5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Children’s & YA

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – children’s / Y.A.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Bob FreyGuide to Seldom Seen Animals (children’s picture book) – helps explain in humorous ways some of the curious things that happen in everyday life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • C.V. SmithNettie Parker’s Backyard ((ages 9-13) multi-cultural historical-fiction) – magical African-American woman symbolizes tolerance caring for eight Holocaust children in war-torn London.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • E.R. YatscoffArchie’s Gold (juvenile fiction, mystery) – when shoeshine boy Archie finds stolen gold coins in his money tin, danger begins.
  • Out On A Limb (juvenile fiction, suspense) – two mischievous boys + Egghead, a mean old man + a tree house = trouble.
  • Ransom (juvenile fiction, suspense) – three friends face off against a larger gang in a suspenseful story of integrity, bravery, and friendship.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Erica MinerFourEver Friends (young adult) – in the 1960s four teenage girls bond over raging hormones and their love for music. Available in paperback..
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Felicia JohnsonShuck, shuck, shuck (children’s literature) – children learn creativity, sound recognition, and self-confidence at outdoor play as expressed by one character, Hania.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona IngramThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab – adventure abounds when two boys find an ancient scarab on their first day in Egypt.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona Veitch SmithDavid and the Hairy Beast (bible-based picture book) – can young David save the sheep from the Hairy Beast?
  • David and the Kingmaker (bible-based picture book) – will the Prophet Samuel find the next king of Israel?
  • Donovon’s Rainbow (chapter book for 6-8s) – can Donovon Dove outwit the evil Raven to save Noah’s Ark?
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Henry, Josh & Harrison HertsNimpentoad (children’s fantasy) – beautifully illustrated children’s fantasy that discourages bullying, and promotes teamwork, creativity, perseverance and teamwork (available from both websites).
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Jerry MullinaxEnoree (Young Adult fiction) – in 1950’s South, eight-year-old Jake secretly befriends Josiah, a black boy across the Enoree River.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Katherine L. HolmesThe House in Windward Leaves (middle grade fantasy) – the wayward Sadie leads her friends into an enchantment where their costumes become real.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Kathryn Elizabeth JonesA River of Stones (YA fiction) – the divorce of a young girl’s parents gives Samantha an opportunity to grow.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • K. S. BrooksPostcards from Mr. PishMr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure, and The Mighty Oak and Me (fun educational) – children’s picture books promoting outdoor learning and literacy.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Lesley FletcherAll I Want for Christmas is a Wishmas Tree – imagine the wistfulness and envy that children who do not celebrate Christmas feel as every street is filled with lights, seasonal music is playing and gifts being exchanged.Emphasis on inter-cultural traditions and family.
  • Hey Angel! – by envisioning this friendly and loving angel children can feel secure that ‘someone’ is always with them. They will soon learn that the someone is themselves.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mary Ellen RyallMy Name is Butterfly (children’s illustrated book) – discover the world of Monarch butterflies about a young girl’s summer in her enchanted garden.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mollie Carson-VollathTerrence O’Ferret (children’s illustrated non-fiction) – the story of how a girl discovered ferrets and got one for her very own.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Omoruyi UwuigiarenThe City Heroes and Other Stories from the Heart of Africa (children’s) – suitable for middle grade readers, the stories within the collection contain messages and themes about forgiveness, charity, redemption and loyalty all from a decidedly African perspective.
  • The Adventures of Nihu (children’s) – Nihu is sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful ruler in an underwater city, and makes friends with a group of refugees only a hero could love.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nancy Di FabbioMidnight Magic – Be Careful What You Wish For! (juvenile fiction) – spooky thriller about a haunted painting, a phantom horse and the girl who loves him.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nick OrsiniFingerless Gloves (young adult fiction/urban fiction) – Tonight will be the most difficult night in 25-year-old Anton Duchamp’s life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Penny RossCave of Journeys (chapter book for 9 & over) – three friends journey back in time to discover legends and retrieve stories of Canadian history. Available in paperback and for the Kindle.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Roger MortimerEagles’ Revenge (children’s) – the Rat-Kind are plotting to wipe out the Mouse Kingdom of Carminel.
  • Eagle Warrior (children’s) – in the distant mouse kingdom of Carminel, a terrible civil war has broken out.
  • The Ruby of Carminel (children’s) – the island of Carminel lies in peril.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Samni GhaniThe shoe, the necklace and the Giant (children’s) – this is an adventure story about four children and their encounter with a Giant.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Sherrill S. CannonGimme-Jimmy (children’s picture book) – Jimmy is a bully whose favorite word is “Gimme”, and who has to learn to share.
  • The Magic Word (children’s picture book) – Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word “please”, and to use it every day.
  • Peter and the Whimper-Whineys (children’s picture book) – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope with whining in a fun way.
  • Santa’s Birthday Gift (children’s picture book) – after reading a story of the nativity to a grandchild, she asked “But where’s Santa?”.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • SL Dwyer (and blog): Dirt (YA & adults, available on Amazon and Smashwords) – it’s 1933 and newly-orphaned Sammy begins to live a lie and all its consequences.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Stacy JubaDark Before Dawn (Young Adult paranormal) – ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R when a teen psychic takes secret classes from the local fortuneteller.
  • Face-Off (Young Adult (Sports)) – teenage twin brothers, stars of the high school hockey team, compete on and off the ice.
  • Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-book Bundle (children’s picture book) – three picture books featuring teddy bears: The Flag Keeper, Sticker Shoes, and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Susan BrockerThe Wolf in the Wardrobe (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a boy rescues a wolf from a circus and keeps her as his pet.
  • Dreams of Warriors (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a teenage girl battles to save the family farm while her father is away at war.
  • Saving Sam (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a troubled boy and a damaged dog team up to save Sam.
  • Restless Spirit (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – two teenagers attempt to free a captured wild Kaimanawa stallion.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • TJ PerkinsWound Too Tight (YA: 8-14) – cursed treasure, an enchanted watch, an evil spirit wants it back – run if you can! (available in various formats)
  • Mystery of the Attic (YA: 8-14) – Melissa needs to solve an ancient murder, but the evil ghost wants to stop her. (available in various formats)
  • On Forbidden Ground (sequel to Mystery of the Attic) (YA: 8-14) – Melissa is lured back to the old house to face her greatest fear alone! (available in various formats)
  • Fantasies are Murder (Book 1 in the Kim & Kelly Mystery Series) (YA: 8-14) – teen detectives risk becoming the next victims at a mystery weekend resort. (available in various formats)
  • Art of the Ninja: Earth (Teen) – Duncan needs to master the raging mysterious force within before he is destroyed. (available in various formats)
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Vincent MiskellDreaming Thomas: A Fairy Tale (illustrated children’s story) – daydreaming gets Thomas into trouble, but might just win him a princess and a kingdom.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here

