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Love And Mistletoe
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Crystal loses her footing when she bumps into a handsome Christmas shopper. Can this same man sweep her off her feet and capture her heart when they meet again at a party? Paul has everything going for him, except he's younger. Does that matter? Should it? He doesn't think so, and neither does her nine-year-old daughter.
Secret til We're Grown
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When the boys from the cul-de-sac convince their parents they're old enough for a camp-out all by themselves, none of them realize that they will take part in a wonderful adventure--the kind of adventure they won't be able to tell anyone...until they're grown.
Hearts That Are Real
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Who would dream a young mother would find magic at her son's school carnival? Certainly not Ellen, who's been lonely since five-year-old Jimmy's father died. All the men her friends fix her up with are duds, and she's swearing off blind dates. Then, a tattoo changes everything.
Baby For Sale
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Kids on Greenwillow Lane learn about trash, treasures, and trading, with Megan Whitney learning the most important lesson of all. A "block yard sale"is fun for kids, as well as a learning experience, and when a baby is for sale, it adds to the excitement. While the other children on this cul-de-sac discover one another's treasures, Megan tries to sell her little brother. Max wants to buy him, but his brother Alex says their mom doesn't want any more kids. Meanwhile, the baby disappears. It seems Jon has been sold, or kidnapped. Will Megan try to get him back?
Loves Seafood & Sunsets
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When Audrey sees, a singles ad that says, "SWM, dark hair, dark eyes; loves seafood and sunsets, can't dance. Seeking red-haired beauty queen," she's sure it's the guy she dated years ago, looking for her. She wanted to hear those "three little words" but he never said them, so she found someone who did. Twelve years, as many pounds, and a failed marriage later, she's willing to take a chance.
About Betty Jo Schuler
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"The first year that I taught school, a little girl in my third grade class held a book under her desk and read whenever she had a free moment, and often, when she was supposed to be doing something else. I had a hard time reprimanding her because I was so delighted that Dawn was a real book lover."
Betty Jo Schuler wants children to open the doors to adventures of every kind. "I love reading and writing books, and I love kids. Combine the three into "writing books for kids to read," and I turn into one of those smiley faces on stickers, the kind teachers stick on children's papers."
This former teacher went to college for a year, then took time off to start a family. With four children in school, she went back to finish her degrees in elementary education. Schuler taught primary grades for twenty three-years, remedial reading classes twelve of those summers, and tutored several children privately. "School is so much easier, as is life afterward, if you master reading recognition and comprehension skills. And some of the most wonderful experiences in life come to us vicariously, through books."
Reading was my favorite thing-to-do as a child. Through books, you lead many lives, make friends from other times and nations, and plunge into activities you might not choose in real life. I wasn't an adventurous kid, but I loved exploring deserted houses, nursing wounded soldiers on a battlefield, and saving a town from destruction. I also loved reading movie stars' biographies, and of course, I adored horse and dog stories. I could read through all sorts of distractions, especially a call to help in the house."
Betty Jo's chapter book, ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST, about a town where everything is backward, was published by Willowisp Press. Her young adult novel, HEARTTHROB, was part of the Bantam Sweet Dreams line. Her first e-book, CAMP CHEER, an interactive mystery was published by Petals of Life. She's had stories and articles in U.S. Kids, Jack and Jill, 'Teen, and other magazines. She belongs to Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Middle Grade Young Adult Network.
"Electronic books are a step into the future that children are eager to experience. Kids who groan when faced with a book are likely to give an e-book a smile, and a try. I'd like to see all kids as eager to read as that little girl in my first class."
Fifteen years ago, Betty Jo wrote a diet book that led to her writing nutrition and diet articles for magazines. Out of about 175 articles to date, her proudest achievement was writing an article published by Reader's Digest.
In addition to writing articles, she's currently writing a contemporary romance "spiked with humor." She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Indiana RWA. Betty Jo and her husband live in southeastern Indiana, in a suburb, on a cul-de-sac. Their four married children have given them eleven grandchildren and one great grandson. When their youngest son and his wife moved to a suburb of St. Louis with their two young boys, they lived on a cul-de-sac that actually had twenty-one kids. "I thought it would be a zoo, but the kids got along well, and the sights and sounds, inspired this book. A third grandchild, who actually lives in a suburb of Indianapolis, made her way into the story too.
REVIEWS FOR BETTY JO'S BOOKS
SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE Reviewed by Christine Spindler http://www.ebooks.christinespindler.de/ebooks.htm Second Chance at Love Betty Jo Schuler DiskUs Publishing Keely's first boyfriend Mark was a dare-devil and got himself killed drag racing. Months later, Keely is still unwilling to date other boys. Then a romantic, caring young man called Tripp moves in with Mark's mother for the summer. Keely can't help taking an instant liking to him, but doesn't want him to know that she was dating Mark. Tripp, on the other hand, promised Mark's mother not to tell anyone that Mark's heart is now beating in his chest - a transplant that saved his life. While exploring their new-found love, Keely and Tripp carefully avoid revealing their secrets until it's almost too late. My favorite character in the book is Rose, a young girl waiting for a heart transplant. Tripp takes Keely along to the hospital to cheer up Rose while he does his clown stunt to entertain the other kids in coronary care. I don't want to give away the surprise ending ... let me just say that Rose teaches Keely some basic truths about second chances. "Second Chance At Love" is a unique story. Tender, moving, funny, gripping and intelligent, a perfect mix, excellently written with a wonderful ear for modern teenager's dialogs. The serious issues - organ donation, recklessness, honesty - melt seamlessly with the smoothly flowing plot. Irresistible! ~****~ "Second Chance At Love" by Betty Jo Schuler will capture your heart for eternity. Is it ever okay to with hold the truth? Tripp finds it extremely difficult to confide in Keely his secret. Should he take a chance and tell her the heart transplant he received was donated by her recently deceased boyfriend? How will Keely react when she discovers the truth? Will she believe Tripp truly loves her, or will she think it's Mark's heart? This tale isn't for only Young Adults, I recommend it for all those hopeless romantics. Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona http://kimgaona.com ~****~ What will Keely think when she learns that Tripp's new heart used to be Mark's? How will Tripp feel when he finds out that Keely was Mark's girlfriend before the accident? Once their secrets are exposed, can their blossoming relationship survive? I should probably state first that, although I am not a young adult anymore, I do still remember being sixteen. In my opinion, Betty Jo Schuler has done an excellent job of capturing the angst of high school years. Keely is dealing with her little brother, her schoolwork, and her unresolved feelings over Mark's death. Is it any wonder she's afraid to care about another boy? Luckily, Tripp is cute, and friendly, and caring (he volunteers at the children's ward of the hospital), and so obviously interested in her . . . well, of course she has to give in. Tripp is a young man who could win any girl over! The dialogue is natural and smooth, and the story progressed faster than I realized - I sat down and then became so involved that I read the book in one sitting. Second Chance at Love is a wonderful example of young-adult romance, exploring first love and new love from a point of view we all remember!- Ivy Quill Reviews ~****~ In SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE, Ms. Schuler balances a sweet love story with serious and timely issues, like the dangers of reckless driving and the importance of organ donation. She explores the difference between infatuation and love, and shows how vital trust and honesty are to any good relationship. Even more important, she shows the courage it takes to embrace life in the face of death. Though the themes in this story are serious, the book never drags. SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE is a fast-paced, well-written novel that catches the reader's interest on page one and keeps it until the story's sweet and satisfying conclusion. For teens and adult readers alike, I give SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE my highest recommendation. (Five stars) ~Carrie Masek, Scribes World Reviews ~****~ BABY FOR SALE Reviewed by Christine Spindler http://www.ebooks.christinespindler.de/ebooks.htm Baby For Sale Betty Jo Schuler DiskUs Publishing During a sidewalk sale, six-year-old Megan wants to get rid of her baby brother Jon. She paints signs, offering him for sale for a whopping 10 cents. She's willing to negotiate or even trade Jon for a dog. When a lady comes along and offers $10 for Jon, Megan realizes she wants to keep him after all. But then Jon goes missing. Has he been kidnapped? This story is a gem. The plot has a couple of funny twists and surprises. A charming cast of quirky kids, who want to sell their old toys but end up trading each other's toys, make the story even more amusing. I laughed and chuckled all the time. Although there are no illustrations, the writing is so colorful that you won't miss them. Excellent. ~****~ Baby For Sale is a light hearted story about Megan Whitney, a girl who is a little jealous of her baby brother, Jon. She hangs signs up all over the Cul de sac she lives on that says Baby For Sale--10¢. But during a sidewalk sale when baby Jon comes up missing, Megan realizes that she really does love her baby brother and she sets out to find him. I highly recommend