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The Guardian by L. M. Nelson

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The Guardian

The Power of the Elements in the Hands of a Boy

by L. M. Nelson

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Devastated by the tragic death of their parents, Camryn and Toby Hunter find themselves alone in the Idaho wilderness. When Toby discovers a pair of gold rings, he and Camryn are magically transported into a mystical land they’ve never seen before. Their only known exit is immediately sealed off, and they find themselves surrounded by mythical creatures, a beautiful waterfall oasis, and moss-covered Redwood trees with faces. Named as “the Guardian” by the locals, Toby is faced with a life-changing task. He and his sister can only return home when the elements are reunited and peace is restored to the land of Gelnoff. With only two gold rings, ten days’ worth of supplies, and the guidance of a wise, old Redwood tree, Toby and Camryn begin the journey of a lifetime.




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Author L. M. Nelson 320x461Have you ever had a dream so vivid and so detailed that it stuck with you for days or even months? That’s how The Guardian came to be. A dream. A very vivid dream.

I’ve always been a lover of fantasy books and sci-fi movies. As a child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite books. I loved the world of Winnie the Pooh and floated away to Neverland with Peter Pan. I saw the very first Star Wars movie when I was a child and have been a fan ever since. Imaginary worlds fascinate me. The land of Pandora is one of my favorite imaginary worlds. I wish I could see its many moons, smell its rainforests, and hear the flying dragons screech across the the sky. I’d also love to visit Nabu, Narnia, and Hogwarts, or meet Yoda, Dumbledore, and Frodo.

Creating a fantasy world is a challenging endeavor, and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But as I began to piece together the images I had in my head, my imaginary world began to take shape. The characters came alive, and I began to feel the landscape – the sounds, the scents, the smells. Trees began to talk, rivers flowed, and glowing stones emitted rainbow colored hues. Although creating the land of Gelnoff challenged me as a writer, it was incredibly fun to write. I compiled all the vivid images I saw from my dreams and let my imagination take over.

In this book, you’ll see some familiar creatures like a Minotaur and a rock troll, but you’ll also meet talking Redwoods and a new fantasy creature called a Hawkstrich.

(L. M. Nelson, January 2018)

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Center Stage by L. M. Nelson

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Center Stage

Scrubs book 4

by L. M. Nelson

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New York City—a thriving metropolis full of dreams. The bright lights of Times Square, the billboard posters promoting the latest musicals, and the theatre marquees up and down Broadway attract millions of theatre lovers every year. Lauren Hanson was no exception.

Prior to moving to New York, Lauren made every effort to make her dream of performing on Broadway a reality. She enrolled in dance classes, took voice lessons, and participated in various acting workshops. Now in her first year at the Juilliard School, she seeks to improve her craft and work her way into the professional world of musical theatre. A Broadway performer named Roger Zellers steers her in the right direction. His assistance becomes tainted, however, when a blast from his past tries to sabotage Lauren’s career. Harassment, lies, and openly violent threats make Lauren question Roger’s intentions.

While Lauren pursues the glamor of the Great White Way, Lauren’s twin sister tries to establish herself as a reputable choreographer. Having connections with Roger comes in handy when he asks her for a special favor. Through Roger, she meets other professionals, gains a new following, and finds potential love. But will her fairytale come true, or will her plans crumble to pieces in the hustle and bustle of New York City?




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Author L. M. Nelson 320x461The closest I’ve ever come to performing in front of an audience was the brief 6 or 7 year period in my life when I sang spiritual songs with a small quartet and performed in the Easter Cantata with a local community choir. My children have both performed on stage, however. My son during elementary school plays and middle school band concerts. My daughter for choir performances, high school plays, halftime shows and concerts with for her high school and college marching band, and that year she marched in the Rose Parade. Although I’ve never performed on stage, I’ve always enjoyed theatre. I grew up watching musicals and have attended several traveling Broadway shows over the years. Among my favorites are Phantom of the Opera, Newsies, and Singin’ in the Rain.

