Bertha Fights Back – Fran Lewis and Jr. Author Dani Nicole Miller, Authors

November 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm (children, faith, family, love, Self Help, social science) (, , , , , , , )


Bertha Fights Back

Bertha Fights Back – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Walking into my homeroom class, I realized that something was definitely going on and I was beginning to think that I might not want to know what it was. One of the boys, Dan, looked at me and then at his cell phone and burst out laughing and almost fell off of his chair. Since the teacher was not there, which seemed odd, no one stopped what was going to happen next.’

‘As I was just about to sit down, I turned around and saw that all of the kids in the class were using the internet on their phones. Some were sharing the information they found with other kids. Some were on Facebook, My Space or YouTube. Others were looking at pictures sent from one phone to the next. Everyone was staring at me.’

Someone had posted pictures of Bertha in the girl’s bathroom changing into her gym uniform on Facebook, My Space and YouTube. Other pictures showed her throwing spitballs and wads of toilet paper all over the walls and floor of the girl’s bathroom. On the door someone had written “Bertha Rules.” Not a very nice thing to do to a 13 year old who has always been overweight, not very good in sports nor dancing and has definitely never been very popular with kids her own age. But she is smart and always makes her parents proud with her grades.

In Bertha Fights Back, Bertha decides to find out who put these pictures out there in cyberspace and to get her revenge. No more nice girl Bertha. But revenge doesn’t come without a price. Bertha decides to join a gang but finds out that being a gang member gets her into more trouble than she expected and trouble comes with a price. In Bertha’s case, community service.

When the school band room is broken into, Bertha is called upon by her principal to do a little detective work. She and a group of other students start looking into the destruction and theft of the musical instruments. Along the way the group encounters students who are upset about foreign students attending their school to the point of not only writing graffiti on the walls but also physically harm some of the students.

Bertha Fights Back brings to life what all young people need to be taught. One of the lessons Bertha learns through her experiences is that being a gang member is not the answer. She also learns that being a Bully is not the answer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as Bertha grew up and took on the responsibility for the things she did whether they were right or wrong. To me, this is a good book for both young people as well as adults to read.

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Award Winning Author Dana Davis, Brings Her Readers The Mask of Tamirella, Desert Magick:Superstitions,Breach of Worlds,Deadly Fate:Book One of the Teadai Prophecies, Sage Truth,City of Gods

August 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


The Mask of TamirellaMask of Tamirella

by Dana Davis

 

2008 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

2008 Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist

2007 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention

 

Sixteen-year-old Caitlanna Mullen lives in a harsh world where technology no longer exists. In her post-apocalyptic society, she salvages priceless artifacts for trade. One artifact is especially desired. The Mask of Tamirella. Cait steals the Mask from another sanction, putting her own at risk. As punishment, the Elders send her to a hazardous dig. She must travel through a mutant forest without becoming a sacrifice and into Rotted City, where toxic ruins hoard an ancient disease. To complicate matters, the man she loves accompanies her group. Because of their age differences, an intimate relationship with him is strictly forbidden and would bring severe punishment, perhaps even exile. Cait’s life takes an unexpected turn when she uncovers secrets she never imagined.

Will this sixteen-year-old survive in a place where death and injury are daily concerns? Can she quell her feelings for a man forbidden to touch her until she’s older? Or will her confrontations with mutants and toxic ruins cause her demise? One thing is certain: the secrets Caitlanna uncovers will change her world forever.

 

“The magic of this tale lies in the straightforward narrative and the authentic, witty dialogue…enchanting, informative…a wonderful adventure story.” WriteWords.

http://www.amazon.com/Mask-Tamirella-Dana-Davis/dp/0595405053/ref=sr_1_1/102-7722398-5846514?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181324506&sr=8-1

 

Desert MajicDesert Magick: Superstitions

by Dana Davis

2009 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist

Daisy Hammel-Kavanaugh lives a perfectly average life in the Arizona desert, except for one thing. She’s a witch. Her relatives and ancestors consist of various, and sometimes colorful, paranormals. When Daisy is attacked by a mystical, ghost-like figure, she must enlist the aid of those she trusts in her quest to find and eliminate this enemy before he destroys her. 

There’s another problem. To ensure her success, she must somehow get her hands on a treasured and protected Native American artifact, without pissing off the entire Indian community. Desert creatures, ancient myths, sex and magick abound in Daisy’s world but can she trust herself to know what is real and what isn’t?

 

“Dana Davis is a skilled and confident storyteller. Her bold characters ignite the action with wit, intelligence, and just enough sass to win your heart.” Marilyn McGrath, creative writing teacher and author of All You Know On Earth

 

 http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Magick-Superstitions-Dana-Davis/dp/0595532950/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229367271&sr=8-1

 

Breach of WorldsBreach of Worlds

by Dana Davis

 

How can a destitute orphan get an ordinary life? Seek out the valley sorceress, of course, a woman rumored to ride dragons and eat young men.

Armed with only her wits and a stolen map, Nara goes in search of the famed sorceress. At age fourteen, when her own powers begin to manifest, she becomes a target for evil. This adolescent girl must help defeat the shadow ones before they destroy everything she has come to love. Orphanage life was difficult, but her future terrifies her as she embarks on a harrowing journey fraught with magic and peril.

Nara’s life will be anything but ordinary.

 

http://www.synergebooks.com/ebook_breachofworlds.html

 

http://www.writeronlinebooks.com/book/breachofworlds.htm

 

 

Coming soon to Kindle, Mobipocket, Fictionwise and others.

 

 

Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai PropheciesDeadly Fate

by Dana Davis

Coming September 2009 from SynergEbooks.

What do a mysterious woman, a tavern wench who counts to calm her fears, and several annoying adolescents have in common?  They are destined for a magical and uncertain future together.  Whether they want it or not.

For millennia, Gypsies have harnessed the Energy, allowing them to perform incredible feats of magic.  Most die if not properly trained, and those few who manage to survive without guidance tend to lose their sanity.  Gypsy Haranda Banwidden and her kin must locate the untrained, many who come from backgrounds with beliefs that demonize them, instruct them in the Energy, and oath them into service.

Meanwhile, a tiny, yet potentially deadly, void has formed within the Energy and is expanding.  The only way to destroy the void is to locate ancient texts, which contain information the Gypsy kin so desperately need.  Unfortunately, no one knows exactly where these texts are hidden or if they’ve survived the ages.  Ready or not, the prophesied New Age is upon them, and they must succeed against a growing list of enemies or disappear forever.

 

Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai PropheciesSage Truth

by Dana Davis

 

Coming soon from SynergEbooks

 

Enemies seem to be growing with every sunrise, and when the Gypsy kin are captured, they fear they will weaken and die. There is hope, though, as they gather allies from unexpected places. But can they survive long enough to live out the Prophecies

 

 

City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies

City of Gods 

Coming soon from SynergEbooks

 

Grieving Gypsy and Sage kin continue searching for a way to save their world. But the yellow-eyed woman hides somewhere in the darkness, waiting, and she won’t be sated until she overpowers them all. The kin must get back home to the Land of the Goddess, where they will engage in a final battle for their world.

 

Dana Davis recliningAuthor Bio: Dana Davis is a four time award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. Her published books include the adult paranormal fantasy Desert Magick: Superstitions, the young adult fantasy Breach of Worlds, and the teen sci-fi The Mask of Tamirella. During her college years, she had the good fortune to study with Nebula Award-winner Sheila Finch and received her creative writing degree from California State University, Long Beach. Her adult fantasy Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release September 2009 from SynergEbooks Publishing.

 

When she’s not writing, she loves to read and travel. Just try to keep her away from ruins and old cemeteries. Dana lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and two insane birds, where she is currently writing another book. She invites readers to visit her website at www.danadaviswriting.com.
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