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1. Grave News

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2. Celebrating World Teachers’ Day on Two Writing Teachers #WorldTeachersDay

October 5 is World Teachers' Day. Thank you, teachers, for all you do!

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3. Best Selling Young Adult Books | October 2015

This month, the best selling young adult titles include books by super-talents Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.

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4. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #452: Featuring Moira Birch Swiatkowski


Hey there, dear kickers. I had a post lined up today, saying that I’d be taking a week-long blog break. A couple months ago, I received the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I’m going to head up there to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that this week, but plans have changed. My father is actually on hospice and is, I think, nearing the end. So, I’ll do that trip another day, another time.

But that sudden change in plans left me with nothing to post today, especially since I’m out at my parents’ house. You all know it breaks my heart to put up a post without any art. I decided to ask the talented Moira Birch Swiatkowski, a regular kicker herself (and an artist previously featured here at 7-Imp), if she could share some art. She gave me permission to pick whatever image I wanted from her site, and I thought the above image was fitting. As you can read here, it’s all about breakfast and all about fathers.

Since I’m around this week after all, please do leave your kicks, if you’re so inclined.

[Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.]

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5. New Book I'm Reading...

I read a post on The History Girls blog, by my friend Gillian Polack, in which she mentioned a fascinating book she had read recently, A Drizzle Of Honey: The Lives And Recipes Of Spain's Secret Jews by David M Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson.

Of course, I had to have it and it was available on iBooks, so...

It's proving an enjoyable read. There are quite a few history-themed cook books out there, yes. I have a few myself. The Heston Blumenthal one about medieval cooking is great! But it's more of a history book than a cookbook. Which is fine for research and even a bit for cooking.

But this one has a bit of everything and it's not just "how to cook the way they did in medieval Spain" or even "how Jews cooked in medieval Spain" but about what could happen to you in Spain if you were caught cooking in a certain way or at certain times that might suggest you were secretly Jewish, especially after the Inquisition turned up. And a lot of these recipes are based on trial records, when people's neighbours and servants noticed that someone was doing things the Jewish way, maybe too fond of eggplant and chick peas, cooking your Saturday meal on Friday, having a salad with the girls on Saturday arvo... The evidence against one man who was burned at the stake included a type of casserole he had cooked! This has to be the first cookbook I've read where cooking could get you killed.

The authors have found recipes in a number of medieval Spanish and Moorish cookbooks that sounded like the ones mentioned in the trial records. They have made sure the ingredients were available in your average supermarket. And since so many have a lot of saffron in them(as they say, if you used the amount given in some of the recipes you'd have to take out a second mortgage!), they only include saffron where you really can't manage without it. If you just want the colouring, they say, turmeric will do.

Anyway, it looks good so far. I'm hoping to find something I can try, for which I have the ingredients in my pantry, fridge or fruit bowl!

Meanwhile, back to the book.

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6. Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Apply for An ALSC Professional Award

ALSC Professional Awards

Get your application in for an ALSC professional award today! (image courtesy ALSC)

It’s ALSC professional award season and our goal this year is to see you apply for one of these great grants and scholarships. To help you understand why, we’ve prepared a list of the top ten reasons why you should apply for award or grant this fall!

1. Programs are expense

ALSC has a bunch of great grants that will help cover the cost of materials, speakers fees, and other assorted costs.

2. Your boss will love it

Nothing says, go-getter like going and getting a grant or award. Especially for early-career professionals! Go get ’em!

3. Your community will love it

Awards and grants are great public relations fodder. When you win, you can share the news with your local newspaper. Brag a little!

4. A gateway to becoming more involved

ALSC professional award winners are in a special community among themselves. Winning an award with ALSC shows that you are ready for bigger things. Think of the places you’ll go, for instance, if you won the Bechtel Fellowship and spent four week studying children’s literature at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library!

5. Take advantage of membership

Most ALSC professional awards are open to ALSC members, so make sure to use this benefit to your advantage.

6. Host a famous author or illustrator

This is specific to one amazing award…the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. You could bring a recognized author/illustrator to your school or library!

7. Showcase your great ideas

Think you have a really innovative and exceptional program? This is a great way to show it off. Apply for a grant like the Light the Way or Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant which recognize outstanding ideas.

8. We tailored these specifically to librarians involved in youth services

You’re probably already doing these things in your library, so why not get recognized for it?

9. You can also recognize someone else!

The ALSC Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ALSC member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. Know someone like that? Nominate him or her!

10. Money doesn’t grow on trees..nor do books!

Maybe your parents told you this at one point, but it’s true! ALSC grants and awards are a great way to supplement your library budget. If you’re in a small library that wants to build your collection, consider applying for the Bookapalooza program (applications open soon)!

Hurry! Many ALSC professional awards have deadlines of November 1, 2015. 

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7. Wands and Worlds Has Moved

After ten years, it's time for a change. I've moved to a new blog platform, and have other changes planned. Don't worry, I'll still be covering mainly children's and YA fantasy and science fiction, but I hope to post more frequently and be a little more relaxed about it. Please see the new blog at blog.wandsandworlds.com and don't forget to update your blog reader!

