Category Archives: Thunderbirds books

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

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

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

Action Alert! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names the novel Thunderbirds™: Action Alert! by Joan Marie Verba Among Best In Family-Friendly Products

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Thunderbirds™ novel, Action Alert!, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

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 the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

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

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. 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 and educators can feel confident in using.

Mom’s Choice Awards: www.MomsChoiceAwards.com

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2010. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 2/1/2010 3:10 PM

 

Midwest Book Review on Deadly Danger!

A highly favorable review from the Midwest Book Review:

Midwest Book Review, http://www.midwestbookreview.com
January 2010 Small Press Bookwatch

Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger!
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780965357593, $15.95, 
www.ftlpublications.com

International Rescue can best be served by stopping the cause
instead of the source. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is another
novel of science fiction based on the famous television series as the
Tracy family is again faced off with evil as a mad rocket scientist
threatens the world to prove he is the most skilled at his trade the
world has ever known. Jeff Tracy must stop this madman before he
threatens lives even further, making International Rescue’s job ever
more difficult. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is a choice pick for
fans of the series or simply young science fiction fans.

Posted by Publisher at 1/6/2010 9:15 PM

Deadly Danger article in IAMTW newsletter

The latest IAMTW (I Am a Media Tie-In Writer) newsletter has an article about the latest Thunderbirds novel, Deadly Danger!

http://www.iamtw.org/newsletter.html

The newsletter is in .pdf format. Click on the link, then click on November/December 2009 to read the latest newsletter.

Posted by Publisher at 1/5/2010 1:25 PM

Deadly Danger now available at Amazon.com

Deadly Danger is now available at Amazon.com.

Posted by Publisher at 11/17/2009 3:26 PM

Deadly Danger is here!

Deadly Danger came back from the printer today! The preorders are all packed and will be mailed tomorrow.

Posted by Publisher at 10/23/2009 8:06 PM 

Deadly Danger, chapter 1 posted, preorders being taken

Chapter 1 of Deadly Danger has been posted to the FTL Publications website. Go to:

http://www.ftlpublications.com/deadlydanger.htm

and click on “read chapter 1.”

Preorders are being taken for Deadly Danger.

Posted by Publisher at 10/2/2009 4:03 PM