Friday, July 7, 2017

GUEST BLOG POST: LEA CARTER, author of THE SEEKER'S STORM

Welcome back to the Book Pound, Lea Carter! In the following guest post, Lea discusses research for her upcoming fantasy novel, The Seeker's Storm. Although research doesn't always show up in stories, it can be one of the most enriching parts of writing. Be sure to connect with Lea on Twitter.

Researching The Seeker’s Storm was a fascinating experience.  It might sound odd for someone who writes fantasy to need to do research, but I love the challenge of making something that can’t possibly happen come as close to reality as it can. 

One example of this would be the electricity, or “lightning” as it’s called in Fairydom.  After reading several old (and I mean from around the time of Benjamin Franklin!) engineer and electrician publications, I learned that it was once commonly accepted that electricity was a fluid.  Scientist from that time period developed static electricity machines and crude batteries so that they could study electricity.  Some recommended uses for electricity were medicinal and sounded quite frightening.  My father was another invaluable asset during this portion of my research, having years of practical experience with electricity.  Thanks to resources like those and this one https://www.facebook.com/groups/electrostaticmachines/, I was able to get a basic grasp of how a Water Fairy “lightning machine” might look and be used. 

I also did quite a bit of research on the weather.  A weaponized snowstorm was the threat hanging over them at the end of the last book, Dress Blues, and I had to figure out a way to overcome that.  This research took me to the children’s section of the library, for starters.  I’ve often found that non-fiction books for adults infer a level of knowledge on the part of their readers that I simply don’t have.  Ergo, the children’s section!  The most important thing I learned was that something called a “thunder snowstorm” was supposed to drop more snow than any other kind.  (See https://www.kidsdiscover.com/did-you-know/thundersnow/, also.)  I also found out that “cloud seeding,” as they call attempts to coax clouds to precipitate, is anything but foolproof.  (See https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cloud-seeding-china-snow/)  Still, I needed to find a way to neutralize the snowstorm.  When I realized that the fairly rare occurrence of lightning inside a snowstorm results in a measurably heavier snowfall, I knew I could use that. 

All sorts of research followed that decision!  What causes lightning?  What is the average temperature at the top of an anvil cloud?  What are the parts or fairy-sized dangers of a thundersnowstorm?  (Such as graupel, or a sort of soft hail: http://www.weatherboy.com/graupel-snow-pellets/.)  Granted, I had already created a world where the Sky Fairy Tribe contracts rainstorms and sunny days as their chief exports to the other tribes…but I still try to get a solid feeling for the science behind what I write. 

Perhaps the most fun part of this last bit of research was that I had to find a delivery system that was suitable to the world of Fairydom.  For that I reached back into military history, clear back to the times of the Roman and Greek empires.  After hunting through a dozen or more possibilities, such as trebuchets and catapults (nope, they’re two different things: (jarodsforge.blogspot.com/2008/08/whats-difference-between-catapult-and.html), I settled on the ballista (https://users.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/ballista/defn.html).  Ballistas are on the order of giant crossbows, except that instead of pulling the bowstring back to cock it, the throwing arms are forced forward.  When they are released, they hurl their ammunition to great lengths and with wonderful accuracy for such primitive weapons.  I say “primitive” only because we live in a digital world, where smart bullets and such are realities. 

I had a great deal of fun researching for The Seeker’s Storm and I hope you had as much fun reading this post.  Thank you so much for your time!  For the “rest of the story” of how lightning and ballista save the Sky Fairy Tribe from being buried under a monster snowstorm, you’ll just have to read the book!

Lea Carter
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

INTERVIEW with HEIDI TUCKER, author of FINDING HOPE IN THE JOURNEY

Heidi Tucker recently published Finding Hope in the Journey, an inspirational book about learning to recognize God's messages of hope in the midst of struggles. Her book received a 2017 Illumination Book Award, and she's already hard at work on her next writing project. Many thanks to Heidi for joining us at the Book Pound.

When did you first want to write a book? What was your motivation for writing?  
Writing a book was never on a bucket list of mine. During a difficult period of my life, I had a dream and saw my hands holding a book. I knew it was mine. That dream and continued strong promptings from God was a calling that my story and lessons learned needed to be told. Writing this book was the most exhausting and exhilarating period of my life. It was bigger than me from the very beginning and I’ll never forget that. I’m always honored when a reader contacts me and lets me know how my words made a difference. When I speak at various events, I always meet individuals who were touched by something I said. We all struggle and we can all find hope if we know where to look.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Do you find that reading certain kinds of books helps you with your own writing?  
My favorite author is Brad Wilcox. His writing is from the heart and real. When I first started my book I remember thinking that if I just tell my stories and speak the truth, it will touch hearts. I like to read anything that is uplifting and positive whether it be nonfiction or fiction. Real life can be painful enough. I consciously choose to fill my mind with light.

