Julie E. Landon

Meet Featured Indie Author Julie E. Landon!

Meet her in person at the shop on Saturday, September 23 at 1pm for a Meet the Author Story Time, where she will read her book The Little Voice.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. I have always had a vivid imagination and loved to “make believe.” I have a sister, and we used to play together a lot, along with our imaginary friends. I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married 18 years. We have two children, Eddy (13) and Lillie (7). I graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Marketing, Public Relations. I have had a few different jobs along the way and they have all brought me to the place where I am now.  I currently walk dogs and bring my children with me. The walks we have together is when we generate most of our story ideas. My children play a big roll in how I have developed the story ideas and picture ideas for the books.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I home school my children so that takes up a lot of time. My daughter and I play pretend a lot…she takes after me with her elaborate story lines. So, I devote all the time I’m not writing or promoting my book or working on other projects to my family.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I used to write a family newsletter when I was in high school and I wrote on the school newspaper. But, I’d have to say writing and publishing a book wasn’t something I thought a lot about growing up or even as a young adult. It started out as telling my son a story and it evolved into a story I wanted to share. My entire family gets involved and we have a lot of ideas for more books.

4. Do you have an upcoming book? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?

I am working on a mystery book with my daughter. It’s for children ages 4-8 years old I’d say. She wanted me to tell her a mystery story once and that’s how that one took off. She’s had more input in this book and I’m very excited about it! It should be out early 2018.

5. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The Little Voice was a story that I made up with my son. He asked me to tell him a story once and then again and again. So each time it got better. After a few years I decided to write it down. Once the timing was right, I found the illustrator Amanda Gaskins Morris, and it all fell into place. It’s all imagination except for the characters who are inspired by my son and husband. The illustrations are created from pictures of my son and husband so that makes this book extra special to our family.

6. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why for The Little Voice?

I love the “talking” frog. He represents our inner voice. He has SO much to say if we’d just listen. Of course to me, the inner voice is God’s voice speaking to us. It’s amazing how if you listen you will hear and if you follow you will be amazed at what can happen!

7. Who is an author that you look up to today?

Because I have children and my daughter loves the Berenstain Bears, I’d have to say Stan and Jan Berenstain. I love how their family is still involved with those books and new books are still coming out. I love that so many have a message of doing good for others and how to treat others.

8. What is your favorite genre of book to read?

I love to read about history, but historical fiction is a favorite because you can put yourself into that time period and experience what those people were going through.

9. What is your favorite book?

A book that really gives you something to think about is The Same Kind of Different. I read it last year and I still think about it. I’m so excited that a movie based on the book will be released this fall.

10. Who is an author that has inspired you?

At this point in my life Corrie ten Boom has become a source of inspiration. I devoured the books written about her and by her this summer. She and her family were amazing.

11. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Never give up! Listen to advice from others and decide what to take and apply. Also, seek out other authors, they aren’t so much your competition as they are your teachers along the way. It may be that you learn what not to do, or you learn what works.

12. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?

I hope you will listen to The Little Voice and enjoy the story. But once the story book has closed, I hope you will then begin to listen to your own little voice.

September Book Club

For the month of September, we're reading Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.

The meeting is September 29 from 5-6pm.

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Space is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $20, which includes the book, a keepsake, and a snack. 

We will discuss the book at the meeting, so remember to sign up with plenty of time to read the book. The participant will receive the book and background information upon registration. Participation is at the parent's discretion.

Summary from publisher:
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They’re waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables — but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, it’s not long before Anne Shirley finds herself in all kinds of trouble. But soon it’s impossible to imagine life at Green Gables without her.

E. Danielle Butler

Meet Featured Indie Author E. Danielle Butler!

Meet her in person at the shop on Saturday, August 26 at 1pm for a Meet the Author Story Time, where she will read her new book Zachary Goes to School.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am wife to Brandon and Mommy to Zoe and Zachary. I am a former teacher and recruiter turned full-time creative.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I love sleeping, eating and dancing when I’m not writing. And those are in no particular order. LOL.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As a kid, I wrote many elaborate stories. I’d create characters and storylines and then assign the roles to my dolls and stuffed animals. As a young adult I contemplated the idea of really going full force but chickened out to write in the background instead.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I compose most of my “greatest” works on scraps of paper and napkins.

5. Is there any particular authors or books that influenced you growing up?

As a young kid my favorite books were series like Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club.

Pearl Cleage was one of my favorite authors. Though her themes featured lots of mature subject matter, I was fascinated by her characters. I knew them.

6. Do you have an upcoming book? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?

I just finished and released my third children’s book, Zachary Goes to School, this month. I am working on a devotional for women called Thoughts and Prayers for the PostPartum Mom. I’ll have it ready for an early fall release.

7. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The events in my children’s book are inspired by real life experiences!

8. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why for Zachary Goes to School?

My favorite part to write was the conversation between Zachary and Daddy as they headed out for the first day of school. The things he shares are things that we live by in our home.

9. Who is an author that you look up to today?

I really like the work of Kimberla Lawson Roby. While her books are fiction, there’s some truth and brave exposure that can be found in her writing.

