by Chris McCloskey Terrance O’Connell is still teaching Tooten, a small service dog, new tricks. When fate closed the door on Tooten getting into Service Dog Academy, it opened another door to Tooten becoming a Canine Ambassador in the Helping Paws Progam. It also allowed Tooten and Ter to continue helping people find missing items. […]
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by Chris McCloskey Meet Tooten and Ter, an unlikely crime-busting duo. Terrance has been dropped into the Colorado foster system and is lucky enough to find a great foster dad. He also gets the best companion ever in Tooten, a small mixed breed dog who is in training to be a service animal. Together, Tooten […]
by Wanda Vaughn It’s May of 1933 and twelve-year-old Alice O’Mara’s world has been blown apart. First the tornado injured her sister and destroyed their home in Helena. Then, when the family goes to Birmingham to be close to the hospital, her brother Albert gets lured into working with the local moonshiner for easy money […]
by Carol Norton Izzy and Deanie are going on a five-day cruise with their high school Spanish club to Mexico. Even Angela, Izzy’s older sister, is going so Izzy’s parents don’t worry that the girls could get into trouble. But there’s mystery aboard The Gulf Seas and Izzy and Deanie get right in the middle of it. […]
Join author Jamie Dodson on April 5, 2014, at the Monte Sano Writers’ Conference. Jamie will be presenting two sessions on Novels to Movies, and Historical Fiction at 10:15 a.m. and at 12:45 p.m. Jamie will be with the conference authors at the book signing from 3:15 to 4:30. You can find out more info […]
by Chris McCloskey Thirteen-year-old Terrance O’Connell thought his life was over when he met his foster father, Captain Leroy Gonzalez. Although growing up in a family of small-time criminals had its drawbacks, this placement with an old, retired police captain seemed like an unendurable situation. Then Ter met Tooten, Cap’s service-dog-in-training. They formed a partnership, […]
Award-winning author Jamie Dodson joins the discussion of his novel “Flying Boats & Spies” at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library’s next Author Chat Book Club meeting. “Flying Boats & Spies” will be discussed Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at Pizzelle’s Confections at Lowe Mill. 2211 Seminole Drive, Railroad Room #4A, in the South Annex. For […]
I read a great article from Mental Floss that I would like to repost: Words that are their antonyms By Judith B Herman: Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, “Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression” […]
Wanda Vaughn is currently working on her next book in the Alabama Girls series, Birmingham, 1933: Alice. Look for it later this year.
Two e-books will be released in October. Look for an adventure and mystery in Bad News Cruise, the book in Carol Norton’s Locksmith Series. And new author to OnStage Publishing, Chris McCloskey will debut with an unlikely pair of problem solvers in A Nose for Crime, an e-book geared to guys, grade 6 -12.
October will be a very busy month. Senior Editor Dianne Hamilton and author Darren Butler will lead workshops at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) WIK 2013 conference in Birmingham, AL on October 12th. Visit the Southern Breeze website for more information.
Catch Annie Laura Smith, author of Bletchley Park, Will Paris Burn, and Saving DaVinci, at the Huntsville Museum of Art on Sunday, August 25th. She will explain how she developed middle-grade and young adult characters who helped with the war effort in their respective countries.
by Carol Norton It’s murder! The cute, new guy in town is found at the bottom of the community swimming pool. Angela’s alibi is weak and someone is threatening the kids who were at that pool party. Izzy and her best friend, Deanie, must help Angela prove that she did not kill the cute new […]
by Carol Norton Maybe Mrs. Mitchell had been kidnapped, maybe killed, or maybe she had just run away from her husband. Maybe someone had dug up Mr. Haymer’s prize-winning tulips, just before Beautification Week out of jealousy, or maybe there was a body buried there. Maybe the man in the green car was a police […]
We are proud to announce that Wanda Vaughn’s first book, Huntsville: 1892, Clara, won a bronze medallion in this year’s Moonbeam Awards for children’s writing. Presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher magazine, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood […]
by Wanda Vaughn 1892: Huntsville, Alabama: Exciting things are happening that May, but what excites Clara Landers the most are the bicycles she sees around town. After riding double with her bicycle racing hero, Clara is determined to have one of her own. But a girl, riding a bicycle…shocking! And they are expensive! That doesn’t stop […]
by Jamie Dodson It’s 1936 and Lieutenant Commander Toshio Miyazaki of the Imperial Japanese Naval Intelligence Directorate and member of the secret Black Dragon Society receives a new mission. He is to steal the secret US Naval radio codes that keep American communications secure. Miyazaki is pleased as the mission provides another opportunity to kill […]
Our launch of our first ebook author, Carol Norton, is officially October 1 with her book Too Many Maybes. This will be the first in her Locksmith series, a fun read about two 9th grade girls who manage to look behind the curtains and unravel the mystery. The ebook is for sale for on Smashwords.
by Jamie Dodson 1935! The winds of war have begun to fan the flames of conflict across the Pacific. As sixteen year old Nick Grant tries to support his mother and sister during the Great Depression, he‘s swept into a deadly contest between spies struggling to control the Pacific Ocean. Nick’s life changes abruptly the […]
by Mary Ann Taylor I opened the logbook… and wrote Case Number 43 — Stop the Traitors! It is 1942 and America has been at war with Germany and Japan for a year. Overseas, the military is preparing to launch a counterattack against the enemies’ shores. At home, civilians are rationing to help provide scarce […]