Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Pen Pieyu Adventures series wins 11th Book Award

 Sir Princess Petra’s Mission: The Pen Pieyu Adventures by Diane Mae Robinson

Book Excellence Book Award Winner
Children’s Fiction   

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?

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Selfies in the Wild - Book Review

  • The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Selfies in the Wild
  • Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy
  • Publisher: Peanut Butter Prose (August 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2016
  • ASIN: B01HC76S5O

About The Book
Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they're all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.  

What I Thought
 Selfies in the Wild is a TOTALLY FUN BOOK! Lobo, the wolf pup, and his buddies discover a trail camera, and when they realize that the trail cam captures pictures of them (without actually “capturing” them), they come up with some hilarious star-studded poses that are wonderfully illustrated.  There’s lots of clever words too; in Lobo’s world the characters are glutton-free and have feet that are pawsitively stinky. As the characters in this book state: “Let’s make a good impression”, that is certainly what C.L. Murphy did by writing and illustrating this book.
C.L. Murphy’s book are always fantastic, and Selfies in the Wild is the latest book in the author’s string of well written and delightful illustrated books. The author has an incredible imaginative way with words and art that captures the hearts of children and adults alike. This book had me chuckling throughout.  Lobo and friends always make life an adventure–I love that about these books.
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About The Author
C.L. Murphy is a tamer of fictitious wild animals. As the author and illustrator of the children's picture book series THE ADVENTURES OF LOVABLE LOBO, she spends her days managing her overactive imagination. The main character in the series was inspired by a lovable wolf that she raised for over 14 years. She's been a member of SCBWI since 2012. She lives amongst the wildlife in a real enchanted forest with her husband. They have two wildly perfect or perfectly wild sons, depending on the day, and a menagerie of other untamed animals.

Cathy (C.L. Murphy)
The Adventures of Lovable Lobo



Diane Mae Robinson is the author of the multi-award winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, dragon books for children.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Secret Writing Techniques
by Deborah Owen, CEO

Storytelling and writing techniques have been around since Adam and Eve bounced little Cain and Abel on their knees, but if you get the feeling there are secret writing techniques that can nail your eyes to the page, you’re right, and successful writers are not quick to talk about them.

There are at least 100 techniques (probably more). Listen to your inner voice and you will know when and where to use them. Regardless of the technique, one rule always applies... don’t overuse any of them. Fine writing is always balanced.

This would be a good time to grab a notebook and pen (or copy and paste this article into a special file) because this series will be an advanced and ongoing study.

Last month we discussed onomatopoeia and today we will talk about asyndeton, which
means disjointed and unconnected. You can listen to the pronunciation here: Asyndeton is the art of stringing clauses together without benefit of conjunctions, or to phrase it more simply, it is writing a list that is separated by commas and does not use a conjunction. Look at these superb examples:

From Double Indemnity: Why, they've got ten volumes on suicide alone. Suicide by race, by color, by occupation, by sex, by seasons of the year, by time of day. Suicide, how committed: by poisons, by firearms, by drowning, by leaps. Suicide by poison, subdivided by types of poison, such as corrosive, irritant, systemic, gaseous, narcotic, alkaloid, protein, and so forth.
Writers aren’t the only ones who use asyndeton effectively.
Orators and statesmen use it, too.

Julius Caesar: I came, I saw, I conquered.

Sir Winston Churchill used it in 1940 in the address known as “We shall fight on the beaches:

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.  

John F. Kennedy: ...that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
For hard core impact with a dramatic effect, try asyndeton in this week's writing.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Sir Princess Petra's Mission Goodreads Giveaway

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Sir Princess Petra's Mission 
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Sir Princess Petra's Mission - The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book 3 in the multi-award winning children's series.

