Category Archives: FTL Publications books

Latest titles by Joan Marie Verba

Modern Surprises was no ordinary company: the science division had secretly developed a portal that would take them anywhere. The plan was to use the portal to help those in need. However, a billionaire industrialist found out about the portal, and would lie, cheat, and steal to get it. But the Modern Surprises team was not about to let him have it.


Do you like dragons? Follow the adventures of Wondry Dragon as she finds a new home with her new human friend, Rhea. Rhea and her mom and dad have never had a dragon in the house before, and they all learn what Wondry can and cannot do. Rhea and Wondry play together, help out their neighbors…and try to stay out of trouble. Rhea can never tell what Wondry will do next…Wondry is always surprising her with what dragons can do. Wondry will surprise you, too!

A children’s chapter book story for ages 6-8 (grades 1-3).

Coloring Books from FTL Publications

FTL Publications has started a line of coloring books. Here are the first two titles:

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These 25 designs are generic cityscapes for both children and adults who want easy drawings to color. Most of the drawings are simple, though some are more complex. Feel free to color entire sections or individual buildings. You can even create a mural or write on the side of a building. There are dotted lines at the side of each page. There is only one drawing per piece of paper, so if you wish to cut them out and save them, use the dotted line as a guide. Whether you need a coloring book for an adult or a child, this is one to consider!

Paperback available here. If you prefer to print your own pages, purchase and download the PDF version from Smashwords.


Cover, Print Version Cover, Print Version

This coloring book is for both kids and grownups who want easy drawings to color. Most of the 26 drawings are simple, and you can add your own designs in the blank areas if you wish. There is only one drawing on each piece of paper (the back side of the page is blank). The dotted lines on each page show where you can cut out the page from the book if you want to display the finished piece, or color the drawing outside of the book. Whether you need a coloring book for an adult or a child, this is one to consider!

First FTL Publications Audiobook – Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets

FTL Publications is delighted to announce its first audiobook, Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets. It is available on Audible at the following address:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Science-Technology/Voyager-Audiobook/B00IA13EMM

Voyager cover

Voyager cover

Thunderbirds™ novel Danger Zone receives Mom’s Choice Award®

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that the Thunderbirds™ novel, Danger Zone by Joan Marie Verba, is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient for the best in family-friendly entertainment. Danger Zone joins the previous award recipients Countdown to Action, Action Alert, Deadly Danger, Situation: Critical, and Extreme Hazrard in being honored by this award.
More information at
 http://ftlpublications.com/books/danger-zone

Danger Zone front cover

Danger Zone front cover

Posted by Publisher at 10/5/2012 12:36 PM 

Thunderbirds novel Extreme Hazard wins Scribe Award

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that the Thunderbirds novel, Extreme Hazard, has won the Scribe Award in the Young Adult category.  The Scribe Awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in writing—novels based on TV shows, movies, and games. The Sixth Annual Scribe Awards were given at a ceremony and panel discussion held during Comic Con International in San Diego on July 13, 2012.

SCRIBE Award WINNER

SCRIBE Award WINNER

Posted by Publisher at 7/14/2012 6:55 PM

Extreme Hazard nominated for Scribe Award, received Mom’s Choice Award

Extreme Hazard, a Thunderbirds™ novel by Joan Marie Verba, is a nominee for the Scribe Award. The Scribe Awards are from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. The awards will be given at a ceremony in July at this year’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

Earlier this year, Extreme Hazard received the Mom’s Choice Award for the best in family-friendly entertainment. 

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2012. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Posted by Publisher at 5/25/2012 2:53 PM

Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman first place in Midwest Book Awards

FTL Publications is delighted to announce that on May 9, 2012, Ruth Berman was awarded first place in the Midwest Book Awards for Bradamant’s Quest, her fantasy novel set at the time of Charlemagne. For more information about Bradamant’s Quest, go to http://ftlpublications.com

Ruth Berman with award

Ruth Berman with award

 

MIPA Award for Ruth

MIPA Award for Ruth

Midwest Book Review of Bradamant’s Quest

Midwest Book Review
January 2012 Small Press Bookwatch

Bradamant’s Quest
Ruth Berman
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9781936881024, $15.95,>www.ftlpublications.com

