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The Silver Coin

PhoenicianShipBook 3 of the Ancient Elements series is now in its final editing stage! This ship is one of the illustrations in the book by my wonderful illustrator, Marsha Ottum Owen. The book’s cover art is still in the development stage.We hope to publish by the end of June, or early July. If you’d like to be notified when it’s available, use this contact form. I can hardly wait! A 6th grade teacher at Kennedy Middle School recently read an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) to her class and sent me their comments. A sampling of some of their comments is below.

 

SC_coin.jpg My class LOVED reading about Samsuluna’s adventures and as a teacher, I loved that there was so much about the civilizations woven throughout the narrative! – Ms. Yeung, 6th grade teacher

The Silver Coin will take you on a roller coaster of emotions with your adrenaline racing as you and the character merge to becomeone.— Mahati

Amazing end to the series of The Elements. Many twists and turns that keep you forever on your toes. — Will

The Silver Coin, the last book in the trilogy of the Ancient Elements series, is a great ending book. The plot has amazing twists and readers will really enjoy it. Dr. Sontag didn’t disappoint in any book, letting students learn while having fun at the same time.— Diya 

This final book to the Ancient Elements series is a mix of romance, adventure, surprise, and history all perfectly measured and combined into a single book.—Sophia

An epic conclusion to the Ancient Elements series, with tinges of romance woven into the gripping plot.—Victor

Mystery on top of mystery, an aching thirst kept me awake at night, dying for more.— Rachel

It kept the whole class on the edge of their seats the whole time. —Sophia

Educational yet thrilling, The Silver Coin thrills the reader with twists and turns all ending in one grand finale. A terrific ending to the tale of Samsuluna.—Nitin  

Dr. Sontag does an amazing job of entertaining the reader with a very intriguing plot with lively characters and devious plots, while also putting ancient civilizations into the mix, putting it all together to make a very intricate story of three perspectives slowly coming together in a spark of adventure. This finale, The Silver Coin, for the Ancient Elements series sure will grab you and won’t let you go.—Shreyas 

Exciting, gripping, and edgy are just a few of the words that can be used to describe The Silver Coin. Dr. Sontag perfectly combines and contrasts adventure and mystery in this stunning end to her thrilling trilogy. —Riya 

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Creating a Tagline

ImageOkay, I need your help. I was updating my Google profile, and found a space for “tagline.” New concept. Do I have a tagline? Should I? I researched Google “taglines” and here’s what I found.

As a writer, a tagline would help solidify my writing vision, and drive that vision for future books. According to writer and blogger Thomas A. Fowler, “Even if you don’t plan on using a tagline in your marketing, have one in the back of your mind to create consistent content in your approach.” Fowler’s tag line is, “Instill Hope.”

Author and blogger Jean Oram, says, “You read a good tagline and you immediately know what the author is about, what they write, the feeling you are going to get from their books and basically, exactly what you are in for.”

Robert Lee Brewer, an editor and content specialist, explains that a tagline, “defines who writers are to their target audience–to literary agents, editors, book buyers, and ultimately readers. That’s pretty important stuff. Second, a slogan defines who writers are to themselves. It might seem like common sense, but most writers can’t define themselves–especially in a way that explains their value–in fewer than 10 words. That’s why developing a slogan is a super important exercise.”

So I followed the advice of author Kristin Wallace and began to free-write as many words and phrases that described me as an author. Then I picked out my favorite ones and tried several variations. When Wallace tried this, she came up with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. Wallace explains, “Those words are what my books are about. They have romance, lots of laughs and a spiritual element that isn’t too heavy-handed.”

My first attempt harvested, “Awakening Dreams of Adventure”. I write historical fiction, awakening past events so young readers in the present can experience and learn from the past in an adventurous way. I also came up with “Bringing the Past to Life”. Emotionally, I like what the first tagline does for me. Cognitively, the second one seems more obvious. What do you think? Any ideas?

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Spoken words are fleeting, but written words last beyond a lifetime.

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