Showing posts with label children’s book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children’s book. Show all posts

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist" by PM Perry

INTERVIEW and EXCERPT
Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist
by PM Perry

Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist by PM Perry

Author PM Perry stops by today for an interview and to share an excerpt from his new children’s book, Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist. Get your copy ON SALE for only $0.99 (save $2.00) to 18 August.

Description
Maya Mysun is a dreamer; tormented by the vision of the wraith & the event she witnessed, something she cannot reveal to anyone not even her protective twin, Jack.
Their thirteenth birthday was supposed to be the best one yet but her troubles were just beginning. An unexplainable event forces the twins to flee their home in search for a mystical monk, the protector of the world that does not exist; the world of magic.
All her life Maya had dreamt of magic but it was not supposed to be like this. On a perilous night the twins are forced to race across London, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of something dark.
Along the way they meet a rebellious runaway with an agenda of his own, discover an underground castle & a mysterious monastery with a hidden history & powerful artifacts.
Maya is scared for there's panic in magical world but determined to unravel the event that forced her to leave home; she bravely ventures deeper into a world filled with unheard of mythical beasts & challenges age-old gatekeepers. But in doing so she comes in contact with an evil long thought to be destroyed.
Discover a world of ancient prophecies & experience the beginning of a rampant adventure with twists that keep on building.

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Excerpt
Maya woke abruptly on a clear night in London.
‘Tommy that felt real, bewitchingly real,’ she whispered to her pet tortoise in his vivarium across the window. Fully awake, she hugged her soft duvet. ‘I was in these dark woods and I saw a portal appear; you know, a doorway to another world. It had an intense blue light with lightning sprouting from its edges, and it tore the woods before me. Don’t worry, nothing happened to the woods; it was like a tear in a photograph, only it was a tear in the air. Through the tear I saw a chamber with a glowing fireplace. And then a wizard walked through!’
Vivid dreams were normal for Maya, but this felt like something else. Rubbing the goosebumps on her arms, she quietly sat up and swept her brown fringe back before leaning across to pluck Tommy from his world. Excited and frightened, she cuddled the small creature and looked through the gap between the curtains behind her to see if it was still night. Her heart sank to the bottom of her stomach when she saw the otherworldly grey sky. An ungodly hour, she thought, recalling what she’d read. It was a period of uncertainty, neither day nor night, when the dark arts were at their strongest.
‘I’ve still got some time before our big day!’ She sighed, giving Tommy another embrace before returning him to his pebbles. Maya and Jack, her not so-identical twin, were about to celebrate their thirteenth birthday. But that wasn’t for a couple of hours, so she snuggled down with thoughts of presents floating in her mind. Comfortable, she gazed up at the glowing stars stuck on her ceiling and gave a quick glance to her fluffy toys before closing her eyes. It wasn’t long before images of fantasy, of wizards, kings and magic rose in her mind. The images returned like a flash flood: slow at first, then quickening until she was swept into another world.
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Praise for the Book
“... one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time.”
“... recommend this to any reader that enjoyed the Harry Potter books.”
“... story of talking animals and magic was not only enchanting but the best book of its kind since The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
“Reminded me in some way of Johnny Quest from my childhood.”
“... a great gift to a teenager who loves fantasy adventure.”
“...  a clean read for kids!”
“... Entertaining story for young and the not so young.”

Interview With the Author
Author PM Perry joins me today for a quick interview about his new book, Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
I recommend this book for children aged 9 years and upwards.
What sparked the idea for this book?
My inspiration was my daughter and the idea to have a girl as the main character.
So, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The idea for the novel came first, but it was always going to have a female lead.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
I found it hardest to write the action sequences.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope it helps my young readers become stronger and overcome their weaknesses and fears.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Altogether, it took me about one and a half years to write the book.
What is your writing routine?
I took time off from work and wrote daily as a routine.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published my book via Amazon.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Not so much advice, as a warning: it’s a marathon!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family when I’m not writing.
What does your family think of your writing?
They like it! Especially my daughter who now has a book written especially for her.
Did you like to read when you were a child?
I enjoyed reading The Famous Five series and similar novels.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized I wanted to be a writer about ten years ago.
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
I suppose the main character’s journey reflects my own, to some extent.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
I have been influenced by writers such as J. K. Rowling and Stephen King.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’ve heard from a few - they seem to like the story. I have a lot of great reviews!
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I hope to develop the story further by adding more books to the series in the future.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll share my review with our readers once I get the chance to read your book.


About the Author
PM Perry
PM Perry is an aspiring new author who lives and works in London, where he divides his time between writing, being an entrepreneur, and spending time with his family. Surprisingly he writes both fiction and non-fiction books. Maya Mysun and the World That Does Not Exist is his first novel and is a children's magical adventure based in London.
Until recently, PM Perry was happy within his comfort zone working as a successful manager. An unexpected change shook him from the comfort zone and empowered him to author a book and tick off one of the items on his bucket list.
Writing has enabled him to discover many friends around the globe: all highly motivated and wise individuals and all chasing their dreams. Writing has also allowed him to come out of his shell and live life by undertaking new ventures - in other words, chase his dreams. Chase your dreams, try the impossible and live a little.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Buckaroo Buckeye" by Kristin Anderson Cetone

GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY
Buckaroo Buckeye
by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Buckaroo Buckeye by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Buckaroo Buckeye by Kristin Anderson Cetone is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Winner of the Mom's Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!
There's a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.
Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to:
• Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• "Dream, Believe and Achieve" no matter their size!
Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo's determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!


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Excerpt

“Who is talking?” the little nut asked.
Again the voice bellowed. “Why, you are a buckeye! You are a WORTHLESS NUT just like the rest of us!”
“I am NOT worthless,” cried the little nut.
But the other nuts only laughed and mocked him.

Praise for the Book
“Kristin Anderson Cetone has told a very appealing story of a little Buckeye who was trying to find his purpose in life. He knew he had something important to do. A wonderful encouraging book for children of all ages. Bought it for my grandchildren and kept one for myself.” ~ Jessica Jankowski
“It's hard to find books that have real meaning for young children and my granddaughter especially enjoys the parts about not listening to people who tease or bully others. It's a lovely little book with a great message about believing in yourself no matter your size. I look forward to seeing other books by this author.” ~ Amazon Customer
“Delightful story that kids will love! This is a book the kids will ask to read over and over. The adorable character takes us on an adventure that is fun and educational. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!” ~ michelle eastman
“Perfect story for any child! I also suggest a paperback copy to keep in house and share with school!” ~ amberjoe02

Guest Post by the Author
The focus of my book came from my father. He would ask many times, “Do you know what a buckeye nut is?” To be respectful, we would say, “No, Dad, what is a buckeye nut?” He would always respond, “It’s a worthless nut!” This is the starting point for Buckaroo. He starts his life journey of self-discovery to find his purpose and worth and place in the world despite discouraging words and self-doubts on the long journey when, in the end, this tiny seed finds his true place in the world and discovers it was within him from the very beginning. He always believed in himself and his dreams. We are all born with the potential for greatness! So as Buckaroo will tell you, “Dream, Believe, Achieve.”
Besides Writing, I am a Reading Specialist and taught for many years in the public schools. As an author and entrepreneur, I now offer reading assessment and reading tutoring through Nuts About Reading™ my online, supplemental reading screen and tutoring for grades 1-3 and their parents. I use a video-conferencing format for children from their own home computers. Parents can observe but can not coach the child. SAFE-CONVENIENT-AFFORDABLE.
Buckaroo Buckeye™-A Little Nut with Big Dreams
Buckaroo Buckeye is the story of a tiny little buckeye nut seed who falls from his tree in Ohio. The other buckeye nuts bully him and call him worthless. He is determined to prove the other nuts wrong and find his special place in the world! He is picked up by a young girl walking near the tree and she carried this little nut home. The little girl knows the legend surrounding a buckeye nut. She knows they are carried for good luck. The little girl also loves the stories of the old wild west, so she transforms her buckeye nut into a cowboy and names him Buckaroo. The little girl’s life journey goes many miles and all along this journey, she carries Buckaroo with her, a friend for good luck. They get separated along the way and Buckaroo continues his journey of self-discovery alone. He must rise above bumps and bullies along the way. Will he give in to his self-doubts? Will he find his special place of worth and prove the other nuts wrong?
“Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us. This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and passions in life. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, and rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.
Discouraging words…discourage dreams,
Encouraging words…sprout dreams,
Parents plant the seeds.”
~ Kristin Anderson Cetone

About the Author
Kristin Anderson Cetone
Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone's imagination and joy of reading.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose - just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.
Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children's reading process and become successful readers.
Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Buckaroo Buckeye plus a $5 Amazon gift card (US/Canada only).

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"The Checkered War" by Aunt Haggis

INTERVIEW and EXCERPT
The Checkered War:
An Infested Story in Three Parts
by Aunt Haggis

The Checkered War: An Infested Story in Three Parts by Aunt Haggis

Aunt Haggis stops by today for an interview and to share an excerpt from her first children’s book, The Checkered War: An Infested Story in Three Parts.

Description
A feud is raging between three colonies. Although the Harvesters, Carpenters, and Blood Red Slave Hunters have been fighting since last year, this summer will secure a lasting victory for only one of them. This is the story of war and feast and … no, not famine … more feast!
And of Willy, our unlikely hero who has been adopted by the Harvesters. He is from the Black-Haired Garden colony and is nothing like them. Small and young, he knows nothing of war. How can he possibly help prepare for the big battle?
Willy learns that some species are parasites who never work, wandering around feeding off other colonies. Others are thieves and robbers, or killers and cannibals. And it’s always about war.
Does Willy merely try to survive, or does he figure out how to be a useful member of the colony? Can an insignificant like Willy help to win an unstoppable war?
At the end of each chapter, real science information called “Ant Facts” provide fascinating knowledge about the real lives of different species of ants.
And they explain why Willy is going to do what Willy is going to do!


Excerpt
Chapter One
Wednesday July 1
0900 Hours
Camp Wheat
Harvester Colony
The war raged between the three colonies. Although they had been fighting since the last year, this summer would secure a lasting victory for only one of them.
The Harvesters lived near the paved road beside a large and spacious wheat field. Their rival, the Carpenters, lived west of where the road splits into a bumpy and dusty path leading into the abandoned forest. The Blood Red Slave Hunters lived wherever they pleased. Everyone was afraid of them.
At Camp Wheat Queen Opal sat against the wall of her dark, dry chambers, glancing around the room. She watched her many advisors, most of whom had served her for years. She scratched her legs and listened as the Harvester soldiers discussed their strategy:
"We should attack from the rear," Ada recommended strongly. "It worked last year, it will work again." Ada was an average-sized soldier, average color, average strength and weight. Her outstanding quality was that she was more industrious than most. She prided herself on being dependable. Ada stood more erect to increase her height. “The rear attack always works,” she repeated for emphasis.
"I disagree," Minolt retorted. Minolt flexed her forelegs. She marched up closer to the front of the group. "That's exactly what they're expecting us to do: attack from the rear. We need an element of surprise." Minolt’s jaw tightened, and her eyes darted back and forth, seeking supporters.
"She's right," an advisor chimed. "Minolt is always right." Minolt gloated and threw a victorious smirk toward Ada.
Ada's face felt hot and flushed. She could feel sixty bulging eyes staring at her. "Minolt says that every year," Ada countered, "but nobody ever thinks of what the surprise should be, so we always end up attacking from the rear.”
The group began to grumble. Ada looked around the room for defenders of her plan. “And it always works," she added quickly.
"Not this year," said Minolt acidly. She moved in closer to Ada, breathing hotly on her face. "If you had a few brains, you would realize that this situation is different. We're not just dealing with the invasion and seizure of goods, but with an opposing army, a BIG army.” Minolt thrust her front legs high into the air. “We have to get there first,” she continued resolutely. “We have to encircle the battleground. We have to move swiftly. We have to approach unnoticed.” Her eyes pierced Ada’s entire being. “Get it?” Minolt backed away, shaking her head in disgust.
Some of the advisors were beaming at Minolt’s forceful, sarcastic speech.
Ada knew everyone was staring at her. She could feel her throat tighten and the hair on her legs quiver. She thought she might faint from embarrassment until the Queen stepped down from her seat.
Queen Opal methodically paced around the chamber, each council member scurrying to get out of her way.
"I have an idea for the element of surprise,” Queen Opal began slowly. “Remember the story of the Trojan Horse? You know, where the soldiers made a big horse and then crawled inside of it? When it was delivered to the enemy, it was wheeled inside the gates and SURPRISE!” She looked around the room at the colony’s brightest and bravest soldiers. “We can do it! “she told them with conviction. “We will build our own Trojan horse!”
Whispers, murmuring, an increasing rustle began to crackle through the crowd. "We don't have any wood," blurted out a soldier.
"It would be too heavy," called someone else.
"We're not Carpenters. We're Harvesters," another cried.
"I know, I know," answered the Queen, louder and more impatiently than she expected. "Not a real Trojan horse,” she explained, “but an 'edible' Trojan horse.” She wrapped her front legs around her head and tried to calm herself. She paced back and forth, then suddenly commanded, “Now everybody leave. I need to draw up the plans. Prepare your divisions for labor." The Queen pointed to the door. "Go! Go! Go!"
The advisory board left the Queen's chambers, mumbling among themselves that she’d lived too long, given birth to too many children, and now was slipping into insanity.
Queen Opal was also mumbling, but to herself, "Oh boy, oh boy, an edible Trojan horse! How ever will I do it?"
***
Willy sat huddled in a dark corner of the Queen’s chambers. Unlike the rest of the colony, he was the only one who was from the Black-Haired Garden colony. He had been adopted last spring after he’d been swept off the bank of the Spanky River during a rainstorm. Miles downstream he had been washed up onto a log. After drying out, he had crawled into the cattle barn of the Harvester colony and had become one of them.
Willy had immediately gone to work milking the herd. Unlike the other males in the colony who were lazy and useless, Willy was a solid worker who did his share. Although his co-workers called him overly enthusiastic, Willy considered it a compliment. No one seemed to notice he was Black.
Willy wanted so badly to help his new colony. Like an enemy spy, Willy had squeezed into a dim nook of the Queen’s chambers, straining to hear the words of the advisory board. As an outsider to the council as well as the colony, the advisory board would never have invited Willy to the meeting. Only he wasn’t a spy; he was just a lowly worker who wanted to make a difference.
Now as he contemplated the upcoming battle, his dream of being a war hero kicked into gear. He wanted to help his colony win the war. He knew he would have to use brains, not strength, to assist his Queen. Try as he might, Willy didn't know how to make an edible Trojan horse. He wanted to come up with a solution for the Queen. He thought, and thought, and thought until his mind became tired. His tiny legs were weak from being scrunched up for so long in the dingy corner. Then he fell asleep.

