The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs

Written by Janine De Tillio Cammarata, author and president of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation.

Eleven-year-old Luke longs for an adventure to escape being sick in the hospital. As a medieval princess and her dragon come to life from his jigsaw puzzle, he doesn't know what to believe. When she grants him and his little brother, Peter, a wish in exchange for help, they can't afford to say no.

Peter would do anything to help his brother get better, including traveling to another world on a quest and recruiting their best friends, Mark and Rose. With time running out, they battle against evil not knowing if their wish will be granted. Any adventure has risks and a wish can have unwanted consequences. But when it comes to fighting for the ones they love, nothing will get in their way.

Warriors Within: Book One

Written by Janine De Tillio Cammarata, author and president of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation.

When Michaela Sommers, a successful martial artist, investigates the brutal murder of her father, an NYPD narcotics officer, she is haunted by dreams of Celtic battles. When her father appears in these dreams, urging her to help, Michaela plunges into the dream world of a 3rd century Irish warrior.

Maecha Ruadh mac Art, the sovereign heir of Ireland, needs Michaela: she must save her father, the High Kind, and earn her place as leader of a male band of warriors. When Michaela time travels to Ireland and resides in Maecha’s dream world, she teaches Maecha the martial art skills she needs to enter the Cave of the Warrior with her Champion, Kelan mac Nessa, and survive three deadly challenges that will bond her and Kelan forever.

Michaela’s and Maecha’s quests are interwoven with Celtic Lore and Irish Warriors, such as Fionn mac Cumhail, as they fight to find the warriors within themselves.

Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two

Written by Janine De Tillio Cammarata, author and president of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation.

The adventurous Fianna Cycle continues as the leader of the Elite Fianna, Maecha Ruadh mac Art, must leave her beloved third century Celtic Ireland to rescue her father, the High King Cormac mac Art from the Picts of Scotland. Her treacherous brother, Cairpre, remains behing to take over the kingdom of Tara for Akir the Fire Lord, who desires both Maecha and her sword, Imbas Skye. On her journey Maecha encounters fantastic mythological characters such as Mananna’n mac Lir, God of the Sea and Scathach, the Warrior Goddess. Training both body and mind, Maecha learns that you can’t always control your destiny, but how you react to it defines you.

Building a new life in the Catskills, martial artist Michaela Sommers is still deeply tied to her ancient Irish counterpart, Maecha. Now she must help 10-year-old Natalie Fischer understand what her dreams of an evil presence and a Celtic druid mean for her own future. Two women, whose destinies are united against time, share their collective skills and strengths to protect their families.

What Makes Them Amazing

Written by Janine De Tillio Cammarata, author and president of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation.

Follows nine young adults whose cancer journeys have led to deep changes in perspective, stronger faith, lessons in giving back, as well as lessons in letting go. No matter what the outcome of their journeys, these stories are about hope, determination and love, which will inspire others to never give up when facing life’s adversities. These are the stories of our communities, our families, and our young adults’ lives and legacies.

What's Being Said?

  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


Events & Workshops

  • Kids' Creative Writing Workshop

    WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 4 & 11 FROM 5-6PM

    For teens in grades 6-8th or home-school equivalent.

    JO PIRACCI BOARD ROOM

    Learn all the different topics and techniques you can use in your personalized journal. No experience necessary, just the desire to express yourself!

    Award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore types of journals and how to personalize them, photo collage, personal motivation, creating stories, and much more.

    Registration opens 8/28/17 at 9:30am

    Register at cphlibrary.org

  • JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

    Must register for each workshop separately:

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13--Program Room C

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17--Jo Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15--TBD

    FROM 6:30-8:30pm

     

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Whether it's in a notebook, blog, or sketchpad journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life. It's a way to keep track of goals, life activities, dreams, and is very fun! Learn the many ways to express yourself! Each workshop will be different so come to them all!

     

     

     

  • MIDDLE GRADE FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

    WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 1, 18, & 15 FROM  5-6PM

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

    Teens in grades 6-8 or homeschool equivalent

    Do you have a story in you, but don’t know how to start, are stuck in the middle or can’t figure out how to end? Join award-winning author Janine De Tillio Cammarata for a writing workshop, which will focus on creating and finishing short stories that may be expanded into a novel! All level of writer’s welcome! Each class builds upon the previous so commitment to all three classes is recommended.

    Bring a notebook and pen

    Register at: CPH Library Website