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Young Adult Book Clubs Can be a Tough Crowd.

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kariong-library-book-clubI love reading young adult stories even though I’m almost 68 years old. I can’t tell you why I like it, but I do. In fact, the last book I wrote, “Princess Adele’s Dragon,” was a young adult fantasy. The one thing I found out when trying to tell my story about Princess Adele was I had to get and keep my audience attention. How does a geriatric woman get their attention?  I can’t dance because I’m to stiff.  I don’t know where to start when it comes to doing a rap. I can certainly read the story with a little acting taking place, at least using my arms. Then I have the problem of the kids thinking I’m going to throw the book at them with my arm gyrations.

I read where Henry Winkler (The Fonz) and his co-writer Lin Oliver do a kid-friendly presentation of Hank Zipzer. It’s dynamic, with lots of visuals on the screen. The trick is to get the audience involved. Besides haveing visuals you can come up with a hands-on activity.  I think I might bring play dough and let them make me a dragon just to see what their minds come up with.

Young readers are perceptive and the middle school grades are trying to put their world together along with their identity. If they can really get into a book they identify with the characters. Book clubs is a safe place for that type of exploration to go on. Henry and Lin actually go to the Young Adult Book Clubs to give their presentation. Some are at school and others are after school or on Saturdays.

If you have a middle school age child you might think about getting them involved with a book club. That might solve a problem with keeping them occupied.

 

 

 

I’m Having a Celebration

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Princess Adeles Dragon3It’s done and finally gone live on Amazon.  My new ebook Princess Adele’s Dragon. It has taken me a little over a year to get it completed. If you like fantasy and Gothic times you will like this book.

Princess Adele sets out to save her and her brothers Kingdom from a beast that threatens their way of life. What she encounters is totally unexpected and sets her on a new path. If you like gothic times with Kings, Princess’s, Castles and bad guys then you will like this young adult fantasy. You will fall in love, hate the bad guy and fight a war.

There is a read inside option on Amazon. Click on this link and it will take you right to it.

http://amzn.to/25lUOYM    If your Kindle Unlimited you may read it for free. Be sure and leave a review even if you didn’t like it, but I know you will 🙂

Have a totally blessed day and let me know what you think.

Shirley

Tamie Dearen

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Hello Everyone, welcome to my Shirley McLain blog. I’d like to intoduce you to my guest author today, Tammi Dearen. Tami is in the midst of doing a blog tour for her book,”Alora.”

I just completed reading book one of her Best Girls Series called, Her Best match.The book was a pleasure to read and I gave it a five star rating on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Hi! I’m Tamie Dearen—wife, mother, grandmother, dentist, Jesus-lover, musician, composer, and author (as of 2013). I’ve published four books and a novella in The Best Girls Series, and one Young Adult Fantasy, Alora: The Wander-Jewel. As a relatively new author, I’ve found Rave Reviews Book Club to be a great resource for information and a wonderful place for mutual support.

Work in Progress

Alora: The Portal (Book 2 of the Alora Series)

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So here’s what’s coming up in the next book in the Alora series.

Alora’s father is still trying to kill her, of course. Meanwhile, Stone Clan and Water Clan are racing to find the portal between the two realms. We will meet some characters from Water Clan and find out what it is like to live under Vindrake’s oppression. We also discover the past events that resulted in Vindrake’s complete turn to evil. We meet a man who voluntarily infiltrates Stone Clan to spy for Vindrake, motivated by his own bitter need for revenge.

While accompanying the Stone Clan group on a quest to learn how to dissolve the soulmate bond, Bardamen uses every opportunity to search for a future wife. But instead, he meets a woman whose sharp wit and tongue put him in his place repeatedly.

And even though Kaevin and Alora are soulmates, their relationship has its share of struggles. After all, an emotional and physical bond doesn’t create the perfect relationship. In addition, they’re teenagers who grow and mature as the story proceeds.

We will find a secret place where the clanspeople live in harmony with one another, embracing the very differences that have alienated the clans throughout Tenavae. We also get to meet another soulmate couple. There will be lots of actions in both worlds, resulting in a bit of confusion for the park rangers at Yellowstone. And I still don’t know how I’m going to fit this all in one book!

