Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

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 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
The door hit his back.


The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Amnesia
Kylie Hillman
(Centrifuge Duet #1)
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller
First, he steals her mind.
Then, he owns her body.
Dr. Jaxon Ray has bided his time. He’s watched Amber St. George from afar, plotting and calculating the best way to get her back, until he realised that the answer was simple…
Steal her mind so he can own her body. Program her to forget then reprogram her as his perfect partner. The plan is foolproof, promising everything he’s ever wanted once it’s executed. Money. Prestige. Her.
Why? Because when you don’t know that you’re missing, it’s not possible for you to be found. Especially when the only person you think you can trust, is the one who’s left you with medically-induced amnesia.
EXCERPT:
“Welcome home.” My mother greets us in a singsong voice. “I trust you’re both feeling relaxed and recharged from your little break?”
Both sets of parents are waiting in the foyer of our house, apparently ready to celebrate our return from our honeymoon. I lean into Jax, close enough so that only he can hear my comment.
“Somebody’s had her Stepford pills today.”
I can feel his low laugh where it rumbles in his chest below my palm. It calms my fears about returning home. During our flight, I was worried that the connection between me and Jax would be lost. He seemed to grow more aloof the closer we got to home. Tension that hadn’t been in his hard frame during our three-week honeymoon became more noticeable by the minute. It diluted the tenderness I felt for him after such an amazing honeymoon, which made me feel guilty, so I’d spent the remainder of the flight trying to find ways to recapture it with small talk and inane observations.
“Seems someone’s missed hers,” Jax replies loud enough for our parents to hear. He takes a step to the side, putting distance between us and causing me to stumble from the unexpected loss of his body. I right myself, bright spots of embarrassment making my face burn. “I have work to do. Amber, you should rest. We have a battery of tests organised for you first thing tomorrow. It’s time to see if you’re able to live up to your end of the bargain.”
Jax strides out of the foyer in the direction of his office, my father and his falling into step with him. Left alone with our mothers, I look between them to see if they’re going to comment on how my husband just acted. They meet my perusal with deliberate blankness, although my mother does seem to be more nervous than usual.
“Is anyone going to tell me what tests he’s talking about?” Their mouths fall open at my belligerent tone. Internally, I shrug it off. They’re lucky I didn’t stomp my damn foot. I certainly want to. “No? No one?”
I give them my back, extending the handle of my biggest suitcase and tilting it so it will roll behind me. I signal the maid to bring the rest of my bags with her. Jax’s luggage can sit in the middle of the entry until the end of time, for all I can. When I reach the curved staircase, I immediately regret my show of defiance. There’s no way I’m going to be able to pull my bag up there.
“Maria.” My mother snaps her fingers at the maid. “Bring some refreshments to the lounge, then have their luggage taken to their room.”
She sniffs when Maria takes too long to move. “Come now, Amber. Tell us about your trip.”
I follow, with reluctance in each step, sitting on the loveseat closest to the window. It’s a beautiful day outside. Bright sunlight and barely a breath of wind. It’s a day that I could spend with my husband, if he wasn’t a workaholic who barely drew a breath before he dived straight back into his job.
“I think you’re mistaken as to how things will run from now on.” Jax’s mother, Elizabeth, speaks first. I run my gaze over her, taking in the perfectly coiffed hair and her straight unnaturally posture with her hands tucked between her knees. Looks like she had her Stepford pills today, as well. “My son is a very busy man. It’s your job to make his life run as effortlessly as possible. There will be no further allowances made for your delicate state.”
She stands, pacing in front of me. I assume that her “delicate state” jibe is a reference to my ongoing amnesia.
“You’ll take over the running of this house. It is not my place to do so now that he’s married. However, I am happy to provide some tips so that the transition is smooth. The same goes for Jax’s social calendar. That will require close attention so that your influence as the only St. George heir benefits my son from the outset. Once you are with child, Cynthia and I,” Elizabeth indicates my mother with her jutting chin. “will assist you so that you are able to concentrate on your most important duty—providing as many heirs as possible.”
“So, that’s what the tests are for tomorrow?” I slouch in my chair when they both incline their heads in agreement. “Well, I guess I’d better rest then. Wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of my ability to breed.”
“I feel that you would benefit from a lie down.” My sarcasm goes straight over my mother’s head. “It will improve your disposition.”
My feet are in action, removing me from this conversation before I say something I regret. I can’t take this farce, anymore. We’ve been home for less than an hour and my life is already being dictated by the expectations of “society”.
Isn’t that one of the reasons you ran away in the first place?
My stupid heel catches in the corner of the rug when that random though pops into my head. I stumble, steadying myself with a hand on the back of the settee. Balance regained, my shoulder clashes with the person currently entering the room as I restart my hasty exit.
“My apologies.” I give Seb a ghost-like smile as I pass.
He takes hold of the top of my arm to slow me, a shopping bag dangling from that same hand.
“It’s time. Be ready.”


