Book Review: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Available on Amazon and Kindle

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Picture yourself stumbling across a special camera that brings to life the object you photograph. What would you do with your camera? What would you take pictures of? Where would you go? And what would you learn along the way?

Leanne Gelish recently released her first children’s book, Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera. The story follows Audrey Terralucci, an eight year old girl whose repetitive days are less than inspired. She comes across a special camera and the whole world opens before her eyes. 

Audrey’s tale is an imaginative journey set in New York City. It mixes in just enough fantasy to allow for the extraordinary events to develop, though the story itself is grounded in realism. Audrey deals with her mom, kids at school, and some important life lessons along the way. Kids will relate to Audrey’s choices and situations, and adults will appreciate the underlying message of the story.

It’s a quick read overall, which is fantastic for the kids who will undoubtedly fall in love with it. They’ll be able to relive Audrey’s adventures whenever they want and they can dream up their own uses for the magical camera. 

Grab your creative side and snap on over to Amazon to grab your print copy or give it a click and download it to your Kindle. 

Book link: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Brandon Skeie: So Bad

image.jpegWhen I put music on, it has to move me. And I have to stumble across it somewhere else in order to hear it first. I don’t listen to the radio or hang out in clubs, so I don’t always hear what’s new.

While browsing Facebook, I saw that Instinct Magazine had posted an article on November 28, 2015 matching up a male vocalist singing Adele’s Hello. Thus I was introduced to the talent of Brandon Skeie. 

I tagged his official Facebook page and have vicariously enjoyed the adventures of this artist. He performs in NYC and at some point I’ll get in there for a show. 

Today, January 22, 2016, is an important day for him. His debut single So Bad is now available. It’s a catchy tune and you can hear his vocal range and control. This guy has definite talent and I’m glad for that viral post that ended up on my wall.

I know how important release day is, so let’s all give him the best release day we can!

Editing Book 2

I feel overdue for working through the edits on Red Jade: Book 2: The Shattered Shards. My editor, Rochelle Deans, worked through the manuscript and finished in September. Here I am in January and still haven’t gone through them all.

Part of what held me up was that I wanted her to work through books 3 and 4 also so I could incorporate any long-term edits into book 2. I am glad I did wait because there are some minor issues here and there that needed to be addressed, and I’m glad to offer those corrections early in book 2, rather than waiting.

November and December were busy months, indeed. Now, despite another frantic-looking month ahead, I’m eager to plug away at the changes I need to make to improve the flow of the story.

It is my personal goal to have Book 2 ready by mid-February, but if I really buckled down then I could potentially reach my original goal, which would be three months after Journeys in Kallisor‘s release, which means I would need to push book two out by the 17th of this month. That’s not far off! It is possible. But I don’t want to rush it either.

RJ-2-SS-fullWith the cover art done, I have to finish tweaking the prose and then revamp the book description for the back cover. The one I put together for the cover art placeholder is, in my opinion, not up to snuff.

So now I have the tracks composed by Jared Reed up and running in the background. He still has a sampling on his soundcloud page if you’d like to check them out. Where he has 10 tracks posted, I have happy access to just over 100. Though many of those are drafts or different versions of others, the variation among them all inspires me.

I love hearing the first round of notes he crafted and then how he added layers and instruments until the track was nearly complete. As with any book, editing never ends and tweaks can always be made, but I’m ever hopeful Jared will pull the whole set together and fill in any gaps we find along the way.

In chapter 2 of the Shattered Shards, the team is up against some feral creatures. It’s time to crank up the Battle Dance and get to hacking and slashing away at edits!