Monday, December 31, 2012

GRIFFIN'S STORM REVIEW

At last! The book I've been waiting for is out. GRIFFIN'S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series. And it was worth the wait. I'd like to share my thoughts with you, dear readers. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for your angels, who though are not perfect, are delightful to know.



GRIFFIN’S STORM (Book Three Water) Review

By Darby Karchut



Have you ever started reading a book where the real world goes away and you’re caught up in the imaginary world of the characters? You tell the cats “I’ll feed you later.” You tell the homework that’s due tomorrow “You can wait.” And you put a “Do not Disturb” sign on your bedroom door then vanish into your hideaway, where angels soon cast a spell over you. GRIFFIN’S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series, by award winning author Darby Karchut, is that kind of book. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this novel for tween/young adult readers for months. Now it’s here and is everything I had hoped it would be and more.

Tiro Griffin is back. So are his powers as a guardian angel. It’s a good thing too, for Griffin is about to face the greatest challenge of his sixteen years. Nicopolis, Griffin’s former abusive Mentor is back as well and out for revenge on Griffin, blaming him for being stripped of his rank as a Mentor. To add to Griffin’s troubles, Guardian Sukalli sends Sergei, recently promoted from Tiro status and who Griffin gets along with about as well as my two cats get along, to be Griffin’s body guard. The scenes with Sergei and Griffin are my favorite parts of the book. Their behavior is so human in the way they talk to each other, sometimes teasing, sometimes like they’re worst enemies about to tear each other’s heads off. (Being Terrae Angeli they could do it.) They very much remind me of real teens, with their faults as well as their good points. Can Sergei put aside his and Griffin’s past differences when danger threatens? Can Griffin? Can they work together to defeat Nicopolis and his followers and save not just themselves but all the Guardian Angels? Add his spats with his human girlfriend, Katie, and Griffin thinks his life can’t get any worse.

Darby Karchut moves the plot along smoothly with tender scenes of young love, mixed with scenes of fast-paced adventure and danger. Vivid descriptions make the reader feel like he or she is in the middle of the action. GRIFFIN’S STORM is a story of what happens when an evil angel takes control and is determined to destroy all those that oppose him. GRIFFIN’S STORM is also a story of an angel father and son, like mortal fathers and sons, willing to give their lives for each other. I mustn’t forget Mentor Nan-ja and her Tiro Vassar, also sent to protect Griffin and Basil. When Griffin, Sergei, and Vassar get together, well, three teens, even teen angels, can get in trouble too.

I’ve always believed that we have guardian angels watching over us. GRIFFIN’S STORM gives us a look at what they might be like. This novel is perfect for school libraries and classrooms, as well as your own personal library. Of course you’ll want to read the previous books, GRIFFIN RISING and GRIFFIN’S FIRE, as well. Now, when does the next book come out? Soon, please. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for introducing your readers to characters that we won’t soon forget, if ever.

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Available at Amazon and other major stores.

 Darby Karchut is an award-winning writer, a teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.





Happy Reading 

Friday, December 21, 2012

COVER REVEAL

At last! The day has arrived. The cover reveal of my forthcoming YA/TWEEN paranormal eBook, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT. TaDa! Here it is.


The talented artist is Nika Dixon.
 
Blurb:
 
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.

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Release Date: Jan. 4, 2013

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It's available for all kinds of eReaders.

Thank you for letting me share my good news.

Happy Reading



Monday, December 17, 2012

A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS BOOJK BLAST






 

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Inspiration Behind A Christmas Kindness






How is it that children have the ability to reach out and help others in ways adults don't always think to do?

One year, our oldest daughter--then only eight--went door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting money for Toys for Tots. Coordinated by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program collects new, unwrapped toys each year and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our communities. This summer, my girls ran a lemonade stand so they could bring money to a local animal shelter.

Why don't I think of doing such things? I guess it's easier to write a check and send it in the mail. But what effort is involved in that? My children make it personal, and much more meaningful, by giving something of themselves.






With A Christmas Kindness, I hope to capture the generosity of a child's heart--the way they look at the world as a place of endless opportunities to make a difference.






May you be blessed this holiday season.

Cheryl Malandrinos, writing as C. C. Gevry, is a children’s author and editor. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com.






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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SNEAK PEEK

I got a sneak peek today of the cover for my forthcoming MG/Tween ebook, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT. I love it. Very ghostly. Hope to share it with you soon. In the meantime you can preorder the ebook at a discount from the publisher MuseItUp Publishing. Read the blurb and an excerpt to meet the kids, Eric, Star, and Stormy.

Also, check out the interview Carolyn Krecklow, Editor of the SCBWI Northeast and North Central Texas Newsletter, did of me for the Endcap. It's a PDF so should be easy to download.

Happy Reading.

Maven McClure (You'll have to read the newsletter to know what that means.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

A VISIT WITH MAGGIE LYONS

Look who stopped by my blog today. Maggie Lyons.


 
Maggie was kind enough to answer some questions for me. She is quite the interesting author. I think you'll agree. 

INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE LYONS

 

Bev: Hi, Maggie. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

Maggie: I’m a trapeze artist, astronaut, spy—just kidding! Well, the bit about being a spy is true. It happened a long time ago when I worked at the British embassy in Romania, which was struggling under the yoke of a communist government at that time. I found myself playing unofficial spy with the blessing of my embassy. It was silly fun, short-lived, and planets away from my middle-class upbringing in the UK. I was born in a little coal-mining town in South Wales and properly brought up in England where I did English things such as attending an all-girls grammar school, playing rounders (the English equivalent of baseball), doing two hours of homework every day, and going on soggy caravan (RV) holidays with my family. With no concern for the aural well-being of my family and neighbors, I also trained as a classical pianist, putting in daily four-hour practices.

Once I grew up—wait, that’s a fib; I’ve never actually grown up. Well, as a twenty-year-old child, I experimented with hedonism in Paris, where, among other things, I taught English to naughty French schoolgirls and failed to abide by the British embassy’s social rules in Romania—but that’s another story. My job in Bucharest was, among other challenges, to appease visiting Royal Ballet dancers. If you’ve ever attempted to herd butterflies, you’ll know what I mean.

Soon after that I gravitated to the USA because the streets here were supposed to be paved with gold. They weren’t, but I stayed anyway and finally wound up catching my breath in a tranquil fishing and farming community on Virginia’s coast.

My so-called professional life has been a regal zigzag through a motley slew of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing, all of which entailed a lot of writing and editing. Although that work brought me plenty of satisfaction, it didn’t produce the kind of magic that can come from writing fiction and nonfiction for children, which I began to do about five years ago, at the start of my so-called retirement.

Bev: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Maggie: Everything and nothing. When I grew up in the UK in the forties, fifties, and early sixties, girls were not encouraged to think in terms of professional careers. I was told I had three options: teaching, nursing, and secretarial work, which were merely a prelude to marriage and reproduction, the sacred and only destiny of all right-minded females. An obedient child, I accepted that advice. I didn’t think I could make a successful career as a concert pianist; I didn’t want to teach—I’d had second thoughts after trying to corral feisty French schoolgirls; I wasn’t a particularly altruistic young woman and quite squeamish, so nursing was out. That left secretarial work, which I plunged into but discovered the old saying was true: never learn to type or you’ll be stuck doing it permanently. I’d hoped to rise from the secretarial ranks to the executive ranks. Didn’t happen. British management in those days was predominantly a male stronghold. That’s when I turned back to music, only I wrote about it: I became the program annotator and in-house musicologist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC. Super job. I wallowed in it.

Bev: Twitter your newest release in 140 characters or less.

Maggie: Dewi and the Seeds of Doom: moxie, firepower, and catastrophe-skirting capers abound when small Welsh dragon battles evil corn baron.

Bev: How did you come up with the idea for your latest book and were there any glitches along the way?

Maggie: For a long time I’d wanted to contribute my two cents’ worth to developing awareness of Wales, its history, culture, and landscapes in the same way that the Scotland and Ireland enjoy global recognition. I decided to make a Welsh national symbol, the red dragon—y ddraig goch, as the creature is called in Welsh—the hero of a story for children. Welsh dragons are symbols of national pride and therefore not your average hostile, snarly, eat-little-boys-for-breakfast mythical beast. In my story, Dewi and the Seeds of Doom, a young Welsh dragon named Dewi knows he must do good deeds to uphold the reputation of all Welsh dragons as symbols of national pride. He’s nosy and feisty, attributes that propel him into becoming an amateur detective. The story goes downhill from there. It’s a boisterous romp with a serious underlying message: the dangers of consuming genetically modified organisms, something which most Americans do every day without realizing what they’re eating.

Bev: You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than yours would you want to be stranded there with you? Why?

Maggie: Roald Dahl’s Matilda because she’s smart and feisty. I wish had been as self-confident and resourceful when I was young. And I bet she’d get us both off that island in no time.

Bev: What would we see if we opened your closet door?

Maggie: Literal or metaphorical closet? Either way, ghosts of the past and vestiges of the present: clothes I can no longer get into but keep in the forlorn hope of losing the necessary poundage; photos of people whose names I no longer remember; and an accordion I’m going to learn to play some day. I’m still working on turning those images into metaphorical ones.

Bev: Tell us your favorites:


Movie:
Far too many to have one favorite, but of the most recently viewed movies, I’d vote for St. Ives (based on a novel by Robert Louis Stephenson) for its witty humor. I’m going to cheat and add two more, Cold Comfort Farm, again for its wit, and the old classic, The Third Man, for edge-of-seat, thought-provoking drama, an intelligent script, and one of the most famous monologues in movie history, the “Swiss Cuckoo Clock” speech.

Actor: Rufus Sewell, gorgeous eye candy

Actress: Glenda Jackson, woman of wit and conviction

Book: Again, too many to have one favorite, but a favorite among the most recently read is Jane Gardam’s Old Filth. Gardam is a master (mistress?) of the English language.

Singer or Group: The late soprano, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, whose spine-chilling performance of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs is unforgettable. And in the same nostalgic vein, soprano Jessye Norman’s performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 is ethereal bliss.

Bev: Coffee or tea?
Maggie: Ginger tea

Bev: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
Maggie: Spring in Virginia, summer in Scotland, fall in southern France, winter anywhere it’s warm

Bev: If you could have super powers what would you wish for?

Maggie: Superpower is dangerous, but I would like to be able to make people question things they’ve always taken for granted, examine their beliefs, search more diligently for the truth, be less gullible—and I’d love to have the power to bring a sense of humor to those who lack one.

Bev: If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?

Maggie: I’m old-fashioned, so would also choose the past, even if it meant foregoing the benefits of modern conveniences and technology. A couple of hundred years ago, the air was cleaner, food contained few chemicals and was far more nutritious, and lifestyles allowed people to be vastly more sociable.

Bev: Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.

Maggie: Possible sequels to both Vin and the Dorky Duet and Dewi and the Seeds of Doom.

Bev: Where can your fans learn more about you?


Website:

http://www.maggielyons.yolasite.com

Blog:
www.maggie-lyons.blogspot.com

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/MaggieLyonsChildrensBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maggielyons66

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscommaggiel

Google:  https://plus.google.com/112057847073642164981

LinkedIn.com:
www.linkedin.com/in/maggievlyons

Halo Publishing:
http://halopublishing.com/bookstore/Maggie-Lyons

MuseItUp Publishing:
https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=343&category_id=143&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

 

Bev: Would you like to share anything else with your fans?

Maggie: A very heartfelt thank-you for reading this far. Come visit me and my books.

Bev: Thank you, Maggie, for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Stop by anytime.

Maggie: Thank you, Beverly. It’s been a pleasure.

How's this for a neat dragon?
 
 
 
Happy Reading!

Friday, December 7, 2012

BOOKS READ

Lately, I've had little time to blog or write. I have been reading, however. My latest reads are GRIFFIN'S STORM, written by my talented friend and award winning author Darby Karchut, and a fun book quite different from Darby's, NERD GIRLS A CATASTROPHE OF NERDISH PROPORTIONS, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. These books are perfect for the MG/Tween/YA readers.

 
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Copper Square Studios
 
From the jacket:
 
"For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly
caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli.
Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and
Water, these warriors and their apprentices serve
as guardians for humans in danger."
 
(Review coming soon.)
 
 
 Author: Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Publisher:  Disney, Hyperion Books
 
From the jacket:
 
"Three Things I Love:
chocolate, laughing, friends.
 
"Three Things I Hate:
girls who think they're better than me because
they're prettier than I am, public speaking,
jokes about my body."
 
(I want socks like those.)
 
(Review coming soon.)
 
What have you been reading?
 
Have a nice weekend.