Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meet YA Annie Douglass Lima

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes author Annie Douglass Lima. Annie writes fantasy fiction and could be called a citizen of the World!

First, a bit about Annie:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books: one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry.

Why did you pick to write books for YA?

It’s not so much that I picked that. The stories came to me, and when I wrote them, that ended up being the age group they fit best.

What types of books do you like to read?

My favorites are science fiction and fantasy.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

Read, travel, and scrapbook!

Tell us about The Collar and the Cavvarach and how the story came to be.

The Collar and the Cavvarach
takes place in a world very much like our own, except that slavery is legal there. The main character, Bensin, is a teenage slave who is trying to protect and free his younger sister Ellie. He’s an athlete, and he competes in a martial art called cavvara shil, with all the prize money going to his owner, of course.

It’s hard to say exactly how the idea came to me. It just grew gradually in my mind until Bensin and the others were as real to me as my family and friends. I drafted the novel in November 2013 for National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve been working on editing and polishing it ever since.

Here's a peek at The Collar and the Cavvarach:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

I have a fantasy series called the Annals of Alasia. Each book deals with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn.  Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. In the Enemy’s Service features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap, but the books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own. I also have a shorter book in the series, Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews, that presents interrviews with the characters from the three main books. In it, they answer questions about their backgrounds, interests, and motivations. It helps give some interesting insights into their actions in the stories. This book is actually available for free on Amazon.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I’m currently working on the sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach. It’s called The Gladiator and the Guard. In addition, I’m putting the finishing touches on the next book in the Annals of Alasia.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Don’t try to write a scene perfectly the first time or get frustrated if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped. Just get your ideas on paper in whatever rough form you need to; never mind selecting just the right words or fixing any mistakes. Leave the scene alone for a few days, and when you come back to it, read through it and smooth out the obvious errors. Read through it again later and work on polishing it up a little more, and then a little more the next time, and so on. I’ve found that it usually takes lots of passes before I’m satisfied with something I’ve written. Trying to make it perfect the first time is stressful and next to impossible, at least for me.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Here are some ways you can connect with me online:

Amazon Author Page
Google Plus

The Collar and the Cavvarach is available:

Annals of Alasia series is available:
Prince of Alasia Amazon
In the Enemy's Serivce Amazon
Prince of Malorn Amazon

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BookElves Anthology Volume 2 & The 67th Kid Lit Blog Hop

This week I want to share with you the announcement that the new BookElves Anthology Volume 2 will be out in time for Christmas. 

In 2013, twelve authors of books for young readers got together for a Christmas promotion. That promotion evolved into the first Anthology in 2014, to entertain readers, young and old, during the winter holiday season.

Now, in 2015, we are pleased to be publishing our second BookElves Anthology. Not all authors—now numbering thirteen—contribute a story each year depending on their writing schedules. Still we hope you will pick up a copy as we are sure you will enjoy the variety of stories in each Anthology.

The BookElves are Cheryl Carpinello, Rebecca Douglass, Julie Grasso, Fiona Ingram, M. G. King, Wendy Leighton-Porter, S. W. Lothian, Annaliese Matheron, Christine Maziarz, Jemima Pett, S. Smith, L. Snodgrass, and Ben Zackheim.

Here is the cover of my short story Guardian of a Princess:

The BookElves Anthology Volume 1 is available as an eBook and a paperback. You can find it at Amazon, Smashwords, and other online stores. EBook copies of Volume 1 are free.

And now,

Welcome to the 67th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists.

 On this Hop, Carpinello's Writing Pages interviews
YA Fantasy author Eric Price

Remember, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!


Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger


Music Teaching and Parenting

Pragmatic Mom

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

Spark and Pook

Music Teaching and Parenting

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

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Meet YA Fantasy Author Eric Price

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes author Eric Price. He writes the Saga of the Wizards fantasy series as well as science fiction and children's stories. Eric is also a fellow Muse It Up author.

First, a bit about Eric:

Eric Price lives with his wife and two sons in northwest Iowa. He began publishing in 2008 when he started writing a quarterly column for a local newspaper. Later that same year he published his first work of fiction, a spooky children’s story called Ghost Bed and Ghoul Breakfast. Since then, he has written stories for children, young adults, and adults. Three of his science fiction stories have won honorable mention from the CrossTime Annual Science Fiction Contest. His first YA fantasy novel, Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Literary Classics Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, The Squire and the Slave Master, scheduled for a 2015 release, continues the Saga of the Wizards.

