Abby & The Mystic Dancers by L.C. Miller Adventure

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So honored to announce the release of  L.C Millers debut novel Abby & The Mystic Dancers.  Check out all the details below.

 

Anchor Group Publishing is proud to present

 L. C. Miller’s debut novel, 

Abby and the Mystic Dancers.

 
 
 

Title:  Abby & The Mystic Dancers


Author:  L. C. Miller


Published November 9, 2015By Anchor Group Publishing


Genre:  Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy

As the product of a forbidden alliance between the elemental Mystics and the wand carrying Wielders -two distinct, often feuding, magical realms -acceptance is something fourteen-year-old Abby has fought with for the last four years. When an alliance is formed between the Mystic Dancers and the Wielder’s, Abby is given the chance to live with a Wielder’s family and attend Wielders Academy of Magical Arts. In order to do so, she first has make three promises to the Mystic Dancers leader … Tell no one she’s half Mystic, that her father is a Wielder who is also a wanted criminal, or that she can transform into anything she wants.Her day-to-day life of secrets, school work, and dancing is interrupted when her mother’s murder case goes to trial. The Mystics believe they finally caught the killer, who happens to be the father of one of Abby’s new friends. Abby has a choice to make – reveal her secrets, or let a man she knows is innocent go to prison

Meet The Author

 

I have loved reading since I was old enough to do it. I started writing in my down time in 2006 and have been doing it ever since.Reading, writing, and hanging out with my family are some of my favorite things – along with hot chocolate and pizza (not together, of course).

With a bachelors in Accounting, writing has been a great way to unwind and let my imagination fly.

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Helga Returns Autumn Special Epic Adventure!

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autumn promo Anchor Group Publishing has the epic adventure Helga Returns ebook on sale to celebrate autumn. Illustrated epic adventure when the dragon flies magical tales the entire family will enjoy. Ages 7-12.(Just a reminder if you purchase my book in print I will send you a signed book plate for free, just email at wendysbookcase@gmail.com)

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Helga Returns – A James and Syvok Adventure by Wendy Nystrom is about the adventures of James for the second time. He finds a footprint and he asks his friends Syvok and Matthias to help him find out about the footprint. They discover that it is Helga’s footprint and follow it into the troll village. Will they be able to save the troll and will Syvok and Matthias be able to save James?
It is an absolutely delightful story for children. The story has many underlying messages in it. I liked the fact that it introduces them to glaciers. Any book is educational for a reader because it will have information to offer that gives you an opportunity to learn. The characters of James, Syvok, and Matthias capture the interest of the reader but the most appealing character is Helga, the troll. Iceland as a backdrop is another interesting aspect of this book. It is a magical story of James along with the two Icelanders, Syvok and Matthias. The story does not lose its tempo and the beautiful illustrations give the characters an identity which makes it easier for children to relate to them.
The biggest advantage of adventure stories is that they encourage children to think and be imaginative. It gives them the freedom to dream, experiment, think differently, and create their own characters. I found the little trolls and dragonets very interesting and they add to the whimsical quality of the story.

James Saves the Moon ebook where the epic adventures began is always on sale for 99 pennies. 

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Review

Reviewed By Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars

“James Saves the Moon”, written by Wendy Nystrom, is a delightful children’s picture book that combines a child’s imagination with Icelandic mythology. The illustrations by Jim Weidman, in a blue tone with colorful characters, lend a mythological feel to the story of a young boy (James), who sees the moon over one of the high mountains and decides that if he climbs to the top of the mountain he can reach out and touch the moon. Slipping quietly out of his bedroom window, he sets out on his journey. On his way up the mountain he stumbles over some rocks and disturbs one of Iceland’s mythological figures (Syvok), who joins him on his journey. They suddenly realize that unless they move faster, the moon will leave before they make it to the top of the mountain. In order that they can move faster, Syvok summons a dragon (Matthias), who allows them to ride on his back. They discover that the moon is stuck on the mountain and they will have to help get it unstuck. The three work as a team to set the moon free and while doing so, James truly does touch the moon.

The color of the illustrations by Jim Weidman and the very well-written story by Wendy Nystrom
make “James Saves the Moon” a rare treasure for a children’s picture book. Its simplicity combined with the kind of story that stirs the imagination of a child make it something that will stick in the mind of the reader for a lifetime. This book gives a little bit of a taste of the colorful and flavorful history of Iceland and its traditions. It is highly recommended for its ability to help stir a child’s imagination. A wonderfully simple and delightful tale.

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Children’s and YA Author Saoirse O’Mara Adventure!

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Today I am so looking forward to sharing about talented children’s and YA author Saoirse . O’Mara. She writes wonderful adventure tales for ages 5-18. check it out.

 

Saoirse O’Mara is a freelance writer of children’s and YA fantasy. 

 

She lives in Germany with her sweetheart and works as freelance editor,

 

 translator, and language teacher whenever she isn’t writing.

 

 

“I first started writing when I had figured out how to build words

 

 out of these weird shapes we call letters. My probably strongest 

 

 

memory of an early written piece is from fourth grade, when

 

 

My next strong memory, and my first finalized manuscript,

 

was an adventure book for children, similar to those by Enid Blyton–
my strongest influence back then and my favorite writer for a long time.
I simply loved her Famous Five and Adventure series, among others.
 I wrote that manuscript when I was twelve or thirteen, and
 completely revised and rewrote it again with sixteen.
It’s still sitting on my shelf and on my hard-drive,
 and I think apart from my mom, no one has ever read it.
It’s nothing to show around (I’m sure my writing style back then was awful),
but it is certainly something to be proud of. I started

 

and finished a complete manuscript.
I don’t remember when I started reading fantasy

 

 but it must have been pretty early on.
With twelve, I read my first book in English (I’m a German native)–
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, followed by
 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…and then Lord of the Rings.
Yes, I went from a children’s book to High Fantasy
with lots of difficult-to-read descriptions. To be honest,
I’m still not sure I actually understood all of the story
and scenery, but I managed to read through the whole trilogy
 and was hooked enough that I bought
and read The Hobbit a year later during a vacation in London.”

 

 I wrote a short theatre play that was almost shown at a school festival.
 I don’t remember anymore what prevented the show,
but I still remember clearly how we practiced for weeks in our breaks.
Introducing the books!! 
 
 5 – 10  K – 4
Benji loses his parents in a car accident
 and is sent to live with his grandparents in Ireland.
 The problem: He has never met them before, 
and he doesn’t speak English. 
Life in his new home is miserable for him 
until he meets some of Ireland’s mystical inhabitants and things change…. 

“The Enchanted Garden” is a modern fairy tale for young and old.
Buy here-only $1.99… The Enchanted Garden
 10 – 18  4 – 12
You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law…. 
Govin had no clue how much his life would change 
when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. 
A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure
 he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, 
and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life.
 And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch…. 
“Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work.
 The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, 
smart eyes and a cute little nose. ‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she’s a thief. 
She might’ve grown up to become a beauty,
 but I doubt she’ll live long enough. 
The streets are rough, and the prison’s even rougher.’ Govin felt a pang of guilt.” 
Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. 
Their first meeting doesn’t bode well, 
but when faced with the choice to save themselves 
or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other.
 Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. 
Will they trust the right persons? 
Buy here- only $0.99 The Lost Diadem
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
Things have changed since Govin and Tayla
 solved the mystery of the lost diadem.
 Tayla is no longer living in the streets,
 and Govin has a new mentor. Life could finally be good. 
But looming danger forces them to abandon their ordinary
 lives once again to get to the root of a mystery.
Only this time, the whole city of Davon is at stake…. 

“‘What does that mean for us?’ Govin asked. 
‘You have to be very careful. At this point, 
the High Mage doesn’t know whom of his teachers
 and mages he can still trust, and neither should you.
 Trust no one, do you understand? It could cost your life. 
I’m sorry that I have to send you on such a dangerous mission, 
but you two are the only ones I can send in disguise.
 The safety of Davon and the surrounding lands 
could depend on your success. Be careful.’” 

Follow Tayla and Govin into the Mage Guild of Davon, 
where strange things are happening at night. 
Is it just a prank of novices, 
or is one of the mages preparing for a dark ritual?
Buy here-only $2.99 Trouble in the Mage Guild
 
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
Imagine you witness a murder but have no clue
 who the man was, or why he had to die. Imagine you 
stumble into a rat’s nest of piracy and greed and put 
your own life at stake for the sake of justice. 
Imagine you don’t know who you can still trust…. 
“No matter how she looked at it, she ended up with far too many suspects. 
How should she ever get to the bottom of the attack 
and the murder if almost half the harbour population had a motive?” 
Tayla would have never dreamed that her day off might end so terribly–
or that Govin wouldn’t find time to help her when she needs him. 
Yet she decides that justice can’t wait, and she follows her heart
 to right a wrong that happened in front of her eyes. 
Despite the dangers involved, her resolve stays strong. 
But who can she trust when the web of greed 
and intrigue threatens to ensnare her?
Buy here-Only $2.99 Pirates, Pirates
 
 10 – 18  4 – 12
$4.99 on Amazon…
 
 
 2 – 5  P – K

 

Kathi the squirrel, a delightful young girl;
she dreams of adventure, grows wings that will send her,
 up high in the air to see things everywhere.
 

 

This is a rhyming story for children
who love adventures, animals, and exploring.
Buy here-Only $0.99 Kathi the Flying Squirrel
Sometimes, fate strikes without warning. 
All that is left is to either adapt to the new circumstances 
or to falter and succumb to one’s sorrow. What would you do? 
Dedicated to Michelle Devon.
Buy now for only $0.99- Unexpected Turn
 
 
Saoirse also has a series of “help” books. 
You can find more of Saoirse’s reads 
on her Amazon Author Page at:
 
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Lost Adventure March 3, 2014

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A year ago today I lost all memories of this day and my head went platinum.  I remember most of March 2nd but not March 3rd. I went to the ER in my small city thinking I needed some fluids for the flu after being ill for 9 days. This was right after turning 50 and the next day was in bed with flu symptoms. I did go to the ER in the middle of the 9 days but their was a bunch of chaos so I told my husband to take me home. Anyway the second time going to the ER on March 2nd, I walked in with my husband at my side weak and my left brown eye had moved towards my nose. I had double vision and thought I will get some fluids and feel much better. I guess I was complaining of a head ache but do not remember that. The ER doctor immediately put me in a bed and called to have me transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids. I did have a scan which showed I had two bleeding aneurisms. The ambulance arrived and I enjoyed chatting with the nice young woman EMT person sitting next to me.   Upon arriving at the hospital they set me up in intensive care and then rolled me down to have another scan. Jim my husband arrived by the time I was returned to my room in intensive care and a neurosurgeon arrived to inform us about my condition. Pretty much the last thing I remember. The next day March 3rd I had brain surgery. I do not remember any of this day. They placed two platinum coils in my arteries to stop the bleeding.  It worked and and they did not have cut open my head. They went all the way to my brain from the inside of my thigh. The little tiny wound never bothered me at all. I remember my second visitor Chris Fox. Sorry Amy Bowling I don’t remember your visit.  March 4th,I remember arguing with a nurse about getting up to go to the bathroom. She wanted me to use a bed pan. Nope not doing that as long as I could get up. She told me I was an unusaul patient in ICU with my condition most are unconscious. When I told my friends this they all laughed and said nothing stops me from talking and being bossy.  On the 5th day they moved me out of the ICU and discharged me from the hospital. I walked out on my own.

