My next book in the Spirit Lake series is here, ready to be downloaded to your eReaders! I’m super excited to share my next “baby” with the world: The Wrong Fairy Tale. Here’s the synopsis:
Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.
It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six finds themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.
Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?
Quick info for The Wrong Fairy Tale:
Appropriate for: Ages 14+
Add it on Goodreads: Click HERE
Amazon: Click HERE
Barnes & Noble: Coming soon…
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Kobo: Click HERE
–>Paperback editions for Spirit Lake and The Wrong Fairy Tale will be available July 14th.
By the way, if you don’t have an eReader, you can download the Kindle app for FREE for your smartphone, tablet, or computer by clicking HERE.
Thank you so much, dear readers, for your continual support of my work. Because of you, I actually have an audience. And, I hope you guys enjoy my latest book! I’m currently writing book #3 in the Spirit Lake series, Freak Show, and can’t wait until it’s finished and ready to be shared. 😉
Also, don’t forget to leave me a review! Reviews are like rainbows and unicorns for authors, and we sure do appreciate them. Thank you! ❤
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re doing better than the average American. And, hey…I’m not writing Latin here; this post is probably 4th grade reading material, in regards to comprehension. Are you surprised?
According to DoSomething.org, 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. And, according to some of the latest stats from the Literacy Project Foundation, 50% of adults in America cannot read a book at an 8th grade level. (Don’t even get me started on how we rank in the subjects of Science and Mathematics.)
It’s obvious we have a serious problem. To have knowledge means to have power, to be better informed. Without furthering our knowledge, which is often done via reading, we risk becoming ignorant, less apt to have an open mind, and foolishly happy to remain complacent with the status quo.
Again from the Literacy Project Foundation, here’s the impact that illiteracy has on our society:
3 out of 5 people in American prisons can’t read
To determine how many prison beds will be needed in future years, some states actually base part of their projection on how well current elementary students are performing on reading tests
85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading
Approximately 50% of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as reading prescription drug labels
Sobering, isn’t it? Though it’s hard to pinpoint any one cause of the illiteracy epidemic in America, I think it’s safe to say that with the rise of “microwave technology,” where many things are simply done for us without us having to think, efficiency is having a negative impact on the simple pleasures (and necessity) of reading. I am actually in the age bracket of the MTV generation, and remember how technological entertainment steadily took over the minds of the generations after mine.
I’m not saying that TV or movies or smartphones are bad, but I am saying that many of us have allowed ourselves to send our brains on a sluggish vacation every night to watch hours of TV while playing Words With Friends on our iPhones. There’s an enticing, addictive factor about just shutting down the human computer and booting up the mechanical one. Americans have not really been the best at striking a balance in life, and I know this from personal experience and observation gained while traveling to other countries and studying what makes them different from us.
I’ll admit that I’ve had periods in my life where I didn’t read for pleasure because I was so consumed by work or school. In fact, even though I was writing fiction while earning my undergraduate degree, I wasn’t actively reading (say what?!) until a year after I graduated! I was so burned out from textbooks that my mind needed a long break. However, I’ve always been a reader, and I owe it to my parents who modeled a love of books. Were it not for them, I don’t know what would have eventually gotten me into books. Therefore, I am so grateful to them for instilling such a love for literature, encouraging me to better my intellect while escaping to another world. (Also, I’ve just finished reading book #115 of 2015! N.B.D.)
So, my point is this: a love for reading starts with us. A solution to the problem of illiteracy in America begins with us. We are the role models and need to take our roles very seriously. We need to rediscover reading for ourselves—if we are not already active readers—and help others rediscover or simply discover reading for themselves.
I’m proud to be a part of Cosby Media Productions’ 2015 “Rediscover Reading” initiative. As a media company that runs a publishing branch, a love for reading is of the utmost importance to us—but we also are passionate about playing a part in solving the problem of illiteracy.
I’m asking you to join our initiative by becoming an active reader, and then finding just one person with whom to share your love of reading. Just one. Why? Because change starts with us, and if we can get one other person hooked on reading, and they do the same for another…you do the math. From just one person’s change, a whole nation, theoretically, could be changed for the better. Will you join me and Rediscover Reading for yourself? Help someone else Rediscover Reading?
If you want to show your enthusiasm in a BIG WAY, then take it to social media. All year long, we’ll be using #RediscoverReading to show that we’re participating in the initiative, hoping that others will catch on and join the fun. You can also check out the fairly new Facebook page we’ve started for the Rediscover Reading campaign by clicking HERE and adding to the conversation. And, if you’re reading a really great book and want to share, you can tweet it, Instagram it, pin it on Pinterest…the possibilities are endless. Just be sure to use #RediscoverReading when posting.
I’ll do my best to keep things updated here in regards to the latest news for #RediscoverReading. 🙂 Now, your assignment is to figure out what book to read this month, and then who you’ll share it with.
–>Read more stats about illiteracy at: DoSomething.org, Literacy Project Foundation, and StudentsFirst.org.
And…speaking of reading…
My second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale, comes out tomorrow! Woohoo! Shameless pitch: If you don’t know what to read this month, pick up an eBook copy of my book. 😉
You can pre-order The Wrong Fairy Tale on Amazon by clicking HERE. (Paperback available July 14th.) Do if for the kids, do it for yourself, do it for my retirement fund. This is my best work to date, and I am super excited to share it with readers!
Until next time, lovely readers…xx
Happy Thursday, readers!
I wanted to let you all know about a new release from my dear friend and writing partner, Robin Woods. Her exciting and sexy YA Vampire Watcher Series has finally come to its conclusion. I have been a fan from the start, and was able to beta read, proofread, and edit most of the series. I highly recommend this book; grab your copy TODAY:
Add it on Goodreads:
Here’s the gorgeous cover:
And click HERE to visit Robin’s website to find out where you can stalk her online. Hope you guys pick up a copy! Happy reading! 🙂
Robin’s love affair with vampire lore began at age eight when she was mesmerized by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She took advantage of her summers off and traveled all of Europe; she even managed to find herself in one of Vlad Dracul’s castles in Romania. She escaped unharmed.
When she is not torturing her high school English students or chasing her two small children around, she is sitting in a local coffee shop wondering how vampires like their lattes.
Happy Monday, readers!
I have a special post today. Braxton Cosby is releasing a bunch of really cool books this year, and coming soon is the Star-Crossed Saga. I already did a cover reveal for the first book in the series: Protostar. Its follow-up, Supernova, is just as exciting and fabulous as Protostar. I also had the privilege of editing this incredible book, and I can’t wait until it’s available to the public. Lovers of YA and SciFi especially are in for a real treat with this series.
Braxton is also hosting a cover reveal for yours truly, over at his blog! If you want to see the cover for my next book in the Spirit Lake Series, The Wrong Fairy Tale, head on over to his website. 🙂
And now, here’s the insanely gorgeous and cool cover for Supernova:
Isn’t that such an awesome cover? I LOVE it! Check out the blurb below:
WHAT YOU CHOOSE, BECOMES YOU…
Against everything he had known as truth, William has made the choice to protect Sydney from the forces seeking to destroy her. But just as these two Star-Crossed lovers are beginning to explore their relationship and search for answers to the mysteries of Sydney’s existence, she advances to the next stage of her Star-child evolution—Supernova—and struggles not only to control her new powers, but also the emotions for her new love. William seeks to find the truth behind Sydney’s erratic behavior, while overcoming the new threat headed to Earth to destroy them. With new villains and old allies on the horizon, and chaos brewing on William’s home world, will self-sacrifice prove to be the only way for him to achieve victory and defend his love, or is there another way?
SUPERNOVA is the follow-up to the debut award-winning novel: PROTOSTAR!
Updated eBook release dates for Protostar & Supernova:
Release date for Protostar & Supernova paperbacks:
Broken Prince, the exciting novella in the Star-Crossed Saga, will be available on eBook:
About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies.
For a full bio, click HERE to visit his website.
You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.