“Bradamant’s Quest” is a youthful fantasy from Ruth Berman who
presents a story of Bradamant, who is charged in recovering her
family’s magical talismans after Charlemagne’s wars are over. But
faced with the forces of magic . . . Bradamant’s task is
anything but easily done. “Bradamant’s Quest” is an excellent pick
that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Posted by Publisher at 1/7/2012 7:12 PM

Thunderbirds novel Extreme Hazard published

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Gordon Tracy, aquanaut, weapons expert, and fun-loving fourth son of Jeff Tracy, learns of a missile that can destroy an International Rescue aircraft. While working on a way to defeat that, the team discovers an even greater menace: plans for a bomb that could destroy the Earth have been lost. Unless International Rescue finds those plans, they could fall into the hands of criminals, who could build such a device and use it for their own ends. Can International Rescue retrieve the plans and save the planet from certain destruction?

More information at ftlpublications.com

Available from FTL Publications and Amazon.com 

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2011. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 12/18/2011 5:15 PM

Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman published

FTL Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Bradamant’s Quest by Ruth Berman, a fantasy novel which takes place at the time of Charlemagne. 

Bradamant's Quest front cover

Bradamant’s Quest front cover

It sounded like such a straightforward quest when Oberon proposed it—just gather up the magical talismans the fairies had given her family and give them back, now that King Charlemagne’s war with Spain was over. But when Bradamant took on the quest, she didn’t know that her brother would think it was trafficking with devils. Her cousins the magicians didn’t want to give up their carefully indexed books of magic (much less the hippogriff—a useful steed and a loyal companion). Her sister-in-law was willing to give up the spear of Galafrone, but not until she’d finished using it. And her cousin Roland seemed to be haunting his grave, where his magically enduring sword was buried with him, and dead set against being disturbed. What’s a warrior to do when valor alone is not enough for her to complete a quest?

Available from Amazon.comAmazon Kindle, and FTL Publications.

Posted by Publisher at 10/25/2011 2:47 PM

Extreme Hazard – Thunderbirds novel cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Extreme Hazard front cover

Cover for next Thunderbirds novel, Extreme Hazard

Posted by Publisher at 7/26/2011 10:31 AM

Situation: Critical is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2011

On this date, the Mom’s Choice Awards® named Situation: Critical, a Thunderbirds™ novel by Joan Marie Verba among the Best In Family-Friendly Products.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of theDunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., hostof the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder ofPrecision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free fromany manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries arescored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainmentvalue, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries arematched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailedassessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval.
The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents andeducators can feel confident in using.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit MomsChoiceAwards.com.

A current list of honorees is posted at: http://www.momschoiceawards.com/celebrate09.php#YA
(“Young Adult” category.)

Posted by Publisher at 4/18/2011 7:52 PM 

Situation: Criticial is a finalist in the Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers is proud to announce the 2011 Scribe Award nominees for excellence in licensed tie-in writing — novels based on TV shows, movies, and games.

Our 2011 Scribe Nominees are:

BEST YOUNG ADULT

ALPHA & OMEGA: THE JUNIOR NOVEL by Aaron Rosenberg
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: ALDWYNS ACADEMY by Nathan Meyer
THUNDERBIRDS: SITUATION CRITICAL by Joan Marie Verba

GENERAL ORIGINAL
CSI: SHOCK TREATMENT by Greg Cox
BURN NOTICE: The Giveaway by Tod Goldberg
MIKE HAMMER: THE BIG BANG by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
MURDER SHE WROTE: The Queen’s Jewels by Donald Bain
PSYCH: The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin

SAVING GRACE: TOUGH LOVE by Nancy Holder

SPECULATIVE ORIGINAL
GUILD WARS: GHOSTS OF ASCALON by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb
STAR TREK: MIRROR UNIVERSE: THE SORROWS OF THE EMPIRE by David Mack
STAR WARS: FORCE UNLEASHED II by Sean Williams
SUPERNATURAL: HEART OF THE DRAGON by Keith R. A. DeCandido
WARHAMMER: BLOODBORN: ULRIKA THE VAMPIRE by Nathan Long 

BEST ADAPTATION

FINAL CRISIS by Greg Cox
GOD OF WAR by Matthew Stover & Robert E. Vardeman
THE WOLFMAN by Jonathan Maberry

The Fifth Annual Scribe Awards will be given at a ceremony and panel discussion held during Comic Con International in San Diego in July 2011. Details will be announced soon.

