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22Jul/13Off

Our 15th title: AND SOMETIMES Y

Hooray! And Sometimes Y, the sequel to The Howling Vowels, is now available!

Happy Birthday to Alexa, the main character in this series. Happy Birthday also to JJM, the co-author of this book and the inspiration for the character of Alexa!

I love this book. When I read the first story of Alexa several years ago, I was instantly taken back to my own childhood days of reading the Little House on the Prairie books. Set primarily in today's small-town Minnesota, these books show us about modern friendships and life circumstances and how they can grow. I love this new book since we get to see Alexa at age thirteen, three years older than in the first book. The rest of the Vowels have aged, too, and their friendships have grown in really interesting ways. I'm crossing my fingers that we'll get to see Alexa and her friends again in a few more years. :)

And Sometimes Y

  • Sequel to The Howling Vowels
  • Co-written by Leslie Schultz and JJM Braulick
  • Illustrated by Heather Newman
  • Published: July 22, 2013
  • ISBN: 1937848078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937848071
  • LCCN: 2013935867
  • Retail price: $12.99
  • Pages: 300
  • Genre: Middle grade

From the back of the book:

More Adventures of the Howling Vowels!

Welcome back to Sundog, Minnesota! In the three years since their adventures in The Howling Vowels, Alexa Stevens and her four friends have each grown and changed, but they are still as close as ever. It’s April, and they are looking forward to a spring and summer filled with riding horses, playing with dogs, hanging out at the pool and the library, and finishing a big project: making their own movie, complete with music, scenery, and costumes! But when a new boy moves to town—a boy who has no friends—will they be able to penetrate his mysterious exterior and welcome him in?

A = Alexa A lover of words, questions, and animals, she is quirky and sprightly and wants to know everything so that she can know the whole story.

E = Eduardo Tall, approachable, and calm, he loves magic, performance, and tales of adventure, and it’s easy for him to find common ground with new people.

I = Isabelle Small of stature but great of heart, she is skilled in making beautiful things and committed to speaking up for what is kind and true and reaching out to anyone in need.

O = Otto Likeable and funny, and always in motion, he always means well, but sometimes his foot leaves the stage and ends up in his mouth.

U = Ursula Strong and brave, she returns from ten months on the island of Ireland more daring and determined than ever, filled with passions for horses and steampunk.

And then there’s Y…

Y = Yves Brooding and sometimes rude, he carries a foreigner’s suspicion of this Midwestern town and a battered sense of himself. Will he be his own worst enemy? Or will he break through the confusing signals and oscillating impressions he sends? Will he win new friends?

 

19Dec/12Off

THE HOWLING VOWELS as an Audiobook!

The Howling Vowels by Leslie Schultz is now available as a nearly 6-hour long fantastic audiobook read by Kerri Wagner. :)

My favorite place to buy audiobooks is Audible, but Do Life Right, Inc. audiobooks are available on Amazon and iTunes as well.

28Nov/12Off

Our 12th title: WRIGHT ON TIME: MINNESOTA, BOOK 5

Yes! Wright on Time: Minnesota, Book 5 is now available!

  • Author: Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
  • Illustrator: Tanja Bauerle
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937848027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937848026
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Retail price: $12.99 US
10Nov/12Off

The Howling Vowels: Book Club Questions

The Howling Vowels by Leslie Schultz is becoming a popular book club book. Leslie put her "Alexa" hat on and came up with these great questions, all from Alexa's point of view. This is so fun!

Alexa Asks: Book Group Discussion Questions

A Note from the Author:

Hi Everyone! I am so glad that you read The Howling Vowels and are talking about it with other readers. Below is a list of questions that I created. Just for fun, I wrote the questions as if Alexa were right there with you asking them. (If you read the book, you know how she likes to talk! If you think of other great questions that would make this list better, I would love it if you would let me know at www.winonamedia.net.

