Brain to Books Blog Tour Madelein McLaughlin

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Fast Facts:

Author: Madeleine McLaughlin
Genre: Young Adult/ Tween/ Horror/ Children’s Picture Book
Book: Beggar Charlie

Bio

Madeleine McLaughlinMadeleine McLaughlin began writing in the 1990’s after a career of several types of jobs. By this time she lived in Ottawa, having come from BC on the west coast of Canada.
A story she wrote in 1990’s was released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011 and her second release, Beggar Charlie, was published by the same publisher in 2014,
She still lives in Ottawa.

Accomplishments

Madeleine McLaughlin is a graduate of Career Canada College in Travel and Tourism. She has published in e-zines, including Apollo’s Lyre and Flurries Of Words, and others which have since gone off-line.
2011 – The Mountain City Bronzes published
2014 – Beggar Charlie published
2015 – I Want To Go To School will be published in September by Fox Tots Publishing.

Blurb

Beggar CharlieBeggar Charlie is an orphan from England in the Victorian Era. After winding up on a merchant ship, he gets shore leave in China with another sailor. There, they make friends with Tang, a wealthy Chinese boy.
When the boy’s father is killed in a rebellion and their ship is sunk, the three boys must find a way to get back to England and find a home for Tang.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Short Read July 30, 2014
Beggar Charlie, by Madeleine McLaughlin, a Tween adventure available from MuseItUp publishing is a short story set in a time frame when children were not cherished, and life is not all that valued.

Orphaned when he woke to find his mother had died beside him somewhere throughout the night, Charlie is sold into the sailing life under Captain Butler, a man who keeps him close against the river rats that would set upon the boy without a second thought. Living at sea is a brutal life under the best of times, but when you are barely as high as a knee cap and you’re grieving your mother, it can be terrifying.

Captain Butler sails them to China, gifts him and the next oldest boy Hickory Dick the first shore time…but the China shores are in unrest and the people, many of them addicted to the vagaries of Opium, angry.

Walking the streets of this strange land where people speak “China-talk” they find a native lad Tang who invites the boys to his father’s house for some hospitality. What they find will bring three lads together to brave the world as they seek refuge somewhere for them to live out their childhoods together.

Leaving the house of violent death, Tang now a part of their little unit watch the captain tossed overboard and the ship…sink.

The three boys set off, watching each other’s back heading for Tang’s aunt in Shanghai and the hope of a future three boys can share and find comfort in.

Family, they learn, can come from those not attached to you by blood. Some comes through shared experience, shared concern for making it through times no longer anything remotely like what they expected.

This is a beautiful, touching story about courage in the face of terrible necessity, and opening your heart, soul, and beliefs to those who might be strangers but are more important to you now that you have survived so much, than the very breath you breathe.

This is a powerful short story I cannot recommend highly enough.

In a time where we look at others and call them names because we have nothing important to otherwise focus our inner powers on, I found this a story that any and every teacher should make required reading.

Well Done, Ms. McLaughlin

FIVE STARS easily..wish I could give it more.

Read an Excerpt

When I heave my limping body up from sleep, calm seas are washing under me
and along China-land. I use senses I haven’t thought of for months, almost tasting the
food’s delicious scents that float through the air, while touching my finally steady feet
solidly on the planks. For a while, I can leave worm-filled ship grub behind and walk
as proper as the highest born lord.
The air carries a tumult of voices up to me. Not one word I’m able to understand.
These China-men stand around the outside of a giant brick wall, yelling and ajabbering
away like their tongues be the fastest road to Heaven itself. They be market
men, like the fishmongers in London. All about them is food and China things. This
China soil is so damp and fertile that its smell seems to grow right up into my nose. I
feel, too, that here be a place I might like.
My dream last night didn’t tell me how long I would have to wait to go ashore. I
find Captain Butler on the poop deck.
“Captain Butler.” I can run quite well onboard even though my legs are still
shaking from the fright of the storm. If avoiding the heavy ropes and pulleys of the
winches is making me a sea cur then I guess that’s what I am. It seems like a crowd of
winches are on deck and the tars are a-hauling them up to the sides, maneuvering the
taffrails and other parts of the ship. I stop short in front of the captain. “Could I go
ashore now, please, Master-sir?”
“I’ll fetch Master Richard. You there! Don’t move the winches too fast! Well,
there’s Master Richard right there. Come here, sir.” The captain’s voice is always
loud, even when we are among the babble of the riverbanks, the closest point to the
city of Shanghai’s East Gate.
“Yes, sir, Captain.” Hickory Dick’s lean body bends toward Captain Butler like a
bowing waiter.

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Brain to Books Blog Tour Wolf Schimanski

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Fast Facts:

Author: Wolf Schimanski
Genre: Action/Thriller
Book: Meter of Corruption from the Meter Series

Bio

Wolf ShimanksiWolf Schimanski is a member of the London Ontario Writers Society, Books are in the London, Ontario and Wasaga Beach Ontario Library system, published interviews by various blog sites, Short story “The cat than knew too Much” published in Online Mystic Illuminations Magazine, Came second in international “Cover Wars” contest with over 800 votes, attended prestigious Eden Mills Writers festival 2 years running, 2 library book readings and various book sales and signing event.

 Blurb

Jon-Erik, Joey, Angel, and Tina have been through some severe tough times together, and they have made it through to the other side. But just as things are finally calming down and starting to go smoothly for them, chaos re-enters their lives and threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.
Meter of CorruptionThis highly anticipated sequel to author Wolf Schimanski’s debut novelMeter of Deception finds the fearless foursome comfortably settled in a domestic paradise. Jon-Erik and Angel as well as Joey and Tina have settled down and are engaged to be married, and the men are working together as partners in Joey’s family furniture business.
But corporate shark Richard Rasmussin has his sights set on their business and he is determined to swallow it whole. A ruthless, underhanded, crooked man, he’ll stop at nothing until he takes hold of the business, and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that no one interferes with his larger, wide-sweeping, wicked schemes.
Can these four friends muster up the courage and skill to survive Rasmussin’s attacks? Or will they fall victim to corruption, depravity, and danger that is unprecedented even for them?
The second installment in the Meter trilogy, Meter of Corruption, follows the protagonists as they look to protect their lives and livelihoods from the sinister web that threatens to suffocate them. Full of non-stop action, unexpected plot twists, and spine-tingling revelations, this page turner spans wayward and exotic locations such as Jamaica and Russia, and delves into an underworld so dark and diabolical it will leave you at loss for words.
“Bigger and Faster than James Bond” Hercule Poirot Literary Prizewinning author Bob Van Laerhoven

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Excerpt

 Like a coiled spring, Angel launched herself at her hated adversary who shook her off as if she was water from a shower.
“You want to play. And I will play with you but for now we will wait and watch the show I have arranged for both of you. Unfortunately, your skillful friend here is a key part of this demonstration and you have the extreme privilege to watch as my Ubertier destroys what could up to now not be destroyed.”
“Release the beast,” instructed Richard.
“If my creature passes this final test and destroys our friend, he will be ready for cloning and mass production. Let the fun begin.”
The Monster stood perfectly still in the middle of the large enclosed room sniffing the air and he knew what assaulted his nostrils now was not human. The other door in the room opened and nothing happened for a second or two until a flash of color streaked into the battleground. But even the bloodthirsty and highly on edge creation hesitated just for a moment, as its finely tuned senses told it this was not the usual offal it was used to tearing limb from limb. This was something that made it sit back on its large muscular haunches and study this powerful looking human now also fully focused on it before making a move.
“Good, it has sensed that this opponent is extra-ordinary and is studying him before attacking. We have never had the opportunity to see it do this until now,” exclaimed the German, rubbing his hands with glee.
Angel was too transfixed by the sight below her to make any more sudden moves. She just sat there rooted to her chair watching a creation from the bowels of hell itself creeping ever so slowly up to her protector. And as if on cue, knowing this was its starring role, the Ubertier moved with incredible speed diagonally along one of the outer walls before launching itself onto the spot where the Ninja stood.

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A Spirited Evening and Other Stories by K.B. Goddard

Good book of supernatural short stories.  I enjoyed each story very much.  I like the vengeful ghosts idea in some of the stories as well.  I different like dark and creepy and this stories did that for me.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  5/5

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The Unknown Sun by Cheryl S. Mackey

This was very interesting for me.  I liked all the characters but I found this book a little harder to believe.  Weird, I know since it is fantasy.    Moira I think was my favorite character.  I guess some books hit me better than others.  I did enjoy the story and I would read more from this author I just think this book could’ve grabbed me and pulled me in more than what it did. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  4/5

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 The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & Starstone by Cheryl Mackey

I think this was a good book.  I loved that each Immortal had a different power.  I enjoyed finding out and learning more about the characters and the powers.  This book kept me interested and wanting to read more.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  4/5