#PPBF / Princes and Princesses

Hi Friends!

 

Some of you know I made an urgent trip to the library last week looking for Princess books to read at my community center’s Snowflake Princess Ball. I left with over thirteen books. I say over because thirteen would be bad luck, right? I loved all of them and it was so hard to choose. And you might be treated to one again next week. So here is one of them.

 

Prineces and Princesses book coverTitle: Princes and Princesses

Author/ Illustrator: Sally Lee

Publishing info: / Capstone Press 2013 non fiction

Ages appropriate for: 3 to 7

First three sentences: “Life for real princes and princesses isn’t just fancy balls and beautiful clothing. Princes and princesses spend time helping people.” Then on the opposite page is a photograph which says “Belgium’s Princess Mathilde visits children in Tanzania” with her and an African child smiling while touching her blonde hair.

 

Themes: Princess and Princesses, non fiction, relationships,

Resources: For games, projects and more fun go to www.capstone.com

for fun facts go to www.facthound.com and give the code, 978162651247 .

Why I Love this book and book summary: This book talks about Princes and Princesses from all the kingdoms of the world, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan and England to name a few. Some of the questions it answers are; “What are Princes and Princesses?”, “What do Princes and Princesses do?” and then there are real photographs of famous Princes and Princesses.

 

What I Love about this book is that it helped get me ready for my reading Princess books for the ball that was supposed to be today but because of snow it was postponed. , I had gone to the library, frantic, with only two days to get ready and left an hour later with over thirteen books. Three of which were adult length fairy tale books and I’ll get to that in some other post.

 

“Princes and Princesses” won my heart with the full page size photographs of all the princes and princesses in the world with their names printed in bold letters on the bottom. Plus there was the glossary, index and table of contents. Clearly written for early readers.

For my writer friends here is a great post on fear of writing that Tracy Campbell gave me:

Author publish has given us a publisher open to unsolicited manuscripts of fantasy and science fiction.

For those of you revising a manuscript here is one that positive writer sent out. 

 

Joanna Marple says about Susanna Hill’s project:

 

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, hereon Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

And for my favorite this link about Edmund Pickle Chin? Here it is on Reading with Rhythm: https://readingwithrhythm.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/edmund-pickle-chin/

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

XOXO

 

 

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FEAR of writing & Interview Winners

Hi Friends!

Johanna Ash's Daffodil Photo

Johanna Ash’s Daffodil Photo

Let’s start this winter post with some spring flowers! Daffodils and crocuses!

Tulips for Susanna

And Tulips!

cubagallary-flickrPerfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now maybe we can be serious.

Dorit Sasson says in “5 strategies for revising your memoir” there is no perfect moment for revision like waiting for snow or no snow or for the day after tomorrow  when the kids are out of the house and  I say  that goes for writing as well not just revision.  But I am in revision so will talk mostly about that.

 

I have been afraid of writing. Not just that I don’t have enough  craft to do it but afraid of starting at all.. As you know I am all the way through my first draft and only half way through making my first draft readable to do any revision. I tried telling my fellow members of Round Hill Writer’s Group about what I was doing. That I was going to my chapters and making more chapters by condensing documents and making the actual number of documents fewer under a certain chapter. (I realized I had to do this when one of my friends offered to read the whole memoir from start to finish and she couldn’t, because I way too many documents in any one chapter.

 

So that is what I am doing. When I do it. But something always holds me back. And that is FEAR! I am afraid of revision. I am afraid of the big job. I don’t have accountability. No one saying how much did you do today. Or this week?
I miss the teachers feedback from the write your memoir in six months course. I miss saying I will have such and such done by six months. I do however have a teacher, Brooke Warner saying she will read my memoir from start to finish once I have it readable though. So you’d think I would work on it. Like pronto. But I’m not. I procrastinate and put off and put off. I read a lot about writing. Everyday one will see me reading writing craft blogs and posts. But not actually writing on my memoir.

 

“It is too hard!!” I say.

