2018 Goal Adventure

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Good Day & Happy New Year I am  looking forward to 2018

2017 not the best year, but not the worst year either. It was a year of identifying the changes I need to achieve future goals. Change takes huge amount of time, research and dedicated work to make it happen. I am so glad I can move on to implementing the change hopefully in 2018 and see some positive results.

First thing I am doing is setting goals, not resolutions. When you set resolutions often it results in depressing failures. But working towards goals pushes us to achieve and this can lead to fabulous new adventures.

My first goal of my writing career is to find an outstanding children’s literary agent. I truly believe after 10 years of being in this business and published by independent publishers, winning awards, great reviews, and emails from fans, that my books would be best sellers if I was contracted with a children’s publisher. Sadly the majority of children publishers do not accept unsolicited submissions. So you must have a literary agent.   I currently have 5 finished magical realism adventures, that ignites children ages 7-12 imaginations as they fly on the back of Matthias the dragon.  They meet and learn that preconceived notions of creatures and people are not what they seem. Most folks are interesting and enjoy adventures too. Adults that have read my stories have told me they are taken back to their childhood and are reminded of the imaginary adventures they thought of when they were young.    Pure pleasure. The adventures are currently magical realism illustrated chapter books, which could be made into graphic novels for children. I add some Icelandic folklore and cleverly hidden life learning messages as children learn about the Icelandic hidden people.

Book 1: James Saves the Moon–  James, a young boy, sees the moon sitting on the mountain in Iceland. He decides he must touch the moon. Along the way, he meets Syvok, who calls on his friend Matthias a dragon to fly them to the top of the mountain.  The moon is stuck, and the three must work together to release it, without ending up in space themselves.

Book 2: Helga Returns– James adventure begins with a footprint. He once again calls out to his Icelandic magical friends, Syvok and Mattias to discover what it means. He will find Helga the troll who left the footprint. James follows Helga to Yamas, the troll village. Will they be left on a glacier or when the earth tremors will they save the Guardian Troll from danger? Will Syvok and Matthias reach James in time to save him?

Book 3: Tomfoolery and 13 Yule Lads of Iceland–  26 days of Yuletide adventures.  Matthias the dragon knocks on James window and is whisked away to meet the Icelandic 13 Santas.  Christmas Cat gets James in serious trouble and he must go home. Tomfoolery happens as the Yule Lads visit  James every evening 13 days before Christmas. One yule lad must be saved when he falls into a crevice. Fires, dancing, and fireworks to say goodbye to the Icelandic hidden folks at the end of the yuletide season.

Book 4: Amongst the Clouds– James and Syvok 4th adventure has a new mystery floating about. Jame is curious to explore the iridescent cloud. All the colors of a rainbow glow,  surely there are new adventures as the dragons soar. Come along and meet new friends and old enemies. Dragons, cats, old hag and more. Join the adventures up in the sky and help the wizard find her magical key before old Hag steals the magical travel cloud.

Book 5: Sleigh Ride– Santa’s reindeer broke his sleigh! James and Syvok get whisked away to help save the day with Mattias, the dragon. The threes stop at the Yule Lads home to deliver their sleigh to the North Pole.  Along the way they are delayed by a polar bear, searching for her cub, who is floating on a block of ice in the arctic ocean. They must help, but will this delay Santa Claus?

All the above books are Amazon currently. Amazon Wendy Nystrom

 

 

Book 6: Magic Carousel: This book is in the editing stage.  James and his family are planning a trip back home to Minnesota. James is once again whisked away to Helga’s cave. He is given a mission to find a magic carousel at the zoo and see if a mermaid and ogre who went missing a long time ago and turned to stone are on the carousel. Syvok the Icelandic elf/fairy travels with James to Minnesota. They have many comical adventures while vacationing and find the carousel. With the help of all his Icelandic friends, sisters, and carousel caretaker, they work together to bring the mermaid back home. But what about the ogre? How long can they all keep the travel tunnel open?

I am also working on a novel called the New Moon Brethren. This story is magical realism set in Portland, OR. The new moon brethren is a secret society with regional headquarters that were set up on mother earth to take out the dark one regime so that all of mother earth creatures can live out in the open again.  It opens with Blaze the dragon waiting for her team to assemble. Their mission to bring a wolf changeling and her young daughter in, to be protected. The mission does not go as planned. Blaze and her old troman friend lose their mates but save young Isabelle, who may one day become an important leader at the New Moon Brethren. The dark one Delray, who was created, 1000 years ago by mistake due to a poor decision of his dragon mother, wants to bring Isabelle into his regime. She holds the DNA to create the next clan that can control earth. The novel is about halfway done.

A little about author Wendy Nystrom. I grew up in St.Paul, MN and have many adventures at different locations the last 25 years. I started writing epic magical fantasy stories for children while living in Iceland in 2005.  My son looked out the window and saw the moon sitting on the mountain. He then told me he was going to climb the mountain and touch the moon. That evening I dreamed about him going on the adventure and in the morning I was handwriting the story.  One evening while watching the moon on the mountain, changed my life. A key turned and unlocked my imagination.  I have been dreaming and writing adventures since that magical night in Iceland. I earned a BA in urban planning at Texas State University. I am married and have 3 wonderful adventurous children. I have lived many places MN, TX, ID, CO, Iceland, WV, MI. I have held many different job positions, management, customer service, sales, security, and now writing. I have visited classrooms and inspired children to write, as well as participated at a  childrens writing conference. I have been placed on organizations boards in my community

I have been told by many that my writing is original and outstanding. I am a talented storyteller and looking forward to working with someone who can move my writing career forward. I am easy to work with, open to ideas and love learning new things.  I know a little about a  lot of things.

If you are interested in contacting me, my email is wendysbookcase@gmail.com

Thank you for dropping in today. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you.  WB

Magical Realism Adventures Chapter Books Ages 7-12 by Wendy Nystrom

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Joan H. Young Anastasia Raven Mystery Books Adventure

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Today I would like to introduce Anastasia Raven Mystery books written by Joan H. Young to you. I love this series. Joan H. Young is a talented author. I have had the pleasure to meet her at an authors event I organized. I downloaded one of her books and enjoyed this series.

Anastasia Raven recently divorced after discovering her husband is gay and wants to be with his lover. Her son is away at college. She purchases a fixer upper  home in a small town in Michigan and discovers all kinds of characters while rebuilding her life.  While hiking at Dead Mule Swamp she also seems to stumble onto murder and assists with solving the mystery. It is pure pleasure to become part of Anastasia Raven’s adventures. When I read these mystery novels by Joan H. Young, I feel I am right there with Anastasia Raven, making new friends, renovating her farmhouse, getting involved with community events and wondering about each mystery she discovers. I highly recommend these books. I am patiently waiting for book 5 in this series.  Joan H. Young also writes about her true adventures while hiking. A little about Joan. Check her authors page on Amazon.

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Joan Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, and the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and completed the North Country National Scenic Trail on August 3, 2010. Her total mileage was 4395 miles. Young is the first woman to hike the entire trail, and the 9th person overall to complete it on foot.

She also writes a monthly column for the Ludington Daily News called “Get Off the Couch.”

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Anastasia Raven Mystery series and the talented author Joan H. Young. Thanks for dropping in today. Enjoy the Adventures the day brings you! WB

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Many Many Adventures more than writing!

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I always say I need to blog every week but seem to have so many things come up. I will try to get better at letting you know what my latest adventure is.

ac promo 1First my publisher Anchor Group Publishing has my book 4, Amongst the Clouds on sale this month. This adventure is for ages 7-12. What could be hidden in a cloud? Epic Adventure of Course. http://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Clouds-James-Syvok-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00LV3Y8CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454610403&sr=8-1&keywords=amongst+the+clouds

Wow, I have been busy. I am still editing book 6 working title Magic Carousel. Sure is a fun adventure. I introduce two new characters,Tina and Timothy.

