Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 16, 2021

Book Giveaway: THE LADY OF THE LIBRARY by Angie Karcher

Angie Karcher has written a new picture book, THE LADY OF THE LIBRARY illustrated by Rachel Sanson and published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores now. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Angie and Rachel.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A ghostly lady haunts her local library for years, roaming the halls and walking through walls. When the library is scheduled for demolition, the building is closed to the public, books are removed, and workmen begin dismantling all the fixtures. The ghost is dismayed. Are her days of haunting over? But then a young girl decides the library needs to be saved. Ghost and girl work together, coming up with creative, inventive ideas to rescue the library and bring patrons and booklovers back. A lovely celebration of public libraries and a timely reminder of the important role they play in their local communities.

BOOK JOURNEY:

My debut picture book, The Lady of the Library and I have been on quite a journey these past few years. The Lady, busy haunting her beloved library and I, busy writing, submitting, networking, and promoting my other four regionally published children’s books by M.T. Publishing out of Evansville, Indiana. My dream was to be a published author. When that came true in 2012, I set a goal to find the perfect agent, which turned out to be Victoria Selvaggio, Founder and Co-Owner of Storm Literary. Together Vicki and I set goals and one was to sell a book(s) to a national publisher. I kept writing, she kept submitting my work and together we’d edit and cheer each other on. Of course, the writing has to be good and the story has to be great, but like most things in life, often success has to do with timing and tenacity. I tell writers all the time when I present at conferences, “Those who give up never get published. Those who never give up will likely be authors of future books for kids.” My call to the big leagues of writing came in the Spring of 2018. Vicki had sold The Lady of the Library to Editor Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press.

Excitement soon turned again to patience testing, as it was slated for Spring 2021. That seemed like far too long to wait to hold it in my hand, but it’s the way the business works. It’s been an exciting and interesting process to participate in. Fortunately, very little editing was required. Barb and I tweaked a few words and phrases for meaning and effectiveness. It’s truly amazing how one word can completely enhance a story.

The Lady of the Library is written in rhyme which is one of the things I’m most proud of. I founded Rhyme Revolution in 2013. It started out as a writing challenge for writers of rhyme and has since become much more. I hosted the Rhyme Revolution writing conference in New York City in 2015. Taught Writing in Rhyme classes online to help writers understand the importance of meter and rhythm in rhyming manuscripts. I founded the Best in Rhyme Award to celebrate the best rhyming picture books published each year. I’m a former Kindergarten teacher and Developmental Therapist so language, phonetics, phonemic awareness and rhyme are all things that help young children learn to speak and to read. So, rhyme has a special place in my heart, plus its fun to write and even more fun to read!

Illustrator Rachel Sanson was hired to bring the story to life and I’m thrilled with the outcome. Her work is spooky, quirky and absolutely perfect for this story! I was involved with the illustration process and asked for feedback and suggestions along the way.

Of course, The Lady and the little girl are the main characters in the story, but the true heroine is the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana where  lived for 53 years. This historic gem is the inspiration for the story. The Willard has its own ghost who’s been known to startle a patron or librarian over the years. The Grey Lady is her name and she is under constant surveillance on the Willard Library Ghostcam: https://willard.lib.in.us/about-us/ghost

The Lady of the Library is scheduled for release on Monday, March 15th. I hope you find it full of lively characters, shenanigans and verse. Many thanks to Kathy Temean for generously featuring The Lady of the Library and sharing news of it’s journey from sale to print.

ANGIE’S BIO:

Angie is a former Kindergarten teacher, Developmental Therapist and children’s author of WHERE THE RIVER GRINS 2012, M.T. Publishing, THE LEGENDARY R.A. COWBOY JONES 2014 M.T. Publishing and SANTA’S GIFT 2017 M.T. Publishing.

Her poetry is included in AN INDIANA TRIBUTE BICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY, compiled by Byron Buckley 2017. She has two upcoming titles: SIDELINE SLUGGER, M.T. Publishing, May 2018 and THE SIGNATURE SHIP, M.T. Publishing, October 2018.

Angie is the creator of Rhyme Revolution. This annual event held in April, is a writing challenge on her blog for children’s authors. She has a passion for writing rhyming picture books and poetry and encourages educators and parents to read rhyme frequently to children. Rhyme encourages language development and fosters a love of reading. She is the founder of The Rhyme Revolution Conference, held first in New York City in December 2015 and next in New Harmony, Indiana, October 2018. This conference supports and encourages children’s writers to use proper picture book writing techniques, as well as applying perfect meter and rhyme.

She also founded and hosts The Best in Rhyme Award, announced annually in February in New York City, NY, naming the best rhyming picture book and several honor books each year.

Her most recent endeavor is hosting Ms. Angie’s Craft Corner for KidLitTV. This will be a monthly recorded segment where she shares simple crafts for kids, teachers, parents and librarians that accompany her favorite picture books.

