So, as we gear up for the official release of Book 2, we decided to celebrate by having a special sale on Book 1--The Kindling. You can get The Kindling on ebook for only $2.99 from July 1-31st. Here is the Amazon link: AMAZON
Here is the B&N link: B&N
(Note: You can also buy the paper copy for a steep discount--only $9.99 plus s/h here.)
And, just to make it extra fun--because we are all about fun here at bradenbell.com!--we're having a giveaway with a $25 Amazon gift card! Fun book, cheap price--and a great prize. Yes, this is amazing.
The giveaway officially starts Monday, July 1st at 12:00 AM . Have fun and good luck! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to sign up. If you already purchased a copy of the Kindling this past year, just make a note of that in the field.
No purchase necessary.
Also--we're having a $50 Amazon or Visa Gift Card Giveaway for the blog tour. You can sign up here.
I've been working on this trailer for a while, with the help of some very talented students. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. So, I think I will have a little contest to celebrate. The prize will be either a $10 iTunes gift card or having your name in Book 3. If you like this post on Facebook you get 1 entry. Share for two. You can also Tweet/re-tweet for two. You can do this daily if you like. The drawing will occur on Saturday June 29th. Make sure to leave me a comment to let me know what you did so I can give you credit.
This is a short, but very important chapter. One of my favorites, actually. It came about late in the writing I hope you enjoy it!
Today I'm part of my friend Monique's cover real as her Ginnie West series gets new covers. Monique is having a giveaway as part of this blog tour (so see the Rafflecopter entry form below!)
The Ginnie West Adventure series gets new covers!
To quote Ginnie: "They are totally awesome sauce!"
THE SECRET SISTERS CLUB: A GINNIE WEST ADVENTURE (Book 1)
Twelve-year-old BFFs—Ginnie and Tillie—want to be sisters. Tillie's divorced mom plus Ginnie's widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club and come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation: Secret Sisters’.
Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects that Tillie has turned ‘Operation: Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation: Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about. When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out why before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.
As a writer of fantasy, few stories set in reality succeed in capturing my interest so thoroughly that they leave me wanting more. With her spirited personality and flare for fun, Ginnie West does just this as she draws the reader into her unique world from the start and never disappoints. An engaging read that entertains the young as well as the young at heart, this novel manages to become what most rarely do--memorable. ~~ S.E. Gerard, A Fracture In Time
I LOVED this book! I didn’t know a book without zombies could be good! ~~15 yr-old Amanda
TROUBLE BLOWS WEST: A GINNIE WEST ADVENTURE (Book 2)
Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong. She quickly figures out that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Pierce likes being knocked down by one.
When Pierce seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a playback prank at Pierce’s house. Sadly, Ginnie learns that Pierce has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a rag doll. Realizing he's a boy in big trouble, Ginnie decides to be his ally, even if he won’t let her be his friend.
If you like farms, friends, horses, and secrets, you’ll love: Trouble Blows West: A Ginnie West Adventure. So saddle up and be ready to ride with Ginnie as she explores the true meaning of friendship. ~~Debbie Shakespeare Smith, middle-grade author of The House of Chicken
An excellent book that deals with the sensitive topics of bullying, abuse, and forgiveness. It is action packed and full of raw emotions. Bucheger does an amazing job of writing this story, without giving a cookie cutter answer to the problems Ginnie faces. The characters are full and rich—which makes me wish I could be part of the West family as well. ~~ Karen D.
SIMPLY WEST OF HEAVEN: A GINNIE WEST ADVENTURE (Book 3)
Twelve-year-old BFFs schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. When their parents go along with the matchmaking, the girls are stoked. Sweet! Not long after though, Ginnie stumbles upon her late mom's journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscates the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name. Ginnie is counting on her future sister's help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie's not so sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree.
Besides, Tillie is too busy trying to keep the memory of her abusive, no-good , rotten-excuse-for-a-birth-father from bubbling to the surface to worry about what's bugging Ginnie. He left six years ago and Tillie’s knows a better dad when she sees one … Ginnie’s dad. The girls' world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her prayers. Life gets complicated lickety-split in what is sure to be the most pivotal summer of Ginnie’s life.
With the charm of The Little House books, and the courage of today’s American Girl, Bucheger has created a series that has staying power. ~~Mikey Brooks, The Dream Keeper
As a mother I couldn't put these books down. While they may be written for middle grade children, I was not only entertained, but inspired. ~~ Courtney W.
When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoythe journey that is her life.
She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works at: www.moniquebucheger.blogspot.com
Since we are less than a month away from the release of Penumbras, I thought I'd post some chapters as it gets closer. Today, I am happy to post Chapter Two! You can get to it (or Chapter One) via the buttons below. Check back each Wednesday for new chapters.
I'm very happy to be part of the the blog tour for The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks. I love the cover!
Mikey is a very busy author/illustrator and a super nice and enthusiastic guy. Here's a little about Mikey and the book:
Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as adult. On occasion you’ll find him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including BEAN’S DRAGONS, the ABC ADVENTURES series, and author of the middle-grade fantasy-adventure novel, THE DREAM KEEPER. He spends most of his time playing with his daughters and working as a freelance illustrator. Mikey has a BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast.
Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME.
When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?
