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It’s Monday! What are you reading? October 15


 It's Monday! What Are You Reading2 WWW Wednesdays 2

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays


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Another cleverly plotted and structured mystery by the Japanese master of the genre! Highly recommended for all lovers of smart stories, and readers interested in diverse and international literature.
I’m doubly excited for this one, because it’s my first review for Criminal Element. I’ll post my review when it’s live on their site



 99 ways to tell a story

99 Ways to Tell a Story

The Oulipo movement has always attracted me, for instance in the writings by Georges Pérec, Italo Calvino (see my review of his amazing If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler), and obviously its founder: Raymond Queneau and his famous Exercices de Style (Exercises in Style): he takes one short and simple event, and then retells that same thing in 99 different styles.
Matt Madden does a fantastic job by doing the exact same thing, but this time all in different variations with graphics and comics.
For each, you have the genre on the left page, and the variation itself on the right. The Book Inspector has a cool video of it, You can pause to look closer at each page, that will give you a great idea of what this is all about.
So well done. I really enjoyed it a lot.


current reads Oct 15

same as last week!

up next oct 8


  2 books for grab for the October books of the month giveaway
And this children book giveaway open until Nov 3



Review and giveaway: The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

Laura Lebow

on Tour

October 9-22


The Song Peddler


The Song Peddler Of The Pont Neuf

(historical mystery)

Release date:
September 4, 2018
at Settecento Press

410 pages



I have been thoroughly enjoying Laura Lebow’s historical mysteries around the world of operas, see for instance Sent to the Devil. Then she got the great idea to start a new series set in France! I’m thrilled to present to you The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf and her private detective Paul Gastebois, in this first adventure set in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution.

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Spotlight: Alysson Foti Bourque guest-post and giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?

Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository
Watch the book trailer:
Meet the Author:

Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram


The Process of Writing a Children’s Book Series

by Alysson Foti Bourque

For this series, I plan on releasing a new book each year. This requires me to follow a strict timeline to make sure I accomplish that.

December/January/February— I am writing the script of the subsequent book of the Alycat series. I usually have an idea of what the next book will be about based on current events, past memories, and paying close attention to the conversations of my own children for ideas.

March/April—During these two months, I work closely with my publisher’s project manager on edits, storyboard placement, dedication and title page, back cover blurb, and character and illustration descriptions.

May/June—During this final publishing stage, I finalize the illustrations and storyboard placement and approve the final PDF. Then it’s sent off to the printer.

July/August—The marketing and preparation stage begins during these months as I prepare for the official release. This involves creating signage, book swag, and securing details for the book launch party.  Luckily, my publisher handles distribution and sales through bookstores and I handle author visit sales.

September/October/November—The forthcoming book will be released during this time and I begin author visits and book signings.

From start to finish, it is exciting, nerve-wracking, and sometimes tiresome. I am so grateful to my publisher, Mascot Books, for helping me stay organized.

Enter the Giveaway!
Ends Nov 3, 2018

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