Friday, April 27, 2012

Angels, Adventure, and a Dash of Romance: Griffin’s Fire, by Darby Karchut

What happens when a moody teenage angel is forced to attend high-school?
The answer is Griffin's Fire.

Griffin's Fire is the second installment in Darby Karchut's Terrae Angeli young adult fantasy series, published by Twilight Times Books. I didn't read the first book in the series and have to say that I was a bit lost at the beginning of the story. Fortunately, not for long. Karchut provides only the essential bits of backstory and I was soon engulfed in Griffin's world. As far as the first book, Griffin Rising goes, suffice to say that Griffin is a supernatural being known as a Terrae Angeli, a being who has the ability to control Fire, Water, Wind and Earth and who, like a guardian warrior, helps humans who are in danger. Book I is all about his apprenticeship, relationship to his mentor, love for a mortal girl and 'fall' into the world of mortals when he's banished from the Terrae Angeli.

In this book II, Griffin is forced to live like a normal mortal teenager and enroll in Centennial High, a form of hell on earth. Not only must he adjust to his new nature, but he must also deal with nasty math teachers and especially with his mentor Basil's new Terrae Angeli apprentice, who comes to live with them and who does everything in his power to drive Griffin crazy and turn Basil against him. Griffin is pretty miserable, even more so when he's compelled to breakup with his beloved Kate and hide the powers that refuse to die within his own being. Is his Terrae Angeli nature gone for good — or are his powers back? If so, why? What does it mean? And how must he keep this knowledge a secret without betraying Basil and others who trust him?

I had a lot of fun reading this novel. The story moves quickly, the characters are all distinct with their own quirks and personalities and Griffin is truly sympathetic — moody, hot-tempered and impulsive yet with a kind and courageous heart. Karchut does a good job with her teen-friendly prose and her voice is fresh and engaging. After I finished reading the novel I felt an urge to get myself a copy of the first book to see how it all started. So the main characters are definitely ones to root for. Griffin’s Fire will appeal to both boy and girl teens and to angel-fiction fans in general. Recommended.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Kids of Dandelion Township, by Nicole Borgenicht

It was quite an exciting process creating characters for the story. They derived from events in history and my idea of what people felt like in varying circumstances, to actual friends I’ve had plus myself - allowing the full gamut of emotions and traits bounce off my imagination to create distinctive characters. Each child in this story is an amalgamation of several people and a pure invention of some one who holds such characteristics and others. When I first wrote the story I wanted to find an illustrator used to creating children; this would be an essential draw. More specifically I thought, if I could imagine the children I wrote about, and an illustrator could create them in their free imagination - I had something universal. Thus from a website of nearly 100 illustrators, I chose the work of Lisa M Griffin, and our journey began! Fortunately she was as delighted with the story as I was with her artwork. Furthermore, once I got into later text revisions, I even tailored some of my minor details to accompany her art! It’s been a great experience.

As far as the theme goes, this is a story of compassion, understanding, and creative use of the intelligence. Plus, I’ve been devising ideas for kids stories about how the various holidays intercept. In this magical adventure, the children interpret an appearance of gifts to be a sign for each of their holidays - Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. I like to think of all holidays to be enjoyed by every single kid as they wish. From the eyes of a child, understanding one another and relating to the world similarly is a shared experience - not without the pitfalls of hurt, challenges, and goals.

For the setting, I created an anywhere concept of school and forestry. However, the meadow where magical things occur, derived from my memory of a meadow near where my dad, Jack Borgenicht had a country house and he eventually moved. Now my step-mother Fran Borgenicht lives there summers and we all visit her then. While growing up, my brother Stew Gilbert and I used to take a circuitous route through the woods to discover the meadow, even though in fact there was a quicker way to it. Our prolonged path seemed to allow the birth of new magic in our favorite spot. Once we arrived with friends and brothers and sisters when they were around, (all either weekenders like us, or full time residents), we had a spirited free gathering. This sort of thing happens everywhere but a little differently in each location. For instance, as a child of the 60s growing up in Manhattan, Central Park Be-Ins had this kind of alchemy. To no surprise, another meadow as the popular place in Central Park, I recall many trips there with my friend Karen Toffler, and the massive appearances of kids from every corner of the park to Sheep Meadow. Glistening moments in meadows in New York’s Central Park or the New Jersey country-side seemed to transform into a forever fun place for us kids, just as the children in Dandelion Township are drawn to the magical meadow. I’d like all children to enjoy this adventure.

The book: The Kids of Dandelion Township is a story about three friends who live in a magical world, however they face many of the challenges all children must tackle. From emotional sensitivities, to crushes and trying to get good grades, the kids are part of a circle of friends who discover their differences and similarities together. The emphasis on this story is to enjoy youth while reaching for goals.

Author’s bio: Nicole Borgenicht’s newest title The Kids of Dandelion Township is her first chapter book. She is a children’s writer with a published picture book called The Bridge, and numerous short stories published in the Los Angeles Times Kids Reading Room, Stories for Children and Ladybug Flights Magazines. Her other works comprise adult short stories, articles, one act plays published in national and regional magazines.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

And the winner is....

The winner of my Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway is...................................

Brenda from CONGRATS!

I'll be contacting you today, Brenda.  :-)

Thanks to all who participated!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

Hello everyone! 

The Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Yara @ Once Upon A Twilight has officially started! It will run from 12:01 AM EST on April 6 and end at 11:59 PM EST on April 12.

I'll be giving away a $10 Paypal payment to one lucky winner!

To enter, all you need to do is become my blog follower (on the right sidebar) and leave a comment with your contact info.

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