Monday, September 30, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway Winners

For the month of September 2013, I offered a giveaway of five copies of The Legend of Ghost Dog Island on Goodreads. Thanks to everyone that showed interest in my book.

And the winners are:

Paula Bowron, of Lexington, KY
Lacey Galicia, of Visalia, CA
Jan Starks, of Sunriver, OR
Brynne McGuire, of Dallas NC
Tiffany Tinney, of Seaford VA

Congratulations!  Your copies will be sent out tomorrow, October 1.  Enjoy your free book!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Hop Winner of free Signed copy of The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

The winner, drawn randomly from the comments from the Middle Grade Back to School Blog Hop, is Serena Schreiber! (Sorry, my original post misspelled her name.)

Thanks to everyone that joined in this fun event, and for visiting all of the authors that participated!

Until next time....happy hopping.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Back to School Middle Grade Blog Hop

Yes, It's back to school time, and I'm here doing a Back to School blog hop for middle graders, and giving away one copy of my middle grade fiction, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island.

Back to school means different things for different people. I remember my own children getting excited on the first day back to school. New clothes, new supplies, new books, and catching up with their old friends.

But in many cases, back to school doesn't always mean the first day of school. It might  mean the first day in a brand new school, or it might mean entering a new school nearing the end of the semester or school year.

For ten-year-old, Nikki Landry, from The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, her houseboat settles into a new bayou at least twice a year, and a new beginning means the end of  her old school and her old friends. She has to deal with the sadness of losing her closest friend, and the fear of what bullies might await her in her new school. Nikki lives on the wrong side of the levee and gets the brunt of being called names, such as Levee Rat.

My childhood was much like Nikki's, and starting a new school several times a year was a challenge. But now that I look back on it, my growing up was riddled with new adventures with every new place we settled. As an adult, it has made me more flexible in the working world, which is always full of change.

For every child that has ever had to change schools in the middle of the year, this book will hit home. Join Nikki as she adapts to her new surroundings, and as she and her new-found friends search out clues to learn the truth about Ghost Dog Island's legend. 

Buy links, reviews, and a book trailer are on the right side bar, along with a current giveaway on Goodreads. 

After you check those out, go visit the rest of the middle grade and YA writers on this hop on the link below. Don't forget to leave a comment here before you go to be eligible to win a free copy of The Legend of Ghost Dog Island.

While you're blog hopping, check out Julia Faye Smith's blog

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy, A YA Novel, by Brittany Oldroyd

Today on the Bayou, I'd like to welcome Brittany Oldroyd with her exciting new young adult read. It's a story of dragons and legends. Yes, you know I like legends!
Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy

When seventeen-year-old Nissa leaves at her father's insistence, she believes the trip to Idari will be a short one. But when she meets a young dragon exile, Edgeshifter, her life is thrown into chaos. Along with danger and mystery, Edgeshifter brings word of a legend as old as time itself. Nissa is forced into an adventure she isn't sure she wants. With only Edgeshifter and her heart to guide her, Nissa must embark on a journey full of destiny, danger, and legend. Her quest will require her to prevail over the shadows covering the land and save both the elves and dragons from ultimate destruction.

Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy is the story of a young princess's journey to become a true hero and follow her heart.

Buy now at Tate Publishing.

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About the Author

Brittany Oldroyd has had a passion for writing since middle school, where she began to write Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy. Since then, she's experienced many trials that have tested her determination, including a truck fire that destroyed all of her work. Like her characters, she believes in dreaming big and never giving up. She recently graduated high school and plans to go to BYU-Idaho in the fall. She wants to major in English Literature with an emphasis on Creative Writing. Along with her passion for reading and writing, Brittany has a love for night skies, music, and thunderstorms.