Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Survey Results Are In!

I posted a survey on Friday, November 26th.  Here is the link to the original post: http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/2010/11/survey-about-reading-books.html

My question was:
What method do you primarily use to read books?

The choices were:
- Audiobooks
- Hardcover or paperback
- Electronic devices (Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle, etc.)
- Online (Kindle for PC, pdf, etc.)
- Do not read books

There were a total of 18 comments. 

The primary method used to read books, which received a result of 100%, was hardcover or paperback.

Secondary methods of reading books, were as follows:
- Audiobooks - 11%
- Electronic devices - 16%
- Online - 5% 

** Those who have tried reading books online, but found they did not like that method, were not counted in the online percentage.

I am happy to report that no one chose do not read books.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Survey About Reading Books

QUESTION:  What method do you primarily use to read books?

CHOICES:   - Audiobooks
                      - Hardcover or paperback
                      - Electronic devices (Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle, etc.)
                      - Online (Kindle for PC, pdf, etc.)
                      - Do not read books

Please leave a comment and I will share the results of the survey in a blog post on Tuesday, November 30th.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let's Talk Turkey

Later this week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day.  I thought in honor of the turkey that most people will be serving up on Thursday, I'd share some books that all have something in common.  They all have the word turkey somewhere in their titles.  I'll break up the titles by reading levels.

Baby - Preschool
- Torey Turkey Goes Skiing by Gwyn English Nielsen
- Turkeys Never Gobble by Joan Holub
- This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine
- Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-lisa
- Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

Ages 4 - 8
- The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg
- A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
- Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
- Turkey Pox by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Perky Turkey's Perfect Plan by Judy Goodspeed

Ages 9 - 12
- Turkey Trouble (Nancy Drew Notebooks #56) by Carolyn Keene
- The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
- The Turkey That Ate My Father by Dean Marney
- Don't Be Such a Turkey! (Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo) by Nancy Krulik
- Swamp Monsters Don't Chase Wild Turkeys by Debbie Dadey

Young Adult (YA)
- The Case of the Cold Turkey (New Sugar Creek Gang Books) by Pauline Hutchens Wilson
- The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot by Arthur Scott Bailey
- Turkey Soup For the Rest of Us: Hilarious Anecdotes About Average People Doing Really Stupid Things by Peter Taylor

** I've not read any of these books, but I thought the titles were interesting.

Do you have a favorite book with the word turkey in the title?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ten Questions With Debra K. Dunlap

Today my guest is Debra K. Dunlap, author of the YA fantasy Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair. 

1. Hi, Debra.  Could you tell us a little about yourself?

First, I'd like to thank you for hosting me, Susanne.  I appreciate the opportunity to present my work and the MuseItUp Publishing Company to your readers.

Well, let's see, I am the mother of five wonderful children, grandmother to seven beautiful little ones and aunt to a horde of nieces and nephews.  My educational credentials include a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Paralegal Studies.  Although I've spent most of my life in Alaska, I currently reside in a very small town in Wyoming.

2. Would you describe your desk or workspace?

My very large desk always holds my laptop, a cup of coffee, a globe, a gargoyle clock and a dragon letter opener.  I'm very partial to a tidy workspace, but I recently moved into a new house and haven't finished unpacking.  So, if you were to peek right now, you'd see a few boxes and sundries stacked at the end of the desk!

3. Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes!  "Imagination is more important than knowledge."  Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
I've always believed that imagination served as the foundation for Einstein's immense grasp of physics.

4. If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?

Anne McCaffrey!  She has written many wonderful books, but my favorites are those from the Pern series.  I've read them so many times that I feel I've actually met the characters.  I want to be a Pernese dragon rider!  What a treat it would be to have coffee with her and listen to her talk about her inspiration for the series.

5. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I'm not sure if it qualifies as a quirk, but I do some of my best writing when I'm not writing.  Whenever I am waiting in line, sitting in traffic or waiting to fall asleep, I'm usually creating scenes and dialog.  Recently, I waited on the freeway with traffic stopped due to some sort of work.  I was so engrossed plotting a new book that I didn't notice the state trooper, who directed traffic, trying to get my attention to move forward.  By the time I heard all the honking horns, the poor man was nearly jumping up and down in frustration.  I'm surprised he didn't pull his gun and fire a shot into the air!

6. Sounds like that could be the start of an interesting scene for a book.  Okay, on to my next question.  Do you write full-time or part-time?

I work full-time as a Deputy Clerk of District Court, so I write part-time.  I get up at 5 a.m. to write before work and write again when I come home.

7. What marketing strategies do you have for Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair?

I'm working to increase my online presence, such as developing a website, blog and Facebook page.  I particularly enjoy Facebook because it allows interactive exchanges, rather than the one-way posting of information provided by websites.

8. Could you share a little about any current writing projects?

I recently completed a new novel about a 15 year-old girl who survives the destruction of her entire village and must assume responsibility for the orphaned children.  The second book in the Magic in the Americas (Fallon O'Reilly) series is in the works, too.

9. What would be some ways for readers to contact you?

Readers are welcomed and encouraged to contact me at:

I can also be found at the following addresses:

10. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I'd like to acknowledge the encouragement and assistance provided to authors by Lea Schizas, founder of the Muse Online Writers Conference and owner of the MuseItUp Publishing house.  Lea is an amazing, hard-working woman with the stamina of a champion and a heart of gold.  She's created a publishing company with a wonderful team spirit and I encourage authors to submit to MuseItUp Publishing.     

Debra, thank you for stopping by today to answer some questions.  I've enjoyed getting to know you better.  I look forward to when book two of the Magic in the Americas (Fallon O'Reilly) series comes out.  I'll try to wait patiently.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Review of Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair

Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair

Book One in the Magic in the Americas series

AUTHOR: Debra K. Dunlap

COVER ARTIST: Delilah K. Stephans

PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing

RELEASE: October 2010

ISBN: 978-0-9865875-2-8

Available in various e-formats and available for Kindle at Amazon.com

To read a blurb about Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair, or to read an excerpt,  CLICK HERE.

My review:

Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair is a YA fantasy which is set in the cold, rugged Alaskan wilderness.  It is the story of Fallon O'Reilly, her wheelchair-bound cousin, Ardis, and their Wyoming friend, Eddie, and how they work together to try and defeat the powerful dark evil that has threatened the surrounding wizarding towns and their magic school.  It is full of Alaskan mythology, suspense, adventure, ghosts, and magic.  The wonderful characters will draw you into their world the very first time you read this book.

One of the things that drew me to the book was that it is set in Alaska.  I've always been fascinated by that part of North America.  I think that anyone who enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series will find this a wonderful first book in the Magic in the Americas series.  It will not only be enjoyed by YA readers of fantasy, but by adults as well.  I would highly recommend this book and I look forward to the day when book two of the series is released.


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