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Title: The Castle Blues Quake
Series: The Ghost Whisperer #1
Author: Linda Covella
Publication Date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.
While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.
Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park. Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.
I am so pleased to host Linda Covella on my blog. I have been following her journey as she goes through the publishing process. It has been quite a ride. As a teacher, it is refreshing to see good novels come out for children.
Today, I asked Linda to sharing her Top Ten favorite ghost-themed books and movies. As a young girl, I remember watching the old black and white film, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. It was a delightful spooky romance with Rex Harrison playing a dead sea captain. I fantasized about ghostly heroes for months afterward. See if you agree with Linda’s choices:
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, an old movie and TV show
- Caspar, a cartoon and movie
- The Ghosts of Past, Present, Future from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter
- The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost
- Mr. and Mrs. Owens from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Sissy from Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (all her books are deliciously creepy!)
- Clint and other ghosts from The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
- Inez from The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck (this book is laced with humor)
Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
A writer for over 30 years, her first publication was a restaurant review column, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.
The Castle Blues Quake, a middle grade paranormal, and Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults, are her first novels.
She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.
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In Aimee’s world where one touch can reveal a cesspool of carefully guarded secrets, the last thing she wants to be caught up in is a quest to expose a murderer, let alone fall for the cute, popular guy that has the biggest, dirtiest secret of all – and it’s a killer.
Sixteen year old Aimee doesn’t like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One touch and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn’t until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor-or exactly how far one of them would go to keep his secrets safe.
In the aftermath of that fateful day of the bombing Aimee is brushed by a fellow student as they are caught in the mob running for their lives. Images of tortured and murdered young girls rise up to choke her. The problem is Aimee doesn’t know who touched her. Somewhere in this school a fellow student is a killer, and Aimee is the only one that can find him before he kills again. Though Aimee loathes human contact, she embarks on a mission to find the killer. She enlists the help of her friends in school to aid in sifting through her stolen memories to determine clues. The quest to find a killer unravels the very fabric of her carefully woven life and puts her in even more danger as one of her classmates is murdered and dumped in the woods behind the school. The killer leaves a note for Aimee –“you are next.” He won’t stop until he silences her- for only she knows all his secrets. She will have to summon all of her inner strength to decide what she must do: hunt or be hunted. Are some secrets worth dying for?
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We have a surprise visitor today. Aimee, from The Haunting of Secrets, has stopped by to tell us a little about herself and give us the scoop on Shelley’s YA Paranormal debut novel. Let’s see if she gives away any secrets of her own. she has promised not to scare us.
Why were you given that name?
My mother I’ve never known gave it to me
Is there a nickname you’re known by? Do you prefer it?
Aim, cause that’s what Logan calls me
When were you born?
Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?
Yes, I have a nose ring.
Do you have a personal scent (perfume or cologne)? If yes, what?
Yes, Moonlight Path from Bath and Body works
Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?
I’m an orphan so if I do I don’t know them
Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?
Mary. Because she’s one of the few people whose memories are not sinister and who accepts me despite the evil that follows me.
Where do you currently live (town, neighborhood, locale)?
I currently live in Bartow, GA
What sort of a home is it (castle, apartment, cardboard box)?
I live in a small house with my adopted mother Mary
With whom do you live? How do you feel about that person / people?
I live with my adopted mother Mary who loves me despite my curse.
How do you think your colleagues would describe you?
As a Goth girl who likes to be alone
Who is your best friend? Describe them briefly.
Dejana – she’s popular, pretty and a great artist
Who is your biggest rival / enemy?
Everyone. One touch and I know their every secret; hold their every memory. So my greatest enemy is anyone and everyone.
How would you spend an unexpected day off?
Alone reading a book in my room
What makes you blush?
Logan, his smile is intoxicating.
Have you undergone any dramatic physical transformations in your life?
I dye my hair black to go with my Goth exterior I show to the world. But my hair is really blonde.