Mermaid_Tina  Ogre_TimothyI also been editing and writing my novel New Moon Brethren. I had to take a break from my writers group, rather bummed. But just not enough time for it right now. 

I was asked by Big Rapids Festival of Arts to organize an Authorpalooza Event for them. What a a fun adventure it has become. 40+ authors are coming February 20th to Big Rapids 1pm to 4PM. Plus classic book characters will be wandering around to interact with you. Thanks to Ferris State University Theatre Students. 12506484_10154417437838056_1951026028_n

This is going to be a fun event. We have a month full of art activities. If you are in the area here is Festival of Arts website. Check out the booklet with all the Art Activities. http://www.brfota.org/

Authorpalooza is on page 59. I have an event page here is the link for it. https://www.facebook.com/events/1107965342554486/.  This has been a blast organizing.

I am also looking for a children’s literary agent. Been sending out many queries. Gotten a few rejections, The rejections have been much nicer than 10 years ago. So I am getting better.  I do hope a agent will want to work with me in the near future, so I can dedicate more time for writing.

I also started a Facebook Weekly Children’s Author Spotlight from the FB group Kids Read-Author Promo Group. I put up the dates and authors sign up for a spotlight. Then for a week folks have the opportunity to get to know children’s authors and their book, experiences etc. Check them out and interact with the authors. We love to chat, answer questions with folks.

January 31 – February 6 PJ LaRue https://www.facebook.com/events/928039850567166/

February 7 – February 13 Lori Moore https://www facebook.com/events/627162244088797/

February 14 – February 20 Margretchin Chantal  https://www.facebook.com/events/931170276930005/

February 21 – February 27 Janet Balletta https://www.facebook.com/events/574408682712211/

 

Recently, I have become involved with keeping our water safe. Joined a group who right now are trying to stop an injection well go active in my county. An oil and gas company wants to dump toxic waste from their oil fracking and drilling activities. So I have been educating myself on the issues and going to many meetings and writing many statements and speaking up to our public leaders about how dangerous it really is.  At an EPA Public Hearing, a tear jerking moment. A few HS Students  spoke and asked us adults to protect the water for them and the future.

Of course taking care of my family needs takes priority. Now with three teenagers in the house, we have many drama adventures. Fun fun!

Well you are up to date on things. Just a reminder I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed my many adventures. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo

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Author Shelby White’s Ouija Board Adventure!

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How many of you played with a Ouija Board. I look forward to this book from Anchor Group Publishing author Shelby White. Ouija Board. Check it out now only 99 cents for a limited time on Amazon.

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Synopsis:

Alycia and her three best friends buy a Ouija board for some late night entertainment, they come in contact with something that defies all reason. They find themselves faced with questions that would make others run in fear. Delving into this frightening unknown, they soon discover they are dealing with a force more powerful than they could possibly understand.

Enlisting some knowledgeable help on supernatural entities, they are introduced to a world they never thought existed.  As they try to maintain the normalcy of their summer break and figure out how to rid themselves of this other worldly being they realize their lives will never be the same and that some games aren’t meant to be played with. 

Amazon link for Ouija Board

About the Author Shelby White

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Shelby White was born and raised in Northern California.  At a very young age she fell in love with the arts and began writing short stories for fun in her spare time anywhere she could.  As time went on she found her passion in Television and Film and the art of storytelling. She was fascinated with the stories, the lives that characters lead and the way that each story could be told. She soon found a way to combine her interests in high school writing film reviews for the local newspaper.  This love of writing and expression through TV, Film and eventually in college working behind the scenes in theatre led her to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a minor in Film Studies from the University of California, Davis.  Shelby currently resides in Northern California where she continues to write and pursue the creative world around her.

Stay up to date on Shelby White’s Adventures:

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www.shelbywhiteonline.com

Twitter, @swhitewrites

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Author Judith Wade’s A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay Adventure.

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Today’s adventure, I have the honor to introduce a new talented author at Anchor Group Publishing. Judith Wade/ aka  Loraine Hudson. Her book A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay is now available.  Love mermaids. Looks like a fabulous adventure.

