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Fantasy Friday. Today, I am going to feature my books. I have written a middle-grade series that is fun and full of adventure. It’s called, Prince Andy and the Misfits.
Here is the plot for the first book: Shadow Man.
Andy thought he was just an average sixteen-year-old kid… But one day his world is completely turned upside down as he learns the unbelievable truth of his identity: he is the prince of a faraway kingdom called Filligrim in the Valley of the Misfits a magical place where pixies, elves, wizards, and dragons are just as likely to be inhabitants as humans. He was brought to this world following his birth the only way to keep him from being murdered by his evil malicious grandfather. Sounding more like a fairytale than reality, Andy at first thinks he must be dreaming. But then his aunt Gladdy reveals even more astonishing news: his mother, the Queen of the Misfits, is in trouble; she’s been captured by goblins, and it’s up to Andy to rescue her. Still in shock, he makes a decision that will forever alter life as he’s known it. He will return to Filligrim and, with the help of six heroic Misfits, will embark on a mission to save the kingdom from the clutches of evil. In Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man, Andy encounters one adventure after another as he works to uncover a traitor, rescue the queen from goblins, retrieve a stone of immense power, and solve the mystery surrounding the Shadow Man the sinister mastermind behind it all. And perhaps most importantly, he must ultimately discover if he has the heart to become a true prince.
So far, there are three books in the series and I’m currently working on book 4. You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or where most books are sold.
Remember, if you purchase a book, please leave a review.
I man not be around next week. I have to travel to that beautiful city of San Antonio so that my daughter can take her practical test for cosmetology. So next week may be spotted on the blog writing. Have a great weekend.
MURDER, SHE WROTE! Sounds Thrilling, doesn’t it? Well, today is Thriller Thursday and I’m going to be writing about one of my all-time favorite murder mystery shows and books.
Murder, She Wrote started out as a television show first. I didn’t know that until I did the research. I always thought they adapted the show from the books.
Jessica Fletcher was a professional writer and amateur sleuth. She used her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encountered. The sheriff couldn’t solve a case without her. Not even the detectives in the big cities could solve the crimes without her advice. She was able to go to crime scenes and walk all over, getting her DNA everywhere. But that is what made the show appealing to me. It wasn’t a complicated show like C.S.I., where you had to learn technical terms with each show.
Murder, She Wrote was so popular, it ran for twelve seasons. The show had cross-overs with Magnum P.I and also numerous famous actors that played on the show.
During the show, the fictional character, Jessica Fletcher, wrote
forty-four novels. She was one writing fool. The author, Donald Bain, picked up where she left off and wrote forty-six actual novels. He included the name, Jessica Fletcher, along with his on the covers. I always thought she might be a real person since her name was on the books. Boy, was I wrong. lol.
I have read quite a few Murder, She Wrote books, but there is one that is my favorite: The Highland Fling Murders.
Here is the plot: The seventh novel based on the television program finds Jessica Fletcher on a visit to a reputedly haunted castle in Scotland, where a local lass is found murdered in same way as a legendary witch.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? I think you will really enjoy reading it, or you can watch all twelve seasons on Netflix.
Have a great Thursday and I will see you tomorrow for Fantasy Friday.
I love Whatever Wednesday. Such a fun day, where I talk about anything I want. Today, the subject will be the North and South. Now I know what you are thinking. No, this is not the North and South of America and the Civil War. This is a beautiful, little nugget of gold, about North and South England. Just like Wuthering Heights’ Heathcliff and Katherine, and Pride and Prejudices Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, it too has a wonderful love/hate love story. The characters are John and Margaret. Set mostly in North England during the cotton age, this story highlights the lives of two people who couldn’t be more different; like two magnets of the same pole trying to come together. But in the end, that magnet flips, and the two become attracted.
The book was written by Elizabeth Gaskell, back in the early 1800’s. She was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era, and died in November of 1865. That era had such wonderful writers.
Her novel, North and South, was adapted by the BBC into a four-part miniseries. The BBC knows how to do it right. North and South is right up there with some of my favorite BBC shows: The Musketeers, Downton Abby, Mr. Selfridge, The Paradise, Call the Midwife. I added links to where you can watch these shows on SimplyJune.org. The main character of John is played by Richard Armitage (Hobbit) and Margaret is played by Daniela Denby-Ashe. It’s so good and the music is beautiful. You can find it on Netflix right now or on Daily Motion. I will post the links below.
Here is the plot of the story: When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.
