Christmas Titles at 4RV Publishing

Today, on the 4RV blog, I share our Christmas titles. These make perfect gifts for your little readers. Check out my post at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/12/christmas-titles-from-4rv-publishing.html to read more about each one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day

 

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.

Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.

Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Heartdrum (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062871994
ISBN-13: 978-0062871992

Purchase here!

Spellfall Academy Book 1 – The Claiming of Souls by Jessa Lucas

All Hallows’ Eve begins with a séance and ends with a cold, limp body.
Mine, in case you are wondering.

I’m Michlynn Carrow, and I’m a basic witch who’s definitely not prepared to be this level of undead. My hair has turned a deathly shade of grandma, baguettes fall through my hands as if I’m on some really uncool no-carb diet, and now there are these sinister spirit people lurking in the corners of the school– who only I can see.

Clearly, my seventh year at Spellfall Academy has more in store for me than Brewing & Stewing 101 and Practical Magic For the Modern Alchemist… all because I tried to ask my mother’s ghost why she went on that killing spree a decade ago.

Enter Soren Cain, the brooding and emotionally detached transfer student from my mother’s alma mater. He claims he has the answers to my little undead problem, but he’s only handing them out if I help him rally a team of witches to pull off some super shady soul magic. But the thing about Soren is that he has secrets of his own– secrets that bind us together. Secrets that are a gamechanger for the whole Witching World.

Secrets that could send me down the same destructive path as my mother.

Admission to Spellfall Academy of Enchantment is now open! Venture into the magical underground world of Paris in this YA fantasy featuring a found family of misfits, a pinch of dystopian scifi, and the beginnings of an enemies-to-lovers romance.

(P.S… there’s a unicorn!)

File Size: 4044 KB
Print Length: 383 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07YK3421F

Purchase at Amazon!

Storybook Academy: The Keeper by Kylie Marcus

One Girl. Five Prince Charmings. Who Said Happily Ever After Is Only For Two?

After my grandfather died, he left me one thing: a magical book. Now I’m enrolling at an Academy for fairy tale characters and it’s up to me to put their stories back together.

There are just a couple problems:
1.Last time I read a bedtime story, I was six.
2.It’s not like people are walking around introducing themselves as Prince Charming.
3.And speaking of princes – the princes I do meet aren’t interested in their princesses – but they’re only interested in kissing me?!

My grandfather’s letter said the fate of both this world and my own rests on my rewriting the fairy tales. That’s a lot for a sixteen-year-old to deal with let alone throwing in some villains who only want to see me fail.

Once Upon a Time as we know it, will never be the same.

Disclaimer: This is a Why Choose?/Reverse Harem story where the heroine falls for many heroes and does not pick just one.

File Size: 2087 KB
Print Length: 208 pages
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07VQWZG7M

Purchase here!

A Warm Friendship by Ellen DeLange

Squirrel and Snowman are the best of friends. Will their friendship last forever?

A warm story about making friends and letting them go. For friends ages 5 years and up.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Lexile Measure: 500
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis; Translation edition (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374490
ISBN-13: 978-1605374499

Purchase from:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

Excerpt:

Moments later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The family raced to the door to hug them.

Crash!

“Oh no!” cried Mom. “What was that?”

Reviews:

“A perfect read for busy families around Thanksgiving…This is a great story for families to read together to remind everyone of the true nature of the holiday.”~ 100 Pages A Day…Stephanie’s Book Review

“The author has written a story about a family, much like yours or mine, perhaps, that works together when life doesn’t turn out the way they want it to.” ~ Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Under A Purple Moon and I Live in A Doghouse

“I found this book to be a quick but charming read…it was great how Macy took what she learned in school about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and turned her family Thanksgiving disaster into something positive.” ~ Cheryl’s Book Nook

“Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving is a cute short story that I’m sure will become a family favorite maybe even a traditional family read… I loved this book.” ~ The Blended Blog

Purchase from:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Indiebound.org

2019 Goals Review

It’s that wonderful time of year again where I review goals and put together a business plan for the next year. I’ve been a bit of a slacker in staying on track with my 2019 goals. It has been an interesting year.

Here were my overall goals for the year.

  • My calendar will be time blocked better this year, making me more effective and efficient
  • I will submit at least one finished project to an agent
  • I will actually take a vacation this year where I don’t do work–well, real estate work anyway

How did I do?

On the time blocking front, I did well until April. Then life got busy with work and family and it went by the wayside. Honestly, I’ve never been a time blocking fan, so I am not surprised. I also made it a bit complicated by having two calendars. I’m going to look at using a theme for each day like Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square.

I submitted one finished project to an agent at the WriteAngles Conference, but that wasn’t the intention of the goal when I wrote it. I’ll give myself half credit for that.

Totally bombed on the non-working vacation part, but I did work less than usual. Half credit again.

These were my writing goals listed in January. How did I perform on this front?

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to an agent

I researched agents and pitched it during a couple of online events, but didn’t submit it the way I intended. I plan to see if one of my current publishers will accept it. Not a cop out as much as realizing securing an agent is most likely a longer term goal considering what I want to accomplish with real estate in 2020.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Not only did I win STORYSTORM in 2019, I finished early. Tara Lazar does a phenomenal job of running this every year. I’m thinking 2020 will be a skip year for me. I have plenty of ideas to work from over the last few years worth of wins, so creating those stories is my focus.

GOAL 3: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids 

Never happened and I feel so bad. I’m just really not a short story kind of person (says the person who writes picture books for children). This will remain a goal into the new year.

GOAL 4: Write 10 chapters of Amelia’s Mission

This year saw three additional chapters written for Amelia’s Mission. I completed an editing project that took up a good deal of writing time, but it was worth every minute. I can’t wait to see Dust of Lies released at the beginning of 2020.

GOAL 5: Maintain my blogs

This is always where I excel, because I love blogging. Even though there were weeks when things didn’t go as planned, overall, I stuck with it and posted to my blogs and contributed to the two blogs where I am a member. I’ve decided to talk more about books at An Imperfect Christian Mom  so I can reduce the number of blogs I am maintaining. Other than that, I think I’ll be able to stay the course into 2020.

What goals did you set this year? What are some of your accomplishments?