Book Spotlight: Faery Marked by Mary Waibel

Faery Marked

About the Book – No one ever warned her magic came with a price.

When Callie Rycroft wakes to purple flames on the ceiling, she discovers that not only does the Faery realm exist, but she is the human who must save it. Chosen as Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is tasked with finding the Cordial, a magical elixir to strengthen the portal between the Human and Faery realms.

The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she’s been crushing on for years, is assigned as her Guardian. Callie hopes by spending time together, he’ll start to see her as more than just his best friend’s sister.

The downside? She’s in a race not only against time, but another Champion and Guardian-a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.

Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie’s worries when she learns the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk all, even Reece, to complete her task as Champion, or will she let the portal fall, destroying both realms?

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About the Author – Mary Waibel is a romantic at heart. Her love of fairy tales, fantasy, and happy-ever-after fill the pages of her stories.

When not twisting her own tales, she can be found with her nose buried in any book she can get her hands on.

Mary lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband, hockey player son, and two cats. Many a Friday or Saturday night she spends hours gaming with family and friends. In the fall and winter she can be found at the ice rink, cheering on her son and his team, and in the summer, she enjoys escaping with her family on camping trips all over the states.

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YA Book Spotlight: The Fulfillment by Erin Rhew

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Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy. Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.

Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible.

Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect.

In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.

Buy her book here: The FulfillmentThe Outlanders, The Prophecy

About the Author

Erin Rhew

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”

A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

To learn more about Erin, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and check her out on Goodreads!

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Write This! – March’s SCBWI Writing Prompt

Every month, SCBWI provides a writing prompt for its members. The top entry is chosen to be featured in their monthly magazine.  Maybe it was the inspiration from the recent conference I attended, or maybe the connection I have with my pets, but I felt compelled to enter.

This month’s writing prompt was to convey the bond between a child and an animal in 100 words (or less). Here was my submission:

I told Dad I’d be brave for Oscar.

Every night, Oscar would lay by my pillow, his paws around my wrists. He’d purr until I fell asleep.

Now, he lay under fluorescent lights on a steel table, about to sleep forever.

“Time to say goodbye, Casey,” Dad’s whispered.

I leaned close to Oscar’s face, his clouded eyes focused on mine. I stroked his fur softly and sang “Three Blind Mice” one last time. As I pulled away, Oscar wrapped his paws around my wrist and lick my thumb. The tears fell, but my smile was the last thing he saw.

Creating a Road Map for Your MS

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Every year, the holiday season throws a wrench into my writing. My kids are out of school, relatives come into town to visit, and all the other related festivities. All the joy and celebration makes it near impossible for me to carve out writing time.

For me, taking an extended period of time away from my story leaves me with a type of plot amnesia. I look back through what I have written (more about on another day) and try to remember all those good ideas I had a few weeks ago. Maybe its all the eating, drinking and being merry, but I lose direction on “what’s next.”

Instead of feeling frustrated, I decided to buy a bulletin board and index cards. For an afternoon, I created a road map for my story. Chapter by chapter, I listed key plot points, so if I am wondering where I am going next, I can check the board and get to work on creating.

Each writer is different, so the board and card approach may not work for you, but find out what does. Having a clear picture of where you are heading next will lead you to completing your manuscript.

Happy writing!

Book Showcase: Dear Diary, EP Thompson Here by Judith McLaughlin

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About the Book

Dear Diary,

E.P. Thompson here.

Worst. Year. Ever. First semester in sixth grade, and my best friend Debbie has dropped me because my boobs aren’t big enough. Well, she didn’t say that exactly, but I just know that’s the reason. Then I got paired with Adam Berry, the biggest pencil-protecting geek of the decade, for the never-ending, semester-long math project. And as if that’s not bad enough, Thomas Maxwell, the cutest boy in my grade, only pays attention to me when I’m making a total fool of myself. Ugh.

Weirdest thing of all: it seems Lucas C. Tanner Middle School has a full-on, bona fide thief! Now all the teachers are going crazy and all the students are too, because Mrs. Peule has promised to make this year a living nightmare until the culprit is caught. We have to find out who is ruining sixth grade. Like, now!

Well, at least the criminal activity has taken the focus off my lack of bra ownership. Sigh.

I have to go. I’ll write again soon. Promise.

About the Author

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Judith Natelli McLaughlin grew up reading a solid diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, and Shel Silverstein. Her mom was famous for telling her, “You are never alone if you have a book,” and her dad, a lover of words, was always reciting poetry to her.

She went on to write, illustrate, and publish her own poetry book,Poems on Fruits and Odes to Veggies—Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem. Her other works include a women’s fiction novel titled This Moment and a soon to be released children’s chapter book, Mackenzie Goode Makes A Mistake—A Big One.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband Brian; her three daughters Katie, Lindsay, and Maggie; and her faithful writing companion, a Westie named Duke.

Learn more about Judith through Twitter, YouTube, Goodreads and her website.

Book Showcase: This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko

This is Sarah

THIS IS SARAH

(available now on Amazon for $.99!)

When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect.

Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that could change everything.

Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so, how far will he go to bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going, even if it kills her.

THIS IS SARAH serves as a meditation on loss, love, and what it means to say goodbye.

Ally

Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collection The Wanting Bone (Six Gallery Press) and the children’s fantasy Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (Antenna Books). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

MG Book Review: Middle School Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson

Middle School Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson

I was reluctant to read MIDDLE SCHOOL: JUST MY ROTTEN LUCK for no good reason (okay, maybe just jealous that Patterson is writing MG). When my son read it and laughed non-stop, I had to see what the fuss was about.

Unfortunately, I loved it.

The MC, Rafe, heads back to Hill Village Middle School and is forced to take “special” classes. In an attempt to forgo any ridicule and bullying, Rafe decides to join the flag football team. Of course is just the start of his hilarious misadventures.

Reading this book brought me back to those tough years in middle school, where everybody is trying to figure out where they belong and being different isn’t always treated with kindness. I felt for Rafe and his desire to make seventh grade better than sixth, but laughter won out as he stumbled along.

I highly recommend this book, and the series.  It is funny, entertaining, and a fast read. It’s perfect for those in middle school now and for us who survived it.

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