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    Review: JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS

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    Title: JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS
    Author: Sarah Beth Durst
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Clarion Books
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin—twin sisters—travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

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    Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS is an absolutely wonderful, magical, and heartwarming tale that takes readers on an epic, perilous, monster-filled adventure with two sisters and a winged lion. It is exciting and enchanting and amusing and imaginative. It delivers a number of positive messages about conquering fear, growing up, letting go, being understanding, and being responsible. It is a gripping and enthralling story that can and will be enjoyed by readers of any age.

    Ji-Lin missed her sister desperately. As much as she loved training to become a warrior so that she could protect Seika, she wished they didn’t have to be separated for so long. So when she first learned that she would get to go home for a visit, she was thrilled. But when she discovered that the reason for the visit was so that she could accompany Seika on the Emperor’s Journey, her excitement turned to anxiety. Because she wasn’t quite sure she was ready for such an important task.

    Seika followed every rule and did everything she was asked, unlike her sister, Ji-Lin. But when her father, the emperor, told her that it was time for her to do her duty for Himitsu and take the journey to the island’s guardian to renew their bargain, she wasn’t certain she was adequately prepared to honor tradition. She was told the path would be easy, but she had never been away from home before. And she certainly never had to come face-to-face with a dragon.

    Sarah Beth Durst created a story that is delightful and interesting and fun and funny. She introduces two very likable twin sisters with very different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. She tests their fortitude, their ingenuity, their compassion, and their loyalty. And she takes them on a trek through a world that is fraught with danger – but she doesn’t make them go on it alone.

    They are joined by Alejan, Ji-Lin’s friend and protector, an incredibly adorable winged lion who is equally as interested in sharing stories about his idol, Master Shai, as he is in talking about his next meal. And by a boy who they can’t decide whether he’s more of an interloper or a valuable traveling companion.

    Sea monsters and pirate-like ships, earthquakes and abandoned villages, bargains and betrayals, heroes and princesses, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS has it all and then some. And with a few unexpected twists thrown in, it promises to be a thoroughly engaging and immensely entertaining read.

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    About Sarah Beth Durst

    Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of eleven fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults, including Drink Slay Love, the basis for the upcoming TV movie of the same name, airing on Lifetime in 2017. Her latest book for adults, The Queen of Blood, came out in September 2016 from Harper Voyager, and her next book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands, comes out in April 2017 from HMH/Clarion Books. Sarah won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times.

    Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat.

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    FLICKER AND MIST Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    Welcome to today’s stop on the FLICKER AND MIST Blog Tour!

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this fascinating YA story that I hope is just the first in a series. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for signed, finished copies of the book, so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win if you’re in the U.S.

    And if you’d like to check out a few other reviews, as well as a guest post, a couple excerpts, and a few interviews, follow the tour which continues through next week. The schedule follows at the end of the post.

    FLICKER AND MIST releases next week, so if you haven’t yet heard of this awesome new book, there’s still time to add it to your TBR pile!


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    TITLE: FLICKER AND MIST
    Author: Mary G. Thompson
    Release date: January 3, 2017
    Publisher: Clarion Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy.

    The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy.

    Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC I received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    FLICKER AND MIST surprised me in all the best ways. It is not just the story of a girl who has to keep her abilities secret to live the life she wants. It does not have a typical love triangle where the girl’s heart is torn in two. The love story does not overshadow the more important aspects of the book. The characters’ actions and decisions aren’t predictable. The heroine’s choices aren’t easy. Who’s right and who’s wrong isn’t so clear-cut.

    Mary G. Thompson created a world with an interesting, if archaic, belief system that consisted of the people of the Left Eye and those of the Plateau. While currently at peace with one another, the Plats lived a very different life than the Lefties. The Plats had freedoms and opportunities the Lefties weren’t given. They were the rule-makers, the enforcers, the deciders.

    They weren’t the ones that the Flicker Men mixed with all those years ago, leaving behind Flickerkin whose abilities were feared and who were forbidden from entering the Plateau. They weren’t the ones whose existence risked the wrath of the Waters.

    Myra hated that she was different from all the other Plats. She envied their darker skin, their straighter hair, their height. Even though her father was on the Council, she could never really fit in. Not having inherited many of her physical characteristics from her mother, who was from the Left Eye. And not with the fear that she might reveal herself to be a Flickerkin.

    Still, she hoped to someday inherit her father’s seat on the Council. She hoped to prove to all that she was the best female rider. She hoped that her friend Porti was right and that the Deputy’s son, Caster, liked her as much as she liked him.

