Monday, December 30, 2013

'The World According to Perdita Whacknoodle: The Christmas Hayride of Doom' by Jim Gibson


BLURB:

In Perdita Whacknoodle's fourth book, her adventurous dog-father tries to bring holiday cheer to everyone at the town's big Christmas festival. He's convinced that the humans will LOVE the dogs' new Christmas songs.

But, as usual, he's wrong. And before the evening is over the dogs have created utter chaos at the festival. There's a huge police chase, the police chief gets hopelessly tangled in flashing Christmas lights, and Perdita's father takes the police and the pompous school principal on a furious hayride through the town.

It's a night the town will NEVER forget!

And when you read these stories about the world according to Perdita Whacknoodle, you'll never forget them, either! 

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AUTHOR BIO

Jim Gibson is a writer and pianist in Atlanta. His books include titles on the music industry, college study skills, and children's funny dog stories. His piano CDs are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, and his Perdita Whacknoodle books frequently are number one in their categories on amazon.com.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

'The Princess Fables' by Marc Clark



Book blurb:

Eleven inspirational stories for young girls who may still dream of being a Princess. Each Princess embarks on an adventure of self discovery and along the way, learns about the importance of trust, devotion, courage and the power of love. Originally told by a father to his young daughter, these classic tales transport little girls to a time and place where they are the heroines and can create their own happy endings. Every delicate pen and ink illustration reflects the classic fairy tale drawings of the late 19th century.

Read an excerpt:
It doesn't matter how many times parents say, "No means No," one of the first things a child learns is that's not true. "No," doesn't always mean "No," at least not when it comes from a grown up. Mom might say, "No, you can't have that." But if you ask her a few more times or ask really nicely or say you'll clean your room or help set the table, there's a good chance she'll say, "Yes." And if Dad says, "No, baby, not right now. Daddy has work to do," you can crawl into his lap and snuggle up to him and sooner or later, there's bound to be an "Oh, alright, but just this once." Now, you have to kind of admit that when little girls are still very little and round and super cute and their hair is all curly and their cheeks are chubby and on top of all that they really are princesses... well they're usually cute even when they are saying, "No." But this doesn't last.
Then, when they get a little older and their "Nos" take on a little more weight and a little more power, the cuteness of it all kind of gets drained away. Well, that's what happened.

Available in ebook and paperback
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About the Author

Marc Clark is the author of several plays and screenplays, a writer and producer of commercials, promos and television content. Marc is the father of two and currently resides in Manhattan. Check out his website at 7csproductions.com.

Website: www.princessfables.com

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Monday, November 25, 2013

'The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain' by Sarah Norkus



The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain
by Sarah Norkus

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BLURB:

Fifteen year-old Emily Grace (Em) discovers a secret hiding place under a wooden plank in the attic of an old house in Petersburg owned by the Ladies Benevolent Society. It conceals a 150 year old diary belonging to Sarah Chamberlain, the previous owner of the house. Turning to the last entry, Em’s interest is piqued by the mention of the missing confederate gold and a murder mystery. She slips the diary into the pocket of her capris.

A week later, Em finishes the diary. Emotions well up inside her as she rereads the last page. The diary holds no clues to the location of the gold. But it is clear that Sarah believes that her husband, Robert, was murdered by the guards in charge of the Union prison where he was being held. Tears slide down Em’s cheeks as she thinks about the senseless murder of the man Sarah loved. She slips the diary back in her pocket planning to return it to the attic while helping her mother clean the old house in Petersburg.

While scrubbing black scuffmarks off the kitchen floor in the Petersburg house, Em has an emotional meltdown. She shouts her list of grievances, including Robert’s murder, before God. Em ends her tirade by saying that since God has done nothing to help her or Sarah she doesn’t believe he really exists. Almost immediately, she is overcome with vertigo and passes out.

Slowly regaining consciousness, Em looks around in confusion. The kitchen has been replaced by a nineteenth century parlor.

