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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

💌 Dear Reader, Love Raynelda Calderon

 


Dear Reader,

     Since the explosion of technology and the Internet, children seem to live immersed in a world of music videos, video games, and TV, but do they know about the people who came before them, who have impacted their lives so much more than they even realize? I wrote “Little Giants: 10 Hispanic Women Who Made History” because I wanted to highlight a little bit of my Hispanic history to inspire young readers who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

     Why women? you may well ask. Throughout history, women have been undermined, oppressed, and underrepresented. At different points in history, women have not been able to go out in public, to drive cars, to study, to work, to vote, or even to take credit for their accomplishments. Finally, we can now do all those things and more. Don’t get me wrong. There are still more things we need to achieve, but I am positive we will get there.

     With “Little Giants”  I hope to motivate and inspire our children today to accomplish great things tomorrow based on the example of role models from the past and present. They need to learn about and remember the contributions of women in history to be encouraged and inspired to lead the future.

     Kids in schools and at home need a book like this one to encourage them to continue to study, to start businesses, to run for president, to keep dreaming, and to go on living meaningful and successful lives.

     When the idea for this book came to me, the first thing I did was search Amazon to look for children’s books about the contributions of women in Latin America’s history, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for: an anthology for children that highlighted and honored the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history and society. Well, now there is one.

I hope you enjoy it,

Raynelda

About the Author



Raynelda Calderon grew up in the Dominican Republic, on a healthy diet of romance novels, comic strips, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books, and the strict watch of her mother. She has a doctorate in leadership in higher education and works as a public librarian.

As a librarian, working with children inspires her to write about the accomplishments of Hispanics in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions.

Raynelda lives in New York with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.

You can visit her website at rayneldacalderon.com. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Book



Little Giants: 10 Hispanic Women Who Made History
 is a short collection of biographies about Hispanic women and the impact they made in the world. Some of the women featured in this book are iconic figures such as ballet dancer Alicia Alonso; others are less known heroines such as indigenous leader Dolores Cacuango, founder of the first bilingual school in Ecuador. Beautiful illustrations accompany the text to bring these women to life and inspire the young generation of readers to be leaders tomorrow.

This book is a great resource to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading about the history and accomplishments of these courageous women and their contributions in Latin America.

You can pick up your copy of Little Giants at Amazon or Cayena Press.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

💌 Dear Reader, Love Ronda Beaman

 


Dear Reader…

From the moment the glass slippers appear on her feet, Cinderella stands up for herself, rebels against her wicked stepmother and takes control of her life.

Dorothy follows the yellow brick road in her ruby slippers to find the Wizard of Oz in search of answers but finally realizes she had them all along.

And after Forrest Gump’s mother, Jenny, buys him his white running shoes, he’s off on a fascinating life. As she says,

“You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes- where they goin’, where they been”.

Shoes are really the first adult machine we are given to master. Think of the pairs you wore and you remember. Graduation? First Prom? Wedding? Shoes are a uniquely sole-ful object lesson for life and in my book I share some of the shoes I remember and the life and lessons that came along with them.

My Feats in These Shoes is a spunky, spirited, uplifting memoir that rather than giving you emotional bunions, will put you on your own path to an out of the shoebox life. I didn’t want to just share my life, I wanted to share the hard fought lessons I learned in hopes of inspiring and illuminating your steps toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more.

In my book are the stories of the different styles and sizes of shoes that took me into and out of tight spots. Shoes that I wore to step up or back. Shoes that helped me cross bridges and climb mountains—and accomplish some small, medium, and large feats.

I hope after reading My Feats in These Shoes you will not just know me, but you will know yourself more deeply and believe in your capacity for striding forward and up into the life that fits you perfectly.

About the Author


Dr. Ronda Beaman has been Chief Creative Officer for the global research and solution firm PEAK Learning, Inc., since 1990. As a national award-winning educator, Dr. Beaman is Clinical Professor of Leadership at The Orfalea School of Business, California Polytechnic University. She is Founder and Executive Director of Dream Makers SLO, a non-profit foundation granting final wishes to financially- challenged, terminally-ill adults, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Pay It Forward Foundation. She was recently named a Stanford Fellow at the Distinguished Career Institute.

Her national award-winning book, You’re Only Young Twice, has been printed in five languages. Her memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge, was an Amazon bestseller and was featured at The Golden Globe Awards. Her children’s book, Seal With a Kiss, is designed to improve skills for beginning readers and is offered at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers internationally. My Feats in These Shoes will be released in Spring 2021.

