Mayra Calvani's Blog – October 2010 Archive (9)

The Origins of Halloween - How did it get started?

Halloween is not only a colourful night of fun, frights, sweets and
costumes. It is a full-blown industry, with more than $14 billion spent
each year on costumes, decorations, party supplies, candy and other

How did it all get started?

Read about it on my blog, Mayra's Secret Bookcase.

Happy Halloween! :-)


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 31, 2010 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Stories for Children Magazine reopens!

Hi all,

I was happy to find out that Stories for Children Magazine will be reopening its doors in April 2011. Submissions are now open for poems, stories, articles, etc.

More info on my blog, Mayra's Secret Bookcase.


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 23, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

20 copies of 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog for Giveaway!

Hi all,

For those dog-lover moms out here, I'm hosting a SUPER giveaway on my dog's blog, Pets & Their Authors.

The famous dog trainer/author is donating 20 copies of her new book, 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog, to Pets & Their Authors to give to 20 lucky winners!

All you have to do is visit the post, leave a… Continue

Added by Mayra Calvani on October 23, 2010 at 9:21am — No Comments

Tips for authors: the importance of a professional, objective pair of eyes.

Hi all,

Today I'm a guest at Irene Roth's blog. Find out all about my tips for aspiring authors!


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 15, 2010 at 2:20am — No Comments

Win a copy of my children's book, The Magic Violin!

Hi all,

Enter this giveaway to win a copy of my children's Christmas picture book, The Magic Violin.

Details at

Offer ends this Friday, October 15th.…


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 13, 2010 at 6:09am — No Comments

Interested in a guest post on the art of book reviewing?

I'd love to be a guest blogger on your blog to talk about reviewing.

Let me know if you're interested! I co-authored a book on the subject. You can check it here.


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 12, 2010 at 4:50am — No Comments

How often do you buy children's picture books?

Hi all,

As a children's author, I'd love to ask you the following questions:

How often do you purchase picture books?

Or do you, as a rule, borrow them from the library because of their cost? Do you think they're overpriced?

Do you ever give them as gifts for Christmas of birthdays?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 10, 2010 at 4:50pm — 2 Comments

Check out my latest book trailer!

Hi all,

It's always exciting to see your latest's book trailer for the first time. I think it came out really cute! What do you think?

Please visit my blog if you have the chance and I'll reciprocate!


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 7, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

Does your child play the violin?

If yes, I have 3 autographed copies of my children's picture book, The Magic Violin to give to mommy bloggers for review. This would make a lovely Christmas gift for your little violinist. I'll write a dedication, too. :-)

Take a peek inside the book. Watch the trailer HERE.

Be sure your volume is on so you can hear Vivaldi's "Winter"

I'll send the book to the first… Continue

Added by Mayra Calvani on October 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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