Seven authors, seven new tales to twang your heart as you snuggle up cosy and warm during the long winter nights. Will the Christmas fairy be ready to grant your wishes? Will Shirley Link solve all the clues to her presents? And will Santa's reindeer, a lost and forlorn hero, and a boy under the spell of a wicked witch find their way home when they are left out in the cold at midwinter? Find out in this second anthology from the MG BookElves, a selection that older children will love, and adults will enjoy reading to younger children.
*Can Shirley Link's friends help her discover the joy of Christmas by setting her a puzzle only she can solve? Ben Zackheim (Shirley Link Detective Series, the Camelot Kids)
*Max the talking Tonkinese cat has an unpleasant surprise when he finds himself trapped in the attic one night. Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family? Wendy Leighton-Porter (The Shadows from the Past series)
*Will Melvin Finklestein manage to impress the snooty Trixie Tragik with his Popcorn Surprise, or will the wicked Jasper Jollywood ruin his latest invention? S W Lothian (The Quest series, Time Square series)
*How can an overweight guinea pig save Santa's lost reindeer and hide him away long enough to regain his ability to fly? Jemima Pett (The Princelings of the East series)
*Halitor can't find the people who need his help on the long night of Midwinter. But they find him, and there may be some holiday magic in the air. Rebecca M Douglass (The Ninja Librarian series, Halitor the Hero)
*Once this warhorse carried a mighty king; now he carries a cargo more precious - the young girl destined to be his queen. Cheryl Carpinello (Young Knights of King Arthur series, Guinevere of Camelot)
*The Witch War is over, but the scars of their spells still cause havoc in Werifesteria. When Jacob's father is taken by the witch of the Dark Wood, Jacob and King Aldridge set out to return him. A fun fairy tale by Annaliese Matheron (Ninja Nan series)
Each tale weaves its own seasonal magic. Each magician has already warmed the hearts of thousands of young readers with their stories. Enjoy these frantic races to meet the Christmas deadline while you curl up in your favourite reading spot this winter.
The authors hail from US, UK, Australia and France; stories use UK or US English spelling.
About the Author
Jemima Pett has been living in a world of her own for many years. Day-dreaming in class, writing stories since she was eight, drawing maps of fantasy islands with train systems and timetables at ten. Unfortunately no-one wanted a fantasy island designer, so she tried a few careers, getting great experiences in business, environmental research and social work. She finally got back to building her own worlds, and wrote about them. Her business background enabled her to become an independent author, responsible for her own publications. Her first series, the Princelings of the East, mystery adventures for advanced readers set in a world of tunnels and castles entirely populated by guinea pigs, now has seven books online and in print. Jemima does chapter illustrations for these. She has also edited two volumes of Christmas stories for young readers, the BookElves Anthologies, and her father's memoirs White Water Landings, about the Imperial Airways flying boat service in Africa. She is now writing the third in her science fiction series set in the Viridian System, in which the aliens include sentient trees. Jemima lives in a village in Norfolk with her guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for her first stories, The Princelings of the East. She is now writing science fiction for grown-ups as well as completing the Princelings series, and writing more short stories for anthologies.
I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books. Please follow me on this adventure. Hook up with me on Facebook (Author Cheryl Carpinello), Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google. Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello's Writing Pages where I interview childrens/MG/Tween/YA authors; and The Quest Books (www,advebturequestbooks.com) where I've teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of England/France/Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find all of our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place. Find the award-winning The King's Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/204894. A children's Arthurian adventure/mystery! 2014 Global eBook Gold Award Winner in Fiction-Juvenile, the Children's Literary Classics 2012 Silver Award recipient and Seal of Approval http://clcreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/young-knights-of-round-table-kings.html Find my first Arthurian tale here also: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50290
Rebecca M. Douglass mostly resides in Daly City, California, with her husband and two teenaged sons. Her imagination resides where it pleases, in and out of this world. After a decade of working at the library, she is still learning the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.
