Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart #YA #Audiobook # Review @DanGemeinhart

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.

When twelve year old Jonathan Grisby arrives at Slabhenge, hungry, cold and tormented, he faces at least ten weeks in the forbidding and Dickensian-like reform school. Run by The Admiral and his staff, who take pleasure from making life as difficult and uncomfortable as possible for the unfortunates who have been sent there. Slabhenge has had several incarnations, including a facility for the mentally ill, but to the boys it seems more like a prison with it’s many corridors, staircases and stone-walled, dank rooms. Continue reading

Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson ~ #Audiobook narrated by @MacLeodAndrews #YA

A new fantasy-adventure trilogy about a misfit twelve-year-old with a dangerous destiny to fulfill, a mystical time walker who is sent to protect him, and a maniacal villain with a deadly vendetta that began two hundred years ago in the heart of the Old West.

Outlaws of Time is a mix of adventure, legend and fantasy, set in the Arizona desert where twelve year old Sam Miracle is in foster care at the St Anthony of the Desert Destitute Youth Ranch (SADDYR) run by the Spaldings, who agreed ‘to guardian absolutely any boy the state of Arizona might be willing to send them (along with a check.)’ According to the Spaldings, Sam was the worst boy they’d ever fostered. Firstly because Sam got totally lost in powerful and detailed waking dreams. Dreams that seem so real they’re like recollections from his past, which confuses Sam no end. Added to that, the bones in Sam’s arms have been so damaged that they are incapable of movement, fused at the elbow, and sometimes very painful. Continue reading

#Guest Post (and #book info) from Mitchell Charles #TuesdayBookBlog @BookPubServices #YA #Fantasy

A  huge welcome to Mitchell, and thanks for the wonderful descriptions of Hawaii (no wonder it’s a place of inspiration!)

The Kingdom of Oceana was inspired by one of the great loves of my life, my love of the Hawaiian Islands. Over 8 million tourists visit Hawaii each year where they are embraced by the aloha spirit. Tourists come to golf, SCUBA dive, snorkel with the friendly honus (sea turtles), whale watch, and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and the best hiking on the planet. Families come to build a lifetime of memories. Lovers come to honeymoon. Many first-time visitors are so transformed by these magical islands they start planning a return trip the moment they set foot back on the mainland. Why do I come to Hawaii? I come to dream. Continue reading

Guest Post by Christopher Mannino #Author of School of Deaths @BookPubServices

Welcome, Christopher!

Christopher’s book The Scythe Wielder’s Secret is a thrilling young adult fantasy/adventure series. The first two books in the trilogy, School of Deaths and Sword of Deaths, are out now, with the third book Daughter of Deaths expected to be released next year.

Reviewers have compared The Scythe Wielder’s Secret to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. It is recommended for readers who enjoy magical realism, fantasy, paranormal, middle grade, young adult, and/or books with a strong female protagonist. Continue reading

Chakana – Encounter in the Sacred Valley by W.E. Lawrence ~ Excerpt @BookPubServices #Historical #Romance

W. E. Lawrence’s latest historical romance novel Chakana is filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

ChakanaSynopsis

In 1940, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort.  Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.  Continue reading

Introducing ~ Debut Author Jessica Hernandez

Jessica HernandezJessica Hernandez was born and raised in the beautifully sunny state of Florida. She attended the University of Miami, where she spent more time than she cares to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, Jessica put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born “Capering on Glass Bridges.” Currently, Jessica is working on a second novel. 

Jessica can be found on Twitter and Goodreads

About the book

capering_frontThe Utdrendans have spoken. Sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone is amongst the two whom they have named. If she accepts the task presented to her and succeeds, it will be made possible for the accursed Kingdom of Mar to be freed. Although the assignment itself is simple, the path to success is sure to be anything but; not all is as it seems, and forces determined to work against Kaia are gathering—for many will stop at nothing to ensure that Mar remains forever cursed. Continue reading

Friday Five Challenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Emerald Buddha by Russell Blake

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, grab yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.

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In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Feeling a little lazy this week, I looked at Amazon’s recommendations and this cover stood out for me… Continue reading

Guest Post ~ Write What You Know by Debbie Brown, author of Snow Job

Yeah, yeah, I know. You’ve heard it before, and so have I. But let me just tell you that THIS time, I know exactly WHY we are so lovingly told to write what we know. This time I didn’t, and I found myself feeling like the proverbial fish out of water. In my latest novel, Snow Job, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and outside of my field of expertise.

In my bio, I mention that I have worked as a nurse, a teacher, a martial arts coach, (I hold 3 black belts in 3 different styles, from 1st to 3rd Dan.) I have flown planes, painted for an art gallery, and done a whole slew of other things. Recently, someone reading my bio out loud added, “Yeah, for four minutes each.” So to rectify that…Four years was the shortest stint I did in any one of my adventures. 😉 All that to say, that I have a great variety of experiences and expertise to choose from for my writing, and I should have stayed within those parameters. Continue reading

The Dragon of the Month Club ~ Young Adult Fantasy by Iain Reading.

Dragon book coverThe Dragon Of The Month Club, by Iain Reading, was published in February 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Genres: Young Adult / Fantasy / Adventure

Synopsis:

The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the Month Club. 

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.  Continue reading

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces ~ Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5

  • KittyHawk5Author: Iain Reading
  • Published: February 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Young Adult, Adventure, Mystery
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Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world.

As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.

After her adventures in London and Ireland Kitty is on her way to Rome to meet Charlie, the friend she made during her escapade in the Yukon. No sooner is Kitty on Italian soil than she and Charlie find themselves involved in a very mysterious and alarming set of circumstances. Enjoying an after dinner ice cream they are swept up in a chase to apprehend a pickpocket, and literally run into Matteo and Vega, upsetting Matteo’s cart full of walnuts.

Charlie’s scraped and bloodied knee necessitates them going to Matteo and Vega’s house where the mystery of the masterpieces begins. Kitty discovers a painting by Van Gogh, which has been hanging on the wall for years, unknown as such to Matteo and his sisters and the first of many with questionable ownership and/or stolen by the Nazis during WW2. 

The painting showed a view from the sand dunes out towards a turbulent scene of high winds and rough seas. Along the shoreline, a scattered group of bystanders watched as a sailing ship was pulled ashore through a violent surf of crashing waves.

Events spiral as Kitty, Charlie and their new friends are startled by an intruder, find a secret room with a radio receiver and discover there is an unbelievable amount of stolen artwork worth millions. Trying to break seemingly impossible codes and follow the clues takes them all over Europe by way of Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, Bolzano and Nuremberg. 

As always, Iain Reading describes the countries and places vividly and interestingly. Kitty and Charlie’s visit to the site which once housed the Nazi Concentration Camp of Dachau gave me chills. The lingering atmosphere of horror and sadness is tangible. The story is complemented and strengthened with the addition of lots of information woven into the narrative, and the threads of historical facts in the basis of the plot. The ‘Some Further Reading’ section at the end of the book is full of documentation relevant to places, occurrences and events in the book, with links for further exploration.

Another captivating and entertaining adventure, rich in details and fascinating facts, with a friendly and enthusiastic heroine. Kitty’s character is evolving, the more she learns of the world and people, from both a good and bad perspective. I enjoyed Charlie’s return as a main character and the relationship between him and Kitty, considering their initial introduction at the beginning of the series. The ending leaves some unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries which adds to Kitty’s credibility. Maybe they will be resolved as Kitty continues on her round the world trip… or possibly not. Awaiting Kitty’s next adventure…..  

Book links ~ Amazon UK Amazon US

My thanks to Kelsey McBride from Book Publicity Services for sending me a copy of the book for review.

About the author

IainReadingIain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations. He has published 5 books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series.

Don’t forget to check out the latest happenings in the world of Kitty Hawk at http://www.kittyhawkworld.com and it you’re interested also head over to www.secretworldonline.com and check out some of the songs that I write and record in my spare time in an effort to try and convince people that I am much busier than I actually am.

For more information, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kittyhawkworld

Excerpt from Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces

PROLOGUE 

There Has To Be A Rationale Explanation… 

It was the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. 

With my skin crawling with goose bumps, I listened as the psychopathic tinkling song of a child’s music box quickly faded into the high-pitch hiss of static and was quickly replaced by a sound that brought new meaning to the phrase of having one’s blood run cold. My knees literally went weak at just the sound of it, threatening to collapse under me like watery rubber. 

Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, I thought to myself over and over again as my mind raced to find some explanation for the completely bizarre and otherworldly sounds that I was hearing. There has to be a rational explanation for this. This is real life, not a horror movie. There has to be something that somehow explains this! 

These were all reasonable assumptions, of course, but what I was hearing was so completely fantastical that it seemed to defy all attempts at finding a sensible or logical explanation. 

I closed my eyes for an instant as the room began to swim dizzily out of focus around me. My heart was beating so fast that my brain was simply overwhelmed by sensory input and it took me a second or two to recover from the wave of sudden lightheaded vertigo that had washed over me. 

This can’t be happening, I told myself. Of course it was happening, but my brain simply refused to accept that it was real and the resulting disorientation made me feel like my entire world had suddenly been turned upside down, leaving me confused and struggling to find solid ground. 

But I was determined to find my feet again. 

Just breathe, I told myself as I took a very deep breath, which instantly began to make me feel a little bit more in control. I slowly exhaled and opened my eyes again, repeating this thought over and over like a mantra until I finally began to get a hold of myself. 

Already feeling much better, I forced myself to take another breath and concentrate on exactly what it was that I was hearing. It was a voice–a woman’s voice that was supposed to sound human but there was actually nothing human about it. The voice was also speaking English, but what it was saying made absolutely no sense whatsoever and the effect of it was fiendishly unnerving. 

There has to be a rational explanation for this, I told myself again as I glanced over at the others and forced myself to stand my ground. Of course, in the end there was a completely rational explanation for all of it. But little did I know how far I would have to go to try and find it or how many answers would still be left unsolved once I did.