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Kim Tomsic

Monday, December 2, 2019

GREEN ON GREEN by Dianne White Illustrated by Felicita Sala

GREEN ON GREEN is a gorgeous concept book that covers seasons and colors packaged in rich and captivating text and glorious illustrations. Author Dianne White and illustrator Felicita Sala have created a must-own treasure.

This is truly one of the most charming books I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Every thoughtfully curated word will enchant readers  into the perfect rhyme and rhythm. Furthermore, the exquisite  illustrations deliver another lovely layer to the story and also a delightful surprise at the end.

Verdict: a MUST OWN.💚

Buying Links:
Changing Hands Bookstore
Tattered Cover
BookBar Denver

ISBN: 9781481462785
ISBN-10: 1481462784
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
About the Author: learn more about Dianne here: https://diannewrites.com/about/

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What is The #11111212Give

WHAT:  The #11111212Give is a daily giveaway running from November 11th through December 12th. Winners are selected by a random number generator, and then I double check that the winner followed the entry instructions (the three simple "HOWs").

THE PRIZES: are inspired by books (mine and others) **and/or** items in my books.
For example, on Friday, November 15th, the prize was a SPHERO SPRK because: (1) STEM-friday and (2) because in The 12th Candle,  Minerva's store (the eccentric shop in the story) sells SPHEROS. And (3) Megan in The 11:11 Wish loves math. Another example, the prize on Friday, November 22 : SPECDRUMS because innovating and music remind me of Les Paul and Guitar Genius (Chronicle Books, 2019).

HOW: To see the daily giveaway item, search the hashtag #11111212Give on Twitter and Instagram and follow simple instructions (usually three things: follow, share, comment).

WHO:  you can participate on Twitter and Instagram. Find and follow me here:

             Instagram =   https://www.instagram.com/kimtomsic/

INSPIRATIONS (the "WHYS" other than the fact that it's fun):

  • Inspired by my two novels for readers ages 8-13, The 11:11 Wish and The 12th Candle. Both books are light fantasy set in a contemporary school. They feature smart and funny characters who face impossible choices, magic, comedy, and the power of kindness.    
  • Inspired by this time of year to remember gratitude, thanks"giving", and kindness. 
  • Inspired by PERSEVERANCE and to have a STEM Friday prize because of my narrative nonfiction picture book (for readers ages 5-105), GUITAR GENIUS: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World! Les engineered the world's first solid-body electric guitar and created countless other inventions that changed modern music. No matter how many times Les was told something was impossible, he stuck with his vision. With a few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible, Les brought engineering projects to life. 
  • Because it's fun!
  • Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the future prizes!  Specdrums pictured above, plus

Saturday, October 5, 2019

A family curse. An “innocent” prank. A magic candle THE 12TH CANDLE

(October 8, 2019 Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsISBN 978-0062654977

Since birth, Sage Sassafras has been plagued by the Contrarium Curse, aka the Curse of the Opposites, and it has pitted her against tall, rich, basketball star, Priscilla Petty. When Priscilla lands dunk shots, Sage throws bricks. When Priscilla has a good hair day, Sage gets tangles, and when Priscilla’s father lands a big promotion at work, things go really sour for Sage’s daddy.

So when Noodler, the biggest search-engine company in the world, challenges students at Goldview K-8 to the Doodle for Noodler art contest, Sage is determined to win fame before Priscilla can, and thereby change her reputation from infamous to famous. Plus, with a little help from the magic candle she received on her 12th birthday, she believes she can do even more! The candle brings pizza, art supplies, and new clothing—maybe it can change the curse, too, so Sage makes the ultimate wish—she asks for a curse-reverse.

When the consequences of her wish take a terrible turn, she has to team up with her frenimies and figure out how to break the curse and its reverse for good, she’ll be doomed to a life of opposites forever!

A thoughtful look at curse versus choice and an encouragement to youngsters to make their own paths.—Kirkus Review
“Friendship, magic, and pink lightning—this book is a wish come true!” —Lauren Myracle
 “This sweetly magical novel is a lesson in kindness. There is magic in all of us.” –Kristen Gilligan, owner, Tattered Cover Book Store
“A heartfelt and humorous story about the ups and downs of middle school, touching on the ways acts of forgiveness can change an entire community. The 12th Candle is a wish come true!” –McCourt Thomas, Head of Youth Services, Lyons Regional Library District
“An enchanting and heartfelt story for anyone who has ever tried to wish away their problems!” –Ida Olson, Library Media Specialist, McCormick Junior High School

If you would like a signed copy, please order through the following bookstores and let them know you'd like your copy personalized:


October 8th, 7:00 PM Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver

October 12th, noon, SCBWI Rocky Mountains

November 9th:  Boulder Connect, Boulder Colorado

School visits (not listed here) have been scheduled through:  BookBar Denver, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Boulder Bookstore, and Changing Hands Bookstore. 

Would you like to know about the author:
Please visit Kim Tomsic's Website:  http://kimtomsic.com/

ISBN 978-0062654977

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Max and the Mysterious Noise by Dr. Dianne Blomberg

In MAX AND THE MYSTERIOUS NOISE by Dr. DianneBlomberg, Max frets over the mysterious
“Clippity, Skippity, Hippity” sound traveling through his town, so he sets out to solve the dilemma of the puzzling noise. He says he has a few ideas about the strange sound. Instead of the adults hearing him out, Mr. Caramadgi (in true adult fashion) talks right over Max. Max tries again. He says he has a plan to figure out of where the noise is coming from and announces the princess can help them! Instead of exploring Max’s idea, the town adults call his proposal gibberish. But Max has grit, he won’t give up. Max climbs a light pole and yells for all to hear, declaring that the princess in town will know the solution. Rather than wait for validation and approval, Max trusts his instincts and marches to the castle to find the all-knowing princess—And here’s what I love—a kid with grit and a book with girl-power! 😊

The notion of a commanding princess who also represents diversity adds a nice boost to this perseverance story. Once Max reaches the imposing castle door, he knocks only to face another adult who blocks him. Read on as Max digs deep to overcome obstacles and tries to connect the “hippity” to the missing “hop.”

Furthermore, MAX AND THE MYSTERIOUS NOISE comes with a discussion guide, so readers can explore questions like “What words could’ve the adults used to include max in solving the mystery?” and “Do you have an example of a time when no one listened to you?”

*NOTE: 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Team Fox for Parkinson's Research

About the Author:

Dianne Lee Blomberg, Ph.D. is a freelance writer and public speaker. Her professional background includes teaching, communication consultant, and author. Published essays, short pieces, and non-fiction books can be located on her website. She has two children’s picture books, Sam and Gram and the First Day of School, (Magination Press) translated into Chinese and Korean and Max and the Mysterious Noise, (LuLu Press). She is the co-author of several books in the (Simon and Schuster/Pearson) series, The Psychology of Communication.
She belongs to SCBWI, Children’s Book Insider, The Colorado Author’s League, The Authors Guild, and the Denver Woman’s Press Club.
Her work has been cited in national publications, coast-to-coast, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Denver Post, Good Housekeeping, Newsday New York, and others.

Please visit her website, http://www.DianneBlomberg.com

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