Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Paragon by Shauna Alderson

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Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.

When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in “A Handbook on Paragonhood”, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone—and into the dangerous streets of Grandin—to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.

Randi’s not the only one with a secret, though, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.

With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?

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Louis comes into view as I round the corner of the restaurant into the simple, well-kept yard. He's facing the other way, holding a wooden staff, not even wearing a coat. I'm about to call out and let him know I'm there, but before I can, he spins in a circle, extending the stick as gracefully as if it were a part of his arm. His movements are soft and flowing as he twists around a large cobbled circle in the middle of the yard. It looks like a gentle dance, but it's evident from the way he maneuvers the stick and guards his torso that it's also a fight.

Louis comes back to a neutral position and bows to an invisible adversary before him. “That was the swan,” he says, making me jump. “And this is the dragon.”

He steps aggressively, each strike hard and fierce. He jabs the staff out before him and twirls, nearly horizontal with it. A few stances later, he accidentally whacks himself in the shoulder with the practice weapon.

He bursts out laughing. “It’s not my best form.” He approaches me while massaging his shoulder. “Good thing you’re not my grandma, or you’d make me practice until I got it right.”

“I like the swan better, anyway.”

“Me too.” He blinks as a raindrop falls on his cheek. We both turn to the sky as thunder rumbles in the distance. “Looks like it’ll be a downpour.”

About the AuthorShauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up", she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz

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He’s the boy who wants to disappear.

One mistake and seventeen-year-old Shake LeCasse lost everything. Now there’s no going back and no way to move forward. The once-popular Varsity hockey captain is living in the basement of a grandmother he barely knows, ditching school, avoiding friends and working hard on self-destruction.

She’s the girl nobody sees.

Cleo Lee survives however she can. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes, and saving Mr. Popular isn’t part of the plan. Telling him the truth about the night that destroyed his life is downright dangerous. She needs to keep quiet, be smart and let the guy she’s been half in love with since middle school throw away a future she’d do anything to have. Too bad she sucks at playing it safe.

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His moment of vulnerability is my moment of insanity:

“Wanna get food?” he asks.

There are only two of us in the car, but he must be asking someone else. I say nothing and assume he’ll realize his mistake.




My mouth works for a moment or two before I produce actual words. “No money.”

“I’ll buy.”

“Are you being nice to me?”



“I’m wasted. And hungry.” He shrugs. “And I owe you.”

This is exciting stuff, but I can’t walk downtown with him. There are limits to my risk taking. I’d be safer running in traffic blindfolded and carrying sharp scissors.

“We could grab some burgers or something,” he offers, sounding hesitant, as if he expects to be turned down.

His moment of vulnerability is my moment of insanity, because I hear myself saying, “Pizza?”


“Get cheese. No pepperoni. Pick it up. I’ll meet you back here.”

“Wait. What?”

“Pay attention. Just cheese dude. We’ll meet up.”


“Cuz I don’t like pepperoni.”

“No. Why meet?”

“Keep up Sasquatch. I don’t like meat on my pizza.”

“Not meat. Meet. M...E...E...T.”

“Are we still talking about pepperoni?”

“If I’m paying, pepperoni is non-negotiable,” he decides. “I’m asking why we can’t just go together.”

“Cuz you didn’t buy me a corsage and rent a tux. And I got shit to do. Put on your big boy pants. I’ll catch up with you.”

“What shit?”

“Regular shit,” I snap. “None-of-your-business shit.”

“Bullshit. With all your practice you should be better at lying.” He pushes me upright, jerking the bud out of my ear and adjusting so we’re facing each other. “What’s the problem Cleo?”

I don’t look at him as I feed him a teaspoon of honesty. “Me. You. Not a good idea.”

He tilts his head down to catch my eye and his hair flops in his face. God I love those fat blonde curls. I want to pull them straight and watch them bounce back. I want to feel them slide through the spaces between my fingers while I devour that mouth, which is frowning in a really adorable way.

“Explain it to me, Cleo. What’s going on right now?”

