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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.

 Paperback:

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Ebook:

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

Follow the Tour for Reviews, Guest Posts, Exclusive Excerpts, and Spotlights!
“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?

Follow the Tour:

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Purchase Links:

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http://amzn.to/1HG1d39

Mirror World Publishing:
http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/collections/adventure/products/the-curse-at-pirates-cove

Chapters:
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-curse-at-pirates-cove/9781987976021-item.html?ikwid=Rita+Monette&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-curse-at-pirates-cove-rita-monette/1120806662?ean=9781987976021


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.

Social Media Links:

Stormdancer Book Tour – The Storm is Here!

The Storm is here…
 

About Stormdancer:

Days after the events featured in The Watcher, the Watcher is taken hostage by a dragon, leaving Kristen, Will and Nicki alone in a strange new world. With no choice but to try and rescue their friend, Kristen and the others must travel through ancient cities, forgotten burial grounds, and eventually into the heart of the great storm.

Faced with the unknown, will they be able to traverse the storms that stand before them as well as ones within their own hearts?

Book Details:

Title: Stormdancer (Sequel to The Watcher)

Author Name:  Joshua Pantalleresco

Genre(s): Poetry, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Tags: Poetry, Epic, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, science-fiction, dragons

Length: Approx. 104 pages

E-book:  978-0-9947490-4-8
Paperback:  978-0-9947490-3-1

Release Date: October 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)

Appropriate for all ages from Young Adult to Adult.

Follow the Tour to Read Exclusive Excerpts, Guest Posts, and Reviews:

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/blog-tour-schedule-stormdancer-sequel.html

Read an Excerpt:

STORMS WITHIN
he ran
disappearing into the night
leaving us all alone
we tried to follow him
but were unsure of the trees and trails
we went slowly
we knew something had happened
when we found his blades in the forest
blackened and alone
he had come
like a force of nature
wrecking our lives
in the name of freedom
freedom from what?
the hollow embers and ashes we found
I didn’t build them
those ruins were his story
not mine
never mine
I…was happy
yeah, I was happy
is there something wrong with that?
my parents loved me
I didn’t care about anything else
the dragons were bastards
but I understood the game
the moves that could be made
with one flick of a blade
he changed all
that
shattered the illusion with a roar of rebellion
now my life is here
in this forest
now he had vanished into the night
leaving me abandoned

 leaving everything in shambles!

Purchase Links:

Amazon
http://amzn.to/1jjBlnY

Mirror World Publishing
http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/products/stormdancer-e-book

Meet the Author:

Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff. It’s even on his business card. This is a succinct way of saying that in addition to writing poetry, he also does interviews, columns, comics, prose and anything possible with the written word. When he isn’t writing, he’s playing with podcasts, filming stuff, fiddling with alternative medicine, travelling, talking to people and pretending he is a rockstar. Stormdancer is his second book through Mirror World Publishing. He lives in Calgary.

Author Rita Monette Talks Legends and Myths

Rita Monette, author of The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, talks about the legend of the Rougarou:

Legends and Myths

In my first book of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legend series, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, Nikki hears a howling sound coming from a swamp island near their new houseboat home. Nikki ponders on what it could be. The first thing that comes to mind is the age old legend of the Rougarou.

The old Louisiana Legend has the rougarou roaming the deep swamps and searching rural towns for a victim to free it from its miserable condition by passing the curse on to another human. Read more about the rougarou legend on my blog at: http://tinyurl.com/oan4qsu

Nikki’s father explains that legends are born from people not knowing the truth about something they’ve heard or seen, so they invent their own tales to explain the unexplainable.

However, as Nikki and her friends delve into the mystery, they uncover clues that lead them to believe there is a voodoo woman and her ghostly dog living on the island who is not content with one ghostly dog, but is set on gathering others. Nikki must take action to protect her dog, Snooper and decides going to the island is the only way!

Behind every legend lies the truth…

 

About The Legend of Ghost Dog Island:

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

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

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

Then her beloved beagle goes missing.

