Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

MMM coverThese people all entered and were in the draw and will all receive a bookmark consolation prize.

Maud Finch – (the very first post on Dimity’s blog )

Mary Preston – (who commented briefly on 5 different blogs)

Artelle – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Gretchen – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Taryn Gale – (beautifully written post – she’s my boss!)

Michelle Sergeant – (another Foxtel worker)

Jeanene French – (Foxtel co-worker and grandmother)

Desertsand – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Dot H – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Cecilia Adam – (who was prompted by Gretchen to comment for the chance to win – lovely comment)

and the winner is…

drum roll…

Michelle Sergent 1Michelle Sergeant!!

Who is thrilled and collected her signed copy of the book today!

 

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Halloween Market tonight…

Halloween market book reading 28Oct17Tonight members of The Ten Penners will be on hand to read snippets from our new anthology and offer Mystery, Mayhem & Magic to the world!

Gold Coast Halloween street food truck festival & market

Next week on Saturday the 4th November we’ll be at Broadbeach Library for our book launch. Book to attend phone 55811555 or go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/libraryevents

plinko-2We’ll be announcing the winners of the Plinko colouring competition by entrants from both the online and those we received at St Joseph’s.

It’s hard to pick a winner when they’re all so good!

The blog tour comments WINNER will be announced shortly also. We had some lovely entrants.

Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

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Not done yet! More Mystery, Mayhem & Magic…

MMM coverNot done yet! Tomorrow Monday 23rd October is another big day…

We’ll be visiting St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Bracken Ridge. Showcasing and reading stories from Mystery, Mayhem & Magic!

Also, Aleesah Darlison has a post on GreenleafElli H profile pic Press all about Elli Housden, our final and much-valued member. http://www.greenleafpress.net

We’ll be collecting entries for the school’s Plinko Colouring in Competition.

There’s also another colouring-in competition, ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Book to attend – Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

Anyone making a comment during the blog tour and on Monday’s post will be in the running for our giveaway copy of the book.plinko-2

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!
There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

Halloween market book reading 28Oct17

We will also be reading some of our stories at the Halloween Food Market on Saturday 28th October, between 3 to 5 pm.

So come and meet us!Marion book signing

Marion will be there from 3pm and most of us will pop in during the evening.

Now that our books are signed, all but for Elli, who will be signing them all on Monday 23rd school visit, the books are unique. Yesterday, we announced our book launch at the Gold Coast Writers monthly meeting. Thanks to the new Committee the atmosphere was abuzz.

Kate book signing Sharron book signing book signing jill julie lindy

The Ten Penners are the Authors of the Month thanks to Gold Coast Writers Publicity Officer!

Lastly, we have our official book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November! You’ll need to book! So please use the link below to secure your seat!

Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

 

 

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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! Blog tour wrap-up!

Yes, the time has come! Today marks the end of a successful blog tour.

The Ten Penners celebrate the upcoming release of our new anthology. We’ve discovered a great deal about the variety of writing styles and talents of the ladies within our group.

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As a final fling, each of us has answered one more question about ourselves, to add to the already abundant knowledge of our group.

Marion Martineer

Marion bio pic 2Q. What were your goals and intentions in this book? And how well do you feel you achieved them?

A. As a coordinator of a writing group our goals were to have another anthology published. Pulling the team together to have everything on track was reasonably easy because the girls are all very enthusiastic. We are also lucky to have a couple of exceptional editors in Kate Russell and Elli Housden! Our intentions were to produce adventure stories to entertain children and I think we have achieved that. We have had some test subjects who came back with positive comments. Now, we are sending the book out into the general public for scrutiny and we hope to have glowing results as we did with our first two books!

Kate Russell

Q. What do you think most characterises your writing?

A. There is always one element that slips into my writing, whatever genre it is, and that’s Kate Russell bio pichumour. The Kai Russell stories in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic were deliberately written with a sense of fun (and I hope readers get a giggle out of them) but even when I’m writing something more “serious”, humour always slips in. I did try once, many years ago, to write a Mills & Boon type romance, but I just kept wanting to make my characters do silly things for a laugh, so that didn’t really work! Writing with humour comes naturally to me, so there’s no point fighting it. I know that I’m never going to be able to write some deep and meaningful Great Australian Novel because it’s just not my style. I’ll leave that to some other author! Frankly, I don’t want to write about dark and depressing stuff, because there’s enough of that around you every day. I want my stories to entertain, and I hope I do that. Mostly, I want readers to finish my stories feeling happy and hopeful. Even though my first self-Shadow of a Soldierpublished novel, Shadow of a Soldier, which is romantic suspense with supernatural elements, was written as a more dramatic story, there are still lots of fun scenes in it. You can’t have darkness without light. Lately, I’ve been listening (again) to the Harry Potter books on CD, and JK Rowling balances this perfectly. The stakes are high for Harry and his friends, but even when things are at their bleakest, there is still hope and humour. The darkness is never overwhelming (which is not to say I didn’t bawl my eyes out when certain characters died!). I find that when I try to write something too “serious”, I really struggle. But if it’s fun, the words just fly across the page! Of my own books (I have six novels which I hope to publish over the next two to three years), my favourites feature Kylie Cooper, a teenage witch I first wrote about in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. I liked her so much that I’ve now written three YA novels about her! And a close second is a murder mystery featuring a crime scene cleaner as the protagonist, because, although the subject matter is dramatic, the main character and her family are great fun to write about. You’ve probably all heard the saying “write what you know”. Well, I think you should also write what you love and what comes naturally to you! I do.

Jill Smith

Q. What books have inspired you to write?

A. When I was a child my mother read a chapter each night from Enid Blytons’ The Magic jill bio pic cropped sep17Faraway Tree. I still remember begging her to read just one more chapter even though my eyelids were drooping. At school, I wasn’t a breeze through and pass student, like my older sisters. I had to work very hard. I stopped reading books because school gave me so much I had to read that it became a grind. Then I discovered the joy of reading in a small and simple but heart touching book Johnathan Livingston Seagull. All of my family read and I finally caught the bug when I discovered Ann McCaffrey and her wonderful world of Dragons on Pern, and the many other worlds she created. I particularly loved The Ship Who Sang and Restoree. I still have copies of these books on my bookshelf and on my iPad! From there I became an avid reader.

Julie Baythorpe

GE DIGITAL CAMERAQ. So, Julie, where do you get your inspiration to write?

A. Life! The wonderful people I meet in my day-to-day activities, the spectacular places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit during my lifetime. Experiences … mine and my friends and family. And throughout my working life … encounters, events … especially in the school situations, I’ve gleaned a myriad of ideas. I’ve read a kaleidoscope of books, poems and plays, all of which contribute to my creativeness. Heroic people who battle day and night to just survive inspire me. Those who battle adversity e.g. the Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma) at present. Lastly, I attribute my motivation to my delightful family; I love them dearly. All of these elements coalesce to stimulate my writing!

Sharron Alexiou

Q. Where do you get your ideas from, when writing for children?

A. Most of my ideas come from children and being around them. Lots of ideas and sparks Sharron Afly being around them. It could be a funny thing they’ve said, a new craze, friendship, or problems they have. Just recently my son went to school with a new t-shirt. His friend said, ‘You have a new t-shirt, I can smell it, it has a new smell!’ All the children went to smell his t-shirt. It was a funny moment and a great idea for a story. My childhood memories, what made me laugh and tick as a child, a photo or picture can trigger a hundred thoughts and develop into good stories. Why? What? When? How? Where? Are always good questions to ask yourself when writing. I love Pinterest. I’m always finding/make up my storyboards with pictures and ideas on it. Every day, I’m finding myself with new ideas for books. I have this big jar, with names of picture books, I want to write. Maybe that might be another book? ‘The never-ending jar of stories!’

Ellie Housden

Elli H profile picQ: What are the advantages of belonging to a writers’ group for you?

A: Giving and getting feedback on our writing to improve the final product.

 

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Q. Why do I write?

A. Because it makes me and other people happy. It’s an achievement to see my stories in print.

 

Lindy Standage

Lindy bio picQ. How have you found this writing journey creating stories for Mystery, Mayhem & Magic?

A. It’s been an inspiration and has made my life happy.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. If you haven’t caught up with previous posts go back now and check them out. Leave a comment so that you can still be in the running to win a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

MMM cover

“Take the path through a forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

 

From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

 

15/10/17   Sunday -Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

16/10/17    Monday– Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/

17/10/17    Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/

18/10/17    Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17   Thursday –Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/

 20/10/17   Friday – Robin Adolphs   http://www.robinadolphs.com/

Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com

21/10/17    Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/

We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch

23/10/17   Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November. 

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

There’s also a colouring competition, ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Book to attend – Download our book launch poster PDF here >>>  Ten Penners Approved Poster Broadbeach Library

Download the book launch competition form, here >>>Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch

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Day 6 Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour

‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ with Louisa Wright on Robin Adolphs blog

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http://www.robinadolphs.com/mystery-mayhem-magic-is-an-anthology-of-amazing-adventures-for-young-readers/

Interview with Louisa Wright

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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic Blog Tour with special guest Sharron Alexiou

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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic adventures for young readers!

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