Archive for September, 2014

“Emerine’s Nightmare”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Anna del C. Dye, as a YA author of High Fantasy and she makes sure her books have high standards and are fit for the whole family.


One day a challenge to write a fairy story was placed and she wondered if she could write a book about fairies, since all her book were about elf. “Amerine, Fairy Princess” was the result of that thought. This story, with a girl as a main character, received “Fiction Second Place” in the Oquirrh Contest that same year.

Then she wanted to try and see if she could convert it to have a boy as the main character and “Fairy Prince” was born. There are many books were the main character is a girl especially in fairy tales. So she wanted to be a different story with a boy fairy and see if she could reach more boys with this book. In this form, the story received First Place in the Absolutely Write First Page Contest.
When the moment to publish it came, she changed the name to “Emerine’s Nightmare”. “Fairy Prince” would sound to much like a book with gay characters and this book has nothing to do with any of that.



Here is the back cover blurb:

What would you do if one night, life as you know it changes and you are left alone in despair? That is how Emerine’s nightmare starts and now all he does is run.
His family lived at the edge of the forest until dark shadows killed them all. Now they want him, and so does a magic tree. He has never seen dark shadows or enchanted trees before. Emerine has to get to the heart of Red Forest, to the fairy people. Only then he will be safe. Safe? He has never heard of

fairies before and once he gets there what?

This is the beginning of the book:

In the early dawn, while a dense fog covers the light that should have brightened the new day, I, Emerine, sit at the edge of a quiet pond. Engulfed in the wet blanket of air that threatens to suffocate me, my mind focuses on how everything has changed from just a few days ago.
It’s been two weeks since we left our home nestled at the edge of the forest. Only three days have passed since the tragic death of my father. That was just the beginning of my nightmare…because no matter how hard I think about it, there isn’t a reason the shadows should chase me…except that it’s all a really bad dream. One from which I’ll wake up at any moment.Reflections


The link to amazon:

Amazon-Emerine’s Nightmare

Barnes and Noble:

Barnes & Noble-Emerine’s Nightmare

Here are some compliments for Emerine’s Nightmare: 4*****

Anne Boling for Readers’ Favorite said,

Author Anna Del C Dye once again brings readers a tale filled with mystical beings. Most of her books are much longer and the main characters are elves but in this children’s book, Emerine’s Nightmare, she focuses on the fairy folk.

The characters are interesting. Children will particularly identify with Emerine because of his age and his uncertainty over whom to trust. This book will appeal to children 9 through 15.

Margaret L. Turley RN,
Anna del C. Dye released her new fairy prince story: Emerine’s Nightmare.This unique book takes the reader deep into the forests of fairy world. Frightening shadows come to life. Emerine looses his home and both his guardians to dark creatures that aim to steal his power. He melds into a tree to hide from the enemy only to find out that the tree plans to keep him prisoner. As Emerine discovers his gifts, he learns that things frequently are not what the appear to be. He develops confidence and skills during his journey to find the fairy queen. This tale is bound to become a favorite for little boys, their sisters, parents and lovers of fantasy.

Mary Walling

This is a fantasy for children in the 4th-8th grade. My 9 year old grandson is in the 4th grade and one of his assignments is to read 20 minutes every day. We have been reading “Emmerine-Fairy Prince” together. He really likes it. The story has shown us how Emmerine has learned about how good versus evil and about the consequences that follow with the different choices that we make. He also learns about unconditional love. He learns about what real love between a mother and father is.

I loved this little book and recommend it to all children. I would also recommend that parents read this with their children to get the most of the meaning that has been written into this wonderful book.

Colin McCool and the Vampire Dwarf by M.D. Massey

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A review for

The author uses a great beginning to start this outstanding story for older children. It will keep you glued to the pages and you’ll forget to breathe a few times. If you like faery people and where they come from…you are going to love this book. It is full of faery lore and information to delight lovers of this genre to no end.


The story is about Colin, who is a thirteen year old kid who lives in a small town name Farmersville.
For the past few months all has appeared to be fabulous and he can’t believe his luck. After all, the year before he had been made fun of, but now he is the star of his baseball team. His best friend, Jesse, is one of the best players there too. Colin is late for his game and crashes into an old man who doesn’t move and who is holding a stone in his hands. With the crash Colin starts seeing some very interesting things. His town is not as others perceive it. It is dirty, and the people look to be in terrible disarray. Nothing seems like it was before the accident. There are many weird and interesting thing and animals all over he never saw before. Is he in a nightmare? What will Collin have to do to save his town, family and friends?

You will find magic, leprechauns, spells and regular folks in this entertaining tale that will be enjoyed by pre-teens and young adults alike. Any future books in this series should also be great feasts for the minds of the young and the young at heart. It is a clean and all-around good story, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.


What is a blog tour, and what can it do for you?

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

What is a blog tour, you asked. And what can it do for you?

A blog tour is a promotional technique, where you get a bunch of people to do a post for you about your new book. The news and tidbits about your new book travels for you while you remain in the comfort of your own home. Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, the entire planet is just a click away from your book.

A blog tour when you hand-pick host blogs to do a post for you. Ideally you would want to find those blogs that are in the same genre and age group that your book is. A lot of times, though, reality sets in and you get any bloggers that you can get yours hand on.

Some posts will  feature you and your book in some way. A book review is perfect, but many bloggers don’t have a lot of time to read your book so offer them different options to pick from. An author interview is great. You can do one interview on your own and have it ready for them, or have them send you their questions. All this depend on the blog’s specialty and the host will tell you what they want from you.

Now, you pick a week or two or even three to have all of them pick a date to post about you and your new book. It doesn’t matter if more than one picks the same date, although your goal should be to have a continual stream of blogs. Make sure you visit their posts to make sure your post to thanks them and to see if the post is up and to answer any questions in the comment box.

Also you can add a free ebook, or paperback for a price, to the nicest comment in all the posts or offer one ebook for each post. Asked the winner to do a review for you.

For more etiquette  on what to do when you are asked to be a visitor in someone’s blog post keep and eye on next month’s blog. Happy writing to you.

Anna is the author of high fantasy books for YA and Children. More about her work:

Tales of the Booga Dooga Land by Deepak Menon

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A review for

Tales of the Booga Dooga Land – The Horus is a very cute story for children and their parents. In it you will find clean wholesome adventures for the whole family. The writing is different, but the tale is very nicely done. This book contains very colorful tales with a great array of drawings to keep the little ones focused. Its pages reveal a great story with the flavor of tales heard on grandma’s lap.


OctoDoll and Pickwick live in Booga Dooga Land and one Sunday afternoon they go on a picnic. They find the perfect spot to have their lunch when the day gets transformed (more…)

Dondi Ratlif author of Destruction’s Daughter an interview

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Dondy, how long have you been writing? 

My first “novel” was typed out on a very old, metal ribbon typewriter my parents had. I wrote it on the entire front sheet of a page of notebook paper. I may have been around eight years old at the time. I’ve never stopped writing since.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now. 
I was born in Lamesa, Texas, which is about 60 miles south of Lubbock, Texas, on a map. Quite close to the New Mexico border as things go. I just moved to Cedar Hill, Texas, from Breckenridge, Texas.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? 
They say that there’s nothing new under the sun. It’s really true. My point in saying that is simply this: if you have an idea that won’t let you go and keeps nagging at you, chances are high that it’s something you need to write about. I don’t see it in terms of “good enough” to write about. I’ve read some pretty boring books out there that other people have absolutely loved. If you’re passionate about the idea enough to get it on paper (or computer file), then it should be written. Even if the idea is one that’s been done before, it hasn’t been done with your brain and your voice.


Gatito y Mariposa by Aviva Gittle and Illustrated by Tekla Huszár

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A review fro readers

Gatito (which means kitten in Spanish) y Mariposa (which mean Butterfly in Spanish) written by Aviva Gittle and Illustrated by Tekla Huszár is a darling book with beautifully colored drawings that will warm your heart and soul. Your kids will be glued to each page as they follow the story along with you. It is a great visual tool to keep them entertained for a good while and talking about the tale for longer than that.


The story is that of a kitten that meets a butterfly and wants her to be his friend. At first they (more…)

Jaleta Clegg author’s Interview and giveaway

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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Jaleta welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?


I’ve been telling myself stories since I was little. But somewhere along the way, people told me I was a talentless hack and I was dumb enough to believe them. But one summer, about twenty years ago, I got desperate for something more intellectually stimulating than watching another episode of Barney with my kids. We’d just bought our first computer. It came with a word processor. I sat down and started writing. And promptly got addicted to it.

Tell us where you were born and where you live now.

I was born in New Mexico, but moved to Utah when I was little. I’ve stayed here ever since.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

Write it. If it starts to flow, I know it’s working. If the characters and plot (more…)

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children By Amber Richards

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

A review for readers

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children By Amber Richards is an interesting short book with colorful pictures of different kind of dogs. Your young children will be fascinated by the kinds of dogs portrayed on the pages of this book. The author did a great job with her explanation of each race of dogs. She capture the essence of their species with words that will be understandable by young readers and those you should read to, also.


The pictures will entertain the eyes of those who learn by visual means and their parents. A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children has a colorful picture of a dog on each page with its description. They are short and sweet, just what is needed for children between pre-kinder and third grade.

A Book of Dogs Breeds for Children will teach not only about the true nature of the different breeds but also that no matter their differences, they are all still dogs. They are tall, hairy, big, short, fat, wrinkled and long, but they are dogs nonetheless.

These differences can also be applied to all races of humans. We too come in different shapes and colors but at the end we are all humans. That is a lesson we all need to learn to find love, peace and brotherhood in this world, something we all need in this time and age.

This job is well done by the author, to be liked by all sort of kids, teachers and their parents. A very nice addition to any library, be a school or home.