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Over at Mother Daughter Book Reviews, I am participating in a $25.00 Book Blast Giveaway featuring The Shadow of the Unicorn by Suzanne de Montigny. If you love unicorns, you will enjoy this book! Just might be a great idea for a Christmas gift. You can read the review here
About the Book
Author: Suzanne de Montigny
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Number of pages: 157
Recommended age: 9+
A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change in the world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. Danger of a more sinister nature threatens when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley and their leader, Ishmael, discovers the healing power of the unicorns’ horns. Azaria, now a young stallion, must use his wits to save the herd from complete extinction.
* #1 in the Animals in their World list on Goodreads Listopia *
* #1 in the Christmas Stocking Stuffers list on Goodreads Listopia *
Winner of the 2013 Global E-book Award for Best Fantasy/Alternate History
“Kudos to Ms. de Montigny for writing an original variation on the fantasy epic–unicorns intermingling with dinosaurs! The book’s themes include the humane and environmental concerns that Watership Down and the films of Hayao Miyazaki have in common. If you have a middle grader or are just young at heart, pick up The Shadow Of The Unicorn.” ~ 5 Star Review, Stuart W., Amazon
“The Shadow of the Unicorn is a must-read for all unicorn lovers, but even more so for the ones, like my self, who hadn’t read anything about them yet. It is a thrilling and encouraging story about a young unicorn that has to save his herd after a meteor nearly destroyed their environment and killed the dinosaurs. Suzanne de Montigny created a compelling universe with believable characters and a great adventure story to challenge them with. While the story finishes in this book, I can’t wait to read about the new adventures the unicorns will face..” ~ 5 Star Review, Antje H., Amazon
“This story pulled me in with a beautiful portrayal of a time and place where unicorns and dinosaurs live side by side. It moved me forward with unexpected twist and turns (a requirement in any good story). I found it hard to put the book down and was totally engaged in seeing the young characters (unicorns and dinosaurs) survive and grow because of the challenges they faced.” ~ 5 Star Review, NW Harris, Amazon
“I just finished reading The Shadow of the Unicorn. What a story teller Suzanne de Montigny is. She combined unicorns with dinosaurs and spun a tail of magic that kept me turning the pages, not to mention throwing in an evil that came in the form of a human! What an enjoyable story – and here I thought these mystic animals were extinct. I just didn’t know what to look for!” ~ 5 Star Review, Penny E., Amazon
“What a delightfully unique book. Unicorns and dinosaurs facing changing conditions. Darius is a young dinosaur capable of seeing the future. Azaria is a young unicorn who becomes a friend and learns from Darius. Yes, there are humans in this book. They are the villains of the story. Greedy beasts. I think both boys and girls will love this story. Very quick paced and easy to read. A delightful story, and I look forward to more from this author.“ ~ 5 Star Review, DM Lawrence, Amazon
*Half of all proceeds go to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of eye specialists who travel to third world countries with thousands of pairs of glasses and perform eye surgery for free.*
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About the Author: Suzanne de Montigny
Suzanne de Montigny wrote her first unicorn story at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with unicorns. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, is her first novel. Suzanne lives in Burnaby, B.C. with the three loves of her life – her husband and two boys.
* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest runs: December 2, 2013 to January 1, 11:59 pm, 2014
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Suzanne de Montigny and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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I would like to introduce Joei Carlton, an amazing woman I met through the BC Association of Travel Writers. I know you will find what she has to say fascinating.
1.This blog is about following your dreams. Can you tell us about a dream or two you had as a young girl. Has this dream(s) come true for you?
I have never been a believer in “The Bucket List.” As soon as I wanted something I would work towards that goal. As a child I dreamed of running away to exotic lands. When I finished high school and worked to earn money I left home. At 18 the only two places my parents allowed me to move to were either Florida (where I had an aunt and uncle) or California (where my sister Mona – five years older than I lived). I moved to California. Can you imagine living in Hollywood during the 60’s. What fun.
Another dream was working in law enforcement. I spent 3 years working as a private investigator in various jobs from undercover work, store detective, divorce or child custody cases, and then Wackenhut where I was put on the airlines as an undercover agent. From 1968 to 1970 I was on the LA Police Department.
When I returned to Canada I went from office worker to sales (my favorite) to owning my own very successful Wool and Needlecraft shop. I definitely lived my own dream. I loved being in charge of my own life.
2. What were some of your favourite books as a child?
I came by my love of adventure in the all the books I read as a child. I read every Nancy Drew Mystery and Hardy Boys book I could get my hands on. My love of horror books came from reading every horror comic book even if they gave me the most horrible nightmares.
