February 14, International Book Giving Day And A Chance to WIN BOOKS!

What comes to mind when you see the date February 14th?
Love doesn't make the world go 'round.
 Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
~Franklin P. Jones
No doubt it’s Valentine’s Day, the day for lovers!

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep
 because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss

BUT what about those who are lovers of books? Well, good news! Valentine’s Day is also for BOOK LOVERS! February 14th is also International Book Giving Day!

  Here’s a little background for those unfamiliar with the holiday. This is a day devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to
1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.  (More on International Book Giving DAY https://bookgivingday.com/blog/about-2/)

SO WE, members of #Gr8blogs, are giving away BOOKS!
Give Away runs from 2/1 2017 to 2/15/17

CLICK AND LOG IN AND MAKE YOUR PICK> HERE below. (I'm at the bottom of the list!):

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"The love of learning,
The sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss

For A Have A Chance to Win 1of my 2 books, signed print copies of Janoose The Goose and Janoose and The Fall Feather Fair  for (USA only)



 Terms and conditions: There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. Eight winners (still to be determined exact amount) will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner(s) do not respond within 72 hours, a new winner(s) will be chosen. This giveaway is open to all who live in and outside of the US. However, as there are several sponsors of this giveaway who live both domestic and international. Print books are available only for domestic country of author origin; ebooks offered outside author's country of origin at their discretion.

Book Giving Day

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I'm giving away two of my picture books.  Stay Tuned!

 is just around the corner! This is a day devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need. It falls on the same day as Valentines Day, and what better way to say I Love You than by giving your loved something that they can enjoy over and over again. A Book! February 14th is a day to tell our family and friends we love them. What better way to tell our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. than with a book!

February 14, International Book Giving Day

 Books are small things that leave a lasting impact! So many authors are where they are today because of a book. Imagine, by our giving a book instead of a card we could be helping to inspire a future author. What’s more, an inscription on the inside cover is the best way to take a book and turn it into something more.  Never underestimate the power of giving a book. After all, books are where the magic happens!
Starting February 1st, 2017 we will be giving away 14 signed copies of various books, and ebooks as well! The giveaway will run from the 1st-15th of February 2017!

FROM: http://carmeladutra.com/blog-post/book-giving-day/#comment-2559

The Authors' Words: An Interview With Author Robin Elizabeth Mason

The Authors' Words: 

Writing since 1995, Author Robin Elizabeth Mason cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas until 2013 when she began in earnest to work on her debut novel, Tessa
Robin Elizabeth Mason
 Robin struggled with her own identity and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility for many years. And her characters are no different. They face many of these same demons. Robin’s books force her characters to question, “Who am I, really?” Robin Elizabeth Mason’s stories will touch you in a very real and a very deep way because she writes from experience.

Hi Robin, Thank you so much for doing this interview!

How did you start writing and when?
I first started in 1995 as therapy (self-prescribed, i.e. Holy Spirit) while I was going through counseling and overcoming depression. Fast forward to 2008. While I was out for a walk, the beginning of my debut novel came to me, and the rest as they say, is history. I open my bio with the statement that, “I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

What is your publishing story?
Tessa was that story that came to me that summer. I started college in February of 2009, and was diagnosed with RA in 2010, so my writing was on the back burner. I graduated in 2013 and when I didn’t land the career I thought I would, my writing just took off. By November, I was looking at [vanity] publishers when a friend suggested Amazon for Kindle. I finished my manuscript—and without a CLUE about cover designers let alone editors or beta readers, I sent her off to be published. Several months later I realized I needed print copies, and sent her to CreateSpace.
Friends and readers were asking if there was a sequel. I hadn’t planned one—at least, I didn’t think I had planned one but when I looked, Clara Bess was right there all along, in two very distinct places. As I started her story, the third and final story emerged, and the overall series story arc became evident.
I am now working on a new series.

What is the storyline around your unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy?
The series is called unsavory heritage because of Cissy’s story. Our words have power, and the things we say are what we will believe above anything else we hear. Cissy heard something as a child and believed it, and set the tone of her life. In turn, words she spoke resonated through seven generations of women after her—and the unsavory lineage was put in motion.
Tessa, the first story, is two sisters who although not twins, are identical. (Part of the heritage.) When one dies, the other assumes her identity. Each of the women in the lineage has her own story to tell, and each of them have something to discover about themselves and who they are.

Tell us about your anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.
During the time when I wasn’t writing prose, late ‘90’s to early 2000’s, I wrote dozens of poems. Several of them appear in this anthology.
My friend, Mary Blowers, who put this anthology together, also approached me about a second one, this one short stories. My story, Sarafina’s Light, is one of my favorite of my pieces. The second anthology is Blood Moon, and the following excerpt speaks to your next question: “Sara had always led a solitary sort of life, even in the midst of family. She felt isolated, and therefore was; felt invisible, and was. She seldom spoke up, rarely offered opinion, even when asked. Whatever you think, she’d say. She had learned, and learned the hard way. Her opinion, her thoughts, her heart – were always wrong.” 

How much of yourself, if any, is in your characters? 

Yes. Also in my bio I say “I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons. 
I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.”

I’ve had depression off and on in my life. I found that my writing can help change my mood. Does writing do the same for you?
Yes, because it is the gift Father has placed in me and as I exercise His gift, it becomes an act of worship, which always lifts my mood.
Plus, there is the sense of accomplishment, and the fact that I get my mind off of my and onto someone else’s problems for a while—even if they are fictional…

I know that you put your characters in situations that force the question, Who am I? 
It has become my platform. 

Robin, do you know who are you now and did writing help you to figure it out?
Yes, absolutely. It’s such a God thing, as I began to “dabble” in this passion that has always been in me, I began to see who I am, and the more I saw who I am, the clearer I can see who Father is; and the more I can see who He is, the better I can know who I am.

I think depression, in a strange way, was helpful in how I am able to make a character sympathetic and believable in a story. Do you find that too?
I think anything of ourselves that we bring to our characters and our stories makes it much more believable and credible. I have a hard time writing romance because I haven’t had so much in my own life.  

Who gave you help and guidance along the way? 
At first it was a writer friend from church. As I got more into writer circles, my network of writer friends has grown, and there are several whose posts have been great help and benefit. I am not part of two local writing groups as well.

What were some of the pitfalls you ran into in your own writing career? 
Not knowing nothing! I jumped into the deep end without a clue! My first cover…. S.M.H. As an Indie everything is on me. There’s so much I still don’t know, but baby I’ve come a long way in three years.

Has being published been all you thought it would be?
It’s amazing. I’m not sure what I expected but I’m still in awe that I’m doing what I love so much and get to call it work! I guess I expected bigger response, or maybe I should say faster recognition. Three years isn’t that long and it’s starting to come.

With your life experience, what advice would you give to your younger self? 

Who do you read? 
Yes. I have several author friends whose books I look for and I fear if I start naming them, I will a) not remember them all, or b) turn this post into a novella of names!

Where online can people find you and your books?  http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S

Thank you so much, Robin for doing this blog. I enjoyed talking with you!

You can find out more about Author Robin Elizabeth Mason at:



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Book Report: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates:
The Forgotten War That Changed American History
 by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.

I love American history: the good, the bad and the total ugly! Now I have found kids are not taught most of it. When my daughter was in high school she never learn, amount many historical facts, who Alexander Hamilton was and the great part he played in starting this nation, ty United States of America. She is now forty so I fear this lack of teaching American history, the Good, the BAD and the truth of both, have not be taught to a few generations.
Barbary States of North African practiced piracy for money. U.S. merchant ships were being boarded and raided by these pirates for personal gain. The young nation was near impoverish do to debts incurred from their war of independence for Great Britain. And up to this point, before the war of Independences, the United States had been under the British flag and British paid the bribes to the Tripoli/Barbary countries.
This history account shows how appeasement does not work. Some enemies only understand strength. This book is a timely account about USA history and how strength is needed to face enemies who hate our freedom and would take it from us. This fact-based history book gives a great overview of a war most Americans don't remember or have not been taught at all.  ~JD

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