Sunday, August 7, 2022

Keep Moving Forward


ASTONISHMENT best describes my feeling as I prepared to write a new author interview and saw the last time I posted here! How could it have been January 2022?!! A lot of water has gone under the bridge since December 2021, but even more has flooded that bridge threatening to destroy it. It hasn't been an easy 9 months, but I've kept moving forward, although sometimes just barely moving. My eyes have always looked forward to better times, and here's hoping those are closer.

I'm going to push the author interview to the next post and provide you with an update on my writing. I have kept writing, but the progress slower considerably in the first half of this year. Still, there was progress. And that's what matters.

Although technically published in December 2021, I've never shared this book series here until now. You will notice that neither has it made it to the sidebar yet. Need a little more time for that. And I will add the entire series.

Grandma's Tales 3 and Grandpa's Tales 3 added two more delightful and entertaining tales to this series: Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale.

As always, these stories are crafted with repeating phrases giving children the experience of reading the story on their own. These experiences also help readers become confident in reading out loud.




Vampires in the Backyard will push young (& older) readers to explore their own imaginations using the extended metaphor that builds this story.









A Fish Tale is the retelling of a story told to me by a earnest young man who believed it because he lived it!

I'm so excited to finally announce the upcoming publication of my newest series The Feathers of the Phoenix! Book 1, The Atlantean Horse is set for release on September 23, 2022. 


Steeped in Ancient Mystery and Prophecy. 

Hunted by 4 Deadly Biblical Horsemen.

Rosa and Jerome embark upon a perilous quest to find and retrieve the First of Five Phoenix Feathers.

When found Atlantis will rise again so it's people can return home. But many dangers await these two and, unknown at the start, a very personal connection. 

Currently, the eBook is available for pre-order at these sites:


The paperback will be available for pre-order in a few days as well as more eBook sellers. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

To Be a Fae Guardian Release


Carpinello's Writing Pages is pleased to present the newest YA Fantasy release by Colorado author Tricia Copeland!


Title: To Be a Fae Guardian
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairies
Editor: Jo Michaels, Indie Books Gone Wild
Cover Designer: Elanor Lloyd-Jones, Shower of Schmidt Designs
Publication Date: January 20th, 2022

She may be the only fae standing between her realm and the evil lurking below. Will Titania be given the power she needs?

Titania defeats a group of creatures threatening to colonize Middle Earth. In ending them she broke not one but two edicts of the High Council. But justice may fall on the only person holding the key to her ability to defend the fae.

The evil spirits manifesting the terrorists lurk below, lying in wait to strike again. With loss of a much-needed ally, she lacks freedom to learn what the realm may be facing. Worse yet, many, even some most trusted compatriots, distance themselves from the reckless Queen she’s painted to be.

Her power shackled and left alone, Titania loses faith in her once clear path.

Can she find her footing in time to save them all from eternal darkness?

To Be a Fae Guardian is the second book in the Realm Chronicles series, continuing a magical journey into the realm of Middle Earth. If you like dauntless heroines, you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s gripping fantasy.

Get To be a Fae Guardian to spiral into a new world.

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About the Author:
Tricia believes in finding magic. She thinks magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset, or a book that transports us to another world. An avid runner and Georgia native, Tricia now lives with her family and four-legged friends in Colorado. Find all her titles from contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Meet Children's Author JD Wise on his Pump Up Your Book Tour


Here's  a bit about JD Wise: 
JD Wise is a West Virginian-born author who believes that the world can be changed for the better, by one person, one time, doing the right thing.
“Just think what would happen if we all did that,” said Wise.
Wise is happily married to the love of his life. Together, they have four wonderful children, who are the true inspiration for the book.
He is also camera-shy!
Why did you pick to write books for children/MG/YA?
My first children's book A Child Called YOU started out as an art project that I was playing around with one day, and it just bloomed into a book.
"I like to see the face of smiling children who love to read! The satisfaction this brings is truly amazing. I spend my time thinking of new book ideas and how I can use my work to inspire the younger generation all around the world."

What types of books do you like to read, and what do you do when you are not writing?
I think that the only books that I have read in the last few years have been picture books (I have a four year old).  It's Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler is our number one book. When I'm not writing, I spend a lot of time in the woods and outdoors. I work in my garden and keep the yard up.
Tell us about Nomophobia and how the story came to be. 
Nomophobia is a book about 3 modern-day children who are addicted to their cell phones.  The thought process started when I was at the doctor's office with one of my children. The waiting room was full that day. The nurse called one child but he would not go in until the game on the phone was over. Another time, a boy in the family told his grandma that he didn't need to learn how to tell time because if he wanted to know what time it was - then he'd just ask the phone.
Nomophibia is a somewhat true, mostly exaggerated story of modern-day children - children who have spent way too much time on their phones.
Here's a peek at Nomophobia:

Hello, Reader. My name is Joe. Welcome to NOMOPHOBIA. This is a somewhat true, mostly exaggerated story of myself and my siblings. We use to spend all day, every day on our phones. TEXT. CHAT. TWEET. PLAY A GAME. REPEAT. That's how we spent our day. At least that was until... our overused smart phones mysteriously turned us into ogres.
How do you go about researching for your stories?
This story was very easy to research. Children are always on their phones. You can go anywhere, at any time, and find a kid on a phone. The fit starts when you try to take away the phone to have them do something else. Doors slam, feet stomp, the ogre appears.
Have you written other books? if so, tell us a bit about them.
Yes. My first book is A Child Called YOU published by Mascot Books. This book is about You. The reader, you. This book displays kindness without judgment for everyone. It also talks about celebrating our differences and doing so is the true expression of kindness that we all need. A Child Called YOU is the recipient of a Mom's Choice Award, as well as a Reader's Favorite award.

What's next for your writing?  Are you working on a new story? 
I am presently working on a few other books. Wonderful, Mighty, Me is the second book in the Kindness is for Everyone series. I hope to release it in the summer of 2022. 
What advice do you have for other authors? 
Use the rejections you receive to your advantage. Once you've completed your manuscript, use the buddy system and let someone critique your work. Don't be easily offended.
Anything else you want your readers to know?
I wrote Nomophobia to inspire kids to look beyond what their phones have to offer. There is way more to life than a screen. Thanks for reading! Don't forget to pick up a copy of  Nomophobia.
Where to find the author and his book:

Visit JD Wise on Instagram and Facebook.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Meet YA Author Michele Barrow-Belisle & FREEZE

Carpinello's Writing Pages
FREEZE—A YA Fantasy Romance

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Title: Freeze
Author: Michele Barrow-Belisle
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Cover Designer: AMDesign Studio
Publishing: BarBelle Publishing
Publication Date: Dec. 7th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

What happens when the hunter becomes the prey?

In a twisted game of following impossible clues to ceaseless dead-ends, The Shadow Faerie Zanthiel is forced to search for the girl he let go. Lorelei may be out of his life, but she's never far from his mind with the prophecy pulling them together. They both feel it, yet they both have reason to fight it. He might not be able to have her, but no force in this world, or any other, will stop him from saving her. Time is running out, and Zanthiel has only a fraction of it left to find her, before those hunting her do.

But finding Lorelei could mean losing so much more. Past, present and future are about to collide. Vows are fractured. Friendships severed. And a truce among enemies revoked. Will the prophecy that binds them together be what breaks them in the end?

Delve into the world of Shadow. Interwoven with flashes from his past, retrace the defining moments in Zanthiel's life and see how the darkest of the Shadow Fey became the infamous dark Prince.

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About the Author:

Michele Barrow-Belisle is a USA Today bestselling author who spends most of her days eating chocolate while talking to imaginary people. It's technically not considered crazy when they're your book characters. Her favorite genres to write are YA fantasy romance and paranormal romance, and her debut series FIRE AND ICE (Faerie Song Saga) is currently in development for a feature film.

Michele resides in southern Canada with her husband and son who indulge her ever-expanding obsession with reading, writing and most importantly... chocolate.

Where to find Michele: