YA/MG Fantasy – Bobby Ether and the Academy

Bobby Ether and the AcademyBobby Ether and the Academy
by R Scott Boyer
ISBN: 978-1482084825
Published: September 2013
Pages: 366
Genre: YA Fantasy, Middle Grade Fantasy

“There is no such thing as magic.” That’s what the mysterious stranger named Cassandra tells Bobby after helping him narrowly escape from the small army of secret agents who surround his house. What follows is an amazing adventure – from indoor forests to vast archives, from a labyrinth of jade mines to the dark recesses of a bear’s lair. Along the way, Bobby will learn that, while there may be no such thing as magic, there is powerful energy within us all. In fact, the entire universe is connected by energy – and he has the rare ability to control it.

Join Bobby and his best friend Jinx as they avoid school bullies, a suspected assassin, and meta-human henchmen alike to unravel the many mysteries of the Academy – the ancient and enigmatic monastery in Tibet where kids with extraordinary potential are sent to study. But is the Academy truly what it claims to be?

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Coming Soon:

Bobby Ether and the Academy2Bobby Ether and the Temple of Eternity
By R Scott Boyer
Date Published: expected late Sept. ’14
ISBN: 1499558961
No of pages: 267
Genre(s): young adult, middle grade, contemporary fantasy, spiritual fiction

Picking up where Bobby Ether and the Academy left off, this supercharged sequel finds Bobby heading to Guatemala, where a group of missing children has been taken to a secret location in the heart of a deadly rainforest–La Muerte Verde.

Bobby and Jinx continue their exploration of the wondrous world of earth energies and spiritual connections as they work together against the nefarious forces of the Core to find and rescue their imprisoned companions.

New friends and powerful foes join the fray in this action-packed adventure, entangling Bobby in a cryptic prophecy of life and death. The natives may be on his side, but mystic barriers, killer snakes, and raging rivers still bar his path. In the end, it’s up to Bobby and company to unravel the hidden secrets of an ancient Mayan temple—where they discover none other than the legendary Fountain of Youth!

About the Author:
Bobby Ether and the Academy AuthorScott Boyer grew up in Santa Monica, CA and still resides in the Los Angeles area. Graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996, he started writing with the goal of blending YA fantasy with spiritual fiction.

Nowadays, Scott splits his time between helping his father manage an insurance brokerage, playing with his Shepherd-mix rescue dog Patch, and writing.



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Murder Mystery/Paranormal Mystery – York Street

York StreetYork Street
A Ghost and A Cop Series
By Jan Walters
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1491743027
Published: September 2014
Pages: 288
Genre: Murder Mystery, Paranormal Mystery

Brett O’Shea, a Des Moines police officer, is trying to make detective and doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Al is an irreverent, rule-breaking ghost. Brett is forced to alter his view of hocus pocus when Al appears and announces that they are going to catch a serial killer. Brett and Al take a ride on a supernatural roller coaster and find danger at every turn. How are they going to catch a killer with strange capabilities? To save the city, Brett and Al become a half-dead crime fighting duo.

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About the Author:
York Street AuthorJan Walters and her husband live on a farm in Iowa. She grows produces to sell to local restaurants and farmers markets. Her family has served on the Des Moines Police Department since the late nineteenth century. She is also the author of a time travel romance novel, Believe (ISBN: 978-1475997774).


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Humor/Contemporary Fiction – Tossed Off the Edge

Tosssed Off the EdgeTossed Off the Edge
Patrick Brown
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 978-1495359873
Pages: 196
Genre: Fiction/Humor

Indie author Patrick Brown has released his second book Tossed Off the Edge, a clever and hilarious sendup of the celebrity tell-all genre.

The soap opera known as The Edge of Conflict has been keeping viewers tuned in every afternoon since 1970. The show was centered on the exploits and troubles of the very rich Knight Family of Hillvale. At the heart of this long-running drama is Regina, played by soap diva Sheila Wozniak, who grew from troubled teen to matriarch over the decades. Wozniak has won many awards, and once had an enormous fan base.

However, as times have changed and soap opera audiences have dwindled, Wozniak found that her influence with the network and the international soap company Poplar & Grindle had waned just like her fan base. Refusing to change along with the show’s producers, she finds that she has been fired. There will be no more Regina, and to make her understand that they no longer want her, her televised funeral turns out to be an on-air cremation. There was no way for her to escape the flames.

With very little acting experience outside of her four-decade role, Sheila Wozniak is unsure what to do next until a publishing house comes calling and asks her to write her memoirs. She is a drinker not a writer; so she hires her favorite former head writer from The Edge of Conflict to ghost write her autobiography.

