Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Cabin 3

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of the most influential novels of its time. However, reading the classic today brings to light stereotypes and plot issues. But rather than write off this classic, author Carl Waters re-imagines and remixes the story into a four-book series that builds from the world and characters Stowe created and expands on the good she intended.

In Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin, young slave George Harris is a self-taught inventor whose owner despises him. His wife Eliza, however, belongs to another slave owner, along with their three-year-old son Harry.

While George dreams of the day when he can escape to Canada and work to earn enough money so he can buy his family’s freedom, Eliza tries to see the best in her situation. But when her owner falls into financial troubles and plans to offer up Harry as payment against his debt, Eliza runs north with her son.

Suddenly, George must forget his careful planning and immediately go after his family if he has any hope of finding them before the slave hunters capture them. Can the runaway slave, George, find his family and save them? Can he navigate the Underground Railroad and get to Canada? Can he finally gain his freedom?

An innovative retelling that offers fresh insight into America’s past, Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin is sure to spark as much conversation as the original classic itself. Stowe created the first slavery fiction world and Waters plans to make that world bigger. Most slavery books aim to teach the reader about the dark days of American slavery. Instead, the Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin series will show the reader what could have happened.

The Author

Cabin 5

Carl Waters, born and raised in Miami, Florida, grew up reading comic books and dreamed of being a new kind of superhero. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
Waters never forgot his childhood dreams, which over the years transformed into a desire to create new heroes, particularly African-American male heroes, through writing. His debut offering is Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the first book in a four-part series that re-imagines Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel, featuring strong characters who break out of the old stereotypes.

http://www.amazon.com/Carl-Waters/e/B00L05RJ76/

Celestial Blue Skies

CELEB 2

 

In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together.

Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan. But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met working in the sugarcane to escape her reputation as the town whore, Maymay fears that Celeste will end up like her mother.

And just as things are finally looking up for Tut, her past returns with violent, tragic results. Will Celeste end up like her mother, or will she redeem her family from the hoodoo curse that haunts them? And will she find love with someone from a culture just as exotic as her own?

The Author

CELEB 3

Maggie Collins was born and raised under the clear blue skies of Loreauville, Louisiana. She majored in English at the University of Louisiana and later earned a Master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. An excerpt of this novel was published in “Louisiana Cultural Vistas” and was a 2009 finalist for the worldwide William Faulkner William Wisdom writing contest. She is a Center for Black Literature fellow and an Educational Diagnostician. She lives with her two sons and wonderful husband.

http://www.amazon.com/Celestial-Blue-Skies-Maggie-Collins/dp/069202347X/

Tammy’s Story: A Young Slave Girl’s Escape To Freedom

TAMMY 1

Nine-year old Rachel Thurlow was assigned to write a story as part of her homeschool study of the institution of slavery that preceded the American Civil War. As Rachel’s writing grew longer, she developed this short story narrative of a young slave girl, Tammy, who escaped from her master and rescued her mother to become fugitive slaves on the run for freedom.

Tammy met another escaped slave, Gabe, and together they had several adventures, while also learning about the Fugitive Slave Law, which forbade people to help escaped slaves, and the Underground Railroad, in which abolitionists specifically broke the law to assist escaped slaves in their quest for freedom.

The end result is this suspense-filled and at times charming tale of escaped slaves on the run, brought to you from the mind of a nine-year old American girl.

The Author

TAMMY 2

Rachel Thurlow was adopted from India when she was three years old, and since then she has learned English and become a full-fledged and happy American girl. She loves America, her friends, family and church, and her writing shows it. Tammy’s Story is Rachel’s first book.

In this book is the result of a homeschool assignment she had on slavery and the US Civil War. Also, the book has some beautiful illustrations in it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tammys-Story-Young-Escape-Freedom/dp/1511406968

Annabelle Franklin’s Gateway To Magic

Magic

STEVEN IS A BOY WHO PLAYS TO WIN – BUT THIS IS NO GAME. THIS IS AN ADVENTURE HE CAN’T CONTROL.

Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law.

Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous, sometimes deadly. The Land itself is a living being that deals out instant magical punishments to lawbreakers. And the truth about Tracy is terrible indeed. Homesick and horrified, Steven is desperate to escape.

Ignorant of the rules, it’s not long before he breaks them and ends up in the custody of the ruthless Fairy Queen. He learns she’s the living power behind the Land and its creatures, and she has no intention of setting him free. He also suspects she’s not telling him her true reason for keeping him prisoner.

Whatever her game is, Steven isn’t about to play it her way. His only chance of escape is to magic his own gateway home, so he attempts to build up some psychic muscle. The Queen uses all her guile to distract and torment him, and he lives in dread of being eaten alive by gruesome snake-like monsters that live in her garden; but the biggest block to his concentration is his own lack of faith. He still doesn’t believe it’s possible for a human being to do magic.

Can he believe in himself enough to forge the new gateway? And can he rely on the few friends he’s made to help him outwit the Queen?

The Author

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I live on the South Gower coast, in an area of outstanding natural beauty that gives me plenty of inspiration. I hate housework and often wonder if there’s a breed of gruesomely grubby goblin whose sole purpose is to mess up people’s homes. My new book The Slapstyx explores this idea.

I like to think the fabric of material reality is riddled with holes leading to magical dimensions. When my nephew had a phase of video game addiction, I wondered how he would manage in a dimension where technology was banned: would he embrace the adventure or suffer withdrawal symptoms? This is how I came to write Gateway to Magic.

I spent most of my time in school writing stories, whether I was meant to be doing it or not. Since then I’ve had various jobs, played in two bands, taught children to play keyboards, written and performed in plays and made a short film. One of my scripts was shortlisted in a BBC scriptwriting contest, with positive feedback from Tony Jordan.

I share my home with Millie and Pearl, two beautiful rescue dogs who allow me to see the world through their eyes. They are also responsible for a lot of the mess.

http://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Payback: Sometimes karma takes………..

Payback: Sometimes karma takes so friggin’ long, you have to step in and handle things yourself. A romantic thriller and major crime read. A free book.

Pay 2

Even though Arena Shaw had two small children, she was determined to escape her wealthy, but abusive husband, Tom. And with some shrewd plotting and planning, she managed to. Blindsided, Tom reacted by cutting off all financial assistance, believing that with two small children, life would get so tough, Arena would eventually return hat in hand to their palatial home.

But even though life was hard, Arena cherished her freedom and had no plans to return to Tom. Within record time, she even found love with a wonderful man called Bear and life became sweet again.

When Tom secretly watched her frolic with another man, he became livid and immediately made plans to take away the freedom she fought so hard for. He would find a way to send her to prison, get full custody of their two children, make her pay for leaving him.

Except that Arena decided to fight back. With Bear’s help, she planned to take on the shrewd and calculating Tom. The result is an explosive, major crime, romantic thriller from Eve Rabi that will keep you turning pages.

The Author

EVE

Eve Rabi is the author of 24 books. She lives in Sydney Australia, but was born in South Africa. If you enjoy high drama with exciting twists and turns, contemporary romance novels, crime thrillers, sweet romance with sexy alpha males, stories of revenge and suspense, with kick-a$$ leading ladies, then you will enjoy Eve Rabi’s books. But be prepared to gasp, to laugh and to cry while you fall in love.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eve-Rabi/e/B005HXX1C4