Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Stone Man and the Trail of Tears

Author Charles Suddeth has graciously stopped by today as he celebrates the release of his novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears. He shares his inspirations for writing this intriguing story.

Take it away Charles...

My Three Inspirations behind Stone Man and the Trail of Tears

I often vacationed in Cherokee, North Carolina and attended the outdoor drama, Unto These
Hills, about the formation of the Cherokee Reservation. Although it wasn’t strictly factual, it
introduced me to Tsali who escaped with his family into the mountains after rescuing his wife
from soldiers assaulting her during the Trail of Tears. This was my introduction to those who
escaped the Trail of Tears.

A few years later, I met my triple-great uncle who told me the story of his father, Bill
Pennington, my great-great grandfather. Bill was born around 1830 in a Cherokee village in the
Kentucky mountains. His family moved north in 1838, avoiding the Trail of Tears. Most of the
village moved with them to a rural area north of Charlestown, Indiana, about 30 miles north-east
of Louisville where a mixture of whites and Meti (French/Shawnee mixed-bloods) lived. It
changed Bill Pennington’s life and made me ponder the Trail of Tears.

Later, I learned about Nunyunuwi, Stone Man, a giant with stone skin. Arrows could not
harm him. After many attempts, Cherokees captured him and tossed him into a bonfire. As he
slowly died in the flames, he taught the Cherokees magic songs for healing and hunting. When
the fire burned down, his body was gone, leaving in its place a magic healing crystal and a lump
of healing red paint. I was fascinated with the contradictions of a story about a monster who
sacrifices himself for the good of Cherokees.

With these 3 inspirations in mind, I wrote Stone Man and Trail of Tears. I hope you
enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Wado ᏩᏙ (thank you).

And thank you for sharing.

Bio and Links:
Charles Suddeth has published poetry, picture books, middle reader’s books, young
adult thrillers, and adult mysteries in English, Cherokee, and Turkish. He is active with
Green River Writers and leads a monthly SCBWI Social. He lives in Louisville and
teaches for the Jefferson County Schools.
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Driven to Stone Man’s trail...
After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to
the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where
Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live.

His family seeks shelter in an abandoned village, but soldiers hunt them down. Tsatsi
and his sister Sali escape, but Sali falls ill and is kidnapped by Stone Man. Tsatsi gives
chase and confronts the giant, only to learn this monster isn’t what he seems.
Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee
warrior? And will they ever find their family?

Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844651
Release date – October 8, 2019
Find Stone Man: And the Trail of Tears at:
AmazonITunes | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IWSG and Chocolate

Alas, we've reached the first Wednesday of the month for October. For those not aware, we take this day, bloggers united, to share a bit of good news, bad news, or simply hopping from blog to blog to comment and support each other for Insecrue Writer's Support Group (IWSG).

I'm in the middle of prep to move and so I've had to step back just a bit. Once I'm settled, I'll get back into the swing of things, maybe even a little better...we'll see lol!

Each month, a question is offered as a topic. It isn't required but can be helpful. Here's this month's question:

October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

My thoughts: There's nothing new under the sun. Reading helps with seeing what has been done and setting a path for an author to recognize a different way a topic can be composed.

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below and click here to get to the Linky List to hop to other blogs. And enjoy some virtual chocolate brownies 😎

Friday, September 20, 2019

Everyone Say Hi to Ebony Charmed!

It’s finally here!
New cover. Completely rebranded. Same corpse-raising middle grade adventure.
MOTLEY EDUCATION: The Urd Saga, book I
by S. A. Larsen
Ages: 8-12
Pages: 354
Ellysian Press, September 10, 2019; Second Edition

"A deftly crafted ... and entertaining read!"
Midwest Book Reviews - Children's Watch 2017
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted Terms of Enrollment
Signed: Ebony Charmed

Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.

Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.

But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act. Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.

Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.

*Bronze Award Winner, 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for Best Juvenile/YA Fiction*
*Winner - Purple Dragonfly Awards 2017, Honorable Mention; ebook*
*Gold Medal Award Winner - Literary Classics Book Awards 2017, Grade School Fantasy*
*Gold Medal Winner - 2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Children's Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Order signed books from The Children’s Book Cellar via message.

