New Books || May 7, 2015 || Hurricanes, Magical Forests, and Epic Quests


"Until I'm Safe" by Jane GraceUntil I’m Safe

by Jane Grace

Does she stay and possibly get shot by her crazed father or run into the storm of the century, Hurricane Katrina?

Marguerite Aucoin has no choice but to run! Like the fiction heroine she writes about, a teen named Toots Gentry, Marguerite must be brave, despite the fact she’s lost both hearing aids and is virtually deaf.

Amand rescues Marguerite from the swirling bayou waters. At his home, she awakes but doesn’t speak, writing her name, Toots Gentry. With time, he learns her secrets, and discovers someone’s trying to kill her. But’s he’s fallen in love with Marguerite and is determined to protect her.

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"The Great Forest of Shee" by Patricia GilkersonThe Great Forest of Shee

by Patricia Gilkerson

 “Find Arizopal!”

With those words from his desperately ill father, fifteen year-old Griffin begins his journey to the Great Forest of Shee, a mystical place, and difficult to navigate.

The Great Forest is Faerie itself and during his quest, Griffin will meet many magical and sometimes fearsome dwellers there. Befriended by some, challenged by others, Griffin finds he is not the person he thought he was. But who is he?

He has to use his wits and call on new friends to figure out first, how to save his father, next, how to rescue his mother and a beautiful half-elf named Indigo. And finally, how will he keep the Great Forest itself from being destroyed?

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"Mira's Last" by Erin ElliottThe Sword of Lumina #3

Mira’s Last

by Erin Elliott

Galena has recovered the Sword of Lumina and now she has to race to find her brother, the leader of the elf army, to aide him in battle against Rau’s forces. Together, they push the enemy back until they find themselves facing Blackwell and every dark creature imaginable, including Rau himself.

Galena uses all the magic she possesses battling creatures never before seen until she finds herself face to face with the one who has ruled the elven nation for far too long. In a battle of light versus dark, Galena proves why she is Mira’s Last.

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New Books || November 20, 2014

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Nothing But Horses by Shannon KennedyShamrock Stable #3

Nothing But Horses

by Shannon Kennedy

If the going gets tough, wannabe cowboys exit stage left, according to Sierra McElroy.

Because her family owns the local riding stable, her old life was nothing but horses. Now, Sierra has a new car (new to her), a new puppy, a new school, a new coach, and a new basketball team.

However, she’s brought her same old patterns into this new life. She still doesn’t have any patience for stupid people who are a waste of time, space and oxygen.

In order to take over Shamrock Stable someday, does Sierra need to learn to tolerate these people who make her crazy?

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The Doors by Alice J. BlackThe Doors

by Alice J. Black

Amanda Fox is a young girl pulled from the life she knows and dropped into Godfrey Hall, an old house with a secret on the South West coast of England where it never seems to stop raining.

When left alone in the house, she hears something in the dark confines of the dining room. It comes from the mosaic doors and she soon finds out the mosaic seems to move when she’s alone.

The mystery of the mosaic consumes Amanda’s life and with the help of others, she finally discovers the secret and finds a way to open them for the first time in over two hundred years.

 

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Mira's Hope by Erin ElliottThe Sword of Lumina #2

Mira’s Hope

by Erin Elliott

Could you face your greatest fears to save the ones you love?

Galena, finding herself restored to full health, heads out on the second part of her journey to recover the Sword of Lumina from a cave Mira designed to protect the famous blade.

Heading toward the Western woods, she discovers how to use her magical powers now that she has no restraints. Galena has to re-learn how to fight and live on a daily basis, using magic that she has had very little access to before now.

Together with Elenio and Tark, they meet new friends and visit new villages, until Tark decides to stay behind and train an army of elves for the upcoming war against Rau.

Will Galena be able to face the fears she didn’t know she had and retrieve the sword? Or will she die in the cave that was designed to be the greatest challenge for Mira’s only hope?

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New Books || June 26, 2014

 

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I am so excited to announce this months releases!

“Twell and the Army of Powers” is a fantastic story set in a dystopian future. There’s a little bit of action and a little bit of romance, complete with super powers.

“Mira’s View” is the first in The Sword of Lumina series. If you like fantasy quests and elves then you are in for a treat.

“Good Vs. Evil High” is exactly what it sounds like. A high school for “good” kids rivaling a high school for “evil” kids. Throw in some Romeo & Juliet romance and you’ve got entertainment galore.

And finally, “Emma and the Cutting Horse” is a keeper for the horse lovers out there. Will Emma’s horse become a champion cutting horse? Read on to find out!


 

Twell and the Army of Powers by Kate O'LearyTwell and the Army of Powers

The Como Chronicles #1

by Kate O’Leary

Twell lives in the new world of Como, and has always neglected her telekinetic gifts, desiring to be ‘normal.’ Her biggest drama in life is having to be genetically partnered with a boy she doesn’t know or love by her next birthday. Unfortunately she loves her best friend, who loves the girl she hates most, and Twell is left frustrated & heartbroken.

 When Twell is requested alongside several other teens to develop her skills for the protection of Como, she reluctantly agrees to the training, and finds herself thrown into all sorts of mental and physical challenges.

 Handsome, charismatic Jonaz, is gifted with the power of healing. According to Twell he’s an infuriating prat who delights in provoking her. But first impressions have always been her downfall.

 When Como is attacked, life as Twell knows it is changed forever, with devastating consequences. With no choice but to fight, Twell risks her life to protect those who have survived, coming up against unexpected dangers she could never anticipate. Will she survive, and if so will she be matched to a stranger when the one she is growing to love is destined to another?


Mira's View by Erin ElliottMira’s View

The Sword of Lumina #1

by Erin Elliott

In a world ruled by the dark, what would you do to see the light again?

Galena is just like every other elf, enslaved by the powerful Rau. Once a beautiful and powerful race, the elves have been reduced to slave labor in the mines of Rau. Galena grew up hearing the stories of old about a sword, when wielded by the right elf, ending Rau’s tyranny. Unsure if she believes these stories, she finds herself plunged into a world unfamiliar to her, hunted by Rau for her unnatural magical abilities. Will she find the sword promised to her people? Or will she fall prey to the idea of a sword that doesn’t exist?


Good Vs. Evil High by April MarcomGood Vs. Evil High

by April Marcom

Deadly disaster strikes when Good falls in love with Evil.

Kristine’s just been adopted into North Haven High, an ice castle hidden in the farthest reaches of the north for orphaned teenagers who possess an unfailing disposition for good. And she’s just in time for their Winter Competitions, a rivalry held each year between NHHS and Southland Cinder High, a school made up of the exact opposite sort of teens. Here she finds Knight, a Cinder she grew up with but lost contact with years ago. And even though it’s forbidden, she begins to fall for him. Of course, her North Haven boyfriend’s got a thing or two to say about that. But Kristine doesn’t care. She’s happier than she’s been in years as she gets closer and closer to the man she’s falling completely in love with and having crazy fun with her new roommates.

Unfortunately it’s short lived, because everything begins going wrong.


Emma and the Cutting Horse by Martha DeeringerEmma and the Cutting Horse

by Martha Deeringer

When Emma Dean’s parents buy a plain sorrel mare with slightly crooked knees at a prestigious horse sale, Emma isn’t sure whether to be elated or disappointed. Cranky and irascible, the mare refuses to warm up to people or other horses. After she dumps Emma in the dirt on her first ride, Emma’s dad loads the mare in a trailer and takes her to a trainer to protect his daughter from the bumps, bruises and broken bones that can result from riding a cantankerous 2 year-old.

At first the mare seems like an outlaw, but beneath her plain red coat and independent attitude, the trainer slowly uncovers a surprising streak of hidden talent and an unexpected natural balance and athletic ability. When a well-known cutting horse trainer approaches Emma’s parents about training the mare for the NCHA Futurity, the family must make a difficult decision. Should they stretch their already strained budget to pay for training and futurity nomination fees? Could such a hardheaded little mare become a champion cutting horse?

 

Interview | C. S. Adler | “Scarecrow on Horseback” + Giveaway

Author Erin Elliott (“Mira’s View” – Sword of Lumina book 1, due out from Fire and Ice in June 2014) took some time from her busy schedule to interview fellow Fire and Ice author C. S. Adler about her latest book “Scarecrow on Horseback.”

Humiliated by an experience with her stepsister’s horse Mel refuses to become a rider, but she loves horses. When her mother gets an office job on a dude ranch, Mel is happy to scoop poop and do other scut work just to be near her favorite animals.

The trouble is every time she bonds with a horse something bad happens. It seems she is jinxed, that is until she develops a relationship with a mustang that rich Mr. Jefferies has bought. Then Mel risks everything to make that wild horse her own.

Erin: Where did you get the idea for this book?

CS: I could make up a story to answer question one, but the truth is I don’t know how I got the idea for SCARECROW ON HORSEBACK.  Either that or I just don’t remember.

 

Erin: Have you grown up with horses? If so did you have a favorite horse growing up?

CS: I grew up in New York City, an animal lover for sure, but my only experience with horses was falling off a farm horse my cousins let me ride on my grandparents’ farm in the Adirondaks one summer vacation week when I was about ten, and then falling off one in Central Park on an early date with my future husband when I was sixteen.

Erin: Did you ever work on a dude ranch? Or is that something that you would have like to do?

CS: A dude ranch?  To a N.Y.C girl, that was an exotic dream destination, not a reality until I was middle-aged and celebrating an  important wedding anniversary.

 

Erin: What is your favorite type of horse?

CS: The only horse I remember is one who came over and bumped his head against my chest in a field of horses one day. I fell in love on the instant.

 

Erin: How long have you been writing?

CS: I have been writing fiction since I was seven years old,, more than seventy odd years ago.

 

Erin: Are there any other books that you are working on?

CS: I am always working on another book, but none with horses right now.

 

Erin: Will you be making a sequel with Mel?

CS: A sequel with Mel?  Not unless some readers want me to write one.

 

Erin: Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass on to future writers?

CS: To future writers I would say, keep a journal;  it’s incredible how much you forget, even of the important things in your life that you think are engraved in your memory.


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About C. S. Adler

Born in New York City at the end of the great depression, I graduated from Hunter High School and College, got married, worked in advertising, had three sons, and spent thirty some years in upstate New York where I was an English teacher at Niskayuna Middle School for nearly a decade. My husband and I retired to Tucson, Arizona where I fell in love with the desert. I am a passionate tennis player, grandmother and nature lover, and have been a full time writer since the publication of my first children’s book, THE MAGIC OF THE GLITS.

That book won both the William Allen White Award and the Golden Kite Award. My novel, THE SHELL LADY’S DAUGHTER, was chosen by the A.L.A. as a best young adult book of 1983. WITH WESTIE AND THE TIN MAN won the Children’s Book Award of the Child Study Committee in 1986 and that committee commended many of my novels. SPLIT SISTERS IN 1987 and GHOST BROTHER in 1991 were I.R.A. Children’s Choices selections. ONE SISTER TOO MANY was on the 1991 Young Adults’ Choices list. ALWAYS AND FOREVER FRIENDS and EDDIE’S BLUE WINGED DRAGON were on a 1991 I.R.A. 99 Favorite Paperbacks list.

ONE UNHAPPY HORSE won the ASPCA Henry Berg Award in 2002.

Many of my books have been on state lists and have also been translated and published in Japan, Germany, England, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, and currently Turkey.

Website: www.c-s-adler.com


About Erin Elliott

I’ve been a preschool special education teacher for the last ten years. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and started writing stories and “books” when I was in high school. I have three books coming out, The Sword of Lumina series. I love spending time with my family, reading, summer and the sun. My lifelong dream is to live in Hawaii someday.

Facebook: Facebook.com/swordoflumina
Blog: erinelliottwriter.wordpress.com
Twitter: @eelliottauthor


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Mel, the heroine in “Scarecrow on Horseback” has a fear of riding horses. Leave a comment below sharing your biggest fear to be entered to win a free ebook copy of the book.

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Interview | D. G. Driver | “Cry of the Sea” + Giveaway

Erin Elliott, author of the upcoming fantasy series. “The Sword of Lumina,” stopped by to interview the oh so talented D. G. Driver about her new novel “Cry of the Sea.”

Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?”

Her feelings on the subject are changed when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she finds out that these aren’t humans at all. They’re mermaids!

Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.

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Erin: Where did you get the inspiration for this story or when did you get the idea for it?

D.G.: When I originally wrote this book, I was in a writing frenzy, coming up with more ideas for books than I had time to write. I had been working on screenplays, novels and doing articles. The 10 year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill was all over the news, and the idea just kind of sparked into my head. It took a long time to go from there to the finished product. Interestingly, I originally called the oil company in the novel Effron, but I was told that was still too similar to feel safe, so I changed it.

Erin: Is conservation something that you personally feel strongly about?

D.G.: Yes. I like to keep my personal footprint small by conserving water and electricity. I don’t litter; I do recycle. I use a refillable water bottle. Stuff like that.

Erin: Everyone has a different image when they hear the word mermaids, what made you choose the description for yours in your book?

D. G.: In this book I wanted to represent mermaids as if they were real creatures, not those of fantasy. If mermaids had actually evolved under water, they wouldn’t be white-skinned girls with beautiful hair, wearing shells over their breasts. They would be a lot more like fish, I think. I also decided that they wouldn’t be able to talk. That would hardly make sense, would it? So, I made my mermaids communicate more like dolphins with a touch of telepathy.

Erin: Are there plans for a sequel?

D. G.: I’m toying with it. My original plan was to create a series where Juniper Sawfeather encounters a different kind of mythological being in each book, rather than sticking with further adventures with the mermaids. I kind of liked the idea of it being an X-Files, Fringe-ish series for teens.

Erin: When did you decide that writing was something that you wanted to pursue?

D. G.: I’ve been writing since I was a child. I did it only as a hobby, as I really wanted to be an actress. I majored in Drama and was a professional actress and singer throughout my twenties in Los Angeles. I still do community theater here in Nashville. I wrote my first book, a horror novel, when I was in college and took both a playwriting class and a short story class in school. Soon after college I was asked to write a play for a children’s theater, and that sparked my interest in writing for kids. I began seriously submitting my work after that and eventually started selling some. Once I turned thirty, I decided to focus on writing more than performing.

Erin: Is this your first published novel? If not, what are some of your other works?

D. G.: I published 3 middle grade novels around the turn of the century under my maiden name Donna Getzinger. That very small press was located in Florida and suffered some major losses after hurricanes in 2006. They couldn’t recover, and those books are now out of print. Still in print are 3 of the 5 award-winning biographies I co-wrote about classical composers Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel and a nonfiction work called The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. I have also published a couple plays, many short stories, articles, and I’ve had 4 of my plays produced. Cry of the Sea is my first Young Adult novel and the first one I’m publishing as D. G. Driver.

Erin: Do you have other stories in mind for new books along the way? If so, care to share any blurbs about it?

D. G.: I have more ideas than time to write. Currently I am cleaning up two novels. One is a middle grade fantasy novel about a young surfer who encounters a dragon hiding in a cave on the North California shore. The other is a novel about a girl who is mistaken for a boy when she goes to visit her grandmother in rural Tennessee. She is invited to go along to the annual camp-out on an island in the middle of a vast lake. She gets lost trying to get there and then finds out that the boat she is in might be haunted. I originally wrote this as an upper middle grade book for boys, but I am reworking it to a younger end young adult and changed the main character from a boy to a girl to make it more interesting.

Erin: What advice would you give a new writer just starting out in this adventure through the publishing world?

D. G.: My main advice is to read a lot of the kind of book you want to write. Read the blockbusters as well as the little books to see what makes them different and try to evaluate why. I’m a big supporter of joining Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. They have lots of resources, wonderful support and great conferences both locally and nationally. I highly recommend Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing and Stephen King’s On Writing. These books were very motivational for me when I first started out. Most of all, write. Write junk. Write quickly and blast those stories out. Then put what you’ve written aside and go back and fix it later when you have fresh eyes. I’m doing a blog about rewriting on my web site. It’s just started up, but I will be adding ideas, advice and examples of how to do it every week or two. www.dgdriver.com

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About D.G. Driver

D. G. Driver grew up in Southern California only 30 minutes from the beach. As a girl, she used to dream that magic would change her overnight into a beautiful mermaid. Alas, that never happened, but her love of the ocean never diminished. Even though she is landlocked in Tennessee now, she still only needs one whiff of sunscreen to bring her imagination alive. Thanks to the support of her husband and a sweet drawing of a mermaid done by her daughter that was taped on the wall above her desk to keep her motivated to finish, Cry of the Sea is now her first published Young Adult novel. A dragon picture hangs there now, so we’ll see what happens…

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donnagdriver
Website: www.dgdriver.com
Twitter: @DGDriverAuthor 
Tumblr: d-g-driver.tumblr.com

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About Erin Elliott

I’ve been a preschool special education teacher for the last ten years. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and started writing stories and “books” when I was in high school. I have three books coming out, The Sword of Lumina series. I love spending time with my family, reading, summer and the sun. My lifelong dream is to live in Hawaii someday.

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Leave a comment below and you’re automatically entered to win a free ebook copy of “Cry of the Sea” by D. G. Driver!

Winner will be chosen on or soon after April 6, 2014.

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