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Alpaca My Bags: Murder? Romance? Intrigue? A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

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Alpaca My Bags: Dying to Leave the Oasis (A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Violet Patton

Cozy Mystery
First in Series
Amazon Digital Services (December 1st, 2018)
231 pages
Digital ASIN: B07JX5WHB5

 

Murder? Romance? Intrigue? The Desert Oasis runs rampant with gossip and secrets.
Sweetie Bastard told Hunny Bunny—pack your bags we’re moving to lovely Tucson, Arizona. She didn’t have a choice. He sold her house and bought a park model online sight unseen in the Desert Oasis 55 plus community.
The park was more asphalt than oasis—hot—dry—terrible.
The trailer was a wreck. No air-conditioning. No beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay.
There’s an Arizona room to build. A golf cart to buy. Dances, crafts and funerals to attend.
Bunny agrees to take water aerobics. She hates water.
First lesson—the park’s ladies’ man athletic director was found weighed down and dead at the bottom of the swimming pool. Who killed philandering Dan? And why?
The last tenant in their new home, Wanda, left behind her clothes, knickknacks and dishes. The place gives her the willies. Bunny can’t stand an unsolved mystery, and she’ll dig deep and wide to solve Wanda’s case.
Download Alpaca My Bags today. Will Bunny agree to live happily ever after in the Oasis, or will she make Sweetie Bastard move to posh Scottsdale?

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Alpaca My Bags
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I grew up in Arkansas, just a few miles from Louisiana. Violet Patton was a grandmother. I took her name as a pen name in her honor. She didn’t read much and when she did it was True Confessions magazine. She married a man twice her age at 18 and she did not have romance in her life, but she longed for it. She was tough, picking cotton, milking cows and tending a garden to keep her family alive. Behind her toughness was a sweet tenderness which showed through her beautiful blue eyes. Now as I age, I miss her more and more. Her photograph graces my desk, and I often ask for her advice or read my stories aloud to her. I can hear her laugh as I read my stories and I remember that spirit she never lost despite her adversities.

Thank you for giving me everything you had.

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Can they find a way to peace or will the prejudice tear apart the connections Adara and the Wayfarers are making?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Wayfarer
Resolve
Wayfarer
Series #18
by
Eileen Troemel
Genre:
SciFi Romance 
 
In
this final installation of Wayfarers, Decker and Adara face an attack
on their homeworlds as well as on their children. A clan member from
Phelan’s clan attacks Addy and Zoe while Adara and Decker deal with
riots and attacks on the home world. Phelan’s clan member is at
fault. Will this break down the clans? 

 

 

 

Out
exploring their sectors of space, Adara settles into being Mathair
Naclan – mother of the clans. At the home planets, Hal, Dimitri, and
others cope with vandalism, sabotage, and racism. The Humans only
group rises with violence and hate to attack the Wayfarers from
within.

 

 

Sentenced
to hard labor, prisoners are placed at Tom and Angeline’s
manufacturing facility and Monroe’s mining operation. Though facing
punishment for breaking the terms of being with the Wayfarers,
Bernard Lundquist still runs operations on Hometown.

 

 

Bias
within the Wayfarers and against the Wayfarers frustrates Adara as
she and her admin council defend against the Humans only group. The
family is threatened by the people Adara rescued. Can they find a way
to peace or will the prejudice tear apart the connections Adara and
the Wayfarers are making?

 

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From
poetry to novel, I enjoy telling a good story or expressing a
heartfelt emotion. I’ve been published in Circle Magazine, The
American Tarot Association’s Quarterly Journal, What’s Cooking
America, Children, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of
Women 2010 Writing Contest, 2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman’s Tome.
I have a bachelor’s degree in business and a second bachelor’s degree
in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, I have
a small editing business. In addition to my work, I love to read,
crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. I
have three adult daughters and have been married to my husband for
over 30 years. I’m the proud grandma of three fur babies – my
daughters’ cats.
 

 

 
 
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No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

 

William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native and a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. He has a master’s in mechanical engineering, and has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery. He has also trained in Wado-Ryu karate since 2003, and runs his own dojo. He is an avid video and board gamer, a reader, and of course, a writer.

 


In his spare time, he wrangles three cats. He and his wife enjoy putting their pets in cute little costumes and making them cosplay for the annual Christmas card.
You can visit him at williamctracy.com.

On a bright August day, the sun disappears.
 
Sam van Oen barely escapes freezing to death in his house, as his watch stops and fire ceases to burn. He is pulled into the Nether—a nexus between ten diverse alien cultures—where he meets two maji who can control the musical foundation of the universe. While coping with anxiety attacks prompted by his new surroundings, Sam must learn to hear and change the Symphony, and thus reality, in order to discover what happened to his home.Sam is surrounded by aliens, both strange and familiar. Soon, he meets sister and brother twins, also new to the Nether, who support him during his anxiety attacks. Sam finds he is attracted to both of them, and does not want to choose.

But more freezing voids like the one that started his journey are appearing, and Sam’s chances of getting back are fading. The Assembly of Species is threatening to dissolve and the maji are being attacked by those they protect, while rumors grow of an ancient, shape-changing species of assassins, returning to wage war.

The Dissolution is coming.

 

Snippet:
Sam was reading when the sun dimmed.
As he looked up from his book, he caught the sky outside his window shading into twilight. Overhead, the light blinked off, then on and the music playing on his laptop—Beethoven’s 7th—croaked a discordant jumble of notes before the screen went black. A breath of cold air left goosebumps on his arms.
“What the—” Sam pushed up from the chair as the overhead light faded again. His breath caught in his throat, like he had swallowed a lump of ice. His room was not large, made smaller by the piles of boxes making up his collection, and now shadows rose between stacks of waist-high containers. He wormed through them in the dim light, heart racing. Was this really happening, or was he having an attack? Why now? It took two tries to pick up his grandfather’s pocket watch from where it rested on an end table beside his bed. His hands shook, and the thump of his heartbeat nearly overpowered the rhythmic ticking transmitted through his palm. He focused on the mechanical beat—let it inform his body with the regular beat of time.
Calm down. Stillness evaded him, left him unsteady. Everything is going dark in the middle of the day. At least the watch was working. He made sure to keep it wound, and kept it safe in his room.
While watching the darkened sky, his other hand fingered the lid of a small shoebox. His collection of boxes contained grass clippings, shells, sand, and other things, bought by friends and customers of his aunt. They reminded him of favorite sights and smells. However, the shoebox contained things more precious than the rest: half a belt, stiff from water damage, and the heel of a woman’s left shoe, sheared off cleanly.
No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it. He shivered at another gust of cold air. His room felt like late January instead of August. He eyed the window, but the thought of opening it—letting in the places he didn’t know—made his hands sweat. His hand left the box, moving to the windowpane. He hissed and shook his fingers. The window was colder than the house, which meant outside must be too. He breathed out and raised his watch to his ear, listening to the steady beat.
Is this all in my head? He hadn’t heard a transformer blow, and there was no storm. It was so quiet his rough breathing was like a train. He rubbed his arms, and a quick touch on his laptop’s case nearly numbed his finger. His cellphone was powered down and wouldn’t restart.
Aunt Martha will know what to do. Get to safety. Sam weaved through the precise stacks of boxes, trembling. She would be in her sewing shop. Sam wiped sweaty hands on his shorts before pulling a coat from the closet and socks from a drawer. He dropped his watch in a pocket of the coat, but kept one hand on it. If the power outage kept up, he couldn’t log in for his shift in technical support. What will they think? Will they fire me? He couldn’t get his ethics essay done either, and he had to email it in by tomorrow night for the ethical theories class at his online community college.
The chill air in the hall made him regret the shorts, but he shrugged his coat on, then leaned against the wall, pulling his socks on carefully. If the seams were going the wrong way, they’d just distract him, and there was too much going on already. He closed his eyes. Don’t shut down. Keep moving.
The dark wood-paneled hallway was cold even through his socks, and Sam made a detour to the front door to get his sneakers, adjusting his feet in them, making sure the laces were the same length. It took two tries with his shaking hands. The dark was deepening outside, and by the time he got to the other end of the house, he was using his sense of touch more than sight to navigate.
He met Aunt Martha coming from the small one-room addition that served as her workshop. She held a flickering beeswax candle in her hand. It’s not just in my head.

 

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But Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Duck’s best friend Goose is gone for winter and Duck is lonely. The animals try to cheer Duck, but Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary. 
Will Duck be alone until Goose gets back? Or can Duck come up with a game they all can play?

 

 

 

 

 

Joy Heyer lives in Virginia with her loving husband and three of her four crazy children. Her oldest child now has a child of her own, making Joy a grandma. 


Her family recently convinced her to get a dog. What was she thinking? The dog now follows Joy everywhere, waits loyally at the front window every time she leaves the house, and goes berserk when she comes back, even if she was only gone for 10 seconds to get the mail. 


In her spare time….wait, what spare time? Whenever her children and dog permit, she loves to read, write, paint, and dream up home improvement projects.

 

Duck, Duck, Moose is a very cute book by Joy Heyer about a duck who is sad because he misses his friend Goose. The story is simple, yet perfect for ages 0 to 2+ years-old. It is also done as a rhyme which it makes the story come alive with its matching sounds. It should attract little ones and their parents alike.

I enjoyed the colors on each page as they depicted the mood of the sad duck. It does, however, have some brighter colors sprinkled throughout the story to make it colorful and interesting for the child. The drawings are superb and quite likeable. This is a great book for any home.

Review by Author Anna del C. Dye

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Author Interview: Joy Heyer

Book: Duck, Duck, Moose

 

 

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? I started writing 10 years ago. My friend, Lezlie Evans, an author of many children’s books, invited me to join her writers group. Since then Lezlie has been teaching and encouraging me to write and illustrate my stories.

Do you have a favorite author? I really like Kevin Henkes. His characters have so much personality, both in the text and illustrations!

What is some of your favorite or memorable books that you’ve read? I love the book “Each Peach Pear Plum” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It was my favorite to read to my kids when they were little and now I read it to my granddaughter! The illustrations and rhymes are wonderful and the “hide and seek” of the characters is fun.

What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you? It takes a lot of hard work, practice, and dedication to be good at writing and illustrating. Who knows where I would be now if I had followed that advice from the beginning.

Do you have any pets? Yes. I have a very loyal dog and for whatever reason, he has picked me as his favorite. He runs past the rest of the family to get to me every time, much to their chagrin.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing? Spare time? What spare time? When I’m not drawing, writing, or being mom, I love to dream up home improvement projects. Maybe someday I will have time to do them!

What is the best vacation you ever went on? I just went on a Mediterranean cruise with my husband to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was the best.

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? I continue to draw every day (practice, practice, practice!) and I have some stories that I’m perfecting. I have great plans for these future books!

 

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Do you know the Chicago Fairytale?

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
The
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan
by
Steve Wiley
Genre:
Fantasy
 
“Intelligent,
Enchanting, Playful” ~ Publishers Weekly
Warning:
Content may be deemed offensive by Polish Indians, vice presidents of
something, my wife, Finbar Finnegan’s wife, LinkedIn, little kids who
think this book is for little kids, Thumbelina, Brown Liners,
mermaids, and the wind.

 

Growing
up and getting trapped in adult life is something that most people
eventually face, but while reading The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca
Finnegan, a charming and magical book by Steve Wiley, it is almost
possible to forget about the inexorable progress of time. With a main
character who is teetering on the edge of forgetting about magic
forever, this novel is a touching and thought-provoking ride through
nostalgia, memory and the promises of youth. Wiley’s sharp,
tongue-in-cheek style of writing makes the pages fly and the Chicago
skyline makes a stunning backdrop for this mystical romp.
In
Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the
city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an
alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind,
and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
When
we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long
forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when
Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through
the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with
gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess
rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those
elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown
up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the
verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with
Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save
him.
Half
of the proceeds from this book are donated to Chicago Public Schools.
For more information, visit fairytalechicago.com.
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Steve
is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy
stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives
with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of
strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in
Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. The
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan is his first book. He has an
undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois
State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten
from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze
seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. Seriously, he did.  
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What are the elements of Battlementals?

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Chase Freeman is a boy with a heart for adventure stuck living in dull Drifter Flats. The only exciting thing that ever happens in his small town is Eclipse Day and even that isn’t enough for Chase—until he sees the strange ball of light streaking across the sky. Enlisting his best friend Jordan, her little brother Luke, and Harlan the smartest boy in school, they follow the light to an American Indian medicine circle. Drawn into the middle of it, the four friends are suddenly teleported to the Battlementals dimension along with the school bully Brendan and his friend Lena. 


Once there, they find an elemental people desperate for them to accept the grand quest to save the universe. A deadly alliance has pulled it out of balance and, soon, everything will vanish altogether. Friends and enemies will have to find a way to work together to assemble the Harmonicon, defeat the Salt Giant, and find their own undiscovered abilities that will help them complete their quest. But when dark secrets are put in the wrong hands, their mission unravels and time is quickly running out. As the universe systematically starts to disappear, Chase and his friends race to put all the elements they’ve gathered together, but will it be too late to save it?

 

 

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RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. When he isn’t busy making things up he likes going to movies with his wife to watch what other people have made up and plays board games with his children who are in the habit of making up the rules as they go along. 

Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon is Randy’s third published book and the first in a series of stories that take place in the Battlemental universe. He switched to writing full time in 2011 and has had two novels published through Bonneville Books.

His journey as an author has been an exciting one, full of unexpected discoveries. One of those being the decision to focus more of his writing on middle-grade fantasy. The fact that the style feels more natural to Randy might be an indication that he is really just a kid at heart.

The second unexpected discovery was that he enjoyed marketing. Book signings, writing workshops, and podcasts about storytelling all gave him opportunities to discuss what he loves with others who share the same interest. This combined with the decision to write middle-grade stories led to his development of C.A.S.T. (a program intended to show children and teens how to incorporate storytelling into their everyday lives).

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Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon by Randy Lindsay is a pre-teen/ middle school tale full of very interesting characters that are not all human. Imagination flows rampant in each chapter of this book. It keeps the level characteristic to children’s speech and behaviors.

When a group of children are approached by an interesting older person, they look at him as just that. However, they don’t expect that this old guy can change their life and the future of the universe in one conversation. Nor do they expect to say yes to his ridiculous idea for them to go on a journey or quest to save the universe. Their first instinct says that the guy is crazy, but soon the champions change their mind when they see a world disappear and they realize that it could have been earth and their families.

Now this group of children has to be brave, united and most of all friends to see the quest to its end.

I enjoy the telling and the characters of Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon by Randy Lindsay. It flows smoothly to the last page and each character is developed and grows flawlessly. It will be loved by many pre-teens and even younger kids. 

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Children’s author Karl Beckstrand, Winner: 2016 International Book Award

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Karl, welcome to my blog
Thank you, Anna
Tell us where you were born
San Jose, CA
Beautiful place. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Taking time to market books!
Amen to that, my friend. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Having time to write and getting my first publishing contract. (Reviews are a great help too!)
Great! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It came to me after I’d visited many schools and observed no curriculum on earning a living.
How interesting… What is the name of your new book?
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
Intriguing… Tell us more about it. 
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches the value of work and comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources (for ages 5 and up). 8.5″x8.5″, 26 pages, 530 words. I did some of the illustrations too.
Wow, that sounds awesome. What genre does your book fall under?
I’m marketing it to children, but I’m also going to put it under business books.
Here are my thoughts about the book
Review:
What an entertaining bookThe Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. Most kids don’t know how to use their money or lack ideas and motivations to find and do something real to better themselves and their future. This book will help with this task. I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. They are many adults who have no idea what to do with their future either, and this book will give them a little taste of reality. Great job Karl Beckstrand.
Where can we find your book?
 http://tinyurl.com/zxy2xp9
http://www.gozobooks.com/bridge-of-the-golden-wood.php
Thank you!

How many Tales does the Eon Monkey have?

Friday, January 6th, 2017
The
Tales of Eon Monkey
Collected
Works Volume I
by
Eon Monkey
Genre:
Anytime, anywhere, everyday stories for everyone
 
The
collected tales of Eon Monkey from the first three books: 1) Monkey
Tales, 2) Gone Fishin’ 3) Matilda and the Missing Button. The
stories previously only available in eBooks published for the first
time in paperback. Anytime, anywhere, everyday stories for everyone
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Author,
Artist, Surf-Side Six Stringer
Eon
Monkey lives on a tiny island filled with pineapples, coconuts and
lots of bananas. The sound of the sea sings him to sleep and the call
of the parrots awakes him in the morning. The sea turtles and the
loons bring him stories from around the world and he records these
tales on a manual typewriter and sends them out into the world via
the Coconut Telegraph.
Find
him on the wild wacky web at
www.eonmonkey.com
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Wally the Warm Weather Penguin

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

***** Stars review for Stephanie M. Ward and illustrated by Vanessa Landin

Wally the Warm Weather Penguin by Stephanie M. Ward, illustrated by Vanessa Landin, is a cute book full of warm colors. It has the nicest drawings I have seen. It will warm your heart to read the story and your hand to sift through its colorful pages. It is a book your children and teachers will love to have for their own. It would be a great gift for someone you love dearly. It has a great lesson on how to follow your dreams and make them come true.

wally

Wally is a penguin that loves the cold place where he lives, but he is always cold there. The snow is wonderful, but he wants to be warm and feel the sun on his body, quite unlike other penguins. He uses a hat, mittens and boots to keep warm and he would like to get rid of them once and for all. He dreams of warm places, and one day he hears about an island that is all he wishes for. He travels to the Galapagos Islands and loves it there from the very beginning.

Wally is a very nice book in which the pages are full of rhymes that will feel very natural and fun. Each page explores different animals, crustaceans, birds and more that live in the Galapagos Islands. The colorful pictures will attract little as well as big eyes from children and their parents alike. It is a great book for a trip or just to stay at home with by the fire. It is nicely done both by the author and the illustrator.

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Avalon, A Heartwarming True Cat Story

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Fairy Senses Series

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Tutankhamen Speaks a book for reluctant readers

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
 

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.


Q&A With the Author:

1.  Describe
yourself in 50 words or less.
A retired high school English teacher, I devoured books growing up. Teaching introduced me to
writings and authors from the Ancient & Medieval times, and I fell in love with them. I now write to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart through my Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers.
2. What do you love most in the world?
My family which is my immediate and my extended family.
3. What do you fear most?
Not being able to say goodbye to those I loved. It has happened too often.

 

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Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archaeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn’t a story about the lost scrolls. It’s about the story written down on those ancient scrolls: Tutankhamen’s story.

 

 

 

2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.)
Reviews:
“A delightful way to bring history
to children.”
“We are using this as resource for
world cultures for home school.”
“What I liked about this book was
that it gives a glimpse into the everyday life of Tut, before and after his
rise to Pharaoh. It was like a fly on the wall peek at his life without it just
being part of a much larger plot.”
And what a tale
it is! King Tut tells us his entire life story from when he was a boy and not
yet acknowledged as heir to the throne of Egypt, through his father’s death and
his own ascension to the throne; we learn of his love for Ankhesenpaaten, whom
he married, the sadness they experienced at the loss of a child, and the
politics and hierarchy of ancient Egypt with its court intrigue.”

 

 

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The Magician’s Dream by LeAnn Mathis ***** (needs done)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

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My Review ***** stars:

Maddie and Franklin have been seeing each other in a world where magic started for a good while. They are best friends and also partners as they train on the use of their magic. Imagine their surprise when on the first day of school they find themselves in the same class. How could this be? After all this world doesn’t have magic and they know each other only from their dreams. But if they dream each other in a magic world…how can they be together in the world with out magic?

So many questions, and all the answers are in The Magician’s Dream by LeAnn Mathis.

What a ride this story has been. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one afternoon. I love the characters with their flaws and strengths. They are forced to live a life that no kid should be made to live, in a time when Afro-Americans are considered less that whites. They have to choose what to do–sacrifice their friendship or the customs of that time. Either way, something is threatening the very fabric of both worlds and they are the key to put it back together be it as friends or foes. This is an excellent middle grade and pre-teens read.

The link:

https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Dream-LeAnn-Mathis-ebook/dp/B01KKEFPFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474601610&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Magician’s+Dream+by+LeAnn+Mathis

Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

My Review:

Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp is a very interesting tale of a girl who is not wanted by her foster family. Her foster siblings have abused her and their mother blames her for everything her kids do. Tired of the power struggles with the girl, she sells her to an institution that promotes slavery. The reader will follow along as she learns how to survive in her new setting and share the struggles she goes through.

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I really enjoyed the story because it was quite different from anything out there right now; the setting, the voice and the story. Though, it was a bit slow for me. All in all; the book is clean, has a good story, good characters and will be loved by readers of all ages–especially middle graders. It will be a good addition to any library or home.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Jane_E-Friendless-Orphan-Erin-McCole-Cupp/dp/1411690508/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464970263&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=Unclaimed+by+Erin+McCole+Cupp

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A Review:

Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age. She has a normal family that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings.

The series is composed of short stories divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life.

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Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age, which is also pretty much like girls that age. She has a normal family, mom, dad, that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings. Every day is a new adventure and a new page in her life.

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The series is composed of short books divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life. Is a great reading for girls ten to twelve.

Things like snakebite, school dealings, life at home, birthday, boys, etc. are present on the pages.

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I believe many girls around ten to twelve years old will like this series. They will connect with Cassandra, the main character, and see themselves between the pages of her stories. It will bring many hours of reading and peace to parents during the summer. Great job.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Extraordinarily+Ordinary+Life+of+Cassandra+Jones+

Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words by Karl Beckstrand

My review:

I have never seen a book without words before, especially for children. Butterfly Blink! A Book Without Words by Karl Bertrand is just that. It has colorful pictures on every page but you have to give meaning to the art there. There are so many possibilities that you could read the same book many times and change the story line each time.

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If you ask me, I think that every page could be a different story but then I have been accused of a huge imagination before. Either way, I think that this book could be one of your favorites as a parent and your children’s favorite. You could even have your kids make up stories for you. Comprehension, vocabulary and many other skill needed in life could be learned and practiced with this book. It provides a win win situation for all involved. As such it can become a great tool for elementary teachers everywhere.

Great idea, Karl Berckstrand.

Link to buy the book:

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Blink-Without-Words-Stories/dp/0692648593/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463542656&sr=1-1&keywords=Butterfly+Blink%21+A+Book+Without+Words+by+Karl+Beckstrand

If you believe… A Doorway to Forever will open before you

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

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The Blurb:

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives.Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?
When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow

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However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

My Review: 4 stars

What a great read A Doorway Back to Forever was. This is a middle grade story that is full of magic, soldiers, kings, dark forces and Pegasus. It will keep middle school kids glued to its pages, especially if they like magic and magic kingdoms.

The earth is a world that once had magic and when it was used wrong, banished it.  This is where Kit and her friend Robin live with their families. The problem is that kids still are born with magic and are left to their own devices, hiding from their parents and the police to survive. This is Kit and Robin’s fate for a long time until they find each other and Mr. Fischer.

Believing is the only key to all the beautiful things that await Kit and Robin in the magical world that exists on par with their own. To keep it free they will have to work hard and be brave enough to do what they need to do. That is a tall order for two girls that have barely discovered their magic and now have to use it to save the magic kingdom and earth.

Now, when they return to their own world, if they want to survive all the darkness that is unleashed upon them they must keep the orb safe and keep on believing, if not all is lost.

The Link:

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Official Facebook Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1677328795854394/

Author Social Media Links:

Nanetteoneal.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/ADoorwayBacktoForever/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Book Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Nanette+ONeal+A+Doorway+Back+to+Forever%3A+Believe

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorway-Back-Forever-warrior-Awakening/dp/1943526168/ref

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Doorway-Back-Forever-warrior-Awakening/dp/1943526168/ref

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Mom, how do I do Faith???

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Today we have first time author Bronwen Oehlschlager and her artist Tari Huffaker for a visit.
Bronwen, where were you born?
I was born in Washington State, but I grew up (for the most part) in various areas of Idaho. The last place we lived before I moved out to go to school was Harpster, Idaho. A tiny little blip of a town that you’d miss if you blinked.
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I know what you mean… What is the hardest part about being an author?
This is my first book. 🙂 I think the hardest part so far has been getting over my fears and breaking out of my safety zone. This little work is very special to me and I want to share it with the whole world… and I want to keep it secret in case someone doesn’t like (me) my point of view and inspiration. But hard things are good for us! So I’m overcoming those fears.
Good for you. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, faith has been something that has fascinated me since I was about 17. I made a study of it because I had a feeling that I was doing it wrong. I needed to know the nitty gritty. I needed to get it right. I was teaching it to my children when my 5 year old (now 7) asked me this all important question: “Mom, how do you DO faith?” That did it for me. I had to put something together to help her. The honor and glory truly go to the Lord for how it came together.
What is the name of your  children book?
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“Mom, How Do I DO Faith?”
What genre is it?
It falls under the genre: Faith
Tell us more about it
My book is a coloring book illustrated by Tari Huffaker (my talented mother).
My dream is to have my book come in to a great many Latter Day Saint homes who have children of any age. I want to help little ones get their heads around the faith process, and how to live in a high-vibrating-harmony with Father in Heaven’s laws – a harmony that will allow them to do miracles with their faith, and “expand with love”, as President Monson would say. The scriptures can be hard for a little one to search. With “Mom, How Do I DO Faith?” I hope that they will have a leg up on scripture study and understanding.
It can be purchased on Amazon. It is not in a digital format since it is a coloring book. http://www.amazon.com/Mom-How-Do-Faith-Home-School/dp/1519402740/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453484538&sr=1-4&keywords=mom%2C+how+do+I+do+faith

About the Author

Bronwen Oehlschlager is an all American, homeschooling mom who feels passionately about teaching the ins and outs of faith to her own children. She loves reading, writing, teaching, and experiencing daily miracles both small and great! Bronwen has an amazingly wonderful husband who helps her with her work, and four brilliantly believing children. They live together in their “heavenly” mountain nook in “Happy Valley” Utah.
About the Artist, Tari Huffaker 

Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrations in this children book?

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Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.  She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.  I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.  I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.  I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!  I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.

How long did it take you to do the illustrations?

It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.

Where were you born?

I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.  Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.  I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.  But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.  So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”

LOL… When did you start to draw?

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​About 34 years ago I took a 6 week art class with my mom at Merced Community College.  The class was called “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”… I did okay and then never really drew a thing again.  Now I get credit for something the Lord really did…I have my name on the book my daughter had published​…but it should really be the Lord’s name.

The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

What makes you passionate about writing?

My passion for writing derives from life experiences and the events that have stuck in my mind.

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Do you have a writing routine?

No, not at this time, but would like to say evenings and early mornings are good when there is not a lot of noise and I have time to think.

What is the title of your book?

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The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

What genre does your book fall under?

Children’s Picture Book

So you are an artist too. Are you taking new clients?

I am always up for more work and a challenge.

Can we buy your drawings one by one or do we have to buy a set?

You can buy them anyway you would like.

How do you charge for drawings, by inch, square feet or what?

I would probably charge by the page. I am pretty quick at the sketches; the computer part of coloring them in may take some time. I would say anywhere from $40 to $95 per page. A lot would depend on what the author is looking for in their books.

Where can we find more about your work? 

I have my own sign shop. You can go to my website at http://www.ronissigns.com or go to my Facebook page Roni Kennedy and look and review some of my work. There are not many sketches but I have an accredited art degree from The Antonelli School of Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated in 1975 and The Good Lord has told us to develop our talents so I have! Thank You!

You are welcome. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Don’t Be A Bully

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published through Idea Creations Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took two days to write and two weeks to illustrate.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would probably compare the story to LDS church manuals that they teach in Primary, only mine giving the information about bullying in a story way; don’t be mean and hurtful to others. Be a Christian and be kind.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

First my mother and second my enemies and those that have either bullied me in some way or have been rude and disrespectful.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The colorful illustrations are eye catching and portray the events very well.

Where can we find your book?

Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Boy-That-Grew-Teeth-His/dp/0996665730/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452703788&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boy+that+grew+teeth+in+his+ear, soon to be on Barnes & Noble and more.

What makes Corr Syl Terrible?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Review for readers favorite.com

Corr Syl the Terrible by Garry Rogers is a very interesting tale about characters that descend from animals who are living with humans on earth. It is quite a great story told more in a narrative way with intermittent dialogue. It is fast paced and treats the reader to a great warrior tale. I keep forgetting this is a pre-teen or a tween’s book. It will be greatly liked both by lovers of animals and warrior fantasies.

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