Monday, April 25, 2016

Eileen Schuh FEATURED on Chill with a Book!: A Role Model for Literacy

Chill with a Book!: A Role Model for Literacy - Eileen Schuh: Imajin Books author, Eileen Schuh , was ecstatic to be invited to present her young adult novels to students at the Kehewin Community Education
Centre earlier this month.

Eileen Schuh,Canadian writer

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An author visit--behind the scenes

I  was ecstatic to be invited to present to students at the Kehewin Community Education Centre earlier this week.

I was greeted with a welcome banner

The children were all very responsive, with many excellent questions and comments about me, my career and my books. The staff were very interested in my career as well, and several expressed interest in publishing their own books. 

I left a few bookmark/business cards so I hope those with questions about publishing will contact me. 

A young girl, about seven came to me as I was eating lunch and showed me the book she had written. The teacher had stapled it together for her.It was written as a graphic novel and was about a girl who thought she was being bullied, when really her friends were planning a surprise birthday party for her!  I was impressed.

I gave four separate presentations, speaking first to the Grades 1-3 classes, followed by Grades 4-6. In the afternoon I presented to the high school students and then the junior high kids.

I think the highlight of presentations (aside from the question period...and the playing of my book trailer, and my exuberant reading to the younger set of B.J. Novak's The Book with no Pictures ) was my reading from THE TRAZ School Edition read the chapter where thirteen-year old Katrina decides to quit school, run away and join the gang. It’s a unique chapter in that Katrina shares with us her reasons for her decision, as well as her perception of the problems she is facing. Hers are problems that many youngsters face—depression, a feeling of not belonging, grief, and friction with her guardians. Although Katrina feels her options are extremely limited, this chapter gives readers a chance to consider how she might have more successfully dealt with these issues.

Also, the chapter gives vivid scenery descriptions that match the beautiful geography of the Kehewin First Nations and mentions Fort McMurray. The students liked the local flavour. (A partial excerpt of the chapter I read is featured here on Chris Redding’s blog.)

All that aside, the intent of my visit was not so much to discuss the social issues youngsters face, but more to be a role model for literacy. I wanted to inspire these children to fall in love with books and to consider writing a great hobby as well as a career option. I wanted to share with them my successful fifty-year journey from being a disadvantaged child to fulfilling my life-long dream of becoming a published novelist.

My gifts.
In keeping with tradition, I gifted the school some autographed copies of THETRAZ School Edition while the Kehewin Community Education Center gave me a mug, carrying bag, and keychain necklace, all with the school logo.

I was so happy when the librarian decided to buy one of each of my seven published books for the school library.

My 7 published books on display. The school bought one of each.

It was a marvelous experience. The staff and students made me feel very welcome and comfortable. Although, by the end of the day, I was quite hoarse. Four hours of presentations in a day will do that to you! I was also exhausted because although I had a table and chair, I was up and on my feet most of the time as the movement and my proximity to the audience, seemed to capture the students' attention.

My mileage (the Kehewin school is a forty-five minute drive from home) and a two-hour speaker fee was sponsored by WISP (Writers in Schools Program), a program administered by the Canadian Authors Association Alberta Branch. Thank you!

Addiionally, the Kehewin Community Education Center matched the WISP speaker fee to ensure I could present to all four grade groups at the school.
My novels are available from Amazon and all fine online book retailers. If they are not on the shelves of your local library or bookstore, ask to have them ordered in for you.

Eileen Schuh, Author

Schrödinger's Cat

THE TRAZ School Edition

Monday, April 18, 2016

Excerpt from The Traz. On Sale for only 99₡

Chris Redding, Author: The Traz. On Sale: Blurb: The Traz : Cops vs bikers on the Alberta prairie—oh, and throw in a thirteen-year old girl. THE TRAZ excerpt: Katrina lo...

Eileen Schuh,Canadian

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Showers eBook Sale


Shower yourself with ebooks from Imajin Books during Spring Showers Sale April 17–23
 Books I and II of the BackTracker Series now only 99cents!
The series that pits bikers against cops on the Alberta prairie--oh, and throw in a thirteen-year old girl. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Apple announces 'iToilet'

Apple announced today the release of its latest in technology, the 'iToilet'-- reportedly designed to counteract the increasing number of customer complaints that their iPhones are not able to withstand being dropped in the biffy.

The new iToilet comes with a water-less flush, a soft-impact rubber lining and a guarantee that it will not cause damage to iPhones.

The premium model also comes with a wifi hub and a portal for charging the phone.

Critics caution consumers against purchasing such brand-dependent expensive permanent fixtures for their homes, warning them it will lock them into purchasing compatible Apple products down through the years.

However, Apple spokesperson, April Foowells, says consumers have been demanding such a product for years and Apple is simply addressing a need in the market place. She also points to the environmentally-friendly nature of the toilet.

Apple competitors, Microsoft and Samsung, declined to comment, citing the ill-timing of the announcement.

The product will be ready to ship world-wide on 1 April 2016, just in time for All Fools' Day.

Apple announces 'iToilet' has been brought to you by:
"Shadow Riders is a thriller with depth and weight and fully explored characters"

"Love for an abuser is a mystery...but Schuh carries us so thoroughly into Allison’s mind...we almost understand it."

 "Shadow Riders is interesting, intelligent, and exciting."

 "Readers will feel Allie's pain in this chilling new psychological-suspense"

Eileen Schuh, Author

Schrödinger's Cat