Friday, September 19, 2014

Pauline Books Blog Tour Presents: Marilee Haynes, "Genius" Author Guest Post and Book Giveaway~~!!

Welcome, friends, on this lovely Autumn Saturday!
I'm honored and delighted that 
an invitation was extended
by Cathy, of Pauline, for 
my home on the web
 to be a stop on Pauline Books and Media's
How exciting is that?!

To refresh yourself with the
 beloved  books offered by Pauline,
Soooo many of their titles have become go-to resources for our family!
 I especially have come to love and rely on
 It's a staple in our faith study!

Marilee, author of AKA Genius and Genius Under Construction,
has been guesting at the homes of a  few of us authors
 in the Catholic blogosphere this week.......
 I am rather flattered to find myself  in the company of 
these host bloggers and  I'm delighted to introduce 
Catholic author, Marilee Haynes, today!
Following Marilee's post, below, is a w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l 
book giveaway that you. do. not. want. to. miss.
Now grab a cup of tea and,
whether  you're a Mom-of-Boys or not, 
I know you'll enjoy Marilee's post, 
"Books and Boys!"



Other than my husband, our three wonderful children, and my faith, there are truly only two things in life without which I know I could not survive.

One is chocolate. My love for chocolate started early. It is deep and it is true. That love has never wavered. And it never will. 

The other is books. Reading them. Writing them. It doesn’t matter. Some of my earliest and most treasured childhood memories involve books. My mom sitting in the middle of the green-and-gold plaid couch (yes, it was the mid-‘70’s) reading to us, my brother tucked in close on one side, me tucked in just as close on the other. She read us stacks and stacks of books. Even after I was an independent and capable reader, she read from books we would both enjoy. One that stayed with me is Adopted Jane by Helen Fern Daringer. I know I loved the story, but more than that I remember the feeling of snuggling down in bed, listening to my mom tell it to me.

A love for books is a gift that my mom gave me and that I give to my kids every day. We have books all over our house. We take regular trips to the library and come home with our own stacks of books, something for everyone.

So it wasn’t a complete surprise when one day shortly after he started kindergarten, The Professor (my oldest) came to me and asked if he could start a book club. Of course I said, “Yes!” and the “All-Boys Book Club” was born. The Professor and I talked about some friends who we thought would enjoy it and issued our invitations to three fellow kindergartners and two first graders. We were thrilled when all invitees accepted with pleasure 

The overwhelming success of the first meeting of our book club took me by surprise. All six of the boys were excited. Really excited. The kind of excited that only five-and six year-old boys can achieve and sustain. It was loud, it was chaotic, and it was FUN. There were book related crafts and activities, of course there were snacks, and there were discussions about the book. We’re now nearly two years in and still going strong.

There is a lot of talk about boys and books not going together. Boys are too busy. Boys don’t like to read. I don’t believe it. That’s why I not only read books with boys and about boys, I also write books about boys. My books, a.k.a. Genius and Genius under Construction, are about a Thirteen-year-old boy named Gabe. He wanted his story told. And so I told it. And somehow, even though he’s a thirteen-year-old boy and I’m – well and truly – not, the books are his. His voice. His story. And all boy.

So when someone tells you boys don’t like books, don’t believe them. I don’t. And neither do the members of the All-Boys Book Club. I say give it a try. Pick books the boys will enjoy. We’ve read from series featuring fantastic, boy-relatable characters like Stink Moody, Nate the Great and Ready Freddy. As long as you have some structure in place, the support of all of the moms, good snacks, and a healthy tolerance for noise and the occasional potty joke, I promise a good time will be had by all.


Now, for the super duper easy - as- pie giveaway!!! 
 Marilee's two titles, AKA Genius AND Genius Under Construction
are generously being gifted to one lucky reader on the blog tour
 by Pauline Books and Media. 
 I encourage you to enter AND to support
Pauline, a fine bookseller of authentic Catholic titles!

**The entry is open until midnight on Saturday 9/27/14.
**The winner will be announced here and 
contacted shortly thereafter.

GOOD LUCK and happy reading!
Click here, sweeties, to enter:


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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the chance to win. We are a book loving family here, too!!!

    1. Martianne~
      Thank you for stopping by!!

      Good luck, friend!

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway, Chris! Much love.

    1. Lisa
      Good luck!!!
      They are wonderful books!


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