A year later  enlightenment.  Upon arriving home my kids all hugged me and were happy I was home. I found out my wonderful neighbors the DeBolds picked up my kids at school and made dinner for them, hung out with them at the house so my husband could come down and be with me. My mother in law did not have to to come out to help. Luckily my husband was on sabbatical so he could be with me 24/7 during my recovery. I was really lucky I also discovered all these people in my small city of Big Rapids who care about me. My friends Robin Stratton and Chris Fox  set up an update page on Facebook. My friend Candice Simpson posted on my pages for me. My publisher delayed the release date for book 4 Amongst the Clouds, she told me to  just let her know when I am able to read the edits from the editor. I am really a truly blessed person.  My recovery has been remarkable. I rested for a couple weeks. Then began making dinner again, my kids were so happy because their dad just does not cook very well. In may I started walking around the block and increased the distance when I felt strong enough. When the snow came I started yoga+ low impact work out. My husband was concerned I may slip so did not want me walking by myself. It got to cold anyway. I traveled to Orlando to pick up a best childrens award for Helga Returns by myself.  I got to meet some people who I met on Facebook in person and they are more wonderful in person and now friends in the real world too. MCV Egan and Jodi Stone two talented authors and truly beautiful in person been traveling this writing adventure with me for years on facebook it was so wonderful to hug and laugh in person. It  is quite interesting traveling with double vision. My spectacular  in-laws arrived in June and helped me around the house. My vision was back to normal and they took the kids a week later on a wonderful trip to D.C and Niagara Falls. I started writing again while my kids were on vacation. This was one of the things I was truly worried about not be able to spin a story again. My dearest pals picked me up for ladies night out when I was ready to be in public it was fun seeing two of each at the dinner table and I managed not to spill anything in the restaruant. 

One of my first outings in town was to stop in a pick up my favorite chocolates down town at the Old Pioneer store and the wonderful owner ran up to me gave me a hug.  Carleen told me how happy she was to see me alive and doing so well.  This past year I have traveled, inspired a classroom of children to write, talked about writing to Ms Cosper’s  university students, talked with families and children in Cadillac. Brought in 20 authors to our community library with the help of Diane Scarpelli and Library director. Worked with some incredible people in the community. Published two more children’s books. My muse from my novel visited me every time I slept help to heal me and told me the story of the New Moon Brethren. Fun times and travels with my family.  I recently joined local writers group to help with my writing and discovered some more incredible talented folks. And it helping me focus and be able to write for longer periods of time.

I have had a fun filled year of adventure and was enlightened of how blessed I am with family, and friends and what a wonderful community Big Rapids truly is.  Enjoyed a fun filled family Christmas trip southwest.  I still walk a little funny but it hardly noticable and at times stumble with words but it is truly wonderful watching my children grow and achieve, talk with my husband every day. I make sure I tell my family I love them every day.  I want to thank everyone for all you do and how spectacular you are. Every day we wake up is truly another wonderful magical adventure so enjoy each day!

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March Reading Month Adventure!

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March is reading month. Most schools have fun themes to get kids reading. Ask your kids what the reading theme is this year and their reading goals. Then set aside time every day, or a couple times during the week, for everyone to sit down and read.  Even if it is only 15 minutes you will be amazed how many pages you can read in 15 minutes. Then discuss what is happening in your book, newspaper, magazine etc. at dinner, driving or after you are done reading each night. Reading is a exciting adventure for all.  Just a reminder I have five magical adventure books available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles for children ages 7-12. They are illustrated chapter books and read much like a graphic novel for children.  11016750_10153590331943056_825247650_nTell us what your or your children’s reading adventure for March reading month.

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Tonight, I should finish Susan Stec’s book They’re So Vein (The Grateful Undead Series)

My twin twelve year old girls are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

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Good Bye 2014. Hello 2015 Adventure

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2014 was quite the year. I call it a building and renewal year adventure. Two of my books won awards.

IMG_2155James Saves the Moon won a Gold Medal Best Children’s Fantasy/SciFI from Readers Favorite. Helga Returns won a Best Children’s Book ages 9-12 from Turning the Pages Magazine. Traveled with double vision from Michigan to Orlando in April and received my award from Turning the Pages award ceremony. It was a lot of fun. Delighted to meet  author Mcv Egan in person. We have been friends for years on facebook. My pal Stacey Rourke was there  and many other authors.