Ant Facts 1
Ants are a wonderful People. They belong to the order of insects called Hymenoptera. There are billions of them upon the earth, and there are over 12,000 known species. If you carefully study them, you will see that they have some of the virtues and many of the vices of human beings. They have surprising talents and can perform many different tasks. Because they live in organized communities with a highly specialized division of labor, they are known as social insects.
Ants live, work, and sleep just like other peoples. But they are not as industrious as you might think. Some species never work, wandering around like parasites feeding off other colonies. Some are thieves and robbers, while others are killers and cannibals. Just like the human race, ants can be their own worst enemy.
Ants live in a caste system where there are three distinct groups: the queen, the workers, and the males. Like human queens, the queen ant is in charge; she has servants that take care of her. The workers are not so lucky; they work their entire lives. All of the workers are sterile females. Males don’t work at all, and only live in the nest at mating time. After mating, the males soon die. In most species, the males have the best vision, the females have eyes that don’t work very well, and the workers have the poorest eyes. In some species, the workers are even blind because there is no optic nerve. Still, some have no physical eyes at all. The brain, however, is another matter. Generally, it is barely developed in the males, improved in the females, and the most well-developed in the workers.


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Praise for the Book
“This book was fun to read because I could hardly wait to see what would happen next!” ~ Tanisha – Age 11
“I normally don’t read books, but this one was very interesting. I learned a lot about ants.  I like it better than any other book I’ve read.” ~ Chandler – Age 14
“Most of the boys like horror stories and things like that, but lots of the girls like girlie types of books, so your book is good for boys and girls.” ~ Alyson – Age 10
The Checkered War was very educational. I learned a lot. I really liked the action parts and the jokes.” ~ Paige – Age 12
“I liked this book because it has a lot of action and tragedy.” ~ Adam – Age 11
“I liked how the fact cards were at the end of each chapter.” ~ Kaylee – Age 11
“I suppose this book is the best book I’ve ever read!” ~ Joe – Age 10
“It was funny. I liked this book! I really liked how you used all the real names and species of how it is the ant kingdom. I didn’t put the book down after I started.” ~ Kimberly – Age 14
“I really got into The Checkered War.  I learned a lot about the army, war, and especially ants. I don’t think I will ever step on an ant again.” ~ Rory – Age 13


