Sunday, August 28, 2016

After Loving You by Ashelyn Drake - cover reveal!

We love this cover for #AfterLovingYou by @KellyHashway (Writing as #AshelynDrake! Coming 10/3! #PreOrder Now!

When Mia Thompson and Jared Grande break up before college, they think that's the end for them.

But two years later, Mia is stalking Jared's Facebook page and he's contacting her every chance he gets. Even though they're both seeing other people, they can't seem to say good-bye to the past they shared.

One way or another, they'll have to figure out how to love again. Is it time to get back together or time to move on?

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Tangled Lines by Bonnie J Doerr With Givaway!

Tangled Lines
Bonnie J Doerr

High school changes everything for Kenzie Ryan and Angelo Sanchez—especially their relationship. After spending all summer cracking crimes against endangered wildlife in Big Pine Key, Florida, now they barely see each other. Angelo hangs out with a Porsche-driving quarterback and a stunning local “Conch princess” and Kenzie struggles with being a newbie among the Key West cliques.

But high school drama gets over-shadowed when horrific numbers of pelicans are found tortured near the islands where they live. Kenzie begs Angelo to help stop the slaughter, but he refuses until a stunning family secret is revealed.

When a Sanchez Fish House employee falls under suspicion, the list of suspects explodes, and the discovery of illegal activity exposes Angelo and Kenzie to the same deadly risk faced by the pelicans they are trying to save...

About Bonnie J Doerr:

Bonnie J. Doerr, an avid traveler, gardener, and nature lover, is the acclaimed author of eco-mystery novels for tweens. For over thirty years, she taught reading and writing skills to students of all ages—from kindergarten to college. Ms. Doerr enjoys sharing her ecological research, writing experiences, and educational insights with adults and children. Her work has been described as a “mashup of Jean Craighead George and Carl Hiaasen” by some and as a “teen detective series inspired by Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by others. Her work has been honored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with a grant for its use in environmental education and has been included in Milkweed Editions literary field guides. She lives in a log cabin on the edge of a historic park in North Carolina.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Summertime Busy!

Summertime Busy!
Summer is a busy time if you own a craft/magic store in a tourist area. Especially if you are in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg Tennessee.

I still get up at 6am to work on writing and writing business. A lot of our work is outside and the heat isn’t helping. Yep summer is busy and my online presence has slowed down, but I’m still at it!

How busy is your summer?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer is Here! And some books for summer reading.

Summer is Here!


Are you ready for summer? The heat is on. At least it here in Tennessee. I’ve had a busy couple of months.

We had a book party for my BLUES BONES at Make it Magic, our magic shop in Gatlinburg. Our local paper ran a press release announcing the party, so we had some local folks stop by. My favorite English teacher from high school surprised me too. It was a lot of fun.

BLUES BONES is listed on the first ever Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Reading List. If you know a young reader who needs a cool summer read, you can get BLUES BONES at a special price on Amazon. Hurry before the price goes up.

Here are some other great books I think your young readers will like.

Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway   After you read the first one, you’ll want the next two!

Mystery of Majestic Cave (Curse of the Granville Fortune Book 2)

Visions of Mockingbird Point (Curse of the Granville Fortune) (Volume 3)

Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway Amazon  After you read the first one, you’ll want the next two!

The Haunted Stepsister by Medeia Sharif 

The Unmoving Sky by K L Hallam

Be sure to check out my blog for news about other great books and author interviews!

Until next time, keep reading and sharing your favorite books with others.

Here is the link to Leap Books. Check them out along with the other great books they publish.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blues Bones Party!


Local author Rick Starkey will celebrate the release of his debut middle grade novel “Blues Bones” (Leap Books) on Saturday, May 28 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Make it Magic, 1120 Glades Rd. in the Arts and Crafts Community, Gatlinburg, TN.

Starkey will be at the magic shop from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the party kicking off at 4 p.m. There will be door prizes throughout the day along with magic tricks. The party starts at 4 p.m. with door prizes, snacks and a reading by Rick. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session about the book and anything writing.

In “Blues Bones”, set in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of spells from the Internet, Rodney and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. What seems like a great idea at the time backfires into disaster! How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend?

Starkey is a graduate of Sevier County High School and the Institute of Children's Literature. His work has appeared in the popular children’s magazine, Highlights for Children.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Twist and Shout by Debbie Dadey Release day!

Mermaid Tales Book 14

In this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure, Echo hurts her tail when she falls off of a sea horse—right before the big Tail Flippers competition! Will she still be able to flip her way to a trophy?

Echo loves dancing in the Trident Academy Tail Flippers. When she’s not dancing, she also loves riding sea horses, so when a classmate offers to let her ride their newest horse, Pinky, she doesn’t think twice!

But when a slithery eel darts in front of Pinky, Echo gets knocked off and hits a rock. Her entire body aches—from scales to tail—so she heads to the doctor. Dr. Weedy tells Echo that moving her tail is absolutely out of the question. Not only can Echo not swim, but even worse, she can’t compete in the Poseidon Tail Flippers team competition! And Echo’s their star flipper. Without Echo’s tricks and flips, Trident City’s team doesn’t stand a chance.

Echo’s friends find a pair of human crutches, which help her get around without the use of her tail. But that doesn’t solve the Tail Flipping problem! Will Echo find a way to help her team win from the sidelines?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Release Day! The Unmoving Sky by K.L. Hallam

There is nothing darker than the woods, until you meet your worst fear.

Jackson Bower has a lot on his mind lately. His younger brother hasn’t been the same since his mother’s death. His father’s drinking is out of control. Then there’s Jackson’s girlfriend and the grief that ties them together even as it threatens to drive them apart.

He distances himself, hoping for a little perspective at the family lodge. But when their father gets drunk and dangerous, he and his brother escape into the woods.

Night creeps in, and the rains come fast. Artie slips down a ravine. He’s wounded and the brothers seek shelter in a cave, only to find someone else already taking refuge there.

A desperate man with plans to destroy their town.

Jackson must get him and his wounded brother out of the cave and over the mountain to warn everyone in time. Without getting them both killed first.

Book Links:
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Meet the Author:

K.L. Hallam, an air force brat as a young child, who moved around to more schools than she can list, gathering the stories that would connect to her heart. She writes MG, YA, and short fiction, or anything she hasn’t tried, a member of SCBWI, a singer and songwriter, illustrator and mother of two teenagers. She lives in New York City and spends her mornings writing in a Jazz club.

Follow K.L. Hallam on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

The Haunted Stepsister by Medeia Sharif

Sixth grade isn’t easy for Jesenya Moradi, especially since her father’s recent remarriage and tension with her new stepsister, Kammy. After an incident at school that nearly destroyed Kammy's life, Jess has been desperate to get on Kammy’s good side. But a fateful trip to an allegedly haunted bathroom changes both girls’ lives forever.

The rumors about the bathroom are true, and now Jess is convinced a demon's possessing Kammy. Eerie things happen whenever she's around – flying objects, flickering lights, not to mention the fact that something, or someone, is making people into its puppets.

Worse, the demon seems fixated on making Jess confess her part in ruining Kammy's reputation. Sticking to her Muslim faith, Jess enlists the help of an imam to exorcise the demon from Kammy. But can they get rid of the demon before it destroys her new family?

Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and she presently calls Miami her home. She received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, she found her niche writing for young people. Today she’s a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, she is a public school teacher. Her memberships include MensaALAN, and SCBWI.