Author Archives: Robert Scanlon

sarina's Nightmare and Tandem Skateboarding

Can you REALLY have two people on one skateboard?

In Sarina’s Nightmare, there is one scene where two people (OK, kids!) ride a skateboard together.

One rather enterprising reader challenged this scenario; and scoffed at the idea that this was even physically possible.

Well it is, and I have proof.

Video proof! 😀

It even has an official name: Tandem Skateboarding.

Take a look at the videos below – doesn’t that look like amazing fun?!*

*No, the scene in the book is nothing like either of these. It is a fun getaway scene though! You’ll have to read it to find out won’t you!

Praise for Sarina’s Nightmare:

A fast-paced action fantasy with glorious characters, some nail-biting moments and a very satisfying ending…plus a hint that there will be more Dreamer Chronicles to come in the future. And that’s a very good thing! My 10-year-old daughter, an avid and discerning reader, likened this to the Percy Jackson series.

For adults who are reading this book out loud to their kids (and you’ll want to!) it is worth spending a few minutes on the mythical names that you’ll have to get your tongue around – lots of consonants and not quite enough vowels – but that’s standard procedure with this genre and all part of the fun. Highly recommended for boys and girls aged 10 and over.

How DO you pronounce those names????

I noticed one reviewer of ‘Sarina’s Nightmare’ suggest that the prospective reader take some time to learn the pronunciation of some of the ‘fantasy character names’!

While I think they may have been writing with tongue firmly in cheek, it’s a good point.

When I was proofing the book, one of the last things I did was to run the manuscript through a ‘text-to-speech’ – and found that, yes, some of those names may NOT be being pronounced the way I had imagined haha!

So here’s a quick run-down:

Paolo = pow[as in ‘power’]-low

Makthryg = Mack-thrigg

Valkrog = Vall[as in ‘valley’]-crogg

The rest are easy!

Remember the book is only 0.99c on Amazon during the launch period – so be quick!

Use the link below to be taken to your country’s Amazon page:

http://robertscanlon.com/sarina

Thanks for the 5-star reviews!

Wow!

The release of Sarina’s Nightmare has generated a nice buzz already.

Thank you to the 5-star Reviewers!

To celebrate, you can now read the first chapters absolutely free, right here!

Here is the link (pdf file, 2.4Mb):

Sarina's Nightmare

http://robertscanlon.com/Sarinas-Nightmare-free-chapters.pdf

Have fun!

Robert

 

 

Sarina's Nightmare

Sarina’s Nightmare Now Available On Amazon

Yeehah!

It’s finally available – and to celebrate, I’m pricing the Kindle version at only 99c (for a limited time only).

There are already a clutch of 5-star reviews (very grateful, thank you).

If you know a 9-12 who loves to read, and enjoys sci-fi or fantasy (no space stuff in there, but there are parallel universes and wormholes!), or adults who enjoy the likes of Harry Potter etc, then why not download a sample?

  >> http://amzn.to/1bL74p0

The sequel is well underway, so there shouldn’t be too long to wait for those anxious to read the next adventure 🙂

Robert is writing

I’m Writing Books – Are You?

Books! Yes I’m writing books!

The first is shortly to be published. It’s a Junior Fiction – or to use the industry term, “Middle Grade (MG)” and is the first in a trilogy.

Hopefully not long after that, I’ll be finishing and polishing a book designed to help anyone who finds themselves “public speaking” – for whatever reason. Weddings; Your Job; Interviews – if you’ve ever felt a lack of confidence or nerves then I can help you!

For some reason I cannot fathom, I found myself in a two-decade career teaching and training people in large organizations. The only problem being … I hated public speaking!

Luckily I learn quickly and managed to overcome the “sheer terror vomit moment” – and now I’ll teach you too, so you don’t have to go through all that pain!

If you want to bet notified when it is released, then just subscribe to my newsletter on this site 🙂

Are you writing?

Are you public speaking?

I’d love to know – tell me in the comments section below!