Talk Like a Pirate Day Giveaway!

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  It is one of our favorite times of the year - yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Saturday the 19th and we are hoisting a pirate booty giveaway!  We appreciate all of you and the support you have shown over the years!  We couldn't have done it without you!   Hope your weekend is filled with pirate talk with ye mate's!     This pirate treasure includes for one lucky mate: Penelope the Purple Pirate signed copy PBS Kids Pirates Ahoy! DVD Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate Music DVD's (2) and music videos disc Penelope Poster Pirate Treasure from Disneyland Disney Parks Authentic Pirate Pin $25 Disney Gift Card Code for The Day I Became a Pirate       Code for Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Treasure Island           Yo ho yo ho it's a … [Read more...]

Let’s Celebrate! Penelope’s 4th Birthday Giveaway

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  Seems like a lifetime ago, sitting on my daughter's bed listening to my husband tell her a story about RedBeard and his adventures on the high seas.  In that moment, I visualized a little redheaded girl pirate and her adventures on the high seas.  It took about a year to see my dream of writing a children's book come alive, but step by step, with some ups and downs, it came to light!  The feeling of seeing the story for the first on the iPhone as a storybook app is a memory I will always treasure!  And reading the story for the first time to my daughter's preschool class, with her by my side (hand on my knee) is so precious to me.     I have told my story many times in hopes that it inspires other aspiring authors to just go for it!  If I had listened to the naysayers (yes, there were some other writers that told me self-publishing and doing an app first … [Read more...]

Guest Post :: Patti Wheeler of Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

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  Where We Find Our Inspiration By Patti Wheeler, coauthor of Travels with Gannon & Wyatt This past year I have had the pleasure of speaking to thousands of elementary school children about my middle-grade adventure book series. Meeting with parents and teachers along the way, one of the first questions I’m always asked is what inspired me to write these books. The answer is similar, I think, to what a lot of writers would say if asked the same question: my life. I grew up in a small town in North Florida that most people have never heard of. My father was a truck driver. He drove routes all over the southeastern United States. Sometimes I got to ride along. I remember the first time I saw the Smokey Mountains. Those high, misty mountains seemed like a different world to me, and yet it was only a car ride away. It was those early trips that opened my mind to the … [Read more...]

Giveaway :: Dot Complicated by Randi Zuckerberg

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  As part of the Dot Complicated blogger crew I am happy to showcase Randi Zuckerberg's new book Dot Complicated - Untangling Our Wired Lives. You might have seen our interview with Randi Zuckerberg on dandelion moms.  She led the marketing efforts at Facebook during its growth from 2005 to 2011, alongside her famous brother, Mark Zuckerberg, but left to start her own media company called Zuckerberg Media. After she started a family she was inspired to form the new online community, Dot Complicated.  Dot Complicated was created by Zuckerberg and began earlier this year as an online community that discusses all the ways technology is intertwined into our daily lives. Her goal is to help people learn how to cope with this new digital world in such a way that we embrace these technological advances yet find balance in our lives. You can find interesting articles that help busy moms … [Read more...]

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan by Susan Allen Book Giveaway

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  We are happy to be handing out two hardcover copies of The Remarkable Ronald Reagan by Susan Allen courtesy of TLC Tours and Regnery Publishiing.  You can read our review of this wonderful book here: http://melissanorthway.com/2013/06/book-of-the-week-the-remarkable-ronald-reagan-by-susan-allen/ The author, Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia when her husband George Allen served as Governor and met Ronald Reagan during that time.  She was very active as First Lady and worked on many initiatives that included tourism, breast cancer awareness, and children's issues.  Since the release of her new book The Remarkable Ronald Reagan she has been hitting the circuit and been interviewed by Tim Farley, Fox5 Morning News, and Brian Kilimeade FoxNews Radio's and reading the book at local libraries around the country.  Make sure to enter to win this new book to enjoy with your … [Read more...]