Crown of Bones is a fantasy novel that will blow your mind. The discovery of a story with a unique magical system, adventure, and romance is the best kind of discovery. Savants call forth phantoms, and each wears a different color robe that signifies rank. The phantoms are so varied and exciting I was sucked right in. Marcus is the heir and is meant to be the main character that you follow in this story. It is told in alternate POV for each chapter. I was intrigued by Marcus and his struggles. Although I stole my heart, Ash is a non savant, which means she does not have a phantom, and she is the wordsmith that records all of Ash’s events as he learns how to become one with his phantom. Ash has a lot of exciting things that happen to her along the way, and the inner monologue she has going on is quite entertaining. You will meet a few other interesting characters in this debut novel, and the cliffhanger though you may see it coming, is not quite what I thought it was going to be, and I need the sequel like yesterday.
The novel Saving Dr. Warren… A True Patriot answers that question through the eyes of a 14 year old boy.
Steve O’Dell loves to write and does it well. But as an eighth-grade student at Needham Middle School, his talent sometimes seems more an embarrassment than a blessing.
Then, on Veterans Day 2001, Steve’s award-winning essay propels him into an adventure twisting through Revolutionary battles and bloodshed. Thanks to the bizarre bequest of a manuscript and a musket ball from a long-lost family war hero, Steve’s journey with the Revolutionary War hero Dr. Joseph Warren begins.
A time-traveling talisman missing from the archives of one of Boston’s oldest historical societies takes Steve through portals of history, where he walks side by side with a real Boston patriot. He makes house calls with Dr. Warren on March 5, 1770, and stumbles onto the bloodstained streets of the Boston Massacre. From the killings of March 5 to boarding tea ships in 1773, Steve’s history book explodes to life as he helps Dr. Warren and forges a friendship with Boston’s True Patriot. Steve watches Dr. Warren launch Paul Revere on his midnight ride, and he helps Dr. Warren dodge British musket balls in the first battles of the War for Independence. With each adventure, Steve tastes the light that ignites The Revolution.
Steve will eventually convince others that the Revolutionary relic he was given really does open portals through time, but he faces his most difficult quest alone—saving Dr. Warren from the onslaught at Bunker Hill. Can he do it? And if he fails, will he ever return to this century?
Saving Dr. Warren…A True Patriot rips through the pages of history. From the Revolutionary War to the vanishing veterans of World War II, to the ashes of September 11, 2001, Saving Dr. Warren demonstrates to both old and young that patriotism, standing like an old oak tree on a grandfather’s farm, has and will endure.
Do you teach history to middle schoolers? Do you have trouble getting them engaged with historical characters? Then this book might be the perfect hook for your classroom or if you have a child who loves history. This story is about an unpatriotic 8th grader who discovers a musket ball that will take him back in time. He ends up meeting Dr. Warren, who, unbeknownst to me before I read this book, is an important historical figure. Since this is a time traveling story based on history, important events like the Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, and the Battle of Bunker Hill are on the itinerary to visit. As our character travels between the 1700s and the 2000s, he learns about a great opportunity he has to be Patrictoic. Of course, the character does what everyone does in a time traveling story and tries to change it by preventing tragedy. In the end, the real lesson he learns is that we can’t change the past, but we can make sure that important people are not forgotten in the future. There are many opportunities hidden in this book for a teacher to open up a real discussion with students about what it means to be patriotic. Who else would be a minor historical figure that we can lookup? Why is it important to learn from the past and observe the remembrance of those who have gone before us? A great book that is written to appeal to those who are less likely to pick up a history book.
About The Author
Jeff Mckenna resides in a peaceful Southern Utah town amidst the red rocks that make up National Parks like Zion and Arches. He loves mountain biking over the brightly colored sandstone that surrounds him, as well as new trails he finds when he goes on cross-country RV trips with his wife. Along with reading entertaining historical fiction novels, Jeff believes a great way to learn to love America is by exploring her beautiful landscape and visiting cities and states from sea to shining sea.
Jeff’s love for his country is what has fostered his love for writing. Uncovering America’s history can be messy, but Jeff dives in with both hands to uncover what lies hidden in our nation’s past. He loves to reveal forgotten heroes and help them come alive for young Americans as they race through the pages of his historical fiction novel, Saving Dr. Warren… “A True Patriot.”
