Jul 13, 2016

Eternal Mercury Tour

Eternal Mercury

Eternal Mercury by Elaine Pinter Chelsee Taylor has been in love with her boyfriend, Max, since they started kindergarten together. She has no idea that high school graduation will be the last perfect day of her life. After a tragic car accident, she refuses to accept Max's death because she can still feel his presence. No one believes her and she is completely alone. But all of that changes the moment she meets Blake Andersen. It's not just that he believes her . . . or even just that he's so understanding . . . but why is Max's presence so strong when she's with Blake? Eternal Mercury is two intertwined books in one. Book one follows Chelsee’s bittersweet journey and book two uncovers Blake’s story of redemption. In the end, it is Max who will inspire them both to trust fate, live life, and finish well.


  Praise for Eternal Mercury “Overall, this novel made me really think about how life can change so completely in the blink of an eye. It was an amazing, life altering story.” “I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry but most of all it made me feel like there is always hope in this world.” “I could not put this down. What an amazing story of love, tragedy, strength, triumph, and family.”

Guest Post: Eternal Mercury, Organ Donation, and Cellular Memory When I first realized that I wanted to write a book, I knew that I wanted it to be different. Shortly after I began brainstorming for that unique idea, a car-crash scene on a mountain highway started playing in my head. Not only was I looking for a unique story idea, but I was also looking for a positive message. I began to wonder if, instead of something scary like a ghost, could something good be left after someone died? The answer became clear to me: organ donation. What could be more beautiful than that? And what could be more romantic than true love that could survive the boundaries of death? To my surprise, the idea turned out to be more realistic than I expected. Through research I discovered the phenomenon of cellular memory. Cellular memory is when people who receive transplants take on traits of people whose organs they receive. It’s rare, but when it does happen, it can come in the form of food cravings, changes in musical taste or hobbies, and sometimes even glimpses at other things about the donor. Although the level of cellular memory I portrayed in Eternal Mercury is fictional, the need for organs definitely isn’t. It’s hard to think about death, and the common misconceptions about organ donation don’t help. But by understanding the facts and then making your decision known, you just might be able to bring something good out of the bad. That part of Eternal Mercury isn’t based on fiction. Here are the facts: Over 100,000 people, including kids, are in need of transplants. Over 20 of them die waiting each day. One person can save up to seven lives by donating their heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and small intestine. That same person can improve the lives of many others through the donation of tissues such corneas, skin, veins, tendons, ligaments, and bones. You won’t receive less medical care if you decide to become a donor. Doctors and nurses make every possible effort to save their patients’ lives and will not even consider organ donation unless a person dies. Income, social status, and race are not factors in deciding who receives organ transplants. You’ll be helping people who need it the most and your family will not be charged for the procedure. Most major religions support organ donation. I’m not sure that there could be a more loving or selfless gift, but don’t be afraid to check with your spiritual advisor. Almost anyone can be an organ donor. Age and/or medical history don’t necessarily disqualify you. The most important thing you can do is let your family know whether or not you want to be an organ donor. No matter what you decide, telling your family will save them from the pain of trying to guess your wishes at a time when that’s the last thing they need. And if the choice is right for you, to let someone else continue on when you’ve reached the end down here, don’t think about what it means for you; instead think of the incredible gratitude you’d feel if someone did it for you or someone you love.

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Author Elaine Pinter Elaine Pinter lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and son. When she’s not hanging out with them, she’s jotting down ideas for her next novel in the tattered notebook she carries everywhere. Her writing journey began in June of 2012 when a reading spree set off an unexpected chain of events. After poring over the pages, her own ideas began to appear and she found herself glued to her laptop after her family went to bed every evening. The late nights continued until her first two YA romance novels, Eternal Mercury and Between the Starlight, were published. She’s one of those hopeless romantics who believes love always wins and that the best stories are the ones that drag you through the tears and reward you with a smile when all the pieces fit together perfectly in the end.

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Jul 12, 2016

Last of the Firedrakes Blast

Last of the Firedrakes

  Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic. 16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad. Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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Praise for the Book
“…the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien’s Ring Wraiths or Rowling’s Dementors…a beautifully drawn fantasy world.” – Kirkus Reviews
“THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES is a magic-filled romp that carries you back to the fantasy stories of childhood…Lovers of classic fantasy will likewise gobble down Oomerbhoy’s scrumptious story.” – Dr Vic James, author of the SLAVEDAYS trilogy
“The world building is beautiful…That really made the book more complex for me…it is the journey of discovery for Aurora and the reader that makes this an interesting story.”– Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite
The Last of the Firedrakes has all the elements of popular fantasy – an orphaned princess, Magical powers, an alternate sphere with seven kingdoms, a young girl with a destiny to fulfil. They are all elements of the Narnia Chronicles, The Faraway tree, The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and a bit of Enid Blyton fun.” – Mitali Parekh for Mid-Day newspaper



Author Farah Oomerbhoy
Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel,The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 7/29/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Oct 11, 2015

Reginald the Railway Rat!


at the

Boothbay Railway Village

Thomas Block carves this magnificent pumpkin grown at the Boothbay Railway Village 
for the 
Fall Foliage Festival.