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8. #743-45 – Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet, Count the Birds and Book of Colors by Zoe Burke and Charley Harper

Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet— Count the Birds — Book of Colors Written by Zoe Burke Illustrated by Charley Harper Pomegranate Kids     6/30/2015 978-0-7649-7233-1 — 978-0-7649-7246-1 — 978-0-7649-7261-4 20 pages     Age 1—3 Today is not December 8th, but that is the date of Charley Harper Day in Cincinnati, Ohio where Mr. Harper …

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9. What an Agent Looks For

Obviously an agent wants to see good writing, but what else is important?


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10. First & Then Superlative Blog Tour and Author Guest Post: Books Most Likely to Make You Cry On Public Transportation

I love the idea of a superlative blog tour for First & Then by Emma Mills-such a fun blog tour! I was given the superlative of "Most Likely to Make You Cry on Public Transportation" and of course, I had to ask Emma herself which books make her cry:

I would have to say Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is the book that makes my cry the most! My father first read this book to my sister and I when we were kids, and I remember so clearly the overwhelming sense of loss I felt right along with Jesse. A beautiful—but tough to take!—book about grief.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – it has wrung the most book-fueled tears from me in my adulthood. Hazel’s relationship with her parents really gets to me.

Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd by Mame Farrell—I first read this in junior high and shed more than a few tears. Very bittersweet, lovely middle grade story.

Before I share my own list, I first need to tell you something-I don't cry too often at books. Which honestly, I find a bit strange because I'm an emotional person and I cry at just about everything else, but books really have to get me to get me bawling. And these books did! So fair warning when reading on public transportation (or anywhere!):

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling-OK, I admit this one is cheating a bit, because seriously, what HP fan can read this one (or pretty much any book from 4-on) without bawling like a baby?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman-I cried so much at the end of this book and had to mourn that it was over. So I was incredibly grateful for the sequel-which yes, also make me cry.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley-Oh my goodness, this book just gets you in every emotional way and just tears at your heartstrings and makes you laugh and cry and smile all at the same time.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern-I actually listened to this one on audiobook while driving-bad idea. It turned me into a blubbering mess and it was hard to sob and drive at the same time!

What books make you cry?

About the Book: Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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11. A View From The Classroom: Month One.

October is here! We’ve been in school for just about a month now, and our writing workshop has moved from its early stages of uncertainty and experimentation to let’s-get-down-to-it writing routines...

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12. Emma's Extra Snacks - a bookwrap

Unwrapping today's book...

Authored by Anne Paradis

Illustrated by Eric Sévigny

In collaboration with the American Diabetes Association

Unwrapping some illustrations...

About the book...

Caillou is painting at his preschool when he notices his friend Emma is peeling an orange.  He assumes it's snack time and goes to get  his lunchbox to indulge also.  His teacher, Miss Martin tells him it is not snack time yet and he gets confused.  Why is Emma eating an orange?

"Emma has permission to eat extra snacks throughout the day, she said."  

That does not seem fair to Caillou.  Miss Martin stops the class activities, sits them all down, and explains to them that Emma has special permission because she has type 1 diabetes. She assures the children that they cannot catch it and that Emma needs extra food so she won't feel dizzy or tired as her day progresses.   

Caillou takes it upon himself to reach out to Emma and protect her because of her illness. Emma teaches Caillou that even though she will have Diabetes 1 for the rest of her life she is still able to play, run and have fun just like the all the other kids, why she even beats him in a race.  This eases his mind greatly and he now understands that Emma is taking all the precautions she needs to live a normal, happy life. She's pretty darn smart.

The book includes a poster created by the American Diabetes Association.  The illustrations are bright, colourful and visually give a greater understanding of what Emma has to go through to keep her Diabetes 1 under control.  This is a wonderful book to educate your child on this subject. I am sure it will create a lot of meaningful discussion between you and your child regarding Diabetes.  

About the illustrator...

Eric Sévigny is born in 1975 on the south shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada). This metropolis is well-known internationally for its creativity, especially in art, fashion and publicity. Therefore at an early age, Eric benefited from an exposure to different artistic techniques. He is also really involved into sports and well appreciated by the community.307_60011565236_1241_n
Influenced by cartoon strips and comic books, Eric studied in Fine Arts and commercial drawings which lead him to work as a caricaturist, cartoonist and graphic designer.

Meticulous, fascinated and interested by all Art forms, his gift opened the door to Cinar Animation Studio where he worked for five years mastering many functions. First at Cinar Animation on different television series, and then at Cinar Design as illustrator and style guide supervisor of famous characters, like Caillou, Arthur, Paddington Bear.

At the same time, his talent in animation and artistic direction expanded during the production of three interactive Caillou CD-ROMs, as well as, in the design and animation of their Website, winner of a Mobius prize in 2000. His in-depth knowledge of the character, his professionalism and reputation created a strong base to start his own company and landed him opportunities in prestigious companies such as Fisher-Price, LeapFrog, Mega-Bloks, Irwin Toys, Littles Tikes for whom he supervises and develops licensing products for famous characters like Scooby-Doo, Looney-Tunes, Winnie the Pooh.

