Skull Creek Stakeout by Eddie Jones

 

The good news is, vampires aren’t real. The bad news is…you can’t believe the news.

Nick Caden is a normal teen with a “supernatural” knack for finding trouble, ghosts, vampires, and all sorts of undead — or so it seems. After solving the ghost story murder at Deadwood Canyon, Nick lands a job as a roving reporter for The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a website on paranormal or supernatural disturbances. When the editor sends Nick to investigate a murder in Transylvania, North Carolina, the young super sleuth finds a corpse with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through the heart. If Nick proves vampires are real, his job as an investigative journalist is set for life! But once he begins to peel back the clues surrounding the murder Nick finds his new job is not only dangerous but could suck the life out of him.

File Size: 5216 KB
Print Length: 136 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Illuminate YA (October 29, 2018)
Publication Date: October 29, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07K1FR11Y

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Interview with TL Spencer, Author of Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three

writerTLSpencer TL Spencer was born in Lincolnshire (UK) and, as her father was a member of the armed forces, she travelled frequently. As a child, she lived in places such as Reading and Salisbury, taking advantage of being a short drive from the mystical Stonehenge – one of her favourite places.

She was diagnosed with epilepsy while living in Germany aged 11, and turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. She is now studying at university and hopes one day to become a teacher.

Blog: http://terrispencer.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortlspencer and www.facebook.com/apostrophebooksltd

Email: t-lspencer@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @terrilspencer and @apostrophebooks

Thank you for joining us today, Terri. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

My full name is Terri-Louise and I am a Leo baby, born on 7 August 1992 and I live in the fabulous seaside town of Cleethorpes – they have the most scrumptious fish’n’chips – in the north of England. I am fascinated by anything paranormal and I adore any kind of animal – even the ugly ones.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven; writing became a way to cope, a way to vent out my frustration.  It was a form of therapy. However, the first time I considered myself a writer and really got bitten by the bug was when I started writing my novel, almost two years ago.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

The YA market is incredibly versatile. It is also more accessible for me as a writer. I am only twenty years old. It would be silly for me to write about adult issues. I haven’t been an adult long enough; the stories would lose their atmosphere.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

Writing on the whole is a challenge; there are deadlines, expectations, editing, plotlines etc. Though, while you are scribbling/typing away, you are not necessarily thinking of all these things, as soon as you finish, they all start to run around in your head. The greatest challenge for me as a writer however, is dialogue. I loathe it; for me it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy is a three part novel of magic, love, vampires and betrayal. Three young women discover they are bound together by fate and must band together in order to save the world from darkness.

What inspired you to write it?bp_cover

Inspiration came from many places. There were several authors (JR Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, JK Rowling) whose books influenced my work but the main ideas came from mythology and religion. The concept of the triple goddesses and ancient prophecies; all these are deeply embedded within Celtic myth.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three is available from over 130 stores including Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Kobo and Nook: www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy

What is up next for you?

After completing my studies at university, I hope to pass on my creative enthusiasm to the younger generation. My immediate plans are to carry on writing!

Do you have anything else to add?

I wish to inspire others who have difficulties, either medical or personal, to achieve their goals. There is always hope, sometimes it’s just harder to see.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Terri. We wish you much success.

 

Kaptain Vamp by Joanne Lécuyer

Looking for a different kind of vampire story? Then Kaptain Vamp by Joanne Lecuyer might be just the thing.

Allistaire Arturius Doppelganger Varning IV is not your typical vampire. His parents, mom is a doctor and dad is a scientist, created him and his brother and sister by crossing vampire genes with human genes. So, while he has many of the traits and abilities of a vampire, he can go out during the day and isn’t required to sleep in a coffin.

Allistaire learned from his mother that not long ago, humans were afraid and distrustful of vampires, so he wants to change all that. With the help of his best friend Rich, a human, he is inspired by a comic book superhero to become Kaptain Vamp and perform good deeds.

I’m not a huge fan of the paranormal genre for kids. I feel it’s been over done to the hilt. When I was asked to host this author by Promotion a la Carte, however, I thought this book sounded different from the usual vamp story, so I agreed to review it too. Kaptain Vamp is definitely not your typical vamp story.

We have this young, funny, upbeat vampire who wants to change the humans’ opinions on vampires by performing good deeds. He’s just not sure how to do it. When he finally figures it out, he enlists the help of his human best friend, Rich, to create an alter ego so he can perform these good deeds. Inspired by a comic book superhero, the boys create Kaptain Vamp, costume and all.

Young readers will definitely laugh as they read this book. Lecuyer does a great job of creating characters that readers can relate to well. It’s a light easy read that will leave them eager for another Kaptain Vamp book.  The artwork provided by Amy Rottinger is out of this world. From the cover to every interior illustration, she captures the essence of this book and its characters perfectly.

