Monday, May 19, 2014

Utah Children's Writers - The Stories for Children Show

The Stories for Children show is on Mondays and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about writing for children and/or their favorite childrens/YA books. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also what makes a good book for young readers and much more.

Our guests are:
Scott Rhoades has enjoyed writing since he was about five years old, when he used to make his own books by tracing pictures and making up stories to go with them. He especially enjoys writing stories set in the Middle Ages. He was a technical writer for Novell, Inc. from 1992 to 2007, after starting his career at Atari in 1988. He currently runs his own company, Write Field Documentation Services, LLC. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Tiferet Center, a center for Jewish education, ritual, and community service based in Vermont. Learn more at

Julie Daines spent eighteen months in London where she studied and fell in love with English Literature, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the fellow who ran the kebab store around the corner. After editing for other authors, she decided to take up writing again--this time in the young adult genre. Learn more at

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Writing for Children - Celebrating Children/YA Authors

Have some fun Wednesday MAY 14 at 11 AM PST  NOON MT  1PM CST  2 PM EST when Marsha and Virginia talk with children's authors as they all celebrate writing for children.  

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It's CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK and the World of Ink Network wants to do its part by letting authors come on the show to share not only who they are, but where you can find their books. We have picture book authors to YA authors. All the books and their authors have been guest on past shows and the hosts (Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook) wanted to share these wonders books with as we get ready for Summer Reading Fun.

Each author will have a few minutes to share about their book and where you can find it.

Guest Authors and Their Books:

Dominick Domingo
The Nameless Prince (a Young Adult Fantasy Novel)
The Nameless Prince Comic Volume 1 (Episodes 1-4)

Main website ( with more info. AND order links: )
To order the YA novel through the publisher ( Twilight Times Books ):

To order the Nameless Prince Comic Volume 1:

Margot Finke

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

Fun Aussie Cook Book with every autographed Young Teen book <> DIRECT from ME


Mikey Brooks
Author of the middle-grade fantasy adventures: The Stone of Valhalla, The Dream Keeper, and The Dreamstone. 
My picture books include: ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Bean's Dragon, and Trouble with Bernie. The 

New series:
Gates of Atlantis: Gaurdians of the Gates, by Laura D. Bastian
The Gates of Atlantis: Magicians of the Deep, by Jaclyn Weist
The Gates of Atlantis: Banshee at the Gate, by Wendy Knight
The Gates of Atlantis: Secrets of the Mine, by Juli Caldwell
The Gates of Atlantis: Madness Behind the Throne, by JR Simmons
The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, by Mikey Brooks 

"Long ago, when Atlantis began, creatures of the world united to create a place everyone with magical blood could call home. Now the magic is under attack. One madman who thinks only his kind should be allowed is determined to shut down all the gates leading to Atlantis, to keep out the impure and unworthy before anyone figures it out and stops him.

Mermaids fall ill, and the source of light and power over Atlantis begins to fade. By mistake, two mermaids discover the broken gates and issue a call to all magical creatures: unite and fight. They team up with a group of unlikely heroes and together stand against what will not only be the downfall of Atlantis, but the world."

Release date: July 2014 (all the books)
Bobbie Shafer
First novel: Secrets of Eagle Creek series, The Legacy of Eagle Creek - published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

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Linda Joy Singleton

Jan Britland

Joe Linsdell

VS Grenier

A good book opens an exciting world for our children. 
VS Grenier takes children of all ages on intriguing adventures in the World of Ink. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teen with Asperger’s Syndrome Creates Lovable & Unique Creatures

Authored by Dorothy Champion Smaniotto
Created by Alex Smaniotto
Illustrated by Alex Smaniotto

What are Buhdeedoo? They are fun, lovable and unique creatures who live on Buhdeedoo Island. Let us introduce you to the different types in this first in a series (we hope!) book. Come see for yourself what the Buhdeedoo (Boo-d-do) are all about!

