Teen authors David & Laura Lee (Inspire us to write)

David T. Lee (15 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (13 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

Watch David & Laura’s TV interview on Miller Chat (Shrewsbury, MA)

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 13•19

On June 21, Laura and I were interviewed as part of the Shrewsbury Public Library’s annual Author Showcase. Our interviewer was Robbin Miller, host of Shrewsbury’s Miller Chat television show. Enjoy watching our interviews (each are approximately five minutes long)!

Watch David & Laura’s TV interview on Be My Guest (Upton, MA)

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 12•19

Laura and I were interviewed by Jan Lewis (the host of Be My Guest from Upton Community TV)! This episode was recorded on June 21. We had a lively chat about our books and thoroughly enjoyed our time with Jan. Following the interview, the books were donated to Upton Public Library. Enjoy the full thirty-minute broadcast of the interview!

Awesome time at Barnes and Noble’s AuthorStock!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Jul• 11•19

In April, my brother and I went to a Barnes and Noble in Millbury, MA for AuthorStock, an annual event where local authors promote and sell their books. There were about 20 authors participating. After we introduced ourselves, we each took turns to talk about our writing journeys. Lisa Shea, a local author and leader of the Blackstone Valley Arts Association (BVAA), filmed us. A portion of all proceeds benefited the BVAA.  It was fun to meet and interact with booklovers­—customers of Barnes and Noble. Overall, it was a great event! The first book of my fantasy YA trilogy, Two Worlds, and the first from David’s sci-fi children’s book series, Danny and the Portal of the World (with a recently redesigned cover), are still in Barnes and Noble. All have been autographed. Feel free to stop by and check them out! Thanks to Barnes and Noble, Lisa Shea and the BVAA for organizing this event! We hope to go there again!

Laura

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A Week of Summer Reading Kickoffs!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 26•19

Hope everyone’s having a great summer so far! I went to Millbury Library and Shrewsbury Public Library to participate in their annual Summer Reading Kickoff events!

At Millbury, we were welcomed warmly by the librarians. Lots of kids stopped by at our table to learn firsthand about our writing journey. I’ve said this a few times before, but watching their faces light up when I talk about writing is an amazing experience. Millbury has all seven of our books in stock; in our short time there, four of them were borrowed! Special thanks to Ann Dallair (Interim Director) and Amanda Leighton (Library Assistant) for helping set up the event!

Shrewsbury’s Summer Reading Kickoff (of which I took part in the Author Showcase) had an unprecedented number of authors this year! From newcomers to familiar faces, over 25 authors and illustrators attended! From self-help books to fantasy epics, nearly every genre was covered at this event. Lots of socializing and namecard trading ensued. We also gave each other lots of advice! Kudos to Priya Rathnam (Assistant Director) and the librarians at Shrewsbury for making this showcase spectacular as always. Also, “Miller Chat” host Robbin Miller filmed bite-size interviews for all the authors in attendance; when those are uploaded online, I’ll let you all know!

Here’s to a productive and exciting summer!

David:)

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Shrewsbury Public Library Author Showcase 3PM Today

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 20•19

June 20th (Thursday), 3-6pm at Shrewsbury Public Library (Massachusetts) – Twenty five talented authors and one illustrator are looking forward to meet you in this year’s Author Showcase. Books will be available for purchase / autographs! This is part of the whole day super fun family friendly annual Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival event (organized by the library).

Author showcase poster (web size)

Summer Reading Event at Millbury Public Library

Written By: Books R Fun - Jun• 19•19

📖 Library Summer Reading Event: Young authors David and Laura Lee have been invited to talk about their book writing journey at Millbury Public Library, Wednesday, June 19 at 4pm. Their books “The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller” series and “Two Worlds” series will be available for purchase/signings.

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Lots of fun playing in CDMMEA’s Junior District Orchestra!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - May• 19•19

This year, I auditioned for and was accepted into the orchestra of CDMMEA’s (Central District Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association) 47th Annual Junior District Festival, placing in the fourth seat of first violin. Looking at the schedule, I remember being a little skeptical of the performance quality, as we only had two rehearsals at Milford HS before the concert. At the first rehearsal, we were introduced to our conductor, Mr. Michael Coelho. Our pieces were Millennium by Richard Meyer, Espana Cani by Pascual Marquina Narro and Albert Wang, and Rites of Tamburo by Robert Smith. From the beginning of the first rehearsal, all of my expectations were surpassed. Mr. Coelho’s highly enthusiastic personality kept the orchestra upbeat and awake, even though each rehearsal was four hours long. Under his guidance, the orchestra quickly became more together. Occasionally, he would add in interpretative notes not written in the music, contributing to the desired atmosphere. This made every minute of the rehearsal a fun, educational experience!

The concert took place at Franklin HS on April 27th. Once again, I was a little concerned that we wouldn’t do well, but by the end of the dress rehearsal I had confidence in our playing. When the time came, we crowded onto the stage (with just a bit less space than I’d be comfortable with) and watched as people flooded into the large auditorium. When the hundreds of families had settled in, we readied ourselves and played our stunning pieces. After every piece, we received lots of applause and cheers. It was one of the best performances I’ve had all year! Overall, I thought everything was really fun, and I’d definitely do it again!

Laura

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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an exciting adventure with a hint of comedy

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Apr• 20•19

Hey guys!

Today, we watched Captain Marvel from Marvel Studios. Brie Larson is the titular superheroine, a woman named Vers who lost all memory of her past when she gained her powers. Teaming up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) after being stranded on Earth, Vers tries to find out more about her past. Meanwhile, she is pursued by both Skrulls and her Kree squad (led by Yon-Rogg, who is played by Jude Law).

The beginning of the film includes a tribute to Stan Lee, the influential Marvel writer who passed away last year. The Marvel Studios logo, which usually shows footage of its various superheroes, displayed a compilation of Stan Lee cameos. Afterward, the message “Thank You Stan” appears over a black screen. This makes the Stan Lee cameo later in the film all the more touching.

For the most part, the plot flows along smoothly, and Brie Larson’s character quickly becomes a favorite with her cool powers and likeable personality. Vers’s experiences as a child help her adult self to mature over the film, which is visualized in a well-done montage. The twist that comes later (no spoilers!) is a solid use of the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. There are quite a few comedic moments to brighten things up, including a cat named Goose who somehow manages to be everywhere Captain Marvel goes. Nick Fury provides the bulk of the film’s jokes; you’ll laugh when you find out how he gets his eyepatch. Also, kudos to Ben Mendelsohn, who delivers a funny performance as Skrull leader Talos. Lashana Lynch adds some great drama as the supporting character Maria Rambeau, a former pilot.

