Steampunk is a sizzling genre right now and only getting hotter!
Wikipedia gives us these definitions of Steampunk: “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature and art that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power…Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making… Continue reading
Nightmares really do come true, and for fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood, they are just beginning. Raised on a farm by his Aunt Martha, Kyler has no clue about the magical heritage swimming through his blood. When he discovers evidence of a mythical creature, a terrifying beast thought only to exist in fairy tales, his safe world shatters.
Left at a school of magic to hunt for clues, he is overwhelmed and disbelieved. As loved ones begin disappearing and Orcs roam the land, Kyler must undergo a journey that takes him from the High Courts of the King to the unknown forests of the East. His magic just awakening, Kyler is the lone hope for a world that will not listen.
Dorine White is a very entertaining author of several books for youth. Her current book, The Awakening, is soon to be released–December 2, 2014. Check it out on Amazon and… Continue reading
Marsha Ward weaves a compelling story, one worth reading. I’ve read and enjoyed all of her books in this series. Gone for a Soldier is a prequel to the other four. I would recommend reading it first as it gives us a history, and an even better insight, to the characters than we had before.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Rulon Owen loves two things more than life—his country and Mary Hilbrands.
When Virginia secedes from the Union, Rulon enlists, and finds himself
fighting foes both in battle and in his own camp. He struggles to stay
alive against all odds, with a knife-wielding tent-mate and a Union
army that seems impossible to defeat. It will take every ounce of
vigilance he has to survive and, with a little luck, he might make it
home to his wife and the son he’s never… Continue reading
Many of us in this country have forgotten what being “free” really means in our day to day lives. We go about each day expecting our “rights” to be there for whatever it is we want to do or say, to go here or there without question. Do we stop to think that not all people in this world can do the same things as we can? Be as “free” as we are?
I come from a family filled with military service, representing all the branches we have: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including Civil Service. They have been in most all of the wars our country has been involved in, putting their lives on the line in the name of “Freedom.”
My father was one of those. He started his service to his country as a youth in a local scout… Continue reading