Double the Awesome: 2 Great Book Reviews for ALM!

Woo hoo! Just found two wonderful reviews for A Little Magick, book two of the Magick Series as well as a children's fantasy! Yay! :)

Thank you, Carole and Devika! 

Here are the reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, July 25, 2015
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This review is from: A Little Magick (Magick Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I loved it! What is a sweet little girl to do when she learns she is a witch? That she can make things happen? Nine year old Rosie goes to stay with her Uncle Adam while her father is training for a new job and her mother is at a festival employing her craft. There are lots of surprises in store for both Rosie and her uncle. Very nice story with strong characters. I love Marie Lavender's work.

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and thoughtful story, not just for children, July 25, 2015
This review is from: A Little Magick (Magick Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I had read the prequel to this book, "Magick and Moonlight", and I really loved it. Seeing things from a child's perspective this time was certainly different. The author pulled it off very credibly, I really felt as if I were in little Rosanna's head. It was fascinating to see how she dealt with discovering her magick, and there was just the right amount of adult world and children's world in the story. I really want to read about a grown-up Rosanna now.


Once again, I want to thank both reviewers for their kind words! :)

RELEASE DAY - A Little Magick

I am pleased to announce that A Little Magick, a children's fantasy and book two of the Magick Series, officially released today! Yay!  :)

Here is the blurb:

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?

You can find it at the following locations:

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Here are some teasers:

Hope you get a chance to check it out! As always, happy reading! :)

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Exclusive Interview with Author Jim Cronin

Today, we're doing something a little different. This is our eighth guest author interview on the Marie Lavender's Books! blog, and fellow Solstice author Jim Cronin is visiting us. 

Hello, Jim!  It’s such a pleasure to have you here. :)

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out and where can we get it?

Hegira is a science fiction tale of impending planetary destruction, cloning, wealth, power, and political intrigue.

Hegira’s release date is today, July 14th.

It is available at, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. 

Wow! It sounds exciting!

So, tell there anything that prompted Hegira? Something that inspired you?  

My brother was writing a book inspired by his days in the Peace Corps and we met several times to discuss his writing. This got me thinking about a book of my own. The two of us started brainstorming ideas and this novel is the result.
That's great! 
When did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours? 

Actually, my old high school English teachers, and many of my former teaching partners are probably going into apoplectic fits thinking about me being an author. The English language has always been a complete mystery to me so I never thought I would attempt anything like this. However, with the help and inexhaustible patience of several amazing editors, I gradually learned some of the skills needed to become an author.  I still have a long journey ahead, but I think this has been an incredible adventure so far.
Do you have any favorite authors? 

Actually, there are many. J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Jeff Shaara, Orson Scott Card and Andy Weir come to mind right off the top.

Do you write in a specific place? Time of day? 

Absolutely. I have one room set aside as an office. I used to grade papers and do lesson planning there, but now I use the space for writing. 

That's great!
So, are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
Perseverance is the key. Never give up. I took me three years from when I started my first draft until I finally found a publisher willing to work with me and set the book into print. Along the way I underwent several dozen re-writes, revisions, edits, over a hundred rejections, additions, and deletions before the book was ready. The entire process became a challenge to me to see it through. And now the book is real and something solid in my hands instead of just a concept rattling around in my head.

I agree about your tip on perseverance. It's amazing when all of your hard work pays off. 
Thank you for stopping by, Jim! It was a pleasure to have you here.:)

Readers, here is the blurb for Hegira.

His species became extinct decades before the aliens rescued and cloned him, but he still must do everything he can to save them all. Karm must travel back in time, create the most powerful financial empire ever seen on the planet Dyan’ta and assemble a team of experts who must be kept in the dark about his plans for fear of upsetting the timeline.

Dr. Jontar Rocker is an up and coming geneticist whose untested and controversial theories on cloning become the lynch pin in Karm’s schemes. Maripa, Karm’s petite and beautiful surrogate niece, personal secretary, and deadly bodyguard must learn to trust Karm despite his deceptions and secrets. Can the emerging love between Dr. Rocker and Maripa survive the demons and surprises of their own past, as well as Karm’s impenetrable air of mystery?

Karm and his companions must save the Brin. To do so, they must band together to overcome Brach, the ambitious and obsessed monarch. Determined to take control of Karm's vast industrial empire, Brach joins forces with his conniving brother Pareth, leader of The Faith, an ultra-conservative religious order committed to stopping Dr. Rocker and his heretical efforts to develop cloning techniques. Nothing less than survival of their species is at stake.
Here is an excerpt from the novel.

Come in, Latonia Base…come in Latonia Base. This is Starship Hegira, repeat, this is Hegira. Come in, Latonia.”
Static crackled from the speaker. The lieutenant, bleeding and dying from the injuries he received during the mutiny trembled feebly as he gripped the microphone. Blood soaked his crest feathers; his talons broken and jagged from the hand-to-hand combat in the spaceship’s passageways. He knew his wounds were fatal, but his duty was clear: to report back to base about the failure of the mission. His body tensed as the next wave of pain shot through him.
“Latonia Base, this is Hegira. Come in. Priority clearance Falcon, Delta. Come in Base. Damn you to hell!” the soldier shouted in desperation. “Somebody answer! Come in, Latonia!” The microphone dropped from his talons, clattering on the control panel before falling to the metal plated floor. The lieutenant slumped back into the chair, pressing a blood soaked rag to his shoulder. Staring out the view port he watched the star-filled blackness and wondered at the cruel turn fate had taken over the past few days.

Ooh! Riveting!  I definitely want to know what happens next.

Readers, don't forget to check out this new release!

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Author Bio  

I worked for thirty five years as a middle school science teacher, but am now semi-retired, working part-time as an educator/performer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I have been married for thirty seven years to the love of my life, Diane. Together, we raised two incredible sons, and now have a beautiful granddaughter to spoil rotten.

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Arlington, Virginia before moving to Denver where I attended High School and eventually college at Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Zoology and a teacher certification. I currently live near Denver in the small town of Parker.
While I have always enjoyed reading science fiction stories, actually writing one never seemed possible. Just ask any of my former Language Arts co-teachers. They will confirm my complete mystification by the English language. However, on a lark, and at the urging of my brother, I labored to learn to write. It only took three years of editing, rewriting, and regular rejections to finally produce this book. It has proved to be a fascinating and incredible journey.

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