Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Smidgen of Sky -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the day:

“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.” ~Somerset Maugham ~

A gift for my writer friends:

 Here are some links I think you will find valuable – four great ones this week.

For a giveaway of The Runaway King click HERE.

For a query letter that worked with agent comments click HERE.

For more query letter info click HERE.

For a wonderful blog post on how to succeed click HERE.

I have a LOT of wonderful family stuff going on this week, so this will be short and sweet, but I do have a giveaway, so stay tuned.

I read a wonderful book not long ago, and I want to be sure you know about it, too. I am re-posting the review I wrote for the Sacramento Book Review. It will give you a pretty good idea of why you should get hold of this one. I really like it, and think you will, too. And isn't that a lovely cover?

A Smidgen of Sky

Posted in Tweens by editor - January 11, 2013 

By Dianna Dorisi Winget

Harcourt Children’s, $16.99, 208 pages

Piper Lee DeLuna is about to get a new family. It’s not her idea; she’s happy when it’s just her and Mama. Piper Lee misses her father like crazy and thinks her mother has forgotten all about him, but Piper Lee believes he is coming back someday. After all, his body was never found. Now Mama has gone and fallen in love with Ben, and when the wedding takes place, it will be a package deal with Ben’s ten-year-old daughter Ginger. And Ginger is nothing short of annoying with her cheerleader stuff and wanting dress up and flounce her hair. All Piper Lee wants to do is fly a plane like her father did. She has a great idea to find Ginger’s mother and get her back on the scene. That should stop the wedding bells. While searching on line, she finds someone who claims to know something about her father, and she gives personal information to that person. And once she starts things rolling, it starts to resemble a runaway train.
“I started tapping out answers to Lyn’s questions. But it wasn’t till after I hit Post that I noticed the alarm ringing in my head, warning me I’d just done something I should’ve asked Mama about first.”
Dianna Dorisi Winget creates a character with the pitch-perfect voice of a ten-year-old southern girl as well as a story that is a cautionary tale for all young people.
Dianna Dorisi Winget

I will be giving away my gently-used ARC hardback of this lovely book. Please leave a comment to have your name in the drawing. If you Tweet the link to this post or put it on FaceBook or put it on your blog post, please let me know and I will put your name in a second time.  I will post the winner on my next post, so check back.

Don’t forget to stop by Shannon Messenger’s wonderful blog for more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday links. Click HERE to find it.

On the book giveaway, this is for U.S. only. Sorry, but it would be too expensive for me to send books out of the country. But please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you. Remember, if you have trouble leaving a comment, click on the title of the post and it will give you just this post with a comments section on the bottom. Also, if you haven’t signed up by email, please do. Just look in the upper right-hand corner of this page, pop your email address in, and you will receive an email each time I put up a new post. Your information will not be shared with anyone.