Friday, April 22, 2016

Newest Reader & the 74th Kid Lit Blog Hop

Carpinello's Writing Pages would like to use this Hop to welcome aboard our newest reader. Please join me in welcoming to the world our family's newest addition and a future reader!

Nina Marieborn April 19, 2016

And Now, 

Welcome to the 74th Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting Hop, now monthly, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature.

On this Hop, Carpinello's Writing Pages interviews

MG Author
Elizabeth Woodrum


YA author
Betty Bolte

Remember, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Simply make a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

Our next Hop will be May 18, 2016.

Happy Hopping!

Reading Authors, Hostess

Julie Grasso, Author

Cheryl Carpinello, Author


Pragmatic Mom

The Logonauts

A Book Long Enough

Hits and Misses



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Meet YA Author Betty Bolte

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes YA author Betty Bolte. I had the pleasure of meeting Betty last October when we were at the Vegas Valley Book Festival to accept medals from Literary Classics for our books.

First, a bit about Betty:

I live with my hubby on a 22-acre farm in Tennessee with our two outdoor dogs and one house cat. I started reading romances in the 1980s, much to my mother’s dismay—she actually threw away a copy of my friend’s mother’s Rosemary Rogers novel! But I was hooked, and there was no going back. Language and writing are my first loves. I have written in a variety of types and genres and have been published since 1995. I started writing as a child—short stories and reports—but turned professional as a technical editor and freelance writer, and then published historical fiction and romance. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and the Authors Guild.

Why did you pick to write books for Young Adults?

I wrote Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure for a YA audience because I wanted to bring history to life, to make it entertaining for younger readers and perhaps spark a love of history in the process. I stumbled upon the idea by reading a book that listed the historic landmarks in America and was surprised at the number dedicated to youth. Since it was a book most youth wouldn’t read, I decided to write one they might enjoy and thus discover other youth and what they’d accomplished. Perhaps it would even inspire them to strive for their own dreams.

What types of books do you like to read?

I read a little of everything, including a lot of nonfiction—biographies, histories, memoirs, etc.—for research purposes. But my favorites are historical fiction, classics, mysteries, and contemporary romances.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I love to go outside and walk or hike, dance with my husband, read, crochet, cross-stitch, and travel to historic sites.

Tell us about Hometown Heroines and how the story came to be.

Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure is a collection of 18 short stories, each featuring the actions of a particular girl who lived in the 1800s who is remembered today with a landmark or exhibit dedicated in her honor in America. Each of the 19 girls—one story is about two sisters—did something worthy of her community and our country establishing a durable way of celebrating her achievement or actions. Most remarkably, they were all teenagers or younger at the time. The historical sites range from a park, to a statue, a railroad trestle, and even a mountain. Included with each short story are the biographical facts the story is based upon, a list of other books/resources related to her, and the locations of landmarks and other sites. I was honored to receive for this book a gold medal for Best Female Audience YA book in 2015 from the Children’s Literary Classics organization.

Here's a peek at Hometown Heroines:

During the 1800s, daring and courageous girls across America left their unique mark on history.

Milly Cooper galloped nine miles through hostile Indian Territory to summon help when Fort Cooper was under attack.

Belle Boyd risked her life spying for the Rebels during the Civil War.

Kate Shelly, when she was 15, crawled across a nearly washed-out railroad bridge during a ferocious thunderstorm to warn the next train.

Lucille Mulhall, age 14, outperformed cowboys to become the World’s First Famous Cowgirl.

These are just a few of the inspiring true stories inside Hometown Heroines—American Girls who faced danger and adversity and made a difference in their world.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

Yes, I’ve written several other nonfiction YA books, two on starting school clubs for Mason Crest (Foreign Language Clubs and Hobby Clubs), and two on horse sports for Chelsea House (Dressage and Jumping). I’ve also written romances, two paranormal for Liquid Silver (Traces and Remnants), and four historical (A More Perfect Union series set in Charleston, SC during the American Revolution). Emily’s Vow, Amy’s Choice, Samantha’s Secret, and Evelyn’s Promise each features a woman fighting for her own form of independence at a time when the women’s rights movement was just beginning along with the new country of the United States of America.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I’m always writing! I’ve started writing a spin-off trilogy set in 1785-86 Charleston, featuring the three Sullivan brothers introduced in the AMPU series. I’m also working on a historical women’s fiction series.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Write what you’re passionate about. Dig down inside to find the emotion to put on the page. Don’t publish the story before it’s ready. Just because you can easily self-publish doesn’t mean the story should be quickly put out there before its polished. Get away from your writing regularly to refill the well with activities and experiences that inform and energize your stories. But most of all, don’t write/publish in a vacuum – join a supportive professional organization related to your genre/category of books to learn and grow as an author.

Anything else you want readers to know?

