(NEW) COVER REVEAL: The Funnny Adventures of Little Nani, by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Hello, everyone!

I am thrilled to be here, so I can share with all of you the new cover I got for my book “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”. My book was published last September 2012 with a cover that I created with one of the templates offered by CreateSpace. It is OK, but it is not what I wanted for my book. But now things are different. I got a gorgeous new cover created by Mark Stone and I think it is time I share it with all of you. From now on, all my Little Nani covers will follow the same format, so they will be easily recognisable for its readers. So thanks for being here and enjoy the gorgeous new cover!

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Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time.

Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!

Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

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Would you like a chance to win The Funny Adventures of Little Nani with it’s NEW cover? or a chance to win a Little Nani calendar? The giveaway will be open for two days, so HURRY up and enter in the link below!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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If you’d like to purchase the book, if can be found on:
Createspace (print)

Amazon
US: ebook | print
UK: ebook print

Cinta’s new short story, A Foreigner in London is available on Smashwords

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About the Author:

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since he discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for children, and “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on Smashwords.

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Cinta Garcia Interviews Her Character Drofxo!

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE FUNNY ADVENTURES OF LITTLE NANI
– MEET DROFXO –

When Little Nani entered my life, my world completely changed. Suddenly, I started meeting the most extraordinary characters, who became part of my daily life very soon. One of those amazing characters, who is one of Little Nani’s dearest friends, is Drofxo. He is kind of special. Why? Well, I decided to sit down with him and ask him some questions. Keep on reading and you will see why he is special.

Me: Hello, Drofxo. Thanks for accepting being interviewed by me.

Drofxo: Hello, Cinta. Well, I couldn’t say no, since you created me.

Me: Fair enough. So, I see you are drinking coffee… Wouldn’t you prefer a nice cup of tea?

Drofxo: Oh, no! I need coffee. I drink a lot of coffee. I am addicted to caffeine.

Me: Oh, I am sorry! I am sure that is too bad.

Drofxo: It also has good things. For example, thanks to coffee I met Little Nani.

Me: I am glad you mentioned that. I was just going to ask you how you happened to meet

Little Nani.

Drofxo: Let’s say that I was having problems with coffee, I went to her house, things

happened, and eventually we became friends. I cannot tell you more or I would spoil the story.

Me: No, no! We don’t like spoilers. Some people may wonder how come that Little Nani

became your friend since…

Drofxo: …since I am a Zombie? Yes, that can be a bit weird for most people, but not for

Little Nani. She doesn’t care about her friends’ appearance, as long as they are nice.

Me: That’s very sweet of Little Nani. Do you live close to Little Nani’s house?

Drofxo: Not too close. I live in a cave under the old bridge. I tried to live in the town, but

people was too scared of me, so I left the town and found my cave. But if I go near the forest, I can

see Little Nani’s house in the distance.

Me: That’s good, because you can visit her. What do you think about her magical skills?

Drofxo: (coughing nervously) Well, to be honest, I think that she needs a lot of improving.

She cannot pretend to do most of her spells without having properly studied them. However, I

cannot complain, since the spell she used with me was not too bad.

Me: But at least she has the best of intentions.

Drofxo: Oh, yeah, that’s for sure! And people forget about the mess she creates with her

magic because Little Nani is such a positive force that you cannot do another thing but like her.

Me: Aw, that was so nice of you. Do you think that people will enjoy reading about Little

Nani and her adventures?

Drofxo: If people like funny and somehow absurd stories that make them remember the

stories they read when they were kids, or if they have little children, or if they just have a very

young spirit, they will definitely enjoy the book.

Me: Thank you! So thank you for letting me interview you and I wish you have more

adventures with Little Nani.

Drofxo: Well, that depends on you! Will I appear in Little Nani and Her Friends (Volume

2)?

Me: Oh, I am sorry, but in the second book devoted to Little Nani’s adventures, she will

meet new friends, and all of them will be animals. But I am also writing a series of short stories

featuring Little Nani and some of the characters from Volume 1, and maybe you will appear there.

Do you like “choose-your-own-adventure” stories?

