Blog Relocation

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hello, folks!

This is Jhobell Kristyl.  I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m officially returning to blogging after months-long hiatus.  Finally.  I’m so excited!  As usual, I’ll be blogging about books.  Unfortunately, I won’t be blogging here at Book Maven’s Picks anymore.  I’ve had a blast meeting you through this blog, but I’ve decided to reevaluate my identity as a blogger.  As a result, I’ll be blogging at a new blog called WRITEFUL READER.

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Feel free to visit me there and give me a shout-out.  I’ll be looking forward to sharing blogging experiences with you again.

Cheers,

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I am very excited to announce that I’m collaborating with author Ginger Scott in hosting this fantastic FREE Kindle e-book GIVE-AWAY of her novel Waiting On The Sidelines.  Isn’t this wonderful?  So what are you waiting for?  Enter this fantastic give-away contest now!

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!!!

Give-away Rules for Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott:

  • Enter contest for a chance to win 1 in 5 Kindle e-book copies.
  • Open Worldwide.
  • A working email address OR a facebook account is required to enter the contest.

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Click here to view Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott’s Spotlight Post.  To view Ginger Scotts’ guest post, click here.  Don’t forget that I’m currently hosting other fantastic book give-aways.   If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to check them out by clicking here.  I also recently created a Facebook page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help Zharmae promote their books in the online community.  If you are interested in becoming an Zharmae Online Ambassador, you can sign-up here.  If you just want to ask questions, feel free to do so by filling up the same form here.  On behalf of Zharmae Publishing, I look forward to welcoming you in our online ambassador team.  Thank you!

I wish you the best of luck in entering this awesome book give-away.  I hope that you win.  Don’t forget to let me know when you do win, alright?  Have a great day!

Keep on readin’
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Howdy, folks!  How are you doing?  I’m very excited to feature a fantastic guest post written by Ginger Scott author of the novel Waiting On The Sidelines which I spotlighted just last week.  Click here to view the original Spotlight post.  Her guest post is titled “The Importance Of Being Strong Women.”  The title alone makes me want to shout hurrah for all the world to hear.  Cheers to my fellow females in the world!  So here it is.  Enjoy!
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING STRONG WOMEN
By Ginger Scott

Truth is, it took me years to write Waiting on the Sidelines. And I think maybe that was for the best — I wasn’t ready.

I knew I could tell a story. I’ve told lots of them — all non-fiction. Through my journalism career, I have been honored to tell the stories of others, sometimes during their darkest hour. I have been their funnel, to share their emotions, strength, their passions, their fears, their hopes with the world. But there was always that certain something deep down telling me I had more.

I had the guts, if you will, of Waiting on the Sidelines written for a long time. I knew what the crux of the story would be. I could write a great love story, full of passion and romance. But as I matured, and as I watched my friends daughters endure the difficulties that come along with being a girl growing up, I started to uncover the purpose and the power my story could hold.

Girls can be cruel to one another. So very many of us are. And it’s not something that stops when we’re 18, when we’re 22, when we’re 40. We all too often tear each other down. I don’t know how we learn it (I suppose it’s a trait we pass down, though often non-admittedly). But the damage we do to one another is unforgivable.

I have a few teenaged girls in my life that I consider dear friends, God daughters and family. And I’ve watched them love the boy that would break their hearts and be bullied by the girl who would get the boy. And that’s when it hit me — this…THIS was what my story needed to center on.

To say I am proud of Waiting on the Sidelines would be a profound understatement. Yes, writing books is my dream. And yes, I’ve taken that step now (and intend to continue, full steam ahead). But more than anything else, I hope this book gets read. Because I think it’s something us women (our daughters and the teenaged girls we still are or remember being) need to read. And I think we need to talk about it. And then I think we need to start respecting each other just a little more. We’re sisters, and together we are mighty.
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About the Author:
GingerHeadshot March 2013Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her book, Waiting on the Sidelines, is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a boy’s name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want — even if you aren’t ready. You can read her book now in Amazon’s kindle store.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her 9-year-old field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ‘em, Devils).

You can also find her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.
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A very inspiring guest post, eh?  Especially to all females out there struggling with life in general.

Click here to view other guest posts featured here on Book Maven’s Picks.  Don’t forget that I’m currently hosting fantastic book give-aways.   If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to check them out by clicking here.  I also recently created a Facebook page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help Zharmae promote their books in the online community.  If you are interested in becoming an Zharmae Online Ambassador, you can sign-up here.  If you just want to ask questions, feel free to do so by filling up the same form here.  On behalf of Zharmae Publishing, I look forward to welcoming you in our online ambassador team.  Thank you!

That’s all for today, folks!  I’ll see you all tomorrow.  Have a great day.

