Avery Daniels's Blog
October 30, 2018
I have a great opportunity for you to discover a select few new cozy authors and enter to win a $60 Amazon gift card.
Go to this link and follow these authors on BookBub, Facebook, or Twitter for your chance to win! (click here).
Here is a great link (click here). for Halloween ideas from party
refreshments to decor that are inexpensive and easy. You will find:
Pumpkin Punch Bowl,
Spooky Fun Fruit Tray,
Mummy Jars (pictured),
Pretzel Mallow Skeletons,
Candy Corn Jello Shots,
Garbage Bag Spider Webs,
Pumpkin Ice Bucket,
Festive Door Hanging,
Candy Corn Nails,
Mini Doughnut Spiders,
Fireball Cider Cocktail,
Dead as a Doormat, and
Ghosts in the Graveyard Cupcakes.
September 4, 2018
Are you ready for some Pumpkin Spice everything, cooler temperatures, shorter daylight hours, and the display of fall colors? I love fall. It also means its time for the National Read a Book Day.
National Read a Book Day Sept 6, 2018
Incredible, but a Pew Research study says that 1 in 4 Americans hasn't a read a book in the past year.
"The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months has bounced around a bit since 2011, when Pew Research Center first began conducting surveys about book-reading habits. That year, 19% of adults reported not reading any books. The share of non-book readers hit a high point of 27% in 2015.
The same demographic traits that characterize non-book readers also often apply to those who have never been to a library."
Which makes National Read a Book Day so very important to encourage reading, share the joy of reading, and overall do the nation a good dead. A well read populace is a healthier, better educated populace.
Jimmy Kimmel does his own investigation asking people
on the street to name a book... any book.
ACTIVITIES to take part in the day
1. Read a book
"Maybe reading's not your thing. Maybe the last time you read a book was in school. (Maybe you didn't even read books in school.) But for National Read a Book Day, you can make an exception and thumb through a handbook about something that interests you. If you're a less reluctant reader, pick up that book you've been meaning to read and get to it! Whether you like print books you can hold in your hands or digital books you swipe across the screen, decide on something and read it. You'll be glad you did."
2. Donate books to your library
"Chances are you have a local public library, and chances are your library could use a helping hand. Though books have lost popularity of late, libraries do a lot of important work for their communities. Most libraries take donations and some will enlist volunteers to help with special events, community programs, and even daily library tasks. Donating books to your local library is a great way to share knowledge with your community, and book donations often help libraries flesh out their shelves."
3. Read to someone else
"As humans, we were meant to tell stories. Cultures around the world have storytelling traditions that date back centuries. When you get together with your friends, you likely share stories about what you've experienced since the last time you saw each other. We all use stories as our main method of communicating with the world. But whether you're telling a personal anecdote or you're reading a book aloud, sharing a story with someone else is known to reinforce bonds and strengthen relationships overall. For National Read a Book Day, you could read to your children, your parents, grandparents, or volunteer at a school, library, or senior center."
4. Post on FB, Twitter, Instagram, or do a Youtube video about the day and share what you are reading for the day.
5. If you have a blog, do a post on the day and it's importance.
6. Buy a book (whether print, ebook, or audio) and give it to a friend, or two - hopefully one you think they will enjoy and get hooked on reading.
7. Support literacy programs in your town. You can often find one at your local library.
8. Find out if your library or school system has a "Paws to Read" program where dogs (and in some cases cats) are used to listen to children read aloud. It provides practice without the risk of ridicule or embarrassment for the child. If so, see if you can bring a dog or support in another way.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY
A. Books are troves of knowledge
"Before the internet, books were the main means of storing, accessing, and spreading knowledge. And while the internet is amazing and efficient and better than books in a lot of ways, there are some compelling reasons to keep books around. First off, books don't require a battery and you can access their data during a power outage. There is no server providing books with their information, so it is always ready, right at your fingertips. Books travel without cords or adapters, and while storage of books requires a lot more space than digital storage, a lot of people still prefer to read books in print rather than ebooks on a screen."
B. Reading makes you healthier
"Studies show that people who read frequently show less signs of stress and higher problem solving abilities than people who don't. Reading also improves your language comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills. Frequent readers tend to be more aware of cultural differences and social issues, and they also tend to be more compassionate and understanding. While reading a good book is no substitute for a trip to the doctor, National Read a Book Day promotes awareness for all the physical and mental benefits to reading."
