Dana's 2nd book in The Blood-Light Trilogy just got released!!! The WINNER gets to pick the 1st book in either series!
MEET DANA CLAIRE!
When author Dana Claire had several poems published as an elementary school student, she was hooked and writing became her passion. A shared dream of hers and her mother's, she promised her dying mother that she would become a published author and that dream has been realized with The Connection.
Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development; when readers become attached to the characters' emotional state and are invested in their objectives. She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books. Her own stories come to her in her dreams, and she wakes up with book ideas.
Dana's family is very supportive of her writing and the creativity and sentiment driving it. Enjoying bicoastal living between Los Angeles and New York, Dana says she "lives the best romance in the world being married to the most amazing man she could ever ask for." The Connection is her debut YA novel, the first volume in a planned trilogy.
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Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril. With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen year old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes. She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.
One Lucky U.S./Can. Winner will receive A Book Kit (pictured on Website } of either The Unclaimed Kingdom OR The Connection ! - Winner's Choice!
Meet Karl Beckstrand
Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 25 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. His survival thriller, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award, and his multicultural kids' books have been lauded by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus,
The Horn Book, and School Library Journal. Raised in Silicon Valley, he has lived abroad and worked with people from all continents (except Antarctica). His work reflects cultural diversity--not only in protagonists, but in collaborators (his illustrators hail from Latin America, Europe, and Asia).
Beckstrand has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APUS, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. He teaches media at a state college and, since 2004, has run Premio Publishing. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan's Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters--and usually end with a twist.
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* Stand alone with bonus short story. Family friendly (ages 14 & up); 54,000 words, 200 pages, 5.25”x8” paperback; Latino protagonist, American Indian man, woman. Simultaneously published as A Sky So Big (New Adult mystery romance/YA western novel), also a clean audiobook and ebook—soon a graphic novel. Written by award-winning author Ransom Wilcox (Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California) and media professor Karl Beckstrand (The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living).
Above is Karl Beckstrand's: 2016 International Award Winner!
Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2016 Laramie Award Finalist
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Meet Scarlette Pike:
Scarlette Pike grew on the banks of the Virgin River in Southern Utah. After her fair share of wandering she realized that historical fiction had always been what she wanted. Following a desperate prayer and a simple idea, she began to write a historical fiction novel. She was drawn to African explorers David and Mary Livingstone and David's one and only convert: Chief Sechele. The mix of Victorian etiquette and African survival inspired her and she wrote "In Spite of Lions" in a tiny, tiny apartment in central freezing Utah. She plans on writing the sequel in a real grownup house with better heat.
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One Lucky U.S./CAN. Winner will receive copies of BOTH Books!
Two more Winners will receive In Spite of Lions!