So before I begin gushing about each individual book in this series, let me group this series together as whole. What I love about the series is it's sense of fun! Right from the prologue you are issued a warning... And from there you know if you're going to love it or not. Jack Templar is a monster hunter in every sense of the word, and throughout this series you will be engaged, enchanted, entertained and enlightened.
I like to think of this series as Grimm for middle graders...
This book starts off following Jack Templar on the eve of his fourteenth birthday. He's in for the quite the birthday... he doesn't get your typical gift, but instead discoverers that he is the last in a long line of monster hunters... and all the monsters are on their way to find him. This unfurls into the most amazing of adventures, self-discovery, and life changing events.
I love middle grade books that don't dumb things down, but take an honest approach at real situations and show how that affects our youth. Even in the midst of the fantasy in this story, this book cuts to the reality of situations... From how differences and fear trumps appreciation, to the nuances in friendship, to the length that family will go to protect you.
This is perfect for the middle grader who isn't afraid of monsters or darker themes. There is more than a bit of violence, but also a heavy dose of humor, and heroism to balance that out. My only criticism in this book comes from when the narrator chooses to break the fourth wall... I've never actually seen it done in books before, which made this device particularly fun, but I felt it was used more successfully in certain locations more than others.
Book two in this series, Monster Hunter Academy, picks up right where the action in the first book lets off, taking Jack Templar to the academy where the monster hunters train. Before they even hit the academy though, new monsters strike, setting up another book full of action and excitement. When they reach the academy, each person must adjust in their own way to the levels of the academy (instructor, hunters, and ratlings)
Jack must find a way to stay true to himself and find the answers he seeks. Along the way new friends, new threats and new discoveries aide the journey.
The fourth wall breaking that pulled away from the story was gone... And instead I found myself fully engaged and engulfed in this adventure and characters. Jack Templar is a real boy, and you route for him like you know him. And now that the foundation and direction for the series has been defined, I am excited to follow him on the rest of his journeys, knowing the path ahead us treacherous, exciting, and sure to be full of wit and fun! Again, this book is full of darker themes and violence and should be considered for younger middle grade or sensitive kids.
BOOM BOOM BOOM... after the first two books, I shouldn't be surprised that the action starts right away, but I was caught off guard at how quickly and thoroughly this new phase of the journey began and was developed. We jump right into the characters as they begin their perilous journey to find the first of the Jerusalem stones, and fight the Lord of the Vampires... immediately we are introduced to a new set of creach, and background that gives background to the antagonist. Riddles and secrets lead this team into new depths of terror and danger... That only a true Templar can get out if... Is Jack up for the job? And OMG... The twist. So great, I can only tell you that you need to read this.
The first book in the series introduces the characters and problem. The second book offers the necessary training and background, and the third book delivers on it's promise to start a incredible journey.
This really is a fun series, and deserves it's 5 star ratings! If you or your child enjoys a little darker read, this is one for you!!!
Today I have a question... Do you rise to the inspiration around you, or let inspiration rise from within?
The simple change in the order of words creates and entirely new meaning. Do you look at inspiration as something intrinsically within you, or something that comes from the outside, knocking on you from time to time. Or maybe both...
When I look at this image, I see power. I see the power of the wind pressing against her, and yet only her (the leaves remain unruffled on the forest floor) I see strength and determination in her eyes and poise... and purpose in her movements.
How does inspiration feel when it infuses you? Do you truly let yourself go to the power of your muse, or engage in friendly conversation?
Take a moment to reflect on this. Let your mind wander. See where this creative inspiration takes you.
Vampires, and angels, and demons...oh my! Download the international bestseller by award-winning author, K.N. Lee for free today. And don't keep this fantastic event a secret. Share it with your friends!
Book Two of the Best-Selling Novel, The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld
Not all vampires are created equal...
Koa is a half-blood vampire with not only the ability to fly, but survive in the sun's light. She will do anything to protect her mother, and break her curse. The demon, Bund, wants more than her mother's life. He wants something from Koa, a power that she doesn't even know she has, and will rip through as many humans as he can to get her to surrender.
Agent Koa Ryeo-won, and her boss, Halston, formed a crew of supernatural agents to stop Bund. But is a prophet, a temptress, a War-Breeder, a half-blood with an enchanted sword, and a few angels enough to stop what Bund has planned?
In the midst of a war between the humans of the mortal world, and the creatures of the Netherworld, Koa discovers the truth of her past. She finds herself torn between two men, and in the center of everything. Faced with all of her returned memories, Koa also finds herself more powerful than ever. Being a half-blood is hard enough, but what exactly is Koa's other half?
The truth can save...or destroy everything.
Will the Netherworld Division stand behind Koa once they learn her secret?
Chapter 1 of K.N. Lee's young adult fantasy, Academia of the Beast!
5 out of 5 stars
The Best Sequel Novel I've Ever Read--Period
"When I finished reading K.N. Lee's "The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld," I remember the anticipation which began to build from that moment for the story I knew was coming.
Well, "Dark Prophet: Book Two of the Chronicles of Koa" certainly did not disappoint. Koa and Halston are back, better than ever. It sets a precedent for me to finish reading fictional works the very same day I start them, but that's EXACTLY what happened this afternoon. An original, detailed plot--unique characters a reader finds themselves investing in readily--true hang-on-for-dear-life action--this book has it ALL. Lee writes in such a way she engages her audience from the opening sentence. I'm thrilled to say I've seen it happen twice now.
At this point, allow me to make something crystal clear: I'm not the type of reader who simply decides to review written material with the coveted 5-Star Rating just because others have before me. That's just not "how I roll". But, as I mentioned above, I'd already seen Lee's talent with her first Koa publication; Dark Prophet validates my anticipation. Five stars? By all rights, there SHOULD be a 5-Star PLUS designation specifically for K.N. Lee.
There's already a legion of fans out there who share my opinion. Join us, and get this book, folks. It's that simple."
-Michael Holman, the author of Resolve and Retribution
Alice surveyed the massacre. The sun rose, and so they were safe… for now. A cool dawn and faded sunlight shone down on an old farmhouse that was burnt to the ground.
All of the livestock had been slaughtered. Cows and sheep lay scattered around the grounds as if someone had simply run through the fields, cutting them down with an axe. The flies buzzed around the bodies with glee. What a feast had been laid out for the vultures and scavengers.
The poor family had been murdered, bled dry, and pinned to stakes in the ground for all to see. Two young women around the ages of twenty and twenty-five, a boy of about ten, and the mother, father, and grandmother. All dead, all with their eyes ripped out and mouths sewn shut.
It seemed that no matter where they went, that death and destruction had already made an appearance. Raven felt as if she was going to be sick. She’d seen so much in her long life that she should have been prepared for this.
The smell of burnt flesh lingered in the air making Raven gag. She looked up at Alice with tears in her eyes.
“More children?” Her heart beat in her chest like a tiny drum.
She yawned. Raven was weary from running around with Alice from crime scene to crime scene. There was no rest for the pair. They were tracking a demon, and would not stop until they found him.
Alice nodded. Her face was serious, angry, and pale. “That bastard,” she growled. “I will pound his ugly face with my fist and chop his skinny body into tiny pieces.”
The firemen were frozen as Alice and Raven looked over the damage. An old house had been burned down. It was apparent that the fire had started in the basement and destroyed everything.
But with Alice’s gadgets she had surmised that there had been fourteen young bodies. She could actually view the scene with absolute clarity. Raven imagined what would happen if the humans had their hands on such technology, just how many crimes would be solved. With the device in Alice’s hand, she pulled up the scene, and they watched Bund hang the girls by their heels.
They watched him taunt and tease them, feed from them, and then, they watched Greggan enter the room and set it on fire. The only thing that was missing, was the sound. They had no idea what was said between Greggan and Bund, but it was clear that the demon was not happy with Greggan’s actions.
Raven stood on a stone step and watched Alice look over the ashes and remains of the old farmhouse. A buzzing sound drew her attention. Alice raised a brow and looked down at her watch. She pressed a button and shot to her feet when Halston’s image pulled up before her.
Raven ran over to get a better look. She was too afraid to hope or feel joy yet. She needed to hear what he had to say. Halston was fine, but where was her daughter?
“Well,” Alice began. She folded her arms. “Took you long enough, Mr. Boss Man.”
Halston looked around at the burnt logs and piles of rubbish and ash. “What happened here? Any luck with tracking Bund’s whereabouts?”
“While you were off playing around in the Netherworld, rescuing damsels and breaking princes out of prison, Greggan and Bund haven’t wasted time with making the humans fearful to leave their homes. It is a real shit show out here, Halston. Greggan made an announcement on the BBC that he is making a change to this world. He told the humans to stay in their homes until the “transition” is over. He says that he wants to take the VRS from a secret agency to a global scale. No human will have a say, and that they will all be at the mercy of vampires.”
“What a fool.” Halston didn’t look surprised. “Meet me at the old church as soon as you can get here. I’ll wait for you two.”
Alice raised a brow. “Oh, will you? I’m honored.”
“Viktor wants me to report to him at headquarters. I need you to look after the others while I’m gone.”
“Like a babysitter?”
“Where is Koa? Is she all right?” Raven cut in.
Halston nodded. His face softened when he looked down at Raven, as did his voice. “She’s fine, Raven. She will be here at the church when you two arrive.”
“We’re on our way,” Alice said.
Halston gave a nod. “Take care, you two.”
Alice nodded. “We will. You do the same.”
Halston’s image faded as he cut the connection and left Alice and Raven in silence.
Alice rolled up her sleeves and took a deep breath. “We’d better get a move on then.”
Spoons came sniffing along, in the form of a jackal. He stepped in the center of what used to be the basement and dug his nose in the ash.
“Not even a piece of meat left for me,” he growled, disappointed.
Alice rolled her eyes. “Stop complaining. I let you eat that body back at the library crime scene. Shouldn’t you be full for a couple of days?”
Spoons looked up at her, with the same ice blue eyes that he had in his true form. It looked strange on a jackal. “I’m always hungry.”
“Well, tough luck.”
Raven put a paw on Alice’s leg. “Can we head to the church now? I need to see Koa. Please.”
Alice smiled and picked Raven up. She nuzzled her neck. “Of course. We’ll go there now.” She looked over to Spoons. “Do you still have his scent?”
Spoons nodded. “I do. Where the two of you’s goin?”
“We are headed to the safe house to meet with Halston, you keep tracking Bund until I meet up with you again.”
“Right, leave me to do all da work. Jus like ya angels. Lazy bastards.”
Alice let out a long breath and shook her head. She ran up the stone stairs with Raven in her arms and into the cool afternoon. A group of onlookers had appeared, confused by the frozen firemen and the damage to their neighbors’ farm.
One of the teens stood before the stake to which one of the farmer’s daughter had been nailed. His face was white as a sheet of paper and his breaths came fast. He was on the verge of an anxiety attack. A few moments longer and the kid would surely start screaming his head off.
Alice cursed under her breath and sat Raven down on the grass. “Go on, hun, stand back.”
Raven did as she was told. She knew what Alice was about to do. She’d only seen the angel do it a couple of times, when their cover was almost blown by a few nosy humans. Freezing cops and police officers was a simple task for Alice, but when other humans came into the mix and actually saw what she’d done, it took more than a little freezing of their muscles and minds.
Alice stepped before the two older women that stood at the gate, a smile on her pretty little face. The women looked at her with fear, and stepped back.