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Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

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So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My eBooks including free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction on Twitter recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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Author Spotlight no.65 – CV Smith

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the sixty-fifth, is of children’s author CV Smith.

C.V. Smith was born, raised and lives in Los Angeles, California.  One of her passions is traveling, meeting new people and experiencing foreign cultures.  Other passions include classical music, innovative plays and books that make her question the status quo.  She is married and has two grown children and two granddaughters.  After almost 30 years as an educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, she retired in December, 2009.  Presently, as a substitute, she teaches English to adult ESL students in a private school.

The idea for Nettie Parker’s Backyard came to Ms. Smith in a very vivid dream, and whereas most dreams go unremembered, this one was definitely unique.  Its powerful detail and message ended with a revelation that has affected her own personal beliefs, further compelling her to write the book.  The research took Ms. Smith down some fascinating avenues as she discovered such things as the Gullah language in the Sea Islands, the Kindertransport, sand fly fever, and the true role African-American soldiers played in WWII.  Nettie’s character was based on that of her two young granddaughters; thus, some of Nettie’s best virtues are those of trust, love, and friendship.

And now from the author herself: 

I have been a teacher and para-educator for over 30 years, most of which were spent in classrooms where students were just beginning to think for themselves and about themselves.  The book is written for ages 9-13, the time when youth questions everything.  Adolescence is starting and many children feel insecure about themselves, their relationships with peers, or even their own families and homelife. These insecurities manifest themselves in various behaviors; some children withdraw into themselves, while some overcompensate for their fears by bullying others.  I have witnessed that when bullying begins, prejudice often follows not far behind. I wrote my novel hoping to illustrate to children that bullying and intolerance toward race, religion, or the physically challenged have no place in our world.  Certainly, with tools such as the internet, facebook, twitter, etc., the world is becoming smaller in many ways, and so the ill-effects of prejudice are felt even more deeply today than in the past. I further believe that more must be done to inhibit bullying; not doing so only enables the passing of prejudice from one generation to the next.  We have accomplished great strides socially in the past decade; it is time to show our youngest generation that acceptance of others’ differences truly results in enriching ourselves.

Nettie Parker’s Backyard is the story of a magical, wonderful, African-American woman of Gullah heritage.  The mystical signs Nettie receives throughout her life always guide her to help others, ultimately leading her to find and care for eight, Jewish child refugees in WWII London.  The special bonds of love that Nettie and the children form are so strong, nothing can break them:  neither time nor distance, proving love truly is the greatest force of all in a surprise twist ending.  The current and inspiring themes of anti-bullying and tolerance toward all are woven throughout the tale.  The Holocaust, the Kindertransport, Kristallnacht and Europe during the war years of 1939-1945 are key topics; similarly, the development of slavery in the 1500’s, as well as prejudice in the United States are discussed, as Nettie tells of her experiences while growing up in the 1920’s and 1930’s American South.  Determined to be a nurse, but locked out of colleges at home, Nettie accepts a fortuitous scholarship to study in London and is thrown right into the start of WWII.  Badly injured in a blitzkrieg attack, Nettie is forced to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  Disheartened, the combination of her mystical signs and a chance meeting with two young refugee boys bring Nettie back to her old self:  determined, compassionate and committed as she embarks on a new mission in life.  Years later, when life-sized stone statues suddenly begin appearing in her backyard, Nettie is forced to unravel their mystery, and in doing so reveals her true purpose in life along with the explanation of her mystical signs.  A bit of the supernatural combined with a ribbon of intrigue holds the readers’ attention throughout, while simultaneously learning crucial lessons from past world events in this unique tale.  It is quite a mixture of history, cultures, races and religions; however, it all works within the story of the courageous and heroic main character’s life, inspiring the audience to see that what really matters is the “core” of each person, and that acceptance of others and their differences truly means enriching themselves.  The book is a great “pleasure” read for ages 9-13, as well as for adults, as reflected in numerous stellar reviews from all ages.  The novel has additionally been designed as a historical supplement for classroom use.  Written via flash-back style, the story unfolds as the book’s child narrator, Halley, interviews her mentor, Nettie, for a school project.

Thank you, CV. You can find more about CV and her writing via… www.nettieparkersbackyard.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

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