I’m married to a former airline pilot and learned to fly years ago. I have written a children’s early chapter book, the first in a series called MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES. I’ve written over 2 dozen scripts, from animated to action-adventure. I self published, BIKINI HIP REPLACEMENT, a non-fiction ebook about a new method of hip replacement. I have an etsy store, antiquesplusmore, and have invented a shower caddy that holds a phone.
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I enjoy reading and writing action-adventures. My author heroes are Clive Cussler, Herman Wouk, and James Mitchner.
CANTAR THE MAGIC GUITAR is first in the MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES early chapter book series at 5.5K words. It has been professionally edited.
Early to middle grade readers want to go on adventures and explore magical worlds to get away from their daily lives which is what happens to Melody.
Eight year old Melody gets picked on because she wears glasses. She gets mad when they fall off in ballet class and on the playground. Melody works hard in spelling class but needs to go to tutoring once a week so she struggles with inferiority and shyness. That is, until she finds an old guitar, tossed out after a fire. Cantar the Magic Guitar takes Melody on after school adventures to other worlds where she meets new friends, performs heroic feats, and eventually finds an entire orchestra. Cantar was created by a Spanish magician, then was spirited across the Atlantic on the Mayflower. Cantar glows, sings, plays Flamenco music, and speaks with a Spanish accent. He is a wise soul who gets Melody to and from the world of magic, yet lets her solve problems she encounters there. Cantar teaches Melody about music and lessons in life. The other musical instruments will also be positive role models, each bringing in the history and personality of each different country.
CANTAR THE MAGIC GUITAR is first in the MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES series, a good fit for the Scholastic Branches early chapter book line. Future books will include Giocare, the Italian violin (giocare is Italian for play) and Doux, the French flute (doux is French for sweet), each with a backstory involving the country of origin of the musical character and a short music lesson. It is similar to series like STELLA AND THE NIGHT SPRITES and ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS. Comparable TV shows would be THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS and LITTLE AMADEUS.
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Rain falls on the old music shop.
Lightning hits the building, and strikes a small guitar on a shelf. It glows and plays a single chord. DA-DA.
BOOM! An explosion shoots flames skyward.
The guitar flies through the roof and lands in front of the shop, black with soot. It GLOWS and sings,
“I`m Cantar, the Magic Guitar. I`ll take you near and far.”
Fire trucks arrive and the uniformed men snake hoses to the building and spray the flames. They ignore the small dirty guitar.
A few hours later, eight-year old Melody strolls home from school. She wears her long brown hair in a ponytail. She wants to wear contact lenses but her mom says not until she’s older. Melody doesn’t like to have her glasses fall off. She hates the boys who make fun of her. What if they couldn’t see well? I wish they would leave me alone.
Melody skips past the shop, which is still smoking from the fire, then stops to watch the workers in the yard. One man throws the guitar towards a trash can. It misses and lands on the grass in front of Melody.
I can’t believe my good luck. She grabs it by the neck and holds it up. It has gold print at the top. Melody reads, C.F. Martin. Ugly black soot covers its nice brown color.
Melody looks at the men. I don’t know what to do. Mom and Dad said never talk to strangers.
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