Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Welcome Christine Verstraete and The Corner Cafe Blog Tour
Once more I am switching blogs with a guest author. Today welcome Christine Verstraete. She is just beginning her blog tour for Corner Cafe and this is one of her stops. In return I have taken over her blog and you will see my post there.
Today I welcome Christine Verstraete, author of the kid's mystery, Searching for a Starry Night, and the nonfiction book, In Miniature Style II.
Thanks Barbara for hosting me! Besides my other books, I have a new project I wanted to share: I love dogs and try to include them in a lot of my work. There's Petey the Dachshund in Searching for a Starry Night, there's a German Shepherd in my YA zombie book which I'm sending around, and yes, there are even dogs (near 100!) in my miniature house shown in my miniatures book, In Miniature Style II. (You can see the miniature dog project on my website.)
In my latest story, "Perfect Timing," a rescued pup helps cafe owner Gina Mason find love and thwart a would-be robber. It will be in the anthology, The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories. Available for (other formats coming): Kindle. Other information can be found on the stories can be found during the blog tour, links at my blog, Candid Canine. The anthology, The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, edited by Dani Greer and Helen Ginger, supervised by Bob Sanchez and cover by Sherry Wachter, features stories somehow involving the corner cafe. Authors besides myself include: Marian Allen, Shonell Bacon, Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, W.S. Gager, Helen Ginger, Dani Greer, S..B. Lerner, Audrey Lintner, Morgan Mandel, Maryann Miller, Bodie Parkhurst, Bob Sanchez, Mary Montague Sikes and Red Tash.
About Chris Verstraete:
Chris has written this about herself:
I've written tons of articles, (and pulled my hair out over a few,) but I'd have to say that writing about myself has to be the hardest thing I've ever done. I always wanted to be a writer for as far back as I can remember. Prophetic wish, it seems, judging from my favorite baby photo.
Of course, As the family "bookworm," I think my writing desire was a natural progression. I always read and still do, enjoying books by Barbara Taylor Bradford, Elaine Viets, Debbie Macomber, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Elaine Viets, and many others.
Learn more about Chris on her website: http://www.cverstraete.com/about-me.html
About the Books:
In Searching for a Starry Night, Samantha Ann Carlton would rather spend her summer vacation anywhere but a spooky old house in Wisconsin…like Lake Geneva! Somehow Sam knows it's going to take more than a few days to find a missing painting no bigger than her hand. Maybe things won't be so bad, she thinks, since she gets to take a friend's lovable but mischievous Dachshund, Petey, and her best friend Lita. If they're lucky, the three of them can find the miniature replica of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and help Sam's mother get it to the museum where it belongs. It's not going to be easy, Sam realizes, when she discovers her own family has some spooky secrets. Then Petey digs up an ancient curse, and Sam fears her friendship with Lita is doomed... Will they find the miniature masterpiece in time? Will Sam and Lita go home friends -- or enemies?
In Miniature Style II has dozens of stunning photos, over 40 how-to projects, and profiles of talented miniaturists and their work. Updated features, new photos & dozens of new how-to's including half-scale and miniature doll projects by IGMA artisans and other skilled miniaturists.
Well, thank you, Chris for sharing your new anthology with us and for telling us about your other books. Your novel sounds like the perfect summer read for a middle grade girl or boy!!
Now everyone please go visit Chris Verstraete's blog to read my post. It's getting close to summer and I hope you are stocking up on all the bargains still available at Amazon and The Muse Bookstore.
Until the next time, my guest author who will be coming as part of the Summer Teen Reading Party, Anne Johnson, will be here tomorrow. So pop back in to see if you can win a copy of Anne's new novel Ebenezer's Locker.
The last thing is to thank all of my Twitter friends who have been retweeting my post about guest author Jo Linsdell and her very cute picture book: Out and About At the Zoo. I hope you understand how much I appreciate it!!
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