Sunday, March 16, 2014

Teacher and homeschool naterials for the novel Jinnie Wishmaker

As we get close to the end of the Magic Mayhem series, I'm getting all the materials created for the home school moms and teachers who asked for lessons and vocabulary and common core standards.

I'll add to this page as I get them uploaded.

The first set is a crossword puzzle as a reading check for Jinnie Wishmaker.

Download the PDFs here!

Student Blank Crossword Puzzle
Answer Key
It is fine to make copies of this for education purposes. Not to be resold. For reprint rights to include in books or reproducibles, contact Casey Shay Press.

More materials to come!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Elektra Chaos has begun!

Elizabeth was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 6. We've had a tough road, trying different medicines, and now at age 11, we are on the last anti-seizure drug she can take. Last year we got the seizures  stopped, but then she began drastically losing weight and began failing school.

Sometimes I wonder about the world we live in and why children have to face such trying times.

Elektra Chaos will be largely about her.

In this story, Elektra finds herself inexplicably turned from bad guy to good, and having to save the day like the hero she isn't. But she's not doing well, and each step toward helping others feels like a heavy burden on herself. She'll have to face all the things she's afraid of and figure out how to turn this bad thing she's been given into something that can actually be an instrument for good.

This story was all Elizabeth's idea and she wanted to be on the cover. We'll have a book trailer coming out on this one soon.

If you want to learn more about Elizabeth and her diagnosis, we made an educational video about getting tested for epilepsy that is used all over the world for parents whose children have to undergo everything we've already been through.
 
EEG test for seizures in children
EEG test for seizures in children

Don't miss the first two books in the series so you'll be ready!




Thursday, July 18, 2013

Librarians and Reviewers: Jinnie Wishmaker is on NetGalley through July!

If you have a NetGalley account (and you should!), you can read Jinnie Wishmaker this month!

Marcus Mender will be available in the fall.

We are preparing for the conclusion to the series with Elektra Chaos in time for Christmas, so I hope you will take this opportunity to preview the other books in the series!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Win a Kindle Fire!

Jinnie Wishmaker is part of a contest to win a Kindle Fire (or $199 in PayPal cash if you already have one!) You can enter by adding Jinnie Wishmaker to your "To Read" pile on Goodreads, or by following author Deanna Roy on Twitter. Plus lots of other great authors of "clean reads."


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Marcus Mender is OUT!

I'm so thrilled that the second book of the Troubled Tween Trilogy is out and for sale!

Marcus Mender can fix anything just by holding it. But now, he can’t stop! Like King Midas and the golden touch, everything becomes new and perfect in Marcus’s hands.

Before he can control his new power, the Troubled Tweens are sent to South America on a magical mission: to recover a rare magnetized lodestone before the Loki, the magic thieves, use it for their own selfish purpose.

But the lodestone's magnetic field causes a reversal between positive and negative, turning the Loki into heroes and the Troubled Tweens into villains out to steal more power. Only Marcus's ability to fix the lodestone can save them, but with the switch of good and evil, Marcus will have to struggle to make the right choice.

See it on Amazon.

See it on Barnes and Noble.

The paperback version will be out in early December.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Evolution of a book cover

We've been having fun over here trying to figure out how to depict the magic of Marcus Mender on his book cover.

We won't be releasing the real cover for a while, but thought you might get a giggle at looking at all the "wrong" versions we created along the way.

According to my kids, these covers looked like

  1. A bag of flour exploded
  2. A dandelion invasion
  3. Spiderman with dancing ribbons
  4. Attack of the sparkles
We finally got it right and we can't wait to show you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cover photo shoot for next TT books coming!

I'm so excited that we're about to shoot the covers for Marcus Mender, the second book in the Troubled Tween trilogy, and Elektra Chaos, the third book. We'll also be doing a special cover featuring Jinnie, Marcus, and Elektra together for some exciting things that will happen once all three books are done.

Savvy readers may be thinking--hey! I thought the Troubled Tween Twins would be the third book!

Yes, the series has changed. After outlining the TTT book, I realized the themes in it had moved into young adult. So the middle grade trilogy will be Jinnie, Marcus, and Elektra.

And if Elektra Chaos sounds more Loki than Troubled Tween, you are right! Some crazy stuff happens in Marcus Mender, including a reversal of magnetic polarity on the earth that causes the good guys to go bad and the bad guys to turn good!

Yup, you're going to be cheering for Bruscilla.

I'll be talking more about Marcus Mender as we lead up to his release day on Nov. 12. Hopefully we'll have images to share soon! I've seen pictures of the boy who will portray Marcus--and he's perfect!