Monday, January 4, 2016

Stuff Your eReaders with 35 #MiddleGrade Books - #99cents or #FREE.


I'm excited about this Middle Grade promotion that my novel Angels Club is a part of it! Kick off the new year right and fill your eReader with great books that are all 99 cents or FREE.

This Multi-Author Middle-Grade Book Promotion runs from
January 4, 2016 thru January 7, 2016.

Gobble up these MG goodies!


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All Jacob wants is to make the basketball team. All the Lorkon want is to control the magical powers Jacob doesn't know he possesses.
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Twelve-year-old Steven never wondered where the Loch Ness monster or Big Foot came from until he found a stone box with a dangerous secret--one people are willing to kill for!
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More than anything, Benjamin Ravenspell wants a pet, but when he buys a mouse named Amber, he gets more than he bargained for.

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Cassandra's ordinary life is riddled with hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking mishaps as she guides herself through the world of pre-teens on the brink of adulthood.
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Part Neanderthal, but raised as a human, Arken Freeth finds that he doesn't fit in either world as he struggles to survive.
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An eleven-year-old girl discovers she has the power to grant any living thing its one true wish.

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When a malnourished horse shows up as a rescue at the farm where she volunteers, Jacinda, a bullied girl, takes it on as a project horse, and the mare's sweet nature inspires her to spread kindness around to make a positive difference in the world.
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Jenni Kershaw and her eighth grade science class take a field trip they will never forget. Dragons and goblins and spirits, oh my!
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When Colin suddenly learns he has magic, he discovers that Atlantis is real, and that his new mermaid friend, Alleya, is in trouble.
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Bed bugs, burglars, and a missing mother. For Doodle, it’s just part of a day’s work. A laugh-out-loud mystery for dog lovers of all ages.
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To save her brother, the banshee Seven must save Atlantis.
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One girl with a nightmare to live through; one ghost with a dream to live. With so much to lose, can anything be gained?

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Enter a world of myth and magic as young English boy Thomas Farrell seeks to discover the identity of his late father, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent...
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When eating dog kibble on a dare gives 10-year-old Tawny special powers, her life nearly goes to the dogs!
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Twins Justin and Janine discover a mysterious egg ... can they protect the hatchling while lost in Montana's Absaroka wilderness?

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Daniel doesn't think there's anything worse than spending a week at Camp Bigfoot . . . until he loses his prized possession: a pencil that brings his drawings to life.


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Laughing and Learning Little Life Lessons
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When a blast from the past shows up and makes her BFF go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her friend and getting some very important questions answered.

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Harry Potter and The Hobbit rolled into one captivating and humorous epic fantasy series that will have kids begging for more.
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Winner of the Mom's Choice Award honoring excellence in media for children. Classic fantasy adventure - quirky, funny, sinister, and action-packed
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To save his friends from a dystopian future Earth, Nikolas leads them to a fantastic Moon in the past. But what happens when the fantastic becomes fatal?

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Explore the magical history of Kendra Kandlestar's world in this collection of bonus tales from the Land of Een.
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DREAMS: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME.
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What's worse than stumbling upon the dead body of the Cat Lady? Being accused of her murder. Sarah Cole and her friends take it upon themselves to catch the Cat Lady Killer.

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When Turik finds a special egg his Grandfather is kidnapped and he must balance his power for good with the strength of the evil that wishes to consume him.
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Felicity, an ordinary sparrow learns that she can do extraordinary things!
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When a group of crazed ninjas take over their school, the Smartboys fight back. And it all happens on a day when Monkey has the worst case of flatulence imaginable.

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George, the magical basset hound, is on the trail of the mysterious ghosty haunting his Packmate, Tillie.
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The legend of the little red hen, as told by the acorn that smacked her in the head. NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
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Carter's life changes when an old man entrusts him with a book of magical spells, one of which grants the power to raise people from the dead.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be pulled into your computer? Sarah is about to find out.
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It takes more than a school trip to change Christy's life. It takes murder.
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When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, Christopher and his crew get caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies!

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Semi-autobiographical adventures from a 20th Century Northern California outdoorsman
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The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his young New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.


Enjoy your new books! :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pre-Order This Middle Grade Boxed Set - Only #99cents

Photo: I'm in a new boxed set that you will not want to miss!
The Adventure Collection has SIX amazing books for kids ages nine to twelve. The set is just 99 cents right now, but it won't be for long. Preorders are guaranteed at that price.

