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March 15, 2014

Series Saturday: Immortal Blood series by @JenniferLoiske

by Claire Rees


Club Number Five
ebook & paperback (210 pages)
Published: September 2012 by Rogue House
ISBN13: 9781291089981
Source: purchased
The first book of Jennifer Loiske Immortal Blood series,  Club Number Five, focuses on the main character, Sam, a newborn vampire, Dane, a gorgeous but annoying boy who keeps showing up, Jonathon, the mysterious,gorgeous hot boy Sam sits next to every day at school and Kate, Sam's best friend. Sam is struggling with becoming a newborn vampire and juggling high school, and her crush on the amazing Jonathon and eventually turns to her best friend for help.

Club Number Five is a vampire romance. It is fast paced and follows the range of emotions Sam experiences as she embraces her new life and goes to find answers and food.  The book is very well written, the characters are well thought out and you may find yourself identifying with one or more of them. If you enjoyed the Twilight series then you will definitely love this book.


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Lucas
ebook & paperback (176 pages)
Published: August 2013 by Rogue House
ISBN13: 9781291458350
Source: purchased
Lucas, book two of the Immortal Blood series, picks up where number one leaves off. Sam and Kate are still newborn vampires trying to fit into and understand their new lives and struggling to cope with leaving their old lives, including family behind.

Their love lives continue to be complicated and full of passion and action. Lucas the new vampire on the scene is super hot but also very mysterious and very, very dangerous. Once again I found myself turning page after page, unable to put the book down. The ending was very well written with the right amount of terror and excitement and it ends on a fantastic cliffhanger. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves vampire/paranormal romance books. For mature young adults and adults.

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Blood Master
ebook
Published: March 2014 by Rogue House
Source: Author
In Blood Master, the third and final book of the Immortal Blood series, Samantha finds herself in the worst trouble and danger she has ever been in and maybe won't ever get out of. Forced to leave her friends and live in a house of angry vengeful vampires who hate her, and now owned by the self proclaimed master of law in the vampire world, Sam doesn't think that she will get out alive until an unexpected ally shows up. 

The story is once again sexy, fast paced and full of action and danger. Jennifer Loiske does her job well and the story line is very well written and unique helping the reader to understand the world that Samantha lives in as if it is the norm. It is so inspiring to see a strong, smart, independent female as a lead character.  All three books have kept me totally addicted all the way through even though this was not a genre I normally read I could not put them down.


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An excerpt from the last book to give you an idea of the very talented writing:

"He backed away a tad, his eyes holding mine, and for a moment I was sure he would do something rash like kiss me passionately, but instead he let his fingers run down my sides, closing his eyes and inhaling deeply.
"Samantha."
I stayed as still as I could.
"I don't know if I should kill you or kiss you."


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Excerpt: Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by @AuthorDanOBrien


You’re never too old to have one more adventure 

Brought to life by Steve Ferchaud’s vibrant drawings, this story for all ages by Dan O’Brien lets us know that it is never too late to have one more adventure. 


An Excerpt:


Robert Pendleton opened one eye as the light of a passing car flashed over the window, shattering the darkness into prisms. He rolled onto his back on the beat-up couch and yawned as he reached his hands up and rubbed his eyes unceremoniously. 

He looked out over the darkness at the digital clock. The red digits spelled out a quarter ‘til midnight––nearly fourteen hours of sleep. He smiled and grabbed one of the cushions of the couch, burying his head in it. Just enough sleep, he reminded himself. Robert felt that anything less than twelve hours of sleep was very nearly too little. 

He grasped blindly for the TV remote. 

Groaning as he lifted his head, he looked at the empty table––his eyes drawn by another flash of a passing car. He couldn’t see clearly, but he knew that the remote had been there before he had fallen asleep nearly half a day ago. 

“Could have sworn….” he mumbled as he pushed himself up and brushed his hand around the top of the table, finding nothing. “Where did….”

