Sunday, 22 November 2015

Pre-Release Call For Reviewers And Entry Into The Giveaway Event

Sir Princess Petra's Mission-The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book 3) by Diane Mae Robinson
Tate Publishing, 2015
Illustrations by Michael Bermundo

Sir Princess Petra has already attained her Knighthood  in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like Talent Certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father, the king.

The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent , and turn her into a real princess once and for all.

Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous  mission for Petra?

Sir Princess Petra's Mission, book 3 in the multi-award winning series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures will be released in Dec. 2015. If you are interested in receiving a pre-release PDF copy of the book and you are willing to post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads within 3 months of the book's release, your name will be entered in the book's Release Event Giveaways:

1. One of two $50.00 Amazon gift certificates.                                                                          
2. One set of signed copies of all three paperback books in the series.                            
3. One signed hardcover copy of book three and a Sir Princess Petra book bag.  
4. One signed hardcover copy of book three and a Sir Princess Petra mouse pad.

The Release Event will be officially announced when the book's links are up. I will let all pre-release reviewers know when that date is official.

*The PDF will only be sent out to readers with previous reviews of other books posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. PDF copies sent out are not to be shared. If you wish to participate, please email me at: or comment below.

For more information about the author and The Pen Pieyu Adventures series: 

Endorsement: "Diane M. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children's literature. Sir Princess Petra sets a fine example for young readers, and for young girls, as the princess teaches them what's really important--like friends, being true, brave, honest, and always having faith in you Dragon!
    Ms. Robinson sets the bar by writing a truly charming and imaginative adventures series, and I heartily recommend it."  Jeanne E. Rogers, author of the award-winning middle-grade fantasy, The Sword of Demelza

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Great Sentences In Literature.

     We've all come across sentences that make us want to read those sentences again and again; because the author paints such a vivid picture with words, sometimes in just a few words but always with precise words. It's something all writers strive to achieve and the writers listed below have achieved it with perfection.

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
---Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

  “In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.”
—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

  “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
  “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
  “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”
—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”

—W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”
  “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”
—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
 "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
---Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

  “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  “At the still point, there the dance is.”—T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”
  “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
—Toni Morrison, Beloved
  “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

 “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
 “How wild it was, to let it be.”—Cheryl Strayed, Wild
 “The half-life of love is forever.”—Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her
  “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
  “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
—Bram Stroker, Dracula
 “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
—Charlotte Brontë , Jane Eyre
 “I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”
—W. B. Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”

 “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

  “Journeys end in lovers meeting.”
—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
 “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Children's Author Wins 6th International Book Award

Release date: October 15, 2015

Literary Classics

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Recipients

SOUTH DAKOTA - Literary Classics announced its 2015 selection of top books for children and young adults today.  Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

SIR PRINCESS PETRA'S TALENT - THE PEN PIEYU ADVENTURES, by Diane Mae Robinson, has won a silver medal in the Pre-teens/Tweens Chapter Book Category. 


Literary Classics International 5 Star Book Review of Sir Princess Petra's Talent:

A complete list of the 2015 Children's Literary Classics International Book Award recipients can be viewed here:

This is the author's 6th international book award for her children's fantasy/adventure series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures. In 2012, Ms. Robinson also won the prestigious provincial award: Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts). For a list of the author's previous awards, visit: 

The 2015 Literary Classics book award recipients will be recognized during an awards presentation to be held on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  A complete list, including links to Literary Classics' reviews of all award winning books, may be found at

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Counting Rhythm And Meter In Poetry

How to Count Rhythm and Meter in Poetry
by Deborah Owen, CEO
Creative Writing Institute

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Two things every poet needs to know are the rise and fall of meter and the rhythm that carries from one line to the next.

Meter is timing the words in the same order on each line. Rhythm is making the timing fall on the right beat at the right time. That can be a big trick. Example:

I saw a man who came from Mars and wore a pretty suit
Green was it, and something strange, he wore just one pink boot

Here is how you can check the syllables in poetry. Place the back of your hand under your chin and read your poem aloud, clearly, distinctly and slowly. You will notice that your chin naturally falls with each syllable.

