Monday, 27 May 2013

Re Launch of Kai's Journey

Today I have Wendy and Charlie Siefken on my blog to tell you about the re-launch of their book Kai's Journey.

Charlie will be attending college this fall for auto mechanics. He loves to read and create stories. He works full time at a local auto shop now. Charlie’s inspiration to become a writer and who got him hooked on reading books is Christopher Paolini who also started his writing career while in high school as well.
Wendy is a wife, mother and also works as a tier one tech at a local call center. She has always loved to read books and when her children were small she loved to tell them stories she would make up with the kids being the main characters. Together Charlie and Wendy create worlds and people who live in them.

 Our journey started as a school project back in 2009. Charlie was given the task of writing, editing, and publishing a book. He was always writing stories and the teachers had a difficult time getting him to do his homework or doing the writing topics they wanted him to write on. Since then we have tried our hand at finding an agent with the big publishing companies before going the indie route. We had found someone to help us edit the book but they didn't quite have the same vision for the story as we did. We had also found someone to help us create a book cover but again, they didn't quite see it as we did. Since we have joined with MasterKoda Select Publishing we have had wonderful help with editing the book to make it the best story possible with characters that will stay with you long after you finish the book. Dan Peyton who is a very talented author is also a gifted artist who helped us by drawing the characters Kai and Clover for the cover. His amazing talents and beautiful work can be seen on the cover along with Rebbekah Whites background that helps bring the story to life. Together these two wonderful people have created a beautiful work of art that we are proud to display for our book cover.
The author takes you on an unparalleled journey into the mind of young man bearing the weight of the world. Ride along as Kai faces an unforgiving world filled with danger around every corner and every turn. Cheer, fight for and struggle with Kai as he sets out on an adventure that could very well cost him his life!
Join the launch on Facebook on 31st May for the chance to chat with the authors and fun and games:!/events/379479385502512/
You can find out more about Wendy and Charlie on their blog
Thanks for stopping by - I hope to see you over at the Facebook launch of Kai's Journey.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Last day - Third Book + bonus

Well we've come to the last day of my Three Books - Three Days post. I hope you've enjoyed reading them.

Today we have to fast forward to Christmas (sorry about that I know it's the last thing you want to think about right now) for The Special Christmas Bear.


Teddy loves travelling around Santa's workshop on the big blue wagon! There is so much to look at and he has lots of elf friends. But Santa has a special task for Teddy - will Teddy take it on?

This book is suitable for under five's (or anyone who loves a Christmas book) and it has black and white illustrations so that the children can colour them in if they wish to.

The Special Christmas Bear is available online or can be ordered at your local bookshop.

Thanks for reading all about my books and I hope you have fun reading them for yourselves.


Wait - I know I promised you a bonus - I am part of a group called Authors For Charity. We wrote a book of children's stories based around the life of an old elemental wizard. All the profit from the book goes to charity. I have a couple of stories in this book. The book is Tales of an Old Wizard.


Amazon UK currently have the paperback version on sale

Amazon US also have the paper back on sale at the moment

If you visit the amazon page and use the look inside feature you will be able to read some of my story.

You can follow Authors For Charity on Facebook:

and Twitter:
You can find trailers for Time Slide and Tales of an Old Wizard on You Tube.
That really is all for now - thanks for reading and watching.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Day Two - Book Two

Welcome back to my Three Days - Three Books post.

Today is the turn of Time Slide


Put yourself in Jerry's shoes... His parents have been invited to China to take part in an archaeological dig. Because it is the summer holiday, he and his sister Sammy are going along. Jerry and Sammy meet some interesting people, and they find a beautiful hair slide. All seems great, but things are already starting to go wrong. Suddenly, Sammy thinks she is having visions from the past. They soon discover that the hair slide is linked to an old portrait in the museum and an old Mongolian tale. Jerry's summer is about to get very complicated...
Time Slide is a time travel adventure set in ancient China for 8+ (I've had great feedback from a couple of 10yr olds) although it is written in short chapters so it can easily be read as a bedtime story.

It is available form most online shops and can be orders through bookshops. has it on sale at the moment - click on the link below:

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my second book and have fun reading it. Tomorrow we switch seasons to Christmas with my book The Special Christmas Bear.

See you then

Friday, 24 May 2013

Three Books - Three Days

I've happily had some great guests, spotlight posts or reviews to do lately, which means I've neglected  my own books. So to remedy the situation I'm going to be posting about one book each day for the next three days.

I'll start with The Guardian of the Globe


After buying a beautiful snow globe, Phoebe finds herself pulled inside! Zoozer the unicorn has been kidnapped by a troll and is being taken to the evil wizard Mishra who wants to steal his powers. Summoned by the sorceress Vivien, Phoebe must find a way to stop him. How will she trick the troll? Will she succeed? Join Phoebe and her new friends Capstan the stag and Skimpish the wood elf as they hurry to catch up with the troll and save Zoozer.

