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[sticky post]A cock and balls story...
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checkThis isn’t something that I was going to talk about; until last night, in fact, I wasn’t even going to tell my parents/in-laws. The only person I had spoken to was my wife.

…and the doctors.

However for two reasons the decision to tell the family was made: the first being that if they found out after the fact they would probably kill me, and the second being that it was good news.

Really good news.

Then, after speaking to my father this afternoon, his words stayed with me. He said that I was really lucky that I wasn’t like some guys who never checked themselves and, even if they did, didn’t go to the doctor either out of embarrassment, immortality complex, or sheer stupidity.

Well, I don’t embarrass easily, know that – while I am hard to kill – I’m probably not immortal (hasn’t been proven wither way, yet), and have an IQ of 132 so am normally not stupid. So, here’s the thing…

You see a few weeks back I started feeling some discomfort in my low stomach/groin and, occasionally, a feeling of nausea. At the start I put it down to being tired, possibly a stomach bug, or even something I had pulled/hurt at kung fu; then a few days ago I found the lump in a private pace where, really, a lump shouldn’t be.

--- An aside: it’s weird but the doctor, and then the nurse, then finally the consultant, all referred to it as a ‘scrotal mass’ but I think that lump is much friendlier …I may even have to give it a name. ---

So, yes during a regular check WHICH EVERY MALE SHOULD DO OFTEN AND PROPERLY (if you don’t know how to do it look online or ask your health practitioner) I found a small, marble-like lump on/near one testicle. It was a bit of a shock, obviously, both because of what it was … or could be … but also because once found, and ‘squeezed’ it became obvious pretty damn fast that it was the cause of the discomfort.

I left it a day or so then got my wife to check it too; at the start I was going to keep it quiet until I got it checked but then I remembered who I was married too and if I feared that not telling my parents and in-laws might result in death I knew that not telling my wife would result in me wishing for death!

Anyway, she felt it too so the next day I went to the GP who asked if I wanted a male doctor then remembered that there wasn’t one available, or if I wanted a chaperone in the room when she examined me. I didn’t care if it was male or female checking me out as both would have been qualified doctors (one would hope, I am not sure that I would just want a random person checking me out quite the same way …though if Sandra Bullock was said random person, perhaps) so the lack of embarrassment or just the fact that it NEEDS done should be something that every male again takes on board: if you find a lump get it checked; if you are embarrassed, tough, get it done anyway!

The doctor referred me to an urology consultant for tests but told me that it could take about six weeks. Instead of waiting I contacted a local private clinic to ask if they could fit me in and was told if I could get the referral form to them that I could have an appointment that very same evening. I could so I did.

I wasn’t planning, when I got up that morning, to have a strange man bring me into a dimly lit room, smear cold jelly all over my nether regions, poke, prod and photograph said regions and even, at one point, fondling a part that has not had many male hands on it in its lifetime, I’m sure, to move it to the side so that he could get better access to Lefty (the testicle with the issue, of course) …no dinner, no flowers, not even a ‘by your leave’ just finger and thumb, lift, and move!

Despite my lack of plans that is what happened though, in medical circles, I am told that it is called ‘diagnosis’ and ultrasound testing rather than fondling.

While the report has not been written up, and there is some more testing on the horizon, the consultant was very confident (999 out of 1000, in his words) that what I have isn’t ‘sinister’ – in other words … words, I am told, are very difficult to hear and say, which is the whole reason I am writing this post, in the hopes that those afraid to hear/say anything actually CAN … not malignant testicular cancer – but rather a benign epididymal adenomatoid tumour.

Like I said there is more testing on the horizon, potentially surgery to remove it if it changes/grows or causes more discomfort …however due to my peculiar genetic make-up surgery can be an issue so while they commonly remove these things as a precaution (and to remove the discomfort) the risk of anaesthetic outweighs this currently; there will be, I feel, discussions between the medical folks about what to do next. And I, my friends, will simply listen to their advice.

I realise how lucky I am. I not only knew how to check myself but I also didn’t hesitate to go to a doctor and let them check it out. Was it, despite my bravado, a very bizarre situation to have different people looking at, poking, prodding, and generally handling my cock and balls? Was it scary waiting to find out what was going on?

