Friday, August 19, 2016

Author Acrostic ♥ Charlotte Bennardo and Evolution Revolution!

I am so thrilled to share *this* particular cover reveal. I've read "Jack" in his earlier stages and it is such an awesome and unique book (Don't take my word for it--read the acrostic below!). The beautiful cover (and interior!) art is by Cathleen Thole-Daniels. Get your copy September 30 :) Congratulations Char!!!!

Even as a simple squirrel
Over to
Look at humans,
Unaware of
The things he’ll learn--
Important things
Of science and language
No other animal has understood.

Racing to gather
Every animal, Jack the squirrel is
Of the machines
Looming nearby,
Under the canopy of their trees.
Time to fight, he calls
I f we want to save our nests and dens!
Once enemies, animals like Owl and Fox
Now fight side by side against the machines and humans.

Until Hollywood calls, Charlotte lives in NJ with her husband, three children, two needy cats and sometimes a deranged squirrel. Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines is her first solo novel. She is also the co-author of Blonde Ops (St. Martin’s/Dunne) and the Sirenz series (Sirenz, Sirenz Back In Fashion, Flux), and one of 13 authors in the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit (Leap). She’s written for magazines and newspapers, and has given presentations and workshops at NJ SCBWI conferences. Currently she’s working on sci fi, historical,fantasy, and time travel novels and loves to hear from fans on Twitter (charbennardo) or at her blog,

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Giveaway (and bitty announcement!) for National Coloring Book Day!

Behold, the first-ever coloring book I worked on, the Animal Totem Mandala Coloring Book: Art Nouveau Creatures and Reflections for Relaxation! The magnificent artwork is by Wendy Martin. My part?--because I can't draw a straight line--For each mandala I wrote a simple, three step guided meditation, three keywords, a description, and a special message for you from each animal. CLICK HERE to look inside and see!

I'm thrilled to announce that there's ANOTHER coloring book in the works that'll be published by Llewellyn Worldwide, and I'm stoked that Wendy will be bringing it to life! Will share more deets as they come in, but for now, how about a little giveaway? If you don't have a copy of the Animal Totem Mandala Coloring Book yet, here's a chance to win one--I have three copies to share!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Author Acrostic ♥ The Story Circle with Wendy Martin

Happy Book birthday to my buddy and artistic co-conspirator (check out our Animal Totem Mandala Coloring Book--and a soon not to be secret project!) Wendy Martin who is providing a bit of poetry for today's adventure!

Terrible storms bring a
Horrendous flood, which covers
Everything in mud and slime and the

School’s picture books are destroyed.
The children return to empty bookshelves.
Only... the teacher has an idea.
Replace the missing books with new stories of
Your own making, she tells the sad

Imaginations run wild. Instead of
Reading from a book, they each
Create a tale of their own. They write and color.
Look at all the new stories on the bookshelf
Everyone has shared!

A transplanted New Yorker now living in Missouri, Wendy Martin earned a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, then went on to attend the School of Visual Arts, earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Wendy creates art for children's picture books, chapter, young adult and educational books. She also illustrates images for adults with styles in the Art Nouveau and fantasy fiction genres. Visit Wendy's WEBSITE and follow her on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and TWITTER!

Get your copy of The Story Circle at Arte Publico Press and Amazon and check out the rest of her blog tour:

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