25914648Flowerantha, my middle-grade fantasy novel published under my pen name, Bek Castro, is now available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle and on Smashwords! It will be trickling out to other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble and iBooks within the week.

Here’s the description:

Thirteen-year-old Mash is growing weary of life in the tree house. He dreams of someday getting out of Flowerantha, much to the dismay of his best friend, a mermaid. When two girls from another land stumble into his, Mash sees his chance.

But the monsternites, Tyrannosaurus Rexes with wings, may find the girls first. Their grudge against the other land spans a decade, and they are not willing to let it go yet.

Mash must work together with a young army recruit, who dislikes Mash even before they meet, to return the girls to their land. If they fail, the girls may be trapped forever. And so would he.

August 1: Book Fair

I will be peddling my wares along with other authors and merchants at the WJ Niederkorn Library 3rd Annual Book Fair in Port Washington Saturday, August 1 from 9 am to 2 pm. I’ll have copies of Front Row and Flowerantha available for purchase. In addition, my friend Malinda Andrews will be sharing a table with me, selling her debut fantasy novel Through the Mountains. Come find us on the north side of the Boerner Mercantile Building!

September 19: Book Party

Come join Malinda Andrews and me at the W J Niederkorn Library in Port Washington from 10 am until noon on Saturday, September 19!  We will be celebrating the launches of both of our fantasy novels, Through the Mountains and Flowerantha, respectively, by reading excerpts and answering questions. Snacks will be provided! We’ll also have copies of our books on hand if anyone would like to purchase one. We’d love to see you there!

Free E-book

I’m very close to publishing my next book, Flowerantha! Since it’s so different from Front Row, I’ll be publishing it under a pen name – Bek Castro. If you are interested in fantasy novels, you can get a free advanced copy if you join my mailing list between now and July 3. Why free? To (hopefully) get people excited about it! Who doesn’t love free stuff?

Museum Write-in Excerpt

Back in March, my local writing buddies and I visited the Milwaukee Public Museum to be inspired. Laptops and notebooks in hand, we wandered through the rain forest, the Streets of Old Milwaukee, and each of the continents, stopping when we found a good bench and writing away.

11018119_10155285940275298_1050732787_oAt the buffalo hunt

One of our stops was the igloo in the Arctic area. This area inspired me to write a cave scene for Flowerantha and also a scene for a hopefully forthcoming (meaning, years away) Oregon Trail story. I have a writer friend for whom history is her thing, so it’s a little intimidating going down that path. But I know she’ll have so much knowledge to share if and when I do!

Anyway, I was looking for the cave scene to incorporate into Flowerantha when I stumbled upon the historical fiction one. Pardon the historical inaccuracies.
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