Gage Gilbert is an eleven-year-old boy who has autism, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He meets Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow, where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their world is in trouble. Gage wanted friends and adventure, but he had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price. Can one autistic boy defeat an evil witch and help save his new friends? Travel to Grimsley Hollow and find out!
This video was created by Nancy Lee Parish.
Nicole Storey’s book Grimsley Hollow – The Chosen One is YA Fantasy for kids ages 10 and up. It is available on Amazon for Kindle or in print edition and also on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, etc.
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Today we have a sneak peek of Laurie Boris’ new book, Drawing Breath:
Students often fall in love with their teachers. Despite warnings from her mother, that is exactly what sixteen-year-old Caitlin Kelly does. But Daniel Benedetto isn’t just any art teacher. Not only is he more than twice Caitlin’s age, he rents the Kellys’ upstairs apartment and suffers from cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease.
Caitlin watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. Because to her, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend. As Caitlin’s art education progresses, her feelings for Daniel grow into love and desire. In a well-meaning yet naive gesture, Caitlin crosses the line and interferes with his private life, sparking a chain of events with devastating consequences. Neither of them will ever be the same again.
Those of you who pay attention (I told you there would be a test later) know that Carolyn Steele has written some fine guest posts for us, based on her experiences as a paramedic and a hospice worker. She has worn many hats, and the richness and diversity of her journeys endow her writing with an ample authority. Plus, I caught her lounging about aimlessly, making her an easy target for my tranquilizer gun, which I have now nicknamed “The Recruiter.”
Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a patisseur (which is something having to do with food way too fancy for me to afford), a proofreader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. She began writing the day she decided to see the world…doing both just to find out whether she could.
Originally from London, England, Carolyn is now settled in Kitchener, Ontario. On a whim, she trained to drive 18 wheelers and hit the road to see what would happen. There will soon be a book. She will be off soon on another shiny project to see if pest exterminators are interesting. Multi-faceted or easily bored? It depends who’s asking.
Between adventures she writes advertising copy and inflammatory leaflets, develops and SEOs websites and dabbles in podcasting. Someday she will write about her more serious passions, palliative care and PTSD.
Plans, podcasts, tales and the first book can all be found on Carolyn’s blog, Trucking in English.
Please welcome Carolyn Steele to the Indies Unlimited family.
On genres and tropes and gender roles and HEAs and HFNs and all the other neat little boxes some people still think we need to use….
For those who don’t know what a trope is, it’s a metaphor or literary device. I’ve seen the word used most often in regards to romance and erotica writing, where the ‘trope’ is the semi-requirement that all the heroes be tall and good-looking and every novel has to end Happily Ever After (HEA). Or, in the case of erotic romance sometimes just Happily For Now (HFN). Just recently I was dinged on this (dinged being my word for the sound made when someone whacks you upside the head) by a reader of one of my books. She said she liked the book overall but that it ‘couldn’t be a romance because it didn’t have an HEA’ and gave me one star. Well… we won’t mention (often) that the book in question is a thriller, not particularly a romance – although it does have a romance in it – and the ending was pretty much telegraphed from the beginning, because I understand. Most of us who aren’t watching Game of Thrones want our happy endings. But as G.R.R. Martin has proven Continue reading “Box? What box? We don’t need to think outside no box…!”