The film isn’t lacking in action scenes, but the fights itself aren’t very memorable. The space battles hinted at in the trailers end up resembling those of Star Wars, which isn’t particularly interesting. Captain Marvel’s powers mean that her enemies are mostly blasted around in funny ways rather than posing a real threat to her. It makes the climax devoid of tension. The design of the Kree world isn’t very distinct from movies like Star Trek.

All in all, this was a great watch for me, and it does provide some backstory to a key character in Marvel Studios’ next promising film, Avengers: Endgame. It was a little disappointing, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet!

Laura 🙂

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Come see David & Laura at Barnes & Noble’s Authorstock Event

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 20•19

Authorstock Part III is on Sun Apr 28th from 12-3 at Millbury’s Barnes & Noble! This one has amazing teen authors David and Laura Lee, an inspiring children’s book, a book on PTSD, and a book on moving through grief. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/575303599622654/ Hope to see you there!

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Event post (from Lisa)

Great presentation at Oak by Lynn Lyons on “Preventing Anxiety & Depression: Skills We Can (and Should!) Teach Our Children”

Written By: Books R Fun - Apr• 03•19

We attended a great presentation by Lynn Lyons on “Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (and Should!) Teach Our Children” at Oak Middle School last night. Dr. Jane Lizotte, principal of the school, introduced Lynn and facilitated the Q&A. Lynn used many cases to explain the importance of building skills to tackle instead of avoidance in the areas that cause anxiety. She delivered the message in a very fun, humorous way for kids/families who may need help. The audience laughed a lot during the program. http://www.lynnlyonsnh.com/

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Bookselling to benefit the restoration of the Asa Waters Mansion

Written By: David T. Lee - Mar• 31•19

Wonderful time meeting Millbury people and promoting David & Laura’s books at Asa Waters Mansion’s March Madness Shopping Spree this afternoon (to benefit the restoration of the Asa Waters Mansion)! Great weather, 60’s, sunshine.
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FREE ebook for our blog subscribers (3/13 – 3/17)

Written By: Books R Fun - Mar• 13•19

Book 1: Two Worlds (A novel of friends and foes from strange places) will be FREE March 13 to 17! Recommended for readers age 10+, 72 chapters, 62,000 words, written by teen author Laura Lee at age 10. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I42D2ZA If you or your family likes Laura’s book, please leave a review for her on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I42D2ZA). In addition, you can share her book and leave reviews on other media platforms, such as Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter … Your time and effort will be greatly appreciated!

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About the author:

Thirteen year-old Laura T. Lee self-published her 1st young adult novel at age 10 (62,000 words). She completed her trilogy by age 12. Laura’s action-packed fantasy novels inspire kids to read and write their own stories.
http://amazon.com/author/lauratlee

Young adult novels written by Laura T. Lee (Two Worlds trilogy):
2016 (written at age 10) – Book 1: Two Worlds – A Novel of Friends and Foes from Strange Places (62,000 words)
2017 (written at age 11) – Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words)
2018 (written at age 12) – Book 3: The Dark Trials (70,000 words) – To be published this year.

Laura has been sharing her writing journey with kids and families through events organized by schools, public libraries, churches, community centers and local businesses (including Staples headquarters). Town newspapers and a Cable Access TV Channel interviewed her and shared her success story.

Her books are cataloged by public libraries and school media centers; and are available for purchase at Barnes and Noble store at Millbury MA (The Shoppes At Blackstone Valley), Enchanted Passage Children’s Bookstore and Enrichment Center at Sutton MA, Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, Walmart.com, SELF-e library platform and Wattpad.com. Readers, families, educators and librarians subscribe to this blog she shares with her elder brother David T. Lee (also a teen author), and follow her on social media.

Email: llee@infomages.com
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/lauratlee
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FREE kindle – Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Written By: Books R Fun - Feb• 25•19

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[The impossible has happened. Dinosaurs, vanished 65 million years ago, have come back to life. Nations have to unite to stop the rampaging monsters from wiping out mankind. Humans are losing the fight – until Danny Hoopenbiller comes. After dinosaurs destroyed his home, Danny is forced to protect his family and under desperate measures, leads the USA Army into what may be their most deadly mission. Danny is the balance that could either save or raze humankind. Will he survive?]

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Written By: Books R Fun - Feb• 10•19

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FREE Kindle for Laura’s 2nd YA novel this week

Written By: Books R Fun - Jan• 28•19

🎁 FREE Kindle (Jan 28 to Feb 1) | Cost $0.00 | Own & share it | Please leave review(s) to support the author

Title: The Risen (YA novel, 206 pages, Age Level: 10+, Grade Level: 5+) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B2GZ6FM

Summary of the story: Cerys, a Fire sorceress and Lieutenant to Queen Matilda, faces a coming war when the Ice Queen and her Army are awakened after many years of sleep. She seeks out Matilda’s friend Theresa Foveae, a sorceress who recently helped save the world by taking on a human as an ally. Theresa agrees to help and brings her human friend Lily along with her for yet another fight. By the end of the battle the Ice Queen’s Lieutenant is among the fallen and the young sorceress who woke her – Minerva – takes on her role. Minerva, being disloyal to her Queen, pays the price by losing her magic shortly after the battle. Enemies become allies, and soon Minerva befriends Cerys as they face the wrath of a much stronger enemy. In this heart-pounding adventure, Minerva and Cerys must take chances, save comrades and search for the one thing they’ve missed the most – family.

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About the author:

Thirteen year-old Laura T. Lee self-published her 1st young adult novel at age 10 (62,000 words). She completed her trilogy by age 12. Laura’s action-packed fantasy novels inspire kids to read and write their own stories.

Young adult novels written by Laura T. Lee (Two Worlds trilogy):

2016 (age 10) – Book 1: Two Worlds – A Novel of Friends and Foes from Strange Places (62,000 words)

2017 (age 11) – Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words)

2018 (age 12) – Book 3: The Dark Trials (70,000 words) – To be published this winter.

Laura has been sharing her writing journey with kids and families through events organized by schools, public libraries, churches, community centers and local businesses (including Staples headquarters). Town newspapers and a Cable Access TV Channel interviewed her and shared her success story.

Her books are cataloged by public libraries and school media centers; and are available for purchase at Barnes and Noble store at Millbury MA (The Shoppes At Blackstone Valley), Enchanted Passage Children’s Bookstore and Enrichment Center at Sutton MA, Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, Walmart.com, SELF-e library platform and Wattpad.com. Readers, families, educators and librarians subscribe to the website (http://booksrfun.infomages.com/) she shares with her elder brother David T. Lee (also a teen author), and follow her on social media.