Another groan escaped his lips as he lifted his body to a sitting position and threw aside the cluster of pillows that he had gathered around himself. He reached out for the lamp, but instead knocked it to the floor with a resounding thud. 

Robert muttered as he stood up from the couch, and then sank to his knees to search around in the darkness for the fallen lamp. Reaching around on the shadowed floor, shards of the broken lamp scattered like pieces of light. 

He turned his head, peering beneath the large space underneath the couch and saw the reflection of the buttons on the remote. The off-gray piece of machinery was underneath the couch––only darkness lingered beyond it. He reached out as he spoke again. 

“How did it get all the way down there?” 

Robert flexed his hand and strained as he twisted his back to reach farther; yet, the remote remained just out of reach. He pulled his arm away with a huff and craned his neck to the side, staring underneath into the darkness below the couch. 

His eyes widened as he saw the impossible: there was something beyond the remote. He shook his head and closed his eyes, whispering to himself that he didn’t see what he thought he had.

“I saw a little man,” he whispered to himself as he opened his eyes once more and nearly gasped as he did so. 

The figure was closer now and he could make out the outline clearly. A tiny man rested just beyond the remote. 

“What in the name of…?”

“Not here in the name of nobody, laddie. I be a friend though,” crooned the miniscule figure as he interrupted Robert and stepped forward, placing a hand on the darkened and slick surface of the remote. 

A tam-o’-shanter crested his bright red hair, the shaggy mane blending perfectly into his equally crimson, neatly trimmed, beard. 

A billow of whitish smoke drifted from the long-stemmed pipe that he held clenched between his lips. 

Robert fell back and knocked aside the adjacent table. Rubbing his eyes, he spoke a single word: “Leprechaun.”

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About the Author:


Dan O’Brien, founder and editor-in-chief of The Northern California Perspective, has written over 20 books––including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: www.amalgamconsulting.com. Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can he reached by email at amalgamconsulting@gmail.com



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March 14, 2014

Review: This is How You Pitch by @EdZitron

by Donna Huber

This is How You Pitch
One of the top questions I get asked about is how to write review pitches to bloggers. I have good success with bloggers, but only moderately successful with my pitches to more traditional media. I'm always looking for tips and suggestions on how to get more publicity for my clients. When I saw Ed Zitron's book in Netgalley, I thought perhaps it would help.

I did a lot of highlighting of the first few chapters. I totally agreed with what Zitron was saying as I had already encountered it. Unfortunately my copy expired, but I did make note of a couple of the quotes that I highlighted on Goodreads,

"Don't use [social media] as a marketing loudspeaker"

"...you need to tweet as if there is a real human being behind the account."

Again, it really isn't anything I haven't heard before. But knowing that Zitron has gone the traditional route and still came to the same conclusions is gratifying.

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But I'm getting ahead of myself as these quotes came later in the book. The first part was a lot of what I already knew as it focused on the need to network and being helpful even if it doesn't get you anything in the beginning. I thought often though that some of the authors who manage their own publicity would find this section useful (if they took the advice to heart).

Zitron assumes that the PR professional gets their start at an agency. In today's digital society and economy where anyone with an internet connection can and is forging their own path, this not necessarily true. Particularly in the indie publishing industry people are becoming publicists and image managers who have little experience in this arena. It is how I found myself where I am. I would have liked it had Zitron covered how to make initial contact when you do not have an agency handing you a contact sheet. Also, his wine and dine examples are not exactly applicable for the internet based publicist. I have had clients that I have only "talked" to over email. Skype is the closest I will come to meeting the majority of my clients as we are flung around the globe.

Even so, there is a wealth of information for those just starting out and wondering if they are doing it "right". Knowing that I already learned many of his "lessons" made me more confident that I'm on the right path. I definitely felt validation while reading This is How You Pitch.