10. What is your favorite genre of book to read?

 I like dramatic fiction. I also like fiction that focuses on the quirks of average characters.

11. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book (right now LOL) is Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes.

12. Who is an author that has inspired you?

C. Cherie Hardy; She’s got 13 years in the business as an independent author and continues to refine her process and approach. Many of her books are also inspirational in nature.

13. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Go for it! Do it afraid! Don’t talk about writing, be writing.

14. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for your continued support. I hope that you find and see yourself reflected in some part of each of my works.

August Book Club

For the month of August, we're reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

The meeting is August 25 from 5-6pm.

Please call (678-635-8801) or come by the shop to register as space is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $20, which includes the book, a keepsake, and a snack. 

We will discuss the book at the meeting, so remember to sign up with plenty of time to read the book. The participant will receive the book and background information upon registration. Participation is at the parent's discretion.

Summary from publisher:
One of the most celebrated and beloved works of literature ever written for young readers.

Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There’s boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The four become the firmest of friends, but after Toad’s latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels?

Most Anticipated Fall 2017 Releases

We love new releases, and we have a list a mile long of books with fall release dates.
We're so excited for all of them, but here are a few we are just dying to get our hands on:

New Releases for August

Anne of Green Gables (BabyLit Collection) Introduce little ones to beloved redheaded orphan Anne Shirley as they explore Prince Edward Island and the places that Anne loves. August 22

Anne of Green Gables (BabyLit Collection)

Introduce little ones to beloved redheaded orphan Anne Shirley as they explore Prince Edward Island and the places that Anne loves.

August 22

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn! August 29

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn!

August 29

I Carry Your Heart with Me  An adaption of the famous e.e. cummings poem "I Carry Your Heart With Me," now in board book format!  August 22

I Carry Your Heart with Me 

An adaption of the famous e.e. cummings poem "I Carry Your Heart With Me," now in board book format! 

August 22

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived #15) Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox is heading to New York City to find his father, but becomes trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops. August 29

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived #15)

Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox is heading to New York City to find his father, but becomes trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.

August 29

New Releases for September

Hooray for Books! Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it's nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, Owl, Giraffe, Elephant, or Lion. As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won't do.   September 12

Hooray for Books!

Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it's nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, Owl, Giraffe, Elephant, or Lion. As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won't do.
 

September 12

Wishtree Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is author Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view. September 26

Wishtree

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is author Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

September 26

Chasing Augustus "I, Rosie Gillespie, am unsinkable. Here's how I got that way." September 19

Chasing Augustus

"I, Rosie Gillespie, am unsinkable. Here's how I got that way."

September 19

Pick the Plot (Story Thieves #4) When Owen finds himself stuck in a Pick Your Own Plot story, things get more complicated than ever. September 26

Pick the Plot (Story Thieves #4)

When Owen finds himself stuck in a Pick Your Own Plot story, things get more complicated than ever.

September 26

New Releases for October

(October is a new release explosion!)

Miguel's Brave Knight Margarita Engle and Raul Colon come together for a book filled with poems about Spanish writer Cervantes as he grew up and developed the idea for Don Quixote. October 1

Miguel's Brave Knight

Margarita Engle and Raul Colon come together for a book filled with poems about Spanish writer Cervantes as he grew up and developed the idea for Don Quixote.

October 1

Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2) This exciting sequel to a beloved book is a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery. October 3

Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2)

This exciting sequel to a beloved book is a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery.

October 3

Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe (Dork Diaries #12) The series picks up as Nikki counts down to the end of the school year and is questioning how she’ll spend her summer. She faces an even bigger dilemma when she develops a crush on a new classmate. October 17

Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe (Dork Diaries #12)

The series picks up as Nikki counts down to the end of the school year and is questioning how she’ll spend her summer. She faces an even bigger dilemma when she develops a crush on a new classmate.

October 17

Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story #1) The first in a brand-new series about best friends: two third graders who are destined for superstardom.  October 3

Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story #1)

The first in a brand-new series about best friends: two third graders who are destined for superstardom. 

October 3

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Now he has escaped, and guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts." October 3

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Now he has escaped, and guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."

October 3

Beasts Made of Night A Nigerian-influenced young adult fantasy where mages can pull sin from a guilty party, but at a cost - a cost paid not by the guilty, but by the aki, sin-eaters who must slay the beasts made of guilt. October 31

Beasts Made of Night

A Nigerian-influenced young adult fantasy where mages can pull sin from a guilty party, but at a cost - a cost paid not by the guilty, but by the aki, sin-eaters who must slay the beasts made of guilt.

October 31

New Releases for November

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to British charity Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling's international charity, Lumos, which will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, one can only hope that passing wizards will feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore. November 7

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to British charity Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling's international charity, Lumos, which will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, one can only hope that passing wizards will feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.

November 7

Here We Are Oliver Jeffers offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child–and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home. Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth.    November 14

Here We Are

Oliver Jeffers offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child–and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home. Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. 

 

November 14