Friday, 16 November 2018

The Dragon Grammar Book Wins Two Awards in the 2018 Literary Classics Book Awards

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Literary Classics

SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony,  gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

 For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories  levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing

 Lumen Award for Literary Excellence

Gold Medal for Educational Books      

Listing of all the winning books:

Other awards for The Dragon Grammar Book:

2018 --Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal, Children-Education, The Dragon Grammar Book,

2018 – Book Excellence Awards, Winner, Education & Academics, The Dragon Grammar Book,
Press release:

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Creative Writing Institute Flash Fiction Contest

10th Anniversary Flash Fiction Contest
Creative Writing Institute's  flash fiction contest is open until October 31, 2018. The limit is 1,000 words. See contest rules at You may enter up to five times but each entry must be submitted separately. 
 First place:
$100 and a Gold eMedal OR $200 discount toward any CWI course valued at $295.

Second place:
$50 and a Silver eMedal OR $100 discount on any CWI writing course.

Third place:
$25 and a Bronze eMedal OR $50 discount on any CWI writing course.

Fourth and Fifth place:
Honorable Mention eMedal AND $25 discount on any CWI writing course.
You will love the classy eMedals. You can resize them to post them on your site and social media!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Coloring Contest For Kids

The Dragon Newsletter announces 2018 Coloring Contest.

The Dragon Newsletter Coloring Contest hosted by DragonsBook.Com.

Three categories: ages 5 – 8; ages 9 – 12; ages 13- 18.

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The contest runs Oct. 1, 18 – Jan.1, 2019. 1st place winners in each category will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

The Dragon Newsletter is an occasional newsletter about kid's contests, book giveaways, and books on sales--It's all about kid's stuff.

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Dragon Grammar Book Wins Two Gold Book Awards

 The Dragon Grammar Book - Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrator: Breadcrumb Ink

Finally! An easy-to-understand English grammar book with fun grammar lessons for middle grades and up. An excellent education reference for classroom and homeschool grammar lessons. 

An Amazon Bestseller in Teens Language Arts.

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2018 – Book Excellence Awards, Winner, Education & Academics.
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2018 -- Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal, Children-Education.

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Famous Authors and Their Quotes

 I love reading quotes by famous authors. There's truth in their wise words, they always give me inspiration and something deeper to think about. Here's a few of my favorite authors and their quotes.

  "If I waited until I felt like writing, I'd never write at all."  Anne Tyler

   "Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life." Joseph Conrad

    "Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about." Alice Munro

    "No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing." E. B. White

    "In order to write the book you want to write in the end, you have to become the person you need to become to write that book."  Junot Diaz

   "There is no greater agony than an untold story inside you."  Maya Angelou

    "I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose." Stephen King

    "Prose is architecture, not interior decoration." Ernest Hemingway

    "If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write."  Somerset Maugham

    "Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer."  Ray Bradbury

    "A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer."  Joseph Conrad.
    "Half my life is an act of revision." John Irving

 "A word is dead
  When it is said,
  Some say.
  I say it just begins
  to live that day."  Emily Dickinson

    "Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Hollywood via Orchard Street - Book Review

 Now and again, I post book reviews about noteworthy adult novels that I've read and enjoyed. This is one such book.

Author: Wayne Clark

  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne Clark YUL/NYC (July 4, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07F8MGCY2

About the Book:

Deciding that the hopelessness he sees around him on New York’s squalid Lower East Side during the Great Depression isn’t for him, a young man invents an alter ego with the chutzpah he hopes will make a name for himself. In the process he accidentally ignites a war between the Irish mob and a Chinese tong, learns to drink and finds love for the first time. Will he and his alter ego ever reunite? They will have to if he doesn’t want to lose the love of a beautiful Broadway actress.

What I Thought:

"The goal,” young Charles Czerny scribbled in pencil, “was to become someone else.”—The opening line of Hollywood via Orchard Street instantly sets the pace of this story about a young man’s ambitions to leave the lackluster life of Orchard Street, to do something more with his life than to sell newspapers on the street.

Charles Czerny is a meek young man, a grade-seven dropout who can memorize poetry. He needs to create a persona that is tougher and bolder, a persona that will get him out of the depressing neighborhood he lives in. Hence, Bulldog is born.

Bulldog creates a different life for himself by inadvertently hooking up with the mob. The mob life connects him with important people who help shape Bulldog into a respected newspaper writer of mob news that eventually leads to his connections writing for Hollywood. The mob life, also, connects him to the most important woman in his life, Miss Shantell Vox—the ex moll of the New York mob boss, the woman he saves and the woman he falls in love with. 

The characters of this story are so captivating and fully rounded out as the story progresses that the reader can’t help but to become a part of their lives. The writing is of the highest caliber. This is a gangster story, a love story, and a story of achievement with some humor thrown in for good measure. You won’t want to put this book down. Highly recommended!

About the Author:
Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Holland and Mexico.

By far the biggest slice in a pie chart of his career would be labelled journalism, including newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. The other, smaller slices of the pie would also represent words in one form or another, in advertising as a copywriter and as a freelance translator. However, unquantifiable in a pie chart would be the slivers and shreds of time stolen over the years to write fiction. 

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