Number Three on Amazon for Children’s Superhero Books – And Why My Book is Slightly Pricey!

The Gamer Gogs was ranked number three in children’s superhero books back in the fall. Now, it’s holding steady and has done well at book fairs. However, the more support received, the more writing I can do. Sometimes people click on the link and wonder why my book is $15. Yes, if I may wax marketing, It is a very nice addition, 6″x 8″ with thick paper – not a mass-market paperback. But beyond its quality, an independent endeavor always cost a little more. The same way people shop when possible at a smaller store for quality items as compared to a big box store. My intent is not to make money on my book, except what’s needed to allow me to continue. Your purchase makes a huge difference! And your positive review on Amazon is a beacon to the world saying, “Give this a try!” This is not a product, it’s a movement. Please join me. I cannot thank you enough.

Be Solo

The vitality of a new movement in art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

No, not Han Solo. Though that would be cool. Okay. Be Han, but in so doing BE YOURSELF. Find inspiration where you will but when it comes to your creations be your own compass, a self innovator. 

The Witch’s Boy

I just finished reading this book by Kelly Barnhill. This book is a wonderful combination of magic, loss, coming of age and friendship. It’s a tale of two lonely kids taking on elements far greater than themselves and finding each other in the journey. Barnhill weaves the plot slowly with touching detail paid to how children grow through pain, wonder and adventure. Oh, there’s also magic and bandits and giant rock monsters. A read for the adventurer and thinker!

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This book is a retreat; a perfect winter break read. Atmospheric as a very vivid, very real dream you can almost touch. Though I had to wade a bit through parts, the world was so lovely, so oddly embraceable yet hinting at strange, that I fell in. The characters seep into your affection rather than slap you in the face with easy quirks and broad strokes, and when finished it’s apparent that Ms. Milford accomplished her task fully creating a real world magical escape.

Some Favorite Reads

Trying to squeeze in as many reads as possible is my goal, and is challenging with all going on. Here are my favorites. in 2014 I started and am still reading, Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I imagine it would also be on this list. A perfect holiday break read. Here are some others:

Both of Jonathan Auxier’s books: The Night Gardener and Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. Also the legendary The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. Worse Things Happen at Sea is the follow up to Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters. Both these books are wonderfully innocent, whimsical reads. Also, and most notably if you’re into the genre, The Monster Blood Tattoo Trilogy by D.M. Cornish. Yes, all these reads are middle grade and YA!