VBT's July 2009 Tour Schedule and More

In a few days VBT - Writers on the Move will begin its July tour. With this tour there is a new feature: We will be hosting our guest on the 1st (as usual) and on the 3rd (this is our new uniform second posting day).

We are also spicing things up a bit: now our members will occasionally offer articles in place of biographies. This will be a welcome change and readers will benefit from the useful and informative articles.

And, don't forget we have a monthly Mystery Site Give-Away! Just leave a comment on the hosts' sites during the tour and you may be the lucky winner!

AND, July 10th is our Viewpoint/Hot Topic segment and Crystalee Calderwood will be hosting that segment at her site (check below for her link).

Now for the VBT - Writers on the Move July Tour Schedule:

Harry Gilleland is hosting Heather Paye
Karen Cioffi is hosting Linda Asato
Kathy Stemke is hosting Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Lea Schizas is hosting Harry Gilleland
Nancy Famolari is hosting Helena Harper
Vivian Zabel is hosting Crystalee Calderwood
Margaret Fieland is hosting Katie Hines
Crystalee Calderwood is hosting Mayra Calvani
Katie Hines is hosting Dorothy Massey
Dorothy Massey is hosting Galye Trent
Liana Metal is hosting Anita Yasuda
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is hosting Karen Cioffi
Virginia Grenier is hosting Kathy Stemke
Helena Harper is hosting Marvin Wilson
Gayle Trent is hosting Liana Metal
Mayra Calvani is hosting Lea Schizas
Marvin Wilson is hosting Nancy Famolari
Anita Yasuda is hosting Vivian Zabel
Linda Asato is hosting Margaret Fieland
Heather Paye is hosting Virginia S. Grenier

Please be sure to join in for our July Virtual Tours.

Also, if you're an author and would like to learn more about our group, just email me at: karenrcfv@yahoo.com, and please put 'VBT Inquiry' in the subject box.

See you in blog world,

Part 3 and 4 of: So Totally Emily Ebers - A Review

Part 3 and 4 of:

A VBT - Writers on the Move Kid's Pick Book Review
So Totally Emily Ebers
Review by: Esther (4th grader)

Title: So Totally Emily Ebers
Author: Lisa Yee


After the sleepover [Part 2], Emily and Millie (short for Millicent) went to the supermarket. It was July 3rd, and they were buying food to barbecue for the next day, July 4th. They will barbecue and throw fireworks in the sky.

That night they camped at the backyard and watched the fire works light up. They thought it was beautiful. Both of the girls ate tacos, pizza, and cheese sandwiches, two soda pops, and two cups of water. They had a great time camping outside and watching the fireworks explode!!


Last time [Part 3] we left of an when Emily and Millie camped outside watching the fireworks explode in the sky.

Well, one day, Emily and Millie went walking to the mall. They bought a lot of new clothes and shoes for special occasions. It was so fun!

There, they were talking and talking when they saw a cute boy walking towards them. They started looking at him and started talking with him. They became good friends.

That's it folks!

Part 2 of SoTotally Emily Ebers - A Review

So Totally Emily Ebers: A Kid's Pick Book Review
Reviewed by: Esther, a very enterprising 4th grader, wrote her review in 4 parts. Today is Part 2.

Title: So Totally Emily Ebers
Author: Lisa Yee

Last time [Part 1] we left off on Emily becoming good friends with Millicent Min. Well, after they became good friends they started hanging out a lot more! So one day they decided to have a sleepover.

Millicent went over Emily's house and they had a great time! They sang, made jewelry, watched tv, do each other's hair and then finally at 10pm, they slept. But, they didn't really sleep. They kept talking for the whole night until 11pm. Then, at 6am, they had a pillow fight. Finally, Millicent went home. Right after she got home they called each other and talked for hours! They had a great time!

Kid's Pick Review: So Totally Emily Ebers

We missed a week, but we're back. And, with school closing for summer vacation, the Kid's Pick Reviews may be a little scarce...we'll see.

Anyway, here we go with today's:

So Totally Emily Ebers - A Kid's Pick Review
Reviewed by: Esther (4th grader)

Title: So Totally Emily Ebers
Author: Lisa Yee

This book is about a girl named Emily Ebers, her mom and her dad. At age 12 Emily's mom separated and divorced with her dad. This caused a lot of problems for her.

After the divorce, Emily got stuck with her mom and moved with her to Pennsylvania. There they moved to a house which she called a mansion. It had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a first and second floor, an office, a kitchen, and a huge back yard. She absolutely did not like being with her mom, and she missed her dad.

Emily hated sports and her mom knew that, but she send her to a volleyball team. Emily hated the uniform and did not like her enemy, Jennifer and her "back up singers!" Although she hated this team, she met a girl that she got along with. Emily and her new friend became very good friends!!

This review is actually a 4 part review. The 2nd part will be posted on June 24th, and the 3rd and 4th parts will be posted on Friday, June 26th.

Robin Falls Kids Story Time - Blog Talk Radio

Teaching, informing, and entertaining children is a great way to spend time. April Robins of Red River Writers – Works of Writers & Artists Worldwide is doing just that. I belong to this group and wanted to let everyone know that I’m participating in this group’s Robin Falls Kids Story Time - Blog Talk Radio.

The event will begin Wednesday, June 24th and end Wednesday, August 5th.

36 Children's and Young Adult Authors will read from their work and tell how their stories came to life. A Library Time over the radio.

There are 20+ children’s books that will be given away as gifts to commenters, so please stop by the event at Facebook. Just click on the event button on the bottom of your Facebook screen and go to: Robin Falls Kids Story Time

To leave a comment on my spot thread for the event go to:


My interview spot is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th. I’m not sure of the time yet, but will keep you informed.

To attend and participate in the shows dial the Call-in Number: (646) 649-1005
just listen live or archived at

Stop by the Facebook event board and call in or listen live on July 8th. I'd love to hear from you.


Norm Goldman's Interview with Karen Cioffi

Norm Goldman of BookPleasures.com interview me today.

The authors of VBT - Writers on the Move are...ON THE MOVE!

It's a great interview, please stop by and check it out.


Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms

VBT - Writers on the Move Kid's Pick Review

Title: Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms
Author: R.L. Stine
Reviewer: Chris (4th grader)

I read Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms by R.L. Stine. I would recommend it because it is exciting and you wonder who is the person doing the mean stuff.

It's about a boy named Todd who loves worms. But when he cuts a worm in half, his sister says the worms are gonna get revenge. So, Todd dosen't know if she's lying or if it's true. But it's an awesome book.

June's Viewpoint Topic: A 2009 Witch Hunt!

This month's Viewpoint topic is over at http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com.

Find out why one post created 673, and counting, comments.

The question is: Was the post simply an author venting or was it contrived?

Check it out!


Warriors - Super Edition: Firestar's Quest

VBT - Writers on the Move Kid's Pick Reveiw

Title: Warriors - Super Edition: Firestar's Quest
Author: Erin Hunter
Reviewer: Nayana (4th grader)

I like this story because it's exciting and adventurous. It was also sad in one part of it because Firestar's mate, Sandstorm got lost in a storm, but Firestar found her. It was nice when Firestar finally rebuilt the skyclan. The story was really, really good. I like you should read this book!

Mystery Site Give-Away Winner is...

The VBT - Writers on the Move Mystery Site for June was Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children.
The prize is a copy of Day's End Lullaby, a children's picture book.
The winner is Bookpleasures.

Bookpleasures would you please contact me at: karenrcfv@yahoo.com.

Thank you everyone for participating!


Mystery Site Give-Away - And the Winner is...

It's thrilling! Tomorrow, the first winner of our new Mystery Site Give-away will be announced.

If you've been following the tour and commented, please be sure to stop by tomorrow to find out if you are the first ever VBT - Writers on the Move Mystery Site Give-Away WINNER!

We're still not giving away the title of the book; you'll have to stop by tomorrow to find that out also.

