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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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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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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Young Adult Fiction Coming Soon: Heron’s Path

Young Adult Fiction Coming Soon: Heron’s Path

Who is Alethea Eason? Read on friends… Alethea Eason lives with her husband Bill in Cobb, California, a small town in the Mayacamas Mountains in northern California. She has worked as a reading specialist and classroom teacher at two Title 1 schools, does freelance editing of novels and memoirs, and draws and paints as much as she can. She spent a year and a half teaching at St. Margaret’s British School for Girls in Concon, Chile. Her middle grade humorous science fiction novel Hungry was published by HarperCollins (Eos) in 2007. Her stories and poetry have appeared in places as varied as the children’s publications Shoo-Fly Audio Magazine and New Moon Magazine and the literary journals Frontiers and Sweet Fancy Moses. Three of her stories have been anthologized in collections edited by Bruce Coville, including A Glory of Unicorns. She was the winner of the SRA/McGraw Hill Imagine it! Teachers’ Writing Contest, in which her story “Turtle Soup” was made into a picture book to supplement the reading program’s second grade curriculum, and the Eugene Ruggles Poetry Prize given by Copperfield Books for their publication The Dickens. Meetings of the Minds Publications published her poetry chapbook Threshold, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Read a short sample of Heron’s Path right here. To learn more about Alethea visit her website:  Heron’s Path Now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble! 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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The Broken Hearts Club?

The romance genre is only for those in the Broken Hearts Club…right? Wrong! Romance is one of the largest and best-selling genres in North America. The stereotype of the typical romance reader has been extremely distorted. You will not find us curled up on the couch, hair stuck in five different directions still in a week old gray sweatpants that used to be white, crying into a book because our own love life is in the pits. We are young adults still in high school trying to understand our own emotions. We are adults who are educated, sometimes with multiple post-educational degrees, just looking for a creative escape from our stressful daily lives. We are women and men (yes we know you are out there, your secret is safe with us). We are full-time workers, stay-at-home parents or just your everyday average Jane or Joe. So where does the stereotype come from? It comes from those who don’t understand the genre. The romance genre is not all about sex, sex and sex. It can be said that it just as hard to make someone fall in love as it is to scare or shock someone. Think about it. We all know what the average person is scared of, right? But what can make someone fall in love? That is a hard question. Writing a best-selling romance novel is more than just writing about: boy meets girl, boy loses girl then gets her back and they live happily ever after. If it were just that easy then every romance novel would be a best-seller. Those who criticize romance believe that every novel has two perfect people who fall in love—end of story. A good romance novel is more than that. A good romance has imperfect characters that are perfect for each other. A writer has to make their characters identifiable with the readers. Who can identify with someone who has everything going for them, never has any problems and has everything handed to them on a silver platter? Readers identify with the characters that have a struggle but work hard at whatever they do. The writer has to focus on who will be reading the novels and what is the perfect romance to them. It could be about two best friends, neighbors or just someone met at the rest stop on the Pennsylvania turnpike. The best thing about the romance genre is that there are numerous sub-genres. As a writer, you can hand pick which sub-genre you would like to write in. Do you like writing about drama—you have suspense romance. Do you like writing about fantasy—you have paranormal romance. The possibilities are endless. My challenge to you is this,...

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