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Karl wants to be left alone, shut inside his dark apartment, free from the pesty nuisance of the outside world. Then he wakes to find himself trapped in his own worst hell - the bright and colorful pages of a child's fairy tale. Dancing pigs, singing flowers, a living doll and more all make his life miserable ... until he finds out there are things worse than hill.

Absurd humor and colorful descriptions makes Kourageous Karl: Drawn Into Darkness a silly, delightful read. Unlike my Somewhat Silly Story series of children's books, this one's for the older kids. Some naughty words (in the first sentence, no less!) and adult situations abound.

Just $0.99 ... Enjoy! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX04B1G

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The Book Bazaar / Humorous Fantasy Adventure for Kids - just $0.99!
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:50:46 am »
The Somewhat Silly Story series is composed of three fantasy adventures filled with colorful adventures and absurd humor, written to encourage even the most reluctant 'tween readers.

"This book is a good read for children aged 8 - 14 years. Fantasy stories always motivate children to think on a different plane and be more original and creative while expressing themselves in their writing." -http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/13433

Sir Nathan and the Search for Queen Gobbledeegook
Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task
Sir Nathan and the Clammy Calamity


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The Book Corner / Books That Everyone Loves That You Just Can't Enjoy
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:18:08 pm »
I see a lot of threads on here about book recommendations, but what about the books that everyone tells you are a MUST read that you just can't get through?

In high school English, I gobbled up most everything we were given to read.  Got good reads.  Even got scolded the day after we were given a new book (Elie Wiesel's Night) because I had taken it home and finished it after the first day and therefore didn't have anything to do the next day in class when we were given in-class time to read the book.  But then we hit Pride and Prejudice.  My mind would never get through more than a paragraph.  I bombed horribly on all the tests.  I held out hopes that watching an old black and white video of the movie in class right before the final exam on the book would help me out.  Nope.  Big, fat F.  I begged and pleaded with the teacher for some leniency, as I obviously wasn't a poor student, but that I just couldn't get through the book.  Nope.  F.

To this day I haven't been able to get through the book, though it's on my bucket list.  

Others that I don't quite see the big draw in are the Phillip K. Dick stuff and things like Catch 22 and Fahrenheit 451.  I WANT to read those books and I WANT to enjoy them, but ... maybe I'm just too simple minded.  I need things spelled out for me.  Maybe that's why I'm sticking to writing children's stories ... that way I can understand what I'm writing about.

Or, with the show coming out, what about book 3 of The Hunger Games.  Loved and gobbled up 1 and 2 and then fizzled out very quickly on 3.  It was if it was a completely different author.  

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Introductions & Welcomes / Hello and greetings from Belleville, Wisconsin
« on: February 16, 2012, 05:22:37 am »
Brand new to Kindle Boards, the site was recommended to me by the Smashwords marketing guide.  I've already been digging through postings looking for new stuff to read (there's never enough!) and making my to-read lists.

I'm an author of silly adventure fairy tales for that 'tween age of around 8-12 years and hoping to make something sustainable from that while gobbling up the work of others!

Nice to be here!
Mark

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Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook is a silly fairy tale, written for ages 7 through 12, and for those young at heart.

Queen Gobbledeegook has gone missing and it is up to Sir Nathan, the Hero of Mariskatania, to find her. Along the way he meets all sorts of odd folks, including pixies and wizards and a hulking creature named Mitzy that likes to knit. The land of Mariskatania is a colorful one, filled with bright Jubb Jubb Trees and fuzzy, blue Hobnobber Squirrels who spend all their time looking for a snack guaranteed to poison them.

I originally wrote this fairy-tale merely to give to my young nieces and nephews many years ago.  Now that I have a 9 year old son of my own, I rewrote and re-edited the story and have (not so) bravely ventured into the world of self-publication.  My intention was to write a book than not only appealed to that 8-12 year old "tween" group of readers, but also to the parents and older kids that read alongside them.  

http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Quest-Queen-Gobbledeegook-ebook/dp/B0074NQ6ZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329336941&sr=8-1

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