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Sorry to everyone who has been waiting for the next review. *I doubt there are many of you.* But I have been working on the start up of another project. threewordsonestory.wordpress.com check it out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at YA Books and Reviews
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Feb 21, 2011
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What do a maid, a street side musician, and an apprentice clockmaker have in common? Apparently nothing. But these three young people have personal problems that bring them together in ways that they never expected. Through mysteries and dangers Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah all find the answers they needed, but not necessarily the ones they wanted. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at YA Books and Reviews
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Usually rules are created to help us get through life safely; rules are made to protect us. John Wayne Cleaver has rules; rules that he created for himself, but John didn't create his rules for his own safety. No, John created rules to protect us from him. John Wayne Cleaver knows that he is not a normal teenager, he has only one friend, he loves to work with the corpses in his mom's mortuary. John's favorite pastime is studying serial killers, he knows all of their habits, he knows all of their patterns, but that is only so he can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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Life is hard when you are different from the rest of your tribe, even hated by many of them. There are many disadvantages placed on your shoulders: you are smaller than the rest of your tribe (even the females), instead of sharp fangs you have flat wide teeth, many things you do are thought weird, and the list goes on… Yet you are not overcome by these minor set backs because where you are smaller you are faster, more agile; sharp teeth are not necessary when you have a sharp knife, and what the others call weird you know to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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Within the world there are actually two. One world, Ancelstierre, is a place of technology and science; the other, the Old Kingdom, a world of magic and many things unnatural, things both wonderful and horrific. Most people in Ancelstierre are not even aware that the Old Kingdom exists, many think it a myth, and those that know the truth wish they didn’t. For within the Old Kingdom technology does not function, but the dead do, and all that separates the dead from Ancelstierre is the Wall. And the Abhorsen. So I know that the last review that I gave for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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A strange light hangs in the horizon, dampening the day and illuminating the night. Ships and whole towns are swallowed by the raging ocean, claiming hundreds of lives, innocent and not. Strange creatures hunt human prey in the dark. A strange foreigner offers salvation while a priest seeks world domination at any cost, even his soul. The very forces of Heaven and Hell are preparing for battle. The world will never be the same. Will a young boy and simple commoner named Thomas have the courage to face these horrors, will he have the faith to bring about miracles? In... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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Follow the young boy, Garion, a farm boy of Sendaria raised by his aunt, in a battle to save his world. Witness his coming of age, and learn alongside him as he discovers he is much more than anyone expected. Author, David Eddings, takes us on a wonderful exploratory adventure of a fantasy world so alive with culture and history and true-to-life characters, one cannot help but get lost in the tale. His characters are completely believable, and pull the reader along with their quirks, their yearnings, their fears, and with a humor and truth in dialogue that will make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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We've all heard of wildlife refuges. The purpose of such refuges is to protect the creatures that dwell within their boundaries, protect them from humans, from us. But what if there was a refuge for creatures straight out of fairy tales and out of nightmare? Kendra and Seth have to stay with their grandparents for a few weeks and they don't know what to expect. One thing is for sure, they didn't expect that their grandfather is the caretaker of a magical creature refuge, Fablehaven. Kendra and Seth learn quickly that Fablehaven is a secret and amazing place full of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
We shared some contraband. Writing Prompts: Ernie "Show DONT Tell" #1 Person and action. Sentences given by Ernie Passage read by person to the left. #2 A place and an emotion. Idea given by person to the right Read by author Intro to Ernie's "New Toy Box" A new source... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Writer's Anomalous
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Alchemy: the mix of science, metallurgy, and magic. Summer vacations are supposed to be fun, even somewhat adventurous. Josh Newman was just fine working in a book store, with his sister Sophie working in a coffee shop across the street. That is until the owners of the bookstore, Nick and Perry, turn out to be hundreds of years old and magicians. Nicholas Flamel is known as one of the greatest alchemysts ever. He lived in the 1300’s. According to record, he died in 1418. However, the tomb of Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel is empty and no one knows why; except... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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Mar 8, 2010
Goals: Get published 2010 New Meeting Schedule: 1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesdays @ 8:30 1st Tuesdays: Training by assignment 3rd Tuesdays: Writing Prompt Exercise 5th Tuesdays: Free for all (Idea Factory/Inspiration) All Meetings: 10 Min Free Write Book Reviews Critiques Writing Challenges Evaluation of Group and Personal Goals Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Writer's Anomalous
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We’ve all had candy that fizzes, or candy that turns our mouths color, or even candy that makes our mouths feel like they’re on fire, but what about candy that allows you to defy gravity or blow fire from your mouth? That would be some amazing candy. Still, there is one piece of advice that is always true: Never take candy from strangers. You never know, those strangers might just turn out to be evil, maniacal magicians who want to take over your town. Nate Sutter just has just moved from California to a small town called Colson. Right away... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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Will is a boy who goes through the classic heroes tale. As an orphan, and charge of the Ward, Will and his friends must subject themselves to the will of skilled adults who will choose their life's path. Will hopes for Battleschool, but even at fifteen he is too small. Yet his small stature give him great advantages, he can move silently, can climb like a squirrel, and has the courage of a much larger man. When the time comes for the rest of their lives to be determined, Will is chosen to be an apprentice to a Ranger, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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One night full of snow and a false death pronouncement leaves the Heap family without their seventh son, newly born Septimus, but there still is a new addition to the Heap family. Silas Heap, father, finds a a violet eyed baby girl abandoned in the snow and the Heaps take her in and name her Jenna. Where did Jenna come from? What really happened to Septimus? Now it is ten years later and the answer to all mysteries are being revealed. In a world of wizards, witches, necromancers, and all kinds of creatures this story unfolds in a fun and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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So this last weekend I attended a writer’s conference, Life, the Universe & Everything. It was great, I learned a lot and left feeling completely energized. I wanted to get home and start writing! My favorite part of the conference wasn’t on the schedule, it was when I was able to sit down and talk with Brandon Mull, the author of the Fablehaven series. Brandon had just finished a reading of his children’s picture book Pingo and was going to sign some books, but he didn’t have a permanent marker. Being the packrat that I am, I had a permanent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at YA Books and Reviews
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