Spotlight on Children’s Author Kristen Mott

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     Today’s spotlight is shining on children’s author, Kristen Mott. She will be signing books at The 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show on Saturday, November 8th, from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

     Here is Kristen’s story in her own words.

     I’m Kristen Mott, children’s book author, wife, mother, animal caretaker and animal welfare advocate. I knew that I wanted to write children’s picture books ever since I was first able to read them myself. I was finally able to make it happen twenty years later. I believe that children’s books are the only genre that can be enjoyed for multiple lifetimes. You enjoy these books as a child, then inevitably come back to the same stories and read them to your own children years later.

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     I’m very proud of the work that I have done with the first two books in the Odie the Stray Kitten Series.

     Odie the Stray Kitten is a true story about how one brave stray kitten found his way to my farm and into my heart. It received the 2014 Children’s Literary Classics’ Seal of Approval, it won a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award as well as a 2014 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention.

     Odie’s Best Friend was originally written as a response piece to an article I read about the devastating statistics of animal life and death in local shelters. That response was spun down and edited into a story suitable for children. I then combined it with a story I created about how Odie’s best friend Bandit came to live on my farm.  This book has received multiple five star reviews. The third and final book in the series should be available in 2015.Odie_and_Bandit

     I currently live on a small farm in Indiana with my husband and son where I care for Odie and Bandit, the cats who inspired my books, as well as horses and a growing feline family. I strive for my writing to encourage children to read, to write their own stories, and to have compassion for animals.

Learn even more about Kristen Mott and her work through her websites:

http://www.kristenmott.com
http://www.animalstoriesforchildren.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/odiethestraykittenphoto_(5) Kristen

Featuring Local Author Molly Daniels

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     Molly Daniels is one of the talented local romance authors who will be appearing at this year’s 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show. The show runs from Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 9th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
     Molly will be signing books on Thursday, November 6th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
     She resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and various household pets. Her fifth-grade teacher showed this avid reader how to write the stories swirling in her head, successfully unleashing her imagination upon the written word.

Love Weighs In Molly

     Kenzie Michaels is the ‘wild child’ of author Molly Daniels. They cohabitate nicely inside the brain of a woman in Indiana who’s the mother of three and ‘Aunt Molly’ to the entire neighborhood.

     A devout chocoholic, her hubby has learned to watch out when the characters in her head take over and not get too upset when the words are flowing and all concept of time is lost.HeartsLastChance_Draft2

You can learn more about Molly Daniels, her alter ego, Kenzie Michaels, and her books by checking out her Websites:

http://www.mollydaniels.wordpress.com
http://www.mjdaniels.blogspot.com
http://kenziemichaels.blogspot.com

Featuring M. Katherine Clark, Local Author

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     M. Katherine Clark is one of the local authors appearing at this year’s 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The show runs from Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 9th.
     She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1990. She has been writing for nearly 15 years. Mysteries have always been near and dear to her heart, but recently she has been working on a suspenseful, paranormal romance series set in the Scottish highlands in 650 AD.

     I am excited to report that she released, Soundless Silence, A Sherlock Holmes novel, on Amazon Kindle this week. Here is the link to her brand new novel: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OUD6G74/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1414265345&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40soundless silence

     Her first novel, Blood is Thicker Than Water, has an interesting mix of romance, mystery and danger.
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     She currently writes full-time and resides on the northside of Indianapolis. She is a graduate of Butler University and is very involved in her local community theater.

     You can read more about M. Katherine Clark and her novels on her website and Facebook Author Page.

     http://mkatherineclark.tateauthor.com/
     http://www.facebook.com/mkatherineclark

Local Authors at the 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show

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     I am pleased to announce the awesome lineup of local authors at this year’s show. The 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show runs from Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 9th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion. The Local Authors’ Booth is Booth #310. It is located in the center aisle, across from Santa and his reindeer.
     I will be featuring each of the local authors this week right here on my blog. So, check back every day to read more about our fantastic local talent! You will be glad you did.
     Here is the signing schedule. Don’t miss out on meeting and supporting your favorite authors!

     Wednesday, November 5th
     10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal

     Thursday, November 6th
     10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal

     Thursday, November 6th
     3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
     Molly Daniels, Suzanne Purewal

     Friday, November 7th
     10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
     Kermit N. Paddack, Suzanne Purewal

     Friday, November 7th
     3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
     Ruth Ann Hanley, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

     Saturday, November 8th
     10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Kristen Mott, Phillip B. Wilson

     Saturday, November 8th
     3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
     Ruth Ann Hanley, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

     Sunday, November 9th
     10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal, Morgan K. Wyatt

     For more information on the show, including how to purchase tickets, click on the link http://hsishows.com/wp/christmasgiftandhobbyshow/

Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Purewal

Fright or Delight?

     My quest to find a good, decent man is becoming epic in length. But I refuse to give up! So, here is the latest and greatest in my “Mis-Matched to Miss Matched” dating saga.

     There once was a man who was prolific in poem and prose.
     He had a quick wit. Let’s meet. Why not? Who knows?
     Alas, his memory was lacking, he called me by the wrong name,
     Despite me correcting him over and over. How totally lame.
     Was this other woman his ex-girlfriend or an ex-wife?
     I cared not, for I was cutting him out of my life.

     The next eager bachelor was an eHarmonious man
     Who unfortunately decided to try a product to self-tan.
     Since he was not an Oompa Loompa, orange was an awful hue.
     Why he did not realize this while looking in the mirror, I have no freaking clue.
     However, it was his obnoxious behavior that upset me the most.
     Being rude and insensitive caused him to end up as a jerk in this post.

     Then there was a guy who promised me a special surprise.
     When the big reveal occurred, I could hardly believe my eyes.
     If I was watching a horror movie, I would have yelled for the girl to run.
     Touring ramshackle buildings buried deep in the woods is not my idea of fun.
     Any chemistry that might have existed was extinguished pretty fast.
     What a huge letdown after being psyched up for an absolute blast.

     After each date, to Mom, the obligatory email I did write,
     So she wouldn’t be pacing the floor half of the night,
     Worried that I was dead in a ditch or suffering an even worse fate.
     “Home safe and sound.” Another zero of a date.
     “A total waste of makeup,” is what I eventually would type.
     It sums up the evening well without painfully boring details or hype.

     So that, gentle readers, is all I have to tell.
     Perhaps the month of October will cast an enchanting spell.
     Could the eclipse of the blood moon help me find my “Mr. Right?”
     Or will it bring more ghouls and goblins to give me an awful fright?
     Those are the questions that I seek the answers for.
     Stay tuned, my friends, you never know what’s in store!

Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Purewal

Shining the Spotlight on Ruth Ann Hanley

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     Today’s featured author is Ruth Ann Hanley. She and her Cockapoo, Pepper, will be appearing at this year’s 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. She will be signing books on Friday, November 7th, from 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM, and Saturday, November 8th, from 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

     Ruth has lived in Indiana most of her adult life with no intention of leaving. She is an animal lover, photo-journalist, writer (fiction and non-fiction in local and national publications) and retired attorney.

No pulling back

     No Pulling Back is Ruth’s first novel, and much research went into understanding her dog protagonist. She invites readers to enter the mind-set of this huge, muscular and intelligent beast from the first century. Please share his brave journey from the applause of the bloodthirsty crowd in the Roman amphitheater to the joy of unflinching love. Can we learn from a dog how to love completely and unreservedly? Read and see.

     If you are an animal lover, you will love her story showing the healing touch of a chocolate lab. To read that story and to learn more about Ruth Ann Hanley and her work, check out her website: http://www.hanleyra.com