Monday, January 27, 2014

Author Interview with Iain Reading of a new young adult series...



Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain ReadingThis first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 
 
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold follows the events of a very exciting summer for the daring teenaged seaplane pilot, Kitty Hawk.  After taking it upon herself to conduct whale research in Alaska over the summer Kitty's curiosity gets the best of her and she finds herself caught up in an amazing adventure with some gold thieves and the cursed gold that they are trying to escape with to Canada.

Not to give too much away, of course, but Kitty is swept along on quite an adventure across a beautiful and rugged landscape that has a dark history of its own.

Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?

I am kind of a do-it-yourself kind of person so I just took that and applied it to the publishing of my books as well and self-published them.

How did you get the idea for this book?

The idea for the main character was the first thing that came to me.  Once I had established that, an intrepid young teenaged seaplane pilot named Kitty Hawk who would ultimately be driven to try and fly around the world, the rest of it just seemed to write itself somehow.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I suppose it starts off with a walk through deserted streets to sort of get my head together and figure out what I want to accomplish with the immediate chapters I want to write and where everything is going.  Once I have that the next step is to find some quiet isolation and then put all of that down on paper, discovering all the twists and turns I hadn't anticipated as I go along.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

The thing I enjoy the most is creating these amazing and fantastic worlds that the characters inhabit and breathing life into them.  It's like taking daydreaming a step further and living vicariously through your own fictional characters because they can do everything and anything that you yourself ever dreamed of doing.

What is the most difficult part of writing?

The most difficult thing is often the struggle to find the "voice" of a particular character or of an entire book.  Once you find that, I think it's much easier going.

How has publishing a book changed your life?

Publishing a book has made me keen to write even more books and keep the fantastical fiction worlds alive and see what becomes of everyone in them.

What are your plans now?

Right now my plans are to try and bring another different world to life in another series of books before returning to the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series and continuing on with that.

What is your best tip for aspiring authors?

As an aspiring author myself I think the best tip I could possibly give would be to say "just do it".  Just write something, put it together and make a book out of it.  Don't try and write the book you wish you could write but are incapable of writing.  Just write the books that you CAN write, in the way you can best write them.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership? (Here you can share about characters, historical facts, setting or whatever else you would like our readers to know about your book.)

I am a big fan of exploring the world, whether by means of "getting out there" and seeing it or by reading about it from the comfort of my own bed, so I guess I wanted my Kitty Hawk books to reflect just a little bit of that spirit of vicarious adventure.  And I hope people will like it.


Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?
           

Check out www.kittyhawkworld.com for all things relating to Kitty Hawk and the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series.



There are currently three books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series available for sale on Amazon:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold: http://www.amazon.com/Kitty-Flying-Detective-Agency-Series-ebook/dp/B00AGY6WWK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost: http://www.amazon.com/Hemingways-Flying-Detective-Agency-Series-ebook/dp/B00F4A6WXA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

 

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue: http://www.amazon.com/Icelandic-Intrigue-Flying-Detective-Agency-ebook/dp/B00CGS8862/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1


About Iain Reading
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations. Iain is currently working on the fourth book in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, which will be released in 2014. For more information, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review - When the Monsters are Quiet



1st grade reading level children's book. Phonemic awareness and reading comprehension strategies are in the back of the book so parents can get their kiddos star readers!

Title of Book: When the Monsters are Quiet  
Author: Alicia Lloyd                    
Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.
ISBN Number: ISBN 13: 978-1-61244-219-8
Genre: Children
Publication Date: January 2014
Page count: 25
Price: $11.95

Synopsis of book: This friendly book is a fun way children can start to become proficient readers by reading about one of their biggest worries- bedtime! This book is a reminder to never be afraid of your monsters and has helpful hints for parents to help their children by exploring with early reading strategies at home.  

Overall Thoughts: We love this picture book for many reasons. Of course adding the educational guide at the back of the book only added to our reasons why this book is a must have on all bookshelves. This is not only a simple and fun bedtime story for parents to read with their little ones, but yearly readers will be able to enjoy this story on their own as well. Not quite ready readers can use the pictures to make up their own story if an adult isn't able to sit down to read the text and the stories these young minds can come up with based on those illustrations is boundless. 

We also like this book for kids who are struggle with speech. The guide in the back helps these children continue to work on speech skills. 

Places available for sale: Halo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Author Bio: Alicia Lloyd is a senior at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Grades Preparation (PK-4) and Special Education. She has a strong passion for working with children and loves to write! Alicia lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania surrounded by her wonderful friends and family. 


You can find out more about Alicia Lloyd, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/mxhj8vj

Follow Alicia Lloyd on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whenthemonstersarequiet

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review - Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School by Christy E. Bykowski



“Beckmin Goes to School” is Bykowski’s first children’s book and was inspired by her middle son Beckmin, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at 18 months, after extensive sickness and a series of hospital visits. Since then, Christy has worked with Beckmin through the everyday challenges of being a kid with this disease, dealing with his frustrations and his own learning curve as to what celiac disease is, how to explain it and what it means in his day-to-day life. Beckmin’s stories, written to help children define, understand and explain celiac disease, are meant to be both empowering and educational for kids and their parents. 


Title of Book: Gluten-Free Me, Beckmin Goes to School  
Author: Christy E. Bykowski                    
Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.
ISBN Number: ISBN 13: 978-1-61244-228-0
Genre: Children
Publication Date: January 2014

Synopsis of book: “Beckmin goes to School” is meant to raise awareness for celiac disease and the everyday challenges children with celiac disease face in their otherwise normal activities.  As diagnosis of celiac disease increases, education, awareness, and understanding will be the keys to making celiac kids feel normal and included. Written for children to help them express and understand celiac disease, the book is a wonderful tool for children and adults alike.
 



Overall Thoughts: We like this book for a few reasons. Besides being a great book for celiac disease awareness, kids also can relate to the book as Beckmin is going off to school for the first-time and starting kindergarten. He has to make new friends, while also explaining why he can't share certain foods with them.

We love the how lessons of sharing, making friends, having a positive attitude and not letting people who don't understand bully you are all wrapped into this picture book. Beckmin, who is based of the author's son, is a wonderful character for children. He shows kindness, patients and much more as he goes about his first day of school and explaining his allergy to those around him.

The other thing about this book is it helps adults understand celiac disease is more than a food allergy for some people. Those who have never known someone with celiac disease will learn it can affect everything in a child's life from the types of glue they can use to foods they eat.

At the back of the book the author shares a short informative explanation of celiac disease and the importance of being gluten-free.



Places available for sale: Halo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Author Website: www.glutenfreekids.info
Twitter URL: @christybyk

Author Bio: Christy E. Bykowski is an award-winning public relations and marketing practitioner, as well as a wife and mother. She lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Benjamin, raising their three boys and spreading awareness about celiac disease and the need for a gluten-free environment for individuals diagnosed with celiac disease.








The World of Ink Network will be touring author Christy E. Bykowski's kid friendly celiac disease awareness picture book, Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School January 2014. You can find out more about Christy E. Bykowski, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/lquajjn



To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com  

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