How do you feel about children? Do you have or want to have your own?
I don’t’ feel comfortable around people so children would be out of the question. And it is also a possibility that they could inherit my curse which I would never do to a kid.
What do you dislike most about your life? What is missing?
The same thing actually – the Simple touch of another human being. Something I both fear and crave
About The Author
Shelley Pickens has been in love with anything and everything on the dark side of paranormal since the time she learned to read. After 15 years of teaching Spanish to high schoolers, she decided to take her unique firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy. When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga. Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid reader of all types of genres. THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.
Keep In Touch With Shelley:
Fire And Ice Author Page: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/shelleyrpickens/index.html
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-R.Pickens/e/B00M3BNI2Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Title: The Sword of Lumina: Mira’s View
Author: Erin Elliott
Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Publishing, an imprint of Melange Books LLC
Cover Artist: Stephanie Flint
About the Book
Galena is just like every other elf, enslaved by the powerful Rau. Once a beautiful and powerful race, the elves has been reduced to slave labor in the mines of Rau. Galena grew up hearing the stories of old about a sword, when wielded by the right elf, ending Rau’s tyranny. Unsure if she believes these stories, she finds herself plunged into a world unfamiliar to her, hunted by Rau for her unnatural magical abilities. Will she find the sword promised to her people? Or will she fall prey to the idea of a sword that doesn’t exist?
I’d like to welcome part of the cast from Mira’s view, Erin Elliott’s debut YA fantasy novel. Galena, Elenio and Tark have joined me for an informal Q&A today. They have promised to behave but we’ll see.
Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?
Tark: We all have the marks of Rau on our hands and feet. They are tattoos that keep us from using our magic, placed on us by mauks for Rau. If most elves even think about magic, they get headaches, but Galena is different.
Galena: I’ve been able to use small bits of magic for at least the last couple of years. I didn’t know what that meant until Rau started sending his torlics to hunt me down. Now, I find myself in the middle of the stories we heard about as children. Tark, Elenio, and myself are on a quest now to find the Sword of Lumina, promised to us by the lone goddess, Mira.
Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?
Galena: My brother Tark, is the oldest at 34 and my other brother Melan, is just behind him at 32.
Elenio: I’m an only child.
Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?
Galena: My father. He taught me everything that I know and encouraged me to free the elf race.
Tark: my sister, Galena. Despite everything going against us, she is still determined to free the elves. Nothing gets her down.
Elenio: my promised one, Galena. She is the strongest elf that I’ve ever known. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s awesome with a sword. Total turn on.
Where did you grow up? How do you feel about it now?
Galena: All of us grew up in the small village of Tomeka. It’s on the northern most point of Tomiro. I liked growing up there. It was quiet, my whole family was there; I had a lot of good memories there.
Elenio: Would I happen to be one of those memories. (Addressing Galena) Galena: You’re at the top of the list you conceited brat.
Tark: I plan on going back after this quest, if we live through it that is. My commitment partner and daughter are still there.
Do you have any pets?
Galena: I recently acquired a ferret on my trip. They’re supposed to have vanished when the elves fell. What can I say, I’m just lucky or Mira is playing a mean trick on me.
Tark: I have a daughter, does that count?
Elenio: Putting up with Galena is enough of a chore for me. (Galena smacks Elenio in back of the head)
What is currently your biggest responsibility / commitment?
Galena: Hands down finding the Sword of Lumina and destroying Rau. Tark: Keeping Galena safe.
Elenio: Keeping Galena from hurting herself too badly. (Galena knocks Elenio to the ground and proceeds to punch him a couple of times, which Elenio is too busy laughing to defend himself properly.)
Who is your biggest rival / enemy?
All three in unison: Rau.
Galena: Haulua comes in a close second though. He’s the god that created Rau specifically with the intent of bringing down the elves. Stupid, paranoid god.
What is your greatest talent?