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Sally’s Warnings Chapter 4

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Background
Sally has the exhusband of her once best friend show up on her door step. She doesn’t know how to deal with him so she does what ever she can to get rid of him. She is also having to deal with an alco

 

Is this night ever going to end? Sally’s tossing and turning through the night causes her to wake frequently. When her eyes pop open, she hears Bill’s voice saying, “I love you.” She finds herself wide-awake when her parents get up to get ready to go to work.

“Mornin’, Mom. I’m going to get me a cup of coffee. Do you want me to get you one?”

“Sure, it can cool a little while I’m getting dressed. Why are you up? I usually have to drag you out of bed before we leave the house.”

“I can’t get into it right now, but I’ll tell you later. I have a lot on my mind right now and it messes with my sleep.”

“Is it something I can help you with, baby?”

“No Mom, this is something I have to work out for myself.”

“Okay, when you’re ready to talk let me know.”

“Sure, Mom, I will. I left your coffee on the kitchen counter by the pot.”

Sally takes her coffee back to her room. Sitting on the bottom bunk, she sips her coffee and thinks about telling Linda about Bill. I’m not going to tell her anything until I decide what I’m going to do. Maybe the show this afternoon will take my mind off my problem.

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Sally pulls in front of Linda’s house and honks. Her younger brothers come running out of the house, yelling back at Linda. “Sally’s here”. They are like bugs on the car, all over it and asking what seems like a thousand questions. Linda gets in the car, but has to get out, getting her brothers off the car so they can leave.

“I bet they are a handful for your mother,” Sally says laughing. She backs the car out of the driveway and heads for McAlester.

“You have no idea what it’s like living with them two. They are constantly into something or trying to be mean to me. They don’t bother Carol, because they know she will whip them.”

“I thought your sister left for East Central. Haven’t they started school?”

“No, they haven’t. She is leaving this weekend to get her dorm room set up. Since it’s her second year she’ll be staying at a different dorm than she did last year.”

“Changing the subject, Mom told me she’ll get daddy to fix the floor board of this car. I’m so tired of losing shoes out those blasted holes. I lost one last week when we went to the river. Mama told me to stop pulling them off and I wouldn’t lose them.”

“She’s right, cause you never leave your shoes on your feet,” Linda says.

“I don’t like wearing shoes. I want to go barefooted. It drives mama crazy. She is one who puts her shoes on first thing in the morning and they don’t come off till bedtime.”

The girls get to town without any problems. Sally parks in front of the Okla Theater and they buy their tickets for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. They go into the theater and stand for a minute at the door to let their eyes adjust to the darkness. When they feel they can walk in safety, they walk the center aisle until they find two empty seats together.

“Excuse me, excuse me”, both girls say as they step in front of two young fellows to get to their seats. The movie was beginning as the girls settle into their seats with their popcorn and cokes to drink. Occasionally they glance at the two boys sitting beside Sally. “They’re good-looking,” Linda whispers to Sally.

In one scene, Bette Davis screams and jumps at someone with a hatchet. It startles Sally, who then screams and grabs the young man sitting next to her. When she realizes what she’s done, she’s embarrassed. “I am so sorry I grabbed you. The movie scared me and I didn’t realize what I was doing until it was too late.”

The young man laughs, “it’s all right, I grabbed my brother’s arm. We weren’t expecting it, that’s all.” The four of them finish watching the move, get up and walk to the lobby. The young man looks at Sally and smiles. “My name is Mike Hentry and this is my brother Dougin. Would the two of you like to go for a float at the A&W?”

“How about we follow you there? That way you won’t have to bring us back to my car,” Sally says.

“Sure, if that is what you want to do.”

“Mike, my car is right in front of the theater. Where are you parked?”

“We’re in the parking lot at the end of the street. Give us a couple of minutes to get to the car and then head to the drive-in. What are you driving?”

“I’m in a black ‘54 Ford. It will be easy to spot. I think I’ve got the oldest car in the area.” They all laugh, and the boys head for their car. As soon as the boys get out the door, the girls start talking.

“Can you believe this,” Linda said. “Both of them are as cute as bugs’ ears, but I like Dougan.”

“That’s quite all right because I like Mike. I like his blonde hair and blue eyes.” Sally digs the keys out of her purse and they walk to the car.

