Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Year 2015 and the Kid Lit Blog Hop #51

Here's hoping your holidays and the New Year brought joy, cheer, and serenity to you and your family. Before getting to the Hop, I want to share some exciting events happening in 2015.

3 Authors.  3 Continents. Unlimited Adventures!

After months of work, Fiona Ingram, Wendy Leighton-Porter, and I have launched our new combined website: The Quest Books. The site is packed with our MG/YA stories from the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. When you sign up for our newsletter, you will receive an ebook of your choice from any of our books! We will be trading off on the newsletter with Fiona doing the first on. Sign up today so you don't miss her story behind the Chronicles of Stone series.

 Back to Arthurian Legend

 For the last 4 years, I've been immersed in the mystery and magic of Ancient Egypt. With the publication of Sons of the Sphinx in October 2014, I once again return to that land which has given the world the magnificent and everlasting legend of King Arthur.

I'm finishing up the first draft of the second Guinevere book. On the Eve of Legend was meant to be a stand alone story whose sole purpose was to introduce young readers to this legendary princess. However, over the years, I've not only heard from readers who adored Guinevere's friend Cedwyn and wanted to know what became of him, I've also had this young boy invading my mind. It seems that Cedwyn has his heart set on being a knight, not of Arthur, but of his friend Guinevere.

So, I've finally given into Cedwyn, and the second book is titled Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend—Cedwyn's Story. Those who loved the innocence of the young Guinevere will need to remember that even the young grow up. This story takes place about three years after the first, and Arthur is busy bringing all of Britain under the same flag. The adventures and trials that await Guinevere and Cedwyn will test their strength, their friendship, and the country.

The Ultimate Reading Quest

For the first time I participating in the Ultimate Reading Quest. This is part of Quest Teaching where  teachers connect with authors to provide curriculum related literature and supporting teaching materials that focus on literacy differentiation, inclusion and the integration of technology. The Quest runs from Jan. 5-19th. MG authors are offering a ton of prizes to participants, so Hop over and take a look.

And now,

Welcome to the 51st 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 MG author Kai Strand and YA author Gail Strickland.

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!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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