Interview With the Author
Aunt Haggis joins me today to discuss her new children’s book, The Checkered War.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
Geared for ages 7-14, The Checkered War is innovative children’s literature that takes an unusual twist on genre by mixing action and adventure with both fact and fiction. While immersed in a thrilling and exciting story, young readers learn fascinating facts about science.
What sparked the idea for this book?
I became fascinated with ants when I bought an ant farm for one of my kids for Christmas. The idea that my child could view and study these tiny, industrious creatures was intriguing. And I would be teaching him something new and fun.
So I thought.
But the box remained unopened. For two years.
One day while cleaning out his closet, I noticed the ant farm smothered in a pile of clothes on the floor. Apparently, he still wasn’t fascinated, intrigued or mildly interested.
But I was.
So, I took the box to my downstairs home office and set up the ant farm. Then with the coupon I found inside, I sent away for my live harvester ants and impatiently waited.
Finally, the ants arrived, and I was elated! I carefully poured the contents of the plastic vial into the ant farm, not letting a single ant escape, and voila! Instant ant farm! After a brief awakening to their new home, the ants set to work.
I watched fascinated as nature’s tiniest engineers dug tunnels, built roads, and erected bridges. They built room after room, segregating their living space, and never quit working! As I excitedly observed them day by day, I began to notice things they do that are just like humans, only better. They work together quietly, quickly, and efficiently. Without training, classrooms, or the Internet, the ants figured out how to cooperate with each other, working as a unit to build a colony, find food, and take care of their young.
Simply stated: ants are pure inspiration.
And then I thought: “What if there was a book that readers assumed was about humans, but it was really about ants?”
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
The Ant Facts. I wanted them to be correct and precise, so I did an enormous amount of research, reading several books, including a 732-page encyclopedia-like scientific volume entitled The Ants.
Wow! How do you hope this book affects its readers?
My desire is that all ages of readers will become fascinated with ants, as well as other small creatures that we know so little about, and perhaps not pre-judge their sophistication and importance in our world. To quote a young reader who read The Checkered War, “I really got into The Checkered War. I learned a lot about the army, war, and especially ants. I don’t think I will ever step on an ant again.” ~ Rory – Age 13.
How long did it take you to write this book?
The Checkered War took me one year to write. Half of that time was spent on the illustrations. I knew what I wanted them to look like, but I knew nothing about the art of air brushing. So, I bought a couple of books and started practicing until I got the nine illustrations right.
Impressive! What is your writing routine?
I write every day for four to six hours. I spend the rest of the day plotting and planning, making outlines and, most of all, researching needed information to make sure it is correct.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published it on Amazon's Kindle.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
To quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”
Great advice! What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Photography, reading books, researching interesting topics, cooking, riding my bike, rafting wild rivers and, most of all, hanging out with my family.
What does your family think of your writing?
Some of them, as expected, are my biggest fans :-)
Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
I literally grew up on the river studying nature, rafting wild whitewater rapids, basking in the sun, and sleeping under a canopy of brilliant constellations. When I wasn’t looking up to examine the stars at night, I was looking down by day to investigate the most intriguing of creatures … ants. You will find my discoveries in The Checkered War.
Did you like to read when you were a child?
I have always loved books and great stories. I read at least one book every week as a child ... I still do.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first short story while I was in elementary school. When I went to college, I thought I had to do something more noble, like go to medical school or law school. Every time I changed my major, I changed it back to English and creative writing. Seven times!
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
My childhood experiences have influenced everything I do, from the way I connect with my family and friends, to the way I write stories, relate to my readers, and conduct business.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
When I was younger, it was Judy Blume I loved. She told a great story and made me laugh at the same time. Now I like thrillers and suspense and mysteries ... any of the great writers hitting the big book lists.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Over one hundred children between the ages of ten and fourteen in Indiana, Illinois, and Utah have read The Checkered War, including two middle school literature classes. Their responses were overwhelmingly positive; they loved the story and the scientific facts. The students commented on format, vocabulary level, and general interests and their suggestions were incorporated in the final draft. Teachers I have interviewed are enthusiastic about a new way to teach both literature and science. They have stated that they would like to include the book in their teaching curriculum. I also plotted the reading level on the Edward Fry Readability Graph, confirming its suitability for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Parents and younger children were also enthusiastic about the book.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Whatever my readers beg and plea for, I will deliver!
Anything else you would like to add?
I hope The Checkered War is the first in many of its kind to come, as I am a true believer in combining fiction with fact ... and who's to say where to draw that line?
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today, Aunt Haggis. Best of luck with your future projects.


About the Author
Aunt Haggis
Aunt Haggis is a published author, photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. She literally grew up on the river studying nature, rafting wild whitewater rapids, basking in the sun, and sleeping under a canopy of brilliant constellations. When she wasn’t looking up to examine the stars at night, she was looking down by day to investigate the most intriguing of creatures ... ants. You will find her discoveries in The Checkered War.
Aunt Haggis has previously written seven full-length screenplays, one adult fiction novel, one illustrated novelette (which was a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award), a biography (of a famous river runner), and numerous magazine articles under a boring name she is required to use for business. The Checkered War is the debut of her first book for children.


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