HaPpY 2017!

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~ WeLcOmE 2017 ~

The clock has struck midnight and a new year has begun. I like the beginning of the year. You get a fresh start. A new chapter. Another chance.

As most of you know I’m against making resolutions. *heehee* I don’t like to  set myself up for disaster. Instead, I like to reflect on the year that’s just passed and focus on the positive. To build upon that and to lift my spirits in a positive movement.

So here’s my challenge to you all for 2017…

Make a list of FIVE things that were positive for you this year and one dream you would like to see happen. ONLY five? Yeppers, that’s it. Five. Seems easy, right? For some it will be. For others, it will be a stretch. Let’s face it, 2016 was a pretty rough year for most. Honestly, I’m glad it over. BUT I know there were some memorable moments hidden in there. Let’s go find them! Here’s mine:

  1. My ear surgery was more than successful! Not only was the doctor able relieve the pain and pressure, but I can hear now. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been able to hear properly out of my right ear.
  2. I signed with an agent! I’m still amazed and smiling. It’s wonderful to know you have someone in your corner. Rooting you on. Making you better. Wanting you to succeed as much as you want to.
  3. I debuted as illustrator! Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum was my first picture book where I was an author AND illustrator!!!
  4. I  kicked off my Marketing Business in 2016! I have three clients right now. This year I plan to take on a few more. I also was hired at a local business part-time. I really am enjoying it too. My boss and I get along (which is important… some of you know my horror story), I get to meet new people, and I’m constantly learning.  🙂
  5. I’m writing my first YA. While it doesn’t seem like a milestone to some. It is a mountain for this picture book writer! I’m really learning how to delve deeper and try different approaches to my writing. And guess what!???! It is helping my pb writing too! Imagine that!!!  🙂

Now my dream…

I have two really.

  1. Personally, I want to be medically better by the end of the year. I’ve already started on that road this past year, but there are some other things on the horizon that need to be cleared up.
  2. Business-wise, Make a sale. Of course, I know there are so many variables with this one, but I can produce the best work I can and give it my best shot. 😀

Okay, whew, yes, that last five-one was harder than I wanted it to be. hahahhaha. So what are your five things? It doesn’t have to be huge, just what is important to you. What is your dream? Let’s bring 2017 in on a positive note. Here’s to a wonderful year full of love, laughter, peace, & books!

Until next time…
Happy Writing!
~t

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A Declaration in Support of Children

“With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we, the undersigned, will continue to press toward the goals of equality, justice, and peace. We will write. We will draw. We will listen to the children. We invite you to join us.”

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Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.

Therefore we, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.

Our country is deeply divided. The recent election is a clear indication of the bigotry that is entrenched in this nation, of…

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about all the authors that will be attending this year’s Books Love & Taters Book Festival this year. If you would like to read more about the festival, donate money and become a sponsor for next year’s festival, or read more on the authors… VISIT the Books Love & Taters Book Festival website.

REVISIT the Featured Author Posts:

  1. Amanda H. Williams
  2. Amy O’Quinn
  3. Beth Hallman
  4. E. M. Knowles
  5. Jamie Dodson
  6. Janie Hopwood
  7. Jeff Newberry
  8. Kristofer M. Hanson
  9. Raven H. Price
  10. Tracey M. Cox

Thanks for allowing me to toot the horn about the amazing people. If you are in my neck of the woods this Saturday, stop by the booth and say hello!

Until next time…
~t

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#BLTBF meet Tracey M. Cox!

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#BLTBF meet…
Tracey M. Cox!

It’s Fall ‘all! And that means it time for the Books Love & Taters Book Festival! This will be the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival and we are super excited! Not only is it a great birthday, we are getting bigger! This year the #BLTBF will feature TEN AUTHORS. Most from South Georgia! What better way to support and meet your local authors?

Today I want to introduce you to…

Tracey M. Cox

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Tracey M. Cox has been telling stories since she could babble. Her love of stories turned into a career in 2000 when she decided to pursue writing professionally. She hasn’t looked back. Since that day, she has been published in newspapers, magazines, an anthology, and ultimately seen her name on the covers of books. Tracey believes in never growing up and writes for children.

She is a PAL member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In SCBWI, she is active in the Southern Breeze Region where she volunteers as Local Liaison for South Georgia and is the chapter’s Webmaster and PR Coordinator. She is also a KidLit TV team member and a founding member of the South Georgia Writer’s Guild. To help promote literacy in her local area, Tracey founded and directs the Books Love & Taters Book Festival, which is held in Ocilla, Georgia on the last Saturday in October during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival.

Check out Tracey’s titles…

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Please visit our authors website and pages. Like and follow them! Let them know what you think of their work. Feel free to comment and share their content. Show them some social media love!  🙂

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Thanks for visiting and reading about the authors who will be attending the Books Love & Taters Book Festival! Don’t forget to come to Ocilla, Georgia on October 29th. We will have the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival going. Within the Arts & Crafts vendors you will find the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival! Stop by our booth. Say hello. Ask your questions. Buy some books. Don’t forget to get them autographed! And as always Have Fun Reading!