“Nobody wants to see us hanging out together.”

“So this is about a bunch of nobodies?”

About the Author: Emily Award Finalist and Melody Of Love Award Finalist, Charisse M Moritz divides her life between upstate NY and northern Florida. When not barricaded inside her writing cave or enjoying every possible minute with her husband and three kids, you’ll find her listening to 60’s music, singing offkey and looking for new reads.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm by D.G. Priya

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My name is Merlin Raj. Usually, I only have to worry about being the best service dog. I help my boy, Matthew, walk at school. But when my human Mom has to go away for winter break, getting ready for the holiday becomes a mess. I might be a super-smart golden retriever who wears glasses, but could I help my best friend with more than a disability?


Will a class on algorithms get me barking up the right Christmas tree?


Merlin Raj, The Santa Algorithm is the first installment in the Merlin Raj, Computer Science Service Dog chapter-book series. With a Computer Science degree and a passion for preparing kids for the future, author D. G. Priya blends technology with animal stories to stimulate a desire to read. Each book in the series introduces a new programming skill, complete with study guides for educators. If you or your child like delightful dog tales, practical examples, and accessible learning tools, then you’ll love D. G. Priya’s tail-wagging adventure.

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As Miss Babbage said, a task could be done using an algorithm.

Algorithm 1: I could nudge Matthew into distracting Peter and throw the jingle-bell Sugar-O’s into the cart. Then, Dad would notice and throw them right back out.

So, algorithm 1 = fail.

About the Author:
D.G. Priya is the pen name of Bestselling Author Priya Ardis. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, #6 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2014) and #8 (US News, 2020) in Computer Science. Her advocacy of early education in computing and the challenges of childhood disabilities come from her experience as a parent and volunteer. Her love of dog stories comes from the antics of her own golden retriever.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Prophecy by Erin Pemberton

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Why do you write juvenile fiction? What draws you to it?

What draws me to juvenile fiction, I suppose I would have to answer, it’s the genre I prefer to read. I’m not sure why I like it so well. For me, it’s a more engaging read. It seems to happen faster, versus having to take a while to step up. I actually really didn’t get into the fantasy world as much until I read the Harry Potter series. I love all mythical creatures or creatures that the imagination can think up. I don’t want to read about real life instances because I’m surrounded by real life. I want a break from reality, which is why I turn to young adult fantasy.

What books were your favorite as a youth and why?

Actually, when I was younger, I liked a whole other type of book. For instance, I was a big fan of the Little House on the Prairie books. What drew me most to those, were the foods they ate. I loved to hear the descriptions of their foods. Mind you, they were never foods that I would have ever considered eating myself, but I loved to hear what they thought of it. From there, it changed to mysteries and the Baby Sitters Club series to romance. Now, solely young adult fiction.

What’s your favorite sweet treat?

My candy preferences change according to what’s available. First of all, I will still choose candy over a real meal any day of the week. It’s why I have to exercise so hard now. For fall or around Halloween time, I love candy corn and those mallow pumpkins. Around Valentine’s Day, I always have bags of those conversation hearts. For Easter, it’s jellybeans. In fact, I have a huge bag of those hidden away in my cabinets. I don’t like to share my candy with my kids. Every other day of the year, I love Albanese gummy bears. Once you have Albanese, you’ll never go back.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I wanted to be a teacher so I could have my summers off. Which worked out for me, because that’s actually what my full time career is. I’m actually in the process of switching from a teacher to a preschool supervisor, but I still get to have my summer and other holidays off with my kids. Being a published author is bucket list item for me and a hobby that I enjoy doing when I have five minutes to spare.

What superpower would you love to have? Why?

I would love to be able to fly. I think it’s one of my more popular dreams. In my dreams, it’s such a freeing experience, that I can’t help thinking how wonderful it would be if I could do it all the time. Things too stressful at work, boom go for a flight. Want to get to the beach quicker, time for a flight. See, so many things you can accomplish that way and you get to enjoy a little freedom along the way.

What book is on your nightstand currently?

