Guest Post If You Were me and Lived on Mars by Carole P. Roman



Written by Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Mateya Arkova
Publisher’s Synopsis: Join Carole P. Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars’ two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change. See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler.
Ages 4-8 | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2017 | 978-1540869722
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Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book,Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.


Guest Post

Guest Post by Carole P. Roman for J.R.’s Book Reviews

The benefits of writing a children’s book versus writing for adults or teens.

Thirty-eight years ago I went to a party that had a renowned fortuneteller. My greatest ambition was to be an author. I wanted to write the great American novel. It was my dream. I imagined myself being interviewed, signing my thick book with its ragged edged paper. I had the whole thing envisioned. It was going to be everybody’s beach read. The most talked about book of the year. I had written a romance novel and was trying to get it published. I remember the seer stroked my palm and said to ask her the question. I asked if I was going to get published. She looked at me thoughtfully, then after a long pause, said yes, but not now and not the way you are thinking.

I was crushed. I left sad, but it didn’t’ last. I got busy with other things and forgot about this incident. I never really thought about it until a short time ago, when I counted all forty-seven of my books on Amazon. I sat back with a surprised huff. I did get published. I went the nontraditional route and was able to put out four diverse series on what I like, for an audience that seems to be really enjoying it.

Many people feel that if it’s not a novel with a lovesick vampire or a precocious wizard it doesn’t count. Well, I’m here to say, it does. Children let me know what they like and don’t like. Their honesty, hearing that they love the books, particularly the non-fiction, that it opened new vistas and ideas for them is the most rewarding feeling in the world. Many don’t even realize that they are learning something. Parents say they not only enjoyed the content but discovered something new as well, and that is icing on the cake for me.

I am proud of the work I’ve put out. Teachers, children, and parents are opening discussions about culture and customs. Books I’ve written about Mars, or pirates, and trips into space awakens young imaginations, maybe even inspiring a future explorer or scientist. Some of my books teach coping skills, or touch on hot subjects like learning disabilities, bullying, peer pressure, and stranger danger. I’ve done a series on history as well as a book insuring girls can understand how empowered they are and the sky’s the limit.

Writing for children is a responsibility that I take seriously. I’m hoping to leave a mark on these young minds that will help shape the future in a positive way. Would I trade it for that NY Times Bestseller that everybody will carry to the beach or train? Nope, I don’t think so. I think I hit the sweet spot and don’t plan to ever leave.


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Enter To Win An Autographed Copy Of If You Were Me And Lived On … Mars, By Award-Winning Author Carole P. Roman, And A Stomp Rocket: Ultra LED To Light Up The Night Sky.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A Stomp Rocket: Ultra LED set
  • A bonus autographed picture book selected from one of the 35+ books written by Carole P. Roman
Four (4) winners receive:
  • A copy of If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A bonus autographed picture book selected from one of the 35+ books written by Carole P. Roman
Age Range: 4-8
Giveaway begins February 7, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends March 7, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only.
Prizes and samples provided by Carole P. Roman and The Children’s Book Review.
Bianca Schulze
Founder, The Children’s Book Review
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