Author Spotlight: W.S. Martin and Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!

The story of the 1689 siege of Londonderry proclaims the power of God in the incredible resistance of the City of Londonderry against the attempted Jacobite conquest of Ireland by the deposed King James II of England.  While the city leaders vacillated, thirteen bold and brave young apprentices took the initiative to close the city gates.  “No surrender!” became the rallying cry.  Faith in Christ gave the people of Derry the courage to resist in the face of extended siege, blockade, starvation, and disease.  Liberty lovers—young and old—should read this book.

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It was now clear that the city was not to be taken by assault.  Other means must be tried.

It was not only the enemy outside the walls that the brave defenders had to contend with; remorseless foes, in the shape of hunger and fever, came to the aid of the Irish, and it was now evident that the besieged would have to be starved out of their position.  The most extraordinary means were adopted to prevent any food being taken into the town.

Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender! Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1

Book spotlighted at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, November 2

Book spotlighted at Broowaha

Wednesday, November 3

Book reviewed at Giveaway Lady

Thursday, November 4

Book reviewed at My Favorite Things

Friday, November 5

Book spotlighted at The Writer’s Life

Monday, November 8

Book spotlighted at The Hot Author Report

Tuesday, November 9

Book spotlighted at Examiner

Wednesday, November 10

Book spotlighted at Thoughts In Progress

Thursday, November 11

Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Friday, November 12

Book spotlighted at American Chronicle

Monday, November 15

Book spotlighted at Paperback Writer

Tuesday, November 16

Book reviewed at Lynn’s Corner

Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Wednesday, November 17

Book reviewed at RBC Library

Thursday, November 18

Book reviewed at Just One More Paragraph

Friday, November 19

Book reviewed at Carpe Libris

Monday, November 22

Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, November 23

Book spotlighted at Review from Here

Book spotlighted at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, November 24

Book spotlighted at Writing Daze

Friday, November 26

Book reviewed at Ellis

Not much is known about the author. Mr. W. Stanley Martin was a stationer and was partner in the City of London firm, Martin & Purnham.  He spent his last days in Felpham in Sussex, England and used to attend services at the Chapel of the Bannister, Theological College in Felpham.

You can visit the publisher online at to learn more about the Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!

The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe


Come along on a magical ride into sleepy time with The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe.

From  a doll to a dragon, from a mom designing the universe to a baby in the sink, this collection of bedtime stories are filled with imagination and magical images kids will enjoy. The lyrical prose flows along and its melodies will soothe your child right into sleepy time.

This is the author’s fifth book, but the only one by Wolfe I have read. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more from this talented author and lover of furry friends. The illustrations provided by Leslie Mathis are adorable; the perfect complement to Wolfe’s prose.

I hope everyone who picks up a copy of this book reads the Author’s Note, which reminds little ones to, “Wish Big, Dream Deep!”

A delightful addition to your child’s home library, The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe will be a popular read in homes everywhere!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Avid Readers Publishing Group (June 10, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1935105574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935105572
  • SRP:  $11.25

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    The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

     The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is the touching story of one boy who is willing to take great risks to help someone in need.

    Every night David listens to his pa mete out his punishments on the slaves working their farm. He smells the alcohol on his breath. He watches as Ma is never treated with respect. He never expects his pa to be nice to him.

    One night after Pa whips their teenage slave, Jenkins, David sneaks out of the house and promises to help him escape to a better life.

    The Underground Railroad, also considered the “golden path to freedom”, helped numerous slaves escape the hardships foisted upon them by their owners. In this inspiring story, McDine has brought this portion of history to life for readers ages 9 to 12. The Golden Pathway shows how just one person who cares can make a difference in this world. It is a moving story that will educate readers and encourage them to be a person who makes a difference.

    I’ve been a fan of K.C. Snider’s artwork for some time, but she has truly outdone herself with The Golden Pathway. From the cover art to the interior illustrations, each brings David’s and Jenkins’ story to life in a visual way. From the tears running down David’s cheeks to a bent over Jenkins who has just endured another beating, and from chore time to a trip into town, Snider has captured every emotion, every tiny detail, right there on the page.

    The Golden Pathway nearly moved me to tears. As someone who has spent a great deal of time studying this period of American history, I’m certain this book has the ability to make a great impression on its readers. I highly recommend it. I hope it finds its way into schools and homes everywhere, as this is a message, you won’t want your kids to miss.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330880
  • SRP:  $9.95 (paperback),  $15.95 (Hardcover), electronic formats available

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    Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is Now Available!



    Title: Little Shepherd

    Written by: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

    Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

    Ages: 4 – 8

    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

    PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-085-9;  1616330856

    eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-086-6;  1616330864

    Published: August 2010


    In the hills outside Bethlehem, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior’s birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep, he realizes it is a night of miracles.

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    Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.


    He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.


    Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.


    Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.


    Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”


    His father dropped to the ground, his right hand blocking his eyes from the intense light.


    Obed pulled the edges of his cloak closer to his face as he squinted up at the mysterious form hovering overhead. He shivered, but this time it was not because of the cold.