Read an excerpt:
Em struggled her way back to consciousness. Moving her cheek on the floor, she puzzled at the sensation. Linoleum was supposed to be smooth and hard, not soft. She slowly opened her eyes and blinked at a table leg about a half an inch from her nose. Wiggling on her belly away from the table leg, Em placed her hands flat and prepared to push herself up. Her eyes widened. Her hands were on either side of a large, red rose embroidered into a rug. She jerked in shock, banging her head on the bottom of a wooden table.

“Ouch,” Em said, rubbing the top of her head.

After scooting backward so she wouldn’t hit her head again, Em sat up and looked around the room. Gone were the sink and the shiny, new chrome faucets. Gone, too, were the refrigerator and stove. In fact, the whole kitchen had disappeared, along with the worn linoleum. “That’s no great loss; in fact, that’s the best part of this crazy dream I’m having,” Em thought.

Em’s brows knitted together. She must be dreaming, although she couldn’t remember ever having the sensation of touch in a dream. Her fingers rubbed across the pile of the rug.

On the ledge over the fireplace, which was no longer bricked in, sat a clock. It ticked rhythmically and showed the time to be ten o’clock. To the right of the fireplace was a beautiful needlepoint chair. Two dark wood chairs faced each other, their cushions upholstered in a floral pattern. One rested to the left of the fireplace, the other was next to the doorway. Each chair had a walnut wooden table next to it, with an oil lamp on each. Against the far wall was a settee, the cushion a slightly worn dusty rose. The walls were painted a moss green. The heavy drapes on the windows next to the fireplace matched the settee. Chills ran down Em’s spine. It all looked so real.

Turning around to look behind her, Em saw the antique writing table that had been sent out to be restored. A small dark wooden chair perched between the drawers. Trembling, Em pushed herself up off the floor on shaky legs. She tentatively touched the smooth surface of the writing table.

“Mom!” Em screamed.

A door slammed and Em heard footsteps.

But instead of her mother, the biggest black man she had ever seen filled the doorway. He wore a stained and faded white shirt and calf-length brown work pants. His feet were bare and covered in dirt. His short cropped hair looked like a gray Brillo pad. He held a long-handled, curved knife. Em took a step backward, lost her balance, and fell, hitting her head on the mantle of the fireplace. Pain exploded in her head. She crumpled to the floor.

**My thoughts**

This is the kind of book that I would have eaten up in elementary school and middle school. It is a time travel mystery, taking place during my favorite historical period, the Civil War. I also always dreamed of being lucky enough to come across a diary, hidden somewhere in a house. Actually, anything hidden in an old house, artifacts, hidden passageways, etc., was always a dream. Add to that, a secret wish to go back in time, and Emily is in my dream situation.

Emily has several struggles, though, making her question her faith, while also feeling a strong desire to make things right in the past. Her trip back in time is a gift, a sort of reawakening for her, while sending a good message to the reader, without being overly preachy.

I know I said that this book is one that I would have enjoyed at a much younger age, but I think many adults will also enjoy it.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sarah tells readers that writing is in her blood, literally. Her father was a writer and editor of the horse racing magazine, The Horseman and Fair World. And her cousin, Stephen Ambrose, wrote many historic military books, including Band of Brothers, which became a miniseries on HBO.

Getting a late start, Sarah didn’t pen her first book until she was forty-eight. “I was too busy globe-trotting with my army husband and raising two daughters.” But she is quickly making up for lost time with five manuscripts completed and three published books in the last eight years: the creative non-fiction, The Eleventh Summer, a general fiction, Until The Wind Changes, and a Christian historical fantasy, The Secret Diary Of Sarah Chamberlain. “I tend to be all over the map genre-wise, writing whatever sparks my imagination.”

Sarah is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the National Society Daughters of American Revolution, Toastmasters International and the American Red Cross. She grew up in Lexington, KY, but now resides in Colonial Heights, VA with her retired military officer husband, Michael.

Website www.sarahnorkus.com
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy Release Day! 'Have a Fairy Christmas (Magic Library Series)' by K.B. Miller


It's time! 
Join Holly as she decks the halls and Has a Fairy Christmas!!



Blurb
New Friends, Unicorns, and the Winter Court...

