Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brenda Cooper - The Silver Ship and The Sea

Guest blog post by Brenda Cooper

The Silver Ship and the Sea: 9-90’s Fiction and YA

I believe you can write fiction for all age groups that will appeal to a YA audience. By the time I was thirteen, I often went to the adult shelves to find books to read.

My book, The Silver Ship and the Sea, is being re-released by WordFire Press in a brand new 10th anniversary edition. In 2007, when it first came out, it was selected by the ALA as one of the top adult books for teens to read.

I think there are two reasons for this:

This book is “otherness.” It’s about six genetically enhanced children left behind on a planet that detests genetic modification. While the theme of “otherness” is appropriate to people of all ages (and currently a major point of our national conversation), it is perhaps most germane to teens. For many, one of the most import tasks is to find their chosen tribe and then find a way to belong there. I know that I tried on many personalities and social circles, and also tried to join some I just couldn’t quite reach for. At that age, every social rejection mattered, every time I was referenced as a “geek” or a “smart kid” or a “mentally gifted monkey.” Yes—that was a thing in my life—being called a “Mentally Gifted Monkey.” I’m pretty sure teens are called worse things now.

The Silver Ship and the Sea is narrated by a teenager. Chelo Lee is the oldest of the teens, and the one who feels like she has to get her little tribe through its dangerous existence. This is also a very teen thing—a chance to explore taking responsibility as a leader and to feel what that might be like.

Even though it has always been shelved in the adult science fiction section, teen readers have found it and commented on it to me at conventions. So there are other teens now who are like I was—looking to the adult sections to find works that might appeal to them.


Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, and sometimes, poetry. Her most recent novel is Spear of Darkness, from Pyr and her most recent story collection is Cracking the Sky from Fairwood Press. Brenda is a technology professional and a futurist, and publishes non-fiction on the environment and the future. Her non-fiction has appeared on Slate and Crosscut and her short fiction has appeared in Nature Magazine, among other venues. See her website at

Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with three people, three dogs, far more than three computers, and only one TV in it.

Brenda currently has a Kickstarter for a short story collection based on the same universe as The Silver Ship and the Sea.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

GODDESSES CAN WAIT book blog tour-Review

Originally posted at 

Review of No More Goddesses

Jordan has a romantic heart and a deep love of everything Audrey Hepburn.  One day, Jordan discovers that her grandmother is keeper of a gorgeous bracelet and a secret: that one of Audrey’s roles, the main in Tessa’s Treasure, was based on reality, and this reality featured none other than a great aunt Jordan never knew.  What appears to be a lovely vintage bracelet, reminiscent of all the romantic happenings of Audrey’s cinematic life, soon turns out to be very un-fortuitous for Jordan.  The bracelet has the power to give love, which Jordan is at first fascinated by because she has her heart set on a certain boy she previously thought was out of her league. High school girls always love a good romantic story.  But this was before Jordan knew there was a vengeful Goddess, Hathor, eager to play around with the mortals in possession of her bracelet.  By the time Jordan realizes that the bracelet is not all fun and games, it was too late.  The bracelet was locked onto her wrist and Hathor’s games were underway… bugs, glitter, even a grand transformation of high school into Egyptian temple.  Jordan has to find a way to rescue her friends and give Hathor her bracelet back so that normalcy can once more be restored, even if that means not getting her high school romance.

I really love a good mythological story.  The old stories of Greek/Roman and Egyptian Gods never get old, and there are so many interesting characters that authors can have a lot of fun incorporating.  So, it was really nice to read a story that found a way to fuse some old tales with new, and even to weave in some classic cinema.  What I also want to praise about No More Goddesses are the unexpected turns the story took.  You think you know a bit how the story is going to end up, but the author throws a few twists in at the end to give you just a bit of delighted surprise.  I really like that it wasn’t an entirely predictable ending.  Definitely a charming read, and worth a read.  I am going to be reading book 2 next, and I look forward to seeing what clever takes the author has in store.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Welcome to Wednesday. I'm excited to share my latest news with you awesome readers. My YA novel, PRINCESS BREEZE, is on tour. In case you're interested, I've listed the links below where you can visit the fabulous hosts of the tour and learn more about me and my story. Scary thought, huh?

For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night, without telling her goodbye. On the night, she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?          Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, soon sail to the island, where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life, and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.
PRINCESS BREEZE is available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and 4RV Publishing.
Here is the schedule. Hope to see you there.

July 10 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post
Mythical Books – Guest Post
Writers & Authors – Guest Post
Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
July 11 –
July 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview
July 13 – Stephanie Faris, Author – Guest Post
July 14- Mellow & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
July 17 – The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt & Feature
Celtic Connexions – Excerpt & Feature
July 18 –
July 19 – The Children’s & Teen Book Connection – Guest Post
Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt
Strand of Thought – Guest Post
July 20 –
July 21 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt
Deal Sharing Aunt – Review & Interview
August 1 – Writers & Authors – Interview
Happy Reading!