Email: llee@infomages.com

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/lauratlee

Website: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

FB Page (Laura): https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraLee/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/promoteliteracy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/infomages

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/infomages

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/infomages

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Written By: David T. Lee - Jan• 17•19

Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs is the final installment of The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller 5-book series, which David started publishing at age 7. His work stimulates children’s creativity in writing and promote STEM learning. It will cost $0.00 till Sunday, Jan 20th. Get your FREE copy today at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WW48FH and please consider leaving a review for David (if you like). Good ranking on Amazon helps authors promote their writing. Your effort will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Danny and the Portal of the World ($2.99) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GVKRE2)
  2. Danny and the Trip to Outer Space ($2.99) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008SUE3PM)
  3. Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs ($2.99) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GO3HYXS)
  4. Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs ($2.99) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ELXV9Q)
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Kindle 5-book bundle: ($11.96)
The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller (5 Book Series) (https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Danny-Hoope…/…/ref=sr_1_8…)

Here is the summary of the story:

Danny Hoopenbiller and the rest of humanity are in DOUBLE TROUBLE. Fighting the MARTIANS was bad enough. Now DINOZILLAS – a species of enormous, mutated dinosaurs – have erupted from the ground to wreak their vengeance against mankind. The Dinozillas seek dominance and will destroy everything – even the Martians – to achieve victory. President Mickey McPaularithy unleashes yet another weapon to fight the reptilian menace. The US Army and NASA collaborate to launch a full-scale space attack on the Martians’ orbiting base. However, are these efforts enough to keep the humans alive? Will humanity come out on top, or will they succumb to the WRATH OF THE DINOSAURS?

Learn more about David’s book publishing journey at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

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The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller (5-Book Series)

Written By: David T. Lee - Jan• 16•19

Danny Hoopenbiller, the titular character, is an ingenious young inventor. The 5-book series chronicles Danny’s ridiculous inventions and heart-pounding adventures. His exploits take him through a diverse group of locations, from Earthly places like New York and Yucatan, Mexico to interstellar settings such as Foodland the Planet Seventh! Whether Danny’s fighting for the future of the human race or aiming to get back home after a portal mishap, he always manages to throw in a bit of humor as well. Traveling through time, portals and wormholes, Danny teams up with a colorful cast of allies (e.g. POTUS, US Army, NASA, Albert Einstein’s long lost daughter Lieserl, the Havocker brothers and his family) for adventures ranging from an exploration beyond the solar system to high-stakes battles against otherworldly adversaries such as Martians, dinosaurs and Dinozillas!

I have been writing books for children and demonstrating my writing journey since age 7. Available in Kindle and paperback, my action-packed science fictions stimulate children’s creativity in writing and STEM. Learn more at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller (5-Book Series)

Kindle (paperback is also available):

1. Danny and the Portal of the World (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GVKRE2)

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Danny falls into a portal, meets his relatives and returns home again.

This is the story of Danny Tom Ed, a portal and a lot of relatives. They come together when Danny slips and falls into a portal and meets his relatives. This story also chronicles about a mystery rock later to be found a short cut for Danny to return home. He also finds that this portal also interferes with time and soon finds himself standing in a sun-lit bedroom only to find his mother saying, “Danny, you’re almost late for school,” and suddenly he realizes that the time had moved along. And you must read on to find how Danny, the portal and his relatives come together into their own lives.

2. Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008SUE3PM)

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The story starts when Danny accidentally spills soda on one of his birthday gifts, a RC plane, and it enlarges enough so it could fit Danny’s whole family inside it. Unfortunately, Danny’s house is destroyed when the machine starts up and the family decides to travel to Massachusetts (from England). On the way, they run into Grandpa Garth’s plane and all of Danny’s relatives join Danny’s family.

Two hours later, after a nap, Danny finds out that the spacecraft has flown through the atmosphere and they have entered outer space. They land on the Moon and have a fun time there. When they come back to their spacecraft, 100 Martian Spacebattlers attack the spacecraft. The only way Danny and his passengers could survive the attack was to fire their own cannons. They eventually win the battle and head on farther from Earth and more into outer space.

Later, they go through a wormhole and meet a few oddities there, like another Earth with a hotel and a strange planet where most of it is made out of food. And you must read on to see how Danny’s experience comes together while traveling through the dangers and mystifications of outer space.

3. Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GO3HYXS)

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The impossible has happened. Dinosaurs, vanished 65 million years ago, have come back to life. Nations have to unite to stop the rampaging monsters from wiping out mankind. Humans are losing the fight – until Danny Hoopenbiller comes.

After dinosaurs destroyed his home, Danny is forced to protect his family and under desperate measures, leads the USA Army into what may be their most deadly mission. Danny is the balance that could either save or raze humankind. Will he survive?

4. Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ELXV9Q)

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One year after the terrifying invasion of the dinosaurs, Danny settles down. He believes the dinosaurs are long gone. HE IS WRONG. As a result of his trip to the past, the dinosaurs have evolved into a frightening new species. MARTIANS. A prophecy from Thomas Edison deepens the mystery of the oppressors’ threat to destroy humankind. The President of the United States (POTUS) unveils a new invention to battle the aliens. Unknowingly, Danny and Jack (his son) rescue Albert Einstein’s long-lost child from a hidden alien prison. Both the POTUS and the Vice President are kidnapped during a White House invasion. Once again, Danny must save the day using his powerful new allies.

5. Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WW48FH)

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Danny Hoopenbiller and the rest of humanity are in DOUBLE TROUBLE. Fighting the MARTIANS was bad enough. Now DINOZILLAS – a species of enormous, mutated dinosaurs – have erupted from the ground to wreak their vengeance against mankind. The Dinozillas seek dominance and will destroy everything – even the Martians – to achieve victory. President Mickey McPaularithy unleashes yet another weapon to fight the reptilian menace. The US Army and NASA collaborate to launch a full-scale space attack on the Martians’ orbiting base. However, are these efforts enough to keep the humans alive? Will humanity come out on top, or will they succumb to the WRATH OF THE DINOSAURS?

Kindle bundle:
The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller (5 Book Series) (https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Danny-Hoopenbiller-Book/dp/B07B664TTN/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1547455013&sr=8-8&keywords=infomages)

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FREE Kindle “Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs” (till Jan 13th)! Submit your review.

Written By: David T. Lee - Jan• 09•19

Free Kindle offer: Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (for readers age 7+) is FREE for 5 days till Jan 13th (Sun)! This young inventor 5-book series promotes the value and fun of learning STEM. Direct link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ELXV9Q

David has been writing chapter books for children since age 7 – inspires his readers to write. Please give his books reviews if you like his books. He love to read his reviews. Thank you very much for your support.

Summary of the story: (Book 4 of The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller series)

One year after the terrifying invasion of the dinosaurs, Danny settles down. He believes the dinosaurs are long gone. HE IS WRONG. As a result of his trip to the past, the dinosaurs have evolved into a frightening new species. MARTIANS. A prophecy from Thomas Edison deepens the mystery of the oppressors’ threat to destroy humankind. The President of the United States (POTUS) unveils a new invention to battle the aliens. Unknowingly, Danny and Jack (his son) rescue Albert Einstein’s long-lost child from a hidden alien prison. Both the POTUS and the Vice President are kidnapped during a White House invasion. Once again, Danny must save the day using his powerful new allies.

Learn more about David’s writing journey at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

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FREE chapter book (Jan 2-6)! Share this offer, submit a review.

Written By: David T. Lee - Jan• 02•19

Happy New Year! 🎁 Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (Recommended for readers age 7+) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GO3HYXS is FREE for download Jan 2 (Wed) to Jan 6 (Sun)! Please share this offer to anyone you like and consider submitting your review to support the author. Teen authors David Lee (age 15) writes sci-fi chapter books, published his first book at age 7 (4,500 words with illustrations). Learn more at: http://booksrfun.infomages.com/

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 29•18

We were excited to see Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo! Original sketches, photos, memorabilia, manuscripts and letters are on display at Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) till Jan 6th, 2019! Enjoy the pictures if you haven’t seen the exhibition.

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FREE Amazon eBook “Danny and the Trip to Outer Space” (Dec 27 to 30th)

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 27•18

🎀 Happy Holidays, everyone! 📖 Let’s urge our kids to read 📚 and be creative 🖊 🎨 🎭 this holiday season. 🎊. Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (Recommended for readers age 6+) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008SUE3PM is FREE 🎁 on Amazon Dec 27 (Thu) to Dec 30 (Sun)! Download the book and be sure to support David by reviewing the book on Amazon!

**You don’t need a Kindle device to download the book.

Infomages Publishing (Create Inspire Imagine)
Teen authors David Lee (age 15) write sci-fi, YA novels; started publishing at age 7.
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“Aquaman” fantastically mixes dazzling spectacle with Jason Momoa’s charisma!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 25•18

This Christmas, I made an unconventional choice and dived deep underwater with “Aquaman”. Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa as the titular character, “Aquaman” introduces its conflict from the start. Queen Atlanna of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman in a small role) falls in love with a human after he saves her. They raise a child, Arthur Curry, together. Unfortunately, Atlanna must leave them as Atlantis-folk are forbidden to interact with the humans above. That sets up a common theme of divisiveness, where the people below take offense with the people above. Arthur must handle his status as someone of mixed blood as he is called to take control of Atlantis. Why? The current king, incensed at the pollution humans put in the seas, wants to destroy them.

“Aquaman” hits the ground running with a bouncy pace. You might expect a good portion to be devoted to how Aquaman trains. That’s not present (there’s just a few brief flashbacks to Aquaman’s training), which helps “Aquaman” quickly move to its more exciting bits. Solid supporting characters like Mera (Amber Heard) and Vulko (Willem Dafoe) prove their worth in a fantastical yet entertaining plot. There’s a bit of humor, but not too much to distract. “Aquaman” is more light-hearted than superhero films of late (“Avengers: Infinity War” for example).

Of course, the boldest and best part of “Aquaman” are the visuals. Make no mistake, this is the best-looking DC film I’ve seen. Underwater locales are vibrant with color and creatures. Action sequences are comprehensible and pulse-pounding. One highlight is a brief rooftop chase against mercenaries: the camerawork, which zooms around (seamlessly at times) between the heroes and villains, really sells this scene. The performances aren’t bad, too. Momoa has the charm, humor and muscles to make you root for him throughout the film. Nicole Kidman also makes the best of her role as Atlanna.

With all the fun I had, I noticed a couple missteps and oddities. Some of the action scenes were pretty good, but anticlimactic. The dialogue scenes were obviously edited to make the actors sound like they were underwater, but I couldn’t understand what they were speaking at times. A side villain disappears and never shows up in the film again. The visual effects at a few moments make the film look like a video game. “Aquaman” borrows heavily from clichés and films like “Black Panther” and it shows. A more original storyline would push “Aquaman” into masterpiece status.

Still, “Aquaman” is a delicious cake of a film. It’s clear from beginning to end that the director and actors had a blast making this film. Despite a little cheesiness, I relished it. It’s an experience I recommend you check out.

Have a Happy New Year!
David:)

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FREE Amazon eBooks written by David & Laura (Wed 12/19 – Sun 12/23) Happy Holidays!

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 19•18

📣 Danny and the Portal of the World (Recommended for readers age 6+) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GVKRE2

📣 Two Worlds: A novel of friends and foes from strange places (Recommended for readers age 10+) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I42D2ZA

🎟 FREE on Amazon Dec 19 (Wed) to Dec 23 (Sun)! Please help the teen authors by adding your review on Amazon! 🎟

**You don’t need a Kindle device to download the book.

Infomages Publishing (Create Inspire Imagine)

Teen authors David Lee (age 15) & Laura Lee (13) write sci-fi, YA novels; started publishing at age 7.
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How To Arrange Book Signings at Barnes & Noble

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 16•18

This is a must read article if you are a published author (traditional or self-published). David Paul Kirkpatrick’s advice makes getting a gig at Barnes and Noble seem a whole lot more doable. It’s also an eye-opener for writers who aren’t aware of these opportunities. There are insights you won’t find anywhere else on the internet. Teen author David Lee is featured in this article!

** David Paul Kirkpatrick is the former President of Paramount Pictures and the former Production President of Walt Disney Studios. **

Click on this link to read the full article:
https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-arrange-book-signings-at-barnes-noble-66eacc34de50?source=friends_link&sk=412a7e88147ecafc70b09954815e5406

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Partial screen shot of the article “How To Arrange Book Signings at Barnes & Noble”

Record-breaking book event at Auburn High yesterday!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 16•18

Yesterday, we had our last event of the year at Auburn’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair! The fair was one of the largest we’ve gone to, spanning multiple floors across Auburn High School. We were glad to be in an area with good foot traffic. Many families visited our table and got signed copies of our books. We sold a record of 36 books (fantastic for a one-day event!). As this was our first event in Auburn, we were surprised some families already knew about us. We also made friends with Willow – a 5 week old dog. Although she was a small dog, her enthusiasm was off the charts.

The Auburn event capped off an especially successful salvo of events this month (two weeks ago, we were at the Holly Fair, one of the largest holiday shopping fairs in Shrewsbury). This year was our busiest on record: we dared to get out of our comfort zone and took events in several new towns. Not only did we get our books in physical bookstores for the first time, we also forged new connections and made strong friendships. We hope to build on our success this year in order to make 2019 even better.

Writing updates: I’m near the 25,000 word milestone for my work-in-progress “2653”. Laura’s third book “The Dark Trials”, which concludes her Two Worlds series, is set to come out very soon. Stay tuned for more!

Happy Holidays,
David:)

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Join us at Auburn’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday (150+ vendors)

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 14•18

Auburn’s 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held at Auburn High School (99 Auburn St.) this Saturday, December 15th 9am to 4pm. *Teen authors David and Laura will be there on the 2nd floor, table #146. With more than 150 vendors (see the full vendor list in this post) participating in this event, you could get any gifts you want in one location. Not to mention there will be one of a kind hand-made items crafted by local artists, food, live performance and CPR/AED training throughout the day.

*Teen authors David and Laura Lee’s books will be a unique gift for your family and friends this holiday season.

List of books David wrote and illustrated:

The Adventures of Danny Hoopenbiller 5-book series (chapter books, recommended reader age 6+)
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Book 1: Danny and the Portal of the World (4,500 words) – published at age 7
Book 2: Danny and the Trip to Outer Space (6,500 words) – published at age 8
Book 3: Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (17,000 words) – published at age 9
Book 4: Danny and the Revenge of the Dinosaurs (20,000 words) – published at age 10
Book 5: Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs (18,000 words) – published at age 12

List of books Laura authored:

Two Worlds trilogy (young adult novels, recommended reader age 10+)
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Book 1: Two Worlds: A novel of friends and foes from strange places (62,000 words) – published at age 10
Book 2: The Risen (50,000 words) – published at age 11
Book 3: The Dark Trials (70,000 words) – Wrote at age 12, to be published.

Happy Holidays!

Sam

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Kicking off the Holiday Season at the St. Mary’s Holly Fair!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 02•18

Saturday and Sunday’s Holly Fair at the St. Mary’s School was a blast! My sister and I had a wonderful chance to talk to so many people, especially families who came to attend the Church’s Sunday services. A long 14 hours of book promotion in 2 days rewarded us with plentiful sales. Many vendors were there selling holiday gifts as well.

One of the highlights was talking with the other vendors, who hadn’t seen us since our last Holly Fair two years ago. They were surprised we had grown up so much. One vendor came to thank us for sharing our book publishing experience at our last Holly Fair: she had since self-published her own book and was selling it at the fair. Quite a few kids took interest in watching our TV demo, reading our books and as always, asking tons of questions. We received some potential opportunities from a board of trustees member in Webster Public Library and a teacher from Worcester Montessori School, who were interested to work with us to introduce our books to their communities.

This event kicked off the holiday season with a spectacular note and we hope our writing brings happiness and inspiration to many families this year (especially the kids!). Special thanks to those who really showed their support for our cause by purchasing multiple books (including one family who bought an entire set of 7 books). Be sure to catch us in two weeks at Auburn High School!

In terms of writing updates, for those who follow us on Instagram (if you haven’t done so, our username is @infomagespublishing), you know I’ve got a new project called “2653”. The story follows an artificial intelligence in the far future as he uncovers a genetic conspiracy promising to bring about the next step in evolution. I’m at 23,000 words so far and still plugging along! My sister Laura is working on a sci-fi thriller called “All the Worlds We Cannot See.” Set in the far future where Earth has long known it’s a simulation, a girl must cure a virus attacking the simulation program while learning to fix her own inner conflicts as well. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks about our books-in-progress!

On another note, Laura’s long-awaited conclusion to her Two Worlds trilogy, “The Dark Trials”, is coming soon!

Happy Holidays!

David:)

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Join us at St. Mary’s Holly Fair this Saturday and Sunday

Written By: Books R Fun - Dec• 01•18

Teen authors David and Laura will have a table at the Holly Fair for both Saturday (9am to 6pm) and Sunday (8am to 1pm). Don’t miss this chance to get a signed copy of their books for yourself or your friends. This will be our last bookselling event in Shrewsbury for this season. Next stop, we will be at Auburn High School. Teen authors’ books will be a unique gift to inspire us to write and publish. In the past 8 years, David published a 5-book sci-fi series (recommended for elementary and middle school students). Laura published 2 young adult fantasy novels. These are well-written action packed adventure stories with plenty of humor.

Happy Holidays!

Sam

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Photos of Holiday Farmers Market Pop-Up (with Shrewsbury Robotics Team)

Written By: Books R Fun - Nov• 22•18

Happy Thanksgiving! Sharing 26 pictures from the Holiday Farmers Market Pop-Up at Oak Middle School (Saturday). David and Laura had a wonderful time selling their books. Shrewsbury Robotics Team proudly baked 850+ apple pies (a new record) this year during their fundraising event.

Thanks for your continued support!

Sam

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David Paul Kirkpatrick’s “the dog” book signing event at Barnes & Noble

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 21•18

It was a pleasure to meet David Paul Kirkpatrick and his adorable corgi Arthur at his new book “the dog” signing event at Millbury Barnes and Noble on Sunday. He is the former President of Paramount Pictures and the former Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios. We were so excited to speak with David about his new book and had a great discussion in David’s workshop for local writers and artists on writing, publishing and sharing his experience on some iconic movies. We will be in touch with David on future collaboration opportunities.

This book “the dog” is coauthored by David Paul Kirkpatrick & Steven James Taylor. David is a filmmaker and a writer. Steve is a storyteller and an artist.

Use the code of “5doglover” to get a $5 dollar reduction on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dog-David-Paul-Kirkpatrick/dp/1943785856/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542815595&sr=8-1&keywords=David+Paul+Kirkpatrick

“To help her son grow strong, a mother finds a rescue dog to be her thirteen-year-old boy’s companion. Set in a small New England town during the post-war years of WWII, the dog is more than a story of a boy and his best friend. It is a celebration of the love every dog brings into a family as he transforms a house into a home. Like all dogs, Shadow is filled with miracles. In the tradition of The Yearling, and Born Free, the dog carries an epic punch. Funny, insightful, and heart-wrenching, the dog has overwhelmed readers with the transformational beauty of its heartbreaking conclusion.”

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Wonderful weekend at Floral and Mill Pond Schools!

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 06•18

Laura and I had a busy weekend attending two book events! The first was the Floral Street School Family Fun Fair, an event we’ve participated in for many years. We had another great time there! A lot of Floral students were amazed when I told them I am an alumni. We also had some fun filming some promotional videos for Instagram (@infomagespublishing) with Clifford the Big Red Dog!

The second event was the Westborough Public Library’s first StoryFest, which was held at the Mill Pond School. We received a warm welcome there as many curious families came to hear about our writing journey. There was also a puppet performance of Cinderella from the Tanglewood Marionettes. Special thanks to Dan Barbour for inviting us to this event! We hope to return.

Bye! David:)

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Eventful Fall Festival at Enchanted Passage!

Written By: David T. Lee - Oct• 21•18

Yesterday, I returned to Enchanted Passage for their Fall Festival! From noon to 4 PM, Laura and I sold and signed our books. The bookstore, which resembled an old school, was wonderfully complimented by the luscious fall foliage surrounding it. Besides us, other featured authors included April Jones Prince and Lori McLaughlin! Other than local authors, there was a plethora of fun activities and entertainment, from a Dr. Seuss performance to face painting! Everyone dressed up in colorful costumes ranging from dinosaurs to Batman! Laura and I gave talks inside the store about our writing and also read excerpts from our stories.

Special thanks to Kimberly and Sandy for granting us this wonderful opportunity again! It’s such a pleasure to go to places like Enchanted Passage and meet more eager readers. The Enchanted Passage (145 Armsby Road in Sutton, MA) currently has all five of my books as well as Laura’s two novels on sale. Be sure to stop by!

Bye!

David:)

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Loved Robbin Miller’s book “Breaking the Barriers”!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Oct• 08•18

I just finished reading Breaking the Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Little League with the Boys – and I loved it! First off, your descriptions were amazing – I could imagine myself sitting in the grass in 1974, watching a Little League game with excitement; I had no problem standing in your shoes facing Mr. Mugno, speaking my opinion with confidence. Your words formed a story, a time machine that brought me back to the 1970s so many years ago. The illustrations helped even more, saturating the colors your sentences brought into mind. Reading your book was a fun adventure that kept me hooked from the first page to the last.

As a young female who loves to try new things, your message really stood out to me. Gender inequality is all too real today, and it certainly wasn’t better back then. While I may not have faced such a situation like you had, I understand what it’s like to deal with something like this. Why should being male allow more opportunities than being female? Breaking the Barriers is a call to women, young and old, that gender should not be an obstacle in our lives.

In Breaking the Barriers, you have given a wonderful and inspiring story with a message loud and clear. Thank you for sharing your experiences and giving us hope.

Laura Lee

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What a Super Cool Saturday outside Oak Middle School!

Written By: Books R Fun - Oct• 01•18

New to this year’s Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival were a small petting zoo and a huge benefit concert. See this post’s pictures of the fun we put together for our community, so many student and adult volunteers involved. Glad to meet those who came to David and Laura’s book table! Can’t wait for next year’s festival!

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Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival (outside Oak Middle School)

Written By: Books R Fun - Sep• 28•18

Tomorrow, be sure to check out teen authors David & Laura Lee’s books at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, 9/29 10-4pm (outside Oak Middle School)! For 8 years, teen authors David & Laura Lee have been sharing the joy of writing through community events, workshops and presentations held in schools, libraries, child enrichment centers and corporate headquarters. Their books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Millbury), Enchanted Passage (Sutton), public libraries and school media centers.
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Several photos from last year’s festival:

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Fantastic time at the Asa Waters Mansion’s Fall Festival!

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 25•18

Sunday, September 23rd, Laura and I sold books at the Asa Waters Fall Festival! We’ve had quite a bit of success in Millbury this year (like Enchanted Passage and the Blackstone Valley Barnes and Noble), and this Fall Festival was no exception! From 10-4, we met new customers and made new friends while celebrating our fall spirit! There were many entertaining features at the festival, from numerous local performances to magic shows! I also did a bit of sightseeing inside the mansion itself and learned a few history lessons about its owners! Asa Waters owned a gun factory and was commissioned by the government to produce weapons for the army. Some of the weapons that he produced were on display, providing an insight into the US army’s past.

Be sure to stop by for one of our biggest events of the year this Saturday, September 29th at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival from 10-4 outside Oak Middle School!

Here are some photos:

Until next time,

David:)

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“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the most intense thrillers in recent times

Written By: David T. Lee - Aug• 01•18

From the start, the sixth film in the Mission Impossible franchise put the pedal to the metal. Tom Cruise’s likeability and reputation for dangerous stunts are in full display in this action extravaganza. The shootouts, explosions, running and speeding cars that are expected in a movie like this are delivered amazingly. However, this time “Fallout” comes with a level of depth and visual flair that elevates its suspense to new levels.

The plot of “Fallout” closely follows the events of its predecessor, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”. The main villain from that movie (Solomon Lane, secret agent turned terrorist leader) returns with a large beard to serve as the criminal mastermind in this film. A failed operation by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force results in them losing nuclear material that, if in the wrong hands, would produce catastrophic fallout. The CIA sends August Walker (played adequately by Superman Henry Cavill with a thick moustache) to assist Ethan. The chase to find the nuclear material spans multiple continents and involves numerous characters. In fact, many actors from the previous films return (Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Alec Baldwin as Hunley, Michelle Monaghan as Julia Hunt, Simon Pegg as Benji, etcetera).

What does “Fallout” do so well? For one thing, it has some amazing visual gags. The rubber mask disguises lead to some wonderful surprises that you won’t see coming. The story is full of plot twists and gotcha moments. Even the shortest dialogue sequences rapidly change in tone and meaning as conspiracies and betrayals are revealed. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is very good at duping the audience and I took delight as double-crossings and secret plans were unveiled with glee. There are some solid jokes mostly involving Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, who is one of Ethan’s team members. However, for every moment of lightness, there’s double the amount of pulse-pounding suspense.

“Fallout” has some unconventional but rewarding action sequences. A motorcycle chase turns into a car chase, then a pursuit on foot in a tense twenty-minute sequence in France. The helicopter sequence promised in the trailers is every bit as exciting as you might think. The punches and kicks are much more brutal than stylish, which makes the action all the more intense. It’s typical for a “Mission Impossible” film to raise the stakes by putting its characters in danger, but the climax of “Fallout” raises the bar. The pacing suffers slightly, causing the film to drag a little, but it’s easy to breeze through its two and a half hour runtime without feeling bored.

In short, “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is a cinematic experience that deserves to be seen in theaters. The fantastic fights, stunts and chases are bolstered by a good story that doesn’t let down on the twists. Overall, “Fallout” is a delight to watch.

Bye!

David:)

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Get Signed Copies of Our Books at Barnes and Noble TODAY!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 29•18

Don’t have the time to come to our events? Get our books at the Barnes and Noble at the Shoppes in Blackstone Valley, Millbury MA! Last we checked, only 8 signed copies of my first book (Danny and the Portal of the World) and 7 signed copies of Laura’s debut (Two Worlds) are in the store. Stay tuned for further information coming soon about Laura’s third novel, “The Dark Trials”! I’m also working on a new concept. Hope you all are having a great summer!

