The Clocks Are Turning Back…Why Shouldn’t We?

I’ve always loved time travel. The idea of being immersed in times that are beyond my knowledge or understanding. Just to experience, not necessarily simpler times, but the unknown of times so unlike what we see today…I took that obsession and put it into my trilogy- taking readers to a real place with a few actual events and challenged myself to imagine what it would have been like growing up like my father did in rural Minnesota. If you enjoy the country, take a trip back with Linked Through Time….and then take a trip even further back in time with Lost Through Time. A quaint Minnesota town with a little bit of murder…

https://www.amazon.com/Linked-Through-Time-Jessica-Tornese/dp/1477570799

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Books for Children

As a teacher, I come across so many books for children. I love picture books so much; they are amazing teaching tools even for those “too cool” big kids! Just like the regular novel, there are great books for kids and some not so great. Sometimes, when I pick up a book aimed at my little 6 year old audience, I wonder who makes those final decisions on what makes the grade? I try to keep up with my YA books ( I’ve fallen behind since I left teaching middle school) and now I am always on the prowl for that next great picture book for my first grade students. Certain books work (I Need My Monster) and certain books fall flat. Recognizing what students love, what they understand, and what visual stimuli works is such a big project. I love the cute ideas like The Bad Seed and The Paperbag Princess, The Interrupting Chicken, or Click Clack Moo. I applaud the authors and illustrators who just plain “get” kids. I find myself getting excited to read the books to my students because I love them so much. Mo Willems is an excellent example of knowing what kids love and what draws them to read. I mean, the pigeon? Who doesn’t love the pigeon character? I know no matter how old I get, I will always be looking for that next kid read. When I have grandchildren, they will be inundated with all of the characters  I have “met” over the years.

What is your favorite childhood story or character? Is there a story you have fond memories of hearing?

Thank goodness for picture books…..50-Classic-Great-Picture-Books-to-read-aloud-with-kids

Book Blog Boost

After taking quite the hiatus- I am trying to get back into the book world- not just in devouring books myself, but talking about them and possibly, writing again. In the meantime, I spent most of COVID lockdown reading so many types of books- and leaving many books unfinished (which I never used to do) I realized I am searching for that life altering book. That book that leaves you with a book hangover because you are so altered by how invested you are in the characters and their lives.

I have to say joining an online book club on Facebook really helped direct me to better choices in books. I went through a dry spell where I couldn’t invest in ANYTHING- and this book club really helped me find readers with my same interests and passions, but also helped me go outside my comfort zone. Some of my favorite titles this past COVID lockdown time were: The Authenticity Project, Anxious People, In Five Years, The Language of Flowers, and Finding Georgina. One book that I really loved and didn’t expect to was, Have You Seen Luis Velez. Some heartfelt reads there in the list and not some of my usual picks.

I realized it is close to a decade since my book trilogy had its meager beginnings, and as my children get older I am finding that maybe I can return to the keyboard once again. But first, let’s see if I can manage a few posts on the old website. Here’s something to think about….what do you look for when choosing a book…I’ve used several methods including the “eye catching cover”…but the one thing that never fails me, is to read the first page. The perspective/viewpoint is what gets me every time. I find this is what I want to keep in mind when I write my own stories. Certain voices are so catchy- they grab you from page one. Authors that can master that voice intrigue me, because to me, they have mastered getting into the human brain so well it feels like they could write about something mundane but make it so relatable and interesting you don’t even notice-

Why do you read? to learn? To escape? To feel? All I know is…there is nothing better than a good book. You can take a story anywhere….book hangover

FREE Downloads! Time travel trilogy on sale!

Unbelievable- get the entire Linked series for FREE! The weekend of February 15, 16, and 17th 2019, all three of my books will be free to download from Amazon. Copy and paste the following links into your browser to get these downloads!

YA Time travel- Follow Kate Christenson through time as she discovers that the past is not always what it seems. Revenge, mystery, suicide….or is it murder? The secrets in her family history are darker than anyone can imagine- coverlinked-thru-time

https://www.amazon.com/Linked-Through-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B007V2SH9Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549417437&sr=8-1&keywords=linked+through+time

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Through-Time-Linked-Book-ebook/dp/B00I0FF9QW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549417437&sr=8-2&keywords=linked+through+time

https://www.amazon.com/Destroyed-Through-Time-Linked-Book-ebook/dp/B00KO6J96Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549417437&sr=8-3&keywords=linked+through+time

Happy 2018! Time to get your read on!

It’s that time of year- time to make a New Year’s Resolution! I think your year can only get better by adding some amazing books to your list. This year, I had some great reads- one of my favorite- Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I also liked Trevor Noah’s- Born a Crime. A few others on my list- Before We Were Yours, Lilac Girls, and Three Wishes. Some fun reads! Don’t forget to support new authors out there- it’s so hard to break into the business and get noticed. And don’t forget to leave reviews online! I know that’s a huge factor on my choices- but most importantly, tell friends! I get a lot of my book recommendations from book clubs and my neighbor, Lexi. It helps you try new genres and branch out a bit!