Galena: I rock with the sword, plus, unlike the other elves, I can use magic.
Tark: I’m pretty good with the sword as well.
Elenio: I pretty good at making Galena mad. (Runs from the room cackling laughing with Galena hot on his heels)
What are you the most hopeless at?
Tark: Keeping those two from picking on each other.
What, if anything, do you do to keep fit and healthy?
Tark: Training with the sword on a daily basis generally keeps one pretty fit. Running from torlics also does a nice job of keeping me in shape.
How did the two (or however many) of you meet?
Galena: I grew up with Elenio. He’s been my best friend since birth.
Elenio: I think I’m the only one who can handle her (holds hands up in truce.) I got to know and like Tark through Galena.
Tark: And that pretty much sums up my answer.
What were you doing before you met? How was your life different?
Galena: Training for the day that one of the elves were called to find the Sword of Lumina. I just didn’t think it would be me.
Elenio: Galena convinced her father to train me as well so she wouldn’t have to do it alone.
Tark: I had completed my training and was working in the village and building my own family.
Galena: Now, we’re always together on this quest. It’s been kind of stressful and I’m still not completely sure that this sword actually exist.
Tark: It does, why else would Father train us?
Galena: Because he was a mindless elf like all of our ancestors. (Tark rolls his eyes).
Elenio: Other than the running for our lives and Galena constantly trying to give us heart attacks, this trip has been great. What?! (Addressing Galena) You have!
About the Author
I am a preschool teacher in a Washington Court House, Ohio. I am a graduate of Washington City Schools and I currently live in Circleville, Ohio. I have a wonderful husband and between the two of us, we have five children, four boys and one girl. We also have a wide variety of animals living with us. Everything from the more common pets like dogs and cats to more exotic like cockatiel and cockatoos. I love watching football in the fall and swimming in the summer. Christmas is awesome and without a doubt, my favorite time of year.
Believe it or not, I did not like reading until about the fourth grade when I finally found a genre that really sparked my interest—fantasy. From there it became a passion of mine and often times the perfect way to escape the difficult times in everyday life. Mythical creatures are another love of mine so I combined my two loves and set forth to accomplish what I have always wanted to do: write books for everyone to love.
Keep In Touch With Erin:
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/swordoflumina
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/eelliottauthor
Blog Site: http://www.erinelliottwriter.wordpress.com
Title: Twell and the Army of Powers
Series: The Como Chronicles #1
Author: Kate O’ Leary
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Twell lives in the new world of Como, and has always neglected her telekinetic gifts, desiring to be ‘normal.’ Her biggest drama in life is having to be genetically partnered with a boy she doesn’t know or love by her next birthday. Unfortunately she loves her best friend, who loves the girl she hates most, and Twell is left frustrated & heartbroken.
When Twell is requested alongside several other teens to develop her skills for the protection of Como, she reluctantly agrees to the training, and finds herself thrown into all sorts of mental and physical challenges.
Handsome, charismatic Jonaz, is gifted with the power of healing. According to Twell he’s an infuriating prat who delights in provoking her. But first impressions have always been her downfall.
When Como is attacked, life as Twell knows it is changed forever, with devastating consequences. With no choice but to fight, Twell risks her life to protect those who have survived, coming up against unexpected dangers she could never anticipate. Will she survive, and if so will she be matched to a stranger when the one she is growing to love is destined to another?
Guest Post by Kate O’Leary
I’d like to introduce Kate O’Leary, a fellow Melange author. She graciously offered to do a guest post for my site and I’m happy to share her thoughts today.
My favorite heroine is Hermoine Granger. I have adored her unceasingly since J K Rowling made the world a better place by creating the wonderful world of Harry Potter. So. Why do I love her to pieces? Well firstly, she is average looking, and not your usual pretty heroine. She has big teeth and bushy hair at the beginning. That sounds remarkably like me as a kid. Just awkward. And also, having lived in the tropics as an adult, I can totally relate to out of control hair, so she gets my vote for that alone. Of course, she does blossom slowly as she grows up, but she is attractive without ever really trying. She doesn’t dress to impress. She never even flirts, or so much as flashes a leg through those black robes. She gets Victor Krum’s attention without even trying. She is cool because she doesn’t care.
Secondly, Hermione is confident and loyal. Hermione is sure of herself. I never am. I am the most indecisive person I know. But that Hermione, she doesn’t muck around, she makes decisions fast without doubting herself, and then follows through without agonizing over it. As a professional ditherer, that makes her admirable in my eyes.
Her loyalty to Harry and Ron over the years is just plain heroic. Lets face it, sometime Ron and Harry are just selfish inconsiderate jerks. Well, Ron is often flat out rude, while Harry just relies on her incessantly with very little thanks. Ron snogs other girls when we all know he really likes Hermione, and she forgives him. I would have turned him into a toad. Hermione is also very patient with Harry’s self absorption, so she get’s points for putting up with the both of them year after year.
Most importantly though, is that Hermione is both smart and brave. She is no Bella Swan tripping over her own feet, damsel in distress. Over and over she uses her smarts to get Harry, Ron and herself out of danger. She does not scream to be saved when the going gets rough, instead using her tireless learning and education she saves not just her own skins, but Ron and Harry’s many times over. I was seriously annoyed at Harry for being more concerned over Dobby dying than the fact that Hermoine had just been seriously tortured because of him in the Deathly Hallows. She barely got an “Are you an okay”, when it was all over. But does she make a drama out of it? Does she cry, or need to get counseling or go see a psychologist like the rest of us would after having mud blood scratched into our arms? Nope. She just gets on with it, straight back to supporting Harry on his search for Horcruxes. She is Tonka tough. She is my hero, and the type of role model heroine I would be happy to let my future children read about and look up to.
Kate O’Leary, has loved reading and writing ever since she was young enough to try and get through the back of her cupboard into Narnia, or through her mirror into Wonderland! In high school she entertained her homeroom reading out chapters of her first novel ‘Miranda’ about a teenage girls adventures with her horse Rusty.
After school Kate studied Children’s Literature, and her first drafts of Twell were awarded in writing competitions. Kate’s writing interest is firmly embedded in dystopian fantasy, being continually fascinated with future direction of our world and the concepts of free will and moral vs. lawful obligations. Twell’s adventures will continue to explore these ideas in the Como Chronicles Trilogy.
Kate lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of Australia, surrounded by rolling hills and wineries and horses, as well as some good rocks to climb when she feels like scaring herself!
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If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned?
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There were the types of girls who dressed for guys, the type who still played dress-up, the type who lived in sweatpants, and then there was an entirely different breed who wore mismatched socks with pride. This chick fell into the last category. Why anyone could possibly think bright orange and blue would go together, unless they were a Boise State fan, was beyond my thought process. Her shoes were quite possibly handcrafted a hundred years ago, and her tattered skirt looked as though she found it in a dusty box tucked away in an attic. However, the zebra patterned gloves actually appeared to be from this decade.
“Well, it’s rather fortunate that you didn’t dribble. Mr. Ruth would have a fit if he became familiar with the underside of your pet-soaked shoe,” the girl said, petting the stuffed animal’s head. Her accent was none that I’d heard before—and I’d lived in a lot of different places. She sounded like a British gal impersonating a southern bell. “It’d be quite regrettable if anything happened to him on the first day of school. He must have fallen out of his hidey-hole.”
“You named your stuffed rabbit, Mr. Ruth?”
She covered the bunny’s ears. “Rutherford is his real name, but he hates it and makes all the other rumperbabbits call him by his nickname.”
“Bunnies, rabbits, hares—rumperbabbits. Same thing,” she said with a wink. She had the most volatile light-blue eyes that were so electrifying I couldn’t look away.
Time out—just for reference, I didn’t believe in juvenile notions, like love at first sight. In my book, time didn’t cease to move forward when two people fell in love. As a matter-of-fact, I’d have to be drunk (not on love) for such an irrational thought to enter my mind.
But, there was something magical about her. A mischievous charm. I wouldn’t have said that I necessarily liked it, but it was intriguing. She was intriguing… and new. For a town whose newspaper’s biggest story was the harvest report, having a new girl in school would most likely be headlined on The Gossiper’s front page.
About The Author
Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says eTrue-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. very shoe is the perfect fit?
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35 HUMUNGOUS Reasons why you should stop whatever STRESSFUL thing you’re doing, find some deLIGHTful candies, a cuP OF teA, a comFY BLANkeT, and welcome the MADneSs that is the “Death of the Mad Hatter!” But don’t take my word for it, because I’m already quite mad *and biased* so take theirs! (obtained from Goodreads/Amazon reviews)
- You are totally missing out if you don’t TBR right now!!! One of the greatest books of 2013!
- With random wit and phrases I dare say Sarah J. Pepper’s young Alice is better than the original.
- Stop!!! This is not your mother Alice in Wonderland!!! I want you to close your eyes and remember the first time you read or hear the story about Alice, then forget it, because Alice Mae give crazy a whole new meaning.
- Alice in Wonderland had been done, and remade a few times and lastly being with Johnny Depp, but they cannot hold a candle to this story.
- Alice Mae and Ryley are a captivating couple, and their first kiss is mesmerizing.
- I was BLOWN AWAY. I had no freaking clue how the author would turn this into something that didn’t feel like a total copy-cat novel. It was flippin’ amazing!
- I really liked the ending. Sarah J. Pepper has a wonderful sense of humor and (I can’t say it enough) a great imagination.
- It’s something to make up a new world entirely but to write your own version of an already internationally well-known fairy take is something else and an incredibly brave thing to do. I’m sure there is always this fear that you won’t pull it off but Sarah absolutely did.
- It is a fine tribute to Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.
- I must admit that I was so completely drawn into this distinctive story that I needed to know if Alice Mae and/or Ryley would fulfill the prophecy.
- All the evil guys and gals were done perfectly, there was never a moment I didn’t love to hate them!
- I devoured this book in a single day because I couldn’t put it down.
- Sarah J Pepper will not let you down with this book. Its full of action, a believable romance & twists that will blow your mind.
- Everything from the wacky prophecies, to Alice Mae’s crazy make-up, I loved and couldn’t get enough of the superb and splendiferous weirdness!
- The vibrancy of which Pepper describes each and every detail brings to life the people and creatures of Wonderland so well that you want to meet each and every character.
- The uniqueness of Pepper’s tale comes from her integration of the power of candy (say it with me now, “Mmmm, candy…”), the snarky politics, an unwitting heir, and the mysterious-malicious-lying-liar-fated-lover girl with a boy’s name. And don’t even get me started on the delightful yet headache-inducing riddles (can you believe the little buggers waited to unravel themselves until the very end?!?!)! Pepper’s writing style was quirky and bizarre – and after gaining a tenuous grasp of the ever changing ebb and flow, I realized it was the perfect fit for this tale, and I loved it!
- This book is a book that I can keep reading over and over!!
- Prepare to stay alert and on the edge of your seat as you can’t wait to turn to the next page.
- If you’re a fan of the classic tale, be ready for something completely different, and completely wonderful! Sarah J. Pepper has really outdone herself with this one! Do yourself a favor, and get lost in Wonderland!
- That first page sucks you right in without letting you go. It’s just like falling down a rabbit hole, endless and inescapable.
- I think that Ryley and Alice Mae’s interactions were beautifully written. I loved that Ryley simultaneously wanted to strangle and kiss Alice Mae at the same time.
- I loved the ending of this novel because everything was resolved in the right way IMO.
