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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 22:37

Getting Connected

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I haven't been to a writer's conference or seminar in quite some time and I have felt very disconnected. I have made the commitment that to get published by a traditional publisher and am committed to being a well-rounded author. So I need to network and get involved with writer's groups.

I have since joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) www.scbwi.org so I can pursue my love of writing young adult and middle grade fiction. This past Saturday I attended a writing class with Coleen Paratore at The Arts Center in Troy, NY where Coleen now lives. She is the best-selling author of some amazing picture and middle grade books like Big and The Wedding Planner's Daughter. Visit her website at www.coleenparatore.com to get a list of her books. The class was based on her book called Fireflies and it's a writing journal to help you 'spark' ideas for different stories. I really enjoyed the exercises and the instant camaraderie amongst the other students who all happened to be female. 

Attending this class got me fired up to continue my search for an agent and publisher for my latest middle grade novel called The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs. In this new series, eleven-year-old Luke and nine-year-old Peter are the brave knights Princess Meriwether seeks to help her find Shimmer's eggs, in order to protect her kingdom from attacks by the evil Lord Tam. Their best friends, Marc and Rose, join the quest and together they use their skills and teamwork to bond with the hatched dragons and fight back. But there is another reason that this fearless foursome time travels to this magical realm and it will forever change their lives.

I'm looking forward to keep connections growing with other authors and my readers. And don't worry fans of The Fianna Cycle series--I'm working on book three called Through the Mists and will keep you updated!

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  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

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  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

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    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

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    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

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    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

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    Do you have a story in you, but don't know how to start, are stuck in the middle, or can't figure how the ending? Join award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata for a fast-paced writing workshop, which will focus on creating and finishing a short story. All level of writers are welcome! 

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    WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 FROM 1-3PM

    Children's Activity Room

    For kids entering grade 3-5 in the fall only. (Please no exceptions)

    Exciting and believable characters are the best way to create an interesting story. Janine De Tillio Cammarata will guide you in this fun workshop to craft characters for short stories.

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    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Whether it's in a notebook, blog, or sketchpad journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life. It's a way to keep track of goals, life activities, dreams, and is very fun! Learn the many ways to express yourself!

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    JULY 19 FROM 1-3PM

    REGISTRATION OPENS 7/12/2017 at 9:30am!

    Learn all the different topics and techniques you can use in your personlized journal. No experience necessary, just the desire to express yourself! 

    Award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore types of journals and how to personalize them, photo collage, personal motivation, creating stories, and much more.

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