Friday, September 29, 2017

AUTUMN READING

So we just got back from our September holiday...ten days!  YaHOO!  And now I'm hunkering down to get some good authors and books out to you this season.  As we speak I'm working on an interview with father/daughter writing team of Fritz and Sierra, who will blow your socks off!  And believe it or not, I've finally got a handle on the long, overdue, highly anticipated, interview/review from author Rufi Angel...who's written one of the best books I've ever read...seriously, this book ONLY has five star reviews!!  And of course some new bookings coming in from Goddess Fish Promotions...so keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming events here at Thornton Berry Shire Press....thx for all your support!




Saturday, August 19, 2017

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY..The Benjamin McTish Series

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Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree

by June M. Pace

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Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim

by June M. Pace

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Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel

by June M. Pace

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

REVIEW for BARNABAS TEW and the Case of the Missing Scarab, by Columbkill Noonan



From Goddess Fish Promotions a Review Only Tour 
For Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab, 
by Columbkill Noonan.
This isn't exactly promoted as a YA fantasy, however, 
I was so grabbed by the title, I decided to help out.  
After reading this book, (review to follow), I can see that 
it would appeal to most YA fantasy readers anyway. This is a
review only tour, so a nice mix/amount to view.  This is also
a giveaway tour with the award of a $25 Amazon/BN gift card 
going to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the tour.
 And as always, please leave us a comment so that
we know you were here!  Nice to see everyone again, TBSP!




Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
by Columbkill Noonan

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GENRE: Mystery/Mythology

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BLURB:

Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to make a go of it in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is riddled with anxiety and plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients. Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely. The land of the dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the land of the living if Barnabas (together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his safe and predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.

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Excerpt:

“Perhaps there’s been a mistake,” he said. “Maybe I’m not really dead. Is there someone I could talk to? Someone who could straighten out this mess?”

“Sorry,” said Anti. “But this is how it is. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t dead.”

“I just would have thought that dying would be, well, more noticeable,” said Barnabas sadly.

“So does everyone,” said Anti. “Almost no one really believes they are dead at first. And it must be especially hard for you, to have gone in such a, well, an unexpected way.”
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MY REVIEW

First off, the title is spectacular, the book cover is spectacular, and anything with a Steampunk/Victorian flavor is right up my alley.  The two lead characters, Barnabas and Wilfred, are masterfully written in that perfect old English way of speaking that hearkens back to an age of politeness, well mannered actions, and flowery prose.  I love that!  Although, I will say that the (in my opinion), excessive use of exclamation points in the first few chapters nearly ruined it for me as a flowing read in my brain.  Too, too many! (that's a joke there).  
So the one thing I did learn from this experience is to make sure I read the entire synopsis of a book before jumping in.  As I mentioned, I loved the title and the cover so much I went straight to Amazon to read the sample first few pages and was hooked enough to commit.  So imagine my surprise when suddenly our main character is dead and speaking to someone with the head of a Falcon!  Unfortunately for me, or the author I suppose, I'm not big on the 'mythology' theme in my reading...simply not my cup of tea.  So once I accepted that this was indeed the journey we were on, I plunged forward.  I will say it is very clever, as well as odd, the whole idea of all these characters with the heads of animals and how they relate to one another.  The good news is that Barnabas and Wilfred never lost their character, and only became more endearing, which is what held the book together for me.  I can't say as much for the Egyptian gods..they all spoke as you and I would, so that felt less likely and lost a touch of the magic/whimsey for me.  

Now, if you're into the mythology, Egyptian/Greek/Norse god thing, and two lovable colorful characters, then this is your book...as a sequel promises more of the same.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).
When she's not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.

To keep up with Columbkill, visit her blog at http://www.Columbkill.weebly.com, find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan, or follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/ColumbkillNoon1.




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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Charlotte's Library: The Apprentice Witch, by James Nicol

Charlotte's Library: The Apprentice Witch, by James Nicol: I enjoyed The Apprentice Witch , by James Nicol (Chicken House/Scholastic, July 25 2017, 2016 in the UK), very much--it's a solid, tra...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BACK TO WORK!

I have been on a long leave of absence from all blogging, here and on my home blog.  All a long story,  and not necessary to explain or justify...things happen.  SO!  Here I am again, back to work.  What that means for you is more posts about new (and possibly old) YA Authors and their work.  I'll be filling up my calendar again on the sidebar, so keep an eye out.

In terms of my own series, Benjamin McTish,  I'm back to work finishing up the forth and final book in that series, Benjamin McTish and the Secret Tomb of Loddington- The Prophecy Revealed.  This should be out by the end of Autumn, just before the big holiday buying frenzy..hint hint.

So without further ado...let's get back to the business of books...Fantasy adventure books to be exact! Thx ever so much for your support and for tagging along thus far...Keep the Magic Alive!

The links below will take you directly to my authors blog for details about these books and how to get one for free!





Monday, June 19, 2017

Charlotte's Library: The Hush, by Skye Melki-Wegner

Charlotte's Library: The Hush, by Skye Melki-Wegner: The Hush , by Skye Melki-Wegner (Sky Pony Press, YA, June 2017), is a fascinating story set in a world much like our own in many ways, exc...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Back From Life...

This is the longest I've ever gone without posting!  My world just became over whelming and the blog sat on the back burner...again, not me.  I love this blog and the followers.  I love promoting other authors and keeping kids in the mix.  It's still my mission to get the good work out to that ya/mg audience...so hang in there, I'm coming back soon...thx for all your support!



Annabel Wickcliff and Pips P. Toggleton
from The Benjamin McTish Series...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FREE BOOK FOR REVIEWS!