Help us reach more audiences by LIKING/SHARING our author page:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidLee/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraLee/

Until later,

David:)

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Fabulous Author Faire at Enchanted Passage in Sutton!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 15•18

Enjoy our presentation videos and event pictures from yesterday’s Author Faire! Our presentations (mine on writing action scenes and Laura’s on getting started writing a novel) went wonderfully! Signed copies of our books are now available at the bookstore. Special thanks to the store owners Sandy and Kimberly for setting the event!

Bye!

David:)

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Get Ready for a Magical Saturday at the Enchanted Passage Bookstore (Sutton)!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 11•18

This Saturday will be sparkling with pixie dust! Join Laura and I at the Author Faire at the Enchanted Passage bookstore (145 Armsby Road, Sutton, MA)! We will be joined by other local authors including April Jones Prince, Lisa Shea and Robbin Miller! Short talks will also be given on many aspects of the writing process. Laura will talk about how to get started writing a novel and I will delve into how I write action scenes! Along with a diverse collection of books, toys and gifts for children, Enchanted Passage has separately themed rooms for different categories of reading! If you didn’t get a chance to see us last month at the Shrewsbury Public Library, now’s your chance to stop by!

Please visit: https://www.enchantedpassage.com/

See you there!

David:)

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First TV Interview of Laura and I!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jul• 04•18

Some time ago (June 22nd), prior to my event at the Shrewsbury Public Library, we were interviewed by local talk show host Robbin Miller for her show “Miller Chat”. Below is the corresponding Miller Chat episode (the first two interviews in the video are of Laura and I). Enjoy!

Amazing Author Showcase at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 23•18

Yesterday, Laura and I sold books at the Shrewsbury Public Library from 3-6 PM! We were delighted to find both regular favorites like April Jones Prince and Lisa Shea and first timers like Laura Nelson! Sales were decent, but the experience as always was wonderful. We met new customers as well as old friends and were happy to share our writing process with them! Laura also did some impromptu editing of her new upcoming book, “The Fire Trials”. Just before the event, we were interviewed by Robbin Miller, host of Shrewsbury’s “Miller Chat Show”, about our books! The interview was great and I look forward to seeing the final product, which will be aired on Cable Access TV Channel 28 in a few weeks.

If you didn’t have the time to visit us yesterday, be sure to come to our event at the Enchanted Passage bookstore (145 Armsby Road, Sutton, MA 01590) on Saturday, July 14th (11am to 2pm)! More details to come!

Until next post,
David:)

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Come see us at Shrewsbury Public Library this Friday

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 19•18

Summer’s just arrived! If you’re looking to escape the heat or enjoy some literature, come on down to the Shrewsbury Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival this Friday, June 22nd! Laura and I will be delighted to meet you at the carnival’s signature Local Author Showcase from 3-6 PM! This will be my 7th year and Laura’s 3rd year promoting our books! Whether you’re looking for some sweet summer reads (like my new Danny and the Wrath of the Dinosaurs or Laura’s The Risen) or just feeling curious, we’re excited to meet you! As a special teaser for what we’re writing right now, Laura will be displaying a spectacular sneak peek draft of her latest in her Two Worlds series, The Fire Trials! I’ve also started working on another writing project, which I’ll be happy to talk about!

See you there!

David:)

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“Paddington 2” is a family-fun, hilarious-to-watch movie!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - May• 13•18

On Friday night I watched “Paddington 2,” which once again chronicles an adventure of the talking bear who warms our hearts. Some familiar faces here include Sally Hawkins from “The Shape of Water” and Hugh Grant as the antagonist, a financially challenged actor in desperate search of money. In this movie, Paddington (recognizable as ever with his blue coat, red hat and suitcase) is trying to buy a birthday present for his dear Aunt Lucy, but it is stolen from the antique shop! Although the story itself is serious, there are cracked jokes and light humor everywhere! This is geared toward younger kids, but I still found it quite amusing and got a couple of good laughs out of it. All in all, a great movie for the whole family!

Laura

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Who is Trump’s New National Security Advisor and What Can We Expect From Him?

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 29•18

One of the latest departures from the Trump Administration is H. R. McMaster, the former national security advisor. He was the replacement for Michael Flynn, who due to lying about meeting with Russians became the first official in Trump’s administration to get fired. (At least Flynn received a letter from Trump telling him the news rather than a tweet). The question is, who is now Trump’s new national security advisor? The answer is John Bolton. With his impressive moustache, he looks like a man fit for his job. But is he really qualified or is he just another one of those all talk but no action people? Surprisingly, he is more than qualified for his position, but his strong biases could pave the way for massive upheavals in American foreign policy, with consequences that could lead to war.

To start off, John Bolton has the political ability and experience to put Donald Trump’s policies in action. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen. A Politico article states that Bolton is already well-known amongst politicians. The moustache is one defining factor of him, but his most distinctive trait is his persuasiveness. Bolton has preached his views since the late 1990s on nearly every major American foreign action, from the Iraq War to the Iran nuclear plan. Some credit him partially for helping the Iraq War happen. So what makes him “better” than McMaster? NPR writes that McMaster contributed heavily in making the America First plan and also translated much of Trump’s proposals into workable policy. Unfortunately, he was more of a behind the scenes guy. Although he could write good legislation, his efforts would be for naught if he couldn’t pass it. This is what Bolton promises to bring to the table. The concerns start with Trump’s policies themselves. The border wall is still mired in political argument and other plans have been shot down by Congress. If Bolton performs to his full capacity, American allies and rivals who previously laughed at Trump may now have to take him seriously.

Of course, with Bolton, American foreign diplomacy is in for a wild ride. Obviously, the rift between America and our ally Mexico over the border wall is worrying. Bolton, with strong convictions not unlike Trump, could shake up relationships with other countries like what is happening with Mexico. According to The Independent, Bolton, who kept a defused grenade as a desk ornament during his tenure under President Bush, has a strong hatred for the United Nations. As he quote-unquote said in 1994, “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along.” He also said that if the UN building lost 10 stories, no one would notice. While someone like Trump may agree with Bolton that the United Nations is unnecessary, others (namely, other members of the UN) will probably take offense. As Bolton’s role requires interaction with other foreign powers, he may not be the best choice for someone who can ensure diplomatic peace. In fact, during times of crisis, Bolton is prone to go in guns blazing. In an interview with the Seattle Times, four-star general Barry McCaffrey said, “Ambassador Bolton does not understand the terrible uncertainty that accompanies the use of our massive U.S. military power to deal preemptively with national-security threats.” This could potentially put US soldiers in tricky positions and cause unnecessary violence.

What this means is that John Bolton could spark an all-out war. The New York Times reports that Bolton had been a strong advocate to destroy North Korea’s nuclear arsenal before it got too strong. It’s been some time since he said that, but if he decides that sending a nuke to North Korea is still viable (or something that will protect American national security), then North Korea could retaliate. According to CNN, if North Korea’s claims (among which is that they can bomb American interests like Guam and even the mainland itself) are even partially true, America is in huge trouble. However, war takes time and effort to instigate properly and it is usually never an easy option, which is why even with Bolton, war is unlikely. Let’s hope it stays that way.

