Thursday, September 18, 2014

Announcement

I am happy to announce that my YA Fantasy, The Awakening, will be published by Skyrocket Press. The expected release date is December 2, 2014! As soon as I'm given the cover art I'll do a cover reveal:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And the winner is...

Congrats to Carl Scott! The winner of the non fiction Summer Dreamin' Giveaway.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Release Day to TUT- The Story of My Immortal Life by PJ Hoover

About Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life:

You'd think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he'll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of immortality by the gods-or is it a curse?-Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut's father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon-Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut... and if Tut doesn't find a way to keep out of their clutches, he'll never make it to the afterworld alive.

Available Now!



Monday, September 15, 2014

The Seventh Mountain by Gene Curtis

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday. Today I'm talking about a book I found for my nook, The Seventh Mountain by Gene Curtis, a middle grade fantasy. And hey- it is free right now on nook and kindle, which is what first caught my attention.

The Story-
 Twelve-year-old Mark Young has a destiny. Unbeknownst to him he is a Magi, a descendant of magical persons that fight evil and seek to help all mankind. Before he was born, Benrah (the book's evil villain), tried to kill him. Now old enough to learn the truth, Mark is taken to the Seventh Mountain where he is trained to be a Magi. He makes close friends and together they overcome several perils and fight for good.

My Thoughts-
 I read other reviews about this book before I bought it, even though it was free. I didn't want to waste my time. Most of the reviews mentioned that is was a Harry Potteresque book with a more Christian tilt. I love fantasy/adventure books, so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the story. It's sad that every book that involves, magic, youth and a school is immediately considered a Harry Potter knock-off. Most aren't, it is just a common archetype.

The story is fun and unique. The Magi fight for good and having been doing it through the ages. There is a lot of action, mystery and puzzles to solve. The one thing that I do have to be critical about are the point of view switches. The author jumps into character heads willy nilly and there is no rhyme or reason. This is a pet peeve of mine and this author goes to an extreme. He wants you to know what everyone is thinking, so you pop in and out of different characters. Ugh, tell the story from one pov or at least one chapter per pov.

The author also moves through some events really fast, I would have liked some expanded details during certain events.

Luckily, the story is great and I can recommend it. 3 stars! I'm already on book 3.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Special Tuesday Edition

Hi All, I'm moving my normal Wednesday Publishing World to today so that you have time to register for this awesome webinar hosted by Shelf Unbound! It's this Thursday.

Free Webinar: How to Design a Compelling Book Cover in Fifteen Minutes
Join our free webinar on September 11, "How to Design a Compelling Book Cover in Fifteen Minutes," with guest panelist Guy Kawasaki (chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of Apple). Learn more and sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7197932341236704257.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt -GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I have a giveaway for a MG themed picture book, Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click, read more.


Blurb- Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge.

Filled with colorful artwork, this picture book addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.

And it is already getting great reviews- Kirkus  Reviews calls Maddi’s Fridge “Notable…A thoughtful and well-executed look at the challenge of childhood hunger."


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stephen King on the Craft of Short Story Writing

I'm starting something new for Inside the Publishing World. The internet is an amazing thing and writers are now able to learn from famous authors. So, today I am embedding an interview with Steven King published on Feb 20, 2013.

"In this interview with Rich Fahle of Bibliostar.TV, bestselling author Stephen King discusses the art of writing short stories and short fiction, and the fact that many writers today forgo the short story to write the novel, sometimes before they are ready to navigate "the quagmire of the novel."