Blog Tour – Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

When you are a mother of a middle schooler, you approve books such as Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello. You have Guinevere, Merlyn, magic, unicorns, and more.

Synopsis:

His one desire . . . To be a knight.

His future queen . . . At times reckless.

Best friends . . . Bound by Friendship and Loyalty.

When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle.

Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle.

Renegades – foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess – steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger.

As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive?

I had the pleasure of having Cheryl guest post on today. She talks about what reading really is to her.

What is Reading Really?

By Cheryl Carpinello

I’m going to start this with a request for forgiveness. I am so passionate about reading, not just for kids, but for everyone, that it brings out the teacher in me. My teacher voice comes out, and I am unable to prevent that from happening. So, with that said, here goes.

What actually counts as reading? Is it the newspaper, magazines, comics, novels, non-fiction books, graphic novels? how many of these do you think qualify as reading? For grandparents, many might say novels, some non-fiction books, and maybe comics.

Parents might add newspapers, mostly on-line, and magazines, some on-line. For kids growing up today, the list would definitely include comics and graphic novels. I would even add some video games that come with instruction books that explain not only the rules, but also give players the essential background stories to participate in the games’ scenarios.

All of these should count as reading. It’s not as important what kids are reading today as long as they are reading. Reading shouldn’t be regulated to a certain format or genre. That’s not what reading is about. Reading must be about comprehension. Does the reader understand what is happening and why? Are they able to follow the plot lines of the story, be if fiction or non-fiction. Although the terminology is a bit different for non-fiction, the reader still needs to understand the processes involved and be able to follow the line of thinking present by the author.

In today’s world when so much as just a swipe of a finger away, kids need to be able to think for themselves, discover answers than just surfing the web for the information assuming that everything found online is true. Experiencing the excitement of learning about a topic through research and reading is one that everyone should experience at least once.

Overall, if I had to point to a single reading innovation, it would be the growth of the comic book and the birth of the graphic novel. What a boon for reluctant readers, be those young or mature! For many kids and adults – and I’ve met my share of both over the years – the sight of all those words on page after page is not just daunting, it can be downright scary.

Graphic novels remove that intimidation and bring readers the joy that can be found in following the latest adventures of superheroes, discovering the power of classical stories like Don Quixote, The Hobbit, A Wrinkle in Time, Anne of Green Gables, and authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Philip Pullman, Walter Dean Myers, and Jack London. Graphic novel readers increase their comprehension because of the pictures. And you know what? Kids don’t look to see how many pages a graphic novel has! And you just might see those readers progress to those old-fashioned things called books!

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If you enjoy children’s books, even as an adult, please pick this up, and read to yourself, or with the kiddos. I know I enjoyed the books.

You can find Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend on Amazon Here

You can follow Cheryl on the following sites to see what is up and coming, or just to see what she has been up to:

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XOXOXOXOXO,

Lacey

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Blog Tour Stop: Interview with Fiona Ingram

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Fiona Ingram for the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper for the blog tour. Hope you enjoy it.

Coffee with Lacey: Why don’t we start by letting the readers know a little bit about you.

Fiona: I was born and raised in South Africa. I started off as a storyteller aged ten, entertaining my younger brothers and their friends with tales of brave kids embarking upon adventures, usually populated with monsters, vampires and other interesting creatures. Then I graduated to writing plays which my (4) brothers and I would act out for my long-suffering and very patient parents. Then I wrote comical poetry for the family, and finally after being an actress and drama coach for a while (after university and overseas training), I drifted into writing and publishing, somewhere I am happiest! I’ve travelled a lot and lived all over the world, so I enjoy that adventures aspect of life. I love books, reading, music, theater, dance, anything cultural, and I also teach novel writing for an online college. I love animals and have two dogs and one cat. I love tea and my favourite dessert is Creme Brûlée. I judge restaurants on the quality of their puddings . . .

CwL: What made you decide to write a book that can be compared to Indiana Jones for kids?

F: The story has almost become a legend now, but I went to Egypt with my mom, my two nephews then aged 10 and 12, and once we’d come back, I decided to write a short story with them as the heroes. I thought it would be a lovely short story for them to remember the trip. Things go out of hand, as they usually do when a story decided to write itself, and a book series and many awards later . . . Here we are with Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper!

CwL: I admit, I just heard of this book, and the others are in my TBR pile lol. Can you tell the readers what your other books are about?

F: The first book (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) was the result of the trip to Egypt. That was the start of the quest, and Egypt is an excellent place to start any adventure because it is so full of history, mythology, ancient artifacts, and it just yells adventure! The next book, The Search of the Stone of Excalibur, takes the young heroes to England and Scotland and the quest continues as the kids search for seven ancient mystical stones of power.

CwL: There is a lot of action in this book, there are so many things that happen that can give you whiplash. When does ideas like these best come up?

F: My late mother always asked me how I think up all these new adventures and I said to her, “I really don’t know. I just do.” But, in fact, halfway through Book One I already knew I needed extra books for my heroes to save the world, so I planned their adventures to take place in exotic locations and including mythology that has always fascinated me.

CwL: Besides your books, what other authors do you enjoy?

F: I like actions and adventure, with some speculation fiction like Michael Crichton and intelligent political thrillers like Frederick Forsyth. I love all the Terry Pritchett books as well; that quirky dry humor appeals to me. I also enjoy researching my books and really like nonfiction books on history, geography, mythology, and archeological finds. I also love a good crime novel, but not too gory, more cozy murder mystery, if murder could ever be called cozy . . . Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot sleuthing adventures for example.

CwL: Any new books coming out in the future? How about different stories?

F: Definitely four new books in the series to complete the 7-book adventure quest, and I am committed to those. Right now, I am busy with Book Four int he series. After that, I have no idea. I’ll think of something, I’m sure.

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If you missed yesterdays blog post on The Search for the Crystal Timekeeper, just click Here to get caught up. Happy reading!!!

XOXOXOXO,

Lacey