Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Fourth Bubba & Squirt Now Available!

Bubba and Squirt’s Shield of Athena by Sherry Ellis

A Greek Goddess and a Mythical Monster!

When Bubba and Squirt travel through the mysterious vortex on a quest to save their father, they end up in Athens, Greece where they meet an old woman known as the Oracle of Delphi. Her intriguing riddles set them on a path that leads to the Netherworld, a place where danger lurks around every corner.

With the help of their new friends and some unlikely allies, they must defeat the monster that holds their father captive. Will they succeed or be trapped forever in the labyrinth of the Netherworld?

$8.95 6x9 trade paperback, 114 pages
Juvenile Fiction - Action Adventure / Fantasy & Magic / Legends, Myths, Fables - Greek & Roman
Print ISBN 9798988625100 / eBook ISBN 9798988625117 $3.99

Sherry Ellis’ Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China won the Reader’s Favorites Silver Medal for the Children's Grades 4-6 category.

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Author website / Bubba and Squirt website / Facebook / Twitter

Links: Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Goodreads

“This is genuinely one of my favourite sibling adventures. It has all the good stuff, friendship, dangerous moments, humour, and magical powers.” – Nayu’s Reading Corner

“…this book is a positive addition to both its own series and to library collections for adventurous middle grade readers.” – Mary R. Lanni, author

“One of my favorite things about this series is the cultural and historical mix. This is a lovely read, especially for the younger end of the middle grade audience.” – Bookworm for Kids

“A fast-paced adventure that didn't stop until I turned the last page.” – Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

“Shield of Athena continues this roller-coaster adventure with Bubba and Squirt testing and expanding into their courage, intelligence, and ability to work together. Shield of Athena is an exciting adventure with lots to teach readers, perfect for the middle-grade classroom.” – The Children's Book Review

I’m also going to be at the Pennwriters Conference in Lancaster, PA next week, May 16-18th. I’m sharing two workshops and participating on a panel. I’ll also get to meet author Susan Gourley, who is on the committee. If you are attending, let me know – I’d love to meet you!

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Distractions

Today is my 33rd wedding anniversary, so I will be taking a break from this month’s IWSG post.

However, I am posting at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site today about writing distractions and invite you to visit there.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Spunky on the Road – Conferences and More

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The question for today: How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

I started this blog on March 22, 2005. Nineteen years ago! I had no idea what I was doing, but I’d attended a seminar on blogging at the Virginia Festival of the Book that month and decided to give it a try.

I can’t begin to tell you the changes over the years. In the beginning, a blog was more like a free website. It wasn’t the community that most of us know. Other bloggers didn’t follow and comment on other blogs. We were just throwing stuff out there, hoping someone would find us.

While blogging has waned the past few years, it’s still a community, and that’s nice. I might not blog but once a month now, but I like connecting with other writers and friends I’ve made over the years.

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Spunky on the Road

I’ve a lot of events coming up, which is fun. I just did a book store last month, the first one I’ve done in YEARS. (I SO miss Waldenbooks.) But here are the events for the next two months:

April 13, 10-2:00 pm
Local Authors Fair
Clayton Center, Clayton NC

April 17, 9-1:00 pm
Read Local Author Fair
Hosted by Mauney Memorial Library
Patrick Senior Center, King’s Mountain, NC
Featured speaker!

May 4, 11-2:00 pm
The Novel Nest Bookstore, Wilson, NC 27993

May 17-19
Pennwriters Conference
Double Tree Resort, Lancaster, PA

June 1, 10:30-12:30 pm
Story Keeper Bookstore, Selma, NC

The Pennwriters Conference will be a double bonus, as I finally get to meet author Susan Gourley! (And I appreciate her recommending me for the conference.)

I still remember meeting Toi Thomas at the Hampton Roads Writers Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. She was so excited to meet ME, but the feeling was mutual.

My favorite conference will always be the Bayou Writers Conference in Lake Charles, LA. Bless IWSG anthology author Jessica Ferguson for recommending me. I also got to meet IWSG anthology author Slyvia Ney.
They flew me to Louisiana (my first visit!), put me up in a super nice hotel, and treated me like royalty the whole weekend. (Double bonus – my best friend, Kerri, who had just moved to Texas and I'd feared I’d never see her again, drove in for the conference and we got to spend the weekend together.)

So, to say that I am THRILLED to be doing so many live events again would be an understatement.

What about you? Do you enjoy live events? How long have you been blogging?