Guest Blogger: Amy Lignor, Author of Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

Today we welcome, Amy Ligor, author of Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1, which was released in January by Tribute Books.

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

Why is paranormal romance such a big hit with the YA market?

I love this question because an author just asked me why the adults aren’t reading as many books as they used to. She was struggling to understand what ‘piece’ had suddenly gone missing in the adult fiction genres. I have to say, for a long time we were doing things that were fun – mysteries, suspense, awesome puzzles to figure out like, The DaVinci Code. But then we just seemed to switch; the books became depressing and female characters had no spark.  There was no strength or power left in the heroine. The YA fiction market is huge, and the reason it’s huge is because of the romance, the paranormal worlds and characters that take us AWAY from everyday life. People want that, and that’s why more and more adults are reading teen books.

This genre offers a way of getting beyond what we see when we turn on the news. When you head into a paranormal YA book you get a hero, a super-strong heroine who has a ‘voice’ and isn’t afraid to use it, a love triangle that hooks readers right off the bat, and locations that we can only imagine. Romance will never die, but paranormal romance is reaching out to readers and bringing them in droves. They know that with these novels they can get away and experience excitement, love, yearning and mystery all at the same time…and forget about everything else that’s going on outside that window. I really hope that adult fiction goes back to this formula because we are all really missing those good, solid adventures.

I tried to make Until Next Time stand out in a variety of ways. When I turned to angels, I really wanted them to be different from any other angelic series that’d been written. I began by making them a team – an angel/warrior team that was actually created to be a partnership. You can’t have one without the other. And I didn’t want them to be tormented, I wanted them to be ‘new’ teenagers that hadn’t yet seen the ‘real world’ or gone on any adventures (like most teens who are waiting for that shot at freedom).

I wanted to know what a purely innocent soul would do and how they would react when they ran face-first into human emotions. Down here we have jealousy, anger, envy, romance – all of it, and I wondered how these two characters would keep their faith in one another in a world that was trying to tear them apart.  They came down from a ‘perfect’ world, so it was a real thrill ride to see them deal with an imperfect one.

I also wanted the “love triangle” to be extremely different than anything else. In most novels we do know who the friend is going to be and who the soul mate is, pretty early on. With Emily, however, her soul mate is Matt – because they were made that way.  But because of the job they have to do and who and what they are, she also has a soul mate on Earth. So it will be very interesting to see who she finally chooses.

One other thing that makes Until Next Time stand out is the fantastic cover! The designer and creator of that cover is a genius!  And I can’t wait for the world to see a ‘gilded’ Matt on the next one.

Until Next Time, Everybody.


ISBN: 9780983741855
ISBN: 9781465992697
Pages: 295
Release: February 1, 2012
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Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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The Carrot King by Sally O. Lee

The waiting is over! Sally O. Lee has a new book out and you’ll certainly want to add it to your collection. The Carrot Kingis all about having the right perspective. A small boy becomes king after the death of his parents. He doesn’t want to be king. All he wants to do is eat his carrots and play with his toys. One afternoon, the small king stumbles upon a boy whose family is so poor all they eat are potatoes and beans. Their friendship helps the small king to see he truly enjoys his role as king.

I was thrilled to receive an email from Sally telling me she has a new book out. I signed up to review it right away. I have almost every one of her books since The Cake Thief. In this charming tale of friendship, a small king learns that troubles come to everyone and it’s nice to help out a friend. Sally’s beautiful folk art type illustrations add so much to this story. I’ve always loved her attention to detail. In this book, it is the king’s cat who appears on almost every page of the story. The first letter of the first word on every page is built by carrots, just like on the cover. Sally has such a unique style, it would be difficult not to know a book was hers even if you didn’t see her name on the cover.

It’s no surprise that so many of Sally’s books are award-winners. She writes charming stories that kids love.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:38 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace (January 19, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1466469838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466469839

I received a free paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for my review.

Happy Easter! by Liesbet Slegers

Celebrate spring and Easter traditions in Happy Easter! by Liesbet Slegers.

The colorful artwork and delightful stories of Slegers return in this seasonal offering that is sure to engage young readers. From a hopping Easter Bunny to cheerfully colored eggs, from baby animals to new leaves on the trees, and from baskets to toys, Happy Easter! is as perky as a puppy and just as cute.

Slegers has been one of  my favorite authors/illustrators for a while now. I always enjoy seeing her books in my mailbox. You can’t go wrong with this one if you’re looking for a fun Easter tale.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Hardcover:30 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371146
  • SRP:  $15.95

My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories by Nicole Weaver

My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories by Nicole Weaver is a moving collection of stories that tackles tough issues. From a boy struggling with his birthday coming on the same day as the worst attacks on American soil, to a biracial boy coping with being teased, from a group of children helping to pay for a classmate’s life-saving surgery, to the rescue of a young boy whose village is nearly wiped out by a devastating hurricane, and more, this collection will show young readers the importance of compassion and how simple acts of kindness can make a difference.

