Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The boy took a deep breath. Rolling his shoulders, he focused on the board in front of him. With a stomp he pounded his foot against the wood.
"It's okay, you can do this," the director said.
The boy nodded. "I can do this." He smiled thinking of the good he was doing.
Again he took up the proper stance and kicked down onto the board held up between two blocks. This time a resounding snap sounded as the wood gave way.
The board was broken and with it another donation given to help find a cure for ALS.
The boy took up his pieces of wood and a proud smile spread across his face. He gave the director a high five. The boy was proud that he could break the board, but he was even more proud that he could help someone else too.
This isn't just a story, this is happening everyday this week in Fitchburg MA, kids breaking boards and donating to finding a cure for ALS.
From Len Brassard's Family Martial Arts Center:
We are helping to "Kick"start the "Kevin Thompson Board Breaking Challenge and ALS Awareness Campaign"
For a $5 donation we are inviting everyone to come break a board and help to raise money to fund research for a cure for ALS. We will be collecting donations through Friday April 17th 2015. If anyone is interested in supporting this cause (student or not) please contact Len Brassard's Family Martial Arts Center at 978-342-9911 or visit http://www.fitchburgkarate.com/ for more information on where we are located.
To all of the martial arts school owners in our network we encourage you to challenge your students to do the same!
Thank you very much for your support! #BreakthroughALS
Monday, April 6, 2015
Title: Wind Catcher
Author: Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
To Be Published: March 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: YA, Native American, Fantasy
Awards & Honors: Mom’s Choice, the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval, and 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best YA Fiction
~ Synopsis ~
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can't make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.
When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can't help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.
All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average—could never be average.
Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
~ About Jeff Altabef ~
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official.
He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller from Tate Publishing, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing released his second novel, the thriller Shatter Point, in 2014, and will release his young adult fantasy series Chosen, co-written with his daughter Erynn, starting in the spring of 2015.
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers’ Workshop, on The Chappaqua-MountKisco Patch, via the link under the “Contact” tab above. You’ll also find under that tab ways to join with Jeff in various social media venues.
~ About Erynn Altabef ~
Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.)
~ Excerpt ~
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Title: Chasing Daybreak
Series: Dark of Night, Book 1
Author: Ranae Glass
Published: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence and adult language
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead.
Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.
Excerpt from Chasing Daybreak by Ranae Glass:
“You were arrested for what?” I asked again in disbelief.
Shane sighed on the other end of the line. “Loitering. Are you gonna come get me or not?”
Part of me wanted to ask why he didn’t just call his rich vamp girlfriend or soon to be boss-man to bail him out, but I held back. Truth was, in some sick, co-dependent, Dr. Phil kind of way, I was glad he’d called me.
“Keep your panties on, I’m on my way. Just relax and try not to eat anybody,” I quipped.
In the background I could hear a male voice tell Shane his time was up.
“Isabel, just hurry, okay?” Nervous tension was thick in his voice.
I quickly put in a call to Craig Gentry, a bail bondsman who’d done some work for my dad in the past, and made a beeline for the precinct.
Shane was sitting on a wooden bench just outside the magistrate’s office, a young, nervous-looking officer standing behind him with a massive shotgun probably loaded with wooden pellets. Not fatal to vamps unless it took out the heart, but certainly enough to do some serious damage.
The kid couldn’t have been more than twenty-one, and judging by his general pallor and sweaty forehead, Shane was probably the first vamp he’d ever seen, much less been tasked to guard. Seeing me walk in, Shane slumped just a fraction, visibly relaxing. It was a very human gesture. One of the many things I’d miss about him when he grew into his new life.
I nodded, warning him with my eyes not to make any sudden movements that might spook the newbie.
Reggie was waiting for me at the desk, chatting with Matilda, the night desk officer. He’d obviously been called in from home. Still wearing his Superman pajama pants and gray sweatshirt, he cradled a cup of coffee with one hand and smoothed down his unruly bed head with the other.
“Reggie,” I called, turning his attention to me.
“Ah, Isabel. Good to see you.”
“Same here.” I thumbed behind me. “Mind sending Skippy over there to get some coffee or something before he accidentally shoots my partner?”
Reggie laughed, leaned forward and called over. “Hey Weston, I got it from here.”
The kid looked like he might argue, then thought better of it and closed his mouth, walking away backwards, watching the back of Shane’s head the whole way.
“Thanks. So what happened?”
“Looks like Shane was over at the Quick Mart down the road from your place about midnight. Clerk thought he was acting ‘suspicious,’ so he called in the black and whites. Shane gave them some lip and they moved to detain him when he flashed fang.”
“Did he put up any resistance?” I asked, knowing as soon as the words were out of my mouth that it was a stupid question. If he’d resisted either he, or more likely they, would be in body bags.
Reggie chuckled. “Nah. But he gave Weston a good scare.”
“The store owner pressing charges?”
“I doubt it. He was pretty pissed to get called in the middle of the night and dragged down here. He and Detective Richards are looking over the security footage right now. If the clerk jumped the gun, then most likely Shane’ll be free to go.”
I turned and looked over my shoulder at Shane who sat there wearing his best innocent face, then turned back to the desk.
“Hey, Reggie, has anyone taken mug shots yet?”
“No. If he’s cut loose there’ll be no need to book him.” His eyebrow shot up as he noticed the wide up-to-no-good grin spreading across my face.
“Cause the thing is, I could really use some photos for the Christmas cards.” I smiled.
Finally catching on, he erupted with laughter.
“Why not? You go break the bad news to Shane. I’ll meet you in the back.” He pointed over his shoulder to the double doors and the magistrate’s office beyond.
I walked over to the bench where Shane sat. “Bad news, the owner might be pressing charges. Reggie said you have to go get your mug shot and fingerprints taken. But he said I could go with you at least.”
Shane stared at me, his mask of innocence morphing into sheer panic, then fading to mild boredom and resignation.
“Fine,” he huffed.
The clink of snapping metal echoed in the nearly empty hallway as he got to his feet before remembering he was handcuffed to the bench. He held up his hands. The links between the cuffs were broken in half. Shane shrugged and I beckoned for him to follow me down the hall.
By the time Joyce, the lady in charge of taking mug shots, was finished Shane knew he’d been set up. Reggie and I were rolling with laughter. At first Shane was confused, but then he looked at the nameplate Reggie had made for him and saw that it read, ‘Merry Christmas from Stone Private Investigations.’
About the Author:
Ranae Glass writes New Adult Paranormal Romance. A Southern girl at heart, Ranae loves feeding people, gardening, and sweet tea. She hails from Oklahoma and lives with her family out West where she spins tales of vampires, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. You won’t find any ‘vegetarian’ monsters here, her books are best served bloody and are not for the faint of heart. Ranae is the author of the Dark of Night novels from Crimson Tree Publishing.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
What was the scariest moment of your life?
My husband had three discs rupture in his neck. One morning he got up and wasn’t able to button his shirt or tie his shoes. By that evening, he wasn’t able to walk. When he was taken into emergency surgery, the surgeon warned me he wouldn’t be able to walk again—the damage to his spine was too extensive. Four days later he walked out of the hospital to go home.
Tell us about your dream vacation.
I want to take a Disney boat cruise. LOL! Then take my kids to Disney world. We’re actually saving up to do it.
What books have most influenced your life?
The Nancy Drew books and Where the Red Fern Grows. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is the first book that really touched me and transported me to another world.
How do you develop your plots and your characters?
My characters usually come to me first and I start making character sketches. Next the plot slowly unfolds as I get to know my characters. It’s during that time that I start making a bare bones outline of the book.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Hmm, I used to work at a migrant farmer daycare when I lived in New Mexico. I was the toddler teacher. I had kids from the time they began walking until they turned three. When we’d take the kids to wash up for lunch, we taught them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. When they were done signing, they had washed their hands long enough and could rinse and dry. Cute, huh?
I still hum the stupid song when I wash my hands.
Growing up would you say you were a girlie girl or tom boy?
Oh, definitely a tomboy. No question. Bring on the frogs and toads! I’m still a huge tomboy.
Do you come from a large or small family? Is it a blessing or a curse? For instance…..
I have an extremely small family. It was boring, so I guess you could say a curse, when I was young. Holiday dinners were all adults…and me. Now I have four kids and it is definitely a blessing.
I don’t watch a lot of television, but I love Scorpion, Stalker, Criminal Minds, and Chopped. Otherwise we typically watch movies. During the day the television isn’t on because I’m writing.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Right now it’s Maroon 5’s newest album and Taylor Swift’s newest album. I’d say Ed Sheeran is in the top ten, too.
Favorite color: Dark, deep purple
Favorite season: Autumn in Michigan
Would you rather go camping or attend a concert? Camping
Chocolate or Gummy Bears? Chocolate…is there even a doubt. LOL
Which game do you prefer Trivial Pursuit or Monopoly? Trivial Pursuit
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Series: The Milayna
Series, Book 1
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Published: March 17th, 2015Publisher: Clean Teen
Publishing Genre: YA Paranormal RomanceContent Warning: Adult language and violence
Recommended Age: 16+
It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for
seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement.
And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger
and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos
and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do
anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which
she becomes untouchable.
With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the
trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel
who’s sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or
her nemesis in disguise?
When she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one
she can trust… not even the one she loves.
About the Author:
is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen
Publishing in 2014.
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