The Hidden Gifted Series

Series Pic SMAs I’ve been going through the process of publishing The Worlds Traveler, it’s becoming apparent that when it comes to marketing, it does help to give a series a title. So after some thought and research into how to make it all happen, I’m pleased to announce that The Magician’s Doll and The Worlds Traveler are now part of the series…

The Hidden Gifted

I’ve got a bit of work ahead of me now. 🙂

For Children’s Book Week, Enjoy an Excerpt From The Magician’s Doll!

For Children’s Book Week, Enjoy an Excerpt From The Magician’s Doll!


The Magician’s Doll – Excerpt


Phillip walked over to the map. He hesitated for a second, then took a deep breath and focused on the spot where Parker’s Field lay. He stared for several seconds.

Natalie was not sure what they were waiting for, but nothing shook or stirred or vibrated around them.

Mrs. Blaine patted Phillip on the back. “That will do for now.”

Phillip stepped back. His lips were a crooked line of disappointment.

“Nothing to be upset about,” Mrs. Blaine said. “We just need to keep exploring. Sometimes it just takes time.” She gestured Natalie over. “Why don’t you give it a try, dear? Take the other map from Phillip.”

Butterflies fluttered in Natalie’s stomach. She took the map from Phillip and moved around the table. “What am I trying to do?”

“At this point I’m not too sure. I’m trying to recreate what happened when you said you felt something unusual with the maps.”

“Great,” Natalie muttered.

“Remember what I said. Please keep your mind open about what we are trying to accomplish. It’s important,” Mrs. Blaine said.

Natalie nodded. She focused on Parker’s Field. She braced herself for something to happen, waited for the map to shift and evolve like it did before, but nothing did.

“That will do for now, dear,” Mrs. Blaine said.

“Sorry,” Natalie said.

Phillip looked relieved that he was not the only one who failed the test.

“Oh, honestly,” Natalie said, exasperated, “could you want anything to happen more?”

Phillip chuckled. “Probably not,” he admitted. “But I’m kind of glad the map thing didn’t work for you. Maps are my thing.”

“You are such a weirdo. Does it really matter what we can or can’t do?”

Phillip looked as if she had sprouted horns. “You’re kidding, right? I mean come on! I’ll bet you can’t even find your own house on a map.”

Natalie did not have much of an argument there, but darned if she was going to admit that. She grabbed the map and searched it for her house. Unfortunately, all she could see was a series of criss-crossing lines and squiggles and none of it made any sense. She tilted her head this way and that, trying to make heads or tails, but it might as well have been a foreign language.

“Give up?” Phillip teased.

“Fine,” Natalie said grudgingly.

“It’s there.” He pointed to a spot on the map. Natalie looked at where his finger was and recognized the street names as the ones surrounding her area.

“Oh.” It was starting to make a little sense. “Which way do we go to get to your home?” she asked Phillip.

Phillip moved his finger down the map. Natalie looked at the street name.

“Cullom Lane,” she said. “I get it now.”

She followed with Phillip as his finger traced along the road they took to get to his home.

It was then that the map started to move. Cullom Lane had widened, become larger. Natalie blinked. Could her eyes be playing tricks on her?

But no, Cullom Lane was growing, shifting the other sections of the map aside and coming into sharp relief.

“What the…” she heard Phillip say.

Details emerged from the map. A sidewalk appeared, and then a stop sign. She recognized the fire hydrant she always passed when walking to Phillip’s house. Street lights lined the sidewalk for blocks and blocks. There was the shrubbery from the Winterbell’s house.

As the details appeared, they grew large—the way things grew big as you got close.

There was a rushing sound in her ears, as if a wave of water had crashed. A ball of heat slammed into her and then surrounded her in a warm cocoon, pulling her towards Cullom Lane. The Winterbell’s shrubs loomed large, and her body glided towards them as if she were a plane coming in for a landing. She opened her mouth to scream, but there was a blinding flash of light. When the light receded, Mrs. Blaine’s study had disappeared, and she was standing in the middle of the Winterbell’s shrubs.

Her stomach dropped, her knees almost followed, but a hand clamped around her mouth just as she was about to cry out.

“Shhhh!” It was Phillip. He held a finger to his lips. He was pale, but his eyes glowed with delight and amazement.

copyright © 2013 M.L. Roble

If you’d like to read more, click here for another excerpt or see below for ways to purchase The Magician’s Doll!

Availability

The Magician’s Doll is available for purchase as a paperback and ebook. You can find it as an ebook through most retail outlets including AmazonBarnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and Itunes, and through subscription on Scribd and Oyster. You can order the paperback through most book stores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Bin and Town House Books (Town House Books may even have a couple of copies in stock at the store!). You should be able to check with your favorite bookseller. A great reference for independent booksellers is www.indiebound.org. The Magician’s Doll is listed on its site here. Locate your local book store and have them order it for you! I wanted The Magician’s Doll to be as widely available for purchase as possible, so hopefully you won’t have to look too far to buy it. 🙂

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A New Cover for The Magician’s Doll!

So, I decided to update the cover of The Magician’s Doll to include the Literary Classics Award seal and then figured, what the heck? Why not just update the illustration too?

Well, here it is!

Thank you to Candace Foy Chabot for her terrific work on this illustration!

Look for the paperback with the new cover to be available in the New Year, if not sooner!

The Magician’s Doll Receives Gold in the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards! Category: Pre-teen Fantasy

Oh.my.gosh…

I can’t believe it. When I first published The Magician’s Doll, so much had gone into the process from writing, editing, deciding how to publish, finding talented people to design the cover and interior, and then after all that, the marketing, marketing, marketing. I have to say, it’s hard work, with so much of your soul going into it. So when something like this happens…there are no words to describe.Literary ClassicsI had to post this picture. If you look to the left of the award seal, you can see The Magician’s Doll! I get a huge kick out of seeing it there amongst all the other award winners. It is one heck of a thrill to be a part of such a great group of books and authors. A dream come true!

So a big thank you to Literary Classics Book Awards. Thank you to the other winners for making up a great group of which I am proud to be a part. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the journey. I am…grateful….

The Magician’s Doll is a 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards Finalist!

I’m doing a little jig right now because The Magician’s Doll has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards! It’s such a thrill and an honor to have come this far in the competition. The final award levels and categories will be announced on October 15. My fingers are crossed! Click here for this year’s list of finalists. It’s a great group and I feel so honored to be a part of it!

Got the seal…on the bo-ok…now the bo-ok…has a seal!

I put the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval on some paperback copies of The Magician’s Doll. Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy. Getting a shot of a glossy cover without glare is a challenge!

 

 

Here’s a closer view of the seal:

I definitely get a warm and fuzzy feeling of pride knowing The Magician’s Doll earned this accolade. Town House Books has a couple of copies with the seal on them, and some copies I had on hand have one now. Hopefully they’ll all find homes with some loving readers!

Another Teaser from the Sequel to The Magician’s Doll!

Time for a final teaser! You get to see some familiar characters and meet a new one 🙂  Again, this is subject to change and editing, but I hope you enjoy! As a reminder, the last teaser can be found here.

“Phillip, don’t go! Please!”

For once his mother was not ordering him, and of all the things that could have stopped him, her pleading cry was one. He hesitated.

His mother and Beausoleil drew near, but as Phillip backed away, they stopped.

“We’ll figure something out, Phillip,” his mother said. “I promise.”

“You always say that,” Phillip cried.

”We have new information,” Beausoleil said. “Trust me, Phillip. We can use it to search for your father.”

“When?” Phillip asked. “I have a plan now.”

His mother glanced at Delroy who looked away. “Please, don’t leave with Mr. Mendes.”

“You’re wrong about him,” Phillip said. “Dad trusted him. And Natalie said he could help us. She thinks we should leave with him too!”

“No,” his mother breathed. “Oh, Natalie.”

Natalie bowed her head. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Stone. I promise I’ll do everything I can to keep Phillip safe.”

Beausoleil turned to Delroy. “Are you going along with this? Are you going to take them?”

Delroy shook his head. “Absolutely not. Now, if you all don’t mind, I’ll be on my way.”

Anger surged through Phillip as Delroy, with scarcely a glance at him, turned heel and continued down the walk.

”My dad asked you!” he shouted at Delroy’s retreating back. “He trusted you!” When Delroy failed to turn around, Phillip pulled out his map and charged across the street. Delroy halted.

Phillip stared at him in challenge. He straightened his map in his hands.

“Aerthreis,” he ordered.

As the lines emerged on his map, he heard Delroy yell, “No! Are you crazy? You’ll get yourself killed!”

“What?” his mother screamed to Delroy. “What is he doing? Where is he going?”

Natalie had run to Phillip. The hazy, wiggling shape of Aerthreis had formed when she reached him and flung her arms around him. Phillip grasped her tight. He saw Beausoleil bolt towards them, saw his mother drop to her knees. He watched as Delroy raised his hands and closed his eyes, summoning his gift, Phillip thought. Then it all blurred.

“I’m sorry, mom,” Phillip whispered, as he and Natalie faded into the map and disappeared.

 

 

 

Seal of Approval From Children’s Literary Classics!

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Yay!! A big thank you to Children’s Literary Classics. I’m thrilled and honored that The Magician’s Doll has earned its Seal of Approval! I’ve posted part of the press release and review from CLC below. Thank you again to Children’s Literary Classics!

 

Children’s Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, The Magician’s Doll, written by M.L. Roble, has been selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

Having a psychic for a mother is not really something twelve year old Natalie wishes to advertise.  The neighbor ruffians tease her, and close friends are few and far between.  As uncomfortable as Natalie is with her mother’s unconventional behavior, it’s only natural that she would find it vexing when she begins “seeing” things herself.

Natalie’s life takes an interesting turn when Phillip, the shy neighbor boy, starts hanging around.  When they find themselves at a magician’s performance at the circus, Natalie and Phillip get the opportunity to go on stage to assist the magician in his show.  Natalie meets the magician’s doll and is drawn into a powerful world of magic and mystery.  She quickly learns that she has abilities she never imagined were possible.  Natalie resists her special powers, but Phillip wants to put them to use for their benefit and he pushes her to experiment and try new ways to exploit her gifts.

Author, M.L. Roble has created a well written and suspenseful mystery in The Magician’s Doll.  This unique story-line captures the reader, as well-developed characters become embroiled in a battle between good and evil.  Lots of unique plot twists, interspersed with a bit of  humor, help make this book an exciting and engaging read.  Subtle references to life messages that teach positive values to young readers are an added bonus to this book which comes highly recommended.

Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.   To learn more about Children’s Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com

Just a Reminder About Availability for The Magician’s Doll

The Magician’s Doll is available for purchase as a paperback and ebook. You can find it as an ebook through most retail outlets including SmashwordsAmazon, Barnes and NobleKobo and Itunes, and through subscription on Scribd and Oyster. You can order the paperback through most book stores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Bin and Town House Books (Town House Books may even have a couple of copies in stock at the store!). You should be able to check with your favorite bookseller. A great reference for independent booksellers is www.indiebound.org. The Magician’s Doll is listed on its site here. Locate your local book store and have them order it for you! I wanted The Magician’s Doll to be as widely available for purchase as possible, so hopefully you won’t have to look too far to buy it. 🙂