Dr. Beaman is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, fitness, education, and life coaching. She has conducted research in a host of areas, written many academic articles and books, and won numerous awards. She was selected by the Singapore Ministry of the Family as their honored Speaker of the Year and named the first recipient of the National Education Association’s “Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching” award. She has been selected as a faculty resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) university in Argentina, Kyoto and India, where she received the highest speaker ratings among 36 elite faculty. She has been featured on major media including CBS and Fox Television, USA Today, and is a national thought leader for American Health Network.

Dr. Beaman earned her doctorate in Leadership at Arizona State University. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer with multiple credentials from the Aerobic Research Center. Her family was named “America’s Most Creative Family” by USA Today and she won the SCW National Fitness Idol competition.

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About the Book


If memoirs, done right, tap the right sort of personal journey to ignite fresh insight and inspiration into the human journey, then what better way to humorously and poignantly illuminate the sequential steps and stages of life than with shoes?

“My Feats in These Shoes” is an exuberantly spunky woman’s spirited and irrepressible romp—slips, missteps, leaps, scuffs, and twirls—toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more.

Far from serving up trauma porn (or emotional bunions), this memoir is an upbeat, humorous, affectionate and affecting coming of age memoir that ends each chapter with a ‘Put Yourself in My Shoes’ section for readers to consider their own strides in pursuing an out of the shoe box life.

You can pick up your copy of MY FEATS IN THESE SHOES at Amazon.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Cheryl Carpinello

 


Dear Reader …

Since you’ve picked up one or both of my Ancient Egypt books, you must be as fascinated with the ancient world as I am. And if you didn’t guess, Egypt is one of my favorites! My visit in 2008 is still so vividly etched in my mind. It is my hope that my descriptions of 1330 B.C. Egypt and of the historical characters bring ancient Egypt alive for you.

Piecing together the life of Tutankhamen for both Tutankhamen Speaks and Sons of the Sphinx led me on my own exciting journey through ancient Egypt. One of the more interesting finds on this journey gave me the title and storyline for Sons of the Sphinx. In between the paws of the Sphinx stands an ancient stele, a stone on which text or pictures were carved. This particular granite stele is 12 feet tall and weighs around 15 tons. Known as The Dream Stele, it tells the story of Thutmose IV’s dream he had after falling asleep at the Sphinx. Thutmose IV, Tutankhamen’s great-grandfather, thereafter was known as a Son of the Sphinx. That title passed on down to his descendants. I didn’t know the significance this would play in writing until several years after my visit to Egypt. I still kick myself when I remember that I was right there beside the Sphinx and didn’t take a closer look! In the picture, you can see the stele, the darker slab of granite right between his paws.


(Photo by Cheryl Carpinello, May 8, 2008)

One interesting tidbit about writing Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks: I worked on the opening of Sons for about nine months and got nowhere. I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Then one day as I was sitting with pen poised (literally) above my writing tablet, I heard a faint voice in my head. “You’re not going to be able to start this story until you write mine.” I pondered for a moment, and replied, “You’re right. I need to write yours first.” And so, I wrote Tutankhamen Speaks. When it was finished, I had no problem starting Rosa’s thrilling adventure back to 1330 BC Egypt.

I hope you enjoy my Ancient Tales & Legends!

Love,

Cheryl Carpinello

 

About the Author



Cheryl Carpinello
 taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.” Visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Books


From over 3000 years ago comes the voice of the Boy King.

Scrolls found buried in the basement of the Egyptian Museum. Transcribed in an ancient hand. Record the words of King Tut for all to read.

Tutankhamen answers all of the lingering questions, including the big one.

Discover the real story behind this famous pharaoh. Transport yourself back to an Ancient Egypt filled with mystery, magic, and danger!


You can pick up your copy of TUTANKHAMEN SPEAKS at Amazon.



A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. 
Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.

Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.

Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!

Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

You can pick up your copy of SONS OF THE SPHINX at Amazon.


Sunday, August 8, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Arabella Sheraton

 


Dear Reader…

I am so glad you are reading this book because it tells me you love Regency romances as much as I do. I wrote this book to entertain my invalid mother who was a huge Austen and Heyer fan, as am I. The first book, Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball, started out as a quick holiday novella for Valentine’s Day, of course. The sequel, The Lady’s Revenge, just had to be written. The characters kept nagging me, demanding the rest of their stories be told. Writing Regency romance is an incredibly immersive experience for me. It is like going back in time on a holiday. I love the era, the clothes, the manners, and social mores. It was also a time when people respected each other more, I think, and I like that. I enjoy it when a man opens a door for me or helps me in some way as a mark of respect. That’s why Regency is such a wonderful era to write about. Plus, I love doing the research.

