Spring Time Block Blog Party


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Hello and welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Springtime Book and Block Party. This is my first tour.

My location:   Alberta, Canada

#of winners:   3

These prizes are for people living in Canada and U.S. only.

Here is what I am giving away today:

1: Signed paperback copy of my middle grade novel Bess’s Magical Garden

2: Signed paperback copy of my picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story

3: One signed limited edition of my original cover art for Bess’s Magical Garden.( original was an acrylic painting.)

Please leave a comment below on April 15th to be entered in the drawing to win one of the three prizes.

Bess’s Magical Garden

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Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place. From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters. During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbor Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there. In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She-with Josie and Megan’s help-also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?

Gramma Mouse Tells a Story


Gramma Mouse is visiting and relaxing when her grandbabies beg her to tell them a story. Tiny, Gramma Mouse, tells them about her trip across the old garden to visit Cousin Mouse. Tiny struts off staying out of sight at first. Then she pops out to look around and immediately forgets Ma and Pa’s advice. She stops to visit and look around. She receives warnings of approaching danger that she ignores. Tiny is having fun playing and investigating and forgets to watch for danger. She has a few narrow escapes but does learn valuable lessons along the way.

front coverThis is what the art work for my cover looks like. I used several different references to paint this. The idea for the cover came from the quote that is on the book cover, ‘For a brief second she thought she saw an archway covered with orange flowers that lead into a colorful garden. It was gone in an instant.’  The original was done in acrylic paint on canvas. The image for the cover came to me when I as I did revisions. That quote was also what set the tone for the book.

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of this post. Good luck on winning my giveaways.




About mhembroff

I am the author of Bess's Magical Garden, a middle grade novel, The Mystery of the Hidden cabin which is the sequel to Bess's Magical Garden and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. I am the member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers Guild of Alberta. My series The Ghostly Encounters and other short stories can be found on https://www.channillo.com, listed in the short story section. I have been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. It wasn't until my children were growing up that I started taking writing classes and put my creations onto paper. When I'm not writing I like to paint, draw, work in the garden and spend time with my pets and family.
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58 Responses to Spring Time Block Blog Party

  1. Wendy Scott says:

    Best wishes with your blog party. Delightful book covers.

  2. dlfinnauthor says:

    Hi Margie!
    I hope you are enjoying your first tour! I enjoyed your post and learning about your books. It was interesting how the lovely cover was done. I added “Bess’s Magical Garden” to my kindle..sounds like a fun read.

  3. Hey there, Marjorie. It’s very nice to meet you.

  4. harmonykentonline says:

    What a lovely post. The illustrations are eye-catching. Have a great blog tour day today! It’s lovely to learn more about you and your work 🙂

  5. Maggie Thom says:

    Your books sound so cute. And I love that you can use your art to create your own pictures. Did you illustrate all of them? Love where you’re from, fellow Albertan. 🙂

  6. Your artwork is beautiful. Bess’s Magical Gardenmade me remember how much I loved reading The Secret Garden as a child. Does the mystery of the garden get solved in that book or are you planning a sequel?

  7. Jan Hawke says:

    Those are delightful cover designs, Margie! I always loved illustrated children’s books 😀 Thanks for letting us look at your books. 🙂

  8. Wonderful to learn more about you and your work, Marjorie! And to meet a fellow Canadian. 🙂 I’m following your blog now, as well.
    I love the messages in your work, and your artwork is absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this with us today. Cheers! 🙂

  9. What a delightful group of prizes. I found you and your blog because of the party! Cheers

  10. Hello Margie! Awesome to meet a fellow SCBWI member and author. I love your artwork and I dabble in that myself. Your books sound interesting. I hope you have a fabulous or fantabulous day! Fantabulous is a word in my vocabulary. 🙂

  11. Hi Margie, Thanks for your lovely blog. It’s nice to see other children’s authors at our book blurb. I hope you have a successful first Blog Party today😄Maretha

  12. Sorry about the book “blurb” I meant BOOK CLUB, but as happens from time to time, my iPad Predictive Text disagreed😱 Maretha

  13. The books look good. thank you for the post. good luck with the blog.

  14. jhawker1969 says:

    These look like great books…I need to pick up a couple for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  15. ~Mar says:

    A wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing about your books. I hope you have a fantastic party day!! 🙂

  16. beemweeks says:

    Your books sound amazing, Marjorie! I have nieces and nephews who like to read, so I have purchased Bess’s Magical Garden on my Kindle. Wishing you the very best today on your Block Party!