Reluctant to stop there and the desire to expand is creative horizons led Eric to Europe, mainly in Prague, Berlin and Warsaw. In Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Eric reveals new aspects of his talent and decided to focus on the pictorial side of his work, there he makes his first acrylic work.

His primary inspiration, the woman, the one he has been admiring and studying for years. His paintings are a fresh look on the beauty, sensuality and mysteriousness of today’s woman.

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

Contact me at storywrapsblog@gmail.com

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14. Guest Post - Aleah Taylor

Today I would like to welcome to The Great Raven debut Aussie children's author Aleah Taylor who, like me, took a while to find her ideal publisher. I hope this is only the first sale of many, Aleah! 

If you want to buy the book, either in paperback or in ebook, you should be able to get it from Amazon here, from the publisher's web site and I see that in Australia you can order it through Gleebooks. There will be more web sites selling it soon - it has only been out for a week. 

I'll let Aleah tell you all about it. 

I’ve considered myself a writer since I could hold a pen. Some of my earliest memories are of looking at bookshelves and wondering when my book would be up there too. However, I never really attempted to write a novel until I was eighteen. Instead I wrote short stories galore and poetry, songs and scripts. I didn’t really feel a strong urge to write a book, until one day I looked at my son and just knew he had to be character in a book. So my book ‘Mystery on Mount Dusk’, started to come to life. I based both of the main boy characters on different sides of my son’s personality and the book flowed. I would sit for hours on end typing furiously, writing books for children is just so fun

My book is about a ten year old boy named George Mutton who moves to a mysterious little town on top of a mountain, Mount Dusk. There he discovers his new best friend Charlie Redwin and soon the boys uncover that Charlie’s evil guardian Uncle Hubert, is up to even more wicked things than they thought. Hubert Redwin is conjuring spirits back from the grave and entrapping innocent people’s souls in trees. The boys, with George’s little sister Maggie and Charlie’s twin sister Yvonne, vow to set the trapped souls free and rid the town of the evil man who has cursed it. But it’s all more complicated than they think and now they are the ones in danger from ghostly apparitions and ancient magic, darker than they could ever have imagined…


Every time I finished writing a chapter my heart would beat a little faster, I was one step closer to the vision of me holding a completed manuscript, ready to send it off to eager publishers. When that day finally came I typed the last sentence and squealed with joy, merrily telling all of my friends and family that I’d done it! I’d finally finished my book after a year of writing! But, of course, that’s when the real work starts. The fun part is over and now it’s time to convince people you don’t know that they should read your book and eventually publish it. The rejections hurt, I thought I was prepared for it but I wasn’t. My heart would ache with each line of the rejection letter, or I’d get no response and slowly day by day hope would wither away to dust.

After eight long years of looking for a publisher I’d had enough. I promised myself that I would contact one last publisher and if they didn’t like it, I was done. A year went past with no response and so I resigned myself to the idea that I might be left with self-publishing and that was okay. Dreams of traditional publishers are often dashed and I was just one of the many unlucky ones.

Then I got an email.

I was still in my pajamas, munching on breakfast and checking my inbox when I saw it, from NeverlandPublishing. I quickly threw my spoon down and tried to calm my pulse before clicking on the email. Finally I was reading it and tears instantly sprang to my eyes… I was going to be offered a publishing contract! I didn’t know what to do with myself, I laughed, I cried, I tried to call everyone I knew with shaky fingers eagerly tapping the phone screen. After running to my mother’s house and telling her it finally seemed real. I was a published author and people were finally going to read my book.

Now my book has just been released and slowly but surely the news of my book is spreading. Nine years of hoping, wishing, pleading my case and fiercely championing my work has paid off. I’ve heard a few comments from my first readers and each comment has sent a warmth through my heart. I just love hearing that something I worked so hard at is making people happy, making them love the written word that I too love so much. I feel like ‘Mystery on Mount Dusk’ is a child of mine, all grown up and out in the world doing fabulous things. I hope that every young set of eyes to devour my book lights up with glee at the words I put on the page. I also hope that new authors who might be reading this take heart that there is hope, even when you think you’re done with hope.

Aleah Taylor

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15. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | October 2015

This month, Connect the Thoughts (Chronicle Books), a guided journal for young thinkers, is back again as The Children's Book Review's best selling middle grade book.

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16. Partnering: Early Literacy and Early Intervention

We all love finding great partners in our community! One of my favorite community connections is the amazing staff at Early Intervention which is a part of our county’s Infant & Toddler Services. Libraries and Early Intervention are a natural complement to each other’s services. We target similar ages and both have a strong focus on early childhood development.

Our relationship with Infant & Toddler Services began two years ago when we offered a county wide inclusive playgroup. Our librarians developed the play ideas and Jessica, a social worker from Early Intervention came and played with us. We didn’t attract many families who were already receiving services but it did offer a wonderful opportunity for Jessica to talk with families about any developmental concerns. It was so powerful! There probably isn’t a parent in the world who hasn’t had questions about their child’s development at some point. Right!?!

This program opened a door for continued collaboration between Jessica and myself. I had previously provided Sensory Storytimes but had to discontinue them due to interest that fizzled after about a year. Jessica and I discovered we both have passion for “sensory kids” and have worked to revamp this program. It is launching in January 2016 and we are very excited to start this new adventure together!

Early Intervention also has the power to make sure families know libraries are a welcoming place for special needs children. Who else has partnered with your community’s Early Intervention? I would love to hear about what you have done!

If you haven’t made a connection with this service in your community I urge you to make a call today. You will have no regrets!



Erin Rogers is a Children’s Librarian in Virginia and a member of the Library Service to Special Populations and Their Caregivers Committee

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17. Reading Roundup: September 2015

By the Numbers
Teen: 12
Tween: 2
Children: 3

Review Copies: 9
Library: 8

Teen: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Nobody believes Finn when he says that his friend Roza was kidnapped by a man he can't describe, but he knows he's right. With shades of the Persephone myth and two (count 'em) strong love stories, this book sucked me right in.
Tween: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Nobody writes complex middle-school inner life quite like Stead. This is a beautiful examination of friendships, how people change, and how difficult it is to maintain relationships or to know when to let it go.
Children: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
Gandhi's grandson doesn't feel like he can live up to his grandfather's peaceful example, until he learns that even the Mahatma still feels anger. Beautiful, thoughtful, gorgeously illustrated - ooo I loved this.

Because I Want To Awards
I Need a Hug Now Please: A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
In the waning days of a devastating war, the last three fairies left in Ferrum struggle to put themselves and each other back together. This book is extremely dark, but its very darkness makes it tremendously hopeful - because if you can survive losing everything, you can survive anything.
Fascinating Meditation on Storytelling: Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Caught up in the sinister machine of fairy tales, a seamstress (or is she?) and a shoemaker (not a prince) try to find a way to break free. It got away from itself occasionally, but I loved how it contemplated the danger of a single story told repeatedly.

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18. Giveaway: NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (US Only)


by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Release Date: 9/22/2015



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The dark will bring your worst nightmares to light in this gripping and eerie survival story, perfect for fans of James Dashner and Neil Gaiman.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_jh.jpgAbout the Author

Jake Halpern is an acclaimed journalist, author, and radio producer who has written for several publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.  As a contributor at NPR, Jake produced one of the most listened-to episodes of This American Life. He co-wrote the Dormia series with Peter Kujawinski and is the author of Bad Paper, a nonfiction book for adults.

For eighteen years, Peter Kujawinski was an American diplomat, on assignment in places like Israel, Haiti and France and at the United Nations in New York.  Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada, which included Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  While working as a diplomat, he started to write for adults and children.  He has contributed to the international edition of the New York Times, and with co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the Dormia trilogy (Dormia, World's End and Shadow Tree).  He lives in Chicago with his family.

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3 winners, each will receive a hardcover copy of the book.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Who does Marin meet on the edge of the cliff as she is waiting for Line? Find out here.

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19. Giveaway: Rise of the Sidenah by C.M. Story (US Only)

Rise of the Sidenah

by C. M. Story

Release Date: 9/24/15


About the Book

Adrienna Vedica longs to build the creatures living in her imagination. One day, she hopes to sculpt them out of stone, creating great statues like those that guard the Celany village.

She doesn’t understand why everyone seems to disapprove.

It’s only when Tishaan, a powerful man in the high council, agrees to help her sculpt that Adrienna is finally able to pursue her passion. She dives into her work, but creates with such energy she collapses from exhaustion before seeing the final results, giving Tishaan time to hide her masterpieces away.

Her mentor, Sreng—the man she secretly loves—tries to convince her that Tishaan is using her, but she can’t abandon her art. Only when people start showing up dead does she think again. There’s something off about Tishaan…and then Sreng shows her one of her early works.

But something is wrong.

It’s alive. And it’s digging a grave.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_C-M-Story.jpgAbout the Author

C. M. Story has always been a fan of fantasy in all its many forms, including the kind she frequently indulged in during boring lectures in school. She didn't try her hand at penning her own stories, however, until long after she'd gotten her Bachelor's degree in music.

Once she sold her first short story, she got a writing job and never looked back. Today she runs a successful freelance writing and editing business out of her home in Idaho, and frequently travels to other inspiring places with her trusty laptop in tow. And yes, despite rumors to the contrary, "Story" is her real last name.

"Rise of the Sidenah" was inspired by gothic architecture, a tune by "The Calling," and the idea that following the heart may cause pain, but is the only way to truly fulfill one's purpose in life.

Find more at cmstorybook.com.

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3 winners:

a) $25 Amazon Gift Card; 1 signed, paperback copy of the book; 1 bookmark

b) $10 Barnes & Noble gift card; 1 signed, paperback copy of the book; 1 bookmark

c) 1 signed, paperback copy of the book, 1 bookmark

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What is the name of Adrienna’s first sculpture? Find the answer by reading this excerpt from the Part 1.

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20. Giveaway: Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles (US & Canada)

Becoming Darkness

by Lindsay Francis Brambles

Release Date: October 1, 2015


About the Book

Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old, Sophie Harkness, is an Immune — a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world, more than half a century ago. A virus, that wiped out most of humanity, and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But, after her best friend is brutally murdered, and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy, running generations deep. And, when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself, and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_unnamed.pngAbout the Author

Lindsay Brambles was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1959 and spent a large part of his childhood and youth living and traveling overseas in countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Kenya, and Tanzania. Although he occasionally attended traditional schools, most of his education was gained through correspondence courses and the life experience of living amidst other cultures. As a child in Iran, Lindsay produced a weekly newspaper, which kindled what would become a lifelong interest in writing. In 1989, he won first prize in the Pine Cone II Science Fiction Convention writing contest for his novella Zero-Option. He has worked in a variety of fields, from construction to childcare while pursuing a vocation as an artist and writer. Lindsay is currently hard at work on several new projects, including the next book in the Becoming Darkness trilogy.

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21. Giveaway: It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J Schmitt (US & Canada)

It’s A Wonderful Death 

by Sarah J. Schmitt

Release Date: Oct 6, 2015


About the Book

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

About the Author

Sarah Schmitt has bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology as well as a master's degree in higher education administration, but she has always loved writing fiction. She is a K-8 school librarian part-time and youth service professional for teens at her public library. Sarah currently lives with her husband and two kidlets near Indianapolis, Indiana.

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22. Age Level

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23. Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
for Cynsations

Congratulations to Cindy Pon on the release of Serpentine (Month9Books), "a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology." From the promotional copy:

"Lush with details from Chinese folklore, Serpentine tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

"When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time."

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Music Meets Military History by M.T. Anderson from TeachingBooks.net. Peek: "I pictured telling this story to those kids I’ve met who are so passionate about music (any kind of music!) or the arts – the drama kids, the band kids, the writing kids, the painting kids … or, for that matter, the military history nerds out there who, like me, love poring over maps of battle plans and hearing about the specs of Stuka diver-bombers." See also The Music That Brought Hope to a Besieged City: an audio interview with M.T. Anderson from Robin Young at Here and Now at Boston NPR. Highlight's Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad (Candlewick, 2015).

Reading While White: Allies for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books for Children. Peek: "We are learning, and hold ourselves responsible for understanding how our whiteness impacts our perspectives and our behavior."

How to Talk to Kids About Racism in America -- With a Picture Book by Colton Valentine from The Huffington Post. Peek: "...the book traces Parks’ journey from Fort Scott, Kansas, to Washington, D.C., as he nurtured his interest in photography as a way to document and expose oppression in the United States."

It's Not All Death, Dystopia & Disaster: YA Novels to Tickle the Funny Bone by Joy Fleishhacker from School Library Journal. Peek: "Filled with memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments, these entertaining tales of friendship, love, and self-discovery explore coming-of-age themes..." Note: bibliography of recommendations.

Rejecting Rejection with Author Paige Britt from the Writing Barn. Peek: "Writing taught me that the 'product' of my writing was not my manuscript. It was me. I was not the same person I was when I sat down at my computer all those years ago. Writing had transformed me."

Shorter Focus = Successful Writing by Kristi Holl from Writer's First Aid. Peek: "Small steps don’t look overwhelming. They look simple and do-able, if you’ve made them small enough. And we don’t have to be speed demons either."

The Opposite of Colorblind: Why It's Essential to Talk to Children About Race by Stacy Whitman from Lee & Low. Peek: "Teaching children to be 'colorblind' has led children (and adults) to believe that it’s rude or racist to even point out racial differences—even kids of color. This makes it exponentially harder to have frank discussions about racial issues when they need to be had."

Cordelia Jensen and Skyscraping from The Launch Pad. Peek: "There was a fair amount of difficulty. But the two hardest parts were probably my editor requesting that I cut all the dialogue out of the book (keep in mind, this is a verse novel) and the second was cutting out a few characters I felt attached to."

Surviving Santiago: A Conversation with Lyn Miller Lachmann from Adventures in YA Publishing. Peek: "When I was in Chile, I saw that among my friends who had spent more than a decade fighting the dictatorship, and once the elections were over and they were seen as having 'won,' it was hard to find a new role."

Author Varian Johnson by Sara Zarr from This Creative Life podcast. Peek: "Varian’s ten years as a published author and how he has weathered the disappointments and triumphs along the way, including an almost-quitting incident that his agent tricked him out of."

Transformers: Reimaginging a World by Malinda Lo from The Horn Book. Peek: "I realized that I didn’t need to write a coming-out story. Ash was set in a fantasy world, and there was no need for same-sex love to be taboo there. I made the creative decision to let it be entirely normal, and Ash got to have her happily-ever-after."

Tales Out of School: An Interview with 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Sharon Draper by Deborah Taylor from School Library Journal. Peek: "I had a student who didn’t like to write, who grumbled at me from the back of the room, 'Why don’t you write something sometime? You’re always making us write.' He gave me a crumpled-up copy of Ebony Magazine’s short story contest...."

Does a True Artist Care What His Audience Thinks? by Adam Kirsch from the New York Times. Peek: "Art is a form of communication, and communication cannot be totally autonomous, just as there can be no such thing as a private language."

Newbery Winner Laura Amy Schlitz on Women, Writing, History, and Hired Girls by Kiera Parrott from School Library Journal. Peek: "Part of me is green with envy when I hear about writers who have an outline, because that would take so much of terror out of the process. But it would also take some of the suspense out of the process."

Best Times to Post for Retweets and Likes by Devin Coldewey from NBC News. Peek: "New research has some straightforward advice for you."

Transgender Children's Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo by Alexandra Alter from The New York Times. Peek: "This year, children’s publishers are releasing around half a dozen novels in a spectrum of genres, including science fiction and young adult romance, that star transgender children and teenagers." See also Middle School Pride: LBGTQ + Tweens in Literature for Youth by Kelly Dickson from The Hub and How to Talk to Your Children About What "Transgender" Means by Charlesbridge Editor Yolanda Scott from CBC Diversity.

Go Global: We Are The World by Veronica Grijalva from CBC Diversity. Peek: "Educators might worry that young readers would be hesitant to read stories that aren’t set in their home country but, if a child can enjoy stories set in fantasy worlds, their unfettered imaginations can imagine and enjoy fantastic experiences set half a world away."

Author School Visits: Preparing for Your First by Donna Galanti from Project Mayhem. Peek: "As my anxiety ramped up I was informed of my one goal (according to my son): Do not be boring."

Size Acceptance in YA: "examining bodies, shape, and size in YA literature."

Kamik's First Sled by Matilda Sulurayok and Qin Leng: a recommendation from Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children's Literature. Peek: "Through Kamik, Jake, and his grandparents, kids learn about Inuit life, and they learn some Inuit words, too."

The Importance of Psychological Development in Character Growth by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers. Peek: "Understanding where your characters are developmentally is the beginning to writing them consistently and creating realistic arcs for their growth and development."

Industry Q&A with Editor Liz Szabla from CBC Diversity. Peek: "I’d rather ask honest questions than assume I understand something that I’m not familiar with. I don’t want to push my sensibility on any author or any character. It’s an intuitive, creative process that is difficult to explain."

Mirrors and Windows: Conversations with Jacqueline Woodson by Renee Watson from Rethinking Schools. Peek: "My biggest fear would be to be dishonest to myself, to live a half-life, to not tell the stories I was put here to tell."  

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Terrific News! Violent Ends, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (Simon Pulse, 2015), is now available, and I'm honored to be a chapter-contributing co-author. The book is set around a school shooting and told in alternating point of view, by alternating authors, from characters connected to the tragedy. See excerpt.

"The storytelling is wonderfully intense and distinctive on such a difficult, tragic topic. Readers will be captivated, not wanting to put the book down, but also needing a break due to the extremely engaging, emotionally charged content of characters' feelings and thoughts."
–VOYA, starred review

What's more, I will be featured at the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 in Austin. I look forward to joining Ann Angel and Varian Johnson in discussing the anthology Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick, 2015).

Want to read something spooky? The electronic edition of Diabolical (Candlewick), is on sale this month for $1.99!

Congratulations, Debbie!
Congratulations to VCFA alum and former Austin SCBWI RA Debbie Gonzales on her first trade sale, Play Like a Girl, to Charlesbridge for publication in fall 2017. It's "a non-fiction picture book about courageous female athletes from 1827 to present day and the eventual passing of Title IX."

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI's own Donna Janell Bowman on receiving the SCBWI nonfiction work-in-progress grant for Tomboy: The Daring Life of Blanche Stuart Scott and the SCBWI book launch award for Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Taught the World About Kindness (Lee and Low, 2016).

Link of the Week: The Deepest Gift by Marion Dane Bauer from Just Thinking. Peek: "The advantage of being, by anyone’s measure, an old woman is that so much falls away. So much of the need for attention. So much of the desire for my work to be seen as better than. . . . "

Don't miss the We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal book-talking kit! See also WNDB Announces Internship Recipients from Publishers Weekly.

Personal Links:

TV show from YA author Rob Thomas.
Barbie Is Getting More Real
Religious History in Ethiopia
Speaking While Female 
Mt. McKinley Will Be Renamed Denali 
Jefferson Davis Statue Comes Down at the University of Texas
Do "Casual Fridays" Suppress Creativity?
Japan's Worst Day for Teen Suicides
Tribute to Christopher Lee 
Horror Film Director Wes Craven Dies at 76
Female Wolverine?
James Wan to Direct "Aquaman"
Black Canary Artist Annie Wu
"Star Wars" on "Feminine" Armor
Spaceports and Sky Farms
Humans Will Be Tech Hyprids by 2030
Baby Gorilla Plays Peekaboo with Little Boy
Elephants Have a Secret Language
Newborn Snow Leopards at Brookfield Zoo (Chicago)


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24. The Strange, The Weird, The Terrifying...

