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Traveler’s Zone Book Tour…and Tasty Recipe

Creamy Cauliflower Pea Salad

Creamy Cauliflower

This is a traditional Midwestern recipe usually served as a side-dish. You can’t make a meal of meats and carbs alone. Well, you can, actually, but it’s nice to have a tasty vegetable dish to balance out your plate.

Creamy Cauliflower Pea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • Half head cauliflower cut in bite size pieces (about 10 oz.)
  • English Peas fresh or frozen (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 cup peeled, diced cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons commercial reduced-calorie ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • Cheddar cheese

Materials:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • Knife

Directions:

  1. Combine water, cauliflower, and peas in saucepan; bring to a boil.  Cover and cook 5 minutes or until cauliflower is crisp tender; drain well.
  2. Combine cauliflower mixture and remaining ingredients in a bowl; toss well.  Serve warm or chilled.  Before serving top with small bite size pieces of cheddar cheese.

While your home fills up with the tasty aromas of an earlier time, you can indulgently curl up with a good book. May I suggest Traveler’s Zone?

Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.

Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.

About the Book:

In Starter Zone, Cami kept herself and her younger sister Alby alive in a post-apocalyptic world, facing starvation, violence, and death on a daily basis. Caught by the military and forcefully inscribed, Cami manages to scam the system and they enter the Realms, a Virtual Reality world, as privileged Players rather than slaves. They experience a world of safety, plenty, and magical adventure. Indeed, magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami continues her epic quest to navigate the Realms and build a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world.

Time to play the game.
Genre:
LitRPG YA Fantasy
Read an Excerpt:

I was born into a world where silicone still ruled. Where the products of the earth outshone those of the sea. Integrated circuits ran all electronic equipment and scientists strove to make the conducting lines smaller and smaller. Silicon Valley tried, and failed, to make chips fast enough to upload human consciousness.

The Revelation came a few years later from the hydrologists. They designed a system that did not use silicone, but instead worked with water molecules. The hydrologists managed to imprint the consciousness of a human mind on a single drop of water.

The water was to be kept in self-contained, sealed aquariums—pure, undiluted, eternal—where virtual realities were constructed to meet every need and desire. All of human knowledge encoded and stored in literal pools of data and integrated with the drops of human consciousness. It was, the hydrologists claimed, utopia achieved.

The obscenely rich were the hydrologist’s first clients, many taken near the end of their lives. The procedure did not always work, but there were enough successes to spur people’s interest. People suffering from terminal illnesses volunteered to be inscribed, and the hydrologists worked and refined their process. Private companies formed and competition forced price wars. Hundreds of customers grew to thousands, and then to millions. There were landmark court cases arguing whether or not health insurance should cover the cost of the inscription–whether or not this was a medical procedure designed to save lives or a form of physician assisted suicide. The law struggled to decide if life ended when the body was drained to a dry, leathery husk, or if life continued inside those glowing, sealed aquariums.

I was thirteen when the governments seized control of the laboratories, first in the Eastern European countries. Then the labs of Europe and the Middle East were swallowed up. Terrorist attacks soon followed and destroyed most of the civilized world over the next three years. The United States, Canada, and Greece, those bastions of democracy, did not fall until the very end. Of course, by then no one cared whether or not the government or the private companies ran the uploading programs. Many of the aquariums ruptured in the strife and the droplets, imbued with human consciousness, re-entered the water cycle of the planet.

The destruction of the aquariums led to a moment of serendipity. Once the hydrologists learned that the human minds survived outside of the aquariums, they designed a world-wide system of interlocking realms to host the inscribed human minds. Right now the realms exist in Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere, but the hydrologists have plans to expand their reach into the rest of the world. Soon, the only life left on the planet will exist in the virtual world.

Time to play the game.

