I like setting goals but for a crisp change, I’m not going to blog about a list of them like I used to do.
What I hope instead is do a simple and honest review of 2016.
On things that mattered.
Because if we don’t learn to recognise the good and bad, we’re inclined to take the good for granted and repeat the bad. (Goodness, I really don't want to repeat the bad!)
So this week’s post contains three parts, which I sincerely hope you’ll jump in because I love our mini-conversations in the comments: 3 favourite children’s books this year (or 1 or 10, it’s up to you and no problem with me at all), 1 proud accomplishment, and 1 mistake to learn from. Here we go!
. . . birthday!
Happy 1st book birthday to THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW! It's been a year since the mystery of the Begonia House was revealed to the world, and now the paperback will be available January 3rd, 2017. The new cover stays true to Fairday's snazzy style, sprinkling in a few added charms. Can you find the differences from hardcover? ;)
Here's a bit about the story...
The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the three young sleuths enter into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?
Planning to pick up the paperback? Pre-order a copy and you could win a $50 VISA card to treat yourself after the holidays. Contest is open to all! For more details on how to enter, click here.
For more information about the book, visit the DMS at fairdaysfiles.com
The authors, Jess and Stephanie, are two of my dearest writer/blogger friends, and I can't wait for you to get their paperback for the mystery-loving, adventurous, and imaginative middle-graders in your life.
(This post is especially for those writing or blogging full-time or as a side-hustle, which basically refers to your passionate part-time pursuit.)
Remember the time when writing or blogging was just a hobby?
Mornings were sweet and the breeze messed up your hair, but you were okay, and you laughed because you remembered something silly about your siblings, cousins, or friends, and there was that smell of toast in the air.
Then, remember the moment you decided to turn your hobby into a career? Or part of your career? Or a very serious hobby (with the possibility of getting published and read, perhaps, could be, hopefully, please, please)?
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.