"Book 3 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures
series is an impressively and thoroughly entertaining read." Midwest Book Review

"A story with a character that obviously has a future. The degree of imagination is matched by the terrific humor and sense of fun as always in Diane's books. This book is a treasure – and one that is highly recommended." Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer    

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Giveaway ends in:5 days and 7:32:09 
Availability:5 copies available, 357 people requesting
Giveaway dates:Sep 04 - Sep 28, 2016
Countries available:US and CA
Format:Print Book

Saturday, 10 September 2016

10th Book Award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures Series by Diane Mae Robinson

Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book Three
Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrator: Micheal Bermundo
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2016.
Paperback: 106 pages
Description Categories: adventure kids books; children’s fantasy books; dragon books for children
Sir Princess Petra’s Mission, book 3 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures, is awarded a 2016 Readers’Favorite International Book Award in the Children – Adventure category.  This recent award is the 10th book award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

5 * Review by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite. “Diane Mae Robinson’s epic fantasy and adventure tale for children, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission, is the third book in this original and highly acclaimed series about a princess who’d really rather be a knight.” Read More on the Readers’ Favorite Review Page.
 Previous Awards for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series: 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary award); 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2013 Sharp Writ Book Award; 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval; 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Book Award; 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival Award. Read more about the awards.
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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Secret Writing Techniques

Secret Writing Technique #4
by Deborah Owen

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Almost all literature attempts to influence the reader. Your strong beliefs will do more than taint your work. Unless you are deliberately arguing both sides of a cause, your inner person will scream its viewpoint in everything you write. Is that wrong? No. But but there are right and wrong ways to present your theories.

Emotions are one of the greatest tools for screaming, and certainly one of the best tools you will ever use to argue your case and convince your audience to your way of thinking.

You have probably used pathos a number of times, but did not realize it. Every time you expressed emotions such as sympathy, pity or fear through a character's gestures or graphics, you were reaching out to form an emotional bond with your reader and, whether deliberately or accidentally, you promoted your own opinions through your character.

When you choose to reach your audience through tender sensations, think long and deep about an earlier time in your life when that emotion existed. By reliving part of real life, you will feed your memories, which helps transfer that feeling and frame of mind to your reader. Poetry and music are two very good mediums for pathos.

Examples of pathos:
  • "You should consider another route. I heard that that street is far more dangerous and ominous at night than during the daytime."
  • "I’m not just invested in this community – I love every building, every business, every hard-working member of this town."

Think of ethos as an ethical appeal that convinces the reader on the basis of the speaker's credibility.
  • "As a doctor, I am qualified to tell you that this course of treatment will likely generate the best results."
  • "He is a forensics and ballistics expert for the federal government – if anyone’s qualified to determine the murder weapon, it’s him."


Think of logos as a logical argument to convince your reader.
  • "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: we have not only the fingerprints, the lack of an alibi, a clear motive, and an expressed desire to commit the robbery… We also have video of the suspect breaking in. The case could not be more open and shut." 
  • "You don’t need to jump off a bridge to know that it’s a bad idea. Why then would you need to try drugs to know if they’re damaging? That’s plain nonsense."

The easiest way to remember this set of triplets is like this:

Pathos – emotional persuasion
Ethos – ethical persuasion
Logos – logical persuasion

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Strangeness of the English Language

Some Trivial Word Stuff


There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." 

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

No word in the English language rhymes with month,orange, silver, or purple.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. 


Hetronyms are words spelled the same as another but having different sounds and different meanings, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).

Homographs are words with the same written form as another but different meanings, whether pronounced the same way or not, as row (an argument) and row (paddle the oars) and row (a straight line).

       The dragon wound the cloth around the wound on his leg.

      He could still lead the knights if he could get the thick lead door opened.

     The king had to refuse the dumping of more refuse.

     The princess did not object to the shinny object the dragon brought her.

     The royal carpenter built the door to close to the window—it would not close.

     The royal chef had a tear in his apron and a tear in his eye.

     Upon arrival, the royal dove dove through the window.

     Deserting his dessert in the desert was not in the plan.

     The soldiers got in a row as they tried to straighten the row while rowing.

      The kingdom’s gardener was summoned to produce lots of produce, or else.

     The bass tuba had an etching of a bass on it’s stem.

     The prince, even in his present state, was to present the present to the princess.

     The wind was too strong to wind the kite string.

Then we could look at the word "Up"--quite possibly the strangest word in that it is an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun, and verbs: used with object, used without an object, or used as an idiom. Here are all the mind-boggling definitions of "Up";

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