Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Blast & Giveaway for 'The Marriage Pact'

~ BOOK BLAST & $100
GIVEAWAY FOR
'The Marriage Pact'
by
Author Wendi Sotis ~
 
 
--The Marriage Pact by Wendi Sotis A Regency Romance 
The heir to an earldom has little control over his own fate, but Mr. James Aldridge promised himself one freedom. To marry for affection instead of wealth or connections. Anger flares when he learns his father has struck a deal: in one year, he will be leg-shackled to Miss Celia Colton, the dazzling beauty who had previously caught his eye. Now certain she was simply performing her role in a scheme to catch him as her husband, resentment prompts James to refuse to squander his last months of independence in the company of such a mistress of manipulation. But why can he not wrench his gaze from her at every encounter? Completely unaware of the pact that has matched her with James, Miss Celia Colton is at a loss to explain why the man she secretly loves has suddenly become cold and critical. Abandoned by James, who had promised to guide her through her debut Season, she fears she will have to navigate the ton with only her grasping mother and distracted cousin as companions. Surrounded by gentlemen merely interested in her dowry, young ladies who view her as unwelcome competition, and, worse yet, James’s icy stares and disdainful manners, her primary concern is to discover the reason for his altered behaviour. How can she make things right between them? Will a love-match be forever out of her reach? 
    
--Praise for The Marriage Pact This novel had quite a few twists & turns to it that I didn’t quite expect. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say I truly enjoyed this book - I felt thoroughly engaged throughout the whole of it & being a regency style novel as well as being a clean read, I can highly recommend it.
    
--Excerpt: For the moment, the pair of matrons were silently observing Celia interact with a newly introduced gentleman, a Mr. Montgomery. As she rose from yet another curtsy, her gaze deviated from its mark and locked onto a sight that caused her heart to cease beating. James stood directly across the ballroom, speaking to a lady. Even from this distance, his handsome visage nearly took her breath away. She strained to discern a trace of the deep timbre of his voice from the din of the crowd, but she could not make it out. It had been too long since her heart had soared with the rumbling of his laughter — far, far too long since his smile had warmed her soul. She willed James to approach. Alas, he did not. The urge to call out to him almost overcame her sense of propriety before the recollection of the change in their situation crashed down on her all at once. Her elation burst, leaving an ache in its place. She sighed and glanced at Mr. Montgomery, who looked away from her neckline only long enough to sign her dance card. If she could put up with this man’s ogling her through a set, then surely, she could endure pairing up with James and withstand his angry glares. Mr. Montgomery returned the card to her hand, and she saw there were still two sets open. As was expected of her, she thanked the gentleman and curtsied once again. Mr. Montgomery bowed and retreated. Her mother immediately took hold of one of her hands. “Celia! Lord Eagleton has come, after all, and he moves in this direction. Remember everything I have told you, dear — simply everything. You must attract his attention immediately, before Miss Buchannan does so.” She craned her neck to peer around a group of ladies who had moved between them and James. “Oh, that disagreeable Mr. Kenilworth has delayed Lord Eagleton’s approach. I had the disadvantage of making his acquaintance last summer, while I stayed at Penelope’s estate. Mr. Kenilworth is a distant relation to the baron, and although he may be the younger son of an earl, I do not like that man. Especially not now.” She held out her hand to Celia. “Give me your dance card, dear.” Celia held onto her card tightly, already suspecting what her mother had in mind. She widened her eyes. “Why?” “If Mr. Kenilworth delays Lord Eagleton much longer, he will not be able to reserve a set with you. I shall do so for him.” “But mother …” Celia sputtered out, “Perhaps Lord Eagleton does not wish to request a dance.” “Nonsense.” Mrs. Colton laughed as she waved the idea away. “Of course he does. He would wish to reserve a set of honour.” She plucked the card and pencil out of Celia’s hand. “You are unengaged for the last set. I shall fill in his name.” “Mother, please do not —” It was too late. As her mother returned her card, Celia stared at the name now written next to the final set. Viscount Eagleton. Good Lord, what was she to do? 
 
