***VACATION TIME IN TENNESSEE***

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I wasn’t planning on taking time away from my keyboard, but with everything on my overloaded plate this summer, I have decided to take a week off from my blog to play catch up.

I WISH I could be in the picture above, but the closest I can get is here…

 

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And sometimes, that’s good enough when I just need a few minutes away from the world and all the crazy, busy of my everyday summertime life…lol…

I’ll be back in the saddle next Monday…until then, here’s to an otherwise productive week ahead…

 

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LUNADAR: Homeward Bound

Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

$16.99

 

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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

 

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: The Sands of Time

 

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Stanley’s world slowly came into focus as he opened his eyes, trying to get his bearings when all he could see was miles of desert in all directions. He spit out sandy dirt and slowly sat up, shaking his head in an attempt to make sense of the madness of this situation.

How in the world did he get here?

Wincing from the sudden pain all that thinking was causing, Stanley lifted a hand to gingerly touch the goose egg size lump on the back of his head. Whoever it was that clobbered him must have come out of nowhere because he couldn’t remember a thing after the restaurant…

Jessie!

The thought of her made him jerk to his knees, only to fall back to the ground as the vertigo made the sand and the mountains in the distance swirl around in some kind of crazy dance. Holding his head in his hands, Stanley waited for the world to stop spinning before slowly standing up.

The last thing he could remember was telling Jessie he would be right back as he made his way to the bathroom. That night’s gig was over and it had gone over pretty well…all except for the one dude who didn’t care much for his cracks about the gangsters building Las Vegas for themselves back in the day. Nothing to get your knickers in a twist over, but Stanley could see the guy was getting madder by the minute so he quickly went onto his other jokes and the rest of his routine had the audience laughing in their seats.

Come to think of it, Stanley could vaguely remember that same guy sitting near the bathroom entrance as he stepped inside. Was that wacko really that mad to drag him out here and leave him? Right now, it probably didn’t matter. All that mattered was where was he and how the heck was he going to get back home alive?

Now it’s your turn! How did Stanley end up in the desert in the first place? And will he make it out alive? Add to the story or start one of your own on the comments below…

 

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LUNADAR: Homeward Bound

Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

$16.99

 

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donna

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Peter Carnavas

 

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Title: Jessica’s Box
Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: Kane Miller
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

The first day of school can be scary. New teachers. New routines. Jessica wonders if she will meet any new friends and brings a mysterious box to school just to make sure she does. Everyone begins to wonder just what’s inside?

 

Why you should read it:

 

This delightful picture book comes from down under, but every child around the world can deal with the same first-day jitters.

I like how Jessica is encouraged by her family to solve her problem on her own. Author/Illustrator Peter Carnavas’ wonderful drawings take the reader on a journey through Jessica’s school adventure as she tries and tries to make some new friends. It’s only when she believes she’s destined to be alone that a special friendship comes along.

The fact Jessica has a disability will help children realize everyone needs a friend, no matter their situation. This author hides a valuable lesson inside an adorable story. A good addition to any home library.

 
Like-o-meter Rating scale**: 5 out of 5…grab it!

 
**Rating scale**

 
5 out of 5…grab it!

4 out of 5…think about it.

3 out of 5…take it or leave it.

2 out of 5…maybe not for you.

1 out of 5…forget about it!

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: I Need Help!

 

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For anyone who stops by my blog to enjoy my FLASH FICTION TUESDAY short stories, I need your help!

Send me your amazing photo prompts for a flash fiction story. Send me a story idea or an interesting character to write about. It’s been a long, busy, rough week and my poor mush brain can’t create a story this week I feel is worthy of your efforts to stop by and read it…lol…

Can you give me a helping hand? What would you like to see here next week?

Just leave your ideas of what you would like me to write about below…

Thanks.

 

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ME!!

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I would usually share a short story on FLASH FICTION TUESDAY but today I wanted to share my latest book with all my readers!

 

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It was released on Monday, but it was such a hectic day yesterday I completely forgot to share the good news! Sharing my stories with the world lifts my spirits and hopefully, if I’m lucky, will in some way touch the spirits of my readers.

This latest book is an anthology about various pet stories and includes a funny story about my sweet Tommy boy who was the light of my life for eighteen years…

 

Tommy

 

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

 

 

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Writing By Moonlight

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I find myself to be a creature of habit. I take comfort in knowing the ebb and flow of my days don’t typically change. It allows me to block out time throughout my day for my writing. I just wish my actual writing would follow the same smooth process that my day to day activities do.

Most of the time I’m walking around during the day with different stories floating around in my head. Plots and dialogue from multiple stories dance around each other like fireflies in the moonlight. Captivated, I too find myself flitting from one thought to another as I test out my ideas before committing them to paper or screen.

Sometimes I even let that ol’ moon challenge me to search out the very best within myself, dragging it out of the shadows and into the light. I like to think of my ideas as creatures of the night, snug in their dens during the day…just waiting to come out and play when the moon is full.

There is a certain kind of freedom to writing at night. All around me others are settling in for the evening and yet there I will sit at my computer…wide awake and eager to see where the moonlight will take me.

Sometimes the journey is like a crazy maze where I start and stop…going down one dimly lit path, only to come to a dead end. I’ll turn around and search out the moon’s brilliance once again until I discover the path most satisfying for a creature of the night like myself.

Then there are times when everything is crystal clear under the moonlight. Every nook and cranny of my brain is illuminated by the night, leading me on the straight and narrow path to my journey’s end. Those are the nights when I feel the most productive. Those are the moments when I can bask in the moonlight and KNOW I am a writer.

No doubts.

No darkness.

Just me…my writing…and the moonlight…

 

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donna

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: The Evildoers

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People say, “Don’t open the door to strangers.” But you never hear anyone say, “Don’t open the door to STRANGE.”

Someone should have warned me.

The old Clemmons house sat on the end of a dead-end street at the edge of town. Kinda fitting…I mean, the whole “dead” part.

When Dad and I moved to this one horse town six months ago, the realtor told Dad this house was a nice, fixer-upper. I tried telling Dad the place gave me the creeps, but as usual, he was too wrapped up in making a new start after Mom left us to listen to a quiet, shy ten year old boy.

“This will be a great project for the two of us,” he said. Does he not remember when the two of us tried to build a tree house at our old place? Try explaining to a seven year old why he can’t go swimming that summer because he’s wearing a stupid cast on his leg!

The first week we stayed here, I chalked up all weird noises I heard to just the whistling wind and an old, shifting foundation. But last night after Dad fell asleep watching some rerun on TV, I decided to go to bed early. Tomorrow was my first day at a new school and I wasn’t really looking forward to being the new geek in town.

Quickly getting changed, I jumped into bed and pulled the covers over my head before snaking a hand out to quickly turn off the bedside lamp. At first I thought I would be able to fall asleep without too much trouble. 

But then I heard it.

Not the usual moans and groans of an old house settling in for the night. This was more of a whisper of a knocking…a soft thumping…coming from somewhere outside the safety of flannel sheets. I was hoping it was maybe Dad running into a table on his way to bed, but when the sound started up again, I knew it wasn’t him.

This time when I hear the knocking, I can feel my heart start pounding to match its rhythm.

Where was the noise coming from?

“Stop being such a scaredy-cat!” I whisper to myself before peeking out from under the covers. It is louder now and actually sounds like it’s coming from somewhere inside my room.

I actually feel my breath catch in my throat to mix with bile when I realize where it is coming from.

It’s coming from inside my bedroom walls…

 

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

 

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