We need your help! Thanks to our spy, Ciara Knight, we are able to communicate with you today via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
The Neumarian uprising has begun. We are fighting for freedom and equality for all, but we need your help. Ciara informed us that you might want to know more about the uprising and why we ask you to risk your lives for our cause. To answer these questions I’ve agreed to let Ciara tell my sister’s, Raeth’s, story about her captivity. It will be free for you on a site called Amazon until March 1, 2013.
Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles.
If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.
Escapement is told by Princess Semara. Don’t hold the fact Semara is a princess against her like I did, there is more to her than you can possibly imagine.
Here is a brief explanation of her telling of our uprising:
Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.
What people are saying about Escapement:
“A heady mix of action adventure and steampunk -- leavened with a dash of romance -- ESCAPEMENT offers up its fair share of thrills, horrors and heart-pounding moments. A strong start to a captivating new series.”
-- Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter
“A riveting tale of justice, mercy, honor and love. Take a deep breath and hold on, because you'll be turning the pages of Escapement quickly. Three unlikely comrades, Princess Semara, Ryder, and his sister Raeth, embark on a journey that will alter their lives forever. The beautiful love story nestled into these action-packed scenes will make you sigh and remember why you love to love. After reading the prequel Weighted, I knew this story would be amazing, and it was. Ciara Knight truly has a gift for creating awesome worlds and characters you won't forget.”
--Lindi Peterson--Award winning author of Summer's Song.
“Betrayal, secrets, and a rebellion send readers on a grand adventure, caught in the plight to discover Semara’s gifts and purpose.”
--Alex J Cavanaugh, author of Amazon best sellers CassaStar and CassaFire
“The most unmissable series ever! I couldn't stop reading, the action and romance too breathtaking to break the spell!”
--ARC review by Sudah on Goodreads
"A courageous heart-stopping journey by young people to save their kind."
--Hildie McQueen, bestselling author of Where the Four Winds Collide
If you’d like to see a peak into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube below.
If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here. Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight.
In the name of the rebellion,
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Escapement can be found at Amazon
And to Celebrate the release of Escapement, Weighted is FREE!
READER REVIEW: "I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book. I am absolutely in love with this series, and with Ciara Knights writing! This novella was an excellent starter to a series that I am now dying to get my hands on."
--KD Amazon Review
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.
Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen's reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother's empire. When my own erratic powers surface I'm captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.
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-- by Melisa Ramsey
It is not an uncommon theme for many students to get ripped off when trying to make back some money selling their unwanted and no longer used textbooks. Most people know that students can use every dollar they can make but campus bookstores and other used bookstores who may buy these texts do not care about anything but making that almighty buck themselves. The solution is to sell your textbooks online but many students do not know how to go about that. In this article we will share ways to avoid bookstore rip-off and how to get the best dollar for your textbooks by selling online.
Know the Best Time to Sell
Sometimes you need to sell your books at a specific time. But with the offline bookstores there are certain times that you can get more money. If you sell right before school time, this is when most students are desperate for books and the bookstores will pay more if they need certain topics. But this also works against you. If the bookstore has too many of a certain title, they will refuse your books or give you pennies on the dollar.
Use Your Own Resources
Bookstores are not the only places to sell your used books. It may seem easier to just walk into your local campus store and walk out with some cash but they do not often give you a fair value. If you use your own resources such as making up flyers to post around the campus or in local store bulletin boards, or posting a free ad on sites like Craigslist or Kijiji.com. Talk to your friends, go to coffee shops and places where other students hang out and see if you can find people who are looking for certain books for a good price.
Or check into places online that will buy your textbooks. Many of these places have a system setup where you can find out the going rate for each book you would like to sell and this ensures that you will get the most for your money.
Keep everything that comes with the original book
For some textbooks there are extra little things included such as cds or workbooks. By keeping these items intact and ready to sell with the textbooks, you may get a better price depending on the demand for it. You will need to remember though that if it is something like a workbook, you cannot have writing in it or use a highlighter or else it will be of no value to the next student. Always remember not to dog ear your pages and keep your textbooks and all related material as pristine as possible to keep the garner the best deal possible.
If you are in a tight spot and really need to sell your books for instant cash, do your research online and see what the going rates of the texts are going for. If you are just looking to make back some money for spending or next year's books, then take the time to go online and check out places that will buy your books for a better price. Most places will send you the postage needed for these books too so there are no extra out of pocket expenses on your end. Also another tip is that just because you buy a textbook brand new doesn’t always mean that you will get top dollar when you try to sell them back to a bookstore. It is always a supply and demand business. Local bookstores may not be able to get rid of your exact copies whereas an online buyback store sells to students from all over the country. Because of that, they will be able to ensure you a better deal. To http://www.buybacktextbooks.com/ to sell used text booksvisit the site.
Nimpentoad is the fantasy story of a courageous and resourceful little Nibling who leads his tribe through the perilous Grunwald forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. This post is about the creative journey of Nimpentoad by a father and his two young sons.
--by Henry Herz
When my sons were five and seven years old, and I wanted to share my love of fantasy with them. Struck by inspiration one day, I came up with a way to share the joy of entering the magical realms of fantasy. I would write a fantasy book for them.
What I did not anticipate was that my boys would give me feedback on the story. They devised some of the character (“Nimpentoad”) and creature (“Neebel”) names, and made plot line suggestions. And who better to help make the story appealing to kids than other kids? My sons also helped with the art direction. Our artist would give us a rough sketch, and we would provide feedback on details and color palette. My goal of interesting my sons in fantasy transformed into also encouraging them to participate in the creative process.
Of course, collaborating with kids is a very different affair than collaborating with an adult. Their work ethic is, shall we say, less disciplined. This can be mitigated by making the working sessions more like play sessions - we're telling a story, not crafting a manuscript. And once we began creating the artwork, the boys' interest grew as they saw images of Nimpentoad and the other fantastic creatures come to life.
Eventually, we had a good book, but no readers - the challenge facing all self-published authors. So, we then embarked upon the most arduous part of our journey – promoting Nimpentoad. While I handled the web-based promotional activities, I wanted my sons to be involved in the live events. Once again, I had to train and encourage them - this time to become good public speakers. By starting with small groups, like elementary school classes, they learned to be comfortable in front of a crowd, and to make eye contact and use voice inflection to enhance the reading experience for their audiences. They have also participated in several phone interviews for web radio shows.
Once they mastered public speaking, the next learning opportunity for my sons was mastering the sale. We've found selling our book at farmer's markets to be surprisingly successful. Imagine trying to coldly walk past two charismatic young booth operators who ask "would you like to see the book WE wrote?". But as before, they needed guidance. They had to be coached about engaging effectively with passersby - smile, sit up, and speak to them. My sons learned how to answer commonly asked questions about the book and their participation in its creation. And how to change a twenty dollar bill, or deal with someone who tries to haggle on price.
At the risk of infringing on child labor laws, I booked my sons as much as their school schedules would allow. We’ve done readings, giveaways and signings at San Diego libraries, elementary schools, farmer's markets, La Jolla YMCA, the New Children’s Museum, the San Diego Comic-Con, Mysterious Galaxy Books, Readers Books, Warwick’s Books, and Barnes & Noble. We will be signing our book at the upcoming Orange County Children's Book Festival - one of the largest of its kind in the US.
At the San Diego Public Library 46th Annual Local Author’s Exhibit, my sons asked for autographs from Chris Ryall (of IDW Publishing) and famed graphic novelist Eric Shanower. Both of these gentlemen then graciously asked for my boys’ autographs. First class!
At the La Mesa Centennial Readers & Writers Festival, we shared a booth with Ron Noble, animator of Rugrats, Rocket Power, and Wild Thornberry’s. He was very kind, and my boys left that day with personalized Wild Thornberry sketches. First class!
All these experiences have further enriched the journey for my sons. They understand some of the aspects of running a business and publishing. They are now comfortable meeting new people, doing public speaking, and rubbing elbows with famous authors. It has been a great ride.
The Nimpentoad authors have been written about in Entrepreneur Magazine and Wired Geekdad. The book's artwork was a semifinalist in an art contest sponsored by Warner Brothers (and judged by The Hobbit movie staff). Nimpentoad recently received its 81st Amazon 5-star rating. The book is available in paperback and Kindle format. Our website is http://www.nimpentoad.com
So, I've debated over this for a while now, unsure of what I wanted to do. Never before have I shared my work (writing) with readers before it has been published.
But today, I'm going to give you a sneak peak into my current work in progress.
To give you a little background... The novel will probably fall into the general fiction or women's fiction category. The story will be told from two perspectives. One being a forty-year-old widow and the other being a twenty-year-old Hispanic boy that has gotten himself wrapped up into one of the most violent gangs in the US...
Young Adult Fiction seems to be one of the hottest genres today. Both teens and adults alike seem to flock to these books. What is especially big right in YA is Romance. I can't exclude myself from this group of YA fans, but what I'm wondering today is, what makes YA so popular? It's obvious why a teenager or very early twenty-something would prefer the genre, because it's close to their age range and relatable. So, what about the rest of us? What about the 28 year-olds, the thirty-somethings, and even middle aged that read and love YA romance?
This is just an observation, but the older age range of readers for YA seems to be comprised of mostly women. When I was young, I don't remember the genre. So, whether it just came to fruition in the last *gulp* twelve years or not, I'm unsure. I feel so cliched though when I find myself thinking, I wish they had books like that when I was young.
But back to the point, why is YA romance so huge. And why do so many women past the young adult age love them? I have a theory, but it is simply that. Merely speculation. It's obvious why teens would like books focused on teen romance, but I'm wondering...Maybe female adult women flock to them too for the same reason people love fantasy and paranormal. Maybe it's the escape of real life--back to an age of innocence--that makes these books so popular with women. Through these books, we can be young again, we can remember what it felt like to not only be young but in love for the first time. To have your head in the clouds and live in a world where there were no bills, no dirty diapers to change, no dishes to wash. We can be transported to a time when there was far less responsibility, no getting up at 6 a.m. to go to a job we loathe. Life was more about you and living in the moment.
But who knows? The same could be said for adult romance, where the man is always an Adonis and loaded, and where half the time, for some reason or another, the woman never goes to work, still pays the bills, and buys expensive things. They fall in love and live happily ever after. Maybe there's no good reason. Maybe it's just preference, the same as why some prefer Thrillers and blood and gore over love and cheesy-happy endings any day. Maybe it just is... Whatever the reason, I love the genre and I think giving young adults, the intended audience, more to read is never a bad thing. (Although, admittedly there is some content in some of the YA books that I would NOT want my fourteen-year-old reading.)
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Luke Murphy was born in Shawville, a small rural community in Western Quebec.
He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006.
His road to novelist began in the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury. He continued to hobby write through the years, honing his craft, making time between work and family obligations.
He constantly read, from novels in his favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. He made friends (published and unpublished authors), learning what it took to become successful.
Feeling that he was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, Murphy started to write Dead Man’s Hand. It took him two years to complete the first draft of his novel.
He hired Ms. Jennifer Lyons, of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, and in 2012, signed his first publishing contract with Imajin Books.
Murphy lives in Shawville with his wife, two daughters and a pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).