Monday, April 21, 2014

NOAH ZARC BOOK BLAST




 

About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1

Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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Book 2

Noah Zarc - Cataclysm by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book #2) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 234 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system. Will his name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Book 3

Noah Zarc - Declaration by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Declaration (Book #3) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 1, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 226 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: As battles rage across the solar system, Noah must work to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books, the Zarc family has to stand against the full might of the Poligarchy. Will the truth about what really happened a thousand years in the past be enough to stop total war, or will Noah and his friends need to find another way to bring down a dictator?

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Special Omnibus Edition

Noah Zarc - Omnibus by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Omnibus (Special Edition) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 2, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 630 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION & INCLUDES 22 PENCIL ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR

In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.

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The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: "Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration." ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: "If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan's Olympians books, I think you'll also like Noah Zarc." ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: "This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results." ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children's Author

Book 2: "A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination." ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: "I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains." ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer

 

About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Although I'm not a poet, I enjoy reading poetry. The 2014 poster below is designed by Chip Kidd. It features the lines "Failing to fetch me at first Keep encouraged,/ Missing me one place search another,/ I stop somewhere waiting for you." from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
 
 
 
 
Now, I'm very shyly going to share the one poem I've had published with you. It was written when I was in the eighth grade for a class assignment. The teacher sent my poem to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings.
 
STARS
 
I often lie awake at night,
Watching stars that are so bright.
They sparkle and twinkle in the cool night air,
And look like ladies with lovely golden hair.
You see the little dipper and the big dipper too,
Away up in the deep dark blue,
But then come the morning rays of light
And all the stars are gone until tonight.
 
Beverly Stowe - Zundelowitz Jr. H. S
 
 
 
Happy Reading! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson

Monday, again. The weeks sure pass by in a hurry. Today, I have a review for THE KISS OF DECEPTION, by Mary E. Pearson, one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her novels and never been disappointed.
 
 
 
Another gorgeous cover.
 

Synopsis from Good Reads:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
 
 
My Review:
Sometimes being a princess isn’t as great as one would think, especially if you’re the First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Just ask seventeen-year-old Arabella Celestine Idris Jezella, who prefers to be called plain old Lia, her opinion of being a princess. She may surprise you.
In Author Mary E. Pearson’s latest YA novel, THE KISS OF DECEPTION, Lia is not your typical princess. She’s about to be married to a prince she’s never met and instead of obeying her father like a good little princess she runs away.  Why? It’s not a marriage of love like most young women dream of, but a marriage of convenience to secure an alliance between two kingdoms, and she wants no part of it. Her attendant and friend, Pauline, goes with her. Lia thinks she has troubles at home, but as she starts a new life she soon discovers her troubles are just beginning. Who are Kaden and Rafe, two handsome men she meets at her new job? Neither is who he claims to be. That’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to give anything away. Lia has a lot to learn, however.
THE KISS OF DECEPTIION is a story of princes and princesses, friends and assassins, treachery and trust, romance and death. Told from alternating points of view, the reader sees inside not only Lia’s mind, but Kaden’s, Rafe’s, and others as well. I’ve read all of Mary E. Pearson’s books and was so excited to get to read this one. She has written another winner. And the good thing is this is book #1 in a trilogy. Yay. So pick up a copy and enter Lia’s world of tender moments, violence, love and loss.
Net Galley and Henry Holt provided me with an e book ARC of this novel for my honest review.
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Available at Amazon and other stores July 15, 2014.
 
Have a nice week.
 
Happy Reading
 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WE LOVE TWEEN/YA BOOKS

 
 
We're having a party and you're invited. Join MuseItUp authors (April 10 to April 17) for a week of fun discussions, giveaways, cyber food and drinks...discover their Tween/YA books and meet their characters.. Erik and the twins from my tween novel A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT will bring pirate food and who knows what else the kids will come up with. The party is at Face Book. Click on the link and you're there. Oh, and my book is discounted to .99 cents. Just thought I'd throw that in for fun. And here's the link to my tween novel.
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

ALL GOOD CHILDREN Review

What a beautiful, beautiful rain we had Sunday. Our area desperately needs it. I'm praying for more. Our pond has been dry for three years. It would be great to see water and fish, turtles and dragonflies again.  So much for the weather. Today, I'm reviewing a book I read for one of the Good Reads Book Clubs I belong to. I hope you enjoy.

ALL GOOD CHILDREN
Catherine Austen

What if all the children in school were good little children? They followed the rules. They were quiet and obedient. That would be fantastic, right? Or would it? What if they never laughed or cheered at a football game, like normal kids do? It might seem great at first, but if my children were perfect, I’d get a bit worried.

Author Catherine Austen’s MG/YA novel, ALL GOOD CHILDREN, is set in a future world where parents have children that are known as “freebies,” “best of threes,” or “the ultimate” depending on how they’re conceived. If a family has enough money, they can keep at it until they get the perfect embryo. Something strange is happening in New Middletown, however. The kids in grades one and two are acting weird, and ninth and tenth grade students are due to be vaccinated and will soon act like perfect little angels too. Fifteen-year-old Max Conners doesn’t want the shot because everyone that gets it changes into what he and his friend Dallas call “zombies.” Ally, his six-year-old sister who already had the vaccination is proof. But what can a teen do to stop the insanity?

ALL GOOD CHILDREN paints a disturbing picture of authority gone wild, taking extreme measures to control children and teens, under the pretense of improving their behavior so they can learn better. Yeah, if you want little robots that obey instructions without an original thought in their heads. The author has created characters that are so real I wanted to help them face each challenge. Ms. Austen also adds a touch of humor to give the characters and the reader hope. I recommend ALL GOOD CHILDREN for school libraries, as well as public libraries and your own personal library. This is a story you will remember for a long time.

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Happy Reading. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

WRITER'S REBEL CREED 2014

It's time to see how I'm doing with my Writer's Rebel Creed.
This is S. A. Larsen's idea. To see what it's all about, check out her blog.
 
 
Regular Writing: I write  five to six days a week. Sometimes, a whole paragraph or maybe even a page is the result.
 
Belief in My Abilities: That varies. I was feeling pretty down for a while. My work just wasn't progressing. Then  my YA historical novel won an award, and it sure helped bolster my belief in myself.
 
Be Fearless to Write Something New: Haha! I'm not sure whether I'm fearless or crazy, but I've started two new stories and keep jotting down notes on another idea when this quiet voice whispered in my ear. I think what he told me is important; I'm not sure how yet.
 
Trust in the Beauty of Revisions: Let me see. I'm almost finished with revisions on the story I've been working on since 2010. The beauty of this is I hope, hope, hope the manuscript will be ready to go this time.
 
Better my Marketing Skills: Really need to work on this one.
 
Give Back to my Writing Community: I try to answer blog posts and comments on Face Book. Twitter still confuses me, but I'm learning. One goal is to get more involved in SCBWI.
 
Support Other Writers: I've reviewed a few books this past month and have several more lined up to read, and I enjoy doing cover reveals, book blasts, and tours.
 
Have a super weekend.