Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
~ Maria Montessori
Born on August 31, 1870: The Italian educator Maria Montessori initially trained as a doctor, which was nearly unheard of for women at the time. She later studied psychology and developed her theories of
early childhood education, which she put into practice with her Casa dei Bambini schools.
Montessori education continues to be popular around the world.
I know, I missed April but it was worth it. I’ve been busy keeping my butt in the chair writing my next release. So please read on, as I have a lot to share with you.
I’m so happy to announce that I’ve finished my first draft of Up Close and Personal!! It stands right now at over 80K words, which is 321 pages. This is the longest book I’ve written yet, and to think there will be more added in the form of details. Of course, the word count will fluctuate because I’ll be deleting words and sentences, too. Then once I hand it over to my editor, she’ll make changes which will affect the final word and page count.
The artwork form for the cover has been turned in to the art department at Melange Books. I picked a few pictures from stock photo sites to give the cover artist ideas of what I could see working for the cover. Along with stock photo ideas, I shared a description of the characters and the story. There’s not much suspense or mystery in this book, but the characters have their battles. You can read the un-edited back blurb HERE.
I received an amazing five star review from a John Kurtze, for Texas Two Step. Here’s a link to Amazon, to read the full review: Texas Two Step Review, but here are some snippets of the review:
“TEXAS TWO STEP by Jody Vitek is a fast moving story full of suspense, intrigue, kidnapping, conspiracy, and romance.”
“The author builds intrigue when she put the reader inside Chole’s head so they can see and feel her experiences. Vitek builds action and suspense and increases the momentum of the plot.”
“Vitek keeps her readers on the edge of their seats as they wait to see how events unfold.”
I’m so excited to announce that Texas Two Step is a 2015 RONE Award Nominee by InD’tale Magazine! The finalist are determined by votes and you can help me become a finalist by voting for Texas Two Step. You do need to have an account with InD’tale Magazine, but it’s easy and harmless. For a direct link to my voting category, click HERE. The contest runs from May 18 through May 24, 2015. I’m up against some big authors, so any votes are appreciated. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see many reminder posts. Yes, I’ll be a pest during that week.
Mark your calendar, and if you’re in the North St. Paul area, stop by and say hi. I will be selling and signing copies of my books during the History Cruzers Car Show at Paperbacks Plus Book Store. You can find all the details HERE.
It’s time now for me to focus on the editing while the soccer summer season hits full swing for my youngest. I’m excited, as always, for the games to begin. He starts the game season with a tournament on Mother’s Day weekend, and I look forward to sitting on the sidelines cheering him and the team on. Of course I’ll be snapping pictures for scrapbooking, which I’m behind on.
The weather has been fairly decent in the Twin Cities. Today, as I write this, the meteorologists are predicting a high of 80. If that’s true, you can find me out on my deck working, reading and/or relaxing. I haven’t started planting anything because it’s still too early, but have done some garden and yard clean up. We could still get snow, but I’m praying we don’t go backwards from here on out.
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