 
--Author Wendi Sotis Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. While searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since: Promises, Dreams and Expectations; All Hallows Eve;The Keys for Love; Safekeeping (with just a dash of Austen); The Gypsy Blessing; Foundation of Love (The Gypsy Blessing 2); and A Lesson Hard Learned. A Very Austen Christmas, released in 2017, is an anthology of short stories and novellas including Wendi’s story No Better Gift. The Marriage Pact, and some of her works-in-progress, have branched away to Regency Romance (the Loving an Aldridge series) and Contemporary Romantic Mysteries (the Implicated series). Wendi will also continue bringing Darcy and Lizzy together again and again in an unusual manner.
 
--GIVEAWAY:  $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 3/25/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  
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--CURRENT GIVEAWAYS ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':  Click on over to my 'Current Giveaways' Page for instructions on how to enter a fun Facebook giveaway for US readers. Cedar Fort Author Shawn Pollock is giving away a signed copy of his debut World War II historical novel, 'The Road to Freedom'. Entries close this Saturday, March 3rd, at 11:59PM. Don't miss out on a chance to win this great prize!
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COMING UP ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Friday, March 2nd: Book spotlight featuring debut Cedar Fort author Chelsea Curran's LDS romance, 'Unseen Road to Love'.

-- Monday, March 5th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Historical Fiction Feature on 'Wolf Hollow' by award-winning author Lauren Wolk.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

~ Picture Book Feature for 'When God Made Light' ~

~ PICTURE BOOK SPOTLIGHT,
EXCERPT & REVIEW ~
'When God Made Light'
Written by Matthew Paul Turner 
Illustrated by David Catrow


About When God Made Light:
From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers.

'Let there be light!' that's what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread." Wild and creative illustrations from top children's illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner's lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child--an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.

About Matthew Paul Turner:

Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker, and author of Hear No Evil, The Coffeehouse Gospel, the What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About… series, and several other popular books. Matthew, his wife, Jessica, and his son, Elias, live in Nashville, Tennessee. He can be found online at:  Matthew Paul Turner


CLICK HERE TO READ A SNEAK PEEK OF THE BOOK:  Excerpt of 'When God Made Light'
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MY REVIEW:

Rhyme, Rhythm, and Repetition:
When I was earning my teaching credential many years ago, our professor for our early reading courses told us the three most important elements in picture books were rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. The author of 'When God Made Light' has done a masterful job of including these three components in his manuscript. I particularly enjoyed the higher-level vocabulary words he included in the story: gleamed, streamed, beamed; berries, cherries, strawberries, canaries; camping, stamping, tramping; constellations, formations, creations; etc.

Artwork: The illustrator has made the characters, children and animals, come alive on the pages of this book! His use of color, facial expressions, and light versus dark make the illustrations a supporting character in the story. I especially enjoyed the activities and body language the two African-American girls displayed throughout the book. The dog's exuberance from beginning to end was entertaining and humorous. As I reread the book several times I found different things to look at on each page. Those intricacies make a child want to hear a story and look at its pictures over and over again.


Faith: This story includes a positive view of how God sees the light in each of His children. Not only does the author touch on the creation of the world, but he writes that the light at creation is the same light God put inside each of us.


This is an excellent read-aloud book for families to share or for Sunday school teachers to read with their classes. Highly recommended!



I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. I received no compensation from Blogging for Books or any other party for posting this review here or on any other sites.
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COMING UP ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':

-- Thursday, March 1st: Book Blast & $100 Giveaway for 'The Marriage Pact' by Author Wendi Sotis. Sponsored by 'I Am A Reader'.

-- Friday, March 2nd: Book spotlight featuring debut Cedar Fort author Chelsea Curran's LDS romance, 'Unseen Road to Love'.

-- Monday, March 5th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Historical Fiction Feature on 'Wolf Hollow' by award-winning author Lauren Wolk.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

MMGM Fiction Feature - The Maypop Kidnapping



~ MIDDLE GRADE FICTION
FEATURE ~


'The Maypop Kidnapping'
{Queenie Boyd Mysteries Book #1}
by Author C. M. Surrisi
GOODREADS BOOK BLURB:
C.M. Surrisi's debut middle-grade mystery, The Maypop Kidnapping is set in a small coastal Maine village filled with eccentric locals. When 13-year-old Quinnie's beloved teacher goes missing, Quinnie leads a relentless, sometimes misguided search – against her mother's orders.
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BOOK BLURB FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:
When Ms. Stillford does not show up on the first day of school, 13-year-old Quinnie Boyd is convinced her beloved tutor has been kidnapped.

