Monday, November 22, 2010
The Perfect Gift
by Elysabeth Eldering
What do you give someone who seems to have everything? Gift cards seem too impersonal; money is good but it seems to say you don't care. Why not give a book. The gift that keeps on giving.
With books, you can go on many adventures. You can leave your life for a few days and get caught up in the characters' lives. You can go to outer space and come back again, only to do it all over it again.
When I was younger, my godmother used to send us "care packages" for no reason and almost every box contained a few books for me to "read" to my brothers. Of course, my parents would have to read the books to me first so I could read them to my brothers, but I always enjoyed getting books. I still enjoy receiving books as a "just because" gift. It doesn't take too much to make me happy. A well written mystery that keeps me turning page after page to get to the whodunit or the reason for the mystery, and I'm a very happy camper.
In this day and age with technology overtaking our lives, it seems that reading has gone by the wayside, but there must be a resurgence of new readers coming about since it seems libraries are staying busy and book sales seem to be coming up some, even if they are for ebooks or ereaders, but folks are reading.
With the VBT Writers on the Move group, we have something for everyone. Children's books, nonfiction, mysteries, cowgirls, thrillers and everything in between.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the Frugal writers and other books
Dallas Woodburn, author of short stories and contributor to many magazines and anthologies
Darcia Helle, author of several self-published thrillers
Debra Eckerling, creator of WriteOn!
Diane Sagan, ghostwriter
Donna McDine, author of many articles, and creator of the Write What Inspires You newsletter and website as well as children's books
Elysabeth Eldering, author of the Junior Geography 50-state mystery trivia series and writer of short stories
Heather Paye, young author of a self-published novel as well as illustrator and graphic designer
Heidi Thomas, author of cowgirls' memoirs based on her grandmother's life
Helena Harper, author of humorous writings
Janet Ann Collins, author of middle grade mysteries and children's books
Jennifer Gladen, author of children's books
Karen Cioffi, author of children's books and many health articles
Kathy Stemke, author of children's books
Kevin McNamee, author of children's books
Lea Schizas, author of children's books along with creator of the MuseItOnline free conference
Maggie Ball, poet
Margaret (Peggy) Fieland, poet
Marietta Taylor, author of a non-fiction series dealing with unemployment
Martha Swirzinski, author of children's books
Marvin (The Old Silly) Wilson, author of several novels
Mayra Calvani, author of children's books
Nancy Famolari, author of young adult novels
Robert Medak, freelance writer and editor/reviewer
Shelby Patrick, horror author
Stephen Tremp, author of a thriller trilogy
Virginia Grenier, author of children's stories and creator of the Stories for Children Magazine
Vivian Zabel, author of mysteries, children's stories and publisher
So find a good book and give the gift that keeps on giving. There are many new authors out there with a variety of books.
Elysabeth Eldering is a traveler from birth. She has traveled with her family due to her father being in the military. She has lived in several states and overseas during her childhood. Ms. Eldering calls South Carolina home these days with a mindset of "Southern by choice, not by birth." She entered her first writing contest at the age of 41 and took second place for a children's mystery story, which has inspired her to take that story and write a series for children, the premise being that each state would be the mystery. Her series has a Jeopardy!® like style to it but for guessing the state in the form of a question. Each book concentrates on one state and there are supplemental study guides available, which take the series cross curriculum. For more information on the series, please visit http://jgdsseries.weebly.com/ JGDS website. Elysabeth may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to place an order.
Visit, Martha Swirzinski the next featured author on the VBT Writers on the Move November Virtual Book Tour hostedby Shelby Patrick http://writershideaway.blogspot.com/.
Thank you for your time and interest.