The one thing I found confusing is how the book started off, versus how the rest of the story was told. Chapter 1 is a letter from Allistaire to the reader, revealing much of his past and how his family came to live where they do. It talks all about his vampire powers and his human traits. The reader is immediately drawn in by this witty, charming vampire on a mission. But starting in Chapter 2 and for the rest of the story, the point of view is third person omniscient. I was disappointed. I really wanted Allistaire to tell the whole story, since I loved his character right away. In addition, some of what Allistaire reveals in his letter, is then told throughout the balance of the story, so it’s redundant. I don’t feel a younger audience would mind, but I couldn’t stop thinking that I really wanted to hear Allistaire tell this story from beginning to end.

I would love to read a Kaptain Vamp sequel. I hope that’s in the author’s plans.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language:English
  • ASIN:B0063GJVBE
  • Lending: Enabled
  • SRP: $7.99

Also sold through the author’s website at http://topsybooks.com/

I received a FREE e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.

Interview with Joanne Lécuyer, Author of Kaptain Vamp

Joining us today is Joanne Lécuyer, author of Kaptain Vamp. This is a children’s book geared toward ages 7-10 and anyone that is young at heart.

Welcome to The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection, Joanne. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Well, while I really love writing books and giving story writing workshops for kids, I have a full time job in communications and change management with the Canadian federal government. The daytime job keeps me pretty busy.

In my spare time, I’m also a professional and personal coach and a Reiki Master. I have a very active mind and like to do many things. I consider myself as an eternal learner. I’m turning 50 next year, so I’m beginning to pay more attention to my body now. I need it to keep up with me and my many projects!

I live in a small rural community outside ofOttawa,Ontariowith my husband Rick, our dog Kato and two cats, Black Magic and Minx. For fun, I love to read, write, and watch movies (Rick and I love animated movies – especially the ones for kids). We also spend time with friends and family.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I’ve always been writing something or other. But I would say that finding my passion for writing kids books started in 2009, and just keeps on growing.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I’ve been writing stories for children for about 2 years now. But, it all started about 6-7 years ago.  After spending a weekend with my younger brother who’s extremely creative and a graphic artist, I got an idea for a story that I called Topsyturvia. On my way back home on the train, I jotted the story down on some scraps of paper. When I got home I just put the pages away.

In 2009, I remembered that I had written the story and transcribed into my computer and just kept adding to it. I got to about 6,000 words and read it to my husband who told me that he thought it was a very good story. So I gave a copy to a few colleagues with children and they liked it too. Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging. I decided to publish my first book The Witch, the Cat and the Egg last fall. Since then, I’ve had so many story ideas it’s been great. I look forward to having the time to write them all down.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

To me, it feels like it’s easier writing children’s fantasy books, since I can use my imagination and anything is possible. For the last few years, I’ve been writing things like speeches and correspondence. Writing for someone else is hard. It’s difficult to know exactly what they want to say.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

What I enjoy most about writing for young people is stirring their imagination. I’m always hoping that they will enjoy the story, as much as I love writing them, and that it will awaken the reader/writer/illustrator in them. It’s a challenge to hold kids’ attention these days, since we have to compete with video games, television, YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Over the summer, I gave 4 story writing workshops for kids, in a school and at a summer camp. In addition to sharing my writing process with them, it was exciting to help them use their own imagination in creating characters and story ideas. I totally enjoy writing for them and playing with them in the workshops.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

My latest book is Kaptain Vamp. It’s the story a young vampire named Allistaire, who is also part human. He wants to change the fact that humans are afraid and distrustful of vampires. His family has been living among humans for hundreds of years and they’ve always used their abilities for good. One day, while reading his favourite superhero comic, Allistaire decides that he’s going to do everything he can to help humans. In order to become a superhero, Allistaire will start by doing good deeds. His sidekick, his human friend Rich, offers to help him out.

What inspired you to write it?

Since vampires have been the rage for adults for the last few years, I thought it would be fun to write a story about them for kids. I liked the challenge of taking this theme and making it positive. I didn’t want to give the kids nightmares. Also, I thought a vampire-human superhero would make a good story.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

The eBook is available on my website at www.topsybooks.com.

The print version will be there in November – just in time for Christmas!

I’m working on getting it on to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

On topsybooks.com you can find out more about Kaptain Vamp and my other book The Witch, the Cat and the Egg. Kids can download images from the books to color and learn words from the books in 5 different languages. There is also a monthly draw for copies of books or t-shirts.

What is up next for you?

I have a few writing projects on the go. An artist friend is working on the images for my next book about a fairy. My brother is working on the images for my Topsyturvia series.

I’m also experimenting with other writing mediums. I’ll soon have one or two new comic strips that will be available only on the website. Readers will be able to vote for the one they prefer and I’ll either continue with as a comic or turn it into a future book.

I’m working on an adult short fiction story that I’m considering entering into a contest later this year.

Do you have anything else to add?

When I started writing stories for children, I decided that I would write the kinds of books that leave my readers feeling good and wanting more; that also leave them with a smile on their faces. The type of book that you can read to kids before they go to bed that will help them have good dreams! That’s what Topsy Books is all about. My personal motto is “Dare to imagine and believe in the magic of possibilities!” I hope that new readers will make Topsy Books part of their reading collection.