Drofxo: Yeah, I love them! I cannot wait till you finish those stories.

Me: Thanks! And thanks for coming.

Drofxo: It was my pleasure.

Drofxo left the room, leaving behind an empty coffee mug. And I started wondering, how many coffee mugs does he have so he doesn’t mind leaving one behind? Maybe he just forgot about it? The solution to these questions is in the story, and I won’t spoil it for you.

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The Funny Adventures of Little Nani can be purchased from Amazon. And stop by the book’s Goodreads page for more fun.

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WIP: The Next Big Thing, Blog Hop

There’s this blog hop post thingy going around lately called WIP: The Next Big Thing. My friend, Cinta, was kind enough to tag me in her post along with some other great authors. Thank you Cinta!

Basically once you’re tagged in this blog hopping post, you need to do a few things. One of them is to thank the person who tagged you, again, thank you Cinta (for giving me more work to do 😛 😛 and more 😛 ). The next thing is for me to answer the questions that go along with the post. These are about my WIP (work in progress). Because mine is a book of poetry, I’m going to alter the questions a little more to fit the type of work it is. It won’t change much though and I’ll have fun with it. Lastly I’ll be choosing 5 other authors to tag in this post….they will become The Next Big Thing’s next big victims…MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Ok now on to the questions 🙂

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What’s the working title of your WIP?

I’m going to be honest here. I don’t have a title, working title or non-working title. I’ve put very little thought into this over the time I’ve been putting it together. It’s the same way with my poems individually. I don’t normally ave a name for them until the first draft is finished. Hopefully, since the collection is closing in on a finished first draft, I can put some thought into a title.

Where did the idea come from for your book?

I first thought about putting together a collection of my poems a little after I learned about the self-publishing/indie publishing world. Knowing that I could control virtually all aspects of my book helped me get excited to start working on something. I had a good amount of poems from a big senior project when I was studying creative writing. All I needed to do was to keep writing and fit all the pieces together. Sounds somewhat simple when I put it that way….though the works still piling up.

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry. That’s not exactly a genre…but it’s something. I don’t really know the “genres” of poetry if there are any. I would say (that I’d like to believe) a good amount of the poems lean toward confessional poetry, similar to (but in no way as good as) Plath, Sexton, etc.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Again, I write poetry. I don’t think there’d ever be a movie made from it. If there was I’d like to play myself…if I qualify as a character….eh, I don’t even know where to go with this question haha.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Um…hmm….”A poet’s self-therapeutic journey though emotions, verse, and a thesaurus” Sound catchy enough? I’ll work on that one.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published all the way! INDIES UNITE!!! On, let’s sound less revolutionary about this. I’d be going self-pub with this. I don’t want to deal with outside influences on my work, the cover, the price, etc. I want to write this collection, get it published, and make it as affordable as possible for those who want to read it. I already know that poetry is harder than anything else to sell in today’s (and probably any other time’s) market. I want the ability to sell it for a dollar is I feel the need to do so.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

My first draft isn’t finished yet. It’s not exactly close to being finished, I’m close to halfway I think. I’ve been working in the components of this draft for close to two years now, I think.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I feel that this question is strange. I’d like to think a majority of people answering the questions won’t be able to because they’ve been able to create a unique story without borrowing heavily from any one story.

If I needed to “compare” my work I’d say, no thank you. It have been heavily influenced by other poets, but I still feel it doesn’t resemble any actual poetry from someone else.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

There are a few people. They’ve inspired the writing of this book in different ways. One person is my father, a main component of these poems. Another person who inspired the writing of this collection doesn’t show directly in the poems. He’s Dr. James Allen Hall, my professor for four semesters at SUNY Potsdam and the person who helped me the most with my poetry over the years. Because of his classes and his advice I’ve been give the confidence and skill to attempt at making my first collection of poetry. Thirdly, there are all the poets I’ve read in the past. They’ve inspired me as well. Not just in how to write, but in making me strive to get my poetry to masses like they’ve done in their lives.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My collection of poetry is some of the rawest, most honest, most painful, yet much needed therapy I’ve given myself over the years. Through writing it, not only do I get to share with others what goes on in my head…I also get to share with myself things that have been deep down for too long. But don’t worry, that sounds very emo…and it’s not.

