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TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT released today + giveaway

After the long journey from idea to publishing, today marks the day that my new series, TIME SQUARE, is launched on Kindle.

TS - The Shift - Final CoverTIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT is the first book of this great new series, which is a mix of my trademark time-travel adventure, packed full of tension, fun and mystery. This one has plenty of great quirky characters, which I’m sure that you’ll fall in love with, and there is a generous serve of humor thrown in as well.

What’s it about? I hear you ask …

 

There’s more to time than ticks and tocks.

Imagine this. Your dad is a part-time archaeologist who has a tendency to discover things. One day, he comes home from an expedition with a crusty old relic, and dumps it in the basement. You’d probably think everything would be fine and dandy, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because that’s precisely when all the trouble started.

It’s 1930, and Lewis and Eva Hudson are a couple of twin teens with just such a dad. Then, on a chilly wintry day in Washington D.C., the three of them mysteriously disappear into thin air, without a trace. Throw in a weird and mysterious rival with a point to prove, add a looming disaster that threatens to break time itself, and pretty soon they’re smack bang in the front seat of a roller-coaster to doomsville.

Time Square | The Shift is an edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure that’s full of action and plenty of humour. It’s sure to leave you begging for a breather. Join Dr Rex Hudson, his two teen kids Lewis and Eva, and a whole cast of wonderful and wacky characters as they try to fix the unfixable.


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The initial release (9th April 2014) is via Kindle from Amazon, so that means you can read it on Kindle or download the free Kindle App and read it on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, Smartphone, Tablet or PC.

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Kids Movie Trailer ♦ [Almost] Home ♦ (2014) ♦

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

[ALMOST] HOME (2014)

This is actually a short film, which I believe is a cool way of introducing an upcoming move from Dreamworks to be called HOME. The movie will be about a group of aliens seeking refuge from their enemies by hiding out on Earth. (IMDB)

This short is a bit of a story about before they get to earth. Check out IMDB for more cast info if you’re interested.

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Kids Movie Trailer ♦ Rio 2 ♦ (2014) ♦

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

RIO 2 (2014)

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. (IMDB)

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Book Blast | Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | #win $25

Today I’d like to introduce you to a book that I recently read. It’s a cool adventure that I think will catch the imagination of super-sleuths in training. Maisy is a bit of a school detective and she finds herself on a tricky case. The story follows her most recent case and gives kids an insight into how she solves a mystery and searches out clues. Skills that readers may find useful themselves when they have their own mysteries to solve.


About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceMAISY AND THE MISSING MICE
(
The Maisy Files)
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publication Date: Sept 24, 2013
Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 

Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie.

When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.


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The Buzz

“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon


About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum
Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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Book Review ♦ Tutankhamen Speaks ♦ by Cheryl Carpinello

Tutankhamen SpeaksTUTANKHAMEN SPEAKS
by Cheryl Carpinello   ★★★★

Hundreds of years ago, scrolls that would alter the view of Ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh were lost. Rumors through the ages said the scrolls told of a time that the Pharaoh Tutankhamen spoke from beyond the grave. No one who heard of these scrolls believed that the scrolls had ever existed.

Then following the Arab Spring in 2011, S. L. Wood, an Egyptian scholar, made an amazing discovery in the basement of the Cairo Museum.

Read the story from the lost scrolls that recorded the Boy King’s words from beyond the grave. (Goodreads)


My Review

This was quite a surprising read. It’s a short read that has a very clever premise, in which the author has cleverly made herself part of the story.

It seems that Ms Carpinello has been lucky enough to gain access to some long lost scrolls, which are said to contain actual recollections from Tutankhamen himself.  The novella is an interpretation of the mysterious scrolls which were written long ago, but had been missing until recently.

The words are said to be from the actual spirit of the deceased Pharaoh. What I liked about this book was that it gives a glimpse into the everyday life of Tut, before and after his rise to Pharaoh. It was like a fly on the wall peek at his life without it just being part of a much larger plot. I think it’s a great way to get to know a character and there were plenty of interesting facts and cool snippets of information in there as well.

My guess is that this is a wonderful strategy by the author to familiarise readers with Tut before a full-on book is released.

Am I right? Time will tell?

My bottom line: I really enjoyed this one and I look forward to the ‘predicted’ Tut book.

Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than  dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.

A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author for a fair and honest review.


Want to know more?
 Check out Cheryl’s website HERE

Here’s a little bonus for you. I’ve tracked down some extra King Tut information about his ‘unwrapping’ for you to watch.

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Kids Movie Trailer ♦ How to Train Your Dragon 2 ♦ (2014) ♦

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014)

OMG OMG OMG OMG … The first HTTYD movie was one of my favs. The animation was brilliant. Can’t wait for this one…   OMG OMG OMG

It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk.(IMDB)

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Book Review ♦ The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) ♦ by Rick Riordan


The Red PyramidTHE RED PYRAMID
(KANE CHRONICLES #1)

by Rick Riordan     ★★★★

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


My Review

An entertaining book, with plenty of trademark PJ style mythology.

This is a series that I’ve avoided reading, due to my own Egyptian themed MG adventure books. I didn’t want to be influenced as my own series progressed. In saying that, I have finally given in to the temptation and read this first book.

So, in a nutshell, here’s the main thrust of the story. Sadie and Carter have spent much of their life on opposite sides of the world, so they aren’t your typical brother and sister. Each one thinks the other has a better life. They go on a day out with their dad and he releases ancient Egyptian gods into the present day. Everything goes terribly wrong and he ends up getting swallowed up by the floor of the British Museum. A bad day all round, for him and the kids.

Then, Sadie and Carter find out that they are descendants of the pharaohs and that’s where their real adventures begin. As the story progresses one of the most important things they learn is that they need each other, and they need to work together.

I have to say that although I knew this book contained Egyptian mythology, it was quite a bit heavier on the mythology and more Percy Jackson-like than I had expected (I’m a PJ fan). There’s a lot of back story to take in and I have to admit that I may not have caught on to every detail that was revealed. In some parts I thought that the kids seemed a lot older and wiser than their actual age, but this is fiction, so it’s allowed :) . One thing I noticed though, was that I never really knew who to trust and found myself constantly changing my mind about some characters throughout the story.

So, by the end of the book the journey ahead is revealed. Their ultimate destiny is to reunite the gods and magicians to stop chaos from rearing its ugly head. The journey, which includes finding other descendants of the pharaohs to help their cause, will continue in subsequent books.

My bottom line: I liked that it kept me engaged. Overall I liked the book and will read the others in the series. This book has way more mythology bound into the plot than my books.

Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


Here is The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) book trailer.


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The Kane Chronicles series.

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