Angie frequently presents at schools, libraries, bookstores and writing conferences. She is the IN SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisorand lives in Evansville, Indiana with her husband and four teenage children. Her beloved beagle Gracie and Miniature Dachshund Lucy are her constant assistants.

Angie is represented by Victoria Selvaggio with Storm Literary Agency.

RACHEL’S BIO:

Rachel Sanson is an illustrator who was born deep in the north of England and is currently living in Manchester. She graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in illustration after three years in a little studio perched on the top of a hill. Rachel usually works digitally, incorporating bright colors, patterns, and textures into her work, and strives to come up with big, larger-than-life characters for children’s picture book stories. Her biggest influences are all things Halloween and pirate-related, games, film, the woods she grew up next to, and, of course, illustrators from her childhood. Rachel can usually be found in a corner sketching and drinking tea but spends her free time chasing cats, listening to embarrassing music, and watching horror films until the early hours of the morning.

Rachel loves to work on children’s fiction but most enjoys illustrating weird and wonderful characters and scenes.

Angie, thank you sharing sharing your book and journey with us. I had no idea there really was a haunted library and that you based your story the truely haunted Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. Kids will love the story of a little girl and a ghost working together to save the library. So much fun! I love the scene at the end where the ghost is reading Haunting for Dummies and the little girls is reading a book titled, How to Walk Through Walls. I also, love the back matter about Haunted libraries. Rachel did a fantastic job in making every page interesting and fun and of course your perfect rhyme keeps the reader turning every page – flowing just like the lady ghost throughout the book. Good luck with The Lady of the Library.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Angie. So excited for you!❤️❤️

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  2. Congratulations on this beautiful book! It looks like a fun story and I’m so glad you persevered. I’m looking forward to reading this.

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  3. This sounds fun! Congratulations, Angie! Best wishes!

    I follow by email and I will tweet this, Kathy. 🙂

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  4. I cannot wait to read this book. I am thrilled for Angie! Honestly, Angie holds a special place in my heart for introducing me to so many kidlit friends and helping me become a part of this amazing community.
    I get Kathy’s emails, and I am sharing this post!

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  5. Congrats, Angie-this looks like a gem!

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  6. Congrats on this beautiful book, Angie and Rachel! (I follow by email.)

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  7. This book is right up my ally and I can’t wait to check it out–LOVE the illustrations as well! thanks for sharing the book and your book journey : )

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  8. Your book is adorable. I’m an elementary school teacher and would tell a lot of librarians. You’ve inspired me to write my own picture book.

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  9. Angie, this is so exciting! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read this book. As a fellow rhymer, I love what you’re doing here — woo hoo for the Lady of the Library! I get Kathy’s emails and I’m sharing this post!!
    🙂

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  10. Congratulations Angie on your exciting new book!

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  11. What a lovely book that kids will enjoy reading over and over. I am incredibly impressed that you put out a book in rhyme! Congratulations on this publication!

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  12. Congratulations, Angie! So happy for your success. Can’t wait to pick up a copy of your book!

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  13. As a librarian, I’ve been excited to read this story for a while! 😀 Congratulations, Angie! I RTed your Twitter post, Kathy, and I subscribe to your blog.

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  14. Everything I ever needed to know I learned in the library. Congrats on your book, i can’t wait to read it!

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  15. Hooray, Angie! I can’t wait to see it!

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  16. I took Angie’s picture book class to learn more about rhyming. This book sounds clever and congrats to Angie! I’m an email subscriber and shared on pinterest, tumblr, twitter, and facebook:

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  17. Congratulations, Angie! Another fabulous Sleeping Bear Book! Best of luck to you! Kathy, I am a newspaper subscriber.

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  18. Sounds like good, spooky fun. I’d love to have a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1371889626311389190, and shared an image with a link: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772158663978.
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks, have a great day!

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  19. Congratulations, Angie! Great to see you and your lovely book on Kathy’s blog.

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  20. Congrats, Angie! Your rhyme is fabulous! And I love the illustrations!

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  21. I must grab this book as there’s a haunted library near me (New Paltz, NY) with a ghost that was captured on video! Congrats on your new book, Angie, it sounds like a real fun book for kids of all ages. Kathy, I receive your email.

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  22. This sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to read and share it! I love ghostly rhyming stories.

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  23. Congratulations Angie! So proud of you and all your accomplishments. Thank you for helping me along the way. You are inspiration.

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  24. Congratulations! Your new books sounds awesome! I’ll be sure to look for it/request it at the library!
    ~Della

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  25. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book.

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  26. This book looks fabulous! I’m posting a link to this article in my Creative Juice article this Friday (tomorrow) on ARHtisticLicense.com.

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  27. Angie, congratulations on this fabulous book! It looks and sounds irresistible!

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  28. Great post Kathy and Angie! I love how you were inspired by your local library! Can’t wait to get my copy!

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  29. […] engaging rhyming picture book and its journey to publication. (And how you can enter a drawing to win one for […]

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  30. How fun!

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