Author Bio:
Kylie Hillman is the Australian author of the Internationally Bestselling Black Shamrocks MC series, Amazon #1 Bestselling NA/Sports novel, Brawl (Black Hearts MMA #1), and the recently completed Centrifuge Duet. She's currently working on the highly anticipated spin-offs to the Black Shamrocks MC series, writing the rest of the Black Hearts MMA series, and plotting her upcoming psychological thriller, Blood Oath.
She's also wife to a Harley-riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving, quintessential Aussie bloke and mum to two crazy, adorable, and eccentric kids. A Crohn's Disease sufferer and awareness campaigner, as well as an avid tea drinker, metal head, and math nerd, Kylie is known for lacing everything she says with sarcasm and inappropriate innuendo.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt


 The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt Challenge 
 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
I saw you at the park.


The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt


 The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt Challenge 
 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
The last thing he said to me was ...


The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Ten-Minute Daily Writing Prompt


 The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt Challenge 
 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
The finish line was moments away.

The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The DailyTen-Minute Writing Prompt



 The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt Challenge 
 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
He's the one.


The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

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 Write every day, even if it's just a little bit. Keep the creative momentum moving. The rules are simple. Set your timer ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini-story. The noun or pronoun can be changed to your requirement. The tense can also be changed. Feel free to share the results of your writing prompt in the comments below.

 Today's writing prompt is:
How long can I carry on?


The Eyes of the Sea
by Alberto Guaita Tello

In the early 1970’s, on the Cameroonian coast in western Africa, young Fanya and her grandmother, a tribal healer known as Mama Simone, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk.

Together the two women try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in a mangrove swamp. When he awakens, Sharduk tells them about the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point.

Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here.

Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that takes us to new worlds and new mysteries, as Fanya and Sharduk find themselves confronting prejudice in their respective societies, as well as terrible enemies.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Eyes of the Sea: Twins of Telluria by Alberto Guaita Tello







The Eyes of the Sea: Twins of Telluria by Albert Guaita Tello
genre: science fiction / fantasy 
In the early 1970’s, on the coast of Cameroon, young Fanya and her grandmother, Simone the tribal healer, find a wounded, unconscious being lying on the beach, tangled in a mass of seaweed. The strange creature is human-like and goes by the name of Sharduk. Together, the two women will try to save Sharduk’s life, healing his wounds and hiding him in the mangrove swamp. When he awakes, he will tell them the story of the distant world he comes from, Telluria, and how he came to ours through a mysterious portal called a crossing point. Fanya and the convalescent Sharduk soon fall in love, but due to dangerous circumstances he must leave her, promising to return with a safe means for them to travel together back to his world through the underwater crossing point that had brought him here. Thus begins an epic story full of adventure, romance, African magic, and science fiction, with surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s a tale that will take us to the new worlds and new mysteries of each of its characters, who find themselves confronting prejudice in their different societies, as well as terrible enemies.

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About the author:  

Alberto Guaita Tello was born in Zaragoza, Spain. He spent his first seven years, which he
remembers as “gray but happy,” in the cities of Madrid and Calahorra. The rest of his childhood and his early teens were spent in Cameroon, at the missions his parents administered in that country.
There, together with his brothers and sister, he experienced complete cultural immersion and enjoyed endless hours of listening to stories and legends.

He soon began to invent his own tales to share in the storytelling sessions, which usually occurred around an open fire somewhere in the jungle.

Today, Alberto and his wife live in a country cottage in the highlands of Cantabria, in Northern Spain. He is currently writing the second volume of Twins of Telluria and preparing a collection of children’s stories, Tales of the Forest of Zamina, for publication.

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I will always win.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

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 Today's writing prompt is:
Fireworks lit up the sky.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interview with Ken Stark, Author of Stage 3


 It is with great pleasure and excitement that I bring to you my interview with Ken Stark, author of Stage 3, a post-apocalyptic thriller. I think I held my breath the whole time I was reading it.  
Stage 3 Synopsis:
Blindness is just the beginning. Once the virus strips away everything remotely human, all that's left is a mindless savage predator. Hank Mason thought he had nothing left to lose, but now that he is all that stands between a young girl and a gruesome fate, he's sworn to protect her with his very life. But the virus isn't done yet. A new, deadlier terror is slowly emerging, and even as Mason and Mackenzie battle their way from one horror to the next in a desperate flight through a world gone mad, they both know that their time is running out. The girl is already blind, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Let's get straight to the interview or I'll spend all day gushing over my new favorite author. 






What made you start writing?
That's a tough question, actually. I always say that I've been scribbling stories since as far back as I can remember, so it must have always been a part of me. But something had to spark that flame into life, right? I can barely remember breakfast, so I honestly can't recall that specific 'Eureka' moment when I picked up a #2 pencil and started down this road, but I'm sure the journey started long before then.
I loved TV when I was a kid, and my favourites were always the ones that stretched the boundaries. Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, Alfred Hitchcock Presents….. I could go on and on. Undoubtedly, visiting all of those weird and wonderful worlds had its effects, but then I started reading in earnest and absorbed everything I could involving adventure, discovery, alien planets and those hidden corners of our own world that might be home to dinosaurs or ape men or any number of assorted ghosts and ghoulies. So why did I start writing? Chances are, I started writing in my head after Rod Serling signed off one night, then started for real when I realized that Conan-Doyle and H G Wells could create entire worlds out of nothingness, one word at a time.