- The story is fast-paced and a page turner and don’t worry there are major differences between this book and the classic one and you can’t even imagine who much more you’ll get from this story. So get ready for the huge surprise. Enjoy, folks!
- I don’t think I have ever read a take on Wonderland that was quite so amusing, disturbing, confusing and wonderful all at the same time!
- This is a wildly imaginative book filled with rich quirky descriptions, strong characters and a believable romance line.
- The story is the part that really blew me away. Whatever you know about the original Wonderland put it aside because wow this is such an original take and such an amazing telling of this story. It was so WELL DONE!!
- This compelling, heart-racing yet romantic novel leaves you on edge until the very end, rooting for all the right characters and in awe of Sarah’s incredible imagination.
- I wanted to snarl at anyone who dared interrupt my reading.
- I can only say that the imagination of Sarah J. Pepper is a twisted, magical place. One I’m pretty sure I want would like to vacation in…maybe…
- From the beginning it draws you in and keeps you going!
- I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but what I got surpassed anything I could have imagined! There are many takes and twists of this age-old classic. One never knows what they will get into with any of them.
- I couldn’t put this book down. I was sucked into the vortex of this complex, yet simple story.
- Alice in Wonderland gets a makeover and I approve!
- The author masterfully tells this story in first person voice through both the eyes of Alice Mae Liddell and Ryley Edward Edgar. Along with the alternating points of view, Pepper creatively weaves flashbacks of previous visits to Wonderland further transporting you into this intoxicating story.
- It was one of the best Alice in Wonderland adaptations that I have read. I was witty, fun and just plain brilliant.
Attention YA fans: Nancy Pennick talks about the Waiting For Dusk Series.
Yes, Book #3 is finally out.
Drew from the past…
Kate from the present…
Two worlds collided.
As senior year comes to a close, a promise of new beginnings is on the horizon. Kate longs to head to Arizona and college until her former friend, Tyson, does the unimaginable forcing her to stay in Ohio. Her family has to pull together to keep their secrets safe. Anna wishes to return to the canyon in 1927 once more and Kate’s determined to make that a reality. Summer’s filled with wonderful memories and little warning of things to come. Kate’s world grows darker and she must be the one to conquer the demons and save the world that is most precious to her.
A few words of wisdom from Nancy…
What inspired you to write your current novel?
Visiting National Parks became a recent passion. My husband and I had just returned from the Grand Canyon. A PBS series about National Parks was going to air and we decided to watch. My mind drifted to another place. I began thinking about the recent park visit, the history I just watched and how fun it might be to have a young girl move between the past and present. I had no intention of writing a novel. So it literally happened overnight.
Is your novel part of a series? Can you tell me a little about the world you’ve created?
Yes, it is. The first book is Waiting for Dusk, followed by Call of the Canyon. Stealing Time was just recently released.
Katie lives in a small town in present day Ohio. Her dream world is something quite different. She travels back in time to the Grand Canyon in 1927. She works as a Harvey Girl at El Tovar Restaurant at the canyon. Because she’s been there on vacation, she has difficulty separating what’s real and what isn’t after she wakes up. She’s determined to figure things out after spotting her father at the canyon as a young man and realizing there’s more to it than just a dream.
What do you think the reader will enjoy the most about your novel?
If they read all three novels, I think they will discover more and more about time travel and how it works in this particular series. They may like that a book helps a person travel through time, not a machine. The Grand Canyon in 1927 is the only place in the past where the book takes people. From there, they must travel to other places just like anyone else. Since the travelers from the present visit the same place year after year, history could change. It’s hard to be an observer and not a participant.
What was the hardest part of writing this novel?
I find writing descriptions of scenery, clothing and people’s appearance are the hardest. Searching for the right words without going into endless details is difficult. What I see in my mind and then try to put on paper isn’t the easiest thing for me to do. Then I tell myself, the reader has just enough information to picture the scene as they want. It’s a balancing act.
