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23Oct/13Off

Leslie Schultz on “Doing Blogging Right”

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2013 Doing Life Right Teleconference!

Today we welcome back author Leslie Schultz as she tells us about “Doing Blogging Right”.

 

 

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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.

3Oct/12Off

Doing Collaborative Writing Right; VIDEO 3 (2012 Teleconference)

Meet Leslie Schultz and her daughter Julia Braulick as they tell us about Doing a Mother-Daughter Writing Collaboration Right.

Julia Braulick is a homeschooled thirteen-year-old Quaker who loves learning, writing fiction, reading, and her poodle, Peanut. She plans to be a prairie ecologist when she grows up and will be building a solar panel from scratch this fall.

As a girl, Leslie Schultz yearned to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now she loves living in Minnesota, reading, quilting, taking pictures, making soup, writing (poetry, fiction, essays), and learning new things with her daughter, Julia, and her husband, Tim.

Leslie is the author of The Howling Vowels, a middle grade book that has been deemed "a sweet modern day Little House story". Julia helped immensely with this book and is the author of its lexicon. And Sometimes Y, the second book in the series, is being written presently.

 

 

 

 

In “Doing a Mother-Daughter Writing Collaboration Right,” author Leslie Schultz and her daughter share how their first project, Do Life Right, Inc. title The Howling Vowels grew out of their homeschooling experiences and describe how they are working as full co-authors on a sequel, And Sometimes Y.

Leslie and Julia explain how they imagine original characters growing and changing, develop new plot lines, introduce new characters, share actual drafting,  resolve differences of opinion, handle writers’ block, and weave details from real life into a fictional world.

 

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16Nov/11Off

TWO BOOK Virtual Book Release Party!

Whoo-Hoo!

We're so excited here at Do Life Right, Inc. to have HomeschoolLiterature.com host a one-day virtual book release party for both THE HOWLING VOWELS and FRACTURED FATE today--Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

When asked recently which of these two books was my favorite, I had to answer honestly: I couldn't possibly choose! Each is so unique in its own way.

THE HOWLING VOWELS by Leslie Schultz, illustrated by Heather Newman, is such a lovely middle-grade novel (set in a fictional town in Minnesota) that it makes me smile in a nostalgic sort-of way. To read more about Leslie, click here. To read more about Heather, click here.

FRACTURE FATE by Caja Coyote, illustrated by Sage Echo Sirotkin, is so full of action, adventure, superheroes, and romance, that it takes me to a different world (all while being set in a real-life town in Arizona). To read more about Caja Coyote, click here.