Wendy Leighton-Porter devotes her time to writing books for children after 20 years of teaching French, Latin and Classical studies. Shadows from the Past is a series of time-travel adventure stories, featuring three children and a rather special Tonkinese cat. She is currently working on the ninth book in the series, The Shadow of the Two Princes.
S.W. Lothian is the author of the popular JJ Sterling time-travel action series that includes The Golden Scarab, The Cursed Nile, The Fallen Pharaoh, and The Missing Link (to be released). He has also won a legion of fans for his somewhat off-beat Time Square series that includes The Shift, UFO, and Triangle (due 2018). His newest work, the dystopian Subway series, kicks off with Subway | Palliatopia later in 2017. Lothian hails from Western Australia and due to personal experience is an advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. More information about S.W. and his books can be found at www.swlothian.com . You can also find him on social media | Facebook - S.W.Lothian : Author | Twitter - @swlothian | Instagram - swlothian | Goodreads - swlothian |
Annaliese Matheron was born in Hampshire in 1980, but spent her childhood years through to college in Essex, where her maternal family lived. Annaliese took a long time to figure out what she was intended to do with her life despite her year 5 teacher Miss Jones pronouncing her literary streak. At first she thought she would be an ice skater, followed swiftly by a bank manager then an actress. For a while she harboured a passion to be an archaeologist, then an astrophysicist. This lasted until college when she wanted to be a theatre director before deciding upon becoming an English teacher. It was during her English degree that she rediscovered writing. Having a young family and never growing up too much, made it only natural that she write for children and young adults. Writing makes perfect sense to her now. Not only does it embrace her life long need for books, but it provides her with a means to explore all the things she has ever wanted to be and more between the safety and comfort of two pages. But if only she had heeded Miss Jones' words of advice it would have been a swifter ride. Ninja Nan and Sidekick Grandad is Annaliese's first book for children and was in part inspired by her own wonderful Grandparents, who may or may not be ninjas! And their dog Pixie who was not as evil as the Pixie in the book. The Ninja Nan adventure continues with, three more exciting books; Ninja Nan Strikes Again, Ninja Nan and her Merry Men and NInja Nan and the Trio of Trouble. Annaliese's new book Wolflore is out now and is sure to be a big hit!
Ben’s storytelling adventures started as a Production Assistant on the set of the film, A River Runs Throught It. After forgetting to bring the crew’s walkie talkies, losing Robert Redford’s jacket and asking Brad Pitt if he was related to Paul Newman (in front of Paul Newman) he decided that film production didn’t “speak” to him. Since no one else on the set would speak to him either he knew he needed to find work that required minimal human contact. Writing. THAT he could do. So he wrote Film and TV scripts for a few years, saw a couple produced and then made a lateral leap, which looked more like a clumsy stumble, into videogames (this was back when they’d take anyone who could say “joystick” without laughing). He enjoyed it. But even with millions of people playing his games online, he yearned for the writing life and so abandoned lateral leaps and clumsy stumbles and decided to belly flop into the life of an Auror. Wait, that’s not right. Author. His two series, Shirley Link and The Camelot Kids appeal to young and old alike. Emily Neuburger of Parents.com says, “[Shirley Link] is an amazing series!” and Julie Ann Grasso (author of the Adventure of Caramel Cardamom books) says The Camelot Kids will “leave you clutching onto your Kindle.” Stephen King says, “I’m not providing blurbs at this time,” but Ben is chipping away at King’s resolve. Ben is currently working on the next Shirley Link story (Shirley Link & The Party Poopers), The Camelot Kids: Book Two and a new Sci-Fi series titled Atticus. He's taken up the writerly life in the Forbidden Forest at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W. He's about to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York's School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in Summer, 2015. Sign up for Ben Zackheim's newsletter and enjoy peeks at his upcoming releases at http://www.benzackheim.com