Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blog Tour+Gust post+ Giveaway: An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein






Title: An Emerging Threat
Author: Mark E. Lein
Genre: Fantasy
An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One (Oliver) is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other (Ethan) is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way. 



 Giveaway Tour-wide giveaway for 3 print copies (US only) and 20 PDF copies (international) 

The Guest post:
I have an overactive imagination. It helped me enjoy my childhood as we often lived in the country and were homeschooled. It was me against the world when my brother or sister had other things to do. I took it so far that I would at times be both the good and the bad guys, shooting arrows in one direction, running to pick them up or pull them from trees and shoot them back. It was glorious fun. I was the wounded hero that sacrificed himself for those in need, struggling to stand and bring my weapon to bear against the charging enemy. I was and am a romantic adventurer with broad ambitions for glory. The history books and novels that I read fueled and established this baseline.
When in college, I decided to follow my brother into the degree of Digital Media, a degree so new at least one class a semester was the first time it had been offered. My brother focused on web design and animation while I went the path of cinema. Amongst the graphic design and art classes I took classes studying the history of the movie and wrote many papers on the messages that can be taken from the stories on screen. I was forced to write script and come up with film ideas and even helped produce a very well-directed short film. This and the foundation of reading and imagining led to how I now write.
I write in scenes. Before I ever put fingers to keyboard I imagine the scene and the interaction between the characters, the story and the world they inhabit. I see it so clearly that I often struggle to do the scenes justice on paper. Where in my mind is the entire scene, to include sound and music, on paper it seems bare. Writing in scenes is my way to take a snapshot before the images in my head fade. Only when I am able to read a passage and it takes me into the scene I had imagined do I feel comfortable to move on. Taking it scene by scene also helps me in time management as long as I start and finish an entire scene and the elements in it, I feel satisfied that the book is eventually going to be complete.
The hardest part is the communication between imagination and my brain and fingers. My imagination is nearly limitless, my body and mind, not so much. I am still learning how to write and effectively put voice to the ideas that prance along their merry way in the world where I am king, pauper, cowboy, hero and creator; my imagination.


About the author:

The author grew up in small towns across the country, spending most of his childhood in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains of Northwestern Arkansas. Throughout his life, his favorite books have been sci-fi and fantasy, anything Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Terry Brooks and a little Isaac Azimov. Graduating from college in 2004, he became an Army Infantry and Intelligence Officer and continues to serve to this day. While deployed to Iraq for 14 months back in 2007-09, he began writing with this book in mind. His civilian work includes Intelligence Analysis and providing expertise with military training programs. He now lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife of 9 years, Emily, and his three children, Oliver, Lucy, and Alexander.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Spotlight: YOUNG HOUDINI: THE MAGICIAN’S FIRE by Simon Nicholson (Giveaway)

The Magician’s Fire
By Simon Nicholson
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
October 7, 2014
ISBN: 9781492603320
$15.99 Hard Cover
Ages 10-13

YOUNG HOUDINI: THE MAGICIAN’S FIRE tells the fascinating story of a young, penniless Houdini putting his extraordinary skills into action to solve the mystery of his missing magical mentor. This heart-pumping tale of the world-famous magician will thrill young readers and spark their interesting in the incredible man that was Harry Houdini.
 Young Harry Houdini spends his days chaining himself to train tracks and teetering on wires high above the city with his two best friends, Arthur and Billie. But when Harry's friend and magical mentor, Herbie, disappears, the three friends band together, determined to rescue the beloved magician.
With nothing more than a mysterious puff of purple smoke, an ominous threat, and a menacing Bulgarian for evidence, Harry, Arthur, and Billie embark on a dangerously thrilling investigation that pushes their skill, and friendship, to the limits. But can Harry find Herbie before it's too late?


Buy YOUNG HOUDINI: THE MAGICIAN’S FIRE at these retailers:
Amazon | B&N | BAM | !ndigo | IndieBound | iBooks
Excerpt: Here














About the Author:
Simon Nicholson writes for Nick Jr. including such shows as Tickety Tock, Bob the Builder, and Zack and Quack, as well as for BBC children’s programming. He lives in London. Visit him online atwww.simonbnicholson.com and on Twitter @SimonBNicholson






Giveaway ends November 7th.2 lucky winners will receive a copy of Young Houdini: The Magician’s Fire by Simon Nicholson

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman





-Title:The Graveyard Book.--Series: None.-Author: Neil Gaiman.
-Genre: Horror (Fantasy and Paranormal).-Age Group: All ages.-Source: Bought-Rating:  5 /5.-GoodReads (quote):
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.


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Characters:


  • Nobody Owns.


  • Silas.


  • Mr. Owns.


  • Mrs. Owns.


  • Jake.










  •                   It hit me that there are only few children books with very sad begging but The graveyard book is by far the saddest of them all, yet exciting. It began with Darkness, knife and death. It began with an eighteen months old baby boy escaping his fate from death running to the graveyard while all are dead and one lady Mrs. Owns took to herself to the dead mother of the little boy whom we will by further




     know his name Nobody Owns. He found love home within the Cemetery -including the freedom of the graveyard- and a guardian named Silas who had both freedom of the graveyard and the living world but he was an other worldly creature who connected Bod -Nobody Owns- to the knowledge of the living but never let him be among them for he knew the great secret behind Bod's biological parents death. While Bod grow between the coffins he was a little happy child loved by all inhabitants of the Cemetery they became his friends and some taught him how to keep himself safe -even the one who thought she hates him aka Miss Lupescu- and perhaps that what made him to believe that he is one of them so when. 




                    Speaking about the rest of Bod's days he used to play and had one and only living friend - Scarlett- who thought him to be a ghost and soon both shall be lost to the Sleer who had just one free that there master will never be back. Bod was lost to ghouls where you can only join them or be eaten so Silas had to save but there were grave danger ahead by of Jake of  "the Jake of all trades" who killed his parents used his only friend to get to him but that was there mistake to even think to hurt Bod. Now they all are dead and Bod is old enough to go around our living world.






                         "The graveyard book is a very Gothic story with yet happiness, mystery,  love, friendship and above all home. I have never found more joy than reading a story with most of its characters are dead but has there own world and even wonderful the Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) . I have said many spoilers about this story but this story is for all ages to enjoy."






    "Dark, vivid and magnificent."

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    "WELCOME TO LONDON, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE" by D. Lawrence-Young

    "WELCOME TO LONDON, 

    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

    by 

    D. Lawrence-Young


    (Enigma Press New Release!)


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    Synopsis: 

    Will Shakespeare is a young lad, happy to work at school, but happier really when he is writing long love poems and short plays. Unfortunately, his father, having fallen on hard times has to send Will out to earn his own living. 

    Eventually managing to convince his family that his pen and education will provide a better living than by making gloves in his father's shop, Will sets off for London and the new and exciting world of the theatre. 

    Elizabethan London is like no other place in the world, with its sights, smells, opportunities and constant danger. While Will is forging his career and making new friends in the theatre, including the alluring Dark Lady of the Sonnets, he must also be very careful of those he mixes with. The Tudor capital is a treacherous place at the best of times, and there are ever-listening ears everywhere. William Shakespeare has to be on guard at all times, especially when he is forced to become a government spy. 

    Based on a wide range of sources, D. Lawrence-Young has written a fascinating novel that helps us answer the question: What was Shakespeare doing during his so-called “Lost Years?’


    Author:



    D. Lawrence-Young has been teaching and lecturing on drama, history and English for many years. He is happiest when researching Shakespeare, English and military history. He has written Communication in English, a best-selling English language textbook as well as a dozen other historical novels. These include three based on the life of Shakespeare. 

    He contributes regularly to Forum, a magazine for English language teachers and has also written several articles for Skirmish, a military history journal. He is a member of the local history club and is the Chairman of the Jerusalem Shakespeare Society. He is also a published (USA) and exhibited (UK and Jerusalem) photographer. He plays the clarinet (badly) and is married and has three children.