“Hey ladies, what a lovely day it is, isn’t it?” Alice lifted a hand and the teen boy was lifted from the ground. She tilted her neck and he yelped as she sent him flying across the field and dropped him beside his family. She dusted her hands and looked them over.
“So, is it just the three of you then?”
“Y…yeah.” The women held onto one another and the boy scrambled to his feet to join them in their frightened huddle.
Alice nodded. Her smile remained friendly, and soothing, but it was too late, the humans had already seen too much. “Good. Now,” she ran her hands through her short pink hair and clicked her teeth. “Let’s say we play a little game.”
Raven’s eyes widened as she stood far away and watched Alice levitate off the ground. The woman started to scream but Alice muted their voices somehow. Then, she started to glow.
Rings of light encircled her body, crisscrossing and shooting up and down from her feet to the top of her head. The women and the boy watched her with stunned awe. They knew it then, that she was an angel, and their faces softened into looks of wonder.
Raven was unsure of what they saw, but their faces went from contorted horror to looks of joy and relief. Alice’s angelic glow softened against the humans faces and bathed them in feelings of happiness and serenity that would have a completely opposite reaction to any form of nephilim. It was why Alice told Raven to step away.
Raven lowered her head as she watched. She was a nephilim, a supernatural spawn of the fallen angels. Not vampire, or Syth, Jem, or anything she’d ever seen or read about; Raven was a new breed. Even so, Alice’s angelic glow would have killed her.
Raven was reduced to tears as she thought of how the beauty of what Alice did to the humans would have burned her from the inside out and sent her into episodes of agony until she was nothing but ash.
It was then that Raven felt her first wave of doubt. The angels were there to clean up the mess they began centuries ago. They were to either eliminate or find a way to separate the nephilim from the humans. There was no changing that both she, and Koa, were nephilim.
Neither was exempt from the wrath of God and his agents.
It's always a curious question... what items would you take to a deserted island? For an author, an even tougher question would be, if you only had ten books to take to a deserted island, what would they be. Here are Lynda Cox's Top Ten choices:
If I was stranded on a desert island and only had ten books to keep me company until
rescue arrived, these would be the ten I would hope I had. If I was stranded on a desert island with my e-reader, it would make it a lot easier because sure as shootin’, I’d figure a way to recharge those batteries. Anyway, in no specific order, here’s my list of ten books I would wish to have with me on this hypothetical desert island.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I love this beautiful and lyrical coming of age story. The messages within its pages are ones that resonate from the time it was written until today: acceptance, forgiveness, tolerance, and understanding.
2. Noble Cause by Jessica James.
A novel of the American Civil War, it’s more than a tale of two people falling in love who happen to view that war from opposing sides. The novel is amazingly researched, has won several awards, and just happens to be a darn good read.
3. Perfect by Judith McNaught.
OMG...my love affair with the tortured hero struggling with his better angels started with this book. I laughed and cried and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. It’s a bit dated in some of the cultural references, but OMG.
4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
My first thought when I read the fly-leaf on this book when I bought it the first time (I’ve read it so often I’ve had to replace it three times because the bindings wore out) was FINALLY! Someone told the story of Arthur and his court from the female perspective, and in this case, the perspective of the three women who influenced him the most: his mother Igraine, his sister Morgaine of the Fairies, and Gwenhwyfar his wife.
5. Wicked by Gregory Macguire.
From the time I was a little girl, I had always felt that the Wizard of Oz was a mean little man. From what I saw in the movie, the Wicked Witch of the West never seemed to bother the people of the Emerald City and yet he sent Dorothy to destroy her. My question of “Why” was always answered with “Because she’s evil.” Worked for a while. Macguire tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and how she became so “evil.” Loved it.
6. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Sorry, would have to be all seven because asking me to choose just one of them would be asking me which of my grandkids is my favorite. Not going to do that. Not happening. No way. No how.