Posted by Publisher at 4/4/2011 5:20 PM 

FTL Publications announces the next 2 Thunderbirds novels

FTL Publications is pleased to announce that it will be publishing 2 Thunderbirds novels in the last half of 2011.

Extreme Hazard by Joan Marie Verba will be focused on Gordon Tracy.

Arctic Adventure by Anthony Taylor will be focused on Brains. Anthony Taylor is a long-time Thunderbirds and Anderson fan.  He is the author of The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, detailing artist Mike Trim’s career designing models and special effects for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and UFO.

More details to follow as they develop.

Posted by Publisher at 4/2/2011 11:51 AM

Midwest Book Review of Situation: Critical

Children’s Bookwatch: February 2011
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review

Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780982523223, $15.95, www.ftlpublications.com

The Thunderbirds captured the imaginations of many young
television viewers decades ago, and now they can once more for a
new generation. “Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” follows John
Tracy and Thunderbird 5 as he finds a planetary system that is
hurtling meteors towards earth and may be a sampling of the
disasters that are to come. Another exciting short novel for young
adult readers following the adventures of International Rescue,
“Thunderbirds: Situation: Critical” is a choice pick for science
fiction collections.

Posted by Publisher at 2/14/2011 5:40 PM

Situation: Critical published

Situation: Critical, the John Tracy novel, arrived from the printer yesterday and is now available for sale.

For details and ordering information, or to read chapter 1, go to: http://ftlpublications.com

Situation Critical Thunderbirds novel complete cover

Situation: Critical complete cover

Situation: Critical complete cover

Complete cover for the next Thunderbirds novel, Situation:Critical

Posted by Publisher at 9/27/2010 1:39 PM 

Front cover for Situation:Critical, Thunderbirds novel

Situation: Critical front cover

Situation: Critical front cover

This is the front cover for the next Thunderbirds novel, Situation:Critical

Posted by Publisher at 6/10/2010 2:54 PM 

Thunderbirds novel Deadly Danger is a 2010 Scribe Award Finalist

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2010 Scribe Award Finalists Announced
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the finalists for the fourth annual Scribe Awards, which honors excellence in the field of media tie-in writing for books published in 2009.  The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Comic-Con International July 22-25 in San Diego.

BEST YOUNG ADULT (ORIGINAL & ADAPTED)

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
BANDSLAM: THE NOVEL by Aaron Rosenberg
THUNDERBIRDS: DEADLY DANGER by Joan Marie Verba

BEST NOVEL (GENERAL FICTION)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: THE MAN FROM OAKDALE by “Henry Coleman” & Alina Adams
CSI: BRASS IN POCKET by Jeff Mariotte
PSYCH: A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO READ by William Rabkin

BEST NOVEL (SPECULATIVE FICTION)

STAR TREK VANGUARD: OPEN SECRETS by Dayton Ward
STAR TREK: A SINGULAR DESTINY by Keith R.A. DeCandido
WARHAMMER: SHAMANSLAYER—A GOTREK AND FELIX NOVEL by Nathan Long
TERMINATOR SALVATION: COLD WAR by Greg Cox
ENEMIES & ALLIES by Kevin J. Anderson

BEST ADAPTATION (GENERAL & SPECULATIVE)

COUNTDOWN by Greg Cox
GI JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA by Max Allan Collins
THE TUDORS: THY WILL BE DONE  by Elizabeth Massie

GRANDMASTER:  WILLIAM JOHNSTON

Posted by Publisher at 3/18/2010 1:29 PM 

ISBN for Next Thunderbirds Novel, Situation: Critical

The next Thunderbirds novel will be Situation: Critical, and feature John Tracy, though all the Tracys will appear in the novel.

The ISBN has been assigned: 978-0-9825232-2-3

The projected publication date will be determined later.

Posted by Publisher at 2/6/2010 7:10 PM