What is your favorite quote?
I have more than one. I will share my top three.
A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
“Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!
(from Tooth and Claw in Season 2)”
― Russell T. Davies
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
If you had a time machine, what time period would you travel to?
Love this question! No doubt about it, I would have to go to the Grand Canyon in 1927 and see how I did. I would eat at El Tovar and have a Harvey Girl wait on me. I’d try to peek in the back kitchen to see what’s going on. I’d run to Kolb Studio to see the real Emery and Ellsworth Kolb and hope I’d get a glimpse of Drew! I’d visit all the places and trails mentioned in the book and compare them to how they look today. Hopefully not too much of the Grand Canyon has changed.
Where it all began
Read a book.
Meet a boy.
Is it real or just a dream?
Katie’s everyday life suddenly turns exciting when she travels back in time and meets the boy of her dreams. Thinking of nothing else, willing to leave the real world behind, she’s determined to find out if it’s all a dream or not. Returning again and again, Katie almost has her answers until one day her precious book goes missing.
Katie glanced over at the hotel, and leaning against the wall in the shadows was a boy about her age. She got up and walked toward him. She’d show him. Who was he to laugh at her? Look at all the eggs in this basket. She didn’t break one during her getaway.
The closer she got to him, the more clearly she saw him. He wasn’t a boy but almost a man. The cliché “tall, dark and handsome” fit him. His dark brown, wavy hair was long on the top, and shorter on the sides. A strand of hair fell into his eyes. His eyes sparkled and locked onto hers. Her legs felt like mush, and she stumbled. He reached out and caught her.
“Are you okay?” His voice was kind, concerned.
Katie tried to gain her composure. “Yes, yes. Are you one of the vacationers? Because if you are, I shouldn’t be talking to you. It’s against the rules.” Rules? What am I thinking? It’s my dream after all.
“No. No I’m not. I work here at the park doing an internship. My name is Andrew, by the way. Andrew Martin.”
“I’m Kathryn, but everyone calls me Katie.”
Andrew’s brows crossed. “Katie doesn’t seem to suit you. I think I shall call you Kate.”
Katie thought Andrew was a little full of himself, deciding a new name for her.
“Then I shall call you Drew.” She shot back.
“Drew, it is then!”
Kate found him charming. He had a strong laugh and a beautiful smile. It was hard not to stare at him—something she was good at, according to her mother. She felt she would never get tired of staring at him. She wanted to reach out and brush back the piece of hair that fell over his forehead.
Katie blinked and brought herself back to earth. “I need to get these eggs into the kitchen.”
“By all means, don’t let me hold you up. It was very nice to meet you, Kathryn, Kate.”
“And you, too, Andrew…Drew.” Katie started for the door.
“Kate. Are you staying at the boarding house by chance?”
“Yes. Yes, I am.” She blushed and went inside.
Call of the Canyon, second of the Waiting for Dusk series, continues the dramatic story of Kate Roberts and Drew Kelly. New challenges face the couple when Drew joins Kate in the present. Nothing is easy. Tyson’s still their nemesis, causing trouble whenever he can. Carl, Kate’s friend and neighbor, moves back home to Ohio and creates unexpected problems at the canyon. A wedding, a tragic accident, and a family broken by scandal affect both the past and present. And in the end, Kate may pay the ultimate price.
About the Author
After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Ohio is her home but she loves to travel the U.S. Her debut young adult novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue their story. The Swedish influences found in the books came from her mother whose parents emigrated from Sweden.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son.
