Thursday, February 25, 2021

YA Novel Spotlight: Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue

 



 Three sisters versus their bullies.  Who will win?  



By Fenyx Blue

Title: BATTLE OF THE BULLIES
Author: Fenyx Blue
Publisher: Wisdom Works, LLC.
Pages: 301
Genre: Young Adult Fiction


Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshmen. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friend and left their oldest sister unable to speak. After giving homeschooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best.

The Robertson triplets soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go. All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves. Can they bring down the Dimes while trying to make it through the ninth grade?

 

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Bold, Loving, Unapologetic, and Evolving are words to describe Fenyx Blue.

Ms. Blue is an author, Youtuber (FENYX BLUE INK), speaker, ministry leader, mentor, instructional coach  and her school district’s former “Those Who Excel” Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Blue is a soldier in the Blue Fenyx movement encouraging every phoenix in the world to rise up.  Blue’s mission is to inspire, motivate and educate.  Blue speaks to audiences about their purpose and power and works to coach other authors through their journey to become published. Her novels are tools for teachers while being candy for students.

Fenyx Blue has penned four books in her poetic collection in which she shares true life tales and lessons:  Her first Young Adult novel entitled Who Failed Johnny? (Book 1 of The Triplet Trilogy), second YA novel Battle of the Bullies, a Children’s book called Worth the Weight: A Rare Gem, and a Poetry Book by the name of The Blue Ink Movement. With the help of her extended family and friends network, her self-published books will touch many lives this year.   Fenyx wants to paint the whole world BLUE.





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Monday, February 22, 2021

Q&A on Book Covers with Kevin D. Miller Author of Awakening #Awakening #bookcovers @Bifrost_Books


Kevin D. Miller is an attorney in Southern California who spends his two hour commute listening to Science Fiction and Fantasy books on Audible or dreaming up plots for future book ideas. When he isn’t working, Kevin can be found spending time with his girlfriend Amy, and their two dogs Pepper and Riley or hiking and kayaking in Big Bear.

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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?


Awakening Is a modern day viking apocalypse epic. It follows Leif, a bartender living in LA, who is unexpectedly thrust into an intra-realm civil war between the Norse gods. Upon the death of Leif’s grandfather, he inherits the Berserker gene, which grants Leif super human strength, speed and healing, but it comes at a cost, an unquenchable rage. Leif must traverse the realms to seek out the mythical Norns, who hold the secret to harnessing his new found power so that he can get vengeance against the god who his murdered family. 

I was inspired to write Awakening after watching the opening scene from the series premiere of the History channel’s TV show Vikings. The scene depicts the show’s main character Ragnar Lothbrok in battle. During the fight Ragnar has a vision of Odin and that’s when I was hit with the early idea for Awakening. The very next day I was at the drowning board sussing out Leif’s story.  

 

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?


After discussing it with my editor, I decided to take the indie route. In the early stages of writing and researching my book, I spent a few hours reading about the publishing process and it seemed very daunting. Especially for a first time author who only has a limited amount of time each day to devote to writing. Luckily for me my editor Stacy is amazing. She walked me through the publishing process, making it so much easier. Though there were a few bumps along the road, with her help, any issues were quickly resolved. 


How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?


It came later, almost at the end of the writing and editing process. For the longest time, I had the idea of naming it merely, Berserker. It was the title I saved my drafts under in the beginning. Then one day Awakening popped into my head and I loved it. The rest is history. 

 

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

I had a general idea of what I wanted my cover to be, but I also knew it was going to be one of those, I’ll know it when I see it, situations. I then commissioned four different artist whose styles differed slightly, telling them in general what I was looking for. The results were four beautiful drawings. Three of them were very good and I am still considering doing something with them and one drawing that literally gave me the chills when I saw it. The artist captured my main character Leif and his surroundings so well, that I knew that it was my cover.   


Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?


Ryan Bittner, Instagram actually. I searched for digital artist and then scrolled through the results. When I saw Ryan’s profile and all of his drawings, I knew I had to reach out to him.

 

How was your experience working with the designer?


Amazing. In only a few emails, I explained  my general idea for the cover and Ryan took it from there.  

 

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?


Very favorably. They like the dark and mysterious tone it sets. That combined with the vibrant colors of the cover really caught their eye. 

 

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?


Dont neglect your cover. It will most likely be the first thing potential readers  see. You want the cover to grab their attention and draw them in. So be sure to really spend the time to find the right artist for your book. 

 

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?


  That if you are looking for an action pact blend of Norse mythology with a modern twist, then Awakening is the book for you. 


Book Info:



A megalomaniac god is pursuing a millennia-old vendetta, and Leif must learn to wrangle a newly awakened power to either become a hero or a villain. He will leave his old life and run from creatures he believed were reserved for myth and legend. He travels across the realms while struggling to tame the blinding rage that comes with his new demi-god like power. Will Leif survive the intra-realm quest and prevent Ragnarok or will he fail to control his awakening?

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Monday, February 15, 2021

YA Novel Spotlight: Banewind by M.B. Chapman & Giveaway!

 



I've kissed a boy.

I've been to another world.

I've seen death.

By M.B. Chapman

Title: BANEWIND
Author: M.B. Chapman
Publisher: Light Messages / Torchflame Books
Pages: 268
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Fiction

Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now?
 
I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death.
 
And I don’t know what my life’s become.

Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.

With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.

With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.




Now that he’s in better light, I can get a good view of him. I’m right on the age part—he’s probably eighteen or nineteen—and he’s very attractive. He has black hair that swoops over the side of his forehead, and blue eyes that are sparkling like sapphires. His face is beautiful, with high-set cheekbones and a slender nose. His skin is pale and ashen, but it suits him well. And his body appears fit beneath the turquoise track jacket and matching track pants he wears. “Want me to help you look for him?” He takes another step toward me. “It’s okay. Thanks.” I back up. “You don’t have to do that.” “I don’t mind.” He stares at me with a wolfish grin, and I feel as though his blue eyes are piercing through my body. “It really isn’t smart for you to be out here alone.” “What about you?” I snap back. “I mean, really. A girl can’t spend her time alone in the woods, but it’s perfectly acceptable for a boy?” His eyes widen in surprise. “I-I guess you make a good point.” He bites his lips. They have a blue tint to them. “What’s your name?” “Genevieve.” Can he tell I’m caught off-guard? “I’m Scythe. Nice to meet you.” We both stand there in awkward silence. “Okay. Well, I’m going to go find my dog. Take care.” “Wait.” He jerks his hand towards me. “Why don’t you stay here, and I’ll go find the dog and bring him back to you.” He looks proud of himself for suggesting this. “If not, you might get lost.” “These woods aren’t that big. I’ll be fine.” I’m beginning to get agitated with this punk. “I appreciate you offering to help. But seriously, I’m just going to—” The tree behind Scythe explodes into thousands of splinters, crackling while the red blaze ascends to the top. As I fall to the ground, I see him bound to the left and roll behind a hollowed trunk, taking cover from the hissing flames. The clearing illuminates with a fiery orange light as the trunk bursts into dancing embers. I cover my eyes, blinded by the fire’s brightness as it continues to engulf the shrubbery around me. My face is drenched in sweat, and my breathing is swift and shallow. Up and down, up and down, up and down. My chest rises and falls so fast I’m afraid I’ll pass out if I don’t get myself under control. Another explosion. I cover my ears and scream. I drag myself over to a stump and hide behind it, scanning the clearing to see what has become of the boy. About twenty feet from me, his body lies sprawled out, with flames flickering just inches from his clothes. A nearby tree explodes and falls to the ground, revealing a figure in a hooded red cloak standing in its place.




"This story has a great mix of fantasy and young adult romance. Love the strong female protagonist at the center of the story! It is like Harry Potter, but with a unique, imaginative world all its own. There is a rich backstory of the fantasy land woven throughout the book that makes me excited for future books by this author!"
-- Amazon Reviewer

"I think this could be the next big thing. I would love to see this made into a movie or tv show. The story is intriguing, the characters easy to imagine, and the writing is great. Super easy read and kept me invested the entire time! Ready for book 2!"
-- Amazon Reviewer

I don't think this is a series but it sure could be! The mixture it has sets this into a good read! Especially if you are snowed in. Well written and thought out plot and characters! Very interesting read that you will find yourself completely drawn in and lost from the reality of life!
-- Amazon Reviewer

 



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Matt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.

Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.



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