Thunderclap Campaign

40 Supporters!

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Some of the most rewarding moments in my life have resulted from being a children’s author. It truly warms my heart when I receive a letter in the mail from one of my young readers, or when a child reads Mama’s Purse to me and tells me her favorite part, or when parents say their kids want to read my book over and over again.

This is my dream. I am not going to give up after one book! Thank you to everyone who has supported my Thunderclap campaign so far. I’m on a mission to get 100 supporters by November 4th so I can publish my second children’s book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice.

Here’s my Thunderclap link for those who would like to join my campaign: http://thndr.it/H08ku2 Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

AJ

The Fussy Librarian

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Did you know you can get your very own librarian, for free. It’s true! Choose from 30 genres, select content preferences and she’ll send you daily ebook recommendations.

Thank you to The Fussy Librarian for helping authors and providing a great service for readers.

I am very excited that Mama’s Purse will be featured on The Fussy Librarian on November 3rd!

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Thunderclap Campaign

30 Supporters So Far!

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The publishing industry is a tough business, but you can help me get another fabulous children’s book into the hands of eager little readers! Follow this link: http://thndr.it/H08ku2 and click on the facebook and/or twitter buttons to join my Thunderclap campaign! I have 30 supporters, so I’m off to great start to reach my goal of 100 supporters by November 4th. Thanks again!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

Thunderclap Campaign

Please Join My Thunderclap Campaign!

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I didn’t get into the publishing industry to try to make a bunch of money. My goal has always been to earn enough to be able to publish my second book, and hopefully a third 🙂 To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I was a bit too aggressive with my first print run of Mama’s Purse. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret making the decision to be an indie author. I have made new friends, established great contacts with other authors, won some awards, and got my book into local bookstores and libraries, which was important to me. I’ve been trying a few new things lately to try to keep the momentum going with my first book, so that I can afford to publish my second children’s picture book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice. The one that I’m the most excited about is Thunderclap. The potential to give my book exposure is HUGE. I’m not asking you to buy my book, but you can help me out immensely simply by clicking on my Thunderclap campaign link and sharing my campaign on your social media (by clicking on the facebook and twitter buttons). If I can get 100 supporters (folks who share my campaign on social media) by November 4th, my campaign will launch and be visible to thousands of people. Thank you for your support!

Here’s the link: http://thndr.it/H08ku2
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Win a FREE copy of Mama's Purse!

Win a FREE autographed copy of Mama’s Purse!

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An author introduced me to this great site. I shared his book on social media yesterday and in less than 2 hours, I hit 20 buzz hits and won a free autographed copy of his book. It’s a children’s book that my kids will love. I decided to give it a go with my book, so here’s your chance to win a FREE autographed hardcover copy of Mama’s Purse! Here’s how it works: follow this link and become a Buzzer! You gain points by sharing my book and once you hit 20 buzzes, you win your FREE autographed copy. https://www.libboo.com/read/mamas-purse/ajirving

IAC · Idaho Authors' Community · Mama's Purse Book Tour

Letter from AJ

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Last Saturday I celebrated the one year anniversary of my first book, Mama’s Purse, at the one year anniversary of the Idaho Authors’ Community. We had a canned food drive and a drawing for autographed copies of IAC books.

It has been incredible to watch the IAC grow. I am thankful for all that I have learned and I take pride in being able to help new members. I look forward to another year of writing, traveling around Idaho, and meeting new faces.

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

Book Signing

Letter from AJ

IMAG4918-1 The Nampa Festival of the Arts was a blast! The two-day event included over 200 booths, yummy food, music, and activities for the kiddos.IMAG4914 IMAG4922-1 It was wonderful to meet new members of the Idaho Authors’ Community (IAC) and learn about their books. I now have an even longer list of books that I can’t wait to read!
IMAG4915-1 So many folks were thrilled that the IAC had a booth at the Nampa Festival of the Arts. We met new authors who wanted to join our group as well as many eager readers who were excited to read books by Idaho authors.