3. When did you start writing and what motivated you to write.
My writing career was born out of the saddest part of my life. It had been my husband dream to go traveling. Willing to follow the love of my life anywhere he chose, we sold our home, sold my business while Paul quit his job and embarked on a life of adventure. We spent 2-1/2 years in a motorhome traveling through Great Britain, most of Europe, parts of northern Africa and continuing our adventure in the U.S and Canada. On the 26th of June, 1992 Paul had a heart attack in a German campground and died before ever leaving the campground. I was devastated but decided almost immediately to visit all the places we had planned together.
The year after he died I spent my summer working on 3 archaeological digs in England and a year later I spent 5 months overseas – a month in England selling my motorhome, 3 months in turkey traveling from Side in the south to Istanbul in the north and inland as far as Cappadoccia…..loving every minute of it.
When I returned home it was to a pile of mail – and on top was a magazine called Modern Maturity – from AARP. The back of the magazine asked “Have you been someplace where the sun is always shining and the phone never rings.” I set up my Smith Corona typewriter and pounded out a 3 page story that I sent off to the magazine. Needless to say I heard nothing back and eventually showed the story to my neighbor. She gushed over it – told me that the local newspaper called The Pelican Press would love it – so I repacked it and sent it. The rest is history. My first story became a 2-page spread with 3 pictures in an award winning newspaper published 2 days before my 51st birthday on February 9, 1995. They even spelled my name right.
4. Your books are hilarious, have you always had such a great sense of humour?
I have to say “yes.” I have learned that “sense of humor” runs in families and almost everyone in my family cracks me up. I have also maintained that you can’t live the way I do – 22 years as a solo RVer and 13 years as a full-time RVer – without seeing the funny side of life.
5. You are a woman of many talents, besides keeping everyone amused with your books, you make exquisite bookmarks, spiders and tree of life pendants. What prompted you to start creating these items?
I feel that my beading is a “guilty” pleasure. My mother spent many hard years of her life working in a factory in Montreal beading hats for pennies. I do it mostly for pleasure and it occupies a different part of my creative brain. I love the feel and the shapes and the various sizes and especially the colors – it satisfies every part of my creative mind. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful that my eyes are in good shape and my hands are very steady.
6. What would you say has been a defining moment in your life?
Interesting question: What is my defining moment? I never thought of any part of my life in defining moments. I try anything that looks interesting and fun. I’m not a daredevil at all so I would immediately dismiss anything where I might get hurt physically or mentally but, as I approach my 70th birthday I’m starting to make different decisions about my travels and my writing and my career…….I’ll announce more when I know more…..but changes are acomin’.
7. You are a woman who travels solo, what advice would you give a woman who is contemplating travelling on her own?
What advice would I give a woman just starting out – your instincts will tell you when things are not right – leave when you don’t feel safe and never drive after dark. Find other travelers like yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously. A lot of fun to be found out here.
8. What are you reading right now?
For reading pleasure purposes I still love mysteries or family sagas or real-life adventure but what I’m reading now involves marketing my new e-books. I spent all summer long converting all but one of my adventure-travel books to e-books. Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare is being updated and re-edited and will become a memoir rather than a travel-adventure and will be converted to an e-book in 2014 or 2015. It’s my favorite and I want to keep it going.
9. What advice would you give a young person with their entire life before them?
Don’t concentrate so hard on what’s going on around you that you miss something coming at you out of the corner of your eye. Passions change and always do something that you’re passionate about.
10. Any parting words?
I think I’ve said it all. Thanks for listening.
Sorry, WordPress won’t let me add pictures for some reason. Check out Joei’s website to see what she looks like.
Today I’m the guest blogger over at The Global Bookshelf, a wonderful site for travel related books.
by Gillian on October 29, 2013 in Author Interview
Our Travel Books For Kids series was the most popular monthly feature so far here on The Global Bookshelf. So when Darlene Foster approached me to tell the story of how her Amanda In… children’s book series came to be I was excited to hear about it. Here she tells how she weaves her own travels into the stories told from a 12 year old perspective.
Turning Travel Memories into Books for Kids
Since I was a very young girl, I’ve wanted to do two things, travel and write. My first time on an airplane was 37 years ago when I flew to England to marry my British husband. I was so excited. I didn’t mind that London was fogged in and we had to land in Scotland first. Read the rest….
If you are looking for travel related books for any age reader check out Gillian’s website:
Here is some of what was said:
This travel book is full of adventures and mystery that will be easy for any young mind to assess and evaluate. What I love about this book is the specific descriptions of the famous landmarks in England and how these are worked out in the story to help Amanda and Leah solve the mystery of the missing vintage novel.
This travel novel is indeed worth reading because it offers extraordinary descriptions of the famous landmarks in England coming from a young traveller’s point of view. I give this travel book a rating of four beach umbrellas for the innocent way the country was described and all the values that the author has imparted to her readers through Amanda. She really did a great job of bringing out the young traveler in me and, I’m sure, to all her readers as well.
To read the entire review with pictures and excerpts, please visit
Wishing everyone in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and for this awesome review.
I will be spending time with my wonderful daughter this weekend. There will be pictures. What are your plans?
From the back cover:
A treasure! That is what Kya decides to search for one hot, sunny afternoon. Nobody has ever attempted such an important mission in her small village in Uganda before. Will she find what she is looking for? Come along on Kya’s adventure and help her find her very special treasure!
This book, written by an eight-year-old Canadian girl, is a refreshing story about a young African girl on an extraordinary quest. It highlights the differences between needs and wants by focusing on various objects that different cultures value. Used as a valuable teaching tool or a bedtime story, children of all ages are sure to enjoy this book.
This young woman is an inspiration for anyone, of any age, who has an idea or a dream!
According to an article in the Delta Optimist, Teagan was inspired after seeing a June story in the Optimist about a team of locals heading to Kamuli, Uganda to help build a well and clean water system at the Good Samaritan Community Nursery and Primary School. Since she enjoys drawing, painting and writing, she created her book, titled Kya’s Treasure, to help “the kids in Africa to have clean water.” She decided to write and illustrate this book to raise funds to help build wells in Kamuli, Uganda and in other areas of Africa. – See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/girl-creates-book-to-help-kids-in-africa-1.643554#sthash.eJUn5T0M.dpuf
The book has delightful illustrations and a wonderful message about what a treasure means to various individuals, represented by African animals.
Children will love this book, learn about another part of the world and perhaps be inspired to help those less fortunate themselves. Parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, will have fun reading it to the little ones.
Teagan’s mother told me that initially Teagan wanted to go to Africa with the team to help build the well. When she was told she was too young to go along, this enterprising young woman decided to write a book instead ,to help out. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go the team to help build the well in Kamuli, Uganda. I have no doubt Teagan will get to Africa herself one day.
The book is available at
Albany Books, Tsawwassen
Black Bond Books
I wish Teagan much luck with this delightful book. I am sure it is the first of many more to come.
I have been blogging for over three years and the best thing I have discovered about blogging is the fabulous friends you make. One of my favourite blogging buddies is Erik Weibel. Erik is eleven years old and has a blog called thiskidreviewsbooks . He writes excellent reviews that are honest and entertaining. He has reviewed all three of my books, here, here and here. He is an amazing young man who has a wonderful way with words. Not only does he blog regularly, reads a lot, writes a monthly article in the local paper, has a black belt in TaeKwon-Do, he has also written and published a book. No wonder I call him Superkid!
His book is Tomato and Pea Book ONe: A Bad Idea
“For years the evil villain Wintergreen had tried to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg. In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home.”
He is currently conducting a blog tour and if you want to read more about Erik’s first published novel, check out a review on the blog site of another blogging friend of mine, Beth Stillborn, where you can enter to win a copy of The Adventures of Tomato and Pea
This is what Mrs. Stillborn has to say about the book:
Why I like this book: It has adventure, it has wordplay, it has humor, and it has plot twist after plot twist. Erik is very good at making the reader relax, thinking everything is going to be all right, then at the next page turn, throwing an even greater obstacle in the way of the characters. To read more and to enter to win a copy of this fun book:
The book is for sale on Amazon (kindle and paperback) and CreateSpace (paperback) at the following links:
I wish this Superkid much success with his first published book. I know we will be hearing a lot more about him in the future. He is an inspIration to anyone regardless of age. I am pleased to be able to call him my friend!
If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to have a book trailer created check out this site:
Ami Blackwelder is a talented author, book cover designer and book trailer creator. She created a trailer for Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask and I am very happy with it. The process is quick and painless.
You can watch it here
She can create a video for any kind of book: picture books, middle readers, young adult, romance, fantasy - you name it!
I like to hear about these resources myself, so I thought I would share this one with you.
Have a super week ahead!
I was pleased to recieve a wonderful 5 star review for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel at Long and Short Reviews
Here is what they said:
Amanda in England: The Missing Novel is a delightful romp through modern-day London. I highly recommend it for readers in late elementary school or for anyone who loves solving playful mysteries that do not reveal their secrets easily. You can read the rest here http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/amanda-in-england-the-missing-novel-by-darlene-foster/
For September 1 and 2 only, Long and Short Reviews is offering a monthly poll to decide which book or story sounds like the best read based on their reviews. The winning author gets a nifty button and the privilege of having their book or story featured at the top of the Long and Short Reviews home page the entire next month, as well as getting a custom made animated banner from Goddess Fish Promotions to publicize their review and the win!
If you haven’t already voted for Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, could you please take a moment to so. It is very easy, you don’t have to log in or anything. Here is the link http://wp.me/p2ZcT9-5yC
It would be so cool if my book won. But you have to hurry as it’s only open until the end of MOnday, September 2, EST
Thanks so much!