That’s what’s in store this holiday season for Holly Daniels.  Two days before Christmas, she takes a special trip to the mall to see Santa Claus.  He sends her to the library on a quest to find a book that could make her dreams come true.

Since moving to Montana, Holly hasn’t made any new friends.  And, being an only child can be very lonely.  All that could change when Holly meets Dylan, the princess of the Winter Court in the Fairy Realm.  

Christmas fun and Fairy enchantment is on its way in,
Have a Fairy Christmas!


K.B. Miller
K.B. Miller is a wife, mother, author and freelance writer.  She spends her days creating worlds for her fans.  She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, parrot and two puppies.


The second book in The Magic Library Book series, Have a Fairy Christmas is perfect for the kiddies this Christmas!!


To order, Have a Fairy Christmas in print, please visit my website, www.kbmillerbooks.com

Don't forget to check out the first book in the Magic Library Book Series, Uh-oh... We turned our brother into a Zombie?


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Friday, October 25, 2013

#FREE 10/25-10/29 'Bobby Zombie Goes to School' by Monte French


Book blurb:

If they only knew how hard it was for a zombie to go to school...

A fun Halloween adventure for young readers


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'The Adventures of Kim and Kate' by Al Marshall


Book Description

Publication Date: May 10, 2013Kim and her little sister Kate are the popular city girls in their metropolitan hometown. Their parents move them out of the city, and into suburbs where they only have themselves. The new challenge of moving into a new environment turns difficult when they encounter the Biker Mamas who are the bad girl, up to no good, neighborhood bullies. Things start to heat up when the Biker girls start zoning in on Kim and Kate. They try to crash their party, set them up, and cheat them in sports. Kim and Kate decide to befriend a group of nice girls called the Goodie-Two-Shoe Crew a.k.a. the Baby Dolls whom together defend themselves, and the good children of their school! Are you a good child? If so they need your help, come join them in support of their real life heroics. The adventures of Kim and Kate. 

***CHILDREN'S CHAPTER BOOK WITH PICTURES*** entertaining, enlightening, exciting

Read an excerpt
The Adventures of Kim and Kate
Chapter 1: School Yard Bullies
Kim and Kate, two little girls from the city got moved to the suburbia. One was strong with a rock star voice, and the other had a sense of fashion finer than a Rolls-Royce. Of course, with every new town are new situations, and this is a plethora of a few that they are facing. They’re learning that sometimes life hands you a bunch of lemons, but just make enough lemonade to make your problems go swimming.
So the two little girls are new to their school. The neighborhood and children, yes it's all new. Now summers coming to an end, and in comes the fall. They met a few girlfriends who called themselves the Goodie-Two-Shoe crew a.k.a. the Baby Dolls. But one thing their new friends told them to look out for was two other little girls that can make trouble like four. But it’s not just them they also have friends galore. They call themselves the Biker Mamas and they are very hardcore! They didn’t see them all summer but now it’s the 1st day of school, and this is the first meeting of the Biker Mamas and newest members of the Goodie Two-Shoe crew.


Read another excerpt:
Excerpt #1 C. 3.

…And so it began the 1st day of a long rivalry, four little girls out to change society. Two for the better that’s Kim and Kate, and two biker mamas who wants everything to break. But why so much anger? Is it their household? Why so much violence can it be controlled? No better way to change hearts than giving love. Special love like the one that come from up above.
So as the school year proceeded, the girls tried friendship and repeated it. Invites to the zoo, and invites to the mall, but the Bikers Mamas wouldn’t change at all. So they didn’t get an invite to Kim and Kate’s first annual bouncing baby ball.

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Bio: 
For life writing has been my passion and love.
Al Marshall
Pasadena, CA
A.A. Language Arts -Citrus College
Loving Father and Husband
Christian 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

'Adela Arthur and the Creators Clock (The Chronicles of A Book 1)' by Judyann McCole



Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock

by Judyann McCole


This is book 1 of 5 for The Chronicle of A

Genre: Fantasy

To Who Ever This May Concern;

I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do…I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin that lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are…I never would have thought I was one of them… But I am… I am the last Arthur and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind.The human world was supposed to be a safe haven… but he’s found us and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light.Like I said I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life…

Adela Arthur is now on amazon on Paperback | Kindle


About the Author:

JUDYANN MCCOLE was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia. Where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life. She begin writing when she was in middle school most of it was just simple poetry but she was inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss.




