Monday, April 27, 2015

Cover reveal- Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10- Old School by Jeff Kinney

I just got this email from scholastic. They are revealing the cover of the new Wimpy Kid book- Old School.  I have searched all over, and this is the first glimpse of the cover! The link in the pic is disabled, so I included it at the bottom.

Find out more about the Wimpy Kid Series at Scholastic Book Clubs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hey United Kingdom- Whimsy Wood book event!

Book Signing For The Whimsy Wood Series By Children's Author Sarah Hill

The Madhatter Book Shop in Burford, Oxfordshire
Saturday, 2 May 2015 from 14:30 to 17:30 (BST)
Burford, United Kingdom

Come along to The Madhatter Book Shop in Burford, the heart of the Cotswolds, on Saturday May the 2nd from 2.30pm and grab yourself a signed copy or two of Wiltshire-based Sarah Hill's award-winning 'Whimsy Wood' series of children's books.

There are 35 books in Sarah Hill's woodland series for 5-8 year olds and the young at heart! Book 1, 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle', was published in July 2013 and book 6, 'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm', was published in February this year. There will be copies of these first 6 books available on the day, along with free 'Whimsy Wood' colouring-in sheets for the children (and grown-ups!)
The event is free and you or parents can register HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Carter Hasegawa- Editor Candlewick Press

Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday! Thanks to the Spring SCBWI conference I went to last weekend, I have some insider peeks into several editors and agents. Let's begin with Carter Hasegawa, associate editor at Candlewick Press.

His background- Carter began working in the grocery business, with a jot in the textbook publishing scene. However, he went back to school to earn his MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. Since 2008, he has been a children's bookseller at different Indie's, but his full time job is an associate editor at Candlewick Press.

What was one of his favorite books as a kid? Watership Down

What is he looking for? Instead of a direct answer, he asked us to imagine the movie, The Never Ending Story and how the kid steals the book from the store, rushes into the school attic and then begins reading the book. He wants a story like that, where nothing else matters but the book. His bio says he likes smart, character-driven novels and outside-of-the-box picture books.

Some insight into his personality- He hates twitter and finds social media overwhelming. Even though he has a twitter account, he rarely posts. He says it is okay not to. That authors need to do what they need to do and are comfortable with.

How does he feel about Candlewick? He says they publish with heart. Unlike other publishers, Candlewick does not rely on an acquisitions committee. Instead, if an editor likes a book, they take it to the editorial director. If they are okay with the book, then done deal.

Submission info? I get the feeling that Carter likes good old fashion snail mail, however at the moment Candlewick in general is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. You can find out more online at

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Kindle Book- Fields of Elysium by AB Whelan

Fields of Elysium
by A.B. Whelan
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4.3 stars on 86 reviews
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Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful.
Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers.
While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor.
Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?
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After reading this story you will find your heart racing whenever you enter a cave.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

It's another Monday, and you know what that means- Middle Grade time. Today I am reviewing Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, a MG fantasy.

The Story-
Grubb, yep, with two b's, is a twelve year-old chimney sweep living in the country. His cruel master cares nothing for him, except for the money he brings in. One day, Grubb is tormented by the Inn Keeper's two sons, causing him to get soot everywhere. Knowing a beating will soon follow, Grubb hides inside the trunk of a passing traveler, the one and only Alistair Grim.

Alistair lives at the Odditorium, a strange building in central London that looks like a giant spider kicked over and died. Inside, Grubb is introduced to all sorts of magical wonders, all controlled by the power of blue anima. By accident, Grubb takes one of the magic items into the streets of London, outside the shielded Odditorium walls, and evil detects the magic's presence.

Soon, the Odditorium and all its residents are under attack by the Black Fairy, a creature of renowned dark powers. As magic is drained away, Grubb, having only his wits and skills, must fight to keep his new home and family alive.

My Thoughts-
A thrilling and unique middle grade story the presents the reader with delightful inventions and intense magic usage. I really enjoyed learning about the Odditorium and all the creations it contained. In fact, the main draw of the story was trying to figure out what Alistair Grim's secrets were, and how they all fit together. The author deals out the hints slowly, building up tension and presenting the reader with interesting puzzles.

Grubb is a fine main character. He is full of grit and determination, fiercely loyal to his new family and prepared to sacrifice himself on their behalf. He matures from the abused boy at the beginning into a confidant hero at the end. His bravery is heart warming.

I did feel as if the ending of the book came too soon. I was just getting into the battle between the Odditorium and Prince Nightshade, when the book concludes. I felt as if the story arc did not finish, but was left hanging for book 2. Overall though, a fun read. Children will love the concept of magic introduced into their own world. 4 stars!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ungifted by Kelly Oram

YA Friday! Today I am reviewing book two in the Supernaturals series- Ungifted by Kelly Oram.

The Story-
Grace St. Claire is the daughter of the future President of America. She is a normal, shy girl who is always getting into accidents. When these accidents become near fatal, Claire finally takes notice, and so does Ethan, a handsome high school hunk. Ethan can't figure out why he is drawn to Claire or why he has a desire to protect her.

Then, a vampire becomes aware of her, and her ability to resist him feeds his desire to possess her. Ethan has his work cut out for him, especially when he is unable to deny the supernatural world that exists around them, what, with him being nephillium and Claire's best friend a werewolf. Plus, Russ, a warlock, has rolled into town and is also drawn straight to Claire. Soon prophesies and destiny join the mix, and Claire's vampire admirer decides to claim her no matter what. Her friends try to protect her, but who can they trust?

My Thoughts-

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Special- The Awakening only .99 on Kindle and Nook

Happy Spring! To celebrate I am putting my YA fantasy, The Awakening, on sale for only .99 cents on both Kindle and Nook. This deal only lasts one week. If you haven't bought it yet, now is the perfect time!

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