Dragon in the Deep

In honor of FINALLY deciding on a title for The Stone Dragon Saga Book 4 (Dragon in the Deep), today’s post is a short excerpt from the piece. May I introduce you to Nickel Janxson, an interesting and sassy new character who will help us in our search:

“I knew I shouldn’t have told them that I have an interest and a background in languages,” Nickel grumbled to herself, “I should have just snapped the pictures and gone on with it. Someone else on this heap probably at least knows how to run a translator program. Old ladies in nursing homes know how to run a translator program for their knitting patterns for goodness sakes.”

Squirming to find a more comfortable position in her specially made deck chair, the ship’s navigator and newly minted translator, propped her feet up on the computer desk’s edge and began her long day of switching back and forth between computer screens.

Deep into a particularly difficult to read, archaic portion of the carvings, Nickel didn’t pay any attention to the grunts and groans coming from her headphones until a muffled squeal like nails on chalkboard began to reverberate through her head.
“What in the…” Nickel almost dropped her laptop and notepad as she swung around to examine the sea bank. Bobbling the translator work comically, she finally succeeded in sliding her desk chair down its train like tracks and come to rest at the final computer screen, the close up. Hitting the communication button as she carefully secured her work in the lock drawer, Nickel asked, “What was that terrible noise?? Flynn, Garron? What are you boys up to down there?”

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Dragon on the Green (The Stone Dragon Saga Book 3)

Dragon on the Green (The Stone Dragon Saga Book 3)

So far today I have managed to give away 53 free digital downloads of my third novel in the Stone Dragon Saga. If you haven’t gotten your copy, please go do so! Even if you don’t have the first two books in the series, go snag this one. I will have another give away for the first two soon…or you could just buy them if you need them more quickly 😉 The give away ends at midnight on December 17th, so go get yours before the price jumps up.

Please pass this on to all of your friends in any country that Amazon/Kindle works with. I would love to give away at least one copy in each area that I get reports for!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! Have a Blessed Day!

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Another Free Book – Kindle App Edition

Another Free Book – Kindle App Edition

Who are you reading this week? If you don’t have a Monday book picked out yet, may I suggest my own?

Beginning tomorrow (December 16th) at 12 am and going through Midnight Tuesday (December 17th), the newest Stone Dragon Saga book, Dragon on the Green, will be available for free download.

Pass the word along and see how many I can give away in the two days!

Feel free to leave messages and/or reviews for me wherever I pop up!

Have a blessed day and enjoy the reading!

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Dragon on My Neck

Dragon on My Neck

With book three in the Stone Dragon Saga set to premier next month, I wanted to go back and make sure that everyone could find the first book as well! So here it is, my baby, Dragon on My Neck by Elizabeth S. Tyree (The Stone Dragon Saga: Book 1)

 

Join us as we meet Aliphonsore, the only known fairy dragon in existence, and learn how he went from beloved son to a fairy queen’s pet slave, to a silver necklace choker in the junk jewelry bin at an antique store…and find out what has become of his family.

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Cats love a good mystery!

Cats love a good mystery!

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also sent said kitty on many adventures! Several of which are in the “Cat Who…” series by Lilian Jackson Braun. This series may not be a fresh face, but old cats still have new tricks up their sleeves!
I hope that everyone is enjoying their Mystery Series Week! Until next time: Stay Mysterious and Have a Blessed Day!

Not Necessarily Mysterious

Not Necessarily Mysteries:

 I was going to just talk about Young Adult/Teen mystery series today, but then I began to think.

There are several great book series that contain mysteries within their plotlines, even though they may not be designated as such. A good example of this in the Young Adult/Teen section is that of Rick Riordan’s three mythology based series. Each one is shelved as a fantasy novel, but each one also contains mysterious elements which lead the protagonists on their journeys and build suspense for the reader. 

Other such novels, like the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Claire, build suspense and keep readers coming back for more by dropping hints and providing small and large mysteries that float throughout the stories.  Harry Potter has mysteries sprinkled in each book and even romance stories, like the Just a Little series by Tracie Puckett weaves tales of mystery and dropping clues, even if just to discover what that cute guys ‘deal’ is!

 

If, at the end of the day, you prefer just a good old fashioned mysterious book then I suggest these titles for your reading pleasure:

 

 

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

The Catalyst Series by Heidi Willard (supernatural thriller mysteries)

 

The Academy Series by C. L. Stone

 

Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries by Sarah Woodbury

Children’s Mystery Series Suggestions

Mystery Series Week Continued: Early Reader/Children’s Mystery Series

 

One of my favorite areas to visit in a bookstore is the children’s section.  Not only are there all different kinds of fabulous books, the fun atmosphere can draw a young person into the section, and thus into the books. Though usually broken down by age levels, reading levels, and then genre, each book has the potential to catch a young reader’s imagination and open their minds up to a vast world of new possibilities and thus, hopefully, instilling a love of books that will last their entire lifetime.  All they have to do is open the book and fall in, which can be difficult to make happen at times.  Mysteries can often snag a reader’s attention, and help with their reasoning skills, while other books seems boring to the active child.

 

I have found just a few of those mystery series that were very popular in the school I taught at, and am including them here for you:

 

Busy Town Mysteries:

                Written by: Natalie Shaw

For toddlers to kindergarteners and beyond, the Busy Town Mysteries series is an engagingly bright and fun series of board books and paperbacks that follow a group of animal friends as they discover mysteries and the clues to solve them, working together to find the answers and learn a thing or two along the way.

 

The Curious George Series:

                Written by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey

Technically not a mystery series, I have included the George books because he is always curious and searching for answers, which is exactly how children know to learn from birth.  George, and his young readers, are all detectives in their own ways.

Though the main core of Curious George books are written for the age range of 4-8 year olds (pre-k to 3rd grade), the books are often made into board books, touch and feel books, and flap books suitable for babies and toddlers.  

 

Young Cam Jansen Series:

                Written by: David Adler

This series follows the escapades of a young girl with a photographic memory who strives to solve mysteries in the world around her.  A young reader early chapter book series, these books are meant for children ages 4 – 8 (pre-k to 3rd grade) and feed into the Cam Jansen series, which follows a little older Cam, who has grown through school with her readers.  The older series is meant for ages 8+, and all are a fun read.

 

Trixie Belden Mysteries:

                Written By: Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny

These books follow the title character, Trixie, and her group of friends, The Bobwhites, as they help solve mysteries throughout their small town and even across America.  Originally written between the years of 1948 and 1986, the series has been brought back in reprints and is now available to love all over again.  As with the similar series of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys (both of which I also highly recommend) these books have been written with clear morals, clean speak, and none of the overt sexuality that seems to be seeping down into even mid-level readers. Trixie Belden and her friends are a great choice for some good clean fun and an escape into a simpler time; even with a mystery to solve!

 

100 Cupboards

                Written by: N. D. Wilson

 

                A trilogy which follows 12 year old Henry as he moves in with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousins and discovers that everything may not be as he has always believed. The sudden appearance of cupboards in his attic room’s ceiling ushers the family into adventures beyond Henry’s imagination.

Written for age levels 9-12+ (4th – 6th grades), these books may be a little violent for some readers, but the story is well written, magical, and mysterious.

 

I encourage you to always read a book before handing it over to young readers, especially if you’re at all concerned that they might be sensitive to anything in those books. Remember, innocent minds shouldn’t be inundated with frightening or odd things that could cause nightmares, then the entire house is up all night! I also encourage you to read with the children, to the children, or both with and to the children.  The benefits are numerous for everyone involved!

I hope this blog has helped you in some way. I will now get off my soap box, tuck it away, and get back to writing my own book for now.  Until we meet again, Have a Blessed Day!

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971 of the Best Detective Mystery Series

971 of the Best Detective Mystery Series

Welcome to International Mystery Series Week!!  Yesterday we discussed WHAT a mystery story is, today I want us to take a quick look at a few of the most popular detective mystery series of all time.

Detective fiction can, arguably, trace its roots back into the ancient literatures from around the world; however, I think that for our purposes we should stick to the more modern, and generally much more enjoyable, stories.  These detective driven mysteries came to us through Edgar Allan Poe’s 1841 “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”  Not only did Poe provide us with the first fictional detective, C. August Dupin, he also brought to us the first series of his genre by penning two more accounts of Detective Dupin’s escapades.

Since Poe shared Dupin with us in 1841 his plot formula has also been working overtime for multiple other authors, bringing to their readers new, analytical, and occasionally just plain intuitive detectives looking for clues and finding more questions than answers.

There are several lists out there claiming to have the TOP 10 ALL TIME…whatever it is that you are looking for.  Well, I have found a great list that I love on goodreads.com of the Top 971 Detective Mystery Series, with the #1 being The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  If you haven’t decided on a series to work on this week, this list should have something for you!

 

I’m off to enjoy some quality reading time with my Monkey, she has a few Winnie ther Pooh mysteries that need us to help in the solving!

 

Until Tomorrow, Keep Reading and have a Blessed Day!

 

Weekend Three: Who are you Reading…or watching…this weekend

This week’s Who are you Reading article has two missions.  The first is to ask that you, my wonderful readers, leave me a comment telling me what book you are reading and/or what movie made from a book you are watching this weekend.  (Message in a Bottle, Twilight, Harry Potter, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Willy Wonka are all on different channels of my cable television today). 

I really am VERY interested in hearing from you all, so please do not be shy in commenting!

 

The second mission of this humble entry is to let you know that I have placed both of my currently available books on the ‘free download’ list for kindle and compatible devices.

Dragon on My Neck (The Stone Dragon Saga, Book 1)

and

Dragon in My Yard (The Stone Dragon Saga, Book 2)

will BOTH be available for FREE download beginning tonight (September 28th) at midnight, and running through midnight on Monday (September 30th).

My hope is that many of you will download, read, and recommend…and even, dare I say it, review or comment with your thoughts and opinions. I look forward to seeing the numbers and, hopefully, reading the comments.

As always, Keep on Reading and have a Blessed Day!

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Dragon in My Yard

Dragon in My Yard

The second book in Elizabeth S. Tyree’s Stone Dragon Saga, we follow Aliphonsore and his new friends in their search for his statue family.  Meanwhile, the crazy fairy queen has also been awakened, and is already sending out searches of her own.

Don’t miss out on any of the action! Get  your copies of this series today!