Friday, September 28, 2012

Interview for When I Grow Up by Sharon Griffin

Come and join me as I talk with author Sharon Griffin for When I Grow Up on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.
When I Grow Up: A Little Girl's Big Boy Dreams
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin Girls Publishing (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615618626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615618623

  • Summary:

    The book is a motivational push for little girls to pursue male dominated fields. The male dominated fields are portrayed throughout the book in various ethnicities and in two line rhyming prose. The book celebrates diversity, so that little girls all over can relate because they see someone who looks like them being positively portrayed in a book.

    Author Bio:

    Sharon Griffin self published her first children's book, titled When I Grow Up: A Little Girl's Big Boy Dreams, because of her desire to be an advocate for little girls and women. Having four daughters of her own, Sharon would like to see more opportunities for females and for the coined phrase "male dominated" to be non-existing. Sharon refers to this book as being a trifecta. Sharon graduated with her Bachelors and Master's degrees in Psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in Houston, TX. Having a background has helped Sharon in not only her personal life, but also in her professional life.

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    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

    We are working with Susan G. Komen in a Rally for the Cure Tennis Event for breast cancer awareness. Having many people in our lives being impacted by having breast cancer or just having cancer in general, our tennis club, Genesee Valley Sports Center, wish to help the people in our community in any way we can. In the community of Flint, which still hasn't quite recovered from the down turn in the economy, our goal is to help the many women out there who need to prevent this disease, or to catch it in time by getting a breast exam in a timely fashion. We hope to make a big impact.

    What We Need

    We would love to raise several thousand dollars for this event to donate to our local Susan G Komen chapter. But even if we do not reach our goal whatever money we have raised will still go to our local chapter. On October 27th at Genesee Valley Sports Center we will be having a rally event where we will conduct a day full of activities for our members/nonmembers and anyone who wishes to participate in the community. Our round robin tournament will be our biggest event along with the silent auction. Any money raised from these events will go right to Rally for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness.

    Because we have an award-winning children's author on staff, Renee Hand, she will personally donate an author visit to any school in the United States who donates more than $300. She will be at the school all day talking and signing copies of her many books. She will contact the school personally and set up the visit.

    The tennis pros on staff will also be donating private one hour lessons.We will be having things like beat the pro to win prizes. Clinics for all ages, seniors, adults, as well as for children. Tennis stroke analysis and much more. We have some great sponsors who have donated some wonderful silent auction items. The donation fee to be in the days events is $25. All money goes to Rally for the Cure and Susan G. Komen.

    Anyone can also donate silent auction items if they do not have the funds. Whatever donation we receive is greatly appreciated in any form. The items must be received before the day of the event. Anyone can email questions to

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Even if you can't donate anything, you can still help. Maybe you are a blogger or love to facebook. Please share with the world what we are doing. Make some noise and see if we can't help such a worthy cause as this.

    If you can't make the event please donate funds through the above link. Any amount would be appreciated.

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Interview for Remembering the Sweet Nectar by Susanna K. Green

    Come and join me as I talk with author Susanna K Green for Remembering the Sweet Nectar on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.


  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Nectar Publishing (May 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615360955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615360959

  • Author Bio:

    Susanna K. Green was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother passed away shortly after her first birthday so she, her father and grandmother headed to New Orleans and lived there until the year 2005. Susanna and her family evacuated New Orleans along with tons of other New Orleanians due to Hurricane Katrina.

    Susanna worked as a cosmetologist her entire career branching out into all areas of the field. She landed her own mobile spa business servicing VIP and celebrity clients at their hotels and movie sets.

    After the hurricane Susanna moved to Cincinnati, Ohio for four years until she decided to move once more to Florida. She now lives in the Tampa Bay area with her son Matthew and Toy Poodle Laila. Susanna is currently working on her second novel and looking for creative new authors to publish.


    Reina Joseph has secrets and will go to great lengths to cover them up. Lance, her unsuspecting husband stands by her side elated just to be in her presence. After realizing that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side she attempts to win her family back by any means necessary; but it may be too late. The pictures have already been posted along the streets of New Orleans. Someone is out for her ruin, but whom? In a race against time to find the one responsible for taunting her before her husband finds out she is faced with life’s lessons along the way.


    Remembering the Sweet Nectar is a provocative tale of a disastrous relationship. Susanna Green has done a wonderful job capturing the reader's attention in this soulful 244 page romance novel. Reina thinks the grass is greener on the other side but when she finds out that it's not exactly the way she thought, her world turns upside down. Many women will be able to relate to Reina's plight, while others will look at their current relationships and be thankful about how good they have it.


    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Interview for Dark Moon by Maggie Tideswell

    Come and join me as I talk with author Maggie Tideswell for Dark Moon on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

    Dark Moon

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984651764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984651764

  • A spellbinding novel of love, murder, and the supernatural. Chance meetings can have far-reaching effects. Loved ones may not be who they seem. The line between comprehension and confusion is thin ~ particularly when one's thoughts are being manipulated by another. In Dark Moon, the eternal triangle takes an innovative twist into the occult as dark magic fights against those who serve the Light. The prize? A woman's soul.