Why horror over other genres? Do you write other genres?
I do write in other genres, but only short stories so far, and most of what I do in whatever genre still tends to be fairly dark. After all, we write the stuff we'd want to read, and I guess I've always been partial to the weird and macabre. I read a lot of different genres and enjoy them all, but there's nothing like a good scary story to get the blood flowing. After all, not many people sit around a campfire sharing tales of political allegory.
I suppose it goes back to those shows and movies and books I loved as a kid. Taylor finding the Statue of Liberty half-buried in the sand, those little aliens terrorizing Agnes Moorehead turning out to be Earthlings, 'Soylent Green is people,' for heaven's sake! Those were pivotal moments of my childhood, and they showed me how powerful a few words or a few frames of film could be.
That being said, I've always been a huge fan of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke, so I'd love to try my hand at a full-on scifi novel at some point, but knowing me as I do, it will probably turn out more Alien than ET.


What are you currently working on?
Book 2 of the Stage 3 story is currently in my publisher's hands, and though I can't give you a release date yet, I can tell you a little bit about it. The title of the book is Stage 3: Alpha, and it is not simply a continuation of 'The Adventures of Mace and Mack'. Yes, the dynamic duo are still around, but Alpha steps back a bit and tells the story of the collapse from an entirely different perspective. We get to meet a whole new bunch of characters, some of whom will play a pivotal role in future books, and we even get a tiny hint as to the cause of the epidemic. And for everyone who's been asking…. yes, I promise we will at last know the fate of dear Aunt Sarah.
After that, there'll be a bit of a break from zombies with a book called Arcadia Falls. It's still in the horror genre and I truly hope that it scares the snot out people, but I wrote it with YA readers in mind, so the language is a lot cleaner and I don't think there's a single skull reduced to pulp. A shame really, but there's no accounting for taste.
How do you keep yourself motivated to write?Fortunately, motivation isn't a problem. Writing is the love of my life! Yes, we've had our arguments and we've even had a trial separation or two, but we're back together for good and I couldn't be happier. The only problem I have now is with the finite number of hours in a day. My time has to be divided between marketing and writing, and there are days when writing gets the short end of the stick. It sucks, but it's all part of the game, and those days of no writing are usually followed by days of writing for 10 or 12 or 14 hours at a stretch, so I guess it all evens out. And as every writer know, even when you're not physically stabbing at a keyboard, you're still writing.
Speaking of which, I really have to mention a ten minute writing prompt offered by…(ahem)…a certain website. I don't always come up with anything worth posting, but it's a lot of fun letting my mind come at the thing from a dozen different directions. 


Awe. Thank you for the plug. Next question. Cats or Dogs?
Ah, the age-old question.... Well, I love all animals, so there's no way I'm going to choose one over the other. I've mostly had cats, but that's just because they're a little more suited to my particular brand of lazy. My only problem with either is that I tend to outlive them, and it's always tough losing a friend. I even swore off all pets for a while for just that reason, but the universe had other ideas. A stray cat showed up at my door one day and stuck around for the next 17 years ago. And counting!

People, meet Angel. Angel, people.....






I want to give a big thanks to Ken for taking the time for this interview. If you follow me on twitter, you know I'm a huge fan and this has been an honor. 

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 Today's writing prompt is:
The vein in your temple is throbbing again. 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

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 Today's writing prompt is:
The flies buzzed over the plate.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

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 (True statement. I was used to cooking large amounts. Home Chef taught me to cook smaller, yet filling, recipes. I also tried meals I hadn't before and tried out new sauces. Love not having to search for the ingredients at the store and having just the right amount. Why buy a four ounce bottle when you only need a tablespoon? Just a few reasons why I love Home Chef meal delivery.) 


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 Today's writing prompt is:
He stepped on the cat's tail.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Keep In A Cold Dark Place - What I Really Think


Keep in a Cold, Dark Place
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: May 18th 2017
Genres: Horror, Middle-Grade
Reaching for her dream, Limpy unleashes a cute, fluffy, NIGHTMARE …
Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.
It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.
Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.


Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.
He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

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What I Really Think About This Novel
I enjoyed this novel about a young girl desperate to find a way off the farm she has lived her whole life. She has a good shot at winning a scholarship to a prestige art school, but lacks the support of her family. Her dad wants nothing but for her to cook, clean, and work the potatoes on the cursed land. She has enemies at school and yet she persists in working on her art project in order to submit it before the deadline. Things get exciting when she finds the hatchlings.  Mischief abounds as her new pets grow creating more problems for Limpy to overcome. It's a story of fears, a story of family being torn about, and a story about unity. The author has created characters with depth and I had great empathy for the protagonist and the life lesson she learns. 

It could be considered a scary story for children who are extra-sensitive. I would compare it with the 1984 film Gremlins, but an understated version. It is not violent as the film was, nor is the town over-run with the creatures. I think the story has just the right pace of excitement for young readers. 




The Ten-Minute Daily Writing Prompt
Write every day. Even if it's just a little bit.
The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. 
Today's prompt is:
The gopher surveyed the lawn.
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