    But with the growing threat of the rising waters that could bring back the Flicker Men, the recent pranks that had everyone on edge that somehow those who could make themselves invisible had infiltrated the Plateau, and the very real possibility of discovery, Myra’s hopes seemed less and less likely to become reality.

    A tumultuous past, civil unrest, fear, hatred, oppression, betrayal, bravery, love, honor, acceptance, strength, FLICKER AND MIST has it all. It introduces a unique world, tackles many real-life issues, gives much food for thought. It gives readers a strong heroine to connect with, puts many obstacles in her way, tests her values and beliefs, forces her to make difficult decisions, and asks her to trust those she has no reason to trust.

    And with a number of unexpected reactions, choices, outcomes, a wondrous ability, tragedy, heartbreak, romance, plenty of action and the possibility of more to come, this is a story that is not to be missed.

    The Rating


    About Mary G. Thompson

    Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

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    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • Three (3) winners will receive a SIGNED finished copy of FLICKER AND MIST – US only

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    12.26.16 | Twinning for Books – Interview

    12.27.16 | Seeing Double In Neverland – Review

    12.28.16 | Wandering Bark Books – Guest Post

    12.29.16 | Fiktshun – Review

    12.30.16 | YA Book Madness – Interview

    Week Two

    1.2.17 | Fiction Fare – Review

    1.3.17 | A Gingerly Review – Excerpt

    1.4.17 | Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt

    1.5.17 | Two Chicks on Books – Interview

    1.6.17 | Nerdophiles – Review

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    Review: THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM

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    Title: THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM
    Author: Sarah Beth Durst
    Release date: November 3, 2015
    Publisher: Clarion Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM is a positively delightful, imaginative, sweet, funny, and incredibly entertaining read. From its interesting premise, to its quirky and eccentric and amusing characters, to its captivating mystery and its exciting adventure, it is an enchanting story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

    And with an adorable, cupcake-loving, furry, tentacled and oh-so-clever monster, a brave, determined, and strong-willed heroine, a glittery and haughty, but helpful pegasus who poops rainbows, several ninja bunnies, and a boy whose dreams could change everything, there will be smiles, laughs, and even a few tears.

    Add in a dream shop hidden beneath a bookstore, two lovable, if a little bit silly, parents, a suspicious customer who calls himself Mr. Nightmare, a theft, a kidnapping, and a few nightmarish creatures come to life, and you have a slightly creepy, totally thrilling, absolutely heartwarming, utter gem of a read.

    Sarah Beth Durst created a marvelously outlandish world in THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM filled with some wonderful and rather unusual creatures and some truly bizarre and disturbing ones. She introduced positive messages throughout her story, about family and friendship, about letting people in, about being different, about making assumptions and judgments, about being brave and doing the right thing.

    Sophie may be the story’s heroine, but it is only with her best friend, Monster, her new friend Ethan, an unlikely ally, and several non-threatening creatures that she will be able to find out what happened to her parents and find a way to save them. The author shows that working together is better than going it alone, and that being different doesn’t mean being unlikable.

    THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM is inventive. And magical. And smart. And humorous. And unique. It will make you wish you were a non-dreamer like Sophie who could dream a best friend like Monster into your life. It will make you wish your family had their very own secret dream shop filled with all sorts of bottled dreams.

    It is a fantastic, one-sit-read that will make you want to read it again and again.

    The Rating

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    About Sarah Beth Durst

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    Sarah Beth Durst is the author of nine fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults, including ConjuredVessel, and Ice. Her next middle-grade novel, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, is scheduled for release in fall 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her next novel for adults, The Queen of Blood, comes out in fall 2016 from Harper Voyager. Sarah was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times.

    Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children.

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    Interview with THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM Author Sarah Beth Durst + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to be able to welcome Author Sarah Beth Durst to the blog for a Q&A on the release day for her newest novel, THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM. It is an absolutely delightful and engaging and fun-to-read middle grade story with an easy to love heroine and an adorable monster.

    The cover alone may be enough to make you want to read this book. But once you read what the author has to say about her story and characters in the interview, you will definitely want to find out more about the dream shop, meet Sophie and Monster, and discover what sorts of adventures they have.

    As I loved this book – my review to post later this week – I am offering a copy up for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win, after checking out the Q&A, scroll down to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    First, though, here’s some information about THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM.


