Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Leona's Blog of Shadows


Top ten tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the most unique books.

1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The great Silmarillion remains one of a kind to this day, even after gazillions of fantasy books published since. Its format is like a holy scripture and it is not the kind of thing casual fantasy readers could get into, but the stories are captivating. It remains an all time favorite for the cult fans, and for good reason.

2. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

This book was a total shock and awe package for me as a fantasy fan who got the taste of grimdark with A Song of Ice and Fire. Even after reading a number of grimdark books, it still remains unique with the villainous, messed up protagonist who ended up being one of my all time…

View original post 1,037 more words

Announcing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt Teams

Kelsey Ketch

NewASH Banner 7

Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than three weeks until the Spring 2017 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the Spring 2017 #NewASH teams:


Team Blue S2017


Team Purple S2017

The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 26th and runs through Sunday, April 30th. For more information, visit

View original post

Impressions of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017

educating alice

Last year as I began planning my spring term sabbatical  I realized that I would be free to check-out the legendary Bologna Children’s Book Fair. And so I convinced Susannah Richards to join me and on Friday, March 31, off we went for a week at the fair.

While I had heard a lot about the fair from others, got plenty of advice, I still went with few expectations other than that it seemed to be more for buying foreign rights and not so much for the likes of me. I quickly discovered that while it was indeed mostly for rights, it also was rich in learning opportunities of all kinds. I wandered the halls in awe of the range of publishing from throughout the world, sat in with editor friends while they met with foreign publishers, went to some wonderful panels, saw amazing art and books, and met old and new…

View original post 387 more words

Free Book in exchange for Reviews

Author, June M. Pace

I’m giving away Book One in the Benjamin McTish YA Fantasy/adventure series to people who would like to review the book.  Reviews must be posted to both GoodReads and Amazon, and done so within the next six months…if interested please click link below to take you to the Goodreads event, or contact me directly through email…your free book is waiting!

View original post

Spotlight: Kima by A.H. Amin

Kelsey Ketch

By A.H. Amin
Release Day: December 16, 2016

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.

Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

6040327A. H. Amin
was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life…

View original post 108 more words

SLj’s BoB Round 2 Starts with Judge Javaka Steptoe

educating alice

I like to think of these two books as pieces of music: One is like a work song, the other a classical concerto. In this way they are quite different and yet comparable, with one resonating for me more than the other.

Check out the lovely whole of the 2017 Caldecott winner’s decision between Congo in FreedomSquare and When Green Becomes Tomatoeshere.

View original post

The 9th Annual SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Starts Tomorrow!

educating alice

It is simply thrilling to be part of the team creating this Battle for the 9th year. We’ve got an awesome line-up of contenders, amazing judges, and exciting decisions. If you want to bring a contender back from the dead to compete in the closing round (judged by Kwame Alexander!) you can still vote today here.  And if you want to see it all laid out, you can get beautiful brackets to download here.  And if you want to learn more, do watch Kidlit TV’s first ever #SLJBOBCAST below. Shelley and I review all the contenders and judges, Mark Tuchman gives some insight into his art, and there’s even a surprise guest judge! It was great fun to do and I hope you enjoy watching it. Most of all, be sure to check the BoB site tomorrow to see how our judge for the first match, Duncan Tonatiuh…

View original post 10 more words


All three books listed in a Goodreads Giveaway…paperback editions!!

Author, June M. Pace

All three books are  listed in an upcoming giveaway on Goodreads…beginning Feb. 20th…running for one month…enter all three giveaways for a chance to win!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel

by June M. Pace

Giveaway ends March 20, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim

by June M. Pace

Giveaway ends March 20, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree

by June M. Pace

Giveaway ends March 20, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

View original post

Babies in the Woods

J. Rae Moore

The pale moon’s light barely penetrated the forest’s thick canopy as a woman darted between the trees. Her feet pounded the trail as she sprinted, giving percussion to the woodland’s nighttime whispers. Garbed in cape and cowl, the only part of the woman’s body visible were her hands, which were wrapped around a tiny bundle she had cradled against her breasts.

Her footfalls came to an abrupt stop as she approached a rim of trees surrounding a meadow. There, she stood for a moment, surveying the clearing. The moonlight shined brightly here, its rays exaggerating the variances between light and shadows.

The woman tiptoed to a cluster of flat boulders that lounged in the center of the meadow. She ran a gaze across the edges of the clearing before she laid down the bundle.

A tiny coo sounded from the blanket as it stirred.emigramps2011

The woman jabbed a toe against…

View original post 643 more words

Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 – Official Link List

Airship Ambassador


Image Courtesy of Mr. XPK

Welcome to the fourth  year of bringing people together from around the world and sharing the amazing creativity of our steampunk community – Welcome to Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017!

This year’s theme is “Making Life Better”. Between February 1st and 28th, more than thirty steampunk creators will share examples of how steampunk has, or could, make life better for themselves, for our friends, and for our community.

We will see how steampunk has made a difference in people’s relationships, in their understanding of other people, and in helping them express themselves more fully. Steampunk may have helped people learn more, do more, and be more.

Steampunk can make a difference. WE can make a difference.

Your 2017 hosts come from:

Australia, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, USA, and more!

Follow along here for the daily link updates.

Follow on Twitter, using the…

View original post 64 more words

Call for Artists – National Railway Museum Steampunk Art Exhibit


Airship Ambassador

Original PDF Document Here

Information for Artists

Steampunk: Art inspired by the world of Steampunk
NationalRailway Museum, Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017

Exhibition dates: The exhibition will be held at the National Railway Museum (NRM) from Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017, and will run during our Steampunk weekend (19 – 20 August 2017).

Artist Registration form submission: no later than 4pm Monday 24 April 2017, in order to be included in the SALA program

All works must be delivered to the Museum between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 July 2017 at a time organised with Moana Colmer, Curator, Exhibits or Shylie Edwards, Graphic Designer, unless alternative arrangements have been made with Shylie or Moana.

Items can be delivered in person, or via courier addressed to:
The National Railway Museum
Steampunk Exhibition 2017
Attn: Moana Colmer (Curator, Exhibits)
76 Lipson St,

View original post 442 more words