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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fairy Mom and Me Blog Tour (review & giveaway)

I'm thrilled to have the Fairy Mom and Me Blog Tour stopping by today with my review and a book giveaway...

Fairy Mom and Me
(Fairy Mom and Me #1)
By Sophie Kinsella
Illustrated by Marta Kissi
January 2, 2018
Delacorte BFYR
Source: from pub for review

Fans of Sophie Kinsella’s sparkling humor will love her first ever illustrated series for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo!

Ella Brook can’t wait to grow up, because one day she will become a fairy and have her own sparkly wings and a teacher on Fairy Tube, just like her mom! Until then, Ella has to learn by watching her mom in action.

But sometimes spells go wrong, and Ella’s mom can never seem to remember the right magic codes on her Computawand. A lot of the time, it’s up to Ella to come to the rescue. Does she have what it takes to be a fairy one day? Or will there be more glitches than glitter?

Praise for Sophie Kinsella:

“A Sophie Kinsella novel is like a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.” –USA Today

“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”–The Boston Globe

Fairy Mom and Me, the first book in Sophie Kinsella’s first-ever kids’ series, is a sweet and delightful story about magic, mayhem, and mother-daughter fun! 

Ella Brook’s mom is a fairy...a real, sparkly wing having, spell casting fairy! And when Ella grows up she’ll train to be a fairy just like her mom, aunt, and grandma. But for now, Ella pays close attention to the lessons her mom’s fairy teacher gives on Fairy Tube...and good thing too because sometimes Ella’s mom’s spells go topsy-turvy and it’s up to Ella to help her get them right. 

Full of fantastical elements, endearing charm, silly humor, magical adventures, and important life lessons, Kinsella’s Fairy Mom and Me is a bewitching and fun romp that amuse and entertain eager young readers. Kinsella shakes things up with a fresh, modern twist on fairy lore, that focuses on recognizable technology and gadgets that young readers will find exciting and cool. Like me, readers will really enjoy all the neat, creative spells and will have a blast watching those spells unravel and cause hilariously over-the-top and good-natured trouble for Ella and her mom. 

Fairy Mom and Me is an engaging and charming book, perfect for young readers who like their fantasy funny, fun, and fresh. 

4/5 Cupcakes

SOPHIE KINSELLA is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your NumberWedding Night, and Finding Audrey. She lives in England. Visit her website at or find her on Instagram at @sophiekinsellawriter and Twitter at @KinsellaSophie. 

MARTA KISSI is a freelance illustrator living and working in London. She studied illustration and animation at Kingston University and completed her MA at the Royal College of Art. She now works on various children book projects as well as covers and editorial pieces for both children and adults. 

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January 8: Here Wee Read
January 9: KidsR.Us
January 11thMommy Ramblings
January 12thFinding Debra
January 15thGravity Bread
January 16Word Spelunking
January 19Picture Books to YA
January 22The Book Report

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Guest Post and Giveaway with Lori Ann Stephens, author of the middle-grade Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps

Lori Ann Stephens, author of the new middle-grade book, Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps, is here today with a guest post and giveaway...

Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps
by Lori Ann Stephens
illustrated by Trevor Yokochi
Black Rose Writing

Ten-year-old Pierre François—otherwise known as Pierre the Fantastic Flying Fish and Pierre the Genius Brain—is an expert at signing his school papers with original names. He’s also good at extolling the greatness of France, using weird words like “extolling,” dissecting owl vomit, and avoiding The Stinky Chair in math class. What he’s not good at is a foolproof bladder. Accidents happen, although this is Top Secret information. So when it’s time for the entire fifth grade to go to Adventure Camp, a two-night trip in the wilderness, Pierre would rather complain about the fifth grade meanies, dream of mastering the spelling bee with Jedi skills, and devise ways to meet the fascinating new girl in school. But Adventure Camp is coming for him, along with a wet and icy cold front. Can Pierre muster all his courage and wit to survive nature’s onslaught of ice, rain, and other liquid fiascos?

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Praise for Pierre:

“Boys and girls alike will be able to relate to Pierre’s humorous
misadventures at school.” —Polly Holyoke, author of Texas
Bluebonnet Award Nominee The Neptune Project

"Pierre Francois navigates the wacky wilds of 5th grade
with inventiveness and flair. Funny, smart, and
heartwarming, Pierre is an endearing character whose
honest awareness of his strengths and challenges will have
young readers cheering him on." -Kevin Emerson, Last Day
on Mars.

Writing about bodies
by Lori Ann Stephens

Thanks for Aeicha for inviting me to do a guest post!

Today, I’m offering a few words about bodies in writing. That’s not a metaphor. I mean
actual, literal bodies. Arms and legs and bladders. Just as children want
and need to see representations of themselves (race, ethnicity, social class) in film
and literature, they also need to see representations of their bodies. Publishers have
done a lot of work to broaden the portrayals of main characters, such as
Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill’s Push Girl and Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy
and Leslie Connor’s Waiting for Normal.

I didn’t start out writing Pierre François as a character who struggles with his body.
It was story about fifth grade—about the turmoil and triumphs of changing
social dynamics, of old friends turning into “aliens,” of your first sleep-away camp.
But I realized pretty quickly that Pierre’s social struggles were a mirror of his
physical struggles: he was growing and changing, but his bladder wasn’t.
It was stuck in toddlerhood, with all the embarrassing and frustrating effects.