    About THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM

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    Title: THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM
    Author: Sarah Beth Durst
    Release date: November 3, 2015
    Publisher: Clarion Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Sarah Beth Durst

    Q. How would you describe THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM in 15 words or less?

    A girl, her best friend (a loyal and cupcake-loving monster), and a secret dream shop.

    Q. What are the most valuable dreams that are bought and sold in the dream shop?

    The more vivid the dream, the more expensive.  Crystal-clear happy dreams sell the best: strolling beside a jewel-blue ocean, taking a curtain call as a Broadway star, landing on the moon…  Flying dreams are always in demand (extra bonus if the dreamer didn’t crash into a mountainside).  Food dreams sell well.  People even buy bad food dreams: pizza with live fish, peanut butter and ketchup smoothies, spaghetti that transforms into worms.  And exquisitely-scary monster dreams are very popular with the horror-moving crowd.

    Q. What is it about Monster (or about Sophie) that makes Sophie want to befriend him versus run screaming from him when they first meet?

    She’s lonely.  Her family owns a secret dream shop, and Sophie has been keeping this massive secret her entire life.  It’s hard to make friends when you feel as though you aren’t allowed to ever fully trust anyone.  So when she meets Monster inside a dream (he’s from a classic monster-in-the-closet dream), she’s thrilled to have someone to talk to who already knows her secret.

    Plus he’s really fuzzy.  Kind of like a large house cat.  With six tentacles.

    Q. Aside from Sophie, who was your favorite character to create and write about in THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM and why were they a favorite?

    Definitely Monster.  I knew his voice from the instant I sat down to write this book.  Usually I discover characters as I write, developing their voice and so forth, but with Monster… he came fully formed.  And hungry.

    Q. If you knew of a hidden dream shop, would you have only stolen one dream like Sophie did or might you have been more curious?

    If there were a dream shop near me, I’d be there daily, buying up any dream with a dragon or a griffin or a unicorn or a magical-whatever.  I love dreams, especially the fantastical ones that come with plots and villains and victories.

    Q. What was your favorite aspect of writing a middle-grade novel?

    I love that you can be silly and sincere at the same time in a middle-grade novel.  You can laugh and cry without any of the self-conscious self-awareness that often comes with an older protagonist.  I do love writing for teens and adults as well and they come with their own unique joys, but this is something special about writing MG.

    Q. What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM?

    Saying goodbye.  I know I’m supposed to feel victorious when I finish a novel, but by that point I have fallen so in love with the characters and feel so immersed in the world that letting go is surprisingly hard.  I always feel this sense of loss when I’m done.  My solution is to dive into the next story.  And console myself with the thought that soon other people will get to meet Sophie and Monster too!

    Thanks so much for interviewing me!

    Fiktshun: Thank you so much for answering all my questions about your lovely new book!


    About Sarah Beth Durst

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    Sarah Beth Durst is the author of nine fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults, including ConjuredVessel, and Ice. Her next middle-grade novel, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, is scheduled for release in fall 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her next novel for adults, The Queen of Blood, comes out in fall 2016 from Harper Voyager. Sarah was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times.

    Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children.

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    I am giving away a copy of THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM to ONE winner

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    MECHANICA Blog Tour: Interview with Betsy Cornwell + Giveaway

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    Hey everyone! The wait is almost over – MECHANICA releases tomorrow and I’m so excited for everyone to get their hands on a copy of this wonderful and imaginative book with its gorgeous writing, its fascinating and adorable characters, and its absolutely brilliant take on the Cinderella story.

    I’m also thrilled to be able to share an interview with MECHANICA’s incredibly talented and amazing author, Betsy Cornwell, in which I ask her about reinventing the classic fairytale, about Nicolette’s mechanical menagerie and favorite inventions, and who her favorite secondary characters were, along with a few quickie questions.

    The interview follows below the book’s details, so be sure to check it out. And be sure to check out Betsy Cornwell’s website – and other social media sites – to learn more about the author and her writing.

    The tour continues through the end of the week. So if you’d like to see what other bloggers have to say about MECHANICA or to read a few guest posts and interviews, scroll down to the tour schedule at the end of the post which has links to all the stops.

    And if you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, including a copy of MECHANICA, enter in the Rafflecopter.