  17. Gwen Plano says:

    Lovely post, Margie. I love your artwork and look forward to reading your books. Hope you have a fun tour! 🙂

  18. Anyone who writes children’s books is alright! And you paint?! That is really talent there.
    Thanks for a very nice stop…

  19. jinlobify says:

    Hi Marjorie, good to know you. You write children’s stories and illustrate them too! … I wish I could draw. Right now, I’m looking for an illustrator for my children’s stories. Have a great party, and enjoy your day. 🙂

  20. Charles W. Jones says:

    Great to meet you and your books.

  21. mikelynes says:

    Hi Margie – very nice blog and beautiful artwork! Hope you are having a super RRBC Blog day! – MikeL

  22. Hi Marjorie, I posted in the wrong place and am re-posting here. I was browsing your site. Nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing your books and a piece of your life. I will get my chance to share back on the 20th. I hope you will drop by. Good luck with the books. Party on!

  23. Lynn Miclea says:

    Beautiful covers and what sweet, endearing stories – I would love to read these! Great post – so glad I stopped by! 🙂

  24. kimwrtr says:

    Your books sound cute and the artwork is lovely. I hope you’re having a wonderful party today. 😀

  25. Linda Mims says:

    Margie, it’s so nice to meet you and learn about your wonderful books. Bess’s Magical Garden sounds great, as does Gramma Mouse. Best of luck to you today!

  26. Mae Clair says:

    Hi, Margie! Your books sound delightful and the covers are lovely and whimsical. Enjoy your party day!

  27. These books sound delightful, and your covers are amazing. I so enjoyed hearing a bit about the creation process. Thank you for participating in the spring party!

  28. Goo evening, Margie! What wonderful books you’ve written! I can’t wait to share them with my granddaughter. She’s a tough critic, but I trust her reviews implicity. 😉

    Thank you for the #RRBC Springtime Book & Blog Block Party post today!

    ~Patricia Green~

  29. Super post, Marjorie. Good luck on the Books.

  30. Micki Peluso says:

    Hi Marjorie, I love your children’s books. The all sound delightful. I have some nieces and nephews that will love them. Enjoy the rest of your blog tour day!!

  31. Soooz says:

    Hello from Australia, Marjorie! Lovely post. I may not be eligible to win prizes but that matters not at all. I’m simply delighted to offer support. Enjoy the remainder of your day.

  32. Suzanne says:

    Hi Marjorie
    Your books sounds adorable 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  33. Great blog post. It’s lovely to find out more about you and your work. Wishing you a wonderful party!

  34. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hi Marjorie, I plan to stop back by to take a closer look at your blog. Happy Easter if you celebrate it and happy blogging.

  35. mhembroff says:

    Thank you for stopping by. Happy Easter. I have posted short stories on my blog. Have a read when you get the chance.

  36. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi Marjorie. That’s an excellent post, and I greatly enjoyed reading it. I’m sorry I got here late, but it’s wonderful she meet you. I hope you are enjoying the tour.

  37. anniecollie says:

    Hi Margie,
    I love that book cover. Do you do covers for other authors as well? (always looking ahead) Your books sound, well magical. Hope you’re enjoying the blog tour.

    • mhembroff says:

      I am redoing my response. First, I want to thank you for stopping by. Second, I don’t do covers for other people but thanks for asking.

  38. mhembroff says:

    Thank you for stopping by and yes I enjoyed the tour.

  39. Sorry I’m late to your party, Marjorie. Love your eye-catching book covers!

  40. Hi Marge, I hunted you down from your email reply. Nice to meet you. I don’t see any names on my subscription list so I was glad you shared your books with me. Your book covers look amazing and your books sound great. ❤

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