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Monday, October 14, 2013

'The Super Z Formula, Book 1: Double Trouble' by Kehinde Olajide



Description: 

WHAT IF A FREAK ACCIDENT GAVE YOU SUPER POWERS...

But rather than those helping you against the never-ending bullying and social "situations" at school (ugh), you end up being cast into an epic global struggle against larger-than-life villains, who are bent on destroying CHILDHOOD ITSELF?!

THE SUPER Z FORMULA is an epic multi-book fantasy illustrated series that follows the world's first super-hero tweens on a quest to save childhood!

At the center of it all - a mysterious elixir, named SUPER Z 108.

Will these kids have what it takes to get past their daily struggles, to stand up for every kid? (Even the ones that push them around?)

The Super Z Formula children's ebook saga encourages kids to do be brave little heroes, against bullies and tough ethical choices. It's unique advantage is that it teaches kids the merits of standing up for what is right... in a fun and engaging fashion!

What do to next:

Scroll back up, click the buy button, and jump into the Brave Little Heroes Universe!

SUPER Z STAND UP! READY FOR ACTION!!

Available on Amazon

About the author:

An accomplished writer and storyteller,

Bolaji O specializes in writing humorous and uplifting stories for brave little heroes.

Bolaji O is the creator of BRAVE LITTLE HEROES - home of:
Super Sammy's Adventures,
Dylan Drake & the Dragon,
The Super-Z Formula,
Amanda Amaz-on,
Hero Academy,
and
Gloomyville!

Even as his children's stories have built an avid following of readers...

Bolaji's real-life have taken him across a wide range of fields.

He's an an accomplished motivational storyteller, public speaker, mentor, and kid ambassador.

This once shy kid found his voice, and with it, continues to find himself in larger-than-life adventures.

- From performing in the Olympics Opening Ceremonies...

- To jumping out of a perfectly-good plane...

- And routinely motivating the young and "not-so-young" :) ...

Bolaji O pushes himself to lead by example.

Bolaji is a Christian, and enjoys working with the kids on Sundays.

He lives with his wife and two Brave Little Heroes, in North Carolina, USA.

Monday, September 9, 2013

'Kid's Guide to Guinea Pigs by a Kid' by Jennifer Gantz


Jennifer Gantz has been taking care of guinea pigs for almost six years and at the age of 11 has become a published author sharing her experiences and joy in having these lovable guineas as pets. Now you can enjoy the benefits of these tips and apply her advice for the proper caring and love for your guinea pigs.

Read an excerpt:
Right away I’m sure you will experience a nibble from your guinea. When you haven’t experienced this, you may be surprised and drop or almost drop your guinea pig. Be careful, they will nibble on your hand. No one in my family has been bitten by any of my guinea pigs, but they will nibble at your fingers if they want you to leave them alone.Also, it is good to let them smell your hand first before you try picking them up. Talk to them every time you approach them so that they can get used to your voice. This helps relax them when you come around them."

Available for your Kindle

Although now living in Texas, I lived the first nine years of my life in Anaheim and Cypress, California. It was there that I had my first pet, Socky, a female rabbit and soon after, Buster, a male rabbit. Well, these two didn't last too long and at the age of almost six, I got my first guinea pig, Sparky. I love guinea pigs, and especially mine, and even though I showered him with love, he still needed a companion, so I talked my dad into getting Nellie, a female. She and Sparky had seven little ones over a period of two years!

After going through a long learning experience, I asked my dad if he thought it would be a good idea if I wrote a book about my experiences with my guinea pigs. He had been encouraging me to get a hobby or skill, so he was happy to hear about my interest in writing.

He was writing an ebook for Kindle and took me along with him to an ebook writing workshop and that was the beginning of my first book, Kid's Guide to Guinea Pigs.

At the workshop I met so many wonderful authors, around 300 of them, and they all had interesting subjects they were writing about and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the event, even though I was the youngest one there!

I am already working on my next book and hope to finish it this year. My blog is at http://jennifersguineapigblog.com.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

'Ragesong: Awakening' by J.P. Simmons Book Blast



When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides.

Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible. That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom. Through the course of his journey, Jake discovers that his advanced musical abilities are peculiarly connected to a mysterious power known as Ragesong. Joined by a shy, young girl with similar musical talents and two Changelings that hold a fierce loyalty to their homeland and king, Jake must learn to harness this ability in order to survive the dangers of a hostile new world.

 

About the author:

JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

'Celestina Silvenfare' by Kelly Lynne

Title: Celestina Silvenfare: The Legend Begins
Series: Silvenfare Series, #1
Author: Kelly Lynne
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing

Genre: Fantasy

Blurb:
​Celestna Silvenfare is an elemental sorceress and the prophesied savior of her world, but not until her14th birthday does she truly understand the danger she must face in order to fulfill her destiny and save the lives of those she loves. Join her as she embarks on a journey to discover what it takes for one young girl to rise above her own dreams, desires, flaws, and personal tragedies, to restore balance to the land and save all the races of Merellier.

Read an excerpt:
"Now then, Celestina Silvenfare, how would you like to meet a Goddess?" Before Cele could reply, the air around them began to vibrate, rocking the table and rattling the dishes. When it was over, a stunning woman appeared before Cele and the faerie queen, who immediately kneeled before the Goddess. Cele did likewise, not having any idea what the protocol was for meeting a Goddess. The tall, brown-haired woman walked over to Cele and placed her hand upon her head. When she did this, Cele's mind began reeling with several vibrant images. She saw Meréllier as it might be in several years ...the land was pillaged, women and children suffered cruel fates, and widespread wars and plagues ravaged the realm. The sights and sounds were very vivid and seemed too real for Cele. She swooned, but still the Goddess held her in place, forcing her to see more...

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About The Author:

Kelly Lynne lives with her husband and three rescue dogs-two of them Great Danes-in Franklin, TN, just 15 minutes south of Nashville. In addition to writing, Lynne works as a marketing coordinator and a technical writer. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelors degree in Marketing Education. Lynne is also currently working on an online degree in Metaphysical Science from The University of Metaphysical Sciences in Arcata, California.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review of 'James Saves the Moon' by Wendy Nystrom

Book blurb from Amazon:
"Here within lies a tale of a young boy named James, which takes place in a far away island nation of Iceland."

Travel along with James up the mountain, soaring through the air with his friends he meets along the way to reach the moon.

**My thoughts**

James Saves the Moon is a sweet, short chapter book about a little boy named James who lives in Iceland. He has recently moved there from America and isn't used to not being able to see the moon on a nightly basis like back home. When he does finally see it, he is amazed by how big it is and becomes determined to travel up the mountain to be able to touch it. Along the way, he makes new friends, including a little man named Syvok, and a dragon named Matthias. Together, the threesome travel closer to the moon and realize that it is actually stuck on the mountain! Using magic and good old-fashioned elbow grease, they manage to save the day.


It is a fast read, because each chapter is only 1-3 pages on the Kindle. Each chapter also has its own illustration. It gives a brief introduction to some Icelandic folklore and fulfills the fantasy of many young children. Haven't we all dreamed of going to the moon?

I look forward to possibly sharing this with my students when we learn about North America this next school year. I think it would be appropriate to read with children ages 5 and up. This is the first book in a series that features James. I hope future tales teach us more about Iceland, which is one of our lesser known countries in North America!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Author Paige W. Pendleton talks about writing and 'The Keeper and the Rune Stone'


What was the inspiration behind The Black Ledge series?
Short answer: Ancient secrets on the coast of New England. Dark secrets.
Long answer:  The Red Paint People, a tribe of indigenous people who lived on the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada regions of North America thousands of years ago. 
The name The Red Paint People arose from their use of Red Ochre to decorate their belongings, and themselves. They decorated tools, clothing, and the bodies of their dead in burial preparation.
They were bold seafarers. Swordfish bones discovered in archaeological sites tell us they were navigating deep and treacherous waters in the Atlantic. Thousands of years ago, in canoes.
And here's where the plot thickens. Archaeological excavations in Norway have unearthed tools and belongings with similar red marks/patterns to those discovered on the coast of Maine. Eerily similar red markings. Other clues point to trans-Atlantic travel. Rune Stones in North America that date long before the defined Viking Age.  A breed of domestic cat (the Maine Coon) shares DNA with the Norwegian Forest Cat. Strong similarities between some Native American and Ancient Norse myths suggest they gathered around the same campfire more than once. 
Did Elves and Dwarves stow away on one of the return trips to Maine?  It appears they did. 
Our story then takes a darker turn, as things tend to do on the coast of Maine, but our Once upon a time began in a land far, far away.
Which character spoke to you the most during the writing process?
Gunnr. At the end of the book he stepped on stage and wouldn’t behave. He wanted to take over. I really had to cool his jets. I promised to let him have his way in Book II, The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice.
Which scene was your favorite?
Probably the scene with Ralph, the cellar-dweller. Ralph is a Hafling who lives at Black Ledge, and he isn’t inclined to be cooperative.
'The Keeper of the Rune Stone' and 'The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice' are currently available. How many more books do you anticipate in this series?
I have 4 more books planned for The Black Ledge Series.
When can we expect the next installment?
I am hoping to release Book III, The Keeper and the Scimitar of Salaman in January 2014.
Please tell us about your other published works.
The Black Ledge series is my first project. I have the first book of a juvenile Mystery series due out this fall. Unattended. No magic, just murder.
Do you have any other projects currently in the works?
Besides the juvenile murder mystery series, I am plotting two adult fiction projects.
What is it about the fantasy genre that is so appealing to children and adults?
I think it’s believing in magic! Being Aware of the magic around us is a very big aspect of The Black Ledge Series.
How do you make yourself stand out in this competitive genre?
I’m not sure I have, yet. So far the reviews are good, but the pond is very big. I think it will just take time, but I have that. Word of mouth from fans never hurts!
You are a part of an authors group in Maine and like to support them. What other authors should we be reading?
Oh, gosh! So many fabulous books out there. When I read for pleasure, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen always hit the silly spot.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
When I was Eleanor’s age I moved into the house in The Black Ledge Series, and it really is magic. Sidney Sheldon even stayed there and was inspired to write a scene for Master of the Game.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes, a reminder for people to check out The Magnificent Map Thomas Block created for The Keeper and the Rune Stone, and the five illustrations for The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice! Each piece of art is amazing! I catch myself writing scenes considering what Thomas will do with them.
And thank you for having me today! I’m really enjoying this tour, and I hope everyone enjoys reading The Black Ledge Series as much as I enjoy writing them.
Thank you so much for your time!


The Keeper of the Rune Stone by Paige W. Pendleton

The Black Ledge Series
The secrets of the Red Paint People have haunted Maine for 7000 years. From the vast fjords of Norway to the shores of New England, ancient standing stones mark a trail of betrayal, greed, and murder... 

The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Book One
An unholy ritual, a ticking clock. Four children discover there are things that go bump in the night ...

Centuries ago a group of Elves committed an unholy ritual. But the ritual was a spectacular failure. It transformed the Elves into the Noctivagi - the beings we know as vampires.

Striving to maintain a fragile peace, the ancient Elves and Dwarves negotiated an Accord, which they've renewed every year on the Summer Solstice. The ceremony depends on the magical Rune Stone, but it's missing. If it is not found—and quickly—the consequences could be dire, and not just for Elves and Dwarves.

Four children, Rob, Jack, Eleanor, and Flora, stumble into a world of magic and mayhem when they move into Black Ledge, the old estate on the Maine coast, and discover they aren’t the only ones who live there.

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The secrets of the Red Paint People have haunted Maine for 7000 years. Paige W. Pendleton is busy writing those tales.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Meet Angela Myron, author of 'Ennara and the Fallen Druid'


Please welcome author Angela Myron today! Learn more about her and her book Ennara and the Fallen Druid. Be sure to leave her any comments or questions!

What was the inspiration behind 'Ennara and the Fallen Druid'?
A number of things inspired me when writing this story. I wanted to write a heroic adventure set in a fictional distant future of Earth. I wanted to explore that world through the eyes of a strong young female hero. I wanted to explore the struggle between light and darkness within us all. And magic. I wanted lots of magic.
Which character was the most fun to write?
Smoos and Kithe were, by far, the most fun characters to write. They are both intelligent and skilled, but have strong comedic traits. They added a lot of energy to each scene, and were just fun to be around.
Which scene was your favorite?
Easily, my favorite scene was the one in the market, when Ennara accidentally brings the meat on a butcher’s stand to life. It was just as funny to write as it is to read.
A close second and third would have to be the scenes with the toadstools in the forest, and the paintings in the Royal Gallery of Ililsa. I love the magic my characters used!
What message do you hope readers take away from your story?
Ah, theme. It's in the eye of the beholder. However, there are a few themes in the story that I tried to cultivate, and hope that the reader picks up. First, that heavy burdens can and must be shared with friends. Second, that the greatest power to overcome adversity is the light and intelligence within you. And finally, that desperate situations can often be solved without violence, if you put your mind to it.
Will we see these characters again?
Absolutely! I hope to have book two of Ennara’s story out in early 2014. We’ll see a lot more of Kithe, Gevin, Smoos, Tork, and, of course, Ennara too, in their new home of the Druidic Academy in Iceland.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
Besides writing book two of the Ennara series, I’m writing a paranormal mystery under the pen name Chase Theroux. Why two names? One for kids, and another for everything else. So the kids don’t come across adult content written by the author of the fantasy story they just read.
I feel like when I was a kid, we were all into reading mysteries. Now, children seem to be really drawn to fantasy. Why do you think fantasy is so appealing to the younger audience?
I think kids are still reading mysteries, and I know that even as a child I loved fantasy stories. If you look closely at today’s popular fantasy stories, they all have strong elements of mystery to them, as well as riddles, puzzles, and mythology.
It is the unique domain of the child to believe that wishing on stars will indeed bring their fruition, and that somewhere in a distant land and time, fairies, dragons and unicorns exist.
I remember that as a child, I thought that even the simplest objects were composed of many tiny, intricate, complex machines under the surface. And that not just TV was once black and white, but rather that the world was, and color itself was invented.
Fantasy stories, especially ones filled with magic and magical creatures, allow a child to embrace the vivid imagination and open-hearted belief in possibility that is inherent to a young mind. I think that it’s the same reason some adults love fantasy stories too. It brings us back to that state of limitless possibility. It makes the world around us magic.
Because fantasy is so popular, how do you make yourself stand out in the genre?
Currently, I try to stay authentic to my experiences and the stories I feel are important to tell. Each of us has such a unique life, I think it would take more effort to write just like someone else than it would be to have your own voice. But, you could ask me that again in a few years. I’ll probably have a better answer then.
You have twin toddlers at home. How do you balance caring for them with your writing?
There is no balance when you have 19 month old twins at home! Seriously, my time is completely consumed by them, at least when they are awake. I don't think it should be any other way.
I write because it is an important practice to me—I feel lost without it. But my days are full with these wonderful little people who need a lot of attention. So when they are awake, they have me completely. When they sleep, I write.
It makes for early mornings, simple meals, and not the most perfectly tidy house. It takes me months longer to draft and revise my stories than it does my peers. But that is all temporary. Eventually I’ll get back to writing fulltime.
Do you find yourself making up stories to tell them, in addition to reading books?
I’m sure that will come as they get older. At the age of a year and a half, they are content with playing with their board books and listening to a few paragraphs of The Tales of Peter Rabbit before bed.
How did you make the transition from article writing to fiction writing?
Unlike some people, I wasn’t able to pick up fiction writing in addition to my fulltime job. I have the deepest reverence for writers who are able to put in 8-10 hours at work and then come home and write stories. I attempted novels several times before doing on maternity leave with my twins, but it took a concentrated effort (aside from caring for newborns) to finish my first novel.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I was a Tibetan Buddhist nun for three years in my late twenties. That’s not too common, is it? During that time, I went to several talks by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and a handful of times even sat on stage with him (and other monks and nuns) during Buddhist teachings. It was magical. My affair with the thoughtful religion slowed after I spent two summers and a Christmas holiday in Arizona helping with an intense Tibetan Buddhist retreat. Nursing wounds from a deceitful preacher and aggressively competitive students, I withdrew to my home country of Canada and back to the life of a layperson. Moral of the story: thoroughly check out any religious or spiritual group, even if they claim affiliation to those you trust. The damage people with selfish motivations can cause in a spiritual context can have nuclear ramifications.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’m looking for reviewers and people for my street team! If’ you’d like to become a beta reader and be eligible for some swag, please drop me a line at myronangela AT gmail DOT com.
Thank you so much for your time!
Thank you, Andi!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like many writers, I have a full life in which I juggle many duties and joys. I love to cook, garden, and play with my twins. As a mother to toddlers, I write whenever I am not helping them navigate their day--which typically means in the early mornings and early afternoons when they sleep, and sometimes when Grandma comes to visit.