    Follow the LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR OCT/NOV/DEC ’10. Visit during the months of October, November, and December to learn more about Cheryl and her first children’s book.

    Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor from Western Massachusetts. She is a founding member of Musing Our Children, and editor in chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.


    Ms. Malandrinos is also a blogger, book reviewer, and online publicist. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book.


    Visit Cheryl at

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    Little Shepherd is off to the Printers

    Here’s the final cover of my book. The title is now Little Shepherd. I was told it was loaded for the printers, so it should be available soon.

    Keep an eye on this site and at Guardian Angel Publishing for when it is ready for sale.

    I’m still looking for a small handful of hosts for my blog tour, which will run weekdays from October 4th through December 17th. Feel free to email me at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested.


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    Plan B by Steven Verrier

     Danny Roberts is enjoying life. He’s a straight A student playing in the school orchestra and on the fast track to university. But when Danny defies authority for the first time, things go wrong quickly. Luckily Danny doesn’t let these challenges get him down. He decides to fight back on his own terms and charts his own course to success. With the support of his parents, Plan B might just work.

    In his second book, Steven Verrier, author of Tough Love, Tender Heart, switches gears to bring young adult readers a fun and engaging story of teenager Danny Roberts, whose life goes from charmed to downright awful in the span of a few days. I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers by giving away too much of the beginning, but it is certainly the perfect opener for Plan B. Just imagine what it might have been like at your high school: your next class is at one end of the building, you’re at  the other, you’ve just eaten lunch, and unfortunately the distance is so great between Point A and Point B that you can’t fit in the crucial pee break without being late for class.

    Such starts the downward spiral of Danny’s high school career. From there, it just gets funnier, as inept school administrators and educators use Danny’s first challenge to authority to derail his model high school career and potentially his future.

    Problem is, after Danny gets beyond the high school issues, he doesn’t have a lot of conflict to deal with–unless you want to count deciding which girl to spend time with. That’s where the book lagged a bit for me, because the conflict didn’t keep pace with the rest of the story: it came on strong in the beginning and then waned. Because Danny is pretty much a genius, he is able to easily meet most of his challenges. I wanted to see his resolve tested more.

    Despite that, Plan B kept me turning the pages, and I found it to be a quick, light read that I believe many teens will enjoy. I would definitely be interested in reading more from Verrier in the future.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Saga Books
  • ISBN-10: 1897512309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897512302
  • SRP:  $15.95
  • Plan B

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    Writing for Young Adults by Stephen Masse, Author of Short Circus

    Today’s guest blogger is Stephen Masse, author of the young adult novel, Short Circus.

    Twelve-year-old Jem Lockwood has been fatherless for four years and finally gets a Big Brother, but just as the best summer of his life is about to begin, he discovers that Jesse Standish’s rented house is about to be sold. Jem does all in his daring imagination to make Jesse’s house unmarketable, and the neighborhood unfit for prospective buyers. This three-ring circus romps with Jem’s boyhood friends and older brother Chris, all recognizable kids who share in the rough-and-tumble delight of living in a northern Massachusetts city whose newspaper is delivered by kids on bikes, where kids play in the streets, and the local convenience store is owned by the family of Jesse’s girlfriend, Andrea. Sadly the city’s swimming pond has been sabotaged, and the city has to close it to all recreation after two boys are injured. Jem is sure he knows who did it, and helps carry out a plan to punish the evildoer. 

    Since Stephen also writes books for adults, I asked him to discuss the similiarities and differences in writing for two markets. Here’s what he had to say:

    I’d have to admit I’m not an authority on writing for young adults.

    What I do know is that it’s always a good idea to read a manuscript to a few kids before publishing. It could be an imperfect test, since your voice or personality may carry a flawed story – but in general kids will stop you cold in the middle of a sentence if logic, character, plausibility or relevance are lacking. When reading an excerpt of Short Circus to my 12 year old cousin, she caught me on a few points that surprised me – mostly because I had been blind to them. But even when a book has been polished, edited, copy-edited and published, it would be complete folly to assume all kids in the targeted audience will enjoy it, or find it relevant. Short Circus has a market mostly for boys between the ages of 12 and 16 who have struggled with loss or abandonment of a parent, grandparent, or guardian. Having said that, I find it amusing that adults are getting a kick out of the book, too. One reader e-mailed me that “reading Short Circus was like taking a hit on the crack pipe of childhood memories.” 

    To my mind, writing for adults and young readers is different only in the matter of choosing the subject and audience. The quality of the writing has to be excellent for either audience. Many classic stories are read by both children and adults. Obviously stories about children will be of more interest to children, and stories with adult themes will be of more interest to adults. The bottom line is for writers to trust their instincts and also trust their test readers.

    Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first novelat age 13, handwritten into a school composition book.

    Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column, “Out of Control.” His first novel for children, Shadow Stealer, was published by Dillon Press in 1988. Short Circus is his second novel for children.

    In addition to children’s books, Masse has written A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as honorable mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season.

    You can read more about Stephen and his work at



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