    Maggie Tideswell was born and raised in sunny South Africa, where she still resides. She has always been intrigued by finding "the purpose" and the dimensions of reality. She believes that actions have consequences, that if one shakes the web of existence in one place, the whole web moves. Maggie explores these themes in everything from her poetry and short stories to her novels.


    Dark Moon is a timeless mixture of love, determination and the supernatural. The story has twists and turns that readers will appreciate, yet keeps the reader interested until the very end when all truths are revealed. Storm is a strong enough woman to resist Trevors secret plan for her, yet when a new man who truly loves her swoops in to save her from herself, she cannot see all that he has to offer. Will it be too late to see the love Jarred has for her and the wonderful life that could be hers or will her own stubborness and repressed, mind controling, feelings for her old flame cause her more pain and suffering than she could ever imagine?

    Maggie Tideswell does a tremendous job mixing elements together in this 240 page novel, for it to become many paranormal romance readers new favorite.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Interview for Vin and the Dorky Duet by Maggie Lyons

    Come and join me as I talk with author Maggie Lyons for Vin and the Dorkey Duet on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 1pm EST.

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    Title: Vin and the Dorky Duet
    Publisher: Halo Publishing Int. & MuseItUp Publishing (Canadian e-book publisher)
    ISBN: 978-1-61244-091-0 (paperback)
    ISBN: 978-1-77127-073-1 (eBook)
    Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Adventure

    About the Book:

    A twelve-year-old boy named Vin, goes on a mission—reluctantly. He doesn’t share the optimism of the knights of old who embarked on impossible missions without a doubt they’d succeed. When magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths and other disasters erupt, Vin comes close to packing in the whole ridiculous business. He calls it Operation BS, his code name for a mission to introduce his sister to a boy she has a crush on. He doesn’t want to play matchmaker, but Meg’s promise to reward him with a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey is a decisive incentive.

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    Book Review:

    Vin and the Dorky Duet is a relateable story most children will be able to relate to, especially if they have siblings to contend with. The charming minds of children sometimes run a muck when fate steps in to lend a hand. Children in middle school will enjoy this 56 page story. The story has twists and turns that throws Vin in a different direction in which he had started, giving him a chance at a future possible career he had never thought of. This story is fun and takes the reader on a ride of self discovery and the relationships children have with their families.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Interview for The Amazing Adventure of Paddy Platypus by Tom de Paolo

    The Amazing Adventure of Paddy Platypus (Volume 1)

    Come and join me as I talk with author Tom de Paolo for The Amazing Adventure of Paddy Platypus on Stories From Unknown Authors @ 2pm EST today.

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469904152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469904153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches

  • Summary:

    Can sudden fame and fortune replace the love and connection we have of our home? What is a platypus and what makes these creatures so unique in the animal kingdom? These questions and more are answered in this heartwarming story about a platypus that discovers that home is truly where the heart is. “The Amazing Adventure of Paddy Platypus” is the story of Paddy, the fastest swimmer on the island of Tasmania. He is so fast that Sir Hugh Tidybrooke, the head of the Department of Waterways, Foreign Affairs and Underground Railways convinces Paddy that he should go with him to the United States and enter the swimming championships in Los Angeles. Paddy wins all the races he enters but is frustrated with the hubbub of activity in the big city. He doesn’t enjoy his sudden fame - reporters harass him, bellboys try to take his traveling kit, and his life is turned upside down. In the final championship ocean race, he surprises everyone when he keeps on going and swims all the way home to Tasmania and peace.

    Author Bio:

    Tom de Paolo was born in Hollywood, Californis. He studied Cinema at the University of Southern California, he joined the Air Force and served with a movie crew documenting World War II. He also worked in the television industry. He is currently retired and enjoys writing and playing golf.


    The Amazing Adventures of Paddy Platypus is a delightful story about a very talented Platypus. Discovering Paddy's amazing gift of swimming, he is easily recruited to swim in a big race. Though Paddy wins races left and right, he doesn't like the fame that comes with it. Tom de Paolo creates some very good lessons readers of all ages can learn from. Children from the ages of 8 and up will enjoy Paddy's adventure to the United States and the lessons he learns there.


    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    Book Review for The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen/Maja Dusikova

    The Princess and the Pea

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863158579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158575

  • Summary:
    The prince is looking for a true princess to be his wife, but all the girls he meets are too rude, too vain or too greedy. One stormy night a young lady knocks on the palace door claiming to be a princess, so the queen decides to put her to the test. Will she feel the pea underneath the huge pile of mattresses? This classic fairy tale is wonderfully brought to life with soft, colourful illustrations by popular illustrator Maja Dusikova.
    Author Bio:
    Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author and writer of children's fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling, which have become much-loved classics around the world. Maja Dusikova was born in Slovakia in 1946. She has illustrated over forty books for children. She lives with her family in Florence, Italy.
    The Princess and the Pea is a timeless classic fairy tale that has been done over and over again. Though this version is similar to the rest, it's the delightful illustrations that set this book apart. Illustrator Maja Dusikova has created a realistic feel to the story which is hard to duplicate. The illustrations are soft and charming, keeping up with the time period of castles and the unique characters you would find in them. The detail makes the reader feel as if they were apart of the story, wondering if the princess who arrived is really who she says she is. Though the pea tells the truth, in order for her to feel it, it must be made of steel. A wonderful book fit for readers young and old.