“Oh, it’s awful out here,” Linda whines. “We should have come to a night show.”

“Yeah, it kind of sucks the air out of your lungs. Once we start moving it’ll get a little better.” Sally pulls into the slot at the A&W the same time Mike and Dougin pull in.

Mike leans out his window and says, “Come on over here and get in.”

Sally and Linda get out of the Ford and walk to Mike’s car. It’s a red ’62 two-door Chevy. Dougin gets out of the front seat and holds the seat back for Linda to get into the car. Dougin then crawls in beside her. Sally gets into the front seat next to Mike. Sally starts the conversation between her and Mike. “Do you live here in town?

“We have an efficiency apartment at Willow Valley Motel. We’re doing a job for Cherokee Telephone Company.”

“Really, that’s our telephone company.”

“You know all of that underground cable that’s going in.”

“Yeah, I’ve seen it.”

“That’s what we’re doing, laying that cable. Let’s get our drinks ordered. What do you want, Sally?”

”I’d like a root beer float.” Sally replies.

“Dougin, what are you and Linda going to have?” Mike asks.

“We’re both having a Coke float.”Dougin tells his brother.

They all have their floats and continue talking about each other’s lives. The time arrives for Sally and Linda to leave. “Thank you, Mike, for the floats. We had a nice time. Maybe we’ll see you when you place the wire in our area,” Sally says.

“Yeah, maybe, but I have a better idea. Why don’t you and Linda have dinner with us next Saturday night and then we’ll go to the drive-in theater?”

Linda leans on the front seat, “I think that’s a great idea. I’m all for it. What about you, Sally?”

“Sounds like fun. Do you want us to meet you in town or are you going to pick us up?”

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As Sally and Linda sit with their newfound friends, they do not notice the car following them. Bill can’t believe what his eyes are showing him. Sally gets out of her car, goes, and gets in the car with this blonde dude. Who is he? Sally is going to marry me and no one else. Go ahead, little girl and have your fun, but you’re not getting rid of me, ever.

 

Chapter 2 Sally’s Warning

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Background Sally is dealing with an alcoholic father, a young man’s unwanted attention and her senior year in highschool. She leans on her only true friend, Linda.