7. Tempting Fate by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
There are now 26 books Yarbro has written of the “life” and times of her vampire hero, St. Germaine, with a 27th December. I’ve read all of them, but far and above, Tempting Fate has remained my favorite and one I read again and again. In the whole series, Yarbro brings a very real humanity to St. Germaine and creates monsters in the humans around him, but it was in Tempting Fate that she literally broke his heart, nearly destroyed him, and the vampiric monster of legend that he had fought so hard to keep from being his reality became just that.
8. The West by Geoffrey C. Ward.
This is actually two books: one is the illustrated companion to the PBS series and the other is the full text version that the PBS series was drawn from. I’m a western historical romance writer. This is as close to a classic Western book as you’ll ever find on my shelves. And, I doubt there will be mountains on this desert island and I NEED to see mountains.
9. Yesterday’s Son by A.C. Crispin.
One of the many, many, many novels written in the Star Trek universe, this was one of the best. It was written about the repercussions of an episode of Star Trek in which Dr. McCoy and Spock were trapped the distant past and Spock reverted to his less than logical self that is the genetic legacy of the Vulcan people. Yes, in this book Spock has a son. coming out in
10. Lassie, Come Home by Eric Knight.
It wasn’t the books by Albert P. Terhune that made me a collie fancier. It was this book, this story of a collie’s unflagging love for her boy, Joe, and her story of her incredible journey from one end of England to the other to be with him that made me want a collie and that kind of bond.
I stared out the windows as she pressed a lavender soaked cloth against my arm. I stiffened at the intense burning.
“It has to hurt to heal, y’know.”
I nodded and looked back to the window. The sting eased as the soothing aroma filled the room. Through the dusty windows, the commotion of the courtyard continued. Above the carts, golden banners swayed and rings of smoke from the butcher’s carts rose. Shadows danced along the bricks below the watchful eyes of the guards. A shiver ran down my spine.
The longer I looked, the dimmer the facade seemed. Between the golden banners, worn ridges and dilapidated brick threatened to fall. I smiled, recognizing the technique. I had a few posters hung strategically in my room as well. When the damage wasn’t visible, it was easy to ignore. I just didn’t understand why, here in all places, the walls would be broken.
“Is it always so busy out there?” I asked, lowering my gaze to the women dancing in the middle, vibrant scarves whipping around their bodies.
“Oh yes, especially this time of year.”
I smiled warmly at her, we had lots of celebrations and fairs in the summer at home too. I guess some traditions were shared everywhere. “Summer is a great time to celebrate.”
She stopped for a moment and re-dressed my arm. “It’s not time for the summer festivals yet m’dear. This spectacle is for the rebels and their pitiful refusal to accept the inevitable. They’ll be parading around like fools all month.”
I jumped up, careful to cover the rag as I walked to the window. I watched the women twirl, coins glittering at the hips, and thought back to Deakon and Pipes. Rebels? Panic began to rise and my hand holding the cooling rag slipped. “The rebels? Who’s side are they on?”
“You must’ve hit your head a little hard in that forest,” she chuckled, waving me back to the chair. “The rebels are against King Berkos of course. Some of these peasants still hold out for change, but I know better. I hope you do too,” she added, before mixing a bowl of apple cider and vinegar. “I won’t deny things were different under King Helio and Queen Alexandra, but times have changed. Like m’papa always said, you can either jump on the cart or get trampled under its wheels. No, when they let King Berkos in, they should have known what was coming. The signs were there, had been for years.”
The mixture dripped off her fingers as she reached for more vinegar. “You can’t blame someone for acting the only way they know. I never blamed King Berkos. Everyone knows you don’t turn your back on a snake. No m’dear, he’s been good to his supporters, provided safety and trade opportunities. I won’t turn my nose to that and certainly not my back on him. Everything has to change at some point, even the good.” She waved her hand towards the window. “All of that’s foolish. You can’t eat dreams.”