Ever the Popularist, I decided that, as some people have asked, I would give more detail about the contents of my books so here goes.

Some Things Strange & Sinister (2013 -up-dated)

Some Things Strange & Sinister
A4 Format
358 pages
Heavily illustrated
Price: £15.00
After more than 30 years as an investigator and more than forty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as.. 
The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen. 
PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack! 
Photographs, maps, line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister. 
Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean:this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive! 

Foreword by Travis L. Whitehurst
  1.     de occultis non judicat ecclesia                                                                     
  2.     The Bristol Rocking Horse
  3.     The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn
  4.     The Coonian Ghost
  5.     The Ghosts Of All Saints Church
  6.     His Luminous Chamber
  7.     The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg
  8.     And More Ghost Stories
  9.     The Thomas B. Cumpston Case
  10.     The Chupacabra
  11.     The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle
  12.     What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes?
  13.     Mystery Beasts Of Ireland
  14.     The Creature Of The Dump
  15.     The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods
  16.     The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack
  17.     The Black Beast Of Darmstadt
  18.     The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square
  19.     The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport
  20.     The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet
  21.     Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures
  22.     The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video
  23.     From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs
  24.     Aerial Encounters Over Austria
  25.     A Crashed UFO In 1790?
  26.     Angel Hair
  27.     Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell”
  28.     Strange Aliens From Space
  29.     The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals
  30.     Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation
  31.     Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations?
  32.     The Venezuelan Horror
A Final Word.

Alleged piece of crashed UFO from Berwyn Mountains, Wales.

 Some More Things Strange & Sinister 

Some More Things Strange & Sinister

Terry Hooper-Scharf
327 Pages 
Heavily illustrated
Price: £15.00
Follow-up to the hugely successful Some Things Strange & Sinister.

For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general.

The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially  'discovered'. The history of  the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"  Very pop culture and totally forgotten today!

Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence?  No sitting on the fence here -the Patterson-Gimlin film is looked at as well as other evidence.  The Author's conclusions? You might be surprised.

Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century -one of which was actually brought to London? 

 Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.  In fact, far more than even the Author had thought .

And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: The Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary 'lost' photograph taken of it.

 This and much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.


Introduction:Investigation And Research Is Not Debunking      4

Gorillas:Pre-‘Discovery’ To Discovery And Beyond       9

The Barking Beast Of Bath:The Facts!            40

 Primates –Escapes and Hunts            51

 The Mystery Bili Ape       74

Just What Is Oliver?             85

Whatever Happened To The Texas Wild Woman?      92

The Wild Man Of Hungary            96

A Funny Wild Man Story?            97

The Case Of The Bohemian Wild Man         98

The Long Tailed Wild Man Of Kentucky      100

The Wild Man Of Marcross Cwm         101

The Wild Man Of Wallingford         103

The Wild Man Of Indiana         105

The Wild Man That Was Then Wasn’t    107

The Wild Man’s A Yowie!     110

Wild Man Or Bigfoot?         115

The Running Bear, Or Wild Man –Or Sasquatch? 117

The Wild Man Who Rode A Horse!    118

The Indiana Captive Wild Man    120

The Terrifying Wild Man Of Kansas 121

The Wild Man Of Petit Quevilly     125

Where Strikes The Wild Man Of Galicia?    126

What Was The “African Udilacus”?     128

The Wisconsin Wild Man –The End Of  An Era   131

The Yeti Of Bourganeuf     133

A Monstrous Man-Toad    144

Of Cokadrilles And Saints     145

More Crocodile Stories     151

The Suffolk Flying Killer  159

The Giant Serpent Of Carthage    163

Another Giant African Snake    167

Mystery Constrictors Of Texas And Canada!   169

The Giant Kentuckian Snake    173

The U-Boat And The Sea Monster    175

The Beast Of Faudiere –Mystery Killer    179

The “Girt Dog” Of Ennerdale    180

The Beast Of Gevaudan       201

The Greenwich Park Elemental    225

The Montauk Monster       228

The Carancas Meteorite –Bringer Of Doom?        241

The New England Darkness                         251

Medieval “Skyships” –“From The Sea Above”      258

Bristol –Seen In The Skies Of Alaska?             263

The shark Eating Monster             276

The Ghost Photograph That Cannot Be Explained?    282

Two Cases From The Borderline                286

Tales From A German Wood              275

Flower-Stealing Aliens               294

What Landed At Gatton?              297

The Crawfordville Monster            300

The Mystery Of The Raifuku Maru          305

Attack Of The Amazons!               309

The Case Of The British Bigfoot          319

Pursuing The Strange And Weird -A Naturalist's Viewpoint (2014 up-date)

Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

Terry Hooper-Scharf
249 Pages
Price: £15.00
UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans.
There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage. 
Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja.
Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.
Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird 

