Monday, April 23, 2018

MMGM~DRATS! Foiled Again! by K.L. Lantz & Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! It's been a while since I've participating in MMGM, but here I am. And wait 'til you see the awesome middle grade read I have for you. *Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win one of 2 ARC copies of DRATS. FOILED AGAIN! + a snazzy keychain or a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

by K.L. Lantz

Description: Robert Gilbrinkle is blind in one eye, which makes dodging punches in his Anti-Hero Maneuvers class especially difficult, but his lack of depth perception is the least of his troubles. Nox Academy’s senior project deadline is fast approaching, he's failing three classes, and, naturally, his evil twin Rupert keeps trying to kill him every chance he gets. 

But the real trouble begins when Robert’s pathetic superpower--a very unwicked superwink that fixes anything broken--starts to evolve. The kids at Nox used to laugh and call him "Rob Repairman" but nobody is laughing now. His wink threatens anyone who threatens him. 

Robert has always known where he stands - on the other side of the hall from Rupert. What haunts him the most is the revelation that maybe he and Rupert aren't as different as he thought. Battling a common enemy brings them closer than either twin can handle, but the lives of their friends are at stake and the thirst for revenge is strong. Maybe even stronger than their disdain for each other.

With the playful cartoonish style and broad crossover appeal of Disney’s SKY HIGH, and the coming of age heroic drama of Matthew Cody’s POWERLESS, Robert’s story will resonate with kids from 8 to 14 who love to escape to that comic book world of good vs. evil and often wonder where in the midst of that universe they fit in.
Now, let's meet the author.

Hi Katrina! I'm thrilled to have you share your thoughts in the Alleyway. Tell us, were you a reader as a child or did you have someone special read to you? Did you have a favorite book or story?
Yes, reading was my escape from the meanness of the bullies around me, a lot like Robert in the story. I read the whole school library in junior high, and while I don't remember most of the titles, I will never forget the life lessons they taught me. My mom gave me Anne of Green Gables when I was in fourth grade, and my reading teacher gave me The Girl With the Silver Eyes. I still love both those books!

Anne of Green of my favorites! Where did this idea come from and how did you develop it?
 I don't know if other writers experience this, but I'm often inspired by movies, particular the kind with lots of action! It was six or seven years ago that I watched Disney's Sky High, and immediately started trying to imagine a school for villains. Instead of having the kids go away to a boarding school, I played with the idea of them living in a villain community hidden deep in the forests of Florida. What kinds of jobs would their parents have? What would that home life look like? And what if you plopped a normal person like Robert right in the middle of that environment? Drats, Foiled Again! was born. Robert is a twin, but rather than a baseline of Good that gives us the idea of an "evil twin," Robert is the odd one--the good twin. After writing Drats, Foiled Again! from his point of view, I knew I had to write the twin book, Bombs Away! from Rupert's point of view. So that is coming this summer.

What two super heroes adequately describe your main character? What two villains adequately describe your main antagonist?
Robert's got the penchant for reading of Peter Parker and the survival instinct of Bruce Banner. Rupert is a Lex Luthor-like supergenius, but with great hair. He's also obsessed with technology like the Big Hero 6 villain, Robert Callaghan.

What do you think readers will learn from this story?
Drats, Foiled Again! deals with the inner struggle between good and evil, so I've included Family Discussion Questions in the back of the book to encourage dialogue especially between parents and kids. I feel parents are vital to helping kids find their identity on the spectrum of good vs. evil, and have a special interest in helping them to navigate what constitutes "good" and what constitutes "evil."

That's awesome. Those family questions are a great way to get the entire family engaged in the reading. 

 Any thoughts about author platforms or the ever-changing publishing world you'd like to share?
Actually I want to talk about Impostor Syndrome. Amy Cuddy in her book, Presence, made me aware of its role in my writer life. Impostor Syndrome is the feeling that, even after multiple proofs of your goodness and capabilities in the form of success, you're just a fake and you don't belong up here with the other successful people. Amy Cuddy demonstrated in her book that Impostor Syndrome is rampant in our professional and academic worlds, but I think it especially applies to authors. Think about the distinction between calling yourself a writer or an author, and how many people in our field hesitate to say, "I'm a writer," or, "I'm an author," even after they've written an entire book. Or the conferences where even the nametag ribbons feed our inferiority complexes. You can choose one that reads, "author" or one that reads, "writer." 

