Have You Read PJ McIlvaine’s New Book?

Little Lena and the big table

LB’s NOTE: Irregular but always worth waiting for TVWriter™ contributor Pj McIlvaine is a prolific writer/author/screenwriter/writer/journalist. She has been published in The New York Times, Newsday, and a host of other places. Her Showtime movie, My Horrible Year (with Mimi Rogers, Karen Allen and Eric Stoltz) was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

We tell you all this so you’ll understand the scale of the opportunity Ms. McIlvaine is offering us all now.

Intro by Kathy Temean

PJ McIlvaine has written a picture book titled, LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE. She has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping PJ and Leila!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Every year Little Lena has to sit at the little table with all the kids. She tries every year to sit at the big table but the grown-ups tell her she’s just not big enough. Little Lena is determined to show everyone how big she is. This book is full of chaos and heartfelt charm.

book journey by pj mcilvaine

LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE, my debut picture book, was a breeze to write. The first draft was snatched up in seconds.  Better still, when it sold, I didn’t have to change a single word. I’m a genius!  I have the golden touch! End of story. Ta-da!

Well, maybe this happened in an alternative universe. However, here on Planet Earth, LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE took quite a few unexpected twists and turns.

My Modus Operandi to writing picture books is that they come to me in a wild burst, fast and furious. I’ll frantically work on a draft, and then let it sit maybe days, weeks, or months. My hard drive is littered with such half-baked creations. For me, writing is like yeast based dough, the longer you let it rise, the better the finished product will be….

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