UPDATE: Back to School Blog Tour Starts Monday, Sept. 7

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Join in on the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015

Join in on the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015

PLANS ARE UNDERWAY! The blog tour will begin next week on Monday, Sept. 7. All week there will be author interviews, and links to participating author blogs with behind the scenes posts, back to school memories, and giveaways.

Here is the list of participating authors:

Participating Authors:

  • Marilyn Peake Monday Sept. 7
  • Rue Cole Tuesday Sept. 8
  • Sean McCartney Wednesday Sept. 9
  • Lee Winters Thursday Sept. 10
  • Recap day of giveaways

It will be a fabulous way to celebrate the beginning of school. Plus, I’ll be releasing my first Writing Project lesson plans in a Back to School Writing Project packet that will be available on Teacherspayteachers.com. All lessons comply with the new Common Core Standards and are drawn from my 18 years of teaching experience.

Looking forward to having you there! I’ll see you on Monday, Sept. 7!

-Tiffany Turner

(Mrs. Turner)

My Year of Writing: Starts with Back to School Blog Tour Planning

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Tiffany Turner starting her year of writing. Let's see what can become of it. ;-)

Tiffany Turner starting her year of writing. Let’s see what can become of it. ;-)

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. It’s mostly because I’m trying to get back into a routine after going through a summer of physical therapy. There has been good news. I’m out of the critical range. My heart has finally started to pump stronger. I’m not out of the woods yet. It still isn’t normal, and my doctor has me on a regiment of heart medicines and I’m doing regular physical cardiotherapy. Otherwords, taking care of myself is a job onto itself now.

I’ve also taken off the next year from teaching to work on my health and spend a year writing. I’m going to live the dream of being a full time writer and try to get my health back in order as much as possible. My first week of writing has been filled with participating in a live Writer’s Digest webinar on Middle Grade novels with an agent, writing romance and more of The Lost Secret of Time, and planning the 2015 Back to School Blog Tour.

Join in on the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015

Join in on the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015

It feels good living the writer’s life. It is a dream that I’m finally able to live, thankfully. I’m glad that God gave me this second chance, and I’m going to try to make the best of it. I want you to join along in this new adventure. Plus, join me in the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11. I’m still taking sign-ups for participating authors. Email me at: tiff (at) tiffmeister(.)net. I’d love to hear from you. I’ve got space up to 10 participating authors. Hope you can join me.

Most of all, here’s a salute to all those teachers out there starting the 2015-2016 School Year. I can’t be in the trenches with you, but at least, I can help support you all. I’ll be writing down a lot of my lessons I’ve developed over my 18 years of teaching, and will be posting them to TeachersPayTeachers.com. Plus, I’ve developed a unit to teach my novel THE LOST SECRET OF FAIRIES over the last two years in my classroom. I’ll be posting information on that when it becomes available. I know with Common Core it will be important to have curriculum to teach novel studies. I’ve done that in my classroom annually for 18 years. I’m happy to share my knowledge in future posts and with lesson plans on TeachersPayTeachers. Until then, take care, and have a great start to the school year.

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL!-Tiffany Turner (Mrs. Turner)

Update: The Lost Secret of Time is Coming!

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Tiffany Turner in the hospital ICU Dec. 2014

Tiffany Turner in the hospital ICU Dec. 2014

Greetings Crystal Keeper Fans! I’ve been rejuvenating my efforts to get back into the swing of writing. As always, life has thrown some curves at me. And they were some pretty big curves. There were a lot of changes in education, namely the Common Core, that has made it difficult for me to keep up with all my writing and still give all my efforts in teaching. Transitions are really hard in education, and this has been the worst and most difficult that I’ve seen in my career.

Then, I got blindsided by illness in December 2014. I got pneumonia and ended up in the hospital. While there, I went into Code Blue and cardiac arrest. Basically, I almost died, and the doctors were trying everything to help me pull through. I also had the complication of septic shock and the discovery of a heart blood clot. So, it was discovered that I have cardiomyopathy, a heart failure condition where my heart isn’t pumping enough blood to the rest of my body.

My monitors in the hospital.

My monitors in the hospital.

This has made it difficult for me to do much else but get better. I’ve been on medical leave from teaching, and I’m taking a year of absence to get my health back. The bonus of all the health issues is that as I start to feel better, I can start writing again.

