Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war with mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what’s real and what isn’t, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.
As the youngest officer in the king’s army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer’s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.
Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.
The War of Words is the third and final volume in The Kingdom Wars series by Amy Neftzger. The first volume in this Young Adult fantasy series was The Orphanage of Miracles, and the Second was The Orchard of Hope. While the books are written as part of larger story, each one of the volumes deals with different life lessons and works as a stand-alone read.
Everything You’ve Heard is True is the second volume of original poetry and prose from author and painter Cory Basil. His writing is artfully perceptive and showcases an ability to uncover the beauty often overlooked within the most common of circumstances. The prose herein is as creative as it is insightful and leads the reader into captivating new literary territory.
Cory Basil’s voice is clear and touching. His focused observations on life reassure us of the warmth within the human spirit while embracing the rawness of the human condition.
Cory Basil is an American author, painter and filmmaker. Blending gothic romanticism with modern poetic rhythm, Basil’s poems trust emotional honesty over the dubious truths to be gleaned from appearances. This philosophy also reigns in his paintings, where he conjures with a renaissance artist’s reverence for colour and light, revealing the soul of a baroque spectacle. His writing is honest, transparent, and artfully perceptive of the world around him. Although an introvert by nature, the truth of who Cory Basil is can be found in his writing. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.off
Like any significant career move, this one happened by accident. Karen spent a lot of time planning what she was going to do with her life, but Fate had other plans for her, as she often does for most of us.
As a single mother who’s struggling to make ends meet, Karen stumbles into the worst job on earth: transporting souls into the afterlife. To make matters worse, she is contractually bound to continue the job indefinitely, and her difficult employer is none other than Fate. It doesn’t take long for Karen to learn that Fate may be fashionable, but she’s also heartless.
In bondage to Fate, but in love with Fortune, Karen struggles to find a way out.
Note: All photographic images in the book were taken by the author.
A list of discussion questions for reading groups can be found here.
Amy Neftzger published her first fiction book Conversations with the Moon in 2003. Since then she has published books for both children and adults, including All that the Dog Ever Wanted, Bedtime Stories for Dogs, Bedtime Stories for Cats, Leftover shorts, Confessions From a Moving Van, The Orphanage of Miracles, and The Ferryman. She lives in Nashville with her family and pet gargoyle Newton.
The Shovel & The Hare is an original tale created by author and artist Cory Basil. The heart of the fable concerns the folly of cleverness without work ethic. The additional writings collected for this volume were taken from an assortment of Basil’s work. These include a mixture of previously published pieces from Skinny Dipping in Daylight and selections from his forthcoming Fall 2014 release, Everything You’ve Heard Is True. Each hand-selected piece in this reader serves to showcase Basil’s observations on life as well as his visual acuity for finding beauty, sometimes in the most mundane of circumstances. His eye for detail is constantly perceptive even during fleeting exchanges with other individuals, making his work stand out as exceptional in its ability to capture these moments.
Note: This volume was a limited release and is no longer available.
Cory Basil is an American painter, filmmaker and author. His artistic approach blends gothic romanticism with the post-impressionists trust in emotional honesty over the dubious truths to be gleaned from appearances. His writing is honest, transparent, and artfully perceptive of the world around him.
His first collection of poetry and prose, Skinny Dipping in Daylight was released in 2012 and was well received by readers around the world. He has also written and illustrated a children’s book called The Perils of Fishboy: a Tale Split in Two. He currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.off
“Hope is never gone, but it can be eaten alive.”
A quest to save hope.
A kingdom under a spell.
A wizard in training.
A gargoyle with a sweet tooth.
The sequel to The Orphanage of Miracles is filled with engaging characters, magic, adventure, and unusual circumstance. It’s a story that will both entertain and inspire the reader.
Kelsey, a strong-willed and high spirited young girl, embarks upon another adventurous quest – this time to save hope, which is being stolen from the orchard. While the kingdom is still under the spell of the evil sorcerer who distorts reality in order to gain control, the king begins training someone who he believes can ultimately defeat the sorcerer: a young boy named Nicholas. Revisit some of your favorite characters, or meet them for the first time in this volume.
The Orchard of Hope is a different kind of fairy tale. Written in the spirit of authors like C.S. Lewis or Roald Dahl, it’s a story that’s designed to entertain while it also teaches and inspires children. The message of the book is that we all have unique talents and come from different perspectives, but hope is never gone when we all discover who we are meant to be and learn to work together. There is no one answer to all of life’s problems, but learning how to graciously allow others to to shine in their defining moments is a source of hope.
A reading group guide for this book can be found here.
About the Author
Amy Neftzger has written pieces for literary magazines, articles for professional journals, and books for over 15 years. Her works include Conversations with the Moon, Leftover Shorts, and All That the Dog ever wanted, which was a book designed to teach children about jazz music. Her latest books are The Orphanage of Miracles (2013), The Orchard of Hope (2014), and The Ferryman (2014). Some of her favorite things include traveling, books, movies, art and gargoyles.off
Even before he had hatched, Finnegan Blink’s perilous journey began. Our first tale sets sail with the devious headmaster of the prestigious Hero Hatchery Schoolhouse plotting to prevent the safe arrival of new students. However, it’s an ordinary delivery driver, Sam Crawfish, who holds the fate of Finnegan in his aging claw. The question is, will Sam be able to keep his wits about him long enough to save the day?
In the second of our two tales, young Fishboy is forced to grow up behind the stoic walls of the Hero Hatchery Schoolhouse, where he is ridiculed for his differences and slow development. Here, he experiences all the difficulties of growing up — but with one additional problem: his tail fin is revealed to not be a fin at all, but legs like that of a human. As a unique creation stuck in a strange cycle of evolution, Fishboy is uprooted from his home and forced to find a place where he belongs. Within his newfound life, curiosity begets adventure, and he embarks upon a dangerous journey, chasing purpose and mystery. One by one each perilous adventure proves to be a character building step towards self discovery, as he crosses over from water to land –– a feat never before accomplished by any fish in the deep blue sea.
Cory Basil is an American author, painter and filmmaker. His rich imagination drives the content of his work while his emotional honesty lends an authenticity to the pieces. His first collection of poetry and prose, Skinny Dipping in Daylight, was published in 2012. His artistic efforts have risen from the ashes of personal loss followed by consistent efforts to forge something new from the wreckage. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
You can find out more about Cory at http://hereliescorybasil.com
Author photo by John Scarpati.off
Perhaps everyone could use a miracle,
but very few will find the one they truly need.
Amid a war torn land, hidden deep within an enchanted forest, hides an orphanage where miracles abound. It’s a magical place built by a resolute king who is determined to defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his people. Victory just might take a miracle, and so the orphanage may very well hide the key to winning the war.
A young girl named Kelsey also desperately needs a miracle. She embarks on a quest to find the mysterious and hidden orphanage. Along the way she’s joined by several traveling companions, including an over-sized snow leopard and a boy who cannot speak. In a land enchanted, it’s difficult to know the difference between what’s real and what isn’t … and what a true friend looks like. Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other. A reading group guide is available here.
Amy Neftzger is an American author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.
In 2003 she published her first fiction book Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children’s book called All that the Dog Ever Wanted. The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. She has since published Bedtime Stories for Dogs, Bedtime Stories for Cats, Leftover shorts, and Confessions From a Moving Van.off
Skinny Dipping in Daylight is the first published collection of poetry and prose from painter, filmmaker and musician Cory Basil. Offering readers an intimate and unvarnished view, revealing the experiences and fractures of a young artist in the forge of life.
At once subjective and universal, Daylight exposes the tenderizing drum beats of lives in motion: heartbreak, hope, divorce, God, death. The poems lay bare his – and our own – vanquished dreams, lost loves, missed chances, our abandoned quests. At once romance, travelogue, love letter and kiss off to the naiveté of youth, Basil ultimately gives voice to the difficult journey from revelation to just plain reveling in one’s peculiar existence as a living anachronism.
Cory Basil is an American author, painter and filmmaker. Blending gothic romanticism with modern poetic rhythm, Basil’s poems trust emotional honesty over the dubious truths to be gleaned from appearances. This philosophy also reigns in his paintings, where he conjures with a renaissance artist’s reverence for colour and light, revealing the soul of a baroque spectacle.
Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Basil is a lifelong poet, artist and student of the human experience. His first collection of poetry and prose, Skinny Dipping in Daylight (2012), rose from the ashes of several scorned selves – husband, scared child, devout Christian – and the ensuing fight to forge something new from the wreckage. He currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.
Author photo by John Scarpati.off
This unique volume combines Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime stories for Cats into one book. These engaging stories and essays are specifically written for individuals who love their pets and enjoy imagining what these animals would like to read. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories, combined with a little sprinkling of canine poetry. Fog Ink is donating 10% of the proceeds from this book to support no-kill animal shelters.
Turning the business fable on its head, the Damned Company is a farcical tour of Corporate Hell. Based loosely on Dante’s Inferno, the Damned Company is so wrong…but so right. Using sarcasm, humor and the ridiculous to highlight the most grievous of corporate sinners, this book is a refreshing view on business morality for anyone trying navigate the corporate world.off