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
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