Many published authors still feel pretentious putting on that "author" ribbon if they haven't been published through a big press or won an award or been featured on a big, important list. After years of observing and blogging about the writing/publishing industry, I realized I had Impostor Syndrome bad! The need for validation is real, but what I've learned is that the most powerful and lasting validation comes from within. So, to other writers and authors, however you see yourself, I want to say this: believe in yourself. Believe that, if you feel compelled to write, what you have to say is worth saying. You are not a fake, not an impostor. Whether you haven't published yet, have self-published, or published with a small press, none of that defines you or your talent. We write because there is something inside banging on the outside walls for release. We are writers. We are authors. To borrow a line from The Greatest Showman, "We are glorious!"

Can you leave us with one valuable piece of writerly advice you want to offer to aspiring writers.
You are already a writer. Aspire, but don't think of yourself as an aspiring writer. You're already there. You write, therefore you are. 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Wishing you loads of success with this book.

K.L. Lantz was born in Mesa, Arizona. She's a desert girl who finally found her home in Southern Utah after quite a bit of wandering about. She's a student at BYU with a passion for neuroscience and literature. She writes books, paints, dances classical ballet, and homeschool her five boys, all of whom love superheroes. 

For more MMGM, participants, and great middle
grade reads, visit Greg Pattridge on Always In The Middle.

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So readers, if you were a villain what villain would you be? 

ME: I'd be Maleficent

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

YASH 2018 Spring Edition! Young Adult Books to #WIN!

Welcome to this year's Spring Young Adult Scavenger Hunt!

*thick wooden door panels crack and clunky hinges clank as I open the door*

YAY! You've found me. I'm so glad you're here. 

I'm S.A. Larsen, but feel free to call me Sheri.
I'll be your guide for this stop of the hunt.


I'd love to visit Greece.🏛️

My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.📚

👻Cemeteries are cool.

I write middle grade & young adult books because 
being a tween or teen is hard and fictional stories 
are a safe place to escape and think about life. 

You are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE.

GUESS WHAT? I've added an exclusive bonus contest to this leg of the hunt. Woot! But I'm going to make you work for it . . . just a little.  

FIND the five capitalized/orange letters somewhere within the text below. They spell one word that gives you a clue to my latest YA release MARKED BEAUTY. Leave the word in the comments below. (*Hint: I love all the team colors used in this hunt because empaths see auras in color.) Before you go look, read over these few rules and then check out the amazing author I'm hosting:

A Brief intro for 1st Time Hunters:

*This bi-annUal event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from theiR favorite authors...and a chance to win some aweSome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my teamBut play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, to see links to all the authors participating, & for a full list of prizes up for grabs. There are SIX contests going on this year (each with 20 author members), and you are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE - but there is also 
TEAM REDTEAM BLUETEAM GREENTEAM GOLDTEAM PINK, & TEAM PURPLE for a chance to win a whole different set of books! Think of all the books you could win.


DIRECTIONS: You'll find my favorite number hidden in the text below. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PURPLE and total them.  

ENTRY FORM: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

RULES: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I'm super excited to be hosting 



Julie Eshbaugh once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing. Her debut YA novel, IVORY AND BONE, was published by HarperTeen in June 2016, and its sequel, OBSIDIAN AND STARS, followed in June 2017. She is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, an Anthology of Love and Adoption. (Flux 2017.) 


When I first saw this cover I was like... 4 real? LUV!


"In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone, the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain to her are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry their youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future."


Here's a set of images from Julie's OBSIDIAN AND STARS Pinterest Board.

Hop on over to her Pinterest Board to see more and learn more about the book! AND while you're there, feel free to follow her.

This story LOOKS amazing!

Interested in holding your own copy in your hands?

You can buy it HERE.

And for more on Julie, follow her WebsiteFacebook Page, & Twitter account. 

And remember: ENTER the contest for a chance to win a collection of books by me and many more! Just check out all these books on TEAM PURPLE...

To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other 
numbers on TEAM PURPLE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Also, to stay on top of what's happening during the hunt feel free to follow YASH on TwitterFacebook, and the Website.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I'm running exclusively during the 2018 Spring YA Scavenger Hunt! Did you find my secret word clue to Marked Beauty? Great! Remember to write it in the comments.

One lucky winner will receive a 
$15 Amazon gift card & a Marked Beauty swag package!

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Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Are you having fun during the hunt? What's your favorite part?

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author MADELINE DYER'S page.



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