When I planned the fourth and final book of the Scrubs series, I knew I wanted a character who was somehow linked with the performing arts. Since Center Stage focuses primarily on Randy’s twin daughters, and both are performers, having the girls connected to the theatre was crucial in developing the storyline. This is how Roger Zellers came to life.

There are many characters within this series I adore. But Roger is by far one of my favorites. He’s one of those characters who comes to life. If he was a real person, I would definitely befriend him. He’s just a down to earth guy who genuinely cares about people. He has a natural playful side and enjoys life. He’s talented, well-liked by everyone he meets, and fun to be around. He does, however, have a bit of dark past he doesn’t reveal to many people. Throughout Center Stage, we learn more and more about him and his past, and enjoy some of the experiences he faces as a professional in the performing arts world.

Center Stage touches on social and emotional issues young people go through as they leave the roost and go off on their own. Center Stage introduces you to new characters and brings back many of the ones from the pervious books. Because the Scrubs series is a family saga, the reader will see the characters grow up and matures throughout the series. It was a fun series to write, but it was hard to let go of the characters I have grown so close to over the years.

(L. M. Nelson, January 2018)

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Other Books in the Same Series

 Book 1 – Scrubs

 Book 2 – Sand & Sutures

 Book 3 –

Beyond the Hardwood

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The Kidnapped Smile by Laurie Woodward

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The Kidnapped Smile

The Artania Chronicles Book II

by Laurie Woodward

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Mona Lisa kidnapped? Her father, Leonardo, in tears? What will the Deliverers do?

It has been a year since Alex and Bartholomew first ventured into the mystical Artania. Once again they are called upon to keep this art-created world safe.

But peril waits at every turn.

Traitorous Pirates. Fearful gods and goddesses. Monsters of the deep. A world’s safety lies in the hands three twelve-year-olds. Alex and Bartholomew, with their spunky sidekick Gwen, return to Artania to wrench the kidnapped Mona Lisa from the hands of ruthless pirates.

Will they succeed? Read The Kidnapped Smile and find out.



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Author Laurie Woodward PictureEvery child is born curious with a desire to create. When nurtured that creativity can be magical. But when children are forced to deny their true selves, part of that magic disappears. I believe that we should foster art in kids and that’s why I wrote Artania. As a teacher I had begun to think of excessive testing as a monster that was destroying beautiful parts of children. In my imagination art was a living being that was endangered every time we denied children’s creativity.

It made we wonder. Can a kid who’s forced to bathe six times a day save a magical world? It’s not his fault his father drowned in a mud puddle just before he was born, turning Mother into a cleaning fanatic. Now eleven-year-old Bartholomew Borax III can’t go to school, play outside, or, worst of all, make art. But he has to. So he sketches in secret.

Then two amazing thing happen, he’s allowed to go to school and he meets skateboarding painter, Alexander Devinci. In Bartholomew’s book, Alex is wicked cool because he gets needing to create. But sharing glimpses of a freaky world every time they brush past each other makes for a tentative friendship. Meanwhile, Alex’s strained relationship with his mother takes an ominous turn when she has a heart attack, leading Bartholomew to reach out.

Later, during an art museum field trip, a rainbow inside a painting yanks the boys into another realm. Bartholomew’s living in an antiseptic mansion is nothing in comparison to how weird Artania is with living paintings, sculptures, and sketches. It shares some mystical connection with Earth, but is in grave danger. Twelve pharaohs have been captured and if they are not freed soon, an entire Artanian nation will be destroyed. But only Alex and Bartholomew’s powers can rescue them.

No way.

When he sees a struggling Artanian child pulled underground, Bartholomew finally agrees to help, not knowing if it will be enough. With Egyptian gods, goddesses, and warriors at their side, they brave a series of battles, duels, and skateboarding escapes. Bartholomew blunders again and again. Amidst dead and wounded comrades, his guilt grows. As his confidence begins to erode, he must work with Alex but it takes all of his talents and more to battle an evil race of shadowy creatures. For only the power of true creation will finally defeat Sickhert’s army and bring art back to the world.

(Laurie Woodward, January 2018)

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