Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best of Summer Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

Hey Readers! 
Welcome to the Best of Summer 2013 
Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 

You're invited to hop around the blogs and discover children's books and sign up to win prizes from August 26-September 6, 2013. Please leave a comment below to be eligible to win an e-book copy of my non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. Find out more details below and how to get the  FREE Study Guide that accompanies this book about careers and making dreams come true.

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The Kid Lit Giveaway Hop is a fantastic and fun way to meet authors, learn about new children's literature, and re-visit some titles which may have been one of your favorite reads as a child.

Product Details
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is my favorite children's book. Penned over sixty years ago, it is a classic beloved by many generations of readers. Mr. White tells this magical story of Fern and her little pig, Wilbur.

Wilbur's friend is Charlotte, a spider who lives in the barn with Wilbur. Because Fern can understand the language the barn animals speak, we are allowed entry into this wondrous world about friendship, life, and loss.
If you haven't experienced Wilbur, Charlotte, and Fern, as well as Templeton the rat, please take time to read it. The story speaks to kids and kids-at-heart.
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Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.

Girls Succeed interviews fifteen remarkable women who have achieved recognition for accomplishment in their occupations. This diverse group of careers encompasses women in the arts, business, science, medicine, ministry, entertainment, and sports. Stories include women who have stamped out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, crossed the country in the cab of an eighteen wheeler, and many more chapters to inspire and empower girls to reach for their dreams.

Girls Succeed Book Trailer
This interactive e-book is an additional resource for units of study on careers, leadership, persistence, goal-setting and more. Back to School Special Pricing--$1.99.

To receive a FREE PDF digital file of the Study Guide that accompanies the book, please email your request to jqrose02at gmail dot com with Study Guide in the Subject line.

You can download a sample of the e-book which includes the Table of Contents and/or purchase Girls Succeed at

About J. Q. Rose
After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with mysteries, Sunshine Boulevard and Coda to Murder, released by Muse It Up Publishing. In Girls Succeed she returns to her first love,
writing about real people.  Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Career: YA Author Kaitlin Bevis on Writing as a Career

Welcome YA author Kaitlin Bevis to the Girls Succeed blog! Kaitlin and I are swapping blogs today, so please hop on over to Kaitlin's blog to visit us there and leave a comment. Thank you!

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Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn't agree with her, she rewrote it. She's always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with a BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing her masters at the University of Georgia.
Her young adult series "Daughters of Zeus" is available wherever ebooks are sold. She also writes for and Athens Parent Magazine.
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Today Kaitlin shares her lifelong passion for writing with us. Do you enjoy writing stories? Maybe you and Kaitlin share similar experiences.
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Writing by Kaitlin Bevis
I've been writing all my life. Before I could read I called it make believe, but the same basic components were there. Plotting, developing characters, dialogue. It's all there,

I developed much of my writing style through reading. I would read my books with a black marker and a pen in hand, so I could change anything I didn't like. If the next book wasn't coming out soon enough, I'd create my own version.

I did that with shows too. As soon as Sailor Moon went off I'd start acting out the next episode. I was so proud of myself, because I was almost always right.

Took me awhile to realize the show had a rather repetitive formula...

While I was in middle school I wrote my first book. It was terrible. I still have it on a floppy disk, and I'm too terrified to open the file because it was that bad. In high school I was able to take creative writing classes and learned how to critique the work of my peers.

I enjoyed writing so much that when I ran out of creative writing classes in high school, I begged my school councilor to let me take it at the college through joint enrollment. In the summer between eleventh and twelfth grade I took English 1101 and 1102. During my senior year I took introduction to creative writing, advanced fiction writing, advanced non fiction writing, advanced poetry writing, and screenplay writing. The next year I took my core classes and even more creative writing classes. Including autobiographical writing, science fiction and fantasy writing, technical writing, and every other writing class I could find. Once I ran out I moved to Atlanta to get an English degree with a concentration in creative writing. I'm finishing up my masters now, and am applying to the Phd program with a creative writing dissertation.

Despite my lifetime commitment to writing, my personal writing didn't really take off until I joined my writers group. I was familiar with the workshop format through my schooling, but there's something different about a group of people who willingly spend Saturday nights away from their family and friends to talk about their writing that just can't be replicated in a classroom.

I'm very excited for my first book, Persephone, to be released. It's been a long journey to publication, and I can't really tell when it started. Did it begin when I penned my first draft? Or was it in college when I was learning everything I could about writing? Was it before then when I was acting out the next episode of Sailor Moon? Each of those little moments were important because of where they led. Now my book is out of my hands and into the readers.

Time to start the next one.
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Persephone, Daughter of Zeus

Back of the Book: 

The "talk" was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they're a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn't until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.


Available at all major online booksellers. 

Connect with Kaitlin online: 
Twitter: @kaitlinbevis

Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: Kiera's Quest Awakenings by Kristy Brown

Book One in Kiera's Quest series

A MuseItYoung Novella by: Kristy Brown

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 75

ISBN: 978-1-927085-91-2

Price: $3.50  

Available at MuseItUp Publishing Smashwords  and major online booksellers.

Back Cover:

Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.

Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.

As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?

Book Review by J.Q. Rose

If you are a reader of fantasy, then you are in for a great read when you choose Kiera's Quest Awakenings. I loved the really, really wicked Queen and the complete opposite of wickedness, Kiera, the main character. The story is told in a quaint English language which adds to the atmosphere in the tale. 

Kids will identify with Kiera in her contemporary world of school and friends. But her life becomes woven together with Zakk, Prince of Zatar, who is from another world. The story has suspense, mystery, and dark action which may be too intense for young readers. 

The imaginative storytelling kept me turning pages.  I raced to the end of the story to discover what would happen to Zakk, Kiera, and her friends. I was disappointed to discover the story does not wrap up all the loose ends, but rather, Kiera has to go on another quest to discover the answers. There are two more books in the series. If you don't mind reading a serial, I think you would enjoy this lively story.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Book Release: Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery

Please welcome imaginative children's author Ace Hansen to the Girls Succeed blog! You have got to read on to discover this fun and entertaining new book. It's a fun day. Not only do I get to giggle with Ace on this blog, but also I am a guest on Ace's blog. So hop on over and say hi and discover probably more than you'll ever want to know about me.

 The world is farting green! Who will stop the green gas crisis!


Whilst I was cruising the Milky Way Galaxy in search of better tasting food, I crash landed into Meteor Crater, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Never having been on Earth, I hopped over to the closest city and began searching for nourishment. Everywhere I went people pointed and laughed, especially after I'd let out a few flaturific emissions. I couldn't understand why my green gas was so funny, until I realized Earthlings emissions were invisible! So I began to wonder, what if Earthlings started blowing greenies? 

The next thing I know, I'm being chased all over town by scary men in dark blue suits 'cause apparently you Earthlings think you have to pass around some kind of dark green and white paper in order to get the food you need. Crazy! So after spending a short stint behind bars, I figured I could get cash by making up funny stories for the miniature Earthlings, especially the ones who giggled and snorted every time they saw one of my green poofs. 


 Chapter One 
The real Julius Caesar conquered the world.
All I wanted was to conquer a simple spelling test.
“Having trouble?”
I set down my pencil and glared at Ben Purdee, the brainiest kid in fifth grade. “No problem.”
Yes, I had a problem. And it wasn’t just how to spell brocolee. Or was it brockoly?
Mrs. Tucker closed her book. “Time’s up. Pass them forward.”
I handed my test to Ivy Chen, who sat in front of me, and pushed my chair away from the desk. The legs scraped the floor. A loud, embarrassing noise echoed through the classroom. Heads turned. Ivy stared, her brown eyes wide as pie.
Ben nudged me and smirked. “Did you just—?”
“No. It was my chair. See?” I scooted back and forth trying to remake the suspicious sound, but I failed. Ben moved his desk away from mine. Ivy’s nose twitched. My cheeks grew hot. “It really was the chair,” I mumbled.

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Now go buy my book, so I can go buy some gummy worms. Or maybe you want to send me a big bag?

If you'd like to purchase JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY it's available as an ebook now and is coming in print Fall 2013:

About Ace:
Ace Hansen doesn’t pass green gas. The author grew up in a household of boys and knows all about deadly stinkers, tree houses, and scary neighbors.
   Ace enjoys all kinds of creepy things and has been known to devour entire bags of worms* while writing outrageous fiction.
*Gummy, of course. What were you thinking?

If you'd like to learn more about Ace (of course you do!) you can find him on: