Book Kudos and NaNoWriMo a go-go!

Happy Halloween, everyone!


A belated woo-HOO to Mary Quattlebaum for the September 27th release of The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans!

Fred the ghost loves his leaky, creaky old house in New Orleans.  But when Pierre and his daughter Marie turn it into a jazzy-snazzy restaurant, Fred makes a haunting appearance.  Instead of being scared, though, the diners are entertained!  Dejected, Fred decides to leave–until he gets a whiff of Pierre’s new sweet-and-spicy dish.  A charming tale, infused with New Orleans atmosphere and cuisine.

“The interplay among the characters is great….  [E]thereal, quirky [illustrations] … help anchor the New Orleans setting.”–Kirkus

 “A good story for both storytime and a one-on-one read.  The painterly illustrations, rich in color and detail … [convey] the atmosphere of the old house and the New Orleans setting perfectly.” – School Library Journal

Congratulations, Mary, your book looks awesome! 🙂

A mighty woo-HOO also to Julie Dunlap, for the October release of her book, Parks for the People: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, published by Fulcrum Publishing of Golden, Colorado, with new and updated text and historic photos and other illustrations!

Olmsted designed parks in Maryland and DC as well as NYC and around the country, and Julie hopes that her book will remind teachers and children how important he was in shaping the best parts of our cities today. Maybe it will even encourage a few kids to go outside and play! 

Congratulations, Julie, and best of luck with your lovely new book!


Okay, how many of you wonderful writers are braving NaNoWriMo?

Every year, I’m always so tempted to join in on the challenge. There’d be something so magical about thousands of other writers from around the world slaving, sweating, and (possibly) swearing right along with me as I crank out 50,000 words in only thirty days. The timing has always been bad, however, so I’ve always passed. This year is no exception, but seeing as how I’m scheduled for a December 7th surgery and will lying on my rear for weeks afterwards, I’m so in!

What about you?

If you have signed up at their website and are currently girding your loins and begging those pesky characters to please be cooperative for the next month, then share your user name in the comments below! Mine is Laura Bowers.

Good luck to all my fellow Nanowrimo’s and happy writing, everyone! 🙂

Laura Bowers

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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5 Responses to Book Kudos and NaNoWriMo a go-go!

  1. Laura, thanks much for your woo-hoo! And I’m looking forward to reading Julie’s biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, an innovator if there ever was one.

  2. Congratulations, Julie and Mary! Mary’s actually going to do an author visit at my daughter’s preschool next month, and we’re so excited! Also wanted to let you know that in addition to NaNoWriMo, November is Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). The challenge is to come up with 30 picture book ideas in a month, and if you meet the challenge, you can be entered into lots of great giveaways. There’s still a few more days to sign up:

    • Laura Bowers says:

      Awesome, thanks for the heads up on PiBoIdMo! I’ll post it tomorrow in case folks miss your comment. 🙂

      • Thanks, Laura. That would be great! Since we’re talking about picture books, I also recently found out that November is the first annual Picture Book Month. There’s a whole blog devoted to it, and I think there are going to be lots of posts from picture book authors and illustrators throughout the month. Here’s that link, too 🙂

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