Author Stacey Rourke

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Writer's Reality-New Year's Edition

Writer's Reality-New Year's Edition!
Talking writing goals in 2013, a tribute to True Blood and an Apache dance Fresh Prince of Bel Air style! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Writer's Reality Vlog 3

Just in time for Christmas! Writer's Reality talks about author events...with a holiday flare!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Writer's Reality Vlog 2

Today's vlog I'm talking about tips for new writers and coping with bad reviews...and SAMCRO. Check it out and I'd love to hear your feedback!

Friday, December 7, 2012

NEW VLOG! Writer's Reality

Check out my latest endeavor--a vlog!! Writer's Reality- a real life look at being a writer in today's literary world. I hope you enjoy it! Have questions you want answered on Writer's Reality? Send them to me at or at and I may answer them in upcoming episodes.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm Back and it's Contest Time!!

"So now I'm back, from outer space! I just came in and found ya here with that sad look upon you're face..."

Oh, sorry. Lost myself in the moment. But I am back! I've decided to dust off my blog just in time for my novella, The Sidekick Chronicles, to release THIS WEEK!!! (I'll pause for your shocked and excited gasp. Go ahead...I'm waiting.) No gasping? Huh. Maybe the blurb for Sidekick will draw one out of you yet...

Celeste isn't the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a...sidekick. 

Sidekicks...ya can't live with 'em and you'd probably die horribly without 'em.

Still nothing? Have you considered the possibility you might me slightly dead inside? Just sayin'.

Anywho, you maybe asking why I need to blog when I already have a perfectly good web site (, Facebook author page ( and Twitter account (@rourkewrites)? Well, I may ask why you ask so many questions. Geesh.

Actually I have a very good reason for bringing blogging back. (And now I'm singing "I'm bringing blogging back" to the tune of "Sexy Back" awesome.) My reasons? PRIZES!!! I wanna give stuff away! As the release of The Sidekick Chronicles draws near let's have a sidekick contest! You tell me what super powers you want to have and what your superhero will name will be AND what your sidekick's name would be and what they can do. Best answer wins an autographed copy of Gryphon Series book 2, Embrace AND a signed bookmark! Contest ends Monday Sept 17th so get your entries in ASAP!!! Post your entries as a comment below!
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Monday, May 7, 2012

A Review of Nate Rocks the Boat

A little something about the book: With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister. When his best friend Tommy decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom's awful cooking for an entire six weeks. Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named "No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals. Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back in this second book of the Nate Rocks series.

 MY REVIEW: Nate Rocks is back and better than ever! Author Karen Pokras Toz sticks with a formula that works in her sequel Nate Rocks the Boat. With her flare for description Toz gives us the heebie jeebies at a slithering rattle snake about to strike, makes us laugh out loud at an over zealous camp counselor, and snicker behind our hand when Nate takes a horse shoe to the face in a backyard game gone wrong. But in the end we learn that thanks to his active imagination and clever thinking Nate truly does rock! This is a must have for the young readers in your life!

 EXCERPT: “Welcome, Hawks. I’m Matt, your counselor. I’ve been coming to Camp Spring Ridge every summer since I was your age. This is a great place, and it’s my job to make sure you boys have the best summer ever.” Matt looks up at the sky as the wind rustles through the papers on his clipboard. “Now, before it starts raining, let’s see if we can get through some of the camp rules.” “Rules? We don’t need any dumb rules! It’s summer!” I look over toward the sound of the husky voice to see a boy who looks more like he’s Abby’s age than my age. He also appears to have arms as big as my thighs and no-neck. I’ve never seen anyone without a neck before. I’m sure it’s there somewhere. It’s just that this kid’s head is enormous. I am in the right bunk aren’t I? Matt doesn’t seem disturbed by the outburst as he continues right along. “The rules are only there to make sure you have the most fun possible while staying safe. We wouldn’t want anyone getting hurt...or worse.” Worse?! Tommy and I look at each other. I turn around to scan the dirt road. Dad must still be at Abby’s bunk. If I left right now and ran, I could probably get there before he and Mom leave. I’m sure Mom would take me with her to see Grandma once I explained about how dangerous it is here at camp. She’s always saying we don’t get to visit with Grandma enough. Or I could just stay at Tommy’s house. I’m certain Tommy would follow me if I took off running. But what if they were already gone? Then I would have to return to my bunk. I could already hear the other kids laughing at me as the camp director returned me to the Hawks. “Okay,” Matt starts, holding down the paper on his clipboard. “Rule #1: Always listen to your counselor—he’s the coolest guy here.” Matt starts laughing, but quickly notices no one else joins in. He clears his throat and continues. “Rule #2: Stay with your bunk at all times unless you have specific permission to go somewhere. Rule #3: Lights out at 10:00pm. Rule #4: When it’s our turn to have kitchen duty, everyone must participate, and the most important rule—Rule #5: Stay out of the forest! Look, you guys are old enough to hear this, so I’m just going to tell it to you straight. The forest may look cool, but it’s big and dangerous. Every summer, one or two campers decide to wander in there, and the same thing always happens. They get lost. The camp has to call in a search party with dogs and the whole bit. If you wander too far in, you might run across snakes or even coyotes and wolves. So do yourselves a favor and stay out!” I look around the table to see everyone staring at Matt... Even No-Neck. 

ABOUT KAREN POKRAS TOZ Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). TO LEARN MORE

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Playing Tag! Oh yeah!

Playing Tag! Oh yeah!
So the lovely: is playing tag with me! I will now tag a few blogs, if you have been tagged please answer the questions and link your post back to me :)

What kind of books do you like to read? I tend to lean toward books with fantasy elements or a great deal of humor, but I'll give most anything a try if it has a compelling story
If I came to your home and looked under your bed, what would I find? Nothing but my husband's plastic Guitar Rock guitar
Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 20, find line 5 and write in. What book is it? Kirova stared at me, her face blank. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Use 3 words to describe yourself...Goofy, driven and honest
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream and why? Not a fan of ice cream. Hurts my teeth
What would you do if you had $1 million dollars? Knowing me? Probably go on a crazy shoe shopping spree then save the rest
If you could eat lunch with 1 famous person who would it be? Joss Whedon. Hands down. I just want to pick his brain and learn about his creative process.
Do you ever get Writer’s block?I have moments when the words don't flow as easily. I just make myself write. If it sucks and I have to delete it all, then I will but at least I'm unblocking the mental constipation.
What kind of books do you like to write? I enjoy fantasy elements, but won't restrict myself to that. The story that comes to me--that's what I'll tell.
Pen, pencil or tapping the keyboard~ which one do you prefer? Keyboard. I like the clicky-click noise