If you want it TODAY, pick it up on iBooks, where it was released early.
iTunes - http://bit.ly/Adventure-iTunes

You can PREORDER it everywhere else.
It will automatically arrive on your devices on Oct. 7!

Kindle - http://bit.ly/Adventure-Zon
BN - http://bit.ly/Adventure-BN
Kobo - http://bit.ly/Adventure-Kobo

The Adventure Collection includes SIX action-packed novels written especially for readers aged nine to twelve. With over one thousand pages of magic, danger, horses, and family secrets, third to eighth graders will find plenty to read and love from these bestselling authors.

THE GENIE’S GIFT by Chris Eboch — Thirteen-year-old Anise braves a sorcerer, a sea monster, and a host of challenges to seek a Genie who can give her the power she needs to change her future.

PRISCILLA THE GREAT by Sybil Nelson — An ordinary seventh grader must save her family from genetically enhanced assassins and bring down an organization that turns children into killing machines.

JINNIE WISHMAKER by DD Roy — Eleven-year-old Jinnie discovers she can grant any living thing its one true wish, only to have her power stolen by magic thieves.

OPERATION GOLDEN LLAMA by Sam Bond — Five cousins navigate the Peruvian jungle, lost cities, kidnappers and llamas while searching for ancient gold and a mysterious grandma.

CODE: ELEPHANTS ON THE MOON by Jennifer Bohnhoff — During the fight against the occupying German army in World War II, a French village girl begins to understand dark family secrets and the coded message behind a radio announcement that there are elephants on the moon.

ANGELS CLUB by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell — Eleven-year-old Jacinda finds refuge from school bullies with Angel, a scrawny rescue horse she is determined to keep from being sold.
 
Hi. Awesome news!!! My new diverse novel, Angels Club, with horses, bullying, good deeds, and spunky characters you'll wish were your friends, is in a special boxed set for Middle Grade readers that you will not want to miss! The Adventure Collection has SIX amazing books for kids ages 9-12. But you can be any age if you yearn to find adventure, vibrancy, humor, and heart in the books you read. Middle Grade bundles don't come around often, so scoop up this treasure trove of coolness while you can.

ENJOY THE SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE OF 99 CENTS FOR A LIMITED TIME
This sale won't last long. Pre-orders are guaranteed at this price.

If you want it TODAY, pick it up on iBooks, where it was released early.
iTunes - http://bit.ly/Adventure-iTunes

You can PRE-ORDER it everywhere else.
It will automatically arrive on your devices on Oct. 7!

Kindle - http://bit.ly/Adventure-Zon
BN - http://bit.ly/Adventure-BN
Kobo - http://bit.ly/Adventure-Kobo
 
Check out all the awesome books!
THE GENIE’S GIFT
by Chris Eboch — Thirteen-year-old Anise braves a sorcerer, a sea monster, and a host of challenges to seek a Genie who can give her the power she needs to change her future.

PRISCILLA THE GREAT by Sybil Nelson — An ordinary seventh grader must save her family from genetically enhanced assassins and bring down an organization that turns children into killing machines.

JINNIE WISHMAKER by DD Roy — Eleven-year-old Jinnie discovers she can grant any living thing its one true wish, only to have her power stolen by magic thieves.

OPERATION GOLDEN LLAMA by Sam Bond — Five cousins navigate the Peruvian jungle, lost cities, kidnappers and llamas while searching for ancient gold and a mysterious grandma.

CODE: ELEPHANTS ON THE MOON by Jennifer Bohnhoff — During the fight against the occupying German army in World War II, a French village girl begins to understand dark family secrets and the coded message behind a radio announcement that there are elephants on the moon.

ANGELS CLUB by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell — Eleven-year-old Jacinda finds refuge from school bullies with Angel, a scrawny rescue horse she is determined to keep from being sold.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Blog Hop - Guest Post by Linda Ulleseit



Flying Horse Books


Researching Historical Fantasy
Initially my flying horse books weren’t historical. Most writing advisors tell aspiring authors to write what you know, so I set my novel in the Sierra Nevada foothills. My online readers, however, didn’t like it. They told me it wasn’t plausible. I protested that Percy Jackson worked with Mt. Olympus at the top of the Empire State Building, but no, they were adamant. Then one of them said my setting description reminded her of her grandmother’s farm in Wales. From stories I’ve read, I have an impression of those Welsh mountains as rugged, cloaked in mist, the kind of place where all sorts of beasts could exist—even flying horses. It seemed the perfect solution.

But I’ve never been to Wales. And the novel was already half written in modern voice. First, I had to educate myself about the place and time I would be writing about. The Grey King by Susan Cooper gave me a feel for Wales. Internet research and interviews with people who had visited or grown up there helped, too. I had to meticulously go through my novel and erase all modern references. I changed ‘turned on the lights’ to ‘lit the lantern’ and things like that. On my third run through I was dismayed to still find a reference to ‘zipping up his jacket.’ I changed it to ‘threw on a cloak’ and it was fine.

There’s more to a historical novel, though, than details like that. The setting must be vivid to place the reader in the correct time. I made the annual Aerial Games a festival where traveling merchants set up tents and people came from a wide area. I researched areas of Wales and settled on Gwynned mainly because I found a town in medieval Gwynned that matched the name of a town in my story! With coincidence like that, I knew I was on the right track. The setting became even more important in the second book, when one of the main characters leaves the flying horse town and heads into a more populated area. I had to fill that area with flora and fauna, towns,  and landmarks that would have existed in the 1300s.

One item that threw me was the role of women. In my book, women become riders of the flying horses right alongside the men. Both men and women become grooms, too. No gender inequality at all, but in medieval times women weren’t so free. They also didn’t wear trousers. I decided to put them in divided skirts—skirts cut and sewed up between the legs so a woman can ride astride. That gives the book a modern taste that irritates a few readers, but most accept it. The books are, after all, fantasy.

Language was another research issue. After I decided to use bits of Welsh to flavor the story, I had to decide which words to use and how often to use them. Medieval Welsh words were easy to find on the Internet since so many gamers use them. It was harder to figure out whether the word I wanted to use was Northern or Southern Welsh. Names also challenged me. Most truly Welsh names are unreadable to English speakers. I decided to give my characters somewhat familiar names like Davyd, Emma, and Evan. I gave the horses the more Welsh-sounding names, choosing names that reflected the horse itself. For example, one of the horses in On a Wing and a Dare is Wynne. That name is derived from Gwyn, which means white or fair. Wynne is a white horse. For fun, see if you can find out the meanings of other horse names in my books!

The nice part about using a real place in history as your setting is that it’s easy to recreate the world in subsequent books. In a completely fictionalized world, events occur that cause the writer to rethink government and education, for example. In my books, I look up what existed in Medieval Wales and go from there, taking liberties if I need to since it’s fantasy.

All in all, I’m happy with the world I’ve built in my flying horse books. I will continue to bring readers into that world as I begin a second trilogy early in 2015.


Discover Linda's books!

ON A WING AND A DARE
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Book Blurb: Flying horses…a love triangle…poison….Welcome to Tremeirchson.

In Tremeirchson, a barn leader’s children are expected to follow their parents into the sky, becoming riders of the magnificent winged horses that are the medieval Welsh village’s legacy. Neither Emma nor Davyd, however, want to follow that tradition.

Sixteen-year-old Emma risks losing her family by following her heart. Eager to take her place in the air, she longs to ride a forbidden winged colt born in barn of her father’s biggest rival. She also dreams of the rival’s sons, not sure which she truly loves. Bold and exciting, Evan will someday lead his father’s barn. Davyd is quieter, more dependable, with an ability to get things done. Her father disapproves of both boys and pushes her toward an ambitious newcomer. He also insists she ride the colt he’s picked for her.

Davyd, also sixteen, is plagued with a secret—he is afraid of heights. Refusing to become a rider means public humiliation, his parents’ disappointment, and lifelong ridicule from his brother, Evan. He reluctantly prepares to join his family aloft in the Aerial Games that provide the entire village with its livelihood and tries desperately to think of an alternative.

As Tremeirchson’s barns prepare for the Rider Ceremony, winged horses suddenly start dying. Shocked, the adults hesitate, mired in tradition and politics. Is it a disease or poison? Accidental or purposeful? Someone must discover the answer and act before all the winged horses in the world are gone forever.

IN THE WINDS OF DANGER
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Book blurb:
Nineteen year old Nia is shocked when she is secretly offered the leadership of Third Barn. This new barn full of flying horses will need someone confident, experienced, and innovative, so why are both warring factions pursuing an untried girl? Suspicious that both sides want a puppet instead of a leader, Nia races to discover their secrets before making the biggest decision of her life.

Some of those secrets are unknowingly buried in the disconnected memories of a young groom named Owain. Terror and guilt haunt Owain’s dreams – and then a face from his nightmare arrives in High Meadow. Owain looks for answers in his past and uncovers a dangerous plot that could doom High Meadow's future. How can he foil the plot and save his people as well as the winged horses?

UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY
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Ralf knows he must take over his father’s bakery, but is it wrong to want some adventure before he does? New to High Meadow, he is befriended by the beautiful and dangerous Branwen, who has her own goal—to entice Ralf to help her steal a winged horse and return it to Tremeirchson.

Meanwhile, Ralf’s sister, Alyna, dives into barn life. Becoming a groom to a winged foal is a lot of responsibility to the horse, to the barn, and to her father, who idolizes the wrong barn leader. Politics, greed, and revenge swirl around the teenaged siblings as they struggle to be true to their family and their future.

WINGS OVER TREMEIRCHSON (a flying horse novella)
Book Blurb: Eighteen year old Neste rides a winged horse in Tremeirchson's Aerial Games and she is betrothed to the barn leader's son, Hoel. Life would be wonderful if Hoel wasn't so unpleasant to the other riders. Adam, on the other hand, is handsome and nice but a terrible rider. Together, Hoel and Adam are the perfect man. Obviously she can't have both of them. When Neste's winged horse is involved in a terrible accident, her life changes and she must make different choices about her future. Can she go against her father's dying wish that she marry Hoel? Can she forgive Adam? Can she make a life away from the barn and the winged horses she loves?

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UNDER THE ALMOND TREES
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Under the Almond Trees is the story of my family – three ordinary women in California who lived extraordinary lives. It started with a falling tree branch that killed Ellen VanValkenburgh’s husband in 1862, forcing her to assume leadership of his paper mill, something women weren’t allowed to do. Women weren’t allowed to vote yet, either. Ellen decided that had to change, and became a suffragette. In 1901, Emily Williams , Ellen’s daughter-in-law, became an architect – very much against her family’s wishes. No one would hire a woman, but Emily would not be deterred. She and her life partner Lillian set out to build homes themselves. By the 1930’s women enjoyed more freedom, including the vote. Even so, Ellen’s granddaughter Eva VanValkenburgh chose a traditional life of marriage and children, even closing her photography business at her husband’s insistence. When he later refused to pay for their daughter’s college education, Eva followed the example of her Aunt Emily and reopened her photography business. I am proud to call these women family and honored to share their story.

Author Bio: Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California, and has taught elementary school in San Jose since 1996. She enjoys cooking, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family. Her favorite subject is writing, and her students get a lot of practice scribbling stories and essays. Someday Linda hopes to see books written by former students alongside hers in bookstores.

Her first novel, ON A WING AND A DARE, was published in 2012. It is a Young Adult fantasy set in medieval Wales, complete with flying horses, a love triangle, and treachery. It’s sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER, was released March, 2013. The focus of that book is the misty past of a groom and the murky future of a rider. The last book in the trilogy is UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, May 2014. It follows a brother and sister, new to High Meadow, who become involved in a plot to steal flying horses.

As a child, Linda always loved to write. She took her first creative writing course in seventh grade, accumulating a closet full of stories that she never showed anyone until 2007. At that time, she gave the first draft of a flying horse book to a teacher colleague to read. ON A WING AND A DARE began as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2009. It was revised with the help of reviewers on thenextbigwriter.com over the next two years. For NaNo 2011, Linda drafted the sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER. NaNoWriMo 2012 brought the first draft of UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, and NaNoWriMo 2013 saw the completion of UNDER THE ALMOND TREES. This last is a historical fiction that follows three women who struggle for women’s rights in early California.

Linda has also written a novella titled WINGS OVER TREMEIRCHSON, released as an ebook in Fall 2013. It follows the story of Hoel and Neste, parents of a main character in ON A WING AND A DARE.
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