Dragon Defender Book Blast

About the Book

Dragon Defender by J.A. BlackburnTitle: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)

Author: J.A. Blackburn

Publication Date: October 19, 2013

Publisher: Pip & Grey

Number of pages: 242

Recommended age: 10+

 

 

 

Summary (Amazon):

For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .

Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.

What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.

* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *

 

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The Buzz

“We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon

“Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon

“Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon

 

About the Author: J.A. Blackburn

J.A. Blackburn, Author

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J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.

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Haiyan Benefit Anthology

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Creators from all over the globe have come together to complete an anthology. One goal in mind to raise money for the victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Together with creators from all over the globe we are donating our talents to create an anthology. Our goal is to raise money for the relief and response efforts in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan.

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The Shadow of the Unicorn

About the Book

The Shadow of the UnicornTitle: The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy (The Shadow of the Unicorn, Book #1)

Author: Suzanne de Montigny

Publication Date: December 4, 2012

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Number of pages: 157

Recommended age: 9+

 

 

Summary

A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.

Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change in the world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. Danger of a more sinister nature threatens when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley and their leader, Ishmael, discovers the healing power of the unicorns’ horns. Azaria, now a young stallion, must use his wits to save the herd from complete extinction.

* #1 in the Animals in their World list on Goodreads Listopia *

* #1 in the Christmas Stocking Stuffers list on Goodreads Listopia *

Global gold

Winner of the 2013 Global E-book Award for Best Fantasy/Alternate History

 

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The Buzz

“Kudos to Ms. de Montigny for writing an original variation on the fantasy epic–unicorns intermingling with dinosaurs! The book’s themes include the humane and environmental concerns that Watership Down and the films of Hayao Miyazaki have in common. If you have a middle grader or are just young at heart, pick up The Shadow Of The Unicorn.” ~ 5 Star Review, Stuart W., Amazon

“The Shadow of the Unicorn is a must-read for all unicorn lovers, but even more so for the ones, like my self, who hadn’t read anything about them yet. It is a thrilling and encouraging story about a young unicorn that has to save his herd after a meteor nearly destroyed their environment and killed the dinosaurs. Suzanne de Montigny created a compelling universe with believable characters and a great adventure story to challenge them with. While the story finishes in this book, I can’t wait to read about the new adventures the unicorns will face..” ~ 5 Star Review, Antje H., Amazon

“This story pulled me in with a beautiful portrayal of a time and place where unicorns and dinosaurs live side by side. It moved me forward with unexpected twist and turns (a requirement in any good story). I found it hard to put the book down and was totally engaged in seeing the young characters (unicorns and dinosaurs) survive and grow because of the challenges they faced.” ~ 5 Star Review, NW Harris, Amazon

“I just finished reading The Shadow of the Unicorn. What a story teller Suzanne de Montigny is. She combined unicorns with dinosaurs and spun a tail of magic that kept me turning the pages, not to mention throwing in an evil that came in the form of a human! What an enjoyable story – and here I thought these mystic animals were extinct. I just didn’t know what to look for!” ~ 5 Star Review, Penny E., Amazon

“What a delightfully unique book. Unicorns and dinosaurs facing changing conditions. Darius is a young dinosaur capable of seeing the future. Azaria is a young unicorn who becomes a friend and learns from Darius. Yes, there are humans in this book. They are the villains of the story. Greedy beasts. I think both boys and girls will love this story. Very quick paced and easy to read. A delightful story, and I look forward to more from this author. ~ 5 Star Review, DM Lawrence, Amazon

 

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*Half of all proceeds go to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of eye specialists who travel to third world countries with thousands of pairs of glasses and perform eye surgery for free.*

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About the Author: Suzanne de Montigny

Suzanne de Montigny

Suzanne de Montigny

 

Suzanne de Montigny wrote her first unicorn story at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with unicorns. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, is her first novel. Suzanne lives in Burnaby, B.C. with the three loves of her life – her husband and two boys.