Keep in Touch With Nancy
Melange author page: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/nancypennick/index.html
Song Magick Release and Giveaway
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Title: Song Magick
Author: Elisabeth Hamill
Publisher: Fire and Ice, an imprint of Mélange – http://www.fireandiceya.com/
Cover Artist: Caroline Andrus
In a realm where magic was thought to be lost, young bard Telyn Songmaker is able to cast powerful spells with her music. Exiled from home in the violent aftermath of her song magic gone awry, Telyn endures a solitary freedom…unaware of the price on her head. Bound to the Wood by blood and by oath, Mithrais is dispatched to protect her by the dying sylvan gods he serves. Only Telyn can perform the dangerous counterspell that may save them. But love may be the most unpredictable magic of all…
“Is it true that there was a murder in the Sildan court last year?” a calm, male voice called from the end of the room furthest from the dais. Telyn felt herself grow cold, her fingers stilling on the harp strings, and forced her voice to remain neutral.
“There was an unfortunate incident involving the son of Vuldur, Lord of the East. He was killed, but it was not murder. Lord Vuldur seems to have gone mad with grief and views it as such.”
“That is understandable,” the voice continued mildly. “After all, it was his only son. Isn’t that right?”
Telyn could not see who was asking the questions, and indeed, the voice now seemed to come from nowhere and everywhere at once. She took a deep breath and answered, “Yes, it was his only son.”
Mercifully, the voice did not come again, and Telyn let her fingers move on the strings of her harp in the beginnings of the interrupted song, forcing herself to calm and concentrate on her music. Her heart was racing. It was entirely possible that the question was an innocent product of rumors filtering west of the Sildan capital, but even Riordan hadn’t heard anything about the incident until this afternoon. She played the song with single-minded focus, rigidly employing her disciplines until her breathing was normal and her heart slowed. It seemed that none of the guests had noticed her discomfiture and were smiling with pleasure at the music. It was just a rumor repeated, she told herself. It had to be that.
“I promised Lord Riordan a love song for his lady,” Telyn said, disciplining her voice to carry nothing but cheer. She glanced at the head table. Riordan smiled at her encouragingly with a reassuring nod, and Lady Ciara beamed at her. Mithrais, although he appeared relaxed, looked ready to fly to her side at an instant’s notice.
She closed her eyes and began to play one of the oldest Sildan love songs she knew, letting the haunting and beautiful music carry her song magic to the audience, enhancing an atmosphere of romantic anticipation. She had just taken a breath in preparation to sing the first verse when the sting of pain, a jangling discord of strings and the crunch of wood startled her eyes open.
Telyn looked down and saw the feathered end of a small crossbow bolt. The point was buried in the shattered soundboard of her harp, directly over her heart. A warm trickle of blood welled from a shallow cut on the back of her hand where the bolt had grazed.
Several women screamed; in the sudden confusion, Telyn sat frozen with the harp in her lap. Mithrais was suddenly there, appearing out of thin air to pull her to the floor and shield her with his own body, while Riordan protected Ciara, bellowing orders to his guards to find the person who had fired the bolt.
Ciara was pointing toward the rafters. Telyn clawed her mask off and tried to look up, but between Mithrais crouching over her and the guests running to and fro she could see only the floor, Mithrais’ discarded mask, and the shattered remains of her harp on the stones beside her. The dark iron crossbow bolt stood out in stark relief against the pale wood.
“This way!” Riordan beckoned Mithrais, who lifted Telyn up to her feet, still shielding her from the unseen marksman, and hurried to where Riordan was pointing. Behind the tapestry on the dais was a hidden hallway, and Riordan and Ciara followed them in. “It leads to my library. Go!”
About the Author
Elisabeth Hamill is a nurse by day, fantasy novelist by night. In seventh grade, she had “Famous Author” inscribed under her name on her yearbook cover – an aspiration that, while delayed, was never forgotten! Her first published work, SONG MAGICK, saw its first draft finished during recuperation from cancer treatment and surgery, and is the fulfillment of that lifelong dream of being an author. She lives in eastern Kansas with her family, where they fend off flying monkey attacks and prep for the zombie apocalypse.
Keep in Touch with Elisabeth:
Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/ElisabethHamill/