Jeff would love to hear about the American heroes you’ve discovered as you’ve dived into history!
“This heartwarming fantasy from Hutson updates a favorite Christmas trope as a Scrooge-like woman is given the magical gift of a new perspective on her life. Christmas enthusiasts will find this hits the spot.” —Publishers Weekly
“… a blend of romance and fantasy in A Christmas Carol style of writing. An outstanding inspirational read for the holidays.” —Midwest Book Review
“A story of second chances, Write Christmas will make you believe in the magic of the season again.” —The Nerd Daily
Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.
After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.
Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.
One where Christmas has vanished!
Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.
Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.
But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.
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Are you a fan of the Hallmark classic Christmas movies? You know the ones that have a wonderful message about life and make you feel all warm and toasty. That is this book in a nutshell. A young woman has grown up with Christmas at the forefront of her Farther’s company, but she inherits it that all changes, and you know the lesson is coming up shortly. She drifts off one night and wakes to a world that knows nothing about Christmas. Not only has Christmas been erased the effects of the erasure of Christmas have some very eye-opening results. Her daughter is now sullen, mean, dressed all in black teenager, her best friend turns into Scrooge, and the town is the most depressing place to call home. The book is the perfect book to pick up if Christmas is losing its magic quality for you and will wrap you up in the remembrance of what this Holiday season is all about. A great read.
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Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, and best-selling author.
A graduate of UCLA, he launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!
His career took a thrilling turn writing and producing several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th (RLJ/Image), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).
He was also a staff writer on the Hulu daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.
He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.
He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. The film won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening … with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”
Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its premiere and continues to rank high on Netflix.
As a best-selling author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version (Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster) was also released. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” The book reached #1 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia and was the winner for Best Horror at the International Book Awards and Best YA Horror in the Readers’ Choice Awards.
He wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered, produced THE FINAL WISH (Cinedigm) written by Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick and starring Lin Shaye and Tony Todd, and co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime).
Thommy recently wrote the screenplay for an audiobook holiday project, is in development on a family feature, and is hard at work on “Cursed,” the second installment of the “Jinxed” trilogy.
A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.
I am joining in with this challenge for 2021. I quite proud of myself at the start of 2020 I downloaded a spreadsheet from https://readervoracious.com. I have tried various ways to go more in depth with my reading over the years. Bullet Journals, spreadsheets, notebooks but this the first year i was able to really stick to it. What was different this year? Well i kept the spreadsheet updated on my iPad where before it was on my computer which is not at my fingertips as easily. Bullet journals did not work as i got over detailed with them. I also picked up a reading log book but i using it for series rather then individual books unless it a very complicated on i think i go back to.
According to my spreadsheet for 2020 i read 43 audiobooks in 2020. Looking over the challenge picture for the levels for 2021.
Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
Over-Achiever (Power Listener) 75+
The 100 Club (Audiobook Addict) 100+
At 43 books that would have me in My Precious level. So for 2021 i like to see me achieve Marathoner or over-achiever status. I will make sure to tweet each time i finish and hopefully find a widget to add to my blog here that will update you guys as well.
Runs January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. You can join at any time.
The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2020 than you did in 2018.
Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
ANY genres count.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweet about the challenge.
Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be July 2, 2021, and the last update will take place on December 30, 2021.
Hope you decide to join in along with us. The hashtags for this challenge are #2021AudiobookChallenge
When Princesses Rosalie and Scarlet went to bed on a breezy summer night, they
didn’t expect to awake to such a fright. Their father, the King’s, scepter was taken by a thief.
The royal family was in utter disbelief. The princesses sneak out of bed and find a
small clue. There mission is clear, they know what they must do. Along their journey, they meet friends who help them track the thief down. Will they find him and return the scepter to their father who wears the crown?
A vivid illustrated children’s book takes the reader on adventures through many lands in the quest to find the scepter missing. I like the addition of a map because it gives teachers options to talk about places, explore why maps are so important in a story, and even the additional bonus of having kids sketch out their version of the map as they adventure along in the description. A great story to engage young children and even the adults who are reading along with them.
Julie Dinges lives in Ohio with her husband, two daughters, one dog, and several fish. She loves being outside, cooking, traveling, watching science fiction movies, and reading fantasy books to her girls.
Julie spent many years as a technical writer before shifting focus to website design.