Thanks! Happy reading! Happy discussing! All the best,

Leslie Schultz

 

Hi! Alexa Stevens here again. Thanks for reading about me. Guess what? I have some questions for you,about what you thought of my story and about your own life story.

(1)           Did you have a favorite chapter in The Howling Vowels? Which one? Why was it your favorite?

(2)           Did you have a favorite character?

(3)           Which Vowel did you feel was most like you? Why?

(4)           I am an only child, so that is all I know. I wonder how my life would be different if I had a sister or a brother. Do you have siblings, or are you an only, too? Have you ever wished for more siblings than you have, or fewer? Why or why not?

(5)           Parents are a big part of my story and my life so far. What is your favorite thing about your parents? What would you like to change if you could? Do you wish you spent less time with them? More time?

(6)           Moving to a new house is a big deal, while moving to a new city is huge! It was hard for me to leave what I knew and loved, but it turned out to be an opportunity. Have you ever moved? If you had to move out of your current state, where would you go? Why?

(7)           Would you like to live in Sundog, Minnesota? Why or why not?

(8)           You know a little about my passions for Irish dance, films, science, and Norse myths. (Well, and questions!) What do you think are the passions of the other Howling Vowels characters, both the kids and the grownups? What are your passions? Who shares them? What is the craziest thing you ever did because you were excited by an idea?

(9)           My friends are like me in some ways – and way different in other ways! What about your own friends?

(10)       Have you ever had a misunderstanding with a friend, like I did with Otto when I tried to get him interested in the science fair? If you did, what happened?

(11)       My friends learn in different ways and have different kinds of schooling. What about you? Do you have a favorite thing to learn about? How do you learn best? Do you think learning new things is a form of fun or a form of work – or both?

(12)       Have you ever had to comfort a friend, like I did when Eduardo told me about his sister? How did you know what to say or do? Why do you think he didn’t tell me about his sister before El Dia de los Muertos?

(13)       Ursula isn’t a complainer, but she was having a hard time after her parents’ divorce. Have you ever had a friend with a really big problem?

(14)       Would you like to read another book about me and my friends? (I hope so, because I am working on another one right now!)

Okay, that is about all for now, so I’ll sign off. If you want to send me any thoughts or drawings, write to me at winonamedia.net!

8Oct/12Off

Doing Passions Right: VIDEO 8 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Michelle Barone as she tells us about Doing Passions Right!

 

Michelle Barone is a family therapist, and parent educator/natural learning consultant. She is also a Certified Neuro Emotional Technique practitioner and a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She weaves her knowledge and experience together to support and facilitate change and growth in mind, body and spirit. Her passion is helping people live in joy and harmony.

Michelle feels so honored to be a guide for people on their life's journey. She loves homeschooling/unschooling, watching children blossom, and seeing families living lives worth living. She works with adults as they heal and/or transform their life wounds to create the lives they want.

Michelle is the founder of “The Unschooling Summit” and the “Finding Your Way: Unlimited Possibilities In A Natural Learning Lifestyle” support community. She is also the author of the book, Finding Your Way: Exploring Your Families Educational Journey.

In "Doing Passions Right," Michelle tells us about her passion of helping people connect to their joy and the use of energy psychology/medical tools (specifically pondering and playing) to do just that.

To find out more about Michelle’s journey or to see more about the services she offers, please visit:
7Nov/11Off

Our ninth title: THE HOWLING VOWELS

I'm super excited to announce the middle-grade novel, The Howling Vowels, as the latest addition to the Do Life Right, Inc. catalog. When I first read the manuscript, I said to myself, "Wow! This is a modern Little House type of book about a very realistic homeschooler of today!" With lots of love and hard work, author Leslie Schultz has perfected this modern tale of the homeschooling life in Minnesota, and illustrator Heather Newman (of Cody Greene and the Rainbow Mystery) has turned these sweet characters to life with her lovely illustrations.

From the back cover:

“Look! Five vowels, all howling!”