 

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presents
A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay
by Judith Wade
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Runner Jennifer Miller tries to ignore the mysterious happenings down at Whitecap Bay. 
 She has other things to worry about—a new school, new friends and an upcoming track
meet to name a few. But why is Darrell Hanley spending so much time at the beach, and
what are the strange things he keeps carrying back and forth? When Jennifer’s curiosity
gets the best of her and she follows Darrell, she finds more than she bargained for. There
is a mermaid trapped in the Bay, and Darrell and Jennifer, along with Jennifer’s
unruly dog, Tyrone, embark on a quest to free the mermaid before she is found or worse.
  Can they win this race against time?
MEET THE AUTHOR

Loraine Hudson lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan. She enjoys writing middle grades chapter books, and has published five titles under her pen name,  Judith Wade:  A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay (2011); Faelen, the Horse from the Sea (2009); Mermaid Dreams (2006); The Mermaid’s Gift (2004); and The Secret of Mermaid Island (2003).   She is also the author of numerous short fiction pieces,  including  “My Mother’s House,” in A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer’s;  “The Birthday Mirror” in Patchwork Path: Treasure Box; and “The Starting Line,” in A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers.  Two of her short pieces about her equine adventures were also published in Down the Aisle Stories (downtheaislestories.com), and she has dabbled in poetry with “Wind Visiting” published in River Poets Journal.  She is a member of “Writing at the Ledges,” an active writer’s group in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and has contributed short fiction pieces to the group’s three anthologies.   She is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.
Loraine also writes under the pen name Judith Wade.

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Hope you enjoyed the getting to know Judith Wade, and her new book A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay. Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the adventure every day brings you, WB
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Christy Sloat, Awaken Adventure!

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Today I am pleased to announce talented author Christy Sloat’s follow up to Slumber. Awaken is now available to everyone. Check out Awaken adventure.

Anchor Group is proud to present the highly anticipated follow up to Christy Sloat’s
international best seller, Slumber.  Awaken, Book 2 in the Slumber Duology is finally here. 
Will Rory get her happily ever after?
“Happily ever after is hers for the taking.”
Once upon a time I found myself locked away in Spindle Ridge Asylum,
 punished for a murder I didn’t commit. It was all part of Maleficent’s evil plan.
I didn’t remember who I was then … now I do.
My name is Aurora, and I am the rightful queen of this realm.
Armed with my memories,  I’m ready to take charge of my kingdom once more.
Happily ever after evades me, yet I long to claim it with my true love, Sawyer, beside me.
That fairy tale ending seems impossible with him locked in the thralls of a sleeping curse.
As much as I’d love to sit by his bedside and  eagerly await a cure, I must first travel
into the terrifying Dark Woods to stop Raven from stripping me of all that is
 rightfully mine. I am not only a queen,  but a warrior who will fight for her kingdom.
Some may die. Blood will be shed.
 But when this ending comes, I will settle for nothing less than a blissful ever after.
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Published by Anchor Group Publishing
on November 17, 2015
Genre – YA, Fantasy

Currently available through

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New to the series?
Grab your copy of Slumber and see how it all began.
Slumber is Sleeping Beauty Grimm style with a Sloat twist.
Never have I read a tale quite like this one.
~ Lynn Shaw of 2Girls & A Book
You have a true talent for words. I can’t wait to see what you have in
store for us in the future and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
~Michelle Jetton, Author
It’s fast paced and extremely addicting with its dark, twisted, and phenomenally
well written words that just jump out at you and pull you in from the first page.
~ Jenny Bynum of Black Words White Page
Not all princesses get their happily ever after…
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times.
I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the
Criminally Insane. I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable
of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even
my boyfriend. I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the
 asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an
evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest
 thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real. I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see
the truth of who I really am. When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is
everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here
to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.Could it be possible that my dreams
are  more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?
Available on Amazon
Meet Christy Sloat
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband,
two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and
writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes
that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you
do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter,
and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get
lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series,
and watch for many more exciting things to come.
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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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