Start out with my YA trilogy book #1- Linked Through Time- Time travel is in- if Outlander has anything to say about it!

https://www.amazon.com/Linked-Through-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B007V2SH9Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514828217&sr=8-1&keywords=linked+through+time

Best of luck in 2018 and send in your favorite reads from the past year!coverlinked-thru-time

Happy 2017!

What books were your favorite in 2016? What’s on your list for 2017?

My faves for 2016: Love Anthony, Ordinary Grace, Big Little Lies, Take Me With You, When I Found You, (I reread Outlander books 1,3, and 5 because of the show!!!) WONDER (LOVED!), Me Before You, Wool series.

Upcoming for 2017: A Man Called Ove, Fallen Giants trilogy

I have been trying to read a variety of genres and it’s really opened my eyes to some talented authors out there. I am teaching 6th grade literature so YA is on my radar. Anyone have a good classroom read aloud?

Cheers to you and yours–and here’s to you finding that book that leaves you with the best book hangover you can imagine.

Check out time travel: Linked Through Time seres: https://www.amazon.com/Linked-Through-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B007V2SH9Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483279729&sr=8-1&keywords=linked+through+time

 

Pick of the Month- Diane Donovan Literary Services!

So excited! Linked Through Time has been chosen as Pick of the Month for September 2015~!coverlinked-thru-time

Here is the link and some comments Ms. Donovan had for Linked Through Time:

Good morning –

 

I wanted to add that your book has ALSO been selected for profile as my ‘Pick of the Month’ for September!

 

You can read about it here:  http://donovansliteraryservices.com/pick-of-the-month.html

 

It’s often hard choosing a top ‘winner’ each month, but this one stood out from the crowd so it’s my pleasure to give you additional kudos and exposure. I’ve read young adult timeslip novels since I was a teen, from Edward Eager to Edward Ormodroyd, so it’s a particular pleasure to see a story that goes a step further!

 

I wish you the very best with this fine book – it deserves much mention and many accolades!

 

Best regards -

 

Diane Donovan, Editor

Summer Fun- Time travel is In!!!

 

Destroyed through timecover -- option _3 - CopyThe thrilling finale to the YA time travel trilogy- Destroyed Through Time!

Travel with Kate Christenson and follow her as she battles a past that was never meant to be hers…. coverlinked-thru-timeBook One… Kate travels to 1960, only to discover she’s arrived just in time to relive her aunt’s horrific death!

LostThroughTime-WebBook Two…Revenge is on the table as Sarah and Kate live out each other’s lives- only Kate can save the future and set things right- but can she do it before the great fire of 1910?

 

 

Just out..Suspense Novel..Silvia Villalobos Presents….

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Stranger or Friend

 

A literary suspense novel sparked by secrets and distrust

L.A. lawyer Zoe Sinclair finds her Wyoming hometown reeling from the murder of a lifelong friend.  Not less unnerving are the strange cries coming from the woods.  The lawyer inside the woman is prompted into action, but she meets resistance from locals wary of outsiders.  When a second body is found, and Zoe is attacked, the case turns personal.  Under pressure from the sheriff to leave the probing to the police, and taunted by the killer’s messages, Zoe finds herself trapped in a game of hunter and prey.

 

Inspiration Behind the Novel

Inspiration, at times elusive, rushes at us like a storm of jagged images when a story must be told.  Such was the case in the writing of this mystery novel — the culmination of two lives at a confluence of cultures: an Eastern European immigrant — the author — married to a California native of Hispanic descent. The result is a highly fictionalized story, an observation, of intersecting cultures, of newcomers and locals, the bumps along the way, discovery, rejection, and acceptance. This is the story of a woman going back home, only to find that home is no longer the place she remembers, or maybe never really knew.

Bio

Silvia Villalobos, a native of Romania who lives immersed in the laid-back vibe of Southern California, is a writer of mystery novels and short fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Riding Light Review, Pure Slush, and Red Fez, among other publications. She is constantly drawn to premises filled with questions which arouse feelings that are often beyond imagination yet seem real. Her upbringing in Romania, the land of Eminescu and Eliade, may have contributed to such complex imagination and stories filled with peril. When not taking long walks through the local paseos or hiking the Santa Clarita Woodland Park trails, she can be found writing, blogging, or preparing and giving speeches for Toastmasters International. 

Find the book here:http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Friend-Silvia-Villalobos-ebook/dp/B00UG0W5O8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426096359&sr=8-2&keywords=Silvia+Villalobos

Find out more about the author:

https://www.facebook.com/silvia.villalobos.140

@Silvia__Writes

www.silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com
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