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Happy 4th of July!!!

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Hooray! It’s another year of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 239 years ago on July 4, 1776. It’s a time of celebration with our families and friends, watching fireworks, and eating lots of food.  As you prepare for your day of fun, here are a few facts you may not know:

  • Although adopted on July 4, it wasn’t officially signed on this day.
  • More than one copy exists.
  • A riot broke out in New York upon the news and a statue of George III was melted to shape more than 42,000 musket balls.
  • Eight of the 56 signers were born in Britain and not America.
  • Richard Stockton became the only signer to later recant his support of the revolution.
  • One of the copies sold for $8.1 million.

For expanded explanations and additional things you may not know, go to History.com. As always, be safe and have a great day!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

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Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin Pre-order & Review

Jelly Bean Summer

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: May 2, 2017

Oh man, Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin took me back to my youth of wanting to escape unpleasant realities and to feel a sense of doing something worthwhile. And like Joyce Anne, I spent many nights staring at the starry sky. Heck, I still do! And even though the story takes place during the time of the Vietnam War, kids today can still relate to soldiers, some family or friends, going MIA because of our current international wars.

Now let me tell you, this isn’t a war story. Oh no, it’s about making unlikely friendships and getting past mutual sorrows. But most importantly, it’s about finding a purpose and to know you made a difference in someone’s life. This book made me laugh. Oh, and this book made me cry. But never did I stop cheering for Joyce Anne to continue with her funny flying saucer mission. Yep, I said flying saucer. Truly, I dare you to pick up Jelly Bean Summer to find out what I mean!

ABOUT THE BLURB

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Joyce is desperate to get out of the room she shares with her older sister. All she wants is some peace and quiet, not the kind of quiet that fills the space left by her missing brother. It’s the kind where you can breath deep and see the stars.

So she moves to the roof. Up there it’s nothing but blue sky. Blue sky and…another roof dweller? Joyce soon discovers she’s not the only one who’s been driven to rooftop living. With the help of a pair of binoculars, a sketch pad, and a pen, Joyce makes an unexpected friend and sets in motion a summer she’ll never forget.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joyce Magnin

Joyce Magnin is the author of the popular and quirky Bright’s Pond novels. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. When she’s not writing or reading Joyce enjoys baseball, needle arts, video games and cream soda but not elevators—especially glass ones. She listens to many kinds of music, shamelessly confesses to enjoying American Idol, has never eaten a scallop or sky dived. Joyce has three children, Rebekah, Emily and Adam and three grandsons, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren and one son-in-law, Joshua. Joyce lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her son, Adam and their crazy cat, Mango, where she cares for an eighty-year-old onion plant.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Although St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday in Ireland, people across many nations now celebrate March 17, the day believed to be Patrick’s death. Here are some noted facts:

  • St. Patrick was not Irish.
  • Born a nobleman in Britain about 400 A.D.
  • An atheist in his early years
  • Kidnapped by Irish pirates at age 16
  • A slave in Ireland for 17 years
  • Rediscovered his faith while in Ireland
  • Returned to Ireland as a missionary
  • Legend states St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain Christian Holy Trinity. (But it’s said no evidence proves he ever did.)
  • Still unclear if St. Patrick died in Ireland

And for those who are Irish, know someone who is Irish, or just want to help celebrate for their own pleasure…put on your green clothes, green hats, green glasses, green everything, and have some green beer, or green cake, or green potatoes, or anything drinkable/edible green, but pah-lease don’t call me later when you are feeling oh-so green!

Be safe and have fun! And again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fiction

Merry Christmas

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Wishing all my family and friends a Merry Christmas! Safe travels to everyone going out of town. I hope everyone has plenty of food to stuff their bellies and joy to fill their hearts. And if it’s within your power, remember those less fortunate. Christmas should be about giving and less about taking.

Also, I send prayers out to those whom are ill this Christmas and fighting diseases. May God touch you with his grace, heal you, and bless this day and everyday for your future.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Thanksgiving is a designated time to remember what we are thankful for in life. For many, it’s having our health to spend time with family and friends while gorging on amazing meals until our stomach feels like it will explode. But there are others who might be joyful they survived a fatal illness to be here celebrating with people they love. Or maybe, there are those thrilled to still have a job, maybe paid off a mortgage, or even happy because they got that iPhone they’ve always wanted.

As for me, I’d like to thank:

  • My family and friends who’ve supported me with my writing. (And a special shoutout to Keith and Chris for donating on my GoFundMe page!)
  • My daughter and grandson for bringing me joy in my life with their adventurous spirit.
  • My readers. (Because without y’all, I’d have no reason to have a blog!)
  • All my critique partners, beta readers, and anyone who has ever glanced at a few pitches/pages/chapters and offered feedback  (I LOVE you guys!).
  • Contest hosts for supplying fabulous opportunities with agents and mentoring, and for those who selected me at some point in the past, for one thing or another. (For example: Brenda Drake, Authoress, Michelle Hauck, Samantha Fountain, and Jessa Russo.)
  • The mentors that participated in contests. Your feedback was completely awesome!
  • All slush readers (agents, editors, mentors, etc.) are the bomb. We don’t send enough chocolate, and I apologize!
  • The creator’s of Preditors & Editors, Writer’s Beware , Absolute Write Forums, Publishers Market Place, and QueryTracker. (I use them often.)
  • All the authors that allowed me to participate in their book releases or cover reveals!
  • For all the ARCs I received, because FREE BOOKS before their published is AWESOME!
  • I have a job and I adore working with all my coworkers!
  • And finally (but not last), to God for giving me the strength to get through each day.

