Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saylor on the Seashore - Review

Saylor on the Seashore - Coming May 23, 2107
Saylor on the Seashore

Text copyright © 2017 by Tonya Calvert 

Artwork copyright © 2017 
by Alejandro Echavez

Published by Clear Fork Publishing 

ISBN - 978-1-946101-20-4

Interview and Review -  Saylor the Seagull.

 “Ahoy, Saylor!”

“Who me?”

“Yes, you, little seagull.”

“I’d like to tell your story to the world.”

“Well, Tonya already did that.”

“Yes, but I’m going to review it for you  and share it with my readers. And here it is.”

Tonya Calvert has captured the essence of a child in Saylor. A curious seagull, as most children are, he befriends wise, Old Mr. Pelican, who is full of stories about the misadventures of Saylor's fellow seashore dwellers. 

Saylor listens attentively, and tries to remember the safety rules Old Mr. Pelican teaches. But when Saylor’s tummy tells him he’s hungry, Old Mr. Pelican’s words fly away, just like the seabirds on the Panhandle, where Saylor lives. 

He finds himself in a scary predicament. He learns the hard way that to be a happy seagull, first, he must stay safe. As a former Pre-K Director, I'd recommend this book to both parents and child care teachers as an introduction to following safety rules.

                                                                                     --Gayle C. Krause

“So, what do you think, Saylor?”

“I think lots of people would like to read my story and see how I learned my lesson.”

“I'm sure they will. And below is the link to buy your picture book. Thank you for stopping by The Storyteller's Scroll."

Purchase link:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TWICE BETRAYED  is finally published!

So what inspired me to write TWICE BETRAYED?

I’ve always loved history and discovering how things came to be.

When I walked in Pompeii, I felt like I had been there before.

In the Coliseum, a new story blossomed, which I’ve yet to write about one of the entertainers.

In the Caribbean, I’m positive the long-lost pirates whisper to me with each crash of the waves, and so I also have a female pirate story I’m working on. 

But Perdy's story was different. Hers started ten years ago, when I was inspired to write a story with a historical basis. Being an avid seamstress and a certified Home Economics teacher, something with sewing seemed to be the right choice....And Perdy was born.

I wrote the story first. And after it was completed, when I visited the Betsy Ross House, I froze in my tracks. My husband asked me what was wrong.

But nothing was wrong…it was right. I had described the shop, the kitchen, the bedroom Perdy shared with her sister and grandmother in great detail. The only difference between TWICE BETRAYED and the real thing was the shape of the stairs. Mine are square with landings between floors and the real house has circular stairs within the walls.

And since the whole story about Betsy Ross making the first flag is a legend, with no real proof that she actually did make it (ask any historian) it was a perfect setting for my story. 

I love stories that revolve around the Revolutionary War and a girl who sewed and lived during that time was a perfect character for me. And yes, I am in Perdy, somewhere. She's determined, creative, and a little bit feisty.

TWICE BETRAYED is a mix of fact and fiction stitched together to bring new light to the fabric of our country's beginnings, told from the eyes of a 13-year-old, who fell into a web of deceit and struggled to win her freedom, just like the country being born around her.

Mystery, danger, spies, friendship, family, and young love are woven into Perdy's story. I hope you will join her as she travels the streets of Colonial Philadelphia, sometimes running, sometimes tiptoeing, but always looking over her shoulder. 

Available on Amazon :

Friday, March 3, 2017

50 Word Challenge - Write a Children's Story in 50 Words or Less!

The lovely Vivian Kirkfield, children's author of the soon to be released, SWEET DREAMS, SARAH, has challenged us to write a story for children in fifty words or less.
I chose to write a silly one. Here it is:


Cinderella planted three magic beans
in the frog pond, near the castle.
Soon a giant rose bush grew.
The Beast picked a rose off the beanstalk
and gave it to a Cat in a hat,
that tricked an ogre into dancing all night,
until the clock struck twelve.”



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

March Madness Deadline Fast Approaching - Check it Out!

Do you like to rhyme?

But more importantly do you like a challenge?

Sign up for March Madness, a poetry challenge that pits two poetry authletes against each other in brackets much like the "Basketball" March Madness.

The public and students in classrooms across the country vote on the best poem, thus advancing the winner to the next round.

Try's fun!

Here are the details:

Apply before the February 19th (Sunday) deadline

Come join the fun and the excitement.

