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My Thoughts on Thornton Burgess Bedtime Stories

My Thoughts on Thornton Burgess Bedtime Stories

 

I will come out and admit it.  I only listened to this book on Audible because my children love it so much.  So I thought I would give it a listen.

It was a great collection of stories.  Some about why animals are the way they are, some about learning life lessons, and others just for fun.

The stories were very imaginative, and well written.  And I do enjoy that I am able to talk to my kids about the stories.

Parents and grandparents of young children, this collection is perfect for some bed time reading, or just any time reading.

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Author Interview

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Mark Johnson

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Mark Johnson

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a New Zealand writer who is fascinated with pre-history and ancient events that still shape our world today. I like to write about questions that don’t have clear answers. I write fantasy because it’s the easiest way of telling the truth, without telling the truth.

 

 

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Epic Fantasy has a lot of room for metaphors for the human experience, while also showing humor, romance, action, mystery and suspense. I like to examine basic human nature, but within an impossible setting, and ask how ‘normal’ people would live within a ‘fantastic’ environment.

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Robert Jordan. Brandon Sanderson. Andrzej Sapkowski. Rowling. Brian McClellan.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Wheel of Time. Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion. The Witcher.

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Yennifer from the Witcher. Mat from Wheel of Time.

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Something I really like writing are questions that don’t have easy answers. What does a reasonable character do, when they’re up against a wall, and don’t know where to turn next? What does a good person do, if they’re swept up into bad things? I don’t like easy answers to such questions, and ‘The Renegade Within’ is my attempt at one such answer.

 

 

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

 

‘Dual Heritage’.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08664S2B1
Dual Heritage ebook
‘The Renegade Within’.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086B93255

The Renegade Within ebook

 

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Book Spotlight

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Eckton’s Memoir (book 1.5 of Elvin Dreams Saga) by Ashleigh Farr Pate

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Eckton’s Memoir (book 1.5 of Elvin Dreams Saga) by Ashleigh Farr Pate

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a Christian.

I am into BDSM.

I am a switch.

I am a Little.

I am a mom of two.

I am a wife.

 

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy romance, mature 18+

 

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Started writing as a coping mechanism & it turned into a passion.

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

My life’s been a hard one… The Death Fey nor the Drow accepts me. If it wasn’t for a lone Elvin woman, I wouldn’t have survived long. This is my life story, my memoir.

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MYCB3QT

 

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My Thoughts on the Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

My Thoughts on the Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

 

I remember watching the Walt Disney film, short, whatever it was, titled “The Reluctant Dragon.”  I enjoyed it.  As a kid, I thought it was hilarious!

So, when I saw this, I picked up and devoured it.  I loved the book.  As is often the case, the book was better than the movie.  Though, the movie stayed pretty close to the book now that I think back on it.

I loved the dragon, the knight, and the boy.  I especially loved the boy, trying to be the go-between for the dragon and his family, then the dragon and his village, and finally the dragon and the knight.

It was so much fun to read about a dragon who loved literature even more than I do!

And a knight who was kind, patient, and not interested at all in slaughtering a dragon for his own fame and pleasure.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, and I think all my children literature fans will too.

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Book Spotlight New Release

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Teddy Bear Tea” by Ellwyn Autumn

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Teddy Bear Tea” by Ellwyn Autumn

Released September 9, 2020 (yesterday)! Congrats Ellwyn!

First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

I like to drink my tea and hot chocolate with a spoon.

What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Children’s Picture Book/Fiction

What was the inspired you to write this book:

I’m a lifelong Teddy Bear lover and I wanted totell a story that was joyful and celebrated the fun and innocence of childhood.Teddy Bears seemed the way to go to accomplish this goal.

Tell us about your book:

It’s a story of friendship and diversity. Animals of all colors, shapes, and sizes come together for a joyful tea party in the forest.

Where can we purchase your book:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKF2XFB

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Author Interview

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Jamie Gandy

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Jamie Gandy

Tell us about yourself:

Hey there everyone!

I call myself ‘God’s Ghostwriter’ although you can call me, Jamie Gandy!

I live just outside Austin, Texas with my six cats, Star, Knight, Happy, Obi, Hector and Chris, and my three German Shepherds, Gideon, Esther, and Aashish. I also often foster mama cats and their kittens with a local Animal Rescue. You could say I’m living the dream!

As a child, I HATED reading and writing with a passion. It wasn’t until I was thirteen, when my best friend lent me her ‘Warriors’ cat books, that I found my love for reading. That series set me on the path that would ultimately lead me to be the writer I am today. With this new passion for soaring into the realm of ‘fiction’, I started to devour every book I could. The Book store became my favorite place to go. Next to the Warriors, my second favorite book series I ended up reading was Narina and shortly after I found out about Karen Kingsbury. One day I picked up one of her books at the bookstore at random and that made me a fan! I read as many of her books as I possibly could after that. Through reading her works I started to dream of being just like her, a devoted Christian Author touching the lives of all my readers! I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to create stories that would inspire and change lives. Even with my fantasy novels, I try to hold true to that desire to touch people with my stories.

I had NO idea how to even start writing a novel. Sure, I had an idea for a story that might be worth telling, but where to start? In the summer of 2007, the story began to form in my mind and would settle in my heart, but it would stay locked inside of me until November of 2011.

In 2011 I found out about the National Novel Writing Month that takes part every November. This challenge encourages aspiring (or professional) writers to map out a 50,000 word novel in a single month! That year I took part and won my first ever NaNoWriMo, and wrote my first full-length novel!

I have taken part and completed, every year since. Thanks to NaNoWriMo I am now the author of eight novels, seven of which are self-published.

I have also written hundreds of poems and short stories.

My other passion (below my love of animals and hand and hand with my love for writing) is my Photography. I have been an aspiring photographer much longer then I have been an aspiring Author. It was my love for cats (no surprise) that first made me pick up a camera as a kid (yes, one of those super old reusable ones that you had to develop the film.) I took so many pictures of my cats growing up, that I’m still surprised my dad could afford it, haha. Twenty plus years later (and with a lovely Digital camera!) I am still taking pictures of cats, and wildlife/people. Capturing precious moments, to me, is a beautiful thing. No matter how old I get my love for photography has never changed, although thankfully, my skill definitely has. 🙂

Tell us about your book:

I have seven self-published novels. Beauty From Ashes, Beyond the Field, Salvation Crossing, On the Edge of Miracles, Jamie and the White Dragon, The Legend of the Sacred Warriors and This is our Legend. I’ll tell you about my recent novel, ‘This is our Legend’.

‘This is our Legend’ is a Medieval Fantasy novel that follows the story of a young Prince, Kage Tora on his many adventures, triumphs, challenges, and heartaches. Defined as being reckless, stubborn and fearless, this thirteen-year-old Prince doesn’t let many things scare him. Until one day his twin sister, Esther and his cousin, Catherine Faline, are put in danger due to his own foolishness. Kage quickly learns that he will have to grow up fast in order to protect the ones he loves most, no matter the price he must pay.

‘This is our Legend’ is the prequel to my novel ‘The Legend of the Sacred Warriors’.

What influenced you to write your current genre?

My faith and my overwhelming love for all things Fantasy (dominantly dragons) inspire most of my novels. I love learning about new mythical creatures and even creating my own new creatures.

Writing in the world of Fantasy opens my mind to new possibilities that could never be explored in a simple real-life story. I love not having limits on what I can write about, or if I did enough fact-checking before creating my story.

In my first four novels ‘Beauty From Ashes’, ‘Beyond the Field’, ‘Salvation Crossing’, and ‘On the Edge of Miracles’, I had to do a good deal of research to ensure the stories lined up with what happens in the real-life jobs/scenarios/places/events, etc. To make sure the novels feel real to the readers I had to make sure I actually knew what I was talking about. Of course, there is a certain satisfaction that comes from learning all that information, and retaining it, it’s challenging and thrilling in its own way. However, to me, there is something so exciting and spell-binding about bringing a story to life that only your own mind can conjure up. If I want to have a dragon burn a village, a Unicorn befriend a Duke’s son or a blazing Salamander guide a Prince down into an underground chamber where an Ifrits awaits, I can just write it out and let my fingers run wild with it.

That’s what influences me to write fantasy. There are so many possibilities.

Who are your favorite authors?

Karen Kingsbury, Erin Hunter, C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien. I don’t honestly read much of any of them nowadays, however, each one of them has truly inspired me to be the writer I am today.

What are your favorite books?

‘One Tuesday Morning’,  ‘Beyond Tuesday morning’,  ‘Every Now & Then.’ all by Karen Kingsbury.

The Warriors series will always hold a dear place in my heart because without these incredible books I never would have ended up being an Author. So for sentimental reasons, it remains a favorite.

Narina by C.S Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I would also add mangas such as Snow White with the Red Hair, Yona of the Dawn, Sub Zero and Purple Hyacinth that I’ve gotten pretty addicted to as well.

Ultimately, my top favorite is one of my own. ‘Salvation Crossing.’ It’s not so much that I wrote it, it’s simply because the storyline is a great one that I am truly proud of. My brother, Jonathan Gandy, inspired the idea for the story and I loved bringing it to life! It’s one of my novels that I know for certain will (and has) touched lives. Every time I reread it I’m stunned at the fact that I actually wrote it.

Who are your favorite literary characters?

Gabriel Knightly

Daniel Aslen,

Adir Ramial,

Obi,

Hak

Yona

and countless others, including from mangas.

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

I write with a passion that burns in my heart. I write for me, yes, but I also write for you. For the ones who desire to escape reality by getting lost into a mythical (or perhaps not so mythical) realm. I want to offer you the chance to let the worries around you melt away, even for a moment in time. I want my characters to make your emotions come alive. I want you to laugh, and maybe even cry when necessary.

If only you might given me… or better yet, if only you might give my characters and stories a chance.

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

deviantart.com/christianonfire7 has the sum of all my poetry and short stories, granted most of these were written years ago.

All my novels can be bought on Amazon or Lulu, I will share the links below.

‘This is our Legend’

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jamie-gandy/this-is-our-legend/hardcover/product-24475270.html

‘The Legend of the Sacred Warriors’

‘Salvation Crossing’

‘Jamie and the White Dragon’

‘On the Edge of Miracles’

‘Beyond the Field’

‘Beauty from Ashes’

Thanks for taking the time to read a little about me!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS We Must Find Her by A.R. Harlow

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS We Must Find Her by A.R. Harlow

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I recently started riding a motorcycle by myself. My partner has dedicated several weeks teaching me and I can ride alone now. I love the freedom being on a motorcycle brings.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy family drama with academy themes. I would say the audience is 13 and older to appreciate the complexity because it’s not just a lighthearted magic story.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Initially it was the characters I created on a Harry Potter RPG forum more then a decade ago that inspired the story. I made them their own history and lore and used the magic from Harry Potter but that was the only resemblance it had. It was always this complex family story about a family that had been torn apart.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

The book follows a family—Sabine and Jackle, as they try to find their daughter who was kidnapped from their family meadow. They have all the normal odds that they have to beat, then throw in a wide magical universe and it gets complicated quickly. Their daughter is missing in this universe of theirs and they have no leads, no ideas and the trail runs cold for three years. They are on the edges of hope and trying to move forward but how can they when someone so important to them is gone? It’s a family story and one about trying to keep holding on when the depression and everything else is darkest. In a universe of magic, this is one place that magic doesn’t solve all their problems. Along the way, they get several surprises and more then they bargained for as they try to find their daughter, Elslin. With the help of friends, old and new, they have to go through much and to what end? You’ll have to read to find that out.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Angel in the Mist (Prequel of the Elvin Dreams Saga) by Ashleigh Farr Pate

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Angel in the Mist (Prequel of the Elvin Dreams Saga) by Ashleigh Farr Pate

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a Christian. I am into BDSM. I am a switch. I am a Little. I am a mom of two. I am a wife.

