Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: Katie L. Carroll's Pirate Island

Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed blog!

Today I am excited to feature the cover reveal for my author friend Katie Carroll. Pirate Island will be an exciting adventure novel for middle grade readers. I know Katie's writing and I'm sure grown-ups will get a kick out of the story too! Looking forward to its release this fall. Now here's some information on Pirate Island!

by Katie L. Carroll (katielcarroll.com)
Cover Illustration by Susan Tait Porcaro (susantaitporcaro.com)
Coming October 2017!

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A thrice cursed island, a legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go wrong?

For centuries, the whereabouts of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island, Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul. Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they imagined.

About the Author:
Katie L. Carroll always says she began writing at a very sad time her life after her sister Kylene unexpectedly passed away. The truth is Katie has been writing her whole life, and it was only after Kylene’s death that she realized she wanted to pursue writing for kids and teens as a career. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She has had many jobs in her lifetime, including newspaper deliverer, hardware store cashier, physical therapy assistant, and puzzle magazine editor. She works from her home in Connecticut that is filled with the love and laughter of her sons and husband.

In addition to PIRATE ISLAND, Katie is the author of the YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND. Find Katie on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Zombie Book for You: Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie by C.A. Verstraete

Is she reading a zombie book???
Springtime means spring break time! I know you're dying to get outdoors in good weather. Well, if it so happens Mother Nature isn't cooperating, you can stay indoors and read. Or if you're lucky enough, you can sit by the pool and read, and do I have a fun, crazy book about zombies for you.

Featuring C.A.Verstraet's novel, Girl Z: My Life as a Teen-age Zombie. Check it out!!
Girl Z: My Life As A Teenage Zombie by [Verstraete, C.A.]
Girl Z: My Life as a Teen-age Zombie
by C. A. Verstraete
Back of the Book:
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager's biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead. Becca's life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret— he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her and she fears she may be falling for him. But how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her? Time is running out . . . and Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing mothers and fight off hungry Zs. Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is too late.

About Christine:

C.A. Verstraete has always wanted to be a writer for as far back as she can remember. As the family "bookworm," she knew her writing desire was a natural progression. She always read and still does, enjoying books by Barbara Taylor Bradford, Debbie Macomber, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark and many others. 
Christine (C.A.) enjoys putting a little "scare" in her writing. Her latest book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, offers a twist on the Lizzie Borden murders. She also is author of a young adult book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, and books on dollhouse collecting and crafting, including Dollhouse Decor & More  and In Miniature Style II.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trailblazer: First Full-time Female NFL Referee Sarah Thomas, Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday
Football Stadium
It's Super Bowl Sunday!! Will you be watching?
What a spectacular night to wind up the professional football season. This isn't a game just for guys anymore. Girls are finding their way onto the football field as players and referees.

Sarah Thomas became the first female National Football League referee in 2015.
Here's what she said about the NFL referees--"All these guys have years and years of experience and knowledge and know what the next level is looking for so if I can learn, why not learn from them.”

Sarah has worked her way up from officiating at high school games, to college games and has been in the NFL's Officiating Development program. She achieved this opportunity by putting in hard work and dedication.

She won't be a referee at the Super Bowl tonight, but I bet you'll be seeing this trailblazer and more female NFL referees in the future because of Sarah's groundbreaking work in refereeing professional football games.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Do you like to play or watch football? Leave a comment below or congratulations message to Sarah.
Click the links below to read about more articles about women in football on the Girls Succeed Blog.
 Katie Hnida First woman to score in NCAA Game
Kathryn Smith Named NFL Football Coach

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Historic Weekend: USA Inauguration and Women's March

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What an historic weekend!! Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed blog!

USA Inauguration Ceremony January 20, 2017

The inauguration of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was celebrated on Friday, January 20. The impressive ceremony incorporated the tradition that has taken place every four years since 1789 when George Washington took the oath of President of the USA.

The inauguration is not a party given for the President, but rather it is a celebration of the passing of the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the new incoming administration. The election was bitter, but even with all the divisions, the parties came together in peace.

Citizens of the world participated in the Women's March on January 21, 2017
The Women's March--January 21, 2017

Pastor Laurie Haller

Throughout the world, women ( and men) marched together for awareness and change. Pastor Laurie Haller explains why she marched on Saturday.

"God bless the millions of women, men, girls, and boys around the world who are marching today. Thank you for marching in love on behalf of equal opportunity for women and all those whose human rights, deepest yearnings, and dignity are minimized or denied because of gender, race, class, sexual identity, or entrenched attitudes of privilege." --Laurie Haller, Facebook Post

What an exciting world we live in. My mother always said, "Nothing is so certain as change." Hang on and have an open heart to meet the challenges and acceptance of change that is good for all.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Honoring Martin Luther King, Trailblazer Bessie Coleman, First Black Woman Pilot in America

Honoring Martin Luther King

Thank you to Dr.King and those brave people through our history for trailblazing a path to freedom, equality and justice for all. 

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.--Martin Luther King

Meet Trailblazer Bessie Coleman

Elizabeth (Bessie) Coleman-January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926

Bessie Coleman was a pioneer in aviation and a trailblazer who broke down barriers of racial prejudice and discrimination of women of all colors. 

Bessie grew up poor on a farm in Texas. She was the tenth of thirteen children who helped her parents work the farm. Looking for a better life, she joined her brothers in Chicago and supported herself as a manicurist in a barber shop. The idea to become a pilot was sparked when she listened to her customers talk about flying military planes. It was her dream to become a flyer, but at that time no flying schools accepted black men OR any women. She had to find a way to learn to fly even if she was a woman and she was brown-skinned.

She worked hard and raised money to go to France to attend flying school there. She learned her lessons and practiced her flying skills to return to the USA with an International Pilots License becoming the first American to ever receive one.

Being the daredevil she was, Bessie took up barnstorming. She performed stunts in the air flying her bi-plane, a plane with two wings, in air shows becoming part of the aerobatics high above the ground. She looped through the sky, performed figure eights, and dived from high above pulling up just in time not to crash into the ground. She was a hit with the crowds, but performed only in locations which allowed black folks to attend. She became so popular she earned the nickname, Queen Bess.

Bessie's career was cut short when the plane she was practicing in for a performance crashed and claimed her life. The world mourned her passing, but celebrated her accomplishments as a courageous woman and an inspiration for African-Americans and all women in the aviation industry. 

VIDEO: Bessie Coleman--Studies Weekly Video

Bessie Coleman, first black woman pilot
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