Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Today I’d like to welcome Cinta Garcia de la Rosa to Juniper Grove! Cinta is here today to share with us her collection of children’s stories, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani !

~ About the Author ~

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for children, and “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on Smashwords.

Guest Post:
Do you have a writing pattern (place, time, etc.) that you follow each day or does the writing decide what type of day it will be?

            My writing pattern varies every day. I have so many different things to do every day that my writing depends on the time that I can find along the day. Translating, editing, taking care of my father and my house, and trying to have a life with my partner and my friends is so time consuming that I only find time to write at night. So if I have to tell what my writing pattern is, I would say that I write best at nights or very early in the morning.
            As for the place, I have two places to write: my desk in my bedroom, and my living room. I use the desk when I write early in the mornings, but I need to write in the living room at night. Why? Because I can’t write if I don’t have the TV on. Yes, the television. What can I say? I am weird like that. Listening to the television as a background noise helps me to concentrate, even though I have no clue why is that. But the fact is that when I write in the mornings in my room, without the television on, the writing doesn’t flow in the same way. Hey, they say that one has to do what works best for them, right? So the television works for me.
            Some other days it is the writing which decides for me. Maybe an idea hits me while I am translating, so I need to stop and write it down. Normally, when I write that idea down, I don’t stop there, simply because I can’t. So on those times when I stop doing something to write that idea, I end up writing for a couple of hours or so. It just depends on the mood too, I suppose. I write both children’s books and horror stories, as well as contemporary fiction. If I am feeling in a playful, happy mood, I write for children; if my mood is a bit dark, I write horror stories. A writer’s life is never boring *giggles*
            Summing up, I could say that my writing patterns vary almost every day. I don’t really like following patterns, and that’s one of the reasons why I never plan my stories either. I like flying by the seat of my pants.

~ About the Book ~

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Title: The Funny Adventures of Little Nani
Author: Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Published: September 2012
Word Count: 17,000
Genre: Children’s Book
Recommended: Ages 6 – 9

~ Synopsis ~

Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time.

Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!

Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

~ Excerpt ~

From “Little Nani and the Flying Muffin”

“I’m bored!”
“How can you say that you are bored when I am reading to you one of the funniest books I have read in a long time?” said Horse in an exasperated tone. When Little Nani shrugged her shoulders, Horse had retreated to his favourite rocking chair in a corner of the room.
“Can I go out and make angels?” asked Little Nani, who was upside down, standing on her hands.
“Don’t be silly. You can only make angels in the snow, not in the rain,” said Horse without raising his eyes from the book.
“Can I go out and jump in the pools?” asked Little Nani, who was hopscotching all over the room.
“If you go out you will get soaking wet, and then you will catch a bad cold, and then you won’t be able to go out for a long time,” said the impatient horse. He didn’t like being interrupted while reading.
“Then I will cast a spell to make the sun come back,” said Little Nani, trying to take her magic wand out of her pocket while rolling on the floor. Big Billy, watching her efforts to take her magic wand out, and fearing that Little Nani could make the rain turn into a tempest, quickly pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani. “That hurt!”
She tried once more to take her magic wand from her pocket, but this time it was Skinny Nikki who pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani again.
It was pretty clear by now to Little Nani that she wasn’t going to have any fun that day. She thought that the rain was boring and, folding her arms with an angry look, she sat down in a corner. 
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