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We are currently seeking both agented and unagented submissions to our e-novella line, SHINE. Submissions must be high concept, commercial young adult stories of any genre – with romantic elements – and between 15-20,000 words. SHINE titles will be published in ebook format only and made available between $0.99 and $1.99. SHINE stories will meet […]

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DEEP IN THE MEADOWS  by Lisa M. Cronkhite Bianca “Bee” Thompson’s brother, Jimmy has been dead for ten months, yet she still feels his presence lingering. And one question haunts her: Was Jimmy’s death an accident? Probing into the events on the night of Jimmy’s death, Bee hears strange voices. The voices lead her to a […]

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  • Hot Deals for the 4th July 4, 2014
    Need something to do this long holiday weekend? Here's a special deal from Leap Books:We're offering this super deal because we're launching 2 new e-books. We have a special beach read by Tina Bustamante, As Waters Gone By, debuting on July 6.And  watch for Book 1 in Patrice Lyle's Poison Ivy Charm School series, The Case of the Missing W
  • Oops! Always Fact-Check Your Information June 1, 2014
    Let's take some time to talk about research. Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, it's important to know what you're talking about. Even if you're making up an entirely new creature, some research is required to make sure that creature could live on the planet, eat what they eat, and do what they do. You have to explain you
  • Exciting Announcement from Leap Books May 27, 2014
    Leap Books is pleased to announce the newest addition to our editorial staff. We'd like to welcome Judith Graves as Acquisitions Editor for SHINE, our e-novella line. Judith will be accepting both agented and unagented submissions at: nitty-gritty details:SHINE word counts: 15-20k We’re looking for solid storytelling with ro
  • Storm Watcher Discussion Guide May 24, 2014
    Discussion Questions for Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder1.    How did Luke’s mother die? How does Luke feel about this? How do his brothers feel? How does his father feel? How does this affect the dynamics of the family?2.    Why does Luke want a papillon? What does his father think of that? Why? What would you do if you were Luke?3.    Describe Luke’s rela
  • Common-Core-Aligned Classroom Activities for Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder May 24, 2014
    Are your middle school students studying weather? Then Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder is the perfect complement to your curriculum. Below are classroom activities, aligned with common core standards, that you could integrate into your language arts or science classroom.  ACTIVITY ONEObjectives·            CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7Integrate and evaluate co
  • A Poem in a Blade of Grass May 18, 2014
    I've been working with a young girl from Korea since the beginning of the school year. At first she was on a Fancy Nancy reading level and couldn't understand English very well (especially Southern English). Now we are currently reading Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. We've read the entire Harry Potter series, The Hobbit, and a few