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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Interview: Alison Lyke

Interview: Alison Lyke

by Judy Spring Alison Summerhayes Lyke is a 31-year-old novelist, poet, and freelance writer from Rochester, New York. She recently released Honey through Spectacle Publishing Media Group, and we’d like to take some time to get to know this unique artist and ask her some direct questions about her craft, as well as learn a little more about who Alison is. Alison lives with her nine-year-old son Jonah, and her two cats Milo and Zoonz. Milo is deaf which brings a few challenges. Zoonz is named from the African word for “home.” Sushi is Alison’s favorite food, and when asked, she replied that white is her favorite color. Interestingly, she says the color represents purity to her—a blank slate and the beginning of something new. Her single pet peeve is when others are judgmental, and her suggestion is to just calm down and realize that no one has any idea what another is going through. Passing judgment is useless. Music is a big influence in her life, and rock of all kinds is her preferred genre, although she likes some “hippy music” as well. Alison enjoys writing film, music, and art reviews, and also life musings and anecdotes. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She contributes poetry and short stories to literary magazines. Alison enjoyed being a freelance writer for five years, and now works with a local agricultural technology company, writing for their various needs. The following questions are from a personal interview with the author.   When did you know that you wanted to be an author? “I’ve always been writer. There was never any wanting or deciding. It was an eventuality.”   In your writing process, do you use an outline to write your story? “My stories come together like puzzles. I often have a vague outline with very specific portions written in. Certain scenes, chapters, or conversations are vital and I tend to write them randomly, and then fill in the story around them. My first drafts are seas of gibberish with islands of clarity.”   What sparked your interest in the story subject of Honey? “I wanted to write a mythology with a rich, full pantheon of gods, functioning like ancient Greece, but in modern day. I also wanted to touch on the power of meditation and contemplation. Then Honey came to me, this mess of a woman under a rat’s nest of hair, so stoned that she didn’t even have enough ambition to work up an attitude problem. I had to explore her character, test her limits and make life better for her.”    What does the story matter of Honey...

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The Darkest Age

The Darkest Age

by Joy Anne Shearer Spectacle Publishing Media Group is publishing a new game developed by seasoned game designers Mark Nelson and Rob Gee, along with Eric Staggs and Julia Gengenbach. The Darkest Age is a thrilling take on the classic d20 RPG for ages 14+ and player groups of more than three, with five players being ideal. The Darkest Age takes place in Bubonic Plague-ridden Europe. This is intriguing in itself, but the game takes us even deeper, into a dark world where the victims of the Plague rise from their deaths to feast upon the living. There are more than ten character classes, including the two new classes, among others, of Skald and Midwife. The classes of this game are part of the construction to better include and display the powers of female characters, a feature mostly unseen in other RPGs. The illustrations in the book are stunning. They are true to the horrific nature of the story and displays figures both dead and alive twisted in the effort to defeat enemies. Cover art is by Jeff Dewitt and interior art is by Rob Gee and Mark Nelson. Visit http://thedarkest-age.com/ to find out more about the game, read an extensive article on the egalitarian nature of this unique game, and learn how to order your copy. Darkest Age will be available in both print and eBook formats soon. Check back often for updates and more! 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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2013 Catalog – SPMG

2013 Catalog – SPMG

This summer is going to be huge for SPMG. Upcoming titles include The Darkest Age, a YA epic by talented newcomer Ashleigh Galvin, a surreal fantasy by Alison Lyke called Honey and so much more! Click to download our catalog in PDF format! 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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Heron’s Path arriving April 1st

Heron’s Path arriving April 1st

Alethea Eason’s newest book, The Heron’s Path, has all the grace of the river that flows through its pages. One steps lithely into the world of Katy and her delicate sister Celeste. It is a world where the old and the new mingle, the Old Ones hold a knowing but genteel sway and the country man perhaps shouldn’t be so trusting of his dulled senses. Will Celeste come to know the purpose of her wanderings and dreams? Will Katy and aged Olena be able to keep her from the clutches of the evil we-nei-la? Follow them “north to the true wilderness, dark with ancient trees, where the Nanchuti struggle to keep their sacred songs from vanishing.” Like the current of the river Talum that witnesses all within these pages, you too will be swept along in the adventure, sometimes in reflective pools, sometimes drawn inexorably to the falls… to find the Heron’s Path.   Check out Amazon or Barnes and Noble to find your copy of Heron’s Path. Read a short sample of Heron’s Path right here. To learn more about Alethea visit her website:  Heron’s Path 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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