Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm a guest on Kittling: Books' Scene of the Blog!

Hi! Today I am a guest on the Kittling: Books blog. Cathy, the lovely lady who runs it, has a wonderful meme called "Scene of the Blog" where she shows her followers the blogging spaces for all sorts of blogs. This week I am lucky enough for it to be mine! I was so excited to get her invitation for me to visit! Go here to take the tour of my blogging spaces and check out Cathy's blog. :)

                                   Lieder Madchen


  1. I'm coming from Cathy's blog and enjoyed looking yours over!

  2. John Michael CummingsDecember 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear Lieder,

    I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

    My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
    Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    John Michael Cummings

  3. Thank you for being such a wonderful guest, Natalie! Wish there'd be more comments for you, but I think folks are a bit busy this week.