I write poetry in attempts to keep it accessible to readers not familiar with or who do not lean toward poetry normally. I think there’ll be something for everyone in here. I can only hope.

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Now time to tag some people.

I’ve Been Awarded The Booker Award By S.M. Boyce

I was recently nominated for The Booker Award by the super awesome S.M. Boyce.  Read the post that I was nominated on, from her blog.

“The premise here is pretty simple. This is an award for literary and book-centered blogs.” – Boyce

My mission is to:

  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award and force them to make a post (maybe not force).

I’ve never been good at picking my favorite anything, let alone books. But I have it some thought and I found five that are very high on my list, if not ON top of the non-existent favorites list.

*Note in no particular order

1) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is one of the books I read back in high school that stuck with me enough to read again later on. I used to read a lot of Hemingway’s book (most of his published works). This one stands out a bit more than others because it’s a memoir. I got a glimpse of his life and envied certain aspects. As a young impressionable high schooler, at the time, I wanted a life like what’s found in the book. I still have that younger part of me that wishes I could go to Paris and write all day (there’s much more to the book than that though).

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

2) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

I first came upon this one from the movie by the same name. After falling in love with it, I needed to buy the book. After reading about McCandless’s journey I’ve also fallen in love with the book. I envy what McCandless did by going away from societal norms and living off only the bare essentials.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. (read more on Good Reads)

3) Riders on the Storm by John Densmore

This autobiographical account of the Doors drummer, John Densmore, and his life with Jim Morrison was my first dive into anything to do with The Doors. From there I started listening to the music and love it now. But what’s better is that the book itself turned me on to reading more musician’s autobiographies. It’d great to see the first-hand accounts of the musicians themselves. Much better to read (in my opinion) than biographies, even about the same people.

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called “the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors’ brief but brilliant life as a group”.

4) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

My top five all-time book list HAS to include a book full of top five lists. It has to. It might be my favorite novel ever (sorry everyone else). The story is great, the writing is genius, and I’m not ashamed to say I LOVE the movie based off the book. Never have I been able to say that a movie is almost word for word what the book is (this has nothing to do with the book love I guess). Just read it, especially if you’re already a Hornby fan. I love the guy’s writing.

It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby’s narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way—on vinyl—and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music. (read more on Good Reads)

5) The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

*I didn’t choose this book because the author nominated me. I chose it because of the reasons I stated above 😀 It’s just that good

This is one of the first Indie published books that got me on the reading path I’ve been on for most of the year. In a way, you can say that without this book (and a few other great books I’ve reviewed many months ago) this blog might be MUCH different or not exist at all. Reading Lichgates was a jumping-off point for my dive into the “Indie Revolution.” I didn’t look back. It’s such a well written book. It touches just enough into the high fantasy genre, the New Adult AND Young Adult age levels, and poetic journeys to make it accessible to many readers, even though who might not think they are into some of those aspects. I know I wasn’t much of a reader of this type of fantasy. Now I want to continue in the genre. I also want to continue my journey through Ourea alongside Kara, the Vagabond. I can’t wait until (around) my birthday when book book, Treason, is released. That’ll be a happy day for the book world.

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it…and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most of them want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.  (read more on Good Reads)

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To finish this post off, I’d like to nominate 5 other bloggers, and fellow book-lovers. The nominees are:

C.J. Listro

Jess Fortunato

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Miranda Stork

Amber Jerome-Norrgard

Guest Post on Cinta’s Corner!

Cinta Garcia over at Cinta’s Corner has been a guest on my blog a few times now, and you’ll be seeing her more over time. She’s always welcome here on A Life Among The Pages. What I have for you today is a little treat. Instead of having her on my blog, I was asked to be on her blog to do a guest post on her new series Books I Don’t Mind Reading A Million Times. The series is similar to my Authors We Love series and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as you’ve enjoyed AWL.

Guest post on A Moveable Feast