Squeee!!! It sounds so good, doesn’t it? And it’s only $.99 on Kindle. Yay!
See you tomorrow for Thriller Thusrday.
The soundtrack for North and South: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=NeH8st9ZBCE&list=PLlRfiKC_vYaCstwn_ZWvn3BwPpBZLgsYZ
You have to listen to the soundtrack. So beautiful!
It’s Dystopian Tuesday and I had a hard time choosing between The Maze Runner series and The Uglies series. I watched the Scorch Trial trailer (the second novel to the Maze Runner) and it looks so good. I can’t wait until that movie comes out.
But I decided to go with something a little less known–at least to me anyway–The Uglies. While I was reading the plot to this series, it reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode I once watched. I did some digging and a that’s exactly where the author, Scott Westerfield, got his idea for the story.
There are four books to the Uglies series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. Sadly, the Kindle is $9.99, but the paperback is cheaper: $7.31.
The plot below is a little more detailed than I usually give you. I hope it inspires you to read the series, instead of you thinking I gave to much information away. Here goes.
Three hundred years in the future, the government provides for everything, including plastic surgery operations. Everyone on their sixteenth birthday receives the “pretty” operation which transforms them into the society’s standard of beautiful. After the operation, new Pretties cross the river that divides the city and lead a new life with no responsibilities or obligations. There are two other operations available, one to transform Pretties into “Middle-Pretties” (adults with a job), and another to transform Middle-Pretties into “Crumblies.”
Former cities have decayed after bacteria infected the world’s petroleum, making it unstable. The old society, so dependent on oil, fell apart when cars and oil fields exploded and food could no longer be transported. People who lived before this catastrophe are called “Rusties.”
Tally Youngblood is almost sixteen. Like every other Ugly, she awaits the operation with great anticipation. Her best friend, Peris, has already had the operation and, motivated by her desire to see him, Tally sneaks across the river to New Pretty Town. There she meets Shay, another Ugly. They become friends and Shay teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard. Shay also mentions rebelling against the operation. At first, Tally ignores the idea, but is forced to deal with it when Shay runs away a few days before their shared sixteenth birthday, leaving behind cryptic directions to her destination, a “renegade settlement” called the Smoke, where city runaways go to escape the operation.
On the day of Tally’s operation, she is taken to Special Circumstances, a division that is likened to “gremlins” and “[blamed] when anything weird happens.” Dr. Cable, a woman who is described as “a cruel pretty”, is the head of Special Circumstances. She gives Tally an ultimatum to either help locate Shay and the Smoke, or never become a pretty. Tally cooperates and Dr. Cable gives her a hoverboard and all the needed supplies to survive in the wild, along with a heart locket that contains a tracking device. Once activated, it will show the location of the Smoke to Special Circumstances. Following Shay’s clues, Tally sets off to find her friend.
When Tally arrives at the Smoke, she finds Shay, her friend David and an entire community of runaway Uglies. She is reluctant to activate the pendant and it eventually becomes clear that David is in love with her. David takes her to meet his parents, Maddy and Az, who are the original runaways from the city. They explain how the operation does more than “cosmetic nipping and tucking.” It also causes lesions in the brain to make the people placid, or “pretty-minded. ” Horrified, Tally decides to keep the Smoke secret and throws the locket into a fire. However, the flames’ heat causes the tracker to activate, giving away the Smoke’s location.
The following morning, Special Circumstances arrives at the camp and Tally makes an effort to escape. She does not succeed and is caught and taken to a rabbit pen, where other caught Smokies are kept, tied up. Eye scans are taken of all the captured Smokies, identifying from which city they fled. Tally is then taken to Dr. Cable, who explains how they found the Smoke. Dr. Cable thinks Tally purposefully activated the pendant. After being ordered to retrieve the pendant, Tally escapes on a hoverboard. After a long and stressful chase, she manages to hide in a cave where they cannot track her heat signature. There she finds David also hiding and together, they begin to plan a rescue.
Tally and David go back to his house, where they find evidence that Special Circumstances took Maddy and Az. David leads Tally to a secret stash of survival equipment where they find everything they need, and load them onto the four hoverboards stashed there. As Tally and David travel back to the city to free their friends, they fall in love. Arriving at the Special Circumstances complex, they discover that Shay has already been “turned” and is now a Pretty. After meeting Dr. Cable, David knocks her out and takes her work tablet, which contains all the necessary information to reverse the brain lesions created by the Pretty operation. Tally and David then free all the Smokies held in the complex. As they escape the complex, Maddy tells David that his father, Az, is dead.
Once everyone is safe, Maddy begins working on a cure using Dr. Cable’s tablet. She then offers it to Shay, who refuses, not wanting to become a “vegetable.” Since Tally feels responsible for her betrayal, she decides to become a Pretty and take the cure as a “willing subject”. To convince David to let her go back to the city, she tells him about her involvement with Special Circumstances and searching for the Smoke to betray them. While David is absorbing what Tally admitted, Maddy advises Tally to go back with Shay before she changes her mind. Once there, Tally announces to a Middle Pretty,“I’m Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty,” the final phrase of the novel.
It sounds so good! Remember, if you purchase a book, please leave a review. See you tomorrow for Whatever Wednesday. Yay!
I have been trying to kickstart my brain, so I can write. I sit at the computer and a flatline runs through my head. Some days there are crickets. I have people breathing down my neck for me to get the fourth book of Prince Andy and the Misfits done and I have only written 28,000 words so far.
So I took a Fablehaven vacation. It has been wonderful reading my favorite series. This will be my fifth time reading it, that’s how much I like it. I’m starting to get blips in my imagination thought processes, so that’s encouraging.
I think the reason I’m having such a hard time, is because I haven’t sat at my computer to write anything in such a long time, other than my blog. My brain feels a little disconnected to my characters. Hopefully, reading many books will get me going again.
Now on to Dystopian Tuesday. For a while, I have been looking at a series of books by Ann Aguirre, called the Razorland series.
In Books-A-Million–my favorite haunt–you can find the second and third books, both in hardback, in the discounted section. Both of them are only $3.97 each. That’s pretty good. I think the first book is $9.99. So you could end up with all three books under $20, especially if you have a Books-A-Million discount card. If you have never checked out the discount section, you need to. That’s where I find a lot of my books.
There are three books so far, in the series: Enclave, Outpost, and Horde. I love the book covers! They really grab your attention.
Here is what Enclave is about:
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
I have read nothing but good about these books. I’m hoping to pick up all three on Friday. Sadly, the first book on Kindle is $7.09 on Amazon. That’s a little high, especially when you can buy the hardback for just under $10.
Remember, if you buy a book, please leave a review.
Today is Whatever Wednesday, and I’m going to talk about a television show that I have been watching on Netflix. It’s called, When Calls the Heart. This show is based off the book series by Janette Oke. I just love all of her books. I think I have read nearly every book she has ever put out. Once, I even wanted to write like her, but I quickly found out that I’m just not a western, frontiersmen, kind of writer. But Janette Oke has it down pat and she does it so well.
The first series I read by her was, Love Comes Softly. Such a heart-wrenching series. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time. In fact, I think nearly every one of her books is that way. And the plus side is, she throws God in the mix. Yes, these are Christian books, with wonderful life lessons.
On to the show. The show embodies the When Calls the Heart books so well. You have the love/hate relationship that the characters Jack and Elizabeth share, you have the troubles of the coal miners and the widows that coal mine created, throw in a bad guy or two, the beautiful scenery of Canada and you have a wonderful show. And let’s not forget that the show was developed by Michael Landon, Jr. He definitely has his father’s touch, when it comes to family shows. Little House on the Prairie was one of my favorites when I was growing up. How about you?
Here is what the show is about: When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high-society life. She receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town in Western Canada (most likely the District of Alberta, as the town of Medicine Hat is mentioned as the nearest larger settlement). There, life is simple–but often fraught with challenges. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Royal North West Mounted Police Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). He believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter.
Living in this 1910 coal town, Elizabeth must learn the ways of the Canadian frontier movement if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own. Lori Loughlin portrays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, and her only son–along with a dozen other miners–have recently been killed in an explosion, which turns out to have been a tragic accident waiting to happen–a result of the mining-company site manager’s irresponsible management and lack of due care in his management of the mine. The newly-widowed women find their faith tested when they must go to work in the mine to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and compile a wage for the town’s teacher.
Doesn’t that sound amazing! The show has a Facebook page and you can hop over there and give it a Like and become a fan called a#Hearties. I’m definitely one.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whencallstheheart?fref=ts
The show is now in its second season. You can find it on the #Hallmark channel or if you have #Netflix, you can watch the first season there.
Also, you can find Janette Oke’s books on Amazon. Read them, you will enjoy every minute. Don’t forget, if you purchase a book, please leave a review.
The trailer for When Calls the Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48P1jc5tyTw