An Author/ Illustrator blog hop with give away.

Hi Friends!

This is not a normal post but a blog hop and giveaway. The giveaway is my invention as giving more fun to this blog hop. 

I was tagged by my true friend and author, Vivian Kirkfield, who had alerted me on Facebook about how this might happen.

The way this works is for me to answer the following Three Questions then pass on three other author / illustrators. The questions are easy and two authors were from my publishing house and the other is from my critique group. It was some time before I could get them all to agree that this was not as painful as a root canal and I thank them all for letting me feature them here.

Then I wanted to give away a prize. Anyone who follows me and leaves me a comment will be put in a hat and drawn out sometime next week. To find out who the winner is, come see me on November 26th 2013. On the Tuesday post. It will be either a copy of  “Annie’s Special Day,” by yours truly or a copy of “Henry on Fire.” By Stuart Stadt. So stay tuned and leave a comment and win.

MY BOOK!! *Yay!*

MY BOOK!! *Yay!*

Stuart Stadt's book: HENRY ON FIRE

Stuart Stadt’s book: HENRY ON FIRE

Here are the three questions and my answers.

What are you working on right now?

I guess that means my writing but I am in a dry period not having any ideas fleshed out or working on fleshing ideas. I could say I was in revision for a picture book I had written during the summer and I would not be lying. I could say I am deep in collaboration of the illustrations of my next book coming out this summer, EDMUND PICKLE CHIN, A DONKEY RESCUE STORY. And they look terrific. Suffice it to say I am just recovering from a two week intensive class on scenes and from a sciatica attack That was severe enough to bring me to the ER.

How does it differ from other works in the genre?

Well the illustrations for Edmund are just that. They will be different for me because the only other illustrations I have had anything to do with was for my first book, ANNIE’S SPECIAL DAY.

And the manuscript I am revising is different in that it is a bit of memoir in a picture book. About  a sad time in my life so I had to do a bit of reorganizing to make it more suitable for kids. I’m not going to say more than that because I don’t want to jinx it.

Why do you write what you do?

I write for myself. It sounds selfish I know. But if I write a book I want to read then others will want to read it also. My dream is to make other children want to read. And write. In my talks to kids, I always tell them it takes a lot of rewriting for a book to become a book. And I stress reading importance. I really want kids to love reading and writing and I try to emphasis this. How much fun they can be.

What is the hardest part about writing?

A regular writing schedule. Yes, you heard right. Don’t let Vivian fool you.  I love getting up at four or five to write. But I can’t sustain it. After two or three mornings like this I sleep in till eight thirty or nine and flamosh, there go my best intentions. Another hard thing about writing is thinking and double-crossing my inner critic who says I am a failure at writing (and everything that goes with it.) My inner critic gets so loud I am amazed it doesn’t wake my husband.

So those are my four questions and now for the four author/illustrators to tag.

Cher Green


Ron Rauss

Sue Walls

Cher Green

Cher Green


I met Cher as a fellow author of eTreasurespublishing. She was known with writing books in other genres than children’s so when her children’s book came out, I was pleasantly surprised.


Cher Green writes in many genres, spanning from horror to romance. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She has also authored two paranormal romance novellas, Escape to Love and Seduced by Darkness, and a children’s book, The Sacrifice. For more information on this author visit:

The Sacrifice--Book Cover

The Sacrifice–Book Cover

Do you see? The children’s book? She does write for children and you can support her with a sale.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Jessica Robinson aka Pembroke or J. D. Pooker

Jessica Robinson aka Pembroke or J. D. Pooker

I also met Pembroke on eTreasurespublishing and she also was an author with other genres than children’s books especially zombie books.

Here is Pembroke’s bio: Pembroke also writes by her name of J.D. Pooker and I think that is her preferred  name for her children’s books.

J.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling. She writes:

My sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. I want to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be.  I want them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.

MR.  Chocolate!!

MR. Chocolate!!

There is a Monster in Mommy's Tummy

There is a Monster in Mommy’s Tummy

Ron Rauss


I met Ron Rauss in my picture book critique group after 2010’s Mid Atlantic SCBWI conference and the opportunity to meet up with people in my area wanting to get critiques on manuscripts. Here he is


Bio: Ron Rauss is the winner of the 2010 Cheerios New Author Contest. His début picture book Can I Just Take A Nap? will be released in hardcover June 5, 2012. Ron lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and son.

