Friday, 8 July 2016

Book Review, Lovable Lobo - Lobo Goes to The Galapagos

Lovable Lobo - Lobo Goes To The Galapagos

Author And Illustrator: C.L. Murphy

Publisher: Peanut Butter Prose (August 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Synopsis: Lobo returns in this adventure, sweeter and a bit salty this time. This lil' wolf pup finds that there's nothing like a little sea air to bring out the best in him and his unlikely tag-alongs. Take a trip to the Galapagos with Lobo and his right-hand raven, Roxy, as they help an injured, new feathered friend return home. Lobo faces some fears and witnesses the joy that comes from helping others in this "birds of a different feather DO flock together" tale.

What I Thought: I love Lobo, the wolf pup, and his sidekick, Roxy, the raven, in all their adventures.  This story a fun adventure as Lobo and Roxy are up for the task of helping out a new-found friend in need, and along the way, finding more new friends. The story is well written with some humor added in for good measure. The illustrations are fantastic. C. L. Murphy has created an excellent series with Lobo. Highly recommended.

About C.L. Murphy

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.

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Some Common Writing Terminology


Acronym:  a word formed from the first letter or first few letters of each word in a phrase or title and sometimes pronounced as a word.  NASA is pronounced as a word and is the acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. FBI is pronounced by its letters and is an acronym for Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Alliteration: A group of words that all begin with the same sound. 

Peter Piper picked a peck of pepper pickles.

Antonym: a word with a meaning that is opposite to the meaning of another word. Love is the antonym of hate. Happy is the antonym of sad.

Euphemism: a milder word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

Spinning tales can be an euphemism for lying.

Homonyms: a word that is said or spelled the same way as another word but has a different meaning.

Write, right, and rite are homonyms.

Duck (noun) and duck (verb) are homonyms.

Metaphor: a word or phrase that is used as a symbol to make a direct comparison between two people, animals, things, places, or a combination of any two of these. A metaphor makes a stronger statement than a simile does by stating something “is” something else.

The king is a dragon today.

The raindrops were arrows.

Oxymoron:  A phrase composed of two words with contradictory meanings.

Jumbo shrimp. Act naturally. Original copy.

Pun: A play on words that relies on a word’s having more than one meaning or sounding like another word.

A good pun has its own reword.

Horses are stable animals.

Simile: a figure of speech in which two un-similar things or people are compared by using “like” or “as” to connect the comparison.

The knight was as brave as a panther.

The dragon danced like a feather in the wind.

Synonyms: a word that has the same meaning as another word.
Big, large, huge, and giant are synonyms.

Small, miniature, little, and tiny are synonyms.

Personification: a figure of speech in which a something non-human is given a human quality. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings.

The unicorn sang in triumph.

Flowers danced in the breeze.

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sir Princess Petra's Mission - Book Trailer

Sir Princess Petra's Mission 
The Pen Pieyu Adventures
Book 3

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, 23 April 2016

Metacognition--It's a real word

A word I recently learned from a friend of mine. It is a very good word that explains a lot on thought process, and more specifically on the learning thought process.

Metacognition is defined as "cognition about cognition", or "knowing about knowing". It comes from the root word "meta", meaning behind.[1] It can take many forms; it includes knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving.[1] There are generally two components of metacognition: knowledge about cognition, and regulation of cognition.[2]
Metamemory, defined as knowing about memory and mnemonic strategies, is an especially important form of metacognition.[3] Differences in metacognitive processing across cultures have not been widely studied, but could provide better outcomes in cross-cultural learning between teachers and students.[4]
Some evolutionary psychologists hypothesize that metacognition is used as a survival tool, which would make metacognition the same across cultures.[4] Writings on metacognition can be traced back at least as far as De Anima and the Parva Naturalia of the Greek philosopher Aristotle.[5]

So, in simpler terms, metacognition is the thinking about thinking, or thinking about one's own mental process. 

Here is an interesting article by Micheal E. Martinez: 

I believe creative people (writers, artists, musicians) have accessed metacognition through the trial and error of performing their craft and are, therefore, more in tune with the process.

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Sir Princess Petra's Mission Blog Tour Wind Up

Sir Princess Petra's Mission

Blog Tour hosted by Kid Lit Reviews 

March 15 - April 16, 2016

The Pen Pieyu Gang and I sincerely thank all the bloggers who took part in Sir Princess Petra's Mission book blog tour. Your time and effort to make the tour a success is greatly appreciated.

Snarls is strutting around with a puffed-out chest since he first saw his name in bold on the tour banner and more so after Sue Morris interviewed him: 

Although, Petra did get her two-bits in on Gina's site in her interview: 

A big thanks to the two kids who joined in the tour. You two are awesome! 
Lian, at I Read What You Write, did an author interview:  And Isabella, at Blooming Brilliant, did a video review: 

A sincere thank you to Sue Morris at Kid Lit Reviews for hosting this tour and finding all the best people to participate.

My next book, The Dragon Grammar Book, will be published in late 2016 or early 2017. I do hope you will participate in that blog tour too. The Dragon Grammar Book is an easy-to-understand grammar book for middle grades to beginning adults and has The Pen Pieyu characters, sometimes doing zany things, in the example sentences.

And there's more to come in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

Thank you all again.

A look at what people are saying about Sir Princess Petra's Mission:

Reviewer Prize Giveaway Winners

1. One of two $50.00 Amazon gift certificates.   
                 Winner: Gina at Insatiable  Readers
                 Winner: Shelle and Lian at I read what you write.                                                                   
2. One set of signed copies of all three paperbacks in The Pen Pieyu Adventures and a Sir Princess Petra book bag.  
                 Winner: Charles Ray, Amazon reviewer

3. One set of signed copies of all three paperbacks in The Pen Pieyu Adventures Series and a Sir Princess Petra mouse pad.

                 Winner: Deborah Owen at Creative Writing Institute

4. One set of signed copies of all three paperbacks in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.
                 Winner: Maria, Amazon reviewer 

Thursday, 7 April 2016

The Pen Pieyu Adventures Series Wins Ninth Book Award

Sir Princess Petra's Talent (book 2)wins Honorable Mention in the 2015 Los Angeles Book Fair.

This is the 9th book award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

JM Northern Media LLC is a company focused on media and the people who make it. Founded in 1999, we produce annual events and report on the people who are making things happen in the world of digital media and beyond.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of publishing industry experts using the following criteria:
  1. General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
  2. The potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.

WINNER: “Thrones and Bones” – Lou Anders
RUNNER-UP: “It Only Takes One Friend” – Robin Chiarello:
  • ”The Royal Fables” – Marc Clark
  • “Eggy Yolk and the Dirty Rotten Dozen” – Joe and Anna Nipote
  • “Sir Princess Petra’s Talent” – Diane Mae Robinson
  • “PB&J Hooray!” – Janet Nolan
  • “The Reluctant Witch” – Sally O. Lee
  • “Mutasia: Figley’s New Favorite Food – Suzanne Cotsakos and Chelsea Menzies
  • “Diamond Island” – Linhn Giang
  • “The Dragon and the Pixies” – Justin John Sullivan
  • “Mr. Dooley’s Circus” – Mary Anne Lipousky-Butikas
  • “The Little Goat in Africa” – Deborah Smith Ford
  • “The Alchemist’s Legacy” – I S Hassan 
  • “Baby’s Bucket Book” – Carol McCloud
  • “A Long Winter” – Joleen Michellie Jenkins
  • “American Amazons” – Alex Bugaeff
  • ”The Goldenly Wreath” – Latonya S. Hicks

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Friday, 18 March 2016

What People Are Saying about Sir Princess Petra's Mission

 Sir Princess Petra's Mission 
The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book #3)
by Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrations by Michael Bermundo
Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 168187072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681870724
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 and mother, the king and queen. 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?


The degree of imagination is matched by the terrific humor and sense of fun as always in Diane’s books. From the beginning chapter to the end this book is a treasure – and one that is highly recommended--Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars.

The third titles in author Diane Mae Robinson's outstanding Pen Pieyu Adventures series, "Sir Princess Petra's Mission" is an impressively and thoroughly entertaining read from first page to last and very highly recommended for personal, family, elementary school, and community library children's fiction collections.--Midwest Book Review

Creative Writing Institute rates this book 5 stars!--Deborah Owen, CEO, Creative Writing Institute.

A vibrant writing style that, once again, confirms Diane Mae Robinson as the best author of children’s fairy tales.--Advices Books, 5 stars.

The author's writing is excellent, the story unfolds quickly and forces the reader to keep turning the pages.--Author Alinka Rutkowska, 5 stars.

Diane Mae Robinson’s third entry in the Sir Princess Petra series of award-winning chapter books for children rises to the same lovely level of delightfully imaginative storytelling as its predecessors.--Author Wayne Clark, 5 stars.

It’s filled with wry humor and titillating prose, sort of Dr. Seuss without the rhyme.

--Author Charles A. Ray, 4 stars.

This was a really fun read and in Sir Princess Petra, Ms. Robinson has created a marvelous role model for young girls.--Author Big Bunny, 5 stars.

