Author Spotlight for Greta Burroughs.

 

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Author Bio

Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.

As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.

It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children’s and young adult books.

She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP – Heartaches and Miracles.

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Book Description

In “Gerald and the Wee People”, Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the “visions” are real and the wee people need help.

While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald’s wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict.

Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned. http://viewbook.at/weepeople

The adventure continues in the second book in the Wee People series, “House on Bo-Kay Lane.”

Gerald and Vernon believe their time with the wee people came to an end after they returned to their home world but begin to wonder when strange things started to happen at an abandoned house in their neighborhood. Ghostly images of familiar faces from the wee people village are seen in the windows, echoes of voices from the past haunt the boys’ dreams and an undeniable curiosity draws Gerald and Vernon to investigate the mysterious haunted house. What they find takes them back to the world of the wee people and a new adventure begins.

In “House on Bo-Kay Lane”, a mirror is found in a forgotten room in the far-seers’ training center. Sheela, a far-seer master and Alyson, an apprentice firestarter are unwillingly drawn into the depths of the mirror and wind up in the abandoned house on Bo-Kay Lane. Sheela uses her telepathic skills to enlist the aid of Gerald, Vernon and Gerald’s father, Andrew to help find the way back to the world of the wee people.

That problem resolved, they try to unravel the secrets of the mirror and find that it is a portal between their two worlds, as well as to a time in the future and possibly even to a parallel universe. They also discover that someone is trapped inside the mirror and the decision has to be made as to whether or not to help the trapped soul escape the confines of the portal.

Meanwhile, the wee people discover the origins of their world. That knowledge is not well accepted and leads to discord between them and the outworlders, Gerald, Andrew and Vernon. An uneasy truce paves the way to an understanding and acceptance of the unwelcome facts and eventually to a solution of how to deal with the man in the mirror. http://viewbook.at/bokaylane

Book three in the series will be out later on this year.

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A Responders Worst Nightmare

http://mobile.emsworld.com/news/11301575/ky-paramedic-finds-his-own-family-in-fatal-wreck

As a Paramedic I can tell you that my worst nightmare is responding to a family member, friend, coworker, or someone I know. My heart goes out to this Paramedic as he had to provide care to his wife and child. As you read in the story, they both passed away. I can not even imagine what this man is going through.

My heart goes out to him and please, keep him and his family in your prayers.

My Apologies

Earlier today I came across a post where, allegedly, President Obama called EMS workers “ambulance drivers.” I seen this post shared by several of my fellow EMS brothers and sisters. I didn’t realize that it was a fake story. I recant my rant and extend my apologies to the President. A lesson learned. Before I post a story, I should research its validity. Again, I apologize and I’ll be more careful in the future. 

Writing is a never ending lesson that teaches us

I read a blog post by a fellow writer, and she seriously impressed me with her post. The jist of it was that we, as writers, must learn how to draw our novel with our hands. She simply stated that with a little research, she was able to find quirks and lingo that brought her character alive. She’s right. We have to be able to “flesh out” the characters in our books and bring them alive. Sometimes this is so hard to do, but with a little research and a lot of work, it’s possible.

In my second novel, Resuscitation, one of the main character’s name is Dr. Young. He’s a very jealous and possessive person. I was able to give him the idiosyncrasies that made people loath and hate him. (this was the self published version that is currently being edited by my publisher) It’s amazing the things that you can learn from anyone, if you just take a moment to listen. She nailed it on the head with her post and it reminded me that with things I’m not familiar with, I need to do MORE research so I can bring that character alive. I’ve been really lucky so far because I’ve been writing about stuff I already know. There are two novels I will be writing that will be unfamiliar territory for me. Which simply means, I will need to do my homework.

Thank you Christina for the incredible post that reminded me we can’t rush our WIP’s (work in progress), but take the extra time to get to know our characters and complete them in a way they deserve so they can live and breathe like we want them to.

Jerrid Edgington

#ZerotoHero: Apology

Just wanted to write a quick apology note. Earlier in the month, I had posted about “taking over” Jerrid’s blog to do the Zero to Hero challenge. As you can see, there hasn’t been a lot posted in that regard…. That’s because there hasn’t been a lot to post on. Most of it has been “assignment” related, and I haven’t wanted to detract from the focus of this blog which is about Jerrid Edgington as an author and a paramedic. As an admin on this blog, I thank you for following & reading. We hope you enjoy reading Jerrid’s posts and his books 🙂

Faith Tested

Hello all. I just wanted to give you all a little update on my recent novel, Faith Tested. I have reached 20,000 words and I would say I’m half way through the first draft. I have until March 15th to have it completed, edited, and turned in for the novel competition.

Resuscitation is being edited by the publisher and we have set a tentative release set for late March 2014. I have 40,000 words written for the third book, but we don’t have a title for it yet. I have a few ideas, but nothing has been nailed down yet.

I have another novel in the works called The Battered Son. It will be released late 2014 to early 2015. I will keep you all posted on upcoming book releases and progress.

God Bless,

Jerrid Edgington

The Abduction of Lilly Waters-Tammy Novak Spotlight

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Beth had never anticipated her life would end up like it did. The last beating she received at the hands of her boyfriend threw her over the edge. She had to escape him, so she fled taking her daughter Lilly with her. She didn’t know where she’d go, but she didn’t care. All she could manage to think about was her unborn child and her daughter Lilly.

The frequent stops the mother and daughter had to make were uneventful until Beth pulled into a Diner in Moore, Oklahoma where her daughter Lilly was taken by unseen hands.

Detective’s Daniel Prescott and Frank Martinez head the investigation trying relentlessly to solve the case before it’s too late. These days, when children are taken it’s a unified frenzy to find them. In this case, every lead turns up empty and every turn they take reveals a clue they couldn’t have anticipated. The detectives aren’t quite sure where to turn or who to trust; even the mother herself is a prime suspect.

The Abduction of Lilly Waters is a fast paced child abduction thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the end where you’ll discover the deepest and darkest secret waiting.

Biography of T.M. Novak

Tammy was born in Waterbury, Connecticut eight minutes before her twin brother. She comes from a large family with seven brothers and sisters, and eleven nieces and nephews so far. She grew up in Southern California and currently lives in Prescott, Arizona.

Tammy married her high school sweet heart Gary in 1994 and they have four sons’ together. She received her teaching degree from Northern Arizona University in 2010 and is currently a teacher in Mayer, Arizona.

The Abduction of Lilly Waters is her debut novel and there are several other works in progress; she has a Y.A. series in the works called Butterfly Lake, and a children’s book series called, The Big Green Dinosaur which will be published under Tammy Moore. Her sister Latisha Wood is expected to illustrate them for her.

The things that inspire Tammy the most are family and she always keeps her family at the forefront of her thoughts. She gets her story ideas from her dreams and her children where she takes a simple moment and turns it into a world all its own.
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