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The IAC is a statewide organization of authors committed to our own success as well as the success of other authors. With over 60 books written by IAC members, readers who attend our events will have a wide variety of books from which to choose. The books also come from a wide variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, historical, outdoor, Idaho, memoir, poetry, romance, and the list goes on and on …

In 2013, the IAC will hold book signings in all 44 Idaho counties. If you know of potential locations for IAC events or are interested in joining the IAC, contact Jane Freund or Wynette Mellen at idahoauthorscommunity@gmail.com or 208-407-7457 (Jane). You can also check out the IAC online bookstore at http://www.etsy.com/shop/idahoauthorcommunity

Hope to see you at the next IAC event!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

Book Reviews · Mama's Purse Blog Tour

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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What’s in your purse? Bandages and bananas? What’s in my purse? Bandages maybe, but even bananas would be rare for mine. Yet I find my kids going through it all the time. Your kids will have much more fun discovering what is in this Mama’s Purse! Full of fun, adventure, and rhyming words! It’s just as much fun to read as it is for them to listen and see the pictures! There are so many fun surprises you will never guess what is next!

Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is a cute little book that takes readers on a fun adventure of discovering what is in Mama’s purse. Our kids really enjoyed the fun illustrations and the unpredictable surprises that came with each page! I love the use of rhyming in Mama’s Purse. Between the rhyming and great illustrations we really enjoy Mama’s Purse! Our kids love pointing out the different things as I read them. They think Mama’s Purse is so fun and silly! Mama’s Purse is definitely a fun, family-friendly book!

Click here to read more! http://peaofsweetness.com/mamas-purse/

Book Reviews · Mama's Purse Blog Tour

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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Mama’s Purse celebrates a soaring and vivid imagination. Author A.J. Irving takes the reader on a magical ride inside of Mama’s Purse where you will find more than just breath mints, pens, tissue, and band-aids (not that those items are in MY purse! *ahem*). As you turn each page, you will discover something wilder and wackier each time. From bassoons and goons to a plane and chow mein there are plenty of opportunities for young children to expand their minds and vocabulary.

Along with the wildly creative animals, food, actions, objects, and concepts in the book come some bright, colourful, computer-generated illustrations. I think young children would really be drawn to the images and could spend considerable time perusing them.

The book features rhyming verse and for the most part, the rhyming is really good, but there are a few spots that perhaps lack some cadence. This becomes more noticeable when you try to read it out loud to children and you stumble over words trying to keep the rhythm going. Overall though, it’s very well done.

My Bottom Line: Overall, this is a creative and fun book to read to young children. It also opens up a discussion to stretch children’s imagination by asking “What would you find in YOUR Mama’s Purse?” The wackier, the better! This is a sweet little picture book that I think young children (aged 2 to 5) would enjoy reading with their parents (especially with Mama!)

Click here to read more! http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/blog-tour-and-book-review-mamas-purse-by-a-j-irving/

Book Reviews · Mama's Purse Blog Tour

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

Lexi_ad167 What is in a mom’s purse? I decided I ought to clean mine out today just to find out. I discovered AWANA awards, legos, earrings, dollhouse people, pieces to some paper dolls, bandaids, a picture drawn by my daughter, two blocks, one matchbox car, and several crayons. There were far more reminders of motherhood than personal items. Not that I mind….

We had the chance to review a book about all the things that might be found inside a mom’s purse in the book Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving.

This book is a rhyming, possibly exaggerated, list of all the fantastic things that might be found in your purse. You could find a raccoon, a tiny typhoon, and a family of fireflies in June. Or you might discover a hare, a purple square, and a balloon filled with hot air. You never know what you could pull from Mama’s Purse!

My kids enjoyed this book and laughed at the outrageous and silly things found in Mama’s Purse. A pianist? An ice rink? A pod of dolphins? They also enjoyed coming up with additional silly and rhyming items that they thought should be found in Mama’s Purse.

Click here to read more! http://www.lextinacademy.blogspot.com/2013/07/mamas-purse-book-review.html