Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wish List Wednesday

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, 6) by Ally Carter, September 17, 2013.
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.
Why: *fan girls for a moment* I cannot believe that the end of the Gallagher Girls series is just around the corner. I have been reading this series since it first came out and cannot wait to see how things will play out for Cammie in the endgame that Ally Carter has written. This one is going to the top of my "Need Now" list.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 29, 2013

All About Middle Grade Review: Sidekicked


Sidekicked by John David Anderson, June 25, 2013. 384 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: Publisher for review.
Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet – he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than he does fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna – their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.

But this was all before a supervillain long thought dead returned to Justicia, superheroes began disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threatened to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to break down? 
First Sentence:
Captain Marvelous sighed.

Gideon's Spear by Darby Karchut: Cover Reveal

So excited to help reveal the cover for Darby Karchut's next book, Gideon's Spear, since Finn Finnegan was one of my favorite middle grade discoveries this year (so far). Hope y'all will enjoy seeing the cover for book two in her fantastic MG series.

About the author:
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.

Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING (2012 Children's Literary Awards Gold Medal, 2011 Sharp Writ YA Book of the Year), GRIFFIN'S FIRE (2011 Readers Favorite Bronze Medal for YA Fantasy), and GRIFFIN'S STORM (November 2012). Her debut Middle Grade novel, FINN FINNEGAN (Spencer Hill Press) will be released March 2013. The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON'S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014.

She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.

You can haunt Darby Karchut at-
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Gideon's Spear (The Adventures of Finn MacCullen, 2) by Darby Karchut, February 4, 2014. Published by Spencer Hill Press.
For Finn MacCullen, it’s time to Irish up.

With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. “Come along, ye manky beasties,” he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. “I’ve a wee point to share with ye!” Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. “Faugh a ballagh!”
“The Spear!” Goblin voices screeched in panic. “The Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan!”
“Yeah, you got that right!” Finn yelled back.
When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy.
And woe to the foe he meets along the way.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Interview with John David Anderson (Author of Sidekicked): Blog Tour + Giveaway

Guys, I am so excited to welcome John David Anderson, author of Sidekicked, to the blog and to be one of the stops for the blog tour. I hope y'all will give him a warm welcome...and that you'll pick up a copy of his incredible book.

About the Author:
John David Anderson once hit himself so hard on a dare by his sister that he literally knocked himself out of a chair and nearly blacked out. He has since translated this passion and singularity of purpose to the related arts of novel writing and pizza eating. The author of STANDARD HERO BEHAVIOR and the forthcoming SIDEKICKED, Anderson is a firm believer in wearing the same pair of jeans for three days in a row (four in the winter). He lives with his beautiful wife and twins in Indianapolis.

You can haunt John David Anderson at-
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In Sidekicked, Drew, has some difficult powers to deal with and master(super sensitive touch, smell, hearing, and sight), so, why’d you choose the route of super sensitivity over everything else?

There were a few reasons, actually. I wanted something that would make him special, but at the same time exclude him. Drew is part of this close inner circle of superheroes and sidekicks. He's clearly gifted. But his powers aren't necessarily bash-a-bad-guy-worthy (or combat compliant, to use Mr. Masters's phrase), which means he still finds himself on the outside of that circle when the lasers start to fly. He's not exactly the first guy you'd call to stop a bank robbery. This problematic balance between inclusion and exclusion fits nicely with what he is going through as a middle-schooler as well, and what a lot of kids his age go through, I think.

Also, granting him super senses gave me the chance to experiment with Drew's voice. Obviously he sees and hears and smells things that we ordinary civilians can't, and much of his own internal dialogue is an attempt to make sense of a world that is always too intense and overpowering for him. He views the world differently, but he spends a lot of the novel trying not to just so he can fit in better, so he can blend with the crowd. Again, I think a lot of readers can empathize.

I seriously enjoyed reading how at times Drew struggled with finding who he was and which part of his identity was the mask. So my question to you is, other than keeping his secret identity a secret, what do you think is the most difficult thing Drew will face in Sidekicked?

