Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Love the Wounded, by Lynn Dove, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Love the Wounded by Lynn Dove is the third book in the Wounded Trilogy, but the book is one that can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.  Love the Wounded is a powerful story of love, life and forgiveness in the lives of teens whose worlds are intertwined in ways they could never have imagined. 

Full of honest and raw emotions, Love the Wounded is a book which touches on a number of sensitive teen issues.  -- Author Lynn Dove has done a tremendous job bringing her characters to life as they work through struggles, heartache and healing.  As Christian fiction goes, this book has much to offer to young adults.

Love the Wounded comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Author Spotlight - Nicole Weaver





AUTHOR’S NAME: Nicole Weaver

TITLE OF AWARD WINNING BOOK: My Sister is My Best Friend: A Trilingual Story, in English, French, and Spanish

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?

I have been writing for six years.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING?

My two older children attended college out of state and I started writing as a therapeutic measure to keep my depression at bay.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE?








I got inspired to write My Sister is My Best Friend after I met my half sister for the first time in 2008. We immediately became best friends. My imagination took off. I began thinking about what it would have been like if I had grown up with her. I came up with a very positive story that portrays twin sisters who get along and enjoy each other’s company instead of being yet another typical story about sibling rivalry. 


IS THIS YOUR FIRST BOOK?

No, I have three other published books and one currently under contract.

WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?


My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle/ Maria y su amiga la Tortuga/ Marie et son amie la Tortue

Beauty and Other Traps

 
 I have written a third trilingual book titled My Brother is My Best Friend, which is currently under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing. I do not know the date of publication. I am also working on a story about a boy girl twin.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am a polyglot. I speak four languages fluently, Creole, English, French, and Spanish.
I am a high school French and Spanish teacher. I love to travel.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOU:
I am a three times scholarship recipient. I got a full-ride to attend college and a second scholarship to study abroad from Syracuse University in Strasbourg, France. I lived with a French family. The final scholarship was from the Alliance Fran├žaise of Houston. I received the scholarship because my students did extremely well in a language competition (The Texas French symposium) I lived on campus in Saint Nazaire , France. The six week teacher program afforded me a tremendous opportunity to meet 299 foreign language teachers from all over the world. This experience fueled me with the passion to start taking my students abroad. I wanted my students to experience the culture and language the same way I did while studying abroad.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I love to write and read books. I also enjoy writing book reviews and interviewing other authors.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW/MOVIE?
The Cosby Show/The Green Mile

HAS YOUR BOOK RECEIVED ANY OTHER AWARDS? (IF SO PLEASE LIST, IF NOT, LEAVE BLANK)


The Preditors & Editors Poll 2011

2012 Preferred Choice Award

2012 Creative Child Awards Program


WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AS AN AUTHOR?
I am not a native speaker of English, so I have to be very careful on using proper grammar and punctuation. I am a daydreamer by nature, so I can come up with manuscript ideas very easily. It is one thing to have a great idea and it is another thing to communicate well in written form.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS?
Read, read, and read in the genre you want to be published in. Take classes. Join a professional organization for writers. Finally, believe in yourself and never give up! Create a platform, network and promote yourself as a professional.

CAN YOU OFFER ANY TIPS ON GETTING PUBLISHED?
Research the publisher before you submit your manuscript. Read books published by that publisher to see if you meet their criteria. Get your manuscript professionally edited. Be sure to follow the instructions stipulated by the publisher before you submit your manuscript. Not following instructions will send your manuscript straight to the trash pile.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
I encourage all of you with young children to introduce them to a foreign language as early as possible. I currently have three exchange students in my class. Two students are from Germany and one from Zurich. They all speak at least four languages because in Europe students start learning a foreign language no later than 3rd grade. The study of a foreign language heightens a child’s creativity, increases problem-solving skills and self-discipline.

Kind regards,

Nicole Weaver


Nicole Weaver -Award-winning Trilingual Author

My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog


~ November 2011~ Guardian Angel Publishing,Inc

~ 2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award



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