In an article about Baby Products You Can Live Without, I was quoted offering up my contribution – the baby wipes warmer! There are a lot of products out on the market today that aren’t really a necessity and this article mentions some good ones that new parents often fall prey to thinking they need to buy.
Made it back home to the West Coast last night from my book tour in Ohio and West Virginia. Had a great time! Met a lot of Cleveland Browns fans, spent time with my co-author/friend Barry and even got to be on the field at yesterday’s Browns vs. Ravens game! I have photos and videos, but need to get them downloaded from my camera. Thank you to everyone that came out to the book signings and purchased copies of my three books!
With the release of my latest book If You Wore the Uniform… You’re a Brown Volume 1 a few weeks ago, I’m heading to Ohio and West Virginia to meet up with my co-author and meet folks and do some author signings. As of right now, here’s the schedule:
October 31st -
J.P. Henry’s in Parkersburg, WV 8PM-midnight (Greg Pruitt is confirmed to be signing as well!) local TV news and paper will be doing coverage!
November 1st – Marietta Wine Cellar in Marietta, OH – 11AM-2PM
November 2 – Cleveland, OH downtown at 1353 W. Sixth Street from 6-10PM along with Kevin Mack, Cleo Miller and Greg Pruitt
November 3rd – 5-7 PM at Cleveland Browns stadium along with Al Gross, Sam Rutigliano and others!
I will also have copies of my other two books, too!
I’m ecstatic to share news that my third book will be on display at the NFL Hall of Fame tomorrow in Canton, Ohio! Here’s the book trailer for it. The official release date is Sept. 15th. You can visit iLoveMyBrowns.com for reservation information.
The Couples Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond has hit the #1 spot on Amazon! It’s being offered for FREE e-book download now for those interested in getting a copy today! The paperback version is also available for sale and makes a great baby shower gift book.
For my third book coming out later this year… If You Wore the Uniform… You’re a Brown Volume 1
My latest book has just been released on Amazon today in ebook format and the mass market paperback will be available on the site by the end of the week, or early next week. Here’s the new book trailer for it!
The January 2012 issue of Palm Springs Life Magazine (with Glenn Close on the cover) features Stormy Knight in the Word Association section! Thank you, PSL!
Robbie Knievel is in town this weekend for a stunt and I was quoted in the article that made the front page today. : )
Here are a few of the endorsements that have already come in for my next book, “The Couples Guide to Pregnancy and Beyond.” It will be released in paperback and e-book Spring, 2012!
“…just what the doctor ordered. There are a thousand books on pregnancy geared to the expectant mother, but until now, not one that addresses the expectant dad in a format that he’ll actually read. It’s straight-talking, humorous and written in “guy talk”, while being sensitive enough to address the expectant mom’s questions and concerns. A true he/she bonding opportunity! Two thumbs up!” — Dave E. David, M.D. Nationally recognized Board Certified Obstetrician and creator of the video “Making Womb For Baby” http://www.drdavedavid.com
“We love this fun and refreshing approach to calming pregnancy fears for moms and dads.” — Ellie & Melissa, co-founders of the nation’s #1 maternity concierge and consulting company and planning experts for WebMD, DisneyFamily, Baby Zone, and Pregnancy Magazine. http://www.thebabyplanners.com
“A must-read if you’re expecting. Duffy and Zakour share the honest truth about those exciting nine months and beyond. Spiced with humor, their suggestions will truly help expectant parents understand each other and what’s happening in baby’s first apartment—the womb!” — Blythe Lipman, author of “Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions,” host of the Baby and Toddler Instructions radio show, and expert with 25+ years of experience in the field. http://www.babyinstructions.com
“A practical, delightful book chock full of valuable guidance for the expecting couple and gives them an expert map to embark on life’s greatest adventure.” — Stevanne Auerbach, PhD., Dr Toy Author, Smart Play Toys, http://www.drtoy.com
“A great approach to a very challenging subject, and a book every father-to-be should read. Having gone through the magic of having children twice, I would have appreciated this direct yet light hearted approach to preparing for the big day.” — John McPherson, Author, “Ten Simple Rules for Being a Better Parent in a World Turned Upside Down” http://www.tensimplerules.net
It’s an hour long and the interview starts at about the 11-15 minute mark… talking about The Couples Guide to Pregnancy and Beyond (Blue Leaf, Spring 2012).
I’ll be on air doing a radio interview with my co-author today, discussing pregnancy and babies! : )
For an a blog post on picky eaters, you can read it here.
Despite feeling under the weather today, I ventured out to the Orange County Book Festival this morning and promoted Stormy Knight a little. Here’s my article recap with a few photos and video. For those that aren’t aware, it’s the World’s Largest free Children’s Book Festival.
Stormy Knight Prom Queen of the Undead has been reviewed again; this time by Katharine Russell. I really like how she broke the story down.
“Duffy and Zakour deliver action-packed scenes peppered with spot-on teen dialogue…” – Katharine Russell
I just got word from my publisher that Stormy Knight Prom Queen of the Undead has hit bestseller status according to OmniLit!
EXCITING! Just found out that San Diego’s book store Mysterious Galaxy has Stormy Knight on their list of books “that’ve caught our attention, and we don’t want to escape yours.” : )
I’m quoted on the CNN website this today in the article entitled, “Ten Ways to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies.”
I did an hour long author presentation today and really enjoyed it. It’s really fun to see students get excited about writing! I wasn’t able to get any photos today, but the kids asked some great questions!
I just got word that Stormy Knight: Prom Queen of the Undead has been nominated for an Award! Please CLICK HERE TO VOTE for this title as a portion of the final decision is weighed by how many 5 star votes it receives. It’s FREE to vote. You just have to click this link and then CLICK on the 5 e’s that are in BLUE just under the title. Make sure you click on the LAST ‘e’ so that the saying next to it says, ‘You gotta read this.’ That’s it! You can also leave a positive review about the book if you’d like, underneath, but that isn’t required to vote. PLEASE VOTE 5 “E’s” Thank you!!!
If you click on the BUY THE BOOK link to the right, you’ll see the newest book trailer at the bottom of the three!
Check out this catchy, short Book Trailer for Stormy Knight Prom Queen of the Undead.
LYRICS to STORMY KNIGHT
Stormy Knight had an average life except she was half vampire queen/
she lives in Littleton and goes to Littleton High/ with her friends Marco and Cory by her side/high school can be hard without the added bizarre but she does a good job of fitting in/ and Candi the vampire queen who enjoys eating way to many ghost has appeared/ well everything was fine until about the time that the undead started popping out the grave/now in stormy knight’s life nothing seems right/ as these things seem to threaten all her dreams/
Stormy Knight: Prom Queen of the Undead is aimed at the YA (Young Adult) group – primarily 10-14 year olds. So, I commissioned a recording artist and music producer to go into the studio and record a catchy song for the release of the Stormy Knight book. This will be part of my author presentation at schools. Anyway, here it is! More to follow in the coming days, weeks… Please share this link with others! Or you can just link to my site http://www.shannonmarieduffy.com You can now order the book on Amazon.Com
and Barnes & Noble. Due for release in May, but it looks like Amazon may already be ready to start shipping! Yay! In the video below, it shows the book as hardcover. It’s not in hardcover, only paperback. : )
Are you in need of some fancy schmancy art for your project? Check out Quincy’s work. Just like me, he’s from Ohio and now lives in the LA area. Small world. Anyway, check out his online work samples. You’ll drool. He is a talented individual for sure! Tell him Shannon (the Stormy Knight author), sent ya’!
Head on over to Alternative Worlds to read a review of Stormy Knight: Prom Queen of the Undead (Due for release May 2011). Thank you, Alternative Worlds for the cool write-up!