Until next time…
~t

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#BLTBF meet Raven H. Price!

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#BLTBF meet…
Raven H. Price!

It’s Fall ‘all! And that means it time for the Books Love & Taters Book Festival! This will be the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival and we are super excited! Not only is it a great birthday, we are getting bigger! This year the #BLTBF will feature TEN AUTHORS. Most from South Georgia! What better way to support and meet your local authors?

Today I want to introduce you to…

Raven H. Price

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After thirty years of service Raven H. Price retired as a State of Georgia employee. Her plans now are to devote her time to writing, painting, and the church teaching Bible classes. The love for her Lord has motivated her to entertain others making His Word come to life while showing them His love.

Check out Raven’s titles…

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Please visit our authors website and pages. Like and follow them! Let them know what you think of their work. Feel free to comment and share their content. Show them some social media love!  🙂

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Keep coming back! Tomorrow will be the last day I will be hosting each author! Don’t forget to come to Ocilla, Georgia on October 29th. We will have the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival going. Within the Arts & Crafts vendors you will find the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival! Stop by our booth. Say hello. Ask your questions. Buy some books. Don’t forget to get them autographed! And as always Have Fun Reading!

Until next time…
~t

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#BLTBF meet Kristofer M. Hanson!

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#BLTBF meet…
Kristofer M. Hanson!

It’s Fall ‘all! And that means it time for the Books Love & Taters Book Festival! This will be the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival and we are super excited! Not only is it a great birthday, we are getting bigger! This year the #BLTBF will feature TEN AUTHORS. Most from South Georgia! What better way to support and meet your local authors?

Today I want to introduce you to…

Kristofer M. Hanson

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Howdy! I am Kris. Firstly, I am a family man with a wonderful daughter and an amazingly patient wife. Secondly, I am a disabled Veteran and Wounded Warrior with 18 years of active USAF service. Finally, I was medically retired so the extra time on my schedule allowed me to follow my dream of being a full time writer and part time gamer.

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Please visit our authors website and pages. Like and follow them! Let them know what you think of their work. Feel free to comment and share their content. Show them some social media love!  🙂

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Keep coming back! I will be hosting each author for the next 2 days! Don’t forget to come to Ocilla, Georgia on October 29th. We will have the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival going. Within the Arts & Crafts vendors you will find the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival! Stop by our booth. Say hello. Ask your questions. Buy some books. Don’t forget to get them autographed! And as always Have Fun Reading!

Until next time…
~t

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#BLTBF meet Jeff Newberry!

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#BLTBF meet…
Jeff Newberry!

It’s Fall ‘all! And that means it time for the Books Love & Taters Book Festival! This will be the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival and we are super excited! Not only is it a great birthday, we are getting bigger! This year the #BLTBF will feature TEN AUTHORS. Most from South Georgia! What better way to support and meet your local authors?

Today I want to introduce you to…

Jeff Newberry

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A native of the Florida Gulf Coast, Jeff Newberry is the Poet in Residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. His most recent book is A Stairway to the Sea (Pulpwood Press). His is author of the poetry collection Brackish (Aldrich Press) and the chapbook A Visible Sign (Finishing Line ). With fellow Gulf Coast native, Brent House, he is the co-editor of the anthology The Gulf Stream:  Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press).

Newberry’s writing has appeared in a variety of  print and online journals, including Anti-, Birmingham Poetry ReviewThe Florida Review, Crab Orchard ReviewThe Cortland Review, Chattahoochee Review, New South, Memorious, Saw Palm:  Florida Literature and Art, Southeast ReviewSweet:  A Literary Confection and Waccamaw:  A Journal of Contemporary Literature. He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Sanibel Island Writers Conference and given talks and led panels at the Flannery O’Connor and Other Georgia Writers Conference, The Conference on Christianity and Literature, The Florida Literary Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, and the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. The recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, where he and his students edit Pegasus, a regional literary journal.  

Newberry earned his BA and MA in English from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, where as a graduate student he served as the managing editor of Panhandler. He holds a PhD from the University of Georgia, financed by a Faculty Development in Georgia Grant. 

Check out Jeff’s titles…

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Please visit our authors website and pages. Like and follow them! Let them know what you think of their work. Feel free to comment and share their content. Show them some social media love!  🙂

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Keep coming back! I will be hosting each author for the next 3 days! Don’t forget to come to Ocilla, Georgia on October 29th. We will have the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival going. Within the Arts & Crafts vendors you will find the 5th Annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival! Stop by our booth. Say hello. Ask your questions. Buy some books. Don’t forget to get them autographed! And as always Have Fun Reading!

Until next time…
~t

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