Don't forget, be sure to stop by!


The Baby-Sitter Club Super Special #5

We're off schedule this week - we missed Tuesday's Kid's Pick Review, it's here today instead.

A VBT - Writers on the Move Kid's Pick Review:
The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #5: California Girls!
Reviewed by Shakila (4th grader)

Title: The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #5: California Girls!
Author: Ann M. Martin

One day, the baby-sitter club sat and watched television for the lottery ticket. They thought they didn't win with all 6 numbers but, they got 5 of the numbers.

So they all called the phone number for the lottory ticket and they won a lot of cash. Dawn thought they could go to California for their vacation. Since it was Dawn's idea, and she is not part of the baby-sitter club, they still let her come to vacation with them.

When all of them were in the plane, in a couple of hours, they were in California. Everybody had a wonderful time. Almost all of the girls in the baby-sitting club had a wonderful job. All of the girls had time to go to the beach or send a postcard. All of the girls called and sended a post card. They remembered that how can they go back to Stoneybrook, when they just turned California girls.

The Witches: VBT - Writers on the Move Kid's Pick Review

The Witches - A Kid's Pick Review
Reviewed by Adrienne (4th grader)

Title: The Witches
Written by: Roald Dahl

The Witches is a funny book. It is your guide to help you see if you know any witches. I recomend this book to people who love comedys.

Roald Dahl the author has many other comedys so everytime you go to the library look for his books.

Sunstruck, by Mayra Calvini

Check out Mayra Calvini's book, available from Zumaya Publications

Zumaya Publications

Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-934841-18-1
eBook formats ISBN: 978-1-934841-19-8
Available from


Sunstruck has its own site at: www.sunstruckthenovel.blogspot.com.

Twenty-four year old Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the wrong type of man.

Her most enduring male relationship so far is with her 30-pound Turkish angora cat. Thankfully, Daniella's mother is always there to offer a shoulder.

Several strange mysteries are threaded through Daniella's everyday life: her ex-husband, Ismael, has just opened an outlandish hotel for animal lovers that has her distraught; Ismael's wife, a rich woman Daniella fondly refers to as "Lady Dracula," has some gruesome ways to keep her skin looking young; Daniella's mother is founding a revolutionary, feminist society called The Praying Mantises; the island's national forest is being depleted of hallucinogenic mushrooms; meanwhile, young girls are disappearing and there's a nut loose dressed as Zorro slashing the rear ends of women who wear miniskirts.

Oppressed by all these crazed, eccentric characters, Daniella feels herself falling into an abyss. Then something horrendous happens, making Daniella wake from her stupor and take charge of her life.

*For additional information, visit the author’s website at www.MayraCalvani.com

Contact the author at mayra.calvani(at)gmail.com

June Starts Our Mystery Site Give-Away

This is just a reminder:

VBT - Writers on the Move has a NEW monthly Mystery Site Give-Away!

Each month a group member's site will be the Mystery Site for the virtual book tour. If you visit that site and leave a comment on one of the posts for that tour, you may be the one to win the prize!

The owner of the site will determine which commenter wins. The prize may be an ebook, book, or other great item the site owner decides upon. Each month we will let you know what type of prize will be given away, but we will not reveal any details such as a book title.

Make sure you stop by our members' sites on the first or for their second post of the tour. Just leave a comment and you may be a winner!

Members of VBT - Writers on the Move are not eligible to win the prizes.

This month's give-away is a book!

Meet Mayra Calvini

Multi-genre author, reviewer and animal advocate Mayra Calvani hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. A regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine and Suite101, she's a member of SCBWI and Broad Universe. She keeps two blogs, Mayra's Secret Bookcase and The Dark Phantom Review.

Additionally, she's the co-author of the nonfiction work, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing.

Visit her newest, fun blog, Pets and Their Authors, where her golden retriever interviews authors' pets.

Mayra does Spanish translations of children's picture books, is co-editor of Voice in the Dark newsletter, and the National Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com.

Coming: Read all about Mayra's new book, Sunstruck.