For more on Ron and Can I Just Take A Nap? visit or follow Ron on Twitter@rdrauss. Find Ron on Facebook at Can I Just Take A Nap? By Ron Rauss.

Can I Just Take a Nap

Can I Just Take a Nap

Author Sue Walls

Author Sue Walls

I met Sue Walls in my Round Hill Writing Group. She was instrumental in getting “Annie’s Special Day” off to it’s start on the print edition and helped getting on Kindle and Nook. She is a natural children’s author with non fiction works featuring birds and insects. Her bird book is sitting next to my sofa so I can use it to identify some of the birds that come to my feeder this winter.

Here is her bio

Suzanne Walls is a freelance writer who spent the majority of her career helping people understand and effectively use computer technology to make their jobs and their lives easier. Today, Suzanne works with her sons at Walls Lithographs, their family owned printing company. In her spare time, she focuses on writing and pursuing her passion … genealogy.

Suzanne self-published her first technology book, Managing Photographs in the Digital Age, in 2008. As a departure from technology, in 2009, Suzanne published A Soldier’s Request, a middle-grade chapter book involving a girl living in today’s panhandle of West Virginia with a Civil War ghost. In 2011 she joined with her brother, D. W. Maiden, to produce Backyard Birds of the Piedmont incorporating high-quality photographs of wildlife in their natural habitat. A second book in this series, Insects and Spiders, was published in mid-2013 with two more in the works.

Spiders and Insects

Spiders and Insects

So there you have it. My completed blog hop and give away of “Annie’s Special Day” or “Henry on Fire.” I hope to see your comment below to give you a chance for this fun prize. I hope you liked my blog hop with all these talented authors.

I want to apologize for the way the text intertwines with the photos. I don’t like it but can’t seem to fix it either. WordPress has its own way of fixing it and there is nothing I can do. It doesn’t make for easy reading and  I am sorry.

Thanks for reading


See you Friday!

© Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn


About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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13 Responses to An Author/ Illustrator blog hop with give away.

  1. Great post, Clar! Always fun to hear what you’re up to. I hope you are all better from your sciatica!!!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Wow! You are quick, Susanna.

      I AM all recovered and back from Texas as well. I Just saw that this post did not schedule like I thought so I just put it out there and saw you. 🙂


  2. Hi Clar,
    I hope your dry spell doesn’t last. I love “Annie’s Special Day” and I look forward to reading your next book.
    I liked your “Not Normal” post. 🙂


  3. Awesome post, Clar! It amazes me that I learn new things about people each time they have to answer questions.:)
    Perhaps one day we will meet in person, but until then, I am honored to know you and connect with you through blogging. Which, by the way, you have a super blog…please don’t apologize for any formatting…I also have WordPress and you are right, it has a mind of its own.:)
    I’m so glad that you introduced me to four authors who are new to me…I will make my way over to their sites.
    Hope you are feeling better…sciatica is no picnic!!!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Vivian.

      So glad to have introduced to new authors. so sorry I am only just now letting you know about the post. Thanks so much for coming round and saying those nice things to me. I am glad to know you in the blogging world too. 🙂


  4. Margot Finke says:

    Super post, Clar. Your book has a charming story, and helpful too. I have a review of it on my BOOK REVIEWS on Pinterest. All the other books you listed also look like fun reads for kids. Great selection of books and authors.

    Books For Kids – Skype Author Visits


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Margot,

      I”ll slip by and look up your pinterest page. I don’t go there very often as I don’t understand how to get things on there unless they are pinned by someone else before me. I do have a following of sorts and know primarily how to use it but it is still a virtual unknown to me.


  5. Cher Green says:

    Claire, Thanks for pimping on the book. I’ll do my best to round up some authors to continue the blog hop, might take a little bit find some authors to fit the recommended requirements – children author/illustrators.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Just continue it with whoever you want, Cher. If it’s too hard to do just children’s authors do who ever. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Any hop is better than no hop right?

      Thanks so much for being in mine. I really had fun making this post. 🙂


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