Monday, July 27, 2015


Quote for the week:  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today, I'm delighted to share another book I finished reading recently: TRUTH TELLER by Kurt Chambers. So, relax with an iced tea, coffee, or your favorite drink and snack and enjoy.

Mysterious Cover, Right?
By Kurt Chambers
Do you enjoy shopping in antique stores or grungy looking shops that you think you probably should stay away from, but something pulls you inside anyway? Have you ever spotted something that you just had to purchase, though you had no idea why?
In Author Kurt Chambers’ novel, TRUTH TELLER, ten-year-old Charlotte, her parents and six-year-old sister, Beth, are on holiday, when Charlotte  wanders  into an old shop where she sees a snow dome without snow. Inside the dome is a miniature planet revolving in slow motion. She really wants that dome. When an old man in the shop offers it to her for free, how can she refuse? The only catch is she must always tell the truth. If she only knew what lay ahead, she might have had second thoughts about accepting the dome. Or maybe not. Anyway, what follows is an adventure with elves, dark creatures, trolls, magic, danger and a lot more.
The author has created a fantasy world with all sorts of creatures, good ones and bad ones, exactly what a good story needs. I especially liked Elderfield, AKA Elder. He was so kind and helpful to Charlotte. The kind of big brother a girl should have. There’s plenty of action and some violence, along with gentle moments and humor.  So for your next reading adventure, follow along with Charlotte and Elder in TRUTH TELLER.
Happy Reading!

Friday, July 24, 2015


Ashelyn Drake has a new book due out soon.

Congratulations, Ashelyn!
That's a good question. Will have to think about it.
I also have a fun review to share with you today.

By K. L. Pickett
Have you ever dreamed of being famous? Would you like to do something spectacular that will get you in the newspapers and on TV? Maybe you’ve been successful and accomplished your dreams. Or maybe you became famous in a different way than you imagined.
In Author K. L. Pickett’s MG science fiction novel, we meet Dustin Cotter as he and his mother adjust to a new home in a new state after his parents’ divorce. A move to a strange town, where you don’t know anyone at school, is tough on a seventh-grade boy, or any boy for that matter. Making friends is hard to do. There’s Miranda, his nearest neighbor who isn’t very near since they live way out in the desert. He’d like to know Miranda better. Then there’s Max, who picks on Dustin. Yes, it’s a tough beginning for Dustin in his new home.
If only he could do something to make himself famous, Miranda might pay attention to him and he might remind his dad he has a son. When a tiny, tiny spaceship crash lands out in the desert, Dustin sees his chance. As has happened for most of his life, things turn out a lot different than he has planned. I’m not going to give anything away, but be prepared for an adventure you won’t soon forget as you travel along with Dustin, Miranda, and Max on a journey that only seventh-graders could think of.
K. L. Pickett has written a fun story that young readers and older readers alike should enjoy. SEVENTH GRADE ALIEN HERO might remind you of those days when you were a kid and believed that most anything could happen if you wanted it enough. I recommend this book for school libraries, public libraries, and your own personal library.
Available at:
MUSEITUP PUBLISHING  AMAZON and other places where eBooks are sold.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


What better way to cool these hot summer days than to think  Christmas?

I am delighted today to share Author Melanie Robertson-King's latest story, TIM'S MAGIC CHRISTMAS, with you. So, here's a little Christmas in July. Enjoy.

This cover is so adorable. Look at that smile.

Tim’s Magic Christmas Blurb:

For Tim Frost, Christmas 2011 is a washout. No Santa. No presents. Nothing. His father lost his job when the mill closed and now the family is on the verge of losing their home.

A chance encounter with Nick Kringle, a modern-day Santa Claus teaches Tim that the greatest gift you receive is the gift of giving.

Buy Links:

In paperback directly from the author. Email for details.

Coming soon in mobi and epub formats for most e-readers.
My Review
Melanie Robertson-King
Christmas, that magical time of the year when children make their “wish” list for the gifts they hope to find under their trees. Sometimes, however, a child’s wishes may not be answered in the way he or she had hoped, but perhaps in an even better way.
In TIM’S MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Author Melanie Robertson-King’s new story for children, the holidays are fast approaching, and Tim Frost wants an iPod for Christmas. There’s one problem. His father has lost his job and money is scarce. His parents can barely pay the bills and buy groceries, much less buy expensive gifts for their children. So, Tim, thinking like a sixth-grader how he can help his family in these tough times, decides to take the $35 and change he’s saved and run away from home. Without him, his parents will have one less mouth to feed.
Little does Tim know the surprises that await him when he rides the bus away from his home town. The places he goes and the people he meets give Tim a new understanding of the true magic of Christmas. Melanie Robertson-King has written a beautiful story about giving and sharing and discovering what’s truly important in life. I recommend this story for school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library. It will renew your faith and hope in our world and the gentle people in it.
Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal at the orphanage where he was raised.
A Shadow in the Past, Melanie’s debut novel set in Scotland was published by 4RV Publishing in 2012. Its sequel, Shadows From Her Past, will be coming soon.
Melanie has also published a number of her short stories in The Consequences Collection
Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your lovely story with us.
Congratulations on your new book.
Happy Reading!


Monday, July 20, 2015


Quote for the week: Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. Audrey Hepburn

Today, it is my pleasure to host Medeia Sharif for the cover reveal of her YA novel HOT PINK IN THE CITY

Cover Reveal


Author: Medeia Sharif
Release date: August 19, 2015

Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite
'80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes
up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane
ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict
uncle…ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape. A wild goose chase
around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many
adventures—blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid
all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest,
most exciting city in the world.

Medeia – YA and MG Author

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Friday, July 17, 2015


Friday Fun!
Yes, yes, yes, I'm back.  I've been without Internet Service for two weeks, but as of Thursday afternoon I'm back in business. I'm cross posting this from the Obscure Kid Lit Authors blog.
My horror story started one creepy Friday evening. I turned on my computer. I clicked on the blue “e” with the golden crown. The screen popped up. Blank, except for these words. You’re not connected to a network. Then it gave instructions how to fix the problem. Gasp. Nooooooooo! That can’t be. It worked earlier in the day. But now those little green lights on the modem in the window were winking at me.

Okay. I took several deep breaths. No big deal. It’s happened before. I’ll just unplug everything, wait a few minutes and plug it all back in. I paced the floor, thinking of all the stuff I needed to do on the Internet. A few minutes later, I connected all the wires and waited for Google to show up. No luck, so I tried again. Three times I tried. Those stupid green lights just danced and laughed (don’t say lights can’t talk. These were evil lights.)

I know when I’m beat, so I turned off the computer and told myself it would be all right tomorrow. The next day, however, I decided a wicked genie evidently cast a spell on my Internet Service. (To protect the innocent, I won’t  tell who it is/was, since I’ve since cancelled with them.) Since I was having no luck with making contact, I called the company and after I pushed the right numbers a few times, I finally talked to a very nice young man. He apologized and apologized, and assured me they were working on the tower and service would be restored in two to twenty-four hours. Well, that was 12 days ago.

I now have a different provider and the Internet was installed Thursday afternoon. I've enjoyed my afternoons at the library, using their WIFI. The ladies there are the nicest people.  I’ve been to the library almost every day. And you know what? I’ve enjoyed the quiet, the no interruptions, and the occasional child that wants to show me his/her toys and reminds me of why I write for children.

I also have discovered that life goes on without the Internet. My house is now much cleaner. You can almost see the flowers in the flowerbed where weeds once choked them out. I’m working on putting pictures in albums. I have a slew of them. And I’ve been writing, though slowly, which is just me.

Maybe I needed a break. Maybe I needed a reminder of the real world. Oh, but I miss the cyber world. Nice to be back.
What do you do when your Internet takes a vacation?

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 13, 2015


I am delighted to host Author Cheryl Carpinello today for her tour of her latest novel SONS OF THE SPHINX.


Two souls

Separated by three millennium

One with a gift that is more like a curse

One on an almost impossible quest

Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen. To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past.

Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb.

Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated.
TITLE – Sons of the Sphinx
SERIES – The Quest Books
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – YA Historical Time Travel
PUBLICATION DATE – October 10, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 192/36,000
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Bernistevens Design

Rosa: Hi! I’m Rosa. I’m 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I’m your typical teenager—well, almost. I don’t have many friends anymore, but it’s hard to blame the other kids. If I was them, I’d probably steer clear of me too, at least most of the time. No one is ever mean to me; I’ve grown up with most of them, and on my bad days, they try to ignore me. Wish I could do the same to those who talk to me. Mostly I just shake my head and carry on. It helps that I have a sarcastic sense of humor.
My daily life consists of trying to pass all my classes, getting a date for school dances, and dealing with Nana’s gift nearly every day while I try not to lose my mind.
Tut: My name is Nebkheperure Tutanhkame. I ascended the throne of Egypt upon the death of my father, Pharaoh Akhenaten. There has been much speculation in modern day on my death. My concern is finding the final resting place of my beloved queen, Ankhesenamun and making right that which was wronged centuries ago.

Before us, nearly filling up the room and taller than either of us, stands the golden shrine of Tutankhamun. I remembered what else lay in that room. Inside that shrine are three more, each a bit smaller than the outside one. All tucked inside each other like those nesting dolls from my grandmother’s childhood. Inside the last shrine were the four sarcophagi of Tut, each displaying him in golden and jeweled splendor.
The last one holds the famed mask of the golden boy. And beneath that, the body of the young pharaoh who now stands here before me. Beyond my understanding, he has been given back his human form, allowed to return one last time to restore honor to his family, one last time to find his true love. And here I am, trying to help, trying to understand, trying to stay alive. Will I ever be able to go home again? Or will I become as lost as Hesena?
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

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Congratulations, Cheryl.

This is also the second Monday of the month which means it's RIPPLES IN THE INKWELL time.

Ripples in the Inkwell #inkripples is a new monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. We’ll be posting on the second Monday of every month with a new topic. We’re all authors, but you don’t have to be to participate. Simply compose your post using the monthly theme, grab one of the images, and link back to the three of us. Make sure to use #inkripples when you play along and promote your posts. The idea is that we toss a word, idea, or image into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There’s no wrong way to do it!

July's theme is patriotism.

The themes for the rest of the year are:

August: Dog days/Things that drag you down
September: Fall/School
October: Fears/Things That Go Bump in the Night
November: Remembrance /Thankfulness
December: Celebration /Gifts

Patriotism may mean different things to different people. To me patriotism is honoring America, the country I live in. Also honoring the men and women that have dedicated their lives to our America. Sometimes a picture says it best.


Patriotism is standing up for America. No, America isn't perfect. It has its faults. Still, I'd rather live here than any other place in the world.

What does patriotism mean to you?

Don't forget to visit Kai, Mary and Katie to see what their thoughts are on patriotism.

Happy Reading!

If I don't respond quickly, remember I'm without Internet unless I go to the library.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


If I'm not around for a while, it's because I have no Internet Service. They're supposed to be working on the tower. Yeah, right. I haven't had Internet since Friday. Right now, I'm at the library, using their WiFi. I've signed up with another company, but they can't install until next week. See you when I'm at the library.

Happy Reading!