Meet Susan K. Marlow

Susan K. Marlow is a Christian and author of the Goldtown Adventure Series

       

Interest level: Primarily ages 8-12 (middle grade)

Reading level: 4th grade

The series is comprised of 4 books, all available in softcover. The last two are also available on kindle, nook and google play.

Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction

Susan K. Marlow once went after a coyote who carried off one or her chickens. She started with a broom and when that didn’t work, she took out after him with a .22 pistol. The coyote stopped and watched her shoot at him 4 times from about 15 feet away. She missed every time. You can read the full, humiliating tale here.

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What is the Goldtown Adventures series about?

It’s 1864. The California Gold Rush is about over, but twelve-year-old Jem Coulter and his sister, Ellie, are sure they can pan more gold from Cripple Creek. With Pa’s new job as sheriff of lawless Goldtown, and a cousin and aunt from back East moving in, there’s plenty of adventure for everyone! Whether figuring out why Cripple Creek has mysteriously dried up or getting caught in the belly of an old mine, Jem’s life in a gold-mining camp is always exciting—with plenty of opportunities to learn to trust God. Wholesome adventure from a biblical worldview.

  1. Badge of Honor – Twelve-year-old Jem Coulter and his sister Ellie’s lives are turned upside down when their father takes the job of sheriff of lawless Goldtown.
  2. Tunnel of Gold – When the Midas mine begins to run out of gold, Goldtown may soon become a ghost town. Jem will do anything to find a way to help save the mine. But is his friend Will’s plan too risky?
  3. Canyon of Danger – As “man of the family” for the week, Jem must figure out what happened to their family’s stolen horse and rifle before his father returns home to Goldtown. A former pony express rider may hold the answer, but can Jem trust him?
  4. River of Peril – A trip to Sacramento turns dangerous when Jem tries to help his father keep gold bound for the Union from falling into the hands of Confederate sympathizers. Then Ellie disappears and Jem finds himself trapped on a paddlewheel steamboat bound for San Francisco.

 In the Goldtown Adventures series who will boys relate to?

Share on pinterest Meet the author of badge of honorBoys will relate to twelve-year-old Jem by following him along on his adventures in a gold town. He has chores, he must learn to accept people different from himself, he protects his younger sister, and he worries about his sheriff father (who wears his badge like a bulls-eye for outlaws). Just like real boys everywhere, Jem stumbles and fails, but he knows God is there to pick him up, whatever the trouble may be.

Why will boys enjoy your books?

What boy wouldn’t want to trade places with twelve-year-old Jeremiah (Jem) Coulter? By following Jem’s adventures, boys can pan for gold, flee claim jumpers, explore old mines (and get trapped), meet a pony express rider, solve mysteries, and enjoy the freedom and high adventure of life in an 1864 gold town and the surrounding countryside.

What would you like boys and their parents to know about your books?

The Goldtown Adventures brings the Gold Rush days of California to life through the eyes of a young boy coming to age in 1864. Jem has a good heart but gets into his share of trouble and danger. He’s a good friend to an old prospector, and although his little sister annoys him, he is protective with a strong sense of family. He knows right from wrong and always wins the yearly Sunday school Bible verse memorization contest. Having scripture come to mind during times of fear and danger gives Jem opportunities to comfort those around him.

The series can be enriched by downloading the FREE study/enrichment guides that accompany each book. In the guides you will find a variety of boy-friendly activities that include gold panning, the Pony Express, animal tracking, paddle-wheel steamboats, a hard-rock miner’s life (you can build a real miner’s stove!) and much more. Numerous links help paint pictures of what it was really like back then. Works great as a homeschool literature unit study. To sample the Goldtown Adventures, you can download the first two chapters of each book.

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Susan K. Marlow has a BA in elementary education and is a 20-year homeschooling veteran. She believes the best part about writing historical fiction is tramping around the actual sites. Although Susan owns a real gold pan, it hasn’t seen much action. Panning for gold is a lot of hard work. She prefers to combine her love of teaching and her passion for writing by leading writing workshops, speaking at young author events, and connecting with readers at homeschool conventions.

You can find Susan K Marlow’s books at: www.GoldtownAdventures.com

Meet J Arthur Moore

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Author J. Arthur Moore standing in his home by many of the books he read as a child.

J. Arthur Moore, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, historian, model train set collector, book collector, helpful neighbor, photography enthusiast, and author!

After contacting Mr. Moore (Joel) and asking him if he could send me some information so I can highlight his “boy” books on our site he invited me to his home. I have to admit, I really enjoyed my morning with Joel. As fellow educators we had loads to talk about, not the least of which was our love for getting boys to read.

Joel was a gracious host. He is a retired History teacher but still has a real passion for getting kids into knowing about and understanding history so it will come as no surprise that his 6 books all combine great stories that are engaging and filled with researched history.