Monday, July 3, 2017

YA Books Central Giveaway of GODDESSES CAN WAIT

YA Books Central is hosting a giveaway of my latest book GODDESSES CAN WAIT!

Goddesses Can Wait (US Only)

About the book:

Jordan Lake, a fifteen-year-old Audrey Hepburn-olic who's a magnet for goddesses, has a chance to go to Paris with her grandmother and BFF Selena Garza. Even though she senses something is off, she decides to make the trip.

But when she kisses a cute Parisian boy a la Roman Holiday, she switches bodies with Aphrodite and is sent to the Greek netherworld. She must enlist the help of the Greek god (in more ways than one) Ares then complete seven trials set by his sister Artemis in order to return home.

Except time is running out, and if she can't get Aphrodite back to the Eiffel Tower by midnight, she'll be stuck in Greek mythology forever.

 About the author: 

When writing Goddesses Can Wait, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn's movies and learned to love this famous icon after watching and reading all she could about her. Two of her all-time favorite movies, Roman Holiday and Funny Face, are the inspiration for Jordan's trip to Paris. What teen girl wouldn't love to have a romantic moment on the Eiffel Tower?
A member of RWA, Kim is currently putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural thriller. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive the first book in the series and some swag.
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they’ll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think of the cover & synopsis?

Go to YABC site to sign up for the newsletter and a chance at winning this swag!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Hi, dear loyal readers. I hope you enjoy my post today. It's been awhile, but you know how life gets in the way and time passes. Anyway, I'm excited to share my good news with you. My YA novel PRINCESS BREEZE now has a cover. The awesome Aidana WillowRaven has created another great one.

Yep, the red head is back. Perhaps you met her in JUST BREEZE. I never planned to write a series or even a sequel. Remember, never say never. So, once again, Breeze is telling us her story.

Back cover blurb for PRINCESS BREEZE

For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school who disappeared one night, without telling her goodbye. On the night she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?

Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, soon sail to the island, where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.

PRINCESS BREEZE will be out any day now. I have no links, but soon, I hope.

This is the story that started it all.
Tween/teen contemporary novel

AMAZON and other places where novels are sold.

Beverly Stowe McClure bio

Most of the time, you’ll find Award-Winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears.  When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers, and clouds. She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax she plays the piano. Her fur babies don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.
Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.

Visit Beverly at:

Twitter @beverlymcclure

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Friday Five

**This is from my weekly Friday Five blog post.

1. So the plague has hit. I've been sick since Tuesday, plus son's still under the weather.

Oh, joy.

Lou Nelson, my writing mentor, suggested taking zinc.  So I'm doing that plus resting while teen is at school.

2. So I haven't done much writing but plan to get back to it soon!

3. Been reading though.  Latest:

I've been a fan of THE CAGE series since I was lucky enough to score a galley from YABC. This is the third and final book in the series and it's FRICKIN' AMAZING! I got to host Megan for a YABC Author Twitter chat a while back. Her books are so good! I totally recommend this TWILIGHT ZONE meets MAZE RUNNER.

4. 16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART by Lauren Strasnick

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: What I do like is how neither of these characters is the 'saint'. Each one has faults, insecurities, and selfishness. Natalie is high strung and very insecure with her border-line paranoia of Dan cheating on her. **Readers find out she might be right on this but the ways she goes about it, shows me a girl who has Fatal Attraction tendencies. One of Dan's BFFs, Ruby, calls Natalie a 'emotional vampire'. I tend to agree.

5. Just watched this and really loved the sharp dialogue and teen angsty:  Totally recommend. It's available on NetFlix.

**Also I still have my GoodReads giveaway going on until June 12th!

**Guilty Pleasure:

Well, son's 16th birthday is tomorrow! So he wants to go to Denny's tonight for their Grand Slam breakfast. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Five

1. Finally updated my website! Check it out:  And thanks to Little Willow for doing that for me!

2. Check out my GoodReads giveaway!

I'll giving away one signed print book!


3. Son passed the written portion of his driver's test!  Next Monday, he'll be starting driver's training.


I really enjoyed THE ACCIDENT SEASON and Doyle's latest doesn't disappoint. Set in Ireland, three friends find pieces of a lost journal and a 'spellbook'. Events in their lives lead them to do a spell that sets off a string of events.


** Guilty pleasure:

Need to finish this one educational project. Tomorrow I plan on going to my monthly OCCRWA meeting. I love my local RWA chapter as it always motivates me with my writing. For now though, I plan to grab a mocha swirl from Dunkin' Donuts to help me with scoring these essays.