So, over the next year, I’ll be working on The LOST SECRET OF TIME and finishing the Crystal Keeper Chronicles. I’ve always intended on doing so. But sometimes life just throws you a curve ball, and you have to adapt, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep going.

Resting in my hospital bed Dec. 2014.

Resting in my hospital bed Dec. 2014.

All the encouragement is always helpful and appreciated. I’ve got a start on THE LOST SECRET OF TIME, and signed up for Camp NANO in April to make progress on the book. Things are underway, and I’ll be sure to give you updates as I move through the process. As for now, I’ll be continuing with featuring more Indie Authors once a month, and will try to get back into doing Indie writing posts to help out other authors.

So, hug your parents, kids, and pets. Positive thoughts can do so much. You just never know what path will lay before you. And with writing, everyone is on a different writing journey. I’m glad to be sharing mine with you.

Take care!-Tiffany Turner (Mrs. Turner)

Author Spotlight Book Review: E.S. Pete Sixth Grade Sense

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E.S. Pete is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

E.S. Pete is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

This month’s author spotlight review is on E.S. Pete Sixth Grade Sense by Arnold Rudnick. I always like a good story with a psychic twist. Pete, like other boys, wants to be normal. But has a strange twist to life; he can read minds. Most of us would love to have this super power. For Pete, sometimes it’s a curse. Like being able to read the mind of a teacher that is going to rob the school and no one believes him. Sometimes he wishes he couldn’t do what he could. Factor in his crush on his friend Casey, and you got a recipe for a mystery adventure.

This middle grade novel is a cross between Encyclopedia Brown and the Mentalist, except with a school boy crush in the middle. Unlike Encyclopedia, Pete has fallen for his sidekick or at least she becomes his sidekick in the first of what proves to be an interesting series. From trying to save the day to going on a field trip as bait for the robbery, Pete is the unsung hero. He has to believe that he is right even with the ability to read people’s minds. He still has doubts on whether he should use the information or not. It often gets him in trouble.

I liked this twist of fate. What would happen if you could read minds? Rudnick digs deep into this dilemma giving Pete that morality of good vs. evil that is often missing from today’s literature for children. With the basics of a good ole’ fashion mystery, ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense will charm any child reader into believing that reading minds isn’t easy, and having super powers means you have to still be like everyone else. I think they’ll relate to Pete on an everyday level and enjoy the idea that reading minds wouldn’t be easy. I recommend for children that enjoy a good mystery series that might enjoy fantasy or paranormal twists.

Rating: Four Stars  ****

ISBN: 0981587909

Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

****Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

FB Fan Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ES-Pete-Sixth-Grade-Sense/239256356097969

ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

Author Website: http://espete.com

Follow on

Twitter: arnoldrudnick

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arnold.rudnick

May Author Spotlight: Arnold Rudnick

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WOI Banner for Arnold Rudnick April 2015 webI’d like to introduce you to a new feature here on the Indie Children’s Connection. Each month, I’ll be featuring a new Indie Children’s Author with links to their books and a spotlight, book review, and author interview or giveaway.

We’re starting off May with a feature on Arnold Rudnick. He writes several different types of books including middle grade novels and picture books. His books have a new twist on different genres. He fills his books with realistic characters that are easy to relate to. Often, they have some unique obstacle they have to face.

Little Green coverArnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special.

ISBN: 0981587976

Publisher Paraphrase, LLC

​E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense is about the perils of a paranormal preteen.

Pete knew there would be a lot more homework in Sixth Grade, but he didn’t plan on the reading list including the minds of his teachers and classmates. Knowing what they think can be helpful sometimes, but it also gets complicated — ESPecially when Pete thinks the substitute teacher is planning a big robbery.espetecvr

ISBN: 0981587909

Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

 ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

Author Website: http://isntitpossible.com and http://espete.com

Follow on

Twitter @isntitpossible or arnoldrudnick

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arnold.rudnick

FB Fan Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Green/367225250007330

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ES-Pete-Sixth-Grade-Sense/239256356097969

World of Ink Virtual Tour http://www.worldofinknetwork.com/arnold-rudnick-april-15.html

***Stay tuned this week for Author Interview and Book Review of E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense.

