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Our first #Bookclub pick: Lost and Found by Sharon Ledwith

Yes, you read that right, Mirror World has started a book club! And it’s not too late to join in if you’re interested. Currently for the month of May, we’re reading Spellhaven by Sandra Unerman. You can check out that book here, and get a discount off the purchase of the ebook or the paperback with the code: MWBOOKCLUB. Once you’ve got the book and you’re ready to start chatting, come join us on Facebook, here.

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In April, we read and reviewed Lost and Found, the first in Sharon Ledwith’s Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls series about psychic teens in a cottage town setting. Lost and Found features teen protagonist Meagan Walsh who was born with the ability to hear the thoughts of animals. After causing some trouble back home, Meagan is sent to Fairy Falls to live with her aunt and perform 200 hours of community service. Her Aunt, Izzy, just so happens to work at the Fairy Falls Animal Shelter, where the shelter animals, led by an old calico cat named Whiskey have decided to send their thoughts to any humans who will listen to try and find a pack leader to help them save the shelter from closing due to ‘no money’.

Here’s what some of our readers thought about Lost and Found:

 I enjoyed this book a lot, but it’s hard to write a review without spoiling the book itself. So, you have my two thumbs up for this novel. I am eagerly awaiting more tales from Fairy Falls, and hope that others take a peek at this seemingly gentle town covered in a fog of mystery, and get hooked as well.  ~ Sabrina

Lost and found is a fast-paced mystery and psychic adventure sure to please readers of all ages.  ~Rita

I absolutely love the concept behind this new series by Sharon Ledwith – teen psychic, no-kill animal shelter, animals that can talk. Sharon wrote this book with an unmistakable amount of passion. The reader knows that she is an animal lover and supporter. I read the book with an equal amount of passion as an animal lover and supporter.

The character development and world building created a book that played like a movie in my head. The dialogue between the human characters and the animal characters was conversational and never awkward or choppy. The pacing was the perfect speed – not too fast, not too slow – and I read the book in one sitting. There are parts of the book where my emotions matched the characters. I felt what the characters felt – anger, frustration, sadness – and that is what makes a book a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed Lost and Found and look forward to reading more from Sharon Ledwith.  ~Amber

Sharon Ledwith’s “Lost and Found” (the first in her “Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls” series) is a truly fun mystery for middle-grade and young adult readers (and readers of all ages, honestly). As an author, canine (and feline) massage therapist and all around general animal lover from Ontario, the story suited me to a tee, what with it’s setting in an animal shelter in a small town in northern Ontario!

A unique way to allow animal characters to talk, a mystery that keeps you guessing and twists and turns ensure the reader simply cannot put the book down—what more could an animal-lover and avid reader want? ~Regan

So there you have it! It seems that pretty much everyone enjoyed Lost and Found by Sharon Ledwith. And if you’re an animal lover, or just love paranormal YA books set in a a town you can easily picture, then this series is for you! You can pick up Lost and Found by Sharon Ledwith wherever books are sold, or in our store, here. 

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Sharon Ledwith shares her 6 tips on writing a series!

Sharon Ledwith is our featured author for March and her time travel series, The Last Timekeepers is ON SALE in our store until March 31st. Get $3.00 off the ebooks or the paperbacks with the promo code: TIME. Today Sharon Ledwith shares her secret recipe for writing a series. You don’t want to miss this!

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Ever wonder how your favorite author came up with the idea to write a series? Many authors I know have written a series, and believe me when I say that it’s no small task. The most important thing to remember in creating a series for ANY genre is to connect the dots, create a common thread to tie your individual stories together into a nice, shiny bow at the series end. Sounds complicated? Not really. Here’s a peek at the process of how I’m developing my young adult time travel series, The Last Timekeepers:

First: I made sure that my adolescent characters had enough problems going on both individually and together in order to carry my series through the ten books (eleven if you include the prequel) I have planned. In essence, the entire series needs to get from A to B to Z dragging my characters along (sometimes kicking and screaming) until, by the end of the series he or she or they need to come out changed. They need to have shown growth, they need to have evolved through the course of their adventures.

Second: I didn’t put any elements into my first story that I didn’t want to live with through the entire series of books. It’s a long haul to drag unnecessary fillers such as a troublesome pet, a psychotic boyfriend or an ongoing health problem for the ride. Like they say, “Use it or lose it”.Series Handbook

Third: I didn’t solve the big mysteries or resolve all my characters’ problems in the first book. Too much, too soon. The idea is to hook readers with that first book, and get them begging for more. Characters should still have dreams and goals and ambitions to work toward through the length of the series. And while I do answer the burning questions and resolve the terrible conflicts, I will make sure that I replace them with additional—hopefully more serious—ones.

Fourth: It’s all about building relationships between my characters, and getting my readers to care about them. So I throw obstacles at my characters and create the necessary tension to get readers to care about, and sympathize with the characters. It’s all about the journey and how my cast of characters work together to resolve their problems. I want my readers to be as invested at the end of the series in how that relationship is working out as they were in the first book.

Fifth: I keep a series guidebook/bible stuffed with all the vital information on my main characters— and recurring side characters. The color of their hair and eyes, their brother’s or sister’s names, or any allergies is vital to log. Believe me readers know when something is amiss and will call you on it!

Sixth: When I first sat down to plan my tween time travel series, I made sure I was writing it for the right reason—because I loved my characters enough to tell their story over a period of years. And hopefully, if I’ve done a good job, then I will be lucky enough to engage many readers to follow my series for years to come.

Remember—the first book in a series is the most important, especially if you’re a debut author like I was. This book will be your hook, and the first glimpse readers have into the world and characters you’ve created. So, what are some of your favorite book series? We’d love to hear from you!

 

Get ready for your next adventure… through time?

It’s March! And you know what that means? Another featured book!
This month we’re featuring not just one book, but two by the fabulously talented time-travelling Sharon Ledwith. The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis and the prequel, Legend of the Timekeepers are the first two installments in The Last Timekeepers Time Travel Series and all month long they will be featured here on this blog, be a part of a giveaway (details pending) and will be ON SALE in our bookstore. The discount code is: TIME and will get you $3.00 off the paperback or ebook version!

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For a little background, I first met Sharon Ledwith at the Windsor-Essex Book Expo.  Doing my rounds, I simply couldn’t stop staring at her beautiful covers and I knew as soon as she gave me her pitch that The Last Timekeepers series would fit wonderfully with Mirror World Publishing. The only trouble was, she was already published through Musa Publishing.

A few months later, it seemed that fate had intervened. Sharon, having kept my card from the expo, gave me a call to let me know that her publisher was closing its doors and that she was looking for a new home for her time travel series. This chance meeting and subsequent phone call, as you probably know, is what led to our decision to take on not just Sharon’s books, but also a host of fabulous books by other former Musa authors, making us who we are today.

So, I want to thank Sharon for entrusting us with her fantastic series and for being so instrumental in helping us really grow as a company. That being said, I really urge you all to check out her books. They really are great and will take you on an adventure of a lifetime to Sherwood Forest, Atlantis, Egypt and beyond…

tltkataoa-200The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis…

Juvenile to Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, 194 Pages

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Lilith was a young and innocent girl before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered her dreams and tore her family apart. Now  Lilith and her father are refugees in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe…

Juvenile to Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, 154 Pages   

 

Sharon Ledwith #1 HeadshotSharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her WEBSITE and BLOG. Look up her AMAZON AUTHOR page for a list of current books. Stay connected on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOOGLE+, and GOODREADS. Check out THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS TIME TRAVEL SERIES Facebook page.

BONUS: Download the free PDF short story The Terrible, Mighty Crystal HERE