Monday, September 30, 2019

FINAL COVER AND MORE

The last day of September. Would you believe it? I want to end the month by showing you the final cover of GABE'S GUARDIAN ANGEL. And just wait until you meet the characters.





Also, you may know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month and since Gabe's Guardian Angel is about bullying, among other things, we'll be talking in October about ways to prevent bullying and how you might become involved.

Happy Reading.

Monday, September 23, 2019

DAY OF RECKONING IS COMING SOON


Look at what Author Kai Strand has been up to.



This is a gorgeous cover.

And here is the story that goes with the lovely cover, due out September 30, 2019

Day of Reckoning

Concord Chronicles Book 1

From the Author!

You may remember it as Beware of the White. But I've revised the book, given it a new title, and will be re-releasing it in all book formats, print and ebook, with an audiobook to follow. Here is the blurb:

Twelve-year-old Terra, not only learns she’s a Nature’s Spirit destined to serve the peaceful underground city of Concord, but she also finds that a prophecy names her as the only one who can thwart the leader of the death tribe.

The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld. They’re responsible for the termination and cleanup of Concord’s beings. When their leader, Blanco, learns Terra is the one who can derail his day of reckoning, he does everything he can to get rid of her. Including dispatch a “Bringer” to complete the ultimate of death janitor duties.

Terra hopes to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents so, Frank, a Spirit of Security, is assigned to protect her. They undertake a secret investigation of how to defeat Blanco. But with the future of Concord and Terra’s very own life at stake, will they find the answer in time?
From me.
You know, I may read this story again to refresh my memory.
Congratulations, Kai Strand. Happy Reading to all.


Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Congratulations to S A Larsen






It’s finally here!
New cover. Completely rebranded.
Same corpse-raising middle grade adventure.
MOTLEY
EDUCATION: The Urd Saga, book I
by S. A.
Larsen
Ages: 8-12
Pages: 354
Ellysian Press,
September 10, 2019; Second Edition

"A deftly crafted ... and entertaining
read!"
Midwest Book Reviews - Children's Watch 2017
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically
and Celestially Gifted Terms of Enrollment
Signed: Ebony Charmed

Ebony should be
excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would
be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.

Struggling to
live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker:
someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly
Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for
failure.

But there are
doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the
truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act.
Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself
wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world
from annihilation.

Ebony is not
ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local
kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.

*FIRST PLACE WINNER, CHILDREN'S
CATEGORY, 2016 NEW ENGLAND BOOK FESTIVAL!*

*Bronze Award Winner, 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for Best Juvenile/YA
Fiction*
*Winner - Purple Dragonfly
Awards 2017, Honorable Mention; ebook*
*Gold Medal Award Winner -
Literary Classics Book Awards 2017, Grade School Fantasy*
*Gold Medal Winner - 2017
Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Children's Fantasy/Sci-Fi

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signed books from The Children’s Book Cellar via message.

About the
Author
S.A. Larsen is
an award-winning author, childhood apraxia of speech advocate, and Maine-iac
ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count.
She also has a soft spot for the strange and misunderstood, which might explain
her love for dipping plain chips in ketchup. Her favorite stories push the
boundaries of our world and open harbored emotions to inspire and challenge the
heart. She's the author of Motley Education: The URD Saga Book I (Ellysian
Press, 2019; second edition), a fantasy-adventure for middle grade readers and
Marked Beauty-her debut young adult fantasy-romance (Ellysian Press, 2017).
When she's not chasing her characters around a cemetery or antagonizing them
with the wonders of young love, she lives in the land of lobsters and snowy
winters with her husband and four children. Visit her cyber home at salarsenbooks.com,
find her on Twitter @SA_Larsen and Instagram sa.larsen, or on spookymiddlegrade.com,
where she does most of her spookiness brewing up all sorts of creepy ideas with
a group of #SpookyMG authors. Stop by for a visit . . . if you dare.







Monday, September 16, 2019

SCHOOL DAYS

 Schools are in full swing. Another year. And I'm remembering.
For twenty-two years I taught children in elementary school. And they taught me. Now I'm enjoying the retirement world.

Sometimes, when I go shopping, I meet a former student. It's really funny how they always recognize me, but I seldom know who they are. They've changed a lot from the nine or ten year old I remember. I guess I haven't changed that much. But seeing my little students now taller than me, many of them  married with a family, it seems impossible.

It's neat to see that some of them are now teachers. Doctors. Lawyers. And in other professions. 

Also, in small towns, like where I live, in the fall, football is king. There are other sports, of course, like volleyball, but football is the most popular, it seems. Every Friday evening the stadium is filled with cheering parents, grandparents, and spectators cheering for our team to win. They've started out good. Lots of games to go.

Thank you for strolling down memory lane with me.

GO HAWKS!


Monday, September 9, 2019

Alex J. Cavanaugh Tour


CassaDawn
CassaStar
Series Prequel
By
Alex J Cavanaugh


Genre:
SciFi Adventure, Space Opera 


The
prequel to the Amazon best-selling Cassa series!

A
pilot in training...

Fighting
the odds, Byron is determined to complete Cosbolt training and join
the Cassan space fleet. Poised at the top of his class, only one
situation holds him back–his inability to work with anyone in the
cockpit. Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough
without a good navigator…





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CassaStar
CassaStar
Series Book 1 


To
pilot the fleet’s finest ship…


Few
options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn
young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his
cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt
fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new
life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.


Much
to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes
notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa
eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a
secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to
help Byron achieve his full potential.

As
war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires
a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must
make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will
their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may
stretch their abilities to the limit?




“…calls
to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf,
as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many
Star
Wars
novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful
protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult
fans of space wars.” -
Library Journal











CassaFire
CassaStar
Series Book 2

From
the Amazon best-selling author -
CassaStar was just the
beginning…


The
Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting
Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his
fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel.
Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The
senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.


The
detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant
planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they
can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s
civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as
their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and
strange mental abilities.



To
complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers
themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a
woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train
her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his
patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist,
and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his
privacy…










CassaStorm
CassaStar
Series Book 3

A
storm gathers across the galaxy…


Commanding
the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle
behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet,
Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the
Tgrens and the Cassans.


After
enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle
within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races
triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s
mind.


Meanwhile
the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the
end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost
destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to
crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break,
and Byron is caught in the middle…


With
a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex
J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges
of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” -
Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover
mysteries









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the CassaSeries Boxed Set Here! 





Alex
J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web
design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science
fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and
games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the
award-winning site, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the
author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and
Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.






Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
















Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Insecure Writer's Support Group

This is the first Wednesday in September and you know what that means!



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner,Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner!


Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 
Remember, the question is optional!!!

September 4 question:

If you could pick one place in the wold to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

Gee, I don't know. I'm pretty happy with where I write now, usually on the dining table. I have a desk in my "writing room" a bedroom we don't use. But I like the view from the dining room. I can look out the window and watch the humming birds and others. The dog also looks at me through the window when he's outside.

In the evenings I usually take my laptop to the den where I can write  and watch TV. The cats sometimes crawl onto my lap and nap. But I haven't answered the question.

For my next story, I think I'll take my laptop to the dining table and write it there. I'm happy with doing it there now. Why should I change.? No other place in the world will make my story better.

How about you?


Happy Writing.