this book for young readers.Reviews by Chris ~****~ Who would sell a baby for only ten cents? Megan Whitney would, especially since that baby is her baby brother Jon who gets all the attention from the grown ups. But as the kids on Greenwillow Lane learn all about having a sidewalk sale and the fun of trading each other's toys instead of buying them, Megan learns that she really does love her little brother when he come up missing. Luckily it was all a mistake and Baby Jon turns up safe and sound, and Megan tears down all the signs that said Baby For Sale10¢.Fun Reviews ~****~ This story is a gem. The plot has a couple of funny twists and surprises. A charming cast of quirky kids, who want to sell their old toys but end up trading each other's toys, make the story even more amusing. I laughed and chuckled all the time. Although there are no illustrations, the writing is so colorful that you won't miss them. Excellent. --Christine Spindler, E-Books for Kids, http://www.dreamwater.com/spindler ~****~ This is a short story about a little girl named Megan who wants to sell her baby brother, Jon, for ten cents. But Megan runs into a lot of trouble. One of the kids, Max, was really funny. I thought this was a really good story. I really had fun reading this book! Nathaniel age 9 All About Murder Reviews ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Secret 'Til We're Grown Reviewed by Christine Spindler http://www.ebooks.christinespindler.de/ebooks.htm Secret 'Til We're Grown Betty Jo Schuler DiskUs Publishing And here's another story about the irresistible gang of "cul-de-sac kids". Seven boys are camping out alone. At first, their fathers want to join them, but they manage to talk them out of it and send them home to watch their prized ball-game on TV. And the girls are jealous because they want to camp out, too. But you can't have a real adventure with girls around. After eating as much as they possibly can without getting sick, the boys wonder what to do next. After all: "It's only ten o'clock. It's Friday. We're alone and we've got the whole night to ourselves." And while they pretend to be brave, something really exciting happens. Better than anything they'd ever have imagined. This is a great story, the kind of story that leaves you with a big ear-to-ear smile, no matter how old you are or when you had your last real adventure. Betty Jo Schuler has a fine-tuned ear for kids' talk and a superb sense of humor. ~****~ Secret Til We're Grown by Betty Jo Schuler is a sure winner for all boys, young and old. Have you ever wondered what goes through young boys' heads as they daydream and calculate their next moves? Well, this hilarious story by Betty Jo Schuler unfolds many of those mysteries all young girls die to know. Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona http://kimgaona.com/
~****~Seven boys go on a father/son camping trip, no girls allowed. But it turned out to be very different camping trip! You gotta read this story you won't believe what happens! This was a really fun book to read, I liked it very much. Ms. Betty Jo is a really good author. They are great adventures and I want to read all of her books!!!!! Nathaniel age 9, All About Murder Reviews
An exclusive interview with DiskUs author Betty Jo Schuler
Where do you live?
Where can fans write to you?
bschule1@ comcast.net (take out spaces)
What's your writing inspiration?
My grandchildren who lived on a cul-de-sac in Missouri inspired Baby for Sale and Secret Till We're Grown. There was always a lot of action on that street! My YA book, Second Chance at Love, came out of curiosity about the effects of a heart transplant on the recipient's life, love, and personality.
What's your writer's day like?
I'm a morning person and like to write early in the day. My work area and computer are in the corner of our big recreation room. We live in a subdivision outside town and I can look out a window at the far end of the room and see cornfields across the road. I write write several hours a day.
Tell us about your family.
There's just my husband and I at home now. Our 3 sons and daughter are grown and have families of their own. We have 11 grandchildren and 1 little great grandson. Of course, everyone is wonderful! My mother and sister also live here in town. My father-in-law lives nearby.
What are your hobbies?
I collect Boyds Bears and decorative glass paperweights. My bears sit on my counter adjoining my computer. I should write a book about them someday. They're such a friendly bunch.
What do you like to do for leisure?
I like to read, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with family. I also enjoy e-mail!
What's your favorite place?
My favorite place, other than my home which I love, is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We spend a week there by the ocean in the fall and it's heavenly.
What place, that you haven't already visited, would you like to visit?
I'd like to go to Hawaii because I'm sure it's beautiful. I'd like to go to New York City because of my interest in the publishing world. Of course, I'd want to see plays and visit department stores and see the sights.
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Writing is my passion, and I hope my readers will enjoy the books I write and keep coming back for more.
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