Keep on readin’
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I am collaborating with author Lance Umenhofer in hosting a FREE GIVE-AWAY of his novel And The Soft Wind Blows.  This give-away contest is starkly different from the other contests that I’ve hosted before because instead of the regular raffle contest, author Lance Umenhofer requested that we hold a HAIKU CONTEST.  Yes, you read it right.  A HAIKU CONTEST.   You will need to write a haiku for the chance to win. . .here it goes. . .an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of AND THE SOFT WIND BLOWS.  Isn’t it awesome?  So what are you waiting for?  Compose the best haiku that you could ever write and submit it below for a chance to win this fantastic book prize!

Read Synopsis here

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Give-away Rules for And The Soft Wind  Blows by Lance Umenhofer Haiku Contest:

  • Enter Haiku Contest for a chance to win 1 Autographed Copy.
  • Contest Open Worldwide.  Shipping costs will be covered by the author.
  • Haiku must be in English.
  • 1 Person can submit up to 3 Haiku.  
  • Deadline:  June 19, 2013 (Wednesday) at 11.59 PM EST.

A message from author Lance Umenhofer:  Jack Kerouac once said, “The ‘Haiku’ was invented and developed over hundreds of years in Japan to be a complete poem in seventeen syllables and to pack in a whole vision of life in three short lines. A ‘Western Haiku’ need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabillic Japanese. I propose that the ‘Western Haiku’ simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language.”  With that in mind, what I’m looking for is some sort of unique, yet eloquent perception of the world in three lines. Happy writing!
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Submit your Haiku Below for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of And The Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer:


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I wish you all the best and I hope that you win.

Don’t forget that I’m currently hosting other fantastic book give-aways.   If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to check them out by clicking here.  I also recently created a Facebook page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help Zharmae promote their books in the online community.  If you are interested in becoming an Zharmae Online Ambassador, you can sign-up here.  If you just want to ask questions, feel free to do so by filling up the same form here.  On behalf of Zharmae Publishing, I look forward to welcoming you in our online ambassador team.  Thank you!

I’ll see you all later.  Have a great day, folks!

Keep on readin’
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Cuckoos coverTitle:  The Cuckoos of Batch Magna
Author:  Peter Maughan
Date:  March 18, 2013
Price:  $4.80
Buy ( Amazon )
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Synopsis:
When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, 8th baronet and huntin’ shooting’ and fishin’ squire of the village of Batch Magna in the Welsh Marches, departs this world for the Upper House (as he had long vaguely thought of it, where God no doubt presides in ermine over a Heaven as reassuringly familiar as White’s or Boodle’s), what’s left of his decaying estate passes, through the ancient law of entailment, to distant relative Humph, an amiable, overweight short-order cook from the Bronx.

Sir Humphrey Franklin T Strange, 9th baronet and squire of Batch Magna, as Humph now most remarkably finds himself to be, is persuaded by his Uncle Frank, a small time Wall Street broker with an eye on the big time, to make a killing by turning the sleepy backwater into a theme-park image of rural England – a vacation paradise for free-spending US millionaires.

But while the village pub and shop, with the lure of the dollar in their eyes, put out the Stars and Stripes in welcome, the tenants of the estate’s dilapidated houseboats are above any consideration of filthy lucre and stand their ground for tradition’s sake … and because they consider eviction notices not to be cricket.

Each disgruntled faction sees the other as the unwelcome cuckoo in the family nest.

So, led by randy pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook, and Lt-Commander James Cunningham DSO, DSC and Bar, RN (ret) – a man with a glass eye for each day of the week, painted with scenes from famous British naval victories and landscapes that speak of England – the motley crew run up the Union Jack and battle ensign and prepare to engage. But this is Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And does …
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About the Author Peter Maughan:
author picI am an ex-actor, fringe theatre director and script writer, married and living in the Welsh Marches, the borderland between England and Wales, and the backdrop to a series I’m writing, the Batch Magna novels, set in a village cut off from whatever the rest of the world gets up to beyond the hills of its valley.

All the books in the series feature houseboats, converted paddle steamers on Batch Magna’s river the Cluny, and I lived on a houseboat in the mid-1970s (the time frame for the novels) on a converted Thames sailing barge among a small colony of houseboats on the Medway, deep in rural Kent.

An idyllic time, heedless days of freedom in that other world of the river which inspired the novels, set in a place called Batch Magna.

Visit www.batchmagna.com.
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Praises for The Cuckoos of Batch Magna (from Amazon):
THE CUCKOOS OF BATCH MAGNA by Peter Maughan is going to become one of the most beloved books of the decade …One almost cries when the book ends …This is a story that will restore your weary soul.’ -jwillis

‘…You will never forget how it made you feel.’ -Mark V Williams.

‘A masterpiece that is breathtaking in its scope …’ -Orian J. Harman

‘…one of those marvelous classics that deserve a place in any permanent collection … A Wind in the Willows for adults … (Peter Maughan is) a master of prose with the soul of a poet.’ -Henrietta Lala “herbalwiz”

‘Absolutely Beautiful and Delightful Story.’ -NancyofUtah.

‘Literary perfection.’ -Liz Terek.

‘… a small literary masterpiece … It was easy to become mesmerized by this beautifully descriptive novel. It is truly a book to be savored. A work of art … ‘ -R. Nicholson.