I'm giving away the first book in the Benjamin McTish YA Fantasy/Adventure Series in exchange for reviews...got to read the first one before you can get to the others!   All reviews must be posted to both GoodReads and Amazon within six months of receiving your book.  If interested please follow the link below to take you to the GoodReads Event, or simply email me with your request...hurry!  Your free book is waiting!  (spread the word!)  Thx!




https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/1012164-free-ya-fantasy-adventure-for-reviews

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Charlotte's Library: Heartstone, by Elle Katharine White

Charlotte's Library: Heartstone, by Elle Katharine White: Heartstone , by Elle Katharine White (Harper Voyager, January 2017), has an incredibly catchy premise--Pride and Prejudice with dragons!  ...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BOOK BLAST..INTO SHADOW, by T.D. Shields

Into Shadow
by T.D. Shields

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From Goddess Fish Promotions today's Book Blast
Into Shadow, by T.D. Shields, a YA Dystopian.
The author will be awarding the first book (ebook) 
in three YA series: 
Into Shadow by TD Shields; 
Awaken by Michelle Bryan; 
and The Other Inheritance  by Rebecca Jaycox 
to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
And right now you can purchase this book for .99!
Leave us a comment so we know you were here!
Enjoy the Blast!
(Isn't this a terrific cover!!)




BLURB:

She’s nineteen. The President’s daughter. They want her dead.

Poppy’s father may be the President of the North American Alliance, but that just makes her a target for those wishing to topple the regime.

Barely escaping with her life, she must travel across a country ravaged by war and climate change to seek safety amongst a people who only recently opposed her. There she must use every skill learned from her military upbringing to survive terrifying beasts, deadly plant life, and lawless gangs before finally finding a group willing to accept her.

But her peace soon proves to be illusory. It’s not only the government that wants her dead now.


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EXCERPT

We sped through the streets, taking turns recklessly fast as we tried to lose the bikes on our tails. As we flew around yet another corner, one of the bikes caught up to me and slapped into the back of my bike. It wasn’t a particularly hard collision, but it popped my bike loose from the mag-lev rail, and I went skidding sideways across the pavement. When the base of the bike hit the curb at the edge of the road, I was flung over the handlebars to land in a crumpled heap on the cracked sidewalk.

All I could do was lie there, staring blankly at a weed growing inches from my nose as I tried to catch my breath. From the corner of my eye I saw Sharra slow and look back, trying to decide if she could help me. Then she leaned low over the handlebars and shot off into the dark streets, leaving me behind.

A million small aches and pains made themselves known as I rolled slowly to my knees. I didn’t bother to get up any further than that. I was completely surrounded, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move fast enough to break loose from all of these people and retrieve my downed bike. Instead, I waited in silence to see what would happen next and watched for an opportunity to escape.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After writing stories in her head for the last 30+ years, Tara finally decided to take a stab at writing them down to share them with others.

Tara has a husband, 4 kids, and 5 cats to care for along with a full-time job and contract work on the side, so finding time to write is the biggest challenge. Since her most productive hours are from 12-5 a.m. anyway, Tara usually gives up sleep in favor of writing.


iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-shadow/id1200776828 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/into-shadow-4 

Tara’s social media:


Twitter handle @td_shields



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

READING CHALLENGE

Hosted by Anna over at Herding Cats and Burning Soup, the 2017 reading challenge.  This year is busy with finishing my fourth book in the Benjamin McTish series and beginning a new stand alone novel.  Plus we're working on some home projects and barring any health concerns for my husband this year, I intend to keep my reading up!  I always plan for 25 books and don't quite make it, but I got somewhat closer this past year, so here's hoping I can get there this time!  Go 2017!!  Click the logo below to sign up...if this topic isn't to your liking she has several other titles for reading challenges..as well as blog challenges...it's really a good  site (click site to link) to follow along with.
So good luck with you reading this year...thx for following, TBSP.



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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Two Week Event...Valentine's Giveaway!

From Anna over at Herding Cats and Burning Soup...our first
 event this year here at Thornton Berry Shire Press.
Read through and follow the directions.  
This ought to be fun, its a terrific giveaway!

We're spreading some Valentine's Day love with a giveaway full of chocolate, books, and pretty things! 
To enter fill out the Rafflecopter then hit the comments and tell us about something YOU love. Your favorite author, book, or blog. Tell us about your true love, your kids, your best friend or your pets. Anything you love. We want to hear about what makes your heart full or just makes you smile.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Charlotte's Library: Talons of Power, by Tui T. Sutherland

Charlotte's Library: Talons of Power, by Tui T. Sutherland: So I have been a fan of Tui T. Sutherland's Wings of Fire books since the first book in the series was just a newly hatched ARC....and...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Getting Back to Work...

So I really let things slide the last couple months of this year...too much going on with my husbands health...but we're out of the weeds now!  yay for us!  So now it's time to get back to work.  I still haven't finished book four in the Benjamin McTish series, which is back to it's daily place in my work schedule.  I plan to have this final book published this spring.  Then I will begin with a new, stand alone novel, that I have been thinking about for a while now...The Journey of Shi....working title, but will more than likely stick.

I'll be doing more work with some virtual book tours and reviews as much as possible and sharing all of this with you.  Will keep you posted with the sidebar calendar and twitter feed as necessary.

In the meantime, happy new year to everyone and good reading!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Charlotte's Library: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

Charlotte's Library: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud: The Creeping Shadow , by Jonathan Stroud, is the fourth book about Lockwood and Co., about a group of kids fighting malevolent ghosts in a...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I MOVED MY AUTHOR'S BLOG TO WORDPRESS

Yes, I moved my author's blog to wordpress and I couldn't be happier...it's a blog solely dedicated to my work as an author.  You will find a perfectly displayed cover and synopsis of all books written by me...so please take a look, and follow along to keep up on my books and giveaways...thx for your support...June