The Sherwood Proof (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)by Kristee Ravan
1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s half-birthday--an important Smythian tradition--is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.
Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart--subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
What Your Should Know if You’re New to the Lily Sparrow Chronicles
1. You don’t have to be good at math to enjoy the books. Lily does love math (like way
more than is normal), but if there is anything that needs to be explained, it will be. You
won’t be lost.
2. Lily’s family history is complicated. When The Cinderella Theorem (book 1) opens, Lily
believes her family is just her and her mom, Ginnie. But before the first chapter ends,
she finds out her dad isn’t dead like she thought, and before the third chapter ends, she
finds out he’s actually the King of a fairytale kingdom accessible only through her
bathtub, and she’s the future queen. In Calculating Christmas (book 2), Lily finds out
about her Uncle Marcus, who was supposed to be king, but vanished, leaving his
brother, Matt, to rule. And even though she doesn’t have concrete proof, Lily is sure her
mom is lying about her own parents and why they never visit.
3. The name of the kingdom is E. G. Smythe’s Salty Fire Land. It’s a bit of a mouthful. It’s
shortened name is Smythe’s SFL. E. G. Smythe (pronounced Smith) isn’t a person. The
whole name is an anagram for “fairy tales, myths, legends.” All the citizens of the
kingdom are characters in fairy tales, myths, and legends. Incidentally, the Smythians
call the world you and I live in OtherWorld. Citizens of Smythe’s SFL can either be
fictional--from the stories--or naturally created which would be someone who is mortal
and not from a story.
4. Carole Claus is now Santa Claus. Carole is a good friend to Lily even if she is a bit
sarcastic and calls her Algebra. Back in Calculating Christmas, Carole, Santa’s youngest
child, was kind of an angry, sullen, goth chick. However, she had a secret love for
Christmas. (She was able to keep it a secret because she spent most of her time on the
Naughty List.) Things at the North Pole became so bad for Carole, that she actually
moved out and began planning to live her life in OtherWorld. But after a Christmas crisis,
neither of Carole’s brothers were able to be the next Santa. Surprisingly, Carole was
chosen to take the job on. She’s a lot happier now.
5. Happily Ever After is a real thing in Smythe’s SFL. But if you have begun living Happily
Ever After, you can also vanish, which must be avoided. If you get too unhappy, you
vanish. If you vanish, you put your tale at risk for vanishing too. Happiologists in the
kingdom monitor everyone’s Happiness and work with the citizens to make sure they are
staying Happy and not in danger of vanishing. Lily is currently training as a Happiologist.
Protecting the kingdom’s people from vanishing is a big part of what her future role as
Queen will be.
6. The situation with Calo is complicated squared. Calo is Lily’s partner at HEA (The Office
of Happily Ever After Affairs, where the Happiologists work). At the end of The Cinderella
Theorem, Calo and Lily get out of a sticky situation by achieving a Happily Ever After
together. (He declared his love for her and kissed her.) However, Lily’s parents didn’t
want her to be living Happily Ever After as a teenager. Teenage hormones and the wild
mood swings of the first months of living Happily Ever After don’t mix well. They aren’t
thrilled about the kiss. And Calo testified that he’d only caused the Happily Ever After
because he knew it would be the fastest way to get home. Throughout Calculating
Christmas, Lily is confused about what Calo’s feelings are. He seems to be trying to tell
her something but never does. At the kingdom’s annual Masquerade Ball, he finally tells
her he’s actually (technically) betrothed to another girl (Su’Sauna). He also tells her that
he doesn’t plan to marry Su’Sauna, but legally, he has to fulfill the betrothal contract his
parents made. This news was so shocking and upsetting to Lily that she almost
vanished which was very scary. When that book ends, things are still confusing between
the two of them.
7. Even though she now knows about her destiny and lives in Smythe’s SFL, Lily still goes
to school in OtherWorld which is unusual for a Future Protector. Lily needed something
to be constant for her while everything else was changing. Her dad agreed and made
the decision that she could finish high school if she agreed to some conditions. One of
those is her body guard, Eric, who is enrolled as a student and in all her classes.
However, not everyone in the kingdom is thrilled about Lily’s continued ties to
OtherWorld. The ProFictionists--who would rather be ruled by a fictional citizen than a
naturally created one--are vocal and regularly protest about Lily going to school.
8. The Agency is run by Kara Kemmer. It is an organization similar to the CIA. They
provide whatever is necessary for the security and protection of the kingdom.
Sometimes an agent will be a bodyguard, sometimes they will decrypt intelligence from
their enemies in Uppish Senna, and sometimes they will investigate crimes in the
kingdom itself. When Calculating Christmas ends, Kara sends a letter to King Matt
letting him know the Rose Crystal had to have been stolen by someone who worked at
HEA. (The Rose Crystal is required to dilate time so that Santa can deliver all the toys
on Christmas Eve.) The Sherwood Proof opens in the middle of this on-going
9. Lily is ridiculously busy. Besides school, she works at HEA three times a week, learning
to be a Happiologist. Two other afternoons are taken up with learning princess etiquette,
dancing, embroidery, calligraphy, and various other things a princess needs to know with
her governess, Miss Reed and general Smythian history and politics with her tutor,
Merlin. (Yes, that Merlin.) She meets with them both again on Saturdays, and on Sunday
afternoons she meets with her dad to discuss current events and other things before
they have a weekly tea party at which they invite several citizens for a visit. There’s a lot
more to being a princess than wearing pretty dresses and a tiara.
10. Lily’s mom, Queen Ginnie, is a famous and distracted writer. She is often so focused on
her characters that she misses important things Lily is telling her. She’s also pregnant. If
the baby is a girl, she plans to name her after a flower to match Lily’s name: Daisy,
Violet, Lavender. If it’s a boy, she wants to name it after a tree. She thinks there aren’t
any masculine flower names. Tree names in contention are Pine, Elm, Dogwood. Matt
and Lily are hoping the baby will be a girl.
About Kristee RavanKristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, children, and pet cat, Kasidy. She wanted to be many things as grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected—in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, playing games with her family, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the Facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles or on her author page: Kristee Ravan.
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Terra Nova (Terra Nova, #1) by M.T.G.
Publication date: July 28th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Evangeline is living the life of a normal teenager—going to school and hanging out with friends—until mysterious, severe symptoms begin appearing. After passing out in the middle of a party, life as she knows it spirals beyond her grasp. She is then diagnosed with a rare, genetic blood disorder that causes her body’s white blood cells to kill the red ones. In the delirium of her deteriorating health, a door to a parallel world opens before her; however, once she steps through it, the portal closes, and she is unable to return to Earth.
The place Evangeline now finds herself in is called Terra Nova, a world wherein vampires rule supreme, with no traces of humanity left to speak of. Curious but afraid, she quickly learns that Terra Nova is not the shadow-side of Earth, but rather the tragic result of government experimentation. In order to survive, she must keep her mind open and accept the changes her body is undergoing; soon enough, those who she initially thinks are murderers become her trainers, whose help she must enlist if she ever hopes to return home—and soon enough, a romantic bond begins to bloom.
Meanwhile, Evangeline’s brother and friends back on Earth try to figure out what happened to her, and how the government is involved, and how to bring her home. Unbeknownst to any of them is the mysterious outcast Bambi, whose secrecy disguises her power in making a devastating choice: save one world at the risk of destroying the other.
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MTG has worked in numerous positions, mainly in managerial and executive roles. Terra Nova, her first publication, is Book 1 of a series. The series’ concept emerged when she, like the protagonist, was diagnosed with the blood disorder paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and her then-boyfriend (now husband) joked she was becoming a vampire. She currently works and resides in Canada.
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Book Title: Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release Date: September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (USA), e-book PDF
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating: PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Keep a box of Kleenix close for this one!
Gallant is a very touching story of the immediate connection of a very young girl and a newborn colt. After an unintentional accident, they were separated.
I love that his brook is in the "Voices" of the four key characters. It centers on each character's thoughts and feelings as well as overall events and other involved characters' conversations .
The author captures the reader's/listener's interest from the very first page and maintains that interest from constant interactions and events from that time forth. It covers several years in a Grandparent's life.
The book ends well, yet leaving the reader/listener with the anticipation of leaning more. It is the beginning of a series.
The characters all felt so real and the scenes were depicted in a way the reader/listener felt he/she was there. It "pens the door" for discussion on several topics. Although, I do feel the book would get better response if the cover were more eye-catching to us "browsers". Normally, I would have passed by this Cover Image and Title with out second glance. I am certainly glad I joined this tour to read it!
This is a highly recommended book for not only children, ages eight through 18 but also for family or group reading.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating
*I was gifted this book wih no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Through the Ears of a Horse
I don’t remember a time as a child that I wasn’t around horses. I was raised in England where my brother did gymkhana with his ponies, and I remember being allowed to sit on the pony in between events, surveying the world between its dark brown ears, not knowing then what a familiar view this would become to me. I progressed to riding a very short, round Shetland pony called Bubbles. He was aptly named! Bubbles would trot me around the English countryside and through the woods where I somehow felt more at one with nature when seeing it from the back of this short-but-magnificent living and breathing creature.
Not all horses in my life were destined to be as good to me as Bubbles. I have fallen off numerous times. I have been unceremoniously dumped along some of the most beautiful trails of the American West and done some amazing feats of gymnastics where I nailed some glorious, and not so glorious landings. I recall a horse called “River” who loved to throw a buck into all his trot-canter transitions. One day we were riding across the desert in Arizona, and he bucked harder than he ever had before, throwing me up and out of the saddle before I even realized that he was no longer beneath me. Somehow, I managed to tuck my legs underneath me, swing elegantly off to the side, and straighten my legs for a perfect landing while still holding the reins! It looked like I had been training on the double uneven high bar with the US Olympic team for the past year and a half. How I wished someone would have filmed that one! I also managed to fall off the same horse at a walk and fracture my tailbone. I wasn’t quite so proud of that landing.
Now I am older, I am back to riding a short horse, a mustang who very slightly resembles my childhood partner, Bubbles. He takes good care of me, and if I were to fall off him the ground wouldn’t be too far away.
Yes, horses have given me some bruises over the years, but they have also given me spectacular moments of pure joy, and the most perfect way to see the beauty of this earth. I wouldn’t trade my moments in the saddle for anything. I will be forever grateful for all the lessons I have learned from horses, good and not-so-good, and I hope that I will have many more years ahead of me to see the world so perfectly through the ears of a horse.
Meet the Author:
Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children's books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life's lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
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Towers And Tithes (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #8) by Christina Bauer
Publication date: November 9th 2021
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
I’m a Tower Tithe with a Rapunzel problem. That’s not as weird as it sounds.
Ever wonder how Rapunzel survives without leaving her home? After all, someone must stock groceries, buy hair products and fix the plumbing. Witches don’t wield toilet brushes, so “Rapunzel care” becomes the job of Tower Tithes like me. Not that we choose this gig. We’re just unlucky elves who get magically chucked into servitude. Since our kind live for ages, being a Tower Tithe can drag on for thousands of years… and I’m eighteen. Yipes.
That said, it wouldn’t be too awful if I had a cool Rapunzel. No such luck.
I serve none other than Lady R, the social media sensation and sadist who lives in Manhattan’s famous Apex Towers. With the help of her manager—a witch named Jocasta—Lady R releases daily gossip videos while assigning me “torture chores.” Many tasks are designed to remind me how Lady R is the gorgeous variety of elf, while I’m beyond plain. I spend a lot of time scheming my escape.
My work pays off when an eccentric billionaire offers to magically set me free. The catch? I must move to Arizona and become his personal assistant. Needless to say, I rush for the door. Turns out, my new employer is none other than Lady R’s ex-boyfriend, Dex, a guy who was blinded in a strange accident and has since become a recluse.
In other words, I ran from my fairy tale life, but it found me again anyway.
At this point, I should head for the hills, yet I simply can’t leave Dex. For the first time, I truly feel comfortable around someone. In all honesty, it’s probably because I have self-esteem issues and Dex can’t see my bland face. Even so, it’s all good until Lady R discovers where I am. And that leads to my Rapunzel problem.
With Lady R back in the picture, can I still find my happily ever after? The truth will emerge soon enough.
Because my name is Grayson Eyre, and this is my story.
Ideal for readers who crave a mash-up between Rapunzel and Jane Eyre.
FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
1. Wolves And Roses
2. Moonlight And Midtown
3. Slippers And Thieves
4. Shifters And Glyphs
5. Bandits And Ball Gowns
6. Fire And Cinder
7. Fairies And Frosting
8. Towers and Tithes
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published By Christina Bauer
As part of the launch tour for my fairy tale romance, Towers and Tithes, the lovely folks
at Rocking’ Book Reviews asked me to write about my publishing journey. What are the oddest
and most surprising things I’ve learned? Here are my top three.
Disclaimer: publishing journeys are incredibly personal. Everyone’s book and experience
will be different. This is my unique story based on my wackadoo writing style. (For instance, who
uses wackadoo in a sentence?)
Thing Number One. Money, Honey
I was never offered a traditional publishing contract, so I went indie. Later on, I was offered
an advance and contract to move all my content to one of the serial publishers that are popular now.
I’m still indie.
Key lesson: If people are offering to publish your stuff, that means they can make money
off you. Dollars that, in my case, I wanted to keep for myself. In indie writer lingo, I decided to
‘go wide’ and work directly with the serial publishing houses.
Pro Tip: Learn from indie communities like Wide for the Win on Facebook before making a
final decision about how to go to market.
Thing Number Two. Serial Formats
Charles Dickens originally wrote in serial format. Guess what? That’s becoming popular
again for people who are mobile-first readers. These folks like reading a chapter at a time and
enjoy the pay-per-chapter model of serial apps. It’s not how I read, but it’s a growing and
Key Lesson: I put my content on Radish Fiction and Kindle Vella. It does drive a
steady readership from folks who otherwise wouldn’t have seen my work.
Pro Tip: Check out this Facebook group: Writing And Selling on Fiction Apps
Thing Number Three: Love Your Readers
Getting to interact with readers is my favorite part of my job. They inspire me. One even
named his dog after a character of mine, Myla. Check out the pic below and say it with me:
So there you have it, some strange things that happened on the way to being published! Hope to see you on a future tour!
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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BLUE by L.E. DeLano
Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When Blue Mancini’s mother picked her name, it ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A year ago, Blue’s brother, Jack, was involved in a car accident that killed the father of her classmate, Maya Rodriguez. Luckily for Jack, he got out of a manslaughter charge and into a plea bargain thanks to the top-notch lawyer hired by Blue’s wealthy parents.
The fallout is now affecting Blue as Maya returns to school determined to carve out a pound of flesh from the only member of the Mancini family she can reach. On top of that, Blue has a demanding mother, a father who’s never around, a drama-addicted best friend, and a secretive new guy who’s determined to make Blue his own personal cheer-up project. It’s a perfect storm of misery.
When Maya’s social media taunts and in-person digs finally push Blue to retaliate, they find themselves in afterschool detention and forced into a project meant to foster cooperation and civility. As the layers of their tangled drama unravel, Blue learns more about Maya’s life—and her own sense of privilege—when secrets are revealed that cast a new perspective on everything in Blue’s world.
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In what ways has writing affected other aspects of your life?
Writing has changed my life in oh-so-many ways. When I was young, it was an escape. I grew up in a tiny Southwest town with very strict, very religious parents. Other than church, I wasn’t allowed a social life, so writing became a way to travel to exciting places and speak out about all kinds of issues and interact with people I didn’t have access to in real life.
After high school, I secured my own financial aid and headed off to college where I became (gasp!) a Theatre major. Writing was all about creativity and expression – I journaled, I wrote scenes and plays, and I read freely and voraciously. After college, writing faded into the background as life took over, ending up as a dozen or more partially finished novels that I was going to finish “someday.” I became a parent, then a special needs parent, then a single parent all in the span of a few years. Writing became therapy, and I ended up leveraging that into badly needed income as a blogger and freelancer.
Eventually, I took a good hard look at those half-finished book projects and decided to find some discipline and get writing until something was done. I queried my first YA book in 2014 (TRAVELER), entered it in a YA contest in 2015, and ended up winning a two book contract with Macmillan! TRAVELER was a Keystone State Reading Association Secondary Book Awards Finalist in my home state of Pennsylvania. It’s sequel, DREAMER was one month from release when the world went kaplooey. While visiting family out of state, I ended up in the Emergency Room with a devastating brain bleed that put me in the hospital for a month and lost me the use of the left side of my body. Once again, writing became therapy, making my stumbling fingers type and engaging my brain to make those connections.
BLUE was a labor of love, and a story about resilience and perspective as you work your way through a rough situation – something I can speak to with great authority. Blue makes a journey out of her own bubble of personal misery (with both heart-wrenching and hilarious turns) by making connections and realizing everybody has a story and you don’t know more than a few pages of it. Thanks for letting me share my story – and Blue’s – with you!
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L.E. DeLano comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Netflix and planning road trips.
Her debut novel, TRAVELER was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist for school year 2018-19 by the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) and also voted one of
The 20 Most Beautiful Books in the World for 2017 by MTV UK.
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