Monday, December 27, 2010

Virtual Author Visits

I want to give a shout out to Library Media Specialist Sara Chauncey and author Mona Kerby, founders of Skype an Author Network.  This is a terrific place for schools to connect with children's book authors who enjoy doing virtual visits via Skype. Thanks to my page with Skype an Author, I've had many fun visits with classrooms across the U.S. without having to leave home!  My latest visit, just before Christmas, was with a super second grade class in Wyckoff, N. J. They had great questions to ask and were very attentive. I could see them as well as they could see me, and I got a "mini-tour" of their classroom at the end of our visit. Afterward, teacher Daria Crater sent the email below:

Suzanne,
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for that wonderful Skype session.  It was all the talk at lunch for the kids.  They really enjoyed speaking with you and listening to what you had to say.  We are in the process of writing you thank you letters, so please be on the lookout for them later next week.  I received the labels today for the books
[I sent autographed labels to children who had bought copies of my books] and can't wait to give them out this afternoon.  Thank you again and hopefully we can schedule this event again next year.  Have a happy holiday and joyous New Year!

Though I enjoy doing "regular" school visits too, virtual visits are a great option for both schools and authors when a face-to-face visit isn't possible.  Skype visits are easy to set up, affordable, and a perfect choice for single classrooms or book groups. Try it, you'll like it!

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Goddess Girls Good News


On Wednesday I visited Mockingbird Books and spoke with a delightful kids' book group about Goddess Girls and my other books. It is always fun to speak to fans, and one of the girls in the group had read all four of the GG books currently out. I was pleased to be able to tell her that Books 5 & 6 will be out in April and August, and Joan and I are now at work on Books 7 & 8!

Photo: Martha Brockenbrough's daughter Lucy begs for Goddess Girls. It's so fun to know that readers are enjoying the books!

The Artemis the Brave giveaway continues this week at A girl, books and other things Please check out Alex's site. Leave a comment, with answers to a couple of questions, and you may win some great swag!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Goddess Girls #4: Artemis the Brave celebration with oodles of giveaways on our blog tour!

Here's an update of the blog tour to celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in the Goddess Girls series for ages 8-12. Co-author Joan Holub & I are giving away fabulous Artemis the Brave Swag Bags this month and in January!


* Artemis's puppy! An 8 1/2 inch plush dog named Amby--short for ambrosia, food of the gods! (Yomiko)
* Nail polishes
(Sally)
* Bangle bracelets (mudd)
* Goddess Girls bookmark
* Autographed copy of Artemis the Brave


Giveaways are hosted by these very kind, cool blogs. Please visit them during the specified dates to enter:

Each of these blogs is giving away a set of the Artemis the Brave goodies pictured above:
in the hammock
- December 5-15
MundieKids - December 7-14
A Girl, Books and Other Things
- December 14-January 1
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - January 21 (interview & giveaway)

For book-only giveaways:
The Children's Book Review - December 1-31
Tales of Whimsy - January
A Girl, Books and Other Things - January 17 (interview & giveaway)
Poisoned Rationality - January 19 (guest post & giveaway)
Lost for Words - January 25 (guest post & giveaway)
Ashley's Bookshelf - January 27 (interview & giveaway)

Many thanks to these blog goddesses for spreading the word about Goddess Girls!
Cynsations (Cynthia Leitich Smith)
, inthehammock, TeenBookScene, Dragonfly77 (D. Fowler), Little Willow, readergirlz, readertotz, MundieKids
More buzz coming soon at: A Girl, Books and Other Things, Poisoned Rationality, Lost for Words, Ashley's Bookshelf, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist

“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal

Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with
Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!

Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8 ~ 12.
Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love.
NEW! Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave. (Dec. 2010)
Athena the Wise Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out. (April 5, 2011)
Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever. (July/August 2011)

Be sure to 'follow' because we have amazing giveaways coming for Goddess Girls #5 Athena the Wise; and #6 Aphrodite the Diva. We look forward to seeing you!

~ Joan and Suzanne

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Time For Artemis the Brave Puppy and Swag Giveaway!

To celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in the Goddess Girls series for ages 8-12, co-authors Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams are giving away fabulous Artemis the Brave Swag Bags in December and January!


* Artemis's puppy! An 8 1/2 inch plush dog named Amby--short for ambrosia, food of the gods! (Yomiko)
* Nail polishes
(Sally)
* Bangle bracelets (mudd)
* Goddess Girls bookmark
* Autographed copy of Artemis the Brave


Giveaways are hosted by these very kind, cool blogs. Please visit them during the specified dates to enter:

Each of these blogs is giving away a set of the Artemis the Brave goodies pictured above. To enter:
in the hammock
- December 5-15
MundieKids - December 7-14
thebookmuncher
- January 7-21

For book-only giveaways:
The Children's Book Review - December 1-31
Tales of Whimsy - January

Many thanks to these blog goddesses for helping us to spread the news about Artemis the Brave!

Cynsations (Cynthia Leitich Smith)
, Dragonfly77 (D. Fowler), Little Willow, readergirlz, readertotz

Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with
Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!

Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8 ~ 12.
Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love.
NEW! Artemis the Brave (Dec. 7, 2010) She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
Athena the Wise (April 5, 2011)
Aphrodite the Diva (Summer 2011)

Be sure to 'follow' because we have an amazing giveaway coming for Goddess Girls #5, Athena the Wise. We look forward to seeing you!

~ Joan and Suzanne