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Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper by Janet “The Kidd” Fogg & “Gusto” Dave Jackson @SamiJoLien

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Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper
by Janet “The Kidd” Fogg & “Gusto” Dave Jackson

 

 

“Annie appealed to me for many reasons…First, because she was a young cowgirl struggling to excel in the man’s world of the wild west. Second, because I thought we could weave ‘lessons-learned’ into the books so that young readers, especially teen girls, would have a role model with strength, courage, determination, and strong morals.”

 

When Annie, the fastest gunslinger in the 1880s wild west, inadvertently stops a stranger from attacking a train, the government believes she’s the only one to have seen the Locomotive Reaper and survived to tell the tale.  Promising to find out what she can about her missing father, the Director of the Secret Service persuades Annie to swear in, but too soon, her detested nickname re-stakes its claim.

Reckon I can fit in this book too?

A tea drinkin’ gun slingin’ librarian?

Find the authors and make them put Pammy Pam in the sequel, will ya?

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Feature Friday Clubhouse Thea Stilton Revenge of the Lizard Club

 Feature Friday clubhouse

INTRO: Fridays are special days around here because it’s the day we get to share our friends with you and who doesn’t like to make new friends?  Welcome to our Feature Friday Clubhouse, a place where we share guest posts, interviews, mini reviews and other fun bits from our friends!

 

As we all learned in their first graphic novel adventure, the Thea Sisters are a really smart bunch; not only are they the best and brightest of Thea Stilton’s journalism students at Mouseford Academy, but they’re also tough problem-solvers who super-sleuth their way to fixing serious ecological messes. While the second volume of the new THEA STILTON graphic novel series opens with an ordinary competition for class president, it quickly snowballs into something a lot more dangerous! A ghostly ship, seals covered in a sticky pink ooze, and a mysterious bicycle accident all provide clues to a mystery that may determine the fate of Whale Island forever. THEA STILTON chapter books have sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide to date, and Papercutz, the comics publisher for kids, is thrilled to keep the craze going in these beautifully illustrated graphic novel mysteries.

Here is a sneak peak inside . . .

 

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Now that you have had a little taste, I am sure you will want to check out the whole book. Go get it and enjoy!

Thanks for popping by to visit; see you next time!

 

 

 

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Books Feature Friday Young Adult

Star Doll by Papercutz

STARDOLL 1 APPROVED
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New York, NY — Fans of Stardoll, the online social gaming phenomenon with more than 200,000,000 members worldwide, will have a new way to dive into their virtual world this Fall. Stardoll has inked a deal with Papercutz, the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher, to publish an ongoing series of books featuring five best friends trying to make it in the fashion world. Much like Stardoll’s real-life members, the stars of the series are budding young fashion moguls with big dreams of success and a flair for creative expression.  
 
“We are excited about our partnership with Papercutz and expanding the Stardoll brand through their creative graphic novels,” said Carla Masters, Stardoll Head of Licensing.
 
The Stardoll community is all about fame, fashion, and friends, and bringing this credo to life in a story required a formidable imagination and a good deal of fashion sense. Papercutz called on veteran comics illustrator and designer JayJay Jackson to tell the tale, and Jackson created a rich backstory that mixes teen high school drama with mysterious paranormal elements. The five girls at the center of the series have unique secret powers that counterpoint their latent creative talents.   
 
“When Papercutz asked me to come up with a concept for graphic novels based on the beautiful and fun Stardoll fashion web site I couldn’t have been more excited,” Jackson said. “I set out to create a place like ours, but with some twists, and to come up with characters that have a mythical, supernatural edge who, nonetheless, live mostly normal lives. Now I can spend every day in the magical and fantastic world of the STARDOLL graphic novels; I only hope readers will have as much fun hanging out there as I do.”


STARDOLL #1: “Secrets & Dreams,” the first full-color 64-page graphic novel, releases on September 17, followed by STARDOLL #2: “The Secret of the Star Jewel” on December 17. The tween-targeted series will continue with four new volumes each year.    
 
 
ABOUT PAPERCUTZ
Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels cover a wide range of genres, reading levels, and favorite characters including The Smurfs, LEGO® NINJAGO, Geronimo Stilton, Nancy Drew, and many more. Papercutz is proud to be the largest standalone publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels, with books available at all major retailers, bookstores, and comic book stores, and e-books available on comiXology and all e-reader devices.
 
ABOUT STARDOLL
Stardoll is a fun-filled social game for teen girls and young women, who love fashion, shopping, decorating, creativity and making new friends from around the world. +200 million MeDoll avatars have been created to date with two new players joining every second, making Stardoll the largest online dress up games for girls in the world! The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden with offices in US and UK. It is backed by two of the world’s top venture capital firms: Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures.
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Guest Post from S.E. Stenner, Author of Paraestrals

My friend Sara, author of Paraestrals, just wrote a book about teens who get arrested for murder at a school dance.  I’m hooked already, how about you?
I thought it might be fun to have Sara tell us a bit about herself and her book.  Take it away, Sara!
Well I’ve been writing children’s and teenage fiction for over ten years now. Paraestrals is my first full length novel from a six part series I hope to continue publishing over the coming years. I’ve always loved reading stories, but being dyslexic it was challenging to put my own tales onto the page, but I got there in the end. By working my way up the ladder, entering several writing competitions, having some of my poems and short stories published in free literary articles, to my ebook being available on Amazon now.
paraestrals book coverBook Synopsis:
      Paraestrals is a narrative coming of age horror/thriller, about a young girl whose world is turned upside down as the origins of her dark lineage surface.
     ‘My name is Samantha LeFay; I’m young, popular, with my whole life ahead of me, what can go wrong – everything! After turning sixteen and suddenly becoming allergic to the sun along with a few other weird afflictions, my life begins to unravel at the seams, as my friends desert me, my boss at my weekend job forces me to quit and my stepmother nags me to the point of insanity.
My life’s different now, I’m different. As the people at school would put it I’m a freak – Sammy LeFreak. I don’t know if they’re right, all I know is the sun burns my skin, I suddenly have the strength to throw a guy ten foot in the air and my body craves a particular substance..…Blood!’

Paraestrals is no ordinary Vampire tale, my story takes the reader along with Sam as she discovers this hidden side she never knew she had, and follows the decisions she makes when it comes to how she’ll use these new found powers she possesses.
     Paraestrals is part of a six part mini series and you can read the first Two Chapters for FREE on my official website: http://paraestrals.weebly.com/volume-i-chap-1-2.html
My Literary likes & hates:
     I have to say I’m a big fantasy and horror fan. Anything that transports me to another world or is able to scary the wits out of me is a must for any book that I lay my fingers on and if a book can do both then mores the better. I also like gritty crime stories, thrillers that make you jump about until the very end and paranormal spine chillers, which are all my kind of thing too.
     Smoochy romance’s, fluffy chick lit and Historical tales maybe great reads for some, but I’m afraid they just don’t feed my literary appetite very well. I’ve read the odd one that’s been okay, but I always tend to edge back towards a darker or more magical tale.
Best horror read:
     It has to be the Saga of Darren Shan. It’s a 12 book mini series which follow the trials of a young vampire boy. These books were so different from other vampire stories I’d read before – he made the blood suckers seem so plausible and real, which really scared the hell out of me when I first read this series.
Worst romance story:
     I can’t actually remember the title of this book. It was one of those summer holiday reads you grab in a 3 for 2 offer at the supermarket, and after attempting to read this book not only on the plane ride over to my holiday destination, on the beach and a few months later when I came home – I just couldn’t get through it. With its unbelievable characters, silly made-up “chance” meetings and overly “prince-like” men the main character always fell for. I’m afraid it ended up in the bin.
It was GREAT getting to know you Sara, but I’ll admit, I don’t like to be scared, although I do love a good vampire read…
Paraestrals official website: http://paraestrals.weebly.com/index.html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paraestrals-Volume-I/400047086696678
Twitter: @Paraestralsbook
Ebook Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paraestrals-Volume-I-ebook/dp/B0092NIUY4/
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Robert Beck discusses Envisioning a Protagonist

Here’s my friend FunBobby discussing how authors do what they do.

In 1971 when I was twelve years old, I saw “Goldfinger” on television for the first time. This movie instantly captivated me! I loved a villain, Auric Goldfinger, who had the audacity to attempt to break in and enter what at that time was the most heavily guarded institution on earth—Fort Knox! I loved the villain’s bodyguard, Odd Job—a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut! I loved all the cool gadgets and ultra cool car that James Bond drove. Most of all however, I loved the character of James Bond himself! Here was a handsome, dashing hero who could do no wrong. I went to bed that night imagining I was him.

dawn of the knightThat same year I saw another movie on television titled, “Our Man Flint.” Derek Flint was the American equivalent of England’s James Bond and America, not to be outdone by the British, made their hero even cooler! Not only was he both handsome and dashing, he also had a superior intellect with an encyclopedia mind and he fought using a very cool martial art style! Much cooler than James Bond’s simple fisticuffs!

Finally, and around the same time, I began watching reruns of a 1960’s Western/action/spy series titled, “The Wild, Wild West.” James West as portrayed by the actor Robert Conrad was a secret service agent in the employ of President Grant. He was heroic, dashing, fought using a martial art style, and was extremely handsome. I used to go to bed at night imagining whole stories where I was the best of all three of these characters.

In my late teens and early twenties I happened upon a 1960’s young adult action series titled, “Chris Cool: Teen Agent” by Jack Lancer. In the series Chris Cool is an eighteen year old secret agent/operative in the employ of a secret US government agency. The series only lasted six books and after reading them, I decided that if I ever were to write a book, it would be about a teenage operative type character.

Jump forward to this present day. Three years ago I decided to finally write my book/series and this is how I came up with the character of Lance Rock. His named, rugged and tough sounding would be the exact same name of a boy I actually grew up with! When I was younger I thought that was the coolest name any boy could have and I was quite jealous of my friend Lance. My character Lance would be raised and trained by the US government’s former top covert operative. Think Jason Bourne now retired, taking a young boy under his wing and then teaching that same young boy, Lance Rock, everything he knows for twelve straight years! My character Lance would be handsome—incorporating the best looks from my favorite spy characters. He would also be muscular, having been trained in several different martial art styles for many years. Finally, he would have an IQ bordering on genius level. I had created the ultimate teenage hero.

I stepped back to gaze upon my creation and it dawned on me that while I had created a “perfect” spy-type teenage hero, I had also made him boring. A literary character with all those traits (although feasible and possible) would be boring to read about. Lance could do almost anything and I needed him to have flaws to make him “human” and “believable.” As you read through the story you will discover his weaknesses and flaws. He is prone to pride, recklessness, brashness, nosiness, insecurity around girls, and other traits, (both positive and negative) that illuminate his humanness. However, he is willing to admit his mistakes when confronted about them by others and his conscience! Being a teenage boy I have him battling his hormones throughout the story as he struggles to be in the presence of two exceptionally beautiful girls. Lance is a flawed character with exceptional skills and abilities, but I guarantee you’ll find yourself rooting for him as he battles evil in all its monstrous forms!

Coincidentally, I too, dreamed of being James Bond.  Only at the time when I was a girl, there were few powerful female characters, unless of course, you count Nancy Drew, whom I love, but it’s just not the same.  The young man FunBobby is talking about from the book Dawn of the Knight.  Here’ s preview:

In this thrilling and suspenseful action/romance novel, a fatherless Canadian high school boy, Lance Rock, has been raised and trained by the United States government’s former top operative. For his senior year, Lance decides to travel to California in the hope of finding a girlfriend as well as freedom from his regimented life. Once there, he inadvertently ends up in the home of a mother and her two teenage daughters. He is forced to use his skills to defend them and himself from the woman’s ex-husband—a crime lord who has been terrorizing the family for over a decade!

Sounds great, huh?  Download it here: Oh and Funbobby? Maybe the next book can have a gun toting, coffee drinking, librarian/crime fighter?

huh?

 

 

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Jack Croxall Decides to Self Publish

As you know, PammyPam has friends across the pond and across the world: I do not discriminate in my friendships.  My English friends are fun because there is little to no language barrier. Here’s one such Brit friend chatting about why he decided to self publish.  P.S.  he also reviews books on his blog and I totally agree with his views about the movie version of The Host.  ick.  Here’s what my new bestie, Jackie, has to say for himself.

When I was writing my first novel, I didn’t really have much any knowledge of the publishing industry or of how it worked. What little insight I eventually acquired was almost entirely through sporadic use of good old Google when I should really have been doing other things.

Originally, I suppose I thought that, once my book was finished, I would just send it off to a small-time publisher, wait a few days, finalise a deal and eventually sort out lunch with JK a little further down the line. How wrong I was! Finding agents/publishers, writing query letters for them, writing out synopsis, waiting for replies; all of this takes a huge amount of time and I found it to be pretty mind-numbing process.

After a fair old wait, I did receive interest from a number of places I’d contacted but the next stage of the traditional publishing slog (sending off your entire manuscript and waiting for a response) apparently took even longer! Eventually, I was getting pretty fed up with waiting, and then someone told me about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform.

tethpurp-211x300For those of you who might not have come across it, KDP is an online service that allows authors to make their work available via the Kindle Store for any device capable of reading ebooks (tablets, PCs, iphones etc). Releasing a novel through KDP allows an author control of price, the book’s marketing and, crucially, means that the author alone retains full rights to the work. Ownership of rights is important because, if an ebook performs well and develops a large following, it can lead to the attention of a mainstream publisher and possibly a full deal without the need for writing hundreds of query letters – hooray!

Sadly, though, I think it’s fair to say that a good proportion of self-published novels aren’t very successful so, with interest from more traditional avenues, it might seem slightly odd that I opted to release Tethers in this way, even when you consider my utter lack of patience. However, interest was no guarantee of anything else and, rather than spending hours writing further submissions, I personally felt it would be more productive to invest my time in promoting the book to potential readers and writing more blogs/articles to get my voice out there.

So far, I have been so very lucky with the success of the book’s promotion; I have had coverage on BBC radio, been featured in local newspapers, magazines, numerous amazing blogs and have even been reviewed by the massive and most excellent website, MuggleNet. On top of that I have made an abundance of wonderful friends and found so many new and great books to read and to share.

I suppose the point of this article is to say that, if you work hard self-publishing can bring you a measure of success and, perhaps more importantly, to add that, I regret nothing!

A YA Victorian fantasy, Jack Croxall’s debut novel, Tethers follows Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson as they become embroiled in a treacherous conspiracy. The book is available through Amazon (http://amzn.to/12ozq7Q) and you can find out more by visiting: www.jackcroxall.co.uk or the book’s GoodReads page (http://bit.ly/13JaDq1).

Praise for Tethers

Reminiscent of the exploration stories of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome, the kids find themselves on a metaphorical rollercoaster cart racing down the tracks. And the brakes are off. Sword fights, pistols, unfortunate deaths and curious objects, the plot thickens with every twist and turn. Suddenly Blyton meets H.G. Wells, and a brilliantly paced steampunk tale of machinery and science-based magic unfolds. (MuggleNet)

Somewhere between Pullman’s Sally Lockhart mysteries and Moonfleet sits Tethers, a rip-roaring debut novel. Sharply written with well observed characters that you can root for, Tethers has you turning pages faster that Ronald MacDonald can throw out burgers. (Sharon Sant – author of the Sky Song trilogy)

 

How fast can Ronald McDonald throw out burgers?