While at his house Joel showed me volume after volume of manuals and books compiled from first hand accounts of the civil war. I am pretty sure you could wallpaper a house with the maps and letters he has accumulated. All of which went into providing details to assure accurate historical fiction. But don’t let that scare you from getting his books. They are very fun to read and mostly teach history “on the sly.” Joel has a particular interest in the boys who fought during the civil war. I was shocked when he shared that more than 250,000 boys, aged 17 and under fought in the Civil War.

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J. Arthur Moore even has books his father and grandfather read.

Joel also combined another of his beloved hobbies with his books. He enjoys photography and all of the pictures in his books are his own. One thing I realized about Joel, he treasures relationships. He spoke of several relationships with his children, grandchildren and even neighbors. He also spoke of several former students that he still keeps up with. So it should come as no surprise that the pictures of the book characters are all individuals that are in some way or form involved with Joel personally.

Along with being an author Joel also runs a few websites and speaks to audiences about his books and also about the boys of the civil war.

Joel was kind enough to give me copies of his 6 books. I asked him if Boys Reading Club could use the books for giveaways after they were reviewed and he said he would be thrilled for us to do that! So keep an eye out for multiple book giveaways coming May 2015!

Here are Author J. Arthur Moore’s books, all of which are great for boys middle school and up. However, they are great books for a father and elementary son to read together. I know both generations would bond over the moving struggles of the main characters.

UPDATE: Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness is now out in a second full color edition. It has also been awarded the bronze medal for fiction-historic-era/period from the Readers’ Favorite book competition.

Also, if  you would like an autographed copy, books can be purchased directly from Joel by contacting him through the website www.acrossthevalleytodarkness.com.

The first 4 books are a novel in four parts called Journey Into Darkness. They are available as separate books or as one large novel.

On the Eve of Conflict – Readers learn about the Civil War while following 10 year old Southern boy, Duane Kinkade’s experiences. With his father away, Duane, his mother, dog Pounder and friend Jamie must survive a difficult winter. In the spring Duane sets out in search of his father.

Up From Corinth – Now 11, Duane finds himself at the battle of Shiloh. There he comes face to face with the harsh realities of the Civil war. After some hardships he finds himself in the care of the Union Army with his identity being concealed by a surgeon and his young ward who befriend him. Finally as spring comes he begins a trek back to the Confederate Army.

Across the Valley to Darkness – Now 12, Duane finds himself in more difficulty. A rapid chain of events carries him from capture along a snowy road by a renegade band of Union cavalry to near death in a blizzard in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, to Lee’s Army of Norther Virginia in its winter camp around Fredericksburg.

Toward the End of the Search – Turning 13, Duane reunites with his Union friends after the battle of Gettysburg. He witnesses several war campaigns. A letter about his pa sends the veteran of 2 and a half years of war heading home.

All 4 of the above books are also available in one volume  Journey Into Darkness

Other books by J Arthur Moore:

Summer of Two Worlds – Born of pioneer parents, prairie orphaned at three, he was adopted by a Sioux warrior. Among the Sioux he was know as Prairie Cub. The name Michael was all he had of his ancestry. He lived the life of a Sioux warrior’s son until his twelfth summer. When the course of history doomed the Indians’s way of life, his father, Thunder Eagle, realizing his son’s white heritage gave him a chance for a future, sent his son back into the white man’s world.

Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness – Co written by J. Arthur Moore’s grandson, Bryson B. Brodzinski.

Bitter over his father’s death at Shiloh Blake sneaks away from family and friends to get revenge on the Union Army. What he finds will change his life forever.

Here is a video trailer for the updated version of Joel and his grandson’s book:

You can learn more about these books and J. Arthur Moore at these websites:

UpFromCorinth.com

AccrossTheValleyToDarkness

If you are near the Philadelphia, PA area and would like to contact the author about coming to speak or do a book signing, or if you want to drop him a note email me and I will give you his contact information.

Author of 6 historically accurate books for boys. Enjoy and grow in reading and learn history! Learn more at BoysRead.Club

Meet Wayne Roe

Wayne Roe is the author of:

Interest Level: 5-10

Reading Level: 7-10

Soft cover book is available from Amazon, Barns and Noble and Blackrosewriting.com.

Genre: Children’s book

Wayne Roe loves drawing cartoons, photography, golf, basketball and traveling.

What is Franky the Son of Frankensteen Goes to School about?

A boy named Franky and his dad move from Transylvania to the USA. Their appearance is quite different from most fathers and sons, green skin, metal bolts in their necks, and flat level heads. Franky finds out the hard way at his school that being new and different can be scary. Find out how Franky finds a way to “fit in” with his new classmates! This book is about acceptance.

In Franky the Son of Frankensteen Goes to School, how will boys relate to Franky?

We all have to go through new beginnings in life. Examples would be moving, going to a new school, joining boy scouts, joining the track team, etc.

