Monday, December 10, 2018

Author Spotlight, Natalie Lynn Rekstad and Sophie Noelle Lynn on their Award-Winning Children's Picture Book



WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME WRITERS? Sophie and I had such fun writing anonymouse notes, and thought it would be fun to create a book together to inspire other children to random acts of kindness.

WAS THERE A TEACHER OR OTHER MENTOR WHO INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING - PLEASE ELABORATE: Kathleen Pelley, author of The Giant King (amazing!) mentored me, and was a godsend.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY? "May you never be bored or have nothing to do, for you are blessed with kindness and intelligence too."

WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY? Sophie Mouse is EXACTLY like the real Sophie, co-creator of the book!

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? Kindness is contagious, rewarding, and fun!

TELL US SOMETHING RANDOM/INTERESTING/FUNNY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER: The illustrator is from Romania and we never spoke on the phone - everything was done online!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT? Earning a gold medal from Literary Classics! And that Anonymouse is being translated into 12 languages and reaching millions of children around the globe via a UN sanctioned curriculum on social/emotional learning.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ASPIRATIONS? To spread the message of Anonymouse globally, inspiring millions of children to lift our world through simple acts of kindness.

TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT THEY MIGHT FIND INTERESTING: I (Natalie Lynn) am a fundraising strategist for global nonprofits via my company Black Fox Philanthropy. The company is named after the black fox I saw the day I brought Sophie home from the hospital after she was born.




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Friday, December 7, 2018

Author Spotlight - Carmela Dutra on her Award-Winning Book



WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER? It was not a goal of mine to become a writer; I just fell into it. As a child, I knew that art was my calling. Everywhere I looked I saw the artistic side of things, the way colors blend and weave throughout daily life is something truly magical. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that involved art and kept it at the core of my everyday life. I wanted to illustrate; I never imagined that I would one day illustrate my own books. As my writing began to take off, I became more excited at the possibility of reaching and encouraging so many more children through a published book. Now, I cannot imagine a day without writing books for kids.

WAS THERE A MENTOR WHO INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING? I had a teacher throughout high school who left her mark, Kristine Estrada. She was by far the one individual who made the biggest impact in my school years. No matter what, she believed her students were capable of anything they set their minds to. She always encouraged me to pursue the artistic side of life, she knew as well as I did that art was my calling. I can recall the writing projects she would give us, she would then encourage me to add illustrations to my papers telling me “It adds an additional layer of depth that others are lacking.” They say that teachers help shape the lives of their students – I can attest to this first-hand. I am unsure if she fully grasps how much of lasting impact she had on me.

HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? Oh, this is an easy one to answer, I saw a picture online. There was an illustration of a little girl that said "Reach for the Stars!" All of sudden I was flooded with ideas for a book about a young girl traveling to the Moon.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY? 
*SPOILER ALERT*
“Maybe someday, you can go to the moon for real!”
Little Katie whispered to herself, “One day I will!”
This is a line from the end of the book, and for me, it sums up everything perfectly. In these words, I can feel the emotion a parent has as they believe their child can do anything they set their mind to. I can also sense the excitement and passion that young children have when they think about the possibilities that open to them. Nothing is ever out of your reach.

WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY? Little Katie. She is fearless and headstrong. She is only limited by her imagination. In fact, for me, Little Katie is the embodiment of all children. Curious about things around them, playful and imaginative, the way a child should be.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? Girls can do anything that boys can (and then some) I hope to help young girls get excited about S.T.E.A.M and to never hold back from the unknown. I hope all children reach for the stars, the Moon, and more; that they never stop dreaming!

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER: I don’t always write the story first. Sometimes I work up the illustrations and then the words come to mind. My writing process varies with each book I write. Sometimes I have everything at my fingertips, very organized and easily accessible. Other times, it’s like a tornado devastated my work space. Leaving a havoc of papers and pencil shavings everywhere! The funny thing is, the writing is my LEAST favorite part about my books. I much prefer the illustrating side.
IF YOU COULD BE COMPARED TO A WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR, WHO WOULD YOU MOST WANT THIS TO BE AND WHY? Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. He influenced nearly every living American who ever learned to read, and I was one of them. He introduced millions of children to the joys of reading and the magic of wordplay. The way he could see things through the eyes of a child, teaching important lessons through tongue twisters. To this day I still say when I grow up I want to be like him.

WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? Meeting and Marrying my husband, David. He has been nothing short of supportive and encouraging. Without his loving support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

HOW DID YOU FIND AN AGENT / GET PUBLISHED? The first story I wrote and illustrated as a gift for my niece and nephew. I never had any intentions of going public with my stories. Upon completing my second book for them, my husband took it upon himself to send out manuscripts to various houses. After many rejections, I was done. I wanted to keep the stories the way I meant them to be, as a private gift for my loved ones. Then, out of the blue, I was contacted by a local publishing house who had received my manuscript. As they say, the rest is history.

IF A CLOSE FRIEND OR LOVED ONE WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK, WHAT GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM? Just do it! Everyone has a story to tell, make sure you tell the world your story.

CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK? Marketing is never easy for anyone, but it’s especially hard when you write in a field that is heavily saturated and competitive. It’s a struggle at times trying to find new ways to get your name out there without feeling like your spamming everyone. Don't be afraid to try new things, and be prepared to give away things for free. Writing can often be lonely too, so you must find the means to get creative and not let that stop you when things don’t go as you would have hoped.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?  Being traditionally published right from the start, that was an awesome feeling. Winning Silver in the General Children’s Category in the 2017 Literary Classics takes the cake.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ASPIRATIONS? I would love nothing more than for Little Katie to one day become a household name. A name that when individuals hear it, they think of how their children (especially girls) have been encouraged to consider STEM/STEAM fields and set free their imagination and discover new things.

TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MIGHT FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOU: My father was in auto body for over 40 years. I used to be his pinhead at the shop. If you are unfamiliar with what that is, look it up!

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? Thank you. Thank you for your time, your support, your reviews, and your encouraging words. Thank you, it means more to an author than you might realize.

WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED? I have three books published in my first series The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear. This series focuses on friendship, looking for the good in others, and helping those in need. Who doesn’t love a cuddly swashbuckling brown bear, am I right?
Signed copies can be purchased directly from my website 

DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS? I’m super excited for the next books in my new series Exploring STEAM with Little Katie. Due Fall of 2017, is my coding book. This is not a” how to code book” for kids, rather, it’s more of basic introduction into the world of coding to help kids get the sense of how computers work. In Spring of 2018 is my third book in the series, Coral Reefs. Little Katie and her puppy Smudge will explore the beauty of coral reefs as the reader will learn important facts along the way. 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Author Katelynn Marie Renteria on her Award-Winning Book



WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?: I’ve always had a love for reading, and I enjoyed the adventures books were able to take people on. Writing enabled me to express my thoughts and create new scenarios, and I loved it from a young age.

WAS THERE MENTOR WHO INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING?
My 7th grade Language Arts teacher, Mr. Greg Rustico, always encouraged me to write to the best of my ability. He helped with tips on how to improve my work, and he motivated me to always keep writing, no matter what.

HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? 
I have always been a fan of superheroes, but I particularly liked the heroes who accomplished amazing feats despite not having any superpowers. The main character in my book, Kay Verdant, appears to be just your average teenage girl, but through hard work, determination, and being herself, she is able to do incredible things.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? 
My favorite line would have to be, “Remember, the world is a dangerous place.” This line recurs
throughout the novel, and encompasses the concern one character has for the other. When I wrote this line, I wanted to remind the reader of how scary the world can be, but with determination and good people by your side, anything can be conquered.

WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU
BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU? 
I relate the most to the main character, Kay Verdant. She always does her absolute best in everything she does, and she doesn’t give up easily to challenges. She cares deeply for her family and friends, and when life gets rough, she perseveres through it.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? 
I hope for people to read my novel, and discover a newfound feeling of empowerment, knowing that no matter who you are or where you come from, you too can change the world.

IF A CLOSE FRIEND OR LOVED ONE WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK, WHAT GREATEST
PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
I would advise them to never give up. If you have a dream, then run with it. Do not let the fear of failure keep you from pursuing your goal of writing. Failure may find you regardless of your success, but it is something to learn from, not run from.

CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR
BOOK?
Creating a social media platform that you can visit daily and build an audience with is crucial to promotion. By spreading the word through social media, you can reach a larger audience. By inviting readers to come to you, you connect with people who are receptive to your book.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT? 
My greatest literary accomplishment so far is receiving the 2017 Literary Classics Silver Book Award and Seal of Approval for my novel. In receiving both of these honors, the summer of 2017 has been a milestone in my career as an author.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ASPIRATIONS? 
Most authors dream of winning prestigious awards or seeing their names on the best-sellers list. While these are amazing accomplishments, my main aspiration as an author is to promote literacy and serve my community in the capacity in which I am able to empower youth and children to believe in themselves and dream big.

TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT THEY MIGHT FIND
INTERESTING 
I love music. I spend hours on my guitar and ukulele when I need a break to take my mind off of things. This helps me collect my thoughts.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS? 
I am currently writing the sequel to “The Other Side of the Law”. I have created a new story-line that I think will appeal to readers.  The sequel will be available worldwide on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Literary Classics Book Awards Announced

NEWS 
Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients

Release Date: November 15, 2018
Literary Classics
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SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

Top Honors Award recipients are listed below.  For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories and levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing


TOP HONORS BOOK AWARD RECIPIENTS


The Enchanted Page Book Award
Monsters
Arlo Guthrie 
Illustrated by Kathy Garren
Rising Son International, Ltd.


Lumen Award for Literary Excellence
The Dragon Grammar Book
Diane Mae Robinson 
Diane Mae Robinson Ink



The Eloquent Quill Book Award
The Great & the Small 
Andrea Torrey Balsara  
Common Deer Press



Words on Wings Book Award
Mourning Dove 
Claire Fullerton 
Firefly Southern Fiction







The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 


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The Aunt Phil’s Trunk Workbook Series earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Author Laurel Downing Bill’s Aunt Phil’s Trunk Series is all-encompassing and a veritable treasure trove of Alaskan history from 1900 to 1985, as compiled by her aunt Phyllis Downing Carlson.  With such a wealth of information, it stands to reason that this series would be incorporated for learning in classroom settings.  Thus, the addendum to this series in the form of student workbooks for use in classroom settings.  These workbooks are all prepared individually as companion pieces to each of the five books in this outstanding series.  For use in classroom curriculum, the workbooks include various themes and an outline with instructions on how to use each section based upon the intended age of the audience.  A rubric for questions is provided to help minimize grading disparity.  Each workbook is broken out in units and includes word-search, crossword puzzles and more.  Intended primarily for middle school and high school students, the workbook can likely be used for a broader audience as well.  Each workbook is uniform in planning and design offering a seamless transition from one book to the next.  The program Is well-thought out making this teaching aide a turnkey process that will make light work of such abundant material.  Recommended for home-school settings and for use as a teaching tool, The Aunt Phil’s Trunk Workbook Series has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.   

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The Rite of Wands, by Mackenzie Flohr, earns the Literary Classic Seal of Approval



Mierta McKinnon entered the room where he would learn his fate at the rite of wands passage ceremony.  A tradition for witches and warlocks on their twelfth birthday, a successful ceremony would allow him to commence casting spells and making potions.  But if he failed, there would be no second chances.  He would live as an outcast for the remainder of his life.   

A powerful perspective with alternating points of view, this book is richly layered with mystery, intrigue, murder and deceit.  It’s impossible to know who to trust in this fast-paced YA fantasy adventure. Author Mackenzie Flohr’s fanciful world of magic and monarchs offers a magnificent tale that brilliantly unfolds in this lovely coming of age adventure.

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Grog Wars, Dos earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In book 2 of the Grog Wars series our protagonist is bound for Mexico where the presiding Austrian Monarch declares himself in need of a brew master.    Sweazy-Kulju can spin a yarn like nobody’s business and that’s never been more apparent than with the hilarious antics of Max and Charlotte: “two of the most unfortunate characters ever snubbed by history”.  In this second book, which reads well as a stand-alone, readers are instantly drawn into the old west town of Portland, Oregon in 1861 for a necktie sociable.  “The media loved a good hanging.”  From one page to the next one can’t help but become immersed in the sites, sounds and dialects of the region, be it the Oregon of the old West, or down south in Mexico.  Sweazy-Kulju adeptly skips from one character to another with perfect aplomb.  Readers are sure to revel in this humorous tale which is a light-hearted and highly entertaining read.

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Sneaking Out is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Oscar had one thing on his mind.  He was bent on sneaking out at two in the morning to meet up with a couple girls from their boarding school.  Nothing ever seemed to phase Oscar.  If he got caught he’d probably just brush it off . . . no big deal.  If Luke got caught, though, he could get expelled.  Luke wasn’t feeling quite so brave, but still it seemed worth it to be meeting up with Pippa, the pretty new Junior at St. Benedicts.  But then, while hiding under cover in the early hours the foursome overheard a hushed conversation, and the next morning they learned the Dean’s wife had been found on campus, dead from unnatural causes.  And this time it looked like Oscar wouldn’t be getting off so easy.  When it looks like Oscar is going to catch the blame for the murder, Luke sets out to find the true killer.


Sneaking Out, book 1 in The Chased series by Chuck Vance, is a suspenseful new YA murder mystery thriller.  This book has all the elements of a good mystery.  And to top it off, Luke possesses some pretty impressive skills to help him as he tries to find the killer.  A solid plot with a strong backstory and well-developed characters helps this book really shine.   Recommended for home and school libraries, Sneaking Out is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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The Ghost Chronicles 2 has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Michael and Sarah are dead, but they’ve been in a state of limbo for some time now.  Michael has a mentor, but a lot of good that does him, since all he seems to do is wait for Michael to figure things out on his own anyway.  So now it would appear that there’s a place where you go after you die . . . maybe.  His mentor doesn’t really know, so there’s that.  But what they’re just beginning to understand is more chilling than death itself.  It would appear they might just have to go to hell, and maybe, just maybe that’s how they’ll reach heaven. 

Author Marlo Berlinger’s The Ghost Chronicles 2 is a paranormal romance that is skillfully written with lot’s of interesting sub-plots and loads of humor for good measure.  This YA crossover will hold great appeal to a broad audience of readership and is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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The Noxhelm Murders, by Dr. Bon Blossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Seventeen-year-old Shana, the child of mobsters, is relocated to Noxhelm as part of the Witness Protection Program.  But the house in which her family is now living is said to be haunted.  Then when a local teen turns up dead, Shana is branded as the prime suspect.  But all Shana wants is to clear her name and settle in at her new school without making waves.  Dr. Bon Blossman continues to entertain youth audiences with her newest book, The Noxhelm Murders.  This paranormal mystery offers an exciting blend of teen romance, high school drama, mobsters and murder.  Blossman’s ability to craft a thrilling teen mystery has never been more apparent than with this, her latest literary achievement.  The Noxhelm Murders is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Deception earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The Deception, book 2 in The Ascension trilogy, finds the Anchor triplets with little time to bask in the glory of their recent victory over Jane and her army of captive Asterians. What begins as a competition to select the newest member of the Asterian Society quickly becomes a series of adventures that push the Anchors’ powers to their limits. Together, the triplets must cross boundaries of time and space to confront a darkness which seeks to ensnare the human race. Author Lauren Hudson’s The Deception is a captivating tale of siblings bound to one another by blood, loyalty and a sense of purpose.  The three teens, who are gifted with the ability to see past, present and future must stay the course as they confront the evils that threaten to thwart their efforts. Recommended for home and school libraries, The Deception has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is the fictional retelling of Caleb, his role in the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their subsequent wanderings through the desert.  Author Cliff Graham takes artistic liberty in creating a backstory for Caleb and filling in gaps where needed to keep the story seamless.  The finished product does justice to the biblical perspective while fleshing out a story that begs to be told; and the ten plagues are more tangible than ever before, with graphic descriptions that nearly leap from the pages of this riveting book.  Graham Is a masterful story-teller and Exodus is a shining example of his ability to craft an excellent story while remaining true to its roots.  Recommended for home and school libraries, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Deepest Cut has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Joshua is trapped in a mining colony on Cypress Grove, a planet infested by creatures so deadly humans have been trapped inside their compound for decades.  One wrong move and he could be dead.  Escape seems unlikely; but if he can make it out alive, he’ll have to contend with the colony’s criminal underworld.  Even then, he’ll likely be ostracized as a social outcast because of his father’s alleged betrayal. 

A serious sci-fi read with grit and substance, this book offers so much more than it would first appear.  Driven to the Hilt: The Deepest Cut, by DG Lamb is a wildly thrilling page-turner that will keep readers in suspense clear to the last page and beyond.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Driven to the Hilt: The Deepest Cut, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The Language Thieves earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Daniel is none too thrilled to be moving to Ireland.  But when he learns about a centuries-old tribe rumored to steal people’s language, he is determined to learn more.  The Cerebrals, as they are called, live on a remote Scottish island.  They have created a means by which they can drain language directly from people’s minds.  Daniel can’t help but wonder if the Cerebrals have anything to do with his mother’s recent illness.  And now, to make matters worse, it appears the island to which they are moving is inhabited by a tribe called the Cerebrals.

Author Marc Remus’ The Language Thieves is an entirely unique YA Fantasy with Sci-Fi elements. Historical references are beautifully intertwined within the story lending credibility to this thrilling novel which is full of unique plots and sub-plots.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Language Thieves has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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The Raid on Troy, book 7 in the Orfeo Saga, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Little more is known of the raid on Troy than what is gleaned from Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey.  In Murray Eiland Jr’s rendering of this tale, the author takes artistic license as he orchestrates a plausible story, breathing life into an otherwise limited account of the event.  Menmon, a self-made man, is a greedy king.  He longs for the fabled gold of Troy.  He, along with his brother, Menas, king of Sparta, assemble an expedition intent on amassing great wealth.  Telemon, whom we’ve followed since book 1 in the Orfeo Saga is now an old man, but he is motivated to action when his daughter Elena is taken.  Odysees, also acting on greed, joins the expedition.


Eiland has regaled us with six former books in the Orfeo Saga.  Each one is singularly significant and entirely magnificent.  As an author who clearly knows history and painstakingly researches his subjects, we continue to be enthralled by his work. Eiland is an exceptional writer, but we are equally dazzled by his adept ability to weave various historical components together to craft one seamless tale.  The Raid on Troy, book 7 in the Orfeo Saga is no exception and we are thrilled to recognize this literary achievement which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


You dream of being comfortable in your own skin. You dream of going after what you want with confidence and feeling happy with your everyday life. But your fear and self-doubt are holding you hostage, causing you to feel trapped and powerless to change your situation.  What if there was a way to change all of that?  Author Jacqui Letran’s book Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt is one of the most powerful books you can read in regard to conquering fear and moving beyond self-doubt.  Letran’s down-to-earth approach to unleashing the powers of your mind are truly life-altering.  By applying the principles in her book, teens can quite literally change their lives.  This book, the third installment in the Words of Wisdom for Teens series is one of Letran’s most rewarding books yet, with useful ideas that can be put to work immediately.  Highly recommended for home and school libraries, Unleash Your Inner Super Powers has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Recognitions has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Amelia, a recent divorcee and mother of two teenage children, seeks hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia.  But she’s surprised when her session reveals a past life, that of an 18th century French girl at odds with her mother and resistant of the life set before her.  Soon after, she encounters a man with whom she feels a familiarity which she cannot explain.  And then there’s the Shaman in a small African village.  Amelia finds a sense of calm in accepting these parts of her past, if in fact that is what they are.  Fragments of lives once lived that she’s never before considered in her present life, all of which seem comfortably intertwined.
Recognitions, by Daniela Norris is a pensive tale, one of reflection and introspection. Well written, genuine and entirely riveting, this book is a fascinating read and one that will appeal to a myriad of audiences, most especially those fascinated with the topic of past lives.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Recognitions has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




A seven-year-old boy is reported missing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the following day he is found frozen to death under the Frog Island footbridge.  Upon examination, the coroner determines the cause of death is foul play.  Author Gregory A. Fournier’s The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder sheds light on a mystery 80 years in the making.  A well-written and thoroughly researched account of the events leading up to and following a young boy’s tragic death and the resulting probable conclusion.  This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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Judas Son of Simon, by Daniel Molyneux




Judas Iscariot is one of the most well-known characters in the bible, yet little is known about the man who betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He was arguably one of the most educated of Jesus’ disciples.  But at a time when Rome was waging war against the Jews, as fear that Jesus might lead his followers to rise up against Roman rule, many popular conclusions about Judas are in conflict with what we now presume about this lesser-known disciple.  Daniel Molyneux’s Judas Son of Simon is a work of fiction, and as such, much of the content in this book is mere speculation, but the author does provide fascinating insight into a time and place in biblical history that is not often represented.

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