In just 8 days I will be at Salt Lake Comic Con along with two amazing authors, Ali Cross and Christine Fonseca. We have a wide range of books for all ages. I'll also have my prints there as well as some brand new ones--you've got to see them. So come by our tables and say hi, get a hug, maybe a picture with us, and enjoy the show. See you there!
Friday, June 17, 2016
I am looking for reviewers for my new book coming out in October. My publisher is giving out Advanced Reader Copies in exchange for honest reviews of this book. THE W.H.O. FILES: POTIONS IN THE PIZZA, a quirky children’s Halloween mystery just waiting to be devoured by young readers. Join twins Ethan and Emmy and their best friend Jax as they uncover the truth behind some strange occurrences at their school. POTIONS IN THE PIZZA is a treat you won’t want to miss out on this Halloween. If you would like to get an Advanced Reader Copy contact Ryan Mendenhall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Exciting news! I am publishing another book!! This one will be coming out through Future House Publishing in October 2016, just in time for Halloween.
About The W.H.O. Files: Potions in the Pizza
10-year-old twins Ethan and Emmy’s parents have never told their kids what they do for a living. Then just before Halloween, while their parents are away on an emergency business trip, Ethan, Emmy, and their best friend Jax discover a HUGE secret: could the twins’ parents actually be . . . witch hunters?
Meanwhile at school, a new team of glamorous lunch ladies arrives on the scene, serving meals that taste way too good to come from a school cafeteria. There’s only one logical explanation: they’re witches, and the meals they serve are spiked with a dangerous potion! Why have witches come to Roosevelt Elementary? Where have Ethan and Emmy’s parents gone? Can it be a mere coincidence that their parents left just as the witches arrived? Whether they’re ready or not, Ethan and Emmy have only one option if they want to save their school and find their parents: become witch hunters themselves.
If you would like to be notified when Mikey’s book is published, join our Beta-readers list. If you would like to get an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a review of this book, contact Ryan Mendenhall (details below).
For booking school assemblies or classroom visits, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact Ami Johanson (ami AT futurehousepublishing.com). Contact Ryan Mendenhall (ryan AT futurehousepublishing.com) to request podcast appearances, guest blog posts or other digital promotional opportunities.
Friday, February 5, 2016
That’s right I am posting a review of yet ANOTHER book by the amazing author Cindy M. Hogan. I think I’ll stop doing this the day she stops writing books. So what book did I read?
Kate Unmasked, book 1 in The Code of Silence series—a thrilling story about a girl whose desire to know who here real parents are lead her into dangerous paths that might be her doom. Like the tagline says, “Some secrets should stay dead and buried.”
What I liked about the book (all of Cindy M Hogan’s books actually) is that it’s clean. She proves that it is possible to have a thrilling suspense novel set in modern times that is free of language and sexual content without damaging the story or the believability. I liked that I could relate well with Kate and even see some of myself in her. This books makes you sit back and think what you would do if you were in Kate’s position. It’s a book filled with suspense, mystery, a dash of romance, and above all—page turning fun. While not all the mysteries were solved in book 1 she gives you enough to satisfy and teases you to read book 2. I can’t wait to read book 2, Kate Concealed, and luckily I don’t have to. It is also available. Don’t you love authors that get their books out quick?
The mysteries of her past consume her.
Seventeen-year-old Kate has never stopped searching for the secrets of her past—the secrets that began with her missing birth parents. After years of every lead drying up and every hope turning false, Kate finally lucks onto a promising lead.
Determined to find the truth once and for all, Kate travels to the gritty New Jersey shore. But what she finds is worse than she ever could have imagined. She can’t hide from who she is, and now she must face the awful consequences of finding the very people she should have been hiding from.
Some secrets should stay dead and buried.
A young adult action/adventure novel filled with mystery, suspense, romance, and lots of thrills, sure to thrill both teens and adults.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Today I’m part of a special blog event hosted by T. Man, a 10-year-old author and homeschooler. When T. Man was only 8, he partnered with his older brother, M. Man, on a special homeschool writing project that resulted in their first published book, Tony the Phony and Cursed Mansion. This year, T. Man went solo and just finished the second book in the series, Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods. Written in the engaging style of a Choose Your Own Adventure™, each book is available for .99 on Amazon.
But today T. Man has chosen to share his new book with his readers in its entirety in a special interactive virtual event. Seven different bloggers are hosting sections of the story. The fun begins on T. Man’s blog. At the end of each page YOU have to decide how the story will go. Each choice will lead you to a new blog. You have the possibility of landing on any of four endings. Of course, when you finish you can always go back to the beginning and start again. Choose wisely!
Permalink to the start of the story on T. Man’s blog: http://wp.me/p2bspO-7d
Link to Tony the Phony and Cursed Mansion: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQLMK6G/
Link to Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AL2AFYM
“Quick, shine the flashlight on the bats!” Tony commanded.
“Okay, then you chuck rocks at them,” said Ed.
“What do you think I’m doing?”
Ed swung his flashlight like a baseball bat and knocked one out of the air. “Do you think we can climb up?”
“It’s worth a try.”
Just then another bat lunged at Ed but Tony threw a rock at it and it fell to the floor.
They scrambled like billy goats up to the top, dodging bats.
“We made it. Let’s run!” yelled Ed.
So they ran and ran until they saw the lights of a football game.
“Let’s find the paramedics and bring them back to the plane,” said Tony.
“Yeah,” said Ed.
The two boys jumped the fence, but before they found the paramedics, they ran into the pilot. He was on crutches. Their mouths dropped open. “How’d you get here?” Ed asked.
“The local airport saw us go down on their radar and sent a rescue squad. They’ve been looking for you all evening.”
“But how are you okay?” asked Tony.
“It wasn’t a heart attack. I just have to lay off my wife’s chili. We better call the cops and tell them that you’re here.”
While they waited for the cops to show up, the pilot reached in his pocket and pulled out two bronze medals. “Thanks for trying to help me. I hereby give you these medals of bravery.”
“Thanks!” they said together.
When the police car pulled into the parking lot, the officer said, “I’m glad you boys are all right. For now. I’ve got a surprise for you.”
Then the back door opened and Tony’s mom stepped out.The End
Monday, January 11, 2016
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have finally published my first chapter book. So often I get parents asking for books to help bridge the gap between my picture books and middle-grade. Well… here it is! Museum Adventures: The Maya Mystery, is a time-traveling adventure that can be described as The Magic Tree House meets A Night at the Museum.
Eight-year-old Nick and ten-year-old Katie didn’t sign up to go on an adventure. They didn’t ask to be nearly killed by a jaguar, or hunt for ingredients under a volcano. They most certainly did not ask to be sacrificed by some crazy high priest at the top of a Mayan temple. But that is just what they got when they volunteered to help pack up boxes in the basement of their grandfather’s museum …well sort of.
Grandpa had warned them not to go into the Special Collections room. He had said the room was too dangerous. Nick and Katie probably should have listened. Behind that forbidden door they found a time machine—a time machine cleverly disguised as a stone obelisk. As soon as they touched it, they are whisked back to the time of ancient Maya. Nick and Katie need to solve the mystery of how to get home or they just might be stuck in a time without electronics and indoor plumbing forever!
Monday, January 4, 2016
I'm excited about this promotion because it's geared to one of my favorite audiences: middle-grade readers! I love middle-grade books. Of course you all know that. Below you will find some awesome deals on some of the best middle-grade books to read. All of them are discounted to either $0.99 or FREE.
The Multi-Author Middle-Grade Book Promotion starts
January 4, 2016 and ends January 7, 2016.
From $2.99 to $0.99
Twelve-year-old Steven never wondered where the Loch Ness monster or Big Foot came from until he found a stone box with a dangerous secret--one people are willing to kill for!
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One girl with a nightmare to live through; one ghost with a dream to live. With so much to lose, can anything be gained?
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Enter a world of myth and magic as young English boy Thomas Farrell seeks to discover the identity of his late father, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent...
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When eating dog kibble on a dare gives 10-year-old Tawny special powers, her life nearly goes to the dogs!
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Daniel doesn't think there's anything worse than spending a week at Camp Bigfoot . . . until he loses his prized possession: a pencil that brings his drawings to life.
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When a blast from the past shows up and makes her BFF go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her friend and getting some very important questions answered.
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Felicity, an ordinary sparrow learns that she can do extraordinary things!
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The legend of the little red hen, as told by the acorn that smacked her in the head. NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
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Carter's life changes when an old man entrusts him with a book of magical spells, one of which grants the power to raise people from the dead.
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Ever wonder what it would be like to be pulled into your computer? Sarah is about to find out.
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When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, Christopher and his crew get caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies!