Friday, May 30, 2008

The Fountain Pen Newsletter, June 2008

From Mayra's Desk...

Dear Readers,
The summer holidays are just around the corner. I don't know about you, but when I hear the words 'summer holidays' I immediately picture myself relaxing under the sun with a great book (actually, BOOKS) in my hands. I hope you'll enjoy the author interviews this month and possibly choose some of their books for your summer reading material.
June will be an incredibly hectic month for me, as I'll be interviewing about 20 book reviewers and book review editors for Blogcritics Magazine, as well as going an a virtual book tour to promote the release of my picture book, Crash!
So if there's someone who'll be looking forward to the holidays, that will be me!
Enjoy the issue!


Join me at Blogcritics Magazine's Book Section for the book launch of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing!

From June 1 until June 30 I'll be interviewing 20 reviewers and review editors on various aspects of book reviewing. Some of my guests will include: James Cox from Midwest Book Review, Alex Moore from Foreword Magazine, Irene Watson from Reader Views, Andrea Sisco from Armchair Interviews, Hilary Williamson from Book Loons, Magdalena Ball from The Compulsive Reader, Andrea Sisco from Armchair Interviews, Linda Baldwin from Road to Romance, Judy Clark from Mostly Fiction, and many others!

But that's not all. There will be great prizes for 3 lucky winners! The winners will be drawn from the people who leave comments at the bottom of the interviews during the event. The winners will be announced on July 1st on The Slippery Book Review Blog.

These are the prizes:

1st Prize: A Virtual Book Tour (courtesy of Dorothy Thompson's, Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours, a $199 value!) OR an alternative 1st Prize of a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. The winner will be able to choose among these two first prizes.

2nd Prize:

A one-year subscription to ForeWord Magazine.

3rd Prize:

A T-shirt with the cover of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing on the front.

Here's what the reviewers are saying about The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing...

Review by Reader Views

Review by Armchair Interviews

More news!

Join me this month as I tour the blogosphere to promote my 2nd children's picture book, CRASH!

Crash! is a story about friendship and the bond that develops between a little boy and his first puppy. It also teaches young children about the responsibility of owning and caring for a pet.

Half of my royalties will be donated to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit organization.

For details about the tour and a full schedule of my tour stops, as well as reviews, coloring pages, and games for kids, please visit Crash the Puppy.

Be sure to visit... I'll be giving away a $20 gift certificate to a lucky winner!


Fantasy Author A.F. Stewart

Tecno-Thriller Author Dan Ronco

Fantasy Author Christopher Hoare

Multi-genre Author Kim McDougall

Freelance Children's Writer Donna McDine

Young Adult Novelist Celise Downs

Suspense Author Michaela Riley

Author Emilio Corsetti

Special Interview!

Norwegian Waters Turn to Blood


Curse of the Bayou (3rd book in the Cynthia’s Attic series)
by Mary Cunningham
Echelon Press
ISBN: 1-59080-575-5
Copyright 2008
Paperback, 160 pages, $9.99
Middle-grade, Fantasy/Mystery

Reviewed by Mayra Calvani

More time travel, magic, and adventure await young readers in this the 3rd book of Cunningham’s Cynthia’s Attic series: Curse of the Bayou. This time our tween travelers, Gus and Cynthia, go back in time as far back as 1844 to the Louisiana bayou in order to solve the mystery of Cynthia’s great-grandfather Beau Connor’s disappearance.

Twelve-year old Gus and Cynthia are nothing short of ordinary. For one thing, they are able to travel back and forth in time by way of Cynthia’s old trunk, situated in the cobweb-filled attic of an old mansion. Despite the fact that they’re so different, they’re also super best friends. In this installment, the girls must go back in time to find out what really happened to Beau Connor and the reason why he vanished while on a business trip. If you think the intrepid duo has been in danger before, hold your breath for Curse of the Bayou: treacherous Louisiana swamps, man-eating alligators, shape-shifting pumas, and evil pirates are some of the delicious surprises the reader will encounter.

I have read all of Cunningham’s books so far and I have to say this is the best. I especially loved the ‘Southern’ atmosphere in this book, the threatening setting of the swamps and humid Louisiana climate. Each chapter is filled with mystery and adventure and ends with an exciting cliffhanger. The pace is quick and the chapters short, adding to the suspense. I also found the dialogue between Gus and Cynthia a lot funnier and wittier in this book. Some of their wisecracks are really clever. Cunningham keeps the reader guessing by switching back and forth in time. For this reason I would say that although this is a middle-grade book, it could be confusing if not read with full attention. This is a book that will appear to most young girls, especially to those who love stories about best friends and adventure/mystery with a dash of fantasy.


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