Monday, November 28, 2011

Blog Tour to Celebrate Goddess Girls #7: Artemis the Loyal

 Goddess Girls #7: Artemis the Loyal will be in stores on December 6th.
Follow our blog tour and you may just win a giveaway! (See below to enter to win.)

 About the book:
It's time for the annual Olympic Games, and the four goddessgirls are not happy--especially Artemis. Even though she's better at sports than most of the godboys, she can't compete because rules say the Games are boys-only. No fair!

Led by Artemis, Athena, Persphone and Aphrodite, the ladies of Mount Olympus hatch a plan to get Zeus to open up the games to everyone. Will they succeed--or end up watching from the sidelines again?

 ARTEMIS THE LOYAL SWAG GIVEAWAYS:

* GODDESSGIRLS bead necklaces made by Joan and Suzanne.
Strung on colorful stretchy cord, they can be shortened into bracelets. (Beads & cord packages purchased at Michaels say they're not for under age 14. Actual colors will vary.)

* Artemis the Loyal book signed by Joan and Suzanne
* Bookmark featuring six Goddess Girls books










Click to enter at these blogs during specified dates:
Thursday, Dec. 1 - 16  Smack Dab in the Middle (book giveaway)
Monday, Dec. 5 - 11Lost for Words (Character This or That, swag giveaway)
Tuesday, Dec. 6 - 12I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (Review, swag giveaway)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 13: A Good Addiction (Word Associations, swag giveaway)
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 14:  Proud Book Nerd (Review, swag giveaway)
Friday, Dec. 9 - 15:  Reading Tween (Author Interview, swag giveaway)
Friday, Dec. 9 – Jan. 6Children’s Book Review (book giveaway)
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Jan. 1: In the Hammock (review, book giveaway)
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Good Reads (review)

“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging.~Publisher's Weekly
 “…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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
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.

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.
NEW! Artemis the Loyal  It’s time for the annual Olympic Games, and Artemis and her friends are not happy. It’s boys only.  Not fair! (Dec.6, 2011)
Medusa the Mean  When Medusa discovers an ad for a necklace that promises immortality, this looks like her best shot at becoming popular and having her supercrush, Poseidon, finally notice her. Can this "meanie" get what she wants and also prove that there's more to her that meets the eye? (Apr. 2012)

Four more books to follow: Super Special #1: The Girl Games (Jul. 2012) and Books 9 - 11.

Be sure to 'follow' because we'll be adding more giveaways to celebrate each new GG book and posting all the latest Goddess Girls news. We look forward to seeing you! xox
~ Joan and Suzanne

Joan Holub  www.joanholub.com
Suzanne Williams  www.suzanne-williams.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Goddess Girls in Greek!

The first four Goddess Girls are being published in Greece! The Greek publisher, Anubis, sent the covers to Joan and I as a courtesy, to proof them. It's really fun to see how Goddess Girls is spelled in Greek.
Athena the Brain




Friday, October 7, 2011

Cynsations Giveaway & Goddess Girls News

 It's not too late to score some Aphrodite the Diva swag. The Cynsations giveaway runs through October 23rd. (Scroll down the linked post to get to the giveaway info.)

Joan's and my Aladdin editor sent us each a cute charm bracelet
from the Scholastic Arrow Book Club (Sept. flyer). Each charm represents one of our four main goddessgirls. (A heart for Aphrodite, bow & arrow for Artemis, flower for Persephone, and an owl for Athena.) The bracelet, which I made into a necklace by tying both ends to a stretchy piece of elastic cord,
comes with a five-pack of Goddess Girls books.  Awesome!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Especially for Teachers, and for Parents Who Run Book Clubs for Kids

The new school year has started. Time to get skyping with an author. Check out Cynsations for a post about the new Skype Authors website that I and several of my author friends have started. We offer low cost video presentations to classrooms and book clubs, and 25% of our fees go to support Camfed, a charity that supports girls' education in Africa.  And from now until Oct. 1, we're running a contest to select two winners who will receive half-price visits in which the entire half-price fee is donated to Camfed. To enter, just go to Skype Authors, and leave a comment at the end of the contest post.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Blog Tour to Celebrate Goddess Girls #6: Aphrodite the Diva

Goddess Girls #6: Aphrodite the Diva will be in stores on August 9th!
We're celebrating on a blog tour with lots of giveaways.
Here's a sneak peek. See below to enter to win!



APHRODITE THE DIVA SWAG GIVEAWAYS: 
* GODDESSGIRLS bead necklaces made by Joan and Suzanne.
Strung on colorful stretchy cord, they can be shortened into bracelets. (Beads & cord packages purchased at Michaels say they're not for under age 14. Actual colors will vary.)

* Aphrodite the Diva book signed by Joan and Suzanne
* Bookmark featuring six Goddess Girls books


 


Click to enter at these blogs during specified dates:
Monday, August 1 – 15: Smack Dab in the Middle  (swag and book giveaway)
Monday, August 8 – 15
: In the Hammock (book and bookmark giveaway)
Thursday, August 11  Cynsations (guest post: Sustaining a Series Over Time)
Monday, August 15
: The Readiacs (Author Interview, book and bookmark giveaway)
Thursday, August 18
:  A Good Addiction (Author This or That List, book and bookmark giveaway)
Tuesday, August 17 – Sept. 15
:  Children’s Book Review (swag giveaway)
Friday, August 19
:  Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (Character Interview: Aphrodite; book and bookmark giveaway)  

Monday, August 22: Read, Write, Repeat (interview) and Mundie Kids (Tens List & book and bookmark giveaway)
Wednesday, August 24Reading Tween (Character This or That List, book & bookmark giveaway)
Thursday, August 25 - Sept. 2:  I’m a Reader Not a Writer (Author Book Picks, book & bookmark giveaway)

Friday, August 26 - Sept. 9: BookGeeksRule (interview and review, book & bookmark giveaway) 
Friday, August 26 - Sept. 1: Reading Vacation (Character Interview: Isis, and book & bookmark giveaway) 

Reviews:
Monday, August 8: In the Hammock (Review)
Tuesday, August 16: Reading Tween (Review)
Thursday, August 18: Mundie Kids (Review)

Tuesday, August 23:  The Readiacs (Review)
Friday, August 26: Reading Vacation (Review)
Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!
  

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

"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging.~Publisher's Weekly
  
“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal

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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
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.

NEW! 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. (August 9, 2011) 
Artemis the Loyal  It’s time for the annual Olympic Games, and Artemis and her friends are not happy. It’s boys only.  Not fair! (Dec. 2011)
 Medusa the Mean  When Medusa discovers an ad for a necklace that promises immortality, this looks like her best shot at becoming popular and having her supercrush, Poseidon, finally notice her. Can this "meanie" get what she wants and also prove that there's more to her that meets the eye? (Apr. 2012)

Be sure to 'follow' because we'll be adding more giveaways to celebrate each new GG book and posting all the latest Goddess Girls news. We look forward to seeing you! xox

~ Suzanne and Joan







Monday, July 11, 2011

Fun lesson on action verbs using my Ten Naughty Little Monkeys book


Today I discovered a fun downloadable activity to teach action verbs based on my book Ten Naughty Little Monkeys.  If you're a first or second grade teacher, you might like to check it out. Click here to go straight to the lesson plan on lakeshorelearning.com.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Splash Into Summer Blog Hop Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway in the Splash into Summer blog hop 
hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Page Turners, which ended June 1st.

MY GIVEAWAY:
** An autographed copy of
by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
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 2011, Aladdin, ages 8-12)
and
** Ten bookmarks featuring six Goddess Girls books


And the winner is....Miranda Grissom!


5 other winners won three
autographed GG bookmarks each:

Tanya
Tiffany
SpadesHigh
AEK2
Krystal 



Winners: please contact me at sw at suzanne-williams dot com with a snailmail I can mail to by June 19, 2011 or prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed out within ten days of receiving snailmail address from winner. Not responsible for misdirected or lost mailings or emailings. Thanks for playing!!!

--Suzanne

About the series:
 
“…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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
*NEW! 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 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. (August 2011)
Artemis the Loyal (December 2011)
Medusa the Mean (2012)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Splash into Summer Blog Hop: Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise, May 25-31

Thanks for coming by my giveaway in the Splash into Summer blog hop 

MY GIVEAWAY IS:
** An autographed copy of
by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
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 2011, Aladdin, ages 8-12)
and

** Ten bookmarks featuring six Goddess Girls books
5 other winners will win three
autographed GG bookmarks.

TO ENTER:  
Drop a comment on this blog with a contact email. 
I'll use it only to notify you if you win. 
"Follow" this blog and/or become a Facebook Fan of the Goddess Girls. (optional)
Good luck and Thanks!

USA only. Void where prohibited. Contest runs May 25-31.Winner's name will be posted in a comment on this blog by June 1. Winner must contact me with a snailmail I can mail to by June 19, 2011 or prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed out within ten days of receiving snailmail address from winner. Not responsible for misdirected or lost mailings or emailings. Thanks for playing!!!
 
“…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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
*NEW! 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 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. (August 2011)
Artemis the Loyal (December 2011)
Medusa the Mean (2012)

Linky List to continue on with the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!
http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-hop-page_04.html

Monday, April 11, 2011

Introducing SKYPE AUTHORS

As of tonight, Skype Authors is up and running!  The children's and YA authors listed on this site (and more authors will be added until we have a group of 20 - 25) will be partnering with schools and book clubs to support education in the developing world. All of the authors on this site have pledged to contribute 25% of their 2011-2012 skype visit fees to Camfed to purchase school supplies for elementary students in Malawi. Our goal is to raise $2000 within a year. You can help by spreading the word about us. Thanks!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Celebrating Athena the Wise with Goddess Girls giveaways!

Goddess Girls #5: Athena the Wise will be in stores in early April!
We're celebrating on a blog tour with lots of giveaways.
Here's a sneak peek. See below to enter to win!





























 
ATHENA THE WISE GIVEAWAYS:
* GODDESSGIRLS bead necklaces made by Joan and Suzanne.
Strung on colorful stretchy cord, they can be shortened into bracelets.
(Beads & cord packages purchased at Michaels say they're not for under age 14. Actual colors will vary.)
* Plush lion (Heracles comes up against a fierce lion in the book!)
* Athena the Wise book signed by Joan and Suzanne

* Bookmark featuring six Goddess Girls books


Click to enter at these blogs during specified dates:
Monday, April 4: Mundie Kids interview & giveaway
Wednesday, April 6: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer guest post
& giveaway
Friday, April 8: The Elliott Review interview & giveaway 
Tuesday, April 12: Alisia Leavitt guest post & giveaway
Thursday, April 14: Reading Tween interview & giveaway
April 15 - May 1:
In the Hammock review & giveaway
April 1 - May 1: Le Vanity Victorienne giveaway w/o lion 
April 15 - May 15: The Children's Book Review giveaway
April 24: giveaway by Book Muncher, a prolific teen reader

Reviews:
Tuesday, April 5:
Reading Teen review
 
Thursday, April 7: Alisia Leavitt review 
Monday, April 11: The Elliott Review review 
Wednesday, April 13: Mundie Kids review
Friday, April 15th: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer review


“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging.~Publisher's Weekly
 “…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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
*NEW! 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. (August 2011) 

Two more Goddess Girls books to come!

Be sure to 'follow' because we'll be adding more giveaways to celebrate each new GG book and posting all the latest Goddess Girls news. We look forward to seeing you! xox


~ Joan and Suzanne



















Saturday, March 26, 2011

Celebrating Athena the Wise with Goddess Girls Giveaways

Goddess Girls #5: Athena the Wise will be in stores in early April!
We're celebrating on a blog tour with lots of giveaways.
Here's a sneak peek. See below to enter to win!





























ATHENA THE WISE GIVEAWAYS:
 
* GODDESSGIRLS bead necklaces made by Joan and Suzanne.
Strung on colorful stretchy cord, they can be shortened into bracelets.

(Note that beads & cord packages purchased at Michaels both say they're
not for anyone under age 14. Actual colors will vary.)
* Plush lion (Heracles comes up against a fierce lion in the book!)
* Athena the Wise book signed by Joan and Suzanne

* Bookmark featuring six Goddess Girls books


Click to enter at these blogs during specified dates (giveaways vary):
Monday, April 4:
Mundie Moms interview & giveaway
Wednesday, April 6: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer guest post
& giveaway
Friday, April 8: The Elliott Review interview & giveaway  
Tuesday, April 12: Alisia Leavitt guest post & giveaway
Thursday, April 14: Reading Teen interview & giveaway
April 15 - May 1:
In the Hammock review & giveaway
April 15 - May 15: The Children's Book Review giveaway

Reviews:
Tuesday, April 5:
Reading Teen review
 
Thursday, April 7: Alisia Leavitt review 
Monday, April 11: The Elliott Review review 
Wednesday, April 13: Mundie Moms review 
Friday, April 15th: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer review


“…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.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
*NEW! 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. (August 2011) 

Two more Goddess Girls books to come!

Be sure to 'follow' because we'll be adding more giveaways to celebrate each new GG book and posting all the latest Goddess Girls news. We look forward to seeing you! xox

~ Joan and Suzanne

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Letters from Two Moms

Goddess Girls co-author Joan Holub and I received both of the emails below--from two different moms--just this week. These are the kinds of letters that warm children's authors' hearts and add to the joy we find in writing:

Dear Ms. Williams:
My daughter who is in the fifth grade hates to read. She is very good at it, but she would never read for fun. This saddened me a lot since I love reading. I would always buy her books hoping that she would like one of them. I recently bought her the first book in the goddess girl series, and she loved it. For the first time she found a book that she couldn’t put down. I actually had to tell her to put the book down to eat, something I never thought I would ever have to do. She finished the book in one day. I have now promised her I would buy her every single goddess girl book.
Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful book.

Joan:  
I just wanted to say Thank You!!! My daughter is 10 and up to now has hated, and yes I mean hated to read but she had another book report due next week and we finished the Goddess Girl Persehone book last night and she loved it!!   She wants me to go buy her the rest of the Goddess books, and I have never seen her this excited about reading, it really brought tears to my eyes!!!  So thank you, thank you so much, it was just the perfect mix of fun and boys that I think she was looking for, and it was easy reading.  I can't wait to go buy the rest of them for her.
Happy mom! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

NEW Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise crafts

Goddess Girls #5: Athena the Wise will be in stores in early April!

Joan and Suzanne are busy making these GoddessGirls bead necklaces on stretchy colorful cord. They can be shortened into bracelets. We bought the cord and beads at Michaels. We've heard from girls making Goddess Girls Shrinky Dinks, too. If you make any Goddess Girls jewelry, crafts, art, or other awesome goddessy stuff, you can send us a photo (if your parents say it's okay) and we'll post it on our blogs and FaceBook Goddess Girls page!







We'll be giving these necklace/bracelets away along with some other goodies to celebrate Athena the Wise soon, so check back in the coming weeks!


Wondering what ATHENA THE WISE is about? Here's the inside story:

Athena isn’t the only new kid at Mount Olympus Academy. When a mortal boy named Heracles transfers in, she knows what he’s going through. She started at MOA just a few months ago! Not only does Heracles need help fitting in, he also has to complete twelve “labors” or he’ll be kicked out of the academy. When her dad, Principal Zeus, asks her to secretly watch out for the new boy, Athena winds ups capturing mythical beasts and shoveling poop. It will take all of her famed wisdom to sort out her own problems and help Heracles succeed!

“…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.

NEW in April: 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. (August 2011)

Two more Goddess Girls books to come!

Be sure to 'follow' because we'll be adding more giveaways for Goddess Girls #5 Athena the Wise; and #6 Aphrodite the Diva. We look forward to seeing you. xox

~ Joan and Suzanne

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

So Far This Week...

Before my yoga class this morning I had a lovely visit with forty-five librarians in Arkansas without ever leaving my (Washington State) home. This was via Skype, of course. Because Arkansas is two hours ahead of Washington time-wise, I joked that I might still be wearing my pjs (yes, even at 8:15am!), but I actually managed to be up and dressed. It's always fun to speak to librarians since I worked as one for over twenty years. In fact I still think of myself as a librarian. (Once a librarian, always a librarian.)

Yesterday I finished a first draft of Goddess Girls #7: Artemis the Loyal. Hooray! After I read over the draft and tie up some loose ends I'll pass the story on to Joan.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goddess Girls Book Trailer!


Jan McGee, is Library Media Specialist and Library Coordinator in West Monroe, Louisiana. She put together this book trailer for Goddess Girls. Fun! Goddess Girls
View more presentations or Upload your own.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SCBWI Western Washington Annual Spring Conference April 16 - 17

Last I checked this hottest event of the SCBWI Western Washington year was close to selling out. Don't miss this opportunity to learn what's happening in the publishing world, get great writing tips, and hobnob with agents, editors, and fellow writers! Though I'll miss the conference itself due to a family event, I hope to make the Pro Think Tank on April 15th.  To register click on this link!

--Suzanne



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Win Artemis the Brave Swag for Valentine's Day--Last Chance!

It's not too late to enter to win one last swag giveaway for Goddess Girls #4: Artemis the Brave.


Simply go to this fabulous site: Alison Can Read, and leave a comment.
Winner to be chosen on Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Crunch Time!

Because of the time I took off during the holidays (which I don't regret), and the unexpected amount of time it's taken to come up with a workable outline for the seventh Goddess Girls book, Joan and I will only have about two months to complete the story. Yikes! Normally, I don't mind deadlines, but only if they're generous enough that I can pace myself.  Even in college I was never one to wait until the last minute to study for a test, and then cram till the wee hours of the morning. I won't do that to finish this book, either, but I may wind up having to give up some weekends as well as the weekdays. What I won't give up is time each day for the things that keep me healthy and sane--time to write in my journal (yes, I still keep an old-fashioned paper and ink journal), time to exercise (step and yoga and walking), time to read for enjoyment, and time with family and friends. Oh yes, and chocolate.

What won't you give up even when your life becomes busier than you'd like?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't Forget to Enter for Artemis the Brave Giveaways

Just a reminder that the blog tour to celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in Joan Holub's and my GoddessGirls series for ages 8-12, is still in progress with guest posts, interviews, and fabulous giveaways:

Swag giveaway:
* 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
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - January 21 (interview & swag giveaway pictured above)

For book-only giveaways:
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)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Bittersweet Day

My husband and I just dropped our daughter at the airport to fly back to Norway, where she's been living the past three years. We were lucky that she was able to stay for three and a half weeks, but that doesn't stop me from tearing up when it's time for her to leave again. It was so great to have her home. She and we were able to enjoy lots of time with family and friends, and she also flew with us to Palm Springs for five days of fun in the sun. We hope to meet her somewhere in Europe this spring, and she will be returning in July for another visit. Hooray!

Tomorrow I will get busy with my writing again.  Joan Holub and I have two new Goddess Girls books (7 & 8) to write, plus an editorial revision to do for Book #6.  From past experience, I know it will take me a couple of days to settle into my usual routines, but I'm actually looking forward to the work ahead.  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Artemis the Brave Book Tour Continues

Happy New Year! The blog tour to celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in the GoddessGirls series for ages 8-12, continues this month with guest posts, interviews, and fabulous giveaways.

Swag giveaway:
* 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
 
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - January 21 (interview & swag giveaway pictured above)

For book-only giveaways:
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, MundieKidsMore buzz coming soon at: 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