And let's not forget there is an AWESOME giveaway going on as well; especially spectacular for Teachers and Librarians. Click this tweet: https://twitter.com/SA_Larsen/status/1173919715053490176 and follow the instructions so you can win this package:

About the Author

S.A. Larsen is an award-winning author, childhood apraxia of speech advocate, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count. She also has a soft spot for the strange and misunderstood, which might explain her love for dipping plain chips in ketchup. Her favorite stories push the boundaries of our world and open harbored emotions to inspire and challenge the heart. She's the author of Motley Education: The URD Saga Book I (Ellysian Press, 2019; second edition), a fantasy-adventure for middle grade readers and Marked Beauty-her debut young adult fantasy-romance (Ellysian Press, 2017). When she's not chasing her characters around a cemetery or antagonizing them with the wonders of young love, she lives in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children. Visit her cyber home at salarsenbooks.com, find her on Twitter @SA_Larsen and Instagram sa.larsen, or on spookymiddlegrade.com, where she does most of her spookiness brewing up all sorts of creepy ideas with a group of #SpookyMG authors. Stop by for a visit . . . if you dare.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Let the Good Times Roll

Thank you again to Silver Dagger Book Tours for the Fable Ranger Series book tour. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, hopping from blog to blog each day and entering the giveaway (uhhh...I didn't enter the giveaway though lol!). If you didn't get a chance to visit and check out my guest posts, I'd like to share here a bit of some of the fun along the way in today's and a few future posts.

Here's a fun one:

Speed Rounds with Casey and Charlie-boy

Welcome to the Quick Shoot!  Today, we have two MG characters from the Fable Ranger duology on the block: Casey and Charlie-boy
Five questions that require quick answers.  Here we go:

Who are you:
Casey: I’m just a girl trying to play some basketball…and stay away from fancy dresses. But…things…happen.
Charlie-boy: Son of a mech-ship captain.

Give us the Twitter version of your story:
Casey: Life is not a box of chocolates like that Forest Gump guy said. It’s rose petals, and adventure, and fairy tales, and Oh My Frankenstein…Dovetail has too many issues.
Charlie-boy:  Uh, what Casey said.

Next question.  If we saw you speeding around town, would it be on two wheels or four?
Casey: Forget wheels! Give me a mech-ship any day.
Charlie-boy:  Exactly, but by what runes or magic would anyone get around on two wheels? Carts have four wheels. Horses have four legs. And –
Casey: Charlie-boy, just…um…forget about it.
*Charlie-boy shrugs*

Now for the next question, what’s the first word that pops into your head when you think of story love interest?
Casey: What? Love interest? Ewww!
Charlie-boy: Next question please.

And the last question.  Bacon or chocolate?
Charlie-boy: Burner’s chocolate cake
Casey: Yep, every time

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What and Why I Remember


8:46 am...a moment of silence...

I remember...
It was a little over a month after starting my new job. I had a short commute and preferred jamming in the mornings to my CDs. I pulled into the parking lot at work, stepped through the employee only doors and stopped short at the security desk, intrigued by what looked like some Hollywood skyscraper catastrophe on the TV, riotous flames, black smoke, and this plane flying entirely too low...

So low it rammed into the other skyscraper that looked just like the one already ablaze.

Then I quickly found out it wasn't Hollywood. It was real life, real lives destroyed for something that, to this day, makes no sense to me.

It made scary sense and saddened my heart to speak with a frightened former coworker within a day of the attack, learning that her and her family were being targeted and threatened. They couldn't leave their home for several days...even though they were Jewish, not Muslim.

Aside from those who dealt with some fairly sad blowback that followed, I remember politial party affiliation took a backseat to recognizing the human indecency such a travesty entailed. Tragedy accomplished, though briefly, the goal of making these great States of America...United.

Like most of the things that make up this country's history, what happened on 9/11/2001 should be remembered and learned from.