‘ … You should even read this to infants because the cadence and beauty of the words are good entries into the world of literature … It will go into the history of literature as one of the classics. Give yourself a gift and read THE CUCKOOS OF BATCH MAGNA.’ -Joymarie.
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The Cuckoos Of Batch Magna sounds very intriguing, isn’t it?  You can always buy your own copy for $4.80 from the Amazon link above.

Click here to view other books & authors spotlighted by Book Maven’s Picks.  Don’t forget that I’m currently hosting fantastic book give-aways.   If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to check them out by clicking here.  I also recently created a Facebook page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help Zharmae promote their books in the online community.  If you are interested in becoming an Zharmae Online Ambassador, you can sign-up here.  If you just want to ask questions, feel free to do so by filling up the same form here.  On behalf of Zharmae Publishing, I look forward to welcoming you in our online ambassador team.  Thank you!

That’s all for today, folks!  Have an awesome day.

Keep on readin’
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Every Tuesday, I feature posts by other bloggers that I think are awesome.  For today’s Great Post Tuesday, I will feature a great poem titled “What is Writing?” written by nesherehrman from THE WRITING CORP.

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CLICK HERE TO READ ORIGINAL “WHAT IS WRITING?” POST!

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“What Is Writing?” is a poem about, well, writing.  It has an AABB scheme and that’s one of the reasons that I like this poem.  It rhymes.  But what I like the most about this poem is that it talks about writing.  I will devour almost anything that talks about writing.  I hope that you enjoyed this poem as much as I did.

Well done, nesherehrman!  Thank you for sharing your poem with us.  We’re looking forward to reading more great posts from you.

Click here to view a complete 2013 list of BMP’s Great Post Tuesday Recipients.
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I also want to announce that BOOK  MAVEN’S PICKS is turning 9-MONTHS OLD today!  Yay!  I want to thank all of you for reading my blog and commenting.  Knowing that there are people out there who are interested in what I have to blog never fails to inspire me.  Thank you so much!  I also want to thank all the fantastic bloggers and authors that I met through this blog.  I’m always thankful for your friendship and support.  I’m looking forward to making more blogging memories with you.  We love books!!!

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Have a fantastic day, folks!

P.S:  Don’t forget that I’m currently hosting fantastic book give-aways.  If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to check them out by clicking here.  I also recently created a Facebook page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with a Pacific Northwest based book publisher called The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help promote their books in the online community through your blogs/sites.  If you are interested in becoming a Zharmae Publishing Online Ambassadoryou can sign up here Thank you very much!

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Before anything else, I want to greet all my fellow Canadians a Happy Victoria Day.  I personally don’t celebrate it but it’s great because it’s a holiday and a long weekend.  So it’s a happy day for Canadians because we get to spend an extra day with our family and friends.  So for today, let’s just chillax, eh?

Anyway. . .Although I plan to chillax the whole day, laugh with my family, chase my little cousins, eat lots of barbecue  and laugh uproariously with my family, I have a final announcement for today as a blogger.  A super duper ultra exciting announcement.  I am ecstatic to announce that the fantastic FREE BOOK GIVE-AWAY for Ashes by Kelly Cozy starts today!  This give-away is a collaboration between author Kelly Cozy and me.  Yay!  Isn’t this awesome?  The prizes are simply fantastic.  Author Kelly Cozy is being very generous by giving away 1 Paperback Copy of her novel AND 1 in 3 e-book copies.  So what are you waiting for?  Enter the give-away contest now!

Read  Synopsis

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!!!

Give-away Rules for Ashes by Kelly Cozy:

  • Enter for a chance to win 1 paperback copy OR 1 in 3 e-books.
  • Paperback copy give-away open to US, UK and Canada only.
  • E-book give-away open Worldwide.
  • A working email address OR a facebook account is required to enter the contest.

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Before I end this post, I want to congratulate all the winners of the previous book give-aways that I collaborated with the authors.  For the Adventures With Max & Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith Give-away Contest, congratulations to winners Mary L., Bindu A., Cassie P., and Christine!  Enjoy your new books!

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For the Lest The Dew Rust Them by Michael Drakich Give-away Contest, congratulations to Mary L. (Again. What a lucky girl!) and Joel C.  Hope you are having fun with your new e-books!

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Click here to view more book give-aways that I’m hosting.  I also recently created a Facebook Page for Book Maven’s Picks.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you check it out and like it by clicking here.

ATTENTION TO ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!!!  I am currently collaborating with The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. in creating a group of online ambassadors that will help Zharmae promote their books in the online community.  If you are interested in becoming an Zharmae Online Ambassador, you can sign-up here.  If you just want to ask questions, feel free to do so by filling up the same form here.  On behalf of Zharmae Publishing, I look forward to welcoming you in our online ambassador team.  Thank you!

That’s all for today, folks!  Now I’m off to eat more barbecue and enjoy this holiday with my family.  I’ll see you all again tomorrow!  Have a fantastic day!

Keep on readin’
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