Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Abduction of Lilly Waters by T.M. Novak


I am excited to reveal the cover of T.M. Novak's thrilling new book, The Abduction of Lilly Waters
The Party
There will be a release party for, The Abduction of Lilly Waters on August 23rd 2013. It’s Tammy's debut as an author!!!! I can hardly wait. There will be games, prizes, and tons of fun! You can even win a seat at Kim Emerson’s writer’s workshop. The party is scheduled for 12:00 pm ORANGE COUNTY TIME, 1:00 pm Mountain time, and 3:00 pm Eastern time. Just log into your computer and join the party! Here’s the link to the fun!

Facebook Event

Description
Beth never anticipated her life would end up like it did. The last beating she received at the hands of her boyfriend threw her over the edge. She had to escape him, so she fled taking her daughter Lilly with her. She didn’t know where she’d go, but she didn’t care. All she could manage to think about was the safety of her unborn child and her daughter Lilly. 
The frequent stops the mother and daughter had to make were uneventful until Beth pulled into a Diner in Moore, Oklahoma where her daughter Lilly was taken by unseen hands.
Detective’s Daniel Prescott and Frank Martinez head the investigation trying relentlessly to solve the case before it’s too late. These days, when children are taken it’s a unified frenzy to find them. In this case, every lead turns up empty and every turn they take reveals a clue they couldn’t have anticipated. The detectives aren’t quite sure where to turn or who to trust; even the mother herself is a prime suspect. 
The Abduction of Lilly Waters is a fast paced child abduction thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the end where you’ll discover the deepest and darkest secret waiting. 

Tammy on Becoming Published
“When I found out Kim Emerson at Master Koda Select Publishing was going to actually publish me I cried like a baby. There aren’t even words to express how happy I felt, and still feel. It’s definitely a dream come true. I don’t think I truly believed it would ever happen. I’ve been trying to break in for ten years. The funny thing is my husband was the one who lit the fire under me to try harder. He told me he would move us anywhere I wanted to live if I got published. He doesn’t want to move so I think even he thought it would never happen. He will never challenge me again! Needless to say, the flood gates are open now and the stories are spilling from my imagination. I am having the best time of my life.”


Bio:
Tammy was born in Waterbury, Connecticut eight minutes before her twin brother. She comes from a large family with seven brothers and sisters, and eleven nieces and nephews. She grew up in Southern California, and currently lives in Prescott, Arizona. 
Tammy married her high school sweetheart Gary in 1994 and they have four sons’ together. She received her teaching degree from Northern Arizona University in 2010 and is currently a teacher in Mayer, Arizona. 
The Abduction of Lilly Waters is her debut novel and there are several other works in progress; she has a Y.A. series in the works called Butterfly Lake, and a children’s book series called, The Big Green Dinosaur which will be published under Tammy Moore. Her sister Latisha Wood is expected to illustrate them for her. 
The things that inspire Tammy the most are family and she always keeps them at the forefront of her thoughts. She gets her story ideas from her dreams and her children, where she takes a simple moment and turns it into a world all its own. 


Friday, July 26, 2013

The Seance Giveaway

In anticipation of the October release of Tricia Drammeh's young adult paranormal novel, The Seance, we've got a fun giveaway in store for you. It's easy to enter and completely free. Entry is as simple as liking a few Facebook Pages. For 10 extra entries, visit the Honeyshadow Premade Cover website and select the cover you think Tricia chose for her book. On August 10th, we'll reveal the cover and the winners of the giveaway.

What's The Seance about? Here's a hint:

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon.

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Tricia Drammeh "The Fifth Circle

Today I am excited to share my page with author Tricia Drammeh, a woman who I truly admire. I just finished reading her latest book, “The Fifth Circle” and loved it. The story is not a happy one but is filled with hope, inspiration and positive messages. I am honored to call her a friend and feel privileged to have had a few private moments with her.

 Description:
Sean is no stranger to darkness. He's overcome a dangerous addiction, struggled with mental illness, and faced relentless bullying by his peers. His best friend, Alex, has always been there for him, but when he falls in love with her, he replaces his online gaming obsession with a possessive interest in her.

Alex's survival depends upon her ability to lock memories of her troubled childhood deep inside her mind, but an unhealthy relationship with Sean causes dark visions of her past to rise to the surface. Sean's obsession and Alex's complacency collide, resulting in tragedy.

Together, Sean and Alex live in a hell of their own making. One will escape at the expense of the other. Both will discover why Dante chose to condemn the Wrathful and the Sullen in the Fifth Circle of Hell.
My interview with Tricia:

Hi Tricia. I really want to know what inspired you to write The Fifth Circle?


I had a vague idea for a young adult fantasy. Sean and Alex were the characters that emerged from that idea, but the plot never took shape. The story meandered along until it stalled out completely. I was inspired to take the book in a different direction and use elements of Dante’s work after I had a really strange dream. When I woke up, I knew where the characters needed to go.


That is wonderful. You sure know how to tell a great story. I was totally drawn in from the very first pages. Are any the characters from real life?


The characters are definitely from real life, but not necessarily based on anyone I know personally, though I did use elements of people’s lives in order to round out the characters. I’ve known people who’ve suffered from mental illness, addiction, and abuse, and I also know people who have experience with the criminal justice system. I think everyone knows someone who has struggled with one of these issues.


Gosh, you wrote it so well that I thought it was from your life. It felt so personal which I loved. Have you considered a sequel?


No. There isn’t room for a sequel. I’m not planning to write anything like The Fifth Circle again, but you never know.


Well, I hope so because it was such a great story. What are you doing now? Are you inspired?


Right now, I’m working edits and formatting for The Séance, which is the first in a young adult paranormal series. It’s about a girl named Abby who is fascinated by the supernatural. She performs a séance and accidentally summons a demon who sets out to destroy her. The demon’s antics turn dangerous and Abby fears not only for her own life, but for the life of her mom’s unborn baby. The Séance is scheduled to release October 4th.

What is your favorite genre and age group do you prefer to write for?

As a reader, I enjoy all genres, but as a writer, I tend to gravitate toward young adult paranormal romance or fantasy.

What is your favorite book if you had to pick one and who is your favorite author?

It would be completely unfair to pick a favorite book or author because I have so many. That being said, I can tell you the best books I’ve read this year. Home Wrecker (no, really. I just finished reading it and it was phenomenal!) Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington is amazing for young adult fantasy lovers. Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino is a must for romance lovers. The Lake House by Marci Nault for fans of Women’s Fiction. Check out my reviews on Goodreads because I’ve read a lot of great books this year: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3802597-tricia-drammeh?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_added

Cut it out, Home Wrecker? How sweet you are. People are going to think I paid you to say that. Maybe I should pay you. Hahahahahah!!!!! I appreciate you said that and I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it. I am touched especially from someone who writes so well.
It has been a pleasure getting you to know you better Tricia. I appreciate how generous you have been supporting me and other authors!!!! I am wishing you much success with your writing and in life!!! You are lovely!

My Review:
From the first page I could relate to Alex, the main character. Her vulnerability and ability to display it so openly drew me in. She might have had insecurities but that is what made her seem real. Let's just say we bonded right from the start.

The writers ability to make her characters come alive as they did are a true testament to her talent. The writing was flawless, crisp, clean and direct.

I liked how the story was told by Alex and by Sean. As a reader I was able to get the full perspective. It kept the story interesting with the different view points. It was almost like reading diary entries that were not meant for anyone else's eyes other than it's author. I think any age group could get something from this story. Even after putting this book down so many thoughts fluttered through my brain.

The powerful story that unfolds is haunting and I found myself filled with emotion. The writer has a way of pulling you in. It is not until you turn to the last page that you are released from that firm grip. 


"From the moment I decided to take my memories back, to empower myself with my past instead of letting my past take power away from me, I discovered I'd changed the pattern of my life. Like ripples in a pond, each memory started at one catastrophic place in time, then spread out over the course if my life, pushing and distorting everything in its path. I threw a new stone into the pond; I created new ripples, stronger ripples that overpowered the others, thus changing the of the pond. Sometimes ripples run deeper than the surface and create patterns that go beyond what the eye can see."

Tricia Drammeh has also written The Claiming Words
The Claiming Words
When sixteen-year-old Jace Alexander moves to the small town of Oaktree, Georgia, he attracts the attention of every girl in school. Shy, introverted Alisa Cole immediately casts Jace in the leading role of her latest fantasy, but she assumes he'll never return her interest. After she saves Jace from a Hunter, everything changes. Her accidental discovery of Jace's secret propels her into a world of magic and danger. Alisa's newfound courage is put to the test when Jace introduces her to his intimidating older brother, Bryce, and she decides she would rather battle a Hunter than endure another moment under Bryce's intense scrutiny. Jace and Bryce aren't the only ones with secrets... Rachel Stevens is the girl who has it all. She's beautiful, popular, and in possession of an ancient power which endangers not only her, but those sent to protect her. Jace is drawn to Rachel-and he isn't the only one. The Demon Re'Vel will do anything to claim her-even if it means waging a war with the entire Alexander family. As layers of secrets are peeled away, revealing the truth of her heritage and her family's betrayal, Rachel struggles to resist an immortal suitor who stalks her in her dreams. With the Alexanders fighting to protect her, can Rachel escape the power of the Demon and his Claiming Words?





My thanks to Kim Mutch Emerson and Master Koda Select Publishing


I think this is as good a day as any to give my thanks to my publishing company, Master Koda Select. I especially want to thank Kim Mutch Emerson, Rebbekah White, Arlene R. O’Neil and DeEtte Beckstead Anderson who have made this experience a great one. They are truly an inspirational collaboration.

My first book Home Wrecker was released by a very bad publishing company in May of 2012. I guess you can call them a vanity press although they would beg to differ. They made my first experience as a published author unbearable. The year that I was involved with them was one of the most difficult “professional” experiences I have ever had.

Even though they said they were paying to have the book published they left a lot out. It wasn’t until after I signed the contract that I learned about all the hidden charges. In fact, I paid for many things such as their marketing team but they took my money without following through. I got little in return. All they wanted were the fees they collected from us unassuming first time authors who didn’t know better. They were not a respectable company and treated me in a deplorable manner. When I tried to contact them I could not get any answers but was treated poorly by their rude phone staff. One of my biggest complaints was right off the bat they charged $27.95 for my paperback. When I wrote them and told them as a first time author that price would kill my sales they would not help me out. I ended up paying them $295 to lower the price to $18.95 which in my opinion is still unreasonable. I spent the entire year depressed about how I signed my rights away. Many people have been in class action suits with them but the company continues to thrive. I could go on and on for days with my complaints but I think you get the message!

Thankfully I was able to fight my way out of my seven year contract. Yes, you heard that right, seven years.

When my acceptance letter came from MKSP I couldn’t be happier because I knew in my heart that this would be an entirely different experience. I had some interactions with Kim Mutch Emerson and I felt I knew she would do good by me.

Since my book has been re-edited and re-published it has been an entirely different situation. I am treated like a person and I feel like I am surrounded by supportive, good hearted people. We work as a loving team and follow by example of Kim Mutch Emerson and Rebbekah White. With the help of Arlene R. O’Neil as editor, my book now reads the way it should without silly mistakes. It has been such a positive environment and I feel this is where I will gain my success with my books. I could not be happier or wish for anything much better than this. I am not even sure I could find anything better.

Have you had a bad experience with a publisher? What happened? If so, I hope you were also fortunate enough to get out of your contract. 

On that note, I would like to wish you all the best in your writing careers!!!


If you are looking for a publisher, check MKSP out!  Here are some ways to contact them:
These three books are some of the finest around:
Kim Mutch Emerson’s book Digitus 233
Digitus 233

"When Zeph, the adventurous son of a millionaire hid in the cargo hold of the Learjet carrying his brother Zander to camp he had no idea there was anything dark or ominous going on. That was until he watched Zander ejected from the plane onto a barren arctic island and Zeph, trapped on the plane, found himself headed for South America. Will he be able to expose the truth behind Digitus, the world's dominant corporation, or will they succeed in their sinister plan to control his brother and destroy the world?
This is more than an action packed book series; it's a wakeup call to the world. Will we allow ourselves to go blindly into slavery or will we stand up and fight for freedom and our basic human rights before it's too late?"

Arlene R. O’Neil’s book Broken Spokes

"Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read. It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman.

Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself."

DeEtte Beckstead Anderson’s book Victory
Victory
"Victory, a town where the people love their country and their neighbors, but what happens when two visitors come to town? One comes with fear and control, slowly taking away the freedoms the people love. The other comes with faith. When darkness overtakes the town who will have Victory?"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

G. Mitchell Baker's 99¢ Blog Tour for Lethal Believers: DVM


Today I have the pleasure of having G. Mitchell Baker on my blog. His new book Lethal Believers: DVM has just been released on Amazon.com.

Lethal Believers: DVM

Since Mitchell has been getting so much notoriety with this new book we better start this interview right away since he is such hot commodity. I am sure his entourage is getting restless!!!! ;-)

Hi Mitch! Thank you for sharing your busy day with us today. It is a real honor!! (Blushing)
Here we go:

What is the ideal recipe for a good novel?

1-Part  “Naiveté” - I think it’s important to start a novel with only an idea how to write, but with no preconception of what you are going to write...with no absolutism regarding grammar, There is a freedom in just writing...The rest will come along with development edits and copy-edit polishing...

2-Parts   “Time” - I always feel I need twice as much time as I have when I am writing... I just want to keep going and going...

3-Parts “Courage” - For every time you, as a writer decide not to write about something or other, because you think someone wouldn’t want if from you, challenge yourself to write two more of those somethings and be that courageous writer that will write of both original and interesting things.

4-Parts “Balance” - Every good recipe when creating something presents better when the creator maintains some sense of balance throughout the experience and through to the final presentation... The notion of extremism … excess is overrated...The finer things in life, including one’s writing should always achieve and maintain that fine balance...

5-Parts “Persistence” -  Be prepared to insist that others like your work as much as you do... of course the publishing industry isn’t set up to appreciate what the author thinks about their own work...Why not?  I believe it takes persistence, sprinkled liberally in everything the author does with their work, on through to the completed work to re-introduce some commonsense in a marketing channel driven process that tends to ignore word-of-mouth appreciation of some of the better works...


You’ve been contacted by the Association of Libraries from the Alien Planet of Zaolia. They want to know the five most important novels in all of Earth’s history. Which five novels do you give them?

Mine...And thereafter, all those I continue to write... ;-)

 Q: What was the turning point in your life when you decided to start writing?

I took a sabbatical from the practice of law to walk in my father’s steps... He died when I was young and I believed he always wanted to write a book...I decided to fulfill our dream.

Q: What is or are the genres of your book or books?

‘Lethal Believers: DVM’ (Master Koda Select Publishing 2013)(Paranormal)

‘Lethal Believers: The Innocents’ (Master Koda Select Publishing 2013)(Paranormal)

‘The Involvement of Emerson’ (Brent House Books 2013)(Contemporary Fiction)

‘Kerby ‘Webb’ Webster and Kinny the Rodeo Hound’ (Young Adult 2011 Out of Print)

‘ANNT: Axiom’ (Social/Bio-Science Fiction 2011 Out of Print)


Q: What made you decide to write in your particular genre?

The concepts I created dictate what genre, or cross genre I write in... I’m thankful to have a broad range of interests and all the writing just feels comfortable...

Thank you Mitch!!!!! I hope you will remember the folks who knew you back when...ummmm before you were famous. (Not kidding)


G. Mitchell Baker enjoys living out west, from the southwest United States to western Canada. Having practiced law for more than twenty years, Baker enjoys researching and writing projects that draw him into the many genres, to include contemporary fiction, science fiction, and paranormal works of fiction. Also a writer of feature length screenplays, G. Mitchell Baker enjoys adapting his novels to screenplay and, adapting his screenplays to novels.

Baker has been fortunate to compete at the highest levels in sports to include baseball and karate. This spirit leads to his also striving to compete at the highest levels to entertain his readership. Moreover, it is in this spirit Baker invites you to visit and re-visit his ‘Anything But a Tired Barn', and, to become familiar with his current and ongoing projects. Please take the time to learn more about G. Mitchell Baker, his projects, and any reasonable offer for original and interesting conversation as much will not be refused.  

VISIT THESE AUTHOR WEBSITES AND FACEBOOK FAN PAGES FOR NOVELS BY G. MITCHELL BAKER AND BOOK RELEASE AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION ALSO BY G. MITCHELL BAKER -

WEBSITE 





(Paranormal Mystery) (Master Koda 2013)

LETHAL BELIEVERS: THE INNOCENTS
(Paranormal Mystery) (Master Koda 2013)





"THE INVOLVEMENT OF EMERSON" 
(Contemporary Fiction) (Brent House Books 2013)




Monday, July 15, 2013

Desiree DeOrto has a new release called A Stroke Of Luck (Bud's Diner)


It is my pleasure to share an up and coming author with you today....actually she has arrived. Her writing is deep, emotional, and filled with raw true-life emotion.

Desiree DeOrto's new short story was just released!! I couldn’t wait to share!!! Be warned...her story has plenty of sexual content...If you don’t like it...please cover your eyes!!! ;-)


“When you work in an all-night diner, you never know who will walk in the door.

Katie Jones doesn't believe in love at first sight. After divorcing her abusive husband, she doesn't believe in love at all. But when Jacob Richmond walked into Bud's Diner, her disbelief was put to the test.

Jacob came to Kansas to find inspiration. He was searching for the subject that would be the muse for his next masterpiece. He wasn't expecting to find himself completely consumed by a waitress who had more baggage than he thought possible.

When love at first sight just doesn't cut it, your burning desire can't be controlled. Sometimes you need just a little luck to put it all together.”

He was searching for inspiration....
She was searching for an escape...
But with a Stroke Of Luck, anything can happen.

My Review:
This is not quite the sweet innocent story I was imagining but with that being said, this was a good one with substance. It was sexy (graphic!!!!) and entertaining. The words flowed effortlessly and the descriptions were well drawn out. There is plenty of intrigue to this story and not just SEX. There is humanity and with that there is heart and compassion.

"She walked across the checkered tile floor to the back table, juggling everything in her hands. Her bangs fell into her face again. She cursed silently and blew out a breath, effectively moving them out of the way. A throaty chuckle caught her attention. She looked up and almost dropped the coffee pot."



*** WARNING***
Rated 17+ due to language and sexual content

“The people of Shiloh, Virginia thought it was just a story. A legend to keep children from misbehaving. A challenge to prove you have courage. What they didn't know was that it was real. All of it was real.

When Starlette McKinley moved from the sparkling lights of LA to the sleepy town of Shiloh, she didn't know that she would be the catalyst. She didn't know that the rage and energy pulsing through her would be the key to unleashing an unsurmountable power that would either be the saving of mankind, or its destruction.

The blood will run, and the prophecy will be revealed. But will she be able to overcome the insurmountable odds? Or will she succumb to the energy within, welcoming the darkness that has become her only friend.”

About Desiree:
“I'm a stay-at-home mother of four (no, it isn't very glamorous unless you have a fascination with diapers and baby puke)who finally decided to grow a pair and follow one of my passions: writing. I've been known to throw glitter and threaten people with unicorns. I hate writing biographies because they make me feel really 'look at me! Look at me!' when I'm really one of those '*waves hand* this is not the person you were looking for* type. I hope everyone enjoys my books, and look forward to providing more books that everyone will love!”




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Launch for Becoming Bertha by Jane Carroll and Lethal Believers: DVM by G.Mitchell Baker


I am excited, thrilled, over the moon, eager and enthusiastic to share the Book Launch for Bertha Believers and Lethal Flamingos.

What do Bertha and Lethal Believers have in common? One great party...of course! Join us for a topsy turvy good time as we celebrate the release of two great books...Becoming Bertha by Jane Carroll and Lethal Believers: DVM by G.Mitchell Baker



Becoming Bertha, sequel to Bertha-Size Your Life!, continues
the saga of personal transformation in a lighthearted, entertaining narrative. 

As our narrator, Honey, adjusts to moving back to her home
town and beginning a writing career, Bertha is still up to her zany antics and
wardrobe. Bertha's hands are full what with founding the Sisterhood of the
Sacred Flamingo, designing fantasy shoes, writing Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Bertha's Guide to Life and Shoes,
and traveling on a national shoe model tour. Yet, she manages to find the time
to spar with the cat, climb on a soapbox without warning, and keep her nemesis,
Rita, at bay...without smudging her manicure.

Life is good until Bertha begins the shoe model tour,
leaving Honey to continue her transformation on her own or revert to her former
self. Will Honey follow Bertha's advice to get over who she has been and become
who she is? 

And...exactly who is she?


My Review:
"Everyone knows-home is where the flamingo is."

When I opened up the book I was so excited to be reunited with Bertha. I hadn't realized how much I missed her inspiring optimistic wisdom and flamboyant delivery. It was like meeting up with an old friend. One that I cherished no matter how little time we had together.

Bertha has a way of looking at life with rose colored glasses. Actually, bright pink (excuse me... Flamingo pink) and lime green but that is besides the point. She has a way of allowing you, the reader to see your own positive qualities. She doesn't talk down to you but rather brings you up by allowing you to appreciate your own uniqueness without worrying about what other people think. Bertha doesn't judge and never scrutinizes. She should be everyone's inner voice. If we let more Bertha into our lives we would be that much closer to accepting ourselves and  achieving our dreams.

"I don't think I'm melancholy. It's more like... reflective. It just hit me I really don't know who I am here... Here, I've been a child, a mother, a wife. I'm not exactly any of those things now and yet, here I am. I guess I just don't know who I am or what I'm supposed to do with myself anymore."



“Lethal Believers: DVM” is the second novel in the “Lethal Believers” series that pits Malachi Danta-Mercadel, a retired INTERPOL agent, against those who would act-out against The Innocents, be they children, animals, or those incapable of defending themselves from the exploitation of Mantid Tranquil.

Following the acclaimed novel, “Lethal Believers: The Innocents”, where an elusive mythos backs Danta’s role for protecting children from the exploitation of Mantid Tranquil, the story of “Lethal Believers: DVM” has Danta formally partnering with myth Lamia, a mythos still seeking rehabilitation from the wrongly attributed actions of a monster. Together, they set out to protect not only the innocent children, but defenseless and innocent animals as well. Will Danta continue to protect The Innocents from those unassuming, evil figures who would continue to pervade quiet communities, and to act under the auspices of Mantid Tranquil, or, will the task for protecting as many of The Innocents overwhelm the dedicated protector and supportive his Myth?

My Review:

This well written book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is definitely not predictable nor is it a typical paranormal story. The sophistication in the writing will keep you guessing. The writing is clever, precise, clear and at the same time complex. Each passage goes down easier than a Stella Artois on a hot summer day.

The myths and the characters were fascinating and yet I had a difficult time reading some of the tragedies that took place on the pages of this book. I wanted to close my eyes or look away but at the same time like an automobile accident I couldn’t look away. I needed to know the outcome.

This story with all it’s intrigue and suspense will certainly grab your attention and the grip will hold you all the way through.

"Looking up. Danta rears his head back, all the while locking a stare with Emerine, her chilling eyes follow his hand, raising the stein of beer between them. Placing the mug to his lips, he takes a long draw of the draught. Anticipating the effect of the beer will be to continue to counter the effect of the lingering altitude sickness, Danta prepares for his exchange with his new, unexpected, but always to be expected patio guest."

If you haven't had a chance, make sure you read Jane Carroll's book Bertha-size Your Life and G. Mitchell Baker's Lethal Believers- The Innocents


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Greta Burroughs Facebook Event “Inspiring Children...One Book at a Time." July 1 - July 14


Today I want to share some inspiration!!!! Greta Burroughs who has written some beautiful books for children is currently having an event on Facebook called “Inspiring Children...One Book at a Time." This event will go on through July 14.

Facebook Event

“To all parents, grandparents, teacher and caregivers of children and teens:

The greatest gift you can give a child/teenager is the gift of reading. Books open doors and transports the reader to exciting places, new worlds, and entices a thirst for knowledge.

From July 1 - July 14, we will be introducing you to wonderful children’s middle grade and young adult books and authors you nay have never heard of and give you the chance to obtain books to make young minds into great minds.

Join us as we try to inspire children...one book at a time.”

Here are some of Greta’s Children’s books.
The "Patchy and Calico Collection" contains stories taken from the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat book series for you and your child to read and enjoy. This sampler book introduces the readers to Patchy and Calico and gives you a chance to share some of the adventures they have together.
The stories teach children valuable lessons while entertaining the youngsters with the silly antics of the title characters. It is a fun way for parents and teachers to talk with kids about friendship, thinking before doing, sharing, caring and giving.
If you enjoy the adventures in the "Patchy and Calico Collection", more stories can be found in these books:
"Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat"
"Patchy and Calico’s Summer Vacation"
"Christmas with Patchy and Calico"

My Review
"Be happy with who you are and leave the flying to those who know how to do it."

This book implemented so many valuable lessons that were clear and simple for children to understand. These lessons were taught in a fun way that small children could relate to and could be applied to their own lives. If you eat too many apples you are going to feel sick. Just that simple but described in a fun way. There are stories about appreciation and about following direction. Children can see for themselves that it is just as good to give as it is to receive.

In the case of Patchy and Calico wandering away by themselves, they learn about making promises they can't keep and at the same time learn to be grateful for the outcome. Rules are there for their safety.

I think this is a great teaching tool and done in a sweet touching way. The stories are fun and easy for children to understand and the illustrations are adorable! Patchy and Calico won my heart from the start!

Patchwork Dog has a knack for getting into trouble and his best friend, Calico Cat usually winds up right in the middle of the mess with him. Calico would rather spend her days sleeping in her nice comfortable bed, staying safe and worry free. She knows better than to follow Patchy when he is out looking for a new adventure, but she tags along anyway just in case…
On the other hand, Patchy is very curious and is always investigating new sights, sounds and smells. He follows his nose wherever it goes. Sometimes that leads to trouble but other times it gives Calico a chance to play a trick on her not so smart friend.
Join the two lovable creatures as Patchy tries to fly like a bird and finds out that soaring through the air is fun but the landing hurts too much. In another adventure, the little dog gets caught sneaking around an airplane. In the other three stories, Patchy and Calico eat too many apples, confront a not too friendly skunk, and take a magical ride into town. 
Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat has illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that hint at what the new adventure will be about. Other pictures are included at the end of each story along with some questions for the child to answer. Older children can read the stories themselves or it would make a wonderful bedtime story book for younger kids. The five tales will entertain children of all ages with the antics of the title characters and hopefully teach youngsters some valuable lessons on sharing and working together.

Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the "visions" are real and the wee people need help. 
While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald's wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict. 
Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned.

Excerpt 

Why they had to hurry, Gerald did not know but something in the back of his mind kept telling him that time was running out. It took a few minutes, but all the boys were finally awake, a little groggy but ready to move.
The problem was that everything seemed to be happening in slow motion. The heat was almost unbearable. It was a major effort to put one foot in front of the other. Gerald reminded the rest of his team that it was Miach’s way of keeping them from reaching their destination. But this time the illusion did not stop when he mentioned the forest god being up to his old tricks.
This time it was no illusion. The walls burned their hands, the hot air burned their throats. The floor was sticky with some kind of hot substance that burned their feet through their shoes. They began to hear a distant sound like the laughter they had heard earlier.
Cian fell to his knees and cried out in pain as the scalding liquid burned his skin. “I can’t go on, just leave me here to die,” he screamed.
Tomas reached out to his brother and tried to help him up. It was no use; he was too weak and exhausted. In a very weak voice he said, “You all go on. I’ll stay with Cian. I can’t go another step anyway.”
No one else said a word, the other two boys were too tired to talk, too tired to walk, too tired to care.
This was not supposed to be happening. Gerald did not remember this from his nightmares. Something was wrong. He yelled to whoever was listening, “Did we take a wrong turn or something? Stop it Miach, stop it. You want me, leave my friends alone.”
That just made matters worse. The scampering, unseen creatures came out of nowhere. They did not just run past this time but stayed and started pinching and biting the legs and arms of Gerald’s companions. For some strange reason though, the creatures did not bother him.
All four of his companions were down, rolling around on the ground trying to fight off the shadowy figures. The screams intensified from his friends as the burning liquid covered their bodies and the creatures’ biting turned to gnawing. Gerald could hear pieces of flesh being torn away as the other boys were being eaten alive. The laughter was all around them now bouncing off the walls and echoing through Gerald’s head.
“Stop it, stop it now. Please, I’ll do anything you want, Miach, just stop the noise, and stop torturing my friends.”
Total silence fell. All the gnawing, screaming and laughter were gone. Gerald did not know if the total lack of sound was worse than all the noise. He noticed a light shining above him. He looked around and realized he was all alone.
A voice spoke inside his mind and said, “Anything I want, huh,” followed by a soft, haunting chuckle.

My Review:

This is a story about bravery and putting others before yourself among many other things. This book was filled with positive messages and was told in an entertaining creative way. I really enjoyed this adventurous journey and was rooting for Gerald and Vernon to save the day. The writing seemed effortless and the narrative was easy to follow. Even though this book is mainly for young boys I enjoyed reading as the mysterious adventure unfolded. There was a sophistication to this saga that made me have to really think and pay attention so I wouldn't miss a thing.


"Vernon could not concentrate on his schoolwork. All he could think about was the stupid promise he had made the night before. Why did he agree to accompany his friend into those woods at night? He started to think he was as insane as Gerald. There was no way to back out now. He had to keep his promise, but he was not going to go unprepared."

Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children's books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled "Gerald and the Wee People" and "House on Bo-Kay Lane", and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - "Heartaches and Miracles".
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