In the first sentence, the first accent falls on the word "saw" – not on the word “I.” In the second line, the rhythm is wrong because the accent falls on the first syllable, which is "Green." Can you see that? Look at it again. You could force the rhythm to work, but the following would be better:

I saw a man who came from Mars and wore a pretty suit
The green did shine, but something strange, he wore just one pink boot

Do you see how the accent now falls on the second word in both sentences? That’s rhythm! Many poets think they have metered their poetry when they have actually thrown it off, (but poets have literary license to arrange the language to suit their needs).

If you wanted to change the rhythm from one verse to the next, you could do that. In the first verse, every accent could fall on the first word. In the second verse, it could fall on every second word. Just group them and you will be fine.

Now reread those two lines of poetry and count the rise and fall of the accents. You should count seven on each line. Got it? Yeah!  

Deborah Owen is the CEO of Creative Writing Institute  where I am also a writing tutor for the Writing For Children Course

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Friday, 18 September 2015

From her Forest, Author Diane Mae Robinson Brings her Irrrational Dragon to Visit

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Multi-Award Winning Children's Book Author Receives Children's Literary Classics Seal Of Approval

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Award winning author Diane Mae Robinson has announced that 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' has received the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Diane Mae Robinson's 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' Receives Children's Literary Classics Seal Of Approval

Robinson’s multi-award winning books, ‘Sir Princess Petra', and the second book in 
the series, 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent', teach children valuable life lessons 
through engaging fiction.   April 18, 2015.
Award winning children's book author Diane Mae Robinson 
has announced that 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' has been selected to receive the Children's 
Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for
 those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary 
Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in 
publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design. CLC is an organization 
dedicated to promoting excellence in literature with the goal to help readers 
select the finest books available.

"Receiving a Seal of Approval from Children’s Literary Classics is an incredible honor," 
Robinson stated.

This is the 6th award for the multi-award winning children’s chapter book series, 
'The Pen Pieyu Adventures'. 'Sir Princess Petra', the first book in the series, took the
 First Place Award for children's books in the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards.
 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent', the second book in the series, took the Bronze 
Medal in the 2014 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards in the grades 
4 to 6 category.

Robinson 's highly praised, multi-award winning children’s book, ‘Sir Princess Petra’, 
the first in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, has been labeled by reviewers as ‘a fantasy 
adventure that is sure to become a timeless classic.’ The Pen Pieyu Adventure series 
is written in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and is reminiscent of ‘Shrek’.

'Sir Princess Petra' took an Honorable Mention award in the 2013 Readers' Favorite 
International Awards for Children Grade K - 3rd. Robinson was also honored with 
two major awards for the book. She was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of 
Alberta Emerging Artists Award for Children’s Book Author and took 2nd 
place in the Purple Dragonfly Book awards for Children’s Chapter Book.

'Sir Princess Petra' has garnered multiple 5 star reviews and high praise from reviewers:

“A maverick fantasy, packed with plot twists and turns, brilliant flashes of humor, 
and originality.” James A. Cox, Editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review

“Sometimes a kids book comes along that turns convention on its ear. This is one
 such book.” John L. Hoh Jr., Book Ideas. com

“Distinctly quirky and uniquely interesting--I really feel this book is a gem.” 
Renee Cormier, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“A delightfully imaginative read, a tale that invites readers on a fearless journey 
towards friendship and self-discovery.” The University of Manitoba Book Review

“A fantasy tale with substance--this is a bright and breezy book, buoyed up b
y its humor.” Stephanie Dagg, Readers’ Favorite

“Imaginative, creative, every child deserves to read this book.”  Olivia Dsouza, 
Readers’ Favorite

‘Sir Princess Petra’s Talent’ has also received multiple 5 stars and high praise from reviewers:

“A book we want to define as a graceful masterpiece in children’s literature.”
 Advices Books

“Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is written with brilliant imagination intertwined 
with wonderful humor!”  Sharee, Sharee’s Sentiments

“Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is quite simply, wonderful.” Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

“This is a wonderful, fast-paced story full of humor and profound messages.” 
Alinka Rutkowska, Award Winning Children’s Author

“Diane Mae Robinson has done it again—captivating, light-hearted, a 
whimsical fantasy.” Mark Simon Smith, Children’s Book Author

Robinson uses the dragon books concept as the background to teaching young
 people traditional values. Ms. Robinson's highly praised work demonstrates 
that dragon books can be something much more than fantasy tales.

The third book in
the series, 'Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures', 
is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.

The announcement from Children's Literary Classics can be 
viewed at

About Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal, and an advanced 
diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She is 
a writing instructor/tutor for the Children’s Writing Course at the Creative Writing 
Institute. She is also an artist and teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children. 
Diane lives  in a small hilltop castle surrounded by a magical
 forest near St. Paul, Alberta. This magical forest is inhabited by gnomes, fairies, 
a princess, and a dragon and is where Diane creates her characters and gets the
inspiration for her stories. 
- See more at:

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sir Princess Petra's Talent Receives 5 Stars From Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

Review by Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer, 5 Stars

Canadian author Diane Mae Robinson freely states `My mission in life is to inspire children to believe in the magic within themselves, to become heroes, and to accomplish great things' and to that end she is proceeding with her series of richly detailed imaginative fantasies focusing on a young princess who feels the need to be a knight - thus the perhaps confusing title of Sir Princess Petra. Diane earned her journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She also teaches art and writing in addition to her own primary interest of writing her own novels. Though young and new to the field of publishing she has already been awarded honors and medals. SIR PRINCESS PETRA'S TALENT is the second installment in this series of young adult fantasies.

For those of us who have yet to read the first book, Diane generously opens this second book with a very fine synopsis of Book 1 - always a sign that an author cares about her readers. Briefly, `At Longstride Castle, in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu, it is Princess Petra's ninth and royal birthday. Her father, King Longstride, has promised her anything her heart desires. Petra chooses to become a royal knight and protect her kingdom. (Thus far, Longstride castle has no knights as all of the silly soldiers are still trying to become knights.) After much commotion in the royal throne room, King Longstride has no choice but to grant her request. The royal rulebook says nothing about a girl becoming a knight but only that the proposed knight must perform a deed from a list of three. The choices are: to capture a crocodile and make his skin into a royal leather chair; to hush the howling, nasty dragon, Snarls, in the Forest of Doom; or to eat a roomful of raw onions.'
Petra takes option two and faces Snarls the dragon, but as in all fine fairy tales, the two become friends.Equally fine is the introduction to Book 2, so well written it bears quoting:' Over the last several months, Longstride Castle had become quite accustomed to having the only Princess Knight, well, the only knight actually, in the lands of Pen Pieyu. The king and queen held many parties in Petra's honor, and royals and peasants alike acknowledged the Princess Knight's kindness and bravery and brought what gifts they could to the castle, although the gift bearing seemed to have slowed of late. Petra was not concerned with the parties or gifts as much as she was eager to practice all her knight skills : jousting, fencing, javelin throwing, steed grooming and maintenance, running, armour polishing, and, of course, onion-throwing to hit the mark. She also kept up with her Highland dance lessons, just because she liked it. Longstride Castle had also become quite accustomed to having a dragon in the kitchen since Snarls had become master barbecue connoisseur. The royal rule book said nothing about a dragon in the kitchen, only that the master barbecue connoisseur must provide a very hot fire available for barbecues at a moment's notice. The castle parties flourished as Snarls roasted to perfection his specialties: skewed onion-turnip pom-poms, onion-broccoli no-where-to-be-seen, and, of course, onion omelette ta-da.'

However, the king and queen tire of Petra's obsession with knighthood and the king creates a new rule book that requires Petra to achieve another status level - she must attend a Talent School to reorient her thinking to that of a Princess rather than a knight Or (of course in good fantasy) endure the spell of the royal magician. And Petra's new talent must read to discover. (Just remember the author's gift and you'll guess it).

Diane peppers her book with fanciful drawings by Samantha Kickingbird (and a terrific cover by Errol Villamante) of maps, scrolls, figures of the cast as well as the story at the end. She keeps the book short (a true plus for young readers) and makes her dialogue full of contemporary humor with just the right touch of lightness. In other words, Diane has mastered this genre. Or as other have said, her books are `amazingly fresh, charmingly funny, and embrace timeless values kindness, understanding, and respect'. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 15

For more information and reviews on my dragon books for children: