Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating this Book Blast on behalf of author Jourden Cleghorn who writes under the pen name of Teddy O'Malley.Jourden was recently involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in severe injuries just days after her new book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy, was published in May 2014. The indie author community has come together to support this young author/illustrator during this challenging time. Please read below to see what you can do to help in a small way.
About the BookTitle: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy | Author: Teddy O'Malley | Publication Date: May 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 62 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 Summary: Destiny and Faith are going into second grade and their mom has a great idea. She's going to send them to a school for twins! They're not sure whether to be excited or terrified. Come join them and see what happens!
"Anyone who's tried to buy a book or birthday card for a child who isn't white will know how few are available. Golden hair and blue eyes rule. I was delighted by Destiny and Faith, who are mixed race/bi-racial, perfect for some children very close to me. However, let me quickly say that this is a story for all children. A school for twins is such a great idea and Destiny and Faith's adventures have a universal message about friendship and learning how to get along with each other. This would also be a good book for actual twins as some of the issues that arise in twin relationships come up in the story." ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Josephina Cade, Amazon
"I just finished reading this book. I got it for my daughter and decided to read it myself. It is so ORIGINAL and totally ADORABLE! A MUST READ for young children looking to read their FIRST CHAPTER BOOK! My daughter LOVES it!! I highly recommend this book!! " ~ 5 Star Review, radams, Amazon
"A great story for young girls, with lots of fun dialogue. Accompanied throughout by black and white drawings. These capture the body language and expressions of the different characters perfectly. Looking forward to more in the Destiny and Faith series." ~ 5 Star Review, M.J. Kinsman, Amazon
About the Author: Teddy O'MalleyJourden Cleghorn, who writes and illustrates children’s books under the pen name Teddy O' Malley, was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. Jourden paired her language skills with pictures of puppies to write Tell Me How You Say Good Night, a bedtime story. And a childhood friendship with a biracial girl named Hope influenced Jourden to make the Destiny and Faith characters biracial in her series about twins. Many of her books include a thread about friendship and acceptance of others. Jourden previously worked part time as a nurse assistant helping the disabled and elderly.
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How You Can HelpOn Thursday, May 15, 2014, Jourden was the passenger in a small car when a much larger truck turned in front of them. She suffered severe injuries as a result of this accident including a cracked sternum, punctured lung, broken arm, and broken foot. Unforutnately, the nature and severity of Jourden's injuries have limited her ability to promote her books effectively. I was very moved when I was approached by a member of the Facebook group, "Fun-tastic Children’s Books " (of which Jourden is an active member) to help this young author. This wonderful group took it upon themselves to promote Jourden’s books on her behalf. They bought, reviewed, tweeted and shared her books throughout social media and are sponsoring (along with MDBR) the giveaway below. If you should choose to enter the giveaway below (open worldwide), you will see an option to earn 10 extra entries in the giveaway by purchasing a copy of Teddy O'Malley's latest book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy from Amazon for only 99 cents. I hope you will consider helping out the author in this small way. Of note, during her recovery, Jourden found the inspiration for another children’s book. It will be about a child recovering from a car crash and having to cope with learning to write with the opposite hand, and other hardships that must be overcome during the healing process. Jourden usually writes with her right hand, but plans to illustrate the book using her left. She wants to show that hardships can be overcome if one does not give up.
* $50 Book Blast Giveaway *Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: July 30, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by author PJ LaRue/Fun-tastic Children’s Books and Mother Daughter Book Reviews, and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I am participating in a blog tour. What is a blog tour I don't hear you ask? I haven't the foggiest, (or should I say sluggiest?). However, I have been roped into this by a mischievous fiend named, Tony Gilbert - a fellow author, funslug, and grower of feeble facial hair. His blog can be found here: http://tonygilbertauthor.weebly.com
So, I have been asked to take part as I am renowned the world over and a blog tour just wouldn't be a blog tour without yours truly. With me participating the blog tour finally has some glamour, prestige and electric furriness. Below you shall find the answers to four questions answered in the Zapple way followed by bios of three other bloggers that were willing to take over the baton. Enough rambling, read on!
1) What am I working on?
Aside from another moustache to rival Mr Snazzy (shh! He doesn't know yet!) and another genetically modified slug that can write books that actually sell and make me richer than that Rowling person, I am currently putting the finishing touches to Nicu - The Littlest Vampire in 'Fangless'. A rather short title. It's about a fangless vampire - if you hadn't guessed. If you hadn't guessed from the title then Clyde the Slug will be over to visit you shortly to give you a thorough grounding in English, home economics and sluggonomics.
Once Nicu has been completed, I plan on starting work on the third in the Duke & Michel series, entitled 'The Return of the Nibbles', then start work on 'Cyril the Dragon'. After all that's completed I may continue with my plans to conquer Norfolk.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
First of all it's infinitely better and I say that as an objective observer. My books contain the Zapple wit that can only be found in books written by Elias Zapple. If there are other books containing the famed Zapple wit then please let me know so that my slugs can hunt them down and give their kitchen a thorough sliming!
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do as that's what emerges from my magnificent brain. My slugs occasionally help and most of them are not the sharpest tools in the toolbox. It's a miracle they can write anything at all. So, be grateful and stop asking me these questions. Hmm, maybe I'll throw a cabbage at you.
4) How does my writing process work?
After my morning cabbage throwing at my irritated neighbour Dieter, I retire to my study, sip from a cup of herbal tea, berate Colin the Slug for no reason whatsoever, prick my little finger then get scribbling. I'm normally passed out by lunchtime.
Now to pass the slug - I mean baton - to my three fellow authors, friends and cabbage-throwers.
MARY JOSEFINA CADE:
My ideal job description would be Merlin’s apprentice on the Camelot team. King Arthur is my once and future King and fairy gold is my natural currency. I did manage to snatch some away from my local dragon but stores have refused to accept it, so I’ve been forced to work in a money generating building. Here the computer demons keep me trapped in a dark and dusty basement full of mischievous elves.
When I can escape I spend my time translating my dreams into words. Plus creating spells and Grail seeking.
Teddy O' Malley was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. Teddy O'Malley also works part time as a nurse assistant and helps the disabled and elderly.
Darren Lewis was born in Cardiff in 1975 and now lives with his wife and two children in Norfolk.
After twenty years in the print industry he has seen many books and magazines being produced around him, and although an avid reader of many genres, it wasn't until his daughter Ellie, aged 6 at the time, asked for a story of her own that inspired him to put pen to paper.
"Ellie and I would like to make up bedtime stories, mainly about a kangaroo that travelled the world and have adventures. Then one day she quite calmly asked me for a book of her own!"
Bedtime stories and his daughter’s request would lead to the first book in the Seren trilogy. 'Ellie and the Rabbits' in which our young heroine meets a group of talking rabbits.
In Maputo I am known for my love of tinned tuna.