Sharon Skinner holds a B.A. In English, an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Poetic License. She has worked as a landscaper, a cashier, a maid, a waitress, a communications specialist, a videographer, a technical writer, a project management consultant and a biomedical field service engineer and served aboard the USS Jason as one of the first women assigned to a US Navy ship. Her poetry and fiction have been published in myriad local, national and international publications. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.
Her recent publishing credits include In Case You Didn’t hear Me the First Time (2010), The Healer’s Legacy (2012), The Nelig Stones (2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (March 2014). The highly anticipated sequel to The Healer’s Legacy, The Matriarch’s Devise, is due for release in Fall 2015.
In 1994, Bob (Me) co-founded Anthology magazine with writer J.A. Giunta. The magazine would run for ten years and print a wide variety of up and coming poets and writers. Also in 1994, Bob (also me) started the Essenzaslam Poetry Slam, which runs to this day as the longest running poetry slam in the Southwest. In 1999, Bob founded Spokenworld.com, a pioneer internet readio station focusing on spoken word programming. In 2001, writer Sharon Skinner and Bob founded Anthology as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Currently, Bob is the chief of Brick Cave Media, a media microglomerate (his home office) for the crazy ideas that his friends and I dream up. In 2006, He released my second spoken word CD, Boboratory, that is available through the Brick Cave Media Store as either a physical CD or downloadable MP3's. He serves on the Board of Anthology, Inc., and still wanders around the local poetry scene.
The company forging a golden age of steam for the Empire is the Fanshaw & Fotherington Electro-Mechanical works. Destroy it and the British Empire will follow.
But before Olivia can put her deadly plan into motion she must first locate the almost mythical creative heart of the Double-F company – the Squirrel Works – run by the reclusive Tiberius Fanshaw.
The seed of its destruction is a secret hidden for many years concerning Nathaniel, the son of a widowed London steam-cabbie. Now he is caught in Olivia’s deadly web his life is in dire peril.
But what hope has Nathaniel when, in order to save her own life, Olivia must destroy two empires?
He is well into his investigations when a second ship is destroyed. Are they related? Is someone trying to throw New York and the entire country into chaos? The clues all seem to point to a huge plot by a diabolical mastermind. But who is behind it all and what is he trying to accomplish?
Jack has only hours to discover the secret and thwart the villains behind the destruction. But will he be in time?
As the dark clouds of another war loom, Jack, Scarlet and Mr Doyle travel from grimy streets of London to neon-bright metropolis of Tokyo.
They're on a mission for the British government: to locate the Kusanagi sword, an ancient relic believed to have magical powers. If they can find the sword, the Emperor of Japan promises to keep the peace between his nation and the allies.
But in Tokyo, they soon discover that the Nazis are after the sword, too. And they will stop at nothing for world domination—putting the team's lives in terrible danger.
Darrell Pitt began his lifelong appreciation of Victorian literature when he read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, quickly moving on to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. This early reading led to a love of comics, science fiction and all things geeky. Darrell is now married with one daughter, and he lives in Melbourne. The complete Jack Mason Adventures—The Firebird Mystery (a Notable Book in the 2015 CBCA awards), The Secret Abyss, The Broken Sun, The Monster Within and, finally, The Lost Sword—are available now.
Praise for Pitt and the Jack Mason Adventures
'A headlong thrill ride.’ Kirkus Reviews
'The fast pace and twists in the plot will keep [readers] hanging on the edge of their seat...The Lost Sword is an enjoyable read.' New Zealand Book Council
'Charming, witty...this series no doubt will be a huge hit for early teens, the writing is intelligent and Darrell Pitt has created characters that challenge and provoke readers to invest in the storyline.' Diva Booknerd on The Firebird Mystery.
'A fun story, easy to read and full of action. The action, by the way, is excellently written...Bonus points for being the first kids' book of its kind I've come across that gives mention to the suffragettes!' Books+Publishing on The Firebird Mystery.
'Darrell Pitt's second novel is another exciting, fast-paced adventure filled with heroes and villains, steam-driven transport, inventors and inventions, near drownings, rescues and cataclysmic events.' ReadPlus on The Secret Abyss.
'This third instalment of the Jack Mason Adventures is jam-packed with everything I've come to love about the series. There's a fantastic mix of mystery, eccentricity, and lint covered pocket cheese...my favourite book of the series so far.' Fictional Thoughts on The Broken Sun.
'Non-stop action, non-stop adventure, non-stop fun!' Richard Harland.
‘Packed with action and narrow escapes, never dull or predictable.’ CBCA Reading Time
“Something hissed and a wet chill wrapped around Mirabella’s wrist
and crawled toward her shoulder. She whipped around and glimpsed the
outline of someone sitting on the edge of her bed. But as she stared,
the image faded to a blur.”
When twelve-year old Mirabella and her mother move into Great Aunt
Clovinia’s old house, Mirabella discovers they aren’t the only ones
living there. A mysterious faded specter haunts the place.
When the house is scheduled for demolition, Mirabella must unravel
the mystery of the ghost’s identity, and free it from the old house
before it’s too late.
Jacob, a tinker's apprentice and sometime thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by the city walls. These towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at bay, but the monsters move higher into the peaks every year. More and more, they breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.
A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may not be natural. With help from Jacob's closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one of the city's elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.
A mysterious sword-wielding stranger on the run from the law.
A family secret that people are willing to kill for.
All Kali McAlister wants is to build an airship and escape the frozen Yukon where she was born. But the secret her alchemist father left her with, a magical energy source called flash gold, has put her in danger. Everyone from con artists to gangsters is hunting her down. She’s used to taking care of herself and is about as trusting as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but when enemies threaten to overpower her, she may have no choice but to join forces with the mysterious man.
Set in the Yukon’s gold-rush era, The Flash Gold Boxed Set contains three adventures of action, magic, and romance:
If they weren’t the only non-Norms in the entire town of Fair Glen—aside from the annoying half-Elf, Jeryd, who shows up and complicates things—Merissa might not give Bree the time of day. But when Bree is drawn into a curse that causes chaos at school and threatens the town, Merissa must find a way to vanquish the dark power behind the curse and keep her parents from finding out about it. All without failing biology.