Why will boys enjoy your book?

Franky is different looking but is easy to relate to. He also has a pet that is hard not to like. One of the hardest things about childhood is not being accepted by others. Most of us have gone through this or might be going through this right now. I feel boys will be able to relate to this struggle and realize they are not alone.

What would you like boys to know about your book?

Author Wayne Roe

Author Wayne Roe

I wrote the book to show the bond between a father and his son and also if read by an adult it is an excellent conversation starter.

Some concepts boys and their parents can think about:

In the book because the principal is not able to start her car Franky’s dad is presented with an opportunity to help her with her car problem. What does he do?

A sign on the wall in the lunch room says “welcome your new classmate Franky”. How many students are sitting with Franky that first lunch period? Why do you think that is so?

When he brings his pet to school what are the reaction of the other students and what happens then?

Franky’s slogan is “Be awesome, read a book.” Do you think Franky’s teacher and friends like his slogan? Why or why not?

Note from Boys Reading Club:

If your child is the new student or is struggling with being “different” this book can be very valuable to help you with talking to your son (or daughter) in helping them realize that others have faced the same issue and that it is possible to be friends with others who are different.

be-awesome-read-a-book-4-coFind out more about Wayne Roe’s book, Franky, the Son of Frankensteen Goes To School at the book’s website: http://www.frankybook.com/

Authors Bio: As long as I can remember I have been drawing cartoons. My step brother taught me how to draw Fred Flintstone when I was in the 5th grade. I have been hooked on drawing cartoons and Illustrations with a passion ever since. I have tried my hand at oil painting, Web design and computer graphics. I realized for me there is nothing that I love more than drawing. This is my first children’s book to be published, but certainly not my last. There’s an awesome quote by C.S. Lewis that reads: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” God Bless!

Books are available at Amazon and:
Barns and Noble

Black Rose Writing

 

Meet Daffney Whitefield Carlton

Faye (Daffney) Whitefield Carlton is author of

Interest level: 2 yrs old through children of all ages

Reading level: 6 – 12

Soft cover and ebook available to buy through most online bookstores including Xlibris.com,  amaozn.com. and barnesandnoble.com.

Juvenile Fiction, Elementary Reader Level

Author Faye "Daffney" Carlton reading to school children.

Author Faye “Daffney” Carlton reading to school children.

Faye (Daffney) Whitefield Carlton was born on a small remote island of the ‘Bay Islands Of Honduras’ In the western Caribbean. She grew up as a child living the life of adventure and exploration in her simple and humble surroundings of island life while at the same time possessing a strong will and a mind of her own. Daffney has made many friends and achievements in life and was always known by everyone who knew her to be friendly funny and outgoing. She moved to the United States in her late teens where she married a minister and became the proud mother of three beautiful and wonderful children who have made her the proud grandmother of six. She resides in Florida with her husband surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Daffney frequently visits her island and enjoys reminiscing about her childhood life that was fun and full of adventure. Her stories are born from her real life experiences and her desire is to share them with children all around the world. Her stories are educational within themselves while at the same time offering children the opportunity to take a look into another culture in which they can open up their minds to a whole new world of imagination. Join her on this journey through time where you are sure to be excited and amused to find out what Daffney will come up with next!

What is Daffney’s Island Adventures about?

The book title is ‘Daffney’s Island Adventures is about a little girl living on a tiny island in the Caribbean. She loves to climb trees and use tricks to get out of doing stupid chores! And she’s always on the lookout for Pirates! Just in case they sneak unto her island to steal her or something! This book is packed full of adventure! And guess what? Book No.2 will be coming in time for Christmas of this year 2015.

In Daffney’s Island Adventures  who will boys relate to?

All the boys will love Daffney because she’s just like one of them! She loves to go fishing in her canoe and can even dive for lobsters. She hates chores and loves to run all over her island beach climbing coconut trees! Daffney can do anything that a boy can, and she thinks – even better! Except her mouth gets her in trouble all the time.

Why will boys enjoy your book?

Boys will relate to Daffney’s adventures. She loves to explore. She teases crazy chickens and Iguanas which try to catch her. Boys will love joining her as she has to run for her life from all sorts of crazy things!

What do you want boys to know about your book

First of all, all my stories are funny and hilarious. I want boys and their parents to know that my stories are based on my very own experiences as I lived them and that by reading my book you will see how important it is to take the time to think before make decisions.

One really fun fact about reading Daffney’s Island Adventures: ‘with the help of Daffney’ you will learn step by step how to make a kite, and more.

Every child who reads Daffney’s Island Adventures will experience fun and adventure while learning about important everyday lessons. From thinking before you speak, to dealing with the realities of limited resources and taking initiative to earn your own money, this fun, sometimes outright silly book will delight boys and parents alike.

Join Daffney’s fun and adventure!