May 12, 2014

Sharing The Fun

Happy Monday, my favorite folks!

I hope you all had wonderful Mother's Day weekends!

Mine was very nice (thank you for asking).  The weather was gorgeous and perfect, and there was family and chocolate cake.  What could be better?  (Of course the cake was actually one I baked for my daughter's birthday - not a Mother's Day thing - but who cares?  Chocolate cake is chocolate cake no matter how you slice it :))

Also, did I tell you the hummingbirds are back?

Every year I am amazed by how punctual they are.  They show up the week of my daughter's birthday without fail.  And they're such cheerful little critters, it's lovely to have them around!
Okay.  So, you know how when you write a blog sometimes you do favors for friends and relations who don't have blogs?  This is one of those days.  But I'll be very brief.  I promise.  (Stop laughing!  I am exceptionally keen of hearing and I can HEAR you!)

Allow me to introduce you to my husband.

Cute little fellow, isn't he? :)

He's a little older and taller than this now (although his outfit hasn't changed much... his clothing of choice is still shorts and a tee shirt :))

Eric has been an elementary school teacher for a very long time.  He's incredibly good at it and the kids all love him because he's so much fun.  (If you happened to miss it a while back, he had the yearbook dedicated to him and I did a post about it HERE... which I believe has some pictures of him when he's older than 4 :))

So anyway, after years of regaling family and students with the outrageous escapades of his childhood, he finally decided to put his train commute time to good use and write a book.  It took him about a year, but he did it and here it is in all it's glory:


You really have to read this book to believe it.  Seriously, it's kind of amazing he survived his childhood given the escapades he was continually involved in!  My childhood was so incredibly tame by comparison that I am jealous.  I could be writing great MG novels if I'd grown up doing the kind of stuff he did! :)

A lot of the book is very funny, but it's more than that.  He managed in the end to learn some valuable lessons about life which come through beautifully in the telling.  The book has been available for about a month now, and a lot of the kids at his school have read it and loved it, so I think he hit the mark pretty well.  But I also know a lot of adults who have read it and loved it.  It really works equally well for both audiences.

Of course, I recognize that I could be a teensy bit biased :)  But I still think it's a very fun book.  So if you need something entertaining to read, or you know someone, child or adult, who would enjoy reading about making Viking toast on the space heater, sticking darts into the playroom ceiling tiles, and trimming the backyard grass with scissors after an unfortunate episode with rubber cement, please give it a try and spread the word!

The book is available
for Kindle HERE $4.99
for Nook HERE &4.99
in paperback HERE $7.99 (or $6.63 for Amazon prime members)
and will be on Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords soon.

Tweet: Fun for all ages! Read and share How To Stick A Dart In Your Head http://ctt.ec/qc0Pa+ @SusannaLHill @erichill_band

Thank you for your indulgence in letting me share Eric's book.  I hope some of you will get to enjoy it!

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!!! :)


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37 comments:

  1. Congrats Eric! Much success with the book.

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  2. Happy Birthday to your daughter :-)
    YAY for chocolate cake.
    I bet those hummingbirds are a delight to observe.
    And Three Cheers to you husband for his new release. I'm wishing Eric the best with this publication and perhaps there will be more to come :-)

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  3. Glad you had a nice Mother's Day even if you had to bake your own not-for-yourself cake! ;)

    I'm half-way through Eric's book and am alternately laughing hysterically and wondering how he ever survived to adulthood. LOL! I can picture my husband, his brother, and their motley crew I neighborhood friends doing similar things at that age. :D

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  4. This_Kid_Reviews_Books_ErikMay 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I am reading it, and I am thinking a lot ... "Wow. That was a stupid (but extremely cool) thing to do; or That's HILARIOUS!" ;)

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  5. Yes, I would read it!

    Oh, wait, wrong day.

    Sounds like a fun read. And, as a kind of bonus, your husband is a snappy dresser.

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  6. Hahaha :) Actually, I think you'd get a kick out of it, Mike. I remember your post about tree forts etc. and all the wild stuff you did outdoors as a kid, and this is right up your alley :) And I have to agree - snappy is the word I'd choose :)

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  7. Yeah - you should probably not try anything you read in the early parts of that book :) I'm glad you're finding parts hilarious though :)

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  8. I hope you had a nice Mother's Day, too, Teresa! Thank you for reading Eric's book and saying nice things. He will be so happy :)

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  9. Thank you so much, Angela! I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day :)

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  10. Vivian KirkfieldMay 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    What a great idea to write about all the silly, crazy, and sometimes stupid stuff most of us do when we are kids...kudos to Eric...what a writerly family you guys are. :) Love the cover!
    I'm glad you had a lovely Mother's Day, Susanna...I did as well...but for me, now that I live with Caroline and Jeremy, it feels like every day is Mother's Day. :) :)

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  11. Great cover! This sounds like it belongs in our house. my husband and son need some fresh ideas on how to cause mayhem.