Why did you pick to write books for Young Adults?

I write YA right now because that’s where the stories I have fit best. I’ve also written a middle grade book, but I haven’t submitted it to publishers yet. Once I finish the Saga of the Wizards, I hope to try my hand at some adult novels too.

What types of books do you like to read?

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Classics, Horror…really, I’m easy to please, it depends on what mood I’m in.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

We travel a lot. I also work on my wife’s family’s farm.

Tell us about The Squire and the Slave Master and how the story came to be.

The Squire and the Slave Master has roots all the way back to the rewriting of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. I wrote Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud long before I ever sent it to a publisher. When I finally decided it had aged on my hard drive long enough (and at my wife’s persuasion), I started submitting it to publishers. I got a few form rejections before Muse It Up Publishing rejected it but with conditions that, if I would meet them, they’d take another look.

In the time it sat on my computer, I had thought of a second story taking place in the same world. I decided to introduce the main character of this second book in Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. So I went about rewriting it with Muse It Up’s suggestions, while introducing this new character at the beginning of the story and probably bringing her back at the end.

Well, it didn’t work exactly as I had intended. Yara insisted on sticking around for the bulk of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, and I liked her character so much I didn’t fight it. Now she goes from being a secondary character to the main character in her own book…and you can bet she’ll find a way into book three.

Here's a peek at The Squire and the Slave Master:

Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud chronicled Yara, Owen, and Cedric’s quest to revive King Kendrick from a dark, magical spell. After the adventure to save King Kendrick, for Yara, everyday life has grown monotonous. The dull work of learning her father’s blacksmithing trade, and the pressure from her parents to decide what she plans on doing with her life, has her nerves so stressed she snaps at her father’s slightest teasing.

Lucky for her, a surprise messenger from the castle brings the king’s request for her to join a collaborative mission between the Central and Western Domains of Wittatun to stop a recently discovered slave operation in a land to the west. King Kendrick and Owen want her to accompany the mission as a secret weapon disguised as a squire.

She has to keep secret not only her magical abilities from any possible traitors, but also her gender. The people of the Western Domain have a superstition prohibiting girls from sailing. But a chill wind carries the distinct odor of sabotage. Can one girl survive to destroy an evil rooted much deeper than mere slavery?

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

I mentioned the MG book above. I wrote it at my oldest son’s request. When he put it together that I write books, he asked if I’d write a book about his favorite baseball player, Yadier Molina. I told him I wouldn’t because I had no idea where to begin at getting rights to do such a thing, but instead I offered to write him a book about a kid whose favorite player is Yadier Molina. He agreed to my compromise. I have to go through it again before I can start trying to find a publisher. Something’s not quite right yet, but I haven’t figured out what.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I’m well into the third and final book from the Saga of the Wizards titled A Wizard Reborn. Owen and Yara will have to put all their skills to use to stop—well, let’s allow people to read The Squire and the Slave Master before we tell them too much about A Wizard Reborn.

What advice do you have for other authors?

My “go-to” advice recently has been aimed at aspiring authors: Write your own story. Don’t try to write the next Harry Potter, or Divergent, or whatever. These stories have already been written. If you’re going to put in the effort to write, make it something original.

Anything else you want readers to know?

For the month of September, I’ve had an interesting project running on my website/blog. I’ve been working with an American Literature high school class in Nantes, France. For one of their projects, they read the first two chapters of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud before breaking into groups and writing what they though should come next. I posted their versions, one each day, from September 2-17. It’s too late to vote for your favorites, but the project is still worth reading. Here’s a link to the introduction post:

Where can readers find you and your books?

The best place to see what I’m doing:
My Website

If you like social media, you can also find me here:
I have accounts on some other social sites too, but I don’t use them much.

My books are available wherever eBooks are sold:

 Muse It Up
 Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Princelings of the East Series
Book Tour 

About Author Jemima Pett:

I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old. I still have a small booklet I found in my mother’s box of treasures, written in a very childish hand, entitled The Little Stream. It reads very much like the story of Smetana’s Vltava, or The Moldau as it was called when I was young, so I must have been into classical music at an early age (I blame my brothers’ influence). My early fiction attempts failed for want of suitable inspiration: I couldn’t get characters or plot that seemed interesting, and my first attempts were derided by a ‘friend’. I had the bug for writing, though, and wrote articles and event reports for newsletters and magazines whenever I got the opportunity. My career in business and in environmental research kept me chained to a desk for many years, but also gave me the opportunity to write manuals, reports, science papers, blogs, journals, anything and everything that kept the words flowing. Finally the characters jumped into my head with stories that needed to be told….
I now live in a village in Norfolk, UK, with my guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for the Princelings stories. 