Quinnie, clever and endowed with a vivid imagination, is initially unable to convince her mother, the sheriff of the small coastal village of Maiden Rock, Maine (as well as its postmistress and real estate agent; it’s that small a town), to mount a search. Missing her best friend, Zoe, who is in Scotland for the year, but aided by her maybe-crush, Ben, and by the new girl, skinny-jeans–clad Mariella from New York City, Quinnie mucks through the marsh, sneaks into houses, spies on visiting tattooed rockers, and jumps to conclusions—with the best intentions but often humorous results. Much of the book’s humor derives from the quirky, colorful Maiden Rockers, particularly the two elderly nuns who drive too fast, can’t figure out recycling, live in the convent with hordes of cats, and have a puzzling need for bat guano. Quinnie is a memorable protagonist with an engaging voice, confused about her feelings for Ben and her anger at the mother she loves even as she barrels full tilt and against her mother’s instructions into her amateur sleuthing.
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MY REVIEW:
This is a fun, fast-paced contemporary upper middle-grade mystery set in a beachside town in Maine. The characters are well-developed and believable. Some of them are quirky, and that's exactly what keeps the mystery progressing.

As I was writing this review, I realized this book reminds me of one of my favorite madcap musicals, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', starring my best-loved female actresses, Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. Both stories have a lot of action, fun characters, and a bit of mystery. Both stories are entertaining and memorable.

When I visited the author's website {https://cmsurrisi.com/}, I discovered there are two more books in this series. 'Vampires on the Run' was released in 2017; and the release of Book 3, 'A Side of Sabotage', is coming up later this year. I look forward to reading more books by this clever author.
 
The author's website has a Discussion Guide, Bookmark, and Sample Chapter for 'The Maypop Kidnapping' available for download.

They {whoever 'they' is} always say, 'Don't judge a book by its cover'. In this case, the cover art is beautiful on top of the story being top-quality!

{Note: I borrowed this book from the New Book shelf in the children's section of the local public library.}

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:
C. M. Surrisi has a BFA, a JD, and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Along with her husband, and two dogs she lives in Asheville, NC. She is represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI, and the Author’s Guild.


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CURRENT GIVEAWAY:  US Only--Signed print copy of Author Shawn Pollock's debut historical World War II novel, 'The Road to Freedom'. Click over to my 'Current Giveaways' Page to read the instructions and to enter for a chance to win!
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COMING UP ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':

-- Wednesday, February 28th: Blogging For Books Review of a picture book by Author Matthew Paul Turner and Illustrator David Catrow, 'When God Made Light'.

-- Friday, March 2nd: Book spotlight featuring debut Cedar Fort author Chelsea Curran's LDS romance, 'Unseen Road to Love'
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

~ MMGM Feature for '1,000 Facts About the White House'


~ MIDDLE GRADE NON-FICTION
FEATURE ~
'1,000 Facts About the White House'
by Author Sarah Wassner Flynn 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

I was inspired to read this book after watching a special about the history of the White House on PBS Television in December, 2017. History was my favorite subject in high school and college, so I took a lot of courses in American history during that period. I mistakingly believed I already knew a lot about this subject!

This informative book has an appealing format and is filled with excellent black and white and color photos. Not all of the 1,000 facts in the book are what I would consider fun trivia. The very serious matters of slavery and presidential assassinations are addressed in the chapter entitled, '75 Timeless Facts About White House History'.
 
Readers are reminded that enslaved African-Americans were among those who constructed the mansion in the late 1790's. Details about the public viewing of Abraham Lincoln's body in the White House and John F. Kennedy's flag-draped coffin are also in this chapter. Updated details about current security measures for the interior and exterior of the mansion are included.

Some of the more light-hearted chapters include 'Festive Facts About Christmas in the White House', 'Wild Facts About Presidential Pets', 'Playful Facts About White House Kids', and 'Sporty Facts About the White House'.