I was twenty-two when writing became a passion of mine. I've been doing it in one form or another ever since. But it took me a very long time to follow my heart's desire to tell stories.

For years, I simply journaled. I delved into writing articles for newsletters and grant proposals. I settled into technical writing, often finding myself a one-person writing, editing, design, app development, and publication team. I learned the basics of journalism, and finally, when on maternity leave with my twins, I turned to writing fiction.

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Ennara and the Fallen Druid
by Angela Myron

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BLURB:

Eleven year-old Ennara Gaern has a serious grudge against the dragon on her right hand.

Born with a caul—a mask that foretold magical powers—she was immediately inked with the fiendish, fire-breathing tattoo that forces her to study boring texts, cover her hand continuously, and worst of all, keeps her from visiting the beautiful capital city, Dordonne. But her quiet life changes when one night she is attacked by a shadowy demon.

Tork, an old friend and wizard, is enlisted to help. But when he arrives, he informs Ennara’s parents that she is her world’s only hope of finding the legendary Sword of Gisilfrid, which is needed to destroy the curse that is creating the demons. Ennara doesn’t want to leave on the dangerous quest, but when she learns the curse threatens her world, she reluctantly agrees.

Ennara and the wizard begin a perilous journey to the Sunken City, pitting them against dangerous oceans and pirates intent on claiming Ennara’s magic as their own. With only her friends at her side, including the intelligent, aquatic cat Smoos, Ennara must defeat monsters guarding the sword and servants of the Fallen Druid. When her world is covered in darkness, will she know how to dispel the curse?

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Read an excerpt:

“Is it true she is….” Gevin blushed. “I mean, you are… magic?”
Ennara fumbled the wand as she turned it in her fingers. She scooped it off the floor. Her stomach knotted and her cheeks burned. “Oh, um, I guess.”

She nervously twirled the wand again, this time accidentally tapping the case of trinkets. A lavender light shimmered across the panes, and behind them the objects began to twitch.

“Eeep!” Ennara jumped as the severed hand crawled toward her and tapped on the glass. A long finger uncurled and poked the case open. The appendage leapt from the shelf to the chest, then the floor, and scurried to the door.

Smoos crouched on the lower bunk, wiggled her haunches, and pounced on the hand. She shook it back and forth in the air. It grabbed the cat’s snout and flicked her hard on the nose. She dropped the hand and snorted, rubbing her muzzle with her paw. The hand scampered away and hid behind the girl’s legs.

“You seem to have a penchant for necromancy, young lady.” Tork flicked his curvy black wand at the case. “Merta perape.”

The hand and other charms returned to their lifeless state.

“Ne … necromancy?” The word felt foreign in her mouth. She glanced at Kithe and Gevin. Both boys were fixed on her. Gevin’s mouth hung open.

“Yes. Bringing back the deceased. Creating walking dead. Giving life to the lifeless.”
But I didn’t say a spell!”

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