You've said that you have a passion for hiking. Do you think there's a connection between the outdoors and your writing? If so, how?  
Hiking is my escape from depression and anxiety which runs deep in my roots. It keeps me emotionally healthy. It is also a space to clear my mind and organize my thoughts, whether that be prayer or reflection on future writings. In my book, hiking is a metaphor for the trails we are required to walk in life. God won’t move the mountain, but He will help us climb it. I actually wrote a good part of this book while hiking. I would stop on trails and quickly write notes on my phone and then type it up when I returned home.

Talk about the process of writing and publishing Finding Hope in the Journey. What advice would you
give to other writers who have yet to embark on the publishing process?
I’m actually a Type A personality and want to get everything checked off my organized list before I write. That didn’t work for me. I had no creative energy or time at the end of the day. Then I heard someone say that if you really want something – to conquer your dream – you need to make it a priority every day, even if it is just a short period of time. I took that to heart and I ignored emails, phone calls, and all those other items on my to-do list and wrote first thing in the morning every single day. Sometimes it was only 30 minutes and sometimes that 30 minutes stretched into five hours. Publishing is the same method. Every day I researched and read as much as I could to learn how to take a manuscript and get it into the form of a book. I contacted everybody I knew who might give me two cents of advice. The publishing and marketing process is hard work and I faced a lot of rejection. But if you believe in your book, you focus on that and continue to push on closed doors.

What's up next for you as a writer? Do you have any upcoming projects?  
I’ve just finished my second book which is a true story about a woman from Zimbabwe whose husband dies and leaves her with six children. She cannot feed them or pay for their schooling. An opportunity comes up in the United States for her to work and send money back to family who will care for the children. It is a heart-wrenching journey to follow her story from incredibly painful tragedies to a peaceful triumph. Her life teaches so many lessons. I also have outlines of a couple more inspirational books. I love to tell stories.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell Book Pound readers?  
You are here to make a difference. Think about someone who makes you want to be better. Someone who motivates you. You have the power to be that inspiration to somebody else. God will direct you into paths that you never expected. In difficult times, we often emerge feeling beat up, but stronger somehow. We each have the opportunity to reach others in so many different ways. When you recognize your worth and who you really are, it means everything. That assurance and your influence will be felt by others.

Connect with Heidi Tucker at her website or on InstagramTwitter or Facebook. You can also find her at Goodreads.

Friday, May 19, 2017

INTERVIEW with NIKI MEADOWS, author of FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE!

After conquering a 17-year battle with depression, Niki Meadows wrote a book, Fight for Your Life!, to help other people to overcome their struggles and take control of their lives. We're pleased to have Niki with us at the BookPound to talk about her own journey, her writing, and what's up next for her.

When and how did you decide to write a book to help others to conquer their battles with depression?
It's not something I planned on. I was actually inspired to write the book back at the end of September 2016. Once the inspiration hit me, I went with it. There were a couple of times I thought it was just a project that wouldn't go anywhere (as a creative this isn't uncommon for me). Yet somehow I'd always meet someone that would share their struggle with depression just as I was toying with the idea of pulling the plug on the project. I took that as a sign to keep writing and proceed to publish it.

Had you always wanted to be a writer? What gave you the courage to write a book?
As a kid I dreamed of being a writer. As I got older, I realized I wasn't a great or even good fiction writer so I pursued other avenues. I never even contemplated writing non-fiction so I was actually quite surprised when the inspiration hit me. Honestly, the intention that this book might support someone when they need it most was what gave me the courage to move forward. I open up about myself in a way that is uncomfortable and makes me feel naked in a room full of people. I thought that if one person could benefit from even one chapter of the book, it would be worth the temporary discomfort I felt of putting myself out there.

How has writing this book changed your life?
It's been very liberating. I used to think that being what I call a high-functioning depressive was a good thing. It was almost like curse and a badge of honor at the same time that no one knew how hard my internal struggle was. This book is one of the most valuable things I've been able to contribute to the world to date. 

Do you have any plans to write another book? Do you have any upcoming writing projects?
Initially I hadn't really contemplated it. As the book progressed, I realized it needed to be broken up into two parts. This book is half of a four-year journey of healing. The first part details how I climbed out of rock bottom and the second part will detail the steps I took each day to get further and further away from that place. I have plans to release two separate books that will make this at least a four book series. I don't have any other writing projects aside from my personal blog.

