Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday


Prompt: The urge to interrupt him before he had finished was overwhelming.

“My father had to throw this ball. Against my wishes, I might add.”

 The urge to interrupt him mid-sentence was overwhelming! Cinderella bit her tongue.

“Right now, I’m too busy hunting to bother with a wife. When I wish to wed, I’ll pick the prettiest girl in the crowd and make her my bride. Maybe I’ll pick you.” He winked.

And to think she’d actually sat at home and cried when her stepsisters ripped her first dress to shreds. She’d wasted a wish with her fairy godmother for this ball! What a waste.

Home by midnight? No challenge at all. 

See how the others interpreted this prompt!

Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gates of Atlantis Blog Tour!


I am so excited to share this with new series with you! The Gates of Atlantis is a new fantasy series for middle grade readers, written by six amazing authors. I cannot wait to share this series with my boys when they get a little older! The six books can be read in any order, although it's recommended Battle for Acropolis be read last. Like the Gates of Atlantis facebook page for more information! (Sorry the formatting isn't prettier, blogger was not cooperating!)

Guardians of the Gates
Thirteen-year-old merman Exander wants to leave Atlantis to mingle with the humans and explore the world above. Talia, his best friend, wishes she was a guardian of a gate leading to the surface. She'd keep those nasty humans out of her beloved city of Atlantis. When Talia accidentally short circuits a gate, Exander is trapped on the wrong side, getting a crash course in navigating the human world. As Talia fights to help Exander come home, she learns someone is closing the other gates, and it’s destroying the magic of Atlantis. If they can’t convince the magical creatures of the world to save the gates, the destruction of Atlantis will only be the beginning.
About the Author
Laura Bastian grew up in a small town in central Utah and now lives in another small town in northern Utah. She always loved stargazing and imagining life outside her own little world. Though they grew up only thirty miles apart, she didn’t meet her husband until they went to college. A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, Laura has been using that training as she raises her children and writes make believe worlds. You can usually find her on her laptop either typing away, or on social media interacting with friends. 
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Banshee at the Gate
Thirteen-year-old half-breed banshee, Seven, likes her life. She leads souls safely to Death and she has the planet’s most awesome dad and little brother. But a cryptic message from Atlantis asking for her help changes all that. And then there’s Death, who has decided it’s time to take her brother’s soul. Now she’s racing across the world, trying to stay one step ahead of Death.

Unfortunately, getting to Atlantis from Ireland isn’t easy, and there are evil minions determined to keep her away every time she turns around. But fighting for their lives teaches Seven one very important lesson—she isn’t human, and she isn’t a banshee. She has to be both if she wants to save her brother and make it back home alive.

About the Author
Wendy Knight is the bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, no touching the knives…you get the idea). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big—her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing. 

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Magicians of the Deep
Thirteen-year-old Colin knew nothing of the magic world until he is bitten by a mischievous pixie. He meets thirteen-year-old Alleya on a secret website devoted to magical creatures. Before he knows it, Colin finds himself thrust into a whole new world.

Alleya has been hidden away from the rest of Atlantis because she’s half-mermaid, half-Atlantian. Her father tries to ease her boredom by getting her a computer and finally allowing her to go to school. She accidentally lets slip a dark secret —the gates to Atlantis are being shut and it's destroying magic. Alleya is exiled to Indiatlantis.

There, she learns mermaids are getting sick because of the lack of magic, and the tunnels are beginning to collapse. Together, Colin and Alleya must find a way to bring back the old magic and fight to save Atlantis.

About the Author
Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close, but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve at BYU and they have six happy, crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.

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Secrets of the Mine
Adam Alfaro daydreams about magic, myths, and becoming famous for discovering the lost city of Atlantis. The only problem? He has to spend spring break in Africa while his mom works. To make it worse, everyone expects him to be friends with the annoying Clancy Pitt while he’s there. It’s dislike at first sight...until he realizes she might know a few secrets about Atlantis.

Then he meets Nef, a spirited sea kelpie who needs help rescuing naiads kidnapped and left to die in an ancient mine. Suddenly the strange creatures Adam dreamed of become all too real. And they’re after him. Can Adam, Clancy, and Nef fight their way through the maze of tunnels in the mine and reach the naiads before it's too late?