While John Bolton may seem like another official coming and going through the Trump administration, he’s actually got some skills that will make him a formidable and effective national security advisor, but with his bellicose, loose-cannon attitude, America could be thrown in the wrong direction.

Originally posted on April 27, 2008 by Town Crier (SHS’s student-run newspaper)

https://shstowncrierblog.wordpress.com/category/opinions-and-reviews/

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

Splendid showing by Shrewsbury at State Speech and Congress Finals!

Written By: David T. Lee - Apr• 08•18

I am honored to be part of the Shrewsbury Speech and Debate Team, which delivered a solid performance at the state competition at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School yesterday! We came in second to Catholic Memorial, but the exhilarating experience of competing among the state’s best speakers was the most rewarding part! Special congratulations to Shrewsbury’s Multiple team for winning their well-deserved 1st place award for their performance of “It”! Bolstered by strong performances all around, their performance blew their competitors out of the water with a blend of humor and horror. Further congrats to Steve Asthana, who won 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Jessica Peng, who won 2nd in Impromptu! I won Top Novice in both categories. Although I didn’t do very well, I still gained a ton of experience from talking to other competitors. Plus, I got to enjoy Multiple finals. Also, kudos to every Shrewsbury finalist for giving it their all!

This tournament also recognized the graduating seniors who were competing. On the ride home, our seniors shared heartwarming and hilarious recollections on their time on the speech and debate team. It was one of the highlights of the day.

I’ll definitely be back next year!

David:)

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NJWC STEM Conference for Girls was awesome!

Written By: Laura T. Lee - Mar• 25•18

My name is Laura and I’m David’s younger sister. My blog post will be about an event I participated in. Yesterday, multiple STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops were held at Algonquin Regional High School from 9-12:45pm. These workshops were solely for girls in grades 5-8 and were meant to encourage young women to pursue a career in STEM.

I took part in four workshops on Saturday. The first was led by a pharmacist who showed us how to make a “rash cream” out of ointment and candy. Although we didn’t get to the second part of the workshop (pill sorting/counting Olympics), creating the cream was really fun! Next, I went to a class titled “Science Teacher – DNA Fingerprinting”. Here, we were told a story about a mystery theft and had to work in teams to identify the culprit. To do so, we used sequences of their DNA written on paper to compare to the DNA found at the crime scene. We also used liquid “DNA samples” as a way of comparing. My group was astounded when we guessed completely wrong!

The third workshop I participated in was called “Research Scientist – DNA Extraction”. This workshop wasn’t exactly one of my top choices because I had already done a DNA extraction lab with strawberries in my science class. But as the workshop began, I learned we were doing exactly that – except with spit. Yes, it was disgusting! It was cool, however, to extract DNA from our own spit. Finally, I went to an ophthalmologist workshop. An ophthalmologist is someone who specializes in fixing eyes. The ophthalmologist there told us about a kind of surgery where she cured someone’s cataracts. During this particular kind of surgery, she had to operate tools and pedals with her hands AND her feet! She let us perform “surgeries” on grapes where we had to cut out a piece of skin without harming the flesh as much as possible. She also showed us some objects and tools that allowed us to see some cool things about the eye.

Overall, I think the STEM conference was awesome! I saw a ton of friends and people I knew and learned some pretty amazing things. I’d like to thank the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club for making this wonderful event possible.

Until next time,

Laura:)

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Limited time offer to get my books from Barnes and Noble!

Written By: David T. Lee - Mar• 07•18

This Sunday, I attended the Authorstock event at the Barnes and Noble in Millbury! My sister and I both gave talks during the event on our writing journey and read selections from our books. We met many writers at the event! Their writing specialties had a huge diversity, from children’s picture books to adult romance novels. My sister and I had a great time!

After the event, our books were placed on the store’s shelves. If you’re looking for an autographed copy of my first book but haven’t had the time to stop by my events, come to the Barnes and Noble in Millbury! There aren’t that many copies, so take this limited opportunity. My sister’s first novel is on the shelves as well!

Bye!
David:)

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Our book signing event at Barnes & Noble (March 4th)!

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 22•18

Please join us for our first book event of the year at Barnes & Noble (March 4th, Sunday 12 to 3pm). Proceeds benefit the Blackstone Valley Art Association. We will discuss our journey as child authors along with readings of some selections from our books. Follow the link for B&N’s AuthorStock press release and event details. Address: The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury MA. Hope to see you there!

David and Laura 🙂

Facebook event page: Barnes and Noble’s AuthorStock 2018

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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” definitely has its flaws, but Denzel Washington’s acting is superb

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 19•18

Last week, I watched “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, which is a drama about the legal system. Focusing on its titular quirky character, it shows how his uptight and secluded life as a partner in a legal firm is destroyed when the other partner, William Henry Jackson, has a heart attack. Roman eventually makes several unethical and illegal choices as a result and pays a heavy price. Meanwhile, he gets hired into a much larger firm led by George Pierce (Colin Farrell), where he eventually gains popularity.

The film starts with a nearly overly dramatic scene which hints towards the ending; in it, Roman is typing a legal complaint against himself while referring to events that happen later on in the film. This beginning sets the tone for the movie as a definite drama, albeit one sprinkled with some lightheartedness and silliness. Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated performance as Roman is spectacular. Apart from the obvious credits listing him in the lead role, Denzel is unrecognizable. Compared to last year’s “Fences”, for which Denzel got another Oscar nod, I believed his role in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” to be much more interesting and watchable. Certainly, his performance is the best part by a mile; without someone as talented as him, the film would’ve fallen flat (indeed, the director states in the special features that the movie was written with Denzel in mind). However, his character seems unrealistically eccentric: while entertaining to watch, Roman becomes nearly cartoonish in some scenes.

A solid set of supporting actors, including Colin Farrell, is another positive. Unfortunately, one major flaw is the pacing. Nearly half of the movie focuses on observing Roman’s character; as such, when the film suddenly switches back to the main plot, the change is abrupt. The whole movie drags a little as a result, then rushes through its main storyline. Also, there is a twist ending, but it too was quite sudden; while shocking, there could’ve been a better way to end the story. Much of this movie is dialogue: while it is quirky and sometimes funny, some people could be a little bored. Still, there was definitely lots of effort devoted into the film, giving it an energetic feel.

Overall, other than some pacing issues, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is still a good watch for people looking for something different than mainstream films. I would recommend it for those who can stand a bit of dialogue and the general premise about lawyers.

Until next post,

David:)

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