Do you think the act of writing can help people to work through their problems? Is there a link between writing and therapy?
I believe so. I think writing is very therapeutic. There's something about the intimacy between you and your written words that's incredibly powerful for better or for worse. During my dark times it was a way to vent and drain the pain. Now it's a way to breathe life into myself and others. I encourage readers to document their journey through journaling and even include some written exercises because of my personal experience using writing therapeutically. 

Is there anything else you'd like to tell BookPound readers?

I'd like to thank them for their time to read this today. I'd also like to encourage them to continue down the path that best supports them in their life. Whether it be seeking resources, surrounding themselves with positive empowering people, or connecting with themselves in a way they are comfortable living their life authentically. You deserve to live a fulfilling life filled with joy and satisfaction. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

INTERVIEW with C. FULSTY, author of BLAKE AND THE TURTLES

Author and illustrator C. Fulsty coaches roller hockey, loves working with children, and would rather not eat olives and mushrooms. We're pleased to have C. Fulsty today at the Book Pound, sharing his interests and ideas with us. You can find C. Fulsty at his website, on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.

Who were your favorite authors and illustrators when you were younger? Do you think they had a big impact on your work?
My favorite author and illustrator was Dr. Seuss. I know that may be a boring answer, but you can't deny he was original and had his own style. I did like other illustrators like Eric Carle, but I just found Dr. Seuss drew you in (yes that's an illustrator joke) with his crazy and wacky illustrations. I believe he had a big impact on my work because I did start out trying to imitate his work and style. From that I did begin to find my own style and the way I felt more comfortable going with illustrations and my written work.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books? 
I get my inspiration from kids today. I try to constantly think like a kid, and think about struggles kids might be facing today, or issues that a child might just want reassurance that he's not facing those issues alone. For example, I've recently been thinking about stories having to do with children changing the world, not by doing something big, but by doing something small that has a ripple effect. Always with a child-like, goofy twist.

Who is your favorite character that you've created? Why do you like that character?
My favorite character so far....I'd actually have to pick two. Blue from "How High Can You Jump?" and Blake from
"Blake and the Turtles."

Blue is one of my favorites because I created him based on myself. In "How High Can You Jump?" Blue tries to beat Sunflower in a jumping contest, but the rock that's tied to his string keeps him from winning. No matter how hard he tries, he's just never able to shake the rock from holding him back. I've felt like that a lot with writing and life in general. I've had lots of negativity with my writing and people, even close people, doubt me and say I'm wasting my time. I've also suffered with severe depression for a good chunk of my life. So, Blue to me is just a representation that you can't let things hold you back. You have to push through.

Blake is one of my favorite characters because in my book, "Blake and the Turtles," he's a nice, sincere snake that is judged just because he's a snake. He tries to explain that he's not like other snakes, but the turtles continue to judge him on his looks. I feel like this book has a very big message to give, and even with Blake trying to fit in, he eventually learns that one of the turtles has a secret. After Blake learns the secret, he still has a positive attitude telling the turtles that they can all still be friends. Blake is just such a positive, happy character that I believe we should all strive to be like.

Do you think playing hockey has any impact on your writing?
I believe hockey has a huge impact on my writing. Hockey, in a way, is the reason I started writing in the first place. I coached youth roller hockey for around 6 years and I loved it. After a conversation with one of the parents, I started to research how to write children's books and started my career. All of this, because I was told one of my students didn't like reading because children's books were either boring or old. Even the name "Blake" from "Blake and the Turtles" is related to hockey. I didn't pick it because it rhymed easily with snake, I picked it because another student in my learn-to-play class named Blake, told me when I start writing books, that I should put him in one. So I did. I even have a project on the back burner right now that has a tie back into the learn-to-play hockey class. There are lots of those, so don't be surprised if more come out as more books come out.