Of course it was!

…but not to do anything about it, through embarrassment or fear, would have been worse. It would have been the height of stupidity and, potentially, very, very dangerous.

So, the reason for writing this rather private and sensitive post is simple:

I urge ALL males to check themselves regularly, to ensure that they know how to do so and what they are looking for and, ABOVE ALL ELSE to seek medical attention if they do find anything.

Like I said, I’ve been so VERY lucky. Even if Lumpy (I think that I’ve decided on that name – not original, I know, but it definitely fits) hadn’t been of the benign variety I was told that if it had been worse, if it had been malignant, I’d probably caught it early enough to be in the 95% of people who can be cured and survive.

If YOU don’t’ check, if YOU don’t seek help, YOU may not be so lucky.

For more information on lumps/scrotal masses visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Testicular-lumps-benign/Pages/Introduction.aspx

For more information on testicular cancer visit: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/checkum

The Trail to the Path By Timothy Baker
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pathofthedeadFrom the beginning of the horror/fantasy writing gig I took on three years ago, I was determined to be original. I wanted to create the new monsters of our time. No retreads, no fan fiction, none of the traditional oogley ghooglies of days past, the ones most of us were raised on, certainly me. But I had to get them out of my system, those vampires, werewolves, mummies, and giant city destroyers; I knew them too well to not use, and they came in very handy in honing the craft. But even then, I tried to throw a different spin on their ugly monstrous mugs, putting them in odd settings, or painting a different picture of them.

And then, there are zombies, one of the biggest, most popular, culturally immersed monsters of our age. They’re everywhere: movies, books, comics, television, festivals, and CDC SoP training. It’s gotten where you can’t turn around without being bit on the rump by the undead. They have, as intended, taken over the world. It’s starting to get annoying. But, despite my trepidation to write something that’s been ran over more times than a road-kill raccoon, I knew it had to be done. I had to walk the gauntlet of fictional zombie land. And somehow, I had to make it stand out from the rest.

When the idea came to me, I latched onto it like a crawdad to crackers. Or bacon. (The reference is a personal one, so don’t overthink it. But believe me, those snappy crustaceans love their crackers and bacon.) The thought was, this is a worldwide phenomenon, so why don’t we see zombie tales in the Australian outback? Or the South American jungles? Or the South Pole, for that matter? That would be interesting, right? Now, I’m a Buddhist student from way back, the seed planted many years ago by the seventies TV series, Kung Fu. Then it came to me–what about Tibet? Rough terrain, tough people, and a culture steeped in Buddhism and the animistic Bon religions.

I had my tale and it had my hard-earned interest. What started out as a short story called Hungry Ghosts, with a vision of a Buddhist monk and a young boy dealing with the sudden onset of the zombie apocalypse, soon blossomed like a lotus into a full fledge novel.

A strange land to westerners, and characters with a POV unlike any I have ever seen or read within the zombie genre, Hungry Ghosts: Path of the Dead had all I needed for an original recipe of horror and adventure. It became the original novel I wanted to write, and read, in a zombie land overrun by mirror image plots.

PATH OF THE DEAD (Hungry Ghosts, #1) By Timothy Baker

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagzê. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions—the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

As Dagzê burns, overtaken by the hungry undead, five people come together: Lama Tenzin, an elder monk; Gu-lang, the silent warrior nun and Tenzin’s protector; Cheung, a private in The People’s Army, driver and escort of the Lama; ten-year-old Chodren Dawa, witness to his sister’s death and rising; and Dorje Cetan, a Shaolin-trained hermit monk of Seche La and a dreamer of a dark portent. Together they must fight their way out of Dagzê to an abandoned Buddhist hermitage clinging to the mist-shrouded cliffs of Seche La.

With the undead following and gathering at Eagle’s Nest gate, they barricade themselves inside their dead-end haven, and are soon forced to battle the beasts without, as well as the ones within.

timothybakerTimothy Baker is a retired firefighter and an aspiring, perspiring, horror writer. He is published in Fading Light: Anthology of the Monstrous by Angelic Knight Press, and the forthcoming Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed from Tor. Tim has also received a commendation in the Australian Horror Writer’s Association 2009 Short Story Competition.