I’m sure there are many things and other people I may have forgotten, and ask forgiveness if I have. Everyone in my physical and virtual life are very important to me. Y’all give me strength to become the best me. Thank you for being a part of my life!

Whatever your reason for being thankful today, I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

XOXO

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So, I said I wouldn’t be back until 2015. But before I logged off WordPress, I read that Andy Mulberry (an author of middle grade stories) nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Holy-moly…and THANK YOU Andy!!!

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Okay, so I’ve no idea where this award originated but I wouldn’t care if it was by a kindergarten class insisting to award me for best misfit socks. I’ll proudly except this nomination! Woot-woot! (And seriously, hop over to Andy’s site and learn about her stories!)

The award rules are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations (Wow…that’s a lot.)

Okay, here it goes:

  1. I secretly love cheese more than chocolate. (Shhh, don’t tell Miss Swiss. I’ll need her this winter.)
  2. The past few years I’ve been bah-hum-bug about Christmas and have decorated only one to two days before the magical event. (You read that right. Behold. A Christmas tree erected on Christmas Eve.)
  3. My daughter had to sweet talk me into NOT taking the tree down the day after Christmas last year. (You in the corner, stop throwing stones! Refer to #1 and continue.)
  4.  I have a dog that does a front handstand when she urinates. Every. Time. (Don’t ask me how she keeps the pee off herself, but she does.)
  5. I once searched for thirty minutes wondering where I’d put the TV remote. Gave up and got a glass of tea. The remote was in the fridge. (Loosing my mind at twenty and have been going full force ever since.)
  6. While playing cards with friends on the Fourth of July (once again, in my twenties) and laughing, a temporary tooth that I thought was permanent fell out of my mouth and onto the kitchen table. Needless to say, the game never resumed because no one could stop laughing. (Alcohol may or may not have been involved.)
  7. My writing mind finds inspiration in almost anything. I once proved it by blogging an idea about toilet paper. (Seriously. My dog vomited. I stepped into the muck and imagined bacteria absorbing into my skin, causing me to grow claws and a tongue that could lick the wax out of my own ear.)

Now for my nominations:

  1. Brenda Drake
  2. Authoress (Miss Snark’s First Victim)
  3. Dan Koboldt
  4. Lauren Spieller
  5. Jessa Russo
  6. Caitlin Sinead
  7. Veronica Bartles
  8. Natasha Neagle
  9. SC Write
  10. Lucas Hargis
  11. Laura Heffernan
  12. Kimberly P. Chase
  13. Michelle Hauck
  14. Rae Chang
  15. Amy Trueblood

Okay, I was wrong. Fifteen isn’t enough to name all the wonderful people blogging great stuff! If I didn’t name you, it’s not because I don’t love you! And some that I wanted to name, I had trouble finding your blog. (Remember, I was in a hurry to post this so I could get on with Christmas shenanigans.)

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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As the year winds to an end, I’m thankful for all the wonderful friends I’ve gained over the past twelve months. The writing community is more supportive than ever imagined. And as y’all know, I tend to pay forward what I learn. Thank you for a wonderful year and please stick around for some exciting interviews, giveaways, and shared knowledge in 2015.

And to my family and unwriterly friends, I’m who I am today because you’ve been a part of my life. I look forward to sharing more happy days with everyone in my physical and virtual world in 2015. (I’ll return to blogging in the new year.)

Be safe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is a designated time to remember what we are thankful for in life. For many, it’s having our health to spend time with family and friends while gorging on amazing meals until our stomach feels like it will explode. But there are others who might be joyful they survived a fatal illness to be here celebrating with people they love. Or maybe, there are those thrilled to still have a job, maybe paid a mortgage off, or even happy because they got that iPhone they’ve always wanted.

As for me, I’d like to thank:

  • My family and friends who’ve supported me with my writing.
  • My readers. (Because without y’all, I’d have no reason to have a blog!)
  • All my critique partners, beta readers, and anyone who has ever glanced at a few pitches/pages/chapters and offered feedback (The list is SUPER long and I LOVE you guys!).
  • Contest hosts for supplying fabulous opportunities with agents and mentoring, and for selecting me at some point in the past for one thing or another. (For example: Brenda Drake, Authoress, and Jessa Russo.)
  • Slush readers. (I know your eyes cross and we don’t send enough chocolate!)
  • The creator’s of Preditors & Editors, Writer’s Beware  and Absolute Write Forums. (Trust me when I say they’ll save you from agent and publishing scams.)
  • All the Amazing author’s who’ve allowed me to interview them this year!
  • And finally (but not last), to God for giving me the strength to get through each day. (For numerous reasons, but especially my health.)

I’m sure there are many things and other people I may have forgotten, and ask forgiveness if I have. Everyone in my physical and virtual life are very important to me. Y’all give me strength to become the best me. And yes, you complete me! (Go ahead, grab a tissue.)

Whatever your reason for being thankful today, I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

XOXO

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA Fiction