The Princelings of the East Series

Book 1—The Princelings of the East
Genre – MG/Fantasy/Scifi
Publication Date – November 2011 (paperback June 2015)
Length (Pages/# Words) – 158 / 37,300
Publisher – Princelings Publications
Cover Artist – Danielle English

Book 2—The Princelings and the Pirates
Genre – MG/Fantasy/Scifi
Publication Date – January 2012 (paperback June 2015)
Length (Pages/# Words) – 181 / 39,000
Publisher – Princelings Publications
Cover Artist – Danielle English

Book 3—The Princelings and the Lost City
Genre – MG/Fantasy/Scifi
Publication Date – May 2012 (paperback June 2015)
Length (Pages/# Words) – 270 / 58.600
Publisher – Princelings Publications
Cover Artist – Danielle English

Book Synopses

The Princelings of the East is an adventure set in a world of labyrinthine castles, bustling inns, and the curious Isle of Hattan. It is the start of a saga where friendship and intelligence are rewarded, even in the face of treachery and deceit.

Princelings George and Fred leave the security of their isolated castle to solve the problem of the Great Energy Drain, meeting the dubious businessman Hugo, the young barkeeper Victor, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, and other movers and shakers. Who should these two innocents trust? Their wits and teach other, for sure, but when something comes between them, each is left to his own devices, and some of those devices are very strange indeed – and time is of the essence.

The Princelings and the Pirates shows our heroes, Princelings Fred and George, enjoying life with their inventions at Castle Buckmore. Oblivious to the kidnap of a princess from Chateau Dimerie, they are despatched there by Prince Lupin to discover why the wine hasn't been delivered and solve the case of the missing messengers.

What follows is the stuff of nightmares. Captured by pirates, sent off on different ships, Fred endures hardship and shipwreck while George has a dangerous night escape. They discover treachery at their home castle, and lead the people they have rescued to safety, only to end up fighting for their lives in the Battle of Dimerie.

The Princelings and the Lost City is the completion of the trilogy. A mystery is uncovered in the Prologue (which is unravelled in Book 5), then the story moves to more familiar territory as our heroes, Princelings Fred and George, wait at Castle Buckmore for the arrival of Princess Kira from Dimerie in a flying machine. George's power plant invention is overtaken by his enthusiasm for flying, but Fred is upset by Kira's strange behavious after the visit a legendary 'lost' castle in the middle of a forest.

What is the secret of the Lost City? Are the old wives' tales, of a civilisation ruled by females where no male dare set foot, true after all? Will Fred and his friend escape with their lives? How many times can Princess Kira be kidnapped in one story? The path of true love runs anything but smoothly in this tale of love, bravery, cruelty and loss.


1 x $25 gift card/PayPal cash (paypal cash is much easier for me to deliver)
1 x set of the six Princelings of the East paperbacks
5 x  1 signed print of a chapter illustration of the winner's choice (approx. half letter-sized/A5, unmounted)

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Here is an exciting excerpt from Book 3—The Princelings and the Lost City

A strange noise crept into their consciousness, a sort of buzzing.  It changed tone, skipped a beat and sometimes stopped altogether. The princelings looked out, straining to see what was making the noise. Fred stared down the road as far as the bridge; George gazed up into the sky as if he was dreaming.
“There ….there..they..ther….” he stuttered and pointed for Fred to locate.
“What?” said Fred, following the direction and wondering why he was pointing into the sky. There was some sort of bird flying towards them.
“I w-wond-ered … a ffly-ing ma-ma-sheen.” In his excitement, George was having trouble getting any words out at all. He slipped off the window seat and went over to a pile of papers beside his bed. He selected one near the top of the pile and brought it back to Fred.
“M. Bleriot demonstrates flying machine at Fortune,” read the headline. Underneath was a picture of a very dashing French person with a helmet and goggles standing next to a funny tube with two boards sticking out of it on either side.
Fred glanced at it, held it close to look at the machine in more detail and dropped the paper to look at the sky. A very similar machine was now approaching the last stretch of road before it turned to come into the castle itself.
“Oh my goodness,” said Fred, his eyes wide in panic. “She’ll be killed!”

Links for Jemima & The Princelings series

The Princelings of The East