Now the last third of the book went a little off the topic that the title indicates. It goes beyond the first years and give ideas on setting up your own agency. Again, some this wasn't totally applicable - I don't plan on expanding to the point I manage other PR professionals, but I did find the advice good "food for thought" as I strike out on my own from the beginning.

I recommend This is How You Pitch by Ed Zitron to author who manage their own public image. Also, those individuals who like me are providing services yet have no formal training or extensive experience. I should let you know that if you are thinking this book will tell you exactly what to write in your email pitch to land widespread media coverage, you will be disappointed. It is more about building relationships and how not to become a total annoyance.



Book info:
ebook & paperback
Published September 2013 by Sunflower Press
ISBN13: 9780989608015
Source: Netgalley
Read: February 2014



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March 13, 2014

Managing Multiple Reviewers

by Donna Huber


If you are a fan of Girl Who Reads's Facebook page (and if you aren't, why not?), you may have seen my "ad" seeking reviewer help. Girl Who Reads is getting too large for one person, so I'm looking at taking on one, probably two, reviewers. This expansion has caused me to have to think about how I run Girl Who Reads. Today's tip posts has two purposes:

  1. Provide "food for thought" for other bloggers who are in the same position of adding to their staff for the first time.
  2. Solicit advice from bloggers who already run a multi-reviewer site.


There are many questions I have asked myself about how to exactly manage multiple reviewers. First was probably how do I find reviewers. The Facebook post was effective - a few author friends also shared it on their Facebook pages. I had about 8 people respond that they were interested. Then I was faced with my next dilemma - how to choose just one or two. That turned out a little easier than I thought it might be. A couple never responded to my initial message to them and others dropped off as we communicated further. My last "test" was to have them send a review that I could post on the blog. The first one posted on Tuesday (check out Barbara's review of Starved if you haven't already), and I have a second reviewer posting on Saturday.

They have different review styles than me, and though our reading tastes do overlap they read a few different genres than me. I'm pretty excited about adding them both to Girl Who Reads.

Now that the selection process is over, I have to figure out just how to manage multiple reviewers. Here is where I'm hoping some of my blogging friends can help me with advice. I have a few questions about the best approach to a few administrative items.

Scheduling:

Is it best to give a reviewer a set day for their review to appear or just scheduled it as they come in? For long time readers of my blog, you know that I have themed the days of the week, more or less - Meet the Author Mondays, Writer Wednesdays, Tips on Thursday, Friday Fun. I usually post reviews on Tuesdays and then weekends are reserved for extras, like Series Saturday or short stories on Sunday. When I was getting a lot of requests for author appearances it made sense, but lately I'm getting less requests (probably due to the fact I've signed up for less tours and more authors are only guest blogging during tours). Some weeks I find myself responsible of all 5 days of posting.

Right now, I think I will have them submit their reviews to me by Friday for it to post the following week. I like to set up the week with as many posts over the weekend as possible. But I think there is a need for an posting calendar of some sort so I know when to expect a review and make sure there is space in the schedule for guest posts still.

I'm also debating whether or not to post more than once a day.

Review requests:

As I've chosen reviewers who do not have any or only a few contacts, most of the review requests will come through me for now. Should I continue to have all review requests come through me? Or would it be better if authors and publicists could directly contact the reviewer?

I actually have a backlog of requests that I haven't responded to. I've put together a list of requests that I've received this month and will send it to the reviewers. Should only one reviewer accept the request or is it okay for all three of to want to read and review the same book? Authors, do you have a preference? Bloggers, what do you see as most beneficial to your site in terms of traffic and discussion when multiple reviewers review the same book? Also, how do you run the reviews, all on the same day, week, or whenever the reviewer sends in the blog.

Posting:

Probably the scariest part of expanding Girl Who Reads to include other reviewers is giving up control. Right now, I'm having the reviewers email their reviews to me and then I'm formatting the post. I could add them as an author on the blog. I think I can just give them privileges to write the post and not actually publish. I might go this route eventually depending on how much "blogging" the reviewers themselves want to do.