Loser—the most frightening word to ever be uttered in junior high school. Even the coolest kids are afraid of being associated with it. 14-year-old Parker Bennett is no exception. He can’t even be himself around his friends for fear they might not accept who he really is. When circumstances force him to team up with Kaelyn Clarke, the biggest loser in the ninth grade, Parker has to decide what is more important; protecting his social status or saving the world. Nightmare named Fyren has taken over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, with the intention of controlling mortals, and it falls on Parker, Kaelyn, and Gladamyr – the Dream Keeper – to stop him. They learn being called a loser is no longer a fear, when compared to the terror of real nightmares.
EXCERPT FROM BOOK:
Parker was about to assassinate the general of the goblin army. It wasn’t murder, it was an assignment. He tried to justify what he was about to do as he jumped from the rooftop and landed just above the battlement wall. It was the perfect spot to scout the camp. The goblins filling the keep were everywhere, sharpening blades and axes or gathering weapons for the impending battle. Parker noticed a large troll in the right hand corner of the space below, hammering solidly on a sword large enough to split three men into six. He spotted his target.
The general of the goblin army was a large brute with golden braids hanging down his chest. He was the one who had ordered the burning of Parker’s home village. The one who had ordered the death of Parker’s family and friends. This monster, this villain, was the reason Parker had set out on his journey to seek vengeance upon the unjust. This was the creature responsible for Parker swearing allegiance to the Mightercore army, who quickly gave him the role of assassin-scout.
Parker maneuvered his way down the wall, careful not to move too fast or his invisibility cloak would lose its power. He placed his foot in one crevice, then his hand in another. After a few moments of skilled climbing, Parker found himself precariously positioned just behind the golden haired brute, leaving only a small distance between him and his foe. In a quick session tactic, Parker could ignite his blade with the magic of the Mightercore and his target would be no more. He positioned himself to strike, raising his sword and whispering the incantation that would release the blade’s power—.
He ignored whoever was calling his name; they did not matter. All he saw was the villain before him. The completed spell ignited Parker’s sword with a blazing haze of blue fire, and he had to act fast.
The loud call startled him and he swung too late. The goblin general had already turned and he struck, forcing Parker back against the rocky battlements. Parker parried the attack and thrust forward with a low slash. The general sidestepped and lunged forward again. Parker parried and rolled away from the wall. A lightning spell was the only magic he had left. If he could find enough time to call out the incantation, he could have the general radiating electrons from every appendage.
He rolled until he was a good ten feet from his opponent, then quickly stood. Lifting his hand into the air, he called down the lightning. The sky filled with a brilliant white light, and the crack of thunder reverberated off the walls. Parker briefly closed his eyes then opened them, praying he had hit his target. As the white dust began to clear, he made out an image before him. He peered at it, his heart thumping.
The screen went black.
“Parker, I’ve called you three times. Now get off that machine and go do your homework.”
If you would like to find out more about Mikey or this book, here are some links:
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Mikey-Brooks/e/B00B8ICZ4W
Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17727253-the-dream-keeper
Facebook at: http://facebook.com/writtenbymikeybrooks
Twitter as: @writtenbymikey
Paperback Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/4260677
The Nashville Children's Theatre is a truly magical place. Unfortunately, like many magical places, there is trouble in the land.
In this case, it is a revenue shortfall.
NCT is dear to my heart. I worked there for three years. I know the staff. They are some of the finest theatre professionals around. They consistently turn out high-quality theatre for children and families. In fact, TIME magazine named them one of the top 5 children's theatres in the US. They also run camps, teach classes, and provide other services for children and families--including many children who attend because of a ticket subsidy program.
Unfortunately, producing high-quality theatre for disadvantaged kids costs more than it brings in.
I can attest that the folks at NCT are extremely cautious stewards. They work harder than you can imagine to stretch each dollar. Unfortunately, times are tough.
Now, they have a $70,000 shortfall as the fiscal year ends. If you want to make a straight donation, you can do that by clicking here (go to the bottom of the letter). I'm sure any amount would be welcome.
This is a very worthy cause!
Okay, full disclosure: Carole is a friend of mine. Howevever, don't let that stop you from believing me when I tell you that this book was a really fun read! I enjoyed it immensely.
It is a clean mystery that kept me guessing until the end. And Carole's wit really came to life in the characters. There is one pair especially, and ideologically mismatched pair that had me laughing out loud.
One of Carole's gifts as a writer is the ability to write eccentric characters who are very funny--but also very realistic and dimensional.
The book is set in Yellowstone, and Carole does a wonderful job bringing the setting to life. I felt like I was walking those trails myself.
"Who is Trying to Silence Penny?
Penny Thorton's dreams of being a park ranger start to unravel her
first week on the job when she finds a dead bear in Yellowstone's
backcountry. Shots are fired as she runs away, but once she tells
the authorities, all evidence evaporates. Penny's aunt Iris, who is
bent on eradicating an invasive species of daisy from the park, puts
that mission on hold when more bears are killed and she becomes
entangled in the mystery. After several attempts on Penny's life, she
and Iris learn to trust no one not even their friends."
Seriously, this book was a lot of fun!
Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Poaching-Daisies-Yellowstone-Mystery-Warburton/dp/1599928744/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370320312&sr=8-1&keywords=poaching+daisies
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