Did you know that President Calvin Coolidge's many pets included a pygmy hippo and a wallaby? Did you ever hear the story about the time President Theodore Roosevelt's son Archie brought the family's pet pony into the White House, onto the elevator, and up to his sick brother's bedroom for a visit? My personal favorite was the fact that First Lady Dolley Madison walked around with her pet parrot perched on her shoulder while she visited with White House guests.

I enjoyed learning even more about our nation's presidential home. I realized after reading this book that I did not have the broad knowledge of the home's history I thought I had before I read the book. Proving yet again that old dogs can learn new tricks!

Highly recommended for teachers, librarians, students, parents, grandparents, and fans of American and/or Presidential history.

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*****CURRENT GIVEAWAYS:  Check out the two US print-copy giveaways I'm running by visiting my 'Current Giveaways' page.*****
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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
 
-- Wednesday, February 21st:  A book spotlight and excerpt from Author Tammy James Hesler's inspirational romance release, 'Mountains of Love:  A Novella for the Heart'.  Stop by to read about Tammy's inspiring life story and to learn about her novella.

--  Friday, February 23rd:  Author interview, book spotlight, and giveaway with debut Cedar Fort author Shawn Pollock. One lucky US reader will win a hardcover copy of Shawn's debut World War II historical novel, 'The Road to Freedom'.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

~ THURSDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
-and- US Giveaway Sponsored By
The Publisher, Henry Holt and Company--
One Print Copy of Book to a US Resident
 
'Ruby's Chinese New Year'
A Picture Book Written by Vickie Lee
& Illustrated by Joey Chou

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This year Chinese New Year kicks off on Friday, February 16th; and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. At the end of the story the author presents a simplified Chinese Zodiac chart listing the animals and their traits. Traits of people born in the Year of the Dog are thought to be loyal, honest, friendly, faithful, and smart. {Sounds like a few canine friends I know!}

I thoroughly enjoyed this new picture book about a young girl's adventures as she travels to visit her grandmother for Chinese New Year. Along the way, Ruby encounters all twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac along with one extra guest. I promise not to spoil the story by sharing the details with you. Just read it for yourself to find out why I believe children will love this book!

This story is reminiscent of the well-loved and treasured folk tales 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'The Little Red Hen'. Rhyme, rhythm, and repetition are keys to a young learner's engagement with a book, and this one has all three of those elements.

The illustrations by Joey Chou are colorful and vibrant. I loved his choice of colors for the animals and their surroundings. The small details he adds to each character and the scenes enriches the story. His depiction of a Chinese New Year celebration is captivating. 

At the end of the story the author provides additional information about this holiday and the Chinese Zodiac in her 'The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac' section. I found this text to be helpful to a young child's understanding of the storyline and the significance of this holiday in the Chinese culture. 

As a bonus, the author and illustrator included three craft projects for youngsters to complete. There are stepped-out instructions for a paper lantern, paper fan, and good luck banners accompanied by an illustration of each craft. 

I would highly recommend this book for classroom teachers, librarians, parents/grandparents, day care providers, and other adults involved in multi-cultural education for young children.

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GIVEAWAY

The publisher of this book, Henry Holt and Company, is sponsoring a giveaway for US residents only for one print copy of  'Ruby's Chinese New Year'. Enter the Rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win.


There are many ways to enter. Just log in to the Rafflecopter form below and take a few moments to sign up! Come back each day to earn 5 extra entries. It's free to enter. The only thing I request is that you be eighteen years of age or older to enter and that you have a United States mailing address (post office boxes are accepted). I will contact the winner a few days after the contest closes. {Note:  You will need to respond to my message within 72 hours, or I will move to the next person on the list.} Thank you for your interest and participation. Good luck!

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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
 
 
-- Friday, February 16th:  Author Interview and book spotlight about Author SM Ford and her  inspirational romantic suspense release, 'Alone'.  Stop by to read about Sue's journey as an author and to learn about her book.


-- Wednesday, February 21st:  A book spotlight and excerpt from Author Tammy James Hesler's inspirational romance release, 'Mountains of Love:  A Novella for the Heart'.  Stop by to read about Tammy's inspiring life story and to learn about her novella.