First day of school finally arrives. Sally was ready for the bus when it stops in front of her house at 7:30. Mr. Bowen was the driver and had been since she started to school at Stuart. When Sally’s foot hits the first step-up, Mr. Bowen speaks to her. “Good morning, young lady, how was your summer?”
“Fine, Mr. Bowen. Did you have the summer off?”
“Sure did, but I still had to work the farm. I’m ready to get back to driving so I can get a rest.” He chuckles and closes the door. The kids are excited and everyone is sitting next to someone talking ninety miles an hour. Sally finds an empty seat and sits next to the window. She likes looking out the window as they drive the five miles to Stuart School.
The Bus only makes one more stop before it gets to the school. They pick up the Wood and Kirkland kids. No one sits beside Sally. She pulls out her library book and begins to read. Whenever she wants to escape, she does it in books.  Withdrawing into her reading is Sally’s way to escape all the fighting and problems caused by her dad’s drinking, or anything else that might bother her. When the bus stops in front of the school all of the kids get off. Sally’s first class is Study Hall, so she has forty five minutes that she can read before she has to start her classes.
Linda is waiting inside the front door, grabbing Sally as soon as she enters the building. “Are you ready for this? I can’t believe we’re seniors. I’m excited, but I’m also wondering what’s going to happen.”
“Hi, Linda, you are wound up this morning. I can tell you’re excited. There’s no point in worrying about any of it. We’ve got everything handled. I’m just ready to get this year over with. Come on, let’s go get our seat in study-hall before everyone else gets there.
The two girls walk to study hall, which is actually the school library and pick out a couple of desks  next to the windows. Since the school is not air-conditioned, they want to feel the air coming in, if it does. The middle of August can be a killer when it comes to the heat. The temperature outside this morning is already eighty-two degrees, so they know the afternoon will be a scorcher.
Mr. Chambers, who usually teaches the sciences, is the homeroom teacher this morning. “Ok, everyone, welcome back for your last year at Stuart High.” A big round of applause and cheering erupts out of the class. “You’ve almost made it through. Since this is the only class where you’re together, this morning we are going to nominate for Homecoming King and Queen. I know basketball season hasn’t started but it will be easier if we do it now and get it out of the way.” Sally moans to herself because she knows what is about to happen.
“Let’s hear the nominations for Queen.” Mr. Chambers says.
Three hands go up in the air. Amanda nominates Brenda Jones, Ronald nominates Cassie Smith and Janice nominates Sally.
“All right will the three nominees leave the room and we’ll call you back when the voting is over.” Mr. Chambers waits while the girls leave the room.
I’ve been through this every year and I know my nomination is just meanness. I’m not going to give them the satisfaction this year. “Excuse me, Mr. Chambers.” Sally said, as she stood up by her desk.
“Yes, Sally, what is it?”
“Mr. Chambers, I’d like to respectfully decline the nomination for Home Coming Queen.”
“Thank you, Sally. Please be seated. Would the other two nominees please leave the room?” Mr. Chambers smiles at Sally when he sits down at his desk. He knows some aggrevating fun for the class snobs went the wrong direction.
Cassie Smith wins the nomination as she does every year. She is bright, beautiful and built very well. The boys call her, hot stuff.
Sally feels relief. That one act of standing up for herself was six years in the making. After study hall, Sally and Linda head to their next class. Linda pokes Sally with her elbow. “I can’t believe you did that.”
I’ve gone out to the hall every year knowing I was too fat and not liked enough to be Homecoming Queen. I decided this year I wasn’t going to let them do that to me again. I can’t help that I’m not built as good as the other girls, but they’re not going to rub it in anymore.”
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The school day over Sally returns home on the bus. She goes in the house and immediately picks up the phone to call Linda. Neither of her parents are home, because the workday isn’t over for them. She or Linda  call as soon as they get in the house. This ritual has gone on since the first time they met.
“Hi, has Linda made it home yet?”
“Yes, Sally, she’s here. Hold on and I’ll call her to the phone. I don’t know how you girls can talk so much. You just left her after being with her all day.”
“I know but we didn’t have the chance to talk about some things.”
“Hold on.”
It took Linda a couple of minutes to get to the phone. “Hello”.
“What took you so long to get to the phone?”
“I have to go to the bathroom sometime, silly.”
“You can take care of that when you know I’m not going to be calling you.”
“Oh, dry up. There’s times that are forced on you. You should know that very well, Miss Run Over By Her Own car,” Linda said laughing.
“Okay, you made your point. What are you doing this evening?”
“Just all that home work that we got today. Oh, I want to ask you if you’ve heard from Bill.”
“Not since he took us to get those Coke’s. Maybe he’s decided he’s tired of me being rude to him. I sure hope so.
“I heard Floyd tell one of the guys that his brother was at Ft. Sill.”
“Bill is still in the Army. I don’t think he has much longer in his enlistment, maybe a month or so. He’s come home every weekend to his mom’s place since he has been in Lawton.”
“Maybe he will leave you alone. Time will tell.”
Dark Shadows will be on in about ten minutes. Give me a call after it goes off so we can talk about what we think is happening.”
“All right Sally, I’ll call you. Bye.”
“Bye”
Sally hangs the phone up and starts on her chores. I hate sprinkling those starched clothes. I don’t know why daddy want’s his pants so starched anyway. They will stand by themselves. At least I don’t have to iron the stupid things. Mine is bad enough without having to do his also.
The washtub is in front of the couch and the clothes are on the couch. Sally has the TV on channel 10 when the eerie music begins letting her know Dark Shadows is starting. She sits sprinkling the clothes, rolling them up, and completes the process by placing them in the tub. She’s through in fifteen minutes and then covers the tub with a couple of towels, to keep the clothes from drying out. Now she sits back and listens to Barnabas chide Angelique about causing trouble at Cottonwood. Before she knows it, the program is over and the phone rings.
“Hello Linda, what did you think? No, I think Angelique and that other ghost will do something with those two kids. Have you noticed how much their behavior has changed? I think it will get really interesting before it is over. Oh, ok, I’ll see you in the morning. Don’t let your dad work you too hard. Bye.”
Sally hangs up the phone and goes to the kitchen table to get her homework done. She keeps losing concentration thinking about her dad. Wondering what time he will get home and how drunk he’ll be.