Little Nani Is A Winner! #childrenbooks #kidslit #amreading

Hi, everyone!

Last Sunday I experienced one of the most emotional evenings of my life as a writer. Well, let’s say that September is going to be a pretty emotional month since I am getting married to my best friend, better half, and fellow award-winning author Mark Stone. So emotions were quite close to the skin, as we say in Spain, last Sunday. Mark and I had gone to watch a movie and then to have dinner to the restaurant where he proposed; you can say that I was already feeling a bit emotional. But then we arrived back home, I decided to check my emails, and saw I had two new messages: one from Readers’ Favorite, and another one from Wind Dancer Films. I started shaking when I saw they were announcing the winners of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and I kind of forgot about the second email.

I opened the email, read that they had had a hard time to choose the winners because they had received thousands of books and most of them were really good. I clicked on the link to the page where they were listing the winners and… this is what I found:

I had won the Gold Medal!! Not only that, but in my category there weren’t Silver or Bronze, only Gold!! And it was my book!! I squealed, I screamed, I jumped off my chair, I hugged my fiancé, and I started crying like a baby. It was an unbelievably emotional moment. After two years of struggling to market my book, of trying to get new readers, of trying to make people know about my book in every possible way and failing. After two years of thinking that maybe my book wasn’t good enough and that maybe, just maybe, I should quit publishing because obviously people weren’t interested in my writing. After two years of all that, I got this. And you know what? It felt good. It felt great. This was the kind of validation I needed to make me believe in myself again. For more than a year now I have been writing the second book in the Little Nani series until I stopped because I didn’t think it was good enough. Now I feel strong and I know I can finish that book. And a third one. And a fourth one. The sky is the limit, baby!

But, wait a minute… what about the second email? Oh yes, let me explain it. This year, everybody entering books for the contest would be also eligible for a possible TV or movie deal with a film producer company called Wind Dancer Films. From all the books entered, they would choose only 10 to have a final look and offer them a deal. From those 10 final books, they would ask authors to send a synopsis and then they would choose only ONE book to get the filming deal.

Well, guess what? Little Nani made it to those 10 final books! I am both thrilled and panicking. Now I need to write a badass synopsis to make them think that Little Nani is interesting enough as to be turned either into a movie or a TV show. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Little Nani’s adventures on the screen?

So those are my latest news. News that have me like this all day long…

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Gruff Muffin: The Guy With The Cupcake Tattoo – The 36th Story in The #HankSaga – By: Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) (Deeliopunk) (Insert other Deel/Dan/Punk possibility here)

Cinta García:

One more funny story written by the very talented Dan Leicht. Maybe you can even recognise a name in the story…

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Gruff Muffin: The Guy With The Cupcake Tattoo – The 36th Story in The #HankSaga – By: Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) (Deeliopunk) (Insert other Deel/Dan/Punk possibility here)

“I used to work at a cupcake factory, and there was nothing sweet about it.” – Gruff Muffin

He walks into Blue Spaghetti’s and takes a seat at the booth closest to the door. The hostess stares at him, she wonders why he didn’t wait to be seated like the sign so clearly states is kind of a mandatory thing, or at least an expected thing when coming into a restaurant to find someone straight in front of you standing behind a counter playing solitaire.

MC Frisbee Rockstar walks up to him, but something comes over him, he turns around and walks away.

“What is it?” Gina asks.

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BTSMag: Announcement for their Red Carpet Awards!

We are pleased to announce that the talented Abbi Glines will be our Keynote Speaker for NOLA 2015!

 
Abbi Glines is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
My debut novel, Breathe – a YA contemporary romance, was released May,17, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. I’ve been writing all my life but it wasn’t until I tried my hand at YA fiction that I found my groove. Apparently I never really grew up, which may explain my marriage to a dare devil. I’ve recently signed the contract on my first YA paranormal titled Existence to be released this Christmas. On October 21, I will be releasing The Vincent Boys – an older YA romance with an edgier feel. It will be available in digital format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Update: Abbi’s mature YA series The Vincent Boys was picked up by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster.

her mature YA series The Vincent Boys was picked up Simon Pulse, a division of Simon and Schuster) – See more at: http://indiereader.com/2012/10/best-selling-author-abbi-glines-talks-ya/#sthash.rdhJowHJ.dpuf
her mature YA series The Vincent Boys was picked up Simon Pulse, a division of Simon and Schuster) – See more at: http://indiereader.com/2012/10/best-selling-author-abbi-glines-talks-ya/#sthash.rdhJowHJ.dpuf

Hank’s Secret Handshake – The 35th Story in The #HankSaga – By Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L)

Hank’s Secret Handshake – The 35th Story in The #HankSaga – By Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L).

 

I have been honored to be included in one of the Hank stories as a character! Don’t miss this instalment!

Do Women Write Better Than Men? Interesting Poll by #Grammarly

GRAMMARLY, the most famous “grammar checker” there is, conducted a poll among members of their staff, trying to decide whether men or women were better writers. Here are the results, in very nice infographics created by the Grammarly staff, and which I reproduce here with their permission:

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#Book #Recommendations for this weekend so you can say #amreading

Hello, everybody!

We writers would be nothing without you, the Reader. Apart from being an author, I am also an avid reader, so I love it when people recommend books to me (except when people recommend me their own books; that’s beyond pretentious). So I just wanted to recommend some great books to you, so you can choose a great read for the weekend. Have a look at them, enjoy, comment, share, and as usual, just be happy and awesome!

  • Four From Below, by Daniel Coffman. This book is a collection of horror tales -a novella and three short stories- about ordinary people faced with extraordinary and terrifying circumstances. Who are the real monsters? Buy the book here.
  • Trailer Trash With a Girl’s Name, by Stacey Roberts. “A family where the women are crazy and the men die young.” Buy the book here.
  • How To Survive the Worst that Can Happen, by Sandy Peckinpah. I thought I had a fairy tale life until the day I suddenly lost my son to bacterial meningitis. My book is my story of learning how to live life after loss and a step by step guide for parents who are struggling with the unimaginable tragedy of losing a child. Buy the book here.
  • Disenchanted, by CL Raven. “Once upon a time, in lands far, far away, everyone lived happily ever after. Until now. Disenchanted – ten fairytales that are definitely not for children’s bedtime”. Buy the book here.
  • Tolomay’s World and the Pool of Light, by Michael Lorde. Years before an apocalyptic event, a new means of travel is discovered, and the modern technology comes just in the nick of time. Tolomay Ramey was trained since birth to do one thing… to lead others into the future of the ‘clean earth’ where both nature and mankind are given a fresh start. Can the clean world become what it was intended to be for the new community, or will all thoughts of peace be left a thousand years in the past? Buy the book here.

Let me know if you know of more awesome books that should be included here, so I can create a new blog post for next week. Keep on smiling!

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Sept/October Issue: BTS Book Reviews

In this issue, cover author New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Dianne Duvall shares with us about her Immortal Guardian’s paranormal romance series. Join us as we chat with Dianne about her work, then take a sneak peek at Night Unbound, the latest in her popular series.

Many more wonderful authors including A.L. Jackson, Quinn Loftis, Mary Manners and more.

Don’t miss these entertaining columns:

Our New Column Debut
Bestseller’s Secret
FROM DYSLEXIC TO BESTSELLER…

Chic Trends in Romance
SEXY GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT

The Hot Hunks of History
DARK DUKES OF HISTORY

The Heat Diva
HOT SUMMER WRAP UP

Ali B. and the Forty Spaceships
TO READ, PERCHANCE TO DREAM…

The Scrying Eye
GHOSTS OF THE PAST… DEMONS OF THE PRESENT

Forever Young
THE RETRO SCREAM: HORROR NOVELS THAT NEVER GET OLD

BTS Goes Hollywood

ALEX BLEDSOE

Soup of the Day: Leftover Surprise (The 34th Story in The #HankSaga) By: Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) (DeeLioPunk) (Danarino) (The Danster) (The Danmister) (The Dan Dan Magic Man From The Magic Land From Where Is Dan) (Daniel)

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Don’t miss a new instalment in the Hank Saga series :D

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Soup of the Day: Leftover Surprise (The 34th Story in The #HankSaga) By: Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) (DeeLioPunk) (Danarino) (The Danster) (The Danmister) (The Dan Dan Magic Man From The Magic Land From Where Is Dan) (Daniel)

“It was a cold day at Blue Spaghetti’s Nook Home. The AC was on full blast due to the heat wave outside. The air is dry, or wet, whichever my Weather and Climate teacher told me it was two years ago while I was daydreaming in class about who would win in a fight between an ostrich and a leopard. Gina, you know Gina, I’ve mentioned her before in one of these stories maybe, she’s the one who lives in a house near the factory that spews out ash from its smokestacks at night in hopes that no one notices but then pays off the local residents so that they can get their…

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