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

Book Details:

Title: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

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

Length: Approx. 204 pages

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

Re-Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing

Amazon Link:

http://amzn.to/1Vc8647

Mirror World Publishing Links:

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

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

Meet the Author:

Rita Monette author
Rita Monette 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.

Follow the Tour to Read Exclusive Excerpts, Guest Posts, Reviews, and a Character Interview:


http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/blog-tour-schedule-legend-of-ghost-dog.html

Legend of the Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith

Welcome to the week long blog tour for Legend of the Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith!

Follow the Tour (link to the schedule is below) to Read Reviews, Guest Posts, and Book Spotlights

There is no going forward without first going back

 

About Legend of the Timekeepers:

Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.

Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their

courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.

Book Information:

Title: Legend of the Timekeepers

Series:  The Last Timekeepers, Book # 0.5

Author Name:  Sharon Ledwith

Genre(s): Young Adult, Time Travel

Tags: #‎YAlit ‪#‎timetravel

Length: Approx. 147 pages

ISBN: 9781619376236

Re-Release Date: August 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing  http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/

Tour Host:  Sapphyria’s Book Promotions  http://saphsbookpromos.blogspot.com/

Follow the Tour to Read Reviews, Guest Posts, and Spotlights:

Read an Excerpt:

“Why are you here?” Lilith asked. “You’ve already got your life seal.”

“I have more questions for Istulo.” She continued to stare at the disk.

Lilith sighed. “My name is Lilith. What’s your name?”

Her shoulders relaxed slightly. A hint of a smile broke out on her face. Her upturned nose wiggled. “She-Aba. I was born here in the Black Land. Both my parents arrived from Atlantis fourteen years ago yesterday. My mother gave birth to me the next day.”

Lilith perked up. “That would make today your birthday!”

She-Aba beamed. “Yes. That’s why I’m here. For my birthday last year, I had my life reading done by Istulo. But recently, there’s been a hiccup in my plans. It’s like my life seal rearranged itself, and now I’m confused. I’m here for a reaffirmation.”

“What’s the problem?”

She-Aba traced her life seal with the tip of her perfectly shaped fingernail. “My lifetime occupation was supposed to be to design clothing for the people of the various positions in the court and temples.”

Lilith smirked. “That makes perfect sense.”

“I know, right? So why, all of a sudden, would my life seal change from designing clothing to something completely different?”

Lilith arched a fair brow. “How different?”

“Well, instead of clothing people in lavish robes and gowns for others to appreciate, the seal suggests that I’ll be doing the opposite by covering up and hiding the truth. I don’t understand it at all. I thought my life was all planned out for me.”

“I thought mine was too, until my country blew up and slid into the ocean,” Lilith muttered.

“Hey, look at the bright side, at least your hair isn’t red like mine.”

Lilith eyed She-Aba carefully. “What’s wrong with red hair? My uncle has red hair and it suits him fine.”

She-Aba moved in closer. “If you haven’t noticed already, there aren’t many redheads around here. The natives think red is magical, and anyone with red hair is considered a freak of nature.”

“That’s ridiculous!” Lilith said loud enough to cause an echo down the marble hallway. “Is that the reason why those artists were rude to you? Because you have red hair?”

“Red is a very powerful color,” a raspy voice said from behind both girls.

Lilith and She-Aba jumped. They slowly turned to find Istulo hovering over them.

Wearing the same white gown and orichalcum headband Lilith saw her dressed in before, Istulo nodded slightly before she said, “Red represents the essence of life—if we are drained of blood, we are drained of energy. The people of the Black Land understand this, and therefore red is reserved only for their gods and goddesses.”

Lilith giggled. “Don’t tell She-Aba that, she’ll think she’s a goddess.”

Purchase Links:

Amazon

Mirror World Publishing

Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author:

Unearthing the uncanny one book at a time

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Connect with Sharon Ledwith:

Sharon’s Website: www.sharonledwith.com

Sharon’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/seledwith

Twitter: @sharonledwith: https://twitter.com/sharonledwith

Amazon Author U.K. Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0084DUHJO

Giveaway Information and Entry Form:

 

One winner will be selected to receive the following prizes ~

A signed paperback copy of Legend of the Timekeepers

A custom crafted ceramic Spiral Life Seal

A signed postcard

Two ‘The Last Timekeepers’ wrist bands

 

Time travelling with YA author Sharon Ledwith

Sharon Ledwith’s book, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, is out now! I’m pleased to welcome her to my blog where she talks about where she would go if she could time travel:

5 Places I’d love to visit if I could time travel…

One of the interview questions I ask other middle-grade/young adult authors on my blog is, If you could time travel anywhere into Earth’s past, where would you go and why? I’ve gotten so many answers, many of them unique and original. I’ve even posed this question to elementary students when I’ve done an author visit. And you know what? Most kids say that they’d travel back to the time period to when their parents were their age so they can meet them.

Didn’t see that one coming!

The kids’ response got me thinking. Where would I like to go, if given the opportunity to time travel into the past? My answers both surprised and delighted me. Here are my top five picks:

  1. Atlantis – I know, go figure, but I believe it was a real place and not a myth. I’ve done too much research to know this. My gut tells me Atlantis existed. However, I wouldn’t want to go back there when things, let’s say got little shaky and wet, for the Atlanteans!
  1. Ancient Egypt – this timeline is very hard to pinpoint. I’ve just done a bucket load of research in this era for the prequel to my time travel series, The Legend of the Timekeepers. Egypt, it seems, was rumored as a place where many Atlantean refugees settled after the destruction of Atlantis. So if there’s any truth to these myths, I’d love to go back and see what the Atlanteans did with their clean slate.
  1. Mayan Civilization (Central America) – I’d love to go during their Classic period (250 C.E. to 900 C.E.) because it seems the Mayans reached their peak in this era with advanced science, art, and architecture. It makes me wonder what the Spanish Conquistadors destroyed and stole from this advance civilization. Oh yeah, and believe it or not, the Mayan pyramids are older than the Egyptian pyramids.
  1. Greece (336-323 B.C.E.), during the reign of Alexander the Great – this man is a legend. Not only did he create the largest empire in the ancient world, he built new Greek-style cities like Alexandria in Egypt. Scholars came to Alexandria from all over the Greek world to study and discuss new ideas. Would have loved to visit his legendary library!
  1. France in the 1800s, during the time of the French novelists – meeting the Three Musketeers’, Quasimodo’s, and Captain Nemo’s creators would be the icing on the cake for me. Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, and Jules Verne not only created great literary works, but managed to leave a legacy behind that will live for generations to come. These novelists were true trailblazers in every sense of the word.

There you have it. My top five place picks I’d love to visit if I could travel back in time. So where would you blaze into the past to visit? Love to hear your choices!

Children are the keys to our future.
And now, children are the only hope for our past.

Book Information:

Title: The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

Series:  The Last Timekeepers, Book #1

Author Name:  Sharon Ledwith

Genre(s): Young Adult, Time Travel, Middle Grade

Tags: #‎YAlit‬ ‪#‎timetravel‬
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Length: Approx. 180 pages

Re-Release Date: June 17, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing

About The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis:

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.

Amazon Purchase Links:

Amazon US ~

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

Amazon CA ~

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

Mirror World Publishing Purchase Link ~

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13613004-the-last-timekeepers-and-the-arch-of-atlantis

Follow the tour to read Guest Posts, Reviews, Excerpts, and Spotlights:

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-tour-schedule-last-timekeepers-and.html

Meet the Author:

Unearthing the uncanny one book at a time.Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith:

Sharon’s Website:

www.sharonledwith.comSharon’s Blog:

http://sharonledwith.blogspot.com/

Sharon’s Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/seledwith

The Last Timekeepers Series Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Last-Timekeepers-Time-Travel-Series/373953795955372

Twitter: @sharonledwith:

https://twitter.com/sharonledwith

Amazon Author U.S. Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Ledwith/e/B0084DUHJO

Amazon Author U.K. Page:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0084DUHJO

Goodreads Author Page:

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Leigh Goff, author of Disenchanted, talks about the Power of White Magic

 

Title: Disenchanted

Author Name:  Leigh Goff

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Occult

Keywords: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Witchcraft, Wethersfield, Goodchild, Mather, witch, coven, true love curse, white witch, black witch, Sophie, Alexavier, bloodcharm, star-crossed, clairvoyant, outcast

ISBNs: e-Book ~ 978-0-9947490-0-0  Print Book ~ 978-0-9920490-9-6

Number of Pages:  264

Release Date: June 1, 2015

A forbidden love. A dark curse. An impossible choice…

About Disenchanted:

Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, sixteen-year-old Sophie is struggling to hide her awkwardly emerging magic, but that’s the least of her worries. When a dangerous thief tries to steal her mysterious heirloom necklace, she is rescued by the one person she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang. He carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families’ wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul to save them from a witch’s true love curse, but it will take much more than that.

Guest Post by author of Disenchanted, Leigh Goff

DISENCHANTED: The Power of White Magic

In DISENCHANTED, sixteen-year-old Sophie Goodchild, a white witch, must learn her aunt’s plant magic so she can keep her powerful magic a secret from her coven. The eldress of her coven would love nothing more than to utilize her magic in a war against the ordinaries, especially Judge Mather who is locking up young witches for magical slip-ups.

Sophie enjoys learning about her quirky aunt’s enchanted garden and finds many useful applications for some of the magical plants. Below are a few that appear in the book.

Devil’s Bit. A small purple meadow flower and a good source of nectar, which Sophie applies to her lips everyday to help her lie (this only works for Wethersfield witches), because when you are a witch in a small town with Puritanical roots, you need a little help blending in with the ordinaries and keeping secrets from your witch sisters.

White Willow Bark. A natural anti-inflammatory and hemorrhoid reliever. When Sophie meets Alexavier’s taunting older brother, Zeke, she wonders if applying the bark powder all over Zeke would improve his disposition.

Munstead Lavender. Sophie’s pillow is filled with the summery scent to help her sleep through her haunted dreams, but lavender cannot compete with the tenacity of a four hundred-year-old witch’s spirit. Fortunately, this witch is helpful and guides Sophie in her quest to break the True Love Curse her ancestor, Rebecca Greensmith, cast on the Mather bloodline.

Calendula/Chickweed. Combined in a teabag, cooled, and applied to Sophie’s eyes, this powerful anti-inflammatory reduces puffiness from her sleepless nights where strange dreams of the past blend with her present as a warning.

Annatto. Wards off evil and eases stomach distress, but this natural pigment from achiote seed pods also tints Sophie’s teeth orange, which does little to impress the Glitterati who already think she’s an odd half-witch. Little do they know, she is destined to be the most powerful witch Wethersfield has seen in four hundred years.

Lemon verbena, valerian, and rose petals. The fragrant combination brings lovers together and, as Sophie inhales the perfumed scent, her bad boy love interest, Alexavier Mather, who happens to be her family’s enemy and is devastatingly handsome with a to-die-for British accent, enters the scene.

Mirror World Publishing Link:  Disenchanted

Amazon Purchase Link:  Disenchanted

About the Author:

Writing Enchanting Ever-Afters ♥

Leigh Goff grew up in Maryland where she resides today. Her writing is inspired by an unusual childhood, a vivid imagination, and compelling historical events. After taking several writing courses in college and attending professional writing workshops after she graduated from the University of Maryland, she joined the Maryland Writers’ Association and Romance Writers of America. She is also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council.

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My First Author Interview

When The Charm was first released I was interviewed by Marlene Moss, writer, editor and blogger. The interview was first seen on her blog, On Writing and Riding, and can be seen below now.

Where/how did you come up with the idea for your story? Did it suddenly pop into your head or were you brainstorming?

The seed of the idea for The Charm kind of crept into my head after watching a mind magician on TV. The idea wasn’t really fully formed in my head at first. But it grew and developed over time, almost subconsciously, until I had a clear sense of the concept and was ready to start writing.

Did you start with the main character, the world or the overarching concept?

The concept came first and helped to shape the characters. Three of the main characters, Luca, Ella and Brain Lord all have the charm (the power to control minds), but how and why they use it is very different.

Panster or Plotter? Or in between?

I’m somewhere in between when it it comes to plotting. I did start by writing a synopsis with the main action points outlined but once I started writing some things ended up going in different directions.  I returned to the synopsis at the end and rewrote it to reflect what actually happened.

Are you a fan of writing contests?

Yes, I think competitions are a good way of potentially gaining publication and income. I’ve entered a few short story contests and, whilst I haven’t been successful, it certainly wasn’t a waste of time. Writing to a word count on a particular theme or in a different genre has been good practice in the craft of writing. And, even though the stories weren’t placed, they can be rewritten or edited for different markets in the future.

How did you find your agent? How many query letters did you send?

I don’t have an agent although I am looking for one for a picture book I have written.

What’s the best marketing tool you’ve found so far?

This is my first novella and it’s early days since the release to really tell what particular aspect of marketing has been the most effective. I was really lucky to have a promotions specialist from Musa Publishing who organised things like the cover reveal, release day blast and tour. I wouldn’t have known where to start with these things, or find the contacts, but I’ve really enjoyed the process. It’s been nice to engage with other writers and readers.

What do you like best about your main character?

I like that although Luca is good looking, he’s not vain and he’s actually quite shy around girls. He’s surprised to discover his best girl friend, Kane, likes him and he’s not sure how to react. I also like that he loves his cat. People who are kind to animals are good in my book (pardon the pun)!

What do you like best about your main antagonist?

Brain Lord may be misguided but he’s still smart. He uses brain over brawn for his cause.

Anything else you like to share about your journey ?

I feel like I have just started on my writing journey and I’ve found the writing community to be very supportive. I’ve had some really useful feedback and advice from more experienced writers. And I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received so far.

The Charm is available on Amazon here: http://hyperurl.co/2ad8h0

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Inspired by Mind Magicians

Writers are often asked where they get their inspiration for stories from. So here’s my attempt at explaining the inspiration behind The Charm.

I get inspiration and ideas for stories from many places—TV, books, snippets of conversation overheard on a train. I’m often drawn to the unusual or unexplained concepts, or at least things that are unexplained to me! The inspiration behind writing my YA novella The Charm came from watching celebrity mind magicians on TV.

TV shows have highlighted how amazing the power of the mind can be. In Derren Brown’s Fear and Faith special he set up a fake pharmaceutical company. The company claimed to have developed a drug called Rumyodin that could eradicate fear. And guess what? People taking the drug overcame their fears. But of course the drug was a placebo and at the end Derren revealed ‘rumyodin’ was an anagram for ‘your mind’. The participants had believed so strongly in the drug that it actually worked. Without realising it they had used the power of their own minds to overcome their fears.

Then there is Dynamo who amongst many other amazing things, can do things like making it impossible for people to pull their own hands apart, or making himself unliftable, even to heavy weight boxer, David Haye. Had Dynamo made himself unliftable, or had he made David think he was unliftable? Whichever way it showed how remarkable the mind can be if you know how to harness it.

So the mind is a very clever thing and some people seem to have mastered the art of seemingly controlling other peoples.  Hypnotherapy has helped many people reduce their anxiety, overcome their fears, and break their bad habits. This is great but what if someone decided to use mind control for evil?  What if someone used it for their own advantage? What if someone had a beef against the world and wanted revenge? What if those in power used it to control the people?

If you had an extraordinary power what would you do?

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This blog was first seen on Kerry Hearts YA blogspot.

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