Learn about the different abilities and specialties that each type of Buhdeedoo has, and see how they work together to help each other keep Buhdeedoo Island a safe and happy place. Each and every one plays and important role, no matter how big or small they may be.
Publication Date:
Mar 10 2014
0985407107 / 9780985407100

About the author:
Alex Smaniotto, the creator and illustrator of the Buhdeedoo is a young man with Asperger's Syndrome. He was diagnosed at the age of 6, but has never let that diagnosis slow him down. He has used that to his advantage by showing that just because a person is "labeled" as special needs doesn't mean that they can't be a valued and productive member of society. As Alex puts it "I embrace my Asperger's rather than look at it as a disability." These creatures were born in his imagination when he was 10 years old, and come to life inside this book. He is extremely bright and talented, and is currently in high school. Alex is preparing for college and eventually medical school where he hopes to become a neurologist. Alex also has his own You Tube channel under the name of AlexTeh1337GamerDood.

His mom Dorothy is the author of this book and has previously written her own book called "The Burgundy Journey: Using Hope, Humor & Faith To Conquer Adversity. No Matter What". That book tells the story of her struggles with a rare, incurable autoimmune disease that has caused numerous health issues. It also details how Alex was physically attacked by classroom aides in his previous public school and the emotional scars left with him.

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Books are also available through the author. Interviews are also available.

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Dorothy Champion Smaniotto
Company Name: Hunk Squared Publishers

Monday, May 12, 2014

New series stars an introverted turtle and an extroverted puppy

Can an introverted turtle and an extroverted puppy overcome their differences and become friends? By extension, can introverted and extroverted humans?

The newly released children’s book "Ned & Rosco" by author Robin Robinson explores the personality traits of introversion and extroversion and demonstrates that if we can just get past our initial judgments and inhibitions, these two personality types can teach each other a great deal and can even become friends.

Ned is an introverted turtle who loves to read and spend quiet time contemplating his world. Fascinated by butterflies, he one day ventures to a distant meadow to study them firsthand.
Before long, Ned’s idyllic world is shattered by a rambunctious puppy who comes bounding into the meadow, destroying his peace and scaring all the butterflies away. An irritated Ned tries to be polite, but he really wants Rosco to leave.

Rosco, in turn, really wants to play with Ned, but the studious turtle resists the puppy’s overtures. Eventually, Rosco’s exuberance beckons him to new adventures, and he scampers off.
Ned’s relief turns to dismay when he discovers that his butterflies have disappeared, too. As he crests the top of a hill, looking for new subjects to study, he sees something astonishing in the meadow below: the energetic Rosco is sitting quietly, surrounded by dozens of fluttering butterflies!

What happens next in this bright and whimsically illustrated tale will leave readers with a greater appreciation for those whose personality traits are quite different from their own. Indeed, as Ned and Rosco learn, our differences can actually be quite beneficial.

Robinson, whose work as a student affairs coordinator familiarized her with the well-known Myers Briggs Personality Test, wanted to write an insightful story that helps parents and teachers better understand themselves and the children they love and care for.

She explains that in addition to educating and sensitizing parents and teachers to a general understanding of the psychology of personality, the book sheds light on how introversion and extroversion relate to such areas as bossiness, shyness, bullying, learning styles, diversity, friendship, popularity, respect for others, and ADHD. Through the website blog available at, Robinson offers guidance on how parents and teachers can use "Ned & Rosco" to explore these issues.

She comments, "This book is written for kids but speaks to adults. My goal was to present the concepts of introversion and extroversion in a simple artistic format that people from eight to eighty can identify with. After all, what good does it do to learn about human personality if you can’t put it to use in school and at home?"

The next three books in the series will explore perception, judgment, and attitude. With the full set in hand, notes Robinson, "Parents and teachers will have all the tools they need to nurture the nature in their children."

"What is not to love about this book? Adorable characters, lessons about personality, and such a cute and entertaining story. There better be a second book! I want to find out what happens next with these two fun friends!" ~ Review by Kali Rogers

AUTHOR: Robin Robinson was born in Oklahoma City in 1962. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism in 1984. During her marriage of twenty-five years to an Air Force psychologist, Robin traveled across the United States teaching literacy to preschoolers and kindergarten children. She also lived for three years in northern Japan, where she taught English as a second language to Japanese children and adults. In her last job as a student affairs coordinator for a medical school, Robin used the Myers Briggs personality test to place students in groups in order to facilitate team-based learning. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Ned & Rosco by Robin Robinson with illustrations by Kristin Carella; Category: Juvenile Fiction, Education, Psychology; Hard Cover: 978-0578132143, $16.99; Availability:


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