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Monday, July 14, 2014

What is it About Fairy Tales? by Mary Waibel

Fairytales. What is it about these stories that capture our imaginations? Is it the magic? The fantastical creatures? The happily-ever-after?

I have several DVD's of classic fairytales. Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, as well as Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Warner Brother's Quest for Camelot. (Yes, I know this isn't a true fairytale, but humor me.) In fact, I drew heavily on Sleeping Beauty and Quest for Camelot for inspiration while writing Quest of the Hart, the first book in the Princess of Valendria series.

These stories all have several things in common. What are they?

A spell. Whether it be cast by a disgruntled fairy, a fairy godmother, or a knight bent on conquering the world, each of these stories contains a spell. Which leads to our next thing in common.

Magic. Beyond the spell, magic abounds, be it in fantastical creatures, like talking candlesticks, or flower sprites, or dragons. Magic can be used for good, or bad. And magic often leads to a happy-ever-after ending.


I'm a sucker for this kind of ending. Knowing the guy got the girl (or the girl saved the guy) and they can face all their tomorrows together because of their triumph is such a satisfying ending for me.

Now, it's your turn. What other things do you think these stories have in common? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

About the Author:
Mary Waibel is the author of the Princess of Valendria series which includes: Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, and Different Kind of Knight. She loves hearing from readers and can be found at these sites:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cover reveal: Will, Middle Name Trouble

I just LOVE the cover Charlotte Volnek did for "Will, Middle Name Trouble." Charlie also did the cover for Freaky Frank. 

I can't wait to share this middle grade with you. Have you ever been blamed for something you didn't do? I have. And Will has, too. 

Here's a sneak peek at my second middle-grade from MuseItYoung. Watch for it this fall!

Will Moran is always getting into trouble. But this time Will, who cleans and cooks and takes care of his younger twin sisters while his mom works, didn’t do what he’s accused of doing.Will’s class is collecting donations to benefit the local soup kitchen. Unfortunately for Will, he’s contributed most of the money. Every time his teacher Mr. Mock catches Will earning a buck from a bet, it ends up in the donation can. When the money goes missing, Will’s the prime suspect. After all, most of the money came from him.

Will and his eclectic group of friends set out to find the thief and prove his innocence, but they end up finding so much more.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Meet Freaky Frank, a telepathic sixth-grader

When Freaky Frank came into my life, it was like a big ball of sunshine smothered me in warmth.  He brightened my life in so many ways. He made me laugh and smile and feel like I was twelve again.  I absolutely loved hanging out with him. A telepathic sixth-grader. How cool is that?

I can’t tell you how excited I am that you are finally meeting Freaky Frank. I hope you love him as much as I do and that he fills your life with giggles galore.

Here's the skinny:

In many ways, Frank Fratello is a typical sixth-grader. He plays baseball, hangs out with his friends at the mall and gets in trouble at home. But there’s something very different about this sixth-grader—he can read minds. And reading minds can cause problems. Like when Frank says what someone is thinking before they say it. Or answers a question before they ask it. 

Despite being telepathic, Frank must deal with everyday middle school life, which includes battling a bully who hates him. Nasty Nate and his flunkies live to get others in trouble—especially Frank. 

But Frank and his friends aren’t giving up. There has to be some way to bring Nasty Nate down. They just have to find it.

First reviews: 5 Stars

REVIEW: Freaky Frank is a lot of fun to read, and even more fun to read out loud. My daughter and I read it together and we cracked up the whole time. I'm a fan of the anti-bullying message

and Frank's authentic sense of humor. This book led to a lot of conversations in our family about whether we would want Frank's ability to read minds. In the end, we decided we like our thoughts, and the thoughts of others, kept silent.

REVIEW: I really enjoyed Freaky Frank. By trade, I am a middle school teacher, so I totally get the H-u-m-o-r with a capital H. Freaky Frank touches upon different personal and social issues that come up in a kid’s daily life, but with the added twist of mind reading to further complicate things. Freaky Frank takes a humorous look at these issues, and the names of the characters involved, along with all the body humor, give the story added appeal. This is a fun book.

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Mad World-Book Three
by Erin Callahan and Troy H. Gardner
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Following months living on the streets of Boston, the Wakefield escapees have found a temporary shelter to recoup in after barely escaping from Arlington Station with their lives—but time is running out.

As the troubled teens grow closer and rely on each other for survival, they know the inexhaustible Dr. Lycen is on the hunt. When he shows up on their doorstep with his crimson army, they are forced into action. With limited options, some of them flee to Perfection, a turn of the century living museum that holds more than its fair share of secrets.

Those who travel to Perfection find a new home that promises safety and stability. But is a dangerous adversary pulling the strings behind the scenes?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Skywhale...COMING SOON

Esme and her teenage brother, George, find a strange creature while they are out treasure hunting with a metal detector. Before they know it, they are clinging to the veins in the animal’s back while looking out over the tops of trees. It is too late to escape and they fly off into the sky on an adventure. They call the strange animal a “skywhale.” Over the course of a day, they learn that the creature is a highly intelligent being with a great sense of humour and a weakness for courting danger, something that ultimately gets them all into trouble.

The Skywhale
by Deborah Richards
Genre Tween Sci-Fi Fantasy
Tags UFO, telepathy, Stonehenge, crop circles, non-human entities, Iceland, Vikings, treasure, Roswell, aliens.
Release July 18, 2014
Cover Designer Carolina Bensler

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