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  12. Got my copy! I'm excited to make viking toast on a space heater. :)

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  13. It is an achievement to write a book that kids and adults like. Bravo Eric!!

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  14. You are a terrible wife . . . to have waited an entire month to promote your husband's hilarious book of near escapes and close calls.


    You are a terrible mother . . . to promote your husband's book to the next generation of kids eager to play with matches, lawn darts, rubber cement, and wood glue.


    Just saying.

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  15. Congratulations! It sounds like a terrific read. Thanks for the heads up!

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  16. I hope you'll get to read and enjoy it, Joanne! :)

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  17. You are right on both counts, Nancy, although in my defense, I waited to promote the book until it was available on more than just Kindle - a lot of people don't have e-readers - and if you know about the wood glue I'm assuming you've read it (so thank you VERY much! :)) and you're right - I'd rather my kids play with rubber cement and wood glue than park their hineys in front of a video game and subject animated characters to unmentionable fates :)

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  18. Thank you, Joanna! I'll tell him you said so :)

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  19. Aw shucks! You're so sweet, Coleen! :) Have fun making the toast but be very careful not to set fire to it :)

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  20. Crazy, silly and stupid sum it up pretty well, Vivian :) Eric will be glad you love the cover. The boy on it is one of his favorite students who is in cancer recovery and Eric wanted to do something special for him. Plus his hair and forehead look a little bit like Eric's did as a child :) I'm glad you had a lovely Mother's Day! And I know how you feel - every day my kiddos are home is mother's day to me :)

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  21. Uummm...*scratches head without dart in it*...what exactly IS viking toast? : /

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  22. OK, first off---glad Mother's Day was a chocolate-filled food fest :) I allowed myself to be "bad" too, and had a full plate of pasta with meatballs, sausage and the like AND homemade pound cake (oh, this recipe is to DIE for) and Turkey Hill Dutch Chocolate (yes, I did say chocolate!) ice cream :) Such palate ecstasy! But man, did I pay for it most of today! lol


    Second---I can't help but wonder if your hubby PURPOSELY stuck a dart in his (or someone else's) head, or it just fell from the ceiling ;) It actually brought to mind when I was maybe 12 years old and my cousin and I were fooling around with darts, she lobbed one and I didn't know it landed about a 1/2" below my left eye. It was dangling on my cheek and I didn't even feel it 'til I turned my head! True story. Yes, your husband can use it in his sequel :)


    After all this---it's going on my TBR list! :D

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  23. I'm glad you had a yummy Mother's Day, Donna :) And as for whether the dart sticking was purposeful, you'll have to read the book to find out... (but I can tell you it's funny :)) I hope you get a chance to read it :)

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  24. lol NEVER heard of this! Perhaps people of such solid, Italian heritage aren't exposed to such things! lol

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  25. That's because Eric made it up :) It was his own game :)

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  26. My first set of kids got up to crazy stuff like this, leaping off sheds with towels for capes, riding mini motor bikes, diving in the dam, in and out of hospital for a whole variety of stunt related injuries, my second set of kids are a different generation and live in a cotton wool wrapped paranoid world so all thier escapades take place online. Mother's day is a good time to celebrate they have made it this far LOL :)

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  27. Hahaha! You're so right - it's a different world. Hospitals aside, I think we were probably all better off in the non-cotton-wool days! But you are also right that Mother's Day is a good time to celebrate our kids :)

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  28. How could I pass up a title like that? Looking forward to it.

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  29. Thanks so much, Julia! I hope you enjoy it as much as the title :)

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  30. I think this is such a brave title! Love it. Look forward to reading through some book in my TBR pile and then adding this. Good luck!

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  31. Thanks so much, Stacy! I will tell Eric you said so :)

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  32. Well, that's pretty awesome!

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  33. I've got a blog post that your husband might enjoy:

    http://lifepenned.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/christmas-trees-and-gasoline/



    I let Dave know about Eric's Dart in the Head book too.

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  34. OMG! That is hysterical and exactly like the incidents in Eric's book! I am giving him the link so he can read it - I think he'll get a kick out of it!!! Thanks, Nancy :)

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