A Regency novel can be fun, flirtatious, and vivacious as well as deep and intense. Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball is a simple love story about two people who can’t bring themselves to declare their feelings. It takes effort on the part of others to maneuver them into a situation where they must take a stand and accept their feelings for each other: the Valentine Ball. The build-up is slow, and the courtship is almost invisible until the final moment. The second book, The Lady’s Revenge, delves into the dark and murky past of Lord Blackwood’s fiancée Letitia DeVere. I really enjoyed writing her character and although she is the woman you want to hate, you have to grudgingly admire her efforts to reinvent herself and claw her way back into society. My word, but Letitia has certainly been up to a few tricks while absent from London. Letitia is prepared to stoop to quite nefarious tactics to win back her lover. But Fate has a funny way of rebounding… I hope you enjoy both books!

Best wishes

Arabella Sheraton

About the Author


Arabella Sheraton grew up reading her mom’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels, the queen of modern-day Regency romance, and of course, Jane Austen’s iconic Regency novels. Although Arabella’s literary background was in publishing and editing, she had never written a fiction book. Her first novel started out in response to her mom’s complaint that she had nothing new to read. That first Regency novel was The Dangerous Duke! Since then, Arabella has penned six more authentic Regency novels and a romance self-help guide to finding the right partner, with useful quotes by none other than Jane Austen. Arabella has branched out with a mash-up of genre in her latest work in progress. A murder-mystery, time travel, Regency romance coming soon!

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About the Books


Title: LORD BLACKWOOD’S VALENTINE BALL (Book 1)
Author: Arabella Sheraton
Publisher: Bublish
Pages: 90 (novella)
Genre: Regency Romance

BOOK BLURB:

In this romantic traditional Regency novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, charming Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, but Patience is determined to help her young friend make a good match. So why isn’t she happy when his lordship and Lorna seem to like each other’s company? The problem is that Patience is already madly in love with his lordship! An unexpected invitation arrives for Lorna and Patience to attend Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. This is the perfect moment for him to propose to Lorna. Mysteriously, a corsage arrives from an anonymous admirer. Who is it for? And what will be the outcome for the wearer at Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball? Patience and Lord Blackwood’s enchanting story continues in The Lady’s Revenge.

PRAISE

“Set in the era of grace and chivalry, Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball by Arabella Sheraton is the heart-warming novella prequel to the more adventurous novel, The Lady’s Revenge. Written with similar charm and panache of Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice, this enchanting story captivates the reader and draws them into the vibrant life of Patience Cherwell. Patience’s loving and noble spirit is evident from the onset of the story; instantly capturing the reader. Despite the results that could lead to a lifetime of loveless solitude, Patience’s sacrifice of self for the love of a friend is gut-wrenching, yet profoundly noteworthy. This is a beautiful story of eternal love and redemption, and I highly recommend it to hopeless romantics.” – Amazon Reviewer 5 stars

You can pick up your copy of LORD BLACKWOOD'S VALENTINE BALL at Amazon.



Title: THE LADY’S REVENGE (Book 2)
Author: Arabella Sheraton
Publisher: Bublish
Pages: 186
Genre: Regency Romance

BOOK BLURB:

This engaging traditional Regency romance is the sequel to Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. Miss Letitia DeVere decides that revenge is a dish best eaten cold when she returns to London after a two-year absence to find her former admirer Lord Charles Blackwood on the verge of proposing to Miss Patience Cherwell. Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball proved to be the turning point in his fledgling romance with Patience. Letitia is not the kind of woman who gives up easily, as Patience and Charles soon find out. She stops at nothing to achieve her aims. However, Letitia has a dark past, with secrets that threaten to return and destroy her newfound social success. When Charles proves less malleable than in the past, Letitia resorts to subterfuge, seduction, blackmail, and even violence to force him to propose. Will he see through her tricks and remain true to Patience, or will Letitia’s seductive wiles lure him back?