“Why do they do it then?”
“In remembrance of the queen, so they say. But some things are better left forgotten, or unspoken. Now, let me work on your hair too,” she changed the subject. “It’s not right, someone as young and beautiful as you walking around like this. What does your mother think?”
Auntie Quinn covered her mouth at my shrug. “Oh no, she’s not…”
“No, no, nothing like that. We just haven’t been talking lately.”
“Well, perhaps if you talked more, you wouldn’t be dressed like this in public.”
“Ouch,” I protested, as she rubbed the dirt and dust from my head.
“Sorry dear, there’s quite a few branches tangled here. This vinegar will strip the mud. Just a moment. Oh --.” The steadiness left her hands. “Oh dear, it can’t be,” she trembled, picking leaves out of my hair. Auntie Quinn’s demeanor quickly changed. “No, no, no,” she fretted, her eyes darted over the small shop. “Where did you say they assaulted you, dear?”
“I wasn’t assaulted,” I replied cautiously. “I was just lost in the woods.”
-Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff
Title: Finding Fuzzy: A "You-Decide Tale" of a Lost Friend (Sweet T Tales) | Author: Cat Michaels | Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns | Publication Date: March 26, 2014 | Publisher: 2101 Ink | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: Illustrated chapter book for early readers (Gr. K-3) Blue sky ... Warm sea ... Sugar-sand beach ... The perfect family vacation on the Carolina coast ... Except the trip takes a nosedive when Jenna loses Fuzzy, her plush blue rabbit pal. Jenna learns to carry on without him. But when she stumbles across a secret, she faces the toughest decision of her young life. And YOU, the reader, will help her make that choice and come up with the ending of this You-Decide tale. Don't worry. Cat shows you how in her book and on her website. So, slip on your flip-flops and join Jenna at the shore. It's time to decide YOUR ending for Finding Fuzzy. Caution: Irene A. Jahn's ocean-themed watercolors have been known to cause beach fever.
"Finding Fuzzy" placed second in the Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children's book authors, in the category of chapter books.
The Buzz About the Book
"Finding Fuzzy is an early chapter book featuring the opportunity for children to create their own ending to a sweet, summertime story. The main character, Jenna, has a decision to make when she discovers that her beloved stuffed bunny she had lost is now being used to protect a litter of kittens. After weighing out all of the possible outcomes, it is up to the reader to decide what happens next in the story. I thought this was a unique concept that will interest children, especially ones who are interested in writing their own stories (like my daughter!). I recommend this book to parents, homeschoolers, and teachers with children between the ages of 5 and 10." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"The story is sweet, and suitable for all children. The book is set up to get kids to think and discuss what they would do in a certain situation--in this case, giving up a precious friend (the stuffed bunny.) I could see using this in either a classroom setting or as a bedtime story. The watercolor illustrations really capture a beachy mood and create a great visual for kids as well.. " ~ 5 Star Review, Nikki B., Goodreads
"Cat Michaels has put young readers in a position to solve the dilemma. Readers must brainstorm and utilize their critical thinking skills to write the ending to Jenna's story. This quick to read chapter book has small colorful illustrations that help readers imagine the beach. Readers will also find that the author has created a world where they use all five senses. The back of the book has tips for parents and teachers to help their readers.. " ~ 5 Star Review, Kristi B., Goodreads
"This is a book with a difference. The space where the ending should be is blank, leaving readers with the opportunity to take a far more pro-active role in the unfolding of the story. It's time to get creative. It's time to give the story your own ending! There's room for a picture as well, so the budding author can test out their illustration skills too!" ~ 5 Star Review, Peachy Emma, Amazon
"The genius here is that Cat has picked the perfect storyline to make your would be writers put themselves into Jenna’s shoes and truly understand how she feels.It’s the stuffed animal, every child has one and every child is very attached to it. This is a great book for it's educational value as far as letting the kids use their imagination to come up with their own conclusion. ----5 stars for this one!" ~ Bookroom Reviews, Amazon
About the Author: Cat MichaelsCAT MICHAELS started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. After earning an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas, she spent two decades helping students from kindergarten to college reach their potential. She also managed communication and resource development programs for an international high-tech company that included writing press releases and articles for trade journals. After recession and downsizings, she returned to her education roots, serving at a community college as a writing coach and learning specialist for students with Asperger’s syndrome and learning disabilities. Cat spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or twinge of mystery, that open young minds to new ways of thinking and looking at the world. Illustrations by watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns help bring that world to life. Cat and her family live in North Carolina where she designs playful gardens, dabbles in all things digital, and writes.