 

 

Kathleen Pooler ,   had a post on this fear thing last week. And it was just what I needed to read. But it hasn’t helped me be better. I’m still not writing. Not revising. Not going over my documents and doing what I set out to do for the first thing in revision.

 

(Orr ) heard herself say “The strongest strategy for success in pretty much anything is to get yourself on an I Can and I Will path. And the first thing you must do on that path is fight back fear.”

 

 

And I’m getting rather desperate. Angry at myself. i even said I would set the timer on for half an hour and that I could do anything for half hour.

 

Do any of you have any suggestions? I’m really quite ready to read any and all you  have to give me.

 

And now for the announcement all of you have waited for!! ? Right? Waiting with abated breath! And this is much more fun!

 

OKAY:

 

WAIT NO LONGER!

 

Drumroll!

 

Applause!

 

The announcement of :

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Fire Works!

Balloons!  PATRICIA TILTON IS THE WINNER of Clarbojahn Presents! Crime Author Annette Dasofy

Birthday Balloons.alt-nicholanelson_flickr.

Balloons for the winner! Yay! Patricia!

Interview of Part One and Part Two!

 

 

Confetti!

 

 

Congratulations, Patricia! I’ll be emailing you with instructions.

 

Friends, have you seen my teacher guides for Annie’s Special Day up on the header bar of this page? Please take a look and tell me what you think. Can you think of something  that I forgot? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments okay?

 

So is that enough for one post? An article on fear of writing, an announcement of the winner of Annette Dasofy’s interview and also an announcement of teacher guides. One more thing because I don’t think it was enough. Please look at my web page www.clarbojahn.com and tell me what you think about that, too. I wish I knew how to make the banner shorter so it wouldn’t encompass the whole page when you first come on. I am not sure readers know to scroll down and see the contents. What do you think?

 

Have a good week everyone! See you here on Friday for Perfect Picture Book Friday for my review on a princess book. One of the one’s I will read to the princesses at the Snowflake Ball on Feb 28. What fun ! :)


XOXO

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#PPBF / One Morning in Maine

Hi Friends!

 

Man! Do I ever feel for Boston and the mountains of snow they are dealing with over there. Are any of you from New England? I know Susanna is from New York the upper part and has seen unusual bits of snow. Ourselves have escaped the mountains and have only had Arctic air. Now the thermometer says it is twenty so not so cold. The worst is to come tomorrow and again on Monday into Tuesday. I say this as most of you know I schedule these PPBF a week away on Saturday morning. tell me of your week in weather ok? I love weather of all kinds and think I might be one of those creatures who write the temperature and sunrise in a journal in a different era.

 

One Morning in Maine book cover_160_Title: One Morning In Maine

Author / Illustrator:  Robert McCloskey

Publishing info: The Penguin Group, first copyright 1952

Ages appropriate for: All ages

Themes: Common childhood experiences, losing first tooth, coping, Differences

 

First sentences:  One Morning in Maine, Sal Woke up. She peeked  over the top of the covers. The bright sunlight made her blink, so she pulled up and was just about to go back to sleep when she remembered “today is the day I am going to Buck’s Harbor with my father!”

 

Sal pushed back the covers, hopped out of bed, put on her slippers, and hurried out into the hall.”

 

Summary from Jacket : “As Sal brushes her teeth she notices something strange. One of her teeth is loose! Her first loose tooth! When the tooth falls out she’ll be able to put it under her pillow and make a wish. But while Sal digs for clams with Dad, her loose tooth becomes a lost tooth. How can she make a wish now? Luckily an exciting trip to Buck’s Harbor with Dad and baby Jane helps make Sal’s wish come true.

In this  heartwarming story, Robert McCloskey beautifully conveys life’s everyday pleasures and his intimate knowledge and deep appreciation of the Maine Islands.”

 

Resources:  For a Study guide from Amazon click here: 

For a list of Robert McCloskey’s works and films click here

A wonderful bio of Robert McCloskey is here

And a wonderful pdf about his most famous book “Make Way for Ducklings.” 

 

Why I love it: One of the picture books Granny Pat gave my eldest son, Eric, when he was three and therefore my only child was, Blueberries for Sal, When I saw this one by Robert McCloskey standing at attention on the libraries’ shelf, I knew I  had to get it, And then when I Looked at Susanna’s PPB site and didn’t see it listed, I was not only flabbergasted, I was delighted.

It meant I got to introduce this book to ya’ll. It’s theme of one of childhood’s common experiences was thrilling. Who among us has not lost a tooth as a six-year-old? And the way McCloskey bumps up the conflict of losing the tooth so the wish so the tooth fairy can’t happen is amazing.

The copyright is 1952 and renewed in 1980. This topic sprang up a topic of recurring discussion between my husband and I as to when children’s books became popular and if we had them when we were young. Due to reasons of culture and immigration, when I was a child we did not get picture books read to us when I was young enough to appreciate them but I am making up for it now. while still in Holland up to age seven my parents sat us down around the dining table after dinner and read the King James Bible to us. Then after coming to the States we sat around the dining table with an American dictionary learning English.

Now with my ESOL student we read picture books.

 

Please tell me in the comments when you started reading picture books?

And from my friend Donna Martin blog:

WORD COUNT

 

Micro-Fiction (up to 100 words)

Flash Fiction (100 – 1,000 words)

Short Story (1,000 – 7,500 words)

Novellette (7,500 – 20,000 words)

Novella (20,000 – 50,000 words)

Novel (50,000 -110,000 words)

Epics and Sequels (Over 110,000 words)

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

 

The Athletic Nerd…http://theathleticnerd.com/screenwriting/getting-to-know-your-characters

Creative Writing Now… http://www.creative-writing-now.com/writing-character-profiles.html

 

GRAMMAR

 

University of Chicago…http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/grammar.html

Oxford Dictionaries…http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/grammar.html

 

PLOT

 

Alicia Rasley…http://www.aliciarasley.com/10prob.html

Writing World…http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/beckham.shtml

 

SETTING OR SCENE

 

The Write Life…http://thewritelife.com/write-better-stories-by-asking-these-questions/

Fiction University…http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/07/10-questions-to-ask-when-choosing.html

 

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Joanna Marple says about Susanna Hill’s project:

 

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

And for my favorite this link about Edmund Pickle Chin? Here it is on Reading with Rhythm: 

and for my Clarbojahn  Presents! Author Annette Dasofy! For Tuesday!

This is her signature,

USA Today Best Selling Author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries

Circle of Influence (Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel)

Lost Legacy (Zoe Chambers mystery #2)

Bridges Burned (Zoe Chambers #3, coming April 7, 2015)

www.annettedashofy.com

I’ll see you back here on Tuesday for Part two on Annette Dasofy’s Interview. And the give away opportunity.   XOXO

I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

 

 

 

 

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Clarbojahn Presents with Giveaway / Author Annette Dasofy Part Two

Hi Friends!

Welcome back to Author Annette Dasofy’s second part of her fascinating interview. In part one  we went over the book I had won on Goodreads and learned a good deal about it including what Annette had learned from writing it and what was most fun. So if you’re interesting in reading the first part about Circle of Influence please go to part one and read it. If you comment you will automatically be put in to win one of her books. The contest is not over till this coming Saturday MN Eastern Standard time.

Let’s start with some blurbs. It is always exciting to read them. 

Doesn't this look exciting!!

Doesn’t this look exciting!!

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.

 

 

 

LOST LEGACY

On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a Annette Dasofy's_LOST LEGACY front sm filefarmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

 

BRIDGES BURNEDAnnette's BRIDGES BURNED front

Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything–and everyone–she holds dear.

So here we are on question five in part two of my two part series in Annette Dasofy’s interview with me.

5-CBJ.-I think you have two books out now. What is the second one’s name and tell a little about it?