One of Julie’s greatest ambitions was to write a book. She is excited to share her first published creation, and hopes it sparks imagination and inspiration for all who read of the princesses’ quest.
Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.
Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts?
In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?
Mortal Sight is a debut novel with heart. Every year on Cera’s birthday, Cera has a panic attack, and her mom’s way of coping is to pack them up and move on to a new place. Cera is a fierce character who becomes attached to her neighbor, whose home life is not the greatest. When she uncovers what the panic attacks are all about and finds out her neighbor is in trouble, the whole reality of a new world unfolds. Cera has unique abilities but is worried she will be locked up if discovered by those in charge. Her only thought is to destroy those who have been ruining her life and those she claims as friends. An intense story with a lot of violent action makes it hard to tell when the good characters are and who the bad are. I am on the edge of my seat for what comes in the next book.
Publisher’s Synopsis: The exciting follow-up to Mightier Than the Sword, the humorous and fantastical interactive middle-grade novel which needs you, the reader, to get in on the action!
The second book set in Astorya places you back in the driver’s seat. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil, you have the power to create. What you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story!
With Queen Rulette gone, and Astorya returning to normal, you decide to journey to Astorya’s Other Side, a place of monsters and mayhem, to hide the original Original forever. Surely nothing bad could happen to Astorya’s precious document there, right? But when the plan goes awry and digital doppelgangers are unleashed on the world, once again only you can save the day.
Write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure story that is unique to every reader! And, most importantly, prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.
In this story, not only are you the star but there are fill in the blank mad libs, places to sketch out your versions of characters in the story, an incredible maze, and delightful antidotes on the bottom of various pages.
The Edge of the World picks up about an hour after the first story ends. At the end of the last book, the evil villain is erased, and you missed your ride home. Now you have to deal with the fact that the original Orignal story needs to be protected even more. But where to hide it? You also need to deal with the significant section that no one non-fictional can enter. With your complete knowledge and ability to draw anything, you produce a home for the Doodlings who lived in the story’s margins.
Now that you solved that problem, where to hide the original Orignal. You and Prince S. set off to the other side of Astorya, the place where the evil villains live. While there, you struggle with not giving in to evil thoughts. While on this adventure, the book provides lots of exciting ways to engage the reader. As you deal with the cruel dilemma, the book offers many neat discussion scenarios of what if you do this versus what if you don’t. These parts of the story are sure to bring up great discussion in the classroom.
Overall this series is quite enjoyable with the way you can interact with the story. I love the footnotes that add in a great touch of humor while also offering clarification to some of the news’s words and places. A great bonus is the french words you learn from Manteau, always a great thing to enhance your vocabulary.
About The Authors
Alana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Alana graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Comedic Writing and Performance. Drew graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Fiction Writing. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central. Mightier Than the Sword is their first book series. They live with their two kids and one exquisitely talented cat (none of whom help with the dishes).
About The Illustrator
Ryan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside, with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Lucky. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan often works at his drawing desk in the early-morning hours, to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts.
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In the kingdom of Adania, everyone knows what Princess Alyrra did to earn the court’s contempt, her mother’s disdain, and her brother’s hatred.
She betrayed her own.
Yet, the truth hides another story, one of honor and honesty, of a princess gambling her own life for another’s. It’s a tale of courage and consequences, and a choice that can never be undone.
A short story prequel to her multi-starred fantasy, Thorn, Intisar Khanani’s “Brambles” gives Alyrra’s account of what really happened all those years ago, and how a few critical days turned her life into a daily fight for survival.
When we first meet Princess Alyrra in Thorn, she is an unloved outcast of a Princess. She seems to have a heart of gold; how is she so unloved and mistreated by the townsfolk and her family. Well, it turns out it all cause she chooses to stand up for what is right and not allowed spoiled people to rule the world. The cost is higher than anyone could imagine. Your eyes will open your eyes to the events that happen in Thorn. An excellent novella to tide us over till the sequel comes out.
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn. To keep up with what Intisar is working on next, join her monthly newsletter at booksbyintisar.com/newsletter.
Book 7 Exile Beyond the Thaw an adventure in dystopian literature that unveils new secrets with each book. Characters you think you know turn evil, family connections you never saw coming, and the danger seems to grow by the day. Sam, Hawk, Mercy, and Luca are the seekers seeking beyond Asakla and bringing new growth to those they find. These two authors know how to deal out a very adventurous tale.