Authors to Read: Children’s & Young Adult Genre
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READERS: Please check out the amazing and talented authors listed below. I have categorized alphabetically by first name. Once a month I offer the opportunity for writers to share their work (see work/comments) on my blog, and this list is a collection of the work authors have submitted.
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- Ali Pfautz – No More Slooping, Sara Sue!
Sara Sue’s favorite food is soup. She eats it every day, and she makes a loud slurping noise with every bite. The sound bothers her friends and family so much, they make up a word to describe it! Slooping! Can Sara Sue solve her slurping, slooping problem? Or, are her soup days done? Find out in this playful story that mixes a dash of silly words with a pinch or two of tongue twisters, creating souper fun for the whole family. Amazon
- Annabelle Franklin– The Slapstyx (age 7+)
What if the dirt and grime that appears in our homes was actually put there by goblins? What if those goblins filled our homes with dirt that could only be removed with one cleaning product – a detergent that was poisonous to the sea? Amazon link to buy
- Annabelle Franklin – Gateway to Magic (age 7+)
STEVEN IS A BOY WHO PLAYS TO WIN – BUT THIS IS NO GAME. THIS IS AN ADVENTURE HE CAN’T CONTROL. Amazon link to buy
- B.B. Free: The Rescuers
A tender story about random acts of kindness. Everywhere she goes, Laura always seems to find someone in need. If she is able to help, how can she refuse even if she doesn’t feel like it? One splendid Saturday, everyone she meets, strangers, friends and even her mother, will help her understand her impulse to rescue others in spite of herself. Link to Buy / B&N link to buy
- Bette Stevens: Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale
This inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends is the second children’s book written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens. Amazon Link to Buy
- Bette Stevens: The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!
- Binky Bo Tyree/Becky Tyree: Little Monster
A day in the life of a Little Monster. Amazon link
- Darlene Foster – Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone
Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger? Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her. Amazon
- Eloise De Sousa: A Tale of Knots
The story follows the Hairingtons and Knotsvillians who live on our Dome. They’re always fighting and this time the Knots have gone too far. They have taken over Hairington and are forcing the Hairs to follow their ways, like it or not! Grandpa Ash, a grey Hair, sends his grandson Babylock to find the one creature capable of sorting this mess out. His name is LeBrush. The question is, will this hombre take up the task of separating the Knots and the Hairs? Link to buy.
- Gigi Sedlmayer: Talon, Come Fly with Me
Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children.
*5 books in the Talon Series! See the link for all books here – Newest release: Talon, Encounter
The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.
It is war. The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war. With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back. Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors. Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat. Amazon link
Davey and Derek Donato are twins but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them? Amazon link to buy. Check out several other great books at her Amazon author page!
- Janice Spina – Broose the Moose on the Loose
- Jean M. Cogdell: Tryouts for Ben
- John E. Dorey – How I Met My Pet Dragon (Dragon in My Garage Book 1)
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a dragon for a best friend? Jed finds out in How I Met My Pet Dragon the first book of the series Dragon In My Garage. Amazon link to buy
- Julie Stroebel Barichello: Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets
When Aunt Julie and Uncle Derek give Sarah and Katy blankets for Christmas, the sisters think they have received the worst gift ever. That is, until they realize these aren’t your average blankets. They are imagination blankets, able to transform the sisters into anyone and transport them anywhere their imaginations can take them. Join Sarah and Katy for four adventures across the world and through imaginary lands, where they encounter desert thieves, haunted islands, hot air balloon races, flying pirate ships, and more. Be careful with an overactive imagination, though. Sometimes, it can lead to trouble. Amazon link to buy
- Lauri Fortino & Bong Redilia– The Peddler’s Bed
In this tale of kindness and giving, a peddler attempts to sell a fine, handcrafted bed, guaranteed to never squeak, to a little man who has no bed at all. But the peddler’s heart is moved by the little man’s generosity. When it’s time to get back on the road, will the peddler leave behind the perfect gift of gratitude? Amazon
- Mandy Eve-Barnett: Ockleberries to the Rescue
- Michele Bledsoe: The Secret Kingdom
This unique and extraordinary collection of enchanting paintings and poetry is not your typical children’s book! The Secret Kingdom has the vintage feel of a classic children’s book, but with an abstract and surreal twist. Delightfully weird, beautiful hand-painted illustrations, together with mysterious poetry, create a dreamlike experience of the imagination that you will not forget. Amazon link to buy
- Michelle Eastman: The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale
Children’s Picture Book (ages 4-8) Join the Dust Fairies on their messy nighttime adventures, and discover how one misfit fairy uses his talent to create something legendary. Amazon (free as an ebook for Kindle Unlimited and Prime users) Link to buy. For a personalized copy, click here.
- Sally Cronin: Tales from the Garden
- Victoria Zigler: The Forgotten Angel
Left behind in the attic, Holly the Christmas angel sets off to claim her usual place on top of the Christmas tree. But doing this isn’t going to be as easy as it sounds; just finding the right room will be tricky. Smashwords
- Victoria Zigler: The Leaf Monster and Other Children’s Poems
A random collection of poems of different lengths and styles, all of which are written with children in mind. Themes include family, animals, and special occasions (among others). Createspace
Young Adult Genre- (a: adventure, f: fantasy; SF: Sci-Fi; u: urban; CL-chicklit; d-drama; h-horror; p: poetry; R: religious)
- Dee Dee Chumley (R): Beyond The Farthest Star
There are times a girl needs a guardian angel. Darcy needs all the help she can get. Starting her Senior Year of high school should be a happy time, but Darcy is filled with the fear she might not survive the year. Then, there is her attraction to Mike. . . Tiffin has problems of her own. Her boyfriend Reese is a jerk. Her life is out of control. Perhaps, Mike is the answer. Mike is new at Easton High School. He is good at classwork and sports. He is also good at attracting the ladies. But Mike is a man with a mission. Amazon
- Elizabeth Tyree (F): Dragon on My Neck (The Stone Dragon Saga, Book 1)
A fairy dragon is discovered out of his world, out of his time, and away from his family. Using his unique talents, Aliphonsore relates his story to new friends. Amazon link *Also check out Dragon in My Yard (Book 2); and Dragon on the Green (Book 3)
- Helen Jones (F): Oak and Mist (The Ambeth Chronicles, Book 1)
The end of everything? Great, no pressure then. Alma Bevan didn’t mean to go on a quest.
But when she disappears between two trees at her local park and reappears in Ambeth, she finds they’ve been expecting her. And now she has to find a lost sword or the consequences for humanity will be dire. With no idea where to look, despite help from her new friend Caleb, things become even more complicated when a handsome prince of the Dark expresses an interest in her. All this plus homework too? Travelling between worlds is hard enough without having to manage a suspicious best friend, complicated love interests and concerned parents. Add in some time-twisting, a mysterious bracelet and a group of immortal beings all vying for control of a lost sword, and it’s enough to make any fifteen year old girl want to give up. But then she wouldn’t see Caleb any more. Or Deryck… Oak and Mist is book one of The Ambeth Chronicles. Book two, No Quarter, is coming soon. Kindle/Paperback link to buy
- Jeanne Owens (SF/F): Chronicles of Riss: Adventures in Sorcery
Confronting evil sorcerers. Fighting monsters. Dueling metal golems. Searching for a sea monster. Hunting lost treasure. Finding a missing show dog. Competing in talent contests. Helping lost children. Amazon Link to Buy
- Jeanne Owens (SF/F): Kismet and Tell: Adventures in Sorcery
“Marissa “Riss” Cobalt is a young sorceress-for-hire known throughout the world not only for her blue hair and temper but also for helping people with their problems if the money is right. So naturally, when the nephew of one of the ruling lords of the city of Westover disappears while searching for a legendary treasure, Riss is called on. Since she’s on retainer to the lords, she has no choice but to accept, despite feeling there’s more going on than she’s being told. When a group of bandits hired to kill Riss attacks her, the swordsman Fiore Ferio steps in and saves her life. Then he insists on accompanying her, and Riss – who has avoided making friends because of her dangerous lifestyle – reluctantly agrees to let him come along. Things quickly become complicated when a Demon – a minion of the dark god, Yangul – attacks, and in the process reveals that Riss is part of an ancient prophecy. *Continue reading BLURB on Amazon
- Katrina Jack (U/F): Silver Flute Trilogy, Book 1: Land of Midnight Days, Book 2: Through the Gloaming, Book 3: Dawn Horizon
Book 1: What would you do if your life was filled with fear: hide, run away – or would you fight back? In a city at war with itself, Jeremiah Tully already knows how to survive, now he must learn how to live. Mute from birth, of mixed race heritage and his only possession a charmed flute, Jeremiah tries to discover where his remarkable talent as a musician will take him. Amazon link
Book 2: Sequel to Land of Midnight Days, Jeremiah’s journey continues. Robbed from birth of his voice, Jeremiah Tully is nonetheless a musician of astonishing ability. Having fled after the demon wars to a place of tranquility, he must now return to the city and start all over again. This time his journey will take him into The Gloaming, a world steeped in perpetual twilight and filled with tormented souls, trapped forever in semi darkness. Amazon UK
Book 3: Jeremiah has at last reached the end of a long road, which has led him from his native city, into the Gloaming, and ended in the Midnight Land itself. Despair, tragedy, and the precious silver flute, have accompanied him every step of the way. He must now face up to whatever awaits him there…good or bad. No matter what the outcome for him is, he must close the gates to the Midnight Land and restore freedom to, not only his own world, but all the others weighed down by the oppression of evil. Will he succeed? Amazon link
- Kristin Elise Garrett (CL/D): She Hopped Over the Wall –
Who knew that the decision she made that day to hop over the wall was the best decision she had ever made? That important moment changed her entire future. After being taken away from a dangerous situation, a teenage girl is left with slim options. She can turn to herself to save her life or she can live the next three years tolerating the life she’s always had. Camille runs south, across the border to embrace a life of the unknown. What she finds in Mexico is more extraordinary than anything she ever could have imagined. She not only survives, she finally lives. Amazon link to buy
- Laurie Woodward (F): Artania: The Pharaohs’ Cry
Bartholomew Borax III, the eleven-year-old heir to the world’s largest cleaning empire, lives to make art. But his neat freak mother forbids it. So he must do so in secret. He doesn’t know why he is compelled to create. Just that he must. When this shy sheltered boy meets skateboarding painter, Alexander Devinci, in 6th grade, both he and his cocky classmate share flashing glimpses of a magical world. Meanwhile Alex’s strained relationship with his mother takes an ominous turn when she has a heart attack, leading Bartholomew to reach out to the boy. A tentative friendship develops as both struggle to cope with their families and ever increasing visions of strange painted creatures. While the two are gazing at a painting they are yanked into another realm where marble horses gallop and origami hawks fly overhead. “Go back,” the hunchbacked monster that rises from the play dough soil hisses before sinking back into the ground. **Continue reading blurb on Amazon/ other link to buy (and trailer!)
- Lori Lopez– An Ill Wind Blows
The witty horror-fantasy novel AN ILL WIND BLOWS will take you on a rollicking adventure inside the belly of a storm who would be king. There you and an oddball bunch of nutty characters will encounter some of the wildest imaginings of author Lori R. Lopez (DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES). Step through the cuckoo clock for a nonstop marathon of the bizarre where anything goes including zombie piranhas, ghosts, an alien, a witch, an axe-wielding elf, mad stalkers, a root monster, and a magic stone. Amazon
- Lori R. Lopez (P/H): The Dark Mister Snark
There are those individuals we know little about who skulk and creep delightfully across page or screen. In reality, we are taught to avoid them. Sometimes, however, they may surprise us. The Dark Mister Snark is such a figure. Beware!
“Candidly lurking in the shadiest of places, a fellow whose mask wore the gruesomest faces, the dark Mister Snark might be tiptoeing after — shunning the sun and the mirthfullest laughter, spying and shying from your backward stares, following to catch you in complete unawares!”
Narrated by witty rhymes that spin the tangled threads of solitude and acceptance, this book tells the tale of a mysterious man prone to stalking through shadows. Is he misunderstood or mad? A villain or an anti-hero?
His secrets will be revealed in humorous and touching verse, with Halloween and Edgar Allan Poe among the themes. You will not look at corn or crows the same. And once read, you could find Mister Snark watching you from every dark place! Available in E-book format. Look for an illustrated print edition featuring peculiar artwork by the author, Lori R. Lopez. LINK TO BUY
- Lori R. Lopez (F): The Fairy Fly
A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults. Transported out of his element into a realm of dangers and foes, Spider is aided by the insects and arachnids he befriends, but only he can see the Fairy Fly. Is she real or imagined? This whimsical novel about finding oneself while feeling small in a big world takes a step back and several steps downward to peep at humanity from below. At the same time, the story is an allegory of the human condition: life and death matters, war and peace, our everyday struggles on a tiny scale. Part humorous, part philosophical, at times poetic . . . it celebrates a love for animals, books and words. View the planet from a different angle as you take a spiderwalk through the door to adventure. This coming-of-age fairytale won BEST PUBLISHED YA SCIFI/FANTASY for 2013 at the San Diego Book Awards and received HONORABLE MENTION/FINALIST in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for the Young Adult Fiction category. Link to buy
- Lori Lopez & Blaze McRob– Tides of Chaos
A man and woman meet online while the world around them is falling apart. Where are the creatures from that have invaded their planet? What do they want? These questions and more must be answered if the human race is to survive this doomsday scenario. Authors Blaze McRob and Lori R. Lopez join forces to present an unusual tale of an apocalypse that has devastated society. Elvie and Ed managed to connect in a world gone mad. They give each other hope and support from a thousand miles apart. Will it be enough to save them? Read their frantic messages as they attempt to make sense of the situation in this illustrated short fiction from two accomplished horror authors. The story was actually written by exchanging E-mails like the characters, without knowing what might come next. Amazon
- Paula Berinstein: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
- Paula Berinstein: Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective) (Volume 2)
- Paula Berinstein: Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective) (Volume 3)
- Phillip T. Stevens– Seeing Jesus
An unlikely friendship blossoms into a community… Eighth grader Sara Love’s parents transplanted her from Austin to the tiny town of Pollen, Texas, where she stands out like a blackhead on a bright red nose. Her father expects her to get along with the Queen Bee Jana Payne, the mayor’s daughter, and the rest of her hive because his business depends on the mayor’s approval. The hive wants nothing to do with Sara, nor does class clown Delbert Thrash, or any of the other kids for that matter. Sara makes friends with Mr. Fisher, a homeless man, who no one else can see. Mr. Fisher tells Sara wonderful stories, stories that not only entertain her but help her discover resources within herself that allow her to cope with her loneliness and frustration. Her parents aren’t happy to learn about Mr. Fisher, however, and just when Sara is cast to narrate the Christmas play her classmates learn about Sara’s imaginary friend, too. Sara discovers every dark cloud has even darker clouds pushing past, only when she turns to Mr. Fisher for help, he vanishes. Can Sarah use Mr. Fisher’s lessons to rise to the occasion, gain her family and friends’ acceptance, not to mention save her father’s job and the Christmas play? Kindle / Paperback
- R. Ann Greene (A): The Stones of Caron (Book One)
Earia, queen of the elves, has long fought against an enemy she believed she created: a man, Niren, who she raised as her son, over four hundred years ago and he will see every man, elf, and dwarf killed unless they bend a knee to him. The dragons already have, willing or not, and Earia is forced to fight them as well as Niren’s soldiers. Fillip is a seventeen year old, raised in the woods and seashores of the small country of Niss, and he has managed to find the one thing which can give the elves hope against Niren and his dragons. Pursued by assassins, Earia is desperate for Fillip’s help and he is aching for adventure, even danger. Fillip’s younger brother is not so inclined, but what is a brother for, if not to help chase monsters and throw down kings? Earia’s age old companions are quick to accept the youngsters and teach them a thing or two. Fillip soon discovers that he is not the farmer he thought, but a bold adventurer, willing to take mighty risks to see the world and to fight for his new friends. Link to buy
- Rebekkah Ford: Beyond the Eyes (Paranormal Fantasy)
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her. In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her. Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one? Amazon / ibooks / Nook
- Valerie Ormond: Believing in Horses
After her family moves to Maryland and her dad deploys to Afghanistan, Sadie gets a new young horse named Lucky who proves to be a handful—but all of that is just the beginning of the trouble in this young adult novel. Link to buy
- Valerie Ormond: Believing in Horses, Too
Filled with action, intrigue, and heart, this young adult novel delivers an unforgettable story about the power of finding strength through experience and reflection. Link to buy