Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna

Biography

Svetlana Kovalkova–McKenna has studied Journalism and Broadcasting at Moscow State University in Russia and has a Liberal Arts Degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a writer, an artist and a member of Nashville Artist Guild, mother of three, and a believer in fairytales.

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Isabel and the School for Sorceresses
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Poetry
Well, she finally did it! Isabel got to drop out of ballet school and started attending The School for Sorceresses. She has new friends, new laptop, and new trouble on her doorstep. But cool punky ten year old girls with pet iguanas can handle anything life throws their way and do it with style, flare, and a dash of magic!Sequel to The Fairy Book,can be read as stand alone. Written in free verse.
The Fairy Book
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A delightful fantasy-adventure-in-rhyme about a very cool girl named Isabel who loves coffee, punky stuff, her pet iguana, and hates going to ballet class. There are fairies to lend a helping hand and a dark sorcerer Rashkai to battle. Will she complete the Fairy Book in time for... A mix of many poetry styles, the book by Alexandra McKenna and S. Kovalkova-McKenna is funny and entertaining!
Oberon
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A fast paced fantasy-adventure-in-rhyme! Our main character, Oberon, is a fifteen-year-old orphan. He wants to avoid being drafted into King Ajax's army. After he escapes from recruiters, he is immersed in a world of war, politics, and magic. Dwarves, elves, werewolves, magic, love and combat! Enjoy the ride! Written in a mix of poetry styles by Konstantin McKenna and S. Kovalkova-McKenna.
Vasilisa and the Queen of Asps
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 14,470. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young girl named Vasilisa has to go to the Queen of Asps to ask for the Brew of Life to save her dying old father. The Queen is not very friendly and tries her best to see the girl dead. Meet the glorious and scary Queen of Asps, pale and mysterious Prince of Asps, thousands-years-old witch with attitude, see magic caves, night forest, snakes dancing by the fire, gypsies... Read the book!
A Wise Woman and a King
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 12,590. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
A fairytale for girls who take charge of their own destiny! A Wise Woman with three daughters, who lives in harmony with nature, a greedy King with three sons, who wants to rule everything and everybody! Three princes with no kingdom to rule. Three fantastic strong daughters: an herbalist, a musician and a jeweler. Will the princes be able to keep up with the girls? Read to find out.
Kaitlyn and the Secrets of the Sea
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 16,760. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
An eleven year old girl who is terribly afraid of the sea one day finds out that her destiny must take her to the very bottom of the ocean. All she has to do is play the magic flute. For ages 7-12. Fantasy, modern fairytale, magic and adventure with strong, smart, resourceful girl as a main character.

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  • The Amulet (Custodian Novel # 1) on Dec. 20, 2009

    I think "The Amulet" is a wonderful debut fantasy from Alison Pensy. It is the kind of book I would have loved to be stranded home alone with on a rainy day when I was in middle school. Is it written on the same scale as Harry Potter or Percy Jakson? No. But I enjoyed it immensely and could not have given the book any less than 5 stars. The author's writing style is so beautifully visual, you feel enveloped in a book from the moment you start reading. All the right characters are easy to love and hate, plus it has a few surprises along the way, just when you think you are getting comfortable with a plot. If you buy this book for a girl age 10-14, who loves to read fantasy, she is guaranteed a good time. My favorite parts about the book: a touch of romance and great visual descriptions.
  • Hit List on Jan. 28, 2010

    Like everybody else, I have my favorite detective novel authors: Dan Brown, Anne Stuart, Robert B. Parker (only his first 10-12 books or so), Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci, Christine Feehan and a few others. Those among you familiar with these authors can appreciate the mastery with which they craft their books. Most of the books written by them would get 10 out of 10 from me. When I started reading “Hit List” by Darcia Helle, I quickly realized that this book is placing very high on my list. While no one can come close to Agatha Christie, James Lee Burke and Conan Doyle, she was standing tall right next to Robert Crais, Michael Connolly, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan and Robert B. Parker. It was definitely better than “Silver Falls”, the last book by Anne Stuart, and right behind her famous Ice Series. Better than everything Parker wrote in the last seven years, and holding its own against Baldacci, Connelly and Sandra Brown. The story is so well written, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are literary marvels, no clichés here. Dialogue is authentic, pace is great, there are little smart observations on life scattered throughout the text that make you think you and the author are old pals trading remarks about life over coffee. My favorite part of it all is the plot: A woman living alone one day goes crazy! The parts of the book that we see out of her head are the best! Her grown son moves in to help take care of her. He resents it somewhat, it is hard to see mom reduced to a drooling idiot, but then it strikes him: What if she is not crazy? What if someone is really out to get her, watching her, planning revenge? He hires a private investigator Lucianna to find out….. the story skyrockets from there. It is a great read, very well put together, full of unexpected twists and turns. I see bestseller stamped all over this one!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to the author on such a stunning beginning of her writing career.
  • No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel (with Bonus Content!) on Jan. 28, 2010

    I kept thinking that I could not decide between 4 or 5 stars review for the book. Finally, I decided on 5 stars, because the only ones better would have been the absolute masters of the mystery like Agatha Christie, early Robert B. Parker, M.Connoly and etc. "No Justice" brings to life a complicated character who is a software designer by day and a killer for hire at night. Only he does not kill everyone, he gets rid of the worst criminals justice system seems to overlook or punish with a slap on the wrist. Sometimes he gets paid for his work, sometimes he does not. The book is past paced, all the characters are well developed, language is flawless. I found it easy to relate to Michael Sykora, the Ghost, self-made vigilante, a person with many layers, with mysteries in his past and present. He is part comic book hero come to life, part everyday Joe figuring out his relationships with his parents. I liked Nikki, ex-prostitute turned women's counselor, but I did not think she was believable as ex-prostitute. Otherwise, the big question for me was: how likely am I to read the next book in the series? Very likely!
  • Enemies and Playmates on Jan. 28, 2010

    Very well written! Interesting, entertaining and overall a great read. I was at first worried about the name and the picture on the cover, but after reading two other books by the author first, No Justice and Hit List, I realized that the author simply writes well all the time. Something else I noticed about this author: she manages to add unpredictable and thrilling turns in all her novels when you at least expect it. And yes, you kind of know that the two main characters will find their happy end, but you will never be able to guess all the "how it will happen", which, of course, makes this book such a "take a break from the day and get lost in a good escape-book" read.
  • Beyond Salvation (with Bonus Content!) on Jan. 28, 2010

    He is The Ghost, a killer for hire who can help you get revenge if the justice system turned away from you. He keeps odd hours and makes a fortune killing criminals of the worst kind. This is a second book by Darcia Helle about Michael Sykora, the Ghost, new Batman of the underworld where criminals are afraid of him and victims worship his name. However, in this book, Michael has some skeletons in his closet he is forced to deal with. Page-turner and a thrill-ride from first page to last. What I like about this author is that she never ceases to surprise me with the way her storyline develops. This is my fourth book by this author, I can't wait for the next.