The fun ensues almost immediately as Ms. Wozniak, ever the dramatic diva, goes into detail about her past. Due to the many years of playing the same character and being a fan of TV herself, she tells her story, leaving the reader entertained but wondering if she really was married to a successful Madison Avenue advertising agent (Bewitched) followed by a marriage to a successful California architect with three sons (The Brady Bunch) or went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Puerto Rico (The Flying Nun). From the book: “Regina Knight Harrison Donavan Taylor Donavan McDonald McDonald Woodward Merriweather Todd’s funeral was held on channel seven at 1:00 p.m. local time in every time zone across the country. If you had ever watched daytime TV between 1970 until her demise, you couldn’t have missed her. She was blond and dramatic, and she had been shot, paralyzed, kidnapped, raped and tortured numerous times. On her better days, she had given or received a number of internal organs, suffered heart attacks and endured a radical mastectomy… In spite of all the difficulties, Regina maintained a strong faith in the power of love. She was a one-man woman in spite of having been married nine times to seven different husbands who got younger and younger as Regina aged.

For readers who thrive on an actor’s conflicts with ungrateful children, they won’t be disappointed since Miss Wozniak is under the impression that Mommie Dearest was intended to be a guide to raising children!

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About the Author:
Tossed Off the Edge authorPatrick Brown skewered the religious right in his first book “Moral Ambiguity” and he continues to laugh with (and at) the world around him. “Tossed Off the Edge” is his second “faux biography,” as he calls them, and his subject is a beloved soap star who’s just been fired from her show after 40 years.

Trained as a musician, Brown was born into a family of storytellers, and he comes by this talent naturally. He discovered his love of writing at an early age, starting with his first creative writing class at the age of nine. He also has a great sense of humor, and has appeared on stage as a standup comedian in the Los Angeles area, including the world-famous Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. “When it comes to writing stories, I love to make things up, and I love to make people laugh,” he says. “There is so much going on in the world today, and if we can pause for a few moments to find the humor—there is humor everywhere—our days are so much better. We deserve a great laugh!”

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Humorous Sports Fiction – Slammin’

By Marcus Paul Cootsona
Publisher: Pro Tennis Press
ISBN: 978-1496082404
Published: May 2014
Pages: 246
Genre: Humorous Sports Fiction

SLAMMIN’ takes place in a different 2011.  Fifty-three year-old tennis pro and family man, Wally Wilson is happily teaching Silicon Valley’s millionaires and billionaires at the double-wide estate of his temptress and benefactor, 17 year-old Ashley Margincall.  But when Wally’s serve speed spikes and unidentified government agents appear, he begins a pro tennis odyssey that might lead him to the U.S. Open or the twisted nexus of a Grand Slam conspiracy.  Strangely blessed, but always behind the curve, Wally realizes he’s been given all the power, but none of the control.

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Recent Praise for Slammin’:
“Marcus Cootsona hits a clean winner with Slammin’.” – Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated.

“Slammin’ has the sort of wacky charm that keeps a reader following Wally’s excellent adventure as the plot, like the pro circuit, curves around like a snake eating its own tail.” – Michael Mewshaw, Inside Tennis.

“The world constructed by Cootsona feels very alive, and even in the face of the most bizarre dangers of the book a laugh can somehow be found.” – Self-Publishing Review.

About the Author:
Slammin AuthorMarcus Paul Cootsona is a tennis professional, lapsed playwright and the author of Occam’s Racquet – 12 Simple Steps To Smarter Tennis.  He is a contributor to Inside Tennis magazine, and a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff.  He lives with in Northern California his wife and two sublime, ridiculous dogs.  He is not a former Navy SEAL.

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Education and Special Education – Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice

Facilitating Early Social Communication SkillsFacilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice
By Pamela Rosenthal Rollins, MS, CCC-SLP, EdD
Publisher: AAPC Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937473846
Published: September 2014
Genre: Education and Special Education

Facilitating Early Communication, Language, and Social Skills: From Theory to Practice, presents a developmental social-pragmatic approach to facilitating language and social communication in children. Reflecting the principles of the SCERTS model (Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports; Prizant et al.), it makes a major contribution to the training and support of young children on the autism spectrum, ages 3-5. While the focus is on the preschool environment, suggestions are provided for how to extend the approach to the home and other environments where the child spends time. The textbook is divided into five chapters representing the theoretical and organizational framework of social pragmatic intervention as well as 12 instructional units each focused on a particular theme chosen to be developmentally appropriate and functional in the lives of children such as bedtime, birthdays, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

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About the Author:
Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills AuthorPam Rollins, MS, EdD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor of communication disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She was a recipient of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s First Investigators Award (1995) and was twice named Callier Scholar of the Year (2001 and 2004). Dr. Rollins has dedicated more than 30 years to education, research, teaching and clinical practice towards understanding, identifying and treating children with ASD. Dr. Rollins has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.

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