I am currently reading two books right now. Physik in the Septimus Heap series and In the Hand of the Goddess which is a part of the Song of the Lioness series. The last book is on my treadmill right now though because I have to read in order to stay on it longer than five minutes. I get bored easily.

Hunger Games or Twilight? Why?

Twilight, definitely. I had a lot of trouble making it through the first five chapters of the Hunger Games before tapping out. I originally tried reading it because that’s what my son was really interested in. I couldn’t stick with it. It just didn’t catch my interest and I didn’t like the idea of making a game out of someone else’s suffering.

Favorite hot beverage. Why?

I love coffee with lots of creamer. In fact, it’s a little bit of coffee with eighty percent creamer. I don’t like the taste of straight coffee, but the creamer in it is tasty! Just a great way to start the morning. Although, because of the amount of creamer that I put in it, I only allow myself to have it twice a week and that’s usually Friday and Saturday morning.

Ideal summer vacation.

I adore the beach. There is nothing that I don’t like about it. Every year since the time that I married my husband, we have gone to North Myrtle Beach and I love it. I love getting up in the morning with my husband and taking long walks with him by the water, finding sea shells and seeing all the dogs out for their morning walks. I love body surfing in the waves with my husband and kids. I love the sound that the waves make and seeing all the people out. We watch the pelicans diving and we look for geckos in the sand. Then there is family outings to all that North Myrtle Beach has to offer. It is something that I look forward to every year.

You’re stranded on a desert island—which character from your book do you want with you? Why?

I would take Erek or Jack because both of those characters are based off of my husband. So, I would see it as bringing my good looking husband with me. He’s one of my favorite people in the world and I don’t go many places without him.

In a land plagued by war, King Dorvin and Queen Shiara are expecting their first child. They are excited until the good fairies tell of a prophecy; that their daughter is the key to winning the war against the Shadow tribes. To protect her, mages of the kingdom create a tower to keep her and her guardian hidden until her eighteenth birthday. When Ella turns 18 she leaves the tower, only to find that her parents are dead and the Shadow tribes now control the kingdom. Trained as a warrior, and aided by the good fairies, Ella must now bring her subjects together and prepare for the final war.

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“You love her, don’t you?” Jack asked quietly, his eyes never leaving Erek’s.

“Does it matter? She and I can never be together.” The sadness of this truth rang through Erek, nearly making him fall to the floor and weep. He’d waited his whole life for her. “You love her as well.”

Jack nodded his head. “Where does that leave us? What are we going to do?”

Erek feeling more tired and older than his twenty-five years replied, “It leaves us fighting for the same thing. Once this is all over, we’ll figure out the rest. For right now, we need to be content that when one of us isn’t around watching over her, the other is.”

Jack ran a hand over his newly shaved head, his eyes turned to the floor and nodded.

Erek looked at him, seeing so much of himself in this man of light. The same eyes, the same stature, the same look. Even their movements and choice of haircuts were the same. Right down to the chin strap they both wore. Erek never thought of it before, but it were almost if they were the same man. “Do you think, if we lived in another world, that we might be the same person? Me being the darker side and you the lighter?”

Jack looked up at this, his eyes wide and his mouth set in a straight line. “I’ve thought it several times actually. There are times when I’m convinced I passed by a mirror when I see you.”

Erek nodded before turning back to look at the storm brewing. He heard Jack quietly head down the stairs, leaving him to his thoughts. Ella would be safe in Jack’s hands when Erek was no longer there to protect her. He was sure of it. If Jack felt anywhere close to the way he felt, Erek knew she would be loved the way she deserved.

About the Author:
I’m just a small town girl, living in Ohio and making up worlds for my characters to live in. A preschool teacher by day, I live with my amazing husband while dreaming of walking hand in hand with him on the beach just searching for seashells. Together, we have five incredible kids, who are starting to make their way in this world as they take on college, high school, and elementary school. I love Christmas, the beach, seashells, painting, reading anything fantasy related, and in my very little spare time, creating new worlds for others to enjoy.

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