PRAISE

“The timing is one of the most wonderful things in this read, especially because of the various means of subterfuge and blackmail which are at play. Author Arabella Sheraton has a knack for timing her comedy and her suspense in just the right balance to keep that rompy pace going, just like authentic Regency novels should do. I can’t recommend this two-partner enough, or indeed the author herself and her other super-fun works. Readers with a modern mindset or a lack of historical knowledge might not fully ‘get’ the style, but if you’re someone that does, then you’re going to truly fall in love and want to keep stepping back into this world time and again, so give them a try!” – Amazon Reviewer 5 stars

You can pick up your copy of THE LADY'S REVENGE at Amazon.

 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Dear Reader, Love E.P. Bellows

 


Dear Reader and Fellow Adventurer…

Hello from Azra’s Pith! Thank you for joining the adventure. I have a few tips for you before you begin. First, the thought of jumping through the passageway can be a scary idea (you’ll find out in chapter 4). Once you are in, the excitement and energy take over and it feels like the best rollercoaster you’ll ever ride. Enjoy it because you will land on the dirt of Copious Forest in a flash.

When you meet Ferdinand, he may come off as a little... well, testy. The truth is, he is a bit on the prickly side. He is also one of the most loyal friends one can have. Ask him to take you to the closest waterfront town. If you are lucky enough to see Market Day make sure you visit with Rosie the fox. She loves to trade and always has rare treasures from all over the realm. 

Another thing to remember, birds in Azra’s pith are not always what they seem. If you catch one at the right time you may find yourself in the presence of an Empyrean Wizard. Most are good, peaceful and wise... but there may be an evil one out there with dark powers; so be careful!

If you need to get around, scamper fouls are the quickest mode of transportation on the ground (Empyrean Wizards can soar across the realm’s sky at amazing speed). Scamper fouls are also great companions! Hold on tight though! The ride is bumpy!

Always be aware of your surroundings! Bandits will catch you off guard to pick your pockets or capture you for ransom! If you happen to see Sebastion’s ship sailing up the river, try to hop aboard for ride! They are a spirited group and a swashbuckling adventure at sea is an absolute certainty! 

Azra’s Pith is a place of wonder, filled with magic and fantastic creatures. Beware of what lurks in the shadows. There are dark forces at work. If you are willing to join in the quest with John William Celeste, and the others; prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime! See you there!

Best,

E.P. Bellows 

About the Author

A few random things about me…

Um, let’s see… when I was eight, I had a pet turkey. I used to take it with me on my very short lived paper route. Needless to say, I was terrible at delivering the paper. No one wanted a “Dollar Saver” with turkey poop splattered across the front page. Apparently that’s where the best coupons are.

Books… well, “Treasure Island” is a fantastic pirate tale. I love just about anything by Roald Dahl. I would also like to thank C.S Lewis for sending me on an unrelenting childhood quest for portals to amazing worlds (even in the most unpleasant locations, e.g… the older brother’s closet, etc…)

I write fantasy stories for children. Yep – I am a HUGE fantasy geek. I can’t help myself! It’s too darn awesome to escape to another realm with sorcerers and wizards. The underlying theme in my stories is empowerment, self love, and living purposefully.

When football is on I turn into a different person. I may even use a curse word or two… or three. I enjoy running; which is a good thing because I need to do it in order to fit into my jeans.

I love to cook and really, really love to eat. I have a theory that avocados actually contain super powers and have the amazing ability to make any snack epic. I also love garlic… which, according to my loved ones, also has an unfortunate super power … the pungent breath-inator… or something of that nature.

Few things make me smile more than chocolate, cheese… AND, if the Chargers would make it to the Super Bowl again – just once:)

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About the Book

John William Drake was born an explorer; just like many, many Drakes before him. His adventure really began with the discovery of a book hidden in the ceiling, followed by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He lived every day in misery until his twelfth birthday. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down… follow me and change your destiny.

He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits – the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Uncovering traces of his missing father gave him hope and upped the stakes. John William was determined to get off the ship alive and search for the missing pieces of the puzzle. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to solve the most important mystery of his life.

You can pick up your copy of BANDITS OF BASSWOOD at Amazon.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Samantha Hart

 


Dear Reader…

When I came upon a journal in my attic where at twelve years old, I penned the words, “This is a story about me, nobody special,” intuitively, I knew I had a responsibility to my younger self to write this book. Blind Pony As True A Story As I Can Tell is a memoir—a coming-of-age narrative intersecting themes of rebellion, recovery, forgiveness, and redemption. Ultimately, I wrote the book so that I could reconcile the demons of my past, and in doing so, move forward with my life.

The book is about doing whatever it takes to survive. I went from being a teenage runaway to an underage barmaid to a backgammon hustler, a nude model, and a photo stylist. Fueled by the mantra, “I’ve got nothing to lose,” I traveled around the world, all before turning twenty years old.

I named the book after a pony I was given by my grandfather, Princess, who was blind in one eye. That pony became a metaphor for the way I felt—damaged. My grandfather began abusing me when I was five years old and continued to do so until I ran away at age fourteen. When I look back on my life, I don’t know how I found the grace and grit to survive. If I had told my 14-year-old self that I would go from mucking horse stables to photographing Hugh Grant for the Four Weddings and A Funeral marketing campaign or that I would own and run a company with over 40 employees, I wouldn’t have believed it. But through it all, I found the fortitude within myself to thrive.

For me, the most challenging part of my past to reconcile was the idea that my mother didn’t love me in the same way that I feel about my three children. When I ran away at age fourteen, she never tried to reunite with me. It scarred my heart for a long time, but when I had my daughter, I made a solemn promise the abuse I endured stopped with me. My children would be loved and valued. I know this sounds very heavy and sad, but I hope you will also enjoy the humorous moments in the book, as there are many.

I never dreamt that what began as a catharsis for me would end up touching so many people. I have learned that I’m not alone in some of the painful experiences that have happened to me, and that makes me proud I dared to tell my story. If I can help one person have the courage to step out of their comfort zone and strive to live a better life, it was worth writing it.

Thank you for allowing me to share Blind Pony As True A Story As I Can Tell with you.

Love,

Sam

 

About the Author

Samantha Hart’s career has spanned music, film, and advertising, earning her a reputation as an award-winning Creative Director. Early in her career, Hart worked with top artists at Geffen, including Cher, Aerosmith, Nirvana, and Guns N’ Roses. In the film industry, her marketing campaigns brought prominence and Academy Awards to FargoDead Man Walking, and Boys Don’t Cry while earning cult status for independent features Four Weddings and A FuneralPriscilla Queen of the Desert, and Dazed and Confused. With her partner, Samantha built a multi-million dollar company in the advertising industry, Foundation, with over forty employees and offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Under her leadership, Foundation earned distinction as an early disrupter of the traditional production and post-production models, combining the two under one roof. Samantha currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, director James Lipetzky, and their teenage sons. Her daughter and granddaughters reside in Massachusetts.

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About the Book


In her debut memoir, entrepreneur and Hollywood executive Samantha Hart reveals the abuses and traumas that she overcame to build a creative, successful, and love-filled life. BLIND PONY As True A Story As I Can Tell (Wild Bill Publishing) was released on March 15, 2021, and is a 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival award winner.

BLIND PONY As True A Story As I Can Tell illuminates Sam’s remarkable ability to be honest and vulnerable about horrific experiences while infusing her unique brand of humor and being relentlessly hopeful. Her story starts with a heart-wrenching childhood of abuse that she endured by her grandfather, which led to her life as a runaway teen and landed her in 1970s Los Angeles. She navigates various abusive relationships, toxic Hollywood characters, a search for her father, “Wild Bill,” and ultimately finds her North Star.

“Almost no one in my life, including long-time friends and colleagues, knew about the trauma I experienced as a young girl. I always managed to overcome adversity throughout my life, maintain a positive outlook, and do well for myself. But deep inside, I felt damaged. In telling my story now and hearing from readers, I realize there are a lot of “blind ponies” out there. If my story resonates for even one person and helps to provide some hope for healing, it was worth writing,” says Sam.

Sam is currently working on adapting BLIND PONY As True A Story As I Can Tell for TV/film while writing her next book, a novel entitled Starcrossed, and a collection of drawings and stories called When I Was A Muse.

You can pick up your copy of BLIND PONY at Amazon.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Dear Reader, Love J.W. Baccaro

 


Dear Reader…

I’m hoping you’re falling in love with my world. I love it when you can easily visualize colorful scenes in your head just from reading a segment of words. I’m not talking so much about a brief description of mountain tops, hillsides or castles. I’m quite sure to all of us fantasy lovers, at least myself, I prefer brief descriptions of those things. What I love visualizing is the vivid colors of magic, the energy surrounding a powerful warrior, even the bloody brutality of battle. It makes the journey all the more exciting. Then I wonder what if Hollywood picked up this book, how cool would it be to see Prophecy of the Guardian take place on the big screen? The special effects would be worth it alone.