“A quirky support cast, a reluctant heroine and a spell caster who doesn’t know the consequences of his actions makes this a character driven charmer.” – Harriet Klausner, Alternative Worlds
Blue Leaf Publications sent over these snazzy Stormy Knight bookmarks. Feel free to print them out and share them!
Stormy Knight Prom Queen of the Undead Bookmarks
A while back I was interviewed for an article that appeared in the May 2009 issue of Parenting Magazine. I had been looking for the online link and just found it!
I also found the link from where I was interviewed by the local CBS News affiliate regarding a speech Obama was scheduled to give. They don’t seem to have the video clip up anymore, but the article is still on the CBS website.
I just put together this second try at a book trailer for Stormy Knight – showing the front and back cover and a brief synopsis of the story.
Standing over first base, Stormy rocked back on her heels and then forward onto her toes. She pounded her hand into her softball mitt. Her team, Littleton High, was up by one run, but Northville had bases loaded and only one out. It was going to be a close one—especially seeing how Northville’s best slugger, Cindy Cheeks, was up to bat. At almost six-foot tall, the rumor was Cindy wanted to play linebacker on the boy’s football team but they wouldn’t let her because she hit too hard.
Cindy pounded the plate once with her bat, sending dirt flying. She glanced Stormy’s way and grinned.
“Okay team, two more outs,” Coach Paul yelled from the dugout.
The ball flew from the pitcher’s hand.
Cindy, being over anxious, swung early, hitting a lazy ground ball to the shortstop. The shortstop scooped up the ball, bobbled it just a bit, then touched second base for the force out before she whipped the ball towards first, going for the double play to end the game.
Stormy stretched out to meet the ball.
Cindy chugged toward first, like a moose—just not as graceful.
Wham! The ball hit Stormy’s mitt.
It appeared that Cindy knew the game was over so now figured she might as well take Stormy out with her. Lowering her head, she zeroed in on Stormy. Onlookers didn’t need to understand Newton’s laws of motion to know that this was about to get ugly.
Cindy and Stormy collided.
Stormy remained standing, no more bothered than if a fly had hit her.
Cindy didn’t fare so well; she went bouncing off Stormy and fell over backwards. She hit the ground with an impressive thud, and lay there stunned.
The dust cleared; the fans gasped, “Wow! Is she alright?” “How’d she do that?”
“Sorry about that.” Stormy bent down to offer Cindy a hand. “Sometimes I don’t know my own strength…” but Cindy was still too dazed to take Stormy’s offer. (Not that she would have anyhow.)
The Northville coach ran over to the still-confused Cindy. “Are you alright?”
“Did you get the number of that wall that hit me?” Cindy asked.
A couple of Stormy’s teammates, Carol and Kathy, rushed to her side.
“Stormy, are you okay?” Carol asked.
Kathy pointed at the still prone Cindy. “You were trying to hurt Stormy on purpose!”
A couple of Cindy’s teammates heard the shouting and ran over to Cindy.
“Hey! Leave our captain alone!” one of them shouted.
“Yeah, she just plays hard,” another added.
“Ladies,” Northville’s Coach barked, frantically trying to calm the situation, “the game is over.”
But none of the girls were listening. And more girls from both teams were now racing over. This had the potential to be a full scale bench-clearing brawl. Making matters worse, some of the parents in the stands were starting to get upset.
Stormy knew she had to do something or this would get ugly. Really ugly. Yet, there wasn’t a lot a normal girl could do to stop this impending scrap—luckily Stormy wasn’t a normal girl…
CBS in Atlanta covered my story talking about virtual gift cards.
I was just interviewed by CNN! It’s a news article about holiday mishaps and being sick during the holidays. I’ll link to the piece when it goes live.
UPDATE; Here’s the link!
On the news in Seattle, today!
I was on the Connecticut news today talking about virtual gift cards!