Puberty. Or maybe algebra. On the more heroic side I think Drew's biggest challenge is in reconciling his sense of the world as it should be and the world as it is. He believes in rules (for the most part), in the dichotomy of good and bad, right and wrong. He has heroes he admires. But that idealism is tested from the very first chapter--even before, in fact. Obviously the Titan throws Drew's perspective out of whack, and the whole rest of the novel is him attempting to negotiate these gray areas while still holding onto his basic beliefs, redefining heroism in a world where people are never as cool as their collectible cards make them out to be.

If you could transport any superhero from another book/comic into Sidekicked who would  choose to throw into the world? Would they participate in H.E.R.O.?

I think Peter Parker might get along well with Drew. They are both smart-alecks. Both have extraordinary senses. Both go to great lengths to preserve their identities. Both have girl problems. The difference is Spiderman has a darker motive, a driving force that comes out of personal tragedy. He's also older and not as naive as Drew and most of the other members of H.E.R.O. On a side note, I can picture Wolverine sharing a drink with the Titan at The Last Hurrah pretty easily.

Since your debut middle grade book, Sidekicked, deals with sidekicks, would you mind sharing with us who your personal favorite sidekick is? Why?

Funny. This is probably the question I've been asked the most frequently, and I really need to just stick to one answer, because I keep waffling. This time I'm going to go with Chewbacca. Partly because I've wanted to be Han Solo since I was four and partly because of all the free wookie-back-rides. It would be like having an oversized dog. With a laser crossbow.  Who can play chess. And fly spaceships. And fix the leak on the faucet. What's not to like? Unless wookies have fleas.

John, I’ve heard that writers can be a little quirky in their hobbies. So, what is the strangest thing you like to do or create when not writing?

I actually make board games as a hobby...because writing superhero books is just not nerdy enough. Then I make my kids play them. I also play the ukulele, poorly, and the piano, somewhat less poorly. Oh, and I tried bungee jumping once.  Once.

If you could pack your bag and head off to hike somewhere new, where would you go and why?

I actually love to hike and don't get out much, so the list is long. Would love to spend some time in the Outback. Haven't had a chance to hike in the Grand Canyon yet. Would like to hike more of the Appalachian Trail than I have. I would say anywhere that nature has left her great big, wondrous, beautiful footprint is fair game, just so long as I can bring a book with me. And some chocolate.

The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Wait a minute.  Is this a trick? Am I picking the only hero who is actually capable of saving the day, or am I picking the hero that I would like to see try to save the day. Because if it's the first, I'm going to geek out an choose some hyper-powered deity like Ion or Dark Phoenix or Dr. Manhattan or Superman Prime or one of those other heroes nobody's heard of who, like...burp, and completely rearrange the molecular structure of the universe.

But that's boring. So I'll go with Acid Rainman. I just made him up. He's like regular Rainman, but not as good as blackjack and capable of drenching the whole world in a corrosive, metal-eating deluge. The good news is those rampaging robots are quickly dissolved into rusted buckets. The bad news is we have no cars, bridges, or buildings left.

Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)?

It's dark inside. So dark. I should really think about getting a home office.

Any upcoming projects that you can share with us?

Don't know how much I'm allowed to share, so I'll just be alluringly illusive and say that I've taken an interest in exploring Drew's world from the other side, but that I'm certainly not done with superhero fiction yet.

Also, anyone who liked Sidekicked is welcome to check out my other book, Standard Hero Behavior. It's like Sidekicked. Except without the spandex and with swords instead.


You can find out more about John David Anderson at www.johndavidanderson.org or on Facebook at JohnDavidAndersonAuthor.

Thank you so much for stopping by, John, and for answering some of my (weird) questions. Cannot wait to see what your next book will be.

You can check out all the previous tour stops on Walden Pond Press's Blog. I know that all you will want to check out all the great posts for this tour.

Sidekicked by John David Anderson, June 25, 2013. Published by Walden Pond Press.
With not nearly enough power comes way too much responsibility.
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Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet – he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than he does fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna – their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.

But this was all before a supervillain long thought dead returned to Justicia, superheroes began disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threatened to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to break down?
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Interview with Author Angela Shelton (Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats): Blog Tour

Today, I am very excited to welcome Angela Shelton, author of Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats, back to the blog.

About the Author:
Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.

You can haunt Angela Shelton at-
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Interview

1. Can you tell readers a little about what they can expect in Tilda Pinkerton's latest adventure?

The beginning reader books of Tilda take her on a journey with her Magical Hat Shop after she’s already arrived to Earth!  The bigger books for more advanced readers tell how she got from the Sombrero Galaxy to Earth.

In the first of the small books, you see the set up of how Tilda’s hat shop magically appears near the home of people who need her magical hats.

2. Angela, What is it about Tilda that makes her so special to you as a writer? Why do you think readers will love diving into Tilda Pinkerton's adventures?

I love Tilda Pinkerton and find her to be special because she is complex. There’s a reason why she makes magical hats in the first place and it is all centered around a massive flaw that she has – or thinks she has.

I think everyone can relate to an insecurity or two. In the smaller chapter books, Tilda is all about helping each child hero in the book overcome whatever fears they have and be their own heroes of the stories.

3. Why magical hats?

I love hats so much. I have a serious thing for hats. I even have a very large collection of them so hats are right up my alley!  I’d love to bring back the hat!

4. What do you hope readers will take away with them after reading Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats? Anything that you hope readers will learn from her?

I hope that young readers will take a way the realization that just because they are kids, doesn’t mean they can’t accomplish great things. I hope parents take that away too!

5. I always love hearing about what books authors love, so, could you tell us about three of your favorite magical filled books? Why are they counted among your favorite reads?

A Wrinkle in Time is probably my top favorite because it blew my mind at the time and I still find it to be one of the most enlightened books I’ve read. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series is right up there too. I could go on and on about how much I loved those books.  I love the visualizations they inspire, the worlds they create and the morals.

6. Are there any authors you would love to meet and talk books with?

Tom Robbins! He remains my favorite author and I think I’d be speechless to meet him actually.

7. What is the best thing about your hometown?

The food and the view of the mountains!

8. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

Wonder Woman!

9. Care to tell us about your writing cave?

It’s not so much a cave as it is a very long wide front porch with a lovely view of our property.

10. Any upcoming projects that you can share with us? 

There are more than 20 books planned for the younger reader’s chapter books and five for the advanced reader books. I’m also working on a TV show called Chocolate Gravy that will be revealed shortly. That’s a fun one!

Angela, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting about Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats. Love that A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are on your list of favorites (they're some of my favorites, too).

Don't forget, y'all can see my review of Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats.

Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats by Angela Shelton, April 1, 2013. Published by Quiet Owl Books.
Eleven-year-old Madison Mae and her younger brother, Albert, want to help save the family farm during troubled times. When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth. As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wish List Wednesday

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town (The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, 1) by Holy Black, September 17, 2013. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
Why: One of the things I like most about Holly Black's books, is that most of the time they are pretty crazy. Which might just be why I am intrigued by The Coldest Girl in Cold Town.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday



This week my teaser is taken from Red River Stallion by Troon Harrison. Enjoy.

Red River Stallion by Troon Harrison (my review):
Presently the roar of rapids filled our ears and, rounding a bend in the river, we saw their white boiling fury cascading down over grey rocks and sweeping to meet us in streams of bubbles and swirling knots of fast current.  Often, at rapids, I took Foxfire ashore to lighten the boat’s load, and often Orchid came too for some exercise or to find something to sketch. Page 128

Monday, July 22, 2013

ARC Review: Red River Stallion

Red River Stallion by Troon Harrison, Februray 12, 2013. 352 pages. Published by Bloomsbury. Source: Publisher for review.
When her mother dies, Rose is left feeling completely alone in the world, but the promise of a new friendship arrives on an English ship. Fireway, a red stallion, has made the long trip to North America and Rose falls in love with his beauty instantly. The horse is headed on a westward expedition to the Red River Valley-the same place where Rose's father is rumored to be. Together, Rose and Fireaway make the journey. But bear attacks, roaring rapids, and other adventures are waiting at every turn.

Set in 1800s Canada, this novel pairs the historical adventure of Dear America with the allure of all things equestrian in a package that's sure to please young readers.
First Sentence:
I was alone in the canoe when the great creature swam out of the fog.

Friday, July 19, 2013

All About Middle Grade Interview: Greta Burroughs (Author of Gerald and the Wee People)


This week I am very excited to welcome Greta Burroughs, author of Gerald and the Wee People, to teh blog to discuss her book. I hope that y'all will give her a warm welcome to the blog.

About the Author:
Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's books.

You can haunt Greta Burorughs at-
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Interview:
1. Could you introduce us to Gerald, the main character in Gerald and the Wee People? Why is Gerald so intrigues by the wee people and their village?

Gerald is your typical teenager. He has been best friends with Vernon ever since they were small lads with the usual disagreements, secrets and best buddy fun associated with that type of friendship. They share the same likes/dislikes and where you see one, you will usually find the other.

Gerald has one habit that Vernon doesn’t care for though. He likes to go back into the woods behind his house and spy on a miniature village that only he can see. Gerald tells Vernon about the activities of the Wee People but Vernon believes it’s just an overactive imagination.

Gerald gets more and more obsessed with the Wee People when he ‘sees’ trouble brewing in the village and becomes determined to help. Vernon decides to set his friend straight and prove to him that the Wee People do not really exist but it turns out, Vernon is in for the surprise of his life.

2. Greta, Would mind sharing with us why you chose to write a book featuring the wee people and their miniature village? 

I wish I had a good answer for that! I really don’t know how the idea came about. It was more or less one of those things that popped in my head, I liked it and the characters in the Wee People village came to life as I wrote the story. I am a seat of the pants writer and did not know where the story was going to go until I had it down on paper (monitor).

3. Other than size, what do you think will be the biggest difficulty that Gerald will face when he realizes the wee people are in danger?

The biggest problem for Gerald was how to help. He left bits of scrap metal near the clearing where he envisioned the village so the blacksmith could make weapons. The metal did disappear but whether the Wee People got it or animals dragged it off, he didn’t know.

4. What did you enjoy the most about teaching pre-school and elementary aged children? 

My favorite time of day was story time. The kids loved it too. We made it even better by writing our own stories and making ‘books’ that the children could take home. I’ve always been a fan of reading and I think I made some new converts to the life-long readers club during those years.

5. Since you are a fan of fantasy books, could you share with us three of your favorite fantasy titles and why you like them?

Anne McCaffrey is my all time favorite fantasy author with her Pern series. That was the first series I read where I could picture myself as one of the characters. I have read and reread all those books so many times. I also enjoy David Eddings’ Sparhawk series. Eddings’ humor adds so much to the stories. Third choice would be Asimov’s Foundation series. I don’t know why, but I guess because it was the first fantasy novels I read and got me hooked on the genre.

6. Now is your chance to tell readers what makes your state, South Carolina, so great. What is it about South Carolina that you like the most? Any must see places?

There is a lot of variety in the state of South Carolina. We have any terrain you may want from the rolling countryside, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upstate down to the coastal plain along the Atlantic Ocean. There are also a lot of historical landmarks across the state from the Revolutionary War and Civil War eras. That is what interests me - going to a plantation house or watching a reenactment of a historical event and reliving the events that took place. There are many places that draw lots of visitors such as Charleston, with the battery, slave quarters, slave market, waterfront and the beautiful plantations and gardens.

7. Greta, what is it that you like about the fantasy book genre? Anything that you do not like about it?

I love fantasy because it is a great escape from reality. The books vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and cater to every taste. Being able to read a passage and picture the scene in my imagination makes the book come alive. It takes me away from the worries, cares and stress of everyday life and helps to relax and unwind. The only thing I don’t like are the copycats who tend to rewrite books already published and show no initiative to make a story his/her own.

8. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

That’s a hard one. Maybe Gerald and Vernon could tackle that problem in a future book…

9. Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)?

I’m afraid my writing cave is a very cluttered cubbyhole in one room of our house. I don’t dare include pictures or everyone would see the sloppy housekeeper that I am.  Actually, I write in various places around the house. I want to spend as much time with my family as I can, so my laptop travels from my cubbyhole to the living room couch to the bedroom.

10. Any upcoming projects that you can sure with us?  

I have several manuscripts started but none are very far along. I have another Wee People book, a Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat children’s book and a new one I just started about a young boy during the World War II era.


Greta, thank you so much for stopping by and answering some questions about your book, Gerald and the Wee People

Gerald and the Wee People by Greta Burroughs, November 20. 2012.
Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the "visions" are real and the wee people need help....

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wish List Wednesday

The Oathbreaker's Shadow (The Knots Sequence, 1) by Amy McCulloch, June 6, 2013. Published by Random House Children's Publishing UK.
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology
Why: I want to know what promise Raim broke and what is going to happen to him. The synopsis for Oathbreaker's Shadow makes this sounds like one promising read.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wings by Elizabeth Richards Cover Reveal


Today we are super excited to share the cover to WINGS, the third and final book in author's Elizabeth Richard's BLACK CITY series!


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Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards




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Earth Girl

Earth Girl (Earth Girl, 1) by Janet Edwards, March 5, 2013. 271 pages. Published by PYR Books. Source: Publisher for Review.
2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an “ape,” a “throwback,” but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.
First Sentence:
It was on Wallam-Crane day that I finally decide what I was going to do for my degree course Foundation year. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

All About Middle Grade Interview: Erika Kathryn (Author of Audie the Angel and the Angel Army)


Welcome back to another week in the All About Middle Grade Challenge. This week I am excited to welcome Erika Kathryn, author of Audie the Angel and the Angel Army, to the blog to discuss her book. Hope y'all will give her a warm welcome.

About the Author:
Erika Kathryn has her Bachelor's of Science Degree from East Carolina University, major in Criminal Justice, minor in English. She's been dreaming of Angels for over 10 years. She started the story of Audie when she was still in college. She has written several other novels and many poems but none of which pull at her heartstrings the way Audie the Angel does. She is currently working on the journey of Volume 2 for Audie the Angel. When she isn't writing Erika Kathryn reads to her beautiful Angel-Daughter, Kathryn Kay, while residing in Crete, IL.

You can haunt Erika Kathryn at-
Goodreads | Website |
Interview

1.      Audie sounds like an interesting character, what is going to help her through the changes after she discovers that she is an angel? 
The biggest help to her is Cave.  He’s human and familiar to her and in a lot of ways just overall comforting.  Audie and Cave didn’t really know each other too well in Middle School but after they got to Unicorn Island where Audie learns to use her powers, Cave becomes her closest confidant.   

2.     Why do you think readers will enjoy Audie and her adventures?
I think the biggest thing for readers to enjoy is the fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, quests that Audie and the Angel Army go on.  There is danger and excitement around every corner and this is not a version of Heaven that anyone is expecting!    

3.     Would you mind sharing with us why you chose to write about angels? What do you think it is about angels that makes them so popular to write about?
I actually started the story of Audie over ten years ago.  At the time there were a lot of stories coming out about wizards and so Angels really weren’t that popular.  Now, it seems the more popular topics are Vampires and Zombies.  However, there are a few Angel tales out there as well. 

I chose to write about them because they are wholesome.  And I love the idea of Angels having quirks and imperfections just like Humans.  I think the biggest reason for me is because I believe in them and I love the fact that there is an untapped, unknown element about them and the possibility of an entire new world right above us that is yet to be explored.

4.     So, Erika, what makes Audie the Angel and the Angel Army so special to you? Anything about the series that you enjoyed writing the most?
I just adore the characters.  I really get into their different personalities and I am a huge fan of adventure.  Anything make-believe and fantasy, I am just all over it.  I enjoyed writing the second Volume: Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague even more because I included Zombies in it which I am a huge fan of.     

5.     Everyone seems to have a couple of books that helped to shape who they are, so, I was wondering if there are any books that helped to shape who you are today? 
I would have to say Harry Potter shaped me the most.  It truly inspired me to pick back up reading and writing.  

6.     If you could wake up and find one of your biggest fears gone, which would it be? What about this fear scares you? 
Biggest fears would be sharks, heights, and geese I think.  I’d probably like to get rid of the fear of heights, because sometimes it can hinder what you do.  I literally get dizzy when I am high up and it’s definitely prevented me from being adventurous in some cases.  

7.      I hear one of your pet peeves is the dreaded fanny pack. Would you care to elaborate on why you dislike them? 
(Laughing*) I guess they have their conveniences but that is a fad I hope never comes back! 

8.     The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 
I would choose Audie.  Even without the rest of the Angel Army she can hold her own and she has a natural talent for her powers.  She is sassy and smart and could definitely take out those robots!   

9.     Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)?
It is my bedroom hands-down!  I love to be comfortable and write while I’m sitting in bed.  I can’t tell you how important being comfortable is to the creative flow!  My room is a pale gray/blue color with navy blue velvet curtains, mirrored bedside tables, and a navy semi-flush chandelier.  It’s a pretty perfect spot to write.    

10. Any upcoming projects that you can share with us? 
Yes!  I am currently in the editing process with a Chick Lit novel that I am contracted with The Wild Rose Press on.  I am doing a happy dance every time I think of it getting published.  I am also writing the third and final installment of The Angel Archives: called Audie the Angel and the Afterworld, and if that’s not keeping me busy enough, I am also writing another Chick Lit novel.  I feel like I was born to multi-task, because I’m not satisfied if I don’t have a couple of projects going on at once!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Orchid for having me here!  It’s a fantastic site! 

Please stop by and see me on the official Audie the Angel website: www.audietheangel.com or my middle grade book blog: www.blondebookie.blogspot.com 

Erika, thank so much for stopping by. I enjoyed reading your answers and hope that all my readers did too. Harry Potter is definitely a great read (or re-read).

Audie the Angel and the Angel Army (The Angel Archives, 1) by Erika Kathryn, 2012.
Audie, a seemingly typical twelve-year-old girl, is summoned from her middle school one day. She travels through a windmill farm and brought to an island where she’s told that she is actually an Angel and, more importantly, that she is of Phoenix descent. She is the pivotal and final member of an assembly of others her age, called The Angel Army. The army includes Luce—the dangerously handsome dark Angel predestined to fall from Heaven—and Cave—a stowaway from Earth who is crushing on her hard—as well as eight Angels with magical talents, a feisty Fairy, and a nimble gnome. Audie’s ordinary life becomes drastically different as she transforms; she sprouts gold wings, receives a halo passed on from the mother she never met, and her fellow Angels teach her to use her hand-me-down Phoenix powers. However, before she even learns to fly she is told of the real reason she is needed: an evil Elder Angel has discovered a way to dominate Heaven. Haunted by dreams of her past Phoenix life, puzzled by her feelings for both the charming Luce and her human friend Cave, Audie has to conquer her newfound powers quickly because the future of Heaven rests on her wings. Can she fight against flying Dare Demons, the Marsh Master, the Frost Fairy, and Evil Souls to save Heaven? Can Audie change destiny and save Luce from falling to his fate?

Don't forget, you can now also purchase the sequel Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wish List Wednesday

Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, 1) by Caroline Carlson, September 10, 2013. Published by Harper Collins Children's Books.
Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle? Caroline Carlson's hilarious tween novel The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society.

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, and she already owns a rather pointy sword.

There's only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for answer. To escape a life of petticoats and politeness at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure, where she gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.
Why: Okay, I am so on board for reading Magic Marks the Spot for two reasons: one, it's about a girl who wants to be a pirate who is denied entry; two, because it sounds like a fun read. 

Emblazon Tween Blog Launch

Good afternoon, my lovely followers. Today I would like to introduce y'all to a wonderful sounding tween blog, Emblazon, which is founded and run by some awesome tween authors.


Here's what they have to say about their new website:
Emblazon is a blog written by a collection of indie and traditionally published authors who care about producing high quality stories for kids. We have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. We call them Tweens. The purpose of Emblazon is to celebrate tween literature. We want to draw attention to this fabulous genre, interact with other enthusiasts whether child or adult, and encourage new writers.

About Emblazon:
A wise person once said, “Write your name on the heart of a child.” We hope to emblazon our stories there.

Emblazon is a collection of authors–some indie, some traditionally published–who have each produced at least one children’s novel. Our audiences range from fifth grade to young adult, but we have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. Some call them upper middle grade; others call them low young adult. They’re somewhere in the middle and can lean either way. We call them Tweens.

The first three Wednesdays of every month, we post about some aspect of reading and writing tween literature. We hope our experiences help you to emblazon your own story. The fourth Wednesday is your turn. That’s when we host a monthly feature called Tween the Weekends. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure! (cited from their about page)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats: Blog Tour Review

Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats by Angela Shelton, April 1, 2013. Published by Quiet Owl Books. 196 Pages. Source: Book Tour.
Eleven-year-old Madison Mae and her younger brother, Albert, want to help save the family farm during troubled times. When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth. As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined.
First Sentence:
“Magic-it doesn’t exist,” Albert said.

Friday, July 5, 2013

All About Middle Grade Interview: Ally Malinenko (author of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb)


I am very excited to welcome Ally Malinenko, author of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, to the blog to answer a few questions about her book. I hope that y'all will give her a warm welcome.

About the Author:
Ally Malinenko, a self-proclaimed Bardolator, took her first pilgrimage to Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since. Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb is her first children's book. Her poetry book, The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press. She blogs at allymalinenko.com. Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

You can haunt Ally Malinenko at-
Goodreads | Website | Twitter |
Interview

1. Could you tell us a little about your main character, Lizzy, and what's she's up against in Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb?

Lizzy is the only living descendant of Shakespeare, a fact she finds out shortly after her 12th birthday when her father goes missing and a strange magical man named Jonathan Muse shows up to fill her in on her past. But it's not all sonnets and roses for Lizzy who also finds out that the only living descendant of Kit Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare's, isn't too keen on her keeping that literary crown. 

2. I hear that Lizzy will be facing some long held family secrets. Do you think she is ready and will be able to handle the upcoming challenges?

Ready? Is anyone really ready to find out they're literary royalty? Probably not. But rise to the challenge she does after a few mishaps here and there. Thankfully she's got a great best friend named Sammy Galletti to keep her focused (and out of danger) throughout her adventure. 

3. So, why did you want to make Lizzy the descendant of William Shakespeare? 

Because he's without a doubt my favorite writer and, really who wouldn't want to be the descendant of Shakespeare? Except maybe, Dmitri Marlowe!

4. Why do you think readers will enjoy reading Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb

Well everyone has their own opinions of course, but what I've heard most from people who have read it is that they like that Lizzy is flawed. She's not a perfect hero, but she can be heroic. She doesn't always make the right choice but she's loyal to those she loves. She's 12. 

Also, there's ton of magic!

5. What are two things that you like best about living in Brooklyn? Two of the worst things?

Two best things about living in Brooklyn is the food (food truck food is the best) and the neighborhood I live in. 

Two worst are that it's crowded (millions of people!) and it's HOT in the summer. 

6. So, Ally, what are three of the best books you've read this year (can be new releases or older ones)? Why did you like them?

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathan Philbrick
Stag's Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Philbrick's account of the wreck of the Essex (the inspiration for Moby Dick) was so wonderfully written it made you feel you were there, even during the cannibalism scenes. *Shudder* 

Olds has written one of the best collections of poems I've  read in a long time - raw honesty about a late in life divorce. You would think it would be bitter but was in fact just heartbreaking. The slow unraveling of love. Can you imagine when the person that knows you better than anyone else in the world - knows all your good and bad parts - looks at you after decades of marriage and says, "No. No more." She's an amazing poet.

Taylor is probably my favorite YA writer. I love the world that she builds and her images are so raw and real. Also she writes love the way you want love to be - all fiercely tender.

7. I hear that you would like to visit Antarctica and see where Robert Falcon Scott died, could you tell us why you'd like to visit there?  

I'm a big fan of polar explorers and the time period of British exploration. I just think they were built of different stuff. I don't want to say "sterner" considering Scott and his men died more than likely from a combination of bad planning and bad weather, but just different stuff. I wish I had lived during the edge of exploration. I supposed I could if we could fund NASA better. 

I would love to see Scott's cabin, which is still intact. As a matter of fact the cairn that was built around their bodies, still stands. 

8. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Einstein. I'm currently reading the Elegant Universe by Brian Greene who is a professor of physics at Columbia and someone I discovered from Radiolab. Basically at 19 Einstein was smarter than me or anyone I know. That seems useful when those "toasters" are barreling our way, guns blazing. Worst case scenario he could probably just create a pocket dimension and we could all live safely in there.  

9. Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)?

I write in a closet. Literally. It has built in bookshelves and fits my desk. I keep a small radio near by so I can listen the classical station every morning. June, my cat, usually sleeps in here in an empty comic book box. 

10. Any upcoming projects that you can sure with us?   

I'm working on a YA book about time travel, chess, alternate dimensions, doppelgangers, first love, and the unreliability of memories. It's called Palimpsest. 

Ally, thank so much for stopping by and answering a few (odd) questions for me. One day I shall have to read In the Heart of the Sea (at least two people in my house have read/recommended it).

Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (Lizzy Speare, 1) by Ally Mailinenko, September 12, 2012. Published by Antenna Books.
MEET LIZZY SPEARE…

…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote. 
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