Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SAVE THE LEMMINGS! Don’t Be A Lemming, by Kai Strand

Have you ever been accused of being a lemming? When someone calls you a lemming, they are indicating that you are blindly following a direction or a crowd, along the same vein as “Would you jump off a bridge because all your friends are?” When you are asked to do something or support something that you know little about, don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “Why should I do this?” or “Who else is involved?” The more questions you ask and the more information you are given, the less likely you are to find yourself in an unexpected and uncomfortable situation.
The idea of media attention gone bad is demonstrated in our everyday lives. I think it’s even worse now that misreports can go viral and spread around the world before the subject even knows wrong information is out there. I admit, that I’ve hit the share button on a story that made me angry only to find out afterward that it was false. That’s really embarrassing and I try to be more cautious now by checking Snopes.com or confirming the story through other sources first before sharing it and my opinion.
In my new novel, SAVE THE LEMMINGS, I’ve combined both misreports and some lemming-like behavior to really screw up main character, Natalie’s life and now it is up to this incurable priss to overcome the lies and scandal and set the story straight. Will her sunshine and daisies personality win out or will it be trampled by a stampede of reporters?
There are real lemmings in my novel too and Natalie gets so distracted by the overwhelming media attention that she almost forgets to save them!
Don’t be a lemming. Be responsible about the things you say and the manner in which you say them. Remember, there are people on the other end of that story who your words impact.
About the Book: SAVE THE LEMMINGS! 8th grade inventor, Natalie Isabelle Cailean Edwards is the N.I.C.E. girl who finishes last with the kids in school. Sappy inspirational phrases and monochromatic outfits have all but her best friends wrinkling their nose at her. When Natalie’s invention, the Texty-Talky, goes nationwide, she becomes an overnight sensation. Suddenly her days consist of photo shoots and interviews with little time left for her friends. A local reporter shatters her good-girl image by reporting a graffiti incident and the media launches into a smear campaign. It is so bad, even her friends start to believe the stories. Will Natalie be able to overcome the lies being printed about her? Read and excerpt and order your copy of Save the Lemmings here: http://www.featherweightpublishing.com/ShowBook.php?YA=KS_SAVE_LEMMINGS

About the author:  Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale is set in the same storytelling village as The Weaver. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.
Link to author’s website: http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/.
Get the book from Amazon.
Link to Excerpt.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

It's never too early to teach children about health and safety. Children's author Melissa Abramovitz has written a delightful, rhyming ABC picture book for kids ages four-eight that introduces these very topics in a fun, entertaining way.
As children follow the journey from letters A to Z and learn the alphabet, they will also explore and learn important tidbits about health basics and safety habits ranging from active aerobics to needed nutrition, to toothbrushing time to vital vitamins, and much more.
The language and tone of the book are appropriate for this age group and Alexander Morris' brightly colored illustrations are the perfect complement to the author's melodic rhymes.ABC's of Health and Safetyis perfect for homeschoolers, teachers and parents in either a classroom or home environment. Highly recommended!
Find it on Amazon.
My review originally appeared in Blogcritics Magazine