Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers by Mark Logie



Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers


Twelve-year-old Ty Monterey is no hero – or so he thinks. He’s obsessed with computers, often in trouble at school and rude to his mother. Worst of all, he has a distinctly wimpish stutter.

One day a mysterious, coded e-mail arrives in his inbox and, Ty being Ty, he sets about decoding it. At first he is excited by what he discovers, but when he is menaced by a knife-wielding thug in his own garden he realises things have become serious.

Ty finds he has stumbled across a plot to launch the worst terrorist attack the world has known, with thousands of lives at risk on the London Underground.

Dismissed at every turn by the authorities, it soon becomes clear to Ty that only he and his gang, the Cyberhawks, can prevent the devastating attack planned by the group known as “Storm Troopers TZ9”. But does he have the courage to see it through?


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Read an excerpt:
The street light a couple of metres from Ty’s front gate spluttered out just as he walked under it. At once the shadows multiplied and deepened. The boy’s heart skipped a beat, then speeded up to something like a horse’s trot. He stared into the shadows, trying to see if anything lurked there. A dog barked nearby and he jumped the way you do when someone creeps up behind and shouts “Boo!” What’s the matter with you, you baby? You’re like a little kid creeping through a graveyard, hoping the ghosts won’t notice you. 
Ever since Ty had left his school’s grounds and stepped onto the streets of Richmond, an inexplicable dread had descended on him. He wasn’t in the best of moods (who would be if they had just spent an hour in detention for not doing their geography homework?), but that didn’t even begin to explain it. 
Maybe the business of the strange e-mail was preying on his mind more than he realised. Perhaps, but it still didn’t explain the steadily growing feeling that something was going to happen. Something unpleasant. Detention might make him feel down, but this was a completely different feeling: it was an instinctive fear, one he couldn’t even express in words. But of who or what he had no idea. 
Something rustled underfoot and he looked down, moving his left foot back. There in front of it was an empty packet of bacon-flavoured Walker crisps. He frowned in dismay. It was strange since this wasn’t a busy street and every hour council robots cleaned the streets, as they did in all the other London boroughs, removing all rubbish. Therefore somebody must have walked past a few minutes ago. So what? Yet he felt a shiver run down his spine. 
Ty glanced at his watch and saw that it was six oh-one. Much too early to be scared, he joked to himself in a vain attempt to keep his spirits up. He realised he’d slowed down so much that he was meandering along like someone out for a stroll after a heavy Christmas lunch. 
It was quite ridiculous, he decided, someone of his age frightened of the dark – or was it something else? – and taking his time to walk home so that he didn’t have to face ... what? What could possibly be waiting for him? Still he wished that Isabel would be home from work. 
He turned into the gateway in front of his house and hesitated, staring at the grey paving stones in disbelief. Lying there was an identical crisp packet to the one he’d just seen. Of course, someone could have walked along the street, eaten two packets of crisps and just happened to fling one of them at his front gate; or they could have gone in to ring the doorbell. It didn’t mean they were still there – and even if they were, it surely didn’t matter. Nevertheless, the hairs on the back of his neck were prickling as if ants were swarming all over them. 
Ty looked up and down the street, hoping to see someone walking towards him, even a policeman. But there was no one. Apart from himself the street was deserted. He sighed and was shocked at how shaky his breath sounded. Come on, scaredy cat, get on with it. 
He took another breath, deep and long, then let it out slowly (it sounded a little less shaky than the other and that encouraged him a little). He slid the handle to the right, pushed open the gate and stepped through. 
Someone grabbed his right arm from behind; simultaneously their other hand covered his mouth as he gave vent to a gasp of terror. “Shut up, you little snotnose,” whispered his unseen assailant. “Just do as you’re told and you won’t get hurt.”

About Mark Logie


Born in Camberwell, southeast London, Great Britain, Mark Logie has always been a keen reader and from about the age of nine started writing the occasional story for his own pleasure. Over the next few years, an interest in filmmaking distracted him from writing; later on, he worked briefly as an unpaid runner for a video production company, before turning back to writing.

His first novel for young adults, "Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers" (a thriller for 12- & 13-year-olds about terrorism and computer-hacking), was published in 2012, the Kindle edition reaching number 15 in the Amazon UK bestseller list for its category. Also, Mark Logie's poetry and short fiction have won awards from CanYouWrite and ABC Tales.

