The Student and the Slave by Annie Douglass Lima

Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard

The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: 
Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.

The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass LimaBook 2: The Gladiator and the GuardBensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.

And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

Book 3: The Student and the Slave

Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?

Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!

About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides
writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.

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Creature Teacher by Becky Robbins

Myrria and I had a chance to visit with Becky Robbins to discuss  her book Creature Teacher. Read below to see what she had to say.



Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers

Date of Publication: 29-04-2016

ISBN: 9781786123541 (Paperback)

Title: Creature Teacher

Author: Becky Robbins





‘One little birdie sits in a tree,

One little birdie wild and free.

Singing a song heard by all,

Singing a song where the trees grow tall.’


Becky Robbins presents Creature Teacher, a fun way to teach children how to count to ten!

Featuring rhymes and colour illustrations, it is ideal to read together.


Available to Purchase:

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About Becky Robbins






Becky is very talented. She has published three books
and has written several more. Becky’s love for children
and animals inspire her to write. Other than writing
books, Becky’s hobbies include making decorative
wreaths, gift baskets, and refurbishing old furniture.
Becky is a good person and when she writes you can tell
her words come from the heart.


Why she wrote Creature Teacher:

When someone asks what inspired me to write ‘Creature Teacher’ I tell them my inspiration comes from a love of animals, children, and poetry. I think it’s a great formula for book writing.


I had worked in a school environment for nine months and loved being around the children and teachers. Working at a veterinary clinic for fourteen years only had me yearning to write a book about the precious animals I fell in love with. I know how important it is today to get children motivated to learn. I do know that children relate very well to animals, so I wanted to incorporate them into my story, which would encompass teaching numbers along with rhyme. I had envisioned children sitting on the classroom floor in a circle, as the teacher reads to them. With the easy pattern, students would be singing the words along in no time. The book has simplicity, which is paramount for beginner readers. Once children learn the words they will want to revisit the book over and over.


Children also learn from patterns and ‘Creature Teacher’ carries a distinct pattern throughout the story. The illustrations are bright and vivid to capture any child’s attention. The animals are depicted as friendly creatures, mostly farm animals which children can identify with.


I asked a friend of mine, who is a veteran children’s reading specialist, to look at the story and give me her honest opinion. She confirmed just what I had witnessed while working at the school, she told me the book was great for teaching young learners. The first point was about directionality and word-to-word match and learning to point to words while reading. The catch here is to have the font big enough for children to do just that. I was thrilled to hear this as the font in the book does deliver.


The second bonus was the fact that the picture must match the words on the page as beginning readers rely on the picture clues to decipher the text. It’s all part of the decoding process.


Those who have purchased the book for their children, or grandchildren have repeatedly said that children seem to love the friendly faces on the animals.

After writing ‘Creature Teacher’, I wrote another book. This book will be targeted to a wider age range for children. It has a spooky plot and I hope to draw the reader in with a bit of mystery. I’m also continuing to write my poetry, which has been a lifelong hobby. I may even be inspired to write some poetry for children.