Reginald the Railway Rat 
is the 
story of a conductor 
on the train 
Boothbay Railway Museum.


illustrated by 


Thomas, working his magic

See more 
photos of event by 

The Owl at the Blacksmith Shop
photograph by Karl Marean

Reginald the Railway Rat
November 2015

May 3, 2014

Post Time!

Post time for the Kentucky Derby 2014 is approximately 6:24pm (ET)

And of course ...

*For the finest selections, Anita Hopkins:
A hat is a revolution on your head ... then the party begins -  Anita Hopkins Mission 
Hand made, one of a kind hat sculptures for the crown chokra!

Feb 22, 2014

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Feb 16, 2014

The Red Paint People

     Elves?  Dwarves?  Vampires?  We don't have Vampires* in Maine.
     What are you talking about, Paige Pendleton?
     I'm used to the strange looks, but it's all true, and the story begins long, long ago.  In the time of the Red Paint People.  

     The Red Paint People were a tribe of indigenous people who lived on the coasts of  New England and Atlantic Canada regions of North America thousands of years ago.  
     The name The Red Paint People arose from their use of Red Ochre to decorate their belongings, and themselves. They decorated tools, clothing, and the bodies of their dead in burial preparation. 
      The Red Paint People were bold seafarers. Swordfish bones discovered in archaeological sites tell us they were navigating deep and treacherous waters in the Atlantic. Thousands of years ago, in canoes.

      And here's where the plot thickens. Archaeological excavations in Norway have unearthed tools and belongings with similar red marks/patterns to those discovered on the coast of Maine. Eerily similar red markings. Other clues point to trans-Atlantic travel. Rune Stones in North America that date long before the defined Viking Age.  A breed of domestic cat (the Maine Coon) shares DNA with the Norwegian Forest Cat. Strong similarities between some Native American and Ancient Norse myths suggest they gathered around the same campfire more than once.  


     Did Elves and Dwarves stow away on one of the return trips to Maine?  It appears they did. 

     Our story then takes a darker turn, as things tend to do on the coast of Maine, but our Once upon a time began in a land far, far away

*Technically, they are Noctivagi, not Vampires.  The differences are subtle, but...

The Keeper and the Rune Stone 
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Our story then takes a darker turn, as things tend to do on the coast of Maine ... 

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"something wicked is going to happen.." EAD
"Hell, yes" KZF
"cracking tale of mystery and adventure" JBW
"Basically, I loved this" MF

Feb 10, 2014

Review of The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice!

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the waitJune 2, 2013
This review is from: The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice (The Black Ledge Series, Book II) (Kindle Edition)
Saturday morning was momentous for I woke up to a message saying this book was now live. It was the moment I had been waiting months for and yes, I totally fan-girled out. I squealed and had a huge grin on my face for well over an hour. You see, The Black Ledge Series is wonderful. If you haven't read the first one, The Keeper and the Rune Stone, then you really need to. It tells the tale of four children who become "aware" of the world around them. Wakening in them the ability to see all the Beings around them that are out there. Things happen and the children are needed to help set it all right. I said it in my review of that book months ago and I'll say it again: Gunnr is my favorite character in this series. That didn't change with the second book and I'm happy to report that he's in this one even more!

The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice continues where The Keeper and the Rune Stone The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series) left off. The children, Rob, Eleanor, Jack, and Flora, are out of school for the summer and are guaranteed to get into plenty of trouble. I would say that it finds them when they least expect it but... They kind of go looking for it sometimes. All in the name of the greater good, of course.

Eleanor is working with Gunnr (a Noctivagus - read: a vampire) who, along with the Queen of the Elves and Camedon (did you know that Camden, ME is named after him? Little known fact for you there.), think she is more special than she realizes. Without giving away spoilers, since I hate reading reviews containing them, it's hard to say much about a book other than it was great. So I'll leave you with this:

Warning: This book contains Elves - some evil and some awesomely great, a Keeper that has more things to do than time, a witch that can change her appearance to suit her inner feelings, an old dragon with more bark than bite, Brownies that *try* to stay hidden, a seal that reminds me of the turtle in Finding Nemo (but smarter), and an ancient gargoyle named Motte that I'd love to be friends with.

