I know it's hard to imagine one of us without the other... Jelly without Peanut butter and all that... but here's a funny new interview of our dear E in all his self-deprecating glory. Click on over to wonderful freelance writer Janeen Ellsworth's site to see what Eric had to say for himself. Enjoy! ~ Gael :)
Uncle Scram's Alaska Travel Tip:
You're not paranoid, they really ARE out to get you!
Government cover ups? Weather modification? Mind control?
You want answers! Well, so does SHE!
She's Gabriella Reynolds on the Alaskan Adventure of a lifetime!
An epic battle of good vs evil - brain vs brawn - nerdy vs cool.
And as the world spirals out of control, it's up to 12-year-old Gabby to separate reality from conspiracy, before it's too late...
So after tons of research, countless hours of kooky YouTube videos, and 8 months of writing and rewriting, THE DORK AND THE DEATHRAY is finally done.
From the back cover...
Land of the Midnight Sun … and the Black Helicopters?
In the remote Alaskan wilderness lies a mysterious, high-tech research facility, home to a massive machine about which countless dark rumors swirl. Conspiracy nuts call it a weather weapon. Some claim it could be a mass mind-control device, while others simply dub it Tesla’s Deathray. Whatever its true purpose, such an invention should never be allowed to fall into the wrong hands—especially those of an evil boy genius bent on becoming the world’s youngest supervillain! Unfortunately, misfit wünderkind, Kelvin Mackowsky, uses trickery to take over the Northern Lights facility, and the chaos begins.
When seventh-grader Gabby Reynolds arrives in Alaska, tagging along with her famous dad to prep for his next wildlife documentary, she finds herself on a collision course with Kelvin, and soon becomes entangled in a life-or-death adventure, where the stakes are nothing less than the entire future of America…
We sincerely hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it. The whole experience was a blast! Oh, and hey, if you come across any bizarre conspiracy theories, tell us about them. I'm not saying that we'll believe it...but I'm not not saying it, either, muahaha. :)
All the best,
E.G. Foley (Eric & Gael)
50 States of Fear - Series Trailer
Hi everyone! "E" here for some book talk...
My taste in reading tends to lie in the Action Adventure, Thriller, and, dare I say, Horror genres. Not very safe neighborhoods to hang out for very long. I just finished GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay, and NIGHT CHILL by Jeff Gunhus. All three were amazing by the way (and definitely for mature audiences!). HOWEVER, the excessive violence and despicable deeds throughout, tend to weigh heavy on me. I don't like to let too much of that in because after all: As You Think So Shall You Be.
So I'm always on the lookout for great middle grade books that will give me the same adrenaline rush without all the wickedness. Well, I found one a couple of days ago and wanted to share it with you. Admittedly, It does have a little wickedness (i.e. some violence and the over use of the words "sucks" and "crap" that some parents might not appreciate).
THE EIGHTH DAY is a high concept children's book that hooks you in right from the beginning. The characters are engaging and the writing is slick, but it was the world building that really did it for me. Complex and sophisticated! I'll let the professionals describe the basic plot to you.
FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
Gr 5–7—Jax Aubrey wakes up one day to discover he is a Transitioner; a person gifted with an extra 24-hour day between Wednesday and Thursday. His guardian, Riley, is also a Transitioner, and begins to slowly introduce Jax to a secret world of magic and adventure. Jax soon realizes it's not all fun and games. Not all Transitioners are who and what they appear to be, and Riley is tasked with guarding the girl next door, a prisoner who only exists in this magical Eighth Day. The girl, Evangeline, is the key to rival Transitioners' plans to use the extra day to destroy the normal world. Only Riley, Jax, and their allies can hope to stop them. The Eighth Day is an interesting concept, and Salerni makes it work by having Jax learn, along with the reader, to navigate this extra day that is both fascinating and extremely dangerous. The concept melds Arthurian legend into present day in much the same way that Rick Riordan uses Greek and Egyptian mythology, with characters being descendents of heroes long thought to be folklore and their place in this world sometimes dependent on that lineage. There are a few points where the action stalls slightly, but in general the writing is fast paced and exciting. The story lends itself to further adventures and readers will be excited to follow Jax and eager to see what happens next.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
As luck would have it, the second book just came out this week and it's called THE INQUISITOR'S MARK. It's going to be my next read -- can't wait!. Congratulations Mrs. Salerni on your wonderful accomplishments. I look forward to reading many more of your middle grade novels. Thanks for the safe neighborhood:)
Any suggestions for other pulse pounding middle grade? Or do I have to resort back to my old standby genres?
All the best,
Hi everyone! Hope your January is going well. Gael and I are putting the finishing touches on the next 50 States of Fear book. It should be ready soon:) More on that later.
In the meantime, I came across this children's book quotes collection (presented by quotery.com) and wanted to share some with you. Children's books have such an impact on us for the rest of our lives that it's a heartwarming feeling to remember some of the standout lines. Check out the full graphic at the above link, and then tell us some of your all-time favorite lines from children's books! My picks are below....
As a dedicated chocolate lover, I have to say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my formative reading experiences as a kid.
The movie captured my favorite lines from the book beautifully in this scene:
As the world becomes a more scary place and kindness becomes a rare commodity, this quote gets more and more powerful. So shines a good deed in a weary, weary world...
The second movie clip I'm just including for laughs because it reminds me of a bad day teaching. *g*
Have a great week, everyone. Well now you got me started on the Gene Wilder track. (Huge fan!!!) Just for fun I leave you with another great line from Young Frankenstein. What's up with that hair???