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Fast Five

For Day 9 of the #IndieRoar Challenge, here is a list of 5 of my favorite Indie Books and three quick reasons why I like them:

Echo of Sight by J.F. Robbins – authentic, funny, triumphant
Cloak of Shadows by C.K. Dawn – epic, futuristic, humorous
Five by Caroline Greyling – beautifully-written, engaging, fun
The Day We Are Born by Philippa Cameron – heartwarming, heart-wrenching, poignant
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia – thrilling, top-notch, adventurous

Get your read on!

Cover Reveal: A Neophyte’s Tale

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Title: Neophyte’s Tale
Author: CK Dawn
Publication Date: May, 2015

Abbey Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word, over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve-year-old has no idea that the tender little word is actually a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal will come from. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest… or should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

Author Bio:
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Coffee lover, gamer girl, Sci-fi enthusiast, and overall crafty individual, CK Dawn graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture (I know, right?). Loving to be creative but feeling stifled by invoices, custom orders, and curtain patterns, she decided instead to follow her favorite philosophy: if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… she finally decided to pick one of the stories that had been bouncing around in her head and boom, Cloak of Shadows came to life.

CK lives with the love of her life John, his cat Scout, her cat Hagrid, their mutually adopted and socialized feral kitten Pepper (yes, cats have favorite humans. It’s a thing), and their dog Diesel (aka Methane– Please, don’t make her explain).

She credits her mother for the strong independent woman she is, her father for her inner peace and beautiful outlook on life, and the summers of sweaty, manual labor on her grandparents’ farm for her strong work ethic.

In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in her Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.

For more info about the Author visit:
CK Dawn’s Facebook Page
CK Dawn’s Website

BOB Logo Design Contest

Calling all teens ages 12-18! I’m having a logo design contest right now and the designer of the winning logo gets a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Here are the answers to the questions I know you’re asking:

What are you looking for?
A 400 X 400 pixel JPEG image of a logo which incorporates the following three elements: an apple, the word “BOB” (easily readable when resized all the way down to 100 X 100 pixels), and the color tangerine (RGB=234,150,41). Combine them however you like but THE ARTWORK MUST BE YOUR OWN. I am not looking for “borrowed” clipart that you’ve slapped the word “BOB” over. I’m looking for a new logo that stands out in a crowd.

What is BOB, anyway?
BOB is short for a feature on this blog called Bobbing for Indie eBooks. Each week I search through Amazon (this is the bobbing part) and find an independently published YA eBook to read, review, and give away Kindle copies of. BOB is also short for Bobbers, a team of teens who read and review an Indie book each month for this blog.

Entry Deadline: Entries may be submitted from now until midnight (MST) of April 1, 2015.

How do I enter?
Follow these 3 Easy Steps:
1. Like the Atomic Aardvark Facebook Page.
While you are there, scroll down and check out all of the great YA eBook giveaways going on and pick up a FREE eBook or two while you’re at it. (Entering eBook giveaways is not required and will not be a factor in us picking a winner of the Logo Design contest. FREE books are just a perk of spending some time on the Atomic Aardvark Facebook page.

2. Create your logo and email it to atomicaardvark@atomicaardvark.com. Only one submission per person, please. Include your first name, the initial of your last name, and the state you are from in the email.

3. Then, find the post about this contest on the Atomic Aardvark Facebook Page and comment with “Mission Accomplished”
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I will post everyone’s entries on this blog and on the Atomic Aardvark Facebook Page.

How will you pick the winner?
On April 2, the two members of the Bobbers review team and I will each vote for our two favorite logos. The logo with the most votes wins. The logo’s designer will get a Facebook Message with a code to redeem their $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Have fun with this. We’re looking forward to seeing your creations!

Attack of the Apostrophes

 

Here’s a tip to help with using apostrophes correctly when showing possession:

Just remember the phrase Attack of the Apostrophes. The “of the” in this phrase is the key to deciding where to stick the apostrophe.

First, rewrite your sentence in Noun1 of the Noun2 format.

Examples
tire of the car
litter box of the cat (one cat, one litter box)
litter box of the cats (multiple cats using the same litter box)
current of the rapids

Next, add the apostrophe to the end of Noun2

Examples
tire of the car’
litter box of the cat’
litter box of the cats’
current of the rapids’

Then remove the “of the”, add the s after the apostrophe (when the noun is singular), and switch to Noun2 Noun1 format.

Examples
car’s tire
cat’s litter box
cats’ litter box
rapids’ current (not rapid’s current which might be tempting to do)

Attack of the Apostrophes— I think this trick is the bee’s knees (or is it bees’ knees) and hope using it helps you too.

Bob Books

List of Bob Books:

1. Nightmare’s Daughter by Aurora Smith-YA Fantasy
2. Island of Time by Matthew DeBettencourt-YA Sci-fi
3. Echo of Sight by J.F. Robbins-YA Contemporary
4. Entropy by Taylor Conrad-YA Dystopian
5. The Game by Terry Schott-YA Sci-fi
6. Skeleton Park by Christina Smith-YA Horror
7. The Nexus by J. Kraft Mitchell-YA Sci-fi
8. Discern by Andrea Pearson-YA Paranormal
9. Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic-YA Sci-fi
10. A Skip in Time by Adam Drake-YA Sci-fi
11. Glimpse by Steven Whibley-YA Action
12. The Daughter Claus by D. Thrush-YA Fantasy
13. The Santa Mysteries by S. William Shaw-YA Fantasy
14. Chronicles of Kilix by T.K. Chapin-YA Sci-fi
15. Zombie Rock by J.R. Cleveland-YA Sci-fi
16. Journals of Kara and Jason by Charlie Wood-YA Contemporary
17. Cloak of Shadows by CK Dawn-YA Fantasy
18. The Bagman by Rachael Rippon-YA Fantasy
19. Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls-YA Sci-fi
20. The Keeper of the Wind by Mark Shaw-YA Fantasy
21. Ice by Jessica Wren-YA Paranormal
22. Five by Caroline Greyling-YA Paranormal
23. Hydro by A.C. Waltower-YA Dystopian
24. The Day We Are Born by Philippa Cameron-YA Contemporary

Direct Address Commas, Y’all

Q. When do you need to use a comma when directly addressing someone or something in a sentence?
A. Always! (maybe there is some exception to this rule, but I don’t know what it would be)

Examples:
with a specific name:
Jack, are you ready?
Are you ready yet, Jack?
Yes, Jack, I’m talking to you.

without a specific name:
My good man, are you ready?
Are you ready, my good man?
Yes, my good man, I’m talking to you.
Class, are you ready?
Are you ready, class?
Yes, class, I’m talking to you.

addressing something
Stop looking at me, swan. (Bonus points if you can name the movie)

More often than not, I see people forgetting the comma when a specific name isn’t used. Keeping an eye out for this rule while reading bedtime stories to my son has helped reinforce its usage.

Hi, Piggie.
Hi, Gerald. (We read a lot of Mo Willems at our house)

You can’t get much simpler than that.

So, writers, don’t forget those direct address commas. Okay?

P.S. If you find any missing commas in sentences from Atomic Aardvark, go easy on me.

The Alex Foundation Fundraiser

Who puts the “fun” in fundraiser? You do!

Actually anyone who spells the word fundraiser does, but you are still awesome! I can’t think of a better way (really, I tried and I can’t) to segue into this month’s Atomic Aardvark fundraiser.

Now through the end of August, 100% of the proceeds from sales of Atomic Aardvark will be donated to the Alex Foundation– a non-profit organization helping families with children on the Autism spectrum.

For more info about the Alex Foundation go here:
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Thanks for your help!