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Book Blitz: ‘With Your Friends’ by William Grant

Title: With Your Friends

Author: William Grant

Genre: Young Adult / Coming of Age

About the Book:

Peter Hansen feels like he’s suffocating. His home is a battleground for his parent’s fights and the lonely world around him in Haverty, Illinois is filled with the problems he could face upon entry into adulthood at the end of his senior year of high school. Everything around him feels like it’s slowly closing in and he doesn’t know where to look for help. And then the divorce comes.

When his parents’ marriage finally falls apart, Peter thinks things will get better. What he begins to realize is that the only thing more suffocating than the fighting is the silence of his mother’s grief. He struggles to find peace of mind in a group of friends he meets at a local coffee shop. Through these relationships and his budding romance with his new friend, Ryan, Peter must find the air he needs and the beauty in a world where things frequently fall apart.

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About the Author:

William Grant holds a BA in Fiction Writing and Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He’s had work published in Hypertext Magazine and The Lab Review. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area with his partner and their cat. This is his first novel.

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Website: www.williamgrantwrites.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/willtg & www.instagram.com/withyourfriendsbook

Twitter: @buzzishere

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Author Interview: ‘Breathe Deep & Swim’ by Jenna Marcus

About the Book:

Perfect for fans of We Are Okay and The Thing about Jellyfish, this witty and achingly beautiful coming of age story will tackle what it means to be alive, loved, and trusting in a world gone mad… 

All 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thomas wants is normalcy. But a global pandemic prevents him from having anything close to a typical teenager’s life. When Wolfgang discovers his father dead in bed from the coronavirus, his world is thrust into even more turmoil and chaos. Wolfgang and his 16-year-old brother, Van Gogh, know that they must do everything they can to stay together and avoid foster care. In a cross-country road trip, they hit the road in their father’s Pontiac to find their only hope: the mother who abandoned them a decade ago. As they journey for answers to their mother’s whereabouts, they uncover devastating mysteries about her that they never could have imagined. Just as they near their destination, tragedy strikes once more. Wolfgang is drowning in fear and pain, but he must pull it together or lose his family for good. Can this broken adolescent find the strength and courage to Breathe Deep & Swim?

Review Quotes:

“An often moving portrait of brotherly love.” —Kirkus 

“…compelling…memorable… The story presents aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic with care and clarity. ” —Kirkus

“…a timely and moving ode to the lengths we will go for our family.” —BookLife

“A fast-paced and timely exploration of brotherly love in the midst of family and political turmoil.” —BookLife

“Jenna Marcus’ incredible story captures the depths of brotherly love and the determination of a spirit faced with insurmountable odds.” — Manhattan Book Review

“I loved Breathe Deep & Swim by Jenna Marcus and want to share it with the world. This book speaks of hope, innocence, and challenges from the perspectives of teenagers. Highly recommended.” —Vernita Naylor, Readers’ Favorite

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I was creating stories before I could even write. When I was little, I would imagine these intricate storylines—well, intricate for a 3-year-old—and use my toys or any objects to bring the stories to life. My mom used to also read and recite stories to me. From the amount of times I had asked her to read The Shy Little Kitten, I am sure that she had it memorized. She also made up tales with Pippi Longstocking as the protagonist, which I really enjoyed. As I grew up, and I learned how to read and write on my own, I loved to visit the New Rochelle Public Library, where I borrowed books almost every day. If you were looking for a book from The Babysitters Club series, I had probably checked it out. Don’t worry, my mom was a stickler about returning books, so anyone else who wanted to read them had a chance to do so. 

It wasn’t until I was 11-years-old that I began to write poetry, and aspired to be a poet and an accountant. I loved both mathematics and literature, so I wanted to pursue both passions. While my career aspirations eventually changed, and I pursued a career in education, I never stopped reading and writing. In fact, I started and finished my first novel My Unusual Talent when I was a junior in high school. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the height of the pandemic that I picked up the manuscript and decided to publish it. After this, I just could not stop writing. Soon after, I wrote and published Breathe Deep & Swim, and I just finished writing my third manuscript, which is in the process of being published.    

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I am definitely an early riser, so I love to write early in the morning before dawn. I have also fashioned my dining room table into a desk, so I write at this table almost every morning. I will also write after I take a shower because I get some of my best ideas while in the shower. Whenever and wherever I am writing, I am always listening to music, such as anything from The Beatles. Some of the other songs I listened to were “One Crowded Hour” by Augie March, “Lost on You” by L.P, “The Trapeze Swinger” by Iron and Wine, “Way Down We Go” by KALEO, and “Boutique Taberna” by Toby Johnson. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

As previously mentioned, a lot of my ideas come to me while I am in the shower. I don’t know what it is exactly, maybe the argan oil mixed with shea butter fragrance and the steaminess of the hot water are just so soothing that inspiration just strikes. However, my ideas come at any time when I just let my mind wander. When I get an idea, I make sure that I write it down so that I don’t lose it in the recesses of my mind. While ideas, like these, come before I write, some ideas just come to me in the moment, as I am writing. I guess you can argue that my ideas just come at any time, from any place. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Honestly, a bit of both. I write down my ideas in this little notebook that one of my former students gave me. I will write character profiles, and a general plotline, and then I will get to writing. However, while I have a plan in mind, sometimes it just changes while I am writing. For example, I imagined several endings to Breathe Deep & Swim, but it wasn’t until I actually wrote it out that I realized how the book was going to end. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Young Adult fiction. I have written YA Sci-fi/Mystery, YA Realistic fiction, and my latest book is YA Fantasy. I have asked myself this same question, what drew me to this genre. I have tried writing adult fiction, and even non-fiction, but I am always pulled back to Young Adult fiction. I think the reason why that is, is because I have taught young adults for over a decade, so I have a good sense of my audience.  

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I believe that those just starting out their careers should be given a chance, so I would cast unknown actors for the part; however, these actors would truly have to embody the characters, especially those cast as Wolfgang and Van Gogh. My stories are character-driven, and the bond between the brothers is the most important aspect of Breathe Deep & Swim, so I would only choose those who can authentically bring these characters to life. I really appreciated the way Francis Ford Coppola and his team held casting calls for The Outsiders. They let almost every actor audition for various roles. While most of the actors are now huge stars, most of the actors were not well known; however, in part, The Outsiders, launched them into stardom. 

7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?

I am a self-acclaimed bookworm, so I read quite a bit. In fact, I read every day. My list of favorite authors is constantly growing, but some of my favorites—in no particular order—are Jean Kwok, Amy Tan, Ray Bradbury, Nic Stone, Arthur Miller, John Knowles, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, S.E. Hinton, J.D. Salinger, Khaled Hosseini, Jonathan Irving, Jeffery Deaver, and Gustave Flaubert. 

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

As previously mentioned, I am always reading a book. I just started reading Stephen King’s horror novel The Institute. I loved one of his crime fiction/horror novels, Later, so I am excited to read this novel. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This may be one of the most challenging questions to answer because it’s so hard to choose just one book. I love so many! However, if I absolutely had to choose just one book, I would choose Fahrenheit 451 for the shear fact that the themes are just so prevalent. The adverse effects of technology dependence and saturation, as well as pervasive censorship that has the potential to stifle creativity and learning are so topical. I also greatly appreciate Bradbury’s writing style, especially the vividness of the scenes he paints. Between his stylistic prowess and the poignant themes that he integrates into his writing, his book has such a lasting impact on the reader. I only hope that my book has a lasting impact on the readers as well.  

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write as often as you can, and don’t write for anyone else but for you. Yes, you should know your audience, but when you start writing solely to please that particular audience, you run the risk of losing the authenticity of the story and the characters. Also, comparing yourself to other writers could hinder your process. If I compared myself to the writers who inspire me, I would never write anything. Just try to be your best self, and the best writer that you can be, and then just let go. This may be the most challenging part of the writing process, relinquishing control as you obviously have control over the stories you create; however, if you hope for your stories to have an impact on the world, and be a part of the infinite literary conversation, then you just have to let your story exist outside of yourself. Write for you, but let others experience your writing for themselves. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I really try to keep up with Social Media, but I must admit that I don’t post very often. However, here are some of my social media sites:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenna.marcus.18

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jmarcus530

Goodreads Profile: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20964442.Jenna_Marcus

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jenna-marcus-32714a5b

About the Author:

Jenna Marcus is an academic leader and published author of the YA novel, My Unusual Talent. She has a fervent passion for leveraging her decade of expertise to robustly enhance and redefine the quality of teaching and learning. As an avid reader, she believes that every child should find a book to love. In addition to her profession experience, she holds a MS. ED in Educational Leadership, a MS. ED in Middle Childhood & Adolescent English Education and a BA in Literature; she is also certified in School Building Leadership and ELA. Currently, she lives in New Rochelle, NY.

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Book Tour: ‘Ancient Tales and Legends Series’ by Cheryl Carpinello

“Unforgettable Characters… Ancient Mysteries Solved… Time-Defying Travel… A Teen / YA / Historical Fiction Must Read… “

Ancient Tales and Legends Series by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

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From over 3000 years ago comes the voice of the Boy King.
 
Scrolls found buried in the basement of the Egyptian Museum. Transcribed in an ancient hand. Record the words of King Tut for all to read.
 
Tutankhamen answers all of the lingering questions, including the big one.
 
Discover the real story behind this famous pharaoh. Transport yourself back to an Ancient Egypt filled with mystery, magic, and danger!

EXCERPT

Growing up in Akhet-Aten

From the time I was able to walk, I had the run of our palace. Usually it was just me and Ankhesenpaaten. We played the normal childhood games.  We would run through the palace chasing and hiding from each other. The gardens and the pools were great places to hide. All too often one of us would fall into one of the pools as we raced by. Then we would move the game outside into the heat so that our clothes would dry. In Egypt’s heat, it didn’t take long. [missing text]

Sailing toy boats

When I was small, palace carpenters made me toy boats. Sometimes these were made to resemble the barges that would carry crops and animals down and up the Nile from one settlement to another. Some were fully outfitted royal barges complete with sails and the poles used when the barge was moving up river. I started playing with these in the palace pools. Later, as I got better at loading them and maneuvering them, I would find a place near the palace where the Nile ran slower. There I would dig out canals for the boats to float in. Sometimes Ankhesenpaaten would help me. One time we had so many canals built that it took all afternoon for our crop barges and the royal barges to enter into the canal system and then sail through and re-enter the Nile. I loved those days with Ankhesenpaaten and the Nile.

Senet

In the evenings we would play Senet. My sisters and I became skilled Senet players, and our games would often last late into the night. My favorite were the casting sticks.

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Title: SONS OF THE SPHINX
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

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A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.

Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.

Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!

Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

EXCERPT

Excerpt from Chapter 11 of Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

A well-traveled dirt road leads back into the valley formed by the hills on either side. Although not high by my experience, rising up from the sandy floor, the Theban Hills are impressive. Jagged crevices run up and down the sides of the hills, and in many places, man-made square arches can be seen. The Tombs of the Pharaohs. I’m walking in the footsteps of an ancient people. How cool.

I hurry to catch up with him. A mistake, sweat stings my eyes and grit scrapes my cheek when I wipe my face. My shirt is sticking to me by the time I come even with him. Does Re never find a cloud to hide behind? Did I say Re? Now I’m starting to think as an Egyptian. Good grief. Must be the heat. There is no shade anywhere. Like a shimmering mirage on a hot highway, the heat rises in waves off the barren hillsides. No trees can withstand this burning furnace. The only shelter exists under the entrances to the tombs.

Tut hurries ahead, but I may never get here again, so I take my time. We pass one entrance, and I walk over closer to it. Heavy wooden doors covered in hieroglyphs bar the way. Ancient rope—rough, scratchy, and strong—twisted around the door handles and knotted tight, holds them closed. On the right door handle there is a clump of mud molded like those wax seals used on letters. It covers the handle and the rope. Symbols are pressed into it. 

“Tut, what is this for and what does it say?”

He hurries over, curious. 

“Why the rope and this lump of mud?”

“Lump of mud? Oh Roosa, you are looking at the Necropolis Seal placed here by the priests. That it is still here means that the tomb is intact. No one has entered since the burial.”

“Does the seal say whose tomb this is? Is it a pharaoh?”

“No, not a pharaoh. Here.” He points to a set of hieroglyphs. “These state that this is the tomb of the dignitary Ramose.” He pauses. “I remember hearing stories about him when I was young. He was the governor of Thebes during Thutmosis IV’s time.”

“Do all the tombs carry this seal?”

“Yes, but even in my reign, it was becoming difficult to keep the tombs sealed. Thieves continually broke in to steal the property of the dead.”

“Tomb robbers.”

“Yes. When they were caught, their hands were chopped off.”

I gasp at such horrible consequences.

“You are shocked. I understand that in your time, there does not exist an undisturbed tomb here.” He waves his hand around the entire valley. “Who are these people who think they have the right to touch a Pharaoh of Egypt, even a dead one? They disturb our sacred resting places and steal the items left for our journey into the afterlife. May they all be cursed along with their families.”

I stand beside him, my mouth agape. Up to now, Tut has been determined in his mission, angry at Horemheb, but he hasn’t lost his composure. Until now. I try to find words to soothe him.

“They only want the world to know about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. How magnificent they were. How they lived.”

He turns on me. “You don’t learn about a people by stealing what is sacred to them. In my time and yours, they are nothing more than common tomb robbers!”

“Scholars have shared what they learned. They search for knowledge. I learned about you from the artifacts in the exhibit.”