Twitter page: @MarkLogieAuthor

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mark-Logie-Author-1022617024509611/


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Watch the trailer for Life Sliding by S.L. Mauldin

Life Sliding by S.L. Mauldin is a highly praised coming of age novel that is currently being interpreted for both the stage and the screen by the award-winning author. Check out the trailer for this novel and then order your own copy!





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About S. L. Mauldin

S. L. Mauldin is an optioned screenwriter and the author of the young adult novel Life Sliding and the forthcoming teen fiction novel Always Here. Shannon was born in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now resides and continues to write books for teens, but stories relatable to readers beyond those turbulent adolescent years. Currently, S. L. Mauldin is preparing a live stage presentation of Life Sliding and is in pre-development of the feature film.



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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Life Sliding by S. L. Mauldin is on Audible!



Are you a fan of audiobooks? You'll want to grab Life Sliding by S.L. Mauldin. This coming of age story has rave reviews on Amazon and will soon be a feature film, with the screenplay being written by the author. It's recommended not only for young adults and teens, but anyone to read.


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Life Sliding


As Gavin’s junior year comes to a close, he faces an inner conflict with his status as the most popular kid in high school. It’s not lost on his father, who sensed for some time that his overly indulged son needs redirection. Making matters worse for Gavin, his dad sends him away for the summer to assist at a camp for children with special needs.

Arriving at camp Life Me Up, Gavin is suddenly forced to dabble in a world less familiar. After his first uncomfortable encounter with a strange girl with multi-colored fingernails, who refuses to waiver his arrogant behavior, Gavin comes face to face with a person from the past, which leaves him uneasy.

Inevitably, three people clash and collide, but when tragedy strikes, they come to an understanding regarding their differences. Becoming a young adult, Gavin faces a summer of harsh lessons in reality. Once he crosses the bridge from a self-inflicted prison to the road to freedom, Gavin and his new friends implement a strategy to stir up the social order when they return to school in the fall.

Because of one jaded person jumping to conclusions, the plan backfires. Will they be able to survive the fallout of what they’ve put into motion? #LifeSliding


About S. L. Mauldin

S. L. Mauldin is an optioned screenwriter and the author of the young adult novel Life Sliding and the forthcoming teen fiction novel Always Here. Shannon was born in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now resides and continues to write books for teens, but stories relatable to readers beyond those turbulent adolescent years. Currently, S. L. Mauldin is preparing a live stage presentation of Life Sliding and is in pre-development of the feature film.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Life Sliding by S.L. Mauldin



Life Sliding


As Gavin’s junior year comes to a close, he faces an inner conflict with his status as the most popular kid in high school. It’s not lost on his father, who sensed for some time that his overly indulged son needs redirection. Making matters worse for Gavin, his dad sends him away for the summer to assist at a camp for children with special needs.

Arriving at camp Life Me Up, Gavin is suddenly forced to dabble in a world less familiar. After his first uncomfortable encounter with a strange girl with multi-colored fingernails, who refuses to waiver his arrogant behavior, Gavin comes face to face with a person from the past, which leaves him uneasy.

Inevitably, three people clash and collide, but when tragedy strikes, they come to an understanding regarding their differences. Becoming a young adult, Gavin faces a summer of harsh lessons in reality. Once he crosses the bridge from a self-inflicted prison to the road to freedom, Gavin and his new friends implement a strategy to stir up the social order when they return to school in the fall.

Because of one jaded person jumping to conclusions, the plan backfires. Will they be able to survive the fallout of what they’ve put into motion? #LifeSliding


Available on Amazon



Midwestern Book Review: 
“Life Sliding” is a compelling read from beginning to end and clearly demonstrates author S. L. Mauldin’s original and exceptionally gifted storytelling talents. While very highly recommended for school and community library YA Fiction collections..."


About S. L. Mauldin

S. L. Mauldin is an optioned screenwriter and the author of the young adult novel Life Sliding and the forthcoming teen fiction novel Always Here. Shannon was born in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now resides and continues to write books for teens, but stories relatable to readers beyond those turbulent adolescent years. Currently, S. L. Mauldin is preparing a live stage presentation of Life Sliding and is in pre-development of the feature film.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Broken Roots by Michelle Diana Lowe



Broken Roots


After her father's invention earns her family millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida. Uprooted from the place she loves, Teisha now lives in a broken home full of secrets and lies.

Following the death of Teisha's grandmother, her fractured family is replanted in rural England, where a kingpin and his clan are laying in wait. What ensues is a dangerous game that brings their house to its knees, as the family's wealth begins to disappear.

When her father develops a mysterious illness, Teisha turns detective to unravel the truth. Escaping onto the streets and stumbling into the foster care system may be her only hope of survival.

Note from author: Italian and Spanish translation editions of Broken Roots will be available soon on Amazon.


Available on Amazon
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Author Bio - Michelle Diana Lowe


Born in the early 1980s, I grew up relatively poor, within inner-city London. As a kid, I always had a love of words and stories. I was a lonely and somewhat friendless child, but surrounded myself with books for comfort. The local library and classic novels were my best friends, my escapism from a world that did not quite understand me. In spite of my loneliness and humble beginnings, I felt I had a greater purpose in life. God had made me unique and different for a reason.

Being severely bullied at primary school and experiencing family problems aged nine, I dug deep, and found that, tapping into my passion for words and writing, really helped to repair my soul and aided the healing process. Barely ten years old and a voracious reader – reading Judy Blume novels such as – Deenie, Blubber, Tiger Eyes and Are You There God It's Me Margaret?, I decided to pen my very first novel, which was around 30,000 words in length. The deep satisfaction I had when finishing it, told me that I needed, not just wanted, to be a writer. I was born to be one. Inside me, I knew I had important messages to give the world, through the power of the written word. Making this dream of becoming a published author a reality, then became my long-term goal.

In my late teens and early 20s, I studied English Literature with Philosophy at Roehampton University. Whilst doing my Bachelor of Arts degree, I felt inspired by bestselling novelists, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. I absorbed and was mesmerised by, their stories and experiences. As my writing style developed, the positive influences of Toni and Zadie, helped infuse culture and society into my creative work.

After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with Philosophy, I started working as a Children's Centre Administrator in East London, where I support families by signposting and referring them to key services.

It was in January 2015 that my first career break came. I was signed by US Publisher UrbanEdge for my debut novel UnShatter Me. In April 2016 I submitted my second novel Broken Roots to Creativia Publishing and I was signed by this publisher. Broken Roots is my most successful novel to date. Not only was it named one of the Best Indie Books of 2016 on Read Free.ly's list, but it has also been on two Amazon bestsellers lists, on six separate occasions, and has been a bestseller in three different territories, the UK, US and Canada. Furthermore, the Italian and Spanish translation editions of Broken Roots will be available on Amazon very soon.

As an author with urban foundations, I feel I have a commitment to bring more diversity into all my books and into the publishing industry. In my writing, I also have a desire to raise awareness of young mental health and help make a difference in people's lives.

When I am not writing, I love to unwind and relax, by watching period dramas and blockbuster movies. I also enjoy reading books in a variety of genres.


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Take Me to the Pink Yacht (Once Upon an Ethereal Diamond) by Aurora Diamond


Take Me to the Pink Yacht


A humorous, heart-warming story. 

Seventeen-year-old Aurora Derubati has a step-sister she never knew about who plunges the family into financial problems. Aurora is left homeless with her younger siblings, relying on strangers in the dangerous streets of Sicily, Italy.

Until she meets AdriƩn.

He's different from all her caretakers and makes her safety and security priority... only a little too close. 

Aurora has her first crush. She is a sapiosexual and is ambivalent about her first love. Adrien is madly in love with her and jealous of her date. 

One Christmas Eve reveals who her true love is.


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About Aurora Diamond


Aurora Diamond lives near New York. She is a mother of four and an amateur artist.

She is a first-time writer and loves art, music, reading, watching movies, and road trips. Her favorite thing to do is caring for her kids.

Take Me to the Pink Yacht- Once Upon an Ethereal Diamond I, is the first novel in the Pink Yacht trilogy. The second book will be out soon.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards



2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards


Information is now available for the 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards. The 2017 contest has over 40 indie book categories that include topics related to human relations issues, family relationship issues, children’s books with a human relations focus, poetry human relations books, fiction human relations books and general human relations book categories. There are also several special needs categories included in this year’s contest. April 25th, 2017 deadline is approaching. Visit our website at http://humanrelationsindiebookawards.com to find out more about the contest.

Monday, March 20, 2017

OMG It's True! by Amos Allinger




OMG It's True!


This unique and gripping TRUE story will show you how to find God inside your heart AND interact with Him personally there! If you've prayed to the sky hoping to hear something back, this story is for you! When you pray inwardly, and no matter where you go, you'll discover how to feel and KNOW that God hears you because He will reveal Himself to you inside your heart! Get ready to read one of the craziest but most impactful testimonies you may have ever read!


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Invest 2 hours on this 10-week and running #1 Amazon bestseller that is one of the wildest true stories and life changing teachings you'll likely ever encounter! Also available on Audible for purchase.


About Amos Allinger


Amos Allinger is a husband, proud father of ten children, grandfather of one, graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management, published author, screenplay writer, and current owner of a multi-million dollar manufactured housing community.




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull #Giveaway Ends 3/31 #SMGN

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In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Blood: Secrets and Lies (Book 1) by Brandylan James





The Blood: Secrets and Lies


What would you do for love?

Would you lie for it?

Would you die for it?

Would you kill for it?

Would you endure centuries of darkness for just one last chance to change everything, even if you knew it was probably hopeless?

Love is never easy.But in the end, it is all that is worth fighting for ... 


When the first day of senior year finally rolled around in sleepy Croft's Landing, NC, Jules Walker was definitely psyched. Not only was she going to hook up with her best bud and fellow Blud band member, Dylan Croft after the long summer vacation, but more importantly, according to the grapevine, Dylan and Landing High’s resident queen bitch, Amanda Zane were officially over. For some reason, that made Jules’ heart beat just a tad faster. However, before she even had a chance to process, much less address her newly emerging feelings for Dylan, he was already head-over-heels . . . for someone else, and not just anyone else ... for Jules' best friend, and that would be his undoing; in fact, it could prove deadly.

Enter tall, svelte new girl, Madison Janey who barreled into English Lit class in the middle of a discussion on Pride and Prejudice, balancing a schedule in one hand and an attitude in the other. That's when Jules intuitively knew three things for sure: Madison was destined to be her best friend, Dylan was going to fall in love with her, and that, in turn, was going to put them all on a catastrophic collision course.

It didn't take long. From the moment the iconoclastic "Maddie" moved into the Landing’s Inn, aka home-sweet-home to Jules and her single mom, Starr, there were far more questions than answers. Despite Madison’s somewhat fanciful accounts about her family, despite her mysterious disappearances in the late night hours, Jules was content to cut her friend some slack because that’s what best friends did. Amanda Zane, on the other hand, felt no such compunction. To her, Madison Janey said one thing: "competition," and she was bound and determined to expose her as a fake and a liar. That, too, didn't take long, but even when confronted with Amanda’s “proof,” Jules refused to admit what should have been painfully obvious: Madison was hiding something. The pills she found in her friend’s room should have been enough to raise a red flag; not to mention the dried blood stains on her clothes and the way her eyes changed and looked, well . . . not human. Then the mysterious texts started, suggesting that Dylan was in danger. The thing was, Jules really loved Madison . . . as much as she loved Dylan. Even though it hurt like hell to have to watch the two people she cared for the most falling in love, Jules couldn't allow herself to believe anything bad about Madison. It wasn't until she found her friend packing to leave town the night before Blud's big Halloween concert that Jules confronted her, mostly because she knew it would break Dylan’s heart if Madison checked out without so much as a good-bye. Though Madison begged Jules to trust her one last time and tearfully promised to tell her everything – and Dylan as well -- Jules knew in her heart that it was one more lie.

But Croft’s Landing was a town founded on lies and secrets, something both Jules and Dylan would inadvertently discover that same Halloween night: Jules, when she happened upon an old diary in Madison's backpack; Dylan, when his father revealed a horrifying truth about the Crofts.

As the moon turned blood red for the first time in over four hundred years, an ancient curse was about to be unleashed – one that set Madison and Dylan on opposite sides of two powerful families bent on each other’s destruction; one that freed an enigmatic prisoner to exact his revenge on the witch who condemned him for loving her; and one that would ultimately demand one thing: their blood . . . .





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Read an excerpt:
It’s started again. We’re betrayed. They’ve denounced us as witches and now everyone is calling for our blood. They’ve all gone mad. I don’t know if I’ll survive this night or if I’ll ever see Daniel again … 

*** 
As Cassondra glared into her intruder’s cold, steel blue eyes, a tremor rocked her resolve. 
“Where is he, Jaydon? Where is Daniel …? What have you done?!” 
Jaydon Croft raised the gun, his red lips curling into a deadly smirk. 
“Are you ready to die, witch?” 
*** 
According to the village grapevine, Dylan and Amanda Zane were over. That mattered because: first, Amanda was never good enough for him; and secondly because Dylan was Jules’ best friend, and thirdly because … Jules pressed her eyes shut and made a demi-pirouette in the direction of the doorway. She couldn’t allow herself to finish the thought or even acknowledge that there was any more to it. There wasn’t. It was enough to say that Dylan Croft was special, and the real reason Jules could have for looking forward to senior year was that she would have the opportunity to hang out with him more if he was disengaged from Landing High’s resident queen bitch.


About Brandylan James

Brandylan James (aka Joanna Coons Kosloff) is a multi-published writer /creator of television continuing dramas. She created the Harlequin series: Tyler. The Blood is a Young/New Adult romantic fantasy series dealing with the Clare Curse. She writes under the pen names: Joanna Kosloff, Joanna Coons, Dylan Malloy, Brandylan James, Jamie Dylan, Brandon James. She has also authored several dog books and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. You can visit her on Facebook and Linked In. Find her on Goodreads.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Werewolf Origin by Dr. Alex Cullison



Werewolf Origin


Werewolf Origin was inspired by the 1941 movie, “The Wolf Man.” This classic film starred Lon Chaney, Jr. A clan of gypsies comes into a village in Wales. Lon Chaney is bitten by a werewolf in his attempt to save a girl. The girl dies, but he did kill the monster, who was Bela, a gypsy fortuneteller. Unfortunately for Lon, he becomes a werewolf, and so begins the genre. What is not revealed is how Bela first became a wolf man; this book is a prequel to the movie and reveals this mystery.

More than that, this novella is about love, friendship, and determination. There is a strong independent woman, Larene who works with the young dedicated physician, Dr. Paul Thomas. Together as a team, aided by their friends, they experience something incredible.

Written by Dr. Alex Cullison, an author who brings imagination, adventure, romance, fear, and sensitivity to this story. Werewolf Origin was written to provide entertainment to a wide range of readers, both young and old.

This book is illustrated.


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Biography of Alexander C. Cullison, Ph.D.


Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of a Chesapeake Bay pilot, and comes from generations of sea captains. He grew up in the suburbs of Maryland.

Upon completion of high school, he enlisted into the Air Force.

He later went back to school to become a U.S. Merchant Marine engineering officer. He sailed as a marine engineer and subsequently worked for the organization that represented marine engineers.

He was passionate about learning, and was constantly attending night classes and taking college courses. He first received his BA degree from Antioch University. Then he got his BS degree from Excelsior College of NY. Later, he obtained a Masters of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Empire. Lastly, in 1997, Alex became "Dr. Cullison" having received his Ph.D. from the Union Institute & University located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Cullison has worked as an engineer, contract negotiator, mediator & arbitrator, substitute teacher, college instructor, and author.

He is happily married (Diana) and their son, Alexander, who is also writing a book (Twilight Sun). Alex enjoys travel, literature, education, politics, photography, boating, writing, and learning new things.

Alex has traveled much of the United States and the world. He volunteers his time and talents to worthwhile groups, such as fraternal related charities, his community, and Fairfax County.

He believes that people should share their experience and knowledge with others.

www.DrAlexCullison.com




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Chaos (un)Controlled by Tael


Chaos (un)Controlled


Rixa Storms flees to a library-in-the-sky world to escape her mother’s religious, controlling nature, but finds a murky truth below the polished surface of what seems like a paradise. To emerge victorious, she’ll need to overcome her upbringing’s resulting emotional suppression to better control her power, or risk being consumed by her newfound abilities.


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About Tael 

A truth-seeking, nerdy, ninja, I juggle various passions, the most noteworthy being reading, writing, gaming, anime and Japanese culture. Raised in New York City, the urban jungle holds my heart. I lamented the loss of 5PTZ. My humble writing qualifications are limited to a Bachelor’s in Journalism, membership in poetry circles, and a strong-willed determination and passion. “Truth Trebles” by definition is “Truth Resounds the Loudest.” As a verb, it echoes; as a noun, it refers to a harsh reality that no one wants to hear. I’ve recently taken an interest in fitness to expand my ninja-training. Fun-fact: I don’t own an e-reader. I still like to feel the book in my hands and smell the pages. I’m running out of shelf-space.

Website: www.truthtrebles.com.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Sorceress's Apprentice by JL Lahey



The Sorceress's Apprentice


Badger, an eight-year-old orphan, has spent his entire life hiding in books, reading of the heroic deeds performed by valiant knights and courageous adventurers.
While attempting to save the lives of his fellow orphans he manifests a magic like power. He soon learns that using this power comes with a great risk to his own life.
A beautiful sorceress, clad all in black, soon arrives with an offer to adopt him and teach him how to properly wield his powers.
Once they leave, he learns that the sorceress is really the leader of a group of adventurers, and they're not the type of heroes that he has ever read about in books. They’re the kind that steal, get drunk, rob graves, loot tombs, and shoot people in the back. They basically only do what they need to in order to have a really good time.
Badger is wondering what type of tale has he gotten into, because he has never read a story quite like this one!
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Meet Carlton Holder, author of The Moonbeam Rider

Carlton Holder

Carlton Holder is the author of THE MOONBEAM RIDER, a young adult, coming of age novel described as "The Diary of Anne Frank meets The War of the Worlds." You can find out more about the book and see the trailer here.

He took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and tell us more about his book and fascinating work over the years.


What was the inspiration behind this book? 
Hi, Andrea. My inspiration for this book came from three places: World War II thrillers, UFO documentaries and old science fiction pulp magazine covers. I love old movies like “Casablanca,” where people throughout the world come together to fight the occupation of Europe by the Nazis. I wanted to recreate this war-torn world in contemporary times with humanity fighting occupation by beings from another galaxy. The inspiration for the robotic creation that is resurrected to fight against the aliens in the novel was inspired by the robots on the covers of old pulp magazines. 
What kind of research did you have to do for it? 
Not much. I was well-versed in the world I was trying to create, so the rest came from my imagination. The hardest part of writing this novel was speaking in the first person voice of a sixteen year old girl writing in her journal. What helped me the most with making that voice authentic is that I also train competitive female gymnasts and most of my girls are tweens and teens. I’m around youth a lot, so I understand how they think and see the world. I don’t think it would have been possible to write this novel if that hadn’t been the case. So you might say I’m immature.  
Which character spoke to you the most?
My main protagonist Noa spoke to me the loudest and clearest. She is a girl who grew up in the inner-city. She was an outcast who would lose herself in her graphic novels. After her parents are killed and she is sent to a very scary beach to live with a strict grandmother she’s never met, Noa finds empowerment through surfing (she finds an old board) and learns to ride the waves in secret. This has a startling affect on her psyche, as well as her body. I can relate to this because I grew up poor in an intercity. I discovered gymnastics, which empowered me and changed the course of my life.  
What was one of your favorite scenes? 
When Noa discovers the underwater cavern Metal-Lunar, which she likes to refer to as the Robot Kingdom or the Kingdom in Cobwebs.  
Will we ever see these characters again? 
Yes. Most of my gymnasts have already read my book and really enjoyed it. They have started asking me about a sequel. I planned this as a trilogy, but wasn’t going to get into the second book until the Summer. Now it looks like I’m going to have to start writing it sooner. I’ll start putting my notes together in a week or so.  
The name Noa is very unique for a girl. I do have a friend who named her daughter that. Where did you come up with that name? 
Originally THE MOONBEAM RIDER was a screenplay. In the original story Noa was a little boy named Noah. My manager and a producer who had worked at Dreamworks wanted to produce it as a 3D animation movie. When that didn’t happen, I wanted to turn it into a novel with my main character like a Harry Potter. When I read The Hunger Games, I decided I wanted to make it a little more grown up and a little more edgy. A sixteen year old girl with a bad attitude seemed a fun way to go.  
You describe it as Diary of Anne Frank meets War of the Worlds. Would you care to expand upon that? 
Anne Frank’s story is so inspiring and heartbreaking. I loved how the book was all about her thoughts and feelings. And then I got to thinking, what if I created a character like that, set in a fictitious world where the earth is being invaded and occupied by alien creatures? The concept grew from there.  
How do you think your past pursuits helped you prepare to write this book?
I was a gymnast in college. Afterwards, I came to Hollywood and became involved in the stunt industry. I worked on a number of films and TV shows as a stuntman - usually doing stunts that involved acrobatics (I even worked on Power Rangers which is now being rebooted as a big budget young adult movie). Later, I started reading the scripts on the sets of the productions I worked on. I had been a literary major and journalism minor in college and had always loved creative writing, so I decided to take a shot at it. As a stuntman I had worked on a lot of fantastical action movies, so I became more immersed in this world. It also didn’t hurt that I grew up on a steady diet of comic books, graphic novels, as well as horror and sci-fi films.  
What is it about this genre that appeals so much to readers? To writers? 
Young adults like to read stories where they can see themselves in the characters. This is also a coming of age story, which in my opinion appeals to people of all ages. It’s also science fiction and people always wonder what if…?  
As far as why it appeals to me, here’s my secret: I write the projects that I would be a fan of. I don’t try to guess what the market is looking for and then write it. I write from the heart. Otherwise it would be boring.  
You have a very interesting writing past. How did you get involved in those projects?
Thanks. Gymnastics led me to the movie stunt world. Stunts led me to movie-making and writing. Screenplays led me to books. It wasn’t quite a straight line though. There were lots of detours.  
You're currently working on developing a TV show. What can you tell us about that project?
It’s based on an espionage novel I’ve written called “SPOOK: Confessions of a Psychic Spy.” I’m just realizing now that I have a habit of marrying history with the fantastic. It’s about a CIA remote viewer during the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement who also happens to be Black. This character will be involved in a lot of infamous historical events of the Sixties.  
Have you made it to Area 51 yet?
Not yet. But I’ve driven from Los Angeles to Las Vegas many times and every time I pass Highway 375 (the legendary Extraterrestrial Highway that takes you to the infamous Area 51), I want to turn onto it. I’ll keep you posted.  
Please tell us more about your other published works.
I’ve written a horror novel called “THE BLACK ALBUM: A Hollywood Horror Story.” It’s inspired by true events. I had shot this micro-budget horror movie in the Arrowhead Mountains. We had a lot of bizarre experiences during the filming and the movie was never completed. That adventure left me more open to the possibility of the supernatural.  
On what are you currently working?
I was planning on writing the first book of three different novella series: “MIDNITE REVIEW OF THE FREAK KING” (new adult), “TEENAGE WASTELAND” (new adult) and “DEATH DEFYER” (adult). But it looks like I’m going to start working on the sequel to The Moonbeam Rider since I’m getting requests for it.  
Do you have a writing process that you follow?
I have a seed of an idea and I just think about it for a couple of weeks. Sometimes I abandon the idea for reasons like: I don’t see this being a full-length film or book. After that, if I feel like I have something, I’ll write it out in a three page synopsis and start putting names to the characters. If I like it after that, I go from there to either turn it into a TV series, movie or novel.  
What is one of your dreams that you have finally realized? 
I finally wrote a big spec cop drama screenplay that has been getting attention in Hollywood. My manager will be taking it out to the major studios. All my other scripts that have been made into movies up to this point have been small independent films.
What is something that is still on your bucket list?
Definitely more traveling. I worked with an indie production company that was hiring me to write films that they were shooting in Europe. I got to go along for the ride because they were always wanting rewrites to accommodate the changes in actors and locations. My dream is to write novels in different parts of the world.  
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m actually an alien. 
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? 
Just that it’s been a pleasure to be interviewed by you Andrea. Thank you.  

The Moonbeam Rider


Occupation began when the first mothership appeared in the sky. Now they are taking over, one continent at a time. Collaborators, human traitors, are plentiful. Welcome to the resistance.

Noa Ash, a lonely teenage girl making entries into her personal journal, takes us on an astounding adventure. After she is orphaned during an alien attack, Noa is sent to live with a stern grandmother she has never known on Shadow - a once sunny beach that was warped into a hellish place of fog and darkness by a meteorite shower. There Noa finds an old surfboard and begins riding the beach’s cruel waves. As she learns to surf, Noa goes through a transformation of body and soul that turns her from a helpless nobody into a true heroine.

But fate has an even stranger destiny in mind for Noa when she discovers an underwater cavern where an archaic robot lay rusting. Only the robot is not a robot. It is a vessel. To resurrect it - the only weapon on Earth Noa believes can stop the alien occupation - she will have to transfer her life force - her soul - into the battered metal hull to pilot it. Aiding Noa in her mission is a strange boy from another time. A boy who Noa finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

The Diary of Anne Frank meets War of the Worlds.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Moonbeam Rider by Carlton Holder

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.



The Moonbeam Rider


Occupation began when the first mothership appeared in the sky. Now they are taking over, one continent at a time. Collaborators, human traitors, are plentiful. Welcome to the resistance.

Noa Ash, a lonely teenage girl making entries into her personal journal, takes us on an astounding adventure. After she is orphaned during an alien attack, Noa is sent to live with a stern grandmother she has never known on Shadow - a once sunny beach that was warped into a hellish place of fog and darkness by a meteorite shower. There Noa finds an old surfboard and begins riding the beach’s cruel waves. As she learns to surf, Noa goes through a transformation of body and soul that turns her from a helpless nobody into a true heroine.

But fate has an even stranger destiny in mind for Noa when she discovers an underwater cavern where an archaic robot lay rusting. Only the robot is not a robot. It is a vessel. To resurrect it - the only weapon on Earth Noa believes can stop the alien occupation - she will have to transfer her life force - her soul - into the battered metal hull to pilot it. Aiding Noa in her mission is a strange boy from another time. A boy who Noa finds herself inexplicably drawn to. 


The Diary of Anne Frank meets War of the Worlds.


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About Carlton Holder


Carlton Holder grew up in tough Brownsville, Brooklyn immersed in the New York City comic book scene during its golden age (think "The Warriors" meets "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"). His love of fantastic fiction and super-heroic exploits led him to the craft of writing and the sport of gymnastics. After studying English and journalism at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he was also a member of the gymnastics team, Carlton moved to Los Angeles where he became first a Hollywood stuntman and later a screenwriter. He has interviewed former members of the IRA in Belfast, written about the drug trade in Central Mexico, and traveled to the Netherlands to research the World War II bombings of Belgium by the Nazis. Carlton currently resides in LA where he is developing a TV show, when not penning novels or planning trips to Area 51.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Aaberdeen: The Beginning of the End Part 1 Journeys Collide by L.M. Blair



Aaberdeen


Aaberdeen is no longer a land teeming with mystical and magical creatures. Hope, honor and magic are rare commodities. A melancholy has settled upon the land where the people have forgotten their past and fight their own potential. Rulers make laws to preserve their positions. The common man, more common than ever, has little hope in the future, especially as the dark forces gather.

There is one ray of hope and a chance to spread goodness in the land or the evil will increase. But first, those who have forgotten or fight their destiny must be reminded of their potential and ability as they must first choose to go on this journey of self-discovery.






About L. M. Blair


"It's no wonder that people say that some things are written in the stars, because there are some things that should not be changed."

L. M. Blair is new to writing, she is a stay at home mom and started writing as a hobby when she basically had to give up her gardening hobby when she could no longer keep it up due to her sensitive eyes. She decided to self publish when her daughter liked her book a great deal, so she decided to print it and see what happened.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dying Wish by Margaret McHeyzer




Title: Dying Wish
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: January 8, 2017



Blurb

I have three major loves in my life: my family, my best friend Becky, and ballet. Elijah Turner is quickly becoming the fourth.

He's been around as long as I can remember. But now he's much more than just the annoying guy at school.

My life was working out perfectly...until it got turned upside down.








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Trailer

Watch the trailer featuring Dance While You Sleep,
an original song written and recorded for Dying Wish.



Dance While You Sleep is available on iTunes





Author Bio

There's something about the written word that is pure magic.

Possibly it's the fact there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and they can create something so beautiful or so empowering they're capable to change our lives.

How important is it that we break suit and stretch our minds?

I like to think of myself as 'unique'. My stories aren't for everyone, and sometimes I may push what you believe to be 'normal'.

Normal is subjective.

I prefer to be known as a person who's never been 'bound by custom' but is 'unique by choice'.


I hope you do read and enjoy my stories.



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