New Release: Willa and the Alliance of Inquisitors

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Can magic really fix everything?

Willa discovers the answer to that question is more complicated than it appears.

In a desperate attempt to bring her father home and reunite her once perfect family, Willa falls—literally—into a mess of magic, mayhem, and mystery.

Before long, Willa learns the hard way that everything she does has a consequence.

Join Willa as she discovers her own strength, and learns the powers within the pages of her new book may not be what they seem.

*Recommended for ages 9 and up

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Following Willa and the Book of Malediction, the Alliance of Inquisitors brings young readers an action packed adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and puberty when Willa faces her worst adversary yet. Middle school.

Join Willa as she uncovers the secrets of her family and learns she is so much more than Willa the weirdo.

*Recommended for ages 10 and up!

 

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Blitz: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
SERIES – Book I of Guinevere trilogy-A Quest Book
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend
PUBLICATION DATE – April 2009
LENGTH – 122 Pages
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTISTKaytalin Platt; Rita Toews


Book Synopsis

Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards.

At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.


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AMAZON KINDLE US
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AMAZON KINDLE UK
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EXCERPT

“Why have we run away from home?”

“My Father the King and apparently Merlyn have decided that I am to marry King Arthur in two years and become his Queen. I’ll have to leave the castle, my home, you, and everything I’ve grown up with,” she added, not realizing that Cedwyn was staring at her with his mouth wide open.

“He even promised Grandfather’s round table to King Arthur. All without asking!” She finished, sure that she had stated her point clearly. Her eyes strayed to the hand that Arthur had kissed. Quickly she averted them.

“Are you sure they said King Arthur?”

“Oh yes! I’m sure.”

“That’s fantastic! He’s gonna be a great king! He’s gonna bring all of England together. I heard some of the knights talking about him last night. They said that he is the bravest and best warrior they have ever seen. And the smartest!” He looked at Guinevere and shook his head. “And you are gonna be his Queen!” Disbelief washed over him. “I wish someone would make a decision like that for me!”

“Really? Then you can marry King Arthur!” she said, standing up and stamping her foot. Then she turned and stomped up the rise.


AUTHOR BIO

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

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Blitz: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom
SERIES – Book I
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend
PUBLICATION DATE – May 2012
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 120 Pages
PUBLISHER – MuseItUp Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Kaytalin Platt


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Answer the hero’s call to Adventure with the Young Knights of the Round Table on their Quest.

Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.

In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.


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ITUNES
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EXCERPT

Prince Gavin

Gavin’s gaze was drawn back to the castle’s battle-scarred walls and the heavily armed guards. The evil emanating from the structure surrounded and held him captive, like a lone deer surrounded by hungry wolves in the dead of winter, unable to move, its eyes glassy with fear, its limbs frozen by the hypnotic gleam of the wolves’ yellow eyes. Even knowing its life was ending, the deer wouldn’t break and run. So Gavin sat frozen in front of the castle.

The enormity of his quest enveloped Gavin and he sighed. Continuing on meant he might save the Wild Man, but he might put himself in danger as well. King Edward was his father’s enemy and possibly responsible for Aldred’s murder. If Gavin were caught, Edward wouldn’t treat him kindly. The young prince summoned his courage and focused on the Wild Man. It had seemed so simple last night in the company of Bryan and Philip.

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Philip

Looking at the stack of chopped wood, he smiled sadly. Two years ago he would never have dreamed he’d be here, chopping wood for food and a dry place to sleep. He shook his head at his thoughts, his shaggy, ill-cut black hair falling unevenly across his forehead. Two years. It seemed like forever.

Two years earlier, he had lived with his parents and baby brother on their small farm up north. His parents worked hard to put food on the table and to pay off the farm. Philip’s main job was to watch baby Benjamin while his mother helped his father in their small field. When Benjamin fell sick, Philip helped his father clear the old stalks and rocks from the soil while his mother nursed the baby. He helped his father carefully plant the winter wheat and barley for harvest in the spring.

As autumn slipped into winter, Benjamin hadn’t gotten better. His tiny body burned with fever. Those last few days when Philip held him, the heat coming from Benjamin threatened to slowly engulf him like the embers of a dying fire.

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Bryan

In the five years he’d been James’s apprentice, Bryan had learned a lot. He made a sturdy sword, so James said. Two years still remained in his apprenticeship. Two long years.

Like most sons of tradesmen or farmers, his family had secured this apprenticeship early on. At eleven, he and his father had made the three-day journey south to the Pembroke Castle blacksmith. At first, the prospect of being away from home, on his own, and learning a respectable trade, was exciting. More importantly, it allowed him to see and talk with real knights.

He spent every day learning how to forge stronger swords, tougher armour, how to shoe horses, and even make pots and pans. It was a satisfying trade and one that would ensure him a livelihood. But Bryan didn’t want just a livelihood. Even now, only two years away from completing his apprenticeship, he still couldn’t see himself working with metal for the rest of his life. As long as he could remember, he had wanted only one thing: to be a knight like Sir Lancelot.


AUTHOR BIO

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

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Blitz: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
SERIES – Book I of Guinevere trilogy-A Quest Book
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend
PUBLICATION DATE – April 2009
LENGTH – 122 Pages
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTISTKaytalin Platt; Rita Toews


Book Synopsis

Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards.

At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.


BUY & TBR LINKS

AMAZON KINDLE US
AMAZON KINDLE CA
AMAZON KINDLE UK
AMAZON PAPERBACK
BARNES & NOBLES
SMASHWORDS
ITUNES
GOODREADS
SHELFARI


EXCERPT

“Why have we run away from home?”

“My Father the King and apparently Merlyn have decided that I am to marry King Arthur in two years and become his Queen. I’ll have to leave the castle, my home, you, and everything I’ve grown up with,” she added, not realizing that Cedwyn was staring at her with his mouth wide open.

“He even promised Grandfather’s round table to King Arthur. All without asking!” She finished, sure that she had stated her point clearly. Her eyes strayed to the hand that Arthur had kissed. Quickly she averted them.

“Are you sure they said King Arthur?”

“Oh yes! I’m sure.”

“That’s fantastic! He’s gonna be a great king! He’s gonna bring all of England together. I heard some of the knights talking about him last night. They said that he is the bravest and best warrior they have ever seen. And the smartest!” He looked at Guinevere and shook his head. “And you are gonna be his Queen!” Disbelief washed over him. “I wish someone would make a decision like that for me!”

“Really? Then you can marry King Arthur!” she said, standing up and stamping her foot. Then she turned and stomped up the rise.


AUTHOR BIO

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

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AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
WEBSITE
ADVENTURE QUEST WEBSITE
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FACEBOOK
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Tour Stop: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island by Rita Monette

Behind every legend lies the truth…

About The Legend of Ghost Dog Island:

Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.

Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs…which would explain the strange howling sounds. Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes. He should know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps…But maybe there’s something Papa doesn’t know.

Nikki and her new friends begin to uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend…and town folks aren’t talking.

Then her beloved beagle goes missing.

Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.

Book Details:

Title: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

Tags: Adventure, mystery, middle grade, louisiana, bayou, dogs

Length: Approx. 204 pages

E-book:  978-1-987976-00-7
Paperback:  978-0-9947490-9-3

Re-Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing

Amazon Link:

http://amzn.to/1Vc8647

Mirror World Publishing Links:

eBook http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/collections/history/products/the-legend-of-ghost-dog-island-ebook

Paperback  http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/collections/history/products/the-legend-of-ghost-dog-island-paperback

Excerpt:

The hurricane

“Spikes, you in there?” a boy’s voice shouted.

“That sounds like my little brother, Harold.” Spikes ran to the door. “Y’all stay here.”

“What you doing in there?” Harold asked. “And who’s that other bike belong to?”

“What do you want, pest?”

“Pops told me to get out and look for you. He said you ain’t finished your chores, and besides, a storm’s a-brewing. Radio says it’s lookin’ to be a hurricane.”

“I’ll be home shortly.” Spikes started to close the door.

“Pop says I ain’t to come home without you, or he’ll take the belt to me.”

Spikes turned to us. “We’ll have to go another time, Nikki. He’ll go back and tell where I’m at, and Pop will be here flat out, getting us both whupped. I gotta go.”

I watched through the dingy window as he and his brother rode toward the levee.

“Do you think you should wait until tomorrow, Nikki?” Patti asked.

“No way! We got all the stuff. It’ll be a full moon before the night’s up, and it’ll be too late. I’m going alone if I have to.” I stepped outside with the bag across my shoulder like Santa Claus. The air smelled damp, and the leaves began to rustle on the trees as I dragged the pirogue toward the water, the witch’s items inside.

“Grandma and Grandpa will be looking for us, Nikki. We’re going to get into big trouble if we don’t get back home.”

“You go back, Patti. Tell them I went to my houseboat to close the windows or something.” I shoved the boat into the choppy water and climbed in as the rain began to fall. I reached into the sack, took out the diary, and carefully slid it into the front of my bibs for safe keeping.

“Nikki, I promised not to tell, but I can’t lie if they ask me.” She was almost crying.

“I don’t care, Patti. Tell them whatever you want. I’ll see you when I get back with Snooper.” I dug the paddle into the shifting waves, aiming the boat north in the direction of the island.

Meet the Author:

Rita Monette

Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She loves to write stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state.

Her middle grade series, The Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, is based on tales told by her father—who made his living in those bayous—of reasons to stay out of the swamp.

She currently lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. Besides writing and illustrating, she loves watching the many birds that make their habitat on the Cumberland Plateau, working in the garden, and frequenting waterfalls.

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Tour Stop with Review: She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J.M. Walker

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Elizabeth J.M. Walker’s
Young Adult Fantasy Novel ~
She Dreamed of Dragons!!
Follow the tour to read exclusive excerpts, guest posts, reviews, and spotlights.
Could a dragon mage be the next ruler of the magical kingdom of Dorlith?

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Title: She Dreamed of Dragons

Author Name:  Elizabeth J.M. Walker

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: Approx. 234 pages

Ebook ISBN:  978-0-9947490-6-2

Print ISBN:  978-0-9947490-5-5

Release Date: July 17, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing

This is a re-release tour.  Book previously published through a different publishing company.

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About She Dreamed of Dragons:

Trina is a fifteen-year-old dragon mage in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards – the same people who have brought dragons and other magical creatures near extinction. Trina can barely control her fire powers and is desperate for an apprenticeship, but finding a fellow dragon mage to be her teacher is proving more difficult than coming across an actual dragon.

Then there’s the Royal Tourney – a competition presented by the Queen to find a successor to the throne. Trina heads to the competition in the hopes of sparking some interest in the mage society and earning herself an apprenticeship.

She never intended to be a frontrunner in the competition.

She never meant to catch the attention of the evil witch trying to take over the throne.

She never expected to fall for a wizard.

Now Trina must face tough decisions about who she is and who she could become. Trina must ask herself: Can she really win the Royal Tourney?

A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:

I had the opportunity to read this story to review as part of the tour.

Five-Star Read.

For the most part, it was exactly what I expected. Although it is classified as YA (I’m assuming because the age of the characters) it reads more like a middle grade fantasy. It is clean–no foul language and aside from a couple of kisses and the singular use of the term ‘make out’, I feel it is appropriate for a younger audience–I’d let my 10 year-old read it where most YA books would have to wait until she’s older. I’d say this one is a great way to introduce kids to fantasy books and would recommend it as a precursor to books like Harry Potter.

I really liked the characters. I felt that each one was well developed and I liked the way the characteristics of the mages’ magic comes through in their personalities. Trina, as a dragon mage, has powers involving fire. While fire can be uncontrolled and destructive, it can also be warm and comforting. At various points in the story, Trina embodies these very characteristics. Her cousin Eddy is a pixie mage and he can be mischievous and doesn’t tend to take things as seriously as he should but he shouldn’t be discounted for there is more to him than meets the eye. These are just a couple of examples of the incredible way Walker weaves magic into her characters.

The story itself is wonderful. It is well written and achieves the level of believability I like to see in a fantasy. Yes, it is in a magical world where magic is an everyday occurrence but the people still act like people inevitably do. There is prejudice–which effects the Trina, Eddy and Trina’s sister (who is a Nonnie- non-magical) as the only non-witch-or-wizard contestants in the tournament. Despite the way she’s treated by the majority of those around her, Trina still manages to treat others fairly and with acceptance rarely shown to her. The way Trina reacts to others makes this story more than just a fantasy- it also reinforces the merits of human decency. (There is part of the story that kinda reminds me of the episode of Sofia the First where they have the princess test… yes, I also watch kids shows… BTW Sofia is one of my favorites because she exhibits a lot of the same characteristics I admire in Trina.)

I mentioned before that the story was mostly what I expected. There are a few twists I didn’t see coming but I will say they fit much better than the path I thought the story would take. And while there aren’t a lot of details in this particular part of the story, I feel that Trina’s actions begin to reflect what you’d expect in a YA. (I feel I need to clarify something. Trina is a mature character, probably more mature than most YA characters with her developed sense of responsibility and duty. But part of YA is learning to make the tough decisions and she does this by going off-script–it’s one of those twist things–and that is as much of a spoiler as you’re going to get!)

I would gladly pick up another book by this author and if she ever decides to tell what happened in the mountains, I will be first in line to read it!

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Purchase Links:

Amazon Kindle – US –

http://amzn.to/1M1Ctat

Amazon Paperback – US –

http://amzn.to/1dVVRYG

Mirror World Publishing –

http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/products/she-dreamed-of-dragons-e-book

Barnes & Noble –

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/she-dreamed-of-dragons-elizabeth-j-m-walker/1120223680?ean=9780994749055

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Meet the Author:

Elizabeth J. M. Walker lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has always loved books and writing. As a teen she discovered zines, which inspired her to publish her own litzine of odd fairy tales for over a decade.

She Dreamed of Dragons is her first novel.

Connect with her on her website: www.elizabethjmwalker.com

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Review: The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis by Sharon Ledwith

Blurb:

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, history itself may be turned upside down.

Review:

The Last Timekeepers is a clever, fun, adventure through time with a group of interesting characters and a wonderful story.

Being an 80s kid, I have a soft spot for The Breakfast Club mentality. A group of kids who normally don’t get along end up in detention and end up friends. I actually love that Lemonade Mouth resurrected this notion for my children’s generation. But Ledwith takes it a little further. These kids with diverse interests and backgrounds have to band together and go on an epic adventure to preserve the rightful history of our world. How cool is that?!?

Seriously, I loved this book. I thought it was extremely well written. The characters were a great mix of modern tropes–the jock, the nerd, the poet– and classic archetypes–the hero, the divine help, the monster– all of them brilliantly crafted to fit into the story. Knowing how to feel about each character was easy. The lines between good and evil were drawn and no ambivalence existed in the characters; they were either on one side or the other.

I loved how the author took a familiar story and gave it depth, creating life from a legend we all know and love while appearing to create the legend. I found the story to be intriguing and entertaining. I smiled as I came across familiar names and figured how they fit in to the story. Then I loved every minute as I watched the characters’ actions perpetuate the legend that has been rehashed numerous times over generations.

Not only am I giving this one a 5-Star rating, I am making it required summer reading for my children. I am excited to share this one with them and I’m interested to see what they think of the story.