 
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Praise for the Revelation Chronicles:
“She entered the game and I was hooked. I don’t even
play that kind of computer game, but the story was as addicting as I imagine a
real MMORPG to be. Each level up, each new character, each new threat drew me
in. I wish I could read the next book already!” –Kata, NetGalley Reviewer
“I love the dystopian genre, and a lot of the problem I
run into is a lot of them are boring and follow the same storyline. This one is
so different it’s amazing. I cannot recommend this enough. It’s sci-fi, it’s
dystopian, and it fresh. A definite must read that I plan on reading
again!” –Liliyana S., NetGalley Reviewer
“Both sisters are strong female characters who are good role
models for young girls.  This story is
filled with suspense and adventure with a taste of the gaming world.  It is the first LITRPG book that I have read
and I really enjoyed it.” –Teresa O, Educator
“This book was amazing! The story line, along with the
development of the characters was phenomenal. This book is very well paced, and
easy to follow. Seeing the story play out for the characters, along with the
lessons you gain from reading this book, makes it one of my new favorites. For,
this book is more than just another dystopia novel. It’s basis is on family
love, and what you’d do to keep them safe. It’s a young adult novel, yet is
appropriate for anyone above the age of 10. I would highly suggest reading this
book ASAP. You won’t regret it!”–Almaz D, Reviewer
Book 1:Starter Zone

Amazon

Want to learn more about The Revelation Chronicles? Check out chrispavesic.com for updates on this and her other series.Meet the Author:

Chris Pavesic lives in the Midwestern United States and
loves Kona coffee, fairy tales, and all types of speculative fiction. Between
writing projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening,
working on an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with
friends.
Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2NlNJXB
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Dog Eared is Going on Tour

Dog Eared is going on a virtual book tour! Follow the tour to read reviews, excerpts, and book spotlights:

 

 

 

Tour dates and stops:

May 14

T’s Stuff – Exclusive Excerpt

Sharon Ledwith: I came. I saw. I wrote. – Guest Post

May 15

The Written Word – Exclusive Excerpt

May 16

Chris Pavesic – Exclusive Excerpt

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Bookworm for Kids – Exclusive Excerpt

May 17

YA/NA Book Divas – Exclusive Excerpt

Sapphyria’s Book Promotions – Spotlight

May 18

Teatime and Books – Spotlight

Karlee Kay – Exclusive Excerpt

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Lisa – Queen of Random – Spotlight

http://www.Lisas2900.blogspot.com /@Lisa2900

Buy Dog Eared on Amazon here: hyperurl.co/1q43xz

Thank you to all the hosts and to Sapphyria’s Book Promotions.

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Happy Book Release Day To Me

Dog Eared is out now in e-book and paperback formats.

Book cover, Dog Eared by Jojo Debrazza
Cover design by Laura Coppolaro

About Dog Eared:

Dogs can’t read. Right?

When Sophie’s grandfather moves in to a retirement home, Sophie is delighted to take over responsibility for his super obedient dog, Lector. Her grandfather also gives her two journals for Lector and tells her how important they are. But listening isn’t one of Sophie’s strong points.

Sophie’s dream-come-true turns into a nightmare when the usually well behaved Lector turns super-bad overnight. After midnight on his first night with Sophie, Lector gets himself into all kinds of trouble and leads Sophie into a run-in with the local bully. Dogs in the town have been going missing too. Could there be a dog snatcher on the loose?

Sophie desperately needs Lector to return to his former obedient self, especially when her dad and step-mum-to-be announce, to Sophie’s horror, that they are having a baby.  Lector’s future with the family is in danger. If Sophie can’t retrain Lector before Sophie’s new half sibling is born, he’ll have to be rehomed.

Can Sophie discover the magical secret to training Lector, and keep him away from the dog snatcher, before it’s too late?

Get your copy:

Buy Dog Eared on Amazon here: hyperurl.co/1q43xz

Review:

Star rating and leaving a review, even a few short words, increases a book’s visibility and helps others choose to read the book.

If you enjoy the story I will be very grateful if you can leave a review on Amazon. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the book page: hyperurl.co/1q43xz
  2. Scroll down to Customer Reviews
  3. Click the ‘Write a customer review’ button

Thank you

Cover Reveal – Dog Eared by Jojo Debrazza

Dog Eared is my latest book which will be released on Amazon in e-book and paperback versions very soon. It is aimed at children aged 9-12 but anyone who’s ever tried to train a mischievous dog might enjoy it.

I’m very excited to reveal the amazing cover which was designed by illustrator, Laura Coppolaro:

Book cover, Dog Eared by Jojo Debrazza

About Dog Eared:

Dogs can’t read. Right?

When Sophie’s grandfather moves in to a retirement home, Sophie is delighted to take over responsibility for his super obedient dog, Lector. Her grandfather also gives her two journals for Lector and tells her how important they are. But listening isn’t one of Sophie’s strong points.

Sophie’s dream-come-true turns into a nightmare when the usually well behaved Lector turns super-bad overnight. After midnight on his first night with Sophie, Lector gets himself into all kinds of trouble and leads Sophie into a run-in with the local bully. Dogs in the town have been going missing too. Could there be a dog snatcher on the loose?

Sophie desperately needs Lector to return to his former obedient self, especially when her dad and step-mum-to-be announce, to Sophie’s horror, that they are having a baby.  Lector’s future with the family is in danger. If Sophie can’t retrain Lector before Sophie’s new half sibling is born, he’ll have to be rehomed.

Can Sophie discover the magical secret to training Lector, and keep him away from the dog snatcher, before it’s too late?

Why I wrote this book:

The inspiration to write this book came when our wonderful and mischievous dog, Fozzy, came into our lives. At six months old, and with a troubled past, we never thought we’d see the day when she was properly trained. So, as well as being the inspiration, Fozzy is also the reason why this book has been so long in the making!

More information on Dog Eared is coming soon.

 

The Charm and Mind Games Finally Available in Paperback

I’m very excited that my debut novella, The Charm, and the sequel, Mind Games, are now also available in paperback on Amazon.

The Charm (The Code of Minds Book 1)

The Charm by Jojo Debrazza

Extraordinary powers come with a price.

Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!

But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.

Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.

Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.

Readers said:

“Brilliant story. Captivating!”
“Fantastic dystopian story with a future…”
“Fast paced and full of conflict.”
“An enjoyable and engrossing read. Highly recommended.”

Read a free preview here:

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?asin=B00V5Z17G0&asin=B00V5Z17G0&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_r65AxbCG4VXX1

Buy The Charm on Amazon here: hyperurl.co/jk6tf7

Mind Games (The Code of Minds Book 2)

Cover of Mind Games by Jojo Debrazza
Cover of Mind Games by Jojo Debrazza

Luca can control minds, a talent known as the charm. Like most charmers, he uses his talent for good and only ever with the person’s permission. However, there’s one charmer – Brain Lord – who chooses to use his gift for something altogether different: for his own personal gain.

Now, Brain Lord has charmed his way out of prison and goes on the attack against the Restorative government, who are decidedly anti-charming. When Luca’s best friend, Kane, gets in the middle of Brain Lord’s latest escapade, Luca finds himself face-to-face in a battle of minds with the rogue charmer. After witnessing Luca’s abilities, Brain Lord sets another plan in motion: recruit the charmer to join his crusade against the government.

The Restorative government, however, has its own idea of how to take control. They’re forcing innocent charmers to influence the nation and take up their cause. Caught in between a corrupt government, a rogue charmer, and the drive for power, Luca must take the most important actions of his life without inadvertently furthering a cause he doesn’t believe in.

Can Luca stop one without helping the other?

Read a free preview here:

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?asin=B01DDTUCES&asin=B01DDTUCES&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Y15AxbY46YATB

Buy Mind Games on Amazon here: http://hyperurl.co/cgqbwh

Happy Book Release Day To Me

Mind Games (The Code of Minds Book 2) is out now!

Cover of Mind Games by Jojo Debrazza
Cover of Mind Games by Jojo Debrazza

What’s it about?

Luca can control minds, a talent known as the charm. Like most charmers, he uses his talent for good and only ever with the person’s permission. However, there’s one charmer – Brain Lord – who chooses to use his gift for something altogether different: for his own personal gain.

Now, Brain Lord has charmed his way out of prison and goes on the attack against the Restorative government, who are decidedly anti-charming. When Luca’s best friend, Kane, gets in the middle of Brain Lord’s latest escapade, Luca finds himself face-to-face in a battle of minds with the rogue charmer. After witnessing Luca’s abilities, Brain Lord sets another plan in motion: recruit the charmer to join his crusade against the government.

The Restorative government, however, has its own idea of how to take control. They’re forcing innocent charmers to influence the nation and take up their cause. Caught in between a corrupt government, a rogue charmer, and the drive for power, Luca must take the most important actions of his life without inadvertently furthering a cause he doesn’t believe in.

Can Luca stop one without helping the other?

Buy Mind Games on Amazon here: http://hyperurl.co/oplexx

Interview with Clarissa Johal – Author of The Island

The Island cover art
The Island cover art

The Island by Clarissa Johal is on tour now and I’m delighted to be part of it with this author interview.

Interview with Clarissa Johal

Q: Are you superstitious and if so what are you superstitious about?

Clarissa Johal
Clarissa Johal

A: I toss a pinch of salt over my left shoulder if it’s spilled, won’t walk under a ladder, and cringe at broken mirrors. So no…I’m not superstitious at all! My logical self *rolls her eyes* but I do it anyways. As far as my writing goes, nobody is allowed to read a word of my books until they’re completely finished. I don’t post “fifth lines of the fifth page,” I don’t do previews in my blog or on my website, and I’m driven to distraction if someone glances in my general direction while I’m writing. My characters don’t like it. (You may roll your eyes now.)

Q: Have you had any paranormal experiences?

A: Paranormal experiences run in my family. My mother turned a blind eye because it scared her, and my grandmother never talked about her experiences because it didn’t fit in with her religion. I didn’t have either of those issues. Ghosts are part of the landscape and I’ve learned to co-exist. The only experience that rattled me was something that happened when I was ten-years-old. It was the middle of the night and I was sitting on the couch (lifelong insomniac). I heard singing in my ear as if a woman were sitting right next to me. I went back to bed and had the worst nightmare. I dreamt there was a naked woman wrapped in a shower curtain in our bathtub. She was blonde, had a bullet hole in her head and was quite dead. It was a graphic nightmare for a kid, I never watched television and rarely had nightmares. I had it for weeks until we finally moved. Each time, it became more intense—it had gotten to the point where she was clawing her way from the tub and trying to speak to me through the shower curtain. Needless to say, I was a bit of a wreck by the time we moved! Years later, I found out from my parents there was a murder in that house. They didn’t elaborate, but I always wondered of the details. I’ve written of other paranormal experiences in my blog but that one will always stick with me.

Q: What inspired you to write The Island?

A: The Island was inspired by another experience that happened when I was a kid. Funny how childhood experiences stick with you! My parents sent me to camp for the summer. The camp was located on a small island off the mainland and kept solely for campers only. In addition to standard camp activities, the kids were allowed to explore on their own in groups. Unfortunately, because I was a new kid, my group was just me. There were designated paths on the island but you know how that goes—kids explore. I forged my own path into the woods and literally fell into a small cave. The cave was empty…but not empty. Have you ever had that feeling? It felt like whatever resided inside suddenly fixated on me. The hairs on the back of my neck stood, I felt icy cold, and the prick of tears was close, though I didn’t know why. It was almost as if I had stumbled into someplace sacred. I managed to climb out, but it felt like I was being watched. I tossed and turned that night, unsettled. The feeling persisted into the next day, so I returned to the area—wanting to make peace with it. I looked and looked, but the cave was nowhere to be found.

Q: Do you have a writing routine and if so what is it like?

A: My characters and story inspirations usually come to me in a dream. I keep a pen beside the bed for when I wake in the middle of the night and write on my arms and legs (I never seem to have paper). I probably look a bit demented by morning, but it works! Once I have the idea and characters, I’ll write the story from beginning to end until the first draft is finished. Then, I do my research and gazillion edits. A book will take me about a year to complete.

Q: Who is your favourite author and why do you like them?

A: I have two; Gerald Brom and Robert Holdstock. Gerald Brom writes wonderful sympathetic antagonists. The character of Krampus from his novel, Krampus: The Yule Lord is one of my favorites. Robert Holdstock was excellent at incorporating mythology into his stories. Mythago Wood is steeped in ancient mythology and gets into my head every time I read it.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: The road to publication is trial and error and different for everyone. Self-publishing is huge right now. If you go that route, you need to understand and be comfortable with promotion and social media (this goes for traditional publishers too). There are many, many books out there and it’s easy to become lost in the shuffle. Don’t be the book that’s been poorly edited or formatted, because it gives people an excuse to pass over your awesome story. As far as going the traditional route—get used to rejection and don’t take it personally. A lot of it is timing and finding a publisher who “gets” your vision. That said, if you’re getting the same rejection feedback, take another look at what they’re saying and approach your writing with that in mind.

Thanks to Clarissa Johal Booksfor answering these questions.
The Island is currently on sale for $0.99 for the duration of this book tour. See the full tour schedule here: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/virtual-book-tour-schedule-island-by.html

Book Details:

Title: THE ISLAND
Genre: Paranormal Horror
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Marisa Chenery
Booktrope, Forsaken Imprint (2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1-5137-0161-5
ASIN: B010TE7W1G
Number of Pages: 210

About THE ISLAND:

Exploring a remote island can sometimes get you into trouble.
Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.

Rumors and superstition.

That’s what Emma thinks about local gossip concerning her grandmother’s “cursed” private island. Emma journeys to the island to ready it for sale. While out exploring, she unearths a hidden cave–a cave which holds answers to the island’s dark past.
There may be more to the rumors than she thought.

Excerpt from THE ISLAND:

She was jarred awake by a cry. The vestiges of her nightmare dissipated as she orientated herself. Nightmare. Emma let out a sigh of relief. The cry sounded again. A distant sound, high and wailing. A baby’s cry. Her heart quickened. Good god, surely that can’t be a baby?
The fire in the stove had burned down, its embers lending a glow to the living room. Emma looked out the front window. The yard was still. She unlocked the door and opened it a crack. The cry drifted in with the breeze, faint but unmistakable. She ran through her mind what possible bird or animal could make the sound and came up with nothing. Characteristically, the island was blanketed with silence, almost like a vacuum. She stood, uncertain. After several minutes, the sound started again—the unmistakable high wail of a baby. She slipped on her boots and parka.
Fog trailed like cobwebs in her wake. The mournful cry threaded through the trees and came from the direction of the house ruins. In spite of a growing anxiety at what she’d find, she quickened her pace. If that is a baby, it’s still alive, and I need to get to it. If it’s not a baby… She blocked out the possibilities of what else it could be.
She approached the ruins and the sound stopped. Her heart raced. I know it was coming from here. The area held an unnatural heaviness. A branch cracked behind her and she turned with a start. Something dark darted through the trees.
“Hello?” Her voice sounded muffled in the fog. Emma’s attention snapped to the left. The dark figure ducked out of sight. She took one step backward, and fled.
Heavy footsteps echoed from behind as she plunged through the trees. They were catching up with her. Emma pushed herself to run faster, terrified she’d lose her footing on the uneven ground. The cabin loomed large, a haven in the thick fog. Stumbling across the cabin’s porch, she hurdled through the door and slammed it shut, locking it.
Emma rooted her feet to keep from running around in circles. Straining to hear, she was greeted with eerie silence. Several moments passed before the baby’s cry started again. And this time, it sounded from right outside the door.
***

THE ISLAND Buy Links:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pxq99em
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About the Author:

Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, THE ISLAND, VOICES, STRUCK, and BETWEEN. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.

Find Clarissa Online:

Author Website: http://www.clarissajohal.com/
Blog: http://clarissajohal.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarissa.johal.9
Twitter: @ClarissaJohal
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4502113.Clarissa_Johal
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Clarissa-Johal/e/B003KVTMPK/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/clarissajohal/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/101586327494596967316/posts

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My First PechaKucha

Back in 2015 I was asked over Twitter if I’d be interested in presenting at a local PechaKucha evening in January. I’d never even heard of PechaKucha but took a look at the website and thought, why not give it a go!

For those that don’t know, PechaKucha (Japanese for chit chat) is a form of presenting using 20 images. Each image moves on automatically after 20 seconds. This encourages the presenter to be concise. PechaKucha nights originated from Tokyo as a way for people to meet, network and display their work.

PechaKucha nights are now held all over the world, including, as I found out, in my home town of St Neots, Cambridgeshire. The St Neots events are run by Neotists a group of local creative professionals.

When I agreed to present at the next event, January 2016 seemed like a long way away and I thought had plenty of time to prepare, after all 20 slides of 20 seconds only totals 6 minutes and 40 seconds. How hard could it be?

Being indecisive, I took forever to decide on my topic. I eventually decided to base my presentation on a blog I had written  many years ago about the strange things people say in football. The piece takes you through a children’s mini-soccer match where the adults are using football clichés throughout and shows how confusing it could be for the young players.

I planned what I wanted to say and separated it out into twenty sections. Then I decided what pictures would best illustrate each section and set out with my camera phone to capture the images. Where I couldn’t take a photo I used royalty free stock images.

I practiced my presentation several times before the event and tweaked it to try and get the timing right. I’m not a confident public speaker so the last thing I wanted was to be standing in front of an audience with huge pauses as I waited for the image to move on.

At the event, in the town’s rowing club bar, I was greeted by the guys from Neotists who reassured me that the audience was nice and friendly and not to worry. I was pleased to hear them actively encouraging people to spend plenty on drinks over the bar to thank the club for the use of the room.

The first three speakers were great, with really interesting presentations. I was a little concerned I would disappoint the audience with mine.

Luckily for me though I was up after the break so a few more drinks were consumed and when I stepped up to the front I was pleased to see friendly faces looking back at me. I was nervous and there were a few awkward pauses but I think I pulled it off okay in the end. I was relieved when it finished and the audience applauded. I sat down, relaxed  and enjoyed the final presentation.

Overall it was a great night. I’m proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone. Public speaking is one of those things for me that I have to make myself do in order to get better.

I’ll definitely attend another PechaKucha event as it was great to hear and see what other local people are involved in. You never know, I might even speak again at one too.

You can see my presentation on football clichés here:

http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/st-neots/presentations/football-cliches-can-be-nuts

 

Happy Release Day for Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers by Tracy Rawles

Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers is to be showcased in the forthcoming Winter 2015/16 Collection for The People’s Book Prize. It can be voted for between 1st December 2015 and 28th February 2016. Please visit their website: http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/

Book cover for Charlie's World of Glittering Powers by Tracy Rawles
Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers

Back cover blurb:

Charlie – A Snuffle-Buzzer whose sneezes are glittered with adventure!

A French pine forest is home to Charlie, an allergy-prone Snuffle-Buzzer. Longing for adventure-filled travel and desperate to outwit those pesky sneezes, Charlie is in need of glittering powers.

Fascinated by an old violet book, a nature-loving Cornish girl called Sevi is determined to unravel its secrets. A connection to Charlie’s pine forest sets in motion a mystical journey of adventure from pinecones to pasties!

Will the Mistral wind blow glittering powers your way?

Overview:

Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers is split between the forests and vineyards of Provence and a bustling Cornish fishing village. The tale follows Charlie, a rare breed allergy-prone cigale (aka a Snuffle-Buzzer). Charlie is talkative, inquisitive, and daydreams of adventure-filled travel.

Sevi, a nature-loving Cornish girl yearns to unravel the mystery that is hidden within the pages of an old winegrower’s violet book. While on holiday with her parents in Provence, she soon finds that the forest and its inhabitants aren’t as quiet as she initially thought…

Before long, one single golden sparkle sets in motion a mystical turn of events, which lead Charlie and Sevi to embark upon a thrilling adventure.

Readership:

The perfect book for children aged 8 and over, Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers evokes the innocence and wonder of childhood. The story explores nature through a magical storyline.

Book Info:

PUBLISHED 28th November 2015 – Matador Books (Troubador Publishing)

£7.99 (paperback) ISBN 9781784624736

£1.99 (ebook) EISBN 9781784626327

BIC subject category: Fantasy & magical realism (Children’s/YA)

Book length: 144 pages

#childrensbooks #CharliesWorldofGlitteringPowers

Cover:

Book cover for Charlie's World of Glittering Powers by Tracy Rawles
Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers

The cover illustration is by Leo Hartas, illustrator of the Tweenies books for BBC Worldwide, Haunted Castle and The Apartment Book, to name a few.

Author Bio:

Tracy Rawles - Author
Tracy Rawles – Author

After thirty years in challenging and rewarding careers in administration, education and pathology, Tracy now expresses her passion for wildlife and the countryside through her writing and photography.

Now living in Provence and having adored Cornwall since her first visit to relatives as a young child, Tracy decided to incorporate both locations in Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers, thereby forming the perfect backdrop for this mystical children’s tale.

Social Media & Email:

Twitter @kilmarth

Email: tracyrawles@gmail.com

Media: Tracy has a pre-record interview with Talk Radio Europe in December

Reviews:

Books Monthly:

A beautiful front cover illustration heralds a story of some standing, and you won’t be disappointed. I would hazard a guess that lovers of H Potter Esq., might be particularly interested in this one…

NetGalley review by Angie Blackstone

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An adorable tale that I didn’t want to end. Full of magic and whimsy, this would fit right in in any child’s bookshelf. I would love to read more of Charlie and his world!

Troubador customer review by Christine

 Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers is a magical book that is beautifully written and literally transports you to both Cornwall and France. Full of magical adventure. Strongly recommend!

That’s Books and Entertainment

Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers by Tracy Rawles is a fantastic must have stocking filler of a book that is going to go down a real treat with young children of eight and over, their parents and their grandparents, too!

There are powers to be discovered, mysteries to be solved and joys to be had for both Sevi and Charlie in this charming and exciting book.

Purchase Links:

 Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers is available for purchase worldwide. Trade orders are available through Orca Book Services, Bertrams Books and Gardners. In addition to the chain retailers listed below please don’t forget your local independent bookshops.

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The Curse at Pirate’s Cove by Rita Monette – Exclusive Excerpt

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“When one man’s treasure is another man’s curse”

Book Information:

Title: The Curse at Pirate’s Cove

Series:  Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, Book 2

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

Tags: Middle Grade, Adventure, Pirates, Bayou, Louisiana

Length: Approx. 208 pages

E-book:  978-1-987976-02-1
Paperback:  978-1-987976-01-4

Re-Release Date: Nov.17, 2015

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing

Exclusive Excerpt:

Papa dropped me and Patti off at the C-Wall Theater on Saturday morning, while he went to the dock to sell some crates of crabs. He even gave us money for popcorn.

I spotted some of the kids from school. Spikes and his brothers were at the front of the line buying their tickets.

“Well, if it ain’t your little girlfriend.” Spikes’ older brother pointed at me.

Spikes slapped him on the side of his head. “Shut up, cochon!

His brothers always teased him because he didn’t have any friends. Probably because he kept his head in some weird book all the time. Neither one of us wanted any friends when we first met…and we started off fighting right away. Then we kind of grew on each other.

Tommy walked up behind us, his buddies close behind. “You’re out of your territory, ain’t you, levee rat?”

I turned to face him, with my fists balled up and my lower lip stuck out. “What’d you call me?”

“I wasn’t talking to you,” he scowled. “I was talking to Patti LeBlanc. The orphaned levee rat.” He scuffed his boot across the tile.

I stuck out my chin and got a little closer. “She’s my friend. So don’t be calling her names either, or no telling what I might do.”

Tommy’s friends turned the other way and snickered. Tommy looked down, but he couldn’t lose face with his buddies. “Okay, okay. No teasing the girls from the other side of the levee. I guess you have to get out of the swamps sometime.”

I scrunched my eyebrows together and put my hands on my hips. I had told him last year that I learned some voodoo spells from a witch so he’d be afraid of me. I wasn’t sure how long he’d believe that lie. But for now, he backed off.

About the Book:

Nikki Landry is turning eleven years old, and is looking forward to riding her bike to school. That is until it falls apart. Papa can’t afford a new one. Is she doomed to ride the smelly old school bus from now on?

Hearing of an old pirate ship, and a legend about long-ago pirates burying treasure on a nearby swamp island, Nikki sees a way out. But when she makes a birthday wish for the pirate’s gold, things go terribly wrong. Did her wish trigger an ancient curse?

Join Nikki and her friends as they find themselves sailing away aboard a haunted schooner with ghostly pirates into the Gulf of Mexico … and into the year eighteen fourteen.

How will they ever find their way back home?

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Chapters:
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Barnes and Noble:
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Meet the Author:

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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