When you create a children's book, do you start with the writing or with the illustrations? How do they affect each other?
I always begin with the written part of the book first. Mostly because I feel like it's easier for me to change the writing and get a better idea of the images I want then it would be to write from the illustrations. Another reason is because I do have a friend who does some of my books illustrations for me, and it's worked out great with taking my time to get a good written story before I send it to her to illustrate it the way she wants. She's done the illustrations for the "Not So Bad Christmas Stocking" and "Blake and the Turtles." She's also working on a book currently that I'm hoping to have completed by the end of the year.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell BookPound readers?
One thing I would like to mention is that I love talking to people and learning about people's stories so don't ever be scared to email me or anything. I'm also working on something new I'm calling "donation books." They are books I will be collaborating on with a company/group and having my friend Shanilee illustrate. Once the book is done, I plan to give all the profits and rights to the group to assists them in financial help to support what they do. I am currently working on a book for the Colorado Veterans Project, and I have had talks with a group that does suicide prevention for teens. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

INTERVIEW with HUGH AARON, author of WHEN WARS WERE WON

Author Hugh Aaron doesn't have to look far for stories worth writing about. At just nineteen years of age, Aaron found himself in the South Pacific as a member of a Seabee battalion during World War II. We thank Professor Aaron for joining us at the Book Pound to share some of his wisdom about writing and about life.

You've written works in many different genres. Do you have a favorite genre? Do you find writing in some genres to be more natural than writing in others?
I love writing short stories and novels because they nearly write themselves. I never know what a chapter will reveal in a character, or how the plot will develop. I am constantly surprised.

When Wars Were Won is set in the Philippines where you served as a 19-year-old. Have you returned to the Philippines in the years since? Was it difficult to recreate the Filipino setting as you wrote the novel?
Both my buddies from the Seabees have visited me often, and the Filipino woman I had fallen in love with while overseas had visited me in Maine with one of her daughters. She was quite elderly at the time and is now deceased.

How did you go about constructing your novel? Do you work from outlines? Do you seek advice and feedback from others?
I do not work from outlines but from within myself. I send all my writing to a wonderful editor who also edits for major publishers.

You have also written plays for the stage. How do you think your script writing affects your novel writing? 
I love theatre. I write from the personality of the individual I imagine him or her to be. Of course their concocted personalities drive the events. The process for writing a story is in its telling, while that of a play is in its dialogue. Both methods tell a story, but a play projects a situation via dialogue on a stage, while a novel requires that the reader apply his or her imagination.

What's up next for you as a writer?
Assembling collections of my short stories and essays.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell Book Pound readers?
All of us love to tell stories. I subscribe to what William Carlos Williams has written; 

"Their story, yours, mine - it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them."

About the Author
Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Hugh Aaron was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.

His latest book is When Wars Were Won.

You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: SUPER SIMPLE QUICK START GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING by E.J. STEVENS


Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing 

About the Author
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic

BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

When E.J. isn't at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Join the E.J. Stevens newsletter and learn about news, events, and ghosts. Monthly news updates, tour photos, and exclusive reader perks (FREE reads & giveaways!). Great resources for authors on E.J.'s "Author Resources" page on her official website.

faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

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Title: SUPER SINGLE QUICK START GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING
Author: E.J. Stevens
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Pages: 105
Genre: Nonfiction
This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin self-publishing.

Whether you are writing your first novel or looking to breathe new life into your backlist, this guide will give you the tools you need to successfully self-publish. Useful information, direct links to resources, checklists, and step-by-step tutorials will help you create a professional quality book.

Simple tips will save you time that you can spend on writing, publishing, and promoting your next bestseller.

This book provides an introduction to:
  • Building a Writing Template
  • Copyright
  • Beta Readers and Editors
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Font Licensing
  • Book Covers
  • ARCs
  • Ebook Formatting
  • Print Book Formatting
  • SEO, Keywords, and BISAC Categories
  • Retail Product Pages
  • Pricing
  • Audiobooks and Narrators
  • Translations and Translators

Each chapter will take you one step, leap, or bound closer to successfully publishing your book. Grab your cape. It's time to be an indie publishing hero!

Looking to improve book sales? Check out the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing by E.J. Stevens.

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Book Excerpt:

Welcome to the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing.  Whether novice or experienced writer, I hope you find this book helpful as you embark on your publishing journey.  My goal is to provide you with an easy-to-follow guide that will save you time and money through tips and tricks I’ve developed during my writing career.

This guide is arranged in the order in which I publish my own books.  Each chapter will take you one step, leap, or bound closer to successfully publishing your book.  Early chapters introduce concepts vital to getting your book published, and give a simple tutorial on how to complete that step, saving you valuable time.  Pro tips and publishing life hacks will highlight ways to avoid common pitfalls.  Later chapters provide information on what to do after your book launch, including how to make your book available in additional languages and in the increasingly popular audiobook format.  At the end of this guide, you’ll also find a publishing checklist and a list of useful resources.

I have successfully published 15 fiction books, including the award-winning Spirit Guide young adult series, the bestselling Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning, bestselling Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective urban fantasy series.  In 2017, I will release my first works of nonfiction, the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing and this Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing.  In addition to my 2017 nonfiction releases, I will be publishing two more books in the Ivy Granger series and two books in the much anticipated Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Gothic horror series.

