December’s Fantasy Art Inspiration

Happy Holidays! Here is Arthur Rackham’s rendition of Santa–thinner, more dignified and less jolly than our modern version. I’m particularly fond of his curled boots.

I haven’t been writing, reading or updating this blog that much lately. I’ve been busy having a baby! But, I plan to post my yearly reading challenge wrap ups soon and catch up on what other bloggers have been up to. Hopefully, I’ll use some of this maternity leave to work on new stories as well.

 

North Country Author Talk

This upcoming Tuesday I’m presenting to the SOAR group:

North Country Authors [F-11-43]

Presenter: Jim BarryAmanda Von Hoffman JonesDiane CrumpRoger WattersGuy Calandra
Location: Partridge Knoll
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Tue 2:00 PM 10/04, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25

This course offers participants a potpourri of local writing talent. Each week one of the authors will speak about her/his literary work(s). Some of the topics that may be addressed: author’s writing background, the writing process, publishing and marketing, the book’s purpose/content, selected passages for reading aloud, writing activities for the class.

Coordinator Jim Barry is himself a writer, along with being a frequent SOAR presenter, board member and co-chair of the Curriculum Committee.

The authors are (in this order):

Amanda Von Hoffman JonesBehind Green Glass, a young adult fantasy novel

Diane CrumpMemories of a North Country Grandma, a poetry book for children

Roger Watters, From the Avenues of the Mind and Toothpick Forests, poetry and short story books

Guy CalandraThe Inside Word: An Inside look at the Family of God, a book melding together the author’s science and religious backgrounds

 

April Event: Donations to AOTA

I’m donating 10% of the cover price of Behind Green Glass to The American  Organ Transplant Association for each copy that is purchased during the month of April. Behind Green Glass can be ordered at Amazon, Barnes &Noble and Soto Publishing Company. Paperback, Kindle, Nook and ePUB editions are available. Please leave me a comment to let me know if you have participated in this event.

This month-long event is part of a larger movement known as HONEOWP (Helpful Outstanding Novelists, Editors, and Others in the Writing Profession) created by Michelle Garren Flye. You can find out more about HONEOWP here: http://michellegflye.wordpress.com/honeowp/ . If you are an author or a blogger, becoming a HONEOWP is a great way to promote books and direct funds toward worthy causes. HONEOWP royalties have been donated to the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration, Habitat for Humanity, Survival International, Share Our Strength and the American Cancer Society.

Of course, the biggest gift you can give to transplant patients and their families is to become an organ and/or tissue donor yourself. For more info please visit: http://aotaonline.org/organdonation.aspx

Donating Royalties

My husband Kirk and I are both writers who met at a local college writing center where we both worked as tutors several years ago. I mainly write YA fiction while Kirk writes memoir, YA, literary and Bizarro fiction. Kirk’s first published novel, Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals, is part of the New Bizarro Authors series.

Throughout the month of March, Kirk is donating his royalties to the American Cancer Society. This month-long event is part of a larger movement known as HONEOWP (Helpful Outstanding Novelists, Editors, and Others in the Writing Profession) created by Michelle Garren Flye. You can find out more about HONEOWP here: http://michellegflye.wordpress.com/

Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Each month, Kirk’s publisher sends royalties–about 20% of the cover price. To participate visit:

Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals on Amazon

Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals on Barnes and Noble

I’m planning a similar event that I’ll run in April. I’ll be donating 10% of the cover price of Behind Green Glass to The American  Organ Transplant Association. Stay tuned!

Of course both the ACS and AOTA are great organizations to donate to directly at any time. For us this is a way to promote our novels while raising money for good causes.