While beginning the editing process of my 4th book Amongst the Clouds in February/March and Turning 50 I ended up in the hospital with two bleeding aneurisms. I lost six days, spent 4 nights and had surgery to stop the bleeding. I now have two platinum coils in my head. So I guess my head has gone platinum. LOL  I was lucky walked out of the hospital. My recovery has been remarkable.

cover whiteAmongst the Clouds released from Anchor Group Publishing in July. Fabulous fun adventure. Wonderful illustrations by Kelly Murray.

Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers’ Favorite Star Review January 15, 2015

Growing up, we all had imaginary friends, but James’s pals are so awesome that one can easily believe they are real. It all begins with a beautiful and unusual cloud that seemed to be stuck in place. As James daydreams about its mysterious beauty, he is launched on an unexpected adventure in the company of his imaginary friends. As they try to discover the meaning of the cloud, they end up becoming key players in a battle in which rivals fight to take control. From flying on a blue dragon’s back to their eager search for a lost key that opens a spell book, James and his friends have a day packed with suspense and drama. However, they still manage to get him home by dinnertime so he can tell his family all about it. Amongst the Clouds by Wendy Nystrom is an awesome book that young and old will enjoy.

In Amongst the Clouds, author Wendy Nystrom does a brilliant job of describing how high a child’s imagination can actually fly. The main protagonist dozes off and ends up in the middle of a lucid dream that teaches him a number of valuable lessons about the importance of loyalty. The story is well written and contains a lot of characters with which kids can easily identify. At the same time, Wendy Nystrom shares a little bit of Icelandic culture with the reader, enabling him or her to easily grasp the context of the adventure. The language is vibrant and appropriate for children, and the book includes many illustrations that add to the mental image so aptly formed by her words.

I was also able to finish my 5th Book Sleigh Ride in time for Christmas SleighRideCover (2)release. Another fun adventure: James and his pals help a polar bear and delivers Santa another sleigh since his was broken accidentally by his reindeer.

Amongst the Clouds is available on Amazon or B&N Amongst the Clouds Amazon link,  Amongst the Clouds B&N link   Sleigh Ride Available on Amazon. Sleigh Ride Amazon Link

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Authorpalooza event went well in November and will be organizing another one in June of 2015 at Big Rapids Community Library. Had a fabulous team to work with for this event.  Spoke in a classroom where the kids were all excited about writing their own book. Spoke at a University Creative writing class. Then the year ended with having my first book James Saves the Moon is listed in a catalog at a new company Called Booksurf  a home book shopping of signed books created by Stacey Rourke. Check out the website lots of books and more in the spring collection.  www.booksurfllc.com

The holidays were spectacular. We drove to Arizona to spend with my wonderful in-laws. We stopped in NM to visit more relatives on the way had a blast. Then four corners and met the in-laws at the Grand Canyon. We explored for a couple of days. Then a wonderful Christmas at their winter home in Arizona. The family loved the trip.

I am very excited about 2015. Hoping my books get into the hands of many kids. My writing is coming back. I am working on my urban fantasy novel New Moon Brethren and 6th children’s book Magic Carousel.  I joined the local writers group and enjoying those meetings. I have an event with three other authors at Biggby Coffee in February. Susan Stec, Jeni Decker and Becca Vincenza. authors books

2015 is becoming a wonderful adventure. More adventures on the way I am sure.

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Yuletide Adventures!

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My family and I have a fun and exciting Yuletide Adventure  planned with family. We are all excited. I will be not available much so I wanted to tell all my family, friends, fans and peers.  Have a wonderful Yuletide Adventure.

May 2015 bring us all the best adventures for us all!

Candice my lovely friend and PA is welcoming the Icelandic Yule Lads with a daily game at wendysbookase on facebook join the fun if you like. 

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Gleðileg jól og Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár

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