Annette Dasofy's_LOST LEGACY front sm fileAA.- The second Zoe Chambers mystery is Lost Legacy and is a story of my heart. It deals a lot with family dynamics and a series of mysterious deaths over a period of 40-some years that all become linked to a present-day death. And they each have links to Zoe. The part of the story that I’m emotionally bound to is Pete Adam’s father, Harry, who has Alzheimer’s and who is dropped off with Pete by Pete’s sister who needs a break. My dad had Alzheimer’s, which is a horrible, horrible disease. I wanted to create a character to honor my dad’s memory, that was entertaining and likeable enough that readers would want to spend time with him even though there’s nothing likeable about Alzheimer’s and its effects. It was a huge challenge. I’ve been told I got it right, though. I hope so. Also as a further tribute to my dad, I donate a portion of my royalties from Lost Legacy to the Alzheimer’s Association.

6- What is the fascination of Zoe Chambers for you? Is it just that she is a fabulous character or what? Can you talk to this?

As I mentioned earlier, I love living through her. She’s not me by any means. She’s had a much rougher past and family life than I have. As a result, she’s got more guts than I do. Its fun for me to step into her world and inside her head and say and do things I wouldn’t have the nerve to! Plus Pete is kind of a hunk.

7- What has been your publishing journey with this series? And with the first book?

Oh, my. It’s been a long and winding path for sure. At the time I started writing Circle of Influence, I had an agent for another series, which never sold. That agent and I parted company. I started querying Circle to other agents and was garnering a lot of rejections, as per usual when another agent approached me about the first series again. By this point I had started Lost Legacy, but I put it aside to work with the second agent on revising the other series. It STILL did not sell, and I parted company with that agent, too. I didn’t know whether to continue to query the first series or Circle and the Zoe series. Hank Phillippi Ryan gave me some wonderful advice during a car ride around that time. She asked me “What is your passion?” And I knew then I had to move forward with the Zoe Chambers series. I got nowhere with agents and started querying small presses. Henery Press signed me shortly thereafter, and it’s been a fabulous relationship.  

8- What can we expect from you next?

Annette's BRIDGES BURNED frontThe third Zoe Chambers mystery, Bridges Burned will be released April 7. And I’ve recently signed a new contract with Henery Press for three more Zoe Chambers books! I’m currently writing the fourth one.

9- Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.annettedashofy.com. I have a blog at http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/. I invite you to “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy and follow me on Twitter at @Annette_Dashofy.


Wow! Annette! I don’t know whether to congratulate you on your good fortune of signing on with Henery Press or thank you for letting me feature you here on my blog! ( so I’ll do both. Congrats and thanks. ) :) I am honored that you would take time out to answer these quest ions for me and spend time with us. I know I was hooked by Zoe in Circle of Influence when I first read it. And can’t wait to read the others. I did not know how lucky I was when I won, Circle of Influence at Goodreads.

So here is the fun part! The give away!

The book of your choice goes to the lucky winner of the person who comments and also follows this blog. The lucky winner would have a double chance if she/ he tweets about this post and Annette Dasofy and another chance of winning if this post gets on their facebook page. So there could be three extra chances to win. It works by me putting your name in the hat one,two or three times in the hat depending on what you tell me about how you promoted this post and Annette Dasofy. You are on your scouts honor.( But I might check you out on facebook or twitter if I have time.  :) )

And  here is Annette’s bio:

Author Annette Dasofy

Author Annette Dasofy

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (Henery Press) was published in March 2014, followed by LOST LEGACY, which was released in September 2014, and BRIDGES BURNED, available in April 2015. Her short fiction includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee featuring the same characters as her novels.


So that concludes our interview of Annette Dasofy! Please go to part one and read about 
Circle of Influence and how it influenced Annette’s writing for her other books. Meet her main character Zoe and I hope you will read it for the award winning writing. 

Come back on Friday and see my picture book review and join other Perfect Picture Book Friday writers. Meanwhile have a safe week, don’t eat too much chocolate and above all have fun. 

XOXO

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#PPBF/ Hands of the Maya

Hi Friends!

