Lockard Young – update on a new print edition

Lockie Young has long been a friend and supporter of Reading Recommendations, was one of the first authors to be promoted here, in Dec. 2013, has come back with several updates, and is a member of the Reading Recommendations Revisited group of special authors who give back to me and their fellow authors more than they receive in promotion. I consider Lockie to be an integral part of my “writing family” – a number of authors I’ve met and worked with over the years, now a community, that came together for the mutual benefit of all. I think I speak for the other authors in this group, and for readers as well, when I say that Lockie’s friendship, collaboration and support is, and always has been, valued and appreciated by everyone –
Thanks, Lockie!

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Ryan’s Legend, The Early Adventures
by L.F. Young
Published by Morning Rain Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade

Ryan’s Legend offers the premise of a young boy finding an wondrous secret – yet it’s far more than that. As much as it’s a whimsical tale of a boy and a secret he must keep, it’s also an important education about the world around us, and how we treat each other and those that share the world with us.” – Danny Brown
“Though written for 7-10 year olds, this heart-warming tale about a young boy who befriends a mythical dragon will delight readers of all ages.” – Kate Bell

My name is Ryan, and this is the story of how I discovered a legend, and the biggest secret of my entire life! Just after Christmas, I saw these weird tracks in the snow, so I just had to check them out. You won’t believe what I found!

Deep underground, in a hidden cavern, I met the best friend a guy could have. The coolest thing of all was we used real magic to talk. He told me all about his life, and why I had to keep his secret.

I know keeping secrets from my family is wrong, but this is different. I just can’t have my parents or my annoying older brother figuring out what’s hidden in the old chicken coop. If anyone finds out about this legend, he might disappear from the world forever.

Ryan’s Legend is now also available in a paperback edition as well as eBook!
Amazon CA, US, UK
KOBO
Indigo/Chapters

Pamela McDowell – an update

Pamela McDowell was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in August 2014 when she published the first book in this series for young readers (7-9). She’s returning now to tell us of the publication of the second book in that                environmental fiction series, Orca Echoes.

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Salamander Rescue
by Pamela McDowell
Published by Orca Book Publishers

Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing the road that lies between the pond and the mountain is dangerous enough, but now a newly-constructed curb makes their journey even more challenging. Can Cricket and her friends come up with a solution to help the salamanders?

Salamander Rescue is the second book featuring Cricket and friends, following Ospreys in Danger.

Where to purchase Pamela’s books:
Orca Book Publishers
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com

Z.R. Southcombe

IMG_20140812_214029Hm, my name should be an easy question, but it’s actually not! My name is Zenobia, most people know me as ‘Zee’, and I write under my initials, Z.R. Southcombe

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Caretaker of Imagination was released on the 21st of March 2015. It’s a children’s chapter book, but it’s for grown-up kids as well, and fits in the adventure / fantasy genre. The book features pirates, a dragon, and (of course) cupcakes.

Quick description: Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – that magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.

John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.

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Brief biography:
Z.R. Southcombe is a children’s fantasy writer and surrealist painter. She is the author of recently released picture book What Stars Are Made Of and upcoming chapter book The Caretaker of Imagination.

She usually has a few creative projects on the go, including a personal blog, and is always inspired by the young people she meets in her teaching job. No matter what project she is currently working on, Z. R. is usually accompanied by a cup of tea.

Links to buy Z.R. Southcombe’s book:
Amazon
Kobo
Pt Chev Bookshop, New Zealand (print book)

Z.R. Southcombe’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Email: zeesouthcombe (at) gmail.com

What are you working on now?
In this series, I’ve got the second book with my illustrator and am working on the third book’s draft. I’m also working closely with author Anne Vrankovich to publish some of her children’s books, as well as doing some more personal paintings of my own.

Z.R. Southcombe’s reading recommendation:
One book I was introduced to this year and LOVED is an oldie: The Ship That Flew. It’s by Hilda Lewis, who was a novelist, and wrote this for her children so they wouldn’t get bored when they went on holiday and forgot to take books with them! It’s got a C.S. Lewis feel to the writing (though they’re not related as far as I know) and touches on Nordic mythology.

Mary Cunningham – update on a new book

Mary Cunningham was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Feb. 2014. She’s back again now to tell us about her newest publication.

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Saving Annabelle (The Adventures of Max & Maddie # 3)
by Mary Cunningham

“Nothing says Christmas like uncovering your tree and dragging it up the basement stairs.”

Thoughts like this leave Maddie shaking her head about her family’s pre-decorated, artificial monstrosity.

During Christmas break, a timely invitation from another friend leads Maddie and Max on a trip to an abandoned farm, to find a real tree. An untimely toss of a magic coin sends them back, smack-dab in the middle of the Civil War. When they discover a lost girl, Annabelle, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning.

The thirteen-year-old best friends have traveled back in time on other occasions, thanks to the antique gold coin given to them by an old miner at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum, in Georgia. Never before, however, have they been in the middle of a war! They’ve discovered on previous trips, that the only way to get back home is to accomplish a good deed, and since they’re pretty sure they aren’t nearly powerful enough to end the Civil War, they must find out what sent them to the 1860’s.

When Max and Maddie discover the young slave girl hiding in the woods, they’re pretty sure the task at hand will be reuniting her with her family.

Annabelle’s journey began two days earlier with her family’s attempted flight north before they get caught up in the impending war. In their quest to flee the only home Annabelle and her sister have ever known—a West Georgia plantation—and connect with the Underground Railroad, the young girl is separated from her family when men on horseback with hunting dogs catch their scent and give chase.

With the war gearing up, well-armed confederate soldiers occupying the main roads, and ever-present gangs scouring the woods for runaways, a brave pioneer, Jed Duffy hold the key to their way north, to safety.

Amazon Kindle
Mary Cunningham Author Page
Website
Cynthia’s Attic Blog

Other stories in The Adventures of Max and Maddie:
Ghost of Pine Mountain (# 1)
Buried Treasure (#2)
Coming soon: The Longest Cave (#4)

Pamela McDowell

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Ospreys in Danger is a chapter book for young readers aged 7 – 9.

Quick description: Ospreys in Danger is an ecological adventure that develops the concept of environmental stewardship and the idea that kids can make a difference. When an osprey nest atop an electrical pole catches on fire, Cricket and her best friend find three abandoned baby ospreys hiding in the grass. Caring for the chicks is challenging. The birds are noisy, hungry and very picky eaters, and the girls can’t wait to get them back to the rebuilt nest. But the power company doesn’t want the birds living on the electrical pole. How can Cricket reunite the baby birds with their parents?

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Brief biography:
Pamela has written 26 non-fiction books for children and is looking forward to the release of 9 more this fall. Before she started writing, Pamela taught junior high and high school in Alberta and British Columbia. She looks forward to returning to the classroom to share Ospreys in Danger with students in Grades 2 and 3.

Links to buy Pamela’s book:
Orca Books – paperback and eBooks
Amazon – Kindle and paperback

Pamela’s links:
Website
Facebook

What are you working on now?
Cricket and her friends were so much fun that I am continuing to write about their adventures with wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Pamela’s reading recommendation:
Janet Gurtler must be a teenager in an adult body. In Who I Kissed and I’m Not Her, Janet captures the adolescent voice and creates a compelling story.