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Contest runs: December 2, 2013 to January 1, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Review: Plastic Jesus by Wayne Simmons

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Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Salt Publishing (15 Nov 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907773630
ISBN-13: 978-1907773631

Plastic Jesus grabs you by the throat. From the opening paragraph, without warning, it plunges you into a world of fear and confusion and visceral emotion. When it spews you back out again, you are left dizzy, overwhelmed – and desperate to read more. And it’s then that you take your first fearful steps into Lark City…

It is the near future, following a devastating Holy War. Once part of the US colonies, Maalside, the New Republic, now stands alone in the Pacific, separated from the heartland by 200 miles of salty ocean. Lark City is its capital, watched over by a 50 foot, pouting, stiletto-heeled and garter-belted ‘Miss Liberty’, a crude parody of the famous landmark across the water. 

In this brutal neon jungle, Code Guy Johnny Lyon writes a Jesus social networking AI, to rebrand religion following the war. But something goes wrong; a virtual hell breaks on the streets of Lark – a violent, surreal and uncontrollable social breakdown. 

Caught in this terrifying web of danger are Sarah Lee, Johnny’s co-worker, drug lord Paul McBride who is determined to exploit the chaos to wipe out his enemies, and McBride’s junkie daughter, a prostitute called Kitty. 

Now, only Johnny can save Sarah, Kitty and the city.

Belfast born, and now Cardiff incomer, Wayne Simmons is an author best known for his string of excellent zombie novels: Drop Dead Gorgeous, Flu, Fever, and Doll Parts, which have been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America.

With Plastic Jesus he has turned his hand to a near future, dystopian science fiction treat of a thriller which brings us the bastard love child of Blade Runner, Lawnmower Man and Judge Dredd.  This novel could easily have been a gritty and dirty crime novel, with a seedy underbelly of a broken city cleverly shown within each and every page. From crime lords to junkies, to corrupt police and corrupting big business, this novel had every making of a noir special …but Wayne wasn’t satisfied with ‘just’ a great crime book, oh no.  This book shows us what just may happen when religion and capitalism collide in unholy matrimony, and the world ‘ends’ as a result.  Well, when I say ends I mean society pretty much collapses: drugs, prostitution, and virtual reality technology hold sway in a future where religion is forgotten, disparaged, or is a dirty word.

As with his other books Wayne jumps right into things and keeps a pretty frenetic pace all the way through.  Disparate characters are introduced at break neck speed and only near the end are they all started to come together, strands of a very large web that Wayne deftly weaves in his story.  There isn’t really a ‘good’ guy among the bunch.  Johnny Lyons is a widower who is drowning in his own grief. Garcon, his boss, is willing to go to any lengths to give his company the success that it needs. Harold Shepard, the last preacher in a city without religion, has lost his faith.  Rudlow, the chief of police, is desperate to bring the ruling crime lord to justice. McBride, the said crime lord, is all-powerful and, rightly, feared by everyone …other than Kitty, his daughter, how lives in a permanent drug-fueled high, paid for by prostitution.

It is Simmons’ characters that steal the show in Plastic Jesus.  I mean this as a compliment entirely but Wayne doesn’t waste time writing complex plot around story lines that you need a PhD in ‘what the f**k’ to understand.  He writes about the zombie apocalypse, he writes about situations that people can grasp and, mostly, he writes about people in those situations.  He makes you despise who you should despise, he makes you root for who you should root for, but he never makes his heroes wear white, or his villains wear black … he makes every character flawed, broken, detailed, and, above all, real.

In a story where an Island off the coast of America is falling apart at the seams, where a virtual reality Jesus may be the thing that saves or damns humanity, where families come together and are torn apart, and where everyone seems to succumb to despair and hit rock bottom, reality is the thing that stood out the most.  Wayne writes about the fantastical with the ability to keep the reader firmly entranced within the story and with the characters.

Is this book perfect?  No.  I think that perhaps it is too dark, too unrelenting in terms of despair and humanity’s failings.  No one comes out of the book unscathed and, perhaps, that will be too dark for some.  There are elements of light in it, of course, and depending on your perspective there may even be a form of happy ending for some.  Also, speaking of endings, the resolution for the book is the only time that the pace lets itself down; there are a lot of characters, with individual stories that tie into the overarching narrative of the book and while they are all handled nicely it feels like the pace speeds up just a little too much near the end.  I think that this story could easily have spanned a couple, maybe even three, books, and by doing so there would have been more space to not only breathe but to discover the characters in more detail …and to experience the fear/horror of virtual reality gone wrong.