I know I’m not perfect, but I do my utmost to ensure that my historical stories are based on meticulously researched facts to the best of my ability. One male reader reviewed one of my romances. He admitted he didn’t normally read romance but he did find the historical details accurate. That was a huge compliment to me! Also, the Historical Novel Society has given very positive reviews to the AMPU series. You can find links to the reviews on my website.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My books are available at most retailers and e-tailers. The best starting place is my website, From there you can find me on social media, and the descriptions and buy links for my books. You’ll also find a list of my upcoming appearances where we can meet. I love to hear from my readers, and am available to talk to book clubs (in person if possible, or via Skype). You can also sign up to receive my newsletter to keep informed about new releases and other news. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meet MG Author Elizabeth Woodrum

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes one of our favorite types of authors today: Teacher-Author Elizabeth Woodrum.

First, a bit about Elizabeth:

I am originally from Indiana. I moved to Ohio after college for a teaching position and have lived in the Dayton area since 2002. I have been a teacher for about fourteen years, having taught grades four, six, seven, and eight during that time. I currently teach sixth-grade language arts.

I began working on my first independent author project in 2012 and published the first book in my middle grade mystery series in 2013.

Why did you pick to write books for Middle Grade?

I chose to write for a middle grade audience because I was inspired by my time spent with fourth-grade students. I taught that grade for ten years, and I know that age level well. I kept them in mind as a possible audience while writing.

What types of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre is fantasy, though I do enjoy realistic fiction as well. I read a lot of YA books, especially now that I teach sixth-graders. I like to keep current with what they are reading, but I also just really enjoy that genre.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I spend a lot of time reading or listening to audio books. I find inspiration from books I enjoy. I spend a lot of time walking or playing with my dog. I adopted her from a rescue organization four years ago, and she is my little shadow.

Tell us about Maisy and the Mystery Manor and how the story came to be.

My current book is the third in the Maisy Files series. This particular story came about because I wanted to have something that would be timely, since I wanted to publish it in October. I also wanted to mix things up a little bit. The previous two books took place mostly at Maisy’s school. The third book has a completely different setting.

Here's a peek at Maisy and the Mystery Manor:

Super sleuths will be thrilled to know that everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective is back with a double dose of mystery adventure!

As Maisy participates in a mystery weekend event for junior detectives, she uncovers a real case. Could a ghost be haunting Mystery Manor?

Find out in the exciting third installment of The Maisy Files!

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

My other two books, Maisy and the Missing Mice and Maisy and the Money Marauder, are my two other published works. They introduce readers to the character of Maisy Sawyer, a fourth-grade detective with quite an imagination. In the first book, Maisy is tasked with finding the school’s missing mice mascots. In the second, she must solve the case of stolen lunch money.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I’m currently toying with a few new ideas for Maisy. But, I also have a YA novel that is bouncing around my brain. I’m planning on releasing another Maisy book in the spring or early summer. But, I would like to also write a YA novel sometime in the future.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Keep writing! I find that if I take a break, it’s much harder to get back in the swing of things. Also, do your research about the publishing process to determine if you want to go the independent or traditional route. Whichever route you choose, be informed.

Anything else you want readers to know?

I want readers to know that I greatly enjoy writing stories for Maisy. A lot of my inspiration comes from my classroom experience, and I think that makes my stories very relatable for young readers.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Amazon Author Page

My books are available online. The e-books are available only through Amazon, but the paperbacks can be bought at just about any online retailer. The first two books are currently available in audio book format through Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. The third audio book will soon be available as well.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Book Blast for Koolura and the Mayans

Koolura and the Mayans Book Blast

About the Book:

Title: Koolura and the Mayans, Book 3 

Author: Michael Thal

Publisher: Summer Solstice

Publication Date: March 16, 2016

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery



Koolura, a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, is back again with pal Leila. The duo is off to Mexico for Koolura’s father’s wedding. When touring a Mayan archeological dig, the girls uncover a mysterious device that hurtles them 2000 years back in time. They soon discover aliens from the planet Aquari living amongst Mayan natives. Are these Aquarians planning to take over Earth? And can Koolura and Leila stop them in time?

Other Books in the Koolura Series:

The Legend of Koolura, Book 1: Koolura isn’t an ordinary girl. She has what every child dreams. She has the COOL.

Koolura has doubts about herself. She and her father have relocated so often she has few community ties. Here, at her new school, for the first time in her life she feels right at home.

Koolura is a sixth grade Armenian girl and this story tells how she obtained the cool powers and gradually learns to use them. She has the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear where she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and she can even defy gravity!

But will these powers be of any use in stopping a stalker intent on the destruction of Koolura and her friends? He’s determined to retrieve Koolura’s unrealized cool powers with the mysterious decoolerizer.

The hour approaches for her final confrontation with her nemesis, the stalker believed to be responsible for her mother’s death.

Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback, Book 2: Koolura has the ability to teleport, levitate, heal, and even fly. But at Camp Saddleback, Koolura wakes up drained and powerless. Who or what has stolen her psychic powers?

As Koolura searches for the truth about her power loss, she and the Chumash Girls have to deal with pranksters ruining their cabin and destroying their summer. Campers plan revenge but problems escalate as lives are threatened. Will Koolura and the Chumash Girls solve the mystery at Camp Saddleback?

About the Author:

Michael Thal is the author of five published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura SeriesThe Legend of Koolura, Koolura and The Mystery at Camp Saddleback, and Koolura and the Mayans. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner writing articles about parenting and education.

Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school aged students.

Learn more about Michael Thal:  Website /Blog.