    About MECHANICA

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    Title: MECHANICA
    Author: Betsy Cornwell
    Release date: August 25, 2015
    Publisher: Clarion Books
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

    But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

    Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Betsy Cornwell

    Q. What did you enjoy most about reinventing the Cinderella story? What did you find to be the most challenging aspect?

    I first wrote Mechanica as part of a collection of fairy tale retellings for a senior project at Smith College, back in 2009. I was thinking a lot about how restrictive fairy tale structure actually is: they’re these elegant, perfectly plotted stories, but they all pull inexorably toward one narrow definition of happily ever after. Cinderella in particular is like a well-oiled machine, such a compelling  story that some version of it exists on every continent where humans live (and hey, probably where we don’t–it’s that universal).

    A steampunk Cinderella, I thought, would want to reach into the machinations of her own story, revamp and repurpose her fate. She’d force her way out of any restrictive ending that wasn’t quite right, and she’d build something new, exciting, and entirely on her own terms. That’s when I fell in love with the idea of a steampunk inventor Cinderella with an unconventional ending, and my protagonist, Nicolette, was born.

    It was supposed to be only a ten-page short story, but six years and 300 pages later, here we are! Sometimes I thought I’d never actually finish writing it; that was probably the hardest part. But now I’ve actually held the book in my hands, and I can’t tell you how amazing that feels.

    Q. Nicolette is an inventor – what are some of her favorite or most interesting inventions?

    There’s no fairy godmother in Mechanica (she’s absent from lots of older versions of the tale, too), so Nicolette does for herself: when she decides she wants to go to the royal Exhibition of Art and Science and its accompanying ball, she builds her own mechanical carriage, and even crafts working shoes from glass and interlocking gears, in order to get herself there in style.

    Her mother was an inventor as well, and she left behind a whole menagerie of mechanical insects, spiders and other animals. Nick adds to that collection, too, and I loved writing about tiny steampunk creatures.

    Q. How did you come up with the idea for a mechanical menagerie? And who are your favorite creations?

    Modern-day versions of Cinderella sort of live in the shadow of the 1950 Disney movie, and those mouse and bird helpers are (of course) seriously adorable. But older versions of Cinderella have animal helpers, too: birds help her with her stepmother’s litany of impossible chores, and sometimes they even take revenge against the evil stepsisters by pecking out their eyes! Many versions also include the influence of Cinderella’s late mother, who even speaks to her daughter through animals.

    So giving my Cinderella a menagerie was a natural part of creating the story. I made them mechanical beings powered by magic Ashes as a homage to those ‘cinders’ that gave Cinderella her name, and as a way to combine steampunk elements with fairy tale magic. There’s also a mystery tied to the Ashes that I hope to explain if I get to write a sequel!

    My favorite member of the menagerie by far is the tiny clockwork horse Jules, who leads a host of mechanical insects in helping Nicolette with her chores.

    Q. Who was your favorite secondary character to write about in MECHANICA – and why? And who was your least favorite secondary character to write about – and why?

    My favorite has to be a tie between Jules, the mechanical horse I mentioned earlier, and Caro, Nicolette’s new best friend. Like Nick, Caro’s a maker: she builds intricate music boxes and sells them at the city market to help support her sick mother and her abundance of younger siblings and cousins, all of whom work at the royal palace. I loved writing Caro because she is extremely warm, effusive, and affectionate–exactly the traits introverted, lonely Nick needs in a best friend. I didn’t know she would be in the story at all until she just popped up when I wrote the first Market scene, but in some ways she’s now the heart of the whole book.

    I don’t think I have a least favorite. Even the evil Steps were fun to write!

    Quickie Questions

    Q. Fairy-tales: Disney or Grimm?

    • Grimm! Disney is fun, but give me unsettling and eerie any day.

    Q. Prince Charmings or Evil Queens?

    • Evil Queens 5ever!

    Q. “And so they lived happily ever after” or happily never after?

    • HEAs are cool with me, as long as they’re not limited to marrying a prince.

    Q. Snow White or Sleeping Beauty?

    • Snow White, for her forest creature employment skills and mori-kei style.

    Q. Glass slipper or awakened with a kiss?

    • Glass slipper! No dubious consent + they’re magically comfortable and made to order. (Mechanica’s are custom-engineered by the inventor herself.)

    About Betsy Cornwell

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    Betsy Cornwell is an American writer and teacher living in a stove-heated cottage in west Ireland, together with her horse trainer spouse, a small herd of dairy goats, and an increasing number of other animals. She writes fiction and nonfiction and blogs about Irish folklore, travel, wild food, goats (of course!), homesteading, and growing up. 

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    The Giveaway

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    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive a finished copy of MECHANICA + a beautiful watch necklace from this etsy shop – US only
    • TWO (2) winners will receive a finished copy of MECHANICA – US Only

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    The Tour Schedule

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