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Back to School Blog Tour: Day 5 I’m SO Glad We Had This Time Together & 9/11 School Memory

2015 Back to School Blog Tour: DAY FIVE

2015 Back to School Blog Tour: DAY FIVE

Welcome to day 5 of the blog tour. I wanted to have a day to wrap up and thank all of the participating authors this week. Here they are again so you can stop by and say a big thank you on their websites. They took the time out of their busy schedules to let me interview them, and for that I’m thankful.

Participating Authors:

Plus, the giveaways are still open. Many will be open on Saturday or the whole weekend. Here they are for you.

Here is a list of the giveaway links for the tour:

  1. Back To School Blog Tour Grand Prize Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card
  2. Marilyn Peake’s Giveaway for The Fisherman’s Son Trilogy
  3. Rachel Elizabeth Cole’s Giveaway for The Rabbit Ate My Homework
  4. Lee Winter’s Giveaway for $20 Amazon Gift Car
New from Tiffany Turner, Writing Projects for the New Common Core. The first 6 weeks of school to start your own writing program.

New from Tiffany Turner, Writing Projects for the New Common Core. The first 6 weeks of school to start your own writing program.

Today is also the day I wanted to reveal my new writing venture. As some of you know from following my blog, I’ve been taking medical leave from teaching due to a heart blood clot and septic shock that occurred last December. I have since had a lot of time to rest my body, but my mind is super active and needs to come out and play. Since I couldn’t teach this year, I’ve decided to start writing down what I would be teaching for writing. I’ve come up with a pretty awesome writing program over my 18 years of teaching. I’ve been trained in Six Traits, the Writing Workshop Format, and was on a writing curriculum planning committee for my district in preparation for the Common Core. So, instead of being upset that I can’t teach, I’m writing all my lesson plans to assist others so they can teach fun writing.

I’ve put together my first ebook, and it is available on Teacherspayteachers.com. It’s on sale now for 20% off regular price through tomorrow. It’s called:

Back to School and September Writing Projects for Common Core

***All lessons are in the Five Step Lesson format with grading rubrics and needed graphic organizers for each lesson. Lessons include the introductory to writing process, paragraph parts, opinion paragraphs, and a final Book Review 3 paragraph essay. With this PDF book, you’ll get all your students on the track for Common Core. It is the first 6 weeks of school to start your own writing program.

***Sentence Frames included in lessons for ELD Support.
***Written to fit a workshop teaching format to differentiate instruction.


Many authors have shared their School Memories. Today, Sept. 11, I always think of what it was like to teach school on that day, and the days after.

I remember going to work on Sept. 11, because that’s what those people were doing in the Two Towers. Going to work for the day. I wasn’t going to let terrorists stop me from teaching the children of America, though I admit for days after I watched airplanes flying over cautiously. I had the kids journal about their feelings about what was happening, and told them it would be OK. The authorities had things under control, the airports were closed, and everyone was on the alert. Many drew flags. Many drew the Towers on fire as they had seen on TV in the morning. We’d all seen it. It naturally started as a comfort symbol. Some of the students stayed home that day.

The next day, everyone was in class. Most everyone had been seeing the images. Some of the kids saw images that have been blocked now. I know because it’s the second day that they drew bodies falling from the towers, instead of just the towers burning. We talked about what we wanted to see happen. Many wanted to see the Two Towers rebuilt.

On Friday, there was a moment of silence by the whole school for those that had been lost. In a moment of emotion, I grabbed the class flag and gave it to my line leader to hold as we walked to the center of the school for the moment of silence. Many other classes had done the same. I remember watching him hold it high, proudly for all the kids to see, as we silently remembered what had happened on Tuesday.

And now, I think silently, with a tear welling, about that whole week I taught for this country. It sad to think I can’t do it now from what happened last December. And as I’m writing this the tears are coming. But I’m so thankful I was able to teach that day, and unite with the students in my class for the first moment of silence. It’s a school memory I’ll cherish, always.

To those lost, the firemen and police officers that tried to save them, and to the innocence of the many kids I had to teach in the 5 years after that had memories of the whole event.  I dedicate this whole blog tour. For the education of the future Americans. That’s what we stand for.


Back to School Blog Tour 2015: Day 2 Featured Author Rachel Elizabeth Cole

2015 Back to School Blog Tour: DAY TWO

2015 Back to School Blog Tour: DAY TWO

Welcome to day 2 of the Back to School Blog Tour. If you haven’t tried to sign up for the 4 giveaways going on, they are listed at the Back to School Blog Tour Page. There are still several days left. Entering is easy. From liking authors on Facebook to commenting on their blog, you can enter to win fabulous children’s books, children’s ebooks, and Amazon Gift cards.

Today’s featured author is Rachel Elizabeth Cole. 

