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The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

by Diane Moat

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Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

 
Page-1-Image-1_399x600Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

Genre: YA, Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery

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The Author:
 
Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s novel. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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Q&A with Diane:

When did you start writing?

I have always had a strong imagination but thought you had to be “trained” to be a writer. Last year I was about to turn 50 when I heard an author speak on how easy it was to create a cookbook of her favorite family recipes. It struck me like a bolt of lightning. I couldn’t get the thought of writing a novel out of my mind. I bought an electronic notebook and wrote a few sentences. Then a chapter. By the end of the second chapter I was hooked, and I haven’t stopped since!

 
Other than writing, what are you passionate about?

Animal rescue. I volunteer every chance I get, and I currently have six rescues dogs. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of animals. Adopt, don’t shop. Spay or neuter your pets. Volunteer. Donate. Spread the word. Every bit helps.

 
What are some of your pet peeves?

People who are negative about something new without even trying it. Also, people who talk on their cellphone while they are walking.

 
What can we expect from you in the future?

There will hopefully be more Supernatural Pet Sitter installments. Pepper has been very busy, and is currently at my house trying to lift a curse off of the werewolves.

 
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I’d get a huge mocha coffee and a gigantic bag of dog treats, then plop myself down in the middle of the nearest dog park!

 

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The Yellow Hoods Series by Adam Dreece

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Series:The Yellow Hoods
Author: Adam Dreece
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy

Gripping adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk meets Fairy tale.

 

Along Came a Wolf

Book #1

“…intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us, and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry

Book-1-Along Came a Wolf_393x600Tee, Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?

The series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content, and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Ranger’s Apprentice.

Awards and Accolades:
Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult
Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award for grades 4-6
Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale

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BreadCrumb Trail

Book #2

“A powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com

Book-2-BreadcrumbTrail_393x600In an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.

What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?

Who are the Red Hoods?
 

 

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All the King’s Men

Book #3

“Truly masterful storytelling” – Goodreads.com

Book-3-All the King's Men_393x600More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.

Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.

A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?

And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.

 

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Beauties of the Beast

Book #4

Book-4-Beauties of the Beast_400x600The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?

Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.

Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?
Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.
 

 

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The Day the Sky Fell

Book #5

Book 5- The Day the Sky Fell_393x600The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!

As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!

 

 

 

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The Author

Adam DreeceAdam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.

When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.

Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

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Q&A with Adam

What is something unique/quirky about you?

Well, I’m sure there are other dyslexic, chronic pain ‘enjoying’, severe asthmatic authors who used to be software architects, so let me think. And I’m sure you don’t mean dressing up as Supergirl whenever I have to write action scenes, because that’s not true. Hmm, a genuine quirk might be using different voices to act out the dialogue in my books. I’ll talk to the mirror, I’ll walk down a street talking, all in the pursuit of living a moment that I can capture and put to paper.
#NotCrazy #Crazy #NotCrazy-ish

 
What are some of your pet peeves?

At the ABSOLUTE top of the list has to be people who are immune to discussion. They are so self-convinced that nothing else in the realm of possibility can exist. It gets my left eyebrow twitching. Another pet peeve are indie authors who don’t believe in having a professional editor. That rounds up the top five because those bother me so much, they’re super-sized 😉

 
What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books that always come to mind as the ones that influenced me most: Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchet. The last one was about how a great collaboration can still show the best of both authors, without having to compromise.

 
What kind of world ruler would you be?

Metric. 😉

 

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Thank You

 

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Thank you very much to Claire Plaisted for nominating me for The Liebster Award.

Claire Plaisted lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children. She is an Indie Author and runs a company, Plaisted Publishing House Ltd, helping Indie Authors get their books online and looking professional.

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Here are my answers to Claire’s 11 questions:

1. Why do you blog?

When I started blogging I was full of great ideas of what I was going to blog about, but when it came to putting my brilliant ideas online, I dried up and only managed a couple of posts. Then I stumbled on the #IndieRoar Challenge, which introduced me to the world of the Indie Authors, and my eyes as a reader were opened.
Now I blog because I get a lot of pleasure from putting reviews and blog posts together and helping, even in a small way, to promote and support indie authors and their books.

2. What do you blog about?

I blog mostly about books and authors, with a bit of my craft makes and art thrown in

3. What is your favourite book?

My all time favourite book is Contact by Carl Sagan.

4. Who is your favourite author?

This is a very difficult question. Up until a year or so ago, my answer would’ve been Stephen King. Now… I have so many favourite authors, most of them indie authors, that I would be here all day trying to list them.

5. Preference – Radio or TV?

I don’t do very much of either! I prefer to watch TV… although only the programs I really enjoy. I’d rather listen to my own choice of music rather than a random playlist on the radio

6. Many of us like to read a real book – what do you prefer?

I have no preference as to how I read my books as long as I can read. I do have a treasured collection of signed paperbacks though.

7. Chocolate or Strawberries?

Chocolate

8. If you supported a Charity which would it by and why?

I support the NSPCC. I think it’s important that we take care of all children and that they have a support system in place if things go wrong and they have nowhere else to turn. I wish ChildLine had been in place when I was growing up.

9. I like autumn the best, which season is your favourite?

I love summer. I like the warm weather, which we don’t get enough of here in the UK!

10. Are you a dog person or a Cat person?

Cat person here 🙂

11. How many blogs do you have?

I have two blogs. This one, Rainne’s Ramblings, which has a combination of books, crafts and occasionally bits about me, my life and my family.
I also have a blog called Just Books, which is just books… a mix of blog tours, book spotlights, book reviews and author interviews.

 

Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 26 years.
  2. I have a cat and a TAG (Timneh African Grey)
  3. I have a need to organise… everything!
  4. I love David Bowie.
  5. My favourite colour is purple.
  6. I’m an ‘army brat’.
  7. I got my first ‘real’ tattoo when I was 51.
  8. I don’t like liars.
  9. I love to sing but I’m way out of tune.
  10. I like dragons.
  11. I have little to no self-confidence.

 

I nominate the following people for The Liebster Award for bloggers:

Phillip T Stephens ~ Mistral Dawn ~ Lizzi Newton ~ Gina Moray ~ Fee Roberts

11 Questions for you to answer.

  1. What’s your dream occupation – the one job you’d love to have if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
  2. How tall are you?
  3. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  4. Favourite quote?
  5. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
  6. What foreign country would you most like to visit?
  7. What was the last song you listened to?
  8. What is your most treasured possession?
  9. Sweet or Savoury?
  10. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
  11. If you could be any age for one week, what age would you be?