Cover Shot! Rocket Writes A Story by Tad Hills

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I probably read more picture books than most adults should, but I can’t help myself.  There is so much energy and depth in a good picture book.  One of my favorites so far has been How Rocket Learned to Read.  I am a sucker for the cuteness, and how can you resist the sense of delight when Rocket did, finally, learn how to connect those confusing lines and make meaningful words?  The art is adorable, too.  When I saw that Rocket will be returning for another adventure, Rocket Writes A Story by Tad Hills was immediately placed on my wish list.  In stores July 2012.


This irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is "a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers," according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story. This book is sure to appeal to kids, parents, teachers, and librarians.

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Interview with Jeanette Murray, Author of The Officer Says “I Do”

Jeanette Murray is the author of The Officer Says “I Do.”  She dropped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and chat about her new book.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jeanette Murray] Mother, military wife, Goldendoodle owner, romance writer, hopeless romantic against all odds.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Officer Says “I Do?”

[Jeanette Murray] Tim and Skye are two opposites who didn’t just attract, they caused a flash fire. They end up in a quickie Vegas wedding, though Tim can’t remember a thing the next morning. Whoops! He’s ready to admit fault and quietly annul the whole thing, but Sky isn’t ready to give up their marriage so fast. She believes in fate, you see, and thinks this marriage was meant to be. So she’s ready to fight for their relationship.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jeanette Murray] The concept was simple enough. As a military wife, it wasn’t a huge stretch to come up with three Marines and the women who fall in love with them. The characters took a bit more work, but in the end each of them came to me with their flaws and high points, fully developed, and just in need of a little polishing.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Skye?

[Jeanette Murray] Independent, free-spirited, loyal

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Tim would never have in his pocket?

[Jeanette Murray] Cigarettes, parking ticket, cocktail napkin with another woman’s phone number on it

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Tim’s single most prized possession?

[Jeanette Murray] I would say his photos. He’s a total family guy, and so if he could only save one “thing” from a fire he’d take the photos with him.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jeanette Murray] Other great authors. There are so many I couldn’t begin to list them all. But other authors are always great encouragements for me.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jeanette Murray] Need? My laptop, quiet, and a locked door. Want? Route 44 Sonic diet vanilla Coke.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jeanette Murray] Catherine Mann’s Under Fire. Read the whole thing in two days. I’d been waiting for this couple through the first two books of her pararescuejumper series and we finally got to Liam McCabe’s story. Highly recommend it.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?

[Jeanette Murray] The Boxcar Children series. All of them. I LOOOOOVED those books as a child. They were truly the opening for me to start in on chapter books.

[Manga Maniac Café] . What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jeanette Murray] Craft, repurpose old things I pick up from different places, read (of course!), watch good/bad TV, spend time with my family.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Jeanette Murray]

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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