Posts Tagged ‘coming of age’
In a tumultuous time of deception, magic, and adventure, she must sacrifice something dear to her: her ideals, her devotion, or her lifeThursday, July 2nd, 2020
Crack detective, inventor, and woman of mystery Ace Carroway’s next case turns personal when one of her associates goes missingSunday, April 5th, 2020
Ace Carroway and the Midnight Scream is fifth in the Adventures of Ace Carroway series. Content rating: teen.
Kristin J. Dawson is a non-recovering chocolate and romantic English movie addict who loves to read science fiction and fantasy. You can find her most often indulging her favorite things at 2 am — night owls unite!
Kristin writes high fantasy with political intrigue, a bit of romance, and of course, magic. When she’s not writing, toting her kids around to sports practices, or cleaning out the chicken coop, she’s probably trying to talk her friends into more shenanigans.
In a world of magic, Nicoleta is unremarkable, except for her cursed, stuttering tongue. No special powers, no renowned apprenticeship, just the terrible, stammering aftereffects of the Lilac Plague.
Until she opens the ghostly blue vision from her mother.
Instead of words of endearment, the vision reveals that Nicoleta’s mother was a Guardian entrusted with a magical key — a key so powerful that those who rule will do anything to find it.
The burden of protecting the key now falls to Nicoleta. In a race against the crown, she must find the treasure and the true heir, the only one who can stop the curse from being fulfilled. Impossible? Almost certainly. One false step spells disaster. But Nicoleta is no fool. Where those before her died trying, Nicoleta forges a new path, relying on her wits and some unlikely allies.
Do you dare face the Lilac Plague? This coming of age, young adult fantasy adventure with mysterious magic, evil emperors, and a thread of romance will leave you amazed and clamoring for the next book.”
In The Lilac Plague, there is a language of magic, created by a linguist who combined two of the ancient cultures my book was partly inspired by. You can read the entire oath in the book, but here’s a snippet!
To bind the key with your soul…
Va poltim o kaga met ditaveshi
To imprint duty on your heart…
Va skalm taut dpi dabaveshi
Protect the key while it protects you…
Mezenai to kagareshi mezenzai veshreshidi
For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong…Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning on the front lawn of their old elementary school in White Rock. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong. After the final game in 2009, Dallas reporter John Anders noted:
“They arrived on walkers and in iron lungs…Grandchildren would drop them off andperhaps stay behind to serve as stretcher-bearers following the conflict.”
Now, six decades later, team captains Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are sharing this beautiful story of friendship and Texas football in the new book,The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story, which releases this month.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1960, on the front lawn of Martha Turner Reilly Elementary, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys captured the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to engage in a game of touch football. It was a good day to play. So good, in fact, that the game would resume each year at the same time in the same place. Through the ebb and flow of lives, loves, and responsibilities, the Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational continued for five decades. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story offers a first-hand glimpse into an era long past and captures the essence of tradition, friendship, life lessons, history, culture, the ups and downs, happiness, and sadness for those lost,over decades.
Today, Alzheimer’s has touched most of the 22 members and a portion of the book proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s research. The book releases November 2019
This coming-of-age book is a must-read for anyone with nostalgic heartstrings. One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it is interactive. Though it is available in hard copy, the book is best consumed digitally because the story is supplemented with artifacts and details (videos, links, newspaper clippings, and photos) that preserve an era in American history long past. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is a readable account of the personal and cultural experiences of a group of friends that tells a story about all of us.
“(This Book) captures the era of growing up in the 50s and 60s with sensitivity and
humor.”- Neilia West (Reviewer)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dallas natives, Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are life-long friends and the co-authors of The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story. Brent Parrott is a writer, former technology executive, and teacher, who currently serves as Board Chairman for the charter schools of Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy.Bryan Renfro graduated in 1970 from the University of Texas at Arlington and was drafted into the Army the following year during the Viet Nam war. He was the editor and sports writer for Sound Off, the base’s newspaper in Fort Meade, Maryland. For five decades, he served as the organizer and “Commissioner” of theannual Thanksgiving touch football game known locally as the Turkey Bowl that is chronicled in the book.
and can be purchased on the book’s website and on Amazon.
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Kylie is still very young at heart. She loves writing about first crushes, first kisses and first loves.
My kind of author.
She lives near the mountains (in New Zealand), and loves walking alongside the river, which is where she dreams up her stories.
How awesome, Kylie. I am officially jealous.
Other things she likes are her two cats, Toby and Steve, chocolate in any form and watching sunsets at the beach.
Ohhhhhhhh…sight and sight
The ancient sorceress Merlin awakes from a fevered dream and Morgana la Fey stirs in the dark, biding her time to strike against Merlin and AvalonSunday, October 6th, 2019
Arthur Godwin-Dragos finds himself much unlike his childhood heroes
who fought for the grace and honor of Camelot. Banished to a bleak
boarding school in England, Arthur cannot help but retreat into the
fantasy of his mother’s old tales. Longing for his own destiny to
assuage his loneliness and despair, Arthur withers in exile in wait
for something more.
the stillness, however, the hands of fate begin to turn. Across the
universe, far out of reach of time or space, the planet Avalon grows
dim. The ancient sorceress Merlin awakes from a fevered dream–as
prophecy calls out through the darkness. Sealed and forgotten,
Morgana la Fey stirs in the dark, biding her time to strike against
Merlin and Avalon. Once again must the legend of King Arthur awaken,
and with the power of the mighty Excalibur, beat back the
insufferable darkness once and for all.
C. Fisher is an emerging author who was born in Vandenberg, AFB,
California. Currently, he happily writes and resides in
2007 to 2011, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
Three years ago he was introduced to the writing world after a bout
of inspiration drove him to write his very first story. After sharing
his work with several people and receiving favorable feedback, he
decided to continue treading on the creative path of
he doesn’t have a pen in hand, you can find him at the bowling alley
getting strikes or at home reading fantastical books.
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The Dream Defenders… discover a book with a fresh voice, genuinely humorous characters, and a compelling, original storylineMonday, July 22nd, 2019
vivid, dangerous dream world. Real-life consequences. Better ready
fourteen-year-old Nolan Erling wakes up with a headache for the
fourth straight day, he suspects the likely culprit to be any number
of things—from his annoying baby brother, to vehicular crashes with
his elderly neighbor, or even his questionable late-night food
choices—not his dreams.
Sandman knows the true cause, though. She is a junior agent with the
DREAM Institute, a secret organization tasked with protecting the
world’s population while they sleep, and she’s on her first
mission: infiltrate Nolan’s life—and his dreams—and keep him
safe, all while persuading him to join their protective force.
recruitment missions are no walk in the park, and Aeryn’s goes
horribly wrong when Nolan’s powers unwittingly unleash two dream
creatures locked away in a restricted area of the dream world. While
Aeryn and Nolan search for ways to contain the escaped beings, they
uncover a much greater conspiracy.
these dreams can kill, and someone is orchestrating their actions in
the dream world. If Aeryn and Nolan can’t figure out who is behind
it, no dreamer will be safe, and neither will the organization that
a book with a fresh voice, genuinely humorous characters, and a
compelling, original storyline. The Dream Defenders will
appeal to readers of all ages.
July 29th – 31st!!**
DenHartog was born, raised, and currently resides in Iowa. After a
fifteen year career in the sciences he decided to rekindle his
childhood passion for writing. Now, when he’s not donning a lab coat,
he writes stories about dreams.
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Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fateWednesday, June 26th, 2019
Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide
well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new
Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was
banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one
who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like
all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn
grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn
works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff
Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is
fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be
fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young
man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young
man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is
stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock
soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared
outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted
Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure
unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than
chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could
possibly have imagined.
presume this is about you.”
did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against
the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed,” Edlyn went on
frankly, shutting the stable door. “It depends on what you have
found his voice, “I will not put you in danger.”
made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward,
catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she
lowered him to the dirt.
me leave. I must get away from here,” Maddock begged, attempting to get
the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also
saw that Maddock’s breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes
fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn
hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward,
as if to the sky:
young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me
for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst.”
in the Creative Idea Dimension
Altheta G.D. Waverly
is a creatress but doesn’t know it.
when she was four, twelve-year-old Flobella now lives a sad, drab
life with her cruel aunt and uncle. Only painting and the
maybe-memory of a woman who might be her mother hugging her in a
purple garden makes her feel alive. But one day while painting, the
swirl of colors begins to lift off the page, revealing a tiny fairy
named Mumu whom Flobella follows through the spiral into theÂ Creative
Idea Dimension, a land of imagination and ideas.
Flobella misses her opportunity to exit the spiral, the only way home
is to follow the creative path to a gold door and Evo, a wise man who
lives beyond the door and can help her find her way.Â Along her
fantastical journey, she meets an array of magical creatures, each of
whom presents a different creative path. But in a world of
possibilities, she must find herÂ ownÂ way, and the
ruminudgies will do anything to stop her from fulfilling her destiny,
as the dimension of creativity hangs in the balanceâ€¦
inspired and creative adventure awaits in an imaginative
Alice-in-Wonderland-like fairy-tale worldâ€”where mysterious gardens,
dark forests and magical fields areÂ populated withÂ wizards,
talking ladybugs, white idea birds, a quantum kitty, andTimette, a
lavender tea-loving time guide, and moreâ€”inÂ this exciting
first book in the Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimensionseries by
debut author Altheta G.D. Waverly.
G.D. Waverly created Flobella’s Adventures in the Creative Idea
Dimension to immerse the reader in a creative landscape. She lives
with her family (a mini creative collective) in a garden state not
too far from the ocean and loves to visit lavender groves.
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Forage for food, build shelter, make fireâ€”Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesnâ€™t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before itâ€™s too late?Â
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.)Â
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.Â Â Â
- Adrienne,Â if you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
I’d wish that chocolate gave you abs, clothes folded themselves, and that people had furry ears and tails so you could read their emotions.
- Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
A terrace on the Amalfi Coast with a hot Italian guy fanning me and feeding me grapes.
- Where do you actually write?
Usually the kitchen. Often in yoga pants. Always with a dog on my lap.
- How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
It’s getting progressively longer.Â I wrote my first novel in two months, my second in about a year, and this one has been three years in the making.Â With my family and other exciting publishing projects, I have limited time.Â But writing is a passion, and I do it whenever I have a spare second.
- What are your inspirations?
Easy. My family always lifts and inspires me.
- How did you come to write this particular book or series?
The idea for this book has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually tried to convince my sister to write it.Â She worked for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program in Arizona, as a young adult and had some incredible experiences there.Â Yvette has six children and is getting ready to publish her third children’s picture book. I think it was the fourth time I mentioned that she should write this book when she told me I should write it myself.Â That was all the permission I needed.
High Sierra is a fictional wilderness therapy program loosely based on the Anasazi program, but the hiking takes place in Yosemite.Â The characters hike the exact trails that my family traveled on our adventure in 2015 when my husband tore two tendons in his ankle and then insisted on hiking another 20 miles. I’ve poured a lot of myself and my personal struggles and experiences into this book.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Finding time is a huge obstacle for me to overcome as a writer.Â Writing a novel over a long period of time presents challenges.Â When you write every day, it’s easy to pick up where you left off.Â When you’re working on a project for months and years, it’s easy to forget details. I had to do a lot of re-reading to refresh my memory before moving forward.
In this gripping conclusion to The Liberty Box Trilogy, new and surprising alliances are formed, passions run high, and our heroes learn what they are really made ofWednesday, May 8th, 2019
Liberty Box Trilogy Book 1
New Adult Dystopian
mind control with metaphysics**
Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four,
sheâ€™s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving
fiancÃ© and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns
of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel
her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that sheâ€™s been
living a lie.
MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control,
returns to the Republic for his motherâ€™s funeral. Within a few
hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by
force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must
choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or
fleeing for his freedom.
bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees,
where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two
forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has
some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free
other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the
expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring
raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but
that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the
odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their
rescue missions right under the Potentateâ€™s nose?
Liberty Box Trilogy Book 2
refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead.
The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing
to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson
MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeisâ€™s
fiancÃ©, hacker Will Andersonâ€”and probably therefore Kate herself.
Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the
strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no
longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows
they were at the caves not long agoâ€”they canâ€™t get far.Â
remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kateâ€™s fiancÃ©
Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and
in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the
Potentateâ€™s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the
remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top
priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many
citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will
likely die in the processâ€”or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that
they might live out the rest of their days in peace.
meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancÃ© she
thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was,
and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether
the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her
influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no
matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the
Liberty Box Trilogy Book 3
haven city of Beckenshire has been demolished, and most of the rebels
lie beneath the rubble. The few that remain scramble to communicate
with the the outside world, knowing that if they are to stand a
chance in the coming war, they canâ€™t do it alone. In a last ditch
effort to grow their ranks, the remaining rebels systematically
destroy the repeaters which help to propagate the control center
signals. And itâ€™s working: citizens in targeted cities are waking
up in droves. But Ben Voltolini will stop at nothing to quell the
uprising before it has a chance to get off the ground. And he has one
major ace up his sleeve: Kate Brandeis.
Kateâ€™s broadcast to the nation, Voltolini unleashed targeted
brainwave signals against her, causing her to allow both Jackson
MacNameraâ€™s capture, and her own. Now, despite Voltoliniâ€™s
exquisite wining and dining, she canâ€™t seem to stop the panic
attacks. Whom can she trust? What is truth? Is there even such a
imprisoned and hopeless, Jackson realizes the depths of his feelings
for Kate only after he has already lost her. The incredible
self-control upon which he prides himself gets put to the ultimate
test when he meets an unlikely ally who just may turn the tide in the
rebelsâ€™ favorâ€”but only if Jackson can put aside his own
bitterness. In this gripping conclusion to The Liberty Box Trilogy,
new and surprising alliances are formed, passions run high, and our
heroes learn what they are really made of. Do they have what it takes
to fight for freedomâ€”even if it means paying the ultimate price?
GrayÂ is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies:
PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends),
THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology),
and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and
super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that
sheâ€™s interested in learning more about herself, and then creates
lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her
stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual
content, and she abhors depressing endingsâ€¦ but theyâ€™re not all
kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews
audiobooks on her website, here on Goodreads, on Instagram, and on
her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews,Â where she also
occasionally interviews other authors.
day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes
medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She
lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they
maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real
name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) Sheâ€™s kind of the queen of
multitaskingâ€”so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or
crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee
(Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (redsâ€”and she saves the corks
for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and
studies the Bibleâ€”about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural
Health are scripture meditations.
does sleep, too. Promise.
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Please tell us your name?
My name is Kelvyn Fernandes, author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi
Kelvyn, where were you born?
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, but my parents immigrated to Canada from Mombasa, Kenya.
Cool…how long have you been writing?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been passionate about writing. I’ve always had running storylines and new ideas constantly popping into my head. I’ve written a few short stories, but this is my first full-length novel and I’m excited to share it with the world.
Interesting, Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Haruki Murakami. Growing up, I enjoyed reading the works of JK Rowling, Emily Rodda, Kathryn Lasky, and Christopher Paolini.
Loved the Aragon Series too. Tell us why you wrote your new book?
I’ve always had ideas for fantastical tales and far-off adventures running through my mind. They would blast their way into my imagination, linger awhile, and then move on so the next idea could take its place. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi is the first story that I will never forget. It’s the story that popped into my mind and refused to leave. The characters took hold and dragged me through a tale of incredible monsters, interesting characters, and jaw-dropping settings I had buried away in my imagination. It got to the point where the adventures started writing themselves. I had formed these characters so clearly in my mind that I no longer had to think about what they’d say or how they’d react. It was like watching a movie; I was just bearing witness to what they would do next.
I love it when characters do that. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi, what is it about?
The Many Adventures of Peter and FiÂ follows the titular characters as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interaction, delicate world building, and intense action battles.
What age is The many adventure of Peter and Fi intended for?
I’d say the main demographic is 13-25, but the story is meant for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a fantasy world.
Sounds interesting. Is there a book trailer for your book?
You can find out more about the first volume and the plans for the Peter and Fi series as a whole here: https://youtu.be/SjR8NQWJoP0
Love the cover by the way. 🙂 Where can we find your books?
You can find Volume I of my book on
The audiobook retails for $19.95 on Audible if you plan to buy it outright. But is available for subscribers to my patreon or as a podcast via all major platforms
Dividing my time between homes in South-West France and Abu Dhabi, I live with my husband and our beautiful Tonkinese cat. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, before a change of career led me to writing books for children instead.
Shadows from the Past is series of time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and a rather special Tonkinese cat by the name of Max. I’m currently working on the tenth book in the series, The Shadow of the Witchfinder. Max also has a few solo adventures of his own to accompany the series.
What happens when the feline hero is trapped in the attic one night?
Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family?
One thingâ€™s for sure, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again â€¦
the tangle of tinsel and took a few gulps of air. From downstairs, he heard the
distant chimes of Uncle Richardâ€™s grandfather clock and counted as it struck
twelve times. It was midnight.
soldier, glaring at the fairy as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes. â€˜Why have
you woken everyone up? You know the rules, Tinks. Christmas is still months