Cyber Monday Sale!

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I noticed that online sites have my children’s picture book, Mama’s Purse, on sale for Cyber Monday. Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for example, have Mama’s Purse listed at 15% off today.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dY95SP
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1eIS5NH

It is difficult to make quick changes to the price of my book on my website, so I decided to create an Etsy account and have a 25% off sale just for today!

Get a personalized copy of Mama’s Purse for the little readers in your life this holiday season. Welcome to the AJsChildrensBooks Etsy Shop: http://etsy.me/1je2AvY

I am excited about adding imagination posters, bookmarks, and magnets to the shop soon. So, be sure to visit again!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

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111 Supporters with 20 Hours to Go!

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I have 111 supporters on my Thunderclap campaign, which ends November 4th at 12 pm EST.

My campaign: AJ Irving spent her childhood in Boise, Idaho, catching grasshoppers and writing stories. Her biggest dream in the whole world was to be a writer. AJ’s first children’s picture book has won five awards. Mama’s Purse is a rhyming story about a mother and child who interact with animals and fun objects in a magical purse. Her goal as an author is to encourage children to develop a lifelong love for books and to inspire young minds to use their mighty imaginations. With your help, AJ will be able to publish her second children’s book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice.

I am hoping to keep the momentum going with my first book, so that I can afford to publish my second children’s picture book.

I would greatly appreciate your support. It does not cost any money. If you would like to become a supporter, please follow this link and click on the support with facebook/twitter buttons. Thank you!

http://bit.ly/1h12U2w

63 Thunderclap Supporters!

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I’m over half way to my goal of 100 supporters to launch my Thunderclap campaign on November 4th! Thank you for your support!

My campaign: AJ Irving spent her childhood in Boise, Idaho, catching grasshoppers and writing stories. Her biggest dream in the whole world was to be a writer. AJ’s first children’s picture book has won five awards. Mama’s Purse is a rhyming story about a mother and child who interact with animals and fun objects in a magical purse. Her goal as an author is to encourage children to develop a lifelong love for books and to inspire young minds to use their mighty imaginations. With your help, AJ will be able to publish her second children’s book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice.

How it works: Follow this link (http://thndr.it/H08ku2 ) and click on the support with facebook and/or twitter buttons. If I can get 100 supporters by November 4th, my campaign will launch and be visible to thousands of people.

Thank you for helping me reach my dream to publish my second children’s book!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

40 Supporters!

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Some of the most rewarding moments in my life have resulted from being a children’s author. It truly warms my heart when I receive a letter in the mail from one of my young readers, or when a child reads Mama’s Purse to me and tells me her favorite part, or when parents say their kids want to read my book over and over again.

This is my dream. I am not going to give up after one book! Thank you to everyone who has supported my Thunderclap campaign so far. I’m on a mission to get 100 supporters by November 4th so I can publish my second children’s book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice.

Here’s my Thunderclap link for those who would like to join my campaign: http://thndr.it/H08ku2 Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

AJ

30 Supporters So Far!

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The publishing industry is a tough business, but you can help me get another fabulous children’s book into the hands of eager little readers! Follow this link: http://thndr.it/H08ku2 and click on the facebook and/or twitter buttons to join my Thunderclap campaign! I have 30 supporters, so I’m off to great start to reach my goal of 100 supporters by November 4th. Thanks again!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

Please Join My Thunderclap Campaign!

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I didn’t get into the publishing industry to try to make a bunch of money. My goal has always been to earn enough to be able to publish my second book, and hopefully a third 🙂 To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I was a bit too aggressive with my first print run of Mama’s Purse. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret making the decision to be an indie author. I have made new friends, established great contacts with other authors, won some awards, and got my book into local bookstores and libraries, which was important to me. I’ve been trying a few new things lately to try to keep the momentum going with my first book, so that I can afford to publish my second children’s picture book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice. The one that I’m the most excited about is Thunderclap. The potential to give my book exposure is HUGE. I’m not asking you to buy my book, but you can help me out immensely simply by clicking on my Thunderclap campaign link and sharing my campaign on your social media (by clicking on the facebook and twitter buttons). If I can get 100 supporters (folks who share my campaign on social media) by November 4th, my campaign will launch and be visible to thousands of people. Thank you for your support!

Here’s the link: http://thndr.it/H08ku2
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Win a FREE autographed copy of Mama’s Purse!

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An author introduced me to this great site. I shared his book on social media yesterday and in less than 2 hours, I hit 20 buzz hits and won a free autographed copy of his book. It’s a children’s book that my kids will love. I decided to give it a go with my book, so here’s your chance to win a FREE autographed hardcover copy of Mama’s Purse! Here’s how it works: follow this link and become a Buzzer! You gain points by sharing my book and once you hit 20 buzzes, you win your FREE autographed copy. https://www.libboo.com/read/mamas-purse/ajirving

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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Mama’s Purse celebrates a soaring and vivid imagination. Author A.J. Irving takes the reader on a magical ride inside of Mama’s Purse where you will find more than just breath mints, pens, tissue, and band-aids (not that those items are in MY purse! *ahem*). As you turn each page, you will discover something wilder and wackier each time. From bassoons and goons to a plane and chow mein there are plenty of opportunities for young children to expand their minds and vocabulary.

Along with the wildly creative animals, food, actions, objects, and concepts in the book come some bright, colourful, computer-generated illustrations. I think young children would really be drawn to the images and could spend considerable time perusing them.

The book features rhyming verse and for the most part, the rhyming is really good, but there are a few spots that perhaps lack some cadence. This becomes more noticeable when you try to read it out loud to children and you stumble over words trying to keep the rhythm going. Overall though, it’s very well done.

My Bottom Line: Overall, this is a creative and fun book to read to young children. It also opens up a discussion to stretch children’s imagination by asking “What would you find in YOUR Mama’s Purse?” The wackier, the better! This is a sweet little picture book that I think young children (aged 2 to 5) would enjoy reading with their parents (especially with Mama!)

Click here to read more! http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/blog-tour-and-book-review-mamas-purse-by-a-j-irving/

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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Lexi_ad167 What is in a mom’s purse? I decided I ought to clean mine out today just to find out. I discovered AWANA awards, legos, earrings, dollhouse people, pieces to some paper dolls, bandaids, a picture drawn by my daughter, two blocks, one matchbox car, and several crayons. There were far more reminders of motherhood than personal items. Not that I mind….

We had the chance to review a book about all the things that might be found inside a mom’s purse in the book Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving.

This book is a rhyming, possibly exaggerated, list of all the fantastic things that might be found in your purse. You could find a raccoon, a tiny typhoon, and a family of fireflies in June. Or you might discover a hare, a purple square, and a balloon filled with hot air. You never know what you could pull from Mama’s Purse!

My kids enjoyed this book and laughed at the outrageous and silly things found in Mama’s Purse. A pianist? An ice rink? A pod of dolphins? They also enjoyed coming up with additional silly and rhyming items that they thought should be found in Mama’s Purse.

Click here to read more! http://www.lextinacademy.blogspot.com/2013/07/mamas-purse-book-review.html

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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What does it take to write a book for children that keeps them engaged? Well, bright, colorful illustrations help. Goofiness is always a plus around here. Silly rhyming words and lots of giggles. Well, Mama’s Purse has them all!

This sweet little book written by A.J. Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is just right for your preschoolers or early readers. It takes the reader into the Great Dark Hole of Mama’s Purse, to explore what’s in there. And you’ll be surprised by what you find– everything from the tooth fairy to curvy-wurvy, swervy, sliver stairs!

Sean’s favorite parts were the caboose made of juice and the moose drinking the caboose. Sean (6) gave Mama’s Purse a thumbs up, for sure. I don’t think it will be too long before he’s reading it himself. Or has it memorized. Either way… he likes it.

Click here to read more! http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/mamas-purse-blog-book-tour/