Introduction –I Am Quite Normal      4
                                       Things Of The Sea
Those U.S.O., Sea Monsters, Giant Squid And Things That Go “Bloop”   11
Giant Jelly-fish  * Shark-killing Giant Jelly-fish *  Steller’s Sea Cow *  Carribean Seal *  Sharks * Thought Extinct and “re-discovered” * Giant Squid *  Giant Octopus * Light Wheels In The Sea * Unidentified Submarine Objects (USOs) * “Bloop” * Ribbon Fish * Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures *  Mermaids *  Angler Fish * Sea Serpents* Sea Monsters Past and Present.
                                         Things On Land
On The Scientific 'Need' To Kill A Sasquatch   111
Dmitri Bayanov and the anti “kill a Sasquatch” argument and John Green and John Steenburg on the need to kill a Sasquatch: is it necessary to kill an individual of what might be a rare relic population of hominids?
The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy Has Blood On Its Hands   117
The TBRC has now claimed to have shot and wounded Sasquatch creatures.  The Bigfoot community is up in arms that an organisation set up to research and conserve these creatures is apparently turning to the gun to “scientifically prove” the Sasquatch is real by producing a body. 
On Gathering Hard evidence  122
Rather than kill a Sasquatch or any other unknown creature is there an alternative to prove they exist? The simple answer is “yes”.
The Patterson-Gimlin Film  129
Filmed in 1967, the brief footage of “Patty” was shaky and split the scientific community in two regarding its authenticity.  With the film now digitally cleaned, image steadied and modern scientific techniques used to analyse it why is it getting harder to believe it is a hoax?
No, South America Does Not Have A Sasquatch  142
South America from Patagonia up to Mexico has its own set of mysterious hominid creatures from the Mapirangua to Ucu.  The comparisons between the Yeti, Sasquatch and these creatures are striking; from basic tools to habitat.
Tales From A German Wood  152
Raccoon-like dogs, a mystery primate and much more seem to have focussed on a little village in Germany.
The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle  156
UFO reports and the sighting by an off duty fireman of what he could only describe as a “hideous gargoyle” creature.
The Strange Creature of Repton Wood  165
UFO sightings and a report of a strange, bi-pedal fox-like creature that vanished into the ground!
The Star Child Hoax  170
The ‘alien-human hybrid’ hoax exposed but what was the “Chicken Man” –a real alien hybrid?
The Strange Creature On The Beach 188
Just what did a couple on holiday photograph on a German beach –a strange creature from out of time and space?
Photographic Evidence That Dinosaurs Exist?  195
The Kasai Rex photographs said to have been taken in the 1930s in two different parts of Africa are said to show dinosaurs still existed.  And what of the hunt for the African Brontosaurus –and what happened to Stevens?
First Ever UFO Photograph Or Proof Of Early Airships?  206
It is claimed to be the first ever UFO photograph and was taken on a mountain top in the United States in 1870 –the best evidence of UFOs in the past or experimental airship flights?
Two Early French Entity Cases 212
Did Masse encounter a landed flying saucer in 1965 and see two entities? And why did he vow never to reveal what happened during the encounter –taking the secret to his grave?  And what of Dewilde in 1954 –was he paralysed by a UFO while the occupants went about their business? Did his dog die because of the encounter?
End Word  221
Sasquatch DNA evidence breakthrough?  Did Justin Smeja deliberately shoot two Sasquatch creatures and will the evidence prove it?  How you can help gather information on the strange and weird.

 The Bizarre Legends, Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack (2014)

The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack  
Terry Hooper-Scharf

53 Pages 
 Dimensions (centimetres) 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall  (A4)
fully illustrated and referenced
Price: £7.00
The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.” 

By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him. 

Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults. 

But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories. 

Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack
 And if any of that piqued your curiousity then, in 2016.....

From Behind Time & Space?


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25. Giveaway: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson (US Only)


by J.C. Carleson
Release Date: 10/27/15


About the Book

17-year-old Audie doesn't view medical trial participation as a temporary means to an end. She's one of the young CVs--Career Volunteers--who work pharmaceutical trials to their advantage. There are nasty side effects, but on the whole Audie's life is surprisingly decent. A nice apartment, great roommates, and a boyfriend (Dylan) who's been through some experimental procedures himself as a cancer survivor. Audie is planning a surprise road trip for Dylan's 18th birthday, taking on more clinical trials to scrape together the cash. But the side effects are wearing hard on her mind and body. Audie can't tell if her friends are starting to behave strangely around her, or if she's suffering paranoid delusions from all the drugs.

As Audie's life spirals downward, her grip on reality begins to slip. Rather, her grip on a carefully-constructed fantasy begins to slip, exposing Audie as an extremely unreliable narrator

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_col.jpgAbout the Author

J. C. CARLESON is a former undercover CIA officer who has navigated war zones, jumped out of airplanes, and worked on the frontlines of international conflicts. Her previous publications include The Tyrant's Daughter, Cloaks and Veils, and Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer.

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7 winners, each will receive a finished book.

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During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Have you ever been told you were paranoid, only to find out you were right the whole time? Tell us about that.

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