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Thanks to Walking in Faith for mentioning The Camelot Kids! I'm so happy to hear that the family is enjoying it.
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I can't wait for this collection to come out. Not only because I'm in it (ahem) but because the stories are fantastic. Readers are going to wonder how we packed so much fun into one book!

The name of the Shirley link story is "Shirley Link & The Ghost of Christmas Presents"

Enjoy, and spread the word!
 
BookElves Anthology publication 25th November 2014
BookElves Anthology Volume 1 previously described here is set for publication on 25th November. Seven authors have contributed a story each, ranging from a cosy tale of a dognapping plot foiled by a combined army of canines and avians, to a wistful life-aff...
BookElves Anthology Volume 1 previously described here is set for publication on 25th November. Seven authors have contributed a story each, ranging from a cosy tale of a dognapping plot foiled by a combined army of canines a...
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Get The Camelot Kids: Part One for your Kindle or mobile device. It's $1 for a limited time!

What's The Camelot Kids about?

What would you do if an odd girl in a hooded cloak said, "You know you're a descendant of King Arthur's knight, Lancelot, right?" You'd probably do the same thing 14-year-old orphan Simon Sharp does: back away nice and slow. The difference is Simon's Camelot-obsessed parents recently died under mysterious circumstances.
But he learns the truth about their fate and his heritage after he's kidnapped by a drunk troll, rescued by a 7-foot elderly man named Merlin, and thrown into training with 149 other heirs of the Knights of the Round Table. Can Simon survive a prophecy that predicts the world will be saved through its destruction? Can he do it while clues keep popping up that his parents are alive?
The Camelot Kids is about one boy's struggle to solve a mystery and make it to tomorrow in a world both real and fantastic.
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What a fantastic (and thoughtful) review of The Camelot Kids.

Nick got to read the full book (coming out this December 11th) but he manages to get through it without any spoilers.
 
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What would you do if your mother and father both went missing (presumed dead) under mysterious circumstances? If you were living in an orphanage where the local idea of sport was kicking your head around? If the only person you trusted died in front of you, and the only person who trusted you was a delusional 10 year old with about as much street smarts as a sponge cake?

What would you do if one day, somebody told you that you were not meant for that life... But rather one much greater, more interesting, and (most importantly) more magical?

The first part of Camelot Kids (there's another 3 to come) is exciting, paced quickly, and very easy to read. Although the premise itself might feel a little familiar, Zackheim does an excellent job of twisting the story away from your expectations - and in places even uses your expectations, both of the genre itself and the source material, against you at times.

The writing is quick and clever, and the chapters keep coming rapid fire without ever feeling episodic or contrived. The Camelot Kids is a story that is prepared to take its time in the telling, and never throws an ellipse into the mix where a little exposition will do just as well. To that end, it's hard not to feel for the characters, and emphasise with their situations (especially Maille, who everybody should want as a big sister).

Although this is only the first book, and so only takes the reader so far into the Neo-Arthurian Zackheim has created, it's still enough to get you hooked. And having read what comes next, be aware that everything that happens in this first volume is really just the tip of the sword.

As far as fiction for young adults goes, this is what we need more of.

(in the interest of full disclosure, I received a pre-release version of the book from the author)

You can pick up the super cheap Part 1 here: http://amzn.to/1uvuZmd
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Thanks Deborah! I've been delighted with the reviews so far. The cover is by Nathan Fox, who's just spectacular. And fun to work with. He'll be doing the covers for Parts Two to Four AND the softcover cover (coming in December).
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I'm fascinated by similarities between stories. A good yarn is built on themes that make us human, so it makes sense that our favorite tales mirror one another once in awhile. While I was writing The Camelot Kids, I was struck by the thematic and plot connections between Harry Potter and the King Arthur myth. 

J.K. Rowling made a unique world, make no mistake. But the ground she planted her books in has been sown by the world of Camelot.

Here are just a few examples of how Harry Potter and King Arthur are peas in a pod.
A prophecy states that only one boy can save the world. Harry! A prophecy states that only one boy can save the kingdom. Arthur! Harry Potter is an orphan boy who doesn’t know who or what he is. He’s a wizard! Arthur is an orphan boy who doesn’t know who or what he is. He’s a king! A wizard guides the young man on his journey to fulfilling his destiny. Merlin! A wizard guides the young man on his...
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Thanks for watching the trailer for the Fantasy book series, The Camelot Kids. If you like the looks of it, grab the first part of the adventure at http://bit.ly/tck1us
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If you like The Camelot Kids please head to Goodreads, sign in and give the book a write-in nod (Fantasy genre)! #GoodreadsChoice 
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The Camelot Kids is on Bargain Booksy today. You can get Part One for a buck on Amazon!
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Win yourself a copy of TIME SQUARE | UFO in my #goodreads #paperback #giveaway #mglit #yalit #timetravel Enter today.

TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our new favourite heroes from the first of the TIME SQUARE books as they embark on their first exciting mission. It’s brimming with great humour, quirky characters and plenty of edge-of-your seat action.  You won’t believe that…
TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our new favourite heroes from the first of the TIME SQUARE books as they embark on their first exciting mission. It's brimming with great humour, quirky characters and ple...
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The latest chapter of a fantastic story!
 
Chapter 8 of my serialised fantasy/sci-fi novel is now online for reading. In this chapter, the heroes find somebody who they hope can take them to Cheiron's Keep.
“You want me to guide you *where*?” Turin looked up at them in surprise from the small table they’d found him sitting at. The hood of his cloak was down so you could see the s...
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Here it is! The Camelot Kids cover, illustrated by Nathan Fox.

I told Nathan I’d like to have a cover for the first ebook that stood out and that was “cool.” Great guidance, huh? He came up with a daring, fantastic piece.

Thank you, Nathan! 
Here it is! The Camelot Kids cover, illustrated by Nathan Fox!
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I'm reviewing this book now. Let's just say it GLOWS.
 
Thanks so much Christy for taking the time to read and review Frankie.  Best wishes, Julie
Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the case. Bumbling Inspector Cluesome is convinced that Kat is lost in Myrtle’s ...
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    I'm the writer of the Shirley Link book series for Middle Grade readers and The Camelot Kids fantasy series. I'm a supporter of all things indy! From films to games to books, I've done it all. Read more about creating, marketing and preserving your work and your digital identity on benzackheim.com
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Creator of Shirley Link, The Camelot Kids
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I pound on the keyboard until games are produced, books are written and every single social network on the planet knows my name! (...help me...)

I produced of Ice Breakers, Book of Treasures and 12 more videogames on Games.com. I'm doing what I wanna and writing the Middle Grade mystery series, Shirley Link and the Fantasy series, The Camelot Kids.
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Former (& first!) Editor, Joystiq.com | Creator of the best selling Middle Grade mystery series, Shirley Link (Parent.com calls it "a wonderful series!"). Creator of The Camelot Kids series of Fantasy books.
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  • NYU - Tisch School of the Arts
    Film, 1987 - 1991
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