8/31/19

Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

I awoke this morning to this wonderful review of Treasure in Catclaw Canyon from Readers' Favorite Review. 


For immediate release:
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Adventure book "Treasure in Catclaw Canyon" by Anita Stafford, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1081739452.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
"Reviewed By Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon: The Legend of Sassafras House, Volume 2 by Anita Stafford is the story of a boy who misses his father and believes the best of him when that might be a questionable action. It’s a tale of stolen items and a treasure map. Kale discovers a painting in a local store. This painting was stolen and Kale believes he needs to rescue it. He believes a treasure map he has will lead to gold and thus help him pay for it. Kale is interviewed by a local newspaper about other money he found, which brings his absent father back into his life. Where has his dad been for six years and why does he show up now? Can Kale find the treasure? A unique ending awaits you.

Many children miss absent parents and wonder what they did to cause them to stay away. Treasure in Catclaw Canyon: The Legend of Sassafras House, Volume 2 by Anita Stafford is a great resource for discussing these feelings. Written in the first person, in easy to read text, the mystery of a treasure map lures in young readers. Anita Stafford connects the plot with the analogy of the domino and butterfly effects to add dimension to the storyline, along with great foreshadowing of events to come. In addition, Anita Stafford supplies a link to a teacher’s guide. I recommend Treasure in Catclaw Canyon for school counselors and for parents dealing with this issue. A wonderful story!"
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8/20/19

Book Reviews

An author needs reviews as much as a fish needs water. Reviews are essential in the book business. Not only do authors like to receive feedback, potential readers want to know what everyone else thinks about a book.

Even when readers love a book, the reviews may be hard to come by. This is especially true for children's books. A kid might like to leave a review, but most kids don't have the means to do so. Children's authors must depend on parents to leave a review for their child.

Sometimes parents aren't really sure what to say in a review. Honest reviews are the best. If you don't know what to say, just ask your child. Ask what he liked or didn't like about the book. Use the child's words in the review. Good or bad, the author will benefit from hearing honesty.

Most online sellers use a 5 star system for book reviews. Assigning a number of stars may be confusing to some. Here's my own general interpretation for ranking a children's book.

5 stars = I would definitely recommend this book for kids.
4 stars = Kids would probably enjoy this book.
3 stars = This is an okay book for kids.
2 stars = There's probably not much kids would like about this book.
1 star = I wouldn't recommend this book for kids.

I want to know what my readers think. Reviews are how I find out. You don't even have to buy the book to leave a review. You can review a book that you received free or checked out of a library.



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8/14/19

Books Are Alive and Well

I was overwhelmed with the turnout at my recent book signing. One particular attendee was a young man I met last year while visiting a middle school. He told me he had read The Legend of Sassafras House, and that he wanted to buy book #2 in the series, Treasure in Catclaw Canyon. Those were sweet words to my ears.

I've heard several people complain that family members are preoccupied by video games and/or social media. I know those things can, and have, become an obsession for some. However, judging from the number of people who came to the book signing, I am confident that my community is full of readers. Before you label a person, consider that looks can be deceiving. There could be something of substance on that screen.

Although nothing can replace traditional books for me, e-books are a popular alternative. If you see me staring at my tablet or phone, I'm likely reading a book. I have a large collection of e-books in my library. I also use the Libby app to check out electronic books from the public library.

The Legend of Sassafras House and Treasure in Catclaw Canyon are available in both paperback and electronic versions. So, whether you're a reader who wants a book on a screen or one to hold in your hands, there's something for everyone. All kinds of books are alive and well.



Photo credit: Paragould Daily Press


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8/5/19

August Book Signing

Want to know something authors fear? 

One thing is having a book signing that no one attends. I can't say this has ever happened to me, but it could. It's a nightmare-quality fear.

I'm going to take a chance that something like that won't happen, though. I'll be signing books at the Greene County Library in Paragould on Monday, August 12. I'll be there from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. I'll bring books 1 and 2 of the Sassafras House series. This includes The Legend of Sassafras House and Treasure in Catclaw Canyon. 

I hope old friends, new friends, relatives, and in-laws will all have a chance to attend. Bring a kid with you. These books are suited for ages 8- to 12-years. I'm looking forward to seeing you there. 📘😊







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