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Cover Reveal: The Mind is a Razorblade by Max Booth III
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razorblade“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it’s our job to invent something better.” –Chuck Palahniuk

THE MIND IS A RAZORBLADE is a supernatural neo-noir horror novel of a man born into death. Drowning, he wakes beside two corpses. His memory has been wiped clean. He doesn’t know his name, what he’s doing here, who these people are, or even why one of them is a cop. Questions plague his mind like hellfire, questions that begin a journey leading into the rot of downtown America, a journey that will not end until every one of his questions have been answered, despite who has to die in the process. Even if those who have all the answers aren’t even human.

A story of identity and redemption, satanist cults and funny bunny slippers, THE MIND IS A RAZORBLADE is the deformed lovechild of PHANTASM and THE BOURNE IDENTITY.

Coming September 2014.

Max Booth III is the author of two novels: Toxicity (April 2014) and The Mind is a Razorblade (September 2014). He has also written two story collections: They Might Be Demons and True Stories Told By a Liar (now out of print). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Since 2011 he has been the Assistant Editor of Dark Moon Digest and has edited numerous anthologies. He writes online for LitReactor, Zombie POP, and Revolt Daily. He has studied under Craig Clevenger and award winning editor, Jennifer Brozek.

Max was born in Northern Indiana. He has worked as a cashier, stockboy, copy editor, and hotel night auditor. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his life partner and dachshund. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth for random drunken ramblings.

He is currently working on his third novel, Giving Up the Ghost.

Find out more at his website http://www.talesfromthebooth.com/

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Book blast: Mighty Dads by Joan Holub
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Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean

About the Book

Title: Mighty Dads | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: James Dean| Publication Date: April 29, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary: A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,

help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight

and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean’s colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father’s love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I’m proud of you!

 

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“Like the best 21st-century human dads, the vehicles don’t just show their kids the ropes—they also offer plenty of TLC (“Cement Mixer Busy/ gives a hug if Mixie’s dizzy”) and affirmation (“Forklift Wise/ cheers whenever Forky tries”). Dean’s decision to anthropomorphize the construction equipment solely through a highly stylized, often single, forward-facing eye takes some getting used to—imagine a cross between the Eye of Providence on the dollar bill and a Egyptian hieroglyph. But his construction sign–inspired palette and ability to convey calm, steady affection between parent and progeny quickly outweighs this visual idiosyncrasy, making this a book worthy of any young armchair foreman.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

“This will make a good read aloud for those looking to update their trucks/machines storytimes.” ~ Goodreads Review

“The simple rhyming text will be fun at read alouds as children can do motions (roll, roll, roll or smooth, smooth, smooth)” ~ Goodreads Review

 

About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan Holub author Mighty DadsJoan Holub is co-author of the best-selling Goddess Girls series, the Grimmtastic Girls series, and the Heroes in Training series. Her picture book Little Red Writing received three starred reviews and has been named to many Best-of lists. Her mighty cool dad inspired the creation of the picture book, Mighty Dads.

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About the Illustrator: James Dean

James Dean Author Pete the CatJames Dean is the creator of the best-selling Pete the Cat. Before James started painting Pete the Cat as a full-time profession in 1999, he wanted to paint cars and trucks. He loves things that go, and currently drives a 1971 VW bus camper and a 1959 Chevy truck. He worked as an electrical engineer for fifteen years before he decided to try to make a living with his paintings. James lives with his wife, five cats, and a pug named Little Emma.

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Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean

 

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Book blast: Faery Swap by Susan Kaye Quinn
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Faery Swap by Susan Kaye Quinn

About the Book

Title: Faery Swap | Author: Susan Kaye Quinn | Publication Date: December 19, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 281 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: Warrior faery princes can be very stubborn. Especially when they possess your body. Fourteen-year-old Finn just wants to keep his little sister out of Child Protective Services–an epic challenge with their parentally-missing-in-action dad moving them to England, near the famous Stonehenge rocks. Warrior faery Prince Zaneyr just wants to escape his father’s reckless plan to repair the Rift–a catastrophe that ripped the faery realm from Earth 4,000 years ago and set it adrift in an alternate, timeless dimension. When Zaneyr tricks Finn into swapping places, Finn becomes a bodiless soul stuck in the Otherworld, and Zaneyr uses Finn’s body to fight off his father’s seekers on Earth. Between them, they have two souls and only one body… and both worlds to save before the dimensional window between them slams shut.

Faery Swap is an action and druid-magic filled portal fantasy, told by both a runaway faery prince and the boy he’s tricked into taking his place. This Prince and the Pauper meets Warrior Faeries tale is suitable for all ages.

NOTE TO TEACHERS: A 2 minute book trailer and a 9 minute Virtual Author Visit video brings Author and Rocket Scientist Susan Kaye Quinn (Ph.D. Engineering) into your classroom, sharing her background in science and engineering and talking about her book, Faery Swap. A downloadable Teacher’s Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and a Knowledge Seekers card-based game designed to be played in the classroom – all aligned to Common Core reading, writing, and college readiness standards for Grades 3-6. (Virtual Author Visit can be found at Susan’s website: www (dot) susankayequinn (dot)com/p/virtual-author-visit.html)

 

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“I’ve seen and enjoyed this theme before, but never in a book for this age group and Ms. Quinn carries it out beautifully. The kids were fun and acted like kids, which makes them believable for all ages. The pace and action will keep readers flipping pages greedily. Also, telling the story from the two viewpoints greatly added to my overall enjoyment. Highly recommend for ages 9 and up.” ~ 5 Star Review, Alan T., Amazon

“I am a 10 year old boy. My mom recommended this awesome book to me because she knows Kai Strand, who knows Susan Quinn. I was hooked from the first paragraph! This is a wonderful ( and quite thrilling) story! Good for all ages and I wish I could rate it 100 stars! … I can definitely recommended this to almost anyone! Good job to Susan Quinn. The story is balanced neatly between Zaneyr and Finn, by Finn’s perspective in the first chapter, Zaneyr’s perspective in the the next, then Finn again, and so on. Great book and is a must read.” ~ 5 Star Review, Red Rose, Amazon

“I LOVED this book. This is one of those books that grabs you and doesnt let you go. Susan Kaye Quinn is an awesome writer! Feary Swap is funny, well paced, and filled with adventure. It’s a book no kid will want to miss. I especially loved the witty humor that kept me laughing page after page. The world building was vivid and phenomenal. I could just see this as a movie in my head. I liked how the author sneaks those educational moments in there without you even knowing it. A delightful book for old and young readers alike. Get it!” ~ 5 Star Review, Daddy’s Girls Book Reviews, Amazon

 

About the Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

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Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. Faery Swap is her foray into middle grade, which is her first writing love. Her business card says “Author and Rocket Scientist” and she always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can subscribe to her newsletter (BONUS: new subscribers get a free short story!) or stop by her blog to see what she’s up to.

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Book blast: The Princess Fables by Marc Clark
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The Princess Fables by Marc Clark

 

About the Book

Title: The Princess Fables | Author: Marc Clark | Illustrator: Eric Hosford | Publication Date: December 5, 2013 | Publisher: Seven C’s Productions | Pages: 115 | Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary: The Origins of THE PRINCESS FABLES: When the author’s daughter was just beginning the first grade, she was not happy about school. So when he would wake her each morning, whatever she would say to get out of going became the subject for a PRINCESS FABLE. If she’d say, “I don’t want to,” he’d make up a tale about The Princess Who Always Said, “I Don’t Wanna”. If she pulled the covers over her head, he’d tell her the story of The Princess Who Hid Under The Covers. By the end of each Fable he’d have her dressed and ready for school, with her eyes wide open and full of hope…

THE PRINCESS FABLES are eleven inspirational stories for young girls who may still dream of being a Princess. Each Princess embarks on an adventure of self discovery and along the way, learns about the importance of trust, devotion, courage and the power of love. These classic tales transport little girls to a time and place where they are the heroines and can create their own happy endings.

