Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults (Paperback)



This master class in writing children s and young adult novels will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish a great book."



Review Quotes:
The Magic Words manages to articulate, in clear and compelling language, what others rely on intuition to understand. The result is a comprehensive and engaging examination of what readers will recognize to be true about the best novels and yet have never heard expressed. --Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award nominee for Endangered and Threatened"

Review Quotes:
The Magic Words manages to articulate, in clear and compelling language, what others rely on intuition to understand. The result is a comprehensive and engaging examination of what readers will recognize to be true about the best novels and yet have never heard expressed. --Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award nominee for Endangered and Threatened"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cats Want to Take Over the World



We all know that cats want to take over the world. What? You didn't know that? If you have a furry feline in your life, you know they are planning on world domination...right after their nap.

Yes, cats are planning world domination. There's even an international organization known as the Cat Board that is planning right now as you are reading this. Lucky for humans, cats are a little lazy.

That's where the Totally Ninja Raccoons come in. These little masked bandits decided they aren't meant to be ordinary, but chose to be something more, ninjas!


Gypsy, head of the Cat Board, hires the Totally Ninja Raccoons to track the elusive Bigfoot. She's after Bigfoot's powers of invisibility and stealth in her quest to rule the world, but she double crosses the raccoons and doesn't pay them, and thus the rivalry between Gypsy and the Totally Ninja Raccoons is born.








There are currently four book in the Totally Ninja Raccoon series.





The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade, though there are younger and older readers. My nieces are just entering kindergarten and love the books as bedtime stories. Grandmothers love buying them for their grandchildren that live outside of Tioga County.

The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is set right here in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, and is specifically geared towards reluctant readers. It's your classic trio with a twist. Think the "Three Investigators meet the "Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles" with a little "Ghost Busters" in the mix.What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

I've written a fifth Totally Ninja Raccoon adventure, The Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper. The book is finished Now, it just has to be illustrated, formatted, and all the little things it takes to make it into an actual book that you can turn the pages. I'm starting a Kickstarter to build awareness and to take pre-orders. I will have this book out in November, in time for Christmas.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper is is the super, special Christmas edition. The infamous Cat Board is once again plotting against the Totally Ninja Raccoons and want to eliminate Christmas! Will The Totally Ninja Raccoons be able to stop the Cat Board and save Christmas?

Every ten dollars will get you one copy of The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper mailed to you first class anywhere in the United States. The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is available worldwide, but shipping is too expensive to offer this Kickstarter outside the United States.

What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

There are things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are:

Rascal: He's the shortest brother and loves doughnuts. He's great with his paws and makes really cool gadgets. He's a little goofy and loves both his brothers, even when they pick on him, but maybe not right then.

Bandit: He's the oldest brother. He's tall and lean. He's super smart and loves to read. He leads the Totally Ninja Raccoons, but he couldn't do it by himself.

Kevin: He may be the middle brother, but he refuses to be stuck in the middle. He has the moves and the street smarts that the Totally Ninja Raccoons are going to need, even if it does sometimes gets them into trouble as well as out of trouble.

Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper is the fifth book in the series, and the other books are available now. You can order them at From My Shelf Books & Gifts. Great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade.


Just Click On The Totally Ninja Raccoons to be taken to the Kickstarter!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bring Your Claymore Sword to Work Day



My goal is to establish a day to bring your Claymore Sword to Work Day. Sure, it should be every day, and it should be a claymore sword, but I'm of Scottish Heritage. Hell, the Roman Empire built a wall to keep my people out. Didn't work Hadrian.

I'm also an American, so I'm cool with broadswords or long swords, even rapiers, or the occasional falcion sword, but I think polearms should be left on the wall where they belong, because if people start bringing their Ox Tongues, soon their will be Bec de Corbins, and you know where that leads----Bill the Barbarian in "Operation Ragnarok"



Make "Bring Your Claymore to Work" a Reality!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kickstarter for "The Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper"



The Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper is finished. Now, it just has to be illustrated, formatted, and all the little things it takes to make it into an actual book.

This is the super, special Christmas edition. The infamous Cat Board is once again plotting against the Totally Ninja Raccoons and want to eliminate Christmas! Will The Totally Ninja Raccoons be able to stop the Cat Board and save Christmas?

I'm starting this Kickstarter to make sure I can get the book released in November in time for Christmas. By pledging to the Kickstarter, you assure yourself an edition of the latest Totally Ninja Raccoon adventure.

Every ten dollars will get you one copy of The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Catmas Caper mailed to you first class anywhere in the United States. The Totally Ninja Raccoon series is available worldwide, but shipping is too expensive to offer this Kickstarter worldwide.

You can order the series from your local bookstore in the United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and Australia, and even parts of Asia, and of course the United States.

Everyone loves raccoons. They're playful, and mischievous. Sure, they might tips over your garbage cans, but maybe it was the dog next door, or those pesky stray cats. You don't know.

Some might call these cute creatures are bandits or thieves, but with their masks, I always thought they were more like little ninjas, and thus The Totally Ninja Raccoons were born.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons are your basic heroes for hire. They work cheap, sometimes for a little Chinese takeout or a stale doughnut.

It's your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghost Busters in the mix.

What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

There are things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are:

Rascal: He's the shortest brother and loves doughnuts. He's great with his paws and makes really cool gadgets. He's a little goofy and loves both his brothers, even when they pick on him, but maybe not right then.

Bandit: He's the oldest brother. He's tall and lean. He's super smart and loves to read. He leads the Totally Ninja Raccoons, but he couldn't do it by himself.

Kevin: He may be the middle brother, but he refuses to be stuck in the middle. He has the moves and the street smarts that the Totally Ninja Raccoons are going to need, even if it does sometimes gets them into trouble as well as out of trouble.

Totally Ninja Raccoons & The Catmas Caper is the fifth book in the series, and the other books are available now. You can order them at From My Shelf Books & Gifts. Great for the reluctant reader from second to fourth grade.


Just Click On The Totally Ninja Raccoons to be taken to the Kickstarter!

The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (Hardcover)



The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today's writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. Included in this volume are "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Color Out of Space," "The Dunwich Horror," and many more hair-raising tales.
About the Author

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now widely seen as one of the most significant 20th century authors in his genre.

The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers



All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years.And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new cideries are springing up all over North America, often started up by passionate amateurs who want to take their cider to the next level as small-scale craft producers.
To make the very best cider whether for yourself, your family, and friends or for market you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved, and the art and science behind them. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Author Claude Jolicoeur is an internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today's cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders.
The New Cider Maker's Handbook is divided into five parts containing:
An accessible overview of the cider making process for beginners;
Recommendations for selecting and growing cider-appropriate apples;
Information on juice-extraction equipment and directions on how to build your own grater mill and cider press;
A discussion of the most important components of apple juice and how these may influence the quality of the cider;
An examination of the fermentation process and a description of methods used to produce either dry or naturally sweet cider, still or sparkling cider, and even ice cider.
This book will appeal to both serious amateurs and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as to orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers. Novices will appreciate the overview of the cider-making process, and, as they develop skills and confidence, the more in-depth technical information will serve as an invaluable reference that will be consulted again and again. This book is sure to become the definitive modern work on cider making.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Claude Jolicoeur first developed his passion for apples and cider after acquiring a piece of land on which there were four rows of old abandoned apple trees. He started making cider in 1988 using a no-compromise approach, stubbornly searching for the highest possible quality. Since then, his ciders have earned many awards and medals at competitions, including a Best of Show at the prestigious Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP).
Claude actively participates in discussions on forums like the Cider Digest, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to events such as the annual Cider Days festival in western Massachusetts. He lives in Quebec City.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mountain Man Skills: Hunting, Trapping, Woodwork, and More



"Crafts and Skills of the Mountain Man" is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made the mountain men famous worldwide as outdoorsmen and craftsmen. Readers can replicate outdoor living by trying a hand at making rafts and canoes, constructing tools, and living off the land.
Learn key skills like:
Building a strong fire.
Learning to hunt and butcher your meals.
Creating a safe and solid shelter.
And much more
Whether you re an avid outdoorsman or a novice hiker, "Crafts and Skills of the Mountain Man" is your handbook to not only surviving outdoors, but flourishing. The style of the mountain man is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in living off the land. The mountain man has been successful outdoors for ages, and now you can too with the skills, tips, and tricks included in this handy manual.
Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a "New York Times" bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
About the Author

Stephen Brennan is the coauthor of "The Adventurous Boy's Handbook" and "The Adventurous Girl's Handbook," and editor of "The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told" and "The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told." He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright.

Leather Braiding



Leather Braiding has stood for more than forty years as the definitive book in its field. Grant's clearly written guide to the art of leather braiding contains detailed illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and a wealth of incidental, fascinating information. It makes accessible, to even the novice, serviceable and recreational uses of leather, from the simple but clever braided button to the elaborate results of thong applique. A basic book.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Medieval Lego



Castles and kings, battles and treaties, famine and plague, intrigue and invasion
"Medieval LEGO" takes you through real English history in the middle ages with a unique twist, with every event illustrated by a tiny little LEGO scene. With contributions by medievalists and scholars, this book brings medieval history to life in a fun, kid-friendly way.
Inside, you'll learn about events like the Battle of Hastings, the chartering of Oxford University, and the signing of the Magna Carta. You'll witness the Great Fire of London, the Black Death, and the Great Famine, and you'll read about famous historical figures like Robin Hood, Richard the Lionheart, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William the Conqueror.
Grab your broadsword and turn the page to join the adventure.


About the Author

Greyson Beights is a student with a passion for LEGO and history. His research interests focus on the history of war and the history of late medieval England. He is an experienced LEGO builder whose models have won awards on fan sites and at LEGO fairs. He also coordinates BrickUniverse 2015, a LEGO convention for fans of all ages.

Spooky Pookie



It's Halloween What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie's dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton's celebrated charm and pizzazz, "Spooky Pookie" has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic.