Dani Hoots’ Review of The Pirate Princess by Tawn Krakowski

What a lovely review of my book, The Pirate Princess! It means a lot to me coming from a fellow author. Thank you, Dani!

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The Pirate Princess by Tawn Krakowski

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Published by BigWorldNetwork.com, LLC
Review by Dani Hoots

As the ninth daughter in the ninth generation of the Puffinstuff line, Princess Penny is a very special little girl. With a destiny to save her family that only an elaborate scheme of fake pirates and adventure can possibly achieve, Penny might discover more than just pirate treasure along the way.

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In this Middle Grade fantasy by Tawn Krakowski, we are taken on adventure as Penny, a princess of Puffinstuff, is destined to complete a prophecy from years before. Now this twelve year old must sail the high seas and find whatever the map that was given to her guides her to. But little does she know is that there is something wicked waiting for her.

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Penny is a strong young girl that is a great female…

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PWN 2016

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In an effort to revitalize my blog, I’ve decided to offer a wider variety of content.  I promise to be true to TotallyTawn in that I will not feature articles that I don’t find interesting or that don’t align with my values (sorry bullies and kitten kickers- you’ll have no voice here), but I hope to provide a platform that encourages personal growth, fun, and a spirit of cooperation and love.

I wish all of you an amazing 2016 and look forward to spreading some positive vibes all over the place.

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Y is for Yuletide

I think it’s time to re-gift this little gem. Happy Holidays!

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I totally get the Grinch.  The poor old guy lives all alone up in his cave with only a mangy dog for company while the residents of Whoville go on about the business of living their selfish little lives and completely ignoring the Grinch.  And then, every year, they make it a point to celebrate Christmas as boisterously and obtrusively as possible, thereby forcing their belief system on the Grinch, who probably just wants to be left in peace to gaze at the stars with his own quiet dreams of cheerful solitude.

And then, when he finally couldn’t take it anymore, I’m sure the Whos were ready for him.  He probably couldn’t leave his cave without triggering Whoville’s Early Warning Defense System and relegating his whole carefully thought out plan to the crapper.  As he was sledding down the hill in his bright red Santa Claus disguise, the Whos were…

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4th of July Dragon’s Call Giveaway!

Books and dragons. The perfect combo. Enter to win!

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The 4th of July marks the birthday for my nation (well kind of, but its the official day anyway). So as way of saying Happy Birthday, United States I’m doing a giveaway of Dragon’s Call.

What’s in the giveaway? 

Two complete, signed, paperback sets of Dragon’s Call books. (U.S. residents only)

Two free audio copies of the first book, Embers at Galdrilene (open to everyone)

Two free full sets of the e-books.  (open to everyone)

Full sets include: a copy each of the prequel A New Beginning, and the novels Embers at Galdrilene, Tears of War, and Ashes and Spirits.

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How do you enter?

Well, I’m going to do this a bit differently this time. I don’t really want to do Rafflecopter so instead, there are only one thing you need to do to enter.

1. Comment on this post telling me either why you love dragon stories or (if…

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Quit Procrastinating!

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I have attempted NaNoWriMo in the past.  I thought it might be a great way to get myself in the habit of writing every day.  Alas, I fell behind in the first few days and gave up completely not long after that, just like every April A to Z Blogging Challenge I’ve tried.

But I did learn a few things in these attempts.  First of all, everyone has their own method of writing.  Some people are plotters, using post-it notes, storyboards, outlines, etc., to create.  Others are pantsers, allowing the story work itself out as they write by letting the characters lead the way.  There are also writers who have their own combination of these processes.

Along those same lines, I’ve heard that writing every day is the only way to be a “real writer.”  I disagree.  I don’t write every day, yet I have two–soon to be three–published books.  Am I not considered a real writer?  However, when I’m not physically writing, I am working out how my stories progress in my head.  That’s my process.  I also edit as I write, which makes it near impossible for me to keep up with the daily word count required to successfully complete NaNoWriMo.

For some, NaNoWriMo is exactly the shot in the arm needed to get your first draft complete.  Others, like myself, need to write one little piece at a time, which is why I adore writing for BigWorldNetwork.  There is no wrong way to do it.  Only your way, whatever works for you to get the job done.

So, in the spirit of encouraging anyone who may or may not be participating in NaNoWriMo, I wanted to share some of the images I use as my laptop’s screen saver to inspire me.  Happy writing, my friends!

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Get my eBook FREE through 5/22/2014!

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Toni Drake is a loner with a knack for blending in and being nearly invisible to others even when standing right next to them. She turned this natural ability to her advantage by becoming a professional thief, but those talents, and her recent dreams, might be a sign that there is more to Toni than she ever thought possible.

The World is Round Right? We’ll Get There.

During the holiday season, it seems we all end up having to do some extra traveling, either to visit friends and family or to take advantage of the days off from school or work for a bit of fun.  And just like life, there are many paths from which to choose that will take you to your destination.

Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that my husband will always avoid the direct route.  The direct route takes us through local streets, riddled with traffic signals.  In order to avoid the lights, he will – nine times out of ten – choose the highway.  In my opinion, the benefit of no red lights is cancelled out by the extra travel time required to get to the highway in the first place.  So, why not take the direct route?  It’s not like we were in a huge hurry to get there. No prizes for the fastest travel time.  No competition.

Now, I understand travel time competition.  I was a freight dog, after all.  As several of us would leave for the same destination at once, we invariably jockeyed for departure position and called the airport in sight fifty miles out hoping to get visual clearance to land ahead of our rivals.  We taunted each other on a company frequency, and generally did whatever it took to be first.  But what did it really earn us?  Well, besides a ton of fun and bragging rights?  We ended up at the same place at roughly the same time.  It would have happened anyway no matter if played along or not.  So, why not enjoy the ride?  In our own way, that’s what each of us is doing: making the trip interesting.

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Hop in. I’m driving.

My own journey as a writer has not been a direct route by any stretch of the imagination.  And it certainly has not been a cruise on the freeway. More like a Sunday drive through the countryside with the top down, sun warming my windblown hair, and my only goal to discover what lay around the next bend.  Along those same lines, I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for me, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you here.

Thank you for reading, and please hang around for more.  As they say: the world is round, right?  We’ll get there.  So, let’s go for a ride!