The Howling Sands: An Excerpt

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day4 Enjoy a piece of the magic... Karen Hughes has generously provided us with an excerpt from The Howling Sands; an intense moment when Kai has been taken by the wind spirits. Kai ate his bread and cheese, while the four wind spirits argued over what to do next. North wanted take him straight to Nagara to deal with Sofia. South said that was ridiculous, he’d need the four other children – the Emerald Child, the Apiki Flower, the Warrior, and th...
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Review: The Howling Sands by Karen Hughes

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 We’re thrilled to run this blog blast with Karen Hughes and her exciting middle-grade novel, The Howling Sands! We hope you get swept up in the magic with us! :) Kalika Magic: The Howling Sands, Karen Hughes (author), November 2017. Synopsis: One hundred years ago, the mysterious Veladin vanished into the earth. Now Kai, Indie, Nima and Jabar must find them, or they'll never see Shaman Yanti again. The desert sands are shifting. Time i...
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It’s Like a Fantasy Come True: Interview with Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Just Write For Kids and Books On Tour are excited to have the talented debut novelist, Elizabeth Foster sharing her insights about her sensational fantasy adventure, Esme's Wish (review). Once displeased by the undesired nickname, Dizzy Lizzy, Elizabeth now regards her daydreaming as central to her writing. Glad to find out more about her and what makes her tick. Thanks, Elizabeth! Firstly, congratulations on the release of your debut fantasy nove...
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Esme’s Wish: The Winding Road to Publication by Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day2 Elizabeth Foster generously shares her journey to publication with us today for her Esme's Wish blog tour. See how she found a publishing home that perfectly fits her book's unique crossover between age range and unobstrusive yet beguiling themes. Thanks, Elizabeth! ☺️ If you’re an aspiring author, no doubt you’ve heard some permutation of the following advice countless times: “Write something you would enjoy!” “Don’t try and pigeonhole your work ...
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An Excerpt from Lizzy’s Dragon PLUS Giveaway!

#LizzysDragon #BooksOnTour #BlogTour #Day5 The growing bond between Lizzy and Bubbles, and the moment when she discovers her new pet's special abilities... Lizzy wrapped her arms around Bubbles' neck. 'You're the only one I can talk to, I'm so glad I found your egg.' Bubbles wrapped one of his front feet around her and nuzzled his nose against her neck. Lizzy felt water drip down her back. 'Hey, what are you doing?' Lizzy said, drawing away. She noticed water dripping out of his no...
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Lizzy’s Dragon Craft: How to Make a Dragon Egg

#LizzysDragon #BooksOnTour #BlogTour #Day4 How to Make a Dragon Egg What do you know about dragons? Do you know any dragons in books or movies? What do like / dislike about them? What similarities to dragons have to lizards? What about dinosaurs? One thing they all have in common is that they lay eggs. But dragon eggs are particularly beautiful. Create and decorate your own egg to represent a dragon (or other egg-laying creature) from a certain scene. For example, use shells for a beach / ...
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Lizzy’s Dragon Activity: Dragon Profile and Story

#LizzysDragon #BooksOnTour #BlogTour #Day4 Create a Dragon Profile and Narrative Writing What would be your ideal kind of dragon? What would it look like? What special abilities would it have? Do you know how to care for a dragon? What would you feed it? Where would it live? What kinds of things would you do together? Could you foresee any problems with raising a dragon? How will you deal with these challenges? Write up a character profile based on your new pet dragon using the sheet below...
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Lizzy’s Dragon Book Giveaway!

#LizzysDragon #BooksOnTour #BlogTour #Day2 It's a #BookGiveaway!!! For your chance to WIN a signed copy of Lizzy's Dragon by Melissa Gijsbers, suitable for ages 7+, comment below, on social media or any participating blog in the tour, with your response to "What mythical creature would you love to have as a pet?". Don't forget to add the hashtag #dragongiveaway for your entry to be noticed.   *Open to Australian residents only. Prizes courtesy of Melissa Gijsbers and Stone Tab...
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Review: Lizzy’s Dragon by Melissa Gijsbers

#LizzysDragon  #BooksOnTour  #BlogTour  #Day1 Welcome to the blog tour for Lizzy's Dragon and author, Melissa Gijsbers! Thanks for joining us! We hope you enjoy all the amazing sights we have in store for the ride. Let's begin with a review: Lizzy's Dragon, Melissa Gijsbers (author), Kylie Leane (illus.), Stone Table Books, September 2017. Why is it that her spoilt younger brother, Joey, gets a dog for the farm, but Lizzy isn't allowed a pet lizard? It all seems so unfair, until her l...
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Review: Ruby Lane by RJ Simon

Ruby Lane: RJ Simon (author), The Word Verve, 2017 Synopsis: Ruby is overexcited again, and her brain is spinning creative ideas so fast it feels like her head could explode! Luckily, it’s school holidays, so she’s allowed to stay up late, reading adventure stories and playing dress-ups with her cat. But when things get out of control, Ruby decides that helping a crazy pirate cat return a malfunctioning book to its rightful owner is the only logical solution… Review: Fun, fantasy and...
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