I’m a fan of the #ownvoices movement, begun by Corrine Duyvis.
My novel isn’t an #ownvoices book, but it does try to authenticate the way
enuresis affects the entire family. Bodies grow and mature at difference
rates; the more children see these differences in literature, the more empathy
they’ll have for others. Pierre is for my own brilliant little family members
and the millions of children who struggle with enuresis as a pre-teen.
They are not alone. There is no shame in it. I hope that Pierre’s adventures
will make them smile and nod.

Lori Ann Stephens:  Website/ Goodreads/ Facebook/ Twitter
Lori is the award-winning author of Song of the Orange Moons (Blooming Tree Press, 2010) and Some Act of Vision (ASD, 2013). Pierre François is her first Middle Grade novel. She likes operas and baking competitions and cat videos. She also builds things without breaking the house. She teaches at Southern Methodist University and lives in Richardson, Texas. Visit Lori Ann at or tweet her at @loriannstephens

Illustrator Trevor Yokochi

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Interview and Giveaway: Aisha Tritle, author of the YA Occidis

I'm thrilled to have author Aisha Tritle here today to chat about her new young-adult novel, Occidis...

(Sophia Moreau Trilogy #1)
By Aisha Tritle
October 10, 2017
After Glows Publishing
At the age of ten, Sophia was offered a choice: join Program Occidis and train to become an assassin, or let her mother die.

Seven years later, Sophia’s life serves one purpose: to do the bidding of the narcissistic Danish billionaire who controls her, Norbert Alexander. But her panic attacks keep getting in the way of her job, and when she witnesses the death of another Member, Sophia knows her time of sanity is running out. 

When the handsome new member of Occidis, Ilya, kidnaps her while on a job and tells her she’s been chosen to take down the man she’s served for almost half of her life, Sophia reluctantly accepts. Things start to unravel, however, and Sophia finds herself fighting to balance her attraction and distrust when the details of Ilya’s mysterious history come to light. 

With her life threatened at every turn, Sophia goes on a transatlantic mission to destroy the man responsible for the deaths of so many.

Q1. What three words best describe your YA novel, Occidis?
Fresh. Adventurous. Thrilling.

Q2. Grab a copy of Occidis and answer the following:
Favorite chapter? Chapter 17. It’s very intense and shows how much stronger Sophia is compared to the beginning of the book.

Favorite page? The last page! Page 348. I won’t say why. ;)

Favorite setting? BASE, for sure. It’s the lair in the desert where all of the members of Program Occidis
and their handlers live. So much drama happens there, and the layout of the building is
so expansive and interesting.

Flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentences teaser: “Her bloodied face turned back to look at the wreckage, her eyes filled with horror.
There was nothing left except black dust and smoke.”

Q3. What inspired the Sophia Moreau Trilogy? How did the story come to be?
Growing up, I was super into the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. I loved the excitement and adventure, but really wished there were more Young Adult Adventure series’ with female protagonists. One day, when I was nineteen, I decided to just go ahead and write the Adventure series with the female protagonist that I’d always wanted.

Q4. Can you tell us a bit about your heroine, Sophia? What makes her unique, what do you love about her?
I’ve noticed many authors who write YA Adventure novels tend to make their heroes/heroines too perfect. They’re usually always super strong and do everything right. I wanted to have a heroine who was more relatable, more human. Sophia suffers from panic attacks and a general lack of confidence in the beginning, but she becomes stronger throughout her journey.

Q5. In Occidis, Sophia is trained to be an assassin...what’s the number one rule/piece of advice you think all assassins in training should know?
This is tough, haha. I’d say to have a good knowledge of weapons, and be able to handle them well.

Q6. What actress and actor would you cast to play Sophia and her love interest Ilya, in the Occidis movie?
For Sophia, I think Camila Mendes from Riverdale would be a great fit. I would cast Lucky Blue Smith to play Ilya - I think he’d be very interesting.

Q7. What’s next for Sophia and the trilogy?
The second book in the series should be out sometime in 2018! I recently went to England and Portugal, and both of those locations are incorporated. A lot of familiar characters come back, and Sophia faces a new villain in the form of a very, very dangerous tech entrepreneur. She also loses someone close to her.

Q8. Do you have any other upcoming projects you’re excited for?
Yes! The first of my vampire novella series, Quimby Bay, will be coming out in either May or June of 2018. This is unrelated to my writing, but I also am planning on releasing some original music.

Q9. Fill in the blanks:
I’m really awesome at _whistling__.

I’m really embarrassed to admit _that_I’m bad at cooking_.

The last great book I read was _Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I reread it for about the thousandth time__.

Q10. If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by Occidis, what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?
It’d be a dark chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate filling. Then, there’d be
blue frosting and gold sprinkles on top. I suppose it’d be called, “The Occidis Cupcake.”
I’m bad at coming up with cupcake names - and titles, haha.

Aisha Tritle is a novelist, playwright, actress, singer, marketer and tea fiend. Spending her childhood in Arizona, she was active in the performing arts - which led to her moving to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen to pursue a career in acting. She has studied with famed acting coach John Kirby, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Turning to her hand in plays, she completed two One-Act Comedies in 2016: of which, one was recently performed and published in the U.K.
Aisha spends her days in sunny Los Angeles producing films, marketing for innovative tech startups, and working on her true passion of writing novels.

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