Runaway Smile is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards

Pamela Beckford:

This was a great book and I highly recommend it for kids of all ages.

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

Runaway Smile by fantasy, science fiction and children's books author Nicholas C. Rossis is a Finalist in the 2015 International Book AwardsI got some exciting news yesterday, which I wanted to share with all of you! USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015.

Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories and awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Runaway Smile, my children’s book, was an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category!

I want to thank my parents, and my wife, Electra, and Dimitris Fousekis, and . Sorry, Electra told me that this is not that kind of post. She promised to listen to my speech as soon as I’m done, though, so I’d better wrap this up and fetch the shampoo bottle (which doubles as award-accepting-ceremony-microphone in our household).

Before I go, a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time…

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#HofferAward for ‘Classics: How we can encourage children to read them’

Originally posted on insaneowl:

‘Classics: How we can encourage children to read them’ receives Honourable Mention

Pathan’s comprehensive, multi-approach guide is destined to become a classic reference for the classics themselves. 

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Dear Author/Publisher:

Congratulations. Your book, ‘Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them’, has placed in the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. 

. . . .  The email ended with…

Again congratulations on your Eric Hoffer Book Award distinction, and we wish you continued success in the future. The Eric Hoffer Award was created to promote writers, authors, and independent presses. Please consider sending entries in future years.

That’s right! My book Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them, has received Honourable Mention, in E-Book Nonfiction category at the 2015 Eric Hoffer Awards.

The Eric Hoffer Award for books and short prose honours the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well…

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Win a really fun Prize courtesy of Disney!

Pamela Beckford:

I love the cover of this – I’m sure it is a great kids’ book! And you can enter now to win a copy too!

Originally posted on readful things blog:

Note: All samples and prizes provided through Disney Publishing

Please read to the bottom for how to enter to win a prize pack:)

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

About the Book:

Case File: The First Unsittable

Summary: The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task…until now.

After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet…

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Pamela Beckford:

Have you picked up Penelope yet? It is a fun read. You will definitely laugh. Helena showed the depth of her writing skill with this one.

Originally posted on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante:

image07On April 1st, I released not one but two books, because what the hell, why not? The first was Volume Two of Memoirs of a Dilettante, and the second was a tale too big, too silly, too Shakespearean to be contained with the pages of Memoirs. Yes, darlings, I wrote a Shakespearean-style play, in mostly iambic pentameter with the occasional rhyming couplet and sonnet thrown in for good measure. I used wickedly foul language and made reference to other Shakespearean plays because again, why not?

Here’s what people are saying about Penelope, Countess of Arcadia:

“With vignettes, asides, and a stunningly well-executed disregard for the fourth wall betwixt playwright and reader, ‘Penelope’ had me laughing so hard that chocolate milk came out of my nose…and I hadn’t had any!” – Lizzi Rogers

“I can’t get enough of this story, or Helena’s writing in general. So if you’re a fan of…

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Occasional Soulmates free through Sunday!

Pamela Beckford:

This was a delightful book – now is your chance to download it!!!!

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:

Small Soulmates Cover

Right on schedule, the Amazon freebie has kicked in, and you can now download Occasional Soulmates for free. The deal runs through Sunday evening.

If you have a spare mo or two, let your readerly friends know about it via Twitter, Facebook, email, sky writing, semaphore, Morse code, secret languages, or even telephone. They need to read this book! Your mom needs to read this book.

If you never thought a dude could write chick lit, Occasional Soulmates will prove you wrong.

Just sayin’.

Grab your copy today, and help move some virtual paper by spreadin’ the word for me.

As always, much obliged!

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Measuring Time, Author-Style

Pamela Beckford:

Way too true

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

Now, please don’t get me wrong. I love helping out others, especially Indie authors. After all, I wouldn’t be here today had not some lovely people taken the time to help me out.

However, I do suffer from a chronic shortage of time. This is partly because of my reluctance to say no when people ask me for help. In my defence, though, most people are not entirely accurate when they estimate how long it will take to complete a given task.

Therefore, I think we need to be honest about, say, how much time our request for a “quick read” or a “quick review” will take. After all, unless we’re Steven King, we can’t seriously expect people to read our 500-page-long book in a weekend now, can we?

So, in the interest of helping out my fellow authors, I have compiled this handy time reference guide, based on Marco Kaye’s…

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