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Notes from the Author

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

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.

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:
Facebook Page
Blog

Thanks for your help!

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

Atomic Aardvark is teaming up with the North Logan City Library in July to promote Summer Reading. All sale proceeds during the month of July will be donated to the North Logan Library! To help get the word out we will be giving away Kindles and Amazon gift cards.

There are 3 ways to win and you don’t have to be a member of the library to win the giveaways. Check out the deets(I’ve always wanted to say deets)here:
Giveaway Details

More info about the libary:
Website – www.northloganlibrary.org
Facebook – facebook.com/NorthLoganCityLibrary

Have a fortuitous day!

RODS Racing Fundraiser

Now is the perfect time to buy Atomic Aardvark, and not just because I know you are going to have a great time reading it.

From now through June, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Atomic Aardvark will be donated to RODS Racing. I’m proud to be working with Keith and Jed on this fundraiser. They are Team RODS members who run to support RODS Racing.

So, what is RODS all about? RODS is an acronym for “Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome” and you can find out more using the links below:

RODS Website – rodsracing.org
RODS Facebook – facebook.com/rodsracing
Keith’s Page – rodsracing.org/KGrunig
Jed’s Page –rodsracing.org/jed