But it’s even more fulfilling when you fall in love with a character. You root for him, or her. You become frustrated when he is making such ridiculous mistakes. You want to jump into the book and smack him! Ha! You also love him and want to see him succeed. That’s the beauty of characters coming to life in stories. You feel like you’ve made friends, or you are a spectator along for the ride.

I’m hoping you love the Nasharin Race I created. Obviously, they are the main focus of the book, the most interesting, the unique warriors they are. I’ve always loved transformations in anime, or kaiju movies, like say, when Godzilla upgrades to Fire Godzilla! Or Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball series; the transformation and power of the Sword of Omens from Thundercats. Heck, even as a kid I loved it when Prince Adams transformed into He-Man and Princess Adora became She-Ra. It’s equally exciting when a warrior goes through some serious, hellish training and comes out a new induvial to be respected, even feared. My love of all these elements led to my creation of the Nasharin Race.

But a good story takes more than that, I am sure you’ll agree. One must care about the characters, otherwise what is the point? The scenarios I wrote in Prophecy of the Guardian I think many can relate to. Perhaps you’ve gone through something similar before? It’s not all about magic after all, that’s just the icing on the cake. It is the heart of the characters. I hope I have delivered what you’re seeking in a fun-to-read and intriguing tale.

It’s by far no literary masterpiece. I am no Tolkien! But I feel it’s a fun, inspirational and easy to read story. An endless tale of that classic good versus evil with my own twist. And sometimes you know, the Light isn’t always right. Our protagonist realizes that after encountering a particular race the Light believes was never meant to exist. We are who we are. You judge one not by their skin color, creed or gender, but by the content of his character—the heart.

Thank you for reading!

About the Author


J.W. Baccaro is the author of Prophecy of the Guardian, The Coming of the Light and Blood Dreams. Always a lover of creativity, from works of literature to writing music with his electric guitar; even baking and cooking. When not working on his next story or lost in a good book, J.W. enjoys kicking back with a couple of tasty craft beers and binging on Kaiju movies, 80’s action flicks, Japanese animation and slasher films (particularly the one involving a hockey mask). Heck, he even enjoys a good romantic comedy. Feel free to email him at jwbaccaro@yahoo.com. He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his German Shepherd and his three cats.

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“Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness…as theirs. Though being saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world…”

Darshun Luthais has never experienced the Nasharin Frenzy—the unbending will to challenge a stronger opponent, no matter the cost. He doesn’t know what he will transform into, has never bonded with an elemental crystal and has never seen any of the unearthly creatures his father talks about. Even though he’s an infant in Nasharin years, his life consists of nothing but constant training, striving to unlock the sleeping power his so-called accursed race is born with.

But all that changes when he is pursued by a Dream Assassin in the dead of night. What he witnesses will forever change his outlook on life and lead him on a quest only the strongest can complete.

PRAISE

This epic fantasy is action packed, all the way through. Definitely a powerhouse for fantasy lovers. It has plenty of dark magic, tons of bloody battles, and even some seductive tones.

The chosen one faces his destiny with tribulations that at times favor Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. While reading I also felt it resembled Lord of the Rings especially due to its epic length. I can not stress enough how well detailed the story and characters are. Nothing is ever lost in the pages. The timeline is incredible and every aspect continues to build. Wonderful and fascinating!

It is involving, meeting the chosen one as a baby, watching him grow as a young boy into an adolescent, learning to fight, learning who he is, and learning to love. There are many secrets that unfold and characters to meet along the way. From witches to elves, to gnomes and trolls there is sorcery and magic around every turn. The creatures met along the way are descriptively colorful and incredibly likable. Even the darker ones! Well, there are some gross ones too as I think of it. You’ll see!

As a side note, the author does not hold back in his details of war and how brutal the effects are on the people and the land. He sets his world in a beautiful background, so exquisite and then details the destruction during bloodshed and battle.

I’m usually not into a lot of battle stuff. This series however carried so much with it, more than just a battle book. The action was absolutely a big part of the story and without it, the fantasy would not be the epic level that it is, of course! But, there is also the magical side, the mythical and mysterious wonderment. The creatures are so desirable and they stayed with me as I read the story. The colors of the world are so vivid. And actually the magical aspects are my favorite parts of all.”

~Cynthia Ellen Jones~  A Hippie’s Bookshelf: Reading, Reviewing and Bookish Vibes

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