Why I Wrote It – How To Write Your Best Story

“Most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” – Flannery O’Connor. My corollary: “Story rules. Plot drools.” – Philip Martin. Why did I write How to Write Your Best Story ? Here’s the tale. [This is a guest post by Philip Martin, author of How To Write Your Best Story: Advice for Writers on… Read More

Odin’s Promise – Awards and Accolades

Odin’s Promise: A Novel of Norway, a middle-grade historical novel by Wisconsin author Sandy Brehl, has been gathering some lovely praise and awards. Recent accolades include: Best Girl-Empowering Books of 2014 (Ages 9–12) – A Mighty Girl Website. Ten Best Indie Middle-Grade Novels of 2014 – ForeWord Magazine . Finalist, Midwest Book Award (Children’s Fiction) – Midwest Independent Publishers Association (winners… Read More

Bookmarked for Murder Released in Scrappy Library Mystery Series

Crispin Books is pleased to announce the release of a third book in Marion Moore Hill’s “Scrappy Librarian” series. Bookmarked for Murder is actually the first title in Hill’s three-book series (so far), which Crispin Books has now re-released in new editions, with the other two books released several months ago. The series features inquisitive public librarian Juanita Wills, who… Read More

Fun Spooky Books for Boys

It’s October . . . the perfect month to curl up by the fire and enjoy a spooky ghost story. Raymond Bial, noted Illinois children’s book author, is especially fond of the humorous tale, with restless ghosts haunting every old barn and overgrown cemetery . . . but also full of good messages about friendship, doing the right thing, helping… Read More

Warming Fires – Book of Short Stories Set in Wisconsin

[By Alissa Knop • For Immediate Release] If you’ve lived in the Midwest, these characters will be instantly familiar to you. Now in a second edition, Jeff Kunkel’s Warming Fires: Stories for All Seasons is back in print with an entertaining cast of Midwestern characters, with the bonus of a new story added to the collection. In this book of… Read More

Twelve Tips for Young Writers

Summer reading for kids? How about summer writing! Here are some great tips for young writers.

Cook the Books Released – A Cozy Library Mystery Set in Oklahoma

Looking for a nice mystery about a nosy public librarian and adult literacy tutoring, all sprinkled, like little candies on a poisoned cupcake, with a few dead bodies and oodles of suspects? Then you’ll want to read Oklahoma author Marion Moore Hill’s latest installment in her Scrappy Librarian Mystery series: Cook the Books. Cook the Books is a cozy mystery… Read More

New eBook Highlights 10 Great Hikes on the Lake Michigan Shoreline

[By Alissa Knop • For Immediate Release] Looking for a good walk on the beach? Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors to enjoy the sun and cool lake breezes, and Loreen Niewenhuis’ new eBook, Best Lake Michigan Hikes: 10 Favorite Lake Michigan Hikes on the Beach, has some great ideas for your next outdoors adventure. The best part:… Read More

Scandinavian Resistance in World War II – Novels for Middle-Grade Readers

Here are five recommended historical novels for young readers about Scandinavian resistance activities in World War II. All involve the children in the stories in key roles to stand up to Nazi German invaders, seeing the difficult choices and dangers through their youthful eyes. All of novels weave factual information about the German occupation, resistance efforts, and Nazi policies into… Read More

Why I Wrote The Purpose of Fantasy – A Manifesto for Fantasy Literature

[by Philip Martin, Author of The Purpose of Fantasy] In the beginning, according to Peter S. Beagle, all literature was fantasy. As he says in the introductory essay to his anthology, The Secret History of Fantasy (Tachyon, 2010): “How could it have been otherwise . . . ? Story then, in every part of the world, was a means of… Read More