I have a disclaimer I use when I have guest blogger about their views being their own and not necessarily reflected of Girl Who Reads. However, these reviewers will be staff members. Anything special I should be considering regarding this?

Odds'n'Ends:

For over three years I have been Girl Who Reads. I'm going to have to change the wording on pages such as "review policy" and "about me". Also there is the matter of my book and what about my Twitter account? My twitter name was Girl_Who_Reads before the blog. Do I change the bio to reflect a multi-reviewer site or just keep it as is?

Anything I haven't thought of that I might run across in the coming months as I forge this new path with Girl Who Reads? I do greatly appreciate the advice of those who have gone down this road before.




Donna Huber
Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the publisher, editor and head writer for Girl Who Reads and author of the how-to manual Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour








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March 12, 2014

Anne Maro Slanina: The Adventures of Annie Mouse

My writing stems from both my personal life and my life as an educator.  I am a reading specialist and have taught remedial reading for many years. I also specialize in social-emotional growth in young children.  As someone who prepares people to become early childhood teachers, I have been passionate about teaching about “Bibliotherapy,” using books for social-emotional growth and healing.  My professional career and my writing career are very closely intertwined.

I also have a very vivid memory of being a young child who was very confused by some of the strange things adults said- and apparently didn’t mean.  For instance, when my mother learned that one of my infant cousins had died, she announced, “Your aunt lost the baby.”  My three-year-old self quickly jumped up and said, “Let’s go find her!” I could not understand why no one else agreed with me.  “What was wrong with these people?” I thought.  I threw a tantrum because I could not make anyone understand that we should not be sitting around helplessly. In addition, I thought, if they were going to act like this, I had better never get lost because no one would ever search for ME!

As a mom of two sons, I witnessed this same confusion on my own sons’ faces countless times. One incident was so traumatic that it became the inspiration behind Baby Brother Goes to the Hospital, my second book in the series.  Each of the first four books in the series features an incident where Annie misinterprets an event that happens in her world. Thus, each is intended to be read with an adult so that children can express their own misunderstandings and communication can be enhanced. It is surprising how often parents discover that their angry, hostile child is behaving that way because of one of these misunderstandings. That is my purpose behind the first four books in the series.

Annie Mouse Route 66 Vacation
After my son moved to Arizona, I decided to make a road trip out to see him and his family. This was my first encounter with Route 66. As I traveled, I realized what a wonderful bonding experience a road trip could be for a family and began writing a chapter book- what eventually became my sixth book, Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Family Vacation.  The underlying message of this book can be summarized as, “Put all your worries and cares behind you, hop in the car, communicate and bond with each other, while learning about our wonderful country!”

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Each time that I traveled the Route, I learned many new things and have tried to incorporate many of them into the companion Route 66 Annie Mouse books.  In the first-published book, Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal, Annie shares her trip through actual photographs.  In the just-released chapter book, Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Family Vacation, the complete story of Annie’s adventure, from Illinois to California, is told. Both books could be used as travel guides while taking an actual Route 66 trip; the reader could follow along finding the various family-friendly Route 66 landmarks across the country.  Families could also share the stories together, taking a “virtual” trip while parents and/or grandparents reminisce about their own nostalgic anecdotes.  However, in each book, Annie continues to be confused by adults’ language and things she sees and experiences in her surroundings.  She, like all young children, needs consistent guidance from the adults who love her.

While I began writing about a “cross country” trip, in the process of my own travels, I actually fell in love with Route 66.  I hadn’t wanted to complete the books until I experienced everything Route 66 had to offer.  However, I STILL have not experienced everything Route 66 has to offer, in spite of the fact that I have taken the cross country trip numerous times! The Route is constantly evolving and there is always something new to see and more wonderful people to meet.   “Annie Mouse” will be having adventures for years to come! I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

The launch party for Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Family Vacation e-book will be March 15th from 1-3, Eastern time. Please join me for the party.

Amazon international page for Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Family Vacation:  http://authl.it/B00IK9XH1M

About the Author:

Anne Maro Slanina, Ph.D. is the author of The Adventures of Annie  Mouse children’s series.  She is a professor of early childhood education at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and previously taught in K-12 classrooms for many years.  You can learn more about Anne on her website: www.anniemousebooks.com
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March 11, 2014

Review: Starved by @wordymikesomers

by Barbara Bavier

Starved
When I read a Young Adult book, I expect good content, adventure, a lot of "like" and "you know" phrases, and maybe a little teen romance. Sometimes, though, a YA book will take me by surprise with its' scope and maturity. That was definitely the case when I read Starved by Michael Somers, an unexpected story of a little-talked-about subject.

Nathan is not a typical high school senior. He's not interested in Homecoming, Prom, Senior Skip Day, girls, dates, or even graduation.  He's a major overachiever, and his self-esteem is almost non-existent. He's obsessed with his GPA and his SAT scores -- and how many times he needs to throw up today to make up for the two bites of apple he ate for breakfast. Nathan is anorexic and bulimic.

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Nathan's life is immersed in rules imposed by his parents, his school, and himself. His mother, an obvious alcoholic with an eye toward rising in the societal ranks, is in charge of Nathan's outward appearance. She requires her son to dress in designer clothes, be immaculately groomed at all times, and associate with people she believes come from the "best" (defined richest) homes. His father, a dominating attorney, controls Nathan through physical intimidation and scorn. His teachers factor into the mix as well. Nathan thinks they, like his parents, expect him to score a 'A' on every paper.

To cope with the overwhelming pressures of school and home life, Nathan turns to the only thing he can control:  His body image. He begins a journey down a long, dark road of starvation, binging and purging.

Nathan sets up his own strict rules, boxing himself into a tight corner with a "to do" list that ironically imitates the restrictions already running rampant through his life. He allows himself to buy junk food, but not to eat it. He stores it in a plastic container under his bed, where it looms as a constant reminder of what he cannot -- must not -- have. He has to do hundreds of jumping jacks each day. He can’t eat fats before noon. When he does eat, he makes himself purge to the point where he can vomit without sticking his finger down his throat.

When his body finally calls "enough," Nathan's mother finds him passed out on the living room floor and rushes him to the hospital. From there, he's admitted to an inpatient facility. Nathan weighs 112 lbs.

The remainder of the story takes place at the inpatient facility. There, Nathan must still deal with his original issues, but now he's also got doctors, counselors, and other patients -- all girls -- forcing him to face these issues head on, every day. Now, he's expected to EAT. Real FOOD. Every DAY. Three TIMES a day. Not only that, he's not allowed to exercise, and he's expected to participate in group, individual, and family therapy.

Nathan copes by making more rules for himself. He does his 100 jumping jacks a day on the sly. He only participates in therapy if he is forced, and then only with minimal effort and concentration. He eats only Ensure, until he discovers it actually has more calories than the "real" food.

And then one day, Nathan is talked into participating in a group activity. He finds himself laying flat on a piece of butcher paper while a counselor outlines his body in thick, black marker. Nathan finally really SEES his body, not through a mirror, but as others see him:

"What I saw made me think of the cop shows and the chalk outlines of dead bodies. There I was, down on that paper, drawn out in black marker, like a dead person. I didn't take up much space at all. The outline looked so thin. I felt huge though! There I was, on the floor, not huge at all. It was like Steve had taken someone from a concentration camp and drawn his body. That couldn't be me; it couldn't. I couldn’t figure out what I was seeing . . . Who was this skinny boy on the paper? And what happened to him?"

This exercise encourages Nathan to look his "rules," and the center's rules, in a new light. One set of rules in particular encourage him in a positive way. He calls these rules the "Magic Numbers." They are the weights he needs to attain in order to progress at the center and finally be released:

"My first magic number was 122 pounds. That’s when I could do yoga and Creative Movement and volleyball. My second magic number was 130 pounds. That’s when I could go off the unit but stay in the hospital. My big granddaddy get-me-discharged magic number was 145 pounds. When I first got here, I weighed 112 pounds, so those numbers seemed pretty big to me at first. It may as well have been 200 pounds to gain. From where I sat, there wasn't much difference. But as I got to 120 and 121 pounds, believe me, I noticed the difference. Freedom, or something sort of like it, was within reach now."

Finally, with this new self-realization and change in direction, it seems as though there might be a light at the end of Nathan's long, dark tunnel. Or is there?

Starved by Michael Somers is a uniquely told tale told in three distinct ways. First, and most obvious, is the rarely discussed subject matter of male anorexia and bulimia. These are predominantly female illnesses, so just the fact that they are the subject matter of a Young Adult novel is unique.

Second, the stylistic choices Mr. Somers has made throughout the novel give it a unique perspective. Different sections of the novel are voiced through the eyes of different characters. Some chapters focus on Nathan's mother speaking in the third person; some reflect the doctors' and counselors' notes; but most are seen through Nathan's own first-person point of view. By using multiple viewpoints, Mr. Somers allows the reader to see the tale in a spherical way. As the story progresses, it almost feels as though you're circling the story from above, dipping down to explore different sections of a cohesive, whole circle.

The final unique quality comes from within Mr. Somers himself. He arms himself with a strong knowledge and deep understanding of his subject matter that enables him, as a writer, to put careful thought behind each word choice. He has somehow poured part of himself into the character of Nathan. In doing so, he has given a very special perspective to Nathan and to the story as a whole. It's an outsider's view to the very inside heart of this character, and it enables us, the readers, to connect to the story on a much deeper, more intimate level. There is a definite feeling of truth to be found there.




Book info:
ebook & paperback
Published November 2012 by Rundy Hill Press
ISBN13: 9780988367203
Source: Author



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March 9, 2014

Nate Rocks the City by @KarenToz Blog Tour


Join Karen Pokras Toz for one last adventure with Nathan Rockledge and his alter ego Nate Rocks.

March 10 Book Blast - various blogs

March 11 Living, Learning, and Loving Life Review

March 12 A.B. Shepherd Writing for Children Versus Adults

March 13 Java John Z's Excerpt

March 14 Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews Review & Excerpt

March 15 Happily Managing a Household of Boys Review & Character Interview

March 16 Tyrneathem Review & Excerpt

March 17
Sweet Little Pretties Review & Character Guest Post
Fairday's Blog Riddle

March 18 Cindy's Love of Books Review & Author Guest Post

March 19 
Kid Lit Reviews Review & Character Interview
Fairday's Blog Review

March 20
MHZ Book Reviews & Giveaways Review & Excerpt
Happy Green Baby Review & Author Guest Post

March 21
Must Read Faster Review
Fairday's Blog Nate's Sketchbook plus contest


Nate Rocks the City
Hey New York! Are you ready for Nate Rocks?
Fifth grader Nathan Rockledge has been counting down the days—and meals—until his class trip to New York City. Now that the big event is finally here, he can barely stand the excitement. After all, isn’t this what being a fifth grader is all about? Oh sure, his Mom is one of the chaperones, his annoying sister Abby is tagging along, and that know-it-all classmate, Lisa, will be there as well. However, none of that matters. Not when he’ll be with his best friends, Tommy and Sam.
While seeing the sights, his teacher wants his class to take notes, but Nathan has other ideas. With paper and pencil in hand, Nathan prefers to doodle, transforming himself into Nate Rocks, boy hero. Amid ninja pigeons to fend off, aliens to attack, and the baseball game of the century to save, will Nate Rocks be able to save the day one more time?


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About the Author:

Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, & Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen’s books include Chasing Invisible, and her soon to be released, Whispered Wishes series. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.

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