New Home #movingblogs

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Hi everyone my author and Stitch Says blogs now have a new home!!!!

http://ahowland.org/wordpress/

Here you can find everything. It’s still a working process, but all the blogs and comments are there. You can link to other social media and still enjoy my blogs!

Author Ashley Howland

Author Ashley Howland

Thank you for joining me here – I look forward to seeing everyone commenting on my new site. As always have fun!

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Wild Weather #makeupyourmind

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The forecast today was hot with a late chance of thunderstorm. Not sure that 11am is late, but we did have the thunderstorm. Who doesn’t love a good summer storm. When you are lying in bed with a good book they can be fantastic. However when you are out with the dogs and kids at work that’s another thing. Thunder I can do, but lightning… no!!!! We quickly packed up and headed to cover. Of course the big boys I had today – Stitch, Tug and Buddy weren’t fussed one little bit. Our sweet girl Matilda wasn’t too keen on the banging and rumbling of thunder. She got lots of cuddles.

Here’s how we passed the time until we could go out side again:

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We finished the session with a steamy, warm afternoon. Now it’s raining again. Don’t get me wrong would much rather have the rain than the drought we had a few summers ago, just prefer it at night. Which now means I am off to read all those wonderful books I need to review for the Stitch Says blog. Until next time – have fun!

2013 Blogathon no.24: Stitch Says #blog2013 #interviews #reviews

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Today I thought I’d plug my other blog. Well in actual fact it’s a blog for other people, I just run it. My Stitch Says blog is set up for author interviews and reviews. I am happy to help promote other authors. In return I would like people to do the same for me, but that doesn’t always happen. Still check out my interviews and reviews at:

http://stitchsays.wordpress.com/

I named this blog after my little man Stitch. Simply because he’s my reading buddy. If I am reading a book Stitch is there. He lies on my feet. I can honestly say he loves it when I am reading a good book because I read for longer and he gets to stay on the bed!

I am opening up my Stitch Says blog for the rest of the year. I have a few spots booked, but there are some available. So if you would like an interview or a review (or both) email me at Ashley@ahowland.org or message me here. Would love to have some other reviews on my three books and interviews or guest posts too. I am also extending this to other bloggers out there. Let’s help each other I will happily post a positive and friendly guest blog on my Stitch Says site. So email me, let’s get busy promoting each other. Just to play a bit of the number game. All my social media are linked. So I reach about 1000 people with one post (obviously that’s across media and some are probably getting a double or triple whammy = special thanks to those!). So email me and let the fun begin.

Just as a note Stitch’s head would not fit in that chair anymore… still my Little Man though! Until tomorrow – have fun!

Blog number 200 #amreading #amwriting

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Wow 200 blogs!!! Does that make be a serious blogger??? I kind of feel like it’s a habit now at least. I also run my work blog for Labs ‘n Life and of course the Stitch Says blog for interviews and reviews. So between the three I pretty much blog every day. having said that I was going to launch my next book on blog 200, but the cover isn’t ready yet. I couldn’t wait so will have the launch soon. At the moment I am reading, reading and reading. I am doing lots of reviews. I have written one today and started the next book. I am still reading one other so busy! Which as you all know is nothing new to me. Reviewing can be fun, it can also be difficult. For example if you read something and you think well it’s okay, but I’m not convinced. This happens occasionally. Sometimes it’s the opposite where your read something and completely love it. Either way it can be quite difficult to write a review. It’s the same when your book is being reviewed. What if they hate it??? Well I simply believe in being tactful and looking for the positives. Even though you may not have loved the story, there may be things that others would like. So it’s important to write about the good points. In a private constructive way you could chat with the author if it was really important. I just think we all have our styles and some people will like yours better than others. It’s about taking the constructive comments and improving yourself. having said that I have a few people currently reviewing Ghostnapped and Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist. I hope they like it!!!

I am also in the middle of writing student reports – always a great energy sapper. Certainly can require a lot of creative writing and constructing feedback. Very similar to reviewing in some ways. I should rephrase the opening line here. I am currently avoiding writing reports by blogging! Well I’d better get back to it, no matter how hard I try these things will not write themselves. Seeing as how it is my 200th blog I will leave you with a picture of my favourite characters….. Obi and Stitch of course.
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Until next time – have fun!

ABC Blog 10: Goodreads #authorblogchallenge

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Wow we’re up to prompt number 10. Goodreads!!!! Yep I’m there – Ashley Howland. I have to admit I haven’t done much more than add books and join a few groups. When I have done reviews for my Stitch Says blog I have posted them on to Goodreads as well. However the recent webinar I did was all about amazon and goodreads. So I will be doing more on both. I can see the value. Basically I need to be more active in groups and also with reviews. I am happy to interview and review any author, particularly children’s authors because that’s what I write. This will be part of my plan for the year. Once this challenge is complete I will revisit my marketing plan with a wealth of extra knowledge. Which is why such challenges are good ideas. I have connected with some people on Goodreads and will do so with more in the next few weeks, so come and join me!

I will also catch up on my blog reading tonight. I haven’t forgotten you all, getting there. It’s been a massive long weekend and a stinky, sweaty hot one too!!!! Yuck, you know the whole feeling of having a shower, trying to dry yourself off, only to start sweating instantly. Yep it’s been one of those, pretty sure any other bloggers from anywhere in Australia at the moment know exactly what I am talking about. Cool change due thursday, as much as I love summer, enough already… Bring it on!

Despite the heat we went to the zoo yesterday, lots of fun. I am now writing two picture books with my girls – Crazy the Cheetah for the little one and Racy the Rhino for the big one. While I have lots of things to do I write because of my kids, so I would never say no to writing with them.They are also doing scrap-book pages, this time its the painted dogs and the lions, check out the shots we got yesterday!!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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Must get on with it, they haven’t learnt patience yet!!! Until tomorrow – have fun!

Blog 21: Five Star Dog! #NaBloPoMo

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No theme today, just really wanted to share my excitement. My second book – Obi the Super Puppy and the Red Mist got a five star review!!! Here it is:
Obi The Supper Puppy

5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable :), January 19, 2013
By Maranda Russell
Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist (Paperback)
I must admit I’m a sucker anyway for anything cute and furry, so Obi the Super Puppy was right up my alley! The storyline was funny and interesting and I loved getting to see things from different perspectives, that of Obi himself and of Maddy & Aijay (two children from the family that adopted him). The dialogue between Obi, Maddy and Aijay was the most entertaining part of the book for me. I loved how they picked on each other and had fun, but without being mean or hurtful. The adorable puppy pictures throughout the book definitely add visual appeal and more cuteness as well! Overall, this is a great pick for young animal lovers!

So happy to hear my book getting such a good review – I know my boy is special, but I am glad I have managed to convey that in my book. YOu can check it out at: http://www.amazon.com/Obi-Super-Puppy-Mystery-Mist/dp/1612042783/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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Until tomorrow – have fun!

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