Welcome to Sundog, Minnesota! When homeschooled, Norse-myth-obsessed Alexa Stevens moves from New York City, she doesn’t know what to expect. What is a small town like? Explore a new landscape with Alexa as she observes wolves in the wild and forms a close pack of friends.

Meet A, Alexa: a lover of words and questions, quirky and sprightly, she wants to know everything so she can know the whole story; Meet E, Eduardo: tall and mysterious, with a streak of sadness, he speaks Alexa’s language and has a few tricks up his sleeve; Meet I, Isabelle: quiet and tiny, with big eyes that take everything in, she is good with her hands and good to confide in; Meet O, Otto: always in motion, with laughing eyes, he dances his way into Alexa’s heart; Meet U, Ursula: strong and headstrong, Ursula has a lot on her shoulders as she dreams of adventure and making her own way in life.

Join city girl Alexa as she tastes unfamiliar seasons, comes to know her friends, really sees herself, and discovers her own way to make her mark on the world.

Details:

  • Author: Leslie Schultz
  • Illustrator: Heather Newman
  • Buy from Amazon here.
  • ISBN: 0982482973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982482971
  • LCCN: 2011940591
  • Retail price: $12.99
  • Published date: November 3, 2011
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Inc.
13Oct/11Off

Our eighth title: FRACTURED FATE


Do Life Right, Inc. is proud to announce its eighth title, a YA (young adult) fantasy fiction!

From the back cover:

THERE’S A REASON IT STAYED LOST.

When five teens in Sahuarita, Arizona, find themselves in the middle of worldwide cataclysms, earth-controlling Joe rounds up super-strong Grace, information-absorbing Natalie, weather-making Valencia, and fire-starting Drake, in order to help defeat the force which created all the destruction. While overcoming unleashed mythical creatures and rebuilding their community, the team struggles to change the fate of a now fractured Earth.

What does the mysterious box have to do with anything?

Does Levi have plans of his own?

Can these strangers bring their powers together and save the world?

DETAILS:

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9824829-8-8
  • Written by Caja Coyote
  • Illustrated by Sage Echo Sirotkin
  • $12.99 U.S.
  • 362 pages, YA novel
  • Published by Do Life Right, Inc., October 2011

WHERE TO BUY:

10May/11Off

Have a conference? We’ll travel!

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, President and Founder of Do Life Right, Inc. will be speaking at the 2011 Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering in Sandusky, Ohio, next week. This is just one of her many speaking engagements.

Lisa and many of the other Do Life Right, Inc. authors and illustrators love to give presentations to people of all ages!

Some topics include:

  • Homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Radical Unschooling
  • How to start living your dream life
  • Illustration basics
  • Illustration in-depth
  • How to make money from writing
  • and MANY more!

Please contact Lisa or one of the other DLR authors or illustrators directly to find out more!

5May/11Off

Our third title: WRIGHT ON TIME: WYOMING

Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3

Join the Wright family in Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3 as they continue into Wyoming. Learning about geysers, mudpots, hydroelectricity, wind energy, and more, the "mysterious device" becomes an important part of Aidan and Nadia's homeschooling adventures. This is the third book in the Wright on Time series of children's chapter books by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley.

Published in August 2010, this book officially gave the Wright on Time series its "series" status, a proud moment in Do Life Right's publishing history.

Want to read all four Wright on Time books? Check out the special 4-pack deal on wrightontimebooks.com!

4May/11Off

Our second title: WRIGHT ON TIME: UTAH

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley

Continue on the adventure with the Wright family as they continue their 50-state, 50-month, RV-living, homeschooling adventures through Utah as they explore on a dinosaur dig.

Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 is the second book in the Wright on Time series of children's chapter books by author Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley. Although part of a series, this book can be read independently. Published in December 2009.

Check out the special 4-pack bundle of Wright on Time books to get autographed copies from the author at a special limited time discounted rate!