Bonjour!

Well, well, this year has flown by and this is my second last post for 2014.

My words for this year were self-confidence. I wrote in January 2014: I want to push myself and believe I have the capacity to achieve my dreams.

When I wrote these words, I had one thing in mind: working towards my goal of being a published author. I wanted to believe in the power of my words.

I started the series The Road to Publication so I could keep track of the steps I took to achieve this goal.

I fixed myself some objectives just to realise that there was a long way to go to learn the craft of writing. In fact, I was starting from scratch. The overachiever in me wanted everything straight away but I realised that I had to be patient.

I really like this quote from Kate Forsyth

I really like this quote from Kate Forsyth

It hit me one day: It took me over 6 years to be able to practice as a lawyer in Canada so I could not expect to be published in less than a year.

So, I grabbed my courage and decided that the first step was to give my words and my stories a fair go. I participated in three poetry competitions, several writing competitions, found a critique partner, found an amazing and supportive writing group, contributed to other blogs and edited and sent my three first chapters to a publisher.

I didn’t win any of the competitions (although I did have some amazing feedback) and I did not hear from the publisher but I have the wonderful feeling that I have passed the first and most important step toward achieving my goal which was letting my words out and having confidence in the fact that I could do it, that my words were worth it.

This year, I have learned so many things about the craft of writing such as how to plot a novel, write the dark moment, give depth to the characters. There are still so many things to learn but I’m well and truly on the way and I’m not giving up.

I have also learned so much about publishing a book and the different possibilities involved: self-publishing, traditional publishing, eBooks publishers.

I have not finished the edits involved in the first book of my series but I am into it and I feel that I’m getting a much better understanding on how I should go.

I have also written an important part of the second book of the series and had overcome so many plot issues I had with this second part of the story.

I am a writer and I am finally feeling that I’m doing exactly what I should do, what I love most.

I have to admit that on a personal plan, 2014 started for hubby and me with many difficulties and heartaches.

But this year ends in a grand manner. I am finally an Australian citizen, we are moving to our dream home next month and the best news of all, I’m pregnant!

I am looking forward to 2015 and a year of surprises!

Have you realised some of the goals you fixed yourself for this year? 

Au revoir! 

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Bonjour!

This is my fourth and last review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014, level Miles; read six books and review four.

I have read and reviewed Tsunami and the Single Girl by Krissy Nicholson, Addition by Toni Jordan and Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans. I have also read by Australian women writers: Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth, Picture Perfect Wedding by Fiona Lowe and The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.

Today’s review is about a series of children’s books written by Alarna Rose Gray and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle.

Title: Hello Pepi: A Toy Dog is for Real, Book 1-4-5

Author: Alarna Rose Gray

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Children’s books

Reviewer: Rita Azar

Summary:

Pepi is an adorable little dog that will find a way to the heart to all children and adults.

 

“There was a little puppy

With a coat of raven silk,

A lightning splash upon his chest

And paws of peppered milk.”

– Alarna Rose Gray, Hello Pepi, self-published 2012, P. 1.

 

There are seven books in the series of Hello Pepi: A Toy Dog is for Real. At the moment, five are out.

Book 1: Hello Pepi

Book 2: First things

Book 3: Goes Parkies

Book 4: Meets Maxi

Book 5: Moves House

I read Book 1 where we meet this cute little dog for the first time and his new friend Mona.

I also read Book 4 and Book 5 where the reader will have the joy to discover more adventures in Pepi’s life and the friends he makes along the way.

My Thoughts:

These books are very special as they are written in beautiful verses and this is what make them an original and different work from other children’s books. The writing is smart and funny.

The background of this series is interesting. It is inspired by a true story. In fact, the author had a dog called Pepi for sixteen years who has now unfortunately passed away. These books are a tribute to her friend.

Hello Pepi’s series is about friendship and love. As I was reading these books, it reminded me of nice nursery rhymes.

These stories are perfect for children who own and love pets.

The illustrations are beautiful, lovely and pure.

Each book is a short story so it is a perfect read for a child just before bedtime.

What is your favourite children’s book?

Au revoir! 

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