Thursday, 23 October 2014

Reading Quest for Young Readers

Writing Fantasy

For me as a children's author, fantasy is the only way to go. Imagine a world where anything is possible! Cool right! And it's a world that you get to create yourself. It's like playing at being God. It can be a place of magic, or somewhere dark and dangerous. You set the rules and watch your characters play out their lives in a realm of your choosing. You can be nice to them and make all their dreams come true, or be totally horrid and shatter their hopes and see them crumble. What could be better than that? Fantasy can come in many forms, from a futuristic planet setting to an ancient past and anything in between. It's very exciting! I love writing fantasy where anything is possible.

I have two fantasy titles that are published, part of a high fantasy three book series that is set in the modern day and in a fantasy realm. I hope to have the third book published soon when it has been through the stages of proofreading and then I am delving into the realms of sci-fi fantasy with my newest novel, Unknown Reality, hopefully next year. Let me tell you a bit about the first two books in my Truth Teller series.

Truth Teller

Book One:

How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop and an even stranger shopkeeper. He gives her a gift that resembles an antique snow dome, but this is not an ordinary globe. The world Charlotte has always known disappears as she’s spirited away into a mystical land.

This is the beginning of a lifelong friendship that changes Charlotte’s life forever. Discovered by a young elf alone in the forest, she embarks on a journey in search of a group of travelling Entertainers. She encounters heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new found companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin. 

But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

The Wrath of Siren

Book Two:

Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Adventure on Nemesis Mountain, by Annie McMahon

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I thought the best way so show off a debut novel is to do a book review. I give you, Adventure on Nemesis Mountain, by Annie McMahon!

Book Review

General Information

Publisher: Annie McMahon
Year of publication: 2014
Number of chapters: 10
Number of pages: 65

Plot summary: (blurb)

Emilio would rather eat a slimy worm than miss the fifth grade field trip. Nemesis Mountain must be full of rare leaf specimens and bugs for his collection. Besides, he needs a break from the playground and Hans’s nonstop teasing. His excitement is squashed when he gets lost in the woods with his worst enemy.

Alone in the forest, the two boys battle to survive the harsh wilderness, facing challenges that will change their lives forever.

Positive points

This children's story has a lot of positive points. What I liked about it is it's an easy read book, perfect for the age group it is targeting. The characters are believable and young readers will be able to relate to them easily. The story tackles the dark matter of bullying but not in a way that makes the story dark like so many middle grade novels that are on the market these days. The issues are blended well with an adventure storyline that leaves a positive outlook and a lesson learned for both parties. What I call a proper children's story.

It is a very well written story with perfect grammar. I challenge anyone to find a mistake in the very well presented book. This is something that is not always renowned in the indie publishing market. But I also know that English is the second language of this impressive author. Annie McMahon grew up speaking only French up until her late teenage years. To me, this makes this even more special. It is great to see there are skilful indie authors out there who have gone through the process of learning the craft of creative writing.

Negative Points

There is not a great deal to say that is negative about this book. Maybe it could have been a bit longer, but it never felt rushed to me at any point. I guess that to make the story any longer you would have to use pointless fillers which wouldn't have really have added anything to the story. I would have liked to have seen maybe a few scenes of the aftermath of the adventure, but the story did end at what I considered a good point.

What makes this book unique

This is a hard one. There are a lot of books out there covering this subject matter. A lot of the classic Disney stories use this format to create some of our much loved films, but if it is a format that works this well, then there is no reason to change it in my humble opinion. Unique doesn't always make the best stories!

Overall Impression

This is a great children's story. It has all the things that children can relate to in any day-and-age. There were many excerpts in the book that reminded me of how I used to think and feel about things at a similar age. There is adventure and morals that should be taught to all children. It has everything a children's book should have.

My Rating:  

Meet the author

Annie McMahon is originally from Canada but now lives in New Jersey. She has a degree in computer programming, but her life took an unexpected turn and she ended up writing stories and articles instead of computer programs. Now she uses every spare minute to write children’s novels and to help other writers succeed.

Her three children have been the inspiration behind many of her short stories, over forty in total. Her flash fiction story, Paradoxical Neighbor, has been published by Nelson Education in a book for 10th graders, Nelson Literacy 10.

Annie has a certificate in copyediting, moderates a critique group for children's writers, and is the editor at UK Children's Publishing.


Twitter: @anniemcmahon20
Goodreads: Annie McMahon
Author page on Amazon:  Annie’s author page
Novel on Amazon: Adventure on Nemesis Mountain

Proofreading Sevices

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