Can you believe September has already come to an end? The good news is it's time to celebrate the many literary achievements of our friends and colleagues. Welcome to this quarter's Hugs and Hurrahs post!
“Ghost stories from Put-in-Bay have never been so creepy, fun, and full of mystery! The haunted history of Pudding Bay comes to life—even when the main players are dead. Visit Perry’s Cave to catch a glimpse of its mysterious, otherworldly glow. Or look for ghosts amongst the hallways of Cooke’s Castle on Gibraltar Island. Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained; just be sure to keep the light on.”
What a perfect book for the season. Congratulations, Jay!
Lori McElrath Eslick has much to celebrate this quarter. Four pages of illustrations for the story:
The Trapped and Tangled Loon were in the April 2022 issue of Cricket Magazine.
Her cover art painting for Janet Heller's book; Nature's Olympics, was published as cover art for Cricket Magazine (pictured above), and was displayed at ArtPrize 2022 iin Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lori also won Best of Show in the 2022 75th Annual Michigan Watercolor Society Exhibition (and a $2000 prize) for her plen air painting "Fly Fishing the Platte River" that originally was commissioned to illustrate a story in National Wildlife Magazine. This painting is included in a touring exhibition (for the 2022-23 year) around to art centers in Michigan.
We’re so proud of you, Lori!
Well done, Jean!
Kristin Bartley Lenz's YA short story "Flirting with Danger" was published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of Antioch University. “Lenz’s sympathetic portrayal of young people is an engaging and conversational story about assumption, rumors, and truth.”
Way to go, Kristin!
Murdered in 1925, Katy must seek the help of sixteen-year old Lila and her sister to save her from her demon prison.
It's a young adult paranormal mystery with themes of forgiveness, sisterhood, and coping with bipolar disorder.
What an honor, Cindy!
Her earlier book, "Cady and the Bear Necklace," also received this award.
We're so happy for you, Ann!
Ian Tadashi Moore's audiobook Where All the Little Things Live recently won Second Place for best audiobook in the Purple Dragonfly Awards!
Two best friends. One tiny tent. An attraction that’s impossible to ignore.
We're excited for you, Melanie!
Monica A. Harris has sold 18 writing passages to Data Recognition Corporation. (DRC is a company that hires writers for various assessment testings around the country.) Her pieces have included such topics as biographies, history of various games, animal life cycles, and the invention of many modern technologies.
In addition, her business as The Doodling Duchess has taken off! She teaches her method of meditative doodling as a way to gain personal insight and relieve anxieties. She has done several workshops for kids including teenagers and they have found doodling a way to concentrate, deal with trauma, and a form of stress relief.
That's wonderful, Monica!
Finally, the Critique Carousel Co-Coordinators, Alicia Curley, Wendy BooydeGraaff, and Natalie Aguirre would like to congratulate Dionna Roberts who will receive a critique from Janine Le and to Valerie Kemp who will receive a critique from the agent of her choice from SCBWI-MI's Critique Carousel Equity and Inclusion Scholarship for historically marginalized or underrepresented writers.