The application can be found HERE: 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cover Reveal and Signed ARC Giveaway

My name is Prudence Charlotte Rogers, Perdy for short, and I am Betsy Ross's apprentice. At least I was, before the lies about me spread like wildfire through Colonial Philadelphia.

Everyone was already ill-at-ease because the British were NOT going to let us secure our freedom. They schemed and plotted against us and one of the tactics they used was spies.

And that's where my story gets complicated. I was accused of being a British spy. ME? Perry Rogers! I may have snuck out of the house at night without telling my strict Quaker grandmother, and I may have been to blame that my little sister got so sick, but that's it. I'M NO SPY!

You can read about it in TWICE BETRAYED, a new middle grade historical novel all about me and my struggle for freedom.

I’m so excited to share the beautiful cover of my story with you. 
Middle Grade Historical Fiction - American Revolution

Coming out March 28, 2017, readers are promised a rousing ride as they follow me through the streets of Colonial Philadelphia. Historical figures, a possible origin of the first American flag (as it is only legend that Betsy Ross designed it), and spies are woven into TWICE BETRAYED.

 Leave a comment below and be eligible for a signed ARC of my story.

You can purchase it on Amazon and at iBooks or you can attend one of the book festivals where Gayle C. Krause will be selling my story.

Here’s the back copy: 

With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, three girls dress as boys and head to the river to put a perilous plan into action, but only two return. The third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned, with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters on her body, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice in the treasonous plot.

All eyes turn toward Perdy Rogers, Betsy Ross’ thirteen-year-old apprentice. But she’s no spy!  With one friend dead and deserted by another, the thread of friendship is stretched to the breaking point, when Perdy is accused. With her life on the line, Perdy risks more than her freedom as a new nation struggles to be born.

You are all invited to my book's launch party on April 9, 2017 at the Pike County Historical Society's Columns Museum in Milford, PA. Time: 1 PM to 3 PM. 

Come listen to my story.

Taste some of Mam's cookies.

And sip some of Miss Betsy's tea.

Oh, and you might go home with some "revolutionary" goodies.

Thanks for stopping by The Storyteller's Scroll.

P.S. Gayle also has a new picture book coming out in November titled, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON? If you’d like advance notice of when her books will be hitting the bookshelves please follow this blog through the email link or follow her at Author Gayle C. Krause on Facebook, or @GeeCeeK on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Starr Falls, And A Family Is Found.

A few months ago, I hosted a cover reveal for Kim Briggs' first YA novel, STARR FALL. Today, I'd like to welcome you all to view her second book . . .

Starr Lost
Book Two of the Starr Fall Series
By Kim Briggs

ISBN: 978-0-9976212-9-7


Book Two:

On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank,   
Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.
Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.


1. Starr
He leans in to kiss me. I tilt my head up. Our lips are about to meet when images flash before my eyes—white hair, haunting blue eyes, made for pictures smile…. My eyes open wide. “Oh my god, Christian, I just remembered someone from my grandparents’ house.”

He pulls his face away from me, his eyes wide. “Who?”

Gimme a second.” I turn the computer back on. I pace back and forth around the room as it boots up—the WiFi is way too slow for my patience level. “I don’t know his name. I remember his face—his face was plastered all over my grandparents’ wall. He held gold shovels and cut ribbons with my grandparents.”

The Yahoo home screen comes to life. I click the headline section below the newsreel until I get to the one I want. “That guy!” I point at the screen. “That’s the guy!” I click on the picture so it takes up the whole screen. “Jerry White, the pastor of the Jonathon Drive Church. I didn’t remember him until I saw the picture.” I study the screen up close. “Who is the other guy next to him?” I say more to myself than Christian. My eyes skim the headline for the other man’s name.

Before I can read it aloud, Christian says, “That’s Samuel Langhorne, the new governor of North Carolina.”

I’d be an idiot if I missed the bitterness in his voice. “Christian, what’s wrong?”

“He won the election last fall after his Democratic opponent was killed in a car accident.” Tears streak the sides of his face.

“Your dad.”

“My dad.”

About the Author

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides Starr Bishop would make the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim, her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing. Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall Series, releases January 4, 2017. Starr Gone, Book Three of the Starr Fall Series, will release June 2017.

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.

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She shares writing love with her INK Sister Alison Green Myers at INK Sisters Write

GIVEAWAY: As a celebration of Starr Lost’s release, Kim is giving away TEN Ebooks of Starr Fall plus one person will win a $25 Amazon card. Just comment on the blog below and your name will be sent to Kim for a chance to win. :)