The humor, the imagination and the story are very fresh and unique.  Mami Tales, 5 stars.

I love word play and am a stickler for word usage/sentence structure so the wordy fun encountered here is right up my alley making Petra an instant literary bestie.

--Insatiable Readers, 5 stars

The author’s word play will delight both young and old readers in book 3 of this charming series.--Author C.L. Murphy, 5 stars.

Robinson's original and highly acclaimed series is a perfect introduction to epic fantasy for children that is never patronizing and always filled with the imagination, action and adventure that make epic fantasy work so well.

--Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite, 5 stars.

Sir Princess Petra’s Mission may be the best installment of The Pen Pieyu Adventures. Robinson increased the number of unexpected twists, making them stranger and funnier. --Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews, 5 stars.

This book is simply a breath of fresh air; a completely new take on the princess story.--Stephanie,

Absolutely loved it! Robinson clearly has a lot of talent.--Veronica, 5 stars.

Full of silliness and hilarity and absolutely gorgeous black and white illustrations just like the first two books in the series, this book gently turns stereotypes about girls, witches, dragons, and a few other things on their head and teaches children to give people the benefit of the doubt rather than believing gossip about them.--Tina, Mommynificient, 4 stars.

The Kingdom of Pen Pieyu is a happening place, which makes for an active and energetic read.--Allison's Book Bag, 3 stars.

Sir Princess Petra’s Mission was a fun, engaging and hilarious book. It was an adventure that you never wanted to end.--Christine, Blooming Brilliant.

I really enjoy the humor in this book. Also, I really liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. Isabella (6 years old), Blooming Brilliant, 5 stars.

An exceptional role model for children, she will make readers love her once more! Angela Mangino, 4 stars.

Sir Princess Petra uses her intelligence, bravery, compassion, problem solving skills and more on her adventures.  And her adventures have interesting characters and imaginative words.--Adalinc To Life.

Author Diane Mae Robinson has done a wonderful job in creating a fun, energetic and adventurous female character that her readers will love reading about.--Tracy A. Fischer, Readers' Favorite, 5 stars.

Robinson writes with a heartwarming and cheerful style that reaches out to her readers and makes them really feel part of the adventure.--Catherine Grainger, 5 stars.

Sir Princess Petra is a princess but she is also much much more.--Bonnie Dani

The book's fast pace whisks the reader immediately away into a highly imaginative and fanciful land of medieval-esque creatures and characters.--Alysha Allen, Readers' Favorite, 5 stars.

Now, that is one funny story! Sir Princess Petra is amazing.--Marina Boteva, 5 stars.

What do you get when you combine an award winning author and an exciting adventure? An awesome tale of humour, heroism and fun.--Author Kasper Beaumont, 5 stars.

A light-hearted fantasy adventure tale for childrenI love that the book has lessons for young girls about self-confidence, friendships, and loyalty.--More Than a Book Review, 5 stars.

Her story is told with light-hearted humor, excitement and highly readable action sequences, accompanied by vivid characters who leap off the pages.--K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite, 5 stars.

Sir Princess Petra is a character that children can look up to.--Bound4Escape, 4 stars.

Once again this a terrifically written story with lots of witty dialogue and fun characters.--I Read What You Write (Shelle), 5 stars.

 The names in the book are fantastic. I love that the theme is about not believing in rumors until you get all the information and not letting your fear get the best of you.--I Read What You Write (Lian), 5 stars.

 Petra and her friends are bound to capture your heart as you read of her adventures and mishaps.  You'll be  laughing as you travel with them on their mission. --Abi, The Blended Blog, 5 stars.

Knight Princess Petra's mission along with Snarls-dragon is full of fun, heroism, enjoyment and excitement.--Mia Johnson, 5 stars.

 It is truly a beautiful book.--Hope, 5 stars.

 I must say this story is really adventurous as Petra with her braveness and sweetness wins the heart of all of us.--Jude Fernando, 5 stars.

Every child should read this book. I highly recommend this children's book! 

--Tomas Considine, 5 stars.

Fun, whimsical characters with great personalities dabble through-out Petra's adventure.
--Bookworms For Kids, 5 stars.

This is a real fairy tale for children and adults. I love fantasy. I reread books about Harry Potter and “Lord of the Rings” several times. After reading these books it is always difficult to find the same interesting and exciting book. But I found it!!!--Olga, 5 stars.

Without a doubt, this book was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed.--Casandra, 5 stars.

The author writes Petra with a very free-spirited and headstrong personality. Nothing will get in her way to achieving her dreams of knighthood.--Charity, 4 stars.


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