If you want to know how all of this ties together then you should buy The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice. In fact, you should purchase both books in the series (so far) and read them for yourself, to your kids, or even start a library group reading to kids that aren't yours. You'll inspire a love of books from a tiny spark that is The Black Ledge Series.

To see Amanda's review of The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Book I in The Black Ledge Series, click HERE.

Thank you, Amanda!  We're tickled!

Dec 16, 2013

Catch us .. .

... on  


       Star of Wonder

Photo by Karl Marean

A Belted Galloway 
calf is born on Christmas Eve at
Aldermere Farm.

Star of Wonder

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Nov 25, 2013

Star of Wonder

In time for Christmas, a little Beltie Magic!

Illustrated by Thomas Block

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With illustrations by Thomas Block this book is a must
for all the children on your Christmas list.    
David Mills RCN America Network

A portion of the proceeds of this story will be donated to Aldermere Farm.

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Nov 24, 2013

Now on Nook!

TheKeeper and the Alabaster Chalice 

now available on Nook! 

The Black Ledge Series
Magic, Mayhem, Murder, and Mystery on the coast of Maine

Nov 18, 2013

Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah

     Scaredy Cat.
     Kids crack me up.
     I'm getting ahead of myself ...

     Gone are the days when families raised food for their family's consumption, but years ago most families did. Each had some sort of garden and raised animals for meat. Even families who resided "in town" and were spatially challenged kept smaller animals such as fowl for meat and/or eggs. Chickens and turkeys were as familiar to most children, then, as cats and dogs are to children now.
     And for generations, taunts derived from this knowledge have echoed in America's school yards. Chicken. BOOOCK! BockBockBock; on the surface a seemingly simple insult, yet when one pauses underlying complexities are apparent.
     The kid who is a chicken is a vastly different creature than the kid who is a scaredy cat and the kid who is a turkey.
     Chickens are just stupid and afraid of anything unfamiliar, and that makes them "flighty". That is the definition of a chicken, it is an inherent quality, and the one word is sufficient.
     Scaredy cat. Two words. Cats are smarter, more complex creatures than chickens, and require an adjective to accurately convey the taunter's intent. What kind of cat? A scaredy cat.
     Turkey - again, one word. A living, breathing, flesh and blood domestic turkey is possibly the dumbest animal on earth. It is apt to die at any given moment because it's too stupid to be afraid. It walks right into the danger with a skip in its step and a song in its heart. Turkey is the perfect moniker to assign to the class fool oblivious of the consequences of his* actions. You know this kid's going to spend a lot of recesses with his head on his desk.
     Kids don't need to think about any of this - they just know it. Even while taunting, they know there's more purpose in taunting the scaredy cat than the chicken because the chicken is long gone - it flew the coop. The scaredy cat is still hanging around assessing the situation before committing. And it isn't necessary to taunt the turkey cause he just went ahead and did it, and he will either die or get in big trouble - each has entertainment value to kids, so the turkey actually has a certain bizarre social standing.  
     The most fascinating thing about all of this, though, is the staying power of these taunts. Generations later they are still used. Children who've never even driven by a farm use these with acumen. They get the subtleties. They wield the taunt with wit and precision.
     Or maybe it's come full circle. Maybe it is a chicken/egg situation. Are children calling little Johnny a turkey because they know turkeys are fools, or, do little Johnny's antics teach children that turkeys are fools? It reminds me that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
     Our world has evolved with technological advances, and the family farm has all but disappeared. Amazingly, and thankfully, memories of days gone by linger on. We owe that to children, and I tip my hat.
     And enjoy your turkey without guilt or remorse. It had a happy life. Killing that bird was a kindness, really. Something would have gotten him.

Happy Thanksgiving.

* often gender specific

addendum - for the purposes of this post I limited my examples of the etymology of insults from the barn yard setting ......but there are more. Pig, Jackass, Hound Dog, Rat... all are worthy of a moment of contemplation.

Oct 2, 2013

Spotlight of The Keeper and the Rune Stone by an Expatriate

   I contacted a Mr. Joshua Allen Mercier (cue theme music) this summer about reviewing Book I of The Black Ledge Series, The Keeper and the Rune Stone.  To my delight, Mr. Mercier grew up in Maine, and grabbed it enthusiastically (and then we had fun discussing the Maine we love).

   Joshua showcased The Keeper and the Rune Stone on his blog, The Bearded Scribe, with a fabulously fun post featuring Thomas Block's Magnificent Map, the trailer, and a super review!

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