Considering that English isn’t Weaver’s native tongue, this collection flows nicely. While the book is heavy on narration and sparse on setting details,  the message of each story is clear. I would have liked to see an editor round out some of the rough edges, but overall this collection will be a nice way for parents and educators to open discussions on topics that are so prevalent today.  Though this book is geared toward middle grade students, I think adults will enjoy it too.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:80 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace; Lrg edition (September 4, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1466275995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466275997
  • SRP:  $5.99

I received a free electronic copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

I Have Two Homes by Marian De Smet

I Have Two Homes by Marian De Smet is a touching story that will help encourage young children experiencing the challenges of divorce.

Nina discusses her feelings about her parents’ divorce and living in two homes. Things are different than they used to be, but one thing has never changed–how happy her parents are with her.

This beautifully told book is complemented by the lovely artwork of Nynke Mare Talsma. The gentle colors work so well with the encouraging prose. The reader follows Nina along as she shares how things used to be and how they are now; how things are different and what has stayed the same. Divorce is never easy, especially on children. De Smet has created a book that reassures children of divorce that while things are different, they are still very good. Nina admits at the end:

“It’s strange.

But it is nice, too.”

I can’t think of a better way to put it.

I highly recommend I Have Two Homes. I’ll be on the lookout for more of De Smet’s books.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  • Reading level:Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (December 2, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371023
  • SRP: $15.95

I received a free hardcover copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

Little Snowman Stan by Guido van Genechten

Author and illustrator Guido van Genechten is back with another wonderful book in, Little Snowman Stan.

Stan is a little snowman who desperately wants to go off and explore the world. Mister Tophat the snowman tells him he better not move or he’ll melt. Snow Solider insists he stay still and be silent just like all snowmen should. Little Snowman Stan knows he must move, and once he does, he’s not about to stop. He discovers Freezeland where it’s so cold the snow never melts and snow people are free to move around as much as they like.

I’m a huge fan of van Genechten’s books. He is so in tune with children that it shows in every word he writes and every illustration he creates. Little Snowman Stan shows children the importance of being true to yourself and following your instinct. Just because something has always been done one way for a long time, doesn’t mean it can never change. I’m a big proponent of that. While kids might not realize what they are learning in this book, what van Genechten does is foster a healthy sense of independence through Stan’s decision to move. Now, I think this has to be couched with a brief discussion on how some rules can’t be tested–like those on safety issues–but Stan’s story allows children to see that exploring new things can be exciting. While it doesn’t state this, Stan also has the ability to go home if he doesn’t like what he finds, which is another great discussion to go along with this book.

Like all of van Genechten’s books, the artwork is superb. The pale blues and icy whites will have children dreaming about winter weather. It’s my opinion that Little Snowman Stan will get read often if it’s on your bookshelf.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  • Reading level:Ages 3 and up
  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371085
  • SRP:  $16.95

I received a free hardcover copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

My Little Troublemaker by Thierry Robberecht

What happens when one well-behaved fairy starts having mischievous moments?

This little pink fairy is never mean and always does what is asked of her. When her classmate, Sabrina begins bragging, a tiny fairy that looks just like her–right down to her pink dress–appears and pours soup down Sabrina’s fancy dress. Soon the tiny fairy is making mischief all over the place. The pink fairy knows it has to stop, so she visits the Fairy Principal, where she learns all about her little troublemaker and the importance of controlling her.

My Little Troublemaker by Thierry Robberecht is an adorable and silly book that aims to teach children about self-control. The humorous antics of the troublemaking fairy cause the little pink fairy to take action. She knows it has to stop and she talks to the Fairy Principal about it. This shows kids that it’s okay to seek an adult’s help when necessary.

My only challenge with the book is the last page, where the fairy admits she tries to be on her best behavior, but every once in a while when Sabrina annoys her she turns her into a lizard or some other animal. She says it’s not her; it’s her little troublemaker. While we can’t expect children to display self-control all the time,  they still need to take responsibility for their actions. We had a problem with this here, where our youngest child would blame the naughty things she did on her imaginary friend. We didn’t make a big deal out of it, but we didn’t allow our daughter to escape a time out just because her “friend” did it.

The artwork by Philippe Goossens is wonderful. The overall design is nice too, with a font that stood out sharply against the colored pages.

I like this book, but I think some parent/child discussion needs to go with the ending.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Reading level:Ages 3 and up

  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (December 2, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371078
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any for my review.