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Every once in a while I need a break from my own stories to take a part in a fun challenge... sometimes I switch things up by writing short stories... but today, I am part of a flash fiction challenge over at the Iron Writer...
What is flash fiction? Well, it is basically the challenge of writing a cohesive story under a certain word limit... in this case, the challenge that I eagerly accepted was to write a story under 500 words using these four items:
Birds as characters
Tough, I know... so what did I write about? Well, head on over and take a look.
Read my story as well as the others and be amazed at the different way we all think and write. Even with a common theme, the variety is astonishing. Don't forget to vote for your favorite - especially if it's mine ;)
Title: Karmack | Author: J.C. Whyte | Publication Date: June 6, 2013 | Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing | Pages: 140 | Recommended Age: 7+Summary: A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts! Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails, “dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all. Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!
"Karmack" won First Place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children's book authors, in the category of chapter books (e-Books).
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"Karmack is a well-written, middle grade book tackling the difficult topic of bullying from the perspective of the bully. The character development is absolutely brilliant as the reader witnesses the transformation of Sully from an aggressive, angry bully to a positive role model and respected leader among his peers. While the concept of karma is not for everyone, I found myself agreeing with the main message of how our actions have consequences, intended or otherwise. I would recommend this book to middle grade classrooms as a great book to generate discussion around bullying." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"A wonderful story about growing up and treating others with respect, Karmack is well paced, funny, and manages to teach important lessons without coming off preachy." ~ Jess W., Amazon
"A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centered, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud." ~ Carolyn W., Amazon
"What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages!" ~ Shauna W., Amazon
"Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte's next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author." ~ Literary Classics Book Review, Amazon
About The Author: J.C. WhyteWhen J.C. Whyte was eleven, her 6th grade teacher gave a class assignment to write a poem about a sport. Realizing her classmates would probably choose popular American sports like baseball or football, J.C. decided to write about something different: golf. And to her complete surprise, the teacher found it comical; she was thereby encouraged to keep writing. Then over summer break, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list and write a book report on each. J.C. was horrified! She wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading! You see, J.C. was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids back then didn’t have all the fun books to choose from today. But that same teacher who had assigned the sports poem told J.C.’s mother she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was absolute genius! Although she didn’t actually write 26 stories (perhaps six?), J.C. submitted one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And she got an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. has never forgotten that wise teacher who let her play to her strengths. So from the age of eleven, J.C. knew she wanted to be a writer. Yet by the time she reached college, she understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies in the field of Public Relations. Marriage, kids, and several more degrees and occupations later (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J.C. entered law school – mostly for the challenge of writing creative arguments for the court. But while in law school, she became a columnist for the student newsletter, writing humorous pieces on the strange and quirky life of a law student. She was absolutely thrilled when one of these articles was chosen for publication in The National Jurist, a magazine distributed to law students throughout the US. But after graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing. And with publication of her middle grade novel Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey began.
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There's nothing like a classic romance... the kind you dream about, that sweeps you off your feet, makes you swoon... This picture reminded me of Alex & Arrow from the upcoming Dreamscape: Saving Alex...
What romances sweep you away?
Take a moment to reflect on this. Let your mind wander. See where this creative inspiration takes you.