Rachel Elizabeth Cole writes a mix of genres–from heartfelt literary and women’s fiction, to laugh-out-loud chick-lit, to quirky contemporary middle grade fiction. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines both online and in print, including Cahoots, Literary Mama, and Flashquake.

When she’s not writing, Rachel works as a graphic designer specializing in book covers. Her favourite season is autumn, she prefers tea to coffee, and she wishes every morning began at ten a.m.

Even though she hates the rain, Rachel lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, their two sons, and two very spoiled house rabbits.

I got to ask Rachel about her school memories, writing inspirations, and upcoming Rabbit series books. I absolutely love them! It might be the teacher in me that I’m a sucker for a cute bunny eating homework, but it’s a great title, book, and she’s an amazing writer. I hope you enjoy her interview.

Rachel Elizabeth Cole is the author of soon to be released "The Rabbit Ate My Flipflops".

Rachel Elizabeth Cole is the author of soon to be released “The Rabbit Ate My Flipflops”.

1) Who was your favorite author, and how did they influence your writing?

 Rachel: When I was a kid, my favourite author was Gordon Korman. He’s a fellow Canadian who wrote his first book when he was twelve and in Grade Seven. It was published when he was fourteen. That really inspired me to think that if he could write and publish a book, then so could I!


2) What is your most remembered Back to School memory?

Rachel: I don’t have a particular Back to School memory, but I always enjoyed school and learning, so I looked forward to going back every fall. I liked how the classrooms were so clean, the chalkboard washed and shining, the desks empty and waiting for students to put them to use, new books, new pencils, new shoes, new clothes. And, of course, the opportunity for new friends and new learning experiences.


3) Did you have any subjects that were difficult for you in school?

 Rachel: Math. I still struggle with simple arithmetic like multiplication and subtraction—and forget long division! I found it discouraging that all the other kids seemed to get the concepts down so quickly, while I struggled and struggled. Thank goodness for calculators!


4) What helps motivate you to write a story?

 Rachel: The best motivation for me is knowing I’ve got readers eager and waiting to read my books! I write to connect, to teach, to share, to move, to entertain. The best feeling in the world is when readers—especially the reluctant ones—tell me they’ve read my book and loved it so much they’re eager to read more!


5) How would you summarize how writing is for you in one sentence?

 Rachel: For me, writing is like breathing. 


6) What other projects or books are you working on right now?

Rachel: I’m about to start work on The Rabbit Ate My Hall Pass, the third book in The Rabbit Ate My . . . Series.

How To Find This Author:

Website: www.rachelelizabethcole.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/rachelelizabethcole/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rachel_e_cole

Her Rabbit Ate My Homework series is available on Amazon. Purchase links below.

The Rabbit Ate My Flip-Flops releases on Sept. 9 on Amazon. Preorder available now.

The Rabbit Ate My Flip-Flops releases on Sept. 9 on Amazon. Preorder available now.

Her new book, The Rabbit Ate My Flipflops, releases tomorrow Sept. 9.

The Rabbit Ate My Homework Amazon Link:




The Rabbit Ate My Flipflops Amazon Link(Preorder available. Releases Sept. 9):

Kindle FREE Ebook THIS WEEK: The Secret No-Girls Club:



The 2015 Back to School Blog Tour Starts Tomorrow Mon. Sept. 7

Join us for the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015 STARTS TOMORROW!

Join us for the Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 7-11, 2015 STARTS TOMORROW!

Everything is just about set. The blog tour is ready to post starting tomorrow, Sept. 7. Start your Labor Day celebrations by finding out about great Indie Children’s books for your children or to use in your classroom. The line up for the week is as follows:

  • Fri. Sept. 11: Tiffany Turner/New Release of Common Core Writing Lesson Plans/Giveaway Recap

The giveaway is a little different this year. Some of the featured authors will be having their own giveaways. Each giveaway will be posted on their selected day, and on the Blog Tour page. There will be a Grand Prize Giveaway sponsored by the Indie Children’s Authors Connection Website in which you can win a $25 Amazon Gift card.

***Giveaways will all start tomorrow Monday Sept. 7!

So, check back tomorrow for the start of this year’s exciting tour. I’d like to thank all of the authors for joining us this year, and for giving so much of themselves to make this event happen. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Please post and share this post to let everyone know about the blog tour this week. I’d love to see a bigger turn out than last year. This is all done out of the kindness of my little teacher heart. I’m a children’s writer as well, and want to give back to the Indie Children’s Author community. All of the features and book reviews were done for no fee. All the authors have put in the work of answering interview questions and setting up their own giveaways. So, support by visiting their website, tweeting and Facebook about this blog event. All the support is welcomed!

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!

-Tiffany Turner

Head editor/writer for the Indie Children’s Authors Connection Website

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

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)