Philomena Sparks has been acknowledged, and twice already! Sorry I did not post about this before. I have been incredibly busy writing other stuff for other people. Her first acknowledgment was a Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival in January this year. The second acknowledgment came to light a few days ago, on Saturday the 15th of March. Philomena Sparks got a Runner-Up tie in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy category at the Sharp Writ Book Awards. You can click on the links to see for yourselves. I am particularly stupefied by this second award, because this book competition is run by MENSA people. (Pun deliberately intended). I am deeply honored by this recognition.
As I have written in previous posts, the book is available in print (paperback) and in electronic format.
Here is a list of all the places where you can find it and download a preview if you like.
And, if you get to read down to this part, I have a special treat for you all, for a limited time only. You can download Philomena Sparks and The Curse of the Big Ben for free, from Smashwords, if you use this code: DU25F
Well, yes! The World Within has won another honorable mention. This time under the ‘Fantasy’ category at the Halloween Book Festival.
The Halloween Book Festival is part of the Aliens to Zombies Convention which will be taking place in Hollywood, California at the W Hotel on October 29 and 30, 2012.
This Convention also honors films, documentaries, short films, animation, student films and screenplays. Of course, as any other convention, there will be panelists, lectures and of course a Halloween costume party. From what I read, this is their second year in what promises to become a fun event that brings together visual artists, film makers, writers and creature-crafters from all over the world.
Yesterday, I went to meet the sixth grade students of one of my teacher friends, Maribel Méndez. She had assigned ‘The World Within’ to her class and I was invited to visit the school, Concepción Méndez Cano in Caguas, and meet the students. I was, and still am, very thrilled because this is the first group of students who got to read my book and they loved it!
Sorry the photo is a bit out of focus, but you can appreciate the teacher, her classroom and two of the students. This is when she introduced me to the class.
The kids were paying attention to all I said and they came prepared with many important questions they wanted me answer.
Well, yes, you can tell I was very happy to be there.
I got to sign their books. This girl wanted to see what I was writing. They were all so happy too.
And a group photo, of course! I hope many more children get to read it. In case you’re interested, here are the links where you can download or get a printed copy of The World Within: