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Blog Tour + Guest Post: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

Fiona Ingram’s

WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

OF

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

Tour Begins August 13th

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Book Summary

A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

 

Print Length: 318 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure
Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)
ISBN: 978-1946229465

 

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com

 

The Guest Post

The Joy of Writing for Children

 

Although my writing career began at the bottom rung of a very small magazine, I have always written, even if it was just plays which we acted out for my long-suffering parents when I was young. I have four brothers (a great cast) and we would create grandiose plots gleaned from books and dress up and act it all out. By the way, my parents would also pay for ‘tickets’ to these fantastic performances. I also had a long-running serial to entertain my younger brothers and their friends – a ghost story in weekly installments called Gruesome Gables. This involved monsters, vampires, skeletons, coffins, a haunted house, a dungeon filled with nameless terrors, and heroic children based on us, of course.

My parents were really poor while the five (yes, five!) of us were growing up, so we read what was on the bookshelves. We entertained ourselves with a fantasy world that we created from the books we read, generally the traditional children’s classics. That world was very special, very poignant, and it was hard to relinquish it and ‘grow up.’ In a way, writing for children is how one can revisit that amazing world.

I began writing for children purely by accident. Being a journalist, I have written loads of articles, but a book? It just ‘happened!’ My mother was the catalyst. Then in her late 60s, she had always wanted to visit Egypt. She also invited my two nephews, then 10 and 12, to accompany us. It was an amazing trip, filled with interesting experiences. My nephews were at that wonderful age where everything is new, exciting, and possible. Their enthusiasm was totally infectious and their delight at everything we saw or did got me thinking. Ultimately their enjoyment and passion for the trip proved to be the inspiration for my first children’s book.

When I returned, after we’d admired the souvenirs and the many photos, I thought I’d write a short story based on our experiences, naturally including myself (a journalist) an intrepid globe-trotting grandmother, and two young boys. That was the beginning of it all. The short story became a novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and the novel became a children’s adventure series (The Chronicles of the Stone) because at the end of the first book I realized that the story had grown into something quite spectacular.

My books are aimed at middle grade readers, ages 9/10-14, around the real ages of my nephews when we went on the trip. I am not sure if I chose the first book or if the book chose me because I ended up feeling very comfortable with the workings of the 10-12-year-old mind. I fostered and later adopted a disadvantaged African child the same year of the trip. She was aged 11 and that also added to my experience with a middle-grade reader. Surprisingly, adults also love my books, and so many people have told me that reading these stories makes them feel like a child again, open to adventure and the excitement of something fun and interesting.

Although I have written a number of historical romances and collaborated on an adventure epic, I love my children’s book series. There is something unique about the world of children’s literature. It is magical, the possibilities are endless, and you’re limited only by your imagination. If only we could keep our childlike imagination and beliefs as we step into adulthood.

 

FionaIngram.jpg (1).jpgAbout the Author

Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

 

You can find Fiona at –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/
Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn
Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com
Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

Blog Tour Schedule Below:

Today @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com
August 14th @ Write Like Crazy
Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.
http://www.writelikecrazy.com
August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.
https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/
August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog
Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.
https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/
August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.
http://madelinesharples.com/
August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog
Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.
https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog
August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard
Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/
August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog
Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/
August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky
Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.
http://margoldill.com/
August 22nd @ A New Look on Books
Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.
https://anewlookonbooks.com/
August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi
Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.
http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/
August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/
August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.
https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com
August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/
August 29th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Stop by Jill’s blog where she reviews The Temple of the  Crystal Timekeeper and shares what she thinks about the book.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/
August 30th @ Story Teller Alley
Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://storytelleralley.com/blog
August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/
August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.
https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/
September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!
https://c-c-hall.com/
September 2nd @ Break Even Books
Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.
https://breakevenbooks.com/
September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com
September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://c-c-hall.com/
September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/
September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf
Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.
http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com
September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com
September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi
Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.
https://misadventureswithandi.com/
September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics
Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.
https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/
September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey
Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com
September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey
Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com
September 14th @ World of My Imagination
Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com
September 15th @ Story Teller Alley
Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 
http://storytelleralley.com/blog

11 thoughts on “Blog Tour + Guest Post: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper”

  1. I personally love reading young adult and middle grade fiction because I feel like a kid again! What an incredible, magical escape it is. I love this story about how you came to enjoy writing for children!

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