Mayra Calvani's Blog (162)

Interview with James Ryan Daley, author of Jesus Jackson

James Ryan Daley is a writer, editor, and digital designer. After earning an MFA in fiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004, James has spent most of the years since then teaching writing to college students, creating websites about video games, and editing anthologies of fiction and political rhetoric. When he’s not obsessively poring over pixels and pronouns, James…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 25, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

Meet Beverly McClure, author of ‘A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat’

When Beverly Stowe McClure was in eighth grade, her teacher sent her poem “Stars” to the National High School Poetry Association, and she was soon a published writer in Young America Sings, an anthology of Texas high school poetry. Today, Beverly is a cum laude graduate of Midwestern State University with a BSEd degree. For twenty-two years, she taught children to read…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 3, 2014 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Bible Bands: Rubber Band Jewelry’ by Katreina Eden

Bands is a fun, educational how-to book for children who love making jewelry. Not only does it teaches how to make lovely designs, but it also strengthens children’s faith by combining hands-on creativity with Bible verses and stories.

Rubber band jewelry seems to be the hottest new craze, so Eden’s book…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on September 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Interview with Andrew Cratsley, author of ‘Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows’

A native of Honeoye, New York, Andrew Cratsley lives in North Carolina. Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows is his debut novel. Cratsley is a lifelong fan of fantasy books, films, and RPG-style gaming.  A champion of literacy issues and proud supporter of the World Literacy Foundation, Cratsley will donate a portion of the proceeds from Keepers of Runes and the Tower…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on September 8, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

Meet with Donna Galanti, author of ‘A Hidden Element,’ book 2 in The Element Trilogy

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element andA Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on August 31, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Profile: Donna Galanti, Author of ‘A Human Element’

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and the forthcoming Joshua and The Lightning Road.…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 30, 2014 at 9:56pm — No Comments

A Chat with D.W. Raleigh, author of ‘Shiloh’s True Nature’ (YA fantasy)

Please welcome my special guest, debut fantasy YA author D.W. Raleigh! His novel, Shiloh’s True Nature, has just been published by Hobbes End Publishing

D.W. Raleigh was born in the Delaware Valley and has spent most of his life in that region. He has attended multiple colleges and universities collecting…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 24, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

CHAPTER REVEAL: 'JUGGLE AND HIDE,' BY SHARON VAN IVAN (MEMOIR)

Title: Sharon van Ivan

Genre: Memoir

Author: Sharon van Ivan

Website:http://www.cygnetpress.com/juggle-and-hide

Publisher: Cygnet Press

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 3, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Christine Amsden

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series! I really have enjoyed this series a lot.

If you’re new to the series, I advise you to pick up the books in order:

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective  …

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 29, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

On the Spotlight: Anita Banks, Author of 'Tanner Builds a Block Tower'

I'm thrilled to announce the release of debut children's author Anita Banks. Her picture book, Tanner Builds a Block Tower (for ages 3-6) was just published by Wee Creek Press. I had the pleasure of "virtually" meeting Anita when she took my "Walking on a Rainbow" picture book workshop on Savvy Authors two years ago. Major congrats, Anita! …
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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Firs chapter reveal: The Saint of Santa Fe, by Silvio Sirias

Title: The Saint of Santa Fe

Genre: fiction

Author: Silvio Sirias

Websitehttp://www.silviosirias.com

Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 13, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

CHAPTER REVEAL: 'MESSAGE FROM A BLUE JAY,' BY FAYE RAPOPORT DESPRES (CREATIVE NONFICTION)

Title: Message from a Blue Jay

Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir-in-Essays

Author: Faye Rapoport DesPres

Website:http://www.FayeRapoportDesPres.com

Publisher: Buddhapuss…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 8, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

On the Spotlight: The Friend Ship Friendesha, by Joe Scott

This promo spotlight is part of a 15-day virtual tour sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center, a showcase for children's book authors and illustrators.…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on May 18, 2014 at 8:26am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘A Very Good Life’ by Lynn Steward

A Very Good Life is the first book in an exciting new series by successful business woman now author Lynn Steward.

In this story, which crosses over from the literary to women’s fiction to romance, Steward takes us to 1970s Manhattan, home of the sophisticated and the elite. There, we meet Dana McGarry.

Dana has everything — a successful job…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on May 3, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: A Very Good Life, by Lynn Steward

Title:  A Very Good Life

Genre:  Literary Fiction

Author:  Lynn Steward

Website:   http://www.averygoodlife.com

Publisher:  CreateSpace

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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 30, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Review of ‘Mind Games,’ by Christine Amsden

Mind Games is the much awaited third installment in the new adult mystery series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Talented author Christine Amsden keeps delivering a great story filled with interesting characters, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, lots of it.
In this episode, Cassie still doesn’t know why Evan broke her heart…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 17, 2014 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

On the Spotlight: 'Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneer’s Coastline,' by Dawn Menge

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
   Dawn Menge is the author of the Queen Vernita’s educational series.  There are currently…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on March 14, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Celebrate Black History Month with F.W. Abel (author interview)



F.W. Abel was born in the city of New York, long ago enough to have not even been a teenager at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial.  He escaped from Fordham University with a degree in psychology into the U.S. Army.  The army had him function as a psychologist for a while, until he…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 23, 2014 at 3:58am — 1 Comment

For Homeschooling: The Water Cycle: Water Play Series (now with 29-page free educator's guide)





My nonfiction picture book, Water Play: The Water Cycle, book 1, now has a 29-page educator's guide written by educational expert Amy M. O'Quinn. The guide can be downloaded for free from my website at:…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 18, 2014 at 4:36am — No Comments

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