“Harrumph! What do you and they know? Nothing. Nothing at all! All you do is seek the treasures and the gold to make yourselves rich.” He spits in the dirt. “You wouldn’t know wealth if you were buried in it. Tomb robbers, the whole lot.”

He stomps away almost at a run, propelled by his anger. I hurry to keep up with him. We round a bend and to the left a small path winds up a cliff and then disappears. His chest heaves with ragged breaths and he’s actually vibrating he’s so enraged.

“We aren’t all like that, you know.” I whisper, wanting to avoid a harsh response. “Some of us understand that true wealth comes from within, from one’s heart, from love for others, and from respect for family.” I pause. “Some of us do.”

He says nothing; he doesn’t turn to look at me, but his breathing slows; his fingers unclench.

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Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/505876516/Sons-of-the-Sphinx-Ancient-Tales-Legends-1

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.

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Website:  https://www.cherylcarpinello.com

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Author Interview: ‘Legal Crime’ by Samiksha Bhattacharjee

About the Book:

This exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncovers surprising secrets buried deep within her long ago…How do her new friends link to her past? What secrets are they hiding behind their misleading smiles? How much of herself has she really left behind? And how will she cope when she realises that she has made a huge mistake… one that could ruin her forever?

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My name’s Samiksha and I’m thirteen years old. I’ve always loved reading, so I think that’s what got me interested in writing. When I was younger, I always wrote short stories – in fact, I wrote my first little book when I was five! My writing has got better now, and I really hope that this skill progresses as I get older. 

I started writing Legal Crime when I was seven years old, but the story has developed a lot since then. It’s been a really long journey and I’m so happy that I am able to share it with the world, and I will definitely be continuing with writing; I love it as much as reading!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have insomnia (meaning I don’t actually get a lot of sleep) and so I would say that around 75% of Legal Crime was written and thought of in my bed! Other than that, I would say the living room table as that is where I do all of my other work – homework, classwork (because of Covid-19), art and of course, writing! This is because it helps me to stay closer to my family, which I think is very important especially in this digital age. 

I work better during the evening and the night. For some reason, my brain feels more awake then! The majority of Legal Crime was written during this time, so I think that my favourite time to write would be twilight. Firstly, I think that the transition between day and night is really pretty, and secondly, I love the book (and movie) series! 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Well, I usually take inspiration from a bunch of things – nature, art, an important issue in the news, etc., but I think that what really drives me is things that happen in my own life, or things that I have seen happen to other people with my own eyes. 

The idea for Legal Crime actually came to me in the bathroom when I was seven years old (I don’t know how; I was trying to think of an idea for a short story!) I wanted to write a story about a runaway, who, through her experiences, comes to appreciate her family. The story as it currently stands is very different and far longer than it originally was, but I still wanted to remain true to the first idea that sparked the beginning of this story. At this time, seven years old and naïve, I never expected my book to be any longer than ten pages, let alone be published!

Many people have asked me how I came up with the title Legal Crime. To be honest, it only came into my head very recently. Before then, I had experimented with countless other titles, some too cheesy to even mention. I was going to be happy with ‘I don’t want need you’ (inspired by a note in the story) before the name came to me. I was sitting in an English class next to my friend, and the lesson was about oxymorons. I was scribbling down notes about my story at the back of a scrapbook when I was asked for an example of an oxymoron. Looking up at the board, I saw ‘Cruel Love’ and ‘Freezing Fire’ staring at me and started considering them as potential titles before I thought of ‘Legal Crime’. When my friend told me that that was a really good example, I knew that I had chosen the right title for the book!

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

At first, I had no plan. I don’t particularly like plans – I find them very time-consuming (but that could just be me). I know that a lot of authors usually plan excessively before even starting to write their book, but I didn’t. I was adding to the story as I went along and had zero planning at first. Then, I realised that the story was not going to make any sense, resulting in me making drastic changes to the storyline and creating a family tree, alongside an extremely vague chapter plan. For other stories, I just let my pen flow with whatever comes to my mind, then edit afterwards.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

In my opinion, at this current time, Young Adult is the best! That may change as I get older, but when I decided that Legal Crime had the potential to be a novel-length book (this was when I was eight years old), I had to do YA! I started reading Young Adult fiction at this time (some people may argue that this age is too young to start reading YA, but I was getting bored of middle grade!) and was very interested in it, as I still am. 

Currently, I love dystopia and fantasy (and if I start another universe of books, this will probably be the genre that I write in…) but at that time, I loved contemporary. I still do, but I read it a lot less than dystopia and fantasy. I suppose I just write whatever genre I have an interest in reading, so that I target people my own age (and older, or even younger!).  

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Hmmmmm… well, I would say myself as I love acting… but I don’t think I look (or am the right age) to play any of the characters. I would love to encourage newcomers to play the parts if I ever got the chance to turn Legal Crime into a movie/TV series! The film and TV industry has suffered a lot because of this Covid-19 crisis, etc., so ensuring that new budding actors who haven’t got the chance to shine on screen yet, but have got so much potential to do so, would be what I want to happen. 

7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I love reading! Choosing a favourite author is… very tricky. I can’t even count how many favourite authors I have! Let’s name a few… I like Karen M. McManus (One of Us is Lying etc.) and also would like to thank her for wishing me the best of luck on my launch for Legal Crime. J.K Rowling is a must. Veronica Roth (Divergent series) and Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games series) are amazing authors! Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices etc.) is awesome, I love her work! Stephanie Meyer (Twilight series) is good, as is Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy series). Lauren Oliver (my favourite book by her is Before I Fall) and Gayle Forman (If I Stay) are fantastic authors too! I like Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns series) too, her work is brilliant and would also like to say thanks to her for her advice and well wishes. 

Actually, I think that every single author in the world is amazing!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Sadly, I don’t have that much time to read lately. That being said, I still am reading some books, just not as quickly as I would like to. Usually, it takes me a day or two to finish each book but with the added pressure of schoolwork and lockdown, etc., it’s taking me slightly longer.

Currently, I’m reading Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie and I’m also looking forward to reading The Gilded Ones. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Being asked to choose your favourite book is like being asked to choose which one of friends is your favourite! I can’t choose! I love most YA fiction – anything with some good dystopia and fantasy is currently amazing for me! 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I feel that there are so many people out there, especially teenagers and young adults, with such great stories that are simply unheard of because they don’t feel that they have the ability to write a book that can be published. You can write an amazing book that might even be better than you would ever expect it to be! Age is just a number attached to you, don’t be afraid to start writing what comes to your mind. I would say that you should look for inspiration in anything, and the story will blossom in your mind. You might surprise yourself! 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can find out more about Legal Crime by visiting my website: www.legalcrime.co.uk and by subscribing to my newsletter at www.legalcrime.co.uk/subscribe. Also, you can follow the FB page for the book by going to www.facebook.com/legalcrimeuk. And, of course, if you have any questions/comments, feel free to drop me an email at author@legalcrime.co.uk and I’ll try my best to answer ☺

About the Author:

Samiksha Bhattacharjee is a thirteen-year-old British author living with her parents and younger brother. She started writing ‘Legal Crime’ when she was seven, and hopes to inspire other children to start creative writing too. She also enjoys acting, singing, drawing and talking (a lot). Find out more information by visiting www.legalcrime.co.uk

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Book Blitz: ‘Blood and Silver’ by Vali Benson

Title: Blood and Silver

Author: Vali Benson

Publisher: Tellwell Talent 

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

 

About the Book:

What is a twelve year old girl to do when she finds herself in the silver boom town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, and her only home is a brothel and her only parent is a drug-addicted mother? If she is Carissa Beaumont, she outsmarts the evil madam and figures a way out.After tricking the madam, Miss Lucille, into summoning a doctor for her mother, Lisette, she discovers that Miss Lucille has been drugging her. She and the kind doctor make a plan to try to save Lisette by dosing her down on the drug.

Doctor Henderson tells Carissa that the only source for the drug is a Chinese immigrant named China Mary, who lives in Hoptown, at the other end of Tombstone. Carissa has no choice but to go to the powerful woman for help. Many say that China Mary is the one who really controls Tombstone.

China Mary admires Carissa’s brave spirit, and uses her influence to get her a job at the new Grand Hotel, which will free Carissa from her many duties at Miss Lucille’s. She will work along with Mary’s twelve year old niece, Mai-Lin. The two girls become fast friends.

Then, disaster strikes, and the two girls must work together to stay alive.

With a host of colorful characters and meticulous attention to period detail, Blood and Silver is a story of the best and worst of human nature, the passion for survival and the beauty of true friendship.

 

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“Blood and Silver” was recently named a Finalist in the 2020 Indies Today Awards

 

About the Author:

Vali grew up in the Midwest. She now lives in Tucson with her husband, two sons and grandchildren.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Vali started and sold two successful businesses before she decided to pursue her real passion of writing. She published several articles in a variety of periodicals, including History Magazine before she decided to try her hand at fiction.

In April of 2020, Vali published her first novel, “Blood and Silver”. That same month, she was also made a member of the Western Writers of America.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.valibenson.com

Twitter: @BensonVali

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