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy romance, mature 18+

 

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Started writing as a coping mechanism & it turned into a passion.

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Angelique Sliverwing’s life was hard, living in an abandoned house with her 2 sisters and 1 brother. Having to steal food so they could survive. On her way home one day, she ran into a man, who later she found out was a God, who had saved her from the Death Fey, but other dangers lurked around after him. Beaumont was a God of War, but his lust for power eased when he ran into an Elvin girl. He fell for her from the start, which in turned put her in danger from his twin sister, Damninana, Goddess of War. Damninana’s lust after her brother turned to fury when he rejected her for a mortal. Lashing her anger out on the poor girl was satisfying but not what she wanted. She wanted her brother. Together Angelique and Beaumont escape from his sister, and flee to another world. Where they build a life for them and all the creatures wanting to escape Underworld.

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

 

 

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To Wear a Fae Crown (The Fair Isle Trilogy Book 2) by Tessonja Odette

To Wear a Fae Crown (The Fair Isle Trilogy Book 2) by Tessonja Oddette released on Tuesday! Congrats Tessonja!

Every young woman dreams of wearing a crown.
But never a fae crown.
Because the crowns of fae are forged with blood.

Being the forced bride of a fae king was supposed to be torture. King Aspen was supposed to be my enemy.

But I was wrong about him. So wrong I think I might be in love with him.

With our wedding just three days away, we are closer than ever to securing the treaty between the humans and fae. But when my past becomes grounds for invalidating our alliance, war looms yet again.

I’m the only one who can save the Fair Isle. If I do it, I’ll have to give up the man I love. Return to the human realm. Face death.

I swore I’d do anything to save my people. But who are my people? The answer should be easy. The humans. There’s just one problem.

I might not be human after all…

To Wear a Fae Crown is a dark fae fantasy, perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince, ACOTAR, and The Iron King. If you like snarky fae, brooding fae royals, sizzling romance, and fierce heroines, you’ll love this breathtaking tale.

To Wear a Fae Crown is Book Two in The Fair Isle Trilogy. Start with Book One, To Carve a Fae Heart.

*This series is Upper YA/NA, intended for a mature audiences. It contains sexual situations, moderate steam, gore, and violence. 

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My Thoughts on Metatron: The Angel Has Risen by Laurence St. John

My Thoughts on Metatron: The Angel Has Risen by Laurence St. John

 

I keep saying that I do not enjoy superhero books, but every time I read a superhero book written by one of my fellow Speculative Fiction Authors from Cosby Media Productions, I enjoy it a great deal. Granted, I have only read two, Bark by Daniel Peyton, and Metatron by Laurence St. John, but still.  I think it would stand to reason that if I disliked the genre as much as I claimed, then I would have not liked Metatron as much as I did.

Nor would I like super hero graphic novels, but I love them.  So I will have to look into that side of myself at some future time.

Anyway, enough about that.  Let’s talk literature, shall we?

Metatron by Laurence St. John.

This was a super hero origin story.  Plain and simple.  By way of origin stories go, this one was neither formulaic to the point of predictable at every turn, nor was it was so surprising I could not predict everything that happened.  It was well written, very enjoyable, and had a twist on the origin of Metatron’s powers that I did not see coming at first.

In a word, I enjoyed it.  It was not my favorite book I ever read, nor was it my favorite superhero book, I think that honor is still being held by ‘Bark’ by Dan Peyton, but Metatron was good superhero book. Very well written, very relatable characters.  The plot was engaging.

I am interested in continuing the series and reading the next installment.  It will just have to wait until I get some of my review requests read first.