 

Another Friday, one of my favorite days. And today is Friday the thirteenth!! Do any of you believe in bad luck today? But tomorrow is really the one I love. I LOVE Saturdays and the weekends and I know I”m not alone in that. Here is today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

 

Hands of the Maya book cover_Title: Hands of the Maya

Author/ Illustrator:  Rachel Crandell

Publisher Info: Henry Holt and Company, LLC/ nonfiction/ 2002

Ages appropriate for: All ages

First Three Sentences : Every day in a Maya Village there is work to do. Nicolasa is up early. Her tender hands keep her baby son warm and safe.

Resources:  Here is a link for several kits for kids to learn about Mayan culture and also coloring books.

For older students here is a PBS recommended link of learning about Mayan culture through art.

For those interested in learning about the high life of Mayan culture here is a transcript of a movie from PBS.

And here is how to make your own petroglyph :

Summary from Jacket: Experience  a day in the life of Maya villagers. The wisdom of the phrase “Many hands make light work” comes in vivid detail, as the community prepares a warm meal, weaves clothing, makes roofs, and creates art and music. Best of all, in the morning and at the end of a busy day, a pair of strong, gentle hands never seem hard to find. With it’s lyrical prose and  richly textured photographs, this engaging picture book captures the hard work, love, and respect of the Maya culture.

 

Why I Love this book : Like so many nonfiction picture books this has a hefty front matter explaining in adult language why, who, what, where, and when the book was written. In this case the author/photographer,   Rachel Crandell, and elementary school teacher, lived in a Maya village in Belize and learned many of the daily activities just like they do in the book. She photographed the people at work and gave it a kid slant, thinking readers would appreciate how things are done in a remote village. where we do everything by the push of a button, even corn is removed by hand to make maize for flour for tortilla for breakfast. The elementary school girl student carried firewood from the forest for her mother’s wood stove that she cooks three meals on and so on. Not so different from our Native American’s in early history.

 

A very frank and no nonsense look at how things are still done today in a Maya village.

 

Here are some links for my writer friends :

Author publish has given us a publisher open to unsolicited manuscripts of fantasy and science fiction. http://www.authorspublish.com/daw-is-open-to-manuscript-submissions/

 

For one I found helpful in revision though I’m not there yet here is one to read about it. http://positivewriter.com/tighten-your-writing/

 

For writer friends who would like to see my amazon/author page go here: amazon.com/author/clarabowmanjahn

 

And for more picture book fun, as my friend Stacy Jensen says:

To find more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog

As my friend Penny Klostermann says:

Oh! And while you’re checking things out, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s place and check out all the fantastic Perfect Picture Book Selections! Each book is reviewed by a picture book -lovin’ reviewer, AND includes activities to go along with the book. You will find a handy list right HERE.

Come back on Tuesday and read about Crime Mystery Author Annette Dasofy’s author journey in Part two of my interview with her.

XOXO

I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

 

 

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CLarbojahn Presents with give away! / Author Annette Dasofy Part One

Hi Friends!

Doesn't this look exciting!!

Doesn’t this look exciting!!

Today welcome Annette Dasofy, the author of four amazing crime mystery novels and fellow colleague from one of my writer groups called Penn Writers. I won her book, Circle of Influence, in a giveaway on Goodreads, the famous reader web site, last year and enjoyed it so much I asked if Annette would appear on my blog. She agreed right away. And of course I was tickled pink. What follows are the book blurbs and then the interview.

 

 

 

First let’s start with some blurbs ok?

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.

 

LOST LEGACY

On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicideAnnette Dasofy's_LOST LEGACY front sm file

quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

 

BRIDGES BURNEDAnnette's BRIDGES BURNED front

Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything–and everyone–she holds dear.

 

So let me start with no further ado.

 

1-CBJ.- What did you learn from writing your book, Circle of Influence, not just in writing craft but for you personally?

 

A.D. -Probably the biggest lesson I gained from writing Circle of Influence was the importance of research. Since one of my point of view characters, Pete Adams, is a police chief, I needed to learn about proper police procedure. I’d read books and blogs, but the best source I found was the Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy. It was eye-opening, educational, and FUN. Since then, I’ve also taken the Pennsylvania State Police CPA and Lee Lofland’s Writers Police Academy. I highly recommend that anyone writing crime fiction should find their local CPA and sign up. You won’t regret it.

2-CBJ- What was the most fun?

I enjoyed essentially going back to my younger days when I worked on the local ambulance service. It was an exciting, memorable part of my life, and while I don’t really want to go back to that kind of work, I loved putting my protagonist in that world and living vicariously through her!

3- What gave you the inspiration for Circle of Influence? And why did you give the book that name?

The seed for the idea was a snippet of conversation I overheard. There was a brouhaha going on around here involving a local politician and I heard someone grumble, “Someone should just kill him and put him out of my misery!” I knew immediately I had to use it and the line is used early in the book. As for the title, I thought of how one person’s actions can reach out and affect many people, like a pebble dropped into a still pond creates rippling circles spreading out…and Circle of Influence came from that.

4- What made you turn to writing? Did you work at other jobs before becoming a full-time writer? Or are you now full-time?

I’ve been writing in some form or another since I was very young. It’s something I’ve always NEEDED to do. I did work a lot of other jobs over the years including being an EMT, lots of retail jobs, farm work, running a photography studio, and teaching yoga. Even after I decided to focus on writing, I sold Avon and continued to teach yoga. But gradually the other jobs have dropped aside and now I write full-time. Fortunately, my husband has a “real” job with good health insurance!

And  the fun part!! The Give Away! :)

The book of your choice goes to the lucky winner of the person who comments and follows this blog. The lucky winner would have a double chance if tweets about this post and another chance of winning if this post gets on their Facebook page. So there could be three extra chances to win. It works by me putting your name in the hat one,two or three times in the hat depending on what you tell me about how you promoted this post and Annette Dasofy. You are on your scouts honor.( But I might check you out on Facebook or twitter if I have time.  :) But really we are all adults here.  :) ) We are doing a give away each part! So you have the ability to win two -2- books from Annette!! Go comment and win! :) We’ll have the drawing the Saturday following part two next week. That way everyone who wants to win will have had a chance to comment and enter into the drawing.

Annette Dasofy’s Bio!!

Author Annette Dasofy

Author Annette Dasofy

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (Henery Press) was published in March 2014, followed by LOST LEGACY, which was released in September 2014, and BRIDGES BURNED, available in April 2015. Her short fiction includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee featuring the same characters as her novels.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.annettedashofy.com. I have a blog at http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/. I invite you to “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy and follow me on Twitter at @Annette_Dashofy.

Thanks so much, Annette!

We have to stop here today after the fourth question to keep from making it too long for readers to read in one sitting. This is so scintillating I don’t want to miss any and hope the rest of you feel the same way. Next time, Next Tuesday we are going to learn about her second book. And also what the real fascination with her character, Zoe Chambers, Annette has. So be sure and come back and read all about it okay?

 

See you here Friday for a Picture Book Friday review and follow this blog post of Annette Dasofy’s interview for next Tuesday.

 

XOXO

 

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The Legend of Dust Bunnies

clarbojahn:

Michelle Eastman and Rhythm make up quite a story about her book here:

Originally posted on Reading With Rhythm:

I LOVE my mail lady!!! Sometime before Christmas she brought me a slew of mail!! And some of that mail was books!! She must really like me. But the books weren’t really from the mail lady. She was the go-between. The books came from friends far and wide. Well, I don’t think the friends are particularly wide. Anyway, I received The Legend of Dust Bunnies from Ms Michelle Eastman. Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin from Ms Clara Bowman-Jahn. And Latke, the Lucky Dog from Ms Sue Heavenrich. Aren’t I the lucky dog?!!

IMG_2307We put all of these fine books in my school book bag this week and shared them with my friends at school. Now, I’ll share them with you!

Today I’ll tell you about the Dust Bunnies!! We happen to have quite a colony of these critters at our house! I thought I knew…

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