There will be sequels to The Witch, the Cat and the Egg and Kaptain Vamp next year. An eBook of the Witch book is available on the website. An audio and French version of the book will be coming soon.

Thanks for the interview and for reading Kaptain Vamp.

Thank you for spending time with us today, (Joanne Lécuyer). We wish you much success.

Kaptain Vamp web page:
http://topsybooks.com/ourbooks/our-books/kaptain-vamp/

Topsy Books website:
http://topsybooks.com/ourbooks/

Topsy Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Topsy-Books/179610058715988

Topsy Books Twitter: @JoTopsyBooks
http://twitter.com/#!/JoTopsyBooks

eBooks
Price: $6.99
ISBN:
– epub – 978-0-9869517-2-5
– mobi – 978-0-9869517-5-6
Pages: 68
Release: September 2011

Paperback
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-9869517-4-9
Pages: 68
Release: November 2011

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The Elf of Luxembourg by Tom Weston

Alex and Jackie are back with a new adventure in The Elf of Luxembourg by Tom Weston.

Sisters Alex and Jackie O’Rourke vacation with Aunt Anne and Uncle Jim in Luxembourg. Along with shopping, they find an unexpected adventure involving vampires and an elf.

Hundreds of years ago, the lands of the Muisca were invaded and the wife and son of Cuchaquicha, kidnapped. While many treasurers were gained, what the invaders truly sought was El Dorado. The vampires believed Cucha could draw out the elf who was the guardian of El Dorado, but their plan failed.

Four hundred years later, Jackie and Alex are traveling the streets of Luxembourg, when they are given a strange gold coin. The coin and a meeting with a handsome and mysterious stranger pulls the girls into a dangerous adventure that places them in the middle of a battle between the vampires and the elf.  

As with the first book in this series, First Night, Tom Weston uses an historically rich location and his own imagination to create a young adult fantasy novel that is both unique and engaging. While The Elf of Luxembourg is the second book in this series, you do not have to read the first book in order to follow these events, as this is a stand-alone book. And just like in First Night, Jackie and Alex manage to stumble into the thick of things without realizing it. Don’t you think they should learn by now? 🙂

The story of Cuchaquicha and his desire to be reunited with his wife and son connects Alex and Jackie to the past, but it is also a love story that readers get to see unfold as the book progresses.

Weston has a different style than many of the YA books I’ve read. He chooses a third person narrator to unfold the story, versus having it be told from the point of view of one of the young main characters. As a result, he is able to share the rich history of landmarks in Luxembourg up to the present day. This decision does have its drawbacks, however, as it doesn’t allow the reader to get inside Jackie’s and Alex’s heads. For a character-driven reader, this style might be a challenge. That said,  this was the same style Weston used in First Night, and even though I am a character-driven reader, I requested to review the second book in the series.

The Elf of Luxembourg is a great addition to the Alex and Jackie series. With the popularity of Twilight, I’m certain this book will have many fans.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: tom weston media 
  • ISBN-10: 0981941346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981941349
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    Interview with Melissa Burmester, Author of the Young Adult Fantasy Novel Ginger High

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    Joining us today is the talented author behind the young adult fantasy novel, Ginger High. We’ll talk to Melissa Burmester about her debut release, the challenges of being a young novelist and what her future plans are.

    Welcome Melissa.  We’re excited to have you here.  Why don’t you start by telling our readers a bit about yourself?  When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

    I don’t remember but I have always been writing short stories. It just comes out, sometimes I don’t even know that I am writing.

    Now at 14, you’ve already published your first novel.  How do you feel about that?  Is it all exciting or are there parts about being published so young that are scary too?

    I feel… normal about it. I feel the same like before I published it. When I get a bad review I get sad but a couple of minutes later I would just shrug it off. The scariest part is if I have to do a live interview either on the phone on television. I am really shy and I don’t talk much unless I feel really comfortable around someone.

    Tell us about Ginger High?Ginger_High

    Ginger High is about a school that is for students with powers. Some of them can control air, fire, and some come heal. There is also an alternate universe called Animist where the people with powers resign. In this book, a group of students and their friends have to solve a murder that has been happening for years.

    Where did you find the inspiration for this story?

    Mew Mew Power. This anime show was my inspiration for the alternate world. Also I watched Angel and I loved it.

    How long did it take you to bring this book from the first draft to the final published product?

    It took about two years for everything. For the first draft I worked with it for a year then another year for the second draft and the editing.

    Tell us about your main characters. Why will readers relate to them? What will they like about them?

    Some readers might find some of the characters relationships like their own. There are a lot of friend problems between some of the characters. Also, some will not give up a relationship even if the other person wants them to.

    Where can readers purchase a copy of Ginger High?

    You can go to amazon.com.

    Do you have a website or blog?

     My website is www.gingerhigh.com J

    What is up next for you?  Any plans to release another book in the future?

    I am working on the rewrite of Ginger High 2 right now. After that I might rewrite two other books that I wrote last year. J

    Thanks for spending time with us Melissa.  I hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon.  Good luck with your book!

     

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