This is a fantasy book for beginners, having short chapters with illustrations, but can easily be used as a bedtime story too.

The Guardian of the Globe is available from most online retailers or you can order it from your local bookshop. Links to amazon where in the UK it is currently on sale.

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my book and have fun reading it for yourself. Come back tomorrow when I will be showcasing Time Slide.
Thanks Marie
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Digitus 233


When Zeph, the adventurous son of a millionaire hid in the cargo hold of the Learjet carrying his brother Zander to camp he had no idea there was anything dark or ominous going on. That was until he watched Zander ejected from the plane onto a barren arctic island and Zeph, trapped on the plane, found himself headed for South America. Will he be able to expose the truth behind Digitus, the world's dominant corporation, or will they succeed in their sinister plan to control his brother and destroy the world?
This is more than an action packed book series; it's a wakeup call to the world. Will we allow ourselves to go blindly into slavery or will we stand up and fight for freedom and our basic human rights before it's too late?
I had heard so much about this book and read some amazing reviews that I had to beg my daughter to let me borrow her kindle so I could download it and read it. And was the begging worth it? You bet it was.

This book is filled with mystery, from teenagers being forced to survive in inhospitable conditions to brain washing. There is spy stuff as a lone teenager sneaks into an instillation with the aid of a monkey - I kid you not - to uncover the sinister truth about an organisation that is planning to take over the world.

This is a fantastic read for teenagers but without overwhelming violence - perfect for boys and girls alike - and I defy the adults not to pick it up and get swept in to it to.

For the chance to read it for yourself go to

I'm going to leave you with a final plea to the author - Please hurry up with the next one :)


Friday, 17 May 2013

Spotlight on...Fateful Night - What She Knew trilogy

Today my beam of light has picked out Fateful Night

About the Authors:

K.R. Hughes
Hughes is an English major from Amarillo, Texas. She now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys writing with her co-author T.L. Burns. They have just finished writing book 2 in the trilogy and are in the editing process.

Hughes enjoys working with budding writers and tutoring English. Her passion is for at-risk teens. She volunteers to help teens realize their potential and find their passion. Hughes has two grown children, Justin and Kayti, and two four legged girls, MayZee and Ruthie.

Find other works by this author in the Historical Romance section, pen name is Kymber Lee, "Treasured Love" and "Lord Tristan's True Love" are both a fun romp written in Regency England in 1811. Lee (Hughes) wrote these novels for her grandmother who is a huge supporter of her work.


T.L. Burns

 As Burns' co-author puts it "She is the foremost researcher and historical guru for our novel "What She Knew Trilogy." They have just finished writing book 2 in the trilogy and are in the process of editing it.

Burns is originally from California (desert region, with mountains), spent nearly 20 years in the panhandle of Texas (again, desert region only without the mountains) and now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. In her words "Trees and flowers everywhere!! Even the weeds are green and lush! I feel like I'm living in a postcard!! And, no wind! The desert regions are sooooo windy."

Burns passion is for at-risk families. She volunteers her time to help the needy, not with a hand-out but with a hand-up. She is married and has two grown sons (best sons in the whole world) and two 4 legged sons, Binford and Digby.

Both authors currently reside in Atlanta, GA where they write and encourage budding authors to follow their dreams. You can connect with them at any of the following social media groups:
Did Marilyn Monroe commit suicide? Did someone get away with an elaborate plot to murder the famous sex goddess? On that “Fateful Night” in August 1962 find out what may have happened to her and why she was killed. Many argue that she was involved in way too many secrets from different factions of the world. She was a smart woman who could play the dumb blonde to attain her stardom yet she unwittingly learned of conspiracy plots and political threats that would not only end her life but that of the current president, John F. Kennedy.
In this fast paced suspense every major player of the early sixties is involved, from the world politicians, to the Rat Pack, to Hollywood, and the mafia. What if Marilyn Monroe had lived and what if what she knew could have saved JFK?
Fact or fiction? What if....
Book Excerpt
With an almighty kick the door crashed open and Peter ran into the bedroom. “Shit! Marilyn!”
Kneeling beside the bed the stench of vomit assailed his nostrils even before he saw it, staining the sheets and pillow around the woman.
“Marilyn, wake up.” He shook her hard enough to force her to stir.
Sighing in relief, he scooped her up, carried her across the room, and out of the house unconscious in his arms. Pushing her into the backseat of his sedan, Peter jumped in and sped away.
“Hang in there, Marilyn. We’re almost there. Don’t die now.”
 To get your copy of Fateful Night click this link:
I want to thank the authors for allowing me to use their photos and an excerpt from their book on my blog.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Dream Series

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.

The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.
When did you start writing?
In high school.  I wrote a short story for the school’s literary magazine.  All through college and grad school I wrote lots of first pages of stories that never went anywhere and a couple of longer stories that I never did anything with.  I finally wrote a novel-length story (the original first draft of Dream Student) 10 years ago or so, and then it sat on my hard drive until last year when I finally got off my behind and did something with it.
How do you fit in writing around your job?
I mostly write at night, and on weekends.  Sometimes there’s an hour or two in the mornings when I get up before my wife, and that’s good writing time, too.
Where did you get your inspiration from?
It comes from everything I experience.  The basic premise of the Dream books just “came to me”, but the setting and some of the minor characters were taken from real life (Crewe University in the first book is a very-thinly disguised version of my college, for example). 
Do you need peace and quiet to write or music?
I usually have classical music on, or opera.  It’s relaxing and familiar.
Do you plan your stories or just start writing?
I just write.  I usually have a general idea where the story will go, but none of the specifics.  Those don’t come until later.  For example, in the second book, I knew there would be multiple suspects who could be trying to kill Sara’s professor, but I didn’t know who they were until “revealed themselves” to me as I was writing.
Did the Dream Series books take long to write? 
It’s taken about a year to write the four books so far.  Each one has taken two months or so, and I needed time in between each one to come up with ideas for the next.  Right now I’m working on a fifth book.  I’m not sure if there’ll be more after that or not.
Were there any surprises along the way?
Lots of them.  Sara’s father emerged as a much more interesting character than I had expected, in the first book.  One of the main subplots of the second book was a total surprise to me.  Sara’s daughter, Lizzie, really steals the third book, and I didn’t expect that at all.  And the entire plot of the fourth book changed completely as I was writing it.

What’s the best and worst thing about being a writer?
The best thing to me is when I hear from a reader that they truly enjoyed my work.  The worst thing, so far, is the business end of things.  Writing the books has been so much easier than trying to sell them.

Find out more about J.J on the link below which also has links to be able to purchase his books.

Thanks to James for being on my blog today


Spotlight on ..... Ontario

 Today my beam of light has landed on Ontario
Book blurb:

“Don’t worry, Ontario, I’ll never leave you. You will always have me here to protect you and your brother.” 

Those words from a childhood memory would haunt Ontario Stratton for the rest of her life. Losing her father had been difficult enough, but her life would change even more drastically at the beginning of her senior year of high school. Only weeks into the school year Mrs. Stratton abandons her two children for a more carefree way of living. Suddenly thrown into a very different life, Ontario clings to her brother Eddy, her new legal guardian, and to no one else. Could she trust anyone anymore? Even her best friend isn’t there for her. . .

In order to feel like less of a burden on her brother, Ontario gets a job at the local fifties-style diner. It is there that she meets her new “family,” including the oh-so-intriguing Austin, the only one who can help her truly heal. In time, Ontario discovers that Austin has his own demons, and that he needs her just as much as she needs him. Some things in Ontario’s life begin to come together again, but others continue to fall apart. Though her world seems to be breaking, she is introduced to a kind of happiness she has never known before, and her new found friends show her that maybe, just maybe, she can learn to love again.

“Ontario is a heart-warming saga with real depth even though it is a YA novel. . . . This book was filled with true-life raw emotion and felt relatable to me. I was drawn into the main character, Ontario from the very first pages. This is a painful story in some ways but not without real optimism and something I admire more than anything, ZEST FOR LIFE!!!” – Brenda Perlin, author of Home Wrecker
“Any girl can follow the feelings, fears, hopes, struggles, and leaps out of the comfort zone - and see yourself. We all want to make it! Ontario is a fighter and teachable. She finds her way by not ignoring her feelings and by accepting love from those around her. This was a great story and I would recommend it to any female reader.” – Lisa M. Bird
More reviews can be found on Goodreads
Author Bio:
Heidi Nicole Bird has been writing for as long as she can remember and it is her favorite thing in the world. Heidi is a regular NaNoWriMo participant and is mostly a young adult fantasy writer, but also likes to write juvenile fiction and other genres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University and she looks forward to exploring the genre of historical fiction. Heidi lives in Utah with her family and three dogs, and loves working from home as a full time writer.
Also by Heidi Nicole Bird, Through the Paper Wall, available from Smashwords and Amazon
Keep up to date with Heidi here:
 Now you've read all about Ontario and you'll want to know where you can get a copy - easy clink on one of these links:
Thanks to Heidi for providing me with all the material for my post and thank you for reading.