A Case For The Intelligent Protagonist by Carolyn Denman

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day6 Guest Post by Carolyn Denman A Case for the Intelligent Protagonist A few weeks ago while I was watching a show aimed at older children, I had a rather distressing revelation. It grew from my increasing frustration with the main character who could not see the blindingly obvious threat, and then when everything started to fall apart, didn’t do the obvious thing to fix it. You may call this a standard plot weakness, but I’ve realised that it’s...
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Who Gets to Decide if Something is Offensive? by Carolyn Denman

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day4 Guest Post by Carolyn Denman Who gets to decide if something is offensive? No matter what genre you write in, or readership you write for, at some point you will write something that upsets someone. No matter how careful you are. Let’s face it, even if you were to get Barack Obama’s best speech writers to edit for you, and your work passes the scrutiny of the most outspoken twenty-something hipsters on the planet, your work could still fall d...
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Young Adult Books That Kick Butt by Susanna Rogers

Guest Post by Susanna Rogers We love the fierce conviction of Susanna Rogers as she shares her inspiration behind her awesome, kick butt YA novels. Becoming a kickboxer with a second-degree black belt helped Susanna Rogers improve not only her martial arts skills, but also her writing skills so she can write the kick butt heroines she loves. Her first YA novel, 'Infiltration', is about an elite soldier from the future who is sent back in time to complete an important mission – to stop a synt...
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Michelle Morgan takes out SCBWI Spark Award for Older Readers

Guest Post by Michelle Morgan It is a pleasure and honour to congratulate author Michelle Morgan on her esteemed win of the SCBWI Spark Awards for her older reader, 'Flying through Clouds'! Read more here on Michelle's journey in writing YA novels, and today, enjoy her highlights of this wonderful achievement. Thanks, Michelle! FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is about a teenage boy's dream of becoming an aviator amid the pressures and hardships of growing up in Sydney during the Depression. ...
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Writing Community Buzz by Adam Wallace

Guest Post by Adam Wallace As always we thoroughly enjoy the thrill of including funny, Zombie-obsessed author-illustrator, Adam Wallace on the blog. Today he gives us chilling goosebumps - of the good variety - with his 'inspirational' (of the non-zombie kind) and encouraging article about what it means to be involved in such a supportive writing community. Thanks, Adam! 💀 😬 😍 Writing, or creating of any kind, can be amazing and lonely and incredible and lonely. ...
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Author Article: Pretty in Pink

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day3 She may be pretty in pink, but she is also a pretty fantastic role model! Learn how lifeguard Fiona's story inspired author Elizabeth Cummings to create her book, Brave and Strong All Day Long. Girl power! 🌊 🏄🏼‍♀️ You can’t get any more feminine than Fiona, from her obsession with the colour pink to her role as loving mother and daughter. On the surface she epitomises the female stereotypes. Yet scratch that s...
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Author Article: About Brave and Strong by Elizabeth Cummings

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day1 Welcome to the blog tour for Elizabeth Cummings' latest release, Brave and Strong All Day Long! We will certainly make a splash with all the sunny goodness we have in store. So come along and have some fun in the sun! Here's what you want to know about the heroine behind the story - article written by Elizabeth. :) Brave and Strong All Day Long is based on real-life lifeguard Fiona. She is an inspiring female role model and a true ch...
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Author Article: Kalika Beginnings by Karen Hughes

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day3 Karen Hughes lets us in on her motivations for becoming, and committing to being a writer, as well as where her ideas for her Kalika Magic series stemmed. Find out about Karen's real life magical experiences that have shaped the intricate richness of her books. 😊 In primary school I was always scribbling stories when I was supposed to be doing sums. I’d gaze out the window, lost in a world of secret tunnels, dark caves, and strange and...
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Esme’s Wish: An Excerpt

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 If you've only heard snippets, and rave reviews, of Esme's Wish, here's even more of a taste of this powerful tale and beautiful writing; a glimpse into the fantastical world of the mystical creatures of Esperance... Esme stared ahead at the city, desperately hoping it wasn’t just a mirage. From a distance, Esperance appeared to be drifting on the lagoon’s surface, as if its hold on existence was so tenuous that it could slip back into the depths...
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Esme’s Wish: The Winding Road to Publication by Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day2 Elizabeth Foster generously shares her journey to publication with us today for her Esme's Wish blog tour. See how she found a publishing home that perfectly fits her book's unique crossover between age range and unobstrusive yet beguiling themes. Thanks, Elizabeth! ☺️ If you’re an aspiring author, no doubt you’ve heard some permutation of the following advice countless times: “Write something you would enjoy!” “Don’t try and pigeonhole your work ...
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