Keeper of the Wind, By: Mark Shaw

The Keeper of the Wind(Fantasy)


When a trio of high school seniors list three ancient artifacts for sale on eBay, professor and archeologist of native artifacts, Mitch Waters, believes he hit the jackpot. But is he concerned more with historical preservation or his own fame and fortune? Author Mark A. Shaw brings together an unlikely yet entertaining trio of high school seniors, each of a different race and upbringing, who are separated from their senior class during a high school camping trip. On their own in the wilderness, they come across three authentic artifacts in a hidden cave. The events that unfold once they return to safety and attempt to sell their newfound treasures on eBay intersect modern with ancient worlds, superstition with truth, and trust with trickery. In the tradition of children’s literature classics, The Keeper of the Wind takes readers on a magical and enthralling…

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Kids’ Corner: Miss L Reviews: If You Were Me and Lived In…Italy

Something you need to know on your road to self-publishing

Jean's Writing

Should you use both CreateSpace and IngramSpark?

Maybe. That’s the short answer.

However, it does depend on what you hope to accomplish with your book.

  • Will it be an ebook only? Like Kindle?
  • Do you want to see your book in print?
  • Do you want it available in libraries and bookstores?

Me? I think printing with both distributors is the way to go.

But please for the love of God, I hope you can avoid some of my mistakes. Although, I didn’t crash and burn, I did bang up my poor little book a bit along the road to self-publishing. This was not a happy trip.

car-943256_640Sheesh, I’m a slow learner sometimes. Hopefully, you will benefit from my mistakes.

First, let’s start with what the two distributors do or don’t offer.


  • Easy to use.

CreateSpace provides an easy to use MS Word template for you to set up your book.

  • Free.


CreateSpace provides a free ISBN number for both your print…

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Writing For Young Audiences

Five Writers

by Jennie Jarvis

Last month, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Florida Writers Conference on writing for young audiences. Speaking on the panel were the following dynamic writers: New York Times Bestselling Author Beth Revis, Comic Book writer/editor, Graphic Novelist and YA Author Roland Mann, award winning children’s book author and screenwriter Julie Anne Wight, Young Adult novelist Sarah Nicholas, and agent Laura Zats. As you can imagine, this panel was really well attended, especially with so many Young Adult books are being turned into Hollywood blockbusters.


Being a Young Adult novelist myself, I was delighted to have the chance to dive into the minds of these successful writers and ask them how they craft works for audiences that are very different from themselves – age wise, at least. Plus, I got to take some really silly fan photos of myself with…

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This Chick Read: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The Reading Chick

Snow Like Ashes is the debut novel by Sara Raasch in her YA fantasy trilogy. This story follows eight refugees from Winteria, as they search for a locket that holds a magical power that could help them regain their kingdom. It is told from 16 year old Meira’s perspective, and through her eyes we feel the first stirrings of love, the tension and pain of fighting true evil, and the wonder of regaining her identity through a people she has only heard about in stories.

The following synopsis is directly from

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an…

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Where do I start? – 18th January 2016

Same Face Different Place

I decided to write this post for the benefit of new authors who are thinking of writing a book for the first time with the hope that I can inspire them. I have often been asked this question: I want to write a book but how do I go about it? Well, it’s a difficult one to answer! The easiest way to ponder the dilemma is to relate my own experience.

Know your Plot

Books don’t just happen. First of all, you need to have an idea of what you want to write about. Is it your take on an old fashioned tale? Has something in the media made you so angry, you feel a need to express yourself? Did you have a dream last night that sparked a fantasy? Or did your dog look at you in such a way, you couldn’t help but wonder what was going on in his mind? The fact is…

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The Goose Girl

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The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

July 2015

Today is a bit of a Throwback Thursday! I’m in the middle of my next book, but not reading as fast as I thought, so I decided to write about a few of my summer books. This summer, I picked up The Goose Girl again. I had read it as a teenager, remembered loving it, but couldn’t remember anything about it (a common theme and one of my main reasons to start this blog!). Well, some tastes don’t change–I loved this book. Shannon Hale is an incredible author. I really enjoyed her writing style and her plot. As soon as I finished, I found out that she had three other books in the series “The Books of Bayern,” and promptly devoured the other three all in a row. I’ll give a little synopsis of the four books (there will be a few spoilers) and…

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Of buttons, pearls, and unexpected treasures


finding fortuneNot all of us run away from home, but many of us contemplate it. I did. Somewhere around 2nd or 3rd grade, I took off with no better plan than to go over to a classmate’s house to hide out. I didn’t leave a note or take extra clothes or food. I just got mad about something – probably dusting, which I loathed – and left on my bike. Her parents probably called mine. All I remember is seeing my dad on the other side of their back fence, riding home in the truck in silence, and having to do all the dishes that night. That was punishment enough for me to never try it again.

Ren has more of a plan than I had, but it’s not much better conceived. She decides to use her babysitting money to go stay in a nearby town where there’s an…

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Publishing Process: From the Beginning – Part 1

Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Story and Somnomancy

I like Serafina. She’s a strange, spunky girl with a mysterious past, an interesting skill set, and a set of problems that further gets stranger as the story progresses. Plus, she’s the Vanderbilt’s Chief Rat Catcher, which earns her double plus kudos. Because CRCs exist. Yep.


by Robert Beatty
Disney Hyperion, July 2015
Children’s historical fantasy
Rated: cookieratingcookieratingcookieratingcookierating / 5 cookies
provided by NetGalley

serafina“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for…

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