Every delicate pen and ink illustration reflects the classic fairy tale drawings of the late 19th century.

Award: The Princess Fables was just awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.

 

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In a recent review by the Island Waves publication, Trey Seal wrote, “The Princess Fables is a book that brings back the nostalgia of the classic fairytales from our youth and is highly recommended for young children.”

Excerpts From Amazon Reviews:

“Marvelously original, soulful, and witty tales! Modern fables with funny and moving twists. I hope these stories make their way to kids everywhere!”

“What a beautifully illustrated and well-written book.”

“A charming and witty read, with stunning illustrations. The Princess is adorable and the book conveys a very positive image for little girls.”

“Great read for the little princess in us all!”

 

About the Author: Marc Clark

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Marc Clark is the author of several plays and screenplays, a writer and producer of commercials, promos and television content. Marc is the father of two and currently resides in Manhattan.

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Domains for sale
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If anyone is interested (contact me via email ~ info -at- jayfaulkner.com ~ if you are) the following domains are now for sale:

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Book blast: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me by Andy Mulberry
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Skycastle, the Demon, and Me by Andy Mulberry

About the Book

Title: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me | Author: Andy Mulberry | Publication Date: February 22, 2014 | Publisher: Paw! Print Press | Pages: 107 | Recommended Ages: 7+

Summary: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me is the first in a series of middle grade books for fearless, adventure loving kids. WARNING…this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. You’ve been warned. Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: An unlikely friendship, a hellish adventure and cliffhangers aplenty to make reluctant readers turn the pages.

 

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“I bought this book to read with my younger brother and we both loved it. I always try to encourage him to keep up with his reading but he’s usually not that big of a fan of books most of the time. To my surprise, he quickly became immersed into the story and I could tell that he was having just as much fun as I was reading it together. The story keeps up at a smooth and fast pace, which is of course very important in children’s books, and it’s adventurous and written really well. To say that I am satisfied with ‘Skycastle, the Demon, and Me’ would be an understatement, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more releases by the author” ~ 5 Star Review, Jane L., Amazon

“The characters are well created and the story is exceptionally good. My great granddaughter just started reading it this morning and she is already pretty engrossed in the story. Great book. I definitely recommend.” ~ 5 Star Review, Beverly C., Amazon

“Very well written story. Witty and charming for both myself and my son who is in 3rd grade. A great creative adventure about a demon and a boy. Looking forward to more in this series. I would highly recommend this book for kids around the 3rd grade. It’s action packed and holds my sons interest. Filled with the stuff he loves. Thanks!” ~ 5 Star Review, M. Harbin, Amazon

 

About the Author: Andy Mulberry

Andy Mulberry AvatarAndy Mulberry loves to write stories filled with strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances. To say she was born holding a book in her hand reading would be a gross hyperbole. She lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof.

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Book blast: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease
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About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1

Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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Book 2

Noah Zarc - Cataclysm by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book #2) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 234 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system. Will his name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Book 3

Noah Zarc - Declaration by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Declaration (Book #3) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 1, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 226 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: As battles rage across the solar system, Noah must work to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books, the Zarc family has to stand against the full might of the Poligarchy. Will the truth about what really happened a thousand years in the past be enough to stop total war, or will Noah and his friends need to find another way to bring down a dictator?

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Special Omnibus Edition

Noah Zarc - Omnibus by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Omnibus (Special Edition) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 2, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 630 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION & INCLUDES 22 PENCIL ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR

In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.

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The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: “If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan’s Olympians books, I think you’ll also like Noah Zarc.” ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: “This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results.” ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children’s Author

Book 2: “A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination.” ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: “I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.” ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer

 

About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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Book Blast: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead
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Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

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About the Author: Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead is a full time writer and a full time mom. Of the two jobs, she cannot decide which is more difficult and time consuming, but both bring the joys of fulfillment and accomplishment. She and her son currently reside in Richmond, Ky, just north of Kentucky’s arts and crafts capital, Berea, Ky, where she was born and raised. Her newest book, Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea, an upper middle grade/young adult fantasy novel, was published February of 2014.

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