What’s new for 2015

What’s new for 2015

What’s new for SPMG in 2015? A whole lot! This is just a hint of what is to come!   Brooklynn’s Bridge by KT Hunter This YA adventure by newcomer KT Hunter is now available through Amazon. Go check it out!   Bride Price by Sean Little This much anticipated eBook will soon be available in print.   Standing In The Wind’s Shadows by Ashleigh Galvin Did you love Birth By Fire’s Embrace? The sequel is almost here. Stay tuned.   Garrett Baldwin – Mister Right In Front Of You He has been working on his rewrites – this is still with him. No updates.   And Yet Love Lives On by John Donahue Look for the collection of inspired short stories by spring!   The Box by Jon Arnts This sci-fi thriller will take you to the edge of the galaxy via the edge of your seat! Stay tuned for more!   Kidtropolis eBook and 2nd Edition by Ray Brown Due to demand, this much loved children’s story is set for release in eBook format and for those who didn’t snatch up a copy before, a second edition of the beautiful print book will be available soon!   The Fate Series – by F. Sharon Swope and Genilee Parente The mother-daughter duo is back with the third and final installment of the Fate series – as well as all new collectors editions for all three books.   Yes. 2015 will be that cool. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Standing in the Wind’s Shadow – Coming Soon!

Standing in the Wind’s Shadow – Coming Soon!

by Kelly Kobayashi What’s in a name? Ashleigh Galvin’s next installment to her Amethyst Series has been ominously titled Standing in the Wind’s Shadow. This new book picks up right where Birth by Fire’s Embrace left off. Finding herself in a new world and new school for the magically-gifted, Sharrlette Moore is now on a mission to study, make friends, prepare for the ritual “awakening” of her true potential, and… continue to butt heads with Master Billeaphrin. Though the wind itself can never cast a shadow, Shar’s guide into this strange, war-ravaged world is Billeaphrin, a Master over the power of Air. Shar has been kept alive by Billea, but can he still be trusted now that they’ve abandoned her realm for his? Dark forces are closing in and her sharp-tongued mentor is growing more and more demanding. Just as with the first book in this series, the small-burst action, the full-scale battles, and the banter all play with a visual, film-like quality. This time, however, the threat is looming from all possible sides. Shar is no longer in her own mortal world with evil hunting for her like a needle in a haystack; instead she is smack in the middle of the war. The danger is palpable, as is the sense of an inevitable count-down. Shar’s mentors, friends, and even her rivals are all put on the line when evil finds her again. Has she learned enough about her power to survive, or is she standing defenselessly in her own shadow? – COMING SOON! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Join us in Kidtropolis!

Join us in Kidtropolis!

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” Roald Dahl wrote great books, and like many children’s authors who came after him, the stories imprinted on children a world where anything was possible. We swam with Ariel, traveled with Max to where the wild things were, caught a train to the North Pole, shed a tear with Wilbur, and we joined Alice in her adventures…oh the places we went! Now as adults, we can’t wait to introduce these special characters to our children, to see in their faces the delight we experienced not so long ago. This summer, SPMG wants to introduce you to a new children’s book that will without a doubt be a staple in your children’s book collection. Just like the little engine who knew he could, six year old Mya blasts through the pages of Ray Lenard Brown’s new book, Kidtropolis. No ordinary girl, Mya, born with cerebral palsy, learns to overcome great difficulties and obstacles, not unlike the heroines we grew up with. One day, her grandfather, noticing how Mya routinely sits by the window watching the neighborhood kids play, decides that it is time to introduce her to an old family book called The Book of the Imagination. In it is a place inhabited only by children, a magical place where kids rule everything and all your wishes come true, and the place is called Kidtropolis. One evening, while Mya was being tucked into bed, she asked her grandfather “Where do babies come from?” Not knowing how to answer, her grandfather turned to the old family book and began reading. The magic begins as soon as you open the door to Kidtropolis, but you must make sure to keep it open, as while all your dreams can come true, “everybody who smiles and says hello may not be people you want to get to know.” This proves to be valuable advice for Mya when she wakes up the next day…trapped in the book. Buy Kidtropolis on Amazon or Barnes & Noble   Spectacle Publishing Media Group (www.spectaclepmg.com)  was founded in 2011 with a mission to change the publishing world. Spectacle PMG believes all talented writers should be granted the opportunity to have their stories read. With offices in Lisle, NY, Madison, WI, Savannah, GA., and Boston, MA., SMPG understands the importance of working with a diversified audience. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Wretched Fate Authors Interviewed

Wretched Fate Authors Interviewed

This Mother-Daughter writing duo has released their second with Spectacle Publishing, Wretched Fate. Available in print or eBook format, Wretched Fate is the next installment of the hugely popular Sam Osborne series. Wretched Fate features the return of the much loved Sam Osborne, and introduces a cast of new and intriguing characters. Check out their interview on Conversations With Rich here! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Now Available! Kidtropolis

Now Available! Kidtropolis

 by Ray Brown I was watching television one night back in 2003, and a Saturn commercial came on; the commercial showed four young adults, probably in their twenties, driving through a neighborhood in a Saturn Ion.  As they drove through the neighborhood, they noticed children jumping rope, swinging from jungle gyms, and playing all kinds of games. There were hundreds of them! Every yard was full of children. The young adults looked on with fascination as they continued driving.  Finally they came to the end of the neighborhood, and before them was an open road and on the side of the road there was a sign that said, “NOW LEAVING CHILDHOOD, ENTERING ADULTHOOD.” The young adults turned around. It was one of the greatest commercials I had ever seen.  What it did was cause me to reflect on an idea for a story that I had while in elementary school.  An idea that came in the form of a question really: “What if there was a town where everything was run by kids, and Adults were not allowed?” I had forgotten about that question until I saw that commercial. At that moment Kidtropolis was born. But it couldn’t be that simplistic; it had to be more than that.  I ran through a lot of possibilities from a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere, to another dimension.  Then my daughter asked me the dreaded question: where do babies come from? I did what most of fathers do when their kids ask that question–I said “Go ask your mother.” But then it hit me! What if Kidtropolis IS where babies come from?  So I started plotting and before long I had the concept fleshed out.  Kidtropolis would not only be the place where babies come from, but it would be made up of collective minds of every woman everywhere that ever desired to have kids.  So if every child in Kidtropolis is made up of a thought in their mommy’s brain, it’s the mommy that determines whether it’s a boy or a girl, and what the child will look like, its personality, and purpose. The catch: the child cannot be born until Mommy and Daddy AGREE (wink-wink). What about the story?  I decided to tell this story through the eyes of my own daughter, who struggles with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy and can’t walk normally… YET.  So I decided to send her on an adventure, a quest to not only discover the truth about where babies come from, but to discover the truth about who she is and to find the courage to become who she was born to be. Throughout the story I have interwoven various myths...

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Choosing a Great Title for Your Next Novel

Choosing a Great Title for Your Next Novel

by Ashleigh Galvin If you asked what draws me to a book, like most readers I would answer with the following: a nice cover and a snappy title. A good title is supremely important in making an impression on the reader before they even open the book because it lingers in their mind. If they talk to their friends about the novel, it’s also most likely the first thing they say to introduce the book. Choosing a good title is one of the hardest parts of writing a novel. How can a writer summarise the feeling of the entire book in just a few short words? I won’t lie—it’s tricky. This article will look at how to come up with a title that will suit your novel and engage your readers. Asking around, the piece of advice I heard the most was, ‘It will strike you like a bolt of lightning. Suddenly, you will just know!’ I got this advice from readers, not authors. I took this approach when trying to name my first novel, Birth By Fire’s Embrace. It was well after I had finished the novel and started the editing process that I realised it wasn’t that easy to pick a title. It wasn’t going to drop out of the sky in front of me. A good title needs work, patience, and a lot of thought put into it. I wrestled with titles for weeks before I finally settled on Birth by Fire’s Embrace. About a month after finishing Birth by Fire’s Embrace, I started to work on its sequel. I was typing away at home one night when I paused. It had just hit me: the title. After painful weeks wracking my brain for the first novel’s title, the second one was developed in a matter of seconds. I finished that novel with a smile as, for me, the hardest part was already done. To create a good title, you really need to get a comprehensive feel for your novel. The title needs to reflect the vibe of the book. But remember, there are always two sides to the coin. Let’s take a look at some popular examples. Example one: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. The main character’s name is Harry Potter, and the story is about the Chamber of Secrets. Nice and simple. It tells the readers what they want to know, but still retains enough mystery to interest them in reading it. It’s a straightforward title, following the style in which the novel is written. Example two: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Short and extremely mysterious, it suggests nothing, but allows the mind to explore possibilities. Both titles are great...

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