C. It reminds us to keep reading
"We're not really a society of readers, but reading is important. In our high-speed era of video clips and SnapChat, books can start to seem kind of irrelevant. But National Read a Book Day is all about keeping that good thing going. Books are a great art form that we can enjoy now more than ever. We've got more access to books than past generations, and our technology makes text-based communications an intrinsic part of our lives. Why not keep reading?"
D. Reading Improves our Capacity for Empathy
Back in 2013 "Emanuele Castano, a social psychologist, along with PhD candidate David Kidd conducted five studies...The results suggest that reading fiction is a valuable socializing influence. The study data could inform debates over how much fiction should be included in educational curricula and whether reading programs should be implemented in prisons, where reading literary fiction might improve inmates’ social functioning and empathy. Castano also hopes the finding will encourage autistic people to engage in more literary fiction, in the hope it could improve their ability to empathize without the side effects of medication." Julianne Chiaet, Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy, Scientific American, October 4, 2013
I am currently reading Daniel Silva's The Black Widow. What are you reading for National Read a Book Day?
Please post any activities you are partaking in for the day or how you are honoring the day. I'm doing 2, 4, and 5 so far.
Share your favorite place to read (I typically read in bed or on my couch, but a luxurious treat is reading in the bath.)
July 21, 2018
I am taking part in a virtual book fair and it comes with a great prize - $200. I had to pass this along to you!
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July 1, 2018
BOOK TRAILOR BLITZ SCHEDULE
Monday, July 2
PUYB Virtual Book Club
Nuttin’ But Books
Tuesday, July 3
The Avid Reader
Write and Take Flight
Thursday, July 5
Friday, July 6
Monday, July 9
A Title Wave
My Bookish Pleasures
Tuesday, July 10
Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday, July 11
Thursday, July 12
Perfect at Midnight
Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16
The Writer’s Life e-Magazine
Tuesday, July 17
Stacking My Bookshelves
Wednesday, July 18
Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Thursday, July 19
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
The Book Connection
Friday, July 20
Books Can Be Deadly
Monday, July 23
The Bookworm Lodge
Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Tuesday, July 24
Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic
Wednesday, July 25
Deal Sharing Aunt
Thursday, July 26
I’m All About Books
Friday, July 27
The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
Enjoy the tour!
June 9, 2018
FOR A LIMITED TIME
ICED: Resort to Murder Mystery I
Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.
She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what's best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn't understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.
Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to her widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?
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Praise for ICED:
"Avery Daniels’ Iced: A Resort to Murder is a great beginning to what I hope is several books. The story was very entertaining with twists and turns that I couldn’t hazard a guess because another motive or clue would be revealed leading to a crescendo ending of 'Oh, my!' The story was engaging, the characters entertaining, and I love the idea that there will be more at another resort…Her world travels begin!” King's River Life Magazine
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May 19, 2018
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April 25, 2018
For all you book bloggers or reviewers, NAILED - the second novel in the Resort to Murder Mystery series, is available through Netgalley.
Reviews from those who have read it so far:
"It will keep you hooked from beginning to end." Shelly H,
"A real page turner! It's a very well written book that keeps you hooked from the beginning till the last page.
Strongly recommended." Anna Maria G
"A very well plotted mystery set in a resort in Vail, Colorado. ...The book kept me engaged from the beginning right to the end and surprising reveal. There were no slow or boring times in this story. It kept flowing at a very good pace." Sabine F
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April 22, 2018
March 1, 2018
Available for $2.99 in ebook format, print and audio formats due shortly.
Julienne is snow bound in the middle of the Rocky Mountains with a killer striking at will.
Julienne LaMere gets to attend a Resort Management conference at a prestigious ski resort in the Colorado Mountains. What should be an enjoyable getaway attending workshops by day and shopping and enjoying the resort by night comes to a screeching halt when a loud-mouthed guest is murdered plus the roads and town shut down for an epic blizzard.
In addition to attending the conference, dodging a smitten teen boy, and seeking clues among the gossiping - and increasingly tense - guests, her best friend’s heart has warmed to an unlikely man and may get broken. As if her mind isn’t already fully occupied, Julienne and her new boyfriend Mason are skiing down troubled slopes in their relationship. Will Julienne put the scant clues together and unveil the culprit before a murderer gets away?