That is a minor niggle, and Wayne may have plans to bring back some (not all …not everyone comes out alive in a Wayne Simmons book, after all) of the characters that we met.  For me I’d love to find out more about Charles 7!

To sum things up Plastic Jesus gives us an uncomfortable look at ourselves, and what we could become …what some of us are already… in a world filled with avarice and addiction, to money, to drugs, and to technology.  It could be described as cyberpunk, or sci-fi thriller, but whatever it is it is undoubtedly very good indeed.

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Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, has loitered with intent around the horror genre for some years. He penned reviews and interviews for several online zines before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne’s work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America. His bestselling zombie novel, FLU, was serialised by Sirius XM’s Book Radio. He continues to write reviews and features for various magazines as well as his own website and The Lair of Filth blog. He’s the co-host of extreme metal show, Doom N’ Gloom and has his own podcast, HACK. He co-produces the Scardiff Horror Expo.

Wayne currently lives in Wales with his ghoulfiend and a Jack Russel terrier called Dita.

Look out for Wayne at various genre, music and tattoo events.

http://waynesimmons.org/

 

Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show Blog Tour

About the Book

The Tale of the Messed Up Talent ShowTitle: Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show (Madison and GA – My Guardian Angel)

Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Publication Date: November 15, 2013

Publisher: Independent – Melissa Productions Inc.

Number of pages: 156

Recommended age: 6-12

 

 

Summary

Madison Wunderkind is a sweet, honest girl, who always seems to find herself in trouble with the principal. But this time she’s not alone. It all started three days earlier, when Sophia, the most popular fifth-grade girl at Gator Elementary, asked Madison to hang out and plan this year’s talent show. Instantly, Madison had become Little Miss Popular. But what Madison soon discovered was that being Little Miss Popular wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Her best friends were ignoring her. Her brothers were angry at her. And her guardian angel, GA, was irritated by her snobbish attitude. And if things couldn’t get more messed up for Madison, everything that could go wrong at the talent show did, sparking Principal Dimples to find out why! Find out what happens at Gator Elementary’s Talent Show. Will GA be able to help Madison? Or will Madison become Little Miss Lonely? Also, try and find one of GA’s feathers in each picture!

 

Purchase

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You can purchase the first book of the series (e-copy), Tale of the Slimy Spitball for only 99 cents until Christmas, December 25, 2013 from Amazon. Just click on the cover below!

Madison and GA The Tale of the Slimy Spitball by Melissa Perry Moraja

 

About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Author

Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author/illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom and children’s author. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

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Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

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Luna has been dealing with the demonic all of her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, Luna the Lunatic rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon “of some import.”

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the very end.

Nameless is scheduled for a January 2014 release from Ragnarok PublicationsContact Nick Sharps or J.M. Martin for review copies or to schedule interviews with Mercedes M. Yardley.

Nameless features a cover by George C. Cotronis.

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Hi. I’m Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I’m the author of Beautiful Sorrows and Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. I specialize in the dark and beautiful.

You can contact me at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com or follow me on Twitter.  @mercedesmy.

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Help get an Irish film made

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MY NAME IS EMILY is a feature film by Simon Fitzmaurice, an award winning Irish film-maker with Motor Neurone Disease  (ALS). Produced by Kennedy Films and Newgrange Pictures the script is written, but a budget is needed to make it happen – and while there are lots of great films and film makers out there, this project has the backing of names who really know what they are talking about when they say it’s brilliant.

Alan Rickman, a colleague of Nick’s says “This is an exceptional script that deserves all support.”

EMILY is a teenage girl who runs away from her foster home on her 16th birthday. With her school friend ARDEN, they take an old yellow Renault 4, and set out to rescue Emily’s Father, a visionary writer, locked up in a far-off psychiatric institution. Along the way,  driving across Ireland.. Emily and Arden fall in love. In the end, Emily learns she must face her Father’s madness to find happiness.

Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) in 2008 – just after his film THE SOUND OF PEOPLE screened at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film festival.

At the time, Simon was the father of 2 children, his wife Ruth was pregnant with their third, and he had been heralded as “Ireland’s most promising film-maker” by Film Ireland

But Simon refused to allow his disease to affect his drive towards becoming a feature film director. In the face of this adversity he wrote the script for MY NAME IS EMILY.

Simon Fitzmaurice began writing the script typing with his hands, and as he lost all physical function, he persisted, finishing it by typing on an iris-recognition screen, with his eyes.

A team of dedicated actors and directors endorsed by Alan Rickman, and including  Jim Sheridan, Nick Dunning, and Kristen Sheridan want to enable Simon to direct his feature film in Spring 2014.  But film-making is a very expensive, challenging and time-consuming process. Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) means that Simon needs more support and more time.

The traditional production model for a feature film has to be adjusted to support Simon and enable him to make MY NAME IS EMILY. The team behind him have to challenge the norms to find a way for Simon to do his job.

Here’s their plan for achieving this and how YOUR DONATIONS will help:

PRE- PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Preparation is key. The more we can map out in prep, the easier it will make the challenge of shooting MY NAME IS EMILY.

Typically there are 8 weeks prep on a feature film.

Due to Simon’s condition MY NAME IS EMILY will need at least 12 weeks. This then translates across all departments and crew.

KEY SUPPORT CREW

  • SUPPORT DIRECTOR  - Simon will have a Support Director who will be with him every step of the way as back-up and support. The Support Director will be a facilitator to Simon’s vision at all times.
  • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Simon’s creative partner Ivan McCullough will begin full-time preparation with Simon at a much earlier stage then on a usual production. Together they will work closely with a STORYBOARD ARTIST mapping out every frame before they go to shoot.
  • FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Our 1st AD will also begin prep much earlier working out shooting schedules and timetables that can work for Simon.
  • LOCATIONS MANAGER - While searching for locations that suit the film, the Locations Manager will also have the additional and important task of ensuring all locations are accessible for Simon

PRODUCTION 

A typical low budget feature film shoot is 5 weeks. MY NAME IS EMILY will be at least 8 weeks, allowing for shorter shooting days, but with more of them. 

Simon’s mobility and access to set is hugely important. He will need special transport, ramps, Eye-Gaze screen hardware and batteries, weather protection gear.

For example, they will be aiming to have a specialised van which can serve as Simon’s base when on set. A place for Simon to have TV monitors to watch the performances on set while the camera is rolling, as the sound from Simon’s ventilator means that he can’t be next to camera at these times.

Filmmaking is an incredibly physically and mentally exhausting challenge. But with the right amount of preparation and supports in place, they will ENABLE SIMON to achieve this film, but he needs your help.

With all of the above to consider, they have to allow EXTRA BUDGET and these extra support requirements equates to the 200,000 euro that they want to raise on indiegogo. 

Click the link to see more videos about the project and to DONATE – as little as $10 will make a huge difference – and you get something back for every donation – go take a look!

Three pieces of writing related news.

Number 1:

They say that a picture paints a thousand words so I think that I will just let the below image do the talking for me other than to say that I am extremely happy that they have confidence in the brief and synopsis I sent to them – this is really going to go a long way to helping ensure that ‘Redemption’ gets finished!

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Number 2:

I’m attending my first convention/event as a guest next weekend. I’ve been asked to attend the Titan Festival, which is all about the titans of Ulster writing and media. This includes a series of Masterclasses in story-telling skills, both written and visual. The climax is the Top Independent Talented Artistes N.I. Awards – or TITANIAs for short.

I’m going to be debating with a local horror novelist and movie make, Philip Henry over which horror staple – zombies or vampires – is best. I will, obviously, be taking on the winning side of that argument: zombies :)

So, if you’re in Belfast next Saturday 23rd come along – should be fun!

www.titanfest.com

Number 3:

I am taking part in an Haiyan Benefit Anthology which is being put together to help raise money for aid to those affected by Haiyan. The theme of the book will be within the realms of mythology and legends of the Phillipines and surrounding areas. This anthology will feature prose, sequential art (comics), pinups and fine art.
This is a not-for-profit endeavour and all proceeds will be going to the Philippine Red Cross.
The talent arrayed for it is stunning and I am proud to play a little part in it.

If you don’t want to wait to buy the books to help then head on over towww.redcross.org.ph for other ways to help. Then buy the books too and help again.

Kickstart this: War Stories Anthology

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It’s official: War Stories will be launching on Kickstarter at 1200 hrs Eastern Time on Monday, -October 14th.

War has been speculated about in science fiction literature from the earliest days of the genre. From George Tomkyns Chesney’s The Battle of Dorking and H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds & War In the Air to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers to Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series and Dan Abnett’s Embedded, science fiction literature has long had something to say about war in its pages. Now, it’s time to tell some new stories. War Stories is an anthology that looks to the modern state and the future of war through the words of some of the best short fiction authors writing today.

Our cover art is by the fantastic, Hugo Award winning artist Galen Dara, who’s worked for such places as Fireside Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Geek Love and Apex’s own Glitter and Mayhem anthology.

Our authors include original and reprint fiction from:

Joe Haldeman

Keith Brooke

Jake Kerr

Yoon Ha Lee

Ken Liu

T.C. McCarthy’s

Linda Nagata

Mike Sizemore

Janine Spendlove

James L. Sutter

…and more to be announced soon!

Set your calendars accordingly and get ready for action.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewliptak/war-stories-modern-military-science-fiction

The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour

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About the Book

Title: The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows From the Past, Book 1)

Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing

Pages: 196

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

 

The Buzz

“Shadows of Atlantis is a well-written story with a collection of likable main characters, a solid plot line, snippets of educational facts about a historically important location and event, and, is filled with mystery, magic, and suspense. This book grabbed me at the prologue and had me hooked until the end.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, 5 Stars

“… Shadow of Atlantis is an imaginative tale that will draw children in right from the get go. The characters are deftly and warmly established, and Wendy shows a sure touch in enabling these characters to interact in a fun but believable fashion, each playing their own part in the plot’s development….” ~ 5-Star review from John C., Amazon US

“The author makes the legend of Atlantis (and also the story of the Minotaur in the second book) so accessible to kids and in such an imaginative way. My daughter loved the children’s characters and also the comical, lovable cat Max and his ability to help the characters out during times of strife! We will be looking out for future books from this author for sure. A really enjoyable adventure for kids and highly recommended…” ~ 5-Star review from A. Bradshaw, Amazon US

“This story will draw any young reader in will keep them entertained and engaged. It is sometimes hard to find books that will keep children interested, often their subject matter is trivial and insubstantial, this is not true of The Shadow of Atlantis. My daughter can’t wait for the next adventure…” ~ 5-Star review from Annaliese M., Goodreads

 

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Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter

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*** You can buy the all 6 books (electronic copies) in the series (The Shadow of Atlantis, The Shadow of the Minotaur, The Shadow of the Trojan Horse, The Shadow of the Pyramid, The Shadow of the Volcano, and The Shadow of Camelot) for only 99 cents each from Amazon between October 14 and 28, 2013. Get hooked on this great series NOW by clicking on the Amazon button below. ***

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About The Author, Wendy Leighton-Porter

Wendy Leighton-Porter, AuthorDividing my time between homes in England and South-West France, I live with my husband Simon and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them.

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned time-travel stories, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number #7, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow (coming soon!), I’m currently working on the eighth book in the series.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?

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The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

October 14

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch and Author Interview)

Charity Kountz (Review)

Jay Faulkner / Musings (Book Spotlight)

October 15

Once Upon a Time (Review)

Houseful of Chaos (Author Interview & Review)

October 16

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

Snacks for Max (Author Interview)

October 17

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

October 18

Magical Middle-Grade Literature (Review)

The Owl’s Skull (Review & Author Interview)

October 19

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

I am a Reader Not a Writer (Author Interview)

October 20

Fiona Ingram (Review & Author Interview)

Learning and Growing the Piwi Way (Review)

October 21

Jemima Pett (Character Interview)

CILLYart4U (Review)

October 22

Fantasy Fun With Kirstin Pulioff (Review)

Turner’s Antics (Review)

October 23

Cheryl Carpinello’w Writing Pages (Author Interview)

My Devotional Thoughts (Review)

October 24

Stitch Says (Review)

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

October 25

whenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook (Review)

Reading and Sharing (Review)

October 26

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Guest Post/Interview)

Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews (Review)

October 27

Leave No Book Behind (Review)

Stanley and Katrina (Review)

October 28

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Author Interview)

The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day (Review & Supplement)

 

*** The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour Giveaway ***

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Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash

Contest runs: October 14 to November 5, 11:59 pm, 2013

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