--  Friday, February 23rd:  Author interview, book spotlight, and giveaway with debut Cedar Fort author Shawn Pollock. One lucky US reader will win a hardcover copy of Shawn's debut World War II historical novel, 'The Road to Freedom'.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018




~ NON-FICTION MIDDLE GRADE
MONDAY FEATURE ~

-- AUTHOR INTERVIEW, BOOK SPOTLIGHT
& GIVEAWAY {PRINT COPY, US ONLY} --

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Author Kathy Ceceri


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathy Ceceri is a writer and STEAM artist who loves to share hands-on learning activities for kids and adults. In addition to her books, she was a founding editor of the GeekMom blog and top writer at Wired.com's GeekDad blog, and contributed over a dozen projects to the bestselling Geek Dad series of books. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert for About.com, Kathy is the proud mom of a computer game programmer and a filmmaker. Find out more at her website www.CraftsForLearning.com.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH KATHY CECERI:

June:  Welcome to 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic', Kathy. Please tell us a little about your background, education, and published books. 

Kathy:  Thank you, June, for inviting me! My latest book is Fabric and Fiber Inventions: Sew, Knit, Print, and Electrify Your Own Designs to Wear, Use, and Play With. I've now written more than a dozen books of hands-on learning projects aimed at middle grade readers and up, including parents and educators. All are very accessible to beginners, because I understand what it's like when you go into a new topic knowing nothing. Although my current focus is on crafts with a technical bent, my background is as a journalist and teaching artist. I have a degree in English Literature and I've also studied art and illustration.

That said, I grew up reading stories about science and technology for fun. I always felt that science and math could be so much more interesting if they were connected to things we know and care about. It's very satisfying to know that I've been able to do that!


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June:  How did your education and/or previous career impact your road to publication? 

Kathy:  The greatest impact of my own public school education was probably in noticing what was missing. I was a kid who was always making things, but in school we spent almost every moment on written work. That just struck me as so boring. When I was a reporter, I got the opportunity to interview education experts who advocated a more well-rounded approach, one that tied art and music and history to science and math.

After my own kids were born, it made sense to put some of those ideas into practice by homeschooling. I always included lots of activities along with the book work. Inspired by some of the excellent classes my kids took with other homeschoolers in our community, I began to take a few of the projects we did and turn them into workshops that I presented at schools and libraries. Those experiences also became fodder for my "Hands On Learning" column in Home Education Magazine. When my kids reached middle and high school age, I created blogs to document our family science labs. That led to my becoming a Core Contributor for Wired.com's GeekDad blog and one of the founding editors of the GeekMom blog.

After I left Wired I spent two years as the Homeschooling Expert at About.com. Then my youngest left home for college, so it made sense to change my focus to writing books full-time.



June:  It's intriguing to learn how your past life experiences, education, job background, and career as a homeschooling mother worked together to become the projects and books you're creating now.
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June:  At what age did you begin sewing and knitting? Who taught you these skills? Do you still sew and knit outside of creating projects for your books?

Kathy:  My mom taught me to knit when I was probably around 11. From that time on, I've always loved learning new handicrafts, and I tend to jump from one to the other. I remember learning to do cable knitting, and then going on to crochet afghan squares. Then it was embroidery (I still have a unicorn "tapestry" I embroidered when I was 16), macrame, and patchwork quilts. I learned machine sewing in Home Ec, back when girls were required to learn to cook and sew, and boys had to do shop. I would have loved to have had the chance to learn to work with metal and wood -- to this day I'm hesitant to use power tools. But I can still take a sewing machine apart and put it back together.

After college, I worked as a pattern artist at Vogue/Butterick for a while, and made a lot of my own clothes. When my kids came along I sewed their curtains and pillows and of course, made their Halloween costumes. But I got away from some of that when I moved onto robots and other electronics. I admit one reason I was eager to work on Fabric and Fiber Inventions was because I wanted to revisit some of the techniques I hadn't used in many years, and try some I had somehow missed, like tie dye and silkscreening. And of course, I couldn't resist including a chapter on how to add electronics to your fabric creations!


June:  I'm right there with you on using power tools, Kathy. Our hobbies when we were tweens and teens sound very similar. I kept up with the sewing, quilting, and embroidery; but I never got the hang of crochet and I haven't done macrame in four decades.
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June:  What do you hope readers will gain from reading this book? And what advice would you give to parents and grandparents as they seek to encourage their children and grandchildren to be successful STEAM learners?

Kathy:  I always say that the most important skill kids learn from my books and workshops is how to troubleshoot. As the projects you work on become more interesting and more challenging, it helps to keep in mind that something, somewhere, is probably not going to work the first time. When kids start to feel like they failed, remind them that they've already learned what will make the project work, so they just need to apply that knowledge. Encourage them to go over their work systematically, testing every step until they find the problem. That's what helps you power through the frustrating moments to get to the big reward -- a project that's so cool you even impress yourself.

June:  This sounds like useful advice for anyone who works with young people.

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June:  What is your favorite project from 'Fabric and Fiber Inventions' ?  Why is it your favorite?

Kathy:  It's hard to choose, there were so many cool projects that I got to try! My first impulse is to say the light-up felt keychain bob, which has a cat-shaped battery holder and a conductive metal bead tail that lights up individual LEDs along the edge as it swings. I was also impressed with the faux sun printing that made beautifully colored patterns with a variety of soft and sharp focus using ordinary acrylic paints. I was even able to make photo prints with a DIY negative. It's a project you could easily do with young kids, since it's very quick and you don't need any special supplies.

But I'd have to say my absolute favorite is a simple crochet project contributed by my friend Rebecca Angel Maxell -- adorable roll-up scarf sculptures! They're similar to amigurumi, but practical. The design I featured is a mug of hot chocolate, complete with a swirl of whipped cream in the center. When you unroll it and drape it around your neck, the whipped cream end of the scarf slips neatly through the mug handle at the other end to hold it in place. And as with all the projects in the book, you learn about how it was originally engineered and why it works, so you can come up with your own versions. My ultimate hope is that this book encourages every reader to think of themselves as an inventor, no matter what medium you use!


June:  Thank you for taking the time to visit with us, Kathy. I'm inspired to read more of your books.
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Create your own fabric inventions as you learn to make wearables, playthings, and decorative items using textile arts--both old and new! Easy projects using will get you started knitting, adding color to your wardrobe with silkscreen and tie dye, and transforming old clothing into useful items. You'll also learn to make soft circuits and sensors that make your inventions light up. With Fabric and Fiber Inventions, you can turn everyday materials into unique designs everybody will love!


This book is available on Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/2F2FkQR


GIVEAWAY
The publisher of this book, Maker Media, Inc., is sponsoring a giveaway for US residents only for one print copy of 'MAKE: Fabric and Fiber Inventions' by Kathy Ceceri. Enter the Rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win.

There are many ways to enter. Just log in to the Rafflecopter form below and take a few moments to sign up! Come back each day to earn 5 extra entries. It's free to enter. The only thing I request is that you be eighteen years of age or older to enter and that you have a United States mailing address (post office boxes are accepted). I will contact the winners a few days after the contest closes. {Note:  You will need to respond to my message within 72 hours, or I will move to the next person on the list.} Thank you for your interest and participation. Good luck!

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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':

 

-- Thursday, February 15th:  Book spotlight and publisher's giveaway {one US print copy} for a multicultural picture book entitled, 'Ruby's Chinese New Year'. Join me to learn more about this beautiful book.



-- Friday, February 16th:  Author Interview and book spotlight about Author SM Ford and her  inspirational romantic suspense release, 'Alone'.  Stop by to read about Sue's journey as an author and to learn about her book.

-- Wednesday, February 21st:  A book spotlight and excerpt from Author Tammy James Hesler's inspirational romance release, 'Mountains of Love:  A Novella for the Heart'.  Stop by to read about Tammy's inspiring life story and to learn about her novella.

--  Friday, February 23rd:  Author interview, book spotlight, and giveaway with debut Cedar Fort author Shawn Pollock. One lucky US reader will win a hardcover copy of Shawn's debut World War II historical novel, 'The Road to Freedom'.


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~ MMGM SMOKEY BEAR 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY SPECIAL FEATURE ~ --  SMOKEY BEAR'S 75th BIRTHDAY   --  MY THOUGHTS:  I am fortunate ...