In recent years, my books have won numerous awards.  I am a BTS Magazine Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel and Best Book Cover, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

My novels and novellas have been translated into multiple languages, including German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.  I have also had the pleasure of working with world famous voice artists in the production of over a half dozen audiobooks.

My books have flown to the top of the Amazon bestsellers lists in numerous categories.  I have repeatedly hit the Amazon top 100, and have hit #1 in a variety of categories such as the Mythology & Folktales > Fairy Tales category and the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Psychics category in Amazon stores worldwide.

I am a guest at conventions and book signings around the world.  Recent conventions include Dragon Con, Boskone, Imaginarium, Readercon, and World Fantasy.  I frequently speak on panels and teach workshops on a wide range of publishing, writing craft, and literary topics.  I have been a guest speaker alongside such notable figures as Charles Stross, Catherynne M. Valente, Orson Scott Card, Rachel Vincent, Paul Tremblay, Maria Snyder, Leanna Renee Hieber, David Coe, Kit Reed, Peter V. Brett, Jacqueline Carey, and Max Gladstone.

It’s important to remember that I did not start out as a publishing hero.  I’ve made mistakes, ones that you don’t have to make if you follow the steps in this guide.

When I started publishing my books in 2009, there were limited resources in libraries and online.  I was frustrated by conflicting information, outdated books and websites, dead links leading to 404 errors, and false information posted by people with no industry experience.

Today there are hundreds of books, videos, and websites on how to publish and market your book.  This wealth of resources is great in theory, but it means that it has become more difficult to find useful information than ever before.  With my years of publishing experience, I can shine a light on the most important tasks, help you set clear goals, and provide tips to ensure you achieve those goals.
The Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing will give you the basic information needed to independently publish your book, while providing terminology and resources that will help if you wish to learn more advanced publishing skills.


Grab your cape.  It’s time to be a publishing hero!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BOOK BLAST: ANIKA'S STORY by LaToya Murchison


Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Anika’s Story Book Release Tour with author LaToya Murchison, January 3, 2017.
Publication Date: December 31, 2016
Genre: Non-fiction
ASIN: B01NCJ6V1D
About The Book

Depression, healing, and forgiveness played a huge role in Anika Sims life. At first glance, you would think Anika has her life together. She is the CEO of Regal Publishing LLC. She has five New York Best Sellers and is the youth minister at her church. However, behind the smile that she always carries is a woman filled with pain and moments of depression. Anika's Story: will show you the importance of making peace with your past and forgiving those that have hurt you.
About The Author
LaToya Murchison is a Woman After God’s Own Heart. LaToya was born and raised in Southern Pines, NC and started writing poetry as a junior in high school. LaToya found that writing allowed her to be creative and eventually discovered her interest in becoming a published author. After graduating from high school and uncertain of her career path, she attended and received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.
LaToya is passionate about encouraging, helping, and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ 8 years ago and is the best decision she ever made. At the age of 18 doctors told her that she would not live to see the age of 25. On August 2, 2016 she turned 38 years old and she continues to give God all the thanks daily because she knows that if it had not been for the plan and the favor that he had set for her life before she was born she would not be here today. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.
In LaToya created a Facebook Group named D.O.V.E Daughters of Virtue with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created dove to promote unconditional love, peace unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual’s rights to choose a spiritual path.
LaToya serves as Media Director, Vacation Bible School Director, YPCL Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church. LaToya published her first book A Praying Heart on November 21, 2014 and her second book Poetic Expressions on May 30, 2015.
As a virtual assistant, she has assisted countless authors with developing their online presence. Services include graphic design, social media management, interviews, and e-book fairs.
When LaToya isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family and working with the youth in her church. For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at http://latoyaauthor.wixsite.com/authorlatoyam.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

BLOG TOUR STOP: STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS by Sumita Mukherjee

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS
By Sumita Mukherjee
Genre: Educational Projects for Kids

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and ten to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!

Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.

There is also a BONUS material list for STEAM DIY KIDS, to make it easier for parents to plan and prepare in advance.

What’s particularly exciting is that STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is available for only $1.99 through December. Perfect for keeping children busy during the holiday season. And that’s not all! For those who purchase the book this week, a freebie downloadable brain doodle book is also available by entering your purchase information at http://wizkids.club/freegift. Don’t miss out. Visit Amazon today to grab this special deal! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRIRG69

About the Author

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author. She has been
fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children's imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Her website, WizKids.Club was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.



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