Enter Giveaway for an Nintendo 3DS XL: Clues to Free Picture Books April 5-9, 2015

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promo2-revealApril is a time to give gifts for the start of Spring. I’ve paired up with a ton of other Indie Children’s Authors to bring you a giveaway and promotions to beat all others. You can enter to win a Nintendo 3DS XL, and then download a book to get a whole new set of picture books for free on Amazon.com. It is for a limited time only. The promotion and giveaway run from today April 5 to April 9.

SCOTT GORDON & FRIENDS
KIDTASTIC GIVEAWAY
April 5th – 9th, 2015

This raffle is for children 12 or younger and expecting mothers. By submitting your name, you are confirming that you are eligible to the receive a prize if your name is drawn. International children are welcome to participate provided they have a reliable address that can receive packages. Not responsible for items lost in the mail.

And most importantly–NO CHEATING!

Please do not enter more than once or your entry will be invalidated.

Grand Prize

(1) New 3DS XL ($199.99 or less), color of your choice (black or red) +
(1) 3DS game of your choice (up to a $39.99 value) +
(1) Amiibo of your choice (up to a $14.99 value)

Additional Prizes

Win one of Louise Lintvelt’s fabulous children’s books:

* Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight
* Sing-Along Construction Song
* How Andrew Got His Spots

Entries will be accepted from April 5-9. The drawing will take place on April 10th, and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Terms may be amended at any time.

HOW TO ENTER

This raffle is being hosted by Rafflecopter. Please use the link below to enter. Although the form asks you to comment on the blog, it is completely optional and doesn’t prohibit you from entering. Just click on “I commented” to be entered into the raffle.

LINK FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER ENTRY!

***Amazing Free Picture Book Promotion from April 5-9***

Below are a list of all the books that will be listed for free from April 5-9. You can go find the ones you are interested in at Amazon.com, and download. Or you can go to Scott Gordon’s blog/website for information on the books and links to download for free. The whole list is also available in his free book, “Pigtastic”.

FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

  • Pigtastic by Scott Gordon
  • Eggtastic by Scott Gordon
  • The Pig Princess by Angela Muse
  • Monster Ruzz has to go to the dentist by Sarah Holmlund
  • Puppy Come Home by Laura Yirak
  • How Far Will It Fly?: (My Yellow Kite) by D.C. Swain
  • Things You Might See on an African Safari: A Counting Journey Through Africa by Louise Lintvelt
  • Things You Might See Swimming Under the Sea: A colourful underwater adventure by Louse Lintvelt
  • Alphabet All-Stars: Animal Flashcards by Scott Gordon
  • The Fisherman’s Son by Marilyn Peake
  • The Snarls: A Hair Combing Story by Becca Price
  • Sharee by Daria Aran
  • Curse of the Creeper Part 1: Minecraft Books for Kids (Unofficial) by Daniel Ashley
  • Ming Li and the Charmed Phoenix by Marina Bonomi
  • Bheki and the Magic Light by Janet Hurst-Nicholson
  • Where Do Ghosts Go When They’re Not Spooking and Scaring? by Alira Bell
  • Quick, Quick, I Feel Sick! by Allira Bell
  • Pumper the Pumpkin by Tiffany Turner
  • How My Farts Made Me Famous! by Max Hinky
  • Game On Boys! The PlayStation Play-offs: A Hilarious adventure for children 9-12 with illustrations by Kate Cullen
  • The Search for the Sheriff’s Star: A Lost Bookshop Adventure by Adam Maxwell
  • Quien Quiere Ser Un Robot por Scott Gordon (Spanish)
  • Cuori Sani e Felici di Scott Gordon (Bilingual Italian and English)

Happy Easter and Spring from all of the participating Indie Children’s Authors!-Tiffany Turner

Spring Break “The Lost Secret of Fairies” Giveaway on Amazon

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Print book giveaway for the first Crystal Keeper Chronicle book on Amazon April 1-7.

Print book giveaway for the first Crystal Keeper Chronicle book on Amazon April 1-7.

It’s time for Spring Break for many of us. And I thought it would be great to have something fun to celebrate vacation, a giveaway. Nothing better than reading over a break. Plus, Amazon is my co-sponsor. So, to get in on the fun, go to this link and enter. Up to five copies will be given away. There is a winner after a certain number of entries. Only I know the secret number. It will continue until all copies are given away or until April 7. I love giving away reading opportunities. Please share what you think of the book if you’re a winner. I always love reading reviews and keep all feedback in mind when writing.

Link to Win Your COPY of The Lost Secret of Fairies

AND THE OTHER GOOD NEWS:

I’ve started writing the next installment in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles series. It’s called: “The Lost Secret of Time”. I’ll be partnering with the fabulous writing motivational website, Camp NaNo. The “NaNo” stands for National Write A Novel Month which started out in November. It has been such a popular event, the non-profit company has started Camp NaNo to motivate writing at different times of the year. I’ll be participating in the April Camp. I’ve set a word goal of 10,000 words. The next camp is in July in which I can set a word goal to finish the book. Come join me and start your writing dream.

Link to Camp NANO: http://campnanowrimo.org/

Monster Surprise Package: Secret List in Free Ebook Today ONLY!

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A special gift for you in the book "Taming Your Monster" at Amazon.com March 4-8, 2015.

A special gift for you in the book “Taming Your Monster” at Amazon.com March 4-8, 2015.

Today is the day! You can download the free picture ebook with all of the authors listed for free downloadable books for today. Many of the books listed are also free for the next couple of days, including mine. So, here are the special instructions to follow:

  1. Download the free ebook on Amazon: Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide
  2. Click the “A Special Gift for You!” in the Table of Contents
  3. Scroll through the books available. “The Lost Secret of Fairies” is listed as the fourteenth book in the list.
  4. Download fabulous free children’s ebooks!

Thanks for participating in Read Across America and Read An Ebook Week! Hope you have a fabulous week and month ahead of ebook reading.

Read An Ebook Week: Specials to Promote Reading March 3-7

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readebook2015bannerIf you picked up the special free copy yesterday, I promised an extra surprise today. To continue with the reading support, I’ve set up a special deal to go along with the Smashwords “Read An Ebook Week” all week along. So, I’ve included the second book in the series, The Lost Secret of the Greenman to be free for only this week. Here is the code to pick up your free copy of The Lost Secret of the Greenman: RAE75

Here is the link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6090

I hope you enjoy your free copies of both books to help celebrate ereading this week. If by chance you liked them both, please remember that a book review is a great way to say thank you. Plus, I enjoy hearing what you thought about the books. Happy Ebook Reading!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1076313.Tiffany_Turner

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Celebrating Read Across America, Free Ebook Coupon

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Happy Read Across America Day today on March 2. Read all week for free with ebook coupons.

Happy Read Across America Day today on March 2. Read all week for free with ebook coupons.

Happy Read Across America Day! To celebrate, I’ve got my first children’s novel set-up on Smashwords to be free this week. You can pick up your copy here at Smashwords.

Here is the coupon: FL57N

I also promised some information on fabulous gifts available this week. On Wed. March 4, a free book called: Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide is the trigger for all of the free gifts. You’ll be able to find it on Amazon. Inside the free copy will be a list of 25 books all free for that day. They range from picture books to middle grade. They are listed by the author below. So, you’ll see the link when clicked in the promo list in the book. So, the books that are free will be officially revealed that day. Can’t give it all totally away today! :-)

The Lost Secret of Fairies is available for free on Read Across America Week with a Smashwords coupon.

The Lost Secret of Fairies is available for free on Read Across America Week with a Smashwords coupon.

Here is the list of authors so you can check out their books ahead of time. The books included in the March 4th promotion are listed by the number of each in the series by that author. Enjoy! Don’t forget, read, read, read!

  • Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide
  • Sarah Holmlund title #1
  • Sarah Holmlund title #2
  • D.C. Swain title #1
  • D.C. Swain title #2
  • Emily Martha Sorensen title #1
  • Louise Lintvelt title #1
  • M.J. Storm title #1
  • T.J. Lantz title #1
  • Rebecca Price title #1
  • Rebecca Price title #2
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #1
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #2
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #3
  • Tiffany Turner title #1
  • Monica L. LaSarre title #1
  • 4eyesbooks title #1
  • Winston Rose title #1
  • Winston Rose title #2
  • Allira Bell title #1
  • P.M. Richter title #1
  • P.M. Richter title #2
  • Werner Stejskal title #1
  • Rhonda Tyler title #1
  • Little Chickadee
  • A Little Book About You

***Shhhh! There is another free ebook secret. It has to do with more free reading. I’ll be revealing all of the info in a post on the blog tomorrow. So, please check back!