Friday, March 30, 2012

Chicken Dance Fans, Rejoice!

Something very special is happening this Tuesday, April 3--BAWK & ROLL, the sequel to CHICKEN DANCE officially releases!

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy, and read it to my class this week.  It was a hit!  Here's my official review:

In this bawk-tastic sequel to CHICKEN DANCE, Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat will once again rock your socks off.   Marge and Lola have joined Elvis Poultry’s barnyard tour, but stage fright gets the best of them.  The story and illustrations mesh beautifully, giving the reader and listener things to look and laugh at on every page.  The resolution of Marge and Lola’s problem is both heartwarming and unexpected.  I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, but I know that CHICKEN DANCE and BAWK & ROLL will have a special place in both my classroom and my home for years to come.

So make sure to head out and get your copy!  Also, fans of Tammi Sauer, she'll be coming to the Orlando SCBWI FL Mid-Year Workshop in June!


Friday, March 16, 2012


Thanks, everyone, for being part of my 200 followers giveaway.

Rafflecopter chose the winners via, and they are:

A.K. Fotinos-Hoyer: Rafflecopter chose TWO of your entries, so you get one of the $10 to Book Depository AND a 50-page critique!  Send me an email at lchardesty at yahoo dot com!

inluvwithwords: You won the other $10 Book Depository gc's! Email me at lchardesty at yahoo dot com!

twentysomethingfictionwriter: You won the other 50-page critique! Email me at lchardesty at yahoo dot com!

And, as a treat for those of you who didn't win, I will leave you with a link to a fun new(ish) blog: Friday the Thirteeners--a group of YA and MG authors debuting in 2013.  They do Truth or Dare posts that are informative, funny, and interesting, and you should check them out.

Happy Friday, have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day, and YAY I'M ON SPRING BREAK!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

WIP: The Movie Blogfest

WiP: The Movie - is a blogfest hosted by Kyra Lennon.  Join in and check out the details here.

Don't forget to enter my 200-follower giveaway here!

Okay, so I'm going to do my brand-spanking new WIP, MEDITATION.

The main character, Bree, is really into yoga and wants to become an instructor.  I could see Miranda Cosgrove playing her, possibly.  It's really hard to find pics that fit her, because she's really THERE in my head, you know?

Bree's boyfriend, Brian, is a football player.  He's mostly really sweet, but can let his temper get the best of him.  The best picture I could find for him was this one of Jake T. Austin.

 These are evocative of the opening scene:

And this one, a few chapters later:

As far as soundtrack, these are on my playlist for writing.  I'm going to post links for easier loading, since I already have a bunch of pics on this post. :D

Evanescence - Secret Door

Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On

Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts

Christina Perri - My Eyes

So, what do you think?  I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's WIP: The Movie posts. :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

200 Follower GIVEAWAY!!!

YAY!!! A couple of weeks ago, I reached 200 followers! :)

As a thank you, and because I love to give stuff away, I decided to have a contest to celebrate.

Since I'm celebrating 200, I decided to do a 2 times 2 giveaway, meaning I'm giving two things away, TWICE!  So you have four chances to win, and, of course, lots of ways to earn entries. :)

What can you win?

I'm giving away TWO $10 gift certificates to Book Depository. (So this IS international if Book Depository ships to your country)

I'm also giving away TWO 50-page critiques. (I'm not mean, and I'm thorough.  I've been told I give a great crit.) If you are not a writer, or only want to be entered for the Book Depository gift,  please let me know in the comments.  This is also international as long as you write in English. LOL.

Everyone seems to love rafflecopter, so I'm gonna give it a try for this contest.

Ways to earn entries are:
1. Be a follower. (+2)
2. Tweet about this giveaway. (+1)
3. Blog about this giveaway. (+2)
4. Post on Facebook, Tumbler, etc. about this giveaway. (+1)
5. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite blogpost of mine. (+5)