Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Meet MG Author Sarah Sanchez

Greetings from Carpinello's Writing Pages!

It's always amazing how life can get in the way of schedules! I love introducing new authors to my you and keeping you up to date on new books from establishing authors. These last couple of years have been a struggle to do that. So here at Carpinello's Writing Pages, we are starting a new page with a plan to post interviews with new and not-so-new authors for children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults.

Today I'm pleased to introduce Middle Grade author Sarah Sanchez. Read on to see what two countries she calls home!

Here's a bit about Sarah:

I was born in Dallas, Texas. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from Mexico, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people, and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
    Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination.  Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA Vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, was just released in May 2018.  My first MG Fantasy novel entitled the Portal Keeper, is going to be released Oct. 2nd. Darkwalker the third and final installment of The Sunwalker Trilogy is set to be released in December of 2019.



Why did you pick to write books for Middle Grade readers?


My first book series The Sunwalker Trilogy is actually YA but my younger kids thought the books were too scary. My son asked me to write a story with dragons. So that’s how The Portal Keeper came about. It is the first book in The Keeper Archives, which is looking like it will be 4 books in total.

What types of books do you like to read?

I love to read young adult and middle grade. I am typically drawn to fantasy and dystopian novels. I like pretty much anything, although I don’t read a lot of nonfiction.


When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I enjoy hiking, although living in Texas I don’t have a lot of opportunities. I also love food, and enjoy trying out new restaurants and different types of food. I will try pretty much anything, but I don’t want to know what’s in it until after I have tried it.


Tell us about The Portal Keeper and how the story came to be.
I had been thinking about writing a story with a portal in it. One that takes you into a magical land. My son wanted a story with dragons and so I blended the two. It was actually the fastest book I have ever written. It just seemed to flow out of me.



Here's a peek at The Portal Keeper:

A mysterious portal, which opens at dawn and closes again at dusk, is located deep in the woods and kept secret from the vast majority of the people who inhabit the kingdom of Rastella. Only a few are aware of its existence and fewer understand the confusing prophecy that accompanies it.

Now, Ajax Maxwell, who is approaching his 14th birthday and has been in training for the past 2 years, is preparing to fulfill his family’s legacy by becoming the next keeper. But Ajax is afraid. He’s worried that he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him and will let down his family, like his brother Axel did when he took over from their father and then promptly disappeared.

When the prince of Rastella comes to visit for the first time, accompanied by Ajax’s childhood friend Nivara, it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. In an accident, the prince falls into the portal and Ajax knows that it’s up to him to go and get him back.

With the knowledge that nobody who has entered it has ever returned, Ajax and Nivara go through the portal to try to save the prince. But what Ajax finds inside, and what he discovers about the prophecy, will test him to his limits.


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

I have a YA vampire series called The Sunwalker Trilogy. It’s my take on the origin of vampires.


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

The last book in The Sunwalker Trilogy, Darkwalker, is getting edited, and I have just finished the first draft for the sequel to The Portal Keeper.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Keep persevering, write a little everyday and find people to read your books who will tell you the truth. It’s hard finding people who will point out the faults in your work.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Twitter
https://twitter.com/authorstsanchez

Blog
https://authorstsanchez.blogspot.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/authors.t.sanchez/

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16847543.S_T_Sanchez

Instagram
@thekeeperarchives

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Portal-Keeper-Archives-Book-ebook/dp/B07XCRVCVL/

Anything else you want readers to know?

No matter if you read my book or another authors, reviews mean so much, not just to authors but to readers too.  So don’t forget to write a review. Don’t forget to check out the Portal Keeper on Amazon or other fine stores.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019



Thanks for stopping by! Take a look at this brand-new fantasy adventure story with a hint of romance by author Annie Douglass Lima. 
You can download a copy of the ebook for free between July 9th and 11th!

Book Description:
    Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
   Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.
   Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.
   But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?



Click here to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now! 

Click here to see King of Malorn on Goodreads.

Series Information:


King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals of Alasia. But don't worry if you haven't read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 

Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal 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. 
The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia. 

In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap. 

I also have a short ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs up for my mailing list (to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).

Author Biography:

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

Author Contact Info:

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com





Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/anniedouglasslima




Friday, June 28, 2019

Meet American Historical Author Robyn Echols






My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.





The daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, Diantha Ames was raised and educated to be a lady. Surviving the Civil War as a child, her family, in a desperate, but ultimately unsuccessful bid to save the property of both her father and her uncle, arranges a marriage between her and her first cousin. Although not a love match, she and Eugene were amiable. As information about her husband comes to light after his death in the Gold King Mine disaster that took so many lives in Wildcat Ridge, she is left with her husband’s hotel and postmaster position to fill—and a lot of questions.

With Diantha’s former laundress gone, she hires Hilaina Dowd, whose family hails from the mountains of Appalachia. Hilaina loyally stays with her mother who wishes to live out her life in Wildcat Ridge and be buried next to her husband who died in the mine disaster.

Henry “Hank” Cauley is branded a failure after refusing to be part of his father’s Salt Lake City brick-making business and then losing his stationary and book store business. To bury him far away, his brother and conniving sister-on-law use their political influence with the territorial Congressional representative to award him the postmaster position in Wildcat Ridge. He arrives in town to take over the position starting the first of September only to discover the postmistress, Diantha, knows nothing about the change, and is not relieved she no longer is obligated to fill this position originally awarded to her deceased husband. Finding himself surrounded by those loyal to the soft-spoken, Southern lady, is he destined to also be a failure in Wildcat Ridge?

Buckley “Buck” Kramer, wrangler on the Grassy Fork Ranch in Colorado, has not been totally satisfied with his lot ever since the trip he took to Wildcat Ridge earlier in the summer with his boss and best friend now he sees the happiness of family life the two men enjoy after they brought back wives. When two trail-worn young brothers stumble onto the ranch looking for a meal and permanent jobs, but are told with winter coming on there is only room for one, Buck insists on leaving in order to keep the brothers together. Is Buck really dissatisfied with his job on the ranch, or is this an excuse to return to Wildcat Ridge and the woman he has not been able to get out of his mind?
  
Diantha, Book 14, is a stand-alone novel. However, you might enjoy it best by reading all the books in the series, The Widows of Wildcat Ridge. Also, my other book in the series, Nissa, Book 3, was written to be a duet with Diantha—a series within a series. You might also enjoy reading Nissa if you have not already done so.



  
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Snippet:

Upon seeing the child’s features for the first time, Diantha’s throat tightened and threatened to close off her breath. Her chest seized. She forced herself to inhale and willed a smile on her face as she stooped down and handed the boy the treat. “There you go, Eddie.” She studied him up close for a few seconds before she stood once more and looked over at Sarah, who wore a stricken expression. “Eddie. Did I hear his name right?”
          “Yes. He was named after his grandfather.”
          Diantha turned to once again study the boy, oblivious to the crumbs now scattered on his cheeks and dropping on her floor, as he happily munched on his cookie. “Edward is a fine name. We have Edwards in my family, also.”
          Her uncle, Eugene’s father, had been named Edward Eugene. The older brother lost in the War Between the States had been named Edward.




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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Meet YA Romance Author Britney Mills






Britney Mills was born in Utah but parts of her heart lie in Boston, Washington D.C. and Germany. Her love of writing began with the third grade book her teacher assigned her to write and she spent hours hidden behind her mother's couch writing pages and pages about knights and castles. Now she writes about romance. Go figure.

When she's not mothering her 4 small children, writing or reading, she's probably out playing a sport, going on a hike, or binge watching a murder mystery series. The way to her heart is through homemade chocolate chip cookies and five minutes peace.







A self-made billionaire, his real estate agent and three weeks to find the right property.
Jackson Walker hasn't had the best family life. Growing up in the foster system in Australia, it wasn’t until he met his college football coach that he understood what a normal family looked like. When he gets the call that Coach has passed away, he returns to California for the funeral and to find a place to honor the man. 

Hailey Montgomery threw herself into real estate soon after breaking up with her boyfriend nearly five years ago. She’s been working to build a name for herself and when the chance to make partner at her firm becomes available, she jumps at the chance. But the only way to achieve that distinction is to find a commercial property for the guy she’s nicknamed ‘Golden Boy’ from all the stories her father told about him. 

As spending time together brings them closer, the trust between them is called into question. Can they work through what’s happened in their individual pasts to create a relationship that will last?


  
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Snippet:

"Hailey brushed her mom’s hair for a moment and then asked, “What will you do now?”
Her mom sat up and looked at her. “What do you mean?”
“I mean, you and Dad did everything together. You traveled with him to so many games. What will you do with your time now?”
Her mom gave her a look of irritation. “I loved your father dearly, and I am so grateful for all the years we had together. But don’t think for a minute that I’ll sit and have a pity party.”
Hailey raised an eyebrow. “What do you call this?” Her mom swatted her across the shoulder.

“It’s okay to cry when you’ve lost the love of your life. And I’ll probably have moments like that down the road. But I’ve got you, Junior and Penny to worry about.” She gave Hailey a half-smile and said, “When you get married, you’ll understand what it’s like. That you give up parts of yourself to gain so many others. I’m not the same person I was before I met your father, and I’m grateful for that journey.”





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