details in order to talk about what you have read to others.

    Though the book is designed for teens, in my opinion young and old can benefit from reading it. After finishing it, I’m inspired to start a book club of my own. I’m even thinking about starting a book club with my middle and high school students.

    The cover art by Kurt Ozinga is very appealing and pleasing to the eyes. Looking at the cover captivated me and made me want to read the book.

    I am grateful to the author for providing me with a free copy of her book for review.