About the Author
Julie Caldwell - This is where I tell you about how amazing and interesting my life is. Sorry to disappoint you with my non-glamorous life, but I'm a normal person who loves to read and loves to write. I've written romance, YA paranormal, and mid-grade fantasy--who knows what I'll try next? I just listen to the voices in my head and let their stories out. I'm married to my favorite person, and together we're raising two hilarious daughters and a dog who dances gangnam style for treats. La vie est belle!

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Madness Behind the Throne
Callidora is an Atlantian noblewoman and member of an elite guard whose purpose is to keep Atlantis pure...until her life is turned upside down by the birth of a son.

Phoibos, bullied and taunted by other kids, is sure of one thing: something is wrong with Atlantis. Impure, Atlantian-Human hybrids are ruining his city, and he'll stop at nothing to rectify that. Callidora is the only one who knows the truth of who her only son really is, and how dangerous he can be. Can anyone stop Phoibos before his need for purification brings Atlantis to the very brink of destruction?


About the Author
JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.

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Battle for Acropolis
Thirteen-year-old Talon is in trouble...again. He didn't mean to burn down the school library. It just happened. Things like that always happen to Talon. His life is a mixture of the weird and bizarre. No one else he knows can shoot fire from their hands or cause anearthquake...but he can.

Every night the same dream haunts Talon: the destruction of an underwater city. He doesn't have a clue what it means but he feels like fate is trying to warn him. It's not until he runs away with his foster sister Hattie that he discovers his trouble-making powers and strange nightmare are connected. Together they are the key to saving magic...to saving Atlantis.

About the Author
Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several picture books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons. He is also the author of the best-selling middle-grade fantasy The Stone of Valhalla as well as the exciting series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of theAuthors’ Think Tank Podcast

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday


Prompt: The pink glove lay on the ground, almost covered.

The pink glove lay on the grass, almost covered with snow. Isabelle bent down to pick it up, but her hand passed right through it. She wanted so badly to brush the snow away and convince Amy to put it back on. No one else should raise Amy. Especially not Gretchen.

Isabelle watched her daughter play happily in the snow, Amy’s fingers bright red from the cold.

“Amy, come inside!”

Amy ran into Gretchen’s arms, chattering happily and following her step-mom inside. Isabelle screamed. It wasn’t fair that Gretchen had pushed Isabelle off a cliff and stepped into her life.

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays


Prompt: It was time. She'd fought against it for so long.

Rachel touched her bloody leg, wincing at the pain. The leg was on fire. Red streaks spread up her leg. Blood poisoning.

It had been stupid to go hiking alone, but she’d been mad at Sean. And she’d fallen into an abandoned mine shaft for it.

How long had she been here? Two days? Three?  Her tongue was swollen, her vision blurry.

She’d fought against it from so long, but it was time. Rachel grabbed the beam that speared her thigh, pinning it to the floor. Would she bleed to death before finding help?

She grabbed the beam and yanked.

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
Lindzee Armstrong/Lydia Winters http://lindzeearmstrong.blogspot.com

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

Sorry I'm a day late this week, peeps. Life on the homefront is a little nuts right now. Enjoy!


Prompt: It was just for one night.

It was just for one night. Carleigh would owe her forever. This was the kind of debt that would take decades to repay. Maybe centuries. Leah had a lot of favors she planned on calling in.

Carleigh whispered to Leah, “You’re up. Go get ‘em.”

“I can’t believe I agreed to this.” Leah crept along the back of the bar, ignoring the loud laughter and cat calls. They weren’t directed at her. Yet.

She took the steps, legs shaking. She whispered to the DJ, then stepped onto stage.

“Next up for karaoke night, Leah!”

There was no backing out now. 

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

Prompt: She had to find the necklace, before...

Marlene had to find the necklace before Emily got home. She shouldn’t have “borrowed” it. She always lost Emily’s stuff. Now Emily was on her way home, and Marlene knew she would notice the missing necklace.

Marlene checked in all the couch cushions. She checked behind the dressers. She even checked in the freezer.

There was only one other possible location—the linen closet. Please be here. Emily would be home any minute. Marlene opened the door and jumped as something heavy fell. A lifeless body sprawled on the floor, blonde hair matted with blood.

Emily.


Marlene couldn’t stop screaming.

See what the others said!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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